If they could somehow come back for a brief visit, they would be mortified, angry and disgusted by what our media has become in the modern age: Nothing but a propaganda organ for a political party that hates our country as founded and seeks to change it into an anti-liberty nightmare.
One of the ways the legacy media works to accomplish this is through acts of commission -- actively pushing false information on behalf of the deep state -- and omission, which is when outlets leave out critical information because it doesn't fit their left-wing political narratives.
Case in point: The recent terrorist incident that occurred on a New York City subway.
For most of the 24 hours before the suspect was captured, the legacy media refused to report a very important characteristic, even as the NYPD was seeking help from the public in locating him: That he was black. How New Yorkers were supposed to help cops locate the shooter is not clear given that most important of identifying traits was missing.
You see, the left-wing media want Americans to believe only whites are domestic terrorists -- not blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, or any other race.
The Washington Free Beacon did an analysis of the media coverage and found: "Frank James, the man arrested for Tuesday's New York City subway shooting, is a black nationalist and outspoken racist who railed against whites, Jews, and Hispanics. A careful reader of the New York Times could be forgiven for overlooking that. In a nearly 2,000-word article on the attack, James's race is not mentioned. The same is true for the coverage offered up by Reuters; the Washington Post only mentioned James's race in relation to his condemnation of training programs for 'low-income Black youths.'"
"Media critics on the right say that the conspicuous omission of James's race from these news reports illustrates a trend among prestige papers, which deemphasize or omit the race of non-white criminals while playing up the race of white offenders. But is it a real pattern?" the Free Beacon continued.
The answer is a resounding yes.
The outlet reported that it reviewed "hundreds of articles published by major papers" over the course of two years and found that they routinely downplayed the race of offenders who were not white, often mentioning race much farther down in the articles than the same outlets did for white offenders. In addition, the same major outlets were "three to four times more likely" to mention the race of a suspect at all if he or she was white, "a disparity that grew the wake of George Floyd's death in 2020 and the protests that followed."
The Free Beacon examined data from nearly 1,100 articles about murders from a half-dozen papers, all of which were written between 2019 and 2021. The papers included the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis (the Free Beacon added that no one from any of those papers returned requests for comment).
For each article examined, the outlet collected offender and victim names and race, noting where in each article the offender's race was mentioned, if it was mentioned at all.
"The data suggest an alarming editorial trend in which major papers routinely omit information from news reports, presenting readers with a skewed picture of who does and doesn't commit crime," the Free Beacon noted.
"These editorial choices are part and parcel with the 'racial reckoning' that swept newsrooms in the wake of Floyd's murder, which saw journalists dramatically overhauling crime coverage to emphasize the view that the criminal justice system is racist at the root – perhaps at the expense of honesty about individual offenders' crimes," the outlet continued.
It is the Free Beacon's polite way of saying that the legacy media is purposely downplaying or refusing to identify the race of non-white perps because doing so reaffirms the fact that persons of color are committing crimes at higher rates than their percentage of the U.S. population, and that doesn't fit the "whites are at the root of all evil in American society" lie they are pushing.
Our institutions have failed not because they are faulty but because they have been taken over by unscrupulous people.