The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country Journalists used fears over Russia and anger over Trump to try to reverse the results of a legitimate election

Not we have concluded the fiasco from Mueller it’s time to address the cause of the issue.

The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country

Journalists used fears over Russia and anger over Trump to try to reverse the results of a legitimate election.

For the past two years, a large swath of the media engaged in a mass act of self-deception and partisan groupthink. Perhaps it was Watergate envy, or bitterness over Donald Trump’s victory, or antagonism towards Republicans in general—or, most likely, a little bit of all the above. But now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian collusion, it’s clear that political journalists did the bidding of those who wanted to delegitimize and overturn Trump’s election.

While bad behavior from partisan sources should be expected, the lack of skepticism from self-appointed unbiased journalists has been unprecedented. Any critical observer could see early on that Trump-era partisan newsroom culture had made journalists susceptible to the deception of those peddling expedient stories. Our weekly bouts of Russia hysteria all sprung from one predetermined outcome: the president was in bed with Vlad Putin.

The natural disposition of journalists—even opinion journalists—should be skepticism. Like him or not, the notion that the president of the United States, a wealthy showman who’s been in the limelight for decades, and ran one of the most chaotic major political organizations in history, had been secretly conspiring with Russia to steal a 50-state election should immediately have been deemed too good to be true by any decent journalist.

Yet once-respectable, if biased, mainstream outlets churned out one deceptive and faulty stories on the matter after the next. Even when corrected, these many debunked pieces helped foster an environment that allowed the Big Myth to fester.

For all the alleged reporters who spread tales of conspiracy—Ken Dilanian, Natasha Betrand, Ryan Lizza, Manu Raju, and Jason Leopold come to mind, although they certainly weren’t alone— there were an endless number of pundits and liberal writers who regularly accused the president, not of being merely mendacious or incompetent, but of sedition.

A bunch of crackpots were transformed into social media stars. Cable news paraded out officials with axes to grind, like John Brennan and James Clapper, and a slew of supposedly credentialed talking heads as experts. They all claimed that the most remarkable conspiracy in American history had transpired.

No one, of course, will take responsibility for two years of panic-driven coverage. Margaret Sullivan, a media columnist at the Washington Post, in fact, argues that mainstream journalists—not the ones who were rightly dubious about the collusion narrative—should be “proud” of the exemplary job they did. Sullivan might not be aware that it was the Washington Post that helped ignite the Russia scare with two “scoops” that turned out to be completely false in early 2017: the first, a piece on Russia hacking a Vermont power grid and the other a breathless story about the reach of Vladimir Putin’s fake news operations.

“There’s been so much solid reporting about the Trump-Russia mystery,” wroteBrian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, “but the media ecosystem tends to reward speculation over straight news.” He would know. Not only was feverish speculation regularly batted around on CNN panels, but most of the network’s anchors allowed guests to perpetuate conjecture without any pushback.

Stelter often relied on Dan Rather, a man who propagated false information to try and take down another president. CNN’s reporters, in fact, were some of the worst offenders. It got to a point where the network had to stop firing people for acts of journalistic malpractice.

Take the legendary Carl Bernstein, now with CNN, who also claims that coverage of Russia collusion was “one of the great reporting jobs” in history. One of these great bombshells, authored by Bernstein, Marshall Cohen, and former Obama administration political appointee Jim Sciutto, had numerous “sources” on the record claiming that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was going to tell Mueller that Trump knew in advance of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that his campaign was colluding with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who was allegedly selling dirt on Hillary Clinton. False alarm.

There were many false alarms. And every time a story was debunked, we were told that reporters, like all humans, make mistakes. It’s true. Unlike everyone else, though, the many supposedly innocent blunders of mainstream reporters were almost always skewed in the same direction.

“I’m comfortable with our coverage. It is never our job to determine illegality,” New York Times editor Dean Baquet explained, “but to expose the actions of people in power. And that’s what we and others have done and will continue to do.” In reality, The New York Times and other outlets have hurt their ability to expose the actions of the powerful, because, even when they’re right, many Americans will have a difficult time believing them. And the powerful will certainly have a lot easier time dismissing them as tools of the Democratic Party.

Half the country doesn’t trust anything you have to say. And after being accused of sedition for two years, conservatives have every right to be “sore winners” and pouncers. After all, this wasn’t your typical political debate.

In a January 2017, I wrote a column, titled “Russia Isn’t Our Friend, But That Doesn’t Make The Left’s Conspiracy Theories True,” that argued a person could view Russia as an adversary and be critical of Trump, and still not embrace fantastical notions about Putin’s superhuman reach. At the time, arguing there was no “evidence that Russian intelligence carried out a successful plan to pick the government of the United States,” as New York’s Jonathan Chait and others had done, produced plenty of sneering blowback about one’s patriotism.

Chait later went on to pen an entire Birther-like feature pondering whether Trump had been a Russian asset since 1987. He now takes the authoritarian position that if “you refuse to cooperate with the investigation, you can’t claim you were cleared.” This is the moderate, serious wing of liberal punditry talking writing in heavily trafficked sites. You can imagine what the rest looks like.

Now, I’m no fan of Trump’s use of the fraught phrase “enemy of the people” to attack the media. It’s undeniable, though, that the media have done more damage to trust in American institutions, including their own, than the Russians could ever have hoped with their Twitter trolls and Facebook ads.

Polls show that a majority of Democrats still believe Russians tampered with their votes. The 2016 election wasn’t Pearl Harbor. It isn’t the worst attack on America since 9/11. You have free will. No one determines your vote but you. In truth, Russia didn’t really “meddle” in the election. Russia, as they have always done and always will, tried to meddle in the American election.

Trump antagonists, with the help of the media, used fear over Russia to try to reverse the results of a legitimate election. Nothing like this has ever happened in modern American history.

This country has wasted 25 million investigating collusion where none existed. Should the media and left who perpetrated the lie pay the tax payers back for their over reach??


Burn this into memory! I will not forget who these people are!

Start Boycotting Hollywood too! They are all part of the same eco-system!

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I often wonder why the top 50 are so far left.

Left-wing Hollywood stars have spent the past two years spreading wild conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump and Russian “collusion,” with a slew of celebrities calling him a “traitor,” a “puppet,” a “thug,” a “urine-lapper” for Putin and predicting that he will be “in chains” soon.

A shame they can’t all be sued for libel and slander.

No doubt the media was complicite in a fait accompli that crippled Trumps agenda for his first two years in office.


Tell me again who owns the media and Hollywood???

Oh please get a grip on reality.

Go troll somewhere else.

The fake news media is anti-American.

At the very least they know what is best for us whether we like it or not…facts be damned…
Full speed ahead.:wink:

Which bit of that post do you regard as unreal.
Did Trump not say MSM were the enemy of the ppl?
Or maybe you think the Media is Russian owned?
Some would say that by asking these q’s I am indeed trying to get a ‘‘grip on reality’’ bc it’s only by asking q’s that we can discover the truth.
And the truth fears no investigation.
Sorry you think my asking q’s is ‘‘trolling’’ bc you need to get used to it.
I know I know nothing so I’m gonna ask loads more q’s

It’s time for Americans to start relying on alternative news sources. The mainstream media has proven time and time again that they can’t be trusted. This should come as a surprise to no one. Although the level of deceit is a crazy.

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Your obsession with the ■■■■■■ people is absolutely over the top hysteria.

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Just another Cohencidence

Her paternal grandfather was from a family of Eastern European ■■■■

Who gives a shit.

What matters is she’s a purveyor of fake news as is the entire MSNBC network.

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Wrong - what matters is who is pulling her strings.