Anyone who has read this blog for just a little while knows that I hold the mainstream media in utter contempt. I respect them about as much as I respect a Bowery bum or a whore on the east side of Detroit. Most of the members of the so-called Fourth Estate are liberal apologists, susceptible to knee-jerk reactions, and so devoid of originality and critical thinking that they may as well be parrots. They live in a delusional, insular world, but think those who doubt them are the freaks.
Sometimes, just to reassure myself that I am not overreacting (a reality check, if you will), I will listen to CNN or MSNBC on my Sirius XM satellite radio as I am driving. It doesn't hurt every now and then to see what the other side is saying, and ascertain whether my preconceived notions should be challenged. The answer, after I listened to CNN last Friday morning, is an unequivocal "no" -- my preconceived notions were right on the money.
I thought about the miserable economy, Hillary Clinton's precarious health and her continued flagrant lying, the influx of unvetted Muslims from the Middle East, the hacking of Julian Assange and its often embarrassing fallout (Colin Powell's status seems to have been greatly diminished based on his petty gossip and vindictive digs against others). I had in mind the continued menacing threat of Islamofascist terrorism, the 93 million adults not in the labor force, the collapsing health care system and other pressing matters.
So what did CNN lead off its newscast with, and how long did they beat it to death? The "birther" issue -- the contention by Donald Trump and others a few years ago that President Obama was not really born in the United States and should divulge his birth certificate, and once he did produce a birth certificate, that it was fake. Trump has since stated he believes Obama was born in the United States, but the press wouldn't let it go.
How long would they drag this out, I wondered. Well, maybe 5-10 minutes. I switched the station back and forth to some music a few times, not being able to withstand the inanity. But after 10 minutes, I turned it back to the CNN station, and they were still going on. It ended up lasting nearly 15 minutes. Incredible, I thought. A major cable news network, now 36 years old, which claims to be the gold standard in cable network news, spent a full QUARTER of its hour-long newscast on the birther issue.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that the birther issue is not going to decide the election, and ranks down there with, say, the budget for national parks and monuments, as far as how much importance the public gives it. But it is an opportunity for the Hillary Clinton cheerleaders to A) drag Trump through the mud and fire up African American voters; and B) avoid discussing Barry's horrendous economic record. Under his stewardship, blacks -- especially teens and 20-somethings -- are far worse off now than 8 years ago. The teen black unemployment rate is an appalling 35 percent. How's that for "hope and change" and "change you can believe in"?
Yes, G.W. Bush handed Obama a horrible economy, and the economy recovered (but not because of the pork-laden stimulus bill). Things were bad, and got better. But not much better. Many of the new jobs created are low-wage and part-time positions, and Obamacare has caused premiums to skyrocket and coverage to decline. The economic illiterates in the White House are stifling job creation and prosperity with regulations, high taxes and misguided policies galore. These are the real issues the media would focus on if it were legitimate.
But alas, the media is largely illegitimate. That explains why so many newspapers have suffered catastrophic circulation declines, with many of them going out of business. And why viewership on CNN ain't so hot.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Wolf Blitzer!