by Mark Walters
I’ve been a mainstream media critic for years. Simply put, I hate the mainstream media. The damage they are doing to this country, and have been for years, may be irreparable. If not, it’s damn close and will take years to fix, if it can be fixed at all. I’m not convinced. When I refer to mainstream media I’m speaking specifically of the major alphabet networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, and the huge corporate cable “news” outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and to a lesser but lately more pronounced extent, FoxNews. Let’s not forget major news publications such as The Washington Post, NY Times, et.al. The list is long but safe to include virtually every Democrat-run city “news” paper.
The outright bias and hate-filled reporting on display masquerading as “news” on these networks have ranged from simple but visible personal bias by reporters and anchors against conservatives to outright treasonous behavior specifically and intentionally designed to rip this nation apart. It’s working.
This didn’t happen overnight but rather it has been smoldering under the radar since the late 1960’s when the outlets would outright blatantly deny their obvious biased reporting only to continue the behavior right under our noses. Think the little kid with his hand in the cookie jar caught red-handed but looking you dead in the eye saying he didn’t do it. It’s obvious but we let it slide. By doing so we have been feeding the beast and just like that little kid if he goes unpunished, he too will continue to dive into that cookie jar.
Their denials were a little more palpable “back in the day” when Americans got their news on three networks, all running at the same time slot, 6:30 pm ET and millions of us chose the guy we liked best. Walter Cronkite won the day and while he would later come out as a liberal loon years after his retirement, his bias, while sometimes visible, was largely overlooked as he wasn’t near as bad as a Chris Cuomo today. In fact, at the pinnacle of his career, he was widely regarded as the most trusted man in America. He fooled millions by doing his best to “keep a lid on it.”
Today? They don’t even bother trying.
With the advent of 24-hour news upon us in the early 80’s when CNN hit the airwaves and cable news began to thrive, they too tried to hide their bias in the name of at least attempting to be fair. That would drastically change during the Clinton years becoming even more pronounced during Obama’s tenure when the media boot licked to a point you could taste the dirt. Queue up the internet in the mid 90’s and instant access to information on iPhones in 2007 and all bets were off. Social media, liberal universities, left-wing Silicon Valley, all climbed out of the woodwork.
Here comes Trump.
As the liberal goon squads and their media allies were close to winning the day, or thought they were, in 2016, along comes Donald J. Trump to pour glue on their Wheaties. The Anointed One, Hillary Clinton lost the election she was supposed to win and from that point on, if there was any semblance of fairness and objective reporting (there wasn’t) it completely disappeared. Gone in a puff of smoke. The media hatred of Trump on full and blatant display drove the last vestiges of what was even left of fairness and objectiveness, out the door.
Today, very few fair-minded Americans, and there are hundreds of millions of us, left or right, believe today’s “news” is actually “news.” It isn’t, and the ratings of today’s cable and network “news” outlets proves it. Over the last few months, liberal CNN and MSNBC, in particular, have seen their ratings nosedive without Trump to kick around. The frustration is evident every time Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the liberal bunch take to the airwaves.
Enter CNN’s Jake Tapper
At last Saturday’s Wellington, Ohio rally, President Trump took direct aim at Jake Tapper and uber-left CNN noting the network’s ratings had been in a “free-fall.” On Tuesday Trump noted in a statement: “Morning Joe, Joy Reid (whoever that is?), Nicole Wallace, Jake Tapper, and even Chris Wallace, at Fox, in free fall. A wonderful thing to see!”
CNN’s Jake Tapper decided to respond to Trump who noted, in particular, the 70% drop in ratings that Tapper and CNN have experienced. In a Tweet, Tapper said, “If I had incited and inspired a deadly insurrection and attempt (sic) to undo American democracy I might not be out there bragging about how many viewers it had. On any channel. But maybe that’s just me, I’m a different breed of cat.”
No, Jake, you’re not a different breed. You are in fact, exactly what you’re accusing President Trump of being, a treasonous bastard. You and your network have done more to “undo American democracy” with years of lies, deception, fake narratives, lies of omissions, and fake storylines, knowingly destroying the psyche of the nation and intentionally ripping it apart in the name of your un-American, socialist driven, agenda.
Now you’re getting what you deserve – all of you – payback in the form of rapidly declining ratings and an American public hopefully emerging from their funk to eventually put you and your rotten, stinking, ilk, right where you belong, in the cemetery of fake news.
Oh, and it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving bunch of punks and liars.