By Alan Lange

This week, Governor Phil Bryant gave his next to last State of the State address.  After the address, Mississippi Today let loose a team of five reporters to “fact check” his address.

The publication, funded by Mississippi’s most elite millionaires, billionaires and out of state foundations, is a non-profit so that donors receive a tax deduction for supporting the aims of what purports to provide “Nonpartisan Mississippi News”.  Now boasting a staff of 16  plus Rick Cleveland (not listed), they’re probably one of the top two or three most highly funded media organizations in Mississippi.

As for their performance this week, you typically don’t “fact check” someone you don’t already think is a liar.  Basically, the need to “fact check” someone is essentially an admission of bias at some level.  What you cover and how you cover it is all evidence of bias.  I could certainly go point by point in the “fact check” piece to take exception with certain portrayals of facts, but the sneakier bias is what you don’t do.  How difficult would it have been to have the comments of Rep. Jay Hughes, who delivered the Democratic response, “fact checked”?  No one at MS Today seemed to think about that.

Again, for most who pay attention to media and public policy, the die for that organization was cast the nanosecond that Mississippi Today hired Patsy Brumfield, fresh off a scorched earth stint ostensibly on behalf of the Democratic Party for Initiative 42 (also a multi-million dollar non-profit affair).  Her stint at MS Today didn’t last that long, but it did untold damage to the “nonpartisan” brand right out of the gate.

To throw a basketball team’s worth of journalists who had been with the Clarion Ledger, rescued from the Jackson Free Press and other left leaning non-profit foundations while operating under the banner of “unbiased” is the height of hypocrisy.  If someone would kindly point me to the conservative thinking writers and staff members on MT’s staff, I’d appreciate it because I can easily point out the ones that are overtly more sympathetic to the other side of the aisle.

In the 14 years of running Y’all Politics and watching and documenting media coverage on a daily basis, here’s what I believe to be true . . . being unbiased and nonpartisan is simply not possible.  You can try to be fair and bipartisan but we are just not wired to be completely unbiased and non-partisan as thinking human beings.  The problem they appear to be running into is that there’s no one anywhere in the operation that can voice the other side of the argument, which makes even honestly trying to be nonpartisan not possible.

At the end of the day, the old adage is “follow the money”.  There are literally millions of dollars in tax deductions that have been doled out to prop up MS Today.  There are very few people in this world that give out of pure altruism, and it invites the question, what are they really trying to accomplish?  With each passing article, we’re finding out.

  • DWarren

    The fake news media in all its manifestations is nothing more than Democrat Party propaganda outlets. A media entity that bills its contents as “Nonpartisan Mississippi News” that never fails to “fact check” Republicans and never gets around to “fact check(ing)” the Democrats, is a phony whose only contribution to “journalism” is to redefine lower the nadir of public confidence in the media. The fact that donations to a Democrat Party propaganda outlet are tax deductible really means that Democrat political propaganda is being subsidized by tax payers and that Democrat political propagandists are paying less taxes.

    • Bill Dees

      There’s no such thing as the “Democrat Party”. It’s the Democratic Party. Likewise, there’s no such thing as “Democrat political propagandists”. The adjective is “Democratic”.

      • DWarren

        There is absolutely nothing “democratic” about Crooked Hillary rigging the DNC Primary in order to win the nomination.
        There is absolutely nothing “democratic” about the socialism that the alt-Left Democrat Party pushes.
        There is absolutely nothing “democratic” about transforming places of learning into Democrat indoctrination centers.
        There is absolutely nothing “democratic” about the fake news media being the alt-Left Democrat Party’s propaganda arm.
        There is absolutely nothing “democratic” about the Democrat Mayor of Tupelo, MS issuing an executive order to take down the Mississippi Flag–thus acting like the alt-Left Democrat that he is–in an attempt to be a dictator by brazenly attacking discarding the principle of majority rule self-government and unilaterally (and dictatorially) nullifying the votes of two-thirds of Mississippi voters.
        Rather than subjectively self-identifying your own private safe space alternative reality delusion and trying to force it on others, spend some time actually learning the meaning of words. “Democratic” comes from the Greek, demos, meaning “whole or full citizen” and kratos, meaning “rule or government.” “Democratic” refers to “whole or full citizen rule or government; self-government by the citizenry of a particular locale.” “Democrat” refers to a U.S. political party that was taken over by its extreme hard Left wing in the late 1960s and early 1970s to become an association of secular-socialist elitists who actively oppose the concepts of citizenship and majority rule self-government, preferring to impose an artificially constructed alt-Left secular-socialist state in which citizens are suppressed, repressed, mistreated, and have their right to govern themselves trodden under foot.
        After reading your post I’m wondering, “Who ties your shoelaces for you?”

  • Bill Dees

    This is interesting. You strongly criticize the fact that Mississippi Today “fact checked” the governor’s speech, but you don’t question their findings. If you think Rep Hughes’ response needed to be fact checked, then you should have fact checked it. I’d be interested in seeing your conclusions.

    • Yall Politics

      Fair points. As I said in the article, I could go point by point to respond but that’s not the issue as much as pointing out how untenable their position is. We didn’t fact check or really comment on Bryant’s or Hughes’s remarks. But we did mke them fully available.

      The most dangerous folks are the ones who insist the loudest that their unbiased. That’s my ultimate point.

      • Bill Dees

        Well, you say MT is biased, but provide no support for that claim other than your unsupported assertion. Is that evidence of bias against MT on your part? Just askin’.

      • Randy Yates

        They’re.

  • timtimcharoo

    This might be the dumbest shit I’ve ever read on the internet

  • Jeff

    Classic ad hom argument. Not a word about the substance of the article, because in reality Lange knows the article is fair and cites its evidence. So the only recourse is scorched earth invective. And his idol Phil Bryant loves him for it.

    • JackT

      Yes, his character must always be addressed…..it’s all about the character of the author, and whether he’s actually pursuing truth and facts, or using us as clickbait. Time will tell.

  • JackT

    Bold article. The day that Y’all Politics starts allowing free speech on this board is the day they prove that they are unbiased themselves. The moment they begin deleting comments, then they are proven to be biased, tax-supported, propagandists of the Mississippi machine. Selectively publishing information (facts or no facts) is propaganda. People see through it now….that’s how Trump got elected. The Daily Journal, Mississippi Today, and Mississippi PEP are unequivocally biased, and tools of the Mississippi elite. These publications couldn’t care less about the people of Mississippi, or the injustices rampant throughout Mississippi politics. They just love watching the money flow…..to all the wrong places. Speaking “facts” and “truth” are not biased…..but they scare the shit out of everyone.

  • Ragnar Danneskjöld

    Bias, thy name is Ya’ll Politics. Sheesh.