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Hugh Hewitt: Profit-Driven Partisan Journalism Splitting the Nation

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By    |   Friday, 02 March 2018 03:15 PM

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said profit-fueled journalism is dividing America.

His comments came in a column in The Washington Post.

"The Trump earthquake seems to have hastened the final split of American media into two very distinct waters, with very little irrigation connecting them," he said. "One of those rivers is thoroughly inundated with anti-Trump, #NeverTrump debris and sediment. The other is almost wholly free of those ingredients.

"It isn't just cable news, though MSNBC and CNN are mostly in the former and Fox News almost wholly in the latter. The 'two rivers' effect is mostly the result of the self-selected flows we direct ourselves to via Twitter feeds and chosen for us by Facebook's and Google's almighty algorithms. News consumers have to consciously seek out the other wellspring to make sure they aren't isolated from 40 percent of the country's views and heartfelt beliefs."

But Hewitt noted there is money to be made "by sticking close to one river and one river only." And he said it would take another upheaval to commit media platforms to "something other than profitability."

But he maintained such a change is necessary.

"The rise of partisanship on every issue, unleavened by levity, unmediated by respect for basic decency, is accelerating," he said. "Tapping the brakes, and eventually making a U-turn, is what the media need to do.

And he said don't blame it all on President Donald Trump.

"Of course, he could, and he should lower the temperature on everything," said Hewitt. "But if he doesn't, so what? That changes nothing about the responsibility to manage every platform for the common good."

Hewitt said it is up to the press to use its power responsibly.

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