A press rage against President Donald Trump remains confined to just two newspapers.
Yet the duo of dailies continue to set a selective agenda unquestioning absorbed by the political classes of foreign countries, notably those in the Westminster sphere, has pointed out the president of a National Press Club
Peter Isaac, president of the National Press Club of New Zealand said that the Westminster zone remained hypnotised by the attacks on Mr Trump emanating from The Washington Post and The New York Times and which were then picked up by rote by Commonwealth media and foreign services.
Few in the English-speaking media outside North America had even heard for example of the Sinclair Broadcast Group whose network embraced an audience several times larger than that of the two newspapers and CNN combined.
Sinclair he said reached a near saturation audience in the mid-west and south “and these are the people who vote in US elections.”
The current pack-fed hysteria based on anonymous, blind and unattributed points of view braced with a rash of books similarly relying on circumstantial reconstructions had brought to full fruit the predominant media theory of the last century.
This held that what was actually said was secondary to the entity that was proclaiming it.
Isaac urged caution in the Westminster sphere in regard to the continuing unqualified acceptance of the Washington-New York wisdom on the outcome of the pending mid-term legislative elections being touted as a referendum on the Trump presidency.
Advocacy-grade second hand information continued to be accepted as “holy writ” and served even as insurance for foreign policy apparatuses which could explain away policy bungles by claiming that this or that outcome had been predicted by The New York Times.
The tendency of the United States media to be part of the political process instead of the impartial by-stander and recorder remained uncomprehended in the Westminster zone, he noted.