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FRAMING THE DISCUSSION

How often have you read words to the effect that a highly placed source close to the investigation revealed xyz today under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case… Blah… Blah… Blah…. ?

Is your first thought that just really must be something juicy that I can barely wait to read? Or do you stop and wonder how untrustworthy is the person who was supposed to protect information who instead divulged it?

Do you also think about how unscrupulous the person was who received the information and published it without concern for the consequences? The more fundamental question is do you believe that the whole world has a right to know everything a government agency is doing?

Is there ever a need to protect anything from public disclosure? The government sometimes has to classify information to protect sources whose lives would be in danger and to avoid revealing methods by which the data was collected.

Whatever the American public knows, our enemies around the world also know. That is simply a fact of life.

Do you feel sympathetic for Bradley Manning revealing sensitive U.S. military information? Do you admire Julian Assange for making it known? Do you think Edward Snowden is a traitor or a hero or somewhere in between?

Have you delved into all the nitty-gritty details of the incident in San Francisco? Is there a legitimate reason a law enforcement agency would want to stop a leak within their Department? That is a totally separate issue from how they go about trying to plug the leak.

Does a journalist have a right to publish anything he or she becomes privy to? Without understanding the entire case, how would the writer estimate the implications of such disclosure?

Does it even matter or is just getting a scoop and public acclaim an uncontested ultimate goal which overrules all other considerations? War correspondents often have to agree not to disclose locations and other sensitive info.

I still remember when Geraldo Rivera went on Fox News live shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and drew marks in the dirt showing where they were and how they got there. He was quite appropriately disinvited from accompanying the troops.

It all comes down to whether one considers his or her own career as tantamount to the national well-being.

SELECTIVE COVERAGE

The next point of contention comes into play when a journalist is convinced that their role is that of apologist for a particular ideology. The flipside of the disclosure of secret information is the suppression of matters which the public has every right to know.

All the major influential news media in Hawaii are controlled by the Democrat Party. Oh, I doubt there is any actual deed of ownership. Not even a signed agreement. Just a tacit understanding that perpetuating the status quo is the media’s proper role.

Therefore any conservative upstart candidate does not deserve to be heard and his or her message should be buried. The most effective way to do that is simply to ignore and refuse to cover the campaign.

It’s really hard to say whether a liberal society leads to a liberal media or whether a liberal media leads to a liberal society. One thing for sure is that they go hand-in-hand.

During the last 25 years or so in this internet age, print media has lost its dominance in influencing public opinion. 24×7 cable news coverage was a big deal 35 years ago. Now websites and social media provide real-time access to both breaking news and analysis.

PUTTING THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE

There is now a real opportunity for conservatives to get our message to the people. Most of our fellow travelers in this world are followers and lurkers. They are the lemmings who plunge over the cliff if somebody charismatic leads them there. So, we need to recruit qualified men and women to provide objective alternatives without trying to lead anybody anywhere.

Many misuse their rhetorical talents for self-aggrandizement and personal enrichment. But journalists must recognize their responsibility to the public trust. It is an awesome privilege to be one of those who document an epoch in human history.

We know what has gone before us in the world only through the eyes of those who wrote about it either contemporarily or in retrospect. If this world is still here a hundred years from now, and there is some doubt about that, what will people know about the year 2019? None of us is going to be around in 2119 to reminisce about it.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH

We could go back 160 years to the administration of President James Buchanan in 1859 and read about events that led up to the War Between the States. Now we mostly hear it called the Civil War, but it used to be more commonly understood as what it really was. It wasn’t civil. It was a conflict that tore this country apart.

Lest we go that route again, we all need to start thinking of ourselves collectively. Rather than fanning the flames of divisiveness, journalists would be commended to emphasize those common beliefs and objectives that draw us together as a nation.

It really is not complex. It is the simplest thing in the world. Have integrity. Do what is right. Write the truth.

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Are things really as bad as the media would have us believe?

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Are things really as bad as the media would have us believe

The short answer is, “No.”

The longer answer was tackled by Reason.com editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward and John Stossel. Fear sells when it comes to mainstream media and progressive politics. They need a populace who believes things are getting worse in order to promote their agenda of authoritarian policies that will allegedly make things better.

“Fearmongering” is often invoked by the left to condemn the right, but in reality the left have been so adept at fearmongering that we have an entire generation who believe the world is going to end if we keep eating meat. They believe the economy is bad even though every economic indicator is great. They believe we need to be told how to live by our government instead of being allowed to live freely in an open and responsible society.

Whenever you’re told by the mainstream media how unhappy you are, question it. They don’t know. They have an agenda to push and a narrative to sell. Otherwise, they’d report the truth that things aren’t bad and are getting better.

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Does the leftist media rely on hateclicks?

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Does the leftist media rely on hateclicks

Almost every sector in the economy seems to be doing well, except one: media. Many failed media organizations, slightly outside of the traditional mainstream established corporate media are struggling to pay the bills. Leftist outlets like The Weekly Standard and Think Progress have shut down due to the struggle. Buzzfeed has scaled back operations. Even ESPN has cut fat. Vox Media, a corporate outlet backed by NBC Universal, unsuccessfully went after Steven Crowder because of the success of independent media. The barrier to entries in media are low as technology increasingly reduces the intercessors between information and consumers of information. With an increasing number of intermediaries, people do not need to get their information from CNN or the NY Times.

A second premise I must insert is the prominence of leftist media to publish content that seems intentionally unpopular. There are several examples to pull from. The leftist outlets that trashed Dave Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones were ratioed hard on Twitter. Going after a comedy legend is perhaps one of the most benign examples. Social justice video clickbait farm, Now This, recently published a language policing video on “you guys” being politically incorrect and exclusive. The video was lampooned by the internet, but that video got views. The trash reviews on Sticks and Stones got clicks and were captured aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes. Clicks pay the bills; that’s why it’s called clickbait. But Buzzfeed’s listicles require so little talent anyone could produce them. The clickbait game has evolved, and out of this evolution is Hateclicks, a headline so universally despised outside the left side of the Overton Window that people click, thus providing the ad revenue to maintain these websites. It’s a bold strategy.

But to play devil’s advocate, the leftist media in incredibly lacking in the area of self-awareness. Pink News, a gay outlet, produced a video promoting pederasty, which was later removed. The removal of this video indicates it wasn’t about the hateclicks it undoubtedly received. Instead, this video was a bit of a Freudian slip. This Rainbow Jihad outlet refused to check themselves before they wrecked themselves on social media promoting pederasty. This wasn’t a drunken take, this was a video production. This wasn’t a contrarian opinion, this was groundwork for shaping society. The leftist media has taken an extremely friendly stance towards pedophilia, and after redefining gender to their own preferences, the next frontier seems to be pedophilia.

These opposing views can be married into how we observe the leftist media. For even Bernie Sanders realized his campaign for socialism could only survive by accepting conventional market forces. Such stunning lack of self-awareness, in the media, can be rewarded with revenue. That revenue serves as dopamine as the Leftist media sprints into the abyss of socialism and debauchery. It’s important to note that in their isolated urbanized communities, these elites think Twitter is real life. However, they are unmoved by being ratioed with rare exceptions.

Final Thoughts

Hateclicks are an increasingly vital revenue tactic for the Leftist media and it doesn’t seem to be going obsolete any time soon, as the leftist media is more interested in pushing an agenda rather than being popular to us lesser folks online. The amount of people who want to hear this propaganda is a different question. I do not make any recommendations to resist clicking and giving these companies ad revenue. It’s good to know what their saying when they strawman themselves. Beside, many of these organizations are unionizing which will ultimately hurt them, as the case with Think Progress.

The leftist media is, in many ways, suffocating itself out of existence, and hateclicks are merely unicorn blood delaying their demise.

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As NY Times debunks its own Kavanaugh ‘bombshell,’ don’t expect Democrats to apologize

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As NY Times debunks its own Kavanaugh bombshell dont expect Democrats to apologize

At least five Democratic candidates for president called for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s impeachment after the NY Times ran a story about an uncorroborated allegation that “someone” at a party he was allegedly at while attending Yale may have done something to someone. Seriously, that’s the gist of the story. There are confusing details about genitalia being exposed by someone who may or may not have been Kavanaugh, though apparently nobody has any recollection of the incident… including the accuser.

Of course, the NY Times didn’t mention that part in their original story. They issued a correction today, but at this point the damage has been done. The story was so ridiculous that I vowed we wouldn’t cover it. Now that the story is no longer about the weak allegations and is instead about the propagandized actions of the NY Times and the unhinged responses by Democrats, I’ll allow this story to cover just a bit of it. Being editor has its perks.

After a Sunday full of raging emotional responses from the left and calls for impeachment by Democrats, the NY Times finally issued their correction. It’s essentially a complete debunking, but a story with this much political juice would never be retracted by the leftist publication, so this correction is the best we’ll get.

According to Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist:

More importantly than the procedural issue, however, is that several friends of the alleged victim in question say she has zero recollection of such incident.

That salient detail was omitted by the reporters.

A correction was added to the end of the article late Sunday night, after a full day of histrionic media coverage: It reads:

Editors’ Note: Sept. 15, 2019

An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.

This is clever propaganda for the Democrats utilizing a tactic the NY Times has mastered in recent years. They spark a controversy for the sake of controversy and to distract from real issues. The Democrats pounce to score political points. Then, the publication issues a correction that will be seen by 1/100th of the people who read the original article and came to the conclusion that Kavanaugh should be impeached.

By the time news of the correction reaches more people, the Democrats will already have shifted from attacking Kavanaugh as a proxy for President Trump over this issue. At that point, they’ll pretend is was all about the old evidence proving he should never have been nominated or confirmed in the first place. Bravo, NY Times.

Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg demonstrated stupidity by falling for the latest false accusation against Brett Kavanaugh. Now that it’s debunked, they should apologize. They won’t.

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