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    Crackpot History and The Right To Lie

    The Press Needs More Than A Super Bowl Ad To Fix Its Plunging Credibility

    Despite Their Best Efforts Most Americans Don't Believe the Fake Yappers

    Investor's Business Daily
    February 4, 2019

    Media Bias
    While journalists are getting pink slips across the country, the Washington Post decided to dump a boatload of cash for a Super Bowl image ad that tried to portray the news media as national heroes. Here's a better, and much cheaper, idea to restore the industry's shattered reputation: Be less blatantly partisan.

    In the 60-second ad, Tom Hanks intones about the importance of journalists against the backdrop of historic events. Thankfully, during these times, the ad says, "There's someone to gather the facts. To bring you the story. No matter the cost. Because knowing empowers us. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free."

    The problem with journalists today, however, is that they aren't interested in gathering facts or empowering the public with knowledge. Instead, they are interested mainly in pushing their agenda — a basic failing of the profession brought into high relief over the past two years.

    Media Bias Kills Trust
    The latest IBD/TIPP Poll makes this abundantly clear. The poll asked several questions to gauge the public's perception of the mainstream news media.

    What did it find?

    First, that fully half the country says its trust in the media decreased over the past two years. A tiny 8% say it's increased.

    That includes a plurality of independents (49%). Even among Republicans, who've long grown accustomed to media bias, 81% say their trust in the press has dropped over the past two years.

    Geographically, those in the Midwest and the South are mostly likely to say their trust in the press has declined (52% and 57%, respectively) since Trump took office. Men are far more likely than women (54% vs. 47%). And those with incomes over $75,000 (51% of home distrust the media more) more than lower-income households.

    These findings alone should be alarming. After all, as any corporate executive knows, you can't run a successful business when a vast and increasing share of your customer base doesn't trust the product you are selling.

    It gets worse.

    Pushing An Agenda
    The poll found that more than two-thirds of the public (69%) think the news media "is more concerned with advancing its points of view rather than reporting all the facts." Only 29% of the public disagrees with that statement.

    In other words, nearly seven out of 10 adults in the country think the Post ad's blather about "gathering the facts" is bull.

    That includes 72% of independents, 95% of Republicans, and — surprisingly enough — 43% of Democrats.

    There's more. Fifty-nine percent say that the press covers issues in a way "that seeks to delegitimize the views held by President Trump and his supporters."

    Sixty percent of independents and 93% of Republicans agree with that.

    Prejudging Trump
    Also, more than half (53%) say they agree that the media "prematurely declared President Trump guilty of collusion with Russia without sufficient evidence."

    On this, too, most independents (55%) agree. So do more than one in five (22%) of Democrats.

    Is anyone in the mainstream press paying attention? Apparently not, since they seem to think that the only problem they have is too few image ads.

    So, here's a question for the folks at the Washington Post:

    How does "knowing help us decide" when the press clearly isn't helping the public "know," but is instead trying to force decisions by spinning stories, massaging facts and pushing an agenda?

    The Post would have done journalists — to say nothing of the public at large — a real service if, instead of blowing millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad, they had put that money into dealing with media bias. They could start by teaching journalists not to be propagandists for the far left wing of Democratic Party.
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    We all remember which network actually went to court to claim the "right to LIE"......

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    We all remember which network actually went to court to claim the "right to LIE"......
    The only one lying here is you.

    Even Snopes, who has recently made a hard left turn, refutes this bs.

    Did Fox News Sue for the ‘Right to Lie’?

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    Semantics.... even Snopes admit the station is owned by Murdoch, so that treasonous bastard would obviously apply his court victory (from a bought off BCE appointed judge) to all of his corporate media affiliates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    We all remember which network actually went to court to claim the "right to LIE"......

    Haha! The truth is all these news media outfits tell half truth and lies. Over the past 30 years media has been bought up and consolidated. The people who consolidated those media outlets are playing an old game called divide and conquer and as you can see, they have been very successful at dividing us and our country is weaker because of it. Julius Caesar would be proud. There was some footage of David Rockefeller at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting actually thanking the media heads present for going along with their plan on consolidating the broadcast and print media and he did say it took 30 years to do so. To be honest. Time would be better spent just getting drunk than watching or reading anything in the media these days. Just enjoy you have legal pot and a dizzying array of beers to drink and live in the now because tomorrow might turn to shit and there is nothing a divided public is going to do to change that. Power does what it wants and the people in power are smarter than the American public are.
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    Investors Business Daily I thought that name rang a bell...

    https://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/ho...prove-a-point/

    How to Not Prove a Point
    By Lori Robertson

    Posted on August 11, 2009 | Updated on August 13, 2009

    The United Kingdom’s Department of Health may not have expected to face such harsh criticism during debate of overhauling the health care system here in the United States. As we’ve repeatedly said, neither President Obama nor the major health care bills in Congress call for replicating the U.K.’s government-run and government-provided system. But our neighbors across the pond would have to smile – or perhaps laugh out loud – at this claim, courtesy of the conservative Investor’s Business Daily:

    IBD editorial, July 31: People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

    Stephen Hawking is British. Born in Oxford in 1942, the theoretical physicist, author of "A Brief History of Time," has held the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics post at the University of Cambridge (also in England) since 1979. Hawking was diagnosed several decades ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Motor Neurone Disease. In April, he was hospitalized in Cambridge because of a chest infection, and he actually received medical care.

    The Motor Neurone Disease Association calls Hawking "an exceptional case." Life expectancy for most with the illness is "two to five years, and around half will die within 14 months of diagnosis."

    IBD may have been confused by Hawking’s speech – made possible by a synthesizer, which he praises on his Web site. But, he notes: "The only trouble is that it gives me an American accent."

    Just as we were about to post this item, we noticed IBD had updated its editorial, taking out the reference to Hawking and saying: "This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK." For more on the editorial’s discussion of "end of life" counseling, see our article "False Euthanasia Claims."

    Update, Aug. 13: England’s Guardian newspaper contacted Hawking about this incident and quoted him saying:

    Hawking: I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS [National Health Service]. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.
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