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OPINION: The Biggest Loser in the Presidential Race is the Media

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Earlier tonight, I was saying to my wife, La Verle, the biggest loser in the presidential race is the national media.

Brian Williams was just saying on MSNBC, “The biggest loser is national punditry.”

That too, Brian.

When you media folks try to figure it all out on the political side, you might want to try and figure out what went wrong with your profession.

I think what this proves is the national media is just as out of touch, just as disconnected, as the Washington politicians.

And, as always, I am reminded of what the late Senator Eugene McCarthy said about the press, “They are like blackbirds sitting on a telephone wire. One flies away, they all fly away.”

Indeed.

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232 comments
educatt
educatt

I think that saying they are "out of touch" is itself out of touch. They are precisely in touch with their socialist vision, or progressive vision, or left-wing vision, whatever you want to say,


I write a lot about education. I see there this seamless web of aggression against everything traditional, everything intellectual, everything where excellence is important. Fabians leave nothing to chance.  And our media is the biggest Fabian of all. After them is the Education Establishment.

Lenny Bune
Lenny Bune

The media makes money off all of this. We the people lose.

krw1943
krw1943

Well, the media is and has been mega-substandard (to say the least) for a very long time, 30, 40 years now. Walter Cronkite died and things fell apart forthwith. Present scenario: lots of anchor-wannabes jockeying for stardom and the news has suffered immeasurably. Actually, it has always been wanting, but never as degenerate as the present day.

Darrell Manning
Darrell Manning

The media no longer investigate.... They pontificate... They are USELESS!!!!

Bill Lund
Bill Lund

Agreed. The only silver lining in this cloud is that the media really tipped their hand by showing their bias and lack of ethics, and making it known that they are now indulging in political activism by distorting their coverage

J kathryn
J kathryn

I concur take David Brroks for mos he's been picking the Republican and each week polls show Trump. Matters not if one's choice he pontificates as if he knows what I or other's seek in a president. He's a diehard old school conservative Republican. Even Bill Moyers one of the few I herald wrote about his hobonobbing. Media repeatedly use the poorest of grammar ie irregardless, they repeatedly reference candidates as fighting g and let the war begin. As a prof I'd like them all to post their resumes to be scrutinized by all

Bob Mann
Bob Mann

The media is owned by the big corporations....that explains everything!!!

Dan Whitaker
Dan Whitaker

The Media does what it's owners tell it to do. The days of the media giving the public the truth died with Cronkite, and Huntley and Brinkley.

J kathryn
J kathryn

please include Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel

Jimmie Bailey
Jimmie Bailey

The BIGGEST LOSER is Fox News Corporation. They have lost about 50% of their viewing public

Thomas Couture
Thomas Couture

Do you have any idea how much money the media made so far? Losers? They play this game on purpose.

Solange Martinez
Solange Martinez

THIS IS WHAT TRUMP TRIES TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM & WHY THE ILLEGALS’ MAFIA HATES HIM! American Citizens are forced to file lawsuits against Illegal Aliens’ Mafia-Controlled-Businesses and Against Illegal Aliens’ Mafia Members who work as Government Employees [who steal and sell the citizens’ identities, State Pensions, Medical Insurances, and Government-Benefits and, then, assassinate them; so the Illegals’ keep their identities and Government Benefits with no problems]. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B76efd1fQEaIbXl6cnNFODRXdUE/view?usp=sharing

Timothy Roepe
Timothy Roepe

I don't believe they have cared to be in at least a decade

Randall Zack
Randall Zack

They're bought and paid for just like the politicians. The news is owned by large corporations. They're not run by news people anymore. Their editors are middle management now who are what to print and what to report or NOT to report by CEO's. There are no Ben Bradley's anymore.

John Gagnon
John Gagnon

Maybe they need to be NON-biased? HMMMMMM? Report the truth.

Jean Randow
Jean Randow

we no longer have reporters we have opinionaters

Mike Long
Mike Long

The fact that voters came out on such a large turnout for BERNIE we must keep the Revaloution on the move. GO Bernie GO Let All help take Our Country back from the GOP. Make your vote count for others that you love at every level from local to state and federal. Be sure to tell People that They count aswell. Lets all plan for a Future we can live with and not have Hungry kids with no choice or a way to get a simple thing as Food. Most Americans cant afford drugs/medical services they need to live with so manny left to die. Get Greed out of our Government and Make the USA Great from the inside out. Thanks from a Disabled Veteran

Tim Niccum
Tim Niccum

It's also stunning that so many people blindly believe everything being fed to them by these jokers. Use your brains people and think for yourself.

Mike McGill
Mike McGill

they are owned by the main stream administration. That's why when children are burned by war factions of Muslim's in Nigeria or any other African country, it's none of our business to know. So when Bernie Sanders meets with a tax cheat and white people hater like Al Sharpton, you can hear the crickets crow. Hillary is up and for most and some sid show of Trump.

Larry Stout
Larry Stout

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT AS STUPID AS WASHINGTON POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA THINK WE ARE

Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson

This is what you get...Liberal Media, Liberal Education, Liberals and the fall of civilization. Bad Enough, But these are

Sue Greco
Sue Greco

Absolutely, in bed with corporate mainstream millionaire candidates

Dan Wehrle
Dan Wehrle

don't forget those idiot life time politicians

Patty Lee
Patty Lee

The Media and the Liberals buying their time to promote their own agenda.

George Jose
George Jose

The Media is bias. Anything to get attention.

Warren Brown
Warren Brown

Always with hiding facts and truths ‼️‼️👻

James Francis
James Francis

So let's fix it by voting a true constitutionalist government into office!

James Francis
James Francis

They are NOT out of touch! They are only feeding us what THEY want us to know and believe. This post is idiotic

Marty Chambers
Marty Chambers

And the media is owned by the 1%, that is what killed journalism. When Murdock bought Fox he started the age of propaganda.

David Jones
David Jones

The American Public is tired of the media picking the candidates and controlling the elections just as it is tired of the Big banks and Wall Street controlling the outcome.

Edo Mihic
Edo Mihic

The liberal media is americas enemy

Tania Malven
Tania Malven

Almost all the traditional media is owned by 6 count them 6, owners in this country of supposedly free speech!! So of course media is slant the way the owner wants it!!

Joseph Song
Joseph Song

2012 Smith-Mundt modernization act of the NDAA..... Cisa in the 2016 spending bill..... (do I need to say anything else??)

Russ Bischoff
Russ Bischoff

– God help us if Hillary gets in – Even without the Benghazi and email controversies – It’s absolutely sickening that Hillary is even a candidate for the presidency of The United States of America. Why are so many people still allowing themselves to be brainwashed by this evil-unethical-empty-disingenuous-dishonest-power-monger, the media and the Clinton machine? – She’s completely substance-less, yet if it we’re up to the media she would’ve long since been anointed queen by now. Until the all the crap finally started hitting the fan – It had been nothing but Hillary – Hillary – Hillary 24 / 7 / 365 – Hummm? – Wake up America! – Who's been pushing so hard for her and why? – Could it be that Wall Street free-traitors, international corporations and foreign interests own and control our media? Hillary hasn't accomplished anything other than using the Monica scandal to leverage the Dems for future power – Oh yeah, but let's not forget the accomplishments of her "foundation" and the fact that she is quite an accomplished lair – Bill Clinton, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman nor did I have unethical trade relations with that communist Chinese government." And let's just ask Vince Foster about some of her previous indiscretions – Oh, that's right – We can't. Hillary is only in it for herself and will say and spin anything just to get elected – And if anyone thinks that she's ever going to do anything to help the American People and the Real American Economy, they're sadly mistaken. I'm not a fan of either party and have no preferences of race or gender, just that we get a president that will actually do what is in the best interest of the American people – And that's certainly not Hillary, Jeb or any of the other bought and paid for puppets that their masters put out there for us. Hillary and Jeb are nothing but Wall Street puppets – They're both pro-outsourcing, pro-illegal aliens, pro-H1B foreign visa workers and certainly not what the American people need. And just because I can't stand Hillary, doesn't mean that I like Boehner or any of the other free traitors on the other side any better – But, Hillary is definitely one of the worst of the worst. Also she’s quite the women’s rights advocate – It’s okay for her “husband” to abuse his power to get women, but then when it comes to the surface it’s somehow those women’s fault – And by the way aren’t at least half of the aborted children female and would have grown up to be women? She's quite the hypocrite, isn't she. Even the puppet masters were starting to hedge their bets with Carly Fiorina in case Hillary doesn't pan out. The American People are sick and tired of our asinine traitorous politicians – It's become painfully obvious that both parties are just doing the bidding of their masters, while lamely trying to look like they're trying to represent us – Let's face it, neither party really wants to fix the core issues like outsourcing, illegal "immigration" and the importation of foreign H1B visa workers, because they want the cheap labor – For way too many years now, all that either party has been giving the American public is lame political posturing, tokenism and rhetoric – They treat the issues as political footballs and just point fingers at each other or even worse yet, just ignore the real core economic issues altogether – They've used peripheral social issues for years to polarize and distract the American people to the left and the right, while they sold us out to other countries like communist China, India and Mexico with the complicity of both sides of the media who are owned by a handful international corporations. We obviously need a change in this country – Because, since the free traitors have had their way of it, our largest export has been American jobs and money. If more Americans would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, we wouldn't be in this mess right now – At least Trump, Carson, Sanders, Webb and Santorum are finally bringing some of the actual core economic issues out into the light of day. The American People are angry and frustrated – Because for the last 25-years our government has allowed and enabled our country's industries to get sucked out to countries like communist China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to continue to pour into our country and take away income-tax-paying American's jobs and drive down wages. Something has to be done because our current system is not working – Other countries like Germany, Japan, Sweden, Canada and China protect their domestic industries, citizen’s jobs and business and it's about time that we start doing so as well. Our leaders are supposed to be elected by the citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself – They are not supposed to be representing Wall Street, lobbyist, international corporations, the global marketplace (WTO, NAFTA, TPP, KORUS), foreign citizens, foreign interests or illegal aliens – And it's about time all of our so called leaders started honoring that fact. Enough of the bought and paid for puppets and their traitorous trade and immigration policies. What the American people need are leaders that will put the best interests of our own people and country first and foremost – And Trump is the only one that can beat Hillary and appears to be the guy to get us headed back in the right direction. I believe Trump/Giuliani or Trump/West would be the best ticket for the American People, the real American economy and the future of our country.

Elizabeth Sherwood
Elizabeth Sherwood

My guess is that a majority of American readers and viewers have been saying and thinking that for many years! Most of today's media people are simply mouthpieces for the power plans of their corporate bosses. With few exceptions, they seem incapable of noticing THE major issues voters are concerned with.

Mike Appleby
Mike Appleby

I love how the mainstream media is hitting trump as hard as they can and he hair keeps getting more popular in the polls. If the keep this up he's gonna be the next president by a landslide haha.

Sam Flocca
Sam Flocca

Corporations own the Government and the media.

Frances Pool
Frances Pool

The media lost any pretense to being journalists when news was overtaken by op eds and money usurped unbiased reporting.

Rick Gorud
Rick Gorud

Corporate news has shown this for yeaars. OLD NEWS!

Edward Renner
Edward Renner

As mouthpieces for the oligarchy, the media does not report the news but tries to edit and influence it. Most people are too mentally lazy to winnow out out the truth and form their own opinions, but would rather have information spoon fed to them even if it is biased and inaccurate propaganda. I'm afraid we want to be entertained more than informed, and the media uses this to further the establishment agenda.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

The media idiots are a bunch of pompous a__es totally out of touch with what we think, and that is why the industry is on a death spiral led by Gannett