I was thinking of previous administrations, and the news while I was growing up…. It seems to me, and this might be my ‘member berries in action, but it seems to me that I remember a time where the news was biased, perhaps, but it was a subtle bias, the kind of bias that you’d only notice if you were of a mind to look.
They’d report the facts you see, ostensibly giving enough rope to their targets to skip or swing, and the bias would be in the form of selection, not solicitation.
What is…. or should be… absolutely indefensible about how the media covers Trump is in the pillars of journalistic ethics.
Seek The Truth and Report it, Minimise Harm , Act Independently, Be Accountable and Transparent, and Don’t be an Ass.
Alright, I made that last one up, but I bet you could hardly tell. The problem is that the outlets in question don’t even attempt the fig leaf anymore. And this isn’t just unique to Trump…
Think about PewDiePie (Real name Felix Kjarfiybvgpiayrbrpiuyrbga (It’s pronounced Shell-Berg)) (I know many of you will have never heard of him, you’re better off), a young, Swedish YouTube personality that yells a lot while playing video games. The Wall Street Journal found nine… Count ’em… Nine. Instances of him making what they deemed to be anti-Semitic remarks or actions during his (almost decade long) career. Slight problem: More than half of them were completely removed from context, and that context fundamentally changed the nature of the act, and the rest were… Maybe not helped by context, but I think that it’s more indicative of jokes that fell flat than actual antisemitism. Hell one of the 9 bits was him pointing to a group he was interacting with, WSJ took a still of the clip and called it a Nazi salute. Really.
Compounding that: They didn’t ask for comment; they compiled their hit, and immediately went to two of Felix’s partners: Disney and YouTube and attempted to sewer his cash flow. The short story is that it worked, Disney dropped him like an anvil and YouTube cancelled his YouTube Red show “Scare PewDiePie”. Not exactly great losses to culture, but casualties of the culture war nonetheless. Felix took to his platform (which is more watched that most of the MSM together, with 53,000,000 subscribers and about 5,000,000 views each on the clips he makes, which he releases at about the rate of two per day.), explained himself, showed some of the context for his clips, literally flipped off the camera and said ‘come at me bro’.
To which…. A whole lot of other people did. Wired was probably the most egregious, releasing the headline “PewDiePie was Always Kinda Racist – but Now He’s a Hero to Nazis.” Subtle, right? They eventually changed that headline to PewDiePie’s Fall Shows The Limits of “LOL JK”. Which is both ironic.. and irrelevant, the internet, like Pepperidge Farm, remembers.
To Recap: WSJ actively attempted to distort facts to their narrative, they actively tried to Maximise harm, Independence isn’t really an issue unless you count traditional media circling the wagons in an undignified circle jerk, no one was accountable, and they were asses.
Perhaps not exactly material we’re all familiar with, but I can’t think of a better example from 2017 of the media soiling itself.