The state of American journalism: Exhibit A

Paul GleiserThe state of American journalism: Exhibit A

If you’re among the dwindling number of Americans who watch the legacy network Sunday shows you saw this past Sunday a prime example of what’s wrong with what we call, with ever increasing derision, “journalism” in America.

House Speaker Mike Johnson was interviewed on CBS’s Face the Nation by Margaret Brennan. She was trying to discredit Johnson as an election denier for having spearheaded the filing of an amicus brief in the case filed by Texas in the United States Supreme Court following the 2020 election.

Here is an edited transcript of the exchange:

MARGARET BRENNAN: Back in 2021, you were the lawmaker who circulated the legal brief known as the Texas amicus brief, challenging the 2020 election outcome in a number of states, which by CBS editorial standards, makes you an election denier.

SPEAKER MIKE JOHNSON: That’s nonsense.

BRENNAN: Can I get you on the record on that?

JOHNSON: I’ve always been consistent on the record. Did you read the brief? Did you get a chance to read what we filed with the Supreme Court?

BRENNAN: (awkward laugh) Well, I have read extensively some criticisms of that, but…

JOHNSON: You read commentary about the brief, but not what we submitted to the court, right?

BRENNAN: But you recognize that President Biden won the 2020 election. Can you just put that…

JOHNSON: President Biden was certified as the winner of the election. He took the oath of office. He’s been the president for three years. The argument that we presented to the court, which is our only avenue to do so, was that the Constitution was clearly violated in the 2020 election. It’s Article II, Section 1, and anyone can Google it and read it for themselves. The system by which you choose electors to elect a president of the United States must be done by the individual states, and the system must be ratified by the state legislatures. That is language, plain language of the Constitution.

BRENNAN: So, you still have issues with the validity of the 2020 election…

JOHNSON The Constitution was violated in the run up to the 2020 election. Not always in bad faith, but in the aftermath of COVID many states changed their election laws in ways that violated that plain language. It’s just a fact.”


Give Speaker Johnson credit. He could have annihilated Brennan. He chose instead to be a gentleman and to patiently explain, as if showing a child a card trick, what the case brought by Texas was really about.

The amicus brief is all of 17 pages. I’ve read it. You can, too. It’s right here.

But the moderator of the once-great Face the Nation can only bother to read bias-confirming “criticism” before interviewing the third highest-ranking elected official in the U.S. government. This is what now passes for journalism at the highest levels.

One big reason that we in America are at each other’s throats is that we have no longer have any reliable, commonly agreed and accepted news sources by which to inform our opinions. Margaret Brennan of CBS just showed us why.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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7 Responses

  1. John Mcgowan says:

    Great article — thank you. The MSN has forsaken all principles in the pursuit of its political preferences and objectives.

    John McGowan

  2. Linda says:

    So true – well said

  3. Rich L Moore says:

    You can’t cure stupid in reports.

  4. Darrell Durham says:

    There is a good reason FOX news is the highest rated show, as well as many of the top 20 cable news shows being on FOX. The legacy media has lost the faith of the country, and the harder they try to restore it the deeper the hole they are digging. We know what we can see. The talking heads can’t convince us otherwise.

  5. Greg R says:

    But then again, what do you expect from democrats, truth? One thing you can say is they are united which conservatives are not. That’s our achilles heel.

  6. Mike says:

    I watched an interview with a so called Capital Police Officer couple days ago on one of the Legacy Media outlets and THE one statement this illegitimate person made was that, “……no one was killed in that riot……….” EXCUSE ME?!?!! WHAT??? You are kidding right? Why don’t your sorry arse ask the family of Ashli Babbitt if NO ONE was killed on January 6th!!!!! HELLO.
    Here is a Veteran, a woman, and person who was unarmed shot and killed by the Captial Police because they thought what?
    At this point the media lost me completely. So when I hear some dip wad talking total lies and nonsense; the tv gets turned off and I go write my entitled Congress people and give them a very large piece of my mind. Respectfully but sternly. Then I contact my relatives and friends and let them know what is going one; so they can vote accordingly.

  7. G. A. Walters says:

    The MSM doesn’t know the difference between journalism and propaganda!

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