This article is dead on. The #oldmedia is dying and they are trying (desperately) to pull a fast one while they can.
So let’s talk about “fake news.”
As you are likely aware, in the wake of the Trump victory there has been a desperate attempt to come to terms with why the Clinton machine lost despite having essentially all of the #oldmedia on its side. Let’s take a moment and review how biased toward Hillary Clinton (and her machine) the #oldmedia actually was.
Below only represents a tiny fraction of the stories we featured on the pro-Establishment and pro-Clinton propaganda push from the powers that be in the #oldmedia,
Below is part of the transcript from Bannon’s 2014 talk. The rest of the transcript is linked below.
They were still talking “landslide” at 8:30 Tuesday night.
The crony media establishment just got hammered. All the insider dealing. The questions leaked to Clinton. The railing against actual reporting by Wikileaks. The fawning. The reverence. All of it failed. And The New York Times, arguably, led the way. (Though other large media outlets were worse.)
Boy, what a shame that the paper is hemorrhaging money. (And that was before the media smackdown.)
A very good article written by a journalist with a leftward political list. (Which he admits from the outset.) He’s tough on Hillary and he is pretty tough on Trump. But he is hardest on the Washington/New York cabal of “journalists” that has been exposed as little more than a den of propagandists in this election. Of course we’ve long talked about the #cronymedia and the #oldmedia but it’s good to see other folks, journalists, speaking out now.
Generally I like John Harwood. But this is disappointing and goes way beyond just “bias.” Regardless of what one feels about Clinton’s chief rival this is not appropriate for a journalist.
If there is one thing that defines Obama’s presidency it is the fait accompli. The White House denies, denies, denies, and then when it’s obvious that the White House engaged in some sort of nefarious behavior the president just looks at the critics and says, “Do something about it now.”
Just get Obamacare over the finish line. (You can keep your doctor. It’ll save the average family money.) Just start the amnesty program without Congress’s approval.
What world is Obama living in that he can say this with a straight face? Aside from a few websites, the Wall Street Journal, the odd talk radio show and Fox there is NO conservative media. (And even this media is relatively new.) Everything else is decidedly not “conservative” and has been that way for generations. “Liberals” (really statists) control most of the media including NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, MSNBC, Bloomberg (mostly), CNBC (for the most part), CNN,
This is not surprising. It highlights yet again the extent to which the #oldmedia is in many respects just a mouthpiece. For the record the video in the attached article from Mediaite has been removed and I can not find it elsewhere at this moment. (I’ll post if it shows up later in the day.)
Twitter is a private company and can do whatever it likes with its platform. It is however completely within bounds to highlight when the company essentially engages in a propaganda mission as it appears was the case here. It is unlikely that tweets would have been censored for some other politician, particularly of a different political stripe. That this was done behind the backs of other senior leadership at Twitter is also interesting. It would have been better if Twitter had been up front about its censorship.
This is American media now folks. There is real news happening, obviously important news. But one can almost hear the producer in Jake Tapper’s ear yelling…“Look, just cut away…The DNC does not want this on the air…Just cut away…”
Of course we can only speculate as to what was really happening. Maybe someone in the control room just wanted to watch Boys II Men.
This is why they say “the revolution won’t be televised.”
Oliver Stone is not my favorite guy in the world. He has said and done a number of things with which I strongly do not not agree. However he is a hell of a director and Wall Street and Platoon rank in my personal all time top 20 movies. And he is absolutely correct about the cozy relationship between some tech companies, particularly Google (which has visited the White House far more than any other company during Obama’s presidency) and the government.