What does the phenomenon of everyone from the President on down calling anything they don’t like or agree with in the media “fake news” mean? Why has “preaching to the choir” proven to be not only a profitable approach but also a huge contributor to the deep partisan divide in the country? The answers to those questions give us clues to why the President and folks like Steve Bannon have gone so far as to say members of the news media are “the enemy of the American people.” A look at what these trends mean to the country and to journalism.
David McCumber is an award-winning journalist who has worked for more than twenty years as a writer and editor at newspapers and magazines across the American West. He is the author of several books, including The Cowboy Way and Playing Off the Rail. He is currently the editor of the Montana Standard in Butte, and the regional editor for Lee Enterprises.