The media do not need swagger — they need humility and courage

The media do not need swagger — they need humility and courage


In an era of layoffs, lost readers, and distrust, some journalists are calling for the media to gain back some of their “swagger.” They want the press to stop being timid about what they do: destroying lives and challenging the powerful.

But what the press really need to survive and gain back respect is humility and genuine courage, including the courage to question their own assumptions.

The idea that the media need swagger started with Max Tani, the media reporter for Semafor. In a recent column, Tani laid out the landscape: “A landscape of gleefully revelatory magazine exposés, aggressive newspaper investigations, feral online confrontations, and painstaking television investigations has been eroded by a confluence of factors — from rising risks of litigation and costs of

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