How many can remember the days of Walter Cronkite who was the anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years? During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s it was said "Cronkite was the most trusted man in America."
Or does anyone recall NBC airing the Huntley-Brinkley Report? This was NBC television network's flagship evening news program from October 29, 1956, until July 31, 1970. It seems that in the not too distant past we had a sense of honesty and integrity in the field of journalism. So as not to get too nostalgic on my readers, I admit that the Cronkite's and the Huntley/Brinkley's of the then news world certainly had their own personal political ideologies, and yes, even then they leaned to the left of center.
I'm struck with the course that journalism has taken over the last four decades. Old school reporting of the news was just that, it was reporting, it had integrity, and the American people could trust what was being said by these by-gone journalists of yesteryear. So what happened? Why the shift? Why has news reporting by the MSM become a running narrative that seeks to promote a humanistic, progressive/secularist agenda?
Let me say that I'm not dealing with news covering events that get rating; we always had that, I'm not dealing with the news being sensationalistic, we always had that; what I'm talking about is outright lies, misinformation, and reporting that has been completely and totally hi-jacked by a far left ideology. We have in our MSM a far left, politically driven, humanistic world view that comes out in their selective outrage of current events to the point of ad-nauseam.
This can best be seen in the the way that the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman reporting was handled from the very beginning when the story first broke. Now keep in mind that part of the political agenda is to promote racism and keep alive the sentiment that racism is alive and well in America. The story line is that the European White man is still bent on oppressing and subjugating the black man. The story line goes on to relieve the African American community from any responsibility for their own short comings as to the break down of their family unit, crime, school drop out rate, and their having the highest incarceration rate as measured against their minority status.
Let's take a brief walk down the time-line of the Zimmerman/Martin case that highlights this insidious evil that is inherent in the reporting of news by our MSM:
February 26, 2012 - George Zimmerman Shoots and Kills Trayvon Martin
Zimmerman claims self-defense. After an investigation, the police agree and decide not to press charges.
March 8, 2012 - The AP Falsely Describes Zimmerman as "White"
The story of the grieving parents of Trayvon Martin demanding Zimmerman be arrested first achieves national attention on March 8 when CBS This Morning runs a report.
Later that same day, the Associated Press throws the first log on the racial fire by inaccurately describing Zimmerman as White.
March 13, 2012 - ABC News Reporter Claims Trayvon Shot Because "He Was Black"
About ten days before Al Sharpton and President Obama would launch the Zimmerman story into the stratosphere, Matt Gutman, an ABC News correspondent based in Miami, Florida, was already (and without a shred of evidence) laying the track for a racial narrative.
Gutman covered the case for the network, and in his Tweeter feed he claimed Trayvon was shot "bc [because] he was black."
Gutman would also recklessly accuse Zimmerman of "stalking" and shooting down Trayvon.
March 22, 2012 - Zimmerman Described as a "White Hispanic" by The New York Times
Just in the nick of time, before the story was engineered to explode the very next day with the Sharpton rally, The New York Times put its Stamp of Approval on the term "white Hispanic."
March 21, 2012 - CNN Falsely Accuses Zimmerman of Saying "F**king Coon"
Knowing full well the phony racial storm brewing around the Zimmerman case was about to have gasoline thrown on it the next day, CNN went to extraordinary lengths to claim Zimmerman had uttered the racial slur "coon" when he had not.
CNN wouldn't officially retract their defamation until April 5th, long after it was too late.
March 27, 2012 - NBC News Edits 911 Audio to Make Zimmerman Look Racist
On the storied Today Show, NBC News told America Zimmerman said this on the 911 call.
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.When the truth is that the unedited audio actually went like this:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Eventually, several NBC producers would be fired (without being named), and Zimmerman would file a lawsuit against NBC; it remains unresolved.
March 28, 2012 - ABC News Falsely Claims Zimmerman Wasn't Injured Night of Shooting
The day after NBC News released its falsified 911 bombshell, ABC News released a phony, hyped-up story of its own. Using grainy surveillance video of Zimmerman at the police station on the night of the shooting, ABC News claimed, "A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman."
Obviously, if true, this would go a long way towards proving Zimmerman was not in fear of his life the night of the shooting and had lied about being beaten up.
The only problem is that the ABC News story was not true -- not even close. The network didn't bother to enhance the video before breaking the news. Had they, Zimmerman's bloody head would have been quite evident.
It would take four days for ABC to retract its falsehood.
March 28, 2012 - Boston Globe Falsely Describes Zimmerman as White
By late March it was widely known that George Zimmerman was Hispanic. This did not stop the Boston Globe from using its pages to describe him as "a White neighborhood watch captain."
This error has never been corrected.
Even though Zimmerman is Hispanic and there was no evidence of any racial motivation behind his actions, the media's racial-hysteria was, at this point, in full bloom. To try and tamp things down, Joe Oliver, a black reporter who had worked with CNN and an Orlando television station, started doing the national media interview rounds to speak on behalf of his friend, George Zimmerman.
The counterattack in the media (CNN, New York Times, and MSNBC, among others) was exceptionally vicious, personal, and effective.
Oliver went away.
April 1, 2012 - The New York Times Maliciously Edits Zimmerman's 911 Call
Although the NBC News malicious edit of Zimmerman's 911 call broadcast on the Today Show had already been loudly and publicly debunked, days later the New York Times did the same thing on its front page.
By rearranging the words of the call, the Times falsely made it look as though Zimmerman had profiled Trayvon as black:
Here is the 911 call transcript:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay. And this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
And here is what the Times reported:
“Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood,” Mr. Zimmerman said to start the conversation with the dispatcher. “And there’s a real suspicious guy.”
This guy seemed to be up to no good; like he was on drugs or something; in a gray hoodie. Asked to describe him further, he said, “He looks black.”The print edition of the story was even worse than the online edition.
April 9, 2012 - PBS Anchor Gwen Ifill Describes Zimmerman as "White"
Desperate to keep a non-existent racial narrative alive, during a broadcast of the PBS Newshour Gwen Ifill falsely stated:
Martin, who was black, was on his way to a convenience store in a mostly white gated community when George Zimmerman, who is white, shot and killed him after a disputed altercation.Note Ifill's reporting of Zimmerman's gated community. The condos in Zimmerman's neighborhood sell for about $120,000.
The time line is credited to John Nolte. Some of the above time line was personally edited by me and some of the timeline was left out. For the unedited version and full time line you can go to: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/07/13/Media-Zimmerman-Coverage-Rap-Sheet