We have another guest blog post today from our good friend David on the subject of media malfeasance. Americans have been misguided in their notions of the Fourth Estate, as it sometimes called: the “Media” are all (or nearly all) profit-oriented companies, publicly bought and sold on the stock market, but privately managed. We have no reason to expect responsible reporting from them and they have not disappointed us anytime in the last 60 years or so.
Recently, our local newspaper, The Suburban Trends, was taken over by Gannett Newspapers, which bought the main umbrella group, North Jersey Media. The major newspaper in the group is The Bergen Record. The Trends and a number of smaller, community newspapers (for which I took photos) have been downsized. Most of their staff have been either terminated or demoted, including my former supervisor. Gannett’s lead paper is USA Today. That should tell you something right there. USA Today is fast-food news.
The first official issue under the new style and format of the “new” Suburban Trends featured a long lecture from a reporter in Paramus with a story about a pro-illegal immigration pastor’s lecture to his congregation and beyond.
Pardon me, but what does a story in Paramus have to do with the residents of the Suburban Trends’ area (West Milford, Ringwood, Wanaque, Haskell, Pompton Lakes, Pompton Plains, Pequannock, Lincoln Park, Kinnelon, Butler and Bloomingdale – essentially, the Route 23 corridor)? The Trends never bothered to publish the 2016 presidential election results, which showed that the majority of voters in all these towns voted for Donald Trump – in record numbers.
But on to David’s criticism of the Mainstream Media.
Mainstream media in the United States has certainly shown everyone how out of touch and irrelevant they really are. It’s now apparent to me that a large portion of the U.S., like myself, doesn’t pay any attention to mainstream media. I caught a youtube.com submission with a British journalist on a mainstream media show where she called CNN the “Clinton News Network.”
The Clinton News Network? Well that had to be embarrassing. I was in shock that that was aired. I personally don’t listen to any media in the US as I lost all respect for them years ago. They certainly showed their colors during this election. None gave any credence to Donald Trump’s candidacy. Even on election night they were in complete denial.
I think many of us can relate. In fact, the majority of Americans — all those who voted for Trump. For the majority, I think I can say that if CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS news teams were all fired or the news shows cancelled, few would miss them. I tune in BBC mostly. I’ve been waiting for an actual unbiased news program to come on the air. But I think the days of unbiased reporting are gone, though I hope they can be revived.
Do any outlets exist that we can look to for unbiased, accurate reporting? One news source I always found to be both accurate and unbiased, and with good coverage of important events, is the Christian Science Monitor. But I only really looked at them for coverage of foreign events, and I haven’t read them recently. I may try a subscription just to see if they are any better than the spin doctors and liberally-biased “reporting” (and non-reporting of anything that doesn’t further their liberal agenda) that is conventional outlets.
I am so disappointed in today’s journalists (I use the term very loosely). The schools teaching them are doing them and us no service. Liberal universities churning out liberal journalists that only know how to spin news to a liberal agenda. They need to get back to teaching what unbiased reporting is. We, the American people need and deserve unbiased reporting. Not just what is reported, but also in the stories chosen to be aired. A number of times important news was “missed” by all major networks while they aired pablum. In a few cases, the ticker had more important news than what was being reported on by the anchors.
I expect over the next few years that the liberal media will continue to lie and spin all the good things Trump will do in an attempt to reverse course in 4 years. But if this election has shown me anything, mainstream America is not buying what the mainstream media is selling. U.S. mainstream media will become even more marginalized. We can only hope someone steps up to fill the void with actual unbiased, balanced, truthful reporting. I’ll watch that. And I’ll be watching out for that.