Drive-by media leave permanent damage in their tracks

paparazziWe are in the age of the drive-by media.

With its tawdry stories of film stars and celebrity divorces, the celebration of destructive anti-heroes, and displays of blood and mayhem, national television and its talking heads have fallen into the septic tank. Think of how the death of Anna Nicole Smith was overplayed. Then there’s the chronicling of the idiotic antics of Britney Spears; the female astronaut-gone-wild, Lisa Nowak; and NBC’s $1 million payment to Paris Hilton for her jail memoirs. Mainstream media’s moral compass has disintegrated, exampled by the TV station that “added a gunshot sound effect to a [marketing] promo for the 11 o’clock news.”

Most of the national mainstream print media — isolated and out of touch, dominated by “group think” — is no better. We are subjected to the nastiness of attack journalism, where character assassination is rampant, rumors are touted as near-facts, and people’s characters and careers are hit so hard, they cannot overcome the smears. This brings reputations and lives tumbling down. “A Measure of Media Bias,” a landmark 2003 study, documented scientifically that the national media slants the news left, with CBS and The New York Times (and now, MSNBC) leading the way.

But as biased and unfair as these outlets are, how have they earned the epithet “drive-by media”? Think of it this way: The national media’s drumbeat for many years has been negativism, sensationalism and character assassination of conservative leaders. A writer for the New York Post actually admitted that his job is to “destroy people.” The drive-by media launch class-warfare attacks on the wealthy, use fraudulent documents (remember the Dan Rather story?), and aid the enemy (remember how the national media revealed the top-secret National Security Agency program that monitored communications between al-Qaida and its U.S. contacts?). Sometimes, it’s worse. Readers may recall CNN’s long history of siding with the enemy, starting with Peter Arnett’s anti-American coverage of the first Gulf War. While the United States is threatened with fanatics who have dedicated their lives to killing us all, the national media flirts with treason, on a relentless “human rights” campaign to undermine the war on terror.

These media outlets undermine our strength militarily, corrode the public’s resolve and erode our collective spirit. Their agenda is to create news that furthers their world view. They tell you what they think the news is, and ignore the news they don’t want you to know.

Such activity is just like drive-by shooters who pull up to a crowd of people and spray bullets into the group. The result is chaos, confusion and mass hysteria. Rather than killing people, the national drive-by media kill reputations and destroy careers. Then, with smug self-congratulation, they drive off, leaving permanent damage in their tracks. They head “down the highway with the top down, laughing and looking for their next group of victims,” as one pundit put it.

liberal media billboardBut nobody stops them. Nobody arrests them. Few hold them accountable. They escape blame. It doesn’t matter what network you watch — MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN — you’re watching the drive-by media in action. These are so-called “journalists” who blow up vehicles on NBC and make viewers think it was accidental. Or violate the bounds of decency, like this week’s Palm Beach Post story, which printed the name of a woman complaining she was raped, and posted her photo.

If the mainstream media stuck to attacks on the viewpoints held by public figures, and their hypocrisy, that’s fair game. Calling public figures nasty names is not. 

The good news is that the viewing public seems to be catching on. The major TV networks and national liberal print media are in a huge downhill slide. Disillusioned viewers and readers have abandoned the mainstream media in droves.

So, after years of bad behavior, the drive-by media is getting its comeuppance. The bill-payers at broadcast TV and newspapers are seeing what this form of journalism has brought them. We’ll see whether editors and publishers in the national media realize the problem and stop the destruction. If not, online publishers like BIZPAC Review will be happy to serve the disillusioned.

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About John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.

  • Chance Hammond

    Most news readers now realize that the Leftist press in America has no interest anymore in reporting the news, or at least in reporting it fairly. The far left's views are chronicled and celebrated in print, while favorable news of the right does not reach the printing presses. Today, mainstream news reporting is no longer about informing the public, it's about promoting ideologies and telling stories that shape readers' views of national and local culture. It's the Left's right to do that, but they reach the heights of hypocrisy when they deliberately go around telling readers that they are objective, non-partisan, and unbiased, such as the Palm Beach Post does.

  • Andrea Silver

    I believe that what the Old Media is doing is "Gaslighting" our entire society, just what Charles Boyer did to Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 film. The term has entered common usage—from the Wikipedia article on the movie: "…pattern of psychological abuse in which the victim is gradually manipulated into doubting reality. "

    This was an imperative listed in the 45 Communist goals published in 1963. 39) dominate psychiatric profession & use it against any who oppose, 38) treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders via @ChrisAHuges

  • graig babby

    Marie Calvi becauful of Otis Livinston and Cindy Shu the talking too much about your personal live they say they had sex with you and some guy De Boris

  • greeddy

    Fuckin black sick Otis Livinstain and whore Cindy Shu leave television this enchors talking about people they work with how they sleep with them dicks leave or you will disapear two fucking breads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!