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Media need to start learning from mistakes in 2017 instead of just moving on

Media need to start learning from mistakes in 2017 instead of just moving on

This has been a terrible year for the press.

As I recently wrote, Donald Trump’s candidacy tested us, and, for the most part, we failed miserably. Our biggest sin: Many mainstream outlets abandoned core values of fairness, balance, verification and proportionality in covering him — even, in some instances, The New York Times.

But we can learn from mistakes and do better in the future. Or, we can deny and double down — and then we usually do even worse.

The latter is what I see happening since Trump was elected president, and that’s the reason for...

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