For as long as I can remember it was an accepted fact that the mainstream media had a liberal slant. You can argue over the reasons as to why that is. Perhaps it goes all the way back to the early 1900's, when hard-hitting journalists exposed a corrupt establishment that oppressed the working class.
Perhaps that cemented a tradition of exposing the rich and elite in favor of the regular guy, which was once the ideal of the Democrats.
Maybe it goes back to the Civil Rights movement, when many liberals banded together to see real change and progress come to America. During that time, they made great strides in ending segregation and systematic oppression of black Americans. News outlets at the time covering those historic events would undoubtedly side with the cause.
But for whatever reason, we now have major news networks with a decidedly liberal bias. The sad irony, though, is the Democrats are no longer the party of the "little guy." Since the days of Bill Clinton, Democrats have become a bloated, massive, all-too-powerful political party that caters to West Coast/East Coast elites.
There's very little left of the grassroots heroes that fought oppression and injustice in those bygone eras.
In fact, there are no longer independent newspapers fighting the good fight. Ninety percent of the media coverage you see is controlled by only six companies. These aren't plucky progressives, fighting a corrupt system. They are the system and have very clear objectives to advance- the last one being fair and honest reporting.
It's more accurate to say mainstream media companies, owned by larger conglomerates, have their own interests to protect. In an age of rapidly-changing media platforms, they are struggling to stay relevant and on top of the information industry. So they work hard to dominate it at every turn. They own movie studios, websites, social networks, magazines, even food companies.
Being such large entities, they have an interest in how our government operates and who is holding the reigns.
Now you can argue over why the MSM wanted Hillary to win- they wanted a woman president, they are naturally liberal-minded, or they thought she would play ball with their lobbyists- but the fact remains that the 2016 Election exposed them for the soulless, corrupt shills they truly are.
I don't have to go back over the last year to show how the liberal media worked overtime to destroy Trump, from taking his words out of context, overblowing decades-old audio, or blatantly slandering him by calling him a sexist, xenophobe, and racist. I don't have to talk about the bogus polls that made it seem that Hillary was winning months before the election. I don't have to talk about how news outlets ignored the many leaks that exposed Hillary, with CNN even telling their audience not to read Wikileaks.
It's clear the mainstream media was Hillary Clinton's PR firm this election. It was so bad, even the New York Times had to make a coded apology for their terrible coverage. The Huffington Post had to apologize for the disgraceful note they put under every article about Donald Trump. In the wake of Trump's win, a few media outlets are trying to do damage control to save face- though it might not be enough.
You'd think after the historic embarrassment that was the election, the mainstream media would wake up. The left was dealt a crippling blow this election, with Trump- an apolitical outsider- taking the White House and a Republican majority in Congress. For years to come, liberals will have little say in how our country is run. The left, including the media, need to understand how this happened and begin to listen to the American people again, instead of trying to indoctrinate us into their way of thinking.
From all appearances, it looks like the media have learned nothing. It seems they are doubling down on the corruption that got them into this mess in the first place.
How else can you explain their new strategy of hiring the people exposed as Hillary goons to cover Trump?
WikiLeaks’ publication of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta revealed the close ties between prominent journalists and the Clinton campaign. Many of those same journalists will now be covering the Trump White House.
CNBC chief political correspondent and New York Times political writer John Harwood demonstrated clear partisanship in his many email exchanges with Podesta.
Harwood told Podesta to “watch out” for Dr. Ben Carson during the Republican primary. “Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general,” Harwood warned, including video clips of Carson’s political positions...
As CNBC’s chief political correspondent, Harwood will play a central role in the network’s coverage of the Trump administration. (via Daily Caller)
Some of you may remember Politico writer Glenn Thrush. This man was so biased in his coverage of the election that he literally called himself a "hack" for Clinton to Podesta. He regularly provided articles to the Clinton campaign for approval before publishing:
“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to [you],” he wrote in an April 30, 2015 email to Podesta, including five paragraphs from a piece titled “Hillary’s big money dilemma.”
So is Thrush now ostracized by the media for this clear and disgusting bias, this violation of every journalistic ethic? Nope! He's been hired by the New York Times to cover Trump's White House. The same New York Times that claimed, just months ago, to rededicate itself to honest reporting.
I guess "the fundamental mission of Times journalism" includes hiring a man lacking in any integrity to cover the highest office of the land.
Make no mistake, these moves to support exposed journalists is a part of the liberal media's strategy to undermine Trump's administration. They are still bitter over the loss and are digging in their heels. Refusing to change their biased and corrupt ways, they are determined to destroy whatever good will they have left with their readers.
Their hope is that these biased journalists will work to distort Trump's leadership, slanting his decisions much the same way they did during the election. Hey, guys, how did that work out for you then?
They haven't learned that Trump doesn't need them. He won the election largely thanks to circumventing the media, reaching his supporters via rallies, social media, and email campaigns. It's clear he will continue to do so over the course of his administration.
We are on the verge of seeing the mainstream media dry up and die. Everything that will come out of the Trump administration will first hit his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, before the press can get a crack at it. They will have zero impact on how the information reaches the people, nor will they be able to provide context or commentary.
While this may sound like a win for conservatives who despise liberal news, it is a loss for the freedom of the press. Independent voices are needed to hold our leadership accountable. Even a popular president needs people to question his decisions, expose anything he wants to cover up, and shed light on problems his administration might be neglecting.
But because the mainstream media went nuclear, unilaterally attacking Trump during the election, they created an environment where they have little say over his future administration. While I for one trust Trump's leadership, he is by no means flawless. We needed honest, unbiased reporting to ensure that his administration's decisions are receiving the full light of day.
But because the left has destroyed our faith in the press, we will never see that again.
Good job liberals, you once again destroyed yourself.