In a previous commentary, I wrote that in terms of the nasty attacks on President Trump, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Well we are beginning to see it.
For generations, the major news media emanating out of New York has been biased to the left – ergo to Democrats. Back in the 1960s and 1970s – when the bias of the Fourth Estate started to become obvious – it was an annoyance … a problem … but one that you could work around. Though slanted, there was still representation of alternative opinions and viewpoints. In fact, I spent a good part of my career being the minority (conservative) guest on hundreds of radio and televisions shows – even some of the most liberal.
The media bias on the part of the eastern establishment news media got more severe and strident with the rise of Reagan conservative governance. The New York media cabal were out to get Reagan. They aligned with President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and former Vice President Walter Mondale in 1988. Still, there was a smidgeon of opportunity for Republican and conservative viewpoints to be represented.
The breaking point came with the nomination of Senator Barack Obama for the presidency. He was a liberal’s dream come true – a handsome, articulate politician with VERY progressive views. The mere fact that Obama was black enabled the media to cast all opposition as racial – a practice that underlies virtually all reporting to this day. Those who opposed Obama – or do not reflect favorably on his policies – are deemed racists.
Nothing and no one have pushed the major New York media into the arena of left-wing propaganda more than the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The so-called free press joined the partisan effort to prevent Trump’s election and subsequently signed up with the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement to bring down his presidency, if possible – or prevent his re-election.
The Democrat-dominated media has lost all pretense of objectivity and devotion to truth. Like any authoritarian propaganda vehicle, they will shade (spin) the truth, when possible, or censor factual information that is inconsistent with their bias, when necessary. And when all that fails, they will simply lie – by omission and commission.
Perhaps frustrated by the failure of the Mueller investigation to find the Trump campaign guilty of colluding with Russians meddling in the 2016 election – and the embarrassing failure of the highly partisan impeachment – the elitist progressive media has abandoned all semblance of ethics and honesty in their efforts to prevent the re-election of Trump.
A case in point.
I usually watch CNN or MSNBC after watching the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing in order to get a sense of the inevitable spin. The press has been hellbent on convincing the public that there is a schism between Trump and the medical professionals on the Task Force. Whether true or not, it is their constant narrative. In this case, it is not true.
The media sees Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as the hero of their melodrama. He is, after all, one of the most respected medical professionals in America. The media fails to give credit to Trump for appointing him and the other highly qualified members of the White House team.
When Fauci did not appear at one of the Task Force press briefings, the left-wing media was abuzz with speculative (false) stories of how Trump was unhappy with Fauci – Fauci was about to be fired, etc.. etc., etc. Of course, none of that was remotely true.
Fauci had previously told the press that there was no real disagreement between what Trump hoped for and what they needed to do in the meantime. But that was never reported in the out-of-context cuts that appeared on television.
In a recent briefing, Fauci admonished the press not to create a theory of disagreement between him and the President. That cut never was aired.
Trump said that he hoped that MAYBE we can look to Easter to relax SOME of the restrictions. He specifically said that it MIGHT be done on a regional basis if there are areas where the Coronavirus has not taken hold – in some of those unpopulated areas out west. He mentioned areas of Texas as an example.
Fauci concurred that such gradual rollback might be possible, but he emphasized that any decision would be driven by the data. Trump said it would be nice, but his decision would be led by his medical advisors – including Fauci.
No sooner had the briefing concluded than the folks at MSNBC and CNN started spinning their old narrative – that Trump was not listening to his medical advisors – that he is pursuing policies that would kill millions of Americans.
According to “Morning Joe’s” Mika Brzezinski the President planned to roll back ALL the restrictions across the nation in three weeks. That was followed by an out-of-context clip of Fauci saying they had to follow the data – intimating that the statement represented a disagreement between Trump and Fauci. It was nothing less than an intentional misrepresentation of fact.
MSNBC then spread their propaganda by asking guests to comment AFTER they created a strawman argument by putting words in Trump’s mouth that were never said. It was much like House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff making up the entire conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky.
When the programming was turned over to Stephanie Ruhle. It was noted that Trump was considering a partial removal of the restrictions around Easter. Ruhle emphatically said, “But that is not what he (Trump) said.” No Stephanie. That is exactly what he DID say. You were either lying or shamefully ignorant. Maybe you did not watch the briefing and got your misinformation from the folks who write the scripts you read from your teleprompter – or you took your information from the “Morning Joe” panel of prevaricators.
The story that ran through MSNBC – and also CNN – was a complete fabrication. And it was not the first time. It has become the New York establishment media’s ongoing modi operandi.
So, there ‘tis.