“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Democratic Party?”
If the nervous breakdown of the Democrats continues to result in paranoid slanders, threats, and accusations, I suspect this question is a bizarre possibility, especially as time goes by without one Democrat admitting, justifying, or apologizing for actions and speeches that jeopardize respect for our two-party system — and embarrasses at least half the population.
The arrogant American media maintain it is President Trump causing negative opinion about the U.S. Truth is, Trump’s not close to the stupefying antics of Democrats and their fellow travelers from New York and Hollywood.
I dare not repeat in print the obscenity and verbal violence uttered by actress Meryl Streep to a large anti-Trump crowd. She knew her angry push to overthrow the United States was beaming into millions of households, many with children. The perfect storm rose on the horizon: deranged politics, violent sedition, and vulgar language — hallmarks of factions in the Democratic Party. Yet no one said a disapproving word.
However, an editor for the Atlantic magazine skipped over Ms. Streep’s histrionics to say: “I am not pleased with Trump’s actions, nor are other nations.” He is like most media folk, and Democrats. He forgot to care about what Americans think, a lesson one would think he learned from the election.
But this conceited and selfish mindset is consistent with the worldview of the so-called media elites, who care more about their own opinion, and the opinion of foreign leaders and people, than America and Americans.
This puffed-up self-worth leads to confidence that you, the reporter or editor, are above everyone else. You assume the truth without digging for it because you think you are so smart, that what to say or write, or use as a source, is superior.
The result is “fake news.” Even the button-down Wall Street Journal, against sound judgment, could not resist bashing Trump by risking their nearly 130 year reputation for accuracy by publishing a fake story that the CIA is holding back information from President Trump.
The fading chestnut Bob Woodard was at the center of the first well-known case of fake news, of dozens to follow, in The Washington Post in 1981. Janet Cooke, a female black reporter, moved through the hierarchy of the newspaper to land right on Bob Woodward’s desk as a Sunday feature writer.
Cooke’s pitch to Woodward was an inside look at heroin sales in D.C. The story won a Pulitzer — which is more akin to a grade school soccer trophy — but a problem arose. Cooke made up her interview with 8-year-old heroin dealer “Little Jimmy,” the core of the story.
Her Pulitzer was recalled. But she did not see what she had done wrong. She just knew in her heart Jimmy’s story was accurate, so why worry about proof if I feel it is true? This low standard of journalism remains, fueled by politically correct opinions and employees.
This standard describes Democrats too. Living in an imaginary reality thrust on the rest of us.
Bernie Reeves founded five regional publications and the Raleigh Spy Conference. His writing has appeared in National Review and American Thinker. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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