President Donald J. Trump calls it Fake News. “The New York Times” and Chuck Todd have admitted it, so the question is not whether Fake News exists. The question is why.
Easy peasy. Fake News exists to manipulate our minds. It allows us to know what it allows us to know. It wants us to think what it wants us to think.
Katharine Graham’s “The Washington Post” attacked Nixon repeatedly. Jeff Bezos’ “The Washington Post” attacks President Trump repeatedly. The former’s attacks were based on investigative journalism designed to make us think about corroborated facts. The latter’s attacks are based on opinions designed to make us think as Jeff Bezos wants.
Why should we care? Why can’t we simply ignore the media? Easy peasy. Because we can’t. They’ve wrapped their tentacles around every minute of every day of our lives and the lives of our children. They control everything we see and hear. They do it with attractive charismatic teleprompter-readers, and with pundits who fearlessly say whatever they get paid to say. Their attack on what we see and hear is an undisguised conspiracy in which they mouth identical words and talking points. Many of us like what they’re doing, many of us don’t. But none of us can in good faith deny they’re doing it. None of us can in good faith deny that their “batting average” for truth and accuracy is lower than a tee-baller’s first season.
Whether you love or hate President Trump, you cannot in good faith deny that we’ve lived with this since Election Day 2016. But this is not about President Trump. This is about our democracy. Can our democracy survive a coordinated attack by the people who control the Fourth Estate?
January 17, 2020 is a day when the media’s manipulation of our minds peaked. Let’s take a walk through the facts.
On December 31, 2019, President Trump announced that China and America would sign a significant trade agreement in the White House on January 15, 2020. It would help protect intellectual property, international currency stability, balance of trade, American industries and jobs, and add hundreds of billions of dollars to America’s wealth over the course of a couple of years. It was hailed as one of the most significant trade agreements in American’s history, a trade agreement that previous Presidents considered impossible. It was a shining achievement for President Trump.
On January 10, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she would terminate her month-long withholding of the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump. She announced that she would seek a House vote the following week to transmit the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.
On January 15, 2020, as previously promised by President Trump on 12/31/2019, China and America signed the trade agreement in the White House. On the same day, as promised by Nancy Pelosi on 1/10/2020, the House held a vote that resulted in the House transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.
On January 17, 2020, “Politico” published an article on its website with the following headline: “Trump hypes modest China deal, distracting from impeachment”.
Now let’s think about the facts. Why did “Politico” tell We The People that our President distracted us from his impeachment? Why didn’t “Politico” tell We The People that Pelosi selected the delivery date of 1/15/2020 because she knew it was the date when President Trump would sign the trade agreement?
Why wasn’t “Politico’s” headline as follows: “Pelosi hypes unjustifiably-delayed delivery of impeachment articles, distracting from President Trump’s exceptional trade agreement with China”?
The Fourth Estate devotes all day every day attempting to prevent We The People from re-electing President Trump on Election Day 2020. Isn’t that a big Red Flag, warning us that what’s really “at stake” on Election Day 2020 is more than meets the eye?
Is the Fourth Estate still the institution epitomized by Edward R. Murrow, or is it now an institution epitomized by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”?
Stephen B. Benisch, January 17, 2020