Media  Bias


Many people complain about political bias and incompetence in the electronic media, and many other people think there's no basis for such complaints.  For a long time I resisted the idea of producing a page like this because I thought it was too obvious.  Some of you still can't see it, so some of the evidence is presented below.

This page includes several subtopics, many of which have moved to their own pages.  Splitting them up makes everything load faster.  After all, not everyone has fast internet service.  (More importantly, if all the sub-topics were on this page, it would be ridiculously large.)

Political bias may be impossible to avoid in today's style of fast-paced 24-hour news coverage.  News programs today are apparently designed to retain the attention of hyperactive and impatient viewers — people with dozens of other channels from which to choose, and a remote control always nearby.  (Forty years ago, when you had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel, people generally stuck with a program for its duration.)  You'll rarely see a news story these days, especially during ratings periods, in which a single camera shot lasts more than three seconds.  On a normal day, almost every story is told in less than two minutes.  This results in a great loss of detail, and that's where the TV reporter's personal bias comes into play:  he or she decides what parts of a story to include or omit.

As many people have pointed out, broadcast news is dangerous, not because of what's reported, but because of what is not reported.  This applies equally to both television and radio.  Fortunately the internet is becoming a more reliable source of daily news, and it helps fill in the gaps.  Personally, I haven't owned a TV since 1980, so the internet really comes in handy.  If you're looking for current national news, you can gather more information in five minutes on the internet than you can get in an hour of watching television.

As media bias becomes more widespread, it becomes self-perpetuating, just like big government.  The "legacy" news media are now controlled by Democrats, so now when a Republican runs for President, he or she must run against the Democrat Party candidate and against the news media.

The following subtopics are on pages of their own
... although some are further down this page.

Bias in general, as it relates to news media  (Scroll down.)
Specific examples of biased news coverage
News Media vs Covington Catholic High School
Bias in favor of Hillary Clinton
Bias in favor of Barack H. Obama
JournoList - Evidence of an actual conspiracy to bias the news.
Specific people and organizations often mentioned in the debate over media bias.
Bias related to gun control issues
Coverage of the "War on Terrorism"
Biased coverage of environmental issues
   ... including the media campaign against bottled water.
Biased coverage of economic issues
Biased news coverage of "tea parties"
Bias related to social issues:  Race relations, feminism, "diversity", homosexuality.
Cultural and political bias in motion pictures
The use of polls as propaganda
The National Endowment for the Arts
Cultural and political bias on television
    The V-chip:  An ineffective substitute for parental supervision.
Pro-Islam bias in the media
Pro-Islam bias at Google
Sensationalism vs Journalism
Dishonesty, not just bias
News media bias in the case of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
    Newsroom Clichés
    Obsolescent Media — declining newspaper sales and TV ratings.
Suppressed news — examples of "spiked" stories
    Bias and censorship on social media
    Terrorist attacks reported as "isolated incidents"
    Un(der)-reported news stories about the war in Iraq
    The Secret Superhighway and the Homogenization of North America
News media critics
National Public Radio
The Fairness Doctrine
The Public Broadcasting Service
The New York Times
Dan Rather
Rathergate:  The CBS Memo Controversy of September 2004
Junk science, dubious statistics and rash presuppositions
Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews
Bernard Goldberg's New Book, "Bias"
Links to other internet resources
Overflow section!  There's more material in the Spillway.
The Technology and Politics of Broadcasting,
    including the transition to digital TV, the V-Chip, closed captioning, and other topics.
Radio Broadcasting and the so-called Fairness Doctrine.

News media bias in general

Here's another web site you should visit:
Media Bias dot com.  Exposing the bias in mainstream journalism.

Overview articles:

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The Mainstream Media Is at the Point of No Return.  [Scroll down]  No entity in the United States was more devastatingly affected by the 9.0 magnitude political earthquake that took place on November 8, 2016 than the mainstream media.  Not only had they contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump, a man they loathed, but they had willingly allowed him to make them the target of national derision and contempt.  After the election, the anger and single-minded determination of the mainstream media to seek revenge and prove they could still remove or destroy a President was palpable. [...] The electorate has been privy to innumerable "fake news" stories about Trump, his family as well as his Administration, which continue to this day after virtually hundreds of stories over the past three-plus years have been disproven.  It is now an unquestioned fact that the mainstream media, throwing away any pretense of objectivity, has overtly and unabashedly allied itself with the Democrat party and its dominant wing, the radical Marxists/socialists.

The Washington Post (CIA) is Very Worried About The Big Russia Lie Being Exposed.  The media PR firm for the FBI and DOJ objectives is the New York Times.  The media PR firm for the State Department is CNN.  The media PR firm for the CIA is The Washington Post.  This pattern has existed for several years.  The Washington Post is very concerned about a growing possibility the investigation into the origin of intelligence community work may expose the fraudulent nature of the entire 'Russian Election Interference Collusion-Conspiracy' narrative.  Very concerned.  The WaPo/CIA express concern by stating that President Trump is attempting to "rewrite history"; disingenuously skipping the part where Trump isn't attempting anything.  For more than three years President Trump has simply pointed out the obvious.  It is is the media and the intelligence apparatus that set up a fictitious narrative for political needs.

Rat-Catchers: The True Function of a Free Press.  [Scroll down]  A watchdog within the government structure will sooner or later be corrupted.  So the framers set up a free and independent press to sniff out scandal.  Nothing sells papers like scandal, and scandalous behavior of those in power is the juiciest scandal of all. [...] And it worked fairly well for more than a century.  Then the press decided to pick an ideology.  In the early twentieth century the free press in America, decided to shackle itself to progressivism.  Now the media lean so far left that it resembles a sinking cruise ship with a heavy list to port.  Honestly, if reporters want to be leftists, that really is their own business — as long as they do their jobs.  Unfortunately, the job isn't getting done anymore, at least not all of it.

The Source of the Media's Post-Truth Analysis.  What has happened to the news?  Not so long ago, the big voices in the media at least made some effort to maintain an appearance of objectivity.  But it has been evident for some time that most people in the news business today have dispensed with all pretense of fairness.  The advent of Barack Obama largely put an end to the pretense.  His coming was too much for them to continue the charade.  They sacrificed their claim to objectivity in order to pursue their love affair with Obama.  And their hysterically negative coverage of Donald Trump is simply the reverse side of the same coin.  The fake news people openly advocate progressivism and leftism.  They attack anyone — especially Trump — who threatens the progressive Left's project of "fundamentally transforming" America.

Inside the media's relentless crusade to destroy President Trump.  Yes, the mainstream media is liberal and biased.  But at least in the past, that bias was largely a function of insularity.  Most reporters weren't even fully aware they were prejudiced politically; everyone they worked and socialized with held the same left-of-center views.  That's changed in the age of Trump.  The press has embraced its bias, joined the Resistance and declared its allegiance to one side of a partisan war.  It now openly declares those who offer any fair defense of this administration as Trump "enablers."  It writes off those who question the FBI or Department of Justice actions in 2016 as "conspiracy" theorists.  It acts as willing scribes for Democrats and former Obama officials; peddles evidence-free accusations; sources stories from people with clear political axes to grind; and closes its eyes to clear evidence of government abuse.  This media war is extraordinary, overt and increasingly damaging to the country.

If Anyone Should Be Impeached, It's the Liberal Media.  For decades now, in violation of the public trust, liberals in the American mainstream media — including the news, information, and entertainment media — have willfully corrupted the values and institutions that made the United States of America into the greatest nation in the history of humanity.  Their lies and immorality have wrought havoc on families, churches, schools, businesses, corporations, governments, and so on.  Contrary to their sacred duty to provide what is truthful, they have willfully presented false and misleading information to the public at large concerning, but not limited to, the following:  [#1] The election of Democrats over Republicans. [...] [#2] The role of good government — especially in most every fiscal matter. [...] [#3] The nature and details concerning radical Islam and Islam in general. [...] [#4] The nature and details of the burning of fossil fuels as it relates to global climate change — specifically what is often referred to as "global warming."

Feel manipulated by cable TV and social media?  You are.  Rational human beings can no longer regard the vile output from today's phony media mavens as "news."  So what is it, then?  What's their product?  Answer:  Pure entertainment.  At least if you're an under-40, college indoctrinated pretend socialist whose knowledge of politics and history dates from the dark days of the hateful Reagan Administration.  And if you like hearing, 24/7, what you already claim to know.  You may not feel manipulated.  But you are.  Today's Cable TV news channels and entertainment channels along with social media platforms make sure of this.  Today's "news" is, in fact, pure entertainment for today's rising, under-informed rising generations.  It's the end product of an insidious left-wing movement that started in the late 1960s.  Radicals quietly but relentlessly demoted real, objective reporting in favor of personality based entertainment shows masquerading as news.  News with an inevitable left-wing twist, however.

The Media Wounded.  There still exists a physical media in the sense of airing current events.  But it is not journalism as we once understood the disinterested reporting of the news.  Journalism is now dead.  The media lives on.  Reporters today believe that their coverage serves higher agendas of social justice, identity politics, "equality," and diversity.  To the degree a news account is expanded or ignored, praised or blasted, depends on its supposed utility to the effort to fundamentally transform the country into something unlike its founding.

One-Sided Journalism Is Bad For The Country.  Whether the Left is in the right or wrong (spoiler alert: they're totally wrong), it is bad for the country to have a one-sided leftist press.  Surely, just by the laws of human nature, neither those individuals who support bigger government nor those who promote greater liberty are immune from the normal sinfulness and corruption of our fallen kind.  So how can a journalist presume to do his job if he sees only one side — the Right — as continually in the wrong, and the other side, the Left, as a model of probity?  Life simply doesn't work that way, and reporting on it as if it does divides and frustrates and deceives the audience.  It is a disservice to the nation.

The demise of media objectivity.  American media have come full circle.  Newspapers, among the only media in Colonial times, were highly partisan, and truth was not a priority.  Today, newspaper and TV media have returned to that point. [...] There were 1,749 American newspapers in 1945.  By the end of 2014, the number had shrunk to 1,331, according to the Brookings Institution.  The peak was around 1970, and there was a steep plunge from 2006 to date as the internet blossomed and robbed papers of classified and display ads.  Most papers now concentrate on their digital editions, and printed papers are almost an afterthought.  In the meantime, objectivity steadily had lost ground, which unquestionably was a contributing factor.  In 2016, the media dropped all pretense of it, for the most part, and have been on a rampage since then.

Smirking media bias against GOP couldn't be clearer.  Every newsroom in the country used to have what was called the "AP Stylebook" to use in writing news stories.  Now you need two AP stylebooks, one for Democrats, about whom seldom is heard a discouraging word, and a second for the GOP, with a hundred different pejoratives.  Two parties, two vocabularies.  One positive, one negative — very bad, evil in fact. [...] To prevent the release of embarrassing information, Democrats' lawyers negotiate NDA's — nondisclosure agreements.  Republican fixers' NDAs are "hush money," or "bribes."  Hillary Clinton paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrat operatives who then bought or made up false Russian dirt on Trump — that was opposition research.  Republicans, on the other hand, "collude!"  Republicans lie, Democrats misspeak.  Democrats plan, Republicans scheme.  Republicans hire lobbyists, Democrats use advocates.  Republicans employ operatives or hired guns, Democrats prefer community activists.  If a Democrat changes his or her position on an issue, they have evolved ... grown.  Republicans "flip-flop."

The Credible Press:  An Autopsy.  In mere decades the American press have devolved from semi-sober watchdogs to fanatical foot soldiers fighting on behalf of the Democratic Party's constantly shifting agenda.  The same networks that helped to elect an anti-gay marriage Barack Obama also helped to elect a pro-gay marriage Barack Obama, just as they once mocked newfound liberal savior Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her insane economic views yet recently bestowed upon her the esteem of a sit-down interview on 60 Minutes.  Anyone who reads the papers and watches a wide spectrum of TV news knows the truth:  we're not getting information, we're getting all agenda, all the time.  Estimates of newsroom political imbalance vary, but all tilt heavily liberal; one study showed that liberal financial journalists at major papers outnumbered their conservative counterparts 13-to-1.  The media landscape is so littered with partisan misinformation that an entire genre of "fact checking" websites have sprung up to do the media's job for them.  Sadly, however, these sites have succumbed to the same bias that necessitated their creation.

Journalism Isn't Dead; It's Undead.  The national media routinely parroted President Barack Obama's lies knowing they were lies (Obamacare, Benghazi, the Iran deal) and, to this day, do not insist that he release information to the public that he refuses to (like his academic records).  In perhaps the press's most embarrassing display of bias, it propped up Hillary Clinton's abysmally bad presidential campaign in 2016:  It downplayed her many lies; inflated the small crowds she drew; ignored her obviously poor health, her manipulation of the primary process and her financial strangulation of the Democratic National Committee.  The press's deceit may not be worse today; it's just more overt.

The Only Cure for Media Malpractice.  According to Gallup, the public now has less confidence in the news media than in banks, big business, organized religion, the medical system, the military, public schools, the presidency, the police, etc.  This is true for all news sources, including television, newspapers, and the internet.  Moreover, because the erosion of public confidence in the media has been a consistent, decades-long process, it cannot credibly be blamed on "attacks" by President Trump.  The erosion became noticeable during the Clinton era and it has continued unabated until the present.

We're well past the point of urging the press to do better.  Something is seriously wrong.  The news media in the United States is horribly, perhaps irrevocably, broken.  In the past 72 hours, there have been two major, all-consuming news cycles based on either inaccurate or outright false allegations.  Equally distressing as the fact that the press promoted these stories despite obvious red flags is that some reporters continue to cling to the original bogus narratives.  Because when it comes to accusations leveled against President Trump and conservatives, many in the nation's largest and most powerful newsrooms are less arbiters of the truth and more active participants in the toxic, hyper-partisan culture wars.

Opinion Journalism vs.  Objective News Reporting.  The rise of opinion journalism, not just among cable and the newer media but elements of the legacy media as well, magnifies the problem of the dearth of objective news reporting.  About five years ago even the Associated Press announced a turn toward opinion, euphemistically referred to as "accountability journalism," while the Washington Post and the New York Times have for years now been foundering in the stuff.  Makes one wonder where to turn (outside, perhaps, of the business and financial journals) for investigative and feature news that is not in service to some political party, ideology, or special interest.

The News Media:  A Hazardous Product With No Warning Label.  Reporting is so bollixed up with comment that it's hard to distinguish between what is happening and what is being said about what is happening.  A large percent of sentences that issue from the mouths of TV anchors contain inferences that don't even follow from the presented facts.  With disturbing regularity I have found myself asking, "Where did he (she) get that from?"  The answer is, straight from the editors' bias.  You can bet that they read the doctored script to remain on the payroll.

The Media's Credibility Is Dead.  It's common knowledge that distrust in media is at an all-time high.  Despite attempts by anti-Trump pundits to blame these figures on President Trump for popularizing the term "fake news," the media will soon have to reconcile how they have been complicit in their own faltering credibility.  According to the last media survey from McLaughlin & Associates, voters who see anti-Trump bias in the news media outnumber voters who don't at about a 5-to-1 clip.  In 2018, the mainstream media aren't even attempting to camouflage their hyper-progressive bias.  There was a time when news entities worked hard to remain bipartisan, and even if they weren't, they at least attempted to conceal their biases.  Bias is inevitable in today's media climate, but we've reached a point where the media's desire to feed their bias has become mutually exclusive with reality itself.

'Smug denial is no longer an option': Recent media studies show 'pretty much all of journalism now leans left'.  Recent polls are revealing what many conservatives have contended for a while: that the media is decidedly liberal. [...] Questions were put to 462 financial journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and other newspapers around the country by researchers from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University.  Another 18 additional interviews were conducted as a follow up with the final results surprising researchers.  From the total pool of 462 journalists, 17.63 percent called themselves "very liberal," and 40.84 percent saw themselves as "somewhat liberal."  The conclusion then is that 58.47 percent consider themselves left of center while another 37.12 percent claim to be "moderate."

Journalism Should Own Its Liberalism.  The mainstream press is liberal.  Once, before 1965, reporters were a mix of the working stiffs leavened by ne'er-do-well college grads unfit for corporate headquarters or divinity school.  Since the civil rights and women's movements, the culture wars and Watergate, the press corps at such institutions as The Washington Post, ABC-NBC-CBS News, the NYT, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, etc. is composed in large part of "new" or "creative" class members of the liberal elite — well-educated men and women who tend to favor abortion rights, women's rights, civil rights, and gay rights.  In the main, they find such figures as Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, or Jerry Falwell beneath contempt.  In a UCLA study of media bias, reporters were found to be substantially more liberal and more Democratic than the public at large.

The Mainstream Media Is Not Independent.  If you want to know where media bias resides, simply look at who the media isn't questioning. [...] The fact that six multinational corporations own the majority of major news outlets indicates that there is an editorial bias toward protecting the interests of many of these firms.  There are always examples that run counter to this claim — but those instances are the exception that proves the rule.  Frankly, if there was nothing to be gained by owning these news organizations, most billionaires and their international conglomerates would not purchase them.  The point of owning such respected news entities is to disseminate a globalist worldview (no, that is not a racist dog-whistle), in order to prevent resistance on the part of consumers and voters alike to the agendas of the major corporations. [...] On paper, corporate leaders would say their goal is to perpetuate international integration through trade, multilateral institutions, and worldwide communication.  Unfortunately, it's baser than that: the agenda is about simple greed — and fear; a fear of losing one's elite status in society; a worry that, after having made it to such financial heights, it could all be taken away by angry farmers holding pitchforks.  At the end of the day, no matter how the postmodern elites will dress it up, their objective is an understandable desire to play Keep-Away from their perceived enemies in the lower classes (even though I suspect that this is a largely unfounded fear).

10 American Treasures:  A Very Personal and Subjective list.  [#5] Fox News:  During my years in professional journalism with the Associated Press, a serious journalist was obligated to report or tell a story as objectively as possible while exposing dishonesty, fraud and corruption as appropriate.  Television has changed a lot of that with on-camera grandstanding, posturing or outright misrepresentation more often than not taking the place of serious reporting or journalism.  The American public is poorly served.  The situation is so dire that the president of the United States can justifiably call some of what is reported, "fake news" and those reporters rightfully so "enemies of the people."  Fox is far from perfect in this regard, but it's leagues more objective than CNN, MSNBC and the primary three-letter networks.

The Mainstream Media Fraud.  The conjoined Democratic Party and mainstream media's despicable character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh combined with the two-year single-minded determination to destroy the Trump presidency by any means possible has irretrievably awakened a preponderance of the citizenry.  In a recent poll, 70% of all Americans and 90% of Republicans have lost faith in the self-styled mainstream media.  They are imploding due to the self-inflicted destruction of their credibility and integrity, which has exposed the fraud this cabal has carried out over the past 85 years.  The damage done to this nation and its citizenry is incalculable.

Media bias chart
Media Bias:  A New Chart.  Please note that outlets on left and right sometimes publish material that's on the opposite side of the political spectrum, or that has no political leaning at all.  The placement is based on perceived overall tone and audience.  Position on the chart doesn't necessarily imply credibility or lack thereof.  Sources on far right and far left have, in many instances, produced excellent, factually correct information at times.  I have loosely placed more traditional information sources in the top half of the chart working down toward aggregators, fact-checkers, opinion sites and less news-related sources.  (This posed some position challenges since most of traditional information sources are left-leaning.)  I did not attempt to place individual programs or broadcasts.  Compiling such a chart is obviously difficult for many reasons, some of them having to do with space.  The spacing should be considered relative and not an indicator of absolute position.  A number of the information sources technically belong on top of one another.

The Zombie Media.  For the sake of our own mental clarity, we have to delete the phrase "liberal bias" from our vocabulary.  A "bias" is a tendency, sometimes even an unconscious tendency, to favor one thing over another.  A "biased journalist" is a person who has some deeply held beliefs that tend to color his assessment of the world.  Such people may lean in one direction, but they still imagine that they are looking for and reporting the truth.  The idyllic days of biased journalism are over.  This isn't the 1980s.  This, my friends, is a brave new world.  To say CNN is still trying to report the truth but leans a little to the left is like saying the serial killer John Wayne Gacy cared a lot about young people but just got a little overly enthusiastic at times.  The liberal media are not engaged in journalism, except on those rare occasions when they cannot find some angle of a natural disaster on which to grind their political axes.  They want to destroy both Trump and his supporters — period.  They will incite, inflame, obfuscate, and outright lie in the pursuit of that goal.

Americans see media bias everywhere, and they're angry.  Here, for a change, is a Friday bad-news dump for our country's news media:  Americans don't believe you anymore.  In fact, they're pretty sure you knowingly publish inaccurate news, distort it and even make stuff up to suit your political bias and agenda. [...] Now, come the Knight Foundation and Gallup Polls dissecting Americans' thoughts about media.  In general, Americans overall estimate that of the news they're exposed to via radio, TV and print, nearly two-thirds of it is biased (62 percent).  They believe that nearly half the news they see is inaccurate (44 percent).  And they're sure that more than a third of the news moving through those media conduits is misinformation, that is, wrong or fake but distributed as if true.  They also believe that 64 percent of news carried by social media is inaccurate.  And — maybe you've felt this way too — more than 80 percent of adult Americans report feeling angry or bothered by detecting such false reports.  They believe that 65 percent of such news is misinformation and a whopping 80 percent is biased.

Mainstream Media's Credibility Problem Is Of Their Own Making.  The mainstream media has completely betrayed the trust of the American people.  ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN aren't even feigning objectivity anymore.  Instead of being the guardians of a free nation, they've become nothing but agenda-driven shills for leftist ideology.  They are propogandists worthy of comparison to Nazi Joseph Goebbels or Pravda when it was an arm of the Soviet Central Committee.

Establishment Media Is One Big Spook Operation.  After getting their hands caught in the proverbial "we were illegally spying on the Trump campaign" cookie jar the Deep State was quick to organize a coordinated media response that is now trying to convince Americans it wasn't spying but merely the Deep State trying to "protect" Mr. Trump and his campaign from Russian influence.  One of those media reports was authored by Asha Rangappa.  Guess what?  She's Deep State.  Yup.  Besides Alternative Media there is no real and honest reporting in the United States.  It's all propaganda.

Devin Nunes: 'The media is dead...90% far left wing'.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, frustrated with the slanted coverage of his panel's probe into the 2016 election, said that truthful media "no longer exists" and that 90 percent takes a left wing angle because that's what their liberal owners demand.  In an extensive interview on conservative media mogul Mark Levin's popular new Fox News Channel Sunday show Life, Liberty & Levin, Rep. Devin Nunes called the media "a pile of something," and added that it is "part of the Democratic Party's network."

Understanding the California Mind.  The postmodern 21st-century state media in its various manifestations is committed to social justice, not necessarily to disinterested reporting.  Few read about environmental lawsuits over the planned pathway of a disruptive high-speed rail project; not so in the case of planned state nullification of offshore drilling.  In many news accounts, the race and ethnicity of a violent criminal are deduced in the cynical (and often quite illiberal) reader comments that follow.  Is the newspaper deliberately suppressing news information to incite readership, who, in turn, through their commentaries flesh out the news that is not reported and simultaneously spike online viewership by their lurid outrage?  Folk wisdom in California translates into something along the following lines:  an unidentified "suspect" in a drunk driving accident that leaves two dead on the side of the road can for some time remains unidentified; a local accountant of the wrong profile who is indicted by the IRS has his name and picture blared.

How the MSM and Russian Trolls Are Destroying the Democratic Party.  In what feels like the 27th year of the Trump-Russia-Collusion Investigation, what we have most recently learned is that a lawyer no one ever heard of may have made a false statement to the FBI and even erased a few emails concerning events that happened years before the election and have something to do with Ukraine.  We have further learned that a group of Russians in St. Petersburg have been trolling us since at least 2014 (what took them so long?), playing both sides against the middle and even going so far as to organize a post-election demonstration in front of Trump Tower featuring Michael Moore assuring us that "he's not my president!" while being cheered on by some extraordinarily credulous women with microphones from CNN.  Forget going from the sublime to the ridiculous.  This has gone from the ludicrous to the harebrained.  The fact that anyone could be taking this nonsense seriously anymore boggles the proverbial mind, but they do — [...]

Confidence in the press
A Comparative and Longitudinal Analysis of Public Trust in the Press.  For some time, at least in the United States, trust in the press has been weak.  According to the General Social Survey, fewer than 20% of Americans have reported "a great deal of confidence" in the press in every year the survey has been run since 1988.  Worse, as illustrated in the graph below, the increase in people reporting they have "hardly any" confidence in the press has sharply increased over the same time.

Fake News and Toxic Media Bias Are Nothing New — Just Worse.  Notwithstanding the orders from on high that may be dictating how the media spin their political coverage, the vast majority of working journalists today are hardcore progressives and leftists who vote en masse for Democrats.  One need look no farther than a study by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity highlighted in an article in the Columbia Journalism Review, published on October 17, 2016, titled "Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash." [...] Ninety-six percent of journalists' contributions went to Clinton, four percent to Trump.  These percentages parallel almost exactly the percentage of negative stories about President Trump that were published or broadcast during his first nine months in office.

Do the media know what horrors they have wrought?  The head honchos in the hardened bunkered war rooms of MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, NPR, PBS, the NYT, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and on and on are not uniformed, nor do they wear military eagles or stars on their jackets, yet they are the orchestrators of the battle plan and the campaigners to defeat and bring down the administration of President Trump.  Sadly, these members of the media, the Fourth Estate, those who are still guaranteed their freedom of speech, to write their opinions without fear of being shut down by the government, are committing suicide by joining with the likes of the street mobs clamoring to destroy the Constitution.  Apparently, unbeknownst to them, they are supporting the demagogues such as George Soros and Barack Obama, who are now invisibly leading the forces of chaos and revolt throughout the land.

Just listen to all the booing when Trump brings up the media!  [Video clip]

America's Media Meltdown.  When Obama announced his candidacy for president in 2007, the media relinquished pretenses of objectivity.  The progressive Obama, who had the most partisan record in the U.S. Senate after less than four years in office, appeared to progressive journalists to have come from central casting: glib and charismatic, an Ivy-League pedigree, mixed racial ancestry, a power marriage to a Harvard-trained black lawyer, and an exotic name resonant of multicultural fides. [...] In the 2008 campaign, reporters ignored the close and disturbing relationships between the mostly unknown Obama and a cast of unsavory characters: his racist and anti-Semitic pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the neighborhood confidant and former terrorist Bill Ayers, and the wheeler-dealer and soon-to-be felon Tony Rezko.  Instead, journalists quickly started worshipping candidate Obama in a manner never quite seen before, not even in the days of the iconic liberal presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

The Downfall of CNN.  It has been made perfectly clear by now that the mainstream media can't be trusted.  The main agenda has been changed from giving the people the news and both sides of a subject to becoming progressive/socialist robots that the universities indoctrinate them to be.  Not able to think for themselves that push their way onto the pedestals that they make for themselves and consider themselves to be the elite.  It has been made abundantly clear that they have lost the ability of any critical thinking since the Trump inauguration.  Deeming themselves intellectually superior to those beneath them, they use their smug faces to attempt to explain to his hicks what we should think, what we should say, and what we must do.

Trump's revenge and how Woodward/Bernstein ruined journalism.  Trump's self-made video parody that shows him wrestling down CNN has all the self-righteous pundits in an uproar, but it puts the heat where it belongs... on CNN and the rest of them that round-the-clock give him no peace, no mercy, no fairness, no slack. [...] On top of that the obscenities coming from our TV news and talk shows are so violent that there is no choice but to say that we are past media bias and deep into media depravity.

The Media Is The Greatest Enemy Of A Free Press.  [T]he only people entitled to practice the First Amendment, according to the media, own the media.  They don't need to know basic grammar.  They don't need to have their facts right.  They just need to be part of huge media conglomerates with left-wing politics whose mission is attacking conservatives.

The Media Doesn't Know Its Viewers.  In the 1990s, the "new media" emerged (think Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, and Fox News Channel) and started challenging the monopoly of traditional news services.  In the context of business, this was nothing new:  a healthy free market system allows for competition between businesses.  After all, competition is how we as consumers get the best product.  In the news business, though, the legacy media ignored their new challengers and, insofar as they did recognize the competition, the legacy media wrote it off as ridiculous, propagandistic, unprofessional, and absurd.  More damagingly, the mainstream media mocked the viewers who did take an interest in the new media. [...] It's akin to a restaurant forcing its patrons to eat the same consistently bad entrée rather than admit that the chef, not the patrons, is the problem.  At some point, people will stop showing up if all that you offer is the same terrible product, in the same tired and boring way.

Most Americans (on all sides) now agree bias infects media.  [A] very large majority of Americans sees the nation's fourth estate as "subject to partisan agendas."  Translated from pollese, that means 70% of the general public on both sides of the political spectrum sees news media as biased, usually toward the other side.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  Once asked by an aide to respond to a letter to the editor from one of his critics, Vladimir Lenin refused, saying:  "Why should we bother to reply to Kautsky?  He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply.  There's no end to that.  It will be quite enough for us to announce that Kautsky is a traitor to the working class, and everyone will understand everything."  That has been the modus operandi of the left for decades.  It doesn't respond to arguments with arguments but with stigmatizing names designed to end debate.  As the communications arm of the left, the media conforms perfectly to Lenin's method.  Instead of rebutting the arguments of conservatives, it has found it easier to brand them as "enemies" of science, women, minorities, the poor, and so on.

Our Crude News Network.  Progressive media bias is now a given.  The present generation of journalists and reporters tends to believe that just conveying the news no longer offers ample venue for their unappreciated talents, celebrity status, and deserved political influence.  As a result, they often massage coverage to find relevance as makers, not mere deliverers, of news.  Like many academics, writers, and intellectuals of our bicoastal elite landscapes, they are naturally self-described idealists and left-of-center both politically and culturally.  Yet Donald Trump's election as president has redefined the American media by stripping nearly all pretenses off its once carefully sculpted disinterested veneer.  In other words, never before in American presidential history — not even during the dark days of Watergate — have the media so despised a sitting president.

The Media's Ominous Ambitions.  The media have decided that reporting the news is no longer sufficient for them.  They've decided they want to participate rather than just observe and report the passing scene.  For example, they have taken upon themselves the negating of the results of the 2016 presidential election.  They've arrogantly concluded they're entitled to greater responsibilities and influence.  In the past most conservatives considered the mainstream media to be part of the support system for the Democratic Party, its public relations department or marketing division.  Recently the direction of control in that relationship has reversed.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that it's the media, not the Democratic Party, who are driving the bus.  Does it make any difference if it's the media or the Party that's in control?  Even though the philosophies and objectives of the two are indistinguishable, one important difference is that the Democratic Party's leaders are elected by voters and are at least somewhat subject to constitutional limits.  The political parties are supposed to be governing.  That's their historic role.  Although imperfect, public officials are constrained by a system of checks and balances.  The media are not.

The Need for a Middle America News Network.  Consider a neutral and fair political site like RealClearPolitics.  It is not uncommon to have one third of the stories from New York media outlets and one third of the stories from Washington media outlets and the rest from national outlets without a particular geographical designation but situated in the Beltway.  On those rare instances in which another city's media has stories in RealClearPolitics, the city is usually Boston or Los Angeles.  What that means is that the vast majority of Americans are utterly disenfranchised politically in the only area that really counts in a nation as large and media-driven as America.

Who's Telling the Truth in Washington?  Anyone?  It's well known that, with a few salient exceptions, the media tilt heavily to the left.  That tilt shows up in decisions about what subjects merit scrutiny, how much scrutiny they deserve, and the tone of that scrutiny.  Some of the decisions are conscious, some less so.  (Nobody ever issued a newsroom memo stipulating that stories should sometimes call the NRA "the gun lobby" but must never call NARAL "the abortion lobby."  It just happens.)  But even if you set political slant aside, the media sometimes get stories badly wrong.  Think of Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" memos about George W. Bush's service in the National Guard.  Or Rolling Stone's retracted cover story about a rape at U.Va.  Or CNN's retracted story about how the U.S. military used sarin gas against defectors.  Or The New York Times' reporting on Saddam Hussein's purported weapons of mass destruction — reporting The Times eventually recanted.  Partly.  Sort of.  With qualifications and so on.  That combination of ideological slant and human fallibility gives Republicans reason to be skeptical of the press.

10 Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts.  [#7] Mainstream media is the propaganda branch of the State Department:  People have long accused the media of being a proxy branch of the State Department, a highly sophisticated and well-produced form of manufactured consensus and controlled opposition all rolled into one.  In ostensibly democratic nations, a free and independent press is of paramount importance.  But in the U.S., we find a cohesion of the state and corporate news networks that do not constitute 'state-run media' in the traditional sense — but it's close.  Our first solid documentation that the media is an echo chamber for the government came with the disclosure of what has come to be called Operation Mockingbird.

Washington Post Creates Fake News Timed-Release Story Intended to Capture Evening News Lede.  Always remember the basic rule that has been proven accurate 100% of the time:
  •   When the CIA wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with the Washington Post and ABC.  (and vice-versa).
  •   When the State Dept. or FBI/DOJ wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with CNN and the New York Times.  (and vice-versa)
This consistent pattern has NEVER been broken.

The News Is Propaganda.  Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality.  Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially.  When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do. [...] Under the conditions in which we find ourselves living crisis to crisis, there can be no thought as the steady stream of propaganda is fed to us in the form of "news" that never strays from a certain narrative.

The Media's Bias Can't Be Ignored.  Journalists who campaigned against President Trump both before and after the election questioned the need for the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year.  Trump helped burn the script by refusing to attend and TBS' theoretical comedian held a counter event the elite flocked to.  NBC said Bee's "Not The White House Correspondents Dinner" "upstaged" the traditional event.  That was easy.  "Nerd prom," as it is called inside the Beltway, became a minor event on its own night.  It headlined two ancient news icons who helped take down a president more than 40 years ago.  The comic host devoted most of his stand-up to attacking the president, who was elsewhere and making a series of Nazi, Holocaust and N-word jokes that were more hate than humor.

The 'Establishment' Media Are Finding Themselves on Shaky Ground.  ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co., which has spent over $70 million lobbying the federal government since 1998. During the 2016 election cycle, individuals and PACs associated with the company contributed $1.6 million to Democrats and $250,000 to Republicans.  NBC is owned by Comcast Corp.  In 2014, Comcast spent $17 million in lobbying and hired 128 lobbyists.  When it came to the 2016 election cycle, contributions were almost evenly distributed between the two political parties, with Democrats receiving $3.5 million and Republicans $3.3 million.  However, if you look at the contributions related specifically to NBC properties, the vast majority of contributions were to Democrats.  The only outlier was NBC Sports.  CBS is owned by CBS Corp., which spent $4,470,000 in lobbying in 2016.  CNN is owned by Time Warner Inc.  In 2016, individuals and PACs related to the company gave 87 percent of contributions to Democrats and 11 percent to Republicans.

Want to Fix Journalism?  Start by Bringing Diversity of Thought to Newsrooms.  During my more than three decades as a journalist, I have sat through my share of diversity training sessions.  I have been handed memo after memo and read study after study about how we needed to make our newsrooms look more like the communities we serve.  The key word there is "look."  These sessions and memos and studies typically focused on the need to hire and promote more women and people of color.  And they worked.  While there is always more that can be done, newsrooms much more closely reflect the gender and ethnic demographics of America than they once did.  But never did I get a memo or sit through a training session in which we were urged to recruit, hire, and promote newsroom staff who think more like the communities we serve.  And so newsrooms are now populated by much more diverse-looking staffs than in the past — staffs that largely share a common set of progressive values, a monochrome worldview centered on left-wing notions of how America should behave in the world, and an elitist culture unalterably convinced of its own moral superiority.

Reporters' Political Biases Should Be Clear.  Anyone who has spent a moment around elite reporters or studied their output knows that they tend to be left of center.  In 1981, S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman surveyed 240 leading journalists and found that 94 percent of them voted for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, 81 percent voted for George McGovern in 1972, and 81 percent voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Only 19 percent placed themselves on the right side of the political spectrum.  Does anyone think the media have become less liberal since then?  None of this means liberals — or conservatives — can't be good reporters, but the idea that media bias is nonexistent is ludicrous.

'Media has devolved into a publicity department for the Democratic Party'.  There's been plenty of talk about "fake news" since the election.  In fact, some people in politics and media have even suggested that fake news contributed to Hillary Clinton's stunning loss.  But what about the supposedly legitimate media.  Aren't they to blame as well?  In his newest Firewall video, Bill Whittle puts it all in perspective.  [Video clip]

The Media Must Be Dismantled In Order For Freedom To Survive.  News has always been biased, but the American media exists for one reason and one reason only in 2016 — to further the agenda of the corporate-government complex a.k.a. the globalists. [...] You will never get any truth from the media when it comes to politics and many other issues. [...] I have personally not watched television in over a year since leaving the news industry, and my mind is more focused than it has ever been in my life.  I will likely never own another television in my life.

When does the postmortem for the media begin?  It was the media spokesmodels who took it upon themselves to tell Trump supporters not only that they had no chance, but then went on in great detail to tell them why their cause was hopeless.  They were terrible people, probably fully deserving of the title, basket of deporables.  Trump was terrible so that segment of the audience was obviously supporting a terrible person who voters of good intent and pure souls would soundly reject on election day.  Worse than that, thanks to Wikileaks we've been treated to one revelation after another of journalists — including debate moderators — who were working behind the scene to help the Clinton campaign in every way possible.  Some resorted to cheating by leaking debate questions.  The occasional analysis of how much time, both positive and negative, was devoted to each candidate spoke volumes.  Trump's negative coverage was an ocean compared to Clinton's puddle.

Is the System Rigged?  You Betcha.  In what sense is the system rigged?  Consider Big Media — the elite columnists and commentators, the dominant national press, and the national and cable networks, save FOX.  Not in this writer's lifetime has there been such blanket hatred and hostility of a presidential candidate of a major party.  "So what?" They reply.  "We have a free press!"  But in this election, Big Media have burst out of the closet as an adjunct of the regime and the attack arm of the Clinton campaign, aiming to bring Trump down.  Half a century ago, Theodore White wrote of the power and bias of the "adversary press" that sought to bring down Richard Nixon.  "The power of the press in America," wrote Teddy, "is a primordial one.  It sets the agenda of public discussion; and this sweeping power is unrestrained by any law.  It determines what people will talk about and think about — an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties and mandarins."

Laughing at the Self-Destruction of the Media Gatekeepers.  [W]e normals have grown tired of the media elite's lies, and today's technology allows us to ignore the people who would presume to tell us what we can and cannot know.

The Democrat Media Complex.  [Scroll down]  What [Andrew] Breitbart was alluding to was the reality of the press in America as the press acts as a piano on which the government plays the public in whichever direction it desires.  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.  The role that the press plays is to make clear to the American people what the Obama adminstration [sic] is doing, why the adminstration is doing it, and why it is forced to act in a certain way.

America Plagued with Fake News and Fake TV Experts.  It must be pointed out that the popularity of alternative foreign news sources for the American public came after the "dumbing down" of U.S. news consumers by a "infotainment" industry, headquartered in Los Angeles and New York, that dished massive amounts of "phony news" to America on a 24 by 7 basis.  When Russia Today (RT), China's CCTV, Al Jazeera, Latin America's Telesur, and Iran's Press TV happened upon the scene in the United States, they became instantly popular for providing actual news instead of incessant pabulum about maladjusted Hollywood celebrities.

Operation Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Corporate Media By The CIA.  As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it.  In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling.  This is an insidious lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country.  One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself.

The Mass Media Cult Goes Pathological.  If these people weren't so malignant, I'd feel sorry for them.  This is a kind of death anxiety for the American ruling class, which is also why they constantly fantasize about killing Donald Trump.  For psychiatrists, it's an interesting mental disorder, and it's too bad that millions of Americans still depend on Mass Cult for their daily news.  This is not a college textbook; it's America today. [...] Most people don't realize that "media concentration" — a functional news monopoly, day after day — has the same effect as cult indoctrination.  It doesn't matter if Disney Corp. has a different name from the New York Times.  It matters only that they tell the same "news" story every day.  For a mental mass monopoly, you don't need to violate anti-trust law.  All you need is mass media that make up the "news" by consensus, not by empirical reality.

Time magazine bias
The Common Complaint of Bias in the Media (True).  Ann Coulter, "New York Times best-selling author and conservative columnist" said today [8/29/2018] at Breitbart that she just wants President Trump to "destroy the media" — even if nothing else is accomplished by his administration.  She was specifically offended by the media's "distaste" that the president tweeted about the killing of white farmers occurring in South Africa (not to be mentioned), and she added I want him to expose where the Democratic Party is going with things like their chant "No borders, no wall, no USA at all," Gov Cuomo saying America was never great, or the New York Times hiring Sara Jeong who just tweets hatred and venom towards white men.  Well, I can't disagree with Ann all that much.  A former editor for the New York Times, David Leonhardt, claimed that American racism is the only reason Americans care about the death of Molly Tibbits at the hands of an illegal alien.  (No it's not racism, it's the ILLEGAL part.)  We don't like 20 year old college students being brutally murdered.  The only reason Democrats try to stick the Republicans with the racism tag, is because Democrats have such a long and dreadful history of their own racism.  They thought electing the first black president would finally absolve them of their history.  But they haven't changed their behavior.

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Our "Non-Partisan" Media At Work.  Trump hasn't even named his pick to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, and already the media is stepping up to fulfill its role as the propaganda adjunct for the Democratic Party and its leftward-most pressure groups. [...] It's really easy to be a reporter in the mainstream media when all you do is rewrite the press releases from leftist interest groups.

Why Are They Capitalizing 'Black'?  A few months ago, I noticed that my published column spelled "black" "Black."  As I had submitted the column with "black" spelled with a lower case "b," I contacted my editor to find out why what I had written was changed.  She responded that the syndicate was following the Associated Press' rules of style, a common practice in journalism and book writing.  On July 20, 2020, the AP published "Explaining AP style on Black and white," in which it explained:  "AP's style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa.  The lowercase black is a color, not a person.  AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses."  The AP explanation is drivel.  There is no "shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa."

The Ghost Media.  [Scroll down]  There are few things more spooky than the modern journalists who live inside the abandoned structures and pretensions of a once respectable profession.  They can embrace a position for or against any set of circumstances.  The New York Times made this the establishment view 40 years ago.  The people running that paper announced that there is no objective reality, only a reporter's feelings and prejudices.  Nothing is real but the reporter's unreality. [...] Journalism's formula used to be factual:  who, what, when, where, and why.  Now reporting is different.  You fabricate.  You tell what George Soros wants you to tell.  You create alternative realities, not even knowing that this is what you do.  Once upon a time, a reporter needed to know history, geography, and science.  Now those things only get in the way.

Biden, 'The Great and Powerful'.  Media bias is not new.  In addition to the Russian collusion hoax and the phone-call impeachment farce, who can forget the marquee media toadies of JournoList and the release of John Podesta's email trove?  Or the moderator Donna Brazile's primary debate questions, leaked through CNN, or Candy Crowley's hijacking of a debate as moderator-turned-real-time-hack "fact-checker"?  Nothing then is new to the media's fusion and collusion with the "progressive party."  Yet never in American history have mainstream journalists not merely promoted a candidate but actively fused with his political candidacy to the point of warping, fabricating, and Trotskyizing the news and indeed history itself.

Journalism prof calls for an end to objectivity:  Argues it restricts reporters who must pursue 'social justice'.  A highly acclaimed Stanford University journalism professor says it's time for reporters to abandon objectivity and become warriors for "social justice."  "Journalists need to be overt and candid advocates for social justice, and it's hard to do that under the constraints of objectivity," Ted Glasser, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication at Stanford, told the Stanford Daily.  Journalism, he said in the Aug. 20 interview, should "free itself from this notion of objectivity to develop a sense of social justice."

Who Will Tell the Truth About Joe Biden?  The inability of the mainstream media to accurately cover any of Joe Biden's foibles is truly astonishing.  If it was not already obvious by now, there is simply nothing Biden can say or do, no matter how incoherent, offensive, or alarming that would cause the current crop of "objective journalists" in the mainstream media, to even consider asking whether or not he has the mental capacity to be president of the United States.  It is not a stretch to say that Biden has received the most favorable press coverage of any modern presidential candidate in history, and it's not even close.  Even the warm treatment that Barack Obama received during his presidential run in 2008 from his pals in the media pales in comparison.

Video montage shows how media take it easy on Biden.  A new video montage from The Washington Free Beacon shows how easy the questions Joe Biden receives from the media truly are.  Free Beacon senior writer and "video guy" David Rutz put together a sampling of the rather simplistic line of questioning the Democratic candidate has received in recent weeks.  "Really, your strength is in traveling around the country and connecting with people... you can't do any of that right now.  Mr. Vice President, does that worry you?" CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is seen asking Biden at the beginning of the interview.  The video featured multiple journalists who asked softball questions at last week's rare Biden press conference.

The Hyperbolic, Hyperpartisan Atlantic Magazine.  Let's list some additional evidence that The Atlantic is a hyperpartisan outlet.  [#1] Laurene Powell Jobs, the multi-billionaire widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs who bought a majority share in The Atlantic in 2017, celebrated Hillary Clinton in Time magazine in 2015 as a "revolutionary" figure and "one of America's greatest modern creations."  In 2016, Mrs. Jobs donated $2 million to her Priorities USA super PAC via her nonprofit and hosted a $200,000-a-plate fundraiser that raised more than $4 million.  [#2] In the 2020 cycle, Mrs. Jobs donated the individual maximum contribution of $2,800 to eight different Democrat presidential contenders, not just Joe Biden, but Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, and Andrew Yang.  Since Biden became the nominee, she has donated $600,000 toward Biden.  In June, she donated $70,800 to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.  [#3] Atlantic Media Company owner and chairman David Bradley also donated the maximum to Bennet and Klobuchar.  In this cycle, he's donated thousands to Democrat Senators Ed Markey, Tina Smith, and Mark Warner.  Neither of these owners gave to Republicans.

Left-Wing Media Have Jumped the Shark.  It is easier to discover an intelligent statement from Joe Biden than it is to find a real journalist in America today.  In the Trump era, American journalism has moved from trying to hide its hardcore left-wing agenda to openly advocating for the Democratic Party.  For decades, the American news media have been liberal.  Studies showed consistent and overwhelming support among the news media for Democratic candidates for president.  Even a landslide loser such as 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was the runaway favorite among American journalists.  Previously, the liberal media made a minimal effort to hide their true objectives; however, today, there is no disguising their extreme hatred for President Donald Trump.  Their purpose is clear, not to give fair and accurate reporting, but to advocate for the defeat of President Donald Trump and the election of former Vice President Joe Biden.  At the president's frequent news conferences, he is subjected to insulting, mean-spirited attacks masquerading as questions.  Never has the media treated a president so rudely.

50+ Questions No Reporter Dares Ask Joe Biden And His Campaign.  On Media:  Why do you perpetually fail to take questions from reporters at your minimal number of press conferences?  Does your administration have any plans to address the censorship by big tech companies of conservative media and voices?

Reporters Don't Give Biden Questions in Advance?  You Be the Judge.  [Joe] Biden spoke in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday [9/4/2020] to rebut the very good news contained in the August jobs report.  He also used the opportunity to express his outrage and disappointment over 2018 remarks attributed to President Trump by highly dubious reporting in The Atlantic.  When Trump answers reporters' questions, he calls on individual reporters himself.  But not so for Biden or his campaign.  Here you can see the candidate turning to his handler to start calling from a predetermined list of reporters, saying, "I guess ... are you calling on people?  I don't have a list."  Joe!  You're not supposed to admit to following a list!  This led to Biden's first question, in which an Atlantic reporter read a pathetically soft question from his cell phone:  "When you hear these remarks" attributed to Trump by The Atlantic's editor, Jeffrey Goldberg, "what does it tell you about President Trump's soul?"  Biden then cast his eyes to the lectern, briefly studying.  After using the word, "deplorable" twice in his answer, Biden looked down at the lectern a second time.  At 22:37, one can clearly see him turn up the corner of a page of notes as he studies them before continuing his answer.

Time to Bury the Corpse.  Journalism died years ago, not long after publishers sold the soul of the front page for a few dollars.  "Journalists" now violate virtually every previous standard and principle once held dear.  From anonymous sources who may or not exist, to outright deceptive coverage, journalists' goals are now self-serving and focused only on the goals determined by the masters who control them.  In their hasty pursuit of money, influence, and power, they never bothered to bury the body.

Reporters blasted for 'shamefully embarrassing' softball questions at rare Biden press conference.  Reporters who were able to ask questions at Joe Biden's press conference Friday [9/4/2020] were torn apart by critics for failing to properly grill the Democratic presidential candidate. [...] The less-than-rigorous lines of questioning left critics enraged.  "The media are simply the PR wing for the Biden campaign at this point," Ben Shapiro reacted.  Conservative commentator Stephen Miller singled out Lee for criticism, tweeting "Watch this question and how it's framed.  She essentially gives Biden the answer in her question.  She's making a statement and asking Biden to basically just reply to her."  RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway wrote, "A text from a friend watching the press conference: 'Who are asking Biden these questions??  It's like watching someone make sure a 3 year old wins CandyLand.'"

Wikipedia Is Badly Biased.  Wikipedia's "NPOV" is dead.  The original policy long since forgotten, Wikipedia no longer has an effective neutrality policy.  There is a rewritten policy, but it endorses the utterly bankrupt canard that journalists should avoid what they call "false balance."  The notion that we should avoid "false balance" is directly contradictory to the original neutrality policy.  As a result, even as journalists turn to opinion and activism, Wikipedia now touts controversial points of view on politics, religion, and science.  Here are some examples from each of these subjects, which were easy to find, no hunting around.  Many, many more could be given. [...]

How Bill Gates Bought the Media.  Linking and quoting the Columbia Journalism Review in a positive sense isn't my usual practice, but this is a well researched story that touches not only on the usual suspects, NPR, which is happy to trade coverage for cash, but also Poynter and the fact checking industry, as well as the broader media, through the Bill Gates lens.

Kamala Has Already Struck Out.  Even before the Democrat presidential candidate, Joe Biden, named his choice for vice president, a group of Democrat Party activists released an unprecedented document outlining their "rules" for how the media could address issues surrounding the woman Biden ultimately chose.  These guidelines made it abundantly clear that the media were "required" to handle Biden's choice with kid gloves.  Questions were not to be probing; instead, this veep candidate, unlike the vicious coverage Sarah Palin endured years ago, was to be above questioning.  With astounding hubris, the Democrats actually warned the media that they would "monitor coverage" of the female veep candidate and that anything even slightly critical would be condemned as "racist and sexist."  Hollywood celebrities and the usual line-up of leftist women's groups (NARAL, Planned Parenthood, etc.) have promised Kamala, "We've got your back."  Bottom line:  Biden is in hiding; Kamala is untouchable.  This mafia-style intimidation cannot be allowed to stand.

Beige Page Is Becoming a "Go To" Conservative News Source.  The secret has been out a while now.  With conservatives becoming increasingly disenchanted with a daily deluge of anti-Trump content, panic-inducing headlines about COVID-19 and protests, and tabloid-type stories — even on sites once considered hubs for conservative news — several websites have emerged to fill the gap for the tens of millions of conservatives that have felt abandoned by modern news outlets.  But one is beginning to stand out from among the rest — Beige Page.

Good News:  Dr. Scott Atlas Added to Coronavirus Task Force.  It looks like Sweden is over the COVID-19 circumstance.  And if that's the case, then it portends good news for the rest of the world.  Scott Atlas is now part of the coronavirus task force meeting with the president.  And he is countering Fauci.  I have to tell you something, folks, just to show you how pervasive this is.  You know, I read tech blogs.  It's my hobby.  There are a couple of them that literally treat Fauci as a deity.  Whatever Fauci says is the lead item, and it's never questioned.  It is always amplified.  It is always reported as though there can be no question about it.  These are young kids in their late twenties, early thirties, that populate these blogs and do most of the writing.  And it's scary how sycophantic they are.  And it's not just Fauci.  It's anybody in government.  Any official government representative who is not affiliated with the Republicans is automatically correct, never wrong, never questioned, never doubted.

The Mainstream Media Has Betrayed Its Constitutional Privilege.  I have had several conversations with people in the past few days who are completely unaware of just how bad things have gotten in Portland.  Many of these people do pay a fair amount of attention to the news, but they've still missed the Portland stuff.  Because it's not in the news.  It is perhaps the biggest news in the country, but it isn't being reported.  Portland doesn't fit the narrative.  In fact, it destroys the narrative.  Were we to believe the media, what's happening in Portland is merely some mild unrest being acted out by some restless kids.  What's actually happening is such a nightmare that the cops there want to quit their jobs and peace out.  The mainstream media in America is not just irresponsible, it is absolutely delusional at times.  Yesterday [8/9/2020] we witnessed one of the most remarkably out-of-touch moments in modern mainstream media history when CNN's Brian Stelter wondered aloud if any anti-Trump media existed on the left.  It was a truly stunning question, one that I believe Stelter genuinely doesn't know the answer to because he is so ideologically isolated.

MSNBC producer pens open letter on why she quit:  Trump-obsessed network puts politics before science, stokes racial division.  Citing the "ratings scheme" and an obsession with Trump, among other things, an MSNBC producer who recently resigned from the network, penned an open letter on her personal website explaining her reasoning.  "July 24th was my last day at MSNBC.  I don't know what I'm going to do next exactly but I simply couldn't stay there anymore," Ariana Pekary wrote.  "My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions.  The problem is the job itself.  It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."  Citing her background in public radio, Pekary said she had not encountered decisions being predicated on how a topic or guest would rate before joining the network — she was a member of the MSNBC show "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."

MSNBC Producer Quits: 'This Cancer Stokes National Division,' Facts 'Too Cumbersome' For Audience.  The letter was written by Ariana Pekary, who Fox News noted described herself as an "integral member" of MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."  [...] Pekary said that at MSNBC it was "practically baked in to the editorial process" that decisions on what and who give coverage to were based on what would generate the most ratings for the network.  She said that behind closed doors "industry leaders will admit the damage that's being done."  A high profile TV veteran reportedly told her, "We are a cancer and there is no cure.  But if you could find a cure, it would change the world."  "As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis," Pekary said.  "The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others... all because it pumps up the ratings."  "Context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience," Pekary later added.

Why is "All Lives Matter" A Racist Statement?  In our crazy, upside down environment when the term "racist" is used to describe someone with opposite or opposing views, we have the dichotomy that if you proclaim "All Lives Matter", you are considered a racist.  The term "Black Lives Matter" is being promoted as that black lives are being systematically oppressed and, in too many cases, killed by brutal police tactics.  The facts don't back up those claims as the statistics by the FBI and by author Heather MacDonald seem to prove.  The false claims that police are killing unarmed blacks at an alarming rate doesn't meet the standards of proper reporting.

Longtime New York Magazine writer excoriates publication for its bias in resignation.  Whether you agree with him or not, Andrew Sullivan is surely one of American journalism's most influential voices.  Like a Rorschach test, he has provided both sides reasons to alternatively cheer and jeer at points over his long public career.  But now he is making a statement that will likely garner Sullivan more cheers from the right.  He recently announced that he was leaving New York magazine to restart his personal blog.  Sullivan maintained that he was leaving of his own accord, not being "canceled," and that he had a good working relationship with other staffers, to whom he was "deeply grateful for their extraordinary talent, skill, and compassion."  But Sullivan made clear that the current climate is insufferable.

California Caves to the Mob.  "The publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you'll be hung out to dry," wrote Bari Weiss on her way out the door at the New York Times.  On the other coast, caving to the mob is also in fashion.  Consider, for example, a recent proclamation by Sacramento Bee editor and president Lauren Gustus.  "The Bee has taken several recent steps to work against long-standing stereotypes.  We have largely banned the use of the word "looting" — a term rooted in racism — and have sought to elevate the voices of emerging writers from communities we have long underserved."  Ryan Lillis, author of the July 9 piece, provides further enlightenment.  The Bee "will limit the publication of police booking photos, surveillance photos and videos of alleged crimes, and composite sketches of suspects provided by law enforcement agencies.  Publishing these photographs and videos disproportionately harms people of color and those with mental illness, while also perpetuating stereotypes about who commits crime in our community."

The Editor says...
Stereotypes don't just pop up out of nowhere.  They are plausible because they have some basis in fact.

Wall Street Journal Editors Resist the Cancel Culture.  Hundreds of woke employees at the Wall Street Journal signed a letter to the paper's publisher complaining about the Journal's op-ed page.  The employees protested what they claim is the spread of "misinformation" in the Journal's opinion section.  One of the complaints focused on the publication of a column by Heather Mac Donald.  The letter noted that "employees of color publicly spoke out about the pain [Mac Donald's] Opinion piece caused them during company-held discussions surrounding diversity initiatives."  Poor babies.  In response to the letter, the editors have published a note to readers. [...]

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Blames 'Progressive Cancel Culture' for Employee-Signed Letter Calling Out Opinion Section.  The Wall Street Journal editorial board blamed "progressive cancel culture" for a letter signed by 280 of its reporters calling out the paper's opinion section for spreading misinformation.  In a note to its readers published on Thursday night, the editorial board said it wouldn't respond to the original letter which called for better fact-checking, more transparency, and a clearer divide between news and opinion divisions, according to a draft of it obtained by Mediaite on Tuesday [7/21/2020].

WSJ Editorial Board says it won't 'wilt under cancel-culture pressure' after staffers criticize coverage.  The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board responded Friday to pushback from staffers about the paper's opinion section and diversity in their newsroom, declaring that "we are not the New York Times" and that it will not succumb to "cancel culture."  In a note to readers, the editorial board sought to reassure readers that "these pages won't wilt under cancel-culture pressure," noting the "outpouring of support" from readers for the opinion pages.  "It was probably inevitable that the wave of progressive cancel culture would arrive at the Journal, as it has at nearly every other cultural, business, academic, and journalistic institution.  But we are not the New York Times.  Most Journal reporters attempt to cover the news fairly and down the middle, and our opinion pages offer an alternative to the uniform progressive views that dominate nearly all of today's media," the note stated.

Basement Joe.  The media are so one-sided.  They deified Obama and Holder.  They play down that Bernie is a millionaire who owns three houses and that Elizabeth Warren is even richer and more corrupt.  But the same media gang crucify Trump with every tool they have.  Such bias.  Democrats walk on water with the media, and Republicans cannot get a break unless, like Mitt Romney, they bleat like sheep in a Democrat herd. [...] And, frustratingly, it is that same biased media — truly the enemies of the people — who have made Independents unsure about Trump, imagining that the alternative, Joe Biden, can do better.  It really is unfathomable.  Was Biden ever really presidential material?  Democrat voters in primaries repeatedly have answered no, one decade after another.

B At Last, B At Last....  George Floyd did not die in vain.  Oh sure, in the wake of his death there have been hundreds of businesses burned to the ground, dozens of monuments defaced, tens of millions of dollars in property damage, multiple murders, a skyrocketing increase in crime, and greater racial animosity dividing the nation than we've seen in half a century.  But it's all been worth it, because the Associated Press has announced that they have changed their internal style guide and will now always capitalize the word "Black" when used in the context of race and culture.  The AP did not comment on whether capitalization will apply when "black" is used in the context of historic plagues.  Interestingly, the AP has also announced that they won't be doing the same for the word "white," [...]

Checking newspapers' tortured explanations for capitalizing 'black'.  With little fanfare, The New Yorker followed suit with other periodicals and adopted a new capital-letter convention:  plumping the lower-case "b" in "blacks" to "Blacks."  The style change was implemented in the hebdomadal journal's July 20, 2020 issue.  It was not evident in the previous issue, a doublized special dated for July 6 and 13.  Unlike other papers and newsweeklies, The New Yorker didn't announce the change in a cloying justification, slavering for a smidgeon of approval from sensitive Black Lives Matter-supporters.  Most publications did:  "We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover," said New York Times executive editor Dean Banquet.  "These changes align with long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American," wrote John Daniszewski, vice president for standards at the Associated Press.  "When people are offended by how we describe their community, we have to listen," pleaded Cristina Silva, relaying the move on behalf of USA Today.  The common thread among all these expositions is appeasement, not appeals to grammar, consistent style, linguistics, elucidation, or plain understanding of language.  Put another way, it's a normative prescription — this alteration is a mark of moral standing.  Abide, or be a bigot.

AP says it will capitalize Black but not white.  After changing its usage rules last month to capitalize the word "Black" when used in the context of race and culture, The Associated Press on Monday [7/20/2020] said it would not do the same for "white."  The AP said white people, in general, have much less shared history and culture and don't have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.  Protests following the death of George Floyd, which led to discussions of policing and Confederate symbols, also prompted many news organizations to examine their own practices and staffing.  The Associated Press, whose Stylebook is widely influential in the industry, announced June 19 it would make Black uppercase.

The Age of Conspiracy.  I have no doubt that we live in the Age of Conspiracy, as attested by most of what we read, see and hear in the press, the social media and the big digital platforms.  "Fake news," which accounts for the bulk of contemporary journalism, is plainly conspiratorial, intended to create that impression that what is not the case is the case.  The irony is that it is itself a conspiracy mounted against the truth.  The same motive applies to most academic discourse and institutional literature, as any sentient observer is aware.  But of course, when we get right down to it, the Left in all its manifestations is itself the greatest political conspiracy ever generated against the truth of human affairs, the facts of human nature and the well-being of men and women everywhere, whatever their race, creed or gender.  And we are now in the midst of a renewed and powerful socialist conspiracy to place a competitive and prosperous free-market society under hegemonic state control.

Andrew Sullivan on his ousting from New York Magazine:  Staff believed my columns were 'physically harming' them.  Andrew Sullivan penned his last op-ed in New York Magazine on Friday [7/17/2020] after previously announcing that he would no longer be a columnist for the outlet.  Sullivan began the column by stressing that the magazine "has every right to hire and fire anyone it wants when it comes to the content of what it wants to publish," but also indicated "the quality of my work does not appear to be the problem."

Cancel Culture is a Mighty Tool of Fascism's Advance.  When all opposition is silenced, certainly totalitarianism will prevail.  Every day The Mainstream Media (MSM) and the tech giants (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google, et al.) abet or conceal what "cancel culture" does.  In fact, they are the perpetrators of many of the cancel culture's manifestations.  They, MSM and the tech giants, are our rulers now, but they are only placeholders for the rulers they hope will come:  A Grand Socialist State Paradise.  This GSSP would, of course, be led by Democrats.  It is laughingly ironic that the MSM and the tech giants don't realize that the crocodile will eat them, too, for there is no free press under totalitarianism!

CNN's Jeff Zucker Announces 'New and Expanded Race Team'.  CNN's Jeff Zucker on Monday [7/13/2020] sent out a memo announcing a "new and expanded race team" as part of the network's broader effort to ensure race coverage remains a "permanent part of our journalism."  The CNN Worldwide president sent a memo to staff on Monday detailing the "new and expanded" race team, which he said will ensure that race coverage continues to be a permanent part of their newsroom.

Panicdemic! Record Number of Coronavirus Cases Hyped — But Deaths, Recoveries Downplayed.  [Scroll down]  Now, I want to share with you a tweet from the former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson.  You know who this guy is.  Alex Berenson is former New York Times.  They have no desire to have him working for them anymore because he's one of these guys that just instinctively violates conventional wisdom.  He stays outside it.  He doesn't conform to it.  That still amazes me that so many people in the media want to sound exactly like everybody else.  Whatever happened to individuality?  Whatever happened to staking your own claim on smart and aware and thoughtful ideas?  Why does everybody want to sound the same?  You know the answer?  'Cause that's what it takes to move the agenda forward.  You replace the individual with the collective and you move the agenda forward.  But in order to do that everybody has to sacrifice their own individuality and conform to whatever is demanded by the leaders.

Press Now Plumbs Its Own Depths Of Depravity.  With few exceptions, the United States is now served by a national political media that is incapable of reporting about the president accurately, that baits him at press briefings with disgusting insolence, and that is extraordinarily negligent in ignoring or downplaying anything that reflects poorly on the president's other enemies, the media's allies in the war against the president.  The hideous permutation of the legitimate protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 — protests the president endorsed — into widespread arson, pillage, vandalism, and assault resulting in more than 20 deaths in many cities across the country was largely ignored or deemphasized by the media.

Know Your Enemy:  Undeniable Truths About the Left.  [Scroll down]  A final truth is that the left is aided by sycophantic media.  The left seems powerful only because the media portrays them that way.  The media never challenges Democrats and rarely publish any negative stories about them unless there is some sort of political calculation in doing so.  This is a double-edged sword.  Such reporting is inherently dishonest at its core and spares the left from hearing honest and un-filtered truths about the failures of their policies and actions.

The Source of BLM's Super-power.  The short answer to the source of BLM's super-power is fake news media.  Fake news medias' bogus reporting has corporations and politicians believing a majority of Americans are filled with white guilt and therefore support BLM and their absurd demands.  Consequently, whatever BLM wants, BLM gets.  Supportive and fearful corporations have given BLM $400 million to bludgeon mainstream America into surrendering to BLM's mission to transform America into a socialist/communist nation.

Journalists Work to Divide, Not Inform.  As a young journalist starting out many years ago, I was proud to join a profession where so many men and women had distinguished themselves through honest, thorough investigations, entertaining features, and excellence in writing.  But for a long while, I've been depressed to see much of the press openly working as political operatives.  Objectivity in reporting was always impossible, but at least it used to be discussed as a goal.  Now journalists boast of their advocacy journalism for an increasingly leftist agenda.

False Accusations Of Racism Are Destroying The Media.  [Scroll down]  Taibbi made clear in his piece and in the interview with the Hill that he sees the Fang incident as just one example of a more widespread change taking place in journalism.  He said the new "style of thought" had originated on college campuses but was now finding a home in many newsrooms.  "It's bullying in tone, it's accusatory, it uses shaming tactics and it doesn't particularly believe in civil liberties.  It's very illiberal in its conception of the world." [...] The leftist insurgents in these newsrooms are working to shut down space for what is considered acceptable debate and lots of regular people are following their lead.

Media organizations pressured to capitalize 'b' in black when describing people.  As journalists grapple with massive protests and sweeping changes in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, U.S. newsrooms are debating an important style change: whether to capitalize the "b" in black when describing people.  The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and NBC News last week changed their practices to do that, and the National Association of Black Journalists urged other news organizations to follow.

Chris Wallace:  Many Reporters Becoming 'Anti-Trump Advocates' Instead Of Calling 'Balls And Strikes'.  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said many reporters are becoming "anti-Trump advocates" instead of calling "balls and strikes" as they cover President Donald Trump's administration.  Speaking to "MediaBuzz" anchor Howard Kurtz on Sunday, Wallace agreed with his colleague's assessment that "many journalists" long ago "decided they would toss out the old rule book of standards and fairness because they deemed Donald Trump to be such a threat to the country."

Media and the leftist code.  The print media operate with what playwright David Mamet calls a "code."  The left's code, which has subsumed hard reportage, is holistic: all information, every angle, every thought, every utterance, every word, every sentence construction, revolves around dissipating the right's legitimacy.  "The committed liberal, leftist," Mamet explains, "ha[s] devoted so much time, energy, and treasure to the creation of a code that no evidence could convince them that it has been broken and so must be replaced."  The sacked editors who challenged their young colleagues never got the coded memo.  Though liberal in persuasion, they thought their ideas could win the day in open combat.  The newsy upstarts don't view intellectual competition as helpful — only a form of legitimation.  So conservative views must be crushed and shunted from public view.

I Guess I Am Supposed To Be Sad About The Dying Media.  The media took the easy path of following its feels, rejecting the hard path of objectivity.  In doing so, it alienated the half of America that fell on the wrong side of the media's preferences.  With technology changing everything, was ticking off half of the audience really a smart decision? [...] Objectivity, fairness and stuff — they are easy when it's someone you dig who you are reporting on, or even when someone you sort of dislike.  But these things are hard — and they are really necessary — when it's someone you are reporting on who you despise.  And they really despise Trump.  So, instead of doing the hard thing and doing their job, the media chose to indulgence its feelings.

The Media's Riot Defenders.  As Jews were beaten and killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots, New York Times columnist and erstwhile executive editor A.M. Rosenthal penned a thundering denunciation of the violence and its cheerleaders.  "Using grievances real or imagined as an excuse for violence will not be tolerated — not by black society or white, not by the press, not by City Hall, not now, not ever," Rosenthal wrote.  He was wrong.  As similar scenes play out across America today, with rioters shooting police officers, innocent bystanders dying, and businesses being destroyed, the news media has adopted a different attitude. [...] The Times now publishes calls for defunding police nationwide.  The editorial board on which Rosenthal once sat cannot muster a denunciation free of qualifiers and compromise.  In place of clear-eyed condemnations comes the incessant refrain that rioting and looting are lamentable, but the result of legitimate grievance.  Those same grievances, they argue, can only be addressed through aggressive federal investigations, the stripping of legal protections for cops and, of course, voting for Democrats.

TV Journalists Defend, Excuse Five Nights of Riots.  From the start, TV news media have done their darnedest to paint the riots happening across the country in a positive light.  While many journalists have glossed over the widespread violence by relying on misleading characterizations like "mostly peaceful," others have outright defended and justified the rioting.  Some of the these attempts to sanitize the rioting have bordered on parody.  For a sampling of the media's most desperate damage control, watch the video below:  [Video clip]

D.C. media is now focused on confrontational coverage and approved narratives.  Speaking from some decades of personal experience, in bygone times, each individual story was generally constructed to recount the who, what, when, where and why of the subject at hand, including select background as necessary.  It was a stand-alone story.  No longer.  Today, there is a narrative, a story template that each report must fit into.  Those that don't fit, like your high school jersey, get dismissed or ignored.  Oh, and narratives prefer actors, not reporters.  We've witnessed numerous confrontational performances by journalists, who could gain lucrative book contracts from such virtuous notoriety.  Professional journalists should be adversaries questioning, challenging authority, not antagonists.  Truth be told, in an Age of Outrage that assesses little consequence for incorrect, incomplete or even fictitious "news," confrontational coverage does produce more profitable clicks and viewers.  That was reflected in last week's media layoffs, deleting some more of the few surviving play-it-straight journalists.

Democrats' Chickens Come Home to Roost.  Conservatives have been warning about the dangers of Antifa and other left-wing groups for years.  No one in the Democrat media listened.  More than that, they cheered them on; defended them.  Why not?  After all, they were chanting the right things and targeting the right people, from the left's perspective.  No progressive group would condemn them:  Black Lives Matter didn't, the Women's March didn't, CNN didn't.  They were helpful in beefing up numbers and energy at protests and marches Democrats deemed helpful.  What did it matter if they threw a few rocks or Molotov cocktails?  They were throwing them at police, a group those silent partner groups had declared the enemy[.]

Andy Ngo:  Liberal media 'has many sympathies' toward Antifa, conservatives didn't take threats seriously.  Portland-based independent journalist Andy Ngo has extensively reported on the far-left extremist group called Antifa and long cautioned that violent acts that have occurred in some sections of America could be easily replicated, but he says media on both sides of the political spectrum failed to take him seriously.  "The left-wing media, liberal media, establishment media, legacy media, has many sympathies toward the Antifa goal.  The superficial resistance against the Trump administration, against conservatism, against the GOP, they have that in common with them," Ngo told Fox News.  "Liberal ignorance of what and who Antifa actually are and their history."

Ex-CBS News President Skewers 'Decidedly Liberal' Media.  Former CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter says hidden left-wing bias is a growing problem in the media and is threatening "social cohesion" in the United States.  In an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal Monday, Sauter, who led CBS from 1982-83 and in 1986, slammed news outlets that maintain a veneer of objectivity and fairness while pushing reporting biased in favor of left-wing politics.  Sauter began by recalling a conversation from 35 years ago when he insisted that the media at large was only tilted to the left and "could be corrected."  He goes on to say that his prediction was wrong and instead of the media correcting toward the center, it has driven farther left, especially under President Trump.

If you're stuck in your house, you're probably watching television.  Therefore...
The Media Wants America to Stay Closed Forever.  CNN doubled its audience in April, while MSNBC hit its best total-day ratings.  Network news programs rose 39% since last year, gaining over 8 million viewers for their best numbers in over a decade.  Cable news networks have become the most watched channels on cable and network news has been beating prime time programming.  The pandemic is the next best thing to Walter Cronkite rising from the dead.  The New York Times is up to 6 million subscribers with an increase of 587,000 digital subscriptions that it attributes to "widespread interest in news of the coronavirus pandemic".  Last year the paper was struggling to make it to 5 million subscribers.  Digital subscriptions are up across the industry.  Digital subscriptions rose 29% at the Dallas Morning News, 17% at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and the Poynter-FactCheck's Tampa Bay Times boasted of tripling the rate of digital subscriptions.

Four Years After Promising To Improve, Media Got Better At Being Worse.  After getting rolled by Donald Trump and his supporters in the 2016 election, the chortling and elitist snobs in the legacy media promised our nation that they'd figure out where they went wrong and do better for our country in the future.  Since that time the only real change the honest among us have seen is a not at all subtle shift from doing a bad job feigning impartiality to doing an excellent job not even trying to hide their bias and dishonesty. [...] Not only did they spend these last four years trying to undo the 2016 election with their incessant attempts to crybully Democrats into removing President Trump from office and disrupt his ability to govern, but we're right back where we started as yet another presidential election approaches and the media's flagrant failings are on full display for all to see as if we went back in time 4 years and just swapped out Hillary for Joe.

America's Dangerous & Divisive Media Must Be Dealt With Once & For All.  The U.S. political news media's years-long cold war against the United States must no longer be ignored or enabled.  They have spent decades doing everything they can to divide and destroy our nation on behalf of the anti-American, pro-Leftist interests and ideals that they've been conditioned to embrace academically, socially and professionally.  I get tremendous pushback from my own side for this assessment, but it's one I've always stood by regardless:  they are well-intended.  They do mean well.  They truly believe what they're doing is noble and just.  They think the Americans whose backs they put targets on for ridicule, hatred and violence truly are lower order life forms who — too stupid to celebrate the media and Left's genius and value — must ultimately be wiped off the face of the earth with as much deference to pity as there is motivation for progress.

It's time for media to say 'We're sorry' to Ron DeSantis.  When the coronavirus first appeared in Florida, the media's predictions were dire.  Many expected the state to experience a crisis similar to New York's since thousands of New Yorkers fled their home state for Florida in the early days of the pandemic.  Others claimed Florida's outbreak would be just as bad, if not worse, than Italy's, given that Florida is a huge tourist destination with a major international city and that it has a sizable elderly population.  Health officials echoed these warnings, arguing that Florida's hospitals would be overwhelmed and that the state's open beaches would become breeding grounds for the virus.  Not one of these predictions proved true.

The American Media Has Betrayed America.  [Scroll down]  The media has always been powerful.  With the advent of social media, today they are more powerful than ever.  And they don't care about Americans.  They don't care about America.  They do the bidding of a global elite that wants to stamp out populist dissent around the world.  It wants to consolidate economic power in the hands of billionaires and corporations.  It wants to erase borders and nationalities.  It wants to drive billions of people out of rural areas and into megacities.  For these elites, the Chinese coronavirus pandemic is a golden opportunity.  It's not a conspiracy, though.  It's just the conventional wisdom of the super-rich.  The media, if they cared, now more than ever would do their historic job, questioning this conventional wisdom.  Instead, they are tools.  It is unforgivable.

The BBC - A Propaganda Arm Of The Permanent Government.  [Video clip]

How The FBI Used 'News Hooks' To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe.  A common theme that has emerged from the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation is bureau officials' use of media reports and leaks to advance aspects of the bureau's probe of the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia.  In at least five instances, FBI officials capitalized on the so-called news hooks — also called news pegs, in journalistic jargon — as justification to open up new areas of the investigation.  James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok all took advantage of media reports to push the investigation forward.  And in one case, Comey orchestrated a leak of his own to spur the appointment of a special counsel.  Prominent media outlets played a key role in advancing the now-debunked theory that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.  Much of that media manipulation centered around the infamous Steele dossier, which the Clinton campaign and DNC funded.

Feeling the heat, media 'fact'-checkers are becoming increasingly silly.  The media this weekend offered two excellent examples of how so-called "fact-checking" has become an excuse to write straw men and then, using vehement opinion and banal facts as their weapons, to strike those straw men down.  The stupidity of their arguments indicates that their brains are shutting down with fear as Attorney General Bill Barr and his lead investigator, U.S. attorney John Durham, close in on the truth behind the attempted takedown of the Trump presidency, a joint Deep State and media enterprise.

Media Must Report Truth Of Anti-Trump Spy Operation Before It's Too Late For Them.  As new details emerge about the Obama administration's broad spying-and-leaking campaign against the incoming Trump administration, reporters have a choice to make about whether to cover this story honestly, at long last.  There is a brief window of time afforded the media to get the story right.  They should take advantage of it.  Journalist Lee Smith already noted the seriousness of the problem facing legacy media after the implosion of the Russia collusion conspiracy theory they peddled. [...] Many of our supposedly smart media elites are dinosaurs who are completely unaware of the asteroid headed right to them.  Instead, they are doing their part in an all-hands-on-deck effort to continue pushing out Democratic talking points that got them into the mess.  This week, that meant they regurgitated the Democratic claim that the Obama administration's spying and leaking was "normal" and that to be concerned about it is nothing more than a "distraction."

Resisting A U.S. News Media That Hates Half Of The Country They Cover
No original thinking: The media's echo chamber in 2020 is like a laboratory and when one of them invents a narrative that the rest agree will help promote their clearly partisan agenda, they all latch on to it.  The result is the antithesis of good journalism: entirely uncritical acceptance and blanket assertion of language, thinking and reporting that is expressed virtually verbatim across all of their newspapers and networks.
No substance: The heft of their narratives is typically weighted in hopeful conjecture and unproven allegations that typify the smear campaigns they're constantly engaged in.  It's a lot of things.  But "substantive" isn't one of them.
No intellectual honesty: Rather than reporting news that might actually help or matter to Americans, the media select only those stories that they believe will support their social and political agenda.  And they characterize those stories every time in ways that target their opponents with the worst possible construction at every turn as the "story" emerges.  Their goal isn't to service audiences with good faith reporting that follows facts regardless of where they lead.  Their goal is to prove social and political narratives they've already established.  And there's simply no room for intellectual honesty or fairness when your standard operating procedure is so aggressively partisan.  From there the media are able to chase their audiences into corners where any dissent from the preferred narrative is labeled nefarious or conspiratorial.

Andrew Cuomo Flacks for the Chinese Communist Party, Repeatedly Calling Wuhan Virus "The European Virus".  It's not racist to blame Europeans for things, I guess! [...] The leftwing media is a junior partner of the Chinese Communist Party, and of course the Democrat Wall Street/corporate types are fleecing the country by selling out to China.  CNBC is even publishing Chinese Communist Party propaganda as "news"!

AP revises its stylebook to outlaw the use of the word 'mistress.' Hilarity ensues.  When it comes to dictating how the news shall be presented to the American public, the Associated Press stylebook plays a key role, and has for many decades.  Among other functions, it tells reporters and their editors which terms are to be preferred and which are verboten in describing phenomena. [...] On Friday [5/8/2020], the AP suddenly announced that the word "mistress" is doubleplusungood.

MSNBC: Americans are so 'freedom obsessed,' they are blinded to threats like virus or climate change.  An MSNBC contributor called out "freedom-obsessed" Americans and their aversion to big government amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas blamed Americans obsessed with the idea of freedom for creating a vulnerability in the country to threats like climate change, speaking in the topic during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday [5/6/2020].

Amid Plague, Press Takes a Powder On Religious Liberty.  A Worcester, Massachusetts, pastor, Kristopher Casey, will be punished with a $300 civil fine for convening more than 10 people at his Sunday church service.  If he does it again, the fine will increase to $500, and he could face criminal charges, reports.  Where has the press been in the face of what seems, on its face, to be an egregious violation of the First Amendment's protections of peaceable assembly and the free exercise of religion?  The newspapers have been basically cheering it on.

Facebook is Spending Millions to Plant Radical Activists in Local Newspapers.  When the Alliance Defending Freedom helped a local church sue Chattanooga for banning its drive-in prayer service, the article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press repeated the Southern Poverty Law Center's smear of the religious civil rights organization as a hate group.  But the reporter who wrote the article was no ordinary employee.  Wyatt Massey was one of the 225 members of Report for America's 'corps' who are planted in local newsrooms to promote the radical agendas of the left-wing group.  "Will Trump's new public charge rule close door on immigrants' hope of the American dream?" Manuel Obed asked at The Dallas News.  Obed has been with the RFA 'corps' pushing out pro-illegal stories.  In 1976, William Garrison, along with two other thugs, broke into a home in Detroit, killed a man, and shot two other people.  When Garrison recently died of coronavirus, the Detroit Free Press article treating him like a victim was written by Angie Jackson, another 'corps' member.  Jackson's beat, according to Report for America, is "formerly incarcerated citizens re-entering the community."

Do the Media Even Exist?  [Scroll down]  The crisis instead is that they are now almost always wrong, and predictably wrong because they are lazy and biased — and they deny it to the point of self-delusion.  The result is that, for all practical purposes, journalists no longer exist for the general public as sources of news.  More than half the country now assumes that the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, the networks, and the cable news outlets are culpable not of merely failing to tell the truth but of being incapable of telling the truth.  Even if they wished to, or had the skills to report empirically and dispassionately, they simply cannot, given their investments in the progressive agenda, and its investments in them.  In other words, they are owned — creatures of that agenda.

A Rant against the Media.  The media are a collection of well-funded outlets that set the agenda, narrative, tone, and focus of coverage while conspiring with a major political party.  Reporters don't openly collude with Democrats (well, most of the time they don't), they merely share the same objectives and set of values. [...] When I worked at a relatively large newspaper, I watched teams of reporters take on year-long inquiries that would often generate significant stories. (Sometimes, as is also the case in journalism, they led nowhere.)  These pieces predictably focused on issues that animate left-wingers.  My experience taught me that the biggest source of political bias isn't necessarily the left-wing framing of stories and issues, but the focus and types of stories that editors assign writers.  Our national conversation is often centered on the whims of editors who see the world through the prism of their own left-wing ideology and urban experiences.

Remember the Hong Kong flu?  An I'm-so-cute-and-clever reporter recently asked the president if he deserves to be re-elected, given the number of deaths from the coronavirus, noting that the number is greater than American fatalities from the Vietnam war. [...] Times have changed since 1968.  Big tech overlords are wielding incredible power, the hostile media are pure propaganda, the left will stop at nothing as it adheres to the edict by "any means necessary."  These past couple of months, leftists have proven that they're rather fond of totalitarian rule.

A Little Something for Everyone... to Hate.  In the meantime, everyone should turn off cable news.  All of it.  At least a few days per week.  If the shows were reruns, most people wouldn't notice.  With rare exception, they're recycled monologues, repetitive questions posed to the same guests; you'll actually come away dumber.  Honestly, have you seen a show in the last month where you didn't know exactly what was going to be said, no matter which cast member they turned to "for reaction"?

The Strange Story of a Las Vegas Radio Station Co-Opted by China.  At first glance, Las Vegas Public Radio (LVPR) looks like any other local FM radio station.  It has local community sponsors, vaguely right-wing talk show hosts, and a website begging for a makeover.  But there's a disclaimer on the bottom of that website noting that, contrary to the name, the station is not an NPR affiliate.  That disclaimer makes no mention of the fact that LVPR, the self-proclaimed "People's Voice of Las Vegas," is registered to lobby for Huawei Technologies, a Chinese company widely considered a national security threat to the United States.  Funded in part by Nevada taxpayers, according to its founder, LVPR has also developed close ties with Chinese officials and, under the guise of a local American radio station, it has become a voice for a Chinese technology giant that the Trump administration and other national security experts have identified as a threat to the global communications network.

If the Mainstream Media Were Actually the Enemy of the People, What Would They Be Doing Differently?  The preponderance of the legacy media, and many in right-wing media as well, insist on the importance of outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and NPR. We are constantly told that they play a vital role in our society, one whose absence would cause our entire system to collapse into tyranny.  But is that assumption reality?  I'm growing more and more skeptical every day.  I've previously been one to shy away from President Trump's "enemy of the people" language, but perhaps I've been too kind?  Every single day, multiple new examples of the media slandering their political enemies and lying about issues are brought to the forefront.  It's gotten to the point where you can't go more than a few hours without yet another "journalist" spreading something that's clearly false or disingenuously attacking someone they deem politically inferior.

Silver Lining.  [Scroll down]  It would be easier to feel sorry for journalists and their employers if they hadn't brought the crisis on themselves.  For years, polls have shown that the press is one of the least trusted institutions, if not the least trusted, in the U.S. This is because everyone knows that biased, agenda-driven journalism has become the rule, not the exception, while reliable investigative reporting has become virtually a lost art, outside of a few independent operators like Sharyl Attkisson.

Over 400 Media Outlets Join Project to Prioritize Global Warming Over Coronavirus Coverage.  The Columbia Journalism Review is asking more than 400 media outlets to join in on a project that seeks to prioritize coverage of alleged "global warming" instead of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as reported by the Daily Caller.  The project is referred to as "Covering Climate Now," and among its extensive network of outlets are Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Daily Beast.  Although originally founded in 2019, one of the project's founders, Mark Hertsgard, recently released a statement declaring that the project and "global warming" should receive more coverage than the pandemic that has killed over 100,000 people worldwide, and brought the global economy and international travel to a complete standstill.

A free nation cannot long survive if its press takes sides.  When the coronavirus outbreak hit the news in January, mainstream journalists routinely referred to it as the "Wuhan coronavirus" or the "Chinese coronavirus."  When they noticed Trump was using the same descriptions, and sensing a chance to cripple him politically, they abruptly stopped using those terms, and are now accusing him of being a xenophobic racist for calling the virus what they themselves called it until they sensed a chance to bleed him.  Ten days after the first confirmed coronavirus case in this country, Trump took decisive action by restricting flights into the U.S. from China.  Rather than applaud the decision, or merely question it, the mainstream media called him a xenophobic racist for that too.

Mainstream media in America truly is an enemy of the people.  I submit, for your reading pleasure, the notion that perhaps the greatest enemy facing the American public today is a mainstream media and press that has become corrupt beyond belief.  The broad media in America is always trying to divide us.  They delight in keeping people at each other's throats, and scaring us.  They figure that's the best way to have the Great Public Eyeball continuing to return to their print pages or their broadcast screens.  The American mainstream media is the world's greatest player of the "Gotcha" blame-game.  This is how the broadcast MSM, in particular, has polarized America in their continuing search to find fault and blame.  Many reporters' questions to Donald Trump, for example, are not designed to illuminate an issue, the intent is to undermine the President.  "Journalists" do not understand that sometimes circumstances are unpredictable, causing errors or disasters, and that some group or some political party or some individual is not to blame.  Instead, commentators feast on destroying reputations and personal credibility.

Suppose Trump Had Acted Earlier Against the Wuhan Virus.  Petulant propagandists, disguised as journalists, have a new talking point. [...] Their new narrative is that Trump could have and should have acted sooner and if he had, all would be normal in the world.  This is the latest chapter in the book of Orange Man Bad, previous chapters including the Ukraine phone call, Russian collusion, Mueller, Stormy, Avenatti, Omarosa, and Manafort, just to name a few.  Say what you want about the Fake News media, but they are persistent and determined, even if they remain "an enemy of the people" as characterized by Trump.  Too bad their energies are always directed against Trump, rather than subjects given only a brief glance, such as Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's emails, the Steele/Brennan dossier, and real election interference.  The New York Times, briefly distracted by rewriting their tweets describing Joe Biden being credibly accused of sexual assault, took up the role of drum major in the media's Get Trump jihad.

Trump Exposes Phony Journalists with Video Montage.  [Scroll down]  But he had to do that yesterday, folks.  And it was great because it was nothing but their words.  It was nothing but video clips of the media themselves lying and getting things wrong and purposely distorting things.  He just zapped 'em.  I mean, just exposed them to the world.  This is the kind of thing that needs to happen constantly.  The American people who aren't aware need to be made aware what the media is. [...] And while their job title category might be journalists, this is not what they are practicing.  What they are practicing is opposition.  Whatever Trump is for, they guaranteed to be against it.  Whatever Trump is against, they are guaranteed to be for it.  Why are they for or against anything?  They are media.  Their pretense is that they are objective and fair and all of that.  It isn't the case.

Brutal Trump-de-Force at the Coronavirus Hearing Leaves Media Screaming 'Pull the Plug!'  Donald Trump absolutely lit up his own Coronavirus Task Force press briefing with a more than six-minute, tour-de-force media takedown that had CNN and MSNBC sputtering and reaching for the plug.  Trump said hello and turned the media briefing over to the NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci to clarify his words uttered on CNN on shutting down the country earlier to prevent more deaths.  Then, Trump took over and it was ON.  He listed the timeline of his response to the coronavirus and presented a video of incorrect statements by the press on COVID-19.

The Media Controls the 'Crisis'.  The media's power is enormous, and unmitigated by constitutional checks and balances.  And it's in the service of a party — the Democrats — not the government or the people.  Yet the media's actions are entirely legal, and constitutionally protected, making it effectively unstoppable.  The founding fathers in their wisdom anticipated all manner of shenanigans that could undermine republican government, but it's probably safe to say they did not see this one coming.  Underlying all the media generated hysteria over COVID-19 is the determination to undermine and if possible unseat President Trump, part and parcel of a campaign that's been ongoing for three years.  If bringing the country to its knees is the price of removing Trump, the media and their Democrat patrons are all in.  Will the American people put up with it? [...] The media has the ability to effectively hamstring the country whenever it wants in service of its social and political ends.

Media Will Sabotage America's Reopening; Here's How Trump Can Stop Them.  The go-forward strategy for America has to be that we get back to work and knock out COVID-19 by using nature's vaccine (herd immunity), but doing so ensures a 24x7 media meltdown during which President Trump will be blamed for literally every death that follows.  And say what you correctly will about the media being a joke and having lost all credibility:  If we reopen the nation and let the virus spreads like wildfire (because all indications are that it will), it will be very easy for the media to incite a national panic attack while blaming President Trump for the hundreds of negative stories they fabricate and manufacture.  It's a tough spot for the president and our nation to be in.  Of course it would be great if we had an intellectually honest and fair media that we could rely on during crises, but that's just not the America we live in today.

In Coronavirus Era, the Media Plays God.  To the media, we'd all be better off if the public treated the experts and their anointed messengers in the media with a devotion owed to all-knowing, supernatural authorities.  A world where Americans are living in terror, listening dutifully for instructions from distant bureaucrats on TV, is their dream scenario.  Of course, it's worth listening to what scientists have to say, but nobody, not even the experts, can predict the future.  With churches shuttered during Holy Week, as Americans are ordered to stay home and listen assiduously to people in lab coats, it's worth asking where this scenario leads.  The media are the scribes of the powerful.  A crisis like this is good for their ratings, obviously, but it also enables them to control and indoctrinate people.  The media don't use "experts" to keep the public informed but to tell the public what to think.

One Script?  Ever Hear Of Operation Mockingbird?  Operation Mockingbird indicates the CIA's involvement in the manipulation of the news published in the United States and across the world.  Today, one can identify such manipulation with fake news.  The idea of a large organisation controlling the minds and thoughts of individuals, pushing them towards a specific ideology and certain life choices, may seem like science fiction, or as an absurd conspiracy that can be found in books and movies.  However, for some, it is certainly not a new surprising discovery that corporations, organizations, and politicians, manipulate public opinion in order to fit certain agendas.  These, are in their turn manipulated by even bigger and more powerful organizations, such as the government itself.  [Video clip]

Ted Cruz:  Mainstream Media Are 'Rooting for This Pandemic to Be Worse and Worse'.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a few jabs at the press during a Monday appearance on Fox News for its handling of coronavirus coverage.  According to the Texas Republican U.S. Senator, the mainstream media were rooting for "disaster," given they believe it would be a mark against President Donald Trump.  Cruz cited an example of a tweet from The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who he challenged days earlier for questioning Trump's remarks about unemployment at the State of the Union address last month.

US media parrot Chinese propaganda, talk of censoring White House briefings.  Why do members of the free press keep parroting Chinese agitprop, including the preposterous and totally unverified claim that China has had not a single new coronavirus death since January?  "U.S. reports 1,264 coronavirus deaths in over 24 hours," NBC News recited this week.  "Meanwhile in China, where the pandemic broke out, not a single new coronavirus death was reported."  Chinese officials concede they have new infection cases, but they also allege those cases were imported into China by dirty foreigners.  This is the level on which the Chinese Communist Party has long operated — a sort of ultranationalism that seeks to blame outsiders for its nation's problems.  Yet our media are accepting its dubious (even just from a math perspective) claims at face value.

A Sick Media.  The other day Chris Hayes of MSNBC was pouting about the media's coverage of Donald Trump's press briefings.  He called the airing of them "crazy."  He particularly didn't like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell using one of them to talk about "reading the Bible."  Hayes' pouting captures the arrogance and secularist prejudice of the media perfectly.  The media sees its role not as a reporter of news but as a propagandistic arbiter — a Big Brother that will tell the public what it can and cannot take seriously. [...] The more propagandistic the media becomes, the more it insists that its coverage is "factual."  But no one takes that seriously.  As Trump once told the media, "You guys have a real problem.  No one believes you anymore."  The media has become all opinion, all the time.  All the journalistic rigors of yesteryear have disappeared.

Does America need Journalists?  I generally believed the national press corps had hit rock bottom somewhere between Russian Roulette, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Ukrainian Money Club.  But that was before COVID-19.  They have since dug through the rock bottom to new depths.  These aren't journalists on display.  They are vile anti-American partisan activists, or to put it in terms CNN might understand, an apple is never a banana.

Greg Gutfeld warns of media's 'incurable bias': 'Best to keep your distance permanently'.  Greg Gutfeld called out the media Saturday night, slamming their "incurable bias" regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including efforts to limit coverage of President Trump's daily news briefings.  "So now this funhouse media mirror has networks justifying not carrying the daily coronavirus briefings because, you know, Trump happens to be in them.  He is president, but since he's not their guy it's not that important," the host said on "The Greg Gutfeld Show." [...] "They haven't yet bothered to investigate how the Chinese covered up their outbreak, causing a delay in information that cost lives," Gutfeld said.  "Instead, the press lauded the Chinese for their quick government response."  Gutfeld said that Americans understand what Trump is saying when he talks about opening the economy by Easter but that doesn't fit the media's narrative.

Gallup Poll:  Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of News Media Handling Of Wuhan Coronavirus.  Of nine leaders and institutions rated by Americans in a new poll on their response to the novel Wuhan Coronavirus, the media fared the worst, and it's not even close.  According to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the media was the only institution that scored a negative approval rating among the public with only 44 percent of Americans approving of the way the media has covered the virus.  Fifty-five percent disapprove making for a -11 percent rating.  Gallup also gathered approval ratings for U.S. hospitals, schools and daycares, state governments, employers, government health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump, and Congress.

The Political Media Are Failing America.  [Scroll down]  The institutional bias at the Washington Post and the New York Times certainly isn't new.  But there used to be a corresponding level of professional gravitas that engendered reader trust.  Some of that trust has been corroded over years of Obama adulation, echo chambers, conspiracy mongering, and knee-jerk partisanship.  Some of that trust has also been corroded by the litany of Trump-slaying "bombshells" that have fizzled over the past years.  I don't know how many times I've recently heard people affix "if it turns out to be true" to a breaking news story.

COVID-19 Probably Won't Destroy Society, but the Government's Reaction Might.  [Scroll down]  Let's momentarily not raise a fuss about having no reason to trust the model's underlying algorithm or whatever unknown assumptions about the virus generated its scary predictions.  We'll also ignore that there's no chance the Washington Post or any other major media outlet would present a balanced picture by informing us of any expert opinions or data not supporting the paper's dire take.  Furthermore, let's just forget that there even are experts who think the media-generated panic about COVID-19 is a bigger problem than the virus itself.  We'll also entirely ignore the media's generally appalling track record concerning "expert" projections of hypothetical disasters.  In fact, we'll ignore their altogether abysmal record of spreading misinformation when it matters most.  Pretend they never created a completely unjustified panic over the prospect of massive Y2K technology failures.  Nor remember they've been serially predicting we have only ten years 'til the Earth becomes uninhabitable from environmental damage for at least the last 50.  The preposterous and poisonous story that Donald Trump entered the White House as a Russian mole?  Ignore it.  The completely bogus "hands up, don't shoot" narrative about Michael Brown that directly caused mass rioting and the assassination of at least a dozen cops?  Never happened.  We're also going to have to forget that they utterly trivialized the very mortal threat posed by COVID-19 they're hyping.

Latest Coronavirus Mutation:  My New Ways to Hate the Media.  As the world has descended into coronavirus panic, the scum masquerading as journalists in this country have been working overtime to plumb new depths of irresponsibility.  Rather than accurately share information with a nervous public during a rapidly-growing pandemic, the American MSM has decided that any lack of veracity in the name of discrediting President Trump is justified.  They've been lying about virtually every aspect of President Trump's and his administration's response to the crisis. [...] While the Democrats were holding the American people hostage over the weekend to turn a crisis relief bill into a progressive pork fest, The New York Times decided to blame Republicans. [...] The First Amendment is being perverted by these cretins.  There is always something at stake when they're being irresponsible, this time it's people's lives.  They don't care.  Their power and their ideology are all that matter to them.

Ted Cruz slaps down NBC reporter pushing obvious Chinese anti-US propaganda.  In a bizarre report from NBC, reporter Keir Simmons finishes their video by literally saying that China did a great job containing the definitely-not-Chinese-Wuhan-Chinese-coronavirus, and that the U.S. is now threatening the world with re-infection. [...] It's amazing just how eager the media is to ape the propaganda coming out of a communist government, but we see more and more examples every day.

From Kung Flu to Bat Virus, The Corrupt Media Beclowns Itself One More Time.  The President and his team hold press conferences at least once every day, often twice or even more, as a part of this effort.  During a time like this, any patriotic American who cares about this country and our fellow citizens would hope that people who hold themselves out to be "news reporters" would focus their questioning on actual news-related stuff, and do their best to leave their leftist political correctness and active grudges against the President secured away in the enormous fanny packs in which all their rage-filled grudges are stored.  Well, you can hope that, but you would be disappointed if you did.  Take the raging nitwit below as a prime example of a corrupt reporter using yesterday's televised press conference as an excuse to grandstand her own grudge against President Trump and his ongoing, 100% accurate use of the term "Chinese virus" to describe what he is fighting:  [Video clip]

The American press's entire energy is bent towards destroying Trump.  The mainstream American media have abandoned journalism's formerly-prized ethos of "who, what, where, why, when."  There is no pretense anymore that they serve a purpose other than maligning Donald Trump in the hope of destroying his presidency. [...] The media are currently outraged that Republicans are less panicked by the coronavirus than Democrats are.  Part of that may be because Democrats are ruled more by emotion than by reason.  A lot of it, though, is because Republicans have no reason to trust the media.  If members of the media believe that saying something will hurt Trump, they'll say it — and that's true whether what they're saying is honest or not.  If the media hysterically use coronavirus to attack Trump, Republicans instinctively assume (a) that coronavirus isn't that bad and (b) that Trump's doing an excellent job of handling it.

We're Paying The Price For The Death Of Journalism.  That journalism is dead has been a punchline for so long that we've forgotten how that fact has real world consequences.  We're now paying the price for the failure of that profession to hold itself to any semblance of standards.  As worry and straight-up panic sweep large swaths of the country, causing irrational toilet paper hoarding and runs on canned goods, there is no outlet and no journalist worthy of trust when it comes to conveying truthful information to the public or to hold anyone in power accountable.  Eight years of sycophantic, throne sniffing coverage under President Barack Obama gave way to four years of nitpicking, hostility, and conspiracy theories.  There are no standards anymore; if someone on TV hates President Trump, there is no outrageous, medically dubious statement they can make on CNN or MSNBC that will be challenged and if they love him, there is nothing that will be challenged on Fox.  The opposite is true on those networks if you replace "President Trump" with any Democrat.

How a Soros Trojan Horse Took Down Chris Matthews and Is Poised to Bully Others into Submission.  With hundreds of millions of dollars from billionaire financier George Soros and dozens of his comrades-in-arms at the "Democracy Alliance," the progressive network of labor unions, activist investment firms, social justice organizations, and ideological media outlets is the tip of the spear in "cancel" culture. [...] These groups and outlets, working in concert, orchestrated the downfall of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, targeted Breitbart, and attempted to knock Laura Ingraham off the air through advertiser boycotts.  Ultraviolet, in particular, led the anti-Kavanaugh protests — projecting "Kavanaugh is a sexual predator" onto the D.C. Court of Appeals where he sat before joining the highest court, running TV ads, and having their paid staff confront then-Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in a Senate elevator to convince him to oppose Kavanaugh.  Armed with unending funds from the Democracy Alliance donors, Ultraviolet's press releases are often re-packaged and published as "news" by Huffington Post writers, including Bassett.  Bassett also received awards from the neo-Malthusian and Democracy Alliance-funded Population Institute and Planned Parenthood for her pro-abortion reporting.

How Would The Media Cover Biden Versus Trump?  Joe Biden is not the media's preferred Democratic candidate.  He never has been.  But he's still a Democrat candidate, which means the press prefers him to Donald Trump.  If Super Tuesday were a primary of corporate newsrooms, Democrats' nominee would be Beto O'Rourke.  (Or Harry Potter.)  Should Biden's over-performance on Tuesday clear a plausible path to his nomination, the media will be in something of a bind.  Thankfully, they're relatively shameless.

Joe Biden's Big Night Won't Be Enough To Solve Democrats' Bernie Sanders Problem.  With a sweep of the south and key victories in Minnesota and Massachusetts, the media narrative today will be all about how Joe Biden is the comeback kid, back from the dead, risen like a Phoenix from the ashes.  That sort of thing.  It's the kind of story the media loves.  They love it so much it doesn't matter whether it's true, or whether the media was writing Biden off less than a week ago.  The surprise comeback, vindicated frontrunner narrative is going to be pushed so hard by the mainstream press and the Democratic establishment in the coming days, you'll think Biden's nomination is pretty much a done deal.

Big Tech's Civilization-busting Bias.  Roughly speaking, approximately 35 percent of the electorate will vote Democrat and 35 percent Republican regardless.  It's the 30 percent in-between who'll "decide" the election.  Capturing a majority of them will likely win you the day.  Now, these are people who, like so many others, often make emotion-based voting decisions.  They have no firm party allegiances and choose who they perceive is the best candidate.  So, if you alter their perception, you alter their vote.  This is what big Tech does.  By exposing voters to just the right news at just the right time, they manipulate opinion.

Poll Shows Trump Earns More than Twice as Much Trust as Media.  Morning Consult did an extensive, in-depth poll looking at trust, and it found that trust in President Trump is more than twice that of the news media.  The question is, Do you trust X-Brand "a lot to do the right thing."  The media ranked a dismal 16 out of 20, with just eight percent saying they trust media "a lot to do the right thing."

WaPo writer urges anti Trump media to abandon all neutrality, but spin it better.  In a shockingly oblivious show of sanctimony and self-delusion, a Washington Post blogger urged everyone in the media to be even harsher in their coverage of President Trump and to push their anti-Trump opinions as objective news.  Fox News analyst Brit Hume — a frequent Trump critic — was shocked at WaPo "media columnist" Margaret Sullivan and her call to "abandon neutrality" when covering Trump.  Why?  Because the media were never "neutral" in covering the President to begin with.  Hume called Sullivan's exhortation to "abandon neutrality" a "complete misnomer."  Hume explained:  "This is simply an argument for opinion masquerading as 'news' coverage.  It begins with journalists' opinion as to which views have merit and which have not.  Shouldn't it be left to readers and viewers to decide that?"

Liberal Bias 'Accelerating Wedge In Our Society,' Began With 'Love Affair' for Obama.  At a forum in California recently aired by C-SPAN, two news media veterans admitted — what all too many of their colleagues still deny — that liberal bias and overt hostility to Donald Trump is hurting the country and threatening to destroy the relevance of journalism.  "I think a liberal bias is increasingly embedded in the journalism as a result of the Trump experience and it's accelerating and deepening the wedge in our society between the left and the right," declared Van Gordon Sauter, president of CBS News for two stints in the 1980s.  He blamed universities for the lack of an ideological mix in newsrooms:  "Our colleges, which are dominated by liberals, liberal professors, are churning out these students who never hear another opinion."

NBC's Chuck Todd Was Amy Klobuchar's Landlord In Arlington.  NBC's Chuck Todd, who moderated Wednesday night's Las Vegas debate, was Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's landlord in Arlington, Virginia, according to six sources who spoke to Page Six.  Klobuchar, with her husband attorney John Bessler, rented a three-bedroom house owned by Todd.  Page Six reports Klobuchar and her husband began renting the Virginia real estate in 2008 but are no longer living there as a second residence.  It is unknown when the couple relocated.

Fake News from Neil Cavuto.  Anti-Trump Fox News analyst Neil Cavuto, [...] took umbrage at Trump's reaction to an A.B. Stoddard interview with Cavuto in which she falsely stated, in defending Michael Bloomberg's Hindenburgesque Nevada debate performance, that Trump consistently lost his 2016 debates with "cringewortthy" and "disastrous" performances. [...] Trump has watched, as have we all, as Fox News veered slowly to the left with is addition of the likes of Richard Fowler, Marie "Jobs for ISIS" Harf, and Jessica Tarlov, and certainly nothing says "fair and balanced," a phrase Fox curiously dropped from its advertising, like former DNC Chair Donna Brazile.  Trump watched as Judge Andrew Napolitano was paraded out repeatedly to agree with Rep. Adam Schiff that Trump's Ukraine call was an impeachable offense and that Trump was guilty of at least four separate articles that could be filed.  Legal analyst and former U.S. Atty.  Joe Digenova was effectively banished from Fox commentary for saying on Tucker Carlson's show that Napolitano was foolish.

Study: Most journalists are to the left of Bernie Sanders (but don't worry they're totally fair).  An academic study by a trio of professors claims to have proven there is no such thing as media bias despite the fact that the same study found most journalists are much father left than the average Twitter user.  In fact, a majority of journalists, based on their Twitter interactions, are somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders.

Study Finds Most Journalists Are Further Left Politically Than Bernie Sanders.  The vast majority of people who work in media are on the left.  Anyone who has watched their coverage of Trump over the last few years knows this.  They are not even trying to hide it anymore.  But the truth is more shocking than you know.  Most of these people are further left than Bernie Sanders, the most far left political figure of our time.

Why the 2020 presidential campaign polls are misleading.  [Scroll down]  It is obvious that the vast majority of Democrats simply want to know who the best person for that job is, but through very little fault of their own, they are not being given the proper information with which to make that critical determination.  Part of the blame goes to a gutless and compromised news media that, for various reasons, has no self-interest in harshly vetting candidates like Bernie Sanders (he has a cult who will be [angry] at them), Pete Buttigieg (he is gay and, therefore, it is not in the DNA of the liberal elements of the news media to be able to criticize him unless there is no other choice), and Mike Bloomberg (he is literally paying their salaries right now by spending millions in media advertising).  But I mostly blame the pollsters who have been remarkably unimaginative and, frankly, overly politically correct in their methods, which have provided voters with mostly meaningless and deceiving data.

It was Obama, not Trump, who weaponized government against political opponents.  The media frequently buries stories that might hurt political candidates or policies they support and will continually run false stories against political candidates and policies they oppose.  How else can it explain the years of fake stories on Russian collusion, seeking to destroy white Christian boys for wearing MAGA hats, trying to destroy Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh with no evidence, the false "Hands up, don't shoot" narrative?  How else do you explain the burying of stories about all the mental and sexual abuse of women by the Clintons and the burying of stories or the lack of investigation into the clear corruption and kickbacks of the Clintons and Bidens if not pure bias?  How many people are the media willing to destroy in order to get power back for the Democrats?

The Internet atomizes media.  No matter how diligent The Other Guys have been about making sure no Republicans have found employment in a particular media outlet, we can start another outlet that fast and go around them.  And there are no physical distribution issues; The Washington Post and Joe Blow's blog are both one click away.  They can't shut us up.  Our vision, the Constrained Vision, has led us to use the Internet to expand our reach, to make more friends, and to defeat any attempt at censorship with a work-around.  We have used it to make serious dents in The Other Guys' carefully-crafted cultural hegemony.  As we look at the Democrats' failed impeachment effort, we see that they were unable to drive support past the 50% point.  We now drive the other 50%.  This is new.  And it is huge.  And it isn't going away.

After Three Years of Hate, the Dems Have Lost It.  Historically, when a party or politician went off the deep end, there was a vibrant press to point it out, mock it, and return things to semblance of rationality.  That has not been the case in America for a generation or two now, with the mainstream media having lost most all semblance of objectivity to become the Democrats' great enabler.  And indeed, the mandarins of the modern media are, if anything, even more Trump-afflicted than the party that they supposedly cover.

Trump's Presidency Reveals 7 Undeniable Facts About The Swamp.  Be assured the deception, illusions, and political chicanery utilized by The Swamp would NOT be possible without the complicity of the handful of corporations that comprise the Orwellian Media.  Not only does the Mainstream Media misinform the public, but it blatantly deceives the entire world.  Truly, the election of Donald Trump has exposed the activist media to all but the most moronic of the morons stumbling around in the bubble.  Undeniably, The Swamp could be drained if not for the endless propagandic spin spewed forth by the modern-day purveyors of bubblevision. [...] The Orwellian Media's mission is NOT to inform the public, but, instead, its purpose is to propagandize the people.  Its false narratives are undeniably designed to expedite the downfall of the republic.

The Subversive Intentions of Our Mainstream Media.  Many media observers will recall the New York Times' response to Donald Trump's unexpected victory in 2016.  In their subtle, tacit admission that the paper had covered the election with some bias, publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and editor Dean Baquet promised to "rededicate" themselves to the fundamental mission of the Times and to bring "fairness" to their coverage.  Other mainstream news outlets and journalists issued similar mea culpas.  Just about all of them had treated Trump's campaign and supporters with an attitude of spiteful hilarity.  The great irony in the media's hatred, of course, is that his rise would not have been possible without them and their vain attempt to hijack the Republican presidential primary process to ensure Hillary Clinton had the weakest opponent possible. [...] Audiences who are sympathetic to conservative perspectives in American life cannot afford to brush media bias off as a mere annoyance.  It must be understood as a threat.

Hillary Clinton:  Democrats Don't Have Enough Control Of Media To 'Influence Americans' Thinking'.  Hillary Clinton thinks Democrats lack power in media.  She envies the right's alleged "long game" success at "really influenc[ing] the thinking of Americans."  This is a delusion far beyond what a public figure of her stature should be capable of conjuring.  Clinton's assertion comes to us a courtesy of a new Hollywood Reporter interview set to promote Hulu's forthcoming documentary, "Hillary."  Note that we've already encountered two ironies, in that Clinton is bemoaning the left's lack of influence in media to a liberal publication, while promoting a hagiography from a liberal streaming outlet.

In the Trump era, news too has become predictably partisan.  Once upon a time, news in these United States was, well, new.  And people wanted to know the latest happenings.  Now, however, much of the nation's news and the people in it — even what they end up saying during these events — are pretty predictable.  That's in large part because so many Americans have fallen into ruts of partisan thinking that aren't really thinking at all, just safe recitations of talking points that require no listening or manners.

Should You Hate the Media?  The cold truth is that the men who preside over The New York Times and The Washington Post, and they are all men, believe THEY should be running the United States, not Donald Trump who is a vulgarian in their eyes.  These men well know the Democratic Party will blindly follow their editorial lead as will TV news executives at CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS.  Thus, the so called "free press" in America has become an industry that now seeks power over Americans.  The far left vision these operations usually champion cannot be realized at the ballot box, the bosses know that.  So it must be imposed by destroying progressive opposition, which the media does with enthusiasm.  Just ask Brett Kavanaugh.

CNN's bias is now beyond laughable.  As Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) walked through the hallways of the Senate Thursday, CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked her if the Senate should consider "new evidence as part of the impeachment trial."  McSally shot back:  "Manu, you're a liberal hack.  I'm not talking to you."  "You're not going to comment about this?" a dazed Raju asked.  "You're a liberal hack, buddy," McSally replied as she walked away.  Predictably, conservatives cheered, while mainstream media decried McSally's move as unbecoming.  Whatever your take, the interaction reflects three years of mounting frustration with an overtly partisan media, exemplified by CNN, which has dropped any pretense of fairness and become an organ of the Democratic Party.  The problem isn't that Raju asked the question — that's his job, after all.  It's that virtually all questions posed by political reporters these days are framed to support the narratives and assumptions of one political party, the Democrats.

HBO Teams with CNN's Brian Stelter for Documentary About the Rise of Fake News.  Just a week after news broke about CNN settling a massive lawsuit over its fake news coverage of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, WarnerMedia announced Wednesday [1/15/2020] that CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is making a documentary about the rise of fake news that will debut in March on HBO.

MSNBC Legal Expert Donated Cash to Dem Congresswoman Who Voted for Impeachment.  It's no question MSNBC has been begging for President Donald Trump's impeachment.  So, how does MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks handle the issue of impeachment?  By giving money to a Democratic Party House member who would later vote for impeachment.  FEC records revealed that MSNBC Legal Analyst Jill Wine-Banks gave $500 to Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL.) on May 13, 2019.  Underwood voted for Trump's impeachment in December, though she represents a district in Illinois that backed Trump in 2016.

Credibility.  Bob Martin, in his Dec. 31 letter, declared how grateful he is for "fact-based journalism" and how concerned he is for those getting their news from "from sources that just make stuff up."  What is not clear is how he knows when he is receiving fact-based journalistic news and when he is not.  Assuming a "journalist" is someone who has earned a degree in journalism or something similar, can we also assume that everything presented by journalists is fact-based?  Mr. Martin provided three examples of individuals he said do not provide "fact-based journalism": John Solomon, Dan Bongino and Mark Levin. [...] I'm guessing that the key to understanding why we are being told that these three educated and experienced gentlemen of the media do not provide "fact-based journalistic news" is because all three are conservatives.  One can only conclude that the message here is that if the news is not providing a left-wing message it is not "fact-based journalism."

Our Unpatriotic Press Coddles Dictators.  [Scroll down]  This has been going on for decades.  In 2003, Dan Rather was thrilled to get a sit-down interview with Saddam Hussein.  He respectfully addressed him as "Mr. President" and sat cooperatively as that thug declared that he had won 100% of the last election.  "One hundred percent," Rather repeated, with a tone that sounded like "You don't say?"  He begged Hussein to say some words in English and asked him whether that might be the last time they would meet.  If our press were truly patriotic, they would question our tyrannical enemies at least as skeptically as they question our own elected leaders.  Instead, they're so hungry for access, for a big "get," that they sound like butlers and maids of the world's worst thugs.

A crime still in progressCrime in Progress is, inadvertently, the cruelest book ever written about the American media.  Its authors, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, are the two former Wall Street Journal reporters who founded the DC-based consultancy Fusion GPS.  In 2016, the Hillary Clinton campaign paid them to use their former media colleagues to push a conspiracy theory smearing her Republican opponent, Donald Trump.  The crime is still in progress.  To help top-notch journalists market the fantasy that one of the world's most familiar faces was a secret Russian spy, Fusion GPS co-ordinated with the FBI to forge a series of 'intelligence reports'.  They attributed these lurid memos to a down-on-his-luck Brit, a former spy named Christopher Steele.  The interested punters included some of the biggest names in the business:  the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, even Yahoo!  News.  Eventually, they all endorsed Steele's 'dossier'.

A Decade of Declining Trust in the Media.  During a recent CNN interview, New Yorker editor David Remnick expressed consternation with the public's refusal to accept at face value what the news media report about President Trump.  Our intransigence, it seems, is a source of considerable frustration for the Fourth Estate: [...] Nor does Remnick seem to realize that the erosion of public confidence in media began decades ago and continued apace during the past ten years.  According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans who express "very little confidence" in television news increased from 31 percent in July of 2009 to 45 percent in June of 2019.  Nearly half of the nation regards what they see on network and cable newscasts as biased or simply untrue.  Newspapers and other media also lost considerable credibility during the past ten years.

Who Will Protect Us From The Press?  We have been told since the birth of this great nation about the importance of the "fourth estate" in the functioning of a free and fair democracy. [...] And, yet, from the inception of this witch hunt the majority of the so-called "mainstream" media outlets have exercised no true journalistic function whatsoever.  Staffed by individuals ideologically aligned with Hillary Clinton and the liberal wing of the Democratic Party they have simply lapped up every bizarre claim and accusation and repeated them into a megaphone without any attempt whatsoever to vet the information they were printing or broadcasting.

Corrupt Democrats Pushing America toward the Abyss.  If America had an even remotely responsible media establishment, preferably one that does not tweet out something like "Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team," corrupt intelligence leaders would not have the latitude to plan a coup.  Democracy truly does die in darkness, and the Washington Post and its hopelessly corrupt media colleagues are committed to bringing that darkness.  No Republican would be so bold.  The media would violently and endlessly scream bloody murder if Republicans tried to impeach President Obama for any number of his very real acts of corruption and failed leadership until Republicans backed down in shame.  The two parties traditionally operated under a form of political deterrence and were able to work effectively together within that system.  That ended when Democrat accountability disappeared under the corrupting influence of their rise in cultural and media power, stoked mercilessly by the Obama administration.

China Violates Disclosure Law to Publish Propaganda in NY Times, WaPo.  China routinely broke federal law by not disclosing how much it spent to publish regime propaganda in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other newspapers, an expert review of foreign agent registration filings concluded.  China Daily, an official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, has published hundreds of propaganda articles designed to look like ordinary news stories in some of America's most influential newspapers.  While foreign agents may place ads in the United States, the propaganda outlet has repeatedly violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) by failing to provide full disclosures about its purchases.

Journalism is Dead — Government Propaganda Rules.  Former Newsweek reporter Tareq Haddad has finally clearly stated what logical human beings have known for quite some time:  Stories that challenge the establishment's official narratives go unreported because the media has been co-opted by the United States government.  Which means this country is no better than China or any other dictatorship with state-sponsored media that pushed propaganda designed to keep the establishment in power.

Media Watchdog Exposes 'Fake News' With Citizen Activism, Investigative Journalism.  Accuracy in Media recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Founded in 1969 by Reed Irvine to combat liberal media bias, the organization has a new leader.  Adam Guillette spoke to The Daily Signal about his plans for Accuracy in Media, the threat of "fake news," and the media's relentless attacks on President Donald Trump.

Incoming NBC Universal Boss Executive Gave $30,600 to Democrats.  In the latest example of corporate media leftism, the parent company of NBC News — NBCUniversal ("NBCU") — is set to place NBCU executive Jeff Shell as CEO of the entire company.  Shell has given at least $30,600 exclusively to Democrats this election cycle.  The Hollywood Reporter wrote Dec. 16, that Shell "will take over as CEO of NBCUniversal from Steve Burke."  Shell, according to Federal Election Commission records, has contributed at least $30,600 spread among two Democratic presidential candidates, two Democratic Party leadership PACs and two Democratic committees between Jan. 28, 2019 [and] Oct. 29, 2019.  Shell gave the maximum amounts ($2,800) to Democratic Party presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (she dropped out earlier in December) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), clearly indicating a liberal political bias.  He also contributed $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $5,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which both assist to help Democrats gain majorities in both houses of Congress respectively.

Buckle Up, America.  So many elements of the ruling class who do not appear to have any conscious role as perpetrators of this meddling and this coup — especially the dimwitted MSM reporters and assorted pundits who aided and abetted it all out of political sympathy — still do not have the honest reaction of shame.  They do not have anger at being played.  They do not have — in the case of just about every Democrat — the individual integrity to step beyond ideological loyalty and denounce this outrageous behavior.  In the absence of shame and apology, the stark reality becomes clear:  the American people are in a war against a ruling class willing to deny the existence of truth and to defy the moral consequences of propping up untruth.  America's history and heartland values suggest that such a ruling class is not going to remain the ruling class much longer.

Tom Brokaw:  Journalists Used to Be Trusted, But Social Media Ruined That.  Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw came on CBS's The Late Show Monday [12/9/2019] to talk about his new Watergate book and compare the impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon to the current impeachment of President Trump.  While he was there, he also boasted how journalists in his day could be counted on to report accurately; but today, people got their news from social media which couldn't be trusted.

Our Stupid Media:  An Update.  Fiction writing usually demands that you eschew "punch in the face" irony as too unsubtle to deploy.  Life itself heeds no such constraints. [...] The Democratic Media Complex is shedding jobs because they collectively decided that supporting the far left wing of the Democratic Party was far more important than objectively reporting the truth.

Democrats Want to Manage, Not Represent, the People.  The trivial nonsense that populates the mainstream media on most days has little relevance to the life of the average person.  The elite media is a sounding board for the anxiety, narcissism, and jealousy of rulers afraid of losing their prestige, as if all Americans shared or should share their fears.  Pro-establishment propaganda is repackaged in shrill, misplaced, childish rhetoric about the Constitution (a document for which they have previously had little regard) and what the Founding Fathers (men they are otherwise pleased to call racists beyond contempt) would have done about the Orange Menace.

'Watergate' Doesn't Mean What the Press Thinks It Means.  I was reflecting this week on my brief stint, many years ago, as a newspaperman.  It was a job I loved.  I signed on not too many years after the Watergate scandal, and journalists were still flush with heroic ideas about themselves. [...] I look back now and the whole thing seems a sham, a self-congratulatory illusion created by leftists in both the news media and in Hollywood.

Here Are The Obama-Era Operatives and Former Journos Behind a Covert Propaganda Outfit.  A small cadre of former journalists and Obama-era operatives is creating a Russian-style propaganda outfit designed to mimic real local news and activate left-leaning voters ahead of the 2020 election.  Tara McGowan, a digital producer for Obama for America in 2011, is raising $25 million from wealthy liberals to create a media company called Courier Newsroom that is designed to deliver information favorable to Democrats.  Courier is rolling out newspapers in swing states to counter what McGowan believes is right-wing spin on Facebook and across the digital domain.  Courier Newsroom does not alerts readers that the publication is actually a liberal project.

NYT Columnist, CBS News Political Analyst Joins Secretive Dem Donor ConferenceNew York Times columnist and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie addressed a closed-door gathering of the Democratic Party's top donors last week in potential violation of the paper's ethical guidelines, which prohibit paid speeches to political groups and urge staff members to be "especially sensitive to the appearance of partiality when they address groups that might figure in coverage they provide."  The Democratic establishment, its donor class, and the party's strategy has been a regular subject of Bouie's columns and of his political analysis on CBS News, where he is a frequent guest on the network's flagship Sunday program Face the Nation.

Here's How Impeachment Helps Democrats Even If They Fail.  Today's Democrat Party is a joke that would cease to exist if not for the unwavering support of the massively powerful corporate media.  Long before this revelation, it always amused me when people like Resistance Jake Tapper or others in the media would claim:  "We don't choose the stories.  The stories choose us.  All we're doing is reporting what's going on in the world.  That's our job."  It amused me because they literally write the headlines.  They choose exactly what stories to cover.  As has become painfully obvious to anyone with a pulse, they also choose the narratives attached to those stories and how every twist and turn is characterized throughout the 24/7 news cycle.  If you couple those realities — that the media are nothing more than Democrats' marketing arm, and that they're responsible for deciding what we talk about and how it's characterized — it becomes really hard to take "the news" seriously.

A Seditious Conspiracy — Lt. Col. Vindman, CIA "Whistleblower" Source #1, Shaped False Summary of April Trump-Zelensky Phone Call.  Amid increased calls from House Republicans to force the testimony of the CIA "whistleblower", today the Washington Post, the primary outlet for CIA misinformation and public relations, began shaping the "whistle-blower" as a hero.  Because the overall effort involves multiple parts of the deep state apparatus, to see through the construction it is important to note which media outlet holds equity for agency talking points within the coup.  The Washington Post is primary PR for the CIA and IC writ large.  The New York Times is primary PR for the FBI; and CNN is primary PR for the State Dept.  This pattern has been consistent throughout.

How Journalists Became Fahrenheit 451-Style 'Firemen'.  A week ago James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a hot mic rant by ABC's Amy Robach lamenting her network's deep-sixing of the Jeffery Epstein saga three years prior. [...] Not too long ago, ambitious journalists, local and national, prided themselves on gathering information, and their editors prided themselves on publishing it.  About 50 or so years ago, however, progressives started to seize control of universities, J-schools included, and newsrooms shifted leftwards with each new graduating class.  By 2016, even major newsrooms had become firehouses.  Their goal was not to report information but to manage it.  In February 2017, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski unwittingly admitted as much.  Said Brzezinski of President Trump, "He could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.  And that is our job."  Yes, sadly, that is their job.

ABC video leaker accuses network of 'seek-and-destroy' mission.  The person who leaked a video of an ABC anchor lamenting that her network killed her story exposing pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and the Bill Clinton connection is sounding off on the controversy in a letter.  "I sit right here with you all in complete shock," said the letter posted by Project Veritas, which published the video this week.  "I, like many, are at a loss for words on how this has been handled.  Instead of addressing this head-on like the company has in the past, it has spun into a mission of seek-and-destroy.  Innocent people that have absolutely nothing to do with this are being hunted down as if we are all a sport.  I challenge all of you to actually look inwards and remember why this company engages in journalism. [...]"

Levin: Five Ways the 'Unfree Media' Are Contributing to 'The Greatest Scandals in American Politics'.  In a series of tweets, [Mark] Levin blasted liberal media dishonesty, negligence and bias in their efforts to help Democrats impeach President Donald Trump.

'Cannot overstate how dramatic': Chris Wallace said he had 'goosebumps' during impeachment vote.  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace called the vote on impeachment in the House "dramatic" and said that he "could feel" the historic gravity of the vote.  "As somebody who lived and covered Washington for 40 years, as they called the vote I have to say that I could feel it, feel sort of goosebumps," Wallace said Thursday [10/31/2019] as the House voted successfully to move into the next stage of impeachment.

Trump vs. the barbarians at the gates.  All the Sunday News programs have become unwatchable but for Maria Bartiromo's on Fox Business.  Even Fox News Sunday is only marginally less biased than the other networks.  No one looking for actual news and real journalism bothers with any of them:  CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC or CBS anymore.  Tapper, Todd, Stephanopoulos, et. al. are each agents of the Democrat party dedicated to bringing President Trump to his knees.  Why?  Because he is not one of them.  Because they loathe him and the people who elected him.  They have contempt for him and for us.  Their contempt is on display 24/7 on all but Fox News which has recently been inching toward becoming just like the rest of them, hopelessly biased against all things conservative.

Mainstream Media Meltdown:  Journos Freak Out over Breitbart's Inclusion in Facebook News Tab.  Mainstream journos are freaking out at Mark Zuckerberg following news that Facebook might make them compete on a slightly more equal playing field with Breitbart News.  The mass mainstream media meltdown was sparked by reports that Facebook will include Breitbart News in its new "Facebook News," feature, which delivers news stories to Facebook users from a handpicked selection of 200 trusted news sources.

More Than One-Fifth of Newsroom Employees Live in NYC, L.A., D.C..  More than one-fifth of all U.S. newsroom employees live in the liberal strongholds of New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., according to a newly published report.  A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013 to 2017 found that 22 percent of newsroom employees live in the three cities.  New York (12 percent) had the greatest share of newsroom employees, followed by Los Angeles and Washington with 5 percent each.  That proportion was almost twice the 13 percent of all U.S. workers who call the three cities home.

Who [are] "they?".  There is only one entity that has the power, influence, and ability to steer America off course, make an unknown community organizer President and an intelligence challenged bartender a Congresswoman, and that is the media.  But we need to go one step further because the fake media is just a powerful tool that is being misused.  More to the point it is the corporate ownership behind the counterfeit media that pulls strings.  Today's media is an oligopoly, meaning that very few companies control the industry.  It is the ownership of these corporations, along with their close associates, who are the answer as to who "they" are.

The Media is a Threat to America.  Why should the rest of the country care about what's happening to the media industry?  Same reason you should care about what happens when a crackhead can't pay for his crack.  Like the proverbial crackhead, the media has two survival strategies:  stealing and going crazy.  These strategies are happening all around us and they're wrecking the country worse than a million crackheads could.  Unable to make its business model work, the media turned to cannibalism.  The print media began merging into bigger conglomerates, and, lately, the failing digital media has gotten merger fever.  But the media can't actually outgrow its problems, and the bigger organizations, after cutting jobs and outlets, still can't make it work.  But the mergers also spurred unionization in print and digital media.  While the media bowed to political pressure and signed off on the unions, the costs are killing the media.

Journalists are doing nonstop PR for the intelligence community.  Of the many disturbing examples of media malpractice in the Trump era, none are so alarming as the press's unswerving deference to current and former members of the intelligence community.  They can be perjurers, power abusers, perhaps even killers-by-drone, but as long as they oppose President Trump, they can expect journalists to give them a sympathetic ear.  For partisan operatives such as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, both of whom lied to Congress under oath about consequential matters, media coverage has never been so friendly.

Meet the Press: The Ongoing Collapse.  In 2007, a brilliant moderator named Tim Russert hosted the important Sunday news program called Meet the Press (MTP).  Then, 12 years ago, MTP attracted 821,000 viewers aged 25 to 54.  The history of MTP is a storied one.  It is considered the longest-running program in television history with its inaugural episode airing in 1947.  But the days of bipartisan comity and friendly debate ended with the unfortunate passing of Russert in 2008.  After several false starts (does the name David Gregory ring a bell?), Chuck Todd was named the host in 2014.  Unfortunately, Todd turned out to be a disastrous choice.  Todd's extreme partisanship is perhaps guided by his wife (Kristian Denny Todd), who openly runs a Democrat propaganda operation.  The firm provides "direct mail and consulting services for Democratic candidates and progressive causes."  But Todd himself appears to be nothing less than a Democrat activist.

A New Insight into Media Bias.  Since America's colonial days the press has been a target of those who believe journalists have a point of view that shapes their reporting.  There have been numerous articles and studies revealing a journalistic predisposition to opinions and subjects that reinforce liberal points of view.  Now comes an excellent critique from World Magazine editor Marvin Olasky.  His latest book, "Reforming Journalism," is a philosophical and even theological deconstruction of historic and contemporary media.  Olasky dismisses the notion of "objectivity" in journalism.  Everyone has a belief system, he argues, and it influences how each person approaches stories.

NPR Poll:  More Americans Trust Trump Administration Than Congress, The Media.  A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll released Thursday [10/10/2019] shows that more Americans trust the Trump administration than the media and Congress as a whole.  "The poll of 1,123 Americans was conducted with live telephone Oct. 3 through Oct. 8, 2019," according to NPR and asked a series of questions related to President Donald J. Trump's presidency.  When asked, "How much do you trust Congress:  A great deal, a good amount, not very much, not at all?"  66 percent of Americans said they trust Congress "not very much/not at all."  31 percent said they trusted Congress a "great deal/a good amount."  When asked the same question regarding trust about the media, 69 percent said they trusted our news "not very much/not at all."  29 percent of Americans said they trusted the media.

Zero members of Trump administration appear on Sunday talk shows.  The Trump administration was noticeably absent on Sunday's cable news lineup, with not a single member making an appearance on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS or NBC. [...] President Trump is in the midst of an impeachment storm over allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.  The Sunday shows are widely viewed as a space for political actors to speak directly to the public and relay their perspectives on pressing political issues.

The Toxic Scourge of Twitter.  [Scroll down]  The reporting might look objective, fact-checked and sourced appropriately, with even-keeled forbearance, but it is undeniably the product of so many thumbing journalists staring with pallid eyes into the glaucous glow of their handheld devices.  All the "news" we are now serviced with is crowdsourced and designed, not to inform, but appease the liberal crawthumpers on Twitter.  This is why CNN sics reporters on Reddit users who post pro-Trump memes. [...] f you want to see how the news really works in this country, read Twitter.  It is the waterhead for all of journalism's broken practices.  If you'd rather be informed, stay off social media.  Look up primary sources.  Don't rely on twentysomething mediators.

Newseum Dies In Funding Darkness.  The highly expensive white elephant will close its doors on Dec. 31.  The vanity shrine to stale establishment media consensus "has struggled financially for a number of years and continuing to operate in our current location has proven unsustainable."  Ego aside, a museum to a dominant media culture that has turned off tens of millions of Americans over the years with its bias, arrogance, and unwillingness to perform real journalism never made much sense — especially in a location abutting dazzling tourist attractions such as The National Air and Space Museum.  Never mind personal political feelings.  Would you rather pay $25 to see Tina Fey's Sarah Palin costume from Saturday Night Live (an actual 2012 exhibit) or zero dollars to see the Spirit of St. Louis plane flown by Charles Lindbergh?

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"Saturday Night Live" is an opinion show, not a newscast.  Why was it featured in the Newseum?  That's like three-dimensional clickbait.

The Media's No Good, Really Bad, Terrible Two Weeks.  [Scroll down]  Hardly any part of this entire sordid tale went unbutchered by America's media apparatus.  It's a sad state of affairs indeed, but one that is hardly surprising these days, as the press has fully embraced activism in place of objectivism.

Gallup: Americans, Especially Republicans, 'Remain Largely Mistrustful of the Mass Media'.  A Gallup poll released on Thursday [9/26/2019] [...] found that only 41 percent of Americans have either a "great deal" of trust (13 percent) or a "fair amount" of trust (28 percent) in newspapers, television and radio to report the news "fully, accurately and fairly."

BBC Veteran: 'Kremlin' Style 'BBC Thought Police' Want to 'Mould' UK In Liberal-Left's Image.  John Humphrys, the veteran British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist who helmed its flagship Today programme for 33 years, exposed the publicly-funded broadcaster "institutional liberal bias" within days of his retirement.  Mr Humphrys expressed his relief at being free from "the BBC Thought Police" which he claims has "tried to mould the nation into its own liberal-Left image", despite the broadcaster's notional legals requirement to remain balanced and impartial, in memoirs which are being serialised by the Daily Mail.

Study Shows 95% of Americans 'Troubled by Current State of Media'.  [Scroll down]  More than two-thirds of respondents see no hope for the media, at least in the immediate future.  A whopping 67 percent "believe ethics in journalism will be worse during the 2020 presidential campaign."  People also understand exactly how all this bad journalism damages the country.  Almost two-thirds, 64 percent, say it exacerbates division and partisanship; 63 percent said it "fuels inaccuracies"; 60 percent said it incites hate; 57 percent said it incites fear.  Yes, our media are awful and the public know it.

Same as it ever was: anti-GOP Media slams the economy.  As it did in 1992, the anti-Republican media is covering Trump's economy as negatively as possible while keeping a straight face.  After all, unemployment is at historical lows, most Americans feel optimistic about their own economic future, and most credit Trump with the growing economy.  Trump's predecessor was the first president since 1949 to preside over an economic recovery without a single year averaging at least 3% gross domestic product growth.  But Democrats, the media and Trump-hating pundits seem almost giddy at the prospect of a recession.

There's A Good Reason People Hate The Media.  Remember Robert Mueller?  Seems like forever ago when he was granted sainthood by Democrats and billed as David against the Trump Goliath, but it was only April.  When his report exposed journalists as frauds, his mentions on cable news dipped and the narrative switched from "Russian collusion" to "obstruction of justice!" [...] A study by the Washington Free Beacon found, "After mentioning Mueller an average of at least 3,398 times a month on its airwaves over the past 26-and-a-half months, MSNBC broadcasts only mentioned his name 370 times in August, a decrease of more than 89 percent.  CNN's drop was even more precipitous; after his name was heard an average of at least 2,716 times a month over that same period, it fell to 177 times in August, a drop of more than 93 percent."  What happened?  He didn't deliver the goods, or at least the goods they wanted, so he's no longer useful.

Obsession: Broadcast coverage of Trump 11 times greater than Democratic hopefuls.  Trump-bashing has become a tradition in broadcast news, with anchors, correspondents and pundits supplying near non-stop negative coverage of President Trump and his administration.  The coverage has been, on average, 90% negative according to a series of studies by the Media Research Center.  These days, the Democratic presidential hopefuls are paying a price for this obsession.  Networks' "fixation on Trump" is leaving comparatively little airtime for his would-be presidential challengers, the conservative press watch dog says in a new analysis released Monday [9/9/2019].

Media bias called out — and not by a conservative.  We welcome to the club of media skeptics a former MSNBC host and Dem congressional nominee.  Conservatives can take a small degree of satisfaction that not all Democrats are oblivious to the toxic level of media bias.  An article in The Hill by a progressive commentator named Krystal Ball, who ran for Congress unsuccessfully as the Democrat-endorsed candidate in 2010, and who has been a media figure for many years, including as an MSNBC host, calls out some striking examples of misreporting... the sort of thing that President Trump would call "fake news," though Ball scrupulously avoids using that term.

Just the facts!  Americans don't care what reporters think.  News consumers know what they want from reporters — just the facts, not opinions.  In findings aimed directly at the Facebook, Twitter, and other social media chatterings of journalists, the latest Gallup/Knight Foundation survey found that Americans appreciate the added value of putting out more info.  But when it comes to reporters coughing up their spin on the day's news, the advice is to zip it.

24 Hours of Media Malpractice.  [Scroll down]  But we also need to be very clear that what we currently have is a media that, with little forethought and much less remorse, engages in lazy character assassination, has no trouble attributing the worst possible motives to tens of millions of sincere Americans, routinely runs with wild and unverified allegations, and expresses zero skepticism when it's obviously warranted.  All that seems to matter is that the story is critical of politicians — or even ordinary voters — the media clearly doesn't like.

Mark Levin Explains Why 'There's Great Disrespect for the Media Today'.  "There's great disrespect for the media today," conservative talk show host Mark Levin told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night [8/28/2019].  "They have a credibility problem, thanks to them.  They've turned off half of America.  They treat half of America with utter contempt." [...] ["]Why do they hate him?  Because he's pro-American and they're anti-American.  That's the only explanation.  That's it!"

Self Interest:  Targeted Themselves, Journalists Finally Decide Outrage Mob Tactics Are Dangerous and Bad.  Journalists and their liberal friends have spent a few days expressing how deeply alarmed they are by new reports of a guerrilla-style ideological campaign by Trump-aligned conservatives, the goal of which is to embarrass and discredit members of the news media by mining and publicizing their 'problematic' social media posts. [...] Leave journalistic techniques to the professionals, and don't you dare turn them against us.  It's a weak argument, especially considering the many examples of the mainstream media stampeding toward stories that often (coincidentally!) seem to serve and advance certain partisan narratives and agendas.

The LA Times and New York Times:  Ombudsman for America's biased journalism.  Back in 1991, media critic David Shaw was getting the cold shoulder from his "friends" in the L.A. Times' newsroom.  You see, he had just won the Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series regarding the McMartin preschool molestation case.  He wrote a devastating critique of the mainstream media's sensational and inaccurate reporting concerning the veracity behind the charges leveled against the preschool's owners and staff.  Sensationalism that helped prolong, for six long years, the unjust criminal proceedings against seven innocent people — some of whom rotted in prison for the duration.  This miscarriage of justice was the result of the kind of yellow journalism of which Shaw bravely accused his employer, the Los Angeles Times.  Media critics like the late David Shaw, also called ombudsmen, are a dying breed among the arrogant dissemblers populating today's fake-news factories.

The Stunning Hypocrisy Behind The Media's Sudden Disapproval Of Outrage Journalism.  [Scroll down]  What the media want to do is sit in their bubble and destroy everyone else while asserting some kind of made up special right by which they can't be similarly attacked.  Meanwhile, conservative media figures have been dealing with bad faith attacks from the mainstream press for decades.

Is It True That 'Getting Killed by Police Is a Leading Cause of Death for Young Black Men,' as the LA Times Claims?  Centuries from now, when archaeologists unearth the long-buried cities of the United States of America, they may find artifacts of what by then will be the forgotten craft of journalism.  Just as we look today at the medical practices of antiquity and wonder how our forebears could have been so backward, those archaeologists of the future will marvel, as they sift through a newly unearthed newsroom amid the ruins New York, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, that American journalists were once burdened by such quaint notions as objectivity, fairness, and devotion to the truth.

Left-Wing Institutions [are] Mainstreaming Hatred.  For decades, the media have enforced two sets of rules on civility.  They insist that Republicans treat all Democrats with the utmost respect.  Any deviation, and the media bring down Thor's hammer.  At the same time, the leftist media and their allies praise and raise the profile of any Democrat who treats a Republican badly.  That's how the game is played and how it has been played for years.  There is never accountability for liberals who say outrageous things.

Study: MSNBC, CNN Host 7 Times More Democrats Than Republicans.  Democrats were overwhelmingly more likely to appear on certain cable news networks than Republicans, a new study found.  CNN and MSNBC are seven times more likely to host Democratic members of Congress than Republican members, according to a study published Monday by the Media Research Center.

Study: Cable News Is a Playground for Congressional Democrats.  Congress may be almost evenly divided these days, but not on the liberal cable news networks.  A new study by the Media Research Center finds that CNN and MSNBC host Democratic Representatives and Senators seven times more frequently than their Republican counterparts, and most often use Democratic talking points to question members of both parties.  MRC analysts examined every broadcast from 6am ET to midnight ET on CNN and MSNBC during three randomly-selected weeks when Congress was in session (January 7-11, March 25-29 and June 10-14), amounting to 540vhours of programming.  Each network conducted virtually the same number of interviews with sitting members of Congress:  159 on MSNBC, vs. 165 on CNN.  Our analysts found an overwhelming partisan bias on MSNBC, where congressional Democrats were interviewed 13 times more often than their GOP counterparts during these sample weeks (148 Democrats vs. just 11 Republicans).

The Role of Gun Control in Dictatorship.  While the president correctly identifies the propagandists in the leftist media as philosophical enemies of the people they work every day to conquer, he doesn't announce any plans to unilaterally cancel or rescind their rights.  He does not threaten to make their words and intentions illegal.  He doesn't threaten to trample the Bill of Rights because they hate him and the country he works to preserve and protect, often from them.  He has never once hinted at criminalizing their political opposition, or their open warfare on the Constitution and every civil protection enjoyed by Americans who refuse to subscribe to despotism.  On the left, however, the seeds are being sown to create a police state in which the politically compliant and complicit will be safe, but the holdouts will be brutally punished.

The Democrat Party Is A Joke That Would Cease To Exist Without The Media's Support.  On literally every issue, the Democrats are social psychopaths whose goals are so far out-of-touch with reality that they have to lie in order to pitch them.  There isn't a single thing the Democrats want and/or fight for that they're honest about.  Every single issue gets packaged in a hilarious euphemism that's designed to help make their goals more palatable, because their ultimate objectives are so totally insane that nobody would ever in a million years be okay with them.  And that's where the media comes in.  The media's job is to be a marketing arm for the Democrats.

Jeffrey Epstein Fallout Shows How Little Trust Americans Have in Media and Government.  [Scroll down]  From assuring us the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the outcome of the 2016 election to reporting every unproven allegation of rape against Brett Kavanaugh, Politico and its brethren have fueled this crisis of confidence.  Pro-life high schoolers wearing Make America Great Again hats were "mocking" and "laughing at" a Native American elder, the media told us.  Hillary Clinton will win the presidency.  The stock market will tank after Trump is elected.  Donald Trump won't serve a full term.  White supremacy is on the rise and poses a greater threat to national security that Islamic extremism because Trump and Republicans are using special "code words" to fan the flames of racism.  There is no national emergency at the southern border.  The Trump Administration is the first to lock migrant children "in cages."  That is only a partial list of falsehoods, flat-out lies and legitimate conspiracies that the untrustworthy folks who populate our once respected institutions have told us in the past three years.

Red Flags and White Supremacists.  As the Russian collusion story is in the rear-view mirror for Democrats and the media, it is dead ahead for AG William Barr, U.S. Attorneys John Durham and John Huber, and DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, as the layers of the onion are being peeled back to reveal the seditious origins of the entire hoax.  Which is why the media pivoted deftly to a totally new narrative of "white nationalism."

The Media Crossed a Line This Week and There's No Going Back.  While the press continues to blame Republicans for their "rhetoric," there's no question that the vitriol we've seen from the left this week dwarfs anything anyone on the mainstream right has ever said or done in a political setting.  Period.  Calling entire voting blocks white supremacists, doxxing donors, yelling for the death of a Senator, asserting Republicans want mass shootings to occur, threatening people for their political activities, asserting the President wants to exterminate a race — these are not the rantings of sane people looking for de-escalation of rhetoric.  They are the drivers of escalation in our rhetoric and it's reaching dangerous levels.  There's no coming back from this for the media.  There will never be a time when a majority of the country trusts them again.  They will always now be looked on with scorn by far more people than approve of their actions.  No amount of rehabilitation post-Trump is going to save this current generation of journalists and cable news pundits from the credibility death spiral they chose to enter.

Media blames Trump.  Nobody cares.  Who said "journalism is supposed to be a positive force in society"?  That isn't the deal.  Newspaper readers want newspapers to deliver factual stories without bias.  Instead, writers hassle them with a bunch of half-baked social justice nonsense that seems to change on a whim.  We went from gay marriage to transgendered bathrooms to lesbians being told they must date transgendered women.  And the baker who was forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding thought he had it bad. [...] The media has labeled as racist the supporters of every Republican president since Nixon.  The word racist and the phrase white supremacy are meaningless because like the boy who cried wolf, the media keeps repeating it.

The Degrees of Fake News.  My own dealings with journalists have convinced me that most reports contain inaccuracies and distortions.  The crucial factor is discerning when those distortions are innocuous and unintentional, and when they're deliberate and malicious.

Throw Her Out.  [Scroll down]  It may be that CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, The New York Times, and the Washington Post adore the Squad, their foul mouths, and their arrogant beliefs that they are going to change America from a capitalist economy built on freedom of spirit and freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom to be great.  But there are scores of millions of others among us who are not mesmerized by them, nor are we fazed.  They are nothing.  They reflect isolated pockets of electoral support in a country of more than 300 million people.  Because the Left Media are enamored of them and want to work with them to change America, the members of the Squad get disproportionate air time, emboldening them to advocate increasingly radical proposals that would move America towards communism and the platforms whose roots in Stalinism Mark Levin so effectively has traced.  But that is not America.

Brennan Mueller Russia Hoax:  Co-conspirators of the Democrat Party Press.  Time and again the members of the fourth estate have acted in nefarious fashion against the interests of the truth.  Against the interests of the public.  Against the principles of the Republic.  Actively and dishonestly working as designated purveyors of Kremlin disinformation in the form of the Steele dossier.  As water boys doing the bidding for high government officials.  Of putting forth a narrative now proven, years later, to be a hoax.  A lie.  A deliberate attempt to work with forces at the highest levels of the Obama White House to undermine and destroy the Presidency of Donald Trump.  These aren't journalists.  They are partisan warriors using the cover of journalism to conduct hit jobs on the designated targets.

When Does the Deep State Morph into the Police State in Our Country?  Journalism is dead with the mainstream media predominantly invested in promoting progressive politics and deeply aligned with the Democratic Party.  It is difficult to determine the long-term damage to this country, given a mainstream media morphed into the active working partner of the Democratic Party, which increasingly resorts to fake news to gain political advantage for the other side.  It is an American citizen's fundamental duty to be well enough informed about the leading issues of the day so that when it is time to enter the voting booth, an informed decision can be made.  How can this happen in today's political environment?  Are the lies becoming the truth and the truth becoming the lies for an increasing number of Americans due to the media's extensive and influence and bias?

Poll: One-third of Americans say news media is the 'enemy of the people'.  One-third of Americans say the news media is "the enemy of the people," according to a new Hill-Harris X poll survey.  The poll, released Monday, found that the sentiment is strongest among Republican voters.  According to the survey, 51 percent of Republicans polled said they thought of the press as "the enemy of the people" compared with 14 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of independents who said the same.  A majority of all respondents overall signaled support for the press, with 67 percent saying that the "news media is an important part of a democracy."

Ten Questions NBC's Debate Moderators Should Ask the Dems, If They Want to Be Fair and Balanced.  NBC/MSNBC/Telemundo did not host a GOP debate in 2015, so we looked at the October 28, 2015 CNBC debate (both the prime time event and the early evening undercard forum). [...] Our review shows the moderators led by CNBC White House correspondent John Harwood — set out to trip up the candidates with policy questions that came from the left and even personal shots meant to embarrass them before a national audience.  If fairness matters, then this time around the debate moderators should not ask the Democrats to evaluate or criticize the incumbent Trump administration, since in 2015 the Republicans were never invited to evaluate or criticize the incumbent Obama administration.  Instead, most of the questions should be about the shortcomings of the current Democratic field, matching the agenda of the 2015 debate in which the candidates were mostly asked to react to criticism of themselves and their colleagues.

If Media Don't Want To Be Called Propagandists, They Need To Stop Publishing Chinese and Russian Propaganda.  If you ever spend any time in the Washington D.C. area, there's a good chance you'll come across a publication known as China Daily.  In appearance, it's a newspaper.  In reality, it is official propaganda from the Chinese government that Communist Party officials deem appropriate for influencing those inside the Beltway.  You can find it all over downtown D.C. in newspaper boxes.  Large stacks of free copies are also dropped off directly at offices all over the city.  Even better, if you subscribe to the Washington Post, you can get communist propaganda delivered straight to your doorstep for a fee.  A few times a year, the Post comes wrapped in a special advertising supplement called China Watch that, again, does its best to approximate a legitimate newspaper.  But underneath the masthead in fine print, it reads:  "This supplement, prepared by China Daily, People's Republic of China, did not involve the news or editorial departments of the Washington Post."

America Divided — Courtesy of the Liberal Media.  Ever since the Mueller Report was released on April 18th, and as America moves closer to the 2020 presidential election, our country is quickly wrenching itself apart along partisan lines.  Disturbingly, the media are enthusiastically throwing gasoline on this rift.  Liberal journalists are not merely playing the role of partisan commentators.  It's bad enough that they are.  Could it be as it appears, that some reporters may have actually colluded with entities at various government agencies throughout the ongoing Russia collusion saga?  Indeed the media may be the "enemy of the people."

CNN's Acosta 'Regrets' Media Did Not Stand in Solidarity More Against Trump.  Sunday [6/9/2019] on CNN's "Reliable Sources," CNN White House chief correspondent Jim Acosta revealed one his "regrets" in life is the media not standing together in solidarity.  Acosta lamented he has "missed some opportunities" to challenge President Donald Trump labeling the media "the enemy of the people."  "You know, I wish at times that the press had been a bit more in solidarity with one another in standing up to this White House and saying, 'Listen, 'You know, the president can't call us the enemy of the people.  We're not going to go along with that.'  Acosta told host Brian Stelter.  "I think we've missed some opportunities here and there to challenge that."

Pew: Fake News Tops Terrorism, Violent Crime, Climate Change as 'Very Big Problem in Country Today'.  "Made-up news/info" is considered a major problem by more adults in the U.S. than concerns like terrorism, violent crime, and climate change, results of a nationwide Pew Research Center study released Wednesday [6/5/2019] show.  Half (50%) of U.S. adults polled called fake news and information "a very big problem in the country today," compared to only 34% who cited terrorism:
  •   Made-up News/Info: 50%
  •   Violent Crime: 49%,
  •   Climate Change: 46%
  •   Racism: 40%
  •   Illegal Immigration: 38%
  •   Terrorism: 34%
  •   Sexism: 26%
About two-thirds of adults said that fake news and information has "a big impact" on Americans' confidence in government (68%) and creates "a great deal of confusion" about the basic facts of current events and issues.

Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.  According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.  That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats.  Eighty-four percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.

Over $10,000 to Dems, $650 to GOP: Just How 'Non-Partisan' Is The Congressional Research Service?  When the establishment media refer to the CRS they usually precede it with the adjective "non-partisan."  But is it?  You can easily check for yourself. lists some 89 records of political contributions by those identifying as CRS employees, totaling $5,858 for the 2016 election year.  Political and economic analyst Eugene Boyd gave $750 to Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans' campaign.  Section head Douglas Grob gave a total of $500 to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign organizations, plus $150 to longtime Democratic congressman and noted congressional fundraiser Chris Van Hollen's successful 2016 Senate campaign.  Sen. Van Hollen is now chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  William Kandel, a CRS immigration policy analyst since 2010, gave $500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which Van Hollen ran when he was a House member.

The Growing Popularity of Foot Shooting.  [Scroll down]  Perhaps the greatest practitioners of foot shooting are the media.  As have entertainers, the media have elevated their political goals above their reason for being.  Because a large fraction of their customers do not agree with those goals, their customer base is now far smaller than it used to be.  Much of the media has given up any pretense of objectivity.  "Fake news" is a reality.  Credibility is their currency.  Without it what are they?  They certainly aren't reporters or journalists.

The press serves the Deep State.  Before it was written, the American press demanded President Donald John Trump release the Mueller Report.  He did.  Now the president plans to release more documents concerning the spying on his campaign by Obama.  He has asked Bill Barr to do so.  The press is alarmed.

Liberal media attack Constitution and democratic institutions.  President Trump isn't the big danger to those institutions, no matter how much the news media claim he is.  The people who most want to undermine the United States are on the left — and the liberal news media are helping them.  Liberals are attacking our Constitution, Supreme Court, bicameral legislature and our very electoral system.  It's understandable that both political parties try to work government to their advantage.  This is different.  It's a concerted effort to manipulate key parts of our government so the left wins.  It's not just a few statues drawing protests, or Democratic candidates bashing Thomas Jefferson.  The entire American experiment is at risk.

The Media at Their Lowest.  When Joe Biden claimed this week on The View that the Obama administration "had not a whisper of scandal" during eight years in the White House, the audience cheered wildly. [...] Not only do the national mainstream media immorally sweep such contradictory statements under the rug, but they are, as President Trump has stated, "an arm of the Democratic Party."  Rather than being impartial in news-reporting, their narrative clearly promotes the Democratic Party's agenda and is hypercritical of Republican Party policies and social stances.  Can any mainstream reporter deny this with a straight face?  The devious relationship between one party and its willing accomplices in the media has moved beyond the point of eye-rolls and shoulder-shrugs.  It has reached a tipping point for our nation.  Joseph Goebbels famously stated, "Give me the media and I will make of any nation a herd of swine."  This has become the incestuous relationship the Left lustfully pursues with increasing reliability.  Through decades of permeation, the media have been given over to the Left, and for leftists, our society has become the herd of swine.

Mark Levin:  Media 98% anti-Trump, 'incestuous' with Democrats, fake news real.  "Unfreedom of the Press" is unlike [Mark] Levin's recent series of books on liberty and the Constitution, and touches on one of his favorite topics for his nightly radio Mark Levin Show: the media's liberal bias.  Over 258-pages, he uses history, authoritative studies from organizations such as Harvard University, and admissions from prominent journalists to prove the mass media as leftist and proud of it.  He lists dozens of comments, for example, of anti-Trump statements from journalists.  He also takes on the vast swath of reporters and organizations who claim that Trump is the greatest threat to journalism ever.  While Trump has often stated that the media is the "enemy of the people," Levin said the president has done little beyond rhetoric to squeeze the media.

The Quietly Sinking Ship Of The Leftist Media.  I wouldn't blame you if you didn't know that left-leaning media is currently dying a very slow death.  Nobody wants to talk about how badly they're failing.  It doesn't inspire much confidence, and to boot, the political aspect of its failure would run contrary to the "everybody is on our side" narrative that the left likes to tout.  The truth of the matter is that in almost everywhere you look, left-leaning media from print to screen is finding itself sinking like it's in quicksand.  CNN is one one of the best examples, as it is currently experiencing viewership at a four year low with April as its worst month on record.

CNN says 100 employees accepted voluntary buyouts in response to layoffs 'rumor'.  CNN says roughly 100 employees have accepted voluntary buyouts a month after an overhaul by parent company AT&T.  According to Deadline, AT&T's decision to offer buyouts, similar to those offered at HBO and the remnants of Turner, was in an effort to chip away at approximately $170 billion in outstanding debt, which AT&T agreed to take on as a result of their acquisition of Time Warner announced in 2016.  In March, AT&T restructured the majority of their TV assets under the umbrella of WarnerMedia, including CNN.

Our Lying Garbage Media Is Lying Garbage, But You Knew That.  The mainstream media is our enemy.  That's undeniable; to deny it is to deny what we see and hear with our own eyes and ears every day.  Don't be a "the media is garbage" denier.  It would be like denying climate change if climate change was a real thing instead of a media-driven scam designed to take your money and freedom.  Worse, the mainstream media is an enemy that considers you unworthy of the courtesy of not lying to your face about obvious things.  Liberal journalists have such contempt for us that they won't even make the effort to gaslight us properly any more.  Maybe it's because liberal journalists think you are dumb.  Maybe liberal journalists are themselves dumb.  Or maybe — probably — it's some combination of the two.  But they are no longer even showing you the respect of trying to pretend that they are not lying to you.

This Is GNN: Gaslight News Network.  Legacy media is staggering, bouncing off the ropes.  The ratings of CNN and MSNBC have cratered since the release of the Mueller Report.  The New York Times has been reduced to serving as the leak outlet for the foxes who were once hounds.

Trump Opponents Never Tire of Losing.  Meanwhile the media, having learned nothing from the ratings hit they absorbed due to their sloppy and often dishonest reports about the Russia hoax, are already parroting Democratic talking points on obstruction of justice.  That they're already carrying water for people like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff suggests that they may well destroy what little public trust they still enjoy.  Journalist Glenn Greenwald, by no means a conservative, is stunned by the media reaction to Mueller's report:  "Pretending they got it right is just worsening the problem."

Propaganda, Trust, and the Media.  He who holds the reins of communication shapes the opinions and to a large extent the direction of the country, and for now, the left has a near monopoly on much of what Americans are exposed to. [...] They publish and air lies made out of whole cloth without a shred of fear of accountability as they debate amongst themselves whether Trump is either incompetent or treasonous.  According to a May 2017 report from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, "Trump's coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity."  Negative reports outpaced positive ones with 80 percent negative against 20 percent positive.  Trump's coverage was merciless.  In no week did the coverage drop below 70 percent negative and it reached 90 percent negative at its peak."  Regarding Trump's fitness for office, the New York Times had published 6 to 1 in negative coverage while the Washington Post ran negative coverage at a staggering 24 to 1.

Watch Former Fed Prosecutor Smash Anti-Trump Commentator's Biased Version Of "Truth".  What is going on within the far left media is appalling.  They are taking lies and calling them truths and taking truths and calling them lies and then taking honest public servants and calling them dishonest when their positions don't support the anti-Trump agenda.  America needs more people like [Joe] diGenova to stand up to this dangerous and deceptive hypocrisy that infects nearly every facet of the media today.

Howard Kurtz regresses to CNN ways.  Fox News is unwatchable.  Too many of its personalities are trying to impress their buddies at other news outlets.  I used to tolerate Shep Smith, respect Chris Wallace, and like Neal Cavuto.  Now I would rather watch the Kardashians.  Howard Kurtz, meanwhile, has reverted to his CNN form. [...] I get that Kurtz is trying to play it up the middle by saying gee both sides were wrong but the problem is only one side was wrong.

Deliberate Destruction of Our Constitutional Norms:  The Mueller Report.  The press in this country has become a disgrace.  They are grossly partisan and don't even wish to hide it.  Two of the three most important daily publications in the country, The New York Times and The Washington Post, don't even bother to hide their contempt for the current president and all other Republicans.  They don't report news; they opine.  So do the broadcast channels.  The standards used today make the yellow journalism battles between Pulitzer and Hearst of over a century ago seem quaint.  The industry has done a deep dive into the muck — not to generate profits akin to the battles of yesteryear, but because of their unrestrained Leftist political agenda.

Media Matters to Dem Candidates:  Avoid Fox News to Save the Earth.  [Scroll down]  MMFA is probably FNC's most loyal viewer.  The site was founded by David Brock, a one-time conservative turned left-wing operative, so it has a real "crazy ex-girlfriend" feel to it.  The juice-box drinking staff spends their days trying to undermine and discredit the Fox News monster under their beds, all to no avail.  MMFA's latest windmill tilt at the cable news behemoth involves warning Democratic presidential candidates to avoid the network if they truly care about climate change.

Are There Any Limits to Illegal Immigration?  If one reads either the local or regional papers, it is composed of stories about one of three themes.  One, the disturbing litany of DUIs, gang stabbings and shootings, fatal hit-and-run accidents, police shootings of armed suspects, high-speed chases, robberies, and drug busts.  Two, there are also many human interest inspirational stories of illegal aliens from Mexico who are running successful businesses, whose children are star athletes or students. [...] Three, the grievance or victimization meme:  the lawsuit against law enforcement, the filing of a bias claim against the county, the firing of an official for some alleged insensitivity, or the injustice of some agency that has curtailed support from, tried to deport, or was somehow biased against, an illegal alien.  The point is, that unlike the past, almost every new story is grounded in some sort of overt ethnic context, and ultimately related to illegal immigration and its effects.

The Liberal Media 'Matrix'.  As the influence of establishment media outlets has waned, their attempts to control the narrative have intensified.  The cable networks and major print outlets have become more politicized, not less, as social media and streaming video make it much easier to expose hoaxes and puncture holes in the received wisdom.  The Sentinels who protect the liberal media matrix are vigilant against thoughtcrime, they anathematize dissent, but they are less interested in the canons of professional journalism, such as presenting both sides of a story and refraining from baseless speculation.

Republicans on CNN, MSNBC Wear 'Kick Me' Signs.  Although the Democratic National Committee has not allowed Fox News to host a Democratic primary debate since 2004, the DNC recently made a show of boycotting Fox for the 2020 presidential cycle.  Some conservatives have expressed outrage over this slight, but another question is why haven't Republicans taken similar steps against CNN and MSNBC?

Poll Underlines Liberal Dominance in TV News.  Can we dispose of the ridiculous fiction that the network news product is objective, strictly balanced and nonpartisan?  The poll of 2,200 Americans from March 28 to April 2 asked if certain media outlets are "more liberal" or "more conservative" or have "no political lean."  The Big Three networks averaged 35 percent "more liberal" and about 20 percent "no political lean."  Count on the "more liberal" classification coming from conservatives and independents, and the delusional "no political lean" answer coming from liberals.

After Savaging Fox News, Amanpour Bemoans 'Destructive' Media Criticism.  During an interview with Third Hour Today show co-host Sheinelle Jones aired on Monday, PBS anchor Christiane Amanpour denounced criticism of the media as being "corrosive and destructive" to democracy.  The comments came just days after the reporter vilely attempted to link Fox News to the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand.  Talking to Amanpour at Variety's Power of Women gala on Friday [4/5/2019], Jones gushed:  "Following years of reporting from the front lines and in the newsroom, it's no surprise that Christiane Amanpour believes in the Committee to Protect Journalists."  Amanpour, who was being honored at the event, declared:  "We are watching an era in which life for journalists becomes tougher and tougher, more and more dangerous.  We are truth tellers, we're truth seekers, we go for the evidence and the facts."

Maher Panel Goes Off After Panelist Says CNN, MSNBC Are Liberal Equivalent of Fox News.  Last night [4/5/2019], Bill Maher's panel got heated in the online-only Overtime segment when the subject of Fox News came up.  Maher read a viewer question about the New York Times Magazine piece this week on the power and influence of the Murdochs.  "If Fox News would stop becoming state media..."  Maher started to say.  American Enterprise Institute senior vice president Danielle Pletka asked, "As opposed to CNN and MSNBC?"  "Oh, come on," Maher said.  "That is a false analogy."  "No, it's actually a totally correct analogy.  Fox News has become the news of the right and the others have become the news of the left," Pletka said.

Why do the least-bright people rise to the top?  For over two years, we have been tormented or delighted, depending on one's political preference, by the opinions and or declarations avowing President Trump's guilt with regard to collusion with Russia.  It was all a made-up scam from the beginning, but the media and the leftist loons have beaten this dead horse relentlessly in the fervid hope it would see Trump forced from the office he legitimately won.  Our horrific media who has long worked hand in glove with the Democrats, has spent hundreds of hours, over 500,000 columns, articles and op-eds asserting Trump's guilt.  It was all a hoax from the outset, fabricated within a few days of Hillary 's loss to Trump.  Most of those who got on board the Russia collusion hoax knew it was a lie from day one.  But they embraced the lie wholeheartedly.

Yes, there is collusion — between NBC, MSNBC and Dems.  Conservatives often complain that the media are colluding with Democrats.  Well, here's more proof that yes, there is collusion.  But what looks like bad journalism required good journalism to ferret it out.  New York Magazine and HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali is accusing Dafna Linzer, the managing editor for political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC, of trying to "bully" him to help Democrats.  While Ali leans and works left, he has a good reputation for being an honest broker — even among conservatives.  His complaints lit up Twitter Friday [3/29/2019].  Ali devoted a 25-tweet thread to criticizing the actions Linzer.  Ali said Linzer called to "bully" him "on behalf of the DNC" (the Democratic National Committee).  He slammed her actions as "highly inappropriate and unethical."

Freelance Reporter:  NBC/MSNBC Politics Managing Editor Tried "to bully me on behalf of the DNC".  Yashar Ali is a liberal journalist, but a fair one.  If you spend any time on Twitter, you'll see that he is respected by many conservatives.  On Friday [3/29/2019], he published a series of tweets which described an attempt to intimidate him by the managing editor of NBC/MSNBC politics on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

A Primer in "Ventriloquist Journalism".  Most "mainstream" journalists are not merely biased, but have a narrative story line in mind when they begin "reporting," so that when they call you on the phone, they aren't looking for actual information and perspective — they are looking for a specific quote to drop in their story that fits their narrative.  The point is:  when you deal with the media, it is not just their innate liberalism you need to be on guard for — you need to keep in mind that they already have their story written. [...] Stan Evans had a typically great label for this:  he called it "ventriloquist journalism."  Reporters have in mind a specific quote they'd like to have from you, and have developed great skill in teasing it out of people.  Think of it as just one aspect of fake news.

Yes, there is collusion — between NBC, MSNBC and Dems.  Conservatives often complain that the media are colluding with Democrats.  Well, here's more proof that yes, there is collusion. [...] Alternet celebrated Schiff's "expert smackdown of 'corrupt' Trump."  It loved his "speech destroying House Republicans."  Los Angeles Magazine described him as "Mild-Mannered Congressman Adam Schiff," to further paint his foes as nasty folk.  The Washington Post published a story saying Schiff "has emerged as a public foil to Trump and his supporters" and that he "has stood resolute amid the attacks."  Imagine if Republicans had spent two years falsely claiming President Obama had colluded with Russia.  Do you think they'd be getting praised in the Washington Post?

Into a Mating Net with the Fourth Estate.  Now roughly half the people in the country (and probably more since publication over the weekend of the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report) see the corporate left-wing media for what they are — vile propagandists who hate Trump supporters, not just as citizens and voters, but because they conceive of them as unworthy human beings.  Neither the slandered nor the slanderers are going to change.  So now what?  It's too late for change because, as polls have shown, the media have accumulated a string of witnesses to their journalistic crimes, most notably their unforgivable promotion of the Russian collusion hoax.

The American Media Destroyed Themselves over the Mueller Investigation.  With only a few exceptions — Fox News, the editorial pages (not the front pages) of the Wall Street Journal, and a handful of websites — the better part of the American media has spent the last two years fulminating about Trump-Russia collusion we now know never existed.  Actually, we always knew that, but finally, it's official.  It was always a bunch of — excuse the expression — trumped up baloney that made no sense except to those who wished so deeply to believe it was true.  Which makes the people who were doing that fulminating — media, politicians and (usually retired) intelligence figures, who were, as is becoming increasingly clear, betraying the American Constitutional system with impunity — sick and evil.

Journalism Dies in Self-Importance.  When journalists don't consider themselves bound to old norms of objectivity, there comes an absence of restraint that is inherently corrupting.  The morning story conference takes on the atmosphere of a rally of zealots. [...] Today, opinion and dogmatic speculation are the currency of politics and journalism.  Facts have become elusive or even unnecessary, except for, say, the body counts at mass shootings.  Otherwise, the world is fluid and angry and ideological.

Powerful Video About 'Another Day In Trump's America' Goes Viral.  But It's Not What You Think.  A video titled "Another Day In Trump's America" posted to YouTube in March 20 has gone viral — but the video is not what you think.  And that's kind of the point.  Video creator Paul Martinez throws a gut-punch to the mainstream media for running with unvetted and out-of-context video clips to help push a narrative that he says fuels division.  As touched on in the video, such reckless anti-Trump enthusiasm was illustrated in the mainstream media's potentially libelous coverage of the Covington Catholic High School hoax.

Paul Martinez Spoofs the Lying Hacks in Democrat Mainstream Media.  These mainstream hacks at CNN, Washington Post, MSNBC, etc. continue to spew lies and hatred against President Trump and his supporters.  Then they lash out at the president and conservatives when they get called out.  It's a never ending cycle.  [Video clip]

ABC Panel:  The GOP Is Too Far to the Right, Dems Closer to the Center.  With nearly the entire Democratic 2020 field sprinting to be the closest to socialism without using the label, folks in the liberal media were busy trying to spin their radical policy positions as something palatable.  A great example of this occurred during ABC's This Week on Sunday [3/17/2019], when two panelists tried to suggest that it was Republicans who were the radical ones with Democrats supposedly as the centrists.  During the "powerhouse roundtable" discussion late in the show, Republican strategist Alice Stewart noted that the candidates could "run away from the socialism label" all they wanted "but you can't deny the fact that the Democratic Party is moving very, very far to the left."  "We're talking about a lot of policies that are extremely left.  The Cortezs of Washington and the younger generation of Democrats are really causing a divide in the Democratic Party," she added before triggered faux-Republican Matthew Dowd couldn't hold back anymore.

Betomania: Media in a lovesick swoon over Dems' 2020 contender.  Betomania is a lot like Beatlemania — except instead of teenage girls in the 1960s, journalists are now the ones swooning for their star.  If the Beatles were around today to sing about media infatuation with newly announced Democratic presidential hopeful Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, their song would be titled "They love him, yeah, yeah, yeah."  O'Rourke is a skateboarding mix of rock 'n' roll (he was in a punk band named Foss), lefty politics, dictatorial ambition and media adoration.  Wrap it up in a hip social media package with a logo ripped off from Whataburger Spicy Ketchup (I'm not joking) and, voila, you have the perfect creation.

This is CNN? Primetime shows filled with liberal opinion, not straight news as network claims.  CNN touts its primetime lineup as being straight, just-the-facts news, but anyone tuning in to the network's evening programming can expect a heavy dose of liberal opinion, as "Anderson Cooper 360," "CNN Tonight" and "Cuomo Prime Time" don't always align with founder Ted Turner's bare bones, objective approach to journalism.  "Anderson Cooper is a mix of news and opinion, but Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo are obviously heavy on opinion and use the news as a launching pad for those opinions," Cornell University Law Professor William Jacobson told Fox News.  "There's nothing inherently wrong with that, so long as they are not mischaracterized as part of the news operation."

Study: CNN's 'The Situation Room' Is a Week-long Promo for Dem Investigations.  CNN's Wolf Blitzer has spent the past week using his evening show The Situation Room as a platform for Democratic lawmakers to plug their numerous investigations of President Trump.  Blitzer, a veteran reporter and host on the network, is not a name that immediately springs to mind when one thinks of biased or outlandish statements from CNN journalists.  However, the many interviews he has conducted with politicians on the Hill — a staple of his show — tell a story of bias through careful and deliberate framing of facts.

Trump is an Army of One.  Barack Obama had legions of apologists and defenders.  Every Congressional Democrat and scores of leftovers from the Clinton administration were ready, willing, and able to defend all things Obama, as well as viciously pounce on any of his detractors.  The Obamacare and Benghazi scandals were vociferously shielded from any criticism.  Bill Clinton enjoyed the same support from Team Democrat, particularly when navigating his scandal-filled two terms in office and impeachment.  His supporters attacked independent counsel Kenneth Starr incessantly, impugning his character and calling him a pervert.  In addition, all Democrat presidents have the unwaveringly loyal support of the media, print and digital.  News coverage of past Democrat presidents has mostly been favorable, overlooking negative stories and supplying an abundance of humanizing puff pieces.  Democrat presidential candidates are routinely endorsed by most major newspapers in America.

The left is working to crush dissent while CNN applauds.  On Thursday, the DNC announced that Fox News has been banned from hosting any of the Democratic Party's 2020 primary debates.  DNC Chairman Tom Perez went on television to explain that Fox News simply isn't a real news organization. [...] You figured out the game by now.  It's all projection.  Everything the left says is projection.  Whatever they accuse you of is exactly what they are doing — every single time.  They say they are deeply worried that Fox News might rig a primary debate.  Fox has never done that of course, and never would.  Has anyone else done that?  Well, let's see, in 2016 one of CNN's paid on-air contributors leaked a debate question to Hillary Clinton before the event.  CNN tried to cover it up and then they got caught.  There is nothing more corrupt than that.  Somehow their media reporter kid forgot to mention that scandal "Fox is State TV," they will tell.  It is monochromatic.  There is a strict party line.  Really?  Ever watch Fox News?  There is far greater diversity of opinion on this channel than on any other news channels.  Those of us who have worked at the other news networks can confirm that conclusively because it's true.  But spend a day watching our programming, and then theirs and see for yourself

Six reasons the DNC blacklisting of Fox News for presidential debates is a spectacular mistake.  Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, has handed a gift to President Trump with his announcement that the party would not allow Fox News Channel to provide a forum for presidential debates among its contenders for the nomination. [...] Here are six reasons why this is a gigantic blunder.  One:  This is a tacit admission that the party's presidential field is afraid of tough questioning, about, for instance, support for the Green New Deal or for tearing down existing segments of the border wall.

DNC Blacklisting Of Fox News Proves GOP Needs To Fight Media.  The Democratic National Committee is refusing to allow Fox News Channel to televise any of its candidate debates during the 2019-2020 cycle, according to the Washington Post.  DNC Chair Tom Perez cited an article written by liberal journalist Jane Mayer of The New Yorker for his decision.  Her article alleged that Fox News Channel, which has been less hostile and hysterical about the man elected president by the United States electorate than its counterparts at every other television outlet, was too close to the Donald Trump White House.

New Yorker story used by DNC to bar Fox News from debates called into doubt.  The Democratic National Committee has announced that FOX News will be barred from hosting and moderating any debates during the 2020 Democratic primary.  The reason given does not hold up to scrutiny.  It's easy to speculate on why this is happening.  The far left base of the Democratic party despises FOX News and would go crazy if this was allowed to happen.  It's also safe to assume that Democrats running in 2020 don't want to face tough but fair questions from the likes of Chris Wallace and Bret Baier.  We don't have to speculate however, because DNC chair Tom Perez offered a very specific reason for the decision.  He claims it was based on an article in the New Yorker.

WalkAway founder slams 'liberal media machine' for helping Democrats become a 'party of hate'.  The man behind a growing movement urging disillusioned Democrats to walk away from the party has slammed the "liberal media machine" for helping the left become a "party of rage and hate."  Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway trend, spoke about how he believes his former party has become radicalized during a wide-ranging interview with Fox News host and best-selling author Mark Levin.

Political bias is destroying people's faith in journalism.  Journalists are not activists.  We may share the passion for a particular cause, but our job is to follow the facts wherever they may lead.  We can't ignore something that reflects badly on a noble cause, as an activist might.  We have to care about the means as much as the end because our duty is to search for the whole truth.

Ocasio-Cortez and Newsom:  Stupid-East Meets Stupid-West.  The sad fact is, [Gavin] Newsom could hold up a dried cow pie and endorse it as the next high-tech smartphone that would soon make the iPhone obsolete.  The MSM would fawn over his brilliance and headline his claims 24/7, Apple stock would tank, Ocasio-Cortez would praise his idea for converting Earth-destroying "cow farts" into solid-state smartphones using only green energy, and the "fact-checkers" would rate Newsom's claims as "mostly true."  After all, cow-pies aren't really pies.  We've certainly reached peak stupidity in America when proposing the above would appear saner and far less moronic than actual proposals by Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.

CBS's Lara Logan Calls Media 'Mostly Liberal' in Scorched Earth Interview:  I'm Committing 'Professional Suicide'.  In a recent interview, CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan critiqued the international "liberal" media while holding up outlets like Breitbart as the opposite side of the coin.  Logan spoke to retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland about a variety of topics on Friday [2/15/2019] for his Mike Drop podcast (h/t Breitbart), and the conversation eventually turned towards her agreement with Ritland that "the media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just the U.S."  As Logan lamented that voter registration among journalists shows that the media is out of balance, she came with a metaphor to explain how she believes the press is tinged by the sameness of opinion.

CBS's Lara Logan Castigates the 'Propagandist' Press.  Ex-CBS journalist Lara Logan on Friday [2/15/2019] unleashed a blistering, uncensored attack on the extreme liberal bias polluting America's news outlets.  Logan derided the [...] "propagandist" press that has no interest in fairness.  Appearing on Mike Drop, the podcast of former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, the foreign affairs correspondent and former 60 Minutes reporter berated slanted coverage in a way rarely seen by those in the mainstream press:  "We've become political activists in a sense.  And some could argue, propagandists, right?"  Logan's outburst came after noting former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson's admission that the paper publishes "raw opinion" against Donald Trump.

CBS's Lara Logan on Media Bias: 'Unless You Seek out Breitbart,' You Won't See the 'Other Side'.  Lara Logan, foreign correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes, said Breitbart News offers "the other side" of news media relative to what she described as a mostly left-wing and partisan Democrat news landscape in the U.S. and abroad.  She offered her remarks in an interview published last Friday with the Mike Drop podcast, hosted by retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland.

Truth Must Be Told:  CBS's Lara Logan.  Here's how Lara Logan ended an interview she did with the Mike Drop podcast, hosted by retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland:  "This interview is professional suicide for me." [...] Logan reports what the vast majority of conservatives already know:  the media is biased.  "Responsibility for fake news begins with us," said Logan, referring to journalists and reporters.  "You say the media is mostly liberal," she said to Ritland.  "I agree with you.  It's true.  Why can I say that with certainty?  Well, first of all I've been part of this for all my life, I'm 47 now and I've been a journalist since I was 17 and the media everywhere is mostly liberal not just in the U.S, but in this country 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats so that's just a fact."

The Jussie Smollett Hoax and the Media's Tribal War on America.  These days the media isn't biased.  It's tribal.  Bias leads us to make mistakes.  But the media wasn't making a mistake when it loudly broadcast false claims with plenty of red flags about Trump supporters wearing red hats.  Just as the media wasn't making a mistake when it spread fake news about attacks on Muslim women by Trump supporters after the election.  This wasn't an error due to prejudice, but an active effort to reinforce tribal prejudices.  The Covington Catholic story in particular was not newsworthy by any rational definition of the term.  The media insisted on making it news because it perfectly encapsulated the tribal prejudices of its base of urban and suburban lefties by pitting anti-abortion kids in MAGA hats against saintly minorities.

Why is Trump, and not Obama, the so-called 'dictator'?  It is dangerous to our freedom and prosperity when most journalists, instead of holding all powerful politicians to account, support one party no matter what they say or do and seek to destroy the other party with misleading and inaccurate articles.  It degrades journalism to indoctrinate the public with misleading and false stories disguised as news.  Well, here we are again.  They are doing it again now, and not even a true matter of national security is stopping them.

The Tail Of Twitter Is Wagging The Dog Of Media.  Mark Cuban got fact-checked in 2017 for approximating that Twitter only reaches about 15 percent of the population.  In all likelihood, he wasn't very far off.  It's almost impossible to estimate how many of us Twitter actually "reaches," but mapping out the limits of its scope is now an important project.  Twitter makes and breaks careers.  It makes and breaks lives.  Perhaps most saliently, the platform shapes news cycles, which, in turn, shape how people see the world.  Because journalists spend disproportionate time on the website relative to most of their audience, outlets increasingly amplify Twitter's viral stories, and seemingly without questioning their broader relevance.

The Biggest Threat To Press Freedom Is The Media Itself.  These days journalists treat Twitter like their private clubhouse and routinely say things that leave little doubt about their skewed political perspective, sense of entitlement, and total ignorance.  (On that last point, in her rush to criticize Trump's State of the Union speech this week, a New York Times White House correspondent tried to correct the president to explain that Jews don't believe in heaven.)  Of course, no reporter — or anyone else for that matter — can expect to be wholly impartial, even-tempered all the time, or not have gaps in their knowledge.  The question is why people in a profession that depends on personal credibility would be so eager to participate in an daily Battle Royale that seems designed to test everyone's emotional and intellectual limits, aside from imposing finite restrictions on how much you're allowed to say about complicated topics to maximize contention, er, "engagement with the platform."  So what do journalists really get out of Twitter?

The Press Needs More Than A Super Bowl Ad To Fix Its Plunging Credibility.  While journalists are getting pink slips across the country, the Washington Post decided to dump a boatload of cash for a Super Bowl image ad that tried to portray the news media as national heroes.  Here's a better, and much cheaper, idea to restore the industry's shattered reputation:  Be less blatantly partisan.

Why many Americans are praying for Trump.  Mainstream media seek to convince us that a majority of Americans embrace their anti-Christian anything-goes-sexually agenda.  The truth is, millions of Americans are disturbed by our nation's cultural and moral decline.  A growing number of TV commercials selling everything from milk to phone services interject homosexuality.  I told my wife, "Next they will have men kissing."  Thirty minutes later, a Diet Coke TV commercial featured two men kissing in a cab.  With every new TV drama and sitcom, the question is, in which episode will the show promote homosexuality?  LGBTQ are only 3% of the population.  Why is there such an intense, relentless push to shove homosexuality into our faces?

Who Is 'Far-Right'?  Only Republicans ever merit the accusation of "extremism" in the minds of the anti-Trump media.  Nothing any Democrat proposes — not even infanticide — is far enough out of the mainstream to deserve being labeled "far-left" by the standards of people who think CNN and MSNBC are engaged in objective journalism.  Because liberal journalists consider any policy endorsed by Democrats to be mainstream, by definition, then by the same standard, any opposition to the Democrat agenda is inherently wrong and, as a corollary to this principle, any policy advocated by Republicans (e.g., actually enforcing U.S. immigration laws) is not mainstream. Once you understand how this works, you see why the utmost radicalism on the Left is entirely acceptable to the anti-Trump media.

Trump exposed how worthless the press is.  In a delightful column, Charles C.W. Cooke, editor of National Review Online, skewered the Washington press corps, which is broken.  He blamed not President Donald John Trump for this breakdown.  Of course not.  President Trump exposed how worthless the press is.  Cooke wrote, "Not since Florence Foster Jenkins [an heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice] have Americans been treated to such an excruciating example of self-delusion.  The most vocal among the press corps' ranks cast themselves openly as firefighters when, at worst, they are pyromaniacs and, at best, they are obsequious asbestos salesmen.

Big Data's Alliance With Big Media Is A Threat To Free Speech.  The media is dying.  Read about it in the media.  Facebook is pumping $300 million into the media.  And that's after the Google News Initiative shoved $300 million into fighting "fake news" and helping struggling media outlets like the New York Times.  These aren't investments.  They're charitable donations by Big Data to Big Brother.  Take Jeff Bezos taking $250 million, a little more than the $215 million he makes a day, and using it to buy the Washington Post, not because it's a good business opportunity, but a good political one.  The media isn't worth investing in.  TV and cable news are the weakest holdings of the entertainment giants.  That's why AT&T is none too fond of the CNN white elephant it's stuck with.

Can the Republic Survive the Mainstream Media?  People complain of the cultural turmoil and upset in the country without realizing that the mainstream media — which nowadays includes almost all broadcast media as well as the digital giants Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and others — are the main determinants of the mood and cultural milieu of the United States.  At this point it is inescapable that unless the mainstream media are happy, we cannot, as a society, be happy.  While almost nobody fully grasps the profound cultural influence of the media, we all respond to media-fostered agitation when they're upset — notably when conservative/Republican ideas are in the ascendance — and the relative calm and quiescence when their like-minded, left-leaning Democrats are in charge.

The White House Should Never Hold A Press Briefing Again.  Nielsen ratings for 2018 reveal that Fox News gained in total viewership by one percent, while CNN dropped a not insignificant 6 percent year on year.  CNN based much of their daytime business model on the build up to, the airing of, and the 8-person-panel takedowns surrounding the White House press conference.  They made an entire industry out of political talking heads.  They even invited me on once, which, like most of my ex girlfriends, they soon regretted.  The whole thing is even more upsetting to them because the American public, in spite of the internet, keeps telling researchers on the matter that they still prefer to consume news on television than from anywhere else.

Apologies Aren't Enough After The Covington And BuzzFeed Media Fiascos.  Why didn't the rest of the news media use greater caution before pushing the questionable BuzzFeed piece? [...] Just like the despicable coverage of the Covington high school kids, unchecked hatred of Trump has caused the press not only to drop any pretense of objectivity, but to abandon what reporters claim is their primary professional obligation:  To get the facts straight before reporting them to the public.  Apologizing after the fact doesn't do anyone any good.  If mainstream reporters don't like Trump calling their work "fake news," they should stop providing him so many fresh examples.

More about News Media vs Covington Catholic High School.

A Look Back at the Demise of the Mainstream News Media in 2018.  [Scroll down]  Journalists in media were so blinded by their hatred of Trump that they could not see the constant negativity was backfiring.  People dropped their subscriptions to biased newspapers and cable TV.  People turned to news from bloggers, Facebook friends and conservative outlets in order to avoid the bias of traditional news sources.  Instead of reading The New York Times, people visited the Drudge Report online.  Instead of paying for CNN and MSNBC, people watched streaming news services like Newsmax and The Blaze.  Conservative Fox News was the most-watched channel on basic cable for the 29th consecutive month.

'We're back to yellow journalism'.  Tuesday [1/22/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin lit into the American media for their lack of standards and the blurred line between fact and opinion rampant in journalism today.  "Freedom of speech and freedom of the press go hand in hand.  And when you have almost a monopolistic, pack mentality — groupthink — in the mass media and the major media, it undermines a republic.  Look at it as free speech:  If speech pretty much only went one way, you wouldn't have a free society, now would you?" Levin said.

NBC raises eyebrows over $400 million relationship with BuzzFeed.  NBCUniversal invested $400 million in BuzzFeed and the two companies have a "strategic partnership," raising eyebrows about why the Peacock Network isn't more transparent when covering the controversial website.  NBC News and MSNBC fawned over BuzzFeed's now-debunked report claiming President Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress before the office of the special counsel released its rare statement.  A search of transcripts from both MSNBC and NBC News didn't turn up any mention of the investment when the news organization covered BuzzFeed's discredited bombshell.  While transcripts aren't always 100 percent accurate, it's clear the relationship was not disclosed with any consistency.

Who Knew?  NBC Has A 400 Million Dollar Investment In Buzzfeed.  Who knew that Buzzfeed and the peacock network, NBC, had a cozy relationship to the tune of about 400 million dollars?  Not many it seems. [...] I have to admit that I'm a lil shocked by this.  You are telling me that the network that employs such news stalwarts such as Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Al Sharpton has not mentioned that have a 400 million dollar coin invested in creators of awesome cat videos??  I'm stumped.  I can't tell you how many times Shepard Smith on Fox News will mention that the Wall Street Journal is in bed somehow with Fox News.  You can discredit both all you want but at least they acknowledge they are in bed with each other financially.

NBC Weaponizes for Hillary:  Funnels $400 Million To Extreme-Left BuzzFeed & Vox.  On one hand NBCUniversal is telling us it is serious about news objectivity, while on the other hand, and mostly under the radar, NBC is funneling an astonishing $400 million in capital into two of the most extreme left-wing news outlets in America:  BuzzFeed and Vox.  One need only watch 10 minutes of MSNBC to understand that NBC News is an extremist organization in favor of open borders, partial birth abortion, the government setting CEO pay, and destroying people's lives through the pushing of the Climate Change hoax.  Unfortunately for NBC, though, the MSNBC experiment only resulted in a ratings catastrophe.  To right the ship, NBC is promising that MSNBC will be moving from opinion news to straight news.  We'll see.

Dear reporter:  First, wipe the egg and the smirk off your face.  [Scroll down]  The BuzzFeed story was false.  BuzzFeed stories throughout the Trump presidency have been false.  No real journalist would have gone with the story.  "According to BuzzFeed" does not let reporters off the hook because they vouched for BuzzFeed by basing stories on its reporting.  [Aaron] Blake needs to apologize.  Blake needs to decide if he is a reporter or a pundit.

BuzzFeed, Acosta, and the Non-Existence of Journalism.  [Scroll down]  About [Jim] Acosta, the less said the better.  But [Sebastian] Gorka is definitely not a journalist (doubt he ever claimed to be).  Neither, for that matter, is Acosta.  There's a simple reason:  nobody is.  Journalism, as a profession, does not exist.  We know generally or specifically what qualifies one to be a cardiologist or an astrophysicist or even, heaven help us, a lawyer.  But a journalist?  What possible credential makes one a journalist?  A degree from the Columbia School of Journalism?  Well, that proves your parents can afford a hundred grand.  Either that or you're heavily in debt.  Anyone can be a journalist.  All you have to do is start typing.

The True Story of the Media's Role in Trump's Victory.  It's time to set the record straight.  When Trump announced his candidacy, virtually no one on the right took it seriously.  But the news media did — for strategic reasons, as I will show.  Had the news media not given Trump wall-to-wall coverage in the early phases of the campaign, he likely would have been the Wesley Clark or the Herman Cain of the 2016 cycle — an early flavor-of-the-week candidate who quickly faded once the primaries began.  Like most in-the-know kingmakers on the right, the left and the media (correctly, at first) believed that Trump was fundamentally unable to win the presidency.  And so, the legacy media set to work ensuring that Trump was the Republican nominee.  The goal was to guarantee that Hillary would face the weakest candidate possible.  That is why, as [Frank] Bruni noted, "the number of stories about Trump in the country's most influential newspapers and on its principal newscasts significantly exceeded what his support in polls at the time justified."  That is why "those stories were predominantly positive."  And that is why people on the right were so chagrined by the media's attempt to fix the nomination process — candidates like Rubio and Cruz, who were thought to be good matches for Hillary, couldn't get any traction in the press.

Conservatives: Stop Giving Interviews To MSM Like The 'Let-Us-Smear You' New York Times.  When one of the media reporters calls they make it seem they are interested in your take on this issue or that when they're really out on a fishing expedition for statements easily mischaracterized to bring an enemy down.

Real Collusion in America Is Between Democratic Party and Liberal, Progressive News Media.  If there is one thing I admire about the progressive, socialist left, it's that they will all come together and repeat the exact same message, the same talking points. [...] I am quite sure my colleagues at the Media Research Center can do quick research and uncover how many times leftists used the reference, "manufactured crisis," in the last ten days.  The results should not be shocking, but they would undoubtedly confirm what we all know.  The real collusion in America is between the Democratic Party and the liberal, progressive news media, which we have come to recognize as "fake news," subjective, propagandized reporting.

The Fake News Media to the rescue!  The fake news media isn't even trying to hide their naked bias for Democrats anymore.  Not that they ever really hid it before.  Barack and Michelle Obama are living proof that the news media will go to any lengths to create a mythology and false narrative around Democrats.  But now instead of being the personal PR firm of the Obamas, the fake news media is officially the personal PR firm of the DNC as a whole.

Another Year of Torrential Media Bias.  At the beginning of Trump's presidency, Christine Amanpour shed even a semblance of journalistic detachment and declared openly that she believes in "being truthful, not neutral."  That conceit has been universally adopted at CNN, resulting in coverage that is neither journalistic nor truthful but warped and purely attitudinal.  The wobbly wall that once separated news readers from pundits has completely collapsed.

Wikipedia:  Rotten to the Core.  How could a site with over 100,000 volunteer editors, with open access for anyone looking to get involved, be engaged in such widespread bias?  As an investigative journalist and activist who has spent many years seeking the truth in a landscape of obfuscation and lies, I decided to find out exactly what was going on at Wikipedia. [...] My research confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that Wikipedia
  •   supports repressive dictatorships
  •   promotes certain political candidates and attacks others
  •   accepts donations in return for favorable coverage
  •   is hostile to non-mainstream media
  •   suppresses holistic health information
  •   permits the publication of libel, maliciously and selectively
and that these problems are part of a systemic bias that reaches to the core of the platform, rendering all information it provides suspect.  If ideologically-motivated actors are able to get away with epistemological murder in one subject area, it's all but certain they are pulling off similar crimes elsewhere.

Are the Investigations the Cover-Up?  What we are witnessing here is a carefully planned and orchestrated cover-up of a series of very serious crimes.  The deep swamp is pretending to investigate the deep swamp.  This cover-up would not be possible if the mainstream media were honest and aggressive fact-finders, but they actually function as a branch of the Democratic Party.  The cover-up would fail if Republicans were unified in absolutely demanding to see all the evidence that is currently being hidden, but Republican 'leaders' do not unify and fight hard for anything.  They appear to be comfortable with losing this battle.

James Comey, Menace to Society.  [Scroll down]  Our mainstream media is an arm of the Democrat/progressive (socialist) party.  Our entertainment industry is as well.  We are living in a tyranny, a dictatorship eerily similar to Orwell's dystopian 1984.  No freedom of speech.  Words no longer mean what they used to mean.

Media's Trump Obsession Has Crossed Over To The Clinical.  The mainstream liberal press may have had a "slobbering love affair" with President Obama (as CBS News veteran Bernard Goldberg once aptly put it).  But they're absolutely obsessed with President Trump.  Data compiled by Real Clear Politics shows just how bad this Trump obsession is.

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Measuring the Media's Obsession With Trump.  From the mail bomber to the Khashoggi slaying to Bush 41's death, news outlets have organized their stories to emphasize Trump, while often undermining his legitimacy.  In doing so, the press has devoted so much attention to him that he has in some ways helped revive American journalism.  It turns out that the media's obsession with the president is greater than one might imagine.

America's Trojan Horses Are Sacking Us From Within.  CNN confuses a free press with the business of news which, today, is basically show business.  The right to a free press doesn't belong to the news business, per se; it belongs to the American people.  The press holds a sacred trust, similar to officeholders.  They are the Fourth Branch of Government — the "Fourth Estate."

Chuck Todd, Lord of the Flies?  So, according to the not inimitable Chuck Todd, those of us who voted for Trump are "gullible."  That we are stupid goes without saying.  Trump "tricked Hillary into responding to non-issues while stupid voters took care of the rest on election day."  Todd went on to say "I knew the gaslighting was out there.... but I think there was part of me in my head that assumed people were discerning it out, knew the BS from the non-BS."  This from the allegedly "articulate" Chuck Todd.  Clearly he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  He did not major in journalism or even English — that is obvious.  He majored in political science, and never graduated.  How he ended up as a news anchor on NBC is a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."  He is just another leftist ideologue posing as a journalist; like George Stephanopoulos, Chris Matthews, Tom Brokow, et. al.  Ninety-five percent of those who pretend to deliver news to the American people are left-wing activists who consider it their honor and duty to tell the rest of us how to think.  As Todd so freely opined at the "Recode Decode" podcast this week, they somehow failed to educate us illiterate morons who voted for Trump.

The Media are Just as Complicit in DOJ, FBI, Corruption and FISA Abuse.  We shared a discussion thread several months ago about how the media are enmeshed within the story of the DOJ and FBI corruption.  The media engagements with the parties swirling around the FBI, DOJ and Clinton-Steele Dossier are so pervasive they cannot reasonably report on any aspect of the story without exposing their own duplicity.  As more and more information surfaces about corrupt DOJ and FBI activity, it's worth remembering the media's complicit role.

Many of the kids working in "journalism" these days were still in diapers when Bush 41 was president.
Fake Praise for GHWB: Where Were Media When He Needed Them?  As with the passing of former President Ronald Reagan, the media are in full praise mode following the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.  Where were they when the one-term President needed them?  In Reagan's case, even his haters grudgingly acknowledged the overall success of his presidency.  As for Bush 41, the media's praise of Bush's "grace" and "class" serves to indirectly to attack President Donald Trump by showing the contrast between the two Republicans' styles and characters.  But what did much of the liberal media think and say about Bush at the time?

Flawed Media Coverage of Obama Hurts America Still.  One of the more frustrating aspects of our current political debate is the extent to which differences from administration to administration are exaggerated and distorted.  Let's take, for example, media coverage of the Obama administration.  To this day, the inaccurate picture of his presidency haunts American discourse.  While there are obvious differences with the Trump administration, Obama was not exactly the man who many millions of Americans think he was.  He was a peace president who ordered ten times more drone strikes than George W. Bush.  He was the peace president who left office with American boots on the ground in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, and scattered across North Africa.  His administration refueled Saudi jets to enable the indiscriminate Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen.  Oh, and he droned American citizens abroad without even a nod to due process.

'Morning Joe' co-hosts marry in secret ceremony with thinly-veiled anti-Trump theme.  The couple wed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, in front of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, Vanity Fair reported.  "We did an event there more than a year ago and we were just blown away," Brzezinski said of the venue.  "It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what we're worried about as a country."  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) served as officiant for the nuptials, a decision the magazine said "bore the weight of symbolism." Cummings is ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is investigating President Trump, The Hill noted.

These people are left-wing propagandists, not journalists.
Top Democrat officiates secret wedding of MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.  MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski tied the knot in a secret Saturday ceremony officiated by a top Democratic congressman in the rotunda of the National Archives.  Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., married Brzezinski, 51, and Scarborough, 55, in an intimate affair set in the historic building, according to Vanity Fair.  Cummings, who is likely the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is a former colleague of Scarborough's, dating back to when the TV personality served as a Republican congressman from Florida.

Return of the Fifth ColumnistsThe New York Times, The New Yorker, MSNBC, CNN — I could go on naming most of America's mainstream media — have done their utmost to reverse the 2016 presidential result.  To call them fifth columnists would be an understatement.  When the 45th president openly declares he'd like good relations with a country that has more nukes than we do, they call him a traitor.  (Coming from an ex-head of the CIA, this is a bit rich.)  When he calls a spade a spade, like the "[bad] countries" that are sending their criminals over here, they forget that no truer words have ever been spoken, and instead ask for the smelling salts.

Fembot Tool Warns Journalists if They Quote Too Many Men.  It probably wasn't inspired by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, who not long ago told men to "shut up."  But that's in a way what a new Financial Times tool will do:  warn writers if they're quoting too many men and force them to purge male voices.

Anti-Trump and Anti-GOP: How TV News Is Spinning the Midterms.  With just one week to go before the 2018 midterm elections, the broadcast networks are heavily spinning their campaign coverage against the Republicans, even as President Trump's campaign activities have received more airtime than all of the individual Senate, House, and gubernatorial contests combined.  Not only was network coverage of Republicans far more hostile (88% negative) than that meted out to Democrats (53% negative), but we found nearly ten times more negative statements about Republicans and President Trump (97) than all of the Democratic candidates combined (10).  In fact, coverage of the entire field of Democratic candidates would have been 67 percent positive if it hadn't been for negative comments in stories about Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's DNA test.

In less than a minute Chris Wallace nails the Washington Post on bias.  [Scroll down]  Looking beyond the Post, I firmly believe that most political reporters, hey, make that reporters regardless of their beat, at major outlets such as MSNBC, the New York Times, and CNN, when they are assigned to a story, will wonder to themselves, "How can I use my account to make Trump look bad."  This is opinion masquerading as straight news.  Trump repeatedly throws a penalty flag at these biased stories and so does an increasingly larger segment of the American population.

Kavanaugh:  What Have We Learned?  [#1] Most of the media is actively working for the Democrats.  If I had any doubt about this, it was completely erased by the events of the past month.  The only way any of it makes sense is if the press is eagerly doing the will of the Democrats.  Are the Dems accusing a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, and even gang rape?  Well then, the press will proceed under that assumption.  They already know the accused is guilty, no matter how insane the accusation, so they'll dig up facts to match the theory.  And if they can't find facts?  Any facts at all?  Well then, they'll just weave together rumor and conjecture until they hit their word count.

CNN Founder:  Network is 'Stickin' with Politics a Little Too Much'.  In an interview with Ted Koppel on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN founder Ted Turner said that while he doesn't watch the news much anymore, he thinks the network that he birthed was too political and could use some balance.  "I think they're stickin' with politics a little too much," Turner said "They — they'd do better to have — a more balanced agenda.  But that's, you know, just one person's opinion."  Koppel also asked Turner about his relationship with Fox News founder and fellow billionaire Rupert Murdoch.  "He didn't hate me," Turner told Koppel "He envied me."

1984 Now:  EU Thought Police Say "Hate" Must be Regulated Out of Media.  They're not really sure what hate is but are sure of this:  They hate it.  And thus should "it" — as represented by discrimination, exclusion, and a "dangerous nationalism" — be purged from the media via regulation. [...] Conventional media have long been in the Left's pocket, and social media are now notorious for their censorship, which mainly falls on conservatives.  For example, Twitter, already known for banning and "shadowbaning" traditionalists, now says that it wants to prohibit "dehumanizing" comments — with users' help.

Larry King Criticizes CNN: They're 'Sorta Liberal' And No One Does News Anymore.  Remember Larry King?  My grandmother used to watch him religiously.  He was the man who had the open-ended interviews with some of the biggest names in the news, politics, and popular culture.  He left CNN in 2010.  Earlier this week, he lamented how there's no news anymore.  Not holding anything back, he even admitted that CNN has become "sorta liberal."  There is no news anymore.  CNN has the panels that are 15-people deep.  And the breaking news alerts are getting way overused.  You can debate what you will about how we came to this juncture in cable news.  Frankly, this wasn't entirely a byproduct of Trump.  We were heading down this road years prior to the 2016 election, but Trump's upset win on Hillary Clinton injected steroids into the process.

Americans Can Agree On One Thing At Least.  The mainstream press might want to spend less time complaining about President Donald Trump's attacks on them and more time doing a better job.  A new survey shows that a substantial majority of Americans think the press is biased, unreliable and out of touch.

Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh reveal big problem in media.  In a nation where every major issue ends up in the Supreme Court, it only makes sense a nomination to that court has turned into political combat.  And the media love it.  Journalists have set aside their already pretend neutrality to openly support Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.  They have either skewered Kavanaugh or pushed to delay the hearings in a desperate hope that Democrats take the Senate and stop all future Trump nominees.

News Shocker: Media fact-checks Barack Obama, at least this once.  One of the things the mainstream media never quite got around to during Barack Obama's brief 2,922 days in office was fact-checking his every public comment.  Probably just an oversight.  However, during Donald Trump's endless 601 days in office the media have rediscovered their watchdog conscience and are keeping very close track — even daily — of his misstatements, untruths and exaggerations.  Probably because there's not much else happening with jobs, the economy, North Korea, Iran, ISIS, etc.

'I am part of the resistance inside the news media,' and I'm not anonymous.  Over the years, I've been asked to run anonymous letters dozens of times, but I've never done so.  The explanation is always the same:  Our readers have a right to judge the validity of a submitted opinion based on who you are and whether you have an ax to grind against the subject of your letter.  The opinion editors of the New York Times obviously feel differently. [...] The op-ed told us nothing new.  It merely confirmed what has been obvious for a long time — that many figures in the Washington, D.C., establishment fear President Donald Trump and are working to undermine his administration.

Bob Woodward Has a Trail of Accuracy Issues That Nobody is Talking About.  Longtime journalist Bob Woodward's best-selling new book, "Fear," presents a scathing depiction of President Donald Trump and his ability to perform his duties as commander-in-chief.  While senior Trump officials including Secretary of Defense James Mattis have denied quotations attributed to them in the book, media coverage of "Fear" has been largely positive, emphasizing the 75-year-old Woodward's experience and trustworthiness.  But that coverage has left out part of the story:  repeated, credible charges — including from well-respected fellow journalists — that in previous books Woodward embellished the truth, made dubious bombshell claims or was otherwise misleading.

Anti-Trump journalists find new, bizarre ways to join the resistance.  Media bias seems to get worse by the week.  Even a work week shortened by Labor Day delivered on that depressing trend.  Journalists cheered protests at the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and swallowed a silly Internet hoax.  Then there was the anonymous New York Times op-ed defending a "steady state" rebellion against President Trump.  It was a new low for journalists devoted to overturning a democratic election.

Media pounce on conservatives and weaponize bias against Trump.  Anti-Trump news organizations continued to attack the president this past week on many fronts, including for what CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon called "a real culture of corruption."  In reality, Avlon should have been describing the state of journalism.  CNN, that stalwart of James Earl Jones voiceovers, has no room to point fingers.  It got caught believing another phony story about President Trump and is too stubborn and woke to admit it.  (Sort of like when three CNN investigative journalists had to resign in 2017, except then the network admitted they were wrong.)  Meanwhile, NBC is facing allegations from a former top producer that executives actively interfered in reporting on allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  And The New York Times has become increasingly obvious about the word play it injects into news stories, so its left-wing agenda remains intact.

Hall Monitor Nation.  Apart from building the wall, President Trump's most important act as president so far was his attack on internet censorship this week.  The left controls all the cultural institutions — the establishment media, corporate America, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, public schools and universities.  The only breach in their total dominion of the flow of information is the internet.  So now they're fixated like a laser beam on private citizens yammering to one another online.  Why can't people accept the officially certified news as delivered by respected truth-tellers like Brian Williams, CNN and NBC — the network that censored Juanita Broaddrick and illegally leaked the "Access Hollywood" tape?  Liberals assessed the situation and correctly concluded:  People are learning facts on the internet that we've been withholding from them, so now they don't agree with us.  We have to stop this.

Diary of August 30, 2018.  Let's play a little game of guessing what is the paper — and what is the editorial position of the paper — in which the following "news" headlines have recently appeared. [...]

Bury the good news, gin up up Fake News.  I get that the nation's press hates President Trump and I defend their right to trash him.  But what they practice is not journalism.  Real reporters put aside their feelings to report the news straight.  They may do that elsewhere, and certainly I do not mean to disparage those reporters across the country who cover the school boards and city councils and even the state legislatures.  But by and large our national news is anti-Trump propaganda.  It is backfiring.  You would think after three years, the press would take notice.

The media's hatred of Trump is only hurting itself.  [Scroll down]  Because the [New York] Times is the liberal media's bell cow, the floodgates were flung open to routinely call Trump a liar, a racist and a traitor.  Standards of fairness were trashed as nearly every prominent news organization demonized Trump and effectively endorsed Clinton.  This open partisanship was a disgraceful chapter in the history of American journalism.  Yet the shocking failure of that effort produced no change in behavior.  After the briefest of mea culpas for failing to see even the possibility of a Trump victory, the warped coverage continued and became the media wing of the resistance movement.  Which is how we arrived at the latest low moment in journalism.  This one involved the more than 300 newspapers (including The [New York] Post) that followed The Boston Globe and, especially his accusation that they are "the enemy of the people."  The high-minded among the media mob insisted they were joining together to protect the First Amendment and freedom of the press.  In fact, the effort looked, smelled and felt like self-interest and rank partisanship masquerading as principle.  True to their habit, most of the papers expressed contempt for the president and some extended that contempt to his supporters.

And They Wonder Why We're Angry.  Journalistic coverage of President Trump is more than 90 percent negative.  When a gunman attacked a newspaper in Maryland, one journalist was willing to immediately falsely report that the shooter was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.  Journalistic reports on the "killing" of the president or "impeachment" of the president were exponentially higher for President Trump than Presidents Bush and Obama in their first six months of their first terms.  Artists and comedians uphold the interpretive concept of beheading the president.  All of this factors into hundreds of violent attacks on Trump-supporters who are falsely and uniformly represented as neo-Nazis, KKK members, and "Alt-Right" fanatics.

Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department.  I will never call the mainstream media "the enemy of the people."  But I will call them out for having strayed from fairly reporting some of the biggest stories of the last two years.  No matter how egregious their errors, they insist on pointing fingers elsewhere and reinforcing their political biases, in ways unimaginable to those of us who grew up in the Walter Cronkite era.  A few days ago, The Hill's John Solomon revealed that Congress has discovered that Bruce Ohr — one of the highest-ranking Department of Justice (DOJ) officials reporting to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — was in continuous secret communication with former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the salacious Trump-Russia dossier produced for an opposition research firm on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party.  Steele also just happened to be a paid informant for the FBI but was later dismissed for lying about his contacts with the media.

Solidarity in the trench.  A recent Gallup/Knight Foundation poll found that 62 percent of U.S. adults believe the news they get from traditional sources — newspapers, radio and television — is biased.  Nearly half — 44 percent — think the information is inaccurate, and 39 percent even conclude that it's misinformation cooked for a gullible audience.

Mainstream Media Glorifies Violent Antifa Protests.  The mainstream media has disingenuously framed the counter protests to "Unite the Right 2" rally in DC as being "anti-hate" when, in reality, many of the counter-protesters acted aggressively toward authorities and journalists.  TheDC's Vince Coglianese explains that some of the bad faith counter protesters that showed up to protest white supremacy on Sunday discredited the cause of the overall crowd gathered to protest due to their aggressive activities.  One counter-protester claimed that if the president showed up to the rally, he would "murder him for the people."

Newspapers have failed the First Amendment.  [F]reedom of the press is only one of five bedrock rights in America.  Standing up for the one that you use to earn a living is easy.  The test is how well you defend the other four.  When it comes to religion, newspapers are largely atheistic.  One year, the local newspaper did not even mention Easter on Easter Sunday — except in the paid ads.  9/11 changed newspapers slightly.  They now defend Islam.  As for free speech, newspapers did not condemn social media for banning Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservatives; newspapers did not condemn college campuses for harassing and even banning conservative speakers; newspapers did not condemn ABC for firing Roseanne Barr over one bad joke.

Why Normal Americans Hate the "Elites".  Personally, I am more unhappy about the press's assault on President Trump than about President Trump's assault on the press.  To listen to our heroic journalists, you might think that Trump is sending secret policemen to cart them off to prison.  No such thing, of course.  Rather, Trump is saying things about left-wing press outlets that are nowhere near as nasty as what they have been saying about him since before his inauguration.  Democratic Party journalists declared war on the president, and they now pretend that his fighting back is somehow an infringement of their rights.

Beat the Press (every Sunday).  It is blatantly obvious that the entrenched bureaucracy and their allies in the mainstream media have now declared all-out war on President Trump and anyone connected to him.  The volume of omissions, half-truths, and outright lies presented as 'news' by these outlets is astounding.  Trump has punched back, but something more is needed in order to push against the tsunami of Anti-Trump vitriol spewing from the establishment Fourth Estate.

A Winning President is Better Than a Presidential President.  [Donald Trump] came to office with a certain outsized, garish, New York persona, which set him up perfectly to send outrageous tweets, be politically incorrect, and drive liberals into a frenzy.  He plays them like a fiddle in some respects, but he also has to be willing to get down and dirty.  He stays close to the edge and slips sometimes.  This is necessary.  His reputation is important, to be sure; but Trump is making a strategic gamble with it.  He knows that, unlike him, the media has only its reputation.  It has nothing else to fall back on.  No one can make people watch a news program or buy a newspaper or read a blog.  When Trump is done, and a plurality of Americans clearly see the conventional media as phony liars, they are dead.

Now they see themselves as soldiers.  Yesterday [8/6/2018], CNN had the audacity to publish an "opinion" piece by an ethics professor from Notre Dame that compares "journalists" to soldiers. [...] It must be "journalistic ethics" that inspired Politico reporter Marc Caputo to call us gap-toothed garbage people.  "Accuracy and fairness?"  Like cutting video to make it look like Trump emptying a box of fish food was some kind of never-before-seen boorishness the likes of which the world has ever known?  Was it that "demanding code of journalistic ethics" that inspired Chris Cillizza to put a rifle scope on a gif of President Trump?  Sleeping with a Senate staffer to get classified information — talk about a demanding code of journalistic ethics.  How many retractions and corrections have the news media had to make over the last two years?

My Declaration of Incivility.  All around us the organized left (establishment media, Hollywood, and Democrats) are lamenting the loss of civility.  Of course, to express this lament, they must first take a break from calling us [names] throughout the halls of the U.S. Capitol.  Oh, and they must also take a break from bullying us out of public spaces and calling for more even more mobs to be vigilant so we face a "life sentence" of bullying.  With no professional consequences, NBC News is not only calling Trump a "Nazi," NBC News is smearing his supporters as "Nazis" — and I do not mean figuratively.  NBC News is not being coy about calling us Nazis.  NBC News is not nibbling around the edges of calling us Nazis.  NBC News is straight-up calling us Nazis.

Protesting Journalists, Much Like Protesting Politicians, Is Constitutional.  There is a notion amongst some journalists the recent protests directed towards them at a President Donald Trump rally somehow disrespected the First Amendment.  Larry Sabato tweeted as much this week, while also telling CNN's Jim Acosta "true constitutionalists with you."  Politico's Marc Caputo apologized for venting his spleen over Twitter towards the protesters.  The anger journalists have at being criticized is completely understandable — and Odin knows I'm sympathetic towards journalists — but suggesting the protesters are somehow violating the First Amendment is incorrect.

Ana Navarro: 'CNN Tries to Be Very Balanced'.  Meghan McCain and Ana Navarro engaged in a fiery debate over media bias on Friday's [8/3/2018] episode of "The View," with Navarro vehemently defending the journalistic integrity of CNN, the network she frequently contributes to. [...] McCain cited a Pew Research study from 2012 that showed President Barack Obama received significantly greater positive coverage than Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and said she "would rather have a conversation about why Republicans don't have the same kind of fair and balanced media coverage that Democrats do than automatically jumping to terminology like 'enemy.'"

Ana Navarro Vs.  Meghan McCain:  Is CNN "Very Balanced"?  CNN must be "very balanced," says Navarro, because they frequently have anti-Trumpers like her on debating pro-Trumpers.  But that can't be the yardstick for "balance."  Fox has had Democratic panelists on day and night for years to debate Republicans.  By Navarro's standard, and contra every left-wing talking point about Fox for the past 20 years, that would make Fox "balanced."  It isn't, because it clearly has an editorial point of view notwithstanding the political diversity of its guests.  Same goes for CNN.  I defy you to watch it at any hour and conclude that the anchor is neutral towards Trump and his party.

MAGA hats, 'Fake News' shirts are hot sellers at Newseum, irritating reporters.  The Newseum in Washington, D.C., is an interactive museum that celebrates the role and history of the media in America.  So, what are among the top-selling items in the museum's gift shop and through its online store?  Red caps that say "Make America Great Again," and T-shirts that say "You Are Very Fake News."  But the popularity of items associated with President Trump has been irritating many members of the media,, the website for a media think tank, reported.

The Editor says...
The reporters are only irritated because they hate Donald Trump, which means they are not objective observers, which means they should not be employed and portrayed as reporters.

Levin: 'The media won't address its own unprofessionalism'.  Thursday [8/2/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin called out the media for reporting more on themselves than on legitimate news, and claiming that they are "under attack."  "The media keep reporting on the media, have you noticed that? ... The media have abandoned a pretense of seeking objectivity for ideological activism, progressivism ... they're devouring what they self-servingly claim to defend," Levin said.  [Audio clip]

Hey Media, You Started It.  Every television show you watch, every movie, every woman's magazine, every comedian, and, yes, every news program tells you you [are bad].  If you believe your country should vet its immigrants, you're racist.  If you voted for Donald Trump, you're racist.  If you make a joke about Barack Obama on Facebook, you're racist twice.  If you think motherhood is a woman's highest calling, you're sexist.  If you take it ill when Islamists blow you up in the name of their nasty little god, you're Islamophobic.  If you know that a man is a man even if he says he's a woman, you're transphobic.  If you think it's fair to debate whether homosexual actions are moral or not, you're homophobic.  Every day.  From every outlet.  All the time.  And now people are angry.

The media whips up hatred among classes, races, religions, and exactly two sexes.
  •   The media constantly publish stories showing that white people are racist.  In the past 48 hours alone, the New York Times has published stories showing that white people are racist in hotels and at public swimming pools. [...] Nearly every day, the media write an article that reads, "White people are racist in [kind of place or circumstance]."  This repeated emphasis whips up racial resentment and encourages violence against white people.
  •   Not a day goes by without some gleeful account of how the non-white population of America is increasing, eagerly looking forward to the day when whites are in the minority.  This "in your face, white people!" mentality stirs up understandable resentment among white Americans.
  •   We are constantly told by the media to hate the rich, that if they have a lot of money, they must not have earned it legitimately, that "their" money should be "our" money.  The resentment built up by this kind of storyline encourages lawmakers to enact theft by higher taxation.
  •   Women are constantly told that most men are rapists or harassers who don't respect them.  Women are encouraged to turn against men and see rape in every dorm room and every janitor closet.
  •   We are repeatedly told that the police are racist.

CNN Loves Hiring Former Obama Officials.  CNN personalities have repeatedly attacked Fox News for allegedly being a mouthpiece for President Donald Trump, pointing to the number of Fox anchors and pundits who have joined the administration over the past year and a half.  CNN has its own extensive history, however, of being a revolving door for the Obama administration and even masquerading former Obama officials as impartial journalists.

We Now Have a Direct Line From Russia To... The Media.  We're fretting about Facebook ads hoping to influence the election... yet this is a direct line from Russia to the mainstream media.  Look at all the trouble Russia went through to set up, staff, develop, finance, hide, spoof, and disguise their "Troll Farm" operation — all in the hopes of turning some Facebook heads amidst a million other ads and issues.  But with Steele and Fusion GPS, all it takes is a word to a Steele "source" and a week or so later it's being directly disseminated to the most influential segment of US society:  the national press. [...] It's unimaginable, but it happened.  The FBI allowed uncorroborated, foreign-sourced derogatory info on a presidential candidate, paid for by his opponent, to be used as credible evidence in a FISA hearing in order to gain access to the communications of a former campaign member.

Mark Levin: 'Why Do The Press Hate The American People?'.  Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin had some strong words for the media during his appearance on Hannity.  Levin began by saying that "a lot has been said" about President Donald Trump's hostile rhetoric towards the press, specifically when he calls them the "enemy of the people," telling Sean Hannity that he has a "different take."  "Why do the press hate the American people?" Levin asked.  "65 million people, give or take, voted for Donald Trump for president of the United States... various press outlets, reporters, hosts or their guests called millions and millions of Americans 'Nazis,' 'racists,' 'deranged,' 'cultists,' 'deplorable,' and even worse.  How do the press in this country justify calling tens of millions of people such outrageous names?"

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view.  It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.  But in the late 1950s and early 1960s that all changed.  Suddenly the folks in the news media began to present themselves as unbiased pursuers of "the truth."  Gone was the out-in-front bias and instead the media cloaked itself in a new air of detachment, a new just-the-facts mien.  This new era in media conceit coincided with the advent of a liberal mindset that took on the weight of the world, a new era in which liberals felt that their ideals rose above God, tradition and country.

As the Swamp Turns.  It now is clear that "As the Swamp Turns," the daily cable-news soap opera/circus, definitely will not end before November.  We will get our full two seasons of programming with an option for the Democrat-Media-Entertainment-Academia Complex to extend for two more.  Cable news is about ratings, not news.  When the important news is flat, CNN shifts into Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.  Bermuda Triangle?  Black hole?  Thus, Stormy Daniels is a natural for them — and, yummy for ratings, now she is getting divorced, too.  And the latest — the nonsense over the Michael Cohen secret recordings of his client, then-business-magnate-and-builder Donald J. Trump.  How long will this nonsense continue?  It now is clear that it will continue at least through the November elections.

These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans.  Americans believe the vast majority of news on TV, in newspapers, on the radio, and on social media is biased, according to new polls.  Those surveyed found that PBS News and the Associated Press were the least biased outlets, while Fox News and Breitbart News tied for having the most perceived bias.  But views on how biased or inaccurate media organizations are differed dramatically based on the respondent's political beliefs.

The Media's Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wounds.  A few weeks ago, when a [loser] shot up the offices of a Maryland newspaper, social media was flooded with tweets from members of the press (a.k.a.  America's least trusted profession, and yes, that's counting Indian guys who call from "Microsoft security") in which these self-appointed "guardians of truth" castigated the rest of us for not, you know, liking them more.  We're the most important pillar of a free society!  We're out there every day fighting for the truth!  Why don't you love us, you stupid [...]?!  Ah, media hypocrisy at its finest!  After 9/11, the response of many mainstream (i.e., left-leaning) news organs was to ask, "Why is the USA so hated?"  Literally, "Why do they hate us?" became a media mantra in the months following the attacks.  This was an example of the press doing what it does best — pretending to advocate introspection.  "Yes, thousands of Americans have been killed, but our job is to rise above emotion and ask the hard questions."  For journalists, introspection is easy when you're telling someone else to do it. [...] With the media, self-examination and soul-searching stop at the newsroom door.

Biased Media And Average Americans Not In Sync On What's Important.  We've seen in recent weeks what the big media think are important:  Russia, climate change, North Korea, abortion, upcoming elections, gun control and inequality.  How do those match people's real concerns?  Turns out, not much at all. [...] So what do Americans see as the No. 1 problem?  [A] record 22% say "Immigration/Illegal aliens," followed by "Dissatisfaction with government/Poor leadership" (19%) and Race relations/Racism (7%), "Unifying the country" (6%) and "Lack of respect for each other" (6%).

Russian Bots vs.  Media/Academia/Hollywood — Which Had A Bigger Impact On The Election?  Professor Tim Groseclose, author of "Left Turn:  How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind," makes the case that were the media truly fair and balanced, the average state would vote the same way Texas votes, in favor of Republicans.  But media bias gives Democrats a bump of about 8 to 10 points.  Of 20 major sources of news, Groseclose found about 15 years ago, 90 percent lean to the left. [...] NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd worked on the 1992 presidential campaign of left-left Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin.  CNN's Jake Tapper used to work for a U.S. House Democrat.  ABC News "chief anchor" George Stephanopoulos worked as a top campaign strategist for the election of Bill Clinton, and after Clinton's election worked as his communications director.

Is The Media The "Enemy Of The People"?  It wasn't the first time that he had said or tweeted it.  And it never fails to get a rise out of the media.  President Trump had referred to the New York Times, CNN and NBC News as "the enemy of the American people" shortly after taking office. [...] While Jim Acosta was demanding a retraction for being called an "enemy of the people", the media had thrown every effort into opening the border.  The American people are defined by their physical possession of the territory.  And that territory and its possession is defined and measured by a border.  You can't advocate the destruction of the American people and then object to being called their enemy.  Without a border, there is no America and no American people.  The territories formerly known as the United States fill up with various peoples who claim the entitlements of citizenship but not its responsibilities, whose identity is not of their current country of residency, but of their country of birth.

Nunes Targets the Real Collusion:  The Media and DOJ.  Congress is finally closing in on the biggest perpetrator of the Trump-Russia election collusion hoax:  the American news media.  After taking an eight-year break from its vital role as the executive branch's watchdog, the media have been on a frenzied, anti-Trump bender since 2016.  Every conspiracy theory, every rumor, every dubious source has been chased down and breathlessly covered by once-credible news organizations.  (This shameful interview on CNN with a drunken former Trump campaign aide could be a new low in journalism.)  Despite sanctimonious protestations that the media are not — as President Trump suggests — the "enemy of the people," their collective conduct before and during his presidency has been disgraceful and borderline subversive.  The elite press is complicit in one of the greatest political scandals of all-time:  How the Obama administration concocted the tale that Donald Trump's campaign was working with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller's 'Pit Bull' Arranged Meeting With Reporters To Discuss Manafort Investigation.  Justice Department documents released on Friday [7/6/2018] confirm that the DOJ attorney known as Robert Mueller's "pit bull" arranged a meeting with journalists in April 2017 to discuss an investigation into Paul Manafort.  The documents show that Andrew Weissmann arranged a meeting with DOJ and FBI officials and four Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017, just over a month before Mueller was appointed special counsel.  Manafort's lawyers obtained the documents on June 29 and revealed them in a briefing filed in federal court in Virginia.  The attorneys are pushing for a hearing into what they say are possible leaks of secret grand jury information, false information and potentially classified materials from the meeting.

Important: Robert Mueller Lead Attorney Coordinated Investigative Strategy With Four AP "Reporters".  The gist of the story is that Andrew Weissmann was meeting with AP reporters in April of 2017, approximately a month prior to the formal construct of the Robert Mueller investigation.  The information from the meeting, which was essentially based on research provided by the "reporters" about Paul Manafort, was then later used in the formation of the underlying evidence against Manafort to gain a search warrant.

Mueller "Pit Bull" Weissman arranged meeting with AP reporters to discuss Manafort probe.  The documents show that Andrew Weissmann arranged a meeting with DOJ and FBI officials and four Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017, just over a month before Mueller was appointed special counsel.  Manafort's lawyers obtained the documents on June 29 and revealed them in a briefing filed in federal court in Virginia.  The attorneys are pushing for a hearing into what they say are possible leaks of secret grand jury information, false information and potentially classified materials from the meeting.

Court Docs Allege More Corruption by Mueller's "Pit Bull" in Manafort Case.  According to sources with knowledge of the meeting, the reporters had reached out to Weissmann on a different story earlier in the year and it was during that conversation that the AP team told Weissmann of their investigation into Manafort.  However, according to the recent documents, it was Weissmann that called for the meeting.  On April 12 — one day after the meeting — the AP published the explosive expose on Manafort.  "The meeting raises serious concerns about whether a violation of grand jury secrecy occurred," stated Kevin Downing, Manafort's lawyer, in a motion requesting a hearing.  "Based on the FBI's own notes of the meeting, it is beyond question that a hearing is warranted."

Mainstream Media On Their Last Legs.  Looking at today's most popular cable news outlets, you might think that they were created as some sort of façor a political purpose.  Sadly, you wouldn't be completely wrong.  In 2018, the idea that anchors and hosts should be objective seems farfetched and is accepted by so few that we've forgone pretending anymore.  What happens because of this is a loss of faith in these outlets, and President Trump has been at the forefront of this with his attacks on the media, and make no mistake, this should be setting off alarms for the general public.  When the president of the USA openly attacks the media, something has gone terribly wrong.

Sounds like a slush fund:
New Jersey Funds the Media.  In the liberal mind, the way to prove you value something is by funding it with taxpayer money.  So if you love journalism, you take taxpayer money and give it to journalists.  It is a sacred mantra of the Left that corporate funding of media inevitably results in a pro-corporate media bias.  Consistency would dictate that government funding of media would lead to a pro-government bias.  Not in New Jersey. [...] Garden State legislators have approved a bill to use taxpayer money to support "grants to strengthen local news coverage," starting with an opening $5 million kitty.  The goal is to have $20 million allocated toward the "civic information" fund every year for five years.

Fox News finds airing Trump rallies live, in their entirety is good for business.  Critics say Fox is essentially giving the Republican president free, repeated access to his supporters in a midterm election year.

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That's exactly what CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC did during the Obama presidency.

Trump [is] Blamed for Death of Reporters.  Did Media Blame Obama for Cop Killers?  How dare the President call out the anti-Republican media for its decades of biased reporting?  Pew Research, in 2013, found that only 7 percent of reporters called themselves Republican.  How dare Trump attack The New York Times, which has not endorsed a Republican presidential candidate since 1956?  How dare Trump go after The Washington Post, which has never endorsed a Republican presidential candidate.  And how dare Trump refer to CNN — one of whose "news" anchors, Don Lemon, has called Trump "a racist" — as fake news.

Border Hysteria Delivers Disastrous Week for Establishment Media.  A clean majority of 62 percent believe the "traditional news media" is biased.  A full 44 percent believe the media is inaccurate, and another 39 percent believe the media spread misinformation.

Levin: The media 'create their own reality'.  LevinTV host Mark Levin began his radio show Friday evening [6/22/2018] discussing how the media have inserted ideological progressivism into their news reporting.  "They create their own reality.  And in this case, it's a progressive reality," Levin said of the media.  "And they push it out as news."  He recommended the book The Image:  A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, by the late historian Daniel Boorstin, to explain how the news media attempt to indoctrinate the public.

IG Report:  FBI Officials Accepted Bribes From Media.  On Page Xii of the IG report the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) highlights numerous FBI officials who accepted bribes from multiple media outlets including: "tickets to sporting events", "golf outings", "drinks and meals" as well as exclusive invitations and admission to "nonpublic social events".

How to Read a Newspaper.  You should always ask yourself who benefits from a newspaper story based on a leak, or some fact that wouldn't otherwise be reported in the ordinary course of plain news gathering.  Someone usually has a motive for making sure a story or fact makes it into the news.

Don't Buy Establishment Media's Sudden Concern for 'Human Rights' in North Korea.  The establishment media have one guiding principle when it comes to dictators and human rights:  If the dictator makes Republicans look bad (or Democrats look good), the media do not give a damn about human rights.  North Korea is not only the most recent example, it is one of the most striking.  Oh, sure, the list of dictators the media adore is endless — Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Hassan Rouhani, Bashar al-Assad, Mohamed Morsi, Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussein, and the Soviet Union — but when you look at today's narrative about human rights in North Korea, never let yourself forget that it was only four months ago — a mere 16 weeks — when the media [pandered to] Kim.

Netflix Approval Plummets Among Republicans Amid Obama Production Deal, Susan Rice Board Appointment.  Republican's approval of the internet streaming giant Netflix has dropped amid the company's recent embrace of Susan Rice and Barack Obama, according to polling data obtained by Variety.  A survey by the research firm YouGov found that Netflix's positive impression rating with Republicans fell by 16 percent since the beginning of 2018.  Meanwhile, the company's positive impression rating with Democrats has risen by 15 percent in the same period.

Sting exposes Indian media's corruption.  Cobrapost, an Indian Web publication, carried out a long sting operation where it pretended to be a Hindutva organization.  It caught several officials of big media houses in India admitting they were willing to run hate campaigns that would aid some political parties.

The Media Who Cried Wolf.  According to Rasmussen polling results released on in late April, 54% of likely voters "say they do not trust the political news they are getting."  That is an eight-point increase from last June's 46%, the poll's previous high, and 18 points higher than last January's result.  With just 32% saying "they do trust the political news they are getting," the establishment media polls well below the President.  If trustworthiness is the media's basic job description, they have an effective job approval rating of 32% favorable, 54% unfavorable.

The Biggest Threat to America's Future Is the Media.  Today, the media in the United States are not objective seekers and disseminators of truth.  In truth, the media serve as the propagandist and protector of the forces that want to change America from a constitutional republic to a socialist state.  The evidence is clear and overwhelming of the countless times the media have selectively covered what promotes leftist ideals and ignored or altered the facts of what exposes the sinister leftist agenda. [...] It is not hyperbolic to say today's mainstream media are an enemy of truth, conservative thought, and the authority of the United States Constitution.  Many young, as well as some seasoned journalists in today's media are not capable of reporting the truth, either because of their leftist indoctrination in liberal universities or out of fear of the consequences from the leftist editorial boards of most media outlets.

Mueller Year One:  Journalism's Real Heroes Continued.  A brave group of journalists — aided by key amplifiers in social media, cable news, and talk radio — continues to push back on the media's sycophantic service to the Democratic Party in which so many reporters, news personalities and political pundits are invested.  Now, reporters who tried to convince us Trump was nuts for claiming Obama's FBI spied on him are spinning hard to persuade us that an "informant" isn't really a "spy."  But these antidotal journalists and influencers are not letting them get away with it.

Am I Tuning in at the Wrong Times, or Does CNN Really Have Trump Derangement Syndrome?  Maybe it's a matter of timing.  Maybe I'm not giving this a fair shake.  But whenever I happen to tune in to CNN, there's a panel of talking heads discussing President Trump and the porn star.  Or President Trump and the Mueller investigation.  Or President Trump and whether he'll be impeached.  Or President Trump and Jerusalem.  Or President Trump and Saudi Arabia.  Or President Trump and Iran.  Or President Trump and North Korea.  Or President Trump and the American economy.  Or President Trump and pro-life legislation.  Or President Trump and national security — or whatever the major topic is — I almost never hear CNN talking about it.  As for CNN talking about a subject that didn't mention Trump at all, I can't remember the last time I witnessed that personally.

Mueller Year One:  The Real Heroes in Journalism.  After eight years of feeding the Obama cult of personality — swooning over his suave personal traits, covering for mistakes and misconduct, applying little if any scrutiny to his policies or performance — the news media suddenly developed a keen interest in presidential accountability and integrity on November 9, 2016.  Since the day Donald Trump won the election over their strenuous objections, the media have been out to get the man they deem unworthy of the presidency.  They have teamed up with the Left of and the NeverTrump Right to campaign for his removal from office.  Trump's family, aides, and cabinet members have been harassed and reviled in despicable ways.

National media is the swamp.  There was this idea after President Trump won in 2016 that the national press would take a step back to re-evaluate its blind spots.  For an industry that managed somehow to misunderstand everything about his rise to power, including the part where he was able to rally public opinion against newsrooms, a period of serious self-reflection seemed long overdue.

Propaganda Networks.  Why does American journalist Abby Martin do propaganda for socialist murderers?  You've heard about Russian propaganda.  Martin once worked for RT, Russia's state-run news network.  Now she's got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin American leftists.  I'd never heard of teleSUR before researching this week's YouTube video.  But teleSUR matters because its videos get millions of views.  Latin America stays poor because people believe socialist propaganda.

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is Everything Wrong with the Media.  While President Trump rallied working class voters in Michigan, the Media-Industrial complex in Washington D.C. threw itself a narcissistic orgy known as the White House Correspondents' Dinner.  The Dinner is, in theory, a charity event.  But the only people who know that are reporters and Jeopardy trivia champions.  In between the celebrity appearances and the obscene taunts aimed at women who work in the Trump administration, the media orgy is supposed to be fundraising to send kids to college.  Sure.  The White House Correspondents' Association went from spending 60% of its take on scholarships in 2009 to 23% in 2015.  This year, the WHCA boasts that it's spending $134,500 on scholarships.  That's comparable to its executive compensation.

For the sake of journalism, stop the White House correspondents' dinner.  The 2018 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner should be the last.  It never has been a particularly good idea for journalists to don their fanciest clothes and cozy up to the people they cover, alongside Hollywood celebrities who have ventured to wonky Washington to join the fun.  But in the current era, it's become close to suicidal for the press's credibility.  Trust in the mainstream media is low, a new populism has caught fire all over the Western world, and President Trump constantly pounds the news media as a bunch of out-of-touch elites who don't represent the interests of real Americans.  The annual dinner — or at least the optics of the dinner — seems to back him up.

Top 10 Media Tweets Criticizing White House Correspondents' Dinner.  This was a very good opportunity for the Republican Party to show Middle America what the Coastal Media Bubble people think of anyone who disagrees with them politically.

America's Establishment Media Has Become The Laughing Stock Of The World.  The Mainstream Media is losing viewers and readers left and right as millions turn to alternative sources that are not extensions of left-leaning corporate interests that have long dominated America's media enterprise.  This fact is also a big reason why Donald Trump continues to not only survive but thrive as President of the United States.

The Three Festering Wounds of 2016: James Comey is central to all of them.  Three wounds, created or revealed in 2016, have become infected, and the infections are not yet cured.  First is the so-called "Russia dossier," which became the basis for the Robert Mueller investigation that is running away in the manner that Lawrence Walsh's "Iran Contra" investigation did.  The second is the "Uranium One" scandal, which the media still try to bury.  And the third is the fact that Hillary Clinton and her closest staff, such as Huma Abedin, committed felonies in handling classified information.  The then-FBI Director James Comey saw the proofs of their actions and nevertheless decided to protect them from punishment.  There is every reason not to write about these scandals, especially considering the enormous amount that has already been written.  So why try now?  Simply because the three all flow together in a symphony of corruption, misgovernment, and media misbehavior that cannot be ignored.

Former NPR CEO Opens Up About liberal media bias.  Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio.  When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.  This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience.

The Real Reason the Democrats Want to Be Rid of Confederate Monuments.  The media spend their days "rectifying" the news.  They write and print and speak to mislead.  Since they could not factually rectify the outcome of the 2016 election, they have spent every waking moment since constructing lies to delegitimize it; with falsehoods of collusion with Russia, and implications that racism, white supremacism, Nazis, and the KKK somehow denied them their rightful destiny They know none of those imputations are true, but their goal is make the public believe they are factual.  For the eight years Obama was President, the MSM never reported the vast numbers of people who were forced, enticed and even recruited to dependence on Food Stamps (an additional 10.7 million souls), or the catastrophic, unimaginable sum of 10 trillion dollars, by which he increased the national debt (he doubled it, adding more than all previous presidents combined), or the true facts of Obamacare, driving up costs, and wrecking the finances of what was the best system of medical care in the world).

Levin: If Exposing Media Is Only Thing Trump Does, He Will Have Been a Successful President.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin lambasted the media and praised Donald Trump, saying if exposing the media is the only thing Trump does, he will have been a successful president.  "I honestly believe if this is the only thing President Trump succeeds in doing he will have been a successful president — that is, exposing the media," said Mark Levin.  "For decade, after decade, after decade, and now it's worse than ever, the media have fraudulently presented themselves to the American people — to you — as some kind of objective nonpartisan entity just reporting the news.  Now they're all out of the closet, and it's not very pretty."

Majority of Democrats and Republicans say media has partisan agendas: poll.  Seventy percent of the general public agrees that news organizations "are subject to partisan agendas," with 85 percent of Republicans believing the news media is influenced by funding, according to a Wednesday YouGov poll.  "The rise of fake news, a growing multitude of media sources, and an increasingly polarized nation have Americans learning to take their headlines with a grain of salt," says the YouGov study.  The research also shows that seven in 10 Americans agree that news organizations report stories in a way that's favorable to their owners.

Chuck Todd gets questioned about hypocrisy — his wife's company has been paid millions by Democrats.  [Scroll down]  Referring to Jeffrey Lord's article in The American Spectator published the same morning, [two WABC] radio hosts asked [NBC's Meet The Press host Chuck] Todd to respond to the hypocrisy alleged in the column.  Lord goes through a litany of examples in his article, saying that while interviewing Bernie Sanders eleven times this year, Todd never disclosed the fact that his wife's company had received almost $2 million from the Bernie 2016 campaign.  Todd's wife, Kristian Todd, was also communications director for Jim Webb's Senate campaign in 2006 — but Todd did not mention that relationship in his 2017 interview with Webb on "Meet The Press."

Black Coffee:  The Starbucks Story Is Trash.  American journalism is a largely Democrat affair.  About 7% of journalists identify as Republicans.  About 28% identify as Democrats.  About 50% identify as independents but they are lying and are also Democrats.  Although many news outlets don't permit their reporters to donate to political campaigns, of those reporters who did donate in the last election, 96% donated to Hillary Clinton.

American Pravda Wins Pulitzer.  [Scroll down]  The days of the New York Times as a reliable, salient, or sane source of news have passed.  It exists now as an ideological apparatus of the progressive state, shilling for the hard-Left and the bureaucrats who pander to them.  It is least of all doing good work for the public.  A look back at one of their worst propaganda pieces in recent history is instructive, not only on the sad state of the New York Times, but mass media overall.

Possible tie between journalism and reality.  The New York Times bragged that it shared a Pulitzer with the Washington Post "for coverage that unearthed possible ties between Russia and President Trump's inner circle."  By unearthed they mean published Bobby Mueller's leaks designed to coerce innocent men to plea bargain to crimes they did not commit. [...] Giving Pulitzers to partisans for publishing Democratic Party lies sets a new standard for American journalism.

Harvard Poll:  Young People Trust the President More Than the Media.  Young people are deeply distrustful of the media according to the latest Harvard/Institute of Politics poll, signaling more trust in President Donald Trump.  Only 16 percent of young people in the poll said they trusted the media to "do the right thing" while 22 percent said the same about Trump.  Twenty-one percent said the same about the Federal Government and only 17 percent agreed that Congress did the right thing all or most of the time.

Poll: 77 Percent Believe Traditional Media Guilty of Fake News.  According to a survey by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, the vast majority of Americans believe that mainstream media outlets report "fake news."  A whopping 77 percent of over 800 respondents relayed their distrust for major news organizations in both television and print — a marked increase from the 63 percent that was already skeptical a year ago.  Of those, 31 percent believe it to be a regular occurrence, while 46 percent see it as a more occasional issue.

Trump is Now More Popular Than Obama.  [Scroll down]  At a minimum, it means that a great many Americans have figured out that the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, NBC, CNN, etc. are partisan outlets and not to be trusted.  This, of course, is a process that has been going on for a long time.  Indeed, it largely brought into being the "blogosphere" of a decade and more ago.  But it seems to me that we are seeing something like its culmination.  The liberal media have so thoroughly squandered their standing with the public that their capacity to do ill is limited.

Brilliant Agitprop Outlines Modern Media.  [Video clip]

The Clapper News Network.  The late pundit Robert Novak used to say that government officials can choose to be either "a source or a target."  In other words, leak information to reporters and you can count on flattering coverage and protection from them.  An added bonus to leaking, as former Intelligence Director Jim Clapper discovered, is that the network to which you are leaking will turn you into a paid contributor.

A User's Guide To Media Coverage Of Political Protests.  Who are these kids anyway?  The Washington Post celebrated the walkouts with the front-page headline "We're the Next Generation."  Liberals represent everybodyWe are the world and all that.  But when tens of thousands of teenagers attend the March for Life across the country, the national media ignore them — unless it's to expose the nefarious nature of those Christian zealots.

The Left and Distraction:  Pulling It All Apart.  Sean Hannity said it back in 2007:  journalism is dead.  It always had bias, but it's now become nothing more than a broadsheet for the far left, an instrument to pretend leftist propaganda is actual "news" that instructs us.  If you think of journalists as Democrats with bylines, you are correct, and that's mainly what the American public needs to see.  It's an institution torn apart.

Levin blasts media's all-out assault on Trump and the First Amendment.  "They have nothing but vile, dripping contempt for the president," Levin said.  He took issue with the ways in which the media claim Trump is unstable and how they claim the president is undermining the freedom of the press.  He also faulted the media for refusing to investigate the domestic political spying of the Obama administration.  "The media in this country claim that the First Amendment and freedom of the press is under attack.  It is under attack.  It's under brutal assault by the very people who earn their livings supposedly as journalists and reporters!" Levin exclaimed.

Chuck Todd insists media not the 'opposition'.  This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd at a media dinner pledging that the press isn't the opposition, but "simply a voice of truth."  At the Radio Television Digital News Foundation's "2018 First Amendment Awards" held Thursday night [3/8/2018], at D.C.'s Marriott Marquis Hotel, Todd was presented with the group's First Amendment Award.

Bozell: 'Clorox, Gerber, HomeAdvisor and Oreo Just as Responsible' as 'The View' for Its Anti-Christian Bigotry.  Since ABC's "The View" won't apologize for, and its sponsors won't condemn, the show's anti-Christian bigotry, Americans need to take action, Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell said Thursday [2/22/2018].  In a video message to the nation, Bozell called on Americans to join MRC's national campaign by demanding ABC and its sponsors apologize for insulting millions of Christians in the U.S.

Deep State Knows They Can Count On Corrupt Media to Push Their Propaganda.  Deep State uses the media (MSM) whenever they want a particular farce spread throughout the industry.  The MSM complies with an article where a reporter announces anonymous sources have shared whatever made up story line the deep state wants publicized.  No one in the media is more accommodating to the deep state lately than 'old faithful' — Yahoo's Michael Isikoff.

Our Radicalized Media:  A Clear And Present Danger.  Like Hitler's "Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda," the media control information, reporting only news that attacks our president and those working to exonerate him.  They bury news of lawlessness that implicates Democrats — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, any member of the leftist cabal.  But why are the media protecting the bad actors?  Is it their liberal bent, their far-left ideology?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, the media are radicalized, wholly devoted to the progressive dogma of the left, but it's more than that.  These faux journalists couldn't spew their poison, advocate the overthrow of a president, without their boss's permission, without government approval.

Why Did CNN Hire Comey's Former Assistant Josh Campbell?  CNN's decision to hire former FBI Director James Comey's assistant disturbs veteran members of the bureau, former agents told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  The relationship between former FBI agent Josh Campbell, the cable news network and Campbell's seemingly close history with former boss James Comey, have raised a number of questions from these agents over the propriety of Campbell's new job.

The Newseum is a monument of absurd self-praise.  [The Newseum] lost more than $8 million last year and won't last much longer.  Its proprietors are looking for a way to sell off the building and move its contents to environs more suited to their importance — say, a fruit stand out in Gaithersburg.  The seven-story Temple of the Hacks was a monument to folly from the day it opened in 2008.  In nine years, it swallowed up $272 million from the nonprofit Freedom Forum, which was established by the late USA Today proprietor Al Neuharth and receives millions from outfits such as News Corp., the Ochs-Sulzberger family that owns the New York Times, ABC owner Disney, and NBC parent Comcast.  Note that euphemistic name:  Freedom Forum, not Journalism Forum.  Such is the brand value of journalism today that it has to pretend-identify with a concept people actually like.  Never mind that large media outfits such as most of those named above expend massive effort trying to reduce freedom, even freedom of expression, by beating a drum for hate-speech codes or, in the Citizens United case, taking the side of those who sought to ban films and books that might irritate powerful politicians such as Hillary Clinton.

When the Press becomes part of the cover-up.  Look, we've never had a Free and Independent Press.  They have always tilted toward the Left.  But regardless of that inherent bias, what is happening today is completely unprecedented.  Any pretense of objectivity has all but vanished.  And in their effort to protect Obama, Clinton and the Democrat Party, the Press has made the conscious decision to be part of a cover-up.  We sure have come a long way since Watergate, haven't we?

The Most Dangerous Aspect of Obamagate.  [Scroll down]  In our era, the Fourth Estate can no longer perform the one function that justifies its existence — to defend liberty by exposing the lies of its enemies.  Instead, the media embrace the anti-democratic ideology of the left, parrot its pernicious propaganda, and have themselves become a clear and present danger to the republic.

A Phrase to Retire in 2018: 'Mainstream Media'.  Most major legacy American media, particularly newspapers and cable television news networks, are Pravda-esque publicists and cover-uppers for the Democratic Party.  As evidenced by how red the 2016 election map was, Democrat policies and politics certainly are not mainstream.

The Media Octopus and How to Fight It.  The unholy alliance between the Compromised Media and the Democratic Party is today inarguable.  The two have become largely indistinguishable in both ideology and, often, in personnel, with mainstream-media reporters moving into any given Democrat administration, then returning to the media when the Republicans win.  The late Andrew Breitbart famously referred to this syndicate as the "Democrat-Media Complex" — a play on president Eisenhower's warning, in his farewell address, about the "military-industrial complex" — and noted that this one is far more dangerous to our political health.

The Problem Isn't Just Corruption at the FBI and Main Justice, It's Also The Media.  Over the past year we have learned that a significant number of people within the DOJ and FBI have been the source of leaks to the media.  Almost all of those leaks built on lies.  Reports have confirmed that FBI Director James Comey, his chief legal counsel, James Baker as well as his chief-of-staff James Rybicki have all been leaking to media outlets.  In addition, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page have been identified as leaking stories to Politico, the Washington Post and New York Times.  Adding to that mix, Asst. AG Sally Yates, Asst. AG John Carlin and a host of Main Justice officials were also participating in leaks; all leaks based on self-interest.

Replacing the Mainstream Media.  We complain about how biased the so-called mainstream media is but what do we do about it? [...] Since the Fourth Estate is so powerful, the best way to combat it is from multiple angles.  First of all, stop sharing articles on social media from left-leaning publications.  More than two-thirds of American adults get news from social media.  Forty-five percent get news from Facebook.  Eleven percent get news from Twitter.  If you find a news article you want to share, look and see if Fox News, Townhall, or another site on the right has also written on the topic. [...] Stop watching left-leaning network and cable news. Cable news is rapidly losing subscribers as people switch to streaming.

Trust in news media takes a hit during Trump presidency.  When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio.  He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says.

Things journalists believe that are untrue.  [Scroll down]  The nation is more prosperous than ever, and our wars are winding down — even as our newspapers dwindle in number and influence.  By the way, rare is the news section of the newspaper that contains any news account that does not involve the government.  Indeed, if you check closely, the government is the source of most news in the newspaper.  The symbiotic nature of the press and the government is one reason why most Americans no longer trust the news media. [...] But journalists like to think theirs is a noble profession, when in fact it is a simple trade.  They fancy themselves as do-gooders, sent to Earth to right all wrongs.  Persistent in all this is the wrong-headed belief that news organizations must educate the public.  No.  They must inform.  That is a humbler but more valuable service to society.

Liberal study claims U.S. has the most partisan press.  A new Pew Research Center survey of 38 countries found the United States has the most biased media in the Western world, according to readers and viewers.  While the American press often blows off any complaints about its liberal bias as conservatives-cannot-take-bad news, the truth is they can.  There were no riots in the streets when Obama was inaugurated.

Mika Brzezinski's Friends Embarrassed to be Americans in Paris.  Bad news, everyone.  We have failed Mika Brzezinski's wealthy liberal friends.  When they jet off to places like Paris, they are embarrassed to be Americans.  Now we've done it.  In the months since the election, Morning Joe on MSNBC has become a one stop shop for Trump Derangement Syndrome.  In this instance, Mika Brzezinski really went out of her way to show how in touch she is with average Americans.

DC Press Corps Knew for a Full Year Hillary Clinton was Behind [the] Russia Dossier [and] Hid It From the Public.  The DC press corps and prominent Washington journalists knew Hillary Clinton paid for the dossier as early as September of 2016 yet they suppressed the information and acted as if the salacious document was legit intel.  The liberal mainstream media withheld this from the American public for a year!  This is why Americans loathe the mainstream media.  They are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democrats and Deep State hacks.

Trump's Unnoticed Great First-Year Accomplishment.  Singlehandedly, [President] Trump has opened the door for Americans to freely speak truth again.  Before Trump entered the political arena, fake news media controlled public speech with an iron fist.  Citizens and politicians knew they had better toe the politically correct line or suffer severe consequences.  When fake news media demanded that we ignore biology and pretend Bruce Jenner is a woman, Americans played along with Bruce's mental disorder for fear of public humiliation and economic crucifixion by fake news media. [...] Fake news media have suppressed our First Amendment right of free speech for years.  Anyone who dares speak truth that contradicts a fake news media lie is severely punished — branded stupid, crazy, or guilty of hate speech.

Pew: Trump media three times more negative than for Obama, just 5 percent positive.  The media's coverage of President Trump has been overwhelmingly negative, more than three times more critical than the initial coverage of former President Barack Obama and twice that of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  The Pew Research Center said that the early coverage of Trump was 62 percent negative.  By comparison, Obama's coverage was just 20 percent negative.

2017 — the year the media lost America.  [Scroll down]  That's how we feel about it here in the United States.  That's how we feel about the news media.  We don't trust them.  We don't believe them.  It's been so for decades.  But this year was the worst, and all because, being mostly Liberal and still hankering for Obama and whoring for Hillary, they are out to Get Trump.  They will find any pretext to do him harm.  Over at ABC, Brian Ross rushed to judgment when he reported that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that Trump "as a candidate" asked him to contact the Russians.  That was a mistake.  ABC took it back.  Ross was suspended.  Other news outlets made the same mistake on that and upon other Russia-related scandals that never happened.  Russia was the big story of 2017, and always the wrong story.  The media tried every which way to get Trump on collusion and they kept coming up empty.  From one false lead to another, they wasted our time.  They wasted our trust.

Tom Brokaw:  Fox News is 'On a Jihad' to Protect Trump.  Legendary anchorman Tom Brokaw took a hard swing against Fox News this morning, during an appearance on a Morning Joe panel led by Mika Brzezinski.  Brokaw said President Donald Trump watches Fox News because it "reinforces what he believes," citing how they've handled the Russia probe as an example.  "Fox News, after Shepard Smith, in the late afternoon, is on a jihad right now on the whole question about whether there is a fairness about this or not," he said.  "The whole assault is on the institutions."  "Newt Gingrich looking in the camera and saying the FBI is a corrupt organization, right?  Three months earlier he had said Bob Mueller is one of the great, distinguished public servants we have."  Note Brokaw's charged language here, going as far as to use the word "jihad."  He wasn't finished.

The Media Have Not Learned the Most Important Lesson of 2016: The Constitution Matters.  The past year has been a very good one for journalism — not because of the quality of the writing, reporting, or analysis, but simply because of the sheer intensity of news.  Whatever one thinks Donald Trump is the best or the worst president, he certainly is the most interesting and entertaining.  But amidst the rush of events, the mainstream media have missed the biggest story of 2017, which is also partly the story of why 2016 happened the way it did.  That story is the restoration of the U.S. Constitution.

How Much Does the 'New York Times' Hate Donald Trump?  The Times, the Washington Post and other media enterprises have now devolved into fully partisan propaganda outlets.  They're out, proud and unafraid — and they're coming after everyone who disagrees with them by smearing their opponents as "racist."

CNN Declares War on Fox News.  CNN sniping at Fox News is nothing new.  The enmity between the two cable news giants goes back years.  Recently, with opposition to President Trump turning white hot and talk of impeachment or obstruction of justice in the air, CNN has been aiming more of its fire at Fox News, the only mainstream media source that reports fairly about the president.

There Is Nothing More Despicable Than a Democrat.  The Democrats are relentless, they come at you from all angles, they never stop, and they have absolutely no rules.  For them, at least, anything goes — lie, cheat, steal, and defame, it doesn't matter as long as they win.  Yet in the world the Democrats and the media have created, the Republicans have plenty of rules, and if they don't abide by each one, the media tries to make it a scandal.  It doesn't help that there are a lot of Republicans and conservatives who are just too pure to get down and dirty.  Many Republicans would rather lose with dignity than win, but people who voted for Trump want to win.  America wants to win.  Republicans, all Republicans need to learn how to fight like the Democrats, or the nation is lost.

Washington Post Against Enforcing Logan Act Before It Was For It.  The Washington Post, whose pages include numerous articles supporting the idea that President Donald Trump or his advisors violated the Logan Act before his inauguration, once dismissed the law in an editorial as an irrelevant atavism when used to criticize the acts of prominent Democratic officeholders. [...] The government has never successfully prosecuted anyone for violating this law.

Incorrigibly biased, but still on the staff:
ABC News President:  Brian Ross Will No Longer Cover Stories Related To Trump.  It's one thing to suspend a reporter for making an incredibly damaging error of basic fact on air.  But to remove him from covering a particular subject altogether?  That's the sort of thing you might do if you'd concluded he's incapable of covering that topic fairly.  If it's an innocent mistake borne of carelessness, there's no need to declare certain topics off-limits.  You do that only when you think the reporter's view of that topic will necessarily compromise his judgment.

The Mainstream Media Doesn't Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust.  The mainstream liberal media is primarily composed of stumblebum leftist jerks who want all the glory and respect due a caste of objective, moral truth-seekers, yet who don't want to do the hard work of actually being objective or moral or seeking the truth. [...] Remember, to our intrepid media, news is only news if it helps the liberal narrative.  If it doesn't, it's not news.  It's not anything.  It's un-news.  Like the stock market boom.  Like wiping out the ISIS caliphate.  Like Mueller's manifest conflicts of interest.  Un-news.  Remember, half the job of the mainstream media is generating metaphorical tumbleweeds.

The Democrat Media Complex.  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.

Matt Lauer and the credibility crisis at NBC News.  Last night [11/30/2017] on Ticker Carlson's Fox News show, Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis (a former child star very familiar with show business), spoke of her own experiences while working at CNBC and made it clear that there was ample knowledge in the Peacock Empire of what was going on. [...] Francis also makes the point, similar to that made earlier by Jonah Goldberg, that when Fox News employees were being fired over sexual harassment claims, it was taken by other media outlets — including NBC — as a problem with the Fox culture, but when the problem popped up in the liberal media, it was a societal issue.

ABC News Producer Married To Susan Rice.  After ABC's fake news report on Michael Flynn yesterday, they need to be looked at more closely.  Turns out the ABC News "producer" is none other than Ian Cameron, who happens to be married to Obama's favorite liar Susan Rice!  I'm sure the fake news Flynn story had nothing to do with Cameron being married to an Obama regime official or anything.  It was just pure coincidence right?  But there are more ties between ABC and the Obama regime besides Cameron and Rice.

The Mainstream Media's Accused — The Rap Sheet, 19 So Far.  To the surprise of absolutely no one, the very same mainstream media that attempted to disqualify then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 over the phrase "binders full of women," the very same media that grinded Republican senate candidate Todd Akin into dust over something he said, appears to be, itself, a depraved institution populated by powerful abusers and their enablers.  Over the past two months a number of powerful men have been fired or placed on suspension over allegations of sexual misconduct, horrific behavior that ranges from masturbating in front of female subordinates to pay-for-play.  And time and time again we hear the words Everybody Knew!  You read that correctly, according to those within this wicked institution, everyone knew ... and did nothing.  There is no question there is a cancer of abuse and enabling within our elite media, an institution that, through its unceasing fake news and hypocrisy on matters such as these, has deservedly lost all public trust and moral authority.

Not All Stings Work:  On the War James O'Keefe Is Winning.  Earlier this week, the Washington Post did a spectacularly self-congratulatory end-zone dance for no greater accomplishment than having passed a test.  Its reporters sniffed out a Project Veritas undercover who was testing the Post's eagerness to find still one more alleged victim to kill Roy Moore's candidacy in Alabama.  Where Project Veritas failed in this instance was, to paraphrase [Charles] Campisi, to make the situation seem so real that the subject did not know he was being tested.  Project Veritas has failed before.  It is inevitable in this line of work.  What is remarkable is how often these young guerrilla journalists have succeeded.

Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros.  Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a top-secret meeting of liberal movers and shakers last week, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of their progressive agenda.  A Post spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that Ross took part of the California event "without notifying her superiors that she would be attending."  The Democracy Alliance, which hosted the event, bills itself as "the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States" on the group's official website.

Progressives have a new nightmare.  Following the example of Jeff Bezos's bargain-basement purchase of the Washington Post, a couple of major media properties may fall into conservative hands and be repurposed as conservative outlets. [...] The MSM have been committing suicide by driving away half the public and being so obviously biased that even the remaining audience loses trust.  That opens the door to pick up properties on the cheap.  They are already politicized, so reversing the poles is not a huge obstacle.  There are plenty of unemployed journalists out there, so staffing up shouldn't be a problem.  Moreover, the conservative blogosphere has operated as a sort of farm team system for newly conservative magazines, newspapers, and websites to draw talent from.

Yes, Fusion GPS paid off journalists.  Digging through court documents, the Washington Examiner has found an admission from Fusion GPS that it did indeed pay journalists who covered the Trump-Russia collusion "narrative" that Fusion GPS was "researching" and spreading for the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Who planted the Roy Moore story on Washington Post reporters?  I have no idea whether the stories about Roy Moore are true or not, but neither do the Washington Post reporters and all the other reporters who just repeat the unverified story with no investigation.  Forty-year-old allegations are especially hard to disprove.  I find it odd that this story came up after the primary and after decades of service by Roy Moore.  Why did the Washington Post reporters wait until after no one else could be put on the ballot to run a 40-year-old story?  Isn't it also strange that a supposed sexual predator would have all of a sudden quit going after young girls 40 years ago?

Court Documents — Fusion GPS Paid Individual Journalists and Five Media Companies.  What a tangled web is weaved.  Hillary Clinton paid her lawyers at Perkins Coie for opposition research on candidate Donald Trump.  In turn Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to gather information.  Fusion GPS paid Christopher Steele to write the "Russian Dossier".  The FBI also paid Christopher Steele.  Additionally, prior evidence surfaced suggesting the FBI used the dossier to get FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.  And NOW we discover that Fusion GPS paid journalists and five media companies to participate.

Fusion GPS paid journalists, court papers confirm.  Newly filed court documents confirm that Fusion GPS, the company mostly responsible for the controversial "Trump dossier" on presidential candidate Donald Trump, made payments to three journalists between June 2016 until February 2017.  The revelation could be a breakthrough for House Republicans, who are exploring whether Fusion GPS used the dossier, which was later criticized for having inaccurate information on Trump, to feed anti-Trump stories to the press during and after the presidential campaign.  The three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS are known to have reported on "Russia issues relevant to [the committee's] investigation," the House Intelligence Committee said in a court filing.  But the recipients' names, the amounts, and purposes of those payments were either redacted from the documents that Fusion GPS filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or were not disclosed.

Unsealed: Fusion GPS Bank Records Show Russia-Related Payments.  A federal court unsealed documents in a lawsuit over Fusion GPS's bank records on Tuesday, revealing new details of payments made last year to the opposition research firm that commissioned the infamous Trump dossier.  The documents also shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about payments that Fusion GPS made to journalists.  The records were unsealed in response to a ruling made last week by Richard Leon, a federal judge in the district court in Washington, D.C.  The bank documents list 112 transactions involving Fusion GPS.

'Mystery Booms' Leave Many Frightened and Unnerved.  This scenario is playing out across the United States, even around the world, at a regular if not increasing rate.  The first spate of unexplained Alabama noises seems to have begun in 2011.  By 2012, the science website featured the headline "Mysterious, unexplained 'booms' in Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin."  These events, dubbed "mystery booms," are being reported by local news outlets via TV, radio, and internet.  On the surface, they might sound like the stuff of conspiracy theories, but that's far from the truth.  These are real events reported by real journalists who consult the USGS, local military bases, and scholarly astronomers before reporting back to their stupefied public.

Claim: Washington Post Offered $1000 to Women to Accuse Roy Moore.  I don't know if this claim is true or not, but if it is, then I think it speaks for itself.  Doug Lewis is claiming that the Washington Post offered the women in Alabama a thousand dollars to come and and claims Roy Moore did what he allegedly dead back in 1979.

Endless Accusations Cloud the Truth.  [Scroll down]  I blame feminists and the media for this cloud of confusion, mostly because I hate feminists and the media, but also because they do bear some of the blame.  For instance, the New York Times, a former newspaper, now has a tip line where you can complain about something sexual someone famous did to you back in the day. How is that not going to lead to abuse? Liars will flock to it.  And if someone calls up and complains about Barack Obama, and someone else calls up and complains about Rush Limbaugh — which one do you think the Times will follow up on?

Poll Finds Poor Trust Numbers for ABC, CBS, NBC, NY Times, LA Times, WashPost.  Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports a new poll shows more voters than not find the Big Three network newscasts and the nation's three largest liberal newspapers "untrustworthy."  The latest Zogby poll asked:  "Compared to four years ago, how trustworthy do you think the mainstream media is?  When we say mainstream media, we mean network newscasts — NBC, CBS, and ABC, along with large newspapers such as the New York Times, L.A. Times, and Washington Post?"  The results?  Forty-eight percent believe these outlets are untrustworthy while 45 percent said they did trust them.  The rest were unsure.

How Many Democratic Scandals Does It Take For The Media To Give Them Proper Coverage?  This week, CNN launched a new ad campaign called "Facts Firsts."  In its ad, it featured an apple and a narrator explained how some may try calling it a banana, but it's still an apple.  There was both praise and mockery of the new campaign.  Nonetheless, CNN clearly sees itself as the one outlet in all of news media where facts come first.  So how much time did CNN spend on a subject like the Uranium One deal that's now being scrutinized?  Within seven days since the story broke, it dedicated less than four minutes (according to conservative media watchdog MRC.)  That amount of coverage was clearly dwarfed by the coverage they gave to President Trump's feud with Rep. Frederica Wilson and Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson or his spat with outgoing senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake.

The lesson the media refuses to learn.  Much of the press — not all — spent the election working to elect Hillary.  Post-election, these same phonies continue their doomed quest to usurp him.  All they need is one more false rumor — one more joke taken literally — one more quote taken out of context — and then he will fall.  And the media plays up the protests, but the resistance is futile.  Violent, sure.  But impotent.  Just as limp as the press.  All the press has is its credibility — and it shredded that.  A Politico poll found only 37% of Americans believe the press does not fabricate stories that make Trump look bad.

Beware the Shiny "Booms" — Uranium One Scandal to Nowhere?  There's something unfortunately familiar in the pattern of explosive controversies and headlines-that-go-nowhere[.]  The DC UniParty always defends itself.  The latest scandal du jour seems to surround the criminal enterprise known as "Uranium One".  There is indeed a scandal within the entire construct of a payoff to the Clinton's via a corporation connected to Russians and bribes, kick-backs, and ultimately a payoff; and there are some newly outlined details from within the FBI investigating the companies and entities associated with the deal.  However, all of these "BOOM" headlines are not new.

Trump's a Big Mouth; Journalists are Villains.  [Scroll down]  Has the press at long last no decency?  The short answer:  No decency at all.  Trump is a big mouth but the press is despicable.  Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists, they are the prime engine of division in this country.  Skewing every story in one direction, they keep us from discussing issues in a reasonable way so as to reach compromise.  And squealing like scorched cats at every Trump remark, they manufacture a sense of crisis that has nothing to do with the true state of America.  They are villains.  Within the parameters of the First Amendment, the entire industry needs to be reformed.

Sharyl Attkisson Pulls Back the Curtain.  Sharyl Attkisson's The Smear gives insight to how news is made today.  It goes a long way in convincing readers that they should believe only a small portion of what is released by the government and reported by the press.

The Beginning Of The End Of Progressive Domination?  [Scroll down]  As for the media, their long-time habit of substituting political activism for journalism, unleashed during the Obama years, has been freed from its last restraints while covering Trump.  The contrast between the "slobbering love affair," as Bernie Goldberg described the media's coverage of Obama, and the obsessive Javert-like hounding of Trump has stripped the last veil of objectivity from the media.  They've been exposed as flacks no longer seeking the truth, but manufacturing partisan narratives.  The long cover-up of the Weinstein scandal is further confirmation of the media's amoral principles and selective outrage.  With numerous alternatives to the activism of the mainstream media now available, the legacy media that once dominated the reporting of news and political commentary are now shrinking in influence and lashing out in fury at their diminished prestige and profits.

Houston Proves Everything the MSM Says About Our 'Divided' Country Is a Lie.  Basically, the media fabricates the following: that old white men (i.e.  Trump supporters) are desperate to hold on to their privilege at the expense brown, black, gay, female, and young Americans.  And for this reason, every brown, black, gay, female, and young American must vote Democrat.  Let's begin with the fact that nearly half of those, 48%!, who voted for Trump are NOT men.  Let's end with the fact that 43% of those who voted for Trump are NOT white.  This means that there are, literally, tens of millions of non-whites and women who support this president.  If you look at the establishment media, though, this inconvenient fact is intentionally memory-holed, all in service to a propaganda campaign meant to hustle Americans into believing we hate one another.

AP Stylebook on transgender coverage:  Don't say trans person was 'born a girl or boy'.  In an #APStyleChat Twitter session Tuesday afternoon [10/10/2017], The Associated Press's official Stylebook account counseled journalists to not describe a transgender individual as having been "born" a certain sex.  "Call people transgender only if relevant; give the name they use publicly; avoid references to being born a boy or girl," wrote @APStylebook during the interactive Twitter session.  The wire agency then urged writers to "[a]void transgendered or transsexual; don't call someone a transgender; trans is OK on second reference and in headlines."  In a subsequent tweet, the AP prescribed the terminology to be used to refer to an individual's medical procedures for transitioning:  "For medical procedures often but not always used for a transition, say sex reassignment or gender confirmation."

AP Lingo Police:  Use 'Gender Confirmation' Surgery for Sex Change, Avoid 'Born a Boy or Girl'.  Our longtime colleague Ken Shepherd at the Washington Times reported the AP Stylebook team are re-jiggering their politically correct terminology again on the transgender issues.  They call themselves "the journalist's bible."  They took to their @APStylebook Twitter page on Tuesday to offer an update.  First, "Use transgender for people whose gender identity doesn't match the sex or gender they were identified as having at birth."  Then, let people forget someone switched genders if possible.

The Editor says...
Note to the Associated Press:  Alas, most reporters are probably much more familiar with the AP Style Book than with the actual Bible.  But to compare your style book with The Bible is blasphemy.  You would never dare to call it "the journalist's koran" — with a lower-case "k."  To fail to capitalize Bible is disrespectful to the Bible and to the English language.  To normalize deviant trans-sexual and homosexual behavior is an affront to civilization.

Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble.  The other day, for example, Bob Schieffer observed on Face the Nation that one in five journalists live in New York, D.C., or Los Angeles.  The news is manufactured by residents of the liberal bubble, where conservatives are few and far between (and certainly do not sound like Sarah Palin), jobs are plenty, education is high, and the benefits of globalization manifest in cheap prices, exotic restaurants, and a reserve labor force of cleaners, contractors, and home care specialists.  Can't say I was shocked when Schieffer's finding passed barely noticed, the consciences of the press untroubled by the fact that their experiences and backgrounds are so unlike the majority of the public whose interest they presume to uphold.

Is Michelle's 'true voice' Telling Her to Run for President?  When president Trump "colorfully" chastised a few NFL players for "taking a knee" during the national anthem, the press pounced on him as a racist intent on denying caring people the right to their own opinions.  But when Michelle Obama insulted every woman who voted Republican in the last election as being pawns incapable of recognizing their own best interests, the press ate it up.  It has been that way since the surprising results of the last election.  The most insulting things shouted out by those on the Left are given a free pass.

Americans worry more about the news media than they do about terrorism:  Gallup poll.  "Americans continue to cite dissatisfaction with government above all others as the United States' top problem," reports Gallup polling analyst Megan Brenan, citing a new survey from the pollster that places the faulty government in first place. [...] The news media did not fare so well in the survey.  On the top 10 list of problems, the media was ranked in seventh place — tied with concerns about crime and violence, and environmental or pollution issues.

The Left Warms Up To North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.  North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is growing in popularity on America's political left-wing as the despot engages in a war of words with President Trump.  Progressives have shown an increasing willingness to embrace the brutal dictator as a means of attacking Trump, and some in the media have given the brutal dictator friendly, celebrity-like coverage.  Left-wing activists, meanwhile, are eagerly spreading pro-North Korea propaganda and making excuses for the dictator's murderous activities.

The media take North Korea's side.  Many members of the national media hate President Trump so much that they'll even defend North Korea if it keeps them consistent in their opposition to everything he does.  After Trump said at the United Nations General Assembly this week that the U.S. would crush the little Asian country should Kim Jong Un attack the U.S. or our allies, reporters and commentators reacted as if he had just threatened Switzerland on a whimsy.  Trump had simply said that the U.S. "has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," a relatively measured response to years of hostilities from Kim's regime.  "There were gasps in the hall:  A forum for peace was used to threaten to annihilate a nation of 25 million people," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote Thursday [9/21/2017], surely still emotionally wrecked by the experience.

Levin: Our Media Is Really No Different from Media in Any Dictatorship or Communist Regime.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin defended comments he made concerning the Obama administration's surveillance of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying, "[O]ur media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime."  "You see, ladies and gentlemen, our media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime," stated Mark Levin.  "It's groupthink.  It's a gang attack.  It's a propaganda enterprise."

WashPost Objects to Spicer Saying Media's 'Largely a Liberal Group' Going Soft on Dems.  Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer granted an interview to Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple, which naturally focused on Wemple's loathing of Team Trump's media-bashing — which usually ignores Team Media's relentless Trump-bashing.  Wemple began with how Spicer's apparently too radioactive for a cable-news pundit gig, as Obama's spokesmen Jay Carney and Josh Earnest (not to mention "bimbo-erupting" Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos) did immediately:  "Spicer spent months berating White House correspondents, sticking up for a president who'd called certain media outlets 'the enemy of the American people' and spreading misinformation with very little contrition.  Any major network that hired Spicer as a contributor may well have faced a revolt among its White House correspondents, as well as other journalists outraged by the press secretary's conduct."

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover They've Been Too Critical Of... Democrats.  As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Party's candidate or not?  So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jeff Jarvis.  There was too much reporting going on, they argue.  Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently.  Who is at "fault" for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown.  And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

James O'Keefe Announces New Investigation:  MSM Members Will 'Lose Their Jobs'.  Filmmaker James O'Keefe said on Monday that Project Veritas will be releasing the results of one of the largest investigations the organization has ever conducted.  The Project, said O'Keefe, will lead to people being fired.  "In the coming weeks, you're going see one of the biggest investigations this organization has ever done," O'Keefe said.  "It's a continuation of American Pravda series.  It's aimed at the media.  We're going after their holy grail."

DACA media coverage is a nightmare of bias.  Journalism isn't dead, but the liberal news media are trying hard to murder it in its sleep like Freddy Krueger would.  That was evident in the news coverage of President Trump's decision this week to phase out a program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  President Obama forced DACA on us in 2012 to allow illegal immigrant children known as Dreamers to gain temporary legal status to stay in the U.S. President Trump said the executive order issued by President Obama was unconstitutional and that it's the job of Congress to change immigration laws.  This was a dream scenario for the Trump haters who dominate the media.  There was no difference in tone from the far-left talking heads and the so-called journalists.

Howling about Fox as all-powerful, the left ignores the rest of the media's leftist slant., the website associated with JournoList creator Ezra Klein, has an article out suggesting that Fox News is omnipotent, "more powerful than we ever imagined," powerful enough to swing elections. [...] Maybe so, but there's a problem further up in the premise.  Namely, that without Fox, the news would exist in a bias-free, utterly neutral environment and there's no such thing as a leftist slant coming from other broadcast news sources in contrast to Fox.  That slant could just as easily affect votes and swing elections just as Fox's conservative slant may contribute to conservative votes.  The study cites other cable news services such as CNN and MSNBC, but the alphabets should not be given short shift — ABC, NBC and CBS are also in the same game as Fox News.

Fox News Bankrolls Major LGBTQ Convention.  [Scroll down]  This effort appears to be aimed partly at recruiting more members of the LGBTQ sexual minority into the organization, as if they were seen as underrepresented in the news or broadcasting industries.  Gallup polling shows that Americans vastly overestimate the percentage of the population that is lesbian or gay, with a mean estimate of 23%, as compared to the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.  Only 9% of the public holds the accurate view that this minority is 5% or less of the population, meaning that 91% of the public substantially overestimates their numbers.  In addition to organizing an annual convention with at least 350 attendees, the NLGJA, founded in 1990, serves as a full-fledged LGBTQ lobbying organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Why the Media are in a Never-Ending Hunt for Right-Wing Violence.  The reason normal people are suspicious of the media's narrative on Charlottesville is that we've heard this exact same story many, many times before. [...] No matter the year or the circumstances, the media and their eunuch politicians are quick to blame any surprising violence on the Right-Wing Nazis of their imaginations — from Lee Harvey Oswald (communist) to Jared Lee Loughner and James Holmes (psychopaths) to the two stabbing murders on a Portland train earlier this year committed by a Bernie Sanders supporter, whom the media — to this day — insist, all evidence to the contrary, was a Trump supporter.  When, a few months after the first murders by a Sanders supporter, a second Sanders supporter opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice, putting GOP Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition, that political attack was simply discarded.

Media Normalizes Political Violence by Mainstreaming Antifa.  Charlottesville proved once more that the media is unworthy of the trust the people want to place in it.  Keen to pounce reflexively and at any opportunity on a president they abhor, the mainstream press provide cultural cover for Antifa's political violence.  In a textbook example of psychological projection, they ascribed to the president actions and motivations which proved to be their own: making excuses for political violence.

GOP Guest Hits MSNBC Host With Stat of Journalists Donating 96% to Clinton.  On Friday's [7/14/2017] MSNBC Live, host Craig Melvin denied that the dominant news media have a liberal bias after Republican Congressman Dave Brat started hitting him with reports that over 96 percent of journalists who made political donations chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Become a Dangerous Joke.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, the "civil rights watchdog group" that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke.  It's a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a "hate group" merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that it's barely worth addressing.

The 'Mainstream Media' no longer is really mainstream.  The election of Donald Trump to the presidency appears to have dealt the final blow to the credibility of the media outlets that formerly dominated the nation's political conversation.  The label "mainstream media" can no longer be applied to them, thanks to startling and compelling new evidence.

Media seeks fear, not trust.  Writing in Best of the Web, James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal posed the question:  "Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News?"  I agree with Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, who said, "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."  However, I suggest that getting us to think all news is Fake News is now the goal of CNN and most other news organizations.

As Its Influence Wanes, Increasingly Militant MSM Promotes Violence and Censorship.  Yes, the MSM has admitted they got 2016 exactly wrong and that they are out-of-touch with the average American.  What truly terrifies the media about 2016, though, is something that has remained largely unspoken.  It is what Trump's victory said so clearly about the MSM's inability to influence public opinion and, by extension, the outcome of elections.  What has also remained unspoken is the media's desperate and dangerous reaction to this waning influence.

CNN Posts Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S. — A Hit List.  Calls for the removal of Confederate monuments continue to grow, with Democrats around the country demanding that they be taken down.  But CNN has officially taken it one step further:  not only did they call for Confederate monuments be taken down, they published a map that some are calling a "hit list".

Is The U.S. Media Fair, Truthful And Not Controlled?  It's not easy trying to separate the mountains of geopolitical and corporate BS spin, especially when it comes to issues affecting health, weather geoengineering, food genetic modification, vaccines, and cancer research.

Our Post-Charlottesville Narrative Is A National Embarrassment.  Charlottesville has shown just how profoundly broken and destructively useless our media industry and political establishment really are.  It is a genuine national embarrassment. [...] The politicians, journalists, and media outlets above are betting on you responding to the Charlottesville crisis with anger, irrationality, and unthinking acceptance of the narrative.  Do not fall into this trap.

How the Mainstream Media Operate.  To understand America's crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions:  the university and the news media.  They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating. [...] When it comes to straight news stories — say, an earthquake in Central America — the news media often do their job responsibly.  But when a story has a left-wing interest, the media abandon straight news reporting and take on the role of advocates.

Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason.  Firewalls that once strictly separated news from opinion have been replaced by hopelessly blurred lines.  Once-forbidden practices such as editorializing within straight news reports, and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated; they're encouraged.  We've exempted ourselves from the normal rules that used to govern us, and so the most egregious kinds of reporting errors are becoming more common.  Formerly well-respected news organizations and experienced national journalists are making the sorts of mistakes that aren't tolerated in journalism schools.  When their mistakes are corrected at all, it's with little seeming regret.  And the corrections never garner a circulation as wide as the original salacious narrative.

CNN's Propagandizing and Incompetence Go Over the Top in Charlottesville.  NBC News — which has inflicted upon us the less than subtle propagandists Lyin' Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, and Tom Brokaw — is better known for left-wing spin than for veracity.  Yet it is a beacon of truth in comparison with the degenerating farce that is far-left CNN: [...]

How To Spot And Critique Censorship Tropes In The Media's Coverage Of Free Speech Controversies.  Fortunately, this ain't rocket science.  Americans can train themselves to detect and question the media's pro-censorship tropes.  I've collected some of the most pervasive and familiar ones.  This post is designed as a resource, and I'll add to it as people point out more examples and more tropes.  When you see the media using these tropes, ask yourself:  what normative message is the author advancing, and does it have any basis in law?

Between alt-right and 'antifa,' media still manages to be worse.  The only people dumber than the Neanderthals and Brass Knuckle Draggers are the insufferably tedious referees known as the Stupid Media who shape the country as a barking mad carnival, whipping up hysteria for every armed showdown.

After the Coup, What Then?  Our media preen and posture as the defenders of democracy, devoted to truth, who provide us round-the-clock protection from tyranny.  But half the nation already sees the media as a propaganda arm of a liberal establishment that the people have rejected time and again.

Fusion GPS - in bed with the mainstream media all along.  Fusion GPS, the political opposition research group at the center of the media's Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians "narrative" has been abnormally cozy with the mainstream media organs it's used in its disinformation and smear operations.  Now, they're protecting them.  Daily Caller reports that these very same press creatures who worked with Fusion GPS to spread the false stories about Trump, have gotten curiously silent about the firm's role in the widening web of scandal about the firm's actual role in colluding with the Russians.

Full of Schiff.  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has made himself a leading purveyor of the "collusion" hysteria with which we have been inundated since the election. [...] Every day it becomes clearer that the "collusion" hysteria is more a function of the Democrats' "collusion" with the mainstream media than anything else.

Tribune Columnist Slams National Anthem.  Exercising the freedoms of speech and press that so many have given their last measure of devotion for, Chicago Tribune contributor Diana Goetsch has penned an op-ed defending disgraced and unemployed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his infamous taking the knee during the national anthem.  Not stopping there, Goetsch goes on to slam the national anthem as a "pompous battle number" that wasn't played before sporting events until 1942 in the dark days of World War II.  One wonders if Goetsch has pondered the possibility that were if not for the sacrifice of veterans during World War II, she just might be plying her trade writing her tirades in Japanese or German.

The Zeroth Amendment.  By way of background, a general problem in political science with using polls to track ideological trends over the years is that you want to keep asking the same questions to see how voters' responses evolve.  But that means that pollsters seldom ask about new beliefs that would have seemed bizarre even in the recent past.  In turn, pundits, lacking polling data to write about, don't even mention historic developments, such as the rise of mainstream antiwhite American hate discourse over the past half decade.  For most mainstream journalists to notice their own increasingly vicious racist attitudes would be like a fish noticing it is wet.

What's the Difference?  CNN to Republican: 'I'm Not the Left.  I'm a Journalist'.  Providing some unintentional comedy, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Thursday lectured a conservative Congressman, telling him, "I'm not the left.  I'm a journalist."  Collectively, many Americans must have thought:  "What's the difference?"  The haughty defense came after Harlow demanded of Representative Jim Jordan:  "Are you comfortable with that huge reduction in Medicaid funding?"  Of course, the GOP health care bill does NOT cut Medicaid.  Jordan pointed this out:  "Remember, it is not a cut in Medicaid.  It is just a reduction in the rate of growth.  So it's still going to grow a lot over the next ten years."

How CNN took on President Trump and lost.  [Scroll down]  [Jeff] Zucker was not a journalism guy, but he understood numbers.  He lived and died by them.  His philosophy at CNN was to stay on anything that its viewers were watching whether it was a missing Malaysian plane or Trump.  CNN's old strategy of "flooding the zone" with meaningless non-coverage of a breaking event was merged with Zucker's own preference for reality television to create a constant coverage circus.  Hiring a ton of reporters from across the spectrum, from a New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner to the BuzzFeed trolls, would flood the zone with Trump scandals.  CNN would have the most Trump scandals and the most viewers.  It was a great strategy for manufacturing a whole bunch of fake news scandals.  And things that don't even qualify as fake news.  Like wondering whether Trump is afraid of stairs.

CNN's Stelter Blames 'Media Illiterate' Americans for Fake News Phenom.  CNN's Brian Stelter recently ranted about the phenomenon of "fake news" and explained to the nation exactly who's to blame for it:  media-illiterate Americans.  [Video clip] [...] Stelter's problem is that he can't tell the difference between the leftist propaganda versus actual truth.

Had Hillary Clinton Won the Election....  What might America look like today if Hillary had been elected?  Had she won we would not be hearing a single word about Russia.  Not a whisper.  It was not on the left's radar at all.  Ms. Clinton had embarrassed herself with that inane Office Depot reset button while she was Secretary of State.  Obama had told Medvedev to tell "Vlad" he would have more flexibility after the election, presumably re: nuclear disarmament.  The left cared nothing about that bit of collusion.

Why does the media still portray James Comey as a hero?  From the outset, reporters and Democrats (who had been calling for Comey's firing or questioning his judgment) declared him to be the man who fearlessly stood up to a president demanding loyalty pledges and discarding legal and ethical standards.  The problem with that narrative is not the criticism of the actions of President Trump, but the consistent efforts to ignore the equally troubling actions of former FBI Director Comey.  Yet, if Trump was to be the irredeemable villain, Comey had to be the immaculate hero.  The script glitch centered on three allegations — all of which were actively denied by legal experts.  First, Comey leaked memos of his meetings with Trump.  Second, those memos constituted government material.  Third, the memos were likely classified on some level.

La Raza Rebrands as 'Unidos US'.  The National Council of La Raza announced that it will change its name to UnidosUs, AP reports.  President Janet Murguia described "La Raza" as an outdated term that did not resonate with its members.  AP exclusively translates "Raza" as "the people" in its report.  However, the term can also be interpreted as "the race," which carries a suggestion of zero-sum ethnic conflict.

The Truth vs CNN.  Bill Whittle recounts the recent CNN scandal, describes the masterful way the videos were released and shows what incredible — almost unbelievable — harm is caused by media bias.  [Video clip]

We Should Cheer CNN's Ritual Suicide.  If you ever had any doubt that Donald Trump was right that the mainstream media is the enemy of the American people, CNN corrected your inexplicable inability to comprehend this painfully obvious truth by choosing July 4th to threaten some guy for daring to make fun of Its Medianess Holiness.  Apparently, if you dare defy the media it has the right to wreck your life — as long as you are an anti-Obama rodeo clown or a meme-making rando on Reddit.

Reminder: Valerie Jarrett's Daughter Was Hired By CNN In January.  If you want to understand why CNN is so biased against Trump and other Republicans, it's helpful to know that their staff is made up of various people who have very real connections to the world of politics.  Even the daughter of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett works for the network.

Everything Is About 'Trashing' Trump With Mainstream Media.  On Thursday [6/29/2017] the House passed Kate's Law, which imposes harsher penalties on illegal immigrants, especially criminals, who try to reenter the country.  The House also passed a sanctuary city bill.  However, NBC, CBS, and ABC spent much more time on President Trump's personal attacks on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough than either the immigration bills or the travel ban.

Why James O'Keefe Is a More Honest Journalist than the MSM.  Because they so often rely on leaks — no photographs, videos or anything like them, often nothing concrete at all — what the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and so many others (even the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, alas) report is very often, one is tempted to say most often, either a distortion or an outright lie.  This is particularly true when what they are reporting has political relevance — and so much does.  If not the root cause — that's uncontrolled and unacknowledged bias — this excessive reliance on leaks has seriously exacerbated the precipitous decline of the mainstream media.

An epidemic of lawlessness.  [Scroll down]  Now like much of the [Washington] Post story, this is a piece of highly classified intelligence whose disclosure violates the oaths of those who gave it to the Post.  The violation of a solemn oath by a witness is commonly taken to detract from the credibility of the witness's testimony.  Consider, moreover, that the sources for the story were not under oath when they confided in Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous.  The intelligent reader would be well within his rights not to believe a word they say.  If we believe it, however, this pertinent fact should be added.  The disclosure of highly classified intelligence by government officials also violates the espionage laws of the United States.  It is in all likelihood felonious several times over in the case of each of the Post's numerous anonymous sources.

The Leftist News Media, Unmasked.  If there's anything that the most recent presidential campaign and its aftermath have made crystal clear, it's that the major news media in America are teeming with leftists who overtly and covertly promote leftist worldviews and agendas.  Andrea Mitchell, who has been the chief foreign-affairs correspondent at NBC News since 1994, is emblematic of the media's pitiful devolution into nothing more than a propaganda mill.  Like a dutiful leftist, for instance, Mitchell has long viewed white Republicans and conservatives as being particularly inclined toward racism. [...] Over the course of her broadcasting career, Mitchell has made plain her affinity for leftist Democrats.  For example, in an April 2016 interview in which Senator Harry Reid said that "Hillary Clinton's qualifications" for being president were more impressive than those of anyone "since the Founding Fathers," Mitchell responded by saying that only "John Quincy Adams, maybe," had compiled a résumé equal to that of Clinton.  Just before the election that November, Mitchell characterized a Clinton campaign rally that featured appearances by such notables as Lebron James and James Taylor as "extraordinary" and "magical."

Pro-Trump Crowd Protests Fake News at CNN Headquarters.  Debbie Dooley and a crowd of great Patriots marched in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta today in a show of support for President Trump and in protest against CNN's fake news.  Who isn't proud of these people literally walking the walk to voice their opposition to the constant drip, drip, drip of propaganda from CNN.

Shareholder: CNN Acting Like Part of 'Anti-Trump Resistance'.  A Time Warner shareholder accused CNN of acting like it was the part the "resistance" movement against President Donald Trump.  "I'm inquiring about CNN's bias and our return on investment," shareholder David Almasi reportedly told Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes during Thursday's annual shareholders meeting.  "Half the American public — which includes potential and current CNN viewers — voted for Trump last November and supports his agenda.  CNN acts as if it is part of the anti-Trump resistance."

Is This Treason in Time of War?  The American media have not acted like free news sources for many years.  They run the identical storyline from day to day, and scapegoat and destroy the reputations of any dissidents to the Democratic Party line.  Several years ago a collusion ring among big news media was uncovered in the so-called JournoList scandal, showing day-by-day collusion among declared propaganda media, all enemies of the United States.  DC swampocrats have joined in the attack on POTUS, to the cheers of the establishment media, which are owned and controlled by half a dozen transnational corporations that owe no allegiance to the United States at all.  Rather, declared enemies of the United States routinely buy into our media corporations.

The mainstream media should shut up and listen for awhile.  In many ways, the frenzy about Trump and Russia says a lot more about media hostility toward Trump than it does about Trump's actions.  The mainstream media has always exhibited rampant bias against right-of-center political figures.  In the coverage of Trump, that bias has turned into all-out hysteria and insidious snickering.  While overt media hostility is outrageous, reporting laced with insidious bias is much more misleading and dangerous.

CNN Sponsor List.  This thread is in response to a suggested boycott of CNN sponsors. [...] I saw an earlier thread about boycotting CNN and contacting their sponsors.  For what it's worth, I suffered through about 3 hours of Headline News to compile a list of some of their sponsors.

Some Perspective on Trump and Media Madness.  A mainstream, anti-Trump media outlet (but I repeat myself) — staffed by (in the words of former Vice President Spiro Agnew) "a small and unelected elite" who possess a "profound influence over public opinion" without any checks on their "vast power" — that wants a certain result (Trump's destruction) has recourse to seemingly endless anonymous sources that conveniently — and eagerly! — say whatever is damaging to Trump, and then those leaks and quotes are approvingly duplicated by all the other major outlets who want exactly same thing, conferring upon these stories the illusion of objectivity and correctness.  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence — which the media (tellingly) is not providing. [...] This is about a segment of the country that utterly loathes Trump, is simply incapable of coming to terms with the reality of a Trump presidency, and thus will do anything and everything to obliterate him — including through a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign.

Should We Hit Reporters and How Hard?  You know how, when an institution becomes so corrupt that it feels untouchable, its leaders begin to make a show of their dishonesty to prove just how untouchable they are?  Tammany Hall sachems wryly testifying about the "little tin boxes" where they keep their graft.  Vladimir Putin placing his puppet Dmitry Medvedev in the presidency to circumvent term limit laws.  Loretta Lynch meeting Bill Clinton on the tarmac to "discuss their grandchildren."  And so on.  Well, that's what I see when I look at "news" organizations that hire and elevate guys like George "I-love-you-Hillary" Stephanopoulos or Ted Baxter clone and open anti-Trumper Scott Pelley.  These are institutions that are so corrupt and feel so immune in their corruption that they want to show their corruption off by way of spitting in the eyes of anyone naive enough to oppose corruption.

Trump Is POTUS, and Leftist Hysteria Is Noise.  Sure, the media headlines are deafening, and you don't want to immerse yourself in enemy propaganda.  Don't doubt for a moment that the Demo-media are the enemy.  They've shown it a thousand times over the decades, during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, after 9/11, after Pearl Harbor — how much evidence do you need?  They are the enemy.  Period.  For your own peace of mind, just turn them off.

Not so fair and balanced
Scientific Study:  Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function.  [Scroll down]  I'd agree that a parade of unforced errors and stupid controversies from the very beginning made the media's job much easier, but I don't think 'the merits' fully account for the entirety of the enormous gap between the tone and content of Obama's coverage (+18) versus Trump's (-60).  Most of the media is appalled by Trump and furious that he won; not only because they're pro-Democratic liberals (which most of them are), but because his victory blew apart their near-unanimous consensus that he had virtually no chance.  Proving the Smart Set wrong angers the Smart Set.  But are elite-level journalists really the Smart Set?

Coming to terms with the creeps in the media.  For example, Fox host Tucker Carlson faced off the other night against former Democrat congressional candidate, MSNBC personality, and impeachment advocate Krystal Ball (yes, that's her real name) [...].  The woman's high staccato recitation of Trump's alleged crimes was extremely lucid, well rehearsed, and relentless.  But pressed for proof of these offenses, any sort of proof — eyewitness testimony, recordings, transcripts, a copy of the actual Comey memo — she just flamed in indignation that Tucker wouldn't just accept the word of The New York Times and Washington Post.

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias.  A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media's bias against Donald Trump.  Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump's first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.  They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations.

The media have already impeached Trump.  In the immediate days and hours following [James] Comey's unexpected firing, some news outlets and TV commentators have indicated that they're convinced Trump is guilty of something.  USA Today published an op-ed Thursday [5/11/2017] by three legal and ethics experts under the title, "Firing Comey is worse than breaking a law."  That morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," well-known political journalist and former Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann said reporters should be assuming Trump's guilt at this point.  "There's a cover-up going on," he said.  "And that has to be the premise of all our reporting going forward."

The Editor says...
The premise of all your reporting should be a pursuit of the truth, whatever it turns out to be.  You shouldn't start with the conclusion (impeachment) and make the news lead in that direction.  That's activism, not journalism.

WashPost Bizarrely Claims Partisan Tilt 'Mostly Unheard Of In Broadcast TV'The Washington Post sounded the bias alarm on the front page of Tuesday's paper.  Sinclair is buying some powerful local TV stations from Tribune, "raising questions about content."  Reporter Todd C. Frankel worried "The deal also has energized long-running speculation that the quiet company has ambitions to be the broadcast world's Fox News."  Speculation by whom?  Liberals.  But liberals are often described in liberal newspapers as "critics" or "many people" or in this story, opponents of "media consolidation."  But Frankel uncorked a sentence that is so laughable it needs a copy editor:  bias in broadcast TV is unheard of???

The news media are losing their search for truth.  Today's mainstream news media seem to reflect increasingly the values of our increasingly doctrinally progressive academic institutions.  Last year, some 96 percent of media outlet political donations, according to the Center for Public Integrity, went to Hillary Clinton.  Increasingly, top journalists, as Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes noted, are often young, highly educated ingenues who "literally know nothing" and can be easily misled by attractive figures like President Obama.

Poll Confirms Media's Bias:  Is 'Fake News' The New Norm?  Politico surveyed 63 members of the White House press corps.  Of those, only 5% were Republicans, while 16% were Democrats, 37% independents, and 37% weren't registered to vote at all.  Let's admit one thing right off the bat:  This year's poll is an improvement on last year's poll of 72 press corps members, in which none — zero, zip, nada — were Republicans.  You'd think there would have been at least a token GOP press-member in there, but no.  But the numbers are really worse than they look.  Among those 37% "independents" are reporters who, for reasons of political deniability, call themselves independent rather than affiliating with a party.  And some of those are actually farther left than the Democratic Party in their views.

The Bret Stephens freak-out is a reminder that the media is basically a massive high school clique.  [Bret] Stephens, who came to the Times after nearly 20 years with the Wall Street Journal, suggested in an op-ed concerning the fierce political debate surrounding climate change that, "if there were less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it."  "[O]rdinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism.  They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power," he added.  Despite that he was careful to note he doesn't "deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences," the article left many reporters and pundits in a state of disbelief.

Poll Finds Americans Trust Trump More Than Media.  Only a day before journalists are set to meet at their annual self-congratulatory dinner, a new poll finds that their intended customers, the American people, don't trust them.  Indeed, the poll finds Americans trust the Trump White House to tell the truth more than they do the media.  The poll taken of 2,006 adults between April 23 and 26 is certainly bad news for the political media as 37 percent of respondents said they trust the Trump White House, while only 29 percent said they trust the media.

Trump Is More Trusted than Political Media.  Well, to be fair, almost anyone is more trusted than the national political media.

Obit Gives Us an Inside Look at Inside Journalism.  It's Not Pretty.  A new documentary about the New York Times arrives at just the moment America's newspaper of record presents itself as something that stands not for news but for power, partisanship, and elitism.  It's titled "Obit," perhaps in a witty response to the digital era's advance on outmoded media.  An inside look at how the paper's staff of obituary writers and researchers perform their tasks, Obit may be the closest that any media-maker gets to examining the Times' confidential procedures during this terrible period of oppositional journalism.

Who Really Controls the Modern Democratic Party?  Conventional wisdom views the media as the public relations arm of the Democratic Party.  Commonly referred to as "Democrat party operatives with bylines," big media trumpets the progressives' message 24-7, from the nation's major newspapers, network news shows, and most cable outlets, with a few exceptions, such as at Fox News.  But where is the mothership of progressivism?  The media, or the Democratic Party?

Clinton aide, fundraiser, to run Politico.  The new CEO of Politico is a long-time donor to Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and key liberal causes.  Patrick Steel of FBR & Co., an Arlington, Va., investment bank, gave a total of $64,850 to Democrats and their causes, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and an analysis from Andrew Mullins of the Media Research Center.

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think.  News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most sophisticated polling data and analysis to cover the presidential campaign.  The overwhelming assumption was that the race was Hillary Clinton's for the taking, and the real question wasn't how sweeping her November victory would be, but how far out to sea her wave would send political parvenu Trump.  Today, it's Trump who occupies the White House and Clinton who's drifting out to sea — an outcome that arrived not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment.  In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn't get the nation it purportedly covers.

Gayle King Hilariously Defends Vacationing with Obamas; 'Not Political' Spending Time with 'Friends'.  On Friday's Access Hollywood, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King responded to the fact that she had recently vacationed in Tahiti with, among others, the Obama family, pathetically claiming that it was "not a political statement" and no big deal since her "friends" are out of the White House.  "Gayle's Obama vacation under fire.  Welcome to Access Hollywood.  Did vacationing on a yacht with the Obamas get Gayle King in hot water with her CBS colleagues," reported Access Hollywood co-host and former Today newsreader Natalie Morales.

CBS Journalists [Angry] at Gayle King Over Yacht Vacation With Obamas.  Veteran journalists at CBS are reportedly quite upset with network host Gayle King after she enjoyed a recent yacht vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama in Tahiti.  King, co-host of "CBS This Morning," went on a star-studded vacation with the former president and first lady, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and her best friend Oprah Winfrey on billionaire David Geffin's 138-meter luxury yacht, called the Rising Sun.

Ethical Issue?  CBS Host Gayle King Spotted on Super-Yacht in Tahiti with the Obamas.  Once again, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King has demonstrated her networking skills.  As the media reported how the Obamas rode Hollywood producer David Geffen's super-yacht in Tahiti with bold-faced names including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen, there was another TV name in the mix.

Labeling Anything Negative As 'Fake News' Is Dangerous And Intellectually Dishonest.  Press bias isn't a black and white issue.  There will be times when the mainstream media — regardless of any biases — will cover a story truthfully.  It's important that in these cases, we don't instinctively recoil from the mainstream press because the president and his most ardent supporters continue to repeat the mantra of "fake news."  Additionally, we cannot accept as gospel truth everything the president or his preferred media allies say.  We must analyze every angle in order to suss out the truth.  This isn't always easy, but it's intellectually honest.  Not every story is badly slanted.  Not every reporter who works for mainstream media outlets is dishonest.

The Rotten Obama Record — and Legacy.  The Obama phenomenon had a complex side, but the most complex and nefarious part was the unwillingness of the mainstream media to criticize, or bring up any hint of wrongdoing on his part.  From the beginning, our media created an image for him, never actually delving into his background, his beliefs, or his life in any way.  Unlike the quest to find out Trump's tax returns, the media never sought to reveal who or what Obama was. [...] They reported everything as positive.  If there was something negative, or heaven forbid WRONG, it often was ignored, lied about or spun hard to make it look like nothing was there.  Great examples are the horror of Obamacare, the lies about Benghazi, and the falsehoods about the "wonderful" Iran deal.

The vast wasteland that is the Sunday news shows.  No one should waste time watching any of the five Sunday news programs.  They are all of a piece, joined at the hip in their singular campaign against President Trump.  The hosts of each show are leftists, including Chris Wallace of Fox — that apple did not fall far from the tree.  The rest of them — Dickerson (CBS), Todd (NBC), Tapper (CNN), Stephanopoulos, and Raddatz (ABC) — are fleas on the same dog.  Not one of them is distinguishable from the others.  They proudly antagonize any conservative guest, then strive and grovel to inflate Democrat guests.  They verbally bully every Republican and lick the boots of every Democrat.

The Fake News Crisis.  Within living memory, in 1968, the Democratic Party had its convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey was their nominee, and there were riots in the streets. [...] There is one huge difference between what is happening now, and what happened back then.  In 1968, there was a culmination of real events that actually affected America.  In 2017, there are no real events causing this, just narratives made up from nothing by a leftist media that is more divorced from reality than anyone thought possible.
  •   The Russians colluded with Trump.
  •   Trump is Hitler. Stupid. And evil.
  •   Obama was wonderful, transparent, brilliant, perfect, and fully competent.
  •   Trump's tax returns will show he is unfit.
  •   He is a racist that wants to ban all Muslims.
  •   Kellyanne Conway is a ditzy uninformed waste of a woman.
  •   Hillary Clinton is a pure and honest heroine fighting for good.
Virtually 24/7, these and other very unreal narratives are being played to the American public by our pathetic left wing media.  In 1968, the news had a reality component.  Yes, there was liberal bias in the news, but at least the events happened.

'It's Our Job to Tell You What to Think'.  Every day brings new evidence that today's media are engaged in clandestine fifth column activities involving journalistic acts of sabotage, media malfeasance, blatant disinformation or media espionage conducted by secret sympathizers.  President Trump is engaged in a vicious counter-terrorism war with the media and the Democratic Party. [...] The Democrat Party, aided and abetted by their army of fifth column "journalists," are waging a clandestine war against the heart and soul of America.

Media Bias Goes Far Beyond Language.  As the history of visual propaganda reminds us, images can be as powerful as words in promoting ideology.  And since the clichés are true — every picture tells a story and a picture is worth a thousand words — perhaps conservative men and women in the public eye should start demanding final approval of the images the mainstream media use of them.  Or at least insist on using their own photographers.

It's Bad.  But Should a 22-Year-Old Be in That Position In the First Place?  If you're on the right, you probably have a sneaking suspicion that non-conservative media prefer to spotlight two distinct types of voices to represent the conservative point of view.  The first is the "Reasonable" Conservative.  This figure may or may not be connected to a Republican campaign from a long time ago.  This type of pundit for figures like John Kasich, Jon Huntsman, Christie Whitman, and Jim Jeffords, and saw the departure of Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter as great losses for the GOP. [...] Then there's the flip side of that coin, the unappealing "Extreme" Conservative, the one who few conservatives want to be caught associating with, and who can be counted on to provide the least likeable, least persuasive, least appealing version of the conservative argument, time after time. [...] The Unappealing Conservative talking heads are [...] either completely unaware of how unlikeable they come across on camera, or cynically enjoy playing the villainous role in the television news version of professional wrestling.

Dem Congressman: 'Best Way to Oppose Fake News Is to Watch Outlets Like MSNBC'.  Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) got cozy with MSNBC on Thursday [3/16/2017] when he name-checked the news network as a remedy for opposing "fake news."  MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Lieu about recently cosponsoring a resolution that calls for "opposing fake news and alternative facts."

How and Why Obamacare Repeal Will Succeed.  [Scroll down]  It goes without saying, of course, that the "news" media have played up disagreements among Republicans over the best way to approach repeal.  To exaggerate the dissension they continuously recycle statements from a few Republicans who seem to care more about publicity than policy.

When Did Media Bias Become a Virtue?  The Trump administration is a challenge for all journalists because of the president's refusal to play by the normal rules of behavior.  His allergy to the truth, bizarre use of Twitter, and belief that he's entitled to say anything, no matter how awful or false, about anyone who criticizes him make it hard to take the time to be fair to him or his policies.  But many liberal journalists' prejudice is so great that they have come to believe that even a pretense of objectivity is unnecessary.  To the contrary, they think that nothing short of coverage designed to ridicule everything Trump's administration does is required.  But by acting in this manner, they are merely confirming the belief of senior White House adviser Steve Bannon that the media are the real opposition party and, as Trump described it, the "enemy of the American people."

All Roads Lead Back to Brennan.  It is "our job," not Trump's, to "control exactly what people think," gasped MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski last month.  This week's gasp from the media assumes a slightly different form and can be translated as:  It is our job, not Trump's, to push stories about the government investigation of Trumpworld.  For months, the media, drawing upon criminal leaks from Obama holdovers, has been saying in effect:  Trumpworld is under investigation for ties to Russia!  Then Trump says essentially the same thing on Twitter and the media freaks out.  Why does the latter merit condemnation but not the former?  Notice what is happening here:  The Obama holdovers are denying the import of the very stories that they planted.

Talk Radio, Cable News, the Mainstream Media, and the News Revolution.  What we are witnessing is an utter inversion in the supposed way the media works.  Whereas the task of a Rush Limbaugh or Tucker Carlson is to offer cogent analysis from a more conservative viewpoint on the news of the day, a supposedly disinterested media cannot be relied upon in the same degree to do their quite different job of reporting the days' events.  Or is the implosion of the mainstream media even more revolutionary?  Opinion journalists are better reporters of the day's events than are today's reporters and far more skilled and up-front editorialists than the now common front-page editorialists of the major newspapers and network news who masquerade as journalists.  Whereas in the past, the Left deprecated these alternative-media outlets, they have steadily gained stature for their unapologetic transparency, while the mainstream has lost it.

It's All Fake.  Back in Obama's first months on the throne, Rick Santelli, a TV personality, was "reporting" from the floor of the stock exchange.  He responded to a question about Obama's housing plan with a rant about socialism, finishing it off with a call for a new Tea Party. [...] It did not take long for the moonbats to declare the whole thing a racist conspiracy cooked up by the twelfth invisible Hitler in league with the eternal cyclops of the KKK.  This was when the fake hate crime stuff got its start as a daily phenomenon.  It was also when it became apparent to a lot of people that the news is mostly fake. [...] It was so obvious that the media was coordinating their coverage with the Left, it was hard not to notice it.  The game was rigged and nothing in the media was on the level.  It was not just bias, it was collusion.  The question is, how fake is it?  The answer may be, more fake than you think.

Poll: 'Fake news' CNN tanks below even MSNBC.  CNN's public perception has been dropping like a rock — plummeting lower than even the left-leaning MSNBC — a free-fall that appeared to hit bottom around the time of its most aggressive anti-Trump coverage in October 2016.  CNN is now trending lower than it did even in the first few months of 2016, according to polling released Feb. 27 by Internet-based market research firm

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent 'hostile,' says new study.  There was no press honeymoon for President Trump during his first month in office.  A meticulous new study by the Media Research Center finds that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of Mr. Trump and his team was "hostile" during the first 30 days of office.  The coverage was intense and plentiful.  The study, which analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS, found that the "Big Three" networks produced 16 hours of coverage on the new president and his staff.  That is over half — 54 percent — of their total coverage for the month.

CNN Hires Valerie Jarrett's Daughter to "Report" on Trump White House.  Who could have possibly predicted that a third-generation Red Diaper Baby would have been hired by CNN to cover a Republican White House?  But, sure, I could imagine these fair, independent and completely honest journalists hired, say, Mitt Romney's kid to report on the Obama White House in 2008.

Sorry, Bush Is Wrong — The Media Aren't Doing Their Job.  While we deeply admire the former president for not holding a grudge, the media spent much of Bush's eight years in office actively lying about what he was doing and what he was trying to do.  It's one thing to disagree with Bush on Iraq; even some conservative media outlets loudly criticized Bush's strategy, down to the very presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.  But the media consistently mischaracterized Bush's actions, and served as a willing mouthpiece for the "Bush lied, people died" mantra of the left that served to undermine the effort to end the Iraq War.  Likewise, the media outright lied about what happened during Hurricane Katrina, painting a picture of an out-of-touch, racist chief executive who didn't really care about the deaths of African Americans from the ravaging floodwaters.

Media complaining about 1st Amendment rights?  Really?  The media...
    ...didn't [care] when IRS targeted Obama's political opponents, clearly violating their free speech and political speech rights.
    ...have never cared when Congress, especially Democrats, have sought to limit political speech in violation of the 1st amendment.
    ...didn't care as the Justice Dept. and Democrat state A.G.s clearly threatened legal action against people who dared say the climate changes naturally, which obviously violated their free speech rights.
    ...had no concern at all when the Obama admin sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for daring to exercise their religious freedom.
But now they are concerned about the 1st Amendment when they are asked to tell the truth.

Five festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore.  Our national media have a knack for missing important trends.  They are focused on what is seen as general confusion and a lack factual fidelity in the Trump administration.  The media miss entirely the contrast in adult responsible behavior by Republicans and the increasingly irresponsible Democrats.  Republicans at all levels of government are trying to solve America's problems.  Democrats are, at best, indifferent; it requires only a sliver of cynicism to conclude that very liberal Democrats are actually working to make our problems worse.

James O'Keefe offers $10,000 awards for evidence of 'media malfeasance'.  Conservative sleuth James O'Keefe is ramping up his effort to take down the mainstream media by enlisting the help of ordinary citizens to go undercover and expose wrongdoing in newsrooms around the country.  The Project Veritas leader announced he will give $10,000 to anyone who brings him evidence of "corruption, malfeasance and wrongdoing" in the press.  "If you have hidden audio recordings, videotapes or documents inside of a newsroom or media institution, and the material is good enough, I will pay you $10,000," Mr. O'Keefe says in the video set to be released on Thursday [2/23/2017].

Mika Brzezinski:  Media's Job Is to 'Control Exactly What People Think'.  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday for undermining the media's message by creating his own facts, adding that the "job" of the media is to "control exactly what people think."  Brzezinski made the comment on "Morning Joe" after co-host Joe Scarborough said that he agreed with a panelist's view that Trump supporters are wondering why people are so upset over what the president is doing since he is implementing exactly what he campaigned on.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  For years journalists opined self-servingly under the guise of objectivity and got away it because Republicans were too afraid to shatter that illusion of objectivity.  They permitted the media to serve as the arbiter of what qualifies as "mainstream," "extremist," "racist," and so forth, and made sure to stay within the media-determined parameters of any discussion.  Donald Trump has blown up that absurd arrangement and is beating the media at its own game.  He labels reporters in the same way that they label him.  He upends their dishonest framing of debates by treating them as what they are, liberal partisans.

A Purblind Press, Unable To Admit Error, Boycotts the President.  What is utterly astonishing about the fierce contest between the national press and President Trump is that the press does not realize how despised it is by most Americans, and how richly, as a group (which contains many individual exceptions), it deserves to be despised.  For 18 months Donald Trump campaigned with great energy all over the country, swept most of the primaries, many by astounding margins against a large field of candidates, and made a point of denouncing the national media as biased, self-serving, and malicious myth-makers.  He referred to them hundreds of times as "liars," and directed the very large crowds that he drew to the press section, and his supporters shook their fists in unfeigned rage at the press gallery.  Did the complacent, bemused national press think they were paid plants or that it was all a spoof?

The Mainstream Media Have Forfeited All Respect.  The media are beside themselves that someone would castigate them at every opportunity and use hyperbole such as "enemy of the American people" and purveyors of "very fake news" to get under their skin, as their narcissism and sense of self-importance knows no bounds.  They fail to understand why they are held in such disregard — polling has revealed only 32% of Americans trust the media (down from 55% in 2000) and why so many cheer Trump's visceral attacks.

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The Press is the Enemy.  No matter how much training the technocrats in government and media receive, we cannot trust them.  They are no longer reporters of facts, they are agents of propaganda as dishonest and skewed as the editors of Pravda.  Blogging is relatively popular in the right-wing world, not necessarily because we are the best, or the most highly trained professionals, but because most of the highly trained professionals have stopped doing journalism at all.  They are pure propagandists, at this point.  The market had a demand for news that was either unslanted, or slanted the other direction in a sort of compensation for the blatant left-wing agitprop spewed 24/7 from the major news outlets (Fox possibly excepted).

New Poll Shows Voters Have 'So Much Distrust' of the Media.  Howard Kurtz says that the latest Fox News Poll shows that Americans are "so polarized" and that there is "so much distrust" of the media.  The poll, released Friday evening [2/17/2017], reflected that 45 percent of voters trust President Trump more than the media, while 42 percent say the media are more trustworthy.

It's Not Fake News, It's Lying, Leftist, Political Propaganda.  [I]t wasn't until the press began telling bold-faced lies intended to undermine and harm the candidacy of Donald Trump that it occurred to me that the press was telling outright lies, intentionally and with malice, in an attempt to defeat my candidate, Donald Trump, in his run for the presidency.  And after he became President the untrue stories got even more outlandish and more frequent and forceful as the leftist press attempted to destroy President Trump's administration before it could get off the ground.  At this point President Trump began putting a name to it, and it began to resonate with everyone how fabricated liberal news is.

Why the Media's Trump Lie Machine is Failing.  Every five minutes the many mouths of the media broadcast, type, post and shriek that President Donald J. Trump is a liar.  After months of this treatment, more voters find him truthful than them.  49% of voters believe that Trump and his people are telling the truth.  Only 39% believe that the media is.  The media's war on President Trump isn't hurting him.  It is destroying the media's own credibility.

The Media's Jihad Against the Trump White House Staff.  [Scroll down]  The elephant in the room in these stories about the Trump White House staff is not just that the liberal media can't stand the new president — it can't abide his agenda.  And watching one executive order after another pour out of the Trump White House that is at a 180-degree variance with the Obama-era and all things far Left, the media reflexively zeroes in on the Trump staff.  Thus the stories.  Steve Bannon is really the president.  Or, according to Time magazine, which has put him on the cover, he is "The Great Manipulator" of the President.  And he's a white supremacist.  Not to mention he's anti-Semitic.  Oh, and by the way, he's incompetent too.  Kellyanne Conway ignored Ethics Rules 101.  She has no integrity and she went out of her way to make the rich Ivanka even richer using her public position.  And so it goes through the list.  Does this not mean that at any given moment President Trump may in fact have a genuine problem with one of his staffers?  Of course not.

The Crisis in Journalism Is Here.  It's getting harder and harder to kick in the needed amnesia to believe anything that comes from the media.

WSJ Editor Tells Reporters Who Don't Like Objective Trump Coverage To Leave The Paper.  Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters Monday [2/13/2017] the paper would not abandon objectivity in its coverage of President Donald Trump, and directed them to find work somewhere else if they want to adopt a more oppositional tone.

An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media's Anonymous Sources.  I'm not sure which of your stories stands out the most.  Is it the portrait you painted almost two weeks ago, of a president in his bathrobe compulsively watching the news?  Yesterday's story of a National Security Council in "turmoil," filled with staffers who "struggle to make policy" to fit President Trump's tweets?  The report in Politico that Trump's personnel concerns extend "beyond his embattled national security adviser" and that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus may be on the chopping block, with "Trump campaign aides" drafting "lists of possible Priebus replacements"?  The CNN report that "multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials" have "corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent"?  The list goes on and on.  You've been leaking relentlessly since the very first days of Trump's presidency, making the president look like a "clueless child," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza put it.  Political Twitter amplifies your voice, with countless concerned citizens retweeting the stories you helped create, appending dire worries that "we're all going to die."

Media return from soul-searching empty-handed.  On Election Day, after two years of journalists telling the public that Trump would lose, the opposite happened.  In a tone of deep remorse, CNN's media reporter Brian Stelter told his audience the following Sunday that it was "one of the biggest media failures in many years" and that reporters should accept that the public would lose confidence in the press.  "So, we on the other side of this screen over here have to reckon with that," he said, "not just for a week or two but for the long term."

The mainstream media are still in deep denial over Trump.  Since Donald Trump's election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories.  Didn't they help twice elect Barack Obama?  Why didn't the formula work this time?  Mostly the media blame voters, talk radio and Fox News, never themselves.  One might say they are in denial, a condition that has a medical definition.  The defines it:  "Denial is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence."

Major Media Remain in Denial.  Since Donald Trump's election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories.  Didn't they help twice elect Barack Obama?  Why didn't the formula work this time?  Mostly the media blame voters, talk radio and Fox News, never themselves.  One might say they are in denial, a condition that has a medical definition.

Hashtag Mentality and Today's College Students.  [Scroll down]  With the advent of social media, fact-checking has gone the wayside.  Compounding this is the fact that the media of today is so biased it can be viewed as the mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, except for a few news outlets that veer so hard in the other direction they cannot be considered balanced, either.  Objective news reporting is dead.  TV is a relic of a bygone era to our youth who have no concept of real news, never having grown up with it.  Combine it with a generation that has grown up in a sheltered environment, codified with the mentality that everyone is a winner and that they should always get their way and a sense of entitlement and the result is a perfect breeding ground for creating social justice warriors and hashtag experts.

European Conservative Parties Are Not 'Far Right'.  Europe's media constantly smear democratic conservatives as "extreme right" or "fascist."  That is a vicious lie, as you can hear for yourself by listening to video speeches on the web by European conservatives.  If you don't happen to understand their languages, you can listen to Nigel Farage, who sounds just like Trump.  But notice that the Fakestream in Europe can never allow conservatives to speak, not without smearing them in the same sentence.  Trump is a madman according to the media elites in Europe.  But then their own democratic populists are also ready to go for a new Hitler, if you listen to the establishment media.

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won.  Since at least Donald Trump's election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis.  Despite Trump's constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media.  They did this to themselves.

With Obama gone, media crybabies mull boycotting WHCA dinner.  When Barack Obama was in the White House, the political press corps celebrated with him once a year at a ritzy, A-list-only five-course dinner and laughfest inside the Washington Hilton ballroom.  Celebrities from Hollywood jetted into town to join America's top media as major news outlets tried to outdo one another with outlandishly lavish parties.  But now that President Trump has moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there are new calls by the liberal mainstream media to jettison the annual soiree, known as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which has grown into a weeklong affair with garden parties and brunches galore.

Washington Post Media Columnist:  Cancel WHCA Dinner Now that Trump Is President.  Remember Margaret Sullivan?  She is The Washington Post media columnist who wanted to retire the term "fake news" when it boomeranged on liberals after it had been embraced by the mainstream media.  Now Sullivan has another crusade in which she wants to cancel something.  The White House Correspondents' Association dinner.  Although Sullivan supported The New York Times withdrawing from the dinner several years ago when she was their Public Editor, she did not call for its outright cancellation.  It is way more than obvious that her real reason for her sudden urge to cancel the dinner outright is that Donald Trump is now President.  And the recognition of that disturbing fact for them is something that Sullivan and her fellow liberal journalists simply can't tolerate at the WHCA dinner.

'Illegal' Press Leaks by U.S. Have Become 'Systematic,' A Legal Filing in N.Y. Alleges.  A New York-based FBI agent who played a leading role in a string of recent insider trading prosecutions is under criminal investigation for what federal prosecutors, in a recent court filing, call "unquestionable misconduct by an agent of the Government... improper and inexcusable."  It's the sort of story that ordinarily might be splashed across the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal — except that in this case, the misconduct of which the FBI agent, David Chaves, is suspected was leaking grand jury information to the Times and the Journal.

Flashback: Six Years of Obama Super Bowl Softballs.  Bill O'Reilly will be talking to Donald Trump on Sunday [2/5/2017] for what has now become the standard pre-Super Bowl presidential interview.  For most of Barack Obama's eight years, he had the luxury of softball interviews with liberal journalists. [...] Here's a look back at those eight interviews before the big game.  In 2016, when CBS News assigned Gayle King, a donor, supporter and friend of the Obama family, to interview the President and his wife before the Super Bowl, the network guaranteed one of the softest interviews in the history of this administration.  Asking not one serious question, the journalist instead highlighted her favorite photo of the President and his wife.  King also brought up dance moves, relationship issues and Super Bowl predictions.

How to Create a Fascist Dictatorship.  Creating a fascist dictatorship is far easier than it may seem.  You are watching the rise of fascism in America, although the story the fake news media is telling you isn't the truth.

Visa Suspension, NATO and Voices From The Deep State.  The level of absurdity from the official media channel of the U.S. Department of State, CNN, is reaching new levels of Tokyo Rose disinformation and propaganda.

This Is Why Donald Trump Is President.  A healthy majority of Americans still view the main stream media outlets as nothing more than propaganda machines for the establishment using disinformation and manipulation in a fashion comparable with Soviet-run journalism, collaborators in perpetuating a corrupt status quo.  President Trump exploited already-existing sentiments, spawned by non-representative government and an out-of-touch media, but a movement lacking a leader around whom we could rally, someone who would express our views and, if elected, implement those views as policy.  Americans flocked to Trump because the country had a de facto one-party state, where all the traditional means for the people to seek the redress of grievances were blocked by the self-absorbed, unaccountable, permanent political-media elite.

America Isn't Just Divided — It's Fragmented to Pieces.  The 24-hour news cycle and media's insatiable appetite to make certain people look good and others to look bad has created an atmosphere of enmity between folks of different political and social persuasions, not to mention the rampant distrust.  There is a growing attitude of "everything we believe is right and everything you believe is wrong," and even when there is equity on both sides of an issue the animosity has gotten so pervasive that opposing views are rarely even considered by the other side.

'Forty-five percent of the media outright hate Trump'.  I thought it would be impossible for the MSM to treat a POTUS [president of the United States] with less objectivity than they did President Bush (43) but I was wrong.  Forty-five percent of the MSM is simply suspicious of President Trump.  Forty-five percent outright hate him.  Ten percent will adopt the appropriate "wait and see and report" attitude.

The price of admission to the press:  You can't riot while you're working and expect your pass to protect you.  [W]hen I read that as many as six journalists had been detained and charged with felonies during riots in Washington D.C., on the day Donald Trump became president, the first question I had was:  were they taking pictures or taking part?  Two of those detained were described in news stories as "journalist and activist."  I don't know if that is accurate, but I do know that it's not possible to be both at the same time.  A journalist who uses his or her credentials to gain access to an event — whether it's a speech, a battlefield or a protest march — gives up the right to be part of the action.  You can't riot while you're working and expect your press pass to protect you.

Trump aide Bannon calls media the 'opposition party'.  Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief White House strategist, railed against the media in an interview, calling them the "opposition party" and advising the press corps to "keep its mouth shut."  Bannon, formerly an executive at Breitbart, a conservative, alt-right news outlet, said in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday evening [1/25/2017] that the media had been "humiliated" by Trump's election.

It has been a really bad week for journalism.  For an industry that's as disliked and distrusted as Congress, there's a lot of work that media need to do to win back viewers' trust.  There's no room for error, especially now that there's a subgenre of "news" that has zero basis in fact, and is created from thin air for the sole purpose of generating cash.  But learning to be more careful and even-handed is apparently difficult for some in media, and this week was especially rough for newsrooms that are already struggling to regain credibility.

Missing All That Racial Healing.  For decades, the old joke was that homelessness "spikes" under Republican administrations, solely because the New York Times and Washington Post were blind to the homeless invisible under Democrats but, under Republicans, they are a living indictment of "trickle down economics."  We've already seen that the deficit is now a big problem for Paul Krugman, who, a few months ago, insisted that a President Hillary Clinton should do even more stimulus spending.  But what I find particularly jarring is how, 24 hours after Trump was sworn in, the last eight years under the first black president seemed to have vanished from American consciousness and how some people seem to think the racial climate in America is worse than ever, or poised to be.

President Trump Should Dump The Media.  Trust ratings and approval levels for the media are so far down in the toilet that it would take a plumber to find them.  If the media are the people's representatives, then the people want to elect different ones.  Those are some of the same representatives that the media is trying to ban from social media with a fake "Fake News Crusade" and by resisting any expansion of press briefings with threats and warnings.  "We'll have to consider doing things other than protesting and whining," Fournier threatened.  "We'll have to think about what we can do to bring some pain to make our point."  Do what?  Run items accusing President Trump of being a traitor, a liar, a racist, a rapist and a Batman villain?  The media has already done all of those.  What else is it going to except shout more lies even louder?  Within a brief span of time, the media's fake news operation claimed that Trump had banished the bust of MLK, lifted quotes from a Batman villain and had been cavorting with Russian prostitutes.  And that he was a compulsive liar.  That last accusation is notably hilarious considering the honesty and integrity of the media.

I Am Mad About The Protests and The PressThe protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin "agitating."  They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews.  We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.  These were not just angry people.  They were trained, likely paid, agitators.  They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras.  The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged.  And the news ran with their footage over and over again.  The progression from "peaceful" protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.

President Trump Should Dump The Media.  Last week the media lost its mind over reports that press briefings might be moved from the White House back to the Eisenhower Office Building next door where President Eisenhower held the first ever televised press conference.  Media outlets issued panicked reports of being "evicted," "kicked out" or "exiled" from the cramped theater that used to be the White House's indoor swimming pool. [...] "The press went crazy, so I said, 'Let's not move it.'"  President Trump finally reassured them.  He got as much gratitude for it as President Nixon did for ruining a perfectly good indoor pool and as President Bush did for spending a fortune renovating it.  Instead the media began spreading the same conspiracy theories accusing Bush of plotting to permanently banish them from the White House.

Trump Should End Government Funding of NPR's Biased News.  Is National Public Radio's (NPR) description of an Obama urban directive as something that merely "links [government] funding to desegregation" fake news?  Well, it's so slanted that if you had no prior knowledge of the program, and heard that depiction of it, you would just say to yourself, "sounds good to me."  But to many conservatives, including the man that President Donald Trump has nominated to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson, the Orwellian "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" is a tortured interpretation of the Fair Housing Act.  To them, coercing suburbs to build high-density, low-income housing in order to reflect the national racial makeup — even when there isn't a hint of discrimination — is an outrageous attempt to pursue the liberal dream of closing down the suburbs by changing their nature.

Dear press corps:  We don't believe you.  After reading newspapers since I was six, I can clarify how readers now see the relationship between us and the American press corps.  I do so in four words.  We don't believe you.  As a person with four decades in newspapering, now retired, I do not blame your readers in the least.  This election cycle has shown that the news business is dominated by social justice warriors who push a narrative rather than tell stories in a fair and balanced manner.

Before and After Obama: 10 Signs of a Diminished America.  Big media burned away its credibility protecting Obama, pushing Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and getting the 2016 election spectacularly wrong.  Their conduct since the election — pumping out Fake News stories, falling for hate-crime hoaxes, loudly announcing that investigative reporting was about to make a comeback after eight years in hibernation — has only confirmed the public's distrust.

The 'News' Media as We Knew It Is Finished.  The U.S. presidential campaign of 2016 was not a sudden news reporting phenomenon of excessive bias, but it was the apotheosis of the breakdown of journalistic fairness and credibility that had been gaining acceleration in recent years. [...] In order to eschew fair new coverage of Mr. Trump in the last four months of the 2016 campaign, the media had to abandon even the semblance of fairness.  Their problem was that the media coup was entirely in the language spoken primarily by those who already had decided to vote against Mr. Trump.  The biased news coverage not only failed to change the minds of pro-Trump voters, but also backfired with most undecided voters, many of whom found the media language and bias offensive and transparent.  But confidence in media news reporting had long been in decline before Donald Trump appeared on the stage.  Years of incessant political correctness had been enforced in the establishment media generally, not just in news reporting, and many Americans simply did not buy this ideological product.

Liberal Journalists Rediscover Mission As Obama Leaves Office.  In an article published Monday [1/16/2017], Politico's Jack Shafer argues that Donald Trump has made reporters "free" to cover the presidency in a more aggressively critical manner than they did during previous administrations.  Reporters, Shafer says, "ought to start thinking of covering Trump's Washington like a war zone."

White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration.  The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative.  According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association's prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be "unity" against the Trump administration. [...] Ah yes, the herd mindset must be retained if the echo-chamber is to battle united against a singular ideological adversary, President Donald Trump.

Finally, a Republican Leader Playing Offense.  Political games often have separate teams for offense and defense; sometimes the political leaders, often their surrogates.  In the case of Democrats, the media takes a prominent team role playing both ends of the field.  The media can ignore unfavorable stories.  A recent example is the sudden lack of interest or coverage of the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting after the shooter's Muslim conversion was identified.  And the media can play offense, as they are with ongoing and relentless attempts to discredit the incoming Trump administration.

Open Letter to Chris Wallace at Fox News.  Your questioning of Reince Priebus this a.m. [1/8/2017] demonstrates once again that you have a firm grasp of the conventional wisdom but little else.  Your questions were the same as one would expect to hear on the mainstream networks or from New York Times reporters.

Dems may regret leak of top-secret report on Russia to NBC.  The Democrat-Media Complex has gone all in on the propaganda campaign to convince Americans that Donald Trump's election is illegitimate because "Russia hacked the election."  Even if a majority of voters reject the unconvincing case being made, Team Hillary and Team Obama both know that they must keep their own supporters engaged in outrage against the victorious party.  Because they believe they are the only legitimate custodians of power in America, any Republican who wins must have gained victory through illegitimate means.  But they may have made a fatal overstep with the release of the top-secret report on Russian influence to NBC News.

American Media has Become a Terrorist Organization, Incites Violence, Covers-Up Crimes.  The firebombing of a North Carolina is the latest attack on free speech in the United States.  This attack, which would be labelled a domestic terrorism and be the subject of never-ending media coverage had it happened at a Clinton office, has been largely ignored by the American media.  The North Carolina firebombing is part of a broader campaign of terror incited by American media, which continues to cover up violence.

CNN Is Now Least Trusted News Network Among Viewers.  A recent poll of cable news network viewers found that CNN's regular audience is far more skeptical of the political news they receive than Fox News fans.

Media Suddenly Find 'Courage' to Stand up for First Amendment.  "Thank you, Mr. President.  During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving this in office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?"  That was the obsequious question asked by a New York Times reporter during one of President Barack Obama's first press conferences, in April 2009.  The media were unperturbed by the president's rough treatment of the Fourth Estate thus far — how his campaign "hijacked" a press plane, with journalists aboard, flying them to Chicago without the candidate; how the campaign attempted to silence a journalist, Stanley Kurtz, when he revealed the truth of Obama's relationship with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers; and how Obama aides suggested that the "Fairness Doctrine" be revived in an effort to shut down vigorous opposition from talk radio.  No — Obama was their man, and that was all that needed to be said about press freedom and independence.

Oklahoma newspaper that endorsed Hillary still hasn't recovered.  I still don't quite understand why any one newspaper would actually endorse a candidate.  I was under the impression the media was supposed to be objective and not support anyone one way or another, but what do I know?  Either way, the Oklahoma newspaper that endorsed Hillary Clinton still hasn't recovered from putting their money on the wrong horse.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#2] The wipe-out of the corporate media apparatus:  It is understandable why the media would choose not to report on their own irrelevance; yet that doesn't mean their irrelevance is any less a story.  Arguably you could make the complete collapse of the U.S. corporate and legacy media the #1 story of this entire election cycle.  Never before has any single political election so thoroughly, completely and visibly destroyed the credibility of print or broadcast journalism.  Collectively and individually they will never recover from the continual abject and transparent falsehoods they promoted in each and every hour of their coverage, and in almost every column inch of their publications.  Put a fork in them, they are all done — and they did it to themselves, repeatedly.

When Entertainment Reporters Get Political.  If you think liberal media bias is strictly an issue for the New York Times and the Washington Post, you haven't looked at your average entertainment site lately.  Nearly every major Hollywood news site leans left.  It has been that way for some time, but in recent years it has gotten worse.  The improbable rise of Donald Trump is hastening that shift.  And, in an age when pop culture plays an increasing role in our body politic, that matters.  This reporter follows a gaggle of entertainment scribes on Twitter.  Most work for mainstream news outlets with no agenda ... on the surface.

These Are the Media's Top Ten Embarrassments of the Year.  According to the major networks, Fidel was awesome, Hillary rallies are the best, and white people ruined America.

The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin.  Once upon a time in the 1960s, all the iconic news anchors, from Walter Cronkite to David Brinkley, were liberal.  But they at least hid their inherent biases behind a professional veneer that allowed them to filter stories through left-wing lenses without much pushback. [...] Decades-long journalistic one-sidedness was apparently tolerable when there were no other news alternatives.  Mainstream-media monopolies once were also highly profitable, and long-ago liberal news people were at least well-mannered.  All of those assumptions are no longer true.

Trey Gowdy 'really disappointed' with the media.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Monday night that he hasn't been happy with the media during his time in the House, and said it's too often rushing to be first instead of worried about being right.  "I've been really disappointed in the media since I've been in Congress," Gowdy said at an event in his home state sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America.  "I think there is a blurring of the line between the opinion page and the news page," he said.  "And I can take you to the headlines of almost any website on the Internet right now, and you will say, 'well that's opinion, that's subjective, not objective.'"

All the News the Editors See Fit to Print.  News today is largely fashioned into narratives by mostly young, unworldly reporters and biased news editors, repeated on TV by well-coiffed, fashionably garbed and cosmetically buffed up news readers, jazzed up by often highly biased photo editors and presented on a plate to passive consumers. [...] With the advent of television and the monopolization of print markets it seems to me we lost the ability to forensically analyze the news; we have become passive consumers and got what we deserved — propaganda, largely megaphoning the increasingly leftward tilt of the Democratic Party and various "nonprofit" organizations who promote scare stories about food, health, and the weather and challenge wars only when a Republican is in office.

The New York Times and Washington Post "Intelligence Sources" are Currently Under Inspector General Investigation.  The Sunday Talk Shows are filled with various left-wing punditry using two media reports from the Washington Post and New York Times claiming anonymous, albeit transparently political, "intelligence officials" who state:  the Russian government "hacked the U.S. election".  First, the media's choice of wording is critical within both reports.  It is impossible to "hack an election".  What was hacked was the DNC email system, and John Podesta's email.  WikiLeaks published the content of both "hacks".  Additionally, WikiLeaks has denied the source of the information was a foreign government.

How a free press became fake.  If one wonders why American audiences are reposting fake news rather than purchasing subscriptions to the Washington Post, look no further.  When the free press falls into disrepair, readers click elsewhere.  Just as the electorate rejected elites at the ballot box in November, so audiences are ditching the establishment news media.  They're tired of journalists accepting fluff for fact, lecturing instead of reporting, and getting the story plain wrong.

The People's Guide to Fake News
Helpful Chart:  The People's Guide to #FakeNews

Liberals' fake news panic proves they can't handle the truth.  [Scroll down]  Because they can't handle the truth, they are turning their tantrums into a witch hunt and wild conspiracy theories.  The sudden fascination with fake news and Russian hacking reveals only their rage against reality.  Yes, it's true some websites carry stories cut from whole cloth.  There are also well-regarded newspapers that treat their own biases as holy writ.  Recall that the Times and its co-conspirators created a fictional Trump held aloft by goose-stepping brownshirts and toothless bigots rising from the swamps.  They aimed to scare the country into supporting Clinton by turning their front pages into editorial pages, where "straight news" became an oxymoron.

The Problem Isn't the Alt-Right — It's the Alt-Reality.  Most Americans' perceptions of the world are shaped by information they get from primarily liberal sources such as the media, academia, and government.  That's why many Americans live in an alternate reality where Hillary did nothing wrong at Benghazi, abortions occur only due to rape, global warming is supported by 97% of scientists, the economy is doing great, emotions are good and reasoning is bad, Republicans are racists, Castro was a kind and caring man, and Trump is an insane tyrant.  The reason liberals have been able to get away with lying for so long is that most of these issues don't affect the average voter.  The average voter doesn't care about Cuba, is not planning on having an abortion herself, and didn't lose anyone at Benghazi.  As a result, many people don't bother to see if what they hear is in fact true.

Force the Media to Win Back Our Respect.  Reforming the media would require more imagination and mostly be a matter of style and protocol.  For reasons of symbolism, Trump should skip the White House Correspondents' dinner.  It has descended into a strange Neroian feast, where left-wing Hollywood celebs and the denizens of WikiLeaks fame meet to treat, and in turn hear, the president as if he were a fellow Las Vegas carnival barker.  It is a relic whose time came and went a long time ago There is no reason in this rapidly changing digitalized world to follow antediluvian customs of rewarding the New York Times or the Washington Post, or NPR, or PBS with blue-chip perks at press conferences or first claims on interviews.  They have not proved disinterested or competent in their reporting and should have to re-earn the esteem that they customarily take for granted.  WikiLeaks reminds us that CNN, the Washington Post, and Politico offer no more disinterested opinion journalism than do Rush Limbaugh or the Drudge Report — though the legacy media do spend far more to reach far fewer.

Blue State Blues: 10 Things That Journalists Did Wrong in 2016.  The media have been functioning as an arm of the Democratic Party for several years.  Some are only willing to acknowledge it now because Trump's win was such shock to them, and because many made their partisan loyalties explicit in 2016.  But the profession has been corrupt for a long time, and remains so, from top to bottom.

Hollywood TV Critic Offers Double-Down Advice: 'Cable News Should Go Full Anti-Trump'The Hollywood Reporter is touting how its own television wizard advises a media war on all things Trump.  The headline is "In Order to Survive, Cable News Should Go Full Anti-Trump:  There's one way for cable news to stave off steep declines over the next few years, writes THR's chief TV critic, and it involves embracing and channeling anti-Trump anger."  TV critic Tim Goodman — one of the usual liberals who adored "serial killer chic" in Dexter ten years ago — lectured that "if we must have cable news, perhaps it's time for the people who run it to face the facts:  Millions of people just proved, definitively, that facts don't matter to them.  [Italics his.]  For everybody else, they know you didn't or couldn't make facts matter, and so they are out searching for actual journalism..."  Goodman's advice is like telling the liberal media to go full pro-Obama.  They're already there.  Why bother offering the advice?  "Quality journalism" equals liberal journalism.  "Quality journalism" means journalism that wins elections for Democrats.

How Trump Turned the National Media Into Impotent Hecklers:  Savor it.  It finally happened.  The national media no longer matters.  The entire institution has been rendered as irrelevant as a drunken fan in the cheap seats pretending to know more about the game than Kobe.  Sure, the media might still have the power to annoy.  But as far as how the players play, the institution is now just, well, belligerent jerks with no power, no sway, no influence.  Much of the credit does not belong to President-elect Donald Trump.  The media did this to themselves.

Tom Friedman, Apparently Straight-Faced, Claims Most of the Media Support Trump.  Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable.  Otherwise this comes across as delusional.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, [...] made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.

'Fake news' isn't the problem — mainstream news with an agenda is.  "Fake news" has been a big news story for the past week.  Hoaxes and fabrications hatched by clickbait-hungry websites — or, some reports say, by the Kremlin propaganda machine — have been blamed for Donald Trump's election victory.  Leading journalists such as CNN's Christiane Amanpour have decried the profession's "existential crisis" caused by the onslaught of fake stories.  Google and Facebook have both moved to curb the problem by denying advertising to "fake news" sites.  Meanwhile, critics on both the left and the right argue that the outcry about "fake news" is a manufactured crisis intended to smear and ostracize dissident, non-mainstream media — especially since some of the critiques lump together publications that contain real if slanted reporting, such as Breitbart News or, with sites that publish actual hoaxes (such as a story about Pope Francis endorsing Trump) or satire.  Critics also charge that the "fake news" trope obscures the fact that the mainstream media have their own problem with false or misleading stories.

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton "Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools".  The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its "fake news, blame the Russians" narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably.  Citing "two teams of independent researchers" (who surely have a substantial libel litigation provision) who found "Russia's increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery... echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal," the Jeff Bezos-owned website names Drudge, Zero Hedge, and The Ron Paul Institute and countless other outlets among the "useful idiots" that true American patriots should be wary of.

The U.S. Media's Decades of Cheering Castro's Communism.  While every other country in the Western Hemisphere moved towards democracy, Cuba remained a one-party state under dictator Fidel Castro, who held power without free elections from 1959 until health problems forced him to step aside in 2006.  Castro's communist regime executed hundreds of political opponents and drove tens of thousands more into exile; hundreds of dissidents today languish in Cuban prisons.  The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all listed Castro's Cuba as among the worst violators of human rights on the planet, while the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the harassment and imprisonment of journalists.

'Fake news'? Judge for yourself who the faker is.  Let me make my position on "fake news" clear.  It does exist.  It is most evident in the revolving door between politics and the media — a phenomenon that doesn't bother the establishment media or establishment politics one little bit. [...] When political activists can move seamlessly from election campaigns to directing newsrooms and back again, the line between news and political agitprop is blurred to the point of journalistic prostitution.  Yet, it takes place at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and every other corporate media outlet, as well as the semi-official, government-subsidized mouthpieces like NPR and PBS.

The Pathological Intolerance of the Left.  [Scroll down]  Of course, CNN's Chistianne Amanpour weighed in with a speech to The Committee to Protect Journalists, those privileged but beleaguered victims of bias and violence. [...] She rails against "fake news sites."  Those would be the ones with which she and her fellow journos disagree.  That would be any site with conservative views reporting or commenting on the issues the left considers settled and beyond debate.  It is Amanpour and her ilk that broadcast fake news, like "Hillary will win in a landslide."  Every word out of their mouths is propaganda meant to sway public opinion.  That is how stupid they think American citizens are.  So stupid that we do not see them for exactly what they are:  elitist snobs who believe it is their job to dictate to us how to think, act, speak, and vote.

Media Finally Admit They Have a Credibility Problem, Face Industry-Wide Trust Crisis.  Several top reporters at establishment media outlets are finally admitting, more than two weeks after the election, that their industry has a credibility problem and has much work to do to regain the trust of their readers in the wake of Republican Donald J. Trump's landslide electoral college victory over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An Obituary of The New York Times.  Working with the government to suppress stories, covering up election fraud in the ruling party and ruthlessly campaigning against the main US opposition leader, The New York Times has sentenced itself to wither away into irrelevance.  Remembered only in history books as a relic of the Cold War, much like its sister newspaper Pravda of the Soviet Union.

32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat.  From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat.  Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable.  Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming.  The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.

Liberal media OK with normalizing Iran and pedophiles; Trump is a step too far.  The liberal press is fretting it will begin to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump, that is, to treat him like any other president-elect in the history of America. [...] OK then.  The liberal press' mission — its renewed mission — is to continue doggedly pursue Mr. Trump to convince the American people just how bad he really is (those 60 million plus who elected him, didn't seem to get it the first time around).  Mr. Trump can't be normalized — he's too dangerous.  But Iran can.  Pedophiles can.  Pornographers can.  Here's a list of five instances where the liberal media sought to normalize the truly indefensible.

How Journalism Turns Into Propaganda.  President-elect Donald Trump's win proved how useless is the current state of journalism for investigating and conveying real news about real people.  And that's putting it kindly.  Not only were mainstream journalists blind to the pain of so many in the country — particularly the long-neglected Rust Belt voters who showed up in droves to elect Trump — but they shamelessly cheered Hillary Clinton's campaign and smeared all Trump voters while doing so. [...] But the high level of collusion we see today between Democrat power elites and the media goes back a long time.  The collusion continues post-election, as the media gives lopsided coverage to angry anti-Trump protests organized by, which are stirring up calls for violence.

Media Malpractice?  Media Bias And The 2016 Election.  As Election Day demonstrated, the contentious 2016 presidential campaign witnessed a stunning uprising of the people against the Washington establishment and political elite.  This was not the only revolt that transpired Nov. 8, however.  Election Day also represented a victory of the American people over the establishment news media, as they repudiated its liberal bias and attempt at influencing the election.

Obama Squelched Press Coverage of the White House.  Trump Should Not Follow Suit.  [Scroll down]  Most conservatives' first reaction will be laughter.  Their second reaction will be cheering.  After all, the vast majority of these media figures covered not just Trump but Republicans unfairly for years.  This is the same cast of characters that somehow turned Mitt Romney, a deeply honorable human being, into a cruel sexist carrying around binders full of women, strapping dogs to the top of cars, and forcibly cutting the hair of closeted gay teens.  They deserve it.  The media have obviously destroyed their own credibility.  Polls show that nearly seven in ten Americans don't trust the media.  That lack of trust meant that even solidly researched stories about Trump were routinely ignored during the election cycle.  Trump's slamming the media isn't out of bounds on a moral level.

The Simple Reasons Americans No Longer Listen To Reporters.  No one is listening to reporters these days.  Their approval rating sits at an all-time low, their worst nightmares are unfolding before them, and despite their most dire warnings, the American populace is largely unmoved.  Why?  Panicked clamors instead of measured reporting, shrill cries disguised as honest evaluations, and a level of hyperbole that is simply astonishing.  One would think reporters would have realized this by now, but not even their self-proclaimed truth-sayer, Bill Maher, could get around his own head.

Mainstream Media Recap:  Who Colluded With the Clinton Campaign?  In April 2015, the Clinton campaign held a private dinner party with at least 65 journalists and pundits in attendance.  Individuals from CNN, CBS, The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC and more came together under the campaign's stated goal of "framing the race" to help Clinton win.  Many of the above media outlets were indeed the Clinton campaign's biggest surrogates throughout the 2016 presidential election.  This past election cycle was unprecedented in terms of the bias and lack of objectivity exercised by the mainstream media.  The emphasis on mainstream media blaming "fake news" for Donald Trump's election is an attempt to distract and divert the feedback loop developed between the Clinton campaign and much of the press.  Throughout the 2016 election, the media obsessed over Trump to elevate his candidacy.  He was their preferred opponent for Hillary Clinton — after they had thoroughly subverted Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The New War on Conservative Media.  Remember when Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory?  The fake news media which predicted it in order to depress pro-Trump voter turnout certainly does.  And so they're out to fight "fake news."  By fake news, they don't mean their own raging torrent of misinformation and lies.  The media has gone to war against Facebook.  While various supporters have blamed Hillary's loss on everything from the FBI to internalized misogyny, the media has decided that Facebook is to blame.  Why Facebook?  Cable news is dying.  Newspapers struggle online and offline.  The mainstream media's profitability lives and dies by social media.  But the essence of social media is that it allows communities to shape what they see.  That's a terrifying idea if you're a media conglomerate that depends on its megaphone.  But it's also scary if you're a leftist running for office in a country that doesn't agree with your views.

TV reporter fired after writing Facebook post praising Trump.  A Texas television reporter is out of a job after she criticized President Obama and praised President-elect Donald Trump on her personal Facebook page — claiming the country went "downhill" under the outgoing commander-in-chief.  Scarlett Fakhar said she was recently canned from her local news gig at Fox in Houston for posting last week that she was "happy and relieved" over Trump's unexpected White House win.  Fakhar had said in the post, which has since been deleted, that Obama made the "entire county hate one another" and claimed God "had a hand" in the election.  She also said she could "barely sleep from how happy and relieved she was" after Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

Outrage as reporter is sacked for praising Donald Trump and criticising Obama.  A US reporter has been sacked after she praised President-Elect Donald Trump and criticised President Obama for making the "entire country hate one another".  In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Scarlett Fakhar, a Fox 26 Houston journalist, said "God had a hand" in the election and she could "barely sleep from how happy and relieved she was" after Trump's election victory.

Tucker Carlson Eviscerates Journalist Smearing Jeff Sessions As Racist.  Tucker Carlson eviscerated one of the journalists accusing Jeff Sessions of being racist on his new primetime show on Fox News Friday, saying bluntly the column on the Republican senator is "one of the most unfair things I think I've ever read."  "I mean, it's almost like a pure download from the DNC website," Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller, said to Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen.  In a recent column arguing Sessions is "unfit" for any cabinet post in Donald Trump's administration, Allen accuses the senator of being racist.  Trump reportedly offered him the post of attorney general Thursday [11/17/2016].

Watch as Tucker Carlson reams MSM reporter for acting as DNC stenographer attacking Jeff Sessions.  Members of the mainstream media still are having a hard time understanding that the old days in which they could get away with pretending to be journalists, not propagandists, are fading into memory.  Donald Trump called their bluff, WikiLeaks exposed the level of conspiracy between Democrat leaders and  journalists  propagandists, and the American people confounded the media and supported Trump and Republicans down the ticket.  Nobody is taking better advantage of the new relationship between  journalists  propagandists and the voting public than Tucker Carlson.

Pat Caddell:  CNN 'Smearing' Trump Supporters — 'They Just Call Everybody a Racist'.  Political analyst Pat Caddell told Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM on Friday [11/18/2016], "They just call everybody a racist," referring to CNN.  Caddell called the network "outrageous."  Caddell said, "What they have not admitted is their complicity in Hillary Clinton's campaign, or their unbelievable bias, and worse, their smearing of people, including Steve Bannon and others so that they could make some political points."  He laid the blame on having someone from Hollywood like Jeff Zucker running the network.  "I don't think it will go very well if that continues," said Caddell.

Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous.  [#4] Media Matters:  Soros is a financial backer of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that hyperventilates over any conservative view that makes it into the mainstream media.  Now its founder, David Brock, has openly declared war on Fox News, telling Politico that the group was mounting "guerrilla warfare and sabotage" against the cable news channel, and would try to disrupt the commercial interests of owner Rupert Murdoch — an odd mission for a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation that is barred from participating in partisan political activity.

Post-Election Poll: 69% of Voters Don't Believe News Media Are Honest and Truthful.  A new post-election survey by YouGov shows that 69% of U.S. voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful, and 78% of voters believe news coverage of the presidential race was biased, the Media Research Center, which sponsored the survey, reported today [11/15/2016].  "The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftist agenda — and them," said MRC President Brent Bozell in a Nov. 15 statement about the poll.  "People didn't believe the nonsense that the media were politically neutral.  Even a third of Hillary's supporters believe they were pro-Hillary!"

Drown Out the Lying MSM.  Older readers may remember an era when the media generally reported facts and left spin to the mind of the viewer, or at least wasn't so crookedly biased.  In accurately predicting President-Elect Trump's victorious path through Michigan and Pennsylvania, I indicated that the media was distorting polling numbers deliberately to keep Trump supporters from bothering to vote.  While Trump won an electoral landslide, only a relatively small chunk of votes made the difference in those two states and in Florida.  Yes, the lying, propagandizing jackals in media nearly won the election for Clinton.  They decided to hang together up until the bitter end, and are now predictably circling the wagons trying to figure out what went wrong.  Everyone knew there was a secret Trump vote, and they still lied. [...] Do you enjoy being lied to?  Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you're willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting you to your face?

Trump must ignore the media and trust his gut.  Here's my advice to President-elect Donald Trump:  When it comes to the media, don't listen.  Ignore the haters.  These are the same people who, as WikiLeaks exposed, were openly colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign in violation of every ethical standard they are supposed to honor and uphold.

Exit Polls Prove the National Media Was Soundly Defeated By New Media.  While you read the following data from the 2016 exit polls, it is bigly important that you remember the last 18 months of election coverage that emanated from our elite national political media.  Also, keep in mind that like pretty much everything else that came from the national media, these exit polls turned out to be wrong, and if any of the numbers below are wrong, they are so in Trump's favor.

WikiLeaks emails reveal media whores' private dinners with Hillary Clinton campaign officials.  We know the word "whore" means prostitute.  But "whore" also has these other meanings:  Debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money.  (Oxford Dictionaries)  An individual who compromises his or her principles for personal gain.  (Urban Dictionary)  By those definitions, many in the MSM are whores for Hillary Clinton.

About those rioters.  For many months, the LeftMedia have been warning that Trump supporters were so clearly violent they would likely riot when he lost the election.  The media were salivating at the ratings triumph of this imagined scenario.  They knew that it was coming, and it was going to validate their contempt for Trump and anyone who supported him.  So prevalent was the conviction that Trump was going to lose, and lose badly, that Chris Wallace, in the last debate, asked Trump if he would concede if he lost.  It never occurred to him to ask Clinton the same question.  Of course it didn't.  The media have been of one mind this past year and a half, including Fox News; Clinton was a shoe-in.  The Donald did not have a chance.  Not only would Clinton win, but the Senate and maybe even the House would fall back into Democrat hands.

The Media and the Pollsters have lost their clout by incompetence and deceit.  The entire media, even Fox news, reflected the bias against Trump, a bias well-documented in the Wikileaks disclosures of the Podesta emails, showing the media conniving to feed Clinton debate questions and coordinating their coverage with Hillary and the DNC. [...] Newsweek, which last sold for one dollar, was forced to recall 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President edition.  We're just not so into you fools any more.  And apparently even the editor of the NYT — the paper which published a piece suggesting it was okay for journalists to abandon objective reporting to help Hillary, has now relented and said "that the paper would "reflect" on its coverage of this year's election while rededicating itself to reporting on "America and the world" honestly."  Online friends remain skeptical of this new found "humility" of the formerly dominant media.

Trump outsmarts media as he sets sights on Obama's divisive, racialist policies.  [Donald Trump] overcame all the odds, beat back both political parties, jumped around all the powerful special interest industries that own Washington and scored an unprecedented victory for the people.  And he did it all while circumventing the massive media machine that worked in lockstep unison to block him at every turn.  Every mainstream newspaper and television outlet — after months of gorging themselves at the profit trough of his monster ratings — shirked all pretense of covering the election fairly.

This Was A Massive Repudiation of the Press.  [Scroll down]  This is why the pundits got it all wrong.  They believed the media and their spin, not just on the coronation of Hillary Clinton, but more important, on America's repudiation of Donald Trump.  They saw Trump's voters just as the Clinton campaign saw them:  a basket of deplorables.  All season long the pro-Hillary press treated Trump's followers with utter contempt.  At the same time the leftwing media were giving aid and comfort to Hillary Clinton, covering up her scandals when they could, spinning them in her favor when they couldn't.  Don't anyone here deny it.  We documented it all season long.  What we saw is what the public saw.  In fact, conservatives heard top leftist reporters like Jorge Ramos calling on the news media — yes, the news media — to take sides against Donald Trump.

The Democrat Media Complex Will Never Understand What Happened Tuesday Night.  The morning after the election, I was asked by a lifelong Democrat friend of mine what my thoughts were.  I told her that my big takeaway was the that media managed to make me respect it less and despise it more even though this was an election cycle where I had no emotional investment whatsoever in a candidate.  It's not just the bias, although I will never condone that while they're pretending to be neutral observers.  It's the overwhelming ignorance displayed by a group of people who truly believe themselves to be the smartest ones in the room.  It's like an island populated by people who are four feet tall and have never met anyone else:  they all think they're giants.

A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite.  There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. [...] Journalists often violated their own ethics codes during the campaign.  Political analyst Donna Brazile even leaked debate topics to the Clinton team.  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reportedly asked the Democratic National Committee to provide him with anti-Trump research.

The People Are Laughing at the Liberal Media.  Members of the media continue to talk among themselves, as if they had not been repudiated by the people on November 8.  Mass firings and new faces are needed if the media are going to have any hope of regaining any credibility with the public. [...] Reid Wilson of The Hill newspaper calculated that Clinton got 57 newspaper endorsements and Trump got only 2.  In addition to The Washington Post and The New York Times, which both endorsed Hillary, some of the other notable losers included:
  •   The Columbus Dispatch endorsed a Democrat (for the first time since Woodrow Wilson), and urged voters to elect Hillary.  Ohio went for Trump anyway.
  •   The Akron Beacon said that Hillary was the change this country needed.
  •   The Cincinnati Enquirer broke a century-old tradition to endorse Hillary.
  •   The Sun Sentinel editorial board urged Floridians to vote for Hillary.  Florida went for Trump.
  •   The Arizona Republic broke a 120-year tradition to endorse Hillary.  Arizona went for Trump.
  •   The Dallas Morning News broke a 75-year tradition of supporting Republicans to endorse Hillary.  Texas went for Trump anyway.
  •   The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas, usually backs Republicans but endorsed Hillary.

CNN's Camerota: 'Why Does President Obama Have to Be Gracious' to Trump?  On Thursday's New Day, during a panel discussion of the scheduled meeting at the White House between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump, and whether the two would be cordial despite their differences, co-host Alisyn Camerota at one point wondered why it is that President Obama "has to be gracious" to Trump instead of just sending an intern to meet him.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables.  A theme is reverberating on this, the Day After, and it goes like this:  The media are buffoons who so obviously got everything wrong.  How could anyone trust them ever again?  All of the Network Gurus (save FOX's) staved off the Trumpocalypse for as long as they could on Tuesday evening [11/8/2016], keeping those delegate counts artificially inflated on the side of Hillary Clinton.  But their long faces told the tale, which was being whispered into their earpieces.  Now those same Gurus are temporarily owning the fact that yes, they failed to see this coming, and today they are reaching for explanations.

Liberal Media Are "Second-Biggest Losers" of the Election; "They Cheated and Got Caught".  Appearing on Fox Business Network's Varney & Co., MRC founder and president Brent Bozell said the liberal media were the second-biggest losers on election night:  "They were crushed.  They were the second-biggest losers.  But the difference between them and Hillary Clinton is that their loss continues.  She is finished, but they still stay in the game.  They have a public that simply repudiated them.  The public didn't distinguish between her calling them a basket of deplorable and the media treating them like a basket of deplorables."

Liberal journalists are biggest losers in Trump victory.  To most journalists, the election of Donald Trump is Mourning in America.  Trump won despite a massive effort by the liberal media establishment to discredit and destroy him, and they were still at it early Wednesday morning, even as it became obvious that they'd utterly failed to derail his candidacy.  On CBS, Slate columnist Jamelle Bouie painted the anti-Washington wave that carried Trump to victory as a racist "push-back against the advancement of African-Americans, of Hispanics, of women, of Muslim-Americans."  On MSNBC, co-anchor Rachel Maddow also played the race card:  "I'm thinking about President Obama too.  I mean, to have the first African American President succeeded by a guy who was endorsed by the's a big deal."  The Stop Trump effort among journalists has played out in newspapers and on TV screens for months now.

Disrupters Were Journalism's Winners in the 2016 Election.  [Scroll down]  Judicial Watch is a conservative gadfly, yes, but it is acting more like a newsroom staffed by lawyers — a scary thought, to the government at the very least.  With an ample, donor-funded war chest, the nonprofit is taking journalists to school in deploying one of their most valued weapons, the Freedom of Information Act, doing so more effectively than any news organization in recent memory.  Mainstream news organizations are happy to take its costly court-won revelations and run with them.  So it's not surprising that its President, Tom Fitton, nominated Judicial Watch for three Pulitzer Prizes last year[.]  (It was disqualified because it was ruled to be an advocacy group, Fitton told the Pulitzer-laden New York Times).

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One could easily argue that the New York Times is also an advocacy group.

Journalists Celebrated Obama's 2008 Victory, Mourned Trump's 2016 Win.  For supposedly non-partisan reporters of the news, journalists sure reacted differently to President Obama's election in 2008 and Trump's election in 2016.  Obama's election was a "leap towards something better and uniting our country as never before in our history," according to MSNBC's resident Obama-super fan Chris Mathews, on the Sunday before election day eight years ago.  But early Wednesday morning, Matthew's colleague Andrea Mitchell frowned at Hillary's defeat, calling it "history put on hold yet again."  Earlier in that same segment, NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie shared this same sentiment:  "Hillary Clinton's attempt to break the ultimate glass ceiling in politics" was "a presidential bid that once again fell short."

Don't Get Comfortable Mainstream Media — You're Next!  In the following video, I set the record straight on many of the patently false narratives that have been forced on the American people by the very people and institutions We the People depend on for accurate information.  Much of it will shock the average viewer who has relied on the mainstream for their knowledge of Donald Trump. [...] One thing is certain:  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat Party, and their machine have turned Washington into more of a cesspool of lies and corruption than Hollywood would be able to pull off in a typical fiction movie, and they finally pushed the sleeping giant too far.  [Video clip]

The unbearable smugness of the press.  The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.  It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump's victory.  More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.  This is all symptomatic of modern journalism's great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness.  Had Hillary Clinton won, there's [sic] be a winking "we did it" feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

Concerns grow of press kept at bay during Donald Trump presidency.  Mr. Trump, who at campaign rallies regularly denounced the news media as "the most dishonest people you'll ever meet," has support for breaking the tradition and keeping the public in the dark about his daily whereabouts.  "I don't think Trump needs the press pool," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who is a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill.  "He didn't need it when he ran and he doesn't need it as president of the United States."  Mr. Hunter said the news media brought it upon themselves.  "If I had just won the election after everyone said I'd lose and rooted for my opponent, why would I give anyone the time of day," said Mr. Hunter.

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The news media tried their best to elect Hillary Clinton.  Now they can't understand why Trump doesn't trust them.

Trump Win Exposes Media's Smug Failures.  The media turned itself into the opposition and, accordingly, was voted down as the new political reality emerged: [...] Not only did the media get almost everything about this presidential election wrong, but it became the central issue, or the stand-in for all those issues, that the great new American Trump Party voted against.  The transmutation of political identities has arguably devolved into two parties:  the Trump one, the angry retro people, and the Media Party, representing the smug modern people, each anathema to and uncomprehending of the other.  Certainly, there was no moment in the campaign where the Media Party did not see itself as a virtuous and, most often, determinative factor in the race.

Why Hillary and Bill are the Mafia mobsters of US politics.  [Scroll down]  But it is the rancid stench of corruption surrounding the Clintons which pervades the air.  For once, Donald Trump didn't need to resort to hyperbole when he compared Hillary's behaviour to the Watergate scandal.  You'd think this story would be dominating the news agenda in the days leading up to tomorrow's election.  But outside of the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and Fox News, which first reported the ongoing FBI investigations into the Foundation, it has been largely ignored by the Clinton cheerleaders in the mainstream media.  I've been covering U.S. elections for 25 years and have never seen such partisan Press and television coverage.  We moan about the perceived liberal bias of the BBC, but in America most of the media outlets make Pravda look impartial.

The Trust Vacuum.  Revelations the press has been clearing questions with the DNC, coaching Hillary through interviews and in acting as her political agents motivated John Nolte to write:  "national media now sees itself as part of the government".  It is part of the Narrative, along with everything else.  It's not news, it's a paid political advertisement.  "And here is the consequence of all this," he adds:  people have lost faith in everything.  Museums, churches, universities, perhaps even the FBI.  But the media's betrayal, given its former role as America's secular church was the unkindest cut of all.  Jeffrey Gedmin, formerly of Radio Free Europe, notes that Russian disinformation has never been so influential as it is today.

TV Critic:  The Biggest Loser of the 2016 Campaign Is The Media.  Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik is turning heads by already proclaiming the Biggest Loser of the 2016 presidential election.  He says it's ...the media. [...] A strong consensus is forming against CNN's formula of putting paid partisans on the set.  After all, you don't have to pay partisans to get them to accept an invitation to spin on their party's or candidate's behalf.

Florida newspaper apologizes for anti-Donald Trump bias.  A Florida daily newspaper is apologizing to readers for not being objective enough in its coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  The Daily Commercial, which serves Lake and Sumter counties, recently issued a "mea culpa" admitting that it hadn't taken a balanced-enough approach to the 2016 presidential election.  "Because we have limited space and resources, smaller papers are generally limited to covering the horse race — the day in-day out happenings on the campaign trail," the paper explained in an open letter.

The Votes Are In — The Media Lost The Election.  The louder Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, and Andrea Mitchell scold voters for daydreaming of committing heresies against democracy in the voting booth on November 8, the firmer viewers press that internal mute button in their minds.  A liberal-bias Laffer Curve demonstrates that the more journalists allow their preferences to override objectivity, the more viewers filter out spin from information and tune out advocacy.

Requiem for responsible journalism.  When the campaign smoke clears after Election Day, and Americans see the president they elected, the reputation of the media will lie among the ruins.  The art of journalism has taken a pasting as a source of credible information.  Masters of the press can blame only themselves, but they won't do that.  The losers are the innocent and naive who think the media preserves the distinction between fact and fiction.  The notion that the press should give light and let the people find their own way has evaporated in the newsrooms.

On The Upside, At Least This Election Will Destroy The Media.  Liberal journalists, by which I mean journalists, do not think you should know things that hurt their favored candidate.  This is an interesting new take on the whole idea of "news reporting," an innovative rethink that refocuses journalists less on ensuring people hear the news and instead focuses on ensuring they only hear certain news that, incidentally, supports the media's progressive political agenda.  So we get fact checking that involves neither facts nor checking.

Just how biased is the media against Donald Trump?  Media bias in political coverage is hardly new.  Going back to the muck-racking days of "yellow journalism", newspapers have expressed clearly partisan slants in the way they cover candidates to higher office.  And going back at least to the early 20th Century, that bias has tended, at least generally speaking, to favor candidates professing a progressive agenda.  This election season, however, appears to be have reached new levels of slanted coverage, one media watchdog says, with a report showing negative news coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outweighing positive coverage by a whopping 11-to-1 margin.

This presidential race is the low-water mark of American journalism.  However it ends, the 2016 presidential race will mark the low-water mark of journalism that is worthy of the First Amendment.  Never before have so many media organizations, old and new, abandoned all pretense of fairness to take sides and try to pick a president.  Their cozy confederacy with the incumbent political faction is largely in opposition to public will.  Although polls show a tight race for the White House, studies find staggeringly lopsided coverage, with Donald Trump getting far more negative coverage than Hillary Clinton.

Major Newspaper Makes Unprecedented Confession About Trump.  A newspaper in Central Florida just did something unprecedented:  they apologized to their readers for the extremely biased coverage against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.  You have to see it to believe it.

Reform the Mainstream News Media.  Remember when Marco Rubio drank some water while giving the Republican response to the president's 2013 State of the Union address?  Remember how CNN ran a picture of the Florida Senator taking his sip with a chyron reading:  "Career Ender"? [...] So my question is this, if a drink of water threatens the career of a Republican, what happens when a former Democrat congressman makes sexual Twitter advances to a minor causing the FBI to seize the computer of his wife, the Democrat presidential candidate's aide and a woman with ties to radical Islam, and the said computer is found to contain emails that potentially exposed classified information to our enemies so that said candidate could hide her likely influence peddling?  Worse than a sip of water?  Better?  I'm asking for a friend.

By Overwhelming 10-1, Public Thinks Media Want Clinton to Win.  Two national polls released late in the week confirmed the public widely recognizes the news media's agenda in favor of Hillary Clinton and decidedly against Donald Trump, a reality documented in a NewsBusters study earlier in the week.  "By nearly 10-1, all those surveyed say the news media, including major newspapers and TV stations, would like to see Clinton rather than Trump elected," Susan Page and Karina Shedrofsky reported deep into a Thursday [10/27/2016] USA Today story on the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll on the Clinton-Trump race.

Time for Newspapers to Retract Endorsements for Hillary.  Look far and wide and you'll find that nearly every major newspaper in the country has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.  But surprise!  The ongoing Wikileaks dumps, coupled with the re-opening of the FBI's investigation regarding Clinton's reckless use of emails, shows the unbelievable and indisputable corruption of Mrs. Clinton's during her tenure as Secretary of State and that of the Clinton Foundation.  The sordid behavior of the Clintons as they wormed their way to massive wealth is finally breaking into the consciousness of the general public, and it stinks to high heaven.

State Dept Told 'Friendly' AP Reporters About Missing Hillary Emails Before Congress.  Department of State officials told Hillary Clinton campaign staffers they would leak a story about missing Benghazi investigation emails to a "friendly" Associated Press reporter before Congress "has a chance to realize what they have."

Why is the media barely covering Wikileaks?  Because almost 100% of mainstream media sources, as well as several prominent publishing news sources are implicated in the leaks in colluding with the Clinton campaign.  These "news" sources (as you will find in the leaks below) have conspired to get Hillary elected, by only reporting anti-Trump smear pieces, manufacturing or exaggerating scandals, and hiding anything damaging to Hillary.  Most are even donating big money to the Clinton campaign in order to keep the globalist status-quo.  These revelations are the stories journalists dream of, but CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, AP, and several more are all implicated in the leaks.  This is why the media has been so one sided this election season, and why only 6% of people trust the mainstream media.  Trump hasn't helped with some past comments, but as CNN said here, the media is doing everything they can to help Hillary and give her a free ride.

Conservatives Look For a New Network.  With the far-left Huffington Post proclaiming openly gay Shepard Smith as "the future" of Fox News, many conservatives are looking elsewhere for news and information.  Almost on cue, it has been announced that a new digital conservative TV channel called CRTV is launching this December that will be featuring Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin and Mark Steyn.  There is also talk of "Trump TV."

American's Trust in Media Sinks to a New Low.  Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.  This is down eight percentage points from last year.

NBC, Chuck Todd Hide Wife's Kaine Donation, and Her Firm Getting Millions from Bernie Campaign.  NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has a wife who's active in Democratic Party strategic communications, and sometimes donates to Democrats.  In 2012, Kristian Denny Todd contributed $2,500 to Sen. Tim Kaine.  Todd never felt any need to disclose this during his three recent Kaine interviews on NBC (August 7, September 18, and October 23).  But Maverick Mail & Strategies, the firm Mrs. Todd founded in 2007 with fellow James Webb aides Steve Jarding and Jessica Vanden Berg, did heavy lifting for openly socialist Bernie Sanders for President this year.  Open Secrets shows a bill for $1.992 million made in ten payments to Maverick from January to April.  Todd has never disclosed this business relationship in 11 Sanders interviews this year.

"Amerca's Morning News" All in for Hillary.  I was listening to the radio when America's Morning News came on with some election "news".  It was essentially a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton disguised as "news".  It dwelt on the made up "scandal" of Trump accusers that have been mostly debunked.  Not a single word about the multiple Hillary scandals from exposing U.S. classified information, pay for play as Secretary of State, transferring half a million dollars to the campaign of the wife of the FBI individual who was supposed to be investigating Hillary, and on and on.  I have never seen the full force of the organized media so completely all in for one candidate before.

If The Media Investigated Hillary Like They Did Watergate, We Wouldn't Need WikiLeaks.  It has now been more than four decades since the Washington Post and New York Times led the charge to bring down Richard Nixon and his administration's massive web of corruption and political subterfuge schemes.  They did so by aggressively and tirelessly seeking out the truth, and reporting back to the American people clearly and comprehensively.  Today, both publications have become willing accomplices in suppressing the same type of information they worked so tenaciously to expose all those years ago.  By openly and unapologetically acting as institutional surrogates for the Clinton campaign, these same institutions, and nearly every other mainstream media outlet in America, have gone hands-off in exposing what may very well turn out to be the most explosive and damaging corruption scandal in American politics since "Tricky Dick" was reelected back in '72.

Can You Trust The Press?  I remember several years ago when there were complaints that young people were going to journalism school, not to learn how to accurately report the news, but with the idea that journalism would allow them to change the world.  That unfortunate misconception has played out as your see.  However, the world of information has changed.  [Video clip]

Brazile's Deception and the Big Media Lie.  It "pains" Jordan Chariton at Mediaite to say so, but "Trump is right — the [news] media is dishonest."  WikiLeaks has exposed the "jarring ... alliance between supposedly neutral 'analysts' and 'journalists' with Hillary Clinton."  Case in point:  interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile, who was exposed "tipping off the Clinton campaign to a CNN town hall question she'd be asked the next day."  (She denies it.)  But Brazile is just one in a "long list of phony 'analysts' and 'strategists' — as well as anchors and reporters — who were clearly in-the-tank for Hillary Clinton all along."  The "wider media lie" is that what you see on-air "is being delivered by neutral arbiters and journalists."

Matthews Confronts NYT Reporter On Bias:  Know Any Pro-Life Reporters?  MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronted a New York Times reporter on media bias during a "Hardball" segment Monday, asking whether she knows anyone at the paper who is pro-life.  "And really this is something I think that is kind of an effective argument," NYT reporter Yamiche Alcindor told Matthews, referring to GOP nominee Donald Trump's argument the "elite media" is biased against him and is helping rig the election.  "Because people really do feel when they go and get the news that they are really getting it from these people who have some sort of plan to rig this election, or rig the economy, or don't want to cover the real issues."

Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump.  Bias has always been a factor in journalism.  It's nearly impossible to remove.  Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult.  But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.  More than anything, I can't sit idly by and allow these perpetrators of fraud to celebrate and leak tears of joy like they did when they helped elect Barack Obama in 2008. I have to know I weighed in not only in writing but in the voting booth.  The media needs to be destroyed.  And although voting for Trump won't do it, it's something.

The Mainstream Partisan Media Is Going Too Far.  The partisan media is insisting that the election is all over, Hillary has won, and there's no need for you backwards Trump voters to bother anymore.  The polls all confirm that Hillary has won, except they actually don't.  ABC just said that Hillary has opened up her widest lead yet, popping up to confirm my first paragraph.  Hillary wanted to run against Trump, as she thought him the easiest to defeat, and the partisan media cooperated all during the Republican debates by focusing entirely on Trump and not really giving the other 16 candidates much of a chance to get a word in.  Hillary told another of her whoppers, claiming that 17 of our intelligence services had verified that Wikileaks was a Russian production and suggesting that they were trying to get Trump elected.  Not true.

Rotten to the Core.  [T]hanks to WikiLeaks and others who are doing the job the Democrats' propaganda apparatchiks wearing the hats of the mainstream media refuse to do, we know what we're getting in the event Hillary Clinton is our next president.  We know that the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee control what's written and said about the presidential campaign.  So much so that Politico's Glenn Thrush, who, recognizing how thoroughly he was whoring himself out to a corrupt political establishment when he allowed John Podesta to edit — or "approve" — an article he'd written about the campaign, self-identified as a "hack."  Thrush shouldn't feel so guilty (are you kidding?  Of course he should, and then he should leave the profession in shame!), as he's hardly alone.  Podesta's emails are a treasure trove of collaboration between the Clinton machine and willing media stooges.

RNC Official Schools CNN's Brian Stelter on Liberal Media Bias.  Liberal media bias has become painfully obvious during the 2016 election cycle.  Between the severely lopsided coverage of political scandals and WikiLeaks exposing just how cozy the media is to the Clinton campaign, it's nearly impossible to deny its existence.  But that didn't stop CNN's Brian Stelter from trying on Reliable Sources Sunday [10/23/2016].  "But how is this anything more than the team that thinks it's losing and trying to work the refs," he started off his show by asking, but Stelter may have bitten off more than he could chew with an RNC official who gave him an ear full.

CNN Gets Blasted In Virginia Beach.  It's not like the media can say they didn't know this was going to happen.

To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity.  Any objective observer of the news media's treatment of Trump can certainly conclude that reporters are taking a side in this election — and they don't have to be wearing a button that says "I'm with her" for this to be readily apparent.  The irony is that the media's Trump bashing may wind up having the exact opposite of its intended effect.  Polls shows that journalism is one of the least respected professions in the country, and with Trump calling out media organizations for their bias, widespread slanted reporting is bound to reinforce this point — and to backfire.  Trump's campaign is throwing down the gauntlet to the political class.  If journalists are seen as the mouthpiece of that class, they may soon find themselves covering Trump's inauguration.

Kurtz tosses aside his credibility.  As a media critic for the Washington Post and CNN, Howard Kurtz was a reliable apologist for liberal bias in reporting.  Moving to Fox News pushed him away from that.  But with the departure of Roger Ailes and the rise of Trump, Kurtz has regressed into a PR man for a press corps that only 6% of the nation trusts, according to a poll by the Associated Press.  There was a third debate this week.  Kurtz wrote that Trump did well for 89 minutes but wiped that out in one minute by something he said.

The Roof Blows Off the Echo Chamber.  There is no news cycle.  There is no national debate.  There's no Ed Murrow, no Walter Cronkite, no figure of authority from whom the public can learn the facts with a reasonable degree of trust. [...] Sixty-two percent of Americans get at least some of their news via social media according to a Pew Research survey and the proportion is growing fast.  Facebook and other social media allow individuals to customize their news consumption on the basis of recommendations and re-posting by friends, and news consumers increasingly depend on their networks rather than the media. [...] Only one in nine Americans believes that Hillary Clinton is "honest and trustworthy."

Brokaw Rejects 'Liberal Media' Label, Says Conservatives Have Fox News & Social Media.  Appearing on Thursday's NBC Today, special correspondent Tom Brokaw dismissed Donald Trump's accusations of liberal media bias:  "His complaints have been, apparently, that he thinks there's a media conspiracy of some kind.  The media conspiracy consists of The New York Times printing his tax returns..."  Co-host Savannah Guthrie downplayed the Republican nominee's complaint as something all candidates say:  "And we probably can't find any presidential candidate in modern history who didn't feel that the media was definitely stacked against that candidate."

Count of Trump-Lampooning TV Shows Nears 30.  Filled with avid Clinton supporters, it is no secret that Hollywood disproportionately targets Donald Trump.  Three months ago, an MRC Culture study determined that more than twenty TV shows had attacked him; now, with only three weeks until the election, the count has increased to nearly thirty.

Obama's final State Dinner packed with media guests.  Three weeks before the presidential election, the White House has stacked President Obama's final State Dinner heavily with guests from the media.  No fewer than 22 journalists and media types were attending the glittering dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a giant tent on the South Lawn Tuesday evening.  Typically the White House includes a handful of journalists as guests at state dinners.  Among the attendees were Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press;" Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC's "Today" show; George Stephanopolous of ABC's "This Week;" Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS's "This Morning;" and Haim Saban, billionaire chairman of Univision, America's largest Spanish-language broadcast network.

Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Incites Violence.  The media are going to great lengths to instigate a public hatred toward the Republican candidate.  Consider the remarks from Jonathan Allen of Roll Call, who called Donald Trump a "subhuman" who has a "blackened soul."  It's too easy for someone on the edge to take those remarks and decide that something has to be done about such a person.  Meanwhile, the New Republic seems to suggest that Trump firebombed his own North Carolina campaign headquarters, presumably to use it as a means to obtain power.  If it were true, wouldn't that make him the new Hitler, and therefore deserving of any and all the violence visited upon him?

Confessions Of A Former Journalist In The Corrupt Media Establishment.  I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that the media is rotten to the core; even the most reluctant and closed-minded people are accepting this as a given now.  But despite the media being widely condemned nowadays (my special thanks to Germans for bringing the word "Lügenpresse" back), few people know or understand what's really going on in the journalistic kitchens, where the foul slop of lies that people are fed every day is cooked up. [...] The bottom line is to always remember that the media is not your friend in any way, shape or form, even if its lowest tier operatives fit the description of hapless victims rather than nation-wrecking enemies.  The media must be opposed, exposed and boycotted at every turn until it starts bleeding money and choking on its own venom.

Here is the list of reporters that John Podesta cooks for at his home — the biggest names in media.  A couple of days ago, when reading through the Podesta emails, I came across one from April 8th with Podesta sort of bragging to the President of the Soros-backed propaganda machine — The Center for American Progress (CAP) — about how he was cooking for 30 of her reporter friends.

Chuck Todd Hosted Swanky Dinner Party At His Home For Top Clinton Campaign Official.  "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd and his wife, a Democratic consultant, hosted a dinner party at their Washington D.C.-area home last year for Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's communications director.  An invitation for the shindig was sent on July 11, 2015 to John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.  Podesta's hacked emails have been released online by Wikileaks.  The party, which also involved a cocktail hour, was thrown for Palmieri and her husband, Jim Lyons.

Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cashNew Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, spent the Republican National Convention pen-pricking presidential nominee Donald Trump as a misogynist shyster running an "ugly and xenophobic campaign."  What Nussbaum didn't disclose in her dispatches:  she contributed $250 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in April.

Gingrich: Trump would be up 15 points without media's 'one-sided assault'.  Hillary Clinton would be facing a double-digit polling deficit against Donald Trump if media bias against the Republican presidential hopeful didn't exist, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued on Sunday [10/16/2016].  "I think that without the unending one-sided assault of the news media, Trump would be beating Hillary by 15 points," Gingrich, a top Trump ally, said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."  Trump trails Clinton by 5.5 percent in the current RealClearPolitics national polling average, and he has fallen behind her in a number of battleground states that are critical to his path to victory.

Geraldo Rivera:  I Have Never Seen 'the Mainstream Media ... Be So Partisan'.  Fox News' Geraldo Rivera said Friday [10/14/2016] that he has never seen the mainstream media be so partisan in terms of their involvement in the presidential election. [...] "And I also want to say[,] imagine how daunting it is if you're Donald Trump and you wake up every day knowing that there are 20 of the best investigative reporters at the Washington Post and 20 of the best investigative reporters at the New York Times on your case every day, every night, 24-7," he added.

The Lockstep Partnership Between Clintons And The Media Is Bad For America.  That this information is coming out is all so obvious that if you saw all these warning signs — and everyone saw these warning signs — and still supported Trump, you should look inward.  Still, it's intriguing that there was an obviously coordinated push.

Can the media reveal stolen truths?  The reason we know about these leaks is the common thread among them — the willingness of the media to publish what was apparently stolen.  Hence the question:  Can the government hold the press liable — criminally or civilly — for the publication of known stolen materials that the public wants to know about?  In a word:  No.

CNN should investigate Brazile providing questions to Team Clinton.  For a media that will somehow emerge from this election season much worse in the eyes of the American public than before it began, Tuesday was the decided low point.  A WikiLeaks email dump of just one person's account — Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta — shows just how corrupt and compromised our media is today.  Exhibit A is former CNN contributor Donna Brazile, currently on a temporary friendly suspension from the network after taking over as Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman following the humiliating resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the Democratic National Convention in July.  As you recall, Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down after a separate WikiLeaks email dump showed top levels of the DNC were actively attempting to take down the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The Media Is Liberalism's Achilles Heel.  [A]bout half the population hates so-called journalists and is voting accordingly.  That hate is destroying the media's business model, and they are scared.  You can see it in their frenzied doubling-down on the same foolishness that made us hate them in the first place.  We complain that the media hacks are taking sides and they publicly reject objectivity.

Witnessing the Final Demise of the Mainstream Media.  If this year's presidential election has a silver lining, it is the final demise of "mainstream media." Which is not to say that liberal media are going away; they aren't, of course.  But liberal media's claim to being mainstream — reliable, objective, fair, unlike fringe or partisan news sources — is gone forever.  That is a good thing.  No one could follow this year's campaign without understanding that the media formerly known as mainstream have jettisoned any pretense of neutrality, or even of journalistic integrity, in their desperation to preserve the status quo by electing Hillary Clinton president.  Fair enough.  We know where they stand.

Here Are The Mainstream Reporters Who Are Open About Their Anti-Trump Bias.  Reporters covering the presidential election from a myriad publications including The New York Times and NBC have expressed negative opinions about Republican nominee Donald Trump in writing, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.  The journalists all expressed their thoughts about Trump over the past year on Twitter.

Farewell USA Today! (I Hardly Knew Ye).  Thursday [9/29/2016], USA Today announced its editorial board felt so strongly, it was time to take a historic stance and deviate from its longstanding "no endorsement" policy, urging readers to reject Trump.  Accompanying the announcement was an awkwardly-staged video with a USA Today media reporter "interviewing" the editorial page editor in a scripted event that was supposed to appear off the cuff.  For me, it will be difficult to view USA Today from now on as the newspaper it once was.  After all, when an editorial board admits this sort of bias, it's reasonable to suspect they'll see fit to deviate from other normal editorial policies, slanting their news coverage in subtle if not overt ways.  USA Today now joins a cadre of media and journalists who have sacrificed their once-sacrosanct role of trying to remain at least relatively unbiased for the sake of the audience they serve.

Nine Months Too Late, A Media Panic.  The political press is panicking, and some are starting to contemplate desperate measures.  Anxiety among Clinton allies has led them to demand that political media take the reins from her lackluster campaign.  Members of the political press appear spooked enough to debate the pros and cons of the proposal.  The threat posed by a Donald Trump presidency is so great, some on the left contend, that it demands extraordinary measures — by serving as judges of his mendacity.  Given how accommodating the political press was to Donald Trump when he was useful to the left, the predicament in which the press finds itself today is both revelatory and deserved.

Media In Denial!  Media 'Doesn't Exist,' Calling Us 'Media' Is 'Lazy and Unfair'Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a very strange article headlined "Dear readers:  Please stop calling us 'the media.' There is no such thing."  The headline in the paper was "What's wrong with the media?  For starters, it doesn't exist."  Low poll ratings and complaints from both parties have caused Farhi to suggest the media is some sort of phantom menace.

Lester Holt, 'Registered Republican'? Not at the OfficeThe Washington Post and Time magazine are trying to play up the fact that debate moderator Lester Holt is a registered Republican — as if this means anything about his performance.  Registering only gives you the right to vote as a Republican.  It doesn't mean that you actually do.  It could just be a public-relations ploy.

Media Bias Grows as Trump Gains.  Many in the media seem to be getting that horrible, sinking feeling that Donald Trump could actually win this.  And they're not going to let that happen!  I'm not one of those who think the mainstream media get together in some kind of cabal and plot the destruction of Republicans.  I've been in the mainstream media, and I know they don't.  What I do know is that nearly all of them are moderate or liberal, often talk to each other as if conservatives are bad or crazy, and that their outlook affects their reporting.  Usually, they don't realize it or wouldn't admit it to themselves.  And sometimes liberal bias is done on purpose.  What I see happening now is reporters suddenly coming to the unthinkable conclusion that a Trump presidency could actually happen and, whether by design or not, they're amping up the negative Trump coverage.

Liberals denounce the media for not derailing Trump's candidacy.  The liberal media are freaking out over the possibility that Donald Trump might win the presidency.  They are denouncing their profession, decrying what they see as a press corps that coddles Trump and castigates Hillary Clinton, and demanding a change before it is too late.  Let's take a deep breath and see if they have a credible case, or whether this is pure partisanship.

The U.S. Media are Infected with "Ideological Affluenza".  Not only do the media project an air of pontificating superiority and elitist entitlement, but it goes much further.  These dolts are professionally conditioned to actually believe it.

Gallup poll:  American trust in news media falls to lowest level in history.  A major pollster has some stark news:  "Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media 'to report the news fully, accurately and fairly' has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.  This is down eight percentage points from last year," writes Art Swift, an analyst for the Gallup poll, which first asked the nation to weigh in on the press in 1972.  "Over the history of the entire trend, Americans' trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72 percent, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal," Mr. Swift said.

Huckabee: Journalism is Dead as we Once Knew it.  "It used to be that if you read a story written by a journalist you didn't really know whether that journalist liked the person he was writing about or didn't.  And I always said, 'the best journalists were the ones who when I read the story about me, I couldn't tell whether he liked me or not.'  And when I read that I said, 'that's a real journalist.'  I don't read many stories like that ever — there just aren't any."  According to Huckabee, today there are an increasing number of examples of liberal bias in the mainstream media.

Media Invented Lie About Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter.  Just when you think the media could not possibly become more loathsome, the Fourth Estate bullies prove you wrong again.  The Washington Post's latest ugliness was to exploit the disability of a newspaper reporter in order to smear the Republican nominee for president.  Then — and this is the least surprising part of the story — the Post lied about it.

Mainstream media journalists rationalize their war on Trump.  The mainstream media's lopsided coverage of the presidential campaign has gotten so blatantly anti-Trump and pro-Hillary that even some progressives are starting to notice. [...] Was it an "idealistic form of journalism" when the media carried on its "slobbering love affair," as Bernie Goldberg put it, with Barack Obama in 2008?  Where were the intrepid "guardians" of the public weal when the media ignored the gaps in Obama's history, his fabrications in his memoirs, and his associations with the racist pastor Jeremiah Wright and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayres?  Or when Journolist, an online discussion group of journalists and activists, colluded to downplay these unpleasant facts and coordinate negative coverage of the Republicans?  Or how about CNN Political Correspondent Candy Crowley in the 2012 presidential debate, violating every canon of professional objectivity when she intruded herself into the debate in Obama's favor by backing up his false claim that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror?  And don't forget Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, [...]

Media Anti-Trump Frenzy Will Backfire.  The media can land a few punches, but they will not win this fight on their terms, because the media itself has become a central part of the problem.  Their attacks are not on Trump, they are on all of us.

Media looks inward, deems slanted Trump coverage warranted.  Lately some, including The New York Times, Vox and Bill Moyers' website, have not only owned up to Trump's accusation, they've embraced it.  "If you deplore media cowardice, you might think this is a good thing, not because Trump is a mortal danger to this country, although he is, but because it means the press is doing its job," Neil Gabler wrote on the journalism website of Moyers, the longtime PBS newsman who cut his teeth as a spokesman for Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.  "Call it partisan bias if you like.  I call it journalism."  Ezra Klein, the Vox writer who as a Washington Post staffer organized a secret society of left-wing reporters dubbed "JournoList" that was shut down after it was exposed in 2010, acknowledged that the press is not giving Trump traditional treatment.

The anti-Trump frenzy signals the collapse of American journalism.  This is a historic moment.  Mainstream Americans will continue their migration to the Internet.  That is their alternative and in using it they will continue the steady bankruptcy of the news organizations of MSM.  Their abandonment of the standards for fairness and accuracy is completely willful.

Hillary's Corruption Is Overwhelming.  After over two decades in the heart of America's spotlight, Hillary Clinton is still an unknown quantity for most Americans.  That's thanks to one factor and one factor only:  the love and worship of the mainstream media.  Over the weekend, no less than six terrible stories broke that would have crippled anyone else's campaign.

Media Manipulation of U.S. Politics Under Increased Scrutiny.  Several recent articles are spotlighting a ridiculous transparency in the way the U.S. media is covering the 2016 Presidential Election. [...] Yep, the results confirm there is indeed validity to those people who point out this ridiculously over-the-top attack against candidate Donald Trump with the specific intention to advance candidate Hillary Clinton.  As a reasonably minded person might say, at this point — it's unequivocal.

American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.  Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president.  But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important:  the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.  The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House.  They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation's news organizations.  The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

Glenn Greenwald:  The U.S. Media Is Essentially 100 Percent United Against Donald Trump.  [Glenn] Greenwald, the progressive journalist who broke the Edward Snowden mass government surveillance storyline, was asked what he thought about Donald Trump's press conference recently in which Trump joked that Russia should release any emails it has from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's illicit private home-brew email server from her time as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

Media coup d'état against Trump.  Fox News' Howard Kurtz brought my attention to a New York Times article by Jim Rutenberg, a media columnist, who views a Donald Trump presidency as "potentially dangerous" and he essentially encourages reporters to "move closer than you've ever been to being oppositional." [...] A 2014 Indiana University poll found that just seven percent of journalists identify as Republican.  My guess is that once you remove Fox News and Wall Street Journal reporters from the sample then that percentage would be quite close to zero percent.  Yes, Donald Trump and other Republicans are right.  The media is biased.  Yet, many voters, perhaps most, don't understand, possibly because teachers and professors, themselves mostly comprised of leftists, tell students that journalists are simply collectors and conveyors of facts.

Media-driven political insanity.  Throughout history, real-life dictatorships have been known to "pre-define" reality via meaningless slogans, political correctness, and punishment of cerebral dissent.  The fact that several months before elections we are constantly told that a candidate has already won definitely rings an alarm bell.  Orwellian "Newspeak" morphed today into NewsSpeak, with the mainstream media acting as thought police.  While we are being nonchalantly reminded about a long list of observable crimes that go unpunished, the media cheer those crimes' authors and try to contaminate us with the "enthusiasm."

Desperation Grows Amid The Weaponized Media.  Unfortunately when the wider U.S. electorate voted the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers to be the president of the United States they were, perhaps unwittingly, ushering in a new era of fundamental change, governmental weaponization.  Events and outcomes ceased to be determined by laws, and the politics of any given event became the overriding filter through which all action, or lack thereof, would be determined.  The last seven years have provided numerous examples for points of reference.  The IRS investigation of conservative groups was driven by politics, not legality.  The investigation of officer Darren Wilson was driven by politics, not evidence or legality.  The arrests of the Baltimore Six were driven by politics, not factual, substantial evidence.  The FBI decision not to recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton was driven by politics not evidence.  These are just a few examples of manipulated common law principles that have been overridden by considerations of political benefits.

Naturally, CNN's parent company is one of Hillary Clinton's biggest donors.  If you watched the first Democrat Presidential debate last night on CNN, it was plainly obvious that the head honchos did their level best to make it the Hillary Clinton show.  The main moderator, Anderson Cooper, used to be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative; and he couldn't wait to interrupt each of the other candidates so that he could get back to whatever Hillary Clinton wanted to say.  Clinton was front and center on the stage, and it wasn't by accident.

Newspapers worse than TV on Trump/Clinton coverage, report finds.  If you think the television networks are biased toward Hillary Clinton in the current presidential race, a media watchdog wants you to know that newspapers are even worse.  The conservative Media Research Center first compared TV news networks' coverage of two recent controversies involving Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.  Clinton's appearance at a Kissimmee, Fla., rally with the father of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen seated prominently behind her earned a fifth of the amount of coverage that Trump's ambiguous suggestion that Second Amendments advocates could "do something" about a Clinton administration's Supreme Court justices got.  But when MRC looked at how the two controversies were handled by print journalists, the discrepancy was even more stark.

Tucker Carlson Reveals the Sad State of Modern Journalism.  Criticizing the current state of modern journalism, Tucker Carlson told Accuracy in Media (AIM) that journalists' obsequious behavior, blatant bias and monolithic worldview have compromised the integrity of the nation's fourth estate. [...] Questioned about the media's election coverage this year, Carlson opined, "I don't think by and large they have been covering it, they've been advocating on behalf of one candidate against another."  He explained that regardless of the election's outcome, the media's advocacy has destroyed its claim to objectivity.

Mark Halperin Mocks 'Unscientific' Claims of Liberal Media Bias.  Journalist and author Mark Halperin on Monday [8/8/2016] mocked the "unscientific" claims of liberal media bias from conservatives.  With All Due Respect guest Donny Deutsch derided the 2016 campaign assertions as "conspiracy theories."  After playing a montage of conservatives on Fox hammering journalists for coverage of Donald Trump, Deutsch seethed, "It's preaching to their audience which, A, loves conspiracy theories.  I mean, they're talking to their audience."

Mr. Trump:  The media is no longer your friend.  Dear Mr. Trump,  Apparently you didn't get the memo — the one that told you the difference between competing in the primaries and running in the general election.  Here's the bottom line:  you are now facing off against Hillary Clinton, and the media is no longer in your corner.  If you're wondering why The New York Times ran a piece about the Khan family a full 10 days after the Gold Star father spoke out against you at the Democratic convention, even though there is no breaking news on that damaging fracas, it is because they do not want you to win.

The Press That Cried Wolf.  You are not dealing with the fourth state.  You are not even dealing with a press that pretends to be objective.  You are dealing with the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee.  While Fox provides something of a counterbalance, most Americans still get their news from tainted leftist sources.

DNC Emails:  An Optical Collusion?  For years, it's felt like the mainstream press was just a satellite office of the DNC — and in light of the 20,000 emails leaked this week, we know why.  The intimate relationship between the Democratic Party and the media isn't just a conspiracy theory dreamed up by paranoid conservatives.  Turns out, there's more bias in some newsrooms than there is at a Lois Lerner auditing party.  From reporters giving party officials a chance to edit or comment on their stories to outright dictating what questions Democratic officials will be asked on air, the collusion uncovered in the pages of messages is astounding — even for the most cynical media critic.

Contradictory Attacks On Trump Expose The Media's Hollow Echo Chamber.  Now that Donald Trump has finally secured the GOP nomination, we can look back at the last year and see unfolding events with greater clarity.  The media frenzy surrounding this election, the 24/7 news-cycle, and Trump's gumption ensure we're constantly talking about him, analyzing his every move.  Although the most fascinating presidential election in decades, it can get rather exhausting, and there's no end in sight.

Whining About the Media Is a Losing Strategy.  Media bias in favor of Democrats is a fact of life.  This is blindingly obvious to most serious observers of American politics, and it has been repeatedly confirmed by serious studies of journalistic trends.  It is also an utter waste of time for a GOP presidential nominee to whine about it.  Complaining about the partisan press is like complaining about the weather.  It accomplishes nothing.  Yet, instead of emulating the successful strategies of Reagan and Bush, Donald Trump has allowed himself to be tricked into squandering increasingly valuable campaign time bellyaching about media bias.

'Mediagate,' the scandal you won't hear about on cable news.  [Scroll down]  The biggest example of that was the non-story about Trump supposedly attacking the Khans, the Gold Star family who denounced him at the Democratic convention.  If you actually look at what Trump said in response, the worst he ever did was ask why Mrs. Khan did not speak even though she appeared on the stage alongside her husband.  Mr. Khan on the other hand questioned Trump's patriotism, his knowledge of the Constitution and essentially called him a bigot.  In the real world, Trump showed admirable restraint in the face of this attack, especially when it was eventually discovered that Mr. Khan is an advocate of the primacy of Islamic sharia law over all other law, including the Constitution.  But the Khan-troversy was just one of many hyped-up stories rolled out over two weeks by the national media so they could ask the one over-riding important question over and over:  "When will Donald Trump withdraw as the GOP nominee?"  To anyone who was watching with an open mind, it was obvious that the media was creating the story, not reporting it.

'Mediagate,' the scandal you won't hear about on cable news.  In the last two weeks, it has become obvious that a political scandal is unfolding which exceeds in scope anything seen previously in our country's 240-year history.  What could that be?  Is it the fact that leaked emails proved that the Democratic Party rigged the election cycle to ensure that Hillary Clinton would be nominated for president instead of her grassroots opponent, Bernie Sanders?  Or the fact that it became firmly established that the Obama administration had essentially agreed to pay ransom to Iran for the release of our hostages?  How about the fact that President Obama — acting more like Hugo Chavez than George Washington — announced from the White House that one of the two people who have a chance to be the next president of the United States is "unfit to serve" in that office?  All of those were bad enough, but they don't come close to the importance of the political scandal that you will never hear reported on cable news or in the pages of the New York Times.

DNC Corruption At the Core — The Latest Evidence.  Just a few days before the [Democratic national] convention Julian Assange's Wikileaks released over 20,000 emails hacked from the DNC.  From the publically exposed internal emails what many of us have suspected was verified, that the DNC colludes with the mainstream media on their reporting. [...] Over 15 specific recent examples were exposed of mainstream media "draft sharing" their stories before publication.  Draft sharing is a practice of sharing the drafts of stories with sources before the stories are published.  Hispanic and black "buckets" of voters, "most brand loyal" to Democrats.  While not illegal, from a reporting standpoint, the practice is unethical, according to journalism experts. Renita Coleman, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has said, "It's been a time-honored code that you don't show sources stories before they run."

Necessary Trump Endorsements To Avoid Disunity Media Narratives.  Corporate media (in full alignment with Wall Street) is our enemy.  Corporate media is Tokyo Rose.  There's a battle being waged on multiple fronts as the right-wing of the UniParty is left naked to their enemies, us.

NBC: Trump Controversies 'Pushing Off' Coverage of Hillary Scandals.  Acting like an innocent bystander with no control over NBC's reporting, on Tuesday [8/2/2016], Today co-host Savannah Guthrie declared that the media focus on Donald Trump's controversies made it impossible for journalists to also cover the scandals swirling around Hillary Clinton:  "I mean, this story [of the Khan parents] has now been kept alive for four days... By the way, pushing off some otherwise negative stories about Hillary Clinton that might be leading all the headlines."

Condemning Republicans, Cheering Democrats:  The Media's Biased 2016 Convention Coverage.  With both the Republican and Democratic conventions now concluded, it's time to judge the news media on how fairly they covered the two parties.  Media Research Center analysts looked at various aspects of coverage, all of which demonstrate that journalists obviously favored the Democratic gathering.  By a 12-to-1 margin, journalists spent far more time deriding the Republican convention for its negativity, even as their reactions to Democratic speakers were consistently positive and often enthusiastic.  Cable news had its own unique biases:  MSNBC carved out time on each night of the GOP convention for interviews with top Democratic officials, but — despite promises to the contrary — aired no such interviews with Republicans during the Democratic convention.  Meanwhile, CNN devoted more than an hour of airtime during the Democratic convention to airing 18 party-produced videos, but only included three such videos during the GOP convention.

CNN: Anchor Wolf Blitzer wasn't celebrating Clinton nomination.  CNN is pushing back on claims that one of its lead news anchors was seen celebrating Hillary Clinton's historic nomination for president Thursday night [7/28/2016], calling the accusation "absurd."  A video circulating online shows anchor Wolf Blitzer dancing to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" while drinking from a glass and waving his hands in the air, apparently at the network's CNN Grill in Philadelphia.  "CNN celebrates Hillary:  Blitzer toasts speech, dancing, party!" reads a headline at the conservative Drudge Report, linking to the video.  But a CNN spokesman said Friday that Blitzer was not showing bias toward the Democratic nominee, only celebrating the end of the network's coverage of both parties' national conventions.

How To Ditch A Media That Vets Its Stories With The DNC.  [Scroll down]  They weren't just feeding stories to impressionable journalists, but the more enthusiastic partisans were sending stories to the Democratic National Committee for pre-publishing approval.  The media hardly fares better with straightforward event coverage.  Television media has chased a dwindling audience for so long by adding flashy graphics, skimpy clothes, and dirty laundry fillers that I don't know if they realize how insufferable they have become to listen to and watch.  Apparently, they were all hunting for the same clickbait potential Trump supporter story behind the scenes.  Then for the actual convention, they kept cutting away from the people at the podium, assuming — erroneously — that I wanted to listen to their commentary instead of the actual party officer on the stage.

CNN's Persistent Bias.  The bias of every CNN host I've seen, including Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Ashleigh Banfield, Christiane Amanpour, Wolf Blitzer, and the fawning Piers Morgan whose reportage has been the equivalent of french-kissing the entire Clinton family, has been disgusting and depressing to see.  The only talking head who has seemed even slightly close to reasonable is Anderson Cooper.  CNN gave copious air time to Bill Clinton's "interview" of Barack Obama, followed by Piers Morgan's sycophantic pro-Clinton propagandistic interview of Bill in which Morgan said that Senator Ted Cruz's Senate colleagues think Cruz is "crackers" (getting a guffaw out of Bubba) and suggested that the US is extremely fortunate to have the Clinton family, including Chelsea.  But the worst of the bias was in their coverage of Cruz's filibuster.

What the WikiLeaks Hack Exposes About Democrat Media Bias.  Leaked emails seem to suggest that the Democratic National Committee maintains cozy relationships with mainstream media outlets but takes a more caustic approach with publications it believes to be conservative.  According to these emails, party officials stonewalled and blacklisted the Washington Examiner when editors approached the party in May to gather the names of delegates to the Democratic National Convention for publication in a souvenir edition of its magazine.  "I can send an alert to the state parties not to respond to this inquiry," DNC Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker wrote in an email of May 10.  "Examiner is a right wing rag."

Don't Let Liberals Destroy Fox News.  The idea behind the Fox News channels was by no means a stroke of genius; it was actually a stroke of the blazingly obvious.  Why not create a cable news network that was explicitly not another Democrat propaganda machine and directly target the 50 percent of Americans the rest of the media either ignores or treats like dirt? [...] Fox has so much influence, and makes so much money, because it's the only big player the space between the coasts.  However, the left can't tolerate any dissent, and it will do all it can to try to ensure that Fox becomes yet another dull, goose-stepping transcriptionist for the coastal liberal elite.

The Democrat Media Complex.  [Scroll down]  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.  The role that the press plays is to make clear to the American people what the Obama adminstration is doing, why the adminstration is doing it, and why it is forced to act in a certain way.  Of course, as we have become accustom to hearing, the Obama adminstration is always forced to "act in a certain way" because of the "obstructionist" Republicans.  The effect of this is to demonize the Republican party to the point of capitulation.  This formula for "reporting" by the press encompasses every single issue advocated by the Obama adminstration and the Democrat party.

The Mainstream Media Chose a Side and Now It's Paying the Price.  What's super sad is that when I started counting all of the mainstream media reporters I respect I didn't run out of fingers.  Most of them are just what Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds memorably labeled "Democrats with Bylines."  And that's literally true — something like 90% of them are, in fact, Democrats.  And they act like it. [...] The MSM, of course, wants to have it both ways.  It wants to be hailed as an institution composed of crusading truthtellers whose integrity and willingness to speak truth to power make them the cornerstone of a free society.  Except most of them are really partisan hacks who lie endlessly for the liberal politicians they suck up to.

Washington Post and DNC Hold Joint Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton — Lawyers said "illegal", Did it Anyway.  Apparently, The Washington Post was hosting a party.  The DNC saw the opportunity to make a fundraiser out of it and sell tickets to the party to donors.  However, the email chain shows the lawyers for the DNC said they can't publish the price for the tickets because the joint event would be illegal.

WikiLeaks Emails:  DNC Had Off-Record Meeting With Wall Street Journal, Leaked Doc from Sanders Campaign.  The Democratic National Committee held an off-record meeting with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal in April, according to DNC emails released by WikiLeaks today [7/22/2016].  A leaked email featured a schedule of numerous meetings with the media that were scheduled to take place during the week, and also included off-record meetings with Buzzfeed and Bloomberg.

AP Helped Set Expectations For RNC Protest 'Chaos' in Cleveland, and It Didn't Happen.  The headline at Dan Zak's Arts & Entertainment column at the Washington Post early Thursday evening [7/21/2016]:  "We were promised a riot.  In Cleveland, we got a block party instead."  Though his article's tone was generally positive, he did complain that "Cleveland is basically a police state this week." [...] So it's worth asking who made the "promise (of) a riot," or at least who built the expectation.  To what should be no one's surprise, the Associated Press had a big role.

How The Media Covers Up Muslim And #Blacklivesmatter Terrorism.  The media spin on Micah Johnson and Eugene Gavin Long, Omar Mateen and Mohammed Bouhlel is propaganda with a purpose.  The purpose is protecting the media's political allies from being linked to the atrocities being committed by their friendly neighborhood Islamists and black nationalists.  Every Muslim and black nationalist terrorist is crazy.  Because the alternative is admitting that both movements use violence to achieve their goals.  And that their political allies on the left are complicit in their crimes.  As the violence increases, so do the cover-ups.  Anyone who reaches the obvious conclusion about Islamic terrorism and #BlackLivesMatter is dubbed a bigot.  A rash of politically motivated killers are dismissed as lunatics.  Gun control is revived, not just for its own sake, but as a convenient distraction.

The Cleveland Show:  Expect Reporters to Paint the GOP as Rigid, Intolerant and Ultra-Conservative.  Here's a safe prediction about this week's Republican National Convention:  TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters.  And that's not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party's presidential candidate.  Going back to the 1988 convention, the MRC has documented how reporters act like Democratic surrogates, lecturing Republican officials and delegates about how they are too far to the right and intolerant.

CNN's Corey Lewandowski Still Being Paid by Donald Trump Campaign.  Three weeks after hiring former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a commentator, CNN has begun to inform viewers that Lewandowski still receives cash from the Trump campaign in the form of severance payments.  Media Matters notes that in two recent appearances on the network, hosts for the first time disclosed Lewandowski's continuing financial ties.  Most recently, Lewandowski was introduced Tuesday on CNN Tonight as "former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is still receiving severance from the Trump campaign."

The Narrative Of A Shooting Can't Be Formed Until The Media Knows All Races Involved.  When we examine the three big media shootings of the past month, we can see a profound difference in the media coverage and the political response of Barack Obama, Inc, and his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton.  I become more convinced with each tragedy that the Democratic modus operandi to a shooting tragedy is one sympathetic tweet as soon as possible, one statement condemning the violence the next day, then unceasing calls for gun control until the next tragedy.  However, although these shootings were all senseless violence, and all resulted in lost American lives, and one should think that that would mean that perhaps a common thread of "we have a lot of unhappy people, maybe we should fix our narcissistic, autistic, overmedicated society into something resembling humanity once again," we instead bear witness to how the political regimes in this country can either use, or not use, each of these tragedies to their best interest, and so we see a different response to each.

By the Way, I Am Right About the News Media Being Afraid to Offend Blacks With the Truth.  Recently, I've written four columns here that all had a similar premise:  The news media is afraid to tell the truth when it comes to issues of race because nothing can get them in more trouble than being seen as racist, even if all they are really doing is stating facts.  Well, we now have at least two new pieces of strong data suggesting that I am dead right. [...] The first comes from CNN's coverage in the aftermath of the killing of at least three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Gavin Long.  Long was a black man with an extensive social media profile littered with numerous racist statements against whites and connections to racist black groups.  However, one liberal black commentator wanted to make sure that no one rushed to any conclusions based on the fact that we now have two massacres of police officers perpetrated by young black men within just a week (after all, rushing to a guilty verdict is an act usually reserved by the news media mostly for white police officers and college football coaches).

Oops, We Started a Race War!  As the chaos unfolded late Thursday night in Dallas, I was struck by how many members of the media insisted the protest was peaceful and we have to remain calm. [...] The reason these reporters were acting like teachers is that's how they see themselves.  They don't just report the news, they Voxplain it.  Of course, the problem with thought control is you need to keep correcting the course.  First they tell us "racism is alive and well" and we should be disgusted with our country, but when that starts a riot, they backpedal and tell us we're overreacting. [...] The clowns on TV went to Cultural Marxism school so they're not trained journalists.  They're trained socialists.  This means they're experts at propaganda and controlling the populace while having little or no interest in the truth.

Daily Signal Writer Exposes 'Alarming' Media Bias at Top Journalism Conference on Guns, Women's Health.  In an excellent piece on Monday [7/4/2016] for The Federalist, Daily Signal senior news producer Kelsey Harkness thoroughly detailed her time at the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference (IRE) that led her to conclude that "the problem" in the journalism profession today "goes far beyond agreeing on the facts" after seeing media bias in panels about guns and women's health.  Harkness began by emphasizing that she went to the conference with the intention "to learn about fairness, integrity, and hard work" and on issues like "gun rights, women's health, and policing," she expected there to be "equal weight" given to all sides.  After making clear that she works for a site affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation, she realized that "during some training sessions I watched top professionals in their fields encouraging political bias against conservatives before reporters' pens could even hit paper."

I'm Shocked, Shocked To Find Liberal Bias At This Major Journalism Conference.  In June, I had the honor of attending one of the top journalism conferences in the country, if not the world.  For three days, I rubbed shoulders with reporters from places such as The New York Times, USA Today, and ProPublica.  Call me naïve, but I expected to learn about fairness, integrity, and hard work.  This means giving equal weight to politically divisive issues such as gun rights, women's health, and policing.  Instead, during some training sessions I watched top professionals in their fields encouraging political bias against conservatives before reporters' pens could even hit paper.

Nancy Pelosi Thanks Press for Creating 'Echo Chamber' on Gun Control.  During a press briefing on Thursday [6/23/2016], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi openly thanked people in the news media for creating an "echo chamber" that provided extensive coverage of the Democrats' "sit-in" seeking legislation to promote stricter gun control even though the Senate didn't approve a similar measure.  "Thank you all," the California Democrat said.  "I never saw the gallery so full," she stated before noting that her staff "gave me six pages today.  Six small-print, full pages listing of newspapers around the country where the sit-in was on the front page.  I thank you for that.  Thank you all."

Obama [is] Never Blamed for Bad Security.  It seemed like every piece of bad news during the Bush years was somehow Bush's fault — and proof of his incompetence. [...] But absolutely no one in the media wonders for two seconds if Obama looks incompetent when a terrorist calls the cops to declare himself an ally of ISIS and shoots more than 50 people, killing 49.  Instead, the post-shooting "news" focused on how the Republican love of "assault weapons" and hatred of homosexuals are the obvious targets for blame.  What of Islamic terrorism?  What of Obama's incompetence — his very real refusal to even call the threat by its name?  It doesn't matter if it's San Bernardino, the Boston Marathon, Chattanooga, Benghazi or Fort Hood.  No terrorist attack has ever cast the slightest shadow over this president.

Can we have a do-over with the mainstream media?  People are beginning to notice that the media is not addressing the real world, but their own political leanings, and truth and clarity and honesty are not to be found.  Everybody's got an agenda, and truth just isn't in it. [...] This is at the same time that the ways media reaches us are fracturing and changing before our eyes.  Do you read the same blogs or refer to the same sources as you did last year?  And how much faith do you have that what you read is actually true?  Do you know how to surf through the media rejecting the false and saving the real, and is the real real?  Certainly our schools are not teaching our young what information is and what it is not, and how to manage the information we receive.  They are not taught how to distinguish propaganda from truth, nor falsehood from reality.  And it shows in the chaos emerging from the campuses.

The media is using you as pawns.  Don't let them.  Not liking Trump and opposing the left aren't mutually exclusive.  It should be every conservative's duty to rebut dishonest left-wing propaganda.  Prioritizing Trump-bashing over rejecting the malicious notion that Trump's rhetoric is strengthening ISIS or that alleged American homophobia is responsible for Orlando is surrendering to the left.

Sharyl Attkisson:  Media Distorting Facts to Serve World Elites at Levels Never Seen Before.  [Scroll down]  "I just got back from a conference in Russia, of all places, where global journalists gathered to talk about this as a trend globally, where government interests, corporate interests, special interests have learned how to use the news media," Attkisson said, "how to use social media to control the narrative in ways, I think, more aggressively than has ever been done before."

Confidence in newspapers, TV news hits bottom.  Confidence in newspapers has hit an all time low in the latest Gallup survey, and TV news is also at a new low, the latest proof that Americans are losing faith in the media.  Gallup found that just 20 percent have confidence in newspapers, a 10-point drop in 10 years.  TV news saw an identical 10-point drop, from 31 percent to 21 percent.

Poll:  Not a Single White House Reporter Is a Republican.  Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico.  Those results are buried in a story this week on President Barack Obama's relationship with the press.  An infographic posted in the story reveals that not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps surveyed by the Virginia-based trade publication identifies with the GOP.  Of the journalists surveyed, more than a quarter are registered Democrats and 13 percent are not members of any political party.  Sixty percent are not registered to vote, but 72 percent of those polled said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover.

The Media Corruption that Helped Spawn The Donald.  The charge that the news media is biased toward Democrats is an old one, but only because the truth of it is so ludicrously apparent.  When the chief anchor of ABC News is a former Clinton operative, when the best investigative reporter at CBS News had to quit because the network wouldn't run her stories about Obama's malfeasance, when the former anchor at NBC News actually bowed to Obama like a courtier to a king, Andrew Breitbart's accusation that we're dealing with a "Democrat-Media Complex" seems much too polite.  To some extent, the ideological corruption of our press is an outgrowth of the shattered American political consensus.  As our politics has become more European and extreme, so our media has become more European and partisan.  It is a shame, however, that news outlets should skew so entirely to one side, that fifty percent of the country should find itself insulted, coerced and lied to on a daily basis.

5 Ways Orwell's 1984 Has Come True Since Its Publication 68 Years Ago.  [I]t's a wonder so many Americans put faith in mainstream, corporate outlets for an accurate summary of the news, yet they still do.  Just six corporations own 90 percent of all media platforms in the U.S., effectively controlling the narrative — whether on foreign policy, legislation, or any goal fitting its needs.  Indeed, many call corporate media the government's mouthpiece for good reason — a number of executives and upper-level staff from mainstream outlets donate the maximum allowed to line the campaign coffers of politicians in every level of government.  Plenty of others have proffered hefty sums to organizations with ties to candidates — such as the Clinton Foundation.  Though the merits of a media without any bias could be debated endlessly, to surmise such intermingling of interests leads to favoritism in the press wouldn't be a stretch.  What would be a stretch, however, would be calling reports from these outlets news in the traditional, original sense.  When the government needs Americans' approval for, well, anything, it simply turns to the press to cough up an appropriately-tilted news item — and even Orwell, rolling in his grave though he may be now, would have called this process by the most honest non-Newspeak term available:  propaganda.

Journalism, R. I. P.  For a variety of historical and cultural reasons, most of those who work in the media are progressives.  They believe that government must undertake to fix an array of social maladies, such as income inequality, perceived racial and gender disparities, and the general dangerous superstitions, bad habits, and cultural baggage of those of less education than reporters, investigative journalists, and Internet and television commentators.  Yet sometimes simply reporting on society's perceived ills does not offer quite a rich enough landscape in which to save humanity.  And sometimes reality offers examples that confound the progressive ideology.  Therefore, journalists often fabricate stories and justify their cons as necessary means to achieve their higher aims.

Sunday Roundtable Guests Seven Times More Likely to be Anti-Trump.  Despite Trump being the only candidate remaining in the GOP race, his supporters accounted for only 12 percent of all participants (9 out of 73 total) in roundtable discussions on Sunday shows from May 8 to May 29.  A staple of Sunday political shows, the roundtable discussions give a chance for pundits from across the political spectrum to voice their concerns and opinions about the political news of the day.  The difference between liberals and conservatives is still significant when you include anti-Trump GOP guests.  While Fox and CNN had equal numbers of Republican and Democratic guests, ABC, CBS and NBC had nearly three times the number of liberal guests (36) compared to either pro or anti-Trump Republicans (13).  The purpose of having four participants is to encourage a wide variety of views in the discussion.  By stacking these discussions with liberal journalists in addition to outright Hillary and Sanders surrogates, the networks are steering the narrative in a particular direction.

Media Denial of Climate Change Thuggery.  Powerful government officials collude with proponents of one side of a vastly complex national debate.  They target the opposition.  They use their broad investigatory powers to intimidate, financially punish and ultimately silence them.  The legacy media respond to this egregious misuse of the public powers of office by collectively yawning and looking away.  We expect the media to inform the public, to safeguard free expression and to promote robust debate.  Yet time and again, the legacy media fail to deliver.  They avoid colorful stories that cast doubt on the Obama administration's climate change agenda.  They ignore the abuse of power perpetrated by four state attorneys general, at present count, on organizations that deviate from the party line on climate change.

Retired White House Correspondent Explains "How Obama Gets Away With It".  [Scroll down]  One of the news media's main jobs is to hold public officials accountable, from the president on down.  But Mr. Obama is the beneficiary of news-media managers and reporters who mostly like his style and agree with his policies, from his reluctance to make strong military commitments to his advocacy for LGBT rights, fighting climate change and supporting tougher gun-control laws.  Case in point:  The administration's easy orchestration of the media story line about the Iranian nuclear deal, recently revealed by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, only scratches the surface of the White House's skill at managing a media happy to be managed.  Given such a congruence of opinion, Mr. Obama's policies don't receive the scrutiny and analysis they should.

Liberal Media Bias:  From Nixon's Fund to Trump's Women.  [Scroll down]  One could go on - and on - with examples of media hit jobs like this targeting GOP luminaries.  (Does the name "Dan Quayle" ring a bell?)  Now, it's Donald Trump's turn.  There on the front page of the Times was that story that has now been rebutted by one of its prime subjects.  Meanwhile, as Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich have pointed out, the Times can't find space for interviews with Bill Clinton's hanging out on the jet of a convicted pedophile who fills his plane with young women.  Not to mention there is mysteriously no extensive investigation into allegations that Hillary Clinton was an enabler of rape and sexual abuse, as accused by women with names like Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleeen Willey and Paula Jones.  Indeed, MSNBC's brusquely dismissed Broaddrick by saying her story was "discredited."  By whom?  Mitchell did not say.  That this business of the liberal media hit job has been going on for decades is no secret.

Some Thoughts on Facebook and Conservatives.  [Scroll down]  I still have great relationships with the folks at CNN though I have not worked there in four years.  They were and are good people and I call many of them friends.  I know many of them were to the left of me, but I thought they tried to balance out most topics.  But, on multiple occasions I recall having to go on television to talk about news stories that originated on left of center websites and never once did so over stories from right of center sites except when I myself offered up the stories.  Likewise, before most topics were discussed producers would send emails with relevant links to relevant stories on the topics.  There were always more links to left of center sites covering the stories than right of center sites.  Talking Points Memo and Think Progress more regularly appeared than a RedState or National Review link.  It was not so much an intentional liberal bias as it was a world view and a relationship.  When all your friends are looking at the same things on the internet, you'll find you are too.  So it is with news producers and editors.

Disinformation Agents and the CIA.  The CIA institutionalized the term "conspiracy theory" in its very successful attempt to derail the honest attempts to investigate the roles of various governmental agencies and individuals that were involved in the execution of President Kennedy in 1963.  Of course, all clandestine state-sponsored secret service agencies (like the CIA, MI6 and the Mossad) routinely and shamelessly make use of lies, secrecy, deception and false flag operations in their daily affairs.  It is a fact of life for such secret agencies and it is all accomplished in the name of "national security".  The CIA has admitted that it routinely "plants" stories in the mainstream media.  Those "press releases" contain disinformation that influences the perceptions of the electorate and thus national policy.

Pelosi to Media:  Follow Late Night Comedians in Taking Down Donald Trump, GOP.  Speaking to reporters on Wednesday [5/11/2016], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi instructed them to follow the lead of late night comedians (in the mold of The Daily Show or The Nightly Show) to take down Donald Trump and the Republicans to the point that she offered to "encourage" them to broadcast such exposes as the general election intensifies.  Pelosi led into the suggestion for her like-minded media members by lamenting that she and her fellow House Democrats would not be able to showcase "a side-by-side and some of the egregious remarks" made by Donald Trump and allies due to House rules deeming such an exercise illegal.

Millions of Us Are Strangers in Our Own Party.  No, this is not because of Donald Trump's victories over the past few months, although it is certainly a reflection of them.  It is because the media has succeeded in helping reelect every single RINO incumbent in every election cycle and most open races, including in this much-vaunted year of the outsider.  The system is rigged, but not in the way Donald Trump claims; he is the recipient of the rigged system.  It is rigged because anyone who is truly a smart and principled conservative will be destroyed in a primary — either overpowered by the media or the superior power, money or fame of the non-conservative candidate who almost always runs as a conservative outsider as well. [...] [P]rincipled guys finish last because the media will ensure that outcome.

Get Ready for the Biggest Media Assault You've Ever Seen — Aimed Squarely at Trump.  Fox News made a name for itself by being the "fair and balanced" network.  Conservatives found a place where their views were represented, although the station did have a representative selection of liberals to balance out the conservative point of view.  Then along came the 2016 primary and the Trump circus.  News stations and talk radio hosts quickly realized that if you put a reality TV star on your show, your ratings will go up.  Even better (for them, not for America):  if you put a reality star who regularly says completely unhinged things on our show, your ratings will go through the roof.  Sadly, Fox became the worst Trump-ratings whore in the cable news business.

Why Aren't We Having a National Conversation About Leftist Violence?  [Scroll down]  The media was happy to portray the peaceful Tea Party as a movement surreptitiously driven by racism without a shred of proof outside its opposition to Barack Obama.  You will remember Paul Krugman blaming peaceful assembly and free speech for an insane person's "assassination" attempt against Kathleen Gifford, and Ezra Klein lamenting how scary things get when conservatives oppose liberal doctrine.  Every shooting in America necessitates a thorough investigation into political proclivities of the perpetrator.  Is he angry at the president?  Did he ever register as a Republican?  Is he fond of the Confederate flag?  But only when the facts mesh with the helpful narrative do we hear about it.  When a single incoherent nutjob shoots up a Planned Parenthood, the National Rifle Association and every pro-life organization — nay, every pro-lifer in the country — is called to do some soul-searching about their positions.  All of it an attempt to chill speech.

Jeff Zucker Concedes CNN Has Been 'A Little Too Liberal'.  The President of CNN Worldwide is seeing the advantage of presenting its content down the middle of the aisle as opposed to inadvertently favoring one side.  In a Wall Street Journal piece investigating the sweeping "ratings bonanza" that CNN has had in the 2016 election cycle, Jeff Zucker admitted that perhaps in the past the network has ostracized some viewers with its coverage.  "I think it was a legitimate criticism of CNN that it was a little too liberal," Zucker conceded.

The Great Culture War.  [Scroll down]  Similarly, the chattering skulls on television pull down six figure salaries and live in bunkered, whites-only communities.  It is not an accident that they are crowded into the richest counties on earth, all of them around Washington DC.  They are the petty royalty of the ruling class.  To these people, normal Americans are aliens, indistinguishable from the people sneaking over the border.

Dear New York Republicans:  Let's talk about New York values.  [T]rue conservatives fully understand what Sen. Cruz meant with those words.  He didn't mean the New Yorkers who rallied together for 9/11.  Instead, he meant:  [#1] The New York Times, which is nothing more than a house organ for the Democrat party. [...] [#2] The New Yorker, which was once a soft Left magazine that aimed to make its middle-class readers feel cultured, but that is now a hardcore Leftist publication that actively, aggressively proselytizes for the Democrat party and for Democrat causes (especially climate change).

Second New York Observer writer resigns over paper's endorsement of Trump.  The New York Observer's longtime restaurant critic revealed on Tuesday [4/19/2016] that he resigned from the publication last week after it chose to endorse Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Poll: Vast majority of Americans don't trust the news media.  Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and headlines the Boston Globe will never show you.  The cat is out of the bag.  The mainstream media in America no longer even pretends to hide their bias and disdain against Republicans.  Exhibit A was Sunday's [4/10/2016] edition of the Boston Globe dedicated to headlines about what America might look like under a President Donald Trump. [...] How could a major newspaper so ferociously engage in slashing and burning a Republican candidate?  Are we living in the land of the free, or a Banana Republic?

Newspaper reporter rated worst job in America.  A new survey of the best and worst jobs in the country has declared that being a newspaper reporter is the worst career you could be pursuing.  CareerCast just published its Worst Jobs of 2016 list.  It cited fewer job prospects because of publications going out of business and declining ad revenue providing less money for decent salaries.  The survey put the annual median salary of a print reporter at $37,200.

New York Observer political reporter quits over paper's Trump relationship.  On Wednesday [4/13/2016], one day after the New York Observer endorsed Donald Trump, the paper's national political reporter, Ross Barkan, announced that he would leave the paper.

How The Media Attack Religious Liberty.  Most of the media won't acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments to make. [...] One way the news media signal their dismissiveness of religious liberty is by insinuating that the entire debate is bogus.  Editors do this by putting quotation marks around the term "religious freedom," as if this notion, when practiced by Christians, is somehow ambiguous or manipulative or deceptive.  Now, if those quotation marks exist because the topic itself is up for debate, then why isn't there a similar journalistic standard for the usage of "inequality," "environmentalist," "civil rights," "investments," "loopholes" or any of the hundreds of other similarly contentious or loaded words in our political discourse?  Another, more overt way of misleading the public about religious freedom is framing the debate as a struggle between open-minded, civil-rights seeking gays and a bunch of bigots frightened of progress — essentially the tone of every piece covering Mississippi's new religious liberty law.

CNN Commentator David Gregory's Wife Is The Attorney For Hillary's Ex-Aides In Email Investigation.  The wife of CNN political analyst David Gregory is the attorney representing Hillary Clinton's ex-aides in the FBI's investigation into her private server usage, raising concerns of a possible conflict of interest.  It was reported by Politico on Friday [4/1/2016] that Gregory's wife, Beth Wilkinson, is representing four of Hillary Clinton's former state department staffers in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's use of private email.  Wilkinson is a former federal attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Obamabot Stephanie Cutter Fired by NBC News after Conflict of Interest Exposed.  Stephanie Cutter, who was the deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, was hired and quickly fired by NBC News as a political analyst on Friday [3/18/2016] without ever appearing on the air, after it was reported that she had a massive conflict of interest.  Cutter, whose last regular television gig was the failed Crossfire reboot on CNN, was set to join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst and "contribute exclusively on a range of topics across all platforms including Meet the Press, TODAY, Nightly and MSNBC," according to Politico's Mike Allen.  That job, which was announced on Friday, was quickly undone when The New York Times reported on the same day that Cutter would be spearheading the efforts of a new group, the Constitutional Responsibility Project, to get Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland approved.

The very short, unhappy MSNBC career of Stephanie Cutter.  Eric Wemple at the Washington Post points out a good bit of detective work on the part of Politico which uncovered a plan to further bend the media dial in the direction of liberal political goals. [...] Anyone who watches cable news on a regular basis is familiar with Stephanie Cutter.  She makes the rounds on a seemingly daily basis, sharing her "political analysis" with the nation on any number of subjects.  She's also a veteran of the Obama political machine and the fact that she's no longer directly on the payroll hasn't changed the tune she sings.

Chris Matthews facing 'Hardball' questions over wife's campaign donors.  Philadelphia native Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, is facing his own hard questioning over the booking of guests who've contributed money to his wife's congressional campaign.  Kathleen Matthews is running as a Democrat in Maryland's 8th District.  As reported by The Intercept, which broke the story, and the New York Post, whose Right-leaning bias contrast with Chris Matthews' Left-leaning bias, Hardball guests have contributed close to $80,000 to Kathleen's campaign, with many of the contributions coming within a few days of the guest's appearance on the show.

We've seen this movie before.  Every presidential cycle, the mainstream media select our candidate for us.  Dole was the sane candidate, superior to the crazies.  McCain was the "maverick," whose adoration was sung by all the liberals.  Romney was the class of the field, otherwise dominated by ideological purists. [...] So, each cycle, the MSM purposefully take out all true conservatives during the primary, leaving their preferred RINO standing alone.  Until, of course, their designated RINO wins the nomination.  Then they turn.

Top ABC Boss Bob Iger: George Stephanopoulos Is an Unbiased 'Person of Integrity'.  Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter relayed that a representative of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research challenged Disney CEO Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting about the network's liberal bias.  Iger insisted that former Clinton publicist George Stephanopoulos — who didn't help any attempt to appear nonpartisan by donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation — was unbiased.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Defends ABC News Over Accusations of Liberal Bias.  "I assure you, if we felt George was not presenting it fairly or were bias, he would not be on our air," Iger said of George Stephanopoulos.  "It's something we take very, very seriously, and we monitor closely."  Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger defended ABC News and one of its anchors, former Democratic party advisor George Stephanopoulos, against charges of liberal bias when pressed to do so Thursday [3/3/2016] by a shareholder who works for a conservative advocacy group.

Stephanopoulos reminded on air that he's a political operative playing a journalist on TV.  The old rules embraced by the GOP establishment include politely granting legitimacy to all the biased political operatives with bylines who make the mainstream media an adjunct of the Democratic Party.  But this election cycle, the two leading contenders for the GOP nomination are refusing to play by the old rules, to the dismay of the elites of both parties.  Last night, appearing on ABC's election night coverage, Ted Cruz implemented the new rules.  [Video clip]

Media Pundits Often Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Hillary Clinton.  Tune into television coverage of the current presidential campaign, and you will undoubtedly hear from various pundits described as "former campaign strategists" and "political contributors" explaining the latest developments of the race.  But in many cases, these pundits — though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics — in fact have financial ties to the candidates they praise on the air, according to an article on The Intercept website by Lee Fang on the subject.  Fang began his missive by quoting Jeff Cohen, an associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College, who stated:  "Journalism 101 teaches that reporters and TV news hosts must properly identify their sources and analysts."  However, when the author reached out to NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC News, he did not hear back from any of the news organizations regarding any ties to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Media bias tops big money as top voter complaint.  Media bias is a bigger problem than high dollar donations for 2016 likely voters focused on the presidential election, according to a new national survey.  Rasmussen Reports found that when asked "Which is the bigger problem in politics today," voters picked media bias over money, 47 percent to 45 percent.  What's more, the survey found that voters believe that the media has too much power in politics.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Debate: Who Hates America More?  The Democrat Party is the world's most successful hate group.  It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine, and a lot of bratty college kids who hate their parents.  However, the real secret of the party's success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans, and who therefore work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats.

Hillary Donors Helping Chris Matthews' Wife Into Congress.  MSNBC's Chris Matthews has been accused by Bernie Sanders supporters of being blatantly one-sided in favor of Hillary and against Bernie Sanders, to the point that thousands of progressives have signed a petition calling for MSNBC to suspend the host of "Hardball" "because of his constant shilling for Hillary Clinton."  The magazine Esquire sharply criticized Matthews' recent interview with Clinton as "ahistorical and out of bounds" for his attacks on Sanders.  Now, research by The Daily Caller reveals that Hillary's biggest donors are backing Matthews' wife — Kathleen Matthews — in her congressional race in Maryland, even though many of them don't even live in the same state, much less the same district, that Matthews is seeking to represent.

The Sanders/Clinton Rocky Horror Show: A Sneak Peek.  [Scroll down]  Note that the MSM have been mute regarding the historical aspect of electing America's first Hispanic president. The MSM have been relentless in their attempts to convince voters that Dr. Carson is not authentically black; the guy thinks too white, void of a victim chip on his shoulder.  Meanwhile, the MSM, Democrats and Hillary promote that her gender alone is a moral and just reason to put the first woman in the White House, placing gender above all else, including character, qualifications, and agenda.

Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government.  A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.  National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports.  He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be "to Ms. Merkel's liking".

Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should [End] Her Candidacy.  Simply receiving at least two emails containing top secret material on the nonsecure private server she set up for herself, as we know she did, and for which the Justice Department is investigating her, is an obvious violation of that contract she signed with the federal government (and, considering the national security implications, with the American people themselves).  If it weren't for the steep slant of the dominant media, the revelation of Clinton's nondisclosure agreement would signal a perfect storm forming to doom her presidential candidacy.

Ten Lawful Acts of Political Resistance for Liberty Guerillas.  [#2] Unplug from Big Media.  Big media and the cable companies that pipe it into your homes are purveyors of the "Big Lie".  The "news" is not about dispassionately informing, it's about framing the Narrative and shaping your world view to something compliant with the bigger goals of those who wield the levers of power.  As the credibility of the corporate media continues to erode, the number of people turning to alternative sources of unbiased information escalates.  This will turn out to be one of the biggest linchpins for success for the Liberty-minded.  A secondary benefit of "unplugging" is that it denies the Fabians another source of slush funds (mandatory channels included in package lineups, surcharges, levies and taxes tacked to every cable bill) to redistribute monies to in-groups and dole out perqs and privileges to the "right" people.

No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration?  The ongoing incestuous relationship between the Obama administration and the media often tilts in favor of the administration, leaving many scandals uninvestigated, minimized, or outright ignored.  For example, both CBS News president David Rhodes and former ABC News president Ben Sherwood have siblings working for the administration.  CNN's deputy Washington bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Tom Nides, a former Obama staffer under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  And David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager, joined Bloomberg News, while MSNBC hired Axelrod.  President Obama even joked in 2013 that "...David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod."  With so many members of the elite media in bed with the administration, Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan's 2011 observation that "the current administration has not yet suffered a major scandal, which I define as a widespread elite perception of wrongdoing" becomes essentially meaningless.

The Media's Cockeyed Political Spectrum.  Never, ever trust the liberal media to put politicians on a mainstream-to-extreme political scale.  In their minds, Nancy Pelosi sits on the centerline of the political fulcrum.  By that measurement, Jeb Bush looks like a fire-breathing extremist.

The servile media in Obama's America.  [Scroll down]  That pretty much sums up the media today, although they're nowhere near as honest about their true calling as was my editor, an old-style liberal who was open about his biases but still actually attempted to provide fair and balanced coverage. Nowadays, they don't even bother to pretend.  Nothing has exposed this more than the media's servile stance toward the Obama administration, which can do no wrong except occasionally moving too slowly to the left for their taste.  Newspapers, wire services and the major TV networks demonstrate the dangers of a Washington-based press gone native.  Even Fox News, the exception to this rule, has only a few journalists who challenge the claims of the progressive social and cultural agenda.

Why is George Stephanopoulos even allowed to cover Clinton campaign?  Last year, George Stephanopoulos had a particularly antagonistic interview with the author of Clinton Cash, and shortly thereafter, it was revealed that he had donated a substantial sum of money to the Clinton Foundation.  ABC stood by their man, though he did have to apologize on-air.  The Washington Free Beacon is now reporting that Stephanopoulos has simply stopped disclosing his donations to the Clinton Foundation.

NBC Debate Moderator Andrea Mitchell: Two Decades of Spinning the News Hillary's Way.  Longtime NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell will join Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in moderating tonight's [1/17/2016] debate among the three Democratic candidates for President.  If history is a guide, Mitchell's participation is a good omen for Hillary Clinton, since NBC's "Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent" (who, despite her title, seems to spend most of her time covering U.S. politics) has a long history of fawning over the Democratic frontrunner.

Media Form A Human Shield Around Democrats.  The media spent this week protecting Bill and Hillary from the actions of Bill and Hillary.  And they were happy to do it.  The re-emergence of Bill's women, both willing and unwilling, is being ignored by the media and being spun when they can't ignore it.  With Juanita Broaddrick's courageous return to the national scene, reporters are presented a choice: treating her how they've demanded all who claim to be victims of sexual assault should be treated, or ignoring her to protect the narrative of the Clintons being champions for women.  Naturally they chose the latter.  Progressives are progressives first and always.

The Tet Offensive: European Union Edition.  [Scroll down]  Over on the Fourth Estate, the global mass media have been almost entirely subverted, scripted and stage-managed for decades by these über-wealthy elites through a thousand channels greased with kickbacks, no-show jobs, and secret payoffs that are disguised as special stock offerings and private land deals.  Media figures morph seamlessly into senior political advisors and corporate board members, adding millions to their portfolios with each well-timed transition.  Even many retired generals and admirals eagerly wallow in this swamp of sell-out and sleaze.  It should not be a surprise to anyone that so many politicians leave Washington or Brussels as millionaires.  Just as it should not be a surprise that long-time CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," was for his entire adult life secretly a leading member of the World Federalist Association, a fact he proudly revealed only after his retirement from in front of the camera.

The Delusional Self-Importance of the Liberal Media.  I have long marveled at liberals' air of superiority and lack of self-reflection, which have always been particularly evident among liberal media elites and journalists.  They tend to view themselves as sacrosanct and above scrutiny.  Perhaps this attitude sprang from the British and, later, American tradition that the press is the Fourth Estate.  It doesn't just serve to inform the people and make them better contributors to the democratic process.  It is the virtual fourth branch of government, operating as a watchdog on the formal branches to further check their potential abuses of power.  It is a heady concept to believe you function to keep the powerful in check.  It is even more so when no one has ever told you that you, too, need to be kept in check.

Spike It! When the Media Kill a Story for Political Reasons.  As Momma used to remind us, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.  What a great motto for reporters.  That is exactly what the national media have done to an important story about the White House's intimate working relationship with MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped craft the Affordable Care Act.  You may remember Gruber from his infamous videotapes, the ones in which he called the American public too stupid to understand the law.  He added their stupidity was helpful to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid in passing the law.  The Obama administration snapped into action.  At a press conference, the president noted that Gruber was not employed by the White House and said flatly that he had not played an important role in drafting the law.

Mainstream Media's Bias.  Apparently, integrity and critical thinking are not qualities found in today's mainstream media.  We know this after watching the CNBC-hosted Republican debate billed as one which would focus on "the key issues that matter to all voters — job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy."  Obviously, that did not happen.  Instead, Americans watched moderators with the seeming intellectual prowess of June bugs disrespectfully hurl boneheaded attacksand stupid questions at GOP presidential hopefuls, offering millions of viewers a front row seat to observe in living color proof positive they are nothing more than extensions of, and left-wing propagandists for, the Democratic Party.  For this gift we should be thankful.

Biggest Liar of 2015: The Washington Post and Its Pinocchios.  [Scroll down]  The [Washington] Post, of course, was an early and gleeful adopter of the narrative of the unarmed black person shot for no reason whatsoever by racist police in Ferguson who apparently did that kind of thing all the time.  This Lie infected more than just miles and miles of newsprint in the hard news sections.  It was also reported and spread in the sports, lifestyle, opinion, entertainment, and virtually every other nook and cranny of the Post — even after the attorney general grudgingly admitted the entire thing was a hoax in March of this year.  The lies are legion.  A few of the more deceitful:  The Post led the way in glorifying the hundreds of black Capitol Hill staffers who gathered for a photo op in their $1000 coats, soft leather gloves stretched into the air, proclaiming 'hands up, don't shoot.'  [...]

Republicans' media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists.  A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates' claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.  As Republican candidates prepare for their fourth debate of the primary season Tuesday in Milwaukee, the people doing the questioning are increasingly in the spotlight, with their motives being questioned by the campaigns, voters and even by their fellow journalists.

Pew: 65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America.  An extensive new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65 percent believe that the news media "has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country."  Some 56 percent said the entertainment industry has a negative effect.  For comparison, 51 percent believe that the Obama administration has a negative effect and 40 percent say labor unions do too.

The News Is Propaganda.  Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality.  Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially.  When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do.  The world [Josef] Pieper was describing is the world that we live in today as more and more Americans are subjected to a bombardment of propaganda that is based on the ever changing news cycle that predominates our lives.

Leading American Newspaper Wants to Rethink the First Amendment, Blames ISIS.  Since 9/11, the federal government has seized upon a cowardly, craven act carried out by soldiers of Allah, most of them from Saudi Arabia:  because of the actions of the 19 hijackers, the civil liberties of Americans have been drastically curtailed by such bureaucratic monstrosities as the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.  But rather than go after the evil at its source, the American government — cheered on by both left and right — prefers to punish its own citizens.

The Media Are the Biggest Backers of the Trump Campaign.  The media may be liberal, but they are not stupid.  They know exactly what they are doing.  And even though it appears for all the world that they are attacking Trump and hating Trump, they know good and well that what they are doing is helping him get the GOP nomination.  Trump is operating a famously shoestring operation, campaign-wise; but he can afford to because he has received billions of dollars in in-kind donations from the press.

More than 30,000 sign petition urging CNN to fire anchor Don Lemon.  More than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on the news channel to fire bombastic newsman Don Lemon after he insisted that his colleagues Wolf Blitzer and legal analyst Sunny Hostin withhold deciding whether South Carolina "resource officer" Ben Fields used excessive force when removing a student from a classroom earlier this week.  With an average of around 600,000 viewers, that's about 5-percent of Lemon's audience calling for his ouster.

The liberal media gets crushed.  Last month, we saw the World Series and another set of debates in the presidential election.  In the World Series, fair-minded umpires let the players play.  They called balls and strikes the way they saw them.  The best team won.  In the debates, the umpires cheated.  Under the guise of moderators, they didn't just call the balls and strikes — they delivered the pitches.  They delivered pitch after pitch for the Democrats and called strike after strike against the Republicans.

House Conservatives Call Out the Networks for Their Labeling Bias.  Last week, a Media Research Center study documented how ABC, CBS and NBC were using loaded labels to paint House Republicans, especially the Freedom Caucus, as ideologues who are outside the American political mainstream.  Now, several leading conservative Congressmen have sent us statements blasting the networks for their slant.  "Only in this town does doing what you told voters you said you were going to do mean you are 'ultra-conservative' or 'far-right,' Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan told NewsBusters.

CNBC Biased? You Don't Say!  Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC — and when did he not know it?  Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, sanctioned CNBC's sponsorship of last week's debate.  When during and after the debate many of the candidates blasted the moderators for their bias, Priebus said that the moderators created a "hostile environment" and "it was one 'gotcha' question, one personal low blow after the other."  Please.  Why the surprise?  After all, CNBC's parent company, Comcast, employs the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews — a virtual murderers' row of GOP-haters.

Long-Overdue Vigilance on Moderators.  A debate among the Republican presidential candidates is supposed to benefit Republican primary voters.  The moderators would, ideally, ask questions that reflect the values and questions of GOP voters, not the hive mentality of liberal partisans.  To this end, Ted Cruz this weekend suggested banning anyone from moderating a GOP primary debate if they have never voted in a GOP primary.  Liberal journalists developed the vapors — probably because they don't know any colleagues who ever voted Republican.

Scarborough: No Republican Has Hosted Network Sunday Show or Newscast in 50 Years.  In the wake of the CNBC debate debacle, Joe Scarborough went on an epic rant on liberal media bias on today's [11/2/2015] Morning Joe.  He summed things up this way, in challenging the panel:  "you can't do it and nobody here can do it:  name the single Republican that has hosted a Sunday show, that has been an anchor of a news network for the big three networks over the past 50 years:  you can not do it."

Has the liberal wing of the Democrats finally pushed the party too far?  [W]hen the "protesters" get out of hand and go after the cops, national support for the movement plummets.  Only 25% of respondents in a [recent] poll felt that the riots in Baltimore "were sparked by legitimate grievances" while a very solid majority described them as criminal actions.  It's possible that the Democrats' candidates have spent too much time watching the skewed views of reporters on MSNBC and CNN and came away thinking that theirs was some sort of national consensus view while nearly the exact opposite was the case.

Political Discomfort.  It is odd how people can understand the media fraudulently influencing public opinion regarding racial stories (Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, McKinney Pool Party, Eric Sheppard Jr, et al), yet become willfully blind when those same MSM methods are deployed within current political stories.

CBS' Charlie Rose: Rubio's 'ultimate super PAC' Exhibit A.  That didn't take long.  Fewer than a dozen hours after Marco Rubio identified the unholy "ultimate super PAC" alliance between the mainstream media and Democrats generally and Hillary Clinton specifically, "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose unwittingly provided indictment-worthy evidence in abundance interviewing Florida's junior senator.

A debate that will live in infamy.  [Scroll down slowly]  The sneak attack had been effectively countered, and from that point forward, most of the candidates joined forces against the slippery sloppy questions.  The entire nation rose up to ask, "Could those moderators possibly have not known how foolish they were?  And what does that say about the mainstream media?"  Watch the tape, or read the transcript of the debate online.  You owe it to yourself to see the blatant attempt to manipulate public opinion by insulting the standard-bearers of the Republican Party.  There is no reasonable, responsible Democrat anywhere who could defend the behavior of the three intemperate moderators.

CNBC Debate Executive Worked In The Clinton White House For Al Gore.  The CNBC executive who oversaw the disastrous Republican presidential debate is a former Clinton White House staffer, Breitbart News has learned.  Brian Steel, senior vice president of communications at CNBC, was the second highest-ranking network official at Wednesday night's debate in Colorado after only CNBC CEO Mark Hoffman.  Steel was described by an insider as the "executive on hand" for the debate, which was marked by the moderators' partisan attacks and gotcha questions for the Republican candidates.

Yes, liberal media bias is real, and here's how it affected the CNBC debate.  Since the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night, there's been plenty of sturm und drang about media bias.  Republican candidates and conservative commentators have piled on the CNBC moderators for their questioning.  Many in the major media have responded with odd defenses, some claiming that there is no such thing as media bias, and that the Republican candidates were just upset about tough questioning.  This mainstream response is wrong, and the quicker my colleagues in the press come to terms with this, the better off everyone will be.

GOP Media Takedown: A Recipe for Victory.  It's long been known that a leader can gain power by rallying the people against a boogeyman.  And it helps when that boogeyman is real.  When CNBC's GOP debate moderators couldn't help but be sanctimonious, supercilious, and self-important Wednesday night [10/28/2015], they did more than provoke a response from their intellectual superiors.  They did more than further reveal the Establishment Media as a left-wing monolith, further discredit themselves, and further cement in minds that they're comic-book versions of journalists.  They quite literally revealed a strategy for GOP electoral gains.

Ronald Reagan PAC: RNC Must Turn Debates Over to Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin.  Grassroots conservative group Citizens for the Republic has surveyed the wreckage of the CNBC debate, and is calling upon the Republican National Committee to let conservative media professionals moderate a debate. [...] Their presence would surely bring additional viewers, along with a tremendous amount of media synergy.  Any network marketing department worth its salt — including mainstream media networks — should salivate at the thought of people like Ingraham, Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck talking up a debate for days beforehand on their popular radio and television shows.

The Media's Potemkin Village Starts to Topple.  Wednesday night's CNBC Republican debate turned out to be a tussle between the three left-leaning "moderators" and the candidates on the main stage, most of whom can safely be described as center-right.  And finally — thanks largely to the huge ratings bonanza that is Donald Trump — the American people got a chance to see the true, ugly, partisan, smug, self-righteous face of what we used to call journalism, but now is simply political advocacy employing computers and television cameras under the shield of the First Amendment.  Ted Cruz punched the hardest when he went straight after the moderators: [...]

How to Fix the GOP Debates.  Why is it that whenever you hear about a speaker having his/her invitation rescinded from a college speaking invitation, it is always the left that complained?  When was the last time you heard about conservatives protesting an event or speaker somewhere?  Last night, the audience at the GOP debate booed the questioners from CNBC.  When was the last time you heard a Democratic audience boo a media panel questioning Democratic candidates?  A silly question indeed.  The presumptuousness of liberalism runs so deep that I'm guessing John Harwood hasn't a clue that he was a biased jerk last night.  As Marco Rubio suggested correctly — or as Glenn Reynolds puts it — most journalists are just Democrats with bylines.

CNBC Beclowns Itself.  There is not a sentient human on the planet who does not know, without a shadow of doubt, that the mainstream media is a left-wing collective or that its main mission is to ridicule, demean and render irrelevant anyone with conservative views.  Its inhabitants have been indoctrinated in the universities they attended, and have marched into their media jobs with all the proper left-wing credentials; they are almost all Democrats who have never questioned WHY they are Democrats.  Since critical thinking is no longer a skill taught in any American educational institutions, they do not know that they should or are allowed to question the orthodoxy with which they have been imbued.  That the three principal panelists for CNBC were so smug, and thought they were so cleverly mocking, is a sad commentary on our elite media.  They are not remotely elite.  They are pathetic.  So certain of their intellectual superiority, they ran headfirst into self-immolation.

CNBC moderators repeatedly booed as candidates Trump, others bash 'nasty' questions.  Several candidates had very strong outings, but I must say, some of the moderators' questions came off as downright snide, bordering on insults.  One question after another was just loaded, worded to denigrate the candidates.  No wonder Ted Cruz got a big cheer from the Boulder audience when he attacked the questioners and called the debate a case study in mainstream media bias.

CNBC and Jeb Bush Commit Suicide in Boulder.  [Scroll down]  The big story — the A-story — on Wednesday night [10/28/2015] — the actual full blown case of seppuku — was CNBC.  The network will never seem the same.  Their moderators — Becky Quick, John Harwood, and Carl Quintanilla — were so obviously biased you would have thought it was a parody, if you hadn't known it was real, a kind of black comic nightmare out of a leftwing theatre of the absurd.  Ted Cruz superbly caught the temper of the evening when he called them out, specifying how they had attempted to poleax each of the candidates one-by-one.  This turned the already alienated audience completely against the moderators with the candidates abandoning their competition and joining forces as well against the moderators in a red versus blue color war.

Debate 3: Ted Cruz Changes the Game.  [Senator Ted] Cruz did not just criticize the questions; he made sport of them.  He demonstrated just how infantile most of the CNBC crew was (Tea Party originator Rick Santelli not included).  Cruz flat-out embarrassed them, and they knew it. [...] And because these precious egotistical and not very bright media mavens crave the love of the audience, I submit that this dynamic will go farther than just recasting the last hour or so of this debate.  I think the moment was a shot across the bow of any liberal moderators in waiting for Republican debates.  These candidates have now seen the light.  They will not be cowed by gotcha questions, nor will they accept the liberal templates underlying the questions.  The candidates will fight back, and they will get cheered while the moderators get booed.  The mods don't like that.

Unprecedented Bias.  As a public relations professional who deals with the media every day I am disgusted by the media's intellectual dishonesty in their coverage of the ongoing conflict in Israel.  Journalists have a responsibility to cover issues with accuracy and what we've seen thus far has been an infusion of bias and misinformation. [...] People who consistently read mainstream news sources, such as The New York Times, may be surprised to learn they are not as informed as they think they are.

Hillary Clinton: American Royalty 2015 Style.  Not since Senator Ted Kennedy went on prime time television in a neck brace to spin the reasons for the Chappaquiddick accident have I felt so manipulated by a politician as I did by Hillary Clinton in her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee.  As it turns out these two incidents have more in common than one might think. [...] In the case of both Senator Kennedy and Mrs. Clinton, there was and is a sense of entitlement, some of it due to "American royalty" but much of it due to victimhood, the great weapon of liberalism.  "I suffer.  You owe."  Denying "the first woman president" her destiny is simply too dangerous for any member of the media to be blamed for upending her quest.

As Rush Limbaugh Routinely Demonstrates: The Media's Lockstep Leftist Talking Points.  We've time and again seen the media receive their messaging orders — and then march off all mouthing the Leftist talking point(s) of the day.  Washington, D.C.-based talk radio host Chris Plante quotes a military friend of his describing the media not as a gaggle, but as a centipede.  Multitudinous legs in coordinated movement — all headed in the same direction.  Talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh has long made audio cavalcades of this media mal-practice a routine feature of his show.  He strings together "media montages" — innumerable examples of "reporters" magically all arriving at the exact same Leftist term(s) to describe the news of the day.

They Really Hate Ben Carson.  On Fox News, Carson noted that "the poor families of those individuals had to be hurting so badly."  One of the hosts then made the following comment:  "Dr. Carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun at you and says, 'What religion are you?' that is the ultimate test of your faith."  To which Carson responded:  "I'm glad you asked that question.  Because not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.  I would say, 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him.  He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'"  He was asked, in essence, what he would do.  Whether one agrees or disagrees with what he says he would do, it was hardly "blaming the victims."  Yet, that is what the left accuses of him doing.

Americans Are Devoid of Critical Thinking Skills.  If we are to ever bring America back to the point where she is great again, the majority of the citizens are going to have to acquire and hone critical thinking skills.  Why is it imperative for the citizenry to be able to think critically?  Because the mainstream media has abandoned its responsibility of reporting facts in exchange for distracting, distorting, propagandizing and protecting.  The public education system also ran [sic] by liberals, has dumbed down the quality of education in exchange for explicit (non-age appropriate) sex education and revised negative American history.  For these reasons, individuals must master the ability to think critically in order to navigate through the lies and distortions coming from the mainstream media so that we can elect people based on his or her record of accomplishments, stance on important issues, and the substance of his or her rhetoric.

Why Carson Scares the Media.  The media, having failed to stop Ben Carson's steady rise in popularity by treating him like Ralph Ellison's "invisible man," are now going nuclear on him.  The number of press attacks launched on Carson has recently increased exponentially.  And, significantly, the barrage has been far more vicious than any criticism directed at Donald Trump or the other GOP presidential aspirants.  The GQ assault [...] is only exceptional for its vulgarity.  Countless columns, articles, broadcasts and blog posts have portrayed him as "stupid," "insane," and even "racist."  The media clearly fear Carson more than the other Republicans.  Why?

Carson Says Mainstream Media Can't Stand Thought of a Black Conservative.  Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says one of his predictions is coming true:  The mainstream media is manipulating reality, based on its ideological underpinnings, to come after him during his presidential campaign.  "They're actually playing right into the narrative that I have predicted for them," Carson told host Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Sunday [10/11/2015].  "Because they can't stand the thought of a black person who is a conservative, who hasn't had to make it on their handout and be at their beck and call and doing the things that they want them to do.  It just infuriates them."

The Journalists' Handbook: How to Write any Story Without Working At It.  Simply put, corporate media simply doesn't understand the public disdain for the political class and is trying frame the foreign policy ineptness of the administration (and the former secretary of state) and the paltry offerings for the Democratic presidential race into a fairytale of a Republican civil war in which conservatives are destroying their party.  Obama and Hillary have created world chaos with the ridiculous Arab Spring and Iran deal.

Wanted: A President of Good Character.  [The news] media are owned by half a dozen transnational corporations who shield trillions of dollars from American taxation, while whipping up daily headlines about flesh-eating bacteria.  They wouldn't recognize the truth if it hit them in the face.  Every sane person is turning to the web, because we know we'll never find it in the Big Media.

The media has a problem right now.  Obviously, the're going to push the nominee for The Democrat Party.  That's not even up for debate.  But the question (at the moment unanswered) is "which nominee for the Democrat Party is the most viable.  Because there's no clear answer, the media is stumped on how to portray Hillary and Bernie.  If they had their druthers, it would be Bernie.  He's "admitted Socialist" and right in the media's wheelhouse.  But they also know that "admitted Socialist" probably won't work in a general election.

The tangled web linking Sidney Blumenthal, CBS News, and a secret Clinton spy network starting to come to light.  We may never get the truth about how the Benghazi story was manipulated, but the election prospects of Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 are both profoundly impacted by the story.

What Was a Member of Clinton's 'Secret Spy Network' Doing While Working for CBS News?  In March, an investigation by ProPublica and Gawker revealed that a "secret spy network" that was not on the State Department payroll, run by longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, was "funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State's private account starting before the Benghazi attack."  Now the Weekly Standard has learned that Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who was working directly with Blumenthal as a member of Clinton's spy network, was concurrently working as a consultant to CBS News and its venerable news program 60 Minutes.

Is Obamism Correctable?  There is not much of an idea any longer of investigative journalism.  The press for the last seven years has largely chosen to become a Ministry of Truth.  One reason why Donald Trump soars is that, after the press's canonization of Obama, the public relishes Trump's contempt for the media — and the latter have now lost the moral credibility to critique any candidate on the grounds of dishonesty, hypocrisy, narcissism, mendacity, or polarization of the electorate.

UN and Oxfam caught bribing media to write crusading climate stories.  News journalists are being bribed by the United Nations and the Oxfam charity to write scare stories about climate change ahead of the global climate treaty negotiations in Paris later this year.  Details of the bribes — which take the form of ego-boosting "awards", global travel in CO2 generating airliners and financial payments — are contained in a news release just published by the UNDP today, an organisation headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.  Journalists' codes of ethics prohibit being induced to give favourable coverage, but those rules have increasingly been ignored in recent years by the use of backdoor mechanisms like funding journalism "awards" as a means of generating content and rewarding propaganda-writers.

Misinformed Electorate, Not Trump, Is Real Danger.  The media seem to think that participation in elections is a big deal.  [...] Despite many people who urge us all to vote, as a civic duty, the purpose of elections is not participation.  The purpose is to select individuals for offices, including president of the United States.  Whoever has that office has our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the fate of the entire nation in his or her hands. [...] If you want to fulfill your duty as a citizen, then you need to become an informed voter.  And if you are not informed, then the most patriotic thing you can do on Election Day is stay home.

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Trump and Cruz Battle the Liberal Media Narrative.  Let's just say the Liberal Media Narrative — replete with double-standards — ain't what it used to be.  Too many people, particularly conservatives and Republicans, are on to how the game works.  Two of those people are Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, both GOP presidential candidates.  How does the Liberal Media Narrative game work?  Like this. [...]

The Media and Criminal Justice.  For over a year now I have watched as the media has regularly criticized law enforcement officers, inaccurately portraying officers as "racist", "overzealous", and "poorly trained", just to name a few.  On the national level, we saw the media, without knowing all of the facts, persecute Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.  Fortunately, the entire truth was revealed and Officer Wilson was ruled to have acted within the law.  But has anyone stopped to ask:  where would we be today if Officer Wilson had been portrayed as a hero from the beginning?  Ever since the Ferguson incident, we have seen at least seven officers murdered simply because they were officers.  Sure, Officer Wilson was portrayed much more favorably after all of the facts were revealed.  But by that point, the damage was done — not only to Officer Wilson, but to all of law enforcement.

NBC partners with Dem political firm for 2016.  NBC News is partnering with TargetSmart, a political data firm founded by Democrats that was also hired by the Democratic National Committee to provide voter information for the 2016 election.  The partnership between NBC News and TargetSmart is intended to "enhance election coverage and study the voting process in America in depth," according to a Tuesday press release from NBC.  Data provided by TargetSmart, which was founded in 2006 by veteran Democratic operatives Jeff Ferguson and Paula Kowalczuk, will allow NBC News "to perform non-partisan analysis, research voting habits, and identify voting trends at the state and local levels," the release said.

Do 'All Lives Matter' or Not?  The media, which lean overwhelmingly left, and the political fraternity, with its own leftist component, don't fool around much with narratives that contradict left-wing (aka "progressive") essentials.  Among these essentials:  the conviction that American whites, having racked up a record of racial oppression, are due for a comeuppance.  On such terms, a dead white cop, shot by an inner-city (or in the Harris County case, a suburban) black man isn't half so interesting a story as an inner-city black man shot by a white cop.

The First Rule of News Coverage.  Here is the first rule of "mainstream" news coverage in America:  Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration — and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  Let's face it, liberal media bias has been around since there have been liberals to do the "reporting" of the news.  But this fact should surprise no one.  After all, the news media has always been filled with bias of one type or another.  In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view.  It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.

Take a Lesson From Trump: Stand Up to the Media.  There are several reasons why Donald Trump is popular with Republicans, even though he probably isn't a Republican himself, and certainly is not a conservative.  One of them is the way he stands up to left-wing media.

Biased Media vs. Behavioral Standards.  We all know that the mainstream media are biased.  But they appear to have totally come out of the closet lately, exposing their true identity as leftist operatives.  It was infuriating watching a CNN interviewer hammering Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson.  This despicable jerk kept trying to twist Dr. Carson's words to mean that Dr. Carson wants to bomb refugees with drones. [...] Also infuriating and evil is the MSM hiding the sick scandal happening at Planned Parenthood.  In the latest video released exposing Planned Parenthood's black-market baby body parts business, one of PP's clients joked about shipping whole heads of aborted babies to research labs.  I was stunned by the lack of media coverage and national outrage.  Have we grown numb?

Black Killer's Manifesto: Murders were a Response to Charleston.  [Scroll down]  This Part of the Game I Can Cleanly Blame on the Media: When the killer is Muslim, the media tries its hardest to not connect that killer to any other Muslim, or even the Islamist ideology.  They want to draw as narrow a circle as possible around the killer, including no other people, so that a hypothetical half-crazy would-be Crusader won't think "I'll get my vengeance by killing one his compatriots."  But when the killer is white, they expand that circle as wide as possible to indict all of white society.  In the Charleston shooting, they blamed the Confederate flag and all the white people who admired that flag. [...] Would the media ever do that with Muslims?  Would they start making random tendentious connections between a Muslim killer and all other Muslims, or a Muslim stage performer?  Would the media blame CAIR?  No, they would not.  But they routinely do that when the killer is white — they go searching for the "root causes," and the root causes they're interested in are not specific to the killer; they find the sins to dwell within the hearts of all white people.

Questions Every Planned Parenthood Supporter Should Have To Answer.  Question for the media:  Do you believe there are two legitimate sides to the abortion debate?  If so, should your theoretically unbiased editors and reporters be accepting awards from the best-funded and best-connected advocates for abortion in the country?  Planned Parenthood handed out its Maggie Awards for Media Excellence earlier this week (named after the xenophobe quackologist Margaret Sanger), honoring 16 journalists from mainstream outlets like Buzzfeed, Yahoo! Health and MSNBC, for their work shilling for the group.  Color me skeptical, but does anyone believe a senior health editor who accepts this honor can be trusted to ask questions that matter about the groups she covers?

Black Skin Privilege: The Media's Love of Black Racism & Violence.  The media has only been barely interested over the years in President Obama's 20-year membership in white-hating, America-hating, Jew-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church in Chicago that is more or less a Christian version of the Nation of Islam. Wright and his ilk are no big deal the media assure us.  They just speak in a different idiom that the rest of America is too ignorant and stupid to understand.  In other words, white people can never "get" it because they're not black.  Holding black people who do terrible things and hold repugnant views accountable isn't fair, according to the media.

16 Journalists Accept Planned Parenthood Awards — Despite Horrifying Abortion Videos!  While the media stay away from the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood's trafficking of aborted baby parts, they are drawn to Planned Parenthood's annual media awards ceremony.  During Planned Parenthood's Maggie Awards for Media Excellence Tuesday night [8/18/2015], the abortion giant recognized 16 journalists for pushing "reproductive rights."  From Buzzfeed and Yahoo! to MSNBC, MRC Culture compiled a list of several prominent media attendees — and found a picture announcing the winners.

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NBC Weaponizes for Hillary: Funnels $400 Million To Extreme-Left BuzzFeed & Vox.  One need only watch 10 minutes of MSNBC to understand that NBC News is an extremist organization in favor of open borders, partial birth abortion, the government setting CEO pay, and destroying people's lives through the pushing of the Climate Change hoax.  Unfortunately for NBC, though, the MSNBC experiment only resulted in a ratings catastrophe.  To right the ship, NBC is promising that MSNBC will be moving from opinion news to straight news.  We'll see.

Signs of Democrats' subterranean civil war emerge on Meet the Press.  [Scroll down]  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I remember analyzing the media in the old USSR, where the story itself never told you the truth, but by careful weighing of why a particular line was being put forth, you could figure out what was going on beneath the surface.  Which faction was trying to enhance itself at the expense of another?  Why would one particular lie be featured more than other possible lies?  We're getting closer and closer to that state of affairs here in the United States.

How Jon Stewart Handled the Biggest Stories.  In the early days of Jon Stewart's tenure as the host of "The Daily Show," the comedian often made viewers aware that his program was just the "fake news."  But over the past decade-and-a-half, the show weighed in on very real news stories, albeit with satirical slants.  That approach led many to use the "Daily Show" as their primary source of news.

Why media's failure goes beyond Trump and Sanders.  Journalists and commentators tend to talk to the same kinds of people — political consultants, donors, other media types — and not so much voters out in the heartland.  But the bubble is not necessarily just liberal in nature.  Plenty of conservative media outlets and pundits have ripped Trump as a charlatan and been slow to grasp why he's connecting with so many Republicans.

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign.  The Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel.  He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper.  In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement.  However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general.

Frank Luntz to Press: How Many of You Attend Church Weekly? Only 9 of 70 Raise Their Hands.  During Mike Huckabee's interview at the Family Leadership Summit candidate forum on Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz asked the reporters in attendance how many of them went to church or synagogue on a weekly basis.  After doing a quick hand count of what Luntz estimated to be about 60 or 70 journalists, the pollster observed "Only nine of them" raised their hands.

Every Day, A New Way to Hate.  Unusually slow on the uptick, the neo-puritan elect have yet to coin a term for those who "hate" or "fear" the "transitioning" among us.  "Trannyphobia" might have worked, but the playful term "tranny," which was acceptable until about a week ago, has joined the n-word and the f-word among the unutterable.  Transgender activists will decide on a label soon enough.  The Islamists did.  In one of the more curious twists in recent progressive history, a media savvy cell in America chose to mimic gay activists who had been successfully using the "phobia" trope to defame opponents of their political agenda.  The Islamists saw the same potential in the concept of "Islamophobia."  With the media's help, they could and did tie their struggle to those of other marginalized groups and, in the words of one former activist, "beat up their critics."

The Media Used To Do Abortion Stings, Not Slam Undercover Work.  After the release of a shocking video by the Center for Medical Progress that shows an abortion doctor talking about harvesting and selling baby parts, the mainstream media refused to cover the story.  No surprise there.  They also blacked out the grisly realities of Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who severed babies' necks and drowned them in toilets.  What the media in our country used to do — investigate and expose the truth — has been left to groups like the nonprofit Center for Medical Progress (CMP).  Through the Human Capital project, these citizen journalists are undergoing extensive sting operations to document how Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted babies — a worthy undertaking considering the seriousness of the practice, the ethical questions swirling around it, and the fact that taxpayer money helps fund it.  These journalists have been the watchdogs the mainstream media used to be.

Ideas For Reporters Struggling To Cover Planned Parenthood.  A few reporters wrote an initial story on the undercover video that caught the senior director for medical services at Planned Parenthood discussing the harvesting of organs from the unborn children killed by abortion.  Another few reporters noted early political repercussions that followed, including the launching of state and federal investigations. [...] But given the many angles that could be covered, the lack of ferocity with which they're tackling this story is noticeable.  Compare, for instance, what happened in the last month with coverage of Confederate flags.

Compared to Bush, Obama Has It Easy From Reporters.  It is not uncommon for the President of the United States to receive difficult and sometimes inflammatory questions — especially if your last name is Bush.  On Wednesday [7/15/2015], CBS reporter Major Garrett asked President Obama a pointed question about the four American hostages left in Iran and why they were left out of the deal with Iran.  President Obama seemed to be angered by Garrett's question and said he 'should know better.'  Since then, many have taken to social media and denounced Garrett's phrasing of the question.

Revealed: Caitlyn Jenner's reps 'demanded ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs and Diane Sawyer interview'.  Representatives of Caitlyn Jenner reportedly negotiated her ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs in her upcoming TV series and threatened to pull out of her 20/20 interview.  Reports have emerged that Jenner's team approached ESPN with the idea that she win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award just as details were being finalized for her 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.  ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney, and ABC aired Wednesday's [7/15/2015] awards ceremony.

'Lone Survivor' director blasts Caitlyn Jenner courage award with disabled veteran meme.  Hollywood director Peter Berg used a military-themed meme to blast ESPN's decision to give Caitlyn Jenner its Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Mr. Berg, who directed "Lone Survivor," shared an image of a double amputee next to the Olympic athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

ESPN's Decision To Give Caitlyn Jenner The 'Courage' Award Just Backfired Big Time.  It was indeed a spectacle.  But the fallout from Wednesday night's ESPY Award presented to Caitlyn Jenner — the transgendered woman formerly known as Bruce — is certainly not what a cable net that relies on its fans for success wants to see.  The homepage homage to Caitlyn's "courage" has been blasted with sharply negative comments on the ESPN website.

Ted Cruz Levels Politifact: 'Noxious Yellow Journalism'.  In his new book, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, calls out "a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse.  It's called 'PolitiFact.'"  Cruz gives three reasons PolitiFact [is in error]:  selection bias, liberal bias and inability to differentiate fact from opinion.

Cruz: If Hillary Was Republican Media Would Have 'Special Prosecutor Watch'.  Sunday on Fox News Channel's "MediaBuzz," Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if a Republican had done the ethically questionable things Hillary Clinton did with private email servers, Clinton Foundation foreign donations and former president Clinton's soaring speech fees the media would set up "every day on every Sunday show," a "special prosecutor watch."  Cruz said, "Mainstream media is not fair and impartial.  They are protecting Barack Obama and this presidency.  I think no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media."  He continued, "If any Republican did what she's [Hillary Clinton] doing right now, she doesn't take any press interviews and the press is docile ... How many criminal investigations are ongoing into Hillary Clinton right now?"

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Media Matters Flaunts Tax-Exempt Status While David Brock Admits Its True Objective.  It's hard to argue that the past six months hasn't been a patently-embarrassing time to be in journalism: The Rolling Stone/UVA fiasco, the Brian Williams disaster, the George Stephanopoulos controversy.  Trust in media has plunged to yet another all-time low as a result.  But say this about Rolling Stone, NBC and ABC:  At least each pays their fair share in taxes.  The same can't be said about Media Matters for America, which enjoys thumbing its nose at logic and ethics by not paying a dime.  Why?  Because somehow it's [sic] founder, David Brock, arranged a sweetheart deal with the IRS to be a tax-exempt organization.

Media Matters Founder: We Defend Hillary Clinton!  Media Matters For America founder David Brock admitted Monday [6/22/2015] that his nonprofit, tax-exempt organization specifically defends Hillary Clinton, a political candidate for office, from Republican criticism.  Brock's stunning admission calls into question the nonprofit status of his left-wing media monitoring organization.  Brock made the admission in an op-ed defending his group's association with Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary Clinton's political adviser and informal Libya consultant.

Cosmo Editor Admits Her Magazine Engages In 'Liberal Cheerleading'.  During a discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources about whether or not women's magazines were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles admitted that her magazine engages in "liberal cheerleading."  Coles claimed that her magazine was "very interested in the issues around politics and how they impact our readers" which include "do they have access to contraception and God forbid should they need it, can they have access to an abortion."

It's Official: Chris Matthews's Wife Kathleen Running for Congress in Maryland.  Earlier today [6/3/2015] Kathleen Matthews made it official.  The former journalist and wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews announced she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maryland congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring.  We can expect the former WJLA-TV news anchor to tack hard to the left, as the Washington Post's Bill Turque noted that:  ["]Matthews said she will bring [']an opportunity agenda['] for women and children to the campaign, focusing on pay equity, reproductive rights and an increased minimum wage.["]

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The article immediately above describes a situation from which media bias is likely to come forth someday soon.  There are several similar items further down this page; in fact, it might be worthwhile to create a subsection for articles about the atmosphere in which media bias thrives:  Cases where networks and TV stations have hired left-wing activists to pose as reporters, or situations where prominent news people are married to liberal activists.

Why journalists need to practice what they preach.  When they're on the other side of a microphone or press pad, reporters can be as thin-skinned, controlling and paranoid as the people they cover.  And they can be as unforthcoming about themselves and their organizations as any other source.

Junk Journalism.  What the MSM calls "reporting" is often just activism, careerism, and narcissism to advance the Democrat agenda.

Dan Pfeiffer joins CNN as contributor.  Dan Pfeiffer, a long-time top aide to President Barack Obama, is joining CNN as a contributor, network president Jeff Zucker announced Monday [6/1/2015]. [...] He left his post as the White House's senior adviser for strategy and communications in March as one of Obama's longest-tenured strategists.

Obamacare Overhead Study [is] a Trojan Horse.  During the past few days the legacy media and the Internet have been flooded with news articles, editorials, and blog posts with titles like "Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare."  This all-too-predictable phenomenon has been breathlessly reported by outlets as different in their ideological perspectives as the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Kos.  Sadly, when liberal and conservative publications are equally enthusiastic about breaking a story, it usually means the latter have been duped into promoting progressive propaganda.  This case is no exception.

Singling Stephanopoulos out misses the point.  This is an open-and-shut case: Stephanopoulos should never have conducted this interview without revealing his connection to the foundation.  But does anyone actually believe that had he not made the donations, the interview would have gone differently?  Are we all really surprised that a mainstream news media host might be predisposed to skewering an author who is causing damage to the presumed future Democratic presidential nominee?

Most Voters Expect Biased News Coverage of 2016 Presidential Race.  In the wake of the George Stephanopoulos scandal, most voters doubt the accuracy of political news coverage and think most reporters will slant their coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now do not trust the political news they are getting.

Reforming American Presidential Debates.  The startling mishaps and mismanagement of the 2012 debates informs the current need for reform.  Without question, the most flagrant violation was the egregious conduct of debate "moderator" Candy Crowley.  She interrupted the debate to claim that Romney was wrong and President Obama was correct on an important argument regarding the events of Benghazi.  There was nothing moderate about her performance, and few remember that Crowley promised in advance that she would break the rules of the event in order to impose her own private sense of politics on the event.  Conduct like Crowley's now casts shadows on the role accorded journalists and has swallowed up George Stephanopoulos as a potential moderator.  Stephanopoulos has long been an obvious partisan in his role as moderator and it is peculiar that this now constitutes news.  The role of journalists in these debates since 1960 is one of the most profound distortions of the proper notion of a debate.

The protected, connected liberal media elite.  I hate the term "elite."  This implies some sort of extraordinary skill, which in my experience in Washington, at least with the media and definitely in politics is not apt. [...] They aren't elite, but they are the political class.  And they are protected.  The Stephanopoulos kerfuffle is a great example.  Why does this guy still have a job?

The Stephanopolous Syndrome.  The firestorm surrounding the disclosure that ABC host George Stephanopolous made and failed to disclose donations to the Clinton Foundation — while he was covering the Clinton for President campaign and the controversies surrounding donations to the Clinton Foundation — dramatizes a syndrome of secrecy and conflicts of interest that have brought widespread public disapproval against politics in Washington and leading institutions of the mainstream media.  This syndrome of secrecy and conflict of interest involves a long list of dirty little secrets that Washington insiders do not want the American people to know.

George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams and the media's sinking reputation.  By failing to disclose his donations to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos has damaged his credibility and tarnished his network.  But you know something? He's got plenty of company.  What an awful couple of years it's been for the news business, even by our already-tattered standards.

Debates without moderators:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick.  Rather than just introducing a topic and stepping offstage, moderators have weighed into the proceedings in ways that have a profound impact on the nominating process.  No media personality should have such power.

Let's Celebrate the Death of |the Mainstream Media!  All decent, patriotic Americans yearn for the day when the effects of emerging technologies combine with the mainstream media's insufferable progressive cheerleading to finally destroy it.  Its death throes are underway, but it won't buy the farm overnight.  The body of the mainstream media is still shambling along, wreaking havoc, long after it its brain has died.

Fighting Entropy Part 2.  The reason the press has been trying to corner interviewees into "admitting" that George Bush made erred in toppling Saddam Hussein is the need to reassure themselves that catastrophe in the Middle East isn't really their fault.  The constant need to be told it's not their doing is a form of denial.  The more certain they are of their blunder the more they will need to tell themselves that the sounds they hear aren't the footfalls of doom.

The Hired Liars of Liberal Media.  Andrew Breitbart used the phrase "Democrat-Media Complex" to describe the dishonest and hypocritical frauds who consider their partisan opinions to be synonymous with Truth and Virtue.  Based on my own experience — as an ex-Democrat who has been in the news business since 1986 — I long ago concluded that most journalists don't notice liberal bias for the same reason fish don't notice water.  It's everywhere, all around them, and it's all they've ever known.  Because liberalism is the default mindset of nearly everyone in the media, it becomes a sort of self-confirming prejudice, where those who don't buy into the liberal mythology are systematically excluded from the industry and the few dissenters are ostracized within the industry.

Signs of savvy in GOP candidates dealing with biased media.  Perhaps the worst moment of the Romney campaign in 2012 was the second presidential debate, where Candy Crowley's brandishing of a transcript conveniently at hand in response to President Obama's misleading claim of having identified Benghazi as a terror attack marked the end of the Romney momentum generated in the first debate.  Fortunately, at least some of the GOP field this time around are showing the way in handling bias.

It's Not Hateful To Point Out Bruce Jenner Isn't A Woman.  Of all the trends currently working their way through journalism, there is perhaps none so baffling as the media's indulgence in the transgender narrative.  Journalists appear to have acquiesced to this ideology en masse.  No less a formidable source than the "AP Stylebook" declared a few years ago that Associated Press employees are to use "the pronoun preferred by the individuals" in cases where confusion may arise. [...] Journalists should not buy into this.  Simply as a matter of factual accuracy, it is nonsensical:  if tomorrow I declared myself head of the executive branch of the U.S. government, for instance, the AP would not suddenly be required to call me President Payne.

Never Trust Liberal "Fact Checkers".  The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media.  Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea:  they established "fact checkers" within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats' favor.  Today, several such "fact checkers" are well known.  Are they reliable?  Of course not.

From Edward Murrow to Diane Sawyer, the deterioration of TV news.  Somewhere, Edward R. Murrow is saying, "I warned you this would happen."  This month (April 27) marks 50 years since the godfather of broadcast news died. [...] Murrow's visionary speech in 1958 to the Radio Television News Directors Association warned of the growing influence of corporate power in news reporting.  He said the public interest could not be served when news was only "a commodity" to be sold for advertisers.  He said electronic news was "an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news."  Journalism has been the loser in this combination ever since.

Prepper star Rick Austin turns down CNN for being too biased.  If you haven't heard of Rick Austin yet you're probably not somebody who is interested in disaster preparation. [...] The audience Austin reaches is not looking for entertainment so much as information on what they consider a vital topic.  He needs to be taken seriously, not treated like some pop star, and the comedian chosen by CNN to host this show has a history of cynical, left wing propaganda disguised as comedy.

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage.  Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison says she wants to see an officer shoot an unarmed white teenager in the back before agreeing that the "conversation about race" is over, but she almost certainly already has received her wish.  An analysis released last week shows that more white people died at the hands of law enforcement than those of any other race in the last two years, even as the Justice Department, social-justice groups and media coverage focus on black victims of police force.

Valerie Jarrett Kisses Reporters Before Interview.  President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning [4/15/2015] on MNSBC's Morning Joe.  The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.

Valerie Jarrett Hugged by Panelists Before MSNBC Interview.  Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett got a very warm reception before her interview on Wednesday's broadcast of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

Reporter: Team Hillary Hoping Handpicked Journos at Off-Record Dinners Echo Favorable Talking Points.  ABC's George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, and a half-dozen reporters from CNN were reportedly among the media elites that attended an off-the-record New York dinner with Hillary Clinton's advisers on Friday evening [4/10/2015] ahead of her Sunday campaign announcement.

Face the Far-Left Nation?  Bob Schieffer is retiring as host of CBS's Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation.  CBS has announced that his replacement will be John Dickerson, who, among other things, is both the political director for CBS News and chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. [...] Bear in mind, too, that in all election cycles prior to this one, hostile "journalists" like John Dickerson presided over GOP presidential primary debates.  Their objective was to make all the Republican candidates, and the party as a whole, look bad.  Reince Priebus has, I hope, finally put that practice to rest (although leftists will still preside over the general election debates).  But incalculable damage has been done, over the years, by Democratic Party activists masquerading as objective journalists.

The Skewed View of America Inside the Progressive Bubble.  Ordinary Americans don't particularly care if Rand Paul is brusque with interviewers; they have a low opinion of journalists already.  Ted Cruz's ideas are much less "extreme" outside of newsrooms.  And only about one-third of Americans have a bachelor's degree, making Scott Walker closer to the "average American" than everyone else in the field.  A lot of members of the media who are covering the GOP presidential candidates have exceptionally little in common with the voters who will select the Republican nominee.  Thus, when the Republican candidates make their pitch to grassroots conservatives, the hot-take instant analysis from the big media voices usually concludes that the pitch was a belly flop.

Stop Dancing with the MSM.  Rich, isn't it?  The U.S. lives under the tyranny of feminism yet the MSM was in a snit about Rand Paul.  Paul's tart responses to NBC reporter Savannah Guthrie last week on the Today Show earned him MSM brickbats.  Odd, the media's protectiveness of gals, who are supposed to be the equal of guys.  Yet the evidence is in, based on MSM reactions:  girl reporters can't take the rough stuff, so men — that's Republican men — better let the Savannahs say what they please, driving their narratives over them. [...] Voters deserve more than being shovel-fed manure by reporters who are preprogrammed Democrat operatives.

New Host of Face the Nation Advised Obama in 2013 to 'Destroy the GOP'.  John Dickerson, replacing Bob Schieffer as the new host of Face the Nation, will continue the same level of objectivity that CBS has brought to viewers for half a century.  In 1964, when CBS was one third of all television news, Walter Cronkite and Daniel Schorr repeatedly smeared Barry Goldwater as a crypto-Nazi.  His successor, Dan Rather, blew himself up in spectacular fashion with RatherGate in 2004, as dissected by all those bloggers in their Pajamas, to coin a Website name.  In 2007, Rather's successor, Scott Pelley, violating 32 flavors of Godwin's Law in the same fashion as Cronkite, "was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting.  He responded, 'If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?'", as NewsBusters noted.

Time To Go On The Offense Against Liberalism.  [Scroll down]  The mainstream media, also known the Democrats' Steno Pool, looks invincible, but it's vulnerable too.  It needs eyeballs to live, so look elsewhere for your news and information.  Every time you watch NBC News, you validate and empower liars who hate you and everything you stand for.  So don't.  There's a growing segment of conservative traditional and alternative media, and even a few mainstream journalists who still try to be objective, like Jake Tapper at CNN.  Patronize them.  Starve the lib-loving media until it either dies or reforms.  The MSM needs you [...] a lot more than you need it.

Make the Leftist Media the 2016 Issue.  The enemy of conservatism in America is the leftist establishment — the leftist-controlled institutions of news, education, and entertainment.  Take away these big, fat incestuously connected institutions, and the left in America is a circus sideshow and nothing else.  Democrat "leaders" like Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, and Reid are slow-witted, mean-spirited, and narrow-minded sock puppets filled by the chubby hands of the leftist establishment.  Indeed, the leftist establishment prefers empty vessels as nominal political leadership of the Democratic Party.  Defeat the establishment, and the battle is won, but as long as the establishment luxuriates in unmerited respect, the values we treasure face constant peril.

An Army of Weaklings, Cowards, and Traitors.  While the impact of the MSM is real, it's not what people think it is.  The real impact of the media is on the politicians.  Living in Washington and moving with the Washington cultural "elite," too many Republicans begin to believe that what they hear from their consultant class friends and the Washington Post is true.  Those politicians begin to think they can't get re-elected unless they downplay their conservative values.  Or they, like human beings everywhere, start drifting toward the positions held by the people they see and socialize with every day.

The Left wages total war; and then plays victim.  On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500.  On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers.  One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs.  The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences.  Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current skirmishes over religious liberty as conservative offensives.

Hey Media, 'Religious Freedom' Is a Real Thing.  Why is it that the media regularly adorns the term "religious freedom" with superfluous quotation marks but not terms like "environmentalist" or "civil rights" or "marriage equality" — or any other of the many debatable issues of American political discourse?  Well, maybe unbiased journalists feel a responsibility to intimate to readers that religious freedom is considered a dubious assertion by one side of the debate.  And this would be a reasonable editorial decision if it were employed consistently.  It's not.  What's more likely is that editors and journalists consider the term "religious freedom" dubious because anything that strikes them as "discriminatory" or stands in way of "progressive" moral aims is by default illegitimate.

Communism's Useful Idiots in Hollywood and the Media.  There are tons of useful idiots in Hollywood and the mainstream media and the reason they can be so easily manipulated by Marxists is that they are either clueless or supportive of communists in their industry.  I was just as uninformed until I did my homework [...]

Study of 130,213 stories shows Obama bias in 2012 election.  A sweeping study of some 130,213 news articles on the 2012 presidential match between President Obama and Mitt Romney has proven anew that there was a strong pro-Democratic bias in the U.S. and international press.  The study, published in the authoritative journal Big Data & Society, also tested the campaign themes the media focused on and determined that Obama succeeded in stealing the economic issue from Republican Romney.  "The 2012 elections saw an 'issue trespassing' strategy with President Obama taking the initiative on the economy," found the survey of stories produced by 719 U.S. and international outlets.

Media Critic: MSNBC's '24 Hours a Day of Mess... Unwatchable'.  Appearing on Fox News' MediaBuzz on Sunday, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik mercilessly mocked MSNBC's low ratings, calling the network "24-hours a day of mess."  Zurawik appeared on MediaBuzz to discuss a recent Quinnipiac poll that found Americans consider Fox to be the most trusted television news network whereas MSNBC was the least trusted network.

Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?  When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding.  But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media.  Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets — including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

CBS' Nancy Cordes Perfectly Demonstrates Media Bias Problems.  A Pew survey came out last week showing that conservatives don't trust many media outlets.  And newspapers and magazines that are presented as ideologically neutral skew far to the left in terms of their actual audience.  People joke about MSNBC being liberal but its audience, at least, is more conservative than those of NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, Politico and the New Yorker.  But even the supposedly moderate media outlets such as CBS have serious problems with covering politics in anything approaching a neutral fashion.

Why Fox News Is Winning.  There are plenty of reasons that explain Fox News' ratings dominance over the past decade and a half, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University sheds light on at least one major factor:  trust.  When voters were asked "Whose news coverage do you trust the most?" Fox News beat out all other television news organizations — on network and cable.

The most trusted name in news is ... Fox?  It depends on how one measures trust, but Fox News wins in at least one definition provided by Quinnipiac in their latest polling.  When ranked head-t0-head in a single question — notably asked after individual trust questions in this survey — Fox News wins by a significant margin against other national television news outlets, 29/22 over CNN and with NBC and ABC tied for a distant third at 10%.

Eric Burns and the Cult of Liberal Media.  People get "fired" in the media all the time.  In fact the media is not unlike baseball.  Personalities and shows come and go.  Superstars emerge.  Some burn for a long time — like O'Reilly — while others can fade.  Glenn Beck was red hot and then no longer.  Some get fired and rehired elsewhere by another team.  Still others are the equivalent of those stalwart ballplayers or coaches in the majors who never gain superstardom but show up everyday for work and spend a career doing their jobs.  While his ending experience at Fox clearly wasn't pleasant for Burns, in the world of media it is hardly unusual.

Seven Reasons Why We Really Hate the Media.  [#1] It's one giant club.  Trust me on this, as I was part of it for 25 years.  They all went to the same schools, studied the same subjects, live in the same neighborhoods in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.  Not only do they not know you, they don't know anybody who knows you.

Media Matters Puts Entire Staff On Mission To "Bring Down Bill O'Reilly".  Media Matters employs 45 paid researchers who have a very specific goal.  They advocate for far-left agendas, create the scripted talking points for CNN, MSNBC and the alphabets, and they are mission destined to destroy Fox News.  Regarding their mission to "destroy Fox News", they have now put their best men, top men, ALL MEN, every-single-researcher in the entire organization, on a single mission to eliminate FOX's Bill O'Reilly.

Republicans need to learn how to turn the tables on the MSM.  The Republicans have a serious messaging problem. Either they are totally clueless when it comes to public relations or they're just "Democrat Lites" as they've been described over the years.  With the issue of funding homeland security ruling the headlines at this time, Republicans need to be talking every day whether it be news conferences, media interviews, Sunday morning news shows or speeches on the House floor, but get it out loud and clear to the public the reason why they are not defunding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), rather it is Obama that would be defunding it because of his refusal to sign a bill that includes defunding his illegal executive order on immigration.

Working the Ref: Law Prof Randy Barnett Details How Media's Lobbying John Roberts.  Georgetown Law professor Randy Barnett has an excellent piece today at the Volokh Conspiracy blog detailing the lengths to which the liberal media is going to not-too-subtly lobby Chief Justice John Roberts on the upcoming ObamaCare subsidy case King v. Burwell.

Book: Liberal news bias now infecting sports coverage.  And the host of radio's "The Mighty Gwinn Show" on Yahoo Sports, Dylan Gwinn, is blowing the whistle in a new book titled Bias in the Booth.  It details a surge of liberal bias against conservatives in sports and he offered a reason for it to Secrets.  "There is no real difference between mainstream media and sports media.  They have the same background, go to the same schools, have the same pedigree, but instead of news went into sports," Gwinn said.

History's Greatest Monster: A Scott Walker Presidency 'Would Be a Disaster'.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has won three statewide elections in a blue state, has so freaked out the leftist media it's a wonder if some of them will even make it to the day he declares his candidacy for president.

Will Media Apologize for Calling Scott Walker an Un-American Racist Dictator?  Liberal journalists from CBS's Norah O'Donnell to the Washington Post's Dana Milbank have questioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for not rejecting Rudy Giuliani's comments about Barack Obama's patriotism and for his response to a "gotcha" question about the President's faith.  But where were they when Walker himself was being called an un-American, tyrannical, racist woman-beater?  Walker's welcome to the national stage from the press has been a far different one that candidate Barack Obama experienced.  In 2004, the liberal media couldn't contain the chills up their legs when they first laid eyes on the "cool" "rock star" Senate candidate from Illinois.

Arrogant media elites mock Middle America.  Last week the DC-New York media responded in epic fashion to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's comment that he didn't think President Obama "loves" America.  They nearly tripped over themselves to ask every potential GOP presidential contender if he agreed with Giuliani; their braying eventually led to mocking Christians.  In an interview with the Trib, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that while Giuliani could have better framed his point, it was accurate.  Then Jindal offered a critical observation:  When we face truly grave concerns, from economic disconnection to radicalized Islam, why did this supposed issue rise above those others for so long and with such velocity?

All the news fit to... miss.  It's hard to imagine MSNBC could manage to limbo below its own low credibility bar, but America's most shamelessly partisan cable "news" channel has really pulled it off.  There's always stiff competition for bias in America's slavishly left-loving media.  Think of Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" Bush-bashing National Guard story, Newsweek's flushed Korans fable and Candi Crowley's assist for President Obama in the 2012 debates.  Yes, the "Morning Joe" wet kiss of an "interview" with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren yesterday [2/24/2015] belongs in that company.

Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order.  [Scroll down]  But the whole controversy isn't really about Scott Walker's qualifications. It's about something deeper.  On the surface, of course, it's certainly about Scott Walker.  The left-leaning mainstream media senses that he's a potential danger.  After all, he has won three straight elections in a swing state, while challenging the public employees' unions head-on and significantly reducing their government privileges.  (This is precisely what makes him interesting to those of us on the right.)  The mainstream media feel that they need to disqualify him now, so they're looking for anything they can use against him.

Scott Walker is officially the GOP frontrunner, and the media is out for blood.  How do you know that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken at least temporary custody of frontrunner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016?  Beyond, of course, the polls that show him rocketing to the front of the pack in critical early primary states like Iowa?  The political press is coming down hard on him and his nascent campaign.  After three unambiguous statewide victories in a Democratic state in just four years, Scott Walker is thoroughly vetted.  If there were skeletons in his closet, the media and the myriad opposition researchers scrutinizing his past would have found them by now.

Smearing Walker With Giuliani.  We can tell who the Democrat media fears among the GOP 2016 presidential field; it's tipping its hand.  Fresh off the castigation of Scott Walker for his lack of a college degree and his refusal to be dragged into the question of evolution vs. creationism, Walker is now being dragged through the mud for failing to repudiate statements made by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani assailing the patriotism of President Barack Obama.

What GOP hopefuls need to learn about media 'gotcha' questions.  The "gotcha" games of the liberal media have already begun.  A couple of weeks ago, reporters following [Scott] Walker in London demanded to know if he believed in evolution.  And before that, all the rage among the MSM was what possible Republican candidates thought about vaccines.  Since then, some of those candidates have been asked about what other candidates said.  It's a tried-and-true tactic for the leftist media:  One nut job Republican utters the words "legitimate rape," and suddenly all Republicans are legitimate rapists.

The Media: When You Attack Obama, You're Attacking Them.  It was just a few short days ago that President Obama said that Republican attempts to tie ISIS to a radical form of Islam are lying and helping to drive recruitment by not leaving out the religious element to their terror the way he does.  After he said those things, there was no furor in the press.  Journalists were not taking to social media to express their outrage at the President suggesting Republicans were aiding a barbaric Islamic terror group.  They were largely silent.  It was a whole different story however, when news broke broke just the day before about comments former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made at an event for Governor Scott Walker.

Three questions all Democrats must answer.  If you think the mainstream media is not out to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 every bit as much as it was for Obama in 2008 and 2012, then you need your head examined.  The multi-day and ongoing demand that Scott Walker verify that Obama is Christian and loves America is a good example.  Why is it that Republican candidates and politicians are required to verify the bona fides of Democrats?

The Media's Breathtaking Double Standards on Patriotism and 'Civility'.  Democrats and Republicans play by different rules because the media enforces those rules, and members of the national press tend to be liberal Democrats.  During the Bush years, we were often reminded, dissent was the "highest form of patriotism."  Over the course Obama's tenure, dissent became dangerous, disrespectful, un-American and quite possibly racist.  When a conservative figure says something that seems to impugn or question a prominent liberal's character or love of country, "civility" SWAT teams are dispatched to knock down some proverbial doors.  Such transgressions mustn't stand.  But when the dynamic is reversed, the civility police are curiously off duty.

Why Secular Elites Ignore Religion.  It is not too brash to say that "religion" is the one field that is frequently disallowed in serious discussion by the urban, bi-coastal crowd.  For years the New York Times best-seller list would not contain any religious book.  If you listened to NPR from 1970 to 1990, you would think that no one in America ever had a religious thought.  Since that time, it appears that somebody woke up and sent an internal memo indicating that religion is now a legitimate subject for thinking people.

Notorious Race-baiter MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid Cancelled From MSNBC.  Joy-Ann Reid used the George Zimmerman trial to advance her personal brand of hate and achieve a show on MSNBC.  Mrs. Reid is friends with some of the most well known media racists, and promotes a divisive and toxic brand of race-based journalism in line with the "#F*** The Police" movement.

Evolution and allegiance to the Church of Global Warming.  I can think of no question that better peels back the layers of leadership when it comes to picking our next president.  Twelve million illegals are presently living illegally and working illegally in the United States, sir.  What is your position on evolution?  A seething cauldron of hatred is boiling over in the Middle East, threatening one of our most important allies and hellbent on destroying America, madam.  So, what do you think of evolution?  Iran is fast building a nuclear bomb.  So, you know, what do you think about evolution?

Republicans Should Declare War on the Mainstream Media.  [Scroll down]  What should Boehner do?  I think he, and every Republican, should do what George H.W. Bush did to Dan Rather as the 1988 presidential race was heating up:  eat the mainstream media alive.  They are the enemies of the Republican Party and should be treated as such.  Stop trying to curry favor because you won't get it.  Bush laid a trap for Rather, insisting on the interview being live so it couldn't end up on the cutting room floor.  It totally flustered Rather, greatly energized Bush's campaign, put the kibosh on his too-much-a-nice-guy image, and helped mightily to propel him to the White House.  Make mainstream media bias the issue.  Throw loaded questions and those premised on liberal assumptions back in their faces.  Accuse them of bias when they are biased.  Don't be Mr. Nice Guy.

How Jon Stewart turned lies into comedy and brainwashed a generation.  Brian Williams lied about his personal exploits a few times.  Jon Stewart was unabashedly and habitually dishonest.  Though Stewart has often claimed he does a "fake news show," "The Daily Show" isn't that.  It's a real news show punctuated with puns, jokes, asides and the occasional moment of staged sanctimony.  It contains real, unstaged sound bites about the days' events and interviews about important policy matters.  Stewart is a journalist:  an irresponsible and unprofessional one.

Media Go Collectively Insane over GOP Positions on Evolution.  While ISIS burns Jordanian pilots and beheads American journalists, while the economy teeters on the brink, while Obamacare rolls out, while racial divisions plague America, the media have focused, laserlike, on the issue that matters most:  opinions on Charles Darwin.

NPR Admits: Jon Stewart Tilts Left, His Audience 10-to-1 Liberal to Conservative.  NPR's All Things Considered was surprisingly honest on Wednesday night [2/11/2015] about Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show.  Stewart was credited for "influencing the way a generation of young people, especially liberals, view the news and politics."  Correspondent Don Gonyea admitted the president of the College Democrats "sees Jon Stewart as being on her side" and cited research that shows Stewart's audience is overwhelmingly liberal.

Williams and the Myth of the Evening News.  In our 24/7 news environment it is sometimes hard to remember the central role that the national evening news broadcasts played in American life prior to the cable revolution. [...] But while the toppling of yet another mainstream media giant is still a big deal, it also points out the fallacy inherent in the way most Americans once regarded the institution of the evening news.  Far from being the source of objectivity and integrity, these shows were, and are, the product of news organizations that are not only flawed but also saturated with liberal bias.

Five Ways Liberals Ignore Science.  How do we deal with the false perception that liberals are more inclined to trust science than conservatives?  Or, how do we approach the media's fondness for focusing on the unscientific views of some conservatives but ignoring the irrational — and oftentimes, more consequential — beliefs of their fellow liberals?

Obama: 'We Got 600' TV Stations and 1 'Conservative Station'.  A slip of the tongue?  An inadvertently candid bit of sarcasm?  Whatever his intention, President Barack Obama revealed to a crowd at Boise State yesterday [1/21/2015] his (correct) belief that the television media in the United States is dominated by liberals.  [Video clip]

A Gunfight in Kansas.  The local news stories have not only been deliberately stingy with the details of how events unfolded, and have used a deliberately passive voice (e.g. "gunfire erupted"), but they have consistently characterized the suspects as "teenagers" or merely "teens".  It was also several days before any identifying details about the four "teens" were reported; nor were their names reported for several days, and it was longer before their photos were shown.  The cynics among us have almost come to expect that when a journalist's physical description of a suspect conspicuously omits anything about the suspect's complexion, there's a reason.  And that's part of why the cynics feel that the media are following a template we've seen before, as in the way 17 yr. old, 6'2" and 175 lb. "little" Trayvon Martin was characterized as "a child", accompanied by a childhood photo, and the way Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO was characterized as a "gentle giant".

Amid outcry, News-Press is adamant on provocative term for immigrants.  A few decades ago, it wasn't unusual for American newspapers to refer to people living in the United States without legal permission as "illegal aliens," or even "illegals."  Those terms were criticized as offensive and eventually gave way to "illegal immigrant," a label that itself was jettisoned by most outlets two years ago, when the Associated Press banned the term from its stylebook in favor of language that more precisely describes a person's immigration status.

Conservative Group Targets Comcast/NBC.  The 65-page letter is addressed "Dear NBC Affiliate Owner." The sender: the Conservative War Chest, with spokesman Michael Flynn signing the letter. [...] The subject:  Comcast/NBC Universal, now in the middle of a merger bid with Time Warner, and the larger issue of "the corruption of American journalism."  There is also a two-minute video, found here.  Comcast/NBC is accused of acting as a "leftist Super Pac sponsoring millions of dollars worth of attack ads disguised as 'news' that seek the political oblivion of conservatives and the Republican Party."

Republicans Must Investigate Where the Media Fear to Tread.  The liberal media are terrified that Republicans will actually do something with their power.  On foreign policy, the [Washington] Post feared that Republicans could put in jeopardy President Obama's "outreach to Cuba and Iran."  The term "outreach" implies that Obama is pursuing a wise and correct approach to our enemies in the communist and Muslim worlds.  This is how a major liberal paper attempts to intimidate Republicans into letting Obama and the far-left have their way.  Let's hope the Republicans are smart enough to see through this propaganda disguised as "news."

Bill Moyers' Greatest Misses.  Bill Moyers has retired from television (for the third time).  His last show aired yesterday, though it will be repeated.  Frankly, I didn't know Moyers was still on television.  As the Washington Post reports, "Moyers' visibility has fallen in recent years, in part because Moyers & Company airs at different times on public station, sometimes in the wee hours, which complicates national promotion."  There aren't hours "wee" enough to which to banish a hack leftist who spews such ahistorical nonsense as "I've lived long enough to see the triumph of zealots and absolutists, to watch money swallow politics, to witness the rise of the corporate state."

Jurassic Media Desperate for Jeb.  The Jurassic media is on the march, and their goal is to help the Republicans nominate Jeb Bush in 2016.  In order to achieve this goal, they have started to soften the battlefield of ideas with their stockpile of shallow psychological tactics.

Public Trust in Media at an All-Time Low.  Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%.  Americans' trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

MSNBC's worst in 2014.  David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon has compiled a partial list of the worst from MSNBC in 2014.  I say partial because in order to do the subject justice, Rutz would have had to write a novel-length treatise.

The Worst of MSNBC in 2014.  MSNBC in 2014 was so much like other years: low-rated and highly ridiculous. [...] The Cycle's Krystal Ball offered viewers a new understanding of George Orwell's classic "Animal Farm" as a screed against the evils of capitalism.  After being called out for butchering a timeless piece of literature, she naturally doubled down on her wrongness.  That wasn't her only rough moment of the year.

When will Al Sharpton go?  On Saturday afternoon, two New York Police Department officers, Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos, made the ultimate sacrifice.  They were assassinated by man who was a member of the Black Guerilla Family gang and who quoted jihadists on his social media accounts.  He said he was going to get revenge for the killing of criminals Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  Meanwhile, on cable there is a network many real Americans refer to as the Karl Marx channel.  They call themselves MSNBC.  Granted there are more members of the flat earth society than there are viewers of the Karl Marx channel.

After Ratings Tumble, MSNBC to Debut Left-Wing, Internet-Based Shows.  After failing at the ratings game on cable, left-wing cable news network MSNBC plans to take its "progressive sensibilities" to a series of some 14 new Internet-based shows on topics ranging from the gay lifestyle, to politics, to journalist navel gazing, and even sports.  The new Internet network will be called "MSNBC Shift."  MSNBC's ratings have kept it in near perpetual third place, behind CNN and far behind ratings leader Fox News.  At times, even HLN, CNN's old Headline News station, has beaten MSNBC in the ratings game.  In fact, MSNBC's third quarter ratings hit a record low with every one of its shows falling into the bottom of the cable ratings.

Massive Media Fail: Only 29% Oppose CIA Interrogation Methods.  A Pew Research poll finds that the mainstream media and Democrats failed miserably in their coordinated attacks against the Bush Administration (and America) over Bush-era enhanced interrogation methods employed by the CIA against 3 terrorists to stop future terror attacks (and hunt down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden).  Only 29% said the methods in question were unjustified.  A majority of 51% consider them justified.  A clear majority refused to buy into the media's lies about these methods not working.  A full 56% believe correctly that the intelligence gathered stopped future terror attacks.  Only 28% disagreed.

Obama's Endless Lies and His Media Accomplices.  It was appropriate that the Democratic Senate report on "torture" was released on the same day that Jonathan Gruber was testifying about lying to the American people regarding the benefits of Obamacare.  The Senate report was another form of deception, designed to confuse and mislead about what Obama has used in place of interrogation techniques of terrorists.  Obama doesn't interrogate terrorists, he kills them.  Yet, we are led to believe Obama believes in American values and practices them.  The American people would see through the lies if only they could depend on a media that would lead them out of all the deliberate obfuscation.

Google exec to head up Democrat midterm review panel.  How cozy is the Democrats' relationship with the media and technology worlds?  Close enough for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to head up a panel convened by the Democratic National Committee to figure out why they got creamed in the midterm elections, as CNN reports: [...]

The New Republic Commits Suicide.  This morning [12/5/2014], pretty much the entire editorial staff of the New Republic resigned, in protest at the direction in which the magazine was being taken. [...] It is notable, perhaps, that one of the only people who did not walk out today is former Salonista Brian Beutler, a recent hire whose specialty appears to be writing whatever the Establishment Left needs to be written at any given moment and then throwing it at his enemies with gusto.

Chuck Todd's wife aiding Jim Webb.  Kristian Denny Todd, the Democratic strategist and wife of "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd, is working with former Sen. Jim Webb as he considers a 2016 presidential bid, a Webb spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday [12/2/2014].  "She's been helping and advising him," Webb spokesperson Jessica Vanden Berg said.  Todd previously served as the communications director for Webb's 2006 Senate campaign in Virginia.  She is not currently being paid by Webb's office, according to spending reports for Webb's political action committee.

Mark Levin: The Left Is Whipping Up Ferguson To Cover Their Failures.  My reaction is that Farrakhan is a violent, hateful racist anti-semite and the fact that the president of the United States didn't denounce those comments, the fact that the attorney general of the United States didn't denounce those comments, the fact that not a single Democrat went to the floor of the House or the floor of the Senate and denounced that man and what he stands for, and not even a Republican, as far as I know is unbelievable to me.  As far as Jesse Jackson is concerned, Ferguson is not Selma and Michael Brown is not Emmett Till.

In a sane world, Sharyl Attkisson would be recognized with the highest commendations in journalism.  Appearing at number five this week on the New York Times' bestseller list is Sharyl Attkisson's much anticipated debut "Stonewalled," the tale of a renegade reporter who was forced out of her job at CBS because of a supposed "anti-Obama bias."  (Quick:  name one reporter ever canned for having an anti-Bush bias.)

What evil lurks? The liberals know.  On a good day, about 80 percent of the content generated by left-leaning websites will be spent explaining why Republican positions on x, y and z are really expressions of their fear and loathing of non-white Americans, and how modern conservatives descend from John C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, the 1948 presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond and the Ku Klux Klan in its entirety in one straight and unbroken line.  MSNBC frets over the threat of the "dog whistle," by which one uses a commonplace phrase to send a sinister message to one's fellow bigots.  Only their network's anchors are apparently able to hear them.

AP Accused of Bias Against Israel.  The Associated Press is pushing back against charges leveled by one of its former Israel-based reporters that the global news agency is systematically biased against Israel and specifically makes editorial choices meant to portray the Jewish state in negative terms.  The article by former AP reporter Matti Friedman accused the organization's Jerusalem bureau staff, as well as other reporters who cover the issue, of having an innate "distaste for Israel."  Friedman, who worked for the AP from 2006 to 2011, claims that these reporters choose and write stories about Israel based on "a belief that to some extent the Jews of Israel are a symbol of the world's ills."

H8ers Gotta H8.  The real haters are in the media, some of them the openly left-leaning media and some of them claiming to be mainstream.  But oh, how vilely they spew their hatred.  That's the most obvious takeaway from a perusal of this year's "Best Notable Quotables of 2014:  The Twenty-Seventh Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting," sponsored by the indispensable Media Research Center.  This is my 17th straight year as one of the 40 or so volunteer judges for the awards, and each year the media's anti-conservative vitriol seems worse than before.

The Torch Is Being Passed to A New Generation of Right-Wing Media.  Conservative media, never somnolent, is in a new and different boom period, led by millennial writers who are striking out against fresh targets.

Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Speaks Out for Advocacy Journalism: 'Neutrality Helps the Oppressor'.  Receiving an award before the Committee to Protect Journalists, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos delighted The Huffington Post by giving a stemwinder speech in favor of advocacy journalism, including his usual tub-thumping for immigration "reform."  Ramos pointed to a quote by the great Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel to bring his point home:  "We must take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim."

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Supporter and Former NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw.  President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18 individuals on Monday afternoon [11/24/2014] with one of them being former NBC Nightly News anchor and reliably liberal supporter Tom Brokaw.  During Monday's NBC Nightly News, current anchor Brian Williams used two teases and a segment by NBC/MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell to hype the ceremony.

Obama's immigration edict has no legal justification.  The broadcast networks refused to air the president's immigration speech, with some insiders admitting the networks found it too political.  Besides that, the speech was insulting to anyone remotely familiar with our system of government, and it assumes that his base is so unhinged it will stop at nothing to get what it wants.

The Editor asks...
When have the networks ever considered Obama's speeches to be "too political" to put on the air?

Krauthammer: Obama Counted On 'Minions in the Press' to Help Cover Up Gruber Scandal.  Appearing on Fox News's Special Report Monday [11/17/2014], columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested that the reason President Obama waited a week to comment on the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal was because the White House knew it could count on the liberal media to ignore the story.

More about the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal.

Did Chuck Todd Say Too Much About MSNBC?  Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, just released his latest book "The Stranger:  Barack Obama In the White House" chronicling the Democrat's first six years as president.  While much of the book details the numerous political battles the administration was engaged in, three excerpts from the book are quite striking.  Not only does Chuck Todd concede that MSNBC is openly leftist, the NBC host writes that "perhaps most frustrating to Team Obama was that even their allies weren't always allies."

Obama [is] So Isolated That Dem Senators Call MSNBC to Learn White House Plans.  Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appear to have a much better relationship with senior Democratic leaders than President Obama does.  "I actually had a senator — and it happens quite a few times where senators will call us saying, what are you hearing over at the White House?  What are they thinking on this bill?" Scarborough said.

Chris Hayes' Attkisson Interview Sums Up MSNBC's Issues in One Question.  [Scroll down]  We've often explored why MSNBC struggles so mightily, particularly lately — a disturbing development considering an election was just held.  Is the presentation outside of its morning show an echo chamber, which doesn't make for compelling television?  Yes.  Is the decision to go almost all opinion — even during dayside — making it impossible to discern one program from another?  Yes.  But here's one more point to consider:  How high is the quality of the guests?  Are those guests diverse from a political perspective?  The answers are "not high at all" and "no".  Rarely does a big-name Republican outside of a periodic Rand Paul interview ever appear on the network.

Democrats Must Accept That This Year's 'War On Women' Was A Disaster.  With a cartoonishly compliant media serving as attack dog for every Republican error or otherwise helping push the message, Democrats and abortion-rights activists couldn't conceive (definitely no pun intended) of a reason to change course.  And in 2014, they had what they believed were some of their best candidates.

Voters' verdict explodes Democratic myths.  As Democratic losses mounted in Senate races across the country on election night, some liberal commentators clung to the idea that dissatisfied voters were sending a generally anti-incumbent message, and not specifically repudiating Democratic officeholders.  But the facts of the election just don't support that story.

Stephanopoulos To Moderate Final NH Senate Debate — Despite Ties To Shaheen Operative.  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, a former aide to former President Bill Clinton, will be moderating the final debate here between incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Republican Scott Brown on Thursday evening.  But one thing that's not known to the public about Stephanopoulos is his longtime personal ties to one of Shaheen's top political advisers.

It's Time to Trim the Debate Moderators' Role.  As this campaign season draws to an end, doubtless many will comment on what was right and what went wrong for each party.  Let me beat the crowd by stating whatever the outcomes of the Congressional and state races the notion of Republicans continuing to allow Democratic operatives posing as newsmen and women to act as moderators in candidate debates is one of the most inexplicably stupid blunders of all.  And yet each election it is repeated.  Let this be the last time.  Here are some names and incidents that should be engraved forever on the RNC steps and in each republican officeholder's quarters:  George Stephanopoulos, Gwen Ifill, Charlie Gibson, Candy Crowley, and James Pindell.

Keystone Korps: The farce of the White House press.  Is the White House press corps obsolete?  Today its members are restless, grumbling about an Obama White House that claims to be the most transparent ever.  From big issues such as the tapping of a Fox reporters's phone to the media blackout imposed on the president's golf game with Tiger Woods, the chorus goes up:  When it comes to the press, President Obama may be even worse than ... Nixon.

The Left's fantasy world is no amusement park.  The Obama propaganda machine churns out fantasy to the liberal and Left media outlets, who obligingly publish and defend everything they put out.  And since Fox News is the biggest media source that does not buy into this Fantasy World, they are the ones portrayed as living under false conceptions.

The media embargo on "the B word".  [Scroll down]  If America's reporters are so concerned about race relations in the country that such descriptions are included immediately when discussing a case where a white person is charged with injury to an African American, how is such discussion less valid when the roles are reversed? [...] As much as some of these news outlets may hate to admit it, black people do, on occasion, commit acts of violence.  And sometimes the victims of that violence are white.  But somehow that's not a story.

The List: Every Journalist in the GameJournoPros Group Revealed.  Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes.  We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list.  Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing.

A plea for constitutional literacy on Constitution Day.  Earlier this summer, I managed to perplex, perhaps even offend, a famous TV interviewer when I declared I wanted a federal government that followed the U.S. Constitution.  Seemingly aghast, the interviewer went so far as to suggest my position was a "highly charged thing to say."  Imagine that.  A journalist who, owing to the Constitution, has the right to report freely and to speak freely, being uncomfortable to hear a fellow American swear allegiance to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers' vision of a limited central government.

Andrea Mitchell: Obama's New Foreign Policy Advisers All MSNBC Regulars.  MSNBC'S Andrea Mitchell claimed President Barack Obama's new cabal of foreign policy advisers "looks like a review of our guest list" on the liberal cable news network, with the AP's Julie Pace explaining that the White House is trying to bring the commentators "into the fold."  Mitchell spoke Tuesday [9/9/2014] with Pace about Obama's Monday night dinner with the DC foreign policy intelligentsia, presumably designed to help craft a strategy to contain an aggressive Russia and defeat ISIS in the Middle East.  But as the MSNBC host ticked off the guests — including former Clinton aide Sandy Berger, longtime Democratic adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman — she couldn't help but notice a trend.

Latest 'World News' Anchor David Muir Loves 'Cool Kid Obama,' Mocked Romney.  Starting on Tuesday [9/2/2014], ABC journalist David Muir will replace Diane Sawyer as the anchor of World News.  Given the liberal legacy of predecessors like Peter Jennings and Sawyer, it's not surprising that Muir has a history of fawning over "cool kid" Barack Obama and attacking conservatives.  The Media Research Center has compiled a Profile in Bias of his worst examples of liberal bias.

Finally a Lib 'Journalist' With Guts to Say He Wants Conservatives Banned from TV.  Left-winger Ed Kilgore, who blogs for Washington Monthly magazine, made to comment on the new ideas that NBC has for revamping Meet The Press when Chuck Todd takes over the venerable Sunday political show (Todd himself is an old Democrat operative, by the way).  In his August 25 post entitled, "Who Should Be Banned as Panelists For the New 'Meet?'," Kilgore notes that NBC president Deborah Turness is saying that she wants to have a panel of journalists question each guest as a sort of "coffeehouse conversation." [...] Kilgore thinks this is a terrible idea.  Why?  Because *gasp* that panel might have conservatives on it.  So, Kilgore has a solution for this conservative "problem."  He thinks NBC should ban all conservatives as panelists.

Cable Karma: Fox News soars as CNN reportedly to announce huge layoffs.  According to a report in The Wrap, CNN and sister network Headline News are planning to lay off 550 staffers, a huge and very painful cutback. [...] Because progressives dominate 90% of media outlets and studiously ignore major stories like the IRS scandals, Benghazi, and basically anything harmful to Democrats, Fox News is handed the opportunity to reach the public with distinctive content unavailable elsewhere, and the public is responding.  Most major media would rather be progressive than successful.

CNN and the Titanic.  What is the difference between CNN and the Titanic?  The only casualties from CNN's sinking will be careers, not lives.  For CNN, the bad news has hit.  With no new race riots or crashing Malaysian airliners to boost ratings, CNN is back in the ratings basement again.  While the normal rules of journalism may not always apply at CNN, the rules of business do.  A business must bring in more money than it loses or it must make cuts.  Since payroll is usually a business' single largest expense, that is often what is first cut.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski Brags About Being Buddies With Eric Holder.  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski casually revealed her close rapport with Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday [8/19/2014], earning a gentle ribbing from co-host Joe Scarborough after claiming she's "in contact" with Holder and that their kids attend the same school.  The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were discussing President Barack Obama's decision to send Holder to Ferguson, the small Missouri town wracked by violent riots since the killing of an unarmed black man by police ten 10 [sic] ago.  "Sending Eric Holder — I've been in contact with Eric Holder over the past few months on other issues," Brezezinski said.  "Our kids went to the same school."

The Editor says...
When she says, "the same school," I think she means the same expensive private school.

Media Fail: Poll Shows Increase In Support for Ferguson Police.  A very useful YouGov poll that tracks public sentiment about Ferguson over time shows that despite the 24/7 racial demagoguery from cable news network's like CNN and MSNBC, public opinion is moving in the exact opposite direction of what the media is aiming for.  Between August 14-17 a plurality of only 45% believed Ferguson residents reacted unreasonably following the shooting of Michael Brown.  Four days later that number jumped to a clear majority of 56%.

Bloodbath at CNN, HLN: Axing of 550 Jobs 'Imminent'.  Today's news of a coming bloodbath at CNN and HLN is a reminder that while CNN has been able to use the unrest in Ferguson to race-bait its way to better ratings, everyone knows that's temporary.  Without something that allows the left-wing network to appeal to the lowest common denominator, CNN is almost certain to fall back into the ratings basement until something else comes along for the network to cynically exploit.

Hide 'D,' Showcase 'R'.  It is such common sense as to be undeniable that basic journalism requires a party label to be affixed to a story about an elected public official, the president excepted.  It is the DNA of the "who" in a news report. [...] But what happens when that cardinal rule is applied to one party but ignored for the other?  Favoritism?  Bias?  No, it's far worse than just that.  It is a commitment to abide by the rules of journalism with one party and then a deliberate attempt to protect the other, even if it means violating the most basic rules of news reporting.

#StandWithIsrael Rally Targets CNN Media Bias at Time Warner Center.  The event page lists 1,200 attendees who RSVP'd affirmatively to attend the protest.  "We are an independent group of people who share a common and STRONG bond with the beautiful country, Israel!" the protest's organization wrote.  "We are tired of seeing the media berate and straight out LIE about the events taking place during this difficult time (and over time). [...]"

Obama is Betraying the Republic's Trust.  The current occupant of White House has been in office for 6 years.  He could not have achieved this without the refusal of the media to affirmatively vet his past, and then, the media's abandonment of all objectivity to actively support and protect Obama from all forms of criticism.  In first averting, and then betraying, their indelegable public duty to hold government accountable for its actions, the media has betrayed the free republic that tolerates its existence in the first place.  With their betrayal of first the public trust, and then the Republic's trust, the media has literally, and finally, cut its own throat.  Only 40% of Americans get their information from the "Big 3" networks and newspapers.

5 Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola.  [#1] The Mainstream Media Love to Lord Their Superiority Over Us[.]  Accusing the hoi polloi of panicking and then calling for calm is the first knee-jerk reaction of anyone who gets off on puffing themselves up as Our Betters.  And that is our media personified.  I believe and worry that the need to preen their superiority over us could affect the media's judgment.  That's why the bloodless, slide-rule, Big Government-worshipping Spocks at Business Insider are already accusing others of panic ... even though no one is panicking.

Americans support Israel and the press hates it.  One gets the impression that America's broad support for Israel's mission in Gaza over that of Hamas militants, support reflected in policy in Washington, is evolving into an obsession for members of the press.  In fact, it seems that the more stubbornly Americans cling to their support for their country's democratic ally in the Middle East, the more frenetic and scolding the media's tone has become while covering the conflict.

Pelosi to Reporters on Midterm Election: 'We Need You to Be Messengers...'  When asked at a press briefing on Thursday [7/31/2014] why her party's message is "not resonating with the electorate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters "we need you to be messengers."

Michelle Nunn: Favorable Media Bias Part of Democrat Campaign Strategy.  Over at National Review, Eliana Johnson got hold of a confidential campaign plan for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.  Nunn is one of the two or three hopes Democrats have of actually picking up a Senate seat.  The campaign is cynical, to say the least, especially in its assessment of Jews as a "tremendous financial opportunity" and Asians as "very tight."  Ricochet looked at the report and found one area the campaign felt very good about:  How Nunn could count on the media to be on its side and even warn them of in advance of GOP attacks.

Sharyl Attkisson: CBS Lost Interest in Government Watchdog Stories.  In an interview with National Public Radio's David Folkenflik, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said that the network discouraged her from pursuing stories on the Obama administration, and seemingly lost interest in her government watchdog stories to the point that they kept them off the air.

Krauthammer Slams NY Times Editorial Page: 'Childish,' 'They Have No Influence.  On Tuesday's [7/8/2014] "The O'Reilly Factor," Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer offered his assessment of the layout of the current media environment, particularly with regards to liberal bias.  Krauthammer was particularly critical of The New York Times.  In its news pages, he argued the Times offered the news through a leftward prism.  However, it declared its celebrated editorial page inconsequential for its slant.

IRS Lawyers Ready for Busy Week Ahead.  The Obama administration has managed to keep the IRS story just below full-blown-scandal level for months now.  The Washington-based establishment media, long friendly to Barack Obama and his White House, have been willing to accept at face value the increasingly implausible nothing-to-see-here claims of top IRS and Obama administration officials.  Many reporters are eager to believe Democrats' claims that the scandal is yet another example of right wing hysteria.  When Republicans make wild public accusations without evidence to support them, as we've seen in abundance in recent weeks, they make it easier for lazy reporters to move the IRS story from their "potential scandal" box to their "Washington dysfunction" pile.

Chicago Rejects Illegal Aliens.  If you watch the lame stream Pravda U.S. News you'd be inclined to think that only conservative communities take issue with busloads of disease riddled, contagion spreading, Illegal Aliens disbursed in their neighborhoods to overwhelm their social safety nets. [...] Here you see the same response from uber-liberal Chicago's South Side.  But that doesn't fit the Pravda narrative, so you probably won't see Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow calling Chicagoans "bigots" or "racists".

Ex-White House Flack Jay Carney To MSNBC?  If it happens, Carney would follow in the natural footsteps of a few other aides to President Obama who were welcomed into the MSNBC family upon leaving their jobs.  The last White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, became an MSNBC contributor in May, 2013, while David Axelrod, a top aide to Obama, became one in February 2013.

MSNBC Primetime Ratings Crash, Worst in Eight Years.  As July closes out, MSNBC has posted some of its worst ratings in eight years.  The network came in third in total viewers and fourth in the key 25 to 54 age bracket for the month.  In prime time, the network came in second in total viewers and third in the key demographic.  This was MSNBC's worst showing in prime time in the key demo since 2006.

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#10] The stuff that you see on broadcasts like CNN aren't news or reporting but the controlled media simply spewing forth talking points that have been provided for them by the white house and other government agencies — this has been admitted to by main stream "news" organizations.

The Palace Guard MSM Drops the Mask.  Since its birth in the 1920s with the first national radio networks, the modern MSM has always had a cozy relationship with power, and until the creation of Fox News, one channel on your TV dial or satellite guide, that power has almost exclusively meant their fellow Democrats.  The media have long voted overwhelmingly Democrat in presidential elections; as Walter Cronkite once said at a Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner in the mid-1990s, in-between feting the Clintons on his yacht in Martha's Vineyard, "Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents."

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals.  We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news.  That is no longer true.  Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing.  Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats.  Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one.

Media is blindly following Obama.  That the leftist media remain a sucker for story lines about Democratic unity, as opposed to those about a Republican "civil war," is a disgrace that helps define the age of Obama.  Uncurious and unserious journalists are not journalists.  They are stenographers at best, shills at worst.  Their abdication is destructive.  The refusal to subject Obama to the same critical standard applied to Republican presidents provides cover for policies that lack public support.  And that blackout of skepticism serves to keep potentially wayward Democrats in line.  Then and only then is it possible to claim they are "starting to unite" behind a policy that doesn't exist.

Scott Walker Fires Back: 'The Media Is a Willing Accomplice of the Left'.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show today to address the accusations of his involvement in a campaign finance scheme.  Walker said two separate judges threw the case out and went after the media for still questioning his involvement, telling Hewitt, "The media is a willing accomplice of the left."  Hewitt was particularly bothered by a TIME article titled "'Criminal Scheme' Will Haunt Scott Walker" that Hewitt said was "objectively slanderous."  Walker said the media is completely ignoring the fact that this case was dismissed twice, and added, "You look at some of these media outlets, and they don't seem to care much about the truth."

Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low.  Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today [6/19/2014] by Gallup. [...] In the latest survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V. news, and 8 percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.

Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low.  Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup.  Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.

Media Matters founder funds 'journalists' to target conservatives.  Does the Left really need another organization whose sole purpose is to attack conservatives?  Apparently so, according to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, head of the liberal American Bridge PAC and board member of the liberal Priorities USA Action.  Brock is going to bring his special brand of bias to the re-launched American Independent Institute — an obvious mock name considering it will be anything but independent.  The goal of the institute will be to expose the "nexus of conservative power in Washington," according to Dylan Byers of Politico.

5 Reasons Hillary Won't Run.  3) It ain't gonna be a coronation.  HRC must have been taken aback last week when two members of the traveling sisterhood — Diane Sawyer of ABC News and Terry Gross of NPR — actually pressed her with uncomfortable questions about Benghazi and gay marriage, respectively.  Hillary didn't respond well in either situation, and the ensuing coverage was instructive.  If she can't count on favorable press coverage during the choreographed rollout of a self-reverential memoir, what does that tell us about how she'd do in debates against a determined opponent?

The Editor says...
In other words, Hillary can't win without the eager assistance of the news media, which confirms the obvious:  that Obama wouldn't have won without that assistance.

Time Warner CEO Blasted For CNN Bias at Shareholders Meeting.  Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes was blasted for CNN's left-wing bias at Time Warner's annual shareholders meeting Friday [6/13/2014].  The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond reports that Bewkes was confronted by shareholder Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research, with a litany of complaints about CNN's sharp turn to the left under Jeff Zucker.  Danhof's comments were met with applause from other shareholders.

Poll: MSNBC The Least Trusted Name In TV News.  MSNBC is the least trusted name in news, even less than the comedy program The Daily Show, a new Brookings and Public Religion Research poll revealed.  Fox News Channel ranked as the most trusted name overall (25 percent of respondents) and with self-described independents (26 percent), while only 5 percent of all Americans rated the liberal channel its most trusted source of accurate information on politics and current events, Mediaite reported.

Poll: The Number One Problem In Politics Is...  Despite Sen. Harry Reid's near-daily speeches about the "un-American" Koch brothers and the vast amount of money they give to the Republican Party — all while the Democrats take billions from other interest groups — Americans are still not convinced that campaign donations are the number one problem in politics right now.  That designation goes to media bias, according to 48% of the 1,000 likely voters polled for a Rasmussen Report. Big campaign contributions earned the #2 spot, with 44% of those polled.  Among people who identify as Tea Party members, media bias is an even bigger problem — 77% say it's the number one issue.

Poll: Media bias tops money as the biggest problem in politics.  More Americans believe that biased media coverage is a bigger problem in politics than donations from fat cats, according to a new poll.  Rasmussen Reports found that when given a choice, 48 percent of voters believe media bias is the No. 1 villain while 44 blamed big campaign contributions.  And among Tea Party members, 77 percent said media bias and reports against the movement are the top problem in politics.

Lord Obama.  The media is not just overwhelmingly hard left, but hard left with a chip on its shoulder that its own views are neither accepted by the majority nor usually implemented by government.  All the above scandals and embarrassments would have ruined a Bush, given that such mishaps would have been headlined daily in the New York Times (e.g., "VA, Benghazi, AP, NSA, IRS overwhelm sinking Bush administration") or Washington Post ("Bush Cabinet Paralyzed by Scandal").  For the media, Obama is not Jimmy Carter or even Bill Clinton whom they overwhelmingly supported.  He is quite different — the first gold-plated liberal president since FDR, and probably the last for a while, intent on fundamentally transforming the United States, by redistributing income and accumulated wealth, and recalibrating the American profile abroad.

How Conservatives Can Defeat the Media.  For decades the media has collaborated with Democrats and the liberal elites in creating a superstructure that exists for the sole purpose of humiliating conservative candidates and spokesmen.  It is proactive, universal, and often quite successful.  It has also been virtually ignored by the conservative establishment, which consistently behaves as if American politics is a gentleman's pastime operating by the same rules that it did in the late 19th century.  It can be said without exaggeration that the major public uproars of the 2012 campaign were either media-generated or immediately exploited by the media/liberal superstructure.

The downfall of American journalists.  It ought to be a matter of deep shame that the most popular news website in the United States is the U.K. Daily Mail.  And the fact that so many top editors and journalists in the United States happen to be from Britain is something that ought to disturb all those professors of journalism at elite schools like Columbia.  You know, the ones that hand out big prizes like the Pulitzer, touting how wonderful our journalists are.  Strangely enough, with all the university and foundation resources available for conferences, commissions, studies, and the like, nobody seems much interested in this embarrassing situation.  There's a good reason for that.

Palin unloads both barrels on partisan media.  From Fast and Furious to Benghazi, and from the IRS to the VA, the national media has assiduously covered President Obama's tracks from start to finish, and is no doubt preparing to do the same for possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Having heard enough, Sarah Palin this week let the media have both rhetorical barrels over their partisan covering for know-nothing Democrats, as highlighted on the Drudge Report.

Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That's far fewer than even a decade ago.  A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one, according to a new study of the media conducted by two Indiana University professors. [...] The great thing about this survey, called "The American Journalist in the Digital Age", is that its been conducted four previous times — in 1971, 1982, 1992 and 2002.  That allows for some fascinating comparisons of how partisanship (or the lack thereof) among reporters has evolved over that time.

What newspapers does he read?
Harry Reid Scolds Press For Being Too Fair To Republicans.  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reprimanded MSNBC's Chuck Todd — and indeed, journalism in general — for being too interested in treating Republicans fairly, claiming reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."

Harry Reid: Media covering for Republicans.  The media are covering for Republicans in their political coverage, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Asked by MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an interview aired Thursday [5/8/2014] why he won't allow Republican amendments to an energy bill, Reid shot back that reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."

America's Appalling Ignorance of ChristianityNew York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof [...] admitted that when he was covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, he was surprised at how the candidate connected with Americans because of his evangelical faith; more surprisingly, Kristof admitted that he had "only the vaguest idea at the time what an evangelical was."

Media Matters founder David Brock: We appreciate Soros funding to pursue journalists.  Media Matters founder David Brock said Sunday [4/27/2014] that he's grateful for progressive billionaire George Soros' "generosity" and confirmed that he chooses to "pursue" journalists if he "starts to see patterns" in their work.  Brock, his silver mane and bizarre vocal intonations lending him the likeness of a socially awkward Bond villain, sat in San Francisco for a softball interview with CNN's Reliable Sources to respond to the controversy surrounding former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  The liberal smear machine Media Matters has been hammering the brilliant female investigative reporter with the term "shoddy reporting" to describe her exposes on Obama administration scandals including Fast and Furious and Benghazi.

Washington Post hires ultra-liberal former union bully and nobody bats an eye.  On Monday [4/21/2014], The Washington Post announced it had hired Philip Bump, a journalist currently at Atlantic magazine's The Wire, to cover politics for their daily blog The Fix.  The move set off a chain of congratulations from across the political press corps.  But lost in the media love fest was Bump's partisan past — a history left unspoken in either the Post's official announcement or any of the Twitter applause.  Not only does Bump's archive at The Wire betray a palpable bias in favor of progressivism; his career as a journalist began when he headed a vicious pro-labor blog which published the names and addresses of opponents later targeted by unions.

CBS Responds to Attkisson's Claims About Network Reporting Bias.  Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been very vocal about how CBS pushed back on reports she did critical of the Obama administration.  On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday [4/20/2014], Attkisson went after both her former network and Media Matters; the former for muzzling stories and the latter for targeting her.  Attkisson has repeatedly argued that while CBS didn't really get in her way when it came to covering issues critical of George W. Bush, bus when it came to the same with President Obama, she was called a "troublemaker" and sensed a chilling effect for journalists everywhere.

Attkisson: Some CBS Bosses Seemed 'Personally Defensive' of the Obama Administration.  [Scroll down]  Some CBS News managers are so "ideologically entrenched," Attiksson explained, that they're willing to quash or bury reports that could inflict political damage on the sitting administration. [...] "I didn't sense any resistance in doing stories that were perceived to be negative to the Bush administration.  By anybody, ever."

Sharyl Attkisson charges Media Matters helps produce news reports for CBS.  Now that she has left CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson is revealing all sorts of interesting facts about the way news is shaped by ideologues. [...] In combination with the revelations on Politico carried by the Washington Post today, Attkisson's explanation of Media Matters' influence provide more reasons to distrust the mainstream media.

Sharyl Attkisson Suggests Media Matters Was Paid for Propaganda Attack Campaign Against Her.  Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," host Brian Stelter was very critical of former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's reporting skills because she has spoken about her experience at CBS News where she witnessed as a common practice the killing of stories unfriendly to the Obama administration.

Sharyl Attkisson Claims CBS Moved On From 'Fast and Furious' as She'd 'Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface'.  Appearing on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson claimed that CBS "had barely begun to scratch the surface" of the "Fast and Furious" scandal before the network moved on from the story.  She noted that the network showed similar reluctance for its coverage of Benghazi and the ObamaCare rollout.  Before her resignation last month, Attkisson covered Obama administration controversies like "Fast and Furious" and Benghazi and her reporting helped the CBS Evening News win the Edward R. Murrow award in 2012.  Yet she told O'Reilly that higher-ups at the network moved on from the "Fast and Furious"scandal "due to lack of interest, well before we found answers to a lot of questions."

ABC's Dan Harris Denies Any Conscious Liberal Bias.  ABC "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris appeared on the Steve Malzberg show Friday on Newsmax TV to promote his new book promoting meditation called "10 Percent Happier."  After the two communicators discussed having panic attacks while they were broadcasting, Malzberg concluded the interview by asking about liberal media bias.  Harris repeatedly said he was "open" to the idea, but insisted it was subconscious, and that "very, very powerful" people at ABC are conservatives.

Santelli: On Obamacare, Climate Change, Media Too Quick to Accept Facts are 'Settled'.  CNBC contributor Rick Santelli ranted against the media's tendency to accept certain things as settled fact.  According to Santelli, the media, "whether press, TV or whatever it is," aren't focusing enough on presenting hard data.  Santelli argued that this was due to the media accepting data from third party sources as settled science.  "Seven million, it's settled.  Climate change, it's settled.  It's all settled."  He also expressed doubt about whether or not anyone was even capable of doing anything about climate change.

The media hate Republicans.  California State senator (and, until last week, candidate for secretary of state) Leland Yee was well-known as an anti-gun activist.  Then, last week, he was indicted for, yes, conspiring to smuggle guns and rocket launchers between mobsters and terrorists in exchange for massive bribes.  Some highlights, as excerpted by San Francisco Magazine. [...] This all sounds like news.  You've got charges of huge bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a leading politician in an important state.  But — and here's the part Hollywood would miss — outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.

The Leland Yee Story, As a Free Press Would Tell It.  Now, one might think that this is a major scandal.  A prominent politician, a principled advocate of gun control, turns out to be a gun runner who wants to import shoulder-fired missiles, in exchange for a large bribe.  How could the networks resist a story like that?!  Poor CNN has been limping along with a lousy lane closure for what, two or three years now?  A dynamite story like Yee's could put them back on the ratings map!  Oh, one thing I forgot to mention — Leland Yee is a Democrat.  So no national news organization has any interest in his story.  Sorry.  It's on the back pages of the local papers.  This is more proof, if it were needed, that the Democratic Party's news media are not primarily interested in ratings or profits, but in advancing the party's narrative.

ObamaCare Is A Fiasco, So Why Don't Media Report It?  How do we know ObamaCare is failing?  Ironically, because those very same "reporters" are doing the opposite of the Bush years.  They're burying the story.  They aren't in denial.  They know the truth.  They're just choosing to ignore it.  They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.  They are pretending, like Ellen DeGeneres told the president, that "everyone" in America loves ObamaCare.  Just how much coverage have they given to this, the most important domestic issue since Ronald Reagan's economic recovery plan?

MSNBC: Hate Forward.  MSNBC's entire primetime lineup is stacked with liberal journalists and pundits, who in turn have on more liberal journalists, pundits, and Democratic lawmakers as their guests more than 90 percent of the time.  The subject matter, as anyone who watches MSNBC knows, is nearly always to gleefully and freely shred Republicans.  One common point of contention:  Daring to oppose the commander in chief.  Yet, rather than engage Republican and conservative criticisms of Obama, anchors and guests often dismiss nearly all of them as stemming from a "hate" for the president.

A few questions for the Cheer Leaders at ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NYT, et al.  You few, you proud, you journalists who inform Americans about their nation and the world; you inheritors of the glorious tradition of a free and vital press — may I turn the tables and ask you a few questions?  Will any of you Obama cheerleaders ask the "Leader of the Free World" why he was so wrong and Romney was so right about the geopolitical challenge that Putin's Russia poses to America?  Will you all apologize to Sarah Palin for y'all mocking her when she suggested Obama's weakness might encourage Putin to invade Ukraine?  Ya, know, since she was so right and you all were embarrassingly wrong?

New President of Disney/ABC Television Sits On Soros-Backed Board.  Ben Sherwood, the current president of ABC News who sits on the advisory board of the George Soros-backed Center for Public Integrity, will take over as president of Disney/ABC television in February of 2015.  Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney, who will be leaving next year after ten years.  Sherwood will immediately become Co-President of Disney/ABC Television and continue his duties as President of ABC News.

The Death of Journalism.  Of course when Republicans are in office, liberal journalists become quite aggressive and love to launch investigations.  When Democrats are in office, these same journalists help the politicians cover up their misdeeds.  The identical press that blasted George W. Bush throughout his administration is totally uninterested in examining President Obama's failed policies, broken promises and weak leadership.  The biggest omission has been a detailed examination of Obamacare and the President's many exemptions, extensions and revisions to the plan.

Modern Journalism: We Report, We Decide.  It is no wonder news organization credibility continues to decline.  Rather than objectively analyzing and reporting the news, most major media organizations have become one large editorial page.  And when they tire of attempting to report the actual news, they turn to the sensational.

Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians.  Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, "I wouldn't surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions.  If I need something answered from the White House and they won't tell me, I'll call our White House Correspondent.  They're friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general.  So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told 'ask that at the briefing and we'll answer it.'  They want to answer it in front of everybody.  They do know it's coming and they'll call on you.  There's that kind of coordination sometimes.  I wouldn't be shocked if there's sometimes more coordination. [...]"

Sharyl Attkisson: Always a 'Chummy Relationship' Between Reporters and WH.  Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Friday with Philadelphia-based radio host Chris Stigall where she was asked about a story that exploded on Thursday involving an accusation from a local CBS reporter who alleged that White House correspondents often submit their questions to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney in advance.  The White House press corps strongly objected to this allegation, and the reporter who made this claim later walked it back.  Attkisson said that, while she did not think this was a matter of collusion between journalists and political spokespeople for some nefarious purpose, there is some form of coordination between them.  Attkisson added that there is a "chummy" relationship between reporters and political spokespeople that has been a feature of Washington D.C. that predates the Obama administration.

My cross to bear — why I no longer hide my faith in the newsroom.  Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson tweeted five simple words last week:  "I resigned from CBS News." Seconds later, a website report explained why.  Sources say she felt frustrated with the network's "liberal bias."  If true, in a nutshell, she had become a square peg in a round hole, and was tired of pretending otherwise. [...] There's always a reason liberal bias is denied.  But it alive and well in newsrooms.  And it has been for decades.  The same is true for religious persecution.

The Editor says...
TV stations don't mind featuring openly homosexual news reporters, but an openly Christian reporter is frowned upon, especially on the east and west coasts.

Sharyl Attkisson vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago.  CBS's Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network, the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses.  But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.

Star Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Quits CBS: Democrat Scandals Not Welcome.  Rumors of Attkisson's stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made the rounds for months and months.  In conversations from last year, CBS News sources told the Erik Wemple Blog that Attkisson, who came to the network from CNN two decades ago, was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn't make "The CBS Evening News" with greater frequency.

Attkisson's CBS Departure Shows Big Media's Bias.  [Sharyl] Attkisson is nearly alone within the broadcast media in pursuing Obama scandals, like the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans; the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal that left U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry dead; and the Solyndra scandal that wasted over a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money on a failed solar-panel maker.  Last year, her computer was mysteriously hacked.  Whether it's network corporate sponsors who don't want to anger President Obama, or news editors who love Obama's agenda, we're all in trouble if investigative reporting focusing on the president is persecuted into marginality.

The Media's Obama Protection Society.  While [Sharyl] Attkisson is just one reporter and CBS has long since ceased being a dominant force in the national media, this may be a crucial moment in the history of American journalism.  It was assumed that any major news outlet would regard aggressive coverage of all administrations as a given.  But that ceased to be the case when Barack Obama entered the White House.  If Attkisson is being shown the door at CBS it is not because her work is not highly regarded but because she has violated the prime directive of liberal media insiders:  thou shalt not report on Obama in the same way that you reported on George W. Bush or even Bill Clinton.  The liberal bias that conservatives have long complained about is out of the closet.

The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party.  Why do Republicans never seem to come out ahead politically when they go toe-to-toe with the Democrats?  Part of the reason, at least, is that the press, to a greater extent than at any time in our history, is monolithically Democrat.  The most important news organ is the Associated Press, whose articles appear in hundreds, or possibly thousands, of newspapers around the country.  The AP pretends to be a neutral, just-the-facts information source, but it is nothing of the kind.  While there are some good reporters at the AP, the overwhelming majority function, as to issues that are politically controversial, as advocates for the Democratic Party.

Why the Media Will Never Treat Conservatives Fairly.  As objective as the media claims to be, the so called Gang of 500 — the reporters and chattering class who develop the conventional wisdom in politics — is mostly of the left or married to the left.  There is a revolving door between the media and leftwing politics that rarely exists on the right.  It shapes the world view of the members of the media and necessitates conservatives working even harder to get their opinions, views, and stories heard.  I have encountered this bias throughout the media in my professional life and seen it up close over the years.

How AP altered its headline to protect Obamacare.  Don't believe the press is in the tank for Obama and Obamacare?  Well, check this out. [...] I realize this happens frequently, but the dishonesty is still breathtaking.  And this is why much of the MSM cannot be trusted:  they are not honest brokers of information, but a propaganda and marketing arm of the Obama White House, the Democratic Party, and the Left.

Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News.  CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday [3/10/2014].  Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network's liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network's corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said.  She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.

Echoes of Edward R. Murrow in Sharyl Atkisson's departure from CBS News.  CBS News has lost its strongest claim to be a fair and non-partisan news source with the departure of Sharly Atkisson from the network.  The award-winning reporter has been squeezed-out because of her reporting on investigative themes inconvenient to the Obama administration, including Fast and Furious and the Benghazi Scandal — two incidents in which United States government officials lost their lives.

Report: Star Benghazi Reporter Attkisson Exits CBS Due to 'Liberal Bias'.  Apparently [Sharyl] Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat.  Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of President Obama's National Security advisor, Ben Rhodes.  According to ABC News, Brother Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that — with the help of the mainstream media — misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell.  In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona's religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them.  And journalists don't care about freedom of religion because they don't.  But one of the most interesting things about modern media's deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion.

The Media, the South.  As someone who moved from New Jersey to Mississippi eight years ago, I don't understand why leaders here don't more aggressively rebut the stereotypes the media perpetuate about the South.  Because no amount of apologizing or explaining will ever change what the media think about us.

Two New MSNBC Hosts Bring News Media-Obama Revolving Door to 30.  With two political activists, who toiled for Barack Obama, starting hosting duties today [2/24/2014] with new shows on MSNBC, the Media Research Center's list of those revolving between working on behalf of Obama and positions in the news media has reached 30.

Shut up, they explained.  The Democrat-Media complex works to in effect silence conservative critics rather than engage their criticisms and debate the issues.  They employ a variety of programs and techniques to ensure that substantive points from the other side will either be ignored, distorted, demonized, or delegitimized.

Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset.  The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon.  Now that he's taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent.  Fallon's Obama-friendly sketches and interviews have become immediate "news" grist for the Comcast corps at NBC and MSNBC.  The same sensation happens when Fallon is ripping into a Republican.

Understanding The Left's Grip On Media.  While talk radio and FOX grab much of the attention, what really broke the left's control over media was the Internet.  Before its advent, one needed a large investment in a printing press or a broadcast tower to engage a mass audience; afterward, all one needed was a few hundred dollars for a basic computer and Internet service.  The web shattered barriers to entry and, suddenly, pent up demand for information free of non-progressive bias met an onrush of supply.

Larry King: I've 'never seen a bias off the air or on'.  Larry King said that in his 26 years of experience at CNN and 20 years of work in Mutual Radio, he's never seen evidence of media bias — never.  "I worked at CNN for almost 26 years.  I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years.  I've been in the business 57 years.  I have never seen a bias off the air or on," he told Newsmax TV.

The Golden Egg.  As far as Bill and Hillary Clinton are concerned, the media's horizon of expectations is stunningly narrow.  It encompasses on the one hand the belief that the "secretary of explaining stuff" is a national treasure beyond reproach, and on the other hand the expectation that the former secretary of state will be our next president.  Stories that fall outside of this horizon are problematized, scrutinized, ascribed to partisanship, and read with the sort of incredulity reporters are supposed to apply to public figures such as the Clintons.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Claims Station Has No Ideology.  Some viewers may raise eyebrows as to Griffin's assertion that he doesn't run a biased network.  In 2013, MSNBC hired former Obama presidential adviser David Axelrod and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to provide political commentary across the network's programming.  Media critic Howard Kurtz admitted that he is very troubled by having two Obama loyalists as network advocates.

NBC News Fails to Disclose Soros Connection In Shriver Report on Women.  The Media Research Center reports that a report promoted heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros.  Earlier this week Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink."  The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers."  This push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to elect Hillary Clinton.

They fall right into his lap: Journalists jump for jobs on President Obama's team.  Journalism and open government groups have criticized President Obama for falling short of promises to increase transparency, but that hasn't stopped reporters and editors from gobbling up jobs in his administration.  One of the latest to go from covering the administration to promoting it is Dorie Nolt, who left her job as education reporter for The Associated Press to become press secretary at the Education Department.  She joins at least 22 other former journalists who have worked or who continue to work in the administration, according to White House announcements, ethics filings and media reports.

When the press is a poodle.  This nation's Founders had a special role in mind for the media in the constitutional arrangements they carefully constructed.  It was to provide a fourth source of checks and balances on the potential abuse of power by the three branches of government, by virtue of journalists' independence and, if assured freedom of the press, their ability to expose and, thereby, to counter overreaching presidents, legislators or courts.  The Framers of our Constitution didn't reckon on the American media in the age of Obama, however.

ObamaCare Misreporting Underscored Mainstream Media's Malfeasance.  Tragically, what we have today are mainstream media that put the socialist and destructive policies of the far left well before objectivity, professionalism or the welfare of the American people and actively promote those "progressive" policies while simultaneously working to discredit conservative and common-sense opposition.  No better example of this mainstream-media malfeasance exists than the case of ObamaCare and thousands of liberal "journalists" at the networks, cable networks, newspapers and radio outlets who chose — out of loyalty to the president and his naively utopian nanny-state beliefs — to shill for a program they knew to be built on a foundation of lies from day one.

2017 and the End of Ethics.  Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on  What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? [...] In other words, because for the past five years the members of the Washington press corps have abdicated their traditional adversarial role as watchdogs of the executive branch, can we still have watchdogs at all in 2017?  If the next president falsely swears that his new health-care program will not affect citizens' current coverage, what consequences could possibly follow?

Surprisingly Unanimous Journalist Panel: Media Lean Left, Exist in Socially Liberal Echo Chamber.  Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN acknowledged Wednesday [12/18/2013] that, generally speaking, the national media has a liberal bias," Politico's media reporter Dylan Byers noted in a December 18 post recapping a Politico Playbook breakfast discussion held earlier on Wednesday morning.  More than one panelist opined that it's not just that journalists tend to be liberal on policy questions but that they live and work in environments which are socially liberal.

Journalist Panel, Including CNN's Tapper, Agrees Media Has 'Liberal Bias'.  [Jake] Tapper argued it's not so much a liberal bias as it is a bias rooted in personal experience.  He said a "certain type of person becomes a reporter," and while he didn't want to generalize, he said most reporters haven't gone through the same kind of experiences most others have, and acknowledging that fact leads to some of the best reporting.

Attempted Character Assassination of Breitbart Protégé Brandon Darby.  Darby became an emerging voice of the center-right populist movement called the Tea Party after working undercover with the FBI to stop former comrades from killing Israel civilians and using firebombs to hurt law enforcement and stop Republicans from assembling at the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Darby chose to testify in highly publicized federal trials against members of the far Left and they tried to destroy him for it — and they did so with the help of mainstream left-of-center media outlets.

Journalists Place Near Bottom in Poll Ranking Public Respect for Professions.  Continuing a decades-long trend, members of the media placed near the bottom in a poll which asked respondents their opinions of various professions.  In the Gallup survey, TV reporters were barely more popular than advertising salespeople, state-level politicians, car salesmen, members of Congress, and lobbyists with just 20 percent of respondents saying they had a favorable opinion.  They were tied with lawyers.  Print newspaper reporters fared slightly better at 21 points.

Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving big bucks from unions.  Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers?  Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all?  Elisha Krauss of presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers.

Dylan Byers: MSNBC Is Everything the Left Accuses Fox News of Being.  Today Politico's Dylan Byers got tough on MSNBC with two posts calling into question the channel's journalistic credibility.  Byers started the day by going after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for something she said over the weekend.  Harris-Perry claimed Sunday that the term Obamacare was an attempt by white people to denigrate a black President.  Byers pointed out that "Hillarycare" and "Reaganomics" seem like similar appellations and asked, in light of these, how "Obamacare" could be implicitly racist while the other terms are not.

Liberal media's chickens [are] coming home to roost.  [Scroll down]  In other words, the shift of cable news viewers away from liberal CNN and radical left (Forward!) MSNBC is considerable.  Unlike monopoly newspapers, cable news viewers have a choice, and they are finding that those who uncritically supported Obama are less trustworthy and therefore are changing their viewing habits.  Unmistakably, there is a trend here.

Oh, Now They Tell Us.  After spending three years promoting ObamaCare lies, the media elite now scramble to get out of the way of a train wreck they helped cause.  Their backpedaling would be funny if so many lives weren't at risk.

A Death Panel Toldja So.  My pal Steve Malzberg, now hosting a show on Newsmax TV, scored big this week with an interview with leftist journalist Mark Halperin — co-author of Game Change, and the former ABC News political director who once sent a memo directing reporters to be biased in their coverage of the Bush-Kerry election.  Halperin admitted that Obamacare includes death panels — committees of bureaucrats who will decide when your life is no longer of value to the state.

Politico: Dems Prep to Trash ObamaCare.  It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. [...] Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week.  If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the hearings.  Politico and Mike Allen, especially, are simply another communications vehicle for the Democrat party.

Why Obama can't wave away this scandal.  [Scroll down]  Consider the events that would have been unprecedented scandals in a Republican administration — with teams of reporters digging and scratching daily at every nook and cranny in every bureaucratic corridor — that have instead been covered dutifully but with relatively little passion and almost no follow-up.  Why?  Because it would have hurt Obama, that's why.

Might the Establishment Turn Against Obama?  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, the bulk of the media, dominated by progressive executives and editors, along with their useful idiots the journalism majors, made protecting progressivism's new poster child and mocking or ignoring anyone who dared to challenge him their primary mission. [...] The leftist media majority, meanwhile, followed the Democratic Party's talking points right down the line, as they were hired to do.  And the doomsday clock for American liberty that is ObamaCare was carefully concealed through the obvious and simplistic tactic of delaying much of the law's implementation until after Obama's re-election.

Group Tied to Obamacare 'Trains' Journalists on how to Spin Obamacare's failures.  Every dictator knows that if you want to stay in power, you absolutely must control the media.  Having a robust, honest, independent media is an important aspect of maintaining a government accountable to the people.  However, the Obama Regime has worked very hard over the years to gain a stranglehold on the media and it shows.

Digging for News vs. Digging out Obama.  As the Obamacare fiasco deepens and broadens, and one watches the panic enveloping Team Obama, which strategy looks more desperate:  Defending the indefensible or savaging critics as somehow responsible for this mess?  The spin control is actually amusing when you consider that it isn't Team Obama trying to influence the media.  It's the media doing damage control for Team Obama.

ObamaCare, Other Scandals, Virtually Ignored By Big Media.  Obama only looks "relatively scandal-free" when the media quit doing their job and choose to dwell in a wonderland of denial.

The Obama Facade Cracks at Last.  Only now — five years into his presidency — are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama, and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened.  Mainstream journalists have not scrutinized his controversial policies, nor have they held him accountable for questionable actions that have caused outrage among fair-minded critics and produced irreparable harm to the nation.  Some facts are irrefutable, but the president has, by and large, deflected all blame and few in the media have dared question his policies and actions.

Obamacare's Media Mandate.  [Scroll down]  So the question is now, will the media agree that if Democrats were so thoroughly invested in Obamacare, they should now pay the price at the ballot box for its collapse?  Will they conclude that different voices are needed to moderate their ultra-liberal view of America?  Will they, as often as they have acquiesced in the blaming of George W. Bush for every Obama failure, now rebuke the latter as fiercely and frequently as they did the former?  Fat chance.  No, even should pigs sprout wings, the media will defend their myopic view of the Democrat and Republican parties; even to the political grave.

Obama just got used to saying things that were never challenged.  He was going to close GITMO was one of the early promises.  He even signed an executive order to close it within a year.  But GITMO is still open and will likely stay open the day that President Obama flies home to Chicago in early 2017.  I'm not good at predictions but I can predict today that [President] #45 will inherit GITMO.  He said that you could keep your own health care plan or doctor. [...] It looks like millions won't keep their insurance.  Where was the media on both of these?  They weren't doing their job.  This is why he got away with making these statements.

Obama Ex-Chief of Staff Joins CBS News.  The incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Obama White House continues unabated with the announcement today [10/28/2013] that Bill Daley, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, is joining CBS News as a contributor.

Ted Cruz's father equates 'liberal media' to communist propaganda ministries.  The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that the "liberal media" in the U.S. has an "evil agenda" that reminds him of the "ministry of misinformation" in communist countries like Cuba.  In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck, Cruz said that the media was interested in "destroying what this country is all about."

The 10 Rules In The Establishment Republican Handbook.  [#4]  Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats:  There's a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama.  The liberal media applauds you for saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats.

The New Nexus: Media Left And Republican Moderates.  The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins.

Wussies! Every Last One of You.  The liberal media can't help themselves.  They have a huge crush on the President.  He can do no wrong. [...] There's something very dangerous about the liberal love affair with the President.  Fear of asking the tough questions crushes accountability.  And without accountability, tyranny follows.

Drown the Racist Terrorists!: Media Ramp Up Rhetoric Against Right.  With the government shutdown now entering into its third week, the frustration and rage among the media elite is manifesting itself in ways above and beyond the usual-usual hostile coverage.  Just two years after launching the New Tone-era, media elites are now openly wishing conservatives dead while comparing them to terrorists, criminals, and segregationists.

Who Created the Gerrymandered Media?  New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks its shocking that some smart people don't want to read his paper or the Washington Post.  He was amazed to learn in a New York magazine interview that Justice Antonin Scalia a man who is widely acknowledged, even in the saner precincts of the left, to be an intellectual giant, won't read either of them and that his daily sources for news are limited to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and conservative talk radio.

Media's Off-the-Record Meetings with the President Really Need to Stop.  Earlier this year, President Obama privately sat down with the primetime lineup of MSNBC to talk about selling his tax plan to the American people.  Those journalists, or pundits, or hosts, or personalities, or however [...] we define those who host cable news shows these days, weren't there for an interview, they were there for instructions.

Jake Tapper Acknowledges Media Bias, Says 'White House Press Briefings Are Quite Often Useless'.  One of the things many conservatives admire about CNN's Jake Tapper is his willingness to speak truths typically too inconvenient for most in his industry.

Jake Tapper on media bias: Most reporters have never fired a gun, worked 9 to 5.  Award-winning journalist and author Jake Tapper says most reporters' bias comes from being out of touch.

Ben Shapiro: TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'.  Shapiro said TruthRevolt will be billed as the "anti-Media Matters."  He emphasized that Media Matters has tried to destroy the careers of conservatives who are truth-tellers and TruthRevolt will "turn that around and go after the liars of the left-wing" and the mainstream media.

Weakness Does Not Make A Political Party.  Boldness is the stuff of leadership.  Many have argued that the Republicans must not risk bad press.  This is the fear behind the call to not shut down the government.  They allude to the days of Newt Gingrich fighting President Clinton.  The Republicans will never receive good press unless they are attacking other Republicans.

Reuters asks staff if they are 'intersex,' 'transsexual,' 'genderqueer,' male-to-female.  The 60,000-strong Thomson Reuters media empire, in an effort to determine its diversity success, is asking its staff of reporters, researchers, marketers and others to pick their sex from nine choices, including "genderqueer," a category for identities other than man or woman.  According to the company's annual employee survey, choosing a sexual identity doesn't have to be based on a worker's actual sex, but instead "a person's innate, deeply felt psychological identification."

Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.  Obama thrives on crises, not solutions.  That's the key to this whole administration. [...] He believes that politically he can't lose with a completely obedient media spinning everything his way.  As long as Americans are suckered by our monopoly media, we will never solve any real problems.  Instead, we will be drawn into phony crises instigated by Obama and the Democrats.  Any real dangers, like nuclear proliferation and the Jihad War, will be ignored as long as Democrats are in power.  The only permanent solution is to fire the mendacious media, and that is completely up to you.

The World According to Andrea Mitchell.  Now's a good time to bring this up as Mitchell, one of the biggest Obama supplicants on the boob tube, improbably receives the National Press Club's highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award, at a gala banquet tonight [10/4/2013] in the capital city.  Mitchell is receiving the prize even though it is designated for "a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence."

Wendy Davis was a media hero and Ted Cruz is a 'grandstander'.  It's sort of hard to believe, but the Washington media is filled with people who maintain that the major mainstream news media in the U.S. does not have a liberal bias.  I don't spend too much time on the broader "media bias" case, because it's too hard to litigate.  Point out disparate treatment, and a bias-denier can just say "the cases are equivalent."  But Ted Cruz is giving us a very good point of comparison.

Associated Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money's Worth.  In July 2011, the Associated Press hired Chris Tomlinson to be its Supervisory Correspondent in its Austin, TX bureau.  The AP's news reporting is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, but Tomlinson is not.  He came to the AP from a gig at the Texas Observer, which is the same lefty publication that was once the home of Molly Ivins.

Media bias springs up after seeds like this are sown:
Obama golfing with ESPN sportscasters.  The president is golfing [9/15/2013] at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, co-hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" program.

The Media Protect Obama Where It Counts.  [Scroll down]  Historically, the purpose of the press was to inform people.  But the principal purpose of our laughably misnamed mainstream media is to prevent people from learning things that might not be good for them.  Or, rather, for the Democratic Party.

Rick Stengel Is at Least the 21st Journalist to Work for the Obama Administration.  Keeping track of how many reporters went to work under President Obama is tricky.  Do you count those who had some other job in between reporting and the Obama administration?

Enacting the Liberty Amendments.  Without getting into the detail of the potential disputes over the procedures for an Article V convention, it is certain that, even if two thirds of the States were to call for a convention, it would be tied up in litigation for years.  And if it was ever able to convene, it would likely turn out to be the largest convocation of leftist law professors ever assembled, who would dominate the media coverage and assure that no amendments would issue which would accomplish anything sought by constitutional conservatives.

It's Super-Media! With the Power to Detect Non-Existent Racism.  In order to immunize the most left-wing presidential candidate the nation has ever seen, the Non-Fox Media went into overdrive reporting their fantasies of an America full of racists, constantly terrorizing innocent blacks.  Of course, once Republicans got the Democrats to stop terrorizing black people, there was no one else doing it.  Nonetheless, for decades, the media would highlight every apparent white-on-black crime, treating each such incident as the Crime of the Century.

Hillary Clinton, the Press, and the Permanent Campaign.  When the media decides that something or someone is or isn't in the "public interest," it will inevitably abuse the elasticity of that category.  When the media sees itself as responsible for enabling or resisting trends in American politics, it tends to take sides.  It is not the fault of the New York Times that the 2016 presidential campaign seems already to be under way.

Media's Cruz Derangement Syndrome: 'Creepy,' 'Abrasive,' Born in Canada.  The attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has begun. Fearful of Cruz as a prospective Republican presidential nominee in 2016, the media is now digging into his past, all the way back to birth.

The Editor says...
Why didn't Barry Soetoro (a/k/a Barack H. Obama) get the same treatment?

Media Target the Powerless; Protect Powerful Liars, Bigots & Race Hoaxers.  Last week, a nobody shopgirl was globally defamed after one of the most powerful people in the world publicly accused her of racism.  Today, Oprah Winfrey's tale of being victimized by this shopgirl has completely collapsed.  Meanwhile, the media are too busy talking about Winfrey's Oscar chances to vindicate this poor shopgirl's honor or to hold Winfrey accountable for her behavior.

Politico Publishes Media Matter's Attack On CNN's 'Rightward Shift'.  You have to give it to Politico and Media Matters.  What a genius stroke to team up for an Orwellian attack against CNN that accuses the network of a "detectable rightward shift."  Though David Brock, founder of Media Matters, has all kinds of space of his own to spew propaganda, Politico apparently felt this particular editorial was important enough to host and promote on their own real estate.

BBC 'is twice as likely to cover Left-wing news stories than Right-wing ones' claims study.  Long-running accusations that the BBC is biased have been backed by a study that found it was twice as likely to cover Left-wing policy proposals as Right-wing ones.

America's Three Worst Pravda Press Organizations.  The competition for the most loathsome news organization in the U.S is fierce.  Based on their offenses against the basic tenets of journalism seen during just the past two weeks, some of which would have made the propagandists at the former Soviet Union's Pravda blush, three lame losers — Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press — have emerged as leaders of the left agenda-promoting, Barack Obama keister-covering brigade.  Politico is the trailblazer in frequently tailoring and even altering its coverage to minimize Obama administration embarrassment.

Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?  [Scroll down]  American media executives, and American journalists, might have political positions with which we cannot agree, and they might not even appear sensible, but for the most part, they are still intelligent people.  And they remember a lot of what they hear or read.  They see how this administration has approached dealing with those it might view as "enemies."  They have heard how a president's choice for the FCC views control of the media. [...] So perhaps we should view these media "softball" questions as a pre-emptive defense position.  That would be the most charitable view we could take.  Otherwise, we would have to conclude that the mainstream media are acting in collusion with the administration to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.

Andrea Mitchell: 35 Years of Liberal Advocacy.  On July 31, 2013, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell celebrated her 35th anniversary at the network and was predictably praised by her media colleagues. [...] Given how consistently Mitchell has toed the liberal line throughout her career of slanted reporting, it's no wonder why MSNBC's left-wing hosts also heaped accolades upon her.

'Andrea Mitchell Reports': Five Years of Cheering Liberals and Slamming Conservatives.  On Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell celebrated five years of her 1 p.m. ET hour show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, with highlight reels and congratulatory messages from her NBC colleagues.  The accolades for Mitchell followed five years of her using the program to routinely praise liberals and bash conservatives.

Obama Visited Amazon 6 Days Before Founder Bought WaPo.  While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler:  the Post is now Bezos' latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration.

88 Percent of New Washington Post Owner's Donations Went to Dems.  Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeffrey Bezos has agreed to acquire the Washington Post for $250 million, the paper announced Monday [8/5/2013].  Although not a major political donor, Bezos' donation history skews Democratic — 88 percent of his donations since 1998 have been to Democrats.  Bezos has donated $17,000 to political candidates during that period, with only $2,000 to Republicans.

In the mood for fiction? Wait for new projects on Hillary.  When did the Clintons become the Kennedys?  Just what the world needs is not one, but two movie projects on the so-called virtues of Hillary Clinton.  Has Obama set the bar so low that Hillary looks like a good alternative?  With left-wing Tinseltown celebs in the Clintons' back pocket, the chances of her scandals being included in the CNN film and the NBC miniseries now in the works are slim and none.  The film either will be the best example of revisionist history during our lifetime or a two-hour episode of "The Twilight Zone."

It looks settled now; Hillary will be president #45.  Well, it looks like we won't have much to write about here for the next three years.  The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the definite Democrat nominee in 2016.

Bending the Trayvon Martin tragedy to fit.  I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got.  But reasonable people can disagree about that.  What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line.

Zimmerman case hurt media's image.  A Pew Research poll this month revealed that less than a third of Americans believe journalists contribute "a lot" to societal well-being.  That's more in a continuing stream of bad news for the media.  Unfortunately, the press has done little to improve that image with its coverage of Trayvon Martin's death.  Instead, reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it [...]

Media Fig-Leafs Dirty Democrats.  In the rare times the networks report on Democrats snagged in scandals, they conveniently forget their party affiliation.  Scandalous Republicans, in contrast, get ID'd 100% of the time.

Poll: Media Out of Touch on Voter ID Laws, 83% Approve.  Remember how, during the media's failed months-long crusade to push for gun control, the GOP was under siege 24/7 from left-wingers like Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer armed with polls that showed 80% wanted background checks tightened, including a majority of Republicans? [...] Well, guess what else is an 80-20 issue?  Voter ID.

Reporters Tell Obama His Ideas are "Great"?  We have all heard about liberal media bias, but this is just over the top. [...] In his speech that lasted over an hour yesterday [7/24/2013], President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as "great and tell him that they are "all good ideas".  The speech which droned on for what seemed like ages, presented no new ideas and was dismissive of serious concerns with his administration.

Licensed to Smooch.  How do we believe a word of anything we read (or hear or see) from the Licensed Media (or the "state-run media," as Rush calls them) if they are not counter-balanced by the Non-State-Run Media?  "Trust us, we're professionals" is not exactly reassuring given their recent track record as information falsifiers and administration cheerleaders.

It's time for 'journalists' to discover journalism.  I was recently speaking with two editors from top-10 newspapers who by their own admission see the world from different ends of the political spectrum and yet both were bemoaning the state of their profession.  One — a bit right-of-center — complained how more and more reporters and editors are putting their ideology before their duties as journalists and skewing stories and "news" accounts to reflect or enhance that ideology.

Wendy Davis' Shoes and America's Ideologically Monochromatic Newsrooms.  For better or worse, we live in a pretty balanced country.  Yet when you look around the newsrooms and editorial boards of most major media organizations, this ideological diversity isn't remotely reflected.  At the New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, if you were betting that three-in-four journalists were pro-choice Democrats, it would be free money.  Equally important, these reporters and editors are just like most everyone else they know.

Associated Press, You're Why We Can't Have a Nice Country Anymore.  Obviously it's too much to expect that the AP treat any Republican fairly, let alone a conservative Republican from Texas.  By accentuating the trivial, AP plays up irrelevance and minimizes politicians' actual records.  That's no accident, as it tends to help Democrats who have built up records of failure by pursuing leftwing policy, and downplays the successes that Perry and other GOP governors such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have had in pursuing smaller-government policies that actually work.

Former Producer Rips MSNBC as Obama's 'Official Network'.  Left-wing media critic Jeff Cohen has been all over cable news as a contributor, but for a time he worked as a senior producer for MSNBC.  Monday [7/8/2013], in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, Cohen lashed out at his former employer as the "official network of the Obama White House."  This isn't exactly news to the most of us, but MSNBC's water carrying for Obama's massive surveillance state apparently woke Mr. Cohen up.

In the news business, bias leads to destruction.
Not Even Democrats Like MSNBC, Poll Finds.  [A recent Gallup] poll showed Democrats turn to television first for news at a 54 percent rate, well above the Internet (18 percent), print media (12 percent) and radio (4 percent), yet MSNBC was used by them at the same rate as National Public Radio (2 percent).

Who's the most opinionated in town? MSNBC.  Bias is hard to measure because, like beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder.  But the Pew Research Center tried to put numbers on it and they've codified what everyone already knows.  Bias is an art, not a science, and their conclusions won't settle many arguments.  The folks at Pew set out to determine the network with the most obvious bias, what Pew calls the most "opinionated."  The winner, and hence the loser in the race for the viewers the advertisers covet most, is MSNBC.

Zimmerman and Obama.  In the likely event that George Zimmerman is acquitted, it is also likely that there will be explosions of racial violence all over this country.  Even in the event of a guilty verdict, it is possible in this emotional situation that there will be violent actions by those on all sides of this tense issue, whether white or black, liberal or conservative.  Sensible folks should be frightened for the fate of our nation now as the Zimmerman case dominates so much of the media.

Jim Lehrer Reveals Decades of Liberal Journalists Assisting Democrats in Presidential Debates.  It may be 2013, but the race for the White House in 2016 is already heating up.  The eventual Republican nominee will have to deal with the liberal media assisting the Democratic candidate in the presidential debates.  In his 2011 book Tension City, journalist Jim Lehrer recounts several examples of that happening from 1960 through 2008.

In Press Briefing, Reporters Don't Ask Obama a Single Question About Scandals.  During his flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, President Obama headed to the part of the plane where the travelling press corps was seated and held an impromptu news briefing.  Despite the many scandals currently swirling around the administration including NSA spying and lying, Benghazi lying, and the revelation that the IRS's political attacks on conservative groups was even more widespread than originally thought, the left-leaning journalists did not ask Obama a single tough question.

The Obama White House Tapes.  [Scroll down]  But a detailed examination of the videos reveals [IRS Union Chief Maureen] Kelley's eye-opening description of how the federal bureaucracy really works.  A statement that was echoed separately by [ABC senior correspondent Claire] Shipman in her "Breakout Session 2."  Unwittingly, they confirm exactly the charge made by an anonymous IRS official in Cincinnati that "everything comes from the top."  A close look also reveals a stunning admission from [Cokie] Roberts of her own influence in the Obama White House as she openly boasts about directly influencing policy through Valerie Jarrett.

Gallup: Less Than One Fourth of Americans Trust Newspapers.  A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans' confidence in the news industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007. [...] Naturally, liberals trust newspapers more than conservatives.

How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition.  Paradoxically, the totalitarian world's great advantage in its cultural assault was the openness of the democracies themselves.  Specifically, our free press became the communists' best weapon, as it gave them a strategic advantage: [...] Everyone saw freedom's warts, blunders, and impurities; from the totalitarian world, there were only declarations of purity and superiority, supported by apologetics from Western intellectuals, and mitigated only by vague, unsubstantiated rumors of secret police, repression of political opponents, and other implausible-sounding evils. [...] Today's Western totalitarian propaganda apparatus, still operating under its former, respected title, the "news media," functions on precisely the same mechanisms as the Soviet or Chinese propaganda operations described by [Jean-François] Revel: suppress, obfuscate, dilute and, when revelation seems unavoidable, delay.

Obama's Climate of Intimidation.  Both parties constantly make accusations that their rival is engaged in hypocritical, unethical, or illegal behavior.  Given the drastic lack of ideological diversity in the American elite media, the general public usually only hears about such accusations against Republicans.  Beyond the fact that biased reporting shapes public opinion to favor the left, it may also have an effect on law enforcement.  The persistent lies that have been told about right-leaning political groups by leading Democrats, including President Obama himself, may have led to the IRS abuses of power that we've heard so much about in recent weeks.

Yet another arrest-ridden liberal protest gets the atta-boy from national press.  The coverage of the Tea Party, especially racism charges, is meant to discourage home-schooling moms and flat-tax dads from getting involved and to put off possible newcomers.  The press largely finds it distasteful when conservatives voice their beliefs in public and would like them to keep it as quiet as possible if they feel the need to talk at all.  The persecution of Tea Party groups at the hands of the IRS institutionalized this message.  One method was unfair and unethical; its ensconcing in the halls of government power was unconstitutional.  But make no mistake about it.  Neither is merely a mistake.

Washington Post: Family Relations Between Media, Obama Officials Does Not Affect Coverage.  Let's start by going through the Post's article to create a list of journalists married to or closely related to officials within the Obama administration.  The size and scope of this is bad enough.  But what is most troubling is how high up this incest occurs in the worlds of both the media and the Obama administration.

How Progressives in the Media Ignore Uncomfortable Facts and Justify Their Bias.  [Scroll down]  Progressives don't want a level playing field, they want to disqualify their opponents at every opportunity so they can win unchallenged.  Look at Obama.  How did he win his first few elections in Illinois?  Simple — by getting his opponents disqualified or playing dirty pool by unsealing divorce records to force his opponent to drop out so he could run unopposed.  So it's no surprise at all that an Administration under Obama's direction almost immediately turned to trying to disqualify the opposition.

Is this the result of incompetence or bias?
Mainstream Media Fail to Break Even One of Four Obama Scandals.  Over the past few weeks, four major scandals have broken over the Obama administration, and it is a very sad (and frightening) truth that our pathetic, American, lapdog mainstream media is not responsible for breaking even a single one.

It's the Power, Stupid!  Because the media work with the government in order to get their stories, they have an amazing amount of influence.  The MSM (Main Stream Media) reporters are essentially the friends of the politicians; and we all know what influence friends can have on people.  Additionally, since MSM reporters are almost all liberal they envelop the candidates in a cloud of liberal "reality"; in liberal reality when hundreds of thousands of people march in the dead of winter in DC for the right to life of every unborn American nothing really happens.

How the Latest Obama Scandals Robbed Liberal Media of Their Favorite Defense.  The biggest problem for Liberals in these current growing Obama scandals is they have been robbed of their usual favorite defense/justification of Obama:  "Bush did it too!"  Perhaps you've seen this yourself over the past 4½ years.

Keyword:  cahoots
Liberal Columnists Quietly Gather at White House.  NPR's Ari Shapiro posted an interesting Tweet on May 21.  He discovered that a cadre of well-known lefty columnists and journalists visited the White House together, three of whom he mentioned by name.

Media who spin for Obama are getting lonely as scandals pile up.  Hard as it is to believe, there are still Obama administration loyalists out there in the media insisting scandals are not scandals.  These are just bad facts (e.g. auditing tea partyers, spying on reporters, creating a false narrative on Benghazi) on which Republicans "seize" to attack the president — for doing things like politicizing the IRS, the Justice Department and national security.  [I]t doesn't quite make sense, but their job, you see, is to keep spirits high on the left and defend and deflect criticism of the White House.

Obama Is Counting on a Double Standard.  While not licking their chops at the thought of tearing into the president's aides about the IRS scandal, the Justice Department's fishing expedition into the AP's phone records, or Benghazi, they're asking a salient question of journalists:  What would you do with this material if it was George W. Bush or Dick Cheney who were accused of lying about a terror attack, infringing on the rights of the press, or selectively enforcing the laws to punish political opponents?

Sorry Media Performance Of Late Is Largely Due To Left-Wing Bias.  One reason the major television and cable network news outlets get it wrong so often is because they sometimes would rather be first rather than right.[...] Another real reason they get so much wrong is because of their left-of-center bias.  As we have seen time and again, the television news networks that lean left of center, such as CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN — there is not enough room to list all of the newspapers in the tank for the left — will give President Obama a pass for the exact same issues they targeted President George W. Bush.  Be those issues golf outings, uttering factual mistakes or even foreign policy parallels.

'Today' Host to Marry Longtime Democrat Operative.  The warm fuzzies were everywhere as "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie announced on-the-air that she was officially engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Mike Feldman.  Al Roker made jokes, Matt Lauer beamed like a proud poppa, the blushing bride-to-be flashed her ring...  But what wasn't revealed is just who it is one of the most powerful women in media is marrying.  Mike Feldman is a long-time Democrat operative.

Earthquake: Did Carney Presser End MSM Monolith?  Do not underestimate the significance: the Obama administration has not faced such an onslaught of truth-seeking since he took office in 2008, and further, no Democratic administration has been charged from all sides like this in recent memory.  That press conference was unthinkable just days ago.

Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi.  "CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi."  So stated political consultant and media commentator Richard Grenell on Saturday's Fox News Watch.

CBS News President and WH Official Tied to Benghazi Scandal Are Brothers.  One of the mainstream media journalists whose pursuit of the truth has been truly tenacious and nonpartisan is CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson.  Her tough reporting has made life difficult for everyone from Hillary Clinton to the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans.  She's also been relentless on the Obama administration's Fast & Furious gun-running scandal — and, of course, Benghazi.  As we mentioned this week, Attkisson's tough investigative journalism is starting to bother unnamed CBS News executives.

Top Obama official's brother is president of CBS News, may drop reporter over Benghazi coverage.  The brother of a top Obama administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration's scandals too aggressively.  CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya since late last year.

The Sovietized American Media.  What happened in the Soviet media was the systematic suppression of all real news and a purging of all serious intellectual inquiry.  All news made the party leaders look good, or it simply wasn't news.  All facts supported the theme that the latest Five Year Plan was working marvelously, whatever the clear facts of ordinary Soviet life might say to the contrary. [...] Isn't that the way things are in America today?

Gun debate triggered media bias.  If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some members of the press.  Even by the standards of today's partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. [...] The decision by some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives' longstanding suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#47]  Anti-Christian Bias:  There is, of course, one religion that the Old Media attacks with regularity:  Christianity.  The anti-Christian bias in the media is endemic.  [#49]  Abortion:  Once again, this is one of those issues where the media presents "experts" to legitimize a story on abortion but those "experts" are always members of left-wing think tanks or abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood.  Naturally, these "experts" are never identified for their bias.  The media has gone out of its way for years to push the liberal agenda on abortion.

The Curious Case of Kermit Gosnell.  If there was ever a case of clear-cut media bias and cover-up, this is it.

More about "Doctor" Kermite Gosnell's news media coverage here, and more about his crimes here and here.

Know Thy Enemy II: the Media.  The throng known as the "main stream media" has lost far more than its neutrality; it's also lost its institutional memory.  While there isn't a journalist on or off payroll who can't recite his First Amendment rights verbatim, they seem to have collectively forgotten the responsibilities that accompany those rights; i.e. reporting the truth without regard to their personal political, religious or secular beliefs and inclinations.

Guns Responsible for Global Warming.  For every issue there is a narrative:  a set of assumptions and boundaries of thought with which every story (and editorial) is tailored to agree.  False narratives usually serve the left well.  For over eighteen months, American politics was forced into as media narrative tat [sic] ignored everything else and focused on Obamacare which, we were told, would make health[ ]care cheaper and more available, the precise opposites of its effect.  For months before that, we were told Obama's "stimulus" would create tens of thousands of jobs and get our economy growing.  It did no such thing, but the media narrative helped it become law.

Can You Imagine the Coverage If It Were Puppies?  It is fascinating how much of a bubble the media lives in with that bubble so DC-NYC centric.  It is again one of the problems for news organizations like CNN as it tries to rebuild. [...] In churches, local restaurants, and small town hair salons a lot of people across the country are talking about the terrible trial of Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania.  It's just not the people who interact with those who produce the news in New York City.

Working Up to Auschwitz.  A demon has been revealed in twenty-first-century Philadelphia, and the three broadcast networks have been enforcing a policy of silence about the discovery.  So have most major newspapers.

America's Economic Disconnect.  The state of our economy has become a constructed fantasy created largely by mainstream media (MSM) narratives.  Media accounts of economic performance over the past four years have ranged from confusing to inaccurate to flagrant happy talk and spin.  Rationalization and selective reporting have created economic 'good' news and false 'hopes' where none existed or should exist. The techniques employed have included consistently biased memes, factual omission, factual commission, and even misdirection.

Why They Won't Talk About Kermit Gosnell.  You may not have heard much about Gosnell's case.  That's because the mainstream press has chosen by and large to ignore it.  There is no area of American politics in which the press is more activist or biased or unethical than social issues, the so-called culture wars.

The Media Can't Bury McConnellgate.  While the Watergate scandal may have been more about the cover up than the crime, the line crossed by Nixon's henchmen has always appeared to be a bright line that no one — not even liberals who can generally count on favorable media treatment — dare cross in this country.  Yet someone or some group may have done so in Kentucky, and if that explanation of what happened at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville office holds up what follows will be an interesting test of the media's integrity.

MSNBC's Touré founded militant anti-white student paper.  MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992.  Touré's flagship publication, The Fire This Time, lavished praise on famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus.  Before he became an intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried "the suffocating white community" and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime.

Shame On The AP For Surrendering To Left-Wing Language Policing.  The Associated Press has rolled over in the face of political pressure and dropped the term "illegal immigrant" from their style guidelines.  They have implicitly accepted the liberal notion that using the term outside the context of an action is offensive.  "No human being is 'illegal,'" immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas recently wrote.  Apparently, the AP agrees with this fatuous, self-obsessed interpretation of the generations-old descriptor.

Associated Press bans the phrase 'illegal immigrant'.  "It's 'illegal immigrant' no more" says the Associated Press, which banished the phrase from its usage guide on Tuesday — the latest stylistic edict for journalists who have for years juggled such terms as "undocumented worker" or "illegal alien," its politically incorrect variant.  "The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person.  Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," said the senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll.

AP Ban On 'Illegal Immigrant' Undeniably Political.  It's no coincidence that a major mainstream wire service is banning the term "illegal immigrant" just as immigration reform gathers steam in Congress.  The "P" in AP must stand for "Politicized."  Jay Leno described it best, on Tuesday's "Tonight Show."  The comic noted that "the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term 'illegal immigrant.'"  Instead, "they will now use the phrase 'undocumented Democrat.'"

The Associated Press Revises Another Politically Charged Term.  Following on the heels of the Tuesday [4/2/2013] decision by The Associated Press to discontinue use of the term "illegal immigrant," the news agency on Thursday revised its stylebook entry for another politically charged term.  The term "Islamist," the AP clarified in a Thursday afternoon alert to online stylebook subscribers, should not be used as "a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals."

The reporters who banned "Illegal Immigrant".  File this in the overflowing cabinet labeled:  No Wonder the Mainstream Media Is Dying.  On Tuesday [4/2/2013], the Associated Press announced that it is banishing the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its famous stylebook.  The world's largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that "illegal" will "only refer to an action, not a person."  AP directs writers not to use the terms "illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented" anymore, except "in direct quotations."  It won't be long before illegal border crossers, illegal visa overstayers, illegal deportation evaders, document fraudsters and illegal alien traffickers are all referred to as "our fellow Americans."  Without the quotations.  Mark my words.

Gay Marriage Is the Media's Vehicle, Destination Is to Destroy the Church.  If anyone wants to argue that the same government currently forcing religious institutions to purchase the abortion pill through ObamaCare will not eventually use civil rights violations in order to attempt to force the Church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies — good luck with that.  But this would have been unthinkable five years ago.

Disney CEO defends ABC, ESPN against shareholder's complaints of liberal bias.  Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the reputations of ABC News and ESPN at the company's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday [3/6/2013] after one shareholder accused both networks of contributing to liberal media bias and the nation's declining trust in the media.

America's Sharp Left Turn Began With Education Takeover.  Realizing that they could actually influence the national polity, including elections, the media abandoned any semblance of journalistic balance and became shameless mouthpieces for liberalism, the Democrat National Committee, and any political cause or candidate of the political spectrum's left side.  National reporters and news anchors have descended to the level of overt cheerleaders for the left.  They blatantly run interference for Barack Obama, even to the point of abetting the cover up of major scandals such as Benghazi.

Why Liberals Still Detest Fox News.  More than 16 years after its founding and 11 years after it assumed its current perch as the most-watched cable news network, Fox News remains the favorite punching bag of the left.  Liberals take it as an article of faith that Fox is not merely biased but a travesty that serious people should ignore.  But the notion that there is something unholy about what is broadcast on Fox or that its mix of news and opinion is uniquely biased has never stood up to scrutiny.

The Media's Dirty War Of Words Against Pope Francis.  The left has been trying to paint the new Pope Francis as someone with a dark past dating to Argentina's dirty war.  One problem:  Their allegations are falling apart.  So now it's all about endlessly repeated innuendo.

MSNBC Coverage Almost Entirely Opinionated, While Fox News Includes More Factual Reporting, Study Says.  True to its motto, MSNBC has been leaning forward.  To the point that its opinionated programming far outweighs its "factual reporting," according to a new Pew study.  While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting.

MSNBC Has Become Almost Entirely Saturated With Opinion.  MSNBC's programming became almost entirely full of commentary and opinion in 2012, while "factual reporting" saw almost no airtime, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.  The report, which is part of Pew's annual comprehensive State of the News Media, found that opinion and commentary fill 85 percent of the airtime on MSNBC.  The network only devotes 15 percent to "factual reporting," according to the Pew study.

More reporting, less punditry.  According to a new survey done by Pew Research for its Project for Excellence in Journalism, most of the major "news" networks are more opinion than reporting.  MSNBC is the most opinionated network by far.  About 85 percent of its programming is opinion, which media analyst Howard Kurtz reminds us "is cheaper to produce than reporting."

The political media's declining power.  A new Pew report on the state of the media exposes one of the worst-kept secrets in politics:  reporters are losing their power to frame presidential contests for the average citizen.

Patriots Must Be Prepared to Answer Obama's Lies and Deceptions.  [Scroll down]  Along with confiscating as much wealth as he can get away with, Obama believes that the tax code should be about punishing achievers and controlling behavior.  Assisted by the media, Obama sells his perverted definition of "fairness" to low-info voters.  Anyway, Obama knows that the mainstream media usually acts as his personal public relations firm, eagerly selling his lies to the public.

Poll shocker: Some voters still trust the news media.  It may be hard for many educated voters to believe, but fully six out of every 100 Americans still find the news media Very Trustworthy.  That compares with a proportion twice as large (12%) who find the country's professional deliverers of news Not At All Trustworthy.  A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters reveals that more than four-of-ten Americans (41%) believe the average media reporter (and most of them are average) is more liberal than they are.

Know Thy Enemy III: Celebrity Culture.  In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies.  By 2011, that same 90% was controlled by just 6 corporations.  The new Big Media cartel has given us a huge number of outlets, all controlled by a few corporate entities.  This serves to give MSM the illusion of programming diversity without actually having to present any content with different points of view.  Obviously this creates a concern from a journalistic standpoint — as the right wing has been arguing for years, and the left wing has been denying.

Goodbye to a Very Green Business Week.  In the February 18-24 edition of Business Week, an editorial, "The Right Way Forward on Climate Change", contained this gem:  "Still, the U.S. accounts for about 19 percent of all emissions — emissions that are causing global temperature increases, rising seas, and destructive droughts, floods, and hurricanes, according to a government advisory panel report released last month."  When a magazine publishes such drivel, you should not read it.  There are no rising temperatures worldwide.

Bob Woodward Retreats: Death of the Free Media.  I have to ask with all due respect where has Woodward been all these years when scores of journalists and citizens have been threatened, marginalized or smeared by their government for daring to speak truth to power?  During the Clinton era that would include anyone who dared to challenge the official narrative during the investigation into the death of Vince Foster or Oklahoma City bombing.  Remember how Chinagate and Pardongate were shut down?  Did Woodward not see how people were trashed during impeachment?

Did someone mention Vince Foster and the Oklahoma City bombing?

Know Thy Enemy II: The Media.  The fuss over Fox's (admittedly) rightwing editorial orientation is surprising in face of the fact that they're outnumbered 6:1 by left leaning alphabet TV news outlets — ABC, CBS, NBC, MsNBC, CNN, PBS — 8:1 if you count TMZ and Comedy Central as news sources, which many do [...]

The media's approach to Rand Paul's filibuster: pretend it never happened.  [The] front pages from some of the dominant newspapers in America provide a textbook example of mainstream media control over political dialogue in America.  The media's playbook is simple:  For Democrats, elevate good stories and bury bad ones.  For Republicans, elevate bad stories and bury good ones.  Because the drive-by media is no longer interested in reporting news, but only cares about obtaining outcomes, it is up to us [...] to offset the media hegemony.

Our Father, Who art in the White House.  Do you accept Barack Obama as your Lord and Savior?  Chris Rock does — calling him our father, who art in the White House.  The media does as well. [...] To the media, the man can do no wrong.  He is universally portrayed as successful, moderate and bipartisan, when he has not one single measureable success, is probably the most left-wing president the nation has ever elected, and has 'reached across the aisle' only to publically slap those who have dared to disagree, or beneficently allow them to do as they are told.

President Obama divides and strongarms.  [Scroll down]  In an earlier, better age, enterprising journalists would be curious about who in the White House conjures these fictions that are then foisted on the American people in the name of the president.  They would dig for the work shop and roster of aides tasked with the job of misleading the nation.  Not now.  Now outright lies are considered business as usual, at least as long as Barack Obama is the beneficiary.

Sen. Reid to the Press: 'You Guys Have an Obligation to Report' that Democrats Are Right.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday [2/28/2013] that the news media have an "obligation" to report that the Republicans are "unwilling to do what the American people want done" on looming automatic, across-the-board budget cuts.

The Media Threat to Democracy.  Today, the mainstream media — ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, Newsweek, Time, and all the other mainstream media outlets — are unabashedly liberal.  They have also been integrated into the inner workings of the Democratic Party and the United States government.  The Obama administration tells the mainstream media what to report and how to report it.  We now have a government-controlled press, not a free press.

The Oscars, the Obamas and Camelot.  The Obamas are the beneficiaries of a media whose liberal bias is beyond doubt.  They also have a skillful staff that is ruthlessly manipulative and takes full advantage of social media and creative tactics.  But mere bias and smart tactics don't fully explain it.  No president or presidential family has been treated by the mainstream media with the sort of deference if not reverential awe the Obamas get since John F. Kennedy and his beautiful wife were in the White House.

CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'.  Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday [2/24/2013] about the Obama administration's media strategy.  Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First's state-run media".  [Video clip]

TV critic: Gibbs and Axelrod pushing 'propaganda' on MSNBC.  CNN's "Reliable sources" host Howard Kurtz and Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik debated on Sunday [2/24/2013] whether MSNBC's hiring of former Obama officials Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod is punditry or propaganda.  "Two of President Obama's fiercest and most visible defenders are now becoming television pundits," Kurtz said, asking Zurawik, a frequent "Reliable Sources" guest, about the move.

Liberal Bias Central to Obama Media Edge.  No matter how smart the strategies employed by the White House, the president's ability to skate through four years without getting seriously challenged by the mainstream media would not have been possible if most of those being played were not willing accomplices.  Due credit must be given to the administration's ability to take advantage of technology as well as their brilliant if unscrupulous game playing with journalists.  But without the liberal bias of most of the mainstream outlets that let the president play them like a piano, he would come across as a bully and a demagogue rather than the reasonable nice guy seen in those "60 Minutes" interviews he loves to give.

Enforcing the Liberal Media Omerta.  A basic rule of life:  If you volunteer to be somebody's doormat, you forfeit the right to complain about the footprints on your back.  The White House has merely exploited the unabashed fandom of the journalistic elite, which is so overwhelmingly liberal that they were only too happy for the opportunity to publish daily valentines to their presidential heartthrob.

'Non-Partisan' Magazine Hired Dem Lobbyist 'Media Specialist' to Get Obama Interview.  Author Steve Brill claims that the New Republic magazine hired Democratic  lobbyist  "media specialist" Anita Dunn to help secure an Oval Office interview with President Barack Obama.  The magazine ran the interview, which was in part conducted by former Obama campaign aide Chris Hughes, who now owns and publishes the New Republic, on the cover of their re-launch issue earlier this year.

Obama's obedient lap dog.  For more than four years, the fawning mainstream coverage of the president has been a national disgrace.  The only standard was a double standard, and Obama accepted the adoration and demanded more.  Never lacking in self-reverence, he came to believe that he can arbitrarily set the terms of news coverage, and cleverly uses carrots and sticks to get his way.  He doles out interviews and chances to ask questions at news conferences to organizations whose coverage flatters him and promotes his agenda.

CNN and NBC News: Is journalistic integrity dead?  The truth seekers have gone, the truth tellers are rapidly dying off.  The "news" is little more than political campaign for a particular party.  Every subject is skewed and skewered to the point that everything you see hear and read should be taken with the proverbial "grain of salt."  A recent article on the popular progressive website Politico refers to Obama as a "puppet master", calling him "a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House."  While this states the obvious, they go wrong in their claim that the media is powerless to do anything except parrot White House press releases and accept them as cold hard facts.  Whatever happened to questioning the "facts"?

Chuck Todd: It's 'Mythology' That MSM Hostile To Conservatives.  Chuck Todd can't imagine what could ever have given conservative politicians the idea that the MSM is unfriendly to them.

Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias.  The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias.  Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday [2/18/2013] that he's written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.

MSNBC's Axelrod And Gibbs Deny 'Pro-Obama' Allegations.  MSNBC's hiring of former high-ranking Obama staffers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs once again puts the network in the position of having to defend itself against allegations of being decidedly "pro-Obama" in its reporting and analysis.  Speaking with CNN's Howard Kurtz this morning [2/21/2013], the two pushed back against such accusations and instead claimed the mantle of "independent analysts."

Extreme media alert.  The insurance industry appears to be behind all the hype of extreme weather.

Oops, your racism is showing.  The New York Times and Washington Post have been called out for what grievance industry types like to call racism — treating a person of minority ethnicity more harshly than members of the dominant ethnicity.  And the target, unsurprisingly, is Ted Cruz, the brilliant and tenacious new senator from Texas.  Make no mistake:  Ted Cruz is a serious threat to the liberal establishment because he is so damn smart and has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and call out their misbehavior.

Ted Cruz deserves cheers, not jeers.  Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of "no more business as usual."  No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and he won.  He came to Washington, and he delivered.  He didn't stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he planned to shake up the status quo.  How would the media react to a senator like that?  Nothing but praise for standing his ground, right?

Media dogpile on Ted Cruz.  Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is breaking china in the Senate — and the media is responding.  Here are the latest media stories and columns in just 24 hours — reacting to Cruz's Tea Party firebrand behavior — and fretting about his lack of comity in the Senate.

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If the media liked Ted Cruz, I would be deeply disappointed with him.

That Ted Cruz Is So Canadian.  As Bryan Preston and Stephen Kruiser noted last week, the liberal media has mounted a campaign to destroy Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  He's a high priority target because he goes against everything the media has said about the Tea Party, and conservatism in general.  For all the talk about the Tea Party's anti-intellectualism, Cruz received his B.A. at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor at Harvard University.  He also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Our Incorrigible Media.  For the last several weeks, as you are no doubt aware, the Washington Free Beacon and other news outlets — most of them conservative — have been investigating secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel's positions, finances, associations, career history, and utterances.  Which seems to us to be precisely what you would expect an intrepid and creative and entrepreneurial press to do when the president of the United States nominates a controversial former senator to one of the most important cabinet posts in the land.

Media Cover Up True State of Our Union.  Even though Obama has failed miserably when it comes to managing the economy, and things have only gotten worse during his watch, the American media has spent the last two years intentionally covering this fact up.  Instead of reporting on and pressuring the White House to solve a problem afflicting tens of millions, the media prefers to work in tandem with the White House to manufacture divisive distractions that boost his standing.

Washington Post Hires Lobbyist Hilary Rosen.  The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages.  Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary.

You remember Hilary Rosen, don't you?

Dreams From Our Fathers: Obama Resigns.  [Scroll down]  The left-wing media, still dominant in the United States, is a puzzle to say the least.  They ought to possess every motivation to encourage both an economically strong nation in and about which to cover and live, as well as a militarily strong nation to protect their behinds from annihilation (as well as their jet-set vacation spots).  Yet, they have become so enamored of a black man in the White House that he can do anything he wants regardless of the potential or actual consequences.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#5]  The mainstream media has become so partisan for the Democratic Party that it's not significantly different from a state-run media.  Every news story and scandal is reported differently based solely on which party is involved.  "Scandals" that would destroy the careers of Republicans are largely ignored and treated as irrelevant when Democrats are involved.

You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way Journalists Blow.  Remember back in what was it — 2006 or thereabouts — when left-leaning critics of President Bush couldn't stop talking about how nothing was more red, white, and blue than good old-fashioned American dissent?  Why, our very country was founded by an act of dissent, didn't you know! [...] Those were good times, friends, and they stopped pretty much the minute that liberals and Democrats took control of the federal government.  The antiwar movement disappeared once it became clear that Barack Obama wasn't going to shut down Gitmo or stop bombing places or [care] about that constitutional stuff he used to teach in law school.

Imperial City: Why the Media Don't Care About the Poor.  The media is intentionally protecting Barack Obama at all costs (see: cover up, Libya), and the media is populated by hive minds terrified of what might happen should they jump off the Narrative Plantation and actually report on the state of the economy.  But via Glenn Reynold's Instapundit, we learn a third reason the media doesn't care about those struggling in Obama's economy:  Washington DC has become the Imperial City.

Steve Capus Oversaw 'Erosion of Journalistic Values'.  You would think five documented instances of outright journalistic fraud from a single news division would result in a little more outrage from our journalistic overlords.  You would also think that those who believe in the ethics of their profession would speak out, or that those with competitive instincts would leap at the opportunity to ding a competitor.  But media has its own version of a the Blue Code of Silence.

Why I'm Canceling My SI Subscription.  I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year.  I hope lots of other people will do the same.  Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias.  Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either.

Revolving Door Spins Again: Boston Globe's Glen Johnson to Kerry's State Department.  Glen Johnson, formerly the politics editor for, the website of the Boston Globe, has become the latest journalist to join the Obama Administration working as a senior adviser for new secretary of state John Kerry.  In a hilariously self-unaware press release, Kerry is quoted touting Johnson's supposed neutrality.

Counting the Ways the Media Lies About the Economy.  Pop quiz:  What was the biggest news story this week?  And I don't mean, what was the biggest news story according to Obama's media.  Obviously, it was the economy taking a nosedive into negative territory last quarter, along with the fact that hardly enough jobs were created last month to keep up with population growth.  Oh, and the unemployment rate increased.  Of course the economy is the biggest story; it affects the most people and Obama's doing it wrong.  But not only is the media never-minding the economy, much of the media coverage related to economic bad news is forever being spun into good news.

On Bias, Yet Again.  Any statement which helps Obama is deemed presumptively true by liberals.  No fact-checking needed, no skepticism applied; if it helps Obama, then it must be true, right?

Did Fox News make liberal media bias worse?  If the 2012 elections taught us anything, it's that liberal media bias is alive and well — and effective.  David Fredosso is out with a new book on the subject, called: "Spin Masters: How the media ignored the real news and helped reelect Barack Obama."  As he notes in "Spin Masters," the establishment media seemed more concerned about Mitt Romney's dog Seamus and allegations that Romney gave someone a forced haircut, decades ago — than about Benghazi — or the fact that an Obama-authorized drone strike killed a 16-year-old American.

What Difference Does It Make?  Every day brings news that would be utterly different had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election.  To answer the question Hillary Clinton recently posed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in another context:  The facts on the ground make all the difference indeed.  Even the dimmest New York magazine blogger ought to be prepared to admit that a hypothetical Romney administration would be subjected to far stricter scrutiny by the U.S. media than President Barack Obama has experienced.

The 'Obamedia' Ignore Major Events, Fabricate Others.  Would Communist Russia's TASS news agency or Pravda newspaper have been any more subservient to the party in power, the chief executive who leads it, or the ideology at their foundation than America's major media outlets are being to Barack Obama, the Democratic Party and their socialist-style liberalism?

Media Bias in the Age of Obama.  [Steve] Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely symptomatic of a larger phenomenon:  the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama.  To say that the elite media has a liberal bias is similar to declaring that the sun rises in the east.  But it's never been this transparent, the infatuation never this deep, the advocacy this passionate.

We Must Do Something About The Media.  The media no longer hides it in their actions.  They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC.  The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it:  They'll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing.  This is dangerous and unhealthy.

Ben Shapiro: 'NBC News is a disaster area, an unholstered weapon for the left.  "Brian Williams is an excellent example of how the media bullies the right," said Shapiro, author of the new book "Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans," in an email.  "He claims objectivity, but he's obviously a leftist.  I don't mind bias — I'm biased.  But I don't lie about it.

It's time to take on the media.  It takes some reframing in our own minds, I believe, to grasp the idea that it is simply a political candidate or policy we are fighting.  We must destroy the food chain that is rotting our country, the primary vehicles of which are the media and the government-run schools.

CBS News' Political Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' Republican Party.  The author of this outrageous left-wing fever dream is John Dickerson, whom Slate describes as "Slate's chief political correspondent".  What Slate leaves out of its little bio, though, is that Dickerson is also the political director at CBS News.  Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and there's no doubt he speaks for legions upon legions of those in the media today.

Dear Leader: CNN Correspondent Wrote Obama Letter Every Day for Four Years.  Most people would cut a 13-year-old girl some slack if she became obsessed enough with Justin Bieber to write the teen singer emails and letters all the time, but what if an ostensibly professional journalist were to do the same to a politician?  This odd scenario actually is not a hypothetical, however.  A CNN correspondent named Tom Foreman has been doing just that, writing a letter every single day to President Obama for the past four years.

Reporter: Campaign journalists 'swooned' over Obama during off-the-record bar visit.  "The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling.  Everyone, myself included, swooned.  Swooned!  Head over heels.  One or two might have even lost their minds," [Michael] Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president.  "We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there.  This was nerd heaven, a politico's paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!"

MSNBC: The Racist Network.  MSNBC is arguably the most race obsessed cable news network on television and they beat a single drum constantly.  In their narrow view, all white conservatives are racists, the Tea Party is a terrorist organization and the Republican Party is as white as the snows of January.  This leads me to wonder why MSNBC also does everything it can to demonize black conservatives.

The Obama-Media Love Affair.  Media bias is not just a "problem" or an "annoyance."  It is a fundamental challenge to the political health and future of America.

How the fact-checking press gives the president a pass.  A proliferation of "fact-checking" enterprises at various mainstream media outlets, combined with an increasing willingness to abandon what New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in September called the "false balance" of "giving equal weight to both sides of a story, regardless of an established truth on one side," produced a nearly consensus conclusion:  "Let's Just Say it: Republicans Are the Problem."

The Real Country-Killer in 2013.  Simply trim a few percent from every program — here a little, there a little.  Isn't that obvious?  Yet big spenders howl as if entire programs must be completely eliminated — all or nothing.  People will be cut off and starving in the streets if the federal spending spree is slowed.  "What would you cut?" candidates are asked.  This is a trap.  Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.

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The trap only works because so many people make their decisions based on sound bites and bumper stickers, rather than rational thought.

Is There a Constituency for Liberty in the U.S. Media?  When I was a journalism student at the University of Tennessee 35 years ago, one thing we were told over and over again was that journalism served a "watchdog" role in keeping tabs on government.  I had assumed (naïvely, of course) that the term "watchdog" meant serving as a counterforce against the predations of the state.  Alas, what I have found that it really means is that modern journalists and their mainstream organs like the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Time and Newsweek, not to mention a gaggle of numerous smaller wannabe publications, are making sure that the state is using all of its powers and then some to push people into line.

Hillary Clinton Must Answer for Benghazi.  It's almost as if many in the mainstream press wish we could switch temporarily to a monarchy.  That way we could coronate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and assure her role as our next leader and be done with it. [...] Four Americans lay dead because of these failures, and most of the media seems entirely comfortable with this being swept under the rug.

The Media's Gunsmoke.  Eliminating guns is a separate goal from eliminating violence.  The media supports the former but opposes the latter.  It routinely props up the culture of death, guarding abortion with even more zeal than it condemns gun rights.  "We need to have a conversation about the killing of unborn children," is a line you will never hear from CNN's Piers Morgan or Soledad O'Brien.  The lamentations of posturing pro-abortion jou