Or is it? …The lamestream manstream media is rolling out a brand new narrative Monday that “journalism is under attack by Coronavirus,” by MSNBC’s own Andrew Lack.
Headline: “Journalism is under attack from coronavirus and the White House. But we’re winning.”
“President Trump came into office railing against many of the foundation of our democratic institutions, including a free press.”
In his supposed defense of journalism, he says Trump has not landed a glove on serious, honest journalism (well, then they trashed their own credibility ratings) and claiming that “the heart of journalism has never been stronger.” It gets worse.
[journalists are] “not looking to win any popularity contests – just doing what Woodward and Bernstein inspired my generation and the generations that followed to always do: seek the best obtainable version of the truth.”
Despite the poor writing skill, can you imagine he has the chutzpah to put out that revision? First, no, it is all about popularity contests. He admitted as much in the subtitle claiming “we are winning.” How about best (or worst) version of the narrative?
Secondly, he could have picked better examples but he went for all-stars Woodward and Bernstein, who managed to fame themselves with no shame from the beginning. And if they are your idols, Andy, you have been great students of their goals. In fact, it is now all about who can transfer the latest words into ammunition to weaponize in this political — not journalistic – warfare. Or who can get the most twitter attention or go viral over their political attack. So yeah, they’ve made Woodward and Bernstein(a regular celebrity guest hack on CNN) look like pikers. Jim Acosta turned WH briefings into a resistance sideshow to wax his own ego. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika are on a planet of their own.
Lack goes on to say:
“Reporters have been on this story from the start, tracking the spread of the Coronavirus without fear or favor, faithfully doing their jobs even – and especially – in this perilous time. Every day, with every story, they try to find what is most relevant to the public and relentlessly work to uncover the essence of what it means.”
What all is wrong with that? Everything. He paints them as selfless heroes of some sort. They missed this story and others from the beginning because they were enveloped in propagating the impeachment conspiracy hoax. Just the way they intentionally ignored and smeared the biggest story of our time, about an elaborate coup and coverup 3 years in the making. Oh fearless without favor? Give me a break.
Then, when they did start reporting on it, after mocking the idea it was something to worry about, they collectively went after Trump as the only story while people were dying.
Find what is most relevant to the people? I imagine a pandemic and what it is would be more relevant to people than arguing about Trump closing off travel from China. But then the press mouthpiece NYT told people whatever it is blame it all on the Trump Virus.
Faithfully? You have got to be kidding. About the only thing they remain faithful to is ideology and the resistance because they disagreed with the results of the 2016 election.
Actually, the only thing on par with these presscapades is Democrats’ addiction to play partisan political politics with a pandemic, by holding people and businesses hostage to their own radical agenda. No holds barred… politics trumps even a pandemic.
By the way, you try your damndest(yes, as an institution) not to serve people but control what they think and see. You intentionally ignored the biggest government abuse scandal in US history in the coup. And you replaced it with a political narrative of woven misinformation to deflect from and cover it up. You care what Joe public wants to know?
“At this dark hour, Americans are scared. They’re hungry for accurate information and the unvarnished truth. Now, and in all the days to come, journalists will be there.” — [read article here]
They are fairly angry with what the institution of press has become. No wonder the trust and credibility deficit in media. “Unvarnashed truth” was sacrificed on the altar of politics.
In the end, I don’t know what case he was making that journalism was under attack by Coronavirus, except to once again paint press as victims. Meanwhile, the administration has weathered a coup and now fights a pandemic; so yeah, I’m pretty sure journalism should be able to cover a nasty pandemic. They covered up a coup with no conscience.
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