The media can’t get enough of ‘fact checks.’ But why do they do such a horrible job with them? Here are a few particularly bad examples.
A few weeks ago, Donald Trump responded to Meryl Streep’s insults by calling her overrated. Some fact checks came out saying that Streep, in fact, had won many awards. The Associated Press’ “Meryl Streep overrated? Donald Trump picks a decorated star,” was one such example. Four of the seven paragraphs to the story listed awards and honors she’d received.
The inevitable conflict between the mainstream media and Donald Trump has come to boil just four weeks into his presidency. The media are beside themselves that someone would castigate them at every opportunity and use hyperbole such as “enemy of the American people” and purveyors of “very fake news” to get under their skin, as their narcissism and sense of self-importance knows no bounds. They fail to understand why they are held in such disregard — polling has revealed only 32% of Americans trust the media (down from 55% in 2000) and why so many cheer Trump’s visceral attacks.
Over the past half-century, the mainstream media in the United States have evolved into interloculars for and the Praetorian Guard of the Ruling Class. They constitute a segment of society which is overwhelmingly Liberal, wealthy, self-centered, isolated, and brimming with disdain for the rabble that lives in fly-over country. Thus, what passes for journalism by the mass media is essentially a defense of the ideology, lifestyle and supremacy of their fellow travelers in the Ruling Class.
I moved to Europe in 1998, and it was just about that time that the New York Times went online in a serious way. I still remember sitting at an Amsterdam café one day at happy hour and having an American tourist say to me, with obvious wonder: “Did you know that you can read the New York Times online every day? The whole paper? For free?” For years thereafter, nytimes.com was the first site I went to every morning. It was, after all, the “newspaper of record.” And at the time, I was a regular contributor to it. In those days, hardly a month went by without my byline appearing in one section of the paper or another – the book review, the travel section, the op-ed page, Leisure & Arts, Week in Review. Even after I published my book on Islam, While Europe Slept, in 2006, and the phone calls and e-mails from the dozen or so Times editors I worked with mysteriously stopped coming all at once, I continued to peruse the Gray Lady while sipping my morning coffee.
Beginning with King David and throughout our Literature we’re advised not to sit in the “council of the wicked,” nor to share the same room with a company of scoffers…or else we’re asking for trouble. But that is precisely where an Orthodox Jewish reporter found himself during President Trump’s press conference of a few days ago.
Jake Turx, a respected journalist from Ami Magazine, asked a simple question that concerns many of us – what’s to be done about the wave of anti-Semitism now sweeping our country most prominently on campus? Too bad the wording and the timing were all wrong.
From Milo Yiannopolis at Breitbart:
Although Twitter may not be far off from a clean-slate reboot under new ownership, especially in light of its putrid performance in the fourth quarter, I nonetheless thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to determine the top ten changes to Twitter that should happen immediately — ideally with me installed as the company’s new CEO.
My colleague Allum Bokhari has suggested this on Breitbart Tech already, but it bears repeating. Users don’t come to Twitter to agonise over whether their off-the-cuff thoughts are in line with the site’s sprawling and ever-expanding list of rules. They don’t want to spend valuable time mentally debating whether the Tweet they’re about to send will get them banned.
They don’t want to be plagued by the worry that the hours, days, and weeks they’ve put into building up their social media following could be snuffed out in an instant because they misgendered someone or told the wrong joke.
Twitter should of course continue to stop illegal activity on their platform. As we’ve noted before on Breitbart Tech, they could do a lot better job of clamping down on terrorists and terrorist supporters. Other obvious cases of wrongdoing, such as pedophilia, should also be excluded from the platform. More.
Reality check: But Twitter is interested in being politically, not morally, correct. Terror and crime against children are insignificant compared to hurt Identities.
In other words, Twitter wants to be Nanny in 140 characters or less, but is there a market for that?
See also: Satire changes nothing! Nothing! As we learn from the Times of London… If the New York Times has suddenly become “largely readable,” one must ask, to whom? Millions of ex-readers? Are they back now? Then why the new layoffs? Are CNN layoffs reversed?
From Emma Hinchliffe at Mashable:
While Teen Vogue leads the resistance, Vogue glamorizes cultural appropriation
The teen magazine shares Vogue’s legacy name, but has turned itself into a very different publication. Teen Vogue’s Trump takedowns and commitment to progressive values have drawn the attention of teen and adult readers alike post-election.
It also serves to remind the world just how much better Vogue could be. More.
Reality check: Better at what? Fashion pretending to care?
Teen Vogue will doubtless be fun for well-off brats for a few years but grown-ups take politics seriously, which is why Vogue can’t just do what it wants and tell everyone else to stuff it. For example,
More recently, rumors swirled that First Lady Melania Trump would cover the magazine.
“We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue and I can’t imagine that this time would be any different,” editor-in-chief Anna Wintour told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Well, they can break with their tradition if they want but then they cease to be an institution. That’s one of the hard choices we face when we quit Occupying Mom’s basement.
See also: Teen Vogue Writer Defends Harassment Of Ivanka Trump
Isn’t Lauren Duca the one who developed a great deal of respect for the CIA when because they and Trump were spatting?The Dems may come to regret these baby mean girls because no one else thinks they are cute.
Millennial feminists blinded Dems to women’s 2016 vote
Newfound respect from progressives for the CIA?
From Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge:
The media – which according to the president is now America’s enemy – had reactions, ranging from the shocked, to the defensive, to the conciliatory, to the bemused. More.
Reality check: Of course, it’s true. The traditional media are, today, masterless men, as they put it in the Middle Ages. They need progressive government to become Orwell’s Outer Party again.
By all means, be critical of Trump. But do not believe a word of what these soon-to-be hats in the taxpayers’ street say. Unless you have an emotional need for their brand of fake news.
See also: Vanity Fair: Hollywood is over
What can we do about fake news that would not diminish real news? Critics of ‘fake news’ should go to China — only the government has the right to post fake news.
Every five minutes the many mouths of the media broadcast, type, post and shriek that President Donald J. Trump is a liar. After months of this treatment, more voters find him truthful than them.
49% of voters believe that Trump and his people are telling the truth. Only 39% believe that the media is.
The media’s war on President Trump isn’t hurting him. It is destroying the media’s own credibility.
The media narrative that recently ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was involved in nefarious — nay, sinister and possibly treasonous!!! — dealings in his December call with the Russian ambassador is quickly collapsing, as CNN reports that the FBI will not be pursuing any criminal investigation involving Flynn’s phone call.
So too is the hype that the Trump campaign was riddled with contacts with Russian intelligence, as reported yesterday by The New York Times.
An illegal immigrant covered by former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents after they said the man is a “self-admitted gang member.”
Daniel Ramirez Medina of Mexico, 23, was arrested by Seattle ICE agents at his father’s home. Medina qualified and obtained a temporary work permit under Obama’s DACA program since he was brought to the country illegally as a child.
No evidence of improper or illegal conduct, but imaginations and malicious intentions run wild.
I don’t know whether Donald Trump or his aides had any improper contacts with Russian Intelligence officers.
Neither do you, or the media. The Intelligence Community might know, but they have provided zero facts either officially or through leaks to prove any improper, much less illegal, conduct took place.
Last month, PJ Media’s David Steinberg noticed that media had been covering the nothingburger about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s phone calls with Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak like it was the story of the century. Meanwhile, media was ignoring truly explosive revelations about secret meetings between Obama administration officials and Iranian operatives concerning the Iranian nuclear deal.
It almost looked like Obama adviser Ben Rhodes’ media echo chamber was still operational even after his boss had left office.
What did it take for the Washington Post to accuse a Jewish man of racism for exposing a white man as an anti-Semite? That white man’s conversion to Islam.
That’s how reporter Bill Donahue treated Charles Jacobs, the president of my organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, in a January 17 puff piece on the influential Muslim convert and cleric, Imam Suhaib Webb: “An unlikely messenger becomes a guiding spirit to young Muslims.”