Incisive piece with good historical perspective (I’m less confident about the solutions for the way forward).
I offered my own historical impressions quite a while ago. But I did gloss over the downside of crusading journalism in the ’70s. Yeah, Woodward and Bernstein were (foolishly) elevated to the heroes (though the Boston Globe‘s more collective investigation of the Catholic Church is a better constructive model). And this is where you get the “we’ll tell you what’s wrong, clumps!” attitude.
As I noted, entirely too many people in my journalism class were freakin’ sure they were the next W&B. Reading their writing and detecting their smooth brains, it was clear they would be lucky to wind up car salesmen.