CNN cannot get its act together. It's digital staff is losing jobs as well as their traditional ones (the face-saving excuse that they did too much too fast does not quite fly). North American journalists think they are seen as being avatars for progressiveness and inclusivity, but just reading this review of move The Post on Al Jazeera Media shows how insular Western journalism has become.
We can debate the merits of different media, for instance, and that's the entire problem.
Journalism doesn't have an identity. It tries to use a narrative that it is flawless, all-encompassing, compassionate, sensitive, and yet it is none of those things.
It is an industry that is lost and is trying to fake what it is expected of it.
That's a red flag that it has no idea what it is supposed to be, how to be it, and why.
Journalists think that slagging someone incessantly is the same as hard-hitting investigation. They believe fawning over celebrities makes it relatable and likeable.
That's not what they are supposed to do. It is not about saying of benevolent a celebrity is.
It is not supposed to give uncritical coverage to local child actors. They aren't supposed to grandma and grandpa their coverage.
They are supposed to tell people what isn't working, and why.
Where are the hidden dangers? What is changing or happening?
Journalists try to pretend to be sophisticated, but it is the primal instincts that are supposed to drive them.
Not boorish instincts, but the ones that spot trouble.
That's what I have been doing for journalism for a very long time. I am a one-woman news outlet with three specific mandates: (a) to show where journalism collapsed, (2) to show where publishing and storytelling failed, and (c) to look at how women are failing and succeeding in getting traction in their lives.
I know what my mandate is. It's clear and defined. There may be overlap, but my identity has precise and concise. There is no fuzzy lines for me.
It's why I can see things from a distance, and know what it is that I see. There are no sophistry-based arguments to indulge in. It's simple.
But journalism has forgotten what that means; and so, they continue to dither right into darkness with no idea where they are going or why.