President-elect Donald Trump probably will not often communicate with the nation via traditional press conferences. Nor will Trump likely field many questions from New York/Washington journalists.
What we know as “the media” never imagined a Trump victory. It has become unhinged at the reality of a Trump presidency.
No wonder the fading establishment media is now distrusted by a majority of the public, according to Gallup — and becoming irrelevant even among progressives.
Once upon a time in the 1960s, all the iconic news anchors, from Walter Cronkite to David Brinkley, were liberal. But they at least hid their inherent biases behind a professional veneer that allowed them to filter stories through left-wing lenses without much pushback.
When Cronkite returned from Vietnam after the 1968 Tet Offensive and declared the war stalemated and unwinnable, no one dared to offer the dissenting viewpoint that Tet was actually a decisive American victory.
The mainstream-media narrative in 1963 that Lee Harvey Oswald, the Castroite, Communist assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was a product of right-wing Texas hatred was completely crazy — but largely unquestioned.
That old monopoly over the news, despite the advent of cable television and the Internet, still lingered until 2016. Even in recent years, Ivy League journalism degrees and well-known media brand names seemed to suggest better reporting than what was offered by bloggers and websites.
Soft-spoken liberal hosts on public TV and radio superficially sounded more news-like than their gravelly-voiced populist counterparts on commercial radio and cable news.
Yet the thinning veneer of circumspection that had supposedly characterized the elite liberal successors to Cronkite and Brinkley was finally ripped off completely by a media meltdown over Trump.
Journalists such as Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times and Christiane Amanpour of CNN said that they could not — and should not — be neutral reporters, given their low opinion of Trump.
When the press is unashamedly slanted, even its benefactors want even more partiality — media heartthrob Barack Obama included.
In his last press conference as president, Obama attacked pet journalists for reporting on WikiLeaks’s release of John Podesta’s e-mails, supposedly at the expense of his own legacy and Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments.
The WikiLeaks trove certainly proved another disaster to the media — but only because it revealed that mainstream journalists conspired with the Clinton campaign.
CNN’s Donna Brazile leaked possible debate questions to Clinton. One op-ed columnist, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, even asked Clintonites for research to help him attack Trump.
Politico’s Glenn Thrush sent a story to the Clinton campaign team to be audited before publication. He begged to keep his collusion quiet and admitted that he had become a “hack” for such journalistic impropriety. Thrush may have been rewarded for his predictable left-wing bias, recently being hired by the New York Times as a White House correspondent.
The other day PEOTUS Trump showed how he would control the press.
See it here:
Less than 1 minute of time for them.
Kept on subject of HIS choosing.
The media keeps on lying about him, saying he said something when he didn’t or he meant something he didn’t.
But the “proof is in the pudding.”
He is getting costs down, bringing jobs back, meeting world leaders over serious issues. The price?
Less than $0.003 per day AFTER he takes office!
Yeah, almost a third of a penny per day.
Lazy, he is NOT.
Wanting to enrich himself?
Don’t think so.
Providing for the fact that the american public no longer trusts the main-stream news media lowlifes