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The Legacy Media Has a Moral Decision to Make
Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2018 | John Dempsey

Posted on 10/11/2018 9:50:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

The country is more divided over politics than any other time in modern American history, and the media is to blame. The legacy media has a moral decision to make. They can report both sides of the news, allowing viewers to form their own opinions and begin to soothe animosity, or they can continue on their course to destroy the country for their own political biases.

For decades, the mainstream media had a stranglehold on information released to the public through only three major news networks until 1988 when The Rush Limbaugh show came into existence. The “shock jock” host offered up a completely different view through the values of conservatism. Eventually, other right-wing radio talk stations began to pop up. In 1996, the Fox News Channel started which leaned to the right more than CNN and the other evening news channels.

Conservatives were offered a more significant voice when the internet became a household item. Other liberal news sites began on the internet as well, but conservatives had a choice and a view.

The last few weeks were contentious during the nomination process for Justice Kavanaugh. The left-wing media reported that Kavanaugh was a sexual predator. They told the American public that he was a rapist who drugged women to take advantage of them in college. These accusations came with no proof or witnesses. Kavanaugh and his wife had to explain to their two young daughters about these unproven claims at a time in their young lives when they were not ready. Except, the mainstream media forced Kavanaugh to do so with their irresponsible, politically charged reporting.

Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed, but not before the media was able to rip the country further apart. Left-winger Joe Scarborough admitted media outlets should own up to their one-sided coverage in a surprise admission. The media is directly responsible for ginning up a passionate group of leftists that have a propensity for attacking right-wing supporters. A side effect has been a faction on the left that has chosen violence against the right, i.e. Antifa.

The media has perpetuated violence. There are discussion panels where the “pundits” continually bash President Trump and his supporters making false claims. They continually push false narratives to incite an emotional response. One example is the deranged Bernie Sanders supporter that opened fire with a rifle on Republicans while they practiced for the congressional baseball game in 2017, almost killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Recently, Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) wife was reported saying that she sleeps with a loaded firearm next to her bed as a direct result of the threats she has received. 

It is time for the media to be responsible. Their personal political views no longer need to push a narrative through lies of omission. The legacy media often gives one-sided coverage rarely telling the entire story so they can control the flow of information to influence group think.

The media is in a position to begin the healing process, and it is time for them to report unbiased facts. There will never be a time when American’s all agree politically; however, adults can reason with each other, leaving no need to lie and manipulate.

A vast divide has been forged into society in the last few decades because of left-wing politics in news reporting. The division is dangerous, and it is time to fix it, but that starts with news that is reported equally on both sides.  


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: supremecourt
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1 posted on 10/11/2018 9:50:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They’ll keep drinking the Democrat Kool-Aid. Just as they have for seven or eight decades.


2 posted on 10/11/2018 9:54:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

The author is beyond deluded hopeful. The media has long ago made their choice to throw in with the forces of darkness and willing to destroy their country in the process.


3 posted on 10/11/2018 9:58:22 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The division of society is an industry that employs many.

I shop at Free Republic. One of the only sites that doesn’t put making money as it’s priority.

Thank you FR


4 posted on 10/11/2018 10:01:53 AM PDT by jcon40 (The other post before yours really nails it for me. I have been a DOithS / PC guy forever and alway)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Just an observation since I have been watching the local stations more often now that we cut the cable....

I think that the MSM (re: local TV stations) are blatantly biased but also a bit ignorant of the issues. They will cover stories that sounds and feels good but are useless to the informed and educated person.

So this means that the local stations regurgitate whatever is on the national news — garbage in garbage out — with no thought at all and the average brain dead viewer will never know the difference.

OTOH, the national news stations have an agenda and it is driven by their ideologies.

5 posted on 10/11/2018 10:03:13 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Kaslin

bump


6 posted on 10/11/2018 10:08:18 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Trump hates negative publicity, unless he generates it. -Corey Lewandowski)
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To: Kaslin

“It is time for the media to be responsible”

It seems to me the MSM has the same goal that most universities and el/hi schools have. Slowly, over the years, the Progressive took over and now all they do is engage in propaganda to further their goal. A global government. Method: Destroy our history and tradition and the make the Constitution a “living document” (Gee, I wonder what party wants to do that?).


7 posted on 10/11/2018 10:11:06 AM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: Buckeye McFrog

How do you make moral decisions when you are thoroughly and completely amoral?


8 posted on 10/11/2018 10:12:52 AM PDT by TADSLOS (I hate Russian Dolls. They are so full of themselves.)
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To: Kaslin

Never happen. The legacy media is no longer in the news reporting business. They have decided some time ago to be unabashed Left Wing Activists with a microphone and a camera and perhaps a barrel of ink.

The only solution is more balance, which means more Right leaning “news” outlets.


9 posted on 10/11/2018 10:15:30 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Kaslin

The MSM Press, are no longer journalists, they are enemy combatants. Literally.


10 posted on 10/11/2018 10:27:58 AM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: Kaslin

It ain’t politics we’re divided over, it’s ideology, culture, philosophy. We’re 180° apart.


11 posted on 10/11/2018 10:34:32 AM PDT by TalBlack (It's hard to shoot people when they are shooting back at you...)
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To: Kaslin
But the media thinks it has made the "moral" virtuous decision.

And decades ago, I might add.

12 posted on 10/11/2018 10:38:24 AM PDT by Let's Roll ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality" -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Kaslin

Replace the words “legacy media” with “Democrats” in this article and then you will see that there is no choice here. They are one and the same. One is an arm of the other.


13 posted on 10/11/2018 10:39:03 AM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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What percentage of rank and file democrat voters are ok with the MSM and the resist movement?

Are there any reasonable rank and file democrats remaining?


14 posted on 10/11/2018 11:14:57 AM PDT by JohnnyP (Thinking is hard work (I stole that from Rush).)
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To: 1Old Pro
"The legacy media is no longer in the news reporting business."

I think it was Tom Brokaw, years ago, who stated that his job is not just to report the news but to report to us how we should think about the news he reports.

15 posted on 10/11/2018 11:16:15 AM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: 1Old Pro

They long ago adopted the Social Activist theory of journalism which states that it’s a journalist’s JOB to go out and change society.

They believe it because that’s how its been taught for decades.


16 posted on 10/11/2018 11:29:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

The MSM made their decisions decades ago. The security and well-being of this country has not been in their best interests for quite some time.


17 posted on 10/11/2018 11:30:27 AM PDT by CatOwner
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To: Buckeye McFrog

yep, repoting facts is beneath them, they want to change the world i.e. prosecute Republicans and hound them from office.


18 posted on 10/11/2018 11:32:27 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"They long ago adopted the Social Activist theory of journalism which states that it’s a journalist’s JOB to go out and change society.

They believe it because that’s how its been taught for decades."

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Yes.

In journalism, the “Five ‘W’s” are “Who,” “What,” “When,” “Where,” and “Why.”

That teaching is seemingly long gone.

19 posted on 10/11/2018 11:36:05 AM PDT by a little elbow grease (duct tape and cable ties hold more worth than pussy hats and resistance)
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To: dhs12345
"Just an observation since I have been watching the local stations more often now that we cut the cable.... I think that the MSM (re: local TV stations) are blatantly biased but also a bit ignorant of the issues. They will cover stories that sounds and feels good but are useless to the informed and educated person.

So this means that the local stations regurgitate whatever is on the national news — garbage in garbage out — with no thought at all and the average brain dead viewer will never know the difference.

OTOH, the national news stations have an agenda and it is driven by their ideologies.

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That's about it. A very, very dark picture that is.

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I'm just glad that OANN is on my cable. It's amazing how their news perspective is quite close to ideals professed here.

20 posted on 10/11/2018 12:36:04 PM PDT by a little elbow grease (duct tape and cable ties hold more worth than pussy hats and resistance)
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