The Media Corruption that Helped Spawn The Donald

Many of the Republican candidates defeated by Donald Trump — and Ted Cruz, who is fighting a last-ditch battle against him — have complained that the news media created the Trump candidacy with (Cruz's words) "hundreds of millions of dollars of free advertising." That seems to me half true. The news media did give the odious Donald a boost, but they did it by spewing such a ceaseless fume of left-wing lies that Trump's simplistic nonsense, by comparison, sounds like "telling it like it is."

The charge that the news media is biased toward Democrats is an old one, but only because the truth of it is so ludicrously apparent. When the chief anchor of ABC News is a former Clinton operative, when the best investigative reporter at CBS News had to quit because the network wouldn't run her stories about Obama's malfeasance, when the former anchor at NBC News actually bowed to Obama like a courtier to a king, Andrew Breitbart's accusation that we're dealing with a "Democrat-Media Complex" seems much too polite.

To some extent, the ideological corruption of our press is an outgrowth of the shattered American political consensus. As our politics has become more European and extreme, so our media has become more European and partisan. It is a shame, however, that news outlets should skew so entirely to one side, that fifty percent of the country should find itself insulted, coerced and lied to on a daily basis.

We all remember the non-scandal scandals of the W. Bush administration. A New York Times op-ed wrongly accused Bush of lying; the Valerie Plame nonsense was constructed to distract us from that lie. A hundred years of Democrat corruption led to the destruction of New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina; Bush was blamed. A handful of soldiers misbehaved at Abu Ghraib, whole shelves of books were published as if abusing prisoners were official policy.