(National Sentinel) Politics & Media: Former Washington Post reporter and Watergate legend Carl Bernstein made a salient observation on Sunday’s otherwise misnamed “Reliable Sources” program on CNN: Our country is hopelessly divided along political lines, and the “mainstream media” is only fanning the flames.
Describing today’s socio-political environment as a “cold civil war” — meaning we’re at the point where Americans on the Right and Left are opposing each other in ways that do not yet involve actual warfare (though you’d be hard-pressed to believe that as a conservative attempting to speak on a college campus these days), Bernstein told the program the contentiousness is exacerbated as President Donald J. Trump pushes back against the alternative facts presented by the media.
As reported by the Washington Examiner:
Trump has been subject to several damaging leaks during his presidency, which has been mired in several investigations looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with his campaign, and is said to be cracking down on people in his administration leaking information to the press.
Bernstein, best known for his investigative reporting for the Washington Post that shed light on the Watergate scandal leading to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, heavily relied on anonymous sources to follow the story.
The difference between then and now, Bernstein observed, is “that we are in the midst of a cold civil war in this country.”
Expanding upon that, Bernstein said “there is a political and cultural civil war and all of our reporting is taking place in the context of that cold civil war. And nothing quite like that existed at the time of Watergate.”
But then, perhaps predictably, Bernstein — who once penned an essay for Rolling Stone in which he described how the CIA penetrated and used the same mainstream media he worked for during the U.S.-USSR Cold War — blamed the national discourse on (wait for it) Fox News:
Part of the “cold civil war,” Berstein added, can be pinned on the “configuration of media with Fox News, with CNN being perceived by different sets of viewers as representing different truths.” Singling out Fox News, he said the right-leaning cable news channel has “changed American politics as perhaps no other institution has.”
Other than a recent story about slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, whom many believe was behind the leaks — not the hacks — of the DNC’s emails that were published by Wikileaks, that was retracted, it’s been CNN, WaPo and the Times who have been publishing outright false information, inflammatory innuendo and shady allegations about the president and his administration since before the election. Fox News, like us, on the other hand, has been “the balance” in all of this, so we’re not quite sure how Bernstein can blame our “charged politics” on Fox when all the hyperventilating about a nonsensical, unproven narrative regarding the Trump campaign (that it “colluded” with Russia to “steal” the election) has come from the Left. On that note, Bernstein did accurately describe all cable news as a “hothouse of political debate in which fact-base debate is becoming impossible in this culture.”
Bernstein is right about the political state of the country: After eight years of Barack Obama and now, with the election of swamp-wrecker Donald J. Trump, our country is clearly divided along lines that are irreproachable.
“As I point out in my new e-book, ‘A Less Perfect Union: Making the Case for Secession in 2017,’ we have reached a point in our country where we were about 160 years ago, right before the Civil War,” said National Sentinel editor J. D. Heyes. “Then, slavery was the principle political issue — not the only one, but principally. Today, there are a myriad of issues that separate us but under singular ideologies — Left vs. Right. And frankly, I don’t see a way to ‘settle’ them without violence, other than peaceful separation.
“If Hillary Clinton had won instead of Donald Trump,” Heyes continued, “and we faced another Obama term, essentially, you’d have heard more secession talk from people on the Right. But since Trump won, we’re hearing it from those on the Left. I say let them go if that’s what they want. It’s better than letting things get to the point in our country where one morning we get up and start thinking the only way we can solve our differences is to start killing each other and destroying our country…again.”
As for Bernstein’s assessment of today’s political climate, it’s hard to argue against it. What’s more, the media — mostly the Left-wing media, by the way — is doing all it can to agitate against this president and, by default, his supporters, not the Right-leaning and alternative media. And anyone who thinks they’re going to change the way they cover Trump anytime soon is not being serious.
Which means, our political discourse has a very good chance of turning our “cold civil war” hot.
We shouldn’t let it get to that point. As Heyes says in his new e-book, a better political solution is peaceful separation.