“We are not the enemy of the American people,” insist hyperventilating editorialists from some 350 newspapers across America.
They are, of course, reacting to President Trump’s claim that the media are indeed the enemy of the American people.
The Topeka Capital-Journal editors take exception to being called the enemy of “the whole people of a nation.” They have a point. In reality, the media are the enemy of half of the people of a nation, the “deplorable” half, the half whose causes they ignore, whose philosophy they abhor, whose heroes they despise.
The McClatchy editors at the Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City Star tell us they “almost never speak with one voice.” No, on critical issues, they almost always speak with one voice. They are in good company. Every single major newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
Every major magazine, every major social media outlet, every major newspaper, just about all of Hollywood and Broadway, and every major TV network save for Fox News have treated their audiences to an endless stream of anti-Trump propaganda only marginally rooted in the truth since he upended their heroine in November 2016. And they have done so with impunity.
It is not just Trump who has taken the media’s abuse. When Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify colluded to boot Alex Jones and Infowars from their platform, the rest of media either applauded or kept their mouths shut.
When President Obama’s DOJ imprisoned the producer of the controversial video on which Obama falsely blamed the Benghazi fiasco, the media either applauded or kept their mouths shut.
When undercover journalists like James O’Keefe and David Daleiden exposed liberal wrongdoing, the media applauded their arrests on bogus charges.
When media-driven mobs demanded the arrest and/or assassination of innocent men like George Zimmerman in Florida and Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, the media either applauded or added fuel to the mob’s fire, much of it conspicuously and dangerously fake.
In newsrooms across Kansas and throughout America, editors have not spoken honestly about issues of race, sex, class, sexual orientation, religion, education, immigration, Islam, and climate in a generation.
No serious person reads their pronouncements on any of these subjects and expects the truth. Political correctness has dealt a possibly fatal blow to journalism, and no one in any major newsroom who protests this tyranny can expect to keep his, her or “hir” job.
“When Trump says ‘these people, the fake news’ he’s including hundreds of American newspapers like the Journal-World that have built century-old businesses based entirely on the credibility of the news they deliver,” say the editors of the Journal-World.
Earth to editors: at least half the America people no longer think you are credible–your subscription rates bear this out–and they did not need President Trump to tell them this.
“We know, too, that Trump’s references to us as the ‘enemy of the American People’ are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic,” whine the editors of the Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City Star. “That is what Nazis called Jews. It’s how Joseph Stalin’s critics were marked for execution.”
This is the kind of perverse, reductio ad Hitlerum hyperbole that has turned McClatchy into a penny stock. The editors at the Topeka Capital-Journal ran with the same nonsense theme as well.
“Enemy of the people,” write the editors. “It’s an old phrase, one used all the way back in Roman times, as well as the Soviet Union against dissidents. A form even appeared in Nazi Germany, when Jewish people were called an “enemy of the state.”
Dear editors, go talk to Alex Jones abut being called “enemy of the people.” We are sure he will give you a shoulder to cry on.