On the Media

“But I am I. And I won’t subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind” ― Jack London, Martin Eden

I am not a supporter of President Trump.  I never have been, and I never will be.  My support in presidential elections has run as follows:  Bush (1988, 1992), Clinton (1996), Bush (2000, 2004), Obama (2008, 2012), Gary Johnson (2016).  In 2016, I voted in a primary election for the first time, when I voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.  I only voted in the primary to support a friend running for District Judge.

I refuse to identify with either party and will continue to do so, because the two-party system has done nothing but polarize this country and paralyze government as a source of legitimate authority.

The two-party system worked for decades when people didn’t have access to information and relied on party operatives to inform them, relate their concerns back to candidates, and generally allow participation in the electoral process.  The system didn’t polarize America of its own accord.  The polarization occurred with the support, urging and even intent of the traditional media.

I quit watching local news about twenty years ago.  The constant drumbeat of death and destruction wore on me too much.  I eventually lost respect for the media entirely.  The spectacle of Fox News opened my eyes.  That you could watch two news feeds and not immediately discern that they were both reporting on the same events in the same world shocked me.

At first, I saw Fox News as a blatantly biased source created to pander to conservatives.  That seemed to be, and largely still is, the common view among liberals.  I believed it, too, because I still trusted the so-called “mainstream media” – ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others.

Over the years I came to realize that Fox News and the traditional media are just two sides of the same coin.  I concluded that decades of failure by the mainstream media to adhere to neutral reporting standards fueled distrust among conservative voters and led to 1) the creation and legitimization of Fox News as an alternate news source, and 2) ultimately, the Trump presidency.  So from now on, I will call the left and right media what it is.  I’ll use mediabiasfactcheck.com as my arbiter.

Below is an example of media bias.  It’s an article from Business Insider (identified as a left-center source by mediabiasfactcheck.com – along with ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc.).  The article reports testimony from a Senate hearing on Wednesday (6/20/2018) in which President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, told her own staff to “stand down” and “knock it off” when they found evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and presented her with options for stopping it.

I have posted a link to the article as well as one to the testimony, the primary source.  This would be the proverbial “smoking gun” in an investigation of the Obama Administration’s handling of the Russian cyber security threat.

My question to everyone is this:  Why haven’t the major left-center news outlets reported this story?  They’ve had five days.  If this were information about the Trump Administration, what page would it be on?  The media tells us what to think by deciding what to report.

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One thought on “On the Media

  1. I enjoy your expression of views on a number of these issues. Especially as regards the media, either liberal or conservative. Like you, I avoid the general media and mostly focus on the views of well informed professorial or learned leaders. The constant chirping of media pundits and editorial dummies leaves me cold. L

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