How is it possible for people to have so little self-awareness?
Imagine the hypocrisy if the school bully took a nice solid punch in the jaw and proceeded to whine to the principal? Few would have any sympathy. Most would be smiling and applauding.
The Boston Globe has called for the editorial boards of newspapers and media organizations to decry President Donald Trump’s “attacks on press freedom”, in editorials. About 100 newspapers have signed on.
Are you laughing yet? I hope you’re not vomiting, which is also an appropriate response. Do these people really wonder why their circulations are plummeting?
“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” the Globe wrote in response to just how mean and rude President Donald Trump has been to them.
So they believe there’s an assault on press freedom? Surely, some reporters have been tortured or thrown in prison by the Trump administration.
Of course they haven’t.
Name Calling Violates First Amendment?
These people believe they’re being attacked because the administration refuses to answer some of their questions, and the President refers to them as “fake”. To quote Joseph Conrad, “The horror! The horror!”
These so-called journalists feel like they should be able to slam President Trump as much as they please, and he should just take it lying down.
It’s the height of self-absorption. Nobody, except for other liberal/progressive “journalists” and people who hate President Trump will have any sympathy.
The Bullies Get Bullied
Instead, the majority of folks will have the opposite reaction.
Let me try and help you Boston Globe and like-minded wimps/hypocrites. The president bullies you because it helps him. And your response to it plays right into President Trump’s hands.
These people make pretend they’re objective journalists. But they’re not.
They all go to the same colleges, (Syracuse, Columbia, etc). They all hang with the same types of people (elitists, hipsters, etc). They believe the same things (more government is good, freedom is bad, high taxes are good investments).
And everyone knows this. Some people just make pretend that this isn’t the case.
Why is the Boston Globe disingenuous, someone may be wondering (probably not, but hear me out anyways.)
The late, great Helen Thomas once decried what she thought was censorship from a President.
“The point is the control from here. We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some control but not this control. I mean I’m amazed, I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and have controlled,” Thomas said.
“Nixon didn’t try to do that…They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
Thomas, who died in 2013, was talking about President Barack Obama’s administration. There was no outcry from the rest of the White House press corps. They didn’t join together and support her critique.
That’s because President Obama was a Democrat. The press corps largely acts like public relations workers when a Democrat is in the office. (They do their jobs when a Republican wins the office.)
What’s most disgusting about this stunt, is the fact that there are actually brave reporters, in other countries, where the press is actually attacked. By attacked, I mean their lives are in danger due to their work. And they still do it.
The truth is, the Trump administration has attacked the free press. But his attack has nothing to do with these clowns at The Boston Globe. It’s the President’s desire to extradite and imprison Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, that has me concerned.
Also, naturally, we shouldn’t expect these press outlets to defend Edward Snowden for exposing government spying on Americans. They don’t believe the 1st amendment’s press freedoms apply to citizens who aren’t part of a big corporation. They expect and want special rights. In other words, they really don’t believe in the 1st amendment.
In similar vein, the people who’ve done honest journalism (in America, I’m not referring to the brave souls in foreign countries where reporting is dangerous) aren’t surprised, intimidated, or impacted by government officials calling them names, refusing to answer questions, or being rude. That just comes with the territory. We expect it.
Shut up, Do Your Job, Stop Whining
The writers at the Boston Globe, however, just don’t realize that.
Here’s some free advice to the Boston Globe. Shut up. Do your job more fairly. Stop whining.
Because nobody cares that you’re too cowardly and wimpy to take a few insults. Please spare us the righteous indignation in the future.