“All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed,” I.F. Stone once wrote. “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations,” said George Orwell. For those two self-evident reasons, being “oppositional” is the only place political journalists should ever be, no matter who is in power or who is campaigning.
All during the campaign we have watched Hillary Clinton rehearse campaign themes and, almost as if by magic, the media amplifying those themes in seeming lockstep. The hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta have demonstrated that this was not mere happenstance, but, at least in part, resulted from direct coordination between the Clintonistas and the press.
There’s more… so much more. He questions, for example, why Donald’s expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin is worse than Hillary’s well-documented coziness with the Saudis. I would answer, how many acts of terror on American soil have been committed by Russians?
His column is not just a rehash of the MFM’s well-documented cheerleading for Hillary and relentless attacks on Donald. He digs deeper, and discusses how the same incestuous relationships between wealthy donors, big financial interests, and dynastic power structures that have corrupted the political system have also corrupted the journalists who were supposed to be the watchdogs against a corrupt political system.
But I think he overlooks one of the reasons why this is, why there is an entrenched, insular political and media elite that are oblivious… indeed, contemptuous… of middle America. There is almost no chance for anyone with a working or middle class background to get a position in Big Media. Apart from lack of connections, a gig with a major news outfit requires working an unpaid internship in the most expensive cities in America…. New York or Washington. No one from a middle class background can afford that.
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