The conduct of the press became a major campaign issue.
The so-called “mainstream” media lined up in lockstep to act as partisan opposition to Donald Trump.
But after Trump’s victory, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange delivered a stunning message to the media.
During an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio program, Assange delivered his assessment of the media.
He declared the media a “paper tiger” and said they “aren’t very important.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday blasted US media outlets, contending in an interview that the power possessed by journalists had greatly diminished in recent years.
“They’re increasingly not very important,” Assange said in a radio interview with Sean Hannity.
The Fox News host agreed: “So true.”
Assange characterized the press as a “paper tiger” in the 2016 election and said the rise of new media had eroded the influence of traditional outlets.
“The old press is less important,” he said.
Assange took particular issue with the “liberal press,” blaming such journalists for a “degree of bias” that chased away readers.
“Readers see that. They feel it,” he said. “They don’t like being lectured or told what to do. And they rebel against it.”
There is a reason an American Press Institute poll found only six percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the press.
The media’s conduct in the presidential election was over the top, and struck many as trying to tip the scale to Hillary Clinton.
A study by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University found 91 percent of the coverage on the networks’ evening newscasts over the last 12 weeks was hostile toward Donald Trump.
Even the New York Times’ Public Editor, Liz Spayd, criticized her own paper’s coverage of Trump.
“Readers complain heatedly and repeatedly about the forecasting odometer from The Upshot that was anchored on the home page and predicted that Hillary Clinton had an 80 percent chance or better of winning. They complain that The Times’ attempt to tap the sentiments of Trump supporters was lacking. And they complain about the liberal tint The Times applies to its coverage, without awareness that it does.
Few could deny that if Trump’s more moderate supporters are feeling bruised right now, the blame lies partly with their candidate and his penchant for inflammatory rhetoric. But the media is at fault too, for turning his remarks into a grim caricature that it applied to those who backed him. What struck me is how many liberal voters I spoke with felt so, too. They were Clinton backers, but they want a news source that fairly covers people across the spectrum.”
Despite the media attempting to stack the deck against Trump, he won a decisive Electoral College victory.
And many Americans agree with Assange that it exposed the so-called “mainstream” media as the Emperor who wore no clothes.
They concocted an entire fake news narrative that Trump couldn’t win because he had offended so many groups in America.
But Trump did no worse with women voters than other Republican nominees.
And he performed better than Mitt Romney with Black and Hispanic voters.
The so-called “mainstream” media’s narrative about the election was entirely fake news, and enough of the American people saw through it on November 8th and elected Donald Trump — which is why Julian Assange is declaring them “not very important.”