Times are hard for print journalists. Most of the country’s newspapers have sold off their properties and now rent space in strip malls or office buildings. Print circulation has plummeted. Some once-daily newspapers now publish only two or three days per week. Staffing levels have dropped significantly. Some papers now have 10% of the personnel they had 10 years ago. Digital subscriptions, once seen as a panacea, have proven incapable of sustaining daily operations, since they cost next to nothing compared to a print subscription, or, as one friend described the push for digital over print subscriptions: They’re turning dollars into dimes.
Desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures, and the legacy media is definitely desperate. Gannett has shown it has no problem ditching its ethical principles for cold, hard cash. As we first pointed out, their flagship newspaper USA TODAY has an ongoing partnership with The Trace – the propaganda arm of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun empire. In short, the paper allows anti-gun activists to report, edit and illustrate news stories that appear in print and online. The newspaper giant also partnered with Facebook to provide fact checkers, for which Gannett received millions of dollars in compensation. However, taking handouts from the Biden-Harris administration would be a new low, even for Gannett.
Accepting Biden’s handouts would radically alter how his administration is covered by the media. In essence, reporters would become the president’s paid propagandists. I find the timing of Biden’s plan very revealing, too. The mainstream media gave Biden and his crew of bumblers a free pass for the last 10 months. There has been zero accountability regardless of how badly the administration has stumbled and fallen. Only now are mainstream reporters starting to ask real questions, which the White House finds uncomfortable. Millions of dollars in tax breaks would stop these questions from ever being asked. The White House press corps watchdogs would not be allowed to bite the hand that is literally feeding them and their corporate owners.
The press is the only thing holding the Biden-Harris administration accountable, and they have done a very poor job. The majority of the national scrutiny is coming from just one young reporter at FOX. If the media takes Biden’s deal, beware. The scrutiny will end. Biden and his crew have repeatedly shown they won’t allow the constitution to get in their way of their plans. By muzzling the public watchdogs, the White House can resume their war on guns or anything else on their totalitarian agenda without worrying about what we the people think of their plan.