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Okay, Trump isn’t really going to be pee-boarding anyone (darn it), but just because a story isn’t true is no reason not to report it. At least, in 2017 that seems to be the prevailing journalistic philosophy after a number of news outlets, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and hyperbole, published reports that the Russians were ready to blackmail Donald Trump with secret videos of the billionaire in a Moscow hotel room, paying prostitutes to perform a “golden showers” scenario (peeing) on a bed once used by Barack and Michelle Obama.
The only problem is that there’s no evidence whatsoever that this ever happened. None. It’s complete and utter claptrap, and less believable than the rumor that the Russians have video of the night the Obamas used that hotel room and someone ended up getting a “dirty Sanchez.” (If you don’t know the term, for the love of all that’s holy don’t look it up. Let’s just say it’s a sexual act invented by liberals who really, really deserve to be turned into pillars of salt.)
At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump quickly dismissed the preposterous tale – and subsequently refused to take questions from a CNN reporter because that organization was one of the purveyors of this “fake news.” Score one for The Donald!
The so-called “Trump Blackmail” dossier has apparently been kicking around for months, with many people in government and media aware of its existence, but unable to do anything with it since none of the accusations held up to scrutiny. Which is frequently the case when a story is complete and utter bullcrap.
Still, the fictitious scandal developed a life of its own behind closed doors. If we’re getting the story right (which seems quaint, doesn’t it?), the dossier found its way into the hands of John McCain who was so stunned by the scatological accusations that he spat out the acorns he’d been storing in his cheeks for winter.
McCain then gave the report to FBI Director (and unindicted Hillary co-conspirator) James Comey, who – instead of burning the report and suggesting that McCain check into a 12-step program – apparently slipped the information to perennial lunatic Harry Reid, who demanded the allegations be made public to derail Trump’s run to the White House. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who gleefully boasts about lying his ass off regarding Mitt Romney’s taxes as an act of political sabotage.
(And on a side note, Harry, absolutely no one believes your story of getting your face battered and bruised by an exercise rubber band gone rogue. Rather, we strongly suspect that person or persons unknown beat the living tar out of you, then disappeared into the shadows before we could offer to buy them several rounds of drinks.)
Passed around as indiscriminately as Bill Clinton’s DNA, the report eventually found it’s way to the NBC-affiliated “news” website Buzzfeed (so named because Buttfeed was apparently already taken) which printed every scurrilous word online – kicking off a massive “me too” campaign of other alleged news organization linking to the story without even pretending to fact-check.
As alleged actress Meryl Streep said only days ago, “Disrespect invites disrespect” and “when the powerful use their positions to bully, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”
So far, the real outrages seem to be generated by a press which has deserted anything remotely like principle.
If you’re looking for a straight news story, with no kinks and angles, you will have to see the news event first hand. There isn’t any reporter that will give any straight news story; all contain the reporters bias on the subject at hand.
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 shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.
The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.
Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.
By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion. [snip]
Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.
I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong.
My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.”
That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism.
Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.
A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”
One covers Trump by printing only the bad news, or what one considers the bad news and hides anything that sullies Hillary’s image.
E-mails? Those were explained, weren’t you listening? The FBI cleared her, gave her the DRIVEN SNOW award which should satisfy Congress and the Public.
Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is noteworthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other “abnormal.”
Clinton is hardly “normal” to the 68 percent of Americans who find her dishonest and untrustworthy, though apparently not a single one of those people writes for the Times. Statistically, that makes the Times “abnormal.”
Also, you don’t need to be a detective to hear echoes in that first paragraph of Clinton speeches and ads, including those featured prominently on the Times’ website. In effect, the paper has seamlessly adopted Clinton’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.
It’s an impossible task, and Rutenberg fails because he must. Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate. [snip]
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