I think people had a point here where they kept trying to pin it on this liberal market thinking of "market of ideas" which became bastardized with democracy into this totallh erroneous falsehood that all ideas are opinions and all opinions are created equal and therefore opinion can be tantamount to fact, only competing ones. I think much more ruthless amoral individuals exploit this psychopathic mainframe couched deceivingly in false "compassion" or "empathy" when is really psychopathy and narcissism, that therefore any and all ideas should be heard and given equal consideration.
This results in such literally suicidal at species level concepts as climate change denial, anti vaxxers, trannies, and young earth creationism among others. The result is then you've got these mentally ill guys getting treated like somehow their viewpoint is valid, to where it's a sin to "invalidate" someone. Same problem, right or left, which is literally designed to bog down real journalists because then they spend all this time sifting through literal bullshit and having to pretend there is any reason to consider it at all. Trump is one of the greatest spokespersons for this poison, as if somehow his lie after lie bore consideration. It does not. Climate change denialism bears no consideration. You are simply fucking wrong. Your opinions are not facts. Your feelings do not matter. Fact is a cold immovable stone, pitiless and utterly unwavering through the aeons, it does not change, like God. Their very concept has become so polluted now fully majority of the population pretends we need to consider not facts but feelings and sentiments, the basis upon which the market founds itself and thrives, where any fool can be easily deceived through flash and pizazz and therefore parted from his money.
I think the sympathizing with hard regimes itt is an unconscious reaction to that, because the human mind just cannot bear such self deception for so long without snapping back to say "A is A. Deal with it." A guy like Trump only got popular because he promised to do exactly that, while in fact usually doing the opposite. The idea to become a state functionary is mired in this miasma of softcore nihilism, of wanting something, anything, with solidity.
It has no become where some of the alleged more educated or "internet elite" attack those very bearers of facts, no longer even perceiving truth in any of them, nor in any thing.
We did have real journalists who believed in facts, people like Shephard Smith and Megyn Kelly, whose jobs indeed had become untenable because their network pretty much told them not to bother with the real facts, and that is why a guy like Shep left.
There are facts. They are not hard to find. As every lie erodes a fact stands steadfast, iconoclastic, defiant against the sands of time and lies of vain or greedy and weak men.
For these people do not dwell in facts, but dwell in lies, and in order to dwell in deceit requires them to destroy the very notion of the truth, for no mountain of lies no matter how seemingly insurmountable can stand against one single contradictory fact.
That job of that journalist is specifically to sift through all those webs of lies and agendas and to simply just give you the unbiased known facts of what has happened. That many fail or err in their jobs is not a besmirchment of the profession as a whole, but rather a testimony to the solidity of fact, for no journalist, be he Martin Bashir or any other, if he should choose to abuse his position as journalist and lie, will ever be safe from that fact and from the truth. It is, indeed, as much an academic matter as it is one of the courts and of Law, that the community as a whole can puncture that lie of another like a stilleto through vestment, just the same as any academic or scholar can uproot that falsified data of another, and that is why also we have a scientific basis of understanding and do not simply put leeches on ourselves for cholera.
Fact is, the problem is the slow erosion of notions like objective fact, because we have no longer this human concept of objective morality either, least certainly not
as the deeper cultural narrative, and that is what is poisoning us and what all are ultimately reacting against, witless and self defeating though it at times may be
The clear solution is to buttress those instutions, to speak the truth freely, to uproot and tear down deceipt where it be found, and go back towards that truth and not against it. But men are vain, and weak, and petty, and greedy, and cowardly, and the truth cuts like a knife or a spoken sword. And so most fear truth more or less, for it exposes them all pitilessly, and so they conspire in secret, to let the darkness hide them, until the whole of society becomes merely the cloak of concealment for the instutionalization of deceipt in spycraft and in war as it is in business. This cannot be allowed, any more than any other rot, and the vain, and the weak, and the greedy, and the craven, will take lives to defend the comfort they carved out of the womb of reality for themselves, like a bloated, rotted cow.
That problem is not and never has been journalism, any more than it has been the application of a fair and just law, or of the unearthing of nature's secrets, but rather the impediments to their practice as such. For it is not a problem of journalism, but the lack of it, as seen clearly by wecterners as Russia, but in truth it is a rot becoming all pervasive, like an autoimmune disorder attacking the healthy host, because the rest is so diseased that the last bastions of truth seeking and truth telling are under assault, and with legions of the blinded to champion that assault on.