Former military analyst for NBC News, William Arkin, delivered an epic scorching of the mainstream media’s coverage of political and national security topics in an internal memo issued on his way out the door.
For those who may not be familiar with Arkin, he’s an Army veteran who provided NBC News with decades of military analysis and recently decided to step down from this position. The memo indicates that he felt out of touch with what the network was trying to accomplish.
“My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment,” Arkin said in the memo. ” And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus.”
The media can’t keep up. Arkin said the social media age has caused NBC News and other media to fall behind in the ability to cover everything that’s going on in the world.
National security reporting turned into a “political horse race.” “We have contributed to turning the world national security into this sort of political story. I find it disheartening that we do not report the failures of the generals and national security leaders. I find it shocking that we essentially condone continued American bumbling in the Middle East and now Africa through our ho-hum reporting.”
Media is distracted by Trump. “I thought that the mission was to break through the machine of perpetual war acceptance and conventional wisdom to challenge Hillary Clinton’s hawkishness. … But then Trump got elected and investigations got sucked into the tweeting vortex, increasingly lost in a directionless adrenaline rush, the national security and political version of leading the broadcast with every snow storm.”
While there may not be a lot of conservative folk who agree with some of Arkin’s positions, he’s definitely not wrong about the media being distracted by Trump. However, it seems “distracted” might not be the right word for it.
More like “obsessed” to the point of ignoring other critically important issues facing the country. The mainstream media has become a propaganda machine for the anti-Trump crowd, abandoning it’s job of providing folks with objective facts and allowing them to decide for themselves what they believe.
Instead, the media wants to force feed viewers their own particular worldview, opting to teach people what to think rather than how to think.
It’s truly a sad state of affairs for modern journalism.