I’ve started a new category this week – the news media. The American news media have become so besotted with combatting what they see as the greatest threat to freedom of the press in the history of the world that they’re failing to see that the real enemy is rapidly becoming themselves. Perspective and a lot more are being lost. Trust in the news media is at an all-time low – and that’s a bad thing for all of us.
Media Myth Alert lists its top mythbusting posts of 2018 – and there are some sacred cows that get slaughtered here – Walter Cronkite, the famous “napalm girl” of the Vietnam War, Edward R. Murrow taking on Joseph McCarthy, and more. James Meek at the London Review of Books reviews a new book on journalism – and talks about a lot of the things plaguing journalism these days (Hat Tip: J of India). And Julia Duin at Get Religion looks at a New Yorker article on religion, and offers a devastating critique.
Angelo Codevilla at the Claremont Institute’s American Mind offers a look at “our revolution” – the revolt of the governed by those who govern. Cameron Clausing at All Thoughts Captive compares blasphemy in the Bible to blasphemy against “societal gods.” And Remi Adekova at Quillette tracks the rising concern about immigration – and discovers that the U.S. is far less concerned than a lot of other countries.
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Gary Barlow Sings “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman
(And listening are Joanna Lumley and Rowan Atkinson)
Painting: Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1911).