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Former NBC News contributor, a veteran, torches mainstream media in internal memo


He's not interested in the 'Trump circus'

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William Arkin, a former military analyst for NBC News, harshly criticized political and national security mainstream media coverage in an internal memo on his way out, according to CNN.

Arkin is an Army veteran who provided national security analysis to NBC for decades and has now stepped down. By the end he felt out of touch with what the network was trying to do.

"My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment," Arkin said in the memo. " And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus."

Here are some of his other criticisms:

The media can't keep up. Arkin said the social media age has caused NBC News and other media to fall behind in the ability to cover everything that's going on in the world.

National security reporting turned into a "political horse race." "We have contributed to turning the world national security into this sort of political story. I find it disheartening that we do not report the failures of the generals and national security leaders. I find it shocking that we essentially condone continued American bumbling in the Middle East and now Africa through our ho-hum reporting."

Media is distracted by Trump. "I thought that the mission was to break through the machine of perpetual war acceptance and conventional wisdom to challenge Hillary Clinton's hawkishness. ... But then Trump got elected and investigations got sucked into the tweeting vortex, increasingly lost in a directionless adrenaline rush, the national security and political version of leading the broadcast with every snow storm."

Still, Arkin said he was gratified by his time at NBC and thanked network executives for his time there.

(H/T Fox News)

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