Okay, Bob Woodward’s damning book (of the Trump Administration) is now public as of yesterday. In tandem, a senior Trump Administration official has just written a just as damning NY Times “anonymous” op-ed piece about the dysfunctional Trump White House. Meanwhile, Trump (and many conservatives in general) has been firing back with the mantra about “fake news” and “…the press is the enemy of the people.” The ‘truth’ lies, I believe, somewhere in the middle. (Read: objectivity.) I have a degree in journalism, and thus a somewhat informed perspective. And, frankly, for the past few decades, reporting has become more and more biased, whether from a liberal bent, or a conservative bent. It’s accelerating of late toward polar extremes. Although never totally objective (you learn that in Journalism 101), the press used to be a lot more objective. The book Our Own Worst Enemy, points out that when Walter Cronkite “the embodiment of the news tradition of objectivity” visited Vietnam in 1968 (five years before the war ended), he came back — and in the face of predominately slanted patriotic reporting of the war here — Cronkite reported that America wasn’t succeeding in Vietnam: “It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam will end in a stalemate…,” he reported. Note: And the fault, when it comes to the press, doesn’t just lie with the press. The majority viewing audience have, just as progressively in the past few decades, liked watching the bias, the conflict, the sensationalism — or they wouldn’t be watching. The advertisers, in turn, note the viewership data and continue to underwrite these news shows with their advertising. It’s a multi-dimensional loop most seem stuck in these days.