Panic as another news outlet announces it’s cutting one-third of its staff amid widespread media layoffs

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The Plain Dealer, a left-wing paper out of Cleveland, has reportedly been forced to downgrade its operations and lay off a third of its staff due to a “continuing decline in advertising revenue.”

“The Plain Dealer on Monday laid off 14 newsroom employees as part of a staff reduction first announced in December,” the paper reported Monday to shock from its media peers.

“The 14, most of them reporters and all members of Local 1 of the News Guild of the Communication Workers of America, account for about a third of the unionized news-gathering staff.”

Observe some of the shock below:

According to The New York Times’ Alex Burns, about 26 media jobs are cut per day.

While what happened is certainly unfortunate for those directly impacted by the paper’s cuts, it seems like a gross exaggeration to refer to The Plain Dealer’s downgrading as “a threat to democracy” or suggest that the news content shared on social media is “not journalism.”

This attitude does however highlight the growing divide between the establishment mainstream media, of which this Cleveland paper is a part of, and a growing non-establishment media infrastructure comprised of independent journalists such as Tim Pool and Andy Ngo, as well as independent media organizations such as Breitbart, The Daily Wire and BizPac Review.

This infrastructure exists in part to combat the mainstream media’s demonstrable left-wing bias. During the 2012 presidential election, for instance, The Plain Dealer repeatedly ran highly biased so-called “news” reports that seemed biased toward then-Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama and against then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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The paper was accused of a similar anti-Trump bias during the 2016 presidential election.

“I am totally ashamed of The Plain Dealer,” a local reader wrote at the time. “This week, the city of Cleveland has the honor of sponsoring the Republican National Convention. Many delegates, media and people from around the world, let alone the United States, are bringing millions of dollars to the city of Cleveland, its hotels, restaurants and shop owners. To my knowledge, The Plain Dealer is the only print newspaper in Cleveland. Instead of saying welcome, it had a full-page ad on the back of the front section of the paper Sunday saying how wrong our nominee is.”

Does this mean the paper’s staff deserved to be laid off? Of course not. It does suggest that the belief among mainstream media “journalists” that their alleged “journalism” is the be all and end all of journalism is shortsighted and perhaps even self-centered to some degree.

The mainstream media’s attitude does also highlight a certain lack of self-awareness in regard to their clear-cut biases and their clear-cut unwillingness to hold themselves accountable.

To this day, not a single mainstream outlet has apologized for spending two to three years weaving a Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory that’s finally been formally debunked. If anything, the media have doubled down, falsely claiming their reporting had been 100 percent legit.

“Other than the people in the media on the left, not on this network, I don’t know anybody who got anything wrong,” CNN “journalist” Jake Tapper falsely asserted this week.

That was a lie.

Listen:

Tapper’s lie is particularly galling given his network’s track record of trying to silence, censor and deplatform all non-establishment voices, including those voices that were responsible for educating the public about the realities of the Russia collusion investigation.

If it wasn’t for these non-establishment media, for example, the public would have never learned that then- National Security Adviser Susan Rice ordered then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign members to be unmasked by the FBI in 2016.

When this news broke in 2017, CNN completely dismissed it.

Independent journalist Tim Pool has more info about CNN’s antics below:

In an ideal world, nobody would lose his or her job. But this isn’t an ideal world, let alone a utopia. It’s real life, and in real life tough decisions sometimes have to be made. That is just life.

It’s unfortunate and it’s sad, but it’s certainly not “a threat to democracy.” What is, has been and continues to be a real threat to democracy is the stunning groupthink that plagues the entire mainstream media. The good news is that an anti-establishment media infrastructure now exists to combat this groupthink. The bad news is that the same “journalists” crying over The Plain Dealer’s fate would love nothing more than to see every non-establishment outlet extinguished like a flame.

Instead of crying, maybe these folks should engage in some simple self-reflection:

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Vivek Saxena

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