One week of reveals of massive media fails
Quite a week we’re having here, isn’t it? As such, let’s review some recent media fails, which ironically, have now been revealed by the media to the media.
Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman trophy runner-up Manti Te’o didn’t have a real girlfriend and she didn’t have a car crash, have cancer, or die. The incredible lie was faked for months on end until it was revealed by non-traditional media source Deadspin. Others doubtless knew far earlier—like Notre Dame—but were too invested in the lie to bring the issue forward.
Lance Armstrong, media and Nike created hero, drug-based cycling champion, and cancer survivor, just wants to put the whole PED issue behind him—he says—as limited to the crying couch of the Oprah Winfrey show. The fact Armstrong stands to benefit by up to the near-total value of his estate ($100 million) by closing his cheating saga is not much discussed. Another storyline, that Armstrong attempted to destroy anyone who crossed him with the truth of his cheating, is even less pondered.
And of course there’s the media fail on the political front. President Obama knows his words speak louder than actions. That’s why his gun control power grab/photo op is much saluted by most of the media even if it wouldn’t have affected the Sandy Hook shooting in any way. Ignored by the media is a more fundamental issue: if the President can bypass legislation and process with regard to the Second Amendment, why not the First?
The President’s main mouthpiece says if just one child can be saved, Obama’s extra-Constitutional gun control is warranted. Our media fails to note the estimated 3500 children dying daily as a result of abortion were not available for comment.
Among the President’s promises leading up to the 2008 election were halving the federal deficit, increased employment, transparency, improved U.S. standing in the world (especially with Muslims, but consider Benghazi and the Arab Spring writ large), closing Gitmo, and increased political civility. His across-the-board failures on these topics drew little mainstream media attention in the run-up to the the 2012 election.
Did the media notice any of these things? Of course. But most didn’t think it was important enough to mention.
Our press is said to be free. It seems, however, that most of it is indentured to the left, to the government, and to its own mythologies.