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Much has been said about Fake news since the beginning of President Trumps campaign for office began in earnest over two years ago.  Mr. Trump using the phrase as a term to describe the lack of candor and truthfulness by the media in their reporting of the events of his campaign, election and administration.  Nowhere is this more obvious than in the past 24 to 48 hours as the media and activists have sought to paint Mr. Trump as a blatant racist due to his remarks about MS-13 members; more on that later today but first some back story.  (I know, I know this is getting to be a habit but I love history and I fear that our last great hope for our culture, GenZ–the Post Millennial generation–did not get the whole story from their teachers, the propagandists of the progressive socialist cult, so bear with me, please.)


Media Bias: A Brief History

From Wikipedia: Media bias in the United States

A 1956 American National Election Study found that 66% of Americans thought newspapers were fair, including 78% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats.[citation needed] A 1964 poll by the Roper Organization asked a similar question about network news, and 71% thought network news was fair. A 1972 poll found that 72% of Americans trusted CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. According to Jonathan M. Ladd’s Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, “Once, institutional journalists were powerful guardians of the republic, maintaining high standards of political discourse.

I remember the days when most American homes–that had a TV–only had one and it was a prominent fixture in the living room.  Ours was black and white; we finally bought a color TV in the early 70s so Mom didn’t have to go to a friend’s home to watch the Rose Parade in “living color.”  But as depicted in old serials about the fifties, the kids sat on the floor while Mom and Dad lounged on the sofa or favorite chair and as a family watched the evening news with Walter Cronkite as mentioned above or the Huntley–Brinkley Report on NBC.  The public trusted these news services so much that some folks maintained that “You could take to the bank” whatever Cronkite, Huntley or Brinkley said.  This degree of trust was created by an editorial staff that throughly vetted, checked and rechecked every story.  But this changed and what was reported was no longer accepted as a sort of secular gospel.

That has changed. Gallup Polls since 1997 have shown that most Americans do not have confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly”. According to Gallup, the American public’s trust in the media has generally declined in the first decade and a half of the 21st century. Again according to Ladd, “In the 2008, the portion of Americans expressing ‘hardly any’ confidence in the press had risen to 45%. A 2004 Chronicle of Higher Education poll found that only 10% of Americans had ‘a great deal’ of confidence in the ‘national news media,'” In 2011, only 44% of those surveyed had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media. In 2013, a 59% majority reported a perception of media bias, with 46% saying mass media was too liberal and 13% saying it was too conservative. The perception of bias was highest among conservatives. According to the poll, 78% of conservatives think the mass media is biased, as compared with 44% of liberals and 50% of moderates. Only about 36% view mass media reporting as “just about right”

The article quoted above; Wikipedia: Media bias in the United States denotes yet another drastic change:

In 2016 the trust in media by both Democrats and Republicans changed once again. According to Gallup news, “Democrats’ trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” has jumped from 51% in 2016 to 72% this year — fueling a rise in Americans’ overall confidence to 41%. Independents’ trust has risen modestly to 37%, while Republicans’ trust is unchanged at 14%”

This disparity is probably indicative of most main stream news reporting what Democrats want to hear and those sources drowning out the few conservative sources that report what Republicans prefer.  This is called applying “spin” which Wikipedia also refers to as Propaganda:

Spin (propaganda) 
In public relations and politics, spin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations and advertising may also rely on altering the presentation of the facts, “spin” often implies the use of disingenuous, deceptive, and highly manipulative tactics.

Wikipedia: Media bias in the United States mentions many historical incidents of bias in the media, such as these two examples:

  • In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln accused newspapers in the border states of bias in favor of the Confederate cause and ordered many of them closed.
  • William Randolph Hearst, publisher of several major market newspapers, deliberately falsified stories of incidents, which may have contributed to the Spanish–American War.

In our 11 May Chatter Report we visited the history surrounding the Iran Contra affair and Colonel North who was recently named as president of the NRA, I remember a news media, emboldened by the Watergate Scandal and the profits from papers sold or TV ratings during the Nixon scandal, going after North and other key players–like a pack of piranhas–trying to convince the American people that the real enemy was the Contras of Nicaragua, North, and presumably President Reagan.  The same media deliberately ignoring the excesses of the Sandinista Communist affiliated rebels; just like they are now ignoring the plight of the Venezuelan people and their failed socialist state where some reports indicate that the people are starving and eating their pets.

Another classic example of media bias resulted in the downfall of  CBS news anchor Dan Rather.

The Killian documents controversy: an attempt to influence an election?

The Killian documents controversy (also referred to as Memogate or Rathergate) involved six purported documents critical of U.S. President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard in 1972–73. Four of these documents[1] were presented as authentic in a 60 Minutes II broadcast aired by CBS on September 8, 2004, less than two months before the 2004 presidential election, but it was later found that CBS had failed to authenticate the documents. Subsequently, several typewriter and typography experts concluded the documents were forgeries.

The Killian documents controversy eventually led to Dan Rather taking an early retirement, some say this move was to avoid other potential embarrassments for Rather and the Network who fired other key personnel involved in the scandal.

CBS terminated Mary Mapes and demanded the resignations of 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard and Howard’s top deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy, as well as Senior Vice President Betsy West, who had been in charge of all prime time newscasts

What is important to note is that it appears that CBS news was deliberately attempting to influence public opinion against President Bush, in an effort to use propaganda to increase the likely hood that Democrat John Kerry would be elected.

CBS was originally planning to show a ’60 Minutes’ report critical of the Bush administration justification for going to war in Iraq. This segment was replaced with the Killian documents segment. CBS further postponed airing the Iraq segment until after the election due to the controversy over the Killian documents. “We now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election,” CBS spokesman Kelli Edwards said in a statement.

Now lets move on from old news to recent events.

 

President Calls Murderous illegal alien Gang, MS-13, Animals

The exchange came after a number of national news organizations excerpted only a portion of Sheriff Mims exchange with the President during a roundtable discussion with other California Sheriffs in Washington, D.C. A number of national news organizations erroneously portrayed the President as saying that all undocumented immigrants who cross the border are “animals”, omitting Sheriff Mims exchange with the President that referred specifically to the notorious Central American based street gang MS-13.

Reporting for Your Central Valley.com, KGPE CBS47 Fresno, CA Eric Luttrell points out in the preceding quote how in a round table discussion with Fresno California Sheriff Margaret Mims and other Sheriffs, Sheriff Margret Mims was complaining how her department was being restrained by liberal policies in turning criminal aliens over to ICE.  Source: Long Distance Clash Between Mims, Newsom, Over Trump Immigration Exchange

Luttrell continues:

A number of national news organizations erroneously portrayed the President as saying that all undocumented immigrants who cross the border are “animals”, omitting Sheriff Mims exchange with the President that referred specifically to the notorious Central American based street gang MS-13. Here is the pertinent portion of Sheriff Mims exchange with the President:

Trump: “And we’re suing on that and we’re working hard on that. I think it will all come together because people want it to come together. It’s so ridiculous. The concept that we’ve been talking about is so ridiculous. We’ll take care of it Margaret”.
Mims: “Thank you. there could be an MS-13 gang member I know about”.
Trump: “Its true.”
Mims: “If they don’t reach a certain threshold I can not tell ICE about them.”
Trump: “We have people coming into the country, trying to come in. We’re stopping a lot of them but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals”.

When the President said the word “animal” it was apparent that he was referring to members of MS-13.

Other observers have reached this same conclusion regarding the context of the exchange, insisting that Trump was calling MS-13 animals.

If you’ve been scanning news headlines in the past 24 hours, you might have read that President Donald Trump on Wednesday called immigrants “animals.”

Source: How the Media Just Created a Powerful New Lie About Trump
By KATRINA TRINKO Published on May 18, 2018 writing for The Stream

Trinko then point out:

Here are a few of the headlines:

  • “During Roundtable, Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’” (NPR)
  • “Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant” (New York Times)
  • “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’” (USA Today)

Then, Mediate did a nice roundup of tweets from news outlets that also promoted the narrative:

  • CBS News @CBSNews
    “These aren’t people. These are animals.” President Trump used the harsh rhetoric to describe some undocumented immigrants during a California “sanctuary state” roundtable. https://cbsn.ws/2IpNIvO 6:32 PM – May 16, 2018
  • CNN@CNN
    “We’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people — these are animals.” During a meeting with public officials who oppose California’s sanctuary policies, Pres. Trump criticized US immigration laws https://trib.al/jDvH1Vx 11:09 PM – May 16, 2018
  • ABC News @ABC
    Pres. Trump refers to some who cross the border illegally as ‘animals,’ not people. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are.”
    The president was holding a roundtable discussion with California elected officials who oppose the state’s sanctuary law. https://abcn.ws/2rPYlRo 7:33 PM – May 16, 2018

So, between the tweets and the headlines, we have six of the biggest news outlets in the United States promoting the narrative that Trump called illegal immigrants “animals” during a roundtable Wednesday.
There’s just one catch: The president was referring to MS-13 gang members.

If you look at the full transcript from the White House, here’s what was said:

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.
Trump: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.
The dumbest laws — as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So, we’re going to take care of it, Margaret. We’ll get it done.

So, if you read the full transcript, it’s an extremely reasonable assumption Trump was referring to member of the notorious gang MS-13 as “animals,” not all — or many — illegal immigrants.

And many other have come to the defense of the President.  The liberal media party apparat wants to maintain that Trump is a racist as well as those of us that support him so that their agenda or cause will be strengthened.

If you didn’t read our post yesterday, consider this;

There is another Fake Media screw up in progress about purposely selecting a quote from President Trump about the MS-13 gang members and applying it to all illegal immigrants.

Source:  BY MIGUEL.GFZ Humanizing MS-13 as part of the Trump Derangement Syndrome. (Graphic Content) MAY 17, 2018 Be warned there are some graphic depictions of just a small part of the violence committed by this gang but these pictures and captions tend to justify the assertions by President Trump that this gang is indeed comprised of animals.


Donald Trump Taunts ‘Fake News’ After MS-13 ‘Animals’ Controversy

by Charlie Spierling 18 May 2018 published on Breitbart News

“Fake News Media had me calling Immigrants, or Illegal Immigrants, ‘Animals,’” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Wrong! They were begrudgingly forced to withdraw their stories.”
Several news outlets, including CNN, clarified their headlines to add context after their reports were exposed:

CNN Chyron Admits: Trump’s Animal Remarks ‘Taken Out of Context’ https://t.co/hvzvRmAJo3 pic.twitter.com/8b17cBWbX3

— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) May 17, 2018

As reported in the article above, Trump’s remarks late Wednesday were in response to comments about members of MS-13 and other undocumented immigrants who are deported for committing crimes.

— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2018

AP has deleted a tweet from late Wednesday on Trump’s “animals” comment about immigrants because it wasn’t made clear that he was speaking after a comment about gang members.

— The Associated Press (@AP) May 17, 2018

Trump accused reporters of trying to intentionally mislead people about the context of his remarks.

 


A grim spectacle: The left fully revealed

By Patricia McCarthy May 18, 2018 American Thinker

The media grasped the “animal” quote and ran with it, most of them with the full knowledge that it was taken out of context. Only the AP retracted the claim that Trump was not talking about all illegal aliens. The rest of them kept up the faux outrage. Pelosi said these gang members all have a “spark of divinity.” Tell that to the families of their victims. One has to assume that at this point, if Trump were to comment unfavorably on a pedophile or child rapist, the Democrats would defend the latter. That is how mindlessly diabolical they have become. And as someone else observed, if he cured cancer, the Dems would protest that he was depriving doctors of work.


Journalistic Malpractice? One writer thinks so

MSM drive another nail in their own coffin with distortion of Trump’s ‘animals’ comment By Thomas Lifson May 18, 2018 American Thinker

The mainstream media have forfeited the trust of all but the dedicated progressive faction of the American public, roughly 20-30% of the populace. Now that a majority distrusts their word, and now that we have a president who is a counter-puncher, they can’t get away with their old tricks all the time.
It was outright malpractice for many outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the Associated Press, to create the impression that when he used the word “animals” in public, Trump was referring to all immigrants, or to all illegal aliens, as he was responding to a question about MS-13.

We could go on all day posting snippets that illustrate the level in which the Main Stream Media will go to in their attack of Trump and the defacto attack on us who do not share their liberal progressive world view that they think will result in an utopia.  Fake news, is just another word for propaganda, rhetoric designed to influence the unwary into being complicit in the destruction of Western Culture and the United States.

On that note we leave you with this from The American Thinker

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