The moderator of NBC’s “Meet The Press” wrote an opinion piece in The Atlantic whining about the rise of the right-wing media outlets and distrust of the mainstream press.
“Some of the wealthiest members of the media are not reporters from mainstream outlets,” Todd said. “Figures such as Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, and the trio of Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham have attained wealth and power by exploiting the fears of older white people. They are thriving financially by exploiting the very same free-press umbrella they seem determined to undermine.”
Hannity, Tucker and Ingraham all work at Fox News, which is the most-watched cable news network in America. Drudge’s website is one of the most heavily trafficked in the world. They are the very definition of “mainstream.”
The fact that Todd has not realized this is indicative of the problem of the left-wing mainstream press, which cannot accept the fact people distrust them because they are not trustworthy.
“Bashing the media for political gain isn’t new, and neither is manipulating the media to support or oppose a cause,” Todd said. “These practices are at least as old as the Gutenberg press. But antipathy toward the media right now has risen to a level I’ve never personally experienced before. The closest parallel in recent American history is the hostility to reporters in the segregated South in the 1950s and ’60s.”
What does that say about the state of the mainstream press? If animosity towards the media rivals that of Jim Crow, something must be seriously wrong. But according to Todd, that is the fault of the President, who is covered 90% negatively in the media, not the networks who continuously drag him through the mud.
“Much of the current hand-wringing about this rise in press bashing and delegitimization has been focused on the president, who—as every reporter in America sadly knows—has declared the press the ‘enemy of the people,’ he wrote. “But, like much else in the Trump era, Donald Trump didn’t start this fire; he’s only spread it to a potentially more dangerous place.”
Todd ended his grievance piece calling for the left-wing press to fight back against Trump.
“Instead of attacking rivals, or assailing critics—going negative,in the parlance of political campaigns—reporters need to showcase and defend our reporting,” he said. “Every day, we need to do our job, check our facts, strive to be transparent, and say what we’re seeing.”
That sounds like a great plan. Perhaps some honest reporting would lead to less strife between Trump and the media.
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WATCH: Trump ROASTS Acosta: “Go Ahead Jim, Try Another One”
The President shut down Acosta’s inane question.
President Donald Trump shut down CNN showman Jim Acosta’s attempts to insinuate strange conspiracies at Friday’s Presidential press briefing on the response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic. Acosta demanded that the President reveal the exact location of Dr. Anthony Fauci, apparently believing that the federal medical advisor had been shut out of the coronavirus response.
President Trump had been discussing attempts to marshal medical facemasks from 3M, combating attempts by the nominally American company to export the needed equipment to foreign countries for profit. Acosta tried to divert from the relevant topic at hand with irrelevant questions about the participants of the press briefing.
“Where is Doctor Fauci?”
Watch the exchange here:
“Every time he’s not here… Sometimes I’ll ask him to come because that’s the first question that you and a couple of others from the fake news establishment ask… We’re doing great together.”
Of course the President isn’t required to account for the whereabouts of Dr. Fauci at all times. Key federal personnel overseeing the pandemic response have a wide range of responsibilities that prevent them from being present at every single daily press briefing.
Trump went on to line up Acosta for what likely would’ve been another political and irrelevant question, savagely telling the CNN operative to “Go ahead Jim, try another one.”
As Jim Acosta tries repeatedly to derail attempts to provide the American public with vital information about the federal coronavirus response, it’s probably worth considering temporarily (or permanently) suspending his press credentials in order to allow the near-daily briefings to focus upon policy substance.
Acosta has been suspended from the White House press pool before, following disruptive attempts to derail substantial briefings with political nonsense.
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