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Mark Caserta: Some mainstream reporting designed to influence people

29 Dec

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

December 29, 2017

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Do Americans really believe politics is being poisoned by some form of conservative “manipulation” or “influencing” of the mind, perhaps a Jedi mind trick?

Laughably, if conservatives had that ability, we would certainly use “the force” to rehabilitate liberals.

But rest assured, it’s only liberals and the complicit mainstream media with the necessary presence to impact a nation’s sentiment to the degree some would suggest. If not for conservative Christians, Donald Trump would never have been elected president of the United States. Christians are the one demographic liberals will never capture in their exploited net.

Allow me to expound.

Have you ever noticed in multiple liberal news outlets you often hear similar terminology, phrases or “talking points”? This is often a result of shared information in a process called “collective intelligence.”

Collective intelligence, as described in the Financial Times lexicon, is a social media term used to describe a “shared” intelligence or viewpoint that “emerges from collaboration and competition of many individuals” which appears on social networks designed to “solve a problem.” In this case, the problem is conservatism.

In fairness, not all similar stories in the mainstream media are the result of “collaboration” but are simply the result of a shared ideology. Sadly, since the 2016 presidential election, some media outlets even seem willing to bypass certain standards of journalism just to be able to report a “hit piece” on our president or his supporters, only to have to retract the report.

Unfortunately, some retractions are severely “underreported” compared to the original piece.

Please understand, there are some terrific news outlets with some accurate reporting. But the unprincipled ones impact our ability to know who to believe – which is poisoning politics far greater than any “conservative collusion.”

A study by Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy looked at the media coverage of President Trump, and the results were very telling.

Now, Harvard is certainly not a conservative institution. But the study found that in Trump’s first 100 days in office, the tone of the news coverage of the president was a whopping 80 percent negative compared with 20 percent positive. That, my friend, is truly an attempt to “influence.”

CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio, per the study. The same study showed Fox News was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

Here’s what to expect in 2018 and beyond:

As the disconnect continues to grow between liberal assertions of Trump’s failures and the reality of his successes for the American people, there will be a huge decline in voters’ perception of the integrity of the mainstream media. The most obvious and embarrassing reporting, to date, was the liberal media’s assertion that Hillary Clinton was a lock for president.

Talk about a liberal media “air ball.”

So, be vigilant and responsive to tactics designed to deceive you.

And understand, conservatives aren’t the ones using smoke and mirrors.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

Mark Caserta: Is hatred of Trump spurring fake news?

22 Jul

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Jul 21, 2017

 

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Americans are being inundated with allegations of so-called “fake news.”

Are media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post really attempting to unethically influence how Americans feel about our country and our president?

Now, I believe most major media outlets have been guilty, at some point, of trying to “influence” rather than report. Frankly, politicians attempting to exploit the media’s increasing significance to their advantage may have actually sparked this conundrum.

But it’s my strongly held belief that the election of Donald Trump has so dramatically crippled the progressive movement in our country, we’re now seeing members of the mainstream media frantically attempting to gain some sort of relevant foothold as they slide down the slippery slope of “trumpery.”

Thankfully, some remain who covet the principles and ethics of true journalism.

A New York Times best-seller written by veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson titled “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote” exposes what Amazon Book Review called “diabolical tactics of Smear artists and their outrageous access to some of the biggest names in the political media.”

In the book, Ms. Attkisson shares antics of operatives corrupting the political process and “discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.” The following excerpt describes the world of the “smear artist” and how the mainstream media play an integral role:

“In the distorted world of the smear artist, things are very different. Up becomes down and down is up. It’s Alice in Wonderland and somewhere down the rabbit hole there’s a tea-sipping Mad Hatter stirring the pot.”

This “upside down” world sounds hauntingly familiar.

Attkisson shared one of her most memorable “smear attempts” she observed during her lengthy journalism career in a June column in Breitbart. Of course, it involved Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“It’s impossible for any outsiders to know exactly how the Clintons became adept at engineering smears to deflect from their controversies,” Attkisson said. “One of the earliest smear campaigns perpetrated by the Clintons began even before Bill announced he was running for president, when Hillary was busy devising a preemptive strike against women rumored to be involved with her husband.”

But even during that volatile period, my recollection of reporting was there was always a sense of “fair play” and fair reporting from most major news outlets. Some stories may have favored a player or two, but I can’t recall ever seeing a complete willingness to shed all ethical precepts to destroy a man.

Donald J. Trump didn’t need this presidency. He had everything he needed. He simply knew America would not survive four more years of liberal policies and decided to place everything on the line to save a nation from collapse.

Sadly, because of his patriotism, he and his family have been unabashedly attacked by liberals, so filled with hate, they can’t see straight.

I call that a political “hate crime” that should be punishable by viewer discretion.

Liberals: Either get on board, or get out of the way.

We have a country to save.

 

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and a Cabell County resident.

Mark Caserta: It’s time to hold fake news media accountable

30 Jun

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

6.30.17

 

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The success of the Trump presidency appears to be making liberals uncomfortable beyond “truthful” words.

“Trump haters,” unable to leverage facts in decrying the leadership of Donald J. Trump, have been reduced to propagating “fake news” in an effort to bring him down.

In my lifetime, I’ve never seen such disregard for the fundamental principles of journalism as Americans are seeing from major news networks, like CNN, where it appears “truth, accuracy and impartiality” are no longer prerequisite to reporting.

Last week, CNN was forced to retract an editorial column on Friday that connected Anthony Scaramucci, an associate of Donald Trump, to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank, per a column in The Hill by Julie Manchester the following day.

“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” the news organization said in a statement. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scarmucci.”

Per Ms. Manchester’s piece, “the retracted story had claimed that Senate investigators were looking at the activities of the $10 billion Russian investment fund in connection to Scaramucci,” who served on President Trump’s transition team.

Now, President Trump has been quick to identify CNN as fake news, even downgrading their status to “very fake news” during an exchange with CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta in February. And frankly, it doesn’t get much “faker” than this story, which was totally fabricated, designed to further the false liberal narrative of Trump’s collusion with the Russians.

And it appears, Acosta and the “Clinton News Network,” as it’s been called, still harbor a grudge against the president.

Following the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and two Capitol Police officers by a leftist gunman during a GOP baseball practice, Scalise was taken to a Washington hospital where he was visited that evening by President Trump and first lady Melania. The president tweeted after the visit: “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”

But apparently, without taking the time to verify his sources, CNN’s Acosta jumped on a “big scoop” that the president really did not visit Scalise and tweeted: “WH official on hospital visit: ‘President Trump did not meet with Scalise and did not go into the room where Scalise is being treated.'”

Acosta was forced to delete his tweet and report the exact opposite “but not before it was captured by several Twitter users; many accusing the CNN reporter of spreading fake news,” according to a column in Breitbart, by Jerome Hudson.

Truth is a defining attribute of any individual or organization, but certainly a news provider. When a news organization can no longer be trusted to deliver the truth, they become ineffectual.

CNN has chosen to place itself in that category.

It’s time for Americans to hold fake news organizations accountable by withholding viewership and support.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

 

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