STAGGERING NUMBER OF AMERICANS SEE BIAS IN THE MEDIA
Gallup and the Knight Foundation just released a massive poll on Americans’ views of the media. No wonder people weren’t as outraged as the media thought they should be when President Trump called them “the enemy of the people!”
The survey of more than 20,000 adults found pessimism about the news media delivering factual, nonpartisan information deepening. A staggering 86% of Americans see at least a “significant” amount of bias in the media (49% see “a great deal” of it), and 73% say there’s “too much bias in the reporting of news stories that are supposed to be objective.” They don’t buy that it’s unintentional or just their subjective perceptions: 54% believe the media knowingly misrepresent facts, and 28% think they make up facts entirely (believe me, I could do a “Fake News” feature every day.)
As for all the divisiveness that the media blame on Donald Trump: 48% of Americans say the reporters deserve “a great deal” of blame for our deep political divisions, while another 36% let them off easy with only “a moderate amount” of the blame.
Of course, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Republicans express more negative sentiments about every aspect of the media’s performance than Democrats. Maybe that’s because you’re less likely to be negative about people who are biased toward your side. But then, to approve of their bias is to admit they’re biased. And since 86% of Americans agree they are (and 86% aren’t Republicans), that means a lot of Democrats must know the news they’re watching isn’t objective or trustworthy, but they approve of it anyway. These Americans are known as “MSNBC viewers.”
Here’s Stephen Kruiser of PJ Media, with some bluntly-expressed examples of the most egregious recent media bias and why it’s so dangerous to America.
"BLUE" CITIES ADOPT STRICT COVID POLICIES, WHILE THEY IGNORE CRIME
The mayors of such big blue cities as New York, Chicago and L.A. don’t seem willing or able to stop their residents from rioting or shooting each other, but they are going medieval on anyone who violates their coronavirus rules (unless they do it to protest the police, of course.)
It’s ironic that New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio is instituting checkpoint stops on in-bound travelers, quarantines and other strict rules that will make it even harder to come to New York at the same time that Gov. Cuomo is practically begging people who’ve bugged out to come back. Cuomo even pleaded, “I’ll buy you a drink!” Where? Aren’t the bars closed? And how do you drink through a mask? Well, he also promised to cook.
But let’s get real: New York has been losing its tax base for years as productive residents flee to other states like Florida. It isn’t just the Chinese virus that’s diving them out; it’s the virus of leftist policies that’s bringing back the bad old days of high crime, gangs, drugs, homelessness, filth and sky-high taxes.
I have sympathy for New Yorkers for all they’re having to endure right now (although they lost a lot of my sympathy when they voted to reelect DeBlasio.) But I have to assure them that they won’t have to worry about me coming anytime soon. The one negative about doing my former Fox TV show was that every weekend, I had to go to New York. You have no idea how much I love being on TBN and doing our show from our beautiful theater in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.
I’ve often wondered what would happen to New York (or to San Francisco and other big blue cities) if people ever realized that these days, much of the work they do, including stock trading, can be conducted via computer, out of an office in a beautiful spacious home overlooking the ocean in Texas or Florida, where there are no income taxes and the mortgage is less than what they were paying to rent an apartment the size of a Toyota. A gradual exodus from these cities may have been inevitable, but thanks to the necessity for all white-collar employees to work at home and all the arts and nightlife shutting down anyway, the coronavirus has pressed the accelerator to the floor.
CRIME AND MORE CRIME
Earlier this week, I read in a liberal media outlet that the claim that crime is going up in cities like New York due to leftist officials letting criminals out of jail with no bail was “debunked.” They should tell that to all this guy’s victims; maybe it would miraculously heal their gunshot wounds.
Meet four Portland teenagers facing federal charges for their alleged part in the violent protests…
...And the 22-year-old Nashville woman now facing federal arson charges after she was allegedly shown on social media trying to set fire to the historic Metro Courthouse (AKA City Hall.)
Too bad it took them so long to learn that actions actually have consequences, but maybe a few hundred more such prosecutions will help get the word out to their peers.
BACK TO SCHOOL (OR NOT) NEWS
An unintended positive consequence of the pandemic is that college students who have to attend online will not be getting their standard fall dose of leftist, anti-American brainwashing.
And here’s a piece by a New York City nurse who points out that she has spent months working directly with COVID-19 patients, and grocery store employees kept working, so why should teachers be considered any less “essential?” Her husband, who is a public school teacher, opposes a strike and feels it’s his duty to serve in the classroom. My observation: some of those grocery workers are no doubt high school students themselves, so even the kids continued working while their teachers’ unions are fighting going back to work.
(FYI, that’s in the Atlantic, so of course the writer blames New York’s problems on the federal government and President Trump, who made sure New York had no shortage of ventilators or hospital rooms, and not on her own local and state Democratic leaders, who made every possible wrong decision and turned nursing homes into killing fields.)
IMPORTANT EDUCATION STORY
here’s an important education story that I can’t find anywhere in the mainstream media:
Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the SCHOOL (Support Children Having Open Opportunities for Learning) Act. Since teachers’ unions are refusing to let schools reopen but expect taxpayers to keep funding them anyway, Paul’s bill would reallocate federal education funds directly to parents. Parents would get their own tax money back to use to educate their children however they see fit, whether in public schools, private schools or for supplies, tutoring and other expenses of home-schooling.
This is such a great idea that the media will surely try to bury it, as will Democrats, who depend heavily on teachers’ unions to get them reelected. I’m sure it will be assailed, just as school choice and vouchers are, as an assault on our sacred public school system.
Sorry, but I’ve studied theology, and I see nothing sacred about any governmental “system.” I think the public school system is a great and noble idea, and I have nothing but respect for the many dedicated teachers who are a part of it and who give their all (and sometimes spend their own paychecks on supplies the schools won’t provide.)
But the devil’s bargain between the union leaders and the Democratic Party has perverted that system. Our sole focus should be on how to provide the most effective learning experience for every student. Instead, we see failing schools kept open, students forced into them at detriment to their futures, political indoctrination substituted for real history and civics, and incompetent teachers protected, as if their job security were more important than our children’s futures. Just as with any other government system, I support the public school system as long as it works. When it starts doing more harm than good, then like a broken-down car, you either need to fix the problems or trade it in on something new that will get you where you need to go.
IN CASE THE MEDIA FORGOT TO TELL YOU
At the Oval Office, "vicious racist" President Donald Trump just hosted the swearing-in of Gen. Charles Q. Brown as the first African-American Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK...KEEPING CHINA AFLOAT
A report by Horizon Advisory consulting found that between $192 and $419 million in loans from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program went to more than 125 Chinese-owned or invested companies. Worse, three of the companies are on a Pentagon list of companies owned or controlled by the Chinese military. Even if the loans did save jobs in the US, many of the companies could have gotten funds from other sources, and the tax money they took could have gone to other small businesses that were hurting.
You’d think China would have helped bail them out during the pandemic, considering China, you know, unleashed the pandemic.
CAT OUT OF THE BAG
Sen. Bernie Sanders just let it slip that electing Joe Biden President will bring America the same ruinous socialist agenda that voters rejected when they nominated Biden instead of Bernie Sanders.
Here's a timely reminder that “separation of church and state” (a phrase not found in the Constitution) was based on the need for keeping the state's hands off the church, just as much if not more so than on keeping the church out of the state.
When you have the highest-ranking officials at the highest level of government turning on one another to escape blame for the worst political abuse of power scandal in history, you’d think the media would be drooling to cover that story. But it’s an Obama scandal, so they’re ignoring the story and just drooling.
There was a massive explosion in Beirut this week that killed at least 135 people, injured 5,000 more and caused devastating damage that’s left up to 300,000 people homeless. Investigators have been trying to ascertain if it was an attack, a hidden weapons cache or what? Now, it appears that it might have been due to Russian fertilizer.
A Russian ship called the MV Rhosus that was carrying agricultural fertilizer with 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate came into port in Beirut in 2013. It had technical and financial problems, was abandoned by its owners, and the crew sent back to Russia. It’s been there for years, despite multiple warnings from the customs director to the judiciary that it was a “floating bomb,” warnings that were apparently ignored. So the explosion wasn’t due to a deadly action by a foreign government, but deadly inaction by Lebanon’s own government. And yet some people still insist that we need to entrust every important aspect of our lives to the care and efficiency of government bureaucrats.