Has there ever been a time that you can recall where the news media so consistently made themselves the story?
For the life of me, I can’t remember ever seeing this before — until now.
This self-absorbed obsession with making the story about them really is mind-boggling.
And what makes it even more stunning is they don’t seem to grasp that this is a terrifically dumb idea.
Right now trust in the news media is at an all-time low.
So in what universe is it a good idea to turn themselves into the story?
I mentioned the other day that media critic Michael Wolff appeared on Brian Stelter’s program in February and criticized how the media is making themselves the story.
He told Stelter:
It’s not a good look to repeatedly and self-righteously defend your own self-interest. The media should not be the story. Every week, in this religious sense, you make it the story. We are not the story!
Clearly Brian Stelter and CNN didn’t heed his advice.
For months now, the news media has decided the biggest news story is the news media.
Donald Trump hit back against the endless personal attacks from low IQ Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe.
And for over 48 hours now, the news media has talked about nothing else.
Joe and Mika delay their vacation so they can appear on their program to talk about themselves and their personal feud with the President.
Guest after guest appears on every cable show to talk about themselves and their profession.
Let me say it again. Trust in the media is at an all-time low.
Not to put too fine a point it, but we kind of despise these people.
So why would they decide to make themselves the story?
I’m telling you. It is really, really dumb.
Let me give you analogy.
There’s a junior high school bully who has been trash-talking and bullying everyone in school. Nobody likes the guy. And everyone wishes he’d get a taste of his own medicine.
And along comes a kid who fights back. In two quick jabs, he takes the bully down.
And after getting his ass handed to him, the bully then turns and begs all the kids who hate him to come to his defense.
Yeah. It’s not gonna happen.
This is why the only people who are rallying to defend low IQ Crazy Mika and Psycho Joe are their fellow media hacks and their masters in the Democrat Party. Or, in keeping with the analogy, their fellow bullies.
The rest of us?
We love watching them get smacked around because for years now they’ve been bullying, insulting, attacking and demeaning all of us.
After all, they think we’re “stupid as sh*t.”
So why would the news media decide to make themselves the story?
Because they really don’t know anything else.
Think back to last year. The media was so certain Hillary would win because everyone around them supported her.
It never once occurred to them to see what the American people were thinking. They just talked to each other.
Let’s be honest. They were so busy taking their own pulse, they didn’t have time to take the pulse of the American voters.
And they got it really wrong, didn’t they?
Let’s go back to January when the New York Times interviewed Steve Bannon.
When discussing the media’s failure in 2016, Bannon said:
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Instead of considering whether his point had merit, the media immediately made the story about themselves.
”It’s just like Nazi Germany! The White House is trying to abolish the Free Press!!!”
Steve Bannon says media should "keep its mouth shut." Castro, Putin, Erdogan, and Xi all feel the same way! https://t.co/m2wc02MZgD
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) January 26, 2017
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January 26, 2017
At the time, I wrote:
Let me answer that for you, Christiane.
We’re in a country with a press that willingly enslaved itself. A press so in love with the sound of its own voice, it can’t shut up long enough to actually find out what people think.
Bannon isn’t telling the press to stop reporting the news, you dimwit.
He’s telling you to shut the hell up and start reporting the news for a change.
A 24-hour cycle of pundit opinion is not news. It’s a circle-jerk.
And it hasn’t changed, has it?
They are still not reporting “news.”
Instead, the circle jerk continues. All they’re doing is talking to each other about each other – as if they’re a public-access version of The View.
They live in a hermetically-sealed bubble of their own making.
To them, they are the most important people in the country. And theirs are the only opinions that matter.
And while they couldn’t care less when American citizens are vilified and attacked, their self-preservation defense system goes to DEFCON 1 if one of their own is insulted on Twitter.
But there’s another reason they’re on self-defense.
The jig is up.
And they’ve been exposed as liars and manipulators.
They’ve lost all credibility due to a self-inflicted wound.
And now that their deceptive tactics have been revealed, they only have two options.
Either they decide to examine what they’re doing and work to regain a reputation as a legitimate Free Press.
Or, they double-down, play the victim, and make themselves the story.
Guess which one they chose.
And at a time when trust in the media has so badly eroded, this choice is really dumb.
It will do nothing to save their corrupt monopoly. In fact, it will probably hasten their demise.
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