The above is a paraphrase of William Tecumseh Sherman’s comment on the press during the War of Northern Aggression and the version I first heard. He’s properly quoted as saying “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast. “
What I like about Sherman was that he probably meant every word. Don’t get me wrong, as a southerner, Bill was not one of my favorite bluecoats, not in the least. I would have liked nothing better than if one of my rebel ancestors would have lined him up in the crosshairs of a scoped Whitworth rifle and sent his sorry Yankee ass into the hereafter so he could spend eternity with the press corps. However, I would not have wanted this to happen before he provided us with a few more of his famous quotes. The guy was truly king of the one-liners. Here’s another quip about the press.
“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as fact. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”
Simply brilliant. It seems that Bill Sherman was not only prescient in his ideas of the press, but he truly hated them and recognized newsmen for the scumbags they really are. Can you imagine bringing Bill back from the dead and have someone like Chuck “Odd” (yeah, he really is a squirrelly looking little bastard) interviewing him? Envision Chuckie on Meet the Press asking WTS a stupid question? I can see Sherman putting the barrel of his Colt Army into Chuck Todd’s mouth then asking him to rephrase the query before he scrambles what little brains he has left. Such were the days when men were men and there was no confusion about which restroom to go to. Priceless.
It’s really funny and sad as to how little has changed. In fact it’s getting worse. The MSM is the least trusted institution in this country. Frankly I don’t believe a thing they say, write or report. I’ve seen better bullshit artists who were dead drunk at one o’clock in the morning than most of these people.
But it’s not just about the overt lying that is rampant within the MSM. It’s also about the hypocrisy. I was watching one of the cutsie bubble headed news readers on a major network who was aghast at the so called “fat shaming” of a former Miss Universe with a bit of thug past. Hey sweetheart, for one this is not news. Secondly, if you gained a hundred pounds, made a porno and was caught hanging around a known gangster your career would be toast. Your job is based upon the fact that you’re nice to look at, you can follow a script and read a teleprompter. Nothing more. There are plenty of women just like you out there and your replacement is just around the corner. You’re not that special.
Then there is the endorsement issue. Why should a news organization endorse anyone? Their job is to report the news and the facts. I’ll do my own thinking. I don’t need a group of nitwits making suggestions for me. An opinion page is great, however you might want to think about opposing views. Anything else is just propaganda and pushing a personal agenda. Some of the endorsements are outlandish. The Houston Chronicle each election cycle has endorsed Sheila Jackson Lee who is an utter imbecile. I can see a rag like “ The Barnacle” endorsing a leftist; just don’t push one that is brain damaged. Newspapers are notorious for this practice, yet they wonder why their circulations are falling. Go figure.
What is clear is that the MSM is just a propaganda tool of the left. When people say they lie like a whore, it’s only impugning the reputation of whores. They are not to be trusted. Recognize them for what they are.
I usually write about guns and gun rights. IMHO there is no greater enemy to your 2nd Amendment Rights than the MSM. The complete lack of veracity about gun issues is quite simply astounding. It’s just another example of why liberalism is insanity and societal suicide. Just know that if Cankles is elected POTUS, she will make these useful idiots press her agenda about extreme gun control.
If you didn’t think that William Tecumseh Sherman was a bit of an oracle, I’ll leave you with one last quote.
“There will soon come an armed conflict between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gunpowder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the INSANE howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them. “
Stay armed by friends