You people may be under the impression that leftist media outlets are a thing, but you’d apparently be wrong. According to former Splinter contributor Jack Crosbie, the leftist press, which is pretty much the only real check on the mainstream media, “is facing mass extinction”:
— Jack Crosbie (@jscros) November 12, 2019
Get a load of the subhead, you guys:
“The mainstream media is hopelessly neutral.”
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) November 12, 2019
Yeah … we’re gonna need a check on that.
"When the mainstream press does cover contentious issues, it often paves over clear moral distinctions in favor of 'impartiality,' something a leftist press has always understood is not a necessary prerequisite for journalism." https://t.co/s3jb1PrOS1
— Dan Robitzski (@DanRobitzski) November 12, 2019
Well, we have no doubt that the leftist press doesn’t care about impartiality, but there’s no way in hell we believe that the mainstream press by and large takes an impartial approach to covering contentious issues. Come on.
The leftist press can’t rely on ranks of billionaires to dump in funding. Instead, we need to look for new ways to support the tradition in all its rude, flippant, and profound glory. These could be worker-owned collectives, nonprofit newsrooms, or publicly owned, editorially independent media networks — or some combination of all three. It also needs electoral measures — and elected leaders — that support journalism or candidates who have a plan to break big tech and finance’s grip on the industry.
If the media’s lesson from the Trump era is to retreat into a shell of flavorless, craven impartiality, taking “both sides” to the clear injustices at play, the right will continue to eat up every inch of space it’s given. It’s every progressive’s job to make sure their own press doesn’t get left behind.
Yeah, progressive media definitely can’t rely on funding from wealthy progressive donors. No, sirree. Worker-owned collectives and publicly owned newsrooms may be the only way to stop the mainstream media’s “craven impartiality” in the Age of Trump.
* blinks * https://t.co/wmATldpkzB
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 12, 2019
— ?It's?Almost ⛄️Christmas? (@jtLOL) November 12, 2019
"hopelessly neutral" pic.twitter.com/3yr6QKE2BT
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) November 12, 2019
You have to be kidding… https://t.co/ZMy4YZ8xL3
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) November 12, 2019
Wait, is this the @TheBabylonBee ?
— DannyJ?? (@GreyHouseDan) November 12, 2019
— William Orr (@williamorr2110) November 12, 2019
Oh hell, I WISH.
— Joe (B) [for Bastard] (@Josef_Lemonovic) November 12, 2019
Guess the only place to get leftist news will be the mainstream media
— nortouQ (@nortouQ) November 12, 2019