It’s as if they can’t connect the dots

I’m puzzled by the lack of awareness shown by many business media and journalists in their reporting these days.  One will report on this aspect of industry, while another reports on that aspect;  but they’ll seldom make the mental connection (at least in their reporting), to point out that there’s a cause-and-effect relationship at work. Case in point:  the trucking industry.  There are many reports that, after a bumper 2018, it’s in the doldrums this year.  Here’s one example from Business Insider, earlier this year. Last year, retailer after retailer sounded the alarm on the rising costs of transportation — and how

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Desperation makes them risk their lives – and many lose them

Earlier this month, I wrote an article titled “Why African migrants will flood the world over the next half-century“.  As if to highlight the sheer desperation for something – anything! – better that most migrants exhibit, the BBC has published a remarkable in-depth article about a young Ghanaian man who decided to try to document the risk, abuses and crimes faced by literally millions of would-be migrants as they journey through Africa on their way to the Mediterranean Sea and, hopefully, Europe.  It’s chillingly blunt about the dangers they face. Here’s a brief excerpt from a very long article. It was night when the

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This is a VERY important video

Last month, Kimberley Strassel discussed the Deep State conspiracy against President Trump in great detail, with emphasis on the FBI’s abuse of power. I think this is a VERY important presentation – one that all Americans, on both sides of the political aisle, need to see.  Please publicize it on your own blogs and in social media, if you will.  Let’s spread the word! Thank you, Ms. Strassel, for a masterful analysis. Peter

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Follow the money, and all becomes clear

I mentioned last week that the brouhaha over President Trump increasing tariffs on Chinese goods was exactly that – a brouhaha, not a real issue.  However, we’re still seeing alarmist articles in the mainstream media almost every day suggesting they’ll precipitate a recession, throw the USA into economic doom and gloom, and so on. MarketWatch puts things in perspective. Most of what the public is being told about these tariffs is either misleading or a downright lie. . . . President Trump just hiked tariffs from 10% to 25% on about $200 billion in Chinese imports. In other words, he just raised

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Mueller: the breakdown and (hopefully) the payback

I’m sick of hearing about the Mueller report and its (non) findings.  The whole affair was a nothingburger from start to finish, as many commentators have pointed out ad nauseam since this imbroglio kicked off three years ago.  I daresay the President is getting no small satisfaction out of the discomfiture of his enemies in the mainstream media.  For example, if I were in his shoes, I’d be laughing my ass off over this video collage: The report’s findings of no collusion proved the mainstream media wrong.  Its (carefully weaselly-worded) implication that it couldn’t say whether or not the President had

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The manipulated media, and how it manipulates you

Sharyl Attkisson describes how the news media and social media are manipulated by special interests, and how they in turn try to manipulate us.  In the light of the Covington affair, the Smollett fiasco, and other recent events, this is well worth watching. Ms. Attkisson has been independently investigating and reporting on scandals for years.  She knows whereof she speaks. Peter

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After Covington, a helpful reminder from Mark Twain

The news media’s performance over the Covington affair was so shameful as to almost defy belief . . . yet they’re mostly unapologetic, and even eager to do it all over again at the earliest possible opportunity.  The truth is not in them. In that light, this quotation from Mark Twain is worth remembering.  (A tip o’ the hat to HMS Defiant, where I found the graphic.) Word. Peter

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When “fake news” media shoot themselves in the foot

I’m still a bit mind-boggled by NBC News’ article about the scaled-down border barrier offered by President Trump as a compromise in the present dispute with Congress.  Here’s an excerpt.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis, and will be commented on after the excerpt. President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. ButDepartment of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

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Washington D.C., skewered

The inimitable Fred Reed spends two weeks in our nation’s capital.  He analyzes those who live and work there . . . and finds them wanting. Gangrene of what was once an occasionally honest journalism has certainly occurred. The hostility of the media to Trump was absolute. Having spent decades in the trenches with Washington’s scribblers I am hardly inclined to senior-civics fairy-tale expectations of truth. Still, this was something new. Rachel Maddow, railing against Trump. Some other panel show, railing against Trump. Another called Hardball, railing against Trump. Minor talking heads, headlets if you will, using highly prejudicial wording: Trumps wants

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Media versus reality

Old NFO has a useful blog post showing how the mainstream media present the news, versus what’s really going on.  It’s a good read.  If anyone tells you, “But it was on the news!”, that doesn’t necessarily mean it was either accurate and/or truthful.  Recommended. The ones that crack me up are the severe weather reports, where a journalist tries to give the impression that he/she’s in a dangerous or catastrophic situation, but the reality is that they’re just pretending.  Two recent examples: Moral of the story:  if you’re going to fake it, make sure viewers can’t spot the fakery! Peter

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