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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Media seeks fear, not trust

Writing in Best of the Web, James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal posed the question: "Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News?"

I agree with Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, who said, "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." 

However, I suggest that getting us to think all news is Fake News is now the goal of CNN and most other news organizations.


There are many reasons for this, but mainly because Fake News is less expensive to produce than real news. Consider all those "60 Minutes" investigations over the last half-century that were merely the plaintiff's side of a class action lawsuit.

But there also is an ideological side to Fake News. Let me start with what Freeman wrote.

From the Wall Street Journal:
A new report from the Pew Research Center suggests that the news media’s credibility problem reaches well beyond the hard-core MAGA crowd. A full 85% of Republicans and those who lean Republican have a negative view of the national news media. And even among Democrats and those who lean Democratic, the press corps is underwater, with 46% holding a negative view compared to 44% holding a positive one.
Each respondent may distrust the media for a different reason. And perhaps investors are not so much ignoring the reported news as they are trying to strike a balance between conflicting reports. For example, let’s say that an investor has concluded that the New York Times and the Washington Times are equally trustworthy. 
Money is not why they invest in this business.

Investors in news media reek of ulterior motives. The largest newspapers in our country are the toys of three billionaires: Carlos Slim, Sir Rupert Murdoch, and Jeff Bezos.

They need not worry about content or the public's trust. Their money's guaranteed.

Cable news channels are cash cows that dun each cable customer for $1 to $2 a month. Most of their revenue comes from cable fees. They need not worry about content or the public's trust. Their money's guaranteed.

The poverty of newspapers make them suspect to a Marxist ideology, just as the nouveau riche cable channels are. Thus the media reflect Chicago with its tony neighborhoods of McMansions and its drug war ghettos.

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better," wrote Theodore Dalrymple, the pen name for British prison doctor and psychiatrist Anthony Malcolm Daniels.

Many of America's news media outlets do not want to be believed. They want to be feared. The stakes are high. If they do not break Donald Trump, they will be forced to cover real news instead of the Fake News they like.




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14 comments:

  1. And that is why everything on fake news is "reported" at a hysterical pitch. Like a used car salesman yelling at you in his commercial. - Elric

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  2. Everybody wants to be Billy Mays.

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  3. Good point. They need an Inflatable Wacky Waving Tube Man https://www.amazon.com/Inflatable-Wacky-Waving-Tube-Man/dp/B008NCQ5O2/?tag=lege1-20

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    1. Won't work for me. I ignore the "news" on TV and on paper.

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  4. It may be that the thing that galls these media people the most is that Trump doesn't fear them and his followers don't respect them. These organizations are controlled by powerful men who got where they are by their understanding of power and how to use it. Much of that has been power has been lost due to a variety of circumstances over the past several years, but this presidency is taking advantage of the situation and shoving their faces in their failures. The reason Democrats no longer like them is because they too see the chinks in the armor and long for the good old days.
    It is pretty obvious now. The Russia thing was a contingency plan worked out by the Obama administration as a contingency in the unlikely event that Trump was elected, and the wheels began turning in the whole Dem party Media complex even before the election. If this was real people would have been arrested and prosecuted already. Since it is fake and not real stuff has to be ginned up. And they don't want to settle for a Scooter Libby. What they are hoping for is to hit someone so close to Trump that he will cover up for them and himself be caught in the net. He has to know this, but he also knows that if he begins to take any of this bullshit seriously he is handing power back to the press and their powerful bosses who run government facilitated monopolies and the corrupt Dem party. He knows this, too. Their power lies not in facts or understanding, but merely in perception. It was an illusion all along. A lie. Time to get out of Oz and go back to Kansas.

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    1. President DJT is turning the humiliation back on the networks.Unfortunately, they are shameless.

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    2. The Russia thing is not a thing for fun or merely to slow or stop Trump, it was and is essential to hide the overt criminality of the Owebama admin

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    3. Most if not all of the Russian/Trump complicity comes from Fusion GPS, founded in 2010 by former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, and from the HRC campaign per the book "Shattered".
      The HRC campaign used their journalist friends to spread the Russian/Trump complicity story.
      Fusion GPS provided the security for the DNC server and started the Russian hack story, however neither the FBI nor the NSC was allowed to investigate this supposed hack. Fusion GPS was also involved with the Trump dossier creation and distribution and had links to the Russian lawyer who met with Trump, JR.
      Even FNC, to my knowledge, has not put this information together to show the possible conspiracy between Fusion GPS, the HRC campaign, the DNC and the media. Too much Russia, Russia, Russia I suppose to override.

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    4. I wrote, "Fusion GPS provided the security for the DNC server and started the Russian hack story." I apologize for my recent comment blaming FusionGPS for the security of the DNC server which began part of the "its the Russian's hacking" story when it was Crowdstrike. The stories are so intertwined, I lost track of who was doing what, unfortunately I neglected to reconfirm what I had researched.

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  5. Hate and fear is how the Left sells everything.

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  6. I get ya, Big D, but am pretty sure I will never be frightened by the likes of Stephie Snuffleupagus. Shoot, I could grab that guy by the ankles, flip him upside down, and use his head to scrub my toilet bowl.

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    1. Yeah, but your toilet bowl wouldn't be any cleaner, would it. It'd probably just get clogged, as toilets were never designed for that much crap!

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  7. If you notice, many - if not most - of the liberal webaites have dropped comments because they want to suppress opposing viewpoints. This includes CNN, the Daily Beast, National Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Time and just this week MSN News.

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  8. Who fears the media? Well, John McCain and most if not all of the other Republican Congress-Critters. Trump is giving them a demonstration of how to deal with the media but they either hate Trump or are too cowardly to follow his lead.

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