‘ME­DIA LIES THAT RAD­I­CAL­IZED THE VI­O­LENT LEFT’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Lib­eral strate­gists, it seems, have weaponized cer­tain news head­lines to con­vince the Amer­i­can pub­lic that Pres­i­dent Trump and Repub­li­cans in gen­eral are an evil bunch. It is a pow­er­ful and on­go­ing cam­paign — talk­ing points tossed like in­cen­di­ary de­vices into news cov­er­age. Some are worse than oth­ers, how­ever. Me­gan Fox, a colum­nist for PJ Me­dia, has iden­ti­fied the top-six strate­gic head­lines, which she says are “me­dia lies that rad­i­cal­ized the vi­o­lent left.”

Her metic­u­lous anal­y­sis is lengthy, cit­ing ex­am­ples from The New York Times, CNN and other sources. In essence, how­ever, here are the half-dozen head­lines she says feeds the ou­trage:

“Trump is col­lud­ing with Rus­sia!”, “Don­ald Trump hates the planet and so do all Repub­li­cans,” “Repub­li­cans hate gays,” “Repub­li­cans have launched a war on women’s health,” “Repub­li­cans want you to DIE,” and fi­nally, “Nationalism is syn­ony­mous with racism.”

Much of the news me­dia it­self, of course, en­ables this ef­fort, which has been around for a while, and grown in in­ten­sity. Con­sider that 31 years ago, veteran me­dia re­searcher Robert Lichter ex­am­ined vot­ing records of what he termed the “me­dia elite” to find that 81 per­cent to 94 per­cent of the na­tion´s jour­nal­ists voted Demo­cratic in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions from 1964 to 1976. Since then, U.S. News & World Re­port, the Los An­ge­les Times, the Free­dom Fo­rum and other or­ga­ni­za­tions have also tracked the lib­eral lean­ings of the press with sim­i­lar find­ings; one re­port found that 90 per­cent of the White House press corps voted Demo­cratic. And ac­cord­ing to on­go­ing anal­y­sis of polling data by In­di­ana Univer­sity, only 7 per­cent of jour­nal­ists now say they are Repub­li­cans.

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