If one really wants to understand the “fake news” phenomenon one must watch this 4 minute video from Pat Caddell. Recorded in the wake of the Benghazi September 11th attacks he lays out how the old media are not only biased against certain perspectives (conservative/libertarian) but in many cases are actively seeking to further a “progressive” agenda and abandoning real journalism altogether.
He was/is exactly right.
What we’ve seen with the media and this president is just ugly. The media so wanted a Hillary presidency. They were so all in for her. But they were denied by the “deplorables” and the #oldmedia HATE that. They can not stand that their heads were handed to them by their “lessers.” The folks within the #oldmedia are beside themselves that their worldview has been rejected, and even more scary for the #oldmedia, that their worldview is likely only to be rejected more in the future.
Now THIS is an interesting slip of the tongue.
We are pleased to see that Mr. Trump is open to questioning from new voices.But some of the old guys are going to complain.
The #oldmedia, the #cronymedia, are on notice. They were so obviously pro-Clinton in the 2016 race that many Americans just gave up on the #oldmedia altogether. Any sense of fairness seemed in 2016 to go out the window. The old media companies, companies that had long watched their market share and revenues decline, doubled down on the establishment candidate in a ploy for relevance. But they busted. Spectacularly.
Now the old media are coming to terms with their new status.
I accept that Mr. Obama and I do not see the world the same way. But there are times when the President ventures into the ludicrous and this is one of those times.
The media in pretty much every way was in the tank for Hillary Clinton this election. Aside from FOX News, all the major broadcasters were practically ongoing infomercials for the former Secretary of State this year. Even accounting for Obama’s pro-Democrat bias how can he possibly say that the media was too tough on Hillary Clinton with a straight face?
As this data appears to show, much of the #oldmedia operates within an echo chamber. This of course is probably not news for most ACC readers. For many of us the echo chamber effect in the #oldmedia seems patently obvious. There have been dozens of stories we’ve touched on here over the years, of significant consequence, which were/are largely ignored by the #oldmedia. These stories are typically ones that are critical of the establishment, of which the #oldmedia, the #cronymedia are a part.
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,
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,
First it was the local newspapers. Then the big newspapers started going belly up. Now the mighty cable giants are in trouble.
The information gatekeepers are losing their grip. The taste makers, the talking heads, the producers and the TV programmers (at least the ones attached to traditional broadcasters) all see that their positions and status aren’t what the used to be. People are “cutting the cord.” The great unwashed increasingly is turning its back on media created in LA and New York.
“Oh no…That sucks…”
Obama is no friend to free speech as many journalists can attest, even some within the #oldmedia like Susan Page at The USA Today. He clearly dislikes the emergence of an alternative narrative to the one he has sought to craft from the beginning of his presidency. Obama’s White House had “journalists” flowing in and out of it all the time. Even Jon Stewart had secret meetings with the President. And Obama is concerned that the “truth”
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.)