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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The bad blood between the Trump White House and US media

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1) watchdog role of the media
'one of the media's chief roles is to hold governments to account, and few people may need it more than Mr Trump.' [recall Meryl's Streep's exhortation to the Hollywood Press in her recent political speech during the Golden Globes Awards?]
Consider also gov't censorship as a rebuttal to this point...

2) biased reporting of traditional media
'the poison and bile which this extreme adversarial attitude generates is unhealthy for the US, and for the rest of the world. First, in their effort to push back against the US administration, some media networks resort to exaggerations and "spinning", which do their profession no credit.....Second, the established media's demonisation of Mr Trump could accelerate, rather than halt, the decline of traditional outlets......for many Americans, this question remains: Why subscribe to newspapers, magazines or cable TV programmes if these media platforms also engage in sloppy, heavily-biased reporting as do private websites which give their content away for free?'

3) behaviour of IT-savvy youth
'more than half of all US voters aged 30 or younger followed the 2016 presidential race through social media and apps on their mobile devices, effectively bypassing most of the editorial judgments and opinions of cable TV networks, magazines and newspapers.'
[this got to do with the lifestye of the Millenial youth too, who are highly mobile and always on the move, hence prioritising convenience over all others...]

4) out of touch with reality
We like to think social media is often the one out of touch with reality, esp with the operation of the filter bubble syndrome compounded by the echo chamber effect so prevalent in cyberspace. (the outcome of the Singapore 2015 election is one such example, where few expected the PAP to make such a clean sweep of the seats; even the PAP themselves were floored!) But recent incidents like Brexit and the outcome of the US election have shown that traditional media can also be severely askewed in their grasp of sentiments on the ground in reality. Both, esp the latter, gave the public the impression that Trump will lose, when the outcome is actually the opposite. This has severely shaken the faith of the public in the accuracy and reliability of reports in traditional media.
'[Trump] whose chances of being beaten by his opponent Hillary Clinton were not merely high, but also an astronomical "98 per cent", as the Huffington Post predicted on the eve of the ballots without the slightest hint of doubt.'

Qn: In the digital age do newspapers still have a role in your society? (Cam. 2011)