The growing irrelevance of the American mainstream media

The mainstream media have time and again bent the truth every which way possible, showing utter disdain for the American people’s sense of fairness. And they have diminished, in the minds of many, their relevance as honest reporters of the news going forward:

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By their biased — no, malevolent is the more fitting word — coverage against Donald Trump, the liberal media might well have tipped themselves over the edge of the slippery slope leading to the complete destruction of their professional credibility, once and for all:

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

And people will learn to rely on their own judgment and not be unduly influenced by what they see in print — just because it happens to be in print.

Which is as it should be.