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Trump Stands with Reagan Against Shrill Media

History repeats itself as populist GOP nominee takes on hostile elites in the press

This election season, more so than any other, reveals the media’s pathological bias against Republicans.

Just looking at the headlines, it is clear the media’s sole goal is to elect Hillary Clinton as president. Their shrieking and hysterical coverage of Republican presidential candidreaganate Donald Trump echoes that of President Ronald Reagan’s campaign in the 1980s. The press in the 1980s called President Reagan a lightweight and a dumb movie star to try to dissuade voters from trusting the California politician. Unfortunately for them, President Reagan turned into the best jobs president in 40 years. The American people would do well to ignore the shadowy stories founded on half-truths of the press and hear for themselves Trump’s message of hope.

Just looking at the headlines, it is clear the media’s sole goal is to elect Hillary Clinton as president.

Publications such as The New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg routinely churn out hit pieces on the Republican presidential candidate, relying on anonymous and shadowy sources like no other since the Muckraker Era. (Recall, a few years ago, Justice Scalia canceled his membership to The Washington Post because of how “shrilly liberal” he found the paper.) In 1906, another great president, Teddy Roosevelt, battled the media and spoke of the dangers of muckraking: “In Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck Rake, the man who could look no way but downward, with the muck rake in his hand; who was offered a celestial crown for his muck rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor.”

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One prime example of this shadowy journalism today is Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns of The New York Times. Haberman and Burns routinely give a megaphone to the muck in the American electorate, stoking rumors and unfounded half-truths. Journalistic integrity finds no solace in their ranks. They are only a small part of the media-created propaganda machine that peddles lies and unsourced half-truths for one reason: to elect Hillary Clinton.

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In a recent front page piece, titled “Inside the Mission to Save Donald Trump from Himself,” Haberman and Burns claim that there is routine infighting within the Trump campaign. The very first sentence in the piece contradicts generally available information regarding Trump’s reaction to changing campaign managers. All accounts indicate Trump and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have deep respect for one another and expressed this publicly.

Haberman and Burns would do good to further heed Roosevelt’s words concerning truthful journalism: “There are in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and there is urgent necessity for the sternest war upon them. There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil man, whether politician or businessman, every evil practice, whether in politics, business, or social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform or in a book, magazine, or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.”

At times, it is a politician’s sacred duty to call out the media for their unhinged reporting.

It’s hard to fathom how Haberman and Burns’ pieces come close to such an exacting standard as “absolutely truthful.” They claim that those in the Trump campaign are fighting against Trump so that they can save him from himself. Besides trying to perpetuate the Hillary Clinton narrative that Trump is “unfit,” the article mentioned above cites four people who had access to closed-door campaign meetings, “on the condition of anonymity.” This is hardly journalism to be proud of, and most Americans are simply not interested in stories that are not backed by credible, named sources. The code of ethics provided by the Society of Professional Journalists includes as a tenet to “Identify Sources Clearly” — and Haberman and Burns routinely violate that tenant.

Further, their sources claim that internal polling in the Trump campaign finds that people view Trump as unqualified and racist. Perhaps given the Democrat National Committee’s recently released emails attacking the faith and race of Bernie Sanders, along with Clinton’s pathological lying about Benghazi and her emails, “unqualified” and “racist” might better be attributed to the Democratic nominee. But this absolute truth of course is lost on the conjectures of Haberman and Burns, who fill the air with a cacophony of shrill untruths.

Just a quick glance at Haberman’s Twitter account reveals her obscene bias. She will routinely tweet articles highlighting the Republican Party’s supposed divide and evidence of infighting, while refusing to be balanced and to report on the Democrats’ faltering party coherence. Burns is just as bad and routinely tweets messages ridiculing the Trump campaign. Their bias is beyond evident and hurts their journalism to no end, entering into a dangerous realm.

Such a lack of discipline in the field of journalism has largely contributed to the failed past eight years of Obama’s presidency and the downturn in our country. Instead of covering President Obama fairly, the press has largely shielded him from a strong glaring eye — an eye that our founders wisely saw fit to enshrine in the very First Amendment to the Bill of Rights and one that should be used to fairly critique and sharpen politicians.

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Teddy Roosevelt concludes his famous speech denouncing divisive journalists like Haberman and Burns and their fellow reporters: “Materially we must strive to secure a broader economic opportunity for all men, so that each shall have a better chance to show the stuff of which he is made. Spiritually and ethically we must strive to bring about clean living and right thinking. We appreciate that the things of the body are important; but we appreciate also that the things of the soul are immeasurably more important. The foundation stone of national life is, and ever must be, the high individual character of the average citizen.”

At times, it is a politician’s sacred duty to call out the media for their unhinged reporting. In a recent Twitter post, Mr. Trump critiqued the media: “It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want — even if it is completely false.” With the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan on his side, Donald Trump is in good company.

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