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Monday, May 15, 2017

Conservatives can take bad news. Liberals cannot

Pardon my delay in replying to Jeremy W. Peters in his December 25 column in the New York Times.

I spent Christmas playing cards with Santa.

Now I reply.

I begin with what he said.

“Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online. But conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself, incredulous about suggestions that fake stories may have helped swing the election, have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda,” Peters wrote.

“In defining Fake News so broadly and seeking to dilute its meaning, they are capitalizing on the declining credibility of all purveyors of information, one product of the country’s increasing political polarization. And conservatives, seeing an opening to undermine the mainstream media, a longtime foe, are more than happy to dig the hole deeper.”

His column was Fake News. While he was entitled to his opinion, he was not entitled to his facts, as Senator Daniel Pat Moynihan said. Peters falsely framed the conservative take on Fake News.

Conservatives could take bad news, as evidenced by their acceptance of Obama’s win without the riots, protests, and demands for recounts that the left had following the election of Trump. The conservative objection was to news stories that told only one side, or got basic facts wrong.

Conservatives did not limit Fake News to a few oddball sites, but rather to all sites because an error-ridden stories by the Times did far more damage than a satirical piece taken serious. In the age of the Internet, a front-page headline followed a week later by a Page 14-A correction no longer was acceptable.

It never should gave been acceptable.

Until reporters are fired for Fake News, expect more of it.

On November 8, 2016, the American people said, "Trump the Establishment!"

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  1. The latest is the Conway hates Trump. Just before that, yesterday, it was Trump is going to fire those in his cabinet who are getting results for upstaging him.

    What a joke. What pure BS!

    1. Agreed. Suuuure KellyAnne bought a house in DC and uprooted her family cause she hates President Trump.

  2. Truth or looking for it is no longer a Times priority as it was in 1980 when I walked a mile to buy the paper on weekends during my cultural incarceration in Canada. Then, The Royal Carpenters had not yet finished the golden footstool upon which it's young Scion could rest his tiny feet so as not to dangle them before his embarrassed courtiers when he took the highest throne in journalism. Not yet.
    Last week the Scion wrote a letter to his readers grovelling for their forgiveness in allowing a climate heritic to stain his hallowed rag with facts. Why he had done everything within his Royal power in vetting the criminal. He was a known​ Trump hater of the vilest sort and had worked for a paper of impeccable liberal family Scionage, just like him. He shed tears of condolence for the snowflakes who had evaporated reading such tripe. He had even considered resignation and allowing his own Hipster Scion to take over but he was still learning Spanish to better communicate with his Mexican Master and his own footstool was incomplete.
    Now some of this is fake news, perhaps anyway. But lies are ok now because they liven up our lives, make us all happy. Isn't that the job of journalism now? Better fake than depressing. Much better for the bottom line too.

  3. NYT, Wapo, and alphabets? You keep doin' what you're doing. Because that's how you'll get MORE Trump. (I'm lovin' it.)

  4. The Aussies have a good expression for liberal temper tantrums.

    It's called the "dummy spit". A dummy is what a pacifier is called there (as in a dummy teat), and the image is of a baby so outraged that it spits the dummy out in frustration.

    1. That's why I read Tim Blair's posts:
      He regularly puts the wind up the skirts of the permanently outraged.

  5. If you read most of the "anonymous source" reporting in the voice of a fourteen-year-old girl you can understand how much of political reporting is just gossip.

    "Oh my God! Mika and Joe were saying how Kellyanne is just so grossed out about Donny when she has to defend him! She's just like "Blech! Now I gotta take a shower!" Can you believe it? Why she hangs out with him I don't know! Maybe it's just pity and stuff!"

    Seriously. It all sounds just like that.

    -Mikey NTH

    1. Ewww! Like, gross me out, Mikey! Like, barf me with a spoon!