By Graham Withrow
The advent of technology, multiple platforms of media, and countless sources of information, caused the world to enter the Information Age. With the beginning of this age, numerous news organizations emerged. Print media started to decline in popularity as internet media outlets and television news channels rose to take their place. There was once a time where the media cared about the basic ideals of Journalism, objectivity and truth-telling. However, as the years went by, the media began to align itself with the liberal ideology of the Democratic Party.
When you turn on the television and flip through the various liberal-minded news channels like MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and even print/digital media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post, you will find a polarized opinion and bias against Conservatism. Our currently elected president, Donald J. Trump, is at the epicenter of the negative “reporting” by those same news organizations. The media continues to mercilessly attack Donald Trump, his family, and everyone associated with him, whether directly or indirectly, as they have ever since he announced he was running for the highest office in the United States. During the campaign season, the media went on a crusade against him. They slandered his name, his reputation, launched various personal attacks against him and his team, belittled him, and falsely reported he was losing to Hillary Clinton. They labeled him everything they could think of: racist, bigot, misogynist, Nazi, liar, demented, treasonous, and so much more.
However, on November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump was democratically elected as the forty-fifth President of the United States. However, the attacks and false reporting of the liberal media intensified. The media, as well as other members of the left-wing political party, created a narrative about Russian interference in the election. The message they produced was that candidate Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin, the current President of the Russian Federation, to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.
The narrative the media created has been going on for months, with no evidence being brought to the American public, but yet the Liberal media, and the left-wing politicians continue to spread this ludicrous story, going as far as to say President Trump committed treason and should be impeached. The media refuse to acknowledge our President’s victories during his first one hundred days in office. They did not show fair reporting on his Supreme Court nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch, they refused to talk about the numerous bills he signed into law, they credited his predecessor, President Barack Obama, with the hundreds of new jobs that were created by President Trump, and they fought against him on the travel bans with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and various liberal-minded federal judges of the ninth circuit court of appeals. Furthermore, they choose to favorably report about the so called, “Resistance”, that formed in response to Trump’s election victory to undermine his administration and aims to utterly destroy his presidency.
In the various news channels on television, there are those who display such hatred against the President. News anchors like Rachel Maddow from MSNBC, George Stephanopoulos from ABC, and Anderson Cooper from CNN show their contempt of President Trump, refusing to talk about his accomplishments and not even addressing various issues he has resolved. All they care about is furthering the liberal agenda, which seeks to destroy conservative ideologies and promote neo-liberal morality in society.
Late night television is no safe haven for Republicans either. Late night talk show hosts, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, James Corden, and Seth Myers use their show as a weapon against President Trump and as a platform to further push the liberal agenda down the throats of the Americans. Recently, Stephen Colbert, the host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, stooped to a new low when he made an obscene, sexual innuendo against Trump, implying that he participates in oral sex. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reviewing the actions of the Late Show host as well as the numerous complaints brought against him. However, in an act of defiance and pure hatred, Stephen Colbert stated “I don’t regret that… [Trump] I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.” What he fails to realize is that what he said about Trump could be considered hate speech, which is not protected under the United States Constitution. Soon after his stunt, the hashtag #FireColbert became the number one trending topic on Twitter, but many democrats, both politicians and regular voters, came to his aid proving that the left has no sense of morality, decency, and dignity.
The mainstream media has a direct responsibility in the creation of the Anti-Fascists, or ANTIFA as they are commonly known. The ANTIFA is a radical liberal group that claims it is fighting against the “Totalitarian Regime” Of President Trump and his fascist policies. However, when you look at their actions, you see a completely different picture. During the May Day marches and protests on May 1st, 2017, the ANTIFA staged massive riots. They destroyed property, including cars, and small business stores. They set various vehicles and buildings on fire and even threw bottle rockets, rocks, Molotov cocktails, and so much more at the police. The ANTIFA, in my opinion, resembles the “Black Power” movement of Malcolm X, a civil rights activist. His movement drastically differed from Martin Luther King’s movement, by promoting violence to spread their ideological endeavors “by any means necessary” instead of Doctor King’s “civil disobedience” which focused on non-violence. This brazen group of thugs claims they are in the best interest of the people, but when does the “best interest of the people” include vandalism, looting, and fear-mongering? Let me answer that: It does not. It only makes ANTIFA and the far left villains in the eyes of the rest of the population. It amazes me that a party that pushes for non-violence and peace would condone an anarchist movement and refuse to address the terrible acts they commit on their news channels.
Freedom of the press is one of the many freedoms we have in the United States; however, the press loves to diminish the freedom of speech. The democrats love free speech when it aligns with their political views and propaganda, but shun the free speech of conservative speakers. For example, UC Berkeley, a far left university in the State of California, is one university that prides itself on being a strong supporter of free speech, however, when it comes to conservative speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, they refuse to allow them to speak. Students at UC Berkeley riot and protest against speakers that do not share their political opinions, ultimately leaving the university no choice but to cancel the event, however, they do have a choice. The university could establish perimeters around the location of the speaking event, call security to guard the building, request the local police to intervene if necessary, and so much more. But, they refuse to do that because it does not match their ideology. To no surprise, the mainstream media refuses to address this war on free speech; instead, they redirect the attention back on the fake Russia scandal.
Every day I go on Twitter to read what is happening in the world of politics. It disgusts me to see all the negativity against our President’s administration. Various hashtags like #IfYouVoteForTrumpcare are being used to instill hate and division within the American public. Every tweet from President Trump has hundreds of personal attacks and attacks against his presidency. What does the media say about this? Absolutely nothing. They do not even mention the various tweets that are against Trump, instead, they focus more on the Russian investigation and the continuous push of their liberal agenda.
In the words of Sean Hannity, a Fox News anchor, “Journalism is dead”. I happen to believe this, as well as countless other Americans. The liberal bias against the Republicans, and more specifically, against President Trump is appalling. You rarely find any criticism against the Democrats in the media (outside of FoxNews); in fact, they praise calls for impeachment and divisive actions. If a Republican lashes out against the mainstream media, they are vilified and labeled everything under the sun. But if Democrats attack Republicans, it is alright. The unbelievable amount of hypocrisy and the massive double standard in the news is utterly amazing. Citizens need to be able to identify which is fake news and which is real news, genuine report – if there even is such a thing anymore. These are dark days in the United States, hopefully, this nation will not succumb to the anarchy and chaos the liberal biased media is pushing.