This post summarizes some of the problems with the media and is meant to be a basic introductory post to how left-wing (mainstream/normal/non-conspiracy-based) media operates in America. Notice, in particular, how media makes GOP seem nicer than they are, sometimes just by ignoring hard facts that involve death (which would obviously cast a negative impression on the GOP) (Stockholm syndrome?)...
Media keep calling the GOP's corporate tax bill a "win" for Trump The extraordinarily unpopular bill is built on lies and ignores what we know about economics
What this is..., well, what I call this is "kissing the asses of their GOP masters". The actual truth may be more or less (maybe stockholms syndrome?), in any case, helping the GOP by covering up for their past lies (that Jon Stewart said should be set afloat on an ice flow for their Iraq War lies), is what the media does from time to time like with the following example of avoiding harsh stuff during election season (helps the GOP with winning, not like they need help);
The Present: Iraq war lies ignored in Republican campaign coverage - Rachel Maddow sets the record straight on the deliberate lies told to support the decision to go to war in Iraq, and talks with Dan Rather of AXS TV about how political coverage of "the Iraq question" is allowing Republican candidates to re-write history.
6 key mistakes media made in covering the health care debate
Ignoring diversity and intersectionality
Focusing on process over consequences
Letting the GOP off the hook for sabotage efforts
Not challenging Republicans
Pushing unworkable solutions
Ignoring the debate all together
5 Worst Media Moments Last Week From rehabilitating W’s image to overlooking white supremacist violence in Florida, here were the media’s worst moments last week.
1. Media eats up George W. Bush’s latest PR tour.
2. New York Times defends its long track record of backing wars by insisting it has “raised many questions” about wars it supported.
3. Critics mock Rachel Maddow’s Niger conspiracy theory.
4. New York Times says US “stood by” during mass killing It actively helped organize.
5. Cable news shockingly silent on neo-Nazi terror attack. Or not so shocking if you consider how casually racist our media usually is. Media Matters found that of the three major cable networks, only MSNBC covered the recent arrest of three of Spencer’s neo-Nazi supporters--Tyler Tenbrink, William Fears, and Colton Fears, who were arrested for attempted murder after firing a shot at a group of protesters in Florida. Both CNN and Fox News ignored the story entirely and MSNBC’s coverage only lasted for 1 minute and 57 seconds.
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I've actually seen many guests on cable news white wash history with Trump, for example, ignoring all the Iraq War lies and acting like this is the first President to play with nukes (Bush helped Iran - undercover & illegal operations have been a GOP hallmark for years - and encouraged the nuclear breakthrough of the North Koreans). In fact, Trump ENTIRE political pitch (picking on North Korea 7 Iran with incendiary rhetoric) is LITERALLY the completion of George Bush's "Axis of Evil' speech where Bush, like Trump today, is after both Iran & North Korea. This trend of pretending there was no treason before Trump (a tactic for Pence to replace him?) is seen in this piece;
NYT Trumpwashes 70 Years of U.S. Crimes Trump washing presents Donald Trump as an aberration.
The New York Times reports that Donald Trump “holds a radically different view of the United States’ role in the world than most of his predecessors,” citing his lack of interest in “the rules-based postwar international order.”
Trumpwashing—defined as whitewashing, obscuring or rewriting the broader US record by presenting Donald Trump as an aberration (FAIR.org, 6/3/16)—was on full display Thursday in a nominally straight news report from the New York Times’ Mark Landler (12/28/17) on how Trump has reshaped US foreign policy. Buried in the otherwise banal analysis was this gem of US imperial agitprop:
Above all, Mr. Trump has transformed the world’s view of the United States from a reliable anchor of the liberal, rules-based international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable. That is a seminal change from the role the country has played for 70 years, under presidents from both parties, and it has lasting implications for how other countries chart their futures.
There’s lots of ideology to unpack here, but let’s start with the empirically false assertion that the “world” viewed the United States as a “reliable anchor of the liberal, rules-based international order.” Poll (Guardian, 6/15/06) after poll (Pew, 3/14/07) after poll (PRI, 1/3/14) throughout the years has shown that much of the world views the United States as threat to peace, often taking the top spot as the single greatest threat. What evidence Landler has for the world viewing the US as a sort of good-natured global babysitter is unclear, as he cites nothing to support this hugely important claim (since if Trump’s cynical disregard for “human rights” is nothing new, then there’s no real story here). It’s just thrown out with the assumption the Times readership is sufficiently nationalistic and/or amnesiac to either not notice or not care. It’s designed to flatter, not to elucidate.
The US invasion of Iraq in defiance of international rules
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Sunday news shows completely ignore growing Whitefish scandal in Puerto Rico Whitefish, the inexperienced, Montana-based firm that was contracted without a competitive bidding process to restore power in Puerto Rico, was charging “eye-popping” rates. Meanwhile, a month after Maria, 70 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power.
FEMA now says it has “significant concerns” with the deal, which was canceled this afternoon hours after Puerto Rico’s governor urged the utility to cancel the contract. CNN and MSNBC gave the Whitefish story significant attention this week amid the rise of serious questions and discrepancies that have been flagged. But the Sunday political shows, which are influential in Washington and which can help hold government agencies and lawmakers to account, barely discussed Puerto Rico at all, and they ignored the deal completely.
Sunday political talk shows barely cover Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico The entire island is without power, a dam is in danger of bursting, and Sunday political talk shows talked about it for less than a minute
Sunday political talk shows completely ignored Trump White House officials' use of private email accounts ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, Fox’s Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press all failed to mention Jared Kushner and other Trump officials used private email accounts
Of all the Sunday shows, only Dana Bash on CNN asked a GOP senator about changes to 401(k) contributions
2017 was a disastrous year for local news
Sinclair quietly pushed pro-Trump propaganda on local news stations across the country -- and it’s only going to get worse
Billionaire Joe Ricketts bought, then shut down, a conglomerate of hyper-local digital outlets
Local news on the West Coast is rapidly disintegrating, and it hurts Spanish-speaking communities most
Local media newsrooms are downsizing and shutting down across the country, creating local “news deserts”
A compliant press helped bring Alliance Defending Freedom's anti-LGBTQ hate back into the mainstream in 2017 The hate group led the fight against queer and trans equality this year, but many in the press fell for its "free speech" narrative
This is how TV news ought to be covering the death of net neutrality Don’t give in to the spin, stick to the facts, and provide viewers with some sense of the stakes
Watch a tech entrepreneur explain why millions of Americans oppose the FCC's rollback of net neutrality Michael Fertik: FCC rules change could make your internet at home as expensive and limited as it is on airplanes
ALI VELSHI (HOST): Reactions pouring after the [Federal Communication Commission's (FCC)] controversial move yesterday to roll back net neutrality rules, which require internet service providers to treat all traffic on the internet equally. Opponents are protesting the move saying the rule change is going to hurt consumers and could give internet providers the ability to block or slow down content on the internet. And some are taking action.
Note; Local news all over the country (for example in Oklahoma) is being taken over by a autocratic style "Sinclair" group cresting "news deserts" where news is no longer available publicly on TV on in newspapers;
John Oliver highlights Sinclair Broadcast Group's consolidation of local news to push their conservative agenda Oliver: "With Sinclair, they're injecting Fox worthy content into the mouths of your local news anchors"
Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.
Study: Cable and broadcast news still largely ignoring Thursday's planned net neutrality repeal
Politico fails to disclose conflicts of interest in article attacking Democrats for protecting consumers A strong, independent CFPB was created to rein in a predatory financial industry, not cater to political whims
Sinclair is forcing local news stations across the country to air multiple false attacks on the Southern Poverty Law Center Right-wing groups and anti-LGBTQ hate groups have been actively campaigning against SPLC’s “hate group” designation
How news outlets have treated reports of sexual harassment in their own newsrooms
New York Times Magazine profile of Sean Hannity missed a ton of his conspiracy theories
The latest Trump propaganda segments running on local news, courtesy of Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cable news networks forgot Trump sexually assaulted women, until the Harvey Weinstein stories broke Evening programming on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC all devoted much more time to the allegations against Trump after The New York Times reported on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct
How right-wing media are laying the groundwork for an assault on voting rights in 2018
The Chilling Trump Propaganda Airing Across Local News, Courtesy of Sinclair Broadcast Group Americans are being told there was no collusion, and the president did a bang-up job in Puerto Rico.
Fox News pays contributor Kevin Jackson to push blatant lies and conspiracy theories In addition to speculating about an FBI plot to kill the president, Jackson has falsely claimed that Colin Kaepernick supports terrorism and Trump released his tax returns
Fox’s Napolitano baselessly claims GSA acted unlawfully by not informing Trump transition team of Mueller's request for emails GSA told Trump officials that it would comply with requests for information from law enforcement
Rupert Murdoch's Trump support pays off Disney deal, FCC action will make the conservative mogul an even more potent force in U.S. media
Study: Local TV news omits key details of Senate GOP's tax bill
Net neutrality dies in silence as morning shows largely ignore FCC's vote The flagship morning news shows on broadcast and cable news covered net neutrality for less than four minutes combined
Bernie Blackout? As DNC Accused of Targeting Sanders, Corporate Media Ignores Historic Campaign Sanders is making history despite being subjected to what he calls a "blackout" in the corporate media.
Why Is There a Media Blackout on Bernie Beating Trump in the Polls?Whether or not this goes any further, something remarkable has happened.
The Washington Post Just Published Probably the Most Inaccurate Editorial on Bernie's Campaign So Far The Post, owned by a man worth $53.2 billion, really doesn't like Bernie Sanders.
The Term 'Bernie Bro' Is an Over-Used Smear: Even Krugman Used It to Dismiss Criticism of ClintonWhile the term once had some kernel of truth, now it's the worst kind of thought-terminating political label.
The New York Times enabled harassers in a tech article on its Sunday front page
New York Times Magazine profile of Sean Hannity missed a ton of his conspiracy theories
How cable news should cover Trump's latest effort to screw you over while helping big banks White House appointment to CFPB could doom successful watchdog agency
New Study: Conservative Media Is An Echo Chamber That Increases Partisanship Vox Highlights Study: "Republicans Rely On A Media That Is More Likely To Echo Their Partisan Biases, And Democrats Rely On Media That Does Not Pick A Side"
Despite What Corporate Media Tells You, Bernie Sanders’ Positions Are Mainstream
Media figures and political strategists flocked to the Sunday shows to speculate that Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will promote “discipline” and reduce “chaos” as White House chief of staff, and that Trump will listen to him because he “respects” military officers. What their analyses left out is Kelly’s extreme policy position on immigration and his defense of Trump’s chaotic Muslim travel ban implementation.