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USA Today Whines That Journalists Are Stressed and Carry Trauma on Their Souls Trying to Report the News

A column written by USA Today editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll discusses the stress and ‘trauma’ experienced by journalists in trying to report news to the American public.

The column, published during the holiday week, points to recent tragic shootings and notes in the field of journalism, “horrific news is the expectation, not the exception.”

But, Carroll writes, reporters often “witness trauma directly,” causing it to “seep into your very being.”

These are valid observations, but the column goes a bit off the rails when the author argues that “journalists are under attack like no other time in American journalism” because of their coverage of the pandemic, along with racism and misogyny in America.

Carroll even finds an expert to suggest journalists carry trauma “on our souls.”

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Journalists and Their Trauma

The USA Today column suggesting journalists carry trauma “on our souls” is reminiscent of the time NBC’s Katy Tur compared the media’s job to “firefighters who run into a fire.”

They are the true heroes America deserves … or something.

Carroll goes on to point out that journalists are “resilient,” but provides them with a “self-care plan” to survive the trauma they’ve endured.

In covering recent tragedies, the USA Today editor praised her own reporters in saying that “your professionalism and resilience is remarkable” even as she urged them to talk about their feelings.

“We are all in this together,” Carroll said.

A true band of brothers.

RELATED: Confidence In Media Hits All-Time Low According To New Poll

True Heroes

Whatever happened to the old adage that true journalists never make the story about themselves? (The notable exception of the great Hunter S. Thompson notwithstanding.) Instead, we have them suggesting they are just like firefighters and their souls have been forever branded with trauma.

Listen, we’re not naive enough to think that certain journalists do not, in fact, experience trauma. War correspondents, for instance, see some of the most harrowing scenes possible.

But reporting on the media’s trauma “on our souls” while pointing to COVID coverage and media sensationalization of race riots is a bit much.

Perhaps if the entire industry didn’t peddle fake news on those matters – the vaccines stop transmission, lockdowns are necessary, the protests were fiery but mostly peaceful – they wouldn’t be under ‘attack.’

And for the record, true firefighters wouldn’t equate criticism to being attacked. If you’re traumatized by criticism, maybe learn to code instead.

Come to think of it, maybe the criticism would dissipate if journalists were actually good at their jobs.

The only people who think they are, it seems, are journalists.

A Gallup poll this past summer revealed that Americans’ confidence in media – both print and on television – had hit “all-time” lows.

Just 16% indicated they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers, while even fewer – a dismal 11% – expressed confidence in television news.

By contrast, a poll by the Pew Research Center a month earlier showed a media isolated from the real world, with 65% of journalists saying they do a good job of accurately reporting the news.

The public clearly disagreed.

The media just spent an entire presidential term running stories about Russia collusion and swayed the most recent presidential election by burying a damning story on Hunter Biden’s laptop and suddenly we’re to care about journalists’ trauma and praise their work.

Hard pass, USA Today.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Democrat media complaining because Americans no longer trust their false stories and how tiring this all is makes me laugh. The false story during the 2016 campaign that media pushed about Trump paying prostitutes to urninate on beds Obama slept in was printed, despite knowing it was bogus. Even Comey admitted it was "salacious and unverified."
    However, the same media did not print the factual story of Hunter Biden's laptop during the 2020 campaign. Then there are the continual Trump Charlottesville misquotes by the Democrat media.
    So spare me your tears, Democrat media.

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