The fourth estate believes itself to be the pinnacle of truth, integrity, and ethics. They shamelessly and without irony lecture President-elect Donald Trump about “press protocol” in failing to kowtow to the media’s demands for Trump’s schedule and whereabouts at every moment.
The one thing I’ve always liked about Trump is that he doesn’t buy it, because he’s been around the other side of the camera lens, where the deals are cut, ratings are worshipped, and personal bias is the rule rather than the exception. (Note that I didn’t use the term “one thing” as an idiom. It literally is the one thing I’ve always liked.)
They lecture America about Stephen Bannon, Breitbart and the “alt-right.” They lecture about racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, “fake news” and the rise of conservative talk radio. And America doesn’t buy it. Surely they know this because Donald Trump was elected president. But they believe their own lectures, and claim that the country was misled by Facebook memes and conservative websites.
The main stream media has misled America over and over again. From Dan Rather to Brian Williams, to George Stephanopoulos, to editorial boards of liberal newspapers across the nation, Americans know when they’re being fed a heap of bullsh*t. And when Americans would rather believe the memes and Breitbart hagiographic pieces, who should blame them? The main stream media has looked down its collective noses at Americans outside the big cities for a very long time, and they’ve traded their moral authority for partisan access to Democratic leaders.
Trump should snub them. He has every right to do so. In July, the Washington Post called Trump a “unique threat to American democracy.” They characterized his policies as “disastrous.” In October, they condemned Trump’s talk of “election-rigging,” and said he posts “an unprecedented threat to the peaceful transition of power.” Now they sympathize with anti-Trump protesters, writing how “nationwide protests are ‘just a taste of things to come.'” Who is the threat to the peaceful transition of power now?
During the campaign, a stunning 91 percent of coverage on evening newscasts was negative to Trump, according to a study by the Media Research Center. USA Today, in the first time in its 34-year history, took sides in a presidential race. They didn’t endorse a candidate–they published a screed lambasting Trump as “unfit for the presidency.” On Monday they wrote that “Bannon could darken Trump White House.”
What Stephen Bannon did at Breitbart was not different than what the Huffington Post has done. He gave extremist race identity opinions a voice. The main difference is that Breitbart’s extremist race identity opinions were from white people. Therefore, Bannon is a monster, but Huffington (which relegated Trump coverage to the “entertainment” section for a month when he first entered the race) is being politically correct.
It’s politically correct to suggest that the definition of racism is white people discriminating against non-white people, and not the other way around. For far too long, the “alt-left” has had its way as legitimate media while the “alt-right” was tucked in a dark, cobwebby corner of the web called “4chan.” Don’t get me wrong: both views are reprehensible and detestable. But we cannot even say that Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Al Sharpton is detestable without being labeled a bigot, while Wright is himself a bigot.
The main stream media has shimmed the levers of “news,” put its thumb, fingers, and fist on the scales of bias, and then wonders why conservative websites slant stories toward right-wing world views. They cry “fake news!” even when Rolling Stone has lost a defamation lawsuit (with actual malice) for publishing a fabricated story about a rape at U-Va. They would never even consider that their world view is irretrievably tilted toward an extreme minority of Americans.
HUGH HEWITT: 90% plus of Manhattan/Beltway media elites will vote for Hillary Clinton and will applaud her election. That seeps into coverage. It’s what Dan Rather said: news is where you look. Those elites look for news in places other than, for example, the Obamacare premium hikes or the problems at the FBI.
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CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you know anybody, Yamiche, at the New York Times who’s pro-life?
YAMICHE ALCINDOR: [laughs] That’s not a question I’m going to answer. I have no idea.
MATTHEWS: Do you know anybody? You don’t have to name names. Do you know anybody at the Times who’s pro-life.
ALCINDOR: I have not asked, I have not asked my coworkers that question I should say.
MATTHEWS: Oh, that’s cute. Hugh, you’re making your point. Go ahead. That’s the way you make your point.
Actually, Manhattan only went for Clinton 87.2 percent. Washington, D.C. went 92.8 percent, but Fairfax County, Virginia only had Clinton at 65.3 percent. Trump took better than 75 percent of Virginia’s counties, and lost by under 5 percent. It’s the media who only know people who voted for Clinton, and don’t care so much about Obamacare, the FBI, or Dan Rather’s lies about George W. Bush.
To condemn racism, a class of citizens has to have the moral authority to do so. One group of racists condemning another has no moral weight. The main stream media has given a pass to one group of racists, while condemning Donald Trump by association. I wish that Trump didn’t have those associations–and opposed him as a candidate in part because he had them and has not fully repudiated them.
Now that Trump is going to be president, the main stream media thinks they can merrily go about their business giving a pass to one set of racists and their fellow travelers while calling those who give a pass to the other set of racists bigots for doing so. They have no moral authority to do that, and Americans can see right through their vitreous hypocrisy.
The truth is, that the main stream media deserves to have a Breitbart at the table. They deserve it when Stephen Bannon is in the White House, and Breitbart gets prime press interviews, administration news morsels and special access to power. They’ve been playing that game for decades and they expect to be fed, not just the table scraps, but the main course. They even want to choose from the menu. Now that Trump is exercising his complete moral and ethical right to snub them at every opportunity (whether he even realizes he’s snubbing them isn’t important), they will take upon themselves the character and emotional maturity of a two-year-old whose ice cream cone has fallen to the ground.
As much as I detest the “alt-right” for their racialism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and populist authoritarian nightmare-dreams, I am happy to see that finally the left’s hegemony on promoting racist views is being challenged while their utter lack of moral authority on the matter is being nakedly exposed for all to see.
For that one thing, I thank President-elect Trump and Stephen Bannon. Gentlemen, rub their collective noses in it for the next four years.