by WorldTribune Staff, August 9, 2016
The news media is “doing a bigger job on Trump than they’ve ever done on me,” Rush Limbaugh said on Aug. 8, adding that “if bashing Donald Trump were an Olympic event, the news media would be winning every medal, every gold, every silver, every bronze.”
The Trump bashing is “so bad that The New York Times has written a piece justifying it,” Limbaugh said. “Our old buddy, Jim Rutenberg, who has taken over the media analysis responsibility at The New York Times has a piece: ‘Balance, Fairness and a Proudly Provocative Presidential Candidate.’ What this piece is about … is how the media has had to abandon all of its known norms.”
“The media has had to abandon all of its objectivity. The media has had to abandon all of its impartiality, because Trump is so bad that the media has nothing else to do; they have no choice but than to try to destroy him. For the sake of humanity, for the sake of decency, for the sake of saving the planet.
“I’ve never seen a piece like this. It’s written with wringing hands, ‘Oh, we feel so bad about this, it’s just horrible, but it’s a necessity. We’ve never been in a situation – everything we learned in journalism school has had to be thrown out the window.’ I’m paraphrasing. These are not actual quotes. But we’ll get into it here ’cause it sets everything up. It sets everything up for the – well, the rest of the campaign, the rest of the program today, you name it.”
If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him? Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career.
“… This piece in the New York Times today makes it clear that they’re doing it purposely, willingly, knowingly, and here’s an excuse for it. And we’re gonna be keep doing it, Rutenberg says. Well, they, the media, he’s an analyst – they’re gonna keep doing it, because it’s the only hope for the country. The only hope for the world is to deny Trump the presidency, this is so bad, this is so over the top, this is so unacceptable.
“Now, meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is an absolute walking disaster. But not one aspect of her negatives is being touted, is being reported on, and fact-checkers are doing their best to eliminate gaffes and other things that she commits. I mean, it is one-sided like we haven’t seen before. And I don’t know how to overcome it or if it can be, and I don’t know what the long-term impact of it’s gonna be. The thing I know is that, whether you want to hear it or not, the Drive-By Media, despite having lost their monopoly, and despite having lost their overall dominance, they are still located in primo places, like Google.
“Google and Google Search are the monopoly that ABC, CBS, NBC had up to 1988. Yahoo News, Google, pop culture, the Drive-Bys still dominate there. And in entertainment and pop culture, they may as well still have a monopoly, for all intents and purposes. So the reality is that this stuff affects people.
“They were so focused, Trump is so bad, he’s so threatening, Trump is so dangerous that the Drive-By Media has to stop every ounce of coverage of Hillary Clinton to focus on taking Trump out and saving America. When’s the last time you read of journalists concerned with saving America?”