Category Archives: “Journalists”

California Brownout

…The reason the story didn’t go national is simple: The girl who recorded the video isn’t white. She’s Desirae Fernandez, a Latina. So the national media had no interest. The Elk Grove Unified School District announced that Ms. Fernandez was no longer part of their student body, and everybody went about their business…until this month, when the district decided to hold an “anti-racism” open meeting. A Pleasant Grove senior, Rachael Francois—who is black—caught the attention of the press with stories of antiblack racism she’d encountered at the school. Now reporters from bigger markets became interested, because the villains in Francois’ tales are white.

h/t FF

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Is there a genealogist in the house?

From Mark Steyn,

On Monday evening I joined Tucker Carlson to discuss what he and I regard as a public policy question and what MSNBC regard as Tucker’s genealogical hypocrisy over his refusal to admit that his immigrant Swiss great-great-grandfather in 1860 justifies mass illegal immigration on an unprecedented scale 157 years later. First up was Tucker: More.

Reality check: Tucker articulated his position well, though his position amounts to a rational presentation of one side of a debate in which the rational presentation of the other side is seldom or never articulated.

The progressive needs open borders in order to continue the endless revolution by doling out tax money to low-tech people who will become a voting base for mere sustenance in a high-tech culture. And to the “helping professionals” who are paid to look after them. Another powerful voting base!

The low-tech migrants may not approve of transgender-positive schools for their kids but they need EBT transfers, free medical/dental, and public housing. So they are exactly what the progressive needs. People who need him far too much to afford an opinion about whatever else he is doing.

A middle-class African American couple, by contrast, might be a hard sell for making young Jefferson wear a dress at school as part of a transpositive sex ed program. They might also be a hard sell for manipulating data about the economy or crime in order to pursue social justice goals because they need correct data for their businesses and lives.

But it doesn’t matter what they think. They are compelled to pay taxes to support newcomers who must put buying groceries before anything. That’s the rational case for what the progressive is doing – but we do not hear it discussed openly in traditional media.

Things may change over the generations, to be sure. but I for one do not have a crystal ball. I’d suggest looking at the next 20 years, as they are easier to forecast.

This is Donald Trump’s opportunity to blow. And plenty of people on both sides of the aisle will be happy to help him blow it. That’s because government itself wins as long as that African-American couple is compelled to forward money to the cause. And the Republicans’ dirty little secret is that so many of them are just in it for the government ops, win or lose, anyway. Decade after decade, Republican voters get taken in just like Conservative voters in Canada do. Recently, some tried to break away, hence US2016.

Mark’s key point is that even small cultural differences can matter, citing the Protestant vs. Catholic Irish and the Quebec separatist movement. Those differences arose from being on different sides of a given history. But what if the differences are not even small?

What if one culture genuinely believes that math and science education are not critical but the other side is a high-tech society? Anyone can blather that “Education is for everybody!” But does that mean that migrant teen Mary simply must get off Facebook and study her algebra?

Right now, there’s a big move in education to dumb down math and science for the sake of “diversity,” which essentially means that Mary doesn’t have to learn her algebra. Not learning it will put her out of the running for STEM jobs in a society where those are, increasingly, the good jobs.

But maybe Mary can get a job in social work or social justice education, encouraging other girls to feel good about being ignorant and helpless. And to feel good about being aggrieved too, provided they are aggrieved with the taxpayers who are forced to fund all this and not with the progressives who created it.

It gets worse. What if one culture genuinely believes that men have the right to beat their wives or have their daughters’ genitals excised? Or have those daughters murdered if they are a source of shame? These are not small differences and the progressive, accordingly, bends every effort – including attempts here in Canada at legislation – to keep them from being honestly discussed.

Progressivism does not shut itself down.

See also: Among “raging feminist fails” of 2017: Quebec feminists elect transgender man Feminism arose as a modern movement and is being killed by post-modernism. Modern movements depended on definitions; post-modernism dissolves them. If feminists cannot say that wife-beating is always wrong (that would be cultural appropriation) or that their concerns are for biological women who suffer inequities (that would be transphobia), they have nothing left but the fight for government grants among those who snatch the various pieces. There is no further coherence and none is sought.

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Why doesn’t Europe resist? Their feminism will adjust; indeed, it already has. They traded everything for abortion and a bargain was sealed. Of course, they don’t enjoy being reminded of how far they have fallen. So they persecute those who remind them.

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Daily Beast Reporter Resigns After Blatantly Plagiarizing Article

Lizzie Crocker, a reporter for The Daily Beast, has resigned after getting caught blatantly plagiarizing an article from The Weekly Standard.

Crocker, a veteran reporter for the outlet, appears to have copied and pasted multiple paragraphs from Alice Lloyd’s article for the Standard. Both articles focused on Kate Roiphe, a writer who stirred controversy by reportedly drafting a piece naming the author of the “Shitty Men In Media” list of male journalists rumored to have engaged in sexual misconduct.

 

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Trump Declares Dreamer Program ‘Probably Dead’

I swear, wasn’t it less than a week ago when we were all running around with our hair on fire because the press was reporting that Trump was selling us out on compromises with Democrats on illegal immigration?

Seriously, the popular media in America when it comes to anything political is as unreliable as Pravda.

Prospects for a bipartisan agreement to protect young immigrants from deportation and prevent a government shutdown later this week faded Sunday as key lawmakers traded sharp accusations and President Trump said hopes for a deal were “probably dead.”

Negotiators spent last week seeking a solution that would shield young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, including the roughly 800,000 who secured work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created under President Barack Obama.

But a tentative deal worked out Thursday by a small bipartisan group of senators crumbled in an Oval Office meeting in which, according to multiple people involved, an angry Trump asked them why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti, El Salvador and African nations over those from European countries such as Norway.

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BONOKOSKI: Just a ‘young crying white girl’, says CBC panelist

There is little doubt I would be accused of all sorts of nasty things, including a racist, if I were to go on national public television and call Vicky Mochama “a young crying black girl.”

So, I won’t, although she is young, and she is black, and none of this should matter. Except it does in this case.

Who is Vicky Mochama, you ask?

She will likely be troubled you don’t know.

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Journalists advised to pace themselves re fake Trump news

From Jon Gabriel at Ricochet of Ricochet at AZCentral,

One year ago, I counseled Trump’s many detractors to pace themselves. Following Donald Trump’s shock election, the permanent political class had gone through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, but the time had come for acceptance.

Twelve months on and acceptance is nowhere to be found. Every news cycle brings another round of hyperventilation – sometimes two or three rounds.

Yes, Trump was and remains a very different sort president, especially following a polished politico like Barack Obama. But, as I said back then, “It’s going to be a long four years, and there will be plenty of real decisions to get outraged about. If you keep losing your mind every time Donald Trump acts like Donald Trump, you’re going to guarantee a long eight years.”

I’m as shocked as you are that the D.C. press corps completely ignored my advice. More.

Reality check: What these legacy media in fact did was go out and solicit a market that wants to freak out with them. Freaking out is easier than adapting to hard realities while the money holds up. With a big enough base, they may survive, but they are all competing against each other…

Will it work? Well, these are strange times. Readers, keep in mind that the new freakout base doesn’t care about the coverage goofs. The goofs merely prove that the legacy media care about the right things.

Still, I am not hearing very many success stories so far, only a few “less failure” stories.

See also: It’s not clear that ABC News’ dud Mike Flynn bombshell is a “mistake” exactly Media that have long since stopped trying to report the news as if they or their readers care much about facts will simply sacrifice the current goat (Brian Ross) and fetch up another one. Eventually, they must hope, one of these stories will click, bring down Trump, and pave the way for a post-media paradise where facts won’t matter and they can all be celebs and opinion leaders again.

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3-Year Anniversary of The Sydney Hostage Siege AND of The #IllRideWithYou HOAX

The gunman’s motives are unclear

Oh how time flies, but it is already the third-anniversary of the Sydney Hostage Siege of 2017 and one of the greatest journalistic frauds since, well, at least a few weeks. The west has an unreliable news media. It’s broken. It is filled with liars and that broke it.

The #IllRideWithYou hoax was pushed hard by the BBC but it originally began as a tweet by Rachael Jacobs, a lecturer at Australia Catholic University, that was picked up by Aussie media and then the BBC.

At this point I saw a woman on the train start to fiddle with her headscarf.

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.

Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.

I spent the rest of the journey staring—rudely—at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm! Besides, I was in the “quiet carriage” where even conversation is banned.

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things—for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

The entire story was essentially a figment of Jacobs’ imagination. But that imaginary event became the conversation in the West, rather than an Islamist taking over a café and murdering two people.

Yeah, that’s what happens when you lie. Your Twitter feed goes silent for 3-whole-years!

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Why People Hate the Media: Journalists Lash Out at Sanders Asking What They’re Thankful For

On Monday afternoon, some journalists provided another small nail in the coffin of the media’s credibility when they lost their collective minds on Twitter over White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asking reporters to share what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving week.

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St. Louis Police Now Subjected To Monthly Readings About Not Hurting Journalists

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry rebuked officers for their aggressive use of pepper spray and containment tactics while handling protests in the wake of the Sept. 15 acquittal of former officer Jason Stockley for the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The St. Louis Police Department conducted two mass arrests during the days of consecutive protests, arresting several journalists and civilians who weren’t protesting.

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