FOURTH ESTATE’S “SHRINKAGE” IS ONGOING …
The decline of the mainstream media is something this website has followed with interest over the last few years. We’ve also followed how “news” has really become … well, something else.
The press (especially here in South Carolina) has become a subservient regurgitation platform at best – an apologist/ advocate for the status quo at worst.
One thing it’s not? And hasn’t been for a long time? An investigator of corruption or defender of the public’s interests.
And guess what: The already gutted investigative capability of the MSM is about to be diminished even further.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) latest “occupational outlook handbook,” there will be a 13 percent decline in “reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts” over the next seven years.
That equates to more than 7,000 lost media jobs … and the vast majority of them fall into the “reporters and correspondents” category.
“Declining advertising revenue in radio, newspapers, and TV will negatively affect the employment growth for these occupations,” the report stated.
Ongoing consolidation of media will also play a role.
“News organizations also continue to consolidate and increasingly share resources, staff, and content with other media outlets,” the report added. “Reporters are able to gather and report on news for multiple media stations owned by the same corporation, while television stations reuse news and material already gathered by other stations and reporters.”
In other words the great proliferation of media is now folding back in on itself ….
“Think reporting is crappy now?” one of our readers noted. “Just watch as media continues to consolidate, and the emphasis continues to slide toward entertaining over informing the public.”
America needs an aggressive, independent Fourth Estate that’s not afraid to hold government at all levels accountable. Desperately. What we have instead is an increasingly centralized purveyor of special interest-approved pablum – which delves into real “news” only when it serves to stoke surface divisions and foment needles discord.
Think our government is in trouble?
It is … but so is the industry that’s supposed to be holding it in check.