Those who expected the mainstream media to pause and reflect on its own biases following President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory are surely disappointed.
It has become inescapably clear that rather than attempt to break free from the ideological echo chamber in which they exist, liberal journalists in the mainstream media are only doubling down on progressive propaganda — descending ever further into self-parody.
Enter Exhibit A: an astonishing exchange between CNN's media analyst Brian Stelter and journalists Liz Wahl and Julia Ioffe that occurred on Sunday. In that one conversation, Wahl insisted Trump's win undermined "our democracy," Ioffe expressed bewilderment at the fact that the people no longer take the mainstream media's word as sacrosanct, and Stelter implied that Trump's impending presidency is a national emergency.
"That is the ultimate goal [of Russian 'disinformation'], to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions, like the media," Wahl told Stelter. "We have a president-elect now who has basically matched some of these key talking points in Russian propaganda to undermine our system."
Of course, the primary cause Americans lost faith in the mainstream media is the outrageous behavior of the mainstream media itself — for example asserting that Donald Trump has "[undermined] our system" by parroting Russian propaganda.
"Let's go there. Let's go there directly," Stelter said.
"I mean, here's something I've been asking myself. Julia, we're talking about a candidate who's lost in a historic way in terms of the popular vote but clearly won in the Electoral College. Is this something of a national emergency? And are journalists afraid to say so because they're going to sound partisan?" Stelter asked.
Stelter's comment is so absurd for a figure masquerading as an impartial journalist that a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking he was attempting to troll the audience. Either Stelter believes that the Electoral College's working in the precise manner in which it was designed is a national emergency, or he believes that the fact Trump was able to win despite the nonstop barrage of mainstream media propaganda is a national emergency.
The latter certainly appeared to be Ioffe's position. "I feel like we've been reporting on this all along but … people don't read us," Ioffe noted before attacking "fake news" — progressives' hot new term for anything that challenges their approved ideological narrative. "We're writing about it but, A) people aren't listening and, B) they don't believe us."