"Daily news, daily blues, pick up a copy anytime you choose; Seven little pennies in the news boy's hand and you'll ride right along to never-never land." -- Singer/songwriter Tom Paxton. (This is gonna be way long, by the way).
The above song quote is over forty years old. Interestingly enough, Paxton's song was complaining about conservative bias. In any case, whether it's right bias or left, objective reporting is more the exception than the rule. What's sad, though, is the pretense of objectivity. When I watch my favorite sport, baseball, I can see the umps miss some ball and strike calls (every other call, pretty much, is open for review). And as frustrating as it can be to see my guys called out on strikes on a pitch outside the zone, I NEVER think the umpire is biased. But news is different. These preening "journalists" love to tout their ability to search tirelessly for facts, but in reality, they're all too often, just searching for an angle. They have their own agenda(s) and what they don't report is just as important as what they do report.
It's very difficult to take the news media seriously. The VA scandal, the IRS targeting conservative groups, and Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts like something from a Pep Boys sale, rated hardly any attention from the "mainstream" media. And people wonder why I watch Fox? Hillary's many sins are glossed over, but all of a sudden women come out of the woodwork to condemn Trump? Four men died in Benghazi, but who cares, because Trump once said something about grabbing women by the, ummmm, be delicate here, Vegas,... posse?
Trump spoke of protecting our border and keeping potential terrorist OUT of America, and that somehow made him a racist! And a sexist. And a homophobe. Well, maybe he was a bit of a sexist in how he regarded women, but that didn't bother the media when Bill Clinton was actually harassing and assaulting women. Look, if someone is just looking for some sort of half-assed validation for their political leftist beliefs, they'll be fine with today's media. If you're looking for facts, truth, and integrity by editors and reporters, well, to quote Sponge Bob Square Pants, "Good luck with that!"
If anyone had any doubt as to how much the networks and cable stations (except for Fox) were in the tank for Hillary, well, just think about it. Ohhhhh, she's the MOST qualified person to EVER run for president. Really? Four dead in Benghazi. The BEST the FBI could say about her email mess, was that she was incompetent. The Clinton "charitable" foundation, even if you ignore pay-for-play, still only gave ten percent to charity. She always bragged about traveling to over a hundred countries, but spreading incompetence throughout the globe is hardly something to brag about. The media always made her out as being oh so smart. Sarah Palin, however, as soon as she was a hit at the Republican convention in 2008, well, the media parachuted into Alaska, interviewing anyone who ever knew her, including a few mooses (meeces?).
I just don't take the media seriously. Remember Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show? Ted was this very handsome man, with a great baritone voice, perfectly suited for reading the news. In reality, though, he was just an idiot. But on TV, image is everything, so when someone who looks good in a suit, and has a certain bearing and delivery, it's easy to think that he (or she) should be taken seriously. I don't, anymore. Even before Brian Williams was brought down by his own lies, all I saw was Ted Baxter in an expensive suit. Same with Tom Brokaw, and YES, that includes the "legendary" Walter Cronkite. All three are representatives of left-leaning media types. I miss David Brinkley, a no-nonsense newscaster who had a healthy cynicism about Washington politics. I miss his Sunday show, when it had integrity. Today, we have that ignorant hack George S (Hey, I spelled it right ONCE, and I'm not going to push my luck), who is just a Clinton gofer. But he comes across well on TV, and isn't that ALL that counts? Not to me. A lie is a lie, and the truth is the truth, and it doesn't matter if either is delivered in an expensive suit, or torn blue jeans and a t-shirt.
I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, that the American public has finally had it with the MSM. Think about it. They threw everything at Trump, and he just just deflected all of it. He fought back in a way that no candidate ever has, at least in my lifetime. He beat the news media, Hollywood, the Republican establishment, and Lady Gaga. He won out over sixteen or seventeen politicians for the nomination. No one thought he had a chance. Ohhhhh, once the field gets narrowed, he'll fall by the wayside. He has a "ceiling" of support he can't get beyond. Everybody laughed at him. When he did get the nomination, we were told by the George Wills, Rachel Maddows, George Clooneys, Joy Behars, Karl Roves, of the world, that he couldn't win. He had no "path" to 270. But he won! Know what this reminds me of? I probably have brought this up before. In the first Rocky movie, Apollo Creed didn't take the Rock seriously. No way this pug from Philly could beat the heavyweight champion of the world. But in the first round, Rocky knocks Creed right on his buttinsky. At the end of the round, Apollo's trainer, who had warned his fighter about Rocky, said something I'll never forget: "He doesn't KNOW it's a damn SHOW! He thinks it's a damn FIGHT! Finish this bum, and let's go HOME!" That's Trump. He didn't know it was a damn show. He thought it was an election. You might say, in a way, that The Donald was too "stupid" to know he couldn't win. If you've ever wondered about the secret to Trump's business success, this is it: He went by his own instincts, and brushed off what the "experts" said. I've nothing against experts, but I've never heard of one that became a billionaire.
Anyway, with all this talk of "fake news" I have to laugh. What EXACTLY are they talking about? What specific fake news sites are they referring to? Obama has this ax to grind about talk radio, but these are opinion shows. Liberals didn't seem to mind Comedy Central's "The Daily Show", which was the epitome of fake news, or at least fake news analysis -- and no one put the anal in analysis like Jon Stewart. By the way, when in tarnation did the term "fake news" come into being? Did it just creep up the last month leading up to the election? I never heard the term until recently. Seriously, is there anyone out there who heard about fake news BEFORE November 9th?
You know what I REALLY hate about the news media? It makes me have to think for myself. I HATE that! I mean, with so much cool stuff on TV, who wants to have to THINK? Once you realize that these turkeys shoving their point of view down your throat, are not any smarter than most people, it really is a Wizard of Oz behind the curtain moment. They're not all that bright. They put their pants and panty hose on one leg at a time. I honestly believe I could beat ninety-percent of them at "Jeopardy!" and so could most of my friends here in Vegas, and on Thoughts. The media of today consist mostly of posers and those who are "colorful." Colorful describes so many. I mean, listen carefully to what Geraldo says, and tell me that he has great insights. He doesn't. I know waaayyyyy too many people who have a better grasp of politics than he has. But what makes him "special" is his delivery, for lack of a better word. He's always smiling, and doing that I'm soooo charming bit of his. I have to admit that even though I think he's more wrong than right, he does have a certain telegenic thingy goin' on. But if I'm looking for great insight, I may have to go somewhere else, like Nickelodeon.
One final thought. For those who think I'm making too big of a deal about the media, it's not just a philosophical thing with me. Go back to Ferguson, Missouri, where the news geniuses took at face value, "witnesses", including the "Gentle Giant's" best friend's version of what happened. And why NOT? It made for great copy, and TV. And I guess the ensuing riots amounted to a nice bonus! No objectivity in reporting. No skepticism. Just sensationalism that led to millions of dollars of damage, both physical and emotional. But that's the way they roll. Just ask the falsely accused of the Duke Lacrosse team, or the phony rape report in Rolling Stone. Remember how the media so eagerly reported the Tawana Brawley rape allegations? As I write this, I'm sure there's another article in the works about how Trump supporters are attacking Muslims. Details won't be provided, but just repeating allegations by those who hate Trump will be more than enough to say something like "There have been many reports that ...". This makes me so sick, because real people have been hurt. Let's go back to the Rodney King beating. The media never showed ALL of that tape. They never do. They're quite contented to stir up public outrage, and if riots happen, it's icing on the cake. I'll say it one more time: I LITERALLY have more respect for a Vegas hooker than most of the mainstream TV media. A hooker will take a customer's money, but won't pretend she loves him. That's extra. Well, so I'm told.
There used to be some integrity in journalism. The old punch line was "And if mom says she loves you, check it out!" There is nothing more important to finding the truth than a healthy skeptical attitude. The late astronomer Carl Sagan used to say that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. But time and time again, these "objective" reporters have been taken in like marks in a con game. Remember when they got taken in by some jokers who claimed they came up with cold fusion? And there have been any number of stories over the years that had many in the news media buying into the "psychic powers" of someone like Uri Geller? Look, young people, if you want to be a journalist, you have to have critical thinking skills. You have to question what you're told. Think. Verify. Or to be blunt, in searching for the truth, sometimes you have to be a royal pain in the ASS!
Wow, way long. Sorry. Complain to my editor. Oh wait, I don't HAVE one. Seriously, media bias and incompetence, well, it bugs me. Journalism should be a noble profession. Instead, it has turned into a job where people on a mission to save the world, feel they can bend the truth, so long as it serves some sort of "greater good", whatever that means. In any case, I am so glad that Donald Trump managed to hand them their asses on a silver platter.