Listen now (9 mins) | Border hysteria
The Washington Post breathlessly covered Hillary Clinton’s emails in the same way; they buried the announcement of her exoneration in the back of the A section.
Margaret Sullivan earns her pay over at the Washington Post. Jennifer Rubin earns it too, as evidenced by her recent piece on the border hysteria issue and media reaction to it.
Follow the money?
Margaret Sullivan and Jennifer Rubin are truth tellers and journalistic gems. Hair on fire negativity about the successful Dems seems to be the only approach taken by some in the press. Biden is still pressed to call conditions on the border a ‘crisis’ seemingly asked by msm to confirm their own misrepresentation of the work the administration has done there from the get go. It’s as though the press has forgotten the mess left there by Biden’s predecessor. Back story please. It’s the press that labeled border conditions a crisis and now they’re walking away from their own inventions with no mea culpas. Thanks for this piece, Eric, so important, so maddening.
I'm waiting for the press to ever apologize for anything they write outside of a Page 16 paragraph or a years late, "Oh, well. Bygones."
I think I saw that CNN piece. One of the points they made (IIRC) was there were two agencies who did not automatically report after Biden was sworn in - his administration, in order to find out what current status is, had to <s>chase after</s> reach out for the information. One agency was a part of Defense and the other was the Border agency. Turns out, their staff was severely reduced in 2020 so they were overwhelmed (even more) by immigrants at the south border. I'd like to see mainstream media mention that a time or two instead of this apparent panic. It's as though they were informed that Biden's administration got in touch with the Border people so they have to get their stories in quickly, sort of cover over the realities to control the narrative. But for who? For what?
FWIW, today's Press Run impelled me to do a write-up at Daily Kos: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/5/3/2028724/-About-that-crisis-at-the-border-Why-it-s-always-good-news-for-Republicans-but-not-Democrats
The best contemporary take down of the press is still Stephen Colbert in 2006 at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's depressing how relevant it still is.
CNN had a segment about how authoritarian the Republican Party has become. Of course they did not mention the fact that their endless pro-Trump bias in 2016 was one of the main reasons Orange Foolius was able to get in.
I'm a subscriber - and proud to be so despite my limited income - but there's one thing I wish you'd incorporate into your media analyses/criticism, and that's an activist piece. Doesn't need to be a whole movement, just a link or email address of who to contact to voice OUR opinion of what the media outlet has done, and our own thoughts about it. Please consider it. It would make your work all the more valuable and, one would hope, even more effective.
A doctor friend of mine just yesterday went on a mini rant about how Kamala Harris, who he calls, her, has abandoned the border and is doing nothing. Then he said, I know where you stand, Biden is a TERRIBLE president. I am his patient and his friend. I do not go on political tirades. My point: it is working. What gave us Trump, looking at you Zucker, and both sided an almost return to the active Confederacy, where my people are from, is working because corporate media wants it to for pure greed. The New York Post writer story was red meat for the MAGA base and gave mainstream cover to write whatever about Biden. Harris is being scapegoated as the other in broad daylight.
The irony being that Sullivan is a columnist for one of the worst opinion sections you can find, if only because Fred Hiatt prattles on about all that is wrong with society but still has traitors Marc Thiessen and Hugh Hewitt writing for him.
The Post is a great newspaper, and sometimes greater than The Times. And as I like to say, if you're great and going to claim to be great, you need to be called out when you get it wrong. I don't think The Post quite ranks with The Times in believing in its own infallibility, but it comes close.
If the WPO gives up the illusion that brown thugs with guns and knives are coming to rob and rape Lily-white Americans, how can they possibly prolong the idea that Biden is inept? Biden is disarming the Republican talking points at an historic rate. This scares the crap out of the Beltway Press who can't break out of the mold of both sides do it. At some point, they will be forced to conclude that the battle in America is right vs. wrong, not blue vs. red. Because there is a Republican Party doesn't mean their ideas (what ideas?) have any merit. The WPO, NYT, live in a fantasy world of the 1980s and 1990s where there was a debate of liberal vs. conservative ideas. They need to wake the f#!k up!
PS Thank you for calling this out!
I maintain that the WaPo actually owes readers an apology, and I stop just short of suggesting penance.
Can’t cite which print media source (?) but a very good article y’day about Sunday shows and the parade of lying Rs, think Ron Johnson, who appear as guests and none is asked about their role in Jan 6, the big lie etc. and yet they continue to be booked; is this their version of ‘fair and balanced?’
Subscribed. I can't really afford news services, but I paid $29 for a year of WAPO, that will increase to $100 in January. I'd rather have a service that provides truth, rather than garbage to get people worked up. This one podcast, and a recommendation, from Mary Trump were all the convincing needed.