The Era of “EXPERTS SAY” Journalism: How “The Experts” Killed Americans’ Trust in Media

In the last decade, American media has undergone a monumental transformation.  The Cold War era was brought to you by brilliant journalists conducting investigations; following troops into battle; revealing uncomfortable, and often dangerous, facts.  Their goal was bringing people information to the best of their ability, encouraging honest debate, and following the facts wherever they led.

Today’s journalism is different.  The whole essence of journalistic work may be condensed into one phrase: “EXPERTS SAY.”  There are no clues to follow or stories to chase.  The only daily task of a journalist is to find a cause of importance to the audience of The View and find “the experts” who concur with their views.

To do that, every journalist must undergo a proper training.  They can easily fine tune their moral compass while attending any Ivy League university.  There, they meet all the right connections – similarly “enlightened” young minds who live off their parents’ assets while taking classes in social justice and reading BuzzFeed.   They are fully aware that they don’t deserve being where they are, and they feel sufficiently guilty.  So, when they are done amassing “knowledge,” they use it to tear down “the system” they just took advantage of, and make sure nobody will ever have the same advantage that they did.

Any young journalist already reached all the “socially acceptable” conclusions on all issues that are important to the crowd congregating at a Silicon Valley Starbucks.  They have no doubt that the only reason for existence of law enforcement is to kill black men; that doctors often make mistakes when “assigning gender at birth;” and that it’s every American’s responsibility to take care of the world’s poor.  The people with real jobs may still be a little behind on reaching those conclusions – and that is where “the experts” come in to bring everyone up to speed.

In the morning, a young journalist writes an article on “the outrage of the day” with his thesis clearly stated.  This thesis exactly follows from the consensus that was reached last night by the 12-people panel on CNN.  Now, the kid’s task is to find a few “experts” who will sign off on his predetermined conclusion.  The only useful thing the young journalist learned in college is where to find a couple of grifters with a PhD in social justice who will staunchly support his conclusions providing they do so “on the condition of anonymity.”

This condition is important.  It speaks to the qualifications of “the experts.”  You may remember that Einstein and Newton often published their work “under the condition of anonymity.”

Here is an example of the “EXPERTS SAY” journalism:

I am willing to bet a large sum of money that when collecting “sources” for his article, John Blake of CNN has not consulted anyone who actually studied the Holocaust.  Nor has he approached anyone who survived it or knew someone who did – just to see if they really believe that rejecting “queer theory” from the required reading list is in any way similar to sending 6 million people to gas chambers.   Young John was not interested in hearing from anyone who would not sign off on his story.  Quite to the contrary – he carefully selected only those whose who listed “contempt for Ron DeSantis” as their main area of expertise.

The importance of “EXPERTS SAY” journalism over the last few years is hard to overstate.  It brought us the joy of Covid “mitigation measures.”  It brought us “everything is racist” dictum.   It brought us “transitory inflation.”  It brought us the Presidency of Joe Biden.

It also brought us a complete collapse of the American media.

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  1. Experts said is lazy and disingenuous. Basically it’s propaganda, lies sprinkled with just enough facts to sell it. In essence ” professional journalists ” are scam artists selling you BS to push their agenda….

  2. Well, as a former journalist (a real journalist) I can say this article is bang on correct. I was taught to pursue MULTIPLE sources for BOTH sides of a story, present what I’d found and let the reader or listener (in the case of my public radio days) decide what they wanted to believe. Those days are long gone. The academy has been hijacked by the same pseudo intellectual, sloppy thinking social justice crowd that are bringing you things like speech codes and men who can get pregnant. Journalism schools today are producing ‘journalists’ who are taught to view every story they are handed through a social justice/grievance lens and produce the story on that basis.

    That poison has spread to our newsrooms, where corporate drones control most of the major and many of the minor (read local) news outlets. It has also spread to the American consciousness, where the most dangerous presumption still haunting society is that journalists are objective presenters of the truth instead of partisan hacks.

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Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in Bay Area for 30 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.  I am currently a resident of Florida.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.

My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.

Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?

Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.

For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.

And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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