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  • The Doctrine of Media Untruth

    05/26/2020 10:45:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    AG ^ | May 24, 2020 | By Victor Davis Hanson
    As a general rule, when the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and CNN begin to parrot a narrative, the truth often is found in simply believing just the opposite. Put another way, the media’s “truth” is a good guide to what is abjectly false. Perhaps we can call the lesson of this valuable service, the media’s inadvertent ability to convey truth by disguising it with transparent bias and falsehood, the “Doctrine of Media Untruth.” Take the strange case of the respective records of liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo...
  • Rebekah Jones’ firing is the COVID clickbait the media dreams of – but it’s all fake

    05/20/2020 12:25:03 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 14 replies
    Tallahassee Reports ^ | May 20, 2020 | Brian Burgess
    Dozens of media outlets, both in Florida and nationally, published the sensational story of Dr. Rebekah Jones, a state Department of Health employee who was fired by the administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, after – she says – she refused to manipulate data to support the governor’s plan to reopen the state. But a deeper look at the underlying facts expose a less sensational, yet all-too-common narrative: a media feeding frenzy caused by a deep-seated desire to report on scandal and cover-ups, which Rebekah Jones’ claims delivered – if only they were true. They are not....
  • Coronavirus: Protesters line ‘body bags’ outside Florida’s state capitol

    05/15/2020 10:26:43 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 58 replies
    Protesters lined up body bags on the steps of Florida’s state capitol building Tuesday morning amid the coronavirus pandemic. They were in Tallahassee to encourage Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to listen to state and federal medical experts. The body bags symbolize the additional victims of COVID-19 that could result from relaxing shelter in place orders. A larger than life Donald Trump caricature dressed in a prison jumpsuit joined the protesters along with the grim reaper. This group calls themselves the indivisible movement. Members staged similar protests at the capitol buildings in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday.
  • Michigan official says ANY protester holding a firearm should be arrested at tomorrow's stay-at-home rally set for the Capitol after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer received death threats

    05/12/2020 8:52:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23:38 EDT, 12 May 2020 | James Gordon
    Protestors in Michigan planning to rally at the state Capitol on Thursday are being warned that if they bring firearms to the event they will be arrested. The warnings come after several members of the groups planning on attending the rally called for the assassination of Governor Gretchen Whitmer which saw one man writing: “Can we please just take up a collection for an assassin to put that woman from Michigan down.” On Monday, Whitmer said she respected people’s rights to protest but was becoming “increasingly concerned about the violent nature of the comments being made” and the “extreme rhetoric...
  • 'Trump Death Clock' counts preventable US coronavirus deaths

    05/12/2020 2:46:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    France24 ^ | May 12, 2020
    New York (AFP) - A newly erected billboard in New York's Times Square shows the number of US coronavirus deaths that its creator says could have been avoided if President Donald Trump had acted sooner -- and it's called the "Trump Death Clock." Created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the "clock" was installed on the roof of a Times Square building, empty due to the pandemic. As of Monday, the counter showed more than 48,000 deaths out of a total of more than 80,000, by far the highest tally in the world. The "clock" ticks on the assumption that 60 percent...
  • Initiative seeks to challenge Trump's online megaphone

    05/02/2020 12:20:28 PM PDT · by bitt · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Isaac Stanley-Becker
    A new Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is planning to deploy technology originally developed to counter Islamic State propaganda in service of a domestic political goal - to combat online efforts to promote President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president's claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across...
  • Questions Reporters Might Ask Liberals If They Didn’t Suck

    04/29/2020 10:39:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2020 | Kurt Schlichter
    Wait, this title is misleading in that it could be read that either “reporters” or “liberals” suck, and the fact is that both suck. But reporters don’t have to suck. Liberals always do, because their trash ideology is terrible and yet they adhere to it. Reporters could be no-holds-barred truthtellers who could not care less, whose agenda they skewer or narrative they shatter in pursuit of the truth. That’s at least theoretically possible, even though most of them merely aspire to be skeevy prog transcriptionists typing out ham-handed propaganda to please their pinko masters. But if our reporters were not...
  • AP-NORC poll: Few Americans support easing virus protections

    04/22/2020 11:27:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2020 | By THOMAS BEAUMONT and HANNAH FINGERHUT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite pockets of attention-grabbing protests, a new survey finds Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A majority say it won’t be safe to lift such restrictions anytime soon, even as a handful of governors announce plans to ease within days the public health efforts that have upended daily life and roiled the global economy. The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that more than a month after schoolyards fell silent, restaurant tables and bar stools emptied, and waves from a...
  • Russia, China, Iran using similar themes in disinformation campaigns: report

    04/21/2020 8:08:57 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 21 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    Russia, China and Iran are using similar narratives to promote disinformation campaigns against the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a State Department report obtained by Politico. The three countries are pushing campaigns that suggesting that the virus came from U.S. troops and that it’s an American bio weapon being used for political purposes. The campaigns also claim that the three countries are managing the pandemic better than the United States, which has more reported cases than all three combined. State-owned media and government ministries alike are pushing the false narratives. According to Politico, Russia’s defense ministry has pushed...
  • ABC News' Jonathan Karl, 1 Star Book Reviews. 'Front Row at the Trump Show'

    04/15/2020 7:01:19 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Amazon ^ | 04 2020 | Amazon Book Reviews - 1 Star Reviews
    Jonathan Karl (Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News) wrote a book, 'Front Row at the Trump Show - Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News Notice how Mr. Karl is standing over President Trump and looking down. Jonathan Karl - Wikipedia Here are the 1 star reviews: "Absolutely one of the most pitiful narcissistic books I ever read. Never saw an author so in love with himself and making himself into something so important. I am neither left or right but wow I'm surprised this guy hasn't taken a spot for himself on Mt. Pulitzer. Seriously a...
  • Can We Talk About American Media's Connections to Chinese Interests?

    04/14/2020 9:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2020 | Larry O'Connor
    Several weeks ago, we detailed how American mainstream media outlets were intent on parroting communist propaganda talking points coming from disinformation ministers in Beijing. At first glance, it would be easy to write this disturbing surrender of journalistic integrity to advanced stages of Trump Derangement System. It would be reasonable to suspect that reporters, producers, anchors and editors held such an intense zeal to oppose, resist and damage President Trump that they'd even stoop so low as to hand their bylines over to propagandists supporting the totalitarian murderers at the top of the Red China food chain. However, something even...
  • U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

    04/05/2020 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 108 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2020 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER
    WASHINGTON - As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers. Now, three months into the crisis, that stockpile is nearly drained just as the numbers of...
  • CORONA CRAZY: THE 12 MOST INSULTING ATTACKS ON TRUMP OF THE WEEK

    04/04/2020 12:11:15 PM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/3/2020 | Geoffrey Dickens
    1. Trump's “Lies” and “Narcissism” Being “Paid In Human Lives” 2. “Blood” on Trump's Hands 3. Is Trump “Responsible for Deaths of Americans?” 4. Trump Culpable for “Fatalities... Every Few Minutes” 5. Tallying “Trump's Death Toll” 6. It’s “Crazy” to Keep Airing Trump’s “Dangerous” Corona Briefings 7. Interrupting the President for “Fact Checks” 8. Show the Briefings on Tape Delay? 9. How Far Will Republicans Let Trump Go? 10. Conservatives Are Culpable 11. Trump Using Virus to Become a “Monarch” 12. Cuomo’s “Inspiring” Leadership Is “What We Need” Instead of Selfish Trump
  • Poll: Trump's coronavirus bounce fizzles

    04/01/2020 6:46:56 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | April 1, 2020 | Steven Shepard
    More voters say the Trump administration isn’t doing enough to combat the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The survey, conducted immediately before President Donald Trump announced a 30-day extension of his physical and social distancing guidelines “to slow the spread” of Covid-19, shows 47 percent of voters feel the administration isn’t doing enough in response to the outbreak, greater than the 40 percent who feel the administration is doing the right amount. Two weeks ago, 43 percent said the administration wasn’t doing enough in the days following the initial measures deployed to reduce the impacts of...
  • Journalism Needs a Stimulus. Here’s What it Should Look Like (Barf Alert)

    03/25/2020 3:46:48 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    Colombia Journalism Review ^ | 24 Mar 20 | Craig Aaron
    The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington. In a matter of days, facing the reality of a nationwide shutdown and a worsening economic crisis, Congress got serious about spending money—a lot of it. A recovery package in the trillions of dollars is expected soon, and more stimulus bills are likely to follow. While the most powerful lobbies in Washington—the airlines, the oil companies, the chambers of commerce—are ready with their wish lists, the media and policymakers aren’t talking enough about how recovery and stimulus bills could help journalism. Free Press, the independent, nonprofit advocacy organization...
  • Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns

    03/25/2020 4:09:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 25, 2020 | Madeline Osburn
    How a handful of Democratic activists created alarming, but bogus data sets to scare local and state officials into making rash, economy-killing mandates. As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy and quarantine their communities over the Wuhan virus crisis, one would hope our leaders were making such major decisions based on well-sourced data and statistical analysis. That is not the case.A scan of statements made by media, state governors, local leaders, county judges, and more show many relying on the same source, an online mapping tool called COVID Act Now. The website says it is “built to...
  • The Latest: China slams US for ‘scapegoating’ over virus

    03/23/2020 2:46:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2020
    BEIJING - China’s foreign ministry says the U.S. is “completely wasting the precious time” Beijing had won in attacking the global coronavirus outbreak that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily briefing Monday that the U.S. has attempted to “discredit others and look for a scapegoat to shift its responsibilities.” He added that the U.S. should “stop politicizing the epidemic, stop stigmatizing and defaming China and other countries.”
  • It’s Dangerous to be Ruled by Fear (Barf lire)

    03/22/2020 7:06:25 AM PDT · by FlipWilson · 25 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | March 20, 2020 | Bret Stephens
    Donald Trump’s first instinct when it came to the coronavirus was to dismiss the threat as overblown, over there, and “totally under control.” His second was to use the pandemic as an opportunity to show off his world-historical leadership skills by treating the virus as a threat on par with World War II. Both reactions were driven by politics, not evidence. The first was unquestionably wrong. The second needs to be questioned aggressively before we impose solutions possibly more destructive than the virus itself
  • Twitter: Eric Boehlert asks a terrifying question.

    03/21/2020 12:16:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 49 replies
    twitter.com ^ | Eric Boehlert, Mike Barnicle
    The MSM's treason by any other name or shoddy disguise is still treason - the left is now trying to claim that TRUMP caused the Coronavirus on purpose. Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert I write Press Run, home of fearless media commentary Author. Former staffer at Media Matters. Salon, Rolling Stone and Billboard. Utica Club aficionado. https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1241351817113501696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1241351817113501696&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.democraticunderground.com%2F100213143871https://twitter.com/EricBoehlert/status/1241351817113501696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1241351817113501696&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.democraticunderground.com%2F100213143871 
  • Rachel Maddow and others call on networks not to broadcast Trump coronavirus press conferences

    03/21/2020 5:18:59 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 78 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 21 March 2020 | William A. Jacobson
    The Trump press conferences are a problem for the anti-Trump media, because they give Trump direct access to viewers with minimal filtering by the networks. Donald Trump’s daily press conferences, attended by numerous senior health and other officials, are a must-watch. Enormous information is provided by officials, and Trump signals where he thinks the crisis is going. Trump spends an hour or more taking reporter questions, some of which are hostile. The press conferences almost certainly have large audiences, and have contributed to polling that shows strong support among the public for Trump’s handling of the crisis. This is a...