It really is sad to see professional journalists acting as government propagandists, i.e. de facto bureaucrats themselves, on behalf of an agenda at the expense of the truth. And we see that a lot now in Amerika especially to do with pathological Trump hatred. And I am not a Trump supporter, as many people here know.
Quite a few writers have now channeled Paul Craig Roberts with the moniker he has assigned to the mainstream Press as “presstitutes,” referring to mainstream news media chumps letting themselves be used by “anonymous intelligence sources” or “unnamed government officials” (or by people who are named) to advance an agenda at the expense of actual investigative reporting or being the “adversarial” Fourth Estate they are expected to be. That is, challenging assertions of bureaucrats and corporate flunkies, demanding answers, investigating the issues.
Instead, the news media have been plagued with activist do-gooders who have been brainwashed into believing that suppressing the truth about stories and merely repeating what bureaucrats tell them without question is “good journalism.”
But sadly, while some of the news media really are dishonest and intentionally promoting “fake news,” as I wrote about in my article on that a few months ago, I think that many of them are also just plain dumb, ignorant and/or gullible sheeple. It just never occurs to them to check what an “important source” in the bureaucracy tells them and that he might be lying to them. And as far as ignorance is concerned, like the population in general, many of them are just ignorant of history, science, economics, and did not have effective training in or encouragement of having critical thinking skills. And now with the “snowflake” generation, emotion is everything and thinking is suppressed.
Regarding the world-wide hatred for Donald Trump and the drooling drive to get rid of him, former CIA analyst and political activist Ray McGovern notes how investigative journalist Robert Parry may have had strokes and died because the “prostitution of the profession he loved so much” (journalism) may have been “too much; it’s just too much, too much.”
McGovern quotes Parry from a late article prior to Parry’s death:
More and more I would encounter policymakers, activists and, yes, journalists who cared less about a careful evaluation of the facts and logic and more about achieving a pre-ordained geopolitical result –and this loss of objective standards reached deeply into the most prestigious halls of American media. This perversion of principles –twisting information to fit a desired conclusion – became the modus vivendi of American politics and journalism. And those of us who insisted on defending the journalistic principles of skepticism and evenhandedness were increasingly shunned by our colleagues … Everything became ‘information warfare.’ …
Ironically, many ‘liberals’ who cut their teeth on skepticism about the Cold War and the bogus justifications for the Vietnam War now insist that we must all accept whatever the U.S. intelligence community feeds us, even if we’re told to accept the assertions on faith.
Sad. And Parry said that Trump hatred “had become like some invasion of the body snatchers,” a great analogy, in my view. However, in some cases there has been intentional dishonesty. But in other cases, there are members of the Press who are extremely infatuated with governmental powers, probably because they were raised to worship the government like a god, or like their mommy and daddy.
Besides my article in August on “fake news,” I also pointed out how what we have in the media is not the “liberal media” (although yes in the social agenda of many of them), but the government media. Not just journalism media but others in the academia and “intelligentsia” who promote and glorify the State and its god-like powers.
For example, Glenn Greenwald pointed to court historian Douglas Brinkley’s fawning interview of Barack Obama, and that “journalists joyously dance with top officials, swing on their tires, are creepily grateful when they’re sprayed in the face by their squirt guns, and play fun beach games with the very campaign officials they’re ostensibly covering.”
Yech. And as I further wrote in that earlier post, some examples provided by Greenwald have included Bob Schieffer kissing up to former NSA directer Michael Hayden, and Bob Shieffer hatchet-jobbing Ron Paul on foreign policy. And Scott Pelley’s “13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling propaganda” interview of Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta, how Wired manipulated chat logs to aid and abet the government’s persecution of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, and Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross’s anti-Iran fear-mongering (things haven’t changed much).
Back to Trump. So besides Trump’s being rude and oftentimes insulting people like Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly, he has also criticized the national security state and elitists in Washington, especially during the 2016 campaign. And those apparatchiks there didn’t like that.
The real news has been that elements within the FBI and DOJ and their media sycophants including the Washington Post made up this “Trump-Russia collusions” and Trump-Russia “hacking and manipulating the 2016 election” in order to frame Donald Trump and to get rid of him. The same elements in the FBI and DOJ also falsely exonerated Hillary Clinton in her corruption with her email scandal and Clinton Foundation. And there is plenty of evidence to back that up, while there is no evidence to this day that proves “Trump-Russia collusions” in changing election results.
But the news media have been reporting otherwise, haven’t they? That is because they shill for the national security state, the same national security state that reads their emails, listens to their phone calls, S.W.A.T.-raids their homes or hacks their computers if their reporting goes against the grain of the apparatchiks of the national security state. Why do the media shill and propagandize? Because they are True Believers? Or because they are extremely gullible and naive and believe what FBI or CIA agents tell them?
But also because they are agenda driven. For example, the gun control agenda, in which they will only play sound bites of quotes by Elizabeth Warren or Nancy Pelosi (“How many more people have to die until we finally wake up?” “We need stricter gun legislation,” etc., etc.), but never or rarely quotes by people pointing out “Well, if someone there had been armed he or she could have taken out the shooter before those remaining 54 people could be killed,” “Gun-free zones attract the shooters because they know no one is armed who could shoot back,” “Criminals don’t obey laws against assault, murder or rape, why would they obey gun laws?” etc. You know, those rational points that the mainstream media don’t want people to hear because such points refute the irrationality of emotion-based anti-self-defense arguments.
And this anti-Trump obsession is not new. So far, the media in collusion with the national security state have still not taken down Donald Trump. There just is no evidence against Trump to prove what he has been accused of. And now people are pointing to Michael Cohen, a proven liar and sleazebag, as though his testimony is actually reliable or respectable.
But the national security state with the aid of news media colluders did take down a sitting President, and an awful statist at that, just as Trump is. It is very possible that what the mainstream media had been reporting on Watergate and the burglary is not the true story behind the story, and in fact it might very well be that Richard Nixon was set up by the national security state with that Watergate burglary and cover-up. CIA goons such as E. Howard Hunt participated in the burglary. Nixon had been trying to thaw relations with Russia and China, and the national security state didn’t like that one bit. And they had media helping to take down Nixon, including Bob Woodward.
And we see it now how Trump is trying to thaw relations with Russia, and the sycophants of the mainstream media huff and puff in their devotion to the national security state and its dependence on conflict, belligerence, and living high off the hog on taxpayer dollars.
Although, this mainstream media pathological hatred of Trump is like never before, apparently. It seems like mostly a personal thing. They just don’t like him. Well I don’t like him either, but I still think the truth is important.