he following is an excerpt from James O’Keefe’s new book, American Muckraker: Rethinking Journalism for the 21st Century (Post Hill Press).
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In 2016, not coincidentally, Donald Trump was elected president. Trump’s ascendancy, argued Barton Swaim in the Wall Street Journal , represented the “spectacular failure of America’s expert class,” one “that would have been impossible without the willing support of a credulous news media.”A colleague of senior ABC correspondent David Wright, Andy Fies, explained the nature of that failure to an undercover Project Veritas reporter: It’s about the f**king horse race … people in New York are constantly, I think, fascinated by how can people like Donald Trump, how can people understand. You know, well f**k, cross the Hudson now and then, and come out and spend some time, and you’ll hear why. The disconnect between public sentiment and corporate media culture was echoed in 2017. CNN employees reluctant to speak publicly, did so privately to Project Veritas. A twenty-five-year veteran of CNN said of his employer: I hate what we’ve become … we could be so much better than we are … All they gotta do is take an anchor, and put him at the desk, and tell the news … We’re so busy trying to get appointment viewership … Even though we’re totally left-leaning, we’re not, we don’t wanna admit it. Although most journalists have been unwilling to acknowledge this bias out loud, people as different as Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky, and President Trump have not shied from pointing it out, […]
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