QUIT GIVING TRUMP AMMUNITION, NEWS MEDIA 5/9/2017 Even though President Trump unfairly criticizes the news media, Hasan Minhaj argues that network anchors' snarky attitudes aren't helping.
Write up: ‘Hosting a CNN Roast Isn’t Helping Your Cause’: The Daily Show Mocks Jake Tapper
On last night’s Daily Show, senior media analyst Hasan Minhaj called out the media for being too snarky when talking about President Donald Trump. “Media, Trump is out to get you, and he accuses you of being biased,” Minhaj began. “And we all want to be on your side but you give him too much ammunition.” “You guys know what snark is, right? It’s like sarcasm for people with masters degrees. And snark is driving a wedge between the media and its claim of objectivity,” he continued. “The news is best when it’s serious,” Minhaj said. “Take Jake Tapper. You guys know Jake Tapper, right? Right? My main man JT is CNN’s diversity hire, because he’s the only guy who’s not a silver fox on CNN. This guy knows how to be serious. Just look at him stand up to the wicked witch of the wild West Wing, Kellyanne Conway.” He then pointed to a discussion from December of last year during which Tapper pressed Conway on whether Trump’s use of Twitter was Presidential behavior, and continued to press her, even when she attempted to skirt the issue by invoking Bill Clinton.
“That’s how you do it. Stay in the pocket and give her hell, JT,” Minhaj said. “Jake Tapper’s at his best when he’s got those wrinkles in his forehead… When he looks like he’s spent three hours looking for lightbulbs at Home Depot… That’s when he’s coming with the facts, which destroys Trump’s argument.” Minhaj then pivoted: “But then, he flushes it all away with the Tapper ‘tude!” He followed that with a montage of said Tapper ‘tude moments which he acknowledges are funny. “He’s got comic chops, timing. The only problem is, if you’re trying to seem objective, then hosting a CNN roast isn’t helping your cause. And what’s worse, it makes it look like you’re doing exactly what Trump accuses the media of: Being biased.”
The House Passed A Health Care Bill That Will Kill People. These Media Figures Called It A Victory.
Congratulations! You win! Many people will die! Woohoo! (the media just sounds crazy when you put it in context);
As Politifact notes...
This summation of what seems to be going on, from Media Matters, shows how media will often help the GOP push its agenda while acting like it's being "fair and balanced" while they ignore important facts;
1. Television news’ lack of coverage would help the Republican Party move the legislative process forward on this bill without a public debate that would highlight the real human cost of such legislation. research also found that in addition to television channels falling flat, print media did not fair much better either on covering the the Senate health care bill.
Now for some news illustrating media behavior in context of facts...
Two days in a row, CNN’s Chris Cuomo uses debunked myths to blame Democrats for GOP health care failures
This view, interestingly enough, is debunked by Shep...
Shep Smith debunks false right-wing narrative that Republican secrecy on health care is the same as the Democrats' Smith: “Republicans accused Democrats of doing this -- which they didn’t”
The following study shows a bias of opinion (the ones most likely to be affected by the bill are not there);
Media follow GOP's lead and host mainly white men to discuss Republican health care bill
Read more of this study here.
This help provided to the GOP isn't restricted to TV either (The Australian, Rupert Murdoch, himself owns a ton of the media, which will often help each other, and other GOP owners don't seem to be identified much but are clearly there)...
I would like to point out that the Media (I keep track of cable news channels MSNBC, CNN & Fox News) will OFTEN ignore important ideas or talking points UNLESS the Democrats bring it out in some way. Obama used to do that, forcing the media to cover issues that it normally wouldn't given it's GOP patronage, simply because he was President.
Basically, I think, the media is proud of it's status as PR officers as Orwell explained;