‘Our job is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there. Period. Especially now.’
Those words were spoken by Carl Bernstein – and repeated by Bob Woodward – at last night’s White House Correspondents dinner.
Let it sink it.
What is an “obtainable version of the truth”? Version of the truth? It is significant that they preferred “version” to just plain “truth.” It’s an admission that it’s not the truth they’re after; it’s a version of it that they can pass on to viewers and readers.
Evidently the dinner was a full out Trump bashing fest. I did not watch it. I’d rather watch reality, i.e. the President himself speaking directly to the people at his Harrisburg rally.
Woodward continued the punching. The Daily Mail says:
Woodward, his partner in the Washington Post story which led to the fall of Richard Nixon’s presidency, initially struck a more conciliatory note.
‘The press, especially the so called mainstream media, comes under attack during presidential campaigns and their aftermath,’ he began.
He then quickly turned on Trump: ‘The effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely done in good faith.
‘Mr President, the media is not fake news. Let’s take that off the table as we proceed.’
He also warned reporters, including CBS’s White House Correspondent Major Garrett, David Farenthold of the Washington Post, and Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball: ‘The polls show distrust for the media.’
But he added with a shrug: ‘So be it.’
What else would you call the fake polling, fake Russian connection stories, fake tax return, fake “golden shower” tales than fake news? Has Woodward not watched or read any of this? Ever since he and Bernstein had a story against Nixon land in their laps and were able to get a president ousted, the media has conflated its importance and pursued their own power at the cost of American trust.
Others from other sectors of fake media joined in the bashing.
To really bring their message home, the WHCA used the ‘Daily Show’ comedian Hassan Minhaj to launch an all-out attack on Trump and his administration.
Minhaj explained that he was asked not to make fun of the absent President, because it would be childish.
However, he proceeded anyway, saying that he was just echoing the rhetoric of the ‘childish’ president.
He made a point to call out those members of the Trump the administration were not there, such as Steve Bannon, Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump.
‘I do not see Steve Bannon,’ he said repeatedly, slowing the words ‘not see’ down,. giving the effect of saying ‘Nazi- Steve Bannon’.
‘Jeff Sessions, on his reply card, just wrote no – his second favorite N-word.’
Minhaj then went straight for the jugular on the president, saying: ‘Donald Trump is liar in chief.’
He also made sure to bring up Trump’s chief spokesman, saying ‘I think he’s at home googling how to fake his own death.’
Minhaj was given a standing ovation at the end of his attack, which he finished off by saying: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head doesn’t care about the amendment which lets him do that.’
Before Saturday night’s dinner, the head of the WHCA said that the focus of the evening would not be on the red carpet but on the bedrock principles of the event: the First Amendment and the crucial role of the press in a democracy.
I greatly admire how the President has put them on defense. Where once it was assumed that news people provided news, now it is just as likely that they provide fake news. It’s very hard to prove a negative, and that’s the position the media’s now in. The more they diss him, the more they show they aren’t fair. The more they scream about him, the more they can’t – and won’t – be objective.
It begins to look like a child’s full blown, kicking on the floor, screaming, tears popping out tantrum, except with foul language and vulgar comments.
Do these people really think they have any influence over the electorate? Didn’t the election teach them anything?
They are playing with fire.
As newspapers fail throughout the country; as Hollywood box office continues a steep decline; as TV viewers keep turning from their liberal propaganda; maybe they’ll find out.
Many of us are happier living in a world without them. And, in today’s world, it’s very easy to do that. We prefer the truth than their “version” of the truth.