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Today’s Red Pill: No, the Mainstream Media don’t care about you.

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Do you ever get the feeling that the Mainstream Media isn’t “reporting” any news for you? Well, according to one journalist, they’re not.

So, then, exactly who is the MSM reporting for, reporting to?

This is news?

Back in 2014, Katie Couric interviewed Chelsea Clinton who had, just six weeks prior, given birth to her first child. Couric fawned and gushed over Chelsea Clinton to a bizarre degree. Couric also lauded Clinton for being nominated as one of Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” candidates. Then Couric added, “and I think it’s safe to say, probably a Mom of the Year.”

Viewers scratched their heads, perplexed.

In May of 2017, CNN announced Trump gets 2 scoops of ice cream, others get 1. The headline drew on a small portion of an article in Time, entitled Donald Trump After Hours:

The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else.

Other outlets ran with the story. Several used the President’s ice cream preferences as an opportunity to psychologize him, such as the New York Times with an article entitled Donald Trump à la Mode. Elite Daily declared, Trump’s White House Eating Habits Reveal A Lot About Him. Mother Jones suggested, If You Want to Understand Donald Trump, Pay Attention to What He Eats.

Meanwhile, those of us regular folk simply thought to ourselves, “Who cares?

The media’s obsession with the President’s dietary preferences continued with a December (2017) article in the New York Times, entitled INSIDe TRUMP’S HOUR-BY-HOUR BATTLE FOR SELF-PRESERVATION. The story claimed President Trump consumed 12 diet cokes each day.

Cable news outlets and MSM publications ran with the 12 Diet Cokes angle, most of them theorizing about the state of the President’s physical health.

Newsweek ran a story entitled TRUMP DRINKS 12 DIET COKES A DAY. WHAT CAN THAT DO TO A PERSON’S BODY?

Again, normal people simply thought to ourselves, “Who cares?” and continued with our daily lives.

Whose interests are being served?

Writing at The Hill back in August of 2017, David E. Weisberg insightfully posed two questions:

♦Who exactly is the media serving with these stories?

♦Whose interests are being served other than their own?

His astute inquiry was prompted by two articles which had been published in the midst of the human crisis and natural disaster following Hurricane Harvey: the New York Times’s Melania Trump, Off to Texas, Finds Herself on Thin Heels, and the Washington Post’s There was no pretense about Melania Trump’s heels. But sometimes, a little pretense helps.

Both articles were desperate attempts to politically frame Melania Trump’s choice of footwear, a pair of heels which she had worn as she and the President boarded Air Force One on their way to visit the hurricane victims.

So, WHO are these stories for, exactly?

Sharyl Attkisson is an award-winning investigative journalist. In Chapter 6 of her new book, The Smear, Attkisson gives us a glimpse into why the Mainstream Media puts out stories and runs with headline topics which the average person cares nothing about; stories like CNN’s Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.

According to Attkisson, journalists have forgotten all about you and me. Actually, we are simply ignored altogether.

On pages 151-152 of her book, Attkisson writes (emphasis mine):

We report on internal info fed to us by opposing interests to advance their agenda. We report on one another. We report on each other reporting on these interests. The resulting stories are aggregated, circulated, and regurgitated among the same relatively small circle of players. They’re retweeted on Twitter, shared and liked on Facebook, and distributed on Google News. They draw positive feedback from our managers, generate validation from peers, and capture the attention of important insiders. Instead of bringing meaningful news to viewers and readers, we copy, impress, or best one another with stories of interest to no one but each other.

We’re giving a command performance… And we’re leaving ordinary Americans out of the equation.

On a Venn diagram, there would be three circles: The news media and insiders we report on would be two circles that wholly overlap. Regular people would be in a third circle far away that doesn’t intersect the other two.

Hmm… The detachment of the elites from everyday Americans, coupled with the Mainstream Media’s caricature of Journalism is starting to make a lot more sense…

You and I simply aren’t part of their equation.

Paige Rogers is a Christian artist and author, and a former professional practitioner in the field of Early Childhood Development. She is the creator of ThePaintingPastor.org, a blog offering Christian reflection, exhortation and discernment alongside various artistic techniques visually documented through Paige's unique artistic endeavors. A lover of learning, Paige is an avid enthusiast of history, civics, political geography and human nature, physical geography and the sciences. She is an incurably inquisitive and chronically creative “egghead.” Paige is a strong supporter of America's service members and veterans.

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