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How to write like a Journolist

I’ve made reference before to one of my favourite US blogs, Althouse, produced by a now retired law professor living in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s been running the blog for fifteen years and is highly productive, usually punching out half-a-dozen posts per day while also apparently having a life.

One of the reasons I like her blog is that it’s quirky in the subjects it covers, though often deadly serious, and although a US Liberal she absolutely cannot stand bullshit from her own side of the fence, one example being her “civility bullshit” series of posts over the years.

Thus this post the other day on the MSM’s coverage of the Biden Administration’s new plan for “housing” illegal immigrants, starting with the WaPo’s article about one of these new “facilities”:

At the 66-acre site, groups of beige trailers encircle a giant white dining tent, a soccer field and a basketball court. There is a bright blue hospital tent with white bunk beds inside. A legal services trailer has the Spanish word ‘Bienvenidos,’ or welcome, on a banner on its roof. There are trailers for classrooms, a barber shop, a hair salon. The facility has its own ambulances and firetrucks, as well as its own water supply…. the most colorful trailer is at the entryway, where flowers, butterflies and handmade posters still hang on its walls….”

Ann, who voted for Biden, wonders how this article would have been written had it been a Trump “facility”, starting with replacing words such as “butterflies, encircle, bienvenidos, flowers, handmade, colorful, welcome, bright, salon, basketball, soccer,  blue, beige, firetrucks, facility, classrooms, barber shop, white, banner….”

One of her commentators rises to the challenge of how it would have been written for Trump:

Crowded into less than 70 acres, dusty trailers huddle around a military style mess tent, a few basketball hoops and what we were told is a soccer field. There is an ominous, blue medical tent crammed with narrow, sterile bunk beds of the type one associates with mental wards of the last century. A legal services trailer with a banner on its roof reads ‘Bienvenidos,’ or welcome, an irony that could hardly be lost on those kept here away from family, friends and the promise of America. In a half-hearted gesture towards the basic needs of its young inmates, trailers never designed for the job have been pressed into service as makeshift classrooms, a barber shop and a hair salon. A grim-looking ambulance and firetrucks stand ready in recognition of the inevitable. The camp’s water trickles reluctantly from hurriedly drilled, shallow wells. Standing out in this largely beige world, one trailer near the entryway has been ham-handedly decorated with cheap posters featuring butterflies and flowers, their once bright colors fading rapidly under the glaring sun.

You see? Anybody can be a Journolist nowadays. All it requires is knowing how to write around the Narrative you’ve already decided upon in advance. Give that man a job at the MSM! But there are literally hundreds, probably thousands of examples of such double standards:

For satirical site The Babylon Bee, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel:

It staggers me that there are people who still believe the MSM and the shite that they serve up.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 24, 2021 at 7:56 pm

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  1. The old meme on muscles required to smile Vs those to scowl, it took eleven lines for the slanted tale and only five and a half for the bare facts????


    February 25, 2021 at 9:32 am

  2. Is that humane-high Security metal containment cube facility for Gays. or approved by gays.


    February 25, 2021 at 10:09 am

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