Phony mainstream journalists

Leftist reporters and analysts in the mainstream media are befuddled—and not just about the Trump phenomenon. Typically they lash out at anyone and anything that doesn’t conform to their worldview of how politics should be played, and who should play. Journalists, livid that they have low esteem and increasingly less relevance in the news cycle, denounce new media sources as “beyond-the-fringe,” “far extremes,” and “the murky swamp of right-wing.” They deeply, irrationally resent the competition, especially because so many Americans now reject their distorted, bias, misrepresentations and attacks on our traditional culture and values.

Recently, Paul Farhi, the Washington Post’s media reporter attempted to discredit Alex Jones, a talk show host, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who he interviewed. Farhi’s rant titled, “Thanks to Trump, fringe news enters the mainstream” reported that they both have a “rocky relationship with facts and credible information.”

Speaking of “rocky” relationships polls show low public trust of the media, now perceived primarily as a propaganda branch of the Obama administration. Farhi sneers at Jones’ and Trump’s “doubts about President Obama’s place of birth and birth certificate” (a very old story).

That’s odd because the In-the-tank for Obama press never showed any interest in discovering anything about the background or history of that largely unknown candidate—leaving big voids of information that the voters deserved to know. Naturally, some curious Americans tried to find out for themselves. “The first black president” was all the press could come up with in their failure to report vital information about that presidential candidate.

Of course, we could see that Obama was black. What the press didn’t care to report, or didn’t want the voters to know, was the subversive character and lack of integrity of the candidate.  We’ve learned from experience that this person is a deceitful, arrogant narcissist; a Marxist; a Muslim sympathizer; unwilling to compromise with or even acknowledge political opponents; has disdain for American history, a majority of our people and the military; and is a liar who has many times violated his oath of office: to “faithfully…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Mr. Farhi bitterly criticizes “alternative” information including “websites, talk radio programs, newsletters, conferences and ‘citizen journalists’.” (He omits books. Popular conservative authors also dominate that nonfiction information medium.) Farhi begrudgingly admits that these sources are “broadly popular among conservatives.”

He doesn’t connect the success and proliferation of alternatives to the diminution of the leftist-dominated mainstream press.  Print editors continue to stack the editorial deck with leftist columnists, sometimes allowing a “moderate” writer some space. Editorials promote leftist ideology and support cultural chaos. Reporters not so subtly slip their political and cultural biases into “news.”  Could it be that Americans want information more honest, trustworthy and reflecting our traditional values?

The Post reporter cites Steve Smith, “a veteran newspaper editor who teaches journalism at the University of Idaho” (two reasons to suspect his views), presumably to confirm his negative and resentful opinion of alternative media. Smith excuses lack of mainstream response to “false narrative” with the comment, “journalists just don’t have time to keep up.”

Please, spare us this phony forgiveness for journalistic malpractice.

More likely journalists can’t keep up with other than canned reactions because of Marxist and anti-American indoctrination in journalism schools, inability to reason, and lack of knowledge. In the same paragraph Smith admits to a “loss of quality and quantity in American journalism”—but he excuses that because of “cutbacks and economic woes.”

Many of us believe the mainstream economic distress is due to lack of quality, not the reverse.

Farhi attacks Trump because he “has been the most aggressive in the Republican field in denouncing the mainstream media.” Clearly, that’s another reason The Donald ranks high in polls. He won’t take their bait, tolerate their insolence, back down or apologize for what he says; something that drives them batty. They’ve never faced a Republican presidential candidate with his fearless guts and gall. Even people in his own party resent him for his blunt candor.

Farhi employs another deceptive tactic used often by Democrat operatives: accusing their perceived enemies of doing or saying things that they do or say. For example, Trump cited a think tank source in defending his view that Muslims should temporarily not be admitted into our country.

Farhi refers to this as a “kind of self-reinforcing information loop in which Trump introduces some inaccurate statement, is called on it by the news media, which is then denounced by Trump for its supposed bias against him.”

The press hates this—getting caught at its own hypocritical game: the government introduces some inaccurate statement, is not called on it by the news media, and mainstreamers promptly spread it as the truth. The unquestioned myths they spread about manmade climate change is one of the most persistent and flagrant examples of the media misinformation loop.

Farhi cites another “communications” professor. “It’s really jarring because (Trump is) defying the rules of evidence that we have come to expect of people in leadership.” Really. You never expected that from Obama during the past seven years of his false accusations— against police, for example? Obama says that “climate change” is a bigger threat to us than Islamic terrorists—who he won’t even publicly acknowledge. Where is the evidence that supports that assertion? The female professor also said that Trump tells “his supporters what they want to believe is true.”

We don’t rely on Trump for important news, but the press can’t be trusted because too many journalists tell us, often falsely, what they want us to believe.

Reporter Farhi also resents Trump because “he may be the first politician to exploit… widespread, bipartisan distrust of conventional news sources….” He cites Trump’s claim that “thousands of Muslims” in New Jersey cheered the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 (news he admits has been on emails and websites “for years”).

Many “alternative” news sources have noted that we generally haven’t been informed about it because the mainstream press likely never reported these events. But at least one story was hidden to the Washington Post, as I recall—uncovered by “alternative” media.

Traditional news outlets habitually repeat news from one source throughout the networks—often using the same words—another reason to distrust the mainstreamers. Repeat something, true or false, enough and people will eventually believe it.

Mr. Farhi throws in a final questionable thought about the mainstream media and our new alternatives to it. He cites Syracuse University School of information studies Professor Jeffery Hemsley. The information professor notes that political candidates no longer talk to the “public as a whole,” with a “somewhat unifying story.”

Of course they don’t, that concept is also gone—disunities pervade our society, thanks to the visionary quest for multiculturalism at the universities that have tried to destroy American culture as we once knew and understood it. Hemsley writes, “Nowadays people tend to pick their own news, and like-minded social contacts, which tends to reinforce their beliefs rather than challenge them.”

There is nothing wrong with reinforcing our beliefs and freely associating with “like-minded” people. It’s one way we have of coping with our cultural fragmentation and the subversively false narratives fed to us by the prejudicial press.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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