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Majority of Americans Say News Media Have No Ethics

A new Ethics in Media study finds that a huge majority, 95 percent, feel that that state of the news media today is “troubling” and ethics free.

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A new Ethics in Media study finds that a huge majority, 95 percent, feel that that state of the news media today is “troubling” and that there is a lack of ethics among “journalists.”

The new study was published this week and was conducted of 1,010 American adults by the public relations firm Bospar.

According to the report, “more than 95% are troubled by the current state of media.” The reasons include the following:

  • Reports on fake news – 53%
  • Reporting gossip – 49%
  • Lying spokespeople – 48%
  • Celebrity opinions – 36%
  • Left-wing agendas – 34%
  • Gotcha journalism – 33%
  • Right-wing agendas – 32%
  • Puff pieces in exchange for access to other important interviews – 31%
  • Blind items being reported in the news – 30%
  • Hit pieces – 21%
  • Rise of independent contributors versus on-staff media – 14%

The largest number (67 percent) also felt that there is a lack of ethics in journalism and that this won’t be repaired any time soon.

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Those responding to this question had the following concerns:

  • 64%: It creates division and partisanship
  • 63%: It fuels inaccuracies
  • 60%: It incites hate
  • 57%: It creates fear

“If ever there was a time for an in-depth discussion about ethics in the media, it’s now,” said James Ennis Kirkland, president of the San Francisco Press Club, according to the over-view published by the study’s authors.

The survey group considered local print and online journalists as the most ethical (40%), followed by local TV reporters and anchors (23%) and national print and online journalists (22%). Only 15% of Americans said national TV anchors and reporters were the most ethical.

“When you look at perceptions of ethics in journalism, based on political affiliation, those aligned with the Democratic Party are significantly more likely to consider national journalists/anchors/reporters ethical, when compared to those aligned with the Republican Party or other minor parties,” said Gabrielle Ayala, Principal of Propeller Insights. “This is no surprise, given the current battles being waged by all groups in politics and the media to control the narrative and position themselves as the bearers of truth.”

As Breitbart’s John Nolte noted, it isn’t surprising that no one trusts the news media anymore.

Especially after big fake news stories such as:

  • Trayvon Martin Murdered by Racist White Man
  • Michael Brown Yelled “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” Before Racist Cop Murdered Him
  • Brett Kavanaugh: Serial Rapist
  • Trump Ordered His Attorney to Lie
  • The Racist White Boys from Covington High School
  • Trump Can’t Defeat Hillary
  • Trump Is a Russian Manchurian Candidate

… and that is only a tiny slice of fake news stories as the mainstream media seems to find a false story to push every week.

The media is filled with liberal liars pushing an agenda, not “journalists.”

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Jim Acosta Gets Scolded by President Trump After ‘Mansplaining’ to Dr. Deborah Birx

Even his fellow CNN reporters were blasting Acosta over the outburst.

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During times of crisis there are both saviors and vultures.  Modern day is no exception.

As is often the case with tragedies, the mainstream media is tripping over themselves in an attempt to exploit this pandemic for ratings.  They see the sudden influx of casual news watchers as a school of naive fish, and they are going to anchor their boat, sharpen their hooks, and get to pillaging.  They’ll use sensationalism and fear to keep us coming back for more, thus increasing their value to advertisers.

Our mental health and stress are directly correlated to just how much money these media moguls make.

That’s why CNN reporter Jim Acosta is so abrasive – it brings in viewers.  The White House correspondent had a busy week this week, both sparring with President Trump and “mansplaining” something to Dr. Deborah Birx.

“We can talk about why didn’t Italy do something or Spain do something or Germany do something, or we can really say right now — we all can do something,” Dr. Birx explained. “We can do the social distancing and all of the pieces that we know is starting to work around the globe in country after country. And then when we get through all of this, we can ask the questions about could we have done some piece of this better as a global community.”

She then pivoted to the apparent errors the World Health Organization (WHO) made leading up to the outbreak in the U.S. as something that should be examined.

Here’s where Acosta crosses the line, and gets figuratively spanked by President Trump in the process.

“I will remind you that on February 3rd, the head of the WHO said there was no reason to ever do a travel ban,” Dr. Birx continued. “It wasn’t until January 14th that we knew that there was human-to-human transmission,”

Acosta quickly derailed her observations about WHO to knock President Trump.

“Dr. Birx, the president was saying this was going to go away,” Acosta said. “It’s April.”

“It is going to go away,” President Trump fired back. “I said it was going away and it is going away.”

Even some of Acosta’s colleagues at CNN were befuddled by his behavior, with correspondent Jonathan Karl accusing Acosta of playing into the President’s strategy of demonizing the press.

 

 

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Chris Cuomo Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced today on Twitter.

Chris Cuomo lives in New York and there have been other cases at CNN New York. He has been anchoring his show “Cuomo Prime Time” from home and was last at CNN’s New York City office last Friday, according to the network, who sent out an employee memo regarding the news. He is feeling well and will continue to anchor his show remotely.

CNN:

New York (CNN Business) CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the network said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.

He is feeling well, and will continue to anchor his 9 p.m. program “Cuomo Prime Time” from his home.
“In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus,” Cuomo wrote in a message on Twitter.

“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fevers, chills and shortness of breath,” he wrote. “I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!” More

Go ahead and stay home and off the air Fredo, no one will care.

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Jim Acosta Gets Ripped by POTUS During White House Virus Briefing

This isn’t the first time that these two have butted heads.

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During this time of national crisis, Americans the nation over have been coming together, unifying to defeat the threat of COVID-19.

The illness, which originated in Wuhan, China some months ago, has been exponentially sweeping the globe thanks to its ability to spread under the stealth of asymptomatic carriers who may not even know that they’ve come down with anything for fourteen whole days.

Americans are being warned that we have not yet reached the peak of the trouble, and that, if we’re lucky, this cataclysmic crescendo could come just in time for Easter Sunday.

Yet, despite this grim reality and the vast undertaking that will be required to rebuild our great nation’s economy, some are still using the virus to tear down the President.  CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta was chastised by the Commander in Chief this week for just that sort of divisive attitude.

The moment came during a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Monday night.

“Here we go,” Trump said as Acosta read a series of statements that Trump made as the virus spread from China.

Trump defended his statements, noting that he was urging the country to be calm in the face of the threat and to fight it and win to prevent panic. He said that he could easily whip up panic like the media,and make Acosta and CNN “look like a minor league player.” 

“Instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question,” Trump said to Acosta.

Acosta and Trump have butted heads plenty of times in the past, with the CNN reporter temporarily losing his White House clearance after he was involved in an altercation with a young, female staffer as she attempted to retrieve a microphone from the unwilling-to-cease newsman.

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Dana Bash Praises The President’s Handling Of Wuhan Virus

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CNN’s anchor Dana Bash applauded President Trump on his handling of the China-originated novel coronavirus outbreak, praising Trump as the “kind of leader that people need” in this time of crisis.

“If you look at the big picture this was remarkable from the President of the United States. This is nonpartisan. An important thing to note and to applaud from an American standpoint, from a human standpoint. He is being the kind of leader people need.”

Twitter jumps in:

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MSM: Calling Virus ‘Wuhan Virus’ Or ‘Chinese Coronavirus’ Is Racist… But Here’s The MSM Calling It That

The MSM are the biggest hypocrites in the world.

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A new video from the Media Research Center perfectly illustrates an obvious double-standard used by the MSM deeming it racist to point out the origin of the Wuhan virus if done so by Republicans.

Here are 35 times the MSM called it the ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’ or ‘Chinese Coronavirus:’

Here’s a fun fact for them… The Ebola Virus was named after the Ebola river in the Congo, near where it was first discovered. According to the left, the name of it must be changed. Also, the West Nile virus must be changed. It’s not possible for me to loathe these people anymore. The Democrats are absolutely insane.

Twitter goes wild:

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MSNBC Star Retires Mid-Show, Stunning Replacement Anchor

The vaunted vitriolic vehicle stunned his replacement with the announcement…LIVE!

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The mainstream media is a rough place these days, as the blend of entertainment to information is trending heavily toward the former as opposed to the all-important latter.

Turn on the television today and all you’ll see is turbo hyperbole run amok, with anchors blathering on in hypotheticals and party-approved talking points, literally shouting at one another when the discussion slides in their opponents’ favor.

Furthermore, these vaunted vitriol vehicles are under a microscope at all times, with their words being wrung into whatever shape best suits the viewer’s own opinion, no matter how uninformed or uncouth they might be.

Amid this chaos, one of MSNBC’s mainstays has taken a bow, and done so in a shocking, mid-show manner.

MSNBC star Chris Matthews shocked his colleagues and viewers Monday night by announcing that he was stepping down as host of the cable news channel’s primetime staple, “Hardball,” effective immediately.

“Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring. This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC,” Matthews announced at the top of his show. “And obviously, this isn’t for the lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I loved every minute of my 20 years as host of ‘Hardball.’ Every morning I read the papers and I’m gung-ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege. I loved working with my producers and our discussions we’d have on how we report the news. And I love having this connection with you, the people who watch.”

He continued, “After conversations with NBC, I decided tonight will be my last ‘Hardball.’ So let me tell you why. The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in the media, and fighting for their causes.”

Political correspondent Steve Kornacki helmed the remainder of Hardball, appearing a bit shocked after an extended commercial break followed Matthew’s announcement.

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CNN’s Boykin Smears Black Americans Who Support President Trump As “Uncle Toms”

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CNN’s Keith Boykin: “How the hell do you say you’re making a serious effort to reach black people when you haven’t even gone to a black community, he hasn’t even gone to the black community in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Harlem or in Brooklyn where he lived. He has not made any serious effort to reach black people. The idea that anybody would sit in a room with Donald Trump and call him the first black president after we had Barack Obama as a president shows just what kind of Uncle Toms were sitting in that room.”

Here’s the video of Boykin’s slur:

Now just imagine if a conservative commentator had said this. Would they still have a job?
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