Krugman Finds His New Voice, Going After An Incompetent Media
by pollwatcher –
My favorite target to point out the complicity in this dumbing down of the electorate is CNN. During the election you could tune in to CNN and watch a “balanced” panel have a food fight over numerous issues. Of course the Trump surrogates would simply lie their butts off over every issue, and the other panelists were suppose to expose a lie in real time. Now CNN knew fully well that the Trump surrogates were going to lie to the CNN audience, but what the hell, it got higher ratings.
It seems to me there should be a simple rule for all electromagnetic based media, you lie to our audience and you never come back! I can’t think of anything more disrespectful to an audience than to knowingly let your guests lie to them.
Paul Krugman has been on a roll lately attacking the print/internet media for their pathetic coverage of Trump and the GOP. Here’s some of his latest:
In other words, it may have sounded as if Mr. Trump was doing something substantive by intervening with Carrier, but he wasn’t. This was fake policy — a show intended to impress the rubes, not to achieve real results.
The same goes for the hyping of Ford’s decision to add 700 jobs in Michigan — or for that matter, Mr. Trump’s fact-challenged denunciation of General Motors for manufacturing the Chevy Cruze in Mexico (that factory mainly serves foreign markets, not the U.S.).
The incoming administration’s incentive to engage in fake policy is obvious: It’s the natural counterpart to fake populism. Mr. Trump won overwhelming support from white working-class voters, who believed that he was on their side. Yet his real policy agenda, aside from the looming trade war, is standard-issue modern Republicanism: huge tax cuts for billionaires and savage cuts to public programs, including those essential to many Trump voters.
Still, none of this would work without the complicity of the news media. And I’m not talking about “fake news,” as big a problem as that is becoming; I’m talking about respectable, mainstream news coverage.
Sorry, folks, but headlines that repeat Trump claims about jobs saved, without conveying the essential fakeness of those claims, are a betrayal of journalism.
And it’s even worse if headlines inspired by fake policy crowd out coverage of real policy.
As part of the resistance, we can do something about the horrendous coverage by the media. We can’t do anything about the right wing propaganda machine, but we can do something about the main stream media. Don’t abandon places like MSNBC or NPR or the major news networks, in fact do the opposite, monitor them. When they do the false equivalency, or let guests lie on their programs, contact them and let them know that their coverage was flawed and unacceptable and you won’t support their advertisers until they become fact based and broadcasting truth becomes more important than “balance”.
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos