And the evidence supports my theory. According to an analysis
done by the Media Research Center, the media is operating as the de
facto political opposition. NewsBusters reported on 4/19/17: “As
President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he
has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming
American President, with the broadcast networks punishing him with
coverage that has been 89 percent negative. The networks largely
ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight
against ISIS, in favor of [an anti-Trump] agenda … which closely
matches what would be expected
from an opposition party.”
The drive-by media has transmogrified into the engine of
Democratic Party power, with a
virulent anti-Republican, anticonservative mission. A mission that is clearly perceived by the U.S.
public. On April 5, Gallup reported that 62 percent of Americans
“see partisan bias in the news media.” In Koppel’s world, this 62 percent is stupidly believing dangerous lies told by conservative media.
Which is why conservatism needs to be stamped out.
Which brings me to “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC, public radio, on 4/19/17. Lehrer asked MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “Are we living in ideological bubbles in America
now, to the point where people who even might be watching
you … are not the same Americans [watching Fox], and vice-
versa?” Hayes answered:
“The center-to-center-left of the country consume a whole bunch
of different kinds of media … The other half of the country, the
sort of center-to-conservatives, basically only consume several dif-
ferent outlets … So they just watch Fox, or they just listen to
Limbaugh and talk radio … The only newspaper whose median
consumer is slightly to the right of center is The Wall Street
Journal. So you’ve got the situation in which half the population’s
audience is being divvied up amongst dozens of different entities,
and half the population, or 40 percent, basically has three or four
entities that have a monopoly on them. And it’s actually pro-
foundly dangerous in lots of different ways, both for I think the
conservatives on the right … also for American democracy.”
This is so clichéd. It is the exact same smug,
condescending — and uninformed — attitude
reflected in the infamous Time magazine cover
from January 23, 1995. And for all these
decades, they’ve gotten it exactly backwards.
People who listen to my program get a full anal-
ysis of multiple sides of every issue. It’s how I
rigorously explain the preference for conserva-
tism! That’s how I explain the correctness of
conservatism, by comparing and contrasting it
with the liberal position. And I do it honestly.
They don’t even attempt that.
Conservatism is not explained on MSNBC or
WNYC, except to smear it as a blight on humanity. Conservatives are never treated with respect.
They are rarely even acknowledged — other
than as a punch line or object of a sneer. Hayes
and Lehrer and libs like them are woefully missing the boat: they’re the ideologues, they’re the
ones with tunnel vision, they’re the ones with
severely limited exposure to substantive information. There’s a reason why these people have no audience. They
claim the facts, but there are no facts. They’re all propaganda, all
the time. Modern American media is nothing more than the daily
advancement of the liberal agenda.
Just think for a minute how wrong they’ve been about everything important. For the last two years, virtually the entire drive-by media misread every significant political data point available to
them. They were oblivious to the
largest new political force on the
modern scene, the Trump voter.
They were wrong about the polls,
the analyses, the observations,
the conclusions — they were
wrong about the freaking election,
for goodness sake.
So here’s the thing. Not only
is the mainstream media not
good for America; the media isn’t even good for Democrats. They
believe what the drive-bys report, and keep getting shellacked.
The Democrat Party is down over 1,200 seats since 2008.
They’ve lost the Senate, the House, the White House. You have to
go back to the 1920s to find a period in American history where
the Democrats had so little electoral power. The media hasn’t
been reporting it. And the Party is in total, utter denial. If you
didn’t listen to my show, and conservative media, you wouldn’t
have any idea how deep the Democrat losses are.
All their bragging about how fact-based and evidence-based
they are is so much claptrap. If they had simply listened to conservatives, and paid attention to our “common set of facts,” they
would be right on the money every damn day. And they’d be
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They claim the facts, but
there are no facts. They’re all
propaganda, all the time.