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Unaccountable Journalists

February 16, 2017 at 11:30 am 10 Commentary
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The Trump administration is less than a month old, and former Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the brand-new national security adviser, has resigned. This matches the picture the anti-Trump media want to paint right now: Chaos. Disarray. Amateur hour.

They also expect the president to help them paint it. This is why they’re going nuclear. But he chose to ignore them instead. 

Journalists came out of a joint press conference between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau livid that the president had called on two “friendly” journalists instead of someone who would hammer him about Flynn. They bashed the two American questioners for asking the leaders about relations between the U.S. and Canada. But are the media elites really always hostile to “friendly” questioners?

Former President Obama (and Democratic presidents before him) could always call on friendly journalists at these usually staid joint press conferences. Journalists didn’t yell at one another for not being harsh enough. They had no interest in scalps in the first month.

Over the last eight years, the press was never interested in making trouble for Obama. Instead, it projected the opposite. He was “scandal-free.” If he had trouble, it didn’t come from a rough press conference. It emerged from evil Republicans who were plotting.

Exhibit A is ABC’s Terry Moran. Eight years ago at this time, Moran interviewed the new liberal president for “Nightline.” He looked at Obama in sorrow and said, “Mr. President, you got no honeymoon, not a single Republican vote in the House on your first major piece of legislation.” He then speculated: “I wonder, in coming into the presidency, maybe you were too nice. If I’m a Republican senator or a Republican Congress, I think you’re a very nice guy but I don’t have enough reason to fear you.”

But on the day of the Trump-Trudeau press conference, Moran went on Twitter to hail former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen for “ripping the sh*t out of Stephen Miller’s (and POTUS) claims of massive voter fraud in NH.” He then retweeted (SET ITAL) thirteen (END ITAL) tweets in which Cullen mocked Trump’s voter fraud claims with pop culture references from “The Simpsons” to “The Partridge Family.’

Exhibit B is Brian Williams, whose 2009 prime-time Obama White House special featured a trip for cheeseburgers (What a regular guy, that Obama!) and good night handshakes and bows. He said: “Mr. President, that is your elevator. Thank you, sir. Have a good evening.”

But when it came to pounding Trump and Flynn, Williams displayed his typically shameless audacity, complaining that “no matter how robust the press corps covering the president, the president controls the flow and the topics in a de facto way by deciding who to call on and who not to call on.”

Obama controlled his flow by calling on Williams.

Exhibit C is CBS News promoting White House correspondent Major Garrett’s lament. He said, “The central personnel question hanging over the Trump White House was not asked.”

That’s especially rich coming from the network of Obama’s “60 Minutes” sympathizers. Steve Kroft offered Obama five softball interviews in 2008 in which he skipped every social issue, from gays to abortion to quotas. He also skipped health care and climate. And he skipped Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Kroft threw “hardballs” like, “Do you think the country is ready for a black president?” Once he became president, Kroft graduated to asking, “So have you gotten into a routine?”

These exhibits could fill a floor of the Newseum. All you need to know is that journalists have an on-off switch for accountability. It was off for eight years. Now it’s on, and they’re lamely pretending it’s always been on.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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  1. tws500 February 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t look at or read any of the Mainstream Media. They can all go into bankruptcy for all I care..!!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      I feel the same way. even IF say the NYT was the only news paper i could get access to, i would just rather not GET THE NEWS from a paper, but get it online from sites like this…

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  2. hardheaded
    hardheaded February 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    These people are not journalist, They would not know or understand the truth or NEWS if it bit them on their pinnacle finger. they cant even make up a good storys.

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  3. js6466 February 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Chaos, disarray, amateur hour, at last main stream media is realizing their failures.

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  4. ltuser
    ltuser February 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    [ These exhibits could fill a floor of the Newseum. All you need to know is that journalists have an on-off switch for accountability. It was off for eight years. Now it’s on, and they’re lamely pretending it’s always been on.]

    If it was back on, there would people being CANNED left, front and center..

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  5. williweb February 17, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I don’t ever give Crooked Hillary’s MSM monopoly the time of day. The Internet has made them irrelevant.

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  6. cgretired February 17, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I will never understand why you continue to call those clowns from msnbc, nbc, cbs, abc, and cnn journalist.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      What other name is there for their profession??

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    • cgretired February 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Well, whatever they are, they are definitely not journalists. Hacks is what would be a good name for them. I could think of many others but the restrictions posed here on GOPSA would prevent me from posting them.

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  7. caligal February 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I blame eight destructive years of Hussein Bozo on the Soros owned press–from the failure to vet and expose who he really is to his last pat myself on the back tour. These are not journalists but whores who forfeited the honor of being called one. I watch NO lame stream media.

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