I’ve been saying journalism is dead since 2008, when the press refused to look closely at a little known senator from Illinois who was about to become president. But what we're seeing play out now is far worse.
The alt-radical left propaganda media has created an informational crisis, and they can no longer be trusted. Let me explain. After the resignation of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as President Trump’s national security adviser, the media is in rushing to paint a patently false narrative.
Let's start with The New York Times and their “bombshell” report that the press is running wild with. In reality, it amounts to nothing more than a fake news political hit piece. The headline screamed: "Trump campaign aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence." The story cites four current and former unnamed American officials who offer up vague details about intercepted communications between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian officials.
Buried in the stories are major caveats. For example, the only Trump campaign member named was his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And we already knew he did business in Russia and Ukraine. It's nothing new.
And then there's this, quote: "The officials would not disclose many details, including what was discussed on the calls, the identity of the Russian intelligence officials who participated, and how many of Mr. Trump's advisers were talking to the Russians. It is also unclear whether the conversations had anything to do with Mr. Trump himself."
The story is very light on details and actual facts and very heavy on assumption.
Then you have Chuck Todd, of MSNBC. Here’s what he said after Flynn's resignation.
“Good evening. I'm Chuck Todd here in Washington. Welcome to "MTP Daily" and welcome to Day 1 of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra.”
Let me set the record straight, because so-called journalist Chuck Todd refuses to. Yes, Mike Flynn was wrong. He misled the president and vice president about his call with the Russian ambassador. But so far, there's zero evidence that Flynn broke any law in any way. And Fox News is reporting that there's zero indication that Flynn misled the FBI when they interviewed him.
And consider Thomas Friedman, the award-winning liberal columnist from The New York Times.
“The issue is, what did he tell Trump?” Friedman said of Flynn. “Did he and Trump actually cook up this whole thing? After the Russians did not respond harshly to the eviction of their spies and diplomats, Trump actually tweeted out some positive encouragement of this. Did the two of them cook this up all along?”
But wait. He wasn’t finished.
“And it gets … to two other issues,” he continued. “The first is, we have never taken seriously from the very beginning Russia hacked our election. That was a 9/11-scale event. They attacked the core of our very democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor-scale event.”
That’s right, he compared it to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, where thousands of Americans died.
Disgraced former news anchor and grandfather of fake news Dan Rather took to Facebook to write this idiotic quote: "Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was as close as came to a debilitating constitutional crisis, until maybe now."
The Flynn resignation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the alt-left propaganda media and their coordinated campaign to purposely misinform the American people. They have an agenda. They've also claimed that the president's temporary travel ban -- remember this? -- is either a religious test or anti-Muslim, even though 90 percent of the world's Muslims are not included.
These examples show exactly why the American people should not trust the lazy leftist propaganda media. It's why President Trump has taken to calling on non-traditional media outlets at his press conferences, which has CNN freaking out.
“In the last three news conferences, Wolf, all of the questions to the American news media have been handled by conservative press,” CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta told his colleague, Wolf Blitzer. “And I think, Wolf, there's no other way to describe it but the fix is in. This White House, this president, does not want to answer questions, critical questions, about his associates, his aides' contacts with the Russians during the course of that campaign.”
Well, maybe CNN shouldn't have colluded with Hillary Clinton's campaign to give her debate questions in advance. Maybe others in the alt-left media should not have allowed the Democratic machine to edit their stories. Maybe they should have covered the election honestly instead of advocating for Clinton.
It’s pretty simple. You have a bunch of overpaid, lazy, partisan hacks throwing one giant hissy fit because their candidate lost. And because of that, they're carrying out this endless, all-out assault against President Trump.
Adapted from Sean Hannity’s monologue on “Hannity,” Feb. 15, 2017
Sean Hannity currently serves as host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Hannity (weekdays 9-10PM/ET). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York. Click here for more information on Sean Hannity.