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Why you should check out Unmasked

Regular readers know that I am a retired journalist. I worked for Reuters in Chicago and London for 20 years, then left to teach journalism at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

In the business of journalism, I remember how hard we worked to get our facts straight and present them clearly to increase the level of information to the public.

So, it is likely no surprise that the current state of what passes for journalism is disappointing to the point of heart-breaking for me. There seems to be not even a semblance of fair play or attempt to find out and put forward – the truth.

I would like to recommend that you check out Unmasked – Big media’s war against Trump pictured above. The authors give chapter and verse of the card stacking and outright lies put forth as journalism from no less than the Washington Post, New York Times, and all the major broadcast networks.

You already know that media doesn’t throw any cards off the top of the deck when it comes to the President, so why read an entire book about it? Here is a quote from the inside front cover, “In this fascinating examination of the media’s war on Donald Trump, Bozell and his co-author Tim Graham expose the weaponized and radicalized ‘news’ media as a direct threat to democracy and their unethical attempts to manipulate public opinion.”

Tony

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Why people are discounting what they read in mainstream media

I don’t plan to do a lot of writing about politics or the mainstream media, but as a former member of it, I am appalled at the quality of the information the media is attempting to shove down the public’s throat.  I wrote about CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, John Harwood previously.

A headline in the Washington Post Opinion page by stated  Trump is being handed a great economy. What happens when it goes south? As if the economy declining after the new president takes office is a foregone conclusion.

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Here are some of the details I am aware of on the present state of the economy. I bet you know others from your own experience …

Lowest labor participation rate since 1970s which makes the current unemployment rate much higher than is being reported

Almost 95 million Americans have left the labor force

Many Americans forced to work two part time jobs to make ends meet

In a Treasury Department poll of 50,000 people, less than half said they could raise $400 cash in a week if needed for an emergency

Worst recovery since the 1940s

Lowest home ownership rate in 51  years.

Almost 13 million MORE Americans on food stamps than when Obama was elected

Over 43 million Americans living in poverty

One in 5 families without someone in the workforce

Obama put the country into more debt than all previous presidents combined

Suicide rate among middle aged men in the Rust Belt is up

40 % of student debt is in arrears – $1.3 trillion

This is what the Washington Post calls a great economy. How much farther south can this economy go? Is it any wonder that the mainstream media is losing credibility and readership?

As a matter of fact, the Dow Jones Industrial average gained around 2400 points this year, of which 1400 came after the November 8 Presidential Election. So, clearly, investors feel differently than the Washington Post about the future prospects for the economy.

Happy New Year!

Tony

 

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The Washington Post offers Food for Thought

Food is fuel. It isn’t the escape from our problems and stressors. In fact, if we fight stress with food we end up increasing our problems as we increase our weight and waist lines.

Jennifer LaRue Huget writes “Eat, Drink and be Healthy” regularly for the Washington Post.

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In one very interesting column she talks about some of her issues with what she calls ‘downsizing.’ I wanted to share a couple of paragraphs here that I think really sum up the situation beautifully for all and each of us.

“When you learn, as I recently have, to start regarding food as fuel for your activities and not as a shield from life’s difficulties, you’re forced to start facing the things you were using food to hide from.

“That means having the unsettling discussions you’d been avoiding, fighting the fights you’d just as soon have skipped. It means sitting down at the computer and doing your work instead of buying time with a big bowl of popcorn. And it means staring down fears, working to resolve nagging problems instead of hushing them with a chocolate bar.

“None of that has been fun. It’s so much easier to dive into a bag of Cheez Doodles (or, better yet, one of those big buckets of Utz Cheese Balls) and wash it down with a stack of Oreos than to figure out how you’re going to afford college for both kids.

“The thing is, though, you’ve got to confront all those issues eventually. And it is much easier to do so once you’ve gained the confidence that comes with finally being in control of your weight.”

Food for thought. Eat less; move more; live longer.

Tony

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Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice Is Baseless or Wrong, Study Says

I have been a fan of Dr. Oz for some time and even quoted him here on the blog. Now comes the British Medical Journal with criticisms. This post is based on an article in the Washington Post.

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The study is part of an ongoing debate about medicine on television. There’s clearly a market for doctor talk shows. “The Dr. Oz Show” ranks in the top five talk shows in the United States, bringing in a haul of roughly 2.9 million viewers per day. And the talk show “The Doctors,” also studied in the paper, nets around 2.3 million viewers per show. These days, Oz considers disease in terms of marketability. Cancer, he told the New Yorker, “is our Angelina Jolie. We could sell that show every day.”

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The Entertainer

It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and crooning to millions of viewers about “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs, it’s often not. He somehow makes it fun. And people can’t get enough.

“I haven’t seen a doctor in eight years,” the New Yorker quoted one viewer telling Oz. “I’m scared. You’re the only one I trust.”

But is that trust misplaced? Or has Oz, who often peddles miracle cures for weight loss and other maladies, mortgaged medical veracity for entertainment value?

These questions have hammered Oz for months. In June, he was hauled in front of Congress, where Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told him he gave people false hope and criticized his segments as a “recipe for disaster.” Then…

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