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Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2012

– Who is really pulling the strings?


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In the past you have heard me lament about the passing of journalistic integrity in this country. Regardless if it is in print form, television, radio, or the Internet, I no longer see any evidence that journalism involves the compilation of hard facts in such a manner as to allow the reader to arrive at his/her own conclusions. Instead, everything is being spun because the media no longer believes the people are smart enough to arrive at the proper conclusion. Editorials are one thing, hard facts are another. Every story, large or small, international or local, is now being spun in such a way as to manipulate the minds of the masses. I do not believe state run propaganda a la Josef Goebbels in Nazi Germany could be more effective at swaying public opinion.

“But Tim, you express your opinions all the time.” That’s right, but I am not a journalist either, nor am I paid to be.

It is becoming even more apparent there is an incestuous relationship between our politicians and the media. To illustrate, I recently attended a local forum for the purpose of watching county politicians debate key issues. This particular group is an amalgamation of politicians and members of the local media, the purpose of which is to discuss pertinent political subjects of the day. Frankly, it appeared to be an extremely cozy relationship between the two groups, perhaps too cozy. During the course of the debate, questions were asked from the floor. It didn’t take long to determine which candidate the press favored over the others. Whereas the others were given difficult questions to answer (with a little vicious sniping thrown in for good measure), the “chosen one” was given softball-like questions which he could easily knock out of the park, resulting in a round of applause from the audience denoting their approval. This wasn’t simply a matter of a partisan politics; it was the media throwing its support behind its favored candidate. It was all a setup.

Interestingly, when the candidates were asked the question, “Do you think you’ve been treated fairly by the press?” All but the “chosen one” responded with an emphatic, “NO!”

Somehow the rapport between the politicians and the press was reminiscent of that seen at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) held in April where a comedian lampoons the President and other notable politicians. At this meeting, it is obvious who the media favors and who they are determined to take down. I don’t believe The National Press Club is much different.

It is truly remarkable how consistent and predictable these groups run. It seems to be more by design as opposed to accident. It’s easy to become paranoid and imagine clandestine meetings where the power brokers of the press determine who they will support, who should be put on a hit list, and what tactics they’ll use to get their way. It would be kind of like the Mafia boardroom meetings we saw in the movie, “The Godfather.” I just want to know who the Don Corleone of the press corp is.

It is somewhat disturbing there is no longer a place where you can get unbiased reporting of news anymore. This means American journalism has lost the public trust and, frankly, it does not seem to really bother them. Everything is done to suit a political agenda of some kind. This goes well beyond government and political reporting and now touches on all forms of writing, including scientific journals.

The reporters and newspapermen of the twentieth century would be spinning in their graves if they knew journalistic integrity was dead. In all likelihood though, they’re sleeping with the fishes.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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10 Responses to “JOURNALISTIC MAFIA”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I wonder if the media still employs fact checkers? Silly question, when there are no real facts and no reliable sources with which to check them. I have no doubt that the great journalists are spinning in their graves. Journalistic integrity has joined the ranks of common sense and common courtesy. “


  2. Tim Bryce said

    A P.M. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “It’s as if we are being led like cattle to the slaughterhouse.”


  3. Tim Bryce said

    A B.H. of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    You wrote: “This goes well beyond government and political reporting and now touches on all forms of writing, including scientific journals.”

    While the subject of “journalists” slanting the news to foster an agenda is disturbing (more later), I find the trend in the scientific community to either “gundeck” (falsify) data to arrive at a “proper” result OR to construct an experiment such that the results are predictable is reprehensible and UNscientific. (I was a scientist –Chemist- first, Engineer later).

    But, what REALLY gets my goat running is a purported journalist who THINKS they are, and thus puts themselves out as, an expert in a scientific field. For example, a journalist might well take on the topic of electromagnetic fields from power lines causing cancer – but dollars to donuts they couldn’t tell you squat about the physics of electromagnetic fields.

    Isn’t it interesting that a number of universities (University of Colorado most recently) have discontinued granting a degree in journalism and have disestablished those departments – figuring that they aren’t really degree-worthy any more?


  4. Tim Bryce said

    A W.D. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “AMEN!!! That’s why my wife and I left the country before it was too late. A 3rd world country with more freedom, no political correctness, that think it is abhorrent the blacks in American call themselves “African Americans” (we are a 13 % minority), but absolutely no color barriers. We are all one people, they are Dominicans (not African Dominicans) and want to stay as far away from that name as possible, as they know that is what divides America. It is the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the US that want to keep this divide, otherwise they lose all their influence and so called power, which seems like it will never end. God Bless America, if they haven’t totally kicked Him out yet!!!!”


  5. Tim Bryce said

    A J.P. of Toronto, Ontario wrote…

    “Yes. Generally speaking, I think you are largely correct.”


  6. Tim Bryce said

    An S.M. of Florida wrote…

    “When David Halberstam died, not one of the leading journalistic obituaries mentioned “The Powers That Be”, his scholarly chronology of the rise of the liberal media establishment and essay on why it became institutionally biased. All obituaries mentioned “The Best and the Brightest”, his earlier dissection of the body politic and its mistaken path into Viet Nam. Of course, opposing Viet Nam made him a liberal icon. “The Powers That Be” made liberal journalists uncomfortable. Still, you’d think at least one outlet would appreciate the irony of scrubbing Halberstam’s life work to “spin” his biography to fit more neatly into the liberal pantheon. Halberstam’s example shows how dishonest and shameless the liberal media establishment has become. I enjoyed your description of a Tiger Bay luncheon, which I attended for decades yet never joined. In my role as a politico, I had to acknowledge the important influence of Tiger Bay, yet avoided personal affiliation and gladly paid the higher lunch cost.

    Thanks for this post.”


  7. Mohamed Abdalgadir said

    This scary but it’s reality, the media today definetley is bias in so many ways, politicacal agendas of course feeded by money and corporate profit as the bottom line. Government can’t have power in the media anymore even in a totalitarian type of government. The media today looking for exciting news regardless of the old ethics of journalism so it cans have high ratings, sell products, make money and profit and that why the media today don’t have time to go deep understanding the roots of the issues and that can conflict with its hidden political and money agendas, we can notice a good examples in covering international news, I was watching a CNN forum try to answer the question of why the US media is so weak covering international news? The participants answer was its too expensive.


  8. Tim Bryce said

    A B.B. of Land O’Lakes, Florida wrote…

    “Great piece. I’ve told people for years that journalism, as it was once taught in school, was that of reporting facts or events as they were seen or heard. A journalist never inserted his or her opinion into the piece to slant the view. That was left for an opinion piece on the editorial page. Unfortunately, these days nearly every piece written carries a slant.”


  9. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “We could not be more in agreement. Today, in truth we have far too much media. I am not a fan of the idea that the public needs to know everything, but I do see a real need for factual reporting. I lost some really good friends in Somalia because the media stuck there noses in and the enemy was waiting in ambush for our troops. At one time there were things that went on in government that were above board but did not need to be known by the general public. But today, that honesty and fair dealing is almost totally gone. When there is too much media and biased to boot, it causes some unrest in some places. For instance you may remember several years ago, a police man shot a motorcyclist in Tampa and the news reporting cause riots and life in Miami.

    I do not see an end to it. Corruptness breeds more of the same, and it continues until the system falls completely apart, ie, the Roman Empire.

    Now if we could jail or incarcerate the media for what they do, we might find a way to come back to honesty and fair reporting.”


  10. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “You don’t think that NPR gives the straight poop? Why that’s ridiculous. Don’t we, the tax payers support them with our public dollars? “


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