Axios CEO to Journos: 'Restore Faith And Trust In Media' By Hiding Bias, Quitting Twitter

Chris Menahan
Oct. 22, 2018

This is great advice which ensures the media will keep losing!

Axios's Jim VandeHei shared this advice on Sunday which he told students who asked him "how to restore faith and trust in media":
Politicians: Stop using the term "fake news." The worst thing for a country is having people believe lies, or trust nothing. One day soon, something bad will happen, and it will take faith in information to fix it. You erode trust at our collective peril. 

Media: News organizations should ban their reporters from doing anything on social media -- especially Twitter -- beyond sharing stories. Snark, jokes and blatant opinion are showing your hand, and it always seems to be the left one. This makes it impossible to win back the skeptics. 

Social media companies: Radically self-regulate, or allow government regulation to stanch, the flow of disinformation or made-up news. Maybe it takes a new FCC of social media to force the same standards as expected from TV stations and newspapers. One thing is for sure: The current self-policing isn't cutting it.

You: We all want to fault others, but each of us is very much to blame. Quit sharing stories without even reading them. Quit tweeting your every outrage. Quit clicking on garbage. Spend a few minutes to verify the trustworthiness of what you read.
Noticeably missing:

- Stop lying to people.

- Stop lying by omission.

- Stop running with total garbage which is obviously false to advance your far-left political agenda.

- Stop acting as though people choosing not to believe your crappy news organization's reporting is the equivalent of being against journalism and news reporting altogether (that's not even a thing).

- Stop using the AP's Orwellian stylebook.

- Stop acting as servants to the establishment rather than honest journalists.

- Stop portraying yourselves as victims when you're victimizing innocent people every day by trying to destroy their lives through doxing and harassment campaigns for wrongthink on behalf of your corporate masters.

- Stop acting like you're the underdog "fighting the establishment" when, as in the case of The Washington Post, you literally work for the richest man in the world.

- Stop acting like your bias is not clear for everyone to see, because no one believes you and it comes across as phony and fake.

- Stop acting like journalists are a special "protect class" whose lives are intrinsically more valuable than others.

- Stop advocating for your competition to be censored and banned from the internet.

The list could go on forever.

The reality is the reason journalists are viewed by many as the lowest form of life on planet earth is because they're products of our crooked establishment, view themselves as part of the establishment and act as nothing more than establishment bootlickers.

Nearly all of them work for billionaires, venture capitalists or multimillion-dollar corporations and they realize there is no money in fighting the establishment and plenty of money in serving it. (If you're especially lucky, you can get a gig like Paul Krugman writing textbooks which students will be forced to buy for $300 a pop or more.)

Until this crooked system changes, you're not going to win back any trust, nor do you deserve to.

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