So what else to do but take a serious look at the Guardians of “the manipulation and abuse of truth” by the media.
Recently, Time magazine made its annual announcement of its “Person of the Year.” Here is the description of this as provided by the Huffington Post:
“Time magazine on Tuesday announced a group of journalists it called “The Guardians” as 2018 Person of the Year, referring to individuals “who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths.”
‘As we looked at the choices, it became clear that the manipulation and abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year’s major stories ― from Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley,’ Felsenthal said.”
President Trump was the runner up, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller coming in third.
Okay. Fine. This selection, as always, is subjective. But let’s focus on the irony of that statement from the Time editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal. Again, note that he says this, without the slightest sense of irony:
“As we looked at the choices, it became clear that the manipulation and abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year’s major stories ― from Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley.”
So the manipulators and abusers of truth are to be found in Russia, Riyadh and (gasp!) Silicon Valley. Anywhere else, Mr. Felsenthal? Apparently it did not occur to add New York and Washington to the list. You know, cities that are home to journalistic outlets like, well, Time magazine.
Let’s hop in the time machine and travel back through the pages of NewsBusters to see what we learned about Time magazine and the manipulation and abuse of the truth. We will make two stops, here in December of 2016 and here in February of 2017.
The first piece is by our colleague Scott Whitlock. The irresistible headline was this: “Time Person of the Year Obama Was ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’; Trump Is a ‘Demagogue.’”
Yes, you read that right. Scott began by reporting this:
“What a difference a Person of the Year can make. In 2008, Time journalists hailed their choice, Barack Obama, as an ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Jedi and cheered, ‘Why History Can’t Wait.’ In contrast, 2016 Person of the Year Donald Trump is an ‘outlandish’ ‘demagogue.’ The Obama cover featured the now cliched hope poster. Trump’s image read, ‘President of the Divided States of America.’
The December 19, 2016 issue, written by Michael Scherer unloads, ‘No presidential candidate in American history had done or said so many outlandish and offensive things as Trump. He cheered when protesters got hit at his rallies, used sexist insults for members of the press.’
The journalist concluded, ‘This is the method of a demagogue. The more the elites denounced his transgressions, the more his growing movement felt validated.’”