Sure, facts were always presented with opinions, even sometimes slanted interpretations.
But there used to be some kind of balance.
Now the slanted bias of even the most basic news reports has trashed MSM credibility.
When a strong well-functioning media strays from pure principles, two things happen.
While it’s sometimes clear, generally it is not.
One can only wonder about the motivations of journalists. They tend to be — quite rightly — sceptical of government. But now they also pursue an agenda of self-righteous, self-important, “woke” commentary in a weird marriage of socialism and liberalism, which elevates the concerns of minorities to a level where the majority actually become the oppressed minority.
The only common thread seems to be (a) bash the establishment, while (b) building the cult of the commentator. Maitlis, Kuennsberg, Peston, Morgan et al. have all forgotten the essence of their role.
But where are they now? Few and far between, and generally suppressed and ignored.
In a free society, journalists and editors are free to campaign for whatever they want, and to advance their views. But political parties are required to be registered with the Electoral Commission. When the media ceases to act with the sole agenda of reporting the truth and acts like a political party, they should come under an equivalent regime of scrutiny, registration and disclosure.