Democracy Now! Host and Executive Producer Amy Goodman has some choice words about the state of journalism in America:
“The main… what you call serious news outlets have compromised their integrity by acting as a megaphone for those in power… for what I call the access of evil. That is trading truth for access.”
She says in the video interview [minutes 00:23-1:09] conducted by Huffington Post columnist and celebrity photographer Kimberly Butler. The column is entitled “Is Medium the Message?” and this week’s dealt with the politicalization of the medium. (Butler’s word, not mine.)
Amy Goodman makes the point that journalists nowadays merely want the story that sells so they’re willing to jeopardize their integrity and the ‘harder’ news questions in favor of the money the ‘softer’ news will rake in. We are all aware that the American public can stomach stories about infidelity scandals and cute puppies over statistics related to war casualties or the like, but does it have to come at the expense of journalism itself? Should it?