That Massive Correction on the Trump/Georgia Phone Call Is an Opportunity for Local Media to Speak Up

MINOT, N.D. — If you complain about “the media” to someone who works in local or regional journalism, you’re likely to elicit some eye rolls.

The “media” are not monolithic, they’ll probably tell you. It’s not fair to lump them in with the New York Times or the baying jackals who populate cable news.

They’re right.

It’s not fair.

Despite popular rhetoric, there is a big difference between the people who bring your local headlines and the people who produce them on the national stage.

Still, there’s a reason why so many in the public tend to view the news media as a monolith, and it’s because local media outlets aren’t doing much to help draw a distinction.

The massive screw up at The Washington Post over quotes attributed to disgraced former President Donald Trump is an opportunity for local news outlets.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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