(National Sentinel) Media: A new study on the media goes a long way towards explaining the raw, irrational hatred of most “mainstream” journalists of President Donald J. Trump and why they are incapable of covering his presidency and administration with even a modicum of fairness.
As reported by Business Insider, the study, led by Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, found that “journalists’ brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.”
For the study she analyzed 40 journalists from broadcast television, online platforms, newspapers and magazines as they participated in testing tied to lifestyle, health and behavior. The study was conducted in coordination with the London Press Club with the goal of discovering how journalists are able to thrive under stress.
All participants kept a journal of food and drink for a week, took a blood test, wore a heart monitor and completed a questionnaire profile of their brain:
The results showed that journalists’ brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly because of dehydration and the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods.
While scoring higher on abstraction – dealing with ideas instead of events (clue!) – and value-tagging, which is the ability to assign values to different sensory cues, such as whether something is a priority or has meaning, they scored low on executive function and silencing the mind, which is “related to the ability to have thoughts without getting distracted by them, or a powerful ability to focus,” Business Insider reported.
“The headline conclusion reached is that journalists are undoubtedly subject to a range of pressures at work and home, but the meaning and purpose they attribute to their work contributes to helping them remain mentally resilient despite this,” the study says.
“Nevertheless, there are areas for improvement, including drinking more water and reducing alcohol and caffeine consumption to increase executive functioning and improve recovery during sleep.”
Translation: Once journalists form an opinion about a subject or person they are covering, they very passionately – and without a lot of deep thought – allow their passions to inform their writing. Trump hate, anyone?
Where’s the whiskey?