America's Corrupt Collaborative Leftmedia
Last week, a trio of news stories reminded Americans that the Leftmedia is fundamentally corrupt.
Last week, a trio of news stories reminded Americans that the Leftmedia is fundamentally corrupt. Moreover, as long as Donald Trump occupies the White House, “journalistic integrity” will remain an oxymoron. In short, The Narrative must be served.
Few things stir Leftmedia passions more than the opportunity to bash Israel, the only nation on earth routinely criticized for defending its right to exist. Add Trump and his decision to make good on the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act to the mix, and promulgating The Narrative about “innocent” Palestinians being slaughtered by “bloodthirsty” Jews becomes impossible to resist.
Last Monday, millions of Americans saw a long-overdue embassy relocation celebration. The New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg saw something entirely different. “Trump has empowered what’s worst in Israel,” she declared, “and as long as he is president, it may be that Israel can kill Palestinians, demolish their homes and appropriate their land with impunity.”
The Times’ editorial board was equally invested in denigrating the moment. “The world did not witness a new dawn of peace and security for two peoples who have dreamed of both for so long,” it stated. “Instead, it watched as Israeli soldiers shot and killed scores of Palestinian protesters, and wounded thousands more, along Israel’s boundary with the Gaza Strip.”
The New York Daily News took on Ivanka Trump. A picture of her smiling on last Monday’s cover was accompanied by the headline, “Daddy’s Little Ghoul.”
All of these media hacks — along with some prominent House Democrats — also remained wedded to the shopworn assertion that any confrontation between Palestinians and the Israeli military forces is all about Israel’s use of “disproportionate” force against “innocent and "unarmed” protesters. That is a lie. Moreover it is a contemptible construct that implies the only “reasonable” confrontation requires more dead Israelis.
To make it “fair.”
On Wednesday, The Narrative was undone, courtesy of Hamas official Salah Bardawil, who told the Palestinian Baladna news outlet that 50 of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during the Gaza border riots were members of the terrorist group.
The same terrorist group whose founding charter, though “revised” in 2017, still calls for the annihilation of Israel.
Moving on, we turn to the media distortions engendered by Trump referring to ruthless MS-13 gangbangers as “animals.” MS-13 quickly became immigrants in general. “Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants,” asserted The New York Times. Trump “ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants,” stated USA Today. “Trump Refers To Immigrants As ‘Animals.’ Again,” declared the Huffington Post. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson insisted that by “calling immigrants ‘animals,’ Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization.”
Genuine dehumanization is owned by MS-13. These thugs are not only responsible for killing sprees like the one they’ve engendered on Long Island, NY, their methods of execution are utterly barbaric. Victims have been decapitated, had their hearts cut out, been stabbed more than 100 times, and hacked to death with machetes. The group also threatened to execute police officers following the arraignment of their East Coast leader on murder and drug trafficking charges.
How self-righteously phony are the media? CNN commentator Ana Navarro, who joined the attack against Trump last week, apparently forgot something she said during the 2016 presidential campaign. “Should Donald Trump drop out of the race? Yes,” she tweeted Oct. 10, 2016. “He should drop out of the human race. He is an animal. Apologies to animals.”
“Conservative” Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin was equally hypocritical, also jumping on the “dehumanization” bandwagon, but likening Trump to a “trapped animal” in a 2017 column for the Chicago Tribune.
Unfortunately for a nation that endures a free press devolving into a Ministry of Truth, both of the above efforts pale in comparison to the full-court press engendered by a media desperate to shape The Narrative attached to the Obama administration’s heinous weaponization of the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Weaponization employed in the seemingly criminal effort to either push a felonious Hillary Clinton over the presidential finish line, or delegitimize Trump to the point of negating the election results.
Anyone remember when The Narrative was about how ridiculous Trump was for asserting the Obama administration was spying on him, and/or officials in his election campaign? The New York Times called it an effort “to turn attention away from the Russia investigation.”
Last Wednesday, the same New York Times outed a secret operation known as “Crossfire Hurricane” that “obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena.” It further revealed that “at least one government informant met several times with [Carter] Page and [George] Papadopoulos.”
A sudden burst of honesty? As Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel explains, the piece was an “apologia” that referenced the spying in what was an “otherwise glowing profile of the noble bureau — and dismissed it as no big deal.”
And just in case Americans weren’t clear on that point, the Times followed up Saturday with a piece whose title was an op-ed masquerading as news. “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” it stated. And like The Washington Post, which also joined the informant fray on Saturday, both papers refused to publish the name of the infiltrator to maintain the DOJ/FBI Narrative that doing so would compromise his safety.
Columnist Mollie Hemingway eviscerates such claims, explaining the same law enforcement officials “leaked specific information that could directly identify the source on three separate occasions to reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times.” Thus on Sunday it was widely reported that University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper was the mole planted in the Trump campaign.
Andrew McCarthy was equally disgusted, asserting the Times was “crafting the media-Democrat narrative” to obfuscate the reality that the Obama administration “used its counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition party’s presidential campaign.” (italics original)
That’s a scandal that dwarfs Watergate, and it implicates a number of key players in the Obama administration. Yet if one is a political hack desperate to serve the imploding Narrative, one behaves like Times columnist Paul Krugman. Despite his own newspaper providing clues to easily out Halper, he blamed … Republicans. “We’ve basically crossed the line into treason now — and a whole party is acquiescing,” he tweeted.
We have indeed crossed a line. “One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration … is that the media exposed Watergate,” columnist Roger L. Simon reminds us. “They aided and abetted the current transgressions.” (italics original)
It won’t help. The DOJ Inspector General’s upcoming report about Hillary Clinton’s email probe may precipitate referrals for criminal prosecution. It will be followed up with a third IG report, detailing the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
And while it is all unfolding, the Leftmedia will desperately attempt to spin The Narrative to obfuscate damning reality. “American journalists hate Donald Trump so much they have become exactly what he says they are: the purveyors of fake news,” asserts columnist Andrew Klavan.
More like pure, unadulterated leftist propaganda.