In May, I wrote, “Through the Looking Glass”, a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, finds Alice behind the mirror where she comes across a book, Jabberwocky, that can only be read by holding it up to a mirror. This may be a useful suggestion when trying to make sense of today’s political reporting.” How is this playing out?
A new Gallup poll shows that trust in the mass media has dropped to a new low of 32 percent, down eight percent from a year ago. This is slightly below trustworthy poll results for both Clinton and Trump. So how did the fourth estate, the guardian of truth envisioned by our constitution authors, fall so low in public esteem? Let’s take a look at recent news events in search of a clue to why the mainstream media’s unbiased, objective coverage has become so tarnished.
Trump in Mexico
They found little to criticize during his recent face-to-face meeting with Mexico’s president, but when Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted afterwards that he said Mexico would not pay for the wall at the beginning of their discussion, it was automatically assumed that Trump’s denial was a lie without noting that Nieto came under heavy criticism for taking the meeting in the first place. The media neglected some important background to the discussions by overlooking a recently breaking story that Mexico is planning to build a fence to secure their southern border with Guatemala.
From https://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/october-6-2010/mexico-build-southern-border-fence.html , ” It has been reported that the head of the Mexican Superintendency of Tax Administration, Raul Diaz, confirmed that the Mexican government is building a wall along the Mexican – Guatemalan border. Diaz stated the official reason for building the border wall is to stop illegal drugs from coming into Mexico, but Diaz did admit that it could also prevent the free passage of illegal immigrants.
The hypocrisy of Mexico’s actions has not been lost on American politicians. Last week, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) said on the house floor:
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, in spite of objections to the contrary, a fence is still being built along the southern border. Illegals objected to this but the President is resilient. He is standing firm on his commitment to build the fence to keep illegals out.
You see, over 500,000 illegals cross the border every year into Mexico, and the fence is being built at the southern end of Mexico to keep people like Guatemalans out. It’s the Mexican southern border that they’re protecting.
You know, Calderon demands that the United States not build a fence. He arrogantly demands the Arizona law not be enforced, but when Mexico has problems with illegals coming to “take jobs that Mexicans won’t do,” Calderon says he’s building a fence on his southern border, whether illegals like it or not.”
Trump’s proposed wall would diminish the incentive of Central Americans to trek across Mexico on their way to the U.S.
That night, after returning from Mexico, Trump outlined his immigration plan in detail with a speech in Arizona. Media coverage used the opportunity to repeat the specter of U.S. families living here without the benefit of proper immigration procedures being rounded up by deportation teams and summarily whisked back across the border. They conveniently left out his last statement. After offering detailed steps in his plan, that when all that is done, immigrants with criminal records and visitors overstaying visas rounded up and returned to their countries of origin, he said, only after those steps, we will see what we have left and decide what to do. That clearly is a softening of earlier statements construed as mass deportations and was left out of all accounts of his speech.
Obama Bragging Rights
A few days later, networks carried a televised speech of Obama extolling the economic success of his administration. There were no observations offered that his one percent GDP growth rate has resulted in the closing or planned closing of over three thousand retail outlets throughout the U.S. as detailed in the following table:
|Office Depot/Office Max||400||Hartstrings||30||Out of Business|
|Barnes & Noble||223||Thru 2033||Kohl’s||18|
|Children’s Place||200||Thru 2017||Sears||15|
|Walgreens||200||Thru 2017||Pick’n Save||20||By 2017|
|Aeropostate||175||Next several years.||Scoop NYC||17|
|American Eagle Outfitters||150||Max & Erma’s||13|
|Sports Authority||140||Going out of Business||Eastern Mountain Sports||8|
|Ovation Brand Restaurants||74||Maverik||6|
|Pier One||60||Fiscal 2016||Hallmark||5|
|Golf Galaxy||54||By 2016||Joe Caputo & Sons||3|
|Staples||50||Martin’s Food and Drugstore||3|
|Sports Chalet||47||Earth Fare Organic Market||2|
|Joyce Leslie||42||Elder-Beerman (Bon-Ton)||2|
|Gap||35||Maine’s Food & Party House||2|
Donald Trump Villain?
Nowhere has the ugly face of media bias been so exposed as in the attempted character assassination of Republican nominee Donald Trump. When watching a drama on TV or at a movie, the audience doesn’t need white hats and black hats to separate good guys from bad guys. No matter what the story calls for them to do, the good guys are easily separated from the bad guys in the viewers’ eyes long before a denouement. People get a ‘gut-feel’ for others quickly whether watching a movie or when they meet someone in person. And the ‘gut-feel’ for Trump comes nowhere close to the ‘black hat’ role created for him by the media. The news report creating a ‘quotation’ out of parsed sentence fragments, just doesn’t ring true with that gut-feel which we have come to rely on through our years. When the media caricature of Trump doesn’t square with that ‘gut-feel’, we know something is wrong.
“It’s becoming obvious to most that mainstream media is nothing but a megaphone for the global elite to present biased news that’s designed to align the masses with their agenda.”
― James Morcan, The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy For more examples of ‘adulterated’ news, see, http://www.westernjournalism.com/top-50-examples-liberal-media-bias/.