Y’all might notice a new addition to my small notable-quotes section at top-sidebar-right, an Immutable Truth I gleaned here.
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.
Not surprisingly, the playbook isn’t limited to the national mainstream media. Media technology group AllSides published a report that Google News results lean heavily toward media outlets with a “left” bias. The author of the study, John Gable, stated that the bias is a result of “most news outlets and most news consumption online being from a left perspective.” The purveyors of Google News are well aware of this egregious bias, but because Google’s corporate culture sways heavily left, we can hardly expect the company to create an algorithm that provides a fair and balanced narrative.
Indoctrination of the masses by the Left used to come in the form of opinion pieces. During the Reagan administration, White House network reporters certainly reported the news. However, they steadily began introducing the technique of ending each report with strongly worded opposing viewpoints from critics of the administration. Who were these unnamed critics? The ones holding the microphone.
Oh, they started a long, long time before that, buddy—certainly no later than Cronkite’s notorious post-Tet declaration of defeat, probably well before. By Reagan, their bias-insertion techniques were as highly developed as they were ever gonna get. After that, it was less a matter of refining them and more one of brazenly, relentlessly deploying them.
Thus began the stepped up infiltration of political views into national news. Subsequently, what began as infiltration has become full-on partisanship. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CBS, ABC, and various other “news” outlets used to portray themselves as impartial. Reading an opinion piece masquerading as a news story in a national news publication no longer seems brazen. It has become the new normal.
Opinion pieces masquerading as news is hardly their only ploy. A more subtle and insidious one is the calculated selection of which stories get reported, and which get buried. It’s a sneaky little subterfuge, that one; call it stealth-editorializing.
On any number of subjects, building a wall between Mexico and the United States being a current topic of the day, there are literally dozens of video recordings of Democrats contradicting themselves from the position they took even a decade ago. Joe Biden once pounded the pulpit demanding that we build a wall. With Joe Biden as the Democratic frontrunner for U.S. president, you’ve seen that contradiction reported all over the national mainstream media, haven’t you?
Contrast that with anything and everything Donald Trump says. The media are quick to pull any quote, any tweet out of context or bend it out of shape to promote the narrative that the president is an unhinged liar. With very few exceptions, how can one not be entirely cynical of our news sources and online media?
A: one can’t, without being either a liberal red in tooth and claw, or a total moron. Anybody who still believes in their integrity and honesty isn’t fit to tie his own shoes or feed himself without assistance, and should be kept well away from sharp objects…and voting booths. The first, for their own good. The second, for everybody else’s.