This will only get worse and uglier, but it is difficult to rouse any defense of the media since they take pride in destroying the lives of non-politicians and citizens for sport. Ace:
They are ill-parented toddlers–self absorbed, thoughtless, careless, and happy to break anything that doesn’t suit their immediate purpose. These toddlers have found a box of kitchen matches and are busy lighting their sibling’s toys on fire out of spite, oblivious to the danger they’ve created for themselves.
Just as the toddler fails to realize that the fire he’s using can also burn him, so, too, does the media overlook that the very techniques they use can be turned upon them, and quite easily.
This is only the beginning of an ever-growing pushback, one that’s only going to get nastier and more ugly. And everything that happens is on them. This is the rotten, worm infested harvest they have sown and they’re going to be choking on it for some time to come.
Mollie hemingway at The Federalist notes in this rather old story:
Because of Trump’s kind words about Putin and Russia, Russia’s role in the hacking of Hillary Clinton-related emails, and the shock of Clinton’s loss forcing people to seek an explanation, a Russia narrative took off shortly after the election. “Shattered,” a new book about the 2016 Clinton campaign, helps explain a bit about why:
In other calls with advisers and political surrogates in the days after the election, Hillary declined to take responsibility for her own loss. ‘She’s not being particularly self-reflective,’ said one longtime ally who was on calls with her shortly after the election. Instead, Hillary kept pointing her finger at Comey and Russia. ‘She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,’ this person said.
That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.
In Brooklyn, her team coalesced around the idea that Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio.
The Clinton campaign might not have been good at winning, but they were good at working with a largely compliant media. By December, the Russia narrative was set. Obama intelligence officials were leaking damaging information to prominent media outlets throughout the month, but things really got going in early January.
That’s when senior Obama intelligence officials leaked to CNN that they had briefed President-elect Trump on the existence of the “Russian dossier” full of compromising claims about him. This opposition research document had been floating around DC throughout the campaign but was not taken terribly seriously prior to the CNN report.
CNN’s story, bylined by Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein, was absolutely explosive. Headlined, “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him,” it could not have sounded worse.
That should be the headlined the story of what is happening across the board to ALL legacy (old) media outlets, but it isn’t. Still, this story is revealing but not in ways the WSJ would like it to be.
The take away from this graph is that most people in the U.S. do not watch the networks. What might be high ratings for them, is, taking in the entire population, miniscule.
They do not merit viewers because the viewers have better things to do.
In case anyone missed it, CNN sought out the user and then Andrew Kaczynski delivered this threat:
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change….
The threat is that they will use their resources to publish the person’s name if he does not shut up. This is an attack on free speech. We now have a major news network who believes that only they deserve speech, and not others. In fact, they will determine who may speak and who may not all the while protecting their anonymous sources and unethical journalistic practices.
Shame on them. The network is in open war against our Natural Rights.
It is time we overturn Sullivan.
Update: It was only after CNN threatened the user that he apologized. This would be an apology under duress in the face of threats like: “it would be a shame for us to publish your personal information on our website and talk about you on our air if you don’t comply,” type of threat.
Not that he’s a hypocrite or anything, especially when he claims he treats people by the Golden Rule:
On Monday’s MSNBC simulcast, host Joe Scarborough, filling in for the recently fired Don Imus, talked about the wife of former senator and possible presidential hopeful Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), pictured above. Scarborough said, “Have you seen Fred Thompson’s wife? Think she works the pole? Look at that guy. Bless him. I love his voice, but he ain’t Robert Redford in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’” What was he thinking?
We meant to point this out earlier, but over the flap with President Trump over the continuing fabrication of news stories, Trump claimed that the
news organization had not only failed to call his staff to get their comments (something that used to be required in “journalism” but that their ratings have tanked. By the way, they have. Can anyone inform me how a network should be taken seriously when they only pull between 190-300,000 viewers in a country of over 300,000,000?
At any rate, the network responded thusly:
A couple of things here. As we already noted, even the being watched in their history, is is not impressive. They run third consistently, and only get maybe 800,000 viewers a night (at their peak!)
But we also now know the network employed people who cannot write. First there is an it’s/its problem. The sentence is a possessive and its, not it’s, refers to the network’s rating. Therefore, its rating, not it is ratings, is grammatically correct.
But wait there’s more.
“Those are the facts” is a numbers problem that begs agreement. What the Democrat typist should have written was “that is a fact.” The writer only wrote one fact, and that fact is not a “those,” unless the writer was speaking of many ratings, which the writer was not.
This network is not very careful and sloppy on nearly every level.
As noted by James O’Keefe, another revealing investigative story on what the elite media thinks of us, and how much they hate Trump and Kellyanne Conway who seems is ugly and has been hit with a shovel.
Really, the media has no credibility when it comes to criticizing Trump on how he speaks and his alleged disparagement of women. It is the left that does that.
There is really little doubt that the media does not like to be hit back and criticized publicly by someone who connects with the American people. Case in point is Trump’s latest little tweet criticizing emotionally sensitive talk show hosts. What does Mo and Zika expect after the daily barrage of name calling they lay at the feet of the president? It was just yesterday that Mo claimed Trump lies every day. He Doesn’t. What’s he supposed to do, take this from the bullies in the media?
It’s about time someone hit back at the irresponsible
press gossip shows. Certainly there are none too few who agree that they deserve the ire they receive. Is what Trump does “presidential?” At this point what difference does it make? Is what the press gossip columnists and talking heads do professional or worthy of a pass? Hell we’ve been giving the press a child-like pass for decades. Those days are over.
In response to this Jika tweeted out a Cheerios ad with a kid reaching for some of the Cheerios on the table. The caption read it was meant for small hands–apparently she’s referencing the now debunked claim that Trump had a small penis. But, perhaps she was talking about the Mo? Although, she should have known about Mo’s hand size given their affair has been front and center for over a year. Anyone watching their show knew two years ago something was amorous between them.
Nevertheless, the press is self consumed, and what would you expect from a class of over privileged children who think they are the 4th Amendment? The media constantly refers to themselves as the 4th estate. That means they consider themselves at once a part of the government, and also clothed with the power of free speech in absolutism. Kidlets, they soon grow up, and it is usually an adult that helps them get there, but ever notice in their adolescence they claim the adult is the one being the bully? Pot meet kettle.
Because they so often rely on leaks — no photographs, videos or anything like them, often nothing concrete at all — what the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and so many others (even the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, alas) report is very often, one is tempted to say most often, either a distortion or an outright lie. This is particularly true when what they are reporting has political relevance — and so much does.
If not the root cause — that’s uncontrolled and unacknowledged bias — this excessive reliance on leaks has seriously exacerbated the precipitous decline of the mainstream media. For much of our media, leaks are an opium-like drug that clouds their thinking and to which they are literally addicted. They are waiting for the phone to ring like the junkie is waiting for his next fix. That the leakers all have motivations of their own, known and/or unknown, yet are able to remain anonymous to the public, makes what they leak almost de facto dubious and unreliable, in fact dangerous (as well as illegal, obviously).
They are so hysterical, they have forgotten about the Republican assassination scheme they encouraged and are now more worried about themselves being in a “war zone.” Seriously? To their deranged minds, yes. Oh well, Scalise is still in recovery from a real war zone and real gun shot wounds, but they are the ones who fear for their lives. How revealing of your own concern for your narcissistic privilege. Indeed, some members of the Democrat Party had correspondence with the would be assassin, and are afraid to release the correspondence. The media cares not a wit about real violence against their enemies, they only cast outrage at perceived imaginary violence against themselves while praising others who want to see the president beheaded in the name of “art.” It seems that the media has no sense of self when it does not even remember that it blames <insert Republican name here> for this or that attempted murder. But, as they are learning, they can be sued into bankruptcy, at least we hope that is what happens in this case. They think they are the only ones who can say, “you Republicans are murderers” and get away with it. Until Trump, the Republicans rolled over faster than the French foreign legion and were about as effective offensively than the Maginot Line.
The motivation for their hysteria, though, is because they fear their reign is over, as Sheryl Attkisson notes in her new book about how the media fakes the news, is consumed with their own economic position, and loathes the citizens of this country. This is what makes Project Veritas so important for they are finally doing something this website has contended should be done: reporters should be reported upon. Their lives should be investigated. their personal foibles and tragedies should be published. Reporters should stick a mike in their face asking for comment: “Mika, why did you get a facelift? Was it because Joe thought you aged from your last marriage? Ever see your kids, or did you abandon them for Joe?” You know, stuff like that. Stuff they do to everyone else but themselves every day all in the name of “
professional Journalism” gossip. On this score, Rush has a point:
It just screeches out at me. You know, these people, they can say whatever they want about you. They can trash you, they can libel you, they can slander you, they can make things up, and if you’re a public figure there’s precious little you can do about it. They can impugn you. They can destroy you. In many cases that is the objective, under the guise of speaking truth to power, under the guise of keeping the powerful accountable.
In this type of conflict, the media will not be moved or persuaded, and neither will their dwindling viewers they manage to hold on to. They are failing, and they know it. Whether it be Chunk Todd, or the wimpy rest of the lot, they only are legendary in their own mind. The rest of the country could care less; they loathe them and have for some time.
Part of the reason they deserve their disdain is their fake victimizing of their own position, which leads to the misuse of words like “bully.” The left and the media (but I repeat myself) does this all the time–misuse words and redefine them to suit their purpose to inflict harm on their opponents. They now have redefined the word to mean “anyone who criticizes us.” Bully actually means to threaten someone with harm if they do not do what you want them too. It often involved real physical intimidation on some level. Trump has done none of that, but the media sure has threatened Trump. Indeed, Chris Matthews went so far as to suggest someone murder a member of his family, while calling them murders. That’s a bully, and also someone who should be charged with the crime of licentiousness.
Mo and Jika went on the air this morning to gossip that Trump is mentally ill. It is not like they have not made that claim before despite the fact that there is no way they can determine such a thing–and they say they believe in science!
The media is trying to conduct a sort of coup in this republic. Trump is right to fight back and defend himself against those who would overturn the people.
It’s about time.