America’s news media have blown their credibility. The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, won office despite the best efforts of the major media outlets to defeat him, and he now expects to use the media against themselves. Coming next: his dismissal of media accusations of racism.
The full commitment of the New York Times to serving as a propaganda outlet to defeat President Trump was revealed by the recording of executive editor Dean Baquet addressing key staff members leaked to Slate. In it, he signaled that the failed effort to discredit Trump as an agent of Vladimir Putin will be succeeded by an effort to tar him as a racist. The newspaper that serves as pilot fish for the rest of the media has lost all credibility as a news-gatherer and now functions as a pusher of themes designed to damage the re-election chances of the president. Everyone can now see it.
It was surprising to learn that the leader of the Times is so open. But even before this revelation, the American public already understood. Sharyl Attkisson’s syndicated television show Full Measure commissioned a poll from Scott Rasmussen on media credibility, and it revealed that the abuses have gone on so long that the public has caught on and discounts the garbage being offered to it in the guise of news. Attkisson discussed the results with Rasmussen last Sunday. A full recording of the broadcast is embedded below, along with the transcript, courtesy of Real Clear Politics. Tim Haines summarizes, but the full transcript or video is worthwhile: