October 1, 2020

Behind the Media’s Breathtakingly Dishonest Coverage

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen such dishonest and biased coverage of any event.” That was Brit Hume, who has been covering events for more than 50 years for Fox News, ABC News and investigative reporter Jack Anderson.

The event, as you may have guessed, was President Donald Trump’s Independence (without the scare-quotes) Day speech at Mount Rushmore.

The speech was, according to The New York Times, a “dark and divisive speech” designed to deliver a “divisive culture war message.” The Washington Post called it a “dystopian speech” and a “push to amplify racism.”

Absent from their stories were quotations supporting racism. Nor did Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth supply any quotations to support her claim that Trump “spent all his time talking about dead traitors.” Trump mentioned no Confederates but did quote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The great bulk of Trump’s speech was a celebration of American history, American principles, American leaders. He spoke extensively of the four presidents whose visages were sculpted on the mountain above him, and paid tribute more succinctly to others.

He said: “We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — Gen. George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.”

Dark and divisive? Dystopian? Amplifying racism?

What really seems to have raised the press’s hackles was Trump’s dissent from their reverent attitudes toward Black Lives Matter and apparent indifference to those tearing down statues of Lincoln, Douglass, Grant, abolitionists and women’s rights advocates.

“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities,” Trump said, accurately.

That’s not the message most in the media want voters receiving and processing in the months running up to November. Television viewers have been assured that Black Lives Matter protests are “mostly peaceful,” even while fires are blazing fiercely within camera view. Newspaper readers have been assured that those seizing streets and ousting police are promoting, in the Seattle mayor’s words, a “summer of love,” even as their camp becomes the scene of multiple homicides.

Opinion writers are avoiding mention of the fact that homicides and murders in New York, Chicago and numerous other cities have suddenly risen far above the numbers for 2019 and previous years. Most of the dead are black, but apparently, those black lives don’t really matter.

Media sensibilities may have also been injured when Trump spoke of a “far-left fascism,” one of whose “political weapons is ‘Cancel Culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.”

This may cut uncomfortably close to home, coming just a few weeks after the defenestration of The New York Times editorial page editor for running an article urging deployment of federal troops, the same tactic that ended rioting and bloodshed in Los Angeles in 1992 and Detroit in 1967.

Underlining Trump’s point, Harper’s Magazine printed an open letter affirming (after some anti-Trump throat clearing) free expression signed by more than 150 writers of varying views — only to have some signers withdraw their signature. “I am so sorry,” tweeted one, while another said free expression “directly endangers the lives of trans people,” and a non-signer tattled to her boss that a colleague signed.

For these media denizens, verbal disagreement is violence, while violent rioting is “mostly peaceful” verbal disagreement. They say, or feel compelled by newsroom pressure to say, that Trump is divisive because he’s accusing them, accurately, of being divisive.

During the Charlottesville controversy around the statue of Robert E. Lee, Trump was ridiculed for predicting that statue protestors would target Washington and Jefferson. Well, The New York Times has run opinion articles coming after Washington and Jefferson.

Lest you think Trump is exaggerating about the “cancel culture,” consider that Thomas Chatterton Williams, one of the signatories of the Harper’s letter, tweeted about “the climate of fear that led many people you know and admire to tell us in confidence that they agreed but were afraid to sign.”

Or, as National Review editor Rich Lowry writes, “I suspect that the very journalists who scoff at Trump’s description of the culture war all know that if they or their colleagues say something disparaging or even skeptical about Black Lives Matter, their jobs would instantly be at risk.”

Hence the dishonest and biased press coverage of Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech. Expect more in the months to come.

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

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25 Responses

    1. I have LONNGGG SINCE REALIZED THAT THE TRUE PROBLEM OF ALL OUR TROUBLES AND DISCORD IN OUR NATION IS BECAUSE OF THE DEMO-RATS PARTY AND THE RADICAL LEFTIST BLM / LBGTQ / THE WOKE DINGOS AND THE BLACK AMERICA- HATING GROUPS THAT ARE TRYING TO RUN AND RUINED THIS NATION👎😡👎

  1. The civil war was started by the democrats and after they lost on the battlefield carried on politically and
    through their minions in the press. for the past 155 years they have been engaged and it looks like they
    are winning. They have certainly moved from the south to the north

    1. The Dems want what they lost in the civil war, they want their slaves back. Too bad Pelosi you can’t have them.

  2. BLM IS TRYING THEIR BEST TO DESTORY AMERICA,SO I CALL THEM DOMESTIC TERRORIST,THAT WANTS AMERICA TO BOW TO THEIR MARX TEACHINGS.I BELIEVE THEY NEED TO STOP THEIR DIRTY JOB OR PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES.BEING A #1 ENEMY OF AMERICA,IS THAT NOT A DEATH SENTENCE???

    1. Paid terrorists by rich elites! They were paid $25 an hr during the riots and now continue to work for Soros with the stated goal to defeat Trump in the election! Soros said in 2019 that Trump would not be here in 2020! Well that is not up to him but the the Lord who put him here to help His Country! They are mostly white Antifa and other terror groups! It has nothing to do with caring about black lived but about hating our POTUS and freedom for this evil man who is paying to hurt our Country for communism/ Democrats to take over!

  3. Traitors are the DEMOCRAT liberals! They should all be charged with aiding & abetting these rioters. But of course there isn’t one person in the Justice department who will ever charge any democrat with anything. If Barr would charge the democrats who persecuted President Trump, maybe the rest of the democrat party would quit committing all these acts of violence (because democrats are behind this). It is just like the democrats who open the doors to prison & allow theives, rapist & murderers to go free to continue their crimes. Obama, Clinton, Biden and almost all the people in Obama’s cabinet as well as those in the FBI, CIA, other departments should be prosecuted.

    1. I agree, and I will throw in Pelosi, Schumer, Shift, Nadler, they all knew that the dirty Clinton Russian Dossier was made up garbage. yet they still tried to persecute Trump with it.

    2. Problem is there going after Barr now to.He is getting to the basement of a lot of things that have been done against Trump,and this scares them , unfortunately at the very least they want him replaced in Elections to stop him, they know once he releases his report this will breakdown the Democratic party.

  4. Here is the truth about democrats from the inscription on a tombstone many years ago.
    httpd://rightwingtribune.com/2019/03/04/the-129-year-old-grave/

  5. The democrat party is no longer political as far as I can see. Meaning they aren’t doing true political actions for the government but doing Bulloney acts against the Union in many ways. What you are doing is trivial things that can be taken care when the Country is up and running instead of on the verge of collapse.
    Excuse for saying so but why do so many of you Senior Senators and Reps. have your heads up your butt? I am not much on politics but something besides politics needs repair and I mean the USA. Quit postponing and get together for the sake of the Country.

  6. Yes the BLM is Marxist organization bent on destroying USA so they can turn it into another Venezuela or Cuva with theming control stealing Amerca’s wealth and power and its citizens freedom and liberties. The Dems are part of this and have been doing a pretty good job of it.
    All US citizens need to educate the ignorant and fight this. Vote red in November all the way and replace the liberals who hate us out of office and replace them with true Patriots who help to strengthen our country.

    1. I agree 100%! it was AWESOMe and UNITING not the way the Marxists are painting and disinforming the public.

    2. Yes his speech was a call to the past when presidents were respected and aplauded by the people who voted for them as well as some of the people who did not, for speeches such as a couple of Trumps speeches ive heard. This was deffinately one of those. I mean if you disagree with making america great again, what is your problem? If you say america never was great, i say move the hell out of hear!

  7. I am totally confident that American citizens who truly love America are together expressing their disgust
    in all that the democrats and the media are doing to this wonderful country.
    It is excruciating to suffer such hatred and vitriol exhibited by them.
    I have heard a few people express their opinion that it is not about the democrats wanting the power back
    (although that would be a bit of serendipity for them.) Those opinions state that this goes way above the democrats.
    They say that the democrats are just puppets on a string dancing to the tune of powerful global elite’s.
    When you think about that, it makes some sense because what true American would support what is happening
    in the streets of many cities ? Please help me with this question. How can a democrat go home and face his family knowing that he is part of the destruction ? Do their kids understand? What about their kid’s future?
    Every thought they have is not to help America get better and better. All their thoughts are to “Get Trump.”

  8. Blm and antifa are terrorist organizations…..make no mistake about it. This isn’t about a cop killing a poor black man..it’s about blacks wanting to erase everything about the white Man. It is black man’s revenge on the white people. Want to stop the rioting??….when you start shooting….they will stop looting!…guaranteed.

  9. BLM is terriost. That’s what HAPPENED IN SOUTH AFFICA! THEY CAME IN ON WHITE FARMERS HAD BEEN THERE FOR 400 YR. BEAT WHITE WOMEN AND WHITE MEN & BURNED THERE BABIES ALIVE LOOK IT UP. THEY WANT TO KILL WHITE PEOPLE…POPULATION CONTROL FROM WHITE ELITES?

  10. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  11. THESE STATUE’S AND MONUMENTS ARE NOT ANYBODY’S MONUMENTS THEIR EVERYONE’S MONUMENTS.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  12. Antifa B L M skin heads LGBTQ XYZ. Fascists commies regular ol leftist bring it I want you to meet my lil friend TRUMP 2020——— 2024 SEMPER FI. U.S.M.C

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