U.S. media credibility became an issue following the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and recent polls show the public’s faith in the media continues to decline.
Ironically, some of the great news organizations that prospered as champions of the free press in the United States have become monopolies. In the process they lost not only the thrill of competition but also respect for diverse points of view. So the price of winning was losing a genuine relationship with their audience.
During the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the winning candidate did an end-run around the establishment media with his own social media accounts and actually won.
While entertainment news operations flourish, significant hard news beats go unstaffed by actual professional reporters paid to question authority and verify information.
In an era when foreign news is increasingly relevant to local communities and economies, Americans increasingly turn to state-controlled organizations such as RT, BBC or Al Jazeera with editorial policies that are sometimes in direct conflict with U.S. long term interests.