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Truth About Republican Attacks On The Media

November 8, 2015


Not for the first time do those Republican presidential candidates who do not have the facts or the polls on their side attack the media to try and deflect their problems and weaknesses.  The latest outcries from the candidates about the media underscore how unprepared some of them are for the big stage of a national race.  It also clearly demonstrates how totally out of their league they are to even think of being the leader of the free world.

Let us be honest.  Some of the Republican candidates are simply embarrassments to themselves, their families, and their party.  The role of the media is not something they understand.

Every candidate needs to be vetted–and done so with vigor in the full light of day.    The role of the working press is to dig and press and make noise which then allows for the citizenry to be educated about those who seek the highest office in the land.

I have often said that a reporter is more important to our democracy than a solider.   It is the ability of voters and citizens to be informed and alerted to the workings of government and about those who seek to lead us that keep us free.   Therefore to see the smallness of the Republican candidates and their party bosses at the RNC cry and complain about the tough questions asked of them at the debate makes for smirks and derision from an electorate that knows we need to make a wise choice at the polls.  And to make that choice we need to have reporters asking the hard questions.

Perhaps if the GOP is not happy with the state of their attempt to retake the White House in 2016 they needed to have fielded a better set of candidates.   But lacking that move all they seem to have left is to kvetch from the sidelines about the media.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2015 3:23 PM

    If one looks at the news articles from the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times it is very hard to see a partisan divide. Good reporters and good editors make for good reporting. Each has a different take politically on the editorial pages but the news pages are matter of fact. Regardless of where they land on the Rep or Dem lineup to their personal views I ask you to identify from their writings which way they land. And more importantly how that matters to the story.

    Rather much of this angst over the ‘liberal media”–which is such a tortured term since it deals with real reporters but also includes comedians on “The View”—should be diagnosed as having more to do with the far more conservative mindset of the Republican Party.

    As a Nixon history buff I could write a chapter worth of comment here about how his views and work while president would term him as a liberal extremist in the GOP today. With that right-ward tilt of the GOP then comes merely centrist journalists looking liberal to those who have no context about how things have changed in their party. What looks liberal to some is mostly sound journalism.

    The Clintons have been scrutinized by reporters in every way imaginable over the decades. That they survived politically is not the role of the reporters to either approve or disapprove. If you want the media to remove from political office or possible office anyone you do not like then I can only conclude it is you who desires the media to have a bias. That is simply not the role or reporters.

    (Now I could comment on the partisan presses of the Federalist period, etc but that is not what we are talking about here.)

    The Clinton impeachment was front and center and reported every way to Sunday but it was the citizenry who spoke about the import that it made to them. History shows how they felt.

    It was the reporter’ job to provide the facts—the public, as always, did the rest.

  2. tom permalink
    November 9, 2015 1:12 PM

    Well, there is a great danger when reporters declare themselves to be liberal 4x more often that conservative nationally,and 9/10 in D.C. do so. They do see stories that confirm what they already believe–See Carson and Trump–while the lies of clinton–like being shot at by snipers in Bosnia–are no big deal. If the media were more fair and balanced, Hillary would have left politics long ago.

  3. November 9, 2015 11:33 AM

    My background has allowed me a different way to look at the media. And respect it. I grew up until 6th grade with no TV, but had radio and a daily newspaper. As a young man I worked in broadcasting and did reporting. I also then worked in the state assembly. In other words I have been a news consumer, a news reporter, and one who tried to get favorable news coverage for an elected official. I have seen the news process from every side. The bias that you comment about is not something I can say exists in the broad-brush stroke you seem to claim happens.

    Over the decades I have come to see how many people with political biases want only news that confirms what they think as opposed to getting the news they need so to be informed. I also know that too many have little grasp of history so to then put news into a broader context–which is important. Over the years I also know that some people too readily accept the charge of liberal bias without really knowing what it means. I also know that when pressed people have a hard time to show or prove what they mean by that label of liberal bias.

    I am not in any way saying this about you, pk, but just write the above from what I have done and seen over the last 50 plus years.

  4. November 9, 2015 7:05 AM

    I applaud the free press, most Americans just find the liberal media dishonest and unreliable

  5. November 8, 2015 2:46 PM

    So many ways to comment in reply but I will allow one of my favorite quotes about this topic to be my response. The highlighted words are printed as they were originally written in 1768. This quote was on a wall above the typewriter I used in my radio days when working on news stories.

    “There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly TERRIBLE to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a FRESS PRESS.”

    —Samuel Adams, 1768

  6. November 8, 2015 11:44 AM

    I think its the media who don’t understand. They shill for the DNC, they do not hide any bias and dislike for any candidate that is not a liberal and they have lost the confidence and respect of Americans who see the lapdogs they have become. This blog may be blind to reality but that is ok most liberals are.

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