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Let the record show that the 2019 RTDN First Amendment awards dinner held on Wednesday served as a new example of how there's no professional that worships itself more than national and political journalists, and their arrogance and egos will never not be disgusting.
For all the complaints about the President’s obsession with the press, it runs the other way with declarations that there’s never been a time “more perilous for the country, for reporting, for the truth, and for the First Amendment” because of Trump. This obsession has come at the expense of non-Trump stories that’s reached the territory of becoming a fetish.
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This unhealthy fixation was best illustrated with the dinner’s final award, which was presented to CNN with speeches by political analyst Carl Bernstein and CNN head Jeffrey Zucker, that painted the press in such self-aggrandizing terms that one would think they’re the remaining members of the Avengers taking on Thanos.
And there was even a movie-like trailer to postulate CNN’s supposed brilliance!
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Bernstein took the stage to introduce Zucker and praised the previous award recipient, smug and woke sportscaster Dale Hansen from the Dallas, Texas ABC affiliate.
Once he finished doing that, CNN’s chief hyperbole expert, Bernstein was off and running. Here are his opening four sentences that suggested America’s in danger of ending as we know it and that journalists were almost mythical with “almost unlimited power” to do what they please (click “expand”):
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Because it’s the press and it’s the First Amendment that right now is protecting this country in the way that no institution or individual in our culture is and so we’re here tonight at a deadly serious moment even as we celebrate. The First Amendment is not a hunting license. It’s not a fishing license. Rather, it demands us to use our enormous constitutional responsibility and...
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