Lies, Damn Lies, and MSM Lies

One thing I have learned of late, even way before Trump got elected, was to never, I mean never ever, believe anything you read, either on the internet or in print. There is no level at which a writer, no matter what forum, will not stoop to advance an agenda. Not just a leftest thing, both sides do it. The semi honest (curve grading at it’s finest) will start off with the provocative title then buried in the third paragraph attempt to explain his spin, with the usual response of ,”You’ve got to be kidding?”

I could pull up about a million examples of dishonest leftest trope designed apparently to further a narrative and influence the gullible, but I found one on the right yesterday that was just text book.

Here is the headline “MSNBC: Donald Trump Will Kill Us!”, sounds pretty sinister, then you watch the video, and you want to smack the writer for making such an outrageous leap.

Especially on the internet, vetting anything you read is so important for anyone who wants to stay informed. I found this the other day;

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won
Journalists, media types, reporters, you have two choices: you can fix these problems, or you can watch your profession go down in flames.

Most of these lies we are familiar with but what is interesting is that this list came out when Trump barely had that many days in office, so about one fake news story a day.

I made a comment the other day that the levels of Trump Derangement Syndrome has surpassed anything we witnessed during the last 8 years. That loony bat Maxine Waters already yelling for impeachment, story after story about chaos in the WH, 12,000 plus assassination tweets, is it just that they are sore losers? What else can explain their “unhinged” nature?

It is clear that the MSM is the de facto muscle of the dems, their enforcement arm for spin and indoctrination, that their job is to chip away at the level of competency of the opposition, to erode support and foster an environment of chaos and confusion, but do they have to be so blatant about it?

Cress made the mistake the other day of thinking liberal tears was only payout cherished by the Trump win. Anyone who values honesty, decency, and fair play cheers when evil doers get their comeuppance. When reckless drivers get pulled over by the cops, when criminals are caught and jailed, and bad actor dishonest politicians get caught and publicly shamed, it gives the rest of us honest folks confidence that justice does exist in the world. Ditto with the press, when they get called out on their dishonesty, lose credibility and suffer lost prestige or loss readership, it provides symmetry and order. It also metes outs justifiable consequence for the evil doer. Lying and respectable journalism can not co exist, even in today’s rancorous political climate.

10 comments:

  1. CM

    Especially on the internet, vetting anything you read is so important for anyone who wants to stay informed.

    LOL, I’m definitely copying and pasting that for future use!

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  2. CM

    I also love that you’ve written this on the day when even Conway is now trying to argue that Trump’s non-lies are more important than all his lies. I see you’re taken the leap through the looking glass with them.

    is it just that they are sore losers?

    Not at all. Perhaps one day you’ll wake up and understand why so many people oppose Trump so strongly (and way more than those who bothered to vote for Hillary). I mean it’s very very obvious and all right there in front of you, you just need to be able to see it. Clearly you’re a very long way from that though.

    I honestly didn’t think it would be this funny though.

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  3. stogy

    I made a comment the other day that the levels of Trump Derangement Syndrome has surpassed anything we witnessed during the last 8 years.

    Yet you haven’t made any comment about that fabricated list of “terrorist attacks” that received almost no media coverage, except for all of the ones that did receive extensive coverage, and the ones that were not terrorist attacks. Fortunately this list did omit the Bowling Green massacre, which was mentioned by Conway three times, not one as she claimed… It’s just put out the falsehood, then deflect.

    There certainly are fake stories that are circulating  left-wing sites (the stuff people are putting up from Occupy Democrats is driving me nuts). But writing a blog post that ignores that there are just as many (if not more) coming from the right, circulating the right wing echo chamber, with the volume ramped up by Fox and Breitbart, really does you no favors.

    The WH is itself an active source of misinformation, and therefore anyone supporting this administration really can’t complain about the left if they ignore what is happening on the right.

     

     

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  4. stogy

    is it just that they are sore losers?

    Last year, on another site, I joked that I didn’t want Trump to be elected President, but I really really wanted to “run the simulation.” And here we are. So far, the entertainment value of the non-simulation has delivered far beyond expectations. Who could be sore about that?

    However, I need to keep reminding myself that this will have human consequences. And what happens when you put inexperienced, unqualified ideologues (regardless of whether they are from the right or left) in positions of power, the results are all too often catastrophic.

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  5. richtaylor365 *

    LOL, I’m definitely copying and pasting that for future use!

    Ah, something you are good at, bravo.

    Perhaps one day you’ll wake up and understand why so many people oppose Trump so strongly

    No, I get that, I opposed him as well, but if you want to justify all the trumper dantrums, the rioting, the lies, and the assassination tweets, have at it.

    I honestly didn’t think it would be this funny though.

    I imagine you would giggle at the discovery of lint in your navel, or marvel at the aroma of your finger right after you just scratched your butt.

    The WH is itself an active source of misinformation, and therefore anyone supporting this administration really can’t complain about the left if they ignore what is happening on the right.

    Lies coming from any source should be called out, I thought I made that clear when I said;

     Not just a leftest thing, both sides do it.

    I even included a right wing example, so no ignoring done here.

    And here we are. So far, 

    Yeah, so far 3 weeks in and yet ,”The results are all too often catastrophic”, there’s objectivity for you. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out, the results are already in, catastrophic.

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  6. richtaylor365 *

    Stogy, just to be clear, It’s not my job to play Kelley Conway here and defend any and all lamebrained  actions of Trump, when you and CM comment on them. But just because I don’t comment on it or write a post about does not mean I support said lamebrained actions.

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  7. stogy

    OK. Points taken, but when I said:

    Yeah, so far 3 weeks in and yet ,”The results are all too often catastrophic”,

    I was referring to general experience (e.g. the Great Leap Forward in China, the tea party in Kansas), not Trump specifically. It’s too early to say with Trump.

    And the problem is not having ideology – it can be a useful source of reasoning and moral courage. It’s when it stops you from seeking out, considering (or even hearing) any opposing evidence – a total confirmation bias. You end up with the Dunning Kruger effect where incompetent individuals greatly over-estimate their own abilities: Alex on climate change being an excellent example of this.

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