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From the same people who brought you Malcolm Turnbull

August 9, 2016

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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