Hubris, meet Nemesis

msmprop4Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote for the Hoover Institution. As usual, it’s outstanding.

Donald Trump conducted a press conference recently as if he were a loud circus ringmaster whipping the media circus animals into shape. The establishment thought the performance was a window into an unhinged mind; half the country thought it was a long overdue media comeuppance.

The media suffer the lowest approval numbers in nearly a half-century. In a recent Emerson College poll, 49 percent of American voters termed the Trump administration “truthful”; yet only 39 percent believed the same about the news media.

Every president needs media audit. The role of journalists in a free society is to act as disinterested censors of government power—neither going on witch-hunts against political opponents nor deifying ideological fellow-travelers.

Sadly, the contemporary mainstream media—the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN), the traditional blue-chip newspapers (Washington Post, New York Times), and the public affiliates (NPR, PBS)—have lost credibility. They are no more reliable critics of President Trump’s excesses than they were believable cheerleaders for Barack Obama’s policies.

Trump may have a habit of exaggeration and gratuitous feuding that could cause problems with his presidency. But we would never quite know that from the media. In just his first month in office, reporters have already peddled dozens of fake news stories designed to discredit the President—to such a degree that little they now write or say can be taken at face value.

A loud and blatant truth there, if you wish to lose whatever credibility you have all you have to do is take sides, while continuing to maintain that you are objective. True for me, true for you, true for the New York Times. Although I wouldn’t know, since I have no pet birds, I have no reason to support overpriced birdcage liners. But to be serious, even as a blogger, I exercise a modicum of judgment, whether something is likely true, possible, or simply propaganda, there are many stories you don’t see here because even with the wide reading I do, I only saw it once, or it’s simply too unlikely. Whatever, if I’m not convinced, it doesn’t get posted.

VDH does an outstanding job of running down the ‘bill of particulars’ that have damned the MSM in this country, no need to do it here, so read the link.

We are now in a media arena where there are no rules. The New York Times is no longer any more credible than talk radio; CNN—whose reporters have compared Trump to Hitler and gleefully joked about his plane crashing—should be no more believed than a blogger’s website. Buzzfeed has become like the National Inquirer.

Trump now communicates, often raucously and unfiltered, directly with the American people, to ensure his message is not distorted and massaged by reporters who have a history of doing just that. Unfortunately, it is up to the American people now to audit their own president’s assertions. The problem is not just that the media is often not reliable, but that it is predictably unreliable. It has ceased to exist as an auditor of government. Ironically the media that sacrificed its reputation to glorify Obama and demonize Trump has empowered the new President in a way never quite seen before. At least for now, Trump can say or do almost anything he wishes without media scrutiny—given that reporters have far less credibility than does Trump.

Trump is the media’s Nemesis—payback for its own hubris.

Emphasis mine and via Presidential Payback For Media Hubris | Hoover Institution.

I have nothing to add to that.

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16 Responses to Hubris, meet Nemesis

  1. the unit says:

    The Swami said “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.” Hummm? I don’t think he ever said how many ways a lie can be stated, yet each one is still a lie. Can’t trust the media to tell 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Sure you can trust the media – to lie. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Very credible for that!

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Makes for a…http://www.progressivehappyhour.com/
          🙂

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        • NEO says:

          See ya there! 😉

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, in such a place I’ve probably shot a line or lie or two in my time for some summer wine. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Ah, to be young enough again for such foolishness! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          That’s one of the Swami’s thousand ways to tell the truth. 🙂

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    • The so-called “Swami’s” statement is illogical to my wee mind, but then I am a Western Irish Brit! 😉

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      • Btw, Truth can told over and over again, but I am not sure that includes thousands of different ways? Truth appears to be both singular and plural, but NOT different from true! Aye just a bit of a brain tease! lol

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        • In Western Philosophy, we have “truth conditions”… The truth condition of a statement is the condition the world must meet if the statement is to be true. And to know this condition is equivalent to knowing the meaning of the statement. And then there are “truth definitions”, and “truth/falsity” aspects. And in Math “truth-function”!

          I will stop, just again is Western Philosophy! And yes, it is much different than the philosophy of most Swami’s! 😉

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        • Not to mention good old common-sense, reason and logic! When was the last time ya saw this in the liberal mindset? 🙂

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        • Btw, even Zen philosophy, i.e. their thinking and meditation, has some aspects of base and line thinking, before they just off into the anti-rational! We all must have some reason and contemplation! And the moral ground is where we can come closer to our Eastern friends. But NOT it appears to our liberal friends?

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        • So much to “think” about here! But I will stop again! 🙂

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