News Media Sensationalism and Dishonesty

Just reporting the news (if there is any) won't generate ratings as effectively as reporting news items with an emotional twist.  For example, shootings, fires, train derailments, and police standoffs always seem to be "dangerously close" to a school.  With schools only a quarter of a mile apart in the big cities, there's always one near enough to make that connection.

I recall an occasion a couple of years ago when there was a gang-related shooting in east Dallas just after midnight one night, right next to an elementary school, and the next morning there was a reporter on the scene fretting about how the shooting took place "dangerously close" to the school.  But logically, that was the best possible place for a shooting in the middle of the night — when nobody's at school!

Reporters often use meaningless one-dimensional statistics; for example, "Texas leads the nation in big-rig accidents."  (That's a quote from a recent story designed to drum up support for some new state law.)  That makes it sound like the truck drivers on Texas highways are more dangerous than anywhere else.  But Texas has more highway mileage than most other states, and lots of really bad drivers on the road.

But there are more subtle components of media sensationalism that the average viewer hardly notices, at least consciously.  Major market stations spend millions of dollars every year on futuristic news sets, lighting, catchy music, sound effects, visual effects, character generators and various kinds of electronic graphics.  TV newscasts are staged and choreographed as thoroughly as a small-town play.  In the old days, a middle-aged white man sat behind a plain old desk and reported the news.  That's not enough in today's TV market.  The happy news team — representing all race and gender combinations — sits behind a Star Trek desk and reads whatever comes up on the TelePrompter.  They rarely use words that are longer than three syllables.  The high-priced news readers are really good at putting on a phony "concerned" look at just the right time, if Botox permits.  And if you'll notice, they are usually just stating the obvious, and only rarely does anyone speak on a single subject for more than five or ten seconds.


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Sensationalism

How dumb would you have to be, to believe this?  So dumb that you'd intentionally watch CNN?
CNN's Sciutto:  Trump Not Conceding Could Put America in 'Potential Danger' for Another 9/11.  CNN anchor Jim Sciutto said Wednesday on CNN's "Newsroom" that President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election could put America at risk for a terrorist attack like the 9/11 attacks.  Co-anchor Poppy Harlow asked, "Yes or no, are the actions of the president is taking now putting this country in danger?"  Former Bush administration assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith said, "Clearly, it's not great for our democracy."  Sciutto said, "Yep, that's it fair.  Let's put some teeth on that if we can for a moment because they are sitting members of Congress who were around in their positions at the time of 9/11, and the 9/11 commission report specifically cited the shortened transition after the 2000 election for having an impact on national security.  I'm quoting here, 'It hampered the new administration in identifying, recruiting, clearing and obtaining Senate confirmation of key appointees.'[...]"

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Whose fault was that?  Who tore all the "W" keys off the White House typewriters in January 2001?  It wasn't a bunch of Republicans!  This whole argument is a red herring anyway, but the Left could at least come up with an honest analogy.

COVID Panic Porn is Meant to Suppress Trump Vote, But It May Do the Opposite.  Right on schedule, the panic pornsters are shrieking in unison that COVID-19 cases in the United States are on the rise.  Virtually overnight, dozens of stories have appeared in the press, on the internet, or broadcast on the nightly news about the renewed danger. [...] Grim-faced broadcasters on CNN and MSNBC might as well be wearing death masks as they solemnly intone the latest numbers of those who test positive.  They even throw in the story of an untimely death or two to add a human interest element to their tale of woe.  Somehow, however, they never find time to mention that mortality rates are way, way down.  It's always how we're all going to die from the China Virus.

'Truth' Over Facts.  In his memoir, Banana Sunday, the late British newspaperman Christopher Munnion described his first encounter with what was then called New Journalism.  This was a style of newswriting that got going in the 1960s and 1970s.  It was more like long-form fiction than conventional reporting. [...] The new style of journalist came to the story with a narrative in mind.  He was a storyteller who would provide the reader with a sense of what it was like to be in the story, at least the story the writer wanted to tell.  As Munnion explained, the journalist showed up with a prepared narrative and then went around looking for people, events, and images to fill in the details.  The facts were mere ornaments to decorate the story, not the point of the story.

Vile Scarborough:  You're 'Un-American' If You Vote for Trump.  While most left-wing journalists try to channel all their anger at President Trump, they will occasionally go straight to the punch and just start attacking people who support him.  On Tuesday morning [10/20/2020], the co-hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe scolded American voters who dare, for any reason, to vote for Trump.  With Election Day exactly two weeks away, and millions of Americans already voting, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski decided it was time to launch a brutal verbal assault against Trump supporters.  Apparently triggered by Trump speaking publicly about the Biden family's alleged corruption on Monday, Scarborough whined that it's unacceptable to vote for him for any reason.

QAnon: The Media's Latest Obsession.  Big media has had multiple obsessions during President Trump's first term.  From Stormy and Avenatti to the myriad tell-all books about Trump, his administration, and his family.  From Russia and an innocuous phone call to Ukraine, to his taxes and how many scoops of ice cream he is served.  These are all red herrings, a way to pick at Trump while studiously avoiding serious policy issues, what he is actually accomplishing as president, promises made becoming promises kept.  The latest obsession is QAnon, in the media and recently at the NBC town hall event.  Despite being billed as a question and answer session, it was more of a debate between President Trump and NBC's partisan newsreader Savannah Guthrie.  Of all the issues facing America in 2020 and of concern to voters, QAnon is not on the list.  Yet she laser focused on QAnon starting with[,] "Let me ask you about QAnon" to which Trump responded, "I know nothing about QAnon."  Rather than moving on to the economy or healthcare, she obsessively persisted, insisting that Trump denounce "the fringe conspiracy theory."

The End of Covid Hysteria.  Most of the nation was stunned by the news that Donald and Melania Trump had contracted COVID. [...] The amount of insanity and hysteria poured into Trump's diagnosis by the Democrat/media complex the rest of the weekend was almost funny to watch.  Did his doctor lie?  Did he lie?  What about the 25th Amendment, the procedure of presidential replacement, the coming election, the pending Supreme Court appointment, the number of people surrounding him who were infected?  How dare he take a five-minute ride with Secret Service agents to thank his well wishers!  Non-stop around the clock hysteria.  Almost none of it was helpful, and most of it was true as believing the sky is falling.  Gotta love our responsible, fact-driven media.

Corporate Media Is Vomiting Trump Coronavirus Reporting All Over The Bed.  The latest news cycle over President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis illustrates yet again how destructive the U.S. corporate media are to national unity and a clear understanding of reality.  While we are all aware that COVID-19 can be a truly devastating and deadly disease for some, despite the volume of media coverage dedicated to it in the past seven months, the American public still lacks crucial context for understanding Trump's diagnosis.  Not only has major media coverage not brought clarity, but it has also, as usual, obscured reality.  This is especially harmful to a story with such significant potential ramifications for the nation and world.  As the president himself has alluded to in his post-diagnosis social media posts, it's common knowledge that the Wuhan virus hits the elderly especially hard.  Trump is 74.  Yet even among his age demographic, surviving the disease, not death, is by far the norm.

Here Were CNN's WORST Moments Immediately After Trump's COVID Diagnosis.  Throughout Friday's early hours, CNNers repeatedly expressed best wishes to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after having tested positive for the coronavirus.  But behind those best wishes, CNN not only levied their usual, poisonous rhetoric, but plenty of subliminal levels of apocalyptic brainstorming, gloating, and calls for a return to global lockdowns.  Perhaps worst of all, it led off CNN analyst and former Obama flack Sam Vinograd claiming the President's diagnosis could "be the most dangerous moment that the U.S. government has ever faced."  No word on why the Civil War, Cuban Missile Crisis, four presidential assassinations, September 11, 2001, or two World Wars tested America and her government less.

Please spare me the maudlin rhetoric about Ginsburg's 'tragic' death.  The insufferable Chris Wallace of Fox News kept referring to the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "tragic" on yesterday's [9/20/2020] edition of Fox News Sunday.  While I am full of sympathy for her family, loved ones, and friends who all have lost someone they deeply mourn, I cannot see how her death is "tragic" — unless one is a partisan Democrat fearing loss of control of the Supreme Court.  Justice Ginsburg lived to a ripe old age and remained active until almost the very end of her life.  As even President Trump stated, she lived an "amazing life" and lived it to the full until the end.  We all are mortal!  Dying itself, while sad for those left behind, is not a tragedy.

What Has 2020 Taught Us?  [Scroll down]  Then the riots started.  Then the fires, the hurricanes, the election.  I do hope that with all this practice we've learned courage, and that we've learned we must depend on God and His infinite mercy.  We cannot fight this on our own.  We also should have developed an antipathy towards the media.  They have been culpable in spreading and stoking these fears.  They have twisted statistics, adulterated the language, slung clueless accusations, and propped up asinine excuses for the violence.

Eyes Are Rolling After 'Journalist' Jon Karl Equates Covering Trump Rallies to Taking Family Trip to Fallujah.  Every once in a while, the masks completely slip off and supposedly objective journalists accidentally reveal in no uncertain terms what their political colors to their readers and viewers.  Such was the case earlier this week when former White House Correspondents' Association president and ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl talked to National Journal, which did a story on how "the White House press corps finally drew the line" Sunday on covering President Trump's indoor campaign rallies, which they apparently find hazardous to their health in the age of the Wuhan coronavirus.

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The left-wing news media wants everyone in America to live in constant fear of the coronavirus (and the rioters, and the Russians, and 5G telephone service, and earthquakes, and hurricanes).  They want Americans to believe that it's dangerous to walk into a crowd without a face mask.  I'm not buying it.  It wasn't unsafe a year ago, and it's not unsafe today.  From where I'm sitting, it appears that the coronavirus crisis, if there really was one, is over now.  As soon as the presidential election is over, the news media will forget all about it, because America can go back to (the old) normal at any moment — just as soon as somebody sends out the "all clear" decree.

The Truth About Slavery.  We are continually misled by progressive propaganda on the issue of race.  Misinformation bleeds over to the conservative realm as well.  The media, Hollywood, and academia are consumed with race, tribalism, and hatred for our Founding.  The real agenda here is power, divide and conquer to pursue some ill-conceived Utopia.  The truth is that violence is part of the Left's playbook.  They are opportunists and provocateurs ready for any excuse to attack our freedom.  Much of the violence we see is a planned political strategy taking advantage of the crisis du jour.  Racism is not our Achilles Heel.  It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life.  Political operatives masquerading as journalists feed the hate 24/7.

The Black New Deal: 1) Abolish Welfare 2) Incentivize The Nuclear Family.  [Scroll down]  The time for black complaints is over.  Slavery happened in America like it has happened in every culture around the world since the beginning of time.  Slavery has been prohibited in the West, and apart from communist China and parts of Egypt, most of the East.  Moreover, as recent studies have shown, racial police brutality has declined to the point of statistical insignificance.  The raison d'etre for the Black Lives Matter organization is a rounding error.  Recent spikes in crime aside, broadly speaking, America has never been safer.  So why does everything feel worse?  For one, media and technology.  Mainstream media, citizen journalism, and nonstop social media all contribute to the sense that our racial divide is at the root of all evil.

MSNBC's Biden Backers Demand Voters End Trump's 'Reign of Terror'.  On Sunday afternoon's MSNBC Live with Alex Witt, during a discussion of President Donald Trump's use of federal agents to counteract rioters in Portland and how it might impact this year's presidential election, MSNBC contributor and liberal historian Jon Meacham conflated segregationist Democrat George Wallace with non-segregationist Republican conservatives like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.  After Meacham encouraged viewers to vote against President Trump's "reign of terror" in November, MSNBC Republican Michael Steele agreed with him and encouraged Democrats to turn out to vote against the President.

The Left is signing up citizens to physically remove President Trump from office if he loses.  The left continued to spread the narrative that President Donald Trump may refuse to leave the White House if he loses the election in November.  And left-wing political commentator and Young Turks host Cenk Uygur added to the conspiracy theories on Tuesday [7/21/2020] as he, too, offered a way to rid the country of the president in case the United States military "does not remove him from office" after a supposed loss in November.

Media Malpractice on COVID Numbers.  COVID-19 data are and have been all over the map since this entire mess gained steam earlier this year.  It has gotten to the point that any "numbers" presented as news are suspect at best and fraudulent at worst.  Is this media incompetence or malpractice?  Ignorant or deliberate?  Fox News ran a constant side bar in the early days of the pandemic, with U.S. death counts, much in the way cable news business shows run a ticker of the Dow or S&P 500.  How morbid, but it provided fodder for media talking heads to run around like Kevin McCallister in Home Alone, waving their arms and screaming in panic.  Now that death counts are dropping to the point that they blend in with normal birth and death statistics, the media have predictably pivoted to case counts as their new hair-on-fire statistic to stoke fear, keep the economy shut down, and hopefully banish their nemesis back to the land of Mordor, also known as Mar-a-Lago.

The Press Is Already Trying To Whip Up A New Pandemic Panic.  Oh, no!  With the planet still unlocking and some parts still tightly buttoned down, and with the world economy plummeting, "China Researchers Discover New Swine Flu with 'Pandemic Potential,'" blares CNN.  "Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China," shrieks the New York Times.  Say it ain't so!  Okay, it ain't so.  Not in any meaningful way.  The media should go back to "murder hornets," or find another asteroid with a chance in a zillion of hitting Earth.

Not dying is bad for headlines.  As the bumpy COVID-19 path back to normalcy bounces along, you would never know that we were headed in the right direction.  Teasers on television and headlines in newspapers report a "surge" in new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations.  The teasers and headlines fail to mention that the most important measure of our progress in getting ahead of the virus is the number of deaths recorded.  The fact that the rate of fatalities to infection is very low now is seldom if ever mentioned. [...] The CDC data show that as of July 1, 2020, death in people younger than 25 is less than 170 out of a total of 120,000.  It is almost non-pronounceable to state a fatality rate — too many zeros after the decimal point.  My point is this:  if you are young and healthy, you have nothing to fear from the coronavirus except the fear-mongering from the media.

The Huge Law Enforcement Scandal that Cries Out for Justice.  In the American Thinker (June 30), Jack Cashill offers an eloquent plea for an Atticus Finch to take up the cause of George Zimmerman in suing those responsible for perpetrating the Trayvon Hoax.  There is another case, also in Florida, awaiting its Atticus Finch, the product of an earlier moral panic, the now largely forgotten "mass sex abuse in daycare" hysteria.  These cases, replete with lurid charges the media mindlessly and breathlessly disseminated in the 1980s and '90s, are today widely recognized as a modern version of the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, down to allegations of Satanic rituals by caregivers.  Despite this, one victim remains incarcerated.  Frank Fuster has now served thirty-five years in prison for a crime not only that he did not commit, but that never happened.  His first parole hearing is scheduled an unbelievable 114 years from now — in March 2134.

Media Begging for a 'Second Wave'.  The media is churning out countless alarmist stories each day about the threat of COVID-19 and the dangers of societal reopening.  "Risk of new lockdown rises with fear of second COVID-19 wave," writes Reuters, as one example of the genre.  These stories generally incite, rather than inform.  They cherry-pick facts and lack context.  Only when the COVID picture is viewed in perspective are people able to make wise decisions about their actions.  It should be safe for society to continue broadly reopening while directing resources to specific at-risk populations, such as nursing homes and prisons, which are more vulnerable.

Don't fear a coronavirus spike.  Mainstream media are sounding the alarm about coronavirus cases spiking across the South and West.  They're distorting the facts to cause panic, instead of reporting the whole truth.  Gov. Cuomo is piling on, accusing states that have reopened of playing politics instead of acting "intelligently." Sorry, but "intelligent" isn't the word that describes his administration's pandemic response.  He caused carnage by forcing nursing homes to take in infected patients.  He also has no good answer for why New Yorkers unfortunate enough to catch the virus had a worse chance of surviving it than people in other states.  The Empire State ranks 48 out of 50 states for survival rates.  Dodging accountability for these [...] facts, Cuomo is bragging about his results and bashing President Trump for encouraging states to reopen.  Cuomo is flat wrong:  The US daily death count from the virus is down nearly 80 percent from its peak in March.  It's telling that the likes of Cuomo and his media allies don't focus on death and hospitalization rates anymore, but almost exclusively on infection rates, to build their doom-and-gloom scenarios.

Brad Parscale:  Campaign Was Not Duped, Media Scared Supporters from Tulsa Rally.  Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale on Sunday [6/21/2020] berated the media for savaging the campaign's small crowd size in Tulsa on Saturday, despite boasting a million campaign ticket requests beforehand.  "For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting but typical," Parscale wrote in a lengthy statement to reporters.  "And it makes us wonder why we bother credentialing media for events when they don't do their full jobs as professionals."

Pandemic to Protests:  Coverage Shifted But Outlooks Didn't.  After three months of wall-to-wall television coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost overnight the live infection dashboards and often-uttered phrases like "social distancing" have all but disappeared, replaced with images of a nation in racial turmoil.  How are the major cable news channels covering the protests and what do their different narratives teach us about how the media frames national events?  The data provide some clues.  Since late February, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News have spent at least 15% of their daily airtime on the pandemic, based on data from the Internet Archive's Television News Archive processed by the GDELT Project.  CNN displayed a live dashboard of infection and death counts a total of nine hours a day, seven days a week.  As much as half of all news coverage worldwide mentioned the virus.

How do we explain the many thousands of Americans who believe they are entitled to steal?  Night after night, we have watched thieving thugs break windows of small and large businesses, charge into them, and run out with as much merchandise as they can carry. [...] It is very likely that they are proud of themselves.  The media certainly support them, seem to give them permission.  Why do the media do this, support the rioters?  Ratings, of course.  They love riots, cherish their power to get them going.  They love filming the looting without any police presence to stop it.  Do they care about the lives of the business-owners that are destroyed in the process?  Not one bit.  There is not an anchor or guest "analyst" on CNN or MSNBC who feels an iota of compassion for the victim of the destruction wrought by these riots.  To a person, they lend their on-screen approval to the rioters.

Imagining covid-19 under a normal press.  [The New York] Times embraced abnormalcy in August 2016 when it demanded journalists abandon objectivity when covering Donald John Trump.  The Times demanded that journalists treat every statement by him as a lie that he must somehow prove.  The Times also demanded that journalists no longer seek his side of the story when reporting the news. [...] The Pandemic Panic is on the press, not the president.  The press has politicized the covid-19 response.  A normal press would have been careful and balanced in its reporting.  This press is loony.  At one press briefing four different reporters in four different ways asked the president if calling the Chinese Virus the Chinese Virus was racist.

Showboating With 100,000 Dead.  On May 27, the American coronavirus death toll rose to six figures:  100,000 lives lost.  That's a very sad number, made sadder when we ponder that the virus prevents loved ones from saying goodbye in person and makes any funeral an extremely small event.  America's largest national newspapers have all made dramatic front pages out of the number.  The New York Times came first on Sunday [5/24/2020], filling its entire front page and three more pages with names of the victims.  USA Today followed on Wednesday with an entire front page in black and white and photos of the dead.  The Washington Post waited until we reached the horrible number but still printed some stories on the front page.

Carlson: Liberal Media Are 'Thrilled' with Division, Want People to 'Hate One Another'.  Between Wednesday [5/27/2020] and Thursday nights, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson was in rare form when discussing the riots in Minneapolis supposedly in appropriate response to the heinous, police-involved killing of African-American man George Floyd.  Carlson didn't mince words, noting that "news organizations like CNN" want Americans to "hate one another" and wondering if liberals would still support rioting if it involved destruction of their property.  On Wednesday night, he reminded viewers of how "[r]ioting is a form of tyranny" and "oppression," but "CNN welcomes it, however, in fact encourages it" since rioters are instead called "protesters."  Carlson added (as he would on Thursday): "America is a diverse country.  Diverse countries only survive if the groups within them can coexist peacefully and thankfully, almost everybody in America wants to coexist peacefully."  However, he noted that liberal media outlets like CNN don't seem keen on that: "[N]ews organizations like CNN do not want that and that's why every day they work hard to fan racial resentment to make different groups distrust and hate one another."

Trump wins the lockdown wars.  President Trump has won the lockdown wars as coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses are eased across the country, so far with few signs of dire health consequences for the population.  Just weeks ago, the question was whether to reopen, with the first states to press ahead accused of engaging in human sacrifice and killing their residents to appease the "Trump death cult."  New York Times columnist Paul Krugman asked, "How many will die for the Dow?" as recently as Thursday [5/21/2020].  Now, the debate is primarily over how quickly and to what extent reopening should take place, with the stragglers mainly blue states.

CNN Becomes Unhinged Because Trump Decided to Golf... Without a Mask.  CNN has made a name for themselves as one of the most anti-Trump networks out there.  After all, they heavily pushed "Russia!  Russia!  Russia!" When Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion took place between the Trump campaign and Russia, CNN focused their coverage on Ukraine and a supposed quid pro quo.  Then it was impeachment.  Anything that is anti-Trump can be found on CNN.  So it's no surprise that one of their photographers captured pictures of President Trump golfing *GASP* without a mask on Saturday.  Not only was he golfing with a few other people but he was riding in his own golf cart.

Liberal Media Hypocrisy Never Ends.  If you watched CNN or MSNBC you'd probably think you're going to die. [...] Daily, viewers and readers are told they're going to die, that Republicans want them to starve and Democrats are their only hope... and they believe it.  They all believe it.  If it's unproven and scary, there is no shortage of media outlets lining up to spread that story.  Is there a link between coronavirus and Kawasaki disease, and inflammatory illness the strikes children?  Journalists have no idea, but there is no shortage of stories about how there might be.  Words like "tied to," "believed caused," and "possibly linked" are common in headlines trying to scare [...] parents thinking about going outside as their states reopen.  Lacking evidence used to stop a story from being run, now it's the basis for them.

Limbaugh says the media is using their climate change playbook on coronavirus reporting.  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh compared the coronavirus to climate change and accused federal health officials and the national media of using a global pandemic to scare American citizens.  "It seems like every day we get some new scare tactic from some supposedly credible source," Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated program Thursday.  "And what generally happens is after some reporting of what everybody would consider good news, in less than a day, a couple of stories come along, maybe three, that try to throw cold water on the good news and make it sound even worse than it was the day before — and that's what this is."

CNN's Brian Stelter Melts Down Over Conservative Media Exposing Russiagate Conspiracies.  Call it a symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome, CNN's Brian Stelter suffered an on-air meltdown Sunday [5/10/2020] over conservative media paying any attention to arguably the largest spy scandal in American history instead of breathlessly covering ongoing public health pandemic, which, center-right outlets are still doing.

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I think this exposes the real purpose of the coronavirus hysteria:  The media-induced virus panic is deflecting attention away from the Obama spying scandal, just as it comes to light in the middle of an election year.

CNN, MSNBC Suffer EPIC Meltdowns Over 'Nuts,' 'Terrifying' Flynn Decision; 'The Fix Is In!'  In a Thursday afternoon that felt like a trip back to life before the coronavirus pandemic, CNN and MSNBC were not only apoplectic over the Department of Justice dropping its case against retired General Michael Flynn, but despondent over the "demoralizing," "destructive," "nuts," and "terrifying" "injustice" that signaled "the collapse of the Justice Department" and "the rule of law."

The Media Racket And The Coronavirus Numbers Game.  The coronavirus is real, and tens of thousands of people around the world have died from it.  But it is not the pandemic we were told it was going to be.  That's not a complaint.  If anything it's gratitude.  Thank God it hasn't been worse.  Unfortunately, in the build-up to our current reality, the media noticed something — their ratings were up.  Obviously, people were tuning in to find out if they were going to die or not.  Telling them it was highly unlikely that they would only drive them back to their old viewing habits and away from cable news.  Print media found the same thing with their traffic.  This terrified Democrats too, with CNN and MSNBC, along with most newspapers, firmly in their camp and eager to spread fear and blame, something had to be done.  They broke out the boxes — a running total, always on screen, of cases and deaths which, without context, can only scare.  The context is never, ever given.

COVID-19 [is] turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media.  A recent Stanford University antibody study estimated the fatality rate from the virus is likely 0.1% to 0.2%.  The World Health Organization (WHO) had estimated that the death rate was 20 to 30 times higher and called for isolation policies.  On which version do you think the media focused? [...] The media has been hyping COVID-19 since Day One, alarming Americans to the point where they voluntarily went along with shutting down the entire economy — a mistake that will likely reverberate for a decade or more.  Even as U.S. states begin to re-open — based on the data, which shows a far lower fatality rate than reported and a much wider spread of the virus — the media continue to report on what they deem frightening numbers over the deadly virus.  They aren't, and it isn't.  COVID-19 is a bad flu at worst.  And the media should be held accountable for telling us otherwise before they knew the facts.

The Most Tragic Case of Governmental, Medical, and Media Malpractice In the History of the World.  [Scroll down]  The little real anecdotal evidence accidentally seeping into mainstream media indicates that the actual fatality rate in our nation from COVID-19 is less than the fear-merchants are displaying on their "Death Dashboards."  Potentially, far less.  Unbiased professional reporting could tell us the real numbers.  But then, that's the rub.  Much of the liberal mainstream media signed up for team "Doom and Gloom" from day one.  At first, they did so to create as much fear and panic as possible so they could use COVID-19 as the mother of all click-bait cash cows.  Once that was accomplished, many in that same liberal media chose to keep the fear-mongering going as a political tool.

A CNN journalist pens a fascinating insight into the left's dystopian worldview.  On April 7, Bill Weir, CNN's Chief Climate Correspondent, had a son.  Weir wrote an open letter to his son telling him that he was born into Hell on Earth, also known as the modern Western world.  The letter perfectly encapsulates everything the left hates and wants to see destroyed. [...] Weir is a tragic figure because he has eyes but cannot see.  The real tragedy, though, is that people like Weir, through the power of the media, drive too much of America's political agenda.

Chris Cuomo's coronavirus performance shows he is an insecure blowhard.  On Monday [4/20/2020], CNN posted video of pseudo-newsman Chris Cuomo "finally" emerging from self-quarantine in his Southampton basement — despite Cuomo having been out and about in East Hampton just last week, getting into a fight with a "jackass loser fat-tire biker" who dared to ask why an infected Cuomo was breaking quarantine.  Without a face mask.  "Who [...] are you?" Cuomo replied.  "I can do what I want."  Yes:  If we've learned anything about Chris Cuomo these past three weeks, it's that he's an insecure, self-important, entitled blowhard who suffers in the shadow of his much more accomplished and respected brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Left Is an Existential Threat.  The March 2020 issue of Fortune magazine focused on the "existential threat" to the Earth posed by global warming, despite the fact that no significant global warming seems to be taking place.  With its appealing cover art — an image of the Earth tied up in a plastic trash bag — this issue is just what I'd expect from a liberal outfit.  It's typical of climate alarmists to begin by assuming their premise:  warming is an existential threat because, well, it is.  And anyone who questions that premise is a criminal.  Just what is meant by "existential threat" is a bit vague.

Chuck Todd Is Wrong (Again): There Are Huge Downsides To The Media Being Overly Alarmist.  There are no costs associated with being "overly alarmist" in the face of a global pandemic, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd claimed on Sunday.  His comment encapsulates the attitude of the media and other elites as they drive people and state and local governments deeper into a panic that has resulted in the loss of tens of millions of jobs, the likely permanent closures of hundreds of thousands of businesses, a general inability to pay rent and other monthly bills, a lack of treatment for non-coronavirus health problems, the closure of churches and schools, the exacerbation of disparities by socio-economic status in educational attainment, disruptions to the supply chain, and the destruction of trillions of dollars of American wealth. [...] The problem is that the experts who are being listened to so carefully are solely focused on minimizing mal effects from the coronavirus, all other considerations notwithstanding.

President Trump needs to set the country free now.  For weeks now, nearly every media outlet has behaved as though the Covid19 virus was a cause for celebration.  They broadcast the numbers like they show the stock market or election returns.  It is positively ghoulish.  Even Fox News, which used to have more sense, has capitulated to the hysteria; that network, too, is all in on manufacturing panic and fear.  They are engaged in panic-mongering.  They are encouraging the wholesale destruction of the American economy.  The worst are hoping and wishing for that outcome.  That is how much they are willing to sacrifice to see the president defeated.  The American mainstream media is the most dangerous enemy of America.  There can no longer be any doubt about that fact.  For nearly four years, they have worked hand in hand with the Democrat party to do whatever harm it can to this country if it will take Trump down and out.

Does America need Journalists?  Here's a free tip for the media:  If you don't want to be accused of bursting with glee over America's misfortune, it is generally helpful to not cheer America's misery while doing all in your power to amplify and extend it. [...] Here are a few obvious suggestions.  For one, a journalist's reporting on the current crisis would show some sense of proportion and would weigh tradeoffs between protecting America's physical and economic health, since they can't be uncoupled.  In the long run, economic destruction if allowed to proceed unabated will do far more damage than the virus can ever achieve. [...] What we have are the media that cried wolf, completely incapable of informing when an actual crisis shows up since their faux outrage is always cranked to max power, even if indeed they wanted to inform.

Trump's not scaring people about the coronavirus:  The media are.  I understand critical reporting, but if anyone is guilty of scaring the public, it's the national media.  They have reported on this pandemic and the administration's response to it as though it were something out of the Book of Revelations.  Every single death is characterized as an avoidable tragedy — something that we should have been able to stop if not for an inept president.  In fact, the experiences of many countries not led by Trump has been strikingly similar.  The truth is that no one, not the president, not scientists, and certainly not the media, has a firm grasp on what will happen with the coronavirus.  So far, we've identified trends in how it affects people, and we have some projections about how bad things will get, but that's about it.

Trump's Kiplingesque Coronavirus Leadership.  [Scroll down]  The yellow journalism storm hit hurricane strength when Fox's Tucker Carlson told the Trump base that America would end unless the president came forward with a comprehensive national plan.  Even then, President Trump's next proposals were moderate.  They mostly loosened government rules restricting private medical responses and still emphasized federalism and decentralization.  But in the face of the media blizzard and Congress' belief that spending trillions was the only way to "do something," all Washington agreed on the need to throw trillions of their borrowed money at the crisis and exert drastic new controls.  The executive finally accommodated to this panic.  Even then, he expressed hope that extreme controls would last only for a limited time, setting the restrictions for 15 days.

Fear and Panic for A Purpose — The Coronavirus Evolves Into "The Blue Plague".  The "Blue Plague" is an intentional effort by various interests to create fear-porn amid the American population by intentionally hyping a mass hysteria about the coronavirus.  In many ways the Blue Plague is exponentially more dangerous than COVID-19 itself.  Earlier today [3/26/2020], The New York Times became the epicenter of the Blue Plague by stating people in hospitals throughout the city were dying, as desperately under-prepared and under-equipped doctors and nurses could not find ventilators for thousands of arriving patients in a state of panic.  This was/is incitement at its worst.

Explosion of leftist hate aimed at Dr Birx after she demolishes media's panic narrative.  Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has proven to be a voice of reason in a time of crisis — much to the angst of the hostile, anti-Trump media.  The hair-on-fire media is pushing a panic-inducing worst-case narrative in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, focusing on predictions of alarming increases in those who contract the Chinese virus while reporting on dwindling hospital supplies and do-not-resuscitate orders allegedly being discussed to free up more beds.  Yet, Birx stands calmly before the American people at the nightly press briefings and reminds agenda-driven journalists of a little thing called facts, beseeching them to be more responsible in their reporting.  "There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion," she implored.

We Should Start Mocking The Media More; Two Suggestions They'd Hate.  The corporate political news media in America is an absolute disgrace that deserves something far less respectful than criticism.  They deserve mockery.  If you're paying attention and I don't blame you one bit if you're not, then you know that our nation just watched the corporate media in America 1) create a national panic meant to inflict economic and social destruction that they could weaponize and use against President Trump, and 2) further bolster that attempted domestic terrorism by siding with the Chinese Communist Party's every lie and attack on our nation and the Trump administration.  As if the last four years of being useful idiots for Russia and doing everything they can to stoke division, distrust and discord in America weren't bad enough — the corporate media in America, aka the swamp's marketing arm, are now actively trying to create economic and social carnage in America while literally cheering on the Chinese Communist Party's attacks on our President and nation.

The Manchurian Media.  Last Thursday [3/12/2020], the Media Research Center assembled a video clip of the media melting down over Republicans correctly noting the origin region of the coronavirus, screaming that it's rrrraaaaaccccccism and/or xenophobia to refer to it as either "the Chinese Coronavirus" or "the Wuhan Virus" — along with 35 times the media referred to the virus as "the Chinese Coronavirus" or "the Wuhan Virus." [...] I'm pretty sure that John Frankenheimer didn't intend for The Manchurian Candidate to be a how-to guide.  But if the media were paid Chinese agents, could they do more to harm this country than they're already doing now?

A little perspective helps.  What's worse?  The rapid spread of a novel virus which originated in China or the media hysteria created and broadcast around the world?  If it was the intent of the American media to create a state of fear and panic, they've succeeded brilliantly.  The dissemination of information pertinent to the virus has morphed into a murky river of rumors, innuendo, outright lies and blather proffered by pundits who are neither doctors nor experts on much of anything other than opinionating.

If It Bleeds, It Leads:  The Morbidity Of The News.  New York Magazine ran an article in 1989 titled "Grins, Gore, and Videotape — The Trouble with Local TV News" by journalist Eric Pooley.  Pooley was angry about the quality of the stories being published locally and the sheer volume of stories whose subject matter was grim and menacing.  Pooley said, "The thoughtful report is buried because sensational stories must launch the broadcast:  If it bleeds, it leads." The media in and of itself is a physical manifestation of our primal desires and fears, and they take great joy in using it for their own political purposes.  Most likely, the populace is the very cause of the demand.  Ever notice the number of rubbernecking motorists who slowdown in order to see something on the other side of a road or highway, often the scene of a traffic accident.  It's the same thing with this Covid-19 outbreak.  If it bleeds, it leads, and they are doing their best to panic America.

Here's Why the Deep State and Wuhan Virus Are Like White on Rice.  The Democrat-media complex and their Deep States allies have elevated the Wuhan virus crisis to virtually a mass hysteria over the past couple of weeks.  Their goal is transparent, of course:  to instill fear, to tank the economy, and to ascribe blame for everything on President Trump as a means of setting the table to take him out in the November election since their impeachment farce (and other gambits) have failed to get the job done beforehand. [...] This is precisely the reason why the Democrats and their lickspittle media are weaponizing the Wuhan virus crisis.  It is yet another overt attempt on their part to take out the president.  Compare their hysterical actions over the past few weeks to the virtual silence during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu epidemic.  Obama didn't even declare a national emergency until over 1,000 Americans had died of the disease, yet President Trump has been repeatedly castigated for his supposedly "chaotic response" to the Wuhan virus.

'Trump's Chernobyl': Media Wuhan Virus Hysteria Stokes Public Panic.  Since the coronavirus came on the horizon, media figures have been stoking panic, leading to mass shortages of basic health supplies, business travel cancellations, and market drops, all while the confirmed disease number hiked yesterday [3/10/2020] to around 0.000002 percent of the U.S. population.  So far, U.S. cases of the basic seasonal flu outnumber coronavirus cases by a factor of 45,000 (using federal stats for this year's flu and real-time tracking of coronavirus confirmations).  The flu season has even been especially bad this year, with between 20,000 and 52,000 deaths, compared to 29 so far from coronavirus.  According to infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Carson, who works for the North Dakota public health department, the flu appears to be about five times more contagious than coronavirus, which means containment is possible, although especially for the elderly coronavirus appears to have higher death rates.

Dr. Drew Pinsky slams media for inciting coronavirus 'panic'.  Celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky said the media is stoking the flames of coronavirus "panic" in the United States, and the industry should "be held accountable."  "What I have a problem with is the panic and the fact that businesses are getting destroyed, that people's lives are being upended, not by the virus, but by the panic," Pinsky said in an interview with CBS last week.  "The panic must stop.  And the press, they really somehow need to be held accountable because they are hurting people."

Coronavirus By The Numbers.  Big media is all about ratings, view, and clicks, hence their axiom, "If it bleeds, it leads." A viral outbreak is the perfect story, on par with a missing Malaysian airliner or a celebrity football player named OJ on trial for murder.  The added bonus is that any negative news can be laid at the feet of a president loathed by the media, who just so happens to be running for reelection.  The media is in full campaign mode, trying desperately to drag the carcass of one of their corpselike candidates across the presidential finish line.  Stoking fear over quarantines and supply chain disruptions have sent the stock market on a downward roller coaster ride.  One of President Trump's major achievements is the roaring economy.  Taking the stock market down 25% or more may help the Democrats. [...] Look also at past viral illnesses, far more lethal than coronavirus.  The fatality rate for MERS and SARS was 34.4 and 9.5% respectively.  Neither illness generated as much media hysteria as coronavirus.

Can the Coronavirus-Panic-Creating Media be Sued for Closed Businesses and Lost Jobs?  The deliberate panic created over the coronavirus is not victimless.  Far from it.  When the radioactive dust settles from this orchestrated panic-strategy, potentially hundreds of billions will have been lost, thousands of businesses closed, and millions of employees fired.  When the coronavirus first reared its ugly head, many in the media instantly saw it as a cheap and easy way to increase clicks, newspaper sales, viewers, listeners, and most especially Ad revenue.  In the guise of "informing the public," they intended to run scare headlines and stories to spike attention to their sites.

Latest Climate Report Feeds into Alarmist Fearmongering.  The latest National Climate Assessment, released just last week, aims to plant yet another seed of climate catastrophism into the mind of the public.  Predictably, its worst-case scenarios got huge play in the media.  After all, disaster sells.  But the doomsday scenarios that animated talking heads throughout the weekend aren't just highly unlikely; they're close to impossible.

The Coronavirus Numbers Are Not Quite What They Seem.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the articulate, veteran director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, described at the presser how the efforts to prevent the spread — or "contain" the virus — would continue, but warned that we should expect the number of coronavirus cases in the United States to increase.  Fauci emphasized that the chance of becoming infected remains low and that the majority of those who contract the virus — 75 to 80 percent — will experience it like a "bad flu or a cold."  The other 15 to 20 percent, he said, may need "advanced medical care."  "For the most part, the people who get in trouble and ultimately tragically would die from this are people who are elderly and or have underlying conditions ... heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity," Fauci said.  Some of the "if it bleeds, it leads" media immediately jumped on the 15 to 20 percent figure, multiplied it by the entire U.S. population of about 330 million, and concluded that we might need 50-60 million hospital beds, for which we are unprepared.

Think Trump is 'outrageous?' He's nothing compared to these past presidents.  Unprecedented, unprecedented.  Everything is unprecedented.  Nothing like this has ever happened before.  Except it pretty much has.  Whenever you see the word "unprecedented" in the media, you should ask yourself:  Has this reporter ever read a history book?  Make the case against Trump if you want to, but if you pretend the sorts of things he does are without precedent, you simply make yourself look ignorant.

How Dumb Are America's College Students?  It is an article of faith on the Left that college girls are raped at a rate orders of magnitude above the national average.  If that were true, not only would law enforcement be devoting much of its resources to the college rape epidemic, but 18 year old girls and their parents would avoid our universities and colleges like the plague.  But, of course, that isn't happening.  The whole thing is nonsense.

Media Spread Gossipy Barr Resignation Rumor.  "Sources" tell ABC News that "Attorney General Bill Barr told people close to Trump Tuesday that he is considering resigning over the tweets."  Right.  Do any of these corporate media outlets have any credibility?  No, but it keeps the news cycle saturated with hysteria and occasions them a freak out on their political snuff shows and Twitter.  "News" of the Barr resignation was first reported by one the largest purveyors of fake news and gossip:  The Washington Post.  Shortly after the resignation rumor was reported the DoJ shot it down.  "Addressing Beltway rumors:  The Attorney General has no plans to resign," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted.  It would be absolutely tragic if Barr were to leave because Trump would never, ever be able to get a good replacement.

Really Bad Things the Media Is Ignoring Because of Impeachment.  Have you heard that the president has been impeached?  Seriously, the trial is happening right now in the U.S. Senate.  I'm kidding.  Of course, you can't escape the news because it's the only thing the "news" is talking about.  We're in the middle of the most choreographed foregone conclusion in history and the media is treating it like a whodunit.

Nets Hype Alleged Trump Audio Only ABC Has Heard, Refuses to Air.  Without providing any evidence, ABC News made headlines on Friday when they claimed they had heard an audio recording of President Trump ordering the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine to be fired, something that would supposedly aid Democrats with impeachment.  Both CBS News and NBC News pounced on the reporting during their evening newscasts despite the fact ABC had not released the audio or commented on its authenticity.  For something that was supposedly a bombshell uncovered by his own network, World News Tonight anchor David Muir sure kept his distance when he kicked off the program with the report.

Don't buy the media hype over the new China virus.  A CNN reporter broadcasts from Wuhan, China, on the recent viral outbreak.  There is nobody near who could possibly infect him — unless the cameraman has Guinness Book of Records coughs and sneezes.  So why does he insist on wearing a blue surgical mask while talking?  It's called "drama," which is badly needed, because there appears to be nothing very special about this outbreak of the 2019-nCoV or Wuhan virus.  It should actually be called the DvV, or Déjà vu Virus, because we have been through these hysterias before.  Over and over.  Heterosexual AIDS, Ebola repeatedly, the H1N1 swine flu that was actually vastly milder than the regular flu and, especially, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.  Once you start debunking mass hysteria over outbreaks, it gets easy, because the same patterns repeat themselves.

Another dud in the string of bombshells.  [Scroll down]  If it takes exhaustive and complicated explanations to pinpoint precisely why something is a "bombshell," then it is not a "bombshell."  That is the point of a "bombshell."  It is so powerful that it does not need to come wrapped in complicated explanations.  But there is no rabbit hole these people will not venture down in pursuit of President Trump.  There is no zany conspiracy theory they will not gulp down to keep the party going.  And there is no arcane strip of federal code from centuries gone by that they won't dust off to construct their rickety case for impeachment.

Greg Gutfeld Loses It Over the Pomp and Circumstance of Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  ["]We know this was an emotional tantrum directed at daddy who won the election, and they're mad at daddy.  So we have to go through this phony procession.  Ooh, let's show pictures of the cloak room!  Ooh, let's watch them walk down the halls!  Ooh, this is breaking news!["]

The Fantasy War That Never Was.  Over the past few weeks, the media have been singing in 100-part harmony that America is headed to war.  From Fox News and CNN, to MSNBC and the New York Times, media magpies have been proclaiming that America is going to war with Iran, thanks to the rube-in-chief who has no idea what he is doing.  The New York Times declares the U.S. and Iran are, "At the edge of war."  The Wall Street Journal at least asks, "Will the U.S. and Iran blunder into war?" [...] We have been at war with Iran for 40 years, since the Georgia peanut farmer thought the semi-thuggish Shah of Iran was a bad guy, and a religious fanatic would be a better choice to lead the country.

CNN focuses on Trump's twitter typos
CNN's Brian Stelter Does Deep-Dive Data Analysis on Trump's Twitter Typos.  CNN's Brian Stelter used up three-and-a-half minutes of his basement-rated Sunday show to blow the lid off of President Trump's Twitter typos.  Well, two things we can all spell is "3.6 percent unemployment" and "a 40 percent decline in viewers."


When did routine bad weather become such big news?  Bad weather on Thanksgiving week can be stressful in the best of circumstances.  But this week's outbreak of TV weather hysteria was a sight to behold.  For days on end, even Trump news was booted from the top of the network evening newscasts by dire warnings of the "triple storm danger" heading across the country and the "holiday travel nightmare" likely to result.  The reports hit all the usual TV-weather bases: shots of skidding cars and chugging snowplows; airport scenes of passengers stranded by flight delays; Al Roker bounding among the weather maps as though he were plotting a military operation.  And, as always, the alarming statistics: 21 million people under winter-weather alerts; 97 million vulnerable to high winds; "2,000 miles' worth of winter-storm watches, advisories and warnings," stretching from California to the upper Midwest.

The Editor says...
On the other hand, very cold weather at Thanksgiving, including snow in southern California, is newsworthy because it's a little early in the year for all this snow.  What happened to "global warming?"

Everything You Hear About Billion-Dollar Disasters Is Wrong.  The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) counts the number of disasters in the United States that result in losses of greater than $1 billion, starting in 1980.  Over the past three decades that count has shown a sharp increase, from five or less such disasters each year in the decade of the 1980s to ten or more in each of the past 4 years.  That increase must be due to climate change, right?  Actually, no.  The billion-dollar disaster tally is easy to understand, simple to communicate, but — regrettably — incredibly misleading and just plain bad economics.

CBS Anchor Advertises Televised Impeachment Hearings Like Fight Entertainment.  By her excitement and choice of words, one could easily think failing CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell was promoting a pay-per-view boxing or pro-wrestling match during Wednesday's [11/6/2019] newscast.  But no, she was hyping the televised impeachment hearings that would start next week.  In addition to that, NBC Nightly News chided Republicans were wanted the public to know the identity of the infamous anti-Trump whistleblower who helped to start the investigation.  "Tonight, lights, cameras, testimony.  The stage is set for the first televised hearings of the impeachment inquiry," O'Donnell excitedly proclaimed during the program's opening tease.  "We now know when they will happen and who may be the Democrats' star witness."  Once they were finished with the teases, O'Donnell could barely contain her glee as she sprinted to call them "historic," adding, "televised impeachment hearings begin a week from today, and it promises to be must-see TV." [...] She was acting more like a fight promoter for a UFC match than a journalist.  S

Democrats may come to regret choosing impeachment over independents.  Ukraine.  Doral.  Impeachment.  Syria.  Schiff and Pelosi.  Hunter and Joe.  Trump and Trump.  Impeachment.  Secret hearings and secret Russian "assets."  Impeachment.  The media can't get enough of it.  Most people have had enough already.

Local California CBS reporter fired after jumping on, damaging cars during live news segment.  A local CBS reporter in California was apparently fired after he — during a live news segment — climbed atop classic, privately-owned cars, even seemingly damaging one of them in the process.  Angel Cardenas, a correspondent with KMAX-TV's "Good Morning Sacramento," was on air Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show, a weekend-long event at Cal Expo that was about to begin its final day.  Someone who caught the segment on air, Adam Copeland, posted a clip of it to Facebook, as he has "never seen such a disregard to someone else's vehicle."

The Editor says...
I've seen several so-called reporters over the years who played the role of out-of-control daredevil/buffoon on the Big Morning Show.  This is the reporter who is the first to ride a new roller coaster at Six Flags, or the one who goes bungee jumping on live TV, or goes rappelling down the side of a building.  (In larger TV markets, the Happy Team of Steve Serious and Suzie Plastique "anchor" the Big Morning Show, but after the first ten minutes, they've run out of news.  At that point they may have to resort to pie-in-the-face slapstick to retain viewers.)  At times, you may hear Steve and Suzie, back in the studio, gasp in phony astonishment at the risks being taken out in the field.  And then, after no more than three minutes, the buffoon in the field will wrap it up.  This is all done for the purpose of grabbing the audience's attention through whatever means necessary, much like a two-year-old screaming in a restaurant.  In this case, the buffoon/jackass thought he could get away with anything, and found out otherwise.

How the American Media Perpetuates and Profits from Mass Shootings.  The American media currently has no industry standard practices for how to cover either suicides or mass shootings.  However, one can easily see the difference between how mass shootings and suicides are covered.  Whereas suicides are treated as sombre tragedies, mass shootings often have the sensationalism turned up to 11.  There's a detailed discussion of the shooter's life story, motives and methods.  Strong evidence suggests that this both encourages and instructs potential mass shooters.  Statistically speaking, mass shootings represent a tiny portion of all deaths in the United States. [...] Despite the low frequency of these tragedies, the media pays outsized attention to them for self-serving reasons, which are both political and economic:  There's a demonstrated anti-gun agenda amongst America's media.  And there's the ongoing shift in the media's business model to attention-based revenue that results in ever-more sensational news coverage and "clickbait" headlines.

Another Newsweek Conspiracy: 'Greta Thunberg Snubbed for Nobel Peace Prize' By Big OilNewsweek reporter Rosie McCall offered a conspiracy theory as to how a 16-year-old environmental activist somehow failed to win the Nobel Peace Prize this year: [...] This new theory comes courtesy of a magazine fresh off breaking the news that opening tanning salons in urban neighborhoods were a plot to give gay men skin cancer, or something. [...] Such speculation amounts to an insult of the actual Nobel Prize winner, Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, who restarted peace talks with neighboring Eritrea and beginning restoring freedoms in Ethiopia.  He helped stop a war, but was barely mentioned by McCall.  A European teenager who performed some angry End Times-style rants was more deserving, in the eyes of the journalists at Newsweek.

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?  What do the Kavanaugh hearings, Jussie Smollett, the Covington kids, the Mueller investigation, and now the Trump phone call all have in common?  Staged melodrama, media collusion hysteria, progressive demands that justice be served immediately, promises of walls-are-closing-in blockbuster revelations from new witnesses, supposed surprise revelatory documents, fusions between Democratic politicians and Washington bureaucrats — and then bust, nada, and teeth-gnashing as the truth catches up to various rumor-mongers.

Disappointing State Department IG Meeting Deflates U.S. Media.  For two days the mainstream media were breathlessly reporting on an "urgent request" from the State Department Inspector General for a closed-door meeting.  Media sources whipped their left-wing audiences into an anticipatory frenzy with predictions of devastating information soon to come from an "explosive" and "highly unusual" request.  It must must be connected to President Trump and Secretary Mike Pompeo hiding devastating information, they said...  Well, the super-anticipated 'closed door' briefing was held today, and the IG handed out packets of information related to revelations of Democrats colluding with the Ukraine government.  The exact opposite of what the media and the professional left anticipated.

They Demand Our Respect, Yet Treat Us Like Fools.  Six months ago I wrote about the liberal media masquerading as journalists to scam the American people down a rabbit hole with their contrived high noon drama-filled fake news scandals. [...] Unfortunately, we are still bored with these manufactured scandals.  These snake-oil salesmen Washington "insiders" have not figured us out yet.  But we've figured them out.  They are desperados who cannot survive without their 'sky is falling' narratives.  As pathetic as these high-brow so-called intellectuals are, they are simply people who stayed in Washington long enough to drink the Potomac Kool-Aid, catch the fever, and delusively believe the universe centers on them — that all of America is riveted to their televisions and newspapers yearning to hear what these chatterboxes have to say.

CNN Counts Down The Number Of House Democrats Who Support Impeaching Trump With 'Impeachment Clock'.  CNN is anticipating impeachment proceedings to begin against President Donald Trump with an "impeachment countdown clock."  The network has a graphic behind the anchors that is adding up the number of House Democrats who support impeachment.

California ramps up efforts to combat invasive swamp rodents.  The swamp rodents, called nutria, are setting off alarms in California.  They weigh about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) each and eat the equivalent of about a fourth of their weight each day by burrowing into riverbanks and chomping into plants that emerge from the water.

The Editor says...
Nothing new here.  They've been around Houston for decades.

Network Morning Shows Hype Trump Impeachment 17 Times [in One Day].  On Monday [9/23/2019], the network morning shows managed to feature some variant of the word "impeachment" a total of 17 times while reporting on President Trump's phone call with the President of Ukraine about corruption allegations against Joe Biden's son Hunter.  In addition, ABC, NBC and CBS eagerly touted a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing Trump of "lawlessness."

White House Press Secretary Says Daily Briefings On Hold Because Grandstanding Reporters Trying To 'Get Famous'.  During [George W. Bush]'s time in office, the White House press secretary held a briefing nearly every day.  Reporters crammed into the smaller-than-it-looks Brady Briefing Room and badgered the secretary with questions, usually for about an hour.  Some in the first row, usually employed by a TV network, would drone on and on, holding court, asking questions that sometime ran for two minutes (air time, don't you know).  And some, like NBC's David Gregory, would ask five, six, seven questions, often as his colleagues behind him moaned.  Barack Obama held fewer daily briefings, and under President Trump, they barely ever happen.

Yellow Journalism to Fake News:  Media lies against Justice Kavanaugh.  [Scroll down]  The stories were frequently alarming, nudging readers toward hysteria and, as the case usually was, largely fiction.  Today its lineage has continued to other gold medal aspirants:  The Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, and others. [...] But the gold medal remains in the hands of the so-called Gray Lady:  The New York Times.  Frank Luther Mott identifies yellow journalism based on five characteristics:
  •   Scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
  •   Lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
  •   Use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
  •   Emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips
  •   Dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.
Yellow journalism has had its day reaching its pinnacle during the early 20th century.

Good News.  I rarely watch cable news anymore.  It's all hysteria, all the time.  CNN: "We are destroying the planet."  MSNBC: "The middle class is disappearing!"  President Donald Trump says drug trafficking "is worse than ever!"  I'm glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the gloom and tells us the truth:  There is less war and more food.  We live healthier and longer lives. [...] It's a surprising message, since most journalists tell us everything's terrible.

There's A Good Reason People Hate The Media.  On Tuesday morning [9/10/2019], the liberal media was in a tizzy — National Security Advisor John Bolton had been fired or resigned.  It didn't matter which, there was a "shake up" in the Trump administration and these Democrats with press passes were ready to pounce. [...] The American people aren't watching, they aren't interested.  Who cares if Bolton was fired or resigned?  That he's gone now is all that matters, and that only matters to a very few.  The opening left by Bolton will be filled by someone else, and life will continue.  By next week, fewer people will remember this than care about it now.  The Bolton exit is the latest "STOP THE PRESSES" moment from an opposition media desperate to find something, anything with which to damage President Trump.

CNBC's Jim Cramer: 'The Only People Talking About a Recession Are Us'.  Have you noticed all the talk recently by the mainstream media about a recession?  Of course, many members of the MSM can barely contain their glee at the prospect of an economic downturn hurting President Trump's prospects in the election next year.  Well, Jim Cramer on Thursday's [9/5/2019] Squawk Box told host Joe Kernen that the only people talking about such a recession are "us," meaning members of the media.

Media Meltdown over Trump's Hurricane Predictions.  The Trump-hating media has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since November 2016, relapsing into insanity after each Trump tweet.  The latest trigger is Trump's tweet about the potential course of Hurricane Dorian. [...] It's a typical Trump tweet with presidential well wishes ahead of a massive potential hurricane.  It took only one word to send the media into a psychotic state.  That word was Alabama, one of several states that could have been affected by the hurricane.  CNN, blissfully unconcerned that Joe Biden often doesn't know where he is or who he was vice-president for, was outraged that Trump is "spreading false information during an emergency situation".  This is even more of a national crisis to CNN than when they learned that the President gets two scoops of ice cream.

Is It True That 'Getting Killed by Police Is a Leading Cause of Death for Young Black Men,' as the LA Times Claims?  As is the intent, the headline is an attention-grabber. [...] Most readers of course will not delve beyond the headline, but even those who do will not encounter anything resembling journalism as it was once practiced.  Rather, they'll find more than 1,400 words devoted to the racial-grievance agenda that drives so much of what appears in the Los Angeles Times.  And worse, not only is journalism itself perverted with the story, but so is science, for the story is presented as such on the page and was written by Amina Khan, who is billed on the paper's website as a "science writer."  So, if you dare to quibble with any of the story's details, or heaven forbid question its very premise, it makes you a "denier," one to be cast out into the darkness with climate-change skeptics, believers in sex differences, and all the other benighted deplorables who are so sneered upon among our sophisticated betters in the media.

How The Media Enables Destructive Climate Change Hysteria.  At a 2005 London conference of "concerned climate scientists and politicians" that helped launch contemporary climate rhetoric, attendees warned that the world had as little as 10 years before the Earth reached "the point of no return on global warming." Humans, they claimed, would soon be grappling with "widespread agricultural failure," "major droughts," "increased disease," "the death of forests," and the "switching-off of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream," among many other calamities.  Since then, the Earth has gotten greener.  This year, for the first time since we began logging data in 2000, there were no "extreme" or "exceptional" droughts across the contiguous United States — although we've come close to zero on numerous occasions over the past decade.  Every time there's a drought anywhere in the world, climate change will be blamed.  But world crop yields continue to ensure that fewer people are hungry than ever.

NASA map shows Africa has more fires burning than Brazil.  The dust up with France's Macron and the President of Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro regarding the fires burning in the Amazon left out one small detail.  Africa is on fire as well.  NASA maps show that there are more fires in the African region than in the Amazon.  The on again off again acceptance of money to fight the Amazon fire lost sight that we have fires everywhere.  The G-7 Summit raised $20 Million to assist in putting out the fires in Brazil.  No doubt more proof that humans are just too destructive to the "lungs" of earth.  Another detail never mentioned is that long before planes and humans, fires raged across the planet.  It was nature's way of regeneration.  Old growth was removed and new growth lead to food sources for animals and birds.

Don't Panic:  Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests.  "Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate," declares CNN.  The Daily Beast gives us "Record Number of Wildfires Burning in Amazon Rainforest."  Here's NBC News:  "Amazon wildfires could be 'game over' for climate change fight."  Interestingly, when NASA released the satellite image on August 21, it noted that "it is not unusual to see fires in Brazil at this time of year due to high temperatures and low humidity.  Time will tell if this year is a record breaking or just within normal limits."  So why are there so many fires?  "Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year's crops and pasture," soberly explains The New York Times.  "Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use."  It is routine for farmers and ranchers in tropical areas burn their fields to control pests and weeds and to encourage new growth in pastures.

Yes, Immigrants Should Be Less Dependent On U.S. Welfare, And So Should Everyone Else.  The Trump administration announced long-awaited "public charge" immigration regulations this week, and the furor immediately kicked up to derangement level.  Reason's Shikha Dalmia called the policy a "complete abuse of the original understanding" of the law.  In the Washington Post, opinion writer Paul Waldman said the policy sends a message:  "We hate you and we don't want you here, and if you come we will treat you with all the cruelty we can muster."  CNN's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went so far as to call the proposed regulation "un-American."  There is very little nuance left in political discourse.  Every administration policy is said to be the key to saving America or the final step in dooming it, depending on your point of view.

(Anti-)Social Media Inciting Hatred.  Twitter artificially increases circulation of the most divisive and polarizing topics by making them Trending.  It directly benefits from inflaming conflicts through increased user engagement, translating into higher ad revenues.  It indirectly benefits from such conduct because lib jornos, MSM, and other agitators enjoy such conflicts and promote Twitter to further the contention.  Twitter was praised for fueling the Ferguson riots in 2014.  Facebook apparently so envied Twitter that it hired left leaning reporters to manipulate its own Trending section.

Press exploits the kids of illegals hauled off in immigration raid.  The press is having a field day exploiting children to attack President Trump and his effort to re-establish rule of law in immigration.  Tossing all previous compunction about showing a child's face on national television out the window, they put the cameras right in a little girl's face to get her to talk and cry about a recent immigration raid in Mississippi.  No blue dot for her over this little girl's face, they went full frontal instead, as if a child that young were capable of giving consent.  Now the video will follow the girl all her life, and will likely end up a topic for mocking memes, something no 11 year-old deserves.  Not a problem for the big-buck press, though, such as CBS, which in fact, does this a lot.

Red Flags and White Supremacists.  For the past two years, the left's 'go to' words were "Russia," "Mueller," and "collusion."  Mueller's investigation and report were a big swing and a miss and not surprisingly these words have quickly been erased from the vocabularies of cable news anchors and their panels.  On a dime, coincident with a handful of mass shootings, the left's new favorite words are "racist" and "white supremacist."

The Media's Disgusting Bloodlust.  If you pay serious attention to network and cable commentators after a mass shooting, you will see something nearly as alarming as the atrocities themselves.  Set aside, for a moment, the horror of the event about which they are holding forth and it will become obvious that their solemn expressions are well-rehearsed affectations that mask a morbid glee.  As you lament truncated lives and traumatized survivors, these creatures count eyeballs and clicks.  While you worry about the health of our society, they search for a connection to some conservative cause or politician.  And the print media are just as ghoulish.

The Media Crossed a Line This Week and There's No Going Back.  [Scroll down]  It really does feel like we are coming apart at the seams, with near majorities of the country being accused of "white supremacy" by some major figures simply for supporting a politician.  Driving the division, broad brushing, and hatred this week had been the liberal media.  Whether it's newspapers amplifying the disgusting rhetoric of people like Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren or the constant stream of divisive, racially tinged editorials that are being pushed out, there's no question of their role.  The cable news beat has been even worse, with one MSNBC host actually saying that Donald Trump wants there to be mass shootings while another threatened business owners as complicit in white supremacy who donate to the GOP.

CNN roasted over debate production, format: 'A disservice to serious people'.  CNN faced backlash for its first primary debate of the 2020 campaign season, with members of the media comparing its production to a sporting event or movie trailer and others lamenting the time spent to kick off the event.  Journalists noted that the event started on Tuesday night [7/30/2019] at 8 p.m. with an introduction video, a commercial break and opening statements.  The first question to one of the ten candidates was not asked until 8:23 p.m., however.

The latest pathetic chapter in CNN's quest to 'prove' Trump is a racist.  As LU's Howard Portnoy noted yesterday [7/21/2019], the first of what are likely to be a rash of stories in which "a person of color claims that he was told by a person of pallor to go back where he came from" occurred over the weekend.  The alleged victim, who has since walked back her accusation, is a black Georgia state lawmaker named Erica Thomas, whose title instantly catapulted the story to national news status.  The alleged perpetrator is a white man who was standing behind her in a grocery checkout line.  Enter CNN, which is never slow to jump on liberal bandwagons.  The network posted an "open casting call" to its Facebook page asking "immigrants" who have been victimized by Donald Trump or his policies to come forward and share their stories.

The Editor says...
The story turned out to be a fake hate crime.

Media cried wolf:  Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite.  Once upon a time in the world of cable news, a guest or host or anchor calling anyone a racist would have considerable impact.  From what we've seen this week, when it comes to that word, those days are long gone.  A person simply can't turn on the news or scroll Twitterfor even more than a minute before hearing the word "racist" or "racism."  For example, CNN and MSNBC said the word "racist" more than 1,100 times from Sunday to Tuesday, according to a tally conducted by Grabien Media, an online media production and news prep service.  The count, which doesn't include on-screen graphics commonly known as chyrons, [...]

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Joe Concha:  According to Grabien Media, Since Sunday, Word 'Racist' [has been] Said on CNN, MSNBC More than 2,200 Times.  There is an actual number around this that since Sunday [7/14/2019] according to gradient [sic] media, the word racist has been said on CNN and MSNBC alone, more than 2200 times.  I don't even know if that is physically or magnetically possible, but that is what has been happening this weekend the myopic focus completely.  [Video clip]

Greg Gutfeld Mocks CNN, MSNBC for 1,100 Uses of 'Racist' in Two Days on Trump.  On Tuesday night's episode of The Five, Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld mocking the collective mass hysteria of CNN and MSNBC over President Trump's latest tweets against radical first-term Congresswomen.  Gutfeld summarized the hysterics to a T with a simple word count:  "We are reaching peak racism right now.  CNN and MSNBC, according to The Hill this morning, had said the word racist 1,100 times.  That was this morning [7/16/2019] since Sunday [7/14/2019].  Ok, so today's Tuesday... I think when it's 1,100 times by Tuesday afternoon, I'd call that maybe an overreaction.  It's hysterical and it's hysteria."

Media coverage of Hurricane Barry was the real disaster.  There will be no media awards for Al Roker or the Washington Post in recognition of their coverage of Hurricane Barry.  At least if the people living in New Orleans have a say in the matter.  The weekend weather event, fortunately, was nowhere nearly as bad as was predicted in some media accounts.  That's a good thing.  The bad thing, though, is the over-hyped media coverage of Tropical Storm Barry that briefly became Hurricane Barry (a Category 1 storm) before it returned to being a tropical storm.  Barry made landfall Saturday at Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans.  Unfortunately, to read or listen to media coverage, you would have heard calls for mass evacuation in New Orleans, well outside of where the storm hit.  The word "evacuation" has its own connotations for residents on the Gulf Coast and it is not a word to be used lightly.  For a television weather forecaster to suggest such an action when the local authorities are not calling for it, the situation can turn unnecessarily dangerous.

Power Outage in New York — Dramatic Media — Rest of Country 'Meh'.  Fox News talking hair Leland Vitter uses his best dramatic voice, channels his inner Shep, and proclaims the end of the known universe is nigh, because the power went out in a part of Manhattan, New York City.

Could I have some news with my emotions, please?  Emotion now blankets the media landscape like an infant's crib at bedtime.  Google "Shepard Smith emotional," and up come nearly 3 million results, many of them focused on the Fox anchor's recent visceral response to immigrant suffering.  A search of "Rachel Maddow crying" delivers more than 1 million offerings, many for the MSNBC host's reaction to border detentions and the Mueller report.  "Brooke Baldwin tears" uncovers nearly 2 million entries for the CNN reporter's reaction to a variety of news events.  They are not alone.  Contemporary culture trusts feelings over facts, rewards heated emotion — tears or anger — and rejects medium cool.  The effect on journalism is unmistakable.  And a lot of the blame can be placed on those all-too-common twin devils:  television and the internet.

Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns.  The Washington Post on Thursday [6/20/2019] published a story suggesting that the use of mobile devices is causing young people to sprout horns from their skulls.  But a look at the scientific data behind the story finds that such a splashy takeaway is tenuous at best — and atrocious reporting at worst.  The Post's story was primarily based on a study published back in February 2018 by two Australian researchers.  It earned fresh attention last week after being mentioned in a BBC feature on how modern life is supposedly transforming the human skeleton.  The study was published in Nature's open source journal Scientific Reports, which is supposedly peer-reviewed.  But the study has significant limitations and flaws, and the Post breezed over them for a sensationalized story.

No, Teen Vogue, you should not promote prostitution as a career choice.  The Internet is a crazy place, made crazier with a desire from many platforms to be shocking just to get readership.  Clickbait headlines and outrageous, negative stories complete with aggressive phrases like "owned" and "called out" litter websites and their corresponding social media accounts, which all do their best to out-shock each other to capture readers' limited attention.  While this insanity is definitely detrimental to our health as a society, it deserves even more scrutiny when directed at children.

Arsenic found in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Walmart, Target.  When you pay premium prices, you expect a premium product — but that's not necessarily the case with bottled water.  California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health has revealed that water bottle brands Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods, contain levels of highly toxic arsenic that are above the legal limit. [...] Other symptoms of arsenic poisoning include stomach pain and nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, numbness, even paralysis or blindness.

The Editor says...
This is nothing but alarmism, brought to you by an environmental activist group and gladly passed along by the New York Post.  There's not enough arsenic in bottled water to give anyone arsenic poisoning.  The "legal limit" for arsenic content in bottled water is probably so low that it's easy to exceed that limit.

No, Your Kid Isn't Growing Horns Because Of Cellphone Use.  This week, the Washington Post grabbed plenty of attention for a story that claimed that kids are actually growing "horns" because of cell phone use.  The story, which leans on 2016 and 2018 research out of Australia, was cribbing off of [a] more nuanced piece by the BBC on how skeletal adaptation to modern living changes are kind of a thing.  The Post's more inflammatory take was accompanied by a wide variety of other stories proclaiming that today's children are growing horns and bone spurs because they use their [...] cellphones too much!

ABC's '08 Prediction:  NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015.  New York City underwater?  Gas over $9 a gallon?  A carton of milk costs almost $13?  Remember when that happened on June 12, 2015?  No?  This was the wildly-inaccurate world of 2015 predicted by ABC News 11 years ago this week.  Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.  The segment included supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, "It's June 8th, 2015.  One carton of milk is $12.99."  (On the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.)  Another clip featured this prediction for 2015 "Gas reached over $9 a gallon."  (In reality, gas cost an average of $2.75 four years ago.)

Paper to staff:  Use 'climate crisis' ... 'change' is 'too gentle'.  Staff at the Guardian newspaper of London, England, has been directed to address "global warming" more aggressively and use "climate crisis" or "climate emergency" instead of "climate change," which it considers "too passive and gentle."

The Media Press Dems for Impeachment Porn.  [This article examines] the motivation of the media as they continue to peddle impeachment.  They know it would be political suicide for the Democrats because only a minority of voters supports removing the President, yet they crave the countless clicks and eyeballs the circus would inevitably produce.  But the Democratic leadership, their antipathy for the President notwithstanding, is loath to take the leap just to provide impeachment porn for the media.

Climate change scare stories reach the point of psychological terrorism.  The corporate media cartels have become hubs of hatred and "journo-terrorism" that targets the psyche of the masses.  The quack science hoax of so-called "climate change" is used to terrorize the public into believing that their planet will somehow be destroyed by carbon dioxide — the very molecule that has been rapidly re-greening the Earth over the past four decades, according to NASA.  Now, a new round of "science" has been studying the mental stress of the victims of this psychological terrorism pushed by the dishonest media, and they've reached an even more bizarre conclusion.  Scientists now claim that climate change is causing "mental anguish" among humans.  Seriously.  Of course, the real source of the mental anguish is the lies and panic propaganda of the corporate media and the pathetic scientific establishment which has figured out that if you want more government grant money, you have to conduct "research" that identifies some new crisis to be blamed on climate change.  In fact, the very phrase "climate change" isn't scary enough yet to achieve the desired goal of mass mental terrorism, so media outlets around the world are now ordering their obedient writers to start using the phrase "climate crisis."

The hoax and due diligence.  Nothing illustrates the decline of serious journalism more than the fact that many of the major media, particularly CNN and MSNBC, have participated (and to some extent continue to participate) in massive hoaxes which would have been easily disproved with basic due diligence.  The first and least important hoax was that of Michael Avenatti.  He appeared on CNN and MSNBC more than 100 times where he was touted as an expert on many things, particularly the alleged misdeeds of President Trump.  Fawning hosts on these networks even referred to him as presidential material — yet he was nothing more than a conman.  He now faces about 400 years in prison if he is convicted on the many charges in several different courts.

Jussie Smollett [is] just a symptom of the fake outrage disease.  Remember folk expressions about the wisdom of being careful?  "Look before you leap."  "Measure twice, cut once."  "Don't go off half-cocked."  All of this should go double for online culture.  Instead lives are being destroyed over misleading, unfair or just plain false accusations.  People are being turned into public enemies or even fired after being framed for racism, homophobia or other perceived social crimes.  Others are casting themselves as victims of hate in order to line their pockets.  These days anyone with a phone in his hand can be P.T. Barnum.  And people who congratulate themselves for being unusually tolerant, kind-hearted and impervious to misinformation are the leaders of frenzied online mobs who are pitchforking innocent people.  Fake news is bad enough.  Fake outrage is even worse.

Climate hysteria.  The UK Guardian Newspaper decided that you're not sufficiently alarmed about climate doom.  Climate change is no longer the term of choice with the Guardian and other news outlets.  Get ready to hear the newly invented terms, "climate emergency," "climate crisis," "climate breakdown," and "global heating."  By the way, when did it become the job of a news organization to hype public concern over an issue instead of just reporting the facts?

Will the Media Ever Pay a Price For Its Irresponsibility?  [Michael] Avenatti was entirely the creation of the media, right down to the idea, which CNN and MSNBC took seriously, that he could be a presidential candidate in 2020.  It is emerging now that the media knew first hand that Avenatti is a first class jerk, from the outrageous and rude way he treated the low- and mid-level media people (producers, etc) he dealt with in his nonstop media campaign.  But because he was saying what the media wanted to hear (Trump is a horrible human being), the media were willing overlook all of the slime this reptile was leaving in media green rooms and on TV sets.

Democrats Claim 'Constitutional Crisis,' Media Repeat It 386 Times.  Evidently Democrats need only utter the words "constitutional crisis" for the media to report it as fact.  Watch cable "news" these days, and you'll surely see talking heads parroting the Democratic line that the Trump administration's noncompliance with House Committee subpoenas amounts to a constitutional crisis.  While a small handful of analysts and guest legal scholars disagree, TV hosts continue to push the idea uncritically, with some even urging the alleged crisis be used as grounds for impeachment.  MRC analysts looked at all coverage on broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC) and liberal cable (CNN, MSNBC) networks from May 8 to 12, finding 386 utterances of the term "constitutional crisis" by hosts, analysts, or guest journalists.  This count did not include cases in which the term was used by political partisans, such as members of Congress, former administration officials, or Democratic and Republican strategists.

Children Have to Listen to Fake News, Too, and It's Not Good for Them.  [Scroll down]  Kids are being propagandized about the ticking climate clock in school, on TV, and everywhere on social media.  It just doesn't help when the parents are scared, too.  A 40-year-old Salt Lake City mother said the release of the U.N.'s latest climate report caused her three teenage daughters a severe emotional crisis.  "There was a lot of crying.  They told me, 'We know what's coming, and it's going to be really rough.'"  Because mom believes it, too, there's not much help she can offer.  "I want to have hope," she said, "but the reports are showing that this isn't going to stop, so all we can do is cope."  I don't believe that these children are really studying climate reports; it's the media's hysterical coverage that's upsetting them.

CNN's Jim Acosta Makes A Fool Of Himself At The WH Medal Of Freedom Ceremony.  CNN's Jim Acosta is in a running gun battle with April Ryan for the worst White House reporter currently on the beat.  Acosta's self-aggrandizement and constant editorializing in briefings have become the butt of jokes everywhere.  His false sense of grandeur has led him to write a book proclaiming how dangerous it is to "tell the truth" in America.  Because Acosta's life is so harrowing.

Scarborough: 'History Has Chosen' the Dem Party to 'Stand Up and Defend the Rule of Law'.  As President Donald Trump continues to spar with House Democrats over subpoenas, MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough applauded Democrats, saying that "history has chosen" their party to "stand up and defend the rule of law" in America.  Scarborough said that as a former Republican, it makes him "sad" to see the GOP "breaking the law."  "You can look at all of the document requests that they've ignored," Scarborough outlined.  "They're in contempt of Congress."

What did she say that isn't absolutely true?
What strange personification:  Does History take a vote, or what does it take to make up History's mind?

Parts of the American Media Are Willfully Twisting News to Stoke Racial Tension.  President Trump is cheering on someone who has not only supported the President, but withstood an online campaign of harassment for doing so.  The media would prefer to make this a race issue and fan the flames of racial tension.  It is unfortunate.

MSNBC Reporter Sticks A Mic In Robert Mueller's Face After Easter Services.  MSNBC reporter Mike Viqueira confronted Robert Mueller with a microphone and camera crew after the former special counsel exited Easter Sunday [4/21/2019] church services with his wife.

CBS Incites Violence Against Political Opponents.  "It's time to punch a few Nazis."  It's hard to shock me, but I was shocked by the trailer for CBS's "The Good Fight." [...] Promoting violence in the abstract is not illegal.  According to the Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio, speech is legal unless it "is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action."  The trailer showed an unprovoked assault against a real person.  It told viewers it is time to punch Nazis.  If this isn't a call to violence — at least against Richard Spencer — what is?  If the show had named almost anyone else, there would surely be criminal charges.  While we are to attack "neo-Nazis," communists or non-white extremists are apparently off limits.

Mainstream Media's Worshipping of Michael Avenatti.  Remember celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, the man who represented porn star Stormy Daniels?  Well, the media's favorite guest is back in the news after being indicted on 36 charges Thursday [4/11/2019].  Two hundred fifty-four — that's how many times Avenatti was featured on major TV networks in one year, according to NewsBusters.  CNN alone featured Avenatti a staggering 121 times.  Now he has been charged with numerous crimes, including tax evasion, fraud, and stealing money from clients — including scamming a paraplegic man out of a $4 million settlement.

Media exaggerate impact of US-Mexico border closure.  Let's hope that President Trump's "one-year warning" issued to Mexico Thursday to halt the flood of illegal drugs and migrants entering the U.S. — or face a border closure and new tariffs — will influence Mexico to make some real changes.  Unfortunately, the media's continual exaggerations of the dangers of closing the border may give Mexico the idea that the U.S. lacks the willpower to carry through on the president's threat.  If Mexican leaders conclude Trump is bluffing, there will be little reason for them to change their behavior.

Media ignore border debacle to feed us avocado stories.  Here at the Mexican border in San Diego, the local television press is always looking for ways to Get Trump.  The illegal immigrant sob stories aren't working all that much anymore.  So now they're reporting on President Trump's threatened border shutdown over it as a matter of the price of avocados in San Diego. [...] Obviously, the intent is to create a unified voice to whip up opposition to Trump's vow to shut the U.S.-Mexican border on public hysteria grounds, supposedly because we San Diegans just can't possibly live without our guac and margaritas, we're too la-la over here, and someone messing with our avocado supply should be enough to trigger the fury of Surfer Dude Nation.

Press goes Code Avocado against Trump.  How can you take seriously an occupation that repeatedly dives off the deep end over the tiniest of items?  Avocado sales in the United States are a little more than $2 billion a year.  In a $20 trillion dollar economy, that is 1% of 1% of all activity.  Mexico's $1.2 trillion economy will not suffer much either.  While shutting the border would be a hardship for avocado growers, open borders cost hundreds of Americans their lives every year.  But thanks to the media savvy of Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world, the press is on a mission to save avocados, not American lives.

The Mueller-Industrial Complex Collapses.  So much media is premediated now, it's almost impossible to find something whose payload isn't partly composed of practice for future events.  Most of the time, nobody even notices this phenomenon.  Premediation works because it homes in on natural anxieties or desires amplified by the hyper-mediated ecosystem in which television, smartphones, social media, and all the rest rot and reanimate.  Whom should I consider voting for in the next election?  Am I going to die if I board a plane?  Those are questions whose future answers seem to demand consideration today.

CBS & NBC Cheer Student Climate Strike, Warn 'Future Might Not Exist'.  On Thursday [3/14/2019] and Friday, CBS This Morning and NBC's Today show celebrated left-wing student activists around the world preparing to walk out of their classrooms to "demand action on climate change."  The CBS report took a particularly dark turn as correspondent Tony Dokoupil warned of "a future that might not even exist" for the young protesters.  "Groups of students across America say they will skip class tomorrow for the first national school strike over climate change," co-host Gayle King proudly announced on Thursday's CBS This Morning.  "Tomorrow's protests are planned in more than 130 U.S. cities and about 90 countries worldwide," she added.

Study: White People Responsible for Blacks' and Latinos' Higher Exposure to Pollution.  A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that white people contribute more to pollution than black and Latino people, but the latter suffer from it more than the white polluters.  "The air that Americans breathe isn't equal," USA Today says in its report on the study.  "Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately breathe air that's been polluted by non-Hispanic whites, according to a study," USA Today says.  "This new research quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution — and who breathes it."

Rebuttal:
Who Declared this to Be Crazy Week?  There are so many things stupidly wrong with this whole story that I don't even know where to begin.  First, this study, and many others like it, anchor their alarm on the supposed fact that particulate pollution causes about 42,000 premature deaths in the U.S. every year.  Though the EPA relies on this figure, the epidemiology behind it is very weak.  But without this scary statistic, a lot of regulations would fail even the most generous cost-benefit test.  Second, particulate levels have been falling fast for the last 25 years, and will continue to fall in the future.  Most studies such as this one are relying on obsolete data.  What this means is that most black and Hispanic Americans, even in the places that still have the highest air pollution levels like the Los Angeles basin, are breathing air today that is lower in ambient pollution than white people inhaled 20 years ago.  Don't expect NPR or anyone else to put it in perspective this way.  They've got an agenda and a narrative that needs to be kept up.

Alabama Tornado Victims Ask Trump To Sign Bibles; Meltdown Ensues.  Another day, another obtuse, ridiculous meltdown in the media over something Donald Trump did.  This time we head to Alabama, in the wake of dozens of deaths and hundreds who lost everything due to a vicious string of tornadoes. [...] This kind of petty craziness, played on a loop daily by our media, is why Trump has a much better shot of winning in 2020 than he otherwise would have.

American Air Is Clean And Getting Cleaner.  [A]ir quality is very good pretty much everywhere in the United States.  This fact stands in stark contrast to utterly absurd claims in the media, such as blaming air pollution for killing 155,000 Americans.  Why is there such a disconnect between reality and what the media say?  Because bad news is intrinsically more interesting than good news.  It's the same reason that murder and violence grab top headlines, even though both are near historic lows. [...] Air pollution is not a problem in the United States.  It is a problem in Europe, and it is a monumental problem in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Media Hypes Roger Stone 'Revelation' That Has Been Public For A Year.  News outlets and media pundits on Friday [2/15/2019] seized on a court filing in the special counsel's case against Roger Stone that referred to communication the longtime Trump confidant had with WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the group of alleged Russian operatives suspected of stealing Democrats' emails during the 2016 campaign.  The court filing, which was touted as new, bombshell evidence by numerous news sources, including CNN and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, may be less than meets the anti-Trump eye.

Let's Chill about Hate Crimes.  "Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show 'Empire,' was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs," tweeted the New York Times on January 29.  Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim.  Many other news outlets took the same tack.  "Celebrities, lawmakers rally behind Jussie Smollett in wake of brutal attack," reported ABC News.  "Jussie Smollett Performs at Troubadour Just Days After Chicago Attack: 'I Had to Be Here Tonight'" read a Los Angeles Times headline.  Many commenters linked the alleged attack to larger alleged sicknesses:  "The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is far-right America's endgame," tweeted GQ, in a sentiment echoed by many others.

Bezos vs. the Enquirer Could Be a Watershed.  What to make of the battle between Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer, which we will delight in calling the affair of Bezos, Pecker and de Becker?  Under any circumstance, the world's richest man cheating on his wife with a sexy helicopter pilot, supported by racy texts and photos, would be a story for the National Enquirer.  Tasteful Americans may wish it weren't so, but Mr. Bezos is a public figure in the Supreme Court's definition.

WaPo Spends $5.2M on Vanity Ad in [the] Wake of 1,200 Media Layoffs.  After some 1,200 people lost their media jobs last week, the far-left Washington Post spent $5.2 million to run a vanity ad during the Super Bowl.  You have to watch the Post ad to understand just how vacuous it is.  What we have here is the highest form of propaganda narrated by a Big Movie Star (Tom Hanks), produced only to give you a chronic case of the FeelSoGoodz.

The MAGA-phobic manure-spreaders of media sensationalism.  [Scroll down]  Question:  How many racist, homophobic menaces wander around the upscale Streeterville neighborhood of liberal Chicago at 2 a.m. carrying rope and bleach, yelling about "MAGA country?"  Question:  How many racist, homophobic menaces have ever heard of "Empire," could recognize Jussie Smollett, or know or care anything about his sexuality?  Despite TMZ's claim that Smollett had the "hell beat outta him" and attackers "broke his ribs" plus subjected him to a chemical attack, an ambulance was not called and he instead "self-transported" to the hospital.  CWB Chicago, a local public safety watchdog site, reported on police dispatch records documenting that Smollett's friend "Frank" refused EMS services for Smollett; no mention of bleach was made; "no or minor injury" was observed; and "officers never sent a 'flash; message with offender descriptions to field units."

An example of news media sensationalism:
It Could Take Joshua Tree 300 Years to Recover From the Government Shutdown.  Though the government shutdown may have ended last Friday [1/25/2019], Joshua Tree National Park will be feeling the ruinous effects of it for hundreds of years.  Throughout the duration of the shutdown, which lasted a record-long 35 days, national parks greatly suffered: human waste piled up, lands were littered with trash, and some campgrounds and other public areas even closed to visitors, as the parks weren't adequately staffed to stay open.  It wasn't until after Joshua Tree closed on January 2, though, that humans became excessively reckless, during which they off-roaded, graffittied rocks, started campfires in illegal areas, and cut down protected trees.

The Editor says...
Sounds like a wee bit of an exaggeration.  Human waste does not stick around for 300 years.  Neither does litter.  Neither do tire tracks.  But aside from that, the obvious solution is to privatize the park.  (By the way, graffiti is not a verb.  Neither is off-road.)  But this whole story seems very far-fetched.  Were a bunch of anarchist maniacs taking advantage the government shutdown, during which they could enter the unattended national parks and spread garbage and feces everywhere?  Sounds like a false flag to me:  Somebody went into the park and trashed it, in order to make the "government shutdown" as ghastly as possible — something that must be avoided at all cost — when in reality very few people outside of a 200-mile radius from Washington DC even noticed the five-week shutdown.

The Famed 'Doomsday Clock' Is Little More Than A Liberal Angst Meter.  When the Doomsday Clock launched in 1947, the initial setting was seven minutes to midnight.  Since then, it's gone up and down.  The furthest it got from doomsday was 17 minutes in 1991.  But it's clear from its movements over the past seven decades that the Doomsday Clock is more about politics than any sort of scientific measure of the risk of nuclear annihilation.  After all, the Clock routinely counted down after a Republican wins the White House, and ticked up when Democrats reclaim the presidency.

Apocalypse Creep.  Nothing says "end of the world" like a big fake clock.  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists gave its annual Doomsday Clock presentation on Thursday [1/24/2019] and announced that it's still two minutes to midnight.  Last year, the group of 15 scholars and scientists moved the phony minute hand of fate 30 seconds closer to Armageddon, from two-and-a-half minutes to midnight to its present setting, 11:58 pm sharp.  By the Bulletin's logic, we're as close to the end as we've ever been.  The whole thing is adorably retro.

How the media convinces us we're all outraged — even when no one cares.  Lazy media reporters who are too lazy to even actually speak to people anymore are instead constructing Potemkin Villages of fake hate, fake disgust and fake outrage.  They're Contemptkin Villages.  No one really lives there.  The laziest hacks can build them using tweets, even tweets from anonymous Twitter accounts.  Somehow these hacks are employed at places like the BBC and the [New York] Times. [...] Shameless online editors today figure that readers will click through to anything that is supposedly making anyone mad.  And if the underlying story doesn't actually contain any evidence that anyone has blown his lid, too late!  Made ya click.

Government shutdown lessons — We could take a chainsaw to so much of government.  This government shutdown is now longer than any in history.  The media keep using the word "crisis."  "Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!" says The Washington Post.  "Pain spreads widely."  The New York Times headlined, it's all "just too much!"  But wait.  Looking around America, I see people going about their business — families eating in restaurants, employees going to work, children playing in playgrounds, etc.  I have to ask:  Where's the crisis?

Media's anti-Trump addiction amps up the outrage and fuels the public's suspicion.  Alas, much of today's political journalism has fallen into advocacy, intentionally inflammatory, using or omitting selective details, quotes and background to make a case against President Donald Trump.  The criticism generally centers on something he did or said he would do — or something someone, usually unidentified, said he might do or is considering possibly doing.  And then in a kind of staged Kabuki dance, journalists run to gather reaction from waiting opponents who provide a predictably outraged quote calling for counteraction.  Yes, this president's name boosts ratings and clicks from both sides.  But the media's addiction to anything Trump lets this president manipulate them, which he does skillfully.  It squeezes out other important news.  And it denies Americans a set of generally-accepted facts to debate, merely providing fodder for an anti-Trump agenda and more argumentative ammo for both sides.

How many times have the media predicted doom because of Trump, and how many times have they been dead wrong?  On Thursday [1/10/2019], there was a screaming headline on Drudge saying, "Doomsday."  The article was from NBC News, and the source of the doomsday report was the ever reliable Mark Zandi of Moody's.  The purpose of the report was not to be objective news, because anyone with a brain knows that the shutdown will end soon.  The purpose was to scare the public, tamp down economic growth, and destroy Trump.

Sorry, I Don't Feel Sorry For Furloughed Feds.  Now that the nation has heard the President explain how he wants to address our immigration crisis, and we have all enjoyed the comic relief offered by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in lieu of a serious response, the media have launched a propaganda campaign they hope will pull the Democrats from the ditch they have driven into regarding "the wall."  But our friends in the Fourth Estate are approaching the project in a manner that merely highlights how divorced they are from the world beyond the Beltway.  Their primary focus involves the heartrending human tragedy of... idle bureaucrats.

The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018.  The comparisons to dictators (especially Hitler) were once shocking, but no longer.  These smears arrive almost daily.  Take perpetually malcontent Steve Schmidt lecturing on MSNBC. Trump "creates a mass sense of victimization amongst his base," he said.  "And then he asserts extraordinary claims of power to protect the victims from the scapegoated populations and the nefarious conspiracy.  That is fundamentally illiberal, deeply un-American, and, frankly, could be straight out of Munich circa 1928."  Then there's the racial panic.  "Killing black people is an old American tradition, but it is experiencing a revival in the Trump era," wrote New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.  Trump & Co. is responsible for encouraging the murder of blacks?  O-o-K.  Krugman wrote this junk after a lone gunman killed two African-Americans at a supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky.  Any terrible event can be quickly blamed on Trump.

Chuck Todd's Perpetual Hype Machine: 'What If the President IS the Crisis?'Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has proclaimed he thinks NBC and MSNBC are a very "fact-based environment," unlike Fox News.  But his opening to his show on Sunday sounded like a dramatic editorial, underlining all of Trump's problems with Republican leaders and conservative radio and TV hosts, throwing together the shutdown, the resignation of the defense secretary, and the stock market decline into one grand opinionated summary:  [Video clip]

Flashback: Media Silence After Obama Fires General Mattis Without Even a Call.  The liberal media and DC establishment suffered a complete meltdown on Thursday [12/20/2018] after the sudden resignation by Secretary of Defense James Mattis.  Talk of impeachment, coups, and suicide abound over fears that Mattis was the last 'adult' keeping President Trump in check.  Mattis resigned as Trump moved to assert mastery over his presidency this week in key areas after nearly two years on the job.

Recap and overview of the Jim Acosta tantrum:
Profiles in Absurdity:  Jim Acosta as First Amendment 'Hero'.  The underlying facts are by now well-known:  The insufferable Acosta, surely the most obnoxious "correspondent" ever to hold a White House press pass — a dubious distinction in a competition that includes Sam Donaldson (ABC) and the late Helen Thomas (UPI), among others — had his credentials suspended after a particularly abrasive encounter with President Trump at a November 7 presser.  In a widely publicized incident, Acosta harangued at length, refused to relinquish the microphone when directed to do so, and pushed away a young female intern who was trying to pass the mic to another reporter.  White House press passes have always been viewed as discretionary and subject to regulation, in order reasonably to limit the size of the press pool and ensure proper decorum.  Reporters are expected to be courteous and to exhibit professional behavior.  The attention-seeking Acosta, as is his custom, was grandstanding at the press conference, and breached longstanding protocols by insisting on arguing disrespectfully with the president.  For this, his "hard pass" — necessary to gain entrance to the White House — was temporarily suspended.  CNN was not barred from the White House; only Acosta was.

Like Drug Addicts, Reporters Demean Themselves For Just One More Trump Story.  But, it's not enough.  It's not getting them the high they want.  The high they crave.  The traffic, the clicks, the views, the response... none of it is the same.  There's gotta be a stronger dose somewhere.  So, when it comes time to cover the funeral of the former president, they seek out something stronger.  Trump is sitting by the Obamas and the Clintons!  He's not reciting the Creed!  He is doing this or not doing that!  And in the process, the funeral is no longer about George H.W. Bush.  It is about Trump.  It's wrong.  They know it's wrong.  They can't help themselves, though.  They are addicts.

A little hysteria can make the news go down.  The mainstream/legacy/hothouse media has been rubbing sticks together for months, trying to start a fire under the White House to frighten the administration into abolishing fossil fuels before Christmas.  Hysteria used to be the sworn enemy of newspapers.  (Television, not so much.)  Now everyone manufactures it.  Helene Cooper of The New York Times thinks it's OK to spread a little hysteria because becoming "hysterical" is the right and proper response.

Trump hatred fueled media's yearlong obsession with Avenatti and Stormy.  2018 was the year the mainstream media willingly handed whatever was left of their credibility and dignity over to an aging porn star/stripper and her odious, ethically challenged attorney. [...] At one point, Mr. Avenatti had become such a fixture on certain cable networks that it almost appeared he had joined the prime-time lineup.  Analysts at the Media Research Center categorized his appearances on CNN over a two-month period.  The results are as startling as they are embarrassing.

Another nothing-burger?  Catherine Herridge breaks down Michael Cohen's guilty plea 'bombshell'.  Early Thursday morning word broke that President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress during its investigation into possible Russian collusion.  Following the announcement, the perpetually hysterical left broke into cheers of gleeful applause over the belief that the president would soon be the next one to be indicted.

Trump has the goods on Democrats.  CNN was so excited on June 6, 2017.  Jim Comey was going to testify in Congress in two days.  The fired FBI director would start the ball rolling on the impeachment of the Orange Man.  The cable outlet posted a story, "Comey expected to refute Trump."  Wolf Blitzer cranked up his self-righteousness to Pope Level.  CNN attached a countdown-to-Comey clock to its chyron.  Then Comey released his opening statement to the public a day early.  Blitzer dialed down his attitude to DMV clerk.  The countdown clock disappeared.  The story was downgraded to "Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction."

Jim Acosta Will Only Behave When There's A Democrat In The White House.  President Donald Trump says he's drafting rules of decorum for White House reporters in the wake of the lawsuit involving CNN's aggressively misbehaving reporter Jim Acosta.  Funny how unruly press behavior never comes up when a Democrat is president.

White House has to tell reporters how to act like adults.  Sarah Sanders today issued rules of conduct for White House reporters.  Everyone in the press room should be embarrassed because like kindergartners, they have to be told to share the microphone and take turns asking questions.  These geniuses brought this nonsense on because they were too pathetically lame to tell Jim Acosta to sit down and shut up.  Instead, their self-important White House Correspondents Association issued a statement of support, "Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President.  "Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions.  We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action."

CNN Requests Emergency Hearing After Trump Warns Acosta's Press Pass in Jeopardy Again.  CNN host Brian Stelter reports that the White House may once again revoke White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credential after a judge ruled to reinstate the "hard pass" last week.  The network has asked for an emergency hearing in response to the threat.  "Friday's court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days.  But W.H. officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires," Stelter tweeted late Sunday [11/18/2018].

The Editor says...
The suspension of a press pass for a single ill-behaved reporter is not an emergency.

White House Notifies CNN Journalist Jim Acosta of Rules to Permanently Revoke "Hard Pass".  The White House sent a letter to CNN narrative engineer Jim Acosta notifying him his pass granting him temporary access to the White House grounds could be suspended after a temporary restraining order runs its course.

Acosta decision could make it easier for White House to kick reporters out.  In short, the judge said to the White House:  You can't throw out a reporter without going through a process.  But if you go through a process — which you, the White House, can design — then you can throw the reporter out.  In the end, it could be that Kelly's ruling will make it easier for the White House to oust reporters in the future — and to make the decision stick.

Jim Acosta is smug, and no court ruling changes that.  CNN's Jim Acosta scored some court points with a ruling that orders the White House to give back his press pass, at least for the time being.  But he still presents as a smug elitist.  He presented as an out-of-touch elitist the day he jerked away from the arm of the reaching White House intern — the day he refused to cede the microphone and cede the floor and cede his time to the many other journalists who were patiently waiting to pose questions to the president.

Jim Acosta and the Hubris of Celebrity Journalism.  When do Jim Acosta's 15 minutes of fame expire?  Has there ever been anyone less deserving of the spotlight who has managed to hog it quite so thoroughly as CNN's White House show horse?  Most recently, on Nov. 7, Acosta gave President Trump a moral lecture in the form of a loaded "question" about why Trump called the migrant "caravan" an "invasion."  According to Acosta, it is not an invasion because the migrants were hundreds of miles away, and besides, the migrants aren't going to be "climbing over walls and so on."  One week later, as we all know, members of the caravan (and of course it's not really a "caravan") were sitting astride the border wall and invading U.S. territory.  So much for Acosta's credibility.  Mind you, the president answered Acosta's "When are you going to stop beating your wife?" question, and acknowledged that he and the reporter have a difference of opinion about what an invasion is, but Acosta was pressing his left-wing agenda and not actually trying to elicit information with his "fake question."

Acosta Gets His Press Pass Back, But Trump Is the Real Winner.  It would be the easiest thing in the world for the White House to turn Acosta into a non-entity, just another cable-news squawker tut-tutting the president's decisions into a camera from the White House lawn.  Call on him, give him bland answers to his silly questions, and move on.  Or don't call on him at all!  Instead, time after time, Trump and press secretary Sarah Sanders have allowed Acosta to harrumph them into tiffs that become news stories in themselves.  Last Friday's foolishness, with Acosta white-knuckling the mic and Trump shouting and that poor intern visibly wishing she'd taken some other gig, was just the latest, greatest example.  Why?  Because the White House loves it when Acosta is in the spotlight.  He's the perfect foil to Trump, the perfect face for the administration's constant campaign against the "fake news media."

Trump everyone's hard passes then.  A federal judge today [11/16/2018] ordered President Trump to restore Jim Acosta's hard pass access to the White House despite Acosta's belligerence at a press conference.  Just about every media outlet who gets hard passes sided with Acosta. [...] Revoke all the hard passes.  Make them stand in line each day with every other reporter from outlets not so privileged seeking access.  The press wants to play hardball, so play hardball.  Why give them this privilege when they hate him?

Everyone Is Wrong About The Jim Acosta, White House Battle.  Jim Acosta is a pundit who works for CNN.  He was credentialed to attend White House press briefings, which he routinely used as opportunities to share his personal political views and animosity toward President Donald Trump.  The situation with Acosta, who is known as a shameless grandstander who seeks personal attention rather than a journalist who seeks to cover the news, came to a head last week when he repeatedly violated decorum at the White House by offering personal opinions in the place of actual questions, fighting with the president, interrupting the president, and belligerently refusing to return the White House microphone to a staff member.

Levin: 'No reporter has a constitutional right' to be in the White House.  Tuesday [11/13/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin called out the ridiculous stunt of CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration over the antics of reporter Jim Acosta.  "The purpose of a presidential press conference is to allow as many reporters as possible to ask pertinent questions, and for the president to answer them.  In other words, a press conference is for the American people.  One of the difficulties the other members of the press and the president are having communicating with each other ... is Jim Acosta.  When Jim Acosta disrupts the press conference, monopolized the time, and basically gives his political opinions about a president who he constantly calls a liar, we learn nothing," Levin said.

Trump White House Responds to Judge's Ruling that CNN's Jim Acosta Has Right to Disrupt White House Pressers.  On Friday morning [11/16/2018] a federal judge ruled that the Trump White House must restore jackass Jim Acosta's hard press pass.  This is unbelievable.  In any other business this jackass would be fired — at CNN he is defended in court.

CNN's Acosta stopped being a journalist long ago.  Invariably, [Jim] Acosta makes his interactions with Trump all about himself.  The fact that the CNN reporter had his press credentials pulled — even if only temporarily — will surely feed the legend and perhaps add a couple of zeros to his speaking fee or a future book deal.  Still, Acosta deserved the rebuke.  He was arrogant, rude and sanctimonious.  He was sent to cover the story, and he made himself the story.  He was supposed to ask questions, but instead he tried to "challenge" the president about the refugee caravan.  He asked several questions, instead of one.  And when he got answers, he rejected them.

When reporters stick together — as a mob.  [Scroll down]  Acosta wasn't there to ask questions.  He was there to lecture and make accusations, as were they all.  But Acosta's disrespect and contemptuousness is special... especially obnoxious.  He is a hothead and, knowing his act, why he gets a front row seat at these briefings would be my first question.  He is no reporter, but rather a Resist Trump community organizer.

Progressive Politics Are Not Really Progressive.  When CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stages his periodic psychodramatic shout-downs of Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Donald Trump, he is no Edward R. Murrow bucking Joe McCarthy, but rather he is one-upping his progressive like-minded journalists, virtue-signaling to his CNN liberal audience, and scoring career chits with his left-wing bosses and employers.

Jim Acosta isn't disliked because of his 'hard questions' but because he doesn't ask any real ones.  There are a lot of ways to describe what CNN's Jim Acosta does when he shows up for a White House press briefing or a press conference with President Trump: stunt, showboat, grandstand.  But you cannot say he's there to ask "hard questions," as the New York Times characterized his routine in an editorial Thursday [11/8/2018].

Fearmongering on the Left Has Been Ignored in 2018 Coverage.  A CNN screen graphic bluntly asked on the morning of Tuesday's midterms elections, "Will fear win?" I think the answer is "yes," but not necessarily for the same reasons as the Chyron With Attitude.  CNN was referring to President Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric against illegal immigration, sending troops to the border, and warning of the consequences of Democratic victories in the 2018 elections.  It wasn't alone in portraying the race as Democrats Vs.  The Fearmongerers.  The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump is "painting an astonishingly apocalyptic vision of America under Democratic control in the campaign's final days, unleashing a torrent of falsehoods and portraying his political opponents as desiring crime, squalor and poverty."

Senate report paints devastating profile of Justice Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick.  A new Senate committee report questions the credibility of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's three main accusers, dishing out the worst criticism at gang-rape accuser Julie Swetnick.  The 400-page report by the Judiciary Committee's Republican staff paints a devastating portrait of Ms. Swetnick.  She made the most sensational charges of the women accusers and won airtime on national TV.  The report depicts her as dangerous, a serial complainer, a liar, mentally unstable and cruel toward her parents.  It turns out that in one of Ms. Swetnick's previous sexual harassment complaints she was represented by Debra Katz, the Democratic-connected attorney who took the case of Christine Blasey Ford.  The Palo Alto, California, psychologist emerged as the first accuser of Justice Kavanaugh, who ultimately won Senate confirmation on Oct. 5 to the Supreme Court.

Democrats have intentionally divided the country and stoked fear among the public for a very long time.  Democrats have always tried to scare the people on food stamps, Medicare, social security and Medicaid.  Republicans want to starve children.  Democrats support Iran that spreads terrorism and pledges death to Israel and death to America.  Democrats are the ones who support Louis Farrakhan, not Republicans.  Democrats are the ones that had the KKK leader as an honorable leader in the Senate for years, not Republicans.  Democrats are the ones that pushed the fictional "hands up don't shoot" narrative to gin up racial hate and hate towards cops, not Republicans.  Who knows how many deaths and how much violence that caused.  Democrats are the ones who created a fictional dossier to destroy a political opponent and used the Justice Department to spy on them.  The person that shot up the Jews in Pittsburgh hates Trump yet somehow the media blames Trump.  The media has supported Democrats no matter what they say or do and now they are willing enablers and participants in seeking to destroy Trump and other Republicans no matter how much propaganda they have to spread.

'Nothing to Gain,' Kavanaugh Accuser Raises Nearly $1 Million.  During the crucible of Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings, Democrats repeatedly asserted that Christine Blasey Ford had "nothing to gain" by coming forward with her explosive accusation of attempted rape against the Supreme Court nominee.  "You had absolutely nothing to gain by bringing these facts to the Senate Judiciary Committee," Sen. Dick Durbin said during her testimony last month.  This sentiment was echoed by other Democrats, who presented it as evidence that Ford was telling the truth.  "I want to thank you," added California Sen. Kamala Harris, "because you clearly have nothing to gain for what you have done."  In fact, Ford stands to gain some $1 million and counting from national crowdfunding campaigns launched by friends and other supporters, while she is said to be fielding book offers.

Avenatti's media honeymoon is over following Kavanaugh accuser backlash.  No private citizen has enjoyed more free airtime on two-thirds of the major cable news networks than Michael Avenatti has in 2018.  Tune in to CNN and there's a decent chance you'll find him there.  If he isn't on CNN, there's an equally good chance he'll be on MSNBC.

Are We on the Verge of Civil War?  The internet and social media often descend into an electronic lynch mob.  In a nanosecond, an insignificant local news story goes viral.  Immediately hundreds of millions of people use it to drum up the evils or virtues of either progressivism or conservatism.  Anonymity is a force multiplier of these tensions.  Fake online identities provide cover for ever greater extremism — on the logic that no one is ever called to account for his or her words.  Speed is also the enemy of common sense and restraint.  Millions of bloggers rush to be the first to post their take on a news event, without much worry about whether it soon becomes a "fake news" moment of unsubstantiated gossip and fiction.

CNN's Jake Tapper Dedicates Segment to Trump's Penis.  CNN aired a segment about Stormy Daniels' new book that described what Donald Trump's genitals looks like on The Lead with Jake Tapper Tuesday [9/18/2018].

Weather Channel Defends Reporter Mocked for 'So Dramatic' Hurricane Florence Coverage.  The Weather Channel is defending one of their own after a video of Hurricane Florence coverage went viral.  The video, uploaded to Twitter, shows Weather Channel meteorologist and reporter Mike Seidel bracing in the wind during a live shot in Wilmington, NC.  As he is struggling to keep his footing, two people walk behind him showing no signs of struggle.  Twitter was not impressed.

Hilarious video shows journalist 'bravely' reporting on Hurricane Florence — until two men in shorts casually stroll past.  A Weather Channel reporter looked to have played up the drama and severity of Hurricane Florence in a hilarious video that has been circulating on Twitter.  Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel was shooting a live segment in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday [9/14/2018] as winds barreled around him.  In the clip, Seidel appears to brace his feet deeper into the grass so that he won't go with the wind.

Teens Stroll Past Reporter Who Can Barely Stand in Raging Winds.  Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, looks like he's gallantly fighting the raging winds as he courageously reported live from Hurricane Florence on Friday [9/14/2018].  "This is about as nasty as it's been," Seidel said dramatically.  Shortly after he made the comment, two teens in shorts are seen in the background strolling along, taking cell phone photos, having no problem at all. [...] As an aside, did you notice how the media now counts homes without power?  They don't count homes, they estimate the number of people who might be in a home and multiple [sic] it by the actual homes.

Media Hype:  Mueller Probe 'Bombshell' Turns Out To Be Major Dud.  According to various mainstream media figures this week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was all but certain to drop a bombshell Friday [8/31/2018] that would shake Washington, D.C., to its core.  It didn't happen.  NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Thursday kicked off the Mueller "bombshell" frenzy, warning viewers that Friday could go down in history as a turning point in the Russia investigation.

The 'Echo Chamber' Isn't A Conspiracy Theory, It's A Fact.  When I finally got to the end of a supposed blockbuster piece by the New Yorker's Adam Entous and Ronan Farrow regarding a dark conspiracy theory that had been spreading within the Trump White House, I was struck by two things:  1) the innocuousness of the memo in question, and 2) how the basis of the memo was plainly true.  The piece, in fact, goes a long way in substantiating the memo's contention about the media, allowing former Obama administration officials and their allies to offer ludicrous claims without even a scintilla of journalistic skepticism.

Lawrence O'Donnell
After Trump's "Worst Week" his approval plummets — I mean, barely changes.  The convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen had #TheResistance giddy with excitement.  This was the end.  He's a gonner.  WORST WEEK EVER. [...] The NBC/WSJ polls is almost exactly what Rasmussen finds as of August 24, 2018, 46% approval.  On August 24, 2010, Obama had a 45% approval rating according to Rasmussen.  So despite a massively negative media environment for Trump and a massively positive media environment for Obama, Trump's approval rating is the same as Obama at a similar time in his presidency.


Liberal media's desperate push for Trump impeachment may actually hurt Democrats.  The liberal news media have a new favorite word to use when discussing President Trump:  impeachment.  For example, MSNBC and CNN reporters, anchors and guests said "impeach," "impeachment" or some other form of the word on the cable news channels an incredible 222 times between 6 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.  Wednesday [8/22/2018].  And of course, they talked about possible impeachment other days as well, and newspapers and websites were also filled with impeachment speculation.  Most Democrats in Congress and their leaders are shying away from talking about impeachment before the November midterm elections — but that's not stopping the anti-Trump media.

All the Talk About Impeaching the President Is Nonsense.  The television-news media desperately need to fill twenty-four hours every day in order to sell advertising to support their stations, their management, their employees, and their negotiated settlements and non-disclosure-agreement pay-outs to women whom they must silence after one or another of their male employees has violated them. [...] So the television-news media have to keep the money pouring in.  Same with the print media.  They need to grab your attention and hold it all day and night, every day. [...] So they have to figure out how to keep the ratings up.  They love a murder — oh, how they love a murder!  Especially of a young pretty White girl.  That grabs the attention of everyone:  men, women, liberals, conservatives, young, and old. [...] Even an isolated unsolved murder of a single young White woman gets the media exercised into a frenzy:  Jonbenet Ramsey, Elizabeth Short, Chandra Levy, Kate Steinle, Mollie Tibbets.  The Seedier Media obsess over these individual murders round-the-clock until it emerges that the murderer was an illegal alien.

Summertime and the media are embarrassing — from hating America to loving Antifa.  In the space of one week, the press downplayed a Democrat governor saying America "was never that great" and watched as the governor's brother/CNN anchor defended Antifa.  Another CNN commentator bashed America and mocked a conservative while she told of the discrimination her disabled son faced.  And former CIA director John Brennan, now an NBC national security analyst, recanted his claim that President Donald Trump committed treason and spent the week whining about losing his security clearance.

CNN's Philip Mudd Tells Paris Dennard to 'Get Out' for Telling the Truth.  CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd exploded at conservative CNN contributor Paris Dennard on Friday evening when Dennard made the completely factual claim that former government officials with security clearance can land top D.C. jobs.  Mudd and Dennard were debating on Anderson Cooper 360°, guest-hosted by Jim Sciutto, over the question of whether President Donald Trump had been right to revoke the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

Newsroom commando Ralph Peters cashiers [him]self.  This weekend, retired lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters went on CNN's dubiously titled Reliable Sources and, in the presence of the show's serially unreliable host, Brian Stelter, and all those unfortunate souls in airport waiting areas across the nation being force-fed this liberal Sunday-morning drivel, cashiered himself.  It appears that fulminating Trump Derangement Syndrome brought this former Fox News military analyst to perform this sad ceremony. [...] As a combat veteran, which Peters is not, I have to wonder if this sneering, whiny-voiced news show commando has a clue as to how many millions of his military family he has just branded as destructive, vengeful, racist couch-potato anarchists, followers of a false messiah and derelict in our oaths to the Constitution.  It is a fact that a substantial majority of military personnel, whether active-duty, retirees, or veterans, are conservative in their politics, so Peters had to know he was spitting in the faces of millions of his former comrades.

Enemies of the People.  [T]here is a certain equanimity that comes with realizing that so many of the daily crises are not crises at all, and that so much of the media screaming is like visiting an ice cream store — each day a different flavor, but all the same basic product ready to kill you if you don't control the portions, the frequency...

How Far Will the Left Go?  All the Way.  [Scroll down]  Each day brings a new outrage, a development enthusiastically promulgated by a brain-dead media that thinks a headline must contain the words "sparks outrage" or "comes under fire," to be newsworthy.  The foxes of anger and resentment have been set among the hens of political cohesion, and every day the squawking grows louder — as it will until that day comes when there are no more hens left to lay the eggs.

As the Swamp Turns.  It never ends, does it?  The daily cable-news soap opera installment.  A new crisis every day.  Sex.  Money.  Secret tapes.  A stripper whose upper torso gives new meaning to the term Silicon Valley.  And then her media-frenzied lawyer steeped in his own fun-to-watch divorce.  Bring out the popcorn.  Pull out some Raisinets.  Refill the Coke and Pepsi.  Sneak in a few plastic straws.  Another day's episode of "As the Swamp Turns."  Children separated from their parents.  Parents sent back with their children — and then telling the authorities:  "Naah, we'll go back, but leave the kids separated here."  Kids who do not even belong to the parents.  Russians — even red-headed Reds.  Secret courts.  Spies.  Married paramours exchanging mysterious messages:  "Andy."  "Secret plans."  An "Insurance Policy."  Smells at a Virginia Walmart.  Secret tape recordings.  The only thing missing is the "other woman" with the unwanted and hidden pregnancy, suddenly revealed — and the drama of whose baby it is.  Enter Bill Clinton!

The Conspiracy Theory That Ate New York.  This is the helpful illustration that New York Magazine published to help readers understand its convoluted — and, needless to say, #FakeNews — cover story alleging a Trump-Putin plot that began in... 1987.  Before the Soviet Union fell.  Before Putin had assumed any sort of true power.

What Critics Missed About the Trump-Putin Summit.  When Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin ended their joint press conference in Helsinki, the punditocracy predictably swarmed all over it like ants around a pile of crumbs.  Was Trump winking at Putin?  Did he really say he believes Putin more than he believes Robert Mueller about whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election?  Former Gus Hall enthusiast John Brennan, off his meds again, tweeted that the presser was "treasonous."  Professional chatterer Anderson Cooper said it was "perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit."  Every phrase, every gesture of the event will be picked apart and second-guessed to death in the next few days.

The Jim Jordan Hit Job Implodes:  Ohio State Held Hearing on Reputed Sex Abuser in... 1997.  I did some research on the story alleging that our warrior patriot, Rep. Jim Jordan was aware that his wrestling team members were being molested and did nothing about it. [...] We all have the facts and know that Rep. Jordan is not guilty of this allegation.

How to Read the News:  A Guide for Truth-Seekers.  The recent MSM and celebrity hysteria about the illegal immigrant children being separated from their alleged parents would have had some impact with voters had not the truth been exposed in the Internet on unbiased websites and twitter posts.  Those pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages brought tears (crocodile?) to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, who apparently failed to note that these heartbreaking photos were taken in 2014 during the Obama administration.  The detention center used by the Trump administration was a far cry from Obama's if one viewed them on one of the more credible news sites like Breitbart.com.

The Zombie Media.  Journalism schools do not teach journalism anymore.  They teach persuasive storytelling.  They teach the Machiavellian black art of propaganda.  Like most black arts, left-wing "journalism" relies heavily on its own peculiar dogma of magical rites and incantations.  To shut down Herman Cain in 2012, our leftist adversaries invented (or at least exaggerated) the ever popular sex scandal — the trusted and true kill shot they have used to assassinate troublesome public figures for decades.  Republicans nailed by a weeping and well paid accuser have typically curled into the fetal position and faded away.

Chris Matthews Urges Communist Revolution to Stop Supreme Court.  So the Chris Matthews [plan] is for the Democrats to declare a Communist revolution, call in the Russians for help, start executing their own people for being insufficiently left-wing, go down to defeat, flee the country while kidnapping a bunch of children and stealing all the gold?  Actually I think that is their plan.

Journalists circulate conspiratorial claims against DHS Doc claiming it has Nazi code.  Multiple journalists circulated a conspiracy theory on Twitter that a document from the Department of Homeland Security contained a Nazi code Thursday [6/28/2018]. [...] The tweets reference a press release from DHS titled "We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again" and was released in February, garnering little attention until recently.

Ex-CNN producer blasts Jim Acosta for 'self-serving antics'.  A former CNN producer took to Twitter on Friday [6/29/2018] to blast Jim Acosta, the network's White House correspondent, for what he called Acosta's "self-serving antics," saying they "give all good journalists a bad name."  The posts by Steve Krakauer, a former senior digital producer for the network who is now is a top executive at Commerce House, a Dallas-based advertising firm, were prompted by a question that Acosta shouted to President Donald Trump on Friday [6/29/2018] during a White House event on the economy and tax cuts.

Immigration 'crisis' brought to you by the Media Matrix.  Starting a week ago Friday, the media discovered (surprise!) that the Trump White House is taking a hard line on illegal immigration — and the pharisees of CNN and MSNBC began dressing themselves in sackcloth and ashes to impress us with the sincerity of their shock and dismay at finding out that children coming across the border illegally are separated from the adults who accompanied them (not necessarily their parents).  Honestly, if you need a give-away (a "tell" as they say in poker) that the left-wing media is conspiring to damage this president, all you need to do is click back and forth between CNN and MSNBC for about three hours.  If every time you turn on one of these channels they are parroting the same story back at you with different talking heads pouring ashes on each other and cursing Trump, then you know you are in the middle of a feeding frenzy.

Delusion About Detentions:  On Family Separation at the Border.  Upstanding journalists, their fellow right-minded pundits, and progressive elected official friends are outraged!  According to them, the Trump Administration's approach to immigration enforcement is cruel, un-American, inhumane, barbaric, and even medically dangerous. [...] The problem is the facts are at odds with the conventional media interpretation of existing legal precedent, prior administrations' practices, and even relevant federal statutes.  You know, the law.  But being wrong on the facts has never stopped the media and their useful idiots in the commentariat from maligning the Trump Administration unfairly to suit their agenda.  Now they're shrieking about "baby jails."  It's insane.

News Fatigue?  Join the Club.  A Pew Research study recently found that nearly 7 in 10 Americans suffer from "news fatigue" — a phenomenon even more pervasive among Republicans.  The survey focused on the volume as much as the quality of the offerings.  But why wouldn't the public be emotionally expended from the anger and accusations, bullying and backbiting, "fake news" and "fact checks," insults and innuendo, posturing and protests, threats and trolling, and virtue-signaling and violent rhetoric and imagery spewed from every direction today?

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Whenever a big furor suddenly and simultaneously appears on every television "news" channel, there's a reason for it.  It is almost always a manufactured crisis designed to displace some other story.  The "anchor baby prison" and "kids in cages" hype is a false description of conditions that are nothing new.  The same laws and policies have been in place for months and years.  The reason all this is now front and center is that Donald Trump's popularity is steadily increasing — now surpassing that of Barack H. Obama — and it appears that he is about to single-handedly end the Korean War.  That is an accomplishment that must not be allowed to stay in the hourly news cycle if the news media's preferred party is to have any power.

Desperately Seeking Supremacists.  Talia Lavin is (or was, at last word) a fact-checker for the New Yorker.  She achieved overnight Twitter-fame by accusing an ICE agent of being a white supremacist. [...] Part of the story, I think, is that the Left is hard up for white supremacists.  Liberals talk about them all the time, but to the best of my knowledge, I have never met one.  Have you?  Liberals need to come up with someone other than Richard Spencer; hence the eagerness to libel a heroic ICE employee.

Update:
New Yorker staffer resigns after falsely accusing ICE agent of having Nazi tattoo.  The fact-checker for the New Yorker who mistook a Marine veteran's tattoo for a Nazi symbol has resigned, saying the "small mistake" has ruined her life.  Talia Lavin is out of a job following her June 18 tweet that caused mass outrage.  "I feel like I made a small mistake and it's destroyed my life," she told New York Magazine's The Cut.  Lavin's since-deleted tweet was about Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Justin Gaertner, whom she falsely accused of having a tattoo of the Nazis' Iron Cross.

Drive-By Media Bombarding Americans With 'Manufactured Crises' to Distract from IG Report, Robust Economy.  The liberal media has been manufacturing crises ad-infinitum to divert the public's attention away from the Trump administration's tremendous achievements and the Democratic establishment's corruption, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh warns.

The Astonishing Silliness of CNN.  The good people at CNN can do what they want, but this blatant chyron-splaining sends a rather clear and unfortunate message:  that they think their audience is daft and incapable of figuring things out for themselves.  CNN is frequently breathless when no one should be breathless, which would be kind of exhausting, if anyone cared.  Take this headline from the network's website this week:  "The 45 Most Astonishing Lines from Donald Trump's Nashville Speech."

Lost Children?  Detention Cages?  Baby Prison Bus?  Trump's Critics Will Believe Anything.  Over the long weekend, President Trump's critics were in a sputtering rage over his supposedly losing 1,500 illegal immigrant children, sticking them in cages, and putting others on specially equipped prison buses.  Turns out, it was all 100% bogus.

Mainstream Media's Credibility Problem Is Of Their Own Making.  So, not only are the mainstream media biased, they're also incompetent.  Headlines and scandalous snippets that the news shows can flash on chyrons trump facts, and they are what is important to the mainstream media.  They eschew fact checking in favor of sensational headlines.  They create salacious news narratives, meant not to inform but to sell advertising.

The Firesign Theater Media.  The "mainstream media" (CNN, MSNBC, the three networks, the major newspapers, et al.) are so consumed by Trump hysteria that it places them squarely in this Firesign Theater zone.  Nicholas Kristof and his wife talk about the president in bed.  Brian Stelter describes himself as "Trump addicted."  Any psychiatrist can tell you that monomaniacal, pathological hatred has its surreal aspects.  Trump as the great white (orange?) whale and the media as Captain Ahab.  MSNBC's exegesis of the importance of the Mueller investigation in its various guises is a good example of this "Credo quia absurdum" (I believe because it is absurd) approach.  Rachel Maddow, Stephanie Ruhle, and Chris Hayes constantly strain to outdo themselves with conspiracy theories.  One would think there were more Russians involved with the Trump campaign than populate the pages of War and Peace.  More entertaining are the nightly shouting matches on Don Lemon's CNN show.

Mueller Year One:  The Real Heroes in Journalism.  CNN won an award for its January 2017 report about President-elect Trump being briefed on the bogus Steele dossier.  While we now know the story was improperly leaked by former Director of National Intelligence (and virulent Trump foe) James Clapper to shotgun the Trump-Russia collusion plotline days before the inauguration — and the celebrated CNN reporters did little more than regurgitate talking points spoon-fed to them by political operatives (one is known to have close ties to Fusion GPS) — the network was applauded for its "depth of reporting."

Estimate:  Cable News Nets Have Given Michael Avenatti $175 Million Worth Of Airtime.  [Scroll down]  Another thing:  He's doing it with no help from Fox.  If I'm not mistaken, the only FNC show he's been on is Shannon Bream's in March.  He was, allegedly, scheduled on Martha MacCallum's show recently but canceled at the last minute.  Tucker Carlson invited him on but Avenatti told his producer that he only wants to do Hannity's show, an obviously deliberate slight to Carlson.  (Or is it a compliment, with Avenatti suspecting he'd have a harder time outmaneuvering Tucker in an interview?)  Whether he's avoiding Fox because he's wary of the hostile reception he'd get there or because he's building a brand as a #Resistance hero and wants viewers to identify him with anti-Trump CNN and MSNBC, the fact remains that he's somehow achieved cable ubiquity without any exposure on the most highly rated cable news network in the country.

Court Documents Show Porn Star Lawyer Reported $8 Million Windfall in Feb.  When he Took on Stormy.  The Michael Avenatti Files — How did a bankrupt attorney come across $8 million after picking up porn star client Stormy Daniels?  Porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti is a huge hit with the Democrat-media complex.  The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels has held 108 interviews on cable news outlets MSNBC and CNN since March 7th.

2018: When Orwell's 1984 Stopped Being Fiction.  When I trained as a journalist, we reserved a "Revealed" or an "Exposed" for those special occasions when we were able to bring to the reader information those in power did not want known.  These were the rare moments when as journalists we could hold our heads high and claim to be monitoring the centres of power, to be fulfilling our sacred duty as the fourth estate.  But today's Guardian's "exclusive" story "Revealed:  UK's push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance" is doing none of this.  Nothing the powerful would want hidden from us is being "revealed". No one had to seek out classified documents or speak to a whistleblower to bring us this "revelation".  Everyone in this story — the journalist Patrick Wintour, an anonymous "Whitehall official", and the named politicians and think-tank wonks — is safely in the same self-congratulatory club, promoting a barely veiled government policy: to renew the Cold War against Russia.

CNN Hosts Porn Star's Lawyer Michael Avenatti 59 Times in Less Than Two Months.  CNN has exhibited a fetish for the Stormy Daniels story, particularly for her Trump-smacking lawyer, Michael Avenatti.  In less than two months (from March 7 to April 30), Avenatti has been a guest on CNN a total of 59 times — an average of more than once per day.  MRC analysts combed through transcripts of all of CNN's 2018 coverage looking for references to interviews with Avenatti, and then double-checked using our video archive.  Since Avenatti's first appearance on March 7, he has been interviewed on CNN a whopping 59 times, more than one-third of which (19) were with Anderson Cooper — who, of course, interviewed Stormy Daniels on CBS's 60 Minutes back in March.

Black Coffee:  The Starbucks Story Is Trash.  This is a country of 325-million people.  If two guys getting tossed out of a coffee shop is news, then things in Donald Trump's America must be going [very] well.  But if the story were only meaningless trash, it would just be typical of American journalism.  But it's pernicious trash meant to advance a false left-wing narrative, which is — oh yeah! — typical of American journalism.

CNN's dicey interview with student on lockdown after Maryland school shooting.  CNN engaged a student to pass along casualty stats from a school shooting, even though the student himself made clear that his own familiarity with the details was limited.  And then, when police showed up to escort him and his classmates from the school, CNN asked him to stay on the line, presumably to get a guided audio tour of the aftermath.

A User's Guide To Media Coverage Of Political Protests.  Liberal protests are newsworthy because they're disruptive; conservative protests are too orderly to be worth discussing.  The news angle with the gun protests was the disobedience involved in walking out, something to be celebrated.  Leftist protests demand police activity because leftists break stuff, and they demand to be arrested because it somehow makes them heroic.  One hundred thousand conservatives could show up on the National Mall in our nation's capital and not leave behind so much as a candy wrapper on the ground.  Bo-ring.

The 'scandal' of Perla Morales-Luna's arrest is fake news.  The arrest of Perla Morales-Luna on March 3 in San Diego is an absolute nonscandal.  Yes, at first glance the video looks a little concerning.  It shows a mother being separated from her screaming family as Customs and Border Patrol officers struggle to put her in the back of a vehicle.  But only at first glance.  Because if you watch again you'll see that the CBP officers use proportionate force and good efficiency in getting Morales-Luna off the street and into custody.  That's the best way to ensure no one is harmed and the situation isn't escalated unnecessarily.  Moreover, the CBP wasn't simply detaining Morales-Luna because she was just a random illegal immigrant.

Nikolas Cruz Is the Result of 'It Takes a Village'.  Does everyone see what the Democrats have done?  They've pitted children against us, thereby mainstreaming and normalizing child exploitation.  What the Democrats did to Parkland student Emma Gonzalez was as sickening a display as any I've ever witnessed.  They coaxed an understandably distraught child to spew one debunked Democrat lie after another — and, of course, plenty of invective toward President Trump.  David Hogg, a 17-year-old Parkland student, asked on CNN:  "If you can't get elected without taking money from child murderers, why are you running?"  Normal question from a 17-year-old, right?  Wondering aloud if he came up with that question all on his own, with such emotionally vivid lingual sophistication and political acumen, must make me a grumpy old gun nut who thinks our youth are stupid.

The Portraits and the Obama Reality Distortion Field.  [T]he Obamas are the center of the most delusional cult of personality that the media has yet spawned. [...] This isn't journalism.  It's not a free press.  It's a bunch of cult members rushing out to explain that the flawed thing is flawless.  You're the flawed one for not seeing its gloriousness.  All hail the beloved leader.

Joe Concha:  Media's Trump Anger Mostly 'Performance Art at This Point'.  After it was made public that President Trump had requested the Pentagon to plan a military parade through Washington, DC, there was a steady stream of forceful condemnation of the President in which they claimed he was imitating foreign dictators.  And in an appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday [2/8/2018], Hill media reporter Joe Concha knocked them for playing up their outrage and playing to an audience.

CNN: Undetected Asteroids Could Threaten Earth During Government Shutdown.  Two CNN correspondents claimed during an episode of The Lead with Jake Tapper that an asteroid could potentially threaten the Earth if the government shutdown continues.  CNN correspondent Tom Foreman recalled the time NASA could not monitor "potentially dangerous asteroids" for over two weeks, implying that NASA would not be able to prevent an asteroid attack if it hit Earth while the government shut down.

TV crew busted trying to sneak fake bomb into airport.  Seven members of a cable TV crew were arrested at Newark Airport on Thursday [1/18/2018] after trying to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint and onto a plane, according to reports.  The crew was working for the cable network CNBC, according to nj.com.  The fake explosive device was in a carry-on bag and never made it past security, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael McCarthy said.  "They failed, were caught and were arrested on multiple charges," he said, without elaborating on the charges.

CNN's Sanjay Gupta Diagnoses Donald Trump With Heart Disease.  Wednesday [1/17/2018] on CNN's "New Day," Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent, proclaimed that based on President Donald Trump's coronary calcium scores going back to the previous decade, Trump has heart disease.  Gupta's diagnosis came a day after Trump's doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, offered his assessment of Trump's health at a White House press briefing.

Armchair diagnosis of a patient he has never examined:
Sanjay Gupta:  By all standards, Trump has heart disease.  CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said Wednesday that he believes tests reveal that President Trump has heart disease.  Gupta said dating back to 2009, Trump started to have "these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart."  "Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up," he said.  "When they get to a certain range ... that means he has heart disease."

Leftist Toilet Mouths Condemn Trump as They Corrupt Nation.  President Trump denies having used a vulgar term last Thursday [1/11/2018] to describe dysfunctional Third World countries.  Yet there's no denying that the leftist media, believing he did, responded by repeatedly disgorging the term in a childish orgy of decadence.  Of course, the media no doubt think they're damaging Trump — but they're actually damaging society.  Let's be clear:  Leftists certainly object to the substance of Trump's comments, that we shouldn't continually absorb poor, unskilled, often functionally illiterate and unassimilable people from Third World nations.  But they also object to his alleged style, labeling as obscene the use of s-hole (toilet) to describe such places.  So to show us how bad such language is, the Crude News Network (CNN), for example, used it at least 36 times on Thursday.  It's sort of like inveighing against animal abuse and then bludgeoning dozens of dogs to death on air to prove your point.

CNN Leaps Into The Toilet:  Network Aired 195 Uses of 'S***hole' on Friday.  In the contest for Most Offended News Network after President Trump reportedly referred to African nations as "s***hole" countries, CNN wins hands down.  NewsBusters staff combed through CNN transcripts on Nexis for the S-hole word in the 24 hours of January 12 — the first full day after The Washington Post reported the controversy — and found CNN staffers and CNN guests uncorked the profanity 195 times in one day.  That doesn't count Saturday, Sunday or Monday.  They could be headed for 1,000 by now.  It also doesn't count the amount of time they put the S-word on screen (sometimes twice, as you can see on Cuomo's temporary prime time show.)  Compare that to Fox News Channel.  Their curse count was zero.  FNC told staff and guests not to say it.

Revealed:  Trump guzzles Diet Coke.  [Scroll down]  If not for Fox News we'd be totally in the dark, about everything, and it was from there that I first heard about CNN's alarming report:  [Something important?]  No, not exactly.  Rather, it's been reported, first from The New York Times, that Trump likes Diet Coke.  Wait — it gets worse.  He guzzles down a dozen a day.  So given such a scoop, CNN could not resist breaking it at around the same time that [a terrorist attack] was going on at Port Authority.  New Yorkers were running for their lives... but first things first; Trump is a glutton for Diet Coke

What Were the Motives of the Port Authority Bomber?  What were the motives of Ayaked Ullah, the Port Authority bomber in yesterday's attack?  There are many news headlines that address the issue, and they advance differing theories, each of them presented as fact.

CNN Promotes 'White Nonsense Roundup:' White Liberals Who Save Victimized People Of Color On Social Media.  In a piece titled "These are your white allies on Facebook," CNN enthusiastically introduces us to a group called "White Nonsense Roundup" (WNR).  Essentially, the group of roughly 100 "white ally" volunteers take turns swooping in to save African American people (already suffering from the "emotional labor" of systemic racism) from social media arguments when issues of race arise.  You know, because these white liberals are "woke" enough to recognize their inherent sin of whiteness and, apparently along with CNN, think people of color need white people to fight their social media battles for them.

New York Times forced to heavily amend another supposed K.T. McFarland 'scoop'.  The New York Times got ahead of itself again with yet another supposedly hot scoop involving former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, the Russians and the 2016 presidential election.  The story, now titled "McFarland's Testimony About Russia Contacts Is Questioned," reported originally that an email sent by the former Trump transition official indicated she lied to Congress this summer when she was questioned about disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn's communications with the Russians.  The article has been heavily amended since publication so that it is now mostly innuendo.  The initial references to the emails have been removed, and the story now leans mostly on Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who only questions whether McFarland was forthright in her testimony.

How D.C. political assassins use media to oust Rex Tillerson.  If several major media outlets are to be believed, at least two senior administration officials say Chief of Staff John Kelly has drawn up a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who would be replaced by Sen. Tom Cotton by year's end or soon after.  The Washington media lap up these anonymous leaks like starving kittens.  Personnel contests, like shallow election horse race stories, are easy to do, appear to contain drama and inside info and elevate the reporter to someone-in-the-know.  The fundamental problem with these self-serving reports is the sources are unknown, so news consumers cannot judge their trustworthiness and motivations.  Which, of course, is the point of hiding their identities.  Consumers must trust the reporters and media outlets, a dubious act in this era of rampant Trump antipathy.  The New York Times started this latest Tillerson-is-a-goner meme.

Unhinged coverage of Trump is hurting the media.  Not only is everything (still) hyper-politicized, but the lines between news media, lifestyle media and flat-out activism have faded into irrelevance.  On Wednesday [11/22/2017], the lead story in Teen Vogue, next to stories about how "I Will Never Use Regular Soap Again After THIS $6 Foam Body Wash" and "Everyone Basically Wore Lingerie to the VS Fashion Show After Party," was this screaming headline:  "The United States Voted 'No' on an Anti-Nazi UN Resolution."  It ran over a terrifying picture of crowds carrying banners, some featuring swastikas, with smoke in the background suggesting a terror attack.  Only when you click through do you discover that there is no news here whatsoever:  The US votes against this meaningless, nonbinding UN gambit every year because the US has this thing called the First Amendment.  President Obama's appointees also opposed the resolution.

A Year to be Thankful For.  I'm thankful my fears about Donald Trump seem to have been unfounded.  Not a fascist.  Not a secret liberal.  Not an incompetent.  ISIS is defeated.  GDP at 3% plus.  Some 60 great originalist judges nominated.  Regulations cut back at an amazing rate.  Our lying leftist press humiliated and discredited.  I'm thankful because, whenever I get tired of watching an America in crisis, all I have to do is turn off the mainstream news and America is not in crisis anymore.  In fact, America is doing quite well.

Whittle: The News Media Knows How To Stop These Massacres, But Refuses To Do It.  In his latest video, conservative commentator Bill Whittle discusses the most effective way to end the surge of mass murders that America has suffered in the last twenty years — and it's one that falls squarely at the feet of the national news media.  Citing forensic psychologist Park Dietz, who has studied mass murderers extensively, Whittle contends that we've seen a wave of mass shootings like Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs because the media insists on providing 24/7 coverage of the tragedies, turning suicide massacres into a chance for glory for the sociopaths carrying out the heinous acts.

The Puerto Rican Genocide That Wasn't.  The death toll in Puerto Rico currently stands at 48.  Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20.  As we approach October 20, the death toll from the hurricane is a lot less than the death toll from the deadliest month in Chicago.  Despite media arm waving, with only 117 people not accounted for, the actual death toll in Puerto Rico isn't likely to rise very much.  And even a death toll of 48 was only achieved by listing people who died of heart attacks and other medical problems that could not be treated because of hurricane damage.  It's unknown whether some of them might have lived without the hurricane.  It's guesswork.  The previous, incomplete death toll showed that the actual hurricane seemed to have only killed 19 people.  2 suicides were also attributed to the hurricane.  As were respiratory failures "indirectly linked" to the hurricane.  But the media has been working hard to inflate the death toll.  "We'll probably never know exactly how many people died," the Washington Post speculates.  "Hurricane Maria likely killed more people than Puerto Rico says," the Daily News ghoulishly insists.

No, Mr. Krugman, There is Not a Cholera Outbreak in Puerto Rico.  Yesterday [9/30/2-17], liberal pundit and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman incorrectly tweeted that cholera, a deadly bacterial disease caused by unsanitary water, had resurfaced in Puerto Rico. [...] Then moments later, he corrected himself with a follow up tweet. [...] You will notice his fake news has amassed thousands of retweets and favorites, while his correction has not.

Hurricane Irma And How The Left Has Politicized Even The Weather.  A number of years ago, I sat down with the general manager of a major television news station.  He told me that in their own survey, viewers tuned in for "weather first, sports second, and news last."  Therefore he stressed, weather forecasters were the "cash cow" of the station.  He further explained that much of television weather forecasting was a "sham."  He said that decades ago, they would give a "one-day" forecast.  But then Station B across town went to a "two-day" forecast.  So then they countered with a "three-day" forecast," until everyone went to the "useless seven-day" forecasts.  He emphasized that it was all done for reasons of competition and ratings and that with a "seven-day" forecast, the station and the networks were playing viewers for "fools," because they normally "couldn't even get the forecast for tomorrow correct."

While People Die, Washington Post Obsesses Over Melania Trump's Shoes.  Searching for a scandal the way a crackhead hunts for crack, the media decided that the real story of the natural disaster ought to be Melania Trump's shoes.  Because that is what the media is now.  Melania Trump wore high heels while getting on Air Force One.  The media howled that she was heading to a flood zone while wearing high heels.  Never mind that she was still far from the zone and was just boarding a plane.  Then she landed in Texas, wearing sneakers.  And that was also bad.

Between alt-right and 'antifa,' media still manages to be worse.  The only people dumber than the Neanderthals and Brass Knuckle Draggers are the insufferably tedious referees known as the Stupid Media who shape the country as a barking mad carnival, whipping up hysteria for every armed showdown.

CBS News joins O.J. Simpson on the hunt for the real killers.  In the wake of O.J. Simpson's parole last week, CBS News has a story today titled "Who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman?" Curiously, the story doesn't attempt to answer that question.  Instead, the entire premise of the story is that the investigation into the murders is officially still open in Los Angeles.

Worst media moments of the week:  NY Mag climate screed wins!  [Scroll down]  "There are now, trapped in Arctic ice, diseases that have not circulated in the air for millions of years," goes one of the milder passages.  It was so bad that climate alarmist and hockey stick creator Michael Mann teamed up with two others to write a response, arguing, "Doomsday scenarios are as harmful as climate change denial."  Mann and his compatriots criticized the New York Mag piece as painting, "an overly bleak picture, arguing that climate change could render the Earth uninhabitable by the end of this century."  They also called it out for errors.  Mann made an interesting comment that seems to go right over the head of eco-journalists, explaining, "fear does not motivate, and appealing to it is often counter-productive."  Yet fear is about 99.99 percent of all media climate catastrophe coverage.

"The more it sensationalizes the commonplace, the more boring its coverage becomes."
The Media's Endless Anti-Trump Show Trial.  It is a measure of the anti-Trump media's stupidity and malpractice that the phrase "breaking news" now elicits eye rolls.  The media's "breaking news" about Trump is rarely breaking or news.  It is usually recycled and old — some stale piece of information, relating to a practice both parties long ago adopted, that is sensationalized and dished up as novel.  Into this category falls much of its breathless "Trump-Russia" coverage, including its all-hands-on-deck stories about Donald Trump Jr.

The media's mass hysteria over 'collusion' is out of control.  Hysteria among the media and Trump opponents over the prospect of "collusion" between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin may have hit its crescendo this week.  That's right:  The wailing from the media and their allies about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with some "Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer" (whatever that means) may be the last gasp of this faux scandal.  Good riddance.  Predictably, the New York Times started the ball rolling with front-page coverage, going so far as to argue, "The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help."  As if this were some breakthrough moment.  The Times followed up with a headline yesterday [7/10/2017] that the meeting request and subject matter discussed in the prior story were transmitted to Trump Jr. via an email. [...] The Times is so desperate to move the story that the meeting's arrangement over email is being made into Page 1 news.

What counts as treason differs depending on the letter after your name.  In 2012, Obama met with Russia and said he would be more flexible if he was re-elected.  The media and Democrats had no problem.  There were no investigations and no spying on Obama looking for collusion.  The Clintons, the Clinton Foundation, and their close associates got huge amounts of money from foreign governments including Russia.  In return, Russia got uranium, some of which it transferred to Iran.  There were no investigations by the FBI; Democrats and the media didn't care.  Kickbacks for uranium to the enemy looks like actual treason. [...] But Donald Jr. had a ten-minute meeting where he thought he might get dirt on Hillary in which he got nothing and gave nothing in return, and he and his father are essentially accused of treason.

Byron York:  Trump-Russia investigation takes sharp turn toward the dumb.  What a mess for the White House.  And all for nothing.  When the meeting actually happened, at Trump Tower on June 9, there was a reason Jared Kushner left after a few minutes and Paul Manafort spent the whole time staring at his phone.  The "Crown prosecutor" of Russia — there is no such position — was actually a shady lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had no "official documents" to offer but wanted to harangue Trump Jr. about U.S. sanctions on Russia.  Trump Jr. quite reasonably saw there was nothing there and cut the meeting off after about 20 minutes.  But in a capital consumed with Trump and Russia, the revelations, first reported in the New York Times and then substantiated by Trump Jr. himself, blew up into the Scandal That Ate Cable TV.

Some subways are literally held together with zip ties.  At more than $1 million per subway car, you'd think they'd be held together with something more than zip ties. [...] An MTA spokeswoman said Wednesday that the zip tie was being used as a temporary fastener to attach a cable to the new R186 cars while a special part is being made.  She added that the cable is attached another way, and the zip tie is just a back-up.

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The article immediately above, as you can see from the two sentences excerpted above, is an example of self-contradictory sensationalism.

NYT's Latest Trump Story Follows A Familiar Pattern Of Breathlessly Reporting Routine Procedures.  The establishment media's hysteria is once again in high gear after news that members of the Trump transition team were ordered to preserve documents and other materials pertinent to the investigation into Russian interference of the election.  Trump's transition team's counsel, issuing a memo to satisfy routine requirements in any investigation, hardly called for the tone and seriousness with which it was reported.  The New York Times asserts that the request "illustrated the seriousness of the inquiry" conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and how "deeply they are delving" into President Donald Trump's activities.  Such rhetoric follows a longstanding pattern of the establishment media's propensity to overreact to even the most routine circumstances with anything related to the president.  The Washington Post's Tom Nichols says that media personnel "seem determined to overreact on even ordinary matters."

Winners and Losers from Comey Hearing.  Mainstream media cable networks like CNN had countdown clocks.  Broadcast networks covered the hearing as if it would go down as one of the most seminal events in the history of the country.  "Never Trump" Republicans were getting ready to be used as the mainstream media's useful idiots and get their predictable television hits and quotes in mainstream media publications.  Left-wing Democrats were dreaming of drafting articles of impeachment.  They lionized Comey as their hero who would help them destroy Trump once and for all.  Not so fast.

I think they do this intentionally.
Grrr 59% say news media make them angry, dissatisfied.  Nearly six in 10 Americans are upset with the news media, claiming in a new poll that it makes them angry and dissatisfied.

CNN Goes Bonkers:  Spends 10 Hours on Comey Before a Single Word of Testimony.  Former FBI Director James Comey has not said a single word in public, but the liberal media have been salivating for days over his upcoming testimony on Thursday.  Case in point:  from noon on Thursday (June 1) when the date for the testimony was set, until noon today (June 7), CNN has already devoted more than 10 hours of coverage to testimony that has yet to even occur.

The Media Is Now Leaking Classified Info Just Because They Feel Like It.  This morning, The New York Times brought us another breathtaking exposé of classified national security information that is really important for the public to know because... um, well, because they just kind of felt like it.  The story is about a contractor for an international shipping company who was captured and held hostage by rebels in Yemen before being released last year.  Without the man's permission or cooperation, The New York Times gives details of his capture and imprisonment, his name, his age, his exact job description with the shipping company, and the location where his wife and children lived at the time (none of which I will repeat here). [...] The whole report is inexplicable, and you get the sense that the reporters just wanted to tell a splashy, thriller-like story.  Except that there's a larger pattern:  it has become acceptable to open the floodgates of classified information because Trump.

The News Is Propaganda.  Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality.  Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially.  When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do. [...] Under the conditions in which we find ourselves living crisis to crisis, there can be no thought as the steady stream of propaganda is fed to us in the form of "news" that never strays from a certain narrative.

The Anonymous Sources Of Washington Post And CNN Fake News.  Media fake news is everywhere.  No, the new health care bill does not treat rape as a pre-existing condition and Republicans did not celebrate its passage with beer.  The latest media outrage is driven by a Washington Post story about intelligence disclosures based on claims by anonymous sources.  The Post's big hit pieces are mainly based on anonymous sources.  Its latest hit piece runs a quote from, "a former senior U.S. official who is close to current administration officials."  That's an anonymous source quoting hearsay from other anonymous sources.  This isn't journalism.  It's a joke.

Anonymous Nation:  America's Papers of Record Have Turned into Tabloids.  Donald Trump made a name for himself in part by regularly appearing on the cover of New York City tabloids in the 1980s and 1990s.  Fast forward to 2017, and the guy is now president, still appearing on the cover of various grocery store check-out scandal sheets — like the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Journalists from these institutions conduct their reporting like they're covering Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce.

Hysteria, overblown hooey part of the fake news cycle.  Turns out Mr. Trump is a germaphobe and wasn't in that Russian hotel room.  The bust of Martin Luther King is still in the Oval Office.  He didn't abandon conservatives by naming his sister to the Supreme Court.  Mr. Trump's Tower — and people involved in his campaign — were, in fact, surveilled.  Slowly, agonizingly, Truth becomes very inconvenient for all these people predicting Mr. Trump's certain demise.  In the end, they are all left clinging to the smallest Styrofoam shard of their original story, bobbing in the harsh sea of Donald Trump Derangement Syndrome.

How many buzzwords can the liberal media write in one sentence?  I was reading a very poorly written Los Angeles Times article about North Carolina legislators introducing a bill to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and I was surprised to read the following sentence:  ["]Opponents of the legislation castigated it as an unnecessary step that will stoke division in a state still reeling from the fallout of a controversial bill regulating which bathrooms transgender people can use.["]  I have rarely seen a sentence so sensationalistically, so chock-full of so many liberal buzzwords.  The over-dramatization of facts makes this news article read like an action thriller.

Trump's Budget is an Attack On the Bureaucratic State.  So according to journalists, Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts are "big," "deep," "dramatic," "massive," and so on.  With each breathless adjective — often coupled with excellent verbs like "gut" and "slash" — they add to the apocalypticism that's engulfed the Left.  "Reading through the Trump budget," tweeted The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, "I feel as the Romans must have felt in 456 AD as the barbarians conquered and ushered in the dark ages."  Vox claimed that the budget plan is a proposal to "dramatically remake the federal government."  If only.  In perspective, all of this melodrama is over probably less than 1 percent of the national budget.

Fake News Frenzy — Remember the Great Black Church Burning Hoax?  The recent "fake news" about bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries recalls a much earlier chapter in the history of Fake News — the Black Church Burnings of the 1990s.  Bomb threats phoned in to Jewish Community Centers across the country caused a spasm of "Trump is not denouncing these fast enough" tweets.  At around the same time, there were multiple cases of reported desecration of Jewish cemeteries, including the toppling of tombstones.  All this was presumed to be part of an imagined Trump Effect: [...] When Trump suggested that some of these might be typical Hate Hoaxes, he was denounced for that, too.  Well, it turned out that many bomb threats could be traced to one black disgruntled reporter (Juan Thompson) who was attempting to lay the blame on his white girlfriend.

ICE Calls Out CNN, NBC, Etc., For "False, Dangerous & Irresponsible" Fake News Reporting.  President Trump told a gathering of news media yesterday, namely the Mainstream Media that is not accustomed to having its status questioned, that they were constantly perpetrating fakes news to create an intended reaction from the American people.  ICE, the nation's largest immigration enforcement agency, just did the very same thing, calling out the media for its fabricated/highly slanted coverage of recent immigration raids and reminding everyone that under previous administration these raids were far more numerous — and the media then said NOTHING.

ICE: Raid reports fake news, Obama grabbed 350% more.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pushing back hard on media reports that President Trump has unleashed a mean-spirited national raid on immigrants, noting that it rounded up over 350 percent more during one sweep under former President Obama.  In a series of tweets, ICE called the reports, in the Washington Post and elsewhere, "dangerous and irresponsible."  The agency this week said that had made 683 arrests of mostly criminal illegal immigrants, or those with multiple cases against them beyond illegally crossing the border.

NBC News Spreads Fear, Lies With "Ghost Gun" Fake News.  Here's the thing: former ATF agent Rick Vasquez and Jeff Rossen are boldly and directly lying to the viewers/readers of NBC News.  I know this from firsthand experience, as I've built semi-automatic firearms from the ground up, including AR-15s and an AKM.  You cannot buy "all the parts" for any firearm online and simply slap the pieces together to build a functioning firearm as they mislead viewers, and this is a very easy claim to debunk.  Every firearm made or imported into the United States has a part of the frame or receiver that the ATF recognizes as the actual firearm that carries the serial number.  All the other pieces are just parts.

Iceberg Story, Slim.  In the post-November 8 universe, one man's fake news is another man's vitally important scoop.  The third-most emailed article in today's [2/7/2017] New York Times is surely both things depending on who's reading it. [...] Here's the gist of it:  A crack is growing in the Larson C Ice Shelf, "in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures" and may soon create a very large iceberg. [...] This is literally a story about an iceberg that could form — and then do no appreciable damage.  And lest you think there's any new information here, the Times reports that scientists have been monitoring the thing since 2014.

NBC's Holt Lectures Viewers on the Meaning of the Statue of Liberty.  With the debate over the legality of President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban still raging Monday evening [1/30/2017], NBC broadcasted their Nightly News program "from the shadow of the Statue of Liberty" accompanied by a lecture from anchor Lester Holt. [...] But neither ABC nor CBS treated it as a time to seemingly pontificate about the morality of the issue, let alone march out to the Statue of Liberty and use it as a prop.

Trump's Reassertion of Common Sense is a shattering experience for death-wish liberals, bishops, and RINOs.  The grandstanding hysteria over Trump's travel ban on people coming from seven terrorist countries falls into the category of sound and fury signifying nothing, save the persistence of death-wish liberalism in our politics.  It happened so "abruptly," harrumphed the chattering class.  Really?  Trump has only been talking about the ban for over a year.  People in those countries had since his victory in November time to "prepare" for it.  Besides, since when has it been a constitutional right for peoples residing in terrorist hotbeds to travel inconvenience-free to America?

The Famed 'Doomsday Clock' Is More Like A Liberal Angst Meter.  When the Doomsday Clock launched in 1947, the initial setting was seven minutes to midnight.  Since then, it's gone up and down.  The furthest it got from doomsday was 17 minutes in 1991.  The closest was 2 minutes to midnight in 1953.  But it's clear from its movements over the past seven decades that the Doomsday Clock is more about politics than any sort of scientific measure of the risk of global nuclear war.  After all, it has routinely counted down after a Republican wins the White House, and ticked up when Democrats reclaim the presidency.

Grasping for Metaphor, Reporters Flock to Burning DC Garbage Can.  As chance would happen, many of the people upset by the presidency of Donald Trump took to the streets of Washington today [1/20/2017] to express their displeasure with the new administration.  Shortly after Trump was sworn in, a large march organized by the DisruptJ20 protest group set out from Union Station to McPherson Square, where it is holding a large rally.  When the march passed by 13th and K streets, Northwest, some in in the demonstration broke away and started throwing newspaper boxes, garbage cans, and other objects in middle of K Street and set them on fire, using Trump T-shirts as kindling.  And as any event involving the combination of garbage, fire, and a large crowd — coupled with its convenient location right outside the office of a major news organization — does, the small blaze caught the attention of seemingly every reporter within sprinting distance.

No, Trump's Dismissal of Obama's Ambassadors Is Not an Unprecedented Crisis.  President-elect Donald Trump's order for all politically-appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day is "breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods," according to the New York Times.

The Election Was Not Hacked.  Despite the histrionic claims of the press, the election was not hacked.  The Democratic National Committee's lousy IT security allowed someone to access their emails which were then leaked.  Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta fell for an age-old phishing scam that was as believable as getting millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince.  Using the spotty media understanding of cybersecurity, they can claim that the DNC and Hillary's campaign were "hacked," but the election decisively was not.  And the press knows it.  In order to "hack" an election, a nefarious group would have to inltrate the voting systems of 50 states, plus DC and territories.  All of these systems are unique, with completely different architecture, ballot formats, tabulation processes, etc., etc.  This did not happen.  In fact, some hackers tried breaking into a few different states' systems weeks before the election, were quickly identied, and prevented from doing so.

'Russian hackers' penetrate US power grid with 'outdated Ukrainian malware'.  A Vermont utility sounded the alarm after finding malware code on a laptop that the FBI and DHS had touted as associated with Russian hackers.  However, cybersecurity specialists say the code came from an outdated Ukrainian hacking tool.

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This is one of the biggest mountains ever made out of a newsroom molehill.  Utility companies don't transact their business or control the power grid with laptop computers.  In any event, the presence of malware on one computer doesn't mean that any other computer was affected — or even the one with malware.  This story is a whole lot of nothing, probably intended to make Russia look like a villain, at a time when president-elect Trump is showing he's far more capable of dealing with Russia than Barack H. Obama ever was.

Russian Hacking Malware Found on Vermont Utility Computer.  Malware associated with Russian hackers was found on a computer belonging to a utility company in Vermont, according to the company.  After being alerted last night by the Department of Homeland Security about malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, Russia's hacking campaign against U.S. political institutions, Burlington Electric Department performed a scan, the utility said in a statement.  "We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature.  We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization's grid systems," the statement said.  "We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding."

Washington Post Publishes False News Story About Russians Hacking Electrical Grid.  The [Washington] Post [12/30/2016] story was titled, "Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say."  The story said, "A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials."  The Post published the story before being able to get comment from the two utility companies in Vermont.  The Burlington Electric Department would end up putting out a statement showing the premise of The Washington Post story as being untrue.

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Wait, Never Mind, Russia's Not Trying to Destroy Vermont After All.  Hey, remember that ominous Washington Post story about Russia hacking a Vermont electrical company, and the scary warnings from Vermont Democrats that Vladimir Putin was attempting to shut down the grid in the middle of winter?  This morning [1/3/2017] the Post reports, "Whoops!"

Vt. utility not specifically targeted for hack, official says.  Federal investigators have found no information suggesting this city's electric utility was specifically targeted after Burlington officials found malicious software linked to Russian hackers on a department laptop, the utility's general manager said Saturday [12/31/2016].  Evidence of Internet traffic associated with Grizzly Steppe, a notorious Russian distributor of malware, was disturbing but did not pose a threat to Burlington Electric Department's highly computerized grid or its customers, said Neale Lunderville, general manager of the city-owned utility.  The stealth software, isolated on the one laptop, was discovered Friday [12/30/2016] as part of ongoing routine vigilance.

The Great Hacking of Vermont's Electrical Grid That Never Happened.  For starters, the computer that had the malware was an employee's laptop, and it was never connected to the Vermont electrical grid itself.  Vermont had not been specifically targeted, and the Post's original headline — "Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, U.S. officials say" — was false.  The statement from Burlington Electric Department General Manager Neale F. Lunderville not-so-subtly urges the media covering this news to get their facts straight: [...]

Washington Post corrects story on Vermont utility breach.  The Washington Post has corrected a story that originally said Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electric grid by breaching a utility company in Vermont.  "An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid.  Authorities say there is no indication of that so far.  The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid," an editor's note attached to the original article said.  The original story was published Friday, one day after the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia for its cyber activities.

Washington Post retracts story about Russian hack at Vermont utility.  The Washington Post has retracted its story about Russian hackers penetrating the nation's electricity grid with a virus found in a Burlington, Vt., electric company laptop.  "Authorities say there is no indication of that so far [that Russians had penetrated the US electric grid]," according to an editor's note attached to a corrected version of the story on the paper's website.  "The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid," the editor's note read.

These Are the Media's Top Ten Embarrassments of the Year.  According to the major networks, Fidel was awesome, Hillary rallies are the best, and white people ruined America.

The Scourge of Dumb News.  Media is a product.  Firms that provide this product are servicing a need, and we'd only be kidding ourselves to claim news consumers desire only to be informed.  This isn't a matter of simple bias confirmation.  News outlets have begun to cater not just to partisans but the minimally informed for whom fleeting and shareable controversies provide a sense of feeling informed. [...] "Fake news" is a real problem, but it attracts a credulous audience because news consumers have been primed to expect emotional satisfaction from the news.

12 Fake News Stories from the Mainstream Media.  [For example,] Dateline NBC rigs a truck to explode:  In 1993, NBC News delivered a historic public apology for staging the test crash of a General Motors pickup truck for the Dateline NBC program.  The reporters wanted to demonstrate that gas could leak from the truck's fuel tank and cause a dangerous fire after a crash, so they rigged it with explosives. [...] Dateline NBC was far from the only example of dubious product-safety reporting.  It wasn't even the first time a vehicle was rigged to explode for a major network consumer report.

Amanpour: Media Should Fight Trump Because He Might Start Putting Us In Cages.  CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour urged journalists Tuesday night to protect their profession from the "existential threat" of President-elect Donald Trump, who she implied might try to put the media in "cages."  Citing Trump's tweet about the media "inciting" some of the protests against him following the election, Amanpour warned gravely of authoritarian leaders who dismantle the free press and imprison journalists.

Corporate Media Berating Fake News Should Look In Mirror.  The corporate media has been abuzz recently about the surge of fake news stories tainting our digital ether, cautioning consumers against being conned by those pushing fantastical falsehoods online.  The glaring problem with this:  the messenger.  As reflective as the Democratic (and Republican) establishment should be in the aftermath of the Trump-nado that swept itself into the White House, the elites in our media should be looking themselves in the mirror morning, noon, and night, perhaps more than any other institution in the U.S.  Complacent for decades in a system of its own tone-deaf creation, political media elites have long operated by chasing the "horse race" of he-said, she-said politics — or in Trump's case, he-tweeted, she-tweeted.

Trump Sticks with People Who Stuck by Him, Media Bewildered.  As soon as the news broke that President-elect Trump had named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist, the media began acting as if he'd just freed Charles Manson and given him the launch codes.  After helping Trump win in states where Republicans have sought nothing but moral victories for decades, Bannon seemed like a perfectly logical choice to keep close in an advisory capacity.

The Misinformation Age.  Consumers of mass media are not seeking to be informed, because they assume it is all nonsense.  They just want to be entertained.  It's probably why Trump is one nominee and Clinton is the other.  Everyone is looking forward to the brash bully tearing into the corrupt old cow.  It may be awful for the country, but it will make good TV.

Obama's legacy:  Dead cops.  [Scroll down]  For one thing, if Obama did his homework at all, he would know that what appears to be an explosion of killings-by-police is actually just an explosion of media hype on the rare occasions when it happens, often without any of the context that would help people explain why a certain thing happened.  A responsible president would urge people to wait for the facts and recognize that even though they can make mistakes, police officers have dangerous, difficult and crucially important job such that they do not deserve to be painted with a broad brush as a bunch of racists.

CNN's Liberal Meltdown:  Brexit Means 'Xenophobia,' 'White Identity' Win.  Liberal CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour suffered an epic meltdown on Thursday night [6/23/2016] as it became clear that Britain was asserting its national sovereignty and voting to leave the European Union.  The sneering Amanpour repeatedly derided it as an example of "xenophobia" and "white identity" politics.  Early in the evening, with the result still in doubt, Amanpour told Anderson Cooper:  "A lot of the Leave movements are led by the hard-right, very, very xenophobic, anti-immigrant, very populist, nationalist, white identity politics."  Later, as reality set in, the journalist referenced the current issue of The Economist and raged, "This marks a victory for the kind of economic nationalism, to quote this article here, for the kind of xenophobia, that will imperil the liberal world order that has guaranteed western prosperity and stability since World War II."

'This is the end': Media hysterical over Brexit.  Reporters around the world were left terrified, heartbroken and angry over the vote in the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.  "No words.  The dream is over.  Britain has voted to fall into the sea.  This is the end," Fusion's Felix Salmon opined on social media.  "I despair.  This is not my England."  "I feel like there's been a death in the family.  There needs to be some kind of funeral," he added.

My Shared Shame: The Media Helped Make Trump.  Those of us in the news media have sometimes blamed Donald Trump's rise on the Republican Party's toxic manipulation of racial resentments over the years.  But we should also acknowledge another force that empowered Trump:  Us.  I polled a number of journalists and scholars, and there was a broad (though not universal) view that we in the media screwed up.  Our first big failing was that television in particular handed Trump the microphone without adequately fact-checking him or rigorously examining his background, in a craven symbiosis that boosted audiences for both.

Hillary's Really Bad Week No One Heard About because Guess Who.  Hillary Clinton had a gaffe-filled, staggeringly bad week last week.  It started with her politicizing Nancy Reagan's funeral and ending with more explosive allegations that her informal adviser Sidney Blumenthal had directly cut and pasted classified intelligence into an unsecured personal e-mail account.  But you wouldn't know it from media campaign coverage, which has been far more occupied with the GOP primary and the escalation of violent incidents at rallies.

Of Course Whites Commit Most Of The Crime In Fargo You Idiots.  It's time for another fantastically stupid "exclusive" news story from the folks at Fargo-based television news station Valley News Live.  Their big revelation?  White people commit most of the crime in Fargo.  A city where, according to the U.S. Census, is 90.2 percent white.

The myth of the cop killing 'epidemic'.  To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport.  Except that these homicidal goons are wearing the blues and badges of American police departments.  It's the narrative that's given rise to the protest movement Black Lives Matter and to a growing public mistrust of the police in general.  From Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to the recent shooting of a middle-aged woman and a teen in Chicago, the body count seemingly keeps rising, exacerbating racial tensions and keeping the nation on edge.  And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.  Problem is, it's simply not true.

5 Devastating Facts About Black-on-Black Crime.  The mainstream American media is, again, happily hitting the Black Lives Matter crack pipe in its pernicious pursuit of high ratings. [...] [T]he ugly truth behind #BlackLivesMatter is that black people killing other black people does nothing to advance its political power in the same way that one white cop killing a black criminal can.  Despite the media's overindulgence on white cops killing blacks, there is still a far-larger amount of black bodies being sent to morgues by black killers.  Here's five devastating facts, liberals can't deny, that prove it.

The System Worked, So Why The Protests In Chicago?  The truth is the awful death is demeaned by another outbreak of the nation's protest industry, one that unfortunately doesn't move itself overseas.  The telling tip-off is the presence of Jesse Jackson.  Or Al Sharpton.  And protest leaders' choice of target, in this case a nationally familiar tourist area that — Oh, look! — is handy to all the local TV newsrooms.  And it piggybacks on a traditionally slow news day's fascination with holiday shoppers.  A perfect public-relations storm for protesters.

Don't Believe the Media!  You must keep in mind that the media industry is exactly that; an industry.  They must make greater and greater profits to satisfy their stockholders.  Dramatic reports of a child that is shot by another child increase ratings much more than reporting that 28 women used a gun to fight off rape today and every day, for that matter (the national average).  A heart rending image of a mother who just lost a child to a drive-by shooting drives ratings much higher than a dry report that violent crime is down in states with the least amount of gun control.  The simple fact is that violence sells! [...] Splashier news makes for more profit.  You can't blame someone for wanting to make more money, even if you disagree with how they do it.  So, it is imperative that you remember that those in control of the media have their own agenda and that agenda does NOT serve YOUR best interest.  Since violence sells and legal unrestricted gun ownership reduces violence, it is in the media's business interest to promote restrictions on legal gun ownership.

Media Coverage Foments Copycat Suicides, Including Mass-Shooter Suicides.  Earlier this year, the deranged 26-year-old gunman who snuffed out the lives of nine innocent human beings before taking his own life on the campus of Umpqua Community College provided some real insight into the minds of the young men involved in what is a disturbing — and growing — trend in America:  mass-shooter suicides.  And that's what these are, these mass shootings.  They are suicides that would not be big national stories without a body count that included innocents killed in movie theaters, churches, schools.  And, to judge from the shooter's words, they are mass shootings that might not have happened at all had there been no prospect of mass-media coverage.

No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day.  If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this:  You should drink eight glasses of water a day.  It's just not true.  There is no science behind it.  And yet every summer we are inundated with news media reports warning that dehydration is dangerous and also ubiquitous.  These reports work up a fear that otherwise healthy adults and children are walking around dehydrated, even that dehydration has reached epidemic proportions.  Let's put these claims under scrutiny.

The Plight of the Unarmed Perp.  This is the point I really want to make: the constant emphasis on police shootings of unarmed men that we see in the press is, for the most part, crazy.  If you are a perp, or a suspect, or an inoffensive person walking down the street, you may be unarmed, but the police officer is not.  Nor, in most cases, will he have any immediate way to know whether you are armed or not.  If you attack him, what do you expect him to do?  Challenge you to an arm-wrestling match?  He is entitled to use deadly force to defend himself.  Attacking a police officer rarely ends well.  Likewise with fleeing a police officer who is ordering you to stop.  If there is a problem here, it does not demand a thorough revamping of American police practices.  Rather, it suggests that those who have influence with a small demographic group — 6% of the population, according to the Post — impress upon them that they should not attack police officers under any circumstances, and if told to stop, they should stop.  If they put their hands up, they are not going to get shot.

Priceless Liberal reactions to allegedly violent black burglar shot by police.  We don't know all the facts.  Maybe he fought with the cops and they shot him in self defense.  Maybe he didn't fight at all and they still shot him.  What we do know, however, is that he rammed a dealership with his car and started to deface the cars in the lot.  He wasn't shot walking home from the library; he was shot while committing an act of violence and destruction of property.

Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed College Football Player.  Officers were responding to a burglary call about 1 a.m. Friday [8/7/2015] in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department.  The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued.  At some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor.

The Editor says...
Why is the perpetrator identified, every time this story comes up, as a football player?  What difference does it make if he plays football?  He certainly wasn't playing football in the closed showroom of a car dealership well after midnight.  The clear implication is that the liberal press considers football players to be on a plane above all others.

In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions.  When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered:  One lion fewer to menace families like mine.  My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain.  I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I'd experienced during my five years studying in the United States.  Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people?  That all the talk about Cecil being "beloved" or a "local favorite" was media hype?

Nets Spend 30 Minutes on Lion; Censor Abortion Videos.  The broadcast news shows covered Cecil the lion more in one day than they spent on the Planned Parenthood videos in two weeks — and that discrepancy only continues to grow.  In two days, ABC, NBC and CBS have spent 30 minutes, 1 second on Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist.  But anchors couldn't spare nearly as much time for the videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting of aborted baby parts.  Since the release of the Center for Medical Progress' first video two weeks ago, the networks have spent only 11 minutes, 13 seconds on the story.

World Explodes over Dead Lion, Ignores Planned Parenthood.  On Tuesday [7/28/2015], the world lost its collective mind — whatever is left of it, anyway — when media discovered the identity of the killer of a Zimbabwean named Cecil.  Cecil is a lion.  Cecil, a lion, was by most accounts "one of Africa's most famous lions."  Cecil, incredibly, was famous for being a lion, not for curing cancer, although you wouldn't know that by the media coverage.  The man who shot Cecil, a lion, to death is Dr. Walter Palmer, a big game hunter who allegedly paid $55,000 for a big game permit.  He hired a guide, who lured Cecil, a lion, out from a protected area, where Cecil, a lion, then met his end.

The War on Black People in South Carolina: the First Casualty is Truth.  Mass murder was not enough.  Not for the army of reporters who soon after the South Carolina killings surrounded this truth with a bodyguard of lies.  The shooting was part of a pattern of white on black violence wildly out of proportion, journalists told us over and over.  The tragedy also reminded many scribes of the so-called epidemic of arson against black churches in the 1990s.  Neither of which are true.

If You're Going To Fake A Rape, Remember To Take Off Your Fitbit.  Technology can be a useful tool for the rape hoaxer, but inevitably it leads to the hoaxer's downfall.  Social media can catapult a mattress-carrying liar all the way to the State of the Union Address, but then her text-message record can show her for the fraud she is.  (And if she subsequently decides to post amateur porn online, well... )  A once-respected magazine can put a rape hoaxer in the headlines, but then a handful of bloggers questioning the story can bring it all crashing down.

ABC's '08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015.  New York City underwater?  Gas over $9 a gallon?  A carton of milk costs almost $13?  Welcome to June 12, 2015.  Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago.  Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.  The segment included supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, "It's June 8th, 2015.  One carton of milk is $12.99."  (On the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.)  Another clip featured this prediction for the current year:  "Gas reached over $9 a gallon."  (In reality, gas costs an average of $2.75.)

Media distorts Bibi's statements, then claims he's walking them back.  The distortion of Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election statements on a two-state solution and Arab voting was a classic Obama and media distortion.  If you take the actual text of Netanyahu said, he never ruled out a two-state solution and never discouraged Arab voting.  But those were the headlines and the foaming-at-the mouth hyperbole, fomented by the Obama administration in numerous anonymous statements to the media.

58,000 children 'abducted' a year: yet another fishy statistic.  [Scroll down]  In other words, these numbers come from an era that predates the wide use of mobile phones, which allow parents to keep much closer track of their children, or the creation of the Amber alerts (which are also on phones, in Facebook news feeds and so forth).  There is an update in the works but the results will not be released until sometime later this year.  So, first off, you see this is an estimate, based on a survey, not based on actual incidents.  NBC News claimed this was FBI data, which makes it sound like actual reports, but instead this was simply derived from a study conducted by academicians for the Justice Department.

NBC Devotes Nearly Four Minutes to Dress Debate, Seconds to Clinton Corruption.  On Friday [2/27/2015], NBC finally noticed the corruption scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton.  However, the coverage on the Today show was relegated to a 49-second mention within a story slamming Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  By contrast, the morning show devoted 3 minutes 56 seconds to a social media debate about the color of a dress.

Another Bogus Academic Study Creates Bogus Headlines.  Thanks to the Washington Post, we have new entry in what is surely the fastest-growing industry in academia: bogus studies that purport to show there is no difference between black and white rates of crime. [...] This latest headline from the Post tells a shocking story:  "Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens."  Or it would be shocking if it were true.  But it is not.

Reporter is Maced After Storming a Police Station with Protesters.  If you run with radicals, expect to be treated like them.  You storm a police headquarters and you get maced for being part of the mob.  Oh, boo hoo!  This reporter should not have expected anything less.  He's lucky he didn't get shot.

CBS: Voter ID Laws Are Like Violent Attacks on Blacks at Selma.  The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday [12/15/2014] compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years.

The great campus rape hoax.  Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it's becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.  No, I'm not talking about the Rolling Stone's lurid and now-exploded fraternity gang-rape story.  Whatever the truth behind that story, it's now clear that basically nothing that Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely told us happened, actually happened.  But the hoax is much bigger than one overwrought and perhaps entirely fictional tale of campus goings-on.

Hysterical Media Tell Us to Calm Down.  In the past week, The New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for having "fed panic" by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries.  [...] I haven't noticed any panic.  If you want panic, review media coverage of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.  That hair-on-fire coverage was based entirely, it turns out, on the media's gullibly swallowing inaccurate accounts of the incident.  For decades liberals have terrified soccer moms about a slew of imaginary terrors:  global warming, Alar on apples, breast implants, heterosexual AIDS, nuclear war, and Republicans taking away their birth control.

Ebola and the Media's Multiple Personality Disorder.  While The Daily Mail suggests that terrorists could transform the virus into a weapon, The Daily Beast declares that the "Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease."  Fox raises the specter of illegal immigrants bringing the virus over the border, and MSNBC assures us that the authorities have things in hand.  One outlet asks an author of medical thrillers to speculate about the ways the threat might mutate into something more frightening; another declares that we're watching an "epic, epidemic overreaction."  Wait, sorry:  Did I say that was "another" outlet?  Actually, those last two both came from CNN.

Media Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns.  The very moment that the news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down.  But nobody was panicking.  I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread quickly is not panicking.  Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery and heading to your cabin in West Virginia.  I mean, maybe there's someone who has done just that.  But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking.

Race-Baiting CNN Falls For Another Trayvonesque Hoax.  Desperate to frame the shooting death of Michael Brown in racial terms, CNN has bitten hard on what appears to be faked evidence.  The network did the same thing during the Trayvon Martin case.

Ebola Optics and Questionable MSM Smiley Narratives.  Conservatives can be forgiven if, after having carefully reflected upon a sampling of MSM Ebola narratives, they conclude that something seems a bit askew.  Certain optics and associated stories appear to put a giant smiley face on the Ebola situation.  Nothing to worry about here.  Move along.  However, certain omissions raise troubling questions in regard to what we have been told — especially when the omissions are conjoined with scientific findings on Ebola. [...] The MSM is obviously populated by many people whose mouths are as big as their brains are tiny.  It is therefore no surprise that many such people do not know how to recognize when a question is really statistical in nature and, if it is, how to analyze it.

About That 'World-Ending' Solar Storm...  News of a devastating solar storm 'just missing' Earth in 2012 made the rounds last week.  Turns out that storm was nowhere near us, and similar storms have happened before.

Taliban sets oil tankers on fire in Afghanistan.  Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space.  The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.

The Editor says...
The sensational headline would lead most readers to believe that somebody had set fire to two or more ocean-going oil tankers.  In reality, only a few thousand gallons of oil — in ordinary trucks — appear to be involved.

The new oil crisis: exploding trains.  Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America's energy boom:  Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government's oversight.

The Editor says...
The article immediately above is one of those "We need more legislation" commercial for Big Government.  Big Oil is outrunning "the federal government's oversight."  Railroad companies apparently don't care if trains derail, you see, but if the government takes over, there will never be another train wreck.

U.S. passenger jet nearly collided with drone in March: FAA.  An American Airlines Group Inc aircraft almost collided with a drone above Florida earlier this year, a near-accident that highlights the growing risk from rising use of unmanned aircraft, the U.S. air safety regulator said.

The Editor says...
Don't be deceived by the sensational headline.  It was a small plane, a small drone, no collision, very small story.

Barbara Walters is TV personality, not a journalist.  Walters broke into the media business as a behind-the-scenes writer at NBC, eventually working her way up to be co-host of "Today."  She entered the network news world with no journalistic credentials, a fact that bothered the grizzled news veterans of the day.  She made history in 1976 when ABC hired her to be the first woman to co-anchor a network evening newscast.  The gimmick of hiring a "Today" host to do a serious newscast never worked.  Walters had built her career as a morning gabber, and that didn't translate to the serious news anchor desk.

Dateline producer suing NBC.  Women working at NBC's Dateline show are regularly asked to pose as 'sexual bait' for stories about prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual deviants according to a female producer who is now suing the network.  New York-based Kimberly Lengle, 33, says she quit the program last April after a senior HR director failed to follow-up on her complaints about the practice.

Logic Gets Sucked into the Polar Vortex.  North America is presently experiencing the kind of abnormally cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on computer climate models.  The mainstream media is overflowing with headlines about coldness raging unexpectedly across Canada in January, Jack Frost nipping at people's noses, and other signs of the Apocalypse.  Naturally, then, it was only a matter of time before these media outlets — aka the global Ministry of Propaganda — let the other shoe drop, and explained how all this routine winter weather is the result of man-made global warming, and therefore can only be halted by international totalitarianism.

Obama portrayed as victim.  Some may think reporters and editors are simply clumsy or indifferent writers, and sometimes they are.  But much of the time they choose their words (and photos) with exquisite and subtle care.  They also realize that most people only look at the headlines and photos of most articles, and that those are therefore the most important elements, and that even people who do read the article often read only the first few paragraphs.

The media war over George W. Bush's stent.  From Benghazi to the health of former President George W. Bush, wild unsubstantiated assertions by the news media take the place of real reporting.  Fox News is left to set the record straight, yet frequently it doesn't get the credit it deserves.  The stent placement in President Bush's coronary artery is the latest example of the world of Fox News versus wild speculation.

Media Coverage of Benghazi Leans Toward Political Theater.  First, we learned from the Obama Administration that it was a YouTube video that sparked the protests — a false narrative gladly perpetuated by the media as long as possible.  Currently, the media and the administration are pushing the story that attempts to investigate Benghazi constitute a Republican vendetta, the perpetuation of a "phony scandal" to incite the populace against the President and former Secretary of State — and presidential hopeful — Hillary Clinton.  To this end, it is not surprising that key details of the recent congressional hearings on Benghazi went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.

Art Horn Letter to Connecticut State Department of Agriculture.  Hurricane Sandy was not a "Super Storm".  This label was assigned by the news media.  Those who called Sandy a Super Storm did so because they liked the sound of "Super Storm."  Having worked in television news rooms for 25 years I am well acquainted with these exaggerations.  The term "Super Storm Sandy" sounds much more dramatic than "Sandy is a category one Hurricane on a scale of one to five" which is what it was.

Breaking News! Seventh First Climate Refugees Discovered!  BBC, your climate reporting is pathetic.  Doesn't anyone there think to check up on some dewy-eyed reporter gushing on about the tragic fate of the latest batch of pseudo-refugees?  Missing the facts in this story would have been understandable a decade ago, but in 2013, you guys are a running joke.

The Media's Moral Decline: Standards, Story Selection Now Tabloids On Steroids.  For those who don't live in New York and aren't familiar with the Daily News, it should be noted that while it sometimes reads like a tabloid, it is a legitimate news source and is mentioned in the same breath as The News York Times and New York Post one of the city's top newspapers.  In fact, the Daily News has won ten Pulitzers and is the fourth-most circulated newspaper in the United States.  To that end, these headlines aren't too different than what we see dominating national or local cable news today, and by extension (since we cover this stuff), Mediaite as well.

An Abortionist's Unglamorous Victims.  He's allegedly killed more people than Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy combined, but most Americans have never heard of him. [...] We have wall-to-wall coverage of Jodi Arias, a lone nut who admits to killing her boyfriend in Arizona, but a blackout on Kermit Gosnell.  And why wouldn't we?  The Arias trial involves nude pictures, kinky sex, and an attractive woman.

The 10 Absolute Worst Media Reactions To The Boston Marathon Bombings.  In the media business, what's the one thing you can consistently expect from reporters, pundits, "experts," and anchors on the day of a major news event?  Speculation.  Wild, unabashed speculation.  Oftentimes, their conjecture is based on their own political beliefs and agendas.  And this can lead to some particularly ugly comments while the wounds are still fresh during major tragedies like the Newtown and Aurora massacres... and Monday's Boston marathon bombings.

The Media's Privacy War.  Sensationalizing the news and publicizing the story non-stop allows advertisers to count on human nature.  The public tunes in and/or buys the newspaper.  Media networks bet that if you get hooked on the drama, the personalities of the reporters, you will keep watching or buying the particular outlet for your news.  High viewership and readership increases the likelihood of advertising sales.  The media wages a privacy war for money.

Woodward-Sperling Flap May Turn Tide.  The more superficial the brouhaha the bigger its impact.  What public figures say is more important than what they do, because cable TV and political blogs can cover a mud fight more cheaply and more easily than they can a real story.

Geraldo Rivera and Common Decency.  There are those who will dismiss Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera's announcement that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014 as a Republican as just one more publicity stunt in a career replete with them.  Rivera's public record is mixed, as it has combined serious advocacy on a number of issues with the sort of foolish excess that has given a bad name to tabloid journalism.  If people think of him more as a celebrity than a journalist, it is his own fault and not something that he has seemed to mind very much.

The media love maniacs.  The same media that pointedly ignore frequent life-saving defensive uses of firearms consistently pours hours and days and weeks of attention upon the latest maniac who chooses a firearm as his tool of mass murder, so that the next potential insane villain cannot fail to notice the easy path to fame and immortality that the misuse of a gun can bring.  But the greatest fame will only attach if they can beat the previous body-count record, a number constantly and loudly broadcast, so that no one can fail to hear it.  The message to the unstable is clear:  Come on, you crazy guys, can't you at least murder your way to thirty?

Newtown is the Latest Example of Media Overkill.  On behalf of all us, I beg the media:  Please go away.  Please stop cold calling my friends who live in Sandy Hook for potential news nuggets.  Please stop harassing people like my mother as they leave funerals.  Please stop parking on people's lawns without permission.

CBS presents hype as news.  Does anyone remember when CBS used to be a respected news organization that did its own research — or at least quoted independent experts?  Or even conducted interviews?  When it comes to health and science news, alas, it seems like they've been reduced to rewriting alarmist or sensationalist press releases.

The 'Screw Science' Media and Super Storm Sandy.  When science departs from the scary-story script, journalists are the first to dismiss its importance.

Newsweek's 'Muslim Rage': A sickening piece of shock journalism that cheapens a once great magazine.  Sensational covers now seem to be the only way to keep selling the magazine, whether it's declaring Obama to be the first gay president or a recycled picture of asparagus spears and a juicy pair of lips to tease customers into parting with their change.

A Tsunami of Exaggeration.  One of the current obsessions is how much debris from the tsunami in Japan last year — some of it possibly radioactive!!! — will be washing ashore in North America.  Usha Lee McFarling writes in the Los Angeles Times that we should all calm down.

When 'Minority' is a Trick of Definition.  When the Census Bureau this month issued a press release headlined "Most Children Younger Than Age 1 are Minorities," the media snapped to attention.  News outlets nationwide covered the announcement, hailing it as a "historic demographic milestone" (CNN), as the "dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority" (Washington Post), and as an "important turning point for the nation" (McClatchy) that would "starkly ... change the face of America's next generations" (Time).  None of that was true.  None of that was new, either.

Mike Wallace, Entertainment, and Journalism.  On the back nine, Mike liked to think of himself exclusively as a journalist.  The network might have plucked him from daytime television — but taking the shill out of the entertainer was another matter.  Wallace was the quintessential barker, an ambulance-chaser with press credentials.  He perfected the art of "ambush" journalism at CBS.  With such tactics, copy led only when it bled.  Indeed, Mike Wallace's career echoes some of the more predatory traditions of broadcast journalism.

Journalism's Eroding Integrity.  The ABC News product increasingly ceases to be journalism.  It is sensationalism.  It is reprehensible.  It's time to let ABC News feel the sting of public disapproval.

Journalists don't have good grasp of religion.  Evidence of big media's bias against religion that doesn't advance the secular and liberal agenda of the Democratic Party is beyond dispute.  Any faith attached to a conservative agenda is to be ridiculed, stereotyped and misrepresented.  Islam is a notable exception.  The media appear to bend over backward not to offend Muslims.

ABC News' reporting on the Aurora shooting is even worse than we thought.  Apparently this story isn't horrible enough already.  The people we used to count on to tell us the news keep doing [everything they can] to make it even worse.

Police called in because of disruptive MEDIA members harassing employees at Hollywood Chick-Fil-A 'kiss-in'.  Apparently, in Hollywood, CA police had to be called in because of disruptive people.  The police weren't called in because of the protesters doing anything wrong, but rather for the pink slime media members who were harassing the employees!

Upon Further Review?  How the media does love its monsters.  The media got an early Christmas gift from Jerry Sandusky, who fills the hideous monster vacuum that had developed after Osama Bin Laden was slain.  How the media does love its monsters.  After Bin Laden, the monster niche was neatly filled by Dominique Strauss-Kahn (almost forgotten now, relegated to media monster purgatory.)  Prior to DSK we had folk villain Bernie Madoff, after which Michael Vick's head was served to us on a platter.  Prior to Vick came loony monster Mel Gibson, preceded by Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber and, to be sure, O.J. Simpson, a sort of monster emeritus.  Qadaffi was October monster of the month, giving way to Sandusky.

What is Poverty in the United States Today?  [Scroll down]  Mainstream news media also present poverty in America as severe material hardship. ... The ongoing use of examples of severe hardship in TV news should not be surprising.  TV news thrives on drama, and reporters naturally seek out the starkest and most sympathetic examples of poverty to build the most compelling stories.  By contrast, a realistic portrayal of the living conditions of the typical poor family in America would not make compelling viewing.  In fact, the audience would be unlikely to regard such a family as seriously deprived.

Payday Loans.  The mindset of the left was recently displayed in a big, front-page story in the October 30th issue of the San Mateo County Times.  It was an investigative reporter's expose of the "payday loan" business and its lobbyists.  According to the reporter:  "In California lenders charge up to $45 in fees on a maximum $300 loan.  This amounts to an interest rate of 460 percent, trapping some borrowers into a never-ending cycle of debt." ... Using this kind of reasoning — or lack of reasoning — you could quote the price of salmon as $15,000 a ton or say a hotel room rents for $36,000 a year, when no consumer buys a ton of salmon and few people stay in a hotel room all year.  It is clever propaganda, but do people buy newspapers to be propagandized?

The 'Hunger' Hoax.  Twenty years ago, hysteria swept through the media over "hunger in America." Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 declaring, "one in eight American children is going hungry tonight."  Newsweek, the Associated Press and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or without that unsubstantiated statistic.

Jackie, Oh No.  Is there a more empathetic person in the world than Diane Sawyer, the top newsreader at ABC TV?  I'm sure there must be — around seven billion of them, probably.  But is there anyone who looks more empathetic than Diane Sawyer?  Not a chance.  When she peers at you through the camera she has the look of someone who's just seen your lab results and is trying to figure out how to break the bad news.

The Editor says...
Bill Curtis of WBBM-TV has perfected the "phony concerned look".

Understanding Poverty in the U.S.  Poor Americans, on average, live in larger houses or apartments than does the average, non-poor individual living in Sweden, France, Germany or the United Kingdom.  The media cry with alarm that "nearly one in four kids" in the nation are hungry.  Again, government data show otherwise.  Fully 96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during 2009, despite the severity of the recession, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A Weather Newsgasm.  [Scroll down]  The incessant "news" coverage reflects the way television (and print) news professionals tend to regard viewers as too stupid to make decisions as basic as preparing for the hurricane or evacuating before its arrival, nor do they just report the news, i.e., the facts.  So far as Irene was concerned, they engaged in massive speculation and endless predictions.

Here's an example of news media alarmism:
Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop.  Those little boxes that usher cable signals and digital recording capacity into televisions have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, with some typical home entertainment configurations eating more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems. ... One high-definition DVR and one high-definition cable box use an average of 446 kilowatt hours a year...

The Editor's rebuttal:
Do the math.  446 kWh a year, consumed by an appliance that runs 24 hours a day, is an average power consumption of only 50 watts.  Is that more power than your "central air-conditioning system" uses?  Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to get a high-def DVR and a cable box.  If that's how you want to spend your money, that's your business.

Exploiting the Japanese.  For the left, no crisis is too terrible to go unused.  So it is with the horrific suffering that has taken place in Japan. ... In [an] appearance on the NBC Nightly News, Edward Lyman of UCS stressed the ominous situation in Japan while at the same time stressing that "it can happen here."  The "safety bar is set too low," Lyman insisted.  We need more restrictions — presumably the sort that would slow down further nuclear power development or shut it down entirely.  Suddenly, the media was full of the "worse than Three Mile Island" scenario — the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.  Come to think of it, has there been a nuclear "catastrophe" since Chernobyl?  Is the situation in Japan, however serious it may be, a Chernobyl-scale accident?  Not likely, but the media seems to be licking its lips, hoping it will come close.

Fear the Media Meltdown, Not the Nuclear One.  Relax:  this is not another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and I'll tell you exactly why.  The only thing to fear is the sensationalist reporting that has the world panicked.

The Media's Deadly Sin.  Last year I was listening to the radio and heard that our area had experienced an earthquake during the night.  I took the reporter's word that it happened; it had been so mild that I slept right through it.  In December 1995, if one weren't visiting a national park or applying for a passport, the government shutdown had the same impact as that earthquake.  In other words, if it hadn't been for the media caterwauling, the majority of us wouldn't have even known the shutdown had happened.

Journalists' sob stories block reform.  Now that budget battles have begun in earnest all around the country, those advocating spending cuts, Democratic and Republican, had better not expect any help in furthering their cause from the mainstream news media.  In fact, the news media might be their most formidable foe.  How so?  Well, now that we know the targets of the cuts, the news media, suckers for a sob story, are already throbbing with carefully orchestrated, heart-rending tales about what devastation those cuts will cause:  Children who won't be fed; students unable to afford college; classrooms bursting at the seams; cancers that will not be treated; trains that won't run; roads that won't be built; families becoming homeless or freezing in their unheated homes; single mothers who will lose child care and job training; food that will not be inspected; water and air that will be more polluted; farmers who will be forced from their land; playgrounds, parks, museums, libraries and health clinics that will be closed.  You know the drill.

The Toyota Death Panel.  The Toyota scare was just the latest in a long series of orchestrated crises, in the tradition of the Alar scam of the 1980s, or DDT hysteria before that.  It's very easy to provoke a media stampede against a large corporation.  The narrative plays into the anti-business biases of reporters, whose ears are hungry for the distant cry of trumpets calling them to battle in a populist crusade.

The Anti-Cop Trend That Isn't.  [Scroll down]  Dig into most of these articles, however, and you will find there is no real evidence of an increase in anti-police violence, let alone one that can be traced to anti-police rhetoric, gun sales, disrespect for authority, or "don't tread on me" sentiment.  (CNN is one of the few media outlets that have covered the purported anti-police trend with appropriate skepticism.)  Amid all the quotes from concerned law enforcement officials in MSNBC's "War on Cops" article, for example, is a casual mention that police fatality statistics for this month are about the same as they were in January 2010.

The Media's Debacles.  Without an analysis of the significance of an event, the news becomes an arena in which to compete for attention and the most outlandish, shocking, offensive or bizarre becomes "newsworthy".  Competition for sensational news is no less intense today than it was when the so-called "yellow press" in the United States, largely under the control of editor William Randolph Hearst, found Spain guilty for the disaster of the sinking of the U.S. battleship "Maine" in Havana harbor and provoked the Spanish-American War in 1898. ... A viewing audience unequipped with basic background information is likely to take at face value the absurd, shocking and grotesque if portrayed often enough and presented as "news".

IPCC Distortion Of Weather And Climate Is Reinforced By Media Hyperbole.  It's pathetic to watch the US mainstream media yearn for a hurricane, especially one that will threaten people.  They anxiously scan the weather maps off the coast of West Africa for any low-pressure system that might develop into a news making, life threatening, normal event.  It is another measure of how the media is not about news but editorializing, speculation and sensationalism.  Sadly, they are joined in this or at least not dissuaded or counteracted by government agencies.

Jacksonian America.  On September 11th 2001, about an hour after the planes hit the twin towers, Jo Moore, a senior advisor to Britain's Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, turned away from the TV and fired off a departmental e-mail:  It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.  I'm not sure where Ms Moore is these days, but June 25th and all the following week were even better days to get out anything you want to bury.  The House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey "cap-and-trade" bill ... And nobody cared.  Because Michael Jackson had died.

The Price Of A Porcine Panic.  There's panic in the streets over a flu outbreak.  "Projections are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans," the nation's top health official has warned.  The virus is swine flu.  But the date is 1976.  And the projection, it turns out, is off by 999,999 deaths.  Direct ones, that is.  The hastily developed vaccine killed or crippled hundreds.

Figuring How to Terrify Us Over Swine Flu.  "U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die."  So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at the keyboard.

A pandemic of panic — are we dead yet?  We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS, SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by kudzu.  But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.

The Great Liberal Pandemonium Machine.  The Mexican swine flu pandemic?  Oh, that's soooo yesterday.  Global Warming?  All those confident "scientific" predictions are falling apart around the world, even as greedy politicians still try to squeeze the last little drops of power and money out of them.  Human flesh-eating bacteria?  SARS?  Ozone holes?  Mad Cow?  The Curse of the Killer Tomatoes?  Water torture?  CO2?  Bee Colony Collapse?  It never ends.  As long as scare stories sell, as long as millions of indoctrinated suckers fall for them they will never end.

After salmonella, bird flu, the Millennium Bug... should we actually be scared this time?  Don't we have the sense that we have seen this kind of panic before, which eventually turned out to have gone way over the top?  The moment which more than any might have set off a severe attack of deja vu came when the BBC Today programme wheeled on an expert from the World Health Organisation to tell us that '40 percent' of us in Britain may catch swine flu — while another unnamed expert was quoted predicting that '1.2 million' Britons could die.

Yellowcake and Yellow Journalism:  On MSNBC they're covering the [Scooter Libby] trial like it's the Normandy Invasion, starring Elvis Presley, as told by Joseph Goebbels.  MSNBC's "reportage" consists of endless repetition of arbitrary assertions, half-truths and thoroughly debunked canards.  No one else cares about the trial — except presumably Scooter Libby — so the passionate left is allowed to invent a liberal fable without correction.

Yellow Science:  Man has always had a healthy desire for knowledge, and it is the feeding of this hunger that ennobles journalism.  Hearst and Pulitzer were acutely aware that man has a less healthy but no less voracious desire to believe that he has knowledge, particularly knowledge of something sensational.  It is the feeding of this hunger that irreparably disgraced journalism, and a century later now threatens to do the same to science.

The Fog of Breaking News:  Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.

Paris, Lindsay and A-Rod?  We Don't Care!  Apparently, the causal relationship between the media's supply of celebrity gossip and the public's demand for it is a two-way street.  America's seemingly insatiable appetite for celebrity scandal is a troubling sign, but here's an even more alarming truth:  Our enemy — facing the most powerful military force in history — has never concealed its belief that its ultimate triumph, as well as our ultimate demise, will come about because Americans are too fat, lazy and decadent to care enough to fight for their civilization and their values.

Movie shows photo fraud involved in wartime journalism.  Numerous examples of Photoshop embellishment and throw-down toys carefully arranged by news photographers to evoke emotion.

Amped-up storm coverage may become the norm.  Nearly a year later, hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still fresh on Gulf Coast minds, and Houston's television stations are trending toward more aggressive storm coverage.

The Editor continues to rant...
How can someone report current events aggressively without dishonest hype?  What does "aggressive coverage" really mean anyway?  It means the poorly educated masses in Houston will be drenched, if you will, with sensational, pessimistically speculative, tabloid television.  This style of "journalism" benefits only the TV stations and their advertisers, not the viewers.

How a New York Times reporter's passion for Castro led him astray:  Aha!  Finally we've discovered the missing ingredient in American journalism, the vitamin deficiency that's been shrinking newspaper circulation and TV newscast audiences all these years.  What Americans clamor for is not information but passion.  The heroes of the coverage of Katrina were not the reporters who got the most accurate stories but the ones who shouted the loudest or cried the hardest.

TV News Meets the Vast Wasteland:  Those amusing, though sadly depressing man-in-the-street interviews are an indication that the American hoi-polloi get whatever knowledge they may have only from TV newscasts, not printed material.  For this reason, national TV news has become increasingly more dependent on the sensationalism that their entertainment brethren can provide to attract viewers.  It's sometimes hard to determine where news coverage leaves off and entertainment begins, but the signs have been around for a long time.  The O.J. Simpson day-by-day trial was the most egregious example, but John Kennedy Jr.'s fatal flight coverage was a close second in televised excess.  Aging stalwarts like Barbara Walters think they can alternate between slobbering celebrity interviews and interrogating prominent political figures without suffering a lack of credibility.

Barbara Walters is not a role model.  She's written a tell-all autobiography.  And she's promoting it on ABC, which continues to employ her.  Once upon a time, legitimate news organizations would not have allowed a conflict of interest like this.

ABC Even Complains About Charity.  No good deed goes unpunished — that was the theme of an ABC Christmas day segment about donating clothing to charity.  "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson," took "A Closer Look" at charities and gave the appearance of dishonesty.

RIP:  protest films, e-porn and bimbos.  Year's end is a time of many media traditions.  For example, the tearing away of the last page of the calendar is all the excuse TV producers need to recycle hours of sensational video footage of dubious news value on the pretense that viewers need to relive the last 365 days. ... And then there's the practice of "spotting trends" from the year.  Trend-spotting has become something of an obsession with today's journalists, particularly at newspapers coping with the fact that they don't "break" news the way they did in the past.

Long Winter for the Media.  It is an unsettling time to be a journalist.  You are either on the edge of extinction or in charge of the universe.  The newspaper industry is condemned to write piecemeal its own obituary without knowing when or how — or, truth be told, if — the end will come.  Broadcast media now possess a self-inflated importance that they rarely bother to deny.

The L.A. Times's Human Wrecking Ball.  Great newspapers take decades to build.  We are discovering that they can be dismantled in relatively short order.

Fence fiasco:  Or Feliz ano nuevo.  The decline of American sovereignty would typically be a big story in any year, but with all the news coming out of Hollywood this year, maybe it was a bit overshadowed by more significant events.  I mean, how can the virtual surrender of a 231-year-old nation to the Pollyanna-ish forces of political correctness possibly compete with the dramatic real-life struggles of Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and the nation's hot new nymphet, Britney's baby sister, Jamie Lynn Spears?

Summertime, and the news is so cheesy.  Last year's Great August Story was left-wing activist Cindy Sheehan's absurd campout near the president's Texas ranch, which, much to the dismay of Mrs. Sheehan, was interrupted only after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.  Remember the Summer of the Shark?  That was 2001, when the media hyped shark attacks, despite the widely acknowledged fact that the season's attacks were no higher than previous seasons'.

Bigotry and Sports:  Although not too many years ago, sports-writing was considered the "toy department" of journalism, the boys and girls in the press box have been eager to catch up to their counterparts in the "real" world.  And so, they are also no longer content with merely reporting the scores, trades and what have you; they must now generate the news.  And, similar to the mainstream media, they need divisive issues in order to push the agenda of all J-school graduates:  to change the world.

Hurricane Hype Clouds Warming Debate.  ABC's Jeffrey Kofman sounded the alarm about storms so bad scientists "are now considering adding a fearsome category 6.  That's hurricanes of more than 175 miles an hour.  Something no one would want to meet head-on."  No one did.  Category 6 wasn't even added, and the chorus of media hype about another deadly season of storms turned into so much hot air.  That's right — forecasts for the 2006 hurricane season, which ends November 30, have proven entirely wrong.  Instead of 17 tropical storms and hurricanes, we got only nine.

Frivolous politics:  In these grim and foreboding times, our media have this year spent incredible amounts of time on a hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney, a bogus claim that the administration revealed Valerie Plame's identity as a C.I.A. "agent" — actually a desk job in Virginia — and is now going ballistic over a Congressman who sent raunchy e-mails to Congressional pages.  This is the frivolous media — and the biased media.

9/11 Myths, Debunked.  Trust that conspiracy theorists will attempt to exploit the fifth anniversary of 9/11 to spread sensational claims and sensational lies.  Moreover, it's a fair bet sensationalist media will collaborate, not because the squawk show host or headline scribbler believes the poisoned foolishness, but because anger, fear and trembling sell.

Shepard Smith Smears Swift Boat Vets.  While some press attention has been focused on the seeming odd-couple of Rupert Murdoch raising money for Hillary Clinton, another fascinating relationship has apparently been developed between Fox News and Hugh Hefner's Playboy.  Fox News' Neil Cavuto aired an interview with Hugh Hefner on May 4, on the grounds that the announcement of his "Playmate of the Year" was "business news," and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is interviewed in the June issue of Playboy magazine.

Al Gore and the Global Warming Scare.  People are naturally prone to worry about dangers that are invisible: radioactivity, for one spectacular example.  The media know this, and are forever trumpeting the discovery of new perils to scare us with.  Hardly a week passes without someone announcing that some familiar food or other useful substance has just been discovered to cause cancer (though usually only when administered in huge doses to mice).  Dangers associated with weather are special favorites because they are usually so difficult to cope with.  In recent decades, we have been treated to alarmist reports about impending disasters to be caused by nuclear winter, acid rain and the ozone hole.  But the Big Daddy of all such scare stories is "global warming."

Did someone mention Global Warming?

TV Jumps on Stale NSA Database Story.  Like the TV coverage, USA Today's story insinuated that the existence of the database was a major violation of Americans' privacy rights and evidence that the President was lying last December when he described the NSA's eavesdropping on suspected terrorist communications as limited and targeted.

Simply Put, the US Mainstream Media Provides an Inferior Product.  They may have the most advanced technology for delivering the news and the flashiest sets, graphics and promotional tactics; they may have scoured the earth for the "prettiest" people who can read Teleprompters and those with the most important sounding voices, but they have sacrificed their credibility at the altar of the almighty advertising dollar and because of that the public's trust in the mainstream media is shattered.

Drivin' and Not Cryin'?  When it comes to gas prices, the media too often know the price of everything and the value of nothing.  Flip open a paper and turn on the TV and you'll learn that gas prices are rising again.  "Stormy 6 Weeks Ahead" says CBSNews and warns consumers to expect "pain at the pump."

Digging for the truth:  Too many journalists fail to dig deeply enough to get to the real story.  They breathless hype the latest scare about everything from pesticides and "road rage" to cell phones and irradiated food.  Deadly dangers lurk everywhere, and your Intrepid Reporter is all that stands between you and certain disaster.

Media eat up absurd rape story.  I called it back in April.  When a black stripper claimed three white Duke University lacrosse players gang-raped her at a party, I knew instinctively it was a lie.  The tale reeked of Tawana Brawley-like fabrications.

Movie shows photo fraud involved in wartime journalism.  Numerous examples of Photoshop embellishment and throw-down toys carefully arranged by news photographers to evoke emotion.

Hold that opinion.  Opinion journalism — the business not of reporting what happened, but of commenting on it — tends to place a premium on speed.  When that story breaks on Tuesday, members of the pundits' guild spring into action as well.  Editorial writers and columnists tell their readers what the news means.  TV talking heads and radio pontificators pass judgment.  Internet bloggers — the commentariat's newest, increasingly influential players — scramble to weigh in.

CBS Whips Up Worry about Hurricane Season:  The first day of spring [2006] proved perfect timing for the CBS's Jim Acosta to resurrect global warming as the villain behind last year's hurricane season, downplaying how hotly debated the matter is in the scientific community.

NASCAR Furious With NBC Over 'Dateline' Segment.  "It is outrageous that a news organization of NBC's stature would stoop to the level of going out to create news instead of reporting news," [NASCAR spokesman Ramsey] Poston said [4/5/2006].  "Any legitimate journalist in America should be embarrassed by this stunt.  The obvious intent by NBC was to evoke reaction, and we are confident our fans won't take the bait," he said.

ABC Hatches Weeklong Series on Bird Flu:  In 2003, ABC questioned government's bioterrorism warnings, but now emphasizes the latest concerns on bird flu.

Are You Satisfied With Your TV News?  Sound bites!  They may be the death of Western civilization!  The triviality of our network and local TV news is well known.  Locally, so much of the local channels give us a steady diet of blood and guts that is debilitating.  All the accidents, the murders, the court appearances of sordid criminals, the crimes of all descriptions seem to be their main focus.

The propaganda broadcasting network:  The definition of propaganda describes ABC News' decision to enlist the services of actor and teenage heartthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio, to interview President Clinton about the environment:  "the spreading of ideas, information or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause or a person."

Cool Britannia:  Sometimes, during what are called "slow news periods," newspapers and magazines struggle to fill pages.  In America at least, they solve this problem several ways:  by printing what are generously called "puff pieces", by covering tabloid trash stories, or by recycling old items to try to get more mileage out of them.  We seem to be in one of those times nationally, even with the so-called "war on terrorism."  When George W. Bush choking on a pretzel is the big story of the week, you know it is a slow news time.

How CNN Creates The News:  CNN's "Compound" Interest:  Their interest is in ratings and sensationalism, not in accuracy or justice.

What is the media thinking by ignoring the Medal of Honor?  "If it bleeds, it leads" is a canon of today's mass media, so bad news usually trumps good news for editors and producers.  But this week proves there is an even more powerful maxim:  "Trivial celebrity news beats all."  The carefully choreographed royal pronouncement pushed at least two other events — far more important to Americans — well into the background of U.S. print and broadcast media.

Soft News Erodes Audience The rise in "soft news" and "critical journalism" could be turning off traditional news audiences, according to a Harvard University study.  Soft news was defined as being typically more sensational, more personality-centered, more entertainment-oriented and more incident-based than traditional public affairs news.

Christmas with Hef:  They claim that she gets "the big stories."  But MSNBC's Rita Cosby continues to dig in the bottom of the barrel to attract an audience.

Our most destructive kind of racism.  Paula Zahn devoted two of her hour-long CNN shows this week to the topic "Skin Deep: Racism in America."  After taking the time to watch, the question I walked away with was:  "What was the point?"  In my view, the shows told us little that most of us don't already know — strong racist sentiments exist in the country — and really never asked the deeper and more important questions about what this means and why we should care.

O.J., "Kramer" and limits:  This "If I Did It" book and TV interview monstrosity was deliberately planned for the last week of the November sweeps, and Simpson reportedly was to be paid a cool $3.5 million for his efforts.  It was a disaster.  Fox News Channel discussed the story relentlessly, obviously promoting both the book and the upcoming interview, but it backfired and open revolt ensued.

Celebrities At The End.  The surrealism of celebrity pop culture erupts when a major celebrity dies.  The sudden, mysterious death of Michael Jackson caused a near-total eclipse of the real news.  The cable-news channels blurred into 24-7 wailing walls for the so-called "King of Pop."  Television ratings surged with a big ka-ching.  So much for the "news" business.

The Michael Jackson funeral.  In their rush to pander to the lowest common denominator, the major media, especially television, have fallen for their own hype, in a self-reinforcing cycle of Jackson mania.  They believed the importance of their coverage was revealed by the fact that all their peers and competitors regarded Jackson as equally important.  The public has even less reason to place their confidence in the antique media that brought us the sensationalistic coverage of the funeral of a celebrity whose career and life have been falling apart for many years.

The 12 Days of Michael.  There's no doubt about it.  Celebrity is the media's top priority.  Michael Jackson's June 25 death overshadowed all other news for almost two weeks.  Nightly news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC featured at least one story each night about Jackson since his death.  More than half of those broadcasts aired since June 25 lead (sic) with a story about Jackson.

What ever Happened To The Erupting Iceland Volcano?  The Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to erupt in Iceland, but the story has fallen off the very small mainstream media tabletop. ... A brief examination of climate history shows how much it changes naturally and how those changes are a great influence on nature and human history.  The planes may be flying again but the fallout from the eruption is just beginning.  The mainstream media ... quickly lurch on to the next hysteria leaving the outcome and fallout of previous hysterias unreported.

The Lies of Duke:  "She was black, they were white, and race and sex were in the air."  That's how a Washington Post columnist described the atmosphere that led to the brutal gang rape of Crystal Mangum by a group of Duke University lacrosse players in 2006.  You remember, right?  That was the violent, racially motivated hate crime that never happened.

Journalists become 'self-reverential' celebrities.  Newsmen have become the news.  And the gossip.  One may run for office.  Many are vying for a single plum job.  Another is suing his old network for millions.  It is a long way from the austere days of Eric Sevareid, when staid anchormen left stardom to Hollywood.

The national news media provide publicity for every crazed gunman who goes out with a bang.
Dial CNN for Murder.  The same dangerous pattern has been repeated again and again.  The disturbed man who took hostages at Sen. Clinton's headquarters in New Hampshire told loved ones to "watch the news tonight."  The shooter who terrorized an Omaha shopping mall by mowing down total strangers has achieved his goal (and I will not add to the problem by publishing his name).  He left a suicide note in which he predicted "at least now I'll be famous."  His picture is featured in every newspaper and is flashed on television hourly.  His miseries are being dissected and analyzed. ... And other disturbed people are watching and taking note.

The Media Has Declared... WAR!  Newsrooms and hospitals have one major thing in common:  the "hush" is the loudest thing anyone ever hears.  The "hush" is the moment when normal activity stops cold for an announcement of major events that will entirely reshape any usual activity.  While both newsrooms and hospitals stop on that kind of news — and then, following it, race into a whirlwind of overdrive — the similarities end there.  Hospitals gird for the incoming and the flood of bad news to follow; most newsrooms do not.  In a newsroom, tragic events are met with a different vibe:  an electric jolt that energizes the room with a sense of self-importance.  The shot of adrenaline that surges through a newsroom is fascinating to watch.

Media madness:  The Virginia Tech story.  There seems to be just one template for the media in covering tragedies like that which just occurred at Virginia Tech:  Discussion of further regulation of guns and so much coverage of the perpetrator that copycats are sure to be impressed. … Seeing the glorification of the latest mass murderer, the next Cho may be already getting some ideas about how to take follow in his footsteps.

Reducing the risk of copycat killers:  The way the media cover an event influences whether there will be repetitions.  For example, if a fan runs onto the field during a baseball game, the broadcast cameras usually avoid showing pictures of the fan.  The TV producers know that the fan on the field is seeking attention, and that, presumably, getting his picture on television will reward him.  Moreover, broadcasting the man's antics would encourage copycats.

Five Questions about Shootings at Universities.  The day after the mass murder of students at Northern Illinois University (NIU), the headline in the closest major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, was:  "6 Dead in NIU Shooting."  "6 dead" included the murderer.  Why wasn't the headline "5 killed at NIU"?  It is nothing less than moronic that the media routinely lump murderers and their victims in the same tally.  This is something entirely new.  Until the morally confused took over the universities and the news media, murderers were never counted along with their victims.

In time of tragedy, media are at their worst.  The press, particularly television news networks … [are] competing with each other like starving dogs for the slightest new morsel of information they can then put on a permanent loop on cable TV, until the next fragmentary detail is pried loose by a reporter desperate to be first, for 15 minutes.  Because there isn't enough new information to fill the infinite void allotted to these stories, the press quickly succumbs to a kind of emotional vampirism, feeding off the grief, fear and anguish of victims clearly incapable of understanding their own feelings….

Murder by media?  Did the non-stop playing of the Virginia Tech killer's twisted thoughts help to push a fragile mind in Houston to walk the same grisly path?  Has the airing of that video set in motion other killers and imitators who may not carry out their copy-cat crimes for months or years?

Autism Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg.  The lead author of that anti-vaccine study, which also appeared in one most respected medical journals, The Lancet, was British physician Andrew Wakefield.  And its consequences include millions of terrified and confused parents, large drops in vaccination rates and death.  Yet while this "deliberate fraud" has been exposed, others continue to go unchallenged, or worse, get trumpeted by reporters who should know better.  Regarding Wakefield, many people, including me, have spent years puncturing his claims and those of his acolytes in the anti-vaccine movement.  But a media that thrives on sensationalism instead played up the phony link.

Hooked on trivia.  We try to hear and see no evil, but it's not far-fetched to suggest that future world events could quickly change the lives of millions.  So why then fixate on Anna Nicole, Rosie, Imus and Alec?  Simple — they are the modern equivalents of grotesque carnival freak shows that used to provide a perverse sense of escapism from what people dare not face.  Yet as our dependency on such tabloid distraction grows, so, too, do the real dangers that we ignore.

The Lines Between News and Entertainment are Blurring.  An on-screen NBC News identifier for a fictional debate on "The West Wing" and a "news conference" by a fake Boston Red Sox executive on ESPN show how fuzzy the lines between news and entertainment have become.

Too much TV drama over storms.  We are now celebrating the anniversary of the Katrina hurricane and if one did not know better, one would think it was a fantastic event. … The hurricane season started a couple of months ago, and when watching TV, reading the papers or listening to the radio, it was obvious that the media was waiting with bated breath for the next disaster.  The season is half over and we can report no disasters.  They really are disappointed.

Like the wind, hurricane predictions keep shifting.  Hurricane forecaster William Gray's team downgraded its predictions again for the 2006 Atlantic storm season Friday [9/1/2006], saying 13 named storms are likely to form this year instead of 15. … Before hurricane season began June 1, Gray's team called for 17 named storms.  He trimmed that to 15 early last month.

Weather has become bogeyman, news staple.  It began as a mass e-mail in a certain Seattle office building on December's first day.  A cold front was arriving!  Snow!  Ice!  Untold inches for the city and surrounding area! … The cautious drove home after lunch.  The brave stayed behind.  And the snow never came.  Not even an inch.

Global Warming to Blame for Hot Weather Hyperbole.  A heat index of more than 100 degrees for days on end not only drains the body and spirit, but it also takes its toll on the thesaurus.  There is a limit to the number of ways to describe the heat and still sound relatively intelligent.

Silly Talk:  How many times have you heard a weatherman say that the sun will try to come out later in the day?  Sometimes their prediction turns out to be false and I wonder whether they would explain it by saying the sun didn't try hard enough.  But it's not just weathermen who use teleological explanations, ascribing purposeful behavior to inanimate objects.

The Media Rush to Duke's Defense.  Usually, reporters breathlessly take everything prosecutors and the police say at face value, often to devastating effect upon criminal defendants.  The "perp walk," in which a suspect is paraded publicly in handcuffs from place to place, often after officials have told television producers where to place their cameras, is only the most visible example of this practice.  The reporters get their shot.  The police get to portray the defendant, innocent or not, as dangerous (i.e. guilty) in the eyes of potential jurors.

All the news is a stage.  As they spin the Saddam trial and deride our soldiers in Iraq, the lesson is clear:  These media masters of theater are incapable of delivering real drama and good news unless they control the script.  Fortunately, you control the remote.

What's Right About America!  Last Sunday when I returned from church services I opened my hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and settled in with a cup of coffee to review the day's news.  It was a good thing I had already received my inspiration at church, or I could have easily become downright depressed over the negative headlines in nearly every section of the paper.  The majority of headlines on the front page of each section promised a story that would focus on the negative aspect of an event or issue, rather than the positive contributions people are making to fix the biggest problems we face.

Don't put much stock in the TV experts.  Stocks go up and down, but eventually, most go up.  So if you invest and hold on, odds are you'll do quite well.

Ending a losing streak:  The left is on another losing streak today, and so their intellectual leaders in the liberal media have gone back to the old playbook for an easy win that will get their team out of its slump.  This time, it is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, which has been working for them since the days of Karl Marx.

Fred Barnes Calls Sheehan a "Crackpot," Rues Media Focus on Her.  Barnes criticized both her and the media's treatment of her:  "This woman wants to go in and tell the President that the war is about oil because the President wants to pay off his buddies.  She's a crackpot, and yet the press treats her as some important protestor."

The Brawley Case of the South:  [Scroll down] Reluctance to change a popular story line helps account for the strange press coverage of Cindy Sheehan.  That line pitted moral mom versus stone-hearted president.  When Ms. Sheehan's outbursts grew stranger, the press stayed with the soft line about a mother's grief and simply omitted her increasingly bizarre comments that American troops were "being sent to kill innocent people" in Iraq and that President Bush was "a filth spewer" and "an evil maniac" guilty of "blatant genocide."  The insurgents who killed her son Casey, on the other hand, were "freedom fighters."

Did someone mention Cindy Sheehan?

Let's keep arguing.  It's true that we have more semistructured "Crossfire"-style debates than ever before.  But much of this is rigidly preprogrammed sniping (I was once chastised by a TV producer for not interrupting other speakers more.  What a failure!)  Even when the sniping is downplayed, TV demands sharp sound bites, which pushes all talking heads toward more vehemence and simplemindedness.  Instant certainty becomes mandatory, a delivery style many talking heads start to regret before they're even out of the studio.  Where is the real debate?

None Dare Call It Fascism.  After Johnson's War on Poverty, Nixon's War on Drugs, and Carter's Energy Crisis, then came the premier liberal crisis of modern times, the Environmental Crisis.  The media predictably plays an enthusiastic accomplice in these schemes, not just because its members are mostly liberal, but more importantly, crises generate more readers, viewers, and listeners.  This is why the principal product American media sells to its customers is crisis, not information.



"The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were."
— David Brinkley *    

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2020 by Andrew K. Dart


News Media Dishonesty
  ... aside from the specific cases cited above and elsewhere.

Bias is one thing, but sometimes newspaper and TV reporters are just overtly dishonest.

Overview and recap articles:

Journalistic standards have had nothing to do with the truth for a long time.  The media knows that Trump gave aid to Ukraine with nothing in return and Obama/Biden withheld aid and only gave a loan to Ukraine after they demanded and got a prosecutor fired, but they say Biden/Obama did nothing wrong and Trump should be impeached.  We don't have the right to hear from anyone who disagrees on climate change.  How does so much of the U.S have exceptionally low temperatures if 150 years of fossil fuel use, 150 years of CO2 increase and an exponential increase in the number of people worldwide causes warming?  While the media intentionally hides the truth for things negative to Democrats, they collude with Democrats to perpetrate a known lie that Trump colluded with Russia in 2016.  They perpetrated gossip to take out Kavanaugh in 2018 with no evidence.  They intentionally lie about what Trump said about Charlottesville to gin up racial hate and violence.  They treat congenital liars Schiff, Brennan, Clapper, Rice and others as credible people as they seek to destroy Trump and elect democrats.

If Anyone Should Be Impeached, It's the Liberal Media.  For decades now, in violation of the public trust, liberals in the American mainstream media — including the news, information, and entertainment media — have willfully corrupted the values and institutions that made the United States of America into the greatest nation in the history of humanity.  Their lies and immorality have wrought havoc on families, churches, schools, businesses, corporations, governments, and so on.  Contrary to their sacred duty to provide what is truthful, they have willfully presented false and misleading information to the public at large concerning, but not limited to, the following:  [#1] The election of Democrats over Republicans. [...] [#2] The role of good government — especially in most every fiscal matter. [...] [#3] The nature and details concerning radical Islam and Islam in general. [...] [#4] The nature and details of the burning of fossil fuels as it relates to global climate change — specifically what is often referred to as "global warming."

Trump, Kavanaugh, Lewandowski and our malignant Left.  This new attempt by the NYT and two wholly unethical reporters at that paper again crosses all lines of respectable, legitimate journalism.  The NYT is no longer, and has not been for ages, an honest broker of the news; it is rag that dispenses fake news intended to deceive.  The facts of this campaign to ruin Kavanaugh and his family, because the left wants to protect unimpeded abortion rights, are well-known and obvious.  They are also a stain on all those who participated in the scheme, a scarlet letter of a sort.  Nothing any of them ever writes again can be or will be trusted.  Nothing published by the NYT can be trusted.  Nothing on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS or NBC can be trusted.  They are all agents of corruption and deceit.

The Best Of CNN 2018.  CNN's version of "news" has become outright parody so many times in 2018 it was difficult to keep track of.  Thankfully, Mark Dice has done just that with a "Best of CNN" video that lays out just how idiotic the Establishment Media now is as they get completely lost within their own anti-Trump hysteria.  Anyone who still considers CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, etc., actual news needs to get their collective heads examined.  It's globalist propoganda — all of it.  [Video clip]

Who Watches the Media Watchdogs?  Who was it that told America Al Gore won the 2000 election?  Who told us the Fort Hood shooter wasn't an Islamist terrorist?  Who told us a meek and mild Michael Brown was shot with his hands up, begging to surrender?  Who told us CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood front in the U.S., is a "civil rights organization"?  Who is still telling us that after 9-11, there was a violent "backlash" against Muslims in America?  Who told us climate change is settled science?  Who ducked the story about abortionist Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia slaughterhouse?  Who told us all the troubles in the Middle East are caused by Israel?  Who told us that Robert Mueller's list of indictments proves Trump colluded with Russia?  Who told us it was Trump who initiated the "policy" of family separation at the southern border?  Who ran a fake magazine cover to show Trump looming over a crying Honduran toddler?

Hall Monitor Nation.  The media relentlessly lied to the public about Hillary's health, denouncing conservatives as "conspiracy theorists" for mentioning it.  Then an alert citizen with an iPhone captured Hillary having to be carried to her car at the 9/11 memorial service in 2016.  Mainstream media outlets painted a cherubic picture of Michael Brown after he was fatally shot by Missouri.  He was a "gentle giant," gunned down like a dog as he plaintively cried, "Hands up! Don't shoot!"  HEY!  Wait a second!  How did that video get out of Brown manhandling a tiny Indian man while robbing a convenience store?  That should have been suppressed like the Broaddrick interview!  Would we ever have known about Monica Lewinsky, but for the Drudge Report publishing the blockbuster story that Newsweek had killed?  Currently, the establishment media are in a rage that the public has found out about the modern genocide being waged against white South African farmers.

The 2018 Breitbart News Fake News Awards.  Until you actually take the time to research the amount of lies and lies and lies the establishment media deliberately spread, you can't begin to fathom just how bad things are.  By the time I was done going through the entire year, I literally, no joke, had 11 pages of headlines to choose from for these awards.


Timely news and commentary:

ABC News Claims Accusing Black Lives Matter of Being Communist is Disinformation.  Before the election, the media rolled out repeated fact checks that Biden hadn't eulogized a KKK Exalted Wizard, but a KKK Grand Cyclops.  Put this ABC News hand wringing over Black Lives Matter in the same category.

'Antifa:  Rise of the Black Flags' Shows the Chaos, Anarchy Hatched by an 'Idea'.  Director David Lugo has a warning for the mainstream media.  Citizen journalists are coming, ready to counter the false narratives peddled by the press.  In a way, Lugo is part of that movement.  His new film, "Antifa:  Rise of the Black Flags," captures the threats posed by what one presidential candidate flippantly called an "idea."  That "idea" has trashed cities across the country, and there's little indication Antifa will stand down in 2021.  [Video clip]

Why is challenging suspicious election results 'a threat to our democracy'?  On Thursday, President Trump's legal team presented many pieces of information about the election that deserve to be investigated.  But the media have no interest in that.  Instead, they essentially black out the news and ask Trump to concede so they can crown their chosen king.  Worst of all, they continue to falsely claim there is no evidence of fraud.  The New York Times and others have written about the potential fraud on universal mail-in ballots in the past, as have other outlets, but now they call Trump a liar.  The media outlets know that rules were changed to make verification of mail-in ballots less verifiable, but they don't care.

Flat Out TDS: Media Is Already Trying to Erase Trump Being President.  News broke yesterday [11/20/2020] that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr. had tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.  Now most normal people on both sides of the aisle would wish him well, perhaps even telling the president they wished his son well.  Not so much Yahoo.  Here's the headline from the Yahoo article about the news:  Former reality TV show host's son tests positive for COVID-19.  Yes, that's how they're now trying to describe President Donald Trump.  They're so incapable of accepting the reality they can't even put it in a headline and they're hoping to obliterate his presidency simply by obstinacy.

Democrats And Media Are Reaping Fruit Of 4 Years Of Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theories.  A prominent liberal legal academic who spent the last four years pushing outrageous, discredited, and debunked conspiracy theories about Donald Trump stealing the 2016 election said on Fox News Sunday that refusal to accept the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election threatens the country.  "He is undermining democracy because there are millions of people who will believe him even though there is nothing to his arguments and no evidence to back them," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe said of President Trump's litigation regarding the November election. [...] Tribe began pushing the Russia collusion theory on July 25, 2016, well after the Hillary Clinton campaign had secretly developed and begun running its "Russia collusion" campaign operation, but before the FBI had started its Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  "I'm not into conspiracy," he wrote, before suggesting Russian oligarchs had compromised Trump with business deals and made him develop a foreign policy that U.S. allies should be responsible for more of their own anti-Russian defense budgets.  A follow-up tweet said Trump was hiding his tax returns in order to hide his business relationship with Vladimir Putin.  By July 28, 2016, Tribe was wondering if Trump had committed the capital crime of "treason."  By July 29, 2016, he was proposing wringing Trump on charges of violating the Logan Act.  On October 17, 2016, he began suggesting Trump had rigged the election against Clinton.

A Vegas oddsmaker's take on Fox News and the election grift.  [Scroll down]  At that point, something very weird occurred.  It didn't happen at CNN or MSNBC, it happened at Fox News.  You all remember that Fox refused to call Florida, Ohio, or Texas for Trump, even though Trump was miles ahead in those three states.  Additionally, even though Trump was also significantly ahead in Virginia, Fox nevertheless called the state for Biden.  But that wasn't the worst: ["]And then it happened.  It was the most bizarre call in Election Night history.  Fox News called Arizona for Biden.  Why?  It wasn't even close to over.  There was no reason on earth to make that call.  Arizona is STILL not over 8 days later.  CNN still hasn't awarded Arizona.  ABC pulled it back from Biden only 24 hours ago.["]

There is evidence, actually.  The media has been claiming since the election ended that President Trump's claims of voter fraud are 'baseless' and 'without evidence'.  That just is not true.  The President's lawyer gave examples of it during today's press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington DC.  But everyone is too busy mocking him to pay attention.  I tried to listen to what Giuliani actually said and not what he looked like or the characterization of him by the rest of the media.  The cameras started feverishly clicking the first time he wiped the sweat from his face, all but guaranteeing that would be the focus of the presser.  Giuliani did in fact present evidence of voter fraud today but many people simply didn't want to hear it.  He cited multiple Americans, one by name, who have signed sworn affidavits stating that they witness some type of fraud, whether it was pro-Trump ballots being thrown out without cause, ballots being backdated to before the election, poll workers being told not to ask voters for identification, and more.

Vainglory of the Press.  Of all the claims that have been made in this election, the most astounding is the idea that the proper authority to certify the winner — and dispose of all objections — is the press.  That would be the same press that proved to be so inaccurate in respect of what would happen in the past two elections.  It is now in high dudgeon over the fact that millions of Americans lack for confidence in its decision to call the race for Mr. Biden.  What vainglory.  "Day by day," the Washington Post editorializes this morning, "President Trump's efforts to overturn the results of a free and fair election grow more brazen." Notice the en passant nature of its reference to the election being free and fair.  It dasn't acknowledge even a possibility that determining the freeness and fairness of the blasted election is the point of all the challenges and litigation.

Chaos and Anarchy in DC.  In case you missed it, over the weekend tens of thousands of protesters marched in the District of Columbia to voice their support of the president and opposition to voter fraud.  The "Million MAGA March," held Saturday afternoon, was a peaceful event.  But as the sun went down and the pro-Trump demonstrators left the protest, violent agitators and counterprotesters emerged and descended upon them to harass and, in many cases, to commit violence.  [Seven video clips]  Police arrested 21 people in connection to the violence, according to NBC Washington.  NBC Washington described some of the various charges of the suspects in this maelstrom, which included disorderly conduct and assault.  Though many local outlets covered these incidents extensively, the story gathered little attention from national media.  One would think that widespread violent attacks on peaceful protesters expressing their First Amendment rights would elicit a strong response from journalists.  But coverage was both lukewarm and deceptive, portraying the incident as if it was Trump supporters who were the originators of the violent behavior.

The press conference the media mocked, derided, and refused to cover.  I watched the news conference Thursday conducted by President Trump's campaign attorneys, and later visited the websites of the major networks to see what their interpretation of the bombshell would be.  CNN said they wouldn't even air the news conference because it was 'so bananas' and 'full of BS.'  Yes, really.  MSNBC linked to a Chuck Todd commentary saying:  "This has been a bonkers press conference."  ABC linked to this headline:  "Promising more lawsuits, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani recycles debunked claims."  CBS News, at 9:32 p.m., had no mention of the news conference at all.  NBC News put out:  "Rudy Giuliani baselessly alleges 'centralized' voter fraud at free-wheeling news conference."  Fox News's Kristin Fisher blatantly called Giuliani a liar.

'We no longer have' an 'honest press'.  Imagine if Joe Biden had enjoyed a healthy lead on election night only to see it evaporate as the numbers dripped in from Republican strongholds.  Does anyone believe the mainstream media would have rushed to anoint Donald Trump the winner?  Would the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and other outlets have cast the inevitable Democrat demands for ballot reviews and recounts as a constitutional crisis or would they have run wall-to-wall coverage about the inherent problems associated with mail-in ballots?

Red Flags in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The mainstream media continues to pitch the idea that the November 3 presidential election was free and fair.  Yet the numbers just don't add up.  Looking closely at outcomes in states like Minnesota and Wisconsin, certain "red flag" patterns emerge.  First, both states experienced an anomalous 89% voter turnout, a number between 14 and 22 points higher than the turnout in the 2016 General Election.  Secondly, both states had a surprisingly high number of ballots that were not completely filled out with a large portion of incomplete ballots either cast for Biden but not for a U.S. House Democrat (95% in Minnesota; 57% in Wisconsin) or a disproportionately high number of incomplete ballots cast for a US House Republican but not for Trump (43% in Wisconsin).

DAY 5 of Obama TV on CBS: Vacation Pal Gayle King Cheers Michelle.  Tuesday [11/17/2020] was day five of Obama TV.  Also known as CBS This Morning.  Co-host Gayle King, an Obama donor who has vacationed with the family, yet again highlighted the latest on the Democrats.  King cheered the "powerful message" of Mrs. Obama going after Donald Trump again.

Mr. Obama, The 'Strangulation' Victim Is Not George Floyd.  On Sunday, 60 Minutes' resident sycophant, Scott Pelley, walked former president Barack Obama through a racial landscape unrecognizable to those who know the lay of the land, especially readers of The American Spectator.  Pelley kicked off the misdirection with the question, "Did you watch the video of George Floyd's strangulation?"  Yes, strangulation.  Knowing Obama's weakness for racial scare-mongering, I was not at all surprised by his refusal to correct Pelley.  He probably did not know enough to do so in any case.  "Of course," said Obama.  "It was heartbreaking."  He then blathered on about an African-American "reality" that exists only in America's newsrooms.  As to the aftermath of the Floyd death, Obama claimed to have been "heartened and inspired" by the "marches."  He offered not a single word about the stores looted, the buildings burned, the people killed.  Nor did Pelley venture a single question.

Contesting Election Results in Court Isn't the End of Democracy.  Quite the Opposite.  Is a disputed presidential election the end of democracy as we know it?  That's what many pundits and members of the legacy media are claiming as President Donald Trump has challenged election results in a number of states — both legally and rhetorically.  It seems that much of the media hivemind now insists that voter fraud never happens, that it's equally impossible for an election to be stolen or tainted in any way, and that going a few weeks with two rival candidates both declaring victory (including one they really don't like) means we are witnessing the end of America as a free country.  It's amazing that this is the case after countless Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, insisted that Trump colluded with Russians to steal the 2016 election, a story that most major media outlets ran with for years without providing any hard evidence.

Mainstream Media United in Forcing 'President-Elect' Biden Down Your Throat.  Some skepticism is called for when the mainstream media are so uniformly in agreement about anything, let alone about a hotly disputed presidential election.  "President-elect" is the legal term for the person with 270 or more votes cast in the Electoral College, which doesn't even meet this year to cast those votes until Dec. 14, a month in the future.  Then, and only then, will we have a "president-elect."  And maybe not even then if the investigations of corruption in several states haven't concluded and hold up certifying state election results.  So, at least until then, the correct term for Joe Biden is not "president-elect," despite the mainstream media gratuitously hanging that title on him.

Disgraced Fox News Retracts False House Race Projection — 8 Days Later!  Obviously, the biggest Election Day loser will either be President Trump or Joe Biden, depending on who ultimately wins the presidential election, and the second biggest loser will be congressional Democrats, who lost seats in the House and failed to retake the Senate majority, but another major loser — without any question — is disgraced Fox News.  The bottom is falling out of Fox's reputation, and there are reports that the once-respected outlet is suffering in the ratings.  None of this should surprise anyone, especially with the countless botched calls and outright lies still being uncovered during the dumpster fire that was Fox's Election Night coverage.

Time to cut the cord on media's Trump bashing.  [Scroll down]  Here's a few other things that are bugging me:  A pablum-puking MSNBC "historian" who swoons over how great Joe Biden's speeches are, and then it turns out he's been writing them. [...] Any Democrat who doesn't put air quotes around "glitches" anytime he or she mentions one fraud or another.  Any alleged pundit who says President-Select (as opposed to Elect) Joe Biden faces the greatest challenges of any president since the Civil War.  (Too many to list.)  Anyone who compares Dementia Joe to FDR. [...] Anyone on TV who spent the last four years screaming "Russia!  Russia!  Russia!" who is now saying that anyone who has doubts about the election is not "patriotic."  Anyone who says that all reports of ballot fraud have been "debunked."  Anyone who says that the "adults" are now going to be in charge.  Anyone who mentions the potential of a "coup," without acknowledging what the four-year-long Russia-Russia-Russia hoax was.

Every MSM Outlet:  Postal Voting Fraud Whistleblower Recants!  Whistleblower:  No I Didn't!  We've reached the point in the post-election cycle where the mainstream media is so desperate to make Democrats' election fraud for Joe Biden stick that they're not just ignore election fraud stories, they're outright lying about them.  Take for example the recent news story of a U.S. postal worker whistleblower Richard Hopkins recanting his accusations of being instructed to backdate ballots.  Just one tiny little flaw in the story:  he did no such thing.

Extortion Day.  In the days preceding last week's election, the downtown corridors of many American cities resembled coastal hurricane zones.  Business owners boarded up their stores, fearing that the election might unleash another wave of destructive rioting.  In Washington, D.C., luxury shops and office complexes constructed fortifications with boards, chains, fences, and barriers.  In the neighborhood surrounding the White House, the Secret Service, laborers, and left-wing protesters all prepared for Election Night.  Then something miraculous happened.  The following morning, as the election returns began to favor former vice president Joe Biden, the fences, boards, and chains came down.  Small business owners reopened their shops, and the anticipation of violence evaporated.  The national media, which had been stoking fears about Proud Boys and white supremacists flooding the cities with political violence, simply dropped the story — as if it had never been a story.

Don't Give an Inch.  For five years, the Democratic party and their allies in the corporate media, the coddled government bureaucracies, and the Big Tech platforms have fought Trump with every weapon at their disposal.  They uncritically and feverishly repeated every deranged theory that Trump was really a Russian asset operating as Putin's Manchurian candidate, and then cheered on his impeachment for it.  An FBI lawyer altered evidence to spy on a U.S. citizen while texting "viva la resistance" to his colleagues.  When, less than a month before the election, Facebook and Twitter outright banned the circulation of a New York Post story involving corruption in the Biden family, media outlets happily did the same.  The New York Times accused Trump of faking his post-COVID White House appearance with a green screen and using secret Twitter code to activate right-wing extremists.  CNN is now settling libel suits for its role in instigating a vicious social media campaign and physical threats against a Catholic high school kid — all for the crime of wearing a MAGA hat.  Media outlets that breathlessly ran with a fake story about Trump killing an entire pond of koi fish refused to cover the violent riots that broke out across the country this summer.  They stood in front of buildings that were literally on fire, claiming the protests were "fiery, but mostly peaceful."  They told us that border walls don't stop illegal immigration, riots don't spread COVID-19 (but schools and church services do), and Joe Biden would win in a landslide.

New York Times' Kevin Roose Calls Accurate Stories About Election Integrity Fight 'Misinformation'.  In a sign of things to come from the blacklisters in the corporate media, New York Times' tech writer Kevin Roose attacked Facebook for allowing stories that are 100 percent accurate to rise to "the 10 most-engaged URLs on the platform over the last 24 hours."  "Facebook is absolutely teeming with right-wing misinformation right now.  These are all among the 10 most-engaged URLs on the platform over the last 24 hours," the far-left propagandist tweeted from his verified account on Monday [11/9/2020]. [...] All four of those stories are news stories.  All four of those stores are reporting on events that actually happened.  All four of those stories are informing readers of what is going on.  A Republican in Michigan did win an election after a glitch was found.  That's a fact.  That happened.  Attorney General Barr did authorize his staff to look at voting irregularities.  That's a fact.  That happened.  The Michigan legislature did hold an emergency session about election irregularities.  That's a fact.  That happened.  Both of Georgia's Republican U.S. Senate candidates — Loeffler and Perdue — did call on Georgia's secretary of state to resign.  That's a fact.  That happened.

Voter Fraud Plus Bait-and-Switch Equals Tyranny.  [Scroll down]  Biden was simply the front man, and he knew pollsters would rig the numbers to show him with a massive lead.  The establishment media confirmed they had learned nothing.  Fox News polls were among the worst and on election night, as Kimball noted, Fox refused to call Florida for Trump even after he had won the state.  They called Arizona for Biden when it still in play, with lines at the polls.  Two days after the election, Fox refused to call Alaska and other states for Trump, even though the president's win was clear.

The Darkness Where Democracy Dies.  [Scroll down]  President Trump brokered real peace between Israel and an ever-expanding list of long-hostile Arab nations that so far includes UAE, Sudan, and Bahrain.  The press ignored it or disparaged it, so the people are in the dark about it.  American cities have been devastated by riots that the media called "mostly peaceful protests."  Millions of Americans don't know the extent of what happened or were poisoned with regard to interpretation of those tragic events.  For three years, the Deep State and the media propagated a complete fabrication known as Trump/Russia Collusion.  No evidence was found for it.  It never happened.  Yet they still report that it did.  Today, nearly half the country believes it happened.  That is known as propaganda, which is very dark.  Tony Bobulinski came forward with hard, credible evidence of Joe Biden's egregious corruption of American foreign policy for the purposes of enriching his family with laundered millions from China, Ukraine, and others.  Social media censored the story.  Incredibly, the entire MSM dismissed it as Russian disinformation.  The result is this:  a compromised man with regard to national security has been crowned president by the same media that kept the people in the dark.

Corrupt Media Desperate to Close the Books on Contested Election.  Joe Biden is not "president-elect."  Joe Biden has not won the 2020 presidential election.  Donald Trump's re-election has not been defeated.  Right now, Joe Biden is merely "ahead in the count" of enough states to win the presidency.  But this is a contested election and we have a long way to go, probably more than a month and a plethora of legal filings, before a winner is declared.  Per our own Constitution, there is only one institution legally entitled to declare a winner in a presidential election, and that's the Electoral College, which does not meet until the middle of December.  Only the Electoral College can dub someone "president-elect."  The fake news media, of course — the corporate media, the same corrupt media that told us to be patient if Election Day lasted weeks, now want us to forget all that, want to close the book on the election before it has been audited, want us to believe unelected liars who sit in anchor chairs have the legal authority to declare Joe Biden "president elect."

'Since when did the Lamestream Media decide who the President is?' Trump doubles down on refusing to concede.  President Donald Trump pushed out more unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen by firing off a series of angry tweets Sunday, even as the vote count continued to move against him and Joe Biden shifted into transition mode.  The tweet from Trump came more than an hour after George W. Bush issued a message telling him the election's outcome was 'clear' and that it was held with 'fairness and integrity' and Chris Christie, one of the president's most prominent allies, said it was time for him to show evidence or 'move on.'  With his political options narrowing and his hold on power becoming more tenuous by the hour, Trump also blasted the media for getting to 'call' who will be the next president.

Why Hasn't Fox News Retracted Its Wrong Call on the House?  Despite what Fox News might think, this election — as it drags ever closer to unreality — is not decided by Fox News.  On Election Night, Fox News Channel's decision desk "called the House," saying Democrats would gain five seats.  This happened while Californians were still voting.  Why does that matter?  Because there are four districts in California that Democrats won from Republicans in 2018 and which Republicans were trying to retake.  They are likely to win at least three of them.  In all, a source close to House Republican leadership says the GOP is likely to go into the next Congress with between 210 and 214 seats.  That means they gained 11-14 seats and substantially trimmed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's majority.  Fox News could not have been more wrong, but they still have not retracted their very wrong, very badly timed call.

Saturday's Media Declaration Is A Naked Attempt To Silence Republicans, And Nothing Has Changed.  Nothing has changed since Friday night.  You might find that strange, given the media stampede to certify the election results for their man, but it's crucial.  The calls made Saturday morning are as arbitrary as they were last Tuesday, could just as easily have waited for Monday, and fly in the face of massive evidence of voter irregularities that, at minimum, should be heard in court before anyone considers calling the election.  Add pending lawsuits and official recounts in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin, and the conclusion is an attempt by the American media to pick our president and decide our election.  The danger comes now, when in concert with Silicon Valley censors they use their own decree to dismiss and silence anyone who says otherwise.

The TV networks can make all the declarations and pronouncements they like, but they are not official.
Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, AP Call Presidential Election for Joe Biden.  Corporate media outlets called the presidential election for former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).  CNN, MSNBC, and the Associated Press called the election for Biden at 11:28 a.m., just minutes before President Trump's lawyers were expected to speak at a press conference about challenging votes in Pennsylvania.  Fox News ultimately followed suit at 11:40 a.m.

The Editor says...
Television stations and networks operate on the age-old principle of "monkey see, monkey do."  If two or more competitors simultaneously declare that the moon is 53 percent uranium, the others will soon follow suit, attributing the story to the competition if necessary.  But they don't want to be the last ones to report that they know about a "breaking" story, even if it's questionable.

Media Declares Joe Biden Winner of 2020 Election.  The strategy of using of mail-in ballots to structurally steal the 2020 election predictably contained an inevitable series of events to support it.  The media's preemptive declaration of a Biden victory is one cascading domino in that very predictable sequence.  The media effort is to build a wave narrative strong and heavy enough to block any sunlight upon the fraud perpetrated by regional election officials.  The statistical improbability of the U.S. election outcome are glaring; there are hundreds of examples that just don't make sense.  Thus the need for the media narrative becomes more important.  Perhaps the most unnerving aspect to this election fraud is knowing that Joe Biden is merely a puppet for a group of political and deep state interests; the Milli Vanilli candidate with a giggling high-school-minded VP.

Newsmax rises, Fox falls.  Fox won Election Night bigly.  Their 14 million viewer [ratings] were yuge.  Then the network began showing its RINO side, and then its liberal side.  WTMA reported, "Conservatives ditched Fox News for Newsmax TV's election coverage in droves.  On Election Night, celebrities, political pundits in the White House, and staunch Fox fans tuned into Newsmax TV to get their election news, more proof of the meteoric rise in popularity of Newsmax TV.  "Many began flipping the channel after Fox News called Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden.  According to Newsweek, Fox was the only network at the time to show the state going to Biden.  Newsmax was the first major news network to project Florida for Trump."  Fox went downhill when the Family Murdoch kicked Roger Ailes to the curb.

Time for Fox News to climb out of the hole it's dug.  Fox News was early in predicting that Arizona would go for Biden, even though the people at the network knew that the most Republican county in the state was not yet counted.  When they saw Trump's lead in Georgia dwindle to nothing, they reported it as though it were the weather.  When they heard Trump's claims of voter fraud, they found "experts" to proclaim that Trump had no evidence.  I credit Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham for daring to bring up the subject.  Is there evidence of voter fraud?  A postal worker reports that his boss wanted him to backdate postmarks in Michigan.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court legislated election procedure changes in the last few months.  Some ballots were found literally hiding under a rock in Arizona.  In all, thousands of votes were illegally cast.  This means that there are thousands of criminals on the loose.  This apparently does not count as evidence.

Cutting the Cable News Cord.  Having worked a significant portion of my life as a news reporter and editor, journalism will always be in my blood.  I crave news and information like some crave chocolate.  That will likely never change.  What will change is where I get that news and information.  While there are many reasons which factored into my decision, the final proverbial straw came when Fox News continued to deny any "credible evidence" of election/voter fraud.  Such declarations were often delivered by anchors with a sneer and a smirk.  With social media and big tech-monopolies banning and censoring evidence of verifiable election fraud, even Fox News likely feels safe in perpetuating the "nothing to see here" lie.  The problem for these censoring overlords and truth-deniers is that election fraud is, in fact, taking place.  When dead people somehow rise from the grave to vote, that is election fraud.  When people who are not legally permitted by law to vote somehow manage to do so, there is election fraud.  When states defy court orders and violate the law by refusing to allow one party access to vote counting, that is election fraud.  When statistically impossible ballot percentages magically appear in the dead of night, election fraud is likely the cause.  When thumb-drives miraculously appear from thin air, election fraud possibilities should, at the very least, be investigated.  One need not be a legal scholar to comprehend what election/voter fraud is.

Media Calls the Race For Joe Biden But Is it Really Over?  The television networks have called the 2020 presidential election, announcing Joe Biden as the winner in Pennsylvania — giving him, in theory, enough electoral college votes to become the next president.  But is it over?  Election officials have yet to call the win, and the Trump campaign has several legal challenges in play.  Networks rushed to the airwaves to announce that Biden had taken the 20 electoral votes in PA less than 15 minutes before Trump's legal team was to hold a press conference in Philadelphia, PA.  Trump campaign attorneys represented by Rudy Giuliani spoke about irregularities in the voting and ballot-counting process.  Leftist media outlets immediately launched sensationalized headlines such as "You're Fired" but the president vowed in a statement that the fight is not yet over.

The Democrats' Chickens Come Home to Roost.  The majority of Americans do not trust the mainstream left-wing media.  Four years of hatchet jobs, defamation, character assassinations, and such leave Independents, no less than conservatives, unable to believe ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.  For those few who still cling to their doubts but hopes about media credibility, the nonsensical polls sealed the deal.  Only die-hards on the left now believe Jake Tapper or Rachel Maddow or their ilk.

Media gaslights GOP voters with false attributions to Republicans supposedly 'rebuking' Trump.  Major media outlets have begun to gaslight GOP voters in the wake of a contentious and still unsettled election using false or misleading claims attributed to Republicans who are supposedly rebuking President Donald Trump.  The UK's Daily Mail, for instance, published a story under a lengthy headline that is blatantly false:  "Mitch McConnell says EVERY vote must be counted in a veiled rebuke to Trump — as GOP's Pennsylvania senator calls president's conspiracy-theory rant 'hard to watch' and says there is NO large scale fraud."  "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ignored President Donald Trump's wild claims of widespread election fraud, sending out a sober tweet Friday morning," the lead paragraph claimed.  But the very next paragraph — which is a quote from McConnell himself — directly refutes what was just claimed.

Vote Against the DC and Manhattan Media Elite.  [Scroll down]  From Election Day 2016, the mainstream media originating from Manhattan and Washington, DC, have thrown off the shackles of objectivity and re-envisioned their role in the American political conversation.  From The New York Times to the Washington Post to all the network newsrooms to MSNBC and the once-respected CNN, the fourth estate has revealed itself as a fifth column.  They've stopped pretending to report the facts.  They've become the voice of the resistance, and they've aligned their resources, talents and waning influence for one objective:  To end the Trump presidency.  First, they tried to undermine his inauguration by publishing the phony "Steele dossier" days before his swearing-in.  The narrative to the American people was to plant the seed that our new president was a traitor and puppet of the Russian government.  It was a complete lie.  But the damage was done.  It led to the anonymous leaks that suggested Trump was trying to stop an investigation into his campaign.

The Mainstream Media's COVID Cover-up Continues.  The mainstream media's double standard when it comes to accuracy is undeniable to anyone with a shred of integrity.  For stories that favor the Left or damage the Right, the bar couldn't be lower.  For stories that are vice-versa, however, the media's scrutiny has no end.  We've seen the phenomenon ad nauseam for years now, but its frequency and impact has reached a critical level.  We saw it with Christine Blasey Ford and her uncorroborated accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh that were willingly regurgitated by Democrats and their media.  We see it currently with the unfolding scandal involving Hunter Biden, as the media scoffs at its legitimacy in spite of the validated authenticity of the emails that kick-started the whole hubbub.  There is arguably no story, however, where the media's duplicity is more evident and more detrimental than what we've seen regarding their reporting on COVID-19.

Will the Mainstream Media Disappear a Trump Election Victory?  Entrepreneur and Dilbert-creator Scott Adams has put forth an intriguing possibility about the election outcome.  Even if President Donald Trump wins re-election, the mainstream media may attempt to undo the election by reporting that he lost.  The half of the country that lives inside the media misinformation bubble may believe this, and it may instigate a period of instability and uncertainty.  Before Trump, anyone who said anything like what Adams has proposed as a possibility would be deemed a tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorist, and with good reason.  But during Trump's presidency, the mainstream media have disregarded the truth, to the point where they openly tell lies that half the country immediately recognizes as disinformation.

The real story behind the New York Times's big 'anonymous' op-ed is exceptionally sleazy.  Indeed, based on what we know now, everyone involved in this sad episode comes across as remarkably unethical, most especially the op-ed's author, former Department of Homeland Security employee Miles Taylor.  For starters, Taylor and the New York Times grossly exaggerated his credentials as a "senior" member of the Trump administration.  Taylor served as a "Deputy Chief of Staff" at the time he submitted his op-ed to the paper.  He did not hold the position of chief of staff until later.  Yet, the New York Times billed him anyway as a "senior official in the Trump administration," an overblown descriptor that Taylor himself made no effort to correct.

Yes, [the] Media Are Rigging [the] Election Against Half The Country.  Here's How.  This week saw the news that the supposedly high-ranking "Anonymous" government official that published a 2018 New York Times op-ed about secretly undermining a president he personally disagreed with was in fact a 30-year-old mid-level bureaucrat nobody had ever heard of.  The fake narrative that the New York Times knowingly promulgated roiled the administration for months, if not years, as high-level cabinet officials took turns denying that they were secretly and unconstitutionally undermining the elected president of the United States.  Miles Taylor was the Homeland Security Department policy analyst who turned out to have written the op-ed and a best-selling book about how he and other Resistance members put their personal political preferences over the ones chosen by the voting populace when they elected Trump president.  That little op-ed was nothing compared to the preposterously false Russia collusion hoax that the media promulgated for years thanks to dubious and selective leaks from politically motivated sources.

We Soon Learn Whether Most Americans Are Any Different From the Masses Who Fell in Line With Hitler and Stalin.  [Scroll down]  Lesley Stahl said a great deal when she told the president she would not ask him about the Hunter Biden laptop because CBS had not independently verified its ownership.  So the biggest scandal imaginable — a corrupt and immoral presidential candidate who leveraged his political positions for half a century to get his family and him rich by compromising the national interest in order to curry favor with our nation's mortal enemies — is kiboshed.  In lockstep Facebook and Twitter will not allow the New York Post to share its extraordinary journalistic breakthrough on the Hunter Biden laptop.  Of course the laptop was Hunter Biden's — the signature on the repair order, the photos within it of him naked in a bathtub, the emails verified by a third party who worked with him.  But they will not tell the story, and they will not allow others to tell it, so half the country's voters do not even know enough about the story to reject it.

Lesley Stahl Is Wrong And Trump Is Right:  The Obama Administration Spied On The Trump Campaign.  Last week, President Trump's team released 38 minutes of unedited video capturing his contentious sit-down with Lesley Stahl of "60 Minutes."  Sunday evening, CBS broadcast clips of the interview and amazingly let air proof of Trump's charge that the media is fake news: "60 Minutes" and Stahl falsely reported that it is "unverified" that the Obama-Biden administration spied on Trump's campaign in 2016.  Trump and not Stahl raised this scandal, as the unedited video showed, after he reversed roles with his interviewer and pushed her to say whether she thought it was okay for Hunter Biden to give "the big guy" a 10 percent cut of money raised by Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's son in China, and whether it was okay for China to give the Biden family one and a half billion dollars to manage and for Joe to then negotiate with China on behalf of Americans.  "60 Minutes" edited out those details of the Biden scandal, but let the television audience hear Trump say of it, "It's the biggest scan..." before correcting himself, "the second biggest scandal.  The biggest scandal was when they spied on my campaign."

"60 Minutes" Has a History of Running False, Unverified Reports.  This CBS format of "investigation " by buffed-up "reporters" has a long history of peddling fake news.  It falsely reported a problem with the Audi 5000's acceleration, which was not a mechanical problem, but the result of operator failure.  It falsely touted that Alar on apples presented a high health risk.  (Something that the Natural Resources Defense Council had promoted that fattened its coffers).  Based on a forged document, it falsely accused the U.S. Customs Service of facilitating drug trafficking along our southern border and settled with the defamed officer and retracted the story.  In more recent history, Dan Rather used it as a vehicle for promoting fake documents about President George W. Bush's history with the National Guard.

Facts Matter:  Trump's Real Record on Race.  Whether it's Chris Wallace, or Savannah Guthrie, or Jim Acosta, some other loudmouth reporter screaming the "denounce" demand as the President walks by, this demand, premised upon a lie, gets repeated ad nauseam by dishonest journalists.  Their purpose is to create a false impression that Trump has done something, or said something in the past, that makes him a "racist."  But nothing could be further from the truth.  The president's record shows something quite the opposite of the insinuations shouted by the Trump-hating members of the liberal media.  In fact, the president's record, over time, pictures a man with a huge heart and great compassion and love for the African-American community in the United States.

Leslie Stahl's Behavior in that Trump 60 Minutes Interview Got Even Dumber.  60 Minutes is really, really mad.  As Kira Davis and Nick Arama both covered yesterday, Trump preemptively released the interview to counter the selective editing and narrative pushing Leslie Stahl, the interviewer, and company were looking do.  Initially, anonymous claims were made to major networks that Trump had "stormed out."  The President's video shows that was false.  Then you got idiocy like this, where Stahl insists that the Hunter Biden emails shouldn't be reported on because they "can't be verified." Ignoring the fact that the media report on all manner of unverified gossip when it's anti-Trump, Stahl's excuse is also nonsensical, as the emails have been verified in multiple ways.

Media's Uphill Battle to Create a Self-Fulfilling Election Prophecy.  The media effort in 2020 is indeed very similar to 2016 in that current narratives are a psychological effort to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Baseline 101: Everyone naturally wants to be on the winning team.  The media effort, and that means all media including social media and big tech, is to push down Trump support and elevate the appearance of Biden support.  I really wish people would deeply consider this. [...] Everything you are witnessing right now is about psychological control to create the false illusion of reality within your own mind.  Essentially, professional media gaslighting with an agenda and purpose.  This is not a conspiracy theory, those who are coordinating the effort have admitted exactly what they are doing.

'Struggling' bar owner in Biden ad is wealthy investor who supported lockdowns.  A Michigan music venue owner featured in a Joe Biden ad campaign lamenting his struggles to survive during coronavirus restrictions is actually a wealthy tech investor — who supported local lockdowns, according to reports.  Joe Malcoun was featured in the heart-tugging Biden ad that aired during NFL games Sunday complaining about the chances of his Ann Arbor bar and music venue, the Blind Pig, surviving the pandemic. [...] The ad suggested Malcoun's future and his family were at risk, but made no mention of the bar owner's numerous other businesses as a wealthy "angel investor" in tech companies.  Malcoun admitted in a 2018 interview with Click On Detroit that he made his start thanks to a huge inheritance from his wife's grandfather, a real estate investor, that he admitted was "almost like winning the lottery."  It soon made him "the go-to guy when it came to seeking investments," the local news outlet said, helping companies raise millions.

Biden's Big Media Malarkey Machine.  If you believe the media, Joe Biden is heading toward a landslide of such historic proportions that even Texas may tip into the Democrat's column.  Of course, no intelligent person actually believes this, but the propaganda organs of our national media are so devoted to Team Joe that the possibility of turning Texas "blue" continues to be the subject of allegedly serious reporting.  A well-informed source in Texas tells me GOP internal polls show a tighter-than-usual contest there, and Democrats are bombarding young Texans with get-out-the-vote text messages, but this is a state Trump won with a comfortable margin of more than 800,000 votes in 2016.  Nevertheless, the media are dreaming the impossible dream.

5 Other Things We'll Learn About Biden After The Election.  [#3] The economy has been doing much better than the public had been led to believe.  Back in 1996, when George H.W. Bush was running for reelection, the press treated the economy as though it were in another depression, which just so happened to coincide with Bill Clinton's campaign messaging.  As soon as the election was over, coverage of the economy suddenly became more upbeat, and the public learned that the very mild recession had ended way back in March 1991.

What the MSM TV coverage doesn't show you at a Biden Potemkin rally.  Mainstream media coverage of Joe Biden's campaign rallies depicts a false façade, giving an impression of a normal political event.  But the reality is as phony as the façades of prosperous villages that Catherine The Great's political advisor (and lover) Grigori Potemkin erected for her to view from her imperial barge, masking the misery of her subjects.  Potemkin today is remembered chiefly for the expression "Potemkin village," defined as "an impressive facade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition."  (Check the link quickly before Merriam-Webster changes the definition to conform with the political interests of the Democrats.)  A hilarious Twitter video has survived the "fact checkers" at the social media giant (for now), panning from away the podium to show the handful of people — apparenlty, mostly media — standing around and sorta watching Biden's bizarrely impassioned speech to a parking lot in Novi, Michigan (a Detroit suburb) last Friday, [...]

Steve Scully suspended indefinitely by C-SPAN for lying about his Twitter account being hacked.  The man who was to have moderated a town hall-style debate tonight between President Trump and ex-VP Biden has been suspended from his job as C-SPAN's political editor after admitting to lying about his Twitter account being hacked. [...] Scully had asked Trump-hater Scaramucci for advice on dealing with Trump's criticism of him as a NeverTrumper.  By lying and claiming that his account was hacked (the third time he made such a claim) Scully opened Pandora's Box, with his employer, the Commission of Presidential Debates, and the FBI announcing investigations.  He likely concluded that his lie was going to be exposed and may have feared legal consequences if an FBI investigation came to that conclusion.

C-SPAN's Steve Scully suspended after admitting to lying about Twitter hack.  C-SPAN suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely on Thursday [10/15/2020] after he confessed to lying about his Twitter account being hacked following an exchange with former White House aide-turned President Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci.  Scully was slated to moderate the second presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden scheduled for Thursday night.  The Commission on Presidential Debates canceled the event Friday after the president declined to do the debate virtually after testing positive for COVID-19.  C-SPAN announced last week it was conducting an investigation into the alleged hack.

AP Forced to Issue Correction For Using Democrat Language on Court-Packing.  Last week, the AP Stylebook was amended to discourage the use of the word "riot" to describe violent protests.  Because, you know, they were "mostly peaceful protests."  Or something.  And now, this:  Although at least this time, they were forced to retract their biased shenanigans.

AP called out for adopting Democrat language on court-packing.  The Associated Press was forced to add an editor's note to a recent story about the Supreme Court on Saturday, in which the outlet made it seem as if the Democratic strategy to pack the high court would "depoliticize" the bench.  The article, written by Iris Samuels, centered on a debate between Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Gov. Steve Bullock, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming election.  The AP's original post reportedly read, "Bullock said that if Coney Barrett was confirmed, he would be open to measures to depoliticize the court, including adding judges to the bench, a practice critics have dubbed packing the courts."  The report referred to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Associated Press goes full Orwell, calling 'packing' of SCOTUS 'court reform'.  It is obvious from Joe Biden telling voters that they don't deserve to know if he plans to pack the Supreme Court that he and his handlers are terrified of a negative voter reaction to the plan.  Biden's remarkably stupid comment came in response to a reporter's question at an interview where no teleprompter guidance was feasible. [...]

'Americans aren't idiots!' The AP's use of 'Democrats' language' to explain 'packing the court' doesn't go well.  Since the Associated Press considers itself "an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting," it would be problematic for an AP article to contain commentary packaged as news and facts.  Real Clear Politics co-founder and president Tom Bevan captured the following excerpt from an AP story.  ["]With lightning speed, the Associated Press adopts Democrats' language on SCOTUS: adding members is now 'depoliticizing' the court, only 'critics' refer to it as 'packing.'["] [...] To call increasing the number of Supreme Court justices "depoliticizing" would be an egregious political overstatement if made by a Democrat politician, much less a news organization.

Not Making Headlines:  Alleged "Right-wing" Militia Member Arrested for Plot Against Gov. Whitmer Was Black Lives Matter Protester and Sympathizer.  On Thursday [10/8/2020] the FBI announced during a press conference that it thwarted a plot by a so-called "right-wing militia" to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the state government.  Early Thursday morning, federal agencies raided a house in Hartland, Michigan and arrested six men:  Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta.  Whitmer immediately blamed the plot on President Trump telling the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by."  "Hate groups heard the president's words as a rallying cry, as a call to action," Whitmer said blaming white supremacists.  It turns out Brandon Caserta, one of anarchists who was arrested for plotting to kidnap Whitmer, actually hates President Trump and is on video calling Trump a "tyrant."

Turns Out the Folks Behind the Whitmer Plot Aren't Who Dems and Media Are Painting Them As.  The FBI did a good job taking down the group and it sounded like a serious danger to Whitmer if they did what they are alleged to have done, so it's good they got them.  But when Whitmer sounded off about the plot, she immediately tried to falsely link the president and the Proud Boys to the event, neither of which had anything to do with it.  According to Whitmer, Trump had sent a "rallying cry" to "action."  Of course there were several problems with her assertions.  The Proud Boys are a different group, Trump has nothing to do with them and they aren't "white supremacists."  Further, turns out in checking out the folks behind the alleged plot, one of the alleged members, Brandon Caserta, would appear to be an anarchist.  Not only that, he's anti-Trump.

Gregg Jarrett lambastes the media as 'willing accessories to the Russia hoax'.  Fox News legal analyst Greg Jarrett believes that there will be troves of proof demonstrating government officials' egregious misconduct during the Russia collusion probe once all of the materials get declassified.  Jarrett told the "John Solomon Reports" podcast [...] that he thinks "when all of it is declassified there will be a mountain of damning, incriminating evidence about just how devious and corrupt these government officials were in the Russia hoax."

NBC Caught Again Manipulating Joe Biden Town Hall With Planted Audience and Advance Script.  The Washington Free Beacon has done a great job exposing the intentional and manipulative intents of NBC and Lester Holt during a recent town-hall event with presidential candidate Joe Biden.  At this point American media have become Pravda in their efforts to manipulate the outcome of the 2020 election.

Defending Trump from a Tornado of Liberal Lies.  The media's whitewashing of the riots is mind-boggling.  The words we use are important in accurately conveying a message; using words to sugarcoat reality is wrong.  The left is using the phrase "peaceful protests" to describe burning down cities and bludgeoning business-owners who guard their stores from the looters.  Commentators are earnestly lamenting the deprivations of poverty that supposedly are driving the poor to steal in order to be able to eat; actually, the visuals show footage of those stealing luxury items — everything from elite athletes' signature sneakers to big screen TVs — and partiers who are just grabbing whatever — frequently alcohol — for the bragging rights.  Then there are the serious analysts who are using the riots as a pretext to attack Trump.  And for what?  Blaming him for the failures of Democrat mayors and governors to maintain order because... Trump's hate-filled racist rhetoric caused the riots.  The rioters are obviously left-wingers, out-of-work students intoxicated by Marxist rhetoric and bored inner-city kids being manipulated in anarchy by Antifa.  All the talk about "white supremacy" groups is a smokescreen and an insult to the viewers who can see what is actually happening despite all of the gaslighting about "mostly peaceful protests."

Don't Believe Anything 'Sources' Say.  As every sentient person knows by now, our mainstream media and Big Tech platforms are limitlessly corrupt.  Almost nothing they say, report or interpret can be trusted.  They have become mouthpieces for the political Left, resonating bullhorns for the Democratic Party, the "social justice" insurgency, the feminist movement, domestic terrorists like Antifa and BLM, and the concerted effort to vilify and destroy the sitting American president.  A dead giveaway of their malignant agenda is the customary reliance on the "expert," the "insider," a someone-in-the-know code-named as "a source" or, more explicitly, "an unnamed source." The phenomenon is so ubiquitous that it scarcely needs even a jot of documentation.  Just pick up The New York Times or The Washington Post et al., scan any number of Internet sites, or watch CNN, MSNBC and the rest of that morbid crew, and you will meet the unnamed source at every turn.

America's Chris Wallace Problem.  [Chris] Wallace's dismal performance as moderator in Tuesday's [9/29/2020] presidential debate reminded many viewers of such previous instances in which the Fox News Sunday host has shown his prejudice against Trump.  And this matters, not only because of how that ugly televised carnival might affect the election, but because of what it tells us about the sad state of journalism in America. [...] Consider this question he aimed at President Trump:  "You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups, but are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha and as we've seen in Portland?"  Where is the evidence that "white supremacists and militia groups" were to blame for violence in Kenosha or Portland, Oregon?  Wallace's question was not only tendentious, but counterfactual.

Associated Press stylebook revisions sugarcoat rioting and looting.  The stylebook published by the Associated Press was virtually the bible for journalistic writing until the past several years, an authoritative guide as to which terms to use and which to avoid in order to present the news fairly, without biasing readers one way or another.  But that memory is fading fast now that the capture of journalism by the left is a fait accompli.  Instead of eliminating bias, the AP Stylebook is being revised along the lines George Orwell laid out in 1984 — as a tool for indoctrination.

AP Issues New Guidance for Reporters to Cover Up Leftist Violence.  Mobs of violent left-wing kooks have been roaming the streets of American cities for months terrorizing residents, murdering Trump supporters, beating people to a pulp, shooting police officers, and assaulting people in their vehicles.  But you wouldn't know any of this if you consumed news exclusively from the mainstream media because the mainstream media doesn't want you to know about it.  The Associated Press (AP) issues guidelines, closely adhered to by many journalists, dictating what words are politically correct at the time and what words to avoid.  The AP issued new guidance on Wednesday telling journalists to avoid using the word "riot" when covering leftwing events and refrain from reporting on property destruction because, according to the AP, such reporting has been used in the past as a way to stigmatize protests against lynching and racial injustice.  To the AP, it's not the job of journalists to report the news.  It's the job of journalists to advance a left-wing narrative.

Dear Chris Wallace:  We Were In Kenosha, And No, White Supremacists And Militias Didn't Cause Violence.  Ignoring for a moment that Trump's criticism of Joe Biden was absolutely warranted and that Wallace asked Trump to condemn white supremacists but did not ask Biden to condemn Black Lives Matter arsonists and looters, the question itself was specious.  The violence in Kenosha was spurred by left-wing extremist groups, not white supremacists.  We know — because we were there.  Kenosha was up in flames, reduced to the same lawlessness that swept Minneapolis, Portland, Atlanta, and now this small Midwest town.  Monday night in Kenosha, a day after law enforcement shot Jacob Blake, men and women stood with baseball bats and guns in front of their businesses and homes, trying to defend themselves against the extremist violence of the Black Lives Matter left.  Since there weren't enough police to control the situation, officers focused on defending public buildings, such as the courthouse, while leaving citizens to fend for themselves.

Chris Wallace Falsely Implies Trump Never Condemned White Supremacists.  CLAIM:  Debate moderator Chris Wallace implied that President Donald Trump never condemned white supremacists.  VERDICT:  FALSE.  President Trump has done so repeatedly, despite what Wallace — and Joe Biden — have suggested.  During the first presidential debate, Wallace challenged President Trump to condemn white supremacists.  It was an astonishingly ill-informed — and inflammatory — challenge, and repeated a lie that Biden has told frequently in the campaign.  Trump has condemned white supremacists repeatedly.

NYT Admits Trump Actually Paid Nearly $6 Million in Taxes in 2016 and 2017.  Trump PAID, as in transferred to the US Treasury, $1 million in 2016 and $4.2 million in 2017.  Note also that most of the overpayment was rolled forward, not refunded.  The $750 figure is an ADDITIONAL $750.  Thus every single story saying he paid $750 is a lie.

NBC Warns 'Committed Conservative' Barrett 'Instantly Controversial'.  On Saturday evening [9/26/2020], shortly after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, NBC Nightly News let the ideological labels fly as the nominee was repeatedly identified as a "conservative" who was popular with the "religious right" and "instantly controversial."  By contrast, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was never given any left-wing political label in the report. [...] In the report that followed, correspondent Hallie Jackson emphasized:  "From President Trump, a move to cement a more conservative Supreme Court for a generation."

The Editor says...
Where is the verb in that last sentence?  That's not English, it's Headline-ese.

Jill campaigns for husband Joe before an itty bitty crowd.  Sleepy Joe has taken a lot of days off this month.  The AP disingenuously calls it a "low-key campaign style" but admits it concerns some Democrats.  Biden made 12 visits outside of Delaware since August 12 and President Trump made 24 visits to 17 states.  The NY Times dishonestly claims that Slow Joe's inability to put sentences together is a "stutter."  Neither Joe nor Kamala Harris are answering many reporters' questions and when they do, the questions are softball.

Trump haters [are] gaslighting Trump supporters.  Everywhere you turn, Trump haters are venting their wrath against Trump supporters, as if supporting President Trump is an unforgivable sin.  They're projecting and gaslighting — blaming Trump and his supporters for everything they're doing.  It's madness, but at long last, they might have awakened the sleeping giant they're trying to hunt down and destroy.  MSNBC's Joy Reid tweeted, "Genuine question:  what will be the relationship between the majority of Americans, and Trumpists after this long, national nightmare ends — and it will eventually end — do people anticipate simply letting bygones (be) bygones with people who joined the Trump personality cult?"  What bygones?  Who's doing what to whom?  What are we Trump supporters doing to you Trump haters, Joy?  We are trying to mind our own business and stay safe.

Revolution 2020.  [Scroll down]  Suffice it to note that not a day in four years has gone by without the news media hyperventilating or ruminating on some allegation of Trump's wrongdoing or wrongbeing.  For what?  Again, the list of subjects is so exhaustive that it is easier to note that there is hardly any mortal transgression of which he has not been accused. [...] Nor has the media forgone any occasion to protect, foster, and embellish narratives in support of each and every member of the "intersectional" coalition and to shut out or denigrate alternatives thereto.  It labels as false and/or as "hate speech" facts and arguments that counteract its narratives.  Since the ruling class can be certain of the media's unquestioning support, it need not worry about truth.  For example, do physicians in America and around the world use hydroxychloroquine successfully against the COVID-19 virus?  Yes, correct — but banished as if it were false because it is politically incorrect.  Riots, arson, and looting are leading so many to relocate from America's major cities as to cause urban vacancies and a house-building boom in the country?  Fact.  But politically incorrect fact, indeed, racist.  Repeat: "mostly peaceful protests, mostly peaceful protests."

Media assault on Amy Coney Barrett begins as Trump weighs decision.  A media campaign has erupted against Amy Coney Barrett, even though President Trump hasn't actually nominated her to the Supreme Court.  Barrett is clearly the front-runner, having spent a second straight day at the White House as the president moves toward his Saturday [9/26/2020] announcement.  And of course there should be substantial scrutiny of her record if she's picked, given that replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a lifetime appointment.  But there are early signs this is going to be ugly, and that her religion will be front and center.  That subject came up in 2017 when the Senate approved her as a federal appeals court judge in Chicago.  Newsweek jumped on the judge with a smear that turned out to be factually wrong.

Harris — not Biden — is the real candidate.  It has been obvious for some time that Biden's cognitive state is on a level with the spider monkey.  He can't remember where he is or what he is running for.  He can't put together a coherent sentence.  His condition has become a running joke.  At his age, he would at best be a one-term president.  So why would a major party pin its hopes on such a man? [...] Enter Kamala Harris.  The media are pushing the argument that Harris is on the ticket because of pressure to choose a woman of color as Biden's running mate.  Note this report from NBC News:  "Add in Biden's age (77), and Harris could find herself in a unique position as vice president.  Instead of having to wait eight years for her shot, she could get it in the next election in 2024."  This is what the Democrats want us to believe.  As usual, it is a lie.  If they win, she won't have to wait at all.

The Attacks on Judge Barrett Have Already Started.  Some left-wingers aren't waiting for Judge Amy Barrett to be nominated to the Supreme Court to start attacking her.  The attacks over the last few days have been steeped in anti-Catholicism, other types of bigotry, and lazy error.  A headline at the left-wing website Refinery29 called her "the Potential RBG Replacement Who Hates Your Uterus."  (I'm guessing she didn't come to have seven children by hating anyone's uterus.)  Newsweek ran a story claiming that she is part of a Catholic group that inspired Margaret Atwood to write The Handmaid's Tale.  It then appended a correction at the bottom of the page noting that Atwood had referred to a different Catholic group.  Oops.  Then Refinery29 picked up the smear and ran with it.

Newsweek [is] Forced To Issue Major Retraction After It Smears Amy Coney Barrett, Claims.  Newsweek magazine has issued a major correction to an article smearing potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, accusing the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge of belonging to a Catholic sect that "inspired" the novel "The Handmaid's Tale."  Initially, Newsweek claimed that "People of Praise," a charismatic Catholic group to which Barrett reportedly belongs, "served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale," adding that female members are forced to report to spiritual superiors known as "handmaids," and that the group stresses that "men have authority over their wives."

Amy Coney Barrett Is Living The Handmaid's Tale?  [Scroll down]  One former member described the group as an:  ["]abusive cult in which women are completely obedient to men and independent thinkers are humiliated, interrogated, shamed and shunned.["]  Indeed.  After all, Barrett's knuckle-dragging misogynistic religious fanatic husband has only let the poor woman out of the house twice.  Once, to serve a 15-year stint as a law professor at a highly prestigious university.  And again to slave away as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as 'Uncommitted' Voters.  Multiple voters characterized by ABC News as undecided — and selected to pepper President Donald Trump with questions during a network town hall — are longtime Trump critics.  While the network claimed its Tuesday [9/15/2020] town hall "provided uncommitted voters the opportunity to ask the president questions about issues affecting Americans," a Washington Free Beacon review of social media posts found that two of the questioners have long denounced Trump.  Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque — whom ABC repeatedly identified as "uncommitted" in its coverage of the town hall — praised vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary, saying she would "be there, volunteering" for the California senator in Pennsylvania.  The English professor was not shy about her partisanship, calling Trump a [series of derogatory names] in a slew of 2019 tweets.  She is a self-described "liberal Democrat," according to her Facebook profile, [...]

To Rescue Biden, Media Conflate All Teleprompter Use.  At his Wisconsin rally last night, President Donald Trump continued to tease former Vice President Joe Biden for relying on a teleprompter when he answers queries from the media.  While teleprompter use is very common for politicians and others giving formal speeches, Biden is the first candidate to regularly use one outside of formal speeches, such as during press conferences.  During Biden's nearly 50 years in politics, his off-the-cuff remarks have gotten him in more than a bit of trouble, but the obvious teleprompter use is posing problems of its own.

Mostly Peaceful:  The Birth of an Excuse.  In late August, when riots erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, CNN featured a reporter standing in front of a burning car lot above a chyron that read:  "Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting."  The use of the chyron was striking in its peculiar earnestness, considering that the words "mostly peaceful protest" had long since become a bitter in-joke for right-leaning social media.  Indeed, from the moment the first protests began in late May, mainstream media outlets have downplayed or ignored instances of violence or destructive looting.  On May 29, MSNBC's Ali Velshi was reporting from Minneapolis in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd when he insisted he was seeing "mostly a protest" that "is not, generally speaking, unruly" despite the fact that he was literally standing in front of a burning building at the time.  Yet Velshi was hesitant to ascribe blame to the arsonists and looters.

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Fake News Caught Again — CBS Uses Photo From "Latinos for Trump" as Image for Biden Latino Outreach in Miami.  Good catch.  A sharp twitter user from Arizona noticed this fake news effort.  CBS used a picture from President Trump's "Latino's for Trump" event as a manipulative picture to showcase Joe Biden's Latino outreach effort in Miami.  Those are not Biden Latino supporters in Miami; those are President Trump Latino supporters in Arizona.  [Photos]  The scale of manipulative effort by U.S. media is off the charts.  This is beyond "fake news"; this is a full scale psychological campaign on behalf of U.S. media for their preferred candidate.


Antifa and BLM, the Democrat party's stormtroopers.  Not surprisingly, taxpayer-funded NPR has supported the not "peaceful protests" for months.  They have been touting that ludicrous book that defends looting and the destruction of private property.  They regularly use Trump's words out of context.  NPR lost its way long before Trump was elected, but it has been enthusiastically dragged into the anti-Trump fray.  Why taxpayers are forced to subsidize this particular branch of the Democrat party is not a mystery; taxpayers are stooges.  Throughout these past months of violent looting, arson, death, and destruction, NPR, like the rest of the leftist media, has misled their viewers and insisted these riots were "mostly peaceful." They absolutely were not.  They have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, mostly to small businesses, many of them minority-owned.

CBS reporter tweets about Biden not 'outworking' Trump.  CBS reporter Kathryn Watson questioned why Joe Biden wasn't campaigning more after news broke that the former vice president was not expected to have public events Saturday [9/12/2020].  "Not sure why Biden isn't doing more to show he can outwork Trump," Watson tweeted Saturday in response to Politico reporter Jake Sherman announcing a lid had been called in Wilmington, Del., meaning no events for Biden.  "And yes I realize there's a pandemic and he shouldn't be out shaking hands.  But he has a team of experienced people at his disposal to think up creative ways to campaign safely," she added.

The Trump Scandal Absorption Level Has Been Reached.  [Scroll down]  We're being lied to on a daily basis.  We're being manipulated by a minority that, without the media, would be invisible.  This minority is literally so small that if the media were not sponsoring them, we wouldn't see them.  Now, as you know, psychologically, this sufficient works.  A lot of people on our side think that we are outnumbered — and the truth is, not only are we not outnumbered, they're not even close to outnumbering us.  Despite how you feel, despite how it might look.  And I'm talking specifically about the Marxist radical leftist.  Not the usual liberal Democrats that we know are out there.  I'm talking about the Antifas and the Black Lives Matters.  They are nowhere near a majority of in this country.  They are a tiny minority, and we're being told by CNN and the New York Times every day that the country has now made the move to Marxism.

AG Barr Rips National Media as a 'Collection of Liars' Over Riot Coverage.  Wrapping up a three-day tour in Chicago, Phoenix and Cleveland Friday, Attorney General Bill Barr took on the media during an exclusive interview with Townhall.  "They're basically a collection of liars.  Most of the mainstream media.  They're a collection of liars and they know exactly what they're doing.  A perfect example of that were the riots.  Right on the street it was clear as day what was going on, anyone observing it, reporters observing it, it could not have escaped their attention that this was orchestrated violence by a hardened group of street fighting radicals and they kept on excluding from their coverage all the video of this and reporting otherwise and they were doing that for partisan reasons, and they were lying to the American people.  It wasn't until they were caught red-handed after essentially weeks of this lie that they even started feeling less timid," Barr said on the flight back to Washington Friday afternoon.

Riots?  What Riots?  In my three decades as a media critic, this summer's huge effort by the press to cover up the endless rioting by George Floyd's mourners has been its most shameless and shameful episode yet.  Until very recently, a remarkable number of naive Americans had fallen for the mainstream media's repetitions that the Peaceful Protesters were not — repeat, not — looting and burning.  The MSM has been in such flat-out denial mode that it hasn't even bothered to concoct exculpatory euphemisms for the riots, such as Retail Mourning, Do-It-Yourself Reparations, or Arson for Equity.  Even last week a new report from a leftist think tank, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, admitting to the immense number of violent demonstrations during this Summer of George was spun by the media as proving that all those boarded-up shops near you don't exist.

WHEC Reporter Chased By Knife-Wielding BLM Mob — Station Ignores Attack And Describes 'Protests' As 'Peaceful'.  WHEC reporter Charles Molineaux was attacked and chased by a knife-wielding Black Lives Matter mob during "protests" on Sunday night in Rochester and yet his own news station ignored the incident and described the night's "protests" as "peaceful" on their front page.  Video shows Molineaux and his security guard getting attacked and called "Nazis" after apparently getting accused of being undercover cops.  An African-American man with a knife is seen running at them and threatening to stab them repeatedly, only backing down when Molineaux's security guard turns around to defend him with an expandable baton.  UPDATE:  The video was just deleted!

The Media Are Lying About The Election Again.  Election 2020 is shaping up to be déjà vu all over again for the news media.  In an effort to help push Joe Biden over the finish line, the Washington establishment is going all-in on the easily refuted idea that there has been no change in the presidential race over the last three weeks. [...] After having botched the entire news coverage of the 2016 election, where all the "experts" repeatedly told the American public that Donald Trump had little to no chance of being the Republican nominee and even less a chance of being elected president, corporate media are back at it again, insisting all is well with the Biden campaign and the Democrats are safely on cruise control to take the White House and the Senate.  Here's the truth they are not telling you.  Biden has little enthusiasm for his candidacy.  He is taking on an incumbent president with significant first-term accomplishments who has extremely energized supporters, to put it mildly.

Desperately Derailing Donald.  One always expects the media surprise leak of a purported hidden scandal as a presidential campaign winds down.  Remember the last-minute "discovery" of George W. Bush's undisclosed 24-year-old DUI arrest in 2000?  Or the October 7, 2016 effort of the Washington Post to publish the hoarded 11-year-old "Access Hollywood" tape, just two days before Donald Trump's second debate with Hillary Clinton?  We should expect lots of these "bombshells" and "walls are closing in" pseudo derailments.  Except Trump has been the most widely investigated, probed, attacked, and smeared president in history.  And so the scandal-field has pretty well been picked over, as those fired like Omarosa Manigault Newman, Anthony Scaramucci, John Bolton, and others have long ago more or less lectured us that Trump is nuts, crazy, dangerous, stupid, ignorant, and so forth.

CBS Claims Riots in Rochester 'Largely Peaceful'.  As I reported on Friday night, thousands of BLM rioted in Rochester last night.  By one count, there were 5,500 people in the street.  But they upped their attacks a bit tonight [9/5/2020].  They not only smashed windows and set things on fire; they stormed into the restaurants demanding the businesses shut down, smashing dishes, overturning tables, threatening and intimidating diners, some of whom fled in terror in some very disturbing videos.  [Video clips]  The BLM are literally the fascists of whom they complain: intimidating people and bashing businesses like the Red Guard or the Brown Shirts.  BLM also attacked the police, throwing projectiles and fireworks at them.

New York Times' sleazy narrative on Trump is nothing but a joke:  Goodwin.  A former colleague at The New York Times once explained why he kept reading the paper even though he no longer trusted it:  "I want to see what they're up to."  What they're up to now is staggering.  Not content with four years of biased coverage of President Trump, the Times is plunging head first into new depths of partisanship and deceit. [...] We are long removed from any possible claim that Baquet's Times is fair and impartial.  He has single-handedly abolished more than a century of standards in pursuit of his white whale: defeating Donald Trump.  Baquet launched his quest in 2016 but his slant then seems almost restrained compared to his scheming now.  This time, the top editor has institutionalized a ruthless commitment to partisanship that I believe will someday be seen as rivaling the Times' historic scandals.  In the 1930s, the paper cozied up to Josef Stalin and ignored the famine in Ukraine, then downplayed the Holocaust and later supported the rise of Fidel Castro while hiding his commitment to communism.  Using distortions and duplicity to influence a presidential election deserves to be included in that roster of infamy.

Fox News Decides to Go Full CNN.  Over the last several days, a report from The Atlantic has been making the rounds.  In it are accusations that the President doesn't like John McCain (shocker), but more importantly, that he didn't want to visit a cemetery in France because he thinks dead soldiers are "losers."  As I laid out in my original debunking of this story, we already have documentary evidence from multiple sources, including some who hate Trump, that the reason for not going to the cemetery was purely about the weather.  No one has gone on record saying Trump said any of the things alleged, though some have gone on record to say it didn't happen.  Gen. Kelly, who is named as having heard the comments, has remained quiet despite having no reason to do so.  All of this points to the story being nonsense, or at the very least, extremely misleading (i.e. perhaps some ancillary part is true, like bagging on McCain).  Unfortunately, Fox News has decided to lower its journalistic standards to those of CNN and help push this garbage.

ABC News downplays good news in latest jobs report.  The latest unemployment report issued by the government was unexpectedly positive, but readers wouldn't know it from the tweet ABC News issued Friday morning [9/4/2020].  [Tweet]  While the tweet correctly noted the number of jobs added last month, it also said that the unemployment rate fell "slightly" to 8.4% from July.  Slightly?  In July ,the government reported that the unemployment rate was 10.2%.  Expectations by economists predicted that the August rate would be in the neighborhood of 9.8% which would qualify as a slight improvement.

Here Are 31 Times The Media Pushed Narratives Downplaying Riots And Looting After George Floyd's Death.  Dozens of news outlets published content that either justified or explained away rioting and looting in the initial weeks of unrest following the police custody death of George Floyd in late May, a Daily Caller News Foundation review found.  While President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have both condemned rioting and looting, major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have appeared to downplay the unrest that has gripped American cities in the months following Floyd's death, in one instance describing a scene as "mostly peaceful" as fires raged in the background.  But as the violence broke out in American cities in late May and June, dozens of news outlets provided a platform for commentators, professors and activists who not only acknowledged that rioting and looting were taking place, but sought to either justify the violence as a valid protesting technique or as a form of righteous rebellion against an unjust system.

ABC: Joe Biden Isn't Senile, You Guys, That's Just What The Russians Want You To Think.  Has anyone noticed a slowdown with Joe?  He isn't drooling, he isn't muttering to himself any more than plenty of other people do, but something seems different.  Or maybe rather than different, something seems deeply familiar.  No, it isn't the sort of cognitive decline we've all seen with loved ones.  Rather, according to ABC's latest nuke, the encroaching senility that has our former vice president hiding in his basement is simply... Russian propaganda.  Don't laugh!  This is serious stuff.  National security!  It took four reporters, with help from a fifth to write this story.  It runs nearly 1,600 words.

Participant at Biden Event in Kenosha Admits She Was Given a "Paper" Telling Her What to Say.  We know that the Biden events are all staged and we now have more evidence.  Today in Kenosha, Wisconsin at a Biden event a woman admitted on camera that she was given a piece of paper telling her what to say: [...] The Biden team has managed their events by ensuring all comments and questions the former Obama VP is asked are pre-approved, and set up so that Biden can read the respective answers on the teleprompter.  Yesterday we saw this as well and every day for that matter.  The media and the Biden team work together as they manufacture events and try to make them look unscripted.

Gaslighting America:  Democrats And Media Have Turned It Up To 11.  The Democratic Party and its communications office have been telling the country for some time now that night is day and up is down.  But, with the election two months away, the psychological manipulation of the American voter has accelerated.  As we've written the past two days, Joe Biden has condemned the riots that have been wrecking cities and killing people since the May 25 death of George Floyd.  We're glad he finally got around to it.  Yet he and his party are acting as if they've opposed the violence all along and it's President Donald Trump who has failed to come out against it.  But Trump, of course, has been denouncing the riots since they began.  Even when the media were determined to convince us they were "mostly peaceful."

Evidence Shows the Media Doesn't Really Care About Evidence.  Read an article from any mainstream media outlet regarding an even remotely controversial subject broached by President Trump, and it is likely to include the statement, "President Trump claimed, without evidence..."  Use of the phrase is so frequent, it is likely that writers at the New York Times and elsewhere have it pop up in the auto-fill functionality on their laptops.  Type in "President Trump," and the words "claimed without evidence" automatically appear to the side in opaque font, and all they have to do is hit their arrow key to auto-fill the phrase.  The practice has become so prevalent in the media's wonderland that they no longer wait to include the phrase in the body of an article, they now put it right in their headlines.

As Biden falls in the polls, the media's lies get bigger.  The more desperate the media becomes to elect the corrupt, incompetent Joe Biden, the bigger and more numerous the lies.  We have been treated to Democrat campaign workers, posing as journalists, and other Democrats throwing [stuff] against the wall for five years to elect one corrupt Democrat after another.  No matter how obvious the lies become, the more they repeat them.  One of the biggest loads of excrement I have seen came out of the mouths of the Washington Post editorial board on Friday [8/28/2020] when they had the garbage headline "Global Freedom would suffer grievous harm in a second Trump Term."  They claim that this will happen because he embraces dictators and he is rejecting U.S. democracy.  They know they are lying because the facts show that it was Obama/Biden who catered throughout their eight years to dictators, and they know that Trump's policies and actions have been much harsher toward the dictators and tyrants.

The media and those who want to curry favor with the media have a dual agenda.  All of what has made the media even less trusted by the public than Congress and used car salesmen was on display last week with the reporting from Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Over the past few days due to the shooting of Jacob Blake, the media converged on the city using the same playbook that worked for them in Minneapolis earlier this summer.  First, spread misinformation and half-baked reporting, then help light the fuse for violent riots and social chaos, then staggeringly pretend that the protests are "fiery but mostly peaceful."  In the case of Blake, the initial reporting indicated that the man was simply walking away from police for no apparent reason before being shot seven times.  That reporting alone, with no context or additional information touched off a level of violence, looting, property damage, and physical harm more common to the nightly rioting in Chicago than a suburban community in Wisconsin.  A day later, the important facts that a responsible media might have sought out before reporting told a somewhat different story.  Blake's girlfriend had called police fearing for her and her children's safety.  Police attempted to calm the situation, but when Blake continued to be perceived as a threat, police attempted to use a taser.  Blake ran to his car and police believe he was reaching for a knife when he was shot.  No doubt, the police use of force must be part of this investigation.  But none of the above facts that would have added important context were part of any initial reporting on the scene, creating a very different narrative that played into the hands of Black Lives Matter terrorists and Antifa scum headed to Kenosha on Monday.

What does 'without evidence' mean?  President Trump spoke mildly in defense of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday, saying that the 17-year-old seemed to be defending himself when he shot three people, killing two of them.  NPR, fresh off of interviewing In Defense of Looting author Vicky Osterweil, had something stern to say about that, tweeting 'President Trump declined to condemn the actions of the suspected 17-year-old shooter of three protesters against police brutality in Kenosha — claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense.'  Without evidence!  Cockburn tries to live an upright life these days, but he had to pause for a moment to be sure he had not mistakenly consumed peyote or some other mind-altering substance.  Without evidence?  The entire Rittenhouse episode was caught on tape.  You can watch both shootings on YouTube, along with lengthy dissections of what they show.  You can watch him get interviewed immediately before the shooting.  Without evidence?  Kyle Rittenhouse's night in Kenosha is one of the single best-documented shootings of all time.

Larry Schweikart:  How the 24-Hour News Cycle is Leading the Loss of the English Language.  Plenty of commentators have dealt with the lunacy that affects the English language today, from banning certain words as "racist," "sexist," or "something-ist."  Certainly that's obvious to all.  But there is another, more subtle change going on, even among the "friendly" or "reliable news pages.  It began when the 24-hour news cycle started to run out of, well, news.  It took more than a decade for this development to settle in.  At first, the networks filled the void with simply more talking heads, guests, and "analysts" telling you what the news was.  More recently however — I started really noticing it during the Mueller investigation — a host of non-news words began to creep into news stories.  We began to see mush phrases such as "Mueller mulling demand that Trump testify," or "Mueller considering charging Don, Jr."  These kinds of hourly non-news stories utterly took over, for reporters weren't supposed to know what was happening in the first place (the investigation after all — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — was to be secret.  Since the Mueller team was leaking like the Titanic however, so-called journalists could not produce actual documents to prove anything.  As it turned out, in fact, they had nothing to prove anything with.  Instead, reporters reverted to the post-1980 favorite journalistic trick, the "unnamed source."  Realize it was not all that long ago that no reputable newspaper would ever run a piece with a single "anonymous source."  Indeed, according to a Chicago Tribune reporter I interviewed during a foreword I wrote for Professor Jim Kuypers' book, Partisan Journalism (2013), every major fact in a story was to be doubly sourced with public sources.  In case you didn't notice, "mulling," "considering," "poised to," "about to," "prepared to," "intends," and other such mush words are utterly unprovable.

Black Assimilation Is The Great Threat To Democrats.  If there was one moment during the Republican convention that caused my official Daily Wire Leftist Tears Tumbler to magically overflow, it was in a speech by former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.  "In much of the Democratic Party, it's now fashionable to say that America is racist," Haley said.  "That is a lie.  America is not a racist country."  Democrats and the media — but I repeat myself — reacted swiftly.  "I'm just hung up a little bit about Nikki Haley," said hung up ABC Anchor Linsey Davis.  "A comment that she made, 'America is not a racist country.'  I think that that's a statement that a lot of black people, black and brown people, would take umbrage with."  Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton was blunter, saying the statement made Haley "appear to be either disgracefully ignorant or a blatant liar."  But, of course, what Haley really was, was completely correct.  There is a history of institutional racism in America, no doubt, but today our country is wholly free of it.  The U.S. is easily the least racist nation on the planet.

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This country is NOT "wholly free" of institutional racism.  What do you call this?  And this And this? Is Kwanzaa an American institution?  Is Black History Month an American institution?

If you want to see media malice in a single article....  The second night of the Republican convention has come and gone (and very successfully too) but what should live forever is the article the New York Times wrote about the line-up of speakers for the evening.  It is a triumph of misdirection and fraud by omission.  It may well be the most perfect example ever of how the media functions, not to inform, but to mislead.  The article, entitled "How to Watch the Republican National Convention," gives practical advice about how to find the convention on the internet and television.  Interestingly, it does not mention C-SPAN, which is proving to be a preferred venue for many conservative viewers.  What's really fascinating, though, is what the Times says and does not say about some of the speakers.

The Dangerous Half-Truths Behind 'The Joe Show'.  If you watched last week's Democratic National Convention you couldn't help but notice an overwhelming theme that ran throughout "the Joe Show".  The well-produced and heartwarming images of the former Vice-President were front and center, evoking sympathy and admiration for a man who has endured multiple tragedies throughout his half-century career in politics.  But those images were also on display to underscore the belief amongst the overwhelming number of Democrats, who, united only in their disdain for President Trump, believe him to be, at best, morally inept, and at worst, actively evil.  By shining a light on "Saint Joe," they cast a shadow on the man who currently occupies the Oval Office, a man who is apparently both all-powerful and simultaneously incompetent.  A man who CNN would have you believe single-handedly spread the coronavirus from coast to coast, all but ensuring that countless Americans would find themselves unemployed in the economic downturn that followed.

New York Times Manipulates FBI Lawyer's Guilty Plea To Hide Real Spygate News.  A New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his role perpetrating the Russia collusion hoax was tasked with framing the news that a former top FBI lawyer was to plead guilty to deliberately fabricating evidence against a Donald Trump campaign affiliate targeted in the Russia probe.  The resulting article is a case study in how to write propaganda.  Adam Goldman broke, and cushioned, the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was to plead guilty to fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page.  His job was to present the news as something other than an indictment of the FBI's handling of the Russia collusion hoax, to signal to other media that they should move on from the story as quickly as possible, and to hide his own newspaper's multi-year participation in the Russia collusion hoax.  One intelligence source described it as an "insult" to his intelligence and "beyond Pravda," a reference to the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union.  Here's how Goldman did it. [...]

ABC/NBC Stoke Conspiracy:  Trump Creating 'Mail-In Voting Scandal,' a 'Crisis'.  Setting the stage for their excuse if President Trump won reelection, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Sunday Today [8/16/2020] spent the morning accusing the President of a conspiracy to steal the 2020 election.  ABC called it the "mail-in voting scandal" while NBC dubbed it the "Postal Service crisis;" accusing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of allegedly doing Trump's dirty work, even though they admit they don't have any hard evidence of wrongdoing.  Near the top of ABC's coverage of the purported scandal, White House correspondent Rachel Scott leaned on serial liars Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to make the baseless accusations:

Democrats Go Postal with Busted Mailbox Conspiracy Theory.  Democrats have spent several days flogging the false "mailbox conspiracy" theory that President Donald Trump is deliberately crippling the U.S. Postal Service so that it cannot handle votes by mail in November — even forcing it to remove mailboxes.  The truth is that the mailboxes were removed because mailboxes are always being removed.  At least 14,000 were removed during the Obama-Biden administration.  Democrats are creating a new hysteria to cast Trump as a tyrant and motivate their conspiracy-theory-addled voters.

Don't Let the Fake Fact Checkers Fool You — Joe and Kamala Support Gun Confiscation.  Just like Joe Biden, vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris supports outright, mandatory gun confiscation.  She just disguises it under a couple of flowery words: "mandatory" and "buyback."  This of course is when all of the fake media's fake fact checkers pour out of the woodwork to lie with the false claim Kamala Harris Never Said She Wanted to Confiscate Guns.  We know the fake fact checkers are going to publish their fake fact checks with their fake claims because that's what the fake fact checkers did to protect their precious Barry Obama, who also said he wanted to confiscate your guns.  Further, the fake fact checkers published lies to protect Hillary Clinton, who also said she wanted to confiscate your guns.  Oh, and Joe Biden said he wanted to confiscate your gun, and he also used flowery words about "buybacks," and as you will see below, he has not taken that sentiment back, even after the fake media tried to help him cover up that fact.

Yamiche Alcindor Cements Her Place as Most Dishonest 'Journalist' After Cutting Trump Quote.  There are a lot of dishonest journalists out there, and I mean a lot of them.  To narrow it down is a bit like trying to split an atom.  Sure, it's possible, but man is it difficult.  Yet, PBS' Yamiche Alcindor continues to stand above the rest, both because of her penchant to outright lie, and her tendency to use her race as a shield.  Who can forget this classic on the recent rioting, of which Alcindor assured us there was no evidence they are anarchists.  Hilariously, she was then bombarded with pictures of people present wearing anarchist symbols.  [Tweet]  And here she is trying to cancel the black Surgeon General over an innocuous plea to not do drugs and alcohol.  Her shtick is to provide "context" while never defining who exactly she's talking about.  It's a cheap game some journalists play when they want to editorialize but want to pretend it's not editorializing.  [Another tweet]  Alcindor is attempting to up her game, though.  Yesterday, she purposely cut the context out of a Trump quote so she could proclaim it a "moment to behold."  [Yet another tweet]

Touting Kamala Harris as a moderate is a liberal dose of deception.  The New York Times was quick out of the blocks with the Democratic pitch that Kamala Harris is a "pragmatic moderate."  It's pulling your leg.  Joe Biden's running mate had the most liberal voting record in the Senate last year — surpassing even Bernie Sanders — according to government watchdog GovTrack.  Harris advocates late-term abortion, thinks Catholics are not fit to serve on the Supreme Court, has tried to criminalize climate-change denial and the manufacture of guns, wants to give taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants and, as California's attorney general, wielded power like a callous autocrat.  But, if by pragmatic, the Times means this Barack Obama protegé will be whatever you want her to be, it's correct.  Her record shows her to be a gifted shapeshifter.

AG Barr On Far-Left Extremism:  Media Is Censoring What's Happening, Americans Are Being 'Told A Lie'.  Attorney General William Barr told Fox News host Mark Levin during an interview Sunday that the mainstream media are lying about the far-left violence that has been playing out in the streets across America over recent weeks.  "We have the citizen reporters, who have these videos of these events, which are quite different than what we get a lot of times from the media, which seems to be censoring the violence," Levin said to Barr.  "No?"  "Absolutely.  Their narrative — they are projecting a narrative," Barr said.  "When the word narrative came into currency, I knew we were in trouble, because the word narrative really suggests that there's no objective truth.  There's no real story of what happened, it's just everyone has their own narrative."  "And you get to then — the press can justify presenting a story that doesn't really correspond to objective truth, but it's our narrative.  We have a narrative, you have a narrative," Barr continued.  "I've been appalled at — on this violence, because it's happening right out in the streets, anyone with eyes can see what's happening.  They see the violence."

'Defund the Police' is a media fantasy.  If you've paid any attention to the news, particularly cable news, over the last couple of months since George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis, you might think "defunding" or "abolishing" the police is a widely held and even somewhat mainstream desire.  Gallup suggests this is untrue.  The vast majority of Americans of all races and ethnicities don't want the police to leave their communities.

7-year-old boy in Georgia died 'from COVID-19'? Media leaving out key details.  [Scroll down]  So it seems that the boy died not "from COVID-19," but rather as the result of a seizure and a fall in the shower.  It seems that, prior to his death, the child had zero Wuhan virus symptoms, and that after he was pronounced dead, "a rapid test showed evidence of COVID-19 positivity."  I don't know about you, but I've followed the news and the science on this virus as closely as most anyone, and I have yet to hear any reports of the Wuhan virus causing seizures.  If this were the case — especially where children are concerned — it is a virtual guarantee that the media would have daily told us so.  It would seem that fair and accurate reporting of this incident would include all of the circumstances surrounding this terrible tragedy and that this is almost certainly another example of someone dying with the Wuhan virus and not from it.  All the media have done here is give us another reason not to trust them in this grave matter.

America's Most Gullible Journalist:  "Visit Portland!".  Whom to believe?  Videos of the riots?  Or smug journalists telling us that they saw nothing untoward?  Luckily, there's the Newspaper of Record to give us the truth.  Unluckily, The New York Times sent ... Nicholas Kristof, aka the most easily fooled journalist in America.  Kristof assured Times readers that the Portland crowds are "entirely peaceful," until around 11 p.m., when "some protesters begin to shoot fireworks or set small trash fires."  Small trash fires.  Also: the federal courthouse, the Justice Center offices, statues, the Portland police union hall, and a decapitated pig's head, among other arsons.  But Kristof also dismissively remarked:  "No, they're not trying to burn down the federal courthouse."  Do not trust the dozens of videos showing protesters trying to burn down the federal courthouse.  He further reports that — just as MSNBC has said! — "the most violent behavior overwhelmingly comes from the federal agents."  So there you have it.  You can believe the man who said, "Mao's legacy is not all bad," or you can believe your lying eyes.

Floyd Bodycam Leak Highlights Press Collusion With Government.  The British Daily Mail on Monday scooped American news media with the leaked police body cam footage.  To be clear, the footage does not exonerate the police officers although it provides considerable context not previously available.  Floyd refused several police orders including not making his hands visible during the initial traffic stop to resisting entering a patrol car.  In the video, Floyd complains about difficulty breathing before the infamous knee-on-the-neck pose.  His shortness of breath may have been a symptom of an advancing drug overdose that ultimately may have contributed to his death.  The autopsy indicated a quantity of 11 ng/mL of fentanyl in Floyd's blood.  One study of 143 postmortem analyses of fentanyl overdoses found a median level of 9.8ng/mL in the blood of people believed to have died from overdosing on the drug.  Setting that aside, the way in which the new information came to light is further indication that American news media cannot be trusted to cover and report facts.

The Perils of Pretending a War is Something Else.  [Scroll down]  Here's an equally scary current charade:  the straight-faced claim by Democrat leaders and their media enablers that there are only "peaceful protests" in the streets of our 400 torched cities — no riots, looting and arsons, no rioters, looters and arsonists associated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa communists.  Instead, the denial that the mayhem which has injured thousands and cost more than a dozen lives are only possible because of the support of lawless Democrat mayors and city councils who are preoccupied with disarming the police. [...] The fact that there have been no serious attempts by "peaceful protesters" to denounce the violence and the organizations that perpetrated it — speaks volumes to the effect that they consider themselves allies of the rioters and share their agendas.  Defunding the police, leaving the most vulnerable in society without protection against criminals is the goal of rioters, arsonists, looters, and so-called "peaceful protesters."  The charade protects the criminals and their crimes.

ABC Ignores Leaked Video of George Floyd Arrest; CBS & NBC Caught Editing Out "Stop Resisting".  Body cam footage from the arrest of George Floyd has been leaked.  But instead of leaking through a U.S. media outlet, the footage was given to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, which posted the footage online.  Why would someone give the body cam footage to a foreign media entity?  Well... we can't know for certain, but we have a pretty good guess:  whoever leaked this footage KNEW that the American fake news media would IGNORE this story.  And for the most part, they have.  ABC News spiked the story completely.  And CBS and NBC were both caught editing out parts of the body cam footage that go against the national BLM narrative.

America is engaged in a religious war.  [Scroll down]  Marxism also has its saints and martyrs.  In classic Marxism, they would have been poor people exploited by evil capitalists.  In America, however, with its extraordinary economic and social mobility, that's not going to fly.  Instead, the saints and martyrs are racial figures.  Trayvon Martin is transformed from a violent, drugged-out, small-time thug into a childish, smiling figure who could have been the son of America's black president.  Michael Brown is not a hulking figure who engaged in strong-arm robbery and tried to steal a police officer's weapon.  He's a "gentle giant."  And lastly, George Floyd is not a violent felon and petty criminal who held a gun against a pregnant woman's stomach, and who was so hopped up on fentanyl and a variety of other intoxicants that it's unlikely he would have survived the night (and his inability to breath[e] probably arose from acute fentanyl intoxication).  Instead, he's a beloved family man whose image blooms on urban walls across America.

Sorry, Wearing Masks Is Anything but Harmless.  Here are 5 Reasons Why.  [#3] The establishment media makes it a point to run headlines containing meaningless scary-sounding factoids and manipulative stories about those who've allegedly succumbed to the virus.  When its supposed death tally was climbing, we couldn't escape hearing about it.  As it started to fall, they started ignoring the number of deaths and shifted over to reporting about rising cases, also neglecting to mention that rising cases and falling deaths is a good thing.  The media has done nothing to make the public aware that a local CBS affiliate looked into 589 alleged Palm Beach fatalities and discovered that far less than a third (169) had actually died of the virus.  Nor have they reported that the COVID-19 death tally they terrorized the nation with for months includes motor-cycle fatalities and gunshot victims.  Most people who did hear about these stories were shocked.  But, if the press had been doing its job, they wouldn't have been.  Another crucial fact of which they've failed to inform the public is that counting vast numbers who didn't die from COVID-19 among its fatalities is a feature, not a bug.  Everyone who dies with the virus is being counted as dying from it.

How It's Done:  Colorado Reporter Puts on a Clinic in How to Accurately Report on Violent Rioters.  As we've previously documented, the gaslighting from the MSM on the violent left-wing riots that have taken place in Democrat-run parts of the country over the last two months has been absolutely out of control.  There is literally not a day that goes by where there is not some glaring instance of a media outlet like the New York Times or Reuters painting protests as "mostly peaceful" or otherwise "dying down" until federal law enforcement officers have the nerve to step in to stop the anarchy.  Violent agitators in these reports are almost always referred to as "protesters."  Along with that, excuses are often made for their violent actions, as though just the mere presence of state and/or federal law enforcement officers on the scene to protect innocent citizens and federal property is excuse enough for the agitators to try and blind them with laser beams and hurt them with the nail-studded projectiles they hurl.  One Colorado reporter, however, went against the MSM "peaceful protester" grain in a recent report he filed on the Aurora, CO protests and riots that happened over the weekend.

No, New York did not get coronavirus 'under control'.  Someone is going to have to explain how exactly the media are defining "under control" as it pertains to the coronavirus because it's a phrase that appears to mean nothing.  Reuters over the weekend continued the campaign to rehabilitate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's image by asserting, as other news outlets have laughably done before, that New York is in tip-top shape, especially compared to that Republican-led state Florida.  (Ew!)  "The surge in Florida has continued as the state's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has repeatedly said he will not make mask-wearing mandatory and that schools must reopen in August," Reuters reported on Sunday [7/26/2020].  "On the contrary, New York state has managed to get the virus under control, with stores and restaurants shuttered and the wearing of masks mandatory."

Trusting the Election to the Mr. and Ms. Potato Heads of the Left-Media.  Florida and Texas combined have more than 55 electoral votes. [...] It seems very likely that in 2020 Florida could go either way — either [D]emocrat or [R]epublican.  Texas seems to present an even greater threat to [D]emocrats. [...] We don't see left-leaning, liberal media outlets publishing articles with headlines reading, "Texas — Lower Concentration of COVID-19 Infections than 19 other States" or "Seven States/Territories with higher COVID-19 Death Rates than Florida."  Headlines like these might indicate that Trump is handling the COVID-19 Crisis adequately.  CNN and their "Mr./Ms. Potato Head" Common-tators (pun intended), reporters, editors, and writers are not working to educate the U.S. population with neutral, unbiased information about Florida and Texas, the two key states in the 2020 presidential election.  However, they are working to campaign for the left, for the Democrats.  They are working to push a non-Trump, non-Republican, pro-panic agenda, and they are doing it to sabotage President Trump and the Republican Party.

Now the riots are intensely peaceful.
ABC News mocked for claiming 'peaceful demonstration intensified,' with courthouse set ablaze, police officers targeted.  ABC News was mocked on Sunday for describing an California protest that featured demonstrators setting fire to a courthouse, vandalizing a police station and shooting fireworks at police officers, as "peaceful."  "Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified," ABC News' verified Twitter account wrote to promote an article headlined, "Oakland protesters set fire to courthouse and vandalize."  Much of the mainstream media and the left have sought to paint sometimes violent protests across the nation as "mostly peaceful" demonstrations in recent weeks.

Are Fake News Polls Hiding a Potential Trump Landslide?  Listen to network or cable news and you will hear that the November election is over.  Joe Biden has a growing double-digit lead over President Trump, despite the election being over three months away and the issues that may decide the election largely unknown at present.  What do the polls say?  Biden's campaign manager, also known as CNN, has their "poll of polls" described as, "the five most recent national telephone polls measuring the view of registered voters."  Considering that only 58 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in 2016, CNN's "poll of polls" may not be particularly representative of the electorate.  CNN's headline screams déjà vu, "Biden maintains a double-digit lead over Trump nationally."  That's it then, the election is over.  Trump supporters may as well pack it up and stay home.  At least that is what they want you to believe.

Florida Is A Case Study In Media-Induced COVID-19 Panic.  What do all these news accounts have in common?  "Florida Sets Yet Another Coronavirus Record: 173 Deaths In A Day."  "A record 173 Floridians died from the virus Thursday, an average of more than one every eight minutes."  "The 134 new confirmed deaths is the second-largest increase on record, coming five days after the largest one-day jump of 156 last week."  "COVID-19 has ravaged Florida, with more than 237,000 people testing positive and 2,013 dying from the virus in July alone."  So what characteristic do all of the reports share?  They are all false.  It is not true that 173 people died from COVID-19 "in a day" in Florida.  Nor did 134, or 156 on previous days.  It is also untrue than 2,013 had died in July when that story was published.  All of these scary headlines are based on the number of deaths reported by the state on any given day.  This is not the same as the number of deaths that occurred on those days.

After 59 Days of Riots in Portland, ABC Claims 'Weeks' Since Protests Were Violence.  As NewsBusters has extensively documented, the broadcast newscasts have done everything they could to downplay and cover-up the extreme leftist violence at protests happening in cities across the country.  But during ABC's Good Morning America on Sunday [7/26/2020], the network, via correspondent Janai Norman, attempted some revisionist history, claiming it had been "weeks" since protests had turned violent.  Norman's lie came just as she was wrapping up her report, falsely telling viewers:  "And no one seriously injured in that shooting at that protest in Colorado.  But it's been weeks we have seen protests like these turn violent in multiple cities around the country, as we have this weekend."  Not only has it not been "weeks" since protests turned violent, but it also hasn't been "weeks" since there has been protest-linked violence in multiple cities at the same time.  While there has been violence in Portland for 59 days, last week saw riots in Seattle targeting local businesses, which the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) blacked out and hid from viewers.

Florida: Death Related to a Gun Shot Wound and Deaths from Weeks Ago Are Suddenly Counted as Covid Deaths in Official Mortality Reporting.  The miscounting and fraudulent numbers related to the China coronavirus just keep coming.  Unrelated deaths are being counted as COVID-19 related and deaths from days and weeks ago are suddenly being attributed to today's COVID-19 mortality counts.

A Put-Up Job.  [Scroll down]  The news matters for three reasons.  First, almost all the public investigation and damaging narrative about "Trump-Russia collusion" came after investigators knew how little supporting evidence there was.  Second, the more we learn about the ensuing investigations, the more they look like concerted abuses of government authority.  We give law-enforcement and intelligence agencies tremendous power so they can protect us; when they abuse that power, they need to be held accountable and reined in.  That seldom happens to anyone in Washington's sprawling bureaucracies, which protect their own within the gurgling ecosystem of power, profit, regulation, and rent-seeking.  Just ask Lois Lerner.  Third, when the FBI, Department of Justice, and intelligence agencies act in biased, partisan, and illicit ways, they cut to the very heart of our constitutional democracy, damage our institutions, and undermine trust in them.  That is exactly what happened in 2016 and afterward.  Public trust was undermined by these prolonged investigations and the narrative about them.  It will be undermined further as we learn how the investigators themselves likely pursued partisan goals, ignored crucial evidence, and broke laws to do it.

The Constitution, Donald Trump, and 2020.  [The news media] would have us ignore the multiple scenes of violence and misplaced anger displayed through more objective and independent sources.  The protests were "mostly peaceful" chirped CNN, even as a crowd broke the glass of its Atlanta headquarters and ransacked it.  The real troublemakers were not the legitimate protestors, MSNBC reassured its remaining viewers, but actually white supremacists who had deftly infiltrated Black Lives Matter protests in a dozen plus cities to spread violence and wreak havoc.  Pay no attention to the extensive video footage showing protestors of all stripes and colors performing stupefying acts of vandalism.  Although most of the major media outlets long ago ceased dispensing accurate information to the American citizenry, they nevertheless have retained just enough viewers to help fan the flames of this 21st-century Bonfire of the Vanities.  They also continue to press and fold weak-minded politicians like threadbare laundry.

The Big Surge In Coronavirus Deaths Is A Media-Fed Myth.  Almost daily now we've been reading about how daily deaths from COVID-19 have reached record highs.  It's a scary prospect.  But the truth is the mainstream press is grossly misleading the public by misreporting the death counts. [...] According to PBS in Arizona, the state "on Saturday (July 18) set a record for coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, with 147, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services."  The last story is particularly illuminating because the website the PBS article links to includes a chart of daily deaths in the state.  It lists only six deaths on July 19.  What's more, the chart shows that there have only been two days where deaths exceeded 65.  So where did that scary 147 number come from?  The same place all the other "surging" numbers come from.  Each day Arizona and other states file reports on how many people died from COVID-19.  It's not a measure of how many died that day.  In most cases, the people died days or even weeks earlier.  In fact, in Arizona's case, 106 of the reported deaths on Saturday resulted from a periodic review of death certificates.  None of those caveats made it into the PBS story.

Trans man sues hospital after hysterectomy is canceled.  A transgender man is suing the University of Maryland Medical System in federal court, claiming his rights were violated when his gender-affirming surgery was canceled by one of the hospital system's subsidiaries.

The Editor says...
A "transgender man" is a woman who pretends to be a man.  The term "gender-affirming surgery" is an inversion of the truth.  Those are two lies in the first sentence alone.

How to Spank the Establishment Media.  If one disapproves of the lying and distortions put out by the mainstream media, there's a way to fight it: don't pay for it.  But how, you might ask, can I do that?  Well, "Meet the Press" is pumped out by NBC News.  So, if you object to the lies on NBC News or to the lies on its vile sister, MSNBC, then you might consider financially spanking the company that ultimately owns them... Comcast.  If Comcast cannot bring itself to do anything about its news operations, then it would be up to viewers to send the corporation a message.  There are several ways to do this.  The most obvious way is to drop Xfinity, Comcast's cable service.  And here's what's nice about that: if one switches to a different cable company, one is likely to get a special price for the first year or more.  There are a few folks who "game the system" by periodically changing their cable provider just to take advantage of introductory deals.  Changing providers might be a hassle, but at least one won't be enriching NBC's parent company.

Lower than dirt?  Jon Turley clears up who is worse, NBC News' Chuck Todd or CNN's Jim Acosta.  Legal scholar Jonathan Turley slammed NBC News' Chuck Todd for airing a "false narrative" in the misleading quote of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.  The George Washington University law professor called out the "Meet the Press" host who "knowingly played a false gotcha clip" in a move that he deemed worse than the one by CNN's Jim Acosta, who came under heavy fire for tweeting an out-of-context quote from McEnany.

Media told America FBI had proof of collusion as bureau was realizing it had nothing.  Despite what The New York Times and Washington Post were loudly reporting in early 2017, the FBI had failed to find any evidence of Trump-Russia "collusion" — and indeed had found that the central source of those claims was a joke.  This is a key takeaway from the Justice Department's latest release of documents from the FBI's investigation.  One shocker is the summary of the long FBI interview that January with the "Primary Subsource" for the infamous Steele dossier — indeed, about the only source.

Fake News Becomes a Way of Life.  In December 2016, Ben Smith, then BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief, wrote a memo to his staff that was meant to be a kind of charter for the dawning of the Trump Era.  In truth it spoke to and aimed to speak for the entire mainstream media.  Smith would eventually move on to the New York Times, which elevated him to a role as the supervisory voice of conscience for the whole media.  But that December, he warned his staff of the danger of fake news, and the need of the media to be accurate and factual.

Chris Wallace Is Wrong, Joe Biden Does Want to Defund the Police.  Social media is abuzz over the release of a clip of President Trump's interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, where the Fox News host "fact-checked" Trump's claim that Joe Biden wants to defund the police.  "It's gotten totally out of control and it's really because they want to defund the police, and Biden wants to defund the police," Trump said in the clip.  "Sir, he does not," Wallace shot back.  You can watch the exchange below. [...]

Kayleigh McEnany is so effective that the MSM now lying by deceptively editing her comments.  Yesterday [7/16/2020] saw a new low in irresponsible media reporting on a briefing by a presidential press secretary.  Many media outlets outright lied about what Kayleigh McEnany said by cutting her off mid-sentence in a comment on schools reopening, thereby creating an impression that was opposite of the truth. [...] Kayleigh McEnany has been devastatingly effective as President Trump's press secretary, holding the media accountable for their lies and letting viewers of her press briefings know what questions the pressies are not asking but should.  This campaign of lies is evidence that the MSM knows she is a threat to their ability to fulfill their political function as propagandists and have decided to unite in lies about her.

The New York Times Has Been Ridiculous for a Long Time.  The much discussed resignation letter from New York Times op-ed editor Bari Weiss was written in the metaphorical equivalent of Braille.  It allowed even the blind to see what the rest of us have known for years:  the Times is a joke.  Writes Weiss of the Times newsroom, "Truth isn't a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else."  Indeed, the only difference between the Times and the old Soviet Pravda is that Pravda readers knew they were being lied to.

America's Reporters and Editors Are Liars.  It is impossible to overstate how low "journalism" has fallen in the United States. [...] A sound adage holds that you should never assume malice when stupidity is a sufficient explanation.  Here, the only explanation is malice.  No one is as stupid as America's reporters and editors pretend to be.  The sooner their companies go out of business, the better.

MSNBC Thinks the Russia Hoax Will Still Work on You in 2020.  As the 2020 presidential election fast approaches, so do media attempts to incite voter hysteria about the chances of it being stolen.  On Tuesday's Morning Joe, dutiful MSNBC co-host Willie Geist brought on left-wing author David Shimer and former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to try to rebuild the Russian election interference narrative.  [Video clip]

Fake news!
Did the [New York] Times Print an Urban Legend?  This week, the Times brings us a story from Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.  The headline is:  "Texas Hospital Says Man, 30, Died After Attending a 'Covid Party,'" and what we get is a story with one source. [...] It's a morality tale, really.  Don't believe it's a hoax!  Or that you aren't at risk because you are young!  Maybe don't live in a bad red state where they aren't taking COVID seriously, or go to these parties.  The only thing missing was a MAGA hat and a rueful dying admission, "I shouldn't have trusted Trump or my Republican governor!"  But, as I read the story originally earlier this week, I realized the details didn't quite add up.  If you believe COVID is a hoax, why would you attend a "Covid Party?"  And, in a pandemic for an airborne disease, aren't all parties potentially COVID parties?  Chicken pox parties were aimed at spreading a local infection purposely to younger children who have milder cases.  People don't hold them because they are skeptics.  Something doesn't make sense.

It's just nuts to praise New York's 'success' against coronavirus.  If only the rest of the country could handle COVID as well as New York:  That's the lament of progressive commentators as COVID cases spike in the Sun Belt and the South.  Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin hailed New York City the other day after it reported no deaths for the first time during the pandemic.  This is what competent government can accomplish, she gushed.  Former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett tweeted, "Short term sacrifice saves lives!!!" [...] This is all perverse given that New York is only now emerging from one of the worst COVID debacles on the planet.

David French Reveals The Depth Of Intellectual Dishonesty Needed For The NeverTrumpers' Vituperation of Roger Stone.  David French has written a deeply dishonest story today about the prosecution of Roger Stone, and how the commutation of his sentence by Pres.  Trump doesn't change the "facts" of the case.  Well, if you're looking for "facts", David French's "story" isn't the place to start.

Trump Was Right All Along:  The Fake News Media Really Is The Enemy Of The People.  Firework smoke still lingered in the sky over Mount Rushmore as journalists began their daily routine of story-spinning, as if their very lives depended on headlines reflecting the exact opposite of true events.  President Donald Trump's pro-America speech, dripping with unity and patriotism, was decried in legacy media as diabolical.  Just moments after the star-spangled spectacle, The New York Times blasted out a news alert, calling the president's remarks "dark and divisive" and condemning his Independence Day speech as insufficiently focused on the Wuhan virus.  ABC News claimed "Trump pushe[d] racial division" and defied pandemic rules, while the Washington Post opted for "dark" descriptors and blamed Trump for "exploit[ing] social divisions."  One honest look at Trump's speech spikes these media fictions into orbit.

Behind the Media's Breathtakingly Dishonest Coverage.  "I don't think I've ever seen such dishonest and biased coverage of any event."  That was Brit Hume, who has been covering events for more than 50 years for Fox News, ABC News and investigative reporter Jack Anderson.  The event, as you may have guessed, was President Donald Trump's Independence (without the scare-quotes) Day speech at Mount Rushmore.  The speech was, according to The New York Times, a "dark and divisive speech" designed to deliver a "divisive culture war message."  The Washington Post called it a "dystopian speech" and a "push to amplify racism."  Absent from their stories were quotations supporting racism.  Nor did Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth supply any quotations to support her claim that Trump "spent all his time talking about dead traitors."  Trump mentioned no Confederates but did quote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The most dishonest, biased news coverage of our lifetimes — and it's about to get worse.  What really seems to have raised the press' hackles was Trump's dissent from their reverent attitudes toward Black Lives Matter and apparent indifference to those tearing down statues of Lincoln, Douglass, Grant, abolitionists and women's-rights advocates.  "Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities," Trump said, accurately.  That's not the message most in the media want voters receiving in the months running up to November.

The Media and 2020: Deja vu All Over Again.  Over the past few months, the New York Times and the Washington Post scorned those who wanted to reopen their businesses after investing their entire livelihood into them, because they realized that destroying the Trump economy would hurt him at the polls in November. [...] The media that has been so dishonest in covering the health pandemic and the riots is now claiming that Trump's reelection prospects are falling apart due to his slumping poll numbers.  In reality, they are struggling to find positive things to write about Joe Biden, so they need to continue to deflect any coverage of him by attributing failures to Trump. [...] Before the coronavirus came over from China, the Trump economy was booming, so naturally they chose to ignore it.  They never cared to mention the more than 7 million new jobs that were created since his election, or a rising income for median households that grew by $1,834 in the first ten months of 2019, or the 1.4 million Americans who were lifted out of poverty.

This Is How the Media Lies to the American People:  The Carsyn Leigh Davis Coronavirus Story.  We really are at a point in America that you can no longer trust the mainstream media on even the most basic reporting.  They will always put their personal spin on a story to sway your thinking.  Florida teenager Carsyn Leigh Davis died on June 23rd in Fort Myers, Florida from "complications from coronavirus." [...] This is the latest example of the panic porn promoted by the liberal mainstream media.  What the media is hiding from the public in their headline is that Carsyn battled cancer and suffered from an auto-immune disease.  Her parents gave Carsyn hydroxychloroquine but the 17-year-old succumbed to the disease anyway.  It's not until you read into the reporting that you find out about Carsyn's battle with disease.  The headlines were specifically written to make you feel that teens are at great risk.  They're not.

The media says hospitals are out of beds, but here is the real story.  [Scroll down]  In a recent report by Miami-Dade, it shows that they have a capacity of 434 ICU beds typically.  The other interesting number is that they can convert 532 additional beds to ICU beds if needed.  So the media would have you to believe that they are entirely out of ICU beds, but that's simply not the case.  Yes, this is a strain on the healthcare system.  Yes, the virus has spread much more than previous, but we need to be honest, we knew it would.  In every instance of guidance that was given by the CDC, the information was clear.  Extreme measures would only slow the spread of the virus.  Every safety precaution that is taken only attempts to slow the spread; it does not stop the spread.  Many states and the media are pushing the initiative that wearing masks and handwashing will stop the spread of coronavirus.  The truth is, it cannot stop the virus.  There is not a magic fabric or chemical in hand sanitizer that prevents it.  We can only try to contain it.  This is where the mainstream media and many state health leaders have continued to mislead the American people.

COVID Deaths Plummet, But the So-Called News Remains Negative.  Now, let's get into some COVID-19 news and, folks, are you asking yourself what of any of this is true and what isn't?  It's almost like the tale of two viruses.  We have an entire group of stories that are about how much worse the virus is. "[...] It's worse than we thought.  We haven't even gotten to the second wave.  Dr. Fauci says, Dr. Fauci says, Dr. Fauci says."  Whatever Dr. Fauci says, it gets amplified.  We are told how so many more people are getting it.  The number of cases is skyrocketing, but then deaths are down.  We demonstrated this yesterday.  The number of deaths associated with COVID-19 are way down.  It's why they're not being reported.  The game here is to scare you into siding up with a new lockdown.  They want you to hear all these brand-new numbers of cases as deaths.  But deaths are down.  The curve was flattened.

The Media Outright Lied About Hydroxychloroquine Just to Destroy Trump.  The media has spent the last four months outright lying about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine just to destroy President Donald Trump.  Washington D.C. journalist Drew Holden recently took the time to compile a large number of stories built entirely on lies pushed by the left-wing media.  Holden jumped to his Twitter account with an amazing thread that has to be seen to see the lies spread by our sold-out, anti-American media.

America Must Hold the Corrupt News Media Accountable in Order to Survive.  We must find a way to hold the corrupt corporate news media accountable before they destroy our country.  That's been a consistent theme here at Today's Campaign Update for four years now (today is the 4th anniversary of the very first Campaign Update posted on my Facebook page during the heat of the 2016 campaign), and it has become more urgent than ever.  Because, as I noted yesterday, the media literally has the deaths of an untold number of Americans on its hands due to its focused disinformation campaign related to Hydroxychloroquine.

How the Left Creates Fake Studies to Fabricate Right-Wing Terrorism.  After weeks of violence, Democrats have some public relations needs to redirect attention away from the awfulness of leftism.  Insert the latest report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which concludes that the greatest domestic threat comes not from leftists or Muslims, but from right-wing terrorists!  The CSIS study's findings are not new.  The New America Foundation (NAF) and the Center of Investigative Reporting (CIR) have published similar studies with the same conclusions.  Each study is fake, but the most recent CSIS study is the most pathetic of them all — partly because the CSIS doesn't provide a list of incidents to fact-check.  Just trust them.  There's an art to creating this type of propaganda, which provides the Democrat narrative a halo of credibility.  A tremendous volume of subtle manipulation is concocted within studies on right-wing terrorism, and each demonstrates variations of the same basic formula.

Univision Must Retract Story On June 2020 Jobs Report.  If ever there were doubts that Univision is an activist organization passing itself off as a journalistic entity, then look no further than its reporting on the jobs report for June 2020.  Watch below as the network hides one big piece of news with relevance to the Hispanic community, then completely and blatantly misrepresent another:  [Video clip]

CNN's Cuomo Accuses Mark McCloskey of Being the 'Face of White Resistance' to Black Lives Matter.  Tuesday [6/30/2020], on his CNN program, host Chris Cuomo challenged St. Louis homeowner Mark McCloskey on the merits of his use of self-defense of life and property by brandishing a firearm in front of his home as a mob of protesters threatened him and his wife.  According to Cuomo, by doing so, McCloskey and his wife had become the "face of white resistance" to the Black Lives Matter protest movement.

Media Are Playing Games Yet Again With Anonymous Russia Leaks.  Much of the case for the Iraq War was based on the Bush administration's claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.  When the United States declared an end to the war late in 2011, more than 4,400 American military members had been killed and nearly 32,000 wounded.  No weapons of mass destruction had been found.  It's one of the most significant and catastrophic intelligence errors in U.S. history.  A bipartisan commission found that U.S. intelligence "seriously misjudged" Iraq's weapons program because of their "heavy reliance on a human source — codenamed 'Curveball' — whose information later proved to be unreliable."  The commission wrote, "Even more misleading was the river of intelligence that flowed from the CIA to top policymakers over long periods of time — in the President's Daily Brief (PDB)" and other reports that were "more alarmist" and "less nuanced."

The Media Is Lying About The 'Second Wave'.  For months, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media kept a morbid Covid-19 "death count" on their front pages and at the top of their news broadcasts.  The coronavirus outbreak was all about the number of dead.  The narrative was intended to boost governors like Cuomo in New York and Whitmer in Michigan, who turned their states authoritarian under the false notion that destroying people's jobs, freedom, and lives would somehow keep a virus from doing what viruses always do:  spread through a population until eventually losing strength and dying out.  The "death count" was always the headline.  But then all of a sudden early in June the mainstream media did a George Orwell and lectured us that it is all about "cases" and has always been all about "cases."  Death, and especially infection fatality rate, were irrelevant.  Why?  Because from the peak in April, deaths had decreased by 90 percent and were continuing to crash.  That was not terrifying enough so the media pretended this good news did not exist.

Surprise:  Latest Deep State Leak Pushed by Leftwing Media Is Another Huge Lie.  There was never anything about Russians paying the Taliban bounties on American soldiers to report.  This was low-level gossip (at best) that was never corroborated even in a small way.

Self-righteous vandals.  Violent left-wing activists have taken to styling themselves as antifa, short for 'anti-fascists', though their street-fighting tactics resemble nothing so much as the Brownshirt thuggery practiced by fascists themselves.  This did not stop NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson from likening these hooligans to the heroes of World War Two.  On the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, while America's cities still smoldered after days of riots and looting, Liasson took to Twitter to call the Normandy invasion the 'biggest antifa rally in history'. Dumb jokes are nothing new on Twitter.  For many liberals today, however, it's no laughing matter.  They really do think that America is fascist, at least whenever a Republican is in the White House, and so petty vandalism is actually a heroic act of resistance.  Knock the head off a statue of Columbus, smash the glass of every storefront on the street, and you're defeating Adolf Hitler all over again.  Such is the state of historical literacy and what passes for the moral imagination among many with comfortable perches in the national media.  You would think that if they had a problem with the establishment, they should throw the first rock at a mirror.  Spare the innocent shopkeepers who pay the price for antifa antics.  Plenty of them are black or immigrants themselves, if that's what matters to the worthies of NPR.

Massive Trump Crowds Inside and Outside Tulsa BOK Center — 6.7 Million Online Viewers!  The liberal mainstream media can't get their talking points straight.  They want to condemn President Trump for holding such a large rally during the coronavirus pandemic.  They also want to lie to Americans that it was a failure and no one showed up.  It must be very difficult being the fake news media these days.

'CBS wants a race war': Outlet slammed for headline saying police killed black man while leaving out he reportedly fired first.  CBS News drew criticism Wednesday for a headline on a story involving police shooting and killing a black man without mentioning the man allegedly opened fire first.  "Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park," a CBS headline posted on Twitter Wednesday read, referring to the death of Terron Jammal Boone.  Boone was the half-brother of Robert Fuller, a black man found hanging in a park on June 10 in what was first believed to be a suicide before the coroner walked back that conclusion.  The tweet doesn't include the police report that states officers attempted to stop Boone, who was wanted for kidnapping, spousal assault, and assault with a deadly weapon, at which point he jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire on officers before they shot and killed him.

The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots.  In recent days we've heard a steady drumbeat of lies, distortions, and disingenuousness from the mainstream media about almost every aspect of the unrest now gripping American cities.  The deceit is almost too pervasive and amorphous to describe, but I'm going to try anyway.  Over the weekend we were told, for example, that the looting and violence was being instigated not by left-wing anarchists and antifa groups but by the media's favorite villains:  white supremacists.  CNN, whose Atlanta offices were vandalized Friday, went on and on — without a shred of evidence to back it up — about how white supremacists might be infiltrating the protests and stirring up trouble.  The New York Times, in a report that even quoted a senior police official in New York City saying outside anarchist groups were coordinating mayhem before the protests began, nevertheless veered into a long aside about how far-right "accelerationists" were hoping the unrest would bring about a long-sought second civil war.  By Monday [6/15/2020], no one was talking about the white supremacist agitators anymore.  The media had moved on to better, more plausible lies.

10 Fake News Moments.  It is far worse than most realize.  [Video clip]

BLM protesters violently attack police cruisers in broad daylight in cities around the US.  When it comes to Black Lives Matter protests, the liberal media continues to sell the American people on the lofty ideas of racial equality while vilifying police officers on the front lines of the cultural rot seen in urban America.  Officers put their lives on the line to ensure law and order every time they put on the uniform, but that risk has gone up exponentially after the violent BLM riots over the past two weeks.  Cops have been attacked, shot and stabbed, and the attacks continue to this day — even as the media pushes a "peaceful protesters" narrative.

Frank Luntz tweet.  Tonight [6/11/2020], @ChrisCuomo criticized Trump's economy while using data that stops in 2016.  This is complete incompetence.  Journalistically and editorially.

Red and blue reversed
History Channel Tags Slave-Holding Confederates as Red States.  The History Channel in late May produced a mostly laudable documentary series on Ulysses S. Grant, rightly hailing the legacy of the victorious Union general and the president who fought for civil rights.  However, the series contained what's become a recurring problem in some historical reflections on the Civil War.  Throughout the three part series, the production repeatedly showed the slave-holding Confederates as red states and the Union north as blue states.  In reality, it's the reverse.  As anyone familiar with history knows, the Confederates were Democrats.  It was Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party that fought the war to preserve the union and ultimately to end slavery.  As Marine and retired U.S. Army War College professor Daniel Douds astutely explained Grant's strategy to defeat the Confederates, the on-screen graphic showcased the (incorrect) blue state/red state dynamic.


Fox News runs digitally altered images in coverage of Seattle's protests, Capitol Hill Autonomous ZoneThis story has been updated to include an apology Fox News posted on its website on Saturday [6/13/2020].  Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations.  As part of a package of stories Friday about the zone, where demonstrators have taken over several city blocks on Capitol Hill after Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct, Fox's website for much of the day featured a photo of a man standing with a military-style rifle in front of what appeared to be a smashed retail storefront.  The image was actually a mashup of photos from different days, taken by different photographers — it was done by splicing a Getty Images photo of an armed man, who had been at the protest zone June 10, with other images from May 30 of smashed windows in downtown Seattle.

The Media Urge to Explain away 'Defund the Police'.  The hot protest slogan and hashtag of the moment is "Defund the Police."  At times, it's also framed as a call to abolish or disband the police.  Ordinary speakers of the English language would naturally assume, listening to people chant "defund the police" in the streets, carry "defund the police" signs, and literally paint "defund the police" on the streets of D.C., that such people mean "defund the police."  But not our media!  There's been an immediate rush to write pieces explaining that, of course, "defund the police" does not actually mean "defund the police."

It's Your Fault They Turn to Violence!  According to the media narrative, whatever unpleasant behavior a person or group is engaging in — from criminal and gang activity to sheer terrorism — if you're white and the other party is not, that proves that the behavior is entirely your fault.  Your insufferable racism and xenophobia have pushed these people over the edge; their criminal behavior is a reflection of their many grievances against you.  This would certainly require ameliorating if it were true.  It's not. [...] A black man was tragically killed by a police officer.  Although he has been arrested and charged with murder, that's not enough.  If you're white, the current turmoil — the looting, burning, and killing — is, once again, ultimately your fault:  "grievances" coming to roost.

CBS Deceptively Edits Barr Interview, Leaving Out Key Details On Violent Riots, Police Oversight.  Key details on violent riots near the White House were removed from the broadcast of an interview of Attorney General William Barr on CBS News' "Face The Nation" Sunday.  Anchor Margaret Brennan repeatedly described protests as "peaceful" and the clearing of protesters to set up a stronger perimeter as unnecessarily rushed, contentions Barr strongly denied.  Left out of the interview that aired on CBS on Sunday morning [6/7/2020] was Barr's detailed accounting of much of the violent context of that perimeter expansion, including that "bricks and inflammable liquid" were being thrown at police in Lafayette Square near the White House as rioters "were trying to get entry" over the fences, the five dozen officers guarding Lafayette Square who were "lost" the night prior in the violence, and the individuals who at the time of their forced dispersal "wrestled with the police officers trying to tear their shields from them, in one case, struggling to get one of the police officer's guns."

A.G. Barr:  "They're Not Peaceful Protesters, That's A Big Lie Promoted By The Media".  The attorney general says what we are thinking — when the media insists that the protesters are peaceful, it is a lie.  Many of them have been violent, enough to wreak havoc and destruction on cities across the country.  Tell the small business owners without insurance who had their storefront windows broken and their merchandise looted that it was just peaceful protesters upset about the death of George Floyd.  What about all the injuries and hospitalizations and even some deaths that have been the result of protests?

AG Barr:  Protesters In D.C. 'Were Not Peaceful,' Hundreds Of Officers Injured, Media Promoting 'Big Lies'.  Attorney General William Barr disputed many claims made by the mainstream media about last week's riots during an interview on Sunday, saying that the media has been telling the American public "big lies" about what is going on at the allegedly peaceful protests, and that there have been "750 officers hurt in the last week."  "On Monday, Lafayette Park was cleared of protesters," CBS News host Margaret Brennan said.  "The federal agents who were there report up to you.  Did you think it was appropriate for them to use smoke bombs, tear gas, pepper balls, projectiles at what appeared to be peaceful protesters?"  "They were not peaceful protesters," Barr said.  "And that's one of the big lies that the media seems to be perpetuating at this point."

Michael Baden Did Not Perform Autopsy But You Are Being Told He Did.  If Joe Biden was a forensic pathologist his name would be Dr. Michael Baden.  The 85 year old freelance medical examiner has quite a past and a present.  In recent days, he has fanned the flames of "cover-up" by reporting that Mr. George Floyd was indeed choked to death despite the county medical examiner's finding that Floyd did not die from asphyxiation and he did not die from strangulation.  In fact, the autopsy showed that Floyd had no trauma on his body whatsoever.  His ingestion of fentanyl and methamphetamine combined with a pre-existing heart and hypertension history contributed to his death.  And murder charges were brought against Officer Derek Chauvin because the medical examiner added that the "restraint" also contributed to the death of Floyd.  But Baden made the rounds on national television yesterday [6/2/2020] after he was hired by the family to do a second autopsy.

After Falsely Claiming Tear Gas Use, Media Now Trying To Pretend Tear Gas And Pepper Spray Are Identical.  After the media reported that Park Police deployed tear gas, an aerosolized version of the synthetic compound 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile also referred to as "CS gas," to disperse protesters in front of the White House, Park Police explicitly denied the charge: [...] So it was smoke canisters, not tear gas.  And pepper balls explained the irritating effect that some protesters reported.  This directly contradicted thousands of tweets, print articles, and broadcast stories.  President Donald Trump lambasted the media, highlighting a story this writer published yesterday.  That article has some of the headlines from prominent media that falsely claimed "tear gas" was used against "peaceful" protesters.

Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful And That Tear Gas Was Used Against Rioters.  Following days of violent riots and looting in cities across the country, Washington, D.C., announced a 7 p.m. curfew on Monday night.  About the same time, President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Rose Garden.  Afterward, he walked through Lafayette Park to St. John's Episcopal Church, which rioters had set on fire the night before.  Standing before the church sign, which reads "All are welcome," President Trump, who previously said he'd be paying his respects to a very special place, held up a Bible.  The speech announcing the country would return to rule of law and protection of civil liberties, the walk through a park that the night before had been given over to rioters, and the visit to the vandalized historic church where every president has worshiped since James Madison, were reassuring to many in the country.  For the media, however, these actions were further proof that Orange Man Bad is literally the worst, restoring rule of law is criminal, and standing in front of a church holding a Bible is an assault on the American conscience.

The Media Are Lying To You About Everything, Including The Riots.  It seems no great event or upheaval in our national life can pass now without the media lying to our faces about it.  They lied about the Trump campaign colluding with Russia in 2016.  They lied about the Mueller probe and Brett Kavanaugh and former national security adviser Mike Flynn.  They lied about Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president and the impeachment farce that ensued.  They lied about the coronavirus and the lockdowns and the White House response.  And now they're lying about the riots. [...] Over the weekend we were told, for example, that the looting and violence was being instigated not by left-wing anarchists and antifa groups but by the media's favorite villains: white supremacists.  CNN, whose Atlanta offices were vandalized Friday, went on and on — without a shred of evidence to back it up — about how white supremacists might be infiltrating the protests and stirring up trouble.

The lying about Donald Trump is now completely out of control.  Anti-trump liberals (i.e., Democrats and the media) just have to find something — anything — wrong with the president, even if it means making it up.  The perpetually not-President Hillary Clinton on Monday shared a side-by-side photo of the White House, one lit up in a rainbow spectrum from 2015, when Barack Obama was in office, and the other appearing almost in pitch black with no lighting.  "Elections matter," tweeted Clinton. [...] Yet it turns out the photo passed off as a metaphor for Trump's apathy toward police brutality and racism was actually, like the rainbow White House, from the Obama years.  So pervasive was that meme on social media that the Associated Press was moved to fact check and let liberals know that, sorry, the slam dunk on Trump was actually an embarrassing rebound.

Teen Vogue:  Antifa 'Aspires Toward Creating a Better World'.  Leftist outlet Teen Vogue told its readers that the terrorist organization Antifa "aspires to create a better world" in the wake of riots that have broken out across the country, which have involved looting, vandalism, businesses being destroyed, beatings, and death.  "'Antifa grows out of a larger revolutionary politics that aspires toward creating a better world, but the primary motivation is to stop racists from organizing,'" tweeted Teen Vogue on Monday [6/1/2020].

Logic, Rhetoric, and Race.  Most of the blame for this situation belongs to the media, especially cable-news networks, which provide the audience for performative protests that are as ritualistic as kabuki theater.  The opening act is an "incident" involving the death of a black man at the hands of the police.  This is followed by demands for justice, with activists denouncing the incident as proof of systemic racial oppression.  A hashtag campaign emerges on social media platforms, and Hollywood celebrities lend their voices to the outcry.  Cable networks convene panel discussions, and the story is updated hourly in the days leading up to the protest rally.  The participants in this demonstration are "mostly peaceful," we are told, while we watch the protest turn into a devastating riot in front of our eyes.  We have seen this drama performed many times over the years, especially during the heyday of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that emerged in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, and continued through the Charlotte, North Carolina, riot of September 2016.

Who Had 'Race Riots' on Their Pandemic Bingo Cards?  [Scroll down]  I've been saying for a while that we were probably going to find out within the next six months that all of the social-distance and lockdown stuff was [nonsense], but that all got taken care of this past weekend.  Of course, the execrable Enemy of the People media types have been lying to our faces again, running with a narrative of "cops bad and mostly peaceful protesters" even with so much evidence to the contrary.  There certainly are a lot burning buildings for "mostly peaceful" protests.  The most priceless moment came Friday night [5/29/2020] when MSNBC's Ali Velshi was reassuring everyone that the protests were mostly peaceful while standing in front of a burning building:

Blaming White Supremacists For The Riots Is Nonsensical Gaslighting.  On Saturday morning [5/30/2020] Minnesota officials came out with an audacious and absurd explanation for the looting and arson that struck Minneapolis this week.  Apparently it was white supremacists from out of state who pretended to be actual protestors in an attempt to discredit the protest.  The evidence?  A vague claim and a lie.  It turns out that most of those arrested were actually Minnesota residents.  The hypocritical mental gymnastics from the liberal media in the past 72 hours were amazing enough to earn a perfect 10 from the stingiest East German judge.  First, we watched tens of thousands of people hold mass gatherings across the country, which just last week we were told would kill everyone, and the media suddenly didn't care.  It's like the Chinese virus just went away by magic.

Media Completely Misrepresents Trump Tweets About Minneapolis Rioting.  In their flailing efforts to blame President Donald Trump for the actions of a lone police officer in Minneapolis, the mainstream media is once again twisting the president's words to make it appear as if he made a racist statement, when in fact, the opposite is true.  Late Thursday night [5/28/2020], the president tweeted a message to those who would burn buildings and loot defenseless stores in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  The tweet was obviously meant as a warning to people who would destroy a major American city, but the anti-Trump mainstream media and Twitter itself saw it as another opportunity to portray the president as a racist, despite all evidence to the contrary.

The Media's Top Lies and Spins About COVID-19.  In such uncertain times, Americans can only hope that the media would follow suit and put aside partisan politics in the face of a global pandemic.  Sadly, some journalists and fake news outlets can't help themselves.  The media distorts and misleads, takes statements out of context, treats assumptions as facts, and in general, seems to want to sow as much rancor and fear as possible.  This is irresponsible journalism in a time when the nation needs just the opposite.

Just How Exaggerated Is The COVID-19 Death Count?  As the "official" tally of COVID-19 deaths tops 100,000 in the U.S., we keep hearing how that number is likely a low-ball estimate.  But there's far more evidence that the death count has been knowingly exaggerated — possibly by a very wide margin.  A recent Seattle Times article pretty much lays out the charade going on.  The headline reads:  "Washington state's actual coronavirus death toll may be higher than current tallies, health officials say."  But the story itself leads one to the exact opposite conclusion. [...] The story goes on to say that the state's dashboard "reflects anyone who died, that tested positive for COVID, irrespective of cause of death."  (Emphasis added.)  Basically, the state has been matching up the names of those who died this year with a database containing names of people who tested positive for COVID-19.

CNN, MSNBC are peddling panic, moral judgment, not science and data, in coronavirus coverage.  We hope you had a happy Memorial Day weekend.  It's possible you have spent, along with millions of others, months trapped indoors per government order because of the coronavirus.  So, getting outside makes all the difference — grilling a hamburger in the fresh air, hitting the park, walking on the beach for a couple of hours.  It's essential.  All of us needed it.  Nature is medicine.  Happy, balanced people understand that intuitively.  You can't just sit on a couch all day barking at other people on social media.  Your soul will rot if you do that.  And unfortunately, it's too late for a lot of people at CNN, and they haven't even been trapped inside for months.  For reasons that no one in authority has ever really explained, cable news yappers have been classified as essential workers from the very first day of lockdown.

Of Course COVID-19 Deaths Aren't a 'Trump Death Toll'.  Does anyone seriously think that if Donald Trump were not president, the coronavirus pandemic would have never hit America?  The super PAC Democratic Coalition — which supports presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — apparently does, because it has launched a series of ads describing deaths from the coronavirus as the "Trump Death Toll."

Trump is right about the huge potential for ballot fraud in Michigan's election.  To hear the mainstream media tell it, President Trump is somehow paranoid at Michigan's latest gambit to mail absentee voting applications to all registered voters in the state.  Here's the selectively distorted reporting from the Detroit News: [...] They ran it with a photograph of Trump with a photoshopped color manipulation that exaggerated the color of his skin as well as his blue tie to colors not consistent with the lighting in the room. [...]

Don't Buy the Misleading Figures.  Here's the Real Story About How the U.S. Matches Up on Coronavirus Deaths.  The sheer ease with which the American left has politicized the deaths of thousands of Americans has shocked even me.  The United States is approaching 100,000 deaths and the left seems determined to make sure the public blames President Donald Trump for those deaths.  As PJM's Tyler O'Neil noted, the Democratic Coalition is trying to make "Trump Death Toll" a thing.  While Tyler effectively demonstrated the absurdity of blaming these deaths on Trump, I'm going to show that despite the headlines that suggest things in the United States are the worst in the world, that is emphatically not the case.

The Doctrine of Media Untruth.  As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite.  Put another way, the media's "truth" is a good guide to what is abjectly false.  Perhaps we can call the lesson of this valuable service, the media's inadvertent ability to convey truth by disguising it with transparent bias and falsehood, the "Doctrine of Media Untruth."

Long-lens dishonesty again:
That picture of Ocean City doesn't show what the scolds say it shows.  One particular picture from Ocean City, Maryland, this weekend seems to show a totally packed boardwalk.  This has led to all sorts of scolding.  Here's a Reuters congressional reporter cursing the walkers for lacking the self-control to stay inside and on Twitter, like responsible folks should do. [Tweet ...] See that sign in the distance that says, "PLAYLAND"?  That is south of Worcester Street.  It's 1,100 feet down the boardwalk from the body piercing sign.  Tiger Woods's average drive is 285 yards.  If he teed off from where that photographer is standing, Woods would be 80 yards short of Playland.

GQ Political Reporter Misidentifies George Wallace As Republican To Smear GOP. Wallace Was A Democrat.  Laura Bassett, who also writes as freelance political reporter, wrote a Wednesday op-ed titled "The Anti-Abortion Movement Was Always Built on Lies," attempting to chronicle evangelical efforts in building up the pro-life movement.  The crux of Bassett's piece rests on the foundation that the pro-life movement was "bought and paid for the Christian right," to morph the Republican Party into the pro-life party.  While explaining the party's historical support for legal abortion, Bassett used the example of Wallace as a Republican governor whose promotion of abortion was motivated by Republicans' intent to stop "breeding children as a cash crop," to collect more in government handouts.  Only one problem:  Wallace was one of the biggest 20th century stars of the Democratic Party, and by no means a Republican.

If you want to see a microcosm of our vile American media, this is it.  I was looking for articles showing that those who predicted deadly failure due to Governor Brian Kemp's decision to open Georgia were wrong.  I found such an article at Business Insider, a widely read online news outlet.  Diving into the article, though, revealed that it wasn't reporting the news at all.  Instead, it provided a perfect example of how the media shape and distort the news in service to a Democrat narrative.  When Governor Kemp announced three weeks ago that he would start opening up Georgia, the media had a field day.  After all, this was the governor who "stole" the election from Stacey Abrams, a woman distinguished only by being the worst loser in American gubernatorial history. (Hillary Clinton still holds the record for being the worst loser ever.) [...] If Michelle Mark, the reporter wanted to be factual, her article would have consisted of one sentence:  "Georgia's Department of Public Health has published data showing what appears to be a significant decline in new cases and deaths."  Instead, the entire, very long article is a series of hypotheticals about how maybe, possibly, even probably, people will still get sick in Georgia.

Obama's De Facto Russian Collusion Co-Conspirators.  [Scroll down]  In a little over three years, the Washington Post published nearly 24,000 stories about Trump, Russia and collusion.  The New York Times published over 18,000 stories.  CNN on its website published 11,500 stories.  The wire service Associated Press, which supplies over 1300 local newspapers and broadcasters with news articles, published nearly 12,500 stories.  All told there were probably more than 100,000 stories published in the media, over 90% of which were anti-Trump with virtually no criticism or disclosure of the Obama Administration and their machinations.  Among CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and NBC, it is estimated that over 20,000 broadcast hours were spent on the Russian collusion narrative again virtually all anti-Trump as many of the Obama collaborators were retained as contributors on these networks.  Barack Obama's faith in the cooperation of the mainstream media was also well placed.

The American Media Has Betrayed America.  There aren't enough disparaging epithets in the English language to adequately describe "journalists" such as ABC Nightly News anchorman David Muir, the dashing 40-something actor who pretends to share important national news with America.  Five days a week, Muir recites agenda-driven propaganda as if it were truth, while his allies who run the social media monopolies throttle down, demonetize, shadowban, or flat out censor reports that conflict with his narrative.  One of Muir's biggest crimes is his façade of objectivity.  Unlike the hosts of the cable news networks, such as CNN's rabid Don Lemon, or MSNBC's smirking Rachel Maddow, Muir isn't obvious.  He spreads his phony lies and distortions with a straight face, never breaking character.  If you aren't exposed to the other side of his stories, it works.

"Mask Police Reporter," Kaitlin Collins Rips Off Mask Immediately After She Thinks Cameras Are Off, Rushes to Speak Maskless to Other Reporters.  Another black eye for the Karenwaffe.  This wouldn't be a story except Karen Collins here is one of the Firefighters bravely mask-shaming her targets.  Governor/Murderer Andrew Cuomo gets no mask-shaming for not wearing a mask at press conferences, but of course Trump does.  Karen Collins wears a mask at press conferences.  Until the moment the camera is off her.  Then it comes off faster than a t-shirt at Mardi Gras.

WaPo's new mantra is Just Don't Report.  As the walls close in on Obama's use of the FBI to spy on political opponents, the Washington Post has a simple solution for a press that aided and abetted him:  If something looks bad "just don't report that it does."  The full quote by columnist Greg Sargent is, "There is a legitimately difficult editorial challenge in figuring out how to scrutinize a mostly conventional politician who is running against a bottomlessly corrupt and dishonest opponent like Trump, as Brian Beutler has noted, without placing a similarly sized question mark over both of them.  "There's just no doubt that this happened in 2016, as has been widely documented.  "This is plainly on its way to happening again.  But it doesn't have to.  One way to avoid this:  If something doesn't actually 'boost' or 'lend fodder' to a big claim that Trump is making, just don't report that it does.  "It's simple, but it's a start."  Just don't report.

When Did the Media Stop Running Corrections?  Last week, Vanity Fair had nice little scoop, or so it thought.  Gabriel Sherman, whose title is special correspondent, authored an article premised on a major bit of news — investors aligned with Donald Trump Jr. had purchased a stake in the pro-Trump, conservative news outlet One America News Network (OANN).  This was news to Charles P. Herring, president of OANN's parent company, who fired off a letter to Vanity Fair owner Conde Nast demanding a retraction and an apology.  "The facts are undisputable and in direct conflict with your false and defamatory statements," he wrote.  "Herring Networks, Inc. has not sold ANY stake in One America News Network or its company to anyone or any entity, period."  Vanity Fair quickly recast Sherman's story without acknowledging its error:  "This post has been updated to include a denial from Blackstone, and to reflect comments received after publication by Charles P. Herring, president of Herring Networks, OANN's parent company."  In sum, Sherman based his piece on a premise that was wrong, and Vanity Fair merely acted as if all the story needed was a minor update.

How the 1619 Project Destroys the True Moral Meaning of America.  Honest patriots of our great republic are upset at the recent bestowal of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary on Nikole Hannah-Jones and her 1619 Project.  As most readers might already know, the 1619 project was inaugurated with a special issue in the The New York Times Magazine in August of 2019.  Its goal was and remains one of challenging us all to reframe U.S history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia as our nation's foundational date.  The project promulgates the idea that everything that has made America exceptional literally grew out of slavery.  It, therefore, establishes 1619 and not 1776 as our nation's true founding date.  The egregious historical inaccuracies of the project and Hannah-Jones' claims have been well documented.  The most egregious among them which the Times has had to minimally correct, included claiming that the American Revolution was literally fought to preserve the institution of slavery, and that Abraham Lincoln opposed the equality of blacks.

Where is Christine Blasey Ford and why hasn't she said anything about Tara Reade?  [Scroll down]  Christine Blasey Ford wasn't whisked away from earth in 2018. She's still out there somewhere reading the news.  She knows about Tara Reade and, so far, she hasn't offered a word of public support about her allegation.  That's true even though Tara Reade made a point of saying she believed Christine Blasey Ford in her interview with Megyn Kelly.  Isn't it pretty remarkable that Ford has remained silent?  Has anyone in the media even tried to ask Blasey Ford if she believes Reade?  Did reporters at every news outlet suddenly lose her number after the confirmation?  Given the media comparisons between the two women over the past several weeks, it really does seem like an obvious avenue to pursue.  So why hasn't the media pursued it?

Gowdy ready to expose reporters who 'aided and abetted' Adam Schiff during Russia investigation.  Former federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy says voting out Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff is not enough punishment for the damage he has done to President Trump and the intelligence community.  During a Friday night [5/8/2020] appearance on Hannity, Gowdy told the Fox News host he also wants reporters who advanced the fake Russian collusion story to be named publicly and that he's willing to do it.  "The media, not only did they not provide scrutiny over Adam Schiff, they aided and abetted him," Gowdy said. "Politico, the Hill, Washington Post, New York Times, I'll come on and even give you the reporters' names sometimes.  The reporters who sat there and helped Adam Schiff perpetrate this fraud, next time I'm with you I'll give you the names of the reporters."

Video Allegedly Shows That Once The Cameras Are Off Reporters Remove Their Masks And Don't Follow Social Distancing Rules.  Americans are skeptical of the news media.  A recent Gallup Poll shows that 55% of Americans disapprove of the way the media have handled the coronavirus coverage — that's a higher disapproval rating than Congress, which is saying a lot.  And the public's response to the coronavirus pandemic reveals its distrust.  And we can now tell why Americans don't trust the mainstream media.

James O'Keefe:  CBS Faked a Line of Cars to Make Corona Tests Seem Harder to Get.  Did CBS fake a line of cars in Michigan in order to make it seem like COVID-19 testing was even more difficult?  That's what Project Veritas creator James O'Keefe asserts in a new video.  Footage of the May 1 CBS This Morning shows a long line of vehicles waiting for drive-by testing in Michigan.  According to O'Keefe, "A CBS News crew pulled medical professionals off the floor at the Cherry Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to line up in their vehicles so a CBS film crew would have a long line for their COVID-19 coverage."  O'Keefe talked to an anonymous witness in Grand Rapids who alleged that CBS "told us that medical personnel were taken away from treating patients and making the line longer for actual patients wait for the COVID-19 test."

The Eight Worst 'Fake News' Stories of the Trump Years.  Journalists bristle when President Trump criticizes them as "fake news," and they complain that such criticism erodes the public's faith in the news media as an independent watchdog on the powerful.  But Trump's critiques wouldn't have nearly as much impact if news organizations actually acted like careful, professional, independent purveyors of fact.  Instead, they too often behave as sloppy partisans, carelessly jumping on one false story after another if they think it will prove their larger narrative that the President is unfit for office.  Sometimes, the "fake news" is about a small detail that suggests a broader pattern: the Time magazine pool reporter who wrongly claimed on Twitter that Trump had removed a bust of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Oval Office, perhaps hinting at a racial animus.  In fact, the bust was right there, obscured from view by a Secret Service agent and a door.

Controversial Photo of 'Crowds' on CA Beach Was Shot with a Telephoto Lens.  A photo showing crowds packing a beach in California during the state's COVID-19 lockdown sparked controversy this past week and led to the area's beaches getting shut down.  Now that photo itself is at the center of a heated debate:  many are saying that it's misleading because it was shot with a telephoto lens.

C-SPAN posting inaccurate transcripts of Trump briefings.  C-SPAN is publishing inaccurate transcripts of President Donald Trump's remarks during the vitally important national coronavirus task force daily briefings.  Yes, really.  So Trump is being falsely attacked for what Trump never said (again).  The worst of it, lately, is Trump asking questions to scientists.  Those questions have been transformed into statements that Trump never made.  But as I endeavored to clear up the fog, I was shocked to discover that C-SPAN's textual transcript are the source of the confusion.  The quotes that Trump haters are throwing around happen to be accurate reports of the inaccurate C-SPAN transcript.

The Hypocrisy on Tara Reade Is a National Disgrace.  We do not know whether the accusations that Tara Reade has leveled against Joe Biden are true or false.  That is a question of evidence and of inquiry that might be answered as time rolls on.  We do know, by contrast, that the double standard that has been exhibited by Biden's campaign and by the political press in tandem is a national disgrace.  Both culturally and legally, due process must be habitually applied to nobody or to everyone.  If, upon the most frivolous and protean of pretexts, it is routinely accorded to one faction while being denied to another, it is effectively lost.

Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd Deliberately Lie to Viewers While Questioning Dr. Deborah Birx.  David Mamet had a famous saying that is often cited.  Essentially he said:  'in order for left-wing partisans and ideologues to continue advancing their agenda, they must pretend not to know things.'  CTH calls this "The Mamet Principle."  No where is that quote more clearly showcased than with two media interviews of Dr. Deborah Birx today [4/27/2020].  CNN's Jake Tapper and NBC's Chuck Todd both pretend not to know the guidelines and gateways for a phase-one reopening of the U.S. economy.  Both pundits fabricate information purposefully and with specific intent.

Reporter Compared Coronavirus Deaths To Vietnam To Rip Trump.  But During Vietnam, Another Virus Killed More Americans Than The War.  On Monday, a reporter from New York Magazine asked President Trump whether he deserved to be reelected, since more Americans had died from the coronavirus than died in the war in Vietnam.  She may have been unaware that at the height of the Vietnam war, there was something that killed more Americans than the war did, and it was a similar virus — and no one questioned whether a president should be elected or not because of the virus, known as the Hong Kong Flu.  In 1968-69, the Hong Kong flu ravaged the world; it wound up killing more than one million people worldwide, over 100,000 of them in the United States.  No lockdowns were imposed and people still went to work, albeit lessening bus travel and implementing social distancing and more washing of their hands.

Disinfecting the Left-Wing Media.  As well as President Trump has done in those daily press briefings discussing the federal government's fight against the Wuhan ChiCom virus, it might be time to put those to bed.  The reason?  He's beaten the Democrat activists in the White House press corps to a pulp, he's destroyed their credibility, and he's captured as much of the confidence of the American people as he can in those press conferences.  And at this point the Dem activists are simply going to report what they want to report, the facts and reality [notwithstanding].  Trump has noticed that, skipping the briefing on Saturday and expressing frustration with the media's refusal to offer anything like responsible journalism on the virus.

Virus Strikes Media Dumb.  There's a lot of important news this week which is getting insufficient coverage. [...] Instead, we are back to story number one:  How to refashion news on the Wuhan virus to attack the President.  As been the case from the beginning, the press is using every foul means to demean him and make this the Trump Virus, ignoring his measured approach and successes.  This week they glommed onto his remarks in a presser that revealed the contagion curve is flattening and diminishing to suggest that Trump had called for something as possible remediation — bleach injection — that he had not.  In some cases, they flat-out lied about what he said.  In others they edited the presser video to achieve the same distortion.  Regular readers of this site know a great deal about press information manipulation and lies.  I write this in the hope that you will share it with those others who still don't get it.

Politico Drops a Supposed Presidency-Crushing Bombshell On Trump, Then the Facts Came Out.  Isn't it amazing how these "mistakes" always go one way?  Politico put a piece out yesterday in which they made quite the stunning charge against Donald Trump.  According to their sources, the President is hopelessly stuck under the thumb of China because he owes their state bank tens of millions of dollars.  Sounds bad, right?  Here's some guy from The Washington Post pushing the story in a thread.  [Tweet]  I won't bore you with the rest of his preening, as it's what you'd expect, i.e. lots of false conclusions being drawn from incomplete evidence.  The point of Politico's story was to take heat off Joe Biden, as the above thread and the article itself draw comparisons to Hunter Biden.

How the N.Y. Times Swung at Fox News, and Missed.  Not content to accuse Donald Trump of killing Americans with his incompetence during the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats and their allies in the media have turned their fire on the president's supporters as well.  Those with "blood on their hands," to use the smear du jour, range from Republican governors reluctant to issue quarantine orders to Michigan autoworkers protesting being locked out their jobs.

Fake News:  Trump Didn't Tell People to Inject Bleach or Lysol Into Their Veins to Fight Coronavirus.  On Thursday, liberals thought they finally had the smoking gun, the excuse to oust President Donald Trump as mentally unfit for office.  Some called him "President bleach," claiming he had suggested people should inject bleach or Lysol into their veins to fight the coronavirus. [...] Then the commentary.  "Trump unquestionably is unfit to serve as president.  He endangers every American.  Most directly, he endangers his supporters, many of whom either believe the virus is a hoax (prompting them to engage in dangerous behavior) or now that injecting/ingesting disinfectants is in order," tweeted MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner. [...] Trump wasn't telling people to drink or inject bleach — he was asking whether or not it would be possible to clean inside the body with a similar disinfectant.  He also insisted, "you're going to have to use medical doctors with" any such practice.  In other words, "don't try this at home, kids."

Remember the government shutdowns?  Funny how we don't see those same sob stories about lost paychecks now.  Whenever the threat of a government shutdown looms, Democrats and their media allies give us daily doses of how devastating such a thing will be on 'non-essential' government workers.  Then they go into overdrive when a shutdown actually occurs:  Wall-to-wall sob stories giving examples of government workers supposedly harmed even though, everyone knows, those employees will soon be paid.  They essentially have a paid vacation.  Now, after weeks of the intentional destruction of the private sector with tens of millions of jobs lost, with businesses and families being devasted and having no idea how they will feed their families and themselves, there are few of those same sob stories, despite real hardship, and here is what we get instead:  If a Republican governor wants to open a state's businesses, we get attack pieces saying he wants people to die.

Journalists are a gullible bunch on COVID-19.  We are told that a large number of people have the virus of whom we don't know, including people without symptoms, and that a large number of people who never were diagnosed with the disease and never had symptoms now might be immune to the disease.  We are told that in order to reopen the economy safely, we need to test everyone to see if he has it, even people without symptoms, and also to test people to see if they are immune so the government can release those to work.  Then we are told that if we find someone who currently has the disease, we need to find everyone he has been within six feet of for fifteen minutes in the past two weeks and then put all of those people under house arrest for two weeks.  Then we are told that until we get a vaccine, which may be a year or never, we must practice social distancing, wear masks, and never gather in groups of more than ten, or else huge numbers of people will die.  Now, this sounds to me as though they would rather see the economy destroyed and the U.S. collapse than allow people the freedom to work, save their businesses, and feed their families.

The Cult That Rewrites History:  Part 1.  On Monday April 13th, at the daily presidential briefing held by the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, took a most interesting turn.  During the first half hour of that briefing, Trump and his CCP Virus emergency response team took more than a month and a half of carefully constructed lies that Democrats and the DNC Media Complex have been using to relentlessly attack him, turned the tables, and utterly destroyed them.  The President did this by simply playing a video for the reporters present, and the entire country watching on television.  What this brief video clip did, is establish the correct timeline showing who was doing and saying what and when they were doing and saying those things.  Trump's masterful use of that video during the daily national emergency briefing absolutely destroyed the Democrats and Fake News Media's talking point that he ignored/didn't do anything in the early days of the pandemic.

1984 Comes to Life:  The Cult That Rewrites History — Part Two.  It's probable that every single reporter that reacted emotionally to the video President Trump played at the briefing came out of that Cultural Marxist academic system.  They have likely spent decades of their lives training their minds to enthusiastically love whatever Big Brother is giving to them to say today, and memory-holing the past.  That's why you notice them reacting so emotionally to the video presentation.  They can't hide it, and they are certainly not faking it.  It hit them right where they live.  Right in the center of their own self-image.  He took their power away from them.  Let me tell you something:  you wind these people on a very deep and personal level when you will not let them have their precious memory hole.  You injure them when you do not let them rewrite the history they are so desperate to rewrite.  And especially so, when it is imperative for their politics that the public either not know, or quickly forget something.  You are taking away their power and they know this.

Don't Get Fooled by Fake Photos of Coronavirus Lockdown Protests.  As a series of demonstrations against COVID-19 lockdown orders sweep the U.S., protesters have shown wildly varying degrees of responsibility and realism.  Some have been staying 6 feet from others or even protesting from within cars, while simply asking for some shutdown leeway for local businesses and entrepreneurs who are willing to take extra steps to keep pandemic-times customers safe.  Alas, others have been crowding up against each other in large numbers — without masks or any other precautions — while suggesting that the entire coronavirus outbreak might be a hoax.  Some folks online have started spreading rumors that protesters are paid "crisis actors" — alleging their signs too well-made or similar and that their websites have fishy origins. [...] On the flip side, people's revulsion at the more reckless or bratty elements of these protests is setting up social media for a round of fake protest news.

Trump Unloads On Media During Coronavirus Briefing.  President Donald Trump took the fight directly to the media this week, playing a video of all of their poor coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and showing all of the steps the Trump administration has taken to try to mitigate the pandemic.  CNN accused the president of playing "propaganda," while CBS News' Paula Reid falsely claimed that the administration had a "gap" where they didn't take any action in February.

Now It's Obvious:  The Political Class and the Media Are Spinning Tales.  At the outset of the coronavirus lockdowns my colleague Pete Earle penned a prescient article about the propensity of political actors to rewrite the history of the unfolding crisis in real time. [...] Sadly but not unexpectedly, this real-time revisionism has only accelerated in the last month.  We've now reached a point where reporters, public officeholders, and federal bureaucrats are now revising their own words and actions from only a few weeks prior — all while hoping that nobody will notice.  The latest example involves the unfolding controversy over President Donald Trump's assertion of authority to set a national timeline for the repeal of the ongoing economic lockdown, presumably superseding state governors and local officials who refuse. [...] While the press today fumes in outrage at Trump's newly claimed power, only 10 days ago many of these same news outlets were clamoring for the very same national lockdown that Trump demurred.  Just two weeks ago reporters peppered Trump with questions about his failure to impose a national shelter in place order.

Why Has the Voice of America Become a Voice of Confusion?  President Trump startled Washington last week by launching an attack on Voice of America, which for 80 years has been charged with presenting and explaining American values and policy abroad.  Trump called it a "disgrace" that the current VOA leadership was allowing its service to repeat Chinese talking points on the COVID-19 virus.  A White House statement also took issue with the news agency that called Chinese efforts in Wuhan to contain the virus a "model" for other nations.  The statement also noted that VOA relied on unverified (and subsequently proven false) Chinese-government statistics in some reporting.

Our Garbage Media.  The mendacity and mediocrity of our major news media have seldom been on display more clearly than during the COVID-19 crisis.  While the media pretend to be "objective" and are now clearly on the side of the Democrats' narrative that Trump was negligent and slow in responding to the virus, there is plenty of evidence of the media downplaying the threat of the virus and criticizing Trump's early moves, especially his China travel ban, which the media decried as "xenophobic."  And then there is the media's lack of interest in the Tara Reade allegation about Joe Biden, which is so blatant that even Alexandria Ocasio Cortez gets it.

A free nation cannot long survive if its press takes sides.  On March 16, the New York Times' Mara Gay posted a stunningly dishonest tweet about President Trump's conversation with state governors concerning medical equipment needed to treat coronavirus patients:  [Tweet]  Gay lied in saying Trump told governors they are on their own, thus misleading readers to think he refused to provide the governors with federal funds for critical medical equipment.  Below is what Trump actually said — the part in boldface is what Gay selectively quoted, everything else is what she maliciously omitted:  "We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves.  Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself." [...] What Gay did was journalistic malpractice at its most evil, a fake news political hatchet job against a president she hates in hopes of torpedoing his re-election.  Mara Gay is no rookie reporter who made an innocent mistake.  She's a member of the New York Times Editorial Board.  Her dissembling brand of destroy-Trump journalism has been practiced non-stop for nearly four years by virtually the entire mainstream media.

Photo of same boy faked to claim "youngest UK coronavirus death".  His photo has been widely shared on social media claiming he is a 13-year old who died of coronavirus in Great Britain.  A post on Facebook claimed he was a "schoolboy... with no health conditions" who became "UK's youngest coronavirus victim."  The post went on to read:  "Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton, sadly died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid-19."  But it isn't true.  The same photograph of the same boy has circulated in news stories about deaths as far back as 2017.

Trump Exposes Phony Journalists with Video Montage.  [Scroll down]  But he had to do that yesterday, folks.  And it was great because it was nothing but their words.  It was nothing but video clips of the media themselves lying and getting things wrong and purposely distorting things.  He just zapped 'em.  I mean, just exposed them to the world.  This is the kind of thing that needs to happen constantly.  The American people who aren't aware need to be made aware what the media is. [...] And while their job title category might be journalists, this is not what they are practicing.  What they are practicing is opposition.  Whatever Trump is for, they guaranteed to be against it.  Whatever Trump is against, they are guaranteed to be for it.  Why are they for or against anything?  They are media.  Their pretense is that they are objective and fair and all of that.  It isn't the case.

Brutal Trump-de-Force at the Coronavirus Hearing Leaves Media Screaming 'Pull the Plug!'  Donald Trump absolutely lit up his own Coronavirus Task Force press briefing with a more than six-minute, tour-de-force media takedown that had CNN and MSNBC sputtering and reaching for the plug.  Trump said hello and turned the media briefing over to the NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci to clarify his words uttered on CNN on shutting down the country earlier to prevent more deaths.  Then, Trump took over and it was ON.  He listed the timeline of his response to the coronavirus and presented a video of incorrect statements by the press on COVID-19.

A dishonest report from CBS's 60 Minutes on the medical mask shortage.  CBS, the network that brought us the crying nurse with mental health issues who didn't understand hospital procedures, and the two, count 'em, two, video instances of Italian hospital mayhem to make phony claims about chaos at New York and Pennsylvania hospitals in the coronavirus pandemic, has now put out another whopper.  This time, it's a 60 Minutes segment about mask and personal protective equipment shortages at a New York City hospital, which, its report argues, is all Trump's fault.

CBS learns nothing after [having been] busted for fake footage, replays same Italy hospital scene reporting on Philly.  CBS News used fake hospital footage in a coronavirus story and followed up with an explanation for the "editing mistake" after getting caught.  But apparently the network learned nothing and amazingly used the exact same footage again after claiming it would be removing the deceptive video "from all platforms and shows."  In a news story about New York City hospitals which aired on March 25, CBS News used footage from an Italian hospital which had already appeared in a Sky News report on March 22.

The Editor says...
It sounds like CBS is willfully dishonest in its continued use of this fake news footage.  But having worked in TV broadcasting most of my life, I think abject incompetence is a more likely explanation.  Broadcast stations today are full of lazy millenials who don't care much about accuracy, and each of them has their "own truth."  Chance are, there was a memo sent out to delete the misleading footage, and less than 100 percent of the writers and editors paid attention to it.  That's how things get on the air that weren't supposed to be on the air.  On the other hand, the people at CBS may also be dishonest, lazy, or determined to advance a left-wing agenda by any means.

Facebook's Fact-Checkers Have Failed To Fact-Check HuffPo's Anti-Trump Coronavirus Disinformation.  It will come as no surprise to Breitbart News readers that Facebook's vaunted fact-checking system does not stop, or even appropriately label, fake, misleading claims from the left-wing media about President Donald Trump.  A story from Verizon-owned HuffPost claims that the president has a stake in a drug company that produces hydroxycholoroquine, the drug being promoted by himself and many in the administration as a potential treatment for the Chinese virus.  The article is currently on Facebook without any labels alerting users that the information is false or even just misleading.

Fake News:  In the coronavirus crisis, the press covers itself in glory.  Media outlets have dished up nothing but one-sided criticism of President Trump and have now ended up serving us just fake news.  For example:  In mid-January, the experts at the WHO repeated Chinese propaganda that the virus wouldn't spread from human to human, and the press repeated that as if it were fact.  That was a lie.  Instead of excoriating China for its duplicity, all they say is that President Trump should have known.  Here's another:  On Jan. 31, Trump implemented a travel ban from China.  The mainstream press and its Democrat allies called that xenophobic, racist, and an overreaction.  Now the critics say he reacted too slowly.  Sometimes, the press goes full fake news, based on its urge to snipe at Trump.  ABC loudly ran a false story on Wednesday [4/8/2020], with no evidence, claiming that Trump was warned in November about the virus.  On Thursday, the network started to bury it quietly.

New York's Mass Graves Are Complete Propaganda: The Video Is From Potter's Field Where 25 People Are Buried In A Week In Normal Times.  New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter's field on Hart Island.  Images have emerged of coffins being buried in a "mass grave" in New York City.  This has caused for TrumpBurialPits to be the number one topic that's trending on the internet.  However, Trump Burial Pits is complete propaganda.  These images shown are of Potter's Field where 24 people are buried a day in normal times.  Do you really think we're burying thousands in some ditch on an Island in New York?  People don't want there loved ones to have a proper burial?  The city has also shortened the amount of time it will hold unclaimed remains before they are buried in the city's public cemetery.  Under the new policy, the numbers of daily burials should increase even in normal times, the medical examiner's office will keep bodies in storage for just 14 days before they're buried in the city's potter's field on Hart Island.  Workers in hazmat outfits were seen stacking wooden coffins in deep trenches in Hart Island.

Racial warrior offended when the Surgeon General tells minorities that behavior affects virus risks.  PBS's Yamiche Alcindor has distinguished herself as one of the media figures most engaged in the "gotcha" game at COVID-19 press conferences, especially when she can work race into the issue.  On Friday, after the Surgeon General made a direct plea to minorities about behaviors that can protect them, she went on the attack.  U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams spent five minutes during Friday's press conference talking about the fact that COVID-19 is hitting minority communities especially hard.  His densely packed presentation began with his addressing minorities' predisposition to diseases that increase the risk from COVID-19, such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. [...] PBS's Yamiche Alcindor was among the assembled reporters.  Having heard the entire presentation, she didn't ask a question that would help anyone understand substantive issues.  Instead, she went for the "gotcha" questions: [...]

Pentagon issues rare public rebuke against ABC for claim White House was warned of pandemic in November.  The Pentagon issued a rare public rebuke of a report claiming it warned the White House of the coronavirus pandemic back in November.  A branch of the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency debunked a claim made in a report by ABC News which alleged that "concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report."  The National Center for Medical Intelligence refuted the claim in a statement Wednesday [4/8/2020], asserting that the report does not even exist.

CBS News Goes Full Fake but Accurate With Correction on Viral Crying Nurse Video.  Several days ago, CBS News tweeted out a now-viral video of a nurse crying over not being able to wear a mask.  The description made it sound as if her hospital had run out of or outright denied her use of protective equipment.  The indication was clear.  This was Trump's fault because doctors and nurses aren't getting the supplies they need.  [Video clip]  In a word, the description of the video and the situation have now been exposed as nonsense.  The background of the woman who made the video has also come under serious, relevant scrutiny.

Jussie Smollett in Scrubs:  CBS Story of Crying Nurse Who Claimed No COVID-19 Protection Just Crumbled.  CBS News has picked up the story of the woman who claims her hospital gave her no protection to take care of COVID-19 patients.  But CBS News apparently didn't check the story because, as they say, it was too good to check.  Imaris Vera, part-time nurse and part-time Instagram model, claims she quit her job at a Chicago area hospital — still unnamed — because the hospital didn't provide nurses with proper equipment around COVID-19 patients.  All we've heard is howls from governors and CDC officials for us not to take away gear from first responders.  Save the PPE and the N-95 masks for the pros.  So at first blush, the story looked like it might be true.  Then it started crumbling.

CBS News Posts Fraudulent Viral Video of Sobbing ICU Nurse Who Quit Her Job Over Poor Working Conditions, Mask Shortage — It Was All a Lie.  CBS News was caught once again posting a fraudulent video to make it look like President Trump is failing in his response to the Coronavirus pandemic. [...] CBS on Sunday morning [4/5/2020] posted a video of a "nurse in tears" who says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a Coronavirus ICU without a face mask:  "America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected." [...] It turns out the woman is indeed a nurse, however she took time off to pursue a blogging/'social media influencer' career.  She went back to work as a nurse for ONE DAY, then quit.

The AP begins revising history to attack Trump.  The media are not only rude and confrontational at press briefings, but they're also re-writing history about how and when information on the virus came to light.  Facts don't matter.  There is only one goal:  Get Trump.  Toward that end, manipulating timelines has become quite popular as evidenced most recently in this AP report: [...] China lied, caused a global pandemic, and created circumstances in country after country that would make it more difficult to control due to lack of medical supplies.  WHO lied.  And our own experts seem to have been blindsided.  Along the way, time was squandered by the CDC, not the president.

American media keep repeating China's coronavirus talking points.  It should not be this easy for Chinese Communist Party propaganda to make its way into major American newsrooms.  Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, which Chinese lies ensured would become a pandemic, American news media have promoted a number of Beijing-approved talking points, including the one that alleges it is racist to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin.  American news media have also accepted at face value a series of dubious claims pushed by Chinese Communist apparatchiks, including the absurd boast that China's new case numbers have remained essentially flat since late February.  "U.S. has more known cases of coronavirus than any other country," CNN reported on March 26, its declaration coming in unison with nearly every major news outlet in the United States. [...] That is, the U.S. is "No. 1" only if you believe the numbers reported by China, which you should not.  Pandemic trackers work with the data provided, and the data provided by Beijing is unbelievable.

The Corporate Media's Coronavirus Propaganda For China Is Finally Catching Up With Them.  Beijing has lied about the coronavirus from the start, while here in the West our corporate media has actively and enthusiastically spread its lies to households across the free world.  But now that news of China's lies is beginning to seep out, will it make a difference?  Will there even be corrections?  Don't count on it.  Even before reports on incinerators "working around the clock," massive orders for urns, government bribes to keep mourners quiet, and total government censorship, China's lies were obvious.  Even before China concealed the outbreak, blamed the U.S. military, and expelled foreign reporters, their lies were obvious.  Their lies were so obvious because China is an authoritarian regime that history plainly documents killing and starving millions while lying about it to this day.  The press should know this, and they do know this, yet still corporate news outlets unquestioningly repeat Beijing's line.

Dr. Birx Finally Goes Right at the U.S. Media and China for Lying.  This has been a long time coming.  I understand the notion that figures like Dr. Deborah Birx should remain apolitical, and they should, but it's not "political" to tell the truth about China lying and the U.S. media choosing to play useful idiots in response.  During yesterday's [3/31/2020] presser, Dr. Birx finally took the gloves off and said what we've all been thinking.  These ridiculous graphs relying on Chinese data that media members are sharing are garbage and dangerous.

CBS News Caught Using Footage from an Italian Hospital to Describe Conditions in New York City.  This is footage from SKY News on March 22 from Italy.  [Video clip]  And here is footage from CBS News during their New York City report on March 25.  [Identical video clip]

Who's Funding the Coronavirus Political Trolls?  [Scroll down]  Pacronym's Facebook digital disinformation campaign targets Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Arizona, the same five states targeted by McGowan's Courier plot to create fake local news sites.  Coronavirus cases have sharply risen in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but McGowan is sticking to her plan to help elect Joe Biden by spreading uncertainty during a time when people need reassurance.  Americans need to know that they can trust the health advisories coming from the White House.  It's not a time to sow doubt and division.  But Democrat political operatives have decided that it's their moment.

Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America.  When Donald Trump tweeted this week that the United States had performed more coronavirus tests than any other country, the media were upset.  Trump being Trump, he'd also said the United States had done more tests in eight days than South Korea had done in eight weeks.  PolitiFact calculated the United States had done 17,582 fewer tests than South Korea during that time period.  LiveScience said the United States had done 43,790 fewer tests than South Korea during that time period.  Their own disparity notwithstanding, other media outlets pointed out merely that South Korea is a much smaller country than the United States.  That meant they had done more tests per capita than the United States had.

What the Media Isn't Telling You About the United States' Coronavirus Case Numbers.  On Thursday [3/26/2020], the New York Times made a big fuss over the fact that more than 81,321 Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, which is "more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen."  According to their report, the United States, following "a series of missteps," is now "the epicenter of the pandemic."  But, is it really?  China's confirmed cases topped out at around 80,000, but, as PJM's Victoria Taft noted, China reportedly stopped conducting tests in order to show the world they've contained the spread of the virus.  So, comparing any country to China at this point is useless.

The New York Times Tries to Spread Panic About Ventilators, Gets Fact-Checked.  The New York Times has been one of the worst news outlets during the Wuhan virus pandemic.  They've consistently taken partisan positions and purposely mislead the public.  For example, after Nancy Pelosi tried to blowup the latest relief package, the Times decided to say it was the fault of Republicans — who had previously negotiated the bill in a bipartisan manner — because of course they did.  Today [3/26/2020], the paper of record went back to the old steadfast during this crisis, which is to try to create panic in order to score political points.

'Economist' Runs Chinese Coronavirus Propaganda Disguised as News.  The Economist is running Chinese propaganda from an outlet that is violating U.S. law to spread the message that Chinese president Xi Jinping has done a masterful job handling the coronavirus pandemic.  The propaganda advertorials, which are ads designed to look like news stories, come from the Beijing Review, an entity backed by the Chinese Communist Party.  The outlet has never registered with the Department of Justice as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and does not include a legally required disclaimer that the ad is being pushed by a foreign nation.

How the Mainstream Media Sweep Their Mistakes Under the Rug.  The online news outlet Axios on Wednesday [3/18/2020] published a bombshell news story:  Bernie Sanders, reporter Alexi McCammond wrote, was suspending his presidential campaign.  "It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination less than a month ago," the report stated.  The only problem:  It wasn't true.  And this wasn't a run-of-the mill error, but a miscue on arguably the most anticipated (and inevitable) political story in the country.  What followed from Axios was not an explanation to its readers of how it got the story wrong, but an excuse for how it was mistakenly published (Axios editor in chief Nicholas Johnston blamed process breakdown in a "fully remote" newsroom).  Axios's response was an exercise in obfuscation and blame shifting.

The Liberal Media's Credibility Crashes.  Working hand-in-hand with their Democrat allies, the first cry of "Wolf!" was the Trump-Russia collusion fairy tale.  It was a ridiculous story on the face of it.  His media antagonists might hate the guy, but to believe he was stupid enough to try and steal the presidency with help from Vladimir Putin was bizarre beyond belief.  Finally the long-awaited (by the LSM) Mueller report was issued, followed by Mueller's appalling performance at a congressional hearing, in which he appeared to not know what was in his own report.  There was no collusion to be found.  Shocking — not.  The result for the Trump-Russia collusion media?  Here was this report from right here at the Daily Caller, Maddow's ratings were down 17%.

When Wuhan Virus Departs, World Will Be Changed.  [Scroll down]  Hardest hit of all, however, is the media, whose anti-Trump mania, reliance on manipulative if not imaginary "anonymous sources," eagerness to be seduced by former members of the intelligence community, general ignorance of almost every specialized field they encounter, political naiveté, and absolute fidelity to the party line ("Wuhan" is now racist) has rendered a once-proud profession little more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic National Committee and a constant reproach to truth, justice, and the American way.  At a time of dying newspapers and laid-off reporters, the media has chosen to go down with its "principles," rather than adhering to its former standards of objectivity and professionalism.  They wanted "change" and now they've got it[.]

The American press's entire energy is bent towards destroying Trump.  The mainstream American media have abandoned journalism's formerly-prized ethos of "who, what, where, why, when."  There is no pretense anymore that they serve a purpose other than maligning Donald Trump in the hope of destroying his presidency. [...] The media are currently outraged that Republicans are less panicked by the coronavirus than Democrats are.  Part of that may be because Democrats are ruled more by emotion than by reason.  A lot of it, though, is because Republicans have no reason to trust the media.  If members of the media believe that saying something will hurt Trump, they'll say it — and that's true whether what they're saying is honest or not.  If the media hysterically use coronavirus to attack Trump, Republicans instinctively assume (a) that coronavirus isn't that bad and (b) that Trump's doing an excellent job of handling it.

Steve Wynn Vindicated.  [Scroll down]  This isn't the first time, of course, that the Associated Press and the New York Times have peddled "totally fanciful" stories that served their agendas, and it won't be the last.  Wynn sued the AP as well as Kuta, but the judge found in AP's favor because its story relied on a police report.

The Media Succumb to Raging Case of Katrina Virus in Hopes of Infecting Trump.  Democrats in the news media say that President George W. Bush botched the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. To the extent that Bush could convince the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana to declare an emergency and order mandatory evacuations, then, sure, it was all his fault.  Sigh.  Bush was mocked for using the FEMA trailers for emergency housing after the storm, even though they're often used for that purpose all over the country.  He was blamed for failing to put all of the first responders in the direct path of the storm, instead of where they were stationed, just outside of the area to keep them safe until the storm passed but close enough to swarm the area.  He was blamed for the levee failures.  He was blamed for people staying in the 9th Ward when the storm surge flooded them out.  Brian Williams pretended to see "bodies floating" in the French Quarter (a lie).  Wolf Blitzer incited a racist narrative, calling the victims "so poor, so black."  Kanye West declared that "George Bush doesn't care about black people."  Babies were being "raped" in the Superdome.  On and on it went.

How a Soros Trojan Horse Took Down Chris Matthews and Is Poised to Bully Others into Submission.  With hundreds of millions of dollars from billionaire financier George Soros and dozens of his comrades-in-arms at the "Democracy Alliance," the progressive network of labor unions, activist investment firms, social justice organizations, and ideological media outlets is the tip of the spear in "cancel" culture. [...] These groups and outlets, working in concert, orchestrated the downfall of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, targeted Breitbart, and attempted to knock Laura Ingraham off the air through advertiser boycotts.  Ultraviolet, in particular, led the anti-Kavanaugh protests — projecting "Kavanaugh is a sexual predator" onto the D.C. Court of Appeals where he sat before joining the highest court, running TV ads, and having their paid staff confront then-Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in a Senate elevator to convince him to oppose Kavanaugh.  Armed with unending funds from the Democracy Alliance donors, Ultraviolet's press releases are often re-packaged and published as "news" by Huffington Post writers, including Bassett.  Bassett also received awards from the neo-Malthusian and Democracy Alliance-funded Population Institute and Planned Parenthood for her pro-abortion reporting.

Stone Sentencing Ends Russia Collusion, Part I.  The Roger Stone sentencing farce is as fitting an end to the Russia Collusion saga as one could conjure up ... though it might be more fitting to call it the end of Russia Collusion, Part I.  No sooner did the first flick conclusively bomb than the media-Democrat complex was issuing the casting call for Russia Collusion, Part II.  In the sequel, you're asked to believe that Putin is manipulating the chesspieces to steal a second term for President Trump — somehow preferring an incumbent who beefs up the U.S. armed forces, pressures NATO allies to beef up theirs, imposes painful sanctions on Moscow, provides lethal aid to Ukraine, ramps up U.S. energy production, and seeks to thwart the Kremlin's coveted natural-gas partnership with Germany, over an unabashed socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union and whose policies would wreck the American economy, end the resurgence of American energy production, and hollow out the American armed forces.  It's a lunatic plot.

The Washington Post (CIA) is Very Worried About The Big Russia Lie Being Exposed.  The media PR firm for the FBI and DOJ objectives is the New York Times.  The media PR firm for the State Department is CNN.  The media PR firm for the CIA is The Washington Post.  This pattern has existed for several years.  The Washington Post is very concerned about a growing possibility the investigation into the origin of intelligence community work may expose the fraudulent nature of the entire 'Russian Election Interference Collusion-Conspiracy' narrative.  Very concerned.  The WaPo/CIA express concern by stating that President Trump is attempting to "rewrite history"; disingenuously skipping the part where Trump isn't attempting anything.  For more than three years President Trump has simply pointed out the obvious.  It is is the media and the intelligence apparatus that set up a fictitious narrative for political needs.

Trump Slams Media Over 'Fake News' Border Wall Report.  Ahead of making his crowd-thrilling appearance at the Daytona 500 Sunday, President Trump added one more media-slamming post to a series of tweets he'd issued over the weekend hammering one of the central promises of his 2016 election: that he would "build the wall."  "Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall 'fell over', trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured [and] soaking wet when big winds kicked in.  Quickly fixed 'forever'," the president wrote Sunday [2/16/2020].

It was Obama, not Trump, who weaponized government against political opponents.  The media frequently buries stories that might hurt political candidates or policies they support and will continually run false stories against political candidates and policies they oppose.  How else can it explain the years of fake stories on Russian collusion, seeking to destroy white Christian boys for wearing MAGA hats, trying to destroy Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh with no evidence, the false "Hands up, don't shoot" narrative?  How else do you explain the burying of stories about all the mental and sexual abuse of women by the Clintons and the burying of stories or the lack of investigation into the clear corruption and kickbacks of the Clintons and Bidens if not pure bias?  How many people are the media willing to destroy in order to get power back for the Democrats?

Four major journalistic errors in just 10 hours.  The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, for example, tweeted the following falsehood at around 5:30 p.m. Monday evening:  "Republican voter registration in NH is down roughly 20k voters from 2016 to now.  It's a reminder that Trump's increased GOP popularity is in part because in some places, the GOP registration rolls have shrunk."  This is not only false, but it has been debunked several times.  At some point, repeating the lie becomes a choice.  Earlier than that, MSNBC's Katy Tur, who hosts a politics news show, sought to throw cold water on the strong economic numbers touted by the Trump White House, arguing that the economy is not working for the individual who spends up to 360 months paying off his car loan. [...] Car loans can take anywhere between 12 and 84 months to pay off.  Who are these people agreeing to 30-year car loans?

Fake news:
Pentagon racks up $35 trillion in accounting changes in a year.  The Pentagon made $35 trillion in accounting adjustments last year alone — a total that's larger than the entire U.S. economy and underscores the Defense Department's continuing difficulty in balancing its books.

Rebuttal / clarification:
What Do You Mean You Need to Move 35 Trillion (with a "T") Dollars at the Pentagon?  In an article from MSM, Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg (note — this is Bloomberg reporting in an election year where Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend billions to defeat our President), wrote a story about the "stark increase in accounting changes at the Pentagon", changes of 35 Trillion in 2019, 30.7 trillion in 2018, and 29 Trillion in 2017.  Note the phrase "accounting changes".  Tony Capaccio, to make this a bigger story and imply wrongdoing, using all the MSM approved salacious adjectives, interviews the GAO about the "problem" of the increase in accounting changes.  Note, we're supposed to be concerned about an increase in accounting entries but NO ONE said any money is missing.  Plus, remember, GAO is an arm of CONGRESS (read as Pelosi), and the Pentagon in the Executive Branch (read as Trump).

Fact-Checkers Have Become the Janissaries of the Obama Legacy.  For me, at least, the most grating aspect of contemporary "fact-checking" isn't the dubious journalistic nature of the project, or the endlessly nitpicking of every Republican utterance, whether it's particularly misleading or not.  It's the increasingly popular effort to try to credit Barack Obama for everything good that's happened during Donald Trump's presidency.

The Editor says...
I hope you remember that Barack H. Obama, with the eager support of the news media, blamed George W. Bush for every bad thing that happened in Obama's entire eight-year presidency.

Media Continues Dishonesty On Dershowitz's Argument Against Impeachment.  Last week when it was announced that Alan Dershowitz was joining President Trump's legal team, I warned in these pages that his complex argument in the alternative, in which he claims that even if proven what Democrats allege regarding Ukraine does not rise to the level of impeachment, was ripe for mischaracterization.  The news media has not disappointed on that score.  The first misunderstanding came just hours after the announcement of his role.  Many in the news media erroneously claimed that Dershowitz, and by extension Trump's legal team, were conceding wrongdoing, and that Republicans were moving the goalposts away from a "perfect call."  This was never true, but was too attractive a narrative for many to pass up.  Yesterday [1/29/2020] the deceptive coverage of Dershowitz got even worse.

Media ignore Adam Schiff's record of lying, fawn over him as hero of impeachment proceedings.  Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California showed himself to be a liar during the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, repeatedly claiming to have knowledge of "direct" and "ample" evidence proving President Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin.  Yet despite outing himself as an untrustworthy partisan operative, many of the same members of the press who uncritically parroted Schiff and members the intelligence community during the collusion and FBI spying episodes are promoting the congressman now as a heroic and awe-inspiring manager of the impeachment proceedings; because we have learned nothing from the last three years.

This is why nobody cares about the impeachment trial.  Does there exist a more unabashed partisan than Adam Schiff? [...] Over and over again Schiff repeats things about the president that are, to the objective observer, not criminal, not impeachable, and driven by contempt.  You don't have to be a die-hard Trump homer to see that Democrats do not have the impeachment goods they said they had, and they knew from the get-go that this was going nowhere in the Senate, so they set out to stage a production, a spectacle to tarnish the president and the GOP while signaling their own virtue.  This is clear, even to ordinary Americans like myself.  Yet the liberal media, with its high level of self-importance and low level of self-awareness, acts like each boring, fanciful, inconsequential monologue is the newest iteration of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

Fake News:  No, a Christian School Didn't Expel a Girl Over a Rainbow Cake.  Last week, liberal media outlets latched onto the latest horrific example of bigoted Christians forcing their morality on everyone else:  a Christian school expelling a girl for posting a picture of herself wearing a rainbow sweatshirt and eating a rainbow cake on Facebook.  According to the girl's mother, the Christian school rushed to judgment and expelled her daughter, who isn't even gay, over a birthday cake!  This narrative, which plays into the biases of many liberal journalists and LGBT activists, is just as wrong as the narrative of Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandmann disrespecting a Native American man.  As it turns out, the school had good reason to expel the girl — and it involved a great deal more than one innocent birthday cake.

On the other hand...
China's coronavirus outbreak looks worse than the Chicoms are admitting.  Communist regimes are famous for concealing inconvenient information and that appears to be the case in China with the spread of the coronavirus, a SARS-linked pneumonia-like flu that reportedly has killed 26, infected nearly a thousand, and spread to to more than a half a dozen countries beyond China, including the U.S. The Chinese have got 20 million people on lockdown in Wuhan and several cities near it, just as the Chinese New Year begins, which is the entire region's biggest holiday.  It's pretty obvious the epidemic is spreading anyway.  Officials, culpably or not, closed the barn door after the horse got out.

GOP senators: don't overthink impeachment scam.  "Journalists" on TV and radio lie routinely, without a conscience.  They vote Democrat.  They love their party.  They have to pay.  The news media have exacerbated the impeachment scam.  And apparent #NeverTrump GOP senators have believed the news media lies.

ABC Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Seems Sad That Iranians Protest Against Regime.  On Monday, ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz issued a report on the current protests against the Iranian despotic regime on Monday, and while doing so, colored her language to indicate that after the U.S. killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the country was united, but now that protesters against the government have expressed their outrage, the country's "unity" has been "shattered."

Media, Using Anonymous Sources, Have Presented 4 Separate Narratives Surrounding Trump And Soleimani.  When and how did President Donald Trump come up with the decision to have Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani killed?  That's the question the media seems to have been asking for the past week — and so far, they've come up with wildly different answers.  Using the oh-so-tired "anonymous sources" trick, media outlets have reported everything from Trump wanted Soleimani dead back in 2017 to suggesting it was actually Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who pushed for the killing.  Here are the four completely contradictory narratives the media have "reported," all based on anonymous officials: [...]

Photographer Mark Peterson Shows Patriots Can't Trust The Lying Press.  I must admit I was surprised that the Main Stream Media responded to the emergent internet's ability to debunk its propaganda (Duke Lacrosse, UVA Rape Hoax, Covington Catholic) by becoming even more flagrantly partisan (besides, of course, calling for internet censorship). Aren't markets supposed to clear?  But the result is that the myth of journalism as an impartial profession, which was receiving pious lip-service as recently as fifteen years ago, is now believed by no-one under 35.  A practical consequence for me:  I've stopped accepting interviews with the MSM except by email — which is why I have on record Andrew Lawler's malice and mendacity in The Secret Token, his book on Virginia Dare.  But Jared Taylor's experience, cross-posted here, suggests you can't even let the swine take photographs.

The disastrous fires in Australia are man-caused, but they're not climate change.  ABC made a laughingstock out of itself with a map superimposing Australia across the United States, implying that an area equal to 25% of America was on fire, even as ABC acknowledged that the fire was, in fact, only as big as Maryland.  Unsurprisingly, Hollywood and the media are wrong.  Nothing unusual is happening with Australia's climate.  The only unusual thing is that environmentalists have prevented remediation and arsonists have had fun.

Media Beclowns Itself Spreading Fake News and Anti-Trump Propaganda During Iranian Missile Attack.  As Iranian missiles rained down on U.S. military targets in Iraq Tuesday night [1/7/2020], two cable news outlets, MSNBC and CNN, spread fake news that suggested that the damage was worse than it was.  The Pentagon confirmed that Tehran fired more than 12 ballistic missiles targeting two military bases used by US and coalition forces in Iraq.  During a broadcast of Hardball on MSNBC, NBC News Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi parroted Iranian state media propaganda claiming erroneously that Iranian rockets had killed 30 American soldiers.

Newsweek Hits a New Low.  If decent people working in mainstream American media want to know why many Americans do not trust them and are willing to use the term "fake news" to describe the mainstream media, I offer one of the most glaring examples of a lie in my lifetime.  Last week, Newsweek headlined the following:  "Conservative Radio Host Ridicules Anne Frank: 'I Don't Get My Wisdom From Teenagers.'"  Now, imagine how that must have struck any reader not familiar with the "conservative radio host" or with what he actually said.  "Ridicule Anne Frank" — what kind of terrible human being would do that?  Well, it turns out the "conservative radio host" was me.  Yes, me — a religious Jew who has devoted much of his life to the welfare of the Jewish people, served on the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, made the most widely viewed pro-Israel video in the world, written a book on anti-Semitism that is in its third printing, and founded a synagogue and a Jewish day school.

Media Falsely Claims Vice President Pence is Wrong About Suleimani and 9/11 Attackers.  On January 3, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this about General Suleimani:  [Tweets]  The New York Times responded that the public record does not back him up.  The Los Angeles Times claims Pence falsely links Iranian general to 9/11 attacks.  Both newspapers and the others echoing them are lying or just wrong.  The public record actually does back up the Vice President completely.  All one need do is look at the 9/11 Commission report on page 241.

Deutsche Bank Fake News Story Debunked.  [Scroll down]  In another chapter of the Great Trump Conspiracy, A Deutsch Bank whistle blower had revealed that a State Run Russian Bank had funded all of the institution's loans to Donald Trump for many years.  Thousands of Tweets with that tag.  I counted more than 40 good size pages who picked up the story.  Yet not one major source.  This is what fake news smells like!  And the digging began. [...] So the moral of the story is this, my friends.  Don't be stupid.  90% of what you see on the web is garbage, and fake news is now big business.  Stop clicking links spouting sensationalist garbage that you know full well most likely isn't true just on the off chance that it might be true.  It isn't.

Media victim-blames Jews for anti-Semitic attacks.  Anti-Semitic attacks are increasing at an alarming rate in the New York area, and NBC New York seems to think Hasidic and Orthodox Jews have somehow created this problem by... living there.  In a now-deleted tweet, the media outlet shared a story and claimed "the expansion of Orthodox communities outside NYC" has resulted in "civic sparring," and "some fear the recent violence may be an outgrowth of that conflict."  NBC New York deleted the tweet shortly after, but the story, originally reported and written by the Associated Press, itself isn't much better.  In fact, it might be worse.

The Media Is Lying About The Attacks On The Embassy In Baghdad.  You can tell that the Obama administration's legacy in the Middle East is in danger because the media, as the self-appointed janitors of that legacy, have gone into overdrive obfuscating the timing, context, and significance of this week's attack on the United States embassy in Baghdad.  Although President Donald Trump has gone a long way to dismantling Obama's legacy in the region, much more remains to be done, including a halt to American taxpayer money that has been flowing into Iranian-controlled governments in Iraq and Lebanon.  Earlier this week Iran-backed militias stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, chanting "Down, down USA!" and hurling water bottles and smashing security cameras.  The attackers breached parts of the embassy and were only disbursed the next day, after Trump deployed Marines to ensure the safety of our embassy personnel and property.

New Year Ahead:  Nothing Will Help Them.  The mainstream media has little to look forward to as their fanciful reportage comes undone.  Newsrooms are shedding staff and the papers facing lawsuits by the Covington kids are getting thinner and thinner.  The movie Richard Jewell exposes the media incompetence and partisanship at the cost of truth.  The Washington Post is now so slim my free neighborhood flyer has more copy than it does.

Making Journalism Great Again.  [Scroll down]  You would think that the reporters writing the stories were, like meteorologists, predicting tomorrow's news, rather than recording for posterity known facts and affairs.  It is said that gross inaccuracy should be tolerated in the news business because reporters, even when very wrong, manage to reveal important unknown events when allowed to "chase a story" like a detective unearthing a clue.  When you flip through a year's worth of pages now bleeding scarlet red dye, though, it is not courage but shame that comes to mind.  How many red-encircled headlines should be endured before reaching the conclusion that this is not "news" but speculative fiction or straight-up propaganda?  Is there a certain percentage of inaccuracy that we could all agree is impermissible?  Would coastal newspapers still feel haughty if they had to print disclaimers below the fold stating that forty percent or more of what you are about to read might later be proven to be false?

A Decade of Fake News.  The idea of a "decade in review" article at the end of 2019 is a bit of "fake news."  Technically, the current decade does not end until December 31, 2020.  In that spirit, it is worth looking back at the past ten years through the "fake news" lens.  These were years in which the mainstream media used false allegations and biased reporting to suppress conservative voices; they were also the first years in which, thanks to Andrew Breitbart, we began to resist them.

Media Standing Up For Antifa.  Antifa, a left-wing movement to counter the fascist "alt-right" by conducting acts of domestic terrorism has been defended by the media as principled individuals united in their common valor to resist the anti-Trump forces threatening to destroy the country.  Exactly how Antifa is pursuing their mission?  By destroying the country.  Throughout the year the left-wing militant group has interrupted events and viciously attacked journalists covering their hate resulting in one reporter suffering a brain injury.  "It says it right in the name.  'Antifa,' which means 'anti-fascism,' which is what they were there fighting.  Listen, no organization is perfect, there is some violence," CNN's Don Lemon said.  "They have taken a principled stand to stand against white supremacists and white nationalists wherever they may show up," said a guest on MSNBC.

The Media's Worst Moments of 2019.  Our friends at Grabien prepared this montage of some of the media's worst moments of 2019.  Given the media malpractice of the last year, the video could be the length of Ben-Hur, but they've whittled it down to a mere eight minutes.  And it is a fun walk down memory lane, as pretty much all of the media's worst moments have, by now, blown up in their faces.  [Video clip]

Unfit To Print Episode 34: IG Report Debunks Media's Biggest Lies.  The IG report on FISA abuse finally dropped this week, and the media is still reeling from all of the lies it uncovered.  [Audio clip]

Schiff and Complicit Media Are Due For a Reckoning After IG Report Exposed Their Lies.  Now that the inspector general report on FISA abuse has vindicated the work of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and thoroughly debunked the fraudulent conspiracy theories and smears of the current chairman Adam Schiff, many conservatives are crying out for retribution.  At the very least, Schiff should face an ethics complaint for lying in his memo, American Commitment President Phil Kerpen says.

Our Outrage Over the Dems' Impeachment Farce.  The most infuriating thing about Democrats and fake news medias' fake outrage over Trump's alleged crimes is everyone knows Trump has done nothing wrong.  He has functioned totally within his presidential authority.  Democrats and media are attempting to criminalize Trump defending himself while exposing their corruption.  The only thing Trump is guilty of is keeping his promise to do everything within his power to make America great again.  Folks, it feels like we are in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" in which Democrats' and medias' reality is the polar opposite of the truth.  With straight faces, they authoritatively lie about every issue.  Our economy is booming.  And yet, Democrats and media say people are suffering horribly in Trump's economy.  Blacks are enjoying a historic low unemployment rate.  Dems and media tell blacks Trump is a white supremacist seeking to harm them.

OAN Investigative Report:  Ukraine, Biden, and Far-Left Media Malpractice.  This is Deep State chicanery exposed for all the world to see — IF they are willing to pay attention.  When the far-left media claims there is "no evidence" of wrongdoing by Joe Biden, Ukraine, Obama administration officials, etc., they are pushing an outright lie.  The evidence is clear, it's available, and it's incredibly damning to the wrongdoers involved as is so clearly outlined in the following OAN news report:  [Video clip]

CrowdStrike: a Conspiracy Wrapped in a Conspiracy Inside a Conspiracy.  Long story short, the Democrat-media complex has successfully convinced one half of the world that Trump is a Russian agent.  Now they're acting as if they'd spent the last three years in a coma, unaware of any bombshell stories about collusion.  And bombshell stories without any continuation are a telltale sign of fake narratives.  The only consequence of these bombshells is mass amnesia among the foot soldiers.  The Trump-Russian outrage is dead, long live the Trump-Ukraine outrage.  And when that outrage is dead, the next outrage that will be just outrageous.  The current impeachment narrative alleges that Trump used military aid as leverage in asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden (which implies the Democrats know Biden is dirty, otherwise why bother?). What's not in this picture is CrowdStrike.  Even though Trump mentioned it in the phone call, it has nothing to do with the Bidens nor the Javelin missiles.  CrowdStrike has nothing to do with impeachment.  We're told it's just a silly conspiracy theory in Trump's head, that it's a nonissue.

Media's Latest Anti-Nunes Smear Is Michael-Cohen-In-Prague All Over Again.  Devin Nunes' opponents in the Resistance seem to be spiraling.  Their latest effort against the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is to accuse him, without evidence, of secretly meeting in Vienna with a former Ukrainian official "to get dirt on Biden."  The official is former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who former Vice President Joe Biden famously bragged about getting fired in exchange for $1 billion in loan guarantees from American taxpayers.  Incidentally, if there is one thing we have learned from the media in the last couple of months, "get dirt" is their code for Republicans doing investigations.  "Investigate" is their code for Democrats trying to get dirt on political opponents.  It appears the same term could be used regardless of the political views of those doing the investigations.

Media Hypes Fusion GPS Founders as Victims.  It's a little like the proverbial child killing its parents and throwing itself on the mercy of the court because he's now an orphan, but, with the wheels of Barr-Durham-Horowitz justice inexorably turning on them, there are Fusion GPS founders, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, on a media book tour claiming they are the victims of right-wing vengeance for their role in orchestrating a criminal fraud upon the FISA court and a coup against a sitting president of the United States.

60 Minutes gives us a migrant sob story except that all signs suggest the migrant is pretty rich.  The news show began with a sad story of Tania Avalos, who, along with her purported husband and daughter, attempted to cross the rain-swollen Rio Grande river illegally, resulting in two deaths.  60vMinutes matched the event to a widely reported news photo of the two dead bodies in the river.  The man who died was Óscar Alberto Mart'nez Ram'rez, and toddler was named Valeria.  The news show never got around to asking why the last names of the parents did not match, and tellingly, never gave the last name of the father which is kind of an indicator of something they don't want us to know.  After all, 'who, what, where...' — the old news industry standard.  Were they really a family or were they cobbling together a fake family to take advantage of asylum laws as large numbers of migrants do?  They certainly knew enough about it to understand that they were to surrender to the Border Patrol, so they weren't utter naifs as they had been portrayed in terms of their odds.

Reuters Deletes Story Meant to Make Trump Look Bad After Realizing it Made Obama Look Bad.  Reuters completely deleted a wire story concerning the number of children in migrant detention centers after discovering that the author's figures were from 2015 and do not reflect the current number of children in such centers.  Adding an editor's note or something of the like was tossed for a complete revocation, which is always last and worst case scenario in the news world.

AP Retracts False Claim Trump Contradicted Ambassador's Testimony.  The Associated Press retracted a false claim that President Donald Trump "contradicted" the testimony of Ambassador Gordon Sondland in congressional testimony yesterday [11/20/2019] when he said he wanted "nothing" from Ukraine.  In a now-deleted tweet, the Associated Press' false claim blatantly ignores what Sondland actually testified that Trump said.

Nets Cheer Sondland 'Directly Implicating' Trump, Then Admit He Didn't.  During an 11:00 a.m. ET hour break in Wednesday's [11/20/2019] impeachment hearing, all three broadcast networks eagerly proclaimed the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, was "directly implicating" President Trump in a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine.  However, just minutes later, those same networks admitted that Sondland never heard any such thing directly from the President.  "Well, Gordon Sondland, clearly the man of the hour there, as we are halfway through the questioning," Nightly News anchor Lester Holt declared during NBC's special coverage.  He further claimed that Sondland "dropped a lot of bombshells" and "Is now implicating the President directly."  He emphasized that Sondland "had direct communications with the President." [...] The only problem with those pronouncements?  They weren't true.

Nixon's Lessons for the Would-Be Impeachers.  One of the nauseating permutations of public recollection that has arisen out of the attempts to destroy Trump is that Richard Nixon was treated fairly.This fraud is buttressed by the frequent appearances on our screens of the chief trigger-men in that bloodless assassination: the unspeakable turncoat White House lawyer John Dean and Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, still padding around on the imperishable fuel of the Watergate putsch, festooned with the awards the media give themselves.

Impeachment surprise:  How Adam Schiff validated my reporting on Ukraine.  For weeks, media have claimed my Biden column was a debunked "conspiracy theory" and no one saw anything wrong.  Now we know the very people working on Ukraine policy below Joe Biden in the State Department saw the appearance of a conflict, long before I reported it.  And they were so concerned about Burisma's corruption reputation that they took official actions to distance the U.S. from the firm that hired Hunter Biden.

New York Times Admits No One Believes the Liberal News Media Anymore.  Here's an excerpt from the Trump-hating New York Times.  ["]But just when information is needed most, to many Americans it feels most elusive.  The rise of social media; the proliferation of information online, including news designed to deceive; and a flood of partisan news are leading to a general exhaustion with news itself.["]

Here's How Impeachment Helps Democrats Even If They Fail.  Today's Democrat Party is a joke that would cease to exist if not for the unwavering support of the massively powerful corporate media.  Long before this revelation, it always amused me when people like Resistance Jake Tapper or others in the media would claim:  "We don't choose the stories.  The stories choose us.  All we're doing is reporting what's going on in the world.  That's our job."  It amused me because they literally write the headlines.  They choose exactly what stories to cover.  As has become painfully obvious to anyone with a pulse, they also choose the narratives attached to those stories and how every twist and turn is characterized throughout the 24/7 news cycle.  If you couple those realities — that the media are nothing more than Democrats' marketing arm, and that they're responsible for deciding what we talk about and how it's characterized — it becomes really hard to take "the news" seriously.

The View's Joy Behar:  Buttigieg Has a 'Very Traditional Marriage'.  Joy Behar, co-host of "The View," expressed her support of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday, saying that the mayor of South Bend, Ind., is "in a very traditional marriage."  Traditional marriage is defined as the union between one man and one woman.

When Did Ukraine Become a 'Critical Ally'?  On hearing the State Department's George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump's withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony:  "What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn't simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces." [...] "One would think, listening to this," writes Barbara Boland, the American Conservative columnist, "that the U.S. had always provided arms to Ukraine, and that Ukraine has relied on this aid for years.  But this is untrue and the Washington blob knows this."  Indeed, Ukraine has never been a NATO ally or a "critical ally."

President Trump. vs. the Media.  Since Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election, leftists in the mainstream media, which is to say virtually all of the mainstream media have abandoned nearly every pretense about who they are, what they represent, and what are their goals.  It is safe to say that many of the problems we face in America today are directly attributable to the fact that, because of their warped worldview, the vast majority of the American media simply won't tell the truth.  This is especially troubling when one considers that the American media has lied and continues to lie on almost every moral issue debated in America.

Trump Derangement Syndrome on Steroids.  The American Prospect's Paul Waldman gives us an earful about President Trump and how Trump is destroying everything that's good and decent in America. [...] What strikes me is Waldman's unchecked assertion that Trump's accountability "has been in short supply."  He wholly ignores that Democrats have been feverishly pursuing Trump since he announced his candidacy.  For two years, they've prosecuted a bogus case on Trump "colluding" with Russia, guaranteeing they had unimpeachable evidence.  They were lying, and their would-be savior, special counsel Robert Mueller, produced no evidence of collusion.  Accountability?  Why haven't the Democrats had to answer for their wasting taxpayers' time and money over this lie?  Neither they nor their legacy media co-conspirators have uttered one syllable of apology to the American people, let alone President Trump, for dragging us through this nightmare.

Killing America in anonymity.  The media tells us there is a "heroic" whistle blower who claims President Donald John Trump broke a law — never specified — in a phone call to the newly elected president of Ukraine.  President Trump released the transcript of the call, which shows nothing of the sort.  Nevertheless, the media is pushing for an impeachment to boost cable news ratings, and to divert attention from the best economy in 50 years, Disney's ABC covering up Clinton's involvement with pedophile Jeff Epstein, and peace breaking out in Syria after 8 years of war.  But the media is deliberately refusing to name Eric Ciaramella as the Obamanaut who spied on the Trump administration from within, just as Obama ordered the FBI to wiretap the Trump campaign.

Where were the whistleblowers on foreign policy during Obama's terms?  [Scroll down]  Instead of the media being unbiased observers and reporters, they have been active participants in the indoctrination of the public that Trump is a lawbreaker, ignores the Constitution and is a racist, homophobe, xenophobe, dictator and fascists among other names as they say Trump is divisive.  The meddling by the media to destroy Trump and elect Democrats is much more dangerous to the integrity of our elections than anything Russia or any other foreign country has or is doing.  When the media is intentionally peddling false stories about Russian collusion, lies about what Trump said about Charlottesville, blocking opposing views on climate change, attacking Kavanaugh with no evidence or burying the Jeffrey Epstein story they are campaigners, not reporters.  They are anything but fact checkers.

Attenborough Tacitly Admits Netflix on 'Walrusgate' Tragedy Porn.  It was one of the most heart-rending animal tragedy episodes ever shown on TV:  hundreds of walruses shown plunging over a cliff to their deaths out of "desperation" caused by climate change.  Or so the story originally went when Sir David Attenborough first told it last year on his Netflix documentary Our Planet, causing much upset to impressionable viewers.

The Washington Post's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.  A top National Security Council official, Tim Morrison, who listened to President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, testified in front of Congress on Thursday.  But that morning, ahead of the testimony, senior political reporter Aaron Blake reported that Morrison would confirm acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor's account that Trump appeared to seek a quid pro quo.  In fact, the opposite happened.  Morrison noted the multiple false assertions made by Taylor, and testified that he never thought anything illegal was discussed on the phone call.

Media-Democrat Tantrum [is] a Fear Response.  Media bias comes in many forms, but one of the most effective forms is in their ability to frame stories.  There is an entire cottage industry in "Republicans pounce" stories to frame even terrible Democrat news as somehow harmful to Republicans.  But to frame this story the way the media want to frame it, they needed help.  This is why we now have dueling investigations, one a complete façade and the other deadly serious.  There is no secret in how these will be covered by the media.  The fraud impeachment circus will be treated with full gravity and seriousness, while what might be the most important investigation in U.S. history will be treated as political payback.

Counting the Ways the Washington Post Loves Them Some al-Baghdadi.  I knew the usual suspects at our failing, far-left, fake news outlets such as CNN, NBC News, the New York Times, and Washington Post, would attempt to spin one of America's great days as the exact opposite.  We would be told audacious lies about how taking out al-Baghdadi would only make things worse, only proves Trump's Syria policy is a disaster, how this successful mission happened in spite of Trump, and that Trump's perfectly-calibrated statement and willingness to answer the media's questions at length would be twisted into a crass victory lap.  But even I, your humble writer, was floored when the Washington Post lamented the loss of that dear, sweet man al-Baghdadi — a vile terrorist responsible for thousands of innocent deaths, a monster who engaged in serial rape, and a sub-human, barbaric sociopath whose entire legacy is one of torture, murder, rape, tyranny and terror — including of his own people.

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Unfortunately Fox News Continues Deliberate Misinformation.  Moments ago Fox News host Shannon Bream promoted a segment on her news program outlining the pending House 'Impeachment Inquiry' resolution scheduled for tomorrow [10/31/2019].  During the broadcast segment Bream stated, falsely, that President Trump would be granted the following participatory measures as an outcome of the resolution:  [Screen-grab]  This is deliberately false information.  The resolution does not convey any of the outlined measures to the Executive Branch.


White House Knocks Washington Post 'Religious Scholar' Terrorist Obituary.  The White House on Monday [10/28/2019] knocked the Washington Post obituary for founder of the Islamic State terrorist organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after he was killed during a United States raid on Saturday.  "Despite what the Washington Post wants you to think, this was not some religious leader, a religious scholar, this was a terrorist, a disgusting man with a record of death and viciousness and destruction," White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a Fox News interview on Monday.

Social media parodies the Washington Post's tone-deaf obituary headline that called ISIS leader al-Baghdadi an 'austere religious scholar'.  A Washington Post obituary referring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an 'austere religious scholar' after the ISIS mastermind was killed in a US military strike has sparked a deluge of death tribute parodies on Twitter.  The newspaper came under fire on Sunday after it changed the headline on al-Baghdadi's obituary two times — first calling him 'terrorist-in-chief', followed by 'austere religious leader at the helm of ISIS' and finally 'extremist leader'.  Twitter users seized on the second iteration, accusing The Post of painting al-Baghdadi in an inappropriately positive light given the brutality he championed while leading the terrorist organization.

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Washington Post headline:  "Austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State dies at 48.".  Look at this, on the front-page at The Washington Post:  [Illustration]  It's as though the paper is honoring him.  I wonder how long that will stay on the front page in that form.  It's the teaser for [an] obituary, and there is another article — to the left — about the military raid, "Trump says Islamic State leader Baghdadi blew himself up as U.S. troops closed in."  Note how that forefronts Baghdadi's agency.  He "blew himself up."  If you click through to the obituary, the headline is different — "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's 'terrorist-in-chief,' dies at 48."  So that makes the form of the headline on the front page even more startling — "Austere religious scholar..."


Washington Post Columnist, CNN Analyst Suggests Al-Baghdadi Did Not Die Like a 'Coward'Washington Post columnist Max Boot on Monday [10/28/2019] suggested ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not die like a "coward" as President Trump described on Sunday, arguing that the president's assertion is "contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up."  Boot, who is both a Post columnist and CNN analyst, wrote in a column on Monday that Trump turned al-Baghdadi's death into another "risible spectacle."

NY Times:  Trump Gets No Credit for Baghdadi Raid.  The Washington Post says al-Baghdadi was just an "austere religious scholar," but if you don't buy that line the New York Times has another hot take: the successful raid on Baghdadi's hideout occurred despite, not because of, President Trump: [...] These are no doubt the same "military, intelligence and counterterrorism officials" who have been behind 5,000 or so previous anti-Trump stories in the Times.  As William Jacobson points out, there is nothing to the Times story.  Intelligence sources located Baghdadi, the military asked for permission to go after him, Trump granted permission, and the raid was carried out successfully.  The Times has nothing.

Washington Post columnist issues correction after claiming Baghdadi [was] not a coward.  The Washington Post was forced to issue a correction after columnist Max Boot said Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was not a coward because he evaded capture by committing suicide.  Boot initially stated in his Monday [10/28/2019] column that, "The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was, in any case, contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up."  After backlash from people accusing Boot of praising Baghdadi in an attempt to make a dig at President Trump, the Washington Post deleted the line and issued a correction.

Washington Post Mourns Passing of "Austere Religious Scholar" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Reactions vary to the U.S. killing of ISIS terrorist chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  However, perhaps the most alarming headline was the sympathetic obituary from The Washington Post: [...] The Washington Post was not alone in their sympathy over the killing of the brutal terrorist.  Bloomberg News also followed quickly with deep sympathies for the death of a leader who "transformed himself" into a "teacher of Koranic recitation": [...] In an era where the ideology of U.S. media has become increasingly disconnected from the majority of Americans, it is becoming less surprising to see radical leftist positions in mainstream organizations.  However, that said, for any U.S. media to position themselves as sympathetic to one of the most brutal terrorists in the last half-century, is a level of disconnect far beyond comprehension.

Trump economy surges and Biden and Obama hog the credit.  This is the continuing history rewrite of the left to explain the booming economy in the third year of Mr. Trump's presidency.  Today we are at or below record levels of unemployment, inflation and interest rates in half-a-century.  Wages and salaries are rising at their fastest clip in at least two decades.  There are an all-time high 7 million unfilled jobs in the United States.  The Washington Post is freaking out about the continued good news on the economy — and especially the latest data — that I reported on these pages two weeks ago that median household income is up by $5,003 since Mr. Trump became president.  This was based on Census data, but The Post ranted last week that Donald Trump continues to "inflate his own numbers."  Nearly every assertion in the article was wrong or twisted — and Mr. Trump was right.

The Russia hoax:  The Left's willful ignorance and denial.  As we see and hear leftists spew their anti-Trump vitriol all day long on CNN and MSNBC and the others, anchors and guests — Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace, and their favored guests, for example — one has to wonder, has not one of them ventured to read any of the books or the vast number of columns written by real journalists that have laid out in detail how the Russia hoax was orchestrated?  Who instigated it?  Who paid for it?  Even Friday [10/25/2019], after hearing that the Barr and Durham probes into the origins of the hoax are now criminal investigations, they all dismiss this bit of news as, get this, a political witch hunt!  Whereas they were actually conducting a secret search for a crime in deep, dark crevices where none existed, they now have the gall to call Barr's and Durham's investigations "political."

GOP Has A Choice:  Fight Anti-Trump Coup Effort Or Surrender Government To Democrats.  Corporate media is trying to spin the Ukraine story as if it is something other than what it is.  As if it were legitimate and quickly moving.  Mike Allen of Axios opined of impeachment that "It's remarkable how fast it has gotten off the ground.  You can see how quickly the Ukraine phone call came out of nowhere to become the all-consuming impeachment topic — way faster than the impeachment inquiries into Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton."  Yes, this is a really good talking point if you ignore literally everything that has happened since November 8, 2016. [...] Just as in 2000, the media screeching over Rep. Matt Gaetz and his colleagues fighting the secret efforts — which are literally being led by a man who lied to the public for years, falsely claiming he held evidence of Trump's treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election — is not an objection to what Gaetz and his colleagues did but anger that some Republicans have the audacity to fight back against what Democrats and the corporate media are doing.

NY Times Wrote an Entire Fake Article About Ukraine 'Scandal'.  The New York Times alleged in a false news article that "Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze by August, Undermining Trump Defense."  The Trump-Zelensky phone call was made the end of July.  There goes another NYT lie.  The August info didn't undermine anything.  It backed up the President.  The NYT wrote, "In fact, word of the aid freeze had gotten to high-level Ukrainian officials by the first week in August, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times."  That is irrelevant since the call took place on July 29.

Seeing Some Trees in the Forest of Babble.  The hypnotic babble of the media beguiles otherwise intelligent people into believing that Russia colluded with President Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton, that Trump forced Ukraine into investigating Hunter Biden and did something, we can't say what, to be impeached, and that thousands of poor Kurds are being displaced because we pulled some hundreds of our troops from the Syrian-Turkish border.  Rational, fact-based analysis shows all this to be untrue, but breaking through this hazy thinking is not an easy task.  Maybe because that's the true aim: eradicating reason totally.

The Anatomy of a Terrible Liberal Media Lie.  I have to tell you a remarkable personal story, a story that proves the liberal media are, in fact, out to frame and ruin President Donald Trump and his supporters with lies, distortions and misrepresentation; a story that proves the liberal media are vicious, untrustworthy and sometimes just plain evil.  I was in Miami last weekend to speak in front of 1,200 conservatives at a fabulous three-day conference called AmpFest19.  Speakers also included Donald Trump Jr., Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Dinesh D'Souza.  The event was organized professionally.  The speakers were inspiring.  The crowd was enthusiastic.  And the energy was sky high.  But it turned out the liberal media sent spies into the audience to try to ruin, denigrate and demonize the event, and kill all the joy.

Here's why the media is lying to you about Mick Mulvaney's Ukraine comments.  Thursday night [10/17/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed a press conference held by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney held earlier that day and how the mainstream media covered it.  During the press briefing at the White House, Mulvaney explained that foreign aid to the Ukraine was held up over the summer in order to see if the country would commit to cooperate with an ongoing Department of Justice investigation regarding potential corruption in the 2016 election.  Several in the media said that the acting chief admitted to a "quid pro quo" with Ukrainian officials, which is central to Democrats' and the media's Trump impeachment narrative.  Mulvaney explained that conditioning aid money happens "all the time with foreign policy," adding that funding was being withheld from Central American countries at the same time in order to force their cooperation on immigration policy.

Journalists Have Become Hoaxers.  Big media played its part in the Trayvon hoax as in NBC doctoring George Zimmerman's 911 call to make Zimmerman appear a racist, providing a racial angle for his self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin.  CNN referred to Zimmerman as a "white Hispanic" to keep the race angle front and center.  Did they ever refer to Barack Obama as "half black" given the white skin color of his mother?  Are these hoaxes accidental or deliberate?  Is this sloppy reporting or an attempt to shape a narrative rather than simply report the news?

ABC News posts 'blatantly incorrect' transcript of portion of Hunter Biden interview.  ABC News landed that big exclusive interview with Hunter Biden, in which Biden admitted that he had in fact spoken with his father about the job on the Burisma board and also acknowledged that yeah, he's probably benefited quite a bit from being Joe Biden's son.  Thing is, it's not entirely clear that ABC was paying attention to the interview.  As the Washington Free Beacon's Brent Scher notes, their transcript doesn't line up with the video:  [Video clip]

ABC: False Footage And Fake News.  In a stunning new low for a dominant media that has forfeited all credibility with the American people, ABC News has been caught in the act trying to pass off video from a show at a Kentucky gun range as gripping footage of a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. [...] The video was meant to support an ongoing ABC News narrative that President Trump has "betrayed" staunch US allies, handing them over to certain slaughter, by deciding to pull American troops out of another potentially endless war in Syria. [...] As many news outlets have reported, the video is obviously cropped to edit out any identifiable signs that it came from the gun show.

Trump Smacks Down ABC News for 'Fake News' Footage of Syria.  President Donald Trump rebuked ABC News' Jonathan Karl publicly during a press conference Wednesday [10/16/2019] for the network's claim that footage from a Kentucky gun range was in fact footage of Turkey bombing Kurds in Syria. [...] Trump was referring to a story that ABC News ran on Sunday and Monday in which it claimed that t had obtained video footage showing the war in Syria.

Trump: ABC News Airing Fake Syria Bombing Video is a 'Real Disgrace'.  President Donald Trump on Monday evening hammered ABC News for airing a video that purportedly showed a recent Turkish military operation against Kurdish civilians in northern Syria, which actually appears to have been filmed at a Kentucky gun range in 2017.

ABC News 'slaughter in Syria' footage appears to come from a Kentucky gun range.  Are you distrustful of the coverage of what is happening now in northern Syria between the Kurds and the Turkish army?  You have good reason to be.  ABC aired supposedly shocking footage Monday [10/14/2019] and Sunday purporting to be from the frontline battle between the Syrian Kurds and the invading Turks.  The only problem is, the footage appears to come from a nighttime machine gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.  After seeing a comment from Twitter user Wojciech Pawelczyk, I began making some calls.  As of this writing, it appears ABC indeed aired footage recorded in the Bluegrass State and claimed it was from Syria.  The network has since pulled the video.

Good Riddance to Shepard Smith.  Shepard Smith was the worst thing on Fox News not because he was an anti-Trump leftist, but because he lied and lied and lied, claiming he was not.  There are plenty of anti-Trump leftists on Fox News, and that's a good thing.  It is also to the eternal credit of Fox that, unlike its competition on the far left — CNN and MSNBC — Fox actually airs a legitimate diversity of opinions on the issues of the day, most especially President Trump.  That was not Shepard Smith.  No, rather than come out of the partisan closet, rather than put on the uniform, rather than step into the arena, like way too many in our perversely corrupt news media, he chose to hide like a coward behind a shield of objective truth, a shield of capital "J" journalism, which made him a dishonorable and thoroughly despicable liar — which is why his ratings were so awful.

The Curious Case of the Incurious Press.  Instead of expressing curiosity about why the Bidens had been the subject of a criminal investigation in Ukraine, reporters fell into lockstep with the Democrats' impeachment narrative.  Everywhere you turned for the last two weeks, whenever a reporter was talking about Biden at all, it was to talk about how he was being maligned by Trump, that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing, that the claim that he had gotten a prosecutor fired to protect his son was a "debunked conspiracy theory."  When you asked who cleared Biden, you got no answer except the news media themselves.

Bloomberg Retracts Hit Job Article Falsely Claiming Antisemitism From Trump Labor Aide.  One month after Bloomberg Law published a story with false allegations of antisemitism from a Trump appointee at the Department of Labor, the outlet has officially retracted the article.  "In reporting on a series of social media posts from Department of Labor official Leif Olson, we failed to meet our editorial standards for fairness and accuracy," Bloomberg said in a statement announcing its decision where the article would otherwise be posted.  "We regret that lapse and apologize to our readers and to Mr. Olson."

Media Pretend China Isn't Communist.  China is communist.  They have a Central Committee, Politburo, and a General Secretary.  China is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  The word "Communist" is right there in the name.  And yet, the mainstream media isn't so sure.  They regularly downplay the ideological nature of the CCP.  They have even taken to advancing the idea that China isn't communist at all, but in fact, capitalist.

News Station Tries To Claim Chick-Fil-A Has The Slowest Drive-Thru Line And Immediately Gets Demolished By The Internet.  Chick-fil-A is so good at serving people quickly and efficiently that it's become a meme in and of itself.  People are willing to get into what could be considered overly long lines for their drive-thru that spill out into intersections — I've seen it with my own eyes — not just because the food is good, but because they know that no matter the length of the line, they'll be in and out fairly quickly.  However, WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia, posted the results of a study that measured drive-thru wait times, and their conclusion was that Chick-fil-A was the slowest of them all. [...] The study is pretty misleading with its claim.  While it may take longer to get your food from a Chick-fil-A, the line is moving the absolute fastest.  The only difference is that more people are at Chick-fil-A.

More about Chick-Fil-A.

Scott Pelley Leads 60 Minutes Impeachment Coverage With Lie:  "Whistleblower Under Federal Protection".  CBS Reporter Scott Pelley led the broadcast of 60-Minutes presentation of the House impeachment of Donald Trump with a stunning claim:  [Video clip]  The claim is quite something.  A CIA operative that needs to be put under federal protection?  Wow.  Immediately CNN and the media pounced on the opportunity to promote the "whistleblower" as a victim. [...] Except, they encountered one problem:  it's not true.  Scott Pelley made it up.  Even one of the lawyers for the CIA whistleblower, Mark S. Zaid, had to try and clean up CBS's false narrative:  "60 Minutes completely misinterpreted the contents of our letter."

Whistleblower's attorney says '60 Minutes' misinterpreted letter in federal protection report.  An attorney for the whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine scandal said Sunday [9/29/2019] that CBS' "60 Minutes" had "completely misinterpreted" a document from his legal group, after the news outlet tweeted that the whistleblower was now under federal protection.  On Sunday night, CBS wrote on Twitter: "'60 Minutes' has obtained a letter that indicates the government whistleblower who set off the impeachment inquiry of President Trump is under federal protection because they fear for their safety."  Two hours later, following significant reaction to the report, Attorney Mark Zaid responded:  "NEWS ALERT: 60 Minutes completely misinterpreted contents of our letter, which is now published online."

Reported disaster events
Our World In Fake Data.  It took me about thirty seconds to research the accuracy of the graph.  The Red Cross described 1927 as the worst year in history, reporting 111 disasters — including 29 tornadoes, 24 floods, 9 hurricanes and 23 fires.  The worst floods in US history occurred that year. [...] Obviously the person who generated the graph didn't do any research, and is simply making numbers up.  Another graph from the same website shows death rates from natural disasters down 95% since the 1920s.


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One Climate Chart to Rule Them All.  You would think that 50 years of failed climate predictions might have eroded their haughtiness somewhat.  But you'd be wrong.


Media Corruption On Perfect Display In One Washington Post Paragraph.  Every single assertion of this paragraph isn't just wrong, but the opposite of right.  In each sentence, Trump is being blamed for things his political opponents have done.

Yup, Looks Like That Big Anti-Trump, Whistleblower Story Was All Smoke And Mirrors.  The media has spent the past few days speculating all the ways in which the Trump presidency could end after a whistleblower lodged a complaint regarding President Donald Trump's communications with an unknown foreign leader.  It turns out the complaint is nothing more than a rumor reported by someone in the intelligence community.  Buried in a lengthy CNN article about the complaint is the following paragraph:  ["]The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN. Instead, the whistleblower's concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work, and those details have played a role in the administration's determination that the complaint didn't fit the reporting requirements under the intelligence whistleblower law, the official said.["]

Brett Kavanaugh Breaks the Democrats.  Rarely does a story implode as spectacularly as the New York Times' latest effort to resurrect the claim that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a teenage sexual predator.  By now, you know the facts:  The Times published an excerpt from a forthcoming book alleging that another woman suffered the same form of abuse and objectification from Kavanaugh that was alleged by another accuser, Deborah Ramirez.  No sooner had the universe of liberal political observers and politicians worked themselves up into a frenzy than the story fell apart.  The woman whose uncorroborated experience supposedly substantiated Ramirez's uncorroborated assertions wasn't even the one making these accusations.  Rather, they came from a Washington D.C. attorney with conflicts of interest who did not contact the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings.  What's more, she doesn't even remember the experience that was supposedly so traumatizing — a revelation that was inexplicably omitted from the Times' original draft.

Air Force plan to refuel near Trump's Scottish resort approved under Obama, reports show.  Last week some in the American mainstream media ran reports suggesting that the U.S. Air Force's decision to refuel some of its planes at an airport located near the Trump Turnberry, a Scottish luxury resort that's owned by President Donald Trump, was rooted in corruption.  These same media outlets also took aim at a U.S. Air Force squadron that stayed overnight at the resort itself during a stopover in Scotland last March.  The reports were based on a dubious investigation by House Democrats.

The media has officially lost its mind.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, Politico was sticking with a bonkers attempt to make a scandal out of Air Force members paying a cheap $130 a night to stay at a Trump resort in Scotland called Turnberry while they were refueling their planes at a nearby airport Trump does not own or profit from.  Politico solemnly reported that "up to 6 percent" of Air Force members had stayed at the Trump property while refueling at the airport.  So the resort is affordable, service members have been staying there since the Obama years and at least 94 percent of those staying in the area stay at some other hotel.  Politico tried to frame this as a violation of the Emoluments Clause that forbids presidents from cashing in on their position while in office.  That doesn't pass the laugh test.

The Trayvon Martin Hoax Comes Crashing Down.  With a mediocre economy, growing questions about the efficacy of Obamacare, and a lethargic base waking up from a hope hangover to find that the president had left them hanging on the change part, the media knew that President Obama couldn't win on his record.  The media would need a controversy to galvanize the base and shame moderates into reelecting President Obama.  And so, when an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a man claiming self-defense, the media pounced.  They routinely used a years-old photo of Martin as a smiling young child.  Zimmerman was depicted with a mugshot.  The message was clear:  Martin was just a young child wearing a hoodie and eating Skittles while Zimmerman was a deranged menace.

The Intelligence Community Works for the President.  It's simply hard to know where to begin to respond to the staggering chutzpah of Jennifer Rubin's recent Washington Post opinion column accusing the president of undermining our intelligence community.  Rubin used the recent leak regarding the exfiltration (a fancy word for "removal") of an undercover "asset" in Russia as a hook to make the case that the president is somehow responsible for outing this source and therefore harming U.S. interests.  Her column is an example of the backward view elite leftists have towards democracy and the Constitution.  These elites, in desperate need of a remedial civics class, have convinced themselves that our elected president must learn to take orders from the intelligence community.

U.S. poverty falls to lowest level since 2007 and media's response is downright comical.  Did you hear that the poverty level fell below where it was prior to the economic collapse twelve years ago?  Probably not, because legacy media doesn't want you to hear about that.  They don't want you to realize the economy is in better shape than it's been in decades. [...] They don't want you to know this because if you realize you're doing better, you're more likely to acknowledge much of this is due to President Trump's first term in the White House.

An even mixture of sensationalism, dishonesty, and incompetence:
CNN's big 'mistakes' all run in one direction: anti-Trump.  CNN blared an "exclusive" headline Monday [9/9/2019] with a story purporting that US intelligence made the decision to "extract" a spy that it had working within the Russian government because officials believed his cover may have been compromised by President Trump having "repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence."  That dispatch from Jim Sciutto, CNN's "chief national security correspondent," would have certainly been a smash if it weren't for vehement denials by the administration and subsequent reporting that contradicted the crux of the story — that it had been Trump who screwed up the intelligence operation.  During a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called CNN's reporting "materially inaccurate."

The Sketchy Russian Spy Exfiltration Story.  First, the tenuous reporting from CNN, where they attempt to paint Donald Trump into the spy narrative, is transparently political opportunism by narrative engineer Jim Sciutto and the anti-Trump brigade.  You know Sciutto's efforts are bad when even the Washington Post and New York Times undercut the CNN script.  The exfiltration had nothing to do with President-elect Trump, or President Trump.  The part where the story becomes interesting is:  (A) the timing; and (B) that DC journalists know who the "spy" is.  Indeed the claimed "spy" and his family have been living under his real name in Washington DC.  This fact doesn't fit the outline of a retracted spy living in an era of imminent danger.

It's Official: The Democrats Just Want You Dead.  Americans are normalizing violence in their politics, but not in the way the media and the "experts" would have you believe.  No, "white supremacists" are not the greatest threat to your safety, despite what Don Lemon and his cohorts in the Fake News Industrial Complex say.  In fact, of 250 shootings in America wherein four or more people were shot (which is the official definition of a "mass" shooting), not one of the perpetrators was a conservative, let alone a "white nationalist."  But that hasn't stopped the Democrats.

Hurricane Dorian Can't Save CNN, MSNBC from Losing over Fifth of [their] Audience.  CNN lost 21 percent of its already minuscule audience last week, MSNBC lost 24 percent, while Fox News grew its already enormous viewership by six percent, as TVNewser highlights.  Yep, even the massively over-hyped news about a mass shooting and a regional weather story — Hurricane Dorian — could not stop the bleeding at both of these far-left, Russia Collusion Hoax channels.

Labor Official Who Resigned Over Bloomberg Reporter's Smear is Reinstated.  A senior policy adviser at the Department of Labor who was forced to resign last week after a Bloomberg Law reporter smeared him, was reinstated Wednesday night, the Daily Caller's Luke Rosiak reported in an exclusive.  According to a senior Labor Department official, Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella "personally made this decision after carefully reviewing all the facts and circumstances." The official added, "he concluded that a correction is much better than an injustice."

Department Of Labor Reinstates Leif Olson After Bloomberg's Libelous Attack On Him Blows Up In Their Faces.  Yesterday [9/3/2019], a vicious and dishonest reporter working for Bloomberg named Ben Penn ran a vicious and dishonest story smearing labor attorney Leif Olson, a recent hire by the Trump Department of Labor, as an anti-Semite based on some Facebook commentary on Paul Ryan's electoral curb-stomping of what appeared to be an actual anti-Semite (though, in fairness, not sufficiently so as to stand out at a meeting of the House Democrat caucus), Paul Nehlen.  Any sane reading of the commentary would have identified it a facetious and making Nehlen the butt of a joke.  But Penn and his editors pushed out the story branding Olson as an anti-Semite.  Instead of doing the right thing, a gutless Department of Labor asked for Olson's resignation.

Bloomberg News Yet Again Screws Up Major Story and Doubles Down on Stupid.  President Trump often characterizes the media as the enemy of the people.  It is really hard to say he is wrong in the case of Bloomberg.  It has gotten multiple major stories demonstrably, harmed the reputations of American companies, cost a man his job, and stands by its demonstrably wrong reporting.  Bloomberg is harming other news outlets with its behavior.

The myth of ecocide.  It is hard to think of any other global event this year that has been as awash with misinformation as the rainforest fires.  We've been told these fires are a calamity, an act of 'ecocide'; they're proof of humanity's contempt for the environment; they will blacken and possibly even destroy 'the lungs of the world', as the rainforests are referred to, given they produce 20 percent of the world's oxygen.  It's all untrue.

Drudge tries to spook Trump voters again.  Another Friday and another hamfisted attempt by the Drudge Report to undermine support for President Donald John Trump.  A week ago, Matt Drudge was sure that the trade war with Red China was going to do The Donald in because the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down.  A week before that Drudge had us in a recession not caused by Red China.  Drudge has linked and bannered stories about wars with Iran, North Korea and Syria, which never materialized.

It becomes clearer every day that most journalists would rather have Democrats in power than a good economy.  Like everything else, whether it is fictitious Russian collusion, claiming Trump is mentally incompetent, claiming everyone hates us overseas, and playing the race card, the media is essentially campaigning for Democrats instead of doing their job of reporting the truth.  The strategy appears to be working somewhat because, despite record job openings, wages rising faster than any time while Obama was in office, and record low unemployment, especially for minorities and the less-educated, tax cuts that benefitted almost everyone, stock markets near record highs, many people have been indoctrinated to believe the economy is collapsing.

In the last 2 weeks alone.  CNN had one host threaten to throw a guy down the stairs, the other was accused of sexual assault, & a third's bodyguard assaulted a reporter.  Another host had a shrink claim (unchallenged) that Trump murdered millions more than Hitler, Stalin & Mao.  Meanwhile CNN hired one of the key architects of the coup against Trump just as we learned, as if by some weird coincidence, that there is a completely separate IG report into the misdeeds of the CNN new hires ex-boss. [...] MSNBC joined in the collective braying at the blood moon of Trump-Russia collusion by having their designated hammering hallucinator claim he also heard there were Russians in Trump's bank account.

The media refuses to face the fact that Joe Biden isn't close to collapsing.  Dear Fellow Members of the Media:  We need to talk about the way you're covering the Democratic race for president.  Consider this an intervention.  You all went crazy on Monday [8/26/2019] when a single poll showed a national tie between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.  It was like a ticker-tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes; articles suggesting a historic shakeup in the Democratic race rained down upon America like ticker tape.  Huzzah!  We have a whole new race!

Throwing Punches for the Children — If This is Your Mantra, Zip It About Trump.  Trump is just a callous and unfiltered version of the "sophisticated" slander the left has been lobbing against the right for years through a corrupt and complicit mainstream media.  For proof of that, we could start scrolling through the endless accusations of the last few decades:  centrist John McCain was called a racist, the affable George W. Bush was tagged a bigoted war criminal, mild-mannered Mitt Romney was labeled a tax cheat, felon and murderer.  And this wasn't done by fringe activists — these were libelous claims published by mainstream media organizations coordinating with their ideological allies in the Democrat Party.

The What They Actually Said Rule.  The Associated Press today engaged in a clickbait that predates the Internet.  In it, the reporter makes a statement in the form of a question, then attributes the statement to the interviewed person.

ABC Reports About Biden's "Overflow Crowd" of About 30 People at New Hampshire Event.  About 30 supporters of Joe Biden gathered at the Portland Pie Co.  Stuffed in a small room with six tables, munching on several types of pizza, campaign members discussed Biden's qualities with interested voters.  Still the mainstream media refuse to concede that Liberals can get people on their rally.  It seems that Biden's rally in New Hampshire itself was a huge disaster.  Still ABC news wanted to report about some sort of "Overflow Crowd".  ABC posted video of the "overflow crowd" at the event — there were a few dozen people in the room and most were probably media.

Recession?  Headlines in Search of a Story.  On August 19, the Washington Post's first sentence summed up their one-dimensional angle on the National Association for Business Economics' August survey:  "Most economists believe the United States will tip into recession by 2021, a new survey shows, despite White House insistence the economy is sound."  So it went, with most establishment news outlets bent on finding the gray cloud around today's current sterling economy.  Negative news sells.  Perhaps it has always been thus, though it certainly seems most prevalent when it is adverse to this administration.

The Democrat Party Is A Joke That Would Cease To Exist Without The Media's Support.  On literally every issue, the Democrats are social psychopaths whose goals are so far out-of-touch with reality that they have to lie in order to pitch them.  There isn't a single thing the Democrats want and/or fight for that they're honest about.  Every single issue gets packaged in a hilarious euphemism that's designed to help make their goals more palatable, because their ultimate objectives are so totally insane that nobody would ever in a million years be okay with them.  And that's where the media comes in.  The media's job is to be a marketing arm for the Democrats.

Stunning Day of Economic Gaslighting — Despite All Positive Data, Corporate Media Cheering For Recession.  The long-term borrowing rate for return on investment dropped momentarily lower than the short-term borrowing rate of return on investment because massive numbers of foreign investors were rushing to buy long-term U.S. bonds.  Wait... what?  Yes, a 'negative yield curve' is what happens when everyone wants to buy bonds in your long-term economy.

Jeffrey Epstein Fallout Shows How Little Trust Americans Have in Media and Government.  [Scroll down]  From assuring us the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the outcome of the 2016 election to reporting every unproven allegation of rape against Brett Kavanaugh, Politico and its brethren have fueled this crisis of confidence.  Pro-life high schoolers wearing Make America Great Again hats were "mocking" and "laughing at" a Native American elder, the media told us.  Hillary Clinton will win the presidency.  The stock market will tank after Trump is elected.  Donald Trump won't serve a full term.  White supremacy is on the rise and poses a greater threat to national security that Islamic extremism because Trump and Republicans are using special "code words" to fan the flames of racism.  There is no national emergency at the southern border.  The Trump Administration is the first to lock migrant children "in cages."  That is only a partial list of falsehoods, flat-out lies and legitimate conspiracies that the untrustworthy folks who populate our once respected institutions have told us in the past three years.

Delingpole: Every Story You Read About the Environment Is #FakeNews.  [Scroll down]  In the face of such overwhelming 'evidence', what possible reason could any casual reader have not to believe that world is indeed in the midst of an unprecedented environmental crisis wherein critically endangered species are being wiped out by callous, out-of-control, unregulated hunters, where extreme weather is endangering homes and lives, where not even the formal gardens in Britain's world-renowned stately homes are safe?  This, my friends, is why we are in such trouble.  Every one of those stories is a lie.  Almost every word of every one of those stories is a lie.  But how many of the people who read those stories would be aware of this?

If Deplatforming Hoaxsters Is OK, the News Media Should Be in Big Trouble.  MSNBC's Katy Tur reported on May 2 that, "Facebook has banned a number of conspiracy theorists" then wondered aloud why it had taken the tech company so long to do it. [...] Now, that kind of chutzpah requires a heavy dose of magical thinking laced with a stunning lack of self-awareness and doused with a toxic level of hypocrisy.  And it would be amusing if it wasn't so enraging.  Because these reporters hail from the very same news organizations that have intentionally misled the American public about three destructive hoaxes in the past year alone:  The Trump-Russian election collusion ruse; the Brett Kavanaugh rape allegations; and the Covington Catholic High School "smirking" myth.  CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and NBC News used every ounce of their considerable influence and reach, including social media, to promote each fraud for one collective purpose:  To destroy the presidency of Donald Trump and defame anyone associated with the president including pro-life teenagers.

White supremacy paranoia is a massive HOAX perpetrated by the toxic media that pushes hatred, bigotry and lawlessness.  Though the Left has been seething with animosity over what it perceives as America's 'white-dominated' society for years, in the lead-up to the 2020 election they have come out and made hating white people an official platform of the Democratic Party.  And shame on the party's officials and leaders for allowing it to happen.  In particular, the hatred is manifested in the establishment media-created and driven lie that a) "white supremacy" and "white nationalism" are one in the same; b) both are a major problem; and c) white supremacists are everywhere (especially at rallies held by POTUS Donald Trump).  It's all a fabrication, mind you.  The fact is we probably couldn't fill a college football stadium with the number of actual, avowed "white supremacists" in America, and in a nation of nearly 330 million people that's saying something.

Blame the media for racist violence, not Trump.  The leftist playbook is simple:  the mainstream media create false Trump narratives, and they repeat them far and wide until the false narrative becomes an accepted "truth."  The current narrative is that Trump is a racist.  The significance of the racism charge is not lost on these connivers, because racism is second in its universal disrepute only to pedophilia.  Now they are capitalizing on it when real racists commit heinous acts of violence as they pin them on Trump as if he is responsible.  Here is the problem, though:  we have yet to see any evidence, even flimsy evidence, that this president really is a racist.

Tucker Carlson: 'Conspiracy Theory' of White Supremacist Threat is the New 'Russia Hoax'.  As conservatives to line up and capitulate by supporting gun control, tech censorship, and other unconstitutional policies in the wake of this past weekend's mass shootings, Fox News host Tucker Carlson is one of the few commentators with the courage to say the truth.  With media-fueled hysteria over white supremacists reaching a fever pitch in recent days, Carlson addressed the growing concern on his show, calling it a "conspiracy theory" on par with the "Russia hoax."

It's not just Trump being blamed, competing networks use shootings to suggest silencing Fox News.  As much as the left ignores that the Dayton, Ohio, shooter was a self-described "leftist" who favored Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for president, they work even harder to call attention to the El Paso, Texas, shooter's anti-immigration manifesto in an effort to pin that shooting on President Donald Trump.  While Warren gets a pass in the media for the Dayton shooting, there are reports the El Paso gunman was also an environmental extremist who embraced Eco-Fascism.  Having commandeered language in America, the liberal media deems words used to describe the flood of humanity overwhelming our border, words like "invasion," to be racist.

FBI Says The Media Wrongly Labeled Gilroy Shooter A "White Supremacist".  As we've learned in the past week, the political ideologies of mass shooters are deeply important unless they are on the far left.  Then it's irrelevant and it's journalistic malpractice to even report on it.  That's the contrast that's been drawn between the shooting in El Paso and the one that took place in Dayton, OH early the next morning.  I've been assured on social media that the difference is that the El Paso shooter left a manifesto (which has still not been technically confirmed) and that the Dayton shooter didn't.  Therefore, I'm told, it's completely out of bounds to draw any speculation from the latter's calls to violence against "fascists," his repeating of Antifa rhetoric, or his support for socialism.

If Anyone Is Spreading White Supremacy, It's The Media, Not Trump.  I knew the moment that I heard about the El Paso shooter's manifesto on Saturday that this shooting would become about President Donald Trump's supposed racism.  In fact, at the time of this writing, #WhiteSupremacistInChief is trending on Twitter.  But despite continuous claims and talking points circling around Trump's hatred of minorities, no one can ever point to something that Trump said that was actually racist.  When they do mention something that he said, they can never quote him verbatim, just one or two words.  "He called immigrants animals," they tell me along with other famous claims like calling immigrants "rapists" and "criminals."  Did Trump say those things?  Yes, but the context is so out of sync with the stories that are pushed about him.

MSNBC and CNN Claim Trump Was Never at Ground Zero after 9/11 Attacks; Videos Prove Otherwise.  On Monday [7/29/2019], when President Trump signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension, he told a story of being at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks, that immediately got unhinged liberals coming out of the woodwork to claim he was lying.  Kyle Griffin, a producer at MSNBC, actually claimed there was no evidence Trump was ever at Ground Zero after 9/11: [...] CNN's Chris Cillizza also strongly implied Trump was lying: [...] Others in the media quickly piled on, challenging Trump's claim.

Fact-Check: NYC 9/11 Top Cop Confirms Trump Was 'Constantly' at Ground Zero.  After the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President Donald Trump was "constantly" at Ground Zero "motivating" and "inspiring" first responders during their rescue efforts, confirmed Bernie Kerik — who served as New York City's police commissioner at the time — in a Tuesday [7/30/2019] interview [...] News media outlets such as CNN and Vox characterized Trump as mendacious following Trump's recollection of 9/11 and its aftermath during public remarks on Monday [7/29/2019] regarding his signing into law an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Donald Trump Didn't Lie About Where He Was after the 9/11 Attacks, But Hillary Clinton Did.  The liberal media has egg on their faces for claiming that Trump lied about being down at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.  Despite video evidence that has been floating around on the internet for years, they just couldn't help themselves.  It's curious, however, that the candidate that they all wanted to win in 2016, Hillary Clinton, actually did lie about where she was on 9/11 in order to insert herself into it.

FNC's Wallace:  Trump Is Calling People of Color 'Vermin' — 'It Sounds Subhuman'.  On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," anchor Chris Wallace questioned White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on President Donald Trump's attacks on Rep Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the city of Baltimore.  Wallace said, "This goes back to what happens with the four members of 'The Squad.' Nobody objects to the president defending his border policy, but this seems to be the worst kind of racial stereotyping."

The Degrees of Fake News.  [Scroll down]  What an eye-opener that press conference was!  Sitting among the Washington press corps before the Contras arrived, I felt like I was witnessing a gang of thugs plot an ambush.  There was no pretense of impartiality.  Many of the reporters there were openly enamored of Nicaragua's Marxist ruler Daniel Ortega — he of the cool mustache and designer eyeglasses — whose major "achievement" had been to redistribute wealth from friends of Somoza to friends of Ortega, even as Nicaragua's economy languished.  Ortega's media allies didn't even bother paying attention to what the Contra leaders said during the press conference.  The reporters were too busy chomping at the bit, waiting to trash the Contras and to bash President Ronald Reagan for supporting the Contras' anti-communist insurgency.  The reporters had an agenda.  Objectivity and truth-telling were no part of it.  They were rude and blatantly scornful toward the Contras.  They couldn't wait to file their stories painting Nicaragua's anti-communist resistance in the most unflattering light.  It was sickening.  It wasn't just unprofessional; it was journalistic malpractice.

Democrats woke and broke.  Fox News reported, "The Republican National Committee raised more than twice as much as the Democratic National Committee in June — $20.7 million compared to the DNC's $8.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings, Politico reported."  The story also said, "The RNC currently has $43.5 million, more than double the cash on hand as the DNC's $9.3 million."  More than double?  It is nearly five times as much cash on hand.

New York Times Fudged Book Sales Data To Torpedo 'Justice on Trial' Best-Seller Ranking.  The New York Times fudged book sales data in order to deny top-five billing to the best-selling "Justice on Trial," the definitive and deeply reported account of the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which was written by Carrie Severino and Mollie Hemingway, a Senior Editor for The Federalist.  Industry sales figures show that the New York Times ignored actual data on nationwide sales in order to depress the rankings not just for the Hemingway/Severino book, but also Mark Levin's latest book on the corruption of modern journalism.  According to Publisher's Weekly, the only public source of point-of-sale data on book sales, "Justice on Trial," was the top-selling non-fiction book published over the last week.

Immigration:  The Path To Power.  MIT says our illegal immigrant population is about 22 million.  Yale says it is between 16 and 30 million.  The 11 million figure so popular in the media is ridiculous and a total lie.

With The Media's Trickery, You Have To Watch The Other Hand.  An explanation for this week's media furor:  Distraction, diversion, and misdirection.

Lack of Bigotry in America Forces Media to Invent 'The Hoaxtroversy'.  If racism in America was anywhere as serious as the fake news media claims, would they have had to fabricate all these massive lies over the past few years?  The media told us the Hispanic George Zimmerman was white.  They hoaxed us with the KKKids from KKKovington High School, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and Duke lacrosse.  Each one of those phony hysterias blew up in the media's lying face, so now they have changed tactics.  Rather than invent massive national hoaxes to smear America and Americans as small-minded bigots, they have turned to the "Hoaxtroversy," they have begun to fabricate meme-like controversies, and still they are forced to lie.

GOP Candidate Gets Ridiculed For Deciding His Reputation And Livelihood Are More Important Than Building Some SJW's Self Esteem.  Mike Pence made quite a splash shortly after assuming office when it was revealed, via a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, that he had a policy of not being alone or socializing outside of work with female staff.  In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.  This, as mamy recognized, is simply good common sense that had been called the "Billy Graham Rule," having its genesis in the "Modesto Manifesto" that governed the actions of pastors affiliated with Graham's evangelical movement.

Mississippi politician tells female reporter she can't interview him unless she's with a man.  A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor told a female reporter that he couldn't be interviewed by her unless she was accompanied by a male colleague — later claiming that he was following "the Billy Graham Rule."  "We just wanted to keep things professional," said GOP hopeful Robert Foster in a radio interview on Tuesday [7/8/2019].  The female reporter, Larrison Campbell of Mississippi Today, had been asking to go on a "ride along" with Foster when his campaign director reportedly refused on his behalf.

WATCH CNN Try To Shame Underdog Republican Candidate Who Wouldn't Grant Access To Female Reporter.  CNN's New Day John Berman tried to shame an underdog Republican candidate, Robert Foster because he wouldn't grant a Mississippi reporter access to him for an interview when they were alone.  Foster explained very eloquently why he felt the need to ask Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell to bring someone along with her for the interview if they were going to have one.  Larrison made a massive deal about it, and the story wound up on CNN.  Larrison also embellished the story that she had been barred from Foster's campaign because she is a woman.  It turns out that Foster was smart in decision making if Campbell felt she had to grow this request into a scandal for the Republican candidate.

Media Magic — How a Democrat Pedophile Became a 'Trump Scandal'.  [Scroll down]  As stories go, a child sex case involving a Palm Beach billionaire was pretty big.  It was covered in the British press, in Florida media, at The New York Post, and at Fox News.  Bill O'Reilly led with the story on his Fox News show.  But CNN and MSNBC did not breathe a word about a Democratic prosecutor refusing to hold a Democratic child rapist accountable.

Corporate Media Push Trump-Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracy Theories Without Evidence.  The establishment media is attempting to link President Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein without any evidence connecting him to the underage sex trafficking case against the billionaire hedge fund manager.  Immediately following a Daily Beast report revealing Epstein's Saturday day arrest, a handful of news figures and outlets posted social media posts and stories painting a picture that the wealthy investor's arrest was bad news for President Trump — with one editor even going as far to suggest he could be directly implicated in the case.

Did someone mention Jeffrey Epstein?

Who Really Believes Biden Can Beat Trump?  According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, however, if the 2020 election were held today, Biden would beat President Trump by 10 points.  If this inspires skepticism, it won't be ameliorated by the finding in the same survey that Trump's approval rating is at the highest point of his presidency.  The new poll found that 47 percent of registered voters say they approve of Trump compared to 42 percent in April.  Meanwhile, Biden's lead among the contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination is dwindling.

Media Predictions of "Tiny Crowd" For Trump July 4 Speech Proven Spectacularly Wrong.  The media ran headlines right up to the day of President Trump's July 4 speech predicting only a "tiny crowd" would show up.  How spectacularly wrong they were. [...] In reality, photos from the event show crowds stretching the full length of the national mall.

8 Times The Media Said There Was No Crisis At The Southern Border.  Now that media-savvy congressional Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have brought attention to the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border caused by Congress's refusal to fix our exploited immigration laws, political pundits are having to eat their own words from just a few months ago claiming that the border crisis was manufactured by President Trump as a political stunt.  Last week, before President Trump departed for the G20 Summit in Japan, he told reporters on the White House lawn that his critics are now seeing he was right all along.

Tragic Photo Undermines Media Credibility on 'Manufactured Crisis' at Border.  Townhall put together a montage insisting not only that Trump had made up a "manufactured crisis" but outright lied that there was a crisis at the border in the first place.  The clip begins with CNN's Don Lemon asking:"This last ditch effort to persuade Americans that there is a crisis at the border - did it work?["] [...] In April, The Media Research Center's Bill D'Agostino put together a montage of media figures finally admitting that it was a crisis.  Over at Fox, Tucker Carlson put together his own montage of mainstream liberal media acolytes insisting as follows: [...] Doubtless there's more of this kind of utter wrong-headed frothing denial out there in the media.

Biden's Mythical Mass of Support.  Something very strange is going on with our news media, as it covers the state of the 2020 campaign.  Donald Trump, according to the big news outlets (CNN, the New York Times, ABC, the Washington Post, and their brethren), is on the ropes.  The polls from these same news outlets show him losing by catastrophic margins to virtually every Democratic candidate.  Even Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is polling at 2 percent among Democrats, would defeat Trump in every key state.  Joe Biden — according to the polls and the pundits — would crush Trump even in the reddest of the red states.  Forget the Midwest — Biden is so wildly popular, even Texas is now out of reach for the GOP.  Quinnipiac says Biden will squash Trump like a bug in Florida — 50 percent to 41 percent.  In fact, another Quinnipiac poll reports a tsunami of Bidenophilia is sweeping the nation from coast to coast.  "Joe Biden is ahead by landslide proportions," says Quinnipiac.

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The news media thrive on neck-and-neck horse races, where the lead changes every hour, depending on who's speaking.  An impending landslide doesn't compel you to tune in every day to learn the latest details.  Sensationalism sells advertising.

Trump: Smarter Than The Experts.  Remember the bold predictions made by the New York Times' economist and resident expert, Paul Krugman?  The Nobel Prize winning economist said that the economic fallout of a Donald Trump presidency would be severe and widespread, predicting that it could "plunge the world into recession."  He penned his view in an opinion piece published the day after the election.  Calling Trump both "ignorant and irresponsible," he said that his election would be the "mother of all adverse effects."  He warned that the new administration could quickly undo the progress that markets had made in the eight years since the financial crisis.  He was wrong.  The Trump economy continues setting records.  Employment, real wages, consumer confidence, all moving ever higher.  We wait in vain for a correction or apology from Krugman or the Times.  They rarely find room to share the good economic news with their shrinking readership.  The truth does indeed die in darkness.

New York Times Reporter Falsely Labels Segregationist Senators Republicans.  Appearing Thursday [6/20/2019] on CNN Newsroom, New York Times national political reporter Astead Herndon falsely labeled segregationist Democrat senators whom former Vice President Joe Biden praised for their "civility" Republicans.  The day prior, MSNBC host Kasie Hunt made the same error by misidentifying Sens. James Eastland (D-MS) and Herman Talmadge (D-GA). She has since issued a correction, while Herndon has yet to follow suit.

How Dangerous is Fake News?  Did you know that last week two hundred illegal immigrants originating from the Congo, that were picked up by border patrol agents, have tested positive for the deadly and highly contagious Ebola virus or that a company whistleblower announced that YouTube has been placing millions of subliminal anti-Trump messages in a variety of videos?  You most certainly did not.  But nearly every American has heard of President Donald Trump colluding with Russia and calling all Mexicans rapists or of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting women even though these events never took place and were concocted out of thin air.

Turns Out The Reported Racist Delay Of Harriet Tubman's $20 Note Was Fake News.  A few weeks ago, it was announced that a new $20 bill graced by Harriet Tubman wouldn't be shown in 2020.  This set off a wave of condemnation and claims of racism backed by absolutely no evidence.  We are supposed to believe that Trump dislikes non-whites so much that he personally intervened in the situation and delayed the project. [...] Now, more details are coming out and as per usual, there's a lot more to the story and none of it involves Donald Trump at all.

Irish bar debunks fake news that Don Jr. and Eric Trump skipped out on bill.  Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, the eldest sons of the president, were targeted by fake news after a recent bar crawl where they picked up the tabs of their fellow patrons.  A Saturday [6/8/2019] story from The Daily Beast was published with the headline "Eric and Donald Trump Jr.  Still Have Not Paid Irish Bar Tab."  While leftists made the story go viral and immediately used the headline to trash the Trump family some more, the whole thing was complete and utter nonsense.  Reporter Arthur Schwartz almost immediately jumped at The Daily Beast and the authenticity of their story.

EPA Admin Rips Journalist For Misleading Tweet: 'Most Reporters Are Lazy'.  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler ripped into a Yahoo News reporter in a Friday interview over a tweet he believed took remarks he made out of context.  Yahoo national correspondent Alexander Nazaryan tweeted Monday [6/3/2019] that Wheeler had said during a National Press Club event that "'The media does a disservice to the American public' by reporting on global warming." [...] But in the full quote in the article, Wheeler didn't actually say the press did a disservice by "reporting on global warming," full stop, but for not also reporting on the strides the country had made.  "The media does a disservice to the American public, and sound policymaking, by not informing the public of the progress this nation has made," he said.

NPR says babies aren't babies until they're born.  [Scroll down]  Doctors and nurses describe "how your baby grows and develops" during the first — and each subsequent — trimester for parents who are expecting.  They do not typically refer to "your fetus."  During ultrasounds nurses don't point to the screen and say, "Look at that thing there, your fetus is a boy!"  (Nor do they say, "I'm arbitrarily assigning the gender 'boy' to your fetus").

Pew: Fake News Tops Terrorism, Violent Crime, Climate Change as 'Very Big Problem in Country Today'.  "Made-up news/info" is considered a major problem by more adults in the U.S. than concerns like terrorism, violent crime, and climate change, results of a nationwide Pew Research Center study released Wednesday [6/5/2019] show.  Half (50%) of U.S. adults polled called fake news and information "a very big problem in the country today," compared to only 34% who cited terrorism:
  •   Made-up News/Info: 50%
  •   Violent Crime: 49%,
  •   Climate Change: 46%
  •   Racism: 40%
  •   Illegal Immigration: 38%
  •   Terrorism: 34%
  •   Sexism: 26%
About two-thirds of adults said that fake news and information has "a big impact" on Americans' confidence in government (68%) and creates "a great deal of confusion" about the basic facts of current events and issues.

Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.  According to data from the latest Harvard-Harris poll, which was provided exclusively to The Hill, 65 percent of voters believe there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media.  That number includes 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 53 percent of Democrats.  Eighty-four percent of voters said it is hard to know what news to believe online.

Politico Wrongly Tried to Claim a Pastor Apologized for Praying for President Trump.  I won't blame Krystal Campos, the reporter, because I don't know if she gets to assign her own titles.  But it is pretty shocking that anyone could read David Platt's letter to his congregation and take it as an apology.  All he did was explain to the congregation how it came to be that the President showed up unexpectedly.

Anti-Trump Traitors Rip Blindfold Off Lady Justice.  [President] Trump brought back jobs that Obama decreed were gone forever.  Black, Hispanic, and female unemployment are at historic lows.  Trump pulled us out of bad deals with foreign governments.  Thanks to Trump eliminating absurd regulations and oppressive taxes, businesses are coming home to America building factories.  The average American wage is $27 per hour.  Americans are enjoying an economic boom.  All this incredible good news is for the most part being hidden from Americans.  Instead, Democrats, fake news media, Hollywood, and social media flood the airwaves with their lie that Trump is horrible for America.

Trump-McCain Tarpgate: Yet Another Outrage That Wasn't.  By the time I learn enough about the latest current-events kerfuffle to realize I don't care, it turns out to be [nonsense] anyway.  And so it is with the outrage du jour:  Tarpgate. [...] Now, it's not exactly a secret that John McCain hated Trump's guts, and the feud has continued even after McCain's death.  Trump still badmouths a corpse, much to the delight of Trump's biggest fans.  So this story sounds plausible.  It sounds like something Trump would do, and something Trumpkins would defend.  But does that mean it actually happened?  Sure, it confirms my prejudices, but does that mean it's true?  It's starting to sound like maybe it isn't.

'Mainstream' media has a new fact-checking standard: 'Kinda plausible'.  [E]ven if you instill in your kids your conservative, pro-America, constitutional values, they are going be inundated with Left-wing pabulum, propaganda, and disinformation virtually every moment of their higher education experience.  Case in point:  One professor, Ian Bremmer, a geopolitical analyst, journalist, and cable news regular, actually attributed a 'quote' about North Korea to POTUS Donald Trump that was 100 percent made up, but posted on Twitter as though it was real — and then he actually defended his actions and his lie.

He Finally Admits He's Not a Reporter:  In New Book, Jim Acosta Insists 'Neutrality' Doesn't Work in the Age of Trump.  Jim Acosta is the worst "reporter" in the history of network news.  I say that not as a conservative, but as someone who believes in "news."  The title of Jim's upcoming book says it all:  Enemy of the People:  A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.  That reveals he has no understanding of what a reporter is.

Impeach or get off the pot, Democrats.  The same people who never met a constitutional amendment they didn't want to weaken or destroy will now act as if a middling procedural showdown is the next Watergate.  Mainstream media stories about Nadler's fishing expeditions have already framed Democrats as stewards of law and order, forced into impeachment by inflexible Republicans.

No Room for Honesty.  Listen to various abortion activists and Hollywood-faded stars and you might be under the impression that Georgia, Alabama and other states have just passed laws that could give women the death penalty for having abortions.  In fact, some news outlets have run stories that these states would arrest women for having abortions.  Sadly, at a time when the news media and progressive activists lament the President's dubious relationship with the truth, these are not just misstatements but outright lies.  Last week, Alabama passed a law that would prohibit abortion except for situations where the mother's own life is at risk.  News outlets faithfully reported that under this law, women could be jailed for having an abortion.

Dear Media:  Women Made the Alabama Abortion Law Happen.  Twenty-five white males are responsible for Alabama's new abortion legislation, according to the news media.  But, if Americans look more closely, they'll find that's a blatant miscalculation.  Women — pro-life women — are the driving force.  The "Alabama Human Life Protection Act," or HB 314, considers abortion and abortion attempts felony offenses, except in cases where it's done "to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother."  The law acknowledges that women are victims of abortion and "will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable."  On Wednesday, HB 314, which was sponsored by a woman, was signed into law by another woman.  But rather than dwell on the oddity of pro-life women, the media blamed another group:  white men.

The credentialed media's creeping attempts to normalize 'transgenderism'.  It was not so long ago that the credentialed media referred to the person now going by the name Chelsea Elizabeth Manning as a 'transgender woman,' formerly known as Bradley Manning.  In an act of unbelievable stupidity, the government, under President Barack Obama, did not challenge Mr Manning's filing legally to change his name to Chelsea, though at least the government didn't attempt the idiocy of transferring him to a women's prison.  President Obama commuted the remainder of Mr Manning's prison sentence just before he left office.  Even in those stories of the past, the credentialed media chose to use the feminine pronouns to refer to Mr Manning, something with which I disagreed, and something which this site does not do.  But in the [Washington] Post's current article, Mr Manning's 'transgenderism' is never mentioned, nor that he was known as Bradley Manning when he committed his crimes.

Should Journalists Go to Jail for Spreading Russia Lies?  As a First Amendment maximalist, I am inclined to reply an automatic "no" to my own headline — should journalists go to jail for spreading Russia lies?  But a penalty of some kind, indeed a serious one, should certainly be levied for misinforming the public on the most important subject of our day, which has happened repeatedly over the last few years concerning the Russia probe.  And when these prevarications can be shown to have been deliberate, to have been done knowingly, difficult as that may be to prove, the line to sedition may have been crossed and there is an argument the reporters involved should face legal consequences.  They should also be fired.

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Man sentenced in burning of church painted with 'Vote Trump'.  A member of an African American church in Mississippi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for burning the church, which was also spray painted with "Vote Trump" a week before the 2016 presidential election.

The Editor says...
That headline is misleading, because the AP left out several important details.  The whole thing was a fake hate crime.  He was a black criminal trying to cover his tracks.  It had nothing to do with voting for Trump.


Don't Believe the Headlines:  Mueller Said Barr Memo Was Accurate.  The internet is currently buzzing over allegations that Attorney General William Barr mischaracterized the Mueller report from none other than Robert Mueller himself. [...] These headlines all suggest some sinister attempt by Attorney General Barr to mislead the public about the Mueller report in his four-page memo on the report's findings.  But, when you actually read beyond the headlines you'll discover that the media is doing all the misleading here.

An 8-Year Media Lie About How the Syrian War Started is Finally Exposed.  The media insists on the right to fact check conservatives and erase them from social media, but fails at the most elementary fact checking when it comes to its own stories.

How Pseudo Events Are Used by Media to Manufacture Controversy.  The public was lied to for close to two years by legacy news outlets and public figures with claims there was "evidence" that the Trump administration colluded with Russia.  Contrary to their claims, the Mueller report showed there was no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia.  The report showed that all those rumors of evidence and all those claims of anonymous sources were lies.  What's important to remember is that for these outlets and public figures, facts don't matter.  What matters is how they can twist the facts to keep the public misled and distracted in order to keep their false narratives alive.

Media Caught Selectively Editing AGAIN — Record Your Interviews!  It seems that the media can't be trusted, they need to be watched.  And you can help us watch them.  If you've been witness to interviews with the media, deceptively editing your remarks we want to hear from you.

Thirdhand Hearsay Story Says Mueller Prosecutors Had the Goods on Trump to Charge Obstruction.  [Scroll down]  This violates almost every rule set out by Perry Bacon of FiveThirtyEight in "When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources."  It is attributed to only two people, and even then, it is a third-party recollection of a conversation in which the reporter did not participate.  Given the sourcing, the quotes are virtually impossible to verify — another tipoff that a story probably is not true.  The third-hand sources are identified only as "former Mueller prosecutors," which means the story runs up against Bacon's recommendation that "specifics matter" when identifying anonymous sources.  Waas claims the Mueller team prosecutors "would have advocated" that Trump face federal criminal charges for obstruction.

BBC and Attenborough Accused of Fake News Misinformation on 'Climate Change:  The Facts'.  The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has made a formal complaint to the BBC about the series of gross inaccuracies in its recent documentary Climate Change:  The Facts.  As wags have quipped, the programme presented by Sir David Attenborough was so riddled with errors it really should have been called Climate:  Change The Facts.  Now the GWPF has written to the BBC Complaints department listing just a few of them.

American Ignorance.  Because I dig deeper than most people I can usually sort out the facts from the fake.  One thing I've learned over time is that the progressive left does not engage in truth nor does it traffic in honor.  The left wants to totally remake our laws, our society and our Constitution into something our founders never intended them to be. [...] Some citizens get news secondhand from friends, family or work associates.  They see headlines on social media and online service providers like AOL.  If they watch news at all they might tune into the local news or sometimes CNN.  Too many people will take what they hear as true.  They won't doubt it because after all it's being broadcast by national news organizations and those organizations certainly wouldn't report something that wasn't true, would they?

Trump Opponents Never Tire of Losing.  Meanwhile the media, having learned nothing from the ratings hit they absorbed due to their sloppy and often dishonest reports about the Russia hoax, are already parroting Democratic talking points on obstruction of justice.  That they're already carrying water for people like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff suggests that they may well destroy what little public trust they still enjoy.  Journalist Glenn Greenwald, by no means a conservative, is stunned by the media reaction to Mueller's report:  "Pretending they got it right is just worsening the problem."

Netflix series challenged on claim that climate change causes cliff-diving walruses.  A new Netflix documentary series that features disturbing footage of walruses plunging off a cliff to their deaths — a phenomenon attributed by the filmmakers to climate change — has sparked a fact-check backlash by critics questioning whether the animals were actually fleeing polar bears or drones.  Leading the pushback is Canadian zoologist Susan Crockford, who said Netflix's "Our Planet" is misleading the public about the massive gathering of walruses on the rocky beach, known as a haulout, and the footage showing walruses falling from a steep ledge.  She blasted claims by series narrator David Attenborough during the episode as "contrived nonsense" and "Attenborough's tragedy porn."

Watch Former Fed Prosecutor Smash Anti-Trump Commentator's Biased Version Of "Truth".  What is going on within the far left media is appalling.  They are taking lies and calling them truths and taking truths and calling them lies and then taking honest public servants and calling them dishonest when their positions don't support the anti-Trump agenda.  America needs more people like [Joe] diGenova to stand up to this dangerous and deceptive hypocrisy that infects nearly every facet of the media today.

What's the Next Fake News?  It now transpires that the cheating and collusion was done by the FBI, working in cahoots with Hillary's campaign, and The New York Times and The Washington Post knew it but chose instead to write the very opposite, that it was the Russkies and Trump.  Mueller even told them so during the investigation, but they chose the big lie instead.  This should have been a death blow for the reputation of any newspaper, but if one watches zombie and sci-fi programs on television all day and night, as Americans tend to do, how on earth can they recognize fake news when they see it?  Everything Trump said or did these past two years sparked an avalanche of thunderous denunciations from both reporters and editorial writers.  Reporters wrote editorials and writers simply lied and presented theories as facts, and they continue to do so.

Media pulled off big con with Russia collusion story.  The whole thing was one giant lie.  And everybody peddling it — from House Democrat leaders, to Senate Democrats running for president, to the Senate Republican who reported the whole thing in the first place, to the roaring lions of the Great White Media — knew it was a lie. [...] Now that he is in the White House, President Trump has carried on delivering on issues that regular Americans actually care about.  But the press ignores all of those issues.  All they care about is the Russia collusion hoax.

Russian 'Collusion's' Greatest Hits.  From late 2015 until April 2019, the media, the Left, and the Obama administrative state hierarchy warned us nonstop that candidate, president-elect, and inaugurated President Trump "colluded" with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, to assemble a suspect cabinet, and to rule in treasonous fashion in the interests of Vladimir Putin.  The former head of the CIA and the director of national intelligence were birthed as permanent analysts at MSNBC and CNN to sermonize — with wink-and-nod assurances that their past billets and security clearances substantiated their authority — that the treasonous Trump would likely be impeached, indicted, or quit.  A mostly progressive team of lawyers, with an unlimited budget, no restrictions on time, and with enormous legal powers found all of that to be a lie.

Stolen Archives Show the True History of Russia Collusion.  [Scroll down]  How can anyone take these clowns in the media seriously?  One day, they are literally censoring one of the pre-eminent experts on Russia in the entire world, telling him he's insane to warn about collusion with Russia; the next, they want to put Trump in jail with no evidence.  Was Russiagate some sick Freudian projection?  Or even deflection?

AOC Isn't Even a Good Environmentalist.  Every Dem presidential candidate has endorsed the Green New Deal.  The media has covered what should be laughable notions like no automobiles, regulating diet and eliminating cows, with all the gravitas of innovations in heart surgery.  They cover it like it's a real thing and more, they paint anyone critical of the ideas as bigoted, closed minded, old-fashioned climate deniers and anti-science crazies.  Yes, that's an inversion of the truth, but that's how it's covered.

National Reckoning, My Eye.  The media has managed to impose a kind of groupthink that tells us that America is rife with racism and bigotry, but looking around and watching television, the only racism I seem to notice nowadays is the one against whites who go to church and raise law-abiding families.  Watch any Netflix or Amazon series and you'll see what I mean.  (Better not watch it, actually.)  The priest is always a pervert, the religious families are selling drugs on the sly, and all cops and soldiers are rapists, racists, and bigots.  All criminals are white, blond, and sporting Nazi tattoos.  Well, you know the rest.  Political correctness and diversity training have now become standard, and lockstep conformity is the order of the day.

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Mom Catches CBS Using Image of Her Vaccine-Injured Child, Falsely Claiming Measles Caused It.  For months now, the Free Thought Project has been reporting on the hype and utter hysteria being pushed by the government and the media alike in regards to the 2019 measles situation.  It started in January as mainstream media and social media giants began begging for the government to silence those who advocate for vaccine safety and it came to a head on Tuesday as New York began force vaccinating citizens and charging those who resisted it with a crime.


Photographer of Starving Polar Bear Admits 'Climate Change' Image Was 'Misleading'.  A starving polar bear, rummaging for food in empty cans, in an ice-free landscape, with a caption that reads:  "This is what climate change looks like."  And she blames people for taking the iconic image 'literally'?  How else were people supposed to take this heart-wrenching but deceptive image?

National Geographic photog admits viral 'climate change' image of starving polar bear was misleading.  National Geographic contributing photographer and speaker Cristina Mittermeier acknowledged Thursday that her now-viral photographs of a starving polar bear went "too far" in linking the bear's condition to the effects of climate change.  In an article for National Geographic, Ms. Mittermeier wrote that she and photographer Paul Nicklen, who recorded video of the bear, were "on a mission to capture images that communicate the urgency of climate change"

More about polar bears.

Duplicity:
Mainstream media outlets change their tune on border crisis amid illegal immigration surge.  Months after repeatedly dismissing and mocking President Trump's claim of a national emergency at the Southern U.S. border, the mainstream media are grappling with reality, with no less than The New York Times declaring the border crisis at "breaking point."  Yet as recently as February, a New York Times fact-checker of Trump's State of the Union speech tweeted:  "President Trump described illegal border crossings as a 'urgent national crisis.'  This is false."

Nunes files $150M lawsuit against McClatchy, alleging conspiracy to derail Clinton, Russia probes.  House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday [4/8/2019], alleging that one of the news agency's reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes' oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.  The filing, obtained by Fox News, came a day after Nunes, R-Calif., revealed he would send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week concerning purported surveillance abuses by federal authorities during the Russia probe, false statements to Congress and other matters.

Devin Nunes Files $150M Defamation Lawsuit Over 'Cocaine, Prostitutes' Story.  On Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a defamation lawsuit against The McClatchy Company, Liz Mair, and Mair Strategies, focusing on a May 2018 article that attempted to connect Nunes to allegations of a salacious event involving cocaine and prostitutes.  The article also cast aspersions on Nunes' investigation of alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  He is demanding $150 million and more.  "McClatchy succeeded in linking the cocaine/sex-fueled 'fundraiser' with 'prostitutes' to Nunes.  The defamatory meaning of the article was clearly understood by all who read and saw McClatchy's publication," the lawsuit reads.

Democrats and toxic media at their worst.  The left and its compliant media are willfully reporting false news to the American people.  Whether it is a symptom of mass hysteria that is the genesis for this confirmation bias-style reporting or an intentional maneuver to spread anti-Trump propaganda, its effect is toxic and pernicious.  The report comes in the form of a tweet making its way through the Twitter-sphere in which a user named Mark Elliott has posted a video of Donald Trump who he contends is referring to migrants at the border as "animals." [...] The president's words were clearly relating to the murderous gang MS-13 and not innocent migrants.  The exchange first became a controversy last year when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mischaracterized the remarks.

Vox Writer Praises Progressives for Misleading Americans on Tax CutsVox writer Matthew Yglesias praised progressive groups for misleading Americans about their taxes Monday [4/8/2019].  In a tweet, Yglesias praised the "messaging success" over President Donald Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The president signed the bill into law in December 2017.  At the time, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said the bill would save families making $73,000 per year more than $2,000.  "[P]rogressive groups did a really good job of convincing people that Trump raised their taxes," Yglesias said.

Are Far-Right Extremist Crimes on the Rise?  No.  Despite the media coverage [...] far-right extremist crimes are not on the rise.  The number of crimes ascribed to the far-right has been holding steady since the 1970s. [...] Maybe the goal is to turn mainstream conservatives into "far-right" extremists?

Democrats and Media Fall For Old, Deceptively Edited Clip of Trump on MS-13.  Democrats and members of the establishment media fell for a viral clip purporting that President Donald Trump called asylum seekers "animals" on Friday at an immigration roundtable.  In reality, the clip in question is from an event in May 2018 when the president was clearly referring to members of the MS-13 gang as "animals."  At the time, CSPAN posted a deceptively edited clip that cut out someone else's remark about MS-13 that the president responded to, making it sound like Trump was talking about immigrants more generally.

Why do the least-bright people rise to the top?  For over two years, we have been tormented or delighted, depending on one's political preference, by the opinions and or declarations avowing President Trump's guilt with regard to collusion with Russia.  It was all a made-up scam from the beginning, but the media and the leftist loons have beaten this dead horse relentlessly in the fervid hope it would see Trump forced from the office he legitimately won.  Our horrific media who has long worked hand in glove with the Democrats, has spent hundreds of hours, over 500,000 columns, articles and op-eds asserting Trump's guilt.  It was all a hoax from the outset, fabricated within a few days of Hillary 's loss to Trump.  Most of those who got on board the Russia collusion hoax knew it was a lie from day one.  But they embraced the lie wholeheartedly.

Science: Teen Vogue Declares There Is No Such Thing As Biological Sex Because Reasons.  Teen Vogue has a long history of promoting transgenderism in harmful and objectively false ways.  That includes celebrating the child abuse of a 9-year-old boy whose parents allow him to believe he's a girl named Lactatia.  Ever the trailblazer, Teen Vogue put out a video proclaiming that there is no such thing as biological sex because nothing matters anymore.

Mueller the Boy Scout.  The media swore up and down that there had been "collusion" between the Trump campaigns and Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton and fail to put a Clinton on the throne of America.  Now, please bear in mind, that there never was any evidence of such collusion.  Plus, no one knew what it would look like if it had existed.  Would it be mountains of newsprint saying how great Trump was, coming from pro-Russian media here?  No such things ever were seen.  Could it have been some major peace move in Ukraine by Russia contingent upon Trump winning?  We never saw any sign of that either.  Could it have been an immense contribution from the Russian gold hoard to the Trump campaign?  No hint of that either.  So, then what was it?  Those of us raised to be skeptical of the media/leftist axis since the successful media coup against Richard Nixon in Watergate saw right through the whole thing.  Watergate was media hysteria over basically nothing.  So was the Trump/Russia collusion, as we saw it and heard it.

Media amplified Schiff's voice, shouted down the truth.  The whole point of the so-called "Fourth Estate" — that unofficial, quasi-fourth branch of government — is to mercilessly hound politicians from their comfortable lairs of mendacity.  Unless, apparently, those politicians are lying about Mr. Trump and spinning fairy tale yarns about prostitutes in Moscow hotel rooms, secret liaisons in Prague that never happened, and chance bar meetings in the Seychelles.  No one has been given more airtime and ink to spread his lies than Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and chief prevaricator.  That anyone this dishonest is allowed to hold a position of such importance and power in Congress tells you all you need to know about Washington these days.

Can the Media Ever Earn Back Our Trust?  After it was revealed on Sunday that the two-year investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the finger pointing began.  This time, the national media was under the microscope.  It's one thing to hear baldly partisan idiocy from the opposing political party and its candidates — we expect that.  It's another thing altogether when crazed accusations are being spewed by the press 24/7/365 as if they're fact.

Naming And Shaming : The Absolutely Worst Reporters on The Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theory.  Attorney General Bill Barr revealed this weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, dealing a hefty blow to a large swath of the media.  Perhaps most damaged were the individual anchors and reporters who bet their careers on proving that President Donald Trump conspired with a foreign power to steal an election.  These journalists authored fake stories, gave breathless coverage to the alleged scandal and ultimately misled the public.

BBC Ordered to Pay Damages for Fake News About Trump and Ukraine President.  The BBC was ordered to pay damages after the far-left outlet published fake news claiming Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko "authorized" an illegal payment of $400,000 to Michael Cohen for additional face time during a June 2017 meeting with President Trump.  "We apologize to Mr. Poroshenko for any distress caused and have agreed to pay him damages, legal costs and have participated in a joint statement in open court," the BBC's said in a written apology published Thursday [3/28/2019].

A Primer in "Ventriloquist Journalism".  Most "mainstream" journalists are not merely biased, but have a narrative story line in mind when they begin "reporting," so that when they call you on the phone, they aren't looking for actual information and perspective — they are looking for a specific quote to drop in their story that fits their narrative.  The point is:  when you deal with the media, it is not just their innate liberalism you need to be on guard for — you need to keep in mind that they already have their story written. [...] Stan Evans had a typically great label for this:  he called it "ventriloquist journalism."  Reporters have in mind a specific quote they'd like to have from you, and have developed great skill in teasing it out of people.  Think of it as just one aspect of fake news.

Rep. Brooks: 'Fake News Media...Perpetrated the Biggest Political Lie' in American History.  In remarks on the House floor about the Mueller report and the "fake news media" that spread unfounded claims for two-plus years about Russia-Trump campaign collusion, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said the accusations against Trump were "nothing but a Big Lie!" He also compared the liberal media to the National Socialist propaganda organs that operated in Nazi Germany, spreading half-truths and lies to demonize their political opponents.  "For more than two years, Socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies — CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, and countless others — have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history," said Rep. Brooks on March 25.

What Price Maddow?  Right now, left-leaning mainstream media is getting flogged, and they deserve it for their dishonest reporting on the Trump/Russia conspiracy theory.  Mass firings and a month of apologies by Jeff Zucker and Rachel Maddow would not be sufficient to mend the harm these organizations have done to America's trust in news reporting.  But the folks who truly deserve to be put in their place and totally humiliated are the viewers of these pretend news shows.  At what point do the Wellesley and Williams-educated elites look in the mirror and accept the fact that they have been taken for fools?  They have enabled progressive media to manufacture rotten journalism.  They never turned the channel.

From Trayvon to RussiaGate:  No Media Reckoning, Only Denial and Tragedy.  [A] gander at the media's horror show of a rap sheet over the last five or so years helps to explain why denial is their only option at this point:
  •   Trayvon Martin Murdered By Racist White Man
  •   Michael Brown Yelled "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" Before Racist Cop Murdered Him
  •   Brett Kavanaugh:  Serial Rapist
  •   Trump Ordered His Attorney to Lie
  •   The Racist White Boys from Covington High School
  •   Trump Can't Defeat Hillary
  •   Trump Is a Russian Manchurian Candidate

CNN Continues to Lie About Charlottesville in Attempt to Connect Donald Trump to New Zealand Attack.  As Breitbart News has explained repeatedly, and as CNN's own coverage at the time showed, Trump used the phrase "very fine people" to describe non-violent protesters on either side of the debate over a Confederate statue — and specifically excluded the neo-Nazis, whom he "condemned totally."  Yet for the past several weeks, CNN has reported that Trump was referring to neo-Nazis as "very fine people" in Charlottesville.  CNN is now using the Charlottesville lie to implicate Trump in the terror attacks against two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.

14 Media Outlets Spread Hoax About Trump Calling for Violence During Breitbart News Interview.  Outside of the usual-usual fake news to damage Trump and to distract from their failing Russia Collusion Hoax, the media's propaganda effort here is to make Trump pay a political price for daring to sit down with an alternative news outlet like Breitbart News and to warn other politicians not to violate the rules about who is "supposed" to be allowed to hold high-profile interviews.  In this particular case, because the president said nothing wrong in his interview with us, the media have been forced to invent something.

Media Magic:  How a Democrat Pedophile Became a 'Trump Scandal'.  As stories go, a child sex case involving a Palm Beach billionaire was pretty big.  It was covered in the British press, in Florida media, at The New York Post and at Fox News.  Bill O'Reilly led with the story on his Fox News show.  But CNN and MSNBC did not breathe a word about a Democratic prosecutor refusing to hold a Democratic child rapist accountable.  Epstein had given more than $145,000 to Democratic candidates and causes, including Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.  He was a big Israel backer.  Bill Clinton and Democratic activist Ron Burkle were frequent guests on Epstein's private plane, dubbed the "Lolita Express." [...] But recently, the very news outlets that spiked any news about this case for the past 13 years are suddenly hot on the trail of Jeffrey Epstein.  Why the newfound sense of decency?  The answer is:  Because they found a Trump connection.

NYT Says Border at 'Breaking Point' 1 Month After 'Fact Check' Claimed No Emergency.  One month after claiming there is "no emergency" at the border, the far-left New York Times now concedes the border is at a "breaking point."  In real time, as President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last month, the Times branded the president a liar over his claim that there is an "urgent national crisis" at our border.

Newsrooms that rushed to report tax refunds were smaller this year go silent on IRS data showing refunds have increased.  Tax refunds are up from where they were this time last year by 1.3 percent following the fourth week of the 2019 filing season, according to new Internal Revenue Service data.  To be more specific, the average tax refund has increased to $3,143 from $3,103 last February, according to cumulative statistics comparing the 2018 and 2019 filing seasons.  Oddly enough, certain newsrooms have responded to this development with total silence.  I say "odd," because it was just a few weeks ago that these same newsrooms rushed to report that tax refunds were smaller this year, suggesting either implicitly or explicitly that the decrease was tied to the Republican Party's tax reform bill.

The Climate Scare:  Ever More Shrill, Ever Less Serious.  The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives!  And, for their first act, how about some scary "climate" hearings?  The New York Times, of course, takes the occasion to run a big front-page story with the headline (in the print edition — online is different) "2018 Continues Warming Trend, As 4th Hottest Year Since 1880."  Let's apply a little critical analysis.  The Times adorns their article with a huge temperature graph, covering the period 1880 to 2018, that goes across two-thirds of the top of the front page.  The overall trend looks up at first glance.  But on not-very-much-closer inspection, it is obvious that 2017 was down from 2016, and 2018 was down from 2017.  How exactly does that constitute 2018 "continu[ing the] warming trend"?  I would have said that the last two years in a row down is the opposite of "continuing the warming trend," but what do I know?

The Resistance is Everything They Accuse Trump of Being.  In classic KGB style, Obama's administration deployed our nation's intelligence agencies to infiltrate and spy on their political opponents. Using paid informants — believed to include, at minimum, Joseph Mifsud, Stefan Halper, Henry Greenberg and Felix Sader — the political appointees heading our FBI and CIA attempted to entrap Trump's campaign with monetary enticements and promises of Russian kompromat on Hillary Clinton. [...] While these outrages have gone on, our very own American Pravda — the Democrat's mouthpieces in the mainstream media — have published a steady stream of disinformation and propaganda designed to turn reality on its head and portray Trump as Vladimir Putin's puppet instead of the target of Soviet-inspired tactics employed by Obama's police state.

What's Worse Than Fake News?  Hypothetical news.  The other day all the major new outlets were covering a story about Elizabeth Warren saying on the campaign trail in Iowa that Donald Trump "might not even be a free person" but rather in jail at the time of the 2020 Presidential election.  Call this phenomenon the "hypothetical news."  Donald Trump might launch a preemptive nuclear attack on North Korea.  Donald Trump might withdraw from NATO.  Donald Trump might fire his Chief of Staff.  Donald Trump might be crazy.  More subtle examples of hypothetical news are:  there is "widespread concern on Wall Street" that Donald Trump might fire Fed Chairman Powell; or "White House sources say" that Donald Trump is considering firing Fed Chairman Powell.

A New Low in Media Lies from the Miami Herald.  It's commonplace and universal: if you're a dissident from the Leftist agenda, you're not going to get fair, accurate, or honest treatment from establishment media reporters.  But in this hit piece on Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub, who called Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib a "Hamas-loving anti-Semite" who might "become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill," Sarah Blaskey of the Miami Herald hits a new low even for Leftist "journalists," whose integrity was already a notch below that of child molesters, and provides a textbook example of how those "journalists" distort the facts, libel people, and lie outright in order to manipulate the public into believing what they want them to believe.

100,000 Supporters Turn Out for Annual March for Life — USA Today Reports 'More Than a Thousand,' CNN and MSNBC Completly Ignore It.  An estimated 100,000 people — including Vice President Mike Pence — gathered in DC on Friday for the annual March for Life.  The media, as always, is either outright ignoring the massive march or severely downplaying the impressive size of the crowd.

The 'Trump Hid His Meetings with Putin' Stories Begin to Unravel.  On Sunday [1/13/2019], the mainstream media launched a new ploy to promote their Trump-Russia collusion narrative with a story that first appeared in the Washington Post titled "Officials in dark on Putin talks."  A similar piece was published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, titled "Trump didn't use notetakers at Putin/ Meeting."  Cable-news networks and Democratic congressmen claim these stories indicate that President Trump held secret discussions with Russian president Putin that were revealed to no one.  For example, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) told CNN on Sunday that the U.S. government "does not know" what Trump and Putin discussed.  It is now clear that these stories were misleading, if not mostly false.

The FBI Counterintelligence Operation into Donald Trump Did Not Start After Comey Firing.  Against the backdrop of a New York Times article attempting to justify the FBI opening a counterintelligence operation against Donald Trump the current narrative du-jour is to claim the investigation was considered as an outcome of the firing of James Comey in 2017.  This is factually false.  FBI Director James Comey outlined the specifics of when the counterintelligence operation began during his March 20, 2017 testimony.

Brandon Darby:  Propaganda About Border Mostly from Mainstream Media.  Many mainstream news outlets appear to be purposely and dishonestly overlooking key facts about the U.S.-Mexico border region in order to push a false narrative about a safe border.  Breitbart Border and Cartel Chronicles Director Brandon Darby took on the recent reporting by CNN's Jim Acosta and some social media postings by Texas Democrat Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, where they try to claim the border is safe.

My Eye on 'Black Eye'.  The new Fox Nation subscription service posted the documentary Black Eye:  Dan Rather and the Birth of Fake News at 6:00 a.m. (Eastern) this morning [1/10/2019].  The documentary revisits the Rathergate scandal from its origin in the 2000 presidential campaign to the 2015 film Truth and slightly beyond.  I have now watched the documentary and want to offer a few notes with my impressions on it for what they may be worth. [...] I hope Power Line readers will view the documentary.  It memorializes an important piece of history that has already receded into the mists of the ancient past.

NYT Uses Tiny New Mexico Town to Claim There's No Border Crisis.  Somewhere along the United States' 2,000-mile border with Mexico is a town unconcerned by what President Donald Trump has called a border "crisis," and the New York Times is on it.  "On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: 'We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing,'" the Times reported.  The source for this claim is not polling data, but rather interviews primarily with residents of the tiny town of Columbus, N.M.  Columbus is home to residents who see little issue with their proximity to the border.  The Times identified at least one citizen who seemed to wish there were more illegal immigration, not less.

When media are quiet about financial news, you know the economy's strong.  We were told the market was going down because of Trump's trade policies, because he was chewing out the Fed for raising rates too rapidly, and because of the government shutdown.  I am having trouble finding where the media and other Democrats are giving Trump credit for the market rising around 10% since December 24.  Why has the market reversed itself for now?  Here are a few hints:  sales during the Christmas season were up over 5%, over 300,000 jobs were created in December, and job gains were revised upward in both October and November.  Wages went up 3.2% year over year, the fastest growth in a long time, and gains are especially being helped on the lower end of the scale.  There continue to be more job openings than job-seekers.  It is obvious that a strong economy does not fit the Democrat agenda, so it is downplayed.

Why Fact Checking Is A Joke.  As soon as President Donald Trump's speech ended, the liberal talking points were spewing on the cable news networks disguised as "fact checking."  Armed with press releases from the Democratic National Committee, the talking heads universally focused on the small stuff to avoid admitting the inconvenient truths leftists avoid like the plague — illegal immigration hurts Americans.  Democrats don't care.  To leftists, individuals are disposable.  Why would they be bothered by a Ronil Singh if they don't care about the 100 million dead their totalitarian philosophy is responsible for?  One more body on the pile of bodies isn't going to bother people unbothered by the existence of the pile in the first place.  But political points had to be scored, the liberal narrative had to be advanced.  Enter the official "fact checkers."

Seattle TV Station Fires Staffer Who Doctored Trump Speech Video.  A Seattle television station fired a staffer for allegedly doctoring footage of President Trump's speech Tuesday evening — making it appear that that Trump's tongue was drooping out of his mouth and his skin color to be bright orange.  A side-by-side comparison of the speech that aired live on CNN Tuesday night [1/8/2019] versus what was broadcast later on FOX Q13 shows the video manipulation.  The differences were spotted by political observers, resulting in the station terminating the employee.

Trump tongue trick lands Seattle TV station Q13 FOX in hot water; editor fired.  A staffer at local Fox affiliate Q13 has been fired after the station aired what appears to be a doctored video of President Donald Trump's Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office.  The video was changed to make it look as if Trump was sticking his tongue out languidly between sentences.  In addition, the colors in the video look more saturated, leading the president's skin and hair to appear orange.

Seattle News Room Intentionally Manipulated Video of President Trump for Broadcast.  A statement from Fox affiliate Q13 in Seattle appears to confirm that a news video editor intentionally manipulated video feed from the public address of President Trump.  "In a statement, Q13 noted that the video editor responsible has been placed on leave pending an internal investigation."

The Only Privilege in America is Liberal Privilege.  Item:  Catherine Blasey Ford's cock-and-bull story about being assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh nearly half a century ago when they were both teenagers.  Do not try this tactic if you are a conservative woman attacking a liberal Supreme Court nominee.

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Caught On Video:  Fake News Media Fabricating "Trump Border Crisis.".  We all know so much of what passes for "news" these days is little more than manufactured propaganda ejected daily from the bowels of the Establishment Media to splatter across the nation's television, computer, and phone screens, but it's always fun to catch them in the act and that's exactly what the following video does.  Watch as media photographers stage a scene of a little girl and her father attempting to climb over a supposed border fence.  [Video clip]


Media's '19th nervous breakdown,' as Trump fulfills another campaign promise.  How many times can the news media falsely and hysterically sound the apocalypse alarm?  Besides being 100 percent wrong on the election of Donald Trump in 2016, their fear-mongering predictions of doom and condemnation have been wrong on any number of other Trump policies, initiatives and personnel moves.  Those include last year's tax cuts, eliminating the ObamaCare individual mandate, North Korea, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the falsely named "Muslim travel ban," employment and manufacturing increases, Department of Veterans Affairs reform, NATO's financial accountability, two Supreme Court justices, and repudiation of the Iran nuclear "deal."

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?  Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.  In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered.  Digital advertisers tend to want two things:  people to look at their ads and "premium" websites — i.e., established and legitimate publications — on which to host them.  The two schemes at issue in the case, dubbed Methbot and 3ve by the security researchers who found them, faked both.

After Fake News Reports, Media Now Claim Trump's Christmas Visit to U.S. Troops Was Obvious.  On Wednesday morning [12/26/2018], media outlets were running the story that President Donald Trump had failed to visit U.S. troops at Christmastime.  By Wednesday afternoon, the media claimed Trump had made his visit to a war zone obvious in advance.  In between, media outlets that had earlier trumpeted Trump's supposed non-visit to the troops were spinning the news that he had, in fact, visited by noting that it was his first visit to a war zone since taking office.  Left-wing Salon.com, for example, reported initially that Trump had failed to visit the troops during Christmastime, then changed its story and headline, but retained the anti-Trump spin.

I thought fraud in reporting was done for.  I was wrong.  The [Jack] Kelley scandal, like the 2003 revelation of Jayson Blair's frauds at the New York Times, disproved my belief that Stephen Glass's fakes at the New Republic (in the 1990s, when I was the magazine's editor) might be the last.  Surely computer-aided fact-checking would deter fraud, I thought.  However, the unmasking of Der Spiegel's erstwhile ace, Claas Relotius, as a phony on Dec. 20, mere days after he collected his fourth German Reporter Prize, shows yet again that my hope was naive.  Reporters keep inventing stories and getting prizes for them.  What's going on?

Der Spiegel star reporter Claas Relotius fabricated stories for years.  The German weekly Der Spiegel, one of the top-selling publications in Europe, is reeling from a scandal that revealed that a star reporter has reportedly faked stories for years.  Many of the faked stories written by Claas Relotius were centered in the United States or in the Middle East.  So far, Der Spiegel editors said Wednesday, they had found that Relotius "made up stories and invented protagonists" in at least 14 of the 60 stories examined so far.  But they said the investigation is only beginning.  The editors said they were "astounded and sad" by the discovery, which they called "a low point in Der Spiegel's 70-year history."

Disgraced German journalist now suspected of charity scam.  An award-winning German magazine writer who resigned in disgrace for making up stories is suspected of embezzling cash he collected on behalf of children orphaned by the war in Syria, according to his former employer.  Der Spiegel said Sunday [12/23/2018] it had uncovered information that Claas Relotius allegedly solicited contributions after writing an article about Syrian urchins living on the streets of Turkey — but directed donations to his own bank account.

Fake News, Fake Rednecks.  Award-winning German alleged reporter Claas Relotius — he was named CNN's Journalist of the Year in 2014 — has just been unmasked as a rank fabulist after it was revealed that he fabricated large sections of at least 14 articles since 2011 — most significantly, a 2017 piece about Trump voters in rural Minnesota that turns out to have been a largely fact-free hit piece designed to appeal to the confirmation bias of media elites who regard rural white Americans as hateful, toothless retardates.  The article appeared in Der Spiegel — one of Europe's highest-circulation and most respected publications.  With a fact-checking staff of 70, this saga is being depicted as Europe's biggest media scandal since 1983's "Hitler Diaries" debacle.

Plausible Lies.  The case of Claas Relotius, Der Spiegel and the town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota has become notorious.  Der Spiegel, Europe's most widely-read news source, fired Relotius, one of Germany's most honored journalists, when it came to light that he had made up facts in a number of articles he wrote for the magazine.

Der Spiegel to run 23-page special on reporter who faked stories.  The German news weekly Der Spiegel is to publish a 23-page special report on how one of its award-winning reporters faked stories for years and dealt a blow to media credibility.  Claas Relotius, 33, resigned after admitting making up stories and inventing protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine's print and online editions.  Since the scandal was revealed by the magazine on Wednesday, other mainstream German outlets including Die Welt and Die Zeit, which once used Relotius as a freelancer, have also begun poring through articles that he wrote for them.

Don't Let the Media Convince You the USA is Dangerous For Journalists.  The narrative began when Time magazine decided to dedicate its person of the year to "The Guardians," a group of reporters best known by member Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident murdered by the Saudi Arabian government.  Other outlets picked up on Times' lead, as nonprofit Reporters Without Borders added the U.S. onto its list of countries most deadliest for journalists for the first time ever — joining Mexico and Syria.  Reuters decided to bury the true reason for why the U.S. had an inordinate amount of journalists die in 2018 in the eight paragraph of its Tuesday report: the tragic slaying of five employees at the Capital Gazette's offices in Annapolis, Maryland, in June.  Two were killed in weather-related incidents.

Time Magazine and the Manipulation and Abuse of Truth.  After taking note of the same thing Scott had observed — Time had literally called Obama Obi-Wan Kenobi, the heroic Jedi knight from Star Wars, while disdaining Trump as a demagogue leading a pack of racists and misogynists — I went on to take note of exactly when this kind of disconnect between Americans and media elites began to seriously surface.  I traced it back to the in-the-day famous speech of President Richard Nixon's number two, Vice President Spiro Agnew.  Agnew had ventured into the American heartland — Des Moines, Iowa — on November 13, 1969.

Electoral Fraud: the Real Record.  When Donald Trump was running for office, he raised the issue of fraudulent votes.  As with everything else Trump has said, it was instantly attacked and ridiculed by the media.  Since then, the idea has been dismissed by MSM journalists who have insisted that there have not been any cases of illegal voting.  Recently, though, the novel possibility of fraudulent votes in favor of a Republican candidate has made the MSM do a 180 while reiterating that such things have never happened favoring Democratic candidates.  As with many other topics, MSM journalists have blatantly lied.

Media Conventional Wisdom On The Russia Investigation Is Uninformed And Idiotic.  Jim VandeHei of Axios claimed to sum up on Sunday "what we already now know" about Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia probe.  His next claim was even more robust.  "What we already now know is highly damning and highly detailed."  If you want to — and I quote — "go deeper," you can click a button that gives you "460 words" of how what we know is highly damning and highly detailed.  It is, of course, not even close to either of those things.  But it's worth looking at to see how some D.C. figures are easily spun into thinking — or claiming to think — that things for which there is no evidence have "highly detailed" evidence.

Bush 41's death reveals the truth: the only kind of Republicans the media likes are dead ones.  Today we will hear most of the media talk about George H.W. Bush in a flattering manner, as they should.  They also acted as if they loved Reagan and McCain when they died — even as they sought to destroy them when they ran for office.  The playbook is always the same.  Democrats, including most of the media, pretend they love Republicans when they die after they trashed them when they ran and lived.

Pittsburgh - we need to talk.  Just because someone from ABC-TV, NBC-TV or CBS-TV sticks a microphone in your face, and asks your opinion about the Tree of Life murder, or how you feel about Trump, or the Pirates, or the Steelers, remember, this is still a free country.  You don't have to answer.  Most of the time, you will look silly.  You will make the news, and if this is what you want, beware, you will go on record as being a loudmouthed idiot.  Even if you speak carefully and intelligently, know that back in the editing room they can, and do, cut you to pieces, so whatever your message was, it is no more.

DHS Secretary Issues Statement, Correcting False Media Accounts at Southern U.S. Border.  [Scroll down]  [Quoting Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen] "Fifth, we cannot confirm the backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk to our country.  However, at this point we have confirmed that there are over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the caravan flow.  This includes individuals known to law enforcement for assault, battery, drug crimes, burglary, rape, child abuse and more.  This is serious.  Additionally, Mexico has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal violations in Mexico.["]

Avis Rental Car Returned With Ballots, Media Narrative Claims 'Suspicious Package'.  In what appears to be a massive cover up, a Democrat, Broward County employee returned a rental car to the Fort Lauderdale Airport with two boxes of provisional ballots in the trunk.  However, the media is not reporting that, but following a "suspicious package" narrative as the airport was shut down last night after the discovery.  Laura Loomer reported images of the boxes and the Avis employee who found them.  The highly leftist Broward County Sheriff's Office shut down a portion of the Fort Lauderdale airport after the boxes of ballots were reported.  They called it a "suspicious package" and brought in the bomb squad to "investigate," shutting down the airport for hours.  Literally every local news media outlet has parroted the line of the "suspicious package."  "Only a few conservative outlets even mentioned that the package was actually two boxes of provisional ballots from Broward County."

Democrats Freak: Obama Can't Fill Arena & Loses Control In Wild-Eyed Shrieking Rant.  Barack Obama was supposed to be the Democratic messiah, bringing on the big blue wave.  But, the Obama of 2008 and 2012 is gone, and the truth is, he can't fill arenas.  The former president was just caught on video with white hair, sunken eyes, and a shrill voice that often cracked and stuttered terribly while speaking.  Well, we just discovered what Barack and the Democrats are trying so hard to hide.  Something stinks when it comes to Democratic rallies.  In fact, there is something they can't deny.  Even their number one guy, Barack Obama, is having a [difficult] time filling up a venue.  Instead, the mainstream media has to take photos at certain vantage points to give the impression there are tens of thousands in attendance.

When Media Foist False Narratives to Sow Social Discord, They Indeed Are the Enemy of the People.  A maniacal dirtbag murdered eleven Jews in Pittsburgh.  In time, perhaps after a decade or two of ACLU appeals, he will be electrocuted, injected, hanged, or hopefully all three.  The dirtbag hated Jews, and he likewise hated President Trump.  President Trump responded to the news immediately with profoundly sensitive and healing words aimed at condemning anti-Semitism and at comforting and consoling the Jewish community. [...] And then came the sowers of social discord to destroy the moment.  The Left Media would not allow the President that moment to heal and unify.  Instantly, they brought in one Left-Democrat anti-Trump "analyst" after another to blame Mr. Trump for the attack.  They never blamed President Jimmy Carter's anti-Jewish rhetoric for the 1977 Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel synagogue shooting in St. Louis.  Nor Bill Clinton for the 1994 Brooklyn Bridge shootings of yeshiva students that included the murder of Ari Halberstam.  Nor Clinton's rhetoric for the 1999 Granada Hills Jewish Community Center shooting in Los Angeles.  Nor Obama for the deadly 2009 Holocaust Museum shooting in Washington, D.C.  Nor Obama for the 2014 Overland Park Jewish Community Center shootings in Kansas City that murdered three.  But this time — with the same social dynamics as the others — they tried blaming the President.  By sowing social discord with outright absolute falsehoods at a time that called for healing, the Left Media indeed were acting as enemy of the people.

Caravan migrants different, more violent, than previous migrant groups [according to the] U.S. military.  To hear the press and its narrative allies tell it, the Honduras migrant caravan is little more than thousands of mothers and toddlers spontaneously fleeing violence in their home countries.  The flight is little different from that seen in previous caravans.  Any concern about crime or violence is a "scare tactic," or "lying," or "racism," and there's no evidence any of the migrants are criminals.  President Trump's warnings about the matter are simply "factually wrong."  Actually, a different picture is emerging.  Specifically, signs are mounting that far from the exodus being a Madonna-and-child in flip flops narrative, the military-aged unemployed males dominating this wave of caravans are far more violent than reported.  That's not a scare story from some rightwing militia group, but the actual view of the U.S. military, whose 5,000-plus troops have been dispatched to meet the caravans and keep them from storming the U.S. border and entering the U.S. illegally as they already did in Mexico.  Asked if the dispatch was all a border stunt by a reporter, Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis icily replied:  "We don't do stunts in this department.  Thank you."

Obama Can't Fill High School Gym in Milwaukee — But Daily Beast Hack Claims Line Was Mile Long!  Former President Obama was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Friday [10/26/2018] and he couldn't fill a high school gymnasium.  But this didn't stop a far left Daily Beast hack from claiming the line was a mile long to get into the event!  Never trust the liberal media.  Never!

Fact-Checkers Without Evidence.  As the media continues its precipitous decline in public approval and credibility, one small bastion still retains a semi-sacred status:  Fact-checkers.  Even more than "journalists" fact-checkers claim to be above the fray, depicting themselves as sticking to the "cold hard facts" while leaving their opinions at the door.  Of course, this is meant to cover up the fact that almost invariably they inject their opinions into various matters while projecting a false narrative that their work emanates from some higher authority that must be believed, much like a college professor who thinks he must not be questioned by mere students.

Christina Blasey Ford's Polygraph Was [Suspicious].  The fact that Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers refused to release the results of her polygraph exam until the day before her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month caused some suspicion.  And when we finally got a look at them, a lot of Judge Kavanaugh's supporters were confirmed in their suspicions. [...] Even if Ford's exam had been entirely on the up and up, despite the credence most people give them, polygraph tests are something of a joke among serious research psychologists.  The American Psychological Association will tell anyone who cares to listen (which unfortunately isn't many) that "most psychologists and other scientists agree that there is little basis for [their] validity."  The APA has such a dim view of the procedure in part because, though research indicates that a polygraph exam can detect deception better than chance, there's still a significant likelihood of error.  And doing better than flipping a coin isn't all that great when someone's reputation is on the line.

Lawsuit may help explain remains of 63 fetuses found in Detroit funeral home.  When their daughter died 27 minutes after her birth in December 2014, a Detroit couple donated the infant's remains for medical research.  Four years later, Rachel Brown and Larry Davis don't know what happened to Alayah's tiny body.  They're plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed earlier this year that may help explain how the remains of 63 fetuses were discovered by police Friday [10/19/2018] in boxes and freezers at Perry Funeral Home at Warren and Trumbull on Detroit's west side.

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Please note that if a baby lived 27 minutes, he or she was no longer a fetus.  Thus the media's description of "63 fetuses" is dishonest.

Nine Lies the Media Are Telling You About Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test.  Spreading lies to benefit the Democrat Party is what the establishment media do.  For example, over the weekend, NBC News fabricated the lie that President Trump gushed over Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  This was a deliberate lie to smear Trump as racist, and it was only corrected by NBC after the lie had run its course.  Over the same weekend, CNN crafted its own lie to make Donald Trump Jr. look racist.  The media lie.  And then the media lie some more.  And now the media are lying about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her debacle of a DNA test.  These are lies of omission and commission, but they are still lies because the media are desperate to mislead and deceive.

Kavanaugh's confirmation smoked out the journo-activists.  "The racist history of Chevy Chase, home to power players like Brett Kavanaugh," read the headline on a story on the Washington Post on Sept. 29.  The hint, of course, is that Kavanaugh helped make it racist, moved there because it was racist, or helped make it more racist once he was there.  "As late as 1976," the Post said, "the New York Times noted that the Chevy Chase Club golf course and country club ... whose members include Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. — allowed 'black skinned members of the diplomatic corps' but not black Americans, inside its doors."  But in 1976, neither Roberts nor Kavanaugh belonged to the club or lived in Washington.  Kavanaugh, then aged 11, lived with his parents in Maryland.  Neither lived in Chevy Chase until it became a heavily liberal enclave.

Weather Channel defends reporter captured swaying in Florence winds as 2 people walk behind him.  As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.  The viral video, which has more than 13.6 million views, showed Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, trying to fight the heavy wind as he reported live from the storm on Friday [9/14/2018].

Media pretend left-wing mobs of protesters aren't really mobs.  Journalists spent last week rewriting history as it happened and denying the thuggery of left-wing protests.  It was like watching a reality TV version of "1984."  President Trump helped get the show rolling when he called left-wing protesters "an angry mob" and Republicans and conservative groups picked up the term.  It was repeated in several videos and in a key GOP commercial that highlighted scenes of violence.  The scenes in the commercial included:  the rioting and arson that took place protesting President Trump's inauguration; attacks on Trump campaign events; harassment of members of Congress; and protesters pounding on the Supreme Court doors to object to the Senate confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  This was all more than the media could stand and they spent the week trying to disprove reality.

Confirmation bias:  Brett Kavanaugh and the major media's worst moment.  We are now at the unsuccessful conclusion of a four-week-long effort by certain media organizations to prove Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a violent sexual predator and a lying alcoholic.  The reckless and grossly irresponsible scramble by the New Yorker, NBC News, the New York Times, and others to make Kavanaugh into a monster produced some of the worst journalism of the Trump era to date — and that's a pretty high bar.  There were plenty of minor fouls, including when the Times assigned a news story on Kavanaugh to a magazine opinion writer who openly opposed his nomination.  Others were much greater, including when NBC published an anonymously written letter alleging (with zero corroboration) that Kavanaugh was observed by an anonymous woman in 1998 to have pushed another anonymous woman.

Evil, Disgusting USA Today Article Hideously Lies About Judge Kavanaugh.  A USA Today hit piece, dated September 29, insinuated Brett Kavanaugh was a child molester.  The disgusting, outrageous attacks by the leftist media have reached a new low, even for them.  The title of the article is:  USA Today hit piece says Kavanaugh should 'stay off basketball courts when kids are around'.  The evil author is Donovan Slack.  He actually put his name on the piece accusing the judge of being a pedophile.  Outside of murder, that was the only thing left to the hideous leftists in the media.  This is literally a replay of the Salem Witch Trials.  They are destroying him as much as anyone they might like to kill.  They edited out several paragraphs but the entire article should have been trashed with an apology.  The article was presented as news, not opinion, and seemed to destroy his reputation and his ability to coach basketball.

NY Times removes key language helpful to Kavanaugh from article about Yale accuser Ramirez.  On Sunday night, September 23, 2018, The New Yorker published an article about accusations by Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The authors were Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer.  The New Yorker article noted, deep into the article, that Ramirez's accusations were not corroborated by any witnesses with first hand knowledge, and that Ramirez herself had gaps in memory that were cleared up only after 6 days of thinking about it and consulting with lawyers.  The NY Times covered the story, and had language in its September 23 about Ford testifying that was extremely helpful to Kavanaugh's defense.  The language was added in an evening edit.

Character Assassins in the Fake News Media.  The Left's lack of respect for democratic principles, for political "others," their readiness to employ gutter tactics and mangle the truth, has spread from the Communist fringe publications of the 1960s — like The Nation, and the Daily Worker — to so-called mainstream publications like the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

New Yorker Publishes Accusation Containing ZERO Evidence to Support, and 100% of Evidence To Refute.  [Scroll down]  Really, no need to go further.  Why?  Because despite their search, and discussions with "dozens" of potential witnesses... "The magazine contacted several dozen classmates of Ramirez and Kavanaugh regarding the incident"[. T]he New Yorker was unable to find a single witness to corroborate the story being made by the accuser.  None.  Not a single confirming witness to back up the claim.

McConnell Blasts Democrats From Senate Floor Over "Orchestrated Hit" — Says Kavanaugh Will Be Voted On.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted Democrats and their 11th hour "me too" ambush from the Senate floor Monday afternoon [9/24/2018].  McConnell said the resistance has become a smear campaign aided and abetted by members of the U.S. Senate.

Brett Kavanaugh Defies 'Grotesque Character Assassination' from the Left.  Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh responded to the latest allegations of sexual misconduct on Monday [9/24/2018] by denouncing them as smears.  "These are smears, pure and simple.  And they debase our public discourse," he wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  "But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country.  Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service."  Kavanuagh's letter expressed frustration with his delayed confirmation vote despite repeating his willingness to testify about the accusations from Christine Ford and a second "uncorroborated" report in the New Yorker.

This Kavanaugh furor:  How to execute an attempted political homicide.  As soon as Judge Brett Kavanaugh's once-anonymous accuser started stalling for time over testifying, you knew another sexual assault allegation was in the works.  Sure enough, a New Yorker story dropped Sunday night, when news competition would be minimal.  It's possible we'll have yet another tardy "revelation" before Thursday's scheduled appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee, so desperate are opponents of the judge and President Trump.

Media Continues Its Slow Suicide.  After reviewing last week's news coverage, I would encourage President Trump to come up with a more accurate taunt than "fake news."  Maybe "garbage news." [...] But "fake news" is tame in light of the media's misleading, destructive, and willfully ignorant reporting last week that was intended further to inflame a divided body politic.  Some of the lowlights featured MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, claiming Trump has done more damage to the country than the 9/11 terrorists; the editorial board of a major newspaper blaming Trump for Hurricane Florence; the wholesale acceptance of a highly flawed paper about hurricane deaths used to bash the president; and a despicable crusade not just to quash Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, but to destroy his reputation and damage his young family.

The New York Times issues major correction to Kavanaugh sexual assault story.  It's one thing to misspell a name or get a specific date wrong.  It's another thing entirely to report that a supposed witness to a sexual assault says he remembers it happening when he has said the exact opposite.  For an example of the latter, we turn to the New York Times, which published a report Tuesday titled, "Christine Blasey Ford Wants F.B.I. to Investigate Kavanaugh Before She Testifies."

Egg on Their Faces:  New York Times Retracts False Nikki Haley Smear.  On Thursday [9/13/2018], the New York Times — America's newspaper of record — published a disgusting false smear against U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.  The original article suggested Haley was responsible for spending $52,701 on curtains for the UN ambassador's house in New York City, when in reality the decision to purchase the curtains was made under former president Barack Obama.  The Times appended a correction at the top of the article, altered the headline, and removed the photo of Nikki Haley.  "Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless.  Her New Curtains? $52,701." the original headline screamed, complete with a featured picture of Haley at the United Nations.  The original version of the article is unavailable, but a screenshot captured by the Washington Post's Aaron Blake revealed that the Times had substantially altered the article after receiving hefty criticism.

Fake News collapses on NYT.  The Obama administration ordered $52,701 worth of curtains for the apartment the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  To put that in perspective, the West Virginia Legislature impeached the entire state Supreme Court for wasting $32,000 to buy a couch.  So how did the New York Times report this Obama scandal?  "Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless.  Her Curtains?  $52,701."  After Fox News pointed out the headline drapes do not match the rug of facts, the Times demoted the headline to "State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy."  Nope, nope, nope.  Nikki Haley did not build this.  Obama did.

New York Times Spreads Fake News About Nikki Haley's $52,701 Curtains.  A New York Times headline attacks UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's extravagant curtains, even though the Obama administration ordered them in 2016.  The fake news headline snarks, "Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless.  Her Curtains? $52,701."  [...] The word "spent" is crucial, however, because after five whole paragraphs describing Haley's "spectacular views" in her leased $58,000 a month "full-floor penthouse, with handsome hardwood floors covering large open spaces stretching nearly 6,000 square feet," the Times at long last reveals the truth:  The Obama administration ordered those $52,701 curtains.  What's more the Obama administration chose the $58,000 per month penthouse.

NYT smears Nikki Haley over Obama's $53,000 UN curtains purchase.  Lacking a catch of late, the New York Times decided to pull a Scott Pruitt on United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, accusing her of being Extravagance Woman, a regular Stateside Imelda, based on a $53,000 purchase of customized and mechanized curtains for her United Nations apartment. [...] Turns out the fancy curtain order was the work of Samantha Power, President Obama's former U.N. ambassador, who, when she wasn't busy unmasking Americans to learn all about what was going on in the Trump campaign (or maybe handing her password out, given the quantity of such unmaskings under her name), was also busy getting the decorating in — status stuff, like self-opening curtains, the better to impress the Harvard and NGO crowds who undoubtedly would come by to visit.  And it was President Obama who approved the purchase.

The Truth About TIME's 'Underpaid Teachers' Story.  "I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.  This Is What It's Like to Be a Teacher in America," reads the cover of TIME Magazine this week — and the story is going viral.  I haven't been able to scroll through a social media feed without seeing someone linking to the article — which features the stories of a handful of allegedly struggling teachers. [...] While I'm all for paying certain teachers more, TIME's piece doesn't make a convincing case for that.  In fact, the TIME article doesn't do anything other than prove life is hard, given that all of the teachers profiled in the piece earn incomes above that of the average American.

Media pounce on conservatives and weaponize bias against Trump.  Anti-Trump news organizations continued to attack the president this past week on many fronts, including for what CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon called "a real culture of corruption."  In reality, Avlon should have been describing the state of journalism.  CNN, that stalwart of James Earl Jones voiceovers, has no room to point fingers.  It got caught believing another phony story about President Trump and is too stubborn and woke to admit it.  (Sort of like when three CNN investigative journalists had to resign in 2017, except then the network admitted they were wrong.)  Meanwhile, NBC is facing allegations from a former top producer that executives actively interfered in reporting on allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  And The New York Times has become increasingly obvious about the word play it injects into news stories, so its left-wing agenda remains intact.

Ohr speaks! (Behind closed doors).  You can almost smell the fear in the Get Trump camp that Bruce Ohr might be the thread that could be pulled to unravel the conspiracy of high-ranking officials to spy on the Trump campaign and then, after the election, put into action the "insurance policy" Peter Strzok mentioned to his mistress (and co-worker) Lisa Page in an August 2016 text message, to remove a duly elected president from office.  The New York Times, which serves as a pilot fish for the rest of the media, has been working hard to minimize the damage he might do.  On August 17, as Ohr's name was being introduced to inhabitants of the MSM bubble thanks to a threat by President Trump to remove his security clearance, the Times outright lied about his position in the Department of Justice, calling him a "midlevel" official in the DOJ.  This lie was picked up and repeated in many other articles and was used on cable news reports extensively, thereby falsely branding him as a minor player caught up and persecuted by Trump and anyone else paying attention.

South Africans Push Back Against Lying American Media — White Farmers Getting Killed Daily.  Residents of South Africa are creating videos backing up US President Donald Trump's claims that white farmers in South Africa are being murdered.  In riveting firsthand testimony uploaded to Twitter Monday [8/27/2018], several South Africans pushed back against the mainstream media, testifying violence against whites is on the rise.

CBS Rewrites History:  The Polls Weren't Wrong in 2016.  CBS attempted to rewrite history on Monday with This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell and network Director of Elections Anthony Salvanto declaring that the polls in 2016 weren't wrong.  That might be a surprise to anyone who trusted the numbers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  Helping Salvanto promote his new book on polling, O'Donnell wondered:  "People said that proved that the polls were wrong.  But were they?"  "No," he declared.  O'Donnell cheered the revisionist history:  "Yes, thank you!  Anthony, explain to everybody!"  Using the benefit of hindsight, Salvanto lectured:  "All the signs were there."

Charlottesville and Masked Antifa:  The Fake News Media as Enemy of the People.  By now we all know that the White Racist Nazis who were expected in their thousands by the Seedier Media arrived few in number, but a ton of masked Antifa Nazis showed up.  To the degree (i) that "The People" benefit when White Racist Nazis remain few in number; (ii) that "The People" are hurt when the media go out of their way to inflate the numbers of White Racist Nazis in a self-serving coordinated media frenzy to increase numbers of White Racist Nazi demonstrators for more interesting television that leads to better ratings and increased advertising revenue; and (iii) that such fake news build-ups for days leading up to the Charlottesville anniversary actually threaten to draw more White Racist Nazis and to threaten the civil order... the Fake News Media indeed proved themselves to be the Enemy of the People.

Transgender 'Woman' Kills Her Own Grandmother With A Knife, Media Decides She's A 'Man'.  When is a transgender woman not a woman?  Apparently, when she kills her own grandmother, at which point "she" magically returns to being a "he"!

No sympathy for a lying press.  It's difficult to take the media's claims about attacks on the press seriously when they're constantly gaslighting the country. [...] Over and over again the press asserts that something is true, even though you saw with your own eyes that it's not.

The Media Are Hiding Their Knowledge and Duplicity.  We shared a discussion thread several months ago about how the media are enmeshed within the story of the DOJ and FBI corruption.  However, only recently did we discover the media engagements were not just pervasive, they were/are participatory.  As a consequence the same media cannot reasonably report on any aspect of the story without exposing their own duplicity; their only choice is to double down on lies they helped create and promote.

Media Rewrite History To Credit Obama Instead Of Trump.  The stronger the economy gets under President Trump, the more desperate his critics are to hand credit over to Obama.  Even if that entails changing the past.

Journalists used to fight fake news; today they pretend it doesn't exist.  The credibility of newspapers and of journalism in general depend on our ability to get the story right in the first place, and to admit our mistakes promptly in the second place. [...] Unfortunately, it seems that some big-name journalists today consider themselves and their chosen profession above reproach.  When President Trump calls them out for publishing fake news, they merely put their thumbs in their ears and shout back petulantly "NOT FAKE NOT FAKE!" no matter how obvious it is to an objective observer that it was indeed fake.  A prime example of that occurred last Sunday morning when President Trump's tweet about the Trump Tower meeting held by Don Jr. in 2016 was widely trumpeted as some kind of new (and damning) revelation when actually the president had said the exact same thing (in virtually the same words) a year earlier.

Enemies of the People?  The modern era of fake news began with George W. Bush's election in 2000.  In September 2004, less than two months before the Bush-Kerry election, the high priest of fake news — Cronkite's successor, Dan Rather — aired a 60 Minutes report which contended that President Bush got into the Texas Air National Guard because of political influence and that his officer evaluation reports gave him high marks despite his shirking of his duty.  This was an obvious attempt to damage Bush's candidacy and interfere in the election.  Within hours of the report, it became entirely clear that Rather's report was based entirely on forged documents.  CBS and Rather later issued a half-apology.  Such "reports," attempting interference in elections, has become the norm for the American media and most of the world's.

More about Rathergate.

Media Outlets Hype Trump Tweet As New Admission — Forget He Said The Same Thing Last Year.  Media outlets botched another Trump-Russia story on Sunday [8/5/2018].  President Donald Trump sent out a tweet Sunday morning defending his son Donald Trump Jr.'s decision to take a July 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. [...] The vast majority of reporting on the president's tweet portrayed it as a significant admission.  The Associated Press reported that Trump "appeared to change his story" and sent out a news alert to that effect.

Levin: 'The media won't address its own unprofessionalism'.  Thursday [8/2/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin called out the media for reporting more on themselves than on legitimate news, and claiming that they are "under attack."  "The media keep reporting on the media, have you noticed that? ... The media have abandoned a pretense of seeking objectivity for ideological activism, progressivism ... they're devouring what they self-servingly claim to defend," Levin said.  [Audio clip]

The media whips up hatred among classes, races, religions, and exactly two sexes.
  •   The media constantly publish stories showing that white people are racist.  In the past 48 hours alone, the New York Times has published stories showing that white people are racist in hotels and at public swimming pools. [...] Nearly every day, the media write an article that reads, "White people are racist in [kind of place or circumstance]."  This repeated emphasis whips up racial resentment and encourages violence against white people.
  •   Not a day goes by without some gleeful account of how the non-white population of America is increasing, eagerly looking forward to the day when whites are in the minority.  This "in your face, white people!" mentality stirs up understandable resentment among white Americans.
  •   We are constantly told by the media to hate the rich, that if they have a lot of money, they must not have earned it legitimately, that "their" money should be "our" money.  The resentment built up by this kind of storyline encourages lawmakers to enact theft by higher taxation.
  •   Women are constantly told that most men are rapists or harassers who don't respect them.  Women are encouraged to turn against men and see rape in every dorm room and every janitor closet.
  •   We are repeatedly told that the police are racist.

Freeing People from Left-Wing Lies.  Because real people don't tell big lies, they assume that others won't, either.  Hence, when Hitler, or the WaPo, repeats big lies over and over, people tend to end up believing them so long as they don't hear any contradictory voices.  That's why so many Americans think abortion is legal only in the first trimester or for the hard cases when in fact it's legal for any reason at any time during a pregnancy.  That's why so many Americans think Trump somehow colluded with Russia even though there is not a shred of evidence to indicate that.  That's why so few Americans know that Carter Page, the supposed Russian spy targeted by the FISA warrant, helped the FBI sting to capture Russian spies in 2013.  Clearly, the media have to work hard to hide that from the bubble people they're trying to fool.  That's why few Democratic voters know that the NYT has armed guards to protect its newsroom even as it says making it harder for average citizens to have guns is a good thing.

Do Fake News and Corruption Change How We Think?  The release this week of the redacted Carter Page FISA warrant has generated metric tons of fake news and confirmed just how corrupt our institutions are. [...] At this point, the press has all but dropped any pretense of objectivity and is peddling outright (and obvious) lies.  John Hinderaker at PowerLine described the reporting as "a vendetta", but I am not sure he went far enough by simply calling out the Associated Press.  It was not only the that AP ran a fake news story but the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and even the Weekly Standard published stories suggesting the warrant as released contradicts Rep. Devin Nunes's blistering memo from earlier this year.

'It's complete fiction': US Defense Secretary Mattis says an 'exclusive' ABC News report about American plans to bomb Iran was made up.  US Defense Secretary General James Mattis has dismissed as 'fiction' an Australian media report claiming American forces were prepared to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities as early as next month.  A bewildered Mattis was quizzed by US reporters in Washington DC on Friday [7/27/2018] about the ABC report.  The 'exclusive' report quoted unnamed senior Australian government figures and claimed Australian defence facilities would likely play a role in identifying targets in Iran.

The truth about 'Fake News'.  Janet Cooke is a prime example of why the Pulitzer Prize has essentially become worthless.  She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for a sob story written for The Washington Post, but the story was later discovered to have been completely fabricated.  While Cooke subsequently returned the Pulitzer, she remains the only one who has.  Flash back to the New York Times Moscow correspondent reporter Walter Duranty, who won a Pulitzer in 1932 for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, 11 of them were published in June 1931.and completely denied the widespread famine (1932-1933) in the USSR, most particularly the mass starvation in Ukraine.

The Associated Press Lies About The FISA Application.  The Associated Press carries on a daily vendetta against the Trump administration, systematically misleading the American people in articles that appear in hundreds or thousands of newspapers.  Thus, it is no surprise that the AP's story on DOJ's FISA application dump is nothing but Democratic Party spin.

Deep Fake News.  The Brookings Institution warns that "fact checking" will become a lot harder in the 21st century as artificial intelligence becomes better at producing "deep fake news" creating counterfeits so good they are difficult to distinguish from the Real McCoy.  "Because the algorithms that generate the fakes continuously learn how to more effectively replicate the appearance of reality, deep fakes cannot easily be detected by other algorithms — indeed, in the case of generative adversarial networks, the algorithm works by getting really good at fooling itself."  The technology to fake videos, photographs and sound clips is now so good even Hollywood is increasingly using digital actors.  Moreover artificial intelligence can weave these fakes into a superficially self-consistent universe of lies creating a false narrative whose fraudulence can only be exposed by painstaking comparison to reality.

Mainstream Media On Their Last Legs.  What happens when the entire industry that is devoted to educating the public is doing so with a clear political slant, despite their claims of objectivity?  What ensues is an absolute lack of trust, and the ensuing panic from those that are most responsible for it.  You see more and more hands grasping for fewer straws.  You get the people who are supposed to be informing the republic choosing to denigrate and blatantly insult the American public, because they've lost their ability to do what they should be doing.

The Next American Revolution: #WalkAway.  My first inkling that Donald Trump might actually become President came about mid-evening on election night, 2016, when I switched to MSNBC to look at that infallible barometer of Republican success at the ballot box, the expressions of the "journalists" reporting the returns.  The first face I saw was that of Chuck Todd, who was frowning at a map of Wisconsin and maundering about Milwaukee. [...] His fear was well-founded.  Those Milwaukee precincts were emblematic of a nationwide phenomenon that contributed in no small part to Trump's victory — African-American enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton was tepid at best.  Both the Democrats and the "news" media have ignored this reality.  Their willful ignorance allows them to claim, as the brainiacs at Vox put it, "Trump won because of racial resentment."  Never mind that Hillary Clinton is conspicuously caucasian and that white turnout has remained relatively stable since 2004.

Mainstream Media Blame Donald Trump for Maryland Newspaper Shooter.  Several members of the mainstream media blamed President Donald Trump for a suspect who allegedly killed five journalists on Thursday [6/28/2018] and reportedly had a longstanding dispute with the newspaper dating back to before Trump even declared his candidacy for the Oval Office.  Per several reports, authorities late Thursday identified [...] the shooter who allegedly opened fire on the news staff of Maryland's The Capital-Gazette newspaper.  It came out shortly thereafter that [he] had a longstanding battle with the newspaper dating back nearly a decade [...]

Trump [is] Blamed for Death of Reporters.  Did Media Blame Obama for Cop Killers?  A man with a long-standing beef against the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper Capital Gazette entered the paper's headquarters with a shotgun and murdered five staffers.  It represents the deadliest attack on U.S. reporters in modern history.  Before learning about the suspect's mental issues and his long-standing feud with the newspaper, some in the media blamed President Donald Trump.  After all, critics said, Trump routinely denounces "fake news" as an existential threat to our republic.  Connect the dots, they said.  Blame Trump!  CNN aired a montage of Trump's attacks on the media.  Rob Cox, a Reuters editor, tweeted:  "This is what happens when @RealDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people.  Blood is on your hands, Mr. President."  Another reporter, who later resigned, even falsely tweeted that the shooter was wearing a MAGA cap.  How do you get that wrong?

Is the First Amendment an Excuse for SLOPPY, AWFUL Journalism?  As most people know, once speech is "constitutionalized" by discussing public figures, public officials or matters of public concern, the aggrieved party must prove that the publication was issued with "actual malice", defined as "knowing falsity or reckless disregard for the truth."  Understanding the "knowing falsity" prong is simple.  If a publication invented a defamatory allegation out of thin air, they're likely to be ruled against.  Most media entities in that situation will argue in court that the statement isn't really defamatory or isn't really about the complainant.  More often than not when the press loses attempts to have a case dismissed on those grounds they write a check to make the problem go away.  The "reckless disregard" prong is much more difficult to navigate.

Journalists 'Fraudulently' Posed as Translators at Migrant Center, Say Feds.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said "several journalists" claimed to be translators in order to gain access to illegal immigrants being processed by Border Patrol agents after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico.  Two were identified as journalists by officials and turned away.  However, a third successfully gained entry on Tuesday [6/26/2018] and made their way "fraudulently" into the processing center during a time scheduled for attorney-client privileged meetings, CBP officials stated.

Reporter resigns after false tweet that Maryland shooting suspect had MAGA hat.  A reporter in Springfield, Mass., resigned from his job Friday [6/29/2018] after posting a Twitter message falsely stating that Maryland shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos had brought a "Make America Great Again" hat to the office of the Capital Gazette.  Conor Berry, who wrote for the Republican, tweeted an image of a MAGA hat Thursday, and suggested that Ramos had left it behind at the Gazette office after allegedly killing five Gazette employees.

The Editor says...
The only thing missing from this story is a follow-up article two days later in which the central figure says, "Can't you take a joke?"  But there's nothing in the initial coverage of this story that would indicate Mr. Ramos was trying to be funny.  Well, good luck in the used car business.  I mean, now that you're washed up in journalism, what else can you do with a journalism degree?

Reuters editor apologizes, could be disciplined after blaming Capital Gazette shooting on Trump.  A top editor at Reuters apologized on Thursday night [6/28/2018] after blaming President Trump for the deadly Capital Gazette shooting in a now-deleted tweet that was sent during a "state of emotional distress," but he might still be disciplined by the international news service.  Reuters Breakingviews Editor Rob Cox admitted that he "responded emotionally and inappropriately" after being called out for jumping to conclusions prior to the facts emerging.  Police said the suspected gunman, eventually identified as Jarrod W. Ramos, targeted the newspaper after a lengthy feud regarding a 2012 defamation lawsuit.  "This is what happens when [President] Trump calls journalists the enemy of the people.  Blood is on your hands, Mr. President.  Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul," Cox wrote in the deleted tweet, according to TheWrap.

Reporter Who Falsely Claimed Annapolis Shooter Wore MAGA Hat Resigns.  A reporter at a Massachusetts-based newspaper resigned Friday [6/29/2018] after falsely claiming in a tweet Thursday that the man who killed five employees at the Capital Gazzete newspaper left a "Make America Great Again" hat at the crime scene.  "Shooter who killed 4 people at Annapolis newspaper dropped his #MAGA hat on newsroom floor before opening fire," Conor Berry, a reporter at The Republican in Springfield, Mass., wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

Massachusetts Reporter Resigns After Suggesting Killer Was Trump Supporter.  A Massachusetts newspaper reporter has resigned after falsely suggesting the perpetrator of the deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper was wearing a President Donald Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" hat.  The Republican newspaper in Springfield reports Conor Berry has apologized for tarnishing the "good work of fair-minded journalists everywhere" in his Friday resignation letter.  Berry tweeted an image of the familiar red hat and suggested 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos had dropped a similar one on The Capital Gazette's newsroom floor before opening fire and killing five people Thursday.  The tweet has since been taken down.

Levin: The media 'create their own reality'.  LevinTV host Mark Levin began his radio show Friday evening [6/22/2018] discussing how the media have inserted ideological progressivism into their news reporting.  "They create their own reality.  And in this case, it's a progressive reality," Levin said of the media.  "And they push it out as news."  He recommended the book The Image:  A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, by the late historian Daniel Boorstin, to explain how the news media attempt to indoctrinate the public.

7 Recent Lies From Media On Emotion-Driven Immigration Debate.  Democrats and the mainstream media continued to destroy any remaining credibility they have left with their recent hysteria surrounding the debate on illegal immigration as they pushed lie after lie in their attempts to emotionally manipulate voters.  Before jumping into the lies and false information that the media and Democrats have injected into the American public, it's important to note the timeline of events that led up to the creation of this current news cycle.  The current news cycle on the poor treatment of illegal immigrants began in late May when people like former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted out an article from 2014 and falsely insinuated that it was the Trump administration that was responsible for it.

Lying Democrat, Lying MSM on the Border Crisis.  The entire crisis is a lie.  The media is lying! [...] NBC News is reporting nothing but fake news, claiming the President has caused a crisis at the border.  There is a crisis but it is because 50,000 illegal aliens are caught coming through each month and that doesn't count all the illegals not caught.  Tens of thousands of children as young as 4 years of age are being sent alone with cartels by their abusive parents.

ABC News false report about Manafort
ABC Fake News:  "Manafort Pleads Guilty To Five Charges of Manslaughter".  Earlier today [6/20/2018] ABC News broadcast a fake news banner claiming Paul Manafort pleads guilty to five charges of manslaughter.


Fake News and Immigration.  Unfortunately, Fake News is alive and all too well.  This was witnessed in spades this past week as the Fake News media lied through its fangs about the president on immigration.  The Fake Newsies, at least 90% of whom are Democratic Party operatives, waxed hysteria over the separation of Hispanic children from their immigrant parents, i.e. those who entered America illegally through the southern border.  Of course, the blame for all of this was laid at the feet of the president, who was excoriated by his political enemies in Washington D.C. and their apologists and fellow partisans in the Fake News industry for his "zero tolerance" policy.  By now, any remotely honest observer of the political scene should know that the truth is profoundly otherwise than what fake journalists and commentators would have us think.

Thoughts on Crying Babies, Dying Babies, and Media Deception.  The technique is proven and effective.  Put a moving, highly effective, propagandistic photo on the front page (or cover) of your story.  Cause a moral outrage in the public.  Then, several days (or even weeks) later, print a retraction somewhere in the middle of your publication where few will find it:  "We regret publishing a picture with a misleading caption."  It works like a charm!

Here Are The Photos Of Obama's Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won't Show You.  The media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration's decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border.  Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama's administration also used detention facilities.  Current U.S. immigration laws, when enforced, have the consequence of temporarily separating adults who arrive with children into separate detention facilities in order to prosecute the adults.  The policy of prosecuting immigrants for crossing the border illegally has been in place for multiple administrations.  The Obama administration prosecuted half a million illegal immigrants and similarly separated families in the process.  So did the Bush administration.

Trump Speaks, The Media Lies, And The Artist Of The Deal Makes His Move.  The media lies.  That's why there are sites like RedState.  If you could simply turn on the television and trust what you heard, we would be unnecessary.  The same goes for much of the supposed news sources online.  For examples of this, look no further than coverage of the border family separation issue.  Among the mainstream news organizations, there seems to be no adherence to any notion of truth; there is only the media against Trump, which is oftentimes the media against truth.

No child should be used as a protest prop.  Actor Ron Perlman earned nearly 8,000 retweets when he posted a picture of a small crying child in a cage with the words "Trump, Sessions, McConnell, Ryan, this is on YOU!"  When multiple people responded with a link to Snopes informing him that the photo was a fake, and actually of a child at a protest, Perlman tweeted back:  "Maybe it's you!  Maybe you're fake."  The photo told a story he wanted to tell, and the fact that it wasn't real was irrelevant.  As of Thursday, the photo remained up on Perlman's page.  It's what used to be called "fake but accurate" but today goes by President Trump's preferred term, "fake news."  It's just too good to check.

IG Report:  FBI Officials Accepted Bribes From Media.  On Page Xii of the IG report the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) highlights numerous FBI officials who accepted bribes from multiple media outlets including: "tickets to sporting events", "golf outings", "drinks and meals" as well as exclusive invitations and admission to "nonpublic social events".

50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era:  The Definitive List.  We the media have "fact-checked" President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet — and he's certainly given us plenty to write about.  That's probably why it's so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and "lies."  Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump's claims are "lies" when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump's statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they're established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories — without labeling them as opinions.

As Snopes 'Debunks' Child Trafficking Camp, 160 Kids as Young as 3 Rescued in Georgia.  A massive sting operation carried out by the FBI in metro Atlanta captured dozens of child traffickers and rescued 160 children who had been forced into sex slavery by their captors.  This news comes as Snopes and the other ostensible arbiters of truth distort information claiming that similar trafficking is taking place in Arizona.  Illustrating the massive scope of the sting, called Operation Safe Summer, it was a collaborative effort between the FBI and 38 other law enforcement agencies from six metro counties.

Bay of Pics:  Media fakery targets Trump with photos of Obama-era child trafficking.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, photos of Central American children at a U.S. holding facility began to appear online.  Democrats and their media allies quickly hailed the pics as the latest exhibit of anti-Trump hysteria.  "Look at these photos," Linda Sarsour tweeted.  "Speechless," tweeted Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor and candidate for governor of California.  "This is not who we are as a nation." [...] Trouble was, the story was from 2014, long before the Trump administration.  Likewise, As Saagar Enjeti noted in the Daily Caller, the detention center photos "stem from a 2014 Arizona Central story showing migrant children in steel cages.  The cages were implemented at the height of the Central American migrant crisis under the Obama administration."

Left buys into fake news about Martha Stewart refusing Trump pardon.  So did Martha Stewart refuse President Trump's pardon of her, on a maliciously prosecuted insider stock trading case, based on her progressive views?  Nope, not to anyone's knowledge.  But a satirical news site put that out there and sure enough, out on Twitter and elsewhere, much of the left bit into the fake news and passed it around.  Obviously, the satirists knew the left would believe it.

Did the Feds Lose 1,475 Migrant Children?  That's what you would conclude from this USA Today opinion piece headlined, "The feds lost — yes, lost — 1,475 migrant children."  It's a piece that's a pretty good example of how "fake news" works — there's some factual basis for the claim, but it's exaggerated or misunderstood, and then fed into the maw of the perpetual outrage cycle, in this case about the alleged extreme carelessness and heartlessness of the Trump administration toward migrant children.  Some background:  As we all know, in recent years there has been a flood of "unaccompanied children" (UAC) showing up at the border.  The U.S. government attempts to unite UAC with a parent or close relative in the U.S.  The HHS program to do this is longstanding and long pre-dated the Trump administration.  Given the size of the migrant flow, the scale of this task is enormous.

Media Spreads Two New Lies Aimed At Smearing ICE, Trump.  Multiple journalists, activists, and former Obama administration officials spread blatant falsehoods during Memorial Day weekend aimed at smearing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Trump administration.  The first false claim involved a news report showing photos of children in detention centers lying on floors that CNN's Hadas Gold, former Obama official Jon Favreau, Shaun King, and Linda Sarsour all shared and promoted as being recent when, in fact, the photos were from 2014, during the Obama administration.

The Latest Whopper — The FBI Was Actually Trying to 'Protect Trump'.  The Deep State has been weaving its own tangled web of Russian collusion for the past two years beginning with Russia supposedly hacking the 2016 election, creating the electoral outcome they desired.  It has since morphed into Trump colluding with the Russians, despite zero proof on the one-year anniversary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's free-for-all investigation by his merry band of partisan Democrats.  It's now to the point that Mueller's team is investigating anyone in Trump's circle who ever ate a bowl of borscht or drank a sip of Russian vodka.  At a time when this couldn't get any more ridiculous, look no further than the Washington Post for a version of "can you top this?"

Who's An Animal?  Scarcely a day goes by without the news media lying about the president and his administration.  No wonder trust in the press is at an all-time low.  It should be.

Why the left buys into every anti-Israel smear.  Eight armed Hamas terrorists fought Israeli troops last Monday [5/14/2018].  All were killed — then counted in the day's death toll of "60 protesters."  Hamas itself identified 50 of the 60 "martyrs" as Hamas members and admitted to "terminological deception," because it was deploying "peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force."  The widespread condemnations of Israel caused by characterizing those 50 violent fence-invaders as "peaceful" suggests how Palestinians are playing so many for dupes.  Reporters love playing the "peaceful, oppressed protesters-of-color" against "the armed, white, persecuting soldiers" card (even though there are many dark-skinned Israelis and light-skinned Palestinians; the conflict is national not racial).  Images of flak-jacketed Israeli soldiers and injured Palestinians trigger waves of simplistic stereotypes.  Suddenly, the Palestinians are Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi and Black Lives Matter all in one.

Liberal Lies And Slanders Are A Slippery Slope To Trouble.  [Scroll down]  It's a bad faith strawman strategy, and it often manifests itself in the New Obtuseness, the stubborn insistence that what someone just said is something entirely different than what he actually said.  It's basically fancy lying.  The New Obtuseness was in full effect recently when Trump called MS-13 dirtbags "animals."  Despite the video of him discussing these evil gangbanging scum, the liberals and their media windowlickers insisted that he was calling all illegal aliens "animals."  And they knew it wasn't true — they just lied, knowingly and intentionally.  They do it all the time.  We, presumably, are supposed to disbelieve our own lying eyes and ears.

Anatomy of a Smear:  How the Media Created a Malicious Lie About Trump's 'Animals' Comment.  On Wednesday afternoon [5/16/2018], President Donald Trump hosted a "California sanctuary state roundtable" discussion at the White House.  Infamously, he referred to violent MS-13 gang members as "animals."  Americans wouldn't get that impression from reading Thursday's headlines, however.  "Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants 'Animals' in Rant," screamed The New York Times's Julie Hirschfeld Davis.  Her article referenced MS-13 only once, buried as an aside in the third paragraph:  "He exhorted his administration to 'do much better' in keeping out undesirable people, including members of transnational gangs like MS-13."  USA TODAY ran with the headline "Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants:  'These aren't people.  These are animals.'"  To their credit, Gregory Corte and Alan Gomez included a bit more context than The New York Times did.  Even so, MS-13 did not come up until the fourth paragraph, and the opening sentence suggested that the president was "calling undocumented immigrants 'animals.'"

CNN Says There Have Been 22 School Shootings This Year.  That's A Lie.  CNN used the following parameters for their count:
  •   A shooting that involved at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
  •   A shooting that occurred on school grounds
  •   We included grades K through college/university level
  •   We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence
  •   We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met
So, in other words, not mass shootings; not even purposeful shootings; not even shootings involving children.  If a gang member shot another gang member on school grounds during the summer, this would count as a school shooting.  If a wife shot a husband at a school, they counted it.

White House Correspondents' Association Exposed Regularly Spends About 85% of WHCD Revenue on Annual Party, Not Scholarships.  The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) has long-cited its scholarships for aspiring journalists to justify the tax-exempt charitable status of its blow-out, televised annual dinner, but only a small fraction of the IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization's fundraising is awarded to students.  Last year, just 13.4 percent of the White House Correspondents' Dinner's revenue went to scholarships.

Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans.  One Problem:  He's Not Real.  Drew Cloud is everywhere.  The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe,, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt. [...] After The Chronicle spent more than a week trying to verify Cloud's existence, the company that owns The Student Loan Report confirmed that Cloud was fake.  "Drew Cloud is a pseudonym that a diverse group of authors at Student Loan Report, LLC use to share experiences and information related to the challenges college students face with funding their education," wrote Nate Matherson, CEO of LendEDU.  Before that admission, however, Cloud had corresponded at length with many journalists, pitching them stories and offering email interviews, many of which were published.

Fake News Takes Down Another Good Man:  Dr. Ronny Jackson Resigns as White House Doctor After Liberal Lies.  Democrat Senator Jon Tester led the charge last week spreading false rumors against Trump VA pick Admiral Ronny Jackson.  Tester played point man to smear and slander Admiral Jackson with false allegations of inappropriate behavior.  Admiral Jackson withdrew his nomination after the false allegations were released and shared widely by the liberal mainstream media.  The Secret Service later came out and said the allegations were completely false.

Who Was Worse — Michelle Wolf or Her Audience?  [Scroll down]  It's the Golden Age of Leaking, not Journalism. [...] The role of the press in the whole Christopher Steele dossier business would simply be nauseating if it weren't sinister.  When the full story of the suborning of the FISA court in an attempt to bring down a sitting president is finally fully revealed, the despicable role of the press, how they allowed themselves to be used, even encouraged it, will be uncomfortably evident.

The New York Times' Hatchet Job On Devin Nunes Is Riddled With Errors.  Jason Zengerle publicly announced his profile of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in today's [4/29/2018] New York Times Sunday Magazine with the snarky tweet, "My latest for the @NYTmag on Devin Nunes, who's been propagating, not to mention falling for, conspiracy theories since before the Deep State was even in a gleam in Donald Trump's eye."  It's an accurate summation of the hit he attempted to place on Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  The only problem is the case he attempts to make is riddled with errors and full of embarrassing and deliberate material omissions.

Leftist Propaganda Thwarts Unity.  In Nazi Germany, the people believed, right up to the bitter end, that they were going to win the war.  They did so because all the news they got was from state-controlled media.  In North Korea, until very recently, most people thought that, even though they were starving to death, the people in South Korea had it much worse.  Once again, they believed so because the state controlled the media and fed them lies.  Only with the availability of illegal cell phones from China did the people start to learn just how good life was elsewhere.  During the Cold War, citizens of the Soviet Union believed that Americans lived in poverty.  After all, didn't all the papers say so?  Today in America, we have a similar situation.

Don't Be Misled by the Media, Cuba Isn't Changing.  After the nominal change in Cuba's leadership, the New York Times managed to come out with the most New York Times headline ever:  "More Black Officials in Power in Cuba as Leadership Changes."  The Los Angeles Times demanded that as Castro era "ends" in Cuba, so should the U.S. embargo.  NPR followed hopefully, and Buzzfeed provided a romanticized photo spread.  Reading such affectionate and hopeful portrayals might make one want to believe that Cuba really is currently undergoing a transformation that will define its future.  I hate to shatter that optimism, but Cuba isn't changing, and American policymakers and media really shouldn't be so naïve and optimistic about it.

The New York Times Best-Seller List:  Another Reason Americans Don't Trust The Media.  About half the American people do not believe the mainstream media tell the truth.  They believe the media are more interested in promoting their left-wing views than reporting the truth. [...] In order to think it is mere coincidence, you have to believe The New York Times more than reality itself, which about half the country seems to.  While The Times occasionally lists conservative books and, very rarely, religious books, after comparing the list and the BookScan list, the Observer concluded in 2016:  "If you happen to work for The New York Times and have a book out, your book is more likely to stay on the list longer and have a higher ranking than books not written by New York Times employees. ... If you happen to have written a conservative-political-leaning book, you're more likely to be ranked lower and drop off the list faster than those books with a more liberal political slant."  In other words, The New York Times best-seller list is not a best-seller list — which even The New York Times once acknowledged.

Caravan?  What Caravan?  As everyone knows, a "caravan" of more than 1,000 Hondurans is making its way North through Mexico toward the United States.  This caravan had sought, and drawn, a great deal of publicity before President Trump began talking about it. [...] Weirdly, the liberal media pretended to have no idea what the President was talking about.

A Tale of Black Racism.  The Philly media, like the media elsewhere, makes much of gentrification.  Philadelphians are forever hearing about what a social evil it is. [...] Constantly propagating notions such as white supremacy, white privilege, gentrification, and others, the media creates a kind of toxic intellectual air.  Unhappy people breathe it in, and the result is all sorts of mad beliefs.  It is as if being white guaranteed a middle-class existence.  It is as if being black meant that personal failure is not even a possibility; in place of it there is always some white discrimination or other.

77% believe the media lies.  "More than 3-in-4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report Fake News, including 31% who believe this happens regularly and 46% who say it happens occasionally.  The 77% who believe fake news reporting happens at least occasionally has increased significantly from 63% of the public who felt that way last year," Monmouth University reported.  That is a fundamental threat to our republic.  The media keeps telling us we need informed voters — and then it misinforms voters.  Repeatedly.

Poll: 77 Percent Believe Traditional Media Guilty of Fake News.  According to a survey by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, the vast majority of Americans believe that mainstream media outlets report "fake news."  A whopping 77 percent of over 800 respondents relayed their distrust for major news organizations in both television and print — a marked increase from the 63 percent that was already skeptical a year ago.  Of those, 31 percent believe it to be a regular occurrence, while 46 percent see it as a more occasional issue.

You've Been Hoodwinked. (Perhaps.).  My friends on the far left are convinced that Sinclair anchors reading a national promo is Hitler-esque Orwellian brainwashing.  My friends on the far right are happy and hopeful that Sinclair might, indeed, be pushing conservative views.  Those in the middle don't care or seem to think it's much ado about nothing.

The Herd Media Stampedes Sinclair.  In an unguarded moment during the 2016 campaign, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski remarked that it is "our job," not Trump's, to "control exactly what people think."  The Sinclair Broadcast Group referenced that line in its promo.  But the news accounts of the phony controversy over the promo never mention that Brzezinski did in fact make that outrageous comment.  Unless I missed it, Brzezinski herself didn't acknowledge the reference to the comment she made.  Gripping her chair like a Victorian fainting couch, Brzezinski found the promo "frightening."  But beneath the hysterical blather was nothing more than the hurt feelings of an exposed liberal propagandist.  Sinclair had nailed her and she didn't like it.  It is rich farce to see the herd media stampeding Sinclair for refusing to join it.  How dare Sinclair read its own script and not ours!  That's the demand implicit in the media's temper tantrum, all while journalists pontificate about the importance of a "free press."

The Knee-Jerk Liberals Spit At Sinclair.  [Scroll down]  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough shamelessly lectured that it is like the days of Pravda in the Soviet Union:  "A national broadcasting system that is shoving propaganda down local anchors' throats straight from the pen of somebody who's a Trump acolyte," he stated hysterically, "is really, really chilling."  Chilling?  This man appears on a national broadcasting system pushing propaganda daily.  A network whose motto in former President Obama's years was "Lean Forward" (which sounded like former Communist Chairman Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward) and that passes judgment on propaganda is why networks like Sinclair have emerged.  On HBO, John Oliver denounced Sinclair anchors as sounding like "members of a brainwashed cult."  So, exactly how do anchors of news or entertainment shows across the country deliver their reports?  Oliver doesn't have a script?

The Editor says...
This story is about a corporate-mandated editorial that was supposed to run on every station owned by Sinclair.  It appears that each station put its most trusted news anchors on camera and had them read the prescribed script.  Dave Chiselface and Suzie Plastique make a lot of money, and they'll read whatever they're told to read — with a smile.  Any resemblance to sincerity is the product of Dave and Suzie's acting skills.  It's a story about media dishonesty only because it's an editorial comment disguised as a promo, and because the typical viewer doesn't know that all the other TV stations owned by the same company are airing the same editorial.

News Anchors At Sinclair Owned Stations Caught Reading From Same Corporate Mandated Script.  Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns nearly 200 local television stations across the country as well as a wide variety of other assets in radio and online media, is under scrutiny this morning after video emerged of local anchors at a number of the stations it owns reading what appears to be a corporate-prepared script that touches on the whole so-called "fake news" phenomenon.

Brilliant Agitprop Outlines Modern Media.  [Video clip]

Keywords:  Teleprompter, rip and read, propagandists, phony concerned look, plastic-coated, sock puppets
Sinclair Made Dozens of Local News Anchors Recite the Same Script.  It may not have seemed strange to individual viewers.  But Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, had read a report last month from CNN, which quoted local station anchors who were uncomfortable with the speech.  Mr. Burke tracked down the Sinclair affiliates and found when they had aired what he called a "forced read."

Sociologist: Less Than 10 Percent Of March For Our Lives Participants Were Children.  A sociologist on MSNBC threw cold water on all the media's claims that the March For Our Lives protests were spontaneous and led by the nation's children during a "Morning Joe" segment on Monday [3/26/2018].  University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher conducted a study of the demographics of Saturday's march in Washington, D.C., and discovered that only less than 10 percent of those in the crowd were under the age of 18.  While Fisher tried to make it sound like these individuals were all potential voters, it is likely that many of those who showed up were simply run-of-the-mill liberal activists.

A User's Guide To Media Coverage Of Political Protests.  [L]iberal protests are somehow not political.  When co-host Meghan McCain stated the facts on these marches on "The View" — a show that advocates passing gun control legislation and sticking it to the National Rifle Association — Whoopi Goldberg was outraged.  She said:  "Let's stick to what this particular march is today. ... It's not political."  What will Whoopi claim next?  That "The View" isn't political either?  The Women's March organizers of this walkout wanted to protest not just gun violence but also racism, police brutality and how "the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations."  That's superpolitical.

The Corporate War on Free Speech.  [T]his same media weren't nearly as shrill about the fact that an alleged Black Lives Matter supporter blew away five cops in Dallas in 2016.  This was after BLM-inspired rioting and beatings across the country that were based on dubious half-truths peddled by the same media about a series of incidents that turned out to be much more complicated once the facts slowly leaked out.  Hands up, don't shoot?  He was just buying Skittles?  He couldn't breathe, even though he was able to say he couldn't breathe eleven times?  Assigning guilt is a slippery and often slimy business, but one might plausibly argue that the way the mainstream media has purposely sculpted sensational racial narratives has in some way led to, or at least enabled, acts of violence and even murder.  Despite — or maybe even because of — all that, corporate media stand firmly and proudly behind groups such as Black Lives Matter.

The Fake Leading the Fake.  Are we watching what's left of Western civilization drive itself nuts?  Not just Trump, but a whole cast of strange Washington figures daily appear on TV, saying the most astonishing things.  Even the subject matter of public discourse has gone weird.  Shrillness and hysteria are the order of the day.  Every statement is shouted in capital letters.  Nor is there any harbor to be found in social media, only more paranoia — amplified by Russian trolls admired perhaps by fake rental followers from India.  There is even fake music.  The watchers have been contaminated.  Newsweek has been accused of falsifying their audience traffic.  It is now a case of the fake following the fake.

Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 'Fake News' Narrative.  In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago (watch the video below) investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the "fake news" narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.  Attkisson pointed out that "fake news" in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.  But she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus America's attention on the idea of "fake news" in conservative media.  That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called "First Draft," which, she said, "appears to be the about the first to use 'fake news' in its modern context."

The Editor says...
I don't know what Tedx is.  Nor do I care.

Fake News Flashback:  CNN Declared Trump 'Bonkers' for Saying Clinton, Dems Behind Dossier.  Writing for the far-left CNN back in October, Chris Cillizza declared President Donald Trump "bonkers" and "crazy" for suggesting what turned out to be 100 percent true:  that the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and Russia, were all behind what is known as the "Russian dossier."

Muslim gets life for killing Denver transit guard who was also a pastor.  Despite the evidence, the media refuses to headline their articles with the truth.  That's why they are rightfully called fake news.  CBS and many others titled it "Ex-soldier" instead of "Muslim jihadist."

Confronting Leftist Lies.  Movies and TV shows are no longer mindless entertainment.  Ninety-nine percent of what comes out of Hollywood is lies; designed to seduce Americans into embracing Leftists' ungodly agenda.  Hollywood relentlessly demonizes Christians, America, mainstream Americans, and Trump. [...] The 6 o'clock news was on the TV in the background while I was chatting with a relative at his home Folks, it was a truly painful experience.  Every news story was liberal spin and/or lies.  Programming after the news was seductive liberal propaganda.  I watched my relatives unknowingly soaking in all the Leftist beautifully presented excrement.

The Nunes Memo: Just an Opening Act.  Wonder of wonders, the liberal press, long opposed to prior restraint when it comes to publishing material on American intelligence, is howling about the release of the Intelligence Committee memo.  They're suddenly concerned, we're supposed to believe, about damage to national security and the institutional well-being of the FBI.  Democrats and their media allies, notes Roger Simon, have pushed themselves into a corner.  They can't decide whether the best approach is to insist that the memo is a "nothing-burger" or a mortal danger to the country.

Journalism is Dead.  This week we saw a perfect example of how corrupt journalism has become.  There was an opportunity to report the news and journalists and their fellow travelers in the pundit class balked.  While that wasn't unusual, what was is how they did it in the lead up to the news, not bothering to wait until they'd seen what they were attempting to discredit. [...] The lying by Democrats in the lead up to the memo's release wasn't surprising, nor was the complicity of journalists in spreading that lie.  What was is how there was virtually no curiosity or interest in the memo and its contents in the days leading to its release from the people whose job it is supposed to be to convey information to the public.  All journalists did was attempt to taint it's release so as to foster disinterest in it in their audience when they could finally see it.

Transcript Shows The Daily Beast Peddled Fake News About Devin Nunes.  Once again, reporters got burned by believing anonymous Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Betsy Woodruff and Spencer Ackerman of The Daily Beast credulously believed their "sources familiar with the exchange," who said Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, refused to deny he had coordinated with the White House when putting together a memo alleging surveillance and law enforcement abuses at the FBI.  In fact, Nunes explicitly denied the charge before shutting down the line of questioning in order to provide other members who were not trying to hijack the hearing time to get actual committee business done.

The Tet Offensive Revisited:  Media's Big Lie.  Josef Goebbels called it the Big Lie, the deliberate misrepresentation of facts and reality in order to achieve a political objective.  It's been part and parcel of the New World Disorder we've lived under for the past century, ever since Vladimir Lenin first used a Big Lie to disguise his seizure of power from Russia's post-czar provisional government in November 1917, by telling the Russian people he was preventing a coup not perpetrating one.  America's first major encounter with the Big Lie, with all its disastrous consequences, started 50 years ago today, when the American mainstream media — CBS and the other networks, plus the New York Times and the Washington Post — decided to turn the major Communist Tet offensive against U.S. forces and South Vietnam on January 30, 1968, into an American defeat, rather than what it actually was:  a major American victory.

"I love Trump for being frank with Africans".  Conan O'Brien went to a resort in Haiti to prove it is not a [bad] country.  The people who live there know better than the tourists.  Conan's trip was too clever by half.  Inadvertently, he showed himself as a white guy millionaire with a Harvard degree sipping an adult beverage from some sort of coconut shell — while nearby, one million native people are still without sewers eight years after the earthquake.  How is this different from the colonialism Haitians overthrew 227 years ago?

Media lying about McConnell to help save face for Chuck Schumer.  Chuck Schumer has a huge problem, and his friends in the mainstream media are pitching in to help — with lies.  Now that he has caved in on the Schumer Shutdown, the radicals who dominate his party are angry and demanding protection for the DACA illegal aliens, and Schumer has promised to oppose funding the border wall that he had earlier discussed supporting in return for action in DACA.  But instead of reporting on the disarray among the Democrats, the narrative just has to be that the evil Republicans engaged in perfidy.

Poll Shows Public Waking Up to Media Lies About GOP Tax Plan.  Now that a little thing called economic reality has overtaken months of dishonest media reporting about the Republican tax bill signed into law by President Trump last month, a plurality of 47 percent support the bill, while only 34 percent remain opposed.  This is a huge (and predicable) turnaround when compared to those polls released in the heart of the media campaign to kill the tax bill.

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week.  Bloomberg broke a story just as the New York Stock Exchange began trading on Wednesday [1/10/2018]:  ["]China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries["]  The story turned out to be the latest in a string of Fake News reports by a news organization owned by Mike Bloomberg, whose opposition to President Trump knows no bounds[.]  Bloomberg's anger at Trump has rendered his company unreliable when it comes to financial news.

Poor Hillary Clinton.  Until 2016, none had thought to make it an issue of gender, largely because one gender had been shared by all comers.  But in 2016, that was changed by the serious entry of Hillary Clinton, who managed to lose to Donald Trump against all odds.  Afterward, she blamed her female sex for the loss, after first blaming FBI Director James Comey. [...] Recent history is rife with examples of people whose very rough treatment (by Hillary's allies) make her tribulations seem tame.  In 2012, Mitt Romney, a Dudley Do-Right if ever there was one, was slammed by the press and the Democrats as a sadist (for transporting his dog on the roof of his car); as a bully (for cutting the hair of a classmate in prep school); as a murderer (for causing the wife of a worker to expire from cancer); as dismissive of females (for using the phrase "binders of women" to refer to resumes given to him by people as possible candidates for government jobs).

New York Times Gets the Facts Wrong on Land Mines.  According to the Times, 8,605 people were injured or killed in 2016 by land mines and "other booby-trap explosives."  Well, 8,605 is the ICBL's headline figure, no doubt about that.  But were all those people actually injured or killed by land mines?  Absolutely not.  If you turn to page 57 of the ICBL's report, you'll find that only 732 people were injured or killed by an anti-personnel land mine, another 495 by an anti-vehicle mine, and another 538 by an "unspecified" mine.  That's 1,765 people, not 8,605.  The Times says that casualties to land mines are rising.  But the ICBL's report says that in 2015, 2,002 people were injured or killed by these kinds of mines.  So casualties are actually down by 237, not up.

The History of Fake News in the United States.  Fake news isn't suddenly ruining America, but putting government in charge of deciding what news is fake will.  In the wake of President Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, numerous media outlets ran stories claiming that many websites had published false stories that helped Trump beat Hillary Clinton.  Since then Left-leaning opinion writers have called for a solution to this alleged epidemic.  The New York Times reported last January that Silicon Valley giants Facebook and Google will team up with legacy media outlets to fact-check stories and curtail the proliferation of "fake news."  However, intentionally misleading news has been around since before the invention of the printing press.

Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools.  Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.

Half of all Americans believe the media make up anti-Trump stories.  Nearly half of all Americans believe media outlets fabricate negative stories about President Trump, according to a new survey.  Forty-four percent of respondents in the 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey say the media invent "fake news" to make the president look bad.  Of that cohort, 24 percent say negative stories about Mr. Trump are made up "about half of the time"; 14 percent "most of the time"; and 6 percent "all of the time."  Seventy-seven percent of that cohort are Trump supporters, and 74 percent are Republicans.

CNN is a race-baiting, anti-Trump network.  Leave it to the mainstream media to concoct some sort of wild-eyed theory that President Trump's promise to say "Merry Christmas" is some sort of coded language for white nationalism and white supremacy.  CNN host Don Lemon was among the most high-profile mainstream media minions to advance the race-baiting narrative.

Dishonest Reporter of the Year Award 2017.  How can a writer sitting at home, whether in Beirut or London, possibly get the full picture using a computer or a telephone for his or her information?  The Independent's Mideast correspondent, Bethan McKernan, is based in Beirut.  The overwhelming majority of her articles about Israel, the Palestinians, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Turkey, Libya, and the Gulf states in 2017 had Beirut datelines.

MSNBC's Katy Tur Wrongly Claims Trump Hasn't Had a Press Conference Lately.  Pam Key at Breitbart reported that Friday on MSNBC, host Katy Tur said it was "laughable" that President Donald Trump had only had one solo press conference in his first year.  "He's been dodging questions from the press for months now, really.  He hasn't had a press conference since what, February?" she asked NBC's Kristen Welker.  "That is laughable.  It's laughable, Kris, that the president can't stand in front of the press and take questions from the press."  This is self-evidently untrue.

The Death Of Science Journalism.  There was a time when Americans trusted the news.  How times have changed.  According to Gallup, Americans' trust in the media has fallen from 72% in 1976 to 32% in 2016.  The partisan divide is striking:  Trust among Democrats (51%) is higher than among Independents (30%) and Republicans (14%).  When asked their opinion of the honesty and ethics of various professions, journalists perform rather poorly, ranking below chiropractors and bankers and just above lawyers.  The partisan divide is easy to explain.  Among journalists, Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 4 to 1.  It's naive to believe that such a partisan imbalance has no effect on the tone or quality of press coverage.  However, it is doubtful that fact alone accounts for the widespread distrust of journalists.  After all, among scientists, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 9 to 1, but the public still respects them.  So, what's going on?  In a word:  Lying.  Many journalists have an ideological axe to grind, and if the truth is on their side, great.  If not, who cares?  Instead of the "L-word," civilized people are supposed to use euphemisms, such as "one-sided" or "not the whole story."  But let's put the faux propriety aside.  Purposefully presenting only half the story is a form of lying.

Five ways the media tries to convince us tax cuts are bad.  To hear the media tell it, tax cuts are Bad For You and you won't like the result.  Pay no attention to the fact that the cost of living is up, the government is bigger, incomes have stagnated, large corporations are no longer creating jobs, and the U.S. hasn't had a major tax cut since 1986.  Somehow, we are all supposed to believe tax cuts which put more of our own money in our pockets, will make us miserable.  It's the most fallacious collection of up-is-down arguments ever assembled.

NY Times Reports Obama Only Told 18 Falsehoods During Entire Presidency.  A recent New York Times analysis claims that over his eight years in office, former President Barack Obama only told 18 distinct lies.  The Times set out to compare the trustworthiness of Obama compared to President Donald Trump.  "In his first 10 months in office, [Trump] has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly.  Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure," the piece reads.  On the list are some of Obama's most well-known whoppers, including "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan," and that he "didn't set a red line" on Syria's use of chemical weapons.  By contrast, fact-checker Politifact ruled that over the course of his presidency, Obama made 43 "false" statements and 48 "mostly false" statements.  Politifact also identified 7 "pants on fire" statements, which are falsehoods that are "not accurate and make a ridiculous claim."

Fake Truth.  Last week, ABC News erroneously reported that Michael Flynn, in a supposed new role of cooperation with the prosecution, was prepared to testify that Trump, while still a candidate, ordered him improperly to contact (and, by inference, to collude with) Russian government officials.  For a while, the startling news sent the stock market into a fall of over 300 points.  Was the purported pro-business Trump agenda shortly to be derailed by "proof" of a possible impeachable offense?  A little while later, however, ABC was forced to retract that story, to suspend Brian Ross (the reporter involved), and to offer a correction that Trump actually had been president-elect at the time of the contact and completely within his elected purview to reach out to foreign governments.

Because they won't do it themselves...
Trump is cleaning up journalism.  The first ten days of December have seen:
  [#1] ABC News's Brian Ross lie about General Flynn's plea bargain.
  [#2] Reuters and Bloomberg News report on an imaginary subpoena of Trump's records at a German bank.
  [#3] CNN lie about Donald Trump Junior being tipped off about a WikiLeaks.
  [#4] David Weigel of the Washington Post lie about the size of the crowd at a Trump rally.
Liars all of them.  Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal tweeted:  "CNN corrects its earlier report, which appears to be an honest error from two excellent reporters."

CNN: False Reporting is the New Normal.  The fact is, the media is not trying to report the news, they are trying to control the narrative.  They know that even false reporting puts a certain line of thinking in the minds of the audience.  Even lies can get people to think what you want them to think, if you apply it properly.

All The Proof You'll Ever Need That America's Media Really Are 'Fake News'.  There need be no doubt anymore:  America's mainstream news media hypes fake news — and that's a fact.  This past week was disastrous for the press.  A slew of fake stories rained down, pushed by anxious anchormen placed in powerful posts.  And we want to note before we go on, that ALL of this happened in a single week. [...] On Saturday [12/9/2017], a Washington Post reporter tweeted out a photo of a rally Trump was holding in Florida, which showed a half-empty Pensacola Bay Center.  But the photo was taken long before the president spoke — when the entire arena was packed to the gills.

Wow!  Trump fights back, forces public apology from Washington Post writer for fake news.  [Dave] Weigel, for those who do not remember, was a central figure in JournOlist, the invitation-only online conspiracy among progressive journalists to manipulate news coverage in their favor.  He was allowed to resign from the Washington Post for that activity, only to be hired back in 2015, once that paper become the political tool of the world's richest (or second or third richest — depending on Amazon's daily stock price) man, Jeff Bezos.  This is the capstone for a catastrophic week for Trump's opponents in the mainstream media, forced to withdraw and apologize for multiple stories attacking the POTUS.

Trump Blasts WaPo's Dave Weigel After Reporter Heckles Him with Fake Photo.  The context here is crucially important:  [#1] The photo Weigel published was taken before the Trump rally began.  And, as you will see below, Weigel knew he was publishing a photo not taken during the actual rally.  [#2] Weigel, who identifies as an objective reporter, is not only publishing a misleading photo, but the link at the top of his now-deleted tweet proves that he is responding directly to one of Trump's tweets — in other words, he is publicly heckling the president personally.  [#3] By responding directly to the president in this way, Weigel is openly taunting Trump, even going so far as to troll the president with his own "packed to the rafters" comment.  Even if the photo had been a legitimate representation of the crowd-size, directly jeering the president in this way is still outrageous behavior from anyone who describes himself as a legitimate journalist.

'They all knew': Media elites roared in laughter at obscene 2008 'roast' sending up Matt Lauer's office sexcapades.  Embattled NBC executives have been falling over themselves, insisting they had no idea about Matt Lauer's pervy past.  But if anyone doubts that New York's media elite was aware of Lauer's reputation, they should look no further than a top-secret "roast" of Lauer that took place in October 2008.  The notorious event — now legendary in New York media circles — pushed the outer limits of sexist, racist, homophobic and obscene jokes — and left little doubt that Lauer's colleagues knew NBC's biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye.

Brian Ross Should Be Fired.  It's a classic journalistic mistake to try and be first to report something before it's verified.  But in the Trump era, when liberals believe the president is a uniquely dangerous threat to America — and even the world — any news that could lead to speculation about Trump's impeachment or resignation is like catnip.  Journalists are prone to overhype anything that could spell "The End."  This suspension might have been an adequate punishment ... if Ross hadn't already made a long line of whoppers.

Brian Ross's Jackknife on the Information Superhighway.  The advertised rage among executives at ABC is hard to take seriously.  Ross, after all, has long been paid by them to slap together politically useful smears.  They are just upset that he got caught on this one.  Were they not in an optics war with Trump, they wouldn't have punished him at all.  To understand the hackish and biased culture at ABC from which a rodent like Ross emerged, all one has to do is watch the hysterically jubilant treatment The View gave his "breaking news."  That moment deserves a special place in the annals of media jackassery.  A producer, in mid-show, momentously brought the report out to its cackling host Joy Behar, who read it like a telegram announcing the end of World War II.  After she tremulously read the report aloud, she threw it up in the air like confetti as the other panelists hooted with delight.

The Editor says...
ABC News is not on the Information Superhighway.  ABC News is part of the old business-route highway that stops every two minutes for advertising, and only delivers news at a pace determined by ABC News, not by you.  The Information Superhighway bypasses ABC News, for the most part, enabling you to find as much information in five minutes as ABC News dribbles out in a day.

Media meltdown and the damage it does to democracy.  Relying on the supposedly respectable news media would have left you believing that the FBI found President Trump urging national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign (it didn't), that Trump national security aide K.T. McFarland wrote that Russia threw the election to Trump (she didn't), and that Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blasted sick, poor children as slackers (he didn't).  These false or misleading stories, all of which, not coincidentally, disparaged Republicans, were parroted and retweeted and broadcast by countless reporters before being completely debunked.  Countless readers and viewers still don't realize that the stories produced by this sloppy reporting are false.

Sick and Tired of Schumer and Others Continually Lying about Tax Cuts and Debt.  What makes me sicker is that almost all reporters just repeat Schumer's talking points as if they are factual.  They repeat the outright lies over and over again, and then after indoctrinating the readers with pure garbage, they take a poll of fewer than 1,000 people, skewed with more Democrats than Republicans, to show that the people aren't in favor of reform.  Then they run the poll results as if they are somehow factual news.  Reporters should be truly ashamed of themselves for pushing an agenda instead of ever even considering reporting actual results of previous tax cuts.

The Mainstream Media Doesn't Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust.  You mainstream media hacks want trust and respect?  Maybe you shouldn't Tweet out instructions to contact Senators to defeat the tax bill like the New York Times just did.  Maybe you should stop covering for the off-camera leering and grabbing and pinching of the talking heads who excoriate Trump for misogyny.  Maybe you should stop hiring journalists who are ex-Obama flunkies.  Maybe you shouldn't email offers of assistance to Democrat campaigns.  Maybe you should stop lying to us.

ABC's Brian Ross again under fire for explosive error on Trump, Flynn.  ABC's famously error-prone chief investigative correspondent, Brian Ross was at it again on Friday when the network was forced to issue an embarrassing correction when Ross botched a bombshell "exclusive" about retired general Michael Flynn.  An ABC spokesperson declined to comment on whether Ross will be disciplined.  He has not been sanctioned for past errors.  Ross's report, delivered live to ABC stations during a "special report" on Friday, said that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while he was still a candidate — which raised the specter of impeachment and sent the Dow careening down.

ABC News suspends Brian Ross for 4 weeks over erroneous Flynn story.  ABC News announced Saturday [12/2/2017] that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn.  "We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday.  The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process," ABC said in a statement.

ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report.  ABC News on Friday evening [12/1/2017] corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.  During "World News Tonight," ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross said the source who had provided the initial information for his story later told him that it was as president-elect, not as a candidate, that Trump asked Flynn to contact the Russians.

Flashback: Brian Ross Had To Apologize For Report Suggesting Mass Shooter Was Tea Party Member.  ABC News' Brian Ross made a serious error in reporting on Friday [12/1/2017] when he claimed that Michael Flynn was set to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump told him to contact Russian officials.  After waiting the entire day, ABC News issued a major retraction on the report as it was discovered that is was not in fact candidate Donald Trump who told Flynn to contact Russian officials but president-elect Trump that instructed him to do so.  ABC News significantly downplayed the serious mistake in reporting, calling the retraction merely a "clarification."

ABC's Brian Ross Entirely Misleads All Media on Flynn Story — ABC Desperately Backtracks.  You might remember ABC's Brian Ross for previously making the absurd on-air claim that Colorado mass shooter James Holmes was a Tea Party member.  He completely made up the story, and later apologized.  Well, today [12/1/2017] ABC News Brian Ross again appeared directly on ABC World News to break a story claiming that candidate Donald Trump told campaign adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.

The Democratic Party Is Dead.  For years, we have been hearing that the Republican Party was on the ropes: when Bill Clinton won in 1992 and 1996; when Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012; when the tea party launched in 2009; when Texas Senator Ted Cruz and company shut down the federal government for a few days in 2013.  (Remember when we were told that voters were going to "punish" Republicans in 2014? Yeah, that was right before they handed the GOP control of the House and Senate.)  When Donald Trump roared into the primaries in 2015 and knocked out his more — shall we say — traditional GOP rivals one by one, and even (perhaps especially) since Donald Trump's election, the media's go-to narrative has been how the Republican Party is fragmented and crumbling.  Now we know that it's the Democratic Party that's rotting from within.

Video on the Media Lies and Misinformation on Sutherland Springs Shooting.  Steven Crowder does a good job in dissecting the media's willful ignorance about the Sutherland Springs mass killing and citizen intervention.  [Video clip]

Gunfight, Home Invader Killed, Headline:  Victim Identified.  Many self defense shootings are not reported in the media.  Many are not entered as justified homicides in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR).  A self defense shooting, which included a justified homicide, occurred in the 800 block of Waugoo Avenue, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,at night, on November 5th, 2017.  The initial reporting did not include any indication this was a justified self defense shooting.

The Actual 2016 FBI Report on "Russian Hacking" Does Not Show What Media Claim It Does.  Last year against the backdrop of President Obama's sanctions announcement against Russia, we closely reviewed the "Russian Malicious Cyber Activity — Joint Analysis Report".  This December 2016 intelligence report is the report where the media talking points "17 intelligence agencies agreed" and the Russian "hacking of the election" began.  The report was released to coincide with President Obama kicking out Russian diplomats as punishment for the content therein.  Everyone talks about this report, yet almost no-one talking about it has actually read it.

MSNBC Panel Falsely Claims Heroic Neighbor Didn't End Texas Shooter's Rampage.  On Tuesday's episode of Meet the Press Daily, panelist Yamiche Alcindor and host Chuck Todd incorrectly said Stephen Willeford did not exchange fire with the Texas church shooter or end his attack.  "When I was watching President Trump today, and he was making his argument that [the shooter] was essentially stopped by someone with a gun, I thought he killed himself," Yamiche Alicindor, a national reporter for the New York Times, said.  "There was not a big gun fight, and he was not stopped.  There needs to be a fact check on how it was stopped."  "Right," Chuck Todd responded.  "The narrative with Mike Huckabee and the president is a little bit off the rails."  The facts show that Stephen Willeford did exchange gunfire with the Texas gunman as his attack was still preceding.  The story of Farida Brown, as told to the Washington Post by her son David Brown, makes it clear that at least some of the survivors of the attack credit Willeford with saving their lives.

How Leftism Makes Us Stupid.  Perhaps the worst thing about having an exclusively leftist media is that it makes all of us, right and left, stupider.  Take for example that media's reaction to the latest Islamist terror attack in Manhattan.  Evil loser Sayfullo Saipov follows the ISIS playbook by driving a rented van over innocent civilians, killing eight.  He jumps out of the van shouting "Allahu Akbar!" (Allah is the greatest) and later tells police he's glad about what he did and requests an ISIS flag in his hospital room.  In reporting the event, CNN Crime and Justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz refused to share the police description of the killer after he was caught.  Because he's a journalist, and the last thing we want is to have journalists going around giving people information!  CNN's Jake Tapper responded to news of the loser's Arabic shout by remarking inanely that Allahu Akbar is "sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances, and too often we hear it being said in moments like this."  He later clarified that he was referring to beautiful circumstances like weddings and births.  Yeah, what if the guy had been waving a Confederate flag?  They wear those at some weddings too. [...] None of which is to make fun of a tragedy, of course, but only of the absurd reaction of the leftist press.

Two popular conservative Twitter personalities were just outed as Russian trolls.  Jenna Abrams was a popular figure in right-wing social media circles.  Boasting nearly 70,000 followers, Abrams was featured in numerous news articles during the 2016 election, spotlighted by outlets as varied as USA Today, the Washington Post, the BBC, and Yahoo!  Sports. [...] But Abrams never existed.  According to information released by House Democrats earlier this week, Abrams was one of more than 2,750 fake Twitter accounts created by employees at the Internet Research Agency, a "troll farm" funded by the Russian government based in St. Petersburg.

More Fake News From the New York Times.  The New York Times had two veteran reporters working overtime on Friday night after the representative of a respected conservative publication testified before the House Intelligence Committee.  Literally.  The piece by Kenneth P. Vogel and Maggie Haberman was posted at 7:32 pm on Friday night [10/27/2017].  It's brief and breathless.  And embarrassingly dishonest.  The Times is practiced to deceive.  It contorts language and chronology to present information in a way so as to not inform, to misinform.

Poll: Plurality Of Americans Believes Media Makes Up Stories About Trump.  On the one hand, it's an amazing testament to how far public trust in the media has fallen that more Americans than not believe they're publishing false stories about the president.  On the other hand, how is this number not 100 percent?  It's not a matter of opinion.  The media does, in fact, sometimes publish honest-to-goodness fake news about Trump and his orbit.

Media Dishonesty Gives Trump Legitimate Talking Points.  If you listen to the media today, you'd be hard pressed to know that President Trump both complying with the law and with a court decision.  The media would prefer to make this all about dismantling Obamacare and ignore the fact President Obama had no constitutional authority to do what he did.  When the President blasts fake news, this is what he is talking about and this gives his supporters ample room to ignore the President's more outlandish attacks against the press.

Reuters calls this smoke.
Trump EPA to propose repealing Obama's climate regulation: document.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's centerpiece regulation to fight climate change — and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters.

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This article is accompanied by a photograph (left) which appears to be a photo of an industrial plant of some sort, with the dishonest caption, "Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, California March 24, 2012."  The "smoke" being released is obviously water vapor, since it appears to be absorbed into the surrounding atmosphere within a few seconds of its release.  The contrast on the photo appears to have been enhanced to make the emission appear to be black as it leaves the vent, but smoke doesn't turn white and then disappear within a few seconds.  This appears to me to be a shamelessly dishonest attempt to make harmless vapor look like smoke.


Trump Fulfills Campaign Pledge on Contraception Mandate.  [Scroll down]  Today [10/6/2017], Trump made good on that pledge when his administration issued a new rule that will exempt organizations whose owners or shareholders harbor religious or moral objections to paying for certain types of birth control via health plans.  It goes without saying, of course, that this new rule is being grotesquely misrepresented by Obamacare apologists in the legacy "news" media.  The Washington Post, for example, reported the regulatory change under the following misleading headline:  "Trump administration narrows Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate."

Is Any Part Of The Russia Election Hacking Story True?  In June, Samuel Liles, the Department of Homeland Security's acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division, told Congress that "the Russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states."  Then, earlier this month, the election hacking story made headlines again when DHS officials notified state officials in 21 states about the attempts to breach their voter registration systems.  This sparked renewed outrage from Democrats about how the election results had been "hacked" by Russia.  But then the story started to fall apart, when Wisconsin and California said DHS was wrong about their systems being targeted.  California found that Russia hadn't scanned its Secretary of State website at all.

Facebook admits it promoted fake Vegas massacre stories.  Facebook admitted Monday [10/2/2017] that its system automatically promoted stories that falsely identified the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre.  The social network said links from websites such as The Gateway Pundit and others were posted and spread across their site Sunday night.  The stories claimed the shooter was an "anti-Trump" Democrat and displayed pictures of a man who is not identified as a suspect.

Not Real News:  A look at what didn't happen this week.  A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.  None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.  The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: [...]

Don't Fall for Jimmy Kimmel's Cheap Zero-Sum Emotionalism.  In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health care insurance policy.  Between yuks, he occasionally accuses Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.  This week, the comedian was back to explain why the new Graham-Cassidy Republican "repeal" bill is bad news.  There were only two things wrong with his monologue:  Almost everything he said was either completely untrue or highly misleading, and his simplistic emotional appeal was completely disconnected from the real world.

Horsepucky News Courtesy of Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.  Remember, there are trillions of dollars at stake and all of the vested financial interests, writ large, have positioned themselves to do anything possible to draw down the support for President Trump's 'America-First' agenda.  Don't kid yourselves or sell your intelligence short; it ain't about Donald Trump per se, the opposition is against the policies of President Donald Trump.  Trump's 'America-First' policies are adverse to the interests of multinational corporations and the multinational financial institutions who underwrite those corporations.

European Commissioner the Wall Street Journal Cited Says Story Entirely False.  European Commission's Miguel Arias Canete denies ever telling the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. was changing the Trump administration position on Paris Climate Treaty.

NBC News Incorrectly Labels Menendez a Republican Before Correcting Article Hours Later.  NBC News published an article Wednesday incorrectly labeling Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), currently in federal court on bribery charges, a Republican.  NBC styled Menendez as a Republican in the lede of the article, then confusingly labeled him a Democrat at the end of the introductory paragraph, the Daily Caller reported.  The article appears to be a wire from the Associated Press, but the original piece on the AP's website does not feature the mistake, suggesting it was added in by NBC.

If the Media Doesn't Tell the Truth, What Use Is It?  Yesterday [8/30/2017], Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller posted a story:  "Bill And Hillary Clinton Finally Sell Hamptons Mansion."  Only one problem:  Bill and Hillary didn't actually own the mansion.  Follow the link, and you get to the real story:  the Hamptons mansion that Bill and Hillary have rented in the past has been on the market and under contract for two years, and the sale finally closed.  There are lots of things that you could say about this — like observing that it's cool how people who were flat broke in 2000 can afford $150,000 a month rent for a summer place — but you can't honestly say "the Clintons finally sell their mansion."  This is why God made the passive voice:  you write a headline like the Free Beacon did — "Clinton Hamptons 'Summer Vacation Rental' Sells For $29 Million."

Left-Wing Outlets Spread False Story Claiming GOP Official Turned Down Disaster Aid.  A number of left-wing outlets spread a false story claiming Texas Republican Secretary of State Rolando Pablos turned down aid in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and instead requested prayers.  The story appears to have spread from one sentence in an article from Canada's CBC News.  The story referenced an offer from the Canadian province of Quebec to send Texas "equipment and crews to help restore power and to provide blankets, beds, pillows and hygienic products."

Media & Politicians Admitting They Lied About Russia.  It has been nearly three weeks since The Nation pushed an explosive memo from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity into mainstream consciousness with an article detailing the evidence that the DNC leaks last year could not have been the result of a Russian hack.  By continuing to ignore it, the US intelligence community and all the pundits and politicians who have advanced the Russian hacking narrative are tacitly admitting that they lied.

CNN's Republican Pundit Gave Thousands of Dollars to Dems, Including the Chairwoman of the DNC.  It turns out CNN's spokeswoman for Republicans is not as Republican as you might think.  Ana Navarro, who has been the perpetual presence as the "Republican" on many panels across the news spectrum, has donated thousands of dollars over the past two decades to some of the most controversial and partisan leaders of the Democratic Party, a new report finds.

It's time to chill the "free press".  Allowing Sarah Palin to continue her libel lawsuit against the New York Times "would chill expression by journalists who want to draw connections and inferences," Noah Feldman wrote in a column for Bloomberg News.  That is an excellent idea, because increasingly people in the press show a constant, malicious, and reckless disregard for the truth.  In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner killed a federal judge and five others, and severely wounded Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.  Democratic Party operatives spread the lie that a map targeting Giffords in the last election inspired the carnage.  However, Loughner did not vote in that election.  He is psychotic.  But the press keeps spreading this lie.

Field Report From The Left-Wing Violence in Arizona.  Today, the following morning, I open the Arizona Republic to see the headline "VIOLENCE ERUPTS!" with a picture of one sad [chump] on his knees in front of lines of police.  This apparently happened after the rally.  Wait, "VIOLENCE ERUPTS?"  No it didn't.  Nothing "erupted."  Protesters became violent.  There was no violence at all on the part of the Trump supporters.  None.  This is another example of fake news at its best, failing to even follow basic journalistic (and writing) rules of active voice in which a subject — the protesters — cause the action-eruption.  And the sad little Fake News media continues to whine about how it is treated.

Reuters deletes FALSE tweet mislabeling Antifa as 'peaceful protesters'.  Reuters had to delete a tweet that whitewashed the violence of the anti-Trump Antifa protesters when people noticed that they called them "peaceful protesters."

The media lies about the Boston rally.  The Boston rally was a watershed event.  But not in the way the mainstream media has been portraying it, as a bold stand against white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville.  Rather, it demonstrates the power of propaganda to foment mass hysteria and mob rule.  Reality no longer matters.  For the media refuses to report this seminal truth:  There were no white supremacists or neo-Nazis.  None.  Not even one.  Instead, they engaged in a massive disinformation campaign that spurred over 40,000 "antifascists" to descend upon Boston Common.  The alt-left's goal: to counter-demonstrate against an alleged "white nationalist" rally.  Yet, what they were protesting was the very opposite.  The Free Speech rally had nothing to do with white supremacy or the Ku Klux Klan — never mind the violence in Charlottesville.

Colin Kaepernick — History's Hero?  The National Football League's preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn't have an NFL job.  One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice.  You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments.

The media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville.  Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?  It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. [...] Does the press just think that no one will look at what Trump actually said?  For those who do look at the original interview and Trump's multiple, clear statements on the matter, the media risks losing what little credibility it still has.

'Freedom of the Press' Doesn't Mean What You Think.  Progressive propaganda, relying on misdirection, misinterpretation, and outright falsehoods, permeates American life and touches or taints every topic.  The corporations that produce mass entertainment and news, the government bureaucracies that shape and fund education, the schools from kindergarten to college, and the tech firms that control the flow of information and ideas, are all subject to a groupthink that, for all intents and purposes, brooks absolutely no dissent from Leftist dogma.

The Media Lied About The Leaked Google Memo.  If all you do is get your news from the establishment media, you'd be under the impression that former Google engineer James Damore is a dangerous bigot who hates women and minorities.  As reports of the so-called "anti-diversity" leaked memo from Google surfaced on the Internet, journalists exposed their preconceptions and bias with misleading headlines and equally biased stories.

Leftover Libels of Sebastian Gorka Served Up at Rolling Stone.  As Joel Pollak reports in Breitbart this morning [8/11/2017], Rolling Stone magazine has refried and repackaged the whole range of lies — comprehensively refuted — against White House adviser Sebastian Gorka.  The left-wing media keeps setting a new bar for chutzpah.  Central to the Stone story is an attempt to tar Dr. Gorka with guilt by association with right-wing political parties in Hungary, where he was active between 2000 and 2008.  "Gorka served as adviser to [Hungary's prime minister Viktor] Orbán," the article states, "who's been called a 'neo-fascist dictator' by Sen. John McCain."  As it happens, the left-wing Jewish news site The Forward offered this allegation in the form of a doctored tape of a 2006 Hungarian television interview with Dr. Gorka.  That brought the full interview to light — and the full interview shows Dr. Gorka denouncing Orbán for exploiting popular unrest for nefarious purposes.  Sebastian Gorka was not Orbán's "adviser," but a principled and uncompromising critic.

Rolling Stone Collects Every Lie About Sebastian Gorka in One Place.  Bob Dreyfuss's profile of White House aide Sebastian Gorka in Rolling Stone is an impressive feat of scholarship, compiling every lie about the former Breitbart News editor in one place.  It is a useful service for the ideologically addled and the functionally illiterate, who like their propaganda served straight-up, undiluted by the cold ice water of reality.  Students of cheap partisan smear jobs need look no further, for Rolling Stone has perfected the genre.  Dreyfuss does not seem to have done any original research, but recycles work done by other hacks — without, of course, bothering to provide his readers with any of the defenses that arose in their wake.

On Gorka, the crazy left declares war.  [Scroll down]  So we learn that Gorka's degree isn't good enough, as if that is the best criterion for judging whether someone is suitable for executing policy.  To support this, we learn he got into a scrap with an obnoxious little academic troll with a wounded bloated ego named Smith.  We read a real whopper of an unsubstantiated claim, from some little known associate professor, accusing Gorka of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, with absolutely no substantiation — and substantiation would be very easy.  (The funniest part of these whinings in this pattern of argument is from an earlier article in Newsweek, which claims that since Gorka never submitted an article to some obscure academic journal called "Terrorism and Political Violence," he can't possibly be of any consequence.)  We see name-calling.  We see mangled facts and repackaged narratives.  Let's look at some of those.

Scientists call out New York Times for incorrect claim about climate report.  Scientists appear to have debunked The New York Times' claim it was leaked a secret, gloomy climate change report which it published amid fears President Trump would suppress it.  On Monday [8/7/2017], The New York Times published a story saying there are concerns that the Trump administration could suppress what's known as the National Climate Assessment, a project of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  The story, titled "Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report," said the draft report "has not yet been made public" but "a copy of it was obtained by The New York Times."

Fake News A US Media Speciality.  All of the lies leading to the death of millions told by the criminal Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes were transparent.  The US media could easily have exposed them and saved the lives of millions of peoples [sic] and saved seven countries from destruction in whole or part.  But the presstitutes cheered on the gratuitous and criminal destruction of countries and peoples.

The Left is Already Preparing Tomorrow's Fake News.  The American Left has relied on its mastery of the media — enthusiastically aided and abetted by the 90% of national political journalists today that are progressives of one stripe or another — for its political power for decades.  Ever since the 1950s, the left has been deliberately creating events in order to attract media attention that pushes a narrative confirming the justice of their demands.  It learned that the new medium of television was perfect for creating artificial dramas that would sway support its way. [...] It has worked on issue after issue.  And here we are today with transgender bathrooms and other ornaments of the progressive worldview imposed on the public.

Democrats, ABC, NBC Attack Christian Non-Profit as an 'Anti-LGBT Hate Group'.  Last week, Democrats and two mainstream media outlets branded Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal nonprofit which has won seven Supreme Court cases in seven years, an "anti-LGBT hate group."  Worse, this "hate" designation comes from a terror-linked organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  ADF has demanded an apology and attacked this "media malpractice."  "Why is ABC and NBC willing to promote propaganda and cut and paste the Southern Poverty Law Center press release?" Kristen Waggoner, a senior vice president at ADF, asked Tucker Carlson on Fox News Friday night.  "Americans are losing trust in the media for this very reason."

ABC News:  Christians who defend religious liberty are 'hate group'.  Alliance Defending Freedom is demanding a retraction and apology from ABC News after reporters smeared one of the nation's most respected religious liberty law firms as a 'hate group.'  ABC News reporters Pete Madden and Erin Galloway wrote a scathing report on a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered behind closed doors at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, California.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Become a Dangerous Joke.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, the "civil rights watchdog group" that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke.  It's a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a "hate group" merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that it's barely worth addressing.

The Left Media's Extraordinary Popular Delusions.  The Clinton campaign came up with their Trump-colluded-with-Russia meme about twenty-four hours after the election results were verified.  It was nonsense then as it is today, but the left's mental distress has become so grievous that they no longer can be called rational or even sane.  After eight months of wild speculation and various investigations, absolutely nothing has been unearthed that indicates in any way that the Trump campaign, least of all Trump himself, colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of the election. [...] The last eight and a half years have proven to the American people that the Democrat left and the media are two parts of the same criminal enterprise that feed each other's addiction to power.

Stupid Hostile Media.  President Donald Trump drives people crazy.  Especially those in the media.  They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor.  The Federalist's Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and strategists Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.  Months later, all still work for or with the administration.

How to manufacture a scandal.  Another piece falls into place, of a mosaic in which Democrats set out in 2016 to create a false appearance of collusion between President Trump and Russia.  It's pretty devious.

The Media Perpetuated A Clinton Lie For 9 Months.  What It Means For The Russia Narrative.  When Hillary Clinton claimed "17 intelligence agencies" agree on Russian meddling in the third presidential debate, a host of media outlets including The New York Times rated the claim as 100 percent true.  Nine months later, those same outlets say the stat is obviously false, and there's been a "simple" explanation as to why all along.  A closer look at how the claim survived and thrived over those nine months reveals a startling lack of skepticism in the press when it comes to the Russia narrative.  The truth is the great majority of the 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community had nothing to do with the investigation and made no judgments about the matter.

The Washington Post Offers Up A Textbook Case Of Garbage, Biased Journalism.  One might be shocked back into a coma to learn James Hodgkinson was not an angry conservative, but instead was an angry Bernie Sanders supporting, Occupy Wall Street guy who favored watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, hated Donald Trump and who shot up a Republican congressional baseball practice, shooting Republicans, including Republican Representative Steve Scalise.  If the story were only about Romanik and didn't mention Hodginkson, it would be a run-of-the-mill profile about some local AM shock-jock and a pretty good one at that.  It is interesting to see the kind of influence local talk shows have just like local newspapers and local television news.  But what editor at the Washington Post allowed Holley to link Hodgkinson to a right-wing radio talk show host without even confirming he ever listened to the show?

Washington Post article linking Scalise shooter to conservative radio host sparks online outrage.  The Washington Post struck out with many on social media over an article that appears to blame a right-wing Illinois shock jock for the Virginia shooting rampage by a Trump-hating, Bernie Sanders volunteer who targeted Republicans during a baseball practice.  The lengthy piece takes aim at the foul-mouthed Bob Romanik, who spews invective on the AM dial from a studio in Belleville, Ill., shooter James Hodgkinson's hometown.  "What's the point of this?" Buzz Feed political reporter Katherine Miller asked on Twitter.  "The shooter hated Trump and there's no indication in the story he listened to this pro-Trump host."

Death spiral TV news lies to fool advertisers.  The Wall Street Journal just accused major television networks of using deception to goose ratings that include deliberately misspelling the names of the news shows.  Sounds like fraud to me.  Unlike their cable brethren, the broadcast newsers seem to be losing customers.  I say seem because we have no way of telling as they have so gamed the ratings system that no honest person can say how many people watch them.

In TV Ratings Game, Networks Try to Dissguys Bad Newz from Nielsen.  Boosting TV ratings is easy for networks that don't mind playing dumb.  In a game largely sanctioned by TV-ratings firm Nielsen, television networks try to hide their shows' poor performances on any given night by forgetting how to spell.  That explains the appearance of "NBC Nitely News," [...]

Democracy Dies Due To Journalists' Lies.  One of CNN's reporters complained that the president had the audacity to take questions in Poland from a reporter who had applied for a job with the Trump Administration.  Please pay no attention to the actual number of reporters who went to work for Barack Obama and those who did not but chose to carry his water for him.  After the election, the media pushed out the story that Russia had stolen the election for President Trump.  One newspaper claimed Russia had hacked the American power grid.  That story had to be retracted. [...] In February, the Associated Press ran a story that President Trump intended to mobilize the National Guard to round up illegal aliens.  The story was not true, but just about every major media outlet ran with it.  In May, the media claimed the GOP had trucked in beer to congress to celebrate repealing Obamacare.  That was not true either.

Polish president knocks 'fake news' over wife's Trump handshake.  Polish President Andrzej Duda ripped "fake news" reports that his wife snubbed President Trump for a handshake during Trump's visit to Poland on Thursday [7/6/2017].  In a tweet, Duda confirmed that both he and his wife shook hands with the president and urged his followers to "fight fake news" together.

Fake Ratings:  Networks Dishonestly Inflate Evening News Numbers...by Misspelling.  Now we know that advertisers and the public are being supplied fake ratings by the same broadcasters who so often deliver fake news.  A Thursday morning [7/6/2017] Wall Street Journal dispatch by Joe Flint reports that the broadcast networks routinely inflate their reported evening news audiences.  They hide low-performing evening audiences by — get this — "forgetting how to spell."  No wonder the networks are so obsessed with "hacking."  In the ratings game, what could be described as a form of it — modifying (the results generated by) "a computer program in a skillful or clever way" — has become a routine industry practice.

Fake News:  Journalists Invent 'Super Awkward' Handshake Snub of Trump.  In the latest example of fake news, journalists on Thursday hyperventilated about a dramatic snub of Donald Trump by Poland's first lady.  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, it seemed, refused to shake the hand of the President.  Except, that's not what happened.  Mere seconds after shaking Melania Trump's hand, Kornhauser-Duda and the President shared a warm embrace.

Mainstream Media Promotes Death & Mayhem While Accusing POTUS Trump Of "Inciting Violence".  President Trump re-tweeted an amusing CNN-WWF parody video that had him pummeling the fake news network and the liberal media is now losing their minds over it claiming the president is "inciting violence."  This is the same media that assisted in the cover-up of Obama-era scandals like Fast and Furious, the secret drone bombing program, the ISIS fiasco, dealings with Iran, the atrocities in Libya, Syria, and on and on and on.  And let us not forget this was the same media that actively encouraged the violence in Ferguson, Baltimore, Dallas etc.

NBC Decries Rise of Conservative Media for Creating Polarized Country, No Mention of MSNBC.  What NBC's Willie Geist spun as a rundown of the political echo chambers in America on Sunday Today [7/2/2017], quickly devolved into a condemnation of the rise of conservative media.  "Fake news is a favorite term, as you know, of President Trump.  What you consider real and fake in many cases has become a question of where you're sitting and who you're listening to," declared Geist at the start of the segment.  He ignored the fact that the term was first used to describe stories about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

Associated Press Corrects Big Falsehood In Four Trump-Russia Reports.  The Associated Press "clarified" a false claim it's been running in stories about President Trump and Russia on Friday, conceding in a release it's not the case that 17 intelligence agencies "agreed" on the hacking narrative.  The correction to four reports on Trump and Russia comes the same day The New York Times issued a similar correction to a Maggie Haberman report.  Both TheNYT and the AP now say the claim they've been floating for months is incorrect.

If the Media Wants to Win Back Public Trust, It Can Start Reporting Truthfully on Immigration.  [Scroll down]  A large reason there is such a gulf between what happens and what journalists report is that many journalists see themselves as "protectors of the truth," as illustrated by NBC News host Chuck Todd.  The truth is their truth, stemming from an ideology that does not permit any contradictions or contrasting points of view to get a fair hearing.  While some Americans may turn to media figures for affirmation of beliefs already deeply held, I wager most Americans don't turn to Chuck Todd, or any other media figure for "the truth." Instead, they want reporters to accurately report facts, such as what the director of ICE actually said about immigration law enforcement.  Instead, what we see from too many reporters is the insertion of their own deeply held beliefs in place of facts on the ground.  When a reporter refers to an illegal alien as an "undocumented immigrant" this is an attempt to deny the criminal act of illegal immigration.

TwitterAudit Reports CNN Has 17 Million Fake Twitter Followers.  Of CNN's millions of followers on their verified Twitter account, over 17 million or 48 percent are fake, according to TwitterAudit.  According to TwitterAudit, the site determines the quality and score of real and fake followers by taking "a sample of up to 5000 (or more, if you subscribe to Pro) Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower.  This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends."

ABC/Disney Co.  Settles $1.9 Billion BPI Defamation Lawsuit — "Pink Slime" Case.  The civil trial began June 5th and ABC legal executives must have see the writing on the wall as the initial $1.9 billion in damages could have potentially tripled under South Dakota law (treble damages) to $5.7 billion if they allowed the three week trial to continue.  The actual defamation settlement is undisclosed.  However, at the point of settlement all reasonable assumptions must be that BPI was well positioned to win far more than the initially demanded settlement amount of $1.9 billion.

Levin on CNN: They're Not a News Organization Anymore.  On his nationally syndicated radio show Tuesday [6/27/2017], host Mark Levin criticized CNN, saying the network has "sold out" and is "not a news organization anymore."  "CNN, in my view right now, is in a state of complete disintegration," said Mark Levin.  "It won't show up right away on their ratings, but it will eventually show up.  They truly do run with phony stories.  They have prostituted themselves.  They have sold out.  They are not a news organization anymore."  Levin's comments came after CNN published, then redacted a story linking a Trump surrogate to a Russian investment fund, prompting the resignation of three CNN employees.

A Brief History of 'Fake News'.  Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive and cause chaos.  Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking defector from the Soviet bloc explained in his book Disinformation that the ultimate measure of success for disinformation was when the major organs of the media coud be tricked into unknowingly propagating deliberate falsehoods.  But the Russians are far from the only ones practicing disinformation designed against political systems.  The current investigations of alleged "Russian collusion" on Capitol Hill are the result of a disinformation campaign that was begun by the Democratic Party and continued when the mainstream media were fooled into publicizing the accusations as fact. [...] Disinformation only works if people refuse to think or find it easier not to.  I ask all to please think about what is being laid in front of you and see if it makes sense.

Mediaite Tried So Hard To Make A Black Intern Look Like A White Supremacist.  The congressional intern Mediaite cast as a white supremacist Wednesday [6/21/2017] is actually black, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  Nate Washington is a black conservative attending Western Kentucky University and is a former intern of Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.

ABC Reaches Settlement in 'Pink Slime' Suit.  ABC said it reached a settlement in a closely scrutinized lawsuit filed against it by a South Dakota meat producer over ABC News reports that led to critics labeling one of the company's products "pink slime." [...] Financial terms of the settlement could not be immediately learned.

The Incomplete Media Narrative about a Murdered Muslim Girl.  "Muslim Teen Kidnapped and Brutally Murdered in Virginia:  This Is Terrorism" read a headline from Affinity magazine.  Actress and producer Mindy Kaling also decried the murder on Facebook as "another innocent Muslim person targeted for their faith."  The Atlantic then ran a profile, "'Muslims Feel Under Siege'" highlighting Islamophobia around Ramadan.  Many stories used Hassanen's murder as a lede to foray into a greater narrative about the collective crisis of violence against Muslims.  But then actual facts and details around the case emerged.  First, the Fairfax County Police Department publicly ruled out a hate crime as a motive, announcing that they were looking more closely into extreme road rage.  Then, the Daily Caller reported that the murderer, Darwin Martinez Torres, was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, with ICE confirming that it had issued a detainer request against him.  Reports subsequently emerged that Torres, who has a girlfriend and son, barely speaks English and required the use of a translator following his arrest.

Democrats are incapable of learning from Georgia Special Election loss.  As I often do on election nights when Democratic disappointment is likely to be highest, I watched MSNBC.  First I watched Rachel Maddow, then Lawrence O'Donnell.  The MSNBC coverage was nothing short of delusional.  The "a loss is really a win" approach was pervasive.  Hope sprang eternal.  Maddow in particular continued to spin Trump Russia conspiracy theories.  O'Donnell went on and on about how the Republican healthcare bill would be the doom of Republicans.  A phrase used frequently on O'Donnell's show was that this was an "ominous win" for Republicans because the margin was lower than when Tom Price won — ignoring that the Republican outperformed Trump's win.

James T. Hodgkinson:  Just Another Well-Intentioned Progressive.  Have you followed the drift of the Mainstream Media (MSM) as to what provoked James T. Hodgkinson to attempt the massacre of the Republican baseball team as it practiced in Alexandria, Virginia last week?  Not the Democratic team, not the Washington Nationals team, but the Republican team.  Well, it was not necessarily Hodgkinson's politics we are told.  After all, his politics were pretty much mainstream progressive.  According to the MSM, it was "a Volatile Home Life in Illinois."  That is the way the New York Times put it on the newspaper's front page Sunday [6/18/2017].  Strong drink was alluded to.  Anger and violence were also mentioned as features in Hodgkinson's rural Illinois home. [...] Yet as I say the MSM is soft-pedaling this lunatic's politics, and I can see why.  There was nothing particularly unusual about them.

Hardly Walt's Disney.  [Y]ou may remember a series of reports in March of 2012 that aired on ABC, "World News Tonight" about a meat company called Beef Products Inc (BPI).  The company was a vendor for restaurants such as McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King.  The story prominently featured "pink slime".  In fact, the reporter said, "pink slime" over 350 times during the reporting.  The reporter was referring to what the ground beef looked like during a cleaning process of the meat.  It is completely legal and sanitary.  As you can imagine, the story did not look good for BPI or its customers.  Because of the stories, BPI lost customers, and revenue decreased by 80 percent.  The company was also forced to close 75 percent of their processing plants.  There's only one problem.  It might not have even been true.  As a result, BPI decided to take action and sue ABC and Disney for defamation.  Disney countered with "freedom of the press" and "freedom of speech" in the First Amendment.  It doesn't appear be going the way Disney wants.  The lawsuit has moved forward and opening statements began this past Monday [6/12/2017] in South Dakota.  The case has the potential to be the largest defamation case in U.S. history, worth an estimated $5.7 billion.

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism.  What do all of these stories have in common?  They're completely unsourced.  No names.  No real people.  Just claims that come from, in order, "two administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the matter," an anonymous tweeter who set up a dummy Twitter account, and "a Downing Street adviser."  None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations.  Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories — Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian — simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources.  The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back.  The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever — whether it's true or not.

Nets Blackout the Radical Leftist History of NSA Leaker Reality Winner.  Not long after top-secret documents from the National Security Agency made their way onto the internet news site The Intercept on Monday, the Justice Department arrested NSA contractor Reality Winners.  The 25-year-old veteran worked on a military base in Georgia, but online she had a long history of being heavily Anti-Trump, an apparent social justice warrior, and a supporter of Iran over the U.S. During their evening broadcasts, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) either played down her political attitudes, or outright ignored them as they reported on what she did.  During his report on NBC Nightly News, Justice Correspondent Pete Williams passed along her family's claim that "she wasn't highly political," and Anchor Lester Holt claimed her "motive is a mystery."  But in reality, Winner was anything but silent about her political views.

From Fake News to Fake Polls.  The media blob is making much of a Washington Post/ABC News poll that finds the public by a 2 to 1 margin opposes President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord: [...] You need to click through to the actual poll questions to see what [an incompetent] poll it is.  The poll only asked five questions. [...] Conspicuously missing are any questions about whether people support appropriations for wealth transfers from the U.S to developing nations that the Paris Accord included (and into which Obama tossed $1 billion)?  No questions, also, about whether people are willing to pay higher energy costs for an agreement that will make no difference to the planet's temperature 80 years from now, according to the EPA's own models.

Examples of fake news?  How much time you got?  White House press secretary Sean Spicer finally lost it this week trying to correct the endless torrent of bogus news stories being churned out daily by the alt-left media. [...] Spicer had been lecturing the press corps about all their "anonymous sources" and the fictionalized stories "that are absolutely false ... narratives that are wrong ... fake news."  He was directing his remarks at a reporter from the Associated Press — you know, the organization that falsely reported in February that Trump was planning to use "100,000 National Guard troops" to round up "millions" of illegal aliens.  "When you see stories get perpetrated that are absolutely false," Spicer told the crack AP scribe, "that is troubling, and he (the president) is rightly concerned."  So a Democrat operative from the Clinton News Network asked Spicer for an example.

Heroin dealers deserve prison, not sympathy.  The deadly poison that is heroin made its way to your small town from Mexico, where it was grown and processed, later to be trafficked to your neighborhood where its target customers were someone's children, parents, brothers and sisters.  But right now, when you open the newspaper or turn on the television, you learn that the person that brought the drugs into your neighborhood, which ultimately made their way to your child, is considered by many in both the media and the public to be a "non-violent, low-level drug offender."

NYT's Jonathan Martin Steals Photo From Another Journalist, Lies About Where He Got ItThe New York Times has been holding up the torch for truth in the age of fake news and alternative facts — but one of its political reporters, Jonathan Martin, has no qualms in weaving a few alternative facts of his own.  After he lifted a photograph from another journalist and presented it without attribution, Martin doubled down on his lie and claimed he had no idea it was the other journalist's photo.

The CIA and the MSM: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know.  Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis.  CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story — indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

How to Read the Newspaper.  The Associated Press has bias problems and some notable competency problems, and, like any organization that does any substantive reporting, it makes errors.  But it does not, for the most part, traffic in fiction. [...] Television has a somewhat worse record.  Dan Rather infamously attempted to derail the presidential campaign of George W. Bush by publishing a report, derived from fake documents, that Bush had been deficient in his military service, and that his superior officers had been pressured to cover up his shortcomings.  This was the event that really launched modern blogging as we know it, as dozens of critics ranging from politicos to typography experts showed that Rather's reporting was based on a fabrication, despite CBS News's strident defense of his work.  But it was not the first episode of its kind:  Dateline NBC had previously used incendiary devices to rig a Chevrolet truck to explode in a story purporting to demonstrate its unsafe gas-tank design.  There have been others.

NYT's Comey Memo Story Doesn't Pass Smell TestThe New York Times reported on Tuesday that President Trump allegedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  The source of the allegation is a memorandum, revealed by an anonymous source, allegedly prepared by Comey regarding a meeting in the Oval Office the day after Flynn was forced to resign for misleading the Vice-President.  While the headline is sensational, The New York Times's report is self-contradictory at times, conflicts with statements made on-the-record and under oath, overhypes the substance of the memorandum, and is irreconcilable with other information in the public record.

Eight Lies the MSM Told About Comey Firing.  Over the last week or so the media has breathlessly reported on every little whisper that has escaped from Washington, D.C. and for the most part — much of what they've told us has been wrong.  Sadly, this is a common refrain from today's media who can't seem to get out of their own way and constantly seem to be tripping over their own failures and falsehoods.  It's almost as if the media has an agenda that they are trying to promote and they are willing to sacrifice their reputation if it means pushing that agenda forward.  In their attempts to use the Comey story to undermine the Trump administration they've sacrificed every iota of reputation and been unmasked as the biased hypocrites we've always suspected them to be.

The Media Finally Admit Obamacare Is Collapsing.  [Scroll down]  If Obamacare had actually been "working" for all those years, it would not have suddenly collapsed.  In reality, the implosion of the "Affordable Care Act" began when it was originally implemented.  Moreover, the partisan reporters and editors of the legacy media certainly knew it was a disaster by 2013, when more than five million Americans lost their insurance coverage and Healthcare.gov exploded on the launch pad.  They could not, however, report the truth, because there was no plausible way to blame its failure on the Republicans.

The AP Attacks Voter ID.  The Associated Press is generally a mouthpiece for Democratic Party talking points.  That is the case as to voter ID, as this rather pathetic piece shows:  "In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters." [...] The obvious question is:  how many?  The reporter now tells us that the number of people who didn't vote because they lacked proper ID is "unknown."  The article identifies exactly four.

Trump Is Not Shutting Down the EPA's Data Service.  A contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency who was "devastated" by Hillary Clinton's election loss was the source for a false story stating that the agency is shutting down its climate data service.  The EPA's Open Data service, where users can look up EPA facilities in their area and view pollution graphs, will continue to operate, despite several news reports to the contrary.  Bernadette Hyland, a contractor who has access to the Open Data website, was quoted in several publications, including the Independent, which falsely claimed "Donald Trump is to completely shut down one of the government's most important data services."

Media Lies Exposed:  Antifa Thug Girl Was Using Glass Bottles as Weapons Before Punch.  As many of you readers will recall, we've been all over the antifa girl who got rocked at the Berkeley protests this past weekend.  We had her fake name (Louise Rosealma) listed in the big article, but her real name is Emily Rose Marshall.  Every since she got smacked, the media has been working overtime to make this little terrorist into some kind of martyr.  Virtue signallers like Raheem Kassam and Brandon Darby, people who this publication normally respects, have been crying about never hitting a woman, under any circumstances.  The latter camp is [mistaken] on this issue, but the media is outright malicious.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria:  Were Obama Still President, He Would Have Ordered "Similar If Not Identical" Strike In Syria.  CNN's Fareed Zakaria discusses his experience with "Trump derangement syndrome," where people's hatred and anger towards the president is so intense that it impairs their judgment.  He talks about Obama speechwriters attacking Trump for doing exactly what President Obama would have done in Syria.

Republican wins.  NYT declares victory for Democrats.  From the Washington Examiner:  "Republican Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold Tuesday night [4/11/2017] to keep the state's 4th congressional district in GOP hands."  Republican Estes 52.5%, Democrat Thompson 45.7%.  A 6.8-point win.  Ho-hum.  But Nate Cohn of the New York Times — who gave Hillary an 85% chance of winning on Election Day — sees this as a victory for the Democratic Party.

Liberal Journalists Falsely Accuse Jeff Sessions of Calling Illegal Immigrants 'Filth'.  Liberal journalists on Twitter falsely accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of calling illegal immigrants "filth" in a speech he delivered on the Mexican border Tuesday [4/11/2017].  Politico reporter Josh Dawsey took a partial quote from a Wall Street Journal story on Sessions' speech out of context, tweeting that Sessions described illegal immigrants as filth.  From there, it caught the eye of Tufts professor and writer of the Washington Post's Spoiler Alerts blog Daniel Drezner, and the misinterpretation spread throughout Twitter.

Washington Post Blogger Issues Official Apology for Spreading False Jeff Sessions Story.  A Washington Post blogger responsible for launching a false story about Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday published an official apology Wednesday [4/12/2017].  Tufts professor and Washington Post blogger Daniel Drezner helped kickstart the narrative that Sessions had referred to illegal immigrants as "filth" while delivering a speech before border agents at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Drezner took a quote from Sessions' prepared remarks out of context, and released his frustrations on Twitter.

Fact Check:  Fresno Bee Lies About Professor's Call To Kill Trump.  There's a lot of talk about a post-truth society these days.  A post-truth society kicks in when there is no respect for even the most blatantly obvious facts.  Professor Lars Maischak, who teaches, among other things, Marx and Hegel, at California State University, Fresno, tweeted, calls to kill Trump and Republicans.  [Tweets]  Could the media possibly defend and whitewash this?  Do you even need to ask.  No leftist can do anything too terrible for the media to defend.

The 10 Questions Andrea Mitchell Didn't Ask Susan Rice.  Here are a few thoughts about Andrea Mitchell's interview with Susan Rice — and the key questions that were left unasked.  Rice opened the interview by saying, "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes.  That's absolutely false."  On the contrary, the allegation is absolutely true — and demonstrating its truth is as easy as unmasking an American citizen in an NSA intercept.

The Fake News Crisis.  Within living memory, in 1968, the Democratic Party had its convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey was their nominee, and there were riots in the streets. [...] There is one huge difference between what is happening now, and what happened back then.  In 1968, there was a culmination of real events that actually affected America.  In 2017, there are no real events causing this, just narratives made up from nothing by a leftist media that is more divorced from reality than anyone thought possible.
  •   The Russians colluded with Trump.
  •   Trump is Hitler. Stupid. And evil.
  •   Obama was wonderful, transparent, brilliant, perfect, and fully competent.
  •   Trump's tax returns will show he is unfit.
  •   He is a racist that wants to ban all Muslims.
  •   Kellyanne Conway is a ditzy uninformed waste of a woman.
  •   Hillary Clinton is a pure and honest heroine fighting for good.
Virtually 24/7, these and other very unreal narratives are being played to the American public by our pathetic left wing media.  In 1968, the news had a reality component.  Yes, there was liberal bias in the news, but at least the events happened.

Washington Post Lies About Lawmaker's Biblical Reference, Then Refuses To Quote A Single Word He Said.  After the presidential election last November, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet gave an interview to NPR in which he admitted that his journalists simply don't understand religion.  "We don't get religion," Baquet said.  "We don't get the role of religion in people's lives."  Baquet was correct:  Acela corridor political reporters don't understand religion, especially Christianity.  Though he was specifically speaking about New York Times reporters, Baquet's comments clearly also apply to the Washington Post, which on Friday morning accused a Republican congressman from Texas of claiming that the Bible forbids the unemployed from having food to eat.

WaPo Caught Red Handed In Big Lie, Tries To Quietly Overhaul Entire Piece.  Caitlin Dewey's initial write-up in the paper (which recently adopted the slogan "Democracy Dies In Darkness") did not include a single quote from the Texas representative she basically accused of using the Bible to justify taking food from starving people.  The story also incorrectly referred to "2 Thessalonians 3-10," and wildly mischaracterized Rep. Jody Arrington's statements on the verse.  While Arrington did reference 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat) in a discussion of food stamps, he did not, as The WaPo article suggested, use it to argue unemployed people should not be allowed to eat.

The New York Times' ongoing dishonesty only helps Trump.  Six months ago, I canceled my subscription to the New York Times because I felt the paper had become ethically challenged in its coverage of the presidential election.  And, it turns out, I was right.

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