I have never been fond of the term ‘mainstream media/news’. I prefer to refer to it as the sane media/news. Like Trump’s phrase ‘fake news’, it makes no sense. If it’s fake, it’s not news. The fabrications broadcast on several far-right outlets are not deserving of the ‘news’ classification.
If it’s fake, it’s not news. The fabrications broadcast on several far-right outlets are not deserving of the ‘news’ classification
But why did it take the recent armed-insurrection-attempted-coup-moronic-riot to finally coax the sane media to turn against the instigator? For all but three weeks of Trump’s time in office the sane media, with few exceptions, gave him way more credit than he deserved. Wake up and smell the coffee; he didn’t just become a madman this month.
Once all hell broke loose, the gloves came off. You could almost sense the relief as anchor after reporter after analyst after guest let it all out. It must have been cathartic. After toeing the line, after showing the requisite respect for the Office of the President, it all came to the surface and boiled over.
For all but three weeks of Trump’s time in office the sane media, with few exceptions, gave him way more credit than he deserved.
I can only imagine how many times over the last four years sane White House correspondents were temped to treat Trump as he treated them. How many times did Jim Acosta want to change his reply from ‘But Mr President you called on me’ to ‘Don’t be such an asshole Trump, you called on me’?
An early example of the frustration bubbling up came from CNN’s Dana Bash who, after a candidates’ debate between Trump and Biden described it, accurately indeed, as a shit-show. But for the most part the sane media has bitten its collective tongue, until, that is, January 6th. Since then it has been all out wat between them and Trump. He always considered it thusly.
You could almost sense the relief as anchor after reporter after analyst after guest let it all out. It must have been cathartic
But they should not have waited.
Frankly, the sane media should have been all over this presidential imposter from the very outset. It’s one thing to criticize politicians, that’s all part of a democracy. But to not raise alarm bells in exceptional cases is a dereliction of duty. The average consumer of news fell into one of two camps: pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Regrettably, for the last four years there has been no middle ground, no happy medium.
(Dana) Bash was correct, but her timing was off by about three-and-a-half years.
FOX News and other right-wing outlets didn’t even try to maintain a balanced position, but CNN etc. seemed to hope against hope that by not straying leftward, perhaps things could appear to be normal. It was not possible: Bash was correct, but her timing was off by about three-and-a-half years.
I don’t imagine the right-wingers will afford Joe Biden much time before they are calling him names and concocting lies – in fact I believe they have already started.