The headline comes from musical genius Curtis Mayfield, who sang about the train a comin'. Well, another train is coming at us, this one a freight train of media bias.
After Tuesday's primaries, it seems almost certain that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will emerge as the two finalists. Trump merely has to survive the long knives that are being unsheathed in his own party, while Clinton's only worry is an indictment. (Perhaps she should immediately name James Comey as her running mate!)
If this is indeed a Trump vs. Clinton matchup, the mainstream media, or what's left of it, will do everything in its waning power to influence the outcome. This week the New York Times provided a preview of coming attractions, accusing Donald Trump of having a 'flirtation with the Ku Klux Klan' and stoking 'racial hatred.'
Really? Whatever you may think of Mr. Trump and his bombast, he has spoken out forcefully against the Klan and its former leader David Duke. In contrast, just a few years ago Hillary Clinton eulogized her 'friend and mentor' Senator Robert Byrd. She implied that Byrd had already ascended to Heaven to be with his wife.
Byrd, as you may know, had once been elected Exalted Cyclops of his local KKK chapter. He warned about 'race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.' Have you noticed all the demands that Mrs. Clinton disavow her friendship with the late Senator? Didn't think so. For that matter, no one even noticed that Bernie Sanders has been endorsed by the Communist Party USA, which extolled his 'political revolution.'
That's pretty much how things work in America today. Liberal politicians, whether they have cozied up to foreign dictators or domestic miscreants, are essentially given a pass. Conservatives are grilled about comments uttered, or friendships made, in the distant past. Like Caesar's wife, they are expected to be above suspicion.
But then there is Donald J. Trump, who simply refuses to go along. He brings to mind something said by the legendary golfer Bobby Jones when he marveled at a young Jack Nicklaus: 'He plays a game,' Jones said, 'with which I am not familiar.' Similarly, no one is remotely familiar with the political game being played by Trump.
He shows up on pretty much every network to answer any and all questions, while Hillary Clinton drops in on friendly venues and avoids questions from her traveling press corps. Can you imagine anyone other than Trump holding a press conference after his resounding victories on Super Tuesday?
You might think the press would appreciate Trump's availability, but you would think wrong. Many reporters and editors thoroughly despise the man and don't give a fig about his candor. In truth, Trump brought some of this on himself when he declared that half the media are 'horrible people' and, yes, 'scum.'
Now, no one enjoys having their profession run down like that, especially media types who see themselves as having a higher calling. Nevertheless, the press should cover this race with at least some measure of honesty. If Donald Trump says something outrageous about Mexicans or Muslims, report it accurately. But when Hillary Clinton kowtows to the 'Black Lives Matter' race-baiters and is forced to apologize for a term she used 20 years ago, report that as well.
In 1896, during the second term of President Grover Cleveland, a young newspaper publisher named Adolph Ochs wrote a declaration of principles. The goal of journalists, he stated, should be 'to give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interests.' Ochs was then taking over the troubled New York Times, which he and his family soon built into a great institution.
120 years later, will the Times and other American newspapers cover the 2016 election 'without fear or favor, regardless of party?' In truth, most of them will be rooting, and rooting hard, for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. They will claim fairness and balance, but that is simply not possible when you favor one party and fear the other.
That is the reality of journalism in the 21st century and you are about to witness it every single day from now until November. So, yes, people … get ready!