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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Press scooped and jealous

Neal Rothschild is the social media manager at Axios, which ex-Politico writers founded. His job has him reading Twitter, Facebook, and other sites where he encounters alt-Right writers such as Mike Cernovich, who keep scooping alt-Left writers.

It is frustrating.





It is how journalism works.

Public officials reward their friends by slipping them stories -- and punish enemies by not giving them the time of day.

But Rothschild wants it both ways. He wants the press to be able to have an all-out war with a duly elected president who carried more states than the last one did in his two elections, and yet have that president feed stories to the enemedia. (I read comments.)

Nope.

So Rothschild wrote:
The flip side: Cernovich spearheaded the 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory and claimed that Hillary Clinton had Parkinson's. InfoWars founder Alex Jones claimed that 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shooting were inside jobs and that President Obama was the "the global head of Al-Qaeda." Johnson claims that Obama is gay and incorrectly identified the anonymous woman at the center of Rolling Stone's retracted campus rape story.
Why it matters: These publishers now appear to have White House access. The fake stories make it hard to spot the true news, but for others, the true news gives credibility to the misinformation.
Fair enough. They have some flaky theories. They have made some mistakes.

But let us look at the New York Times scoop that James Comey debunked under oath.

Or how about that Russian dossier? Kookier than Gerald Lloyd Kookson III's comb. (Look it up, kids.)

Or how about CNN's Scaramucci story? The news channel retracted it, burned the URL, and apologized. I have a copy, by the way.

And that is just in the first half of this year. Remember the Washington Post's story about the ROOSHANS hacking a Vermont utility and threatening everyone's electricity? Turned out to be a laptop and the utility was not on the grid.

Oops.

So the alt-Left can sneer at the alt-Right all it wants (and vice versa) but be careful out there. The old rule still applies: If it looks to good to be true, it is.

Rothschild is right to call out the alt-Righter on "incorrectly identified the anonymous woman at the center of Rolling Stone's retracted campus rape story." Terrible. Almost as bad as Brian Ross, investigative reporter for ABC News, identifying the wrong man as the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater killer.

Of course, neither is as bad as Rolling Stone's retracted campus rape story.

And by "retracted campus rape story," I mean outright libel.




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5 comments:

  1. How many tea party terrorists turned out to be real? The press is so accustomed to lying I doubt they even have any familiarity with the truth at all. Wouldn't know a real story if it smacked them upside the head.

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    1. And wouldn't believe the truth if it did the same.

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  2. FTR Van Jones -- who was actually IN the Obama administration before getting his gig on CNN -- is a 9/11 truther too.

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  3. truth= sidewalk and cat, lies=rye and babe. Journalism math in the age of Trump

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  4. Has anyone disproved "President Obama was the 'the global head of Al-Qaeda.'" or "claims that Obama is gay?"
    I haven't seen proof.

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