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Friday, July 24, 2020

Today in bad journalism



Tucker Carlson jumped the shark last night by embracing the Ancient Aliens myth. He said, "The Pentagon has been conducting classified hearings on UFOs for more than a decade. We know very little about what they found, but apparently just recovered are off-world vehicles not made on this earth."

He based this on a New York Times report based on a former subcontractor who based it on something someone still at the Pentagon said someone else knew.

Oh, I suppose you can rationalize the story. Sure, someone at the Pentagon may have said something about UFOs, but Carlson gets only an hour a night. Surely between covid 19, Democrat riots, revelations of the Russian collusion by Democrats, the upcoming conventions, Biden's dementia, Elon Musk building the largest car plant in the world (in Texas), baseball's return, and the president's news conference on Thursday, Carlson did not have to go whack job on his viewers. That's what CNN is for.

But he did.

Jumping the shark is not the end of the show. Indeed, Happy Days went on for nearly 7 more years after Fonzi jumped the shark on September 20, 1977. At $6 million a year, another 7 years will set Carlson for life, again.

But it is not journalism.

His embrace of UFOs is like the History Channel's embrace of Ancient Aliens. He may think it will help his already nosebleed high (for cable news) ratings.

Oh well. Weaker journalism was exhibited in a Fox story on Thursday, "Tom Cotton rips NY Times for running China scientist’s op-ed slamming US virus response."

Writer Dom Calicchio managed to write a story without interviewing anyone. He took a couple of tweets, a quote from a Times article, and a quote from a Fox show 3 days ago.

We call that blogging.

I mean it serves a purpose or I would not be doing it. But what he should have done was call the senator to confirm he meant what he said. The article began by saying Cotton "appeared to take offense." Why guess? Ask.

And the charge by the senator that the Times ran Chinese propaganda was pretty serious. He should have called the Times to get its side of the story. And if he did, he should have mentioned either what the response was or said the Times did not reply.

He is blogging. Fox can run blogs but it should not pretend blog posts are news stories.

Finally some good news. Nicholas Sandmann received an 18th birthday present from the Washington Post called vindication.
Exit Sandmann with more than I had at 18. Much more.

Then again, I did not suffer death threats at 16 because of the bad reporting of the Washington Post.

Jesus said turn the other cheek.

The kid did.



Likely he will sock the money away, but he should also spend a little on himself. I suggest a convertible. Newport Convertible Engineering will turn a Tesla into a ragtop for a small fee of $39,500.

The president should invite Mister Sandmann to the White House and have him address the press corps.

Remember: this is a blog post, not a news story.

Also remember: Ancient Aliens and UFOs are not real.

39 comments:

  1. That video still that begins the post...I've watched it in the past a few times. Always concluded that it showed a little schmutz on the window of the plane. Which eventually peels off from wind friction.

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  2. Unidentified does not mean Imaginary. Lots of people have declared to have seen UFOs. Including folks who are otherwise considered normal, sane, etc.

    So all those folks are either liars or crazy?
    Sure, I'll buy that.

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  3. The video was a game changer I can’t explain, after the Navy released it.

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  4. Don, if you have not seen an UFO then you didn't drink enough during the 70's.

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  5. It used to be the Bermuda Triangle, Velikovsky and UFOs.

    Now it’s woke culture.

    All the realism’s gone out of it, man.

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    1. Now it is You must wear a Mask.

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  6. Nice to see the good guys win one.

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  7. I'm extremely near-sighted. I see LOTS of UFOs while people with me see things that look like birds and airplanes.

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    1. I too am nearsighted and I too, see LOTS of UFOs but then I clean my glasses and they all go way.

      JerseyJim

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  8. Sheesh Tucker, those ain't the aliens I'm worried about....

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  9. If you don't believe that these exist and that they've been coming for a long time then you are as narrow minded as any leftist scumbag around.

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    1. The prince of the powers of the air has fooled many people with this. What they are calling "aliens" used to be correctly identified as demons. They are still demons. The father of lies is lying to you - apparently with success.

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  10. Hopefully the first of many settlements for Sandmann.

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    1. I think his tweet said "2 down 6 to go." Will these publishers learn their lesson? No, they will not. Slander is one of the commandments of their religion. - Gary B

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    1. You know, if this post were from the space aliens, and they wanted to do an anal probe, it would totally make sense.
      -TK

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  12. I hope Mr. Sandmann gives some of it to the families of his fellow students that were there as well; reportedly they received threats too. I have received them myself for protesting Obama's policies, so I know what it is like. He should given none to the school/church that did not back him up or at least keep their mouth shut.

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  13. I have seen unidentified flyers 3 times. Once in Virginia and twice upstate NY.
    Upstate was probably ultralight flyers in formation, in the dark. But that sounds pretty dangerous. Don't know!

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  14. Gee Don, looks like you've angered Giorgio....

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  15. I have given up on the scold carlson. He started out good but like most overpayed fox celebs has become full of himself.

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  16. I don't always comment but when I do, I talk of memes, myths and plugs


    I notice how Don uses the Fonz and Jumping Sharks after this humble commenter used the imagery.

    Which brings us to the purpose of the comment.

    Good Content drives interaction and value. Is it a wonder that some content creation is no longer in the hallowed halls of the Gray Lady or the Post?

    Angry is a bit of a history buff. When the first printed bibles came out there was an outcry from the intelligentsia of the time that these were not "true bibles". In fact the bibles were written in non-latin languages! Didn't everyone know that Jesus spoke Latin!

    But as time and technology became widespread there was the opening for dissent against hallowed tradition of the clerical gate keepers.

    After all if you control the publication of the written word, you control the bounds of thoughtful discourse on the divine right of kings and popes, no?

    The overton window in the 1500s was squarely in how far a King or any civilian authority could disagree with the supreme clerical authority of the Papacy. In the 1400s a man named Jan Hus tried it and got thown out a window of great height. in the 1500s a young monk nailed 95 ideas of Papal reform on a church door and changed history.

    It was that Monk's translation of the new testament into German, later translated into English by helpful scholars in Holland. That later urged an amorous King Henry 5th of his name to break with the Church in Rome and declare independence from Papal authority and Papal rules of correct debate.

    Which is why THIS Blog and THIS comment are in English not Spanish.

    And we could read this speech in ENGLISH
    "There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth."

    Words will always retain their power. Happy Blogging Don

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    1. A few corrections to and comments your post, Angry:

      Jan Hus was burned at the stake, not tossed from a window. You may be thinking of the infamous Defenestration of Prague, where Emperor Ferdinand II's commissioners were tossed from one (they survived, but a bit broken up).

      Good point about the St. James Bible being derived from the German translation. Martin Luther after teaching himself Hebrew went straight to the original to assist in his translation, which is how he discovered that the Vulgate and the Torah were dissimilar.

      You are probably aware that there was a considerably earlier English version of the Bible. Both testaments were first translated into English by John Wycliffe and his acolytes in the 14th century, but from the Vulgate, the only version widely available at the time. When Wycliffe's Lollards were eventually successfully suppressed, his Bible fell into disuse, which is why the St. James Bible became the standard.

      Henry the Eighth, not the Fifth of Agincourt fame.

      TarsTarkas

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    2. It's the King James Bible, not the St. James Bible

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    3. Not if they're not heard.


      Thus the pen may be mightier than the sword but only if the sword is absent. A sword on the fingers usually will discourage dissent and the dissemination to the masses.

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    4. It all depends on what the definition of "is" is. - Gary B

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  17. I don't always comment, but when I do I correct errors


    Jan Hus was not thrown out the window. He was burned at the stake as a Heretic. His followers were thrown out the window.

    Saw the window, did not see the stake so I misremembered. Sorry for the error

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    1. Who the hell is this,James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings? Alex, get control!!! I'll take " what the hell are you talking about" for $1000 please.

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    2. And make that a Daily Double please!

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  18. I don't always comment, but when I do I correct errors

    Indeed he was Henry the eighth my error

    I stand by my earlier assertion of followers of Hus

    There were 3 Defenestration 2 in the 1400s contemporaneous with Jan Hus' movement

    If you had been to the windows in question for all 3 you would know they didn't just get injured in 1400s

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  19. I have congratulated Mr. Sandemann and suggested that he accept nothing less in lawsuit payment from the NYTimes than all of the controlling shares of the enterprise currently held by the Sulzberger family. Then he should hire a publisher and editors with cojones who could make the institution a real newspaper again.

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  20. I knew a guy in Army Intelligence. He stated that there is no FO that is U.

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  21. When I first saw this elsewhere, I thought it said OFF ROAD vehicles not made on Earth.

    This would be the answer to some of the cars you see in the south west.

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  22. RIP Ol' Remus of the Woodpile Report

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  23. You mean X-FILES aren't real? The truth isn't out there? Next you'll tell me that Mulder & Scully are just actors. You work for THEM, don't you.

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  24. A virtual statue for thought (to secure that no group will tear it down is of a head down Richard Jewel with Lin Wood putting a reassuring arm around his shoulder, and an angel putting an arm around the other; both in a 'We made it okay, now'. Mr. Jewel died prematurely young, more likely from the stress he endured from his plight. He died for the sins of fake news, and is a modern victim ala Joan of Arc. ZB

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  25. My secret for mental health has worked very well, and I encourage people to do the same. When I see or hear the word "UFO," I'm out the door in one second flat. On TV? Turn it off. Newspaper? Turn the page. It works, takes no time at all and you're instantly free to pay attention to whatever else is on your mind. In other words, freedom.

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  26. Is there someone on this planet who thinks ANY government ANYWHERE will tell the truth about off-worlders here on this earth? Of course and why not is the question. What secrets are so terrible and dark and horrifying that it cannot be told? There is something going on yah sure but what? Government sure won't say and why not? Are the "aliens" really so bad? Might be. This aint Star Trek with all the glory of a Federation that's for sure.

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  27. A few years ago I would share your attitude on UFOs. Then I saw one. An object that I thought was a meteor. It was travel faster than any plans ever could. Then it stopped, circled and resume the previous course at the same speed. They are out there and hope Tucker is right.

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