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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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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.
more evidence on media as an organ of "the party"
the more lights you turn on, the more cockroaches you find scurrying for cover.but the time to be truly frightened is not when they see you and scatter. the time to be afraid is when they all turn around and hiss and tell you to get out of your own kitchen.and at a certain point, the infestation becomes so thorough that they will and the media headlines will read “reactionary human oppressor seeks to deny cockroach reparations.”this is pure and simple fascism. “the party” has decided what can be spoken and spoken of and is using the influence of a vast and muscular regulatory and enforcement state to not only shape but to compel corporate practice.they seek to skirt the first amendment by outsourcing its abrogation through co-optation and intimidation and the meetings were structured and regular.this is a full blown program, not an ad hoc happenstance.
WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington Post headquarters saw an unexpected intrusion this week after a real-live journalist became disoriented and mistakenly entered their building."You're looking to follow the truth wherever it takes you? Oh, you poor thing, you must be lost. We only do state-approved fake news here," said the receptionist to the confused journalist. "I'll have security help escort you to a real news organization." The normally bubbly receptionist for the building had given a wary greeting upon seeing the bright-eyed intruder, but as soon as the passionate journalist began spilling his soul's desire to seek out the truth and publish it to maintain a free and independent populace, the receptionist became condescending to the "sweet, naive simpleton."While The Washington Post broke some of American history's most pivotal investigative stories as recently as the 1970s, it has recently become better known for publishing stories leaked to them by corrupt bureaucrats to help bring down political enemies. The confusion was cleared up when people started laughing during the lost journalist's rapturous speech about speaking truth to power and investigating corruption at the highest levels of government.Sources confirm that a helpful staffer explained that reporters like Felicia Sonmez, Taylor Lorenz, and Amber Heard would be welcome to have their articles published without any editorial oversight, but that investigative journalists who wanted to expose lies and corruption would risk tarnishing the publication's stellar record of covering up stories critical of the powerful people paying their salaries.At publishing time, the lost journalist started a Substack newsletter to expose government corruption to his 12 readers.
Big Tech Tries To Censor That Trump Helped Saved Lives on 9/11
AP conveniently forgets to mention that politician accused of murder is a DemocratEveryone makes mistakes, OK?! ...AP’s coverage, which amounted to just over 900 words, simply referred to Telles as a “local elected official.” ...Following a public backlash over the AP’s omission, changes were later made to the article without an editor’s note. These included identifying Telles as a Democrat in the second paragraph and noting that “Telles lost the Democratic party primary in June” towards the middle. But as a news wire service provides stories for multiple outlets, it was too late and the original story was spread far and wide.Twitter came to the rescue and offered AP some journalism tips. One said: “If he was a republican you’d have that as your first word in your header.” Another added, “I’m sure it was just an oversight, but the @AP forgot to mention that Robert Telles is a Democrat, with a violent past that the party overlooked.”
Ezra Levant 🍁🚛@ezralevant5hApparently $1.5B/year of taxpayers money isn't enough for the government journalists at Trudeau's CBC state broadcaster. Trudeau actually gave them a $30M pandemic bonus. They're not journalists anymore; they never were. I think a more accurate word for them is "presstitutes."Holly Doan@hollyanndoan10h#CBC faces mandatory disclosure of salaries under Broadcasting Act amendments proposed @SenateCA. CBC paid $30.4 million in pandemic bonuses while petitioning for more subsidies.“I do have a concern about transparency.”