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The following is a transcript of my radar on Thursday’s edition of “Rising” on Hill TV.

People used to make the mistake of treating media criticism like front-page news when it probably belonged on A2. Most of the time, a story’s substance still warranted more attention than the media’s treatment of it. But if newspapers still mattered today, media criticism would belong front and center just about every single morning. The daily failures of the legacy media are so severe and so damaging, they now deserve just as much attention as the very news our news media is failing to cover.

That is to say, media is the public’s primary window into public affairs. That window is now cracked and fogged to the point where the image is entirely unrecognizable on the other side.

Yesterday, Mark Lee Greenblatt, Interior Department Inspector General, released a 37-page report on his department’s ostensibly exhaustive, independent watchdog investigation into the events of June 1 in Lafayette Square, that historic patch of park land just north of the White House.

Lafayette Square was the scene of a memorable clash between protesters and police on the evening of June 1, after which then-President Trump walked through the square, from the White House to St. John’s church, where he posed with a Bible and said, “We have the greatest country in the world. We’re going to keep it nice and safe.”

Care to explain yourself here, @ABC? pic.twitter.com/QCfrPXj3Ia

— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) June 9, 2021

The entire legacy media reported that the park was cleared in connection with Trump’s “photo op,” which immediately hardened into a narrative they treated like Gospel: Trump deputized police to violently clear peaceful protesters for the sake of a photo op. Take this report from George Stephanopoulos: “The administration asked police to clear peaceful protesters from the park across the White House so that the President could stage a photo op.”

Glenn Greenwald collected just some of the many, many stories that aged so poorly. Here’s an excerpt from his Substack:

“Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op,”

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