As you can probably tell, Youtube has been recommending a lot of Tim Pool to me lately, and I’ve been watching some of it. A week ago he posted a video, which I just watched, about Elon Musk’s vow to create a website where people can rate the truthfulness (or bias, or something) of news articles.
I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but it’s mostly a waste of time. This is because Musk’s expectation of what journalism is supposed to be (disinterested, fact-based reporting that conveys the truth about important things going on in the world) is a complete fantasy. What people forget is this:
Journalists are a bunch of failed English, Acting, and Poli-Sci majors who got together and put on a show where they pretend to be the experts. That’s all the news is.
Journalism isn’t failing to live up to Musk’s standards; it never had standards in the first place.