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Look. I know much of the country hates the president. I’m not a huge fan and I’m not thrilled how he ‘listened to the experts’ and let the FDA and CDC screw up the initial testing that would have made a huge difference in our response…but come on! I cannot believe the amount spin and […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Have the Media Lost Their Mojo?

 

Listening to Andrew Klavan’s podcast has opened my eyes to how the American media complex – from news to entertainment – has promoted a monolithic political narrative. We may look back on the past four years as the time the media finally lost their power to create and maintain their desired narrative.

The most obvious example is the 2016 election. The election of Donald Trump caught every news outlet completely by surprise. As far as I know, only Salena Zito and Molly Hemingway understood what was happening and predicted his upset over Hillary. After the election, I quit watching cable news – even my favorite show, Bret Baier’s “Special Report.” I realized that all the pundits pontificating so confidently don’t know a dang thing. I’m sure they’re quite intelligent, but they are stupefyingly ignorant.

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Mark Halperin, author of How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What it Will Take, stops in to discuss the pool of Democratic candidates running for President and whether any of them have what it takes to beat Trump in November. He and Bridget discuss how the media bias against Trump will help him win, what makes Trump so compelling, and why he’s great business for the liberal media outlets who revile him. They cover the tactics that the Democratic candidates should be deploying but aren’t, the deafening silence of the Obamas when it comes to endorsing a candidate, who Bridget thinks could win against Trump, and the difficulty of appealing to both the center and the far left in an increasingly polarized political climate. They discuss anger, resentment, acceptance, humility, redemption, forgiveness, and Mark’s concern about the mental health of a lot of people in this country if Trump is reelected.

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Good morning! This is your friendly periodic reminder that we all need a balanced media diet including at least some liberal and conservative media. We all need to hear from those we don’t already agree with, both for the health of our souls (we all need the repeated reminder that reasonable minds can differ, that […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Gaslighting: The Lies Media Tells About Donald Trump

 

Lies have been told. And those lies about President Trump – pushed by media and celebrities and political elites – have been allowed to take hold in America. And we must put an end to them. A decent society demands that lies be called out and corrected. And those who lie must be called out and admonished.

There are people out there who don’t like Donald Trump. There are people out there who don’t like what Donald Trump says or tweets. Those people exist, and those feelings are pretty normal; you aren’t going to like every person and you’re not going to like what every person has to say. If you dislike the President, however, to the point you proactively and aggressively lie about what it is he said to move your agenda? That is obscene. It is gaslighting.

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Today’s guest, Chris Pandolfo, covers politics from beyond the Beltway, and Jack asks him what it’s like to observe Beltway bedlam from afar.

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I sometimes idly wonder if the conservative movement actually exists, or if it’s just going through the motions. After all, if you’re a conservative pundit or journalist (or politician), conservatism is a way of making a living. You no more have to believe in it than an advertising man or publicist has to believe in […]

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A couple of days ago @henryracette had some thoughtful commentary on the nice writer’s block piece from @susanquinn: … what do I have to say that hasn’t been said, or that hasn’t been said clearly or often enough to whatever audience I imagine addressing. More

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The first time I saw the snippet of the MAGA kid / Native American drummer video, my reaction was about the same as most other people’s. “What a jerk that kid is.” More

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There’s no comment section for this article, so I’ll vent here. My comments are in bold.

Why do men have a reputation for never asking for directions, even when they’re lost? Is it because they’re macho, or just don’t like maps? Why do we enjoy the hunt over finding the prize?

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Is it just me, or is NPR getting more brazen? More

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A Harvard survey last month found that a slim majority of millennials reject capitalism, and with the quality of media reporting about business and the economy, it’s not hard to guess why. (Not to mention the pitiful state of economics education in public high schools.) The Washington Post published a story today that perfectly illustrates the extent of the problem in a single sentence.

The story is about single women in China who have passed their early 20s without a husband, which they say brings shame to their families and have turned to “love markets” as a last resort. Turns out that some entrepreneurs have started companies to help these women find husbands. These are more than dating websites. The companies train the women in man-finding techniques and search cities to help them locate eligible men.

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Today, ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross announced that he and his long time producer, Rhonda Schwartz, were leaving the network. The 69-year-old Ross had been with ABC for 24 years. Prior to that, he had worked at NBC News for the better part of two decades. His decision to leave ABC comes six months […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take aim at three examples of egregious media bias. They start with the heroism of Dixon High School (Ill.) school resource officer Mark Dallas, who saved countless lives in a would-be school shooting this week, yet the media glossed over the story since there was no body count and they have little interest in highlighting the effectiveness of a resource officer willing to engage the shooter. They also slam the press for selectively quoting President Trump to make it seem he was referring to immigrants as “animals” when he was responding specifically to comment about the vicious Latin American gang MS-13. And they throw up their hands as Hamas admits most of the people killed along the Israeli border were armed Hamas members and not random civilians and the media show no interest in reporting it.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as Democrats win another high-profile special election. By itself, it may not mean much, but Democrats have won a string of races where Republicans were expected to be competitive or heavily favored. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is openly concerned about a “Blue Wave” in 2018 and Jim and Greg discuss why he’s right to sound the alarm. They also sigh as the Trump administration and China swap tariffs, leading to stock market drops and higher prices. And they shake their heads as the media go wall-to-wall with coverage of the shootings at You Tube headquarters, only to drop the story when the shooter does not fit the media stereotype of a mass shooter.

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You thought the fawning over the North Korean “cheerleaders” was bad? References to the Norks’ “gold medal in the diplomatic Olympics” made your eyes roll? You thought it couldn’t get any worse than the fan-boy giggling over Kim’s sister? Well, there’s a late entry in the Olympic competition for worst North Korean coverage. CNN quotes […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Washington Post (Again) Omits Its Least Favorite Statistic

 

Last weekend, the Washington Post published its annual misrepresentation of police uses of lethal force around the country. “Fatal Force” is the round-up the Post has published for each of the last three years, analyzing data it started collecting after the 2014 Ferguson incident. The Post discovered that the FBI’s data on such incidents was capturing barely half of them, and decided to do the job themselves. The fact that local police are not beholden to Federal masters is lost on the statists at the Post, but the database does an admirable job of informing the national conversation on this local issue.

The 2017 data showed that police use of lethal force continues to be very consistent. For each of the last three years, police have killed between 963 and 996 suspects (a variance of barely three percent), almost all of them unquestionably justified. While yaktivists would like you to believe that most police killings are murders, they are distinctly not. And while the Shaun Kings of the world will immediately try to present the subjects of such sad events (like last weekend’s shooting in North Little Rock, AR) as good students who were the victims of racial profiling, it is almost inevitable that the evidence, such as this video, shows the subject did something like try to shoot two police officers who had just told him not to worry about having “a little weed.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Radley Balko Finds a Good Cop. And He’s A, Well…

 

The folks among Black Lives Matter, radical Libertarians and “police reform activists” would have you that they don’t really want any harm to come to police officers. They simply want to prevent harm to people the police are dealing with.

They want you to believe they reject the idea that “The only good cop is dead cop.” But, the strange thing is they never quite seem to be able to say what a “good cop” is when it comes to actually dealing with dangerous people.

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