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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fake News of the day

What do the Wall Street Journal, Politico, USA Today, the Hill, and the Washington Post share in common?

They lied about Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

From the Wall Street Journal:
Trump Expected to Pick Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to Run Interior
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to tap Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state to lead the Interior Department.
From Politico:
McMorris Rodgers expected to land interior secretary post
Donald Trump is expected to tap Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be his interior secretary, sources told POLITICO.
From USA Today:
McMorris Rodgers to be Trump's Interior pick
BATON ROUGE, La. — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington as his secretary of Interior, a source close to the transition told USA TODAY Friday.
From the Hill:
Trump to pick Rep. McMorris Rodgers for Interior secretary
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, a source close to the transition team told The Hill Friday.
From the Washington Post:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), [is] widely expected to be named Trump's pick for interior secretary in the coming days. If confirmed by the Senate, she'd be only the third female interior secretary in U.S. history. But Trump would also be taking House Republicans' top-ranking woman out of the chamber entirely. In fact, he'd be taking their only female leader in 2017. 
That was on December 9.

On December 13, President Trump announced Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana would be interior secretary.

And on December 16, she told the Spokesman Review: “My colleagues were coming up and congratulating me on the floor” of the House. “I said, ‘There has not been an offer.’ ”

Any apologies? Retractions? Corrections? Reprimands for getting it wrong?

No. It was fake news that the press spits out and never regrets.

Instead, the Wall Street Journal gave us more exclusive, insider, we-know-it-all scoop:
Donald Trump Jr. heavily influenced his father’s decision to fill the post of interior secretary with Rep. Ryan Zinke, a one-term congressman who shares the younger Trump’s enthusiasm for hunting, say people familiar with the pick.
And these are the bozos who are so quick to call a politician a Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire if in an extemporaneous speech he flubs a fact.

I write this after chasing down a juicy rumor that turned out to be Fake News. Again. Part of what I do. And sometimes I fall for it too.

But if we are going to ban Fake News, then we are going to have to ban the Wall Street Journal, Politico, USA Today, the Hill, and the Washington Post. You see how lousy this is?


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  1. The wild speculation by the press is what drives a lot of the hysteria.

    -Mikey NTH

  2. If you read much philosophy one thing you quickly learn is that nailing down what defines truth is too tricky for man. When the guy standing in front of Pontius Pilate was asked what it is he basically said,"You're lookin' at it." And then he got killed and came back to life. That's good enough for me.

  3. The NY Post said after it misidentified the Boston bombers that it wasn't sorry at all. The duty of the press, it wrote, was to get the story out and leave the "truth to the historians"There are no historians working at the post or for any other news outlet. Hard to get used to but my view now is everything I read or hear is a lie until time and events release the truth from its media prison. Truth in a way has become like Schrödinger's cat or maybe it was always that way but we never could accept that it was so.

  4. Has the media ever been out of panic mode?

  5. Well, pretty clearly the "widely expected" part was correct.

  6. Fake news is code words for eliminating conservative free speech.

    Progressives invented another crisis and a plan to solve it by taking freedoms away that are in place to prevent the spread of tyranny. Tyranny is is the holly grail of the left.

    Their usual tools to advance their ideology: Unions, Universities, UN, Global Warming, Black Lives Matters, Education, Supreme Court, Left wing foundations, illegal immigration, Islam migration, etc. are going to be under attack from the right in a big way now. They need new products to gain market shares and fake news is it. Stop free speech and the battle becomes much easier for them. It's always a fight against these folks, it will never end.

  7. Replies
    1. What was that line from "Calvin & Hobbes"?

      "Despite that amazing display of agility, your tail still has a death-grip on your butt."

  8. --Rep. Ryan Zinke, a one-term congressman who shares the younger Trump’s enthusiasm for hunting, say people familiar with the pick.--

    This comment is typical of the DC/New York media. They forgot to mention Zinke's successful career as a Navy Seal commander. That's why I hate 'em.

  9. Much of what passes for news is actually opinion or speculation, much of which is really dressed-up guesswork.