The halcyon days of broadcast journalism appear to be Murrow’s era around WWII and the 50s/60s. There’s a case to be made in broadcast journalism that Cronkite, Rather and Jennings up to the 1980s represented journalism displaying a good innings. Part of the problem we face is that journalism is such a broad church e.g. broadcasters, newspapers, trade mags etc. and that for business reasons there’s greater tension between impartial reportage and ROI ( who’s continuing to pay the bills). And we rarely distinguish between the various groups.
Journalism e.g. broadcasters and national press have been presented with their own crisis for many years, but it’s not a business where they perform open critiques. That exposes them too much and damages their credibility. Ultimately, whether it’s the BBC or Washington Post journalism is merely a window on a complex world. As some would say social events are too important to be left to journalists. I’m rather afraid the idea of news journalism being the layer between the afflicted and powerful won’t get any better.
Nice to engage