Joanne Lipman sits down with New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan to discuss her important role.
I wish Ms Sullivan had included ignorant voters as one of your perennial issues.
Reporters are forced by the needs of their job to be entertainers first and journalists second. But reporting today's most important facts is distracting voters from remembering yesterday's most important facts. Which is one of the main reasons why surveys by the news media,,, and interviews by comedians by people standing in line to vote, have repeatedly shown that most voters are too ignorant to vote. (The other main reason for this ignorance is most voters don't take notes when they read a newspaper or listen to a news broadcast.) But no one in the news media seens to be interested in communicating more effectively by communicating like a teacher by publishing an annual one week review of the year's most important facts. That is surprising because this remedial education course could be used by newspapers to create an increase in demand for newspapers. It could also be republished as a paperback book so voters wouldn't have to take notes, They could just buy an annual photographic memory. More importantly, there has been a plethora of news aticles about our tax laws since the last major reforms in 1986 and nothing was accomplshed by those articles. Just like the pre-crisis journalism on the housing bubble and subprime mortgage fraud accomplished nothing. And the post-crisis journalism on too big to prosecute banks is not accomplishing anything So why can't reporters and editors see that so much of their hard work has accomplished nothing. Why won't the NYT or CNN investigate their failure to communicate. Maybe reporters like reporting today's most important facts so much that they don't care about he relationship between our dysfunctional government and ignorant voters
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