When Will the Media Pivot?

The Death of the Media

Before there was Fox News…

Axios morning email thingie does some navel gazing:

“Fake news” has become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician’s supporters to ignore legitimate reporting and hard questions, and as a smear of beleaguered and dwindling local press corps, AP’s Ryan Foley writes:

  • An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.”
  • The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter.
  • An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss receiving donations from employees of a company that landed a multimillion-dollar contract.

“Why it matters: Experts on the press and democracy say the cries of “fake news” could do long-term damage by sowing confusion and contempt for journalists and by undermining the media’s role as a watchdog o [sic]”

So, you want to be a watchdog? Really? Then do your jobs. What’s stopping you?

I would like to remind everyone that this is a direct result of the fanboy’ing that The Media did during the 2016 Goat Rodeo (and before). While the MSM was covering every bleat and mewl from Candidate Stupid and giving him (by some estimates) $2B Ameros worth of free coverage and endlessly hyping the very fake conspiracy theory news of Hillary’s emails/Uranium 1, etc., you were sowing the seeds of your own destruction.

Paraphrasing Bill Moyer: report the facts and letting them lead you to a conclusion is not bias. It is reporting.

What you are doing now is at best Both Siderism. It is bullshit.

So while The Russian Usurper is now calling for our allegedly free press to be curtailed like in his adopted homeland of Russia, and you STILL are waiting for him to pivot to being prznintial (it ain’t never gonna happen), why don’t you pivot yourselves and start doing your jobs?

Comrade Prznint has a thousand scandals and potentially prosecutable crimes, and instead of covering that, we get endless stories of palace intrigue and gossip: who’s up, who’s down, who’s about to be You’re Fired’ed. We don’t get coverage of all the conflicts of interest, from the taxes of Trump Inc. to blithely normalizing that every damn weekend that the Orange Menace and his wrecking crew are flying to Florida for golf and graft. No one blinks an eye any more as the Fourth Reich calls Merde-a-Laro the Winter White House. There is NO WINTER WHITE HOUSE.

Seriously, you Media guys should start doing your jobs insteading pearl clutching that the fascist that you helped to elect is now being mean to you. You’re not a watchdog, you’re a Diet Cokehead. (Apologies to Heathers.)

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9 Responses to When Will the Media Pivot?

  1. w3ski4me says:

    Amen.
    w3ski

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  2. donnah says:

    My oldest son studied and earned a degree in journalism about eight years ago. He interned at our local newspaper for a year and then left. It proved to be a big conflict for him, because he’s an intelligent and honest person and journalism has veered sharply away from that standard. He said it’s a dirty business and he didn’t want to be always knee-deep in filth. He works for the local MetroParks and is happy with what he does. Walter Cronkite must be spinning in his grave.

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  3. Bruce388 says:

    Why should the “news” media bother with President Pornstar’s scandals and crimes when they can tell us the latest developments on Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent? Things went to hell when the news divisions had to start turning profits.

    I’m old enough to remember in 1980 Poppy Bush called Reagan’s addled fantasies Voodoo Economics. Poppy later denied saying that. NBC then played the video. That doesn’t happen anymore.

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  4. Redhand says:

    In defense of the “media,” the commentaries of folks like Lawrence O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper, and others re T-rump has been absolutely brutal. So we can’t say it’s across-the-board “both sides.”

    Just sayin’.

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  5. Randall says:

    It’s terrifying to see that the press knuckling under to Trump
    …because they know he really IS going to become Dictator For Life
    …and they want to be on the “right side” when the shit hits the fan.
    George Orwell’s epitaph should read “I Told You So”

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