One might suggest the precipitous downward plunge in public confidence in the Lamestream Media began in 2004 with Rathergate. Obvously, it began long before that, but Rathergate surely greatly accelerated the trend. All so-called journalists have long practiced, or at least understood, the maxim “too good to check.” This means a story so fully confirms a reporter’s political biases, even if they suspect it to be false, they won’t do what any ethical reporter would and should do in ensuring it’s not a lie, such as finding two independent sources confirming the truth of the story? Forget that!
When then CBS News’ primary anchorman Dan Rather was presented with obviously fake documents purporting to prove George W. Bush somehow served dishonorably during his fighter pilot days in the Texas Air National Guard, he stubbornly defended them—as he has to this day—introducing an entirely new and novel journalistic standard: “fake but accurate.” This is an admission a story is a lie, but so fully confirms a reporter’s biases, fulfilling an essential narrative that represents a greater truth, it should be treated as the actual truth. That didn’t work out so well for Rather, but has become a part of the Lamestream Media’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) since.
With the advent of the Media Messiah–Barack Obama—the leg-tingling, pants crease praising and god-worshipping Media all but abandoned any pretense of objectivity. But with the election of Donald Trump, the slightest pretense of objectivity has been completely abandoned, as the tweet that heads this article, posted in concert with the Golden Globes Awards show demonstrates. Fox News reports:
NBC apparently forgot it has a news division on Sunday night when it campaigned for Oprah Winfrey to run for president, but on Monday, the network blamed a third party for an errant tweet backing the TV talk show queen’s supposed 2020 ambitions.
‘Nothing but respect for OUR future president,’ the verified NBC account tweeted on Sunday night during its Golden Globes telecast, complete with an image of Winfrey, after host Seth Meyers joked about his desire for the talk show icon to run for office.
Ha-ha. Most humorous. NBC, stinging from an avalanche of criticism responded:
Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.
Somehow I don’t think that will restore trust in the Media. And a “third party?” Who has access to NBC’s official twitter feed anyway? The Coca-Cola delivery man?
Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told Fox News that the initial tweet was ‘stunningly unprofessional’ and it’s the ‘latest of about a billion examples’ of how openly liberal and anti-Trump the mainstream media is on a regular basis.
‘This was shocking even given all of the anti-Trump bias in the press,’ Gainor said. ‘I’m sure NBC will say it’s just a joke and try to move on.
Amazingly, at least one college journalism professor wasn’t amused:
Regardless of intent, it’s won’t help the perception of news media being biased, particularly among those who already don’t trust news media,’ University of North Carolina journalism professor Lois Boynton told Fox News.
Intent? There could be more than one with a tweet like that, I mean apart from ridiculing the president and exposing NBC’s utter lack of journalistic ethics?
Media analyst Jeffrey McCall told Fox News the tweet ‘shows the network’s tin ear and total lack of judgment’ when it comes to the way it covers politics.
It is very presumptuous to tweet ‘OUR’ future president just a year after the nation decided something else in an election. This shows NBC has little regard for the voters who put Trump in the White House,’ McCall said. ‘This sort of unnecessary forcing of pop culture into politics furthers the view that the entertainment industry is not so much interested in entertaining the nation as it is pushing sociopolitical agendas.
Donald Trump Jr. also took to Twitter to slam NBC for the tweet, asking, ‘Can you trust anything they say at this point?
Well, no. But how about that? is Winfrey truly a crusader for women’s rights, and an unquestionable shoe-in for the White House?
Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award that night – the first ever given to a black woman – and spoke about the #MeToo and civil rights movements, sparking wild speculations about her political aspirations.
‘For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,’ she said. ‘But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up,’ she added as A-list Hollywood celebrities stood up and applauded.
Right. This expose about an Oprah certified con man whose pseudoscientific methods killed three and injured 18 won’t help an Oprah candidacy either:
Twice in 2006, Ray was a guest of the Oprah Winfrey show. Twice, she endorsed his outré New Age thinking. In an interview with The Verge, the mother of retreat victim Kirby Brown revealed that Ray’s appearance on Oprah helped quell concerns her daughter felt about becoming a follower of Ray’s methods. If Oprah endorsed it, her daughter assumed, it must be safe. Alas, it seems the opposite is true. If Oprah endorses it, odds are it’s pseudoscience.
Neither will this excerpt, one among many similar examples, from the same article:
During her extensive shilling for the self-help book The Secret, Oprah offered several real-life testimonials of the book’s validity. One example is Karen, who explained how the book helped her avoid a heart attack: All she did was repeat mantras such as ‘I feel safe’ and ‘it smooth[ed her] mind so the universe can work out the answer.
I suspect Mr. Trump’s media people are salivating over the opportunity to review Winfrey’s film archives for future campaign commercials. “Our” president indeed, NBC.