“Most Americans have lost confidence in the media to deliver the news objectively,” said the Knight Foundation chief program officer. “This is corrosive for our democracy.”
Half (49%) of all Americans think the media is very biased.
— an 08-04-2020 Knight Foundation/Gallup poll.
If the New York Times was any more “woke” it would crow like a rooster. The damn thing beats you over the head with its scolding progressivism like a Mt. Horeb guidance counsellor on a state legislator. All race, all COVID-19, Never Trump.
Take last Sunday’s edition (as Henny Youngman used to say), please!
The Page One top-line headline uncovers another example of far-right extremism — in Germany. One of the “read-outs” on the bottom of the front page starts out: “As America confronts its racism …” No “alleged” for the Times! It’s FACT, not opinion!
Another [snotty quotes] “news” story unveils the racism “that lingers in medical schools.” (When the entirety of the U.S.A. is racist, in the NYTimes’ telling, why should doctor school be different?)
Look, Jane! Look! There’s a photograph of President Trump signing legislation surrounded by applauding witnesses of multiple races. Oh, smack! The deflating headline: “Law to reduce crack cocaine sentences no help for some inmates.” (Once again, the perfect is the enemy of the good — especially when it involves Donald Trump.)
⇒ It could very well be true that a government action does not help everyone; it is argumentative to say that any legislation can and tendentious to draw attention to the defect while downplaying the overwhelming benefit.
No sports, only social justice
The discombobulated gray lab coasts at the Werkes fled the news pages for the oasis of the sports pages. No use! Top line: a professional basketball player is quoted to say: “the better I got in sports, the worse the racism got.”
The Sunday Styles section ignored the world of decadent fashion to bash what it supposes to be white culture. “Rejecting Greek life, groups of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters work to kick their organizations off campus.” (Someone tell Madison’s inflammable prankster, Althea Bernstein.)
In desperation, the labcoats cast their microscopes on the Times’ Arts & Leisure section. Cover story demands that “the Reconciliation must be televised [to] tell the horror story of the system, draw straight lines from slavery to right now and demand the system be reformed.” (Colonel Kurtz, splashing water on his bald head: “The Horror!”)
Not to be outdone, its Sunday magazine quotes Ben & Jerry “on selling ice cream and social change.” Until the ice cream scolds …
“There wasn’t any other business talking about dismantling white supremacy.”
Never Trump infomercial
But the Times’ obsessive compulsive disorder reaches the clinical stage for a full, two-page spread bashing Trump with cutting-edge graphic artistry. Employing quick bites for the attention deficit (“Channel-surfing his way through the presidency.”) A variety of brief sidebars: “The Presidential Ego.” (It’s yuge!) “The president and the truth.” (Not very.) and “Things [John] Bolton claims people said to him.” (Never flattering.)
Of course, this unreported Biden political campaign contribution quotes (multiple times) disgraced former FBI director Jim Comey (still a hero on the Left). One of which equates the President with a Mafia boss.
That does not even get us to the editorial page where even the token “conservatives” like Bret Stephens are Never Trump. (We do have some sympathy.)
‘Fawning and feeble’
The distrust in the news media revealed by the public opinion poll with which we began this blogge “seems to shock many observers in the media but I do not know why,” observes law professor Jonathan Turley.
“Many in the [news] media has spent years in openly shaping the news to resist Donald Trump — just as some in the conservative media have done so in his defense. The New York Times recently to apologize for publishing a dissenting view of the protests by the U.S. Senator.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: At least no lies about the “peaceful protests” in Portland. This Sunday.