For the Corporate Press, It’s All the Spin That’s Fit to Print ~Sirota
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Following the violent insurrection at the Capitol, the New York Times last week published an obsequious love letter to one of the Republican Party’s largest donors, helping the billionaire launder his reputation just in time for the beginning of the post-Trump era. A few days later, the same newspaper fired an editor after she tweeted a mildly positive thought about Joe Biden’s inauguration, touching off allegations that she was punished for expressing political views.
The two episodes could be construed as proof of the paper’s Republican bias, but that’s not quite accurate. Amid the ongoing debate over so-called cancel culture, the contrast between firing an editor after a vaguely partisan tweet and proudly publishing a corporate press release displays something bigger — it exposes what kinds of loyalties are prohibited and celebrated at corporate media outlets that pretend to be impartial.
Put another way: it exposes the gaping crack in the facade of objectivity — and provides a microcosmic illustration of one reason why new survey data show the public’s trust in media has now hit a new low.
The facade of objectivity is built on the premise that politics is only a contest between red and blue and nothing else — in this construction, objectivity only means never expressing affinity for either party. Though we don’t know all the circumstances of her termination, Times editor Lauren Wolfe’s firing was received by the media industry as a defense of objectivity: she tweeted that she felt “chills” upon seeing Joe Biden’s plane land before his inauguration; this was construed by some critics as an inappropriate declaration of Democratic Party fealty, and she was terminated.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
January 25, 2021 at 11:10 PM #398111
January 26, 2021 at 2:38 AM #398183jbnwParticipant
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@sonofspy777 While I have different opinions than she does, I think you should be able to have different opinions, as long as it doesn’t affect your work. It was a personal tweet, not a NYT story.
As Hall said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” – though in these days, I’ll just defend her right to say it!
January 26, 2021 at 3:34 PM #398269MizzGrizzParticipant
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..that what you post or tweet in your own time is your business.If you don’t sneak your opinions into your work,that right should be respected.
Remember Rosanne Barr?These same rules ruined her.She said something rotten on her own time and her show dumped her.
If we still believed in civil liberties,these firings would not stand,but the view nowadays is that free speech is only for those who agree with the dominant culture.
And that nobody has the right to be wrong.
January 26, 2021 at 4:12 PM #398277djean111Participant
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Anything. I have no interest in, for example, anything at all about Kamala Harris. Or the Bidens. Or the Clintons. Or the Trumps. Or the Obamas. I don’t need to read any domestic bullshit about them. I don’t care about anything they are doing, except for breaking laws, circumventing laws that the rest of us must obey, things like that. And what they do to the rest of us while in office. Don’t give a flying fuck about them, their families, their pets, their clothes, whatever. I am not human to them, really, and so they are not human to me.
In the 90’s – walked past a small – less than 10 or so – group of people in Copenhagen who were carrying signs about an EU vote, surrounded and outnumbered by CNN crews and cameras and satellite dishes, and then turning on the TV to CNN International in the hotel room and seeing that described, breathlessly, as a huge demonstration about the EU, told me all I need to know about CNN News.
Also recently read that a police cruiser deliberately drove into a crowd of demonstrators in Portland, Or. Then I read that they were not demonstrators, they were people blocking intersections so drag racers or whatever could do donuts and whatever, in the street, and a policeman investigating, flashers and siren going, had a bunch of people on his vehicle, trying to break the windows and get at him. So he drove out of the crowd, hit some people, no one killed, and called for an ambulance and backup. Still not good, but the initial story I read said the guy deliberately drove into a crowd of demonstrators. So I am not going to believe anything much any more, will try and do some more research, remembering that everywhere, including here, people slant the “news” in order to push buttons.
And (IMO) always remember – those people who “burn”, destroy”, “kick ass” or all the other exaggerations about exchanges in interviews or ads or twitter or whatever – no, no one is destroyed in any way, and many of the politicians go out and have a nice cheerful supper together – deductible – after whatever happened, happened. Pretty much all theater now.
Also, Wikipedia is okay for hard facts. Not opinions.
America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)
Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.
January 26, 2021 at 5:11 PM #398294closeupreadyParticipant
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If he scores a point for genuine democracy, great, but I will have to find out about it from someone posting it here or maybe on Jimmy Dore or Glenn Greenwald would write a column about it, because I would NEVER follow what someone like Sirota says or thinks.
The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.
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