American journalism is officially dead. "Reporters" are now activists, overtly biased.

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2021 Apr 10, 10:02pm   115,463 views  1,157 comments

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The CBS scandal you may have missed because of the 60 Minutes hit job on Ron DeSantis

The 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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482   Patrick   2022 Jul 11, 11:31am  


Media activism: Central to all late-regime policies, is the role press, not as mere reporter, or even advocate, but as a central political actor. They don’t so much persuade, as portray to media consumers an edited version of reality, in which the preferred regime policies are justifiable and legible. Their role is analogous to that of political police like the Stasi in Warsaw-Pact socialist regimes, except that they operate via positive rather than negative persuasion. If the DDR had decided to lock down, state security services would have enforced it. But in the democratic Federal Republic of Germany, it is rather the media who terrifies everyone into staying home.
483   Patrick   2022 Jul 21, 9:48am  

Who are these idiots who still believe the news?
485   richwicks   2022 Jul 21, 10:17am  

Patrick says

Who are these idiots who still believe the news?

Well, it's under 20%. What's the bell curve of IQ look like?

Ironically, I think it's mostly midwits that believe "mainstream news".
486   Patrick   2022 Jul 22, 11:32am  

Someone at NPR is going to get fired for this.
487   Patrick   2022 Jul 23, 9:15am  


TUCKER CARLSON: So, the question is not what the number is -- we can debate that. The question is, are we as a country or the federal agencies and is the news media making a good-faith effort to find out what it is and then to care about what is? Why wouldn't we care?

If Tylenol -- there were claims that Tylenol was causing people harm, we'd would look into it. But news organizations aren't looking into it because there's an enormous amount of pressure just to ignore it. We're not following along, of course. Everyone else is. At CNN, they're worried about reports of vaccine related injuries -- they're worried that you will hear about them. Instead, they spend most of their time daydreaming about ways to punish people who refuse to take the vaccine.

I think he could state the case better, but at least Tucker is mentioning the elephant in the room.
488   Patrick   2022 Jul 23, 9:44am  


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.

489   richwicks   2022 Jul 23, 9:53am  

Patrick says

Someone at NPR is going to get fired for this.

That will teach that propagandist not to act like a journalist..
490   Bd6r   2022 Jul 23, 11:21am  

Patrick says

Most Journalists are Scientifically Unqualified
Why does anyone rely on reporters to interpret scientific articles?

This is spot on. Journalwhores have no clue what they are writing about. I have given a few interviews typically hear air is whistling between their ears, and I have to recheck every word they say. And this is about non-controversial topics.

BTW @Patrick can't understand why would anyone dislike your post because what Malone says there is well-known among scientists (but not perhaps among general population)
491   richwicks   2022 Jul 23, 3:01pm  

Misc says

... AnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnD they've done it.

American news media is the least trusted in the entire world


Ah, we're 1/2 there. They've become complete propaganda, now we just need to get people to realize they aren't "incompetent" but they are actively dishonest. When > 1/2 of the population realizes that "reliable sources" are actually active propaganda, we can cure the rest of the population.

It's people's misconceptions, perpetrated by the media, which is our basic problem. I have faith that in time people will be able to see and understand societies true problems, and once that is accomplished we can address them, and fix them.
492   richwicks   2022 Jul 23, 3:12pm  

Patrick says

I'd be surprised if it's really even that high.

The media is lying about it. You know this is probably true
493   HeadSet   2022 Jul 23, 6:56pm  

Patrick says

they are going to want answers. they are going want someone to blame.

That will be Trump. Not only did Trump attempt a coup, but he also formed an alliance with Fauci to push a false vaxx onto a nation desperate for a cure. Never mind Trump pushed HCQ an Ivermectin.
494   Patrick   2022 Jul 25, 9:06am  


I am so sick of the blatant media hypocrisy on gun violence

Yeah, 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 Roseland
A 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?
495   Patrick   2022 Jul 26, 7:07am  

Clearly the order was given from above that it's now OK to talk about Hunter's outrageous corruption and payments to Biden to sell out US foreign policy.


"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.

This means they regret installing Biden through the massive election fraud documented by "2000 Mules".
496   HeadSet   2022 Jul 26, 8:54am  

Patrick says

"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,"

This seems also to be an attempt to lessen the perceived severity of what the FBI did. Portraying evidence as "disinformation" sounds less formidable than "covering up serious crimes."
499   Patrick   2022 Jul 31, 2:54pm  

Ian Miles Cheong
Reuters is the PR arm of the WEF, in case you didn’t already know.

504   Patrick   2022 Aug 4, 1:44pm  

It's kind of funny that someone who goes by Catturd has greater credibility than the WaPo these days.
507   Patrick   2022 Aug 5, 12:58pm  

Trump is right about this.
509   Patrick   2022 Aug 8, 3:01pm  


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.
514   Patrick   2022 Aug 11, 10:55am  


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.”
515   Patrick   2022 Aug 12, 12:13pm  


Ex-NYT Reporter Blows Whistle: ‘Check with Senator Schumer before We Run It’

Lol, of course, because the corporate media is just another arm of the oligarchy.
517   Patrick   2022 Aug 17, 9:23am  

One way around corrupt corporate media.
518   Patrick   2022 Aug 19, 6:26am  


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.
519   Misc   2022 Aug 21, 4:50pm  

They are not even trying anymore. They have Liz Cheney says FBI raid on Trump is a-political as a headline.

520   Patrick   2022 Aug 22, 9:40am  

James Melville
Bill 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

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