☀ Media Madness ☀ Open Thread

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One of the things that our founding fathers provided for us in the First Amendment to the Constitution was a free media.  There would be no abridging the freedom of speech or infringing on the freedom of the press. That was so that we would always have a watchdog for us against the government. A watchdog that told us the truth when the government and politicians did not.

The job of “news” people is to be the bright sunshine illuminating the shadowy actions those in power would try to hide from the public. How’s that working lately? Are they shining light into dark corners? Or are they repeating lies, rumors, half-truths that benefit their agenda and leave the things they don’t agree with or that hurts their cause hiding in the dark? This is not the action of a “free” press. This is the actions of advocacy journalism.

Every poll shows a public with less trust in what the media tells us.

Most major newspapers are in decline and yet still they continue to betray the trust that was once prevalent in this society. The NYT was once “the paper of record”. Now it’s a well-known shill for the Democrats. If it weren’t for the want ads and coupons only dedicated libs willing to have swill sold as news would buy it. Even so fewer buy the paper every year.

There is even a Newspaper Death Watch website which chronicles newspapers that have gone under since 2007.

There is also a list of Major metro dailies that have cut frequency or adopted hybrid online/print or online-only models.

These include: Ann Arbor News, Capital Times, Catskill Daily Mail & Hudson Register-Star, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit News/Free Press, East Valley Tribune, Flint Journal; Bay City Times; Saginaw News, Harrisburg Patriot-News, Syracuse Post-Standard, New Orleans Times-Picayune; Birmingham News; Huntsville Times; Mobile Press-Register, The Portland Oregonian and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

There are some very well known names on that list. And still they continue to abuse the trust that people once had in them. Do they believe that they may survive as more and more people are less and less informed? Do they believe that they will win the war while losing the battles for the minds of the public?

Most of the television “news” outlets are known to be biased. Only FOX is biased to the right and now only if the person on the right is Donald Trump or someone that supports him. Many conservatives who once watched FOX “News” religiously now shun it as if it was as virulently liberal as MSNBC.

Young people are deserting the living room television in droves and the industry is worried. Could it face similar decline to that suffered by printed newspapers?

That leaves a lot of people with nowhere on television to go for news. You can’t even trust the weather segments as more and more of them add “global warming” propaganda and present it as fact. Politics are an epidemic that has infected every aspect of our life and certainly every aspect of television.

Do you just want to sit down, relax and get away from politics? Do you just want to watch a football game? Out of luck there too. ESPN is among the worst of the biased media. They inject liberal bias into sports with a religious fervor seldom seen among the secular. But then liberalism is their religion and their God.  And all showcased at stadiums named for the big business that the left claims to disdain. Ain’t’ it a hoot?

Putting Brand Names On Stadiums Can Be Extremely Valuable  

FedEx agreed to pay the Washington Redskins $205 million over 27 years for the rights to name the stadium where the Redskins play.

MetLife signed a $400 million deal over 25 years to name the Medowlands stadium where the New York Giants play.

Reliant Energy signed a $320 million 32-year deal to name the stadium where the Houston Texans play.

CitiGroup signed a $400 million deal to put its name on the stadium where the New York Mets play.

You’re watching a commercial every time you drive by those stadiums, and the many others that have now joined them, and every time the stadium is mentioned. Actually considering what it costs to advertise it’s really quite a bargain for the corporations. And sports becomes more corrupted from what it meant to be.

When we have millionaire athletes like Colin Kaepernick insult the flag of our country the “sportscasters”, aka liberal activists, cheer them on. Because anyone can see that poor little Kaepernick is an oppressed minority. An oppressed minority that lives a far more fabulous lifestyle than his oppressors. What’s wrong with that picture? An oppressed minority with rooms full of shoes. What’s with these victims and footwear? Didn’t we used to think the poor as lacking shoes instead of wearing expensive shoes touted by shoe companies using rich athletes to sell them to poor kids that hero worship the rich athletes? Are you confused? Join the Confusion Club.

 

Sports media, like the “news” media is shooting itself in the foot. They don’t seem to care because they believe that enough sports fanatics will continue to tune in to ESPN no matter what. No matter how many rabid liberals spouting liberal crap are now just a part of watching the game. Or is it? NFL Ratings Tanking in Wake of Leftist Moral Exhibitionism

Only time will tell how much this will hurt sports. I suspect that the sports fanatic, hidden deep in his man-cave will continue to support things he doesn’t believe or agree with, in fact things he may very well loathe just to get his game fix.

What the end result will be is yet to be seen but the fact is that media bias is killing media outlets. Having watched the machinations of the media for many years I don’t believe that they don’t have a long range plan.  I would bet it is not one that benefits the public they are supposed to serve. Not even on the Weather Channel.

 

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42 Responses to “☀ Media Madness ☀ Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    No, Glenn Beck Will Never Endorse Or Vote For Hillary Clinton

    It has been widely reported I am either endorsing or voting for Hillary Clinton as president, and I stated that voting for Hillary is the ‘the moral and ethical’ choice. Let me be clear (and thankfully this is an easy one to dispel): None of this is true. I am firmly against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as potential presidents of the United States of America.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/9911/no-glenn-beck-will-never-endorse-or-vote-hillary-hank-berrien

    Once again media lies.

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I used to watch ESPN all the time. Not any more. From their decision to give their big Espy Courage Award to “Caitlyn” Jenner to firing Curt Schilling for comments he made that did not fit their PC-view, to their pushing of a host of lefty social issues, they have lost me.

    Sports should be removed from politics. Period. Especially when you have these obscenely paid athletes throwing tantrums abt how hard their lot in life is (remember when NBA players who were making MILLIONS a year said they were slaves?? Never mind that idiot Kapernick who has gotten every advantage.).

    Yeah. The media, ESPN included, have gone down the rabbit hole. Sadly, they seem to be dragging us with them…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Many will go willingly but there will always be us stubborn souls that will not go unless we are dragged kicking, screaming, nails digging into the turf all the way.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    If y’all want to get an idea of how badly Edisto Beach was hit, these photos give you an idea. And this is AFTER clean-up began: http://www.postandcourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=CP&Date=20161012&Category=PC16&ArtNo=101209997&Ref=PH#Image_0

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks for the images Rev. It’s difficult for those of us in the Midwest to realize the power of a hurricane. Although we have tornadoes that are equally destructive they don’t usually come with the water that floods and damages too.

      Either way, we puny humans have little chance with “mother” nature.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I can totally appreciate that. It is astonishing to see the damage that can, and often is, done. We had some tornadoes with this hurricane too, not uncommon.

        And so true. We don’t stand a chance. This is just the way the planet has to cleanse itself of debris – trees that aren’t strong enough come down, marsh reeds that are dead but blocking the sun or path of the water get moved to a different level (like the road) to give the health marsh a better chance. It is all part of the cycle of how she cares for herself. Better for us puny humans to just get the hell out of the way! 🙂

  5. helenk3 Says:

    I read earlier in the week that the networks have had to return money to the advertisers due to poor ratings of the NFL games. Now you know something will be done it is costing them money now.
    the pocketbook is a really great weapon

  6. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/10/wikileaks_reveals_exactly_how_the_clinton_campaign_bullies_seduces_manipulates_and_dominates_its_media_coverage.html

    clinton and the media

  7. helenk3 Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      They spend all their time covering for her and attacking Trump. Keeps them busy and also keeps them from covering issues that may be more important than Wikileaks and Twitter.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/uninformed-and-dumb

    uniformed and dumb

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I agree with most of the article. However, just condemning the left without condemning the right that does little or nothing to stop the left is hypocrisy.

      A short time ago I might have been willng to allow the following paragraph to stand:

      I am talking about the Democrat Jihad to find, blind, bind, and enslave your mind and your immortal soul. They seemingly want you deaf and dumb, treading their mills like hamsters, serving the State.

      The problem with blaming and shaming the left is that Jerry Falwal Jr. was on CNN this morning making excuses for Donald Trump and saying he’s a “good” man.

      So my question is, who is enslaving our minds and immortal souls?

      It’s the old mote in the other person’s eye problem.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Exactly, Marge. It is ASTONISHING to see these religious leaders continue to throw their support behind a man as despicable as Trump, excusing and justifying his illegal, disgusting, deplorable behavior. It is appalling that any religious leader would do so. Yet, here we are…

  9. helenk3 Says:

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-submits-email-questions-hillary-clinton-written-answers-oath-due-september-29/

    something to watch for. will she or won’t she and will she be held accountable

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank HEAVENS for USAA. They are going to give us money to help offset the hotel costs we incurred while displaced by Matthew as well as to help replace all of the food we had to throw away. Whew, what a blessing!!

    • piper Says:

      They are truly a wonderful group. Both house and car are insured by them. Every time I receive a cold call from an insurance agent who is trying to get me to switch, I tell them I have USAA and they always their prices and services can’t be beat by any other company.

  11. helenk3 Says:

    http://breaking911.com/911-operator-hung-thousands-emergency-calls-aint-nobody-got-time/

    guess NO lives mattered to this twit

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      How dare people call and attempt to make this POS do her job? WTH did she think they hired her to do, polish her nails? Unbelievable.

      They should dig deep into those thousands of calls – did her actions cost anyone their life? If so isn’t that, at the very least, depraved indifference?

  12. piper Says:

    I was fed up with the recent $30 increase from Time Warner and cancelled my service. Part of my disgust came from the $8.99 charge for ………… a sport change fee. When I complained that I didn’t watch any sports channels and they could remove the charge, I was told that it didn’t matter that I didn’t watch any sports, it was still part of the bill which everyone had to pay. Good-bye Time Warner and hello to antenna.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That is what “bundling” is all about. We all pay for channels we don’t want and never watch. I had an antenna when I first moved into this house and got absolutely rotten reception. We are surrounded by very large trees.

      So I am stuck with my cable and the ever increasingly bill. Citizens need to get together and do something. What I don’t know. Any ideas would be welcome because it isn’t only Time Warner that does this.

  13. helenk3 Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY US NAVY

    https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/14718781_10153909664876932_4858628226531043677_n.jpg?oh=c42bb539a318e760dfaa39dfdeb429e3&oe=5868A39E

  14. helenk3 Says:

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/10/13/this-robot-will-rake-your-leaves-cut-the-grass-shovel-snow/

    Lou really needs this

  15. helenk3 Says:

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/new-york-times-gives-hillary-clinton-veto-power

    one picture is worth 1000 words

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Honest media is dead and while liberals are responsible for killing it the right, as shown by FOX, is guilty of being accomplices.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/oct/13/liberal-media-bias-working-class-americans

    interesting

  17. helenk3 Says:

    should include the msm

  18. helenk3 Says:

    https://politicallyshort.com/2016/06/26/the-democrat-media-complex/

    this is from a while ago

  19. helenk3 Says:

    https://politicallyshort.com/2015/10/05/the-news-is-propaganda/

    sounds like the msm in this country today

  20. helenk3 Says:

    http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/clinton-camp-threatening-media-to-change-wikileaks-stories

    guess when the msm sold their souls to the dems, they gave up that “freedom of the Press” thingy
    clinton camp threatening media to change wikileaks stories

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Did the media really think they could continue to control the power-hungry monsters they helped to create? They “used” Trump, although he used them too, and now seek to destroy him. He is making that easy.

      But Clinton now threatens the press too. What they don’t respect they will seek to destroy and media will have little or no support from a public that doesn’t respect them either.

      They have been digging their own grave for generations and now the chickens are coming home to roost. (Talk about mixed metaphors.)

  21. kenoshamarge Says:

  22. helenk3 Says:

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/PodestaEmails7?src=hash

    wikileak release #7.

    the hits just keep on coming

  23. helenk3 Says:

    http://conservativeread.com/leaked-email-reveals-the-disturbing-thing-hillary-wanted-done-to-trey-gowdy/

    how dare trey gowdy ask questions about Benghazi

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