No we aren’t talking about CNN or Media Matters.
They have a point. Many of these media outlets (which are mostly small in relative terms) will be inclined to like Trump. But Media Matters needs to take a chill pill. Every major old media outlet with the exception of FOX and The Wall Street Journal have long been propaganda outfits for the corporatist Left (There is a non-corporatist Left media, in our opinion a more honest Left, Democracy Now! would be an example.) and for Obama specifically.
This is an article that needs to be read.
I have serious issues with Warren Buffett but when he sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos I sensed that it was probably a good move for Buffett. Originally Buffett bought The Post because it was the chosen news source within the power circles of Washington DC. In addition to this important factor Washpo had a strong readership based in a wealthy city. Good for ad revenue. There was deep value in the publication. But, to Buffett’s credit he probably sensed the winds shifting (even if he did think Hillary was going to win) and sold The Post when he could before the real serious decline in value became too obvious and too expensive even for someone who wanted to revamp the newspaper for delivery on Kindle devices.
So let’s talk about “fake news.”
As you are likely aware, in the wake of the Trump victory there has been a desperate attempt to come to terms with why the Clinton machine lost despite having essentially all of the #oldmedia on its side. Let’s take a moment and review how biased toward Hillary Clinton (and her machine) the #oldmedia actually was.
Below only represents a tiny fraction of the stories we featured on the pro-Establishment and pro-Clinton propaganda push from the powers that be in the #oldmedia,
(From The Tenth Amendment Center)
Anyone with an ounce of sense and access to the Internet should be able to ferret out the truth and lies in these stories with some basic research. That these stories flourish is largely owing to the general gullibility, laziness and media illiteracy of the general public, which through its learned compliance rarely questions, challenges or confronts.
Then there’s the more devious kind of news stories circulated by one of the biggest propagators of fake news: the U.S.
I’m sorry but I thought that National Public Radio was paid for by taxpayers, of which many, if not the majority might be called “conservative.”
It should be noted that the co-founder of this website Hunter Lewis, co-founder of Cambridge Associates a global investment firm, was once interview by Steve Inskeep at NPR. In the 2007 interview Lewis warned that the world was headed for a Federal Reserve created Crash. Inskeep didn’t like Lewis’s take and so the interview was spiked.
You have probably seen the list of “fake news sites” created by Merrimack College assistant professor Melissa Zimdars that has been making the rounds. But it isn’t a list of “fake news” sites, it is a list of sites that challenge the official narratives put forth by outfits like The New York Times and PBS. At least this is true for many of the sites.
For instance sites like Zerohedge and LewRockwell.com were both on the list which is total nonsense.
This is absolutely true, and thank God we still have a mostly free press in this country.
A free press must be fought for because the powers that be don’t like being held accountable. They will shut down the questioners if they are able. Watch out for (even more) serious assaults on free speech in the immediate future.
Half a billion dollars for US taxpayers to pay for Obama’s spin, his propaganda, his effort to control the “narrative.”
This is just flat out abuse of the taxpayer. Take our money to sell things like Obamacare and drone wars and “stimulus” and then charge us for these boneheaded ideas too.
This is part of the great Washington scam also. How many spin people does the administration need? Oh, this many…
Dan Rather explains in the attached piece that he’s fearful of Trump and says that Trump’s anti-media statements are out of line and a threat to America. This may or may not be true. However what Rather’s rant really expresses is his frustration with the diminishing power of the establishment media. He misses the days of a solid “liberal” media block. He can’t believe that someone he detests so much, someone who dares call the media out in a way that he does has the support that Trump does.
We have a deeply crony media. Americans know this but we are still on the leading edge of how to deal with the situation.
It seems we can either let the BS continue and continue to read between the lines. We can give up altogether and usher in a new dark age. Or we can decide to champion those who at least seek to tell the truth. (What a quaint thing to want huh?)