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Another member of the media has decided to call it quits because of the continuous blocking of the diversity of thought and ideas.
The fake news media is becoming more exposed for what it truly is every day.
Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary quit on Monday, after becoming disenchanted with the network for blocking opinions and voices that don’t fit the liberal narrative.
In an open letter, Pekary wrote some strong words about her now former employer.
Pekary claims that MSNBC ‘blocks diversity of thought,’ and ‘amplifies fringe voices.’
She also compared MSNBC to a ‘cancer’ for their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as their coverage of the racial unrest sweeping the nation for the last several months.
Pekary also shared the news on Twitter:
Our friends at Fox News have the scoop:
A former MSNBC producer wrote a scathing open letter explaining why she recently left the cable news network.
"July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore," Ariana Pekary wrote on her personal website. "My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis."
Pekary provided a number of examples of why she wanted to leave the cable news network.
"It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would 'rate.' The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day," Pekary said. "Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing. But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done."
She then quoted someone she described a "successful and insightful TV veteran" who said: "We are a cancer and there is no cure... But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
Pekary, who described herself as an "integral member" of the MSNBC primetime show "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," used the "cancer" analogy to describe MSNBC's coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and the racial unrest in recent months, writing: "The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings."
"This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic. The primary focus quickly became what Donald Trump was doing (poorly) to address the crisis, rather than the science itself. As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried," Pekary explained. "This cancer risks our democracy, even in the middle of a presidential election. Any discussion about the election usually focuses on Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, a repeat offense from 2016 (Trump smothers out all other coverage). Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or 'killed' numerous times."
Comparing the mainstream news outlet to 'cancer' is both a very powerful statement, as well as an accurate one.
The New York Post with more:
Pekary said it was clear when she resigned on July 24 that ratings had already impacted election coverage, with the network focusing on President Trump and less so on former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Any discussion about the election usually focuses on Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, a repeat offense from 2016 (Trump smothers out all other coverage),” she wrote. “Also important is to ensure citizens can vote by mail this year, but I’ve watched that topic get ignored or ‘killed’ numerous times.”
Pekary said for the same reason, Trump’s leadership became the primary focus of the coronavirus coverage instead of “science itself.”
“As new details have become available about antibodies, a vaccine, or how COVID actually spreads, producers still want to focus on the politics. Important facts or studies get buried,” she wrote.
She said another producer tried to play down their obligation to report the news, telling her, “Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.”
But behind closed doors, she said, other colleagues have confided in her that they agree that the news operation has become rotten.
“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” she recalled a TV veteran telling her. “But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
Pekary said she had received support from others, including (Alec)Baldwin, to quit when she expressed concern about how the network tackled issues.
She said that she doesn’t know what she’s “going to do next exactly” — but knew she “simply couldn’t stay there anymore.”
“Now maybe we can’t really change the inherently broken structure of broadcast news, but I know for certain that it won’t change unless we actually face it, in public, and at least try to change it,” Pekary added.
MSNBC didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Pekary has recieved a multitude of support, including from former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss, who recently left the publication for similar reasons.
A multitude of writers, producers, and reporters are becoming disenfranchised with the media's BS.
This could be the beginning of a mass exodus from the mainstream news media.