The Media’s Coronavirus Failures

President Donald Trump takes questions during a coronavirus task force news briefing at the White House March 16, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
If the current crisis has taught us anything, it’s that mainstream outlets still struggle with giving audiences what they need in addition to what they want.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B attle: Los Angeles, a sci-fi action flick released in 2011, depicted what would happen if the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton had to respond to a sudden alien invasion. Though the film wasn’t terribly original, it was fun. (A diverse band of Marines and civilians, led by Aaron Eckhart and his perfect chin, fleeing and fighting their way through a hastily evacuated Los Angeles while dodging alien drones, could hardly not be fun.) And there was one sly bit of social commentary tucked in: On the news channels shown throughout the movie, the stock tickers kept running at the bottom


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