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MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics it rewards it

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posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:12 PM
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originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: jimmyx
So she only called 25% of the country racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.


yes, is that a problem?.....i'm a 65 yr old white man that has been to the south many times, and among whites down there especially when you leave the big cities, it's not unusual to hear those types of sentiments expressed...and if you are an atheist in the south, keep it to yourself, and lie about believing in god....




posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:14 PM
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MSNBC is one of the worst on the left side. As far as bias goes and making stuff up it is worse than CNN. If you look up their bias and ratings on some websites that do this, they are the left equivalent of Fox on the right, it's like a clone but on the opposite side.

If anyone absolutely MUST watch the news on TV and MUST watch left leaning news, then ABC or CBS are more to the center. On the right, there is no other choice, it's Fox or nothing.



posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:16 PM
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originally posted by: jimmyx

originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: jimmyx
So she only called 25% of the country racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.


yes, is that a problem?.....i'm a 65 yr old white man that has been to the south many times, and among whites down there especially when you leave the big cities, it's not unusual to hear those types of sentiments expressed...and if you are an atheist in the south, keep it to yourself, and lie about believing in god....

I live in the south. The biggest racists aren't white people.

ETA: I work in one of the most diverse organizations in the whole country. I have literally heard "we can't hire him as a manager because he's white and white people always protect each other".
edit on 9-7-2018 by OccamsRazor04 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:16 PM
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a reply to: jimmyx


I'm a 65 yr old white man that has been to the south many times


Sounds like you're an expert. I've only lived in the south most my life.... Please tell me more O wise one.



posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:44 PM
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a reply to: CriticalStinker


My whole gist was really that the news has kind of died and gave birth to entertainment or biased platforms. Some have a true bias, and others exploit people's bias for ratings.


Yes and no. News and politics have been entwined forever. One of the earliest newspapers in the United States was the The New England Courant, which was edited by Benjamin Franklin's brother, James. In I think it was 1722, James Franklin did a month in jail after publishing an anonymous letter attacking the governor of Massachusetts. It was btw the Courant that published the Silence Dogood letters which Benjamin Franklin submitted under a pseudonym after older brother James refused to publish him.

Infamously, another Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin Bache, editor of the Philadelphia Aurora, was imprisoned in 1798, after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, for his criticism of Washington, Adams, etc in support of Jefferson. (he died of Yellow Fever while awaiting trial)

This from a time when newspapers were mostly one or two sheet affairs. Speaking of which, the first multi-page paper published in the then colonies was Publick Occurrences. It had exactly one issue in 1690 before colonial officials shut it down because a) it was illegal to print anything without government approval and b) the government viewed the press as an impediment to their control and c) the printer/editor (Benjamin Harris) was printing things they didn't like. Colonial officials tracked down and destroyed all copies of it they could find and only 1 survives to this day. Harris came to the colonies after being arrested, convicted and imprisoned for "seditious libel" in England over a book he'd printed.

I'm not positive when the first formal endorsement was made by a newspaper but I know the New York Times endorsed Lincoln in 1860. In the 19th century, papers were actually supported in large part by revenue from the political parties. It really wasn't until retail advertising became the primary subsidy that papers started to trend toward more objective reporting. What we think of now as ethics in journalism really is primarily a 20th century invention.

That said, I do think that you're not wrong that things have changed. I'd just call it a regression. Some of it starts with CNN and the 24-hour news cycle. Then there was the rise of Fox News, which was conceived of by Ailes in (IIRC) the 70's. Fox of course catered to the Right and it pushed CNN further left. CNN for all the talk by Republicans hasn't been able to shift itself quite far enough Left and now it's found itself #3 with the former straggler MSNBC picking up a huge chunk of market share.

And let's not even get started on online sources. I was one of those idealists in the 90's who thought the Internet was going to level the playing field and facilitate a rise in independent journalism. In reality, what we've seen is the balkanization of the media. People like to talk about how they're looking for (objective) "truth" and bias-free facts but the reality is most people are just looking for outlets that more perfectly feed their biases and bolster their ever more skewed world views.

Not only have we regressed to a point where editorialization is favored over objective reporting, there's little pressure for media outlets to be politically neutral and competition, owing to our own addictions to being told what we want to hear, actually drives them to become more and more partisan.

In many ways, it's like we have 19th century media made worse with 21st century technology. In the 19th century, one needed a printing press to put out "news". Now all you need is WordPress and the right clickbait.


But maybe we shouldn't act like anyone who questions certain groups are "in the Kremlin pocket".


Agreed. It's bad all the way around. Not only is it smearing, which is always wrong, it makes people more likely to ignore real foreign influence.

The whole thing is a disgusting #show. I honestly don't have a clue how we go about fixing it either. I guess I'm hoping that at some point, the weight of it all will bring it crashing down and in the aftermath, people will *actually* value *actual* objective, ethical reporting.

As it stands, people make a big production of "virtue signaling" a concern for "the truth" but in reality, it's mostly just bull# from idiots who blather delusionally about being "free thinkers" but are really just looking for a reason to dismiss what they don't want to hear in favor of the propaganda that they do.



posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 02:56 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Did not know that about the papers in the past, thanks for those tidbits.


That said, I do think that you're not wrong that things have changed. I'd just call it a regression. Some of it starts with CNN and the 24-hour news cycle.


I completely agree, I think the 24/7 network and the competition in that space have really perverted the concept of news.


As it stands, people make a big production of "virtue signaling" a concern for "the truth" but in reality, it's mostly just bull# from idiots who blather delusionally about being "free thinkers" but are really just looking for a reason to dismiss what they don't want to hear in favor of the propaganda that they do.


Maybe you're right, after all those companies are successful as it stands, and the niche internet "outlets" still exist... That said NPR and PBS still do it old school, so there are still those who want it delivered that way, we'll see how long that lasts.

People are always going to be biased at heart, and NPR and PBS have a reputation of having a lean, but I don't feel they inject it in the reports.



posted on Jul, 9 2018 @ 03:27 PM
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a reply to: Kharron


If anyone absolutely MUST watch the news on TV and MUST watch left leaning news, then ABC or CBS are more to the center. On the right, there is no other choice, it's Fox or nothing.


ABC and CBS are closer to center, along with nightly local news broadcasts.

Fox is one of the more extreme ones... The only option other than that for right leaning "news" would be talk radio.... Right news as a whole seems to be more extreme in some ways, especially online publications.



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