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Media Must Drop the Political Shenanigans and Get Back to Scrutinizing the Powerful

Covering stories is too important to abandon for brazen partisan pandering-or wishful thinking.

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Looking for evidence that ink- and pixel-stained wretches are their own worst enemies when it comes to destroying public trust in the media? Consider the continuing turmoil of a week which closed with an MSNBC news editor pressuring a freelance writer on behalf of the Democratic Party just days after media types donned collective frowny faces because an investigation apparently did not find evidence that the president conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

That MSNBC editor, Dafna Linzer, called journalist Yashar Ali to try and convince him to delay or kill a small story that would slightly inconvenience the Democratic Party over its presidential primary debate plans. According to Ali, "the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC" had not been "calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC's position."

"She wanted me to wait so they could call state party leaders," wrote Ali. It was, he noted, "unethical"—and way off base, since he wasn't writing for any outfit that she represented.

"What he ran up against here was just a tendril of the media-PR-political complex," commented Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple on the to-do. That is, it was a brief glimpse into some unpleasant behind-the-scenes workings.

Relative to events of the previous weekend, Yashar Ali's tale of being pressured by Linzer was a minor kerfuffle. But it came in the same week in which Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his high-media-profile investigation into charges that Donald Trump and company conspired with the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The full report has yet to be released, but a summary by Attorney General William Barr quotes Mueller to the effect that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

"Barr's announcement was a thunderclap to mainstream news outlets and the cadre of mostly liberal-leaning commentators who have spent months emphasizing the possible-collusion narrative in opinion columns and cable TV panel discussions," wrote Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi.

Thunderclap is right. Way too many reporters bet heavily on what they assumed would be the administration-ending outcome of the report. It turned out to be a bad gamble.

"If the story fell apart it would benefit Donald Trump politically, a fact that made a number of reporters queasy about coming forward" with doubts about the collusion story, wrote Matt Taibbi, a rare insider critic of the media's herd mentality, after Barr released his summary. "#Russiagate became synonymous with #Resistance, which made public skepticism a complicated proposition."

But unless there's something earth-shattering in the report that Barr is very unwisely eliding, it's just not going to have the impact that so many Trump critics—and too many media types—had hoped and anticipated. "The release of the findings was a significant political victory for Mr. Trump and lifted a cloud that has hung over his presidency since before he took the oath of office," Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner of The New York Times concluded.

That doesn't help journalists with the public, half of whom already thought the investigation was a witch hunt, according to a March 2019 Suffolk University/USA Today poll, and a majority of whom "have lost trust in the news media in recent years," according to the Knight Foundation.

Despite the screams of (mostly conservative) critics, the partisan affiliations of so many journalists are unlikely to be the big problem by itself. Boomer mythologizing about Walter Cronkite and a supposed golden age of journalism aside, the era of "objective" news coverage was something between a historical aberration and complete nonsense. Most news organs of the past, as of the present, had partisan preferences. But they were expected to be open about their affiliations, and to at least try to get the story right. And they were supposed to have some basic understanding of and connection to the people they were covering—at least within the United States.

By contrast, most Americans now think that reporters are sloppy about writing stories before learning all the facts, and that they even get paid by sources, according to Columbia Journalism Review.

Just as bad, 58 percent of the U.S. adults surveyed "feel the news media do not understand people like them," Pew Research finds—a number that rises to 73 percent among Republicans. Even worse, "the news media is the enemy of the American people," 29 percent of Americans say, echoing the president who so many people think was the victorious subject of a recently concluded and unsuccessful witch hunt.

A big part of the problem is that "the national media really does work in a bubble," insisted Politico's Jack Shafer after the 2016 election. "And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political." The result, he said, is an industry-wide groupthink that represents the views and priorities of the few cities where national journalistic jobs are located. It's a groupthink that almost certainly means that many Americans are alien and "misunderstood" by bubble-dwelling journalists who take each other's sloppy thinking for granted.

So when journalists start favoring outcomes–like salvation in a special counsel's report or special consideration for political apparatchiks—over just covering stories, they tend to overwhelmingly favor the same faction. And that comes off as especially obvious to the large segment of the population that lives at a distance from them geographically, culturally, and ideologically.

Benefiting from these missteps are the politicians who journalists are supposed to be scrutinizing and holding to account. Democrats either get a pass or else are understandably believed to get such a pass by a public that sees them as part of the same team. Republicans get to cast shade on what is easily portrayed as an excitable pack of opposition campaign workers.

In the eyes of Trump's inner circle, "the report is a gift that vindicates Trump, undercuts Democratic investigations, and repudiates critical news coverage," reports The Atlantic. Going forward, any reporter who gives the president a hard time "will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion," a Republican source told the magazine.

It may work.

"Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population," worries Taibbi.

Which is too bad, because there's plenty to report about Trump on matters of policy and personal conduct. Some of what he does is good, and much of what he does is bad—which can be said of many politicians, to be honest. There's plenty of hard work for the news media to do in gathering, analyzing, and presenting information instead of hoping that an investigation will magically annul an election, or that every scribbler will be on-side in favoring the "right" political faction.

"Journalists respond to their failings best when their vanity is punctured with proof that they blew a story that was right in front of them," Shafer concluded in his 2017 piece.

We'll see. Because in favoring political games over covering the news, too many journalists have badly blown their reputations along with a lot of stories.

If journalists abandoning real work in favor of political shenanigans only cost some their professional reputations, you could just break out the popcorn and watch the show. But journalists, when we do our jobs right, serve an important role by keeping people informed and scrutinizing the powerful. When we drag our own credibility into public view and shoot it in the head, that deprives the public of an important service while also empowering bottom-dwellers who should be subject to constant observation.

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  1. Not as long as political shenanigans make them money.

    1. The entire period leading up to the summary must have been a ratings boom for the media. They have nothing to apologize for. Even Reason, skeptical of the collusion since day one, scarcely let a day go by without reporting on some aspect of the story.

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    3. This 100%. Once the media lost their subscription revenues, they lost the ability to actually be independent of advertisers – including the political advertisers who are very profitable every couple of years.

      They have never actually challenged their advertisers. Even in politics, media coverage turned exclusively to ‘horse race’ the second political ads started in earnest cuz horse race coverage informs nobody, offends few, changes frequently, and provides incentives to the advertisers to buy ‘better’ PR for what they want to say.

  2. To be honest…does anybody trust them now?

    How many times have the media utterly shat the bed?

    Hell, I still remember the stories coming out of New Orleans right after Katrina that ended up being utter bullshit. The NYT obsession over Augusta National not allowing women. That the MEDIA didn’t uncover that Rather’s memos were bullshit in 2004.

    1. One of the greatest thing about Trump being elected is that the media has mostly come out and said that they picked a side. There is really no shred of objectivity of a journalistic nature.

      They definitely didnt pick the side that is good for America and Americans.

    2. You’ve no doubt heard of, and probably experienced yourself, the inaccuracy and ineptitude of the media where you know something of the story, whether it’s computers, airplanes, or especially guns. That leads to recognition that people do not apply that same well-earned skepticism to stories of which they know nothing. I have never seen any good explanation of this paradox.

      However, that is what is going on here. Now that the public has seen a fantastic clear example of the media being wrong about Trump, the public will continue to doubt the media stories about Trump, even when completely unrelated to Russiagate.

      1. The Gell-Mann effect.

      2. I never understood the unwavering belief so many people had in the media, specifically because EVERYBODY has seen stuff they know about in deep detail get bungled… So how could the knee jerk believe everything else? It never made sense to me. I guess I’m a natural skeptic though. The “Believe All Journalists” mantra seems to have lost its appeal to many now though, and I hope that sticks!

  3. >>>too many journalists have badly blown their reputations

    presumption of reputation to blow.

  4. Do you want the short answer or the long answer?

  5. Despite the screams of (mostly conservative) critics, the partisan affiliations of so many journalists are unlikely to be the big problem by itself.

    No offense, Mr. Tucille, but the rest of your article shows that this isn’t the case. It doesn’t matter why the media is ideologically blinded, or even if those reasons are understandable. They’re still ideologically blinded.

    1. Yup. Even if people TRY to hide their bias, they never really do. It is always there under the surface, coloring everything they do. If we had a 50/50 split in ideology in journalism, the country would be a far better place for it. That still would be far less good than a 30/30/10/10/5/5/5/5 split which had say libertarians and other ideologies represented as well.

    2. Why ‘no offense’?

      Tuccille, by doing this, is doing exactly what he’s decrying in the article

      He’s slanting his story according to his political biases.

      Because HIS side simply can’t be the only ones doing this. It MUST be everyone–HIS side are the good guys after all–THEY’RE the ones working for the greater good.

      Take offense, take it loudly–this is NOT what we want here.

    1. I find Tim Pool’s content quite good as a general rule.

      1. Still calls himself a leftist, probably so he doesn’t get lynched.

        He also says he supports bernie… But I’ve yet to hear a coherent argument for that

      2. I really just wish he would drop his fetish for government services. He’s good at seeing things as they are but still believes that the government controlling some things will make the world better. Still one of the most honest reporters I’ve seen. I’d take him over many writers here even with his Bernie support

  6. I am actually quite looking forward to the forced release of the Mueller report. I can’t imagine a 3-700 page report not naming some names on both sides of the aisle as bad actors. And if some of the people screaming the hardest for the report to be released turn out to be mentioned as part of the frame-up … I might have to be in my bunk for a while.

    1. Its weird that this is the kind of stuff you go to your… um.. bunk for.

  7. Love it when the media reports on itself and unintentionally confirms its own thesis. Yeah, the media is broken. But not for the reasons this Reason article understands. The media is a profit-driven enterprise. Case closed. Clicks=advertisement. Then there is the fact that many outlets, Reason is a big one, are propped up by ideological benefactors. That’s the information warfare aspect. Many many people are in the business of producing spin for political gain and one way to do that is manipulate the press. The other big factor is access. Journalists need access to interviews and they choose sides.

    There is also then the case of the “contrarian” reporters. Reason likes to fashion itself as a contrarian outfit. If too many people report on the Mueller investigation it steps back and likes to pretend that it is all hype, but in doing so, it starts to look hysterical in an equal and opposing manner. This article makes that clear. Taibbi and the Intercept have become chronic contrarians. It’s like the cool kids who dish on Cold Play and listen to Radiohead because they think they are original or something. Nope. Sorry. Doesn’t make you right. Just gives you a niche. Sorry, there was a lot of smoke emanating from the Trump camp. That made the Mueller investigation warranted. And then there actually were many newsworthy bits of information like indictments released and so, yep, people reported that news. It may be Coldplay but it sounds soo sweeet.

    1. But the same could be said about the 100s of scandals involving the Clintons over the last 30 years. The difference is how the media covers them.

      1. When there’s smoke coming from a Democrat the press unplugs their smoke detectors and grabs their fire extinguishers. When there’s smoke coming from Republicans they grab their gasoline.

        1. THIS. And this is what shows how crooked and biased they are.

    2. Sorry, there was a lot of smoke emanating from the Trump camp.

      The problem with that was that much of the smoke was simply manufactured. Just because there were a bunch of accusations does not make those accusations legitimate. If I were to post across the internet “Heraclitus rapes little boys” with no evidence that you do, the appropriate story would be my being a slanderer, not the legitimacy of the charge.

      1. WHOA!

        Heraclitus rapes little boys?

        There is an awful lot of smoke here for this to be a completely unfounded rumor.

      2. Hardly a fair comparison. Heraclitus’s boy-raping has been settled science for many years.

        1. Well, to be fair, I’ve heard there’s a dossier on the topic.

        2. There’s a consensus, then?

      3. Finally, now I have my source to update the wiki entry for Heraclitus.

      4. Heraclitus raping little boys is old news. Nothing new to report on here. Move on.

    3. Heraclitus|4.1.19 @ 12:30PM|#
      “…The media is a profit-driven enterprise. Case closed…”

      Heraclitus is a fucking lefty ignoramus. Case closed.

      1. I’ve been lurking on this site on-and-off for the better part of a decade now… I can’t remember if you were always this big on ad-hominem attacks or if you’ve just given up on writing out any kind of coherent argument or taking an actual position on controversial/newsworthy issues.

    4. Sorry, there was a lot of smoke emanating from the Trump camp. That made the Mueller investigation warranted.

      That smoke was based entirely on a dossier funded by Trump’s opponent to get FISA warrants issued.

      And then there actually were many newsworthy bits of information like indictments released

      Why the fuck you think Michael Flynn hasn’t been sentenced yet, even though he pled guilty months ago? Why the fuck do you think the only jail sentences were for technical process crimes that weren’t even in the scope of investigation? The counsel was given free rein to dig into EVERYTHING, on a guy who surely had ties to the Mafia during his real estate days, and they found shit.

  8. Um, no. Next question?

  9. “Can Journalists Drop the Political Shenanigans and Get Back to Scrutinizing the Powerful?”

    No.

    There are no journalists anymore, just political operatives publishing propaganda.
    If they scrutinize the powerful, then the real ‘Russian’ collusion surfaces;
    Hillary colludes with the DNC
    The DNC and Hillary collude with Fusion GPS
    Fusion GPS and Hillary and the DNC collude with the FBI
    The FBI colludes with the DOJ
    The media colludes with everybody except Trump.

    1. “There are no journalists anymore, just political operatives publishing propaganda.”

      They certainly don’t work for the mainstream media which to your point are nothing but propaganda machines.

  10. Propaganda pays better than investigative journalism that exposes a corrupt political class.

    1. Trump is no more unethical or corrupt as your average politician. He’s just hilariously bad at hiding it and the press isa actually reporting on all this shit that has been happening since forever because Trump hurt their poor wittle feelings with mean words.

      1. I’m not even 100% convinced that he is as corrupt as your average politician. He might be as unethical, since he has said stuff that is wrong. Mostly he says open ended statements that can be true. The media always calls it lying but its like a tidbit of truth and the rest statements that you can project anything onto it.

        Trump have every opponent trying to get him on something and they have not been able to. The average politician has something you can find rather easily, probably.

        1. I don’t think he started out as corrupt as the average politician, but years of power has definitely had an effect on him.

        2. I’m still amazed they haven’t been able to hang a #MeToo on him. They’re trying SO hard.

        3. Yeah, I don’t think he’s really corrupt at all… IMO he has plenty of cash, hence has no reason to be corrupt in the normal meaning. Unethical? Maybe. But not really. He’s loose with some of his statements, but mostly he’s just saying things in a normal dude kind of way, not meaning things literally… And then journalists try to turn obviously not literal statements into literal statements which aren’t true… Which is retarded.

          The worst thing I’d say about him is he’s just kind of an arrogant blowhard, but what politician isn’t?

  11. My guess is that the “unpopularity” of the media is similiar to the “unpopularity” of the congress:

    “The media is absolutely AWFUL and must be stopped! Well, except for these journalists that I read over here — they’re the GOOD journalists!”

    1. CNN, WaPo, and NYT (except for the email thing) are real news.
      Faux News is, well, fake news.
      It is known

      1. bahahahahahahaha They’re all as bad as Fox News now. The NYT Editorial Board STILL thinks Sarah Palin is responsible for Jared Loughner shooting Gabby Giffords.

  12. News is entertainment. Nothing more. You’ve got to give your audience something they like or they go elsewhere. Many people believe that Trump and Putin succeeded in a conspiracy to use Facebook as a medium to brainwash the stupid masses into voting for the wrong person. You will never convince them otherwise. Pander to those people and you’ve got job security.

    1. Flaw of capitalism?

      1. Flaw of humanity.

      2. If capitalists don’t report the news, who will? The government? Are you saying the government can be trusted to be unbiased and truthful?

        Capitalism isn’t perfect, but it beats the hell out of anything else out there.

        1. I agree with that. It’s the best system we have, despite how shitty it can be.

        2. In fact, we already know ‘journalism’ in, say, Soviet Russia was so much worse than what we have in America despite how terrible it is here in America. Here in the United States journalists may be nakedly partisan, but they are nakedly partisan by choice.

          In the Soviet Union, they were partisan at gunpoint. No contest.

          1. In Soviet Russia, news report journalists!

          2. No, you don’t know that.

    2. What I always found infuriating is that Trump actually won less of the “uneducated” vote than Obama did. I fact, 2016 was the first election since 1992 that Republicans won the uneducated vote. When Obama did it, it was inspiring and it was because he inspired the little people. When Trump did it it was because they’re all retarded.

      The press can go fuck themselves. Journalists are more damaging to the country than politicians are at this point, and the damage that they are doing in their desire to take down Trump is going to last far longer than the damage Trump himself is doing.

      1. There’s no money in unbiased journalism. People want their biases to be confirmed.

        1. I certainly agree with you there!

      2. One of the things about the demographics breakdown too is this: They like to say more educated people vote D… Technically true. But higher earners, often times the ACTUAL smart people who get shit done, own businesses, etc, tend to vote R. And they did so even for Donald Trump.

        The ones who vote D tend to be the cubicle working corporate minions without a spine or lick of common sense, but who did get a 4 year degree in Hamster Mating Rituals or whatever the latest useless degree is nowadays.

        Between those 2 groups of people, I’m going to say the ones who actually get shit done in the real world, and have the paychecks to prove it, are probably the smarter ones.

  13. Despite the screams of (mostly conservative) critics, the partisan affiliations of so many journalists are unlikely to be the big problem by itself. Boomer mythologizing about Walter Cronkite and a supposed golden age of journalism aside, the era of “objective” news coverage was something between a historical aberration and complete nonsense. Most news organs of the past, as of the present, had partisan preferences. But they were expected to be open about their affiliations, and to at least try to get the story right. And they were supposed to have some basic understanding of and connection to the people they were covering?at least within the United States.

    This is the most sensible paragraph of the piece, while the rest of is seems to long for a “return” to that Cronkitean Golden Age. The best we might hope for is for is a return to “open affiliations” and the days when newspapers openly named themselves “Democrat”, though I think that too is largely a matter of rose-colored hindsight. It’s only natural for a partisan news outlet to declare itself “fair and balanced” — that was what made the left’s outrage over that Fox slogan so very amusing.

    1. “It’s only natural for a partisan news outlet to declare itself “fair and balanced” — ”

      I prefer the Japan TImes slogan, “All the news without fear or favor.” I want ALL the news, even the unfair and unbalanced news.

    2. I still argue that although the nightly Fox News hosts are all absurdly Republican, conservative, or pro-Trump, they are still far more likely to have guests and pundits on that disagree with them then what you’ll see on CNN or MSNBC, where you’ll get a round table of 8 people agreeing that Republicans are icky.

      1. If I was a Democrat politician and wanted to get my message out, I wouldn’t go on CNN or MSNBC, which is a closed information loop at this point. I’d be going on Fox News to try and appeal my position to non-Democrat voters, because the Fox guys will at least let you say your piece.

      2. Yup. On the Bias Scale 10 being the worst… Fox is probably a 5 or 6, and all the other MSM outlets are 9.9s. It’s no contest. I literally want to throw things at my computer (because I don’t do The Cable so watch things online) every time I watch CNN or whatever. It is INSANE how biased it is.

  14. If you are afraid that telling the truth will benefit a politician that you don’t like, you are not a journalist.

    1. If you’re afraid that telling the truth will piss off your employer and get you fired, you are still receiving a paycheck. I’m not saying that is right. But it’s the way it is.

      1. Everyone demands perfect principled behavior of everyone else until its their own butts on the line.

  15. “Media Must Drop the Political Shenanigans and Get Back to Scrutinizing the Powerful”

    They do a fine job so long as the particular agent’s name is followed by (R). Put a (D) there and watch what happens; see HRC’s blatantly criminal actions regarding selling political access and setting up a private comm system.

    1. “see HRC’s blatantly criminal actions ”

      If Trump can’t be bothered to pursue criminal Democrats, even after multiple promises to ‘drain the swamp,’ I wouldn’t expect too much from the press.

      The press do better hounding non-criminal Democrats from office. Like Al Franken.


  16. That MSNBC editor, Dafna Linzer, called journalist Yashar Ali to try and convince him to delay or kill a small story that would slightly inconvenience the Democratic Party over its presidential primary debate plans. According to Ali, “the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC” had not been “calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC’s position.”

    If anyone at all is surprised by this, they have been living under a rock. Especially MSNBC, which is a joke even among jokes. Ask yourself this simple question: why would a billionaire buy a failing media outlet? Easy answer: because they can afford to take a loss, and it’s a simple way to outright purchase legitimiacy and it’s the go-to way to get a political mouthpiece.

    And, if you somehow think this is a new development, you simply haven’t paid any attention. It’s no different than the days of Pulitzer and Hurst. In fact, it’s outright hilarious that people think the Pulitzer prize is meaningful if you knew anything about it’s origins.

    1. I only recently learned that the general story of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast hysteria was literal fake news. There was little to no actual hysteria. Some concerned citizens and angry listeners, sure, but there was no mass hysteria. That narrative was largely pushed by newspapers and other print outlets who were threatened by the advent of the radio, and wanted the public to think that radio was dangerous and untrustworthy.

      It is not too far off from the establishment media’s attacks on the internet, “right-wing” websites, and social media companies. These new things threaten their industry, so they create this narrative that everything else is fake news and you can’t trust anybody but them.

      1. The mainstream media is exactly like an abusive lover that you haven’t been able to escape for past 20 years.

  17. It’s All part of the plan

    http://fee.org/articles/antoni…..l-marxism/

  18. “Going forward, any reporter who gives the president a hard time “will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,” a Republican source told the magazine”

    As they should

    Welcome to the real world Suderman

    1. “will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,”

      That’s money in the bank for our mass media. These 30 second spots are their bread and butter, meat and potatoes, and chalk and cheese. If you really want to threaten the media, don’t threaten to buy advertising spots from them.

  19. Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population…

    When Trump won, I articulated (what turned out to be a fantasy) that the Fourth Estate would once again be a check on government. I had no idea that they fever that had sprung up right after the election would not abate but continue to build throughout the first two years of his term, turning journalists into crazed conspiracy theorists with open animus to the current administration.

    They fucked up, and I don’t see how they recover credibility anytime soon. They convinced their devoted of a salvation (I guess in the form of a Pence presidency) that was never to come, and they antagonized and scorned anyone not in the numbered faithful. This was a win only for the president. And all we’ll be left with in the next two years will be horse race reporting.

    1. “They fucked up,”

      It’s ratings magic. Trump will undoubtedly continue to provide the fodder for our mass media, and ratings will remain high.

    2. Can you imagine what the average Gen Z kid thinks of the media? All they’ve ever known is the high-on-TDS media landscape. This has consumed their entirety of the few years that Gen Z-ers have been politically aware.

      1. I can imagine… The media wasn’t QUITE as bad, but I largely became an adult during the Bush II years… And they were pretty relentless even back then. Enough so that I can imagine that on steroids for kids today.

        Granted, Bush II was actually even worse than Trump is objectively in most ways… And got less shit for it.

        1. The way the media treated Ron Paul was a big eye-opener for me. Ever since then, I’ve noticed the bias everywhere.

    3. Bear in mind, though,only the useful idiots (like Maddow) fucked up. A large contingent of the corporate media was deliberately and maliciously spreading what they knew were categorical falsehoods to cover their own misdeeds and the misdeeds of the DC power-players they fancy themselves to be a part of. You think Clapper, Brennan, et al “fucked up”? Hell no! This was their cover up.

  20. Can Journalists Drop the Political Shenanigans and Get Back to Scrutinizing the Powerful?

    Of course not.
    That’s not what they do.
    Political commentary is an important function of almost every news outlet.
    It comes down to who has the most ridiculous statements.

    1. “Political commentary is an important function of almost every news outlet.”

      It must rank among the cheapest areas of news. And with a celebrity like Trump in office, it’s bound to attract large audiences. Not all Trump’s statements are ridiculous. I remember his “I love the uneducated!” It’s worthy of Christ, Himself.

  21. Journalists today have an agenda and a narrative that support the leftist view of the world. If the facts and reality inconveniently don’t fit that agenda and narrative they get left out of the story… or the story gets spiked and the public never hears about it.

    1. ” If the facts and reality inconveniently don’t fit that agenda and narrative they get left out of the story… ”

      Blame editors for that, or the publishers that hire the editors. These are the people who are responsible for media content. Journalists are at the bottom of the heap. Especially ‘cub reporters’ like Jimmy Olsen. Blaming poor Jimmy for the stories he was tasked to write by his superiors is unfair and misconceived.

      1. Blame editors? Editors have been generally purged from most formerly journalist endeavors. That is part of the reason they are in the state they are in.

  22. I’m going with the theory that this is an April Fool’s column. “The press” has never been fair and impartial and unbiased, that’s just a myth of virtue and honor that they built themselves. Starting with the idea that “the press” even exists as an institution – anybody with a keyboard and access to the internet can be a journalist and everybody gets to decide for themselves what’s important enough to qualify as news.

    1. It’s true, and it’s not.

      Go watch old clips of CNN from the 90s. It WAS fairly unbiased. Most media was center left even back then, but had a nice thick veneer of neutrality. Nowadays they don’t even bother, and they’re hard left instead of center left. There’s a real difference between those two.

      1. No.

        It was in the 90’s that CNN acquired the moniker ‘Clinton News Network’

        It was anger about the falsity of that ‘thick veneer of neutrality’ that finally got the Fairness Doctrine killed in the 80s.

        Up until them news was left, far left, and extremely far left.

        Reagan literally worked around them to get to the people with radio and paid for appearances–in much the same way that Trump tweets to avoid having his words go first to committed leftists for ‘interpretation’

        News STILL isn’t ‘fairly unbiased.

  23. Have we gotten contrite apologies from Suderman and the other Reason cosmos who were swallowing the FBI/MSM bullshit yet? Holding my breath

  24. Till the jurnos stop acting like dogs sniffing each others butts don’t expect much to change.

  25. most of the so called ‘journalists’ are propagandists for the democrat/progressive/socialist/communist party. Fuck the lot of them.

    I hope you all lose your jobs you fucking losers and you’ll have to learn to code.

    Fuck Off !!!

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  27. “Journalist” SHOCKED That Antifa Are Listed As TERRORISTS By Security Agencies

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  28. “Media Must Drop the Political Shenanigans and Get Back to Scrutinizing the Powerful”

    Like during Obama’s Reign?

  29. “It may work.”

    It should work. FakeNews has discredited itself with decades of propaganda for DeepState Globalism. They should not be believed.
    #EnemyOfThePeople

  30. The full on un-masking of the propaganda machine may well be the most useful thing to come out of the Trump presidency. Not just the media, Hollywood, and the DNC either… But the RINO sorts on the right as well. It’s ALL been just a big bunch of propaganda pushing the grand narrative on everybody. And a lot of people who were asleep at the wheel seem to have finally realized just HOW slanted it all is against anybody who is a threat to the goals of the Establishment types.

    I really do think we’re going to have some tumultuous times ahead… The whole system of control seems to be collapsing before our eyes, and their goals of left wing, top town controlled, global governance, and eventually world government… I just don’t think that shit is gonna fly anymore. And thank god. But I could be wrong, and these bastards may still win. They have plenty of progtards brainwashed still. Time will tell.

    1. This is too optimistic. The average Democrat still believes the collusion narrative. They will believe what they want as long as they possibly can. I think it’s clever to hold the report until the media have resettled into their clucking and conspiracy, and dash their dreams into a million pieces again.

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  33. That’s a joke. The media is busted like most of America’s institutions. Marxism does that as corruption is running wild. The best thing we can do is to ignore most media…shut it off and the ad revenue will drop like a rock. They may be forced to change, but the thing is you can never trust them again.

  34. Yep, J.D., when I saw the title, if figured I didn’t have to read the article at all before asking…

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