The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think. How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell?
News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most sophisticated polling data and analysis to cover the presidential campaign. The overwhelming assumption was that the race was Hillary Clinton’s for the taking, and the real question wasn’t how sweeping her November victory would be, but how far out to sea her wave would send political parvenu Trump.
Today, it’s Trump who occupies the White House and Clinton who’s drifting out to sea—an outcome that arrived not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment. In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn’t get the nation it purportedly covers. What went so wrong? Story Continued Below But journalistic groupthink is a symptom, not a cause. The results read like a revelation. Parts of the media have always had their own bubbles. WATCH: Joe Scarborough melts down after Mika Brzezinski mocks him for comparing Ivanka to RFK. The New York Times Normalizes Trump's Ignorance. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options!
</a> Donald Trump doesn't read books, doesn't read briefing books, gets bored with memos that don't have a lot of pictures, and gleans what ideas he has about how the world works almost exclusively from cable TV, primarily Fox News. You know that and I know that. But Peter Baker of The New York Times wants us to believe that Trump's massive knowledge gaps are exactly what one would expect from any political newcomer elected to the presidency -- or from any new president at all. ‘Tell us who you’re apologizing to’: Wolf Blitzer lectures abashed Sean Spicer over Hitler comments. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday apologized for his false claim that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink” to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, calling his words, “misstated, insensitive and wrong.”
Speaking with the press secretary hours several hours after the presser, Blitzer—the former editor of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s monthly publication—asked Spicer what compelled him to bring up Hitler in the first place. Welcome to Donald Trump's Post-Fact America - Rolling Stone. This year, we entered a brave new world of bullshit.
It goes beyond the fake news we've heard so much about lately – though that's a central component of our new post-truth environment. It has a conservative bias. It poses a threat to our democracy. And our institutions, including the media, appear totally unprepared to deal with it. American presidents have always engaged in political spin, shaded the truth and, when they could get away with it, told carefully crafted lies. This story is about more than a president's ability to muddy the waters.
The mainstream media is preparing to wage war on Ivanka Trump. When mainstream media sunk their fangs into Ivanka Trump for being present at a meeting with her father and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, I know it was a sign of bad things to come.
Not content just to slander the President-elect, the pernicious mainstream media are now setting their sights on Trump’s family. Contrary to her portrayal in the mainstream media, Ivanka is an intelligent woman who has achieved success both within and outside of her father’s businesses. Throughout the campaign, she conducted herself in a dignified and honourable manner. WATCH: SNL mocks CNN for their nightly Trump surrogate shoutfest panels. Right on Cue, Media Begins to Normalize Trump. Presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a magazine cover featuring himself while at a campaign stop at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.Photo Credit: Matt A.J.
/Flickr CC Throughout the election, critics often savaged the media for “normalizing Trump,” broadly defined as the act of treating his rank sexism, xenophobia and fascist dog-whistles as just another policy difference against equally valid opponents. This trend, borne largely by a combination of cognitive dissonance and access, is being accelerated now that Trump has won the election, and its continuation, if left unchecked, could undermine opposition for years to come. Bill Kristol and Joe Scarborough’s ‘Morning Joe’ Shouting Match. The two conservative stars got into a heated tiff over whether the MSNBC show went ‘too easy’ on Trump.
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol is often dubbed “The Wrongest Man in Politics,” but on Thursday morning he was right about one thing: MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew played at least a tiny role in enabling a Donald Trump presidential candidacy. Such a suggestion, however, caused much consternation on the show, with Kristol and host Joe Scarborough shouting at each for a good five minutes as a result. The drama began when, during the show’s second hour of broadcast, Kristol claimed the real-estate mogul had won the Republican Party’s nomination in a “fluky” way, deflecting blame off the party itself and its voting base. After Scarborough took issue with such a characterization of his show, Kristol shot back that the hosts were trying to “rewrite history.” He then attempted to defuse the situation, saying, “A lot of people accommodated Donald Trump at different times. Mika Brzezinski snaps at Clinton: ‘Get off your high horse’ because Trump is ‘brilliant’ on taxes.
Hannity Loses It Over Journalists With 'Expensive Wine Lifestyles' Criticizing Trump. Donald Trump's Appearance on Jimmy Fallon Is an Insult to American Taxpayers. Jimmy Fallon is not a journalist.
He doesn't pretend to be. He refuses to compete in the same hybrid entertainment/journalism space as John Oliver, Trevor Noah, or Stephen Colbert. Trevor Noah Eviscerates Matt Lauer's Presidential Forum Performance. WATCH: Howard Kurtz blames the media’s “negative” portrayal of Trump for his rising unfavorability ratings. On Fox News yesterday, media analyst Howard Kurtz complained that the press is actively trying to create the impression that “the Donald Trump campaign is going down in flames” based on the reaction to three stories.
The stories in question constitute what Kurtz characterized as “self-inflicted wounds” — Trump attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel, his boasting about having “predicted” the Orlando massacre, and his yanking of the credentials of The Washington Post. He then proceeded to read from stories written about Trump, in which reporters wrote that Trump’s campaign is part of “the exploitation of fear” in which Trump is “demonizing an entire religious group.”
Kurtz insisted that “Trump would deny that! He’s saying that ‘We shouldn’t let in Muslims until we can assess who might be a threat,’ which turned out to be a pretty popular position in the primaries.” Trump gets Hannitized: Facing down a media frenzy, Trump seeks out some Fox News love. There’s a ritual in Republican politics known informally as “Hannitization.”
The term was defined by journalist Dave Weigel back in 2011, and it means: “To clean up a messy situation with a softball interview, typically one conducted by Sean Hannity.” The process is rather straightforward: you’re a prominent Republican official and you do/say something irredeemably stupid that attracts unwelcome press attention, so you escape the glare of the media spotlight by heading over to Fox News, where Sean Hannity will provide a safe, confrontation-free environment for you to give your side of the story and not worry about being interrupted or challenged in any way.
Some of the biggest names in Republican politics have been Hannitized over the years, and Hannity is up front about the fact that he conducts softball interviews with Republicans because he believes “the Republicans represent, and have a far better vision, one that I agree with.” UK Guardian Reporter Produced Fake News « Memory Hole. Camille Paglia: PC feminists misfire again, as fearful elite media can’t touch Donald Trump. Fox "News" Classic: Hitchens On Hannity.
An Atheist Destroyed Hannity. Rollingstone. Donald Trump said this to supporters at an Alabama rally: "Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. " It was a hell of a revelation.
“Fox & Friends” tries to teach the bigots in your life “how to seem tolerant” on Facebook. On “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Brian Kilmeade were ostensibly going to discuss Kurt the CyberGuy’s tips on “how to handle your Facebook friends’ political posts,” but as is so often the case, the trio got a little sidetracked. After showing a series of anti-Hillary and anti-Pelosi memes, they said that the best way not to offend people is to “keep political posts to facts, figures, and have them be funny.” Which is all well and good, even if it skirts the fundamental issue of who regards what as factual when it comes to even the most basic and necessary of truths. “The key there is ‘fact,'” Doocy said, shrugging, “because if it’s true, you can say, ‘Well, it is true, but you might not like the message.'” Fox & the War on Cops. After bringing the world live coverage of the War on Christmas from their own minds, the fine folks at Fox have added coverage of the War on Cops.
The basic idea is that violence against cops has increased dramatically and that cops are being targeted. Blame is laid primarily on the Black Lives Matter movement and, this being Fox, President Obama. Huffingtonpost. Megyn Kelly abruptly announces unplanned two-week vacation, effective immediately. The week following her aggressive questioning last Thursday of Republican front-runner Donald Trump has not been an easy one for Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. From being called a “bimbo” to death threats to never being able to unthink this grotesquerie, there’s no debating that Kelly could use a more substantial vacation that than the three-day trip to the beach she earlier claimed to have embarked upon after the debate.
And why shouldn’t she take a longer break? Two more weeks devoted to recuperating from the Donald’s relentless Trumping isn’t something compassionate people should be beyond begrudging. However, the timing of her unplanned absence is a touch curious, coming mere days after Roger Ailes had to personally step to ratchet down hostilities between the battling parties — especially given the rumors that he told Trump that not accepting the detente would mean “go[ing] to war” with the network. Fox News host’s painfully awkward Donald Trump faux pas: Brings up Megyn Kelly comments, and co-hosts fall deathly silent. During an already strange exchange on “The Five” — the panelists were complaining that Kim Kardashian was already “rich enough,” and they didn’t understand why she needed to make even more money endorsing pharmaceutical products of dubious quality — Eric Bolling crossed a line when he made a reference to Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Megyn Kelly.
“Celebrity is powerful,” Dana Perino said, “and I think the FDA has every right to stick their nose and ask, ‘What’s going on? '” After advocating for Big Government to slap down the almighty market’s Invisible Hand, the former George W. Fox & Friends’ stunning hypocrisy: “We were never told the nature of [Dylann Roof's] bias” Howard Kurtz: Fox News is the real victim of the Charleston massacre. Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz used his latest Media Buzz column to do what he always does — defend his employer against those who rightly point out its transparently strong ties to the Republican Party and its pathetically weak ones with reality.
Jon Stewart Slams Fox News Over Charleston Coverage. In the days since nine people were murdered in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Fox News has criticized what it claims is a rush to politicize the tragedy, with Sean Hannity even calling it "almost like a sickness. " Fox host freaks out over ‘Marxist’ Pope Francis: He is ‘the most dangerous person on the planet’ Sunday Times Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst. (updated below) Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth.
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NBC News has suspended anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay for making false statements about a 2003 incident in Iraq. Most painful ‘Fox & Friends’ segment ever? Hosts fail ‘manhood’ test after tire change ends in near disaster. The hosts of Fox & Friends nearly caused serious damage to a rental car on Tuesday while trying to prove their “manhood” by changing a tire. Watch this activist politely destroy CNN for racism: ‘Whiteness gets nuance and blackness doesn’t’ Social activist Deray McKesson criticized the media over the weekend for the way they had handled a white biker shootout in Texas with “nuance,” but black rioters in Baltimore who did not kill anyone were not “humanized” in the same way.
In an interview on Sunday, McKesson explained to CNN host Brian Stelter than he had quit his job as a school administrator after Michael Brown was killed. The Bushies: Out Of Office Six Years And Still Working The Refs. “Morning Joe’s” Nazi freakout: Joe Scarborough is a bullying egomaniac (pt. 134) Reporting on Waco biker gang killings reveals disparities in news coverage. Jon Stewart Takes Fox, Scarborough To Task For Whining About Obama Saying Fox Demonizes The Poor. Fox News explains Baltimore: A Greatest Hits video. Documentary — "Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us" (2007) CNN host hypes Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina presidential bids as ‘weird girl fight’ Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade: Is it possible to be a Muslim and salute the flag? Fox News contributor Stacey Dash’s oblivious Obama-bashing: “No one would have been beheaded” during Bush years (not even the guy that was)
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