Instead of retiring to the countryside as the grand old man of journalism after Watergate, Bernstein could not resist the allures of trapping and skinning for himself another president, and now goes down as a fool.
If, on these post-Mueller days, I had to pick one man or woman who typifies the decline and fall of American journalism I’d pick Carl Bernstein…yes, of Woodward and Bernstein Watergate fame. You want to turn away in pity from the sight of a man gone to clowning from his brief shining moment.
The entire profession has been shamed and the only solution is to scrap it all and start all over again… but only with people trained and motivated to report the news and nothing but the news. That is unlikely to happen because the same rascals keep reproducing…Rachel Maddow, Jim Acosta, Joe Scarborough Exhibit A, B, and C.
I suppose it’s true that “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” as the Washington Post’s slogan says. But journalism may also die, by morphing into forms that can no longer be described as journalism. Journalism may come to mean a crooked scandal sheet, or high-minded propaganda. Sometimes squalor and self-righteousness are equally disreputable.
The Post’s apothegm, somehow off-kilter, with its alliteration and self-importance, was a purposeful bit of branding, designed to claim high ground and to poke a thumb in President Trump’s eye every morning. Such partisan intent detracts from the slogan’s claim to universality. The self-serving implication—the notion that, against the Darkness, the Washington Post represents the Light—invites the reader to respond (as readers have always responded to the Chicago Tribune’s slogan, “The World’s Greatest Newspaper”) by muttering, “I’ll be the judge of that, pal.”
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said strong journalism was essential for a healthy democracy and that more details would be in the federal budget.
Vice News Tonight correspondent Michael Moynihan accused ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s of plagiarizing passages of her new book about journalism — “Merchants of Truth” — and tweeted what he said was proof on Wednesday.
Moynihan’s Twitter thread accused her of “enormous factual errors, other cribbed passages [and] single or unsourced claims.” He said he had focused his plagiarism investigation on the section about Vice.
Trump could have a field day with this… h/t DM
In a January 20 report titled — “‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on his encounter with MAGA-hat-wearing teens” — the Post‘s Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Antonio Olivo, and Joe Heim erroneously stated Philips is a veteran of the Vietnam War despite having not been deployed.
No fact checking. No accountability. No repercussions. And it’s not just WaPo- it’s the entire mainstream media universe.
This plan was made public thanks to a scoop by a small independent outlet called Blacklocks, which appears to be one of the only outlets in Canada that won’t accept funding from Trudeau’s $595 million media slush fund.
Remember during the campaign when Trump’s campaign manager was accused of assaulting a female reporter as he pushed through media lines to get Trump out of the room? Many in the media howled for his immediate arrest.
Funny how things change.
The conduct of a handful of so-called reporters during President Trump’s news conference was disgraceful beyond measure. This is not journalism, this is narcissism.
Speaking Wednesday night at a rally in Fort Myers, Fla., President Trump condemned the “far-left media” for “once again using tragedy to sow anger and division” shortly after his visit to Pittsburgh in the wake of Saturday’s deadly mass shooting at a synagogue there.
CNN lies. Anyone with a modicum of sense can see that. Doing their best to push the liberal agenda has made them the laughing stock of news to a large majority of these people. For me it started with the war in Iraq. Within two hours of the start of the campaign, talking heads on CNN were talking of being in a quagmire, and how it would never work. The only setback for the American fighting troops was when the Messiah of CNN, Barak Hussein Obama pulled all the troops out and led to the start of ISIS. Of course, none of the whiny sycophants of CNN and the other Mainstream media would tell you that.
The popular press will do anything rather than admit that Justin and his friends are in trouble:
Twelve months from now, Canadians will pass judgment on the Trudeau government and decide whether its first mandate should be its last or if it deserves another four years.
As the one-year countdown to the next federal election on Oct. 21, 2019 starts ticking, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals appear reasonably well positioned to win a second term.
But a year is a lifetime in politics and the coming one promises to be particularly challenging for the Liberals, beset by a growing phalanx of hostile conservative premiers determined to put a spoke in Trudeau’s pre-election wheel.
In particular, they’re aiming to upend the introduction of a carbon tax — one of Trudeau’s signature policies, the central pillar of the Liberal plan for combating climate change.
It’s the next big thing on the government’s agenda and it’s the pivotal issue upon which Liberal strategists privately believe the next election will turn. It’s a fight they think they can win.
Once a delusion sets into a person’s mind, it can be really tough to dislodge. If you’re convinced that Hillary Clinton is running a child sex slavery ring out of a pizza joint in D.C., or that Obama was born in Kenya,* or that the murdered children at Sandy Hook were “crisis actors,” every piece of evidence you find is going to convince you of that. So will every piece of evidence against it, or a complete lack of evidence altogether. When you just know you’re right, you’ll figure out some rationalization to convince yourself that it’s true, and that everybody telling you otherwise is part of the cover-up.
Unless, of course, you’re a reporter journalist.
He hasn’t taken to Twitter to rail against the media like his neighbor to the south, but the government of Doug Ford, one of Canada’s best-known politicians, has been picking a fight with the journalists who cover him.
Less than a week ago the so-called journalists of the mainstream news media were rending their garments and setting their hair on fire because CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins was barred from a single White House event.