Media Bias Debate
No need for you to select your team in the 2018 Super Bowl match-up between Philadelphia and New England. USA Today sports writer Martin Rogers has already assigned your team for you based on your politics. If you're a Republican, the Patriots are your team. If you're a Democrat, you're cheering for an Eagles' win. Done deal.
Is Joy Reid drunk or on drugs? Has she been hacked? Is her behavior just an act? It’s tough to say on any particular day, but Monday brought forth one of the craziest things to come across the internet and particularly Twitter on the issue of media bias. Less than two hours after an agreement emerged to end the government shutdown, MSNBC’s AM Joy host tweeted: "There is nothing so predictable as media spin in favor of Republicans."
During a debate about how important it was to listen to the views of average Trump voters on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, political commentator Jeff Greenfield noted that the outlet hyped the Russia investigation to the point where it seemed as though the President would be indicted at any second. This, as political commentator Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress and former Hillary Clinton policy director, claimed that the media didn’t listen to the anti-Trump resistance enough.
On day one of the 2018 government shutdown, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came out and claimed that he offered President Trump funding for his border wall in exchange for protection for so-called Dreamers via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and he turned it down. Since then, the liberal media have been running around claiming that Trump was the reason an agreement couldn’t be reached.
If you were planning to boycott coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympics to avoid the political bloviating of Bob Costas, you might want to tune in. He won't be occupying the NBC host's chair, and his successor is a broadcaster who aims to be "invisible" and stick to sports. Costas has passed the host's torch on to Mike Tirico, formerly of ESPN and Monday Night Football.
At the risk of sending the left into a state of apoplexy, a monolithic, biased, renegade, politicized press is a far greater threat to liberty than a president criticizing the media. Like their First Amendment counterparts — the freedom of religion, the freedom of assembly and the right to petition the government — the freedoms of speech and the press are an important part of what has made the United States the freest and greatest nation in world history.
Spring training for Major League Baseball doesn't begin for nearly a month yet, but for Tim Tebow detractors it's game on. Today the New York Mets announced that the outfielder will start spring training in their major league camp. A canvassing of news reports shows the liberally biased news media aren't wasting any time throwing literary "brush-back pitches" at the man the Left loves to hate.
Thursday’s New York Times was haughtily dismissive of the Trump-inspired “2017 Fake News Awards” posted on the RNC’s website Wednesday night: “May We Have the ‘Fake’ Envelope, Please?” The Times itself scored two of the coveted slots. Reporters Michael Grynbaum and Matt Flegenheimer tried to shift the blame to Trump right off the bat, while taking the stunt quite solemnly indeed, seeing a threat to “press freedom” in criticism false reports.
Less than an hour before Wednesday night’s unveiling of the Fake News Awards, MSNBC’s Hardball assembled a panel to condemn media criticism and fake news accusations as the impetus behind authoritarian crackdowns on the press, but also offer an almost erotic tribute to the media’s supposed objectivism and commitment to fighting President Trump.
When President Trump announced them in early January, many in the liberal media thought that the Fake News Awards were a bluff and he wouldn’t go through with them. But after having previously been postponed, Trump unveiled the “winners” Wednesday night. Out of the top 10 instances of fake news, CNN was sloppy enough to win four awards with the top spot going to The New York Times. The awards twice noted a Media Research Center study that showed 90 percent of the media’s coverage of him was negative.
Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh came locked and loaded for Wednesday’s show, torching the liberal media as “childish,” “unstable,” and “entirely unfit to discharge their constitutional duties” in light of their “unhinged instability” at Tuesday’s White House press briefing concerning President Trump’s health.
Continuing to bask in the liberal media accolades ahead of Wednesday’s anti-Trump speech, Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.) appeared on the CNN International and PBS show Amanpour, making nice with host Christiane Amanpour to defend liberal journalists and compare President Trump to murderous Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.