Cheap Seats 2020
Is That a Fact? - 12/16
By Rich Trzupek
One of the things I’m going to miss most about having the Orange Man in the White House is watching the mainstream media lose what’s left of its collective mind whenever Trump calls them out. Polls indicate that trust in journalism is at an all time low and there can be little doubt that the Donald had a lot to do with that.
Consider, for example, the number of times so-called “fact checkers” in the MSM have been made fools of by the Prez. OK, you’d only know that if you have sources of information outside of the MSM, since they are hardly going to take ownership of their own prejudice and incompetence. But, for those of us who choose to leave the MSM echo chamber from time to time, there are some pretty priceless moments.
The latest “fact check” gem to be exposed involves the new COVID vaccine. On May 14, the President said that he thought we’d have such a vaccine by the end of this year. And, so we do. But let’s recall what the geniuses in the MSM said after that. A few examples:
“Experts say that the development, testing and production of a vaccine for the public is still at least 12 to 18 months off, and that anything less would be a medical miracle,” NBC reporter Jane C. Timm wrote.
“I would bet my left arm that Donald Trump can't spell vaccine, let alone be able to make a prediction about when we're likely to see one,” MSNBC contributor and Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt smirked. (Presumably Schmidt’s left arm is in the mail?)
“The development for an effective vaccine against the coronavirus by even the end of the year would mark a watershed moment in medicine as vaccines typically take several years, if not decades, to succeed,” NPR reported.
Back in April, PolitiFact (a misnomer if there ever was one) Tweeted: “Is the U.S. “very close to a vaccine” for the coronavirus, as President Trump said during tonight’s coronavirus briefing?” They then gave the expected answer to their question: “Public health experts say it could take a year and a half to roll out.”
You’ll note the pattern: It’s not that the reporter in question is presenting the fact. Oh no, modern day journalists don’t have to understand the issues they report on, they just have to find an “expert” who will tell that thus and so is a fact. “Thus and so” being defined as whatever makes their political enemies look bad.
I see this all of the time in the environmental world, in which I am an actual expert, but where faux experts are routinely quoted by lazy reporters who can’t be bothered to spend 10 minutes trying to personally understand a technical point or two.
With few exceptions, the MSM is filled with corrupt and deeply stupid people masquerading as journalists. Unfortunately, we have only ourselves to blame for this state of affairs. Corrupt and deeply stupid journalists are all that we should expect to come out of a system of higher education featuring corrupt and deeply stupid professors.
The Prez is, justifiably, taking a well-deserved victory lap, while the MSM – now beyond any degree of accountability and incapable of embarrassment – ignores their latest gaffe and moves on to the next hit piece. Maybe Trump overestimated the number of people at one of his rallies. Add that to the list of “lies” the president has told. That’s the stuff!
Pathetic hardly covers it.