Mr. Trump Hundreds of people were waiting in line to see you today and another 120 were waiting without tickets, I interviewed a bunch of them they were democrats crossing over and such. What are they seeing that the GOP establishment and some of the people in this room might not be seeing?

DaTechGuy question to Donald Trump Aug 19th 2015

I read, with some amusement, this piece at Twitchy where Norman Orenstein takes CNN to task for Covering the Trump Rally in PA in full . And in one respect he Eric Boehlert and David Rothkopf have a point.

Obama rallies, GW Bush rallies, Bill Clinton appearances for candidates were never covered in the same way as Trump’s appearances were.

This is true but it’s also true that most of such speeches were boring affairs with small numbers of people who were told to be there. I’ll never forget covering Bill Clinton in Worcester at a Martha Coakley rally, It was one of the first times I covered an event and I was standing next to a Union boss and speaking to him. He was scanning the small crowd to make sure his stewards and members showed up or else they might not be in line for work down the pike.

Donald Trump doesn’t have this problem.

From the first rally I covered people were dying to get in to the point where there were lines to wait for the chance to get tickets. To Worcester where the lines were around the block Donald Trump has done something that has been extraordinary, he has in the television/internet/streaming era drawn tens of thousands of people to political events who would otherwise never bother to attend.

There is a word for a spectacle of that nature: Newsworthy in fact more newsworthy than political events by other presidents canned events, and that’s not even taking into account President Trump’s nature to go off script. Bottom line is Donald Trump’s public appearances are simply more newsworthy.

Of course I suspect CNN’s coverage has less to do with being newsworthy than being a ratings magnet but that’s not the real objection they have.

What they object to are Donald Trump’s words being presented unfiltered to the public that is willing to listen.

In the old days the press decided what people saw and heard from such events (for example we still haven’t seen the Khalidi tape) and thus were able to create the narrative they wished unchallenged.

However that power of the gatekeeper doesn’t work when you are broadcasting an event live, particularly an event that attracts viewers who would normally not be paying attention.

Every time Donald Trump is shown live and he makes his case directly to the American people he undercuts the Democrat/Media’s portrayal of him as a dangerous incompetent fool and shows their message for the lie that it is.

In other words Donald Trump is EFFECTIVE and Mr. Orenstein, Mr. Boehlert and Mr. Rothkopf simply can’t abide an effective voice supporting a GOP candidate let loose in a critical election to a national audience when the media has chosen sides.

Unfortunately for them, in the end CNN is a bottom line business and the Network just isn’t going to turn down the huge ratings from a Trump speech particularly when they don’t have any shows in the top 20 to fall back on to help their numbers for the month. Nor are they going to devote 3 hours to a Lamb event which has absolutely no rating draw and while I’m sure there are Hollywood heavyweights who would consider showing up for him, I suspect while that might help in the CNN ratings department they might hurt in the “votes to get elected department”.

Until the left convinces Oprah to run, those are simply the facts of life that the media will have to live with.


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Guy Flegman: Did you guys ever watch the show?

 

Galaxy Quest 1999

Dana Loesch: (commenting on MSM)  Many in legacy media love mass shootings.  You guys love it.  I’m not saying you love the tragedy, I’m saying you love the rating Crying white mothers are rating gold for you and many of the legacy media in the back   notice I said crying white mothers, because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago and you don’t see a CNN town hall for them do you?    Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago?  Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?  Where was the CNN town hall for Jamil  Shaw Sr whose son was murdered by someone who illegally entered the country and had been deported repeatedly?   

CPAC 2018

One of the problems with being at CPAC is that on occasion things happen you need to comment on while your busy somewhere else.

Today I watched Dana Loesch speak to a crowd that loved her and excoriate the media that we bloggers are now sitting with while remembering the days when Dana was a blogger like me an she told the story of CNN and their Panel on guns yesterday and that story reminded me of one of my favorite comedy sci-fi movies, Galaxy Quest.

One of my favorite scenes that classic sci-fi parody movie is when the cast, finding itself enlisted by an alien race who thinks their TV show is real finds itself on an away mission on a planet to get a Beryllium sphere for power.

Said cast, which is joined by one fan of the show who had a bit part on a single episode, encounter a group of small cute looking alien creatures in the area which prompts the following exchange

Guy Fleegman: I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.
Gwen DeMarco: They are *so* cute.
Guy Fleegman: Sure, they’re cute now, but in a second they’re gonna get mean, and they’re gonna get ugly somehow, and there’s gonna be a million more of them.

This perfectly illustrates the mindset of CNN going into last night “Town Hall”.

For several days since the shootings in Florida the media has played the evil NRA card, the Trump is responsible card and has used children traumatized by tragedy as political props to advance Democrat prospects in general and a gun control agenda in particular.

The jewel in the agenda’s crown was to be the CNN Town hall with a bunch of kids from the school and packed to the brim with folks ready to cheer the confiscation of guns and condemn the NRA. it was going to be the stake in the heart of the NRA’s power and the event that would stop the suddenly iffy pols for Democrats going into the midterms

And then the event actually took place.

Here are some pieces on the event  Hotair:

I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not.”

That comes right at the start of the clip, which is noteworthy. This wasn’t the kid working himself into a lather as he remembered the shooting and saying something vicious in the heat of the moment that he might regret later. This is the opening of his question to Rubio. It’s obviously a canned line he prepared and wanted to squeeze in while he had the chance. He’s grandstanding with the nastiest smear he could think of, knowing he won’t be criticized for it.

Don’t think for a second that law abiding gun owners whose votes the Democrats might need if they want the house back didn’t realize what was going on

However you feel about Rubio, though, digest this and don’t forget it: He wasn’t called a murderer because he holds outre, far out of the mainstream opinions about gun rights, he was called a murderer because he doesn’t. He believes in a constitutional right to own a weapon for self-defense. He doesn’t believe all semiautomatics should be banned. If that makes him a murderer it makes you a murderer too. That, in so many words, was the real point of this event, to wave the bloody shirt and indict all law-abiding gun-rights supporters as complicit in the attack in Parkland.

Remember that’s Allahpundit the most liberal of the Hotair crowd writing this.

Newsbusters:

After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

Luckily the event was moderated, sort of

As the ridiculousness and the crowd noise grew to outrageous proportions, that was when Tapper finally stepped in. “Cameron is having a conversation with Senator Rubio. Let’s let them talk,” he requested. Basically, Tapper wouldn’t stop the radical leftist smears against Rubio but he would quiet the crowd to hear more of them.

And remember Tapper is the fairest they have

Meanwhile Dana Loesch who got praise from both sides for how she carried herself also got the CNN “townhall” treatment.

She added that she was “fighting for my kids” and “all of you because I don’t want anyone to ever be in this position again” and, to the rising boos, she correctly emphasized that it’s “not federally required for states to actually report people who are prohibited possessors, crazy people, people who are murderers” to the NICS database.

 

After enduring a slew of new jeers, Loesch told the NHL arena crowd to “let me answer the question” twice and “[y]ou can shout me down when I’m finished, but let me answer Emma’s question.” It was here that someone shouted, “you’re a murderer” at the top of their lungs. Once again, Tapper did nothing to call out this behavior.

Of course there might be a reason why CNN let this go on this way:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night’s town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question,” quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. (CNN response below.)

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG-TV.

Unlike the kids at the event CNN show no hesitation in challenging his assertions.

The Daily caller nailed it:

It’s no secret that the people cheering on these pained and suffering students just happen to share the same political goals (and enemies) as the students. It’s a lot easier to cheer somebody on when they’re skewering your political opponents as child murderers.

And then we have traffic and ratings incentives for the media, which are to package these teenagers’ hurt and confusion into segments and clips to be aired over and over again, turning their real pain into reality TV for the rest of us.

When CNN executives give the order to put emotional and vulnerable teenagers front and center all day, do we really think their thought process is guided by what’s best for the teens? Is Jeff Zucker all of a sudden an altruist?

The more likely and more uncomfortable truth is that networks are putting their own interests first (as networks tend to do) and rationalizing it away as a public service. You can rationalize exploitation any way you want to, but it’s still exploitation.

Meanwhile in the real world a few people took note of what was said

That would seem newsworthy Tapper mentioned this online
More Gutfeld

and then there is this:

and the reactions to it:

I think this is going to be the wellstone memorial on steroids, I think it will have the same effect as the Antifa mobs did, it will tell lawful gun owners that as far as the left is concerned they are a bunch of killers and if they get power they will be treated accordingly.

If you wanted to energize the right for this key election I don’t think CNN could have done a better job.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment

Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

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Today CNN et/all has finally discovered Swatting

A 25-year-old man was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday night in connection with an alleged “swatting” prank that resulted in a police-involved fatal shooting in Kansas, police said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported. They say Barriss is suspected of making a hoax phone call to police in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in the death of an innocent 28-year-old man.

Wichita police officials were investigating whether the hoax phone call they received Thursday was an example of “swatting,” in which someone reports a false emergency in hopes of getting a SWAT team to arrive at a scene where no actual emergency exists.

However this is a topic that we talked about a long time ago

We talked about it on the radio , GOP congressional Candidates spoke out against it, sitting US congressmen and at least one sitting US senator  spoke up on the record concerning it some on camera.  But because it was being used to silence conservatives, the MSM didn’t care:

Even as bloggers took over Memeorandum, Patterico went public on his Swatting, Glenn Beck took noticeAaron Worthing was jailed and Erick Erickson of Red State & CNN was swatted the media remained silent.

It got so bad that I discretely spoke to my local police about it to let them know about the trend so that if anyone made such a call here they would be forewarned.

But the media yawned, in fact it wasn’t until  a letter sent to Eric Holder signed by 63 sitting gop members of congress concerning this trend:

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding recent reports that several conservative political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.

These dangerous hoaxes, also known as “SWAT-ting,” occur when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home. These callers are believed to utilize voice-over IP (VOIP) and other less-traditional telecommunications methods to make the call appear to come from the target residence and to hide the caller’s true identity.

That the MSM gave it any attention at all but alas, as the targets were all conservatives and the letter signed by republicans while it the Obama justice department ignored it and other writers dismissed it.

Of course now five years later that a swatting incident that this has become the story of rogue gamers and police acting before thinking CNN is all over it vs targeted attacks against conservatives for CNN it rates coverage and on air video.

And yet as a family prepares to bury their dead  I have to wonder, if the MSM and the Obama administration had taken the issue seriously when people were warning about it, would a family in Kansas be about to end their new year so badly?

Update: Stacy McCain who knows a few things about being swatted (his swatter was sentenced to jail in 2016) says this:


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Andrew Breitbart Weinergate’s Hero

2.  Don’t be afraid to admit a screw up

7.  Be open about your biases

Journalism 101 via DaTechGuy Feb 13th 2017

As I read CNN rushing to spin away the Tweet from Anderson Cooper’s twitter account concerning the president I can’t but help but remember another day when a major figure of the left who initially claimed Hacking?

You might recall when the story first broke the MSM claimed hacking and to a man attacked Andrew Breitbart for suggesting the Anthony Weiner had not in fact been hacked and all kinds of elaborate theories of how this hacking came out.

The problem of course was, as noted by an interesting fellow in the NY Post and elsewhere, that people all understood that the difference between a direct message and a public tweet was a single character nevertheless some interesting theories came out

For the tweet to have come from Patroitusa76 AND deleted by Weiner in the sequence

1. Patriot76USA He (she) would have needed to know about the Yfrog tweet vulnerability/feature

2. … would have had to have the exact code necessary to exploit that vulnerability/feature

3. … would have had to have access of a picture that Anthony Weiner will not deny is his…stuff

4 and over a memorial day weekend Anthony Weiner would have to be monitoring his twitter account, notice it at once and delete it within seconds.

For the tweet to have come from Rep Weiner he would have had to :

1. … hit the wrong character when sending a tweet.

2. … realize it and delete it

Which one would seem more likely?

As we all remember occam’s razor and Andrew Breitbart ended up winning the day

Now this business of Anderson’s Cooper’s tweet shown here

is, in my opinion a much smaller story.   Partly because it’s not a few years ago when the MSM still kept up even a small facade that they are not, as Glenn Reynolds describes them as “Democrats with bylines” but mostly because given the open animus between the MSM/Left in general and CNN in particular the idea that either Mr. Cooper or his assistant in a self-righteous fit of pique and rage might have violated journalistic standards concerning Donald Trump is entirely believable and would have been accepted, if critiqued by people in general.

But for CNN to claim this after an “investigation”

That some random fellow found the phone of Anderson Cooper’s assistant and sent that tweet bends Occam’s razor to the breaking point.

This is what I don’t get here. If Cooper just came out and said:

My assistant accidentally sent that tweet from my account that he was logged into rather than his account that he thought he was tweeting from, and while I apologize for that mistake I’m not going to fire him over a mistake that anyone could have made and that given this controversy he’s unlikely to repeat anytime soon.

…a few voices might have jabbed him over it and while the White House (and the president on twitter) might have given him some grief, most people, particularly those who use twitter with multiple accounts would understand how that could have happened, accepted it and let it go.

Instead we have a news organization that has just spent a weeks recovering from blown stories putting out a story that strains credibility thus turning a minor story of a liberal media hack going off on Trump to a much more newsworthy story: Did a CNN “investigation” cover up an inappropriate tweet by a staff member to protect their weekday primetime anchor?.

Given their daily attacks on the president’s truthfullnes one would think that this would not be a position a news organization would want to be in but THIS IS CNN.

And they wonder why they are considered fake news.

Maybe it’s something in the water?

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Saturday in the wake of their massive error I teased CNN about the definition of “Newsworthy”. Yesterday I told the story of a special election that took place last week in Massachusetts, a State where Hillary won by 27 points and where they hold super-majorities in both houses, where a GOP State Senate Candidate flipped a seat that Democrats have held for over 25 years and suggested this story is a good example of what is Newsworthy.

However while I’ve done lots of shoe leather reporting over the last 8 years I’ve never actually worked for a newspaper or in a newsroom, nor have I exercised editorial control over anything larger than this blog.

So what would experienced reporters who have done journalism for a living all their lives and have to sell their product elsewhere, what would such folks lives think?

So I contacted several professional reporters current and former and asked them, without giving any details if he would consider a pro-life 2nd amendment republicans flipping a seat held by democrats for over 25 years in a special election in Massachusetts newsworthy.

As you might guess my first stop was Robert Stacy McCain. He has decades of experience as a reporter in papers large and small from his early twenties. He concluded it was for the following reasons:

“It points to the direction of politics as we head to the midterm elections and it is a possible indicator that the Trump momentum will continue despite the usual trend of off-year elections favoring the party out of power.”

He game an example from recent history as well.

“When democrats had a very good result in Virginia elections in November and this was made national news…the election of a transgender Democrat to a formerly republican held seat (also in Virginia) it made national news.”

And he cited the upcoming special election in Alabama as something that elevates the newsworthyness of the story further:

“If Trump really has momentum nationwide this result in a special election in Massachusetts might point to what we are looking at in Alabama.

That agenda has encouraged the Republican base. It’s about who can get out and mobilize their base. Republicans flip a Democrat seat in Massachusetts that tells you that despite what the pols might indicate and despite what the media might tell you to believe Trump remains popular with his base. So when you come to Tuesday, Democrats have tired to nationalize the Alabama senate race but it will be a base election.”

I also spoke to Don Surber author of Trump the Press and Trump the Establishment the same question. While currently retired he like Stacy McCain has decades of experience in the newsroom. To him the answer to the question would really depend on location.

“If I’m in Massachusetts it’s newsworthy because it has proximity, it has prominence, it’s timely, it’s odd because Gop doesn’t win there it has consequence because it will affect legislation.”

With the GOP only up to 7 senators that last one point is unlikely although you can’t get to 21 without getting to 7 first. So if he was in charge at the Boston Globe

“It has front page newsworthiness below the fold right hand corner.”

The Globe apparently disagreed with Mr. Surber. Tran’s victory didn’t make the front page but a search of their web site for Dean Tran did have a result in the Metro region.

linking to this seven sentence story by Jake Johnson from Wednesday including this quote from the Mass GOP Chair Kristen Hughes:

“The MassGOP is proud to congratulate [Tran] on his victory, which is a testament to the fact that voters stand with Governor Baker’s vision of fiscal discipline and common sense reform,” Kirsten Hughes, chairwoman of the MassGOP said in a statement announcing Tran’s victory.

Based on Don Surber’s stated opinion the Massachusetts paper of record definitely undersold a newsworthy story in the state, but when asked if it rises to the level of a national story , his opinion was very different.

“It’s not really national news I’d probably report it on some level If I ran it on AP I’d run it as a small 3 paragraph story.”

And he explained why: “I’d blog about it, for partisans it has impact. it’s not a national story because you have fifty state senates, most of them are republican. Space is a limited thing…you have to pick and choose your spots, AP would have it, same with Bloomberg news, three paragraphs”

A search of AP showed that while they didn’t have any original reporting they had picked up the Sentinel articles quoted in this piece

While a search of Bloomberg produced plenty for “Dean” results on colleges and “tran” on transgerder issues they had nothing on the special election in Massachusetts.

But that’s newspapers, Should we have seen something on Fox for example?

“Would I expect it to be on Brett Baier’s special report, no.”

And apparently Fox news agrees

How about CNN?

“If you are doing a political hour you might mention it but to the audience CNN is serving it’s not a national story.”

and apparently CNN agrees there as well

Of course part of what makes a story news is the attempt of people to push it. For example If I was the GOP chair national chair, particularly if I was the daughter of the former governor of Massachusetts, I’d have made it a point to mention this election to force coverage of a GOP win in a democrat stronghold and if I was the National GOP I’d at least have a mention of this result on my page

Here again Surber disagrees. “Democrats went with their minor victories because they had nothing else to brag about.” Surber cited the Tax bill, news reports on manufacturing jobs and President Trump move on Jersualem as stories of a much higher priority for the national party to push. But even if the national party decided to push the story, if it was up to him Surber wouldn’t bite saying bluntly: “It’s just not a national story.”

So maybe I shouldn’t be as hard on CNN as I was yesterday.

Closing note.  I had planned to have a third reporter for this post, unfortunately for me and him Dave Weigel became rather tied up this weekend.  Ironically he became more newsworthy than my story or this post.

Mighty Mouse frowns on all your bogus Superhero hijinks.

by baldilocks

SJW Nonsense? I repeat myself.

CNN takes a break from tanking the stock market by promoting fake news to feature some SJW Superheroes of the Caucasian persuasion.

White Nonsense Roundup is a social media watchdog group with about 100 white volunteers. Its goal: to relieve people of color from the emotional labor of engaging with a person’s racist or racially insensitive thoughts.

Say, a person of color makes a post about Black Lives Matter. Then others respond with ignorant or offensive comments. That person can tag White Nonsense RoundUp to snatch some edges — or, better put, to educate people with context and fact-based views.

“It’s really unfair that we expect people of color to experience racism, but then also explain it to us,” the group’s co-founder Terri Kempton, a book editor and college instructor, told CNN.

From the White Nonsense website:

We believe it is our responsibility to call out white friends, relatives, contacts, speakers, and authors who are contributing to structural racism and harming our friends of color. We are a resource for anti-racist images, links, videos, artwork, essays, and voices. These can be used by anyone for a DIY white nonsense roundup, or by the WNR team to support people of color upon their request.

That’s mighty white of them.

So black people are too inferior to pimp-slap their own trolls now?

Personally, I like trolls. They taste good with carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. And let’s not forget garlic! Leave it to a bunch of Leftists to try and deny black people the pleasure of eating tasty troll carcass for lunch.

Jokes aside, I’ve talked about this phenomenon before. Such people want to be the heroes of black folk and, thereby, assuage their own white guilt, but it’s more than that.

These people what to be able to say the following to black persons who hate whites.

“See what I did for you people?”

Take it from a black conservative, blacks who hate whites will not give a rat’s. They hate you almost as much as you hate yourselves and feel absolutely no guilt about it.

Pointing and laughing at the impotence of these poor souls is easy. Their best bet would be to turn all their guilt –white and otherwise — over to God. But, I’d wager that many of these don’t believe He exists — a primary condition for fooling oneself.

(Thanks to The Daily Wire)

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Last Thursday morning, I was planning to go cover the G8 Summit at Camp David. Instead, I saw Aaron Worthing’s story, immediately recognized it as newsworthy and . . . well, God’s got a great sense of humor, doesn’t he?

Robert Stacy McCain ‘He has no F—ing Soul May 23rd 2012

In my effort to improve journalism in the United states in general and on CNN in particular let me offer this tidbit of info for the editors CNN via the Merriam Webster online Dictionary:

Definition of newsworthy

interesting enough to the general public to warrant reporting

And in the interest in setting an example of using more than one source for a story, here is the definition from Dictionary.com

  1. of sufficient interest to the public or a special audience to warrant press attention or coverage.

Now let’s use “newsworthy” in a sentence:

CNN’s misreporting of the date of an email to the Trump campaign in order to make it appear that that they were being offered documents from Wikileaks before they were released publicly and promoting this false narrative for hours on the air is a very newsworthy story.

I hope that this will be of use to the editors of CNN  as an extra bonus tomorrow morning at DaTechGuy blog we will give an example of a newsworthy story that neither CNN nor the national press bothered to cover.


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The last two days I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I kept my eye on twitter and was there when CNN first tweeted out that Mueller has filed charges against someone.

That CNN which is fighting with MSNBC to be THE anti-Trump network and which apparently has connections to Fusion GPS that they didn’t bother to disclose was the recipient of this latest leak from Mueller’s team of Democrats was one of the few unsurprising things about it.

First there’s was the surprise of an indictment at all. I’m old enough to have sat through a lot of these things and I don’t recall any special counsel managing an indictment a mere 9 months or less after being appointed.

Second of all there is the surprise of such an announcement taking place of a Friday evening inviting speculation for days. Normally a law enforcement matter like this takes place quickly in order to keep the target of such an act from being able to prepare whoever the target is has been given several days of not being charged to take legal measures in their advantage. That seems odd to me.

Third of all is something that I have to give Andrew Breitbart’s arch nemesis Eric Boehlert credit for noticing the NYT has not touched this story at all. They didn’t touch it the day it broke

Nor have they done so as of this writing: (Sunday 9:42 am)

That the times, which is in the middle of its “Trump Bump”, would leave this story alone to leave their anti-trump audience to go elsewhere is simply amazing.

But for me the biggest surprise is how the left has received it. To wit Jake Tapper put out this tweet…

…implying that the revelations concerning Mueller and Uranium One were a dodge to counter this (rather than the obvious conclusion that this sudden indictment and it’s timing was all about changing the subject BY him). It produced a series of replies from the Never Trump faithful that can only be described as orgasmic. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t as excited in the presence of women as the Twitter left are over this news.

I find this surprising because we’ve seen this over and over again from the original Fitzmas

To the Michelle Bachman “indictments” that the left kept promising to election night where the entire left was ready to dance before they were disappointed.

I would have thought that election night would have taught them their lesson

But no. They are ginning themselves up and the crash if nothing comes of it, from a not guilty verdict after a long trial, to a Trump Pardon (don’t think for a moment he wouldn’t do it) to the possibility that no indictment takes place at all (not very likely but that would explain the silence of the NY times) their crash will be most amusing to the rest of us.

Actually now that I think of it, maybe the left setting itself up for a fall isn’t that big a surprise, the real surprise would be them taking the Ann Althouse route.

I’ve got nothing to say, because it hasn’t happened

If the left thought like this, THAT would be an earth shattering shock.

Me I’m going to see what happens but I’ll tell you one thing. If you think this White House isn’t ready to win this fight, you haven’t been paying attention this last year.

One of the things about the MSM is they have professional editors with years of experience in the News Business.  Because of this we are often told that this gives them the edge in promoting newsworthy stories that the public needs to know.

Now I’ll concede that I’m just a poor blogger with a few brilliant writes posting at our site and that our annual tip jar hits don’t’ compare with the expense account of a MSM reporter that sets the news agenda, but it seems to me this story just might be a tad more newsworthy than the attention it is being given:

ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

That’s the headline at the NY Times (this and Weinstein this week?  Amazing!) and the body of the story is even more encouraging:

More than a thousand Islamic State fighters passed through that room this past week after they fled their crumbling Iraqi stronghold of Hawija. Instead of the martyrdom they had boasted was their only acceptable fate, they had voluntarily ended up here in the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq.

For an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija has been a notable turning point. The group has suffered a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the number of its shock troops who turned themselves in to Kurdish officials at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday.

Given the threat of ISIS and the spectacular attacks they had achieved in the past you would think this story would be leading everywhere, particularly since the source is the New York Times from which all other media tends to take a lead.

Let’s take a peek and see.

Here are the top stories at CNN.com as of 12:02 PM sunday when I am writing this

Trump trashes outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker
Sen. Murphy: ‘Willing to move forward’ with GOP on bump stock ban
Tapper to GOP senator: Will you vote against NRA?
Zelizer: Tillerson should quit now
Russian police arrest hundreds in protests on Putin’s birthday
Charlottesville mayor slams white supremacists after another torch rally is held
Senator: Renegotiatiing Iran nuclear deal is a ‘fantasy’
Analysis: Supreme Court rookie takes on the chief
Spain’s PM considers dramatic measure for Catalonia
Marijuana is going mainstream

In fact there is no mention of ISIS at all on cnn’s home page

Hmm you would have thought CNN would have covered this.  How about NBC Here is the latest news there:

GOP Sen. Calls White House ‘an Adult Day Care Center’ After Trump Attack
Dove on Clean-Up Duty After Racially Insensitive Ad
Why Geography Stops Gun Control
White Nationalist Richard Spencer Leads Torch-Carrying Crowd in Charlottesville
Sanctuary Cities: Three States, Three Very Different Approaches
Jason Aldean Pays Tribute to Las Vegas Victims, Sings Tom Petty Song on ‘SNL’ TV
Deadly Ambush in Niger Highlights America’s Growing Mission in Africa

No sign of ISIS in the top story list but there is one two day old ISIS story one the page: Three Men Charged With Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack in New York but if you search for ISIS on the page every other result is the word “crISIS” (as in Puerto Rico Crisis).  M

How about ABC? What makes their newsworthy list? at 12:15 PM on Sunday(which gives you an idea of how long this post takes)

Resignations, fallout grow for embattled producer Weinstein
4th US soldier killed in Niger ambush identified
London crash that injured 11 was accident: Police
Hundreds of thousands rally against Catalonia secession
Kim’s murder trial to resume with lab visit
Rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape
3 arrested during protest at Virginia University
Attack on Saudi palace in Jiddah kills 2 guards
Trump administration rolls back birth control mandate
Thousands demand Spanish-Catalan negotiations

Is there a mention of the story anywhere, let’s look at the search:

One story and that’s about migrant in Libya.  Nothing about ISIS fighters surrendering there.

Well how about CBS surely they will find the NYT Isis story worth covering

NRA leader weighs in on bump stocks, tells ATF to “do its job”
More than 100,000 are without power as storm surge pushes over beachfront highway and floods streets
Details revealed about Las Vegas shooter’s note
“First Ex” Ivana Trump on parenting and the president’s tweets
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump
Trump says Bob Corker “begged” for endorsement — and senator fires back

Or not.  And once again a search for “isis” brings 4 “crisis” results and a link to this video from their newscast: justice dept unseals details of 2016 isis plot in New York City.

Finally let’s try NPR.  They’re publicly funded so naturally they’re going to be right on top of news that matters there aren’t they?there:

Biloxi Faces Flooding As Nate Makes Second Landfall On Gulf Coast
Pence In Las Vegas: ‘We Are United In Our Resolve To End Such Evil’
Lawyer Lisa Bloom Resigns as Harvey Weinstein Adviser
Russia Investigations In Congressional Cliffhanger, Trump Jr. May Revisit The Hill

Come on!  Isn’t there even a mention of the ISIS on the page?

Apparently not.

So the question remains, Why isn’t the “Isis fighters surrender en masse” story the lead everywhere, or at least listed in the top stories anywhere in the MSM? The best answer comes from a fellow named Dodd

The MSM narrative is Trump is bad, Trump is childish and Trump is an incompetent failure and ISIS cutting and running 9 months after he vowed to destroy them just doesn’t serve advancing that message. I’l leave you with one last image Memeorandum at 12:45 PM Sunday Oct 8th the moment I finished this post.


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New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling put it rather succinctly: “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

For many years, I dismissed the notion that corporate power in the media had corrupted the news process. But I have had to rethink my position, grudgingly agreeing with the lefties who see problems with corporate ownership of news.

The leftist freepress.org has a useful website to document the concentration of media ownership at https://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart

As AT&T and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, wait for approval of a merger, I couldn’t help but ask whether this concentration of business interests is really good for news consumers. I doubt that the founders anticipated this power.

Journalists like to wrap themselves in the First Amendment, which by the way was actually the Third Amendment when the Bill of Rights was first written. The other two amendments failed in the ratification process, so journalists really weren’t “first” in the grand thought process of the founders. Moreover, the freedoms of religion and speech precede freedom of the press in the First Amendment itself. But I digress.

Here is what Time Warner owns:

Company Overview: Time Warner is the world’s second-largest entertainment conglomerate with ownership interests in film, television and print.

TV: One television station and the Warner Brothers Television Group; Warner Brothers Television; Warner Horizon Television; CW Network (50 percent stake); TBS; TNT; Cartoon Network; truTV; Turner Classic Movies; Boomerang; CNN; HLN; CNN International; HBO; Cinemax; Space; Infinito; I-Sat; Fashion TV; HTV; Much Music; Pogo; Mondo TV; Tabi; CNN Español

Online Holdings: Warner Brothers Digital Distribution; TMZ.com; KidsWB.com

Print: Time, Inc.; 22 magazines including PeopleSports IllustratedTimeLifeInStyleReal SimpleSouthern LivingEntertainment Weekly, and Fortune

Entertainment: Warner Brothers; Warner Brothers Pictures; New Line Cinema; Castle Rock; WB Studio Enterprises, Inc.; Telepictures Productions, Inc.; Warner Brothers Animation, Inc.; Warner Home Video; Warner Premiere; Warner Specialty Films, Inc.; Warner Brothers International Cinemas

Other: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment; DC Entertainment; DC Comics

Here is the rundown for AT&T:

Company Overview: AT&T is the second-largest U.S. wireless provider and the largest company providing local phone service in the U.S. AT&T offers its wireless services to over 97 percent of the U.S. population and serves wired customers in 22 states. AT&T offers cable television services in portions of its service territory under the brand name “U-Verse.”

Does anyone truly believe that this merger would be better for people who want news and information?

Walter Mossberg, the dean of U.S. tech writers, offered his assessment. “If this $85 billion merger goes through, it would, in my view, represent an unhealthy concentration of power between a distributor and a maker of content,” he wrote last year. “For media companies, for consumers, for advertisers, the best solution is to keep distribution and content separate, so consumers and creators meet on a level playing field. AT&T, which seems more excited right now about owning media than running a network, should be forced to choose whether it wants to be in one business or the other.”

Mossberg suggested spinning off CNN into a separate company. I would prefer to see it die on its own.

President Trump has hinted he opposes the merger, mainly because he doesn’t like CNN. I think he should oppose the merger because it would be bad for America.

But, as Liebling reminded us many years ago, “People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” That holds true today for TV, the internet, and many other “news” outlets.