Dan Le Batard advises against journalism thanks to Donald Trump
Despite his personal successes, Dan Le Batard cannot in good conscience recommend journalism as a career after former President Donald Trump trashed the industry.
Le Batard joined Kenny Mayne’s latest episode of his Hey Mayne podcast for Audacy. There, the two former ESPN colleagues discussed media, politics and social issues. As expected, Le Batard made some comments worthy of aggregation.
“I can’t advise anyone to get into writing and reporting now. It’s not a prudent career move to write meaningful stuff and have someone pay for it,” Le Batard said, much to Mayne’s dismay. “It’s an excellent career choice ethically, morally, it’s important. But as we move towards a journalism where politicians are so immune to shame that no amount of reported corruption ends up making a dent in solving injustices, and corruptions win everywhere… how can I advise anyone to choose this as a career path when it seems so dangerous? »
Journalism has evolved from an objective source of information designed to exploit dishonesty to an argument of fact. And if journalists and the media can’t agree on a basic set of facts, then how can the industry operate ethically?
“I have been saddened for 20 years by the few people who care about the care and verification that must be given to journalism so that there can be checks and balances on the protection of democracy,” Le Batard continued. “And never more than having that unsubtle racist orange turd in his body able to crush my industry with ‘Fake News, Fake News!’ “as I watch propaganda take over and disinformation all over the internet.
At its core, the concept of journalism aspires to be objective and unbiased. While parts of the news and political media often fail to meet this standard, sports media benefits from a universally accepted set of facts. Sports media, while notorious for containing clickbait and wild catches, relies on an unwavering scorecard and statistics that are the basis of most arguments.
Journalism and the media of which Le Batard speaks do not however agree on the starting point of any polemic. Even when political news and media are given a scorecard, such as an election result, it is not universally accepted as fact. Instead of facing the facts, one side of the spectrum relies on shouting “fake news”, as the former president taught. While there are certainly some current and aspiring journalists with integrity, cutting through the noise to find an audience is often the most difficult task.