The ethical decline of American journalism

Media demonization of Israel and whitewashing of progressive antisemitism was the harbinger of its descent into anti-Trump absurdity.

by Matthew Hausman

The Jews are frequently analogized to the proverbial canary in the coal mine because their persecution often presages the abuse or mistreatment of others. And this theme is relevant when considering the transformation of American journalism into partisan advocacy. 

In attacking Donald Trump and his supporters unrelentingly these last four years – and breathlessly promoting Barack Obama the previous eight – the American press has come to resemble the state-run media found in totalitarian society. Reporters who ignored Obama’s policy failures and antisemitic associations but trumpeted every anti-Trump collusion narrative totally abdicated the oversight function contemplated by the US Constitution. Though many are now realizing how far journalism has fallen, the profession’s ethical fluidity has been apparent for years in its skewed coverage of Jewish issues and disdain for Israel. 

The media’s role in democracy is to keep the public informed and monitor the affairs of state, and the Constitution guarantees freedom of the press to facilitate these very functions. The media cannot fulfill this mission, however, when it engages in advocacy, infuses reportage with commentary, and distorts or suppresses facts contrary to a political agenda. 

In eighteenth century Europe, the press was dubbed the “Fourth Estate” to distinguish it from the “Three Estates of the Realm” consisting of the clergy, nobility, and commoners. The idea was that the press could impartially report on the doings of all segments of society by eschewing partisan affiliation and staying above the fray. In the US, this sobriquet denoted the press’s independence from the three branches of government and signified its role as the watchdog of government and guardian of civil liberties…

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  1. This article and its indictment should be titled, ‘The Shameful and Traitorous Decline of Ethical Journalism.’ Opinions are for Op-Ed and Editorial pages — especially if they are context and logic based in facts, which the reader may consider for adequacy, before rejection or acceptance of the editorial’s conclusion. Propaganda are lies, offering only improper ganders of reality. It’s time to jettison as junk, news and views of baseless bias and mountainous merde. Is ‘ethical fluidity’ anything more than verbal turbidity concealing morbidity leading to loss of necessary values? /// Will it take longer than forever for the sane humanes among us to identify today’s Progressives as Perversives and Boke Woke folk with nulled neocortices? These Cancel Culturalists are essentially Vulture Culturalists seeing traditional truths as carrion, dead meat for perversion to their excremental ideation. . Reference to the USA’s three branches of government is an antiquarian trinity, excluding the unkillable, eternal center pillar of power, the BDS, Bureaucratic Deep.State. How to cage and starve this beast is this eon’s challenge? For starters, we are seeing exposure of the Democratic Party and MSM patriot poseurs as simple crooks and totalitarian-.wannabees.

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