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When it comes to Congress, the national press has a preferred script. When it comes to media malfeasance, the press prefers not to talk about it at all.
The stories most journalists don’t want to talk about
The news industry is a multibillion-dollar monster, an untouchable beast with the power to influence legislation and launch wars. Its members also tend to have a narrow, one-sided view of the world.
That’s a dangerous combination.
The press answers to no one except perhaps members of its own class, most of whom think, talk, and vote alike. And of those who aren’t already in lockstep with the consensus, most are reluctant to criticize their peers and journalistic institutions for fear of becoming pariahs within the community.
This is a huge problem. It’s why erroneous news reports, bogus narratives, and outright dishonesty are rampant in the news industry. It’s why there are rarely repercussions when major newsrooms are caught peddling partisan propaganda or honest-to-God disinformation.
Why speak out when it can jeopardize your chances of graduating to the major leagues?
There’s a reason ABC News has never bothered to explain how it mistook footage from a gun range in Kentucky for a Trump administration-enabled war crime in Syria. There’s a reason CBS News has never bothered to explain why it conspired with ABC to fire the CBS staffer suspected of leaking a video showing journalist Amy Robach claiming on camera her superiors spiked her reporting on Jeffrey Epstein and his network of well-connected sexual predators. There’s a reason Katie Couric still gets work, even after she was caught deceptively editing an interview to make Virginia gun rights activists look foolish. There’s a reason even disgraced newsman Dan Rather, who is treated now as an elder statesman of reporting, complete with journalism awards named in his honor, has been invited to participate in any Biden White House press briefing of his choosing.
There’s a reason the Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, Axios, and many other esteemed newsrooms were reluctant to criticize CBS for fabricating a scandal about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis supposedly rewarding a grocery chain with an “exclusive” deal to distribute coronavirus vaccines as part of a “pay for play.” There’s a reason why no one in the press batted an eye when the front pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post featured images from a staged photo-op of President Joe Biden at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
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About T. Becket Adams
I’ve been at this for a decade.
My career in journalism began in 2011 when I was hired as a business reporter for TheBlaze. In two years, I was the business editor.
I joined the Washington Examiner in 2014, where I started as a member of the commentary team. It was at the Washington Examiner that I turned my talents to covering elections, Congress, and the triumphs and failures of the news industry. I left commentary temporarily to work as a straight-news reporter for the Washington Examiner, covering mostly media but also stories coming out of Congress. My final news assignment before transitioning back to the commentary desk saw me covering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since then, I have dedicated my career to reporting on media malfeasance and correcting bogus narratives, mostly political ones, that tend to go unchallenged by an industry that suffers badly from groupthink.
I served as a panelist for S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, appearing in roughly 40 episodes.
I have been published in Business Insider, RealClearPolitics, Hot Air, and Mediaite.
You’re not crazy for thinking the news is mostly one-sided and that its misdeeds go dismissed and even ignored by the people who claim to be in the business of telling the truth. It is one-sided. It does make major, sometimes intentionally malicious, errors. Most journalists don’t want to talk about it. I do.