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“Fake News” has been a mantra on the right since President Trump started repeating the term during the 2016 presidential election. He ramped up his attacks on the media once he was President. Meanwhile, leftists have been attempting to turn the tables on this mantra by calling out everything they can as being “fake news” from the right.

Both sides are correct on this issue. Fake news is rampant on television and across the internet as tribal loyalties are considered more important than the sober truth on most issues. The left seems to have the market cornered on fake news, but the right is not above its use. This needs to change, but we cannot rely on mainstream media, leftist news outlets, or social media to make it happen.

The only way we can get back to delivering truth to the masses is if the old guard and rising stars of conservative media do everything we can to be completely honest in our reporting. This is more than just turning the tide on the leftist lurch that’s happening across America. It’s the only way we can put an end to progressive propaganda being the primary source of information that Americans consume.

At NOQ Report, we operate on three basic principles for delivering the news, opinions, and quotes that Americans need in order to understand what’s happening in the world around us.

First, we choose to only report news that is factual. Having a clear distinction between what is news and what is opinion is an absolute requirement of honorable journalists. This should be a nobrainer to all news outlets in America, but the spin doctors at most media outlets are pulling the strings on how to present facts in a way that supports their chosen ideology. We’ve seen this in its grossest form any time we turn on CNN or read a Buzzfeed article, but it’s also present at Fox News, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller. Intermingled with the facts, most news outlets sprinkle their spin to make their point even if the facts don’t necessarily match what they’re reporting. To make the media work properly again, news should be news. You will notice on many of our news articles, we add a section at the bottom labeled “My Take.” Whatever perspectives the author wants to contribute to the news, the can put it here. Everything above that section must be purely factual.

Second, editorial departments should be willing to follow an ideology rather than a tribe. To understand how this works, let’s look at the subject of bigotry. Just in the last week, we’ve highlighted multiple instances of bigotry being perpetrated by a wide variety of individuals. We called out Democrats when they demonstrated clear antisemitism, but we also noted when they took a stand against the bigotry of the Women’s March. We reported on the failed use of identity politics by Areva Martin, but we also called out Roseanne Barr for her false claims of antisemitism. Picking one side or the other is disingenuous. Instead, outlets need to be consistent with their ideology and call out anyone who goes against them while praising anyone who does right regardless of their political affiliation. Only then can we get out of the tribal mentality and focus on the ideas that can pull America back from the brink.

Finally, conservative news outlets must stop focusing only on the negative. But there are amazing things being done by Americans every day, and these things do not get nearly the same attention as the latest scandal that drives America’s faith in society deeper towards despair. I’m not suggesting everything needs to be happy-go-lucky, but pointing only at the bad perpetuates the hatred and anger Americans are feeling. We need to be uplifted, and there are plenty of uplifting stories that never get told by the media.

The ultimate responsibility of the press is to inform the people of the truth. In a world where everything is spun to support or oppose a party or a person, it’s no wonder “fake news” is so rampant. We choose to change that paradigm. Are Americans ready to demand more from their media outlets? You should.

I’m Tammy Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

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CNN does 67 updates for Sri Lanka story with ZERO mentions blaming Islamic terrorists

The narrative has already been set by American mainstream media on how they’re supposed to handle the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. There are certain things that can be said and others that must be avoided at all costs. With reporting that has spanned nearly 24 hours and included 67 updates to the story, guess how many times CNN blamed Islamic terrorists for the attack.

If you guessed anything higher than zero, you gave CNN way too much credit.

I scanned the entire series of live updates they’ve been doing since the news broke. It’s all within one long story, making it easy to search for individual words, so I did. The results were depressing but expected. Even at this late hour, they still have not acknowledged the possibility that the act was committed by Islamic terrorists.

The closest they came to blaming radical Islamic terrorists in their primary coverage story was a mention in a quote by Diplomatic editor Nic Robertson in which he notes the obvious – that it has the “hallmarks” of Islamic terrorism – but then quickly notes that there are no known radical Islamic terrorist groups in the area.

“It is a very confused picture in terms of who may or may not be responsible. The Sri Lankan civil war ended 10 years ago, a 25 year long civil war, and the Tamil separatists there were a secular group. It would be very, very unlike them and their tactics ever to attack churches and particularly on such a holy day.”

“It has the hallmarks — or is intended to have the hallmarks — of Islamic extremists. But, again, these kinds of groups are unknown in Sri Lanka.”

This last notion is absolutely untrue, of course, as we now know the Chief of Police in Sri Lanka issued a warning about the Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), an Islamist group led by Mohomad Saharan.

The CNN report mentioned the word “Muslim” four times: twice to note the percentage of the population of Sri Lanka that is Muslim, once to warn against reprisals against Muslims, and another to note there have been attacks against Muslims by Buddhist groups. Not once was it even speculated the attacks were carried out by Muslims.

The leftist narrative must be maintained and CNN will not break their allegiances. This was just some people that did something. It may look like an apple, but CNN will scream “banana, banana, banana” for as long as they can.

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Since leftist media won’t say it: Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

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Since leftist media wont say it Radical Islamic terrorists murdered hundreds of Christians

Update: CNN still hasn’t acknowledge the possibility it was Islamic terrorism after 67 updates over the last 24 hours.

Original Story:

The dramatic shift in how mainstream media characterizes terrorist attacks over the years reached what I hope is the pinnacle of their obfuscation today. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka against Christian churches and areas where Christians were likely to gather were committed on Easter Sunday by Muslims in a city known for radicalization. This was a clear and unambiguous attack by radical Islamic terrorists specifically targeting Christians.

But you’ll have a hard time coming to that conclusion if all you’re reading or watching is leftist mainstream media.

The reporting today has been in stark contrast to the immediate labeling and narrative-building surrounding the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques last month. There was zero doubt based on media reporting that the attacks were targeting Muslims. But today, it’s hard to even find the word “Christian” in any of the posts or news reports. On top of that, there’s a stark difference when reading the Tweets of condolences from leftists who refuse to acknowledge this as an attack against Christianity despite the immediate and crystal clear labeling of the New Zealand mosque incidents as attacks targeting Muslims.

Some of this was noted by Brittany Pettibone:

OAN’s Jack Posobiec added that a new phrase has been coined by the media regarding the Notre-Dame fire:

Was this the same response they were giving following the Christchurch attacks? No. As Imam Mohamad Tawhidi noted, the differences were very clear.

Why do the media and leftist politicians do this? Why are they quick to label attacks against any other religious group exactly as they appear, but they’re so unwilling to call out any attacks against Christians as attacks against Christians?

This is the time we’re in, folks. The left has a narrative they want jammed into our heads and that narrative has no room for acknowledging violence and persecution is committed against Christians. The only stories that fit their narratives are stories that can blame Christians for wrongdoing. In those cases, the perpetrators’ status as Christians is broadcast loud and clear. But if Christians are victims, the left will go to extreme lengths to negate that fact from the record.

Of all the major news outlets, I was only able to find one that didn’t shy away from the truth. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board stands alone in declaring the intended victims of this attack as who they are and why they were targeted.

WSJ Editorial Board

The intentional suppression of what happened, who committed it, and who was targeted is beyond insulting. The terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are being framed by the media as some people did something.

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Is blocking social media to prevent ‘fake news’ the right approach following events like Sri Lanka?

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Is blocking social media to prevent fake news the right approach following events like Sri Lanka

Following the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, the government blocked access to social media sites from within the nation. This was done to stop the spread of “fake news’ both to the people of Sri Lanka as well as to outsiders from within the country.

The government has decided to temporarily block social media sites including Facebook and Instagram.Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that the decision to block social media was taken as false news reports were spreading through social media.The statement added that security forces were conducting comprehensive investigations into the incidents of explosions and that the blockage would be effective until investigations were concluded.

Is this really the right approach? The socialist nation is known for holding a tight rein over information in and out. At times like these, is stifling one of the best forms of communication to keep the people and world apprised of the developing situation one that helps or hurts?

The answer should be obvious, but unfortunately trends in technological policing have leaned away from the proper answer. Communication and sharing of information are integral to keeping situations properly handled. When the flow of information is suppressed, the negative effects greatly outweigh any perceived benefits of fighting “fake news.”

One of the reasons false reports get wings following media or social media blackouts is because the worst elements are able to go unchecked. At some point the governments of the world, even the socialist ones, should give the people more credit than to think any information that is false will instantly be believed indefinitely. We’ve learned plenty over the years about the ways of the internet and the spread of fake news. We don’t need to be protected.

The reality is this: when socialist governments (or any governments for that matter) block the media in any way, it isn’t for the protection of the people. It’s for control of the narrative. Sri Lanka is no exception.

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