American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

Article CAIRCO note: 
Media manipulation of U.S. politics and polls under increased scrutiny…
Article author: 
Michael Goodwin
Article publisher: 
NY Post
Article date: 
22 August 2016
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

...The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does...

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones...

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Media Manipulation of U.S. Politics Under Increased Scrutiny, Conservative Treehouse, August 21, 2016.

...when you have people willing to go back through months of New York Times articles to see if there really is something to this discussion, well, you can be guaranteed there’s more than a few alarm bells ringing.

[…]  I have read every article on every op-ed page since May 26. There were lots of articles before that—the Times writers and editors have been fairly obsessed with Trump for all of 2016—but I limited the study to the past 86 days. (link)

And their conclusion to reading 86 days worth of coverage from the New York Times:

    Anti-Trump: 70
    Pro-Trump: 0
    Wishy-washy: 4
    Anti-Hillary: 3
    Pro-Hillary: 23

Yep, the results confirm there is indeed validity to those people who point out this ridiculously over-the-top attack against candidate Donald Trump with the specific intention to advance candidate Hillary Clinton.  As a reasonably minded person might say, at this point – it’s unequivocal...

With all of these media outlets having such a transparent bias, why would anyone believe polling from these same media outlets wouldn’t carry the same intention(s)?

That’s where you find the real meat and potatoes, so-to-speak.

How can anyone rely on data, knowing the data collectors hold such an inherent predisposition to frame a very specific narrative?   That’s our essence of our point when we direct attention to:

On June 15th aggregate media polling had Hillary Clinton leading by 15 points. On July 15th the same media polling had Trump +17.  On August 8th the pendulum swing was back to Hillary +15,…. and now today the media signals of a tied race begin.

It’s all nonsense. All of it. Polls don’t swing back-and-forth 15, 20, 30 points +/- every few weeks.  Regardless of how much the media wants to sell this reality, it just doesn’t happen...

Again, just to ensure we are not too controversial with this, we are not saying that “all polling” is statistically manipulated.  We ARE saying all MEDIA POLLING, by the same media outlets who are constructing the day-to-day stories, is manipulated...

To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity, LA Times, August 2, 2016:

Why are the rules of journalism being rewritten this election year?...

This transparent bias is a national phenomenon, infecting both print and television media to such an extent that it has become almost impossible to separate coverage of the Trump campaign from attempts to tear it down...

Any objective observer of the news media’s treatment of Trump can certainly conclude that reporters are taking a side in this election — and they don’t have to be wearing a button that says “I’m with her” for this to be readily apparent. The irony is that the media’s Trump bashing may wind up having the exact opposite of its intended effect.

Polls shows that journalism is one of the least respected professions in the country, and with Trump calling out media organizations for their bias, widespread slanted reporting is bound to reinforce this point — and to backfire. Trump’s campaign is throwing down the gauntlet to the political class. If journalists are seen as the mouthpiece of that class, they may soon find themselves covering Trump’s inauguration...


Related book: A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media, by  Bernard Goldberg.