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Monday, November 14, 2016

10 things media can do to regain respect

The national news media sold its soul to get Hillary Rodham Clinton elected president this year. Since that did not happen, Satan is obligated to give a full refund.

But how can the national news media regain the respect of the 52% of voters who rejected Missus Clinton entirely?

Let me count the ways.

1. Apologize. Wolf Blitzer -- implicated by WikiLeaks for seeking questions from Team Clinton to ask Trump -- should get on the air, disclose this, apologize, and voluntarily take the rest of the year off, donating his salary to a charity of President Trump's choosing. I do not want him to quit or be fired. I want him to do that walk of shame back to the anchor desk. Everyone will know what he did. This will warn others not to play that game.

CNN should match that donation.

2. Celebrate. Newsweek printed up 125,000 of a special commemorative edition of Hillary's election as president. They are now headed for a landfill. Newsweek should publish one honoring the historic election of President Trump, the first non-politician elected president.

3. Dump the RINOs. Countering a Hillary liberal with a Never Trump RINO is not balance. Get some pro-American Trump supporters as commentators. Eric Bolling deserves his own show, not Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt.

4. Banish the the words Hitler and Nazi from the political lexicon. Unless someone specifically calls for putting Jews in concentration camps, they are not Hitler or a Nazi.

5. Get a dictionary. People who smash cars are not protesters. They are rioters. Likewise, people who smash a store and walk away with goods are looters. Likewise people who punch, kick, and beat up a homeless person are criminals.

6. Quote exactly what the person says, and in context.

7. Don't ask people to denounce the words or actions of others.

8. Quit fact-checking. They are used to discredit Republicans and conservatives. That game should be over.

9. No more anonymous sources.

10. Finally, give both sides of every story, fairly.

As a bonus, read "Trump the Press," and save up your pennies now for the sequel (which I had better get back to writing).

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23 comments:

  1. I won't hold my breath as they're not that smart.

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  2. I didn't respect the media before the election and I see no reason to respect them now. Their lies and spin have taken them well past the point of no return. The best that can be hoped for is to restructure training in journalism and raise a new generation dedicated to truthful reporting. Perhaps cutting out any formal schooling, such as college, and having prospective journalists apprentice to an acknowledged unbiased reporter for an extended period would work. - Elric

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  3. #11. Resurrect the Daily Planet and get Perry White, Clark, Lois, and Jimmy Olsen to smarten up the modern day mentally ill media!

    You can already see that the (today's) media will learn nada from this election.

    It was just an unfortunate bump in the road and, well...there's always another day.
    Sam C

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  4. An excellent list. Sadly, i expect the media to enact exactly zero of them. I can dream about #1 though.

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    1. The mainstream media's egregious "coverage" of the election went a considerable way to contrarily getting Trump over the line.

      Why mess with that? 2020's a-comin'.

      Meantime, Don can keep reminding those media tarts of the men they might have been.

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  5. Have you noticed the media's new gold standard for reliable quotes: the ex-wife?

    These people have no shame. Until shame is re-instituted in our society, the corruption will be in our faces 24/7/365.

    BTW - Don, have you noticed the new meme - "it wasn't bad polls - just biased punditry"? Any cursory examination of those polling proportions, D+12 for example, shows they knew they were lousy polls and promoted them anyway. The cover up continues.

    (Sean Trende and Nate Silver are both making this claim) Hope you include this in next volume of the Trumped Press.

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    1. Barry Farber, the radio talk-show guy, around 80-something years old now, commented often that polling was the only industry that didn't have any quality control or outside validation. I haven't heard his show for years, but I do remember he was a very common-sense kind of guy. He also is acquainted with about 20-25 languages.

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  6. They have lied to us time and again. They are proven liars, and are never to be trusted again.

    The End.

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  7. They were lying in 1968 and they never stopped. I might not remember what I went to the grocery store for, but I can damn sure remember '68. We kicked NVA ass during Tet, but that's not how the lying bastards told it back home. Honesty has never been their ethos. SFMF

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    1. Right on! I was in 'Nam during Tet. The Kong Killers kicked ass! Then Walter "the most trusted man in America" Cronkite said we lost. Traitor! The war was not lost by the grunts in the field. It was lost at home and the media aided and abetted the enemy.

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    2. Thank you!! I thought I was the only one that remembered that.

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  8. Reputation is like fine china, easily crack'd and almost never repaired

    B Franklin

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  9. They'll never do it. Their plan so far has been to double down on what has made them a laughing stock. They have learned nothing.

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  10. I read the NYT promises to be honest now. That would be their newest BIG LIE.

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  11. Rule #2 from Vox Day. SJWs always double down. The media will get worse not better.

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  12. Newsweek also produced a special Trump edition.

    I don't like citing CNN, but this seems legit.

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/07/media/newsweek-hillary-clinton-cover/index.html

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  13. Sorry, Don, but there's no case for a refund. The Prince of Insufficient Light discovered that the title to the mainstream media's soul had already long before passed to him anyway, so there was no contractual obligations.

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  14. What a wonderful list! It makes me sad, as there is the proverbial snowball's chance for any of them to be followed.

    We would have a media second to none if they were, though! Honest, impartial, following the truth wherever it leads... sigh.

    Oh well, I dreamed that Donald Trump would win the presidency, and THAT happened, so maybe miracles do occur!

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  15. Eisenhower was a politician? Grant? Washington?

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    1. Ike for sure; Grant would have to be; Washington, you won't pull that bunch together without a lot of political skill. You generally can't be a General and not have a lot of political ability. Even Douglas MacArthur and George Patton were their own versions of politician.

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  16. Regarding #4, also banish the words "fascist" and "fascism", unless you're talking about a real-live historical person.

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  17. Send them each, individually, a copy of "Final Exit".

    Probably wouldn't help much though - not many coming out of colleges these days would be any better.

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