The credibility of the mainstream media took another blow this week. Former NBC co-host Katie Couric Today show, revealed in a new brief that she chose not to air some controversial comments made to her five years ago by Holy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, implicating RBG’s criticism of players of the NFL as Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem.
Couric says she was “in conflict” because she was a “big RBG fan” so she only broadcast a few of the harsh words RBG had for football players refusing to defend the anthem national. According to his story, after speaking with New York Times Columnist David Brooks, Couric concluded that Ginsburg—who sat on the Supreme Court at the time– was “an elderly person and probably did not fully understand the question”. Couric admits in her book that she “wanted to protect” Ginsburg and felt that the issue of racial justice was a “blind spot” for her. “
Couric’s revelation comes in the wake of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) forced to apologize for altering a famous quote from RBG. During his confirmation hearings in 1993, Ginsburg said, “The decision to have or not to have a child is central to a woman’s life, her well-being and her dignity. In accordance with today’s gender-neutral nomenclature, the group replaced “woman” with a “” in square brackets.[person’s]”And replaced the word” she “with a” hook “[their]. “
These back-to-back incidents reveal how progressives have a vested interest in preserving and protecting RBG’s image, even as what constitutes political correctness continues to evolve. In service of a higher cause, they reinvented their hero’s actual words to conform with what she really meant. represented. In other words, to “print the legend”. The inconvenient truth, however, is that RBG had more nuanced beliefs than their fans, with many of them probably sipping coffee from RBG coffee mugs as they read this, might realize, including his thoughts on Roe vs. Wade.
It’s ironic that the ACLU, a group once dedicated to free speech and diversity, bow to RBG’s speech, but Couric is a bigger issue. Pressure groups are not subject to the same standards as the news media. We hire professional journalists to exercise judgment on current events, and when their motives are not in the service of the public interest, but rather in the service of something else (even something as noble as protecting the public interest). legacy of a hero), they lose our trust.
Hey media, could you please stop helping Trump prove his “fake news” case?
Indeed, according to a Gallup poll released last week, only 7% of Americans have “great” trust in mainstream media, and 34% have “none”.
One of the few members of the mainstream media who takes this issue seriously is that of the atlantic Tim Alberta. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing himself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailed a source, ‘Mr. Publisher, ‘his unpublished story for approval; and [Sanjay] Gupta exposing CNN’s petty and pointless deception, ” Alberta tweeted, adding, “People look down on us. They are suspicious of us. Maybe we’ll stop whistling in front of the cemetery.
This deception has disproportionately eroded media trust among conservatives, with Gallup survey showing 68% of Democrats say they trust the media “a lot or somewhat”, but only 11% of Republicans share the same opinion. “Media confidence among Republicans over the past five years is at an unprecedented level,” says Gallup, and who could blame them?
That we are talking about the initial media portrayal of Covington student Nick Sandmann’s sufficient privilege, credulity towards Jussie Smollett’s status as a victim of a “hate crime,” reflexive portrayal of the Leak Theory Laboratory as a debunked or double standard “conspiracy theory” when it comes to lack of social distancing at Black Lives Matter gatherings, liberal media bias is a long-standing and observable phenomenon.
Media cover-ups always seem to benefit the same political camp. In the same year, Couric interviewed RBG, for example, his documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists.
I also remember an even bigger example that did not involve Couric. In 2012, the CBS 60 minutes withheld some of President Barack Obama’s comments on the Benghazi attack. This controversy may seem like ancient history, but spreading Obama’s comments would have benefited Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy.
Crowley crushes Romney on Libya
Indeed, days after the completion of this interview, but months before it is seen in its entirety (which is not by chance only happened after election), Mitt Romney was interrupted in a crucial moment of debate by CNN moderator Candy Crowley, who “checked the facts” of Romney when he said Obama suggested weeks after the attack that it was a spontaneous manifestation rather than a planned act of terror.
Romney was right “on the whole” (as Crowley later admitted) – and the images that 60 minutes withholding would have substantiated this sentiment. Instead, Crowley’s intervention took Romney’s breath away, serving as a turning point for this debate, which was a watershed for the 2012 election. The debate over Obama’s characterization of the Benghazi attack dominated. multiple news cycles, but rather than release footage that would have provided additional context for the American people (not to mention the ratings and clicks), CBS chose to sit on it.
Romney’s loss convinced many conservatives that the good guys can’t win and that they need a fighter to take on the left and the media, which isn’t a small part of the story of how whose party ended up with Trump.
Collectively, these incidents eroded trust in the media as an institution, persuaded millions of Americans to ignore elites and mainstream media (and tune into alternative media), and empowered bad political actors who want to exploit this lack of confidence for political ends. .
Bias isn’t just what you cover, it’s also what you decide not to cover. By resorting to the sin of omission, the media protect their progressive heroes and, in so doing, choose political winners and losers. Instead of telling us the facts, they print the legend. Is it any surprise that we no longer believe them?
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