Media Bias In the Age of Trump

Almost 20 years ago, after my first book Bias came out, I made a lot of speeches – some of them to conservative organizations. The book was about liberal

bias in the mainstream media.  I had been a journalist at CBS News for 28 years and so it was a behind the scenes expose about how the sausage was made, about how bias made its way into the news.

I said that despite what many conservatives think, there was no conspiracy to slant the news in a liberal direction.  I told them that there were no secret meetings, no secret handshakes and salutes, that anchors like Dan Rather never went into a room with his top lieutenants, locked the door, lowered the blinds, dimmed the lights and said, “OK, how are we going to screw those Republicans today.”

It didn’t work that way, I said.  Bias was the result of groupthink.  Put too many like-minded liberals in a newsroom and you’re going to get a liberal slant on the news.

Liberal journalists, I said, live in a comfortable bubble and didn’t even necessarily believe their views were liberal.  Instead, they believed they were moderate, mainstream, and mainly reasonable views — unlike, of course, conservative views which, to them, were none of those things.

But what I wrote and spoke about then – mainly about how there was no conspiracy to inject bias into news stories — is no longer true today.

Yes, liberal groupthink is still a problem in America’s newsrooms.  But now, in the age of Trump, I believe there actually is a conspiracy.

Smoking gun or no smoking gun, memo to the staff or no memo, everyone understands what the rules are, especially on cable TV (which has much more influence today than in 2001 when Bias was published):  Tell viewers what they want to hear. Tell them what they already believe.  Validate their biases.  Toss them red meat.  Entice them to come back for more.

Pandering is good for business.

And it’s not only opinion shows.  All day long CNN and MSNBC play up negative stories about the president while Fox plays them down.  And all day long Fox plays up good news about the president while CNN and MSNBC play them down – or ignores them altogether.

There’s supposed to be a line between news and opinion, but too often that line is blurred – or blown up.

Exhibit A. Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent. In that role, he’s is supposed to deliver the facts and leave it up to his audience to draw its own conclusions.

Yet he says things like, “I don’t think a reasonable person could watch what we just saw over the last hour and conclude that the president is in control … he was ranting and raving for the better part of the last hour”

Ranting and raving?  This is objective reporting?  Maybe that’s how his “reasonable” liberal audience sees it, but to “reasonable” conservatives the president may simply have been defending his position against unfair news coverage.

Or he reports that, “The President seems to harbor racist feelings about people of color from other parts of the world.”

According to who – besides Jim Acosta and his fellow liberals?

And Jim Acosta is hardly alone in his disdain for the president.  Consider a page one story that appeared in the New York Times on May 19, 2019.

On that day, two of the paper’s top political reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, wrote that in 2016, Donald Trump ran an “unabashedly racist campaign.”

They easily could have written that “some claim” he ran an “unabashedly racist campaign,” but among the many liberals at the Times, it’s not an opinion that Donald Trump is a racist – it’s a fact.

As Kimberly Strassel puts it in her book, Resistance at All Costs: How Trump Haters Are Breaking America, “Sure, when it comes to the Trump administration, the press rides herd on every issue. But when it has come to former Obama officials (Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan), the media has swallowed everything it is told. It’s hard to explain just how big a dereliction of duty this is.”

And bias shows itself not only in what’s reported – but also in what’s ignored.

When Tara Reade went public with an accusation that then-Senator Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when she worked in his Washington office in 1993, “ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC all invited Biden on their airwaves for interviews, but they refused to confront him even once about these allegations,” the conservative Media Research Center reported. “Out of 77 questions, not a single one asked the former Senator and Vice President about Reade’s charges.”

As for Tara Reade, the mainstream television media pretty much ignored her.

For over a month, Tara Reade says she hadn’t been invited to tell her story on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or MSNBC. Only Fox asked her on. Now that Biden has told his story publicly, it’s a safe bet that some other TV news organizations will finally discover her.  At least one, CBS News, says it already has asked for an interview.

And while we may never know the truth about her allegation, we do know this:  Too many journalists have an unholy alliance with the Democratic Party and its liberal values.

No, that isn’t breaking news. But bias is worse today than it’s been in quite some time — certainly more blatant than when Bias came out in 2001.  And the downward spiral started in earnest on Election Day 2016.

In the age of Trump, the press no longer tries to hide its biases.  It embraces them.  The so-called mainstream media have joined the Resistance. And the worst part is that they’re not troubled by it.

Do journalists actually go into dark rooms and conspire to bring down the president?  I have no idea if the room is dark or not.

Source: Media Bias In the Age of Trump

What I’ve 🆂🆄🆁🅼🅸🆂🅴🅳 about the Covid Virus

I probably wouldn’t be writing this one except that i read a tweet where someone basically suggested that because the virus was so highly contagious we might as well throw our hands up in the air. He had a point & I get it.

He was saying sooner or later we would get it and that precautions were a waste of time. There is always a possibility we will get it.It’s like the possibility we will get the flu or a cold. There is always a possibility we will catch any infectious disease.

When you get a chance watch this excellent historical documentary re the Spanish Flu.I bet, given what you’ve learned now from the Coronavirus outbreak ,you can pick out every mistake they made then. I call the documentary, Lessons Learned.

𝕷𝖊𝖘𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖘 𝕷𝖊𝖆𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖉

We can mitigate. We have flattened the curve. We can hope for a vaccine and the general population could develop herd immunity. I can’t justify throwing our hands up in the air. I can say wash them frequently and practice good hygiene. I’ve surmised that’s one of our best defenses and is just as helpful in curbing the spread of other infectious diseases. 

What i’ve read is that the virus is most contagious before the symptoms appear.I’ve also read reports that the people who stayed at home(self isolated)were the ones who ended up with the virus. I will posit a couple ideas because I’m pretty sure  the virus did not just float in the window or leap from one house to the next. They’re  ideas,ok? There’s no concrete evidence to back em up. 

i suspect that the virus had made it’s way into the United States long before we knew there was such a virus. I trust nothing the CCP has told us.

If that’s the case, people who were infected and asymptomatic or had symptoms they thought were cold or flu, already infected other persons,including those who ended up self isolating.

Since we learned that the virus is most infectious PRIOR to symptoms people probably had contact with infected persons before they went into isolation & never gave it any thought.

I bet, if the people who self isolated give it some thought, they could probably recall having [albeit briefly] contact with either people or surfaces that were contaminated; absolutely possible if the virus were here before we knew there was a virus.

The idea that we can test every single person in the United States and get a handle on the virus is ludicrous. Could we do it? Probably.

It makes perfect sense to test. However,to test every single person would be pointless. You can be negative one day and test positive the next, meaning you would have to routinely test every single person in the United States. Now you can see why i say it’s ludicrous. 

One of the worst reactions i saw to the virus was hoarding. We all know about the toilet paper hoarders.

The same was true of hand sanitizers and cleaners. We had bought our toilet paper just as the virus was starting to break out and some businesses were shutting down. We bought what we would normally buy for the month. I found some cleaners and bought just one can or bottle.

We never came up short. I made sure we left items for the next person to purchase. We always had what we needed right up till this very day. However,because of the hoarders it sometimes made it difficult to find these items. I’m sure they have a substantial surplus by now.

Words to the wise: leave some for OTHER people please. THINK. The shelves were bare thanks to you people. Talk about self fulfilling prophecy.

I’ve noticed 2 trains of thought re the virus and they’re totally opposite.

The one is the “OMG we are all going to die of COVID-19” and we have to shut down for either an extended or indefinite period of time. 
The other is the “OMG you people are hysterical , the virus isn’t any worse than the flu” group. i’ve even heard some of these people call the virus a hoax.

No,Pres Trump did NOT call the virus a hoax. He wouldn’t have taken the steps he did if he believed it were a hoax.

He called the news reporting a hoax. i digressed a tad here to defend the President but the point is NO,the virus is NOT a hoax and he never called it one.

MOST of us don’t know people who have caught the virus and that’s good news. MOST of us will never know anyone who has contracted the virus.The bad news is that people have lost loved ones and others have suffered horribly; we just don’t know them.

That doesn’t make them non existent. You can look at them as stats or you can look at them as someone’s loved one. It’s definitely not a hoax when the infection has spread to 100 plus countries,overwhelmed health care systems and all but crashed  economies in just a matter of months. That’s some ‘hoax.’

I’m in the holy crap this is serious business crowd,but will do what is necessary including take the vaccine if they find one. We don’t have to panic but we can’t bury our heads in the sand either.

I think there are people convincing themselves the virus is overblown or a hoax so they don’t have to deal with it,at least not mentally deal with it. 

There’s the other group of people who seem to hunt for and latch onto every conspiracy theory out there; they see a nefarious plot behind darned near everything. I’m not suggesting there aren’t people out there hatching up nefarious plots but at some point you have to come up with concrete verifiable evidence.

Even circumstantial evidence has to be grounded in what is reasonably possible.

Our contact from the church’s prayer line said it well. “We live in strange times”.

Yes,we do but we’re fortunate to be blessed with one of our greatest President’s and the American story has always been one of resiliency. We may take it on the chin but we face our challenges with incredible courage. 

I know this:I’m not too thrilled with the CCP regime of China  & their lack of accountability. Do they even have a grasp of the devastation they’ve inflicted on the world? Better question may be,do they care?

God forbid this virus had escaped one of our labs,but we’d own up to it at least. I tend to think it was deliberate either with a directive from the CCP or without it. BIOTERRORISM. I’m willing to admit I  may be wrong; but we do know they did their best to cover it up then LIED (whether the ‘escape’  was deliberate or not).

I hope in the future we will be more forward looking and consider scenarios we didn’t think possible. I’ve noticed for some time we, as a country, have always tended to be reactive.

Our scientific community can step up to the plate and see how we can be prepared for what could be out there; not wait until it gets here. 

I also know i am not too thrilled with our media either. They’re doing their best to sow panic and fear. They’re really doing their best to take down our duly elected President(from day one i might add).

We don’t need panic and fear.We don’t need conspiracy theories. We need good information and honest reporting.

WE get to decide who we are going to elect. They have no business working for the DNC and the Obama administration. They are so corrupt. Between them and the CCP it’s amazing how well our President has done through this crisis. It’s amazing what he’s accomplished for the country in his 1st term,PERIOD.

BTW. Our president didn’t tell anyone to drink disinfectant or eat fish food from an aquarium. He asked a very naive question but he did not even remotely suggest anyone drink disinfectants. He’s a lay person,not a doctor. He studied business in college,not science.

I do know he’s handling China the way it should have been handled years ago.

He’s been right more often than not and he’s at least trying to do what’s best for the country. He tried to reach that sweet spot where you don’t spread panic but you do take all necessary precautions. That’s called LEADERSHIP. 

Much of what i’ve said here is only opinion. Take or leave my opining on the topic. Do yourself a favor & STAY AWAY  from conspiracy theories. Stick with the basic facts.I’ve laid out a few of those.  I’m a firm believer in Occam’s razor, 

the principle stated by the Scholastic philosopher William of Ockham (1285-1347/49) that ‘plurality should not be posited without necessity.’ The principle gives precedence to simplicity: of two competing theories, the simpler explanation of an entity is to be preferred.

Will help you understand Covid-19. Some of his numbers at the end may be off but his presentation overall is fantastic,simple and very easy to understand.

 

Here’s what i know about COVID-19

I’m NOT a Dr,scientist or work for a pharmaceutical company. I have no skin in this game.I’m just an average senior citizen and write in very simple terms. PERIOD.
Here’s what i know about COVID-19 and Pres Trump’s response to it.
1. it’s highly contagious and can be deadly.All you have to do is look at how quickly it spread world wide and among the citizens of each country in a short period of time.It’s more deadly to certain groups of people and not so deadly to others. If you have certain underlying health issues you can’t afford to contract it.It will most likely kill you. It will at least put you in an ICU unit w/ intubation or on a ventilator. At that point you will probably not make it.

The swine flu was very hard on young people. Covid 19 is very hard on older people and pretty much asymptomatic and less severe on young people; the younger you are the less likely it is you will have any symptoms at all.What this means is that a lot of people will be carriers without knowing they are infected.
2. There is no cure and since it’s new there is no immunity against it.Scientists are working feverishly to develop a vaccine. A Canadian vaccine shows some promise.

A team of Canadian scientists has successfully isolated and grown copies of the coronavirus — bringing the world a step closer to finding a vaccine to fight the deadly illness.

Researchers from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University were able to isolate and replicate the virus in a lab using samples taken from two Canadian patients.

The lab-grown copies will now be able to help scientists study the pathogen to develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, vaccines, and gain a better understanding of its biology, the team said in a statement.

“Now that we have isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus [the agent responsible for COVID-19], we can share this with other researchers and continue this teamwork,” Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, NSERC post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University, said.

Continue Reading Here: https://nypost.com/2020/03/13/canadian-scientists-make-breakthrough-in-coronavirus-vaccine-effort/

3. I’m 100% convinced Covid-19 was designed in a lab and have been very suspicious since the beginning of the outbreak that its ‘escape’ was deliberate. I could be wrong on the latter; but whether it escaped by accident or design we KNOW it was covered up by the CCP in China and the WHO in collusion with the CCP.

The CCP is not our friend. The CCP looks out for the CCP and they do what they think will be most advantageous to them.

This is a godless communist regime that has little regard for its own citizens let alone ours.We didn’t think too highly of the godless communist regime in the former U.S.S.R.

Why do we treat the CCP in China differently? Look what they’ve done to our country.All we need to know.

4. I have never seen so many conspiracy theories flying around social media and the internet as i have seen with the Covid-19 outbreak. Let’s keep it simple,limited to what we DO know.

If i go by what i’ve read on Twitter people are already rejecting a vaccination that doesn’t even exist yet.

A vaccination buys us time for herd immunity to develop. You don’t just let everyone contaminate each other and herd immunity suddenly develops.It doesn’t work like that.

Herd immunity is an epidemiological concept that describes the state where a population – usually of people – is sufficiently immune to a disease that the infection will not spread within that group. In other words, enough people can’t get the disease – either through vaccination or natural immunity – that the people who are vulnerable are protected.

Why Herd Immunity Won’t Save Us from the Covid-19 Pandemic

For some diseases, herd immunity can go into effect when 40 percent of the people in a population become immune to the disease, such as through vaccination. But in most cases, 80 to 95 percent of the population must be immune to the disease to stop its spread.

Source: Healthline: Herd Immunity and Covid-19

Covid-19 and Herd Immunity

Social distancing and frequent handwashing are currently the only ways to help prevent you and those around you from contracting and potentially spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

There are several reasons why herd immunity isn’t the answer to stopping the spread of the new coronavirus:

  1. There isn’t yet a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. Vaccinations are the safest way to practice herd immunity in a population.

  2. The research for antivirals and other medications to treat COVID-19 is ongoing.

  3. Scientists don’t know if you can contract SARS-CoV-2 and develop COVID-19 more than once.

  4. People who contract SARS-CoV-2 and develop COVID-19 can experience serious side effects. Severe cases can lead to death.

  5. Doctors don’t yet know exactly why some people who contract SARS-CoV-2 develop severe COVID-19, while others do not.

  6. Vulnerable members of society, such as older adults and people with some chronic health conditions, could get very sick if they’re exposed to this virus.

  7. Otherwise healthy and younger people may become very ill with COVID-19.

  8. Hospitals and healthcare systems may be overburdened if many people develop COVID-19 at the same time.

Source: Healthline(same article)

5. There are things we can do to stop the spread. Wash hands,social distance,get tested if we have symptoms,quarantine if we test positive and keep surfaces disinfected. None of these actions are difficult. If you’re vulnerable,like my husband and me,be cautious(not fearful). I watched every single briefing from Pres Trump’s Corona Virus Task Force to stay informed.

i even read our county reports to keep tabs on the outbreak here. I made it a  point to get the information from the horses mouth rather than 2nd hand.

I concluded one thing specifically;we don’t know what we don’t know and in the  vacuum conspiracy theories[and misinformation]were cropping up everywhere using people’s frustration  as fuel.My rule of thumb; stick with what we know. PERIOD.

6. What we didn’t know did the most damage. The virus began in the Wuhan virus of China. It’s unfortunate the CCP didn’t stop the spread when they could have. They made it worse by covering up what they did know.

I believe we were given a false sense of security in the beginning and world leaders-including our President-didn’t make the best decisions at a time when it was critical. I give Pres Trump a lot of credit for enforcing the travel ban early on. Would it have been better had it been enforced even earlier?

Absolutely. If only we had known.

What if it had not been done at all? What if the Democrats had their way and he had listened to them. He took the heat. He did it anyway.

He set up the task force as soon as we knew the real deal.  The Democrats were too busy trying to impeach the President to take any action at all. The same people were attacking him for the travel ban.

Pres Trump handled the crisis very well for someone who was dealing with the impeachment hoax at the same time. Pres Trump has been handling a lot of issues remarkably well for someone who is under constant attack by an enemy who want him removed from office; and that was before he was sworn in.

You do recall them calling Trump racist,xenophobic,over reactive. I even recall them playing down the pandemic. I’ll cut them slack because we didn’t know enough about the virus early on; but even Trump,to his credit,took precautionary steps at the same time.

7. Trump is not god messiah unlike Obama. I’m sorry but he’s just a man with our country’s best interest at heart. He had a booming economy. Can you imagine having  to shut down the entire economy when you had all these fantastic numbers coming in?

It’s an election year. He must have known it could cost him the election. I don’t want to make it political but that’s the fact. He did it because he knew it was the right thing to do.Now he has to weigh the safety of our citizens with the devastation to our economy.

I can’t imagine being in his shoes. All i know is he will try to come to the right decision and it’s not going to be an easy one.

Already i’m seeing people saying they will not take a vaccine when we don’t even have one yet while the President is hoping to God scientists come up with one soon.

It’s all due to these conspiracy theories flying everywhere. The worst is the 5g theory. A bandwidth does not cause a virus people. Bill Gates has not developed a vaccine. It’s not in his line of work.

Pres Trump respects Dr Fauci and Brix but he has to make policy decisions based on more factors than one. They’re doctors and they have a singular point of view he can’t afford to have. Fauci and Brix are not concerned about the economy; that’s the President’s job.

When you see your family PCP he/she doesn’t give you investment info,talk interest rates or trade policy.

Your family PCP will tell you how your blood pressure is doing,if you need to lose weight or if you have a serious medical issue that needs taken care of. PERIOD.

Dr Fauci,Brix and Trump all want to save lives but Trump knows that people have to get back to work and resume their normal lives. Fauci and Brix only see how to save lives from a MEDICAL perspective.
That’s their job. I can’t fault them for that. Trump put out the best guidelines for re-opening the country that they could come up with.HIS goal.

Trump also gave the governors leeway in their own decision making because he has a Constitution to protect too. Now SOME of the governors & their media lackeys are trying to blame Trump for their own poor decisions.

Sorry Charlie,it doesn’t work like that. He did his part. He gave you everything you asked for. He stocked a depleted emergency inventory and it looks like we might have a surplus when this is all said and done. The next administration will be in good shape.

A PolitiFact analysis notes that while the inventory was not actually bare, there still was not enough to handle the coronavirus pandemic, particularly when it came to N95 masks depleted in the wake of H1N1.

Source: Fox News/politics

I’m not going to waste time on the Trump/Biden feud over the stockpile.Trump’s taken care of the shortage by marshaling the private sector to step in . Trump understands the business world.

He has a good grasp of economics and hired a fantastic economic team. Obama was a community organizer who seemed to spend more time rubbing elbows with celebrity. I don’t think economics or business was his thing.[I don’t think our wonderful country was his thing either].

Are my husband and I going to get the vaccine IF and when it comes out? Most likely. We have very good reason to; that’s from someone who doesn’t get a flue shot.
The Covid Vaccine will be another matter. I am convinced BOTH of us  should have it.

My husband does but he had type II diabetes and other health issues.[He’s more apt to suffer from hypoglycemia now than hyper].People with diabetes should get a flu shot.
I have no fear of needles. It’s not a problem.We grew up with vaccines. I realize some people have reactions and end up with equally serious health issues.

You can take that into account and discuss it with your doctor. I don’t know enough about it other than it’s rare but it does happen so i’m not going to tell anyone to get the vaccine if they have reservations.Again,talk to your family doctor. It’s where the decision should be made.

As of this blog post there is NONE. Lotts of promise but NONE to date. Keep that in mind.

You decide what is best for your own situation but i’m hopeful  you won’t base it on a viral conspiracy theory. Our President will let us know. He’ll probably be one of the 1st to know and make the announcement.

I’m with all of you. We all wish we could go back to the day before the virus.

We can’t. I’ve managed to read a fantastic book i couldn’t put down,George Papadoplous’ Deep State Target. Worked on some forums and websites that i hadn’t planned on starting at all. Reconnected with an old friend of mine,”Portia”. I’ve actually cut back on the time i spend on Twitter.
Catholics 4 Trump

Mystical Rose
Catholic Militant
Here 2 There (political discussion)

There are jobs that i had been putting off around the house. Am slowly getting them done.
When the weather warms up we will enjoy sitting together on our front deck again. Maybe the husband will finally get in some fishing. He’s been waiting for the perfect fishing weather as we’ve gone through one of the longest winters i can remember.
A long winter and this covid virus were a terrible match.
What i’m trying to say here is stay informed but stay away from viral conspiracy theories. Keep it simple. Stick to what we actually know.

Don’t get too deep into the weeds. There are people who can take advantage of a lack of knowledge and make information sound credible. You’re probably frustrated,even angry, possibly discouraged and these conspiracy theorists play into that.It’s likely the intrigue and “I know a secret” mentality that goes with conspiracy theories that make them appealing to some people.

Remember the story about the radio broadcast of HG Well’s War of the World’s?
It’s amazing what people CAN be convinced of. You have to wonder how people could have been convinced it was actually happening but the fact is,they were.

There are ways to discern fact from fiction. Will get into that another day.
For now,it bears repeating; just don’t get into the weeds too much.

I can’t see putting on rose colored glasses but if it doesn’t help the situation either what’s the point?
Say a prayer every day for our country,our President and our health care workers. Prayer never fails. It either gives us an answer to a crisis or helps us through it. If you’re not inclined to pray,we will be praying for you.

ARCHBISHOP SHEEN PICTURED IN UNDATED PHOTO

PRAYER TO OBTAIN A FAVOR THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit. If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request). I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ,our Lord. Amen.

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Source: https://www.bishopsheentoday.com/prayer-for-spiritual-favour/

 

 

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