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Coverage that cuts through the spin

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Coverage that cuts through the spin

For the last two years, NOQ Report has been, in many ways, part of the right vs left spin machine. Conservative sites like Breitbart, Daily Caller, and Townhall are essentially doing the same thing by highlighting stories that need to be heard and giving them the spin that counters the leftist narrative prevalent in most mainstream media. We have joined them in this regard, but it’s time for us to take a slightly different approach.

If there’s one thing that’s lacking, it’s the inability or unwillingness of most media outlets to address the root cause of any particular issue or piece of news. Many of the things that happen in the worlds of politics, culture, and religion happen for very specific reasons that are rarely discussed in context with the news itself. In other words, western society has become easily distracted and manipulated by the news cycle itself, a cycle that is in a constant state of flux. Very rarely do news outlets take the time to explore why something is happening at its foundation, instead focusing on the immediate newsworthy aspect of a story.

For example, one of the big pieces of news for today is the House Ways and Means Committee formally requesting President Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. All of the coverage is about what is happening. Some of the coverage speculates about why it’s happening. None of them have addressed why it’s happening specifically now. We broke all of that down earlier, but here are the basics so you can understand what I mean when I say we need to cut through the spin.

The strange timing of the Democrats’ tax return request is all about distracting from the border

The entire purpose of the request is to draw attention to the President as a reminder to the Democratic base that they’re working hard to take down the man they all fervently hate. They want him on record fighting to keep his private tax returns private. This, of course, makes sense, and while I was calling for their release as well back in 2015 and early 2016, by the time the general election rolled around it was essentially too late, just as it’s too late now. There is nothing that can benefit America to see them, but there is still plenty the Democrats can try to use against him for the 2020 election.

But the important takeaway here is the timing of the request. Why now? Why not do it within the first couple of weeks after they took control of the House when it could have set the tone? Or, why not do it closer to the election when such a request can be more damaging to the President at the right moment? Doing it earlier or later would make sense, but doing it weeks or even days before Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation report is released to the public seems to be a waste of headlines unless we consider one important factor:

This request was done now as a distraction, which the Democrats desperately needed now that the border crisis is manifesting in ways the media can no longer ignore.

The tax return request is a “pocket distraction.” Politicians use them all the time. They’re relatively timeless headline-makers that can be unleashed at any moment to draw media attention away from something they don’t want discussed at the top of the news cycle. Today, that’s the growing number of headlines even from left-leaning sources that are drawing into question the validity of the Democrats’ stance that there’s no major problem to handle at the border other than what they’re calling a “humanitarian crisis” (which, ironically, they created with their own policies).

As we noted earlier, this is part of the great changes that are coming to NOQ Report.

Anyone with a blog, time, and a basic grasp of the English language can regurgitate the news or spit out link-bait headlines to draw in visitors. We want to take the news and help our readers see what’s really behind it all.

Everything that’s done in politics is done for a reason. If it makes the news, someone wanted it to do so. We’re not just going to report the news. We’re going to dig deeper to find out why the newsworthy event happened in the first place.

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PragerU: Social media can no longer act both as a publisher and as a public forum

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PragerU Social media can no longer act both as a publisher and as a public forum

Liberty will be in jeopardy if the dominant social media organs can have it both ways, censoring speech while pretending to be public forums.

A new 5-min video from PragerU perfectly encapsulates the issue of censorship of the dominant social media organs. Presenter Eric George goes through the background of the PragerU v. YouTube lawsuit and the controversy over whether these corporate giants are publisher or public forums.

 

This case is the critical point because these behemoths wield tremendous power and have the best of both worlds. They started out acting as public forums where they acted as conduits – enjoying the legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. They are now acting as publishers deciding on what content is acceptable such as PragerU videos, while still being under the protection of being a ‘public forum’. From the transcript:

Here’s why this is so important:

A few years ago, the social media giants—Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter—started to behave not like public forums, but like publishers.

They stopped following Section 230, which specifically requires that these websites promote “a true diversity of political discourse,” and began to judge content by their own political and social criteria.

In other words, the social media giants want it both ways: They want the protections of a public forum and the editorial control of a publisher.

We’re fine if they’re a publisher. And we’re fine if they’re a public forum.

They just can’t be both.

If we win our legal action, YouTube will have to return to the way things were when they started. That’s freedom.

But if we lose, YouTube gets to act as a publisher while pretending to be a public forum. That would mean much less freedom.

And then, eventually, no freedom. Because the most powerful internet sites on earth will determine what you see—and what you don’t.

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Steve Hilton: While Trump haters pray for a recession, the real economy is booming

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Steve Hilton While Trump haters pray for a recession the real economy is booming

Americans believe in the Trump economy. It’s been helping them get jobs if they’re unemployed and better jobs if they were underemployed. It has raised wages, reduced taxes, and increased consumer spending to all-time highs. Even if you’re like many Americans who do not care about the stock market, Wall Street’s effects on Main Street are felt.

But if you listen to mainstream media, you’re likely hearing a different story. The fearmongers are actively attempting to crash the economy in hopes of using a recession against the President when the 2020 election rolls around. It’s disgusting when consider millions of Americans would be hurt by such a move, but the people pressing this false narrative are the same people who will be able to easily survive it. If their families relied on the prosperity the Trump economy is allowing, perhaps they’d think twice.

As Fox News host Steve Hilton pointed out, reality is not matching the narrative being pushed by the left. The more people are aware that recession talks are fake, the less likely they’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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What mainstream media knows: Fear of recession causes recessions

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Fear of recession causes recessions and the media is hoping to do it again

President Trump’s concerns over mainstream media outlets painting the economy as being on the verge of recession are legitimate. He’s well aware that perceptions drive large portions of the economy. Fears that the market might tumble cause people to sell, which then makes the market tumble. Businesses concerned about the economy slowing may stop hiring, which helps the economy to slow. The circular reasoning becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, which is why the President’s concerns are real.

And the media is playing it up like the rest of the fake news they’re peddling in hopes that stoking fears will prove their premise correct.

It doesn’t matter to them how many people get hurt by this dastardly propaganda technique. They have one goal: Make Trump lose in 2020. If they knock off the Senate Majority and keep the House, that’s a plus as well. But the President is their sole target.

The funny part in this whole scenario is they’re blaming the one progressive component in President Trump’s economic plan for the worldwide economic downturn they’re predicting. The trade war with China is modeled after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s plan. This is, of course, conveniently overlooked as they’ve inverted the stances on tariffs to make them wholly owned by President Trump.

Speaking of inversions, the buzzword of the week is “inverted yield curve.” In layman’s terms, it’s a sentiment indicator that shows when it’s cheaper for the government to borrow for ten years rather than two. It goes against conventional economic wisdom and is claimed to be a precursor to recession. But there’s one factor in the current curve that’s not being taken into consideration. This market-based fear is not a worry about the current or near-future economy as much as it’s an indicator the prospects of Democrat winning the White House in 2020 will erase the progress that has been made in the economy.

In other words, the fearful dollar brokers are so scared of Democratic economic policies, they’re not willing to bet on the economy should a Democrat take over.

There’s a solution: Stop listening to the polls. As we learned in 2016, polls in the days leading up to the election were highly inaccurate. This far from the 2020 election, hypothetical head-to-head polling as completely useless. But it does drive fear, lending itself to the agenda being pushed by progressive media to help tank the economy by telling everybody the economy is about to tank.

Expect more economic lies from fake news media in the coming weeks. They’re pushing hard to destroy the economy regardless of how many Americans suffer from it. It’s a kamikaze mission to take down the President at any price.

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