Chuck Todd's sophistry in The Atlantic is as cringeworthy as it is completely out of touch with reality:
It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back
A nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News's Roger Ailes, has left many Americans distrustful of media outlets. Now, journalists need to speak up for their work.
This is a paranoid conspiracy theory and a form of misdirection: journalists have no one else but themselves to blame for their death.
Yes, Mr. Todd, journalism is dead.
Journalists spewed a lot of lies. On purpose. For personal gain. Fake news, and I chronicled it all way back in 2005 in my book Don't Believe It!: How lies become news.
And Roger Ailes had nothing to do with it, as he was also a news producer whose feints and ruses I wrote about in my second book OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism.
So let us get that misconception out of the way.
Journalism was in trouble for many reasons, and I chronicled that in my fourth book When Journalism was a Thing.
You had your Stephen Glasses and Jayson Blairs. You had your Janet Cookes and your Kim Stacys. Your profession cribbed off so many PR firms and press releases during hard news events such as wars, that to now wear a fake halo and pretend you are all some kind of moral authority is a real gag.
Have you forgotten how many of your own were ensnared in #MeToo? Your colleagues. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, the Big Boys.
Rose was with CBS, but Lauer, he was at your network, Mr. Todd.
The network that killed Ronan Farrow's story.
So your spinning in the propagandistic Atlantic is as pathetic as it gets.
Bottom line: your wicked cult did it all to yourselves, and you are no better than those priests who abused their power by abusing children and covered it up.
Enough of your garbage.
Journalism is dead.
Besides, Mr. Todd, it is too little, too late.
Journalism is over. Finished. Gone.
And now it is time to start over in a Post-Journalism World.
Yes, Mr. Todd, you forgot to read the memo as you were busy writing your temper tantrum about how everybody else is to blame but journalists.
A post-journalism world isn't something on the horizon: it is happening now.
Journalists can complain or not complain: they are no longer relevant, and their profession is no longer a thing.
Deal with it.
They ignored the nuances of the Fourth Medium to their detriment. They were so used to telling the little people what to think that they didn't see the people went marching on this spinning globe without them.
But we have a huge void to fill with the next generation of information disseminators.
Journalists are too ignorant and arrogant to change their ways. They are declaring war on the dead Roger Ailes, instead of realizing that the war is over and journalism lost.
And it deserved to lose. It earned its loss.
Why is it Ailes' fault? Because he didn't walk lockstep with your propaganda, and chose to use his own instead?
What a perfect world he ruined presenting another viewpoint? If only he stuck to your little script, it would be all so very glorious for your kind?
That is not what killed journalism -- or its façade.
If you cannot see reality, then you cannot be left in charge of reporting it. The end.
And it is the end of journalism.
But when a curtain falls, it will rise again, but with a new act on the stage.
Journalism is a relic of a bygone era when people were at their mercy to get their information, and to disseminate it.
Those days are gone.
Because we will see the rise of another medium, and it will also change the way we live in this world,
That is the reason why a new replacement to journalism is beginning to emerge now.
The old guard are tone deaf. They are too tainted to be credible, reliable, valid, or useful.
They use old methods when those methods no longer do what they are supposed to do.
And when you have an Establishment journalist writing in an Establishment magazine about "fighting back", what you are saying is you wish to wage war on the people to keep a tyrannical status quo in place.
Because that is what journalism was: shackles that prevented people from being able to bypass the gate-keepers to speak to the world directly -- unedited and unfiltered.
Right now, we are living in a Post-Journalism World. It is one of pure anarchy, and it is devoid of any reliable and valid system of gathering information for a general audience.
But the seeds of the alternative are already in place.
It is F.R.E.E.D.
It is the system of getting information without the egotism and drama as well as the narrative and the sloppy methods that have no empirical value.
It is a creative science whose laboratory is not in the Ivory Towers, but in the real world.
I ran myself as a test subject for years.
The backbone of F.R.E.E.D. is Method Research.
It is a far superior way of gathering information. It forces those gathering information to be vigilant, disciplined, humble, and active, something journalism always failed to do.
Mr. Todd may be barking orders to no one in particular, but F.R.E.E.D. does not play those childish and self-serving games.
Journalism is dead.
And it is time for those in that dead profession to try their hand at adulting -- meaning facing the reality and truth as they finally admit their own responsibility for their own destruction...