Thursday, August 16, 2018
A Partisan Press is a Danger to Democracy
In a partisan press, reporters pass each of their stories through a partisan filter.
Reporters on both the left and right have partisan filters. The partisan filters of the groups we oppose tend to shine brighter in our minds than the partisan filters of the groups we support.
A large portion of the main stream media is engaged in partisan reporting against Donald Trump. Trump is in the right to call out the partisan reporting. Trump has actually done a decent job of calling out the partisan reporting without crossing the lines of censorship.
Notably, just after the election reporters claimed that Trump won because of "fake news." Trump focused this claim back onto the press as it turns out that partisans of all ilk are prone to producing questionable if not straight out fake news.
As I write this, the main stream media is engaged in a co-ordinated assault claiming that Trump's calling out partisans is akin to censorship.
No, calling out partisans is not censorship.
Politicians calling out partisan bias in the media is not censorship. Calling out biases is necessary and natural part of a free press.
Interestingly, the press is doing this in the very week that Alex Jones was kicked off Youtube and other social media sites. Kicking people off supposedly open platforms is censorship.
The International Left appears to be engaged in an increasing amount of censorship.
I suspect that the Mainstream Media will end up shooting itself in the foot with its co-ordinated attack on Trump. The very fact that members of the MSM got together to co-ordinate an attack against a partisan foe re-enforces the claim that the press is partisan.
A partisan press is dangerous. Calling out the partisan press is a just action.