Over two years have passed since the polarizing 2016 election grounded to a halt with the victory of Donald J. Trump and the prompt commencement of a two-year-long investigation – oftentimes reasonably referred to as a political “witch hunt” – into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Soaring across the airwaves, permeating university journalism departments and recycled as a banal talking point by Democratic Party politicians as well as their neocon, war hawk allies within the Republican Party is the postulation of a “war on the press.”
For the new intellectual class – the cosmopolitan, neoliberal nobility of New York, D.C., Hollywood and Silicon Valley – there exists a grave disconnect from ordinary working class people: Their concerns are labeled as “bigotry,” their lands are referred to as “flyover country,” and their religion is perpetually mocked and shamed; their cries for a wall on the southern border to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking are deemed “medieval” or “immoral” by millionaire CNN anchors and politicians who live in gated or walled-off mansions.
With left-wing cultural domination in the realms of media, entertainment and academia – which serve as the propaganda arms of an international political establishment imposing rigged trade deals and mass migration policies on the most vulnerable people in society – this same ruling class simultaneously asks themselves: “Why do they hate us so much?”
The mainstream media, while claiming to hold those in power accountable, act as the gatekeepers of the Democratic Party and their billionaire donors; they echo the talking points of the D.C. consensus. When the war hawks are thirsting for war, the media beat their war drums; when the intelligence agencies fabricate reports and dossiers, the media publish the information anyway, never questioning the ethics and integrity of their own government, except when the people begin reclaiming control of that government.
For an accurate depiction of how the corporate media operates, Phil Donahue, a prominent antiwar voice, was fired from MSNBC shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. At the time, MSNBC was co-owned by General Electric, a major manufacturer of war materials.1 Prior to a massive military invasion of a foreign country, such a company undoubtedly has profit to make, and they probably do not want an antiwar voice on a cable news channel they co-own. Under these circumstances, it is understandable why many Americans no longer trust the media.
A Harvard University study found that 93 percent of CNN and NBC’s coverage of President Trump has been negative, with CBS trailing closely behind with 91 percent negative. Despite the left-wing hostility towards Fox News – the single cable news channel with prominent conservative voices such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity – 52 percent of their coverage of Trump was still negative.2
It is worth remembering “Operation Mockingbird” – the CIA infiltration of U.S. media outlets exposed by the Church Committee hearings in 1975. The CIA paid reporters from the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, New York Herald Tribune, AP and the Washington Post to frame stories in a certain manner which benefited the U.S. government and shaped public opinion.3
The extent to which the intelligence agencies work hand-in-hand with the corporate media today remains unknown, but one certainly does question – given the history of this oftentimes cozy relationship – where else these so-called “deep state” leaks under the Trump administration originate from. The corruption and bias engaged in by individuals at the highest levels of the FBI and CIA like Jim Comey, Peter Strzok and John Brennan indicate that the intelligence agencies, like the media, are not impartial, but are part of a well-connected network actively participating in a coup to undermine the Trump presidency.
Moreover, while expounding the virtues of a free and independent press that delivers the “hard questions” to the “rich and powerful,” journalists fail to inform the public that 90 percent of the American media apparatus is owned by six large corporations: Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, News-Corp, GE and CBS. In 1983, however, 90 percent of the media was owned by 50 corporations.4
We are witnessing corporate consolidation on an unprecedented level – an inevitable characteristic of neoliberal crony capitalism, where tax-exempt, billionaire elites play by different rules than ordinary working people. Amazon.com – owned by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world – bought the Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million.5Bezos, similar to his billionaire Silicon Valley contemporaries like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Jack Dorsey, is an anti-Trump liberal, which shatters the long-held leftist belief that the ultra-rich are all right-wing Republicans. Undercover reporters from independent conservative media outlet Project Veritas exposed Washington Post reporters admitting that Jeff Bezos came up with the new motto for the paper, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” following Trump’s election.6
In universities – the classic destinations for the free and open exchange of ideas and perspectives – left-wing communication professors train the next generation of liberal media activists. But the academic indoctrination occuring is far from limited to a single field. In higher education today, President Trump is lambasted across academic disciplines; white men in particular are casually demonized solely based on their gender and skin color. According to associate professor of business management at Brooklyn College Mitchell Lambert, Democrat professors outnumber Republican professors by over ten to one.7
Since the 1960s and increasingly under President Obama, Marxist ideologues have found an outlet in academia to expose future generations to historically discredited, radical philosophies responsible for the deaths of millions under communist regimes in the 20th century.
Neo-Marxist and postmodernist philosophy is present in communication courses even at Illinois State, namely Introduction to Communication Theories; many of the theories studied such as Feminist Standpoint Theory and Muted Group Theory stem from Marxist ideology. The question Illinois taxpayers contributing funds to public universities like Illinois State should be asking is: “Why are we financing political revolution?”
Associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College Jon Shields co-authored a book about the absence of conservatives in academia with associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado Joshua Dunn. The book, titled Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University, claims that 18 percent of professors consider themselves Marxists, but only a mere five percent of professors identify as actual conservatives.8
Thus, in academia, there are significantly more communists than conservatives. Who dared say the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Soviet Union? Under our very noses, Karl Marx’s worldwide proletariat revolution infiltrated the institutions of the West – specifically academia and media – and is actively subverting them. A logical proposal to this higher education crisis was put forth by University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson: Cut funding to public universities by 25 percent.
So is there a war on the press? Are they the “enemy of the people” as President Trump claims? Is the current administration a “threat to our democracy?” Need Americans be reminded, the United States is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. The founding fathers were highly skeptical of total democracy, for it is merely mob rule – 51 percent of the population controlling 49 percent of the population.
Regardless, Barack Obama used the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and journalists more than any other U.S. president.9 The mainstream media, of course, remained silent. Rationality certainly does not lend credence to the preposterous idea that CNN – a billion dollar, multinational corporate media conglomerate owned by Time Warner – faces life-threatening assailments from Donald Trump’s Twitter account. CNN’s own lobbying for a competing news organization, Infowars.com, to be shut down, however – along with social media censorship of conservative and libertarian content – is a serious threat to the First Amendment.10
Unfortunately, the Orwellian elites of CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times believe it is their role to tell the public what to think, what information they should and should not trust and to whom they should resort for news and current events.
The answer is yes, there is a war on the press, but it is not being waged by the current administration. The Silicon Valley tech oligarchs, the mainstream media and the D.C. consensus, with all their institutional power and might, are the assassins of unfiltered, independent information that disrupts and exposes their deeply-embedded corruption. Any power structure that resorts to censorship and concealment cannot claim to be a watchdog or guardian of truth. And to discover the real truth – for it always does exist – look no further than the voices being demonized, squelched and shut down.
1 "Phil Donahue on His 2003 Firing from MSNBC, When Liberal Network Couldn't Tolerate Antiwar Voices." Democracy Now! Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/21/phil_donahue_on_his_2003_firing.
2 Kass, John. "Harvard Study: Media Has Been Largely Negative on Trump." Chicago Tribune. May 22, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-trump-media-coverage-harvard-ka ss-0521-20170519-column.html.
3 Dice, Mark. The True Story of Fake News. San Diego, CA: Resistance Manifesto, 2017.
4Lutz, Ashley. "These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America." Business Insider. June 14, 2012. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2 012-6.
5 "Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Buys Washington Post for $250m." BBC News. August 05, 2013. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-23582797/amazon-boss-jeff-bezos-buys-washingtonpost-for-250m.
6 "BREAKING: Undercover Video Exposes Washington Post's Hidden Agenda." Project Veritas. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.projectveritas.com/2017/11/27/breaking-undercover-video-exposes-washingtonposts-hidden-agenda/.
7 Richardson, Bradford. "Democratic Professors Outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, Study Shows." The Washington Times. April 26, 2018. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/26/democratic-professors-outnumber-repu blicans-10-to-/.
8 "The Progressive University: Out of 6,000 Sociologists, Only 12 Are Conservatives." CNS News. June 14, 2016. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/joe-setyon/progressive-university-out-6000-sociologi sts-only-12-are-conservatives.
9 "CNN's Tapper: Obama Has Used Espionage Act More than All Previous Administrations." Politifact. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jan/10/jake-tapper/cnns-tapper-obama -has-used-espionage-act-more-all-/.
10 "Darcey, Oliver. “Facebook Touts Fight on Fake News, but Struggles to Explain Why InfoWars Isn't Banned." CNNMoney. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/11/media/facebook-infowars/index.html.