There are no guarantees
We like to think the proprietor hereabouts retains some of what once was known as a news reporter’s objectivity. We’re skeptical but not cynical. There was only one infallible human being once long ago.
Which is why the white lab coats retch in unison whenever some of our associates pledge their full faith and trust in (say) Donald Trump. We side with Dr. Fauci on social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic but we are aware that, to a hammer, everything is a nail. Without a functioning economy, there are no ventilators, no vaccine.
Jimmy Carter launched the 55 mph speed limit to combat the fuel crisis even on the Interstate Highway System? That restriction took on new life as a safety measure. (By which reasoning, 45 mph was even safer). But rational people voted otherwise using their right foot. The trade-off, they decided, was worth it.
A lot of people did something in Brookfield
We live now in an era of “settled science” accompanied by the usual brow-beating and Deplorable-shaming. Want to reopen the economy? You racist, accuses Joy Reid of MSNBC.
Saturday (04-18-2020) in Brookfield, Midwest-nice Wisconsin protested the governor’s extension of the coronavirus quarantine for a further five weeks. Now, they may be misguided. Either way, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made certain to play up the photograph of the one idiot waving the Confederate flag before other participants told him to take it down. Fits their narrative.
Which disturbs the totalitarians at the New York Times. “Stop airing Trump’s briefings!” Charles Blow demands. “The briefings are marked by Trump’s own misinformation, deceptions, rage, blaming and boasting.”
Blow dispenses with offering any evidence of the alleged “misinformation and deceptions” because he is writing for New York Times readers. It is presumed.
Rule by expert is the central tenet of progressivism, reaching its fullest expression in the Marxists’ “scientific socialism.”
The intellectual fraudulence of so much journalism today, including TV journalism, in which anything touching on President Trump must be filtered through a fixed, pre-existing narrative. Apparently many reporters have taken to heart the admonitions we’ve heard since 2016 that the press must abandon objectivity because Mr. Trump is a proto-dictator. (At least, until Covid-19 came along. Now the left faults him for not assuming dictatorial powers.)
Indoctrination, not information
It is why my favorite morning daily newspaper here in Madison WI is now liberal-to-progressive in outlook where, in my youth, it was solid Republican. “A decline in ad dollars means the print industry now lacks its former insulation from reader prejudice,” Jenkins explains. Just imagine the boycott, subscription cancellations and vandalism if the WI State Journal endorsed Trump for re-election!
But it’s worse. Jenkins tells it:
It’s a preference for conformity over curiosity as a character trait. It may be useful in some professions but is the opposite of what’s needed for good journalism. It’s also a trait needed for good scholarship on the nation’s campuses where perhaps the battle for free speech and free thought is really being lost.
It’s FREE! Bernie Sanders has won!
We saw something even more alarming than Blow’s call for managing the news in the Sunday New York Times, a full page “house ad” promising:
Free access to New York Times journalism.
For every high school in America.
Egads! Like the pusher at the chainlink fence on the playground, the first one is free! And people wonder why the news media is the least trusted source of news on the pandemic.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Here’s the thing: if you think Wisconsin is reopening too soon, stay home. Use your best judgment.