I got a great laugh out of this Chuck Todd near meltdown on Meet the Depressed the other day. His voice quivered in moral outrage over Jack Welch suggesting something was up with the unemployment numbers last Friday. Chuck Todd proclaimed, “What we’re doing, we’re corroding trust in our government in a way, and one time responsible people are doing to control it. And the idea that Donald Trump and Jack Welch, rich people with crazy conspiracy, can get traction on this, is a bad trend.”
He really does not get it. Chuck Todd reflects most of the media not getting it. As ratings decline, newspaper fold, and they all scream about how biased Fox News is, they do not get it.
Neil King is a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is married to Shailagh Murray who left a reporting job at the Washington Post to take the job of Joe Biden’s communications director. She replaced Jay Carney who moved to the White House and who himself left Time to take the communications director role for Biden.
John Harris of the Politico is married to an abortion rights activist who used to run NARAL Virginia.
The Politico’s Chief Washington Correspondent, Jonathan Allen, left the Politico to work for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then returned to the Politico.
Andy Barr of the Politico left the Politico to work for the Democratic National Committee and now works for Richard Carmona, the Democrats’ candidate for Senate in Arizona against Jeff Flake.
George Stephanopolous of ABC News used to be a strategist for Bill Clinton and even after becoming Chief Washington Correspondent still engaged in regular conversations with Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, and Paul Begala from the Clinton days. (Ironic, isn’t it, that John Harris wrote that story)
Michael Scherer of Time, where Jay Carney left to go to Joe Biden’s office, got his start in left wing publications, as did Ezra Klein of the Washington Post who famously created the left wing Journolist filled with Washington journalists and pundits to bounce around themes in the left wing echo chamber.
Linda Douglass of ABC News left ABC to serve as Chief Propaganda Officer for the Obama White House in charge of getting Obamacare through.
Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times made up the story about President George H. W. Bush being surprised and taken aback by a common supermarket check out scanner. The story was made up by Rosenthal who was not even present. Andrew Rosenthal is now the Editor of the New York Times Editorial Page.
The BuzzFeed crew are mostly left of center, hang out with left of center reporters and pundits, and the media considers them and their cat GIFs the second coming of a supposedly objective Huffington Post.
Chuck Todd himself is married to a former DNC staffer and he worked as a Democratic staffer to Senator Tom Harkin. He works with Chris Matthews who worked for a Democrat in Congress and Jimmy Carter. They both work with Andrea Mitchell who is married to Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Among the myriad problems with our media, one of the biggest ones is incest. Not the old-fashioned hump-yer-cousin kind of incest but the bad kind. When it comes down to it, Washington DC is a small gene pool.
I’m not talking about the poor people, the working class or the faceless civil servants that live and work around our nation’s capital. I’m talking about the people who wield power.
If you add up all the elected and top-level appointed officials in Washington that is only a thousand or so people. My high school graduating class was nearly that big. Add to that all the top aides and top assistants as well as every military officer with a star on their collar and the top lobbyists and that’s still only four or five thousand people. Last but not least are the top members of the media.
Now consider how many of them will occupy at least two or three different positions on that list during their careers.
But that’s not all. Once upon a time all the real power positions were occupied by men. Their wives might wield some power but only because of their position as spouse. One of the side-effects of feminism is the “power couple” where two spouses both wield power on their own. That’s not necessarily bad, as evidenced by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
But the media is supposed to be different. They aren’t an official part of government, but they are supposed to be they eyes and ears of the people. It’s their job to keep an eye on them other sumbitches up there.
That becomes problematic when they socialize with and even marry the people they are supposed to be watching. It’s also a huge conflict of interest when their career advancement depends on staying in the good graces of government officials.
You don’t hire a fox to guard the henhouse.
What’s the solution? The first thing is being aware of the problem. The second thing is to stop listening to the corrupt media. The third thing is to demand more openness from our leaders. The only way to do that is with your vote. If you keep voting for assholes, the assholes will keep winning.