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Wanted: Brave Reporter on the 'Right-Wing Media'

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Back in the old days, newspapers assigned reporters to beats such as Congress, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, and Health and Human Services. Now it seems like the new beats are about covering threats, foreign and domestic -- ideological threats. So, the New York Times has a "climate" department. Michael Bender was recently hired to report on "Trumpism," and the Times is seeking a political reporter on "right-wing media."

In their job notice on LinkedIn, the Times warned about "the right-wing media ecosystem that now serves many conservative Americans who no longer rely on the mainstream media to inform themselves."

The newspaper that endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president defines itself as the "mainstream media."

The job notice continued: "The ideal candidate is resourceful, persuasive and prepared to inhabit corners of the internet that popularize far-right or extremist ideas, providing our readers with a critical listening post on those ideas before they achieve wider circulation."

So the beat is "far-right or extremist ideas" with the idea of ... stopping the spread.

"Successful experience covering right-wing media, disinformation, or political extremism would be ideal," they added, "and a robust list of reporting targets would be highly attractive."

 

You could claim to be all about the facts if we're talking about QAnon's satanist pizza parlor conspiracies or "Trump won in a landslide" arguments. But the Times is worrying out loud about half the country that "no longer rely on the mainstream media." So it's far broader than that.

Beware, conservatives: The Times may put you on a "robust list of reporting targets."

This is not uncommon now. NBC says Ben Collins "covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News." NPR explains Odette Yousef "is a National Security correspondent focusing on extremism ... to explore how extremist ideas break into the mainstream."

Their bodies of work are transparently liberal, dominated by not just QAnon but Tucker Carlson and "pro-Russia" voices, white nationalists, Democrat haters on Facebook, "freedom convoys" and conservative parents badgering school boards. Left-wing extremists seem nearly invisible on the assignment editor map.

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