Michael Cooke, after nine years, is leaving as editor of the Toronto Star. Nine years used to be considered a short stint, but these days, that is considered a long stretch.
The article is the usually self-adoration, but it is this quote that is telling:
News hasn’t changed, but the way it is delivered has changed fundamentally, Cooke said.
Newspapers no longer have the luxury of working on a story over the course of a long day before it goes to print. Social media has democratized the news, but it also means that those first, confusing, and often inaccurate accounts are quickly and widely disseminated.
No, the news hasn’t changed, and that’s why it no longer was relevant. People who could be ignored or swept under the rug now have a platform — that reality has changed, but reporters cannot get past this — and that is the precise reason they are going after Facebook — those big meanies spoiled all their tyrannical fun.
And the excuse that journalists don’t have the luxury to go over facts is nonsense — you dig deeper than what is on social media. You find new angles, and you find facts. Because journalism was always openly shallow (thirty miles wide, one inch deep), they could get away with cribbing from a press release or steal someone else’s ideas and no one would be the wiser.
If journalism was thirty miles wide and thirty miles deep — and thirty miles long and high — I wouldn’t be here writing about the troubles. I would be reading and having something else to say entirely.
Journalists are resentful that amateurs could take over their racket, and the above comment shows just how angry they have become to the very audiences they alienated.