I don’t think there has ever been such a thing as an unbiased media, from the days of the Roman Empire’s Acta Diurna (the Daily Acts) until now.
However, BuzzFeed, which has pretensions of being a reputable news source, has just cemented its well-earned reputation as a left-wing mouthpiece with a memo from its editor Ben Smith to his staff concerning how to handle stories about Donald Trump on social media. He, with apparent pride, shared the memo.
Trump scares the heck out of the Left because he stands up against their most destructive policies, particularly on immigration, and whenever they whip up another lie about him that they hope will sink his candidacy, he just comes back stronger than before.
When they look at Trump, liberals can see their utopia in which traditional America lies in ashes slipping from their grasp. So, more than with any other candidate, the stops are all off when it comes to Trump.
The goal of the policy expressed in the memo, according to Smith, is “to preserve our readers’ confidence that we can be fair; and to not needlessly undermine the work of reporters on the beat.”
Just for fun, Ben, explain to us what your definition of “fair” is in the case of Donald Trump.
“It is, for instance,” Smith wrote, “entirely fair to call him a mendacious racist, as the politics team and others have reported clearly and aggressively. He’s out there saying things that are false, and running an overtly anti-Muslim campaign. BuzzFeed News’s (sic) reporting is rooted in fact, not opinion; these are facts.”
Facts like “Muslim” being a race?
BuzzFeed’s not the only wannabe news site that’s having difficulty reporting the news with a straight face. The Huffing-and-Puffington Post, until a couple of days ago, was running all Donald Trump stories in the entertainment section, reflecting Arianna Huffington’s own deep-seated neurosis.
It’s not all that surprising that the people in charge of these self-proclaimed “serious” news sites would act like spoiled children. Hardcore leftist sites like BuzzFeed and the HuffPo tend to take their marching orders from MediaMatters or the White House daily briefing, at which spokesmonkey Josh Earnest on Tuesday said that Trump’s comments on Muslims “disqualifies” him to be president.
Yeah, I know.
It’s doubly absurd coming from an Administration whose boss for years couldn’t prove he was even legally qualified to run for president, much less morally qualified.
The attitude trickles down from the top, and the top of both parties is scared to death at the idea of a Trump presidency because The Donald has enough money that he can’t be bought, and he’s just pugnacious enough to fight back against anyone who tries to pressure him.
Since the fall of most of the United States’ daily newspapers and the rise of the Internet, there has been a sharp swing toward partisanship by young companies masquerading as reputable news companies.
One result is the growth of a generation of mostly young (and some not so young) readers (and trolls) who can’t tell the difference between fair news reporting and opinion writing like you get here on Godfather Politics.
You also get people like Smith who can’t tell the difference between an editorial policy and a harassing memo that essentially brands any of his staff who might support Trump liars and racists.
People who want to dress up like “journalists” should learn better.