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In his Big Think interview, Bernstein says the secret to becoming a great journalist is being a good listener—something that he says journalists today usually aren’t. As television superseded newspapers as the major news medium in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Bernstein says, “A lot of reporters ran in with microphones and stuck them in people’s faces with the object of sound bytes really for the purpose of manufacturing controversy. The real purpose of reporting, of journalism is to illuminate what is real, you know, real existential truth. What’s going on around us? That’s not sensationalism, that’s not manufactured controversy, that’s not—it’s about context and listening.” Carl Bernstein: The “Golden Age” of Investigative Journalism Never Existed | What’s New at Big Think | Big Think