Journalism has become increasingly opinionated and subjective over the last 30 years according to a report from a veteran research organization.
The RAND Corporation took a look at traditional media outlets from 1989 to 2019 and found journalism is "more subjective and consists less of the detailed event or context-based reporting" than it used to be.
The study, which can be found here, found a major shift with the rise of 24-hour cable news channels around the year 2000.
Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says that was the year of the Bush vs Gore presidential race, when Democrats claimed the election was stolen.
“The whole foundation of the collapse of conversation in our society stems from that point in history,” he insists. “It created an entire nationwide news infrastructure for the left as they rebelled against it, and we're still paying the price as a republic since.”
According to the study, RAND reviewed media outlets in print, television, and the Internet.
The print outlets in the study are The New York Times, The Washington Post, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC represented television.
For the review of digital-based journalism, RAND looked at Politico, The Blaze, Breitbart News, Buzzfeed Politics, The Daily Caller, and The Huffington Post.
RAND found what it calls "Truth Decay" came from four interrelated trends: disagreement on facts; blurring between opinion and fact; the volume of personal experience and opinion over fact; and declining trust in formerly respected sources.
None of those factors can be blamed on the public, Gainor tells OneNewsNow.
“This is the fault of journalism, where it is today,” he says. “You all made this bed.”
The problem is compounded by the rise of the Internet and in particular social media, Gainor says, because the media that once controlled the national conversation has no control any more.