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Monday, October 16, 2017

Press is not "crucial to our democracy"

The bloated ego of Bob Schieffer visited CNN on Sunday, where Brian Stelter called him a “legendary journalist.” I don't know which word is more insulting.


The two unelected tradesmen, one retired, railed on the duly elected president without fear of censorship or reprisal, unlike the Obama years when the administration spied on journos, and used the IRS against dissenters.

The exchange:
STELTER: And last question for you, Bob, it's like what we wrestle with almost every for every week on this program, is how seriously to take President Trump's tweets? You know, especially as his tweets about so-called fake news. How do you approach it? How much do you do care or read into all the president's words on Twitter?
SCHIEFFER: Well, I tell you -- all these attacks on the media, look, at my age, I've been called everything from a nattering nabobs of negativity back --
STELTER: Spiro Agnew, yes.
SCHIEFFER: -- in Nixon days -- to a female hygiene product these days. I don't pay much attention to that kind of stuff. You know, I've been called all kind of names.
What I do take seriously is when he tries to destroy the credibility of the media, an independent press that can gather information that people can compare to the government's version of events and that is what we do. It's as crucial to our democracy as the right to vote, and when people try to undermine that, I think they're undermining the foundations of our democracy.
The president is not "undermining the foundations of our democracy."

Donald Trump strengthened them.

He did not accept a billion dollars in bribes and payoffs from big corporations and rich creeps like Harvey Weinstein.

Spending half as much, Trump schlonged Hillary and her media minions.

Schieffer, Stelter, and their ilk tried to thwart the election with biased coverage.

It is not working.

It undermines their credibility.

From Matthew Continetti:
One in five journalists live in New York, D.C., or Los Angeles. The news is manufactured by residents of the liberal bubble, where conservatives are few and far between (and certainly do not sound like Sarah Palin), jobs are plenty, education is high, and the benefits of globalization manifest in cheap prices, exotic restaurants, and a reserve labor force of cleaners, contractors, and home care specialists.
They live high on the hog.

Later Continetti noted:
Nor was I stunned when a major report from the Pew Research Center found that "about six-in-10 news stories about Trump's first 60 days (62%) carried an overall negative assessment of his words and actions. That is about three times more negative than for Obama (20%) and roughly twice that of Bush and Clinton (28% each)." This, at a time when the stock market is at record highs, the economy is at full employment, and Americans are upbeat about the recovery. The president's inability to register majority approval in opinion polls may be unprecedented, but so is the amount of negative coverage he has received. Perhaps there's a connection.
Out of touch.

Out of power.

Out of their minds.

They are delusional. They think they are "crucial to our democracy."

But they are crybabies still crying about the results of an election that went sour on them.

We the American people did not listen to them.

Instead, we the American people elected Donald Trump as president.

The media's refusal to accept that fact was at first was shocking, then it was angering, and now it is amusing.

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12 comments:

  1. So the crinkly Sid and Marty Krofft puppet says "... an independent press that can gather information that people can compare to the government's version of events and that is what we do."
    Maybe that's what you *did*, but it hasn't been done by the MSM for a long time.
    I lost faith in the MSM a long time ago. Not just on my second Vietnam tour and I noticed the "press camp" never had anyone there, but that was part. It was also when I watched the TV news and many of the interviews comprised one TV personality interviewing another (or several) TV or Print personalities.

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    1. If the government is Democrat, then what the press reports IS the government version.

      If the government is Republican, then the press attacks what they're going on every single issue.

      It's a sorry thing that it's just this simple.

      - Ken

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    2. The govt is Democrat even if Pubs are in office.

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    1. Looks like a UFO landed on his head.

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  3. That's like blaming penicillin for the disease it is trying to cure.

    Which raises the question for Mr. Schieffer, is a lack of responsibility for ones own actions a prerequisite for being a progressive? How self-serving does one have to be to claim the destruction of ones own industry lies with those in it? Any power President Trump has over the media in this country has been ceded to him by a dishonest media. If they weren't caught in so many lies, what the President says about them would not resonate.

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    1. Correction: "How self-serving does one have to be to claim the destruction of ones own industry lies with those NOT in it?"

      PIMF

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  4. It would be nice to have an independent press. Unfortunately they are linked to the democrats and serve as propagandists.

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  5. Don, I disagree in part. The press should be important, but the present press is not because it does not report. Instead, it distributes canned diatribes on behalf of its owner, the State party.

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    1. Well, the press is important even if (perhaps because) it sucks. Its tone permeates the air in schools & colleges via the idiot Lefties there. It keeps issues boiling that should have gone away long ago (such as race). The press is a sickness for which there is no short-term cure.

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  6. "an independent press that can gather information that people can compare to the government's version of events and that is what we do."

    First off, the press came about because government grew and people couldn't spare the time from their day job to attend all the meetings. But now, a multitude of people can get the story out, and having an interest are more knowledgeable.

    What really did the "press" in was when they would write a story and knowledgeable people could uncensored, i.e., without the filter of the letter to the editor, point out all that was wrong in the "professional" journalist's story.

    Your opinion of the press declines when they write about something you know about since you see how poorly or slanted they presented the facts. It's just nowadays, it is easy to debunk the "professionals".

    What really happened was the "journalists" lost control of the printing press.

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  7. Every time I read Trump the press I get the sense that the press went off on such a MASSIVE curve of historical proportions.

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