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Informing Ourselves to Death

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It is generally accepted that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450. To be sure, there were other presses in use and printing technology was already available, but what made Gutenberg’s device so revolutionary was the advent of his durable and movable type. The technology of pressing ink onto paper was not new, but the ability to make thousands of copies a day without destroying the type was. In other words, Gutenberg’s real contribution to mankind was making it possible to mass communicate via the written (printed) word.
In a similar way, the internet has made mass communication possible in a matter of seconds. The printing press was limited to the number of copies it (and its operator) could physically produce and bind, but the internet does not have such limitations. Another distinct advantage of the internet is its ability to not only broadcast written words, but audio and video as well. As a composite of print, radio, and television, the internet has enabled the speed of information to be nearly as fast as our desire to receive it. But its greatest potential is not its speed or multi-format delivery, but its decentralized nature. No longer is it possible for one or several groups to control the flow of information to the masses. The information superhighway is truly an information revolution.
The fact that we still refer to those who report the news as the “press” indicates how closely we associate the technology with the occupation. In fact, the more modern word of “media” is far more accurate, being the plural form of “medium” (the really plural form of course being “multimedia”). The news comes to us in various ways and methods; perhaps even at the same time. While you read this article you may also be listening to or watching something else; you may even be reading two or three things at once, trying to (poorly) multitask to “save time.” Such is the contemporary obsession with information and being in the “know.”
While our need to be informed shows no sign of abating, we can be thankful that the internet has made it possible to do an “end-run” around traditional news sources. In his book, Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth about Government, Thomas J. DiLorenzo points out that the government has become so big and so pervasive that journalists rely on the government itself for news and information. Being critical of the government agencies would jeopardize the journalist’s ability to have access to the news source. “Thus,” writes DiLorenzo, “career self-preservation among journalists requires that they essentially become lapdogs and mouthpieces for the state.” In much the same way that bad-mouthing your boss in public taverns can be detrimental to your future employment status, so is it with journalists and government agencies. The wink/nod relationship ensures that next week’s paycheck will arrive. The so-called “fourth estate” has really become a “fourth branch” of government. (The fourth estate was a term used by Edmund Burke to describe the independence of the media from the government and the necessity of it to stay separate as a watchdog. The fourth branch refers to the American media as being so integrated and interdependent with the government that it has become nothing more than a reporting and propaganda ministry for it—a lapdog rather than a watchdog.)
This unfortunate reality, says DiLorenzo, “explains the hostility exhibited by the state and much of the media toward, freedom-supporting Web sites in particular and the internet in general. Such sources of gate-keeperless communication threaten to burst asunder the empire of lies upon which all state power relies.” Indeed it does. The internet and a world full of individuals armed with smart phones and laptops are helping to break this information stranglehold. Just as the Gutenberg Press made the Protestant Reformation possible by putting printed material directly into the hands of the people, the internet is making the next reformation possible. It is now up to us to learn the difference between lapdog information and watchdog information.

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ABC Busts Biden Campaign For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC caught red-handed doing actual journalism.

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ABC Busts Joe Biden For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl confronts Biden campaign co-chairman Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond: “Sen. Harris said that she wanted to repeal the Trump tax cuts on day one…that does raise taxes on middle-income earners”

ABC’s Jon Karl asked Biden campaign co-chair Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), almost apologetically, but he still asked, doesn’t Biden’s plan obviously raise taxes on most Americans if you repeal the Trump tax cuts? Not just those making more than $400,000?

Biden campaign co-chairman responded that’s our “goal” but “on day 1” you’ll see our plan.

From ATR:

A repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impose a large tax increase on the American people. Thanks to the tax cuts, a typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 saw a tax cut of over $2,000– a 58% reduction in federal taxes. A single parent with one child with annual income of $41,000 saw a tax cut of $1,304 — a 73% reduction in federal taxes.

As noted by the New York Times: “Most people got a tax cut.” The NYT also stated: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.” Biden is a key part of this misleading effort.

Biden also repeated a lie he made during his campaign kickoff speech, claiming only high-income households received a tax cut. The Washington Post gave this claim four Pinocchios, noting it was “clearly false.” The Post also stated: “Most Americans received a tax cut.”

Democrats think that the lesson learned from Nancy Pelosi’s famous: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” quote was that America bought it hook line and sinker. He will raise everyone’s taxes. We’re not stupid.

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

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CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Asha Rangappa, an analyst for CNN and a former FBI special agent tweeted: “We have a biological terrorist in the White House.” This follows President Trump’s return to the White House on Monday evening after treatment for the Coronavirus.

Defending her claim, Asha Rangappa cited a Justice Department memo stating back in March that the novel Coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent” and that those who engage in the “purposeful exposure and infections of others” could be charged for terrorism-related offenses.

While there are allegations that he knew about his positive diagnosis significantly earlier than he had announced it on Thursday evening, there is no certifiable evidence that he knowingly exposed officials and staffers to the virus.

Twitter took aim!

Vile Democrats joined in with her:

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Major Newspapers Assign Top Reporters To Update Trump’s Obituary

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The New York Times’ Ben Smith says top reporters at three of the major newspapers in the nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times have been assigned to update President Donald Trump’s obituary, according to TDW.

Those reporters include Peter Baker at The New York Times, Marc Fisher at The Washington Post and Mark Z. Barabak at The Los Angeles Times, Smith claimed people from the various papers confirmed to him.

Smith noted of the “reporters arrayed at Walter Reed military hospital on Sunday” that “the White House press corps is working with admirable aggression and openness. We need to know who is in charge of the government, and to understand the outcome of President Trump’s long evasion of the coronavirus crisis as Americans begin to vote.”

Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and political science at the University of California, Irvine, told Smith, “It will help if reporters are medically knowledgeable, and ask the right questions, e.g. blood pressure, heart rhythm, sleep disorders. The more specific and precise questions reporters ask, the better. A robust fund of knowledge by the reporter is a great advantage.”

The major newspapers preparing their obituaries for Trump’s possible death may likely be premature; on Saturday evening White House physician Sean Conley, D.O., released a statement on President Trump’s health which indicated he had improved significantly since he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More

How can this possibly be true‽ Top reporters don’t work for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times! The MSM has a significant case of Stage 4 TDS.

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Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

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Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

Leftist MSM personalities took to Twitter following President Trump temporarily leaving Walter Reed Medical Center and taking a short drive to see his supporters who were outside showing their excitement for the president.

The most distinguished hit came from Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, who went on a rant and called for the Maryland Attorney General to “indict Trump for reckless endangerment” and “assault.”

CBS News reporter David Begnaud complained that the president appeared to not wear the correct type of mask.

Elizabeth Landers a reporter for Vice News claimed that a Secret Service agent told her that Trump’s actions were “so reckless and careless and heartless.”

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Trump Tax Return Hit Piece Fact Checks Itself: He Paid $1 Million in 2016 and $4.2 Million in 2017 to US Treasury

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The New York Times just published a so-called “bombshell” report on the president’s taxes, where they claimed Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes for 2016 and 2017. Of course, the rest of the MSM has taken this and ran with it.

The MSM everywhere are pushing the story of Trump only paying $750 in taxes as 100% fact, but unfortunately, they’re missing an immense part of the equation.

TWJ:

The New York Times never lets the facts get in the way of a good story – it just buries them so far down no one will see.

Then it buries its own credibility, too.

That was the case Sunday when the most biased “news” organization in the country published its latest in-kind donation to the Democratic Party in the form of a nearly 10,000-word account of President Donald Trump’s income tax history, deliberately written to cast Trump as a villain to hard-working, taxpaying Americans.

But one key fact buried by The Times gives the game away on how misleading the article actually was.

The so-called “newspaper of record” started out the article with sentences apparently aimed at Everyman: It didn’t talk in billions or millions of dollars, figures most Americans don’t deal with on a regular basis (even Times readers).

Under the ominous headline “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance,” it claimed that a billionaire who became president of the United States had “paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.”

That’s in the lede. The first sentence of a story that should set the tone for everything that follows. More

There is no wonder why President Donald Trump has to use Twitter to get his truth out! The Garbage times and other rags, never tell the truth!

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Feminist Journalist Crank: Amy Coney Barrett Is “Weaponizing Her White Womanhood”

Like clockwork.

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Demented Liberal Fixates On Amy Coney Barrett’s Children

As reported by Newsbusters, Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group put her tweets on “protected” status after severe online backlash.

“This whole press conference is a display of Amy Coney Barrett weaponizing her white womanhood to grab whatever power managed to slip through the cracks in the Trump administration’s unrelenting misogyny,” tweeted Grimaldi.

“Trump and Barrett using her black children and child with down syndrome to score political points isn’t surprising, but it’s no less appalling,” she continued. “CNN keeps going on and on about Barrett’s family as if that makes her qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and a whopping three years as a Trump-appointed federal judge, as if that’s enough to qualify for a lifetime on the Supreme Court.”

TDW:

Liberals are throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the race to keep her off the Supreme Court. After an “anti-racist” author referred to her as a “white colonizer” for adopting two black children from Haiti, feminist journalist Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group claimed that Barrett is “weaponizing her white womanhood.”

In a series of angry tweets on Saturday, while Barrett was accepting her nomination to the Supreme Court, Grimaldi claimed that Barrett was actually using her black children as props to gain political points. More

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CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

I love how they are asking President Trump this question when it was Democrats who actually said they would not concede.

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CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

H.R. McMaster laughed in CNN’s Wolf Blitzer face when he asked a ridiculous question: “It’s so worrisome, indeed. And General, if the President were to lose the election on November 3rd, and if he were to refuse to concede — this is a hypothetical, but you’re a military guy — what role would the U.S. military have to play in that type of scenario?”

“Absolutely no role, Wolf,” H.R. McMaster firmly replied with a chuckle. “And those who suggest that the military would have any role in transition — they are being equally irresponsible.”

He invoked George Washington, who he credited for establishing a “very bold line between the military and politics” during the nation’s founding.

“The military should have nothing to do with partisan politics and nothing to do with any talk — any talk — about a transition between administrations,” McMaster told Blitzer.

“And the fact that we even have to ask a question like that is so worrisome in and of itself,” Blitzer defended his question. “I never thought I would have to ask if the U.S. military were to have to get involved in dealing with this.”

Twitter weighs in:

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