Years ago I did a bit of research on the ideological leanings, or biases if you will, of the general media. What I found was no surprise, as reporters, journalists and producers of our newspapers and television news overwhelmingly – in the neighborhood of 80%+ – were self-described liberals and/or Democrats.
Over the years many polls have revealed an absence of trust in mass media, including a new Gallup poll showing the public’s distrust of our disseminators of news at an all-time high. This can’t be blamed on premature conclusions arising from a journalist’s or news anchor’s party affiliation, since that information isn’t provided to viewers/readers/listeners. Instead, the distrust arises from the American peoples’ real-life observations about inconsistencies between what they read in the news and what they can see with their own eyes, along with inconsistencies in reporting between news outlets. In other words, their distrust is based in fact on discernible biases, which ought to be a No-No in the world of news journalism but we live in a time when liberals can get away with it (they still have jobs, right?), and so they do. If you’re waiting for the leftwing media to be shamed or embarrassed by the public’s ability to see their lack of journalistic integrity, please tell me you aren’t holding your breath.
Perusing the headlines of the various “mainstream” news pages this morning evidence of the usual bias was there for all to see, but I’m just going to mention one example and leave you to judge the rest on your own. NBCNews.com has in its front page “Featured Stories” a piece titled, “A Full List of Donald Trump’s Rapidly Changing Policy Positions.” Flip-flopping policy positions are certainly a reasonable and newsworthy subject to inform the public about, but if flip-flops are sincerely NBC’s concern why aren’t they a concern for both candidates? Hillary Clinton has changed positions on the war in Iraq, same-sex marriage, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, deportation of illegal immigrants, federal gun control and a host of other critical issues (see here), validating those who claim she is a lying, power-hungry politician who will say anything to win. Furthermore she is, according to the odds-makers, more likely to be our next POTUS, so why does NBC not provide its readers with a summary of her changing positions as well? It’s a little perplexing isn’t it? No, not really.
The producers of the news at NBC want to decide who our next POTUS will be, that’s why, and they’re concerned their readers might not come to the correct decision on their own. This is how they “make a difference.” This is how they nudge us to do what they would like us to do. It’s textbook.
If Hillary Clinton wins, the black-out order will be lifted and our stewards of information dissemination will selectively, but not totally, show some interest in the dark side of Hillary (That’s a figure of speech. Please do not assume I am suggesting there’s a bright side to Hillary), if only to give them cover when defending against your claims that they’re biased. Democrats shouldn’t worry. Their friends in the media will take care not to do any serious damage.
This election will not have been a fair fight, but then, when did you ever see a liberal agree to a fair fight?