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Progressive politics soaks the fabric of the New York Times

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We live in a manipulated world where the corrupt mainstream media’s political news “reporting” is presented and designed to either harm or help some politician or some political cause. The MSM controls stories. They control narratives. They control whether valid news is ignored or is splashed across the page or the TV screen in a way to change readers’ beliefs.

The latest example is the New York Times’ deliberate decision to publish no stories—nada, zero, zilch—about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s multi-year relationship with a Chinese female spy who raised money for him. Failures of this kind are one reason why the Times reported in August that they had a huge decline in advertising revenue. Other recent dishonest acts were perpetrated when the MSM chose to ignore conclusive evidence that Joe Biden knew about his son Hunter’s rotten business dealings, and lied about it. And it was the MSM that decided to destroy Donald Trump at any cost— which included turning fiction into news and making up “stuff’ from anonymous sources.

It’s no surprise that the American people across the board have lost trust in the MSM. One reason is that Americans are being lied to by the media, which buries most of the violence and destruction in our major cities, and reports only minimal news of the pervasive criminal activity, omitting to identify which groups in society are committing the crimes. Viewers see and hear, and are getting tired of softball interviews the MSM gives to their darling favorites– and their kid-gloves special treatment of activists who claim to speak for “communities of color”. Last summer, a Gallup/Knight study showed that 80% of Americans believe “the media is trying to convince people to adopt a certain opinion.” More Americans trust Trump’s White House to tell the truth than the national political media, by 39% to 29%.

Classic evidence proving such media bias came to light in the 2016 presidential election when a valid study/survey done of 59 newspapers showed that 57 supported Clinton and two supported Trump. Not only showing bias and lack of balance, it shows that newspapers have lost their influence.  One result of this kind of rank partisanship is that the newspaper publisher McClatchy and “dozens of other newspapers (have) filed for bankruptcy as they struggle to pay off debt while revenue shrinks”. Other newspaper companies declaring bankruptcy are Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, Tribune Co., GateHouse, Affiliated Media, Sun-Times Media, Freedom Communications, the list goes on.

More than 2,000 U.S. local newspapers have closed in the last 15 years. Newspaper industry employment in 2001 was 412,000; by 2019, it had dropped to 88,000, according to Pew Research.

But if you ask them, newspaper journalists are quick to tell you that their dismal decline in fortune over the last 15 years is because of the rise of the Internet. It’s not their fault they failed, don’t you see? But the truth is they have buried their heads in the sand about this, because much of their decline was due to their own dishonest behavior, causing advertisers and readers to flee and find online alternatives. Less than one in three adults pay a monthly or annual fee to a news outlet. Why? People are not getting what they want from the MSM, which is only speaking to audiences that do not represent America as a whole.

And, it turns out that the NY Times has become a voice that chooses sides. They have plunged headlong into the liberal wilderness, and readers who don’t like it are growing in numbers. The Times had better wake up and realize they are respected by far less than half of America. They have not figured out that it is dangerous business to eliminate conservatives from their readership while, at the same time, their fake-news reporting has turned into too much commentary and not enough balance. The sin that has plunged them into trouble is to take the news and add their leftist opinions.

John R. Smith

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