On Sunday, Jan. 17, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sat down with Jane Pauley of CBS News “Sunday Morning.” Pauley treated Harris to a full-on journalistic massage. At no point was Harris asked a tough question; at no point was Harris treated as anything other than an idol worthy of worship. Perhaps the most awkward manifestation of this sycophancy came when Harris — an extraordinarily and transparently manipulative and mechanical politician — spouted a canned speech about relentlessness. “I was raised to not hear no — let me be clear about it,” said Harris. “I eat no for breakfast!”
This prompted a spasm of ecstasy from Pauley, who immediately reflected Harris’ bizarrely inappropriate laughter with an enormous grin of her own.
It will be four long years.
For four years, the media complained that outgoing President Donald Trump treated them as an enemy. They self-servingly claimed that they were actually the protectors of democracy and individual rights. It took all of one month after Trump’s inauguration for The Washington Post to add the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” to its masthead. By October 2017, CNN began running ads explaining that it was all about “Facts First.”
Trump, for his part, attacked the media whether they deserved it or not: Every disparaging headline, true or not, became “fake news.” That was unjustified and wrong, obviously. But the media’s lack of credibility wasn’t solely attributable to Trump. It resulted from their own journalistic malfeasance for years on end during former President Barack Obama’s administration — “his only scandal was wearing a tan suit!” — followed by their aggressive repetition of even the most thinly sourced scandal regarding Trump.
And now we’ll return to the gaslighting of the Obama era, when members of the Obama team could openly admit to lying to the media, only to receive obsequious praise in return. Already, media outlets are praising the newfound veracity of Biden’s press team — despite the fact that Jen Psaki, Biden’s choice for White House press secretary, was accused of openly and explicitly lying to the media in 2016. Media members are even admitting that the vacation has begun: CNN’s Jim Acosta — and, ladies, find you a man who loves you like Jim Acosta loves Jim Acosta — admitted that he’d be covering Biden differently, explaining, “If being at the White House is not an experience that might merit hazard pay … then perhaps it is going to be approached differently.”
Of course, Acosta never needed hazard pay. He was too busy declaring himself a hero and preening for the cameras while pulling down a lucrative book contract. But now that the Biden administration is a reality, our media can go back to sleep.
And so, the controversies of the day will turn to the trite. The big question won’t be governmental oversight but media self-policing: Last week, the media were consumed with the vital question of whether Vogue magazine’s cover of Harris is respectful enough, given that it shows her wearing her trademark Converse sneakers. Other major controversies to come will include just how cute Joe Biden’s dog is and whether the racial diversity of his Cabinet is merely important or super important. Meanwhile, the same media outlets that act as stenographers for the Democratic Party will insist that other outlets meet with social media censorship. After all, American needs unity! And that unity can only be provided by the same people who have wrecked all pretense of institutional objectivity in the pursuit of partisan outcomes.
People will continue to seek information from alternative sources, of course. But that will only provoke the media to seek new methods of repressing those alternatives. As it turns out, the commitment of many in our media isn’t to truth or facts. It’s to monopolistic control.
Ben Shapiro, 36, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side of History” and “Bullies.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
24 Aug. 2020
Monday on MSNBC’s “Live,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
referred to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as “enemies of the state.”
“If the Democrat Party tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
EVEN before Trump won the RNC NOMINATION< the media as a whole (except for some in Fox), was against him. SO too, was i'd say, 85%+ of Pervywood.
AS SOON AS biden got into the presidential race, the MEDIA FAUNED Over him, like he was the 2nd coming of Jesus, and it WON'T STOP.
“Trump, for his part, attacked the media whether they deserved it or not”. The Fake News Media did not deserve the attacks by Trump? Really? Hey Joe, what flavor milkshake are you drinking? Hey Barack, what flavor ice cream are you eating? Oh, Barack, you smoke, I am the Fake News media, smoking is good for one’s health, because Barack smokes!
IMO every attack against the media, Trump levvied, THEY DAMN WELL DESERVED.
So tell us mr president, what IS your favorite flavor ice cream. And how is your golf swing coming along ?
Who the hell cares!!! I certainly don’t.
Beginning today, it will be time for me to return to the library and the bookstore. I have a recurring vision of that Media visit to a kindergarten back in 2009 where the teacher was leading the kiddies in a sing-song ditty of “Barack Husein Obama, M-M-M”, the major story of the day before the Beer Summit came along at the expense of a Cambridge, MA cop.
I wonder, how long it will be, before ONLY THEIR NETWORKS, that kiss up to Biden, will be allowed on the air…
i will not support any msm news outlet nor cable news i am done the the goebbles propaganda machine.
thinking also about getting off the grid.
god bless the usa and help us defeat the evil that has taken her over.
IF i was rich enough, i’d have ALREADY GONE off the grid, and be living in my disaster bunker..
Ben, how about you start by looking long and hard into your own mirror? Some of us are not so brain dead that we don’t remember the endless streams of criticism you levied at President Trump from the very beginning. By cloaking yourself in self-righteous alleged journalistic integrity now, you act like we have forgotten or forgiven your anti-Trump bias that began when President Trump announced his candidacy. By concentrating on the rhetoric instead of the accomplishments, you contributed to the endless swirl of ill winds that eventually led to The President’s defeat. Donald J. Trump was never a politician, or a candidate of the Republican establishment. He was, and is, a populist, an unabashed lover of, and believer in, the greatness and goodness of the nation he loves. How unfortunate that he was defeated for re-election and replaced with someone who looks at America as a way to enrich himself, his criminal family, and his professional political cronies. Your actions helped to create that result, and you deserve to endure its’ consequences.
True, Shapiro, was one of those anti-trumpers, in the beginning.. SO HE IS JUST as guilty on that, as the left is.