by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Once again the mainstream media has had a very, very bad week, with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coming under fire from both sides of the political aisle for the nasty attacks on the women in the Trump administration, to the false claims that the “NRA was banning guns” at their annual conference, to “mishandling sexual harassment claims against Tom Brokaw,” to inappropriately screaming questions about Stormy Daniels at the president during the National Day of Prayer, causing one attendee to actual take them to task by saying “shame on you,” and castigating the reporter by telling him to have respect for the ceremony.
Topping off their bad week, multiple outlets, including NBC News and MSNBC, reported inaccurately that President Trump’s personal attorney was “wiretapped,” which then caused yet another round of corrections, retractions and apologies. (See: The Media’s No Good, Very Bad Week)
WHEN THE MEDIA BECOMES THE NEWS
Ever since the 2016 presidential election we have seen a massive uptick of mistakes, missteps, and outright fake news being pumped out by the mainstream media, with forced resignations (CNN), journalists being suspended (ABC News), false claims being completely rewritten, re-titled, corrected and updated (CNN), on more than one story throughout 2017, as just some of the examples among the dozens from 2017, which ultimately made the news more about “journalism,” and those charged with reporting the news, than the news itself. The majority of the public, 77 percent, now sees the mainstream media as pushing fake news, with 31 percent saying they do it regularly, and 46 percent saying they do it occasionally.
But that is just one of the patterns that has become so prevelant since the 2016 presidential election.
The other pattern is far more disturbing as some media personalities are determined to distract from the actual blockbusting news of the day by trying to become the news, in an attempt to cry about how they are “victims” of attacks by President Trump and his administration.
Granted, President Trump has been highlighly critical of the mainstream media and their consistent, 91 percent average, of hostile coverage which began the very day he announced his candidacy with selectively edited versions of his initial commentary.
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I see the media lamenting on air, and on social media, that the President has been attacking them, without ever once acknowledging they started attacking first and are now screeching about being victims because he dares to fight back, to highlight every example of their false reporting, their lies, their “fake news.”
A prime example of this comes from CNN’s White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, where throughout the last year and a half he has had on-air temper tantrums, whines incessantly, complains loudly at WH press briefings if he isn’t asked a question every time, to the point where his own colleagues have called him a “stunt dummy,” and said it appears as if he is using his antics as “auditions” for his own show.
While Acosta is a prime example of journalists acting like crying, whining social justice warrior snowflakes, he is not the only WH reporter that thinks the news should be all about them (See ANP piece on Narcissism’s Role In The Fall Of America), rather than informing the public of the actual news, as the latest example is American Urban Radio Networks’ WH correspondent and CNN commentator April Ryan, who after a sharply worded rebuke from White House press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders telling Ryan that she “didn’t know much about her,” ran to CNN and other “news” shows to complain, mischaracterize the exchange and accuse of Huckabee-Sanders of attacking her, speaking to a physical confrontation.
Forget the actual news, Ryan and CNN, who was interviewing her and others, want it to be all about them, the poor beleagured, embattled “victims.”
Related: When there was no crying in the newsroom
Here is the segment and actual exchange between Ryan and Huckabee-Sanders, followed by her CNN interview where Ryan’s claim that the term “you don’t know me, in certain sectors of this nation, people understand, what ‘you don’t know me’ means. It’s very ‘street’ and it leads to a fight, a physical fight.” Then she goes to claim that the last two press secretaries like to “point me out.” Then as you will note in the clip below, when another commentator compliments Huckabee-Sanders, Ryan talks over him to the point where he actually asks her, “April, why are making this so personal.” Ryan’s astounding response is “because she attacked me.”
Watch for yourself, decide for yourself.
In response to criticism, Ryan then took to social media, saying “Something is really wrong when people don’t understand a joke to take the temperature down from words a @PressSec said that in some cases ignite fights. A former mayor nor an esteemed journalist would never go that low to physically fight someone for ignorant street words.”