Tag Archives: Big Journalism

Virgil: Arguments from Bad Authority: How the Mainstream Media Tries to Trick You

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In rhetoric, there’s an ancient concept called “argument from authority.” In Latin, it’s called argumentum ad verecundiam.  The idea is that the person making an argument invokes a big name, saying, in effect, “So-and-so agrees with me, so I must be right!”  Of course, an argument from authority can be false.  One of the many

Spicer: ‘Dishonest’ Press Intentionally ‘Ignore Some Facts’

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Sunday on Fox New Channel’s “Media Buzz,” President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized the media for pursuing sensational aspects of stories and described the press as “dishonest.” Spicer said, “I think some reporters clearly have a bias and choose to only look at part of the story.” He added, “I also

Fake ‘Fake News’: Media Sow Division with Dishonest Attack on Breitbart’s ‘Allahu Akbar’ Church Fire Story

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The German press, together with establishment politicians, Germany’s police, and left-wing international news agencies have railed against Breitbart London’s reporting of an 1,000-strong crowd, many of whom were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’, and firing fireworks at one of the oldest churches in Dortmund on New Year’s Eve. The headlines — which lean on the establishment media’s

CNN’s Don Lemon on Chicago Torture Video: ‘I Don’t Think It Was Evil’

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CNN host Don Lemon said Wednesday evening the broadcasted torture of a bound and gagged victim in Chicago was not “evil,” adding that the suspects had “bad home training.” News broke nationally Wednesday after a Facebook Live video showed the victim beaten, slashed, held at knifepoint, and more in a Chicago apartment while assailants are heard saying

Media Suddenly Find ‘Courage’ to Stand up for First Amendment

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“Thank you, Mr. President. During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving this in office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?” That was the obsequious question asked by a New York Times reporter during one of President Barack Obama’s first press conferences,

‘Fake News’ Causing Populism, Must be Censored, Says Italy’s Antitrust Chief

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European Union (EU) nations must set up a network of public agencies to remove ‘fake news’ from circulation and impose fines, Italy’s antitrust chief has said. Asserting that ‘fake news’ is driving populism, Giovanni Pitruzzella told the Financial Times the internet must not be allowed to remain a “wild west”. The head of Italy’s competition

Drudge, Downed by Cyberattack, Suspects Government Involvement

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Readers were unable to access the pioneering powerhouse news website Drudge Report for an hour and a half on Thursday, due to what site founder Matt Drudge says was a denial-of-service attack. On Twitter Thursday night in the midst of the attack and shutdown, Drudge questioned whether the U.S. government might be behind the attack,

Failing ‘New Republic’ Begs Donations as ‘Last Line of Defense Against Trump’

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The ultraliberal New Republichas launched a desperate donation drive using scare tactics–by comparing Donald Trump to George Orwell’s world of 1984. Hamilton Fish, publisher of the New Republic, has sent out an email to prospective donors proposing the New Republic as an icon of independent journalism, “the last line of defense against Trump.” With true apocalyptic

NYT: Press Pool Says Breitbart News’ Inclusion Provides a Counterweight to HuffPo

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Sydney Ember writes in the New York Times about changes coming to the White House Press Room, including greater participation of “online media outlets” like Breitbart News. From the New York Times: Mr. McCurry and Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary under George W. Bush, said they had discussed a setup that would allow

ABC News Worries Hate Hoaxes ‘Discredit’ Muslims

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Following a wave of hate crime hoaxes generally reported to make President-Elect Donald Trump supporters look deplorable, ABC News is now highlighting the hardships of the fake claims on Muslims. In a piece which states that hate hoaxes by Muslim-Americans “discredit” Muslims altogether, ABC News interviewed Islamic followers to shed pity for the Muslim community

Fake News: BuzzFeed, CNN Promote Claim That RNC Called Trump–Not Jesus–’New King’

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The latest example of “fake news” is the wild misrepresentation of a message from the Republican National Committee that caused a Christmas day frenzy as the establishment media and bitter online leftists pushed the theory that a reference to a “new King” in a paragraph talking about Jesus was an allusion to Donald Trump. The

Fake News: Family Didn’t ‘Flee Town’ over Breitbart Story That Doesn’t Mention Them

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If you read through the world of left-wing clickbait Thursday afternoon, you may have seen a shocking story about a Jewish family chased out of town by anti-Semitic Breitbart readers because our site blamed them for shutting down a school’s Christmas play. Scary stuff — except that version of the story is 100% fake news. On

Brent Bozell: ‘Zuckerberg Assured Me’ Facebook Won’t Use Politics to Target ‘Fake News’

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Media Research Center president and conservative activist Brent Bozell says Mark Zuckerberg has assuredhim that Facebook will not be politically targeting conservative content as it launches its “fake news” initiative. Zuckerberg’s assurances come after Facebook revealed last week that it would be hiring partisan “fact-checkers” such as Snopes and PolitiFact to clamp down on the alleged problem

‘Legacy’: 10 Ways Barack Obama Broke the American System

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Much ink has been spilled, and much bandwidth spent, on describing Donald Trump’s 2016 victory as a populist revolt. Less attention has been paid to what voters were rebelling against. There were economic grievances — in the Upper Midwest in particular — but the economy as a whole is slowly recovering. (As Alexis de Tocqueville

TNR: Media Matters Seeks New Identity in Post-Clinton World

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Clio Chang and Alex Shephard write in The New Republic about the organizational shake-up and shift in focus at the leftwing media watchdog Media Matters for America. The brainchild of its Clinton ally founder David Brock, Media Matters now seeks to reinvent itself in a post-Clinton world. Brock has recently stated that he hopes to

Obama: ‘Partisan’ Media, ‘Talk Radio’ Created Need to Fight ‘Fake News’

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President Barack Obama angrily denounced “partisan” media outlets for making the United States more divided and dysfunctional and destroying the political process. “If fake news that’s being released by some foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued through partisan news venues then it’s not surprising that that foreign propaganda will have

George Soros Finances Group Helping Facebook Flag ‘Disputed’ Stories

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TEL AVIV — The organization partnered with Facebook to help determine whether a certain story is “disputed” is financed by billionaire George Soros and a slew of other left-wing funders.   The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook yesterday announced it will work with

Facebook to Label ‘Fake News’ with Help of Partisan ‘Fact Checkers’

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Facebook has announced it will introduce warning labels on stories they deem to be “fake news,” with the help of partisan “fact checking” organisations such as Snopes and PolitiFact. Stories deemed to be false will now be “flagged” by Facebook, with an accompanying red label claiming the story is “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.” Users will then

Muslim’s Tale of Subway Terror from Trump Supporters Exposed as a Faux Hate Crime and Fake News

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Yasmin Seweid disappeared. Then her story did. The Baruch College freshman’s tale of subway harassment by a trio of inebriated Donald Trump-supporting assailants unraveled on Wednesday after New York City police failed to find a single witness or any security footage corroborating the teen’s colorful account. “Trump America is real and I witnessed it first

CNN’s Fake News Gets Trump-Hating Politico Reporter Fired

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A statement from President-elect Donald Trump’s office quickly denied a CNN report that Trump’s daughter Ivanka would get an office currently being used by outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama. But that denial came after CNN’s Wednesday rumor was shared via Tweet by a Politico reporter, who was quickly fired for her crude comments. The rumor

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