Journalism’s Demise

29 Mar 2018

This is an excellent article on the demise of journalism.

The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards – Hillsdale College, May 2017

The demise was taking place at a slow rate before Trump, but now has reached epic speeds.

The article even offers remedies to restore good journalism.


Study Done on Russian Social Media Influence

28 Mar 2018

Want to understand how Russians used social media to influence American culture?  An in depth study is below.

The Twitter Exploit: How Russian Propaganda Infiltrated U.S. News – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Feb. 2018

The main objective from the Russian effort is to sow discord and strife among ourselves by utilizing a mixture of truth, error, and provocative tweets from both the conservative and liberal perspectives. I know the focus is on how they influenced the election, but to me it’s about dividing and defeating America in general.

Think about it this way. If this is a concerted effort to divide America, and you look at where we are today – their efforts have been extremely effective. It would seem that the antidote to their strategy would be to become more united.

Former NPR CEO Experiences Red State America and Confronts Media Bias Issue

23 Oct 2017

2017/10/21 – Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias – New York Post

Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.

It’s not that media is suppressing stories intentionally. It’s that these stories don’t reflect their interests and beliefs.

It’s why my new friends in Youngstown, Ohio, and Pikeville, Ky., see media as hopelessly disconnected from their lives, and it is how the media has opened the door to charges of bias.

Some of this loss of reputation stems from effective demagoguery from the right and the left, as well as from our demagogue-in-chief, but the attacks wouldn’t be so successful if our media institutions hadn’t failed us as well.

The bold is the issue.  The media opens itself up to attack by how they conduct their reporting.  Excellent article… read the whole thing.

Obama Signs “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act”

26 Dec 2016

So, we had a crisis created by the government claiming that Russia tampered with the election by hacking into email accounts (which has not been proven). This law was already in the works – probably waiting for an opportunity (real or fake) to add this into law.

Official Press Release – President Signs Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill into Law

Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law

Long before the “fake news” meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.

In short, long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news.”

Fast forward to December 8, when the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

And now, following Friday’s Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law.

And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake”), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.”

Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.

Families of Orlando Victims Sue Social Media

20 Dec 2016

Families of Orlando nightclub shooting victims sue Facebook, Twitter and Google

Families of the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting on Monday filed a federal civil suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly providing “material support” to the Islamic State and helping to radicalize shooter Omar Mateen.

ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency, although further investigation found that Mateen was not a member of the terror group but had been inspired by them in part through what he saw on the Internet.

“Mateen was radicalized by ISIS using the defendants tools for that express purpose,” Keith Altman, the lawyer representing the three families, told

ISIS maintains an active presence on both Facebook and Twitter and also relies heavily on the Google-owned YouTube to post propaganda messages and videos of executions.

It is interesting who these entities ban, and who they allow to be active. I can’t understand why anyone promoting jihad would be allowed to use these platforms in this country.

This is how the media steers the narrative

6 May 2014

Morning Plum: The GOP’s real position on immigration, laid bare – Wash. Post

Sentence 1.

Republicans face a very simple dilemma on immigration: Either they embrace reform, or they are inescapably the party of maximum deportations.

GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte had an interview with a reporter at Univision.

Ramos repeatedly pressed Goodlatte to explain why it is that House Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform. Goodlatte repeatedly claimed the problem is that Republicans can’t trust Obama to enforce the law, as evidenced by the fact that deportations from the interior have dropped. Goodlatte explicitly said the problem is that only people convicted of serious crimes are getting deported from the interior.

Ramos then pressed Goodlatte on whether this means Republicans want to see more deportations from the interior. Goodlatte — who as chair of the House Judiciary Committee is a key player on immigration — refused to answer directly:

JORGE RAMOS: So your point is that you want more people to be deported?

BG: My point is that I want the President to enforce the law, and that way Congress will feel the pressure to reach a resolution to deal with the people who are lawfully here, who have been law abiding citizens.

The Senator answers the question directly. The law should be enforced. He is not focused on immigrants… he is focused on the law. The newspaper tells it differently.

This is how Republicans have boxed themselves in on this issue: They’ve defined “enforcing the law” as maximizing deportations from the interior, no matter who gets removed.

It’s not Republicans boxing themselves in – it’s the Washington Post misrepresenting the Senator’s answer. I want the laws to be adhered to in this country. I am not anti-immigrant – but follow the law. That’s all.

Maher “Agrees with Gingrich” on Occupiers

5 Feb 2012

Maher Turns on Occupiers, Denounces Them as D-bags That Should ‘Get a Job’

And as I watch them on the news now I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich. Like, you know what – get a job. Only because, you know, the people who originally started, I think they went home and now it’s just these anarchist stragglers.

The proverbial broken clock that’s right twice a day.

Video is at the link.