Disavowing media bias while not avowing Trump: Part 2

*I wrote this for my facebook a couple days ago. At the date of this posting, some press outlets are starting to pick up on the NY Post story—but mostly to dismiss it out of hand. This is Part 2 that concludes my thoughts from my earlier post. It will be more strongly worded 😅🤝

A press that doesn’t trust you with the facts is the first step towards a future government that wont trust you with a vote.

The reason this has been on my mind more than any other time has been the difficulty in finding fair, centrist reporting all last week and this week on e-mail exchanges found on Hunter Biden’s laptop that PURPORT to show that his father, a man currently running for President, may not have been truthful in saying he never involved himself with, or met with board members of the Ukrainian company his son sat on—and was paid rediculous amounts of money for despite having no discernable role. The Biden campaign’s rebuttal is now a subtle backtracking of what Biden said earlier. They are no longer unequivically saying he never met with them, but that “no record of a meeting appears in the vice-president’s official schedule”—which some are saying is coded language for, “may have met unofficially outside the Whitehouse.”

Even worse is the recent New York Post article alleging that the laptop contains information that purports to show there may have been a quid-pro-quo to sell access to his father. NOTICE I said, “purports to show” not “reports to show.” There is a distinction to be made and the role of the press is to investigate the facts and report on it its merits—not bury or suppress the story. So far they are content to say, “Nothing to see here, it’s just Russian disinformation.” But when the Director of National Intelligence rebuts that claim and says there is no evidence that the CONTENTS are due to Russian disinformation, and the FBI says they have nothing to add to rebut the Director’s conclusion, then you would expect them to at least give a fair amount of reporting on that! But even that gets buried.

It MAY be nothing. But for almost 4 years mainstream news outlets 24 hours-a-day chased after every anonymous tip, stretched every assertion, reported every possible speculation—all in an effort to prove that Trump was involved in either criminality or impeachable collusion to win the 2016 election. Those investigations turned up nothing indictable, but they did allow us to see the thin veneer of Trump slough off to reveal a narcissistic juvenile whose verbal tirades and pride became self-inflected injuries to his own Presidency—far worse than any the media could inflict. He is by far his own self-made enemy. But the press couldn’t get enough of it. They gorged themselves on his emotional tantrums like a tabloid and gave little time and space to report on anything else going on in the world— thus compromising their integrity further.

Even more damning has been their obvious desire to quickly bury anything of possible merit that came out of Trump’s administration, like: 1) prevailing over ISIS strongholds while keeping the US out of expanded wars that defense contractors would have loved, 2) enacting prison reform that freed many black Americans from the Clinton crime bill of the 90’s, 3) successfully mediating the first viable peace treaty to occur in the middle east in the past 25 years, 4) aggressively going after opioid distributors and traffickers, 5) pushing for the approval of generic, prescription drugs that has slashed prices and finally broken the lobbying stranglehold of US pharmaceutical companies, 6) creating a task force and legislation that cracks down on human trafficking and commits the US to being the largest donor to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, 7) brought unemployment of blacks and hispanic Americans to historic, all-time lows.

Had the party on the other side of the isle done any of this during their 4 years, the press would be fawning all over it and endlessly reporting on its positive trajectory. The point is: All of the above is GOOD stuff—as in “common good” that all political parties can celebrate. Thus to honestly report on it is to give Americans “common ground” to agree on the “common good” at a time when we are so divided. They are opportunities to pull toward the center. But the press can’t bring themselves to do it. Why? Because they think THEY are running for re-election.

For example, just last month, Trump announced plans to release billions of dollars to black American entrepreneurs to reclaim their inner cities and reignite the economy—instead of dolling out more welfare dependency programs that rob future generations of dignity. It’s a great plan! It will also designate the racist KKK as a domestic terrorist organization for the first time ever. But have you heard anything about it? Probably not—because the press can’t highlight billions of dollars that Trump wants to give black, small businesses to ignite black communities AFTER they’ve incessantly declared him to be an irredeemable racist that hates blacks!

The only thing CNN can bring themselves to do is publish two hit pieces on the black rapper Ice Cube for daring to work with Trump on the plan—essentially trying to castigate Ice Cube as a traitor to his own race.

But racial minorities are waking up—they know they’ve been played for decades. Their districts have only crumbled under 50 years of democrat-led leadership from school boards to mayors to governors. Though not intentional, their policies have decimated the black family, incentivized single-mother households and driven out tax-paying businesses. The largest income drivers of abortion are placed in black inner cities. A generational genocide has robbed black Americans of their current voting power—19 million black lives have been aborted so far. 19 million!! The number is staggering. You may not want to say “abortion is murder” but you can’t deny “abortion is death.” IF Trump wins the next election it may only be because he received an increase of 15% of the black vote and 30% of the hispanic vote.

I am convinced the main driver of division today is the press getting their talking notes from corporate ownership of media empires that want to create the narrative—not report on it.

HOWEVER is there also lots of BAD Trump stuff to report on? Absolutely! Trump is pathological and self-obsessed. Some of the things he says and does are morally indefensible. But we know all that “stuff” because it is the only thing the mainstream press wants to divert your attention to and report on. They can’t allow you to become too conscious of anything positive to unite around—if it can be traced back to his administration.

In conclusion, all I want to see is at least a small measure of the media’s “investigative journalism” prove their neutrality by surrendering up a headline or two that at least informs readers of an FBI investigation that may or may not prove damaging to Biden. They certainly didn’t lack that kind of “headline enthusiasm” in regards to Trump. Let’s not kid ourselves. The left-leaning press was never willing to concede THEY and Clinton lost the election in 2016. And that is the point. The press thought THEY were running for election! And the same thing is playing out again. In the end, it may serve their purposes—or it may backfire BIG again.

Either way, my desire is to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice. Recognizing the legitimate concerns and hopes of both sides, by avoiding both candidates, is my preferred way.

About StriderMTB

Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I started my blog as an unmarried man who was blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. As of 2022, I am a happily married man to an amazing missionary wife serving together on the mission field. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an apathetic church.
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2 Responses to Disavowing media bias while not avowing Trump: Part 2

  1. TS00 says:

    I lost all illusions that the American press was free, independent and about delivering pertinent information long ago. Along with the illusion that we have real choice about our government leaders. These, along with most things, are controlled by powerful unseen interests, and do their bidding. Propaganda is pretty much all ‘news’ and government is about, not serving the public’s best interests.

    • StriderMTB says:

      It is difficult to know where to go to get reliable news/information outside your “circle.” There are main “news” sources that have popped up that seek to be independent and not part of the system—but it mostly seems to be personal conjecture and speculation trying to throw a “lasso” around what is going on in the world. I guess the prayer closet is the best place to spend time—since maybe we don’t need to know all the “news” we think we ought to know.

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