Never before has the media been so one-sided, so agenda-driven, and so focused on creating news rather than reporting it. What began as an institution established as a check against government has now evolved into an advocate for government and the left wing agenda. The question is, “What can be done to stop it?”
In a recent interview with Fox News, former Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell echoed sentiments he gave last week in a speech on today’s media. Caddell said the media’s efforts to promote the Obama agenda or ignore stories that could be damaging to the administration is “corruption of the first order.”
“We’re entering territory we have never entered before,” said Caddell. “We’ve never had a situation where the press has purposefully decided to pick up a narrative rom the White House to not tell people things that happened in order to support their overwhelming candidate for president, Barack Obama.”
“This isn’t about partisanship, this is about danger,” said Caddell. He equated the media to “Pravda,” a newspaper which was owned and operated by the state in the Soviet Union. Caddell went on to say that the problem of bias should be obvious citing how the story of the Libya attacks and subsequent mishandling of the response by the administration was not covered widely.
As I reported last week, MSNBC was caught AGAIN doctoring a video to promote their own anti-Romney agenda. They don’t care if it’s the truth. They just care that whatever they show will be in line with their narrative. They are not reporting the news… they are telling a story. As such, they will create videos or hide others or downplay events in order to tell their story.
And it’s not just rallies, but major issues such as the economy. As noted by John Lott, “Judging from the media coverage, you might think that our economy was improving. You’d be wrong. The truth is that the slowest recovery on record appears destined to set even more records for slow growth.”
But the numbers aren’t being reported. People are not getting the news. Again… they are getting a story.
Today, it appears that the mainstream press is particularly eager to support President Obama. They are bending over backward to spin the economic numbers in a positive way.
In September and August, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times gave Obama slightly more positive headlines than Bill Clinton would have received with the same economic news.
President Obama also got more than 20 percent more positive headlines than our data indicated that similarly situated Republicans would have gotten. This more positive coverage has a real impact on people’s perceptions of the economy. More positive headlines raised people’s perceptions that the economy was getting better. The average difference in positive headlines between Democrats and Republicans produced about a four-percentage point increase in respondents viewing the economy as getting better.
And then there’s Libya. Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. Yet the Obama administration, despite knowing it was a terrorist attack, wove a story about an Internet video and spontaneous protests. The media played right along, because that was the story they wanted to tell. If they reported the truth, it would not only make Obama look bad, it would make him look incompetent.
Case in point is a new report by lawmakers which claims “U.S. diplomats in Libya repeatedly asked the Obama administration for more security in Benghazi in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate but were ‘denied these resources.'” Do you think we will hear about this from CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, or CBS?
When the story first broke that intelligence sources said the Obama administration knew almost instantly that the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were a terrorist attack and not an Internet video uprising, I scanned the news sites later in the evening. There was not one mention of this news on CNN, ABC, CBS, or NBC.
The problem is that too many people still turn to these outlets for news. These people assume they are getting news. They are not. The media are corrupt, and there is no other way to say it. It’s up to all of us to let people know the truth, and hopefully these outlets will soon just fold up and die.