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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.
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first a trickle, then a flood.the focus of mainstream news on covid is shifting noticably. it’s becoming OK to call BS. and the jerseys are changing at speed.tucker is out telling the “the vaxxed are seeing more overall deaths and worse medical outcomes overall/immune suppression/destruction” story that has been in top medical journals for months if you knew where to look. ...guys like tucker are not around for the early innings of games like these. they jump in when the game looks like it can be a rout. ...if i were a pfizer or modera exec right now, i’d be surfing the southby’s site for buenos aries mansions and making cash offers on someplace with a panic room.the social mood is shifting and people who have been righteous and wrong do not lose their anger, they shift it. it leaps like lightning to a new target such that the architects of atrocity can displace blame and preserve self-regard.“we were lied to by big pharma” is going to be the low energy path out and there is A LOT of energy here to be released.the turn is coming where the damage is too big to hide from the middle. it starts to move fast now as it gets more and more out in the open. and fooled people are ANGRY people.they are going to want answers. they are going want someone to blame.and the politicians who value their hides are going to side with them for these “leaders” do not lead, they pander.they’d happily promise a missionary in every pot if cannibalism came into vogue and they thought it would win them some swing votes.scapegoats are needed.they will be found.
Someone at NPR is going to get fired for this.
Most Journalists are Scientifically UnqualifiedWhy does anyone rely on reporters to interpret scientific articles?
... AnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnD they've done it.American news media is the least trusted in the entire worldhttps://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2022/06/24/nolte-survey-shows-america-has-least-trusted-media-on-planet-earth/
I'd be surprised if it's really even that high.
they are going to want answers. they are going want someone to blame.
I am so sick of the blatant media hypocrisy on gun violenceYeah, in this age of news that changes by the second, some unhinged piece of crap psycho calling a grocery store and threatening to shoot black people has been deemed eminently newsworthy by one of the top media outlets in the country. The guy didn't actually do it, mind you, he just threatened to do it. And now he is in jail.Meanwhile, here's a story from yesterday out of Chicago that you won't find on Axios, or CNN, or NBC, or NYT, or WaPo, or any of the other ideologue corporate media outlets:3 shot while attending funeral service in RoselandA gunman opened fire Saturday from a car, striking three people who were attending a funeral service at Universal Community Missionary Baptist Church. ...Yeah. Yesterday, at a FUNERAL for an "anti-violence activist," family members were gathered outside a CHURCH for a picture, and some thugs drove by and shot them up, wounding 3.Just to make sure we're on the same page:The bad guys did a drive-by shooting on a church and sprayed bullets at grieving family members taking pictures during a funeral.Simply horrific!This is not newsworthy, Axios? But we're leaving the story of some racist, inbred bush-dweller THREATENING to shoot people up on the homepage for 2 full freaking days?
"Highly credible" whistleblowers have come forward to a senior Senate Republican alleging a widespread effort within the FBI to downplay or discredit negative information about President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, according to letters reviewed by CBS News."The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI's receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI's false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation," GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland on July 25. "The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter." Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the whistleblowers alleged that legitimate streams of information and intelligence about the president's son were characterized as likely disinformation or prematurely shut down leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
"The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI's receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI's false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,"
Ian Miles Cheong@stillgray12hReuters is the PR arm of the WEF, in case you didn’t already know.
College swimmer Riley Gaines has fired back at the media for claiming that she dodged a kiss from President Donald Trump after he called her onstage during his CPAC speech.Gaines is a former college swimmer for the University of Kentucky.She recently spoke out against rules that allow biological male transgender athletes to compete in female sports.After she appeared onstage during Trump’s speech, the media claimed that Gaines felt “uncomfortable” in the 45th president’s company.The swimmer has responded by shooting down those claims as “propaganda.”In a post on Instagram, Gaines blasted the media for pushing a false narrative:“What an honor to be called to share a stage with the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.“Less than a once-in-a-lifetime experience!“Pro-woman & pro-fairness is not anti-trans.“I truly can’t even believe this is a topic for debate.“It’s simple. Women should not be forced to share a changing space & compete against males with biological advantages that will never be completely diminished regardless of hormones taken.“If you’re delusional enough to think fairness for women is considered transphobic, you’re simply misogynistic.“Also worth noting that this is a prime example of the left media pushing propaganda to fit their narrative.“In no way, shape, or form did I ‘dodge a kiss’ from Trump nor was I uncomfortable on that stage with him at any point in time.“I slightly turned my head so I could hear what he was saying to me.“Proof that not everything you read is factual.“But keep clutching at straws, it’s almost comical,” she said.
And true to form, they did so again Wednesday, tweeting out about the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid but then quickly deleting it after complaints. Democracy dies without bravery or something. The original tweet contained the headline: “Garland vowed to depoliticize Justice. Then the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago.” This headline is entirely accurate. Garland did in fact vow to depoliticize the Justice Department, and the FBI did in fact raid Mar-a-Lago.But nope. Can’t criticize the Biden Administration. Evidently, editors realized that the headline might be construed as critical so they changed it to: “FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago lands Merrick Garland in a political firestorm.”
Ex-NYT Reporter Blows Whistle: ‘Check with Senator Schumer before We Run It’
The stabbing of Sir Salman Rushdie in New York State shocked the world last Friday, with expressions of condemnation and solidarity being issued across the West. Not though, it seems, at NYT Towers where, four days on, there has not been a single opinion piece by one of its many writers decrying the attack on the British author or defending free speech.That failure to stand up for the right to publish is shocking enough but especially when one considers that the assault occurred in New York itself. As Josh Glancy of the Sunday Times of London wrote: “You don’t have to like Rushdie or The Satanic Verses to see that this issue of free speech is — or should be — a core liberal and indeed progressive tenet. Someone trying to stab him out of existence is surely worthy of comment.”Apparently not. Still, at least they had space for such gems as “The Joys of Swimming While Fat” and “I Still Believe in the Power of Sexual Freedom.” Talk about solidarity.
James Melville@JamesMelville19hBill Gates has enjoyed something of a free pass in corporate media. But considering the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made over $300 million worth of donations to fund media projects, it’s easy to see why the media won’t bite the hand that feeds them
Bill Gates Pumped $319M into Media Outlets, Probe Finds
NEW YORK, NY - Amid heavy criticism of recent hire Sarah Jeong to the editorial board of The New York Times, the newspaper announced Monday morning it would be changing its name to The Double Standard in order to better reflect the two sets of standards it uses to judge whether or not an offensive statement is racist.The change took effect this morning, with the name serving as a helpful reminder for the wildly inconsistent benchmarks used to judge people of differing worldviews and races."See, we aggressively attack racism in all its forms all day long, but then we went and hired a woman who tweeted extremely racist things about white people," wrote James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, in a piece for the Standard explaining the name change. "To top it all off, we defended her and said we knew about the tweets going in, excusing her racist comments as simply satire, or just fighting fire with fire or something.""There was a lot of confusion over that whole thing. So we decided to just come right out and identify our ever-shifting double standard for readers right in the title of our esteemed paper."The paper will also now include a helpful tag on each article, identifying whether or not the subject of a piece is being held to the set of standards the paper uses for liberals, or the much different set of standards the paper uses for conservatives, religious people, and "really anyone not on board with a far-left agenda."At publishing time, the newly christened Double Standard had begun considering changing its name to The Quadruple Standard.
Getting back to the core point. FearPorn is a business model. CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, NYT, Atlantic Monthly, Politico etc. all gets clicks and advertising revenue by broadcasting or printing articles that cause people to be afraid. And third party actors - large corporations including Pharma, political parties, and even transnational organizations both profit from Fear and weaponize it to advance political, financial and social agendas. Hence the classic stereotype of the AM paper and the PM broadcast news; “If it bleeds, it leads”.The same is true with Rage. Promoting Rage is also a business model. We use phrases like “Shock Jock” to characterize those who employ this business model. Another one is “conspiracy theorists”. I am sure you are aware of others. But what it comes down to is that playing to base emotions such as Fear, Rage (and also Sex) can be very profitable business models in the media and information sector - which includes books and publishing as well as broadcast and “new” alternative (social) media. By manipulating your emotions, profit and other benefits can be squeezed out of any and all of us.
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