Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

In “Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy,” Newsweek journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon provides a timely overview of the problems plaguing American journalism. The subject of media bias and misconduct is well-trodden ground in conservative circles, but Ungar-Sargon comes at this from a left-of-center perspective. While she takes issue with many media trends, her key criticism is that the heightened focus on issues of race—which she labels as “a moral panic”—has allowed journalists to overlook the serious economic division between America’s rich and poor. “Not only is it a misrepresentation of what the facts show at every juncture, but this mistaken reading of America has allowed the national liberal news media to obscure from view and even perpetuate the rapacious economic inequality that is only growing in America, and which afflicts working-class and poor people of all races,” she writes. Ungar-Sargon lays out the history of popular journalism in America, from when …

Author: James Bradshaw

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