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Left-Winger Admits: Yes, There Is a Democrat-Media Complex

Posted by V the K at 8:57 am - November 3, 2016.
Filed under: Media Bias

Self-proclaimed leftie Ken Silverstein agrees with me that the Democrat Party and the Mainstream Media are parts of the same machine.

“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.

Read thou the whole thing.

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  1. Everybody’s freaking out over the possibility that Trump might bomb Russia if Putin insults his hair. The possibility I find much more plausible is Hillary dragging us into another decade-long conflict in Russia over Pussy Riot getting arrested for storming an Orthodox church during Divine Liturgy.

    Comment by Sean L — November 3, 2016 @ 9:26 am - November 3, 2016

  2. A somewhat lengthy article but enjoyed reading it. It’s comforting to see that there are people at the other end of the political spectrum that are willing to see clearly. I doubt Silverstein and I would see eye-to-eye on what sort of gov’t we should have but it seems we can agree that what we’ve got is “problematic” (to borrow an SJW term).

    I saw something about a Wikileak email that had something to do with Wasserman-Schulz installing a Hillary operative as CEO of the Dem convention (something like that). I wouldn’t vote for Bernie but I think his candidacy would have done more to improve the health of our politics than Hillary’s. Like Trump, Bernie is somewhat of a thumb-in-the-eye of the powers-that-be.

    Win or lose, I’m hoping Trump will have had some purgative effect on the GOP… the Dems are in dire need of an enema.

    Comment by KCRob — November 3, 2016 @ 6:42 pm - November 3, 2016

  3. 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.

    I’m not sure that’s true, unless you wish to go directly from, say, the J-school at U of Michigan (just an example) to being a beat reporter with a network or major newspaper. While that does happen, most faculty advisors would suggesting getting one’s feet wet in lower-level jobs and/or obscure places.

    Many newer journalists, as their counterparts of old, start out in smaller places and work their way up. Sure, there are those who are on the fast track to better things and want to do it in a hurry, but most pick up on the concept that being a better reporter is being a well-rounded one. So that graduates of the Annenberg School for Communication (at either USC or UPenn) will start out at, say, a TV station in the Central Valley of CA or Wilkes-Barre and then move up to San Diego or Scranton before hitting LA or Philadelphia. Those who want to do that particular regional ladder climb will take longer to do it than those who branch out and test the waters in Omaha or St Louis and hopscotch their way back to a coastal city.

    Jacob Rascon, who is covering the Trump campaign for NBC News, certainly didn’t come from a background of means, having grown up in a typically large LDS family and having a father (and brothers) who preceded him as network news correspondents. But he has talent and drive, not to mention good breeding and a decent work ethic which has come to the attention of his bosses, who promoted him from the major market network outlet in LA to the national network. It will be interesting to see where he lands after the election; but he will hit NYC or DC only if he wants to, as there are still opportunities at Big Media which don’t involve those two cities.

    A larger issue is the entrenchment of media figures once they hit the big time in NYC or LA or DC and their tendency to become fossilized until retirement. While Dan Rather may still be just a good ol’ Texas boy at heart, he wasn’t always a bleeding heart leftist. But hang around The Beautiful People [TBP] long enough and it’s hard not to long to be one of them (all while pretending to be objective in coverage). Once they accept you into their circle (often for self-serving reasons), it’s hard not to think like them, behave like them (hence the diva reporter stories which occasionally bubble to the surface), and want to be more like them. Then you tend to become like the late Pauline Kael, The New Yorker’s famed film critic who famously was quoted as not being able to imagine anyone who voted for Nixon, since no one she knew did so. [An attribution, it should be noted, she herself denied making.]

    The other factor putting a monkey wrench into current journalism is the advent of New Media. You now don’t have to decide whether to do print or broadcast, or just one of those. If you’re willing to hustle and work for even less peanuts than a normal journo, you can work for an online media outlet and refine your skills before moving on to bigger and better things. Whether that be in print for a major newspaper or magazine, or for an outlet like PuffHo, it seems to matter not. If you can clean up decently enough, you can also land a gig in broadcast (as Dylan Byers did with his move to CNN). That somewhat upsets the apple cart of traditional career trajectory in journalism. But again, odds are you will be in a position to hang around TBP and get sucked into their aura. The bigger problem is the suits who allow their talent to become entrenched and then part of the woodwork that allows the fawning part of the media to exist. Andrea Mitchell should have been sent to Moscow as the correspondent for NBC News long before she married a Washington insider. Or at the very least, should have been made a national correspondent based out of New York. That she was not and was allowed to essentially hobnob with the people she covers is emblematic of the problem and perception that affects modern journalism today.

    Comment by RSG — November 4, 2016 @ 4:35 am - November 4, 2016

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