Category Archives: The Media

It’s okay to detest Geraldo

Currently, he’s cheerleading Hamas Palestinian Arabs who come each week to murder Jews.

There’s no getting rid of him, no pest repellant to be found. Wherever you turn, from this channel to the next – there he his, and it’s no use leaving town and country, no use escaping from one continent to another; he will find you. Geraldo Rivera is a man who has done everything, on radio and TV, yet has talent for nothing.

There has never been a time without Geraldo…

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Alleged Canadian “journalists” hold emergency meeting over statement condemning Gaza violence

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has called an emergency meeting to reconsider a statement it released earlier this month condemning “one-sided use” of military force against journalists and civilians in Gaza and asking Canada to pressure Israel to initiate an investigation into “the massacre.”

The statement triggered controversy over the journalistic organization’s mandate. In the days since it was released, critics have slammed the statement for overstepping the group’s role in defending free expression domestically and around the world, and for seemingly taking a position in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

At an emergency meeting Tuesday evening, the board was expected to determine its next steps and reconsider the process statements go through before being published.

Canadian Fellow Travelers is more like it… somewhere Walter Duranty is smiling

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Dumbest defenses of the Atlantic firing Kevin Williamson after a week include…

From Warren Henry at the Federalist:

It is true that Williamson did not mince words in his comments. It is also true that Williamson has written about his sympathy for women who become pregnant unexpectedly and why abortion is not the proper response to that situation.

In contrast, Williamson’s critics not only ignore the totality of his writings on abortion, but also tend to avoid explaining why they think abortion is a painful decision. This supposed response allows the critics to pose as people who agonized over a morally difficult decision, while attempting to exclude from the mainstream those who follow the logic of the opposite conclusion, as though the decision was easy. More.

Reality check: The Atlantic is now history anyway. Its present representatives neither need nor want serious debate about anything. They need and want to be on some kind of pension to represent some Correct view, whether or not anyone needs or wants to hear it.

All the while, big social media is farming the people who provide the content anyone really wants to hear or see.

By the way, the photo accompanying Henry’s piece features the Handmaids in those weird red getups. Why doesn’t anyone notice how goofy all that seems? Why no laughing? Not allowed?

See also: Andrew Klavan on the Atlantic firing Kevin Williamson a week later

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The Pulse Nightclub Trial Debunked a Progressive Anti-Christian Narrative

n the annals of American political narratives, few were worse and more malicious than the notion that a young Muslim jihadist decided to shoot up a gay nightclub in Orlando because of an alleged “climate of hate” created by American Christians.

This was no mere fringe view. Remember the astonishing piece by the New York Times editorial board on June 15, 2016 — published a mere three days after the attack?

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The 15 minutes of fame are about up for Daniels and Hogg

The phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” is credited to either Andy Warhohl or his photographer, Nat Finkelstein (1966 or 1968). Whoever said it first, it has indeed turned out to be true when it comes to persons who are suddenly slingshot into a media firestorm for one reason or another. Soon enough, our twenty-four-hour news cycle moves on to the next cultural or political phenomenon, whether it is legitimate or entirely fake.

We forget these people the minute they disappear from our television or internet screens. We will quickly forget Stormy Daniels and David Hogg, too, and the sooner, the better. Let the next firestorm begin! This one began to stink a few weeks ago.

More… David Hogg Leads Laura Ingraham Boycott Over A Tweet

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Traditional media swamped by massive layoffs

From John Nolte at Breitbart:

We will start with the Denver Post, which announced Thursday that, between April 9 and July 1, 30 jobs will be cut from its newsroom. That is a massive 30 percent cut of its current staff of 100 journalists. Just 10 years ago according to the far-left Washington Post, the Denver Post employed 600 journalists. That is close to a 90 percent reduction in only a decade.

Just a few hours later we learned that another wave of surprise layoffs hit the Chicago Tribune. Fourteen newsroom staffers were let go in that publication’s second round of layoffs in less than six months. Back in October more than a dozen were let go. Roger Federer reports that “Further cuts are expected as the newspaper prepares to leave Tribune Tower for smaller space at Prudential Plaza.” More.

Reality check: The reality is that, good or bad, the traditional media do not matter anymore except as nattering shills for progressive causes. In Canada, they will be supported by the government to blend in with straightforward government PR. The Americans may be able to avoid that.

See also: Bill Maher trashes dying traditional media over fake news

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BBC to help students identify ‘fake news’

The BBC is launching a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information.

The project is targeted at secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.

From March, up to 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring in class and online to help them spot so-called fake news.

BBC journalists including Kamal Ahmed, Tina Daheley, Amol Rajan and Huw Edwards will also take part in events aimed at helping students.

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Internet giants should support local news, culture, Melanie Joly says

OTTAWA–Internet giants like Facebook and Google should play a direct role in investing in “trusted local journalism” and Canadian culture, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said Tuesday.

Joly told the Star international tech companies have “not basically accepted they have a clear responsibility” to the countries they operate in, including promoting and funding cultural content, but also shaping public debate and discussion.

Far from being “neutral pipelines” for information, Joly said the digital platforms have immense power in deciding what content Canadians consume, from Netflix recommending your next TV binge to Facebook and Google promoting some news stories over others.

Rock meets hard place, the likes of Google and FB are the new gatekeepers, but “trusted local journalism”? As defined by who? Justin Trudeau’s handlers? No thanks.

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Who Believes in Russiagate?

Knowledgeable reporters on the left and right are frightened by the spread of an elite conspiracy theory among American media

Half the country hates Donald Trump, and even the half that thinks he’s doing a good job often flinch from his boorishness, his nasty public attacks, sometimes even on his own aides. For all the top talent he says he’s surrounded himself with, the president repeatedly attracts among the worst that Washington—and New York—have to offer. No doubt that’s one reason why whatever is thrown at him seems to stick.

At the same time, there is a growing consensus among reporters and thinkers on the left and right—especially those who know anything about Russia, the surveillance apparatus, and intelligence bureaucracy—that the Russiagate-collusion theory that was supposed to end Trump’s presidency within six months has sprung more than a few holes. Worse, it has proved to be a cover for U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement bureaucracies to break the law, with what’s left of the press gleefully going along for the ride. Where Watergate was a story about a crime that came to define an entire generation’s oppositional attitude toward politicians and the country’s elite, Russiagate, they argue, has proved itself to be the reverse: It is a device that the American elite is using to define itself against its enemies—the rest of the country.

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Ignoring Democrats’ Farrakhan Ties Is The Epitome Of Media Bias

A congressman reaffirmed his ties to an avowed anti-Semite this week, but you wouldn’t know about it if you get your news from the establishment media.

The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Peter Hasson broke the story of Democratic Rep. Danny Davis doubling down on claiming Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is an “outstanding human being.”

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GUNTER: If you think journalism’s bad now, just wait until the feds fund it

Among the worst aspects of last week’s federal budget (beyond its 358 references to “gender” and its failure to mention pipelines except in one tiny footnote) was the Liberals’ commitment to spend $50 million over five years to “support local journalism.”

Newspapers may be struggling, at the moment. Our credibility with the public may be at risk and we don’t always have the resources we once did to dig deeper into stories.

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The Gray Lady’s Baby Steps

It’s getting so you can’t even rely on the New York Times anymore. To print wholesale lies about Europe, I mean.

A few weeks ago, I noted that the Times, which has long led the way in all but ignoring the catastrophic consequences of the ongoing Islamization of Europe, had actually published a reasonably honest December 10 report about a Molotov cocktail attack on a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden. While avoiding the words Muslim and Islam, the Times had made it clear that the perpetrators weren’t, say, Amish immigrants from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Times had even followed up with an op-ed on the broader issue – anti-Semitism in Sweden – by a Swedish writer who did use the word Muslim.

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FUREY: The mainstream told us populism was dead – they lied

One of the most moving scenes in The Darkest Hour is when Winston Churchill, struggling to figure out whether he should consider peace talks with Adolf Hitler, takes to the subway system to gauge the pulse of the people.

Should we learn of Hitler’s terms? Should we meet him in the middle? “Absolutely not” is the resounding response of the hardworking men and women the prime minister encounters.

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The Media and Joe McCarthy

The mid-20th Century scandal involving Joseph McCarthy’s investigations of communist infiltration into the U.S. government has become an American myth, and “McCarthy” a handy term for a witch-hunter. Like Benedict Arnold,* Joe McCarthy figures, perhaps permanently, in the devil’s hornbook of America’s legendary scoundrels. In the words of the generally staid Encyclopedia Britannica: “The term has since become a byname for defamation of character or reputation by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations, especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges.”

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