With a robust wag of the finger, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rebuked the press corps Saturday for their manipulation of the inauguration attendance and an alleged removal of a MLK bust from the White House. Not that I particularly enjoy watching an administration lower themselves to their level. Know how the left gets into full-metal meltdown over people refuting climate data and even calls them “Science Deniers?” This is how I look at anyone who still denies media bias. I would say never in history has there been such staking of sympathy toward preferred political world views, but sadly I would be wrong.
During the California Gold Rush of the 1850’s The San Francisco Alta California, who Mark Twain wrote for, was the political enemy of Democrat Governor John Bigler. A Free-Soil Democrat, Bigler opposed slavery but also championed harsh anti-immigration measures. The Alta California would portray Bigler as a ‘Yankee ruffian’ in its quest to validate bankers and landowners who sought slave labor to work the mining camps. As with many other populist-bent papers of the time the publishers printed editorials against a newly emerging Republican presence. The Stockton Republican took the side of the Governor and for their part helped promote dubious accounts of Chinese laborers looting stores. The sensationalized news stories even swayed public opinion in the administration moving the capital to Sacramento. Protestations of objectivity and accuracy were made, but these were understood to be mere rhetorical camouflage for the editorial opinions sown throughout most news stories.
In 1896 William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer engaged in a trade war for circulation numbers and based on anecdotal evidence ignited the Spanish American War. What’s swept under the rug was the influence of the bourgeoning progressive movement of the early 20th century on yellow journalism. The prevailing theory of progressivism was that the individual was too uncouth for political decision making therefore necessitating florid language and patently biased opinion in news reporting.
As a former newspaper journalist I frequently had old-timer veterans poking fun at us fledgling writers as ‘Joe College’ and ‘armchair detectives.’ See, up until the late 1960’s journalism was a field of working class professionals who cut their teeth covering local high school football or writing obituaries. From the 60’s onward as the journalism profession grew in popularity it became filled with graduates from universities and the bias instilled in them from their J-School professors.
Objectivity is as hard to impose on a thinking man as ice is to a bubbling volcano, as eventually passions will boil over. Perhaps Anderson Cooper, protesting CNN’s dismissal at the last press conference, can recall that time his colleague Candy Crowley came to Obama’s rescue as a supposed moderator. Perhaps Chuck Todd, who has previously claimed NBC is objective journalism, can remember that time 2 month ago his network denounced fake news and ran 2 fake news stories the SAME DAY. Maybe ABC can stop paying homage to the ghost of William Hearst with sensationalist videos that undermine the very legitimacy of the climate change.
I feel as conservatives we not only owe a debt of gratitude to these outted dirt merchants, but also the Democrat Party for swallowing their smug, dismissive poison pills. Simultaneously we must tell it like it is. The new Republican majority in Congress must sanctify their leadership with burning to ash the collective fake news rumor mill like so much incense. We must be the first to call out Fox, Breitbart or any other outlet that chooses fiction over the reference section. The public is finally fighting back and all is laid bare revealing the fake news cabal and their benefactors.
For my part I admit I enjoy watching the food fights, because the media really is biased and it doesn’t hurt anything to enjoy watching them go crazy over Trump.
Used to be I really wasn’t sure the media was biased, back a long, long time ago. I didn’t know the difference from one publication to another, and being young I just absorbed it all and whatever made sense made sense, and whatever didn’t, didn’t.
As I got older I started to understand the positions of the political parties better and started to sense when a writer was being really biased, but I still gave it all the benefit of the doubt. Over time that became harder to do, until about the time G.W. Bush became President. Something about that election with Gore just set the press off on a tangent, I don’t know what it was about that, but something really changed at that point.
Once the Iraq war was underway and the patriotism angle wore off, the press really took up the Democratic cause. Again, I knew there was a lot of bias, and it was incredibly obvious in some places like MSNBC and Fox News, but you could still rely on news reporters to at least mix news in with what they were saying.
When the TEA party came on the scene was when it all went completely off the rails. There was something about seeing conservative populists marching in the streets that pushed the news media over the edge. From that point on it was like media took sides, and it has become almost impossible to find a news outlet that isn’t biased. It seems to have been a combination of things that came together in a perfect storm – the TEA party, partisanship in Congress over the ACA law, a President that was very partisan, and a slew of new “journalists” on the Internet and new young journalists in print news that seemed willing to say anything as long as it generated views and ratings.
The Trump vs Clinton campaign is beyond anything I could have ever imagined, I really never thought the news media would drop all facades and just go neck deep in outright propaganda, but that is exactly where we are now.
Now when I look at the news I don’t even read the stores or headlines first anymore, instead I look to see who the source is, because if it’s organizations like the Washington Post, New York Times, Salon, Vox, Huffington Post, etc, I know what they’re selling. I do still read some of it, but it’s only so that I can understand what kind of BS Democrats are going to be talking about. And don’t misunderstand me, conservative news isn’t any better.
It’s basically impossible to read anything from the news media today and go into it believing you are going to get objectivity, they seem to all be working some kind of angle now. NPR, NBC, CNN, every one of them is biased as hell. The news media has become an entertainment sport where everyone chooses the publication or channel that supports their favorite team.
Thanks, frogger. This comment was excellent.
And, of course, there is this:
Maybe all that white space on the Mall was just people in sheets.
Maybe all those empty bleacher seats were people dressed as bleacher seats.
Maybe it was invisibility cloaks.
And then, maybe, the White House Press Secretary should not have demolished his own credibility during his debut.
Or maybe the photograph was taken hours before the ceremony began and people didn’t want to spend that extra time in the rain.
The crowds look about the same to me.
Actually, please check the angles of the two photographs; and then please check an aerial photo that you might trust.
The media and Trump are wasting time bickering. I don’t care about how many people went to the inauguration, I don’t care what Trump removes from the oval office, I don’t care about any protest except the protests related to corruption in government or jobs.
When do we see millions of illegals shipped out of the country? When do we see tariffs on imported goods? When do we see the border locked down? Where is the affordable healthcare?
When do we put America first? Well?
Trump and Spiker threw down the gauntlet. Let the games begin.