There is an enormous dissonance between the will of the American people and the will of the mainstream media, as evidenced by this latest fight over the future of free speech in America.
In the last week, we have seen some strange maneuver in the realm of the First Amendment, taken by the “masters of the universe” in social media. These gatekeepers, who account for more internet traffic than nearly anyone else in cyberspace, are lashing out against the right wing in new and Orwellian ways as of late. Censorship is back in style, much as it is in North Korea or communist China, and it isn’t clashing well with the long-held assumptions of the American Dream.
Caught in the middle of this mess is Jim Acosta, a precocious young reporter from CNN who has attempted on several occasions to tie himself to the Trump administration through the use of brute badgering. His constant outbursts during presidential pressers has made him the laughing stock of the newsroom as journalists the nation over begin to roll their eyes at his attention gathering antics.
Not to be outdone by his own high jinx, Acosta appeared on The Late Show this week to lament some more.
Acosta said Trump supporters get their impression of the press “twisted and warped” by conservative outlets “who just want to do the president’s bidding.”
“My sense of it, Stephen, is that a lot of these folks — they get their impression of what we do by watching other conservative outlets, they look at other conservative websites. And these folks are focused on the coverage of the president’s behavior more so than they are the president’s behavior. And to me, I think the president’s behavior is more newsworthy than our coverage. But a lot of these folks out there, they’re getting their sense of what we do twisted and warped by some people out there who just want to do the president’s bidding.”
All right, let’s break this down for Acosta with some facts that haven’t been “twisted or warped”: Trump’s approval rating is higher than former President Barack Obama’s was at this same time during his presidency, and the mainstream media is beholden to television advertisers for revenue.
Anything else you’d like mentioned, Jimmy?