Our media have a problem: they are essentially incapable of covering Donald Trump with anything less than full-on deranged hysteria.
I do not say this as an excess of rhetoric or op-ed theatrics. It is a very real, very pressing problem, only getting worse, and it poses a significant danger to the social fabric of the United States.
Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks.
From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance.
-Victor Davis Hanson
'Morning Joe' regular John Heilemann said at least 10% of Trump supporters would be okay with giving the president "the power to do whatever he wants," including killing their grandparents...
"I would like a pollster to ask this question: 'How many people in the Republican Party think that it would be okay for Donald Trump to dissolve their own grandparents?'" a morbid Heilemann asked.
So, I have been looking at the media for a really long time, and it was clear that there was something just truly different about what happened in 2016. And I think it’s that while we have been in this climate of talking about media bias for many decades, there was no pretense left after 2016.
You had journalists openly talking about how they felt their job was to prevent Donald Trump from being elected.
Liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said the news media should work together and saturate the public with negative coverage of President Trump in order to erode his popularity among Republican voters.
Friedman said in an op-ed published Wednesday afternoon that if the media emphasize Trump's personality instead of news about the strong economy, it may discourage enough GOP voters from continuing to support the president and benefit Democrats.
Little surprise that journalists reacted to his election with a combination of panic, fear, disgust, fascination, exhilaration, and the self-affirming belief that they remain the last line of defense against an emerging American autocracy.
Who has time for dispassionate analysis, for methodical research and reporting, when the president's very being is an assault on one's conception of self, when nothing less than the future of the country is at stake?
Environmentalist, Liberal, Press, Bias, Trump
The number of Freedom of Information Act requests the Environmental Protection Agency received from mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post spiked immediately after Republican President Donald Trump took office, according to a Free Beacon analysis of FOIA requests by the media from 2013 to the present.
The figures, obtained through the government's FOIA online database, reveal a clear increase in requests for information from the agency once Trump was elected president.
Liberal, Press, Media, Bias, Trump
A former executive editor of the New York Times says the paper’s news pages, the home of its straight-news coverage, have become “unmistakably anti-Trump.”
Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility...
“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” Abramson writes, adding that she believes the same is true of the Washington Post. “Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Funny, Press, Trump
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle admitted Monday that she curses at President Donald Trump while taking showers. Referring to the recent expletive comments that celebrities Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee have made against members of the Trump family, Ruhle admitted, “I’m sure I shout some of those words in the shower.”
De Niro shouted “f**k Trump!” during his Tony Awards speech Sunday night: “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump,’ it’s f**k Trump.” And TBS’s Bee called First Daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” during a live monologue in May. Ruhle said those words are not “just crude language.”
“Because to me, I understand the frustration and outrage around the president,” she admitted, but then said celebrities unleashing on Trump may actually help his agenda.
Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Justice, Law, Trump
GQ Magazine published an article Thursday attacking President Donald Trump for failing to call for the death penalty for Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
The piece was quickly followed with a correction since Paddock was already dead and could thus not be given the death penalty.
“An earlier version of this article used a headline noting that Trump had publicly called for the death penalty in the New York attack, but not the Las Vegas shooting in particular. That discrepancy is probably related to the fact that the Las Vegas shooter is dead. We regret the error,” GQ’s correction reads.
The New York Times' Political Position...
"I turned to my wife and I said, 'The Times is absolutely committed to making sure that this guy does not get elected.'"
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward called on the national media Friday to keep focused on reporting straight news, after many reporters have revealed a bias against President Trump.
Friday on MSNBC, Woodward said he knows of too many reporters who have strayed from objectivity and shown an excessive hostility toward the White House. -Eddie Scarry
Liberal, Press, Crazy, Demagoguery
Friday on “CBS This Morning,” long-time CBS News personality Bob Schieffer reacted President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey earlier this week. While many have made comparisons to Trump’s handling of Comey to Watergate, Schieffer said he saw “parallels” to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
“You know, there are many parallels Watergate,” Schieffer explained. “But I have to tell you, I think all the way back to the Kennedy assassination, to draw parallels..."
Liberal, Character, Oops, Press, Lie, Bias
ABC News apologized Tuesday after the Monday night edition of Nightline edited a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer in a way that made it appear that he was more critical of current White House press secretary Sean Spicer than he actually was.
The Biggest Media Meltdowns to Trump's Win
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Threats, Press
National editor at Politico Michael Hirsh resigned after publishing the home addresses of alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer Tuesday morning and advocating for serious violence... “I wasn’t thinking of a f---ing letter, Doug. He lives part of the time next door to me in Arlington. Our grandfathers brought baseball bats to Bund meetings. Want to join me?”
Slate: Brothers In White Resentment
President-elect Donald Trump and Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old who was found guilty Thursday on 33 charges related to the murder of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, are “brothers in white resentment,” according to Slate:
It’s to see both Donald Trump and Dylann Roof as heralds of the darkest forces in American life, to see their common heritage in a rising tide of white identity and white nationalism.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Press, Smears, Murder, Trump
Liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggested Friday that President-elect Donald Trump could have an incentive to allow or launch a 9/11-style attack on the United States once in office. Krugman wrote that President George W. Bush came into office with questions surrounding his legitimacy that were “dispelled” by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Krugman surmised that gave Trump “interesting incentives.”
Since President Trump was elected, the media landscape has divided and hardened more than ever.
Even the once-unimpeachable New York Times has been guilty of "fake news," while on Tuesday CNN had to retract an article that slimed a Trump aide based on flimsy reporting.
Most journalists missed the story because they were too caught up in defending a system of cultural authority of which they had foolishly allowed themselves to become an integral part.
Violent Attacks Against People
Wearing MAGA Hats
March 1 2019
"So-called “bombshell,” “watershed,” “turning-point,” and “walls closing in” fake news aired in 24-hour news bulletin cycles.
The media went from fabrications about Trump’s supposed removal of the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office, to the mythologies in the Steele dossier, to lies about the Trump Tower meeting, to assurances that Michael Cohen would testify to Trump’s suborning perjury, and on and on.
Assessing the tone of news coverage, the Harvard researchers found that CNN's Trump coverage was 93 percent negative, and seven percent positive. The researchers found the same numbers for NBC.
I'm not saying this to be mean. I genuinely feel sorry for MSNBC viewers who have had their brains filled with stuff like this for 2 straight years and uncritically believed what they were hearing.
The damage to the discourse will never be undone.
The Press: Self-Righteousness And Smugness ...
"In lots of reporting, particularly on television, commentary, there's kind of self-righteousness and smugness, and people kind of ridiculing the president."
Nicholas Kristof Budget Cut Demagoguery
Reading through the Trump budget, I feel as the Romans must have felt in 456 AD as the barbarians conquered and ushered in the dark ages.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 16, 2017
Donald Trump Wants To Kill Us.
"So it's a weird tension. It's a dangerous time for the first amendment and the free press in this country. At the same time, we're oddly influential with the guy who wants to kill us."
Day in, day out, in every media market in America, Trump was savaged like no other candidate in memory. We were watching the total collapse of standards, with fairness and balance tossed overboard. Every story was an opinion masquerading as news, and every opinion ran in the same direction — toward Clinton and away from Trump.
For the most part, I blame the New York Times and the Washington Post for causing this breakdown. The two leading liberal newspapers were trying to top each other in their demonization of Trump and his supporters. They set the tone, and most of the rest of the media followed like lemmings.
"Fat slobs with bad taste are a core Trump demographic."
As he spoke, the crowd chanted "U.S.A" and applauded, prompting some critics of the president, who has the lowest approval ratings in modern history, to compare his rhetoric to the Hitler Youth, a wing of Germany's Nazi party.
The effort to remove the president is conducted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the wire services, and the major networks. And we have seen nothing like it in our time.
In the last six months, Americans have been told quite falsely so many untruths about the Trump administration by their news agencies that for all practical purposes, there is no such thing as a media as we once knew it.
-Victor Davis Hanson
Liberal, Oops, Press, Smears, Trump
Kurt Eichenwald is an experienced investigative journalist, with a best-selling book to his credit and years of work at the New York Times, Vanity Fair and now Newsweek. So what was Eichenwald thinking Tuesday when he tweeted this:
“I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won’t release medical records.”
There’s no evidence that Trump was ever hospitalized for such a condition, and Eichenwald cited none. The tweet was quickly deleted from Eichenwald’s account...
"If you look at the last eight years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, but also journalists, implemented by not Donald Trump but by the Obama administration."
As a 25 year media-watcher, I have never seen anything close to the propaganda campaign the national media launched to defeat Donald Trump last year. It was 24/7, it was coordinated across every news outlet, it was all-hands-on-deck.
And Trump still won.
MSNBC Panelist Suggests Trump Wants to
Round People Up and Murder Them
MSNBC panelist suggests Trump wants to round people up and murder them. pic.twitter.com/RiPqZwe6Bd— Ryan Saavedra ???? (@RealSaavedra) August 18, 2018
Projection From The Left
Sloppy reporting is not new. There has always been corner-cutting in journalism. There is a new genre of lazy reporting in the Trump era, however, that goes well beyond the sloppy, and straight into the aggressively ignorant.