“The rioting has to stop….it’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing right now that is sticking.”
I could spend the rest of this week filling Ethics Alarms with head-exploding accounts of the mainstream news media’s increasingly unrestrained partisan commentary. From an ethics analyst’s point of view, the current self-unmasking is slightly satisfying; I have been chronicling the unethical deterioration of journalism into near complete commitment to progressive propaganda for a long time, and marveling at the number of once fair and discerning people who scoffed that it was the product of my fevered imagination. They can’t do that any more without looking like lunatics (previously they just seemed like corrupted fools) so I’m not hearing that claim, here or elsewhere. They can’t deny that the news media is biased; now they have pivoted to the argument that it is right to be biased. Yes, biased people always think that; that was the argument of the New York Times in 2016 when the paper declared on its front page that ity would henceforth slant its coverage to defeat Donald Trump.The ethics of journalism has always held this to be unprofessional and a betrayal of journalism’s ideals, but ethics schmethics.
No one, certainly not me, will be surprised that Lemon leads the media in open partisanship and the most stupidly unfiltered way of expressing it. He has the self-control of a small child, and has been allowed to hold a major communications platform despite increasingly frequent emotional outbursts that in past eras–you know, like when news outlets insisted on some level of professionalism—would have sent anyone with Lemon’s habits and sloppy intellect to another occupation.
Lemon was talking to fellow biased CNN hack Chris Cuomo—Lemon is smarter, Cuomo is slightly more professional—when Don revealed, with no push-back from Fredo, that his primary concern about the violent protests is that they might cost the Democrats the election. That’s what bothers Don Lemon–not the deaths, not the fires, not the innocent lives ruined; not the hate, not the incoherence and disdain for due process; not the anti-Americanism, not the extremism, not the disruptions of cities. A less juvenile and spoiled (for CNN won’t hold its cute, black, gay star to any standards, in one of the most throbbingly obvious examples of “The King’s Pass” extant) Lemon model would have the sense to at least give himself cover by pretending to care about the non-political carnage caused by the BLM-antifa alliance.
Previously, both Lemon and Cuomo—“you know, morons-“—cheered on the riots. In one of his on-air tantrums in May, Lemon called such violent protests a “mechanism for a restructure of our country or for some sort of change…[I]t’s indicative of the pain and sadness in this country of people who feel they have no other alternative but to exhibit this behavior in our country. No other option. When you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to lose.” Cuomo, a few days later, told CNN’s audiences that,
“It is a sad day when we need curfews in our cities. America’s major cities are filled with people demanding this country become more fair, more just and ironically, more united…And please, show me where it says that protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because, I can show you outraged citizens are the ones who have made America what she is and led to any major milestones.”
Since pushing President Trump out of office has been the mission of CNN for nearly four years, the lack of basic comprehension regarding their own country this dequence displays is staggering. Of course the violent protests like the endless siege of Portland is a disaster for Democrats and certain to increase President’s Trump’s support. Conservative pundits have been saying and writing that from the beginning. Remember how the wildly distrusted Richard Nixon won a landslide victory in 1972? Chris? Don? Anyone? Well, there is justice in the leftist indoctrination of the public schools leaving progressives condemned to repeat that mistakes of the past because their incompetent teachers never taught them.
Lemon went on to express his frustration with the Democratic strategy of ignoring the riots, in remarks that were pure partisanship and that made him sound like he was opining in Democratic Party strategy session. “I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it’s not going to go away…The problem is not going to be fixed by [Election Day],” said Lemon. “But what they can do, and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it … he’s got to address it. He’s got to come out and talk about it.”
In truth, the Democrats and their media allies have painted themselves into two metaphorical corners. I would laugh, except that we are watching the self-destruction of two vital democratic institutions: a once honorable party, and a responsible press.
Joe can’t “talk about it,” first, because every time Biden appears, he loses support, and second, because his party needs the votes of the rioters and their supporters. That’s now the Democratic base—good job, Democrats! There was virtually no mention of the riots during the Democratic National Convention. “Riots? What riots?” joined “Impeachment? What impeachment?”, “Sexual harassment? What sexual harassment?” and “Hypocrisy? What hypocrisy?” as themes of the week.
The news media, meanwhile, has to be trusted by the public in order to influence the election, and the more desperate and shrill its support for Democrats and its attacks on the President become, the less trustworthy it appears.
They have no one to blame but themselves.