For the media: Nothing but coal this Christmas

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“He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.” When it comes to the mainstream media, Santa definitely has them on the naughty list. The whole biased crew of them should expect nothing but coal in their stockings this Christmas.

Media bias is nothing new. But in 2017, it shifted into overdrive. Donald Trump’s inauguration as president set off a year of outright media hostility that is unprecedented in its scope.

Yes, the media have always attacked conservatives with shoddy facts and outright opinion dressed up as news. But in 2017, that morphed into something else altogether: vile hatred of those they disagree with. Sure, the media have always painted conservatives as “evil and heartless,” but it always seemed it was some sort of game they were playing.

Their treatment of Trump is different.

The media decided early on that Trump was the singular enemy who must be destroyed. The members of the media anointed themselves as just the ones to do it. And their venom has extended to anyone who dares to support the president.

Here are just a few reasons that the media deserve a stocking full of coal.

A focus on Russia, without evidence … After months of investigations, congressional hearings, and nonstop coverage in the press, there has not been any concrete evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to affect the election.

Did the Russian government try to sow discord in the United States leading up to the election? Absolutely. Did Russians do things to attack both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Absolutely. Did the Russians collude with Donald Trump? No evidence has been presented to that effect in public, despite the attempts by the media, like Brian Ross at ABC and Manu Raju at CNN, to proffer fake news saying it happened.

Downplaying the real collusion … When stories have been published showing real collusion between agents of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, with foreign agents liaising with the Kremlin, those stories have been glossed over by the mainstream media. Moreover, those actually covering the story have been ridiculed for the focus.

Here’s what we know that the media has glossed over: The Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC reportedly paid a law firm to hide payments from the FEC that ultimately went to Fusion GPS, a shady opposition research shop that then paid a retired foreign spy to investigate its American political rival with the help of the Kremlin.

That “investigation” found its way to the FBI through Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and reportedly formed the basis for obtaining FISA warrants for the Obama administration to spy on political opponents.

No bias by investigators … There have been scattered stories in the media about the bias of the FBI agents investigating the 2016 election and Clinton emails. We also know that some of those agents and others with outright partisan leanings have made it onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Heck, there is even a text from one of those FBI agents seeming to plot an “insurance policy” in case Trump was elected. Those are concerning developments. If the shoe were reversed and these agents were biased toward, say, Barack Obama, the media would be in overdrive. Instead, they mock those pointing it out. This approach is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.

Inciting violence … When a man walked onto a baseball field where Republican members of Congress were practicing and opened fire, he did so because he hated Republicans. He hated their policies and saw it as his duty to kill them.

For too long the left-wing media have painted Republicans and conservatives as heartless, evil people who want to hurt their fellow Americans. Nobody does this more so than Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. Is it any wonder, then, that a look at the social media of the killer showed that he was a superfan of Maddow and parroted her talking points? There is a very strong case to be made that the domestic terrorist was radicalized by watching the Maddow show.

There are a whole host of other reasons that the media deserve coal from jolly old St. Nick this year. These were just the main reasons.

To be sure, there are people of good will who work for outlets in the mainstream media. But taken as a whole, the media deserve nothing but coal this year.


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Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.