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

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2021 Apr 10, 10:02pm   105,345 views  1,128 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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846   Patrick   2023 Aug 26, 1:13pm  


Tablet Magazine ran an impressive article back in March that is worth a re-mention, if you are looking for something solid to read this weekend. At 48 printed pages, it’s more like a small book, but it is outstanding. The long-form article, which includes a table of contents after an 8-page introduction, is headlined, “A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century (Thirteen Ways of Looking at Disinformation).”

The article goes into great detail about how U.S. intelligence agency termites have hollowed out Establishment Media, making them wholly-owned fascist subsidiaries of the United States government, bent on one laser-focused, teensy-weensy objective: total world political domination:

The American press, once the guardian of democracy, was hollowed out to the point that it could be worn like a hand puppet by the U.S. security agencies and party operatives… If the underlying philosophy of the war against disinformation can be expressed in a single claim, it is this: You cannot be trusted with your own mind.

Well. Some people shouldn’t be trusted with their own minds. Such as a lot of county health directors. But I digress.

As I said, the article is a big bite, and a lot of folks will be put off by its length. But it is exceptionally well-written, and jam-packed with evidence and compelling logic. In case you don’t have time, bookmark it for later, and read this paragraph from the introduction, which will give you a good idea of the piece’s perspective:

(Edited for brevity):

Something monstrous is taking shape in America. Formally, it exhibits the synergy of state and corporate power that is the hallmark of fascism. What is coming into being is a new form of government and social organization that is as different from mid-twentieth century liberal democracy as the early American republic was from the British monarchism it grew out of. A state organized to protect the sovereign rights of individuals is being replaced by a digital leviathan that wields power through opaque algorithms and the manipulation of digital swarms. It resembles the Chinese system of social credit and one-party state control, and yet that, too, misses the distinctively American and providential character of the control system. In the time we lose trying to name it, the thing itself may disappear back into the bureaucratic shadows, covering up any trace with automated deletions from the top-secret data centers of Amazon Web Services, “the trusted cloud for government.”

Again, if you have time, this article is worth the investment. Enjoy.

848   Patrick   2023 Aug 27, 10:38pm  


But while there’s no question that the media has utterly disgraced itself, it’s also a convenient fall guy—by far the weakest player in the counter-disinformation complex. The American press, once the guardian of democracy, was hollowed out to the point that it could be worn like a hand puppet by the U.S. security agencies and party operatives.

It would be nice to call what has taken place a tragedy, but an audience is meant to learn something from a tragedy. As a nation, America not only has learned nothing, it has been deliberately prevented from learning anything while being made to chase after shadows. This is not because Americans are stupid; it’s because what has taken place is not a tragedy but something closer to a crime. Disinformation is both the name of the crime and the means of covering it up; a weapon that doubles as a disguise.

The crime is the information war itself, which was launched under false pretenses and by its nature destroys the essential boundaries between the public and private and between the foreign and domestic, on which peace and democracy depend. By conflating the anti-establishment politics of domestic populists with acts of war by foreign enemies, it justified turning weapons of war against Americans citizens.
849   Patrick   2023 Aug 29, 5:31pm  


Emeryville police had to call for reinforcements from neighboring law enforcement agencies during the four-hour incident involving hundreds of young people fighting.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., police received a call from a business at the Bay Street mall about a group of about 50 young adults inside a store causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and escorted them out.

Police said in a statement that, at about 5:15 p.m. while patrolling the area, officers saw another group of about 100 young people arriving at the mall. Over the next 30 minutes, an additional 100 to 150 young adults showed up at the mall.

"Young adults" is the current euphemism for violent black thugs.
855   Patrick   2023 Sep 4, 11:50am  


Mass Programming By Mainstream Media Lies & Manipulation Is Coming To An End. They’ve Lost Control

A video debunking Fake News stories about Donald Trump has risen to one of the most Liked videos on social media with millions of Likes & hundreds of thousands of shares worldwide

Everything they world for is falling apart.
This is The Great Awakening.

862   Patrick   2023 Sep 9, 2:19pm  


Press Secretary KJP breaks up with partner, CNN host ... wait Biden's White House was LITERALLY IN BED with a CNN host??

I cover the news for a living. I watch Karine Jean Pierre spout Biden propaganda from the White House almost daily.

How in the world did I not know (and I'm assuming you also did not know) that KJP was literally in bed with CNN?

KJP actually just broke up with Suzanne Malveaux, a CNN anchor.

This is an excellent question. Are we just so used to the Democrats and the corporate media being in bed together that it doesn't raise any red flags when the top White House spokesperson was literally the romantic partner of a major network's top anchor?? ...

The couple moved in together in 2014, meaning this romance between a prominent Democrat and an anchor for the supposedly middle-of-the-road, neutral CNN network went on for nearly a decade.

And this didn't really come up when Biden made the appointment!
The swamp runs very deep indeed.
863   Patrick   2023 Sep 9, 2:40pm  


💉 Look out below! This “sponsored content” appeared on Politico’s homepage this morning:

They aren’t giving up, not even close. Stay vigilant!

But at least Politico labeled it as “sponsored,” which is a massive improvement over what they were doing during the pandemic.

Politico is just another of Pfizer's whores.
864   Patrick   2023 Sep 9, 3:00pm  


And it’s worth hauling out this old Project Veritas 2021 chestnut, in which a CNN technical director admitted the network was scheming to pivot to climate hysteria after people got tired of hearing about pandemic hysteria:

865   richwicks   2023 Sep 10, 2:32am  

Patrick says

This is an excellent question. Are we just so used to the Democrats and the corporate media being in bed together that it doesn't raise any red flags when the top White House spokesperson was literally the romantic partner of a major network's top anchor?? ...

BECAUSE anybody that has been paying the least bit of attention knows that television news is corporate and state propaganda. Jen Psaki works for MSNBC, she had the job that Karine Jean-Pierre has now. Everything, and I mean everything on television is propaganda, either social or political.

Television news is obvert political propaganda, but it just gets more subtle when you watch "entertainment".


Well, not that much more subtle.


Notice video from January 6th.

Unless you are away from it, you don't notice it. We've always had social propaganda in "entertainment".


That was in the first season of All in the Family, in 1971 - the year I was born. It was aired on February 9, 1971. Homosexuality wasn't generally acceptable until 1990 even then, spottily. Television is propaganda. I remember the panic the government went through when we moved from NTSC to digital, they offered free conversion boxes that would translate digital to NTSC analog. Why did our government offer this? To keep people watching, seriously, you could get a free conversion box, ads for it were up everywhere, for the "lower class".

I know why they offered this, it's an essential tool for control. Television has been the main device for controlling the population for decades, and the Internet might be next, but the Internet is huge, however, you might not be able to find the pockets and small spaces, the refuges that exist. Here you are. This is a small enclave.
867   Patrick   2023 Sep 14, 7:16am  


Meanwhile, facing an existential threat to the Biden gravy train’s integrity, Biden’s handlers did not stay idle, even if Joe himself was sleeping. Yesterday CNN ran a story headlined, “White House sends letter to news execs urging outlets to ‘ramp up’ scrutiny of GOP’s Biden impeachment inquiry ‘based on lies’.”

The article was deliciously ironic and possibly even a self-parody.

The article’s “news” was that the White House sent all major media executives a letter directing, I mean encouraging, them to ignore the Republican’s “baseless process story.” The letter strongly advocated that the media has a responsibility “to the truth,” meaning the lie, in the form of taking Biden’s side against the Republicans.

That’s where it got hilarious. See how CNN repeatedly characterized the Republican’s impeachment inquiry as “baseless,” as if that were fact, and note how they continually obscured the definition of “evidence,” like we discussed yesterday:

The White House sent a letter to top US news executives on Wednesday, urging them to intensify their scrutiny of House Republicans after Speaker Kevin McCarthy launched an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, despite having found no evidence of a crime…

McCarthy launched the impeachment inquiry Tuesday without a formal House vote in a bid to appease Republicans on his far-right… House Republicans, most of whom have denied that disgraced former President Donald Trump committed any wrongdoing, have long sought to baselessly portray Biden as a corrupt, crime-ridden politician engaged in sinister activities…

The Republican House-led investigations into Biden have yet to provide any direct evidence that the president financially benefited from Hunter Biden’s career overseas.

Haha, that’s Establishment Media even-handed news reporting for ya. And, “Hunter Biden’s career overseas?” His career? Really? What, pray tell, was that “career?” Exactly?

Basically the news was the White House has enlisted the media onto its impeachment-response team and CNN is 100% on board. What else is new?

My suggestion is for the House Oversight Committee to send its own letter to all the media executives, listing the evidence, and calling on them — in the noble Spirit of Watergate, of course — to hold the White House’s muddy feet to the political fire.
868   Patrick   2023 Sep 14, 9:01am  


The White House is sending a letter to news outlets instructing them to "ramp up scrutiny" of Biden impeachment inquiry

"Hey, why aren't you guys carrying water for me like you used to? This is a buncha malarkey!"

The White House is writing their close friends in the corporate media and telling them to cover for him better.

Yes, it's real. Even CNN is reporting on the letter.

The White House plans to send a letter to top US news executives on Wednesday, urging them to intensify their scrutiny of House Republicans after Speaker Kevin McCarthy launched an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, despite having found no evidence of a crime.

That last part of the sentence shows that CNN has already got the memo.

Lol, "no evidence" my ass.
869   Patrick   2023 Sep 15, 8:26am  


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the sun rose on a new day in America, the staunch guardians of free speech and journalistic integrity that is the media eagerly waited for the daily email from the Biden administration to notify them of the day's official instructions and talking points.

"We don't say a word without knowing what they want us to say," said Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. "If the administration doesn't provide us with a bulleted list of things to talk about, we're lost. I mean, seriously, what would we do without the White House giving specific instructions? Objectively discuss current events? Report the news? Don't be ridiculous."

In the age of social media and mass internet access, the public at large has grown bewildered by the mainstream media's blatant refusal to discuss anything related to Joe Biden and his family being involved in alleged corruption scandals. When questioned, members of the media were quick to play defense. "That's not our job," said CNN anchor Jake Tapper. "Reporting the news is not the job of news reporters. We're here to propagate the government's official narrative. Besides, there are no scandals involving the Biden family. None. Zero."

At publishing time, journalists had cheered as the Administration instructed them to cover something about Taylor Swift since there was definitely no news of note going on at the White House.
871   HeadSet   2023 Sep 18, 6:02am  

Patrick says


It seems that half the country still thinks the items on that list are true.
876   Patrick   2023 Sep 22, 1:48am  


Besides, even Nicolle Wallace knows by now that the rhetoric from MSNBC and CNN led to real-world violence against Trump supporters. Chased, kicked, spit on, beaten, egged, and even shot, all because MSNBC has demonized them and convicted them as racists in the court of public opinion.

And we can’t forget the casual murder of Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson...

This level of dehumanization would ordinarily be shamed and criticized by a journalist class that still had an ounce of integrity. But they couldn’t say a thing after Trump actually won, lest they be accused of “normalizing” Hitler.

That’s why they needed a January 6th. Trump supporters just don’t do this. They don’t rage as a mob. They don’t smash windows or break down doors. They don’t storm buildings. But they needed the image of MAGA to be violent; that day had to end that badly; otherwise, nothing else they’ve done since would have gone over so easily.

The media has sold a lie about that day and has remained incurious as to how any of it could have happened, even if they’ve officially lost count of just how many paid informants by the FBI were there that day, not to mention why it took hours to call in the National Guard even after what their informants told them was about to take place way beforehand.

No psy-ops necesary where the Left is concerned. Their violence is allowable and if it borders on the really dangerous, it’s easily covered up. Don’t look over here. Look over there. How can they live with the hypocrisy of the Summer of 2020 and January 6th? Well, it’s easy. One was “mostly peaceful,” and the other was a violent insurrection. ...

Rupert Murdoch, of all people, nailed it when he stepped down as Chairman at Fox:

“Self-serving bureaucracies are seeking to silence those who would question their provenance and purpose. Elites have open contempt for those who are not members of their rarefied class. Most of the media is in cahoots with those elites, peddling political narratives rather than pursuing the truth.”
877   richwicks   2023 Sep 22, 3:03am  

Patrick says

Besides, even Nicolle Wallace


original link

20 years ago I was confused with people that still listened to television as "news", 10 years ago I was pissed with them, today, I just don't respect them. It's been 20 fucking years of bullshit and lies and if they still can't realize it? Fuck 'em!

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