If Trump, or anyone else for that matter, were to create a new network, there needs to be a cultural shift in newsrooms to ensure that the political biases of professional journalists as a whole does not dominate this new news outlet the same way it does so many other organizations.
- Hire High School Graduates. Journalism is not as hard as journalists want their readers to believe. For much of its history, the profession was viewed as a trade, rather than a profession. … Students’ learning and immersion in the deep blue waters of academia likely does far more harm to the American news cycle than it does good. … An apprenticeship model for fact-based journalism would solve many of our culture’s present ills.
- Setup Headquarters in the Heartland. Nearly every cable news channel makes their homes on one of the elite coasts, with the vast majority concentrated in the New York City metropolitan area. … Setting up shop in, say, Kansas City, Missouri or Lincoln, Nebraska would remove a Trump News team from the pressures and concerns of Wall Street financiers and Washington politicians. That alone would be a huge boost to maintaining an independent attitude towards current events. Being surrounded by ordinary everyday Americans away from the left coast would also help ensure that this new network becomes and stays a counterbalancing voice against the numerous extant elite-driven media sources.
- Don’t Rely on the AP Style Guide. Leave aside the politically correct nonsense. After all there’s no convincing reason to capitalize ethnicities such as “black” and “indigenous” while leaving “white” lower case. Nor should journalists be required to abandon terms such as “mankind” or “man-made” in favor of gender neutral substitutes. The mandatory substitution of “anti-abortion” in place of “pro-life” and bans on terms such as “illegal immigrant” and “undocumented” should also be thrown out. Journalism is no place for obtuse language. Leave that for the politicians and policy makers trying to convince the American public of a course of action. The role of a journalist should be to help the voting public see through such charades, not to enable them.
The media is at the root of so many of today’s ills. Using competition to return at least some of the media to reporting and objectivity instead of partisan propaganda for the leftist elite would be a great start.
hat-tip Stephen Neil