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The 'BS' Factor

This just in from The New York Times: Jour­nal­ists are hav­ing trou­ble being objec­tive about Don­ald Trump.

Seri­ously?

Here’s what the red, old lady had to say recently:

If you view a Trump pres­i­dency as some­thing that’s poten­tially dan­ger­ous, then your report­ing is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppo­si­tional. That’s uncom­fort­able and uncharted ter­ri­tory for every main­stream, non-​opinion jour­nal­ist I’ve ever known, and by nor­mal stan­dards, untenable.”

The author, media colum­nist Jim Ruten­berg, appar­ently isn’t much of a reporter or has ignored sig­nif­i­cant evi­dence of media bias when he served as the lead reporter on the 2012 cam­paign and a White House correspondent.

Note: I am not an ardent sup­porter of Trump. Also, I real­ize that the read­ers of DaT­e­chGuy are not sur­prised by The New York Times’s arro­gance and igno­rance. But it is note­wor­thy that Ruten­berg actu­ally puts his analy­sis in writ­ing at http://​ow​.ly/​I​O​Q​g​3034Bsk

NewYorkerNoted pla­gia­rist Fareed Zakaria made no bones about his atti­tude about Trump. He sim­ply called the GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date a “bull****” artist on CNN and in The Wash­ing­ton Post.

In the neck-​snapping under­pin­ning for his “astute” analy­sis, Zakaria quoted a Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor who actu­ally wrote an aca­d­e­mic paper enti­tled, “On Bull****.”

In case you need a def­i­n­i­tion, a BS-​er, “is nei­ther on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all … except inso­far as they may be per­ti­nent to his inter­est in get­ting away with what he says.”

It seems to me that the def­i­n­i­tion applies to Zakaria and many of his fel­low trav­el­ers in the media.

Christo­pher Harper, a long­time jour­nal­ist with The Asso­ci­ated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Times, teaches media law. Read more at www​.media​mashup​.org


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This just in from The New York Times: Journalists are having trouble being objective about Donald Trump.

Seriously?

Here’s what the red, old lady had to say recently:

“If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.”

The author, media columnist Jim Rutenberg, apparently isn’t much of a reporter or has ignored significant evidence of media bias when he served as the lead reporter on the 2012 campaign and a White House correspondent.

Note: I am not an ardent supporter of Trump. Also, I realize that the readers of DaTechGuy are not surprised by The New York Times’s arrogance and ignorance. But it is noteworthy that Rutenberg actually puts his analysis in writing at http://ow.ly/IOQg3034Bsk

NewYorkerNoted plagiarist Fareed Zakaria made no bones about his attitude about Trump. He simply called the GOP presidential candidate a “bull****” artist on CNN and in The Washington Post.

In the neck-snapping underpinning for his “astute” analysis, Zakaria quoted a Princeton University professor who actually wrote an academic paper entitled, “On Bull****.”

In case you need a definition, a BS-er, “is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all . . . except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.”

It seems to me that the definition applies to Zakaria and many of his fellow travelers in the media.

Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org


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