Not that it ever was journalism; it morphed into news entertainment when CNN fell off the perch, and the upstarts, Fox and MSNBC, started to steal the faithful.
Actually long before CNN, but the line of demarcation is so evident at this juncture. The festering zit had been growing for a long time. With the launch of these rivals, it merely came to a head.
Now ‘entertainews’ can combine morning talk shows with country music, or oldies rock and roll if you have the stomach to watch MSNBC, and, to keep the faithful frothing at the mouth, propaganda, full of innuendo and invective, patriotism and pandering.
Should we malign Fox and Friends for doing it better than the others? I’m not sure. Perhaps we should malign Morning Joe for being so bad at it.
As Tom Wolfe wrote in Bonfire of the Vanities, ‘If you’re going to live in a whorehouse, there’s only one thing you can do: be the best damn whore around.’
— Anna Kooiman (@annakooiman) July 4, 2014