I first interviewed former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) in September 2015.
The interview was panned by leftists and lauded by rightists. No surprises there. But the left was upset I did not interrupt Tommy at every possible juncture to throw baseless accusations at him. The difference between me and them was, I had studied Tommy in depth and had understood the English Defence League (EDL), its rise, its decline, and how Tommy had got in trouble all along the way. I didn’t need to deploy whattaboutery to get a good interview. I just needed to let him talk. No one else ever had.
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.
Following the passage of a controversial, though non-binding, parliament bill condemning “Islamophobia,” a national poll found that most Canadians consider the threat of discrimination against Muslims “overblown,” the product of media hype.
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.
From D.D. Guttenplan (October 16, 2016) at Nation:
You think people are really that inhibited?
Yes. Absolutely. The range of socially unacceptable opinions is widening. The range of socially acceptable opinions is narrowing.
What is a newly unacceptable opinion?
You can’t keep a newspaper column in this country and say that the wage gap is a myth or that campus rape culture is a myth. We’re reordering society according to myths and conspiracy theories and advocacy research. You cannot deny these things and keep your place in the establishment, even at right-wing newspapers. More.
Reality check: Essentially, mainstream media either represent the real range of opinion or decline into self-righteous insignificance. The quarterly reports tell the tale.
Note: Readers, I am writing a short series on the crisis in political correctness triggered by the conflict between the warring streams of lies. So you may find my news notes veering in that direction for a little while.
See also: Irrelevance of traditional mainstream media quantified
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.
“When politicians and the media downplay Islamic links to terrorism or pretend that right-wing terrorism is just as deadly or that Islamophobia is as much a problem as terrorism, the public loses faith they will ever be told the truth.”
The federal government says it has pulled its advertising from Breitbart.com, the so-called alt-right website whose controversial former chairman, Steve Bannon, is U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief adviser.
…The government says it put Breitbart on a blacklist in December, apparently after The Globe and Mail reported that ads for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission had appeared on the site.”
Me thinks this was a case of sour grapes by the Globe…
Ottawa cuts newspaper ad spending amid worries about sector…Internal report cites options to support Canadian newsrooms, as newspaper revenues tank
The March 2016 Canadian Heritage report, Newspapers in Canada: The New Reality of a Traditional Industry, notes that the federal government has been abandoning print newspaper ads just as quickly as other advertisers, choosing cheaper digital ads instead — and disrupting the familiar newspaper business model.
“Federal advertising is shifting towards online platforms,” says the report, written by public servants and obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.
Amid the jaw-dropping revelations within the U.S. body politic in 2016, one of the most important was the American electorate discovering that Media Polling is just as brutally biased as the media entities who present the polling results.
I realize our media is in peak PC hysteria over the Quebec mosque shooting but that still doesn’t give them license to normalize Islamist whackjobs like Said Rageah, the featured interviewee in this city hall protest: Members of faith community say zoning by-law is ‘discriminatory’
Rageah is known for among other things:
For declaring Israel leads the world in the sexual slavery of little girls
Being denied admission to Australia for his comments on homosexuals
Declaring the Charlie Hebdo and 911 attacks to be false flag operations designed to defame Muslims:
“I don’t believe a bit that Muslims have anything to do with that, because, Glory be to Allah (سبحان الله), September 11 , the building melted, but they found a Saudi passport, Allah willed it (ما شاء الله). What a miracle!
“You know here [in the case of Charlie Hebdo attack] they kill, you know, people, but miraculously the guys are so intelligent to assassinate 12 people, but he was so dumb to leave his document in the car? Allah willed it (ما شاء الله), May Allah bless you (تبارك الله).
Our media and politicians are generally ignorant of Islam and its “leaders” in Canada. They also live in fear of being called “racist” and so prefer to promote the false narratives of diversity, multiculturalism and Islam as a religion of peace despite the evidence before their very eyes.
Quite simply our politicians prefer Muslim votes to the truth and that makes them dangerous to the general public.
It will surprise no one that the major “news” outlets that endlessly and breathlessly covered the “Women’s March”—full of genitalia-bedecked whackos who had taken the rare day away from their cats to march around with obscenity-laden signs and scream the “F” word at passersby—had pretty much nothing to say about Friday’s March for Life (unless it was inflammatory or outright lies). Let us peruse the recent headlines.