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April 08, 2018

The Future Of Journalism Is Emerging From Academia, And It Isn't Pretty

This is definitely worth a read, even if the writer makes some lazy assumptions. Here's a whopper...

"Journalism is not about creating safe spaces," the managing editor of the Times, Joseph Kahn, tells Pompeo. Damn straight. But something tells me Kahn belongs to the losing side in this conflict, that he is a partisan of the Lost Cause of objective journalism.
The NYT hasn't been interested in objective reporting for a very long time, it's just that the higher echelons aren't quite as maniacal about purging every bit of perceived injustice as the new, wet-behind-the-ears fellow travelers in the newsroom.

Regardless, The Battle of Woke Island is an interesting glimpse into the insanity of the SJWs in journalism.

The hiring of a conservative writer for the opinion pages of a liberal publication now occasions a ferocious debate over whether the cause of social justice is being served by implicitly legitimizing an “offensive” voice. Such a debate, of course, assumes that the object of a publication is not to inform or entertain readers, nor to provide them a range of views, but to advance a party line. That is the logic of the campus. And that logic prevailed in the case of Kevin Williamson—a pungent libertarian writer hired by The Atlantic only to be terminated a week later over his views on abortion. (Needless to say, those views are pro-life.) Indeed, even the language of the announcement of Williamson’s firing, which accused him of “violent” speech, echoed the denunciations of student activists.
The schadenfreude of Williamson getting bounced after only a few days aside, it is indicative of a huge problem that a well-respected writer of the GOPe persuasion is discarded so quickly after the first hint of heterogeneous thought appears.


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