How the Media Continue to Influence Public Opinion After Losing the Public’s Trust

Commentary No one can say for sure how many people have discontinued their subscriptions to The New York Times and/or The Washington Post since both papers abandoned any effort to report the news and instead gave themselves up entirely to advocacy. The number is obscured by the even greater number—the “Trump bump” they call it—who they say have taken out subscriptions because advocacy, particularly of the kind that is opposed to Mr. Trump, and advocacy only is now just what they want in a newspaper. It makes you wonder what they will do when—according to their reckoning, the day is only three months away—they no longer have Trump to kick around (to adapt the words of the media’s previously most-hated president, Richard Nixon). Somehow, I don’t think they’ll want to go back to reporting the news. But for those who no longer see these papers or the broadcast media which …