The best investigative journalism, by the way, is done in El Salvador. Amazing, kick-ass, best in the world journalism. And nobody complains about budget cuts and lack of funding, like here in the US.
You’ll say it’s because they have a lot to investigate. OK, true, but how about Ukraine? Ukraine has a ton to investigate but zero investigative reporting. Definitely nothing long-form. But we do the best mocking 3-liners on the planet.
In Mexico there are good investigative journalists who can write but they invariably push some political agenda and do it very heavy-handedly.
In the US, reporters have a lot of resources, so theoretically they could do investigative reporting but they rarely do because all they want to investigate is themselves. They can’t get out of the way of the story. They can’t stop opining, lecturing, soul-baring, and oversharing and just tell the story. There are a few rare exceptions – Sam Quinones, for example – but mostly US reporters will me-me-me you to death before they tell you anything. Barbara Ehrenreich is a good example of this trend but there are dozens.
There is such a vacuum in the US where investigative reporting should be that now people who have zero training in journalism, like Arnade, are starting to do it.
How about Western Europe? Does anybody know? Are there book-length investigative reports that you read and found amazing?