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.
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.