This is some frank talk about the now more than three weeks of breathless coverage of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Look, if the Saudi government murdered Jamal Khashoggi in their Turkish consulate as he entered in search of a marriage license, then that’s horrible. But not because Khashoggi was a journalist… because he was a person. Only because he was a person.
We’ve been hearing about Khashoggi, non-stop, wall-to-wall, for twenty-two days straight now. And why? Because he was a journalist. No other reason. If Khashoggi had been, say, a bricklayer, and he’d entered the Saudi consulate in Instanbul in search of a marriage license, never to emerge alive, you and I never would have heard a peep about it.
American journalists have done their level best for decades to construct a cult around journalism. To portray their chosen profession as somehow more noble, more important than everyone else’s job. As if they’re the very guardians of all that’s good and decent in the world today, standing with their noble principles, their courageous hearts and trusty pens, athwart the very path down which the ravening forces of evil are constantly careering to try to ruin us all.
Oh, Journalism ought to be all that. The founders of this, the greatest, freest, most generous country in the history of the world even enshrined press freedom in the American Constitution itself. They certainly thought that a free, active press, unburdened by the heavy hand of oppressive central control was important. And it could — should — have been. It’s supposed to have been.
American journalists threw it all away. There’s no free press in America today. Not in any meaningful sense. The American media overwhelmingly engage in full-scale, blatant, disgraceful viewpoint discrimination.
Major publishing and broadcast “news” companies — The Washington Post, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the NY Times, NPR and most of rest of the broadcast media — so blatantly and openly deny Conservatives employment that these outlets have turned their own work product into an unrecognizable caricature of journalism, barely distinguishable from the propaganda of the late, unlamented Soviet Union.
American journalists ever so gravely intone that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi represents a quintessentially horrific act, because he was a journalist, and well that was akin to having done in Mother Teresa herself! Why, they warn us, if that kind of thing were to happen in America, what a serious threat to democracy that would be!
But a much more serious threat to democracy in America is our current crop of “journalists,” just doing their day-to-day thing. Their unprincipled dishonesty in a profession that ought to be noble, that ought to revere the truth, that ought to be a vital bulwark against the inevitable tyrannical instincts of the ruling classes, have made them instead a cozy, corrupt part of those same ruling élites. A reliable, lapdoggish mouthpiece supporting, amplifying and repeating uncritically, most of the propaganda coming from the leftmost side of American politics.
Khashoggi was a deeply embedded part of some of the most corrupt elements of the American media. He was a writer for the Washington Post. The Post is zillionaire Jeff Bezos’ plaything that he uses to foist a generally leftist viewpoint on innocent Americans.
Jamal Khashoggi might have been a perfectly wonderful human being, no one can know. Most cops are perfectly wonderful human beings, but a certain percentage of them — larger than in the general population itself — allow their power go to their heads, and as a result very many people view cops with a jaundiced eye. Why? Simple: Policing, like journalism, is a profession whose members ought to hold honesty, decency and the truth in the highest regard. When they violate that responsibility, it’s particularly heinous.
It’s the same with journalism. Journalists can be fine, upstanding people, but their profession is so transparently, so ostentatiously corrupt, so thoroughly depraved and power-mad at its highest echelons, that the little reporters and reporterettes are inevitably stained by association.
As a result of all this, the only people who think that journalists are especially good, noble, important people are… journalists. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider the following two words: Catholic Priest.(1)
The rest of us look at journalists, justifiably, as generally kind of slimy people — like prostitutes or their pimps, or dirty cops, or pedophiles, or corrupt politicians. The best opinion we have of them is like our thoughts regarding a used car salesman. We just know the guy’s going to lie to us, or rip us off to try to sell us his lemon of a jalopy.
Our worst thoughts about journalists have us shuddering at the notion of our daughters consorting with them.
I might have been unfair to prostitutes there. A much-loved literary theme is the working girl with the heart of gold. No one would dare write a story or make a movie about a journalist with a heart of gold. No reader could suspend his disbelief that much.
The point? There are three:
- If Jamal Khashoggi had been almost anything but a journalist, you and I never would have heard a peep about his disappearance. And…
- The only people who think that journalists are especially good, noble, important people are… journalists. And…
- This daily, wall-to-wall coverage of Khashoggi’s disappearance is ridiculous and unseemly; a round-the-clock exercise in navel-gazing by a self-obsessed media corps who couldn’t give a tinker’s damn about things like truth, honesty and decency, but never miss an opportunity to tell you ad nauseum how great and important they are.
(1) The last “wave” of gay sex abuse by Catholic priests happened more than 40 years ago. Yet, all the current publicity surrounding the gay priests and the bishops and cardinals who enabled them, or hid their misdeeds has made the term “Catholic Priest” seem more like an epithet than anything else. And Catholic priests are among the least corrupt, least dishonest people in the world.
Media corruption, though, has been an ongoing disease since the founding of the republic, and it continues unabated to this day.