On the issue of gun control, Vice President Joe Biden wants people only to trust “the legitimate news media.” Any news that does not agree with what the White House says on the Second Amendment is “malarkey.”
The so-called legitimate media are those media outlets that support the State. The Soviet Union had Pravda and the Nazis had Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister. Goebbels earned a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1921. By today’s standards, this would make him legitimate in the eyes of Biden. Like so many in the media, Goebbels despised capitalism and favored keeping guns out of the hands of Jews.
Our nation’s founders did not trust the idea of a “legitimate media.” That’s why they insisted on a Bill of Rights that included the “freedom of the press,” not the “freedom of the legitimate press.” The Declaration of Independence was not part of the “legitimate media.”
The first thing to go in any regime change is an independent opposition press.
“The people of Russia had to read what the State allowed, see what the State allowed and listen to what the State allowed. The State’s control of the media was total. Those who attempted to listen, read, etc. anything else were severely punished. Everybody knew of the labour camps and that was enough of a deterrent.”
It’s different in the United States since the so-called legitimate media have fallen in lock-step with the Obama Administration. They are accomplices to tyranny. They rarely report on stories that would damage the president and his policies.
Michael Calderone, writing in the Huffington Post, acknowledges the scant news coverage of controversial topics that could damage the President. While the press is discussing the ubiquitous use of drones — government guns in the sky — by this administration because the “illegitimate media” have been making it an issue for four years, the implementation of the policy has been around for quite some time:
“But where was the media during Obama’s first term, given that the president authorized his first drone strike just days after taking office and has greatly expanded the secret program from the Bush years?”
America’s media are what Western supporters of the Soviet Union were once called — useful idiots. This is not to exonerate all conservative media outlets. They, too, have a sycophantic relationship with power when their guys rule. Do you think Karl Rove likes an independent media? He, too, would like to cut off dissent. But the Left seems to be more susceptible to it.
“Network anchor David Brinkley once admitted, ‘News is what I say it is—it’s something worth knowing by my standards!”1
William Proctor, a veteran reporter and author who has worked for the New York Daily News, explains that the media “gospel is rooted in a kind of secular theology that purports to convey infallible social, moral, and political truth—a truth that the paper [The New York Times] fervently promotes with all the zeal of the fieriest proselytizer.”2
Proctor describes the editorial and news-gathering policy at the Times as “Manhattan Fundamentalism,” “a well-defined but also rather rigid package of viewpoints which the paper disseminates widely to influence political, social, and personal beliefs and behaviors.” ((Proctor, The Gospel According to the New York Times, 31.)
Tyrannies only want one official opinion on what their administration is doing. The Obama Team, with Biden leading the charge, does not want some guy in the corner shouting, “The king isn’t wearing any clothes.” Today’s legitimate media are the king’s court jesters to keep people distracted from hearing the truth.
- David Brinkley, quoted by Edith Efron, “Why Speech on Television Is Not Rally Free,” TV Guide (April 11, 1964), 7. Quoted in Colleen Cook, All That Glitters: A News-Person Explores the World of Television (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992), 32. [↩]
- William Proctor, The Gospel According to the New York Times: How the World’s Most Powerful News Organization Shapes Your Mind and Values (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2000), 11-12. [↩]