I just have to do this now because of today’s Bryan, Texas newspaper, The Eagle.
The op ed page was covered by opinions from a California newspaper, a Washington DC news source, The Eagle Editorial Board and a political cartoon…. all of which were bashing and sometimes falsely extrapolating on Trump’s words that have been retaliations to biased media coverage. Since reading this morning’s paper, I understand that this was a coordinated effort involving hundreds of newspapers nationwide.
I’m not a fan of Trump’s every comment, but when the media beat their collective chests and deride anyone who would doubt their devotion to true and unbiased news, I have to resist the urge to regurgitate.
The following is a copy of a letter (required to be less than 300 words but could have been longer) that I have just zipped off to The Eagle (probably won’t be published).
If any of you are unaware of the stature of George Stephanopoulos, he was the senior adviser to Bill Clinton during the first term, then rapidly rose to become the “face” of ABC News.
The letter (Part of which has been previously shared):
Righteous indignation expressed by the media over claims of bias in, and manipulation of, the news falls on deaf ears here.
The following information was gleaned from George Stephanopoulos’ book, All Too Human. His youthful arrogance had not yet been modulated by wisdom of political cunning.
Pg. 57 – Regarding the Gennifer Flowers affair, CeCe Connally of the Associated Press asked Bill Clinton if the story was true.
George wrote, “ ‘You can’t do that’, I barked at CeCe.”
“I went straight to a phone to call John King, the AP’s chief political reporter in Washington” and said, “You can’t put this (blank) on the wire”…. “The AP held off.”
Pg. 62 – George was pleased that two out of the three network news programs were slow to mention the allegations.
Pg. 67 – George described how Don Hewitt and Steve Kroft of CBS’s 60 Minutes program helped the Clintons during the Flowers controversy. Hewitt stopped the taping of the program twice to “coach” the couple. Hewitt even boasted that he had made JFK president, and that he could do the same thing for Bill.
Pg. 96 – Ted Koppel, of ABC’S Nightline program, “used his anchorman’s authority” to aid George in a debate with Phyllis Schlafly…. “All I had to do was fall in behind” and ridicule the Republicans.
Pg. 164 – In a discussion of media coverage of JFK, Clinton said, “The press always covered for him.”
Pg. 296 – George noted his “exhilarating” feeling when all three networks provided a “roadblock” for Bill after a prominent legislative defeat.
Pg. 266 – “No network covered the performance live” when Paula Jones made her sexual harrassement claims against Clinton.
Please compare the media coverage of Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick to that of Stormy Daniels.
Do the media promote fake news? Maybe not.
Do they manipulate news? Indubitably, Mr. Watson.