Once reality set in that Donald Trump really did win the election, liberals turned their ire to “fake news.” After all, voters couldn’t have possibly preferred Trump to Clinton. No, they were duped into voting for him by fake news. Those poor souls, if only they weren’t so stupid!Of course, anyone paying attention knows the most egregious purveyors of fake news are liberal media outlets. Even so-called “reputable” sources like the New York Times and CNN have been caught misleading readers again and again. What the liberal media really wants is to maintain its monopoly on information. Publications with conservative leanings challenge the media establishment. Instead of trying to win the argument, liberals brand those publications as “fake news.”
Perhaps nowhere is the media’s agenda more clear than over at Politico. Despite recently running an article imploring people to break out of their “media bubble,” Politico recently made a move that should have everyone questioning their objectivity.
The political news internet is buzzing with news that Politico has hired new CEO Patrick Steel, a well-known banker at D.C.-area investment firm FBR and Co.However, you probably won’t find many journalists talking about how Politico’s new CEO can hardly be called objective. As OpenSecrets.org seems to indicate, Patrick Steel has donated north of $64,000 to Democrat causes and candidates since 2000. He doesn’t appear to have made any donations to groups or candidates on the other side of the aisle.
While some may argue that hiring Steel doesn’t mean the editorial quality of the publication will change, Politico is making a grave mistake. Whether Steel takes Politico farther to the left or not, his hiring will only make people more suspicious of their reporting. In an age where trust in media is at an all time low, even appearances can ruin reputations.
Of course, CEOs wield great influence over the editorial direction of any publication. With this hire, Politico has invited greater public scrutiny.[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]