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Monday, January 13, 2020

Even Rolling Stone calls it Fake News



There are a few objective reporters left in Washington. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone almost fits that category but he is fervently against the president. However, he avoids the traps of the echo chamber and Democrat talking points. His review of the media in 2019 was a wrecking ball applied to a tenement that should be razed.

The secondary headline was a keeper: "Corrections went out of style, bombshells fizzled, and too much of what we watched and read felt like insider propaganda."

The irony is the media sees itself as a defender of the truth when in fact is disseminates lies about the president day and night.

Taibbi wrote, "By almost any measure this was one of the worst years in the history of commercial news media, performance-wise, and the problems were far from exclusive to the political right.

"This was a year in which chickens came home to roost in the fully divided landscape of the corporate press. Screw-ups became routine, as news agencies targeting all types of audiences began to realize their demographics would not punish them for getting things wrong, so long as underlying messages were pleasing. Corrections went out of vogue for the same reason."

He catalogued the stories. After taking a potshot at Fox News, he got down to business with his second volley.

He wrote, "Reports by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz exploded claims that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen had met with Russian hackers in Prague, that probable cause existed to believe Trump aide Carter Page was a foreign agent, that Russia and Trump were communicating via a secret Internet server, that evidence existed of Russian efforts to sexually blackmail Trump, that Russians had vetoed Mitt Romney as Secretary of State, and many others.

"Other bombshells, like that Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress (one of the first big stories of 2019) or that the Trump campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence, died on the launch pad. Two constant media preoccupations of the past three years – that Mueller was 'closing in' on proof of a Putin-Trump conspiracy that would result in Trump’s imminent resignation or indictment – also blew up this year, prompting near-zero reflection in an industry that secured record ratings and banked billions in profits humping these themes."

Kaboom.

Remember, the Pulitzer Committee in consecutive years praised the coverage of the Russian Collusion story -- which was Fake News.

The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and others colluded with Democrats in Obama's failed attempt to overturn the 2016 election results. This sedition undermined President Donald John Trump's efforts to end nuclear proliferation and negotiate trade deals with foreign governments. They did so through anonymous sources who repeatedly lied.

It is impossible to deny being an enemy of the people when you act like one.

Sadly, Taibbi failed to rake the media over the coals for harassing Nicholas Sandmann, then 16, in a case that already brought a large settlement from CNN. But at least someone in the bubble noticed they are running out of oxygen.

14 comments:

  1. Who’d have thought that Rolling Stone would become of of the only credible liberal news sources?

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  2. I remember years ago, as a kid, watching CNN or Fox News and seeing a little icon at the bottom of every single story, "Breaking News" and then thinking, "Every last story they talk about is punctuated by that icon, making it worthless and pointless." Well, that is where the MSM has gotten today. They break into programming with "BREAKING NEWS" which everyone already knew from the internet hours ago and is about as important as any story on TMZ. The MSM has used hyperbole to sell their tripe for so long now that they are going horse screaming their stories while people change the channel hoping to find medication commercials instead of liberal propaganda to listen to. The only thing breaking in the news any more is the sanity of their reporters.

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  3. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

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  4. Used to love Rolling Stone in the old newsprint days. But in those days they wrote about music, which I also used to like.

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    1. Hahaha! Well played. Gotta tip my hat to P.J. O’Rourke also. His stuff was funnier than Hunter’s, was still done largely first-person, and is as True Con today as anything you’ll find from The Ronnie Years.

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    2. PJ was good in those days. I haven't paid any attention to him since he said he was voting for Hillary. Parliament of Whores was a good read.

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  5. "...Kaboom."--- Tom Wolfe's ghost is smiling down on Mr. Surber. ZB

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  6. Just finished Taibbi's new book (Hate Inc.) which really excoriates the "press" on all sides. If you can get past his admiration for Noam Chomsky and his type of outlook, it is very good.

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  7. Don. West Virginia boy living in Georgia. Matt Taibbi can write all he wants to about the things wrong with the press. Bottom line is that he still hates you and me. We don't live in "The City". We will always be rubes to him.

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    1. If Taibbi is willing to speak crucial truths about RussiaGate, I'll hold my nose on whatever "hate" he may express for us, until I'm shown smoking gun evidence of this hate.
      If Nixon/Reagan could talk turkey w/ Brezhnev/ Gorby, I say, let's talk to Taibbi/ Chomsky, w/ the (slim?) hope, that we can get them to face the derangement, of those Lefties who ballyhooed this Russia crap.

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  8. Dr. Hook and the Medicine ShowJanuary 14, 2020 at 8:23 AM


    Well we keep gettin' richer but we can't git our picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone...

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  9. My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour........…Read MoRe

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