Barstool Sports, the go-to media outlet of the Proud Boys, your local jock, and everyone in-between, has gotten itself into trouble, again. This time, it’s over America’s best-known group of swindlers; that’s right, labor unions. CEO and founder Dave Portnoy caused a moral “outrage” on social media by saying that workers of Barstool Sports would be fired “on the spot” if they engaged in any discussion of unionization. Shortly afterward, Portnoy’s replies were full of angry social justice warriors hysterically shrieking over a tongue-in-cheek joke that they simply blew out of proportion.
Years ago, I was charged with political fervor and revolutionary zeal and landed myself some rather important volunteer positions within the Libertarian Party. I became a leading member of their social media teams. I was a Facebook inbox manager, as well as a leading Twitter content manager. It was where I learned some pretty useful skills in the modern working world. I learned how to professionally manage a social media page, how to professionally communicate with people asking important and sometimes thought-provoking questions, and how to interact with co-workers in a professional environment. I have always and will always attribute many of the skills I have now to where I began: working with the Libertarian Party at both the local and national levels. It’s hard to overstate the importance that year or so of work had on me.
America’s mainstream media was given an inch – and it took a mile. For years now the dominant left-wing cultural hegemony has reigned freely. From widespread social media bannings to promotion of blatant falsehoods by internet blogs, the mainstream has been quite successful in their actions. But in the case of Nick Sandmann and the Washington Post, this backfired.
I have published 132 blog posts thus far (this one is number 133). But I have failed to complete or decided not to publish at least 100 others. Sometimes I lose my train of thought, sometimes my research persuades me to disagree with my initial thesis, and sometimes I fear my words could come back to haunt me if ill-intended people come across them. Still other times, I simply can’t find a way to express my thoughts in a way that I feel comfortable sharing with my readers.
Superbowl 53, while not the most exciting of games, had many great commercials. The most absurd of these was the Tom-Hanks-narrated commercial the Washington Post put out. This 10-million-dollar commercial was essentially the Washington Post putting journalists on a diamond pedestal and making them out to be war heroes.
The Journalists Commercial
The commercial opens with a picture of troops making landfall on Normandy beach during WWII. It then tries to instill the idea in your mind that journalists are equal to war heroes and soldiers who risk their lives for our country. It continues as Tom Hanks states various vague situations while scenes of destruction flash.
This is a perfect example of fear-based reporting and advertising. Essentially, the Washington Post was saying, “Look at all the bad things you won’t see coming without us”. Admittedly, without the media, you wouldn’t see everything happening in the world. However, this is just a reflection of what the mainstream media in our country has become. They prey on people’s anxieties for ratings in a race to see who can bring the most death and destruction to your TV screen. They will do and say whatever they can to get ratings. Often, facts are not the prime focus of the ones doing the reporting.
People in the United States are obviously tired of the extremely biased and often not completely factual reporting that has become status quo in our country. While Trump has seemingly coined the term “fake news,” the outrage didn’t start with him. One Gallup poll has shown that trust in the media has been on the decline for over two decades now. This is mostly because of the polarizing effect that the media is having on our country.
A Media Split
As Accuracy in Media reports, over 300,000 Democrats and Republicans believe CNN is the most polarizing news outlet to date. This is likely because they don’t claim to have a bias, and one wouldn’t assume one from their name. While MSNBC holds the spot of the most liberal, and Fox News the most conservative, every media outlet in between now chooses a side. A quick look on any fact check site will show you that almost every single media outlet now has left or right-leaning bias. There are almost no outlets left that report facts without spin. For this reason, the American people on both sides of the aisle are increasingly distrusting the media.
The media is and always has been an industry, and companies within it exist to turn a profit. The reporters and journalists within these companies are generally there for a paycheck. This is not to say journalists and reporters do not enjoy their job, of course. However, just about all in the mainstream media would probably resign if they were no longer going to get paid.
Journalism is a fantastic field of work, and journalists often go to great lengths to get their stories and repot directly from certain locations. However, it is worth stating that a journalist is just working a job and receiving compensation accordingly. There is no mainstream journalist in the United States that voluntarily goes overseas to war-torn countries without compensation. These people live for the thrill and make living off of it. While I have the utmost appreciation and respect for those who go to dangerous places to do their reporting, they are far from the honorable war heroes the Washington Post claims.
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