June 7, 2016

CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION, EXCEPT WHEN IT DOES:

Shot: New York Times Reporter Asks Sanders If He’s Sexist For Continuing To Run Against Hillary.

Double-shot: In San Francisco, Berniecrats lash out at media for calling nomination for Clinton*.

Chaser: US newspaper industry hollowed out by job losses.

In the 1920s, H.L. Mencken wrote, “It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics.” Unfortunately, today’s media. which occasionally striking a Mencken-esque cynical pose, are simply Democrat activists with bylines, producing a near-uniform product in service of their party, too terrified to report any story that would reflect badly on it, and increasingly frequently going beyond journalism into SJW-land. While loss of advertising revenue party explains job losses, the faulty product the medium produces must also be taken into consideration.

Or as Jack Shafer warned at Slate in 2008, “Michael Crichton, Vindicated — His 1993 prediction of mass-media extinction now looks on target.”

* Which could conceivably backfire; at Hot Air, Jazz Shaw ponders, “The media may have kneecapped Hillary Clinton by declaring her the presumptive nominee.”

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