Conservative Radio Host Admits Right-Wing Media’s Effort To Discredit Mainstream Outlets Paved The Way For Trump

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2016 by tenthltr2u

Media Matters

Charlie Sykes: “Having Discredited The Mainstream Media,” Conservatives Created A Right-Wing Media Landscape “That Bear No Resemblance To Reality”

 August 15, 2016 10:23 PM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

ARI MELBER (GUEST HOST): Donald Trump repeatedly going after the press, members of the press and anyone working in the media during his campaign. And that does delight some of his supporters and often he does it in intensely personal ways. Now this weekend he is ratcheting up the attacks. He suggested that his real opponent wasn’t Hillary Clinton. It is the press and he threatened to revoke their credentials, including from The New York Times, after they ran a story characterizing him as sullen and erratic.

[…]

What did you mean that you fed us up to this moment?

CHARLIE SYKES: Well, I think in part, and I have a longer analysis of this, but over the years, conservative talk show hosts, and I’m certainly one of them, we have done a remarkable job of attacking and challenging the mainstream media. But perhaps what we did was also then to destroy any sense of a standard. Who are the referees? Where do you go to basically say, this is the truth? Now you have Donald Trump comes along and the man says things that are demonstrably untrue on a regular basis. But my experience has been look, we live in an era where every drunk at the end of the bar has a Twitter account, has an email account, and maybe has a blog. And when you try to point out, OK this is not true, this is a lie, and then you cite The Washington Post or The New York Times, their response is, ah that’s the mainstream media. So we’ve done such a good job of discrediting them, that there’s almost no, there’s no place to go to be able to fact check. Now having said that, the mainstream media does have some responsibility here. For years and years and years crying wolf, accusing every single Republican of being a racist. Now, you have the real thing come along and we’re kind of at a loss.

[…]

You would not have seen a conservative alternative media if they felt that they were being treated with respect. And there was a certain amount of contempt, there was a certain amount of dismissal of conservative ideas. And as a result, the conservative alternative media, and I’m part of that, grew up and I was very proud of that and I assumed that what we were doing was informing people, making people smart, giving people factual information, telling them the other side of the story. And unfortunately what’s happened is it has morphed into this alternative reality where as Joan says, we live in these different silos. And having discredited the mainstream media, now what do we have? We have the InfoWars, we have the Breitbarts, we have the Drudges, in which information is passed, things that that bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever. So I’m in the position of having on a regular basis to basically say, look, that information is not valid, that’s not true, that’s not accurate. And yet we have so effectively conditioned many of our listeners not to pay any attention to something outside that bubble, outside that silo, that now we have this Donald Trump phenomena. And what you’re seeing is Donald Trump understanding that he needs to delegitimize the press itself, not just criticize bias. He needs to delegitimize any of those media stories that are going to come out about him because there’s a lot still to come.

Charlie Sykes: “Having Discredited The Mainstream Media,” Conservatives Created A Right-Wing Media Landscape “That Bear No Resemblance To Reality”

ARI MELBER (GUEST HOST): Donald Trump repeatedly going after the press, members of the press and anyone working in the media during his campaign. And that does delight some of his supporters and often he does it in intensely personal ways. Now this weekend he is ratcheting up the attacks. He suggested that his real opponent wasn’t Hillary Clinton. It is the press and he threatened to revoke their credentials, including from The New York Times, after they ran a story characterizing him as sullen and erratic.

[…]

What did you mean that you fed us up to this moment?

CHARLIE SYKES: Well, I think in part, and I have a longer analysis of this, but over the years, conservative talk show hosts, and I’m certainly one of them, we have done a remarkable job of attacking and challenging the mainstream media. But perhaps what we did was also then to destroy any sense of a standard. Who are the referees? Where do you go to basically say, this is the truth? Now you have Donald Trump comes along and the man says things that are demonstrably untrue on a regular basis. But my experience has been look, we live in an era where every drunk at the end of the bar has a Twitter account, has an email account, and maybe has a blog. And when you try to point out, OK this is not true, this is a lie, and then you cite The Washington Post or The New York Times, their response is, ah that’s the mainstream media. So we’ve done such a good job of discrediting them, that there’s almost no, there’s no place to go to be able to fact check. Now having said that, the mainstream media does have some responsibility here. For years and years and years crying wolf, accusing every single Republican of being a racist. Now, you have the real thing come along and we’re kind of at a loss.

[…]

You would not have seen a conservative alternative media if they felt that they were being treated with respect. And there was a certain amount of contempt, there was a certain amount of dismissal of conservative ideas. And as a result, the conservative alternative media, and I’m part of that, grew up and I was very proud of that and I assumed that what we were doing was informing people, making people smart, giving people factual information, telling them the other side of the story. And unfortunately what’s happened is it has morphed into this alternative reality where as Joan says, we live in these different silos. And having discredited the mainstream media, now what do we have? We have the InfoWars, we have the Breitbarts, we have the Drudges, in which information is passed, things that that bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever. So I’m in the position of having on a regular basis to basically say, look, that information is not valid, that’s not true, that’s not accurate. And yet we have so effectively conditioned many of our listeners not to pay any attention to something outside that bubble, outside that silo, that now we have this Donald Trump phenomena. And what you’re seeing is Donald Trump understanding that he needs to delegitimize the press itself, not just criticize bias. He needs to delegitimize any of those media stories that are going to come out about him because there’s a lot still to come.

The Uncomfortable Truth About The Political Nature Of Fox News

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by tenthltr2u

boehlert-211x300_x200It’s Not “Entertainment,” It’s The Engine Driving The GOP Agenda

May 27, 2015 11:05 AM EDT ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

Fox News has been on the air nearly two decades and some Beltway journalists are still denying the transparent truth about the cable channel and its intricate political machinations. Even some longtime conservatives, such as historian and former Reagan aide Bruce Bartlett, now concede Fox News is “brainwashing” the conservative electorate, and that the GOP is being harmed by the network.

Responding to Bartlett at Politico, senior media writer Jack Shafer insists, “Fox in its current incarnation is neither a help nor a hindrance” to the Republican Party. Shafer argues the network, “a news-entertainment hybrid,” doesn’t really have much impact on the GOP and has not moved the party to the far right. “The Fox tail does not wag the Republican dog,” Shafer concludes. Instead, Fox News is just trying to make a buck. Yes, it ventures into partisan politics with “combative programming,” according to Shafer. But people like Bartlett who claim the channel’s changed or damaged the Republican Party are overstating their case.

The truth is, as Media Matters has documented for years, the over-the-top programming on Fox News, anchored by baseless claims and wild attacks, routinely mirrors Republicans’ legislative agenda. The focused misinformation trademarked by Fox News doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it’s not merely “entertainment” concocted to sell advertising. (Although it does that quite well.)

The programming on Fox News is designed to shape and change American politics, plain and simple. It’s designed to do damage to Democrats and Democratic initiatives. It’s built to be the marketing arm for the Republican Party, as it hurdles further and further towards the radical right. And quite often, Fox News is successful.

There’s a reason that Fox contributor Newt Gingrich once told conservative activists that Fox News helped make Republican Scott Brown’s senate “insurgency possible” in 2010. And there’s a reason Fox News drafted the theme of the 2012 Republican convention, “You Didn’t Build That.”

I’m not sure tails can wag much harder than that.

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Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander

Posted in News and politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by tenthltr2u

Dean BakerDean Baker
Co-director, CEPR;
author, ‘The End of Loser Liberalism:
 Making Markets Progressive’
Posted: 12/23/2013 11:45 pm

In his speech on inequality earlier this month, President Obama proclaimed that the government could not be a bystander in the effort to reduce inequality, which he described as the defining moral issue of our time. This left millions convinced that Obama would do nothing to lessen inequality.

The problem is that President Obama wants the public to believe that inequality is something that just happened. It turns out that the forces of technology, globalization, and whatever else simply made some people very rich and left others working for low wages or out of work altogether. The president and other like-minded people feel a moral compulsion to reverse the resulting inequality. This story is 180 degrees at odds with the reality. Inequality did not just happen, it was deliberately engineered through a whole range of policies intended to redistribute income upward.

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