A revolution is rocking the foundations of mainstream journalism as a new breed of reporters are devoting themselves to what they call "the truth" and "moral clarity" – rather than to the facts.
In a recent editorial in a periodical called "The Week," Damon Linker put it like this:
"In place of difficulty, complexity, and complication, today's journalistic revolutionaries crave tidy moral lessons with clear villains and heroes. They champion simplicity, embrace moral uplift, and seek out evildoers to demonize."
In an interview with OneNewsNow, award-winning journalist Richard Randall put it in simpler terms:
"Somewhere along the way … newsrooms went off the rails. And I can pinpoint it for you: it was the beginning of the Obama administration, eight years of that, and then the Trump administration."
He says by looking for "tidy moral lessons," journalists switched from telling the public the facts to telling the public what to think about the facts.
"Schools and journalists lost sight of the fundamental truth, which is you need to research and to find the truth and to communicate that to the public without putting your bias into it – unless it's the editorial page and that's fine," he states.
According to Randall, that's why "woke" newsrooms are seething with rage and demanding editors get fired if they allow contrary opinions to appear on their pages – as happened at the New York Times after it ran a piece by Republican Senator Tom Cotton defending the use of force to regain control of America's streets.
The big loser in this journalistic metamorphosis, says the veteran reporter and talk-show host, is the public.
"The editorial room and the newsrooms are so comingled that the average person has to read through an entire article before [they] get to the very end and it mentions the pertinent facts – or [they] have to go to page 16 to read an article that should have been on page one," the journalist laments.
One of the consequences of this journalistic shift, as Randall pointed out in an interview earlier this year, is that the public hears little about the spate of violence against conservatives because the mainstream media seems to be "chomping at the bit" for conservative-on-liberal violence.