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Breaking News for those who lack self-awareness

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When I saw this I almost could not believe it. Even though I’ve long been very down on the MSM and its “journalists”, the following piece is still breathtaking even for me.

Is it a lack of self-awareness? Or perhaps just a lack of awareness in general – like of recent history and current affairs?

Really, Mr Melber of MSNBC? Really? It sounds terrifying! What would that look like, because I’m having a tough time even imagining it – but I’ll give it a shot?

I’m seeing…. a tech monopoly suppressing a major story about a corrupt POS presidential candidate who spawned a son who is an even bigger POS with booze, drugs and the ladies and who grifts millions of dollars from Chinese and Russian oligarchs and corrupt Ukrainian front companies?

No? Okay. How about this?

I’m seeing …. a tech monopoly using secret algorithms to throttle speakers of one political bent while boosting those of another political bent? Or using its algorithmic power as a publisher (not a platform) to falsely claim that some unpopular stories are “Trending” and to falsely claim that some actually-trending stories are not? And all this to crush the reach of news that hurts one political party and one political ideology?

Crazy no?

Where the fuck has this prick been in the last two years? Or perhaps he’s just fallen so far into gaslighting mode that he wipes his memory each night so that he doesn’t go insane with all the cognitive dissonance?

And also right on schedule is this….

Complete with talk about “reforming section 230” and “anti-trust reform” and all the crazy stuff that a goodly (and growing) portion of US right-wingers have been pushing for several years now.

My goodness, where did that suddenly come from? What a coincidence that it came just a day after Musk takes over Twitter.

That’s government intimidation, isn’t it? That’s the government saying, “You will enforce our chosen narrative on a range of issues via censorship of your users – or we will act punitively against your monopoly position.” Sure sounds like it to me, and the response of the GOP to this will be to say how they’re not like that, even as the owners and employees of those companies snigger at their desks, curse the GOP, donate overwhelmingly to the Democrats, curse the Right even more and do everything with their considerable online power to screw them over.

This is why the GOP is often called by its own voters The Stupid Party.

In fact those voters been begging the GOP for some time now to get their useless backsides into gear and rip away the cover of Section 230 from the likes of Twitter, Facebook and their ilk, given the fact that, despite the well intentioned motives of protecting the fledging Web in the 1990’s, they’ve been acting as publishers not platforms for quite some time now in their censoring zeal:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

The grass-roots have also begged the GOP to go full Teddy Roosevelt and start using trust-busting measures against Google and their ilk – only to be greeted with whinging about the “principles” of the libertarian, pro-corporate Right-Wing when it comes to the state and private sector companies – well, giant private sector companies at least. Look at the recent moans from the National Review crowd (and others on the Corporatist Right) about the Florida GOP actions taken against Disney.

Now that the Democrats have breached that particular dam perhaps the GOP will jump on the issue. Still, it would not be surprising if The Stupid Party decides that defending Google, Facebook, Twitter and company against such outrages is a winning issue in 2022, thereby condemning themselves to a tiny win or perhaps even a tiny loss this year, rather than the Red Tsunami they’re currently on target for.

Rock and Roll

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for the good guys.

The legal destruction of Biden’s mask mandates. The collapse of CNN+. Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Also Libs of TikTok – a Twitter account which specialises in re-posting the insanity of Leftists broadcasting their insanity on the TikTok platform – gained almost 400,000 new subscribers and hit a million in total following the all-out doxxing attack by a POS Washington Post reporter on the women who runs the account.

The Babylon Bee is also on to it, Chris Wallace Now Regretting Getting CNN+ Tramp Stamp:

Chris Wallace’s name started trending along with search terms “unemployed” and “learn to code” when CNN+ shut down this week, but Wallace has voiced a more troubling concern than potential joblessness: his recently-acquired CNN+ tattoo on his lower back.

And for all the talk of Twitter and its employees we all know who these things really hurt.

However it will not be until this year’s Mid-Term elections that the Democrats might start to get a clue as to what has really been going on.

Which is why you get stuff like the following.

It’s nice to finally see a reference to The Matrix that isn’t just about the famous Red Pill scene.

A reader sent the following cartoon to me during our discussions about New Zealand power generation. Sounds about right.

Now on to sillier stuff.

It looks like the governing class of Austin, Texas never read about the Boaty McBoatface PR debacle before they invited the good people of Austin to select by popular vote a name for their city’s Solid Waste Services Department.

Fred Durst was the front man for the band Limp Bizkit.

Following PJ O’Rourke’s death a few weeks ago I found myself wandering through a list of the best covers of National Lampoon magazine, for which he wrote for many years. In light of 9/11 and recent revelations about the Disney Corporation the following two from the 1970’s are disturbing:

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April 27, 2022 at 9:04 am

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Let the meltdown begin! (UPDATE)

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Ooooooo…….. Mummy, mummy…the pain. The pain

I don’t usually cover “breaking news” because that’s not what blogs are for, but this news is just too delicious to ignore.

Twitter sells out to Elon Musk – Twitter Press Release.

Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.

I’ll stay away from the beach today because of the risk of a tsunami of Leftist tears.

Meanwhile, from one of the alternative sites to Youtube (Alphabet’s favourite Stasi source), Rumble, is a little piece of video you’ll laugh your tits off at – if you’re a right-winger

Live look at Elon Muck firing people at Twitter.

The questions about what will actually change will now come to the fore, starting with whether the Babylon Bee will get their account re-activated? Still, it would seem they’ve got a handle on this…

Leftists Worried Elon Musk Will Turn Twitter Into A Place
Where Terrible People Post Bad Opinions
And Fight With Each Other All The Time

The irony is that this all started because of the Babylon Bee’s now famous headline, which got them banned from Twitter.

And of course the possibility of the return of He Who Shall Not Be Named.

This is also relevant.

The great Iowahawk is having fun…

Resume update: Conversation Safety & Quality Associate, Twitter Inc., 2018-2022. Created bold initiative that resulted in a net $10 billion gain in shareholder value

Written by Tom Hunter

April 26, 2022 at 11:09 am

Die Cathedral, Die

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I don’t see anyway out of this aside from these organisations burning to the ground.

Having given up on the New Zealand MSM about two decades ago I must rely on others who still pay attention to them to give me the skinny on what they’re up to.

Like former MSM journalist and editor Karl du Fresne.

The good news is that they are, as they were twenty years ago, Lefty (modern Left), shallow, ignorant and stupid, which means I don’t regret my decision.

The bad news is that they’re even worse than before as a result of their revenue being crushed by the Interwebby.

Karl has a new take on this as a result of observing them over the last eighteen months of the Chinese Xi Snot pandemic, The cabal that controls the national conversation:

Okay, cabal implies a small, secretive group, which is not what I’m talking about here. The cabal I’m talking about is neither small nor secretive. On the contrary, it’s big and far-reaching, with an agenda that’s very much out in the open. It’s a cabal so supremely confident about its power that it feels no need to be furtive.

In fact as I’m writing this I realise I’m effectively proposing a new definition of cabal. Mine would read something like “a group wielding power and influence disproportionate to its numbers, characterised by a common ideology and constantly reinforcing itself through mutual support”.

Heh. My thoughts about this for some time. There’s no need for a conspiracy theory when everybody – or at least everybody that matters, darling – thinks the same.

The cabal I’m talking about reaches across politics, the bureaucracy, academia, arts, the media, the churches and even sport and business. It dominates the public conversation to the extent that dissenting voices are largely excluded, at least from traditional mainstream platforms.

He reckons that the basic uniting feature of this group-think is Identity Politics – which is why Old Lefties like Trotter, Bradbury, and a few people at The Standard, are constantly saying the media and these groups are “Right-wing”, since they still love wealth and the good life it delivers and refuse to go back to Old Socialist ideas like a Ministry of Works and real state housing, etc.

But what sets the 2021-style cabal apart is the sheer scale of its influence. A homogeneity of thinking extends across virtually all the public institutions that influence New Zealand life. 

Two obvious examples are academia and the media. In liberal democracies, both institutions typically subject governments to close, and often harsh, critical scrutiny. But in New Zealand in 2021, academics and the media sing from the same song sheet as the people in power. Media outlets publish just enough dissenting opinion to avoid the accusation that they function as compliant government mouthpieces. Academics, apart from a tiny minority of courageous dissenters, serve as cheerleaders.

Although he doesn’t use the term, what Karl is talking about here in its local context was defined some years ago by a guy called Curtis Yarvin, who called it The Cathedral, which he looks at here in 2021 in his substack, Gray Mirror (increasingly substack is where one finds interesting journalists of all ideological shades):

The mystery of the cathedral is that all the modern world’s legitimate and prestigious intellectual institutions, even though they have no central organizational connection, behave in many ways as if they were a single organizational structure.

Most notably, this pseudo-structure is synoptic: it has one clear doctrine or perspective. It always agrees with itself. Still more puzzlingly, its doctrine is not static; it evolves; this doctrine has a predictable direction of evolution, and the whole structure moves together.

For instance: in 2021, Harvard, Yale, the Times and the Post are on the same page. If there exists any doctrinal difference between any two of these prestigious American institutions, it is too ineffable for anyone but a Yale man to discern.

In 1951, Harvard, Yale, the Times and the Post were on the same page. But Yale in 1951 was on nowhere near the same page as Yale in 2021. If you could teleport either Yale into the other’s time zone, they would see each other as a den of intellectual criminals.

So it’s not just that everyone—at least, everyone cool—is on the same page. It’s more like: everyone is reading the same book—at the same speed.

Over at the Victory Girls blog in the USA she takes a look at how this is playing out with the loss of old-fashioned journalism in American Press Goes Full Soviet, where she starts with Los Angeles Times writer, Jackie Calmes:

I started to chafe at false equivalence a quarter-century ago, as a congressional reporter amid Newt Gingrich’s Republican revolution. One party — his — was demonstrably more responsible for the nasty divisiveness, government gridlock and norm-busting, yet journalistic pressure to produce seemingly “balanced” stories — pressure both ingrained and imposed by editors — prevented reporters from sufficiently reflecting the new truth.

It should be noted that her feelings were shared by many journalists in the USA in 1994, who were outraged that the Democrats had been pushed aside in the House – after controlling it for forty fucking years. The One Party State must always rule, otherwise it’s “divisive”; update to 2021, now with dullard “right-wingers” who join the song sheet.

The result is that journalists are now openly arguing against “balance” in stories and the perils of “both-siderism”  in reporting: “fairness is overrated” and “providing an open platform for misinformation, for anyone to come say whatever they want … can be quite dangerous”.

There’s also The Narrative that must be preserved, whatever it might be at any given moment.

This is why nobody blinked an eye when former news anchor, Katie Couric, recently revealed that in interviewing Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 2020 she edited out Ginsberg’s response to a question about the National Anthem-kneelers in which Ginsberg made it clear that she thought they were rude and disrespectful little ingrates. Couric claimed she did that in order to “protect” Ginsberg.

No, she did it to protect the US Left from having a public blow-up over a Culture War issue. The GOP and the US Right were the bad guys in that fight (as always) and there were to be No Enemies To The Left.

COURIC: Well, I think what people don’t realize is we make editorial decisions like that all the time.

Well yes. That’s long been the case, but the sleazy underside to that accepted argument is that such editorial decisions about what to leave on the cutting room floor mostly swing one way in the USA nowadays, and that’s to the Democrat Party and whatever they and/or their Administrative State “experts” are pushing.

It shows up in the most unexpected places, like the news stories on the death of Colin Powell.

The inside joke is that Colin Powell would have fully agreed with that MSM take because even with all the infighting and cries of “war criminal” from the True Believers, he was an inside man himself.

Same here in NZ. A few weeks ago I posted about the Covid Televangelist Siouxsie Wiles being caught breaking her own Covid-19 rules, to catch some lovely, unmasked, close-breathing, beach time with a friend – who is a journalist.

That story was sourced from Cameron Slater. Now I suppose I have to say up front that I really don’t like the guy. Every time I see him I’m reminded of that great movie line, ‘It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again’.

But it was an entirely legitimate news story – and the MSM hated him for it, as du Fresne notes:

A delighted Newshub crowed that in an exchange of text messages released to Slater, Bloomfield (or as I prefer to call him, Dr Spin) told Wiles that “I don’t think that Cameron Slater has much cred these days”. The focus of the story was thus obligingly shifted from Wiles’ flouting of the lockdown rules – a matter of clear public interest – to the denigration of the right-wing blogger who potted her. It was the perfect illustration of how the cabal works to protect its members and turn its wrath on anyone who challenges it.

In this case the self-supporting mechanisms kicked in big-time. First, there was Bloomfield reassuring Wiles in a chummy, we’re-all-in-this-together spirit that she shouldn’t be too concerned about Slater, followed by the insipid bromide “Take care” and adding: “Keep up the great work and plenty of good people … will stand by you”. Then there was the sneering tone of the Newshub report, which implied that the only person tarnished by the affair was Slater himself. (After all, if the sainted Bloomfield pronounced that Slater had no cred, who could possibly argue otherwise?)

Okay, so we have a private sector news group fully snuggled up with the academics, but that’s why we have serious news outfits like Radio New Zealand who are not reliant on profits and the need to appeal to the baying mobs, right? Nope:

Others soon piled on. “Kiwis on social media thought the whole affair was hilarious”, Newshub reported – citing, as evidence, a sniggering, sub-literate tweet by Hayden Donnell from RNZ’s Mediawatch: “Imagine OIA’ing a government official’s comms all their texts are just about how much you suck.”

Let’s just consider that for a moment. Donnell is paid by the taxpayer to provide fair, measured, non-partisan analysis of the news media, and here he is (a) revealing himself as unable to string a few coherent words together, and (b) joining in a social media gang-up on a figure the cabal loathes because they can’t abide anyone holding political views different from their own.

I supposed we should be grateful to Donnell for confirming just how puerile and bigoted he is. We now know not to rely on anything he says about the media we pay him to comment on. In an ideal world he would be sacked because he has forfeited his credibility, but we know he won’t be. He can make comments like this with impunity because the cabal protects its own – in fact, applauds people for displaying bias, just as long as it’s the right type of bias.

RNZ are One News are Newshub etc, and a guy like Donnell and the Newshub “journalists” can easily slide between all of them.

I don’t see anyway out of this aside from these organisations burning to the ground.

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October 21, 2021 at 8:35 am

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