Despite achieving the dubious distinction of polling lower than Donald Trump — the latest presidential approval ratings range between 39 (Pew) and 55 (Rasmussen) percent, while Gallup’s brutal new confidence poll has a mere 32 percent of Americans saying they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in the media “to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly — many esteemed journalists are seemingly six drinks in at their own self-congratulatory Me Party.
This week, over at the Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove penned an article titled “The Journalism Empire Strikes Back.” This is an unfortunate headline, given that the original Empire that Struck Back was, as you’ll remember, evil. It was also hapless, building an obviously flawed Death Star and then repeating the same mistake in another movie. But let’s move on.
“Donald Trump and the people around him are being forced to confront a basic fact: Journalists matter,” Grove wrote. “And with the firing of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn . . . journalism as an institution has reasserted itself. Big time.”
This is all fine, but let’s put this in other words: Hooray, journalists! You’re apparently back and actually doing your jobs after checking out for eight years with President Tiger Beat!