Among the many vindicating elements of the recent Mueller report was its implicit rebuke of Democrats and the nation’s establishment media echo chamber for their thousands of false stories and rumors concerning the Trump campaign’s alleged “collusion” with Russians to steal the 2016 election.
The investigation’s details alone were startling. Two years in duration, Mueller “employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communications records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.”
Wow, that’s a lot of manpower, and a ton of work. Similar figures haven’t been compiled, but the nation’s media companies employ a virtual army of their own. Granted they don’t pack the investigative punch of the United States federal government, but certainly someone out there must have garnered along the way that this fantastic narrative of foreign espionage and sabotage wasn’t real… and it was about as plausible as a child’s fairy tale.
Yet many in the media pounced, hoping against hope this crackpot hoax was on the level. Naturally, President Donald Trump didn’t hold back in his assessment of the media’s performance. John Bowden reported at The Hill, “The president resurrected his attacks on news outlets and journalists, calling them the ‘enemy of the people’ and the ‘opposition party,’ while accusing reporters of knowing that the Russia investigation would not turn up anything against him.
“’The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion,’ he tweeted. ‘They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!’”
You can’t blame Trump for being a tad bitter and vindictive here. For what he’s endured over the course of three years (accusations of Russian cooperation) no human being should be subjected to, prominent public figure or not. But does the media alone shoulder the blame here?
After all, it’s the job of each American to inculcate themselves into the history, traditions and culture of our esteemed republic so as to then be efficient at deciphering veracity from media crapola. Without a solid intellectual foundation of facts and historical truths — yes, including the hated dates and timelines — it’s impossible to adeptly sift through waves of unrestrained information crashing onto our mental shores at every given moment.
Free speech is one of the greatest rights and privileges handed down from our Founding Fathers (and ultimately, from God). But the great men also realized if average citizens weren’t armed with essential cognitive abilities and education to form learned opinions, unfettered speech could be very dangerous indeed. The words aren’t the problem — it’s the reactionary ears where things go wrong.
Libel and slander are long-respected legal concepts for a reason. Temptation’s always been great for those in power — meaning the press — to slant the truth towards their point-of-view. In the old days there was higher emphasis placed on checking facts and sources — and if a story couldn’t be verified it was explicitly stated in the type. Publishers cared about their reputations because they could be destroyed easily. Social media and the internet’s taken much of this accountability away, substituting a parallel universe of political correctness in its place.
But if the citizenry was well versed in the basic facts, the media wouldn’t get away with it.
You find the lack-of-perspective at America’s colleges where conservative speakers routinely are shouted down and/or barred from appearances before they even set foot on campus. Leftist groups organize to oppose them. It’s the liberty-minded folks’ ideas that threaten to sway the ill-informed. Think about it — if Ben Shapiro shows up armed with a brain full of facts and sound logical arguments, it looks pretty darn stupid to counter with, “Uh… but he’s a racist! And he’s an Israel-supporting Jew so he’s biased against Muslims and people of color. What does he know about the plight of the urban black youth in America?”
“And what about a woman’s right to choose and the universal human right to healthcare?”
Judging by the sheer quantity of falsities emanating from today’s establishment media it’s assumed (by them) that news consumers — newspaper readers, cable news viewers and social media aficionados — don’t have a clue about which stories have merit when they’re printed, broadcast or posted. Your in-box is likely stuffed full of false-rumor emails. Or turn on MSNBC or CNN and the bias jumps off the screen through the language the “journalists” use. If there’re images to go along with the phony reports it’s even worse.
Yellow journalism is the norm in today’s America, propagated by leftists bent on cultural destruction in pursuit of rapid transformative political change. It’s that simple.
Last summer’s nationwide outcry over child separation at the border was a glaring example of media spin where reality was very different from what was depicted on TV. Media figures neglected to one, report on why it was necessary to temporarily separate children from their (supposed) parents; two, the actual average length of time apart for the adults and youths; three, provide the reasons why criminals and others with ulterior motives used children as props to get what they were after, and, four, how in many cases the Trump administration was simply extending policies handed down from previous presidents.
Instead some of us had people standing up in church asking for special prayers for the illegal immigrants who were forcibly separated by the evil Trump border patrol (yes, this really happened). Asking the almighty’s favor for children is a good thing… but couldn’t we at least examine the unbridled truth of the matter?
And remember the media’s pathetic hysteria over federal law enforcement’s use of teargas on “women and children” to repel the invasion at the border?
Shouldn’t we instinctively know better? How’d it ever get this bad? Hillary Clinton authored a book titled “It Takes a Village,” (in 1996) but is her premise correct? If your village is populated with oblivious knee-jerk leftist idiots who base their entire worldview on what’s being shown on CNN, greater society is doing your kid more harm than good.
Speaking of idiots, many Democrats were up in arms over Mueller’s no-collusion findings and vowed to continue the fight. Jessica Chasmar reported at The Washington Times, “Rep. Maxine Waters showed no sign of slowing her calls to impeach President Trump after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no evidence of Russian collusion.
“’This president has a way of trying to get into people’s heads and indoctrinate them,’ Ms. Waters, a California Democrat who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Sunday.
“’He’s been saying ‘no collusion, ‘no collusion,’ ‘no collusion’ over and over again for a long time now, and he’s going try to conclude that this report is proof that there is no collusion,’ she said. ‘And you have a lot of his sycophants who will take the nod from him, and they’ll say the same thing. But we cannot allow them to get away with this.’”
As a proud Trump “sycophant” myself I happily agree with the president that there was no collusion. Scatterbrain Waters doesn’t know anything Mueller’s investigator army doesn’t, right? It’s clear people must take greater responsibility for shaping their own views of politics and society independent of what the media — or Maxine Waters — says. By now we should know better.
The media can’t be counted on to report the truth, a fact discerning Americans realized long ago. The Mueller/Russian collusion fiasco was just the latest in an unbroken string of media excesses and oversteps. It’s up to the well-informed to educate the ignorant. Will we do it?