In the most nasty way, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" has announced that Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President Trump, will not appear on the show again because, co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "she's not credible anymore,"
And so, MSNBC follows CNN into this new and, frankly, terrifying realm of news control pioneered by news controllers -- media figures who have eschewed all pretense at news gathering on behalf of the public for 1) the role of judge and jury on what constitutes "credible" and 2) news censor when it comes to the what the public is permitted to see and hear from the Trump administration.
How did this all get going? Last week, it was CNN damning Conway's "credibility" and letting it be known Conway was not welcome. Before that, three days into the Trump administration, a "journalism professor" was already making the case against interviewing Conway at all.
In all my years in Washington, I cannot recall seeing any White House official treated so abusively by the media before; nor have I ever seen news professionals rise up, seemingly as one, to cut off a newsmaker as "not credible." As Jeff Nyquist put it, it's the "ministry of truth" without the Ministry of Truth.
Is this where "journalism" is headed? No, it's where it has arrived. It is at this point of arrival where the mask is off, and the media are going full-Alinskyite, isolating and freezing, in this case, Kellyanne Conway. Who will be next?
"Credibility issues"? Don't make me laugh. President Barack Obama built his entire presidency on a Big Lie. It went like this: "If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance." Remember? Watch the clip above of Obama speechwriters laughing about this huge joke on Us, the People, and think back to that last time Jake Tapper at CNN or some journalism professor called out Obama or any Obama administration official for being "not credible" over perpetrating this massive, costly and destructive fraud on the nation.
Yup -- that never happened. The "people's right to know," "crediblity" -- these are not the concerns of the Fourth Estate still in flames over the Trump presidency. It's full-on political warfare out there. Take cover.
Diana West is a journalist and columnist whose writing appears in several high profile outlets. She also has a website: DianaWest.net.
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