Yes, real journalism is mostly extinct now. One of my chief complaints and one of the reason I hate (yes Hate!) the left AND the right. I literally hate them both. Most of the world would do good to to ignore the news and popular social media sites. They might just then view their fellow humans as more than just evil/good once they get to know them. There is a lot of mindless jumping on and off the bandwagon as a result of media and social media.
I am a techie and I was quite upset when I read an article on Arstechnica.com making fun of trump because he apparently (I say apparently, because the phrase could have been metaphorically used) didn’t know that stealth planes are not invisible to the eye, just radar. I thought of all things complain about Trump, you resort to petty and stupid things like this? Sad and quite pathetic.
Then years ago, I remember fox news saying Obama wasn’t an american because he drank tea instead of coffee. I remember at the same time, thinking the same thing. How petty?
Basically instead of talking about policies, they have made it personal.
George MacDonald said something beautiful in one of his sermons that relates to this:
“As far as we can see, the men of whom this was spoken were men who resisted the truth with some amount of perception that it was the truth; men neither led astray by passion, nor altogether blinded by their abounding prejudice; men who were not excited to condemn one form of truth by the love which they bore to another form of it; but men so set, from selfishness and love of influence, against one whom they saw to be a good man, that they denied the goodness of what they knew to be good, in order to put down the man whom they knew to be good, because He had spoken against them, and was ruining their influence and authority with the people by declaring them to be no better than they knew themselves to be. Is not this to be Satan? to be in hell? to be corruption? to be that which is damned? Was not this their condition”
People hated Trump and Obama so much, that they denied any good they did in order to put them down. MacDonald’s lesson holds true today. We no longer judge right from wrong, and instead are willing to call good evil, and evil good just because we hate a person. That is totally sad and pathetic and pretty much explains the far left and the far right. How “far” is debatable, but we can certainly take from Solomon’s wisdom found in Proverbs 18:17 “The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.” But many are not even interested in knowing the other side of a particular story.
It would be nice if our country could debate the issues, civilly and respectfully… But, I think we are long past that. I suspect as we become more and more diverse with tolerance for all cultures, we will become more and more divided until we implode. That isn’t to say I think tolerance is wrong, it isn’t… But too many groups want their hands in the pot and many are not willing to co-exist or compromise.