It has actually been more than a week. For a couple decades now the MSM has chosen political sides and practiced accordingly. It has progressively gotten worse.
PJM writer Charlie Martin @ Facebook: “Here’s a pro tip: if you don’t want to be called “fake news” don’t keep getting caught doing this shit.”
And they’ve yet to get a clue. When I took a news class in broadcasting school in the early 1980s I was told to keep my feelings to myself. People were only to hear the facts and decide for themselves how they felt about stories. Not good enough for today’s MSM. They only feed the masses crumbs of detail on a story and jam the rest with fillers of biased feelings and unfounded innuendo with a very shaky backing of “an anonymous source” all on a recipe of agenda not responsible journalism. For example, most of the reporting during the Iraq war was based on American reporters staying in the Green Zone and depending on local stringers doing leg work to bring back what they would report. There were a few brave actual journalists out there working very hard, at risk of their own lives, in the mess with the troops who didn’t have network access that got out regular real journalism on their journo-blogs.
Pete Vernon @ Columbia Review Journal: The media today: Journalism’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week
With a president eager to paint the press as his enemy, and at least part of the nation ready to believe him, the stakes for getting the story right are high. Reporters make mistakes, of course, and when they do, they correct, explain, and move on. Three mistakes that all erred in the same direction—that is, the initial, incorrect reporting was worse for Trump than what actually happened—won’t help journalists regain the trust among Trump’s supporters, many of whom believe that the media is out to get him.
Any way you look at it, last week was a bad one for “the media” at large. The corrections, reflection, and at times over-the-top hand-wringing are all being adjudicated in the public eye, and it seems more people are paying more attention than ever before…
Read the whole thing. I think he goes a bit easy on the MSM. These are not “mistakes”. They are crafted to be part of the pledged #Resist movement against a duly elected POTUS in an effort to manipulate the public into believing the fake news and really never hearing the retractions. As I have said before, the MSM is that smarmy courtroom lawyer that knows what he/she is about to say will be objected to and objection sustained by the judge and the judge instruct the jury to disregard what the lawyer had just said … but they cannot unhear it. It has become the façade by which they will view and perceive everything from there on out about the case/issue. Same with the MSM and the American public. Remember, after the 2016 election the media giants came out and vowed to work hard to cover this POTUS and his administration. Oh, sure, obviously after the eight years of not critically covering Obama and his administration.
Matt Welch: Journalists are at war with their critics — and they’re losing badly
After President Trump recently tweeted another sophomoric insult at CNN anchor Don Lemon, for example, the network opted for not a bemused stoicism but a condescending whine: “In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name-calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example.” Boo-frickity-hoo.
As the above illustrates, the two opposing views on media are self-reinforcing and increasingly dominate American politics. Anti-media fervor is arguably the strongest glue left holding together the Republican coalition, as evidenced by our troll president; his troll-Svengali, Breitbart editor Stephen K. Bannon; and the uber-troll, twice-defrocked Alabama jurist Roy Moore.
The legacy media and its left-of-center customer base, meanwhile, cannot resist taking the bait, leading to too much anti-Trump error and an off-putting haughtiness when caught out. Reliable Sources this weekend used the occasion of a bad CNN mistake — the network had reported that Trump and his son received a WikiLeaks web address and encryption key before they were made public, when in fact they got them after — to have several guests bemoan Trump’s attacks on the media, rather than, I don’t know, delve into exactly how CNN messed up.
The struggle against Trump’s norms-shattering presidency is real. So is the decreasing marginal utility of crying wolf at every opportunity. How to thread that needle? Another CNN anchor, Jake Tapper, pointed the way at the L.A. Press Clubs awards this year.
“We don’t need to give the enemies of the Fourth Estate any ammunition,” Tapper warned. “That means we need to be squeaky clean. We’re not the resistance. We’re not the opposition. We’re here to tell the truth, report the facts, regardless of whom those facts favor one way or the other.”
The White House press corps has come close to being a clown gallery. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has her hands full with some of these petty and vindictive fools either out to “gotcha” the administration or get ‘payback’ for being called on their fake news. You see, the MSM believes it is above reproach, or something. How pathetic have they become? Well #PieGate began at Thanksgiving when the painfully stupid reporter questioned the White House Press Secretary’s baking of a chocolate pecan pie after posting a picture of it on Twitter. So, Sanders promised to make more for the press corps, and she did so with documented photographs…
#PieGate III commences…and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is WINNING!
What has become even worse for the MSM is that their worker bees have taken full advantage of social media (Twitter in particular) to further their inane bullshit and failingly defend it. The news media is only part of this misinformation via playing on feelings fake news era.
The latest involves CNN, of course:
Anderson Cooper’s Trump Tweet Happened After Assistant’s Phone Was Taken
Apple or banana? We’re STILL very curious about Anderson Cooper’s assistant and that tweet
Hey, why isn’t CNN asking THESE questions about @AndersonCooper’s anti-Trump tweet?
But the MSM disease has spread to the would be latenight “comics” taking up this biased agenda-driven banner of news reporters and go full-throated into the weak-kneed feelings of viewers.
The other night Jimmy Kimmel brought his baby son, recently post-op, out onto the stage to yet again bark about an issue completely based on democrat talking-points provided to him for his monologue. A recovering baby is the prop to get viewers to not doubt what he is saying, you know, that the GOP tax bill is going to cause dead kids in the streets, or something…
Yep, nothing like dragging your post-op baby out into a studio filled with cold and flu season bacteria and virus carrying staff/crew and audience. But it’s all about the shock and awwwwe-a-little-baby-and-his-weepy-rich-daddy manipulative stunt with the left. Never mind the actual facts. Just read his tears.
WaPo: “Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel on CHIP funding”
And the MSM doesn’t like the American voters who don’t vote the way they want them to vote:
MSNBC Analyst Says It’s ‘Unfortunate’ Voters Shape Public Policy: Journalist has a problem with democracy, as it gives people power over their government