Today's Media: And That’s the Rest of the Story
The story is always the same: the mainstream media hits conservative politicians much harder than liberals. Each cycle we see conservative candidates spend more of their time defending themselves against erroneous reporting, instead of sharing their message. This is nothing new — almost cliché, really — but it’s now more transparent than ever. As society becomes less dependent on CBS, NBC, and ABC to tell them what to think, more people have determined that the MSM may not have always been providing them with whole truths:
Americans’ trust in the national news media remains at an all-time low. A new Gallup poll shows that just 40% of Americans have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. That figure, which ties Gallup statistics for 2012 and 2014, represents a steep decline from the 55% high in the late 1990s when Gallup began polling.
Interestingly, this distrust is being spearheaded by the younger groups:
Trust in the media is even lower among young Americans aged 18 to 49, where just 36% of that demographic expressed faith in news media outlets. Forty-five percent of those aged 50 and older said they trust the media to be fair and accurate.
And when the MSM loses the trust of Democrats:
As has long been the case, trust remains higher among Democrats than Republicans. However, Gallup found that trust among Democrats fell to a 14-year low of 54%, while trust among Republicans grew from 27% to 32%. The media trend over the past decade, Gallup said, mirrors a decline in trust “in government more generally, as well confidence in many U.S. institutions.”
The almost humdrum bias in mainstream media reporting of Republicans doesn’t seem to be abating. If, for example, you saw the CNBC debate a few weeks ago, then you recall Rubio responding to the “journalist” moderators asking about his home state fishwrap Sun Sentinel calling for him to resign based on his voting record.
Then, the New York Times used a shotgun to spray their vitriol against almost half the GOP field:
The editorial called on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to pack in his campaign and return to governing the Garden State, while accusing other Republican candidates of ignoring their states.
“Since when does shortchanging your home state — looking at you, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal — qualify a public servant to be president?” the editorial said.
But why are they so biased? It’s fairly easy to understand. According to the left-leaning Atlantic, journalists and editors are “miserable liberals.” They mostly classify themselves as independents (to show non-bias) or as Democrats (when they don’t care what people think):
Like the rest of the country, journalists feel more comfortable identifying themselves as independents rather than shacking up with a particular party. But among journalists who align with one of the two major parties, four in five said they’re Democrats [emphasis added].
Forty years ago, Watergate did much more than ruin a presidency: it showed that it’s okay for journalists to take down a president, preferably a Republican one, and Woodward and Bernstein literally wrote the book for younger journalists and editors. Some would argue that the MSM hit President Clinton hard during his impeachment trial, but I’d argue that they pushed the “it’s just sex” narrative hard while diminishing the fact that a sitting president was found guilty for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Moreover, much of the press come from government and academia and the incestuous relationship between the press and the Clinton/Obama administrations has been well documented. Here are just a few:
- ABC News President Ben Sherwood, is the brother of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a top national-security adviser to President Obama.
- His counterpart at CBS, news division president David Rhodes, is the brother of Benjamin Rhodes, a key foreign-policy specialist.
- CNN’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Tom Nides who, until earlier this year, was deputy secretary of state under Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- White House press secretary Jay Carney’s wife is Claire Shipman, a veteran reporter for ABC.
- NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to a lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, who joined the White House counsel’s office in April.
- The Post‘s Justice Department reporter, Sari Horwitz, is married to William B. Schultz, the general counsel of the Department of Human Services.
- Vice President Joe Biden’s current communications director, Shailagh Murray (a former Post congressional reporter), is married to Neil King, one of the Wall Street Journal‘s top political reporters.
After the CNBC debate debacle, there was a sliver of hope that newsrooms across America would check themselves to consider their bias and correct their modus operandi. That only lasted for 12.7 seconds.
Unfortunately, as most conservatives predicted, the media’s fervent hatred of all things Republican seems to have not yet crested. Friday’s attacks on Ben Carson, whether legitimate or not (Politico had to correct themselves yet again), the media reported his West Point story with glee and an almost celebratory zeal — hardly becoming of the fourth estate — and certainly not what journalism students learn at Columbia. Before Politico corrected their story, the “Carson Lie” narrative had already hit critical mass. Jimmy Fallon had jokes in the can for Friday nights monologue, so, as far as low info voters go, Carson cannot be trusted.
The press wonders why America is so partisan and divided. Yet they have almost zero self awareness that they wake up each day seeking to tear down conservative leaders while propping up liberals. Whether journalists and editors do this proactively or without realizing their bias, it is the MSM that causes so much division.
Many of us no longer trust the media to tell the truth, and will seek it ourselves. Fortunately, it’s no longer 1990. Technology allows us simple folk west of the Hudson to not be locked in to their upper-west side/beltway liberal cabal.
The growth of sites like Ricochet will continue to add to their losses of viewership. We will figure it out on our own, all while sharing with our friends and family the whole story, thereby growing in numbers. The MSM anointment and slobbering love affair with liberal candidates, their gleeful keenness and protectionism over the Democrat geriatrics currently running for president cannot insulate them. In fact, the Democrats’ shallow bench along with the sweeping wave of conservatism across State Governments show MSM efforts are failing.
And that’s the rest of the story.