Joyous tidings this week as Reuters announce the layoff of 2,000 staff from their world-wide operations. This follows earlier layoffs of 5,500 in 2013 and further underlines the implosion of the mainstream media brainwashing machine. Readership, advertising revenue and most of all reputation spiral downwards as readers flee to alternative sources.
This trend worries the "liberal" (and partially Soros-funded) Brookings Institution which notes that while radio and television (print news is finished) remain important, listener and viewer numbers have also "declined precipitously". And it seems that even "hard news" is now in danger" (stop laughing at the back!). "These trends have left many people wondering who will collect hard news for the general public. While the Internet world has made it possible for everyone to express their opinion widely — whether they know anything or not — it has also confused readers." Isn't that terrible! The confusion stems apparently from the absence of "neutral intermediaries such as reporters, fact-checkers, and editors". And that means "readers are having a hard time judging the credibility of what they read."
It's bad. Because without the forensic skills of the intrepid MSM sleuths who will we have to dig out the hard news on Obama's academic and birth records, to find out that "a Swedish man" was killed while fighting with ISIS in Syria, to detail the orgy of rape and pillage committed by Europe's 'migrants, to show the Clinton Foundation to be a criminal enterprise along the lines of the Mafia? Though various factors are contributing to the MSM's demise, the biggest one will be loss of credibility. Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history. And their grotesque (mis)handling of the Trump/Clinton election will represent the coup-de-grace for whatever credibility remains.
Happy days, but the battle is far from won. Our enemies remain active on the alternative front, controlling the various electronic communications oversight bodies while enjoying a virtual stranglehold on social media and other alternative platforms. Armies of hasbaras and bots are working feverishly even as we speak in the battle against Thought Crime. But this new environment is difficult to control. For every impediment put in our way one of us will come up with a counter-measure. The battle will be fierce and unrelenting.
Continue to fight the good fight.