We admitted with the Trump Foundation we have a problem with the mainstream media we can no longer ignore. What exactly is it?
It is not new. It is simply magnified. I have no issue with journalists calling out any candidate to be accountable and transparent. The issue in this election coverage, however, is absurdity squared.
I grew up in, and still live in, Hillary Hate Hell. The Eleventh Commandment is LITERALLY: Thou shalt hate the Clintons, especially the female one, with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy might. Bill Clinton was POTUS during my formative years, so I heard all of this constantly from every direction, including the pulpit. This crazy liberal was going to ruin our country, and once the scandals with Monica hit…welp…the morals of our collective country were just ruined. I’m surprised we didn’t all end up divorced and in hell before he left Washington, DC.
The point of all of that is if I can do my own research and educate myself out of all of the partisan bullshit, anyone is capable of doing it. However, not everyone has that kind of time. Unfortunately, the sources available to do that seem to be diminishing by the day – and many of the “alternative media” outlets are often little more than partisan blogs that respin stories with clickbait titles simply to cash in on easy traffic.
We used to be able to turn on the television and get Actual News™, but those days are over. Journalists are pundits are campaign strategists on the payroll, and nobody discloses anything. I now go to the mainstream media sources directly, the actual reporters who follow the candidates on the trail, and I read the typed transcripts of the candidates’ words.
The most blatant issue exists, of course, at CNN. Remember back in June, Donna Brazile had a conflict of interest? The Hill reported:
“With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately,” a CNN spokeswoman wrote in an email. “As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”
However, Corey Lewandowski was retained within days of being “fired” by Trump, but his situation is still unclear. He has continued to receive money, which has been explained as severance; he is assumed to be under a non-disclosure agreement, in which he cannot do anything but be a campaign parrot; and he has no previous experience to draw from. DISASTER! This takedown in the New Yorker, which I highly recommend, notes that Lewandowski is horrid on air, repeats the crazy conspiracy theories, and is generally impossible to work with.
This week, Lewandowski distinguished himself by reviving the birther canard—the thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. One of the other panelists that night, Angela Rye, remarked, “Donald Trump has been attacking the President long before he began campaigning for this important office. He is the one who was the spokesperson of the birther movement” and “saying the President was an affirmative-action admittee of Harvard.”
Though she was bringing this up only to establish that Trump had long had it in for Obama, Lewandowski hijacked the conversation: “Did he ever release his transcripts or his admission to Harvard University? You raised the issue, so just yes or no. The answer is no.” After they had wrangled for a few more minutes, Lewandowski went full birther. “And the question was: Did he get in as a U.S. citizen, or was he brought into Harvard University as a citizen who wasn’t from this country?” he said.
CNN is paying him, then the mainstream media networks are inviting on Obvious Liars like Katrina Pierson. Facts are defended as opinions, playing to some “both sides” argument, where “debunked” has lost all meaning. The mere success of the movie Clinton Cash, so thoroughly debunked by Politifact, is proof enough. What has happened?
Despite all of this hard work on my part, I will admit right now…I just learned this week that Al Gore never actually said he invented the Internet. That is how bad it is here. We have major work to do, y’all.