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Why do people believe what reporters say?

August 21, 2016

Here is Ann Coulter discussing the distortions and lies of the journalistic profession in a column titled, How the media work. It is, as always, an interesting column that gets to the point, but this is I think particularly true. She is discussing the reporting that surrounds Donald Trump, but she could mean anyone on the right who actually gets political traction. The actual example she gives is about herself, but the general principle is the point.

Even sensible people can’t think straight in the middle of one of these [media] hate campaigns.

It can be very difficult for people to overcome whatever meaning the press superimposes on what someone has said, no matter how psychotic. Throw in incessant repetition and uniform agreement among the pundits (Hillary cheerleaders versus Never Trumpers), and completely deranged interpretations become historical facts.

We treat media corruption and its cultural Marxism like bad weather, as just the way things are. But the vile misrepresentation of the world they are reporting on is one of the most important of the entrenched problems we face. The Western world – our way of life – is in mortal danger because the media wilfully distort the world they describe. It is not that they do not know any better. The know exactly what they are doing, which is unmistakeable given what they consistently leave out and what they do say about what they decide to discuss. There is nothing haphazard or accidental about it. Here is Donald Trump discussing the problem as part of a more comprehensive speech he gave last week. What makes Trump so unique is that he will raise this at all. Who else does? Not another politician I have ever seen. And every word of the following is unarguably true.

The establishment media doesn’t cover what really matters in this country, or what’s really going on in people’s lives. They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable, and then pretend to discover some hidden meaning in what I said.

Just imagine for a second if the media spent this energy holding the politicians accountable who got innocent Americans like Kate Steinle killed – she was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times.

Just imagine if the media spent this much time investigating the poverty and joblessness in our inner cities.

Just think about how much different things would be if the media in this country sent their cameras to our border, or to our closing factories, or to our failing schools. Or if the media focused on what dark secrets must be hidden in the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted.

Instead, every story is told from the perspective of the insiders. It’s the narrative of the people who rigged the system, never the voice of the people it’s been rigged against.

And here is one more article that discusses this same problem where the sub-head reads: Honest Reporting Died Long Ago. Yet even if you know it, how many are capable of suspending judgement on things they see in the press? And just to pile a bit more on, there is now also this from The New York Post: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes. On the off chance you need a bit more reminding, there is then this, although I’m not sure I quite agree with the first sentence:

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

It’s not simply that they do it that is the worry, but that they are so ignorant that in acting this way they believe they are doing good.

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