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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Press and the News

For John, BLUFWe have to be paying attention when we get the news.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This started out as an InstaPundit item on Politico changing its theory on a supposed Trump-Putin relationship, but the blogger links to a 7 January item on a vicious attack in Chicago.

The author of this item is Mr Rod Dreher, in The American Conservative.

This is where the idea that The New York Times is (part of) the "Cathedral" comes in.

But, the line I liked from The American Conservative article was this:

I said that I read and subscribe to the Times mostly for the same reason Soviets used to read Pravda back in the day:  to know what the Official Story the ruling class wishes to tell itself is.  That’s not to say that the Times doesn’t feature excellent reporting and good writing; it does.  But I don’t trust it to tell me the truth.  I trust it to reveal to me the narrative that the greater part of the ruling class (minus the Republican elites) tells itself.  That’s a useful thing to know, as long as you know that you’re only getting a take.
When you are right you are right.

And, yes, I do read The Old Gray Lady, on line.  And, once in a while I buy a Sunday edition.

But, back to the article, it was about four Black youths in Chicago abusing and killing a mentally ill Caucasian boy, and how the media elided over the racial aspects of the story.

Going back to the original posting, Mr Ed Driscoll notes this item from The Federalist and Writer Bethany Mandel, datelined today.

Ms Mandel asserts:
Politico has written an indictment of an entire sect of Judaism, getting basic facts wrong and making wild implications about a Jewish conspiracy in Russia tied to the Trump family.
Today, on his Radio Show, Commentator Rush Limbaugh suggested that we have shifted from the "liberal media" being an arm of the Democratic Party to the Democratic Party being an arm of the missionized liberal media.

What is it Lowellian Betty Davis says, as Margo Channing in All About Eve: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"  Well, more like a bumpy 18 months, or even three and a half years.

Unless the non-Trump crowd gets over its funk.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Or perhaps this item from 19 February 2013.

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