‘Missed them all’: Brit Hume dumps on media for faulty coverage of pivotal stories and has receipts

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Brit Hume is calling out the willfully ideologically blind or asleep-at-the-switch mainstream corporate media for being really bad at their jobs.

In a tweet that reacted to a long media-miscue listing from pundit Andrew Sullivan, the Fox News senior political analyst wrote that “Major media missed them all, not to mention UVa fraternity rape, ‘Hands-up don’t shoot,’ Michael Avenatti, Brian Sicknick fire extinguisher, border crisis.”

All of this news reporting is occurring against the backdrop of the projecting political/media establishment lamenting the spread of misinformation, as it defines it.

2016 election. Rittenhouse. Covington. Russian collusion. Vaccines. Bounties on US soldiers. Lab-leak theory. Jussie Smollett. The Pulse shooting. The Atlanta shootings. Hunter Biden laptop. Inflation. Steele Dossier. The MSM got every single one wrong,” Sullivan had tweeted with a link to a Substack article. 

Parenthetically, in a quote attributed to David Mamet, the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright and filmmaker apparently opined that “In order to continue advancing their illogical arguments, modern liberals have to pretend not to know things…”

In the aftermath of Republican Glenn Youngkin’s gubernatorial win in Virginia, Hume also chided the media for pretending that critical race theory is not being filtered into the public school curriculum in the Old Dominion State.

In a scenario that has also played out at other media outlets as well as in academia, the anti-Trump Sullivan left New York magazine in July 2020 for Substack as a result of apparently being insufficiently woke.

“A critical mass of the staff and management at New York Magazine and Vox Media no longer want to associate with me, and, in a time of ever tightening budgets, I’m a luxury item they don’t want to afford. And that’s entirely their prerogative,” he wrote, in part, in his farewell column.

“They seem to believe, and this is increasingly the orthodoxy in mainstream media, that any writer not actively committed to critical theory in questions of race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity is actively, physically harming co-workers merely by existing in the same virtual space…”

“If the mainstream media will not host a diversity of opinion, or puts the ‘moral clarity’ of some self-appointed saints before the goal of objectivity in reporting, if it treats writers as mere avatars for their race and gender or gender identity, rather than as unique individuals whose identity is largely irrelevant, then the nonmainstream needs to pick up the slack.”

According to independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS News investigative correspondent, the media made 156 errors in the Trump era, mostly in ways that made the president and his administrative look bad. President Trump, of course, regularly condemned his media foes for what he described as fake news.

In his Substack essay to which Brit Hume referred, Andrew Sullivan wrote, in part, the following about all of the collapsed liberal media narratives:

The job of journalists is to do as best they can, day by day, and respond swiftly when they screw up, correct the record, and move forward…But when the sources of news keep getting things wrong, and all the errors lie in the exact same direction, and they are reluctant to acknowledge error, we have a problem. If you look back at the last few years, the record of errors, small and large, about major stories, is hard to deny. It’s as if the more Donald Trump accused the MSM of being “fake news” the more assiduously they tried to prove him right…

We all get things wrong. What makes this more worrying is simply that all these false narratives just happen to favor the interests of the left and the Democratic party. And corrections, when they occur, take up a fraction of the space of the original falsehoods. These are not randos tweeting false rumors. They are the established press. And at some point, you wonder: what narrative are they pushing now that is also bulls**t?…

I don’t want to feel as if everything I read is basically tilted through wish-fulfillment, narrative-proving, and ideology. But with this kind of record, how can I not?..

 

Apart from liberal Twitter, which still buys into the narrative, here’s a sample of the resulting conversation on the platform:

Robert Jonathan

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