WASHINGTON: It seems Hillary Clinton cannot let a week go by without expanding her 2016 post-election enemies list. So who is Clinton, speaking at Pen, now blaming? President Richard Nixon, to his great credit, had the good taste to wait until he assumed the Oval Office before compiling his enemies list and acting on it. But Hillary’s imaginative enemy’s list now includes, believe it or not, the mainstream media and the right-wing ecosystem.
Clinton now blaming the right-wing media ecosystem and mainstream political coverage
While speaking before a friendly audience of journalists at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City, Clinton denounced the press for allowing “mainstream political coverage” to be “influenced by the right-wing media ecosystem.” Oh, and for departing “from normal journalistic standards.”
This, of course, is the same grumbling criticism leveled at alternative (read conservative) online journals by Van Jones, a current political analyst at fake-news CNN.
The laments of Obama’s Green Jobs Czar turned media hack Van Jones
In a 2010 op-ed for the New York Times, Jones lamented:
“Anyone with a laptop and a flip camera can engineer a fake info-virus and inject it into the body politic. Those with cable TV shows and axes to grind can concoct their own realities. The high standards and wise judgments of people like Walter Cronkite once acted as our national immune system, zapping scandal-mongers and quashing wild rumors. As a step toward further democratizing America, we shrunk those old gatekeepers – and ended up weakening democracy’s defenses. Rapidly developing communication technologies did the rest.”
Van Jones inconvenient truth
Jones’s beef was that then-Fox News host Glenn Beck exposed his Marxist past. It was not “a fake info-virus” or a product of “wild rumors.”
It was, at least for Jones, an inconvenient truth.
And, it must be remembered, the same mainstream media “gatekeepers” didn’t think then-Senator Barack Obama’s association with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic leader, Louis Farrakhan, worthy of bringing up during the presidential campaign of 2008.
Getting back to Hillary Clinton’s PEN speech, she made a point to mention Thomas Patterson of the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Government and the Press.
According to an article posted on the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy website, Patterson wrote:
“Criticism dogged Hillary Clinton at every step of the general election. Her ‘bad press’ outpaced her ‘good press’ by 64 percent to 36 percent. She was criticized for everything from her speaking style to her use of emails.”
Patterson sounds a lot like Van Jones, lamenting the mainstream media’s diminished power to cover-up for left-of-center Democrats. And notice how he dismisses the former Secretary of State’s illegal storage of secret government emails on her home server.
FBI and Clinton Emails
Emails our corrupt FBI also discovered on the laptop computer of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The very same laptop used by Abedin’s husband, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, to send nude photos of himself to underaged girls.
And Clinton’s so-called mountain of “criticism” never rose to the Mount Everest heights of criminality that FBI Director James Comey ignored. Thus handing the Democratic presidential nominee a get-out-of-jail-free pass.
If the actions above aren’t worthy of “criticism,” then Professor Patterson is a moral idiot.
But Patterson redeems himself, somewhat, in the following observation:
“Trump’s coverage during the general election was more negative than Clinton’s, running 77 percent negative to 23 percent positive.”
It’s not the media, it’s those paying attention to the media, that Clinton is mad at
You see, Van Jones, Hillary Clinton and Professor Patterson don’t really have a beef with the mainstream media. Their beef is with information-consuming Americans.
These Americans no longer buy, literally, the bilge written by journalists. Including those in the PEN audience to whom Hillary spoke.
A post-2016 election analysis by the Columbia Journalism Review noted that…
“… a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective to the world. This pro-Trump media sphere appears to have not only successfully set the agenda for the conservative media sphere, but also strongly influenced the broader media agenda, in particular, coverage of Hillary Clinton.”
The dissolution of the Denver Post
Not really. It’s just Americans no longer read or believe the “hyper-partisan perspective to the world” offered by such publications as The Denver Post.
Recently, The Post published a self-serving editorial decrying the newspaper’s many staff cuts. It blamed the evil capitalists, and Post owners, at hedge fund Alden Global Capital.
“Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom,” read the editorial. “If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell The Post to owners who will.”
And who, exactly, would buy a money-losing operation?
Revealing the false temperament of Hillary Clinton
When The Post endorsed Clinton for president in 2016, it said her:
“…nearly 40 years in public life have instilled in her the temperament she needs to face the many challenges that await.”
But in defeat, we see Hillary Clinton’s true temperament. It is nothing more than a bubbling cauldron of anger, mirroring that of a declining left-leaning media.
However, these deteriorating and sickly creatures are eerily similar in their search for enemies.
And so, they commiserate in New York City’s left-wing ecosystem over their loss of influence, while failing to connect that loss to the real enemy.
Thus, their lost credibility.
Top image: Hillary Clinton speaks at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City. Screen capture from the PEN website.