“The Left, which dominates the media, the arts, and most of intellectual life in the West, has rendered criticism of Christianity and Zionism acceptable, even laudable, but criticism of Islam unacceptable. Why has the Left done this? Because the enemy (radical Islam) of my enemy (America and Israel) is my friend, and because the Muslim world is regarded as the underdog vis-à-vis powerful America and Israel, and the Left supports what it perceives as the underdog.” ― Dennis Prager
FoxNews.com reports that
A growing number of prominent journalists have declared once-bedrock press principles like fairness and objectivity to be outdated and unnecessary since the Donald Trump era rocked American politics, and while some observers appreciate the honesty, others feel blending opinion and reporting makes for a “dangerous time” in America.
As media members like CNN’s Jim Acosta and PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor became heroes to the left for their antagonistic approach to the president, who derided them and other reporters as “fake news,” more journalists are leaving behind the image of the disinterested, impartial correspondent.
“I do think it is a trend, and it frankly started with Trump even before all this election stuff,” one network news reporter told Fox News.
In the aftermath of the Capitol riot and Trump’s continued claims his 2020 election defeat was “rigged,” NBC News anchor Lester Holt won plaudits from mainstream colleagues this year after declaring “fairness is overrated.” In his acceptance speech for a journalism award, he added it’s not necessary to “always give two sides equal weight and merit.”
CNN’s John Harwood, an outspoken liberal in the vein of Acosta, publicly thanked Holt. CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter called it a “sharp critique of bothsidesism.”
Left-wing New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones recently said “all journalism is activism,” and Lauren Wolfe, the former New York Times editor who got fired after saying watching then-President-elect Joe Biden head to Washington gave her “chills,” wrote this month it’s “better to be open about my views on the issues I cover.”
Alcindor said this year that she considers it her duty to use journalism to bend the “moral arc toward justice.” Left-wing White House reporter April Ryan published a Twitter thread last August announcing why she would no longer be objective in covering the Trump White House.
“On one hand, journalists abandoning objectivity, or as Lester Holt said even more insidiously, ‘fairness,’ just further cements the media’s abandonment of principles it once maintained,” Fourth Watch editor Steve Krakauer told Fox News. “On the other hand, I appreciate the honesty.”
Krakauer feels it’s “almost refreshing” that mainstream media members are finally coming clean.
“Everyone in America with two eyes and a brain knows most of the establishment, legacy media isn’t objective and hasn’t been for a very long time. It’s good they are finally admitting the obvious — to the public and to themselves,” Krakauer said.
While liberals may cheer, conservatives fret that even the appearance of objectivity to some leading reporters has been cast aside.
The examples of media members “finally admitting the obvious” have grown on a seemingly regular basis. A former CBS News reporter who covered abortion issues quit last week and declared, to the surprise of few, she was openly pro-choice.
That’s not to mention other recent gestures like an open media letter proclaiming Israel should be covered as a violent, oppressive “apartheid” state, directly adopting the language of far-left politicians like Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
The signers included hundreds of journalists, some of them anonymous, from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, BuzzFeed, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune.
CNN journalists presented as straight-news personalities like Acosta and Jake Tapper are more comfortable than ever blurring the lines between news and opinion, although the latter insists he only editorializes on matters of “decency.” Tapper also made headlines when he declared he wouldn’t have on “election liars” who voted to challenge Biden’s 2020 Electoral College victory.
“Objectivity as a standard at least requires that outlets try to see and reconcile their own biases. Without it, we risk sinking even deeper into an environment where advocacy and partisanship get laundered as straight news to everyday Americans who see the media as honest brokers,” conservative writer Drew Holden told Fox.
While many mainstream journalists bristle at conservative criticism of their reporting as bad-faith, the network news reporter told Fox there is pressure from the left to not even give voice to Republicans like the ones Tapper won’t have on his programs.
“There’s a whole group of people out there who want reporters to be partisans, and are very critical whenever people who do what I do try to basically do our jobs … to be fair and balanced,” the reporter said. “It’s like a sin, like, ‘How dare you talk to Steve Scalise? He voted to challenge the electoral votes.’ Yeah, he’s also the number two Republican in the House and he’s an important political figure. You’ve got to cover him.”
Some reporters have claimed what appears to be a bias toward Democrats is merely a bias toward “facts.”
Uh huh. Sure.
If that were the case, then Jennifer Rubin is today’s Madame Marie Curie (look her up, kids).
For the last several decades, Americans have witnessed the Fourth Estate, America’s Main Stream Media, slowly but surely lose their objectivity to become a Propaganda Arm for the Democratic Party.
And, when there was obvious political chicanery during the 2020 Presidential Election, they turned a blind eye on it.
Even now that Biden has turned out to be the worst United States President in history, leaving Americans and our allies stranded in a country run by Islamic Terrorists, the Liberal Reporters in the Main Stream Media, at least most of them, refuse to call the demented treasonous fool out on his actions.
At least, they are beginning to admit that they are all a bunch of Liberal Political Operatives, instead of objective news reporters.
But, then again, the majority of Americans had already figured that out a couple of decades ago.
Until He Comes,
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.
Make a one-time donation
Make a monthly donation
Make a yearly donation
Choose an amount
Or enter a custom amount
Your contribution is appreciated.
Your contribution is appreciated.
Your contribution is appreciated.DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly