How Can Journalists and Academics Serve the Public if the Public Doesn’t Trust Them?
MINOT, N.D. — Academia.
Entertainment, including the various sports leagues.
The news media.
These are America’s dominant cultural institutions.
They’re also not terribly welcoming places when it comes to right-of-center thinking.
More than unwelcoming, they’re often actively hostile.
Earlier this year a high-profile football coach almost lost his job because he wore a conservative T-shirt.
The newsroom of The New York Times has filled with people who aren’t even pretending to be objective anymore.
Do I even need to go into the manifest examples of higher education’s disdain for anyone who might have even a passing thought of voting for a Republican?
Is it any wonder, then, when at least two of these institutions try to convince right-of-center Americans that the COVID-19 pandemic is serious business that must be dealt with by things like masking and social distancing, that those Americans don’t trust them?