by John Donnelly…….
Some journalists and authors from established media outlets, to include “The New York Times”, have devolved into proliferating merchants of misery for anyone thinking differently than they. If a real or imagined challenge threatens the sanctity of their beliefs, a reflexive conditioned response will provoke them to unleash an iron-fisted attack upon the perceived menace; collateral damage be dammed.
Although such conduct has become all too familiar and accepted, it’s not the mark of an accomplished publication that has boasted of only “printing the news fit to print”. Growing up in the Big Apple, I believed in and trusted “The Times” as a reputable newspaper committed to an unbiased and accurate portrayal of the facts.
Perhaps my understanding was never true. It appears no longer to exist. Lacking integrity and a sound mind, the pseudo intellectuals operating large scale publishing houses have allowed their biases and prejudices to corruptly influence them.
Henceforth, their job has become to utilize the printed word, so as to bring victory and power to the political candidates of their choosing. They lack the will and have lost the means to produce a fair, balanced and impartial account of the facts. They don’t even go through the motions of producing an equitable product anymore. A publication that deliberatively and accurately assess integrity, competency and success, as it relates to the professional performance of those seeking public office.
Journalistic and editorial violations are commonplace. No longer can one expect objectivity, neutrality and detachment from those covering the news. This malfeasance has set a contemptuousness and ill-informed tone, when it comes to discussing issues of the utmost importance.
Unfortunately, for our Democratic Republic, the Media has taken sides with their darling candidate for president. I can understand putting a good word in for one’s preferred candidate, and positively framing that politician so they might win. Even throwing some cash their way via pay to play arrangements and shooting some angles on their behalf; might be viewed as reasonable behavior. It has been said: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying”.
However, what’s particularly disturbing, is the overwhelming partisanship and formidable backing given to one presidential candidate over another, by most of this nation’s news outlets. A “press and media” that enjoys constitutional freedoms and protections, so that the American people might be given all the relevant facts regarding the truthfulness, competency and accomplishments of those seeking the most powerful position in the world. We’ve been regularly duped by a 4th Estate that has lost the will and desire to establish a firm, fair, detailed and accurate relationship with those seeking public office; so that an authentic record of fact can be reported to the world and citizens of this nation.
Objectivity and hard hitting questions must be directed at both candidates, with follow-up inquiries when an individual refuses to answer said question, or is lying. During one interview I watched a news anchor passively sit and nod in agreement, while a candidate aspiring to be President of the United States lied about lying.
We are at a point in history where anything less than obeisance and complete agreement with the information set forth via the rhetoric and narratives established by the Medias favorite son or daughter; will trigger a voracious personal attack, the depths and gravity I’ve not witnessed during my lifetime. Such partisanship has become divisive and disruptive, as it has inspired angry, violent and murderous behavior .
If these media moguls are so certain of their beliefs and confident in the support they’ve given to a particular presidential candidate, why are they so hostile towards and threatened by another’s experience or point of view?
By the way, before moving on, would you care to partake of some freshly made Kool-Aid? Most assuredly, it will quench your thirst.