Why is the Least Trusted News Media, the Least Trusted News Media? – And who is responsible?
Profitizing Hate, Ignorance and Stupidity
This might seem like an easy question. But simply relying one’s gut is just not good enough. We are not interested in opinions; we want to know the facts. We all have a gut understanding of why the Economist, the BBC and NPR are trusted. They have journalistic integrity. They have objectivity. They do not start with an agenda and then thrust all stories into that agenda. You remember -what news use to be like before a certain Australian reinvented the wheel. StupidParty will try and and blunt the effectiveness of good journalism by infantile labeling, providing false equivalence, and simply making shit up.
But we do not label here. If we make an assertion we back it up. The Pew survey reveals what any critical thinker was well aware of—we all intuitively know the media that is responsible for making people more stupid, less informed. This statement is not an opinion. So let us show why we are so adamant on this point, but it will require some connecting of the dots, an ability to see patterns. Have no fear, we are going to make this task really simple, so simple that even StupidParty disciples will be capable of understanding—so simple that we will be able to simply force them out of their caves, kicking and screaming—where the sunshine of truth can let them sweat out or their bile and ignorance for all to see. So as simpleton Sean Hannity is apt to say “Let not your heart be troubled”—for here we think with our brains and all will be revealed.
Let us start with the poll data:
I have highlighted the key culprits of distrust, the media that has made journalism a joke, and thereby tainting all media. But before we begin we should add some perspective. It is not like all journalists have been like Walter Cronkite. People have been complaining about the media through the ages.
You may have recognized something odd about that poll data. A pattern. But I am not here simply to bash Rupert Murdoch (Who is not the key Puppet Master), as that would be lazy and overly simplistic. But we should spend a moment to get an understanding of this man–who on paper has done more damage to the US political process than any other single person.
But in reality he is not the real problem–his horrendous role was more accidental than pre meditated. Rupert Murdoch only cares about one thing—making tons of money by increasing circulation and ratings. This Australian media magnate first had to break into the English establishment and really shake things up. Murdoch had no scruples, he is an opportunist, an equal opportunity offender. Sure he is right wing, but that was never that important—he would far rather be king maker, support and curry favor with the likely winner. If he could help elect a Prime Minister of either party, Conservative or Labour, then that is what he would do.
As it turned out his strategy for the UK was very different from what he was going to do in the United States. He knew what his readers wanted, well his male readers wanted. They wanted boobs. Yes literally, boobs, sex and scandal, this was what Murdoch figured out—and he gave it to his readers, and soon his paper took off and gained the highest circulation.
On page three, every day a gorgeous naked model would adorn the page. Other pages would also discuss related topics. When there was real news, the headline on page one would invariably find a way to sexualize it. Boobs, sex scandals would adorn virtually every household. His Sunday paper the News (Screws) Of The World, followed suit. People in England would typically buy more than one paper and on Sunday household might by three to five national papers. The news was really fun.
Love or hate them, these stories tended to have merit, so one should not compare this to all the silly “Alien UFO Conspiracy” stories that Americans get with their National Enquirer and the like. But the deeper thinkers did realize that what Rupert Murdoch was doing was insidious. Check out the below short remake of It’s a Wonderful Life – starring a young Hugh Laurie (yes, he of “House” fame) as Rupert Murdoch—a skit that was made thirty years ago, but made to look even older to tie back to the original movie
But Rupert’s misdeeds in the UK finally catch up with him. In July 2011 Murdoch faced allegations in the UK that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens.
British law makers went on to report that Rupert Murdoch is not fit to run a major international company, finding him ultimately responsible for the illegal phone hacking that has corroded his global media empire and damaged the political establishment.
The lawmakers said the 81-year-old News Corp chief lacked credibility, his son James appeared incompetent and the company was guilty of “willful blindness” towards its staff at the News of the World tabloid.
Murdoch always recognized that selling boobs was not going to work in the more puritanical and more censored USA. So rather than selling boobs, he had to finds boobs to sell to. And so began the remarkable career of our chief culprit, the “loudest voice in the room.”
Murdoch does not appear to have a huge respect for journalistic standards or ethics. Notwithstanding Murdoch’s well-known reputation, the debacle that is Fox may well now be beyond his control. He has created a Frankenstein that now has a life of its own. The brain inside that Frankenstein is Roger Ailes, and only in understanding Roger Ailes can we really fathom what happened.
“Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940: aka Serial Ogre) is president of Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign (1989). In 1996 Ailes was hired by Rupert Murdoch to create Fox News Channel for News Corporation to help with the new channel’s launch, on October 7, 1996.” (Wiki)
Because of Roger Ailes’s huge success—in 2010 earning about $800m in profits—he can now pretty much do whatever he wants. Employees must be subservient to his agenda. Even Murdoch, who is very conservative, needs to be careful. He surely respects the profits but was quoted as saying, “You know, Roger is crazy,” Murdoch recently told a colleague, shaking his head in disbelief, “He really believes that stuff.” http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525#ixzz2d8RnLIov
Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson goes on to discuss how Ailes would like the outside world to perceive his earlier years and that he is now different from his very partisan past. In a recent biography of Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Gabriel Sherman “delivers a portrait of a manipulating, conniving, controlling, petty and fear-mongering man.” This book, which interviewed 614 people, does indicate that Mr. Ailes has a fertile imagination when it comes to trying to shape his image. But “deception isn’t the theme that knits together the key Ailes epochs documented in The Loudest Voice in the Room. Loyalty is.” The more power you have, the more loyalty you can demand. “I see the most powerful man in the world is here,” President Obama said, according to an “author interview with a person familiar with the matter.” Moving to launch Fox News simply gave Ailes heretofore unknown megaphone methods of thrusting partisan propaganda on a public not equipped to recognize Fact from Fiction, especially when delivered as news under the guise of “fair and balanced.”
As described in the article, he created one of the most “powerful political machines in American history,” which took the helm in navigating StupidParty—talking points and advancing the agenda of the far right. Fox News tilted the electoral balance to George W. Bush in 2000, prematurely declaring him president in a move that prompted every other network to follow suit. It helped create the Tea Party, transforming it from the butt of late-night jokes into a nationwide insurgency capable of electing.
Take it from Rush Limbaugh, a “dear friend” of Ailes. “One man has established a culture for 1,700 people who believe in it, who follow it, who execute it,” Limbaugh once declared. “Roger Ailes is not on the air. Roger Ailes does not ever show up on camera. And yet everybody who does is a reflection of him.”
By hiring Ailes, Murdoch knew that success in the USA was dependent on a different strategy.
Having established the hierarchy, it is now time to start connecting all the dots to the Pew Survey of the least trusted news media.
Notice how Roger Ailes holds the pivotal position as regards each of seven media centers that make up the bulk of the ten least trusted news sources.
(Buzzfeed the only other outlet with a significant quantity of data, appears to get high negatives, not because of politics—but more because it is so reliant on viral news that it is simply a bad site for seeking serious news.)
The above chart depicts how just one Oligarch has successfully had a huge impact in transforming and dividing America into two camps—the critical thinkers and the non-critical thinkers. Because the more you watch or listen to the individual above, the less politically informed you get. Allow me to prove my point:
So how come so many people are getting so much more StupidParty?
Take global warming, whether you are in denial or not on this issue is not relevant. I have already proven that the vast bulk of scientists have concluded that climate change is occurring. This is an indisputable fact. But the more you watch Fox, the more ignorant, the more StupidParty you get. Here are the numbers:
But a picture of this mission to un-educate is worth a thousand words:
The higher the Number, the greater the Ignorance………The More you watch Fox……
Fox News . . . investing in ignorance . . . Fox News . . . investing in ignorance . . .
A remarkable 60% of those who watched Fox News almost daily believe that “Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring,” whereas only 30% who never watch it believe that. Only 25% of those who watch CNN almost daily hold that erroneous belief—and only 13% who listen to NPR or PBS almost daily.
As reported in ThinkProgress:
“WPO found one bright spot in its lengthy report: ‘Those who had greater exposure to news sources were generally better informed. In the great majority of cases, those with higher levels of exposure to news sources had lower levels of misinformation.’ However, there was one exception, Fox News. . . .
“This data coincides with results of previous surveys finding that Fox News viewers are more misinformed about public policy issues. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll [in 2009] found that Fox News viewers were overwhelmingly misinformed about healthcare reform proposals. A 2008 Pew study ranked Fox News last in the number of ‘high knowledge’ viewers and a 2007 Pew poll ranked Fox viewers as the least knowledgeable about national and international affairs. And a 2003 study from the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland found that Fox News viewers were most likely to believe that Saddam Hussein had links to al-Qaeda, that coalition troops found WMD in Iraq, and that world public opinion supported President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.”
NBC News Poll 2009.
72% of self-identified FOX News viewers believe the healthcare plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants,
79% of them say it will lead to a government takeover,
69% think that it will use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and
75% believe that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly.
Fox will deny and try and shoot the messenger, but they will be unable to come up with studies showing anything different. It should be pointed out that this does not necessarily mean that Fox viewers are the most uninformed on all subjects, just on the subjects that Fox wants them to be uninformed about.
In trying to debunk these polls, Fox News (out of desperation) utilized a StupidParty zealot, John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, a book on a StupidParty myth that has been thoroughly and easily dismissed herein. Being a true StupidParty advocate, Lott does not believe in Global Warming (citing weather “forecasters” ill equipped to address the issue). He denies that after the financial meltdown, the stimulus created the jobs and dismisses statements by the CBO as biased. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government that provides economic data to Congress. The CBO was created as a nonpartisan agency by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.” (Wiki)
Please note that I eviscerate John Lott here.
Matt Drudge is no journalist. He had to leave Fox because he was too extreme even for Roger Ailes. It is worth getting some background on the man recognized for playing a significant role is driving the news cycle, filling the void created by mainstream Journalists who are “dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.”
Drudge says that he “failed his Bar Mitzvah“, and graduated 341st out of a class of 355 from Northwood High School in 1984, giving himself, in his words, a “more than adequate curriculum vitae for a post at 7-Eleven“. In the 1980s, Drudge worked as a telemarketer for Time-Life Books.
Drudge was unknown before he began the news aggregation site, the Drudge Report. For many years, he took odd jobs such as night counterman at a 7-Eleven convenience store,telemarketer for Time-Life books, McDonald’s manager, and sales assistant at a New York City grocery store. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he took up residence in a small Hollywood apartment. He took a job in the gift shop of CBS studios, eventually working his way up to manager. Here, he was apparently privy to some inside gossip, part of the inspiration for founding the Drudge Report.
It is the Drudge report, a report that simply regurgitates news stories from any one or any where, picking and choosing to dovetail with his own unsophisticated world view—that other Journalists fawn to—because it is so much easier not have to one’s own research, fact checking etc. Drudge also set up Drudge radio—and the Kings of hate radio—Limbaugh, Hannity, Mark Levin and Michael Savage all adopt the same faux journalistic techniques.
Andrew Breitbart was no Journalist, now deceased, but his machinery carries on. Drudge met Andrew Breitbart in Los Angeles during the 1990s and became his mentor, with Breitbart later helping to run the Drudge Report. Breitbart announced in 2005 that he was “amicably leaving the Drudge Report after a long and close working relationship with Matt Drudge” but still helped run Drudge’s website from Los Angeles by working the afternoon shift, in addition to running Breitbart.com. Drudge frequently links to Breitbart’s site, but does not get paid for this service.
Listening to radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh helped Breitbart refine his political and philosophical positions, In 2004 he was a guest commentator on Fox News Channel’s morning show and frequently appeared as a guest panelist on Fox News‘s late night program, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Breitbart also appeared as a commentator in the 2004 documentary Michael Moore Hates America.
ACORN undercover videos
Breitbart brings down Acorn by making false allegations—But StupidParty disciples do not care. A former Massachusetts Attorney General hired to investigate the matter found no pattern of illegal conduct by the ACORN employees and said the news media should have been far more skeptical, demanding the raw video from which the edited versions were produced.
Shirley Sherrod resigns after being slandered—but StupidParty disciple don’t care.
In July 2010 Breitbart was accused of smearing USDA official Shirley Sherrod with a viral video titled “Proof NAACP Awards Racism”. The video showed Sherrod speaking at a NAACP fundraising dinner in March 2010 admitting to a racial reluctance to help a white farmer get government aid. The NAACP later posted the longer 43-minute video of the speech In it, Sherrod said her reluctance to help a white man was wrong, and she had ended up assisting him. The NAACP then reversed their rebuke of Sherrod, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a new government position.
“Friends of Hamas”
On February 7, 2013, Ben Shapiro published an article on Breitbart.com reporting allegations that former Senator and nominee for United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) may have been paid to speak at an event sponsored by a group called “Friends of Hamas“. Breitbart.com said that the story was based on “exclusive” information by “Senate sources”. The story was later repeated by other conservative opinion websites such as RedState, National Review, Washington Times, PJ Media and commented on by US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
An investigation by Slate reporter David Weigel failed to confirm the existence of the purported group. On February 19, New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman said that the story had originated from a sarcastic comment he made to a Congressional staffer, Other media including Washington Post, New York Magazine and The Daily Beast strongly criticized Breitbart.com for its inaccuracy and low journalistic standards.
Mis-identification of Loretta Lynch
On November 8, 2014, Breitbart.com posted an article headlined “Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch represented Clintons during Whitewater.” The article, by Warner Todd Huston, erroneously reported that Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, had been part of Bill Clinton‘s defense team during the Whitewater scandal. In fact, the two Lynches are different people. After this mistake was pointed out by several news outlets, Breitbart did note that the two Lynches were different people, but “buried its correction at the end of the article without bothering to fix the mistake in the story itself.” This generated further criticism; The New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal noted, “The appended correction didn’t really do justice to the scope of the misidentification.” Other media watchdogs noted “that Breitbart had let the mistaken fact stand in the headline and the article itself,” and even published a second story containing the incorrect information on November 9. By November 10, the initial story had been deleted from Breitbart.com.
James O’Keefe partner in Crime and real life Criminal
StupidParty has had some success in various fabricated sting operations. I am personally aware of his effort to undermine the Wendy Davis campaign to become Governor of Texas. O’Keefe inserted his operatives into the campaign for months to try and gain trust and seek mistakes. I guess they could not find much, so onto plan B—entrapment. An O’Keefe operative approached a young staffer, just out of College, and advised this person that she/he had destroyed some ballot applications because the applicants were clearly racist. Now this would be against the law, but luckily the young man did nothing wrong and said that that was illegal and he would look into what to do. Now technically the moment you become aware of an illegal act you should report it to the authorities. Thus the next morning O’Keefe shows up in person at his young man’s house with the media—asking for comment. Fortunately this kid was smart enough to say nothing and so O’Keefe had just wasted months of effort. But did he though? Because trying to throw a young man to the the flesh eating zombie base not only puts this young mans life in danger, but makes O’Keefe look good to people who can not think critically. O’Keefe knows his audience. But this type of fake news effort, similar to Murdoch’s phone tapping UK escapades, lead to criminal behavior:
O’Keefe and colleagues were arrested in New Orleans in January 2010 during an attempt to make recordings at the office of United States Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat. He and three fellow activists were apprehended with two of them dressed as telephone repairmen including Robert Flanagan, the son of William Flanagan, acting U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Louisiana at the time. The four men were charged with malicious intent to damage the phone system. O’Keefe said he entered Landrieu’s office to investigate complaints that she was ignoring phone calls from constituents during the debate over the Affordable Health Care bill. The charges in the case were reduced from a felony to a single misdemeanor count of entering a federal building under false pretenses. O’Keefe and the others pleaded guilty on May 26. O’Keefe was sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine. The other three men received lesser sentences.
In October 2014 O’Keefe was accused of soliciting Colorado Democratic campaign staffers for then-U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), as well as independent expenditure organizations,[clarification needed] to commit voter fraud.
When a Rolling Stones reporter wrote a tongue in cheek obituary about Breitbart, evidently Breitbart’s Zombie fan base did not react so well.
Well done, Breitbart fans, well done! In less than 24 hours you’ve hacked into my Wiki page, published my telephone number on Twitter, called the Rolling Stone offices pretending to be outraged “advertisers” (anonymous ones, who hung up before we could figure out which “ads” to pull), and then spent all night calling and texting my phone with various threats and insults, many of them directed at my family. “Better grow eyes in the back of your head,” was one; “I’m going to take a shit on your mother’s grave,” was another; a third called my wife a “piece of shit like you,” and many others called me a “pile of human excrement.”
So there we have it. This is what Rupert Murdoch has created. This is the end game from profitizing hate, ignorance and stupid. The more prevalent these attitudes become, the bigger the profits to Murdoch and his minions. The result is that he rest of the media has become polluted as they race to the bottom of the sewer. Just look at CNN. If ever there was an example of Stupid trumping Cowardice. If CNN had just had some balls they would never have found themselves held in contempt by both sides. A whole industry promoting misinformation is now in full bloom. But there is an Achilles heel—which we might well be witnessing now. What happens when Zombies start attacking each other, eating there own flesh and blood? This is bound to happen once they have sucked the life out of every intelligent thought. Perhaps that is the only way of killing off this deadly StupidParty virus that has been growing exponentially? This is what we may be seeing in the one man wrecking ball called Donald Trump. Long live the emperor of the Zombies—leading his Zombie army fat full charge right into the Zombie army. Now that is feast that I would love to witness.