Dialectical Lemonade: The MAGA Hat Kids

Like everyone else who listens to any amount of mainstream media on a regular basis, I heard the story of the racist kids from Kentucky wearing Make America Great Again hats and taunting a tribal elder in DC at the Women’s March. I tuned it out as a psyop immediately for numerous reasons. With stories like this I am often reminded of the scene in The Mission where the cardinal about to order devastation upon the Indians in Paraguay is rightly troubled by what he is about to do. His aide tries to comfort him by saying, “The world is thus, Your Excellency.” The cardinal replies, “Thus have we made the world.” Reports of obnoxious and overtly racist kids crashing the Women’s March wearing MAGA hats and attacking Native Americans are meant to convince us, “The world is thus.” I see how inorganically these incidents (to the extent they are ever accurately reported) have emerged and I think, “Thus have we made the world–are we making the world.” And I refuse to participate by engaging in the dialectical bait even intellectually. But the story did end up engaging me in the end….

At first the dialectic was “privileged white racist Trump supporting teenage boys menace peaceful Native American elder engaging in a call to prayer.” Not much of a dialectic really–who’s on the other side of that? The boys are not sympathetic–a dialectic has to have adherents on both sides to drive toward a pre-planned solution. (The dialectic is simply understood as Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis or Problem-Reaction-Solution.) This wasn’t really a dialectic, just another pulse in the “Trump’s America Is a Racist America” meme. But then something strange happened. As other videos emerged, it became clear that the story offered by the Native American, Nathan Phillips, and his supporters, was false, and the media had accepted their narrative of this out-of-context moment with very little to go on but bias. No matter…as Saul Alinsky advised, if your original goal isn’t achieved, take the outcome as it is and turn it toward your own interests anyway. That is, you get lemons? Make lemonade.

And so it was done…(read more)

Hillary Embarrases Herself In Grammy Propaganda Video

Hillary Clinton made an embarrassing appearance at the Grammy’s Sunday night in a painfully unfunny video where she reads excerpts of Micheal Wolf’s Book, Fire and Fury.
In the sketch, host James Corden auditions celebrities for the spoken word version of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” Among those who “auditioned” were Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend, DJ Khaled, and of course, Hillary. In an attempt at a dramatic reveal, the video shows Hillary awkwardly covering her face with the book when she first appears. The problem is that she’s not only obviously covering her face, as opposed naturally holding the book that way, she also begins reading before she lowers it, making it even more obvious that its her. If her direction was to make it look forced and stupid, she nails it. On top of that, she delivers a final line that’s more terrifying than anything else. After Corden says, “That’s the one,” Hillary turns to him with the eyes of a homicidal maniac and says, “Grammy’s in the bag?”
It’s truly horrifying.

“Fire and Fury” has been shown to lack credibility by many in the media, including CNN’s Jake Tapper  who’d love for it to be true. But you don’t need the media fact checkers to see that this one is bogus. All you have to do is look at the second page of the book’s Author’s Note to see that Wolf’s claims are subjective and unverifiable.
In the Author’s Note, which appears immediately after the table of contents, Wolf writes,

“I have, through consistency in accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true. Some of my sources spoke to me on so-called deep background, a convention of contemporary political books that allows for a disembodied description of events provided by an unnamed witness to them. I have also relied on off-the-record interviews, allowing a source to provide a direct quote with the understanding that it was not for attribution.”

In other words, there’s no way to verify anything written in the book. Yet, Hillary Clinton and a handful of celebrities read excerpts from it at the Grammy’s as though the book’s dubious claims are facts.
Propaganda has poisoned nearly every corner of the entertainment industry.
 

Ep. 83 – Why Facebook Suddenly "Cares" About Children & Democracy


Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Twitter, and Google have been in the news lately acknowledging how damaging their technology is to children and to democracy. Do the admissions made by the tech giants reflect a genuine concern about the impact their products have on society, or are they merely teeing up a pre-planned solution that will result in the government taking control of social media and ultimately the entire Internet? Episode originally aired on WSB 750 Atlanta on January 20th, 2017.
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WaPo Blames Trump for Death Threats to CNN, Calls for Regulations

CNN's studios at the Time Warner Center in New York in 2017.
CNN received the threatening phone calls on its public contact number.

After a 19-year old from Michigan was arrested for calling in death threats to CNN over fake news, the Washington Post implied that it was Trump’s fault. What’s more, the WaPo journalist then wondered if it’s “time to expand the definition of conspiracy or to tweak laws against yelling “fire” in a crowded theater?”
You can read the full Washington Post article here.
The article suggests that Trump’s fake news tweets incite his supporters into making threats against journalists because Twitter makes them feel like the president is whispering in their ear. Then of course it suggests some sort of regulation to control it.
While the article emphasizes that many liberal journalists feel like they have a target on their back because of Trump, it makes no mention of conservatives who feel the same way because of radical progressives. It makes no mention of Steve Scalise, who was shot by an anti-Trump, Bernie Sanders supporter. It also doesn’t question the methods of the “Resistance,” which explicitly incites their followers to disrupt and cause chaos. Nor does it mention conservative pundits who receive death threats from radical progressives.
Instead, the article takes a real problem that pundits and public figures on all sides face, and makes it out to be something that only those on the left deal with. Then it calls for the government to regulate away the first amendment just a little bit more. Look for the reporting on this story from other outlets to follow the same pattern.
 
 

NYT Says Trump Spent The Day Watching Vids of Himself Bash Obama (Citing Unnamed Sources)

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The New York Times has made another odd claim about the President that their audience is sure to believe without question. Is the mainstream media testing what they can get away with? Are they trying to see how far they can go before their audience will question them?
In an story reported over the weekend, the NYT alleged that while the government was shutdown Trump spent most of his time watching old TV clips of himself “berating President Barack Obama for a lack of leadership during the 2013 government shutdown.”
The source of this odd claim? An anonymous White House aide who seemed “content to sit back and watch the show.”
Here’s the full passage, which is tacked on to the end of the article.

“On Saturday, the president was left alternately defiant and angry, self-pitying and frustrated. He argued to aides that he did not deserve the blame he was taking, but without a credible deal on the table, there was little for him to do. Irritated to have missed his big event in Florida, Mr. Trump spent much of his day watching old TV clips of him berating President Barack Obama for a lack of leadership during the 2013 government shutdown, a White House aide said, seeming content to sit back and watch the show.” 

So the NYT would have us believe that while everyone else was working hard on capital hill to get the government back open, President Trump was having a pity party and watching old clips of himself smacking down Obama? How narcissistic, unstable, and racist of him. Someone better evoke the 25th amendment before he loses his mind and nukes the South Side of Chicago. Down with Cheeto!
Is the claim true? I don’t know. To me it sounds more like the parody story about how Trump spends 17 hours a day watching videos of gorillas fighting than it does a real story. You know, the one that went viral because so many people believed it was true. I do question the authenticity of the above quoted claim, but not just because it reads like a parody to me. The main reason I question it is because it comes from the New York Times. They’ve reported too many stories from unnamed sources that ended up not being true, and I don’t trust them. I no longer give them the benefit of doubt simply because they’re the New York Times.
But it doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what their primary target audience thinks. And their audience will believe this story without question, regardless of whether it’s true or false. Their primary audience will believe anything that reinforces their negative perceptions about Trump as long as the story seems plausible. If a story meets those requirements, it will not have to withstand critical scrutiny from the majority of their readers. Why would they question something they want so badly to be true?
The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets know this and they appear to be testing just how far they can go before their audience will finally stop and question the validity of a story. I say this because not only has the use of unnamed sources become the norm, so has the reporting of seemingly crazy stories. One day it’s reported that Trump drinks a dozen Diet Coke’s a day. A few weeks later it’s reported that he said everyone from Haiti has AIDS. And not long after that the story is all about how Trump called all African countries S-holes. Those are just a small sampling of stories that originally relied on unnamed sources and were then later disputed, yet millions of Americans have never questioned their validity.
This pattern of reporting by the media has expanded the level of crazy that Americans will, without being shown any evidence, accept as true. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if in their pursuit to see how far they can go, the media just stopped citing sources all together. Maybe instead of saying “according to a source familiar with the matter,” they’ll test how their audience reacts to statements like, “Because we said so,” or “according to us.”
“”BREAKING NEWS: In A Fit of Rage, Trump Fires Baron As His Son, Sends Him To Live in Sh*Thole Haiti Alone”…..Because we said so.”
While there’s a lot of humor in the insanity that comes out of the news these days, it’s a bit unsettling when you hear protesters cite stories that’ve been proven false as their reason for resisting. This is not to say that hardcore Trump supporters don’t sometimes fall into the same trap. They do. The difference is that when Trump supporters are quick to believe a claim before the evidence is in, the claim isn’t parroted as fact by almost every major media outlet in the country.
If nothing else, it’ll at least be interesting to see how ridiculous the stories become before they have to reel it back in. I mean, how much further can they go?
The New York Times article quoted above includes more than just the one reference to an unnamed source. There are a handful of others as well. Among them are:

  • “according to one presidential adviser”,
  • “according to a person briefed on the exchange”(My personal favorite.),
  • “One senior administration official, who asked for anonymity”, and
  • “a White House aide said, seeming content to sit back and watch the show.”

It might be time to start compiling a definitive list of all the ways the mainstream media cites anonymous sources.
 
 
 

Ep. 82 – DACA: Dems Dupe Dreamers & Soros Funds Global "Fight Against" Fake News (Podcast)


Liberals don’t care about the Dreamers, they care about keeping their base enraged at Trump. George Soros and the Ford Foundation are funding a worldwide effort to “fight fake news” that’s already shaping the reality we perceive. And we talk Trump’s Fake News awards and the competing Press Oppressor Awards. This and much more on this episode of the Propaganda Report Podcast.
Jim Acosta Calling a 9/11 First Responder Fake News (SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE PAGE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuVaV3ADMQo
Calling My Congressman Using the Indivisible Call Script

Calling My Congressman Using the Indivisible Call Script Part 2

First Draft News
https://firstdraftnews.com/
DACA Dreamers Call Script
https://www.dreamerpledge.org/republican-call-script/
Indivisible
https://www.indivisible.org/
Some of First Draft News Partners
https://firstdraftnews.com/community-of-practice/
About First Draft News Including Funding
https://firstdraftnews.com/about/
Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking 34 Recommendations for fighting it.

Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking


Committee On Foreign Relations United States Senate Solutions for Fighting Fake News. “PUTIN’S ASYMMETRIC ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA AND EUROPE: IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY.” (Brief Summary Third Store Down)
https://propagandareportdaily.com/8-interesting-stories-this-week-including-ellen-obamas-tahiti-vacation/
Full Document “PUTIN’S ASYMMETRIC ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA AND EUROPE: IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY.”
https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FinalRR.pdf
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Fake News Jim Acosta Shames 9/11 First Responder for Asking Legitimate Question

Last night at an event called “Journalism in the Trump Era”, hosted by the George Soros linked “Committee to Protect Journalists”, Jim Acosta was asked by a 9/11 first responder why he never covers the facts that have emerged which undermine the official 9/11 story. Acosta responded by twisted the man’s words and then publicly shaming him, confirming what most people already know, that Jim Acosta is fake news. Here’s a video of the incident.
https://youtu.be/UuVaV3ADMQo
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Facebook 'Vetting' Local News Sources for New Mobile Feature

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Facebook is currently testing a new feature on its mobile app called, “Today In,” a feed made up of local news. The purpose of the new feature is to help people find local news from “vetted” sources. That’s right. Facebook wants to vet your local news sources for you.
According to Record, who spoke with the social media giant, “Facebook is using machine-learning software to surface content in this new section. Local news publishers who appear there will all be approved and vetted by the company’s News Partnerships team, which is overseen by former NBC news anchor Campbell Brown.” 
Over the summer Facebook removed a link that I posted because someone flagged it. The link was to an official government document on the official Georgia Secretary of State website. If that’s the kind of vetting Facebook intends to do locally as well, I think I’ll pass.
You can read the rest of the Record article here.
 
 
 
 

Facebook Will Tear Down Its Model Just To Build A More Controlled Newsfeed

I’ve been puzzling over the recent spate of news stories that highlight facebook’s as well as Apple’s affect on society, youth, mental health, etc. As a parent, my concerns over these issues came on with a vengeance as soon as I gave my kids phones (I was a holdout and waited until they were a whopping twelve years old!) So why is this issue emerging from all corners at once–parents, activist investors, executives, news agencies, etc? When a meme bombards me like this, I look for the agenda, and I think I found it in today’s Wall Street Journal.
Long ago, a family friend cautioned me against Scientology. She told me they had methods to make you vulnerable and captive, specifically, they invited you in, told you what was wrong with you, broke you down completely, then built you back up according to their goal of controlling you, your mind, your opinions, your behaviors, your loyalties, etc. I don’t know if this is how Scientology actually operates, but the method she described seemed rather clever and effective. When I read this article about facebook, I saw a similar pattern in the works.
Facebook plans to break down users’ connections to their newsfeeds as they are, which is how they emerged organically, then build them from the ground up to conform with pre-approved sources. If you still think Google, facebook, etc., were purely entrepreneurial ventures that got no advantage from government money, government think tanks, publicly funded university research programs, winner-picking incubators and the like, then you might think these companies should behave as they wish, but even a cursory bit of research demonstrates the biggest of Big Tech has been intertwined with government surveillance and censorship operations (and more), from the beginning.
Here are the passages in the facebook article that caught my eye and, I think, revealed the agenda….
Facebook to Overhaul How It Presents News in Feed
Social-media site would favor posts by users and friends and rank journalism outlets by credibility

Under planned changes announced Thursday, Facebook will favor posts, photos and videos in the news feed that are shared and discussed among users and their friends over those posted by businesses and news organizations—a likely blow to companies that rely on Facebook to reach customers. The company also is weighing another major change that could eventually elevate media outlets deemed more trustworthy compared with publishers considered less credible, people familiar with the matter said….
The other potential change would involve ranking news outlets based on some measures of credibility, such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers, the people familiar with the matter said. Such variables would inform the Facebook algorithms that determine which publishers’ posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.
Such a move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site—a role that makes some publishers uneasy. The company hasn’t decided whether to proceed with that shift, and it may choose not to do so.

And in case you didn’t know…

“Facebook has an enormous amount of power and agency when it comes to deciding if publishers will thrive or not thrive,” said Emily Bell, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
A measure like the potential trustworthy rating “isn’t going to benefit everybody, but it is a move that adds some clarity to what was a cloudy and disingenuous position from Facebook—that all content should be treated equally,” Ms. Bell said.

Update (1/13/18): Here’s a story that just came out that adds another dimension to the mental health issues surrounding screens.
Video-gamer, 28, kills mom after blaming her for broken headset, police say

Update (1/15/18): And then there’s this…
Sanders calls out Amazon after her 2-year-old orders Batman toy using Echo

Ep. 81 – Will Explosive New Book Bring Trump Down? No. Here's What It Will Do.


Social media was set ablaze this week by the release of a new book titled Fire and Fury that delusional Trump haters believe will finally bring the President down. Will It? No. But it will serve it’s propaganda purpose perfectly.
We talk about that, the Fake News awards, scary tech headlines, and how the media fractures society all on this episode of the Propaganda Report Podcast with Monica Perez and Brad Binkley.

Fake News Awards Nomination – CNN for Blatantly Biased Liberal Listicles (With 16 Examples!)

https://propagandareportdaily.com/fake-news-awards-nomination-cnn-for-blatantly-biased-liberal-listicles-with-16-examples/

Tweet Storm 2018 – All Trump’s 2018 Tweets (Updated January 6th)

https://propagandareportdaily.com/tweet-storm-2018-all-trumps-2018-tweets-updated-january-6th/
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