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In earlier times, a journalist’s biography might have read, “After a stint in the Army, he began his career by covering local events for a small-town newspaper. Later, he made a name for himself covering the civil rights movement before being hired as a national correspondent.” Nowadays, the bio for most journalists is, “Formerly worked in the communications office of (Democratic Politician) or (Left-Wing Activist Group).”
Journalists are increasingly drawn from the ranks of the wealthiest and most privileged. Seriously, there’s no way someone in the middle or working class could work an unpaid media internship in DC or New York while they wait for the break they won’t get because their family has no powerful connections. Twitter ne’er-do-well “Fear the Floof” dug into the backgrounds of some of these Trustafarian media operatives, and got his account suspended for his troubles.
- Taylor Lorenz — the Washington Post twit who specializes in mean-girl attacks, doxxing of people she doesn’t agree with, and pretending to be 22 years old when she’s nearly forty — is the daughter of a wealthy New York developer who grew up in a $5.7 million mansion and attended a Swiss boarding school.
- Matt Yglesias — the not so bright editor from Vox — is the son of very wealthy Hollywood screenwriters and the grandson of a wealthy novelist. This is how the “journalist” was able to pay cash for a high end NYC condominium.
- Ben Collins — the NBC media operative who specializes in campaigns to get people he doesn’t like removed from social media and labeling conservatives as “domestic terrorists” — has almost no internet history at all. Somehow, any details of his background have been completely scrubbed. That he graduated from an exclusive college that costs $75,000 a year to attend is perhaps a clue.
So, if you wonder why journalism seems to be obsessed with wealthy people’s interests — transgender activism, climate change, political games — and indifferent or contemptuous of issues that affect the middle and working classes (crime, inflation, illegal immigration, failing schools, failing public services), this is pretty much why.
Hollywood’s a lot like that, too. Instead of people with real-life experience in front of the camera and writing the scripts, they just pick up rich kids right out of film school who have the generational wealth that lets them work for cheap. And the result is absolute crap.Published in