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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Why media lies work

A week ago, the media reported on President Trump's rally in Lebanon, Ohio, on October 12.

The headlines focused on one sentence in the hour long speech.

The sentence had nothing to do with the economy.

The sentence had nothing to do with the upcoming election.

The sentence had nothing to do with the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The media focused on a statement by President Trump, "Robert E. Lee was a great general."

His statement in full was, "So Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee. He was going crazy. I don't know if you know this story.

"But Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle. And Abraham Lincoln came home, he said, I can't beat Robert E. Lee. And he had all of these generals. They look great. They were the top of their class at West Point. They were the greatest people. There was only one problem. They didn't how the hell to win.

"They didn't know how to fight. They didn't know how. And one day, it was looking really bad. And Lincoln just said, you -- hardly knew his name -- and they said, don't take him. He's got a drinking problem. And Lincoln said, I don't care what problem he has, you guys aren't winning. And his name was General Grant. And he went in and he knocked the hell out of everyone. And you know the story.

"They said to Lincoln, you can't use him anymore. He's an alcoholic. And Lincoln said, I don't care if he's an alcoholic. Frankly, give me six or seven more just like him. He started to win. Grant really did. He had a serious problem. But, man, was he a good general. And he's finally being recognized as a great general.

"But Lincoln had almost developed a phobia, because he was having a hard time with a true great fighter and a great general, Robert E. Lee. But Grant figured it out, and Grant is a great general, and Grant came from right here."

President Trump was praising President Grant's prowess as a general.

But the press wanted to get President Trump, and so the media lied. Most of the media services the Democrat Party.

The Hill's headline read, "Trump: 'Robert E. Lee was a great general.'"

Rolling Stone's headline read, "Donald Trump Is a Big Fan of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Huge."

The Washington Post headline read, "Trump calls on blacks to ‘honor’ Republicans with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee."

People read the headlines. That sticks with them. The headlines are huge. The corrections are small and buried in the newspaper.

This is why they do this.

No one gets fired. No one gets reprimanded. Everyone has a good time.

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25 comments:

  1. But the truth gets very quickly all over the Internet.

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    1. And then Facebook, Twitter and google smother it with a pillow.

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    2. Disagree. A lot of websites, big and small, carry that stuff, so, unless you don't look anywhere else (and considering how people are bailing from social media because of the data leaks) , you're going to see it.

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  2. The Nazis came up with the "big lie" theory of propaganda.

    A big lie (German: große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously".

    Of course Brian Stelter would be hurt and offended if he knew I said that. He thinks the media is a altruistic priesthood and that they are the guardians of truth, justice and the American way.

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    1. No, that was Superman who stood for Truth, Justice and the American Way- well, at least that's what he used to stand for.

      These days I don't know if he stands for anything, since the comics industry can't seem to decide whether super-heros should be people of color, SJWs, or LGBTQetc, and that's all much more important to them than what he stands for.

      The media on the other hand hasn't been patriotic since around the time of the Korean War, and what altruism they have is only for public display; they don't mean it.

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  3. Grant was willing to tactically murder half the Army of the Potomac to get to the siege of Petersburg.It took 9 months to get enough people to finally roll over Lee. Great generals don't do such things. That's not generalship, that's butchery.

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    1. Grant was no tactician, but he understood a few important points about war.

      He got firepower. People noticed it even in the Mexican War. Richard Ewell said the only Northern officer he never wanted to face was Grant because he understood firepower.

      The other was he understood tenacity. Once you have your hands on the enemy, you don't let go.

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    2. I'm not a scholar, I've only read a couple of biographies. So, I might be wrong. But my belief at this point is the Sherman won the Civil War. Grant was not unimportant but it was the Sherman March which collapsed the Confederacy.
      JimNorCal

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  4. Lee WAS a great general, arguably the greatest in American history. These Give Peace A Chance LibCommies don’t know their asses from a hole in the ground. Fortunately, our service academies still take their oaths very seriously. Imagine Cory Booker or Comrade Bernie leading an army. Fish in a barrel, baby...

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    1. I'd argue Stomewall was the best tactician and Uncle Billy was the great strategic thinker, but your point is well-taken.

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  5. Tolstoy wrote a famous short story in 1906, "God sees the truth but waits" about a false accusation of murder in Czarist Russia that took 26 years to be resolved by confession and too late at that. It is a tale of moral ambiguity. But Trump's supporters see the truth today and are just waiting to vote for him. It will all come out in the wash as they used to say in CA when I was young. Also as edeutcher points out, the truth is just a click away these days, or most of the time anyway. The real danger the press poses today is a temporal one that might swing a close election with a vibrant lie or damaging revelation at the last moment. Yet, If Billy Bush couldn't destroy Trump, RE Lee has no chance either. Besides, Trump was right, as he usually is.

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  6. I was at the rally in Lebanon Ohio. After Trump said those words, I immediately said to myself that that will be the phrases that are repeated on the MS I was at the rally in Lebanon Ohio. After Trump said those words, I immediately said to myself that that will be the phrases that are repeated on the MSM. And indeed I was correct. The fake news and lies are becoming so brazen now The fake news and lies are becoming so brazen though, that non-supporters of Trump can easily see it. That non-supporters of Trump can easily see it.

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  7. Really interesting content, keep it up! Greetings from Poland!

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    1. Jak, welcome to this site and blog, we love the brave Polish people, keep up the good work you are doing there with your border and the EU delemma and God Bless.
      Kate

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    2. I was pleased to visit Poland (Poznan and Krakoff) a couple years ago. Friendly people, tasty food and delicious beer :)
      I hope I get a chance to return.
      JimNorCal

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  8. With a site like Whatfinger News rising fast against Drudge, it will not be long until the media will not get away with anything at all. People are catching on more and more. MSM has proven themselves fake beyond belief, and with every story, this Robert E. Lee one as well, CNN said 'It is the end of President Trump.' lol Always the end. There is a video they posted on Whatfigner, last I looked it was top video theere, and they show the actual videos from ALL media saying it is the end of Trump, over and over, all scenarios, and its a fast video too like 4 minutes. The left/Democrats/media are just dying and they know it.

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    1. "With a site like Whatfinger News rising fast against Drudge"
      I hundred percent agree with you. And it's a good thing too.

      But ... this site is in danger to be blocked, because it's hosted at blogspot and that's Google, not? Maybe or likely in the near future they block you too, just like several conservative sites.

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  9. https://ellacruz.org/2018/10/19/the-caravan-is-not-an-incident-but-an-intentional-degradation-of-the-west-by-the-united-nations-army-of-human-molotov/

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  10. What's really sad is if you read his biography, Lee didn't believe in the practice of slavery and wasn't anymore racist than Lincoln or anybody else that lived during that time period. He was on the wrong side, true, but, he was a great General and in his private life, a good man. If Trump had praised him (which he didn't) Only the historically challenged would take offense.

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    1. Lee was right...and on the right side. He refused to fight fellow Virginians and believed, like the colonies had, that states had the right to independence when the Federation/King oppressed them.

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  11. I dislike bowdlerization of history. Of course Trump wasn't talking about Lee, he was talking about Ohio's Native Son, "The Galena Tanner" Grant, so simplification was appropriate.

    Lee was a fine American who only made one real mistake in his life (albeit a big one), but he actually lost about half his battles. (Not really a big deal; so did Napoleon.) The problem was that Union victories like Antietam or Gettysburg left the Army of North Virginia intact and ready to fight again in a few months. The bodies piled up, but the end of the war didn't get any closer. While this was happening Grant was nowhere near. His brilliant victories at Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Shiloh, were all in the West. When brought back East, he abandoned the standard eighteenth-century set-piece battle scenario, and fought coherent campaigns instead, sticking to Lee whether victorious or not. Lee couldn't survive that. The result was, finally, victory when all others had failed. Though the war didn't actually end until Johnston surrendered the remaining Confederate forces to Sherman shortly after Lincoln's death.

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    1. Lee should have withdrawn from Gettysburg. He could have continued and sued for peace. He lost too many men in PA while the North was impressing newly-arrived Irish immigrants. The South was not outfought. It was out-gunned and out-manned. It has less reason to feel shame than blacks...who invented theft, war, torture, rape, slavery, and cannibalism as the first humans.

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  12. Most of the media "SERVICES" the democrat party.

    And how!

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  13. What the conservative sites must do is choosing a provider, which will not block or remove conservative sites from their servers.

    Better, there are conservative millionaires and billionaires who are giving money to the just conservative causes and this would be a very good idea to start financing an initiative, which guarantees to continuation and protection of conservative press.
    It would be even better that such site also hosts the social media in any form, which guarantees the freedom of speech.

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