Media Malpractice

My Bits & Bytes for today got so long, I decided to split off this subject into its own post.

WORTH WATCHING ALL THE WAY THROUGHClick [13:09] to hear Tucker Carlson mock liberal media coverage of people getting outdoors for Memorial Day week-end.

One clip he shows is particularly disgusting. A doctor says, “The virus won’t respond to prayer.” And the host chuckles.

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney [2:49] talks about the mainstream media spinning negative news in response to their hatred for Trump. He quotes former CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter, who wrote in “The Liberal Media Has Passed Its Tipping Point” (The Wall Street Journal):

News organizations that claim to be neutral have long been creeping leftward, and their loathing of Mr. Trump has accelerated the pace. The news media is catching up with the liberalism of the professoriate, the entertainment industry, upscale magazines and the literary world.

There’s probably no way to seal the gap between the media and a large segment of the public. The media likes what it is doing. Admires it. Celebrates it. There is no personal, professional or financial reason to change. If anything, the gap will expand. Ultimately, the media finds the ‘deplorables’ deplorable.

Click to see MSNBC’s phony mask shaming story BUSTED during a live report! LOL

ANCHOR: “Are the people there just not worried about it? Are they not worried about their personal safety?”

REPORTER: “I haven’t met anybody who is… you can see here, nobody’s wearing them [masks].”

GUY ON STREET: “Including the Cameraman. … Half your crew isn’t wearing them.”

2020_05 28 Yoel RothHYPOCRITE: Thy name is Democrat [1:06] – Yoel Roth is the Twitter official responsible for the platform’s fact-checking policy.

In his role as “Head of Site Integrity”, he says he is charged with “serving the public conversation. Our goal is to make it easy to find credible information on Twitter and to limit the spread of potentially harmful and misleading content.”

On May 26, 2020, Roth slapped a “get the facts” label on Trump’s tweets about voter fraud and provided links to CNN and the Washington Post, two avowedly anti-Trump outlets that enthusiastically pushed the Russia collusion hoax.

President Trump responded, “@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!

2020_05 28 blue check

Twitter is also dinging people who post things that don’t support the Left by removing their “blue check” verification marks.

Podcast host Josh Lekach reported that he lost his verified badge shortly after posting an interview with Republican congressional candidate Laura Loomer, who is running in the GOP primary for FL-21.

Conservative app developer Doriano Carta, previously a writer for Mashable and GigaOm, reported that his verified badge had also disappeared.

Andrew Klavan talks about Kayleigh McEnany and how she represents Donald Trump’s ethos. He says she’s a good model for conservatives to learn how to fight back, which is something we need to learn how to do.

Klavan makes an error in calling what the FBI did to Flynn “entrapment.” The legal definition of this crime is “Action by law enforcement personnel to lead an otherwise innocent person to commit a crime, in order to arrest and prosecute that person for the crime.”

The FBI tried desperately to find a crime they could pin on Michael Flynn. When that failed, they tried desperately to get Flynn to commit a crime. When that failed, they “lost” the real evidence and invented new “evidence” of a crime he did NOT commit, then prosecuted him for it under the watchful eye of a crooked judge.

The New York Post Editorial Board wrote a scathing condemnation of reporters who bitch about Trump’s new press spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany.

Is there anything more tedious than the press complaining about how it’s treated?

After grousing that Stephanie Grisham, President Trump’s former press secretary, never held a formal briefing, the media can’t stand that Kayleigh McEnany, her successor, has made those briefings too contentious.

McEnany steamrolls, she dodges, she lectures reporters on the questions they should be asking. It’s that last point that riles some journalists. “Indefensible and grotesque,” said Jonah Goldberg to Chris Wallace on Fox News. “I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well,” Wallace said.

To which Americans say: Stop whining!

Of course the Trump administration is playing tough with the media — because the media has played tough with him before he was even elected. Nearly every question asked in the briefing room is usually in the loaded construction of, “As you know, things are terrible, and it’s your fault, care to comment?

McEnany has decided to hit back.

This isn’t about the First Amendment. The media in the United States can say whatever the hell it wants — and we, as the New York Post, thank heaven for that every day. But there’s nothing in the Constitution that says the press secretary has to be polite about it.

You know what word needs to be retired in the age of Trump? “Unprecedented.”

President John Adams signed a law making it a crime to criticize the government; 20 newspaper editors were imprisoned. Andrew Jackson not only had his own paper, edited by a member of his cabinet, but it got government subsidies. Kayleigh McEnany hurting your feelings is not a constitutional crisis.

You buy ink by the barrel, fill the airwaves 24 hours a day and get millions of clicks on your websites. Victims? Get over yourselves.

Click to listen to a good analysis of how the media has selectively edited Trump to create fake news, while false accusing Republicans of selectively editing Biden’s gaffes. [9:00]

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