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Smerconish Blames “Pro-Wrestling” Approach to News for D.C Divisions

Smerconish said the rise of hosts like Rush Limbaugh and others of his same ilk changed the business model, shifting focus away from local hosts to nationally syndicated ones.

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Media personality Michael Smerconish took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to share his thoughts about what and who was driving the deep partisanship in Washington D.C.:  The professional wrestling approach to news, fathered by Rush Limbaugh and followed by many others.

Smerconish teased his revelation on Twitter with a link to his website that contained an extended nine minute clip from Smerconish’s recent documentary, The Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking. In a post to his website, which has since been deleted, Smerconish urges readers to purchase the entire full length documentary, but “this nine minute clip is the most important to show how the media is driving the partisanship in Washington”. The clip can still be found on Facebook.

“When I first started out in radio 30 years ago, (hosts’) personality mattered, not ideology,” Smerconish said in the clip. “They weren’t on air because of a political perspective but because they could tell stories.”

Smerconish said the rise of hosts like Limbaugh and others of his same ilk changed the business model, shifting focus away from local hosts to nationally syndicated ones.

“When I was getting started, AM radio was in trouble, FM was taking over,” Smerconish said. “AM radio needed a savior and they found it in Rush Limbaugh… Conservatives rightfully felt shutout of the mainstream media and he is a gifted showman who filled that void and created this clubhouse for conservatives.”

While Smerconish believes that Limbaugh provided a needed voice for conservatives, he and similar radio and TV hosts that followed changed the political climate in Washington.

“When Fox News came along in 1996 and later MSNBC, they took a page from that playbook,” he said. “Now the business model was toned down to entertainment masked as news. It’s like professional wrestling, good for ratings, good for revenue bad for the country. You have good guy vs bad guys, constant conflict and a predetermined outcome.”

Smerconish concludes that the pro wrestling approach to news is the major driving force between the political divisions within the United States.

“The media has moved to extremes,” he said. “The rise of polarization in Washington directly correlates with the changes in broadcasting I am describing. Pre-Limbaugh, 60 percent of the House and Senate were comprised of moderates. By 2010, every Senate Republican was more conservative than every Senate Democrat and every Senate Democrat was more liberal than every Senate Republican. In the 1970’s, members of Congress would vote with his or her party about 60 percent of the time. Now the typical member of Congress votes with their party more than 90 percent of the time.”

The clip ends with Smerconish claiming that while there were many factors that caused this change, media was the driving force behind it.

“Look, I’m not trying to blame this all on the media,” he said. “Social media is an issue. The beer muscles that come from anonymity online has fueled incivility and polarization, but mostly this is what happens when Washington takes its ques from those with microphones and not the vast majority of the people. When politicians follow the modern era pro-wrestling approach to news, the nation suffers. For that to change, people need to change the channel.”

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Alex Jones Request to Have Charges Dropped Denied

The Sandy Hook victims’ parents sued Jones in Travis County, where his popular, far-right website Infowars is based. They alleged that Jones defamed them and caused emotional distress when he repeatedly claimed the shooting and subsequent news coverage of the attack were hoaxes.

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InfoWars owner and show host Alex Jones had his request rejected by the Texas Supreme Court. Jones wanted to have his four defamation lawsuits against him dismissed, which stems from parents whose children were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The Sandy Hook victims’ parents sued Jones in Travis County, where his popular, far-right website Infowars is based. They alleged that Jones defamed them and caused emotional distress when he repeatedly claimed the shooting and subsequent news coverage of the attack were hoaxes.

Ruling over the matter was made without comment from the justices, who upheld decisions by two lower courts allowing the lawsuits to proceed. The suits against Jones cite various comments he made about the shooting, including that it was “a giant hoax” and a “false flag” intended to promote gun control measures. “Mr. Jones’ fantasy about a shadowy government conspiracy to murder first-graders and then exploit the event with the help of the media and actors is the very definition of ‘improbable,” lawyer Mark Bankston told the court.

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Washington Post and New York Times Regain White House Access

In October 2019, Trump canceled the White House subscriptions to two of the nation’s largest newspapers due to the former president’s longstanding feud with the media outlets, which he called “fake” and “corrupt.”

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During his time in office, former President Trump canceled the subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post out of anger over his portrayal.

In October 2019, Trump canceled the White House subscriptions to two of the nation’s largest newspapers due to the former president’s longstanding feud with the media outlets, which he called “fake” and “corrupt.”

However, in President Biden’s first full day, both physical copies of both papers arrived at the White House.

Although both newspapers went over a year without their newspaper arriving at the White, both The New York Times and The Washington Post saw an increase in subscriptions and readership during the Trump administration. Furthermore, reporters at these media outlets became stars for their breaking news and aggressive coverage. Despite canceling the newspaper subscriptions, Trump still followed reporting on his administration in both papers. The former president often went on Twitter to lash out over stories about his administration, calling them unfair or untrue.

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Washington Post Recounts Instances of President Trump’s False or Misleading Claims

In their report, The Post counted one inaccurate claim per topic per venue, whether during a particular speech, tweet, or interview.

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Former President Trump’s time in office has come to an end after four years. The Washington Post decided to commemorate his departure by reporting on the 30,573 false or misleading claims during his time in office.

In their report, The Post counted one inaccurate claim per topic per venue, whether during a particular speech, tweet, or interview.

Of the many false claims that Trump stated during his time as president, one was where he took responsibility for the greatest economy in history. However, the Post noted that former Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, and Clinton all were responsible for more considerable economic growth than Trump when using current metrics.

As President Trump was ready to depart from office, he recorded one last misleading claim that the Post reported on which was at the Andrews Air Force during his departure ceremony.

“We also got tax cuts, the largest tax cut, and reform in the history of our country, by far,” Trump said. Nonetheless, the Post reported something vastly different as they stated that former President Reagan’s tax cuts amounted to a significantly larger percentage of the gross domestic product.

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