Two of our most basic American principles are fairness and equal treatment under the law. They made our society a haven of liberty. Now, these and other traditional American values are under attack by an alliance of progressives, Democrats, and the mainstream media.
The very first amendment listed in the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech. In governments where there is no freedom one of the first things controlled by those in power is free speech. In contrast, although there have been a couple of exceptions, in general, the United States government hasn’t tried to control the press or the media and our country has retained its freedoms.
But what happens if the press, the media, completely agree with one side or the other? This puts traditional American values, such as fair play and equal treatment in jeopardy. In the recent past, the attacks by this media/progressive/Democrat alliance were aimed mainly at Republicans, people, groups, and beliefs that challenged progressive ideas. Anyone who complained about media bias was simply written off. Take some of the most damning examples of stories that the media didn’t just get wrong, but reported deceitfully, deliberately misleading their audience. You have the Duke Rape case where the prosecutor was found guilty of maleficence. There was the Ferguson shooting of a “gentle giant,” the Freddie Gray death in Baltimore, and numerous other times where the media rushed to judgment and were wrong.
One of the most egregious examples was in 2012. A young black man, Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Along with other blatantly slanted and misleading reporting, such as showing a years-old picture of much younger Trayvon, and calling Zimmerman a “white Hispanic,” NBC actually edited a 911 phone call by Zimmerman to imply that he was a racist.
The tape NBC ran on air had Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black.” Notice the “…” after the word good. You can see that in print but can’t hear it on-air. The full transcript of the 911 call went like this.
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.”
The dispatcher then asked Zimmerman, “OK, and this guy – is he black, white or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman responded, “He looks black.” The words in italics were left out by NBC. Makes a bit of a difference, doesn’t it? That was seven years ago. It’s gotten much worse since then.
In 2106 along came Donald Trump. Even if you could dismiss the biased reporting before he was elected as isolated exceptions to the rule of objective journalism it takes a special kind of blindness to continue to maintain the major media is fair and balanced in their coverage of the President. Last year the MRC (Media Research Center) reported that on the three major networks, ABD, CBS, and NBC the coverage of President Trump was 92% negative. Notice that the number does not include the coverage on CNN or MSNBC. Tune into either of those stations and try to find a single positive report about the President.
CNN’s bias has most recently been exposed by a Project Veritas video which had a network insider saying CNN President, Jeff Zucker, instructed a prominent host to “Just F***ing Nail” White House advisor Kellyanne Conway during an interview in order to damage the Trump administration. Ironically, CNN’s motto is, “CNN. The most trusted name in news.” Really?
After Trump’s election there were and still are non-stop attacks and insinuations about him. The best known of these attacks is that then-candidate Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election. Day after day and night after night the Democrats and the major media speculated that Trump was a Russian asset, that he was Putin’s puppet, that he was a turncoat guilty of treason. Stephen Colbert actually said on air, “The only thing your [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
Without probable cause or a real crime to investigate a special counsel, Robert Mueller was appointed to get to the bottom of the alleged collusion. Two and a half years and millions of dollars later Mueller came up with nothing. During all this, our media “watchdogs” showed absolutely no interest in any possible connections between foreign assets and the Democrats while supporting the Trump collusion theory nonstop.
Now we have the latest attack against Trump accusing him of abuse of power in a phone call to the new president of Ukraine. Did the media question anything about the claims that President Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless they dug up dirt on Joe Biden? The allegations came from an anonymous whistleblower, who appears to have ties to both Vice President Biden and House Intelligence Committee chairman. But, in the released transcript of Trump’s phone call there is no threat to withhold anything. In contrast, both Biden on tape, and five prominent Democrat senators in writing make clear threats to withhold money if Ukraine didn’t cooperate with their demands. A truly objective media might point this out, but instead, they ignore that obvious misbehavior of Democrats and instead focus on alleged misbehavior by the President. Obviously, our “free” press is not objective.
What happened to the idea of fair play? Equal treatment for all should be every American’s right. But that isn’t so anymore. Progressives, Democrats, and the major media who share progressive ideas have joined together to give us a system that isn’t fair or equal. When a seaman can go to Leavenworth for taking a selfie at his work station (He was proud of his job!) and the Secretary of State deletes 30,000 subpoenaed emails and walks we don’t have equal justice. This is exactly what the Democrat/progressive/media alliance wants. Their side, unchallenged. Our freedoms eliminated.