The New York Post has reportedly banned its journalists from using certain left-leaning activist media outlets as their primary sources for articles. It appears the news organization’s leadership has taken issue with how these journalistic outlets covered President Donald Trump and conservatives.
According to a report published by The New York Times, “high-level editors at The New York Post instructed staff members this week not to use reporting from CNN, MSNBC, The Times and The Washington Post as the sole basis for any Post article, the three journalists said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.”
The order to avoid using these outlets as sources came from New York Post editor-in-chief Michelle Gotthelf. The journalists told The Times that if they see a story published by one of these companies, they must do some original reporting before writing the piece.
According to The Times’ article, the order was given because of the far-left bias that each of these outlets displays in their news coverage. The author wrote:
The three journalists said no explanation had been given, but they added that the reason did not have to be detailed. CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The Times are seen as liberal within the Murdoch empire, which is home to Fox News and Fox Business, cable networks that were instrumental to the rise of President Trump. To publish articles based on the work of those organizations would not fit The Post’s right-leaning identity, the journalists said.
The Post understands what many on the right have known for decades. The establishment media are biased in favor of the left and have used their platforms to assist the Democrats’ political endeavors.
These individuals no longer function as actual journalists dedicated to keeping their audiences informed. Rather, they exist as a marketing and propaganda arm of the party by protecting Democrat politicians while ruthlessly publishing reports designed to impugn Republicans. It is for this reason that I refer to them as the “activist media” and their supposed reporters as “media activists.”
One can hardly blame The Post for its new approach. We are no longer in a time when these news outlets had a slight left-wing bent. In this era, the activist media has all but thrown off any pretense of objectivity and desire to speak truth to power.
Unfortunately, as news outlets become more polarized, Americans will become even more divided. The echo chamber problem will only become worse because people will only read sources that agree with them politically. However, this is a problem that the left created by pushing the press further away from actual journalism and closer to full-blown activism.
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