Very important open letter to WND readers
Managing Editor David Kupelian takes on XXX-rated press corps
Posted: June 26, 2009
12:00 am Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Dear WorldNetDaily reader,
Everyone reading this knows exactly why we elected the most left-wing president in history, even though a recent Gallup poll reveals conservatives are the largest ideological group in the nation.
It's because Barack Obama had an advantage no other presidential candidate has ever had – the total backing of the "mainstream media," which was so enchanted by the prospect of a young, eloquent, cool, liberal – and for the first time in history, black – president, that they essentially picked Obama up, held him high over head, and giddily raced together across the finish line.
Indeed, immediately after Election Day, when it no longer mattered, Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell publicly admitted the paper's reporters and editors had utterly neglected to vet either Obama, who "deserved tougher scrutiny," or Biden – an omission she referred to as "one gaping hole in [the Post's] coverage."
But the problem with journalism today is not just "gaping holes in coverage" and temporary abdication of professional journalism standards. Our "big media" have come increasingly to resemble the state-run press we see in China, with its gigantic Xinhua "News" Agency, in reality a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party. Or maybe a more apt comparison would be with Russia, where although criticism of the government can be found in some newspapers and on the Internet, the country's national television channels are essentially extensions of the state: "They are all either controlled by the Kremlin or run by editors who know what not to say," says Allison Gill, director of the Human Rights Watch office in Russia.
How did the press arrive at such a sorry state?
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When I started in journalism in the early 1980s, the media behaved more-or-less professionally, but were biased leftward, as everyone knows. Then throughout the '90s the media experienced an influx of activists, especially feminists and gays, intent on advancing their agendas by covering those beats for their journalism organizations – very unprofessional. Most recently, the media have abandoned virtually all pretense of objectivity, with top national news personalities praising Barack Obama in the most embarrassing terms imaginable: Like MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews comparing Obama to Jesus and saying the candidate's oratory gave him "this thrill going up my leg." Or Newsweek Editor Evan Thomas declaring, "… In a way, Obama's standing above the country, above – above the world, he's sort of God."
It gets even worse. Some nationally televised journalists have sunk to mocking, foul-mouthed on-air ridicule of traditional-minded, patriotic Americans.
For instance, though most of the establishment press ignored the coast-to-coast Tax Day "tea parties," two major cable news TV networks turned the occasion into a platform, not for reporting on opposition to the government's socialist policies, but for making on-air jokes about oral sex. In one 2 minute and 42 second report on the tea parties, MSNBC's David Shuster made a total of 23 sexual double-entendres. Not to be outdone, the same network's Rachel Maddow managed to pack 36 oral-sex references into a six minute and 54 second segment on the tea parties.
CNN superstar Anderson Cooper started off the tea party media mockery with his own dead-pan reference to the homosexual act – "It's hard to talk when you're tea-bagging," a term with which most Americans were heretofore unaware – while interviewing political consultant David Gergen.
Friends, can you imagine, during America's Revolutionary War days, the press covering the Boston Tea Party by mocking it and turning virtually every sentence into a sexual joke?
This bizarre mindset infects more than just a few cable news personalities. A rare look at a normally hidden face of the "mainstream press" was afforded by the 2008 celebrity roast of NBC's "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer in New York City. With cameras and recording devices banned from the proceedings, news icons ranging from Lauer and "Today" colleagues Al Roker and Meredith Vieira to CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker competed with each other to see who could tell the grossest sexual jokes about each other to a crowd of 1,900. I cannot quote any of it here, but let the first sentence of the Village Voice's lengthy eyewitness report suffice: "Just got back from the Hilton in midtown after three hours of dick and pussy jokes from some of the biggest stars of TV and film."
Here's the problem: It's really, really hard to have a free country without a free press. But America's "big media" today – especially the national broadcast and cable TV news (except Fox), as well as the major trendsetting newspapers like the New York Times – have devolved into a de facto state propaganda ministry, whose members let off steam by mocking critics of the government with filthy, on-air jokes.
That's where WorldNetDaily comes in.
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