Note well that in both cases — media and Facebook — I’m suggesting that we inform and empower the users, the citizens, the public to share smarter, more factual, more rational and reasonable information. That is what journalism is supposed to do and that is what Facebook wants to do. Instead of concentrating on killing the bad, enable the good and empower the user.
And part of the problem is that journalism has long since forgotten this purpose and standards across the board are slacking. Look at the defamation and fraud cases; the race to the first hot take without analysis or investigation; the habit of patch writing, that common plagiarism of cutting and pasting bits of others’ stories to get the topic up for your site; the Ben Rhodes story about feeding narratives to young journalists who “know nothing”; the lazy editing standards, both for fact checking and text.
I could go on, but I’m pushing it with serial semi colons in a Medium comment as it is. Journalism needs to bring its once strenuous standards to internet sites that wish to be called news. They will be islands in a sea of yellow journalism. We will never get rid of that, nor would we want to. But we need those islands.