Lara Logan’s Damning Indictment Of The Failed Fourth Estate

“We’ve abandoned our pretense – or at least the effort – to be objective.”

Just yesterday, our news outlet weighed in on reports that a pair of mainstream media reporters working for CNN and CBS had gotten a bit too chummy with one of the top liberal presidential candidates.

We didn’t necessarily agree with that characterization of their actions, but …

“Anyone expecting CNN or CBS to provide impartial coverage of the 2020 presidential election is beyond delusional,” we wrote.  “Same for anyone expecting to receive impartial coverage from Fox News.  It just isn’t going to happen … “

“These networks are not following candidates around for the purpose of reporting the news, they are following them around for the purpose of manufacturing division. In the hopes of manufacturing ratings,” we added. “These outlets do not exist to inform, they exist to inflame.”

We closed our piece by noting that “this story is only a news flash for those who still believe news makers are objective – or care about appearing to be objective.  Because they’re not.”

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On cue, a former CBS foreign correspondent – Lara Logan (above) – made national news by assailing the overt biases of her erstwhile colleagues.  Logan’s blunt assessment of the sorry state of modern journalism was the focus of an interview she gave to retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, founder of the “Drop the Mike” podcast.

Actually, Logan’s interview was taped last week … but it exploded into wide circulation on Tuesday.

“Eighty-five percent of journalists are registered Democrats,” Logan told Ritland.  “How do you know you’re being lied to?  How do you know you’re being manipulated?  How do you know there’s something not right with the coverage?  When they simplify it all (and) there’s no grey.  No grey.  It’s all one way.  Well, life isn’t like that.  If it doesn’t match real life, it’s probably not.  Something’s wrong.”

Indeed …

According to Logan, all of the simplified stories peddled by her mainstream media colleagues form a narrative “weight” from which few consumers are able to unshackle themselves.


“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true,” Logan said. “You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

That’s true … groupthink driven by this pervasive bandwagon effect is the basis of the vanguard of current thought, of contemporary American media coverage and of the faux dialectic peddled by our nation’s two major political parties.

It is getting worse, too, according to Logan.

“Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense – or at least the effort – to be objective, today,” she said.  “We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

Some merit?  That is absolute truth …

Logan also ripped reporters who publish articles on the basis of solitary, anonymous sources.

“That’s not journalism, it’s horse sh*t,” she said.  “Responsibility for fake news begins with us.”

To listen to the full podcast, click here …



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