Mollie Z. Hemingway has an excellent article on what it takes to be a really bad journalist.
Don’t sweat the details, she says. Don’t question authority.
She says to remember the job is to advance narratives, not report facts.
Yes, it is sarcasm.
Yes, she cites chapter and verse as to how these practices are standard operating procedure in the establishment media.
The article is a year old but is still relevant. It can be found here.