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Minaj à trois

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There’s definitely a lot of weird shit going on at the moment around the world.

None weirder than Chinese Xi Snot’s effect on otherwise seemingly normal people, turning them into frightened, fearful souls who have become toxic to friends and family and wear masks on a beach and in parks.

With politicians it’s been quite the opposite: power mad control freaks doesn’t even begin to cover them, almost without exception.

So it should not be a surprise to see pushback coming from unexpected places. Weird places – like Nicki Minaj.

You don’t know who she is? Of course you don’t. Few people over the age of 30 would:

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her animated flow in her rapping and versatility as a recording artist.

Minaj is one of the best selling female artists of all time with 100 million records sold worldwide. Her numerous accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Guinness World RecordBillboard ranked her the top female rapper of the 2010s, as well as ranking her seventh among the top female artists of the decade.

Nicki Minaj

She also has 22 million followers on Twitter and 175 million on Instagram. In other words she’s a very big deal in terms of youth culture. Like other celebrities she talks a lot of shit because attention is like oxygen for these people, while also feeding their vast incomes, which in turn pushes them to being even crazier.

This includes giving health advice, as actress Gwyneth Paltrow has done for years, while also selling vagina-scented candles.

Her vagina to be specific.

You therefore probably don’t want to know about Sandra Bullock’s penis facialswhere Josh Brolin got sunburned, or what’s in the Kardashians’ smoothies. But rest assured that Demi Moore only uses “highly trained medical leeches.

In particular the anti-vaccine movement has been powered for years before now by the likes of Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert Kennedy Jr. and other anti-vaccine activists who were given a welcome platform by Oprah Winfrey, The View (beloved by the Jacinda demographic of women viewers in their 50’s) and other MSM places.

But all of this has usually been treated as an eye-rolling joke by both the Left and the Right, as well as by the government, even when it came to Public Health Care. The attitude was that there will always be a fringe, but they’re not going to have an effect, even with masses of followers.

Until now. The shit storm stated with this Tweet from Minaj.

While I’m no medical expert I really can’t see how an mRNA vaccine would make your testicles swell up as well as causing impotence. But as I said, this is just the usual celebrity bullshit.

The immediate pushback came from fellow media personalities, though nobody with Minaj’s number of followers. There were critical pieces about her at CNNVoxCNBC, the BBC, the American late-night comics made her the butt of their jokes. But it was MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who did a whole segment denouncing Minaj, that really got things going:

Joy Reid

“You have a platform, sister, that is 22 million followers, okay. I have two million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God, sister, you could do better than that.”

Minaj did not back down. She called Reid a “lying homophobic coon” (Reid has history) and an “Uncle Tomiana”, among other things.

Minaj also revealed that she’s not vaxxed…

The Met was the fancy NYC ball party I posted on the other day, where Lefty hypocrites of all stripes gathered.

So things escalated further. Saint Anthony Fauci felt the need to go on national TV to talk this down. The awesome power of the USA Today and PolitiFact “fact checkers” went into action. Even the Whitehouse reached out, offering a doctor with expertise (not Fauci I presume).

This reaction was beyond belief considering how such people have been ignored by TPTB in the past. But things went even crazier when Tucker Carlson, the Great White Hated of the US Left, covered the story and made the following point :

“The part where she says you should pray on it. Make the decision yourself, like a free human being and “don’t be bullied”. So our media and public health officials didn’t like this because they make their livings bullying people. So they couldn’t let it stand.”

And then she Tweeted out that clip.

MELTDOWN. There was the usual Leftie Tweet Mass Attack that a reference to Carlson invites. But Minaj hit back at those too (in keeping with the rap/hip hop ethos, she fights).

If you’ve wondered why Trump’s 2020 vote share rose among Blacks and Hispanics, this is yet another example.

Minaj has crossed a line that public-health experts, the MSM, and many politicians are enforcing hard around the world. She committed a sin they cannot ignore or forgive, which is to defy them on this issue. It’s been quite a thing watching the spectacle of the entire US medical, MSM, Entertainment (in particular since she’s one of them) and political establishments bringing all of their weight to bear upon her.

That’s because they’re increasingly desperate, so every claim, no matter how spectacularly outlandish and no matter the source, must be policed by our public-health-disinformation watchers, because those gullible masses could be swayed by any blasphemy.

The thing is that’s not going to work. All of these establishment health experts and MSM fact-checkers are putting enormous effort into an attempt to persuade the kinds of people who instinctively reject the recommendations of establishment health experts and barely pay any attention to the MSM.

Beyond such sober reactions, the furious and widespread denunciation and mockery of Minaj will also not have the effect the medical, media, entertainment and political establishments think it will. It may even backfire.

Nicki Minaj is not going to be “canceled.” She’s already fabulously wealthy – she’s worth between $80-100 million – so doesn’t need money. Her fan base of tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions, isn’t going to abandon her if she maintains a vaccine-sceptical position. She utterly rejects the moral authority of her critics and defiance of what other people think is her brand.

They need to pick another target to crush. Ordinary people should do and judging from results to date, the proles may even like it and want it.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Right on the money

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Courtesy of the Bassett, Brash & Hide blog.

Were this to ever be published in the NZ Herald or Stuff, their businesses would likely be burned to the ground.

Fortunately that’s what’s going to happen when the government money spigot is eventually turned off.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

9/11 and our conspiracy theory culture

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As the hours tick down to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – which for NZ occurred in the early hours of September 12, 2001 – there is a lot of interesting commentary about the subject.

An unusual one was recently published in the City Journal magazine, Conspiracies All the Way Down. It’s quite long but very much worth the time to read.

It’s written by James B. Meigs, who, when he was the editor of Popular Mechanics in the early 2000’s, got a story put together that examined most of the claims then floating around with the “9/11 Truth Movement”.

I hadn’t intended to join the Globalist/Bush–Cheney/Zionist/CIA cabal for world domination. And I certainly didn’t mean to become a leading figure in the conspiracy to cover up the truth about 9/11. According to my critics, though, I was all that and more.

While this article briefly revisits some of those claims, Meigs writes more about his particular history in dealing with them and in particular what has transpired since then in the world of conspiracy theories, and more importantly in our general culture that seems to have enabled them more than ever.

On the far right, Capitol-storming QAnon followers imagine vast, deep-state conspiracies involving pedophiles and pizza parlors.

Today, the Woke Left routinely portrays American institutions as engines of cleverly concealed oppression. Racism, sexism, and the like are not just biases to be overcome but fundamental organizing principles of American society.

I would bet that many on the Left would absolutely not agree that the latter assertions are a conspiracy theory, and Meigs tries to cover his ass by saying that “The Left’s conspiracy theories aren’t as obviously bonkers…”, which I don’t think will save him.

He points out that while there have always been conspiracy theories – the famous move Amadeus was crafted from a centuries old one about Mozart’s death – the 9/11 Truther movement has built something more permanent.

I now believe the 9/11 Truthers I encountered were canaries in the coal mines of American society. They were an early warning sign of a style of thinking that has only grown more common in the years since 9/11: alienated, enraged, and not just irrational, but anti-rational.

But the grassroots popularity of 9/11 conspiracy theories—and the surprising tolerance for such ideas in elite media and political circles—helped bring paranoia into the modern mainstream. I watched it happen.

He writes of the methods used to attack his old magazine’s article:

Dedicated conspiracists use a whole suite of techniques to dismiss inconvenient facts. They vilify opponents with ad hominem attacks. While refusing to engage with legitimate evidence, they zero in on a handful of anomalies they think undermine the mainstream narrative. For example, a single eyewitness’s mistaken impression becomes definitive proof against the weight of hundreds of other eyewitness accounts. Michael Shermer, then a columnist at Scientific American, called this approach “argument by anomaly” and noted that creationists and Holocaust deniers employ the same sort of selection bias. Of course, Popular Mechanics’ reporting showed that even the supposed anomalies relied on falsehoods. But that gave the Truthers little pause. If a claim became too troublesome, they would simply abandon it and move on to new, even flimsier assertions.

He also makes clear why all this seemed more solid than ones in the past:

First, it’s important to remember that 9/11 conspiracy theories were mostly embraced on the far left at that point. George W. Bush was in the White House, and antiwar sentiment was strong. Few liberal leaders and media figures actively promoted the theories, but few also saw them as a problem worth criticizing. (David Corn, then a columnist at The Nation, was a notable—and noble—exception.)

The unspoken assumption seemed to be that there wasn’t much harm in a few hotheads calling Bush a terrorist puppet master. In fact, if it convinced a few more people to hate Republicans, it might even be a good thing.

So, with a few exceptions, the media mostly gave the 9/11 Truthers a pass. That was one factor helping this minor cult become a mass movement. 

Damned right, and such attitudes led he and Popular Mechanics to be questioned as to whether they had a political agenda and were trying to help the hated Bush Administration. Those questions often came from the MSM.

This was the moment I realized journalism was changing. The evenhanded search for truth—rarely achieved in practice—was fading even as a journalistic aspiration. Now every set of facts must serve a political purpose. If it wasn’t helpful to the Left, it must be helpful to the Right. Where journalists once obsessed over the accuracy of facts, now they worried more about their utility. If some piece of information helps the wrong sorts of people, perhaps it’s best left unpublished.

He specifically makes the point about where that has led the MSM with more recent events:

Last year, we saw this logic carried to a new extreme, when virtually all major media outlets refused to cover the revelations contained in Hunter Biden’s laptop, or to explore evidence that Covid-19 might have escaped from a Wuhan, China lab.

However, Meigs fails to make the point that in both cases the suppression of these news stories, with a judicious combination of the MSM and US government “sources”, actually looks like a conspiracy theory itself, although I put it down more to the actions of a hive-mind.

The then newish Internet world of blogs and video also helped push the 9/11 Truthers along to a far greater degree than was possible even a decade earlier. I’m reminded of the crude VHS videotapes that circulated in 1990’s America detailing the dastardly plots of the Clintons, like landing drug-smuggling planes in Arkansas. Such means are not a patch on the Internet.

The technology allowed a crude but effective movie called Loose Change to be made by amateurs, and that was when the Left really took flight with the theory:

Even before Loose Change, a few prominent Democrats had begun catering to the Truther cohort. Howard Dean flirted with conspiracy claims during his 2004 presidential campaign. Van Jones had to resign as an Obama advisor when word got out that he had earlier signed a 9/11 conspiracy petition. In the House of Representatives, Georgia’s Cynthia McKinney invited conspiracy theorists, including David Ray Griffin, to address the Congressional Black Caucus. But Loose Change opened the floodgates.

Plus Hollywood’s Lefties. The Left’s involvement in this should not be forgotten in the age of sneering remarks about the Right and QAnon, although Meigs notes the paradox that some of the 9/11 theories orginally came from Ultra Right-Wing sources, which again leads to the situation today:

The leftists who amplified these Truther narratives probably believed they were undermining the hated Bush administration. But they were also nudging their followers along a path toward the worst sort of neo-fascist propaganda. Those who went all the way down the rabbit hole—as millions of Americans did—wound up in an ideological jungle where far-left and far-right politics become almost indistinguishable.

It is a place where the U.S. democratic system is a cynical sham; where true power is held by a merciless, secretive cabal; and where Israel is the world’s eternal villain. So while progressives either ignored it or cheered it on, the Truther movement was evolving into a kind of gateway drug for paranoid extremism.

Including the MSM before Covid-19 and Hunter Biden:

At the same time, the media became so obsessed with protecting the public from Trump’s falsehoods that it lowered its own standards of veracity. Mainstream media routinely misrepresented Trump statements, such as his “fine people on both sides” comment regarding the 2017 protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Meantime, they eagerly repeated some of the wildest anti-Trump allegations, especially ones involving Russia. Step by step, the press surrendered any claim to being an honest broker in factual debates.

Which in turn means that political leaders cannot be held to account by the MSM:

Trump took political demagoguery to new extremes, but he certainly didn’t invent it. Asking followers to accept wild, unsupported assertions can be politically useful. And politicians no longer pay much of a price for going overboard.

Campaigning as Obama’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, Biden told a largely black audience that Republicans were “going to put you all back in chains.” Hillary Clinton and other Democrats endlessly asserted that Trump’s 2016 election victory was “illegitimate.” Their followers listened.

Even four years later, 62 percent of Democrats told pollsters they believe the 2016 election was fraudulent. That number is a mirror image of the 61 percent of Republicans who think the 2020 election was rigged.

You hear a lot about the latter but not much about the former, which included Nancy Pelosi. And some of the people playing this game are on the Right, casting themselves as “sensible, moderate, fair and balanced” voices who try to act as gatekeepers for the Right while failing to notice or perhaps deliberately ignoring the fact that their supposedly moderate counterparts on the Left – like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton – don’t bother even trying to do the same on their side of the political and ideological fence.

While Meigs casts his eyes on the January 6 Capitol rioters, the Antifa / BLM stuff does not escape notice:

In those BLM protests that veered into destruction, it was not inner-city youths but committed political radicals instigating the most determined violence. During anti-police riots in Brooklyn in May 2020, two young lawyers were arrested after tossing a Molotov cocktail into an empty police van. NPR described them as “idealistic attorneys hoping to change the world.”

Perhaps. But, like the Capitol rioters, they seemed wedded to the view that the American system is too far gone for peaceful reform. One of the pair, Urooj Rahman, gave an impassioned video interview minutes before launching her firebomb attack. “The only way they hear us is through violence,” she said. “This shit won’t ever stop unless we fuckin’ take it all down.”

Meigs wraps this with a warning.

For now, only the most extreme activists on the right or left seek to participate in such violence. But the share of people who think political violence might be appropriate is growing. In a poll conducted prior to the 2020 election, 44 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats said that there would be “at least ‘a little’ justification for violence if the other party’s nominee won the election.”

Written by Tom Hunter

September 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

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Die MSM, Die – NZ Siouxsie Wiles edition (updated)

I’m going to put this post up even though I have absolutely no faith that it will have any effect on the likes of TV1 or the rest of the NZ media.

They are who I’ve always known them to be. Shills for the Left in general and now, with $105 million of government money in their pockets, whores for the Labour government.

However, since it is a blog that broke this story, and since I’ve always argued that blogs are needed as a counter to the MSM, this is worth supporting.

The story belongs to Cameron Slater at his blog, the BFD, New Zealander of the Year Siouxsie Wiles – Unmasked:

Please don’t go out and chat with a friend while you are out, Wiles said.

Don’t hang around and have a chat, connect in other ways. We’ve got phones, we’ve got Skype, we’ve got Zoom…we need to physically disconnect for a little while,” she said.

Stay away from people.

RNZ 18 August 2021

There’s more detail at the link about all the roles that Wiles has in advising the PM and her apparently huge media profile (never have I been more glad to be ignoring all this). Suffice to say that it sounds very similar to the case last year of British epidemiologist Neil “500,000 UK deaths” Ferguson, who got caught breaking his own lockdown rules by having his mistress cross London for regular bonking sessions. Something recently repeated by the UK Health Minister.

I expect these people to be hypocrites with double standards and rules-for-thee-but-not-for-me. In the USA last year Dr Fauci was caught at a baseball game yukking it up in close proximity with friends while a mask merely dangled off his ear. Beloved US Lefty icon politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was found putting a mask on for a group photo and then completely removing it as soon as the TV cameras were off. There was also California Governor Newsom’s maskless soiree at The French Laundry and Nancy Pelosi’s Napa Valley gathering of Democrat big wigs sans masks – aside from the waiters and the other little people servicing them of course.

So it goes with The Ruling Classes.

But at least in the case of Ferguson the British MSM had no hesitation in breaking the story. In NZ it’s different:

You may be wondering why it is The BFD that is making this public. The simple reason is that we are not part of the Prime Minister’s Team of $55 million. This story was given to 1News journalist Benedict Collins. After sitting on the story for five days he informed my source that they had spiked the story. The reason given was that it wasn’t a politician so there was no public interest in the story. Make no mistake, this story was suppressed by an editor at 1News.

As David Farrer says at his Kiwiblog link to this story:

If the person concerned with say an obscure ACT List MP (ie someone with no real power or influence), you can bet that TVNZ and all other mainstream media would be running this for days on end as a major story. But instead, they all ignore it.

Sure, David, sure. But do you expect them to change as a result of stories like this? DPF constantly links to them, providing them oxygen even as they die. There’s nothing to be done about the private sector MSM but the least a future National government can do is defund TV1, RNZ and NZ On Air. I assume that even Labour’s bribes will come to an end this year so we’ll see how many are left standing by 2023.

These people are not journalists. They’re Labour and Green Party operatives with bylines.

UPDATE

Ha ha. The other party has been identified. She’s Nicola Gaston, an associate professor at Auckland University. She’s been very outspoken about the need for hard lockdowns and that rules must be followed strictly.

She’s also a frequent contributor to NZ’s 21st century answer to The Listener, The Spinoff. Because of course she is.

These fucking people really do have it good in their insulated, self-protecting worlds where they get to tell everybody else how to live their lives with no consequences for themselves.

As you stare into the vacuum of their eyes

As a follow-up to my post the other day about the infamous and discredited “Fact Checking” industry, herewith a story about yet another stain on their media hand maidens. These things happen so frequently one can’t keep up so it’s really a matter of picking the most prominent.

The magazine Rolling Stone had a proud history from its start in the late 1960’s covering the rapidly groth industry of rock music. Over the decades it produced a lot of interesting stuff: interviews with musicians and other artists, reviews of albums. It even made some good forays into politics.

While the rest of the MSM has been crushed in revenues by things like Craigslist, followed by Google and Facebook, specialist magazines have been punished by the Internet in different ways. In the case of Rolling Stone, two specific ways.

First of all, music listeners of all ages no longer wait for such places to review albums and singles. As those hit the likes of iTunes and Spotify they’re instantly blasted around the world to billions of people who make up their own minds as to whether they were “good” (not listening to “experts”, shocking I know). Even if you want to analyze why a song is brilliant there are people on the Internet who can do that analysis far more brilliantly (see Rick Beato in Two Artists and two works of Art).

Second, the stars themselves could reach their fans directly and in ways far more immediate and intimate than could be obtained in stuffy old interviews. Neither group really needed Rolling Stone any more.

As a result, the magazine has degenerated in the same way that the rest of the MSM industry has; the shallow, slimey world of click-bait, Left-Wing ideology pushed harder than ever, and partisan political hackery.

I thought they had reached bottom a few years ago when they ran a huge cover story about a gang rape at a university that turned out to be a complete hoax. But they managed to go lower than that when they put a full-face picture of one of the Boston Marathon bombers on the cover: just like a rock star.

By comparison the hit job they tried the other day doesn’t seem so bad. There’s been quite the debate about whether a product called Ivermectin can be used to treat patients suffering from Chinese Xi Snot virus. It’s used to de-worm horses but has long been approved for the same function in humans. It’s about 50 years old and its inventor won a Nobel Prize for it.

Whether it’s any good against the symptoms of this virus I don’t know, but certainly those groups pushing vaccination (including mandatory vaccination) are very much against it. They don’t appear too keen on pushing other treatments like monoclonal antibodies either, despite that having medically documented success in treating Covid-19 patients.

But if you’re against the use of Ivermectin then you pull out the emotional big guns of the debate: that you’re killing more deserving people because you’re a pig-ignorant moron who OD’d on it and and thus deprived them of hospital beds. Even (gasp) gunshot victims (fall to knees, wring hands, wail loudly until you guilt your way to forcing others to do as you say).

The problem with their heart-wrenching, shroud-waving story was that it was bullshit, as would have been revealed by a few phone calls to the hospital.

While not as bad as the rape story and Boston Bomber stuff it is still another example of how shoddy “journalism” is nowadays. All the good ones are moving to Substack (“A place for independent writing”).

Oh, and remember that it was a medical doctor who started and went with these lies. A sort of lessor Dr Fauci.

For fun, here’s the Babylon Bee.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 6, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Die MSM, Die – YOU have been fact checked

As the MSM and journalists in general have lost the trust of large chunks of the Western populations, a new scam has arisen.

Fact checkers.

These people would supposedly do quick and easy rebuttals – typically on Twitter and Facebook, which reward brevity – of things being said by public figures, starting with politicians. You could trust fact checkers because they weren’t journalists and they were not partisans.

Except they were, but you wouldn’t know that unless you investigated their backgrounds and the stories they had written in the past.

It took several years but gradually people have caught up to these scam artists. Recently their flaws have become a bit of a flood. Snopes founder, David Mikkelson getting done for “pervasive fraud” and plagiarism. Then the Washington Post’s “fact checker” Glenn Kessler got caught out playing dirty with right-wing journalist Christopher Rufo because his reporting on Critical Race Theory was starting to hurt the US Left. Kessler implied that Rufo had faked a source and stolen original material from one Karlyn Borysenko, and emailed her on that. Luckily she was honest and slammed Kessler hard by making the exchange public.

But he did suggest that Rufo was lying about knowing that person in a gross attempt to garner dirt when none existed. This is how the news media operates. They go into a story with a pre-determined outcome in mind, in this case, that Rufo lied and therefore can’t be trusted as an opponent of CRT. They then fish around for comments to take out of context to place in their article to make it seem factual.

Kessler was not fact-checking here. Instead, he had already decided what he thought Rufo had done and he was searching for someone to provide a money quote to back him up. He was foiled this time and got completely exposed for the hack he is, but imagine how many times he hasn’t been exposed while doing this same thing to other people

But the best one yet happened just the other day after Biden was seen checking his watch while at Dover AFB as the bodies of thirteen US soldiers were delivered from Afghanistan, where they had been killed by an ISIS suicide bombing attack. The USA Today “fact checker” decided to plunge in on this rather minor story that made Biden look bad.

 

His claim was that it only happened once and only after the dignified transfer was over. As fact-checks go, that write-up wasn’t unusual, being filled with the sort of unearned arrogance, obfuscation and sophistry that is standard for the fact-checking industry. He even challenged people to “watch the video for yourself.

Unfortunately for him, people did, and what they saw was Biden doing this not once but multiple times as the caskets went past, which led to something remarkable happening on his USA Today “Fact Check” section.

Missing context? Fuck you USA Today. Funke’s fact-check, which literally was written to check the facts, got the facts completely wrong in a failed attempt to dunk on Republicans for pointing out Biden checked his watch many times. Much of the article itself has been rewritten as well.

As journalist Jim Treacher (no friend of Trump I need to add, as usual) commented:

This is better, but it’s still a lie. The story was “updated” to note the incontrovertible truth that the piece was originally intended to obfuscate, but the “correction” still claims there’s “missing context.” Like what? There’s no missing context. Biden was checking his damn watch as the coffins went by. It’s a simple fact.

The only “context” is that Biden embarrassed himself, his party, and his country. He’s a bad president and an even worse human being.

If the press will lie about something as easy to verify as news footage of a man checking his watch, what won’t they lie about? They’ll even insult Gold Star families at a funeral, just to protect the man whose ineptitude and dishonesty killed those Marines.

The press will say anything they need to say to help their political party hold onto power. They don’t care about the truth, and they don’t care about you.

This wasn’t a fact-check. It’s some Democrats with bylines doing damage control for the Democrat president.

The fact-checking industry is a joke. The only reason it exists is to serve as a facade for partisan hacks to appear as if they operate from a place of authority. These people are not really journalists, not non-partisan, and they sure as hell are not holding powerful people to account. No, they’re just more media lapdogs for the Left, ready to gum the ankles of anyone who attacks Biden, even if it’s for nothing more than making fun of the imbecilic (H/T Tony Blair), senile old prick.

As Treacher noted some years ago:

That’s more true today than it was in 2014.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm

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Your Graphics friend who’s fun to be with.

I know that broadcast TV has been falling away as its Boomer audience ages and dies but it’s not until you see a fact like this that you can grasp the scale of it:

Fifty million Americans tuned in to Johnny Carson’s last appearance on The Tonight Show. Today, his Tonight Show successor, along with the egregious Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on CBS, barely have 2 million viewers on a good night…

Carson’s farewell was in 1992. The following is always the sign of a maturing industry, and often a dying one.

Of course there are still growth industries (graphic courtesy of The Times). The last US flight out of Kabul departed a few hours ago.

So I guess it’s back to focusing on Chinese Lung Rot, with a seeming increase in social and media pressure to vaccinate kids now.

I wonder what we’re doing to the usual building of immune systems in children?

Written by Tom Hunter

August 31, 2021 at 9:30 am

Die MSM, Die – or bring back Trump

That’s a hell of a dilemma for a MSM that was willing to tell any lie about his Administration and scream about it 24/7 if it meant getting Trump out of office.

As signaled by NYT journalist Jim Rutenberg in 2016, balance and objectivity had to be thrown out the window, so uniquely awful was Trump:

If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?

I don’t think any of his comrades needed convincing. This was going to the Bush years on steroids and they not only followed Rutenberg’s suggestions but went more partisan in their support of the Democrat Party than at any time in US history.

So now where are they with their online traffic?

Ouch. While even Fox News has taken a hit it’s obvious that the more an MSM site focused on Trump, the greater has been the loss with his departure. It should also be understood that these figures are not looking at circulation / subscription / readership figures for the press or viewership figures for the TV shows. In both cases – such as CNN losing some 68% of its prime-time audience from the Q2, 2020 – the drops are worse than these, and if you look at individual shows they’re worse again.

There can’t be much confidence in CNN’s new streaming service, CNN+, when it’s all sourced from the same base of “journalists”. The drop is also connected to this reality, News Media Credibility Rating Falls to a New Low. In fact a recent Reuters survey showed that Americans had the lowest trust in the MSM of the 46 nations surveyed. I’ve got quite a collection of double standards that is a big part of that loss of trust, but this one will do for now.

Recall that the circulation figures for NZ newspapers show an endless trend of decline, so the online world is not going to save them either.

In the case of the USA, the likes of CNN have been desperately casting around for a new villain, which explains the hysterical attacks on Florida Governor DeSantis (R) and Tucker Carlson on Fox. Nothing has worked yet.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Daily Reading List

Adolf has no wish to read the lies of the Left and, accordingly, the following are not included in his daily reading list:-

ABC, SMH, Age, Guardian, NYT, WAPO, CNN, MSNBC, NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, RNZ, BBC, Economist,

His reading list includes:-

Kiwiblog, No Minister, The Australian, Skynews, The Straits Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Powerline, PJMedia, Instapundit,

Great Britain is not represented and Adolf would appreciate suggestions for a reliably non-leftie publication.

Over a period of twenty years, Adolf recalls being mighty impressed with the quality of reporting displayed in the Fiji Times. Not for them the shifty presentation of Leftist opinion as ‘news.’

Written by adolffinkensen

July 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm

When the MSM works

To say that I’ve been hard on the MSM, both in the USA and here in NZ, would be an understatement given that one of my taglines for the posts has been Die MSM, Die.

So it’s nice to be able to give credit, for once, to MSM sources doing their job.

First up is a rather amazing press conference conducted the other day with a Biden Administration spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price. This is a daily press conference and the topic of the day was the current US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is not going well. Price’s spin was that they were simply doing what the Trump administration had negotiated with the Taliban and that there was nothing they could change about that. That spin also did not go well for Ned Price when – of all people – an Associated Press reporter, Matt Lee, got stuck into him about that claim:

LEE: “This administration inherited plenty from the previous administration that it absolutely reversed,”

How about the Geneva protocol on the anti-abortion stuff?

PRICE: This was the point that we have made on any number of steps about the importance of the durability of American foreign policies – American foreign policy across administrations.

LEE: How about the agreements with the Northern Triangle, with Mexico and the Northern Triangle? Those are international agreements that you guys jettisoned.

PRICE: These are … Matt, I think

LEE: I mean, you just challenged me to come up with an international agreement that the previous administration signed that you guys have walked away from, and I just gave you, I think, three.

Wow. A non-right-wing reporter actually challenging some of the Biden Administration’s bullshit. Miracles do happen. I was also mightily impressed by something that came just before that exchange:

LEE:  And then lastly, the thing I don’t understand – well, maybe not understand, but you don’t want to talk about the historic analogy that Said made to Vietnam. Let’s go next door to Cambodia. Are you familiar at all with the letter that Sirik Matak wrote to John Gunther Dean, who was the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia in April of 1975?

RICE: It’s

LEE: If you’re not familiar with it

PRICE: It’s been a while.

LEE:  I suggest you familiarize yourself with it because it may end up being sadly prescient.

So this is not just some lightweight “journalist” like those of the Whitehouse press corp, who aim for fluff and “gotcha” questions of the “When-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife” type – when faced with a Republican. Matt Lee really knows his shit on foreign policy.

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Next up is coverage of local news that appeared overseas in The National Pulse, New Zealand Professors Claim CCP Is Planting Spies At Their Colleges:

Dr. Stephen Noakes, of Auckland University, said that non-enrollees showed up to his lectures and “appeared to be gathering intelligence.” On one occasion, an individual whom Noakes had never seen before was in the lecture theater, taking pictures.

“It made me incredibly uncomfortable and I followed it up afterwards. I’ve not seen that person again,” Noakes stated.

Catherine Churchman, a professor at Victoria University in Wellington teaching ancient Chinese history, said that, in 2017, a man came to her class and “upbraided her about her lecture content.” When asked why he was in the class, the man claimed to be a “visiting scholar.”

So we’re not just talking about Ann Marie Brady any longer.

It would be nice to think that such events will no longer be dismissed as they have been in the past

I have read Brady’s work, and spoken to her. She is an China alarmist. I don’t agree with her perspective.

… and it seems they’re not since this US article references their information as coming from a Radio New Zealand podcast. They supplied no link but here it is:

Redline: Can we walk the thin line between what some see as an evil empire and others as our greatest economic opportunity? A four-part series investigating China’s growing influence in New Zealand

So kudos to RNZ also.

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Finally there’s this, courtesy of MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), who do a great job in covering various Middle Eastern news sites and translating them for the rest of the world.

It’s quite extraordinary how open some of the Palestinian news sites are about their society.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 13, 2021 at 6:00 am