The narcissistic and short-sighted strategies journalists employ are a sign that this is a profession that does not think about the future, consequences, or strategy.
They painted WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange as some sort of Russian agent or dupe because his group revealed unflattering but accurate truths about Hillary Clinton. It was all true, and everyone knows it.
Instead, they were jealous, and now some are realizing how dangerous things will become if Assange is prosecuted.
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald said it best:
Over the last two years, journalists and others have melodramatically claimed that press freedoms were being assaulted by the Trump administration due to trivial acts such as the President spouting adolescent insults on Twitter at Chuck Todd and Wolf Blitzer or banning Jim Acosta from White House press conferences due to his refusal to stop preening for a few minutes so as to allow other journalists to ask questions. Meanwhile, actual and real threats to press freedoms that began with the Obama DOJ and have escalated with the Trump DOJ – such as aggressive attempts to unearth and prosecute sources – have gone largely ignored if not applauded.
But Greenwald is the lone sane man in that journalistic nuthouse. The obsession the press has with hating Trump has blinded them to how stupid their knee-jerk spasms are or the consequences of their childish games.
CNN’s Jim Acosta is not Bob Woodward. He is not breaking news or doing any actual journalism. He is a clown who behaved like a moron, and when he lost his hall pass, journalists defended him, which was a supremely bad move.
The White House banned a single idiot for being an idiot, and a low-class one to boot. No one else from CNN was barred; hence, they should have taken a hit on Acosta, and then leave it alone because if it becomes a shoving match, they are unevenly matched and the regime can do worse things that cost everyone much more in the long run.
They went to court and cheered that Acosta was allowed back in as if this would be the last of it.
Stupid, stupid move.
Now there will be rules in place.
Rules that had never been there before.
And now it dawned on the press that the rules will far worse than what they had before.
And they have CNN and Jim Acosta to thank.
Politico was very naive when their headline blared in part:
Trump discovers new weapon against media
Never considering that Trump's banning Acosta was a probe for him and he was actively seeking that weapon all along. Acosta’s selfish antics was a costly mistake and the press should know by now what happens when they resort to nose-tweaking Trump.
They never think ahead. They never plan ahead. They have some narrative running through their heads that they are good guys and if they slap back, everyone will back down and they will win.
Memo to journalists: at what point do you wake up to reality?
At what point do you change your ways?
You have had people like me research and point out rationally why you were actively being the agents of your own self-destruction.
You chose to ignore me and shut me out repeatedly.
And you chose to give free publicity to a knuckle-dragger like Acosta and cheerlead him even though you all know who he is.
You earned this wallop.
You earned the fallout because you never listen to people who speak the truth because they are brave enough and loving enough to see reality.
That is the reason you all have become a joke.
You were cruel to Assange, and he was an idealist who had a good idea. He is in over his head, and you are all responsible for it.
He knew what direction it should have gone. He has flaws, but he knew something and had a piece of the puzzle to your resurrection.
Now you whine.
But you were always lousy friends to the truth, and to the people who actually were trying to do something to save an industry.
Shame on you for that.
Shame on you for being as selfish as you are….