Hillary Clinton and Journalism’s Failures

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I wish I could talk with Hillary Clinton in front of a journalism class, for she is a witness to — and victim of — journalism’s failures. Journalism as an institution largely refuses to examine its derelictions — which itself is a failing of the field. In What Happened, Clinton tries to teach us lessons. What did we do wrong? Let her count the ways.

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3 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton and Journalism’s Failures

  • September 18, 2017 at 9:49 am

    What baloney! Jeff might be qualified to teach journalism techniques but reasoned commentary isn’t his forte.
    He presents a Hillary nobody can recognize.
    Along with her slob of a hubby the Clintons have been an American disaster ranging from Bill’s partial repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act that unleashed bankers’ ability to spend depositors’ funds on market gambling to Hillary’s applause of the bayonet rape/murder of Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, Africa’s most advanced nation, to her war mongering against Russia.
    Hillary is why Donald Trump is president.
    Bernie Sanders was likely robbed of his nomination as the Democrat presidential nominee (think “Democrat super delegates”) or it’s likely he would be U.S. president.
    Hillary is so unacceptable that Donald Trump won!
    That’s What Happened.

  • September 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

    News articles did not fail Hillary. Editors may have done that but Hillary was her own worst enemy and for the most part, the journalists did what they are supposed to do, report the news in an unbiased and impartial way. If readers can discern the political leaning of a journalist, something is wrong and it is not with the reader.
    Hillary did not play to the various factions of her party nor did she travel as much as she might have to spots that were in danger of going to Trump. Trump. on the other hand, delivered himself to each and every faction of the far right, customizing his talks to each of those factions. Anyone could see he could not possibly deliver all those things but they voted for him anyway.
    When a paper becomes so obviously left leaning OR right leaning, I feel it has failed its readers.
    Kim Cool
    Features Editor
    Venice Gondolier Sun

  • September 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Oh, PullleeeeeeZ! Media fawned over HIllary. Voters did not buy it. Medium is crying because it dropped the ball while trying to ramrod a candidate into office whether people liked it or not. Medium is whining that so-called journalists lost control of voters.

    What media cannot seem to get into its thick heads is that it is out of touch with what motivates people. Media thinks lines of reporting is a measure of what people think.

    If you want to know why HIllary lost, look at firearms sales. Background checks exceeded any previous year by about 15%. Why? People though Hillary’s election was inevitable, which meant a return to Clinton-era restrictions on firearms fashion – silly laws that regulate how sportsmen can hold their rifles, or how often they must reload – under threat of federal felony prosecution.

    Hillary lost because of Obamacare. Penalties for not carrying insurance hit median income wage earners the hardest, and escalated in 2016. People who could not reliably predict in late 2015 whether they would earn $45,000 or $50,000 in the coming year were enticed to take subsidies for a $45,000 income that they would have to repay – to the tune of several thousand dollars in tax penalties, liens and damaged credit ratings, if they got a raise or changed jobs then earned $50,000 by years end.

    But so-called journalists were so wrapped up in their own narrative they would not recognize real voter interests. Those blue-collar rubes worrying about firearm fashions and health-care penalties could not possibly sway an election. They secretly delighted at being insiders when in fact, they were more out of touch than ever.


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