May 7, 2009
Question: If news isn't reported, is it still news? Not according to the old media.
The old axiom, 'If it bleeds, it leads', is still operative in most newsrooms around
the country. Good news, if reported at all, is merely an afterthought.
For the savvy news consumer, good news is recognized mainly through its absence.
Just last week, headlines across the country reported the dire predictions of the
World Health Organization - the swine flu, oops, the H1N1 virus, was
'a grave threat to humanity'.
A major pandemic is imminent and we're (again) on the brink of catastrophe.
The threat was so dire, it required the president of the greatest country in the
world (that's America, for you Obama voters) to appear, once again, on national
TV to advise all citizens to wash their hands. Lost in the lockstep reporting of
the old media, was the fact that, gee, many 'experts' were claiming that this dangerous
flu strain was no more
than the normal flu strain.
The pandemic failed to materialize, prompting headlines warning of 'complacency.'
It appears the WHO, the Obama administration and the liberal media
were, well, wrong. Swine flu deaths: App 12. Unreported, was the fact that
(in 2006) were 56,000.
The reigning political elite that now rule our country have officially branded most
conservative views as 'fringe' views held by 'extremists', validating a viewpoint
held for decades by the old media. Thus journalists no longer feel the need to report
on issues of concern to the 62 million Americans
who didn't vote for Obama. Their
concerns are officially irrelevant. Case closed.
The majority of Americans realize the liberal bent of the old media. Most can identify
opinion pieces that are increasingly presented as news, but they have to resort
to the net or talk radio in order to be made aware
of all the good news which is
deliberately relegated to the back burner in the (remaining) newspapers and nightly
Recent polls show shrinking support for new gun control measures and strong public
sentiment for enforcing existing laws instead.
A new national poll suggests that a majority of Americans oppose legalizing same
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of U.S. voters say that they prefer a free market economy
over a government-managed economy.
That’s up seven points since December.
A new poll conducted by Pew Research finds the support for legal abortions
has dropped to its lowest level
in 15 years.
For just the second time in more than five years of daily or weekly tracking, Republicans
now lead Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot
These items are no longer considered news by the media elite. Not only does the
old media purposefully downplay any news item that challenges their lock-step liberal
world view, news organizations have taken increasing latitude with the news they
do choose to report.
A recent NYT headline
announced that 'Criminal Prosecutions Will Not Be Pursued
For Bush 'Terror Lawyers'. Whew. Reading beyond the headline however, one found
the real story. Namely, the unprecedented interference and intimidation by our Justice
Dept., deciding merely to refer those nasty lawyers to the Bar Assoc. for disbarment.
Reading this story, casual readers might assume that the government actually has
the right to censure legal opinions. Serious readers know that our very rule of
law in under serious attack. Ho Hum.
The media has now put a new twist on Dan Rather's 'fake but accurate' premise. They
routinely report 'accurate but fake' stories, with facts presented in a such a way
as to alter their original meaning. This is deliberate. This is accepted. And this
is media malfeasance.
If the conservative press decided to adopt the old media's misleading and manipulative
template, one could expect to see headlines like 'Nancy Morgan Decides Not To Indict
Obama For Phony Birth Certificate'. But I wouldn't post a headline like that, because
its not honest journalism. And neither the old media.
By the way, even though it wasn't reported, we won the war in Iraq.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
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