Seeing how some in the media are doing some reporting regarding Biden’s attempt to push the Iran nuclear deal, let’s go there for proper frame of reference.
While many are reporting that the Iran nuclear deal has “stalled”, albeit now because of inconvenient Russia involvement, too many aren’t including why it’s still a bad deal and who (aside from the Iranians) has the most to gain from it. Everything coming from the Biden administration is being taken at face value and little seems to have been learned from the media’s last go-round on the topic.
They were played then and they’re being played now, again, and for the same reason.
The Obama administration exploited the media’s ignorance, thus willing compliance, and even bragged about it when it came to pushing the Iran nuclear deal in 2016.
All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing. We created an echo chamber. They [the seemingly independent experts] were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.
— Ben Rhodes, Obama deputy national security adviser for strategic communications
As it doesn’t take much to spark media outrage, especially when criticized, one would think they’d be clutching the pearls and screeching back at Rhodes in unison. One would think….
When reporters had the chance on Friday to confront Obama about the revelations contained in the Times article, they asked four questions: Three of them were about Donald Trump and one was about the ongoing safety problems with the Washington, D.C., subway system. Zero were about Ben Rhodes or Iran.
— Investors Business Daily, 5/10/16
This is yet one more reason to disregard the media noise coming from the White House. Many of them know little about what they’re reporting as they couldn’t address relevance to what similarly happened years ago without quickly going to Google on their phones.
Despite all the things we now know were wrong (Trump-Russia collusion, COVID-19 was natural, no 2020 vote fraud, masks work, vaccines are safe and effective, January 6 was an “armed insurrection”, no bio-weapons labs in Ukraine, etc.), there are those in the media and Big Tech who’d be the first to admonish and implement banishment for anyone who dare doubt them and their anonymous, so-called “fact checkers”.
The truth is we, justifiably, have no reason to accept anything from the media just because they say so, especially today.
There was a time when a reporter would have to work in the profession for decades and have a proven track record of excellence to even be considered for a White House correspondence gig. Many of today’s White House reporters are literally a few years out of college and somehow landed the prized position.
It’s important to acknowledge age and life experience-challenged status simply because frame of reference is physically limited by time. Back in the day instead of the evening news for updates of events while happening, many of today’s White House reporters were probably watching the Power Rangers or waiting for Clarissa to explain it all.
So while you consume anything regarding the “Iran nuclear deal”, assure yourself that the majority of the information provided is coming from those who many need to be reminded that this was tried less than seven years ago, how and why it failed, who would benefit, who would be under immediate threat, and why it was shot down.
If they don’t know the answers to those historical facts, they have no business reporting on it today.