MSNBC producer quits over toxic editorial process

Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary has written an open letter describing the toxic work environment much like Bari Weiss notes at The NY Times.

Pekary wrote,

July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore…My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis

You may not watch MSNBC but just know that this problem still affects you, too. All the commercial networks function the same – and no doubt that content seeps into your social media feed, one way or the other...

….Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing…

…But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done…

The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings…This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic...this cancer risks our democracy…context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience…

Why is this a surprise? As we’ve said for ages, clickbait is all that matters. It doesn’t matter who is besmirched, smeared or has their career ended, as long as it sells advertising.

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