You might defer, asking, “What do you mean by “news”? News coverage? ”
I do think that news coverage sucks. This has been brought out in the Trump era, when a candidate for the presidency and then president routinely abused news media coverage and got away with it. Only a scattered few media personalities called out Trump for what he is — a serial liar and long time fraudster who panders to racists. Lawrence O’Donnell was an exception. That was the story, but it took a long time for it to be covered that way. Even now, Trump still gets away with whoppers and frauds without passionate push back by media.
Need an example — how often did you see that Trump’s demand for funding for the Mexican Wall was a fraud? It was. But the coverage was not about the fraud. It was about the demand and the response.
But I have a deeper concern. My concern is that news itself sucks. What do I mean by that? Ask yourself this question. What is important to you? What do you need to know about what is important? Do you get every day access to what you need to know so that it enriches your life? Do you get it from news? And when you get access, do you get follow up that empowers you further?
I think that is what news should do. It should empower us by enabling us to learn about stuff that we deem to be important. Not just sensational stuff. Not just topical stuff. But stuff that we need to learn about. That is all news.
‘I would gladly pay a subscription to access that kind of news. That kind of news would get my attention every morning, where I could harvest 10 or 2o articles that add to the story lines that I am following. To go deeper into them as I pursue them. To put me in charge of “going deeper” into stories.
News doesn’t do that. It tends to sit on the surface of things. And in that landscape, an outfit like Fox News can manipulate public opinion all it wants. Why? Because we generally only have a surface understanding of what we call “news”. So, for example, politics is not a process to improve policy making It is democrats versus republicans. Red v. Blue.Left v. Right. Take down versus put down. This takes the most important value adding process we have to shape our future, and turns it into a zero sum game.
And that may be why subscriptions to newsprint has been declining for decade. When folks got access to superficial coverage of news by TV , they started losing interest in newspapers for their news. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the internet that led to a crisis in the news industry. It was the refusal of news entities to upgrade what they do in the face of competition that started their slow decline.
I don’t like that, and that is why I say “News sucks. “