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CBC Tries Linking Doug Ford To Toronto Floods

 

Really?

A photo of a half-submerged Toronto subway (obviously from the recent floods), then a line about Doug Ford not commenting on a ‘climate change plan’?

How pathetic and obvious can an attempt to demonize Ford get?

If that was posted by a private company, it would still be terrible, but it would at least be paid for by willing contributors. If you have your own website or newspaper, then write whatever you want.

But this garbage from CBC is funded from taxpayer dollars forcibly extracted from us. We don’t get a choice.

That’s what makes this such a disgrace.

The CBC is using our money to spread far-left propaganda, which is basically free advertising for the Liberals and the NDP. It’s part of the disadvantage Conservative parties in Canada face all the time. Not only do they have to fight against their actual political opponents, but they have to fight against much of the establishment media, including the CBC funded with our tax dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.spencerfernando.com/2018/08/09/garbage-cbc-tries-linking-doug-ford-to-toronto-floods/

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On 8/6/2018 at 3:28 PM, deicer said:

Infowars, purveyor of hard right fiction, has been shut down by three of the biggest information disseminators.  Seems that higher standards are starting to be held.

Infowars Shut Out

Infowars’ Alex Jones claims 5.6 million extra subscribers since being censored, so did he win?

Social media platforms risk creating the right-wing answer to Star Wars’ Obi Wan Kenobi: strike him down and he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

There have been a range of high profile voices warning against censoring Jones who, while widely-watched, appears to the majority like little more than a vicious but comic figure screaming red-faced diatribes.

Jordan Peterson, the highly-popular Canadian psychology professor who is himself often the target of the political left, commented on Twitter about the Jones case saying: “never persecute someone paranoid, lest you justify his paranoia.”

 

 

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/435535-infowars-alex-jones-subscribers/

 

 

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

 

Jordan Peterson, the highly-popular Canadian psychology professor who is himself often the target of the political left, commented on Twitter about the Jones case saying: “never persecute someone paranoid, lest you justify his paranoia.”

 

 

Ain't that the truth - four major tech companies meet in private, collude on a plan and pull Jones' access to their services simultaneously but we're supposed to ignore him because "he's paranoid."  Seems to me that they have essentially proved he's not paranoid.

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26 minutes ago, seeker said:

That's awesome Jaydee, where's it from?

That’s from several years ago and sorry I don’t remember the source

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Looking for a new spin? What needs to be hidden from the Public?

 

Court issues order to suppress details about fatal Fredericton shooting.

A New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench judge has issued an order, prohibiting the publication or broadcast of previously reported details about the Fredericton shooting that claimed the lives of two city police officers and two civilians last Friday.

The information came from legally obtained documents filed in Fredericton provincial court.

CBC News plans to challenge the retroactive order, imposed late Monday afternoon by Justice Judy Clendening.

 

In the meantime, the media cannot "publish, broadcast, re-broadcast, transmit, re-transmit, or disseminate" any of the information already in the public domain, according to the order.

It also requires media outlets to remove from publication any of the information from the court document that had already been published.

The order remains in effect "until the termination of criminal proceedings" related to the case, which could take months, possibly years.

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/fredericton-shooting-police-court-order-publication-1.4783937

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

Sympathy for "The Press?"   Not so much.  You reap what you sow.  The MSM has involved itself in the news - creating and pushing a narrative rather than reporting.  There is a place for editorial comment - the editorial page.  Trump's "Fake News!" proclamations are simply blowback for misleading and self-serving journalism.  It's easy, just report the facts, fully and completely without driving a narrative and you're bulletproof.

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If it were so simple.

Trump has led the charge in that anything that doesn't jive with his narrow point of view is 'fake news'.

Even when it is just facts that are reported, if it tells the truth about him, it is 'fake news'. 

It is his incitement of violence towards those who oppose him and his views that are the problem.

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4 hours ago, deicer said:

If it were so simple.

Trump has led the charge in that anything that doesn't jive with his narrow point of view is 'fake news'.

Even when it is just facts that are reported, if it tells the truth about him, it is 'fake news'. 

It is his incitement of violence towards those who oppose him and his views that are the problem.

First of all, I don't like Trump.  The guy's a buffoon.  One good thing about his presidency however is that lots of corrupt structures are getting exposed and torn down.  

You said, "Even when it is just facts that are reported, if it tells the truth about him, it is 'fake news'."  The problem is that simply stating a few facts doesn't cut it.  You have to report the facts, fully and completely without driving a narrative.  You see?  There are three components; factual, complete, no forced narrative.  Trump says, "Fake News!" because it's not factual, complete and without a narrative.  Whenever I see the term "fake news" I just replace it with "dishonest reporting".  It's not that he's saying it's fake, what he's saying is that the thing being reported isn't an accurate recounting of what happened  - it's either incomplete, out of context or misleading in some other way.  

Take the "families being separated at the border issue" - the headline reads; "OMG, Trump is tearing families apart at the border - HE'S EVIL!"  What needed to be said was that Trump's administration simply continued the border processes that were in place from the Obama administration.  There's a discussion that should be had about the morality of these processes and whether they should be changed but, no, the MSM, simply ran with the "Trump's Evil" story. So, fake news.  Not fake because it's wrong but fake because it's not complete and didn't give the background and context and is therefore misleading.

BTW, Trump is not the first or only person to have this happen to them - happens all the time.  He's just the first person to label it and call the MSM out on it when he sees it.

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Thank you Malcolm for keeping facts in the argument.

The major problem is that Trump has weaponised the term of 'fake news'.  It is now used for everything.

While Seeker is correct above that there is media bias, it has always existed.  Nothing has changed.  Just in the GTA, The Star has always been on the left, The Sun on the right, and it hasn't changed.

What has changed is that the internet has allowed the lunatic fringe to now have a global voice. 

What has also changed is that warfare has now gone from bullets to information.  The Russians used that to an extreme in the last American election.  It showed how easy it is to foment outrage amongst those who haven't been educated enough to look deeper and who are too lazy to verify facts.

That is why it is my opinion that Trump is using a war against the truth to distract the masses.

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While being a proponent of free speech, the question that this video raises, and doesn't address is what was the content that led them to being shut down?

Just because you agree with the viewpoint, doesn't make it right.  If they had violated the regulations, then they should be banned.

Inciting hatred, or speaking of causing harm to others should be banned from both sides.

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An Open Letter to the Colluding Press

COMMENTARY
 
 
By Sean Spicer & Tommy Hicks
August 17, 2018
 

An open letter to The Boston Globe and media outlets that authored coordinated editorials about President Trump:

President John Adams once wrote, “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom.” We at America First couldn’t agree more. A free press is a bedrock of a democratic society. It is at the heart of our constitutional rights. But with liberty comes responsibility—the responsibility to report information accurately and fairly. Unfortunately, too many times, the media have failed to live up to their responsibility.

 

Let’s cite a few egregious examples that fall under three different categories:  

Category 1: Straight-Up Inaccurate Reporting  

Let’s remember how it all started. After an initial pool spray that took place within hours of President Trump’s inauguration, a Time magazine White House correspondent incorrectly reported that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. This false detail even made it into a White House pool report about Trump’s first actions in the Oval Office as president. Was this an honest mistake, or a blatant attempt to make the president appear racially insensitive? We try to give all people, including the press, the benefit of the doubt—but this was far too suspicious, a “gotcha” moment gone wrong.

 

Then there was the time ABC News had to suspend reporter Brian Ross for four weeks after a seriously erroneous Trump report. Ross was eventually fired, and rightfully so.

More recently, a CNN senior White House correspondent falsely claimed that President Trump hadn’t answered questions on the news in “at least a week.” Mind you, this claim was made the day after the president had answered reporters’ questions at a joint press conference—a press conference that said reporter attended.

And who can forget the infamous Time magazine cover, and its editor even doubling down on this massively misleading and embarrassing misstep, instead of simply apologizing?

Category 2: Biased Reporting 

 

Shortly before the election, CNN declared a Trump victory would be America's Brexit and cause U.S. stocks and global markets to tank. Politico agreed. Well, we all know just how wrong they turned out to be.

Then there was the huge screw-up by the New York Times, which falsely insinuated the Trump administration was covering up a report on climate change.

Speaking of the New York Times, both that publication and the Associated Press took the president’s comments on MS-13 completely out of context in May.

And, of course, there was Chris Cuomo’s recent defense of Antifa violence.

Category 3: Sins of Omission

What the media choose to not report on is just as damning as the examples above. Here are a couple stories that highlight such sins:

Giving a Trump victory its due: Media ignores his ISIS success, mocks him

Media ignores success of Trump economy: Varney

We could go on, but the evidence is clear. The litany of transgressions began on Day 1 (literally) of Donald Trump’s presidency and hasn’t slowed much since. And let’s face it: Some of the media undermine their own credibility when they lose any semblance of objectivity.

All editors have the right to opine, as they did in their editorials yesterday (that’s what you do in an editorial, after all), but they still ultimately fail to understand the role of a journalist. Yes, a journalist should be tenacious in pursuit of the truth, but the pursuit of truth does not entail omitting certain facts, overlooking a president’s key achievements, promoting a political agenda, or slipping into the role of an activist.

Thankfully, the American people are a lot smarter than the media think they are. Pollafter poll show that wide swaths of the public believe that the media are biased and inaccurate and report news they know to be false or purposely misleading.

And the overwhelmingly negative coverage of our president and his policies isn’t just a matter of opinion; it’s backed up by a number of studies by the Media Research CenterPew Research Center, and Harvard. The Harvard researchers found that, in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, CNN's Trump coverage was 93 percent negative, and 7 percent positive. The numbers were the same for NBC. 

We do not believe anyone in the Trump administration wants to undermine a free press. The president himself tweeted Thursday that he wants a free press: “There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!”

What the president is against is the press’s coordinated efforts to push an agenda that vehemently works against him at every turn. In fact, the Globe’s coordinated editorial experiment proves this very point. The signature of a free press is diversity of thought and opinion. A parade of more than 300 newspapers marching in lockstep is, quite ironically, the very opposite.

Overlooked in these editorials is the indisputable list of accomplishments of President Trump.

So, in an effort to remind the press (yet again), we here provide a recap, by no means comprehensive:

  • Almost 4 million new jobs have been created since President Trump’s election.
  • African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached the lowest levels in history.
  • Women’s unemployment rate has reached the lowest level in 65 years. 
  • Veterans’ unemployment rate recently reached its lowest level in nearly 20 years.
  • The unemployment rate for Americans without high school diplomas is at the lowest level ever recorded, and the Trump administration’s new workforce initiative will deliver job-training to more than 4 million Americans.
  • Manufacturing jobs are being created at the fastest pace in over three decades. 
  • Nearly half-a-million manufacturing jobs have been created since the president took office. In the month of July alone, nearly 40,000 new manufacturing jobs were added.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since President Trump’s election.
  • The president crafted the largest tax cut in a generation, which led to savings for more than 80 percent of households and pay raises and bonuses for 4 million American workers.
  • President Trump protected American taxpayers by asking Congress to rescind $15.4 billion in unused appropriations.
  • The president has hired/nominated an impressive number of women to senior positions in his administration, including the first female director of the CIA, Gina Haspel. 
  • He’s appointed two Supreme Court justices, and the Senate has now confirmed 26 appellate court judges of his choosing, as well as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
  • He successfully negotiated the return of four American hostages in one month’s time.
  • President Trump’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Action has exceeded the 2:1 mandate, eliminating 22 job-killing regulations for every one new regulatory action.
  • President Trump signed the “Right to Try” Act to give terminally ill patients a chance to try lifesaving treatments.
  • The Department of Homeland Security arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the previous year.
  • The president signed the VA Mission Act, which allows veterans who don’t live near a VA facility or can’t get an appointment in a timely manner to seek medical care from private health-care providers.
  • Signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides an $82 billion funding increase for the Department of Defense over the current period, including a $617 billion Pentagon budget, $22 billion for the nuclear weapons program and $69 billion for U.S. military efforts abroad, as well as new tanks, ships, and planes. The package includes a salary boost for service members, about a 2.6 percent raise—the biggest military pay raise in nearly a decade.

Numbers don’t lie, so in the name of a free and fair press, we implore all journalists to start sharing them—instead of their own personal biases. 

Sincerely,

Sean Spicer
Senior Adviser and Spokesman
America First Action
Author of “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President”

Tommy Hicks Jr.
Chairman
America First Action

 

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/08/17/an_open_letter_to_the_colluding_press_137833.html

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32 minutes ago, deicer said:

Interesting article penned by someone who colluded with Trump to present 'alternative facts'.

 

Poll: 72 percent say traditional outlets 'report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/394352-poll-72-percent-say-traditional-outlets-report-news-they-know-to-be-fake-false

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The most important takeaway from that article is this paragraph which just reinforces my point that by creating 'alternative facts' and chaos, Trump is misleading people and making them question legitimate facts.

President Trump has helped fuel distrust in the media even more since announcing his candidacy, often attacking the media as "fake news" and arguing that sources used in some stories "don't exist."

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