2021 Apr 10, 10:02pm
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The CBS scandal you may have missed because of the 60 Minutes hit job on Ron DeSantisThe news network has published an article advising major companies on ways to "fight" Republican-backed voting laws. The report’s original headline read, “3 ways companies can help fight Georgia's restrictive new voting law.” Naturally, the story itself contains several tips on how businesses can protest Georgia-style legislation.This is not journalism. This is political advocacy, and it’s all done in service of a traditional beneficiary of the press’s ethical lapses.Imagine, for a moment, if one of the three major networks published a story advising businesses on how to “fight” ultra-permissive abortion laws. It’d be unthinkable. Yet, here, is CBS doing exactly that sort of politicking, but for bills such as the one passed recently in Georgia.Perhaps realizing it had strayed headfirst into political advocacy, CBS amended the report’s headline eventually, softening its tone into something decidedly less partisan.The headline as it appears online now reads, “Activists are calling on big companies to challenge new voting laws. Here's what they're asking for.”In a way, this is actually worse than the original. At least in the original, CBS had the guts to declare its allegiance outright. The amended version chooses instead to hide behind “activists” to push an obvious political position.As for the report itself, it remains unchanged. It still outlines various ways in which businesses can “fight” voting laws championed by Republican legislatures. It is still just as partisan as the day it first published.“Do not donate," the report recommends. "Activists said companies should immediately stop making donations to Barry Fleming and Michael Dugan, the Georgia Republicans who co-sponsored the voting changes."It continues, naming and shaming major businesses such as Delta and Home Depot for donating to Fleming and Dugan."Ending political donations is one of the most immediately impactful steps a company can take to sway lawmakers," the article reads.The article also says companies can help fight Georgia-style voting laws by producing ads that "help stamp out efforts nationwide to pass voting laws similar to Georgia's," including in Arizona and Texas."Activists say it isn't enough for companies to issue tepid public statements in defense of voting rights," the CBS report reads. "Instead, companies should launch television and social media ads that oppose efforts in Georgia, Arizona, Texas and other states considering voter restrictions."Companies, the story continues, can also support the coercive monstrosity known as the “For the People Act.""If passed,” the CBS report reads, “the act would create same-day and online voter registration nationwide. It would also require states to overhaul their registration systems. The act seeks to expand absentee voting, limit the states' ability to remove people from voter rolls, increase federal funds for election security and reform the redistricting process.”Though the CBS article is several days old, you likely missed it amid the network’s other major ethical lapse, when it promoted the lie that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rewarded a grocery chain with an “exclusive” deal to distribute coronavirus vaccines as part of a “pay for play” scheme involving political contributions.If you missed all of this voting law boycott business when it happened, you can be forgiven. After all, CBS’s “report” on DeSantis is possibly the worst political hit job since Dan Rather went on-air with forgeries of former President George W. Bush's National Guard service record.It’s obviously not a great situation when one media scandal is obscured by a concurrent scandal and all by the same newsroom. If there are adults still left at CBS, now would be a good time to take back control.
There hasn’t been news reporting in some time. Millenials are fucking assholes birthed by even bigger assholes (boomers) and willing to cough up individual freedoms and liberties for the sake of their bullshit pseudo religions. Someone said Gen X is the last savior of the US and that is true but damn near hopeless. As the last link to our silent generation parents that lived through the depression, ww2, Korean War, and Vietnam, were apparently the only generation that has the wisdom of second hand knowledge from the past. The boomers were too self centered (IE assholes) to listen to their greatest generation parents and instead tried to dispense of the solid society built out of ww2.Pathetic, sad, and most unfortunate.
This works: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-cbs-scandal-you-may-have-missed-because-of-the-60-minutes-hit-job-on-ron-desantis/ar-BB1ftBVU
We are living through not the end, but the beginning of the end. The end will see our grandchildren or great-grandchildren suffer the full consequences.
This seems like the beginning of the end for American manufacturing, and a country dependent on imports is a dependent country.
They're all like that: Kirk Douglas (son of a rag dealer), Charles Bronson (Coal Miner at 10 years old), etc.Really amazing that these people grew up in absolute shit conditions, turned out better than many a spoiled brat.Appreciation is the key difference.Enervating luxuries, my man, enervating luxuries.The idea about the Fremen from Dune being forced to grow up in the Deep Desert after Mau'dib brings water is on to something. Raise teens in the wilds chopping wood and shit, no electric from 12 until 18.
I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of the Greatest as a Teenager in Florida. 90% had a complete positive vibe, good people. Many of their kids were assholes. Some of the Silents were damned good but again, so few of them relative to the generation before and after them, like Gen X.
The realization that the US mainstream media is corrupt was not a pleasant one.
Still I’m concerned I’ll just be viewed as the crazy conspiratorial old guy. I’m still in my 40’s so maybe not that old. Maybe.
Scott Adams@ScottAdamsSaysMost of our major "news" stories have the coincidental effect of making at least one industry richer.Floyd trial: News businessVirus: PharmaChina/Iran: Military/industrial complexClimate: Green businesses
NBC News deceptively edited police bodycam footage so their viewers wouldn’t see the knife in 15-year-old Ma’Kiyah Bryant’s hand moments before a Columbus officer shot her dead.NBC also deceptively edited the 911 call to omit the part where the caller says a girl was “trying to stab us.”Advertisement - story continues belowNBC anchor Lester Holt began the segment by showing a picture of a smiling Ma’Kiyah Bryant to make her look innocent.Omitting the fact that the teen was wielding a large knife and attempting to stab someone is willful deception.
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We are living through not the end, but the beginning of the end. The end will see our grandchildren or great-grandchildren suffer the full consequences.
It kills me. I had so much respect for my great aunts and uncles. I loved talking to them and hearing what they had to say. I only know one millennial that has the same level of curiousity.
Brutally Honest@pensasoda13hReplying to @TomBevanRCPIn all fairness though, they were all white, so nobody cares.
CNN's New "Reporter," Natasha Bertrand, is a Deranged Conspiracy Theorist and Scandal-Plagued CIA PropagandistIn the U.S. corporate media, the surest way to advance is to loyally spread lies and deceit from the U.S. security state. Bertrand is just the latest example.The most important axiom for understanding how the U.S. corporate media functions is that there is never accountability for those who serve as propagandists for the U.S. security state. The opposite is true: the more aggressively and recklessly you spread CIA narratives or pro-war manipulation, the more rewarded you will be in that world.The classic case is Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote one of the most deceitful and destructive articles of his generation: a lengthy New Yorker article in May, 2002 — right as the propagandistic groundwork for the invasion of Iraq was being laid — that claimed Saddam Hussein had formed an alliance with Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. In February, 2003, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, NPR host Robert Siegel devoted a long segment to this claim. When he asked Goldberg “a man named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” Goldberg replied: “He is one of several men who might personify a link between Iraq and al-Qaeda.”Needless to say, nothing could generate hatred for someone among the American population — just nine months away from the 9/11 attack — more than associating them with bin Laden. Five months after Goldberg's New Yorker article, the U.S. Congress authorized the use of military force to impose regime change on Iraq; ten months later, the U.S. invaded Iraq; and by September, 2003, close to 70% of Americans believed the lie that Saddam had personally participated in the 9/11 attack. ...Another illustrative mascot for this lucrative career path is NBC's national security correspondent Ken Dilanian. In 2014, his own former paper, The Los Angeles Times, acknowledged his "collaborative” relationship with the CIA. During his stint there, he mimicked false claims from John Brennan's CIA that no innocent people were killed from a 2012 Obama drone strike, only for human rights groups and leaked documents to prove many were.A FOIA request produced documents published by The Intercept in 2015 that showed Dilanian submitting his "reporting” to the CIA for approval in violation of The LA Times’ own ethical guidelines and then repeating what he was told to say. But again, serving the CIA even with false "reporting” and unethical behavior is a career benefit in corporate media, not an impediment, and Dilanian rapidly fell upward after these embarrassing revelations. ...On Monday, CNN made clear that this dynamic still drives the corporate media world. The network proudly announced that it had hired Natasha Bertrand away from Politico. In doing so, they added to their stable of former CIA operatives, NSA spies, Pentagon Generals and FBI agents a reporter who has done as much as anyone, if not more so, to advance the scripts of those agencies.
Stormy Daniels, Russian collusion, Impeachment Part I, two scoops of ice cream, Russia bounties, Impeachment Part II: news consumption was sky-high. But when Trump moved back to Mar-a-Lago, he took his ratings with him. ...The mainstream media built their entire industry around despising Donald Trump. When covering Orange Man Bad’s administration, White House correspondents transformed from formerly serious journalists into unhinged hecklers. But it is their latest transformation back to docile cheerleaders that is even more revealing. ...This is a team effort after all! Politico actually sent out a memo to its staffers about the border specifically instructing them to ‘avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context’. It is stunning to think that these are the same truth-seekers and democracy defenders who just a few years ago were melting down on social media about kids in cages.The media’s flagrant hypocrisy when covering everything from Joe’s wind-induced stair spills to his radical (and green!) policies is breathtaking. Trump called the press the enemy of the people. They didn’t have to prove him right.However, there is a silver lining to the decline of giants like the Washington Post and the New York Times. These famed institutions, unwilling to print anything but Biden agitprop, have left a real opening in the market for actual journalism. Enter Substack. The online platform describes itself as ‘a place for independent writing. We make it simple for a writer to start a paid newsletter’.Bari Weiss is a great example of the type of journalist who thrives on this unconfined platform. Weiss, far too free a thinker for the Gray Lady, resigned because of the Times’s hostile woke culture. Her newsletter on Substack, covering a variety of topics from anti-Semitism to Critical Race Theory, has been incredibly successful. It turns out people are willing to pay for content that isn’t constrained and controlled by ideology. ...When Peter Alexander or Kaitlan Collins get the rare opportunity to ask Biden a question, they never say anything useful. Even when Joe Biden repeatedly tells reporters he can’t take any more questions or he will ‘get in trouble’, our once cut-throat White House press corps can’t even drum up the courage to ask the obvious follow-up — in trouble with whom?
However, there is a silver lining to the decline of giants like the Washington Post and the New York Times. These famed institutions, unwilling to print anything but Biden agitprop, have left a real opening in the market for actual journalism
I am an equal opportunity problem child whatever site I am on
In modern newsrooms, especially in the last four or five years, the intellectual diversity that I think was normal in a newsroom once upon a time is vanishing, and there is an expectation, especially among younger reporters, that everybody is going to be a team player, that they're going to be devoted to pursuing the same ideological framework.We've had a lot of controversies within news organizations where one or two reporters will try to report something, and the rest of the newsroom will revolt. We've had episodes in organizations like The Nation where somebody has done a story and the rest of the newsroom will write a letter to the editor. There have been similar episodes at The Intercept and other places.Reporters feel: if I don't write something that the rest of the newsroom agrees with, I'm going to end up with a problem. That's resulted in a lot of conformity, and an unwillingness to go anywhere near where the perceived line of debate might be. It's also made people unwilling to go near an unpopular opinion. ...I think in many cases, political correctness has run amok at some of the bigger papers. Notably, there was the Tom Cotton affair, when the senator from Arkansas wrote an op-ed at The New York Times, which caused an internal uprising and got the op-ed editor fired. That's too much. We can't have the thought police intervening to that extent. ...If you go on the plane on the campaign trail, most of the people on the plane now are graduates of Ivy League universities. They live in rarefied areas of expensive, cosmopolitan neighborhoods. Socially, they see themselves as being the same people as the politicians they're reporting on. That's a terrible situation. I think that it's an underrated problem within modern news media.
Take this parking lot exchange as but one example of the public's complete mistrust in its information gatekeepers, and then try to tell me we haven't arrived at that very point of no return.TranscriptReporter: I have no political agenda, sir. I really don't. No of the people I know does either. We're purely objective journalists.Citizen: Uh, yeah you are.Reporter: Truly, truly, sir, from the bottom of my heart. I don't have a political dog in…Citizen: Ok, ok, what about all the compilation videos where they show thousands of newscasts in every city all reporting and saying the exact same thing?Reporter: Nobody tells me what to say, sir.Citizen: But what are those compilation videos on YouTube and Twitter? They got millions and millions of views where every reporter in every city at every station, they say the exact same thing, word for word. How do you explain that?Reporter: I don't know what you're referring to so I can't really speak to that.Citizen: Of course you don't.Reporter: Ok, have a good one. Thank you so much for your time. It was great talking to you.Citizen: It was great talking to you.Reporter: Have a good one (pulls mask out and places it over his face and turns to camera)Citizen: Put your mask on. Look out, the virus is gonna get you. And why do you – you didn't have your mask on the whole time, now you're putting your mask on. Here's a guy, he's been standing here the whole time without his mask, here's his camera dude with no mask on, but here he is, now he's still trying to scare everyone, now he's gonna put his mask on while he reports. Keep spreading that fear, buddy. Keep spreading that fear. Why didn't you have your mask on before? Now he's not talking to me. Why didn't you have your mask on the last 10 minutes?Reporter: They're asking us to wear it per guidelines for television.Citizen: Oh! Oh! So you're told what to do?Reporter looks away and nods dismissively.Citizen: Exactly, you just told me you weren't told what to do. You told me you could do whatever you want.Reporter: I said I wasn't told what to say.Citizen: Oh, so you're just told what to wear.Reporter: We're trying to set a good example.Right or wrong, I feel a bit of sympathy for this newsman who had been sent on location to file a report. He's right – company policy requires him, as it requires virtually every other reporter on American soil, to wear a mask, outdoors, completely isolated from anyone else, likely despite already being vaccinated. He's just doing his job.But that doesn't change the fact that the citizen in this exchange could not have managed to expose the phoniness of modern "objective journalism" any more effectively than he did.The journalist says they are being told to "set a good example." But of course, that is the last thing they are doing by maintaining a panic-fueling, misinformation-spreading, vaccine-discouraging mask policy outdoors, in flagrant contradiction of CDC guidelines.It's the same offense that took place at President Biden's recent address to the absurdly sparse gathering of fully-masked, fully-vaccinated lawmakers on Capitol Hill.It's virtue-signaling, meaningless, patently false propaganda being spread through imagery rather than words. Our news-makers and news-givers are both complicit, and consequently have obliterated any trust the American people once had in them.That doesn't end well.
Reporter: I have no political agenda, sir. I really don't. No of the people I know does either. We're purely objective journalists.Citizen: Uh, yeah you are.Reporter: Truly, truly, sir, from the bottom of my heart. I don't have a political dog in…Citizen: Ok, ok, what about all the compilation videos where they show thousands of newscasts in every city all reporting and saying the exact same thing?Reporter: Nobody tells me what to say, sir.Citizen: But what are those compilation videos on YouTube and Twitter? They got millions and millions of views where every reporter in every city at every station, they say the exact same thing, word for word. How do you explain that?Reporter: I don't know what you're referring to so I can't really speak to that.Citizen: Of course you don't.Reporter: Ok, have a good one. Thank you so much for your time. It was great talking to you.Citizen: It was great talking to you.Reporter: Have a good one (pulls mask out and places it over his face and turns to camera)Citizen: Put your mask on. Look out, the virus is gonna get you. And why do you – you didn't have your mask on the whole time, now you're putting your mask on. Here's a guy, he's been standing here the whole time without his mask, here's his camera dude with no mask on, but here he is, now he's still trying to scare everyone, now he's gonna put his mask on while he reports. Keep spreading that fear, buddy. Keep spreading that fear. Why didn't you have your mask on before? Now he's not talking to me. Why didn't you have your mask on the last 10 minutes?Reporter: They're asking us to wear it per guidelines for television.Citizen: Oh! Oh! So you're told what to do?Reporter looks away and nods dismissively.Citizen: Exactly, you just told me you weren't told what to do. You told me you could do whatever you want.Reporter: I said I wasn't told what to say.Citizen: Oh, so you're just told what to wear.Reporter: We're trying to set a good example.