Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Journalist Have Ruined The Reputation of Fake News


"Big light in skies, later to appear in east. Sonic booms scare minority groups in Sector B.
And there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut."

 "Good morning, those are the headlines. Now for the rumors behind the news......"
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Nestled among the shelves of my father's eclectic record library, scattered about in the Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and PDQ Bach LPs, were a smattering of vinyl jewels by the now legendary satirical comedy group, The Firesign Theatre. Their comedy is best described as cultural-lefty-absurdist, and was very much in keeping with their times (Nixon, Watergate, the Vietnam War, etc.). In live performances they wore bizarre costumes such as clown suits, safari garb with pith helmets, and some in the audience were likewise attired.  The sketches were well scripted with room for improvisation, with intricate wordplay and puns which were meant to be politically and culturally thought-provoking without being obvious.

I’ve been thinking lately about how much the Hate Trump Media has come to resemble this weird avant-garde ensemble. After all, “Fake News” was what Firesign Theater was all about. It was zany and absurd, and the joke was that the reality of life, especially contemporary American life, strained credulity, and invited not only satire, but a total flight into fantasy. A typical line from a sketch: “I don’t know what you know, but I do know that everything you know is wrong.” This illustrates the essence of Fake News, rooted in the leftist-inspired cultural divide that currently afflicts America.

The “mainstream media” (CNN, MSNBC, the three networks, the major newspapers) are so consumed by Trump hysteria that it places them squarely in this Firesign Theater zone. The NYT's Nicholas Kristof and his wife talk about the president in bed. CNN's Brian Stelter describes himself as “Trump addicted.” Any psychiatrist can tell you that monomaniacal, pathological hatred has its surreal aspects.  

MSNBC’s interpretation of the importance of the Mueller investigation in its various guises is a good example of this “Credibile est, quia ineptum est” approach. Ricky Maddow, Stephanie Ruhle and Chris 'Soyboy' Hayes constantly strain to outdo themselves with conspiracy theories. One would think there were more Russians involved with the Trump campaign than populate the pages of War and Peace. More entertaining are the nightly shouting matches on Don Lemon’s CNN show. The Bill Maher-type formula dating from that host’s “Politically Incorrect” days is the model for Lemon and three or four indignant progressives spewing their inherent Trump-hatred at a lone conservative panelist.


The Batshit Crazy Lawrence O’Donnell reminds me of the Big Brother in the old “1984” Apple computer commercial, and Chris Matthews a ranting drunk in your corner bar. You never know, Brian Stelter’s future at CNN might involve honking a clown horn while wearing a pith helmet as an introduction to his commentary. Fake News Used to be a Lot Funnier. Journalist Have Ruined it. Lately, all this has been sending me back to Firesign Theater (easily found on YouTube) for perspective. Maybe a study of the works of Marx and Lennon is in order. Groucho and John, that is.......

Monday, May 21, 2018

Study Suggest Average Journalist Just Ain't Right in the Head


According to a study released last year, Journalists' brains seem to show they operate at a lower level than the average population, they have trouble managing emotions and drink to much - but good at managing stress and not peeing on themselves.

I think this may go a long way in helping explain what we've been witnessing in the news media for the last couple of years now. You decide....
"The study, led by neuroscientist Tara Swart, analysed 40 journalists from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and online platforms over seven months. The participants took part in tests related to their lifestyle, health, and behaviour. It was launched in association with the London Press Club, and the objective was to determine how journalists can thrive under stress.  
The Doctor found Journalists' brains showed a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.   
The study also showed that journalists' brains were operating at a lower level than the average population particularly because of the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods. Forty-one percent of the subjects said they drank 18 or more units of alcohol a week. 
Compared with bankers, traders, or salespeople, journalists showed that they were more able to cope with pressure.  The blood tests showed that their levels of cortisol — known as the stress hormone — were mostly normal." 


Thank You MJA for the Linkage!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hillary to Finally Receive Award of Which She is Truly Worthy


It was recently announced that Hillary Clinton will this friday receive Harvard’s prestigious 'Radcliffe Medal' for her “Transformative Impact on Society” according to the university's website. And this is one award we believe she richly deserves because her 'Transformative Impact on Society' was, in our opinion, her magnificently disastrous executed presidential campaign and resulting defeat that ushered in Donald J. Trump and the renewing of America. And for that she should be thanked wouldn't you say? Now, if she'd just take her little medal and shut her #@&%*$ mouth about it all, a nation would be grateful. 

Of course the organizers at Harvard say Clinton was chosen for the award because she’s a “champion for human rights,” (yeah, I bet you're giggling at that too aren't ya) a “skilled legislator” (a one term backbench Senator with no important legislation to her name) and “an advocate of Global American Leadership” on the world stage (i.e flew around the world drinking cocktails and collecting money for her foundation and selling influence). But she did it all with such class, and for the children. Just ask the kids in Haiti.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018

It's Been A Banner Week for A Pathetically Dishonest Media


(RANT) There have been many memorable weeks of media dishonesty since Donald Trump was elected, but I can't remember any that quite compares with what we’ve witnessed the last several days. We have long passed the point of just writing off the hysterical lies being excused as simply mistakes. They are clearly not to anyone with a room temperature number IQ, and only hate filled hearts and the minds of fools could believe otherwise. They are deliberate and it’s time to start asking what exactly it means for our predisposition towards what many still falsely believe are the beacons of the truth. 

The banner week for the media began with the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Despite this move being mandated by US law as far back as 1995, and despite the fact that Israel has the right to choose it’s own capital, this was of course spun as the worst thing since Trump took two scoops of ice cream instead of one. Cable news stations paraded “expert” after expert to tell us exactly how bad this move was, because when needing advice on good foreign policy, dragging in Obama administration failures is 'standard operating procedure'.


It mattered not one bit to the media that Hamas stoked riots in the Gaza strip using human shields of women and children to protect terrorists who were trying to breach the border and kill Israelis. Not even Hamas and it’s members are willing to lie so brazenly as to describe these riots as peaceful, unarmed protests. The Media’s response? Hold my beer.  

Aside from the outright lies about the rioters being unarmed, the media also chose to assert somehow it was Ivanka Trump’s fault (Daddy's Little Ghoul) that Hamas is a violent terrorist organization that sacrifices it’s people to garner friendly coverage. The disconnect from reality here is stunning. To see our press so deliberately mislead and lie in order to propagate Hamas propaganda, which even Hamas is willing to admit isn’t true, is disturbing.

But to top that the media showed exactly how ruthless they really can be: the Trump statement at the roundtable on sanctuary city policies. The context was never in doubt (full transcript is at the above link). A freakin' fifth grader would of had no problem understanding exactly who the President was talking about when he said animals. After days of lying about Israel and Hamas, would the media think of backing off a little and make sure they got this story right? Of course not. Tweets from C-Span, The Hill, CNN, and The Washington Post all pushed this objectively untrue narrative. You’d think after the first 24 hours, most in the media would recognize they’ve stepped in shit and would at least just stop talking about it in lieu of admitting fault. You’d be wrong. Many doubled down by actually defending the humanity of MS-13, the most violent, inhuman street gang in the world.

These organizations no longer deserve the consistent benefit of the doubt given to them about their importance to our society.

Am I saying that the government should shut these institutions down or that the 1st Amendment isn’t important? Absolutely Not. CNN, MSNBC, NYTs, WaPo, etc. should be able to say and report whatever they want without government interference. Nothing I’m saying should be construed as being hostile to freedom of the press.  Freedom of the press is not synonymous with CNN. The 1st Amendment is not formally ensconced as The Washington Post. These institutions can and should always be allowed to operate under the protections of the 1st Amendment, but the existence of certain specific outlets is not a cornerstone of freedom in this country.

My assertion is not that they should be put out of business. It’s not that they should be shut down. It’s not that we should boycott them. No, it’s simply that we owe no loyalty to these people nor do we need to assert they are inherently of any value. I no longer give a rat's ass if the NYTs exists or not. I do not think the Republic’s fate hangs in the balance on CNN’s ability to put out biased, garbage cable programming. If MSNBC stopped airing tomorrow, someone would take their place. Freedom of the press would live on. In fact, I’d posit that the investigative reporting from right leaning sites like The Daily Caller has been far more valuable than the toxic, one note nonsense constantly being put out by traditional news divisions. While cable news channels are interviewing greasy Michael Avenatti for the 157th time in ten weeks, there’s real journalism going on out there, sometime uncovering things that truly matter.

I understand the wants of the people for the whole truth. What’s happened over the last two years of consistent false stories, bias, and activism from our media is not normal, further fueling social media hysteria with misinformation.  It’s dangerous, divisive, and wrong. It’s time to start holding them accountable. (/RANT)

* Thank You Mary Jane Ankle Straps  &  Wirecutter for the Linkage! *

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sarah Sanders Takes a Flamethrower to Celebrities, Dems and Fake News Peddlers.

The manufactured outrage of the  day is that the media and hollywood celebs took President Trump’s comments that the vicious MS-13 criminal gang were a bunch of “animals” and distorted them to push the big lie that the POTUS had referred to all illegal aliens as such. It was a total fabrication and a deliberate manipulation of the news despite the clear video to the contrary. But it's out there as fodder for the latenight TV monologues. 

And you just knew reporters were going to try and ambush Sanders in today's briefing. There's a reason why she is hated as much as she is by the left.  She stands her ground and is more than up to the task of humiliating lying swine like April Ryan and Jim Acosta and others in the WH press corps, which she does with ease and regularity. And in today's briefing she incinerated the whole lot by welcoming them to keep right on defending the murderous MS-13, who are not much better than the terrorists that the Democrats, the media and celebs took up for when they tried to attack Jerusalem during the opening of the new U.S. embassy. 



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It's Getting Harder and Harder to Tell If It's Faux Outrage or Just Common Stupidity.

Chelsea Clinton: Learning The Fine Art of Grifting From Her Expert Parental Units

Had Barack Obama farted out loud in public, some liberals would have proclaimed it the most brave and empowering thing an American political figure had ever done. If Donald Trump were to do the same, he'd be accused of increasing global warming, poisoning the air of minorities or endangering non-endangered species. So it's no surprise the left would take the opportunity to display their faux outrage at something that didn't seem to bother them at all when Chicago Jesus did the same thing.

And it comes is no surprise when Chelsea Clinton, who's being put forth as the new unblemished face of the Clinton Crime Family & Money Laundering Foundation, takes the cue and joins in the faux outrage act after a former Hillary Clinton Campaign Sewer Rat (the same one that once tweeted out during the debates for DJT to "go F**k yourself") tweets out this misleading information on the tweeter:

Despite what this Clinton stooge claims, nothing in the article actually says that Trump is housing illegal alien children in warehouses, just that they are being cared for on military bases. I'm guessing Jesse doesn't know about those things they use called barracks. 
"The use of military bases to hold immigrant children is not without precedent. At the peak of the 2014 child-immigration crisis, the Obama administration used bases in Oklahoma, Texas and California to house more than 7,000 children over a period of several months. The bases would be used for minors under 18 who arrive at the border without an adult relative...." 
"HHS is the government agency responsible for providing minors with foster care until another adult relative can assume custody." - Washington Post May 15,2018
Surely y'all remember back when Obama was president and liberals were so outraged that he was housing illegal immigrant children in warehouses on military bases? Me neither. But actual facts matter very little to liberals, so cue the outrage and the retweets....

Here’s MSNBC’s chief dipshit, soyboy Chris Hayes:


And the editoress-in-chief from Mother Jones:


And of course, what’s good liberal outrage without a Clinton weighing in? With Ma Clinton still out whining to the entire English speaking world about her election loss, Chelsea grabs her thesaurus and comes out of the bullpen to sidearm a spitball at DJT.


Come to think of it, I don’t remember Mother Jones, MSNBC or any media outlet attacking Obama with accusations of cruelty or putting illegal alien kids in warehouses either. Weird how that works, huh?   

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Meanwhile, Back at Starbucks......

Columnist: We Don’t Need to Understand You Awful, White, Christian Trump Supporters!

Leonard Pitts: Another Liberal Bigot Who Gets To Hide Behind the Shield of Skin Color

The following is from the Chicago Tribune and one of those columns that’s instructive insofar as it represents what almost all liberals think, say in private, but most believe it’s too perilous to actually express publicly. Not Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald. He’s had enough of pretending to see his ideological adversaries (that would be me and you) as members of the human race, and he sees no reason not to go ahead and strip off the veneer. To him, there’s really no just reason to try to “understand” any of us, because, well . . . We'll let Jr. say it:
"This is for Rose.  She is a nice lady who wrote me a nice email in which she spoke about the need to try to understand Donald Trump’s supporters. As Rose put it, “We need to not close ourselves off to how the other side thinks.” It’s a sentiment I hear a lot from progressives, and it bespeaks a great generosity of spirit. 
But I couldn’t disagree more. 
Don’t get me wrong. Thinking people will always try to see past their own ideological blind spots, to put themselves into the shoes of those they disagree with. That’s an admirable trait. In normal times it’s a trait I would applaud with enthusiasm. But these are not normal times. Indeed, sometimes, I wonder if we appreciate just how abnormal — how fraught with danger — they really are. 
Under Trump, American laws, news media and mores are under assault, to say nothing of American democracy itself. And I’m sorry, but I don’t think “understanding” Trump followers will ameliorate — or even address — any of that. Besides which, is there really so much left to “understand”? Not from where I sit. Long before Trump even existed as a political force, many of us noted with alarm the rise of a backlash among right-wingers deeply angry and profoundly terrified by the writing on the demographic wall. 
Said writing foretold — and for that matter, still foretells — the declining pre-eminence of white, Christian America. As several studies now show, a sense of alarmed displacement among white, Christian America is the soil from which the weed of Trumpism grew. The idea that we must “understand” those folks carries with it an implicit suggestion that in so doing, we might find some ground for compromise. It would be a great idea in normal times. 
But again, these times are not normal. No compromise is possible here for a simple reason Trump followers seem to understand better than the rest of us: You can’t compromise with demography, can’t order numbers to stop being what they are and saying what they say about the coming tide of change. But what you can do is seize the levers of power and change the rules of the game in hopes of blunting the force of that tide. 
That — again, look at the studies — is what Trump supporters elected him to do. Trump followers see a nation in demographic peril, so they seek a nation where those who frighten them can be regulated into irrelevance. There’s no big mystery about that. There never has been. So no, they don’t really need to be understood. 
What they need to be is defeated."
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Got that? It’s normally admirable to put yourself in the other guy’s shoes and try to empathize, but damn it, these are not normal times! Fittingly, we see in Pitts’s column the fruit of his refusal to understand.

American laws are under assault? Because the president wants to actually enforce them? The news media are under assault? Because they’re called out when they’re biased and inaccurate? American mores are under assault? What does that even mean? And democracy itself? How is that, exactly? As far as I can see, all the usually scheduled elections are going on as per normal, and both the president’s supporters and his critics have to win those elections to stay in office. I suppose maybe he’s referring to the whole “Russia stole the election” thing, which if true is only further proof of his complete disinterest in understanding anything whatsoever.

But the core notion that Pitts is sure he understands is actually his biggest misunderstanding of all. He’s convinced that people who voted for Trump did so because they are all white and Christian, and can’t stand the thought that all these coloreds and heathens are multiplying and taking over. That’s why he continually refers to demography. And this is what most liberals think as well. They think the biggest concern of conservatives is that the scary minorities are taking over and we want protection from them.

If you tried to explain to Leonard Pitts that we really just want the chance to live our lives and earn a living without having our earnings confiscated and given to other people, or our lives threatened by a refusal to enforce basic laws that are already on the books but ignored by people like him for emotional reasons, or we’d like to make our own choices about things like our health care, where we send our kids to be educated and by who . . . well, there’s no point trying to explain anything to a bigot like Leonard Pitts Jr. 

He isn’t interested in understanding. Which is why he doesn’t.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Creepy Porn Lawyer Threatens Daily Caller for Exposing Him as a Sleazy and Creepy Porn Lawyer


Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representin' for porn star/ stripper Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against Donald Trump, has threatened to sue reporters and just about everyone else at The Daily Caller for exposing his sleazy legal and business history. The angry Avenatti shot off a email to the Caller and claims his uninvited email was off record, even though The Daily Caller News Foundation never agreed to those terms:

It began with the very official subject line; “Cut it Out.”
“Let me be clear. If you and your colleagues do not stop with the hit pieces that are full of lies and defamatory statements, I will have no choice but to sue each of you and your publication for defamation.  
During that process, we will expose your publication for what it truly is. We will also recover significant damages against each of you that participated personally. So if I were you, I would tell Mr. Trump to find someone else to fabricate things about me.” 
“If you think I’m kidding, you really don’t know anything about me. This is the last warning.”
The DC posted this earlier yesterday which got lil' Michael's panties all in a twist and embrassed the Sh*t out of him.
"Much of the developments surrounding Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against President Donald Trump have focused on the business dealings of attorney Michael Cohen, but an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveals that Daniels’ counsel, Michael Avenatti, has his own questionable history. 
Avenatti’s past is littered with lawsuits, jilted business partners and bankruptcy filings. People who have worked with the lawyer described him to The DCNF as ruthless, greedy and unbothered by ethical questions."
He is just what you’d think of when faced with the idea of a smarmy attention-seeking and money-grubbing lawyer.  Next stop, media appearances and accusations of a concerted Right Wing Conspiracy to smear legal council and his present meal ticket, Stormy what's her name.....

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