Lies, damned lies and media reports

This is from a post on What Media Bias Looks like taken from The Other McCain.

What Media Bias Looks Like

Rush Limbaugh has remarked that if all he wanted to talk about was media bias, he could spend all day, every day talking about it. As someone who’s been in the conservative journalism business for more than 20 years of my 32-year career, I know exactly what Rush means. Our job, as communicators on the Right, is to attempt to counteract the tsunami of left-wing propaganda from the major media establishment. When I was working the national desk at The Washington Times, my job often involved editing wire copy to remove liberal bias. For example, take the latest item from the Associated Press and remove those phrases and clauses that represented an intrusion — subtle or explicit — of political prejudice. I became very adept at such work, and also was a master of what you might call the compiled summary. A mass shooting happens, for example, and you assemble a 500-word story with bits and pieces from multiple sources (AP, Reuters, local newspaper coverage, etc.) to present the event in a neutral way, rather than as a rallying cry for new gun-control laws (which is how the Washington Post would report it).

Most journalists live inside an echo-chamber of liberalism, and therefore have no concept of what’s wrong with their worldview. Limbaugh has pointed out that many liberals go into the journalism business because they “want to make a difference.” They consider themselves missionaries of enlightenment, battling the forces of ignorance, and the only way they ever look at a Republican is down. The type of people who work at CNN or the New York Times view GOP voters as so far beneath them — morally and intellectually inferior — that they don’t even deserve to be noticed, except insofar as they deserve to be hated. It is impossible to exaggerate the contempt with which Jim Acosta or Carol Costello regard the 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump. And what the soi-disant “elite” media cannot be bothered to contemplate is that their prejudice is a result of their own ignorance. It would be interesting, if you just happened to encounter Mika Brzezinski at a cocktail party, to say, “Have you ever read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed?” Or: “Have you ever read The Long March by Roger Kimball?

Those are just a couple of titles on the list of Books Liberals Never Read, and the fact that they became “educated” (usually at very expensive private universities) without ever being exposed to any well-argued criticism of their beliefs is your first clue as to the source not only of their own political prejudice, but the general decline of intellectual standards in elite academia. Why is it that I’ve read so much Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky — picture me, circa 1995, with The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte as my bedtime reading — and yet none of the liberals who get paid to talk on cable-TV news programs can be bothered to read any of the books that well-informed conservatives have generally read? Do the anchors at CNN suppose that, for example, Heather Mac Donaldis just a bigoted dimwit? Do they think Charles Murray is a clown?

I would describe it as a scandal but no one is ever scandalised. We are all so used to it that it’s nothing more unusual than the sun rising in the east.

 

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7 Responses to Lies, damned lies and media reports

  1. We’ve all seen how conservatives run for cover as soon as the media come after them. This happens all over The West.
    The one person who understands this and fights back is Donald J Trump. Many of us who have been frustrated with media bias support him for that alone.

    “I can’t spare this man, HE FIGHTS”

  2. I read Their ABC, the Age and other Leftist media, as well as the biased far right media such as Breitbart etc. I’m happy to get a balance and understand how both sides work. Which has made me a conservative rather than a ‘progressive’ (who are in reality regressive).

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Most journalists live inside an echo-chamber of liberalism, and therefore have no concept of what’s wrong with their worldview. Limbaugh has pointed out that many liberals go into the journalism business because they “want to make a difference.” They consider themselves missionaries of enlightenment, battling the forces of ignorance

    Journalism schools were one of the first targets for the Gramscians. An easy one too, since journalist wannabes so often “want to make a difference”. Righties don’t want to make a difference, they want to live in peace and not be nannied by journalists wanting to make a difference all the time.

    Trump is a genius..who else could use verbal jujitsu in such a way that the journalism profession could so discredit itself?

  4. Jo Smyth

    It is embarrassing and pathetic to watch how supposed Liberal Politicians go all ga ga when they are confronted by the media. ScoMo is a prime example of someone who is scared stiff of saying the wrong thing to the left media instead of saying the right thing to the Liberal voters. He will quickly lose any support he had because the media know exactly what they are doing. Donald Trump needs to start holding workshops for lily livered conservative Politicians.

  5. Tel

    Journalism schools were one of the first targets for the Gramscians.

    They attach high importance to owning and controlling communication channels, being able to impose their own definition of what is normal, and if necessary they steal words and redefine them. The techniques pioneered by Goebbels are alive and well.

    You can see a number of attempts to steal the word “Libertarian” recently.

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    The answer to the gutless pretend liberals fear of the communist media is not to appear on their attack “shows “QA for instance ,don’t admit them to press conference s just issue a carefully worded statement . In other words send he bastards to Coventry ignore them ,mock them in parliament use abc and sbs reliance on tax payer fund use the threat of cuts to pull them into line <don’t have government ads on fauxfacs or the communist guardian . Get security and police checks on all activites ,cut off Centrelink to Antifa fascist thugs and political activites . In other words fight back ! You cannot be gutless with fascists if they hit you hit back harder ten times for their one aim to destroy them before they destroy you .

  7. JohnA

    The type of people who work at CNN or the New York Times view GOP voters as so far beneath them — morally and intellectually inferior — that they don’t even deserve to be noticed, except insofar as they deserve to be hated.

    I have just re-discovered the label for this form of logical fallacy: Bulverism, invented by one of my favourite authors, CS Lewis, in 1941.

    I don’t know how it is pronounced but “bull’-verism” should represent it pretty well, I think.

    Lewis’s essay “Bulverism” is recorded in a number of titles, including Undeceptions, the Socratic digest and God in the dock. I am reading in a collection of his essays titled “First and Second Things” Fount Paperbacks 1985. All links and source details available at the Wiki page.

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