Mainstream broadcast news media’s all-in, full-throated support for Hillary Clinton and biased coverage of Donald Trump is pervasive and disgraceful, but since they all enable each other and have successfully isolated Fox, nobody whom anyone pays attention to is going to call foul, and as this abandonment of journalism ethics is gathering momentum. nobody can stop it, either. Trump was attacked far and wide for saying the election was rigged; and who knows what he meant (who knows what he ever means?), but when a democracy’s journalists cover the campaign by acting as relentless partisan advocates for one candidate, that’s one way to rig an election.
It is shocking how openly this is being done. One has to wonder how the networks will ever be trusted again, or how they can return to ethical norms.
I witnessed a case in point this morning, earlier this week, as CNN’s Chris Cuomo debated one of Trump’s picked-out-of-a-hat surrogates—it doesn’t matter which one; they are all so pathetic that I refuse to use up my dwindling brain cells to store their names—about Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, whether it was fair, and whether Trump had standing to object to it. Cuomo took the position of a Clinton apologist and supporter and Trump opponent, aggressively and without nuance. He even spun like a Clinton hack, but one with a video library, at one point “proving” that Trump advocates “hate” by showing an edited montage of various well-publicized statements, none of which definitively indicated that Trump is in fact hateful or a bigot. They did, however, because Cuomo, the supposedly neutral host, said they did, as he adopted Clinton’s talking points. Trump’s designated hack was pretty effective in countering Cuomo’s points, but he was negligent in not calling out Cuomo on his shamefully open partisanship.
Imagine: CNN has the gall to present another show, “Reliable Sources,” that purports to be a journalism ethics watchdog, even as the entire network mobilizes to swing the election with this kind of epic journalism ethics breach.
[ADDENDUM: This post was completed and almost ready to be posted when I ran out of time, as I was in the middle of a stretch taking me to four states (well, three and D.C.) to do seven two-three hour legal seminars in eight days (with the eighth day being devoted to air travel). Since that time, just two days ago, the news media’s pro-Hillary bias has intensified, as it has descended into full panic mode over the dawning realization that the awful candidate and human being they have hitched themselves to may actually lose to Donald Trump. This, unfortunately, ramps up my cognitive dissonance to possibly toxic levels. Trump must not become President of the United States, but boy oh boy, would it ever serve the arrogant and unprincipled Democrats, journalists and Hillary Clinton right if she lost to the most unfit, unpopular and unqualified opposition in U.S. history.]