MSM “What if” or DaTechGuy’s Theory (Law?) of Media Outrage

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MSM "What if" or DaTechGuy's Theory (Law?) of Media Outrage

Dur­ing all that time the the­ory had been failed to be proven wrong so it could have tem­porar­ily have been taken as right but it can never be proven right because tomorrow’s exper­i­ment may suc­ceed in prov­ing what you thought was right wrong, so we can never be proved right we can only be sure we’re wrong.

Richard Feyn­man 1964

Back in my youth one of the more inter­est­ing comics that Mar­vel put out was titled “What If” which pro­vided alter­nate sto­ries out­side of the estab­lished Mar­vel time­line by chang­ing one com­po­nent of a story (What if Spider-​Man joined the Fan­tas­tic Four, What if Conan walked the earth today, what if Conan was stranded in the 20th cen­tury which was an alter­nate end­ing the pre­vi­ous what if alter­na­tive event etc…) and pos­tu­lat­ing a dif­fer­ent ending.

When deal­ing with the MSM how­ever the game is dif­fer­ent because rather than pos­tu­lat­ing on imag­i­nary events we can play with real ones, for example.

What if this video instead of show­ing Democ­rats for months stat­ing as fact, that Don­ald Trump paid no income taxes

Con­sisted of Repub­li­cans mak­ing a fac­tual claim about Barack Obama that was con­clu­sively proved false?

Given what we’ve seen in the past our media and press would be not only con­fronting every sin­gle mem­ber of the GOP that made this claim, not only ask­ing them why they should be trusted in the present, but fur­ther ask­ing other mem­bers of the GOP to denounce them.

Or let’s play What IF this tweet from rap­per Bow Wow:

Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk a– up talk­ing s – t about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.”

and this tweet from the NYT mak­ing light of it

Had been about Michelle Obama?

Well as Hol­ly­wood in toto tells us we already saw how when a rodeo clown made fun of Barack Obama CNN con­sid­ered it national news pols were made to con­demn him and he was banned for life from the cir­cuit. I sus­pect that if Mr. Bow Wow was a coun­try singer whose pri­mary audi­ence con­sisted of Obama oppo­nents pres­sure would be put on the GOP to con­demn him in pub­lic, venues would be protested that had him and the jour­nal­ist who made light of it would not have the pub­lic edi­tor of the “paper of record” con­demn­ing such a reporter and demand­ing his res­ig­na­tion for being a misog­y­nist rather than claim­ing:

After talk­ing to the writer and the Cul­ture edi­tor, Danielle Mat­toon, I came away con­vinced that Deb’s inten­tions were inno­cent, that he was not try­ing to align him­self with the off-​color sen­ti­ments of a rap­per, but merely try­ing to pull off a pun.

The prob­lem is, not every­one is “in” on the joke. Con­ser­v­a­tives may use such tweets — or retweets — to fur­ther their case that the “lib­eral media” will do and say any­thing. More sig­nif­i­cantly, main­stream read­ers who hear of or see the tweet out of con­text might eas­ily take offense. It’s a lose, lose.

…that the main prob­lem with the tweet would be it would be mis­un­der­stood or used by their ide­o­log­i­cal ene­mies against them.

So in the tra­di­tion of Richard Feyn­man expla­na­tion on the sci­en­tific method start­ing with a guess and mea­sur­ing it against the evidence

I pro­pose the fol­low­ing theory:

The level of Out­rage or inter­est of the media and their allies on the left con­cern­ing any insult or pre­var­i­ca­tion con­cern­ing a per­son or thing will rou­tinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the polit­i­cal dis­tance between said media /​left­ists and the tar­get of said insult or pre­var­i­ca­tion at the time it is made.

Now in fair­ness we have years of evi­dence to sup­port this the­ory at this time but our media friends can at any time pro­vide evi­dence that this the­ory is wrong by sim­ply being con­sis­tent in their out­rage based not on the source or tar­get, but on what is actu­ally said and done.

They just choose not to.


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During all that time the theory had been failed to be proven wrong so it could have temporarily have been taken as right but it can never be proven right because tomorrow’s experiment may succeed in proving what you thought was right wrong, so we can never be proved right we can only be sure we’re wrong.

Richard Feynman 1964

Back in my youth one of the more interesting comics that Marvel put out was titled “What If” which provided alternate stories outside of the established Marvel timeline by changing one component of a story (What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four, What if Conan walked the earth today, what if Conan was stranded in the 20th century which was an alternate ending the previous what if alternative event etc…) and postulating a different ending.

When dealing with the MSM however the game is different because rather than postulating on imaginary events we can play with real ones, for example.

What if this video instead of showing Democrats for months stating as fact, that Donald Trump paid no income taxes

Consisted of Republicans making a factual claim about Barack Obama that was conclusively proved false?

Given what we’ve seen in the past our media and press would be not only confronting every single member of the GOP that made this claim, not only asking them why they should be trusted in the present, but further asking other members of the GOP to denounce them.

Or let’s play What IF this tweet from rapper Bow Wow:

“Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk a– up talking s–t about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.”

and this tweet from the NYT making light of it

Had been about Michelle Obama?

Well as Hollywood in toto tells us we already saw how when a rodeo clown made fun of Barack Obama CNN considered it national news pols were made to condemn him and he was banned for life from the circuit. I suspect that if Mr. Bow Wow was a country singer whose primary audience consisted of Obama opponents pressure would be put on the GOP to condemn him in public, venues would be protested that had him and the journalist who made light of it would not have the public editor of the “paper of record” condemning such a reporter and demanding his resignation for being a misogynist rather than claiming:

After talking to the writer and the Culture editor, Danielle Mattoon, I came away convinced that Deb’s intentions were innocent, that he was not trying to align himself with the off-color sentiments of a rapper, but merely trying to pull off a pun.

The problem is, not everyone is “in” on the joke. Conservatives may use such tweets — or retweets — to further their case that the “liberal media” will do and say anything. More significantly, mainstream readers who hear of or see the tweet out of context might easily take offense. It’s a lose, lose.

…that the main problem with the tweet would be it would be misunderstood or used by their ideological enemies against them.

So in the tradition of Richard Feynman explanation on the scientific method starting with a guess and measuring it against the evidence

I propose the following theory:

The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning a person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made.

Now in fairness we have years of evidence to support this theory at this time but our media friends can at any time provide evidence that this theory is wrong by simply being consistent in their outrage based not on the source or target, but on what is actually said and done.

They just choose not to.


Update 8-18-17:  For those just finding this post thanks to Instapundit’s tweets check out my post for 8-19 with the corollary to this theory.  There isn’t as much money in just reporting and telling the truth as we see it. But if you’d like to help us pay our writers, support independent journalism and reporting (such as my planned coverage of Saturday’s events in Boston) please consider hitting DaTipjar below to help meet our weekly goal ($380 short right now)




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