With the final vote upon us, the sulfurous odor of desperation is wafting from the presidential conflagration. The fog of war on the battlefield is becoming so thick, voters can’t see who did what to whom anymore.
While the contest between Clinton and Trump is an epic election, perhaps just as noteworthy is the concomitant voter referendum on fairness in the media, a quality needed more than ever in this zany hootenanny.
A Trump win sends hopeful smoke signals the 50-year cabal of left-leaning mass media and Democrats will weaken. A Clinton victory portends the continuing alliance of the status quo and Obama’s failed policies.
I can see print editors, journalists, and TV talking heads grasping their bosoms in shock they are not perceived as fair, especially during the presidential campaign. They say they can offer evidence they are even-handed, so just how do you prove they aren’t?
As an editor, I can relate to how it works. We all know since the 1960s, students are guided to the left end of the political spectrum by the radical philosophy of their teachers and upper classmen. What is less known is the influence of college journalism schools, who indoctrinate, rather than merely expose, a no-nonsense PC boiler room of propaganda skills.
In my experience it takes only one trained J-school operative in an organization to ask: why is our paper not doing enough coverage of "unenabled" minorities, alleged sexual assault on college campuses, lobbying for free choice of rest rooms and showers by men who elect to feel female urges? From print there follows broad reach from television outlets, who rely on print reporting. Soon the blanket coverage causes the PC view to appear true.
The way it works is obvious when you think about it. The same fear that causes college presidents to cave on every zany complaint by student activists, similarly occurs in editorial meetings. Those in charge of a college, or a newsroom, go along with the demands of activists students and reporters out of fear they will be accused of speech code violations and labelled class enemies of the State — chauvinists, racists, imperialists, or homophobes.
Journalism graduates move from an academic bureaucracy to the news bureaus, with very little competition for their future jobs. Again, as in academia, biased new hires ostracize opinions not suitable for their politically correct doctrines. Soon, attacks are not necessary. All the staff are uniformly in line with PC policies, or living in fear of their future.
If you need evidence of the Twilight Zone we live in today, imagine a writer at the New York Times suggesting an even-handed interview with Donald Trump, or going after Clinton. As a previous former president said, ain’t gonna’ happen.
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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