Serious journalism is back. Where was it during Trump’s campaign? – Los Angeles Times

To the editor: Doyle McManus concludes his column thusly: “Serious, solid journalism is coming back into fashion. As long as we remember to practice it.” (“The death of facts has been greatly exaggerated,” Opinion, Jan. 25)

Good news, indeed. But it does bring up the question: Where has “serious, solid journalism” been in recent years? And why? 

To be sure the Internet has been a disruptor of the newspaper business. Reading between McManus’ lines, however, it sounds like it took the election of Donald Trump to bestir complacent journalists to do their jobs. 

As our new president would say: “Sad!”


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