‘Sees Itself as Part of the Government’: How the Political Media’s Corruption Destroyed America’s Most Crucial Institutions
The natural job of a child is to test the parent. This is how a child learns right from wrong. Good parents teach appropriate boundaries, which in turn results in honest, well-adjusted adults. Parents who fail at this oftentimes create neurotic grown-ups incapable of happiness. In this respect, governments and children are similar.
Along with access to enrichment through favors (pay-to-play), government officials are empowered with the authority to control others. Therefore, whether it is a dog catcher or the American president, with their hands on the levers of power, temptation is limitless. And so, like children, it is only natural for politicians and bureaucrats to test the boundaries of right and wrong. This is where the media is supposed to act as the parent.
When a political media does its job, when journalists hold government ethically accountable, the result is an honest, well-adjusted government. And while I can’t speak for every locality, at the federal level, this is just not happening. Tragically, our national media now sees itself as part of the government, and as a consequence, the media’s mission to hold institutions accountable has been dropped entirely in favor of relentless agenda-pushing. – READ MORE