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“Wrong, wrong, wrong” is putting it kindly

When All The Media Narratives Collapse – Andrew Sullivan, writing on Substack:

Think of the other narratives the MSM pushed in recent years that have collapsed. They viciously defamed the Covington boys. They authoritatively told us that bounties had been placed on US soldiers in Afghanistan by Putin — and Trump’s denials only made them more certain. They told us that the lab-leak theory of Covid was a conspiracy theory with no evidence behind it at all. (The NYT actually had the story of the leak theory, by Donald McNeil, killed it, and then fired McNeil, their best Covid reporter, after some schoolgirls complained he wasn’t woke.) Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The MSM took the ludicrous story of Jussie Smollett seriously because it fit their nutty “white supremacy” narrative. They told us that a woman was brutally gang-raped at UVA (invented), that the Pulse mass shooting was driven by homophobia (untrue) and that the Atlanta spa shooter was motivated by anti-Asian bias (no known evidence for that at all). For good measure, they followed up with story after story about white supremacists targeting Asian-Americans, in a new wave of “hate,” even as the assaults were disproportionately by African Americans and the mentally ill.

As Greenwald noted, the NYT “published an emotionally gut-wrenching but complete fiction that never had any evidence — that Officer Sicknick’s skull was savagely bashed in with a fire extinguisher by a pro-Trump mob until he died.” The media told us that an alleged transgender exposure in the Wi Spa in Los Angeles was an anti-trans hoax (also untrue). They told us that the emails recovered on Hunter Biden’s laptop were Russian disinformation.

18 comments to “Wrong, wrong, wrong” is putting it kindly

  • Exasperated

    On a positive note, by way of the Rittenhouse Trial, it appears that a few Progs have woken up to the almost completely fictitious media account of the events that occurred in Kenosha Wisconsin, August 2020. Those people, who have spoken, do seem to be genuinely surprised at the duplicity of the media.

  • Sam Duncan

    They don’t care. The constant background noise convinces enough of the public that there must be something to the narrative. No smoke without fire after all, right? There can’t possibly be this many stories about Trump being a wrong ‘un and a vast white-supremacist horde just itching to turn America into the fourth Reich without some of it being true, surely?

    Most importantly, it even affects those disinclined to believe it. From Sullivan’s piece: “I’m not defending Rittenhouse”, “This doesn’t mean that Trump wasn’t eager for Russian help.” Just because the media lied through their teeth the whole time, don’t get the idea that Rittenhouse and Trump are innocent or anything. I mean, obviously they aren’t. Stands to reason, dunnit?

    Job done. Mission accomplished. It’s “fear, uncertainty, and doubt” on an industrial scale.

    Just as has happened with “global warming”: none of the predictions has come true, they’ve utterly failed to come up with convincing observational evidence for their hypothesis, but they’re passing laws and holding conferences, everyone and his dog is talking about “carbon footprints”, so it must be right. And hey, just because they’re all lying, don’t get the idea that you can quit recycling…

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Just your daily reminder that the Fake News Media is an enemy of the American People.

  • Paul Marks

    Mr Sullivan is correct – it is not that the media got-things-wrong by accident, they LIED. They LIED – again-and-again-and-again. And they are still at it – turn on CNN (or the other “Woke” media outlets) and you will see, right now, nonsense stories – with real news (such as how vast government spending is destroying the United States) ignored.

    The political agenda is obvious – Collectivist Totalitarianism. But what would have shocked me as a young man, is that this agenda of Collectivist Totalitarianism (constantly pushed by the American “mainstream media”) is being pushed by media outlets owned by some of the largest “capitalist” Corporations on the planet.

    CNN is owned by AT@T, CBS is owned by Viacom, NBC by Comcast, and ABC by the Disney Corporation. Amazon has its own television station – which (of course) is far left.

    Vast “Capitalist” Corporations pushing tyranny (totalitarian government control, and on an international basis), from the cradle to the grave.

    Essentially the only large American media Corporation that is NOT pushing totalitarianism is New International – owner of the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News and Fox Business, Sky News Australia (NOT Sky News Britain).

    But what happens when Mr Murdoch dies? And he is over 90.

    It looks like the “Woke”, the totalitarian Collectivists who wish to utterly enslave the population, will have a total monopoly on the American media.

    Is this “just” because the media is staffed by people “educated” in pro totalitarian schools and universities? Or is it also that the vast Corporations (or at least their high managers) think they personally would do better under totalitarianism than they would do under liberty?

    Be that as it may, the bitter truth is that most of the large American (and other?) Corporations (the media, the internet corporations, the BANKS – and so on) are actively working to spread tyranny and exterminate liberty. And they are prepared to tell any lie, in order to push this “agenda” of evil.

  • Paul Marks

    Glenn Greenwald, quoted in the article, is an interesting person.

    Mr Greenwald is a Social Democrat (to use a European term) – his politics are wildly different from the politics of people round here. But Mr Greenwald believes in Freedom of Speech and other basic Civil Liberties.

    Mr Greenwald has found out (the hard way) that many people (especially Corporate types) who share his economic opinions (Welfare State and all the rest of it) do NOT share his belief in Freedom of Speech and other basic Civil Liberties.

    “George Orwell” made the same bitter discovery about his “friends” many decades ago.

    What is the aim of the “Davos” (“World Economic Forum”) and “United Nations” and “World Heath Organisation” (and all the rest of it) crowd?

    “Orwell” described the aim of such people in his book “1984”.

    Imagine a human face – with a boot stamping down upon that human face, for ever.

    That is their aim.

  • Zerren Yeoville

    Paul Marks, 13/11 6.23pm: “Imagine a human face – with a boot stamping down upon that human face, for ever. That is their aim.”

    In substance, yes, but they are a little more subtle and less military-orientated about it nowadays. If Orwell were writing today I think he would have written instead about “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Fair-Trade-certified vegan-approved £500 designer sneaker stamping on a human face — for ever.”

  • Eric Tavenner

    Never let the facts get in the way of The Narrative.

    MSM proverb.

  • mickc

    Paul Marks
    The Western world is more Huxley than Orwell. A population kept placid with mind numbing “entertainment” on the screens, easy access to mind numbing drugs, and fed nonsense by its rulers.
    But certainly Orwellian with the constant need for enemies. Currently Oceania is at cold war with Eurasia, and will shortly be at cold war with Eastasia.

  • llamas

    If you want at least 5 minutes of relief, Google Dave Chappelle’s take on the Jussie Smollett hoax. Nine minutes of such concentrated satire, it will make green stuff come out of your nose, with the audience apoplectic with laughter and cheering him on. Nice to see that at least some cross-section of the average public isn’t buying at least some of this crap. Our side should be repeatedly, insistently and relentlessly mocking the wokerati with their unthinking acceptance of this endless stream of fabricated nonsense, but of course, we don’t – wouldn’t be seemly, not the sort of thing nice people like us do.

    llater,

    llamas

  • Shlomo Maistre

    The media are evil.

    They are not just wrong or biased or progressive or deluded.

    The media are evil.

    They hate America, they hate regular Americans, and they are determined to undermine the norms, laws, and values of this country.

    The media is the enemy.

  • Tim

    A population kept placid with mind numbing “entertainment” on the screens, easy access to mind numbing drugs, and fed nonsense by its rulers.

    An yet we have a still vigorously propagated WOD at least in the States; only finally now dying out at least as far as “pot” is concerned. Of course WOD or not that still leaves ritalin, prozac, oxycontin, valium, and a host of other pain killers or mood altering medications. And the still reigning heavy-weight champ, alcohol. Suppose the trick is you are only allowed to imbibe government/medical establishment sanctioned substances.

  • The sad truth is that journalists write ‘the first draft of history, their lies will become the official account, and all dissenting accounts memory holed.

  • lucklucky

    Journalism is the most dishonest profession. In no other profession there are so many people that go to a profession to do another different thing.

    Most people go to journalism to be priests and proselytise to “change the world” to their morals, not to inform. To make things even worse they know nothing besides politics. There are no engineer journalists, no logistics journalists, no materials journalists, no biotech journalists. That alone makes journalism a force for totalitarianism. It makes everything politics.

    That makes journalism the biggest problem in Western civilization, obviously they are actively trying to destroy it.

  • Albion's Blue Front Door

    I do not doubt the media obfuscate, confuse and even lie, nor do I discount that they deliberately twist facts or misreport events. Misquoting or out of context is a staple diet for journalists, unless of course they make things up. They really aren’t very bright.

    But one thing the Lame Stream Media is trying to do in their wholesale hating of the west and the native populations of Europe especially, is that they are desperate to keep on the right side of our fascist-leaning and totalitarian governments. They hope, against all reason, that their lickspittle approach to authority will grant them privileges.

    I think they may find they will eventually regret that philosophy.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    They hope, against all reason, that their lickspittle approach to authority will grant them privileges.

    Huh?

    I think they have lots of reasons to think that their approach will grant them privileges.

    In fact, their approach already has granted them immense privileges.

    Some examples: protection from prosecution for crimes that they have committed, insider trading stock tips, invitations to exclusive social gatherings and events, networking opportunities with the rich and the famous and the powerful, immense financial profits from corporations who pay above-market advertising fees as in-kind contributions in exchange for favorably corrupt, slanted, fake news coverage, all manner of personal favors and quid pro quos, such as jobs for their children at the White House and at Google, etc and so much more.

  • Paul Marks

    mickc.

    The People’s Republic of China regime is not a made-up enemy – it is a real one. And such organisations as the World Health Organisation and the World Economic Forum love it.

    The Biden Administration is (like the Obama Administration before it – but more strongly) pushing “Economic and Social Governance” scores – which are an effort to imitate the the Chinese Social Credit score system (but working via banks and other corporations).

    Even the Vatican sees the totalitarian PRC regime as a model that should be adopted by the West (destroying the West) – at least that part of the Vatican who listened to Cardinal McCarrick (that ally of the person on the seat of St Peter).

    Will it be more Huxley than Orwell?

    At present it seems you are correct – but you will turn out to be mistaken.

    Why so?

    Because the future will not be the prosperity of “Brave New World” – the future will be GRINDING POVERTY.

    This is because of something that both Huxley and Orwell did not understand.

    ECONOMIC LAW.

    Economic Law does exist – and the “Stakeholder Capitalism” (1971) ideas of Klaus Schwab and the rest of the international establishment violate economic law, and will lead to TERRIBLE POVERTY. Their ideas are actually WORSE than the People’s Republic of China – the level of economic policy of (for example) the Biden/Harris regime in the United States is utterly insane – and comes on top of many decades of folly.

    “Paul – you and others have been warning about this for YEARS”.

    Yes we have been warning about this for years – but now it can no longer be prevented, it is now going to happen.

  • Paul Marks

    Shlomo Maistre – the “mainstream” media is only part of the enemy.

    The true source of the evil is the Education System – most schools and most universities. This produces the people who go into the “mainstream” media and into both the government and the Corporate bureaucracy.

    Under the Obama Administration what was left of Freedom of Speech in universities was destroyed – by their “interpretation” of Title Nine of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Under this “interpretation” dissent was to be destroyed – as “harm” to certain groups of students.

    Yes – Mr Obama and associates made the “Repressive Tolerance” doctrine of the Marxist Herbert Marcuse (back in the 1960s) essentially the law of the land – and what was left of Freedom of Speech (dissent) was destroyed in the universities, and from the universities out the indoctrinated went – into the wider world (government and corporate).

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