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Yellow Journalism and Orange Trump

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posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 06:34 PM
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Yellow Journalism and Orange Trump

There is a possibility that Donald Trump might be the worst president in history if he is elected. He could drive America to economic ruin while unwittingly dragging the rest of the world with him; he could start superfluous nuclear wars with other nations; he could destroy the oldest national constitution and erect fascism in its wake; he could start a civil war among countrymen; he could be the second coming of Hitler, for all we know, rounding up minorities and undesirables into concentration camps. All of that is possible. But then again, so is being stuck by lightning.

Should we bet our principles on it? Venturing on irrational fears seems to me a horrific way to live life—more a sign of general anxiety disorder or phobia than of reasoned prediction. Prophesies of the sort that are found on your average “the end is nigh” sign belong out in the street among those peddling impending doom. Revelation rarely, if ever, turns out to be correct.

But try telling that to the press and their obsequious consumers. Some journalists have thrown ethics to the wind in order to save the world from the coming disaster of a Trump presidency. I suppose we should thank them for their bravery in the face of a future tyranny—they would love that sort of recognition—but only if Trump wins and lives out their nightmares will their predictions and behaviours be justified. Until the off-chance something like that does occur, they will be guilty of ruining journalism in America in the meantime.

It is impossible to know if the countless corpses were worth the end goal of an idealistic fancy in the case of Communism because Communism was never realized. The ends never justified the means. Like the communist dream, the press could very well ruin free speech, freedom of the press, and sow mistrust among the republic for an equally idealistic fancy: Trump’s world-ruining presidency. It may turn out that their insistence on turning the press into an agenda-driven propaganda machine so that they may distribute their contempt and complacency was all for nothing but their pride. We might also discover that the media’s crusade is not the result of their irrational fears, or for the sake of defending others from something reminiscent of a Mayan prophesy, but is merely the futile attempt of maintaining the politically correct status quo which has served the thought police well up until now. One way or another, the institution of a free press is discredited. Journalism is on death’s door.

When the motto “All the news that’s fit to print” landed itself on the front page of The New York Times, the paper was in the midst of repudiating the yellow journalism plaguing the press at the time, opting for ethics and truth over sensationalism. As its competitors
slowly faded away, bloated by their own provocation towards public interest, The New York Times eventually became a “newspaper of record”. A century or more later, “all the news that’s fit to print” is hardly news at all, but is the same yellow journalism of its former competitors.

I read two NYT opinion pieces today, but they sounded like one, reminding me that I should cancel my subscription. One was called “Trump the anti-American”, and the other, “Donald Trump vs. American Democracy”, both of which go off on Trump for what he said in regards to rigged elections. Without once mentioning (let alone refuting) Trump’s arguments on why the elections may be rigged, or why he might not accept the results of a rigged election, the authors employ appeals to fear and ridicule in the place of journalism. “I’m stunned”, one begins, giving a hint of the pathos-ridden dogma I was about to read. All of this not to convince the readers through reasoned argument, but to goad and coral them into consensus by appealing to their fears and tribalisms. The implicit moral of their stories is the coming threat to American democracy. If Trump loses, and doesn't admit he lost fair and square, we are no doubt going to lose some piece of democracy. Meanwhile, the greatest threats to democracy—rampant corruption, rigged elections and an agenda-driven press—pass by with nary a mention.

Jorge Ramos, Univision’s top news anchor, wrote in a Times article that one day “we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump”, whom in Ramos’ mind is “the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades”. Getting past the song and dance of his moral posturing, we can scan the last year to remember that we actually have watched, in real time and over and over, how journalists and other public figures have responded to Trump over the past year, and can judge accordingly.

Their response has been suspiciously divisive, polarizing and disruptive. If the journalists hadn’t sensationalized and ripped out of context a spate of words and phrases, made continuous accusations of racism or misogyny against the candidate, while over a 24-hour news cycle painting him as Dangerous Donald, sure to set the world on nuclear fire, the criticism of “divisive” wouldn’t stand to reason. It’s like blaming Emmanuel Goldstein for the hatred he inspired among the citizens of Oceania, even though Goldstein may not have even existed at all beyond the telescreens. However, as evidenced by the buzzwords and the talking points, which seem to make their rounds between journalists, pundits and politicos all the way to activists, comedians and glib celebrities—sentiment made true by sheer force of repetition—divisiveness and polarization is a direct result of the media coverage.

According to Ramos, “neutrality is not an option”. But as a necessary condition of this sanctimony, with neutrality goes objectivity and fairness, which now float in the spiral of a media toilet right next to integrity and democracy. Observe Ramos, whom once unencumbered by the ethics and principles of journalism, begins question-begging and card-stacking and misrepresenting Trump’s remarks with a sophistry which reveals him to be hung up on nothing other than Trump’s insensitive words, and how they conflict with his own feelings. Reminding us again that we’re not witness to journalism, but to journalism’s slow death, he goes on to guilt the reader in a frenzy of emotional appeals, wishful thinking and identity politics, all to condemn Trump of thought crimes, and his followers for their dissent from a now rapacious groupthink.

Might the press have given the other candidates equal air time, and a chance to make a case for their candidacy, perhaps the public wouldn’t need to pretend that there was only two choices. Might the press have informed the public instead of misinforming them, they might avail themselves their own critical faculties instead of being swayed by popular opinion and media, social or otherwise. Might fairness, impartiality, and the desire for truth remained in the press, we might still trust them to speak out against tyranny, corruption, and oppression in our greatest times of need. But until an Orange Trump ruins the world, and the yellow press can say “I told you so”, will they deserve any trust.

Thank you for reading,

LesMis




posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 06:42 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

Excellently written. This should be hand delivered to every news agency across the country and abroad. I don't think these novelists understand what journalism is for. Almost as it has been bred out of them.

S&F



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 06:46 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

Excellent post. Very thoughtful. Unfortunately, the journalists are right and Little Donny has no business running for president. He doesn't deserve a chance.

Presumably, the journalists are educated. No educated person would want a Little Donny-appointed Justice of the Supreme Court.



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 06:54 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

In a nutshell the way I see it? I have listened to and tolerated those who do nothing but bitch about the "establishment", "capitalism" (whether too damned ignorant of the difference between Capitalism OR Crony Capitalism), the Constitution, and above all THE 1%!!

Yet we have a guy who is HATED and Condemned by the 1% whom these imbeciles in their pitiful whining protests say they so detest, yet we finally have someone who is different and saying what most intelligent people already know, and they are losing their freaking minds???????

Reminds me of battered woman's syndrome.....

Anyhow, I am thankful for the pitiful whining, violence, and anti American rhetoric coming from the Progressive left! It's their ignorance and disrespect of those who think differently than them that has pushed people to wake up and vote for someone like Trump!



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 06:57 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

According to Ramos, “neutrality is not an option”. But as a necessary condition of this sanctimony, with neutrality goes objectivity and fairness, which now float in the spiral of a media toilet right next to integrity and democracy. Observe Ramos, whom once unencumbered by the ethics and principles of journalism, begins question-begging and card-stacking and misrepresenting Trump’s remarks with a sophistry which reveals him to be hung up on nothing other than Trump’s insensitive words, and how they conflict with his own feelings. Reminding us again that we’re not witness to journalism, but to journalism’s slow death, he goes on to guilt the reader in a frenzy of emotional appeals, wishful thinking and identity politics, all to condemn Trump of thought crimes, and his followers for their dissent from a now rapacious groupthink.


I , like Phil here , feel the same way .










posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:05 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

TLDR



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:05 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope

Dear LeMis,

You are unqualified to be an elitist, arrogant organization that is attempting to tell you what to think and how to think. Please behave.

Sincerely,

Yellow Journalism.



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:08 PM
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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: LesMisanthrope

TLDR


Heck, even FuggleHop presumably made an effort.



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:33 PM
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now, if everything trump disciples were throwing at clinton weren't already debunked years ago and in some stopped clock type syndrome trying to besmirch her via her husband, there might be something in the original post.

however, complaining that the media ignores already debunked lies is, well a little odd.

it would be as worthwhile LesMisanthrope complaining there isn't rolling coverage of the rumour the moon is made of cheese.

surprisingly, nobody brings up the oodles of times democrats circa 2008 claimed obama was the safer bet against clinton while fox dangled hillarys lesbian trysts if she ran for president, those trysts were found to be lies, again, hence fox isn't even touching it.

in britain, our media can be horrifically biased, making this american election look tame in comparison.
papers like the daily mail, telegraph and times make breitbart look liberal, sky news only lacking a swastika in a far-right fox confrontation and, the bbc filled with old 'young conservatives' happy to side with the popular center-right party of the day.
you know what i do?
avoid them.

cnn upsets you watch fox.
simples



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:37 PM
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"Yellow and Orange".
edit on 21-10-2016 by Orionx2 because: (no reason given)


Edit: Reread OP. Not really sure what the to think. To many names being thrown around these days. Buzzword names seems to be more important than context these days.
edit on 21-10-2016 by Orionx2 because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 07:51 PM
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a reply to: LesMisanthrope


That's what they have become.

Definition of;




Definitions

Joseph Campbell defines yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion.

The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers around 1900 as they battled for circulation.

[3] Frank Luther Mott defines yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:

[4] scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings

use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts

emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips

dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.


en.wikipedia.org...


Same BS with "accepting the results" as "horrifying" , OMG!

But most people don't know or forgot what yellow journalism is. Hell, 45% of millennials think GW killed more people than Stalin.

Govt schools FTW.




posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 08:23 PM
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Great job on the propaganda, fox news and breitbart are the bread and butter of the right, and all they do is spew fear and you guys drink it up daily.

Only 16 days to go, start brushing up on some new excuses.

Yea yea my grammar sucks lol



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 08:35 PM
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ATS's best writer / literary... a Trump supporter.


edit on 21-10-2016 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 08:36 PM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Oh how we've all longed for your return.

Please sir, give us your personal definition of propaganda.



posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 08:51 PM
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originally posted by: burgerbuddy
a reply to: LesMisanthrope


That's what they have become.

Definition of;




Definitions

Joseph Campbell defines yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion.

The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers around 1900 as they battled for circulation.

[3] Frank Luther Mott defines yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:

[4] scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings

use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts

emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips

dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.


en.wikipedia.org...


Same BS with "accepting the results" as "horrifying" , OMG!

But most people don't know or forgot what yellow journalism is. Hell, 45% of millennials think GW killed more people than Stalin.

Govt schools FTW.



GW?? Bush or Washington?? Lol



Just since your throwing up the Stalin reference I'm guessing you doing the whole " socialism has killed more than cancer" line...


Capitalism is a very new experiment ALL. Of pre capitalism human civilization was based entirely on socialism,even today half our society is socialism...state paid army police fire exc all socialism.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 08:36 AM
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originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Oh how we've all longed for your return.

Please sir, give us your personal definition of propaganda.




Go read the dictionary, i was missing ats alot, my daily reminder of how dumb people truly are.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 09:07 AM
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OPRAH: ‘YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE’ HILLARY TO VOTE FOR HER


“She’s not coming over to your house! You don’t have to like her,” Oprah exclaimed. “You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote. Do you like the country? Do you like freedom and liberty? Do you like this country? OK. Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”


www.infowars.com...


Gee , that is some Endorsement from the Big OH . Tell All the DemoSheeple to Vote for Crooked Hillary because if she becomes President , she will not be coming to your House to Offend you . The " Do you like Freedom and Liberty " part is a Streatch too , None would Exist if Hillary is in Charge .......



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 09:20 AM
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originally posted by: JoshuaCox

originally posted by: burgerbuddy
a reply to: LesMisanthrope


That's what they have become.

Definition of;




Definitions

Joseph Campbell defines yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion.

The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers around 1900 as they battled for circulation.

[3] Frank Luther Mott defines yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:

[4] scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings

use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts

emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips

dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.


en.wikipedia.org...


Same BS with "accepting the results" as "horrifying" , OMG!

But most people don't know or forgot what yellow journalism is. Hell, 45% of millennials think GW killed more people than Stalin.

Govt schools FTW.



GW?? Bush or Washington?? Lol



Just since your throwing up the Stalin reference I'm guessing you doing the whole " socialism has killed more than cancer" line...


Capitalism is a very new experiment ALL. Of pre capitalism human civilization was based entirely on socialism,even today half our society is socialism...state paid army police fire exc all socialism.



Socialism doesn't work.

And it doesn't matter about who is GW, they wouldn't know anyway.

Name me 1 socialist leader who was not a tyrant or rich.

Besides, look up the definition of socialism and see if it still applies to cops and fireman and human civilization.

BTW, what're your thoughts on the OP?






posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 05:33 AM
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You're not able to 'off the cuff' describe to us what your interpretation of it is?

Me, I have entire volumes I've written, films I've made, to the subject.



posted on Oct, 24 2016 @ 05:39 AM
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I'm bummed your Yellow Journalism piece wasn't a major hit.

A subject I used to study frequently for fun, but I was gone a several years and when I returned this year it was total Social Anarchy. The phrase libel laws had occurred to me a couple times, but when you posted this it hit me that I hadn't thought of Yellow Journalism since back in 2008, following the MSM's (led by FOX News) perpetual smear campaign they lodged against Dr. Paul. Trump now has about 2,384X the case Ron did then, against the MSM for their libelous propaganda overdrive of a Yellow Journalism campaign they've waged against him. If he does lose he'll be able to come back later and drag the MSM thru the mud even further, keep on the tips of peoples tongues the subject of their ambitions of our subjugation.
edit on 24-10-2016 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason given)



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