I once was a journalist and proud of my profession.
Today’s media are habitually violating what once were the profession’s governing principles: that the news must be reported objectively, fairly and without bias. As the report of Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz reveals, the media fed the nation a steaming pile of BS.
For years, their unrelenting hated of President Donald Trump
has been their guiding principle. Not that Trump doesn’t deserve to be nailed. He’s his own worst enemy; one might argue credibly that he has brought the BS storm on himself.
But that’s not an excuse for the media’s self-satisfying, twisted practices. Only a few called their profession to task.
In Chicago, no one has done it better than Tribune columnist John Kass, whose column today, “Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?” is one that I wish I had written. In this, Kass solidifies his role as Chicago’s best and perhaps the only remaining conservative columnist. If he is to survive the usual crap hurled at his editors (e.g “Why is someone like John Kass allowed to spew his hatred in the Tribune”), it’s up to you, dear readers, to protect him by showing your support.
The other praiseworthy journalist is Matt Taibbi, a contributor editor of Rolling Stone, a reliable left-wing, counter culture publication. who continues his insightful critique of the media with “‘Corroboration Zero’: An Inspector General’s Report Reveals the Steele Dossier Was Always a Joke” In it, he itemizes the media fabrications, exaggerations and embellishments that were exposed by the Horowitz report. That:
- The Steele dossier was not central to the FBI’s efforts to get the FISA court to permit a wiretap on Trump campaign associate Cater Page. Here’s an example (“Why Team Trump is wrong about Carter Page, the dossier and that secret warrant”) of how NBC got it wrong.
- The Steele dossier was “credible”. (Daily Beast)
- The Rep. David Nunes memo warning about the deceptive dossier was “debunked” (New Yorker)
- The Russians blocked Trump from nominating Mitt Romney as secretary of state. (The Telegraph)
- Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was in Prague presumably to meet with Russian hackers. (Washington Post)
- The scandalous “pee tape” might be credible. (MSNBC)
- Trump and a Russian bank were communicating via a secret server. (Time)
- The FISA-approved wiretaps were producing good-enough intelligence to be renewed three times. (Washington Post)
That so much of the coverage was based on leaks from Trump-haters and were published without verification spotlights the convergence (or should I say the “intersectionality”) of two major media problems today: (1) the left-wing bias that infects so much of the media and (2) the increasing willingness to cite unnamed sources, especially when they have an obvious political agenda.
Americans are hoping that one way or another the impeachment follies/patriot endeavor can be wrapped up soon. Not so soon, however, will we see the media’s commitment to root out this rot.
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