All posts tagged: mainstream media

Don’t Allow the Media to Shape Your Opinions and Views

By Dr. Michael Brown Has this ever happened to you? You form an opinion about someone based on what others have said, only to meet them and find out that you had a totally wrong impression? Or you’ve read select quotes from a person, only to learn that these quotes, which were taken out of context, painted a very false picture? Headlines and Soundbites Are Manipulated to Mislead I had been following a political race in one state from a distance, very much opposed to the Democratic candidate but not particularly happy with the Republican candidate, either. He sounded like an unreasonable extremist, not to mention a loose cannon. At least that’s the way I often saw him portrayed while surveying a number of different websites. Finally, I decided to listen to him firsthand, and I was totally surprised. He was well spoken. He was careful in his choice of words. He was reasonable. And he sounded like a solid conservative rather than an extremist. I had been misled by a caricature of the man …

Fact-checking the left-wing media’s ‘dangerous delusions’

The New York Post often looks at stories published in the left-wing media and compares the actual facts with their delusional versions of events. The article’s subhead reads: “Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions.” Here is one fact-check that caught my attention: This report: “A forensic psychology professor . . . said bias killings are often perpetrated by . . .  typically young white men.”— AP, Tuesday We say: Much of the media characterized the murder of four Muslims in Albuquerque, NM, as “anti-Muslim” hate crimes, but the Associated Press went even further, suggesting the culprits were likely “young white men.” Oops: The lead suspect turned out to be a 51-year-old Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan. For more interesting delusions from the left-wing media. READ: The week in whoppers: Biden’s inflation perversion, AP’s racial profiling and more

Enviro fanatic hails the benefits of a US-China war and COVID?

Apparently, a member of our esteemed media is suggesting that a war between the US and Communist China would be good because it will help stop global warming. And yes, he allegedly also wrote about the benefits of COVID for the same reason. It happened recently after Communist China threatened military action if US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan on her recent visit to to Asia. Breitbart provides more details: South China Morning Post (SCMP) North American bureau chief Robert Delaney published a bizarre editorial on Tuesday in which he suggested a war between America and China, sparked by Beijing making good on its threat of a military response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) visit to Taiwan, could be even better than the coronavirus pandemic for reducing the world’s carbon footprint. Delaney’s long screed, which only got around to his give-war-a-chance grand finale in the final paragraphs, included hosannas for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic as the luckiest break for the climate change movement in generations, since it significantly reduced energy consumption and emissions. READ: Hayward: Columnist …

American trust in mainstream media at historic lows

According to a recent Gallup poll, America’s trust in the mainstream has fallen to a historic low, Forbes reports. The poll found that only 16% of US adults state they had ‘quite a lot’ or ‘great’ confidence in the mainstream newspapers, and only 11% said the same about television news. Equally, concerning is that the level of trust is down 5% on both accounts from a similar poll taken last year. Not surprisingly, the trust in the legacy media is highest among Democrats. In terms of television news, 20% of Democrats said they still trusted this medium, compared to just 8% of Independents and 8% of Republicans. When it came to the legacy newspapers, only 35% of Democrats fully trusted this news source, compared to 12% of Independents and 8% of Republicans. READ: Americans’ Confidence In Media Falls To Record Lows, Poll Finds SPEAKING OF DROPPING RATINGS: Woke to Broke: MLB All-Star Game Draws Lowest Ratings Ever

Major Danish newspaper apologizes for not questioning government COVID data

A respected Danish newspaper, Ekstra Bladet, has just apologized for not questioning the COVID data provided by the Danish government. The main issue revolves around hospitalization data, because there is a difference between being in the hospital because of COVID or in the hospital with COVID Fee provides a quote from the Danish news outlet: “WE HAVE NOT been vigilant enough at the garden gate when the authorities were required to answer what it actually meant that people are hospitalized with corona and not because of corona. Because it makes a difference. A big difference. Exactly, the official hospitalization numbers have been shown to be 27 percent higher than the actual figure for how many there are in the hospital, simply because they have corona. We only know that now. OF COURSE, it is first and foremost the authorities who are responsible for informing the population correctly, accurately and honestly. The figures for how many are sick and died of corona should, for obvious reasons, have been published long ago…” “We Failed” READ: ‘We Failed’: …

Op-ed calls for the National Guard to be used to keep unvaccinated in their homes

An op-ed in the Salt Lake City Tribune stated that the Utah governor should require everyone in the state to be vaccinated, and then use the National Guard to force those who refuse to stay in their homes during the Omicron outbreak. As previously reported, most are comparing Omicron to the flu or common cold, and vaccinated or not, everyone is catching it. Fox News added that there was an almost immediate reaction to the editorial: “This is mindless, anti-science insanity — omicron is infecting everyone — but these “journalists” are demanding totalitarianism. And they think they’re the good guys,” OutKick founder Clay Travis wrote in a tweet.  Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, R., tweeted, “The truth is Omicron is out of control everywhere. Even in places with mask and vaccine mandates. We always push vaccines, but even vaccinated ppl [sic] are catching it. It’s easy to take shots from the cheap seats but this is the sort of nonsense that makes editorial boards irrelevant.”  “Use the national guard to prevent unvaccinated from going anywhere?! …

Poll: Conservative media viewers more accurately estimate COVID death rate

Several surveys have shown that people have an exaggerated fear of COVID. A survey, earlier this year, revealed that the French believe that the death rate for those who contract COVID was ten times higher than the actual percentage. And it is not much better in America. The Western Journal reported on a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen that went a step further and tried to find out why people have such an exaggerated fear of COVID. First, the pollster determined if their fear of COVID was exaggerated. According to Johns Hopkins University, 1.6% of people who contract COVID actually died of the virus. The Rasmussen survey revealed that: 30% of Americans believed less 2% die (the right answer). 20% believed it was between 2% and 5% (up three times higher). 17% believed it was between 5% and 10% (up to six times higher). 19% believed it was greater than 10% (over six times higher). But then Rasmussen decided to find out how many people got the right answer based on what news channels they …

NY Times tweets media should declare election winner

Whether Donald Trump wins the Presidential election or not, one of his biggest contributions over the past four years was his exposure of the deceitfulness of the mainstream media. Everyone has heard the phrase “fake media.” When I was growing up, media did not join political parties and some refused to vote to maintain at least the appearance of impartiality. No more. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who hosted the first debate, is actually a registered Democrat. READ: Who Is Chris Wallace? Fox Anchor, a Registered Democrat, First Asked Trump About Presidential Ambitions in 1988 Nevertheless, it was a bit of a shock, that as the election was wearing on that the New York Times actually sent out a Tweet that it is the media who should be declaring the winner of the federal election. Fortunately, Breitbart captured it before it was deleted: Breitbart sums it up: The far-left New York Times published what can only be called a fascist tweet Tuesday that read, “The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in …

The Lying Truth

I am so sick of the news lately. And I am a news junkie. The problem is that all the news outlets cover all the same stories with all the same angles. Here is a summary of every mainstream newscasts. Covid19 will get you. Trump is bad. Terrorists are peaceful protestors. Oh, and my favorite news item. A celebrity who knows nothing about what is happening released a statement saying the Covid19 and Trump are bad and here is a million bucks to help the protestors who are victimized by the police. And then there is good old Canadian Pamela Anderson. Her news item was about if she would pose nude one more time for Playboy. This according to Fox News Entertainment Section. Thank you, Pam! In case you’re wondering, she said no. Now this is about as newsworthy as the woman who was offended by the man who held the door open for her. But it is a bit of relief in a news world gone mad with intent to scare and divide. The …

How the mainstream media exaggerates the coronavirus pandemic

Nate Silver is editor of FiveThirtyEight, and he recently called out the mainstream media on one of his Tweets for not providing contextual accuracy on Coronavirus counts. According to Silver, some in the mainstream media are playing a game stating that the number of new cases of Coronavirus in the US is rapidly increasing. Of course, this type of messaging puts pressure on the governments to maintain the lockdown. However, Silver noted that these increased counts are to a large extent the result of more testing. More people are being tested, and they are finding more incidents of Coronavirus. His tweet resulted in at least one media outlet honestly adjusting its message. According to Mediaite’s Rudy Takala: “Axios subsequently updated the story linked in the exchange, noting, ‘This story has been updated to clarify that increased testing could be part of the reason the number of cases in the U.S. is rising.’” Mediaite says the New York Times’ headline, “As Trump pushes to reopen, government sees virus toll nearly doubling” leaves the impression that number …

Comparing headlines

Many are blaming the mainstream media for the panic surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. You can see it by comparing two headlines one from the mainstream media and the second by Breitbart. Both articles are talking about statements made by Robert Redfield, the director of the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Last week, computer models projected 100,000 to 240,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, this week Redfield said that number would be “much, much, much lower.” Three “much’s” in a row sounds like a huge reduction and very good news. But compare ABC’s headline (mainstream media) that downplayed the good news: CDC director downplays coronavirus models, says death toll will be ‘much lower’ than projected With Breitbart’s headline that correctly quoted the director: CDC Director: Coronavirus Death Toll Will Be ‘Much, Much, Much Lower’ than Projected

Buried at the end of a New York Time’s article on COVID-19

Posted by Bee In a sampling of people hospitalized for COVID-19, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports 90% of them had at least one underlying problems. From the article: “Approximately 90 percent of those patients had one or more underlying conditions. The most common of those was hypertension (high blood pressure), in 49.7 percent of patients, followed by obesity, chronic metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic lung disease (like asthma) and cardiovascular disease. In terms of age and gender, 74.5 percent of patients were 50 or older, and 54.4 percent were male.” READ: C.D.C. Releases Early Demographic Snapshot of Worst Coronavirus Cases:

Does anyone believe the mainstream media?

Conservative talkshow host accused of burning a cross on his front yard. If mainstream media only bothered to check: “Erickson bought the cross from kids raising money for hospital workers — and he added lights to it.” — The Blaze READ: Left-wing Newsweek calls out conservative radio host Erick Erickson for ‘burning cross’ in his yard. They’re Christmas lights.