Boy, talk about someone making my day! Today’s editorials rebuking Trump for calling the media “fake news” and “enemy of the people” are a hilarious hoot to anyone who appreciates irony and hypocrisy. Not to mention enjoying the spectacle of media corruption, deceit, arrogance, stupidity and shooting oneself in the foot.
Well, let’s get to it. The Boston Globe pontificates, “Lies are antithetical to an informed citizenry, responsible for self-governance. The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful. To label the press “the enemy of the people” is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries.”
Oh, Bravo! Bravo for the Boston Globe! You’re so brave. So noble. So valiant.
Now let’s see if you practice what you preach. Wikileaks spoke truth to the powerful, didn’t they? Clinton is powerful; Wikileaks published the truth about Clinton and DNC rigging the primaries. So Wikileaks was performing the role of the press, in the Boston Globe’s own words.
Did the Boston Globe and media in general praise their fellow member of the free press?
Or did they label it “a grave threat to national security”, “treason”, “rendering the Presidential election illegitimate”, “a direct attack by a foreign power on the sovereignty of our electoral process” and all manner of other vile, sinister and evil denunciations?
Gee, I’m gonna have to go with the latter answer as being what the media said about Wikileaks. Hmmmm. How is that different from Trump calling the media “the enemy of the people”?
I could go on and on, but I think I’ll just stop here and offer the media the highlights in bullet points as a newsflash:
- You are correct that “Lies are antithetical to an informed citizenry, responsible for self-governance.” You lied about Wikileaks. They performed the role of the free press and spoke truth to the powerful. You denounced them. Therefore, YOUR behavior is antithetical to an informed citizenry, responsible for self-governance. In your own words.
- And that’s why Trump calls you the enemy of the people. He’s applying your own words to your own behavior. If you want to hear different words describing your behavior, then change your behavior. Start congratulating Wikileaks and asking where’s the harm in providing the American people with true information? Start asking why Clinton’s known collusion with Russia hasn’t been prosecuted. Start asking why Clinton and DNC efforts to rig the primaries haven’t been prosecuted. Start asking why Clinton got 563k fewer votes in the 2016 Ohio primary than she had in 2008, and 340k fewer in the Pennsylvania primary than she had in 2008, wiping out Obama’s margin of victory in both states so that Clinton had already lost the Electoral College by the time of the primaries in March-April, long before the Wikileaks or Comey disclosures. (HINT: it was voters in coal states rejecting her policies after the “coal comment” on March 13.)
- Trump (and us) are the ones speaking truth to the powerful. We’re the ones performing the role of the free press. You (Boston Globe and mainstream media) wear the uniform of the press but you have abdicated that role. You don’t speak truth to the powerful. When Trump calls you the enemy of the people, he is referring specifically to those who wear the uniform of the free press but betray its mission. We (and Trump) cherish, and will lay down our lives to defend, the institution of the free press as it is supposed to function … and … we recognize that many who now wear the uniform of the free press have betrayed its mission. If you dispute this characterization, then just answer the questions above about your treatment of Wikileaks and the 2016 election.
- And don’t bother trying to say the source matters, that you treated Wikileaks the way you did because you think their source was Russia. How do we know that your sources are pure and blameless? When you publish a leak, your source could very well be a Russian agent. Why is it okay for you to publish stolen true information from undisclosed sources (who might be nefarious) … but you denounce a fellow member of the press publishing stolen true information because you don’t like who you assume their source is?
- Do you even see the double standard you are using?
Anyway, thx for making my day, media!
ERpundit – 08/16/18