Looking into the behavior of the media in 2019 is a chore. With the entry into a new calendar the normal practice is to give rundowns of the Best Of, from the prior year. However when making a compendium of the news practices we witnessed we need a list at the bottom end of the spectrum. Journalistically this past year has been a tire-fire inside of a dumpster that is rolling down an embankment into a polluted ravine.
The press has not only had a rough go of things in 2019 but, as an industry, it routinely exposed itself with problems and issues in the practice of journalism. Ethics and standard practices seemed easily dispatched in the rush to forward storylines, events were spun with fractured reporting, and many news outlets framed news with the belief that their attempts to present the approved version of stories could not be countered with the actual facts.
Far more than chance stories going awry this is a list of the long-running narratives the media collectively put out that were exposed as problematic. What we were witnessing were provable instances of the press manipulating stories, or at the least butchering the facts with an inability or refusal to employ basic fact-checking and research. It will serve as a lesson for the coming 2020 election year.