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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So . . . “blue wave”, or not? The signals are mixed.

I’m finding the signals concerning the forthcoming mid-term elections to be decidedly mixed at present. On the one hand, you have the mainstream media conducting their polls, confidently predicting that the Democratic Party will dominate and take over Congress at least, and possibly even the Senate as well.  For example: With their supporters energized in opposition to Donald Trump, Democrats hold their widest advantage in midterm election vote preferences since 2006, when they seized control of both houses of Congress. Rebounding from a tighter contest in the spring, Democratic House candidates now lead their Republican opponents nationally by 52-38 percent among

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