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The Press Is Burning
PropOrNot, fake news, openly partisan, and owned lock stock and barrel by monopolistic billionaires

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:01 PM

So lately we have:  evidence of direct collusion between a major news org and a presidential campaign, "fake news", an infotainment journalism culture, a gyrating revolving door between government and journalism, Wapo owned lock, stock, and barrel by a billionaire ecommerce mogul, social media white noise turned up to 10, and a completely bizarre conspiracy theory about Russia running around with its head cut off with the CIA evidently trying to influence domestic politics.

Jay Rosen, NYU journo-prof, is concerned about whether pundit Monica Crowley is a plagiarist, something he's desperately been tweeting about dozens of times over the past few days.

This is the essence of meltdown:  obsessive focus with enemies to the point of incoherence while your world collapses.  Nixon did it, Hillary did it, and in his much smaller, pettier way Rosen is doing it.  Self-awareness is not permitted.

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It's not exactly shocking to learn that Rosen, a liberal gay Jew (or just: Jew), hates Trump or thinks it's 1930s Germany all over again.  We've all come to terms with this bit of ethnic hysteria.  But it is significant that someone who claims press analysis as his beat has such a disordered thinking process on one of the major stories of this era, the total collapse of political journalism.

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The notion that a pundit's ghostwritten book containing plagiarized passages should be a big story shows a concern over trivia that is only partly driven by partisan insanity.  It's largely driven by moral idiocy and an obsession with social cliques within the world of media commerce.  Rosen isn't offended by Crowley's ghostwriter's plagiarism (he can't even acknowlege that pundit books are largely written by hirelings), he's offended that someone at the other lunchroom cafeteria table isn't being punished for shooting spitballs.  Meanwhile, the school is Columbine and two kids are shooting up the classrooms.  At this point it's not even nominal press analysis, it's myopic, juvenile squabbling between nerds and cool kids.

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There seem like much bigger things to talk about, such as that utterly insane "Russian hacking" story, which is a watershed.  When Wapo hacks dreamed up PropOrNot, Stephen Glass-style, to back up their shambolic reporting about leaks from Hillary Clinton's campaign, that to me wasn't some one-off event but a continuation of a decades-long journalistic meltdown.  It also represented what generational turnover looks like:  an anomic collapse of ethical standards, an untethered and dizzying sense of "anything goes".

Trump is a part of that, more specifically he has judiciously exploited the chaos within journalism to blunt attacks on him by political enemies using journalism as a proxy, as it has been used in so many political campaigns going back to whenever.  But Trump is largely a bystander in this bigger story, or a beneficiary of the dysfunction--someone was eventually going to poke the gutted structure of modern journalism and watch it collapse, and Trump was in the right place at the right time.

Stage one was media consolidation, stage two was gutting the newsroom (shedding experienced reporters and their standards), stage three was the revolving door on spin cycle, stage four was reorganizing around infotainment and clickbait models.  Stage five is you're fired.

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In this context stage five means that everything stops working all at once, because none of the critical gears can turn.  This is a machine that no longer does what it was designed to do--now it serves as a weapon of powerful interests.  Press critics who think that the press needs to respond to Trump, as if that is the pressing (sic) issue, have no clue what is really happening.  Their blog posts are as timely as 2003, which seems to be when Rosen's watch stopped working.

As someone recently said in another context, "Nobody knows what's going on," which is the scary thing that overshadows this big story of collapsing journalism.  Scary because when people don't know what and why, everyone becomes dangerously reactive.  If history is a guide this can precipitate a gigantic crisis.

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In Rosen's mind, if enough journalists play combative politics with someone they hate, the problem will be fixed.  This is what the world looks like when you're blind to the massive sociopolitical changes around you; it's hard to get dumber and more ignorant.

Even the "Russian hacking" story--and the deceptive language the media has employed to talk about what are essentially Watergate leaks from an imploding campaign--is a small part of a much bigger and more dangerous change.  As far as I can tell, no one on the right understands the full dimensions of this either, but they'd better get up to speed, because Trump BTFOing at press conferences isn't a solution to the problem.  The problem is really, really big.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:42 PM

Societies break down when there is no common reality to gather behind. Will the media realize this? We can only hope not!

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:16 PM

Another factor in the breakdown of the lapdog media is the revolving door between being a 'trickle-down media whore' and working for a politician or political campaign. It is ethically impossible to work for a campaign then swap back to being what a trickle-down media whore is supposed to be and praise the campaign you work for. But that has happened many times.

Interests are never declared and it is seen as normal and acceptable, since the lapdog media are whores anyway, to turn tricks at their day job then get a longer term job on a campaign, then go back to the day job again. It's seen as gaining valuable experience. But 'journalists' aren't hired for experience, they're hired for networking with the legion of professional liars and fraudsters who inhabit the lapdog media. And spending time with politicians only reinforces the bad habits of both classes. It also means they are usually sleeping with the people they're meant to be watching and reporting on.

With respect to CIA or anyone else - DIA for example - exercising obvious control over media assets, this goes back a long time and is part of the perpetual war economy. What has happened for decades is the 'off the record' ie secret instructions style of briefing begun by Goebbels where a government instructs the media what to say and what not to say. The best of the lapdog media whores swiftly learn to instinctively suppress certain types of story and to warp the facts in other types of story without instruction, which helps tremendously. In war time this sort of active suppression and distortion is a valid tactic to stop the demoralization or radicalization of a civilian population. As people have asked often, who are -we- at war with which requires the same control system to operate now? In truth, the free people of the anglosphere are the enemy against which the lapdog media is used.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:30 PM

Pman, what do you propose we should be doing? Because I see little way to correct the extent of this problem without burning down the field or outright nationalizing the big media corps.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:44 PM

I see this as an opportunity for actual journalism to start happening in other outlets.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:12 PM

The function of the media as bearer of news, shaper of events and controller of information are done. Social media allows you to completely bypass the old tv and paper networks to talk directly to people. That loss of importance hurt their egos massively and they don't know how to deal with it so they double down on their bullshit showing they have no ideas either on what to do.

Journalisms itself should be more needed than ever, explaining difficult topics to their audience, uncovering fraud and corruption or simply verifying the bullshit we are told in press releases*. However most people calling themselves 'journalists' don't even have the barest skills to verify things they get on twitter using google. They rather write another vacuous piece and go back to arguing with mygaydadrapedme69 on twitter.



*See GM's statement that a certain car was only built in the US until some random guy on twitter proved they were all built in Mexico instead.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:24 PM

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In this context stage five means that everything stops working all at once, because none of the critical gears can turn.  This is a machine that no longer does what it was designed to do--now it serves as a weapon of powerful interests.

"WE CAN'T EVEN DO OUR JOBS PROPERLY ANYMORE, HOW CAN ANYONE TOLERATE THIS???" is the eternal cry of the non-unionized libertarian autist, to be drowned out by 'sure thing, boss!' from those too poor or indifferent or non-American to care that they are, in fact, serving as a weapon of powerful interests.

The CIA could gut their operational capacity and fill its ranks with mendacious McMullins because they operated with very little effective Congressional oversight, a scary reputation, and a well-guaranteed federal budget.  

The press, I suspect, can continue to operate as long as A: the worthless degree mill continues to push high-verbal manlets through the system regardless of their ability to land a job post-degree. and B: newspapers can drive (OR BE SHOWN TO DRIVE VIA THESE LATEST METRICS TAKEN ACCORDING TO BEST PRACTICES IN OUR INDUSTRY) public opinion even if they can't drive advertising dollars anymore.

The managerial convergence of these organizations (insiders with near-zero desire to complete the company mission eventually take over and restructure internal resources to serve their own personal careers) probably happened alongside the political convergence, since dumb ideas are still profitable as long as dumb people are willing to exchange goods and services for them, and liberalism keeps an attractively empty and attentive head for sociopaths to fill with their particular self-serving drivel.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:04 PM

View PostSo f**king Triggered, on 12 January 2017 - 03:30 PM, said:

Pman, what do you propose we should be doing? Because I see little way to correct the extent of this problem without burning down the field or outright nationalizing the big media corps.

if you trace it back--journalism has never been particularly brilliant--I think the media consolidation has created many problems, and it's a great place to start...post-Internet, how you fund responsible journalism isn't an easy question to answer, and other sides to this problem lead into issues of trust, the social values of a community, and the difficulty of seeing into political and economic schemes, and balance of power

even Rosen will admit that a lot of stories journalists tell themselves about the power of print are myths, but then he also claims bias doesn't really exist and he seems triggered by the ideas of balance and objectivity (as a liberal Jew, of course he is; he has nothing to gain by letting more and better conservative voices speak)

in short, fixing journalism requires fixing a lot of other things too, things which compel a win at any cost attitude, things like diversity which make people implacably divided and unsympathetic to each other

I also think that the best journalists, like the best managers, have a solid grounding if not expert knowledge in their field, although in politics that would involve how many Senators you've jerked off

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:18 PM

'Journalism' as it has evolved is irrelevant to modern life. It's like candlemaking or barrelmaking. Something from a past era that hasn't quite died.

The FREE PRESS on the other hand is someone, anyone and all of us using a means of publication to express a view, report local news, circulate wider news and develop discussions hopefully leading to resolution of problems.

Would Ben Franklin be a 'trickle-down media whore' today or an internet maven?

There is always a thirst for knowledge, entertainment and discussion. 'Journalism' can't fulfill any of that need so it will die. Meanwhile people simply go around the lapdog media like the intentional roadblock they are.

A further sign of this is the invasion of the online world by intelligence agencies in a structured organized way - whole forums run by them or their agents, paid trolls and spies developing online personae, all the rest of the 'tradecraft' they love so much. What it comes down to is the development of 'journalism' as mind control versus the concept of 'journalism' as free press.

Free press will always exist in some form in white societies. 'Journalism' is just another orthodoxy with its priesthood, heresies and forbidden knowledge. Once something becomes 'occult' it's as good as dead, both because of who it attracts as practitioners and because the inherent valuable knowledge is lost in meaningless manner and form.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:42 PM

View PostFlying Tiger Comics, on 12 January 2017 - 05:18 PM, said:


Would Ben Franklin be a 'trickle-down media whore' today or an internet maven?


Franklin would be blogging at Chateau Heartiste.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:10 PM

View PostSo f**king Triggered, on 12 January 2017 - 03:30 PM, said:

Pman, what do you propose we should be doing? Because I see little way to correct the extent of this problem without burning down the field or outright nationalizing the big media corps.

As if those are bad things.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:22 AM

This might be a good place to remember 'teh independent/alternative press' are also beholden to certain shadowy interest.

Case in question. Our friend Glenn (you know Glenn! dapper fellow, not afraid to CALL OUT the government, massive f****t) is in bed with ebay tycoon Pierre Omidyar.  This character is a Soros of a slightly lesser magnitude, and has been fingered working closely with USG machinations in Ukraine and elsewhere through his constellation of NGOs.  When he's not playing God in some ex-Soviet failed state, he's funding Greenwald's The Intercept.

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What all this adds up to is a journalistic conflict-of-interest of the worst kind: Omidyar working hand-in-glove with US foreign policy agencies to interfere in foreign governments, co-financing regime change with well-known arms of the American empire — while at the same time hiring a growing team of soi-disant "independent journalists" which vows to investigate the behavior of the US government at home and overseas, and boasts of its uniquely "adversarial" relationship towards these  government institutions.

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Of the many problems that poses, none is more serious than the fact that Omidyar now has the only two people with exclusive access to the complete Snowden NSA cache, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Somehow, the same billionaire who co-financed the “coup” in Ukraine with USAID, also has exclusive access to the NSA secrets—and very few in the independent media dare voice a skeptical word about it.

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But what is more immediately alarming is what makes Omidyar different. Unlike other billionaires, Omidyar has garnered nothing but uncritical, fawning press coverage, particularly from those he has hired. By acquiring a “dream team” of what remains of independent media — Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Wheeler, my former partner Matt Taibbi — not to mention press “critics” like Jay Rosen — he buys both silence and fawning press.

Both are incredibly useful: Silence, an absence of journalistic curiosity about Omidyar’s activities overseas and at home, has been purchased for the price of whatever his current all-star indie cast currently costs him. As an added bonus, that same investment buys silence from exponentially larger numbers of desperately underpaid independent journalists hoping to someday be on his payroll, and the underfunded media watchdogs that survive on Omidyar Network grants.

Source: https://pando.com/20...documents-show/

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 07:39 AM

One thing missing from your telling is the corruption of J-school by Marxists and the Bush administration as an inflection point. For some years now, going to J-school means learning Marxists slogans about "speaking truth to power" and "afflicting the comfortable while comforting the afflicted." It has degenerated even further in recent years to deconstructing the notion of "neutrality," so that allowing the right any kind of unmediated voice is itself a public disservice, as it is both morally evil and factually wrong. These young, midwit J-school grads aren't just liberals; they've been taught for four straight years that leftist narratives are reality and that impressing them on the public is the point of journalism.

Everyone is knows that you can't report everything; you have to choose relevant stories that reflect the overall picture of reality. If you think the overall picture of reality is "Everything bad is the white man's fault, Islam is a religion of peace, and global warming will kill us all," that determines why Dylann Roof is very important news and Omar Thornton isn't.

The involvement in politics that has crippled their credibility is an outworking of this. In the trickle-down media whore's mind, he has failed at his basic professional duty if, for example, he reports a story of a Paki rape gang in Leeds and his reporting is directly responsible for a political anti-immigrant backlash that ends with a ban on immigration from Pakistan.

Okay, well it's barely a step from there to partisan politics. "Protecting marginalized people from oppression" means voting Democrat. It means you, as a trickle-down media whore, have a professional obligation that goes all the way back to that "comforting the afflicted" maxim to ensure that you report the stories in such a way that people don't reach the incorrect conclusion that it would be in any way justified to vote for the Republican. That's part of why liberals now are so upset at the NYT. To us, it was obviously biased. To them, the NYT reported about Clinton scandals just enough that perhaps someone could have gotten the impression that it was in any way not the objectively correct decision to vote for her, and that in itself is "right-wing bias."

Once you're in this moral framework, everything else spoken of in this thread is just a consequence.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:08 AM

I think it would be worthwhile to go back to a 19th century small-town style of journalism (obviously this gets into PMAN's point about fixing more than just journalism) Practically every publication catered to the local community interests, and they were often fiercely partisan and brazenly biased. Most frontier towns in America had both a Republican and Democrat paper after the Civil War.

We talk often about how diversity erodes trust in institutions and your neighbors, and the immigrant waves of the 19th century that swept through America is proof of that. Yet this partisan journalism and the small scaled down aspect of things helped combat the inevitable conflicts that arose when Irishmen ran into WASP settlers in Indiana.


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:15 AM

View PostLordLemur, on 13 January 2017 - 05:22 AM, said:

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But what is more immediately alarming is what makes Omidyar different. Unlike other billionaires, Omidyar has garnered nothing but uncritical, fawning press coverage, particularly from those he has hired. By acquiring a “dream team” of what remains of independent media — Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Wheeler, my former partner Matt Taibbi — not to mention press “critics” like Jay Rosen — he buys both silence and fawning press.

Both are incredibly useful: Silence, an absence of journalistic curiosity about Omidyar’s activities overseas and at home, has been purchased for the price of whatever his current all-star indie cast currently costs him. As an added bonus, that same investment buys silence from exponentially larger numbers of desperately underpaid independent journalists hoping to someday be on his payroll, and the underfunded media watchdogs that survive on Omidyar Network grants.

Source: https://pando.com/20...documents-show/

That's interesting, including the mention of Rosen, but it's Mark Ames--I can't take anything he says at face value.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:59 AM

View PostHateful Heretic, on 13 January 2017 - 07:39 AM, said:

One thing missing from your telling is the corruption of J-school by Marxists and the Bush administration as an inflection point. For some years now, going to J-school means learning Marxists slogans about "speaking truth to power" and "afflicting the comfortable while comforting the afflicted." It has degenerated even further in recent years to deconstructing the notion of "neutrality," so that allowing the right any kind of unmediated voice is itself a public disservice, as it is both morally evil and factually wrong. These young, midwit J-school grads aren't just liberals; they've been taught for four straight years that leftist narratives are reality and that impressing them on the public is the point of journalism.

Everyone is knows that you can't report everything; you have to choose relevant stories that reflect the overall picture of reality. If you think the overall picture of reality is "Everything bad is the white man's fault, Islam is a religion of peace, and global warming will kill us all," that determines why Dylann Roof is very important news and Omar Thornton isn't.

The involvement in politics that has crippled their credibility is an outworking of this. In the trickle-down media whore's mind, he has failed at his basic professional duty if, for example, he reports a story of a Paki rape gang in Leeds and his reporting is directly responsible for a political anti-immigrant backlash that ends with a ban on immigration from Pakistan.

Okay, well it's barely a step from there to partisan politics. "Protecting marginalized people from oppression" means voting Democrat. It means you, as a trickle-down media whore, have a professional obligation that goes all the way back to that "comforting the afflicted" maxim to ensure that you report the stories in such a way that people don't reach the incorrect conclusion that it would be in any way justified to vote for the Republican. That's part of why liberals now are so upset at the NYT. To us, it was obviously biased. To them, the NYT reported about Clinton scandals just enough that perhaps someone could have gotten the impression that it was in any way not the objectively correct decision to vote for her, and that in itself is "right-wing bias."

Once you're in this moral framework, everything else spoken of in this thread is just a consequence.

This is well stated, and Rosen is at the center of this view that "bias talk" is inherently fallacious and that journalism has a duty to push liberal causes (he states this indirectly by complaining about "he said, she said" journalism that reports on what both sides of a partisan issue say even though one side is clearly wrong and lying about everything).  It's why he talks constantly about how the press should cover Trump, and how Dubya subverted press scrutiny, but about Obama's manipulation of access journalism and remoteness from press scrutiny and escalation of the Bush stategy it was all crickets.  Press treatment is really only news to Rosen when it can be spun as a right winger preventing smart, judicious reporters from getting at the truth--of Monica Crowley's plagiarism, I suppose.

There is an entire school of thought about this and Rosen is one of its spokesmen.  He long ago banned "bias talk" among his own blog commenters with no reason beyohnd "that's stupid", even though the most commonplace truth in social science is that what people think about themselves and others acts as a filter on the information they process.

In journalism the only way to circumvent bias is to have a strongly cohesive community which places a high value on fairness, but this is directly impacted--as social science also tells us--by things like ethnicity, class, self-interest, diversity, etc.  Rosen's talmudic wall of words collapses at the slightest prodding, but it more or less achieves its objective:  to reassure his j-school students that liberalism is merely a bias for truth.  (He's even stated in a recent tweet that conservatives are incapable of meaningful criticism of the press, the kind of dumb prejudice certain liberals seem ironically proud of.)

This is all further compromised by another social science fact:  liberals are very poor at understanding what non-liberals believe.  So all the caveats about bias and POV molding reality apply doubly to liberals, who, even in neutral settings and with direct prompts to understand how conservatives think, fail miserably at it.  This is the opposite of the type of person you want filtering your information, yet these are largely the people who make up the press corps.

While traditionally many reporters were trained and mentored to avoid the worst excesses of prejudicial views, even that no longer seems to be happening given the amateurish s**t we've been seeing, such as PropOrNot and the pitiful regurgitation of "intelligence community" reports that have been roundly debunked among computer security researchers.  Media consolidation can't shoulder the full blame for this, there's also a very twisted version of ideological morality at work.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 01:25 PM

"Reality has a liberal bias" is a favorite slogan of anti-biastalk liberals.

The classic example the anti-bias-talk journos use is, what else, the Holocaust. In their telling, if Adolf Hitler were to step through a space-time portal and run for office, reporting on the campaign in any way other than to make it clear to the pubic that the greatest monster of world history was attempting to acquire power is simply irresponsible. No scandal on the part of his opponent in any compares to him being Hitler. Of course, they believe Trump is Hitler, so that's why we got the reporting we did.

Remember, we're talking about people who believe that Mitt Romney was, on a primal level, motivated by racism in his entire 2012 platform.

I had to leave before I finished my effortpoast, but it's absolutely key to understand how Bush triggered a psychotic meltdown in the press. If Bush had won in a landslide rather than a nailbiter that required the Supreme Court to rebuke the Gore campaign's attempt to get as many recounts in Broward County as it took to come up the victor in at least one of them, things would be much different now. That election had journalists across the country lying awake at night wondering if perhaps they wrote one too many stories that tarnished Gore's reputation or burnished Bush's, or if perhaps there was some scandal in Texas that, given ten minutes' more coverage on CNN, would have tipped the scaled in Florida. 2004 sent them into a panic. Did the Swift Boat Veterans get too much attention? Did they give the antiwar protestors too much publicity? Should they have squashed that photo of Kerry trying to catch a football?

In the press's minds, the Bush administration was a national disaster that they could have averted by weighting their stories better. That's why they've gone completely insane. It's why 2016, an election where Literally Hitler flipped three blue states by tiny margins, has made them lose their goddamned minds, and their post-mortems all have them concluding that they simply spent too much time reporting on Hillary's emails. Of course, following through with this is what's killing them. Normal people don't actually think that securing the border is morally evil or that soaking up 8-figure payouts from autocrats in exchange for shipments of weapons & uranium is not that big a deal compared to getting to third base with a supermodel.

They're not capable of understanding how they're destroying their own profession, because at this point in time, this self-destructive behavior is their profession.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 03:01 PM

View PostHateful Heretic, on 13 January 2017 - 01:25 PM, said:

They're not capable of understanding how they're destroying their own profession, because at this point in time, this self-destructive behavior is their profession.

Their hyper-focus on their power has then, humorously then, be part of the acceleration of their loss of power.

I have an uber-effort poast on propaganda ( which we all understand is what the press is doing now ), the limits and the end state.

But in general, the question they are asking themselves is "should we do news, or propaganda?" and since propaganda is a more direct form of power, they are now voting 100% for that, because "I'M RIGHT DAD!"

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 01:04 PM

View PostLordLemur, on 13 January 2017 - 05:22 AM, said:

This might be a good place to remember 'teh independent/alternative press' are also beholden to certain shadowy interest.

Case in question. Our friend Glenn (you know Glenn! dapper fellow, not afraid to CALL OUT the government, massive f****t) is in bed with ebay tycoon Pierre Omidyar.  This character is a Soros of a slightly lesser magnitude, and has been fingered working closely with USG machinations in Ukraine and elsewhere through his constellation of NGOs.  When he's not playing God in some ex-Soviet failed state, he's funding Greenwald's The Intercept.

It's also interesting to note that Omidyar is a part of the Hollywood cabal. He acted as executive producer on the Oscar winning journo-thriller Spotlight and some Big-Tobacco Global warming documentary. Giving journalists pop-star status will no doubt deter them from being critical of their handlers.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6454333/

PS: Will chaperoned members have access to the pozcast? I know this isn't the place to ask, but I know some moderator will have to read this before it gets shown and you can delete it before it gets posted.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 04:37 PM

Mwao mwao mwao mwao...

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Constitutional 'Free Press' is not as defined by current lapdog media scum, it's a conceptualization of free expression unregulated by government. It is also in the hands of the people, not government, to define its forms.

Trump's realignment to take into account 1990s technology is the comet; the lapdog media are the dinosaurs. And still the lapdogs are saying to each other, "that big light in the sky that gets bigger every day? No biggie."

Trump is creating a free market for 'journalism'.

f**king awesome.

Supply and demand principle, answered by heightened capitalist instincts of President Trump. Lapdog media are not equipped to evolve, or even adapt. As I said before, keep a close eye on the rats that desert the old media ships, make sure they are outed for what they are as some of them try and reinvent themselves as edgy new bloggerz etc.

Best of all the power is cut to their monopoly megaphone, and a plurality of genuinely independent voices can only be good.

One more reason Thpencer et al need to be quashed and ignored, lest they hijack the emergent free press.




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