December 12, 2017

The President’s spokesperson (full disclosure: we’re related) had to give a remedial lesson yesterday to CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta on the difference between an “honest mistake” and the big, steaming piles of baloney that CNN and other major media outlets have been serving up lately.  Naturally, the folks at CNN didn’t like hearing the truth any more than they like reporting it. 

The simplest way to tell whether the news media are engaging in a propaganda war against Trump or making “honest mistakes” is by applying the odds of random chance. By those odds, honest mistakes should reflect badly on Trump about half the time and positively about half the time.  Yet, every “honest mistake” made by the media makes him look terrible.  Considering how many relentlessly negative fake stories they’ve done about him, that’s like flipping a coin 500 times and having it come up “heads” 500 times. 

It’s become painfully clear to any objective observer that the reason news outlets like CNN make so many “honest mistakes” that always reflect negatively on Trump is that they have a terminal case of confirmation bias.  They hate Trump, everyone they know hates Trump, and everyone knows they hate Trump.  People who want to harm Trump know those reporters are inclined to believe any negative thing said about him, so they bring them negative stories.  The reporters are so eager to harm Trump, they rush the stories to air without doing the most rudimentary fact check. Then, after they’ve done their damage, and the negative impression has registered in the public consciousness, they quietly “clarify” or “correct” it (as I pointed out recently, they seldom “retract” it, even when it’s 100% mule muffins.)  

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That’s how the media define an “honest mistake.”  It's awfully odd that people who make a living with words not only don’t what the word “mistake” means, they don’t seem to know what “honest” means, either.

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  • Yvonne Shelton Crumpler

    12/16/2017 09:26 PM

    The mainstream media is not making "honest mistakes" ... they are promoting and telling lies. I ceased watching CNN, ABC, CBS, etc. back when the last President was elected the first time. Politics is a "dirty" business, but the extremes these so called reporters go to is crazy. I did not care for the previous President but I did not cry, whine, do and tell lies about him. I just prayed for strength and calm to survive that time. Now we have someone who wants to help everyone and is actually doing work to get America back to work and these so called adult Damocrats are acting like spoiled brats. Put on your big girl and big boy clothes and go to work ... stop whining. Did you hear me whine for 8 years? No, you did not. I prayed to God for the strength and courage to keep the faith for a better time.

  • Joe Analco

    12/16/2017 07:00 PM

    Todays news media methods to discredit true leaders whose desire is for America Right to Freedom, is taken right from the teaching guide of Adolph Hitler. Quote: A big lie (German: große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." Think about how Hitlers Proganda Minister Joseph Goebbels Statement, Regarding the Question in handling Jews.
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

  • Stephen Russell

    12/13/2017 07:43 PM

    All Leftist Media lies: CBS NBC ABC PBS NPR MSNBC CNN.
    All produce lies & fabrications.
    Had they done this in Germany 1930s theyd be hung.

  • Sharon Ream

    12/13/2017 03:21 PM

    It is time to take them to task that the very teenagerish "I'll hold you to a set of standards to judge Trump by his actions and then only judge themselves by their intentions." I do believe it is time to shake up the mean girl stage at the White House. How about letting some other reporters in and rotating them so that "we the people" don't have to keep putting up with grandstanding press with an ax to grind and the only agenda is to bash Trump. That doesn't mean you never have them there, but maybe they are there every 1/3 time on a rotating basis with a bigger choice of reporters and less time given to the prima donnas? If not that, then how about thinking outside of the box for a better way for representation by the press. You would probably get better questions.