If Kurtz, who is actually savvy, pulls his punches, then those who are in total denial are not going to save a dead industry. Newspapers saving the industry is like asking if 8-track can save the music industry.
You have got to be kidding me.
Kurtz does his best to warn other reporters they should stop with their Trump fixation, but he doesn’t get it: that ship has sailed years ago. Even if they all back off and decided to be rational and mature human beings, the damage to the profession is done. You can’t unring a bell.
The profession is too tainted and archaic to matter anymore. If we are to ever have something resembling a journalism-style industry, it has to be done completely differently.
To use a harsh and extreme example, what the Poynter piece is proposing is having a post-World War II human rights tribunal with members of various fascist regimes. Do you think those people would be able to (a) admit they were horrible villains, or (b) be able to break away from the old habits that made them destructive in the first place?
No because they had power and the taste of power corrupts: those people will always be looking to reclaim their glory days, causing more destruction in their covert quests.
Journalism wants to maintain a dysfunctional status quo because once upon a time, they had power to wield and destroy. Sometimes their power was to mock and destroy notable people with no power, like they did with the likes of Barbara Payton and the late Corey Hair, both of whom were tortured souls.
Other times, they kept women back with their gynophobic reportage. They took down politicians and tycoons. They turned lives into living nightmares as they made demands for governments to bomb innocent civilians in the name of morality.
In Canada, there is no innovation or soul-searching: media players are begging, begging, begging for the government to support them, as they continue to do what they did that brought them their ruin in the first place.
If we truly want citizens to be informed, you need a superior system to do it. It has to be fresh and start from scratch, but be built with visions and plans from those who have knowledge of how to do the job.
That will not come from media outlets who are so self-obsessed, that they never saw what was in store for their profession.
Kurtz’s hypothesis doesn’t face the ugly core of truth and reality for journalism, and he is going much farther than others who still think journalism is a swell thing that holds people in power accountable.
No, they don’t. They don’t even hold themselves accountable.
Newspapers were the best of the news media, and they imploded. You need something else. That is truth. That is reality.
Kurtz’s warning come two years too late. The vitriol are merely echoes of the past. Nothing more.
The war is over. Journalism lost. Deal with it.