Jettison fairness in reporting

Michael Goodwin:
Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, andHillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.
One of the things that make sit more obvious this go-round is that the Democrat candidate is so bad too.  She has an obvious problem with the truth as well as ethical questions about selling her office to help fund the foundation she is associated with.

In the case of Trump, he is making it easy for them.  Liberal media outlets generally try to tag the GOP nominee as scary.  This time, they really mean it and their fear of Trump shines through their coverage.

But it is also the things they try to ignore that demonstrate their bias.  Trump's speech on law and order in the black community frightened them in a very different way.  It was probably his best speech to date, and this time, their fear is that he might actually get some support from the black community.  Democrats have a disgraceful record os using black votes while keeping them locked into dependency and poverty.  The media has done its best to ignore the speech where possible.


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