Right-wing media plays Hillary haters for suckers

This podcast from On The Media is the perfect encapsulation of the ideological and journalistic fraud that is, in my opinion, the over-arching and all-consuming characteristic of all right-wing media.

What’s worse is how some on the left are, intentionally or not, treating them as if they have credibility out of a shared hatred of Hillary.

Khizr Khan

 

Stop with the Stopped Clock Defense

We all know that Fox is the unabashed mouthpiece of the Republican Party. If you want to accuse MSNBC and/or CNN or HuffPo or NPR or all of MSM of being the same for the Democratic (not Democrat, Democratic) Party , go ahead. You’re wrong, but go ahead anyway. That’s your prerogative and your right. I’ll defend to the last your right to do so.

What I’ll keep doing is what I’ve always done; perpetually shake my head and laugh at the total lunacy that is every utterance of every word from right-wing media.

Seriously. If you’re still taking right-wing media at their word as “news”, I honestly feel pity for how badly informed you are on all of the issues.

As for the Hillary haters out there – and I’m looking at you Busters more than anyone else – who recently seem to be attributing some credibility to right-wing sources because they bash Hillary for you, please stop with the “stopped clock” defense of them.

There are plenty of legitimate journalists talking about her faults. You only continue to lose credibility for your case when you cite sources like Fox and Breitbart. Oh. And, p.s., it’s not an ad hominem attack or logical fallacy to draw attention to the bias of right-wing media. Please stop with that nonsense, too.

The Trump News Channel

Trump now has is own new personal “Faux News” outlet, Breitbart, a so-called news organization who has recently been accused by some of its staff of taking Trump’s money in exchange for “favorable campaign coverage.”

It gets better.

CEO of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign Stephen Bannon is pictured during a meeting with Trump's Hispanic Advisory Council at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTX2MBFM
CEO of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign Stephen Bannon is pictured during a meeting with Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri – RTX2MBFM

In case you’ve missed it, Trump’s latest pick for campaign manager, Steve Bannon, was until last month the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of Breitbart. Bannon is also co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit that seems to have been formed solely for the purposes of promoting the book and movie, Clinton Cash.

Before all you Hillary haters applaud that, understand that Bannon also once lauded the virtues of intellectual giants like Palin, Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. He is, as Atlantic writer, Conor Friedersdorf, puts it, “the antithesis of <an> intelligent reformer.”

Is that who you want to tie yourselves up with? Is that the source you want to use from which to make your case?

Playing Busters for Suckers

Don’t get me wrong. I agree with much of the criticisms levied against mainstream media, including their abdication of their responsibility for being the Fourth Estate. They seemingly have embraced fully a business model that kowtows even more to advertisers and, of particular concern, to people of power who dole out access in return for less criticism.

It’s totally reasonable to speculate and to accuse the MSM of allowing the profit motive and access to power to override their responsibility and duty to inform us. To think otherwise would be naivety in the extreme.

But, to give any – and I mean ANY – credibility to outlets like Fox and Breitbart simply because you’re still pissed off that she’s the candidate instead of Sanders, well, congratulations.

You’ve played precisely into their hands.

 

 

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