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I submit, for your reading pleasure, the notion that perhaps the greatest enemy facing the American public today is a mainstream media and press that has become corrupt beyond belief.
The broad media in America is always trying to divide us. They delight in keeping people at each other’s throats, and scaring us. They figure that’s the best way to have the Great Public Eyeball continuing to return to their print pages or their broadcast screens. The American mainstream media is the world’s greatest player of the “Gotcha” blame-game. This is how the broadcast MSM, in particular, has polarized America in their continuing search to find fault and blame. Many reporters’ questions to Donald Trump, for example, are not designed to illuminate an issue, the intent is to undermine the President. “Journalists” do not understand that sometimes circumstances are unpredictable, causing errors or disasters, and that some group or some political party or some individual is not to blame. Instead, commentators feast on destroying reputations and personal credibility.
Don’t believe me? Listen to the questions asked by the talking heads on news outlets like CNN, MSNBC and the other leftist media outlets. Over 90% of their news coverage of Donald Trump is negative, much of it arising from disingenuous, dishonest commentary and questions asked by MSM news hosts. These media people are fanatical and rabid over their personal campaigns to find fault with “everything American”, and to blame conservatives. There is no shame among the biased reporters who accuse Trump of pushing Grandma under the bus and killing WWII vets, just to juice the Dow.
The media bristles at the term “fake news”, but they bristle because they know it’s accurate. Deep down, some of these so-called journalists know it’s true. Others will never admit it because their hyper-partisanship has blinded their mental outlook.
Many folks on the right would like to sue the press for lying to us, for decades. Ask yourself who you trust more to tell you the truth—the American political commentators or the Trump White House. Polls say, to the extent polls can be trusted, that more Americans trust Trump than the national media. Not only that, 2/3 of those polled believed 75% of social media news is biased or inaccurate. Fewer than one in 10 state they respect Congress. The loss of confidence in both television news and newspapers has declined by over 10 percentage points in the last decade, down to about 20% for each group.
Culminating in the coronavirus, most everything has changed in this world over the last couple of years—except the biased media. In January, the media did not criticize, and did not question, the virus misinformation, lies and stonewalling coming out of China, thus failing to give us information early on. When it became obvious that Communist China was lying, the media avoided condemning them and failed to call China’s hand when it accused the U.S. of causing the virus outbreak in China. Instead, the press blamed the president.
The leftist media even poo-pooed the seriousness of the virus. Here’s a Washington Post headline in late January: “Why we should be wary of an aggressive government response to coronavirus”; another on Feb. 1: “Get a grippe, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now.”
The American institutional media truly has become an enemy of the people. They withhold the truth or bury it on the back page. They whitewash or ignore good news coming from conservative politicians and instead create false news to undermine them. The NY Times has become infamous for writing articles that take the news and add their own editorial opinions, manufacturing their own versions of the news, twisting the truth to fit their political agenda by basing their “news” on other news that was false.
Finally, tell me, where are the legitimate mainstream journalists who should be deeply embarrassed by what their occupation has become? Why do too many of them stay silent? Perhaps they fear they will be fired by bosses who were trained in the socialist journalism schools of the 1960s, to hate American businesses, the military, and conservative thinking.
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