If you read one thing….

If you read one thing this week, this month, or even this year, read this: “The Big Picture,” which Karl assembled at Protein Wisdom.  It carefully analyzes the way in which the media is reporting the war, and explains why the Scott Beauchamp story is a problem, not because it is anomalous, but because it is typical.  I truly think that this post is going to set the standard for reporting about war reporting.

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments

  1. Al says

    After reading Karl’s opus in full, it is a bit hard for me to not consider the possibility that at least some of the members of the MSM are intentionally slanting the news in a coordinated manner. How’s that for a hesitant statement?
    BW, does Karl’s piece count as circumstancial evidence?
    Al

  2. says

    The many links might confuse him, Book, since the New York Times does not format their argument in a way which requires you to do your own creative thinking in the middle of reading their article.

    A lot of critical thinking simply involves going over and over your thoughts over everything and anything, given new information. The human mind, though, likes its habits and doesn’t like strange stuff happening. Therefore a person conditioned to reading New York Times reels won’t be able to know what to do with an article that requires critical thinking before you finish reading the article and ingest the prepared arguments.

    Some people prefer arguments to be given to them because they could never have thought them up themselves. This produces cult of personality issues like around Chomsky and Co. Others prefer originality and solving problems by themselves for themselves.

    This is tied into individual independence, both ways actually. A person may see themselves as an individual cultivating independent thoughts by reading the thoughts of Chomsky or readng new information and integrating it with old beliefs. The instincts or desires of humanity are not really all that much different; what is different is how humans apply such desires and emotions.

  3. says

    After reading Karl’s opus in full, it is a bit hard for me to not consider the possibility that at least some of the members of the MSM are intentionally slanting the news in a coordinated manner.

    You don’t need much coordination in a hive or a group mind. MSM=Mass sepsis mind. Besides, they function on intimidation. If the AP produces some articles and what not, then everybody has to take the wire from AP/Reuters and then reproduce it, because if they don’t then they might lose out on the “scoop” as it is. This is why you will often see AP or Reuters logo in articles by CNN, ABC, NYT, etc. They are same the fracking data source being used, Al. Even without the mass sepsis mind and their hive mentality, they would still appear like one.

  4. Al says

    OK, Ymarsakar, “Main Sepsis Media” is much more acurate than
    “Main Stream Media”. I’ll use it from now on. Maybe it will finally wrench my associates out of their Liberal myopia.
    I don’t think the individual elements of the Main Sepsis Media are worried about about one of their “competitors” scooping them. If they were, they would have reporters imbeded in the troops in Anbar Provence and report the success of the Surge.
    That would scoop their hard copy rivals. Since they do not put reporters in with the troops to see the reality,that is evidence that they want the world, and the US voter, to believe that the US is doomed in Iraq.
    Their behavior is not to report accurate breaking news. Their behavior is to prevent the success of the Bush Administration policy of protecting America.
    Al

  5. says

    If they were, they would have reporters imbeded in the troops in Anbar Provence and report the success of the Surge.

    There are reporters doing that, even if most of them are the Bill Roggio, Michael Totten/Yon, etc folks.

    The media, being a mass mind, mind you, operate like OPEC. They agree before hand not to report on something, therefore they don’t have to worry about one out-competing the other.

    That would scoop their hard copy rivals.

    Besides, if Yon scoops a story, the media will just steal it like they tried to do with his photos.

    that is evidence that they want the world, and the US voter, to believe that the US is doomed in Iraq.

    I’m not saying that this isn’t what they want. I am saying that they have more motivations than that at work.

  6. Al says

    OK, The conclusion then is that the Main Sepsis Media is at the same political and social intellectual place that the leaders of German society were at as Hitler was crawling to power.The intervening thought process. The MSM refuses to look for/or when seen refuses to print information about successful operations in Iraq, both military or civilian. The MSM enhances stories about failures in Iraq. Beyond Iraq, the MSM repeatedly distorts, stories dealing with the economy, individual sexual behavior,and education,with the result that 1,the Bush Admin. operations and policies are derided, 2,conservative values are mocked while “situational morality” is enhanced, and 3, the Liberal positions are portrayed as the only natural state of mankind. The MSM refuse to see growing success in Iraq, just as they refuse to print Breathed cartoons, just as they refuse to see the danger of Islamofascism.
    Their motivation is to engineer a change in government and society, just as the Germans in the 1920’s did. They think they can use Bush’s “failure” to fight terrorism to regain full political control. They think they have the ability to control the outcome. And just like the Germans, the Main Sepsis Media is delusional.
    Al

Leave a Reply