I'm afraid, no, terrified, that the press seems to be handing trump the unprecedented gift of a three-year campaign to regain the presidency....at no cost to him. Not a day goes by without pictures of his orange mug, articles about "what he said" (read, the lies, insults, outrageous blatherings and useless commentary he spews constantly) adorning nearly every paper, magazine and media outlet, and it has been thus since 2015, nonstop. With the help of a responsible press, he needs to get out of our faces and STFU. Bad enough that fox-entertainment company is selling his crap, but the MSM is literally playing with fire in its' attempts (if they're actually trying) at unbiased reporting. G.W.Bush had it right, and so did Good Ole Joe.
“Uncomfortable with reporting on a conservative movement that has lost touch with reality.” Is it just that they are uncomfortable or are they in denial? I honestly don’t know if they truly understand the threats we are facing. It doesn’t seem they bother to read or pay attention to actual events because they are so busy “covering (and making) the news.” The media loves to chide liberals for being in a bubble—and giving the GOP/GQP a pass—but no one lives in a bigger bubble than the Beltway media.
The term "bad faith actors" says it all. Fox News and Republican nihilists (and hypocrites) bang the drum about freedom, knowing death and illness will be the likely result, after deciding that the political points to be scored are worth it. The MSM aids and abets by blaming Joe Biden. Lather-rinse-repeat.
Kevin Drum has been warning for some time about the pernicious effect of Fox News. He has a long article at Mother Jones examining a number of possible reasons why America is so divided. He concludes we have to look at Fox News as the elephant in the room.
It’s a sobering article.
Seriously, is Biden just to boring for the American mainstream media to cover?
I'm sure those asshats at the mainstream media know he's a capable and competent leader who will occasionally stumble on his well-intentioned plan to alleviate the pressing issues of the United States of America.
However, in order to appear "unbiased" to their critics in the right-wing media, they need to put him in a negative light to appear "fair & balanced" while ignoring the lies and propaganda being put out by Fox, Newsmax, O.A.N.N.,etc, etc. which is brainwashing the G.O.P's idiotic, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and racist base.
As a non-American, it's frustrating to see how the American mainstream media doesn't want to their part in creating a fact-based and data-driven narrative that would keep Americans well-informed on the pressing issues.
Instead, they feel the need to take a good leader down a peg because he's not as exciting to confront compared to the pathological liar and asshole that nearly destroyed America in just four years, and is still trying until now.
Also, Brian Stelter should resign from CNN since his employers are enabling dishonest reporting.
Also, I want to kick Jake Tapper in the nuts for editorializing Biden's speech.
Never thought he would turn into a pompous & self-important jackass.
God bless David Rothkopf. Read This: "Forget About Biden’s ‘Cruel Summer’—He’s Doing Big Things"
Tapper is correct. It’s wrong to blame Trump voters. Correct is Republican voters and the unfit people they elect.
The press that ignores Fox’s BS is complicit with Fox which is to say as bad as Fox.
What the mainstream also chooses not to report: Republicans are responsible for conservatively over 400,000 avoidable deaths and who knows how many long Covid cases.
Why or when the media decided that democrats are the enemy and only republicans have valid opinions is the question I have. And how is it sustainable ? I’ve cancelled my decades long NYT subscription and I’m beginning week 5 of no TV news programming. No CNN and no MSNBC. At some point low ratings have to draw the attention of sponsors and advertising. What then? How many people will have died because the media normalized stupidity and wanton disregard for science. We used to care about each other, I mourn that loss
Incredibly, the Washington Post recently cited as a "political win" for the GOP the fact that "Republican governors in several states have also had success in undermining Biden’s efforts to require masks for schoolchildren and others in an effort to limit Covid-19 spread."
So in essence WaPoo was cheering the death of children because the GOP were "successful" in stopping measures to halt the spread of Covid. I really don't know how else to interpret the story. Am I missing something?
The question is why does the press continue to play warm and fuzzy with the Republicans? What's in it for them to not disclose what's really going on here, how the Republicans are playing politics with the lives of the very people that vote for them? It's mind boggling, especially when 60 to 70 percent of the country agree with Biden's actions. The only logical explanation is that much of the MSM is part of the coup. Everything else fails the logic test.
Tapper has been consistent in his position that , "Trump voters are being lied to about [X] by far-right players, it’s the liars who are to blame — who are the “villains” — not the millions of people who willingly embrace the falsehoods,” no matter what the [X] is: the Big Lie, the Insurrection, the Pandemic.
So I give him some credit: he understand the cause/effect, and he even has sympathy for the victims. So why doesn’t he go after Fox News, etc?
I blame professional courtesy and the insular nature of the Political Press. He isn’t going to go hammer and tongs against his peers. They see each other at social events, it just isn’t done in his set.
Access journalism is access to each other, too. And besides, he might end up working with them at some point.
Check out the NPR investigation today about HUD selling houses in flood zones. The investigation covers the years 2017-2020 yet not once in the story do they say Trump administration, nor do they have any mention if this has been a standard HUD practice and how it compared to previous admins. How could an editor not catch this? The piece does have a few quotes from the current HUD spokesperson and mention that combatting climate change is a priority of the Biden Admin. etc. A worthwhile story that they muddy.
Another trick is to emphasize other reasons why people are reluctant to COVID vaccination. An example is a piece, front page, in the Washington Post today (Fetters and DeVynck) that treats the reluctance as an instance of extreme wellness enthusiasm. Extreme Trump or Fox News worship is, of course, not mentioned.
Funny how the pushback from a cult is stronger than any journalism mission statement. Catewampus times these are.
A recent exchange with a couple of New York Times majordomos reminded me anew of the staggering stupidity, laziness, and worthlessness of 99% of the political media. This wonderful article is a more general reminder.
It comes back to this: The New York Times may drive a lot of the media narrative, but Fux Noise actually drives it more, because it drives both the left and the right. And the real problem is that people treat Fux Noise as if it is a journalistic organization. When Chris Wallace remembers his father's pugnacity, it is; when he remembers his father liked Nixon and was a rampaging misogynist, it isn't. Otherwise, it is as if there's a room full of world leaders, and they are all competing to sit at Hitler's table.
I look at this list of victims brainwashed by Fox News and it makes me angry. Very Angry. Makes me want to see Rupert Murdoch and his family arrested and brought before the World COurt on a charge of genocide!