(UPDATED) The Press Still Doesn’t Get It

Today, many (most?) newspapers decided to coordinate their editorial boards and present a rousing defense of the press from the many assaults of the short-fingered vulgarian currently occupying the Kremlin West, er, White House.

If only they had put up a vigorous objection to the Orange Menace during the 2016 Goat Rodeo, but you know, HER EMAILS!!!1!

Anyway, taking a contrarian view is Jack Shafer writing at Tiger Beat: America’s Newspapers Just Played Right Into Trump’s Hands

Most journalists agree that there’s a great need for Trump rebuttals. I’ve written my share. But this Globe-sponsored coordinated editorial response is sure to backfire: It will provide Trump with circumstantial evidence of the existence of a national press cabal that has been convened solely to oppose him. When the editorials roll off the press on Thursday, all singing from the same script, Trump will reap enough fresh material to whale on the media for at least a month. His forthcoming speeches almost write themselves: By colluding against me, the fake media proved once and for all, that they are in cahoots with the Democrats and have declared themselves to be my true political opposition …

Expect Comrade Trump to swat this one down via Twitter; also expect Possum Hollar to respond as one against the media. If the Media felt threatened before, it just got supercharged.

UPDATE 1: Like clockwork –

UPDATE 2: Not a surprise. The Boston Globe, the paper that started the coordinated editorials, has received threats

“Earlier today a tenant in the building, the Boston Globe, received several threats via phone call. Based on this threat the local and federal authorities have recommended some additional security measures for the property. For the remainder of the day you will see uniformed Boston Police officers in the lobby and around the property. There are very few specifics, but the threat was specific to later this afternoon.”

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15 Responses to (UPDATED) The Press Still Doesn’t Get It

  1. roket says:

    Woe to the Republic. Hunter S Thompson’s reincarnation should be about 13 now.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    Troll Chow! Hell that’s an all-you-can-eat troll banquet.

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  3. RWW says:

    He doesn’t swat anything down with his tweets. He digs himself a deeper hole of insanity and criminality. Seriously, what else would he ever say about this other than FAKE NEWS, and who would ever think that any editorial board anywhere wouldn’t have expected exactly that reaction?

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  4. ming says:

    Seems a little late to be concerned about doing their job responsibly, no?

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  5. Pyed says:

    At some point, one would think that the constant reiteration of the charge, sans proof, of “FAKE NEWS” would wear a little thin. Then, one might actually start to read the charges and counter-charges to be able to make up one’s own mind.

    If you are among the ones who think thusly, you are obviously living in a fool’s paradise, expecting the fools to spontaneously turn sane.


  6. 9thousandfeet says:

    Well that’s the thing with Trump isn’t it.

    The media, structurally, cannot really be in anything but reactive mode, because it’s always talking about shit that’s already happened.
    Trump gets this and sees the inherent vulnerability in it, which is why he’s able to deluge the media with so much crazy shit that they can’t keep up. His relentless firehose of mendacity simply doesn’t provide enough breathing space for anything but reportage of the latest outrage to appear on page one above the fold.
    Any deep and detailed reportage which exposes the mendacity with actual fact checking tends to be buried, often days later, back on page 17.
    Fox News doesn’t have a page 17 of course, and probably less than 5% of the electorate reads past page 4 or 5 in the rest of the MSM anyway.

    Again I say that Trump has found a fatal flaw in the way things have traditionally been done in the relationship between politics and the press and public opinion by unleashing a new reality which is not reality at all but a kind of simulacrum, a replacement if you like, based not upon post-Enlightenment reference points like discernible and verifiable facts, but upon the pre-Enlightenment dynamics giving primacy to subjective beliefs and feelings.

    Currently, the MSM and many other of our institutions are systemically incapable of responding to this new reality appropriately.
    The days when almost everyone at least began their journey to their own personal opinion and position from a common point of departure (remember those amazing photos of everyone on the commuter trains with their faces buried in the same newspaper after Kennedy was shot, or after the moon landings?) are over, and probably for good.

    So just about anything they try to do will backfire in this new setting. No other outcome is likely at all, and it’s not at all clear what the medicine for this malady might be.
    Or even if there is a medicine at all.

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    • RWW says:

      The fact that he tries to gaslight you on Monday that the sky is green and on Tuesday that the moon is made of cheese, doesn’t mean he has successfully convinced you that the sky is green unless that’s what you wanted to believe in the first place. And of course, no matter what anyone believes, the sky is neither green, nor is the moon made of cheese. The problem I have with the media is that they constantly recognize the gaslighting, then go on to say how successful it is. Gaslighting only works if you don’t know it’s happening or want to believe what the gaslighter is telling you.


    • laura says:

      That may have to do with concentration of ownership and infotainment.
      Maybe, just maybe the “news” will return to objective reporting in depth both locally, nationally and abroad.
      OTOH, its entirely possible that we’re fucked.

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    • ming says:

      They can start by consistently calling a lie a lie.in real time and by not giving liars a platform from which to dissemble unchallenged.


      • RWW says:

        How about NOT responding with: “Well, he sure told a huge lie there, but his base believes him and I guess it really works and doesn’t matter, so let’s just keep broadcasting his rallies as long as we get eyeballs”.

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  8. Jules MomCat says:

    “Fake News,” promoted by the Fake Preznint.
    When? Oh, WHEN will we have a REAL President???

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