The Media is a Threat to America

The Media is a Threat to America, by Daniel Greenfield.

The rise of the Internet and the move to online advertising is destroying the media financially. Google and Facebook get more than half of all the advertising revenue in Australia, for instance. This is driving the news media to today’s crazy reporting. (It’s always about the money.)

The media hates Trump, but it also loves clicks. And Trump has been very good for business.

The ‘Trump Bump’ has seen massive growth at the New York Times, and the Washington Post, which are also the outlets pushing impeachment the hardest.

“We’ve seen that anytime you break away from the Trump story and cover other events in this era, the audience goes away,” CNN boss Jeff Zucker admitted. “Right now, Donald Trump dominates.”

The media’s 92% negative coverage of Trump serves a small slice of the country. But it’s a wealthy and engaged slice that will pay for subscriptions and engage with media content on a daily basis. The Dems, as a political party, spend all their time catering to this wealthy lefty fringe, and so does the media.

Follow the money to understand why every other word in the media is “impeachment”.

The media doesn’t actually want President Trump to go away. That would be economically devastating. And House Democrats know that they don’t have the votes for impeachment. That’s why they haven’t held a vote to begin impeachment proceedings. And why Pelosi has said that she isn’t planning to hold one. Instead, she’s giving the media what it wants, a circus of hearings that the industry can repackage as impeachment to its gullible audience that’s barely able to get through the day without crying jags.

This scam isn’t a victimless crime.

The media’s lies are radicalizing and dividing the country. They’re pitting Americans against each other. And if the media were to bring down the President of the United States, it would not only kill the goose that laid the industry’s golden eggs, its greed could bring the entire country to the brink of civil war. …

The entertainment industry lost its war against the internet. And its demands were far less grand. The media’s plot to transform into a fact-checking cartel that will control all content on the internet is doomed. And its doom will spread to Google, Facebook, and any monopolies that embrace its vision.

But, in the pursuit of this cause, the media increasingly advocates against free speech and spreads lies.

The media embraced Hillary Clinton’s nonsensical claim that she lost the election because of Russian bots, and made these paranoid claims go mainstream because they served its financial interests. The media used claims of Russian bots to demand that tech companies put its ‘fact checkers’ in charge. …

Technological change killed their monopoly, and without it they can’t make enough money:

The problem is not, as the media insists, the First Amendment, or Russian bots, or Facebook. The problem is an industry that built monopolies around investments in outdated technology. These technologies, from the printing press to radio to cable news, were revolutionary at the time.

The internet killed their monopolistic power and they’ve been trying to rebuild it ever since. …

The First Amendment was meant to protect speech, not industries. The media industry is trying to kill speech and is willing to kill the country to make it happen. But it’s the industry that needs to die.

The media have hooked the PC crowd on a set of fantasies, the “narrative,” in which the PC crowd are virtuous and wonderful and everyone else is a deplorable racist uncaring stupid ‘phobe ‘phobe ‘phobe supremacist etc. It’s like a drug. The PC audience just want more of feeling good and being told how superior they are. All they have to do is imbibe and believe the propaganda. Just believe, and you will be saved…

Just as the illusion of left wing economics was shattered by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, perhaps the current PC narrative can be shattered by pointing out the carbon dioxide theory of global warming is based on a technical error made in the 1960s. Going to find out soonish.