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The trials, tribulations and distortions of the Mainstream Media

The Fox News Channel Has Been Horrible For Conservatism

So says John Ziegler at Mediaite:

… It is what the Fox News phenomenon has done to the dynamics of the conservative movement, in my opinion, that have been the most corrosive aspects of the network.

In short, what Fox News did was isolate conservative television “news” and opinion all in one place. This was a great business model but it eliminated the need for “mainstream” outlets to appeal to conservatives and thus liberals strengthened their grip on the majority of “news” outlets.

This not only created a dangerous bubble for conservatives, but it also facilitated a “star system” for conservative leaders which dramatically valued entertainment value over substance.

It’s an excellent point that goes hand-in-hand with what we have written about here many times. We see the polarization of this country and it’s hard to put a bead on exactly why this is the case, but to me this feels like a significant part of it.

When you are a conservative and have your own “conservative outlets,” it’s easy to fall into the trap of preferring to be showcased on those conservative outlets. But all that does is tend to make you known only to conservatives, and the “liberal outlets” become progressively less and less diverse in thought as they lose all but their leftist contributors.

Similarly, we as the consumers of the above news outlets tend to listen to what reinforces our beliefs rather than challenges them. Very few humans do otherwise.

As I mentioned above, we’ve discussed this topic before. But it’s a tough problem to fix even if you can properly diagnose it. Even if you could wave a wand to get rid of FNC, the advent of the Internet has preemptively invalidated any attempt that might be made to get everyone all onto a fewer number of outlets, as in the 70s. Everyone can voluntarily make their own niche blog, and people can voluntarily choose to patron that one, single blog and nothing else.

Compounding the issue, that which is entertaining is often not terribly informative, and those things that are very informative are most often not very entertaining. This is why you get loud, insubstantial louts like O’Reilly on primetime, but FA Hayek would never even get a 30 minute slot, were he alive today. It’s why FNC looks like it does, rather than looking like CSPAN, for example. And we have long suspected that media outlets (not just FNC) run the segments that they do based on what will bring in ad revenue, and cater to their target demo, rather than what is actually newsworthy.

What do you guys think?

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One By One Jeff Zucker Is Destroying Sources Of News

Yet he blames his failures on Donald Trump. Zucker served as CEO at NBC before going to CNN. He worked his ‘Magic’ there and he has been doing the same at his new gig.

Zucker has adopted the Hillary Clinton tactic of blaming everyone else for ones own failures.

“CNN President Complains: ‘Journalism Is Threatened’ By Trump Administration”

Zucker

Speaking at an awards gala on Thursday, Zucker told attendees that “journalism is threatened by senior officials in our own government.”

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Antifa Leftists Hate You – And It’s Your Fault

The New York Times relocates the blame for the antifa violence from the violent to their victims. They start with the riots at the university of California at Berkeley.

The university breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday, but it criticized Ms. Coulter, who has a knack for provocation and a history of inviting disruption wherever she speaks, for being wanton and reckless given that it had offered to accommodate her at a later date after canceling her originally scheduled speech. The Berkeley chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in a note to the campus, “This is a university, not a battlefield.”

So, you see, it’s her fault, not the people punching and hitting others over the head with steel objects.

As a matter of fact, the antifa protesters encountered something they never expected at Berkeley. Their victims fought back. Not only did they fight back, they routed the antifa goons. That must have smarted because they now have a new plan.

Under normal circumstances actions like this would be considered acts of desperation and the perpetrators would be known as ‘Losers’. No longer. They will be called heroes by supporters of the communist movement.

It will not be long before other, more deadly, missiles will be hurled by antifas. Communist uprisings always result in deaths.

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The Onion Is Not Parody. It’s Prediction.

Your daily titter:

From here

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I Thought General Flynn Was Smarter Than That

Trump, too.

Shepard Smith is foaming at the mouth. There is evidence that Flynn broke the law. Further, there is evidence that he did it before he was appointed to his position as NSA. The Trump team had time to reject him since he made the admission in August of 2016.

Elijah Cummings smells blood, too.

“House committee: Pentagon warned Flynn to get approval before accepting foreign money a year prior to Russia speech”

But he did it anyhow.

retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

Flynn’s lawyer claimed a few days ago that he notified DIA, his former agency, before he went to Moscow in 2015 and received nearly $35,000 for an appearance from RT. That’s not what the Pentagon’s records say, though, per House Oversight Committee member Elijah Cummings. They have no record of Flynn informing them of the RT payment. And Flynn can’t plead ignorance of the law: The Committee has another document, this one from 2014, in which DIA warned Flynn explicitly that he’d need permission in order to accept payments from a foreign government. That’s due to our old friend the Emoluments Clause, which, under the DIA’s interpretation, bars receipt of “consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria, or salary” by a retired military officer without approval. (The Emoluments Clause specifies congressional approval but Congress has ceded its authority to approve payments received by military members to the secretaries of Defense and State.)”

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Skinny Gal Gives In To Antifa

Next thing you know they will be demanding a bailout for Puerto Rico. Why not? They won.

This will cause even more violence at conservative events.

“REPORT: Ann Coulter Cancels UC Berkeley Speech”

Fox Business reports that Coulter has chosen not to ago ahead with her speech at UC Berkeley which was planned for this week. The conservative author caused waves across the college campus when her event was announced and received opposition from the UC Berkeley administration, which at one point banned Coulter, although this ban was later rolled back.

Law enforcement sources warned Fox News that there was a “99% chance” of violence on the campus of UC Berkeley if Coulter went ahead with her speech.”

More at Breitbart

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Somebody Gave Mrs. Clinton’s Kid Another Participation Trophy

Next she will be awarded for her participation in the Special Olympics.

“Chelsea Clinton Gets Another Award For Doing Nothing Special”

‘Vacuous’ Is a word that comes to mind

Not content with just her Variety-sponsored “achievement award,” Chelsea on Tuesday night accepted the annual City Harvest Award for Commitment in fighting hunger in New York City.”

Yay!

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That’s What They Do When You Give In To Them

Just like children, politicians lean outside the shopping cart and demand things. When you give in to them they demand more and more.

“Trump Tweet: “Democrats Want To Shut Government” Over “OCare Failure” and Puerto Rico”

Everybody knows that when you say, “no”, you really mean, “Maybe”.

After President Trump flipped on two major campaign promises yesterday, funding for the border wall and obamacare subsidies, many believed that a government shutdown crisis had been averted.

But, that is only because most of the mainstream media doesn’t understand, or is simply unwilling to admit, that Democrats aren’t looking for a ‘deal’ on a funding bill… they actually want a government shutdown. Here’s what we said yesterday (see: “Flipper-In-Chief: Trump Caves On Obamacare Subsidies To Avoid Government Shutdown”):

Of course, it’s only logical that Democrats would secretly want a government shut down. In the end, Republicans (i.e. the fiscally conservative party that is generally looking to reduce entitlements rather than increase them) typically tend to take the brunt of the public backlash for government shutdowns and all of the media coverage provides a very effective bully pulpit for liberals. Well played, Chuck and Nancy.

Of course, in that context, it’s not terribly surprising at all that Democrats keep piling on new demands for a budget deal.”

From Zero Hedge

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Trump Gets A Lesson From Texas Congressman

Imagine. Trump thought he had a bunch of allies in the Congress because both houses were controlled by Republicans. Gohmert says he was wrong. He also says The President needs to take more interest in how bills are written.

“Rep. Gohmert on First 100 Days: Trump’s Big Mistake Was Trusting Congress”

Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) covered several topics with Breitbart News Radio SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday, including the possibility of a government shutdown, the border wall, and how Trump has done in his first 100 days.
Regarding the later, said Gohmert, “It goes back to the Animal House line, “Well, you messed up. You trusted us,” referring to Trump trusting in Congress.

Gohmert went on, “He has learned that when it comes to bills, he will probably need to be more hands on and make sure that he gets the bill that he wants – the things that he wants done – put actually into the law.”

More at Breitbart

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Li’l Kim Rattles His Tin Cup

“Kim Jong-un conducts ‘LARGEST firing drill EVER’ in war preparation – South Korea confirms”

Military forces conducted the latest sabre-rattling drill in the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Despot warmonger Kim Jong-un is believed to have taken part in the event.

South Korea confirmed this morning the worrying live-fire drill had taken place.”

From the UK Express

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Ted Cruz Finds The Money For Trump’s Wall

I can’t tell if this is real or fake. The IP address is the US Senate. There is even a copy of the bill here.

“Sen. Cruz Introduces the EL CHAPO Act”

BILL RESERVES BILLIONS IN POTENTIAL ASSETS FORFEITED AS A RESULT OF THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF JOAQUIN ARCHIVALDO GUZMAN LOREA “EL CHAPO” AND OTHER DRUG LORDS TO PAY FOR BORDER SECURITY”

Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”

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Unless You Want A Fight You Might Stay Away From Pikeville, Kentucky

On April 29, 2017.

“ANTIFA PLANS TO DISRUPT EVENTS IN PIKEVILLE, KY”

Several Organizations are planning an event this weekend in Pikeville Kentucky including the League of the South. Antifa has learned of this event and is planning to disrupt the activities.”

From Men of the west

More at It’s Going Down.

Then there is this from Violent Solutions:

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Bill Nye The Vagina Guy

Seriously. This is Bill Nye’s new TV show. He has Rachel Bloom on to sing about her -er – parts.

NSFW

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This Is How To Win

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Those Darn Russians Again

Elections no longer have any meaning. The message is clear. Anarchy is apparently the only way.

From here

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Oakland, California 40-60 Teens Swarmed, Robbed BART Passengers

Kids in the ‘hood have discovered a fun new game.

“BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders”

BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.
The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

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The images cannot be shared publicly, she said, because the attackers appear to be minors.”

More at SFGate

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It Starts Now

Import tariffs are being used by Trump administration as weapons.

“Trump Administration Plans to Impose 20% Tariff on Canadian Softwood-Lumber Imports”

The U.S. plans to impose a 20% tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, effective retroactively. Above, a worker stands on lumber at Delta Cedar Products in Delta, British Columbia. PHOTO: DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over a trade dispute, moving to impose a 20% tariff on softwood lumber that is typically used to build single-family homes.

In an interview Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariff will be applied retroactively and imposed on Canadian exports to the U.S. of about $5 billion a year. He said the dispute centers on Canadian provinces that have been allegedly allowing loggers to cut down trees at reduced rates and sell them at low prices.”

Retroactively.

More at the Wall Street Journal

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How Does That Work, Chuck?

Chuck Schumer is quoted in Politico talking out of both sides of his mouth.

“Schumer to GOP: Funding the wall means government shutdown”

Chuck Schumer’s message comes the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a similar message. | AP Photo

So, Senator Schumer says Democrats will shut down the government if their demands are not met. Here’s more:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans on Tuesday that they’d risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government open. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.”

So then he tries to blame a shutdown on Republicans:

The New Yorker’s message came the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with a similar message. Schumer’s warning grew starker on Tuesday, as he began to try to blame Republicans if a shutdown occurs.

“If they put these poison pill amendments in and try to shove them down the American people’s throat,” Schumer told reporters, “of course they might be responsible for shutting the government down.”

Of course the media is running with his effort to blame Republicans. No one is saying that it’s the Dems who are doing the threatening. No one except Mitch McConnell:

McConnell also noted the irony of the turnabout for Democrats, who savaged the GOP for its role instigating the 2013 government shutdown under former President Barack Obama.

“I’m amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government is a good idea,” he said.”

The solution to all this is to pass a proper budget so ‘Continuing Resolutions’ are no longer needed.

Read it all at Politico

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Is This The Kind Of Science Those Marchers Were Supporting?

“107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud”

New papers were found through investigations into previous fraud.

The journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer review process. This isn’t the journal’s first rodeo. Late last year, 58 papers were retracted from seven different journals— 25 came from Tumor Biology for the same reason.

It’s possible to fake peer review because authors are often asked to suggest potential reviewers for their own papers. This is done because research subjects are often blindingly niche; a researcher working in a sub-sub-field may be more aware than the journal editor of who is best-placed to assess the work.”

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Good Call, General

There is a tradition in US politics that a person is referred to by the highest ranking job he has held. That’s why Newt Gingrich is still referred to as, “Mr. Speaker”. James Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a four-star General. Now he is Secretary of Defense. I think the highest ranking job he has held was four-star General. Thus I prefer to call him ‘General’. The same is true of Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. He was elected to the US Congress but his highest position was LT. Col. in the US Army.

We don’t need to give the media every piece of information about the military.

“Pentagon chief: US won’t reveal ‘mother of all bombs’ toll”

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week’s use of the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan.

The April 13 attack on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex near the Pakistani border marked the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. U.S. military officials have said the 11-ton bomb effectively neutralized an ISIS defensive position.”

More at Military Times

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That’s Where Barack Obama Came From

The whole city/county have been controlled by Democrats forever.

“Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard”

Yes, Chicago’s Southland is majority black. Which means African Americans are being robbed the most by these so-called public servants who see government not as a higher calling, but as an opportunity to dishonestly enrich themselves and their cronies.

Much of the Southland is blighted. But there is still plenty of money to be made there, but for the most part, only if you are a crook and if you know the right people. Or if you pay off the right people. Or if you hire that politician’s brother-in-law to remodel your office so you can get that zoning variance passed.”

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Related: “Five Killed, 26 Wounded In Chicago Shootings Over The Weekend”

The latest shooting victims added to Chicago’s statistics include a 21-year-old male who was shot in the head in the Roseland neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

From here

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If Bernie Says It’s Failing It Must Be Succeeding… But It’s Not

“Bernie Sanders: Clear To Everyone “That The Model Of The Democratic Party Is Failing””

I am surprised that anyone listens to Sanders. He is a loser, a liar, and a socialist. The Sunday shows must be having trouble getting guests.

Still my favorite Bernie Sanders clip:

Yesterday on Face The Notion:

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: Well, I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing.

We have a Republican president who ran as a candidate as the most unpopular candidate in modern history of this country. Republicans control the House, the Senate, two-thirds of governor’s chairs. And in the last eight years, they have picked up 900 legislative seats.

Clearly, the Democratic Party has got to change. And, in my view, what it has got to become is a grassroots party, a party which makes decisions from the bottom on up, a party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations, a party, John, that speaks to the pain of the working class in this country.”

From Real Clear Politics

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Leftists At Vanity Fair Pray To God

“PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING”

Can you imagine anyone less qualified and less capable than Hillary Clinton? Here you go. Even leftists understand.

The crude conventional wisdom is that Bill Clinton craved adoration and Hillary Clinton craved power. But Chelsea Clinton seems to have a more crippling want: fashionability—of the sort embraced by philanthropic high society. So you tell The New York Times that your dream dinner party would include James Baldwin, Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Jane Jacobs, and Jane Austen, and discussion would be about how “people and communities can evolve to be more inclusive, more kind, have a greater and broader sense of solidarity, while still respecting individual liberties; what provokes or blocks those changes; and what stories might resonate today to encourage us toward kindness, respect, and mutual dignity.” You almost have to bow down before someone who could host Shakespeare for dinner and make the agenda wind up sounding like a brochure for the Altria Group. At least Kafka would be on hand to capture the joy of the evening.

Yuck. From Vanity Fair

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No, Not That George Kennedy

Not the actor. Instead it was this George Kennedy:

George Kennedy

He wrote an opinion piece in the Missourian that claims that the National Rifle Association is more dangerous to Americans than ISIS. The editor disavowed Kennedy’s BS with this: “George Kennedy is a retired professor and writes an unpaid column for the Missourian. His views are his own and not necessarily those of the Missourian or the University of Missouri.”

“GEORGE KENNEDY: The NRA’s influence is a danger to us all”

Read the idiot here

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So Far They’re Just Talking – Most Of Them

I would steer clear of any pro-Trump rally for several reasons. Some people, though, want a fight. Now it seems there are folks like that on both sides. All that can come of it is for the violence to become greater.

From Reddit’s Anarchism page.

The headline:

“The troubling implications of the conflict in Berkley today.”

Some of the comments:

In the aftermath of this event, It is time for some serious reflection. Now is not the time to sugar coat the truth, to revel in the feeling of success of a clean punch to a Nazi’s face, but rather to take a step back and ask what organizational steps can take place to stop this from happening again.

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Yes, we seemed to have lost today. The alt-right held their ground. If we wanna take action against them, we need to be better organized and better trained. It doesn’t help that it’s only the far left opposing them, any trump supporter can be radicalized far easier than any liberal.
I hope we learn from today

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“Better trained”
THIS!!!!
A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort.

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I honestly think we need a campaign to get more antifa armed. It seems that seems to be the biggest problem with our resistance. They’re mostly armed, why aren’t we?”

links found here

The Reddit archive is interesting

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