MSM showed its bias
The mainstream media took it on the chin over the weekend, not once but twice. Between the glee-turned-glum crash of the Buzzfeed story about Donald Trump suborning perjury and the quick-before-we-learn-the-facts virtue signaling that condemned students from a Kentucky Catholic high school, the MSM has proven it is an advocate rather than a commentator on the issues of the day. In both cases, the media showed itself to be the very cartoonish character it is said to be by the majority of Americans.
In the first instance, an anonymously sourced story in the third-rate blog Buzzfeed alleged that President Donald Trump ordered his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress concerning the negotiations with Russia over a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The report alleged there were emails and text messages that supported the charges.
Almost immediately, the media outlets that can be called the “usual suspects” pounced and did a victory dance. This was finally the thing that would stick. Trump would be removed from the White House and the 2016 election would be subverted.
As New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin pointed out: “The Gotcha! glee, the declarations of Trump’s certain impeachment for suborning perjury, reckless references to Richard Nixon, the breathless anticipation of resignation and disgrace, perhaps prison — these and other overheated reactions quickly clogged the airwaves and internet, growing ever more bold as the day wore on and no compelling rebuttal appeared.”
The glee turned sour when at about 7 p.m. Friday night Special Prosecutor Robert Meuller’s office posted a response that not only disputed the claims, they trashed them in very lawyerly language.
For more than 12 hours, impeachment mania clogged the airwaves, and many members of Congress and Never-Trumpers were immersing themselves in the glow of getting rid of the man they hated so much.
It was all gone –in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Yet again, they let themselves be carried away by their own hate and prejudice. Trump should never have won. Anything needed to take him down is legitimate.
Then we get to the story that dominated over Sunday. A clip of a video went viral, showing a confrontation between a white teen with a MAGA hat and a Native-American veteran. No context was given in the clip, just a face-to-face standoff with the teen smirking.
Immediately, it was the white kid against the minority. Immediately, people and the MSM made up their minds that the kids had to be in the wrong. After all, they were white, they were at the March for Life, they were Catholic (Christians are always wrong), and the kid was smirking. It fit the narrative the MSM loved to promote.
The same outlets that hailed the Trump story now turned their sights on the kids of Covington Catholic High School. But wait, the clip was only a smidgen of a larger tape, and it took a reporter from Reason Magazine to debunk the story. Not only that, it was found that the Native-American was part of a radical sect that hates whites. Ooops! It was the older man who confronted the teens, not the other way around.
In one weekend, the mainstream media proved themselves to be everything their critics claim – and more. In their quest to transform America and marginalize those who love it the way it is – with its flaws – they have shown they are not purveyors of truth and information, but ideologues and advocates.