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The Press Takes a Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Herald Boas

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The American press is taking a long and tortuous vacation from its evolved role in U.S. society and public life. Some might even say it has reverted to its original state in the colonial, revolutionary, and 19th century periods, when it had little or no standards of fairness, transparency, and accuracy.

The 20th century saw a rapid rise in press standards, so that in the post-World War II era, the press had acquired a certain standing with the general public, and editors set higher and higher professional journalistic requirements.

But as television news and later the internet began to dominate the press — now referred to as the media — the quality of news coverage rapidly declined to the state in which it exists now.

In the past, the press was primarily the nation’s newspapers, most of which took the side of one of the major political parties of their era. Non-political reporting also lacked much objectivity, with war and domestic disaster news often based on rumor, conjecture, and even deliberate deception.

A 19th century headline, for example, would sometimes have the sub-headline “Interesting if True!” Today, many editors and journalists seem to have adapted this to “Interesting if False!”

The press has always and naturally had an adversarial role in public life. It also had much to do with stirring up colonial America to sympathize with the Revolution, and likewise stirred abolitionist sentiment that culminated in the Civil War.

One press magnate is said to have singlehandedly, through his chain of newspapers, provoked U.S. action in the Spanish-American War. Prior to the U.S. entry into World War I, press coverage helped turn public opinion against the Central Powers in Europe, and it was the press that assisted the abrupt turn of general anti-war U.S. sentiment prior to Pearl Harbor.

The media also supported public revulsion to the war in Vietnam. Today, the American media has had much to do with the widespread sympathetic attitude toward Ukraine in its war with Russia.

As the Republic matured and discarded slavery, segregation, child labor, and advanced women’s suffrage and civil rights, journalism also matured as fair and transparent. Accurate reporting became more and more standard — and was rewarded by the public.

In the 1970s, the Watergate scandal became the apotheosis of the intensified adversarial and investigative role of the media. Its success in bringing about the resignation of a U.S. president was followed by a self-intoxication of many reporters, in which their private opinions and biases were believed to be above the rules of fairness and accuracy.

This was, of course, a reversion to press attitudes in the past, when the institution was perceived as an instrument of subjective ideologies and attitudes and played a role in domestic politics and foreign wars.

The current reversion to journalism’s early behavior is not monolithic. The once-honored press giants of the recent past, including the New York Times, Washington Post and most news agencies and large TV networks, have become propaganda outlets for the progressive, woke, and radical left agenda in the U.S.

This has led to public regard for the media, as measured by every public opinion poll, to be extremely and historically low. Conservative newspapers also exist in a few large cities, (e.g. New York Post, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Boston Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Richmond News-Leader) but represent a tiny minority of U.S. daily newspapers.

However, probably the most respected newspaper overall in the in the U.S. is the conservative Wall Street Journal.

Magazines, like newspapers, have long been associated with political attitudes, and continue to be so today. However, several very liberal and very conservative major magazine publications have recently closed down, or are surviving as profitless pastimes of wealthy owners. Today, numerous politically oriented magazines, in print and online, ranging from left to right, are published.

Most Americans now receive news through a variety of venues, but are increasingly turning to the internet as their primary source of information. This includes once print-only newspapers and magazines, which have instituted subscription-based online editions.

Radio and the internet have also created a platform for opinion journalists, pundits, and other political commentators. The late conservative Rush Limbaugh became the most widely heard commentator through his regular radio and TV shows, and his successor appears to be Tucker Carlson, who has left Fox News for his own show on Twitter. Liberal-progressive and other conservative personalities are heard or seen by millions of Americans every day.

Opinion journalism, of course, is understood to be partisan, but classic reporting journalism had been held to a different standard. The criticism of the latter, including editors and reporters, is that they have confused the front page to be the editorial page. This is the historic and controversial turn of journalism today, and the source of its “vacation” from its maturity and evolution as a communication institution covering public affairs.

Leading this trend, progressive and radical leftism has spawned wokeism, cancel culture, and political correctness as tools for the kind of journalism which the general public increasingly and overwhelmingly rejects.

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Harry Jasperson Sr.
Harry Jasperson Sr.
10 months ago

Outside of FOX NEWS, AMAC and one or two others the news media are basically an arm of the liberal left or communist party

ref
ref
10 months ago

Today there’s an article online noting that Joe Biden has taken more vacation than any other President in American history. Maybe the coddling media are just taking a vacation from responsible journalism.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
10 months ago

most of the media is complete crap. the leftist media (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and the AP) are more about lying ans making up garbage then news Every one of them could disappear tomorrow with no impact on society.

The damage caused by years and years of democrat corruption has been over whelming.

Valter
Valter
10 months ago

The media has been on vacation for many years.

Terry K Hurlburt
Terry K Hurlburt
10 months ago

Vacation? The American Press has lied to us since the Viet Nam War. The change in the press was gradual, like the frog sitting in a pan of water and liking how warm it is. Now its hot and we cannot get out of the pan. All of our media & most corporations are infiltrated with COMMUNISTS.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
10 months ago

Watch NewsMax, 700 Club News
for news

Michael
Michael
10 months ago

We have got to stop playing into the Left’s hands by calling them progressive as if progress begins with their policies. We also need to stop saying we live in a Democracy. We live in a Republic.

James Thompson
James Thompson
10 months ago

I don’t watch any news at all. None of them are trustworthy.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
10 months ago

Biden and Trump are at present basically tied in the polls. This despite 90% NEGATIVE “news” coverage of Trump and 90% POSITIVE “news” coverage of Biden! Imagine if we actually had REAL news!!

Elizabeth S Misa
Elizabeth S Misa
10 months ago

In my opinion they should take a permanent vacation. They are no longer valid!

GMorgan
GMorgan
10 months ago

My local newspaper is about 3 pages of local news and the rest Ads and unwanted left comments. The so called Sunday paper $2.00 looks like the size of what the daily used to be. When I was a boy one of my first jobs was a paper boy selling GRIT . The paper was ALL about Good news! Too bad they don’t bring that paper back again. We need to read some Good News , everything is not all gloom and doom as they want you to believe……

Tory Ocean
Tory Ocean
10 months ago

Another point of chaos and confusion with
BIDENomics. To even put this trans issue in readers for our first graders, or drag parties is to assign validity to that which is another point to weaken the nation, the family, the sports,
the country’s credibility is see the result in chaos being most effective distraction during his painful idiotic term. More Distractions while the Biden’s money laundering. Meanwhile, we get weak military and quota
hires in DC. Forget this fad. The MSM takes orders from DC. China and Russia…. Well, their boys know they are. Groomed to be
young men and smart. Sad to see the go along
attitude of parents. It’s all clear the day of birth.

Corbin L Douthitt
Corbin L Douthitt
10 months ago

I get my news here at AMAC, Daily Wire, Brietbart, Newsmax, OANN. I dropped the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram – the final straw was them dropping DILBERT and keeping DOONESBURY. Bad enough they ditched Bloom County- Pogo-. The Leftist reporting and editorials are terrible- but half the ‘news’ comes from the NYT, AP, UPI and WaPo- just recopied into the local paper. The DMN is now the size of the old Fort Worth Press and the Startlegram is the size of the Waco Tribune from the 1950’s.

HagarTHorrible
HagarTHorrible
10 months ago

Very well said!

Lorraine Kidd
Lorraine Kidd
10 months ago

I rarely watch tv news. I read the news online from AMAC, Epoch Times, and The Daily Wire.

granky
granky
10 months ago

Our news media has about as much credibility as the FBI and the Justice Department.

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
10 months ago

Hey…..if it wasn’t for the propaganda press we wouldn’t lemming like believe Ukraine is winning the conflict as Americas proxy against Russia which in America’s usual stupid way we have turned into a military power far in advance of our own………with hundreds of NATO armored vehicles smouldering and rusting to show for it. I wont mention the bodies of our proxies stacked like cordwood rotting uncollected on the war front WE CAUSED!

Paul W
Paul W
10 months ago

My general rule of thumb regarding a news topic, especially a political or cultural topic, is–whatever stance the “msm” takes on said topic, I automatically assume the opposite is true. Then, upon further research, including using alt-news media, I pretty much always discover that my rule of thumb was again correct. A stance taken by the “msm” (and they always take stance) is either based on lies or the alt-left agenda, which I guess is pretty redundant since everything the left says is a lie. Another rule of thumb that never fails is–whatever the left touches, IT DESTROYS. That is a universal truism.

Melinda
Melinda
10 months ago

Interesting historical perspective, much of which I have seen in my 83 years. Of course, I wasn’t paying attention during my younger years, but looking back I can see the accuracy of this summation.

Fred Noel
Fred Noel
10 months ago

What is puzzling to me is, all the corporate main stream media is pushing America toward socialism and communism. If you research socialism and communism controlled countries there is only one news state run news agency. So does all these corporations believe that they will still be in business after the takeover. More likely they will be the first ones sent to the “re-educational” camps.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
10 months ago

Wait. Whaaaat? We still have a press? I thought we only had one when a Republican does something wrong that is “worse than Watergate”… or was that “9-11”?… I forget.

Drue
Drue
10 months ago

Back in my Junior High School days (in the ‘60s) I had a Civics teacher that left us with 2 pieces of advice: NEVER believe everything you read in the newspaper and you cannot have low inflation with full employment. I never forgot those words. Today, the mass media aligns with the woke and the left. BELIEVE that!

LMerrone
LMerrone
10 months ago

If they investigated Biden, Clinton and Obama like they did Nixon, none of them would have finished heir terms either. But of course, they didn’t because they are Democrats and get the red glove treatment no matter how corrupt and evil they are… Because most journalists are somehow linked into the DNC…

Thinking
Thinking
10 months ago

MSM is the Pravda of ole Joe.
No more no less. Not only is this here it is in Europe too. All ole Joe news about his bribes and money he received nothing is reported about that there. But something about Trump is reported falsely or worse than what really happened. The left is always fiddling with the tapes and what was actually said. Like the Jan 6 tape where Trump speaks. And now the Jan 6 commission has destroyed the testimony, video tapes of the people that testified before the committee. Of course H destroyed thousands of emails burned and bleached her phone and server. And the FBI said she didn’t do nothing they could prosecute her for. The committee heard that too so acted in the same manner
Dictators are work.

Morbious
Morbious
10 months ago

After drudge veered left i found Whatfinger. Its a conservative aggregator. From there you can branch out into many worthy sites.

JoanOMGne 4 justice
JoanOMGne 4 justice
10 months ago

The “Complicit media” is worthless.

Newday
Newday
10 months ago

watching the mainstream news is useless these days. They have lost all credibility, but some people still listen and drink the koolaid.

John Gerstle
John Gerstle
10 months ago

Real simple, the press no longer reports news, it now offers opinions meant to influence to the readers.
Thankfully we have Fox News….

DL Reynolds
DL Reynolds
10 months ago

Two words: Walter Duranty.
So if you think the 20th century was a hallmark of better journalism—you are WRONG. They’re still celebrating him at the NY Slimes. They still publish the Pulitzer he got for participating in the murder of millions.

anna hubert
anna hubert
10 months ago

With few exceptions they should take retirement and never be heard from again

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