The Media’s Boundless Self-Love Reflected in Time’s Man of The Year

The media’s boundless self-love is reflected in Time Magazine’s choice for Person (profession) of the year — itself. Which is to say, those courageous, self-less crusaders for truth and justice, otherwise known as journalists.

Dubbed “The Guardians,” it celebrated four figures meant to represent their noble profession, including Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, sliced and diced by the monarchy.

The choice is heralded on the cover of the current issue, which has the thickness and depth of a travel brochure. Like the rest of the mainstream media, the once-venerable publication has been in decades-long decline.

The media, which operate in an echo chamber, refuse to ask themselves why the public loathes them. In a June Gallup poll, 69% of Americans (including 94% of Republicans) said their trust in the media – low to begin with – has decreased in the past decade. In November, MSNBC was once again at the bottom of the heap as the least watched cable news station.

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I’m not overly fond of the expression “fake news” – it’s more biased news, manipulated news, news viewed through an ideological lens.

I once challenged an audience to open that day’s New York Times at random, point to a story and I’d explain the bias.

There is absolutely no doubt about how the media feel about any controversial issue:

Gun Control – They’re for it.

Abortion – Access to it is a fundamental human right

Gayness – An innate characteristic which must be protected against discrimination at all costs

            ManMade Global Warming – Settled science

Racism – A sin of which only Caucasians can be guilty

            Islam – The religion of peace whose followers are the objects of slander and persecution

            Socialism – On the rise, and with good cause

            And still they absurdly claim to be unbiased.

In “An Ideal Husband,” Lord Arthur Goring says to his valet: “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Time Magazine’s choice for person-of-the-year is a mash note to itself.


The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,
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