From the same people who brought you Malcolm Turnbull

The Australian – a Murdoch paper – has a supplement on the American Election. Not all that neutral, as you can see by clicking the link. But in case you cannot be bothered, here is what you see right after the intro:

President Obama said Republican nominee Donald Trump is “unfit” to be president and questioned why top GOP lawmakers continued to endorse Trump for the White House while denouncing his actions.

Which comes with the following video:

The power of self-deception within the media class is extraordinary. They pass off their shallow and subjective valuations as deeply considered objective truths. This from The New York Times is almost beyond parody: Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism. That the media fail this test in every single election is neither here nor there. That they believe they are objective is the true idiocy. Let me quote:

If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

Uncharted territory!!! What a bunch of self-deluded bozos these media people are.

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23 Responses to From the same people who brought you Malcolm Turnbull

  1. C.L. says:

    The lies and the deflections are nothing short of Hitlerian.
    Denounce Trump as “dangerous” and even question his trustworthiness with nukes.
    Ignore Barack Obama – the inept, anti-semite lunatic who is solely responsible for ensuring Iran acquires nuclear weapons.

  2. stackja says:

    On most subjects, the MSM are not to be believed. The MSM coverage of Donald Trump is not credible.

  3. James of the Glen says:

    “What a bunch of self-deluded bozos these media people are”.

    So true. Once they were considered tradespeople. And still should be. Poor tradespeople.

  4. john constantine says:

    Frame their narrative.

    They know they are lying liars that lie, but the narrative is set that they are not the Mouthpieces of Mordor.

    Every time their lies are challenged, they have the high ground claimed before the struggle begins.

    Only a handful of low content voters accept the oft-repeated lies of the leftist media, but a handful can swing elections.

    Remember, whitlam freed the slaves, gave women and aboriginals the vote and made health and education free.
    Repeat it often enough and it will work.

  5. Snoopy says:

    It’s curious how independent, free thinking members of the media all independently decide at the same time to use the same word to describe something or someone. Like demagogue, for example.

  6. C.L. says:

    Then there is the charge of being a demagogue – made by the president who set back race relations in America to the days before the Republicans changed everything for the better in the 1960s. A president who inspired a terrorist group (the BLM) and whose nutty interventions on arrests-gone-wrong inflamed ill-will to such an extent that a dozen police officers are now dead.

  7. H B Bear says:

    LOL – The NYO, New York Onion.

  8. Tel says:

    … questioned why top GOP lawmakers continued to endorse Trump for the White House while denouncing his actions.

    Uhhh, because Trump won the primaries and the GOP still goes through the motions of taking their voters seriously?

  9. Tom says:

    Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.

    That is something I never thought I’d ever read: someone who calls himself a journalist with a 100% lack of self-awareness, not realising his maniacal anyone-but-Trump advocacy is the very definition of lack of balance and fairness that is written into journalism’s code of ethics. For him, Trump’s popularity is an unexplainable evil that must be opposed at all costs, even if it confirms he is not only totally out of touch with the public mood, but incapable of ever understanding public sentiment because he is so far out in lefty cloud cuckooland where the mad activists live.

    Eventually — after the current lunacy has passed — that text will be used in J-school to instruct kiddie scribblers how not to approach the task of writing political stories.

  10. Tim Neilson says:

    If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?
    Maybe you should recuse yourself. Spend the next three months doing the cat up a tree stories and leave the election race to people who are willing to be objective.

  11. Joe says:

    Maybe you should recuse yourself. Spend the next three months doing the cat up a tree stories and leave the election race to people who are willing to be objective.

    Or maybe you should become an adult and do the job you were hired to do. Swallow your ideology and report the facts.

    I want the reporters back and to hell with the journalists!

  12. Myrddin Seren says:

    JournoList

    In a key episode, Journolist members openly plotted to bury attention on then-candidate Barack Obama’s controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Washington Independent’s Spencer Ackerman, for instance, suggested an effective tactic to distract from the issue would be to pick one of Obama’s critics, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

    Somehow Jim Rutenberg @ NYT seems to have missed out on this one ?

  13. Rob says:

    In the Australian context, it’s not difficult to discern the political leanings of every political and current affairs journalist.
    Thus reliable sources of verifiable fact and reality are vital as an offset against journalistic activism.
    Unfortunately, lleft-wing journalists are dominant and until a semblance of balance (as required, but not delivered, by the ABC’s charter) is re-established, the credibility of the Australian media will continue fall until the very industry itself collapses.
    The end will be nigh when there are no longer sources of undeniable fact and reality.

  14. Pat Warnock says:

    The media do the same here – one example, check out how many negative stories against Ms Hanson MSM have run since the election.

  15. JohnA says:

    Tom #2114201, posted on August 9, 2016, at 10:24 am

    Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.

    Eventually — after the current lunacy has passed — that text will be used in J-school to instruct kiddie scribblers how not to approach the task of writing political stories.

    Yes Tom, but it should be used before that to shut down those “schools” of journalism.

    The reporting craft should abandon graduate entry and return to taking in cadets. The editors and senior journos probably had a slang term for them which would be distinctly un-PC these days.

  16. Rabz says:

    Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.

    And there I was thinking the Trumpster (by his mere existence) was exposing the lack of objectivity in j’ism.

    It’s a topsy turvey world out there.

  17. ella says:

    Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.

    When academics teach journalism students that ‘the truth is relative’ does the Norms of Objectivity exist?

    By the way, the proposition is self-refuting: ask if the academic or journalist making the claim is asserting that the claim ‘the truth is relative’ is the absolute truth.

    Here is another: “we must not be judgmental.”. A judgment has been made that “we should not be judgmental.”

    If there is room for one truth and one judgment from the flux then the possibilities are wide open for consideration.

    I’m offering Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard De Natali, journalist-lecturers or any journalist in Australia who believes the truth is relative the opportunity to partake in my ‘gravity test.’
    Because if the truth is relative you will all be able to fly if you say you can?

    I’m inviting the woman you regard as stupid and uneducated, Pauline Hanson, to stand beside while you take the test. It will be off the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    “But Markson’s piece is by no means an outlier – either in The Australian or the Australian media at large. “At Sydney University student newspaper Honi Soit, we operate largely under the dictum of our predecessors; namely, that objectivity is dead. This isn’t controversial: inevitably, source, quote and fact selection makes each piece of journalism the result of subjective choices. This applies regardless of whether the author is using the inverted triangle or writing opinion: no journalism exists freely without the choices of its creator”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-16/sainty-unis-aren't-biased,-but-maybe-the-australian-is/5817358

    How on earth did the morons at the ABC work the headline if ‘objectivity is dead’ ‘Unis aren’t biased…”

    ………..

    “The Supreme Court violated principles of religious liberty and women’s rights in last week’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which allowed owners of closely held, for-profit corporations (most companies in America) to impose their religious beliefs on workers by refusing to provide contraception coverage for employees with no co-pay, as required by the Affordable Care Act. But for the court’s male justices, it didn’t seem to go far enough.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/opinion/hobby-lobbys-disturbing-sequel.html?ref=opinion

    ……

    Every statement in the opening paragraph of this article by the Editorial staff on the New York Times is a lie. Everyone!

    It didn’t happen by accident.

  18. cuckoo says:

    Oppositional? From the same New York Times that vomited up a completely baseless adultery smear against John McCain just before the 2008 election?

  19. CL;

    Ignore Barack Obama – the inept, anti-semite lunatic who is solely responsible for ensuring Iran acquires nuclear weapons.

    …and who seems determined to foil attempts by the US military to get their 60+ nukes out of Turkey* so they can be captured by a new Muslim government. If successful, this will make Irans one or two nukes look like small change.
    *Unless of course I’m wrong and the US military have managed to get them out already, but I haven’t heard about it.

  20. John L says:

    At the beginning of the campaign, Hillary was $62 mil in front to fund the campaign. Donald is now $74 mil in front (maybe more as these figures are 2 weeks old). Mainly from small donations!
    Enough said!
    “Journalists” obviously overlooked this news.
    Even if they have seen it, they would not be able to interpret the meaning of it.

  21. …or if the nukes are all set to detonate simultaneously if the Turks invade the base.
    250 Mt.
    boom.
    That will annoy the residents of Ankara.

  22. Jef says:

    Obama is the most hopeless and incompetent President in the history of the United States.One thing he can claim to be the best ie . he speaks well and loud but a lot of bad hot air. In another word he is the ultimate ’empty vessel that makes the most noise’ !That , he has no equal.

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