Sure, they hate it when people call them the “fake news” but the so-called mainstream media (MSM) has more than earned its reputation. If they were honest and sought out the facts, if they weren’t prone to jumping the gun, and if they reported stories fairly, maybe they would be the credible institutions they claim and are supposed to be.
If they weren’t out to hammer President Donald Trump for any little thing he does, says or tweets, if they weren’t eager to find fault with anyone on the right, and if they didn’t describe every person who has conservative viewpoints as an extremist, on the far right, or ultra-conservative, maybe they would be trusted.
If they didn’t deliberately try to disrupt press conferences by being belligerent, badgering the press agent with ridiculous questions and making unfounded accusations, maybe they’d be taken seriously.
If they let go of their animosity toward this administration, maybe they wouldn’t be met with the president’s scorn. If they stopped harassing Republican officials, maybe they’d be treated with the same courtesy the left treats them with. If they were respectful, maybe they’d be respected.
But all this seems like a fantasy. It’s hard to imagine such a scenario when two reporters claim in an article at BuzzFeed that Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to congress about negotiations regarding building a Trump Tower in Moscow, then special investigator Robert Mueller issues a statement clarifying the article as “not accurate.” That’s what happened when Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier “reported” the fake news in an attempt to justify the left’s desire to impeach Trump. It’s completely dishonest and that any media outlet would run that story is outright irresponsible.
It’s also hard to think that the left could make any progress toward being respectable when they take a situation and deliberately turn it around to portray a leftist activist as a victim at the hands of pro-life rally attendees. Last weekend a group of young teenage boys from Covington Catholic High School made the trip from Park Hills, Kentucky to take part in the March for Life rally in Washington D.C. Their offense: they were pro-life and donning “Make America Great Again” baseball caps. Several media outlets aired selected footage of the boys appearing to be acting hostile toward Nathan Phillips, a Native American Indian, while he was beating on a drum. It’s not what happened, however.
Aside from Phillips claiming to be a Vietnam veteran, which was later proven false, among other statements he made, the boys were the subjects of intimidation and vile verbal insults by another group calling themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI). To avoid confrontation, it seemed, the teen boys observed Phillips as he beat on his drum and were not hostile in any way. It was Phillips and the leftist hate group BHI who were hostile toward the group of Catholic high school students.
The fact that any individual or group could become unhinged by a hat that says Make America Great Again signifies that the problem is with those who are easily triggered and unstable, not with those espousing a patriotic sentiment.
Instead of waiting to find out what really happened, the MSM and many others including celebrities, commented about how wrong these teens were after viewing just a snippet of what took place. Without first getting the facts, these teens were besmirched by the left and even some on the right.
It’s one thing for individuals to express their disgust with what they think happened, it’s quite another for those in the field of journalism to report on a situation they don’t fully understand. Even worse, knowing the facts and not reporting them but reporting something completely different, as some did, is the epitome of irresponsible journalism. Those who do this are devious, should be held accountable and face severe repercussions.
I’m sure most of the MSM were there to report negatively on the event that goes against their collective values. Not only is it not offensive to take a stand for the pro-life cause but it is perfectly reasonable to take that position. It is also within a person’s First Amendment rights to do so.
Shame on the MSM and all others who got it wrong and wanted to cast these teens in a negative light. This is why many people refer to the MSM as the fake news.
Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.