Top press oppressor? … The outsized egos of the current crop of media personalities know no bounds. There are journalists around the world who are risking their lives to bring truth to light. Yet whom does the Committee to Protect Journalists name as the top global press oppressor? Yep, that’s right, President Donald Trump. The committee bestowed upon Trump the “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award. Why? Because the president does not take the constant negative biased press thrown his way lying down. He fights back. His predecessor tried prosecuting members of the press, but Trump gets the award, merely for words.
Acosta’s promotion … Being the media’s chief whiner at the White House comes with a plethora of rewards. Case in point? CNN’s Jim Acosta just got a promotion to chief White House correspondent for the network. I’m sure he’s proud.
But Russia … The entire lynchpin of the Russian “collusion” narrative is that Russian trolls put forth “fake news” to fool the rubes — er, American voters — into voting for Donald Trump. But what if the “fake news” didn’t really have an impact? The NY Times reports on a study that shows that actual fake news stories had little impact. It’s an interesting read, but not devoid of its own bias, like this passage: “But even the most eager fake-news readers — deeply conservative supporters of President Trump — consumed far more of the real kind.” There is significant proof that Russian trolls targeted both conservatives and liberals and that both lapped up the “news” in equal numbers, but a NY Times writer needs to be a NY Times writer. I’d say “unreal,” but it really isn’t.
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Poor Morning Joe … Nothing helps a “journalism” career like unsubstantiated rumors passed along as fact. Maybe that’s why Morning Joe Scarborough is so upset that the Washington Post wouldn’t let him publish a column using a single source to say that Donald Trump has early-onset dementia. First off, good on the Post for having some journalistic standards; second, don’t worry, Joe got the rumor out there by just saying it on his cable show. MSNBC, ethics, standards? Three words that seemingly don’t go together. Or as “Sesame Street” used to say, “One of these things is not like the other.”
Just a bunch of fruit … Did you really think you’d get through a WTF newsletter without a shout-out to everybody’s favorite media critic/cheerleader, Brian Stelter? The CNNer sent out a tweet about Oprah that had the internet going bananas, or wait, is that apples? Twitchy has the tweet and the glorious reactions. I’d say I was embarrassed for Brian, but I’m not sure he is capable of being embarrassed.
A MAGA sitcom character … “Roseanne” star Roseanne Barr is making sure that her character on the ABC reboot is unabashedly pro-Trump. Barr said, “I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people. And in fact it was working class people who elected Trump.” Here’s my prediction for the show. The reboot is going to be a runaway success. Flyover country gravitates towards shows that portray its residents in a sympathetic light. And the MSM will not know how to process the success of the show. “Roseanne” premieres at the end of March.
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Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.