As a former ink-stained wretch, I have to say that Charles Hugh Smith is ‘bang on’ with this assessment…
Want to reverse the decline of the media? then stop worshipping corporate profits and start worshipping skepticism and a strong voice for truth, however inconvenient it might be to the Status Quo.
Lost in all the hand-wringing over the corporate (mainstream) media’s decline is a key cause of the decline: the MSM no longer publishes or airs anything that challenges the Status Quo. The timidity of the corporate media knows no bounds. The iconic Washington Post now makes its corporate bread off its ownership of a diploma mill of the sort that it should deplore.
Choose the phrase your prefer to describe this: bought off, sold out, compromised.