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Showing posts with label Mediaite. Show all posts
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Friday, December 14, 2018

CNN's Cuomo Invites Kellyanne Conway To A Gish Gallop Debacle

 Gish Gallop
... is a technique, named after the creationist Duane Gish who employed it, whereby someone argues a cause by hurling as many different half-truths and no-truths into a very short space of time so that their opponent cannot hope to combat each point in real time. 

Kellyanne Conway Gish Gallops Chris Cuomo
Last night CNN's Chris Cuomo solidified my belief many TV news production teams and on-air hosts are about ratings and little more. Cuomo has a tendency to seek and book conservative talking heads on his Prime Time show for his version of the CNN on-air guest combat model. The model has grown tiring and trite. Viewers know that the liberal guest will go Left; they also know the conservative guest will go Right. While biased I must state the conservative guest are more often than not GOP operatives who serve their wallets via lucrative CNN paychecks as well as Trump talking heads who serve their leader via spewing garbage.

What follows is a serious of video to make a case, Cuomo should avoid offering platforms for highly paid liars. That mission is well served by Fox News and Sinclair broadcasting along with many right-wing radio hosts.  

First a piece of Cuomo with Conway. The interview ran for 39 minutes and at times was outright excruciating in its silliness. There were moments when the host succumbs to Conway's slick offensive assertions he actually defended himself as if trying to wave of the wind from his face while standing in a Cat 5 hurricane. 
Huffington Post published a piece earlier today with Conway's husband, longtime Trump critic, seems to do what Cuomo should have done early in his 39-minute debacle.

And, Cuomo continued with the ridiculous.
After Cuomo allowed 39 minutes of a professional Gish Gallop employed by a person who lies form the moment he awakens until he lays down his iPhone in the wee hours, Don Lemon follow Cuomo's Prime Time with the most apropos question of 2018.  "Why?"

What follows is a prime example of TV journalism as it polices itself with necessary questioning of what might be a cheap ratings trick via Cuomo.  He obviously wants to have more conservative viewers during his time slot. But at what cost? Why offer a platform to a documented liar who works for a pathological liar whose shared mission is to pull the wool over the minds of certain segments of the population. 

Watch as Lemon's disbelieving nonverbals regarding Cuomo's comments. The Prime Time host's remarks about playing the victim to show core values of Trumpism is pure malarkey. "......they attack me!" They attack everyone other than Trumps family and Cuomo offering himself up on a metaphoric guillotine is pure bunk and not healthyTV news.

Yes, Conway performed well for Trump while Cuomo ...well...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

And, the "Coffee Boy" Spoke

On October 5th (2017) Geroge Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, and probable campaign operative pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI. His plea agreement document is linked, here.

While the White House dissed Papadopoulos as a "low-level volunteer", some associated with the Trump Administration referred the young operative as a "coffee boy." Michael Caputo, the former campaign official told CNN's Chris Cuomo Papadopoulos was a (mere) coffee boy. While we know Caputo is yet another Trump presstitute who lies for pay on CNN, the one-minute segment is worth an embed. It is interesting to note the on-camera segment was broadcast on Halloween.

"Low-level volunteer", "coffee boy", or ex-Ben Carson adviser, it seems the young operative, is typical of the quality of staff and advisers hired by Trump and his incompetent transition team. Apparently, George has a penchant for drinking and running his mouth after a few too many sips of his favorite libation. The New York Times is reporting Trump's international operative while visiting Australia Papadopoulos got drunk and spilled a few administration killing beans (secrets)  to an official who reported his remarks to the US FBI.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.
 The Times reporting is stellar press reporting and a possible tsunami wave against Trump's efforts to claim and advance his "no collusion" rhetoric. 

If the Times piece doesn't fit our reading preference, I have posted (below) a Twitter thread from Seth Abramson.

(THREAD) BREAKING: The NYT has published a bombshell report on George Papadopoulos—the biggest Trump-Russia news since Flynn's plea. This thread dissects the new revelations—as well as some major implications for the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. I hope you'll read and share.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 30, 2017
During Trump's recent impromptu interview with a writer for the New York Times, he stated "no collusion" 16 times in 30 minutes.  Amazingly, the 16 proclamations accompanied 24 verifiable instances of Trump lies ( in the brief interview).  

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Charlottesville Car Terrorists Identified

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American Terrorist

The Murderers victim.

Heather Heyer, the victim of the White Supremacist Terrorist attack in

MEDIAITE on the Charlottesville car terrorist. (Typographical errors left in tact.)

James Alex Fields Jr. Identified as Driver Who Crashed into Counter Protestors

James Alex Fields Jr
. has been identified as the the driver who drove his Dodge Challenger into a street congested with counter protestor pedestrians  in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier today. His alleged action led to the death of a yet to be identified 32 year old woman and several critical injuries.
According to EverPedia, Fields Jr. is a “resident of Maumee, Ohio . He is registered to vote in Lucas County, Ohio and put his party affiliation as Republican] In addition, James is registered as the owner of a Gray 2010 Dodge Challenger that ran into protesters at the Unite the Right rally. ” He also is reported to have served in in the US military. From August 18th to December 11th, 2015, James was listed as an Active Duty Service Member in the United States Army .
Earlier today the Charlottesville Chief of Police announced that they had Mr. Fields in custody and while charges were pending, they were investigating this as a homicide.
According to COED:
Tech reporter for The Hill​ Taylor Lorenz reports that police believe the suspect didn’t intentionally mow down protesters out of malice intent. Lorenz reports that authorities believe that the suspect acted out of fear as protesters swarmed the vehicle, some allegedly acting violent.

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UPDATECNN is reporting that “Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.”
Footage of the Charlottesville Police Chief:
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CNN's "‘The Most Trusted Name in News" (Not Accurate)

 Mediaite Repost... (Typographical errors left as originally posted) 

How Can CNN Possibly Claim It’s ‘The Most Trusted Name in News’?

CNN has touted itself as “the most trusted name in news” for as long as anyone can remember, and viewers of the channel are reminded of this every hour, on the hour, by hearing the basso profondo voice of James Earl Jones bellowing this claim. And while all networks tend to bend or interpret studies or reviews to create promos, what is their source to even theoretically support such a claim? We doubt it exists. The last study we found that could even technically bolster this claim comes from a 2002 Pew Study. Yes, that is 15 years old.
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In fact, most of the recent studies of trustworthiness in news, don’t just fail to support CNN’s claim, they appear to directly belie it,  evidenced by a recent study put out by the University of Missouri. As you can see in the chart below, CNN is right in the middle of the pack, just a touch below CBS, which according to this survey, is the median media outlet regarding trust.

This is just one survey, but a more recent 2014 Pew Report suggests a similar standing for CNN who clocks in at ninth overall, behind broadcast news outlets like ABC, CBS and NBC, but ahead of its competitors MSNBC (15th) and Fox News (21st.)
Can CNN defend “The Most Trusted Name in News” tagline as just a little hyperbole? Perhaps. But that defensive approach undermines the very claim it’s making. How can one truly trust an outlet that is prone to promotional invention? A more likely explanation is that this tagline is leftover from a very different cable news era, a time when CNN didn’t travel in the world of the opiniotainment and analysis that now defines most cable news programming.
There has been so much written already about how media consumption has either created or catalyzed the very politically divided state of things today. And it doesn’t take a genius to notice a) the blurred line between opinion analysis and objective news (if that can even exist anymore in a post-modern world); and b) viewers now choose to watch programs that reinforce their own bias and opinion instead of getting straight information. And CNN is not an exception.
There is no question that CNN has enjoyed a significant rise in ratings, relevance and ad revenue over the past couple of years. But since the election and inauguration, CNN, as a network, has consistently been one of President Trump’s harshest critics. This is not intended to demean the news organization that lays at CNN’s foundation, who have have broken loads of exclusive stories surrounding this administration’s policies, scandals and, yes, palace intrigue.
But because CNN has been so ardently focused on the blemishes of the Trump administration, the President has aimed to undermine its authority — and well trust — by calling it “Fake News.” This has led to loads of animus directed towards CNN from Trump’s most ardent supporters. On one hand, these critics can’t be taken too seriously, but even judging by the comments section of Mediaite, there is a significant group of people who are taking part in over-the-top digital campaigns like #FakeNews and #CNNisISIS.
Given the current media landscape, and the lack of support for their claim, it’s probably time for them find a new tagline. That is, if they truly care about being trusted.
We reached out twice to CNN to ask about what survey supports this claim and have not heard back, which is odd given how quickly most network spokespersons typically respond to these sorts of queries. If they reply we will update.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fox Goes Rightwing Hate After Deranged Trump Hater Baseball Practice Attack

After this week's suicide by cop of the Republican congressional baseball team practice shooter, some on the right (very public figures) have embarked on what seems a case (or cause) for violence. The more visible of the lot happen to work at FOXPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network). 

We really do not expect rational and nationally cohesive programming  from FOXPEN as the network isn't a news network; it has a business model which focuses on specific demographics (on the white male age 35 to death and in many cases his wife of significant other) while serving as the communication go to place for the Republican Party and America's conservatives. As is the case with all business mission and goals, its major focus is giving the customer (viewer) what they want: a basic requirement of all for-profit businesses. A model which leads to frequent far-right rhetoric, unabashed demagoguery and a consistent aura of anti-minority broadcasting. 

We are now speaking about the need to find common cause in Washington DC. Well, trust us, total cohesiveness will never take place as such doesn't fit the political stratagems of the GOP. What would the party be without that dedicated southern block of states which are an will remain red throughout our lifetime? What would the GOP be if it did not have a solid lock on far western states with an exception for California Oregon and Washington State? How would the party (consistently) win elections if it wasn't successful via pitting certain white voting blocs against African-American and Latinos? The 1970s "Southern Strategy" is as real and critical to the GOP as its white male oriented aura and over-the-top claims of Christian purity. All with over-the-top exhortations to violence throughout the Trump campaign. 

Take a look at a meme with images of people who were reported to have followed Trump's orders to hate on the press, hate on perceived non-supporter and people who were Trump supporters in general.

We readily admit cases of anti-Trump supporters harassing Trump supporters, yet we truly believe that cases are fewer and with much less violence. We will avoid capturing cases of Trump su[orters harassing non Fox News media for sake of time and web space.

We opened with comments about Fox News's mission regarding all things Trump, all things conservative and other related matters.  We offer a set of Facebook or Twitter posts with video and comment from Fox News demagogues as well as comment from the ever-present and totally irresponsible Newt Gingrich.

No liberal ideology isn't at the root of all things bad in our society. 

A quick consideration regarding Gingrich. He seems to have found cause to reverse his position on former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel in the Trump/Russia investigation.

Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down

Just over one month later!

Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.

Excuse the Gingrich exhibition. He is as credible as any Fox News host.
Fox News (as bad as it is) host Melissa Franics took on camera exception to Gingrich's demagogery.

So ugly, so dangerous and so divisive yet no surprise.

Fortunately, there are counter-voices in media. a few words from a true professional and a person grounded in rational thought and no FOXPEN contract.