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Monday, July 20, 2020

Journalism's big problem is conformity



Craig Medred, an old school journalist in Alaska, hit upon the problem with journalists and journalism: They are conformists. Sheep.

Medred wrote, "The newsrooms of today are not the newsrooms of yesteryear where reporters and editors were expected to argue about stories.

"Somewhere the make-nice crowd took over, but it wasn’t about making nice. It was about conformity. The subtle, peer-pressure techniques that came into play were similar to those used by cults or employed by the Chinese against American prisoners during the Korean War."

Baa.

My experience shows newsrooms are no country for veterans, gun owners, or pro-lifers.

His experience seems the same.

He wrote, "When the McClatchy Company-owned Anchorage Daily News (ADN) was in the throes of the big national push for diversity in the media and everyone was being sent to 'diversity training' – itself a form of indoctrination – I remember one of the relatively rare people of color at the newspaper – someone from outside the newsroom – observing that 'yeah, they want someone of color who thinks just like them.'

"The newsroom was the place that defined the newspaper’s ideology, and by then it was already to the left. Unable to avoid being a smart ass, I once suggested that if the newspaper was really interested in diversity it might be good to hire a fundamentalist Christian."

The need for peer approval is great. Democrats use this neediness to their advantage. Thus none in the press dared question the kookiness of the Russian Collusion Hoax. There was no proof but that did not matter because like global warming, the press assumed it was true because people in authority told them.

Obama used this as a cover story to hide his illegal use of the FBI to spy on Donald Trump. That was the real story. The press promoted the cover story, even showering the New York Times and Washington Post with Pulitzers for carrying the water for Obama's corruption.

Conformity rules.

Which explains Chris Wallace's colossally vapid interview with President Trump, which aired on Sunday on Fox.

Once again, Wallace asked President Trump if he would accept at face value the election results. Once again, the president demurred. Once again, the press went ballistic.

To date, neither Democrat Al Gore nor Democrat Hillary have accepted their defeats in 2000 and 2016 respectively.

Wallace never asked Hillary.

Eddie Scarry gave a good review of Wallace's pathetic interview.

Scarry wrote, "Trump correctly noted that the cities with the highest crimes, including those two, are run from top to bottom by Democrats.

"'They’ve run them poorly,' he said. 'It was always bad, but now it’s gotten totally out of control, and it’s really because they want to defund the police, and [Joe] Biden wants to defund the police.'

"As though he were redirecting a stubborn child, rather than the president of the United States who had stated a fact, Wallace interrupted, 'No, he — sir, he does not.'"

And Scarry easily showed Wallace was wrong.

Scarry wrote, "In a very recent interview, Biden was asked, 'Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding [to police departments],' and an enthusiastic Biden said, 'Yes, absolutely!'"

Wallace has a good thing going. He is on Fox, which bills itself as an alternative to the liberal bias at CNN, which means when he does what his peers do, he not only gets their approval but he does so with a V for Valor device for doing it on Fox.

The press bleats diversity is our strength when it is even less diverse intellectually than the Harvard academic staff.

Wallace and the rest of the conformists on press row want to make nice, which means not always reporting the truth because the truth doesn't care about your petty butt-hurt.

25 comments:

  1. The Murdoch scion who writes Wallace his checks is heavily for Biden. Millions in donations. And Chris has risen to the chit: He has become a greater liar than his competition. Dad would be so proud.
    Trump should stick to press conferences and follow the Surber strategy of personal appearance. Talking to collared slaves of his corporate enemies one on one is a waste of his precious time. And it is precious.

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  2. Dubya didn't accept the FL count, either, if we're honest, and thank God he didn't.

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    1. How do you mean? GW was ahead before and after the recount in Florida and wanted the results certified. It was Gore who was behind and kept wanting recounts of only the counties where he might find more uncounted votes. Bush had always accepted the Florida vote, it was Gore who hadn't.

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    2. The problem was that the Florida panhandle is In a different time zone and when the networks called Florida for Gore, polls were still open In the panhandle and thousands decided not to show. The whole drama could have been avoided if the network had announced after ALL the polls were closed - but maybe that was by design.

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  3. "Newspapers" have always had selfish motives. Even George Washington called them out over 200 years ago.

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    1. However, back during that time period, most newspapers were easily identified as to political party. People who bought the papers knew which way the news would lean. Today, papers nearly all newspapers lean in one direction and under the guise of objective news.

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  4. Joe and Hunter BidenJuly 20, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    I heard that today is September 14th. So, that means I'm president now, right?

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  5. "Once again, Wallace asked President Trump if he would accept at face value the election results. Once again, the president demurred. Once again, the press went ballistic.

    To date, neither Democrat Al Gore nor Democrat Hillary have accepted their defeats in 2000 and 2016 respectively.

    Wallace never asked Hillary."

    When my wife and I were watching the debate at which the President demurred on responding when asked if he would accept the result, I turned to my wife and asked why same question had not been posed to the Crone from Chappaqua.

    Well, we all know the answer to that question, don't we?

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  6. Ya know, I’ve pretty much decided to challenge the LibCommies on their own precious turf, leading off with this question:

    “How come y’all are so obsessed with murdering babies?”

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  9. Why does Trump give any time to left-wing hacks like Wallace? He knows Wallace is working for the left. Avoid that snake and do your FOX interviews with someone honest.

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  10. How in the world with networks being more biased than ever can we have fair debates?

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    1. We haven't had fair debates in decades! Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if the democrat candidates were given 'debate' questions in advance s/

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    2. I want Trump/Biden debates to the Lincoln/Douglas rules.

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  11. The Washington crowd socialize together. Their spouses work in media or in government swamp jobs. They are like an inbred backwoods clan.

    They also may work for opposing companies today, but tomorrow they may work for the same company. A Hockey player may fight someone today and be their teammate and friend tomorrow. That is the nature of their sport. The media are like players in other sports, buddies at all times.

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  12. This is not a new problem, Don. I think it was Sen. Gene McCarthy in 1968 who once likened the political press to birds flocking on a wire. When one flew off, they all did.

    Herd instinct is also a theme of Timothy Crouse's 1973 book about the press and the 1972 campaign, "The Boys on the Bus." Lots of anecdotes about reporters meeting to decide "the lede" for the day's stories.

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  13. Sir:
    Respectfully disagree.
    The problem with journalism IS NOT conformity. It is a total absence of integrity.

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    1. Conformity follows the path of least resistance. They conform to hold jobs.

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  14. Sir:
    Respectfully disagree.
    The problem with journalism IS NOT conformity. It is a total absence of integrity.

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  15. I'm not buying "conformity"

    the stories are TOO COORDINATED, part of a propaganda agenda

    who exactly is running the show is the question

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  16. Who in h e l l is advising trump to give these interviews with known back stabbers? Who will be up next, little georgie stepphy who sandbagged romney with the abortion question out of left field??

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  17. Word games by Wallace. Defund the police and redirecting their funds to other organization is the same. If you tell your teenager you are redirecting his allowance, I am sure he/she thinks he/she is being defunded when he/she gets less. Try and convince them otherwise.

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  18. Wallace is a chip off the old block.
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/press/vanities/fallows.html

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