Will the 2016 Election Spell an End to the Meddling Media?

The 2016 Presidential election was harsh to say the least. Harsh words were exchanged upon and down the line, across party line, among members of the same party and from all aspects of society. But, in my opinion, the most disturbing aspect was how deeply and openly the media took sides. There is no doubt the media had picked a favorite and went out of its way to promote that candidate; however, despite its best efforts, the majority of main stream media found itself backing the wrong horse. The question is will this result in a change during future elections? Will the media return to reporting the facts, or continue down the current path of attempting to sway the results?

Believe it or not, there was a time when the media was expected to report only the facts. While it would be a stretch to describe the media of days gone by as conservative, for the most part, it did try to stick to the facts rather than personal agenda.  Yes, there were times when this newspaper or that television program would attack a candidate or overlook transgressions by another. But, as a whole, the industry frowned on this behavior and commonly referred to it as “yellow journalism.” That changed.

trump-penceOver the past few decades, and most certainly under the current administration, the media has seemed embolden. Headlines would not only support liberal ideas, but openly attack anyone who offered a different opinion. Anchors used their position to promote their own personal views rather than report on the facts. Reporters developed a narrative which provided only the facts that supported the result they desired, fabricated interviews and even lied in an effort to make themselves the focus. As the election drew near, almost every network made unsubstantiated claims concerning the candidates and the expected outcome, and one national publication even pre-printed a cover story proclaiming Hillary the next President.

But, guess what happened? Almost every single member of the mainstream media was wrong. The election was not a Hillary landslide, Trump proved not to be a joke and the American people did not blindly follow what the talking heads told them to do. Watching the election results come in, you could tell that the reporters were reluctant to accept they could have been so wrong – some even becoming visibly emotional, as it became more and more obvious their candidate would not be the winner. But even as the numbers tallied against them, reporter after reporter and network after network continued to offer projections outlining how things could still turn in Hillary’s favor – clinging to that last desperate hope that the cards would change as if they were counting on 4 aces to pay next month’s mortgage.

My hope is that this giant FUBAR on behalf of those who are paid to report the news not write it will be remembered for years to come. Editors will remember it as “that time when,” professors will use it as a shining example of what not to do, and the American people will realize the will of the people means us – not just the ones who can afford air time.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

 

Tom Burrell

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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