Media Bias: The real Pandemic

The whole purpose of this blog is due to the blatant media bias. I will expose it constantly and report the facts. The most current example is the difference between how they covered the swine flu, under Obama, and how they are currently covering COVID, under Trump. The US newspaper headlines alone create fear. With Swine flu, not one US paper covered it on the front page. Based on my headline search, you can see that. They were all foreign papers or tabloid papers.

Obama waited for months, before calling for a national health emergency. Swine flu started in April, but he didn’t do anything until October, 6 months later! CNN headline read: Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Virology Journal, the 2009 H1N1 came into the U.S. from Mexico: “The swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus that appeared in 2009 and was first found in human beings in Mexico, is a re-assortant with at least three parents. Six of the genes are closest in sequence to those of H1N2 ‘triple-reassortant’ influenza viruses isolated from pigs in North America around 1999-2000. Its other two genes are from different Eurasian ‘avian-like’ viruses of pigs; the NA gene is closest to H1N1 viruses isolated in Europe in 1991-1993, and the MP gene is closest to H3N2 viruses isolated in Asia in 1999-2000. The sequences of these genes do not directly reveal the immediate source of the virus as the closest were from isolates collected more than a decade before the human pandemic started. The three parents of the virus may have been assembled in one place by natural means, such as by migrating birds, however the consistent link with pig viruses suggests that human activity was involved.” There was no mention in the papers about this virus being man made or coming in thru Mexico. With COVID, knowing it is man made and came from China, Trump is called Xenophobic and racist.

CNN’s front page compared the swine flu to the regular flu, pointing out the amount of deaths per year of the regular flu. “An outbreak of swine flu that is suspected in more than 150 deaths in Mexico and has sickened dozens in the U.S. and elsewhere has grabbed the attention of a nervous public and medical officials worried the strain will continue to spread,” CNN wrote. “But even if there are swine-flu deaths outside Mexico, the virus would have a long way to go to match the 36,000 seasonal flu deaths in the U.S. each year.” The very next day, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic level to a five out of six. CNN posted a basic write-up on the WHO elevating the pandemic threat level. There was never one criticism written about President Obama, who again, waited 6 months.

Fast Forward 11 years, we have a different President, Trump. After Trump put together a task force in January and banned travel to China, CNN covered the Trump administration’s announcement extensively and conflated Trump’s “bans” with travel restrictions he implemented due to coronavirus. “The Trump administration has announced an expansion of the travel ban — one of the President’s signature policies, which has been derided by critics as an attempt to ban Muslims from the US — to include six new countries.”

The first US death hit in February. “Like all President’s before him, his ability to govern (and in Trump’s case, be re-elected) will be judged by his performance during crisis in the next weeks and months,” CNN’s Joe Lockhart wrote. CNN’s homepage included extensive coronavirus coverage, Lockhart’s opinion piece, as well as CNN anchor Don Lemon slamming Trump’s “classic gaslighting” over coronavirus’s impact.

The fact is media bias has been going on for years, but has gotten worse recently, to the point that they don’t even try to hide it anymore. In the 1986 book, The Media Elite, political scientists S. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman and Linda S. Lichter reported the results of their survey, of 240 journalists at the nation’s top media outlets: ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. When asked about their voting patterns, journalists admitted their preference for Democrats: Of those who say they voted for major party candidates, the proportion of leading journalists who supported the Democratic candidate never drops below 80 percent. In 1972, when more than 60 percent of all voters chose Nixon, over 80 percent among the media elite voted for McGovern. This does not appear to reflect any unique aversion to Nixon. Despite the well-publicized tensions between the press and his administration, leading journalists in 1976 preferred Carter over Ford by the same margin. In fact, in the Democratic landslide of 1964, journalists picked Johnson over Goldwater by a sixteen-to-one margin, or 94 to 6 percent.

In early 1995, Ken Walsh of U.S. News & World Report asked his fellow White House reporters to fill out a survey, for a book he was writing (Feeding the Beast: The White House Versus the Press); 28 returned his questionnaire. He concluded that “the White House press corps is overwhelmingly Democratic, confirming a stereotype often promoted by Republicans.” Interestingly, he also learned how much reporters dislike being on the receiving end of personal inquiries: “Even though the survey was anonymous, many journalists declined to reveal their party affiliations, whom they voted for in recent presidential elections, and other data they regarded as too personal — even though they regularly pressure Presidents and other officials to make such disclosures.”

Fast forward to 2004. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a survey of 547 journalists and news media executives, including 247 who worked for national news organizations. The poll reiterated many of the questions, asked by the same group (known as the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press) back in 1995.

chart0604_5Pew established that the proportion of liberals, in the national media, had increased over the previous nine years, from 22% in 1995 to 34% in 2004. However, the percentage of conservatives, barely increased. They were at 4% percent in 1995 and 7% in 2004. As for local reporters, liberals (23%) outnumber conservatives (12%) by a 2 to 1 margin.

Pew also asked journalists to name a news organization that seemed to cover the news from an especially liberal or especially conservative angle. Not surprisingly, when it came to a liberal news outlet, most of the national journalists couldn’t call out their own bias. 1/5 of the journalists suggested that the New York Times is liberal. ABC, CBS, CNN and NPR were each named by 2% of those polled, with only 1% of reporters stating NBC was liberal. They did however, all agree on 1 thing. “The single news outlet that strikes most journalists as taking a particular ideological stance — either liberal or conservative — is Fox News Channel,” Pew reported. More than 2/3 of national journalists (69%) labeled Fox News as a conservative news organization, followed by the Washington Times (9%) and the Wall Street Journal (8%).

In the 2008 election, the media attacked Mitt Romney. This was the pivotal moment when the media started showing their liberal bias, more openly. The media made Romney out to be anti-woman. The Guardian, supposedly an independent news site, jumped on the bandwagon. It is obvious that they have liberal leanings in these stories and facts are non-existent. The media went on this tirade because he said that he had “binders full of women” that he was looking to appoint, into key positions, if he was elected president. Yes, what he said was a weird way of stating it. Could he have said this differently? Absolutely. It is clear how they twisted what he said. The media is blatantly using slander, which last i checked, is still a crime.

During the entirety of Obama’s Presidency, facts were lost on the media. Fox News, was the only major news network reporting on what was actually happening, while the other national networks lied to the American people.  USA Today‘s editorial board parroted, almost verbatim, a claim that Obama’s Presidency was scandal-free. Unfortunately, this news was repeated by other journalists and networks, including Tom Brokaw from NBC, despite the investigations into the IRS for targeting conservative groups, the investigation into the ATF’s Fast and Furious program (also known as Project Gun runner) and the investigation into the Obama Administration’s federal guarantees for Solyndra, among others.

During the Fast & Furious investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder withheld documents and concealed evidence, continuing to deny any knowledge of gun walking. He was threatened with Contempt of Congress and had to be forced into appearing at these hearings. A Congressional report, on Holder, described his view of the murder of Agent Terry as “a nuisance.” The report further stated that Holder knew about gun walking in general and Operation Fast and Furious in particular – he even knew that the weapons involved in the shootout resulted in the death of Agent Terry – as far back as 2010. The Congressional report further accused Attorney General Holder of stonewalling Grassley’s investigation. I remember watching the news and asking, “Why isn’t the MSM covering this?” Fox news and foreign news were the only people speaking the truth.

The lack of acknowledgement of actual scandals, that were investigated by Congress, and the blatant disregard for truth to the American people, perfectly epitomize how the vast majority, of the media, is bias. They were way too cozy with Obama and his administration. There is nothing wrong with the media being friendly with a President or his aides (these things happen, especially since they are in constant contact with one another), but it crosses the line of journalistic integrity, when that relationship impacts reporters’ ability to provide objective coverage and challenge assertions made by an administration. 

Known Liberal reporter Ken Starnes, formerly of NPR, took it upon himself to do real journalism, and submerse himself into Republican culture. This is what he discovered. “For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.”

He also compared the views of gun control and gun usage. “Over the course of this past year, I have tried to consume media as they do and understand it as a partisan player. It is not so hard to do. Take guns. Gun control and gun rights is one of our most divisive issues, and there are legitimate points on both sides. But media is obsessed with the gun-control side and gives only scant, mostly negative, recognition to the gun-rights sides. Take, for instance, the issue of legitimate defensive gun use (DGU), which is often dismissed by the media as myth. But DGUs happen all the time — 200 times a day, according to the Department of Justice, or 5,000 times a day, according to an overly exuberant Florida State University study. But whichever study you choose to believe, DGUs happen frequently and give credence to my hunting friends who see their guns as the last line of defense for themselves and their families.” He goes on to say, the very same thing, many people have being saying for years. “It’s not that media is suppressing stories intentionally. It’s that these stories don’t reflect their interests and beliefs.”

The media is clearly not sharing facts. They just write about things that reflect their beliefs, even if it is wrong. America has caught on and they are tired of it. Journalism is supposed to be objective, showing both sides and allowing people to come to their own conclusions. Journalists are supposed to follow the evidence, regardless of what they think. Here are 50 other examples, of media bias, going all the way back to Joseph Stalin. I could literally go on and on for days about this topic.

As you can see, by all the citations in this article, it is a REAL issue. Time to cancel the MSM and focus on independent sites that report the truth. It is time to keep them ALL accountable. President Trump and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnaney do a great job of this. Let’s hope more administrations, moving forward, do the same thing.

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