Spiked has a piece wondering whatever happened to Investigative Journalism.
It cut corners, that’s what.
Narrative, opinion, sensationalism, and sophistry seemed like short-term quick fixes and boosts that were cheap. Digging for hidden facts is hard, and viewed as unglamorous.
And facts are seen as dry and boring.
Which baffles me. Facts are exciting. They can tell a story far better than narrative.
Journalism got lazy and passive, assuming their opinions were tantamount to facts.
You have junk organizations such as Nieman Lab trying to ensure that journalism is never held accountable for their own sins:
People’s trust in media is terrible: bad. Attempts to fix that: good. Now, what the heck are they?
Facing the fallout from the presidential election, the rise of fake news, and the stark challenges of covering a presidency that aims to undermine press credibility, the U.S. journalism industry has been positively ballooning with trust-geared initiatives.
Thinking up make-work programs with deceptive names is not going to solve the problem. Journalism is broken, and no self-righteous-sounding organization that just begs for money is going to solve it. It is like trying to fight an inferno with a glass of water.
Not a single one of these organizations have genuine qualifications or merit to know what is good journalism or bad as we never had empirical and tested means to do so. These groups are trying to insert their own biased ideology and keep a broken status quo afloat.
You cannot have a ballooning of fake organizations telling you what is real news. It seems to be a mere get-rich-quick scheme.
And that’s what happened to investigative journalism: it got buried underneath all that rot and hubris. Facts need no organization or title: they just need someone to find them, and analyze them, test them, and disseminate them.
But it is all about window-dressing an hiding rot with over-thinking and sophistry. If journalism just confronted their weaknesses and did what had to be done, there would be no need for yet another “Trust Me” organization shilling its quack services to keep the scam going…