Saturday, April 1, 2023

The Press Makes the News – They No longer Report It – A Sign of the End of Political Times

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

QUESTION:  Mr. Armstrong –
On 08/23 you wrote a blog entry that seems to espouse two incongruous claims: (1) That the press has distorted & propagandized its news reporting so egregiously now that the American people give little credence to what it tells them (as evidenced by the Gallup polls results you showed), and (2) That the press is yet still managing to rope-along enough gullible emotional people that they are dividing the country and will be at fault if it breaks-up. How do you reconcile these two assertions ?: Isn’t it more likely that the press is simply helping to incite those who already left-tending “true believers” as well as the deep state which is the real entity brokering all this enmity against Trump (and the real player with enough clout to foment/incite division of the country in service of its own selfish power & privilege) ?

The Media Hid These Vaccine Victims

from The New American:


New Reuters Survey Finds That Trust In Mainstream News Is Rapidly Declining

from ZeroHedge:

It probably does not come as much of a surprise to most people today, but it is now confirmed by the mainstream media’s own surveys – They are rapidly losing their audience and their influence.

The Reuters Institute For The Study Of Journalism runs a yearly project designed to gauge public perceptions of media, specifically corporate media, and how much trust the MSM has garnered.  Spoiler Alert:  They haven’t garnered any.  In fact, over the course of the past two years establishment journalists have alienated a large portion of the general public.

Why Putin Confounds US Media

by Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture:

In the space of a week, Russian President Vladimir Putin went from descriptions in the US media as “an influential international statesman” to reiteration of hackneyed claims of “KGB spy” who is somehow in cahoots with President Trump. 

That’s a pretty impressive versatile range of roles, according to the US media – and all just in the space of a few days. 

The wild mood swing says more about the US media, than it does about Putin’s alleged character. 

When the Russian leader flew into Syria last week to announce the end of military operations there, after a successful two-year campaign to defeat a Western-backed insurgency, top US media outlets seemed to acknowledge Putin’s newfound global authority. 

On the same day last week, Monday, Putin also flew from Syria to Egypt where he was greeted by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and then later to Turkey to hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Bloomberg News reported that Putin was on a “victory lap”, while the New York Times in its Daily Briefing said the Russian leader’s “whirlwind tour of Syria, Egypt and Turkey underscored his country’s expansive role and America’s diminishing influence in the Middle East.” 

A rather candid assessment in favor of the Russian leader, it would seem, being told by major US media. 

The fact that Putin was warmly received by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, followed by al-Sisi and Erdogan – all of whom have been deeply at odds over regional politics – shows how much respect the Russian leader actually commands. That, in turn, is a reflection of how successful Russia’s military intervention in Syria has been – despite the recent churlish quibbles from the US and French governments that terrorism in Syria has not been vanquished. 

The Washington Post in its Today’s Worldview briefing starkly declared: “Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East”. 

It went on to say: “While President Trump has sparked outrage across the region [over his Jerusalem policy], Putin played the role of sober and dependable partner… all in all an influential international statesman”.

Again, this praise for Putin in major US media and his outshining an American president, seems extraordinary. 

Admittedly, those news outlets cited above are inclined to undermine Donald Trump for domestic political reasons, and so their seeming praise of Putin’s international leadership is partly aimed as a backhanded criticism of Trump. 

Nevertheless, their acknowledgement of Putin’s increased global authority would seem to be also a genuine reflection of objective reality.

When the Russian leader took the decision to send military forces into Syria’s war in October 2015, there were all sorts of predictions back then that it would be a failure. Trump’s White House predecessor Barack Obama predicted that Putin would get stuck in a quagmire, and there were also gleeful American predictions of another Afghanistan for Russia. 

On the contrary, two years on, Putin’s military intervention in Syria has been spectacularly vindicated. 

The foreign-backed insurgency that instrumented a US-led covert war for regime change has been defeated. 

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Here’s Why The Government is Not Letting You See the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

from The Free Thought Project:

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite who stands accused of procuring young girls for the sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, began last week.

Though the mainstream media has not focused as heavily on this case as other high-profile trials in recent months, the proceedings have certainly not been forgotten by the general public. But much to the chagrin of that public, the trial will not be filmed.

Some have even painted this fact in a conspiratorial light, a tint that has surrounded much of the story around Epstein, his death, and now Maxwell’s trial.

Lendman: ‘Ukrainegate unleashed a blitzkrieg of NYT anti-Trump venom’

from 21st Century Wire:

The so-called ‘whistleblower’ complaint that sparked impeachment proceedings has all the markings of a coordinated effort – a story put in play by the U.S. intelligence community and boosted by compliant media like the The New York Times.

Election Interference? Nancy Pelosi (center), Democrat and media collaborators are now openly pushing to impeach Trump before the next presidential election that includes Joe Biden as a candidate.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Turns Briefing On Its Head, Demands Answers From The Press

by Virginia Kruta, The Daily Caller:

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ended Friday’s press briefing by demanding answers from the gathered reporters.

McEnany, in response to a question about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, treated the press to a slide show of questions that she said “any good journalist” would want to see answered.