Hanson says media has ‘fused’ with progressive left, offers canny take on what they’d have you believing

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The new year will be ushered in on Saturday with 2021 officially becoming history and some are taking time to reflect on the dismal performance of a media which no longer even remotely resembles the institution that once spoke truth to power but now functions as the propaganda arm of the fully radicalized Democratic Party.

One of those who weighed in on the year in fake news and media gaslighting was distinguished historian Victor Davis Hanson, who appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” where he talked with fill-in host Jason Chaffetz.

Setting the table for Hanson’s commentary, Chaffetz lamented what he referred to as a “completely unhinged and discredited media,” saying  “if we had listened to them instead of doing our own research and questioning those in charge things would be really different.” He played a montage of liberal talking heads dispensing fibs such as critical race theory being a “boogeyman,” that the January 6 “insurrection” was worse than 9/11 and that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent breakthrough cases.

The claim that vaccines were the magic bullet that would stop COVID cold was made by reigning MSNBC conspiracy queen Rachel Maddow, an assertion that has been disproven with the Omicron variant and, in an environment that wasn’t rigged in a partisan manner, would not pass muster with the “fact checkers” who are dispatched to protect the official narratives.

Hanson, who is a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, got to the root of the problem with the media, that it no longer exists as “we once knew it” but rather has been “fused with the left wing movement and the Democratic Party,” a development that is not only unprecedented in the U.S. but also removes a critical check on corruption and abuses of power.

“That’s why Trump had not been in office more than 90 days and the liberal Shorenstein Center at Harvard said that 93% of the coverage was biased against him,” Hanson said. “And we had prominent marquee journalists Christiane Amanpour, Jim Rittenhouse, Jorge Ramos, they said they couldn’t be disinterested because of the Trump phenomenon, and so if you’d believed the media.. then we heard that Andrew Cuomo was a professional and gifted governor, Chris Cuomo is a professional journalist,” he added, referring the now-disgraced brothers.

“There was no relation between the Wuhan level four lab and the origins of COVID, the Chinese were very sober and judicious in the way they handled the outbreak,” he said.

“We were told that somehow in Waukesha there was some autopilot SUV that killed six people and injured sixty two but we didn’t really know much about the driver,” he added, in a reference to the militant black nationalist who had previously used the vehicle to run over his girlfriend, a story that was a blip on the media radar.

“We were told the Rittenhouse trial where there was white on white violence was simply about race, and I could go on so they don’t… they don’t feel that they have to be and they should not be disinterested,” he noted.

“The other thing they do is they are a megaphone for Democratic talking points, about every three or four weeks they flood the airways and the print media with a theme and remember when Joe Biden went below 40%, suddenly democracy was in danger in 2022,” he continued. “2024 we could lose the country and they had just told us it was very resilient in electing Joe Biden and then we were told that we might face a coup and military officers were writing in the Washington Post, for example that there was a danger of a coup in 2024.”

“Very ironic, because there were people on the left that had almost advocated a coup if it was necessary to get rid of Donald Trump,” he said. “And then with Joe Manchin suddenly as a renegade in the Senate and now we are flooded the last week with the idea, well, the Senate doesn’t practice equity, it’s an archaic ossified institution, it’s not fair that California doesn’t get the same numerical representation as Wyoming even though it’s essential to the Constitution.”

Hanson added, “So you know, I was thinking about this right now and you know the one person, the one thing that Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama said that was true, about only one thing, he said that these people are 20 and 30 somethings that know nothing and we create an echo chamber and we feed them stuff and they reverberate it and magnify it back and I think that’s what the media is.

“It’s not fair to call them the media, they are an extension of this progressive movement,” he said.


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