When a news story includes sex, it becomes about sex. The reason is simple: sex is sexy. It’s sexy to think about and talk about and argue over. We all have strong opinions about it. It tends to overshadow everything else.
So the story of Bill O’Reilly’s fall at Fox News is now about sex and that’s what everyone’s discussing. Did O’Reilly harass women or did he get burned by lies and left-wing campaigners? Were the charges proven? Did the charges matter? Are the women believable? Are they gold diggers? Is it all a big fuss about nothing?
Steve Bannon is revealing just how little he cares for Megyn Kelly by going on the record in a new interview to detail how he warned Roger Ailes about his then star anchor.
The White House Chief Strategist is the focus of a Politico story which examines how President Trump managed to fracture the conservative media during his campaign, and ultimately ended up pitting Bannon, then the executive editor of Breitbart, against Ailes, then the CEO of Fox News.
‘The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,’ explains Bannon.
Earlier this week, the gullible Huffington Post fell victim to a hoax article calling for white men to be stripped of their voting rights. The site became the subject of widespread derision and condemnation after HuffPost editors stood up to defend the article’s content.
But as was later revealed, the author submitted the piece to Huffington Post South Africa as a hoax, intending to prove a point about the outlet’s radical leftist stance. He did so under a fake persona masquerading as a feminist activist named “Shelly Garland.” He has since lost his job after being outed by the site… According to the site, the email address (Marius Roodt, a researcher at South Africa’s Centre for Development and Enterprise) used to submit the piece was traced back to him. The site claims that his identity was further “confirmed with facial recognition technology,” as he digitally altered a picture of himself to look like a woman.
Now here’s a list from estimable investigative report Sharyl Attkisson about where the major press leans ideologically. Nice to see that one publication with the masthead matching the one here, right there in the center on the right side, situated between The Economist and National Review.
Pressure mounted on Tuesday for Fox News to take action against its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly, as a series of prominent companies pulled advertising from his show and a leading women’s rights group called for his ouster.
Following an investigation by The New York Times over the weekend that revealed multiple settlements over allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by Mr. O’Reilly, the network faced a major advertising revolt as more than a dozen marketers said that they were withdrawing their ads from “The O’Reilly Factor.” Escalating the tension, the National Organization for Women called for Mr. O’Reilly to be fired and said an independent investigation should be conducted into the culture at Fox News.
The suspect is a “German WITHOUT a migration background”: That’s what the police in the southwestern German city of Mannheim posted on Twitter after a man drove into a crowd in the center of nearby Heidelberg in February, killing one person and wounding several others. The police were addressing rumors circulating on social media about the man’s origin, as well as accusations that they were deliberately keeping mum on his ethnicity.
Such situations are part of a larger debate that the German media has been engaged in for a long time: Should journalists publish details about a criminal’s ethnicity or not?
Why the rape that escaped the media and national attention must not be ignored
Rape stories, when they can be used to vault social-justice issues into the nation’s psyche, get exhaustive coverage and opining by the mainstream media, regardless of whether they’re even true.
But if a 14-year-old girl gets gang-raped while attending high-school by two illegal immigrants? Crickets. That’s a narrative that doesn’t need to be advanced. Lord forbid, it may even help persuade some that President Donald Trump’s positions on illegal immigration may be correct.
The media talk about [Donald Trump’s] unpopularity all the time.
It’s an obsession with them actually. The guy has only been at his desk for about two months.
But here’s what they don’t talk about: their own numbers. Only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of their job performance. A whopping 50 percent have an unfavorable opinion.
Look at the numbers by party identification. Republican unfavorable opinion of the media? It’s 78 percent. Only 10 percent have a favorable opinion. The Democrats are the opposite: Sixty-nine percent hold a favorable view, and 19 percent hold an unfavorable view. More.
Reality check: In short, traditional American media are the Dem’s party newsletter. The problem is, the Dems already have a party newsletter. The traditional media are not aiming at a wider base than the well-served Dems because they are cultural relics and do not have the creative power. Watch for migrations from dying traditional media into the Dem party apparatus.
See also: New York Times markets the “truth” Thanks, but I’ve already got the Bible. I’ve also got fifty different sources of news (not “truth”) who do not have the effrontery to pretend they are unbiased.
Its loss of perspective grows under hatred of Trump.
For decades the media carefully cultivated an aura of “objectivity” in order to preserve its propagandistic authority. It was always a sham, but it worked as long as Republican presidents paid homage to it. Trump hasn’t, and the media hates him for it, even as its unhinged behavior confirms the truth of his stance.
How dare you treat us as liberal partisans, they pout, before trotting off to the latest anti-Trump gala. Guess who is one of this year’s winners of the “Walter Cronkite Award”? Jorge Ramos, the open-borders activist who pretends to play a news anchor at Univision. Perhaps Rachel Maddow can snag the award next year.
Rachel Maddow’s absurd bust of a would-be scoop March 14 would just be yet another instance of the Fake News cigar blowing up in the American news media’s collective face if it weren’t such a fine and hilarious example of an even larger phenomenon.
How low in the ratings does CNN have to go before they resort to cannibalism? As low as they were when they decided to have a spiffy segment where one of their presenters drinks from a skull and eats human brain.