Skip to comments.Please Beware of a Website Called "National Report"
Posted on 10/29/2013 9:05:25 AM PDT by IChing
The subtlest of subterfuge is being practiced at all times, everywhere, by those of the Alinskyite Left. Although theyre malevolently delusional about what makes a society just, moral, and economically healthy, they can be as cunning as foxes and brilliantly Machiavellian in their strategy and tactics.
Primary among the items on their agenda is to continually ridicule those of us on the Right. In fact, Saul Alinsky himself, in his classic community-organizing handbook titled Rules for Radicals, taught his rule #5 as follows: Ridicule is mans most potent weapon. Its hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates your opponent, which then reacts to your advantage.
Id been marginally aware of the website known as nationalreport.net for some time, how long Im not exactly sure, but only in recent days did I become somewhat alarmed about their content, and about the fact that suddenly an increasing number of my conservative friends on Facebook are posting/sharing stories from that site, as if the stories are genuine.
What is specifically alarming to me is that my friends are being duped into ridiculing themselves, and into unwittingly casting ridicule upon the entire conservative cause, by a gaggle of clever Leftists who write for National Report.
National Report pretends (somewhat successfully) to be a conservative news and opinion website proudly aligned with the Tea Party camp. Their banner masthead features pictures of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin on either side of the large bold text, NATIONAL REPORT, with Americas #1 Independent News Team in smaller text underneath.
Heres the problem: Its one thing for unwary or unsophisticated conservatives to mistakenly think some satirical piece on The Peoples Cube or The Daily Currant is real, and not the tongue-in-cheek lampooning that those sites are known for. But its another thing when those on our side of the aisle swallow Trojan-hoaxes that are planted within what deceptively appears to be a right-wing website, intended to discredit our movement and expose us as dense, gullible, religious-redneck simpletons when we spread the fake stories virally as if they are real, and perpetuate the usual passionate outrage among conservatives at the outrageous (but fake) content in them.
For example: A couple of weeks ago a Facebook friend shared a story from National Report with the headline Police Barge Into Classroom and Tase Multiple Children For The Heck Of It. My friend, and some others who commented on the post, were duped into thinking it was a real story. According to the tabs on the NR webpage, the story has been shared over 86,300 times on Facebook!
Now, we on the right are constantly on the alert for stories that sound the alarm about increasing police-state thug tactics of the tyrannical socialist Obama administration and all that, right? And theres no shortage of real, current stories which feature such aspects. The way that article was written so deftly in the early paragraphs, with just enough plausible, articulate, and deadpan-somber detail, disturbing as the subject matter was, was enough to give the perhaps most worldly Tea Party type pause, and provoke chin-scratching concern that things really have gotten that bad.
But the writers at National Report are finely honing the art of presenting stories which push all those buttons, but which a skeptically sober and diligent person can and should spot as sham agit-prop with just a little close further reading. In the later paragraphs, the subtle giveaway tells of the fraud emerge, and it becomes clearer that the writer is actually very slyly mocking the right by baiting us to pounce in a paranoid, reactive way.
The method works, obviously, based on the viral traffic many of the articles get. I even found myself admiring the skillfulness of what would otherwise be mere satire if it wasnt actually meant to be taken otherwise by those unable or unwilling to detect the actual intent of the piece: Ridiculing the Rightnot for purposes of providing enjoyment and moral support among readers from the Left, but to get those of us on the Right to carry the virus of ridicule ourselves. Its rather brilliant, actually.
Im troubled by the fact that so many people re-post the bogus stories without successfully vetting them, not just because I (as we all do) want our cause to be supported by credibility, but because people like those at National Report know exactly how to get many of us to react in a way that makes us look like a bunch of hysterical, shallow crazies and idiots. They are using our own knee-jerk outrage at ridiculous phony stories to make us look ridiculous.
Other bogus stories from National Report which Ive seen my friends fall for and post include those such as City In Michigan First To Fully Implement Sharia Law(which has almost 53 thousand Facebook shares at the time Im writing this) and Rocker And Conservative Activist Ted Nugent Survives Assassination Attempt(93K shares). Both are skillfully written, the former so convincingly that youd actually believe the Dearborn city council voted 4-3 to enact what is purported if you werent cautious enough to see through it.
I admit to some degree of ambiguity about National Reportits editor-in-chief seems frequently to really exert himself to come across as a sincere right-winger. With some probing of his previous articles, however, one comes away with the impression that the entire website is about half absurdly-veiled scam pieces, and the other half are baiting, back-handed, sardonic-to-over-the-top caricatures of hardcore conservative philosophy and people.
I also admit that, myself being a writer for a website known for pushing the envelope and blurring the boundaries between straight news reporting and the full-on rhetorical war for the culture, I and my fellow Clashers write things which are oft meant to be provocative and alarming, politically, with plenty of English on the ball (back in my tennis-playing days of youth, thats what we called spinwe called it English) and zaniness thrown in. However, we here at ClashDaily.com are up-front about our agenda, we explicitly differentiate news and opinion pieces, and we label the occasional piece of satire as such.
Unlike ClashDaily.com, NRs graphics and overall presentation are not bold, loud, colorful, edgy, and brashtheyre comparatively toned-down more to the level youd expect from a conventional news website. Again, I assert that this is deliberate sleight-of-HTML. At the bottom of their webpage, National Report features this mild disclaimer (italics mine):
*DISCLAIMER: The National Report is an online portal for citizen journalists. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. National Report is not intended for children under the age of 18.
Saul Alinskys Rule #6 happens to be: A good tactic is something your people enjoy. If your people arent having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
It seems National Report is composed of disinformation agents who are making a fortune (based on all the advertising & traffic) and having the time of their lives, mocking/caricaturing conservatives by pretending to be conservatives themselves, posting fake stories designed to dupe us.
Speak software and carry a big mouse-click; just dont carry the enemy's ridicule (of us) for them.
National Report AKA Concern Troll Central.
From the first time I saw it, it was obviously a spoof site.
Right on. I noticed the same thing. I have friends who sometimes send me articles to vet for accuracy before they pass them on. National Report is just a scam.
I used to enjoy satire, but I have become weary of it. Too much activity on the left is a parody of itself that I don’t see the need. Now, it seems the left has taken up making satire of themselves to fool us. What’s the point? We know the left is bad.
Thank you for posting. I now know to scrutinize anything from national “report” more closely.
the left is horribly evil.
The problem is that some articles in isolation are not so obvious at all, and the result is what I describe.
The banner doesn't make you even slightly suspicious:
Having said that, maybe the management ought to put it on the "banned url" list (if it's not already), as, I guess, some folks might not pay attention...
There are much more serious things in the media to worry about, for example lies, willful ignorance and people who are impervious to facts.
If anyone here needs this many words to detect BS, their BS Detector is in need of serious calibration.
“National Report is a Fake, Sham, Bogus, BS Website” would have done the job.
Perhaps you aren’t on Facebook, and not seeing many well-meaning conservatives spreading some of their articles virally as if they are real, falling for the disinformation, and playing into the deliberate paranoid caricature. Some articles in isolation are not obvious at all, especially to the unsophisticated.
I am warning of what is Alinsky tactic by the Left, which is succeeding phenomenally. Such articles are receiving hundreds of thousands of shares.
I care nothing for the LameStream Media sites (CNN, pMSNBC, etc.) and often read WND and the Drudge website, but somehow because I do not trust the examiner website which has been known to publish hazy reports from their CRs along with such notable happenings such as UFO and Mothership landings along with Bigfoot sightings, but somehow that translates into some people's minds that I therefore discount anything that is not from the major news outlets.
Examiner site and the nationalreport one you refer to are quite similar, and I would not be surprised to learn that they spring from identical sources. So do not be surprised when the same loudmouths that attack anyone that does not support their beloved site(s) begins flaming yet again. The mouthbreathers are simply too lazy to verify the reports on their own, so therefore if you say anything against them, well, you must be a bigoted racist against their beliefs.
Just FYI, mate.
Thanks, however I believe the people who write and post on Examiner.com are sincere if sometimes deluded, while National Report has some deliberate disinformation/Alinsky agents operating there.
> It seems National Report is composed of disinformation agents who are making a fortune (based on all the advertising & traffic) and having the time of their lives, mocking/caricaturing conservatives by pretending to be conservatives themselves, posting fake stories designed to dupe us.
Its not a particulary new tactic (disinformation tactics) but they’re using it to make conservatives and Tea Party members look bad. Expect a fake Tea Party mass killing party complete with guys dressed like hillbillies, carrying AR-15s, and a Gasden Flag next. The MSM will be onsite before it starts...
There are some tactics to make them pay dearly for engaging in this fraud but I’m not going to list in the public forums because they probably monitor this site among others. Information is a very powerful weapon...:especially when yours is true and theirs is not...: )
Read the staff profiles, look at their photos, and read their biographies. All caricatures and completely fictitious personas that make fun of the most negative conservative stereotypes. Note that they are collecting email addresses as well. The website took a little effort to do. I’d guess gay flaming liberal activists of the type who would have no problem throwing a flaming maltov cocktail up against your house under the cover of darkness in the usual cowardly fasion that they operate.
Glad someone gets it.
They portray themselves as a satire site, but what they fail to understand is that satire has no redeeming quality when used to attack conservatives and conservative values. And most troubling, is that satire is too often used in comedy and on leftist news sites to attack solid conservatives. Look at how comedians over the years have attacked Sarah Palin. It just never seems that the satire merchants are willing to promote a conservative viewpoint. Their satire so always deceiving.
National Report’s editor-in-chief just commented on my article, at the link. :)