Unhealthy anti-press sentiment is on the rise, and dangerous.
The cable news situation may be a mess, but investigative journalists at many traditional and new outlets have risen to the occasion. During this election we’ve seen many brilliant scoops, from pussygate to tax returns to the Trump foundation — as well as wonderful personal features reporting like this story that ran in the New York Times this weekend, along with creative opinion writing and even criticism that helps unpack the Trump phenomenon. And those journalists who do tell the truth, and uncover secrets — or even those who are just doing their job following the campaigns — are getting harassed and threatened at Trump rallies, even needing police protection in many cases. The abuse has been egged on by the candidate.
In the meantime, massive layoffs and buyouts at the papers that do do the investigative reporting threaten the ability of the Fourth Estate to do its jobs. Critiquing the media economy is about building a better press corps, not making people scared to cover the race.