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Former CBS journalist Lara Logan blasts ‘mostly liberal’ media
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Former CBS journalist Lara Logan eviscerated the mainstream media for being “political activists” who push “propaganda.” In an unusual and brutally candid podcast interview Friday with Navy Seal Mike Ritland, the 60 Minutes reporter joked that she was committing “professional suicide” as she called out the media all over the world as “mostly liberal” and praised conservative media outlets like Breitbart for providing the “other side.”
Days later, Variety reported that the renegade journalist was no longer with CBS. However, she had already left the network months before the podcast aired.
Renegade CBS journalist attacks media bias
Logan dealt one body-blow after another to the liberal media in a conversation with Ritland on his podcast Mike Drop. As the conversation turned to the media, the war correspondent agreed with Ritland that the media was “mostly liberal,” not only in the U.S. but “everywhere,” and said she knew this from her experience working in the industry.
“You say the media is mostly liberal. I agree with you. It’s true. Why can I say that with certainty?” Logan began. “Well, first of all, I’ve been part of this for all my life. I’m 47 now and I’ve been a journalist since I was 17 and the media everywhere is mostly liberal, not just in the U.S., but in this country. Eighty-five percent of journalists are registered Democrats, so that’s just a fact.”
Logan went on to say that Breitbart and Fox provide an alternative perspective to the uniformly liberal coverage of the mainstream media. “Visually, anyone who’s ever been to Israel and been to the Wailing Wall has seen that the women have this tiny little spot in front of the wall to pray, and the rest of the wall is for the men. To me, that’s a great representation of the American media, is that in this tiny little corner where the women pray you’ve got Breitbart and Fox News and a few others, and from there on, you have CBS, ABC, NBC, Huffington Post, Politico, whatever, right? All of them. And that’s a problem for me, because even if it was reversed, if it was vastly mostly on the right, that would also be a problem for me.”
Logan said that the media’s relentlessly negative coverage of Trump is a “distortion” of real life and that the media’s reporting lacks “grey area,” making it difficult to tell when “you’re being lied to.” She added that the dominance of the liberal media is a danger to an open, tolerant society with different perspectives, and that consuming conservative media like Breitbart is the only way to get the “other side.”
“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it. Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying,” she said.
Slams “horseshit” anonymous reporting
Logan added that while journalists have “always” leaned left, lately they have given up on even trying to seem like objective fact-finders. Today, she said, most are better described as “political activists” or even “propagandists.” The media has discarded standards of reporting to push politicized “horses**t.” “Although the media has always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense or at least the effort to be objective today,” she said.
Logan pointed to overwhelmingly negative coverage of Trump, making note of comments by the New York Times former editor Jill Abramson who recently stated publicly that the paper had become clearly anti-Trump.
CBS News’ Lara Logan on US media: “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense, or at least the effort, to be objective, today. … We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that” pic.twitter.com/rkVstDuKBh
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“We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that,” Logan added. “Standards are out the window, I mean you read one story after another or hear it and it’s all based on one anonymous administration official, former administration official. That’s not journalism, that’s horseshit.”
Logan said that “responsibility for fake news begins with us,” referring to the media. “We bear some responsibility for that, and we’re not taking ownership of that and addressing it. We just want to blame it all on somebody else.” Watch Logan’s full interview here.
No longer with CBS
Towards the end of the talk, Logan joked, “This interview is professional suicide for me.” Variety reported Tuesday that Logan had left CBS, but the network said that she parted ways with them months before the podcast aired, in 2018. Her departure wasn’t publicized until the video prompted an inquiry.
The South African-born journalist made a name for herself as a war correspondent for CBS who reported from dangerous places in the Middle East. She recounted being sexually assaulted and attacked by a crowd of men in Cairo, Egypt in 2011 while on the job covering the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.
No stranger to controversy, Logan also recalled being attacked by progressive group Media Matters for her “one comment” she made while reporting on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. Logan aired a 60 Minutes report which cited a security contractor who claimed he was at Benghazi when the attack happened, but he actually wasn’t. Logan apologized for the report at the time and took a leave of absence.
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