In praise of journalism & Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Peter Berkowitz @HooverInst @RCP

Jul 18, 2017, 04:25 AM

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In praise of journalism & Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Peter Berkowitz @HooverInst @RCP Since the mainstream media, like the academy, leans overwhelmingly to the left, this stance fostered an adversarial relationship with half of the country. Like their counterparts in the academy, journalists lost touch with those on the right and those who live outside urban metropolises; stressed what divided Americans; and neglected or scorned what unites, or potentially unites, Americans across the political spectrum. Increasingly uncommon these days is the journalist—or professor—who is open to America in all its extraordinary diversity of taste, judgment, and thought; is eager to listen to and learn from blue America and red America alike; and who understands that journalism’s highest service in a liberal democracy is to present citizens accurate reports on what is actually happening and to offer a variety of well-argued opinions about what ought to be done. Carl Cannon is among those increasingly uncommon journalists. His new book, “On this Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time,” shows the country as it really has been. It is also a love letter to America. At a particularly acrimonious and fraught moment, it will give those who have been deprived of the experience the opportunity to fall in love with their country. For those who have been more fortunate, it will provide a chance to fall in love all over again. A veteran reporter, Cannon is RealClearPolitics Washington bureau chief and executive editor (and my regular editor at RCP). He may be D.C.’s hardest-working journalist. His daily RCP “Morning Note” contains an original vignette, a book page or two in length, drawn from that date in American history; he produces it at sunrise so readers can enjoy it fresh with their morning coffee. In addition, Cannon manages and edits a team of reporters, columnists, and contributors. On top of his RCP duties, he writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register that, while more than a few of his fellow journalists have been flipping out, has established him as among Washington’s most even-handed and well-grounded commentators. Cannon’s book is drawn from previously published Morning Notes, one for every day of the year. To those who have been receiving his missives in their email inboxes for several years, these uplifting dispatches are, to paraphrase what Cannon says in his book about electric lights in 1920s America, no longer a novelty. However, especially when gathered together in a single volume, they are a marvel…