Leave it to the national media to distort a story to generate headlines. The art of American journalism is dying and a large part of it is the assembly line of shallow sensationalists at all the major networks. Truth plays second to the story and integrity is yesterday’s art. For this point, it is completely unsurprising when they fabricate stories and intentionally misconstrue the words of others.
Today’s example is the ever-trustworthy beacon of integrity, the Washington Post. Former Senator Jim Webb is today’s target.
The Washington Post “reported” on a recent interview in a story titled “Jim Webb: I’d vote for Trump, but not Clinton“.
The title clearly states that Webb would support Donald Trump, but not Hillary Clinton for President. The title also openly contradicts the story, however:
“In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Reagan administration veteran-turned-Democratic senator from Virginia turned short-term presidential candidate Jim Webb said twice that he could not support Hillary Clinton if she won the Democratic nomination for president.
“No, I would not vote for Hillary Clinton,” said Webb.
Pressed on whether he would vote for Donald Trump, Webb said he was “not sure” but had not ruled it out.”
While the title indicates it’s a fairly clear done deal, the actual words from the Morning Joe interview declare otherwise. Why would the Washington Post openly lie about that?
This clearly lack of integrity is why the American public is losing trust in the mainstream media and quick. Washington Post, clearly more interested in pushing headlines, fits into this narrative.
Four in 10 Americans say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. This ties the historical lows on this measure set in 2014 and 2012. Prior to 2004, slight majorities of Americans said they trusted the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio.
National publications like the Washington Post are only making it worse.
Americans’ confidence in the media has slowly eroded from a high of 55% in 1998 and 1999. Since 2007, the majority of Americans have had little or no trust in the mass media. Trust has typically dipped in election years, including 2004, 2008, 2012 and last year. However, 2015 is not a major election year.
This decline follows the same trajectory as Americans’ confidence in many institutions and their declining trust in the federal government’s ability to handle domestic and international problems over the same time period.
It’s no surprise that the national media parroting misrepresentations of the truth correlates with the distrust in the government and its institutions. We live in an era where many journalists don’t ask serious questions or conduct thorough investigations, but instead merely shill for an agenda and opt for sensationalism.
It looks bad for the Washington Post that they’re twisting comments about an interview that also was negative about Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Just who is the Washington Post working for?
Once again, the Washington Post is caught with clear bias in favor of the Democratic establishment. This time, instead of attacking a Republican or conservative, they’re lying about a statement made by an accomplished military hero and former United States Senator who recently left the Democratic Party over party partisanship.
This is where we’re at America. It’s a sad state for journalism.