Skip to comments.Are They Stupid Or Do They Just Think That We Are?
Posted on 05/12/2020 3:26:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
Journalists have long held their audiences in contempt. Not active contempt of the hatred variety, but condescending contempt the belief that were all so far beneath them as to be insignificant and unworthy of their genius. Theyre better than us, just ask them. That attitude was on full display over the weekend on Meet the Press and the ironically named Reliable Sources, when the personalities that host those shows committed arrogant and hypocritical frauds on their audiences that can only happen when youre marinated in the ignorance of your own body odor.
Brian Stelter, the talentless Democratic Party mouthpiece with a face for radio and a voice for print, started his show with a lecture about priorities and news judgement. Stelters show, Reliable Sources, usually contains more clips of Fox News than original content or independent thought, and this week was no different. Where he usually whines about what was said, this monologue was about what wasnt, or at least what wasnt said soon enough.
Choking back tears less sincere than OJ shed over Nicoles murder, Stelter was angry that Fox & Friends dared ask President Donald Trump Friday about the Department of Justice moving to dismiss the case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn before asking him about the coronavirus pandemic. The Flynn news had just broken the day before, along with the release of transcripts Democrats kept hidden from the public showing Obama administration officials were telling Congress the exact opposite of what they were saying on cable news because one venue offered large paychecks for bombast and narrative-feeding and the other charges of perjury.
It's so disappointing to look at what we're seeing from right-wing media these days, where there's such an obsession with the deep state and these revelations about the Russia probe and the decision about Michael Flynn, the human Weeble groused. They're treating the Michael Flynn story like it a bigger deal than the deaths of 2,000 Americans a day.
Continuing his sermon, Stelter chastised Fox for asking the President about a developing story for 20 minutes before he was asked about the pandemic.
Curiously, Brian never did talk about the Flynn case in any meaningful way on his own show, nor did he mention the talking heads, many of whom are colleagues on the payroll at CNN, who spent the last 3 years knowingly lying to their audience while testifying to the exact opposite in private. Youd think a guy who rests the homemade crown journalistic sanctimony on his pointy head would be interested in the news that his profession and employer have been soiling their audience with falsehoods would rate a segment on a show about the media, maybe even wrestle with the concept of accountability for those who lied. Youd be wrong.
So what did the Potato dedicate limited and precious air time to instead? He did an interview segment with a mother who, along with her 2 daughters, discovered how use WordPress and started a blog during quarantine. I kid you not. After starting his show lamenting how anyone in media would ask the President about major developments in a story that has dominated his entire administration while people are dying, Stelter did a puff piece about people blogging about their families.
Did no one on staff, and there are a lot of people, notice the disconnect?
Down the dial, and a couple of hours earlier, Meet the Press ran another dishonest smear against Attorney General Bill Barr. Host Chuck Todd showed a clip of Barr speaking Friday with CBS News saying, history is written by the winners so it largely depends on who's writing the history, when asked how the DoJs decision to drop the Flynn case would be viewed by history.
The Ginger Avenger was indignant by the cynicism of the answer, telling the MtP audience, He didn't make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. It was almost admitting that, Yeah, this is a political job.
The only problem is if Chucky has played another 10 seconds of the Barr clip he wouldve heard exactly what he claimed wasnt said. But I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice, Barr continued in the whole clip.
The clip of Barr wasnt tossed on the cutting room floor, it was broadcast in its entirety on CBS News. You had to stop the tape in order not to see it.
So why did Todd stop the cut he used where he did? There are only 2 options: hes either lazy or a liar. If hes lazy, a producer brought him the cut and he expressed no curiosity about what Barr said immediately after and had no interest in the context. The other option is he knew and didnt care, his narrative was fed with the partial clip, the whole story was just an inconvenience.
Meet the Press, not Chuck Todd, offered something masquerading as an apology 10 hours later. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error, they said on the shows Twitter feed.
Chuck, the political director at all of NBC News, has remained mum on the subject, not even bothering to retweet his own shows tepid mea culpa.
There was a time when people like this could get away with the hypocrisy and lying, before the internet and DVRs, even before VCRs. Back when if you didnt see it live, you pretty much missed it forever. Thats not today; thats not even the world Chuck and Brian grew up in. The Internet exists, they both got their starts writing on it.
That leaves their audiences wondering between 2 choices when it comes to why they and their colleagues would so blatantly engage in such dishonest and hypocritical actions: theyre either genuinely stupid people, or they think their audience is. I have my suspicions that its the former. Then again, if their audience is looking for truth for either one of these two, or their networks, maybe its both.
Both. They are stupid but they think they are so very smart compared to us. It is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it is a fact that the dumbest among us think they are the smartest.
This is why the character Fredo in the Godfather is the perfect caricature of these people.
The only thing that dilutes the media's power now are sites like the Freerepublic.
Todd and Stelter are furnishing their audience confirmation bias.
Stelter is a nitwit
That attitude was on full display over the weekend on Meet the Press and the ironically named Reliable Sources, when the personalities that host those shows committed arrogant and hypocritical frauds on their audiences that can only happen when youre marinated in the ignorance of your own body odor.
No most people are not stupid, they are just sheep.
Don’t think most of these liberal journalists could write fairly for a Junior High School News Paper.
Wow. He REALLY said that? Really? After nearly four years of non-stop, hyperventilating narrative by him and his peers to promote outright fabrications and lies on the same subjects?
I have to admit, I am a bit floored by that.
I listen to Dan Bongino regularly, and his viewpoints on the media exactly mirror my own, but his personal experience gives his added weight.
He has spent a lot of time around them due to his time in the Secret Service, and he maintains that they are the dumbest, least reality based people around.
Half the people out there are dumber than the average person.
Yes, they really think that we are stupid. When they look at us they somehow see the word STUPID tattooed on our foreheads. Someone needs to do a study of the average ACT/SAT scores in the schools of journalism at our universities compared to the averages for the other disciplines. I bet that the journalism schools enjoy some of the lowest on our campuses.
Somehow they always think of themselves as possessing a superior judgment and that their perspective is absolute.
But, with every word, they demonstrate that they are not. It's become more obvious in direct proportion to the lack of bias they achieve.
For a very long time now, they have been writing and speaking only to one another.
Every day I wonder if it's possible for them as individuals and as a profession to BE any more irrelevant. It always reminds me of the quote:
“Liberalism is the ideological disguise of the will-to- power of some people, who could not themselves BE less liberal.”
I believe that study has been done, and, IIRC, shows that journalists and teachers have among the lowest college entrance scores. IIRC
I see what you did here!
So, Trump says opening is up to the governors but he has the authority and Fauci the Fraud claims he makes the policy for the governors.
Anyone feeling stupid yet?
Yes. Next question ...
As to your education being the lowest, what I found was exactly the opposite. I looked at about six graphs and Education was the highest on all of the charts.
Now, I have a couple of advanced degrees in educational areas and I am not even a little impressed with those graphs.
I remember from my undergraduate time that most education classes were notoriosly easy and consequently those students majoring in Education were often considered slakers.
I was a prelaw student and didn't pay much attention to other fields.
I found that law school wasn't what I was looking for and wound up back in school doing teacher certification requirements.
I just kept going and finished a MS before I went to work and I believe the work I did was substantially less demanding than was the material I dealt with in pre law.
The masters degree particularly seemed to fit the often heard description of the work- pay the fee and get your B
No most people are not stupid, they are just sheep.
Sheep are stupid.
When compared to most progs, however, the sheep look pretty darned bright. Confronted by a predator, sheep will panic and run away, while progs, in the same situation, will run toward the predator bleating and defecating along the way.
Sheep will respond positively to their guard dogs. Progs will trample them to death.
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