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Yesterday a right wing populist on this website assumed that he knows my position on so called "Russia-Gate." Probably because I troll his master Trump, daily. Well, like every person of the mob, he was wrong, and this article which just popped-up now describes some of my views on this topic. I was always at the belief, is just a theory that some members of the media with influences from the Democratic Party overexaggerated this story for their own agenda. Did Trump used the Russians for his narcissism? Sure! But to think there was a conspiracy without the intelligence communities not alerting the political class or the media is just a wild theory out of the woods. Trump is just a puppet in my view, if he would have crossed that line, the people that are the muscle of America would not have allowed it. Muller Report, no action was taken. From Reason.com - leading libertarian source To retain journalistic credibility, getting a story right is more important than pursuing a crusade. That's a fair takeaway from a report published this week by the Columbia Journalism Review dissecting the so-called Russiagate saga, during which former President Donald Trump was accused of colluding with Russian officials to win the 2016 election. While pursuing the story, many journalists went well beyond their traditional role of scrutinizing powerful officials and not only openly picked a side in America's escalating political warfare but committed to proving a literal conspiracy theory true, no matter the evidence. It didn't go well. "The end of the long inquiry into whether Donald Trump was colluding with Russia came in July 2019, when Robert Mueller III, the special counsel, took seven, sometimes painful, hours to essentially say no," former New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth writes at the beginning of his detailed analysis. His old employer was at the center of the frenzy and its editors still defend their efforts, he adds. "But outside of the Times' own bubble, the damage to the credibility of the Times and its peers persists, three years on, and is likely to take on new energy as the nation faces yet another election season animated by antagonism toward the press. At its root was an undeclared war between an entrenched media, and a new kind of disruptive presidency, with its own hyperbolic version of the truth." The whole piece is worth reading, but make yourself a pot of coffee or crack open a bottle of wine—it's long. Nobody comes off looking especially good. That's true of the former president, though the flaws it reveals in Trump are nothing new to anybody who has watched him and his ego on the national stage. It's true of the FBI agents who joined with too many journalists to fan each other into a hopeful frenzy over the Steele dossier and its assertions that Trump was Putin's puppet. And it's especially true of those members of the press who shed credibility by committing to a narrative that didn't pan out. "Before the 2016 election, most Americans trusted the traditional media and the trend was positive, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer," Gerth notes. "Today, the U.S. media has the lowest credibility—26 percent—among forty-six nations, according to a 2022 study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism." That Reuters study is echoed by other studies finding minimal trust in the media. But distrust is unevenly spread. "Americans' trust in the media remains sharply polarized along partisan lines, with 70 percent of Democrats, 14 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence," according to Gallup polling in October 2022. That divide is explained by the public perception that the media is not only biased, but out to push an agenda without regard for honesty. Americans "suspect that inaccuracies in reporting are purposeful, with 52 percent believing that reporters misrepresent the facts, and 28 percent believing reporters make them up entirely," a Gallup/Knight poll found in 2020. Journalistic shenanigans like the Russiagate debacle can only feed such concerns. Strictly speaking, there's nothing wrong with journalists having a point of view, so long as they're open about it and emphasize getting the story right. You're reading a libertarian publication right now; we do our best to confine our beliefs to interpreting facts that exist independent of our preferences. A partisan press is well-rooted in American history, from the newspapers that gleefully tormented the early presidents to the Republican and Socialist newspapers over which my grandparents screamed at each other. Efforts at "objectivity" in news coverage—however successful—didn't really become the norm until after World War II. And it's likely a passing norm as journalists re-embrace partisanship and find (or don't) supportive audiences. "A little more than half of the journalists surveyed (55 percent) say that every side does not always deserve equal coverage in the news," Pew Research reported last summer. "By contrast, 22 percent of Americans overall say the same, whereas about three-quarters (76 percent) say journalists should always strive to give all sides equal coverage." "Beyond Objectivity: Producing Trustworthy News in Today's Newsrooms," published last week by the Knight-Cronkite News Lab, found that "a growing number of journalists of color and younger white reporters, including LGBTQ+ people, believe that objectivity has become an increasingly outdated and divisive concept that prevents truly accurate reporting informed by their own backgrounds, experiences and points of view." Authors Leonard Downie Jr., formerly of the Washington Post, and Arizona State University journalism professor Andrew Heyward wisely recommend that post-objectivity newsrooms should be open with their staff and the public about their core beliefs. But, troublingly, they also suggest that newsroom leaders should "move beyond accuracy to truth." It's really hard to get to any sort of truth if you bypass accuracy. "My main conclusion is that journalism's primary missions, informing the public and holding powerful interests accountable, have been undermined by the erosion of journalistic norms and the media's own lack of transparency about its work," Gerth writes in the afterword to his Russiagate post mortem. "One traditional journalistic standard that wasn't always followed in the Trump-Russia coverage is the need to report facts that run counter to the prevailing narrative." If more of the journalists pursuing the Russiagate story had been scrupulous about getting the facts right, they might have noticed that a story that many wanted to be true was remarkably thin and, ultimately, inaccurate. Failing to perform due diligence did the media no favors when the facts finally emerged and further eroded public trust. Gerth calls for his colleagues to recommit themselves to "a transparent, unbiased, and accountable media" in order to win back trust and audiences that are increasingly siloed along partisan lines. "Unbiased" is probably a big ask given the inclinations of journalists themselves. It's not even obvious that it ever existed; the media giants that dominated for a few decades were likely more monolithic in their newsroom ideologies than they were truly neutral. But transparency and accountability should be expected of journalists who should be open about their methods and pursue stories, not results. In the end, no matter what ideologies or causes motivate journalists, nobody will put faith in us if we fail to get the story right. https://reason.com/2023/02/03/getting-trump-was-more-important-to-some-journalists-than-getting-the-story-right/
Why I Love Trump
Bill67 posted a topic in US Federal PoliticsThank you President Trump! Economy... check (best unemployment rates ever) World Peace... check (ended wars Bush/Obama started) Media Integrity.... check (attacked/exposed fake news) Border Security: great job Keep winning! Here are a few reasons why you are a legend and the most persecuted person of political corruption in this century. Four Parts Part One/ the spying and lying First, pre election, in his campaign he promised to " drain the swamp". In response, Hilary Clinton and the DNC concocted a devious and corrupt scheme to counter Trump's plan. They paid a company to create a bullshit smear campaign against Donald. They purchased the " Steele dossier" an obviously fraudulent bunch of garbage to attack Trump in an underhanded manner. See Fusion GPS Fake news coverage deceived the world: https://www.npr.org/2017/08/23/545289362/researcher-behind-unverified-trump-dossier-meets-senate-investigators No honest person would have looked at this file and seen it as credible. This was a political attack, not a legitimate file. The FBI and DOJ, under Obama, took the bogus file and doctored it,(Kevin Clinesmith), and knowingly sold false information to the FISA court so they could spy on the Trump campaign. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/2021/01/29/fbi-lawyer-trump-russia-probe-email-463750 They did their spying and found nothing wrong but keep renewing their warrant under false pretense. This negatively impacted/ruined the life of Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page, and Michael Flynn. Their crime? Supporting Trump. Part Two/Russian Interference Trump wins the election despite the above. Hilary rejected the democratic process and falsely cried that Trump didn't win! She created the false narrative that people still believe today! Russian interference! What? Clinton told the world who believes every word that there was Russian hacking and " interference" and unsubstantiated and undefined claims of an illegitimate election. Trump endured that every second of his presidency. All lies. All spread by media and Democrats and celebrities. Bill Maher. What was he telling millions of people? Russian interference planted him. This was on HBO! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.breitbart.com/clips/2017/03/31/maher-it-looks-like-russia-installed-trump-and-his-crime-family-to-loot-and-destroy-america/amp/ Trump was cleared by the Muller report. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mueller_report Shame on everyone who supported those claims. Part 3/the impeachment attempts to usurp The impeachments. Enemies of democracy attempted to usurp the legitimate president despite the people voting for him. Democrats used their house of rep numbers to push a bullshit claim of illegitimate impeachments. Trump suggested to the president of Ukraine to look into Hunter Biden. Why? Because he is corrupt and was using his dad's connection as VP to make deals, as per reports stemming from Hunter's laptops. The allegations are " the big guy and 10% ". Hunters business partner confirms this. See Tony Bobulinkski. Trump's conversation with Ukraine is now accepted as commonly agreed upon facts. Hunter, a drug addict with no mining qualifications, was on the Burisma board and other boards doing million dollar deals Globally due to his influence with his dad, while Joe was VP. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/world-54553132.amp Is Trump draining the swamp? Sounds like it! Who thinks his call with Ukraine was wrong? Should Hunter have been on the board of Burisma? All on the up and up? No way. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump–Ukraine_scandal https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2022/07/27/hunter-bidens-biz-partner-called-joe-biden-the-big-guy-in-panic-over-laptop/amp/ Do you know who interfered in Ukrainian politics and demanded the end of an investigation to get funds? Watch this? https://youtu.be/azLKK0xTOFI Part 4/January 6- the Trespassing! After the FBI colluded with social media, isn't that what Russia supposedly did for Trump's win?, to help Biden win the election by burying Hunter Biden s laptop, there was a close election. Is everyone sure the guy who smells kids and can't speak a coherent sentence got 80 million votes? Yes the FBI again. Timothy Thibeault corruptly buried the Hunter investigation for political reasons. https://time.com/6209942/timothy-thibault-fbi/ Remember Hilary saying Trump's election win was not valid? No one said... treason! But, they did the sham Jan 6 Committee investigation to get Trump. Why? Political persecution. January 6. This was not an insurrection. What a lie! No one had a weapon. No politicians were hurt. Except AOC died. Trump told people go peacefully and then told them to go home. The world still claims Donald started a attempt to overthrow the government! People actually believe this. Read his words: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/10/966396848/read-trumps-jan-6-speech-a-key-part-of-impeachment-trial Or watch the video: Go home now is not inciting a coup. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qNES0crpyHk Maybe 20-30 people were being assholes. The rest were in between the ropes and many were let in by police. No police were killed by rioters. The police did shoot and kill Ashley Babbitt but as a white woman killed by a black office the left wing radical media framed it as white supremacists killed 6 police officers! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/think/amp/ncna1273750 What about Ray Epps? https://www.google.com/amp/s/ca.sports.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/trump-shares-ray-epps-conspiracy-212501666.html What about the Antifa dude telling Ashley go go go! John Sullivan Antifa member! https://theintercept.com/2021/01/14/capitol-riot-john-sullivan-ashli-babbitt/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Earle_Sullivan https://archive.ph/cURdr Conclusion Trump ended crt and radical left wing idealogy in federal institutions. During Trump's reign, no Muslim terror attacks like there had been: Boston Marathon, Fort Hood, Pulse, etc. Unlike Bush jr. and Obama , he was peaceful and against US wars. Obama left office with US in many wars! https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-na-pol-obama-at-war/ Trump has a 3.9 % unemployment record, best in history and best in history for black and Hispanic people. https://www.factcheck.org/2018/01/trump-takes-undue-credit-black-unemployment/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1bqZBhDXARIsANTjCPIGPrD-abwgAADHZvsF-1w2jZxBJyE_mRhMHgWbCAY_aSYLI_a9ReEaAu3lEALw_wcB He called out Coyotes and the cartel for their human trafficking and human smuggling. They are rapists. That's not racist. He supports legal immigration and is against illegal immigration. Isn't that a good thing? Notice how Obama let Russia take Crimea and Biden is on watch while Russia takes Ukraine? I thought Trump was a Russian puppet but... No land grabs on his watch! Right??? He called out fake news and supported statues , not racist fascist who destroy history and historical monuments. People hate him because he says America First. Radical left wing extremists hate America and white people so they hate this mantra. Let them hate while others work hard and make contributions to society. Now they want to get him for boxes and his building worth estimations? Stop embarassing yourselves. I thank him for the good he did the world and for exposing people who abuse their power to attack political opponents and the democratic process! Final Recap of Fun Facts So Trump won the election in 2016 and there was no Russian interference and Trump claiming illegitimate election in 2020 is the same thing Hilary did. The FBI, Kevin Clinesmith, doctored docs to spy on Trump campaign illegally to try to help Clinton win the 2016 election, and the FBI, Timothy Thibeault, lied about/buried the Hunter laptop as " Russian disinformation" to help Joe Biden win the 2020 election. Biden, not Trump, interfered in Ukrainian politics. Let's have a respectful discussion. Caveats: Happy to hear where I am wrong. Just don't argue January 6 was a coup or an attack on democracy. A few idiots unrelated to Trump. Nothing compared to BLM and Antifa looting and burning the country. And Trump disavowed White supremacists a million times. Not sure why though? It's the only group that can't be proud of their culture and heritage.