American journalism is collapsing before our eyes


Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.

I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong.

My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.”

That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism.

Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of even handedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.

A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”

Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is note­worthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other ­“abnormal.”

Clinton is hardly “normal” to the 68 percent of Americans who find her dishonest and untrustworthy, though apparently not a single one of those people writes for the Times. Statistically, that makes the Times “abnormal.”

Also, you don’t need to be a ­detective to hear echoes in that first paragraph of Clinton speeches and ads, including those featured prominently on the Times’ Web site. In effect, the paper has seamlessly ­adopted Clinton’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.

It’s an impossible task, and Rutenberg fails because he must. Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate.

It’s pure bias, which the Times fancies itself an expert in detecting in others, but is blissfully tolerant of its own. And with the top political editor quoted in the story as ­approving the one-sided coverage as necessary and deserving, the prejudice is now official policy.

It’s a historic mistake and a complete break with the paper’s own traditions. Instead of dropping its standards, the Times should bend over backwards to enforce them, even while acknowledging that Trump is a rare breed. That’s the whole point of standards — they are designed to guide decisions not just in easy cases, but in all cases, to preserve trust.

The Times, of course, is not alone in becoming unhinged over Trump, but that’s also the point. It used to be unique because of its adherence to fairness.

Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly ­confesses. Shame would be more appropriate.


the media is a joke..the double standards are outrageous..the election has highlighted all of this..

the image above shows the bias..its the same scenario but look how they presented the two stories..

i havent posted this as a pro trump story ..i have posted it because it has examples of obvious bias and the media covering opinions not news..and the power they have globally and nationally..

“The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.”


~ by seeker401 on August 25, 2016.

32 Responses to “American journalism is collapsing before our eyes”

  1. that was a good simple article by the post the other day
    THEY are so so scare of Trump cos is like JFK knows THEY &THEY-games ? maybe ?

  2. Meanwhile (after the official death of the NEWSWEEK Magazine) wants trolling on the internet to be ‘regulated’.. (censorship is coming!!)

    • trolls being anyone who questions anything against the system or is spreading truth..

    • Trolling is, overtly, a political fight. Liberals do indeed troll–sex-advice columnist Dan Savage used his followers to make Googling former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s last name a blunt lesson in the hygienic challenges of anal sex; the hunter who killed Cecil the lion got it really bad.

      But trolling has become the main tool of the alt-right, an Internet-grown reactionary movement that works for men’s rights and against immigration and may have used the computer from Weird Science to fabricate Donald Trump. Not only does Trump share their attitudes, but he’s got mad trolling skills: he doxxed Republican primary opponent Senator Lindsey Graham by giving out his cell-phone number on TV and indirectly got his Twitter followers to attack GOP political strategist Cheri Jacobus so severely that her lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist order.

      The alt-right’s favorite insult is to call men who don’t hate feminism “cucks,” as in “cuckold.” Republicans who don’t like Trump are “cuckservatives.” Men who don’t see how feminists are secretly controlling them haven’t “taken the red pill,” a reference to the truth-revealing drug in The Matrix. They derisively call their adversaries “social-justice warriors” and believe that liberal interest groups purposely exploit their weakness to gain pity, which allows them to control the levers of power. Trolling is the alt-right’s version of political activism, and its ranks view any attempt to take it away as a denial of democracy.

  3. “i havent posted this as a pro trump story ..i have posted it because it has examples of obvious bias and the media covering opinions not news..and the power they have globally and nationally..”

    Keep in mind Newtons Third Law and the fact that Trump ran as an anti-establishment candidate .. also keep in mind the elite are aware the sheep have reached an orchestrated breaking point .. had the Republican establishment supported Trump, he couldn’t exactly claim to be anti-establishment .. thus Newton’s Third Law was invoked ..
    oppose Trump .. Trump wins

    Aggressively oppose Trump .. Aggressively support Clinton ..
    it’s all orchestrated .. let’s get over it and turn the light on ..
    Trump is ‘The Chosen’ we need to focus on what comes next after January, my suspicion is this is Trumps mentor .. We need a spotlight on Dugin

  4. Who is Alexander Dugin? Trump’s Mentor?

  5. DUGIN’S GUIDELINE -Trump and Clinton the battle will be bloody

  6. Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin: Russia’s information war meets the US election

  7. Dugin’s Guideline – American Hegemony – The Dragon is Wounded


  9. Third Position is National Bolshevism Workers Nazism Neo-Fascism

    All the ‘isms’ are the same in my opinion. Propaganda for the sheep.

    Capitalist Communism/Socialism/Marxism….the kings and the peasants

  10. Who is Aleksandr Dugin?

    • “Dugin has dubbed his distinctive ideology with a variety of different labels: National Bolshevism, neo-Eurasianism, the fourth political theory. They all amount to the same thing: a scheme for uniting all the global enemies of liberalism under Russian leadership and displacing the current liberal dispensation with something virulently anti-liberal and anti-modern or pre-modern.

      Dugin aims, in fact, at a fusion of totalitarian ideologies, from fascism and even Nazism at one end to Marxism at the other end. Yet his ideological roots are far closer to fascist and proto-Nazi sources (for instance, the demented “Ariosophy” doctrines of Guido von List and Jörg Lanz) than they are to anything in the Marxist tradition – which is why both Dugin’s English-language publishers and the websites that are drawn to him belong to the ultra-Right. ”

      so it would seem again, that the ultimate goal of those who think they are ‘elite’ is Communism…..and if I’m not mistaken, this happened before during the other world wars…..fascism vs. communism…..most of the mafiosa from Italy chose fascism because they thought it was better than communism….

      history is repeating again?

    • I’m getting more and more confused…:/…
      who is Dugin working for?
      who is Duke working for?
      who is Trump working for?

      .,,are all they aligned at the end with the great israel project?


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