Politicians are trying to declare war on the ‘news media,’ but social media makes nearly everyone part of the media

“It’s easy to blame ‘the news media;’ everyone does it,” John Robinson writes. “But the ‘news media’ as a singular noun has more arms than Trump has supporters. (Yes, everyone can publish.) The fact is, millions of us in the U.S. are ‘the news media’ because we share news on social networks. And much of that which we share is personal and, often, politically biased and possibly wrong. … I admit that I’m worried about the country full of people who distrust information that clashes with their worldviews, of people who won’t listen when their attitudes are challenged. … But I’m also confident that with so many voices making themselves heard, the truth will [come] out.”