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A damning self-examination, with some uplift thrown in.Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"If you want to please people, you’re in the wrong line of work."Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"The mainstream media suffers from ADD — they cover a story and then they abandon it."National Report’s Allen Montgomery on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"I think I have a really bad reputation. But I’m a really nice guy! People have bashed me. I’m used to all that."Journalist Ana Marie Cox on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"That’s the way our business works: You have to be entertaining."Fusion’s Alexis Madrigal on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"I think the media has been too afraid to just say, 'You’re a racist.'"
"The free-content-plus-ads model in general is not working. The rise of clickbait and its ensuing decline is in fact evidence of this."Jezebel’s Clover Hope on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"There’s this idea that the woman can’t possibly be real, which is a little bit of an issue."The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"The most troublesome tension is the one between the need to file immediately, because a thousand other people are filing immediately, and the time it takes to do real reporting."
"We can only make things exciting if they’re, like, happening in front of us with funny hats."The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"If there’s something that one of the candidates did that we learn about in somebody’s memoir in 20 years, that really was essential to understanding who they are — that means we failed, in my view."The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"More so than the newspapers, more so than radio stations, more so than any other segment of the media, [networks] are tremendously allergic to on-the-record accountability."The Wire’s David Simon on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"The problem for journalism is: Our actual problems are bigger, more complicated, more sprawling and complex than good guys and bad guys. And the solutions, such as they are, are often to be found somewhere in the middle."Former New York Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"In the atomization of media, audiences find the one that’s most gratifying to them, the one that tells them what they want to hear rather than what they don’t want to hear."The New York Times’ Dean Baquet on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"Print was this beautiful, perfect medium. You had all day to polish it. Speed was not an issue."The American Conservative’s Daniel McCarthy on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media
"I do think the right has more grounds to complain than the left does."