2016 Was One Heck Of A Year For The Journamalisms!
'I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.' -- Douglas Adams
2016 was the year Donald Trump made a horrorshow comedy ritual out of pointing at the media pen at the back of his rallies and encouraging his crowds of screaming howler monkeys to spend a few moments sending hate their way. And Donald Trump's America will be a very strange, even dangerous place for journalists. Crom knows even in normal times there's a lot for even sane people to gripe at the media about, like cable giving an unhinged orange wig stand entirely too much free attention. But for New Year's Eve this year, instead of yelling at the media for sucking like we did last year, we're going to single out some moments where Journamalists done good, giving us some hope that the profession of getting The News to The People is actually alive and well, and, dare we say it, sometimes achieving excellence. And so, in almost no particular order, let's look at some of 2016's nifty achievements in reporting, which were simply chock full of nift:
Alex Jones Decides Wonkette Is 'Fake News'
Sure, Alex Jones is no journalist. What he does is pretty much the antimatter of journalism -- when facts come in contact with InfoWars, they vanish. It's an imperfect metaphor, since Jones's antijournalism isn't similarly annihilated ... maybe he's more like a black hole of journamalism, from which no light can emerge. This much we are sure of: since Yr Wonkette made it onto the deranged trucker speed pusher's list of "fake news" sources, we must be doing something right!
Daily Caller And RedState Said Thoughtful Things About The Dallas Police Shootings. Really!
We don't know what alignment of the stars brought this rare moment of sober reflection upon outlets that normally react to news of police shootings of black men by explaining the victims had it coming, but when five Dallas cops were murdered in July by a sniper, following a peaceful rally protesting police brutality, the Daily Caller, Redstate, and even the freaking National Review all had thoughtful, compassionate things to say about the state of policing in these Fraying But United States. The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis said there really is a crisis in policing, not that it justifies the Dallas murders in the least, but that it is a real thing. RedState's Leon H. Wolf similarly mourned the murdered officers, but also said the best way to prevent insane acts of violence against cops is to ensure that when cops go bad, they aren't allowed to get away with it. The sad reality, however, said Wolf, is that
a huge, overwhelming segment of America does not really give a damn what cops do in the course of maintaining order because they assume (probably correctly) that abuse at the hands of police will never happen to them.
And then he castigated commenters at RedState who invariably find an excuse to blame the victims of police shootings. Amazing! And even the editor of the National Review Tweeted, "You know what else is ridiculous? Blaming Obama. And BLM. Nobody knows who did this." We're encouraged -- is our conservative columnists learning?
Hey, Teen Vogue Is Doing Badass Political Reporting!
It seemed to come out of nowhere, but all of a sudden this fall, Teen Vogue seemed to be doing some of the sharpest political reporting and commentary out there. It tuns out this was no fluke -- the magazine's editor, Elaine Welteroth, and digital editorial director, Phillip Picardi, told NPR's David Folkenflik they decided that was the best way to grow the magazine's audience and impact online. Said Welteroth, "I think of our readers as young, conscious people. We can't underestimate how far-reaching our content is, especially these days. Phil likes to say that our reader is woke and (laughter) I'd have to agree." And that's how we got a terrific essay titled "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America." It immediately became Teen Vogue's most popular post.
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