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Only Media Can Save Themselves

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With mistake after mistake, digging themselves out of a deep hole seems less likely for the mainstream media.

As the division between members of the press and the mass population grows, often times falling along political party lines, both sides have been given ammo in recent days.

With revelations that could further damage the mainstream media’s reputation coming to light, neither side is willing to take ownership of the state of discourse that exists in our society today.

This lack of accountability particularly by the press will only soil their reputation further. Though the majority in the media were unhappy with the outcome of this presidential election, and the rise of right-wing outlets, they have shown an inability to reflect and recognize the error in their ways.

The loss of the public trust started long ago and only they can make a course correction by returning to the fundamentals of journalism, and not getting into a tit for tat with the society that keeps them afloat.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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