Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the Times, “helpfully” said it best about the Times mostly liberal audience. “… there was an implicit financial reward for the Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated.”
Patrick Maines, former president of The Media Institute, explains, when Jeff Bezos acquired the Post in 2013 from the Grahams, the hope was that the paper “might open a new front on journalism as it should be.”
It Was Not to Be
Instead, under the editorship of Marty Baron, who joined the Post the same year Bezos bought it, the paper turned into one of the shrillest broadsheets in the land immediately after Trump’s election.
The Deeply Wounded Journalism in America
As things look now, he will have one lifetime, and one enduring, claim to fame: He became the richest self-made man in the world—and he, along with the Times’ Sulzbergers, deeply wounded journalism in this country.
Cable Networks Double Down
CNN and MSNBC. It had been hoped that, when AT&T got the government’s approval for its acquisition of Time Warner, the company would dump Jeff Zucker from the presidency of CNN. Instead, just weeks after the D.C. circuit court’s decision last month greenlighting the merger, AT&T added to Zucker’s portfolio. One wonders what they are thinking. By its reliance on the network’s biased and over-the-top attacks on Trump, CNN has alienated millions, such that today the name enjoys roughly the same cachet as that of Charles Manson.
How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party
Moreover, Comcast owns MSNBC, as well as NBC. The controlling factor at Comcast is the Roberts family, big-time Democrat contributors.
As reported in a 2014 story by Matthew Continetti, titled “How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and executive vice-president David Cohen engineered a virtual takeover of the Democratic Party through their lavish corporate PAC contributions, foundation gifts to Democratic interest groups, and extensive lobbying.
Night after Night of Russia Hype
Nobody should let the media walk away from this, urges Francis Menton in Manhattan Contrarian.
It’s easy to forget the ridiculous level of hype for this Russia! thing, night after night for months on end. Several people have compiled entertaining videos of the media making fools of themselves. I have attempted to embed one below. If for any reason you cannot get it to play, go to PJMedia here to find a working version.