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

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2021 Apr 10, 10:02pm   49,710 views  877 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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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

522   Patrick   2022 Aug 24, 3:21pm  


Bill Gates Pumped $319M into Media Outlets, Probe Finds
524   Patrick   2022 Aug 30, 3:20pm  

ZERO media on the left covered this.

526   Patrick   2022 Sep 3, 1:08pm  


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.
527   Patrick   2022 Sep 6, 10:33am  


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.
528   Patrick   2022 Sep 6, 3:22pm  


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.
529   Patrick   2022 Sep 8, 9:33am  


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.

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