Nov 24, 2015

STORY OF THE WEEK: TRUMP a pathological LIAR but the MEDIA REFUSES to SAY IT. Here's why.

From the DAILY BEAST... picking up on a story MSNBC broke Monday.  Bill O'Reilly jumped Trump on this one Monday.    Another TRUMP LYING WHOPPER story, even bigger, below this one!
The Donald is ‘controversial’ but never flat-out wrong in the press, because it cares more about being ‘fair’ and ‘objective’ than anything else.

On Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump retweeted an objective lie. The lie claimed that 81 percent of murdered white people are killed by black people. In truth, 84 percent of murdered white people are murdered by other white people, almost the exact opposite the claim. Not only were the statistics wrong, but the tweet cited the “Crime Statistics Bureau—San Francisco.”
This organization doesn’t exist.
The bureau was the creation of a white supremacist on Twitter, advancing a racist meme with a  lie. Trump hasn’t taken down the tweet, apologized, or even acknowledged it.
But because of the way the Internet values its information, Donald Trump lied again, and he will once again get away with it.
Here were the headlines from mainstream outlets about Trump’s entirely made up piece of information:
“Trump Tweet on Black Crime Sets Off Firestorm,” wrote Fox News.
“Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Questionable ‘USA Crime Statistics’ Tweet Broken Down by Race,” wrote the New York Daily News.
“Trump Takes Heat for Tweet About Black Murder Rates,” wrote The Hill.
Noticeably absent from these headlines was that Donald Trump’s tweet was entirely fabricated. The Hill’s doesn’t even dig into the credibility of the statistics until the ninth paragraph.
Donald Trump lied. And yet traditional news organizations can’t or won’t call him that in the name of “objectivity”—appearing to favor one party over another—even if one candidate is spreading a rumor that unfairly maligns an entire race.
“The incentive for candidates [to lie] is that most media outlets don’t have the resources to check for accuracy immediately, but since the U.S. news media is based on the commercial model—and more eyeballs on the page or the screen is good for business—the networks love it when someone like Donald Trump says outrageous stuff,” Michelle Amazeen, an assistant communications professor at Rider University, told The Daily Beast.
“Fact-checking rains on the parade of that revenue model.”
Trump’s candidacy turned misinformation into ammunition in just four easy steps.
Amazeen co-authored a study for the American Press Institute that largely had great things to say about fact-checking. Prevalent fact-checking operations like Politifact or do, in fact, serve as a deterrent for candidates who are thinking about lying during an election cycle, she and her co-authors found.
But when a candidate figures out that he can say whatever he wants in order to advance a narrative and can have immediate benefits—and knowingly exploits it—all bets are off.
“Beyond being ineffective, correcting claims about a highly controversial issue can actually backfire. People who are diehard believers hold their beliefs even more firmly when those beliefs are challenged,” Amazeen wrote earlier this year in The Washington Post.


MONDAY, Rachel calls Trump a liar.    But MSNBC didnt' have a good video story released, so here's CNN's instead:  Check it!

Time for the Rest of the Media to Label Donald Trump as a Liar

Most, but not all, media seems to be having a problem calling Donald Trump a liar. I'm sure that it's against their editorial standards to call anyone a liar, but that's what he is. A dirty, nasty, bigoted, fascist liar.
Rachel Maddow came the closest anyone has gotten to calling his latest claims a lie on her show Monday.
And this, from Benjy Sarlin, would be perfect if only he had used the word "LIE" instead of "falsehood."
The last few days have been dizzying. On Saturday, Trump told a crowd in Alabama that “thousands and thousands of people were cheering” on 9/11 in Arab neighborhoods in Jersey City as the World Trade Center came down. There is no evidence this ever happened; the mayor, the police, locals, researchers who have investigated the claims, and officials in nearby cities like Paterson, with large Arab and Muslim communities, say it’s a phony rumor that’s hung around for years.
The closest approximation The Washington Post could dig up was one academic researcher who found unconfirmed reports of a handful of teens shouting in front of a South Paterson library. Presented with evidence on ABC News contradicting his claim, Trump responded that he had personally seen it happen on television. “People over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down,” he said.
On the other hand, CNN twisted itself into a pretzel to avoid calling Trump the lying fascist that he is.
Donald Trump twice repeated over the weekend that he saw people cheering in New Jersey after the September 11 attacks -- but his claims are being widely disputed as false.
Come on, CNN. Grow a pair and call it what it is -- A LIE. A dirty, disgusting, racist lie intended to light a fire in the souls of Trump's brownshirt brigade.
After all, when you lose Laura Ingraham, you've lost this round. Just hold his feet to the fire and make him admit he made it up to feed the trolls in his audience.
See the rest...and the video on the link.


  Radioman says:  My take is that Trump's goose is cooked.   A narcissistic pathological liar and America won't stand for that... they've had enough lying politicians, even ones who look you right in the camera and say them with SUCH sincerity!

Oct 13, 2015

Criminals with badges... the VIDEO

 Any questions?

Any solutions?

1.Stop asking police and conflict-of-interest prosecutors to investigate police misconduct   Clearly it doesn't work and police surely will like nothing to be changed.   Independent investigators and prosecutors... like the feds, tasked to protect citizen Constitutional rights and prosecute the police/prosecutor winks-and-nods as they protect each other.   Justice department do your JOB!   Racketeering is about organized crime and clearly that's what we have here.   Thugs in BLUE.

2. Uniform and open police cams and local policies that will rebuild trust; it is not acceptable for police to decide which videos to release because else nothing will change.   Stiff penalties for police who don't have their cams turned on or whose cams mysteriously have 'malfunctions'.   Fireable offenses.   Or not a DAY without pay but 1-3 months without pay.   We don't want those cops on our forces.  And if that's not acceptable, we dont want them 'protecting' us with their guns, tasers, and buddies blocking their misbehavior from public view.

3.  Preliminary hearings, not one-sided protect police secret prosecutor-run grand juries investigating police misconduct.   Legislatures need to act immediately on this.   And police catching too many complaints about excessive force need to be put on probation or fired, something like the three strike rule and those findings should follow them should they try to police elsewhere.

4.  Big nametags on police uniforms.  Riot gear with big names on the back, football jersey style.  The anonymity allows abuse and they know it, and we know it.

5.  Form a national NON-UNION professional education association like doctors had nurses have.  State chapters, national membership.  

  • Certifications awarded for police achieving educational classroom credits annually to change them from being like union truck drivers to a true, educated profession.  
  • Classes on de-escalation skills to AVOID physical confrontation; and make it clear to scrappy, head-busting cops, they won't have badges long unless they change why they're attracted to police work.
  • Dealing with mental illness with something besides handcuffs and jail.
  • Knowing the Constitutional rights and changing their ethics to help people exercise those rights, not trick them into giving them up!  
  • Knowing the state laws and what they ARE and also what they are NOT, so police quit making up laws to arrest people.   Police need to quit unjustly picking on the powerless.  Stop and Frisk is so a violation of the Fourth Amendment right to be left alone by the government!
  • Skills to control their own anger and bullying when not getting enough 'respect' for conducting wrongful stops.
  • Skills in staying sane as they work with lying criminals without getting jaded; resisting the 'us versus the citizens' comraderie of disrespect that happens.  
  • Skills to change their culture away from thinking they have a right to mete out street justice without due process.

6.  Reforms to break up the blue code of silence by enforcing racketeering laws even among police departments and prosecutors.

7.  Make it easier for cities to fire bad cops and their supervisors, and even police chiefs who look the other way.   Make misbehavior career-killers so bullies will either stop it, or resign.   There is too much union protection...unions are protecting the bad cops like unions protect bad teachers.   Figure out how to stop that, and punish bully cops who punish their colleagues and intimidate them from whistle-blowing murderous behavior.

8.  Do a better job of screening recruits, especially focusing on those who are too aggressive or have had too much experience in combat.   Moreover, we must scrutinize combat veterans who are trained to kill, not create peace. They are unsuited to protect and serve the citizenry.    We have too many militarized, shaved-headed police hunting dark skinned people in the middle of the night.   Our cities are not Baghdad!   If we need to get rid of a quarter of our robocops, we need to do it to salvage law enforcement's horribly damaged reputation.    There will be no respect for law until there is earned respect for lawmen.   Does that make sense or do local and state governments think heavy hands will stop what may be an imminent revolution against government authority?

9.  Increase punishment for police who file false reports against citizens, especially when witnesses, forensics and video show they are lying to protect themselves or abuse their trust to imprison citizens on trumped up charges.   This is so egregious an abuse of power that, police should serve jail time for filing false police reports.  Moreover, violation by police should be as unacceptable as violation of children by people responsible for their care and education.

10.  Establish clear RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (like the military has) on the use of force, violently and loudly taking people down to the ground, physically hurting them and then charging them with RESISTING ARREST when in fact, they're RESISTING POLICE INFLICTED PAIN!     Too many citizens are taken down or shot while escaping apprehension, even on video and Americans find unnecessary violence DISTURBING and ANGERING.  Moreover police have established a relationship of fear and it should be no surprise especially people of color will run rather than risk a police street beating.

Reading social media, we see Americans are disgusted and shocked by police aggressiveness when they are not, themselves threatened.   Moreover if murder-by-impatient cop is considered proper procedure, maybe the CITIZENS should decide what's proper, and not the police hierarchy.   Do they work for US, or is it the other way around?

There is a balance between liberty and safety in America and police videos demonstrate that cops on patrol are not the ones who should be deciding that balance.

Let this be the beginning of a discussion as we struggle to tell police what we expect of them.

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And Justice for ALL

Sep 24, 2015

Stupid political websites... focus on the negative or they can't sleep at night.

Oh for Gods' sakes.  Do conseravitve nuts really believe this typical basement site click-bait that tells THIS kinda stuff?   Click on it to understand it.
Exerpt:  Pope Francis is the head of state of the Vatican, which possibly has the most restrictive immigration policies of any nation in the entire world.

While the Vatican welcomes millions of visitors every year, only a very select few people are admitted as residents or citizens.
About 450 of the Vatican’s 800 residents are citizens. They consistent primarily of cardinals of the church, the Vatican’s diplomats around the world, or those who live there because of their jobs, like the Swiss guards.  YADA YADA YADA.
Western Journalism right wing Pope-paganda

And that moronic story is spread all over the right wing WEB WORLD!

Radioman's journalism take on this kind of propaganda dogfood:  Reporters --ESPECIALLY PARTISAN ONES-- are always drawn to the negative to redeem themselves to their base readers under the guise of claiming critical objectivity. Selfishly, they go find some where there is none and toot their horns loudly, just like Fox does!

THIS Story.  Tiny Vatican immigration policy is such minutia compared to the message of the Pope's Church in America this week, but partisan media must find at least a LITTLE negativeness if they are to be able to sleep at night.

Too many reporters are into themselves, today's new story CLICKS, and their immediate surroundings, but lack the wisdom to observe what they see in the context of history and important events. Maybe most reporters just don't get out enough so they never gain PERSPECTIVE about what they see when they DO go out.

This story was a joke.   Daily time filler to feed the right wing news junkies.   What a waste bandwidth, given the stories dazzling us this day about this Pope and his message in the US It's not a 'political story', only political reporters would think that. Its about Americans searching for truth, morality, tradition. Yup, the Church has always done a dog and pony show very well. But it affects us just as the traditions of the National Anthem before a baseball game, or the baptism of our own babies in church. What an interesting, and fascinating display...and the Wash Times seems more interested in its own image than an observer of the day's events.

Hard to be proud of my profession, but honestly we did better 25 years ago! We had great teachers from CBS in the 50s and 60s era of Cronkite and others. . I think today's journalists grew up too late and they were taught more about local news studio style on how to smile, fold their hands and read the teleprompTer on which young graduated producers learned to write copy at the 8th grade level.

Sep 12, 2015


The Mainstream Media needs to quit believing its own assumptions.... of the Republican horseraces, the absurd polls, and the assumptions HILLARY has already won.

The guy is BERNIE.... focusing on COMMON SENSE; not a shiny demagogue like Donald Trump  who we all know is just manipulating the media with sensational soundbites..

Sanders here, saying what OCCUPY WALLSTREET said, but he's not a college kid camping out and getting arrested in the park!   Get big money out of politics.   THIS guy will not be arrested by the cops!

It's very hard to reach the BELTWAY MEDIA....they have kept us away from really writing on their websites, publishing critical MEMES.  We are not poll statistics and we're talking to each other, becoming more influential than you are.     You are failing us because you're listening to the candidates, pollsters and each other-- and not your viewers and readers.  

So cut through your protectionist website/Facebook barriers. Since you don't' have any field reporters anymore, use US instead.

Fail to FIX THIS and Americans will abandon you and your corporations, and turn to SOCIAL MEDIA for NEWS.   I didn't get it until I got on the OTHER SIDE of the TV cameras.  I spent twenty years in the TV News media...and I know well that NEWSROOMS are very isolated places.   The overworked media is always the LAST to recognize a groundswell because they won't get out of the newsroom.    Your websites shouldn't be TELLING US what to think, but to listen to what WE THINK.  Put someone on it to monitor, and open access, don't shut off your comment section.   Just get rid of the smart-asses that aren't contributing ideas.

  Nearly as I can tell, you haven't figured that out yet.   Open them up, let US originate new posts--moderate them.  Don't just have people commenting on yesterday's stories.  Let us tell you what the news will be tomorrow!

Sep 8, 2015

Guess who's Coming to Europe from Syria? Poop throwing, chanting men not nearly as cute as the mommies and toddlers

From Alex's Info Wars

ISIS RECRUITS shout "Allah Akbar" in Refugee trains going to Germany. 

So what do ya think?

 Meanwhile, an eyewitness at the Italy-Austrian border relates how she saw an elderly Italian woman grabbed by her hair and pulled from her car by a group of “aggressive young men” who wanted to steal the car to get to Germany, while others threw excrement at bystanders.

 “Half an hour ago on the border between Italy and Austria i saw a huge crowd of immigrants. With all solidarity to people in difficult circumstances I have to say that what I saw arouses horror. This huge mass of people – sorry – but it’s an absolute wilderness … Vulgar, throwing bottles, shouting “We want Germany”. So what, Germany is now a paradise?” 

 “I saw an elderly Italian woman in a car that was surrounded by the immigrants. They pulled her by the hair out of the car and wanted to use it to go to Germany. They tried to topple the bus I was in. They threw feces at us, banging on the door for the driver to open it, spat on the glass. My question is- for what purpose? How do they want to assimilate in Germany? For a moment, i felt like in a warzone. I really feel sorry for these people, but if they would reach Poland – I do not think they would receive any understanding from us.”

 ADDENDUM:  Alex Jones is kind of an over the top inciter in America... but the video is disturbing. Want these people living in an apartment near you?   Fox has picked up the above video and getting Media Matters criticism for xenophobia.

What's missing is the realization that there may be more than women and children refugees in this exodus.  It could also be a Trojan horse to allow hundreds, maybe thousands of terrorists enroute to Germany, Britain, France, even the US and other benevolent countries.

If we're on a war footing with Islamic elements, now with its ISIS Caliphate in Syria, we should be SCREENING VERY CAREFULLY, yes profiling them.   Any country at war would do as much and we have in the past.  It's good to help, even bring in SCREENED refugees, but our government has an ABSOLUTE DUTY to protect the country first.

This should not be a political contest to see which party  or which country shows more compassion!

"Everything's upta date in KanzaSitty." So why get a passport and risk being beheaded? /sarcasm

14 Reasons why You Should Never Leave the U.S.