Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Press

How they lie


Passive voice, missing details, spontaneous happenings:

HEAD: Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem
[ED: ‘‘As rocks pelt his car’’?  How exactly did the rocks go about doing this... get up off the ground and hurl themselves..?]
...
COPY:  A Jewish man died [ED: ‘‘was killed.’’] early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road [ED: ‘‘pelted the road’’?  They were aiming at the pavement?  Please clarify.] he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana...
Etc., etc.

Oh, it’s the New York Times. ‘‘Unexpectedly.’’


Elsewhere:
Instapundit: Politics and The English Language
from Skeptical Thinker’s comment:
In the left-wing Hebrew press, the distinction in even greater than in English, because ‘‘progressive’’ writers don’t even use the passive voice, which at least implies somebody threw the rocks or fired the shots.  Whenever possible, they use the ‘‘middle’’ voice (as in Greek), which implies no such actor.  For example, they prefer avanim hit’offefu (literally, ‘‘rocks flung themselves in the air’’) to avanim niz’reku (‘‘rocks were thrown’’).

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Friday, 05 June 2015

The Press

No one should be the *least* surprised

Fixed It For You  Dept

Ace:
If the [New York] Times is found to have deliberately lied to cover up liberal bias -- this is going to be huge. Z-z-z-z-z-z-z.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Press

Getting the Lies Out (Three at Once! One! Two! Three!)

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

National Review:
The N[ational] R[ifle] A[ssociation] Convention starts today, in Nashville, Tennessee.  And so, rather predictably, the New York Times has started its day by lying about it...

As I noted when the New York Daily News peddled this same falsehood earlier in the week...

UPDATE:  MSNBC tried this game, too, but ended up lost in a maze of corrections.
Gee.  You don’t suppose it was coordinated or anything...?

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The Press

Getting the Lies Out (the series continues!)

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

Erick Erickson:
Bloomberg ran a story that Nancy Reagan was endorsing Hillary Clinton.  It was a fake story that Bloomberg picked up without hesitating and ran.

It had to yank the story and apologize.

Who the hell would even believe a story like that?  The Media.  Just like liberal reporters immediately believed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stormed out of an interview and turned out the lights — another story that was not true in any way, shape, or form — the press believed this because they want to believe.
...or because they’re Democratic operatives with bylines?

(Via: Insty)

Previously.

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Monday, 06 April 2015

The Press

Keeping the lies circulating...

‘‘Corrections’’ Don’t Matter  Dept

Breitbart’s Big Journalism:
On April 4, [2015,]The Economist mocked the NRA and Second Amendment supporters with a column that turned out to be an epic fail because it was built on numbers from a debunked Everytown for Gun Safety study, an erroneous claim that ‘‘armor piercing’’ M855 ammo endangers police, and a not-so-veiled attempt to undercut the push to arm women for self-defense on college campuses.
Instapundit [June 18, 2014]:
WASHINGTON POST backpedals from bogus Everytown school shooting map.
While The Economist’s editors may not read Instapundit (although they’d be better off if they did so), one might expect them to keep track of the Washington Post.  Or is that asking too much..?


Previously.

(Via Ace comments.)

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Sunday, 05 April 2015

The Press

The difference between Reporting and Punditry - ii

You’ll Be Part Of the Story!  Dept

Glenn Reynolds:
I don’t mind the journos who circle around tragedies so much.  I mind the ones who — as with Ferguson, the UVA rape hoax, or the Indiana pizza parlor — actively incite tragedies for political and pecuniary gain.  With Ferguson, the purveyors of the ‘‘hands up, don’t shoot’’ lie were perhaps too numerous to call to account, though someone should try.  But with UVA it was Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone, and with the Indiana Pizzeria it was Alyssa Marino and ABC57 News, all of whom are identifiable defendants…
Reporters report the news.  Pundits (or propagandists) make (up) the news.

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Saturday, 04 April 2015

The Press

The difference between Reporting and Punditry

Fundamental Principles  Dept

Tweet quoted at Ace:
I'm still scratching my head.  Why does this pizza place need $25,000?  And [why is] the fundraiser is being done by a news enterprise?
— Alix Bryan (@alixbryan) April 2, 2015

Perhaps because something that’s called The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative isn’t exactly a ‘‘news enterprise,’’ hmmm???

(At least no more than Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow?  (Oh Snap!))

But then today’s journalists seem to have a lot of problems distinguishing reporting from punditry.


Explains a lot, doesn’t it?



Note:  As to ‘‘Who is Alix Bryan, and why should I care?,’’ start here.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Press

SDB: A Crisis of Faith

My karma ran over my dogma  Dept
The lethal attack on Charlie Hebdo, and the firebombing of a tabloid in Germany, has brought out a major contradiction in the Religion of the Press, and a lot of members of the press are demonstrating their confusion in how they respond.
Steven Den Beste’s essays are rare gems: Valuable, too infrequently found, and always deserving wider exposure.  Go read.

LATER:  comment thread at Ace

RELATED (via Hot Air):
Exit Wounds: On Condemning Charlie Hebdo After The Attacks

...a minority [of those commenting on the Charlie murders] have made it clear that whilst they also condemn the murders, their condemnation is qualified, usually in the form "They didn’t deserve to be killed, but…”.  The ‘but’ refers to their disgust at Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons, and necessarily following from that, disgust that people are supporting or praising the paper...  For this minority, the attack on freedom of speech by violent Islamists is a trivial concern – the priority is instead criticising Charlie Hebdo for their sense of humour.  This is an attempt to shift the focus of the discussion away from the murdered journalists and police officers and towards the sensibilities of this minority and their taste in cartoons.

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Friday, 09 January 2015

The Press

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Press

Doing more work ‘‘journalists’’ won’t do...


Legal Insurrection wins FOIA suit over David Gregory gun law non-prosecution

(Via: Instapundit.)

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