J. Peder Zane: Media attack fake news but also peddle left-wing nonsense –
Less ridiculous false claims – such as the idea that President Obama is a Muslim or that he banned the Pledge of Allegiance– did gain more traction. But these are not, as Democrats and the media pretend, solely yes or no questions of fact. They are also a way for some to express their view that Obama does not share their values.
They are akin to the admittedly more general yet far more scurrilous charge that Donald Trump is an anti-Semitic white supremacist. All are more properly understood as statements of identity and belief rather than of facts. These are not on the Bible declarations; they are avenues for saying Trump doesn’t share my values.
The pivotal difference is that right-wing fantasies are repeatedly debunked by the mainstream media, while left-wing nonsense is not only echoed but created by those powerful organizations.
Yes, fake news on bogus websites is troubling. But anyone with an iota of common sense can see that the corruption of our mainstream news sources is a far greater peril.
It is not helpful to have anonymous bloggers making false claims. But it is dangerous when people who are supposed to know better – and whose views are granted legitimacy through the institutions they work for – peddle obvious nonsense for partisan advantage. The threat grows as so many Americans are happy to suspend their judgment and accept this.
Victor Davis Hanson// Town Hall: The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin –
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.
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.
In today’s media, all of this progressive distortion serves as an insurance policy for lapses of personal integrity like those of Thrush and Joffe.
Decades-long journalistic one-sidedness was apparently tolerable when there were no other news alternatives. Mainstream-media monopolies once were also highly profitable, and long-ago liberal news people were at least well-mannered.
All of those assumptions are no longer true. News outlets such as The New York Times and NBC have no more credibility than most websites or the National Enquirer.
Is it any surprise that we are witnessing the funeral for traditional journalism as we once knew it?
Then there’s the Chicago incident. Ed Driscoll says:
CBS’s blackout on the details of this story, and their competitors’ embargo of the story itself, dovetails perfectly with Iowahawk’s observation that “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving,” and Jim Treacher’s line that in the 21st century, the profession “is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.”
Related: “The Left’s insane hatred of Donald Trump has spun out of control, and there have been far too many instances of this sort of depraved violence,” John Hinderaker writes at Power Line. “I don’t want to hear another damn word about ‘hate crimes’ against minorities supposedly inspired by Donald Trump’s campaign or election, not unless they equal this level of depravity.”
Naomi Schaefer Riley : Nonprofits would rather spite Trump than help those in need – “just a few of the hysterical headlines that have appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy over the past few weeks.”
If a Trump administration does in fact usher in cuts in federal funds for social services — though it’s not clear that it will — one might think that the nation’s philanthropic leaders would take that as a cue to spend more to make up for the gaps they think will occur.
But that doesn’t appear to be the plan. At the annual meeting of Independent Sector, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit leaders in the country, the panelists just wanted to turn charities into lobbying firms.
the folks who run philanthropy are so angry about the results of the election they don’t know what to do with themselves.
Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. So you won’t help people in need because it might prove conservatives right? In the long list of people who have lost their minds over Donald Trump’s election, nonprofit leaders might be closest to the edge.
David Prentice: Broken: The Sickening, Stale, and Worn Out Narratives of the Left – “They became Stockholm syndrome Republicans, incapable of putting up a good fight against these lying, conniving, greedy leftists who stopped long ago caring about whether what they did legislatively, with the courts, or with regulation from the control of Washington bureaucracies actually had a good effect on America.”
Ali Watkins, BuzzFeed News Reporter: The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers – “The Democratic National Committee tells BuzzFeed News that the bureau “never requested access” to the servers the White House and intelligence community say were hacked by Russia.” Ed Morrissey says Hmmm: FBI, CIA never examined DNC servers?
Howie Carr: Trump Derangement Syndrome reaches epidemic levels – “Are you or someone you know suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), the new mental disorder sweeping college towns, gated communities and other trust-funder enclaves across the nation?” … “You may have Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) if: …”
Jazz Shaw expands on this TDS epidemic by explaining implications as Eric Holder lands a new job… fighting Donald Trump for California –
That’s right, kids. We’re still more than two weeks away from the inauguration, but California has brought in Holder as a hired gun to sue the heck out of the next President for whatever awful plans he may or may not have in mind. (LA Times)
wouldn’t that normally be the job of the state Attorney General? Usually it would, but their old AG, Kamala Harris, was just sworn into the Senate. Her expected replacement, Democratic Representative Xavier Becerra, is expected to be along shortly, but apparently Jerry Brown doesn’t have enough faith in him to entrust the new guy with a job this big. After all, as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon informed the public, the grave threat posed by Donald Trump is a danger to the very lives of all Californians.
This brings up two rather obvious points to consider. First of all, if this is the sort of job that Holder was champing at the bit to take, how “unbiased” do you think he actually was when he was serving as the AG for the nation under Obama? Yeah… that’s pretty much what I thought also.
But perhaps even more to the point, what does this say about the state of California’s government at the moment?
OK, for that question consider Victor Davis Hanson// National Review: It’s Still a Mad, Mad California – “Coastal elites set rules for others, exempt themselves, and tolerate rampant lawlessness from illegal aliens.” (a repeat citation here)