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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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.
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."
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.
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!"
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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
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".
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Times's Human Wrecking Ball. Great newspapers take decades to build. We are discovering
that they can be dismantled in relatively short order.
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.
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
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."
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.
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  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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You Know The Real Reason Why Time Mag Is Going
Down the Drain? The Content! For all the tears that get shed over the beginning of the middle of
the end for Mr. Luce's mag and newsweeklies in general, one obvious explanation generally gets glossed
over: They are mostly written by conventional-wisdom mongerers who can barely finish shipping an
issue of "Why Dinosaurs Believed in God" and "The Mother Mary Holy Water Diet" before rushing out
something like this time-waster by esteemed historian David M. Kennedy.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
someone mention Cindy Sheehan?
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.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2017 by Andrew K. Dart
Brian Williams Lecture Us About Fake News With A Straight Face. Does this man even realize that the sheer
amount of irony he's putting out here is the mainstream media equivalent to smacking everyone who watches this clip in the
face with a bag of rabid weasels?
Williams complains about fake news — just 21 months after he lost his job on NBC Nightly News for telling made up
stories. Brian Williams has called out Donald Trump's transition team for spreading fake news stories. Williams,
who was suspended for six months and lost his spot as NBC Nightly News anchor for exaggerating stories about his time in Iraq and
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, blasted the President-elect's team on MSNBC on Tuesday night [12/6/2016]. 'Fake news
played a role in this election and continues to find a wide audience,' the 57-year-old said.
Fake News Stories from the Mainstream Media. [For example,] The adventures of Brian Williams: Brian
Williams' anchorman career at NBC News came to an end in 2015 after he was accused of lying about taking enemy fire while
helicoptering into Iraq in 2003. The accusation came from soldiers who were aboard the helicopter. Williams told the
story repeatedly, over a span of years, before he was called out. NBC executives recalled having a great deal of
difficulty getting Williams to admit he lied, and offer an unqualified apology. Amazingly, Williams still has a career
in broadcast journalism.
Williams Will Receive Evening Show on MSNBC. Despite his fall from prominence due to serial lying and removal
from the anchor desk of NBC Nightly News, current MSNBC breaking news anchor Brian Williams will be given another
chance to rein over a daily news program when, according to CNN's Brian Stelter, MSNBC awards him a half-hour show at
11:00 p.m. at a date to be determined.
Brian Williams Seeks 'Redemption' at MSNBC: 'Bad Precedent for Journalism'. Brian Williams, who spent 10 years
as the anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News weekday program, and MSNBC, a cable affiliate known for its
liberal slant and perpetually low ratings, are combining their forces in an effort to improve their standing in the cable
news battle during the 2016 presidential contest.
Brian Williams Proclaims to Be the 'Purveyor of Truth and Justice'. A totally clueless Brian Williams on Monday night [2/1/2016]
warned MSNBC viewers to not fall for false information as Iowa caucus results rolled in. The man who became known for spinning vast
numbers of falsehoods while anchor at NBC News ominously began, "There's going to be some data floating around, especially the internet
tonight." He continued, "The first wave of that data is notoriously suspect. So, don't believe everything you see and hear
tonight." With no self-awareness, Williams proclaimed, "We hopefully will be the purveyors of truth and justice here."
The Editor says...
The internet is gradually replacing television as the primary national news medium in
America, and the broadcast networks are very aware of it.
(The evidence of this trend is abundant: Internet news and opinion sites are replete with advertising. If nobody looked for
local and national news on the internet, there would be few advertisers.)
Over the next few years, unless the internet is strangled by Big Government, the trend will continue.
The over-the-air broadcasters (and networks) are somewhat jealous of their internet competitors, which is why every TV station has a web site.
Even so, it isn't realistic to claim that the viewers can't believe anything they hear about an election except what they hear on television.
cuts back Katrina anniversary coverage to avoid awkward references. MSNBC has cut back its coverage of the 10th
anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to avert awkward references to outlandish claims Brian Williams made about his time in New
Orleans, it is reported. Williams, 56, asserted in a 2006 interview that he had seen a 'face-down' dead body float past
his hotel window in the Louisiana city's French Quarter in the aftermath of Katrina in September 2005.
Williams Scandal Shows Power of Social Media. The soldiers who prompted Brian
Williams's fall from one of the most powerful jobs in the media had first tried to blow the whistle
on him in 2003. But that was before the Internet became ubiquitous. And so, like most
people who had a problem with the news, the soldiers had few options.
NBC cut Brian Williams loose as anchor — and really had no choice. In the end, NBC simply could not bring
Brian Williams back to the anchor chair. It wasn't just that he had irreparably tarnished his own credibility, and that of his
network, by fabricating a tale of Iraq War bravery. It was that the rank and file of his own news division was vehemently opposed
to Williams returning to "NBC Nightly News."
Quotes of the day.
The scandals that derailed the career of NBC News anchor Brian Williams are of the pathetic and pathological kind.
Obviously, Williams is not to be trusted. Nevertheless, other than the Katrina fairytales that were obviously meant
to damage President Bush, all of his lies were self-aggrandizing resume-enhancers.
When elites lie without much consequence,
the public follows their examples. [Scroll down] Few question network anchor newsreaders.
In Williams's case his "aw shucks" mellifluous shtick and understated dramatics were his versions of hexameters and
type scenes, and so made his lying a bit easier to swallow. After his brief suspension, Williams might even
return to his multimillion-dollar per year perch, with the understanding that he can restore NBC ratings and
profitability, and do that with occasional exaggeration rather than outright making up stuff. And
why not lie, when NBC itself doctors 911 tapes to confirm that George Zimmerman was a racist?
Williams Wants His Job Back Now, but NBC Isn't So Sure. The trial of Brian Williams is
not quite over, and the question of whether he'll be banished or welcomed back is far from settled.
Despite rumors that NBC News has completed its reportedly damning internal review of the suspended Nightly
News anchor's tall tales about his adventures in journalism, the probe isn't finished and its
conclusions are not fully baked.
Williams Knows He's Dead. For a brief moment earlier this week, it looked as though
Williams might have found a champion in Andrew Lack, the newly returned chief of NBC News.
According to a blind-sourced story in the [New York] Daily News, Lack was hoping to reseat
his old friend Williams in the network's anchor chair. But whoever launched that trial
balloon — presumably a Williams loyalist — must have been ducking for cover
the next day when the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Post sent high-velocity
rounds through the Daily News item with a blind-sourced story of its own. "They want
Brian to resign," an anonymous source told the Post. "If they have to fire him, they
can't control him."
News chief wants Brian Williams back on the air. This ship's captain doesn't want to
throw the anchor overboard. NBC News chief Andrew Lack is looking for a way to put Brian Williams
back behind the "Nightly News" desk, sources tell the Daily News — and Williams has told
confidants he won't leave the network unless he's fired. "Andy believes viewers want him (Williams)
back," the source said. "The feeling is that (Williams') problem seems to be more with the media and
other reporters than his viewers — if Andy can figure out a way to get him back on the air he
will do it."
and Brian slide down the ladder. Who do you trust? A. Brian Williams B. Hillary
Clinton Both are important public figures. Both have been accused of deception. Both admit they
made mistakes. Both now ask for your forgiveness and your trust. But does either one deserve it?
Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand. An NBC News internal investigation into Brian
Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented
or embellished his accounts, two people with inside knowledge of the investigation said. The
investigation includes at least one episode that was previously unreported, these people said, involving
statements by Mr. Williams about events from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring.
execs leaked new details of Brian Williams 'lying' to shame him into resigning. Leaks
from the investigation into shamed newsman Brian Williams were given to the press to pressure him
into resignation, a report claims. News broke this weekend that the committee investigating the
NBC star found he lied in his reporting to make himself look good at least 11 times.
far, NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times. A months-long
internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the
anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with
details of the probe.
Williams 'started lying because he felt insecure following Tom Brokaw and then blamed it on a
possible brain tumor'. Brian Williams started embellishing his stories because he felt
insecure following in Tom Brokaw's very large footsteps at NBC, according to a new report. The
network handed Williams a six-month suspension in February after he acknowledged he had lied about
being on board a helicopter that came under fire while reporting from Iraq in 2003. But according
to a report in Vanity Fair, Williams started exaggerating his stories because he felt insecure about
Brokaw, whom he succeeded at Nightly News in 2004.
Brian Williams the Canary.
The story of the Brian Williams saga wherein recorded video descriptions by Williams morphed from having only
heard about things that happened to those same things actually having happened to or witnessed personally by
him is simply an example of life in today's world of the highly visible Left. Williams is a political
iceberg that holds a whole lot more below the surface. All of it needs to be exposed if this nation
expects to survive in the real world of facts, "truth, justice and the American Way". Clark Kent is
needed just as Clark Kent. We don't need Superman.
When Network Lies Kill.
Since I haven't watched network news in decades, the saga about Brian Williams' Major Hoople persona
is more about drama than anything substantive to my interest. Whether Williams is a fabulist, an
incestuous voyeur who bragged about his daughter's soft porn role on HBO's 'Girls' or simply your
average liberal is less compelling to me than wondering if a more dangerous anchor will ever be
exposed for his lies. Unfortunately, Walter Cronkite is still revered as the most trusted man
in America even though his lies about the Vietnam War caused countless military deaths by prolonging
List: 32 Lies and Disputed Stories NBC News Let Brian Williams Tell For a Decade.
Numerous accounts now verify that NBC News not only wanted Brian Williams out there building his
brand with the likes of Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live, but that the
NBC brass knew their star was a serial liar. [...] Apparently, as long as Brian Williams' lies
helped build the NBC News brand and the "Nightly News" ratings, nobody in charge chose to say anything.
Big Sunday Story, WashPost Finds More Brian Williams Myths. A team of Washington
Post reporters did more myth-busting in the claims of Brian Williams in a Sunday front-page
story that continued to two whole pages inside the paper. The headline was "Williams undone by his
gift of storytelling: Anchor's love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall." Wild
exaggerations? "That's Brian being Brian" was the "newsroom shorthand."
investigating Brian Williams' claims that he witnessed fall of Berlin Wall and met Pope John Paul
II. NBC is expanding its inquiry into the alleged tall tales of suspended "Nightly
News" anchor Brian Williams, CNN reported Thursday [2/12/2015]. The network's internal
fact-checking is "nowhere near done," a senior NBC source told the cable news channel. The look
into Williams' exaggerated exploits has expanded beyond the anchor's claims about being in a
helicopter that was struck by an RPG during the 2003 Iraq War. The new focus will examine
Williams' claims that he, not his predecessor Tom Brokaw, was in Germany the day the Berlin Wall fell
and a story about meeting Pope John Paul II while a college student at Catholic University in 1979.
Lawyers, and Brian Williams's 'Misremembering'. In most instances, even in the smallest of markets, a
reporter might be able to get away with a single instance of "misremembering," or as it might be more appropriately
called in Williams' case, exaggeration. But any more than that and he or she would, or should, be fired.
The odds of that happening, however, are diametrically opposed to the amount of money a particular reporter could
generate for a newspaper or television station. The cub reporter on the newspaper, in other words, is more
likely to be fired than the lead anchor on a television station.
Tall Tale From Brian Williams? Seal Team Six Claim Disputed. New details are emerging
about about what appears to be another tall tale of wartime heroics from recently suspended NBC News
anchor Brian Williams. [...] The chronology of Williams's account does not match up with what we
know about where he was and what he was reporting.
'Long Period' of Concerns at NBC, Williams Given $50 Million Contract in Dec.. The
unraveling of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams's accounts of his reporting in Iraq and
Katrina-ravaged New Orleans has become a black mark on NBC News's reputation. A detailed account in
Thursday's Washington Post of the decision to suspend Williams for six months without pay appears
to demonstrate how seriously the Peacock Network has taken the newsman's transgression — NBC
Universal's CEO Steve Burke even considered firing Williams outright.
NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams. Senior NBC officials
seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a
military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war, according to a top
network official. The ultimate decision to suspend Williams for six months was made after an
internal investigation unearthed other "instances of exaggeration," according to a person familiar
with intense behind-the-scenes discussions between network officials and Williams.
of TV news in doubt long before Williams' gaffe. It's not a big deal if Brian Williams
eventually is fired, quits, or otherwise stops reading the news to viewers once his six-month
suspension is over. I'm not even sure it's a medium-sized deal. That may sound harsh, and it's
not personal. As a reader of the day's events, Williams is superb. His looks, delivery and style
helped NBC Nightly News to the top of the ratings heap. From updates about the war on terror to the
latest ice storm, he made viewers believe he is in the living room and speaking only with them. That takes
talent, but he messed up. There are consequences for a gaffe on the level that Williams committed.
Elites Defend Brian Williams from 'Bile Brigade'. If you don't already despise the
elite media, the next few paragraphs should put the final pieces into place. No joke, some
high-profile members of the elite media are now on their high horse (if you'll pardon the
expression) over the frenzied coverage of serial stolen valor liar Brian Williams. In short,
members of the elite media don't think members of the elite media should be treated like members of
the elite media treat everyone else.
Will He Lose His Smug? NBC Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months. Without pay. Now that
would affect people like us, but for a guy making $10M + a year, I don't think he'll notice.
As I noted on the show, I'm not sure how they bring him back after this.
Brian Williams Exploits: Hezbollah Rockets, Mugged At Gunpoint!. Well, maybe Brian
Williams is not lying. Maybe he is just confused. Maybe he was held up at gunpoint on Christmas,
in Israel, after being attacked by a Hezbollah rocket, right after being almost killed in Iraq by an RPG.
Brian Williams's incestuous voyeurism trump lying? What parent would cozy up with his
daughter to watch her in a graphic sex scene? Brian Williams did. As the mainstream media
erupts over Williams' fish tales about downed helicopters, dead bodies floating in flood-swamped streets
of New Orleans and burning puppies, another one of news anchor's bizarre behaviors is going unnoticed.
If NBC is embarrassed by its managing editor's fibs, what about Williams's kinky voyeurism when it comes to
his actress-daughter's explicit sex-capades on HBO?
Fawning Brian Williams Bows To POTUS At White House. Although I rarely watch any MSM
news shows, I do remember catching a segment on NBC, in June, '09, that I had found troubling:
Brian Williams, over a period of several days, had aired a two-hour special about the new president
and his life in the White House. At the end of the last segment, I was shocked when Williams,
saying goodbye, bowed to Obama.
Williams is just the latest symptom of a diseased legacy media. Are we seeing a trend
here? Dan Rather at CBS and now Brian Williams at NBC? Well, two news anchors are not a trend, but
biased and bad reporting is. It's not new, but it does seem to be gathering momentum and nowhere has
it been more apparent than the millions of words written and spoken about "global warming" and now
Bozell: 'Brian Williams has to go'.
Add conservative media watchdog L. Brent Bozell III to the list of those calling on NBC to dump
nightly news anchor Brian Williams for claiming he was on a military copter under attack. Bozell,
of the Media Research Center, said in a tweet today: "Brian Williams has to go. NBC's
credibility is completely shot."
Williams suspended without pay for 6 months by NBC. Brian Williams has been suspended
from "NBC Nightly News" without pay for six months, the network announced Tuesday [2/10/2015]. The
announcement comes amid an ongoing internal investigation into whether Williams exaggerated stories
during his public appearances as managing editor of the top-rated evening news program, both on NBC
NBC's suspension is Brian Williams' last hope for remaining anchor. NBC Universal
tried to save Brian Williams' job last night — and that's why he was suspended for six
months. The company finally had to stop the bleeding, to halt the hemorrhaging of its own
credibility along with that of its franchise player. The brass slowly came to realize that
Williams had to be punished, and significantly, for the sin of fabricating a story about his 2003
trip to Iraq.
Disarray Over Brian Williams. The embattled anchor goes into self-imposed exile and lawyers
up. Meanwhile, NBC investigates, successors line up, and Tom Brokaw watches from above.
Williams: puffed up anchor, puffed up tales. If even only some of the reports are
true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. No doubt everyone
knows somebody like this, and if you don't it's probably because you're that guy. But Williams' case
is special. This isn't some sad Willy Loman who needs to invent impressive stories about himself.
If anything, he needed to not tell such stories, given that he reportedly makes more than $10 million a
year to be a trusted name in news.
Brian Williams and
the God Complex. Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor, is taking himself off the air
for, what he says will be, "several days." He presumably hopes that the media firestorm surrounding
claims he made about his reporting experience in Iraq will subside. [...] However, there are some
scenarios in which he does not survive as an NBC anchor. One: if more fabrications surface from the
work of hundreds, probably thousands, of amateur detectives online — eager to prove that Williams
was not telling the truth when he claimed, for instance, that he saw a body floating beneath his hotel window
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Fire, Brian Williams Loses Lofty Spot on a Trustworthiness Scale. If Brian Williams's
future as the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" rests on his trustworthiness and ratings, new research
delivered some sobering news on Monday [2/9/2015]. Before Mr. Williams apologized for exaggerating
an account of a forced helicopter landing during the Iraq war, he ranked as the 23rd-most-trusted
person in the country — on par with Denzel Washington, Warren E. Buffett and Robin
Roberts. On Monday, he ranked as No. 835.
Witnesses Contradict Williams' Katrina Stories. Now that everything he has ever said
about anything will be under scrutiny for a very long time, there is a lot out there. As of now,
though, it is Brian Williams' Tales from Katrina that are receiving an extra level of scrutiny. And
they are not holding up very well. Witnesses are calling Williams' Katrina stories of close
calls at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel "crazy."
Says He Told NBC News of Williams' False Story in 2003. Don Helus, who piloted the
chopper that sustained an RPG attack in the story that has embroiled NBC Nightly News anchor
Brian Williams in controversy, told CNN's Brian Stelter he contacted NBC News 10 years ago to inform
them of what he called Williams' inaccurate account of the attack — and received no
response. Williams is currently on a voluntary leave of absence after admitting a story he has
been telling for years about taking rocket fire in Iraq was untrue. Helus' chopper was attacked,
but Williams was nowhere near it.
Williams forced to admit he was NOT shot down in the Iraq War: NBC anchor apologizes.
NBC news anchor Brian Williams has been forced to admit that he wasn't aboard a helicopter hit and
forced down by enemy fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Nightly News anchor has often
repeated the war story over the past 12 years about how the aircraft he was on was forced down
by enemy fire.
Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest. NBC Nightly News anchor
Brian Williams admitted Wednesday [2/4/2015] he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire
during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Why NBC will stand by
its $200M man Brian Williams. NBC News chief Deborah Turness has millions of reasons
to save Brian Williams. Without its chief anchor to keep it at the front of the news pack, "NBC
Nightly News" is at risk of losing the multimillion dollar ad premium it has over rivals. "Nightly
News" raked in an estimated $200 million in annual ad revenue for NBC News in 2013.
doubts arise over Brian Williams' story about being mugged at gunpoint in his quiet childhood
suburb. An old story often repeated by Brian Williams about his bravery growing up in
a quiet New Jersey suburb is being questioned by local residents in the light of his admission that
he lied about taking enemy fire in Iraq. Williams announced on Saturday [2/7/2015] that he is
temporarily stepping down from the NBC Nightly News amid questions about his false memories of war
coverage in 2003, calling it 'painfully apparent' that he has become a distracting news story.
shouldn't believe Williams' lie was an innocent mistake. [Brian] Williams originally
told the truth about what happened in 2003 Iraq: He was on a Chinook helicopter. Another helicopter
was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). His helo was nowhere near the one that was struck and
landed some 30 or more minutes later. That isn't a near-miss; that's just rubbernecking at something
you didn't even know happened until you came along later.
Aweigh. This was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were
warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed
over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes
to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division. But the
caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and "there was no one around to
pull his chain when he got too over-the-top," as one NBC News reporter put it.
Dowd: NBC News Knew Brian Williams was 'Pathological'. According to Maureen Dowd in
the New York Times, NBC News executives knew Brian Williams had a problem with the truth but the
infrastructure wasn't in place to do anything about it. Per Dowd, things were so bad with Williams
that his "flourishes to puff himself up" became "a joke in the news division."
Williams' unmitigated disaster. It's an unmitigated disaster for Brian Williams and
NBC News. The revelation that the NBC anchor had lied on air about being in a helicopter that was
forced down after it was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War is devastating. It's hard to see
how Williams gets past this, and how he survives as the face of NBC News. An anchor's No. 1
requirement is that he or she has credibility. If we don't believe what an anchor tells us,
what's the point?
Valor Writ Large. While [Brian ] Williams will no doubt have most of the liberal media
and the Democrat party circling their wagons around him, there are some of his media colleagues who
are calling for his resignation, noting that as an anchorman, his perceived honesty is his most
essential qualification for the job.
buried lede: "Senior" NBC News execs "counseled" Williams to stop telling helicopter story.
[Scroll down] That puts a whole new spin on the story, and NBC News' part in it. [Brian]
Steinberg has three sources that state that news execs barred Williams from telling his story on air,
at least during their broadcasts. If true, then that means that NBC News brass must have known
something was suspect about Williams' tale of courage under fire — otherwise,
why not tell the story that would reflect so well on their anchor?
Williams' heroic stories include Princess Di and Hurricane Katrina. He lives in a
vivid fantasy world that would make Walter Mitty blush — never missing a chance to
shamelessly play the hero or embellish a news story. Reality-challenged NBC anchor Brian Williams
once boasted about abandoning a dying buddy to cover the death of Princess Diana — but
said it was worth it because it won him worldwide fame.
Brian Williams Fiasco Is Worsening — More Possible "Fake Stories" Surface.
Things are going from bad to worse for NBC Anchor Brian Williams. Yesterday a report surfaced which
claimed a pilot remembered taking small arms fire while Williams was on board, this report was used
by those who defended Williams. However, that pilot has now walked back his story saying his memory
was wrong and he probably didn't have Williams on the flight.
News standing by Brian Williams in Iraq war-embellishment issue. NBC News is standing
by Brian Williams after the anchor's admission that he embellished his role in a military incident
during the Iraq war. The network has not commented publicly, but an executive familiar with the
matter says Williams will face no disciplinary action. His apology, delivered during the Wednesday
[2/4/2015] edition of "NBC Nightly News," was accepted internally.
Brian Williams also exaggerate his Hurricane Katrina reports? On Wednesday [2/45/2015]
[NBC News anchor Brian] Williams blamed his mistake on the 'fog of memory over 12 years', but
evidence has emerged since that Williams has repeatedly mis-told the story including to late night
host David Letterman in 2013. The anchor's previous credibility as a highly regarded journalist
is based partly on his reporting from inside the New Orleans Superdome in the immediate aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
Williams and the Tyranny of Ego. Like so many others, I find it impossible to believe
Brian Williams simply "made a mistake." At the risk of indulging in armchair pop psychology,
I'd say it's far more likely that a titanic ego collided with reality, and reality lost.
Brian Williams lie about his Katrina experience, too? NBC News anchor Brian Williams
is in quite a bit of trouble over his admission that his decade-long claim to have endured heavy
fire while flying in a military helicopter over Baghdad in 2003 was a fabrication. Accordingly,
journalists are beginning to review other extraordinary claims Williams made over the course of his
career, and they are not short on material to parse.
Livid Over Brian Williams' Lies. Veterans in all branches of the military who have
sacrificed to keep America safe are livid at NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who was forced to admit
this week that he had, for 12 years, lied about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq.
Sun: Brian Williams Needs To Be Gone By Friday. Writing for the Baltimore Sun, media
journalist David Zurawik called for Brian Williams to resign or to be fired by Friday. "If
credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor
of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday [2/6/2015]," Zurawik writes.
Williams faces internal investigation at NBC for lying about helicopter attack in Iraq: sources. The
head of NBC's investigative unit is breathing down Brian Williams' neck. Richard Esposito has been assigned
to investigate the embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor for lying about dodging danger while reporting in Iraq,
sources told The [New York] Daily News on Friday [2/6/2015]. And the reporters and producers who work for
Williams are "shocked, furious and sad" about the scandal that that has wrecked the reputation of an anchor many
considered "the most trusted name in news," the sources said.
Rathergate to Rolling Stone: Fake But Accurate. Rathergate has many similarities to
the Rolling Stone rape hoax. Both ignored the basic rules of journalism to pursue a narrative.
The narrative was so full of holes that bloggers and even casual readers realized that something was
wrong and stepped in where the professional journalists had failed. The difference is that
Rolling Stone has even less investment in its journalistic credibility than CBS did. The
principals will not be forced out. Their work may have been fake, but it was still accurate.
someone mention Rathergate?
Deep Is This Education Official's Involvement In The Rolling Stone Hoax? A top-ranking
official at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has emerged as a potentially
key figure in Rolling Stone's false article, "A Rape on Campus." Catherine Lhamon, who heads the
Department's civil rights wing, was identified in a letter sent last month by University of Virginia
Dean of Students Allen Groves to Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, the two Columbia Journalism School
deans who conducted a review of the Nov. 19 article, written by disgraced reporter Sabrina Rubin
Erdely. Groves' letter was included as a footnote to the Columbia deans' report, which was
released on Sunday and cataloged the failures and lies that led to the article's publication.
the Rolling Stone gang-rape author EVER corroborated a story? In the wake of Rolling
Stone's refusal to fire the author behind its now-retracted and now infamous University of Virginia
gang-rape story, one has to wonder if this is a rare mistake or a pattern of behavior. There are
some big hints that it is the latter. Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author in question, actually has a
history of writing articles based solely on one person's account, with no indication that she even tried
to corroborate the story or hear any other potential side.
Stone' didn't let facts block story. The best thing you can say about this fiasco is
that there was little deliberate lying involved. According to an exhaustive report by the Columbia
Journalism School, the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and her editors didn't purposefully publish
falsehoods. Of course, this is faint praise. The field of journalistic ethics can get ridiculously
Talmudic. But it's all based on a very simple rule: Tell the truth.
Why the Left Lies.
There was only one problem with Erdely's story: It was false. Jackie had lied. And Rolling Stone had
no evidence to back up Jackie's story in the first place. This week, Rolling Stone apologized for the story but
did not fire Erdely or any of its editors; Erdely apologized not to the fraternity or its members but to virtually
everyone else. She added, "In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic
duty to find the truth." Herein lies the problem. Journalism does not require sympathy for human beings.
It requires sympathy for readers, who deserve truth. But for the left, truth represents a secondary value.
It is far more important to forward a particular political narrative than it is to simply state the facts. And
that narrative can only be forwarded if there is controversy over the facts.
Against 'Rape Culture' Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry. The extensive post
mortem that Rolling Stone commissioned in the wake of Sabrina Rubin Erdely's now infamous
"Rape on Campus" disaster rests upon — and confirms — two salient facts. The
first: that Erdely did not receive her story from a source and then contrive to write it up, but instead
went looking for a tale that would help her to advance a political narrative. The second: that
Rolling Stone's editorial process broke down almost entirely, thereby permitting her shoddy
workmanship to reach the international stage.
Stone, media bias, and how the left uses fake victims to create real ones. Hey,
remember that Rolling Stone article about the brutal gang on the campus of the University of
Virginia that never happened? Well, Rolling Stone is officially retracting the story. [...] But
here's the thing: This is mission accomplished for progressives. When it comes to something
like this, Rolling Stone (and others) is much less concerned about honesty in journalism than it is activism
through journalism. It's all about the narrative. I don't mean to suggest that the writer of this
piece wanted the humiliation associated with writing an inaccurate piece. I'm saying that she didn't
bother to even question Jackie's story because it fit her progressive, victim/oppressor worldview perfectly.
Stone's Fake Rape Piece Shows Media's Culture Of Corruption. What does a magazine
caught in a scandal too awful to defend do? Why, go to Columbia's journalism school for absolution.
That's what Rolling Stone did after its false campus rape story. It won't work this time.
Made a Difference': The Liberal Gang Rape of Journalism. What percentage of the news
reporting staff at NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN voted for Mitt Romney in 2012? What percentage of the
editors at the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Associated Press have ever
voted for any Republican? For most members of the modern media, the news business has ceased to be a
business and is no longer about news. Instead, journalism has become a sort of missionary field for
political zealots engaged in an evangelical crusade for what Ann Coulter called "The Church of Liberalism."
Young liberals become journalists for the same reason others go to work for UNICEF or the Peace Corps, because
they want to "make a difference." Liberal journalists conceive of their careers as a sacred calling, to
assist the forces of "progress" in creating a world of "social justice."
Made a Difference': The Liberal Gang Rape of Journalism. Rolling Stone magazine
perpetrated a hoax against the University of Virginia, doing "journalism" about an alleged gang rape
that evidently never happened. The source of the dramatic tale Rolling Stone published last
November, "A Rape on Campus," was a UVA student named Jackie who has been proven to be a liar. [...]
What better way to exploit the political "gender gap" than to claim that college girls are being
raped en masse, and then to suggest that the solution to this problem could be summarized in two
words: "VOTE DEMOCRAT!"
Conclusion: Rolling Stone UVA Rape Story a Work of Fiction. Four months after the
publication of an infamous Rolling Stone piece depicting a violent gang rape at one of the
University of Virginia's fraternities, and the magazine's subsequent retraction due to numerous
inconsistencies and gross journalistic malpractice, the Charlottesville police department announced
their investigation's findings this afternoon [3/23/2015]. From the Associated Press: ["']All I
can tell you is that there is no substantive basis to conclude that what was reported in that article
happened,['] Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.["]
Frat Has Powerful Legal Case Against Rolling Stone. On Monday [4/6/2015], the
University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity announced it would investigate a lawsuit against
Rolling Stone after the magazine's massive "Rape on Campus" expose turned out to have been
based completely on a fraudulent story.
Columbia Missed In Its Review of Rolling Stone. In November, Rolling
Stone magazine ran a story detailing the horrific account of an alleged gang rape at a
fraternity on the University of Virginia campus. The story quickly proved to be rubbish, and
Rolling Stone reached out to the Columbia University School of Journalism to discover how the
magazine could have blundered so badly. [...] As I document in my forthcoming book, Scarlet
Letters, cases like the Rolling Stone's have become so common because those perpetrating
a given fraud almost inevitably advance causes that the cultural establishment, the Columbia faculty
included, wants to see advanced.
Are Eight Campus Rape Hoaxes Eerily Like The UVA Rape Story. In a now-infamous Nov. 19
story in Rolling Stone, disgraced journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely asserted that at least five
members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity gang-raped a freshman named Jackie at a frat house party,
then left her in a bloodstained dress to exit via a conveniently vacant side staircase. The
Washington Post's reporting now suggests that Jackie fabricated huge swathes of her gory rape tale,
and that Erdely abrogated her duty to properly investigate it. Erdely's career is rapidly
disintegrating with each freshly revealed fabrication, as it becomes more and more evident that no
Scandal Plagued News Anchor Katie
Couric Will Return to 'Today' Show. Katie Couric, the scandal-plagued Yahoo News correspondent and former
celebrity news anchor, will return to NBC's "Today" show in January. Couric will guest-host alongside Matt Lauer, also
a figure of some controversy, for one week beginning January 2.
Katie Couric Files to Dismiss $12M Defamation Case. Director Stephanie Soechtig and Producer Katie Couric were
caught red-handed fabricating gun owner responses in their anti-gun propaganda film, Under the Gun, leading member of
the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VDCL) to file a $12 million dollar defamation lawsuit. Couric's lawyers are
now desperately attempting to have the case thrown out.
Couric, Stephanie Soechtig sued for $12M for deceptive edits in anti-gun documentary. A Virginia gun-rights
group is suing Katie Couric and the producers of the documentary "Under the Gun" for $12 million in defamation over an
interview that was revealed to have been deceptively edited. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and two
gun-rights activists featured in the film, Daniel Hawes and Patricia Webb, are suing Ms. Couric, who produced the
documentary and led the interview in question, as well as director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films and Epix, the film's
distributor. The suit filed in federal court Tuesday, obtained by BearingArms.com, claimed the producers of the film
"intentionally manipulated" footage to make it look like members of the VCDL were stumped when asked about gun background checks.
Porn and Gun Nuts. Katie Couric was the anchor for a while on "CBS Evening News" and was a correspondent on the
investigation program "60 Minutes." She was a star. She's fallen far. But she fell gradually, and there
were signs along the way. [...] Couric's recent spectacle suggests that the sleaze hasn't bottomed out yet. Couric's
purported story was an interview with several Second Amendment advocates. You know, gun owners. Or as people who
don't own guns call them, "gun nuts." Whether or not you agree with them, these gun owners/nuts in Couric's interview
come across as rational and well-spoken. Too much so, Couric evidently decided. So she fixed that.
Manipulative Editing — Katie Couric's Team Likely Violated Federal Law. The plot thickens. A
couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Stephanie Soechtig, the director of a Katie Couric-fronted gun-control infomercial
titled Under the Gun, had selectively edited her interviewees' testimony in order to make them look dumb. Now,
it seems that Soechtig and her team may have bigger problems than having been caught in a lie: One or more among them
may be heading toward a felony charge. During a recent television interview, Soechtig claimed indignantly that she had
sent a co-producer from Colorado into the state of Arizona, where he made contact with a private gun seller and purchased
three handguns and a "Bushmaster" rifle. According to Soechtig, that these transactions were "perfectly legal"
demonstrates that the laws need changing.
Couric Accused of Deceptive Editing in Second Documentary. Katie Couric's 2014 documentary Fed Up
includes instances of deceptive editing similar to 2016's Under the Gun, according to several people familiar with the
making of the film. Fed Up, which focuses on obesity and the food industry, was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and
produced by Couric. The film includes two interviews with figures who hold viewpoints counter to the narrative of the film,
and sources say both interviews include at least one misleading or deceptive edit intended to embarrass the interviewee.
Dr. David Allison, an interview subject in the film and the director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, says he was a
victim of shoddy journalism. "What she did to me is antithetical to not only just human decency and civility but it is
antithetical to the spirit of science and democratic dialogue," he told the Washington Free Beacon.
caught off guard by Katie Couric documentary scandal. News industry veterans are sniping that Yahoo was caught
seriously off guard by Katie Couric's dodgy editing scandal. Company insiders reveal that an emergency meeting of
senior executives was rapidly convened after it emerged that eight seconds of silence had been added to an interview in her
documentary "Under the Gun" — which she made outside of her Yahoo role — making it seem as if
anti-gun-control activists were stumped by a question. But Yahoo didn't launch a formal investigation into why their
"global anchor" ended up having to publicly apologize for the misleading footage. Couric said in a statement that she
had asked director Stephanie Soechtig about why she had inserted the silence, and added, "I regret that those eight seconds
were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously."
the media 'under the gun'. [Scroll down] It's hard to know what is worse: "clueless reporters" being
manipulated by government officials to spread propaganda, or deceptive reporters manipulating video to spread their own
propaganda? In the latter category, we have the aforementioned Katie Couric documentary which infamously tried to make
gun-rights advocates look like they were totally stumped by Couric's "hard-line" questioning.
Reliable Sources Panel Slam Couric for Misleading Gun Documentary. CNN media show Reliable Sources covered
Katie Couric's deceptively edited gun documentary Sunday [6/5/2016], with Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth
Harrington and the rest of the panel unanimously condemning Couric and the movie's director for their conduct. Couric
has come under fire after the Washington Free Beacon revealed the documentary she narrated and produced, Under The
Gun, contains a falsely edited scene where Couric appears to stump gun rights activists with a question about background
checks. Reporter Stephen Gutowski broke the story last month, showing with audio that the gun rights activists actually
immediately responded to Couric's question, rather than staring in silence as the movie falsely shows. "Eight seconds
of silence, making the activists look ignorant, like they didn't have an answer, but the truth is they responded to her
question right away," Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter said.
Group Calls for Investigation Into Producers of 'Under the Gun'. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a
prominent gun rights group, is calling for an investigation into whether the producers of Under the Gun violated laws
governing interstate firearm sales. According to Under the Gun director Stephanie Soechtig in a February interview
first unearthed by the website Ammoland, a producer who resided in Colorado was sent to Arizona to purchase a rifle and
three handguns from private sellers in the state.
Couric's Anti-Gun Producers Repeatedly Violated Federal Gun Laws. Katie, get your gun lawyer. By now
you've probably heard about Katie Couric's new anti-gun documentary "Under The Gun," and how her producer doctored video of
interviews with gun owners in order to make them look stupid and heartless. Couric's producer and director, Stephanie
Soechtig, admitted to doctoring the video, and Couric herself kinda sorta apologized for it. But that's not the worst
thing that happened with the making of this documentary. It turns out that Couric's production team deliberately
conspired to violate federal gun laws. According to video obtained by Ammoland, a shooting sports news website, one of
Couric's producers deliberately committed at least four separate felonies by purchasing four separate firearms across state
lines without a background check.
group won't accept Katie Couric 'apology'. Katie Couric may have claimed responsibility for a doctored
interview with a pro-Second Amendment group, but the gun rights activists targeted in her documentary are angry her
mea culpa included only a partial transcript of their discussion on background checks.
Couric slammed for 'deceptive' documentary about gun rights. The Independent Women's Forum issued a statement
on Wednesday calling for Couric to be fired. "Katie Couric should be ashamed of herself for her dishonest and distorted
reporting on this issue," said Culture of Alarmism Director Julie Gunlock. "She has gone from respected journalist to
propagandist for gun control groups... Like serial fabricator Brian Williams, Couric should be fired. Her tactics
have been exposed and Americans should never again trust her to report on these important issues."
Couric takes blame for 'misleading' gap edited into gun documentary. Katie Couric has reversed course and taken
responsibility for an edit that misrepresents the response of gun rights activists to a question she poses in a new
documentary. The segment in "Under the Gun" shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks the activists how
felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Audio of the exchange leaked
last week reveals an almost immediate response to the question.
Couric, Now Gumbel Accused of Deceptive Edits in Anti-Gun Segment. They once shared co-hosting duties on NBC's
Today show and now it looks like Bryant Gumbel has joined Katie Couric in being accused of using deceptive editing
techniques to attack gun rights. The inventor of the AR-15 rifle, Jim Sullivan, has attacked HBO's Real Sports with
Bryant Gumbel for misrepresenting "much of what I had said" in his interview for their anti-gun segment aired on the May 24
program. Sullivan, in a May 31 article for The Federalist, charged that the anti-gun segment (by Real Sports
correspondent David Scott and producers Chapman Downes and Katie Melone) tried "to make the AR-15 civilian model seem too dangerous
for civilian sales. They didn't lie about what I said, they just omitted key parts, which changed the meaning."
Apologizes: 'I Take Responsibility' for 'Misleading' Documentary Edit. In a statement issued Sunday [5/29/2016], Yahoo News
anchor and executive producer of the documentary Under the Gun Katie Couric apologized for a "misleading" edit that appeared in that
film. Couric asked a pro-gun rights Virginia group how guns could be kept out of the hands of felons and terrorists without background
checks. In the edited version seen in the film, the group does not answer for several seconds and stares at their knees. But
when the gun group in question released their own recording, they showed that they were not dumbstruck and immediately gave lucid answers.
The Editor says...
The lesson here is very clear: When you are interviewed by a television reporter, make your own recording of the interview,
preferably with a time code track to validate your counter-claims, weeks or months later.
Removes Katie Couric Documentary From Its Website. The cable network behind the Katie Couric-produced documentary
Under the Gun has pulled the film from its website a day after Couric apologized and admitted it contained a misleading
edit of gun proponents' remarks. Pro-gun blog BearingArms.com first noticed that attempting to watch the film now
brings up a message saying "This movie is not currently playing on Epix."
director shows no remorse for deceptive, demeaning edit. Katie Couric, the executive producer and narrator of
the Epix-distributed documentary "Under the Gun," has apologized for a deliberate and deceptive edit that makes a group of
gun rights advocates look like dumbfounded dolts. In a statement posted over Memorial Day weekend, Couric acknowledged
that the edit was "misleading" and that she had failed to forcefully press her initial concerns about it. For the
record, the edit in question misportrayed an exchange between Couric and members of the Virginia Citizens Defense
League. In response to a question about background checks, VCDL members are depicted in stunned silence for about eight
seconds. An audiotape recorded by VCDL President Philip Van Cleave showed that Couric's inquiry fetched an immediate
and quite reasonable response.
Couric Finally Apologizes For Her Fraudulent Anti-Gun Documentary. Katie Couric apologized and accepted
responsibility for misrepresenting gun rights activists in her upcoming documentary "Under the Gun," Monday [5/30/2016].
"I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League,"
Couric said in a statement. The Global News anchor for Yahoo has been under fire ever since the Washington Free Beacon revealed
Couric's documentary was intentionally edited to make pro-gun Americans appear incapable of justifying their views.
GunGate Implosion is a Sign of Things to Come. While it is not yet complete, it appears that Katie Couric's
career is over, at least as a "respectable" journalist. Couric has been a reliably "progressive" advocate for
decades. In this, she simply followed the career progression that has been common in the dominant media for
50 years. Control of the media by one ideology, a "progressive" groupthink, has been a near fatal flaw
in our system. It is finally coming to a close.
dance around selective editing of Couric's gun documentary. Some newsrooms are still reluctant to report
outright that Katie Couric's gun documentary was selectively edited, despite the existence of audio evidence and an admission
from the film's director. Instead, several reports have been couched in careful language suggesting the Yahoo news
anchor and documentary director Stephanie Soechtig have only been accused of doctoring interviews with pro-Second
Should Roll. Of course Yahoo News should fire Katie Couric. She committed an act of gross intellectual
dishonesty — and if you don't fire a journalist for dishonesty, what [...] do you fire one for? Bad manners?
[...] Journalists are not supposed to tell lies to their audiences. Couric did. Case closed.
Couric cooks the facts, burns her reputation. [Scroll down] To make her case for more gun regulation she
decided to transition from journalism to falsification and propaganda. Instead of showing the interview question and
answer as they actually happened, she edited in an eight-second clip of the group sitting silently and slightly uncomfortably
waiting to be interviewed. Couric clearly wanted to present her question as though she were Perry Mason at the climax
of a courtroom drama coming up with a killer debating point that confounded all opposition witnesses. She wanted it to
seem as though no reasonable person could disagree and to present the gun rights group as tacitly acknowledging it by staying
silent and looking at their feet. Oh, Katie, you're so clever, you foxed those foolish gun nuts!
Couric is mad she was caught deceptive edit anti-gun video. As is typical for progressive hypocrites, they
never take responsibility when they are caught doing things like Katie Couric. She was exposing for deceptively editing
her anti-gun bs video for Yahoo: Under the Gun. News about this came out about a week ago, and Couric had been
silent about being exposed, until now. She is blaming someone named Stephanie Soechtig for deceptively editing the
video. Yahoo now has their own personal version of Brian Williams.
Silence, Defiance Goes On Over Dishonest Edit, Katie Couric's Proud Legacy Taking Serious Hit. [Scroll
down] But after leaving CBS (due to Evening News ratings struggles), Couric completed the Big-3 triad by joining
ABC in 2011. That tenure was hardly memorable as Couric simply couldn't establish herself among a sea of (younger)
talent. Her gravitas in the industry was still there but her overall relevance fading. Enter Yahoo News,
which made her the face of its growing online news division two years ago. If that reads like a career obituary, it's
because it may very well be.
Yahoo, Fire Katie Couric. The case is clear. Katie Couric, a person Yahoo employs to be the face of its
news division, was caught in a grotesque deception. Then, when she was publicly exposed, rather than apologizing, she
doubled down — defending the choice to cast innocent Americans as ignorant rubes rather than allowing them to
speak for themselves. She has lost her credibility. Any news organization that continues to employ her loses its
credibility as well.
Regrets 'Unnecessary Mistake' of Deceptive Edit in Gun Documentary. Katie Couric reportedly regrets the
"unnecessary mistake" of editing her documentary Under the Gun in a way that appeared to smear gun rights
advocates. In one scene of the documentary released last week, Couric is speaking to the Virginia Citizens Defense
League (VCDL) and asks, "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from
purchasing a gun?" In the documentary, her question is followed by several seconds of silence, suggesting that her
question had rendered them dumb. In fact, the interviewees offered lucid responses to her question almost immediately,
a fact that was revealed when the VCDL released their own audio recording of the interview. The VCDL called the edit
"unbelievable and extremely unprofessional." "I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt
that way," the documentary's director Stephanie Soechtig said after the news broke last Wednesday [5/25/2016].
The Editor says...
Of course they intended to make gun owners look bad. That was apparently the whole purpose of the film.
Is A Liberal Hack, Site Claims. Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon had a great story
Wednesday [5/25/2016]. You can read it [elsew]here. He obtained audio that proves the filmmaker of Katie Couric's
latest politicized documentary, Under the Gun, deceptively edited an interview with gun rights activists to make them
look ignorant and ashamed. The evidence he found is clear, it is direct, it is stunning, and it is embarrassing.
But it is not nearly as embarrassing as the way in which the filmmaker, Couric, and the New York Times reacted to the
Free Beacon's reporting. They all need to spend some time alone in the corner and think about what they've done.
Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists. Under the Gun bills
itself as a documentary that "examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even
as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase." It follows a number of gun violence victims and those who have
lost family members to gun violence as they advocate for stricter gun control laws. The 1 hour and 45 minute
film was executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric. Under the Gun has been labeled "dishonest politicking
in the guise of media coverage," "loose with the facts," and "a full-length assault on guns and the Second Amendment" by those
in the gun community since its debut on May 15.
Fraud In "Gungate" Is Real, And Should End Katie Couric's Career. As we noted yesterday, a gun rights group,
Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), agreed to sit down with a member of Couric's film team for more than two hours of
interviews. Most of the footage ended up on the cutting room floor, but the real scandal was when Couric's team was
caught red-handed swapping out the actual answer for one of the questions they asked VCDL with footage of them staring at the
floor, making it appear that they didn't have an answer to her question. That is not what happened. Stephen
Gutowski and his team at the Free Beacon isolated the actual uncut audio footage as part of their coverage of the
story, and it proves without a doubt that the VCDL members did have an immediate and detailed response to question.
Couric defends documentary that selectively edited gun advocates. Yahoo news anchor Katie Couric is standing by
her gun documentary, even after the discovery that it was selectively edited to make it appear as if she stumped gun
advocates with a simple question about background checks. In a statement to the Washington Examiner's media
desk, Couric said she is "very proud of the film." The documentary's director, Stephanie Soechtig, told the Examiner,
"There are a wide range of views expressed in the film. My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment
to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans' opinions on background checks."
The Editor says...
Ri-i-i-ight. If you believe that, you probably won't learn much from the rest of this web page.
first court win is a warning shot to journalists with dodgy info. Recently, there's been an argument among
top-flight journalists like BuzzFeed's Ben Smith about whether it's a good idea to publish potentially defamatory information
that is unverified and which even you yourself doubt in part or in whole. The only correct answer is: never do
this. And if you have to do it ... still don't do it. Because there's an excellent chance that, if
you are sued, a court will interpret your willingness to publish that which you acknowledge might be false as "reckless disregard"
for the truth.
over its publication of uncorroborated Trump dossier. A Russian-tied tech firm named in a controversial dossier
containing uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump and the hacking of Democratic National Committee email
accounts announced late Friday that it has filed defamation suits against the online news site BuzzFeed, its editor in chief
and a former British intelligence agent. The lawsuits were brought by XBT Holdings, a Cyprus-based company owned by
Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev. Lawyers for his firm filed complaints Friday in London against the former spy and
his company, and against BuzzFeed and its editor in chief, Ben Smith, in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, where XBT's subsidiary Webzilla is headquartered.
Sued for Naming Tech CEO in Story About Trump's Alleged Russian Ties. A Cyprus-based tech CEO is suing BuzzFeed
for defamation, after he and his company were named in an unverified document that was attached to a story about President
Donald Trump's alleged deep ties to Russia.
Carlson Grills Buzzfeed's Editor-in-Chief on Decision To Publish Dossier. Ben Smith, editor of "failing pile of
garbage" Buzzfeed, appeared on Fox News tonight to talk to Tucker Carlson about his site's decision to publish that
dossier. He's explained the decision multiple times, been raked over the coals on all manner of networks, and even had
his choice questioned by Carlson before, but Smith was back for what felt like Round 282 tonight. He pointed out that
his decision to publish a dossier that was being spoken about among high-ranking government officials and alluded to by some
was really no different than what Matt Drudge did by breaking the Monica Lewinsky story.
of the Press, Believed by But 15%, Straggle on in Defeat. [Scroll down] Then came the Russian connection.
Just as FBI director James Comey had been unable to control an internal revolt against the whitewash of Mrs. Clinton's illegal
handling of her e-mails and was forced to acknowledge a problem, some element of the intelligence apparatus released the fatuous
Golden Shower dossier, which no press outlet would touch until BuzzFeed, a barrel-scraping, muck-raking left-wing blog, put it out
and CNN took it up with tremendous fanfare, claiming Herculean journalistic enterprise to have unearthed it. Mr. Trump
called it "fake news [from] a pile of garbage," and it died.
BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing salacious 'dossier' on Trump. Where does transparency meet
irresponsibility? Right at the line that BuzzFeed's editor Ben Smith approached Tuesday and decided to step over in the
name of serving citizens' best interests. With caveats and explanations aplenty, Smith published a 35-page
"dossier" — actually just a bunch of scurrilous allegations dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage
Donald Trump. Smith said he did so because his, and BuzzFeed's, preference and philosophy is, essentially, "When in
doubt, publish." But at many other news organizations, the rule is caution: "When in doubt, leave it out."
Editor-in-Chief Says Publishing Unverified Trump Dossier 'Not an Easy or Simple Call'. After his publication
released a dossier that is reportedly the basis of the two-page synopsis that CNN is reporting the intelligence chiefs
presented to President-elect Donald Trump, Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted out an explanatory letter he sent to
Researcher Behind Trump Dossier Is Linked To Pro-Kremlin Lobbying Effort. The head of the opposition research
firm that is behind the Trump dossier is linked to a secret campaign aimed at undermining the Magnitsky Act, a law that
places sanctions on Russian criminals and is vehemently opposed by the Kremlin, The Daily Caller can report. The main
proponent of that law, a British-American businessman named Bill Browder, tells TheDC that Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion
GPS, the company behind the Trump dossier, is a "professional smear campaigner." According to Browder, Simpson, a former
Wall Street Journal reporter, is working with a former Russian counterintelligence officer named Rinat Akhmetshin to destroy
the Magnitsky Act, which is named after Browder's late lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, and was signed into law in Dec. 2012.
calls Trump dossier 'garbage'. Legendary journalist Bob Woodward on Sunday clashed with his former Watergate
reporting partner over the intelligence briefing of President-elect Donald Trump on the salacious allegations contained in an
unverified dossier of opposition research. "I've lived in this world for 45 years where you get things and people make
allegations," Woodward told "Fox News Sunday." "That is a garbage document. It never should have been presented
in — as part of an intelligence briefing."
Firm Behind Trump Dossier Is Also A Hired Gun For Planned Parenthood. The opposition research firm that hired a
former British spy to dig up dirt on Donald Trump is the same shady outfit that was hired by Planned Parenthood to put a
positive spin on videos showing the sale of baby parts. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Washington
D.C.-based Fusion GPS is the firm that hired Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the salacious but
unsubstantiated 35-page Trump dossier that was published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday. Earlier on Wednesday, The Wall Street
Journal identified Steele, who runs a U.K.-based business intelligence firm called Orbis Business, as the author of the memo.
Look who's attacking Buzzfeed for publishing 'fake news'. A major network anchor, a person previously
personally ridiculed by Donald Trump with an insulting nickname, jumped on board the "fake news" bandwagon, attacking the
editor of Buzzfeed who decided to publish a scurrilous opposition research memo that was peddled to the media for
months. Is this what Osama bin Laden meant when he said that people are naturally attracted to a "strong horse"?
Nothing could better symbolize the triumph of Donald Trump's stance toward the media than this appearance on the daily
version of Meet the Press by Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed, and the tough remarks he received from "sleepy Chuck Todd,"
of NBC News, widely regarded as the most anti-Trump network of all.
'Fake News': BuzzFeed, CNN Target Trump with Admittedly Unverifiable Russia 'Memos'. On Tuesday, CNN reported
that President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama had been briefed by the intelligence community on memos alleging
there was communication between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. CNN suggested the existence of
highly-compromising material targeting Trump which was compiled by a former British intelligence officer.
Standard. So last night, BuzzFeed decided to publish a "dossier" filled with allegations — one of
them absolutely disgusting — against Donald Trump whose veracity it openly said it could not verify. All
BuzzFeed knew was that the dossier had been circulating in political circles, that it had been generated by "political
opponents of Trump," and had been produced by a former British intelligence agent. [...] But I want to take my argument a
little further and explain why — even if every allegation in the dossier is true — what happened
here may be a point of no return for whatever is left of fact-based American journalism.
Media Heads and Political DC Operatives Construct More Russian Madness. If they didn't continually use the same
playbook (reference Trump's pre-election manufactured sex assault accusers), these insufferable political media constructs
would not be so transparent. There are trillions of dollars at stake. The framework for the latest narrative
begins with a CNN report, constructed by a familiar set of characters (Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez and Carl
Bernstein), all referencing a vague and intensely obtuse claim about Russians attempting to gain some form of opposition
research leverage against President-elect Trump.
Trump report takes 'fake news' to a new level. So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos
that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump. Some of those
terrible allegations have to do with efforts to influence the American elections and Trump. Some of them have to do
with Trump's personal sexual conduct. Readers of this newspaper know well not to include me among Trump's
supporters. But the scurrilousness of what BuzzFeed has done here is so beyond the bounds of what is even remotely
acceptable it should compel even those most outraged by Trump's political excesses to come to his defense and to the defense
of a few other people mentioned in these papers whose names are also dragged through the mud.
You Should Doubt that Salacious Trump Espionage Memo. Two explosive but implausible claims on page 7. First,
"PUTIN motivated by fear and hatred of Hillary CLINTON." Hatred, I guess I can see, but fear? Really? You think
he was afraid of what a Clinton administration would do to Russia? After Hillary's State Department signed off on a deal that
gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States? Secondly, the memo claims the
Russian government was getting "intel from TRUMP's team on Russian oligarchs and their families in US." If true, this would
be the most devastating allegation in the memo; Trump would be acting as an agent of Russian intelligence. But think about
this for a moment. Yes, Trump has had some dealings with Russian oligarchs over the years. But how much relevant information
about those oligarchs would Trump have access to? How much would he know that Russian intelligence wouldn't already know?
stunned that Trump hits back. [Scroll down] But here's what the corrupt media will not tell you: BuzzFeed is nothing more than
a political propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. In June, the website terminated an advertising deal with the Republican National
Committee because, as their CEO said, "The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and
the world." Two days later, BuzzFeed's chairman, Kenneth Lerer, hosted a $33,000-a-ticket Democratic National Committee fundraiser
in New York City that President Obama attended. Lerer already had a long history of donating to Democrats — since 2004, he's
contributed almost a half a million dollars to Democrats, including $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2016. It should be no surprise
that, even after being exposed by President-elect Trump, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is standing by the decision to publish what
amounts to fake news in a desperate attempt to smear the next commander-in-chief.
was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI. Sworn Donald Trump enemy
John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect — calling
it 'what any citizen should do'. McCain — a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who had disassociated himself from
the candidate's campaign weeks before the election — cast himself as an innocent and concerned member of the public as he
justified his move. He claimed he had no idea whether it was accurate or not — but that he believed the FBI should have
it because it was 'sensitive'.
Could Be In Legal Trouble For Publishing Trump Doc. While BuzzFeed weathers criticism for publishing a document
cache containing unsubstantiated and scandalous allegations about President-elect Donald Trump and his confidantes, they also
could face legal consequences. The organization elected to publish a 35-page dossier claiming Russian operatives had
compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect and others in his orbit. The documents were
compiled by a former British intelligence officer working for a private intelligence firm in London at the behest of Trump's
political opponents. They were later shared with Democratic political operatives and members of Congress.
Paul: Anyone Who Leaked Trump Intel Report to the Press Should Be Jailed. Wednesday on Fox News Channel's
"Your World," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told host Neil Cavuto it was his view that if it were a U.S. intelligence agency
that leaked an unsubstantiated dossier on President-elect Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia to the press, there
should be repercussions, including prosecution and possible jail time. "What I would say is that if there is private
information that someone is blackmailing a public figure and the public figure or someone takes it to the intelligence
agencies, you would think it would be private. And really, this is so important that I think whoever leaked it should
be prosecuted. Someone should go to jail if this was an intelligence agency head talked to the media, they should go to
jail. If it was the Obama administration, they should go to jail." Paul offered his reason, saying such blackmail
efforts may go unreported in the future.
Maddow's Viewership Plummets After Trump Tax Reveal. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow saw a steep drop in ratings the
day after she released one of President Trump's tax forms. Maddow and her preceding host Chris Hayes heavily promoted
Tuesday's broadcast as a "breaking" revelation, and Maddow devoted most of her program to Trump's two-page 1040 form from 2005.
Wrong With Rachel Maddow's Trump Income Tax 'Scoop'? The mainstream press turned on Rachel Maddow after her
disastrous attempt to drum up ratings by hyping a humdrum Donald Trump tax return. Why are they upset? She just
did what they've been doing since Trump got elected. After teasing a "huge scoop" on Twitter — that she had
Trump's tax returns — Maddow got scooped by the White House, which announced a half-hour before her show started
that Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005, which was all Maddow had. That's a huge amount of taxes by any standard,
and represented 24% of Trump's income that year. It didn't take long for others to point out this effective rate was
higher President Obama's (19%) or Socialist Bernie Sanders (13%), or even the average paid by MSNBC's parent company,
Comcast, between 2008 and 2012 (24%).
Greatest Fake News Reveal Of All Time: Trump's 2005 Tax Returns. It was real news, but there was nothing
in it. That didn't stop Rachel Maddow of MSNBC from playing up her big reveal of two pages from Donald Trump's 2005 tax
returns like she had just discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump's Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle. At 7:36 p.m.
Tuesday, Rachel Maddow tweeted, "BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously)," sending
the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump's tax returns or just one of the Trumps' tax
returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn't MSNBC
cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow's show?
Just Shredded Rachel Maddow Over Trump Tax Return 'Story'. MSNBC's unapologetic liberal "journalist" Rachel
Maddow lit the internet on fire Tuesday night when she teased via Twitter that she'd gotten her hands on President Donald
Trump's tax returns — a scoop that would have been pretty juicy, considering Trump never released his tax returns
during the presidential campaign as all other modern-era presidents have done. If only it'd been true. What
Maddow and the fine folks over at MSNBC actually managed to do was get part of a copy of Trump's 2005 tax
return. Which was already 12 years old. And which the White House had already released.
theory: Trump leaked his own tax returns? It didn't take long for MSNBC and Rachel Maddow to go from hero
to goat last night. Now some want to move them from goat to ... victim? After spending all day hyping an exclusive
on Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns but delivering a prime-time "total nothingburger," as Chris Cillizza put it at the Washington
Post, some are speculating that Trump set up Maddow by leaking the tax returns himself.
News Media Dishonesty
Bias is one thing, but
sometimes newspaper and TV reporters are just overtly dishonest.
... aside from the specific cases cited above and elsewhere.
on Wheels. It made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable.
"Trump's Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens," blared Time's headline. "Trump
Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels," claimed The Hill, in a piece that got 26,000 shares. But
it was false. And it wouldn't have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship
between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the popular Meals on Wheels program.
ancient laws of unintended consequences. Fake news now serves as a sort of linguistic canary to remind the
public that it is customarily saturated with a lethal gas of media disinformation. Thus "fake news" seemed a proper if
belated summation and clarification of years of liberal bias in the media that were supposed to be our custodian of the
truth. Were NBC anchor Brian Williams's fantasies fake news? Were Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" Rathergate
memos? How about the party line circulated in JournoList or the Washington and New York reporters who colluded to
massage the news to favor the Clinton campaign, as revealed in the Podesta WikiLeaks trove? Was jailing a video maker
part of an Obama-administration fake-news attempt to blame Benghazi deaths on a spontaneous riot? Was the Iran Deal's
"echo chamber," about which Ben Rhodes later bragged, the epitome of fake news?
Post employee posed as ICE agent, police say. A Washington Post employee was arrested last month and charged
with impersonating an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent following an FBI raid, court documents show. Itai
Ozderman, 35, is accused of impersonating an ICE officer throughout Falls Church, Va., on more than one occasion, according
to Montgomery County District Court documents. Police say that he sported a bulletproof vest bearing the ICE logo and,
when the FBI entered his home in Maryland bearing a search warrant, they discovered 10 weapons, including two M4-style
assault rifles and a shotgun. They also found body armor and tactical vests.
For Media Hubris. In just his first month in office, reporters have alread peddled dozens of fake news stories designed
to discredit the President — to such a degree that little the now write or say can be taken at face value.
• No, Trump did not have an plans to invade Mexico, as Buzzfeed and the Associated Press alleged.
• No, Trump's father did not run for Mayor of New York by peddling racist television ads, as reported by
• No, there were not mass resignations at the State Department in protest of its new leaders, as was
reported by the Washington Post.
• No, Trump's attorney did not cut a deal with the Russians in Prague. Nor did Trump indulge in sexual
escapades in Moscow. Buzzfeed again peddled those fake news stories.
• No, a supposedly racist Trump did not remove the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the White House,
as a Time Magazine reporter claimed.
• No, election results in three states were not altered by hackers or computer criminals to give Trump
the election, as implied by New York Magazine.
• No, Michael Flynn did not tweet that he was a scapegoat. That was a media fantasy endorsed by
In fact, Daniel Payne of the Federalist has compiled a length list of sensational stories about Trump's supposed buffooneries,
mistakes, and crudities that all proved either outright lies or were gross exaggerations and distortions.
illegal immigrant advocates demonize Trump and terrify people. The New York Times describes 11 million
people — those who are living in the country illegally — as sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the
"fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell." Who has thrown such fear into this
community? How about the Left, aided and abetted by the liberal media, which has purposefully distorted President
Trump's immigration policies, characterizing them erroneously as a radical departure from past practices? In a feverish
blast to donors sent out yesterday [2/22/2017], the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee claims that "Donald Trump plans
to add thousands of immigration agents and begin deporting "almost all" undocumented immigrants." That is, excuse the
expression, fake news. Trump is doing no such thing.
to Tell if News Is Really News. Wake up, America! You're being had. Start asking the right questions.
How did the Democrats come up with that 40,000,000 uninsured Americans to pass Obamacare? When CNN's Don Lemon asks his panel
about how much the Trump family's secret service is costing taxpayers, ask him where's his research and why didn't he question that
about Michele Obama's huge entourage when she traveled?
Liberal Media Have Much More in Mind Than That. On Nov. 6, Daily Beast feature writer Justin Glawe
pounced on news that a historically black church had been burned down with the words, "Vote Trump" spray-painted on the
"charred remains." Glawe acknowledged that he did not know who had committed the arson, writing that it was "now up to
authorities to find out." Nevertheless, he went on to tie the act into what he termed "the string of violence [by Trump
supporters] against minorities this election season." When in December it was revealed that a black church member with a
criminal record had burned the church down, the Beast merely tacked on an editor's note to the original article and
Glawe penned a follow-up piece in which he noted the arrested man had "liked" Donald Trump on Facebook.
Fake News: Trump Never Said There Was
A 'Terror Attack' Last Night In Sweden. President Trump never said there was a "terror attack" last night
[2/18/2017] in Sweden, but that didn't stop hundreds of fake news outlets from claiming he did. During his rally
Saturday, Trump said: "Here's the bottom line, we've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's
happening. We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's
happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers.
They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels, you look at what's
happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice, take a look at Paris." Nowhere did he say there was a "terror
attack." He said "look at what's happening."
Graham: Trump Says 'What We All Know ... News Media Has Been Lying' — 'Fake News'. Rev. Franklin Graham said President
Donald Trump is correct about the news media today, that they lie and create "fake news," and added that the media should do what the Bible instructs, "You
shall not circulate a false report" (Exodus 23:1). "President Donald J. Trump has been saying what we all know — that the news
media has been lying," said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 19 post on Facebook. "In today's terminology, creating fake news."
Trump Never Said There Was A Terrorist Attack In Sweden. This weekend the media was awash with stories
suggesting that President Donald Trump claimed that a terrorist attack had recently occurred in Sweden during his speech at
Saturday's [2/18/2017] rally in Melbourne, Florida. Left-wing outlets ran numerous headlines and reports about Trump's
statement, and the story was even a top trending item on Facebook:
the Media Too Comfortable with Its Own Mistakes? In November, New York magazine excitedly reported on
the claims of computer scientists that "results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or
hacked." No credible evidence of hacking was ever presented. In December, Politico reported that the bank of
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had "foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error," a claim widely
repeated in publications such as Vanity Fair. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Ted Frank pointed out, the
"widow was never foreclosed on and never lost her home, and it wasn't Mnuchin's bank that brought the suit." Seven hate
crimes widely reported after the 2016 election turned out to be hoaxes. Do members of the media feel bad when they get
facts wrong or gullibly repeat implausible claims? Guilty? Angry at themselves? Do they resolve to do
better next time?
News Rap Sheet: Last Week the MSM Was Caught Telling FORTY Lies. Welcome to week three of "This Week In
Fake News!" [...] You will see one change in this week's list, with respect to the count. Rather than start the count
over every week, this ongoing diary of Fake News will now use a cumulative number, an ongoing count. Put simply, last
week's list contained 24 pieces of Fake News. The week prior was 12. That is a total of 36, so this week we will
start with number 37. This is not meant to be a gimmick. Rather, it is a way to more accurately understand and
comprehend the breathtaking scope of the national media's rabid dishonesty.
Not Fake News, It's Lying, Leftist, Political Propaganda. [I]t wasn't until the press began telling bold-faced lies intended to undermine
and harm the candidacy of Donald Trump that it occurred to me that the press was telling outright lies, intentionally and with malice, in an attempt to
defeat my candidate, Donald Trump, in his run for the presidency. And after he became President the untrue stories got even more outlandish and
more frequent and forceful as the leftist press attempted to destroy President Trump's administration before it could get off the ground. At
this point President Trump began putting a name to it, and it began to resonate with everyone how fabricated liberal news is.
News — CNN's Marc Lamont Hill: Conservatives Start Violent Campus Riots, Too. CNN's Marc
Lamont Hill, who is also a professor at Morehouse College, claimed that right-wing students incite riots on college campuses
while discussing the Berkeley riots left-wing students over the appearance of Breitbart News' MILO.
News: Politico Scrubs Soros Ties to Anti-Trump Group Trying to Mobilize Nationwide Protests. A Politico
profile of a new anti-Trump protest movement calling itself "Indivisible" reported that "conservatives" are "spreading
unfounded rumors" that the group is "being driven by wealthy donors like George Soros." Politico, however, seemingly
failed to do even the most minimal research on the Indivisible leaders cited in the news outlet's own profile. Some of
those personalities are openly associated with groups financed by Soros.
Reporter Compares Trump To Hitler While Her Boss Buys Obama Photos. In the weeks after Donald Trump won the
election, CNN chief Jeff Zucker watched as one of his employees compared the new president to Adolf Hitler. At a White
House press conference Thursday [2/16/2017], Trump declared that he was changing his moniker for the network from "fake news" to
"very fake news." There's been a ton of well-publicized drama between the two camps. [...] You may think Trump is too
harsh on CNN. But take a look at how the network treated Trump back in November.
CEO Wins Major Court Victory After Accusing CNN of False Reporting. Those who accuse CNN and other mainstream
media outlets of "fake news" will probably revel in a recent decision by a federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia. While
Judge Orinda Evans didn't all out declare that CNN was peddling in falsehoods, she did take aim at the network in an initial
judgment in favor of a former hospital CEO who sued CNN accusing them of purposely skewing statistics to reflect poorly on a
West Palm Beach hospital. Judge Evans didn't mince words in her 18-page order allowing the case to move forward, and
dismissing CNN's attempt to get it thrown out of court.
Yes, CNN IS Fake News.
The problem is this: CNN — like the New York Times, like the network news departments at NBC and ABC
and CBS — is virtually the definition of Fake News, a phrase made up by the left to attack Trump but which blew up
in their faces like a trick cigar when it turned out everyone knows what liars they've been for the past sixteen years at least.
This is not even a question of the almost ceaseless series of mistakes, distortions and obfuscations that our leftist news media, in
their hysterical rage against political reality, have committed since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. These
errors and lies — which include cover-ups of Islamic extremism, lies about right-wing websites, and suspiciously incendiary
"mistakes" about the White House — are being ably catalogued by the mighty and terrible John Nolte over at the Daily Wire.
The Crisis in Journalism Is
Here. It's getting harder and harder to kick in the needed amnesia to believe anything that comes from the media.
Jihad Against the Trump White House Staff. [Scroll down] The elephant in the room in these stories about
the Trump White House staff is not just that the liberal media can't stand the new president — it can't abide his
agenda. And watching one executive order after another pour out of the Trump White House that is at a 180-degree
variance with the Obama-era and all things far Left, the media reflexively zeroes in on the Trump staff. Thus the
stories. Steve Bannon is really the president. Or, according to Time magazine, which has put him on the cover, he
is "The Great Manipulator" of the President. And he's a white supremacist. Not to mention he's anti-Semitic.
Oh, and by the way, he's incompetent too. Kellyanne Conway ignored Ethics Rules 101. She has no integrity and she
went out of her way to make the rich Ivanka even richer using her public position. And so it goes through the list.
Does this not mean that at any given moment President Trump may in fact have a genuine problem with one of his staffers?
Of course not.
Toobin Catching On — President Trump's Executive Order Wins by Losing. There are two ways you can
tell when moonbats are losing, one is subtle the other is obvious. A subtle indicator is how the entire MSM apparatus
switched (literally overnight on Thursday [2/10/2017]) from calling President Trump's executive order a "Muslim ban" to
calling it a "Travel Ban".
Obama Is Not Good at Kite Surfing, Any Sport. A glowing report in the Washington Post claiming former
President Barack Obama is "pretty much a natural on a kiteboard" is filled with factual errors, according to a Washington
Free Beacon fact check. "Obama makes rest of us look bad with his effortless kitesurfing," the headline for a piece
by Kelyn Soong reads. Soong "works in the sports department" at the Washington Post and writes about tennis and
running. [...] "Turns out that was just the beginning of Obama's post-presidency adventures," Soong wrote, explaining that
Branson challenged Obama to see who could stay on a kiteboard or foilboard the longest. "It's well documented that
Obama is pretty good at basketball, but the video proved that the 55-year-old former leader of the free world is pretty much
a natural on a kiteboard, as well," Soong wrote. These claims are false. As the video reveals Obama fell multiple
times off the kiteboard despite "perfect conditions" and practicing for "two days solid" before the challenge.
York Times: Our Readers Are Too Dumb To Understand Global Warming Numbers. I recently wrote about the
wretched reporting on the claim that 2016 was the "hottest year on record," using as my main example a New York Times
article by Justin Gillis that gave his readers none of the relevant numbers they could use to evaluate that claim. None
of them. If you search for the actual numbers, you will eventually find that the effect they are claiming, the actual
amount by which this year was hotter than previous years, is smaller than the margin of error in the data. Shortly
afterward, I got a revealing response from Gillis. I'll fill in all the details for you, because the whole thing is an
important case study in why you can't trust mainstream reporting on global warming.
Minutes of Mainstream Media Backtracking Really Put 'Fake News' Into Perspective. Since Trump's election,
numerous mainstream outlets have propagated rumors or falsehoods before being forced to peddle them back.
Fake News — CNN Promotes Conspiracy Theory That Milo Organized Berkeley Protests Against Himself.
CNN has continued to lead the way in manufactured news cycles through the past two years. However, last night on Don
Lemon's show they took fake news broadcasting to new levels of ridiculousness. During a segment with Robert Reich, Don
Lemon and Reich promoted a conspiracy theory that Milo Yiannopoulous actually manufactured the Berkeley protests in an effort
to shut down his own speech: [Video clip]
A List Of Stories The Media Got Wrong This Week. It was an embarrassing week for the mainstream media. In
case after case, stories pushed by news outlets turned out to be either unsubstantiated or fell apart upon closer scrutiny.
matter: The media's use of 'anti-abortion' to describe the March for Life is willful deception. The
outlets that decided to cover the march [1/27/2017] at all used phrases like "anti-abortion" and "abortion opponents" to
advance the progressive pro-choice narrative that pro-life individuals are enemies of women's rights, and therefore human rights.
Media Bend Over Backwards To Avoid Describing March For Life As Pro-Life. Liberal media outlets bent over
backwards to avoid describing the March for Life as pro-life, relying exhaustively on terms like "anti-abortion" or "abortion
opponents" to describe the hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers in Washington, D.C. on Friday [1/27/2017].
"Anti-Abortion Groups Hold Triumphant Rally After Obama Years" was how the Associated Press titled its coverage of the march,
later referring to the pro-life marchers as a "politically ascendant anti-abortion movement."
20 'Vetted' Refugees Who Turned to Terrorism
After Being Allowed Into America. While the lying media is perpetuating the lie refugees do not pose a terrorist
threat, the facts show otherwise. Senator and soon-to-be Attorney General Jeff Sessions compiled this list of
refugees-turned-jihadists in 2016 while Obama was pushing to dramatically increase the amount of so-called "refugees"
allowed into the United States.
Trump Won EV 'Fair and Square' — But He's Not 'Completely Elected By the People'. On Friday's [1/28/2017] broadcast of
MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-anchor Mika Brzezinski argued that while President Donald Trump won the Electoral vote fairly, "this is a president who
lost to Hillary Clinton... I think there's a lot of support he still needs to gain. It's not a president completely elected by the people."
Photoshop Fail: Creates Fake Image to Promote Trump Interview. After being caught deceptively editing
comments from former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer during a report on Monday's [1/23/2017] Nightline, on Wednesday,
ABC News was again embroiled in a fake news controversy after the network used a badly photoshopped image to promote World News
Tonight anchor David Muir's upcoming interview with President Trump. The picture showed Trump looking out the window of
the Oval Office in a pretty standard pose, however, outside that window there appeared to be a massive blizzard. The only
problem? It hasn't snowed in Washington D.C. in weeks and certainly no storm that intense has hit the area so far this
winter. In fact, the weather on Wednesday was unseasonably warm — sunny and 60 degrees.
Apologizes After Being Caught Deceptively Editing Quote About Sean Spicer. ABC News apologized late Tuesday [1/24/2017]
after being caught deceptively editing a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer during the Monday night edition
of Nightline. ABC edited Fleischer's words to make it look like he was being more critical of White House press secretary Sean
Spicer in the taped interview than he actually was. Nightline quoted Fleischer as saying, "[Spicer's] briefing made me
uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday." But that
is not what Fleischer meant to convey at all. The point he was trying to make was actually complimentary of Spicer.
Retracts Claim That Fetal Heartbeats Are 'Imaginary'. One of Washington's most influential magazines published
several updates to an error-filled article attacking ultrasound technology, without acknowledging the extent of those
corrections. The Atlantic published "How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person" on Tuesday
[1/24/2017]. The 2,500-word article argued that ultrasound technology "has been used to create an imaginary 'heartbeat'
and sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus." The article by Moira Weigel, a Yale doctoral candidate
in comparative literature, included at least three major errors that the publication corrected.
Science: Heartbeats Are Imaginary, Unborn Babies Aren't Alive, And Ultrasounds Are Just Tools Of The Patriarchy. The
abortion industry has a new enemy: ultrasounds. In a bizarre and rambling 2,600-word feature piece published on Tuesday [1/24/2017],
The Atlantic writer Moira Weigel took a sledgehammer to basic science and then did her best to vacuum its brains out before anyone could
figure out what just happened. The article's headline is bad enough — "How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a
Person" — but its subhed is the real work of art: "The technology has been used to create an 'imaginary' heartbeat and sped-up
videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus." There are numerous other gems throughout the piece, such as her implication that only
male doctors are allowed to use ultrasounds.
Trump Should Dump The Media. Trust ratings and approval levels for the media are so far down in the toilet that
it would take a plumber to find them. If the media are the people's representatives, then the people want to elect
different ones. Those are some of the same representatives that the media is trying to ban from social media with a
fake "Fake News Crusade" and by resisting any expansion of press briefings with threats and warnings. "We'll have to
consider doing things other than protesting and whining," Fournier threatened. "We'll have to think about what we can
do to bring some pain to make our point." Do what? Run items accusing President Trump of being a traitor, a liar, a
racist, a rapist and a Batman villain? The media has already done all of those. What else is it going to except shout
more lies even louder? Within a brief span of time, the media's fake news operation claimed that Trump had banished the bust
of MLK, lifted quotes from a Batman villain and had been cavorting with Russian prostitutes. And that he was a compulsive
liar. That last accusation is notably hilarious considering the honesty and integrity of the media.
Mainstream Media Lies on Trump's First Day. The mainstream media lost no time in attempting to undermine
President Donald Trump, as opposed to actually reporting information. After eight years of kowtowing to Obama, they
have suddenly discovered a civic responsibility to hold the government accountable. But they are focusing on minutiae,
and in some cases actually telling lies, both of omission and commission. That risks alienating the public even
further — making it harder, actually, for the media to act as watchdogs.
reporter falsely claimed that Trump had MLK bust removed from Oval Office. Sure everybody makes mistakes, but
making a sensational false charge against a new president at the very first opportunity he allowed reporters into his Oval
Office on Day One of his presidency sure looks like one of those narrative-confirming, "too-good-to-check" stories of
journalistic lore that just happens to portray Trump as a racist "white nationalist" in the eyes of progressives. Zeke
Miller of Time was allowed into the Oval Office as a pool reporter and tweeted out reports that the Churchill bust was back
(true) and the MLK bust was gone (false).
Why NYT Hid
The Numbers For The 'Hottest Year On Record'. [W]hen you read an article proclaiming that, for the third year
in a row, last year was the hottest year on record, you might expect that right up front you will get numbers, measurements,
and a statistical margin of error. [...] I just got done combing through a New York Times report titled, "Earth Sets a
Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year." The number of relevant numbers in this article is: zero. We
are not told what the average global temperature was, how much higher this is than last year's record or any previous records,
or what the margin of error is supposed to be on those measurements. Instead, we get stuff like this. [...]
Journal-Constitution Botches Crime Stats in Defending John Lewis. On Friday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis,
whose 5th District includes the City of Atlanta, said of Donald Trump that "I don't see the president-elect as a legitimate
president." Trump characteristically fired back with a two-part tweet suggesting that Lewis "... spend more time on fixing
and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely
complaining about the election results." As would be expected, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rushed to Lewis's
defense. In its apparent haste to do so, a pair of journalists at the paper committed a colossal math blunder vastly
understating the city's crime rate. With that mistake, the paper made the city look over 13 times safer than
it really is.
radio report created the impression Chicago torture victim was a black man assaulted by white Trump supporters.
This may be the single most despicable act of media bias I have ever encountered. It took a lot of effort and art for
CBS Radio to put together an early report on the Chicago torture incident that was strictly factual, yet created the
impression on listeners that a group of white Trump supporters had attacked a helpless mentally challenged black man.
Mediaite provides a transcript of what was reported last Thursday morning by a top-of-the hour broadcst distributed to radio
stations across the country.
CBS Takes Spin to a New Level of Deception After Chicago
Torture Outrage. The media has been hyping a contrived narrative that since the election there has been a wave
of hate crimes against groups beloved by liberals: blacks, Muslims, sexual deviants, et cetera. Until now their
evidence has consisted mainly of hate hoaxes, but this time an appalling racially motivated crime really did occur. CBS
listeners would never guess that this crime was committed by four blacks against a white kid.
CNN Is Now Least Trusted News
Network Among Viewers. A recent poll of cable news network viewers found that CNN's regular audience is far
more skeptical of the political news they receive than Fox News fans.
Radio Deceptively Implies Chicago Torturers Were White Trump Supporters, Victim Was Black. A CBS Radio News
report on the video of four young Chicago people torturing a mentally disabled man falsely implied that the victim was black
and his attackers were white, when in fact the opposite was true.
Washington Post Needs To Come Clean About Its Russian Hacking Story Fiasco. On Friday [1/6/2017], the Washington Post
published an earth-shattering report that Russian hackers had infiltrated the U.S. electricity grid through a Vermont utility. [...]
This was huge news, and for good reason. If Russian hackers, or any hackers for that matter, had found their way into the U.S.
electricity grid, there would be almost no end to the harm they could cause. Not surprisingly, the Post story spread like
wildfire. But it turns out that none of it was true.
CNN least trusted among likely voters. CNN is less trusted by likely voters than its competitors at MSNBC and
Fox News, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, said that 75 percent of likely voters
tend to watch at least some cable news per week to keep up with politics. Among that group, 42 percent watch Fox News,
35 percent watch CNN, and 19 percent watch MSNBC. However, the poll said a larger portion of Fox News and MSNBC
viewers trust those networks.
That Cried Wolf. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is one of many of Aesop's fables. [...] The moral is that nobody
believes a liar, even when he is telling the truth. How is a twenty-five-hundred-year-old story relevant today?
Let's rewrite the fable bringing it up to date. The shepherd boy today is the collection of social justice warriors
throughout the media, academia, and entertainment worlds, basically the core of the modern Democrat Party.
Trump Nail in the Media Coffin. When Cronkite returned from Vietnam after the 1968 Tet Offensive and declared the war stalemated and
unwinnable, no one dared to offer the dissenting viewpoint that Tet was actually a decisive American victory. The mainstream-media
narrative in 1963 that Lee Harvey Oswald, the Castroite, Communist assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was a product of right-wing Texas
hatred was completely crazy — but largely unquestioned. [...] MSNBC anchor Brian Williams sermonized about the so-called "fake news" epidemic.
Williams failed to remind us that he was removed as NBC's evening news anchor for serving up all sorts of fake details about his supposedly brave
trips abroad in search of edgy news stories. After the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the co-hosts of the show CNN
Newsroom collectively put up their hands in "hands up, don't shoot" solidarity — echoing a narrative of police murder later proved
to be completely false by a lengthy federal investigation.
Myth of the Good Old Media. Donald Trump recently noted that the media had become much worse since Walter Cronkite,
which is an honest mistake by a man who grew up as a Democrat leaning to the left. But there was no "Good Old Honorable
Media." The establishment media have been utterly biased and often outright dishonest for many decades. The 1965 CBS
documentary Hunger in America began with outright lies, citing an infant dying in a hospital as the victim of malnutrition,
which was pure invention. The 1971 CBS documentary The Selling of the Pentagon actually took the answer of an assistant
secretary of state to one question and edited it so that he was giving the answer to another question — and the documentary
did that over and over again.
Great Hacking of Vermont's Electrical Grid That Never Happened. Prominent media critics keep insisting that
inaccurate reports from prominent institutions are completely different from the made-up "fake news" found on Facebook and
other social media networks. But do news consumers see them as completely different? The net effect is the same:
something that is not true gets communicated far and wide, and the correct information is spread on a much smaller
scale. A new poll found 52 percent of Democrats believe Russia "tampered with the vote tallies" to make Trump the
winner in the presidential race. There is no evidence of this. When the big-name media institutions and elected
Democratic officials twist the news to the point of falsehood, it's not surprising that so many of the rank-and-file would
believe something that isn't true.
News About the Office of Congressional Ethics. The mainstream media are abuzz with claims that House Republicans
have voted to "gut" or "eviscerate" the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), or to strip it of its independence. Perpetual
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed Republicans had "eliminated" the oversight body, and linked the move to
President-elect Donald Trump, claiming that the House Republicans' move represents a violation of Trump's campaign promise to
"drain the swamp" in Washington. The story qualifies as "fake news," and the fact that it is being repeated by so many
outlets does not make the it any less fake.
Finally Admits Its Famous 'Women Write Better Code' Story Was Fake News. When the issue of "fake news" came to
prominence at the end of this year's election cycle, traditional media outlets were the firsts to engage in relentless
finger-pointing. Journalists everywhere deplored the spread of misleading, lazily reported and, in some cases, totally
fabricated stories that had been facilitated by social media. That'd be ignoring — of course —
that in a competitive media climate where virality and accuracy go head-to-head, editors will often go for a catchier headline,
at the expense of factual accuracy. And as one writer at HEqual noted, even the respectable BBC is not immune from this
kind of sensationalism.
Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016. [#2] The wipe-out of the corporate media apparatus: It is understandable
why the media would choose not to report on their own irrelevance; yet that doesn't mean their irrelevance is any less a story.
Arguably you could make the complete collapse of the U.S. corporate and legacy media the #1 story of this entire election cycle.
Never before has any single political election so thoroughly, completely and visibly destroyed the credibility of print or broadcast
journalism. Collectively and individually they will never recover from the continual abject and transparent falsehoods they
promoted in each and every hour of their coverage, and in almost every column inch of their publications. Put a fork in them,
they are all done — and they did it to themselves, repeatedly.
News: Family Didn't 'Flee Town' over Breitbart Story That Doesn't Mention Them. If you read through the world of left-wing
clickbait Thursday afternoon [12/22/2016], you may have seen a shocking story about a Jewish family chased out of town by anti-Semitic Breitbart
readers because our site blamed them for shutting down a school's Christmas play. Scary stuff — except that version of the
story is 100% fake news.
ADL: 'No truth' to
story about Jewish family fleeing Pa. over Christmas play. The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday that a
widely circulated story that a Pennsylvania Jewish family fled their home after being blamed for the cancellation of a school
Christmas play was false. After investigating, the ADL said, it found the family had gone on vacation. "News
reports alleging that a Jewish family has 'fled' Lancaster County are untrue and damaging," ADL Regional Director Nancy
Baron-Baer said in a statement. "We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned
vacation for the holidays. Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to
stop the spread of misinformation."
Eichenwald Further Explains His Claim That Trump Was Institutionalized. [Scroll down] So: Eichenwald was making
a joke, and "signalling to a source," but he also really believes that Trump was institutionalized in 1990. The problem is that he can't
prove it — it's merely "reporting process" — so he hasn't said so publicly. Except for when he did say so
publicly, but that doesn't count because he really doesn't like Tucker Carlson. Now we know. If Eichenwald genuinely believes
that Tucker prevented him from explaining all of this on the air, then I'm glad to help make things right.
Chuck Todd Wonders If GOP Provoked Hacking from Russia by Calling Obama 'Soft'. On Sunday [12/18/2016], NBC
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd displayed the ability for some on the left to blame Republicans for anything.
Can You Trust the Press? No..
Judith Miller, formerly of the New York Times, explains why we cannot trust the fake news vomited forth by the leftist
"mainstream" information gatekeepers: [Video clip]
Reasons Russia Didn't Swing The Election To Trump. Democrats are over the moon about the new Washington Post
report that quotes CIA sources who say that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government actively attempted to aid Donald Trump
in his election race against Hillary Clinton. Many Democrats have been making the claim that if not for Putin's
intervention — if not for Russian hackers accessing emails from Hillary campaign chief John Podesta and then
releasing them via WikiLeaks for months — Hillary Clinton would today be the president-elect. There's no
evidence to support that. There is plenty of evidence to support the contrary notion, actually.
Media Claims Russia Hacked U.S. Election, Offers Absolutely No Proof. The CIA on Friday [12/9/2016] leaked a
memo to the Washington Post "concluding" that Russia meddled in the U.S. election to help President-elect Donald Trump
win — but any evidence supporting that finding remains secret.
The King of Fake News. The
liberals would love to do away with free speech, as Hillary Clinton would have if she'd been elected and could have packed
the Supreme Court with liberals who would have reversed the Citizens United decision and others protecting free speech. But
the best way to do away with about 99 percent of the "fake news" that is broadcast and printed is for the liberals and
their media allies to stop creating it. Fake news — propaganda — is often risible and easily recognized.
When the North Korean government described the first time Kim Jong-Il (father of Kim Jong-Loon, the current dictator) went golfing,
they broadcast that he scored a hole-in-one five times in one round of golf. These days, the liberal media don't wait for
enemy governments to make stuff up. They do it themselves.
free press became fake. If one wonders why American audiences are reposting fake news rather than purchasing
subscriptions to the Washington Post, look no further. When the free press falls into disrepair, readers click
elsewhere. Just as the electorate rejected elites at the ballot box in November, so audiences are ditching the
establishment news media. They're tired of journalists accepting fluff for fact, lecturing instead of reporting, and
getting the story plain wrong.
Host Apologizes For Falsely Claiming Fox News Held Its Christmas Party at Trump Hotel. This morning, MSNBC host
Stephanie Ruhle accused Fox News of holding its Christmas party at President-elect Donald Trump's recently opened Washington
hotel. The comment was part of a discussion revolving around potential conflicts of interest the incoming POTUS may
have when it comes to his businesses. The only problem was that Fox News has not even held its annual party yet and the
upcoming party they've scheduled will be at a different hotel that isn't affiliated with Trump.
Clarke: Liberal Media Created Fake News With 'Hands Up Don't Shoot' Lie. Liberal journalists and
activists spread far and wide the myth that Michael Brown had his hands up before being gunned down by police officer Darren
Wilson. That claim was the origin of the Black Lives Matter movement and eventually lead to violent rioting in
Ferguson. The facts of the case showed the 'Hands up don't shoot' claim to be false and that Wilson was justified in
[...] and LA Times editorials. The Left, having no value for truth, honesty, integrity, or anything else
besides getting their way of course, has no problem with printing absolute falsehoods like the ones in this editorial
bemoaning the prospect of national concealed carry reciprocity. It seems the Times is aggrieved that liberty and
greater ability to self-defense might soon be coming[.]
'Working-Class Whites' Vote On Emotion, Not Policy. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not fail as a result of its
subscription to unpopular left-wing policies, said left-wing CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday's [12/4/2016] GPS. As is his custom, his
introductory monologue was a reading of his weekly column at left-wing news outlet The Washington Post. Despite declaring Hillary
Clinton's victory as inevitable on October 16 ("Let's be clear. Donald Trump will lose the election."), Zakaria now claims to
understand President-elect Donald Trump's appeal. He also now claims to know what Clinton could have done to win the
presidency. American voters aren't driven by policy, said Zakaria, but by emotion: [...]
Uncorked on MSNBC: 'Right Wing Media' 'Brainwashed' People to Believe Lies. The liberal media threw a proverbial
hissy fit Monday [11/28/2016] in response to President-Elect Donald Trump's dubious claim that millions of votes were cast
illegally. While seeming pretend that Trump would be the first president ever to tell a lie, public radio host Bob
Garfield went on a long winded tirade, on MSNBC's All In, railing against the "Right wing media." "The people who
get it and we at the mainstream media, you know, get the straight dope but about half the electorate is getting their information
from other sources, none credible," he whined. The ranting Garfield blamed the success of "right wing media" on what he called
"330 million individual echo chambers," which he claimed helped to insulate people from news they don't want to hear. He
didn't seem to realize that his belief works both ways, especially when it's evident that left does not want to consider another
perspective on nearly everything.
Not Trump, Racialize Our Politics. The most absurd Democratic meme to emerge from the party's ballot-box defeat
is the claim that it is Donald Trump, rather than Democrats, who engages in "aggressive, racialized discourse," in the
words of a Los Angeles Times op-ed. By contrast, President Barack Obama sought a "post-racial, bridge-building
society," according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker. Obama's post-racial efforts have now "given way to
an angry, jeering, us-against-them nation," writes Baker, in a front-page "news" story. Tell that valedictory for
"post-racial bridge-building" to police officers, who have been living through two years of racialized hatred directed at
them in the streets, to the applause of many Democratic politicians.
Flakes! Liberal bullies are trying to pressure advertisers into boycotting Breitbart.com, one of the most
popular conservative sites on the internet. [...] Most CEOs of large companies are liberals, as are nearly all PR employees
of such companies. So this kind of response comes naturally. The AP helpfully explains: ["]Breitbart
has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content.["] Really? Condemned by
whom? For what? The AP ritually recites these allegations against the site without citing any evidence
whatsoever. The claims are false, if not ridiculous. But readers who rely on America's daily newspapers
won't know this.
Arbiters of "Fake News". As everyone already knows, on Friday the business section of The Washington Post
published an article about so-called "fake news" propagated on the Internet. The Russian propaganda services are said
to be behind this disinformation, with many American websites helping to spread it, deliberately or otherwise. One of
the WaPo's principal sources for the story was a website called "PropOrNot". For some reason the author, Craig Timberg,
failed to link the site, although he linked many others. However, in its post on the piece, Zero Hedge provides a link
to the 200 "fake news" websites listed by PropOrNot. Gates of Vienna was not illustrious enough to make the Post's
article, but PropOrNot has honored us by including us in the list of sites that retail "fake news".
news' isn't the problem — mainstream news with an agenda is. "Fake news" has been a big news story
for the past week. Hoaxes and fabrications hatched by clickbait-hungry websites — or, some reports say, by
the Kremlin propaganda machine — have been blamed for Donald Trump's election victory. Leading journalists
such as CNN's Christiane Amanpour have decried the profession's "existential crisis" caused by the onslaught of fake
stories. Google and Facebook have both moved to curb the problem by denying advertising to "fake news" sites.
Meanwhile, critics on both the left and the right argue that the outcry about "fake news" is a manufactured crisis intended
to smear and ostracize dissident, non-mainstream media — especially since some of the critiques lump together
publications that contain real if slanted reporting, such as Breitbart News or Antiwar.com, with sites that publish actual
hoaxes (such as a story about Pope Francis endorsing Trump) or satire. Critics also charge that the "fake news" trope
obscures the fact that the mainstream media have their own problem with false or misleading stories.
The success of "fake news" is inextricably linked to the state of credibility of the media. Fake news would get no
purchase if the media's credibility were high. But surveys showed it has been declining for years and the Russians
could not have helped but notice. They very cleverly exploited the fact that news organizations were increasingly used
by politicians to spread lies. Talking Points, which made the coordination of lies easier, also made them easier to detect.
Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat. From the time Donald Trump
announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat. Indeed,
as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators
doubted and declared his collapse inevitable. Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the
Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming. The very establishment media and
pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against
Tribune: Obama has been Pro Second Amendment! Steve Chapman is a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
He has often written about gun legislation. He stands out at the Tribune as a voice that recognizes reality more often
then most. His writing and viewpoints have been a reasonable voice crying in the wilderness of Chicago.
Unfortunately, he lives in the fantasy bubble of current Progressivism. It is evident in his recent column excoriating
the NRA. He buys into the leftist propaganda without introspection or examination of facts. It is an opinion
column, but opinions should have a basis in reality.
Times produces list of "fake new sites" that includes a bunch o' sites more accurate than it is. Having blamed
James Comey, Russia, John Podesta, Julian Assange, warmal colding, and screwed up computer algorithms for the failure of a
screeching, unhealthy, and unpopular harridan to achieve the presidency, the latest culprit appears to be "fake news".
Of Fake News, The 'Muslim Registry'. Donald Trump has never called for a "Muslim registry," and any story
claiming otherwise should be relegated to the pile of "fake news" the media is so concerned about right now. The hysterical
headlines claiming Trump and his surrogates are preparing to force all Muslims in the country to register perhaps reached their
climax in this Washington Post headline Friday: "They interned my family. Don't let them do it to Muslims."
and lying: Hysteria and repeated false claims showered upon us by the left. Greg Gutfeld brutally calls
out the left and the fake cable news shows that push out the false narratives and refuse to investigate the veracity of the
claims that pass over their airwaves. Remarkable is the stream of claims that America is now tainted by the Trump
supporters and their hateful antics. Case after case is blurted across the left leaning cable shows. But it
seems there is never a corroboration or proof of the incidents so claimed.
the Lying MSM. Older readers may remember an era when the media generally reported facts and left spin to the
mind of the viewer, or at least wasn't so crookedly biased. In accurately predicting President-Elect Trump's victorious
path through Michigan and Pennsylvania, I indicated that the media was distorting polling numbers deliberately to keep Trump
supporters from bothering to vote. While Trump won an electoral landslide, only a relatively small chunk of votes made
the difference in those two states and in Florida. Yes, the lying, propagandizing jackals in media nearly won the election
for Clinton. They decided to hang together up until the bitter end, and are now predictably circling the wagons trying to
figure out what went wrong. Everyone knew there was a secret Trump vote, and they still lied. [...] Do you enjoy being
lied to? Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you're willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish
subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting
you to your face?
Lies my Politico
told me. After feeding the story line for the last two years that Trump was not a serious candidate, Politico
is now pretending that he spent eighteen months of his life and $100 million to win an office he did not want.
There Is No Violent
Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'. [W]hile all sorts of horrible incidents are being reported on Twitter and
Facebook... well, anyone can say anything on Twitter and Facebook. The bulk of these stories are "friend of a friend"
told me types. But if men were really going around pulling knives on Muslim women on public buses in Trump's name,
there would at least be local or campus news reports of it. Same, too, for the alleged wave of transgender teen
suicides which keep getting mentioned in media but for which no one can offer any evidence.
Really? Do you have 'Hundreds' of pictures?
Stelter: 'Hundreds' Of Swastikas, Racist Attacks After Trump Win. In little-noticed remarks Saturday [11/12/2016], "Reliable
Sources" host Brian Stelter Saturday [11/12/2016] parroted data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, claiming that there have been
"hundreds of cases of swastikas, of racist language, of harassment, of in some cases, assaults and bullying across this country"
since Donald Trump was elected.
still pushing fake story about Muslim attacked by Trumpsters. CNN is the poster child for media bias and once
again they don't disappoint. [...] This woman claimed that the men drove up, got out and attacked her. That one was
wearing a Trump 'Make America Great Again' cap and they beat her and robbed her, stealing her belongings and hijab. She
also said they hurled racial slurs at her. She didn't realize there were cameras there and that they prove it never
happened. There were no other witnesses and it was labeled the hoax that it was.
Important Post-Election Message About Media Polling. The media didn't get it wrong. The pollsters did
not work from the wrong data set; the media pollsters, consultants and professional political class did not work from the
wrong assumptions, or use the incorrect baselines. THEY LIED. The professional media polling agents knew exactly
what the truth was. They lied and manipulated their data in a concerted effort to intentionally falsify reality. There should
be no doubt, EVER, in the mind of any political observer as to what took place within the expressed and broadcasted polling which fueled
over two years of broadcast news. The media intentionally lied. They knew the truth. The same tools available
to us, and to those who were ridiculed for truth-telling, were available to them and many more. They did not get it wrong.
They chose to lie to you the American electorate.
real election surprise? The uprising of the American people. [Scroll down] The political class and
the mainstream media have a narrative that Trump's late surge is the result of an intervention by FBI Director James
Comey. That narrative, like every one they've had over this cycle, couldn't be more wrong. The momentum of the
election was already moving toward Trump before Comey's announcement to reopen of the Clinton email investigation.
That event, like the presidential debate in 1980, tended to accelerate what was already in motion.
News' Pete Williams Reports FBI 'Really Isn't' Conducting Clinton Foundation Investigation. Appearing on
MSNBC's MTP Daily today, NBC News' justice correspondent Pete Williams refuted much of the reporting from Wall
Street Journal and Fox News regarding a likely indictment regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton
Foundation. Fox's Bret Baier later backed off slightly, saying the indictment comment was "inartfully answered."
Speaking to host Chuck Todd, Williams claimed that via his own law enforcement sources, there doesn't actually appear to be
much of an investigation, let alone one that will result in indictments.
The Upside, At Least This Election Will Destroy The Media. Liberal journalists, by which I mean journalists, do not think you should know things
that hurt their favored candidate. This is an interesting new take on the whole idea of "news reporting," an innovative rethink that refocuses journalists
less on ensuring people hear the news and instead focuses on ensuring they only hear certain news that, incidentally, supports the media's progressive political
agenda. So we get fact checking that involves neither facts nor checking.
CNN 'Sets the Standard for Integrity'. Last Tuesday, CNN's Don Lemon described his employer as the pinnacle of
journalistic integrity during a news segment ostensibly examining pervasive left-wing political bias in the news media.
"I have to say that, I work for this news organization and I think that it sets the standard for integrity," said Lemon of
his employer. [...] Lemon also denied that his former CNN colleague and current Democratic National Committee Interim Chair
Donna Brazile had provided questions to Clinton's campaign in advance of CNN-hosted presidential debates.
Caught Red-Handed Telling [a] Blatant Lie About Trump. CNN was caught lying about comments GOP presidential
nominee Donald Trump made at a campaign rally in Colorado over the weekend. The original CNN article was titled,
"Trump, skeptical of mail-in balloting, encourages voting more than once if necessary."
Catches CNN Falsely Claiming Trump Told Audience to Vote Multiple Times. Upon reviewing CNN's on-air coverage
of Trump's Colorado rally at the center of these false claims, the network actually aired live the entirety of Trump's
comments on Sunday [10/30/2016] about voting in the Centennial State. Somehow, the CNN Politics team still published
the butchered and erroneous Trump quote. I've provided video below of Trump's full comments that CNN's reporters didn't
appear initially interested in following. The headline has also been changed to include the acknowledgement that this
blog has been updated.
Media Must Be Dismantled In Order For Freedom To Survive. News has always been biased, but the American media
exists for one reason and one reason only in 2016 — to further the agenda of the corporate-government complex
a.k.a. the globalists. [...] You will never get any truth from the media when it comes to politics and many other issues.
[...] I have personally not watched television in over a year since leaving the news industry, and my mind is more focused
than it has ever been in my life. I will likely never own another television in my life.
'Convicted Criminal' James O'Keefe Came to Be 'Discredited'. [Anderson] Cooper introduced the videos by
sniffing at O'Keefe's "less than stellar reputation for accuracy." As inevitably happens, he cited no examples of O'Keefe's
inaccuracies. Cooper then turned the task over to CNN "investigative reporter" Drew Griffin who promptly upped the
libel ante by referring to O'Keefe as a "discredited conservative activist." Again, there was no effort to prove the
"discredited" label or the "conservative" one, for that matter.
In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Into US Ahead Of Election. Experts told CBS News the number of immigrants
crossing the border won't drop after Election Day.
The Editor says...
In other words, the headline is misleading and deceptive.
Debunking the Vicious False
Narratives against Donald Trump. By now, every voter knows that the mainstream media is in the pocket of
Hillary Clinton but many do not know the extent of the malpractice in journalism today. The MSM has successfully
embedded in the minds of the voters false narratives that need to be exposed out of just plain common decency. The
three I will address in this piece are the charges that Trump mocked a disabled reporter; that he questioned the Mexican
American's legitimacy to handle his court case because of his race, and that he mocked a Gold Star family. There are
Mitchell Falsely Claims Donna Brazile Leak Story Has Been 'Completely Knocked Down' [Video]. In the face of all
evidence to the contrary, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell claimed on Thursday [10/20/2016] that allegations that Democratic National Committee
chair Donna Brazile leaked town hall questions to the Clinton campaign have been "completely knocked down." Mitchell was
discussing references Donald Trump made on Thursday to leaked debate and town hall questions. Trump claimed on Twitter
that questions from Wednesday's debate, moderated by Fox News' Christopher Wallace, were provided to the Clinton campaign.
On Thursday, he referred to the scandal involving Brazile and her apparent leaking of a CNN/TV One town hall question asked of
Clinton in March.
Right: The Media Is Rigged. On Oct. 16 on his CNN show "Reliable Sources," host Brian Stelter took the
denial of liberal media bias to a new level. In the wake of hundreds of emails underlining media-Democrat collusion, he
insisted that every American should deny the evidence: "In Trump's world, journalists are really just (Hillary) Clinton
campaign workers in disguise, collaborating with her in an attempt to rig the election. This is not just false.
It's ludicrous, and it's damaging." On what planet does this man live? Even by Clinton News Network standards, this
anchor warns: 'Illegal' for you to look at WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks on Sunday called attention to remarks made by CNN anchor Chris
Cuomo in which he appeared to warn viewers that it was "illegal" for those outside of the media to look at emails from Hillary Clinton's
Special note to regular readers
It is illegal for you to watch CNN or MSNBC.
Times Public Editor Aghast That Anyone Thinks Times Reporters Make Stuff Up. GOP nominee Donald Trump is
alleging the game is rigged against him from a disturbing combo of inevitable voting fraud and slanted media coverage of the
campaign. Predictably, media stalwarts blithely dismiss Trump's allegation as paranoid and delusional. Perhaps
they should not be so quick to laugh it off, given the media's track record when it comes to fiction fobbed off as journalism.
Liberty students less divided over Trump than MSM claims.
Mainstream media reports portray Liberty University students as turning against Donald Trump, but a current student says this
is just an exaggeration meant to divide the student body.
needs to stop deceptively editing videos. Creating a narrative through deception won't help victims or change
the minds of skeptics. When people see the media lying to them, it makes it difficult to believe the narrative being
crafted. Take the recent examples of CNN. The network has now twice edited videos to create alternate narratives in
regards to the recent shootings of two different black men by cops. Just this week, the pro-police group Blue Lives
Matter charged that the network deceptively edited video of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The full video,
taken by his wife Rakeyia, featured officers repeatedly telling Scott to "drop the gun." In the video aired on CNN,
no such demands were shown.
Machado Is 2016's Sandra Fluke, A Democratic Public Relations Scam. Sandra Fluke became the centerpiece of the
Democrats' "War on Women" messaging that they pounded throughout the year. The media completely ate it up, hook, line, and
sinker. Within minutes, she was put on every major network and cable outlet. The media ran with stories about how women
weren't allowed to testify at the hearing, even though two female college administrators — Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett, the
senior vice-president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University, and Dr. Laura Champion, medical director of Calvin
College Health Services — testified. The facts were no barrier to the headlines, which included CBS' "Dems decry
all-male House panel on WH contraception rule" and CNN's "Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'"
host insists Clinton created jobs. An MSNBC news anchor insisted on Friday that Hillary Clinton has a record of
job creation that's at least more than "zero," but then struggled to point to any evidence of her claim. The anchor,
Stephanie Ruhle, interviewed Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a Donald Trump supporter, who said Trump created
"thousands and thousands" of jobs as a businessman. "How many jobs has Hillary Clinton created?" asked Rutledge.
"Zero is the answer. Zero jobs for any woman. Zero jobs for any man, for that matter. So, she has zero
credibility when it comes to job creation."
Giuliani defends Trump on 'stop and frisk' and demands apology from 'dead wrong' debate moderator Lester Holt for declaring
it 'unconstitutional'. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is demanding an apology from Lester Holt, the
moderator of Monday night's presidential debate, for incorrectly declaring stop-and-frisk policing methods 'unconstitutional.'
'Donald Trump was right,' Giuliani wrote in an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal.
Anchor Falsely Claims Trump Has Never Been on Stage With a Female Candidate. MSNBC anchor Kate Snow falsely
claimed in an interview Monday that Donald Trump has never appeared on a debate stage with a woman. [...] Snow appeared have
forgotten about Carly Fiorina's presence on the Republican debate stage during the primary process. Fiorina
participated in four debates with Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP field.
Pneumonia Hokum: A Timeline. [Scroll down] Some of the dinosaur media have reported that Hillary "stumbled at the curb" and
"fell into the van." Others reported that she "fainted." This shows the extremely low quality of "journalism" today,
describing things that just didn't happen, as you can see for yourself in the video. Hillary didn't "stumble";she buckled
at the knees. She didn't "faint" (lose consciousness and go limp). Hillary herself says she didn't faint, and for once
she might be telling the truth, because the video shows that she was apparently awake but immobile. She was having a seizure
of some kind.
Media: Please Stop Calling Violent Rioters 'Protesters'. Watching coverage of the unrest in Charlotte,
North Carolina last night, I was struck by a common trend in how the most violent acts were being covered. [...] Looting a
Wal-Mart, destruction of property, attempted murder, all carried out by... "protesters." [...] I suppose you could make a
convoluted argument about how the protests were against white supremacy, and capitalism and the media are agents of white
supremacy, therefore attacking those institutions are acts of "protest" or whatever. But if even violent attempted
murder and destruction of property can be a "protest" so long as the motives are political, I don't see why the same can't
be said of, say, a terrorist attack.
lies about yet another police shooting. On Tuesday September 20, 2016, The Talk, on CBS showed some video of a
guy being shot by police near Tulsa OK. They showed him with his hands up, and they showed him after he was shot.
They made no mention of the fact that, after the police told him to stand still, he kept walking toward his truck. They
EDITED OUT the part of the video that showed the guy reaching into his truck, which of course is why the police shot him; he
looked like he was reaching for a gun. And of course the hostesses expressed outrage about the police shooting a guy with
his hands up and "not making any kind of threatening gesture in any way" and how it's yet another example of "blacks being killed
by racist cops." I rather doubt that the hostesses have ever heard the true story of that incident.
falsely adds 'racial' to Trump vetting comments. CNN added the word "racial" to Donald Trump's Monday
[9/19/2016] comments on terrorism and immigration and is running headlines reporting that the GOP presidential nominee spoke
of using "racial profiling" to stop terrorism. But a review of the transcript of Trump's comments to Fox News that CNN
quoted shows that Trump never used the word "racial" in his comments to the network and only spoke of "profiling."
Burnett Admits Her Show Was Wrong to Add 'Racial' to Trump Profiling Comments. In the midst of a heated but
civil debate on CNN Tuesday night, host Erin Burnett admitted on her eponymous show to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne
Conway that her program should not have aired a chyron on Monday's show suggesting that Donald Trump was in favor of "racial"
profiling. Burnett was twice pressed by Conway on why her show made such an editorial error and so Burnett paused the
debate to offer an explanation of regret.
Reid: Not True That Republicans Passed Civil Rights for African-Americans That Democrats Opposed.
Saturday on MSNBC's "AM Joy," host Joy Reid disagreed with chairman of the Black Republican Caucus of Florida Sean P.
Jackson when he said that if it was not for Republicans, African-Americans would still be enslaved.
Misleadingly Suggests Clinton Emails Marked 'C' Not Actually 'Classified'. On CBS This Morning on Monday
[9/5/2016], at the end of a report recalling the notes the FBI released which document that Hillary Clinton claimed not to
know that "(C)" markings in her emails indicated classified information at the level of "confidential," CBS correspondent
Nancy Cordes misleadingly gave the impression that confidential emails are not classified as she made a point of correcting
Donald Trump for mis-stating that the "(C)" stood for "classified." A bit later, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
appeared as a guest and similarly suggested that "confidential" information is not classified, CBS substitute host Josh
Elliott seemed to accept her claim.
Republicans Purging Minorities to Steal Election, Hack Results. MSNBC's Joy Reid, who was swift to condemn
Republican concerns of voter fraud, was equally as fast at accusing them of plotting to steal the election. Reid's
concern centered on a computer system called CrossCheck which was developed to find duplicate names on the voter rolls so
they can be removed. But Reid and her guest Rolling Stone writer Greg Palast, who brought the issue to her
attention, accuse the system of targeting minorities. "The system disproportionality targets voters of color who are
likely to have common surnames, like Washington or Hernandez," Reid stated.
Invented Lie About Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter. Just when you think the media could not possibly become more loathsome, the
Fourth Estate bullies prove you wrong again. The Washington Post's latest ugliness was to exploit the disability of a newspaper reporter
in order to smear the Republican nominee for president. Then — and this is the least surprising part of the story —
the Post lied about it.
Media Declare Trump Mexico Summit a Failure in Advance. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had not
even left yet for his visit to Mexico on Wednesday morning [8/31/2016] when the mainstream media began declaring it a failure.
NBC Reporter Claims "Trump Rally Crowds Small" — Despite Akron Ohio Max Capacity Crowd 5,000+. The
trust in U.S. journalism is at a historic low. Most Americans now accept the U.S. media is completely dishonest.
However, the media reporters claim such public opinions are unwarranted. [...] Any objective observer of the news media's
treatment of Trump can certainly conclude that reporters are taking a side in this election — and they don't have
to be wearing a button that says "I'm with her" for this to be readily apparent.
Official at Trump's Hispanic Meeting Debunks False BuzzFeed, Univision Reports that Donald Succumbed to Amnesty
Activists. A senior staffer at the Republican National Committee (RNC) told Breitbart News Saturday GOP
presidential candidate Donald J. Trump did not say or suggest that he was open to granting any legal status —
amnesty — to any illegal aliens in the United States at his campaign's National Hispanic Advisory Council meeting
as reported in BuzzFeed and Univision.
Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong. A major new report,
published today [8/22/2016] in the journal The New Atlantis, challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed
regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Co-authored by two of the nation's leading scholars on mental health
and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social
sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific research shows and does not show about sexuality and gender. The
major takeaway, as the editor of the journal explains, is that "some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and
gender are not supported by scientific evidence."
anti-Trump lie BUSTED on air! If you imagine all the situations when the media reported on domestic and
international matters of great importance where the you-got-the-story-backwards truth would apply, you would likely be
occupied for the rest of your life and still not have identified every situation.
Matters fabricates quote from Robert Spencer, claims he runs "white nationalist think tank". Did you know I was
a "white nationalist think tank leader"? Neither did I. I didn't know I was a white nationalist, and didn't know I ran a
think tank. Just think of all the meetings I've missed. [...] Media Matters claims to correct the lies of the Right.
In fact, it is they who are the liars.
males murder five year old white girl in Milwaukee. No national outrage. Two black males in Milwaukee
walked up to the home of a white family, in a majority black neighborhood, and unleashed a hail of gunfire. A five year
old white girl, Laylah Petersen, was murdered while sitting on her grandfather's lap. Milwaukee police say there is no
question the shooters were deliberating trying to kill people inside the house. At least a dozen bullets were fired
directly into the house. There may have been a third person driving a getaway car. The house was located in a
census tract that is 77% black and 14% white. The Milwaukee Sentinel and Milwaukee channel 6 have actually been
trying to downplay the murder. They are falsly reporting that it was "a stray bullet." That directly contradicts
all the evidence found by police.
Twohey of the New York Times Caught in a Media Hoax. Megan Twohey of the New York Times offers you a master
class in how to spot a liar. Megan Twohey along with "journalist" Michael Barbaro recently published a hit on Donald
Trump. In their article, ["]Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Public["], Twohey and
Barbaro accused Trump of conduct varying from sexual harassment to "debasing" of women. The problem? The story
was a hoax!
Media Are Lying to Hide Clinton's Animosity to the Second Amendment. This is the state of "journalism"
today. Members of the media who desperately want Hillary Clinton to be elected president are stooping to unprecedented
lows, abandoning all pretenses of impartiality, forfeiting whatever remnant of credibility they might otherwise have, trying
to prevent voters from realizing that Hillary Clinton fundamentally opposes the individual right to keep and bear arms.
The Washington Post, to single out one of the worst in this regard, is worried that voters agree with Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump that if Clinton were elected, she would "essentially abolish the Second Amendment."
The Misinformation Age. The thing is, our mass media culture is
mostly fabricated nonsense. Most of what the news people "report" is made up. As soon as you see the word "sources" you know what
follows is invented. Even when someone is named as a source, nine times out of ten we learn that the named source did not actually say what he
was claimed to have said. The other day, the news people were claiming Trump got in a fight with a baby at one of his events. It turns out
he made some harmless jokes about a crying baby.
The media's lies and
double standards accelerate at blinding speed. [Scroll down] As a senator, Mrs. Clinton had voted for the Iraq war and refused to support
the military surge that turned the war around, and as secretary of state, she supported President Obama's precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, which
created the vacuum into which the Islamic State stepped, and failed to honor repeated requests for greater security in Benghazi, all while
Mr. Trump was a private citizen. But according to Mr. Khan, Mr. Trump is the villain: "Donald Trump consistently
smears the character of Muslims," he said. "He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows
to build walls and ban us from this country." Another untruth. Rather than "ban Muslims" from entering the country, Mr. Trump proposes
a temporary hold on those coming from nations "compromised" by Islamic terrorism and once the situation is in hand, thorough background checks on
all immigrants coming from those areas. Mr. Khan also wondered if Mr. Trump had "read the Constitution." Never mind that the
Constitution does not offer religious freedom protections to non-citizens and that as a matter of law and policy, we are not obligated to let anyone
into the country. Throughout his time in the spotlight, Mr. Khan parroted the media's distortions, and they ate it up.
Photoshops Crowd Image For Hillary Clinton St. Petersburg, Florida Speech. Remember the discussions of
"optics" and trying to manufacture the perception of support for Hillary Clinton? It's all a pretense; a fraud; a
corporate media ruse. Well, a great example comes today from "The Hill", an on-line media outlet promoting the speech
of candidate Clinton.
The Media vs.
America. The other night I spent some time with Donald Trump. He had come to Cumberland Valley High
School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, a mere five or so miles up the road from my house. The Trump rally was
filled — completely — with thousands inside and outside thousands more waiting (in vain) to get in the door.
Here's what interested. Never once — not once — did I hear Donald Trump mention the Khans, the now famous
parents of a son killed in battle in Iraq. Even more to the point? In talking with many people in the audience
before and after the rally, no one — say again not a single soul — mentioned the Khans. What I did hear
from Trump was talk about jobs, trade, the economy, ISIS and more. Which was the talk from members of the audience when
I spoke to many of them before and after the rally. They volunteered directly to me, conversation after another, their
thoughts about ObamaCare, a sick child, jobs, trade, pride in America, Hillary and so on. And yet?
Mysteriously when I returned home and turned on the television or checked on-line it seemed to be all-Khan all-the-time.
As if Trump had spent the evening re-hashing the whole subject yet again. Which he had not.
NBC Quietly Scrubs 'Discredited' Smear of Bill Clinton Rape Accuser. Following the receipt of a retraction
demand, NBC News has quietly edited the Internet edition of a segment that aired on the highly-rated "Today Show" in which
anchor Andrea Mitchell claimed Juanita Broaddrick's rape accusation against Bill Clinton had been "discredited." After
receiving the legal letter, penned by Broaddrick's attorney and son, Kevin L. Hickey, NBC removed the word "discredited"
from the network's Internet version of Mitchell's video report, Broaddrick and Hickey told this reporter. However, NBC
did not make any indication of the edit in the video or on the webpage that hosts it.
Beacon Catches NBC Scrubbing Old Video of Mitchell Saying Juanita Broaddrick Is 'Discredited'. In a breaking
story posted late Tuesday afternoon [8/2/2016] by our friends at the Washington Free Beacon, staff writer and former CNS News
staff writer Elizabeth Harrington revealed that NBC News has stealth edited a May 19 video of Clinton campaign correspondent
Andrea Mitchell on Today denouncing Juanita Broaddrick's sexual allegations against Bill Clinton as "a discredited and
long-denied accusation" to merely being a "long-denied accusation." Mitchell's original phrasing was flagged the day that
it aired live on NBC by the MRC's Kyle Drennen and he chronicled the network's history concerning Broaddrick and Clinton.
Hoax! Dishonest Journalists Claim Alex Jones was Arrested. The mainstream media was at it again, this
time attempting to hoax the world by claiming Alex Jones had been arrested for punching a black cop. The truth is that
SJWs assaulted him. I know because I was there filming the entire event. At a small gathering of discontents,
Alex Jones appeared with his bull horn explaining how the protesters were globalist tools of George Soros. As Jones
approached the group, they attacked him. Police intervened, separating the two groups. Yet the media began
spreading a hoax, claiming Jones assaulted a black police officer.
Busted Trying to Cover Obama's Lies. Rumor-disproving website Snopes has proven itself especially unreliable on
all matters political, and it did so again this week when it tried to "bust" the myth that President Obama had paid Iran
$400 million in exchange for American citizens being held in Iranian jails. Both Snopes and the Obama administration
insist that the payment was part of the Iran nuclear deal and completely unconnected to the release of the men.
Outlet Claims Big, Boisterous Crowd At Clinton Rally. There's just one problem: The crowd was not really that big.
"We Are Going To Punch Through The Media". Donald Trump hits the media, particularly CNN, 'the Clinton News
Network,' at a campaign rally in Harrisburg, Penn. Monday night [8/1/2016]. "We have a media that is so dishonest,"
Trump said. "These are among the most dishonest people you will ever, ever meet."
Headline of the Month: AP "Man who shot sleeping intruder". The above headline must be one of the most
misleading that I have seen. It comes from AP itself. It is aided and abbetted by the AP leading sentence.
From the washingtontimes.com: ["]BEND, Ore. (AP) - The man who shot and killed another person asleep inside a Bend
home in 2012 is asking a court to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit against him.["] The intruder was not sleeping.
He was actively fighting the couple that found him asleep in the homeowners house. There was an extensive investigation, and the
shooting was ruled justified. The story is all over the Internets, with the factually wrong headline and first sentence.
Much for That 'Unprecedented' Jail Talk. The Republican convention's rowdy chants about Hillary Clinton — "Lock her
up!" — have caused liberal journalists to get extremely distressed. In their lead editorial on July 21, The Washington
Post fulminated that Team Trump's "descent from standard red-meat partisanship to unprecedented accusations of criminality displays contempt
for the rule of law and a startling disinterest in fact and reason." That's strong brew. It's too bad for them that it's completely
false. Somehow, the Post writers are acting like they were born yesterday, or slept through the last Republican presidency.
They've chosen to overlook that their liberal friends in news and entertainment were active participants in an eight-year anti-GOP hatefest.
Take CNN commentator Jack Cafferty, who on October 17, 2005, gushed to Wolf Blitzer about the idea of Karl Rove in prison: [...]
The Media Covers Up Muslim And #Blacklivesmatter Terrorism. The propaganda, the artful selection and deselection of facts, have
become as familiar to us as they were to any of the residents of the Soviet Union or North Korea. Anyone who pays attention knows not
only that they are being lied to, but can easily predict the lies that they will be told on the evening news even before they actually hear
them being spoken out loud. We always knew that the Muslim terrorist, even before he was identified, would turn out to be a secular
loner who was depressed over his family life. All the media had to do with Mohammed Bouhlel, the Islamic terrorist who murdered
84 people in Nice, France was to replay the same exact narrative as the one that they had fed us with Omar Mateen, the Islamic terrorist
who murdered 49 people in Orlando. Irreligious, depressed loner with family problems. Check. No connection to Islamic
terrorism. Suggestion of mental illness. Check and check. Insistence on his lack of interest in religion? One final check.
'truck crash' framing of France terror attack ignites Twitter mockery. An MSNBC tweet on late Thursday [7/14/2016] that framed
France's latest terror attack as a "truck crash" elicited a stinging response from readers. "Follow our live blog for the latest from
Nice after a truck crash leaves at least 70 dead," the network tweeted at 8:49 p.m. EST., well after even President Obama and
French President Francois Hollande called the event an act of terrorism. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, killed at least 84 people
during Bastille Day ceremonies by plowing a giant truck through crowds along the Promenade des Anglais.
blames truck, not terrorists or Islam, for Nice attack. Leftist media outlets reacted to the devastating attack
in Nice not by blaming Islam or even terrorists, but by suggesting that an inanimate object — the truck —
was responsible for the carnage. Instead of pointing the finger at Islamists, CNN, CBC and the New York Times all published
headlines that served to hide the true nature of the attack. CBC reported, "Children feared killed in Nice as truck attacks
family event". Presumably, the truck was somehow able to manifest artificial intelligence and plough itself through dozens
liberal narratives override the facts. Here we go again. Yet another hotly reported media narrative
stamps itself on the national dialogue only to find — oops! — maybe there are actually more facts to be
discovered before we know, as they say, "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." This time around the
media narrative surrounds the Minnesota shooting by St. Anthony Village Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, the
shooting victim one Philando Castile.
It Looks Like the Media May Have Bought a False Narrative in Philando Castile Shooting. If there is one thing
I've learned about media firestorms in the modern age of one-hour news cycles and 15-second attention spans, it's that
whoever tells the first story which the news media likes is the "winner." Once the narrative is set in stone (when the news
media works in unison that takes about two days, tops), the truth will face a battle that is severely uphill, into the wind,
on ice, and will almost never prevail. There was no better example of this sad reality than the "Hands Up! Don't
Shoot!" myth which drove the entire Ferguson fiasco and was the origin of the entire "Black Lives Matter" movement.
Every investigation into the matter (including by the Obama administration) later concluded, against self-interest, that this
catchphrase was based on an obvious and despicable lie. However, even that did almost nothing to alter public perceptions
of that event or the media's eagerness to give instant credibility to similar claims from the same groups in the future.
Who Famously Live-Streamed Her Boyfriend's Police Shooting is Arrested for Hammer Attack. Diamond Reynolds, the woman who famously live-streamed
the controversial fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, has been arrested in connection with a vicious attack that left another woman with serious injuries.
Reynolds, Dyamond Richardson, and Chnika Blair were apprehended Thursday [3/23/2107] in St. Paul, Minnesota, after allegedly attacking a woman with a hammer
Tuesday night [2/28/2017], and leaving the scene in a silver truck.
Ignore the Tsunami of Black Violence against Cops. The shootings in Dallas did not make much of a difference. Not to the
reporters explaining the protest and the reason behind the assassination of five police officers. The reason for the demonstration was
simple and beyond pushback: White cops shoot black people all over the country, all the time, for no reason whatsoever.
Everybody knows that. So sad. Some took it to the next level: The head of a black group called Dallas Action said the
killings were a wake up call to let people know how cops are picking on black people. All the time. For no reason
whatsoever. The local Fox reporter in Dallas took the comments in stride, quickly changing the topic to all the pretty lights on
nearby police cars. Not one reporter at any point even hinted at how black violence is wildly out of proportion.
by an America-hating press. The press lie constantly, and their lies are exposed every day by conservative radio and
opinion sites. Lying to the public is a basic betrayal of a vital survival function in a democratic republic, a true stab in
the back. [...] In J schools in this country, "betrayal" of the basic obligations of journalism has a name. It's called
"advocacy journalism," but it means lying to every single American.
Democrats' Self-Serving Distractions. After the massacre at a gay club in Orlando, Fla., by an American Muslim
of Afghan origin affiliated with the Islamic State, the editors of the New York Times argued that the fundamental
problem was "hate" exemplified by ... opponents of same-sex marriage. That was an interesting line of argument.
Omar Mateen was not found with a natural-law treatise in his back pocket, and he wasn't fresh from a Princeton seminar with
Robert George. He never suggested that the Supreme Court had taken too broad a view of the 14th Amendment in
Obergefell v. Hodges. He was a Muslim fanatic whose heroes throw homosexuals off of tall buildings and
crucify Christians. The morning after that massacre, the New York Daily News reported the enormity under the
headline: "Thanks, NRA!"
New Chris Matthews Ad Touts Liberal's 'Tough Questions'. In case you weren't aware, the liberal Chris Matthews
is the king of the "tough questions." That's according to a new ad airing on MSNBC. In the spot, Matthews brags, "I
take it as my job not to just ask the tough questions... but to get answers to them." [...] However, in January of 2016, the
Hardball host conducted a 20 minute softball interview with Hillary Clinton. It included "questions" such as this
one: "Well, New York came and fell in love with you and said, 'We like you, come up here, live up here and be our senator.'"
The Media's Latest Attempt To Downplay Radical Islam After Orlando Attack. Ever since witnesses started coming
out of the woodwork in the wake of the Orlando attack, claiming that shooter Omar Mateen had actually led a secret gay
lifestyle, the liberal media has been desperately trying to portray the massacre as more of a homophobic hate crime than a
radical Islamic terrorist attack. It allows the left to view the attack as proof that hatred of the LGBT community is
separate from the Muslim faith. [...] It was a coordinated attempt by the media to spin the narrative, to protect Islam at
all costs, despite evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately for them, the FBI has finally come out and said the entire
narrative that Mateen was a self-hating gay man has no evidence to back it up.
was accurate. But none of it was true. [Scroll down] The points of this narrative: One, the
national media is not interested in accuracy or truth, but in getting the story out first. Two, it should fit a template,
e.g., the nation is racist, law enforcement is prejudiced, and they will frame their narrative accordingly (black male was shot,
it was because the "white" Hispanic is racist, there is racism all over the country). Three, the people doing the reporting
have little knowledge of the facts they are discussing, such as what is the difference between an AR-15 and M-16, or "automatic
fire" and "semi-automatic fire", and "define what is an assault weapon" ([indeed], so ignorant they should run for Congress).
Tom Foreman Caught Lying in Trump-Refugees 'Fact Check'. In a segment that was billed as CNN's "fact check" of Donald Trump's anti-Hillary speech,
CNN gave a demonstrably false presentation of U.S. immigration policy in an effort to undermine Trump's factually correct statements. The segment was
remarkable in that it not only revealed CNN's profound ignorance of federal immigration policy, but an examination of the segment's transcript also reveals
that CNN ignored and blatantly distorted what Trump had actually said. CNN's Tom Foreman accused Trump making a "false" statement about Hillary
Clinton's refugee policy when Trump statement was, in fact, true.
Clinton Cash 'Fact-Check' Ends in Embarrassment for Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel. CNN Money's "fact-checkers" Cristina
Alesci and Laurie Frankel ended up with egg on their faces on Wednesday [6/22/2016] after they rated as "false" a well-established and proven
Clinton Cash fact involving Hillary Clinton's State Dept. approving the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russian
government, as nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. Under the guise of "fact-checking"
Donald Trump's Wednesday speech, Alesci and Frankel purported to verify whether "Clinton's State Department approved the transfer of 20% of
America's uranium holdings to Russia while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation."
Things To Know About Tying Gun Sales To A Watch List. [#2] The Democrats are still falsely conflating the
no-fly list with the terrorist watch list. We've been over this before. The no-fly list is not the same thing as
the terrorist watch list. The no-fly has roughly 40,000 names on it and many of them are not the names of U.S.
citizens. By contrast, the terrorist watch list has more than a million names on it (we can't know the actual number).
The legislation Democrats are pushing relies on a definition similar, but not identical, to the one used to create the terrorist
watch list on a rolling basis. It has nothing to do with the no-fly list. That won't stop Democrats from conflating
the two intentionally (as an aide to Sen. Diane Feinstein admitted she does), nor will it stop ignorant journalists from
confusing them accidentally (as several have conceded to me they have).
R. I. P. For a variety of historical and cultural reasons, most of those who work in the media are
progressives. They believe that government must undertake to fix an array of social maladies, such as income
inequality, perceived racial and gender disparities, and the general dangerous superstitions, bad habits, and cultural
baggage of those of less education than reporters, investigative journalists, and Internet and television commentators.
Yet sometimes simply reporting on society's perceived ills does not offer quite a rich enough landscape in which to save
humanity. And sometimes reality offers examples that confound the progressive ideology. Therefore, journalists
often fabricate stories and justify their cons as necessary means to achieve their higher aims.
Williams: U.S. Is 'The Only Nation to Have Used' Nuclear Weapons 'In Anger'. MSNBC breaking news host and
ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was allowed out on MSNBC's airwaves early Friday afternoon [5/27/2016] to
discuss President Obama's visit to Hiroshima so he could resurrect a taped report that aired in 2005 on the 60th anniversary
of the nuclear bomb's dropping on the Japanese city. In the course of discussing the event afterward, though, Williams
threw some shade in the direction of the U.S. military and then-President Harry Truman by complaining that "we're the only
nation to have used them in anger" against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
admits rogue reporter fabricated interviews. The Guardian has admitted that a rogue reporter fabricated
interviews in articles for the newspaper and falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about. Joseph
Mayton, a freelance who has been writing for the Guardian since 2009, has been accused of making up quotes in some of his
stories, even filing interviews with people who later said they had never spoken to him.
Continually Dishonest Media. Apparently the U.S. media has chosen this week to once again reassert itself as
the epitome of broadcast propaganda; Pravda must have been giving them a run for the ruses. One of the examples today
comes from the nascent Jake Tapper of CNN who rallied the proverbial troops around a claim that Donald Trump "brought up
Vince Foster" while campaigning for President.
The Public Doesn't Suddenly Support Socialized Medicine. A new Gallup survey seems to suggest that majority of
Americans now back government-run health care. [...] The mainstream press eagerly ran with the story. The Washington
Post, for example, headlined its piece: "Poll: Most Americans want to replace ObamaCare with single-payer —
including many Republicans." The ABC News headline blared "Poll Says Majority of Americans Prefer 'Medicare For All' Health
Care," and the story led by saying that "A growing number of Americans now support the idea of federally funded health care."
Look more carefully at the poll itself, however, and you see that it doesn't show that at all.
Media Lies About Court's
Contraception Order. Anyone still naïve enough to rely on the legacy media for unvarnished news will have
gone to bed Monday evening [5/16/2016] believing that the Supreme Court evaded its duty regarding Little Sisters of the
Poor v. Burwell. Countless headlines had declared that the Court decided to "punt," "skirt," or otherwise
dodge any meaningful action concerning the challenge to the HHS contraception mandate. In reality, SCOTUS handed the
Little Sisters and the other petitioners with whom the Court consolidated their case a major victory in their protracted
battle to defend religious liberties against the depredations of the Obama administration's bureaucrats and lawyers. In
a unanimous opinion, the justices vacated all lower court rulings against the Little Sisters and the other petitioners.
The term "vacated," in this context, means that the Court has rendered those adverse decisions legally void. And the
justices didn't stop there.
Alert: New MSNBC Ad Says 'We Seek Different Perspectives'. With no sense of irony or humor, a new MSNBC
ad claims the network "seeks different perspectives." Yes, the cable channel home to some of most liberal hosts and
journalists on the planet, touted, "We seek different perspectives, connect the dots, approach the story from all the
angles." The condescending commercial started airing on Tuesday [5/3/2016]. The unidentified voice lectured, "We
break news. Yeah. But we do more than that. If all you want is headlines, check your Twitter feed." The
announcer smugly continued, "We go beyond the sound bites." What's so bizarre about this latest spot is that it directly
contradicts previous MSNBC ads.
10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015. [#1] The Fake Iran Agreement: In July the mainstream media
celebrated a deal between Iran and the P5+1 that would provide Iran with sanctions relief along with virtually no accountability.
Today, the administration, along with their lapdogs in the press, continues to argue that this somehow adds up to a good deal
for the world. It doesn't. In fact, there really is no deal at all. The New York Times and other news organizations
still call this a "signed" deal. It isn't.
The Mainstream Media Spread Another False 'Islamophobia' Story. The journalists and publications which implied
the hit and run in Molenbeek this weekend was a 'far right' anti Islam attack had no evidence to suggest that it was as they
reported, but they knew what story they wanted to write. That's why most hesitantly wrote "during" a "far right
demonstration" instead of bluntly labelling the driver a "far right activist" as did the Daily Mail, the first
publication to report on the story. Instead of acknowledging the categorical error, or clearly reporting the truth as
it emerged, however, the Mail quietly edited their original article, burying the factual change three quarters of the
way down the page, and failing to issue a correction or clarification.
Tabloid Trash on Ted Cruz. The National Enquirer's name in journalism is synonymous with factually unsupported
drivel of the lowest kind. It is a sacred truth that no responsible journalist would reference the kind of garbage found in
this tabloid. But somehow it's perfectly appropriate for the same responsible journalists to report the sleaze over and
over, emphasizing, of course, that the source is the awful National Enquirer.
CNN Started The Carson Drop-Out Rumor; Now They're Lying
About It To Bash Cruz. [Scroll down] Cruz's team explicitly cited CNN's reporting in its emails. Carson himself has sent emails blaming CNN. Cruz correctly
pointed out what happened on CNN, as you can see from the transcript [in this article]. And while CNN reporters tweeted that Carson wasn't dropping out, as did Carson staffers, CNN
did not report on air that Carson was staying in the race until later in the evening.
Long Cheap Shot' — WashPost Lines Up Canadians to Bash Ted Cruz as Extreme. While The Washington Post would only go to Kenya looking
for gushing over Barack Obama, they turn to Canada to make fun of Ted Cruz.
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.
Muslim Panel Accidentally Includes Professional Leftist Obama Operative. CBS's Frank Luntz sought to gauge the
attitudes of an ostensibly ordinary panel of Muslims in America towards Donald Trump. Undeclared to the audience, however, is
a professional left-wing agitator seated in the front row who is an alumnus of the Obama Administration. Linda Sarsour, an
anti-American hater of Israel, Islamic supremacist, and regular commentator on left-wing media, was not identified as such when
offering her views on Trump. Rather, she was presented as an ordinary Muslim in America.
under Media bias in favor of Islam.
Media Misquote NC Anti-Solar Residents To Make Them Look Stupid? Numerous left-wing media outlets have repeatedly misquoted citizens
of Woodland, N.C., after the city government voted to reject a proposed solar farm. An article in the Huffington Post claimed local resident
Bobby Mann said the proposed solar farm would "stop plants from growing and suck up all the energy from the sun," during his testimony to the
Woodland Town Council, citing an article in the Roanoke-Chowan Herald-News. However, the Herald-News only directly quotes Bobby Mann as saying
"You're killing your town, [a]ll the young people are going to move out." Other media outlets repeated the misquote.
Liar of 2015: The Washington Post and Its Pinocchios. [Scroll down] The [Washington] Post, of
course, was an early and gleeful adopter of the narrative of the unarmed black person shot for no reason whatsoever by racist
police in Ferguson who apparently did that kind of thing all the time. This Lie infected more than just miles and miles
of newsprint in the hard news sections. It was also reported and spread in the sports, lifestyle, opinion, entertainment, and
virtually every other nook and cranny of the Post — even after the attorney general grudgingly admitted the entire
thing was a hoax in March of this year. The lies are legion. A few of the more deceitful: The Post led the
way in glorifying the hundreds of black Capitol Hill staffers who gathered for a photo op in their $1000 coats, soft leather gloves
stretched into the air, proclaiming 'hands up, don't shoot.' [...]
You, Joe Scarborough, For Being So Biased And Fact Challenged. Those tuning into Monday's [11/9/2015] "Morning
Joe" on MSNBC might've wondered about the "worst record" poll that host Joe Scarborough said unfairly kicked Chris Christie
off the Fox debate stage. We wondered, too.
Blows Up at Reporters During Presser: Why Don't You Care About Obama's Past? Ben Carson faced some combative
reporters during a press conference in Florida tonight about the various issues in his background that have been raised this
week. He dismissed Politico's report about him not being formally offered a West Point scholarship, simply
insisting it was relayed to him that he could get one with the kind of accomplishments in his background.
press pile on Politico. Reporters and politicians ripped into Politico for publishing a story Friday saying Ben
Carson "fabricated" a story about being offered a full scholarship to attend West Point. But even before this criticism
started, Republican front-runner Donald Trump had already declared war on the Virginia-based news outlet's editorial standards,
saying last week that it is "the dumbest and most slanted" site that he has ever encountered.
Politico Admits Fabricating A Hit Piece On Ben Carson.
There were at least five major problems with the story:
• The headline was completely false
• The subhed was also completely false
• The opening paragraph was false false false
• The substance of the piece was missing key exonerating information
• The article demonstrated confusion about service academy admissions and benefits
The Three (Clinton) Stooges and
CNBC. [Scroll down] Quintanella has a BA in political science. So does Quick. John Harwood says evasively
that he studied economics and history as an undergraduate. At least half their colleagues have degrees in journalism. Almost
none have had experience managing anyone else's money. So it came as no surprise when Becky Quick asked Ted Cruz what he was going
to do about the fact that women earn 77% of what men make. This claim has been made for four decades; it's almost as old as
Becky. It has 999 lives. No matter how many times it's refuted by economists, the mantra is repeated — like
the similarly discredited claim that intelligence tests are culturally biased.
GOP Media Takedown: A Recipe for
Victory. Along with lawyers and politicians, the media is a group for which Americans have a fairly intense dislike. This
is largely because as with the first two groups, a big part of the modern media's business is lying, and no one likes being lied to.
[...] Along with entertainment and academia, they constitute a tripartite axis of cultural evil. They are Americans' conduit of
information, and how can citizens choose the right policies and politicians if they're being fed misinformation?
Caught Lying About Trump - Obama Does Back Gun Confiscation. For the last two days CNN has been lying about
Donald Trump in order to put itself in its favorite gear: the Trifecta Gear that allows the left-wing network to, all at
once, push gun control, protect Barack Obama, and attack a high-profile Republican as dishonest — in this case
frontrunner Donald Trump.
the MSM spins, example #926: Politico provides Team Hillary a talking point. The State Department, before releasing one of the
emails Hillary funneled through her homebrew server, failed to redact the name of somebody who is (or was) a CIA source. The House Benghazi
Committee later made that email public after it was cleared by State. If you're among the left-leaning the MSM, how do you spin that?
Department Screws Up, Politico Blames Trey Gowdy For Some Reason. That's weird; if Republican Congressman Trey
Gowdy accidentally released CIA information, why is the State Department apologizing? The story here is that the State
Department admitted they made a mistake in redacting a series of Clinton emails the Benghazi Committee planned to release.
But despite the State Department admitting that they screwed up and left in the name of a CIA source, Politico's headline
is that Gowdy "accidentally released" it[,] even though he got the okay from the State Department to release the emails.
coverage of Israeli-Palestinian 'violence': When terror becomes 'tensions'. If you are seeking an example of bias in the media's
coverage of what journalists are calling the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian "violence," consider the case of Ahmad Manasra. In an
angry speech on Wednesday night [10/14/2015], Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, appealed for calm but accused Israeli security
forces of killing Palestinian boys "in cold blood," singling out the 13-year-old Manasra as one of the Palestinian youths Israel had "executed."
[...] There are at least two major problems with Abbas' charge: First, Ahmad Manasra was not "executed" or even shot by Israelis.
CNN Photoshops Oregon Jihadist
Shooter to "Fundamentally Transform" Him into a Caucasian Male. Remember the Trayvon Martin case? You know, the
dude involved in burglary, PCP-like drug cocktails, and/or drug dealing who assaulted George Zimmerman and got capped for his trouble?
Remember how the media claimed there was a new race called "White Hispanics", a term invented "by The New York Times to describe Zimmerman,
apparently in some kind of push for a white vs. Black narrative"? Good times. Well, the media is at it again, this time
photoshopping the Black Jihadist Oregon shooter [...] to make him appear white.
Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer — A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted. On the left is the selfie
Christopher Mercer uploaded to his social media. On the right is how CNN presented the same selfie in broadcast stories about him. Why did CNN
need to change the complexion (color) of their broadcast? Why is no one showing pictures of mom, Laurel Margaret Harper[?]
The Ahmed Mohamed Fairy Tale. There can
be no doubt that Americans are fortunate enough to be governed by a brilliantly conceived Constitution drafted by remarkable, intelligent
men. Unfortunately, too many Americans are utterly ignorant of what it contains and how it impacts on their lives. Voter ignorance
on this and so much else contributes to the ease with which the media manipulates public opinion into believing things which are not so.
in disaster for the next Katrina. [#1] Though the press patted itself on the back afterwards, in fact, as
American University Journalism Professor W. Joseph Campbell writes, "it's instructive to recall how extreme and over the top
the reporting was from New Orleans in Katrina's aftermath." Reports of wandering bands of rapists, a 10-year-old girl raped
in the New Orleans Convention Center, claims that people were shooting at rescue helicopters, sharks haunting the floodwaters,
bodies stacked like cordwood — all were false. Though the extremism generated ratings, and satisfied the
anti-American urges of the foreign press, it did real harm. New Orleans, a city battered by disaster, was portrayed as,
in Maureen Dowd's words, "a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered
infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning." Dowd
used this portrayal to take shots at then-President George W. Bush, and I suspect a lot of the media pile-on was similarly
motivated, but it had the effect of stigmatizing victims and, by playing up anarchy and danger, may even have delayed the arrival
of aid, as rescuers feared to go in without armed escort. Overall, a horrible media performance.
An activist masquerading as a journalist is an impostor.
anchor Jorge Ramos uses influence to push immigration agenda. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been
as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he
went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and
insistently trying to ask questions.
Bush, Clinton: Secret Agents. [Scroll down] [Jorge Ramos] asserts proudly that he votes in elections in
both countries. (Translation of Ramos' world view: He'd like to see the U.S. flooded with the dregs of his native country so
he and Democrat elites could rule it without a vibrant middle class as they do Mexico.) Ramos is employed by Univision,
whose owner Haim Saban is a big Clinton contributor, Mrs. Saban is a big Hillary supporter. Jorge's daughter works for
Hillary Clinton. He is most certainly a Clinton operative in newsman's drag.
Ramos Is an Immigration Activist Posing as a Reporter. Jorge Ramos may be the award-winning celebrity anchor of
Univision's premier news broadcast, but "the Walter Cronkite of Hispanic News" long ago revealed himself to be less a
journalist than another perpetually indignant immigration activist. His devolution into outright heckler was only a matter of
time. It would be difficult to overstate Ramos's immigration radicalism. When Central American children were pouring over the
border last summer, Ramos announced as a solution, "First, we treat children like children, as if they were our own." When,
in their 2012 interview, Newt Gingrich told Ramos, "I'm not going to let you define what 'immigration reform' is," Ramos replied,
"It's very simple: to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants." And when, last November, President Obama
lawlessly granted amnesty to some 5 million of those immigrants, Ramos touted the measure as "a triumph for the Latino community."
Ramos Has a Long History of Activist 'Reporting'. Ramos has been called the "Walter Cronkite of Latino
America," but he has a history of behaving more like an activist with a cable-news platform than a reporter. Ramos
constantly identifies with his Latino and immigrant audience, using words like "us" and "our" when reporting on any
immigration-related issue. He seems to see himself as the gatekeeper of Latino American opinion —
and to think that qualifies him to be a political kingmaker.
a 'Silenced' Journalist, Jorge Ramos Sure Is Getting a Lot of Air Time. A couple of days ago, I had no idea who
Jorge Ramos was. I imagine many others were likewise unfamiliar with the Univision newscaster before Donald Trump made him
famous by kicking him out of a press conference. Among several media appearances since the confrontation with Trump on
Tuesday, Ramos was on The Kelly File Wednesday night. [...] First of all, can we bask ever so briefly in the irony of being
"silenced" on national television, then getting to rant about it ad nauseam on all the major networks? This guy has been
anything but silenced. He should send Trump a thank you note for the exposure.
Media Lies, AGAIN, About Donald Trump's Illegal Alien Enforcement Proposals — Completely Manufactured Claims.
Having watched an entire media cycle of punditry pontificate about Donald Trump proposing to deport "by force" 11 to 42 million
illegal aliens we find ourselves shaking our heads at how little the MSM think of the viewing audience. NO-WHERE in Donald Trump's
proposal does he say, or advocate for, the mass "rounding up and subsequent deportation" of millions of illegal aliens. He never
said it, he never proposed it, and it doesn't exist in his presented Border Solution and Illegal Alien proposal. It just doesn't
exist, yet the media claim it to be so.
carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low. Carbon dioxide — from
the burning of coal, oil and gas — is the chief greenhouse gas responsible for man-made
The Associated Press is wrong about one aspect of this story, in the first sentence: The primary
greenhouse gas is water vapor, which no law or politician can counteract.
and Planned Parenthood: Erroneous Fact Checks All the Way Down. Planned Parenthood now finds itself being
heavily criticized after being caught on tape brokering fetal body parts. Fortunately for them, they have no
shortage of allies in the media, including PolitiFact. Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith recently said on air
"Almost 95 percent of all (Planned Parenthood) pregnancy services were abortions." On Tuesday, PunditFact,
a division of PolitiFact, rated it false. PolitiFact concedes the source of this statistic is Planned Parenthood's
own annual report. If you take the number of services listed in the report, exclude the ones that don't apply
to women who aren't pregnant, you do indeed get a figure that showing that over 94 percent of pregnant women who
go to Planned Parenthood get an abortion.
Reveals Hillary Clinton Was Fed Questions Before Meet the Press Appearance. One of the
private Hillary Clinton emails released Friday [7/31/2015] reveals that an NBC source was leaking possible
questions to the then-Secretary of State's staff ahead of an appearance on Meet the Press. In
an July 2009 email with the subject line "heads up," Clinton staffer Lissa Muscatine wrote, "You probably
already know this, but I just heard from a friend who is wired at Meet the Press that David Gregory will
ask you about David Maziar, the Newsweek journalist arrested in Iran."
Muhammad... Where Have I Heard That Name Before? In the wake of the latest mass
shooting, carried out by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, an engineer like so many Islamic terrorists,
we are seeing the usual scramble to avoid stating the obvious. On CNN, Tom Fuentes ludicrously
cautioned that Muhammad is not an Islamic name: [...]
Caitlyn Jenner's camp pitched ESPY award in exchange for PR plugs. ESPN's annual ESPY
Awards show generally comes and goes with little controversy. Until this year, that is. [Bruce
"Caitlyn"] Jenner, the former Olympic champion decathlete, will be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage
Award at Wednesday night's event which will be televised on ABC. Abby Wambach, a member of the U.S.
women's national soccer team that just won the World Cup, will present Jenner with the award.
According to a new report, Jenner's ESPY award originated as a pitch from her representatives to
ESPN. Per RadarOnline, Jenner's camp suggested to the network that she receive the award and
offered public relations plugs on her upcoming reality show in return.
Caitlyn Jenner's reps 'demanded ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs and Diane Sawyer interview'.
Representatives of Caitlyn Jenner reportedly negotiated her ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs in her upcoming
TV series and threatened to pull out of her 20/20 interview. Reports have emerged that Jenner's team approached
ESPN with the idea that she win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award just as details were being finalized for her 20/20 interview
with Diane Sawyer on ABC. ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney, and ABC aired Wednesday's [7/15/2015] awards ceremony.
Reduces CNN To Outright Lying: Sanctuary Cities Don't Exist. Because he's a left-wing
propagandist working for a left-wing propaganda outlet, CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo told the
world today that sanctuary cities don't exist. The description is a "misnomer," Cuomo said. "They
are not safe havens," Cuomo added, "It's about how they follow the [immigration law] process." With a
straight face, Cuomo dropped this nuclear lie while doing what he never does to Democrats: interrogating
Michael Cohen, an advisor to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump: [...]
Correspondent Sanjay Gupta Allegedly Makes False Brain Surgery Claim. CNN
correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who served as a White House fellow before embarking on a career in
journalism, has been accused of falsely claiming that he helped perform brain surgery on an
eight-year-old while covering the April earthquake in Nepal. The Global Press Journal
reported Tuesday [7/7/2015] that the girl identified in the CNN report as having undergone a
craniotomy at the hands of Gupta never actually received surgery.
York Times Debunked: Scott Walker's 'I'm Not Going Nativist' Conversation Never Happened. A
conversation about immigration between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore,
reported on by the New York Times this week, never happened. "We have spoken with Stephen Moore
and the conversation that was reported did not happen and he will tell you that. I would recommend you
reach out to him," Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong told Breitbart News on Thursday [7/2/2015] in response to
an article by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman.
Calls Crippled Economy 'Healthy' Amid Mass Immigration. In a grim report detailing
America's severe economic decline, the Associated Press brushes off two crucial factors: Mass
immigration and Obamacare's grip on employers. [...] A record 93,626,000 Americans have stopped
looking for work in an economy that managed to create only one job for every two immigrants the
government let in from 2000 to 2014. When all U.S. job growth goes to foreigners at the expense of
Americans, while everyone in the labor force sees their wages suppressed year after year, it makes sense that
some would throw in the towel — and other would tolerate less-than-ideal jobs to make ends meet.
the Flames of Another Black-Church-Arson Hoax. On Monday [6/29/2015], a Baltimore
Sun lead editorial decried "a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the
South" in the wake of the Charleston murders. The newspaper cited a "pattern" of attacks,
including what it claimed was an "uptick in attacks on 37 black churches in the South" in the 1990s
that "prompted President Bill Clinton to set up a church-arson investigative task force." The
Sun neglected to mention that Clinton had falsely claimed at the time that he had "vivid and
painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child" — an
assertion immediately debunked by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
still running dubious right-wing vs. Muslim extremists statistic. CNN aired a statistic Friday morning
[6/19/2015] alleging that "right-wing extremism" is responsible for more deaths since Sept. 11, 2001, than "Muslim
extremism." The thing is: The statistic is dubious.
Poll: Confidence in Police Rates Twice That of Mainstream Media. "None of this should
surprise anyone," [John] Nolte stated, because "certain members of the police force have been caught
doing some truly terrible things, no question. But these are individual incidents in individual
precincts. "On the other hand, time and again and again as an institution," he indicated, "the
mainstream media has been caught red-handed lying, fabricating evidence and engaging in the kind of
corruption that would put any other institution (the National Football League, police, the Koch
brothers) out of business."
NBC Affiliate Manufactures a Story to Attack Conservatives. "Months before the conference, my family
booked a hotel room at the same resort as ALEC," reported Brendan Keefe of WXIA TV, also known as 11 Alive.
It's the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. "We found the fabled back room where the laws are made," he told their
audience. It was sweeps week and NBC had a scoop. What he failed to mention is that the event held by the
right-leaning American Legislative Exchange Council was open to the press, he did not register for the event,
he registered at the hotel under an assumed name, and the hotel was not a resort, just a hotel in Savannah.
More particularly, it was the Hyatt in Savannah.
Our Biggest Problem Is A Lying,
Stinking Media. [Scroll down] But the truth is that the lies of the press are
nothing new. It can be traced back to the 1930's with Stalin apologist Walter Durant's lies about
the Soviet Union that won him a Pulitzer Prize. Yes, he was a New York Times correspondent,
of course. It has taken over seventy years for the Pulitzer Prize committee to review Durant's
denial about the desperate condition of the Russian people under Stalin and to consider revoking that
prize but why bother since that prize has been a joke for many years? The Pulitzer Prize was
awarded to the Times-Picayune newspaper for totally fraudulent reporting of the Katrina disaster.
Behind Fabricated Gay Marriage Study LIED About Funding. Michael LaCour, the University of
California-Los Angeles graduate student responsible for a now-widely discredited study on attitudes towards
gay marriage, apparently lied about the funding grants given for his fraudulent research. In fact,
according to The New Yorker, LaCour received no funding at all for the study — which was published
last December in Science magazine and discredited earlier this week — into whether views on
same-sex marriage change due to interaction with gay individuals.
Behind Big Science Frauds? In December, Science published a paper claiming that people
could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes with a gay
person. It seemed too good to be true — and it was. On Wednesday [5/20/2015],
the journal distanced itself from the study, after its accuracy was disputed, and one of the authors
could not back up the findings. News organizations, which had reported on the study,
scrambled to correct the record.
words from a weasel. When [George] Stephanopoulos's contributions to the Clinton
Foundation were discovered by the Free Beacon's Andrew Stiles and leaked by Stephanopoulos, or on
his behalf by ABC public relations, to Politico, Stephanopoulos prepared a statement that amounted
to old-fashioned damage control. [...] Stephanopoulos wraps his statement in a profession of his
great generosity, of which the Clinton Foundation was coincidentally an additional beneficiary.
He made the donations over the past three years only to support worthy causes: to heal the sick,
protect the weak and feed the starving. Make room for the apostle George.
Stephanopoulos go wrong? Of course he did. "[W]hen those donors give that money," ABC
host and commentator George Stephanopoulos said to Jon Stewart last month, "there's a hope that
that's going to lead to something." Stephanopoulos was impugning (or perhaps more accurately,
describing) the motives of many people who had given money to the now-very-controversial Clinton
Foundation. He failed to mention that he himself had given $75,000 — a fact he was forced
to admit last week after Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon began asking questions about it.
Stephanopoulos Still Hasn't Disclosed. The common denominator in what Stephanopoulos still hasn't
disclosed is the fact that Stephanopoulos didn't just give the Clinton Foundation money, he gave it his time.
Schweizer notes that time is the one thing news media personalities have very little of. In Stephanopoulos'
case there's a second thing: integrity.
Stephanopoulos has forfeited all trust as a newsman. Dan Rather of CBS was toppled by a phony document
scam. Lyin' Brian Williams at NBC casually mixed fact with self-aggrandizing fiction. Now George
Stephanopoulos is caught in a Clinton web of deceit at ABC. The hat trick of arrogant anchor scandals helps
explain why Americans don't trust network news. With apologies to Walter Cronkite, that's the way it is, and
the way it is stinks. Stephanopoulos shares with Rather and Williams the rotten distinction of fessing up
only after being exposed by real journalists.
perpetuates tale that Benghazi attack caused by anti-Islam film. In a report about a
Supreme Court ruling, the Associated Press on Monday [5/18/2015] continued with the ruse that an
anti-Muslim film posted on YouTube caused violence in the Middle East, culminating in the murder of
a U.S. ambassador on Sept. 11, 2012. "In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals
court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in
the Middle East and death threats to actors," the AP wrote.
anchor Chris Cuomo: The First Amendment doesn't protect hate speech, you know. This
guy is a professional journalist. And a Yale grad. And a law-school grad.
But let's be fair. If you polled the media, how many of them would agree? Don't stomp
Cuomo just because he's bold enough to say what the rest are thinking.
America killing Muslims 'in the streets for decades" explains Garland shootings. If
there's an attack on American's anywhere, I think there's a law that there has to be someone on
MSNBC to defend the attackers. They always seems to get TV time.
Crime: Media-driven versus Statistical Realities. The much-hyped "black killed by
whites" stories sold to us over the past several years by the media and Race Industry have been
either outright lies or grossly misreported.
Trust Liberal "Fact Checkers". The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news
media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established "fact
checkers" within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats' favor.
Today, several such "fact checkers" are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not.
no one at MSNBC pays taxes. Democrats are fond of accusing Republicans of being hypocrites
on a variety of issues, but particularly when it comes to tax policy. The liberal comedian Bill Maher
recently claimed that Republicans expose themselves to this critique when they champion the value of hard
work and perseverance while simultaneously opposing the inheritance tax.
Hypocrites At MSNBC Don't Pay Their Taxes. For typical Americans who paid all their taxes upfront,
Friday [4/24/2015] is Tax Freedom Day. But for several hosts at MSNBC, Tax Freedom Day came much sooner.
Touré Has the Taxman on His Case. Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC's The
Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review. In
September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68.
Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87.
MSNBC Stars Do Not Pay Their Taxes. National Review's Jillian Kay Melchior reported Wednesday
[4/22/2015] that, along with Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry, two more MSNBC stars are not paying their
fair share of taxes. Touré Neblett, co-host of "The Cycle" owes the IRS a cool $59,000.
Joy-Ann Reid, a former anchor and now a regular contributor to the "Lien" Forward network, owes New York
almost $5,000 in back taxes. As we reported last week, Melissa Harris-Perry owes the IRS $70,000.
Al Sharpton's tax bill is upwards of $3-$4 million.
fails to address tax problems of hosts. National Review reported today that MSNBC's
Touré, who co-hosts the network's afternoon program "The Cycle," owes nearly $60,000 in taxes
to New York State, according to a pair of tax warrants that the magazine found. And as the story
fully noted, there's a trend afoot here: [...]
Tax Delinquents Lecture Audience on Taxes. MSNBC, the liberal network that advocates
at every turn for a progressive revenue system, is home to four tax delinquents who have all
lectured their audience about tax fairness over the years.
employee goes silent after making baseless fraud charge about embattled Indiana pizzeria. An employee of a
Virginia-based CBS News affiliate has gone silent following revelations Friday [4/3/2015] she made a baseless fraud charge
against an attempt to raise funds for an Indiana family at the center of a political battle over religious freedom.
Math Is Hard For Obamacarians.
If you are masochistic enough to read the "reporting" of the legacy media on Obamacare, you will
have noticed a spate of recent stories with titles like the following from CNBC: "Health spending
post-Obamacare seen $2.5 trillion lower." This headline is not only awkwardly worded.
It is, like the article over which it appears, misleading. It misrepresents a new study from the
left-leaning Urban Institute concerning projected health care spending in a way that suggests the nation
has saved enormous amounts of money thanks to the "Affordable Care Act." This is absurd, of course,
but it highlights an underappreciated element of the health care reform debate — the adversarial
relationship that exists between Obamacare's partisans in the press and basic statistics.
Great Moment in Mainstream Journalism. This story, like the now-completely discredited
Rolling Stone "campus rape" article, shows the dangers of an increasingly biased mainstream news
media. Stories that fits reporters' and editors' ideological predispositions get rushed through into
print with little skepticism or careful review, and apparently with no actual fact checking.
Is Obama's Latest Weapon In His War On Israel. Behold what's buried in Tuesday's [3/24/2015] Wall
Street Journal — a claim of Israeli spying, which was obviously planted by one or more nameless
administration officials seeking to make the Israelis' newly re-elected leader look like a U.S. enemy:
"While U.S. intelligence officials believe secured U.S. communications are relatively safe from the Israelis,
they say European communications are vulnerable." The Israelis, it turns out, almost certainly got their
information from eavesdropping not on U.S., but on European and Iranian diplomatic communications —
which virtually every U.S. embassy in the world does.
NYTs Caught Manipulating Story That Didn't Fit Their
Narrative. In a story published Monday [3/16/2015], The New York Times reported online
that family members of Jeffrey Williams, the 20 year-old man suspected of shooting and wounding two
Ferguson police officers, confirmed that Williams had been one of the Ferguson protesters. This
morning, at the same url, that crucial piece of news disappeared from the story. No update or
editor's note explained the removal (that has now been returned).
Biggest Lie of Our Generation: Ferguson Was All About Traffic Tickets.
don't shoot? Lie.
Gentle giant? Lie.
Minding his own business? Lie.
in the back? Lie.
Did not attack the police officer? Lie.
'Didn't do nothing' to
the Asian shopkeeper? Lie.
Relatives did not try to start a riot? Lie.
were "largely peaceful?" Lie.
National Guard would protect the business owners from
This is a very long list of of the bodyguard of lies that reporters and activists
(sorry for the redundancy) hoped would protect anyone from challenging the core truth of the racial
grievance industry, which is the biggest lie of this generation: Black people are relentless victims
of relentless white racism. All the time. Everywhere. That explains everything.
And it is not just Ferguson. Lying about race and racial violence is now the default position
for American reporters.
Report States "Hands Up — Don't Shoot" Narrative Was Completely False — We
Again Explain Its Origin. Today [3/4/2015] the DOJ released their comprehensive
finding report on the Mike Brown shooting. The DOJ Report states unequivocally the "Hands Up - Don't
Shoot" narrative was a completely false construct, but yet the media ran with it for months. Why?
Set To Plead Guilty — Remove Himself From The Clutches Of Obama/Clinton Blackmail. CNN
is reporting, through Evan Perez again, that General David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to a federal probe
that he gave classified pillow-talk intelligence to Paula Broadwell during their affair in 2011/2012.
It should be noted, however, that Evan Perez was recently the CNN reporter who presented an entirely false
story about a DHS report on Soverign Citizens where he portrayed the report as DHS worried about right-wing
extremist groups. Nothing in his interpretation of the report was even remotely accurate [...]
CNN, DHS and
SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job. The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a
report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the
farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. [...] CNN splashed the big scoop on its
website: "DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat." The fear-mongering
piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of "violence by sovereign citizen extremists since
2010." [...] But a closer look at the rigging of that phony factoid simply confirms the malevolent
intention of so-called objective journalists and "hate watch" groups to marginalize conservative
political speech and dissent. The CNN/MSNBC/SPLC smear job involved both the dishonest deflating
of left-wing and jihadist incidents, and the dishonest inflating of "right-wing" incidents.
Scientific Chicanery Underlies Global Warming Alarmism. In her December 28 CNN
article, "How Germany Banishes Climate Myths," German environment minister Barbara Hendricks argues
that the climate policies enabled by her country and the EU as a whole have been an economic
success. This is nothing more than East German-style disinformation. The reality is that
Germany's so-called "Solar Valley" has become a mothballed industrial rust belt. Nearly all solar
energy manufacturers have closed their doors. [...] Hendricks' CNN article is just another example
of the use of fraudulent PR spin to promote a desired political message while ignoring the realities
of science and economics.
'Our Rights Do Not Come From God'. During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN
morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come
from God. Cuomo was debating Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on the constitutionality of same-sex
marriage. Near the end of the back-and-forth and after Moore argued that rights cannot be handed
down by men, Cuomo blurted out: "Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that.
They come from man... That's your faith, that's my faith, but that's not our country. Our laws come
from collective agreement and compromise." [Video clip]
Exposes Another NBC Scandal Days Before Brian Williams Debacle. The mainstream media's
credibility continues to deteriorate at a breakneck rate and now a major network television
station — with recent transgressions exposed by Judicial Watch and a U.S. military
newspaper — is serving as the poster child of this shameful movement. It involves two
popular and "respected" journalists at NBC, disgraced "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and "Meet
the Press" anchor David Gregory, two of the highest paid and most coveted personalities in the
Islam Fundamentally a Religion of Peace, 'Brazen' Critics Probably Racist. AP writer
Lee Keath published an article on Monday dealing with the "debate among Muslims over interpreting
faith" — without mentioning that thousands of deaths are meted out every year in the name
of Islam across the globe. Keath instead describes those who question the link between Islam and
jihadist violence as "increasingly brazen." Rather than focusing on the "brazenness" of the murderers
in Islam's name, the author instead points towards those who dare critique the Religion of Peace.
hit piece smears Bible, Christians. Newsweek's 16-page diatribe portrays Evangelical
Christians as homophobic, right-wing fundamentalist hypocrites who believe an unbelievable Bible.
And just in case the reader misses the writer's subtle nuance, the essay was illustrated with images
of snake handlers, Pat Robertson and the Westboro Baptist Church. That's because in the minds of
Newsweek's esteemed editors, most evangelical Christians spend their weekends dancing with snakes and
picketing gay nightclubs.
LA, CBS Station Pretends There Was a Real Kwanzaa Parade Yesterday. A Kwanzaa "parade"
was held in Los Angeles yesterday [12/26/2014]. In reporting on the event, CBS Los Angeles published a work of
fiction which absolutely belongs on any 2014 list of most embarrassing moments in journalism. [...] A procession of a
few vehicles lasting 10 minutes is not a "parade." It isn't even a motorcade.
Right-Wing Militias Are The Real Threat To Cops. Time Magazine warned of a growing threat to cops
nationwide in September 2010. The nationally renowned publication argued that sinister individuals would
launch targeted attacks against police officers and even ambush them in their patrol cars. Time alerted
readers that these groups and individuals have a disturbing hatred of cops and that there was a real threat
of "lone-wolf" attacks. Who are these groups that present such a threat to police? Right-wing militias,
according to Time.
News Fabricates Story That Michigan Bill Would Allow Doctors/EMTs to Deny Treatment to Gay
Patients. CBS News published a story on December 11 under the headline: "Bill would
let Michigan doctors, EMTs refuse to treat gay patients." CBS News reports: [...] According to
Michael W. McConnell, a professor at Stanford University Law School and former federal appeals court
judge, the CBS story is false. "The exact same law has been on the books at the federal level and in
many states for almost twenty years, and no such claim has ever been made. And if it were made, it
would lose in court, probably unanimously," McConnell tells The Weekly Standard in an email.
Endless Lies and His Media Accomplices. It was appropriate that the Democratic Senate
report on "torture" was released on the same day that Jonathan Gruber was testifying about lying to
the American people regarding the benefits of Obamacare. The Senate report was another form of
deception, designed to confuse and mislead about what Obama has used in place of interrogation techniques
of terrorists. Obama doesn't interrogate terrorists, he kills them. Yet, we are led to believe
Obama believes in American values and practices them. The American people would see through the
lies if only they could depend on a media that would lead them out of all the deliberate obfuscation.
The Media's Fact Problems Are Way Bigger Than Rolling Stone. It's absolutely true that
we don't have a wave of outright fabrication-out-of-whole-cloth. But what we have is much worse. We
have a tsunami of inaccuracy that is generally tolerated, embraced and even celebrated so long as it serves the
right political and cultural goals.
faces credibility issues. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too
damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long.
Mike Brown PBS "Lie Chart" — The False PBS Claims Deconstructed Visually. A
Treeper has been reviewing every piece of testimony in the case and comparing it with the chart that
PBS published. Turns out they misrepresented almost all of the statements.
Aide Destroys Media Narrative, Admits Gruber Was an 'Important Figure'. A former
adviser to Barack Obama on Tuesday [11/18/2014] overturned the media narrative, promoted by the
President, that Jonathan Gruber was an unimportant, minor figure. The New York Times on
Tuesday insisted in an editorial, "Republicans are crowing over Mr. Gruber's remarks because he has
been portrayed as a major architect of the health reform law. In truth, his role was limited."
The health care operative has repeatedly bragged about fooling "stupid" Americans. The paper's
editors lectured, "His comments should not be taken as evidence that the reform law was hatched in
secrecy and foisted on the public by trickery." Yet, Steven Rattner, a former Obama administration
adviser, countered this narrative on Morning Joe.
and NBC Ignore Gruber's Numerous W.H. Visits, CBS Barely Covers. On Tuesday, the Wall Street
Journal reported that Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of ObamaCare, made more than a dozen visits to
visit the White House since "Democrats began drafting the law in 2009." Despite the latest developments
in the Gruber controversy, which contradicts President Obama's line that Gruber was "some advisor who never
worked on our staff," CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to mention the report, giving
it a mere 24 seconds during its Tuesday morning [11/18/2014] broadcast. ABC's Good Morning
America and NBC's Today ignored the Journal's report altogether.
about the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal.
Todd: Eric Holder is a 'Very Non-Political Person'. [Meet the Press host Chuck] Todd says
this of the man who openly talked about serving "my people" as attorney general. He made that comment in
connection with the New Black Panther case — a racially-tinged case that Holder's DOJ dropped even
after the government had won it. Eric Holder desperately wants to treat al Qaeda terrorists as
criminals rather than non-state illegal combatants. That's a political choice, and one for which he has
been roundly criticized. When Holder attempted to move trials of al Qaeda terrorists from military
tribunals to civilian court — in New York — he lost. Big. Being obtuse to
the viewpoints of others, and being unable to comprehend that the things that you say and do offend and anger
others, is not the same thing as being "non-political."
of facts-free reporting hands-down... I mean up. I began to lose interest in Ferguson,
Mo., when it was first reported that the late Michael Brown was an "aspiring rapper." Hadn't heard
that one yet? It was in the LA Times, under the headline: "Michael Brown's raps: Money, sex,
drugs — and a vulnerable side." Of course he had to have a vulnerable side. That's why
he was known as "the Gentle Giant." He didn't look terribly gentle in that closed-circuit video,
shoving the owner of the Ferguson Market when he was stealing the box of Swisher Sweets just before
he got shot. But the demonstrators could see right through that — "the man" had
photoshopped the video, or so they said live on national TV.
Media Are Buying Hillary's Foreign Policy [Prevarication] — And Selling It To
You. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the most senior foreign
policy official in the United States, aside from President Barack Obama himself, for four
years — is now attempting to differentiate herself from her old boss, now that his
hapless leadership has become a liability to her presidential ambitions. And the media are buying
it, then re-selling it to the public as if it represents an authentic split instead of opportunism and lies.
Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola. [#5] The mainstream media
lies. It lies all the time. The mainstream media is a degenerate, habitual, serial liar that exists
only to serve the government and the noxious little career-climbing bubble it exists in. I always
assume the media is lying — that way I'm right more than I'm wrong. The mainstream media
is a wretched institution populated with wretched people and only a handful of exceptions. If
you're foolish enough to believe the mainstream media will put what's morally good, right, and true
above The Club Rules, you obviously haven't watched CNN's coverage of the war in Gaza.
Self-Inflicted Hamas 'Massacre' Blamed By the Media on Israel. According to the Hamas version of events — widely
promulgated in the media by ITN, the Telegraph and the Belfast Telegraph — an Israeli airstrike on a crowded market place during
a partial ceasefire in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City on July 30th, 2014 was responsible for the deaths of 17 people,
including blue-helmeted photojournalist Rani Rayan. However as Thomas Wictor has incontrovertibly demonstrated using close
analysis of film footage of the incident, the deaths were not caused by Israeli shrapnel but by secondary explosions from a vast
cache of Hamas rockets. Oh, and the market wasn't 'crowded' either: it had been closed for the day. And this
particular area wasn't included in the ceasefire zone, either, because Hamas was continuing to fire rockets from it.
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today [6/19/2014] by Gallup. [...] In the latest
survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V.
news, and 8 percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. Only 18 percent of the
Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.
Milbank's Heritage disaster. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry
of outraged tweets on Monday night [6/16/2014] after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at
The Heritage Foundation that, he says, "deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who
wore an Islamic head covering." Video of that panel has since surfaced and — in my
view — Milbank grossly misrepresented the nature of that exchange.
Don't Let Friends Read Dana Milbank. Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington
Post who serially exaggerates or distorts what he writes about. It's just what he does. This has
been established so many times by so many people that it's disappointing to see he is still given prominent
perch in his paper and that people who made it past their sophomore year in high school take him seriously.
What Dana Milbank
Does Not Tell You. [Scroll down] But what's more, Milbank relies on the account of "Saba Ahmed,
an American University law student," who is the aggrieved victim of his piece. She's a moderate,
caring Muslim girl targeted by the group because she is Muslim. What Milbank does not tell you is
that Saba Ahmed is a family friend of Mohammed Osman Mohamud, the convicted Islamic bomber who
tried to blow up Portland, OR in the name of jihad. Milbank also does not tell you Saba Ahmed has
been arrested for stalking and her family claims she was diagnosed with a mental disorder. She's
also been active at Occupy rallies denouncing American war efforts. She has made opposition to the
American war against terrorism a key part of what she does. And she took to Heritage to hijack a
conversation on Benghazi, turning it to her issue, which had not even been a topic of conversation.
Post Lets Columnist Dana Milbank Lie About Heritage Foundation. Writing for a
Washington Post that apparently decided his column was too good to check, columnist Dana Milbank
attacked the conservative Heritage Foundation for bullying a female Muslim woman who expressed
concern about Muslim stereotyping during a panel Monday night. The only problem with Milbank's
charge is that it's a smear — it never happened. And of all places, it is video
from the left-wing Media Matters that debunks Milbank's entire column.
Deceptively Edits Dave Brat to Suggest He Was 'Dodging' Questions. Editors at
MSNBC.com trimmed down Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat's June 11 phone interview with
MSNBC's Chuck Todd in order to paint him as dodging questions from the Daily Rundown host. But
a review of the full interview shows that Brat had already and seemingly quite gladly answered a
few policy questions on such hot issues as the minimum wage, immigration reform, and his stance on
Wall Street's influence on the business wing of the GOP.
ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist. ABC News
Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional
marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive [...] signs. Mr. Schneider contacted the Media Research
Center on Thursday after our social media department requested members call and complain about the comparison.
dubs sound for quiet electric car. CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a
loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a story that aired Sunday [3/30/2014].
Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases. This week, the Supreme Court will consider
whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious
beliefs. [...] The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to
violate their consciences. The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available
before the contraception mandate, and still is. The papers omit to mention that it isn't the businesses who have
radically changed, but the mandates from government. Quite simply, if you read a newspaper to find out about the
contraception mandate cases, you will read lies.
Jacksonville Channel 4 falsely portrays black on white hate crime attacks
as having a white perpetrator. For years we have talked about how the media censors black crime.
Many major media outlets now openly admit to having a policy of censoring black crime perpetrators. However, an
even more sinister form of censorship is rising. This is what we call Stage 2 censorship of black crime.
Where the media purposely leads you to believe that a black crime perpetrator was actually a white guy.
NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate. With many political debates, I try to
give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits
believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.
When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I've almost stopped being that generous
with the left's media and thought leaders. [A recent] New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why.
Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious freedom.
Yet Another Journalist Says Lying Is A-OK.
It's a relatively new development for journalists to admit that lying to the public isn't a bad thing, but it's a rapidly growing
phenomenon, as sophistry becomes an increasingly accepted practice in the MSM, to the point where it's openly talked about by
those who employ it.
DJs spark outrage after admitting they made up story about a homophobic RSVP to a party. Two radio DJs in Long Island who caused an uproar
last week by posting the homophobic RSVP to a birthday party for a 'little girl with two gay dads' admitted on Saturday that the whole thing was a hoax.
Expert Accuses NBC of '100% Fraudulent' Hacking Story, NBC Fires Back. Earlier this week, NBC's Richard Engel filed a report warning
travelers to Sochi about the danger of getting hacked, but one cybersecurity expert took serious issue with the story, which he described on his
blog as "100% fraudulent." In the report, Engel brought some brand-new laptops and a new phone just to test how secure people's devices would
be in Sochi, and he concluded that he was hacked "almost immediately." But Robert Graham pointed out a few reasons why all is not as it seems.
Mellody Hobson, Whose Husband George Lucas Is Worth $7 Billion, Slams Rich CEOs. CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George
Lucas is worth $7.3 billion, appeared on This Morning to slam excessive salaries for corporate bosses.
News Fails to Disclose Soros Connection In Shriver Report on Women. The Media Research Center reports that a report promoted
heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros. Earlier this week
Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink."
The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers." This
push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to elect
Years of Falsehoods at NBC News. Everyone acted surprised when we learned yesterday that after a couple of disastrous
months, MSNBC is defiantly refusing to change their editorial process. But why would they? For years now, MSNBC and NBC
News have both become a culture of left-wing hate and fraudulent editing. The only thing new, as you will see [in this article],
is that the frequency of the fraud and hate is increasing. What I've assembled here isn't anything close to comprehensive, but
it is a revealing top ten: [...]
Ripping Off the "Progressive" Mask. It is a sad fact that
telling a lie these days has become more convenient than telling the truth. This is a terrible commentary on those with access to our
major media. Consider the coverage of the inauguration of Bill de Blasio as New York City's mayor. The term "progressive" is
used in most accounts to describe him and his backers. De Blasio accepts that term. Yet, by any objective measure, he is a
dedicated Marxist, and has been for most of his life. For example, he never disavowed his support for the communist Sandinistas in
Nicaragua. He claims to have honeymooned in communist Cuba, when such a trip was illegal. His wife was a member of a Marxist collective.
News' Happy Obamacare Customer is a Dem Candidate, Operative. NBC News senior health reporter JoNel Aleccia told the story of a
woman described as "Joyce Moore, a Pennsylvania financial planner" who "runs her own retirement and estate planning business." NBC said
Moore was actually happy her existing insurance was canceled due to Obamacare. [...] What NBC News Senior Health Reporter JoNel Aleccia failed
to mention is that Joyce Moore is a longstanding Democratic activist who, in November 2013, ran as a Democratic candidate for Upper Milford
Township Supervisor in Pennsylvania.
10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice. [#1] Pretend
that "no one" is saying something, when they really are. Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that "no one
is talking about overturning the Second Amendment or confiscating guns in America." In the three preceding weeks, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo had said that "confiscation could be an option"; an Iowa state representative had "said governments should
start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms"; and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California had suggested a
gun-buyback program which "could be compulsory." In early December, New York City's police department sent out "letters
telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences," i.e., confiscation.
malpractice over Benghazi. The Times' report misconstrues known facts and simply sweeps under the table mountains
of evidence of al Qaeda's ties to Libyan jihadi groups. In June 2012, for example, more than a dozen different jihadi
groups put the black flag of al Qaeda on parade in Benghazi in what they hoped would be a three-day show of force.
Thousands of jihadi fighters, many of them in Pakistani and Afghan dress, paraded through the streets of Benghazi with
hundreds of gun trucks. For The New York Times, though, the black flags were merely "the black flags of militant Islam"
and apparently bore no relation to al Qaeda. "Benghazi was not infiltrated by al Qaeda," The Times flatly asserted.
Intel Chairman on NYT's Benghazi Report: 'That Story Is Just Not Accurate'. The New York Times on Sunday
[12/29/2013] published a highly controversial report claiming the September 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya,
did not involve al Qaeda, and was as the Administration originally stated a spontaneous demonstration in response to an American-made
anti-Islamic video. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) completely
refuted the article saying, "[T]hat story is just not accurate".
Denver Post Stealth Edits Out
'Socialist' from Profile of Arapahoe School Shooter. In a profile on the shooter in the Denver Post which focused on his "strong political beliefs,"
several of Pierson's classmates offered their impressions of the shooter. One of the shooter's classmates described him as a "very opinionated socialist."
Shortly after that post was published, however, that description was edited out. The current copy simply describes him as "very opinionated."
Mika Suggests Obama 'Too Smart' For The
Job. Too smart to be President. Is that really Barack Obama's problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so. On today's [11/4/2013] Morning
Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn't much like politics and the people
in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness: he's "too smart for the job," she suggested.
The Editor says...
I can provide copious evidence that Barack H. Obama is not all that bright.
Milbank: 'Couldn't Be the Case' That Some Lost Insurance Because of ObamaCare. On Monday's PoliticsNation, Washington Post
columnist Dana Milbank claimed that it "couldn't be the case at this time" that ObamaCare is already causing people to lose their current health insurance
plans, in spite of all the documented cases insurance companies canceling plans as they struggle to comply with ObamaCare regulations.
The Shutdown that Ruined Christmas?
[Scroll down] On the very first night, Oct. 1, NBC already sounded like a DNC campaign commercial. Reporter John Yang highlighted an EPA worker in
Chicago, Elizabeth Lytle, who had already filed for unemployment benefits. [...] Despite her $52,000-a-year salary, Lytle is an experienced "victim." Back in
March, the eco-news site Greenwire also focused on her suffering from sequestration. [...] Here, too, was ethical fraud: NBC and other outlets didn't say so,
but Lytle had been previously featured in the media by her union, the American Federation of Government Employees.
The AP Misreports the Debt Ceiling.
I wrote here that no matter what happens with the debt limit, the federal government will not default on its debt obligations. I also noted here
that Moody's — which certainly ought to know — agrees that there is zero chance of default on Treasury bonds. In recent days,
many more commentators have made the same point. The government is legally obligated to recognize its debt obligations, and the existing
$17 trillion debt can be serviced on less than ten percent of federal revenue. So there simply can't be a default.
The Planned Destruction of America. One world is where the television and radio pundits sanctimoniously scold
us into believing that all is normal, and everything we see taking place today is merely the result of a growing acrimonious relationship between two political parties. They sit behind
the microphones, in front of the TV cameras, write the newsprint, and dominate the internet with their matrix of mendacity. They are well-paid for keeping the public in the dark, and by
confining public discourse to the limitations of mere political theater. Regardless of their political bent, they bully and mock those who disagree, and sneer at those who dare threaten
the illusion of normalcy. The other world is what is really taking place behind the scenes.
Limbaugh Bashes 'Journalistic
Malpractice' Attacking GOP Over Gov't Shutdown. Rush Limbaugh took the media to task Monday [9/30/2013] for foisting all the blame of a potential
government shutdown on Republicans. Limbaugh predicted in the next few days the media would write piece after piece about all the programs getting shut
down during the shutdown and blaming Republican intransigence on the whole thing. He referred to the AP article above as "basically a press release from
the Democrat party" that accuses Republicans of hating Obama so much they're willing to let millions of people go without health care.
CBS's Bob Schieffer
Falsely Claims 'Polls Say That Most People Favor' ObamaCare. In defiance of reality illustrated in numerous polls, on Sunday's Face the Nation,
host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn when she correctly asserted "there is only partisan support" for ObamaCare. Schieffer
cut her off: "Well now Congresswoman, that's not entirely true. The polls don't suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it."
Little Media Lies About
ObamaCare. [Scroll down] Obama signed House bills to kill a costly ObamaCare reporting rule, terminate its long-term care insurance
program and repeal the "free choice voucher" program. He also signed bills cutting funds for the so-called CO-OP program, a public health slush fund
and other ObamaCare programs. Two other House-passed bills — one to end the Independent Payment Advisory Board and another terminating
the medical device tax — have strong bipartisan support. Another simply codified the employer mandate delay Obama himself had already
ordered. Yet the media pretend these things never happened.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev motivated by "right-wing" literature, not radical Islam. With all the efforts to tie the Tea Party and "right wing"
to violence committed by others, it wouldn't be long before the Islamic radical Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was tied to "right-wing" causes.
With the slenderest of proof, The BBC goes there.
Politico: Media Didn't
Ignore Benghazi. Politico's Dylan Byers, in a piece for his buddies in the MSM, declares that conservative criticism of the mainstream
media is overblown. [...] Let us enlighten Byers to the scope of the MSM's betrayal of the public trust, with some added help from the Media Research
How the Media Has
Distorted a Tragedy. [Scroll down] This narrative has perpetuated the lie that Zimmerman's history of calls to the police
indicates obsessive racial paranoia. Thus, discussing the verdict on the PBS NewsHour, University of Connecticut professor and New Yorker
contributor Jelani Cobb asserted that "Zimmerman had called the police 46 times in previous six years, only for African-Americans, only
for African-American men." Actually, only six calls — two of them about Trayvon Martin — had to do with African-American men.
American Principles Is Now a Revolutionary Act. The [George Zimmerman] case was a joke, but you wouldn't know that if you only listened
to the mainstream media. The media's rank speculation, mischaracterization of the evidence and outright lies were designed to replace the strict
adherence to law and the rules of evidence that for a thousand years have protected the accused from the mindless fury of the mob.
Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story. We wrote yesterday [10/31/2014] about
the "October Surprise/Get Out the Vote" announcement by a flailing Obama administration that the
Department of Justice will be holding a Grand Jury hearing next Wednesday regarding possible federal
civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. The only named witness for Wednesday's hearing is
Frank Taaffe, a self-declared "friend" for George Zimmerman. Earlier this year Taaffe suddenly
announced that he believed Zimmerman had a racial, not merely self-defense, motive in killing Trayvon
Martin. This would be more than two years after the shooting occurred.
More lies from the main
stream media about the Zimmerman case. The claim that Zimmerman was at fault because he pursued Martin after being told not to has
absolutely no basis in fact. It is a made up assumption that has been repeated so many times by the media that people actually believe that is
what happened. The 911 call that was placed by Zimmerman is on the web in both audio and written transcript form. It was played numerous
times at the trial. There is no excuse for continuing to lie about the evidence. The Chicago Tribune should know better than to continue
to perpetuate lies that have fueled so much anger over this case.
Just report the news, don't generate it.
Lt. Gov: Reporters Tried To Inflame Pro-Abortion Protesters. Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst told HotAir's Ed Morrissey
that his office received reports that reporters were actively encouraging and rallying pro-abortion protesters during State Sen. Wendy
Davis' fillibuster last week.
Media misreporting rampant in Trayvon
Martin case. A combination of pressure through social media and poor journalism led to the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of
second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Immediately after the shooting in Sanford, Fla., which is
20 miles northeast of Orlando, the media described Mr. Zimmerman as white, setting up the racially divisive meme of a white man killing a black
teenager — a characterization that proved to be wrong.
Number Seven: NBC
News Again Caught Selectively Editing Video. Deceptive journalistic practices at NBC News show no sign of slowing down. This
latest attempt to selectively edit audio/video in order to benefit Barack Obama represents the seventh such act of willful, intentional journalistic
malpractice. NBC News is already being sued over one instance involving George Zimmerman.
WaPo Quietly Changes Key
Details in NSA Story. The gist is that the Washington Post has quietly made major edits to its initial
story about the NSA's PRISM program, without acknowledging that any changes have been made at all. Many of the
changes are stylistic, but many are factual.
Again: Washington Post Stealth Edits Obama/Africa Story. For the second time in a week, The Washington Post
has been caught editing a major story without noting publicly that the story has been changed.
Launches Dishonest Attack On Clarence Thomas — To Protect Voter Fraud. CNN published an article by John Blake entitled
"Three questions for Clarence Thomas" that allows them to not only distort the black conservative judge's opinions, but also to tip-toe on the
edge of racism, referring to Justice Thomas as a "sellout" and "Uncle Thomas" while hiding behind the cowardly journalistic trick of "Hey,
we're just reporting what other people say!"
NPR Incorrectly Claims IRS Has Nothing to do With Obamacare. During the May 22 broadcast of National Public Radio's
"Talk of the Nation," host Neil Conan repeatedly contradicted a guest by claiming that the IRS has nothing at all to do with Obamacare.
NPR's Conan is, of course, completely incorrect. The IRS is up to its Tea Party harassing neck in Obamacare. The guest Conan
contradicted was Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist and pollster. Conway was on to discuss the various scandals in which
Obama is mired and close to the end of her segment she questioned how the American people can trust the IRS to implement Obamacare.
Conan initially pressed her on the claim saying that she must have "misspoken."
CNN's Crowley Admits
Obama Didn't Call Benghazi a Terror Attack. On the May 19 broadcast of CNN's State of the Union, host Candy Crowley said that
Obama was late in identifying the attacks in Benghazi as terrorism quite contrary to what she said during the Presidential debates late last year.
Quietly Edits Story Claiming Tea Party Supports Immigration Bill. Politico deceptively edited its lead story from
Tuesday, "Immigration's new ally: Tea partiers" that originally erroneously argued the Tea Party was an "ally" of the "Gang of
Eight" immigration bill. The changes came after Breitbart News caught the site red-handed in a number of factual errors.
Politico made several substantive changes to its piece and the only notification it gave to readers of those corrections was an
updated time stamp next to the authors' bylines.
Anchors Fake a Satellite Interview in the Same Parking Lot. "Sorry, we're experiencing a delay in the broadcast while we
both wait for this bus to go by." Yes, those are all the same cars. Apparently they thought we wouldn't notice because Nancy
is on the right side of the screen, when in reality she is to Ashleigh Banfield's left.
NBC News Again Caught
Selectively Editing Video. I had hoped this nonsense would end with the reign of Steve Capus, but once again we have
NBC News forced to apologize for yet-another dishonest edit meant to push the left's agenda.
News Media Keep Peddling
Their Bush Vs. Gore Lie. When Sandra Day O'Connor said she regretted her decision in Bush v. Gore, the press threw
another fit about the "stolen" election. They seem to forget their own studies proved the court's ruling didn't matter.
caught photoshopping injuries out of Boston Marathon photograph. A US newspaper has admitted that it digitally altered a
front-page photograph of a Boston Marathon bombing victim so that the woman's pants covered her horrific leg wounds. The woman's gory
wounds had vanished on the large image that wrapped around the New York Daily News on Tuesday [4/16/2013], despite the photograph
appearing unedited online and in other publications in the US.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#12] Fake Exploding GM
Trucks: In 1993 on its Dateline NBC program, NBC News was determined to smear trucks made by General Motors. The TV newsers wanted to show America
that the gas tanks in GM trucks were prone to exploding. Dateline aired footage of just that causing a PR nightmare for GM. Ultimately, NBC had viewers
convinced that GM's "sidesaddle" gas tank was a hazard. But in its zeal to destroy GM, NBC forgot to mention one little thing to the viewing public.
Its video of an exploding gas tank was little else but Hollywood special effects.
Narrative: Hagel Filibuster 'Unprecedented'. You'll hear it all over cable news and the networks and in every lede
paragraph from the Washington Post to the LA Times: Republicans are conducting an unprecedented filibuster of Chuck Hagel.
Where did the media get this buzz word that's repeated breathlessly by the obedient servants of the White House? From the White
House, of course.
Steve Capus Oversaw 'Erosion of
Journalistic Values'. You would think five documented instances of outright journalistic fraud from a single news division would result
in a little more outrage from our journalistic overlords. You would also think that those who believe in the ethics of their profession would
speak out, or that those with competitive instincts would leap at the opportunity to ding a competitor. But media has its own version of a
the Blue Code of Silence.
Gives False and Conflicting Information on Potential Voter Fraud Case. In a move that serves to discount the severity of voter
fraud in the US, the Associated Press' Gary Fineout posted two conflicting reports regarding a voter fraud investigation. Strangely, after
posting inaccurate information in an article, the heavily left-leaning AP staff writer then posted an update — one that conflicted
with the first false posting, yet was still false in itself.
Cod Times says reporter fabricated sources in dozens of stories. A Massachusetts daily newspaper apologized to its readers
after an internal investigation concluded that a veteran reporter wrote dozens of stories that included people who don't exist.
$1.2 billion examples of ABC News' bias.
The slimiest news coverage of 2012 has nothing to do with the presidential election. It concerns a massive ABC News campaign against an American
beef company. Led by national correspondent Jim Avila, the network bombarded a South Dakota firm with a seemingly endless barrage of stories
claiming that its lean beef was — it doesn't get uglier than this — "pink slime." According to that company, ABC's reports
cost it hundreds of millions of dollars, and cost more than 700 people their jobs. Now that company is suing ABC —
for $1.2 billion.
Cutter: Yeah, we've been
lying about the $5 trillion we said Romney's lying about. As soon as Team Obama realized its excuse-making was getting embarrassing after
the president's debate performance, they pivoted to a replay of the response to Rep. Paul Ryan's convention speech in Tampa. They can't call either
of them dumb, so they have to call them liars. In the service of that narrative, they either present mere philosophical disagreements as "lies" or
they dishonestly represent parts of Mitt Romney's plan to make him into a "liar."
Matthews Says 'Unemployment Was Well Past 10%' When Obama Took Office — It Was Only 7.8%. "When your guy left town,
Dubya — who nobody asked him to come back by the way at the Republican convention — unemployment was well past ten percent
and skyrocketing." So falsely said MSNBC's Chris Matthews to conservative talk radio host Roger Hedgecock on HBO's Real Time
Are the Media Telling
the Truth About Romney's "Lies"? [Scroll down] Many reports have documented examples of stimulus money wasted on dubious projects or
that benefited well-connected firms. And [Paul] Ryan's overall complaint was that the money was "borrowed, spent, and wasted."
That may be hyperbole, but by Obama's own standards, the stimulus was hardly a success. Just before he signed the stimulus, Obama
promised it would "ignite spending by businesses and consumers," unleash "a new wave of innovation, activity and construction," and
produce 4% economic growth this year. None of which happened.
Journalists Using Fake Names to Buy Obama Merchandise. Several journalists have reportedly used fake names to buy Obama
campaign merchandise inside media-only areas of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Were journalists using fake names to
make Obama donations at the convention? [Scroll down] So the next time you hear a "journalist" pitching in with the sort of in-kind campaign
contribution that Democrats love, even though they are very upset by the idea of other types of corporation participating in political speech, remember
that he or she might be driving home in a car with a "Democrats Are Hot" bumper sticker, purchased under a fake name at the Democratic National Convention.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews
claims to live in 'black majority' DC, but actually lives in Md. suburbs. MSNBC host Chris Matthews might have
exaggerated his abilities to hear dog-whistle racism at this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Newsbusters' Jack
Coleman noted. During Tuesday night's [8/28/2012] coverage, Matthews made the case that he is well-positioned to judge
racial issues because of where he lives, after having repeatedly insinuated that Republican figures are racist.
Media Bias Of Hurricane Proportions. As Isaac bore down on New Orleans, the administration's media toadies
preferred to talk not about substantive issues, but on how the "shadow of Bush and Katrina" hung over the delayed GOP
convention in Tampa.
Kessler Has Fact-Checking Tantrum Over 'You Didn't Build That'. Glenn Kessler is The Washington Post's laughably
biased fact checker, and when you think of Kessler, remember this — remember the "fact" checker who called Romney a liar
for saying a president who didn't go to Israel didn't go to Israel. This guy is utterly shameless, and this morning he's
having a full-blown tantrum.
Mark Brown Declares Obama
is not a Chicago Politician. In a curious column the Sun-Time [sic] Mark Brown denies that President Obama has much to
do with Chicago Politics. Curious because the preponderance of evidence that Brown offers is that President Obama is a typical
Chicago politician, working in league with donors and other politicians to fleece their consituents and taxpayers. [...] If being
Emil Jones point man in Springfield, married to the daughter of a Precinct Committeman/water department employee, and having David
Axelrod as a constant flack for many years doesn't qualify you as a Chicago politician, just what does?
Cutter: I'm Just Going to Make [Stuff] Up
about Jobs. Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama's reelection effort, seems more a character out of fiction than a
real person. A high-octane spokesman, she is willing to say anything to win the 30-second sound byte cycle. She will lie, contradict
herself and make up stats on the fly to get through any single cable news appearance. Its something real people, with a credibility gene,
wouldn't do. Fortunately, she's a Democrat, so the media will never really hold her statements to account.
Hey, Fareed, You've Got a
Paragraph; You Didn't Write That. In penning his recent piece "The Case for Gun Control," Time editor and CNN host Fareed
Zakaria actually made the case that he needs to focus on pen control. Because he plagiarized part of his work from a New Yorker article
written by one Jill Lepore. Zakaria was busted by NewsBusters, a feat that probably wasn't too difficult since Lepore's piece was published
less than four months ago.
Will Yale Fire Fareed Zakaria? There is now
little question that Fareed Zakaria is guilty of plagiarism. He has admitted copying a portion of a New Yorker essay and apologized. Time,
where Zakaria works as a columnist, has suspended Zakaria for a month, and CNN — owned by the same parent company — has suspended him
pending an investigation. This represents a mere slap on the wrist for someone whose standard speaking fee is $75,000.
A few days later...
Fareed Zakaria's suspension lifted by CNN and Time.
All is forgiven for Time magazine writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who last week was suspended by both outlets for apparent plagiarism. CNN said on
Thursday [8/16/2012] that Zakaria's weekly "GPS" public affairs program will return to the air on 26 August.
accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics. Controversy over the coverage of the Olympics on
American television deepened today when NBC was accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics in order to create
what critics called "fake suspense." Russian world champion Ksenia Afanasyeva's unexpected fall during the floor exercises, which
effectively handed a gold medal to Team USA during an early stage of the contest, was inexplicably removed from the time-delayed version
of events that NBC presented to its prime-time television viewers.
Faking and enhancing the sounds of the
Olympics. Ah, there's nothing quite like the serene "swoosh-swooshing" of oars in the water, as Olympic rowers glide along the
water. There really isn't, because those sounds spectators are hearing on their TVs are not live from the event, The Atlantic
reported. In order to keep sight of the boats, broadcasters must follow them with chase boats and a helicopter. The result is that
the sound of the rowing is drowned out by that noise. So, NBC elected to replace the live audio with a recorded soundtrack of rowing
practices to deliver more accurate depiction of what the sport sounds like in its pure form.
Media Invents Story That
Chick-fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage. Last week, reports emerged that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy had condemned gay
marriage. It's no secret that the company is run by devout Christians, but this still caused an uproar. Boston's mayor threatened to
deny the company business permits, celebrities condemned the company, and the Muppets announced fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any
new toys for their kids meals. One small problem: The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay
TV Station Fires
Anchor After He Fails to Disclose Connection to Atheist Group He Was Covering. Jason Volentine, a former anchor for WXMI, a television station
in Michigan, found himself without employment after failing to tell his employers about a relationship he had with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
FFRF, an atheist activist group, is a non-profit that advocates for the separation of church and state, while fighting faith in the public square.
It wasn't Volentine's relationship, in itself, that was problematic — it was the fact that he had covered the non-profit group, but had purportedly
failed to tell his employers and viewers about the relationship beforehand.
Nuts to Nutting: Under Obama, Real Spending Has Exploded.
On Tuesday, Rex Nutting of MarketWatch, who per his Linkedin profile is the site's Washington bureau chief, published a column titled "Obama
spending binge never happened." This column will show that it did, but that clever accounting has largely concealed its existence.
The Decline of The Washington Post.
[Scroll down] The [Washington] Post is running paid ads from the Russian and Chinese governments that are made to look like
news sections of the paper. The ads, some of them six pages long, even carry a facsimile of The Washington Post
masthead. In relatively small print it says they are paid supplements and have nothing to do with the paper's news or
editorial departments. But The Washington Post masthead or logo is more prominently featured. [...] Readers are
thus given the impression that the propaganda has the approval of the Post.
Boston Globe Takes Credit for
Breitbart Scoop. Today the Boston Globe has a front-page, below-the-fold story titled "Filings raise more questions on
Warren's ethnic claims." It's a well-written take on documents and information first brought to light here at Breitbart News two weeks
ago. Unfortunately, it's presented as a scoop with no link or reference to the fact that the information has appeared previously in
Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote.
Veteran Washington Post reporter Daryl Fears, part of a two-person writer team, unmistakably wrote
that filmmaker John O'Keefe had "said" he "targeted" ACORN, the advocacy group, for his candid-camera expose,
because it registered voters to defeat Republicans. O'Keefe said no such thing. It was a
non-quote made out of whole cloth by reporter Fears, and published as fact on Sept. 17. Making the
falsehood exponentially worse, the Post story then was retailed worldwide by the Associated Press.
Fox News Has a Van Jones
Problem. In the same way that Van Jones was exposed originally by New Zealand blogger Trevor
Loudon by using Internet search engines to look into his controversial background and writings, over the
course of just a few days Accuracy in Media has been able to determine the following about [Marc Lamont]
Hill from public sources.
This is what passes for journalism these days:
Fakes Muslim Prejudice, Unsurprisingly Finds 'Islamophobia' in America. Apparently to prove that
the US is filled with Muslim hating yahoos, ABC went on the hunt to find "Islamophobia" in America and the
result is "Witness to Discrimination: What Would You Do?" Since they didn't really know where to
find any, ABC News decided to create their own prejudice against Muslims by hiring an actress to put on Muslim
dress and get "confronted" by a Muslim hating coffee store server — also an actor hired by ABC.
It's Not Just Scott
Beauchamp. Scott Beauchamp was the last straw. I realized that I need a scorecard to keep
track of all the fallen journalists, journalistic mistakes and major and minor screw-ups in the
Offenses include lying and fabricating, doctoring photos, plagiarism, conflicts of interest,
falling for hoaxes, and overt bias. Some are hilarious, such as an action figure doll being mistaken
for a real soldier. Some are silly, such as reporting on a baseball game watched on TV. Some
are more serious.
It's Not Just Scott
Beauchamp — Part Two. Without too much extra effort, it was fairly easy to
add 21 more names to the "Media Hall of Shame" list, bringing the total to 83. With more
effort, I'm sure the total list could easily double.
In part three, the list grows to 101.
Media Dishonesty Matters.
Did you know that Time magazine and other news organizations had a Vietnamese communist on full-time staff
in Vietnam during that war? Do you remember that ABC, CBS and NBC have all rigged cars or trucks
with explosives or other devices to make them look dangerous on TV, or that Consumer Reports lied about
the Suzuki Samurai enough to put it out of business?
Ethics' an Oxymoron? The Founding Fathers thought a free and skeptical press was
essential to the preservation of our political and economic liberties. The First Amendment
is first for just that reason. What would they think of today's generation of reporters
who hide from the truth, parrot the slogans of left-wing advocacy groups, fail to do their own
research, and routinely give politicians a free ride? My guess is they would be stunned.
Is news just the facts? Not
anymore. When I entered the field the ideal was to "... tell it like it is." Not
what I would like it to be, but simply lay out the facts. If one fact strongly supports a point of
view we were obligated to seek other facts that would dispute it. Unfortunately,
many of today's instructors teach what is called, "advocacy journalism."
Fake News from CBS. In 2002 the
Guerilla News Network published a piece written by staffers from a group called PR Watch. They
said that "For years CBS (and all the other networks) have run fake news stories in the form of video news
releases." What's more, the article, "CBS sells fake news," went on to announce that CBS also had gone
into the business of creating, producing and distributing so-called "fake news."
'48 Hours' apologizes for altered
image. The executive producer of CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" has apologized for airing an
altered image of the front page of the Tribune in an episode about the murder trial of Ryan Ferguson
that aired Saturday night [2/18/2006].
Playing with the
numbers: A UPI story a few months back reported that nearly 300,000 veterans
are homeless on any given night. If so, as blogger Megan McArdle pointed out a few weeks
ago on Asymmetrical Information, that would mean that every single homeless person in America
must have served in the armed forces, since 300,000 is about the total number of the homeless.
Opinion masquerading as journalism:
Liberal media are living in cocoons. Whenever you read the headline, "some say," you know
you are reading the opinions of the reporter. Some say the moon is made of green cheese, but what's the
difference? The story is only worth telling when "some say" what the reporter wants them to say.
Uses Global Warming Activist's Press Release as News Story. The Palm Beach Post was caught in a
bit of deception by one of its readers over the weekend. ... Unfortunately for the reputation of Dara Kam and
that of the paper, this "article" was merely a rewording of the press release of an environmentalist group
calling themselves, Environment Florida. An alert reader who wrote in calling them on it also exposed
several other papers across the country that did the very same thing.
Phony Tale Of Woe. The story currently making the rounds about the guy who robbed a bank for
$1 to get free jailhouse health care is supposed to expose how terrible our medical system is. It
actually exposes something worse. It's a story tailor made for the news media. ... The fact that not
one reporter trafficking this story bothered to point these facts out is an example of gross dereliction
of duty or extreme bias — or both.
Author who Tied Romney to KKK Resigns over Plagiarism Scandal. When Washington Post journalist
Elizabeth Flock wrote a post last year falsely accusing Mitt Romney of using a Ku Klux Klan slogan in his campaign
speech, she was not fired or disciplined. But when Flock stole from the work of another mainstream organization
and did not properly attribute, she abruptly "resigned" from the Washington Post conveniently and coincidentally
before another editor's note went up on her post that described it as having "serious factual errors" and "a significant
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