How Spygate Is Turning Democrats Like Me Against Our Party

I was a long-time Democrat who ‘walked away’ from the party because I couldn’t stomach the Democrats’ anti-democratic antics.

I don’t much like Donald Trump and didn’t vote for him (or Hillary) in 2016, but I’ve been feeling sorry for him for about 18 months now. It feels strange feeling sorry for someone who’s a boor, a narcissist, an egomaniac, and a serial philanderer, plus the 37 other negative traits usually used to describe him. But it has something to do with the fact that he has been treated in a grossly unfair manner by the mainstream media and the political and cultural left, on a scale we’ve never seen before.

Read more by Saritha Prabhu at thefederalist.com

#WalkAway

The liberal media are the enemy of the rule of law and civil society

The liberal media are unused to anyone fighting back. They feel that they should feel free to attack, defend, define, and distort as they see fit, because of the First Amendment, but they feel that anyone else exercising his First Amendment rights is “encouraging violence against the media.” What the media ignore is their own role in fomenting law-breaking and hatred.

Read more by Ed Straker at americanthinker.com

Democrat dictionary

One of the boss’ favorite subjects is to write on how the elites change language to suit their purposes to dumb us down, make us more compliant and advance their agenda.

Bob Livingston has written a couple of columns to help readers to decipher the “Code words,” and “More code words,” he’s discovered over the years. So when we saw this list of words from the “Democrat Dictionary” on Twitter we thought we ought to share it.

Read more at PersonalLiberty.com

The Media Get Trumped: President’s Polls Improve Despite 90% Negative Coverage

The liberal media’s war against President Trump was as fierce as ever during the first four months of 2018, but the onslaught appears to be for naught: In the face of massive and hostile coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC, Trump’s overall job approval rating actually rose, from 37 percent in mid-December to roughly 43 percent at the end of April.

The Media Research Center studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative — precisely the same hostile tone we documented in 2017.

Read more by Rich Noyes at www.newsbusters.org

Living in the New York Times World

–SNIP– To illustrate: how could I, as a partisan newspaper editor and staff, guide the opinions and stance of my readers?

— I could ignore a story, which would convey a lack of relevance to the issue: if inquiries were made, I’d note that there are many newsworthy events in our city, nation and world but we have woefully limited space.

— I could kill a story without explanation: it’s my prerogative.

— Every story can have an infinite range of headlines and they act as both “eye-hooks” and summaries for readers. I can lead the same story with “Democrats find unity at meeting” or “Democrats struggle with divisive issues”: neither is correct or incorrect but they’ll attract and affect readers differently, and leave memory traces for later review at the water cooler. It matters little that I, as editor, write almost no stories or that those who pen the stories and headlines often have little contact with each other: essentially all of us, hired by like-minded superiors and continually nurtured and shaped in our makeshift groups, tend to have similar ways of looking at the world. Dissenters get a polite smile but don’t last long.

— I could finesse the affect — the emotional underpinning — of a story or headline, thereby managing the emotional response: “Republicans take tough but necessary stand on entitlements” versus “Republicans once again choose to deprive the needy of food”.

Read more by J. Paul Masko at AmericanThinker.com

15 Examples Of “Liberal Privilege”

–SNIP– 1) You can commit a crime and your local newspaper usually won’t mention what party you’re in if you’re a Democrat.

2) You can be a white liberal who viciously mocks black men like Clarence Thomas, Allen West, and Ben Carson without being called a racist.

3) You can be a Communist or a radical Islamist, you can hate America or even engage in acts of terrorism and still get a job as a college professor. In fact, it probably makes it more likely you’ll be hired.

4) You can live in a mansion, fly around in private jets and consume more energy than a small town and still be taken seriously when you say we need to cut back on our lifestyles to fight global warming.

Read more by John Hawkins at Townhall.com

The New Mind Control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

–SNIP– We are living in a world in which a handful of high-tech companies, sometimes working hand-in-hand with governments, are not only monitoring much of our activity, but are also invisibly controlling more and more of what we think, feel, do and say. The technology that now surrounds us is not just a harmless toy; it has also made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations – manipulations that have no precedent in human history and that are currently well beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws. The new hidden persuaders are bigger, bolder and badder than anything Vance Packard ever envisioned. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril.

Read more by Robert Epstein at Aeon.co

Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 ‘Fake News’ Narrative in TedX Talk

In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago (watch the video below) investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the “fake news” narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump.

Attkisson pointed out that “fake news” in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.

Read more by Debra Heine at pjmedia.com

Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias

Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now-dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.

Read more by Ken Stern at NYpost.com