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The Rise of Fake News

Seriously, I am sick and tired of the mainstream media and their usage of fake news.  And by fake news, I don’t mean that they just make stuff up, I mean they take legitimate stories, then spin it to fit their particular political narrative.  That is not what the news media is supposed to be doing, although you certainly couldn’t tell based on what the media in this country has become.

I just want you to give me the news. Don’t moralize about it.  Don’t explain it.  Don’t give me your opinions on it.  Just report.  Is that so hard to do?

Apparently so, as this segment of CNN with Don Lemon shows.  He convened a group of people and one of them called CNN on their fake news bullshit.  And instead of letting that person talk and make a point, Lemon had a hissy fit because it went against CNN’s editorial biases.

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This is not what news reporting is supposed to be.  There was a time when we had investigative journalists in this country who wanted to get to the truth, regardless of what that truth was, because the people had a right to know what was going on.  Those days are long gone, as virtually all mainstream news sources today operate on a political bias and they manufacture their narrative based on what they want the American people to think.  So they pick stories they want to report on, then they spin them so that people hear only what they want people to hear.  People think only what they want people to think. It’s no longer about reporting the news, it’s about creating reality by only pushing a very biased narrative.  And both the left and the right do it and I find it completely disgusting.

That’s why I don’t pay much, if any attention to the mainstream media anymore.  I don’t want to hear what you think about the news, I just want the facts, all of the facts and nothing but the facts.  I can form my own conclusions based on those facts, I don’t need your help.  In fact, if you try to “help” me, I will simply turn you off and go find someone else who is just reporting what’s going on, not what I ought to think about it.

Oslo: Ray of Islamic Hope Dashed

The fantasy…

Every time you think that there’s a ray of hope in the world, it turns out to be wrong.  Not long ago, there was a report out of Norway that more than 1300 Muslims surrounded a Jewish synagogue in Oslo to protest Islamic violence and promote peace between religions.  That’s a great image and certainly one that I entirely support.  Unfortunately, it was all wrong.

Instead of 1300 Muslims, the real number that turned out was about 20.  There was no ring around the synagogue, there was a short line of people holding hands in front of it.  Every single picture of the “event” shows the exact same group of people from different angles.  Why?   Because that’s all there is to show!  Seriously, look for the guy in the grey sweatshirt and the white pants, he’s pictured above third from the right.   He’s in every single picture there is.  A local wrote a report that said: “So innermost the synagogue with 50 or so Jews, then this semicircle of 20 or so muslims, then the barriers and guards and police, then a mostly Norwegian crowd.” He posted an image that showed the reality of this supposed “peace ring”.

Peace Line
… and the reality.

Now don’t  get me wrong, I’d much rather see 20 Muslims supporting peace than none at all, but the media has blown this up to absurd proportions.  The fact is, while there might have been 1300 people at the event, those who were there reported that it wasn’t Muslims, they were almost entirely ethnic Norwegians there for the spectacle.  They were not holding hands, they were standing in a crowd behind the police barricades.  It just isn’t what they are pretending it is.

More than that though, one of the organizers of the event, Ali Chisti, is a known anti-Semite, he gave a speech in 2008 titled “Therefore I Hate Jews and Gays” .  Okay, he could have changed his mind since then and bravo if he has, but that’s probably not the kind of guy you want championing your cause.  It’s like having the KKK Grand Dragon show up at your black history month celebration.

You know, I’m not trying to be down on these people, I’m glad that you have a group of people, regardless of size, who are out trying to have peaceful relations with others.  That’s great.  I just don’t need the agenda, pushed by the media, that this is a massive event so we shouldn’t ever link the words “Muslim” and “terrorist”.  Sorry, there are a lot more Muslims dreaming of shooting at Jews than there are linking hands protecting them.  Let’s stop pretending things that aren’t true, let’s stop lying for agendas.  Let’s just deal with the reality that actually is, this wasn’t a massive event, this was a couple of people who did it for media attention.  It’s great that it happened.  I don’t think it would have happened if the cameras weren’t rolling.