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Trump Takes On the Democrat-Media Complex

Posted by V the K at 9:32 am - November 22, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

Reports are that the heads of the major network news organizations went into a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump yesterday expecting the usual; they would tell the Republican president-elect the terms they demanded for White Coverage and he would acquiesce to them. It did not turn out that way.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’”

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,”

Trump did the right thing. Yes, the media are a bunch of arrogant, partisan liars. They know Steve Bannon isn’t a Nazi, and they know Jeff Sessions isn’t a racist; but they promote exactly that Narrative because that’s the Narrative the Democrat Party wants to put out.

The press is not interested in merely informing the public of the facts and events of the day. They find that work tedious and beneath them. Members of the press see themselves as a sort of Priesthood, with a mission to guide the putrid masses toward a better, fairer, more enlightened world. Mere facts do not lend themselves to that mission; so the priesthood promotes a mix of fables and myths that make up The Narrative. For example; the public must be made to believe that White Racist Cops Gun Down Innocent Black Honor Students Every Day in order to nudge the world toward racial harmony and enlightenment. The public must be made to believe that Global Warming Climate Change is the most harrowing threat humanity has ever faced and that it is totally worth giving up our freedom and prosperity to prevent it because this moves the world toward Ecotopia. The public must be made to believe that all Republicans are closet Nazis (or the current code-word “White Nationalists”) so that the Democrats can advance the Agenda supported by The Narrative.

The strategy of every Republican, heretofore, has been to attempt to placate and appease the press. “Maybe if they see that we’re really nice guys, they’ll give us a fair shake.” How well did that work out for you George W Bush? How about you, President McCain?

And Donald Trump just said, “To Hell with that.” He recognizes that the Press are his adversaries; and he treats them as such.



The Slow Dawning of Belated Awareness

Posted by V the K at 10:42 am - November 10, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Media Bias

The Media totally let Hillary down this election. In 2012, they had no problem at all smearing Mitt Romney — by all accounts, a good and decent man with a successful record in business and Government — as a dog torturer who gave a poor gay kid a bad haircut and a woman cancer. Oh, and did you hear about how he wants to outlaw tampons… well, of course, that was a satirical website, but it certainly sounds like something he would do, doesn’t it?

Smearing Trump should have been an easy lay-up for them, and, boy, they sure did try, didn’t they? They brought out the Latin Beauty queen who (oh, what a horrible man) said Trump thought she needed to lose weight and ignored her involvement in organized crime. When screechy feminist Gloria Allred brought out her parade of women who had been “abused” by Trump thirty years ago, but only suddenly remembered the “abuse” when Hillary was running for president, the media was there. And when attacking Trump didn’t work, the media attacked his supporters. “What a bunch of ignorant, white, racist, stupid hicks.” (Because, surely, no respectable person would support the same candidate as those ignorant white racist stupid hicks.)

And this time, it didn’t work out so well for them.

In a few isolated patches of the Democrat Media Complex, a few are starting to wonder if maybe they are going about this the wrong way.


I Suppose the Question Is, Does He *Identify* as a Lion?

Posted by V the K at 8:25 pm - October 7, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

And This Is Why Countries Don’t Have Two Queens

Posted by V the K at 8:33 am - October 6, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Divas

Apparently, there’s a lot of cat-fighting going on behind the scenes at the next Presidential debate. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Radditz have both decided the debate really ought to be about them, and are behaving accordingly.

They are feuding over petty things, such as ‘Who does each particular topic?’ Both Anderson and Martha want to shine, to be tough on the candidates, and not to be accused of bias. There’s a lot at stake. So there’s a lot of turf-grabbing going on — attempts to box each other out to get the territory they are most well-suited for … They are supposed to be deep in rehearsals — the anchors and their teams have met a bunch of times, and the atmosphere has been acrimonious at best, at all levels, from the producers right up to the execs.

Meh, we know they’re both part of Team Hillary. What Donald Trump ought to do is bring a couple “I’m With Hillary” buttons to the debate and the first time Andy or Marty interrupts him, or cuts him off, or softballs Hillary (all of which will happen), he should cross the stage and say, “If you’re going to behave like that, you might as well be wearing these.”

The MFM Has the Bestest Editors and Fact-Checkers

Posted by V the K at 1:48 pm - May 15, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

While you were distracted by the Tranny Bathroom Wars, Colorado apparently invaded Wyoming and set it up as a distribution center to export “Marjijuana” all over the country.

According to USA Today anyway. (They have partly fixed the graphic.)


From Here, it’s only going to get More Stupid

Posted by V the K at 6:35 am - December 15, 2015.
Filed under: Big Journalism

At some point, the management of decided to stop being a mere Democrat Propaganda Website and become *The* Website of Angry Stupid Clickbait, providing such gems as:

And lately, the New York Daily News is getting in on the Angry Stupid Clickbait action:

Part of this is corporate strategy; a click is a click even if it is just people coming to see the Freak Show. And, as Red State notes, NYDN is swirling the financial drain anyway.  But I think there’s a political strategy behind it as well.

The Democrat Party learned a lot from the lessons of 2012, the biggest one being that the whole “Mitt Romney wants to outlaw tampons and gave a woman cancer” thing really worked. The Democrat base is the idiocratic left; people who really believe there’s a war on women, that Republicans will outlaw contraception, that Republicans will “put (black people) in chains” as Joe Biden put it, and that the Government can provide Free Stuff forever with no consequences. People like these Democrat Iowa Caucus goers.

Terrorism “is really not that big of an issue to me,” said Michael Fett, a 33-year old musician who will caucus for the first time in February when he backs Sanders. “We have only had a few terrorist attacks here in America where a significant thing happened.”

As the Democrats become ever more dependent on voters who don’t have a friggin’ clue about economics, politics, foreign affairs, or even basic reasoning skills, the media complex that shunts voters to the Democrat Party will ever more take its cues from trashy cable TV.

And now the Democrats are really threatened because Donald Trump is going to cut into their pool of dumb, poorly informed, low-information voters. The Venn diagram of “Stupid People” and “People who will vote for somebody just because he’s a celebrity” looks a lot like the corporate logo of Target stores.


Paedophilia Seems Like Not Such a Big Deal to the Social Left

The BBC not only covered up the serial child molestations of host Jimmy Savile, BBC Management has actively punished the people who blew the whistle on Jimmy Savile.

And now they’re presenting a gay rights film narrated by the guy who founded Britain’s equivalent of NAMBLA.

The documentary is presented by Ian Dunn, one of the founders of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children.
The 30-minute documentary – Glad To Be Gay? – portrays Dunn as a legitimate gay rights activist.

Similarly, one of the American founders of NAMBLA — Mr. Harry Hay — is considered a hero to the LGBT activist community in the United States.

You would think there would be some gay people outraged by this, people saying, “Hey, don’t show that documentary with that guy in it. We don’t want people to think that’s what we’re about.” But, so far, all the outrage seems to come from people who are more culturally conservative.

I sometimes feel like the left really doesn’t think molesting children is a big deal. Partly because the left is obsessed with sex, they believe that sex is the most important thing in the world, and therefore how can sex *ever* be a bad thing unless a Republican does it? (But they’re also obsessed with “rape culture,” which is kind of a paradox until you realize most of the things the left calls rape don’t actually involve sex, and “rape culture” is just another rhetorical gimmick like “racism.”)

Then again, the left is equally enamored of brutal murderers.  Which would suggest that so long as one subscribes to a socialist progressive ideology, one can be forgiven of both rape and murder.

CBS News Served with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Posted by V the K at 10:24 am - April 6, 2015.
Filed under: Big Journalism

From a dude, ain’t that something? (Hat Tip: Peter H and Newsbusters]

Former CBS employee Kenneth Lombardi, 29, who quit the network last November, is suing CBS claiming sexual harassment. The New York Post reports he claims he “was repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network — including the director for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

It could have been worse, he could have been at CNN and been groped by Candy Crowley.

Anyway, the dude claims to be totes traumatized.

“I have nightmares. I relive these moments every day. The sound of ice in a glass will take me back to that moment,” he said, referring to what he described as a terrifying barroom encounter with Albert “Chip” Colley, who directs the [CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley]

Those chicks on ‘Mad Men’ at least suffered their humiliation with some dignity.

It maybe that the dude is exaggerating, or even making the whole thing up. But considering the way CBS News promoted the phony Duke Lacrosse story and the phony UVA rape case, they have no grounds to complain.

America Tires of Tedious Agitprop

MSDNC — the network solely that exists to cheerlead for Obama and attack anyone who disagrees with his policies as a racist — is experiencing its lowest ratings in a decade. No one… no one… takes MSDNC seriously as a news network, and when one of your leading hosts asks the Attorney General of the United States to quack like a duck, it is easy to see why that is.

But the point of MSDNC is not to get ratings, deliver the news, or even make money. It exists so that Comcast can ingratiate itself with the Democrat Party and receive favorable regulatory treatment.

Meanwhile, Glee, a program that exists solely to glorify gayness and attack middle American values, is also scraping the bottom of the ratings barrel as American viewing audiences grow thoroughly tired of its schtick. Although, to be honest, Glee was never really popular in the mainstream, but only among social progressives who thought it had a Very Important Lesson(TM) for middle America. See also, Girls.

The audience of people who want to be lectured at by smug, head-tilty leftists is much smaller than the progressive left would like it to be; and consists mainly of other smug, head-tilty leftists having their prejudices reaffirmed and who presume the preaching is aimed at others.

The MGM: “Mean Girl Media”

Posted by V the K at 10:32 am - December 3, 2014.
Filed under: Big Journalism

[Disclaimer: I have never seen the movie 'Mean Girls,' but I got the gist of it from Wikipedia.]

Over Thanksgiving, a minor Republican staffer criticized the Royal Daughters (Princess Malia and Princess Sasha) for what she felt was a lack of appropriate decorum at the White House Turkey pardoning. (FWIW, I think eye-rolling and smirking is a completely appropriate way to respond to that idiotic annual ritual.) The MFM went completely bonkers at the criticism of the Royal Daughters. NBC’s Today Show made the ‘scandal’ their top news story. The Washington Post assigned a foreign affairs correspondent to dig through the Republican staffer’s old college newspaper columns in hopes of finding more “dirt.” And this was after the staffer apologized and resigned.

In short, a minor Republican staffer’s criticism of the behavior of the daughter’s of the president received more media attention and resources than the US National Debt surpassing $18 Billion or any of Obama’s abuses of executive power. Also, attacking George W Bush or Sarah Palin’s daughters… fair game. Criticism of the Emperor’s Daughters… Don’t you dare!

The journalistic media establishment operates as a middle school clique, with a mission to protect those inside the clique and belittle, bully, and ostracize those outside of it. They won’t cover the debt because that’s like doing math… BO-RING. But destroying one of the unpopular girls… that’s fun and cool.


The Perspective Gap and Fox News

My long absence from GayPatriot, has been brought on by a few factors, chief among them that I’ve been taking some classes in the evenings and haven’t had much time for blogging, and what little time I have had to spare has been consumed by more going on socially than in the recent past.  But beyond that, there has been my general sense of what I wrote about in this post, and called either Obamalaise or Obamanomie, that feeling of depression and listlessness that comes when I consider the sad state of a country that elected Obama not once, but twice and seems more interested in bread and circuses than in seeking actual, workable solutions to the difficult problems that face our country.

Naturally the online leftist rag Salon can’t understand why anyone would feel upset or bothered by the direction of the country in the era of the glorious Obama, and so one of its contributors, Edwin Lyngar, has written a laughable piece about “elderly white rage” which places the blame on that favorite bogeyman of the contemporary left, Fox News.   I learned of the article when various liberals and leftists I know–including one I’ve taken to calling a MINO (a moderate in name only)–linked to it on social media.  I just glanced past it until one of them approvingly quoted one of the more ridiculous passages from the article.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I am not elderly, nor am I viewer of Fox News.   I mostly avoid the whole TV news genre, preferring to get my information from other sources.  The full title of the article reads: “I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria.”  The author, who describes himself as “overeducated in the humanities” with both an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University (not exactly a bastion of conservative thinkers) and an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno unwittingly demonstrates the way shallow generalizations count as somehow being deep thought by those who advocate a politically correct perspective.

As I don’t care to be guilty of the same intellectual offense, I’d like to highlight and  unpack a few of the article’s more ridiculous claims and observations.  Let’s start with the opening paragraph:

Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation.  They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.

Of course GayPatriot readers can see what he’s doing there, but just for the sake of argument, let’s illustrate that he opens by offering a caricature and a generalization about elderly Fox News viewers, conflates Fox News viewers with the Tea Party, accuses them of being filled with “rage,” and then ends by trying to ridicule them as being “terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.”  Say what?  That last clause is contains so many misrepresentations and non-sequiturs that it is really rather stunning.  Barack Obama is only a moderate Democrat if you are so far to the left already that you can’t see how far his administration has shifted the political status quo towards statist goals.  And just because Obamacare was given the Orwellian title “the Affordable Care Act,” doesn’t mean it has anything to do with making healthcare more affordable.  Far from it, just ask the many people dropped from insurance who find that their health insurance costs have gone up and their deductibles are now much higher than they were previously.  Even those who haven’t had to change insurance are getting less for more costs.

The article continues with an anecdote about the author’s father and an exchange where the writer tells him he shouldn’t watch Fox News:

enjoyed Fox News for many years, as a libertarian and frequent Republican voter. I used to share many, though not all, of my father’s values, but something happened over the past few years. As I drifted left, the white, Republican right veered into incalculable levels of conservative rage, arriving at their inevitable destination with the creation of the Tea Party movement.

When I finally pulled the handle for Obama in 2012, my father could not believe how far I’d fallen. I have avoided talking politics with him as much as possible ever since. Last week, I invited him to my house for dinner with the express purpose of talking about po


Freedom of the Press Has Dropped Precipitously in the Last Few Years

Posted by V the K at 9:54 am - February 13, 2014.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Post 9-11 America

The USA now ranks 46th in press freedom … below Namibia, Slovenia, Romania and a whole bunch of other countries people educated in public schools can’t find on a map. And it isn’t Rush Limbaugh, FoxNews, or Glenn Beck making this statement; it’s the left-leaning “Reporters Without Borders.”

According to Christophe Deloire, the Reporters Without Borders Secretary General, the World Freedom Index is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure.

Investigative journalist James Risen believes the Index rightly shows the drop in American journalists’ freedoms due to crackdowns on reporters and whistleblowers and the efforts of the Obama administration and the National Security Agency to limit the amount of information America has concerning the “War on Terror” and other subjects.

“I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States modern history,” James Risen said.

On a related note, Mr. Obama’s FCC has launched an investigation into “bias” in the newsroom, and will be interrogating broadcasters about their editorial choices. Just ;like Mr. Obama’s IRS asked Tea Party groups about their membership lists, Facebook posts, and church activities.

Also, Rachel Maddow got so mad when a Republican called her a “cheerleader for Obama” she almost threw her pom-poms right in his face.  I don’t think MSDNC has to worry about the FCC investigating their “editorial choices.”

Walters and Goldberg: It’s Okay to say “retarded”

In GP comments, we’ve seen the occasional mini-kerfuffle over someone’s references to the mentally handicapped: whether they were hurtful, or whether the critics (those claiming hurt) were just playing mind games, etc.

In that light, it’s interesting to note that beloved lefties Bill Maher, Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters all agree that it’s perfectly OK for a comedian to mock Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome child as “retarded”:

Maher mocked Palin’s special needs son by referring to him as “retarded” during a June 8 Las Vegas show…

Walters, who grew up with a special needs sister, said on June 17 on The View that she did not think Maher was “mean-spirited” when he referred to Palin’s son as “retarded.” Walters speculated that Maher did not know the word could be hurtful…even Walters’s in-studio audience was not buying this defense and was left silent…

Goldberg lamely tried to assist Walters, saying “we, society took the word ‘retarded’ and made it into something derogatory…When I was a kid, it wasn’t derogatory…” Video here.

I regret that I couldn’t find the exact original quote of Maher’s, but Walters and Goldberg clearly wanted to speak out in Maher’s favor: the camera flashed to an old family photo of Walters’ as she spoke, which means that Walters’ remarks were planned.

So, what’s the official standard? Is it still baaaaad to refer to anybody (whether mentally challenged or not) as “retarded” – with an exception for Republicans perhaps, or Sarah Palin’s children? On what grounds?

Lefties, please don’t try to say “Oh who cares, it’s only Bill Maher” – because it isn’t, now: it’s also Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters.

Capricious Enforcement: A sign of the times

Back in October 2010, blogger Tigerhawk recalled what one of his Princeton classmates, who was originally from Romania, said about the nature of life under socialism:

One recurring tool of socialist tyranny is the capricious enforcement of unworkable laws.

He quoted the passage in making a point about the “capricious enforcement” which was an inevitable feature of the unworkable mess better known as Obamacare.

But two and a half years later, it’s evident that observation could just as easily have been applied to our byzantine tax code, our environmental regulations, and even laws pertaining to press freedoms under the Obama administration.  As Dan wrote earlier today, the only folks who are surprised by any of these scandals are the ones who haven’t been paying attention to what has been going with our government since January 20, 2009.

In the case of the Obama administration, though, it’s not strictly capricious enforcement, but selective enforcement, always with a partisan goal in mind.  The IRS targeting of the Tea Party and conservative organizations is appalling, but one would have to be naive not to believe, as ABC’s Trey Hardin noted today, that it wasn’t authorized by someone in the West Wing.  Hardin observed (audio at the link):

I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization.

And it’s not just the IRS.  Earlier today it came out that the EPA waived fees for leftist organizations and leftist journalists who requested information, but not for conservative ones:   “Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.”  Yes, this would be the same EPA that has classified carbon dioxide as a pollutant, making the mere act of exhaling potentially troublesome.

A coincidence?  I think not.  This is the same administration committed to picking winners and losers on most matters.  Hence, it should surprise no one that while oil companies are prosecuted for the deaths of eagles and other protected species, the bird-killing wind farms are naturally given a pass.   Clearly, some energy companies are more equal than others.

It’s the same with journalists.  Just a day after the AP snooping scandal broke, the administration is playing favorites again.  Jake Tapper has gained a reputation as one who can be counted on to ask tough questions of the White House with greater frequency than the reporters at most of the other lamestream news organizations.  Well, today Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection is reporting that the White House played Jake Tapper by selectively leaking one e-mail with the apparent aim of creating a diversion in the reporting about the Benghazi cover-up.  Jacobson writes: “Like I said, this entire diversion of leaking a single email out of a chain of emails to Tapper was simply meant to put critics of the administration back on their heels and to provide an excuse for White House defenders to throw around words like ‘doctored.’”

And so what else do we see today?  Well, all of a sudden the administration’s lackeys in the press such as Hilary Rosen are now out expressing their sympathy for poor Jay Carney.  I guess they’re afraid of ending up as the subject of a DOJ snooping scandal or an IRS investigation or a selective leak.


Friday Night Thoughts

Although I first saw an online news posting about the explosion in West, Texas on Wednesday night, I had no idea of the severity of the incident, and I didn’t research the matter in much depth.  When I first heard news reports about the story on Thursday morning, though, I was struck by the fact that the reporters and the news networks almost resented having to take time away from covering this week’s events in Boston to report on the disastrous accident in Texas.

I wasn’t the only one to notice.    Yesterday Ace and Mary Katherine Ham noted a New York Times piece faulting Fox News for focusing on the events in West, Texas rather than reporting on the failure of the gun legislation in the Senate on Wednesday.  Writing in the New York Times,  Brian Stelter lamented: “While most of [MSNBC's] ‘Joe’ was dedicated to guns on Thursday, Fox’s morning show, ‘Fox & Friends,’ didn’t mention the word once. It focused instead on news about a Texas fertilizer plant explosion.”

Ace’s characterization of the complaint gets at it perfectly:

The media here documents its own sick-making bias and arrogance but instead of understanding their own words — we ignored the destruction of an entire town to focus only on the minor heartburn suffered by our Liberal Messiah — they use it as a bludgeon for criticizing Fox.

See, Fox did wrong by thinking the lives in West, Texas mattered.

And as Thursday moved into Friday, that has only continued to be the case.  Granted, the story of a manhunt for a suspected terrorist is more dramatic, particularly when most of a major urban area is ordered to go on lockdown and to stay indoors.

But when it comes to the magnitude of what happened in West, Texas Wednesday night compared with what happened in Boston on Monday, what happened in Texas is many times worse, not only in terms of deaths, but also in terms of destruction and lives uprooted.  At this time, the death toll in Texas stands at 14 (including five volunteer firefighters and four emergency service workers) with 60 people still unaccounted for.  Three fire trucks were destroyed, at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed, and at least 200 other people were injured.

An act of evil which terrorizes and disrupts a major city is certainly important.  What happened in Texas, though, is just as important, as the consequences will likely be much more devastating for the lives of those involved and for the entire community, and yet the media is doing its best to bury the story, just as the media and the Obama administration did its best to deny that a terrorist incident in Texas 4 1/2 years ago was actually a terrorist incident.  How many people even knew that three weeks ago, the Army formally declined to give Purple Hearts to Fort Hood shooting victims?

To listen to most of the media this week, it should be abundantly clear that some lives and some places are clearly more equal than others.  And the lives and livelihoods of a bunch of folks in a tiny town in rural Texas aren’t viewed as amounting to much.

UPDATE:  Assistant Village Idiot has some related thoughts (about Boston’s importance to the media, that is, not about their lack of interest in Texas) here.  This paragraph stands out as a key reflection of the media’s insularity about its focus on the Northeast:

I admit, a few dead and almost 200 injured is a big deal.  But the shared mentality is of the news, the politicians, and the teams combining to make it look more universal than it actually is.  OMG, the kid was from Dorchester!  Why, I go past Dorchester a lot!  A BU grad student! Oh no!  I knew some BU grad students once!

Unclear on the Concept: the Pew Media Study

Monday morning, I woke up to an NPR summary of the latest Pew “State of the Media Study.”  Even in my half-awake state, what I heard seemed like the musings of leftists trying to explain why their favorite program is failing to accomplish anything worthwhile.  So when I got a chance, I decided to look into the matter further, and then I came across this article at the Huffington Post.    The headline there tells us all we need to know about the insularity of the folks who worked on the Pew media study.  It reads, “Pew State Of The Media Study: Journalism Cutbacks Are Driving Consumers Away.”

Let’s examine the opening paragraphs of the Huffington Post article in more detail.  The story begins:

Years of newsroom cutbacks have had a demonstrable impact on the quality of digital, newspaper and television news and in how consumers view that work, a study released Monday found.

Nearly one-third of consumers surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said they have abandoned a news outlet because it no longer gave them what they had counted on, either with fewer or less complete stories.

Pew’s annual State of the News Media report delivered what has become a common litany of grim business statistics. Television news viewership is down. Newsroom employment at newspapers is down 30 percent since a peak in 2000 and has gone below 40,000 people for the first time since 1978. Newsweek shut its print edition and Time magazine is cutting staff.

“These cutbacks are real,” said Amy Mitchell, the project’s acting director. “And based on the data that we’ve collected, they are having an effect.”

Government coverage on local television news has been cut in half since 2005, the study said. Sports, weather and traffic now account for 40 percent of the content on these broadcasts; yet that’s just the sort of information readily available elsewhere. That’s a recipe for future erosion, Mitchell said.

So if we believe Pew, the media are failing primarily because of “newsroom cutbacks,” and that has put the media into a vicious cycle of shortages and decline.  Evidently, none of the folks at Pew thought to ask what caused the “newsroom cutbacks” in the first place.

Here’s a hint:  it wasn’t simply the economy.   Decades of biased coverage, selective reporting, agenda-driven campaigns, and the refusal to hold corrupt and cynical politicians accountable have taken their toll.  People aren’t buying what the press is trying to sell.  When was the last time anyone in the lamestream press asked an entrenched politician questions like these?

Lest you think I’m being too harsh on the insularity of the folks who worked on the Pew study, consider these additional facts.  It came as news to them that MSNBC is “almost entirely dominated by opinion.”  One wonders where they have been hiding during the last eight years.

But wait, it gets better.  Pew was also surprised to learn that “It’s getting harder to distinguish CNN from its more ideological cable news rivals,” according to another report about the study.   Newsflash to Pew:  CNN has been highly ideological for at least a decade now. And while the folks at Pew were busy putting the finishing touches on the study, Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow went off the rails in their sympathy for the high school football players convicted of rape in an Ohio courtroom.

Yet somehow, the folks at Pew somehow still want us to believe that viewers and readers are tuning out the media because cutbacks are placing limits on the ability of the press to cover stories adequately.

Our Agenda-Driven Press Corps

In his post yesterday about the Los Angeles shooter, Jeff pointed out the noteworthy lamestream media silence on certain key elements of the shooter’s manifesto.  Indeed, as Noah Rothman notes today at Mediaite: When crazed shooters can’t be linked to the Tea Party, the media displays admirable restraint.  The story of the shooter in Los Angeles, in fact, is–like several other recent shooters–only of interest to the press corps to the extent that it helps feed the narrative about “gun violence” and the need for more gun-control.  Elements of the story that don’t fit with the narrative are omitted, and especially those elements that contradict the narrative or help to fuel competing narratives.  Because the Los Angeles shooter’s manifesto complains about perceived “racism,” this could theoretically turn into a story about how the racial grievance industry has created a monster, but of course it never will because that is not an agenda the media has any interest in promoting.

Most of the times these days it seems that the press corps is pushing several different agenda items at one time, and news stories are only of interest or worth covering to the extent that they help advance one of those agenda items.  Rather than report the facts and let things fall where they may, the press tries to shoehorn as many stories as possible into the service of one agenda item or another.   The other day, for instance, I woke up to this story on NPR explaining that:  “The gun violence that scars some Chicago neighborhoods has been a plague for one woman. Shirley Chambers first lost a child to gunfire in the mid 1990s. In 2000, a daughter and a son were shot to death just months apart. On Monday, Chambers buried her last child.”  The story could have focused on the horrible failure of gun-control in Chicago, it could have talked about the problems with gangs in the city or crime related to drugs, it could have talked about the plight of inner-city blacks caught up in a dysfunctional culture, but it didn’t do anything like that.  No, the story had to be forced to fit the current narrative about the evils of “gun violence.”

But it’s not just “gun violence.”  As I write, a huge winter storm is bearing down on the Northeast.  When I spent a few years in New England in the 1980s, this sort of thing was to be expected and was known simply as “winter.”  These days, every storm of any magnitude is a big story, people are encouraged to panic and to scurry about, and inevitably, the articles begin to appear linking the storm to “climate change.”

Other common themes of note these days include the repeated focus on “bullying” as a way of pushing “anti-bullying programs” and “anti-bullying” legislation.  Hence, this horrible story is of interest to the media because it is seen as a way of advancing the “anti-bullying” agenda.  In years past, it may have been reported simply as a brutal fight in a school yard, but not any more.   I’m curious to know more about the attacker, but the story doesn’t tell us, nor does the journalist who wrote the story have any interest in reporting what the actual issues in this case are, because doing so would only undermine the “anti-bullying” agenda.  Even NFL cheerleaders are of interest largely to the extent that they can help advance the cause.

And of course, gay issues are another big agenda item for the press corps, but only insofar as gays and lesbians can be portrayed as either victims (of hate or discrimination or abuse) or as inspiring and selfless humanitarians.  Hence, this story about a supposedly “gay” dog in Tennessee was picked up by the national press because it helped advance the narrative that people in “red states” are stupid bigots who hate gays;  in truth, it is really a story about how there are people in all states who shouldn’t own dogs either because they are irresponsible and self-centered or because they have no knowledge or understanding of normal canine behavior.  Had the dog been euthanized after having been abandoned by a gangster or a meth addict in the inner city, you can be certain it wouldn’t have made the news.

Random Wednesday Thought

Okay I’ll admit: I don’t get it.

ESPN feels the need to apologize because Brent Musburger says some girl is pretty. And yet, CNN feels no compunction whatsoever to apologize when their #1 rated program goes on a rant about killing a previous guest?

Just sayin’, it’s a pretty crazy world. And Nick doesn’t really get it.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

P.S., speaking of apologizing, sorry you had to watch through that Alex Jones guy for almost a whole minute just to get to the good stuff.

Media Elites Have No Shame…Nor Sense of Irony

Pity poor David Gregory of NBC News. His real crime is against intellectual honesty and integrity.

I agree with The Wall Street Journal this morning in their unsigned editorial (behind firewall, sorry), calling the notional indictment of the old-school media journo “nonsensical”. (For background on the issue, see here, and here.)
But allow me to expand on their thoughts…

The real authorities who should be after Gregory, if they existed, are the irony cops. Set aside the lost irony of an inside-the-beltway elitist self-righteously mocking Wayne LaPierre’s idea of sending armed guards to America’s schools while sending his kids to a school with…um, eleven armed guards. That sort of subtlety can easily be missed even by someone whose job it is to communicate and use the English language.

But imagine if Mr. LaPierre had been a little more astute last week when confronted with the illegal 30-round magazine Mr. Gregory was flaunting on national TV. I imagine his elevator wit has him saying something like this:

You know, David, I see you blatantly brandishing that 30-round magazine here in the District of Columbia and I know—as I’m sure you do yourself—that possession of such is a criminal offense. Now, I disagree with the law, so I’m surely not going to be a hypocrite and suggest you be hauled away to jail in the way you suggest others should be for having that. I at least do have the courage of my convictions…a courage I only wish you shared.

However, your flagrant violation of the law offers all your viewers two very telling lessons: First, that when elites like yourself speak on your high horses about denying others their rights, it rarely ever affects you. After all, that magazine is illegal in DC, but possessing it would serve your purpose, so you seem to have come across one yourself, haven’t you? Secondly, just look at how useless such laws are anyway. I’m not going to try to goad you into revealing your source, David. But I imagine you didn’t just walk into the CVS and pick that up, did you? Seems someone along the line must have disregarded and broken the law, doesn’t it?

Perhaps if those who deem themselves the arbiters of the “dialog” we’re supposed to be having about gun violence in America today were in any way interested in actually having a “dialog”, we could get somewhere.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

Do the Mainstream News Reporters Have any Shame?

Real quick post here before I turn in tonight…

I haven’t had a chance to watch all that much of the president’s awkward-moment-filled appearance on Univision last night (here, here, and here, are a few snippets), but every clip I see makes me want for more.

Watching just the little I’ve seen, and the hard-hitting questions and follow-ups, though, I wonder: Do the reporters who cover the president and his other lickspittle trucklers in the MSM ever feel embarrassed by their sycophancy? I mean really, do they ever, at the end of the day, stop and feel ashamed that they do so poorly at what their job is actually supposed to be: Seeking truth from power?

Just a thought. Every once in a while I end the day not having done much (the military is a big place, and you can’t sleigh a dragon every day). It makes me feel uneasy when that happens. I wonder, seriously, how reporters feel at the end of their day, to see people like Univision’s moderators (and audience members, for that matter, too) doing their jobs so much more competently.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

P.S., Notice, too, by the way, that every answer the president gives is about how his problems are somebody else’s fault. I imagine this excuse-roladex he has would grow tiring to hear for the American electorate if he were actually—regularly—asked real questions…you know, the kind that the “Pimp with the Limp” doesn’t tend to ask…

UPDATE (from Dan):  Holy cow, Nick, did you read my mind?  (Or maybe just see my notes on the blog dashboard?)  I had intended to get at the same thing you address in your postscript, particularly about how the president blamed Republicans for his failure to pass an immigration bill.  Good post.

UP-UPDATE (also from Dan):  love how Drudge promotes the interview:

UP-UP-UPDATE (more…)