Trump v. CNN

“In a demand letter sent to CNN on Wednesday, an attorney working for the president outlined his intention to sue CNN for its willful misrepresentation of itself. For years, CNN has told viewers, advertisers, and sources that it is an unbiased, straight news outfit. That’s a lie, and the president’s lawyers believe it actually violates the federal Lanham Act’s prohibitions on false and misleading advertising.”

That is from Daily Caller.   Here is more from the Washington Examiner:... [Read More]

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Saving Journalism

Fake News, you say?  Indeed, this is to discuss the turmoil in the field of journalism, which is both a cause and a consequence of the Leftist tilt of the entire field.   Journalism is in crisis, you see, and Leftist media watchers are looking for scapegoats.   President Trump figures high on their enemies list, with his “fake news!,” “Enemy of the People,” and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.   See my previous post on this topic.   In that post I reacted to a journalist who blamed the end of professionalism in journalism on President Trump.   In this post I will discuss the reasons for the collapse of journalism as we knew it.

I am happy to see the recent obituaries for Big Journalism.  But before we discuss the real problems with journalism, please consider what the crisis looks like to the journalists.   There have been a rash of articles and editorials from journalists that have expressed fear and frustration.   This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the New Yorker back in January:... [Read More]

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Killing Journalism

“It’s almost as if the effort to undo Trump has had an unexpected effect — that Trump has somehow broken the news media.”

That is a quote from a long essay at Esquire last month by Peter Boyer.   Boyer wrote about changes to news coverage of the President of the United States because of Donald J. Trump.   He, of course, blames Trump.   But he is clearly distressed at the current state of affairs.   His essay concentrates on the New York Times, with a long section about the Washington Post and a couple of asides about CNN.  I bookmarked the link to Boyer’s essay.   It is an interesting read.   I think it will make a helpful addition to the obituary for the national press.... [Read More]

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Who’s really at fault for the coarseness in the public sphere?

In listening to Scott Adams (here’s his periscope feed) this morning he pointed out that the media has turned into the very thing that they pretend to hate about President Trump. In reality, they have always been like the Trump fantasy as they portray him. I think Trump just used his natural personality and recognized that it works well in the political field — the political field that was created by the media. These are the people who instead of calling Jeb “low energy” called many many Republicans racists when they know it’s not true. But they did it for what they consider good causes.

This is slanderous behavior and far worse than anything Trump said about anyone. Even the kerfuffle with John McCain and calling him a loser for getting shot down (or however he phrased it) wasn’t as damning and evil and libelous as falsely calling someone a racist.... [Read More]

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One-handed applause for Clapper

Wow! Three possibilities come to mind after James Clapper told us the Trump campaign should be glad they were being spied on er, “helped” by the intelligence community. 1. He thinks we are very, very stupid and/or gullible. 2. He, as a representative of the deep state, is seriously out of touch with the general public. 3. He is certain beyond any doubt that the MSM will support his unsupportable assertion. Actually, I think all three apply.

Would not an ordinary person, presented with the assertion that intelligence agencies were not spying on the Trump campaign but trying to “protect” it from Russian interference, immediately conclude this cannot be true for one simple reason? Say, for instance, a law enforcement entity thought I was under a threat of some kind, wouldn’t they tell me about it right off the bat and ask me to alert them of anything suspicious? Wouldn’t they have ardently sought the assistance of highly-placed individuals in the campaign?... [Read More]

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