There is so much wrong with this editorial Journalism in the age of Trump I don’t know where to begin, so I will begin at the beginning.
Journalists, or as I refer to them now, whore-nalists, have long-ago learned that they can affect public opinion by selective omissions, fabrications, and what they decided to cover / not cover / emphasize.
For example, consider the Tet Offensive. By any objective measurement, Tet was a catastrophic loss for the North Vietnamese. (The Viet Cong were virtually eliminated as Hanoi sent them first as they thought the South Vietnamese people would flock to them and it turned out to be quite the opposite. BT)They lost troops and equipment in huge quantities. But it was Walter Cronkite’s outright distortion of the results that affected public perception, and ended up with America losing a very winnable war. But Cronkite was a globalist, an advocate of a One World Government, and used his position to advance his political views.
Today, the vast majority of whore-nalists live in concentrated areas; New York, Los Angeles, etc. They graduate from the same schools, attend the same parties and have overlapping social circles, and because they live in these echo chambers, they believe “everyone” thinks and believes the same way. On that, most whore-nalists believe they have Divine Right to alter public perception to “save the world”. Thus, they have emotional justification to spin and even fabricate.
Trump is not “silencing” the media; he’s calling them to account. He’s identifying how wrong they were, how wrong they are, and why. As law professor Glenn Reynolds often notes, if you think of the press as propagandists for the Left with by-lines, you’re not far wrong.
CNN? The same CNN that tweeted out that Nancy Sinatra objected to Trump’s using her father’s song... only to have her tweet out that she never said that. Just one example.
During the gulf war, as reporters were actively deriding finds of WMDs even as we were finding them, the media moved from fact-checking and informers to activists. And personally, I’d have liked to have seen some of the skeptics exposed to the nerve agents we did find; watching and televising media personnel twitching and dying even as their colleagues were denying the chemicals causing their deaths would have been most amusing...
The media swallowed, whole, "if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it". They accepted at face value the claim that Benghazi was caused by a video. Dan Rather, that bastion of the news, attempted a last-minute GOTCHA on George W. Bush based on a fake. It was NBC that rigged gas tanks to explode.
Whore-nalists lie, and lie, and lie, and lie, and lie... and then you wonder why people don't trust you, and politicians attack you.