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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Please, media, enough navel gazing

The hysteria over President Trump's feud with the media has go well beyond maximum and cranked itself up to the Spinal Tap 11.

Guys, get over yourselves.

Across America, hundreds of millions of Americans are singing the strains of that 1960s song by the Fortunes -- "You've Got Your Troubles, I've Got Mine."

The media spent a decade kissing the ass of a totally unqualified world leader named Barack Obama, and the last two mocking a man who took his family's million-dollar business based in Coney Island and made it a multi-billion, multi-national empire.

Now that the man they called an ape, a clown, and Hitler (and that's just the National Review) is president and making them pay.

Tough.

No one cares.

Not even the world's smallest violin.

I am not alone in saying this.

As someone who worked for years as a media reporter, I can say with authority that two things are true: 1) Journalists are fascinated by news about journalists, and 2) Nobody else is. 
Which makes perfect sense. The press is a trade, and media reporting is essentially trade reporting, which puts it in the same class as news about the restaurant industry or the shipping industry or the insurance industry — news that is interesting primarily to those in the industry, because who the fuck else cares, really?
People are too busy to worry about the minutiae of every damn industry. The difference is that journalists also happen to control the media, meaning that news about journalists receives a prominence that is well out of line with its status as mere trade reporting.
It’s just a quirk of human nature, which makes us all feel as if we are the stars of our own movies called “The Entire World.” You can rest assured that if the media was run by insurance agents, CNN and the New York Times would be full of features about the fascinating and inspiring men and women who compile actuarial tables.
This is a useful comparison when thinking about how interesting journalists are to the general public.
This is how the real world outside the media bubble works: actions have consequences.

They ganged up on him.

Now he pays them back.

The First Amendment offers no protection.

Nor should it. The First Amendment does not elevate reporters into a Fourth Branch of government.

Why would the Founding Fathers do that?

The president does not need the permission of the press to go out to dinner.

The tag-along press pool is offered as a convenience, not a sacred right.

Reporting is an easy job that is darned hard to screw up. Most readers, listeners, and viewers have lives outside the media. They trust the media to cover the president and get the facts right.

Now the public sees that the media lies, distorts, and exaggerates. Trump is not Hitler. And the press is screwed, because who can believe these boys and girls who cried Hitler for over a year?

Anyway, they've got their troubles, we've got ours.



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10 comments:

  1. "Reporting is an easy job that is darned hard to screw up. Most readers, listeners, and viewers have lives outside the media. They trust the media to cover the president and get the facts right." Well, we'd like to believe that, but I, for one, have been severely disabused of that notion. (Example: The last 8+ years.) I don't think Mr. Nolan has been so disabused, but I don't believe his head is screwed on quite straight, either.

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  2. The more they navel gaze, the more they expose themselves as mediocrities in intellect and character.

    Who knew Chuck Todd was such a genuine dullard until he started opening his yap over Trump?

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  3. I wish the Rs controlling both houses in the West Virginia Legislature would stop naval gazing. After three-plus years of numerous committees and studies, they still cannot deliver on their promises of major tax and education reforms; massive state govt cuts; and increased job creation.

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    1. lest you forget the dems naval gazed for 80 years

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    2. The Dems always passed a balance budget during the regular session and in recent years, Dems repealed the food tax, the business franchise tax and reduced the corporate net income tax.
      Besides watching the state deficit grown each of the last three years, the Rs have done what again?

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  4. "Now the public sees that the media lies, distorts, and exaggerates. Trump is not Hitler. And the press is screwed, because who can believe these boys and girls who cried Hitler for over a year?"

    Some of the public (lots of my family) still relies on and trusts the press. This message has to be repeated and the press trashed over and over and over and over again.

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  5. And it is a national disaster when a "journalist" meets his eventual end like we all do. Most of them aren't worth a cup of warm spit, but the media tries to make a hero of the turd. Notice how well I held back my true feelings. Pretty darned impressive!

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    1. Nam, you didn't even use profanity! Good job, brother. But I'm going to have to. At this point, the press can kiss my ass, suck my dick, and then make me a toasted cheese afterwards.

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  6. I'd suggest that those MSM chuckleheads get the doc to write them a prescription, but I suspect there's not a lot that those old Leftards aren't resistant to.

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  7. Meanwhile, it Bernie-geddon down at the DNC.

    Seems Bernie's footsdiers are quietly staging a coup of the Democrats from the bottom up, packing party meetings and picking posts.

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