Trump Unloads on Media Scoundrels
by Stephen Lendman
Throughout America’s just concluded political season, major media reporting was scandalous, near-entirely one-sided for Hillary, shamelessly anti-Trump, inventing reasons to denigrate him.
It’s why I call the lot of them scoundrels. In his day, famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) railed against “prostitution of the press.”
He called fourth estate presstitutes “the most powerful force against the general welfare of the majority of the people.” For Gerald Celente, they’re “shills, sellouts and media whores.”
Paul Craig Roberts calls them “presstitutes.” So do I, explaining they substitute advocacy for journalism, sinking to the level of press agents for wealth, power and privilege - keeping readers and viewers misinformed and distracted.
The New York Times is my prime target because of its global influence. On domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most, it’s a lying machine, publishing state and corporate propaganda, suppressing what’s most important to know.
Throughout the scoundrel media universe, managed news misinformation substitutes, glorifying wars in the name of peace, claiming they’re about democracy building.
Aggressive wars are called liberating ones. Mass slaughter and destruction are portrayed as humanitarian intervention.
Carving up continents for profit is considered economic development. Exploiting workers as virtual serfs is called jobs creation.
On Monday, around two dozen television media bosses and anchors visited the president-elect in Trump Tower for an off-the-record meeting. Was it to kiss the ring they once cursed?
According to the New York Post, it was a “f…ing firing squad,” Trump unloading on attendees. He blasted CNN president Jeff Zucker. According to an unnamed source, he said “I hate your network. Everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.”
“The meeting was a total disaster,” said the source. “The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down.”
He “kept saying, ‘(w)e’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars.”
NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. meets with Trump on Tuesday, his publication and the Washington Post the lead anti-Trump print media throughout the campaign - some of the worst pure rubbish I read and reported on since mid-2015 when Trump and Hillary announced they’re run for president.
Politico reported Trump saying he wants a “reset…fairness…the truth” henceforth. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called the meeting “very candid and very honest,” adding the president-elect “did not explode in anger.”
Trump isn’t one to mince words. While campaigning, he blasted media misreporting about him numerous times in stump speeches.
On all important issues, state and corporate advocacy journalism substitutes for the real thing.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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