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For the second part of this series, consider the uproar surrounding Dana Loesch’s NRA-produced video challenge to the New York Times, where she says this:

“We the people” have had it. We’ve had it with your narratives, your propaganda, your fake news. We’ve had it with your constant protection of your democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life. And we’ve had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are in any way truth or fact-based journalism.

Consider this the shot across your proverbial bow. We are going to fisk the The New York Times and find out just what “deep and rich” means to this old gray hag, this untrustworthy, dishonest rag that has subsisted on the welfare of mediocrity for one, two, three, more decades. We’re going to laser-focus on your so-called “honest pursuit of truth.”

In short, we’re coming for you.

Emphasis mine, for an important reason.

As Amy Alkon points out, ‘fisk’ is an old-school conservative blog term. For all you grammarians out there, it’s verb and it can be transitive or intransitive.

Here’s a simple definition and a short etymology. See also: Robert Fisk.

To criticize and refute (a published article or argument), especially in point-by-point or line-by-line fashion on a blog.

Many who are unaware of the coinage inserted their own word into the breach (no pun intended): fist, a word which has had its own recent redefinition, a sexual one from another insular subculture–gay men.

So it was that this particular Cat 5 storm was set in motion, where people are aghast that someone would want to “fist” the New York Times. CNN’s Mark Herling has even dropped a dime on Loesch — presumably to the FBI –for “threatening Americans and institutions.” I’ll leave off from any jokes about rebuttals.

As an effective spokeswoman for gun rights and for the NRA, Loesch is a perennial target for those who would see those rights infringed and is adept at pushing back. But the most telling parts of this latest storm need to be spelled out.

  • That some online critics pretend that they’ve never heard of the verb “to fisk,”
  • That other online critics actually have never heard of it, and
  • That members of both sets of critics are quick to jump to sexual innuendo-type conclusions, projecting their own deviant mindset onto others, notably in this case, a heterosexual, married woman. All weapons are fair in the destruction of an enemy’s reputation — except guns, of course.

The most important factor, however, is that MSM entities like the New York Time are being called out by Loesch and by many others … our host, for example.

The MSM goal is to drown out that message in all the fisk/fist outrage and that goal has been reached.

Or has it?

Part Three’s topic: Googlegate. Maybe. By Saturday — my next day to post — it’s a safe bet that there will be a more current Social Media Hurricane.

Part One is here.

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Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Republicans back home are apparently getting an earful from voters who can’t understand why Democrats got things done with smaller majorities and the GOP does nothing.  Apparently just like Mitch McConnell comment concerning President Trump, we GOP voters expected too much in thinking the party actually meant what they said about repealing Obamacare once they had the majority.

I like Jeff Sessions but his decision to recuse himself on the Russia Matter was the single biggest mistake of any person in this administration from day one. Apparently he forgot the hardball that was played against him back in the days when Democrats had at least a semblance of sanity.

You would think that after the last 20 years the GOP would learn that the media is not their friends never has been there friend and never will be their friend. Then again you would think they would have managed to repeal Obamacare too

There are days when I ask myself “Why does Jake Tapper stays at CNN as I can’t imagine it doesn’t much for his reputation?” At least until I ask the question: “What outfit in the MSM could he go to these day that wouldn’t hurt his reputation?

The Premiere for my new radio show on WQPH went about as bad as one could get, from the pouring rain that dropped attendance to the technical issues that led to dead air at the time to the person who backed into my wife’s car at the end. The show will be rebroadcast next week, I guess we got all the bad luck out of the way early.

Dana Milbank says there is no such thing as a Trump Democrat. Might I suggest he checks out my interviews covering three of his events here here and here.

I rewatched the movie 1941 last weekend. Even without the classic John Williams score I can’t see how this movie doesn’t leave absolutely everyone simply dying from laughter.

How do I know the RedSox are Serious about winning it this year? They were willing to release Pablo Sandoval and eat the $50 mil he’s owed.

Everyone seems to be obsessed with Tom Brady’s Age. Is it really too much to wait until he’s actually thrown a pass before deciding how well he’s held up?

Finally Spike Lee denies he’s behind the rally in favor of Colin Kaepernick at the NFL in protest of him not being signed by an NFL Team. Given reports that Kaepernick has already turned down at least one contract offeredy perhaps the next protest in front of Colin’s or his girlfriend’s house.

The leading organization of journalism educators has invited a representative from one of the most troublesome publications as the keynote speaker for its annual convention.

Craig Silverman, the media editor of BuzzFeed, will be featured this week at the convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

AEJMC describes Silverman as an “internationally renowned expert on verification and fake news.” His big story was locating pro-Trump websites in Macedonia that produced fake news. Trump has nothing to do with the websites. But I guess if you can get Trump and fake news in the same paragraph, you get a lot of page views and a lot of buzz.

What AEJMC fails to mention is the problematic role BuzzFeed plays in today’s media landscape. Moreover, it is one of the least-trusted news organizations, according to a recent survey by the University of Missouri. BuzzFeed’s credibility is less than Breitbart, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, and The Blaze. In fact, Occupy Democrats, which really isn’t a source of news and information, is the only website in the survey that ranks lower than BuzzFeed.

But back to Silverman. Just a few weeks after he joined the “news” organization, BuzzFeed published the memo that alleged Russia had a dossier with which it could blackmail President Trump.

BuzzFeed published the document without any attempt to verify its claims, which have led to the continuing onslaught of Russia nonsense. I don’t intend to repeat the scandalous and unverified claims from the 35-page document.

Ironically, Silverman ignored whether his own publication dealt in fake news. Editor Ben Smith defended the January release of the salacious document. “We thought that it was important when you have a blanket claim like he was compromised by Russian intelligence to share the details,” Smith said. “I think we are trying to best inform our audience, to be true to our audience, to treat our audience with respect.”

Having spent many years doing investigative reporting, I was appalled by this statement. To simply put information into the public space—irrespective of whether it was true or false—does not qualify as journalism to me. The actions of BuzzFeed demonstrated its role as a gossip monger.

But such is the niche of BuzzFeed in today’s journalism environment. The organization is best known for its animal memes, lists, and quizzes. It is a media darling because it makes money, mainly because the organization closely monitors what people want to know rather than what people should know.

Recently, BuzzFeed has been trying to gain some credibility by expanding bureaus throughout the country and the world, including the creation of an “investigative” team.

Nevertheless, I am nonplussed and embarrassed that a group of journalism educators–an organization of which I have been a member for more than 20 years–would bless BuzzFeed and its antics. I have decided to skip the convention this year rather than give MY blessing to such “journalism.”

To say I was disgusted by this AP story is an understatement but I’d like to remind everyone who shares this disgust with where we are what made this possible:

It was made possible when Democrats in the 90’s insisted that “civil unions” would not lead to gay marriage and Republicans Insisted there was no need for a constitutional amendment on marriage (they were lying)

It was made possible by a single vote in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that had been stacked with ultra liberals by folks like Bill Weld.

It was made possible by an ambitious republican pol who after being willing to throw his pro-life credentials off the bus to be elected was willing to quietly accept this ridiculous ruling without fighting back for fear it would harm his presidential election and fundraising chances.

It was made possible by a Democrat party so rightly afraid that the first black president might lose re-election without LGBT dollars that their vice president dragged him kicking and screaming out of the “closet” of support.

And finally it was made possible because Black Pastors and black churches all over the country, given the choice of following Christ or following Obama after he came out in favor of Gay Marriage overwhelmingly choose Obama.

What do all of these things have in common? The desire to gain or retain political power over the desire for truth.

All of this took less than one generation. That’s all the time it takes to lose a culture when people are too cowardly to fight for it.


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