Big Media’s Pro-Clinton Ministry of Propaganda
by Alexander Zubatov
As I’ve argued here and here, Big Media has essentially become the de facto propaganda wing of the Clinton Campaign. Looking right now at the front page of what is supposed to be the most authoritative newspaper in the land, The New York Times, it looks like this:
Here’s what I get as I scroll down:
Below the big banner ad for Hillary, all the headlines purporting to be about the election don’t even read like “news article” headlines. They’re all essentially editorials in Clinton’s favor masquerading as news. “Trump’s Foreign Policy Isn’t About Foreign Policy”?? Really? What, in The New York Times’ view, is a “real” foreign policy? Hillary’s unblemished, many-decades-long record of wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars that could have gone to improving education or helping millions of Americans in poverty on bombing one nation after another, recklessly deposing regimes and unleashing anti-American sentiment, Islamic extremism and chaos that the U.S. then needs to spend additional trillions of taxpayer dollars working to contain?
This very worthwhile article provides 10 highlights from the latest Wikileaks releases demonstrating a stunning pattern of widespread and explicit coordination between the Clinton campaign and Big Media organizations such as The New York Times, NBC, CBS, CNN, Politico, The Huffington Post and many more. Included are instances of Clinton operatives approving the content of stories before they are published, coordinating with news organizations to color the spin given to various stories about Clinton, working to control the timing of stories, flat-out feeding favorable stories to the press, scheming with Clinton advisors to come up with damaging interview questions to ask Trump and using the press to have possible debate questions being funneled to Clinton before the fact (giving new meaning to Hillary being “scripted”!). Clinton’s staffers are pros at this stuff, going back, at least, to the days when she was still secretary of state, as this Gawker story revealing a completely scandalous quid pro quo between someone who was then The Atlantic’s politics editor and one of Clinton’s top spokespersons vividly demonstrates.
The recent Wikileaks revelations about Big Media blatantly shilling for Clinton should, of course, be some of the biggest headlines in this election instead of buried on back pages and in “alternative news” publications, but there’s an obvious conflict-of-interest problem here: the very media organizations most damningly implicated in the coordinated corruption revealed by these stories and more where those came from are the same media organizations that would be most able to make this tale of media corruption into a big headline. And, as we all know, not only do they have no interest in doing so, but they have also been very busy of late dumping sludge on Trump by doing their darndest to dredge up women going back to the 1970s in order to show that Trump, like many vulgar, entitled high rollers in earlier decades (Bill Clinton included, as both old news and new revelations show), took liberties with women in a way we simply have less tolerance for today (but is it really fair to judge decades-old conduct by the 70-year-old Trump by today’s standards?). Whatever you may think of Trump’s personal sexual history, surely this isn’t an issue more important than foreign policy, the economy, education, immigration, media corruption or any of the other issues that Big Media has successfully distracted us from by swinging the election in Corporate Clinton’s favor at a critical juncture through a 24/7 sex-and-sleaze campaign that these same left-of-center media politicos were unified in condemning back when it was being done to Bill Clinton in the 1990s. I’ve discussed the recent “scandal” in more detail here, so I won’t expand on my thoughts about it any further once again, because, at this point, most of us, to paraphrase Bernie Sanders (another guy railroaded by the Clinton Big Media Machine) are sick and tired of hearing both about Clinton’s e-mails and about Trump’s ancient sexcapades.
Conservative politicians and pundits in the Fox News bubble have been yapping about the bias of the left-leaning media for a long time now, but never before has a Presidential candidate made it a centerpiece of his campaign in the way that Trump is now doing. Big Media is, of course, fuming at him for that, but the reality is that Trump is doing it because he has every reason to. The manner in which and the degree to which Big Media is openly running a fourth estate campaign in favor of the tried-and-true status quo candidate of the corporate Establishment is absolutely unprecedented. His many faults and factual misstatements aside, Trump’s charges of an election being rigged and stolen by the media are gaining adherents and hitting home for a very simple reason: they are 100% true.
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Alexander Zubatov is a practicing attorney specializing in general commercial litigation. He is also a practicing writer specializing in general non-commercial poetry, fiction, drama, essays and polemics. In the words of one of his intellectual heroes, José Ortega y Gasset, biography is “a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.”
Some of his articles have appeared in The Federalist, Acculturated, PopMatters, The Hedgehog Review, Mercatornet, The Montreal Review, The Fortnightly Review, New English Review, Culture Wars and nthposition.