CNBC editor-in-chief Nikhil Deogun shared some disturbing thoughts about his readers and journalism during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
“Consumers are increasingly gravitating toward outlets that basically tell them what they want to hear, reinforce their beliefs. A friend of mine said, ‘They’re seeking affirmation, not information,’” said Katie Couric, describing the stations marketing technique. “So given that, how do you restore trust in the media writ large if people are so divided about which media outlets are actually fair and accurate?” she asked.
Nikhil Deogun responded by talking about how reporters should stick to facts and that their readers are idiots but not “as stupid as we think they are”.
“I think sometimes there’s too much of a tendency to interpret a fact to a degree that it goes into opinion and I think part of our job is to — again — remind ourselves that our … readers, viewers, users, are not as ignorant, as stupid as we think they are,” said Deogun.
“I think part of that is to be more transparent. Part of that is to be more forthcoming about what we know and what we don’t know,” said Deogun. This isn’t the only time this week the mainstream media talked down to average Americans. Project Veritas recently released a video of a CNN producer calling American voters “stupid as sh*t”. Check out the video below.