When (political pundits) pronounce what the future
has in store for us, it comes in the form of definitive
decrees, shaped with the tone of authoritative certainty.
Post media reporter Paul Farhi recently explained the increasing reliance of 24 / 7 cable news networks mixing coverage of breaking news with the opinions of a range of pundits and “experts”, many of whom are journalists, columnists and politicians.
For younger news consumers, he explains that decades ago this was considered taboo among reputable TV news organizations. and the underlying economic drivers of this lamentable development. This has long been something media literate news consumers have been aware of, and is one of the most compelling reasons media education needs to be widely taught in the U.S., and public media needs to be strenghened.