Don’t Be Played by the Liberal Media: An Open Letter to All Minorities

By Harry Jackson Published on December 3, 2016

After President Donald Trump’s shocking defeat of Hillary Clinton, you would think members of the mainstream media would take a good look in the mirror to evaluate how they got the outcome so wrong. Instead, the same people who promised us Trump had no chance of victory are hysterically insisting that the world is coming to an end. 

For months, we were told that a Clinton victory was inevitable, and nearly every poll seemed to confirm this viewpoint. Of course Clinton did end up winning the popular vote, as many national polls projected, but her losses in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, coupled with surprising Trump showings in states like Michigan and Wisconsin led to a decisive Trump electoral victory predicted by almost no one outside his most devoted supporters.

Journalists who want to do their job — to report the truth as objectively as possible — would be wise to calm down and give Trump a chance.

One explanation for the overconfidence of the media in Clinton’s victory was that journalists were simply reporting what they wanted to be true, rather than what was actually happening. Indeed, a 2016 report by the Center for Public Integrity confirmed that 96 percent of people working in journalism who donated to a presidential campaign gave their money to Hillary Clinton. But with the overwhelming majority of media outlets and individual reporters so heavily biased against Trump, how was he able to prevail? Not only that, how did a man that the media repeatedly insisted was racist successfully win a larger percentage of the black and Latino vote than Mitt Romney did in 2012?

It goes without saying that the media has far less credibility than it once did. Mainstream bias towards liberal ideas and candidates is so well-documented it is accepted as almost axiomatic. But public distrust of the media goes beyond this problem. Many on both sides of the aisle have observed that past media caricatures of previous Republican candidates may have numbed readers and viewers to criticisms of Trump that perhaps had more validity. In a rather astonishing moment not long before the election, HBO host and comedian Bill Maher admitted on air:

I know liberals made a big mistake because we attacked [President George W. Bush] like he was the end of the world. He wasn’t. And Mitt Romney, we attacked that way. I gave Obama a million dollars, I was so afraid of Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney wouldn’t have changed my life that much, or yours. Or John McCain. They were honorable men who we disagreed with. And we should have kept it that way. So we cried wolf. And that was wrong.

The Media Doubles Down

Unfortunately, Maher seems to be one of the few who sees and admits the error of his ways. Instead of making similar admissions and tempering their rhetoric, the mainstream media is doubling down, responding to every Trump tweet and cabinet appointment with the same apocalyptic denunciations with which they greeted each move of his campaign. Why not wait until he has actually done something significant before insisting that the sky is falling?

By continuing to panic over every single decision Trump makes — even when he appoints men and women who have served the country faithfully for decades — the mainstream media is further eroding what little credibility it has left. Rather than serving as an objective observer to keep politicians of all parties honest, many of the nation’s top newspapers and television networks are demonstrating that they will denounce Trump no matter what he does. This drives Americans further apart, stoking the hysteria of Trump opponents and driving his defenders further into his corner.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the mainstream coverage of Trump protestors, from high schoolers walking out of class to people gathering in cities across the country. Sarah Jaffe is one of many journalists who wrote glowingly of Trump protestors in her Rolling Stone piece, “Why Trump Protestors Matter.” In the story, subtitled, “It’s more than just a release for anger — taking to the streets is a necessary way to participate in democracy,” Jaffe wrote. “Beyond the participants and the targets, protests also have an effect on those who witness them. Seeing large crowds can on the one hand inspire more people to come out for the first time – as many have done in the wake of this election.” Does anyone seriously think that protestors of a Clinton victory would be written about this way?

Most Americans — whatever their political views — understand that Trump is a unique figure in American politics. Most want the best for our country and are willing to wait and see what he will do. But increasingly, people with this common sense understanding of our current political situation have nowhere to turn for evenhanded coverage of our President-elect. Journalists who want to do their job — to report the truth as objectively as possible — would be wise to calm down and give Trump a chance.

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  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Being Jewish by birth & a Christian by choice qualifies me for membership in the minorities club. Just not the kind of minority the left wing machine does it’s best to infiltrate w/their pejorative position on all things not in alignment w/their political agenda. That said, My affiliation w/issues that appeal to my heritage & more importantly my faith are frequently the target by the media madness that has been unleashed on this country of late. Biblical values on all things w/which we embrace regarding marriage, sexuality, the preservation of Israel according to biblical precedent & of course the inherent value of life from conception are maligned w/impunity. No where has this been more evident than during & now after this last presidential election as Mr. Jackson correctly illustrates. That said, it should seem only a matter of time, as the flames of discord fueled by the hallucinations of those who refuse to sober up, before minorities of all stripes & colors transcend the illusion of identity politics & embrace an inclusive political ideology which has at it’s foundation the highest & best interests of this country & the principles of it’s founders. At least it should by those who care enough to at the very least – vote.

    • tja1

      What a bunch of nonsensical gibberish. Your “Biblical beliefs” are just that – yours. We have a Constitution in this country, which means that your personal religious foibles cannot be imposed by operation of law. You decry things that have nothing to do with you and for which you have no business pretending offense. It is neither Christian, nor in line with the “highest & best interests of this country” or the principles of its founders. Virtually every sentence you write is, in fact, a violation of the principles of the Founders.

      • Howard Rosenbaum

        Well, I’m pleased my short rant got noticed by one clearly not in alignment w/the sentiment expressed. However your reply illustrates the very matter that should concern all who strive after some semblance of objectivity. Your comments certainly don’t offend me, yet your tone reveals a possible area of concern. That is the near obvious personal connection you have to the subject matter. Hope you can get over it whether we agree on biblical perspective or otherwise …

  • Irene Neuner

    The division this is causing is not good but man we were brow beaten by 24 years of liberalism. So good to have our hero doing right by us … that is conservatives.

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  • WakeUp

    Thank you Mr Jackson but you seem to be the one going ballistic, catastrophic, and weird. You’ve created a straw man out of the so-called LIBERAL MEDIA!

    In my community and workplace people of different colors are agreeable, generally, that we’ve endured before many different political regimes – local, statewide, federal – that we variously liked and disliked and so we’ll do again. We are not – as you claim – ‘panicking at every Trump decision’. We continue to work together. We continue to go to movies. We continue to help and volunteer in our communities.

    You are the one, here, making a big fuss about transitioning to a Trump Administration. Media? Who really cares that much about that … well other than Mr Trump who seems to be ADDICTED to Tweeting! I don’t own and many people I know don’t tweet, don’t own a tweeting device, and don’t want one. We are too busy following God. We have the Holy Spirit who speaks to us daily: We don’t need the Great Liar Trump to tweet us any thing. Whatever he tweets – we come to find out – are mostly LIES! EXAGGERATIONS! VULGARITIES! IDOLATRY!

    In our community Christians – Evangelicals, Roman Catholic, Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc – and Jews, and Muslims, and Quakers, etc – have worked together for DECADES on common social/political projects. We call it the Nehemiah Action after the great Hebrew prophet who worked to restore the Jewish People to Jerusalem out of bondage/captivity/exile/abandonment.

    Perhaps you’ve heard of the great prophet? and the wonderful messages in the writing?

    One great passage is the re-telling of the spiritual history of the Jewish people to the Jewish exiles recently returned to a destroyed Jerusalem – suffering the many hardships and struggles and deprivations of the return from exile – that includes

    “our ancestors acted presumptuously and stiffened their necks and did not obey your commandments; they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them; but they stiffened their necks”

    The Nehemiah Project – for years – has gathered diverse people of faith – whom God truly moves and inspires! – to study social needs and to promote political discourse about social needs: e.g. how to increase public mental health services? how to increase public transportation so that hard working poor people can get to work and keep their jobs? how to ensure public and private affordable assisting living and nursing home care for seniors of low Social Security income? etc.

    MY MY MY ! …. all VERY LIBERAL causes and VERY LIBERAL actions. PUBLIC mental health! PUBLIC transportation! PUBLIC and private partnerships for housing! MY MY MY! They are not all Democrats and not all Republicans. They are not all any political point of view, other than the point of view THAT GOVERNMENT HAS A BIG, IMPORTANT, AND NECESSARY ROLE in assuring good things for society. THAT IS WHAT classical LIBERAL point of view mean: THAT GOVERNMENTS – local, state, federal – can do, and has a responsibility to do BIG, IMPORTANT, AND NECESSARY things to ensure well being in society.

    We are too busy doing God’s work – with is VERY LIBERAL – to run after Mr Trump’s tweets, like dogs, subserviently licking his feet and balls.

    We are just doing God’s work – which is VERY LIBERAL – and not much concerned at all about the ‘straw man’ you’ve created about the so-called ‘Liberal Media’

    • josephine hill

      You appear to be fighting against yourself, Wake Up. You make the author’s point nicely. YOU are, indeed, ‘ballistic, weird and catastrophic’. Look at your use of CAPS! That alone speaks volumes.

  • Aside from some personality problems, I do not see Trump as racist or xenophobic. a xenophobic marry a foreigner ?

    I worry, not about Trump, but for what the media has become. We have a failed media, that only represents itself. Problem is, what if, someone who is really a racist, wants to grab power through deception ? With a media that pledges to side with lies, how would the people be alerted ?

    Time for an alt-media.

  • BetterYet

    One has to be really naïve not to realize and see the bias that most news outlets have. Even the selection of photographs used became offensive: An always smiling or thoughtful looking Hillary Clinton as opposed to a photo of Donald Trump half way through a sneeze or some other “off” expression. Seriously?

    Now the only time I will bother to watch Chicken Noodle News (CNN) is when I’m stuck in an airport with nothing else on the screen. Even then I can only take a few seconds before my intelligence is insulted and I walk away.

  • JS

    Americans have been so indoctrinated into hysterical, liberal bias, they don’t understand that there are other points of view. Critical thinking has been replaced by emotion. I’m not even sure if they teach college students objectivity. Do they still have debates in college, where you have to take a position you disagree with, and win the debate? I doubt it sincerely.

    • tja1

      Holy cow! No person could claim to understand what “critical thinking” means and support T Rump. It is an oxymoron. The filth that came out of this man’s mouth has no example in our history. You shame this country to its core.

  • josephine hill

    This article is right on. I thought things might get a bit better after the election but CNN, in particular, seems to have gone completely off the rails once again. They could not find a nice thing to say about Trump no matter what he does. So, frankly, he should just keep on doing what he is doing…and never, ever give CNN an interview. He should only allow one or two of his communications people to talk to them when he needs to get a message out to the people who actually believe CNN is telling them the truth.

  • tja1

    This article is another piece of tripe. “The Media” relied on polling. And, it was pretty accurate, as polling goes. Only nincompoops who are living in an alternate reality claim otherwise. By the time of the election, polling was within the margin of error.

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