Media earned the the title of Fake News and must earn the trust back

I recently had the “pleasure” of attending a conference in Washington, DC on media relations and was surrounded by journalists.

Although the conference was meant to be instructional for people in business hoping to place stories in the media it quickly became an exercise in whining.  The topic of Fake News was a constant theme although it was never once mentioned on the agenda.  It seems the poor babies in the media are pitching a tantrum because no one believes them anymore and they were blaming everyone but the real culprits.

And, in typically Liberal media fashion, they tried to change the narrative to suit their agenda.  Suddenly, Fake News is no longer the intentional misinformation of a topic but positioned as “honest mistakes.”  To begin with, I am hard pressed to find anyone in the media that is honest.  It is even harder to find anyone in the media that will admit to a mistake.

Oh they’ll tell us there was an error that slipped by the “high standards” they set for themselves but no one will say “Yep, I blew that story.”  To be fair, I do not think most practitioners of Fake News purposely try to mislead the public.

No.  I think most Liberal media types are so eager to promote something bad about President Trump they do not fact check properly or spend the time doing their jobs…relating information the general public will fond of interest or needs to know.

A case in point is CNN which has no credibility with me.  Yesterday, CNN was focused on President Trump’s his soda drinking habits rather than on an attempted terrorist attack in New York City. Sodagate was meant to embarrass him, not inform the public.  Are we really better people knowing the man likes to drink Diet Coke throughout the day?

The issue the media continually misses is we want the news not be the witnesses to a witch hunt.  That’s why the media is losing credibility faster than plunging NFL TV ratings.

President Trump is no saint. At times, he’s a bully, jerk, pompous, and childish.  At other times he’s all those things at once.  But, then again, so are most of us.  He’s also focused, driven, dedicated to getting the job done, and true leader. However, the media goes out of its way to only focus on the bad and, if none exists, sensationalize a non-existent issue like soda consumption.

That is a good strategy to drive ratings among a certain sector of society but not so good at actually practicing the art of journalism.  At some point in the near future, the anti-Trump media outlets will realize the clientele they are attracting are not the “right demographic” for their advertisers.

You know what I didn’t hear throughout the conference? I didn’t hear anyone take ownership, responsibility or accountability for being a part of the problem.  The media is not the entire problem.  It takes two to Tango but it won’t even acknowledge it has a bias against anything or anyone that does not hold their viewpoint.

I have never met a less self-aware group than politicians and journalists. I have never met a group that steadfastly refuses to see its culpability in its demise.  The traditional media as we know it today will be gone tomorrow and as they write – 30 – at the end of their story, they’ll still be blaming others.

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When perception meets reality it’s time to change the landscape

We no longer need President Donald Trump to drain the swamp.  It appears the swamp is draining itself.  And, as an added bonus, sanctimonious Hollywood stars and biased journalists are joining the spin around the drain.

The daily revelations of men in power exposed as sexual predators is reaching absurd levels.  It reminds me of the steroid era in Baseball where every Major Leaguer was guilty until proven innocent.  I still believe there needs to be credible proof before we destroy people’s lives and it needs to be more than a tearful recollection of something that happened decades in the past.

However, too many men are apologizing, being suspended, or fired for their disgusting behavior that we reached the point where men must prove their innocence rather than be presumed innocent.

That’s a dangerous place to be but apparently a well-deserved and earned burden.  It’s ironic that women are now emboldened to come forward under a Trump presidency when the scare tactics during the campaign and immediately after the election were the exact opposite.

It’s time to clean house and I for one am happy the politicians, journalists and Hollywood idiots are, if you pardon the phrase, bringing themselves down.

Personally, I don’t get it.  I do not see how a man gets his jollies parading naked or masturbating in front of a woman.  I do not get the excitement of sending a picture of my private part to a woman.  At what point does a man decide it’s a good idea to do that?  I do not know how grabbing a woman’s body part without her consent brings excitement or is considered acceptable.

Apparently, these politicians believe themselves to be untouchable but like to touch.

Perhaps they should try for a meaningful relationship with people other than themselves.  But these men are shallow.  They are egomaniacal and have no concept of what meaningful is and no idea of reality.  To them, it’s all about the perception of who they think they are instead of the pigs they truly are as humans.  They live on fooling their constituents and fans into believing that perception and the fools believe these miscreants to be real.

If the allegations are true, all the men guilty of such atrocities need to take up residence in that nice little place where they will be the ones molested.  Let them feel helpless like the women they abused felt.

The guilty must be accountable for their actions.  No free passes.  No looking the other way because the media likes the guy.  No wink, wink boys-will-be-boys defense.  If they did the crime, they must do the time.

What I find sickening is these jerks position themselves as advocates for women’s rights. The reason most “normal” people do not enter politics is because most of us have a sense of decency mixed with a modicum of morals.

No self-respecting man will stand up against the very thing he is guilty of doing.  But that is a way of life for those in politics, journalism and Hollywood.  They lived their perception for years; now comes the reality.

 

 

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Time for comeuppance when discretion outweighs ambition

Physically walking the tightrope is a dangerous proposition.  Figuratively walking the tightrope in today’s politically correct society is stupid.  I’m about to be stupid..

Roy Moore is running for the senate seat in Alabama vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  He is not a well-liked man by the Republican establishment or the Democrats because of his views.

He was leading in the polls and it seemed like he would become the next senator of Alabama.  And then women started coming out of the woodwork accusing him of sexual misconduct 40 years ago when they were teenagers.  He vehemently denies the allegations while they tearfully relay their stories.

The new monster of the day is a womanizing pedophile.  Granted both traits are abhorrent but I like the quaint idea of innocent until proven guilty.  And therein lies the problem with a she said/he said scenario.  The truth is almost impossible to decipher.

It is fair to be suspicious of the timing of the accusations with the special election for the senate seat on December 12. The Republican establishment is almost gleefully running to the microphones to say Moore should quit the race.  He should, if the allegations are true.

On the other hand, we have no reason to doubt his accusers.  Why would any woman put herself through the shame and pain of media coverage unless it were true?  But, then again, why wait 40 years when the man is 70 and running for office?  However, five women coming forward with almost the same story begins to look like a pattern.

Who do you believe?  Do not listen to what the media says about the issue because most liberals, I mean reporters, have are anti-conservative regardless of facts.  Do you think we’d get the same breathless coverage if the accused were Bill Clinton?

My initial knee jerk reaction is to think this is a classic “October Surprise” but I cannot dismiss a person coming forward with information unless there is a clear motive of a political agenda.  I can rationalize the timing as women driven by principle and feeling liberated after the Harvey Weinstein revelations. And yet, 40 years is a long time to wait for principle to kick in.

If the allegations are true, not enough bad things can happen to Moore to satisfy my sense of justice.  And, if the allegations are not true I have the same desire for the women who are soiling a man’s reputation for someone else’s political gain.  Hey, it’s only fair.

Every person that has ever been “forced” to comply to another person’s sick desires should have their day of triumph – providing their stories are true.

I put the word forced in quotes because every person has a choice.  I understand the feeling of helplessness and feeling pressured to comply – especially when ambition outweighs discretion.  However, we all have the ability to say no and walk away and say, “You know what; fame and power is not worth this price.”

Of course, this viewpoint does not pertain if a man overpowers a woman and her only way out is to comply to avoid further injuries or scars. But, we still have the choice to come forward the next day – not years later when an opportunity presents itself.

That leads to unnecessary suspicion and doubt on both sides.  The truth is none of knows the truth in this matter.  We do know politicians and the media are seizing this opportunity to drive their own agenda and we are the fools allowing it.

Where is the justice if Moore is innocent and loses?  Where is the justice if he is guilty and wins?  Where is the justice for these women if he us guilty but after their 15 minutes of fame nothing happens to him?

The problem I have is with the above questions.  Why are we asking about justice in terms of the effect on a senate seat?  Shouldn’t we be seeking justice in terms of the lives affected by this fiasco?

 

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It’s time the NFL learns that every action has an opposite and equal reaction

The media considers it a political stunt when Vice President Mike Pence leaves a football game because he is offended by players disrespecting the flag. That same media does not consider football players taking a knee during the national anthem a political stunt.

The NFL considers players taking a knee during the national anthem freedom of speech.  That same NFL does not consider it free speech when football players want to honor the victims of 9-11 on their cleats.  It also fines players for wanting to honor fallen police officers with decals on the helmets.

The bogus reason the NFL cites about its stance on the cleats and helmets is a uniform rule in the players’ handbook.  That’s fair.  It’s also fair to cite the rule found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.  During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

What the players and the front-running protesters do not comprehend is the players represent their team and the league.  That means they must abide by the rules set forth by their respective teams and league.  Since most teams are supporting the players and the league is supporting the teams it’s fair to presume the NFL and teams condone the actions.

If that is the case, then the NFL, teams, and players should be willing to accept any and all backlash their actions warrant from their fan base and sponsors.  It’s a simple accountability.

My youngest son goes to a Catholic school that has rules concerning hair length for boys.  He was told to cut his hair because it was too long.  He was not happy and wanted to protest.  We advised against it because we knew the rules when we decided to attend the school.  However, we will decline to support the school financially when they ask for future donations.

That is our recourse.  Likewise, the only recourse every football fan and sponsor has is to vote with their wallet.  I am not suggesting people partake in an organized boycott or we should use the wallet as a means to impose our will on others.  I am simply stating the obvious. Every action has an opposite and equal reaction.

Just ask Jemele Hill, the controversial ESPN anchor who was suspended for telling fans to boycott the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn’t stand for the national anthem. ESPN, however, did not discipline Hill a few weeks back when she called President Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.

Apparently, ESPN only takes action when ad dollars are at risk. It seems a number of companies that advertise with the Cowboys also advertise with ESPN.  Coincidence? Maybe. It appears organizations only pay attention to protests when it affects the bottom line.

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When populism becomes control, democracy becomes socialism

The national anthem charade playing out on the countrywide theater is about anything but patriotism or the silly notion athletes are actually protesting inequality.

I call BS.

The NFL only cares about money.  President Trump only cares about President Trump.  The Left and Right only care about their positions and power.  None of these fools actually cares about what the flag stands for or the plight of those truly affected by racism.

Much like the statue stupidity or the neo Nazi’s right to assemble the hoopla is simply another case of both sides trying to control the other.

I have a hard time respecting anyone who does not honor our national anthem or flag and despise their actions.  At the same time, I have a harder time taking away a person’s freedom of speech or expression.  The NFL rulebook states all players must stand for the national anthem and technically the players are representing their teams when they put on the uniform.  The players are breaking the rules but much like a Society that selectively enforces its laws, the NFL picks and chooses what rules it wants to impose.

My bigger concern is President Trump’s rhetoric about firing those NFL players who kneel.  The conundrum I face is I agree with him but I’m not the president of the United States with 60 plus million ardent followers.  I will not and do not support anyone who does not stand for the national anthem.  That is my choice as a consumer.

However, to advocate – or try to bully – an organization to impose your will on their employees puts America on a dangerous path to socialism.  He is a populist president borne of the ineptness of the swamp dwellers.  The political elite is what created the void that President Trump fills.

A populist president with an ardent following is no different from a dictator with a strong military on his or her side.

As such, his followers believe he is on a mission from God (to borrow a phrase from the “Blues Brothers”).  And therein lies the fear.  President Trump is, was, and always will be an opportunist in my mind.  His followers still don’t get that small fact.  If he succeeds in turning the tide against the NFL and the league starts losing revenue it will cave in like all hollow walls when pushed.

Then what?  During “Statuegate” President Trump asked who would be next if the crowd succeeds in removing statues of Robert E. Lee?  I have the same question for him on this topic.  Who is next if President Trump and his legion of followers succeed in bullying the NFL to fire players for expressing an opinion?

The players and league can do what they want providing they are willing to accept the consequences of their actions.  President Trump can use the bully pulpit as he sees fit providing he would accept responsibility for the slippery slope he is putting us on.

Otherwise, it’s all noise.

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A divided country unites the Trump contingent

Some of my favorite cousins hate President Trump and never pass up an opportunity to vilify him in their social media feeds.  I stopped following them.  Not because I support President Trump, because I’m tired of reading it.

A few other favorite cousins love President Trump and never miss an opportunity to post glowing things about our Commander in Chief in their social media feeds.  I stopped following them.  Not because I don’t support President Trump, because I’m tired of reading it.

You can try to make your point all you want but it will not change my mind on President Trump.  It will not change my opinion as to why I voted for him.  I had distinct reasons that I outlined numerous times in this space and none of them had to do with being enamored with the man.

I am not alone in my conviction to my vote.  In fact, I’m willing to bet very few people in America can be convinced otherwise of their opinion.

And here’s the thing.  The more people try to convince me I should not have voted for President Trump the more adamant I become about voting for him in 2020.  It’s getting to a point that even if the Democrats put up a better option I still will vote for President Trump out of spite or principal – depending on your point of view.

I feel this way and I’m not a Trump supporter.  Can you imagine what a true Trump supporter is thinking every time some idiot in the media runs a story to smear him versus inform us?  Every protester that tries to instigate a fight with the Pro Trump faction is creation more Pro Trump people.  Every anti-Trump media story creates more pro-Trump voters.

The media and political elites are not getting the mood of the country.  People voted for President Trump because former President Obama was such a disaster to their plight and Hillary Clinton was not the answer.  Neither was Senator Bernie Sanders.  They represent the status quo.

No one could have beat the Trump Train and not because of the person but because 63 million people in the right Electoral College classroom were fed up with the status quo.  But those in the media and the Swamp are trying to preserve the status quo by trying to destroy the standard bearer of change.

That’s not a good strategy.

The only thing they are accomplishing is solidifying the Trump base and creating more supporters in the soon-to-be non-battleground states.  If the opposition party has any hope of winning the presidency in 2020 they need to realize a divide and conquer strategy in this context is only creating a unite and fight response.

I am hoping to having a good candidate to vote for in 2020 but based on what I am seeing there is no one on the Left that is better than Trump.  What does that say about the opposition?

 

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Looking at both sides does not make you one-sided

This is going to be a tricky blog.  It’s hard to write what I want to write without worrying about those with an agenda distorting my words for their own purpose.

There is no defending what Neo Nazi’s say or believe.  But as a people we need to defend their right to say it. By the same token, we need to defend the counter-protesters right to counter-protest in safety.  However, we cannot defend their violent methods either.

By all accounts, James Alex Fields Jr. is the coward who drive his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing Heather Heyer.  If proven guilty he will become a murdering jackass who deserves to spend the rest of his miserable life in jail.

According to reports, the counter-protesters had their own agenda and prevented the Neo-Nazis from assembling and participating in their event.  It’s one thing to protest a protest march, it’s another to prevent them their right to protest.  The Neo-Nazis had a permit and the right to assemble.

The Counter-protesters instigated the violence which quickly escalated and led to Fields Jr. despicable act.  Make no mistake, Fields Jr. actions were far beyond normal but the counter-protesters are also responsible for the day’s outcome.

If the Neo-Nazis arrived at a Black Lives Matters rally and prevented them from assembling, the media would be going crazy condemning them for their disregard of the American Way.  So why is it OK for their rally to be usurped?

We’ve seen this countless of times now.  The University of California in Berkley is a cesspool of anti-First Amendment rights unless the campus agrees with the topic.  Then it’s the speaker’s right to say whatever they want to say.  During the presidential campaign George Soros agitators would disrupt then candidate Trump’s rallies and the media covered it as if the rally crashers were the Jedi returning.

However, one Trump supporter throws a punch and the entire campaign is filled with racist bigots bent on preventing free speech.  This is just the same page from the same playbook.  And now the media is giddy with the opportunity to paint President Trump and his supporters as Alt-Right loving haters.

Meanwhile, the actual agitators are lovable rebels fighting for peace, justice and the American Way.  The truth is the agitators are just as bad as the Neo-Nazis.  They are driven by the same hatred but believe themselves to be the guardians of virtue.

In reality, if the counter-protesters would have protested without inciting violence and the Neo-Nazis would have simply conducted their rally, Helen Heyer would still be alive and hordes of people would not be injured.  You can rationalize and make emotional pleas all you want – the bottom line is everyone has a right to their opinion.

We may not like the opinion. We may hate the message. But people have a right to express their opinion.

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