Ron Hart
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Fourth Estate should just have an estate sale

We have legacy corporate media that have stood by and asked no questions when the Democrats say Trump, MAGA and Republicans are a “threat to democracy.”

All the while, Democrats seek to keep Trump off the ballot in several states, jail him, take his assets in New York, expand the Supreme Court, ban voter ID, censor speech, and suppress opposing thought on social media. They interfered in elections, for instance, by burying the Hunter laptop story (calling it “Russian disinformation”) right before we voted.

Yet, somehow, they think THEY are saving democracy and Republicans are a “threat” to it?

What they have done is not much different than what Putin did in Russia. He just won his fifth term by a margin of 88% to 12%. Those 12% have been identified: Half of them died being dragged behind a car, and the other half were mysteriously pushed out of a 10th floor window. Or, as they call it in Russia and in the Clinton household, natural causes.

You have to hand it to Putin, he is the first to win an election there in a landslide without carrying Ohio or Michigan.

In what pretends to be news, shows like The View are just angry leftist tropes that poison the minds of stay-at-home moms and shut-ins. It is ironic that the three most unpleasant women on TV are named Sunny, Whoopi and Joy. Their parents named them before they met them.

It is like whiplash listening to the unhinged political rantings of The View. They have gone from “Defund the police” to “Put the National Guard in the New York subways.” The National Guard troops are not allowed to do much but act like TSA agents, which at least slows down the New York City transit system, delaying hundreds of stabbings.

The Oscars ratings continue to go down, as does the quality of movies being produced. No one is watching the woke tripe they put out. Oppenheimer won best picture. It was like being valedictorian of summer school, just an acted-out documentary that you could have seen anywhere. The mental acuity of those who view these movies continues to go down. Oppenheimer did not do well overseas; it was not even shown in Japan since they have already seen it twice.

Joe Biden took Hunter to see Oppenheimer. Hunter did mushrooms to prepare for the movie.

The old mantra in media was, “If it bleeds it leads,” which has now been replaced by, “If it bleeds, it is Trump’s fault.” The media call Trump anti-Semitic. His daughter, Ivanka, is now Jewish, as are his grandkids and son-in-law. Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. And they call him “Hitler”? But try telling that to the Gestapo!

The media’s “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has caused them to lose all objectivity, which is why journalists at legacy papers and media are being laid off by the thousands.

Because the media have not done their job by reporting facts and letting the people decide whom they want to vote for, we only have Biden and Trump to vote for in the fall. If the “journalists” were not advocates and just reported the facts, their credibility would not be shot. Nikki Haley got out, but she would get more votes if she ran as “None of the Above.”

If the media had not dumbed down America, we would have better candidates and be more engaged in the issues. In his speeches, Biden has even taken to quoting characters from Sesame Street to make his point about shrinkflation, saying the Cookie Monster is taking cookies out of packs of Snickers. The president is doing this. Is this administration now brought to you by Sesame Street and the letters W T F?

The atom bomb, created by Oppenheimer and others, ended World War II. Its creation was aided by immigrants from Germany like Einstein, Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, and Fritz Strassman. This is back when we decided who we let into the country. Nuclear weapons have threatened the world ever since. Cockroaches can survive a nuclear bomb, but they cannot live if you swat them with a newspaper. That, my friends, tells you all you need to know about how lethal the media are.

A libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author, Ron Hart does commentary on radio and TV. He can be contacted at or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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