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Friday, November 04, 2016

Press is impotent, not important

Howard Kurtz of Fox News asked the question of the day.

From Howard Kurtz: "If Donald Trump can continue to gain ground in a few key states by next Tuesday, he will win the presidency. [SNIP] What does that say about the media?"

My answer goes deeper than his.

Kurtz looks at this election and the yearlong feeding frenzy by the toothless old men and young reporters without the chops.
It is beyond dispute that Trump has drawn far more coverage, and far more negative coverage than Hillary Clinton, and that some media critics have applauded this imbalance.
And the public gets it. Check out this USA Today poll: “By nearly 10-1, all those surveyed say the news media, including major newspapers and TV stations, would like to see Clinton rather than Trump elected. That includes 82 percent of Trump supporters and 74 percent of Clinton supporters.”
The unprecedented prejudice displayed in this election is the final roar of the paper tigers who pledge fealty to the American Imelda Marcos without the shoes -- a female Kim Jong Un without his fashion sense. The WikiLeaks of Hillary henchman John Podesta's emails show reporters as panting puppies nuzzling for that coveted pay on the head from Podesta. Maybe if they had been hugged more as children.

But this goes deeper than that. Watergate was the ironic peak of journalistic integrity. I say ironic because Deep Throat was the man passed over by Nixon to succeed J. Edgar Hoover and was motivated by revenge, not sense of duty. He chose the Washington Post because it was reliably biased against Nixon and headed by a man who a decade earlier had whored around with Jack Kennedy. Nevertheless, Nixon did not deserve re-election even if the crimes by his political fixers pale compared to the criminal enterprise of Hillary Clinton.

The credibility and profits of newspapers soared as the public revered the press, but within a decade the press began its relentless march to the bottom. Bob Woodward personally nominated for the Pulitzer in 1981 Janet Cooke's expose about an eight-year-old heroin addict named Jimmy. He did not exist. Mistakes happen. Hoaxes too. What marked this scandal was Miss Cooke herself. Journalism drew a social justice warrior who wanted fame and power, not the truth.

As the new generation of reporters became editors, the standards sank. The press gave Bill Clinton a pass on his adultery, his abuse of women, and his perjury because he was a Democrat. Never mind that his presidency gave liberals nothing -- NAFTA, Don't Ask/Don't Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act all carry his signature -- Clinton was on their side.

Democrats groomed reporters much like billionaire pedophile Jeff Epstein groomed girls to become his sex partners.

The slide of American journalism continued and in 2008, the press elected Obama. It shamelessly promoted Obamacare as the magic cure for an ailment that affected few Americans by turning the health insurance industry upside down.

Now we have this election. Americans see eight years of failure by Obama, an affable man who does a great impression of Will Smith. Republicans anointed Jeb Bush as his successor while Democrats anointed Hillary Clinton. She used Trump to foul out Bush, and now the press desperately tries to foul out Trump.

That is not working. No matter how the votes come out, the press corps is doomed.

None of the newspapers in New York City are making money this year. And it is an election year when circulation and advertising peak. It is that way across the print media, which has devolved into charity cases. The Washington Post exists only because billionaire Sugar Daddy Jeff Bezos needs it to ward of any anti-trust investigation of Amazon by the Feds. Likewise, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim underwrites losses at the New York Times because he knows the advantages of owning the passive press in a banana republic.

Television is doing fine. The Family Murdoch will rake in $1.5 billion this year. Don't cry for MSNBC and CNN. They combine to bank the same amount. If that's being a loser, let me lose.

ABC, CBS, and NBC, also rake in big bucks from news, which is cheaper than reality TV to produce and easier to sell to advertisers. Sponsors would rather be associated with Lester Holt than say Honey Boo Boo.

But the influence of the media is fading.

Kurtz wrote:
Beginning next Wednesday, there will be plenty of hand-wringing about the ugly campaign, the Clinton investigations, the future of the Republican Party and so on. But perhaps the media need to engage in some soul-searching about why a good chunk of the country doesn’t view Trump and his appeal with the utter disdain that they do.
I don't expect that to happen. Newspapers blame the Internet not their incompetence for their misfortune. The cables and the broadcast networks continue to make money, so they don't care.

Oh, Kurtz and Brian Stetler at CNN will wring their hands. It's what they do. If Trump is elected, the press will go after him relentlessly. If Hillary, the press will be equally relentless in going after her critics.

But I doubt the latter will happen because the press cannot save her. It did all it can. The race is tied.

Incredible. The press has no power. It wasted it.

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14 comments:

  1. This is a keeper Don.

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  2. Your next book should chronicle the rise and fall of the Fifth Estate, starting with yellow journalists Pulitzer and Hearst, then on thru the golden era of Walter Cronkite, and finally to today's corrupt clusterfark.

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    1. We thought it was; we've discovered since that Walter wasn't quite what we thought. I was a Chet&David man, myself.

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  3. Give the media take an iron supplement with their Viagra and we can watch them walk around all day pointing north. - Elric

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  4. As I've said, the media will discover a new-found reverence for the Constitution and Separation of Powers.

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  5. Dang, Big D, you're fired up! I like it!!

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  6. If Hillary wins, she will use her connections in the defense industry to wage World War III, declaring any interference with national security efforts to be treason. Investigations will be forbidden. The media will love it.

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    1. Meanwhile, Obama sends more troops to a Muslim cesspool with little notice by Democrat media:

      http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/11/03/army-to-deploy-1700-paratroopers-to-iraq.html

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  7. When the Soviet Union was tottering real journalism reappeared in Moscow after 80 years like some kind of dormant plant. It's practitioners were instrumental in exposing all the corruption and vice that Communism had produced in thier country. Russian TV even became interesting again. But soon bodies began showing up in hall ways and dumpsters and the species again vanished. Over there they were suppressed by oligarchs but here they have been merely bought and refurbished by The super rich to say whatever their purchaser wants. The results have been the same though.
    PMD

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  8. Wouldn't it be sweet if President Trump refused to give White House press credentials to anyone who served as a democrat/hillary propagandist? Trump's revenge.

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  9. They have blown their cover, removed their camouflage, and shown themselves to be thralls of the Democrats.

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  10. A helluva thing for the mainstream media journalists, to know now that their sole career achievement in life has been to serve as the Clintons' bidet, keeping their asses clean.

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  11. I stumble a little when I walk due to a neurological problem. A dream I keep having is that I'm walking out of a convenience store having paid for my 44 ounce Big Red, and passing by the stack of Dallas Morning News, New York Times, Austin American Statesman I stumble..hard.

    RED the Press!

    I always wake up with a smile after that one.

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  12. Beg to differ, Don. The press has Plenty of power: they've kept this unspeakable woman, this criminal of decades' standing, even in this race. Had they done their damn job as the Fourth Estate, she'd be tried for treason and in jail for the rest of her unnatural life.

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