I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to finding out how the media and Democrats distinguish the “mostly peaceful protests” in Washington around Biden’s inauguration next week and the equivalent in 2017, when the antifa was going around punching “Nazis” in the face. Funny, the fact that Hillary Clinton stated that she was part of “the resistance” and that the sainted John Lewis said that Trump was not a “legitimate President had no influence on that riot whatsoever…
1. I’m sure this is just a coincidence. During the shutdown which effectively killed the economy that was President Trump’s primary argument for re-election, I successfully fought off the nagging little voice in my head that said that this was a deliberate effort by Democrats to use the pandemic as a excuse to wreck the Trump administration’s record. I mean, who would be that Machiavellian to put millions out of work just to win an election? Then the teacher’s unions used their influence to keep the schools closed—but I still ignored that little voice.
And I’m still ignoring it now, but I have to say, the timing of this would support a conspiracy theory…
Nah. Can’t be.
2. Is it possible that Fox News doesn’t understand why it exists? Fox has had a catastrophic ratings crash since election night, when it called Arizona for Biden ahead of several other organizations, seemingly pointing to a Trump defeat. This, combined with Chris Wallace’s questionable fairness to the President when he moderated the first debate, caused an avalanche of conservatives to abandon Fox News for NewsMax, which is surging. Last week Fox News finished third behind MSNBC and CNN, which hasn’t happened since the Clinton administration.
The only justification for Fox’s existance, its raison d’etre, is to provide a conservative bias in its news reporting to balance the relentless liberal/Democratic bias of 95% of the rest of the news media. “Fair and balanced” was always an inside joke: it was fair to have at least one network that didn’t promote Democrat Party policies and officials, and balanced to have some forum where conservative priorities were recognized. I’ve followed the awful and destructive progress of mainstream media bias since the Clinton years, and the number of important stories that only Fox reported, at least initially that would have been hidden, buried or ignored without their unique priorities, is massive, as well as frightening. As I’ve said before, all Americans, not just conservatives, should be grateful to Fox News for serving this function. (They aren’t, but never mind.)
If Fox doesn’t serve this function, and becomes just another mouthpeice for progressives—which it could easily do because most of its journalists are Democrats (because almost all journalists everywhere are Democrats), it should be run out of the business.
3. On the related topic of CNN’s Jake Tapper… I was wrong. Check back through the last ten years of Ethics Alarms and you will see many references to Tapper as that rarity, a relatively unbiased and trustworthy reporter. I know it must be hard to work at a hack organization like CNN, but if a reporter has integrity, that integrity has to survive a corrupt culture, or the integrity was an illusion.
After the impeachment vote this week, impugned Rep. Brian Mast’s (R-FL) “commitment to democracy” after the congressman, who lost his legs during combat in Afghanistan, opposed impeaching President Trump during debate in the House. Tapper described him as “fighting for democracy abroad” but added, “although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States…”
That is unforgivable and disgusting, Rachel Maddow/Charles Blow/Don Lemon/Chris Cuomo disgusting, and Jake won’t fool me again.
4. Remember the post about the two ignorant and totalitarian-favoring Duke professors who think restrictions on free speech in the U.S. is a great idea? Here’s the rising star of the Democratic Party, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, per the New York Post:
There’s absolutely a commission that’s being discussed but it seems to be more investigating in style rather than truth and reconciliation…I do think that several members of Congress in some of my discussions have brought up media literacy because that is part of what happened here….
We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.
It’s one thing to have differentiating opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false, so that’s something that we’re looking into.
“Misinformation” in progressive-speak means “anything that contradicts Democratic Big Lies, false narratives and propaganda.
5. Announcement of new Ethics Alarms–speak. After last night’s post that I rendered almost incomprehensible by inexplicably calling the subject of it by two different names, the phrase “Get the brick” will signify a statement, assertion or error by your host that suggests creeping dementia.The phase now joins “Niggardly Principles,” “You owe me a keyboard,” “Axis of Unethical Conduct,” “the Julie Principle,” “#22” and many other terms that puzzle new or occasional readers.