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Understanding Media Bias

October 12, 2017

As a highly trained former Intelligence Analyst at the National Security Agency, I understand the subtleties of media bias that go unnoticed by most people. Let’s say Russia challenged the United States to a one mile foot race. The fastest person from each country ran the race and the American crossed the finish line first.

The media reported that the Russian finished second while the American finished next to last. All the truth detectors like Snopes, would gleefully report that the news was truthful. The facts cannot be disputed but the report was highly misleading. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, this was the type of propaganda routinely seen in Pravda, the Soviet News agency.

Media bias is the bias or perceived bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media in the selection of events and stories that are reported and how they are covered. The term “media bias” implies a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism, rather than the perspective of an individual journalist or article. The direction and degree of media bias is widely disputed.

Practical limitations to media neutrality include the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and the requirement that selected facts be linked into a coherent narrative. Market forces that result in a biased presentation include the ownership of the news source, concentration of media ownership, the selection of staff, the preferences of an intended audience, and pressure from advertisers.

There are a number of national and international watchdog groups that report on bias in the media but most are more biased than the media they watch.

Clearly, some media in the United States systematically emphasize one particular point of view in a way that contravenes the standards of professional journalism. Claims of media bias in the United States include claims of liberal bias, conservative bias, mainstream bias, and corporate bias.

CNN is especially highlighted by President Trump for what he calls, “Fake News.” CNN was created by Ted Turner in 1980. Turner was expelled from Brown University for having a girl in his Dorm Room. In 1989 he was awarded an Honorary B.A. Degree from the University that had kicked him out. That was two years before he married his third wife, Jane Fonda. Oh, the lives of the rich and famous liberals!

Ted Turner’s media empire began with his father’s billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his father’s suicide. It was worth $1 million. His purchase of an Atlanta UHF station in 1970 began the Turner Broadcasting System. CNN revolutionized news media, covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Turner turned the Atlanta Braves baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable Goodwill Games. He helped revive interest in professional wrestling by buying World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Turner’s penchant for controversial statements earned him the nicknames “The Mouth of the South” and “Captain Outrageous”. Turner also devoted his assets to environmental causes. He was the largest private landowner in the United States until John C. Malone surpassed him in 2011. He uses much of his land for ranches to re-popularize bison meat (for his Ted’s Montana Grill chain), amassing the largest herd in the world. He also created the environmental-themed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

To understand CNN, I thought you should understand the father of CNN. In my opinion, traditional journalism was on life support for a long time before it expired last year. I looked at a lot of charts that placed media based on their bias. This chart by Sharyl Attkisson is depicted because I believe it’s the best. I am a deplorable member of the vast right wing conspiracy who loves America and flew combat missions to defend America. I think Ted Turner did build his media empire, not the government even though they may have built the roads that lead to his property.

When the top story at CNN turns out to be the First Lady boarding Air Force One wearing high heels on her way to visit Hurricane ravaged Texas, some people might scratch their heads. Since the First Lady participates in numerous activities during every single day, I knew that she changes attire multiple times. I had no expectation that she would wear heels in Texas and she didn’t.

Just how negative is the coverage of President Donald Trump? Let’s look at a Harvard Study.

The Harvard scholars analyzed the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the main newscasts (not talk shows) of CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC during Trump’s initial time in office. They found, to no one’s surprise, that Trump absolutely dominated news coverage in the first 100 days. And then they found that news coverage was solidly negative — 80 percent negative among those outlets studied, versus 20 percent positive. The numbers for previous presidents: Barack Obama, 41 percent negative, 59 percent positive; George W. Bush, 57 percent negative, 43 percent positive; and Bill Clinton, 60 percent negative, 40 percent positive.

The talk shows, like Morning Joe and Rachel Maddow, might really skew the numbers but they were ignored. MSNBC didn’t even make the study but I’m sure they never said one positive thing about our President. The coverage of some news organizations was so negative, according to the Harvard study, that it seems hard to argue that the coverage was anywhere near a neutral presentation of facts. Assessing the tone of news coverage, the Harvard researchers found that CNN’s Trump coverage was 93 percent negative, and seven percent positive. The researchers found the same numbers for NBC.

Others were slightly less negative. The Harvard team found that CBS coverage was 91 percent negative and 9 percent positive. New York Times coverage was 87 percent negative and 13 percent positive. Washington Post coverage was 83 percent negative and 17 percent positive. Wall Street Journal coverage was 70 percent negative and 30 percent positive. And Fox News coverage also leaned to the negative, but only slightly: 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

Ninety-three percent negative — that’s a lot by anybody’s standards. “CNN and NBC’s coverage was the most unrelenting — negative stories about Trump outpaced positive ones by 13-to-1 on the two networks,” the study noted. “Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity.”

Factor in the fact that these media outlets ignore a lot of negative information about Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. I would also like to note that Fox News never fails to report biased Democrat talking points and showed video clips of Hillary Clinton making arguments against President Trump over and over again. You would never see the other networks giving the same coverage to President Trump, Trey Gowdy, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. The totality of the united effort in opposition to our President is staggering. President Trump poured gasoline on the media and made them madder by the minute until their coverage was seething with vitriolic hatred.

Fox was a top 10 donor to the Clinton’s and had to support their agenda while pretending to be fair and balanced. Did Fox fool you? I’m down to Sean Hannity and very few others. Fox hung the late Alan Colmes around Sean’s neck in the beginning and forces the likes of Geraldo, Juan and Perino on him from time to time. I change channels when they come on along with Never Trumpers like Chris Wallace and Shep Smith. I can’t get OAN yet but I’m working on dumping Cox Communications at the first opportunity. I started resolutepost.com to counter the corrupt media and the increasingly troublesome social media. I carried the Marsha Blackburn campaign ad that was blocked by Twitter and anticipate doing the same thing in the future as Twitter, Facebook and Google place their boots on the necks of citizens exercising their Freedom of Speech Rights.

Special interest groups and corporations pay big bucks to journalists and politicians to speak knowing full well they are buying good will and special treatment. All that money that went to Hillary could have bought all the tea in China.

The media, after putting lipstick on politicians for months, end up giving them the big prize: their Endorsement. How surprising that the New York Times and Washington Post, after long and painstaking research, would endorse the likes of Hillary Clinton.

The corrupt media is not above using scare tactics to get their way. CNN predicted the Stock Market would crash if Trump was elected. Unless you live under a rock or you’re a Harvard Professor, you know the opposite is what actually happened beginning on the day President Trump was elected. The media gave him less than a 10% chance and joked about it. “Do you ever actually laugh when you watch Donald Trump?,” Jimmy Kimmel asked Obama, who responded that he does, most of the time.

Obama joked about a tweet from Trump: “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!”

“At least I’ll go down as a president,” Obama quipped and the Kimmel audience roared with laughter. Obama also said and CNN reported that, “The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.” On the campaign trail, “Obama has taken a considerably more foreboding tone toward Trump, joining other Democratic all-stars like Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and others calling Trump unfit for the White House.”

They threw the book and the kitchen sink at Donald Trump and he’s still standing and America is growing stronger and more prosperous by the minute. All those who laughed at the suggestion Donald Trump could get elected, like George Stephanopoulos and a legion of know-it-all’s, have learned that the joke was on them.

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Response to Threats by North Korea since 2013

August 9, 2017

While Schumer & McCain criticize President Trump for talking tough, NATO urges a firm response to North Korea.

Be thankful America does not have a babe in the woods in the White House.

After NK tested a nuclear weapon in 2013, the world was quick to condemn the action.

“The Australian Government condemns in the strongest possible terms nuclear testing by North Korea”

“The North Korean regime’s reckless disregard for the global will is again on display. This test—North Korea’s third—is provocative and marks a serious, misguided threat to regional peace and security.” Canadian PM

“China resolutely opposes the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

India called upon North Korea to “refrain from such actions which adversely impact on peace and stability in region.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that all nuclear weapons should be “destroyed”. However, Iran had a senior representative monitoring the nuclear test.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry stated that “These actions by the DPRK, in violation of its international obligations, must be met with a swift response by the international community.”

The Prime Minister of Japan said the test was a “grave threat” that could not be tolerated.

The Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and considered that “It goes against the efforts of the international community to foment dialogue, trust, and cooperation.”

There was similar reaction to a North Korean 2016 missile test.

What will the Schumer ~ McCain caucus have to say after North Korean missiles rain down on Seattle and LA? “Cut it out, strong letter to follow?”

Did objecting to misbehavior in the past have any effect on the madman in NK?

Should our Commander in Chief invite Un to the White House for a Beer Summit? Maybe draw a red line along the Continental Divide?

Clearly, idle threats and crying “wolf” over and over again have only encouraged Little Un to become more reckless. Maybe Un has been radicalized by watching CNN & MSNBC incessantly criticizing President Trump along with every Tweet and every word he utters and every scoop of ice cream he eats?

Do you support the likes of Schumer & McCain or do you stand with President Trump?

As for Gene McVay and my house, we stand with America and our President.