Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that a “loose network of conservative operatives” had been targeting Times reporters and journalists from other prominent news organizations in an attempt to discredit their work.
The goal: To weaken perceived critics of President Donald Trump and stifle the role of news media as watchdogs.
The weapon of choice: Public statements and social media posts from journalists that could be viewed as damaging.
I’m of many minds on this topic.
For starters, it should go without saying that journalism is not a welcome place for bigots of any type. Our work is incompatible with abhorrent views that place some people above others. Anyone who actually holds those views should not work in a newsroom. Period. Full stop.
But last I checked, besides a handful of bots writing up stocks and sports stories, everyone employed at a news organization is human. And being human is messy. We have a tendency to say and do things that are clumsy, awkward, inappropriate and potentially hurtful.
As Hamilton Nolan writes for Splinter, “There is not a priestly class of people called ‘journalists’ who are able to produce Certified Real Journalism, which exists on a higher plane from the tawdry musings of the rabble.”
I’m sure, if everyone’s life was transformed into a script, scraping that script would reveal at least a handful of “damaging” statements. Social media has effectively gamified the transmutation of wayward thoughts, which we might have otherwise kept private or shared with a
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