Once again the media, this time led by Buzzfeed, enraged and outraged Democrat politicians and liberals across social media over a story that of course reflected badly on a "white man" that supposedly told a Democrat Georgia state Representative to "go back" to where she came from, with media personalities and verified blue check Twitter users trying to associate the story with President Trump and "racism."
Also once again, people ran with the tale without bothering to check into the story, all because it fit the "racism" narrative they are trying to push, before the story completely unraveled, showing the "white man" was actually a Cuban Democrat that hates President Trump. Oh, and he didn't tell her to "go back to where she came from" either.
This is a pattern we have seen over the course of the past three years. A selectively edited video clip goes viral that reflects badly on President Trump and/or a Trump supporter, or a simple "claim" by an actor (remember Smollett?), or a fairy tale posted on social media, and the MSM jumps all over it and pushes the false narrative. The full story or a longer version of the video finally emerges, which shows that entire thing that outraged every liberal online, celebrities, and Democrat politicians, didn't happen at all the way the initial reporting claimed.
Attkisson is not just an Independent journalist as she was formerly part of the very MSM that has taken to misrepresenting and lying to the general public in a massive propaganda campaign.
Attkisson is a five time Emmy award winner that received Edward R. Morrow award. She spent 21 years at CBS News, as both an investigative correspondent in the Washington bureau and a substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News.
After 21 years she resigned and went on to author a book called 'Stonewalled' where she highlights how CBS News refused to provide proper coverage for Obama controversies, such as the attack in Benghazi.
She is now a television host for "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson," for Sinclair Broadcast Group which is the largest TV station operator in the US.
In Attkisson's lengthy "definitive list" of media mistakes in the Trump era, she not only dates each instance, explains and links to the source material, but she also highlights which establishment media outlet jump onto the story without properly vetting it or even attempting to verify. The piece was first published in January 2019, the last update was July 13, 2019, so the latest example described and linked to above has not been added as of yet.
Those outlets named include, New York Times, Washinton Post, MSNBC, CNN, USA Today, TIME, CNBC, Associated Press, ProPublica, Politico, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Guardian, NBC News, ABC News, Newsweek, Bloomberg, MediaIte, CNBC, Axios, Fox TV affiliate in Seattle, Washington, Buzzfeed, UK Telegraph.
It is noteworthy that in multiple cases the same outlets jumped on the same fake or misleading news stories consistently, such as CNN, NYT, Washington Post and multiple television outlets like ABC News and NBC News.
For example, CNN and New York Times reported on 20 of these false and/or misleading stories. The Associated Press joined the fake news brigade a dozen times in her examples. The Washington Post comes in at 11 times.
Before the compilation of this type of egregious reporting, Attkisson describes the state of the media and what the list entails:
Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.
What’s worse, we defend ourselves by trying to convince the public that our mistakes are actually a virtue because we (sometimes) correct them. Or we blame Trump for why we’re getting so much wrong. It’s a little bit like a police officer taking someone to jail for DUI, then driving home drunk himself: he may be correct to arrest the suspect, but he should certainly know better than to commit the same violation.
Attkisson's list is by far the most comprehensive one out there at this time, although I would add one more to the list aside from the one described at the top of this article. Misleading headlines from President Trump's presidential announcement speech, where the media started the "Trump is a racist" narrative, which they have been pushing ever since. Almost every outlet she does name in her lengthy list, headlined with the claim that "Trump called Mexican immigrants racist," yet in their articles they show his whole speech where he made it clear he was only talking about some of those illegal immigrants, while calling others good people.
To this day, I still see ignorant liberals still claiming he called "all" Mexican immigrants rapists, which he certainly did not, which they would know if they actually bothered to read past the headlines or even read his entire speech.
WHY DO LIBERALS CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THE MSM?
Independent Media has been documenting the liberal establishment media's propensity to repeat and share, then report on anything and everything that could possibly reflect badly on President Trump or his supporters without any thought whatsoever as to whether the story is true or not, that doesn't seem to even be a fleeting thought to them anymore.
While the MSM's intent is clearly to plant the false narrative into the minds of their dwindling number of followers, one has to look past that to ask "Why do those followers, liberals, online and off, continue to trust people that have been proven to lie to them repeatedly?"
I will stipulate that in some cases, many MSM readers do not read past the headline, and if they do, most do not go back days later to read an article they have already read and in some cases shared with others, to see that a correction has been added, or that the entire article was retracted, or headline changed to reflect the changed narrative, whatever the case may be.... so some simply never see the truth after they have already read the lies.
That excuse for their ignorance does not fly after the whole "Russian collusion" hoax fell apart when Robert Mueller's report clearly stated the 22 month investigation "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government....."
For three years solid, the establishment media pushed the Russian collusion hoax onto their viewers, promising everything from indictments against President Trump and/or his family for "collusion" with Russia, brought on "in-the-know" panelists that claimed there was "evidence" of collusion, and had the liberals that still believed them convinced that Robert Mueller would determine President Trump or members of his campaign "colluded" with Russia....three years, and that turned out to be one of the biggest lies of the century.
There is absolutely no way that liberals that were foaming at the mouth while awaiting the Mueller report just happened to miss that Mueller did not establish any conspiring or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, yet other than the dwindling ratings for outlets like CNN, there are still liberals that believe everything the MSM tells them.
I would truly like to see a liberal answer that question. I would dare anyone that still trusts the MSM to read the entire Attkisson list of 79 (so far!) examples of false, misleading and inaccurate reportage from the MSM in the Trump era, then explain how they can continue to act like sheep heading to the slaughter by watching, sharing, repeating and worse of all, believing, a single word they say.
Print the list over from Attkisson's website, the article is titled "79 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List", or email it to any liberal family member, friend or neighbor, and then ask them that question..... how on earth can they still believe anything from the MSM?
We would love to see those answers.
BOTTOM LINE ANALYSIS
With so much overwhelming documented evidence of actual fake news pushed by the MSM, and from watching liberal social media interactions and observing what liberal websites are saying, I can only speculate that like an abused spouse, these people seem incapable, whether from fear or whatever reason, of leaving their abusers.
Or maybe they are so full of Trump Derangement Syndrome, they actually need their "medication," which is watching their favorite liberal media personality give them hope that "this is the beginning of the end" for president Trump.
One of the best examples of this was found on the Jimmy Dore Show, who was sent a video mashup in December 2018, of dozens of media talking heads declaring "this is the beginning of the end," or "bombshell," or "the walls are closing in," from 2016 up until 2018..... the video mashup begins at the 2:10 minute mark below and it is astounding to see them all together.
Maybe readers should send this clip on over to their liberal friends, family members or acquaintances, along with Attkisson's list.
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