The news media had been, justifiably, criticized at helping Donald Trump to become President, through their focus on the faults and shortcomings of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election campaign.
Particularly the electronic media, the cable channels, have been attacked for giving Donald Trump a forum through phone calls and attention to his rallies, which helped him to stage an upset victory.
With the truth of those accusations, it is also reality that it is the news media, called the “enemy of the American people” by Donald Trump, which is preserving freedom and democracy in America, as they expose the corruption, scandals, and truth about Donald Trump and his administration.
Attack the news media all you want, but without it, we would not have learned about Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, or anyone else around Trump, along with his own hypocrisies.
It is the news media that helped to bring down Richard Nixon, particularly the Washington Post, and it is the news media, led by the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and others that will eventually bring down Donald Trump.
This author got some notoriety for his article, available on this blog on the right from February 15 on HNN and reprinted on Newsweek on February 19, and a TV Interview on CTV News Channel in Canada on February 16; and radio interviews on the John Gaunt Show in Great Britain on February 17 and WWGH in Marion, Ohio with Scott Spears on February 22. I made the assertion that Trump would be out of office either before 199 days of James A. Garfield, or possibly as long as 392 days of Zachary Taylor, and that belief still is strongly held by this blogger.
This is not a happy assertion, as Mike Pence, while not mentally unhinged as Donald Trump is, has a greater agenda to promote Christianity and extremist right wing views, so the Trump Presidency, whether Trump remains in office or not, is a dangerous turning point to the extreme right, unseen since the 1920s.
“It is the news media that helped to bring down Richard Nixon, particularly the Washington Post, and it is the news media, led by the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and others that will eventually bring down Donald Trump.”
Those sources helped get us into war in Iraq.
They pushed for the 2016 Democratic nomination to go to Hillary Clinton, while maligning and/or smearing Bernie Sanders, and they helped elect Donald Trump the nation’s 45th president.
This is a very good topic, Ronald.
National, mainstream media are not the only sources that are important. Local news from over 200 designated marketing areas in the United States are also important.
Consider the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
And then please view this “priceless” video [10.27.2016]:
D, I can concede that the national, mainstream news media have made many mistakes, and the fact that only six conglomerates own the media is a terrible situation.
Smaller media are very important, but the problem is that they do not gain the circulation or attention that they deserve.
So I am not disagreeing with you, but what is the solution to this, as you seem to feel that media is inadequate, as it is, and I do not disagree with you!
We watch NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC.
In addition to those, we have a few blogs we read. One of the blogs we read covers state politics.
Our local newspapers are hit and miss. News sections are good but the opinion sections are conservative because most people in our neck of the woods are conservative.
This guy owns our ABC affiliate.
His media company, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, acquired the channel in 2014.
He’s conservative. He comes on during the local lunch time news with a one-minute conservative commentary segment titled Behind the Headlines.
Our CBS affiliate is owned by Gray Television. We don’t know what that company’s political leanings are.
Our NBC affiliate is owned by Graham Media Group. We also don’t know what that company’s political leanings are.
Chart in this article shows where various mainstream media stands. The blue color represents liberal/progressive media.