The American Media Has Betrayed America

Edward Ring

Director, Water and Energy Policy

Edward Ring
May 20, 2020

The American Media Has Betrayed America

There aren’t enough epithets in the English language to adequately describe “journalists” such as ABC Nightly News anchorman David Muir, the dashing forty-something actor who pretends to share important national news with America. Five days a week, Muir recites agenda-driven propaganda as if it were truth, while his allies who run the social media monopolies throttle down, demonetize, shadowban, or flat out censor reports that conflict with his narrative.

One of Muir’s biggest crimes is his facade of objectivity. Unlike the hosts of the cable news networks, such as CNN’s Don Lemon, or MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Muir isn’t obvious. He spreads his phony lies and distortions with a straight face, never breaking character. If you aren’t exposed to the other side of his stories, it works.

It isn’t just David Muir, of course. Other pretenders include CBS’s Norah O’Donnell. NBC’s Lester Holt, who made it his business to debate candidate Trump in the 2016 presidential debates, instead of leaving that job to hapless Hillary. The diligent mediocrity who reports from the White House for NPR, who thinks everything has to do with race and gender, because flogging that obsession takes no work and reliably builds a career.

For over three years, and only with the occasional exception of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, the entire American media establishment, online and offline, has been complicit in spreading the Russian collusion hoax, shamelessly exaggerating every smug utterance from the loathsome Adam Schiff. Again and again, they predicted that this time, Trump’s presidency was done for, and when Trump was finally exonerated, they just moved on to the next hoax.

The catalog of malpractice committed by these malicious partisan hacks that call themselves journalists in America is too vast to summarize. The terrifying “white nationalists.” The baseless smears on Brett Kavanaugh. The Ukraine impeachment. The perennial “climate crisis,” which would always fill in whenever there wasn’t some more useful phony story to spread. And all of it, every single bit of it, was calculated to take down President Trump and stigmatize anyone and everyone who ever supported him or even just defended some of his actions.

The media’s capital crime, however, is their coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic. And if the national media establishment had not already repeatedly demonstrated that they are nothing more than a political action committee attached to the Democratic party, more people would be fooled. But as it is, the timing of this virus, the response to this virus, and the reporting on this virus; all of it is suspect. The repercussions of media malpractice is more deaths, destruction of the constitution, and quite likely an economic depression.

This is not overstating the case. Imagine if the media covered this crisis with honesty. Sure, in the early stages of this pandemic, nobody knew what to make of it. But why were the only voices accorded credibility by the media those who called for a lockdown? Why were virologists and epidemiologists ignored if they suggested that maybe we should quarantine the sick and the at-risk, and allow healthy Americans to acquire herd immunity? Look to Sweden’s experience. That approach is working there.

Worse, why has the media ignored every report or study or journal article or clinical abstract that finds treatment with hydroxychloroquine, zinc sulfate, and azithromycin to be effective? Why have they persistently spread the lie that a seven-day course of hydroxychloroquine is dangerous, when millions of people use it for years on end to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis? Why don’t we ever hear about doctors around the world that are successfully using this treatment to prevent COVID-19 in patients who have been exposed, and to cure it in patients who’ve tested positive? Why?

The horrifying constitutional implications of where we’re headed as a nation during this dress rehearsal for martial law are not of interest to the media. Along with the nauseating, infantile feel-good-we’re-all-in-this-together corporate commercials that have rolled out in between the useless television newscasts, the only news coverage available paints people who object to the lockdown as, that’s right, Trump supporters. Or white nationalists. Or “conspiracy theorists.”

And why wouldn’t all of this be a conspiracy? Why wouldn’t a rational person at least consider that possibility, when this false, destructive news coverage is just the latest movement in a song they’ve been playing for years, where the repetitive theme is that conservatives are bad, nationalists are bad, patriots are bad, liberals are good, globalists are good, and the Trump “resistance” is noble? It’s far too coordinated, too well-timed, too relentless, to not maybe be more than just the spontaneous product of independent deep thinkers like David Muir.

We are trained to think of a conspiracy as if it is inherently impossible, something that only a deranged individual would seriously consider as a possible explanation for events. That’s fine. Don’t call it a conspiracy. Call it a convergence of special interests that are smart enough to see where they want events to go, and therefore don’t require a score or a conductor. The instrumentalists who play in this elite orchestra are smart enough to know what they’ve done.

They didn’t choose the Swedish approach, and because they didn’t, every small business, every small landlord, every single propertied interest that lacks massive reserves of cash and capital, is now going to get gobbled up by multinationals. And as millions wait in the unemployment lines – spaced six feet apart – they will depend on government to pay their bills, and they will not expect any coronavirus cure for which big pharma does not approve.

The media has always been powerful. With the advent of social media, today they are more powerful than ever. It’s not a conspiracy, though. It’s just the conventional wisdom of the super-rich. The media, if they cared, now more than ever would do their historic job, questioning this conventional wisdom. Instead, they are tools. It is unforgivable.

This article originally appeared on the website American Greatness.

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