Jordan Peterson is as mistaken about journalism as everyone else

Jordan Peterson is disturbed by the fact that journalists don’t act the way he (and basically everyone else) has been taught to believe journalists should act.

Here’s what I would say to Peterson: Cathy Newman was doing her job. So was the Guardian. Not doing their job badly, not dishonestly, but exactly as it is meant to be done, because journalism is not a public service to enlighten audiences, it isn’t there to expose truths or disseminate important facts, even if it does that by accident once in a while. (Buddy comedies do that once in a while too.)

Journalism is just another profitable form of entertainment media, showing stories to people for their amusement. Journalism is different from other entertainment media only in the kinds of storytellers and characters it uses. Even its style or mode of storytelling isn’t so radically different from a scripted drama or a children’s cartoon; they’ve found a clever way to suspend disbelief, that’s all.

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