COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 20, 2016 — On Monday morning, as the Republican convention was opening, Alisyn Camerota of CNN interviewed two guests about the fact that police have asked Gov. John Kasich to suspend concealed carry in anticipation of violence at the convention.
One guest was a former county sheriff, and the other was an official of the NAACP.
No one there to present an opposing point of view.
Brent Bozell, speaking at FreedomFest 16 last weekend, would say this is nothing new. Bozell started the Media Research Center in 1987. Then, 75 percent of the public thought the major media presented news that was fact.
Today, he said, 91 percent now believe the media give opinion, not fact.
That’s a seismic shift.
One might think that with dropping revenues, empty newsrooms and a reputation for bias, the news media might seek to reform themselves. Not so. In fact, he said, the press is increasingly radical.
In the 2008, the media hyped hope ‘n’ change; it was easy. But in 2012, they engaged in outright character assassination. Who cares, Bozell asked rhetorically, whether Mitt Romney gave someone a haircut some 30 or so years ago? Yet that was the main story for a week.
In 2012, the media started committing what Bozell called sins of omission. They stopped reporting stories that would have hurt the administration and its liberal agenda. If a story isn’t reported, it didn’t happen.
This amounts to deliberate censorship of the news. The interlocking directorates of the White House press office and the major news channels have been well documented.
After the opening story Monday, around lunchtime, CNN came back to the protest theme. They ran a headline that claimed protests were forming. They were set for the violence the left had been promising for months.
The problem was, there was no protest, no violence. The CNN cameras caught mostly empty streets. One man who seemed to be an organizer was surrounded by more camera crews and cell phone cameras than “protesters.”
Wednesday morning, the narrative continued. On Fox, which has become an apologist for Trump, the morning show addressed the media-generated controversy over whether Melania Trump’s speech plagiarized portions of a speech by Michelle Obama in 2008. The anchor’s conclusion? Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden have been accused of lifting phrases from others’ speeches as well.
In 2016, Trump has figured out how to fight back.
Besides Fox and the National Enquirer, which are in his corner, Trump knows how to leverage social media.
Social media today connect 82 percent of the world’s population. There are more people using telephones than all other forms of communication. It’s not just talk radio, blogs and cable news; the monopoly that the major networks held in 1987 is long gone. The media landscape of 2016 is not the same as 2008 or even 2012.
On Wednesday morning at CNN, Carl Bernstein, the media demi-god revered by the left for helping to bring down Republican President Richard Nixon, was being interviewed about Republican politics. (It’s amazing how many Democrats are experts on Republican politics.)
He makes a very good point: For 30 years, he says, there has been a civil war going on in this country. He actually referred to the Civil War and Gettysburg. The outcome of this election will decide the future of this country for many years to come, he said.
He’s right. Mark Levin said it in 2009 as well: Liberty or tyranny, those are our choices.
Abraham Lincoln also said it in dedicating the cemetery at Gettysburg: Can a nation conceived in liberty long survive?