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U.S. media’s failure to defeat Trump shows how journalism has lost its way

By Angelo Persichilli      

In the ‘70s, it took one newspaper, The Washington Post, to destroy the most powerful man in the world, Richard Nixon. Now, the entire American media failed to stop Donald Trump from signing a four-year lease to the White House.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in New Hampshire in February 2016. Angelo Perichilli writes that the U.S. news media campaigned against Mr. Trump and lost. The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash

TORONTO—Knowlton Nash, the late CBC anchor of the 1980s, in his book Prime Time at Ten, quoted Jody Powell, press secretary to former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, describing reporters as people “who watch the battle from afar and when it’s over come down the hills to shoot the wounded.” Not anymore. They are now directly involved in the fight. The outcome of the American elections is only the most dramatic example of the demise of professional journalism. Journalists openly

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