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Sharyl Attkisson looks at fake news – TEDx talk

*With all the talk about fake news you may have wondered what started it all. Here is renowned investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson giving you chapter and verse.*

Was the effort to focus America’s attention on the idea of “fake news”—itself a propaganda effort? Connect the dots and learn who’s behind it and why. It’s not what you think. Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and author of two New York Times bestsellers: “The Smear” and “Stonewalled.” Attkisson hosts the Sunday national TV news program “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at PBS, CNN and CBS News, where the Washington Post described her as “a persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government’s story.” She’s a fourth degree blackbelt in TaeKwonDo. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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MEDIA IN THE TRUMP CONSPIRACY THEORY BUSINESS

I am a retired financial journalist. I worked for the Reuters news wire from 1968 through 1987. I started out covering the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the heyday of pork belly, live cattle and shell egg futures. Big money changed hands on those futures markets and readers made and lost money often based on things they read on the news wires. They really held our feet to the fire when we reported on market developments. I was proud to function as a part of the free market system. That’s why the mainstream media’s nearly complete divorce from the facts these days is so painful to me. I rarely even see an attempt to report facts in the media these days. It is a 24/7/365 non-stop game of how much mud can we sling at the President. They aren’t practicing journalism. It is just polemic and second rate at that.

This study by Daniel Greenfield does a great job explaining the nature of much of what we see on TV and read in the newspapers and magazines.

Tony

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By Daniel Greenfield

Turn on CNN at any hour of the day and there will be frowning talking heads reading teleprompter conspiracy theories about President Trump.

Where do all these theories even come from?

Some of them are generated by the small number of media outlets, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times, that still have enough staff on their payrolls to carry on their mockery of journalism.

But mostly they come from Twitter.

If you’ve seen one self-righteous tantrum about the sacred fire of journalism, you’ve seen them all. The dirty truth is that the media mostly just puts a professional gloss on trending Twitter topics. That’s why CNN did a story about a dog whose ear, according to the nation’s top news network, looks like Trump’s face. (Yes, this really happened.) It’s also where a lot of the media’s political stories come from.

When President Trump…

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Egg on the Gray Lady’s face

The New York Times is considered the Gray Lady of journalism – news. Lately, however, what passes for journalism there is turning the Gray Lady into a haggard old street walker.

The NYT published these photos of the New England Patriots and their visit to the White House and greeting by President Trump. As you can see from the 2015 photo, the above one, there appears to be a much bigger crowd for Obama than appeared in the 2017 photo for President Trump.

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Here is what the New England Patriots tweeted afterward: twitter.com/NYTSports/status/854793140125020160 

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The fact is it wasn’t a smaller turnout at all. The difference is that in 2017, only the players were pictured up with the president. The rest of the staff were below. The numbers who turned out were very similar.

CNN also tried to pass this off as a smudge on President Trump.

I spent a good part of my life, including the last seven-plus years on this blog, as a journalist and have always been proud of that fact, but this kind of dishonest dealings turns my stomach. I hope something can revive the love of truth in the kids writing now.

Thank goodness for twitter and the integrity of the Patriots.

Tony

 

 

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The Trump presidency, one month later

A while back I posted on the shameful performance of John Harwood  in the coverage of the CNBC Presidential Debate as well as subsequent acts. Sadly, the same is true of numerous other members of the national media. Since the Presidential Election, the mainstream press has come down hard on the President Elect, suggesting and calling him outright a bigot, misogynist, war monger and worse. This is the same mainstream media that was totally astonished at Mr. Trump’s defeat of their darling Hillary Clinton. This kind of shock only happens when someone is totally out of touch with the situation. I think that is the case with the mainstream media. They don’t report the news anymore; instead they give us their version of what they think we should believe – and value. I say this with a heavy heart having practiced professional journalism for 20 years with Reuters.

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Regular readers now that I am going to be 77 years old next month and  have only been doing business at this health stand for the past six plus years. Before that I reported on financial and commodity markets and then left the business. I taught journalism for two years at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism before going back into the financial arena at a major philanthropic organization where I spent the last five years of my career managing their $900 million bond investments. Continue reading

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