Media bias against President Trump harms this country

Media bias against President Trump harms this country

Media bias against President Trump harms this country

When President Trump complained that his campaign was being “wiretapped” by the Obama administration and Obama FBI, the mainstream news media howled against him saying that was ridiculous. Now, one year later, we learn that the FBI under Obama inserted an undercover agent into Trump’s campaign. Instead of doing their jobs, the mainstream news media is protecting their political favorites. #NewsMediaisEnemy

By Ray Hanania

Last year, newly elected President Donald Trump accused the administration of President Barack Obama, who was actively backing Trump’s failed rival Hillary Clinton’s election campaign, of “wiretapping” his campaign.

That was in March 2017, as the national mainstream news media began transforming from “reporting news” to “creating news.” Rather than report facts, the national news media started converted “news reporting” to “opinion reporting,” using their influence to embarrass the president and defend Clinton.

When Trump accused Obama of wiretapping his campaign, the media went berserk accusing Trump of being “imbalanced” and suggesting that he should be impeached. Some media called Trump a liar, and they gave Clinton a platform to foment her “sore loser” mentality.

Last week, Trump again claimed that his campaign was “infiltrated” by an FBI informer and right away the media went berserk again, with CNN (the Crappy News Network) writing that Trump was at it again, with a new “writetap hysteria” that they asserted was intended to “poison the environment” about Robert Mueller.

President Trump pushing back against media lies that he removed the MLK bust from the White House. Photo courtesy of the Republican Party.

President Trump pushing back against media lies that he removed the MLK bust from the White House. Photo courtesy of the Republican Party.

Mueller is the politically driven former FBI Director who is now leading a witch hunt against Trump on unproven allegations that Trump “colluded” with the Russians to help him with the election. The Mueller “investigation” (witch hunt) has been going on now for one full year with no substance to its fake claims.

It seems no one in the news media or the FBI wants to do their jobs. They would rather play politics to help sore loser Clinton vindicate her embarrassing defeat that came about of her own arrogance and entitlement.

Some of the media now reluctantly confirm there was an informant planted in the Trump campaign by the FBI. The New York Times asserts the FBI was probing Russian infiltration, long before it became Mueller’s national obsession.

If the mainstream news media did its job reporting news rather than expressing their opinions in their news stories – there is a difference between “news” and “opinion” – we might have determined the truth a long time ago.

But the mainstream news media is no longer in the business of reporting the news. They prefer to create the news because it is about countering the downward trend in profits fueled by growing public dissatisfaction with the media’s lack of objectivity.

The bias in the media is a result of arrogance. The news media assumes you, the public, are an idiot. You’re too stupid to understand issues, too ignorant to understand facts, and not worth respect. The news media wants to control you and make that conclusion for you, because they think that’s the only way they can force you to re-invest in their failing national industry.

We need a public discussion about this cancer that is destroying the role of the news media but the news media won’t allow it.

The facts are clear: an FBI that plants an informant inside a presidential election campaign is an FBI that would also wiretap that same presidential campaign. T’s a frightening assault on our Democracy.

I know because when I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War, the FBI wiretapped and investigated me for the sole reason that I am a Palestinian Christian Arab whose father is from Jerusalem and mother is from Bethlehem where she prayed at the Church of the Nativity.

The FBI denied it for years, until with the help of former Congressman Ed Derwinski, I forced them to release the 44-page FBI report which began asserting I was a suspected “terrorist” and concluded I was merely an American concerned with bettering my community. (None of the FBI agents who investigated me had served during the Vietnam War, by the way!)

And, you don’t think the FBI is capable of violating our rights?

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist, author and former Chicago City Hall reporter. Reach him at his personal website at www.Hanania.com or email him at rghanania@gmal.com.)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

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