In another episode of Bizarro Land on CNN this Sunday, self-proclaimed media critics like Brian Stelter and David Zurawik lamented that the mainstream media is at a permanent “disadvantage” because while they have to maintain rigorous standards of objectivity and fairness, there are all these “right-wing outlets” like Fox News and Breitbart which were created to merely be “political tools” to bludgeon the left and make stars out of worthy Republican politicians.
Yes, we know what you are going to ask, and yes, they DID maintain a straight face while saying all of this!
The discussion kicked off with Stelter wagging his finger and tsking Fox News’s Jesse Watters, who said Saturday night that the Senate should move forward with a Supreme Court confirmation no matter what the Democrats say or do. Watters recalled how the Judiciary Committee went after Brett Kavanaugh, insisting that McConnell realize that they are “bloodthirsty killers on the left” that deserve no quarter.
Stelter, whose mastery of English is so poor that he apparently believes that Watters was literally suggesting that Democrats are a bunch of Jeffrey Dahmers, came back from the clip with a troubled expression on his rotund face.
“Talk about authoritarian and creep. He’s talking about Democrats as blood-thirsty political killers, David Zurawik,” he lamented.
“You know, I watched that, Brian, last night. And I thought, oh, my God, you know, this is going to be so ugly,” said Zurawik, who writes for the Baltimore Sun. “We already had six weeks ahead of us that were going to be epic in terms of the battle between Biden and Trump. In terms of media, what they were going to do. Then you put this Supreme Court fight on top of it, and then you have the right-wing media — this isn’t cheerleading. This is beyond rabble-rousing. This is waving the shirt and calling for blood.
“And I’ll tell you what, Brian, we have to admit, we in the mainstream press have to admit that we are at a disadvantage in this,” he continued. “We were founded and we operate — CNN operates at a journalistic institution. We play by those rules. Fox News, as you so — as you chronicle in your book so well, Fox News, Breitbart, Daily Caller, many of these right-wing outlets were founded as political tools to aid an ideology and to aid candidates. If your goal as a political outlet to just simply win, you can lie — you can be just like Donald Trump. You can lie, you can smear, you can libel, slander, do all of that. The goal is to win. We can’t do that. We have to think about that!”
But David? Brian? Guys?
If your whole commitment is to neutrality and objectivity, then why do you care who “wins” at all? How are you at a disadvantage if you have no stake in the game to begin with?
The fact that these clowns are still pretending to be anything other than shills for the Democratic Party is beyond ridiculous at this point. It is high comedy.