Even Fair and Balanced: Fox News that is, according to a Harvard study is practicing the art of insinuation 52% of the time when it comes to its President Trump coverage. Would your local channel’s News at Five report live from a vehicle accident scene if no damaged vehicles were present? If a lack of evidence assured reporters on scene and producers in studio a wreck had never occurred? Of course not. Howie Kurtz does. So also Chris Wallace, John Roberts and others at Fox News. And of course most every anchor on CNN and MSNBC report the nonexistent, insinuations ninety-one to ninety-three percent of the time according to the same Harvard study.
Why is the nonevent reported at all, that President Trump and his team in order to be elected colluded with Russia’s Putin? A non-accident such as described above would not be reported at all. No reporter in the nation would even file the report. Why is the Russia/Trump collusion story given a scintilla of coverage? Such fictions are aired because journalism is the art of insinuation. Without fake news there would be no journalism. Only a police “blotter report” would be needed. The channel’s “all smiles” weather guy or gal could handle the news segment, meaning the station could save a pile full of money.
Politicians: practitioners of the science of insinuation are grateful to journalists treading where their angels fear to tread, immensely so. After all, politicians have 2018, 2020, then yet 2022 to worry and fret about. Journalists don’t. Being the artists, the voyeurs unhampered by traditions and sentiments, the carefree villagers they are; they can offend, hang sacred artifacts in urine, without consequence, without a care in the world.
Journalists in the lead, politicians “bravely, courageously” moonwalking from behind, science and art melded together in the resistance, the two are practically unstoppable.
Which is why President Trump Tweets. Essential to his disruptor’s schtick, he thanks God early and often for Twitter. Of course many very loyal to President Trump would like him to tamp down his Tweets, suggest he employ surrogates to defend him. But who will go on offense for Trump, mere surrogates? The media acts as the offense for the “resistance.” It’s in the media’s art form to offend, while it’s in the science of politics to run for cover.
Good thing the President isn’t much of a politician. Isn’t it?
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