Covering for the GOP
The owners of news outlets and TV networks from my point of view are only in the news business not for telling the truth but for MONEY. The so called journalists who write and report what they now call the news are at fault for the state of what's wrong in our country. From the start they have given the gop a pass the American people know the truth even if the press doesn't tell the truth. The gop is set on destroying democracy and has been working on it for years. I have stopped looking at the news on TV because I'm always afraid I'll break the TV. I read about what's going on with a grain of salt. This newsletter and a few other newsletter are still upholding the truth. For that I thank you.
What McConnell wants is no liability for corporations. Add that to the bill and maybe something gets passed. That's another point the mainstream media just glosses over. I applaud the Democrats for standing up to this bullying. Can you imagine working conditions if the corporate masters know that they can force workers to produce during the pandemic under any circumstance? If no liability was added to the bill, workers would assuredly need the stimulus and a lot more because the likelihood of them getting sick would increase dramatically. The Republicans remain the devil in this scenario. The Dems have more than capitulated and it's infuriating to see the press whitewash the obstructing Republicans. But what do we really expect from a party that is more than willing to throw out the clear results of an election because they are so frightened of their leader?
The press does the usual thing when discussing the bill passed by Nancy Pelosi and the House - they laugh it off as some pie-in-the-sky dreaming by silly Democrats who always want too much.
"Why is that story so hard for the press to tell?"
You used to read that reporters ran their story by the subjects for comments before going to press/air. It seems that cowardice in the name of access is tolerable to their bosses. Facts accompanied by "declined to comment when given the opportunity" do not make the press the enemy of the people. Or, if you prefer, should not.
Judy Woodruff from PBS nightly news is another whiny both sides. God they make me sick ! I wouldn’t even think of watching the “traditional” MSM, but you can’t even escape it on the foreign news broadcasts.
My long-standing theory is that the L word for much of the media is not Liberal, but Lazy. I don't mean there aren't reporters who are hard-working and risk their lives, but they sure don't cover politics. The Laziness is this: It's easier to do They Said/They Said and Horse Race stories than do actual digging, which is what reporters are supposed to do. Dan Rather once said he hated the term "investigative reporter" because reporters were supposed to investigate. This is even true of good reports like the ones about, say, the Hobbesian war of "all against all" in the White House right now. The real story is that the people fighting with one another all agreed to be part of a treasonous conspiracy in the first place.
I'm sick and tired of the both sides-isms and double standards coming from the likes of the WSJ (really? Dr Jill Biden should drop the Dr because she hasn't delivered a baby?) and news anchors like Andrea Mitchell, who loves a good "Dems do it too," angle. As bad as Trump has been at literally everything, they still cling to normalizing his presidency at all costs. Sadly, too many Americans believe both sides are at fault for everything that ails us, and I blame the Complicit Media for this.
Plus. . . Dua Lipa sounds good on blast in my car when I just need to go for a drive to get out of the house!
Reading about how the Beltway reporters are not doing their job just gets my blood boiling. And all the blame that is constantly put on Pelosi is infuriating. The s*it is being passed in the House and yet the Senate doesn't move it forward so how is that Pelosi's fault?! It's not. I wish they would get a grip and actually do the honest reporting that the country needs and furthermore how they are supposed to do their jobs. I'm so pissed. Thank you again Eric for telling it like it is and hoping the press actually would!!
Eric, this piece is one of your very best. You nailed the root cause of the media's perfidy - a willful refusal to report truth about the behaviors of a criminal syndicate which wants to inflict suffering and death on Americans. I keep telling myself there has to be a way to counteract their toxic influence but I don't have a clue what it is.
I recently heard MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt agressively interviewing a Democrat, demanding to know why they weren’t willing to settle for what the Republicans were offering. She didn’t bother to say what that was. She gave the clear impression that Democrats were the ones obstructing relief. That kind of interview is the rule, not the exception, and is the reason so many believe that both sides can’t get anything done, politicians can’t be trusted, etc.
Great piece, Eric.
As I’m sure I’ve pointed out before because I’m a broken record, the DC press corps have had the GOP’s back since Reagan. I can’t think of any GOP initiative over the last forty years the press had any serious issue with. These initiatives include voter disenfranchisement, promoting racism, turning the economy from an inclusive one into an extractive one and ensuring a historically improper response to the pandemic which is to exacerbated things. We’re a failed state now thanks to primarily GOP efforts. And the press was supportive all the way.
So the insistence that we haven’t a Covid relief bill is due to “gridlock” as opposed to the fact that McConnell is blocking it. Which leads to a very ugly fact: the corporate media have gone from promoting misinformation to disinformation, which is a problem, to say the least.