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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Trump your propaganda

I grew up reading the Cleveland Press. It was not a perfect newspaper, but it tried. Its motto was "Give light and the people will find their own way." In 1982, the Press folded as afternoon newspapers have done since the dawn of the Six O'Clock News.

Too bad that idea of giving light died with it.

Today's journalists are all about heat, not light.

Consider environmental reporters. Instead of giving light to the failure of predictions from the alarmist side, the reporters guard the government pseudo-scientists from any and all legitimate criticism. They rationalize this by saying well, industry studies showed smoking was good for you. Um, so did government studies.

The media is going all in with Hillary Clinton with an incessant attack on Trump. They quote him out of context, ignore his opponent's gaffes, and give more weight to minor characters. Who is Beau Correll? The news media wrote 637 stories about him in the last month. Diss Trump and you, too, can be a celebrity.

Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times celebrated this feeding frenzy:
Covering Mr. Trump as an abnormal and potentially dangerous candidate is more than just a shock to the journalistic system. It threatens to throw the advantage to his news conference-averse opponent, Hillary Clinton, who should draw plenty more tough-minded coverage herself. She proved that again last week with her assertion on Fox News Sunday that James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had declared her to be truthful in her answers about her decision to use a private email server for official State Department business — a grossly misleading interpretation of an F.B.I. report that pointed up various falsehoods in her public explanations.
And, most broadly, it upsets balance, that idealistic form of journalism with a capital “J” we’ve been trained to always strive for.
But let’s face it: Balance has been on vacation since Mr. Trump stepped onto his golden Trump Tower escalator last year to announce his candidacy. For the primaries and caucuses, the imbalance played to his advantage, captured by the killer statistic of the season: His nearly $2 billion in free media was more than six times as much as that of his closest Republican rival.
Now that he is the Republican nominee for president, the imbalance is cutting against him. Journalists and commentators are analyzing his policy pronouncements and temperament with an eye toward what it would all look like in the Oval Office — something so many of them viewed as an impossibility for so long.
Of course no one gave Trump a damned thing free in the media, and the $2 billion figure is bogus. Unlike a paid ad, he does not control the content.

But this is no different from the media coverage of John McCain, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney. The media is unfair and unbalanced, and yes, Fox News has joined them in this propaganda party.


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  1. I don't know about you, but every time I come across some new Leftist journalist running Trump down, I hear Hans Gruber.

    Hans Gruber: But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

    John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts.

    Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

    John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, [expletive].

  2. Another of Rutenberg's bon mots, “If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that.”

    And they wonder why the National Enquirer is the new paper of record.

  3. No disrespect, Don, but Rutenberg reminds me of a Swiss Army knife.

    It is, after all, a complete tool.

  4. Le sigh! I used to really enjoy sitting down in the morning and reading the newspaper from front to back. Never more. - Elric

  5. "Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism

    Jim Rutenberg
    AUG. 7, 2016"

    Actually, the Media have tested the limits, and they have decided that Impartiality and Objectivity are dead, Dead, DEAD. Lies, obfuscations, and Misinterpretations ARE "The Order Of The Day".

  6. They have made the calculation that they can make obvious lies straight to our faces and get away with it. Recent history has proved them right. Will it continue to do so?

  7. The press dogs bark, but the Trump caravan moves on. I simply don't believe anything they say or write. They're in their own little echo chamber and think they speak for the world.

  8. But let’s face it: Balance has been on vacation since Mr. Trump stepped onto his golden Trump Tower escalator last year to announce his candidacy

    No Mr. Rutenberg, balance has been on vacation for over 50 years. It's only in the last twenty years has it been so obvious in the difference in how propagandists (I refuse to call them journalists anymore) cover Republicans and Dimocrats. Name that Party anyone? If the scumbag is a Republican his party is mentioned in the first paragraph. A Dimocrat is below the fold if his party affiliation is even mentioned. Look at how major news outlets sat on the Monica story and how Drudge was the one to release it. Then the LSM went all in in protecting BJ and demonizing Ken Starr. It's really obvious this year in how they are trying to protect Crooked Cankles re emails, Benghazi, Benghazi Gold Star families (constant stories about Kash-in Kon and next to nothing about Benghazi Gold Star families - Moslems more important than Americans), fake photos about crowds at her rallies, and finally covering up her health issues.

    Absolutely no coverage of the Clinton Crime Family Foundation a fake charity used to funnel bribes from foreign countries to Crooked Cankles for quid pro quo when she was SecState. The CCFF gives 8% of its proceeds to charity. The rest goes to expenses for the Clintons and their cronies. Will the LSM investigate this? Nope. All three Clintons should be in jail. Yep! Chelsea too. She's on the board of this fake charity.

    1. "Clinton Crime Family Foundation a fake charity used to funnel bribes from foreign countries to Crooked Cankles for quid pro quo when she was SecState."

      More evidence of that today with the release of more emails that show Huma Abedin-Weiner worked both sides of deals involving wealthy donors, as an employee of the Foundation and simultaneously an employee of the Dept. of State.

  9. I just returned from a trip out west. Every magazine stand in every airport is filled with anti Trump mag and newspaper headlines. HC seemed a phantom, never visible. The world's media is now owned and run by a few wealthy men, at present all Trump haters. The ones with foreign corporate interests like Bezos and the Google boys appear to be basically stateless individuals with no real patriotic interest in the US other than its capabilities for the domestic protection of their physical selves. Politically they are pay for play Democrats and will never change unless it is somehow expedient for them. Bernie and Warren got no traction because their sincere beliefs threatened most corporate interests.
    The NYT on the otherhand has never supported anything but socialist policies because they are the policies of the family that owns it. That Rutenberg is a Journalist with a J is not true and I'm sure he knows it. He will never write anything not approved by the ideology of his masters, even if we're contrary to some unpleasant fact he might have stumble upon. In that sense the NYT is more of a virtuously pure hater than other big media.
    To me, this election is the end of a media cycle that began under Nixon and Watergate, a leftward or even fascist move to control the presidency and unleash it's powers in the interest of large corporations that are now the media itself. It is an all or nothing play, as Hitler said of his own decision making style,"Vabanque". If Trump wins against such resistance, he will have unprecedented personal power, perhaps to make us great as he says, but also to make his media tormentors less. After all, Hitler did over reach and lost all his chips.