by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jeff Charles writes for Red State about a significant editorial change at one major newspaper.
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 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.