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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Which is why I often force myself to endure the ClintonNewsNetwork or check in on your favorite girlfriend. I like to see what the crazy extreme leftist pinko commie lying scumbag phony journalists are saying. You know... balance!
    Cable News isn't news anymore, it is 24 hour commentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Cable News isn't news anymore, it is 24 hour commentary.
    And that's a YUGE part of the problem, eh? It used to be that they'd have to do the research, gather the facts, and condense them into a half hour newscast (probably closer to 11 minutes, given traffic, weather and commercials).

    Now, you see the cable news people breathlessly speculating realtime "we don't know if this is an active shooter situation yet, but... blah blah blah..... we are FIRST ON THE SCENE... blah blah blah....."

    I can't even force myself to watch Shepherd Smith in such an event - breathlessly telling us we don't want to speculate, while launching into speculation...
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    Is good journalism just as fantastic as super powered characters wearing brightly colored costumes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhitney View Post
    I saw this traced through concerning the Canadian government and "fact checkers." This fact-checking is more in alignment with progressive/democrat government. We rarely get another viewpoint in the news today. Mountain Man just mentioned about Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Which is why I often force myself to endure the ClintonNewsNetwork or check in on your favorite girlfriend. I like to see what the crazy extreme leftist pinko commie lying scumbag phony journalists are saying. You know... balance!
    Drudge does a good job of providing a cross section of stories across the political spectrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    How Media Narratives Became More Important Than Facts

    The sad state of journalism.

    The day that I told CBS News I wished to leave my job as investigative correspondent ahead of my contract, I didn’t give a reason. I didn’t see the point because the problem wasn’t fixable.

    Nor was it isolated to CBS News.

    My own take is that—as our industry has changed in ways that have become undeniable to most—I was a bit of the canary in the coal mine. By that, I mean I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news—the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts—and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.

    It’s not that I’m smarter than my peers, and I’m surely far less smart than many, but my particular brand of off-narrative reporting happened to draw the intense attention of the smear operators and propagandists, so I began to study it.

    A case in point: the smear that was promulgated when I left CBS. It was often incorrectly reported that I told CBS management I was quitting due to liberal media bias. That false story turned out to be convenient for both political sides, and largely survives today. It simply wasn’t rooted in fact. And I don’t recall reporters even asking me whether it was true. Once a few articles reported that it was, others simply copied the claim and adopted it as if established fact, eventually without attribution. Now there would be no point in trying to clarify it. After all, Wikipedia says it’s true. No going back from that.

    Powerful smear groups and certain interests—including some within CBS at the time—started the narrative that I was “conservative,” not because they necessarily believed it, but as a tool to “controversialize” the reporting I was doing that was contrary to powerful interests. The idea is that if I can be portrayed as a partisan, then my reporting can be more easily dismissed.

    The Narrative Requires

    In fact, prior to the operation to push the narrative that I was “conservative,” my reporting had been lauded by a diverse group of observers, including the likes of Rachel Maddow, who once delivered an entire monologue on an investigative expose I did on the “charity” of then-Rep. Stephen Buyer (R- Ind.). My most recent Emmy award was for an undercover investigation into Republican fundraising....
    Right, and now she works for conservative propagandist Sinclair News! Sounds like a disgruntled partison to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Cable News isn't news anymore, it is 24 hour commentary.
    False, it's both news and commentary as has always been the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimL View Post
    Right, and now she works for conservative propagandist Sinclair News! Sounds like a disgruntled partison to me.


    Of course she does, Jimmy, because you're an incredibly disgruntled rabid partisan. (Not partison)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimL View Post
    False, it's both news and commentary as has always been the case.
    As if you could tell the difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    As if you could tell the difference!
    Apparently you can't!

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