Not doing the job.

Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 4/21/17


One of the biggest challenges facing Donald Trump, the Republicans in Congress and all Republican presidents and Congresses to come, is the fact that the national media is almost totally controlled by committed, hard-left  liberals. As a result, most of what we still call the ‘press’ isn’t functioning in the way that was envisioned by the founders when the first amendment to the Constitution was written.

If we had a properly functioning fourth estate there would be some honest, probing and thoughtful reporting on the serious issues that now confront American society. A well-balanced reporting effort would reveal some facts about our most intractable problems that too few Americans appreciate or even know.

As an example, we could start with the crime, decay and hopelessness that plague some of our largest cities. Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and St. Louis all have some important things in common. They are all besieged by high crime, high unemployment, high rates of poverty, business disinvestment, racial tension, corruption and scandal. They were all at one time proud cities – each of them in the top 10 by population in the United States. Only Chicago remains in the top 10 now, though it has slipped in rank and has lost close to a million residents since 1950.

They have another thing in common: they’ve all have been run by Democrats since at least 1967. (Chicago, now the gun murder capital of the Western Hemisphere, hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931.)

How many Americans appreciate this or even know it? When have you seen one of those highly produced, probing stories on 60 Minutes that makes any sort of a connection between the sorry state of these beleaguered cities and the governance they’ve had for the past half century?

Here’s another story idea. Nightline should devote an episode to America’s 50-plus year War on Poverty. Since the War on Poverty began in 1965, America has spent $17 trillion on an alphabet soup list of anti-poverty programs.

“To what effect?,” Nightline should ask.

The answer is that the poverty rate in the United States stands essentially unchanged from 1965. Eighty five percent of the country’s $20 trillion national debt is attributable to anti-poverty spending that has had next to no effect on the rate of poverty. That’s another fact of which more Americans would be aware if the national media were doing their jobs properly.

These are just two examples. There are others. But don’t expect to see these stories any time soon. The newsrooms and the executive suites of our national media organizations are almost monolithically liberal. Any honest reporting on the state of our big cities or the failure of 50 years of national policy as it pertains to poverty flies in the face of beliefs that are held by our media grandees with almost religious fervor.

Americans are not being told things that we should all know. Protected though they are by the very words of the Constitution, our media elites are failing us.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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7 Responses

  1. APPLAUSE to KTBB for what is now sadly conspicuous LOCAL coverage. In most cities — even big ones — there’s simply less news (which costs money to produce) because of broadcast industry consolidation run amok, and newspapers firing-everyone-in-sight as readers graze elsewhere.

    Opinion-masquerading-as-news is less-expensive to produce; and panders well to the like-minded.

  2. Jim Lee says:

    Well said Paul. Wanna come to my house for dinner? I need some more conversation points for my liberal friends.

  3. Linda E Montrose says:

    It is a shame that truth doesn’t matter anymore. It is a shame that ethics do not matter anymore. What ever happened to just REPORTING the news? Keep your opinions to yourself, Mr or Ms news reporter…just give me the FACTS and let me decide for myself if something is true or not. This used to be what news REPORTING was all about. But somewhere along the line, the FACTS were lost, sure wish they could be found again.

  4. bullish bob bagley says:

    Tuesday i watched the closing arguments of the John Wiley Price trial in the federal courthouse. You would find it hard to believe what we were paying those attorneys to do as sorry a job as they did. The pink slips should go out by the dozens. It was a fiscal joke.

  5. Another fine column. The liberal, the very much liberal media, is corrupt beyond repair. If the news stories that need telling get out, it will be more and more through conservative media and citizen self-education. Thanks so much for doing your part to keep us honestly informed.

  6. Where do you go for daily news and information? Our local newspaper is so liberal, it has become a joke – the only things they publish that we can believe are the obituaries.

  7. Donnie Jones says:

    We need to fund some more colleges with our tax money and soon the whole nation would be PC and we would be living in a world of peace and joy. Wrong! Anyone want to live like the people in North Korea? That’s the Liberal idea of how things should be.

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