The Daily Wire explains why the American mainstream news media is now hoist on its own petard.
The very same media that shrugged when Hillary Clinton set up a secret server, deleted 33,000 government emails, BleachBit’d whatever remained and then literally took a hammer to the devices — the media that set that precedent now wants us to get all worked up over Trump’s tweets?
The very same media that buried Bill Clinton’s perjury and his numerous victims of sexual abuse — the media that set those precedents now wants us to consider an Access Hollywood video a disqualifier for the presidency? Now wants us to freak out over an awkward handshake?
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The very same media that covered up the fact that Democrats and Team Hillary worked with the foreign government of Ukraine in the hopes of digging up dirt on Trump, the media that itself has used opposition research from the Russian government (the Golden Showers dossier) in the hopes of destroying Trump — the media that set those precedents now want us to turn on Trump because his son hoped for the same?
There’s much more at the link – and all worth reading.
The mainstream media gave President Obama a pass through the eight years of his two administrations, never questioning the most questionable actions, tactics and decisions, always a sycophant, never a watchdog. They failed miserably to safeguard the democracy they proclaim so loudly. However, as soon as President Trump came along, he could do no right. They’ve spent almost every moment of his administration complaining, carping, denouncing, objecting and obfuscating.
The so-called “credibility” of the mainstream news media isn’t even a joke any more. It’s an obscenity – and it’s clearly visible to anyone with half a working brain cell. One would think, to judge by their behavior, that the mainstream media really believes it can get away with its partisanship and bias. However, I think a large slice of the American people have seen through it. If they haven’t, there’s so much evidence of it, emerging on a daily basis, that it’ll get through, sooner or later.
When the Washington Post proudly airs its new slogan that “Democracy dies in darkness”, it fails to mention that the Washington Post itself has been the source and the cause of a great deal of that darkness over the past decade or so. By selectively reporting what it considers to be “news”, and downgrading, bad-mouthing or just plain ignoring anything that doesn’t fit its partisan political agenda, it has made itself part of the problem, rather than helping to solve it. The WaPo is hardly alone in that – offenders are legion. It’s merely one of the most visible, and the most in contempt of its own much-ballyhooed slogan.
As I said right through the election campaign last year, I was not and am not a Trump disciple or acolyte. I didn’t vote for him. Nevertheless, things have reached such a pitch that, when the mainstream media launches yet another attack on him, or “finds” yet another scandal to throw at him in the hope that some dirt will stick, my reaction is to yawn. For that matter, if he can make so many lying newshounds froth at the mouth so often, maybe he’s doing something right! It sure seems that way to me, and, I think, to many others. Why else would there be so much news media “sound and fury, signifying nothing”?
For all their scandal-mongering, the news media have utterly failed to uncover one single shred of real evidence that the Trump administration, and/or any members of the Trump family, have broken even one of the laws of the United States. Sure, some of what they’ve done appears to have been distasteful and/or unethical and/or morally questionable. Sadly, one has come to expect that of almost all politicians, of every party, in this day and age. However, one does not (or, rather, in the past, did not) expect that the self-appointed guardians of democracy, the mainstream media, should be equally (or more) distasteful, unethical and morally questionable in their actions.
Watergate was a wonderful example of the mainstream media reporting the facts, exposing a genuine scandal, and safeguarding our democracy. Trumpgate (whichever one is the flavor du jour) is merely a temper tantrum by news media who can’t accept that, by their own actions and choices, they’ve lost all credibility. They’ve gone so far down the rabbit-hole of innuendo, suggestion and smears that I sincerely doubt they can find their way out again.