We are watching today a collapse of trust in television news, especially cable news.
Certainly, a percent or two of the 330 million Americans “trust” a handful of broadcasters with whom they agree. Rush Limbaugh probably has the highest raw number of devoted listeners who really trust him—but he has no one even remotely his equal on television.
The vast majority of Americans believe, with good reason, that all those TV talking heads on television are somewhere on the political spectrum and that all the journalists, producers and executives standing behind them bend the news to fit their politics.
Journalists of all shapes, sizes, platforms and personalities are presumed to be advancing an agenda because almost everyone on television is actually doing just that.
We need a new birth of news—new faces and production teams, new mission statements and, yes, new executives.
The Rome of television is in ruins, but it can be rebuilt.
For the good of the nation, it must be rebuilt.
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