Journalist says profit should be ‘taken out of the equation’ in news media


Journalist Matt Taibbi told “Rising” on Wednesday that profit needs to be taken out of journalism “at least in part” in order to quell the feelings of divisiveness and vitriol within the news media.  

“A lot of it has to do with the way the business is constructed,” Taibbi, a Rolling Stone contributor, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. 

“As long as we have a commercial media system that’s built the way it is it’s going to be very difficult to go back to the way things were,” he continued. “Unless we have true, like, public interest journalism where profit is somehow taken out of the equation at least in part, we’re going to have this problem.” 

“The easiest way to make the money is just to keep feeding people stuff that is vitriolic and makes them upset,” he said. “That’s literally addictive for audiences, and until we can be broken out of that habit, this is going to continue.”

Taibbi is promoting his forthcoming book, “Hate Inc.: How, and Why, the Media Makes Us Hate One Another,” in which he argues “that what most people think of as ‘the news’ is, in fact, a twisted wing of the entertainment business.” 

Critics of the news media, including President Trump, have slammed the press this week for its coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election meddling. 

Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Mueller‘s report on his investigation, which found insufficient evidence of coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

— Julia Manchester

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