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CNN’s Brian Stelter (who ironically hosts a program called ‘Reliable Sources’) is professionally offended that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the media lie. “We all know corporate media lies, OK? They do not tell the truth. Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative.”
This kind of talk will not please “principled Republicans.” It’s not proper, or principled, for a Republican to suggest the media aren’t playing square. Calling them liars is positively Trumpian! “The media don’t lie, per se,” their apologists argue. “They just get the story wrong, sometimes.” But, let’s take look at a few news stories the national media have “gotten wrong” in the last couple of years.
⦁ Border Patrol agents were beating immigrants with whips.
⦁ Oklahoma hospitals were so overwhelmed with Ivermectin overdoses they were turning away gunshot victims.
⦁ The crowd at a NASCAR event was chanting “Let’s Go Brandon.”
⦁ Covington kids in MAGA hats harassed an elderly, Native American veteran during a protest.
⦁ Joe Rogan took “horse dewormer” to treat Covid.
⦁ The Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation.
As I look at the stories that the national media blatantly lied about, I cannot help but notice a pattern. They all favor a particular partisan narrative. I’m trying to think of a story the national media “got wrong” that favored the other side’s narrative and… sorry, I got nothin’.
If the media “getting it wrong” broke both ways, you could chalk it up to the usual excuses. “Newsroom budget cuts” is what the journalistic profession usually claims. (i.e.”We would lie a lot less if you paid us more.”) But the pattern isn’t random, which means the pattern is deliberate.
The DeSantis quote in context appears to be referring to one specific topic. So, in generalizing it, Stelter may be engaging in a bit of deception. Or, he could just be getting it wrong.Published in