The Wrong Trump Media

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Submitted by Graham Hill on Sat, 2020-04-25 05:09

I read an opinion piece on Stuff yesterday (24/4/2020) that was a typical anti-Trump complete with the writer’s own emotional biography on points. Being critical of Trump is fine and a different thing from an implacable bias of Trump is wrong on everything.

As has been pointed out in the Spectator online today there is a difference between taking Trump literally as opposed to taking seriously. It has been said that 'supporters take him seriously but not literally’ as they can see the "tradie" like humour and ironical bathos: The MSM 'media take him literally' and each word fundamentally, because ideologically they are puritan like fundamentalists in a word game that has become detached from practical reality. But they do not take him seriously.

The article was from the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has a circulation of about 150,000. That might equate with a free give away suburban paper for Wellington. So first off Stuff hunted down or were fed and viscerally accepted an article from a marginal paper without seeing whether the source was mainstream or authoritative.

Then we note that in terms of media watch sites (less than 2 minutes to look up via Google) that the Philadelphia Inquirer. is considered left, biased and with a strong progressive agenda. In 2012 the Philadelphia Inquirer was bought by the then governor, a Democrat with DNC roles. There was concern at the time of the purchases over bias and political control of a media outlet.

It seems Stuff has in its undergraduate student union mindset a woeful editorial competence in discriminating between news and political bias or is merely blindly feeding off a biased agenda? I check the source of articles that appear in Stuff and the main US feeders are the New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and CNN and MSNBC. On the whole, but not invariably, there are some lone voices, the New York Times and the Washington post push a strong anti-trump narrative and thus Democrat line. CNN’s ratings have fallen through the floor and Elon Musk recently questioned how it is that it is still going, This link might explain that. On never sees a reference to The Hill, the National Review or other Washington med. Breitbart is always castigated as far-right but nevertheless it catches some interesting news articles irrespective of its right-leaning slant, which a discriminating reader can note and deal with. Its former editor in chief in London, Raheem Kassam, is a man of penetrating intellect and acted as a counterpoise to MSM narrative. The loathsome danger is in the word ‘intellect’ to which one could add curiosity. The epigraph to chapter 21 of George Elliot’s brilliant Daniel Deronda on the power of ignorance is worth reflecting on in this regard

Most New Zealanders opinion of Trump come from our media. If you avidly follow US news across many sources and are aware of American history a differing picture of the man evolves and that of the tradition he sits in. A former ACT MP has told me is simply ‘vile.’. I would have thought there was a political meeting of opinion between the two. But he is judged, as is Dotcom, not on his rights and entitlement to justice, but on whether we like somebody- as one of us in the beltway club- and whether we would or not have them to dinner is hardly a test of practically-minded thinking people. Because of that emotional repugnance a person may lose their status and rights? The example that comes to mind is today’s story of a Democrat house of representatives member, Karen Whitsett, who thanked Trump for allowing chloroquine, which she says has saved her life. She is now being censured by her party:

Giving credit where credit is due is what decent people do. Was it better for her to die? This is the madness and corrupting effect of unbalanced bias. It does not lead to truth and problem-solving.

The implacable and indiscriminate political rejection of whatever Trump says and does is errant as political folly. As the Spectator on 18 March 2020 noted in regard to WHO “..but it’s useful in politics to remember: just because Trump says something, it does not make it wrong.” The closing of the US border to flights from China was right for which the President was pilloried for being racist. Howling at the “moons” within the hermetically sealed labyrinths of underground woke ideas and labels of identity politics, which the MSM media has bought into, is not a means to resolve the present Covid-19 crisis or any situation.

As the emperor Tiberius said 'don’t like me: like what I do.'

'Dr. Deborah Birx, an

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'Dr. Deborah Birx, an infectious disease expert who has been one of the White House’s top advisors on the coronavirus pandemic, rushed to the president’s defense in an appearance on Fox News Saturday night and again in an appearance on CNN Sunday morning, taking the media to task for pushing misinformation about President Donald Trump’s comments on using disinfectant to treat the novel coronavirus.

“I think the media is very slicey and dicey about how they put sentences together in order to create headlines. …We know for millennials in other studies that some people may only read the headlines. And if there’s not a graphic, they’re not going to look any further than that,” Birx said on Fox News Saturday night, accusing the media of getting in the way of — and even burying — useful information about the virus.

“I think as a scientist and public health official and researcher, sometimes I worry that we don’t get the information to the American people that we need when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night,” she said. “I think the source of misinformation is not the news media on this.”

She added that the president was clearly “musing,” and that she corrected him immediately.'

~Daily Wire

To Mr Linberry: And one who

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To Mr Linberry: And one who also despises it prima facie seems Deplorables. The taunt, albeit in a new form, is as old as Aristotle- the few and the many- noted by Rousseau in his Confessions and more recently by Chantal Delsol and of course by the excellent Brendan O'Neill in Spiked. Mr Trump has given ear to the many, who are not without intelligence or humour and wordplay and know when someone is taking the piss. Experience of people at large rather than a beltway bubble shows this to be the case. Mr Trump has praised the truck drivers and supermarket employees during this time of Covid-19. The beltway has been quite silent.

My concern is Trump is not been given a fair evaluation.

Thanks, Olivia.

Mr Trump was also criticised for UV blue light treatment as being fake. It turns out, I read, that a US firm is trialling this in an endoscopic form.



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stuff Graham!

Who is the former ACT MP? (jealous of someone who sticks to his principles? who attacks left wingers, who implements an agenda rather than surrendering?)


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Olivia! Need to keep the commie filth on their toes. Fakest of fake news from these idiots and more reason not to waste money chipping in to pay for this nonsense.


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I note that straight after the ANZAC broadcast for the dawn service, RNZ launched straight into a news announcement about President Trump telling people to inject themselves with “household” disinfectants to counteract Coronavirus. Then they said to take the advice from reputable health organisations and spokespeople like Tedros what’s his name and WHO.

I was so disgusted I made a formal complaint to RNZ, as follows:

Hello RNZ,

You indulged in a most disgusting piece of fake news this morning (and all day), straight after the broadcast for Anzac Day at Dawn, which was particularly offensive to me, and a damn lie to boot.

RNZ reported that President Donald Trump had encouraged injections of household disinfectants to protect against Covid 19. Your newsreader then went on to tell folks to listen to advice from the World Health Organisation, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in particular. Your news reader added that President Trump says he was engaging in "sarcasm."

You perpetuated pure anti Trump propaganda and fake news by doing this, breaching fairness, accuracy, balance and decency standards.

President Trump did not say anything of the sort re disinfectant - I watch all his press briefings everyday - and remember it well.

He was spitballing out loud (something many of us love about him because it’s super transparent and so rare for a world leader) ideas with his medical advisors in the room, one of which had just been speaking on the fact that disinfectants and UV light can rid the virus off surfaces. He was also fielding questions (as usual) from a particularly hostile reporter and indeed was very sarcastic to him - Trump deals with him every day and if you ever actually watched one of his briefings you would know this.

TRUMP: Thank you very much. So I asked Bill [William Bryan, head of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security] a question that probably some of you are thinking of, if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting.

We’ll get to the right folks who could.

TRUMP: Right. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs [coronavirus] and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.

Trump then went on to have a testy, sarcastic interaction with the reporter who is in that briefing room everyday for no other purpose than to play “gotcha.” (In comparison Ardern requires a totally fawning media in her briefings and gets it - she would not know what a hostile question was.)

So the President asked a question: "And IS THERE A WAY we can do SOMETHING LIKE THAT, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”

He said this while looking over at his medical team. Do you get the difference between a spitballed question and a serious assertion? Obviously you do not.

“Something like that” - meaning something cleansing for the human body that can also help kill a virus. Do you know what a saline IV line is? Fluids, vitamins, medicines, antibiotics and sugars that hydrate and help heal the human body.

I notice that all the Hate Trump Media channels spun this into the version you threw out over NZ airwaves. Wake the hell up! And why are you throwing this out to NZ coming right off the back of an Anzac service where we remember our fallen brave, bold, manly warriors?

You owe the President an apology - and you owe NZ citizens one also, for engaging in partisan nonsense and poorly researched fake news which you have obviously borrowed from somewhere else and passed off as fact for every single Kiwi listening in on Anzac day to hear. You bastards! This was contextless and unconscionable!

As for Tedros... communist freedom fighter from Ethiopia with no medical background whom you are holding up as some world authority on health and Covid-19, he has shilled for China’s appalling lies and deceit over letting the virus spread out to the world from Wuhan, and is now under investigation for this travesty, along with the Chinese Communist Party. He helped China hide the facts. We can thank him and China for the virus being in NZ.

Do better RNZ!

Later yesterday, I saw that vile witch Nancy Pelosi telling the media that, “Trump was telling people to inject Lysol into their lungs.”
Lying bitch!

Then today I saw this interesting article on internal UV light treatment, which is going through the FDA:

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