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Fake News vs. Phony News

THEY'RE NOT THE SAME THING

Trump's complaints are often -- not always -- correct

Fake news, n. An article in "news" media that is fabricated, made up, has no bearing on reality, created by agenda-driven partisans with specific goals, who are served by fake stories they invent.

Phony news, n. An article in "news" media from one or more reporters, which appears to be newsworthy but is actually propaganda and spin disguised as news, designed to establish or continue a narrative that seems neutral but actually embeds a prejudice and represents a predetermined perspective or outcome.

Reporters adamantly reject the definition of phony news because, according to critics, they cannot see the truth it contains. In contrast, fake news is a problem everyone recognizes as a problem.

Phony news has dominated so-called "mainstream" reporting for decades, going back to at least when three networks dominated nightly TV newscasts, which many people can now recognize with the passage of time. The relatively new phenomenon of fake news, identified loudly by the present administration, has been a tool of both the radical left and radical right to influence political affairs. Phony news is the more insidious, since it is more difficult to spot and is more influential. Phony news slips into the mind through unconscious channels.

As an example, congressional Senate hopeful Sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently cast, in the lead of a front page article in Gannett's Arizona Republic, as "a hardliner on immigration." This is phony, and knowingly so. He never took much of any stand on U.S. Code Title 8, Immigration, and its lists of who is eligible to immigrate, or why, or who is banned, with extensive lists of people banned from the U.S., This includes money launderers, slave traders, people with communicable diseases, convicted felons, known spies, child molesters and many more, page after page. Sheriff Arpaio was a hardliner on illegal immigration, sneaking past border security, a completely different issue.

This phony spin permeated the balance of the article -- and virtually all news coverage about the man -- establishing a phony narrative that fit a left-wing agenda to denounce his policies, with vitriol spewed incessantly by the left. While it may be true he overstepped legal authority, there is tremendous merit in having borders, ports of entry, passports, a visa system, and criminal sanctions for sneaking into any country unannounced, staying without authorization, using the nation's resources, and living criminally without citizenship "under the radar." This is where Arpaio took a hard line, popular is some quarters, less so in others -- including a blatantly prejudicial media (they deny this bias to this day).

Similar phony coverage dominates the gun issue, for example. Virtually every firearms-related story takes the tack that guns are bad. This is not fake, it's phony. Almost all firearms stories cover nothing but crime, yet firearms comprise the number two participant sport in America (based on sales, ahead of golf, number three, an elitist predominantly rich white pursuit that gets exemplary front page coverage a lot). Firearms are a huge sector of the economy, the trade show for firearms is one of the largest in the nation yet it gets zero play -- and the industry is thankful for this because it knows what the spin would be. Phony from top to bottom.

Fake news is not the big problem, despite that focus in "news" reports. Phony news distorts your thinking, puts emphasis in the wrong places, imbalances the real issues, and the worst part is this: reporters, producers and editors are immune to this message. They can't see it, deny it is real when told, insist fake news is why they have lost credibility, and persist in foisting phony news with no awareness of what they do.

This Uninvited Ombudsman Report, "Page Nine," the page most newspapers refuse to carry (ombudsmen have been fired nationally), has been illuminating phony news since May, 2006, http://www.gunlaws.com/PageNineIndex.htm, long before Mr. Trump introduced the term fake news, co-opting my hard work. He's not wrong, it just sidesteps the larger problem. Go read some of the phony news exposes at that link, and don't plan on getting much sleep that night.

BIGGEST DRUG RAID IN HISTORY

Fool me 15 times, man, this is getting boring

Coast Guard Announces Biggest Maritime Seizure in History

The lamestream media told you:


A Coast Guard crew seized more than 13 tons of cocaine in what authorities called, "the largest cocaine seizure in maritime history," according to a report in Newsweek in 2017, citing a story from 2001. It was part of an article by Cato Institute EVP David Boaz, pointing out the folly of the failed drug war.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

This is not an article about the drug war -- which you may love, hate, support or want dead. This is a report about the so-called "news" you're getting. Not fake news -- stuff that's invented and false, made up by miscreants or our commie enemies (falsely called Russians to misplace blame).

This is about phony news -- what I've been writing about since 2006, http://www.gunlaws.com/PageNineIndex.htm -- what journalists use to deliberately mislead you and frame public debate to their twisted agenda.

Trump talks about fake news, a real problem, yes. When he's attacked for saying the media is an enemy of America, he's also right, but phony news is the bigger problem.

With AG Jeff Sessions on camera, the Coast Guard recently announced a new record for cocaine seizures at sea, 455,000 pounds, topping last year's record! Hooray for our side! The Coast Guard announced, in 2015, the biggest submarine drug bust, $181 million in cocaine! (No way to compare dollars to pounds, but reporters don't notice, or care.) Boaz goes on to cite the biggest drug bust ever in Brooklyn! Utah! New York! Outside of Florida! $20 million! $73 million! $2 billion! $4 billion! Looks like we're winning at last!

But of course, we're losing miserably. Phony news stories (not fake ones) hide that fact. Is it collusion, conspiracy, incompetence, part of the plan? Will reporters report on that? Fact: They don't. For every bust, many other shipments get through. How do we know? You can buy cocaine all over America, 24 hours a day, at low low sale prices. Some reporters, especially in Hollywood, enjoy the stuff. The farms keep growing, and like bananas, shipments of farm fresh produce keep arriving. A solitary shipment sometimes makes the "news."

This has been a drug report. Gun reports are the same. Same reporters, editors, producers, competence. Now you know it. They don't, even after reading Page Nine.

Death by Hurricane! 

Media has it all wrong

Hurricanes don't pose the risk you think they do

Deaths attributed to evacuations



The lamestream media told you:

Hurricane is coming -- prepare to die! Death and destruction, run, hide, evacuate, certain death will find you, it’s not safe, evacuate, listen to authorities, do what you are told, mandatory evacuation means what it says, do not remain in your home, leave, do not expect the state to come and help you, the hurricane will kill you (repeat for days).

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Five minutes from any lamestream station during pre-hurricane time will give you everything they have, typically, familiar from the last time they “reported.

The actual causes of death from hurricanes have less to do with the weather than the “news” media leads you to believe. More proof the "news" has left the building. We don't get news in America any longer. In the absence of facts, the public believes hell will come down and cause death. The truth is more specific. Knowing it (“an informed public,” as the Founders intended) can save your life.

Cause of death from Atlantic hurricanes, 1963 - 2012

6% Vehicle accident during evac
9% Evac incident without vehicle
4% Cardiovascular failure during evac
3% Vehicle hits tree
15% Vehicle accident unrelated to evac or tree
4% Fall
6% Electrocution
6% Carbon-monoxide poisoning
4% Fire in residence with open flame
4% Tree incident (no vehicle)
39% Cardiovascular failure not during evac

Hundreds of deaths could not be categorized.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Soc. 2015

Apologies in advance if this report reduces your confidence in hurricane reporting from the lamestream stations, or your willingness to bow down to government dictates when the rain’s a comin’.

They do sound convincing though, don't they, all breathless and sincere. Chances are they know not what they do.

Violence! But There Is None.

Even the Headline Lies

(Arizonans may have seen this item)

The lamestream media told you:


The gathering in Phoenix was peaceful until the end when rioting broke out and there was widespread violence. Police had to use tear gas, pepper spray, pepper balls and rubber bullets to disburse the mob.

 
 
 
 

WHAT VIOLENCE?

Winner: The End of Credibility Award.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

In the most flagrant display of bizarre propaganda in recent memory, a front page mainstream newspaper proclaims violence, but shows a totally peaceful scene with one demonstrator. Because there was little else.

A line of battle ready shock troops, identities hidden, aligned in combat formation stand guard, as absolutely nothing is happening. The disjoint between headline and image must have appealed to someone up there in those isolated halls.

The Uninvited Ombudsman carefully screened footage from every major “news” outlet, and despite vigorous editing and artful presentation, the only thing remotely resembling violence was police action against the assembled public.
 
Kicking a single canister of riot gas back at its source is not deemed violence for the purpose of this report. That scene, repeated on screens ad nauseum, including the guy folding from a rubber-bullet shot to the groin, is not proof of violence or justification for any of the phony reports that followed.

Friends who were there reported an unruly angry, antagonistic mob of anti-Trumpers when they exited the rally. Police did the right thing, keeping the sides separated, across the streets, with barricades. That's what police in other cities are supposed to do, but frequently do not, yet they retain their jobs for reasons that were unclear at press time.

Although claims of tossed empty water bottles were received during the 108-degree day, police action was unquestionably violent, and demonstrators and participants from many sides had no choice but to disburse. Anti-Trump protesters did create a ruckus at one point. These people and the belligerent crowd associated with them were deemed “peace activists” by Reuters, who withdrew the false characterization after a withering storm of rebuke. According to leading experts, such misleading references are institutional.

A picture speaks 1,000 words. Although MSNBC at one point referred in passing to "tens of thousands" of demonstrators, there were hundreds, which grew eventually to perhaps just more than that. This was the thickest crowd shot I could capture:
 

The full-size image allows head counts, pretty close. It's in the hundreds. This
image from TV during daylight, mid event. Night crowds were hard to gauge.
This was the main gathering spot, near the entrance, people flowed to here.

Orders Issued to Disarm... Everyone?

Hurricane Irma Gun Grab -- The Truth

Front Page "Error" and Rumor Gone Wild


USA Today doesn't even bother lying carefully any longer.
Read the caption. 
Go ahead. I'll wait.
 
They're not putting up shutters. They're boarding up the windows. Sure, it's a small point. But it's blatant and obvious. The media no longer even cares about accuracy, even when it's front and center. The frequent excuse is they fudge to save space. Board up windows has fewer characters, and would be correct, too. USA Today. Sep. 9, 2017. Page One.
 

The lamestream media told you:

Non-stop coverage of the storm -- it's coming! it's coming!, it's here!, it's going!, it's gone!, preempting every other bit of news for days -- days -- even the Russian takeover of Donald Trump's brain, and his tax returns (forgot about those, didn't you).

Only Tucker Carlson questioned the governor of the Virgin Islands about it, live on FOX News, who seemed to have ordered every gun on the islands confiscated by the National Guard. Forty Google listings deep and not one other lamestream media outlet was on the subject -- but every gun and new-media source was all over it.

Publicly posted, click for a full-size image of the gun-seizure order:

VI Mapp's Gun Grab Order


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

There’s more to it than that.

Only the new-media and gun media really carried the story, because it was so “minor.” Governor Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory protected by the National Guard, issued an order to confiscate the public’s guns and ammo before hurricane Irma arrived in early Sep. 2017. The “officials” down there know who has what, because all guns are registered -- the holy grail of the anti-gun-rights community worldwide.

Gun folks went bonkers. The order actually said the troops could confiscate basically anything, if they needed it for their purposes. It was not a blanket order to go door-to-door to disarm the public. But it was sloppy, and could have been read that way. In statutes enacted in 1972 they pretty much gave themselves that authority, and those “laws” should have been quickly voided as unconstitutional. They weren’t. That’s how this sort of power is stolen, bit by bit, without notice.

Continue reading "Orders Issued to Disarm... Everyone?" »

A Fox News for the Left?

Left-wing news outlets keep failing

Will require "serious funding" or it won't work

Columbia Journalism Review reports


The lamestream media told you:

Columbia Journalism Review, a formerly highly respected centrist commentator on the state of journalism, and now an integral part of the left-wing media produced at an alt-left college, is incredulous at the inability of leftists to maintain healthy numbers in cable and talk radio, where conservative voices hold sway.

CJR, March, 2017 -- "Between the nation's number one cable news network, a vibrant talk radio circuit led by Rush Limbaugh, and a bevy of websites ranging from the "alt-right" nationalism of Breitbart to the conspiratorial fever-swamp of Infowars, conservative media has found sustained success in ways liberal outlets have consistently failed to match. In a piece co-published by CJR and The Nation, Mark Hertsgaard argues that the left needs to find a response. https://www.cjr.org/special_report/creating-a-fox-news-for-the-left.php?Daily

[Hertsgaard overlooks the virtual lock liberals maintain on print, broadcast TV and film.]

"It is past time to build a countervailing independent-media infrastructure -- not to mimic Fox and Friends' delivery of propaganda disguised as news or to slavishly carry water for any political party or cause, but rather to bring professional, truth-telling journalism to large numbers of Americans, many of whom trust neither Fox and Friends nor the mainstream media to tell the truth," Hertsgaard writes.

[Hertsgaard overlooks the delivery of propaganda disguised as news from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS, or how they slavishly carry water for any political party or cause -- if it's left wing.]

"It's not as though the left hasn't tried (see below), but any attempt to replicate the success of Breitbart, let alone Fox News, requires serious funding and the sort of breakthrough success that has so far eluded liberal outlets."

[Hertsgaard recognizes that serious funding, and not free-market results, is needed.]

CJR summarizes some of the failed almost laughable attempts, which confound the left, including the failure of Air America, with an obituary from the New York Times.

Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a "very difficult economic environment." NYT 1/21/10 "It would be a shame if the world sees the failure of Air America as representing the failure of progressive talk radio," said Michael Harrison, the editor of Talkers Magazine, a talk radio publication. Company's chairman, in an unusual statement for a left winger, said, "our company cannot escape the laws of economics." The broadcaster had a role in the careers of Rachel Maddow and Al Franken, both of whom hosted shows there before it failed. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/business/media/22radio.html?_r=1&

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

CJR and this writer lack even a glimmer of awareness that the left’s continued failure here has something to do with their audience, and its inability to hold up their end of the news bargain, not the content. If you’ve debated with these people, you’ve found they can’t think in a straight line, or at least not for very long, they have trouble connecting dots, change subjects whenever anything gets even slightly uncomfortable, can’t grasp concepts greater than a triangle and sometimes not that.

Listen to the few left-wing outlets out there -- it’s like listening to Bizarro in a Superman comic. The pathetic thing is people who have this mental incapacity tend to congregate together, and you get the heart of that party -- and listenership. Of course it fails. Gather enough and yes you can elect candidates -- to everyone’s detriment -- but run a financially sound, audience-dependent information-based broadcast... different problem.

Savage Attack on The Left from its Ally

Stalwart Hillary supporter tripped up

The lamestream media told you:

They actually gave you the whole story, but with their spin, and context, most folks probably missed the gist.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A deep and insightful description of what's happening to the masses on the left ran front and center recently across most "news" media:

"Many feel left behind, left out, looked down on. Their anger and alienation has proved a fertile ground for false promises and false information. Their economic problems and cultural anxiety must be addressed or they will continue to sign up to be foot soldiers in the ongoing conflict between 'us and them'," this insightful critic observed.

"In the years to come there will be trolls galore, online and in person, eager to tell you that you don't have anything worthwhile to say or anything meaningful to contribute."

The blunt democrat critic said democrats have been flinging charges at the Trump administration, which are concocted and lack factual support. The speaker warned of "an all-out assault on truth" which is "necessary for democracy to survive."

Now, everyone awake already understands the left-wing media abandoned truth and honest reporting a long while ago.

These left-bashing statements and wake-up calls were in the speech delivered by... Hillary Rodham Clinton on May 27, 2017, who appeared unaware of the deplorable underpinning of her remarks. The media missed it too. If you didn’t know better, at times you might swear she was talking about herself and her supporters.

Ms. Rodham-Clinton spoke at the commencement at Wellesley College, an gender-segregated all-girls elite private school, which she attended in her youth. Lamestream reporters noted her prior attendance, but failed to point out that the school bans men from attending, yet has not been charged with discrimination. The all-female graduating class repeatedly cheered Rodham-Clinton's comments. The dim-light hypocrisy was almost late-night humor.

USA Today Publishes Phony "Photo" on Page One

Continuing its long history of blatant deception and hopelessly phony reporting, now popularized as "fake news" by the current president, USA Today ran a cartoon on its cover (June 21, 2017) and made it appear to be a photograph of a planet hundreds of thousands of light years away. The technology for making such an image is not even a pipe dream, no matter what's in their pipes.

The Kepler spacecraft, capable of detecting a wobble in a distant star's orbit, believed to be indicative of a nearby orbiting planet, just sent back data showing it has found 219 new wobbles, called "planets outside our solar system," by Traci Watson, the reporter. No one has ever seen such a planet. She reports, that scientists report, that 10 of these could have the right "qualifications for hosting life," a wildly speculative statement with no scientific basis other than hopeful hope that we on Earth are not alone, and that math "proves" there must be others "out there" because the universe is really big.

The search for life in the universe, while a fascinating pursuit, is an egocentric-driven effort that conveniently attracts billions of dollars on which countless scientists live. TV programs on PBS, National Geo channel, History Channel and elsewhere now almost constantly promote the idea that life must exist elsewhere, disregarding even the most basic principles of scientific investigation, and filling the airwaves with entertaining poppycock.

If other civilizations do exist, the chances they might crush us like ants and take everything this planet has to offer are 50/50. If they're subject to any of the interpersonal forces and politics we experience (e.g., angry, hungry, wicked, stupid), the odds are more like 90/10. Our defense against a race capable of getting here and hurtling large chunks of rock at the planet from space are zero. Our defense against more sophisticated forms of attack are lower.




This is not a photo, it is a drawing.
No such image is possible. The caption is as it appeared on page one.
USA Today presented it as real with no disclaimer or explanation.
That's how they do things.

Proof of Voter Fraud?

Media inconsistent, Congress incontinent

Letter to reporter,

Rebekah,

Your well-researched article (5/1/17) on the 100,000 lost-then-found voter registrations did the math for a sampling (43 out of 74) and found the 58,000 people who may have been denied a vote. That's critically important.

The bigger controversy though, or at least equally important, is over fraudulent voting -- it's what the president raised such a fuss about. The article implies 42,000 people attempted to vote fraudulently. That math, simple addition and subtraction I believe should have been included, if not the headline. Did 42,000 people actually register to vote when they are forbidden to do so (assuming the projected math, the same used to estimate the 58K, holds)?

If yes, how about a story on that? If projected out across the country, what sort of affect would that have? If similar numbers apply (and Arizona is a small state comparatively) 42K x 50 states is 2.1 million fraudulent applications to vote. Is that even remotely possible? Why hasn't Congress actually attempted to study this? That alone is a story worth a Pulitzer. No one wants to know the real answer -- but maybe you do?

Alan.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/05/02/maricopa-county-voter-registration-citizenship-adrian-fontes/308435001/

The reporter replied saying the balance of the forms aren't necessarily fraudulent, they were incomplete or hard matches, the real number is estimated now at closer to 17,000. That may be, but a) why wouldn't the anomalies have shown in the random sample, b) the accuracy arbiter is DMV and those issues are well known, c) the 17K is of eligible voters disenfranchised, an important stat but, d) the question was, are any of these overlooked applications fraudulent, or sufficient to swing an election. Her followup is quite illuminating, well written, an exploration of a slice of the voting system, and I've learned this very item is in the hands of the Trump administration.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2017/05/04/fontes-lowers-number-potential-citizens-disenfranchised/310438001/

She notes, "However, your question is one I had as well, and I am currently digging through a sample of the applicants to see if I can determine any fraudulent ones. Stay tuned!" Yes, indeed.

P.S. There is a reference to 85 denieds out of 130 applicants sampled in a different set, where 85 were citizens, and the rest were "hard matches." Only two categories? That doesn't even pass the sniff test.

USA Today Promotes, Fails to Report

Have to go line by line on this horrific imitation of journalism

USA Today gets worse, if that's possible.

They said:
"What began as a Facebook post by a Hawaii grandmother the day after Hillary Clinton's loss in November's election..."

What we know:
"Substituting a tale about a grandma for hard news, USA Today failed to report that left-wing radical activist billionaire George Soros provided more than $33 million to 50 "progressive" groups to coordinate a staged event in the nation's capital..."

"Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the march’s “partners,” including..." http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2017/01/20/billionaire-george-soros-has-ties-to-more-than-50-partners-of-the-womens-march-on-washington/

They said:
"...blossomed into a sweeping protest uniting people of all ages, races and religions who crowded downtown Washington."

What we know:
"...attracted progressives and left wing people, primarily women, LGBTQ1A+s and people of color with disproportionate secular and disgruntled American-hating angry folks."

They said:
"...they fear Congress and Republicans will roll back reproductive, civil and human rights."

What we know:
"They imagine Congress and Republicans will roll back reproductive, civil and human rights. No evidence for these fears was presented."

They said:
"Sister rallies mirror main event, some 670 demonstrations take place, organizers say."

What we know:
The newspaper made no effort to see if the "organizers" number was true, they just repeated it. Who are these "organizers"? No facts were provided. How did they get such a count for the "spontaneous" one-day "event"? The very fact they could even pretend to make such a statement indicates a high degree of pre-planning for the so-called spontaneous demonstration, ripping credibility from the notion this represents concern for the subjects promoted by the organizers and promoted by the "news." It was later grudgingly revealed Soros poured money into making this happen.

As part of the peaceful protest, pop singer Madonna, a keynote speaker, called for blowing up the White House. No arrest was reported. Signs carried by the protesters were the most vicious, vulgar, obscene, profane, pornographic, disgraceful, disgusting, expletive-laced, hysterically funny and unfit for broadcast ever seen in a demonstration, gleefully published by lamestream media and widely available on the web, proving once again that everything the left accuses everyone else of -- is psychological projection of themselves.

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