In Fiery, “Surreal” Press Conference, Trump Launches War On “Out Of Control” Press: Main Highlights

Whatever your opinion of Trump, and ours is that he is a mixed bag, good on some things, not so good on others, I think it can be objectively said that the #oldmedia has been on a Trump hunt since the day Trump won the election. (And before.) The people in the #oldmedia hate the man. They hate that he won even though the #oldmedia backed Hillary Clinton. They hate that he derailed the march toward the “first woman president.”

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Mainstream Media Goes Full McCarthyite

It’s not just dishonest; it’s childish.

Senator Joe McCarthy perfected the technique in the United States: whenever you disagree with anybody, don’t debate ideas, go right into name calling. In McCarthy’s day, the epithet of choice was  “Communist.”  In recent years, it has morphed into some variant on bigot: “racist, sexist, homophobe, latinophobe, Islamophobe,

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UNC philosophy professor warns: ‘Progressive privilege’ abounds in academia

Some have no interest in knowledge or wisdom if it doesn’t fit their worldview.

I have to say that my professors in college in the poli-sci department at Mary Washington College did a pretty good job of being fair to me and other students. Though I was often a lone voice in some conversations, I was more conservative than libertarian back then, I was always treated with respect. My opinions were valued – or at least readily tolerated. I was graded in a fair way.

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Report: Top Politico reporter trades favors for access (To Chelsea Clinton?)

Politico’s beat.

The crony media is not a new topic here and the news that one of Politico’s top dogs promised to be extra special nice to Chelsea Clinton in an interview doesn’t surprise us. It probably doesn’t surprise our readers either. But it is worth noting how cuddly the generally liberal but often excellent website is, with, well, politicos. I have been to a few Politico functions. “Lovefest” is too strong a word,

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‘Shell-shocked’ CNBC staffers had long flight home (After the debate, And we can’t help but laugh)

Source: The American Journalist in the Digital Age: Key Findings.
Bloomington, IN: School of Journalism, Indiana University

I certainly hope they were. They deserve to be. Wednesday night may prove to be a watershed moment for the Republicans. The moment when they stopped being nice with the #oldmedia and got real.

The media is massively biased in favor of big government. (Not that the Republicans aren’t often for big government.) As I have mentioned in the past I interned at a conservative news outlet in college (not Fox) and pretty much the entire production staff was liberal.

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Television News Network Lobbyists Are Fundraising for Hillary Clinton

 

And it’s a type of “liberal” bias. It’s not Ralph Nader liberal. It’s big government, pro-corporate, bias.

An excellent article from The Intercept, though it is not tough enough on the media for what now appears to be a screaming pro-crony, pro-statist, disposition. And for all the issues we have with Republicans it is fair to say that the media is obviously and blatantly now anti-Republican.  (As witnessed at the debate on Wednesday.) A Republican must now be elected president despite a pretty much unrelenting anti-Republican and generally pro-Democrat mantra from almost all media outlets these days.

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More Crony Media: Hillary Email Dump Shows CNN Really Needs to Rethink Relationship with Paul Begala

This report comes from Mediaite, which is not exactly a conservative news outlet.

Look, the legacy media, the #oldmedia, have an agenda. It is basically statist with a strong deference to corporate masters. Begala is that kind of guy.

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More Crony Media? ABC News Anchor Stephanopoulos Donated $50,000* to Clinton Foundation, Failed to Disclose

George Stephanopoulos did of course work for Bill Clinton. That’s how he rose to fame and fortune. Now that he’s a well healed fixture of Washington it’s not surprising that he wrote a check to the organization.

But Stephanopoulos should have disclosed that he had donated to the Clinton Foundation prior to interviewing Peter Schweizer the author of Clinton Cash. And as an anchor at ABC should he really be giving any money to political organizations?

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A real look inside the Crony Media: Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson shows us in her new book

Even many of my liberal friends now acknowledge a strong statist bias in the #oldmedia. It’s not just how stories are reported but perhaps more importantly WHAT STORIES are reported.

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Survey: 7% of reporters identify as Republican, 4 times that identify as Democrat, but most (for the first time) identify as “independent.”

Source: The American Journalist in the Digital Age: Key Findings.
Bloomington, IN: School of Journalism, Indiana University

I am not a Republican (I’m solidly in that “independent/other part of the bar.) but I think the Republicans out there have a legitimate beef with the media. The #oldmedia is out and out a hostile place for Republicans, both journalists, and politicians. It has been that way for a long time. Heck, I interned at a national news network (now gone) which was supposed to be “right of center”

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More Crony Media: Comcast likely to merge with Time Warner, bought by money to Dems?

It is funny, every once in a while someone will try to make the case to me that #oldmedia, TV, newspapers, cuneiform tablets, aren’t overwhelmingly statist. These people argue that because the #oldmedia is controlled by a handful (and soon to be a smaller handful) of large corporations that this somehow means that the media, ispso facto, can’t be “liberal.” That somehow corporations aren’t for what is often considered the “liberal” or now “progressive” agenda.

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Progressive website Alternet: How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying? MSNBC’s “Progressive” Hosts Won’t Tell You

We’ve discussed the crony media in general and MSNBC in particular many times. MSNBC works closely with Media Matters, which works closely with the White House. It’s long been an open “secret” that MSNBC is basically a propaganda arm for the current administration. (For the record much the same could be said of Fox News for most of the Bush administration.)  But the attached article is interesting because it comes from a progressive former producer at the network.

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David Axelrod Joins NBC News, MSNBC As Senior Political Analyst, Chuck Todd Says Media Bias a Myth

Chuck Todd the NBC News Political Director (who I once interned for) just went on Morning Joe and explained that the supposed “liberal” media bias is a myth. That is the reason he explains, why many “conservatives” won’t come on #oldmedia news shows anymore. The problem, according to Todd, is that the younger staffers of these leaders have bought into this myth.

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