There was a time when journalists weren’t just shills for the establishment. From Patrick Lawrence at consortiumnews.com:
Accuracy no longer matters. Witnessing no longer matters. Conformity matters, writes Patrick Lawrence.
I have never gotten over a story The New York Times ran in its Sunday magazine back in May 2016. Maybe you will remember the occasion. It was a lengthy profile of Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration’s chief adviser for “strategic communications.” It was written by a reporter named David Samuels.
These two made a striking pair — fitting, I would say. Rhodes was an aspiring fiction writer living in Brooklyn when, by the unlikeliest of turns, he found his way into the inner circle of the Obama White House. Samuels, a freelancer who usually covered popular culture celebrities, had long earlier succumbed to that unfortunately clever style commonly affected by those writing about rock stars and others of greater or lesser frivolity.
Rhodes’ job was to spin “some larger restructuring of the American narrative,” as Samuels put it. “Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics.” A professional flack straight out of Edward Bernays, in plain English. A teller of tales trafficking in manipulable facts and happy endings. “Packaged as politics:” a nice touch conveying the commodification of our public discourse.
Rhodes and Ned Price, his deputy, were social-media acrobats. Price, a former C.I.A. analyst and now the State Department’s spokesman, recounted without inhibition how they fed White House correspondents, columnists, and others in positions to influence public opinion as a fois gras farmer feeds his geese.
If you despise heroes and want to eliminate them, both in real life and in art, what does that reveal about whatever passes for your soul? Doesn’t that make you a villain? From Brandon Smith at alt-market.us:
In the movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ the well regarded district attorney Harvey Dent makes a statement that has since woven itself into our popular culture to the point that we often hear it quoted as if it was said by some ancient philosopher. He noted:
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
The most predictable interpretation of this is that there is a fine line between doing good and doing evil with the best of intentions. People can start out as heroes and quickly fall to darkness in the name of serving the “greater good.” I think there is more meaning behind the quote, however.
There is also the issue of historical revision and the fact that the heroes of yesterday might be considered the terrorists of tomorrow given who is in charge of writing the history books or reporting the news. Sometimes heroes become villains through their own mistakes, other times they are just rewritten that way.
For example, today we hear constant gnashing and wailing from the political left about the “evils” of the Founding Fathers and why they should be erased or canceled from our cultural zeitgeist. They have even attempted to revise the very foundations of American history through their “1619 Project” as they assert that no American accomplishment is valid because EVERYTHING was built around the institution of slavery. They make no mention that slavery has been an institution in every single culture on the planet since civilization began, but that doesn’t matter to them.
Maybe woke entertainment companies can get government subsidies to support themselves. They’re paying audiences are fleeing in droves. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
They’ll never admit to it openly, but getting woke makes companies broke. Hollywood has been overtly progressive for decades, but this is nothing compared to the social justice invasion since 2016. After around five years of an unprecedented leftist onslaught on the entertainment industry we are finally starting to see the rampage lose oxygen. There’s a weakness within woke productions that the alternative media has been pointing out for a long time – They don’t make a profit because they are designed to appease a minority of leftist zennials that don’t have any money. This is the wrong crowd to rely on for cash flow.
It is fair to say that the entertainment industry was partially conned. First, there are those tantalizing ESG loans that can be easily had as long a company loudly declares their fealty to the social justice agenda. Then, of course, there is the fact that many corporate CEOs and marketing people track Twitter trends with the ignorant assumption that Twitter is actually a reflection of the real world. The woke mob on Twitter is amplified by the company itself, while most contrary voices are stifled and buried. Anyone using the Twitter echo chamber as a marketing gauge would be led to believe that leftist ideology is the prevailing ideology of the nation. It’s not even close.
Some companies are finally realizing this fact and are taking action to reduce their exposure to woke content, or otherwise perish from loss of viewership. Here’s the thing – Leftists could take over every platform for media distribution (they almost have), but they still can’t force the public to consume woke content. Eventually, the loss of viewers and profits is going to hurt their bottom line.
Culture reflects values and American culture has been captured by values most of us despise. It doesn’t have to be that way—check Great Books by Robert Gore! in the right-handed column, particularly The Golden Pinnacle—but we can’t expect any support and only opposition from the present cultural infrastructure. From Brandon Smith at alt-market.us:
So much for the environment. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Oh, the irony…California’s massive push for adaptation of solar over the last several decades in order to ascertain more “clean” energy is now becoming a problem for landfills.
After 1.3 million solar installs later, the first push of panels are reaching the end of their “typical 25-to-30-year life cycle”, according to Yahoo.
And now for the coda to the “clean energy” story: many of the panels are “winding up in landfills, where in some cases, they could potentially contaminate groundwater with toxic heavy metals such as lead, selenium and cadmium” the report says.
One expert told yahoo that only 1 in 10 panels are actually recycled – the rest are contributing to “truckloads of waste”, some of which is contaminated, according to the report.
Sam Vanderhoof, a solar industry expert and chief executive of Recycle PV Solar told Yahoo: “The industry is supposed to be green. But in reality, it’s all about the money.”
California has been pushing for solar since 2006, when the state approved $3.3 billion in subsidies. Now, about 15% of the state’s power comes from solar – but that belies the environmental disaster disposing of the panels has become.
Here’s a radical idea. In order to get people to fork over their hard-earned dollars on entertainment, you can’t tell them what you think they ought to hear or see, unless its something they want to see. If they don’t, no dollars for you, and word gets out fast. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Hollywood is dying, their various partners are dying, and they brought it on themselves. The entertainment and corporate news industry has long had a cringe inducing leftist bias, but for many years their propaganda and their motivations remained comparatively subtle. Then, something happened. Maybe it was the election of Donald Trump, maybe it was a unified decision within corporate culture to take the mask completely off and reveal the true ugliness underneath, or, maybe it was just pure arrogance. Whatever the cause, Hollywood and all the related appendages of the tinsel town religion suddenly turned openly militant and the zealotry was palpable.
This is a dynamic that had been developing for some time, but truly became an international phenomena around 2016 onward. It’s important to note that also around this same time there was a burgeoning revelation among conservatives and many moderates that our popular culture had been overrun by people with an agenda, and they did not have our best intentions at heart. We had been lax in our vigilance. Many thought that pop culture was “stuff for children” and that the real fight was in politics. They were wrong.
The first group that really took notice and spoke up was video game consumers. This led to open opposition to leftists hijacking the industry and spreading like a cancer into video games journalism. And, of course, as soon as people expressed distrust the leftists attacked them as “racists, homophobes, bigots, sexists and misogynists.” A typical gaslighting response that is all too familiar today. Known as “Gamergate,” leftists to this day still rabidly froth at the mouth over the mere mention of “integrity in video games journalism.” Leftists really hate it when you expose them.
From The Babylon Bee:
CORUSCANT—The Empire recently passed a series of red flag laws designed to help identify individuals who might be a danger to themselves and others. The laws passed the Galactic Senate unanimously with one vote from the Emperor, since he is the Senate.
And it was just in time, because the Empire was able to utilize the laws to confiscate the lightsaber, blaster, and X-Wing from known unstable terrorist Luke Skywalker.
“Luckily, thanks to red flag laws, we were able to identify Mr. Skywalker as a threat and disarm him before he could do any damage,” said Emperor Palpatine. “Imagine how many jobs he would have destroyed if he had been able to stop the construction of Death Star II from proceeding.”
“Thankfully, the battle station will be quite operational.”
While some expressed their concern about the unilateral ability of the Emperor to declare people a threat and just take away their ability to defend themselves, the Empire’s press secretary, K’rynne Gene’pe’rre—hailed as the first gay trans black Twi’lek individual to hold the role—assured reporters that Skywalker was given due process during the proceedings, and that all the paperwork checked out.
“This red flag law worked exactly as it was supposed to,” Gene’pe’rre said. “We were able to get his weapons from him and stop him before he harmed himself or others.”
One reporter grilled Gene’pe’rre on a more pressing question—how a starcruiser could jump to lightspeed through another starcruiser despite that not ever having happened before in the history of the galaxy—but Gene’pe’rre said she would have to “circle back” on that.
From The Babylon Bee:
BURBANK, CA—With Lightyear and its cartoon lesbian romance flopping at the box office, sources say Disney has decided to quietly pull the plug on its upcoming movie Brokeback Woody.
“Little Bo Peep was about to find out what Woody and Pete the Prospector were really up to when they were off with the ‘Roundup Gang’,” said actor Chris Evans. “Such a shame. One day all the backward bigoted dinosaurs in America will die off, and our country will finally be ready for kids’ cartoons with gratuitous gay toy-cowboy sex.”
Disney had planned to roll out Brokeback Woody in early 2023, followed later that year by Cars 4: Lightning McDragQueen. “It’s definitely a setback,” said director Angus MacLane. “We already had new Woody toys in production with a whole new set of phrases he says when you pull his string. There was ‘Howdy, life partner!’ and also ‘Giddy up, queen!'”
Tom Hanks voiced deep disappointment in the cancellation, believing his role as “gay Woody” could have had him in line for another Oscar. “It’s really a shame how Lightyear mysteriously bombed after firing the lead voice actor for his political beliefs and adding a sexual agenda for kids,” said Mr. Hanks. “Luckily for me, I can always fall back on narrating videos about how incredible the Biden administration is doing.”
At publishing time, Disney announced they would be replacing the Brokeback Woody project with a more subtle Mx. Potato Head.
Outside of Washington D.C., the percentage of Americans who bought into the January 6 hysteria is in the single digits. Unfortunately, that’s also the percentage of Americans who are aware of the persecution of the January 6 protestors. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
After throwing two impeachments and a Russia hoax at Donald Trump, Congressional Democrats’ latest political theater against the former president – produced by a former TV exec for prime time – is a ratings disaster.
Their unifying theory seems to be that Trump masterminded a rag-tag mob of (fed infiltrated) groups, which ‘stormed’ the capital (through doors that were opened for them), then sauntered into various parts of the Capital – some even engaging in mayhem, in an ‘attempt to subvert Democracy’ and, we suppose, topple the US government?
Congress was back to work two hours after the interruption (aka the darkest moment in American history).
In any event, ratings for the Democrats’ latest Trump takedown attempt aren’t exactly a success, relatively speaking, as just 20 million viewers tuned in for Thursday night’s ‘prime-time’ event, according to The Hill.
At CBS alone, last week’s episode of “Young Sheldon” got more views (3.86 million vs. 3.24 million), according to the Washington Free Beacon.
You don’t even need a scorecard to follow the action. From Kit Knightly at off-guardian.org:
onkeypox is back in the headlines as of yesterday, back to work after a short break.
It burst onto the front pages, with concomitant BIG RED NUMBERS and daily case updates a couple of weeks ago, and then went quiet. The press pretty much stopped talking about it.
…until they started again.
Yesterday it was reported that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has “upgraded” monkeypox to a “notifiable disease”, meaning any positive test must be immediately reported to the government agency.
Ever one for subtlety, the Telegraph’s front page reports this as “monkeypox upgraded to same level as leprosy and the plague”
Across the pond, the US CDC has made the curiously synchronised decision to increase their travel alert on Monkeypox to level 2, which recommends people “practice enhanced precautions”.
Let’s be clear here – the “monkeypox outbreak” is a joke.
Anybody actually taking any of this seriously after the last two years of Covid hysteria needs a major reality check.
At this point you should be assuming any disease “outbreak” is a hoax until proven otherwise. Really proven, not “trust me, I’m an expert” proven.
For those who haven’t got to that stage yet, consider all the ways that monkeypox is following the exact same path as “Covid”…
- The monkeypox outbreak was “predicted” by an exercise a few months before it happened. Just like Covid.
- We’ve seen the narrative re-inforced by rumours that it’s a bio-weapon. These accusations have gone both ways, with the Western press saying Monkeypox is a Russian bio-weapon and Chinese rumours claiming it was deliberately released by the US. Just like Covid
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