My opening remarks for the Munk Debates in Toronto tonight
Matt and Douglas Murray? It's Christmas morning early! So excited!!!
Matt at his best! Smash it tonight!
The only thing I'd add (but possibly not for this particular opening) is the modernization of Smith-Mundt that basically ensured the media would be infiltrated by The Swamp. Now we have CIA/FBI 'experts' on every show telling us exactly what to think.
“This is not journalism. It’s political entertainment and therefore unreliable.”. This is one of the best things I have ever read re MSM. I have not watched one second of ANY MSM station, read ANY MSM newspaper in over 8 years. It is no longer reliable.
Canada's media is arguably even more biased. In addition to the factors you mentioned (which are very much in play up here), our entire media industry is hemorrhaging so much money that various news organizations receive an annual bailout from the federal government. When the Liberal Party is in power, these annual bailouts tend to leave more room for bonuses, so the media has a glaring conflict of interest that has turned them into a PR department for the Liberal Party of Canada.
They demonize even milquetoast centrists like Erin O'Toole as "far right fascists" because they know where their bread gets buttered and they dread the prospect of Conservatives gaining control of the bailout purse strings.
Nothing against what you've accomplished here, Matt, but we now have a situation in which telling extremely basic, undeniable truths—as you have here—is not only rare but controversial, in a profession that equally literally and farcically claims the truth as its bottom line.
I hope Gladwell and Goldberg leave the exchange deeply ashamed of themselves and their employers, but I'm guessing they won't.
You’re very brave, Matt, and I admire you for it. You run the risk of being labeled a right wing nut job now, when you could easily have looked the other way and become a superstar. I’m especially grateful to you and Walter Kirn for your Friday show. I’m looking forward to it this week. Good luck tonight.
I love ya, Matt, but the 2020 election was stolen; 2022 was even worse in the same counties. Ignoring the proof is the same sin committed by your opponents tonight.
I'm genuinely curious to see how any intelligent person could claim with a straight face that the MSM hasn't morphed into a cross between Pravda and the KGB, or that the NYT etc isn't the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party and the "L'Osservatore Romano" for the Social Justice religion.
Go get em, killer!
This IS NOT entertainment. And stop with that "everybody does it" bullshit. The shit we are being provided by said MSM is part of a larger conspiracy to divide us and destroy not only Western Civilization, but even the basic elements of what constitutes a healthy family, heck, a healthy individual. Women can hav dicks, men can get pregnant, paedophilia is a just another preference, all of humanity's triumphs and achievements squeezed through the fecund sphincter of "racism." Free speech and freedom bad, censorship and ostracization of "unbelievers" good.
The sad thing is that I'm genuinely surprised that anyone agreed to debate you at all. Wish I were there, sounds like it would be interesting and enlightening.
As polarizing agents within a new business model dependent on engagement and subscriptions, the mainstream media sells validation—of beliefs, not news.
This is because nowadays the subscription-as-membership quality of paying for the news, which is the business model of a desperate, dying industry, means that people aren’t interested in the news so much as they are the news as presented from a certain angle.
Dude! Will we be able to hear or watch the debate online at some point?!?!?! How? We can't wait. Make us sane people proud!!!
If I were Gladwell and had to follow that I would concede the point and beg forgiveness
Best of luck at the Munk debates tonight, Matt.
I'll be watching. As a Canadian I can say our nation dearly needs some outside perspective focused on how dishonest and manipulative our media has become.
Particularly state funded media. CBC, are you listening?
Thank you Matt... unfortunately your work peers have no shame. Otherwise your accurate description of the main stream media would shame them into being respected honest journalists. They are not. Not anywhere close. Thank you for underscoring the ridiculous truly FAKE NEWS that has come to permeate the airwaves sans the scrutiny of any “fact checkers.” Excuse my language but it really is a fucking joke.
We're rooting for you Matt! Crush them with principles and facts!