In my optimistic days as a young journalist, I believed that if only the public had access to more information the nation would enter a golden age of better government and more-thoughtful political debates. This was before the internet, cable news, and talk radio came into bloom—when newspaper and TV gatekeepers controlled what we’d read and hear.
Everything I had dreamed about has come true beyond my wildest imagination. Any American can now read the widest range of opinions. In the past, it was nearly impossible to access underlying source documents. Now anyone with a phone can find a trove of legislation, court rulings, studies, and rulemakings. We can watch hearings on YouTube.
Instead of entering a golden age of reasoned public policy, we are descending into a dark age of sensationalism and misinformation. Laugh at my naïveté, but I’ve finally learned that Americans prefer ad hominem attacks and conspiracy-mongering to reading municipal budgets and weighing arguments in amicus briefs. So much for the democratization of news.
I’m very skeptical of your take. You demonize Tucker yet say zero about the fraud perpetrated on us regarding the Nov 2020 election, Jan 6th “insurrection” perpetrated by the FBI & Capital police, 4 years of bogus Russian collusion,
You are 100 percent correct. We had a lapse in editorial oversight that was completely unacceptable. We will do better in the future
I’m glad that someone besides myself see this so clearly. Good rationalization. But