Very thoughtful — and depressing — NYRB piece by Jay Rosen. He describes it as a “short course in how the campaign to discredit the American press operates”. Midway through, he turns to what is at risk because of it. Here’s one:
There is a risk that one third of the electorate will be isolated in an information loop of its own, where Trump becomes the major source of information about Trump, because independent sources are rejected on principle. That has already happened. An authoritarian system is up and running for a portion of the polity. Another way to say this is that before journalists log on in the morning, one third of their potential public is already gone.