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Majority of Americans Say News Media Have No Ethics

A new Ethics in Media study finds that a huge majority, 95 percent, feel that that state of the news media today is “troubling” and ethics free.

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A new Ethics in Media study finds that a huge majority, 95 percent, feel that that state of the news media today is “troubling” and that there is a lack of ethics among “journalists.”

The new study was published this week and was conducted of 1,010 American adults by the public relations firm Bospar.

According to the report, “more than 95% are troubled by the current state of media.” The reasons include the following:

  • Reports on fake news – 53%
  • Reporting gossip – 49%
  • Lying spokespeople – 48%
  • Celebrity opinions – 36%
  • Left-wing agendas – 34%
  • Gotcha journalism – 33%
  • Right-wing agendas – 32%
  • Puff pieces in exchange for access to other important interviews – 31%
  • Blind items being reported in the news – 30%
  • Hit pieces – 21%
  • Rise of independent contributors versus on-staff media – 14%

The largest number (67 percent) also felt that there is a lack of ethics in journalism and that this won’t be repaired any time soon.

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Those responding to this question had the following concerns:

  • 64%: It creates division and partisanship
  • 63%: It fuels inaccuracies
  • 60%: It incites hate
  • 57%: It creates fear

“If ever there was a time for an in-depth discussion about ethics in the media, it’s now,” said James Ennis Kirkland, president of the San Francisco Press Club, according to the over-view published by the study’s authors.

The survey group considered local print and online journalists as the most ethical (40%), followed by local TV reporters and anchors (23%) and national print and online journalists (22%). Only 15% of Americans said national TV anchors and reporters were the most ethical.

“When you look at perceptions of ethics in journalism, based on political affiliation, those aligned with the Democratic Party are significantly more likely to consider national journalists/anchors/reporters ethical, when compared to those aligned with the Republican Party or other minor parties,” said Gabrielle Ayala, Principal of Propeller Insights. “This is no surprise, given the current battles being waged by all groups in politics and the media to control the narrative and position themselves as the bearers of truth.”

As Breitbart’s John Nolte noted, it isn’t surprising that no one trusts the news media anymore.

Especially after big fake news stories such as:

  • Trayvon Martin Murdered by Racist White Man
  • Michael Brown Yelled “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” Before Racist Cop Murdered Him
  • Brett Kavanaugh: Serial Rapist
  • Trump Ordered His Attorney to Lie
  • The Racist White Boys from Covington High School
  • Trump Can’t Defeat Hillary
  • Trump Is a Russian Manchurian Candidate

… and that is only a tiny slice of fake news stories as the mainstream media seems to find a false story to push every week.

The media is filled with liberal liars pushing an agenda, not “journalists.”

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Manufactured Media Narrative on Impeachment Exposed by Dueling Poll Results

The media wants chaos in the capital.

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There is a new frustration sweeping the nation this week, as Americans from far and wide continues to find themselves befuddled by the mainstream media.

They turn on their televisions or log into Facebook to see a litany of literature regarding what seems like the inevitable impeachment of President Donald Trump.  That narrative is bolstered by the infotainment industry and their bloodthirsty quest for ratings.  Just today, after a cabinet meeting, Donald Trump was asked if he believed that a House vote on impeachment was a “foregone conclusion”.

Even uttering the phrase “foregone conclusion” in relation to impeachment is a bit of the media’s brainwashing at work, as it forces the President to make a soundbite that will be played ad nauseam for next day and half, continuing to pound the phrase into the minds of We The People.

And the media seems to be having some success in their pursuit of tanking Trump, as a number of recent polls show a slight uptick in support for impeaching and possibly removing the President.

At least, that’s what they want you to believe.  The reality of the situation is far more complicated.

Voters in the states likeliest to decide the 2020 presidential election support the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats began last month, but a majority still opposes impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, according to a New York Times/Siena College survey.

In the six closest states carried by the president in 2016, registered voters support the impeachment inquiry by a five-point margin, 50 percent to 45 percent. The same voters oppose impeaching Mr. Trump and removing him from office, 53 percent to 43 percent.

The survey depicts a deeply divided electorate in battleground states a year from the election, with the president’s core supporters and opponents exceptionally energized and unified. Yet at the same time, a crucial sliver of relatively moderate voters — just 7 percent of the electorate — support the inquiry without backing Mr. Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

Furthermore, it appears as though all of this impeachment-fever is actually backfiring on the Democrats as it galvanizes the President’s base.

Mr. Trump’s supporters from 2016 are nearly unanimous in their opposition to removing him. Over all, 94 percent of respondents who said they voted for him four years ago said they opposed his impeachment and removal. It is possible that Trump voters who have soured on him are less likely to divulge their 2016 preference to a pollster. (Crosstabs available here.)

Trump voters are not convinced that the president’s conduct was atypical for politicians in Washington. Only 11 percent of Mr. Trump’s 2016 supporters believe that his Ukraine-related conduct is worse than the conduct of most politicians, while 75 percent said it was typical.

Make no mistake about it; the distortion that we see here, this incongruity, can be blamed nearly entirely on the mainstream media’s wanton desire for chaos and anarchy in Washington DC.  They are the catalysts for this cacophony of anti-Trump tirades, and we must remember that always when peering through their liberal lens.

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Media Falsely Claim White House ‘Admits’ Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

On Thursday, the media breathlessly proclaimed that the White House “admitted” that Trump perpetrated a quid pro quo on Ukraine. But it is all fake news.

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On Thursday, the media breathlessly proclaimed that the White House “admitted” that Trump perpetrated a quid pro quo on Ukraine. But it is all fake news. In truth, the White House admitted no such thing.

As Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak reported, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to no such thing during his Thursday presser.

As it happens, Mulvaney said just the opposite, that NO quid pro quo occurred.

What Mulvaney actually said was that the Trump administration had initially withheld funding from Ukraine for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Europe was not providing enough funding for military aid. Another reason, he said, was suspicion of past corruption in Ukraine — which included Ukraine’s possible role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, including its possible possession of a Democratic National Committee server.

“The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the things [President Trump] was worried about in corruption with that nation. That is absolutely appropriate,” Mulvaney said on Thursday.

A reporter insisted that it sounded like a quid pro quo. But Mulvaney thoroughly disagreed. Indeed, he said this sort of stuff goes on all the time.

“He gave an example from this week: the U.S. had withheld aid from the ‘Northern Triangle’ nations — El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala — until they agreed to help stop migration,” Pollak wrote.

“The money held up had absolutely nothing to do with Biden,” Mulvaney noted.

Like a dog with a fake news bone, another reporter tried to throw out the “quid pro quo” charge. But Mulvaney struck back:

Those are the terms you use. Go look at what [U.S. Ambassador to the European Union] Gordon Sondland said today in his testimony — was that, I think, in his opening statement — he said something along the lines of, they were trying to get the “deliverable,” and the deliverable was a statement by the Ukraine about how they were going to deal with corruption. Okay? Go read his testimony, if you haven’t already. And what he says, and he’s right, that’s absolutely ordinary course of business. This is what you do. When you have someone come to the White House — when you either arrange a visit for the president, you have a phone call with the president — a lot of times we use that as the opportunity to get them to make a statement of their policy, or to announce something that they are going to do. It’s one of the reasons you can sort of announce that on the phone call or at the meeting. This is the ordinary course of foreign policy.

Naturally, the lefty media spent the rest of the day claiming Mulvaney “admitted” to a quid pro quo.

Clearly the media has a lie-filled agenda to push. It doesn’t care what the facts are.

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Project Veritas Exposes CNN’s Jeff Zucker Instructing Employees to Destroy Trump

A new undercover video by Project Veritas shows that agenda, not “news,” is all CNN is interested in with an agenda to destroy President Donald Trump.

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CNN parades itself as the “most trusted name in news,” but a new series of undercover videos by Project Veritas shows that agenda, not “news,” is all CNN is interested in with clips showing CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, ordering employees to attack President Donald Trump to destroy his presidency.

In a new Veritas video series, Zucker is heard ordering employees to go after Trump and to ignore all stories but the Democrat Party’s fake impeachment agenda.

Zucker is also heard ripping the bigger, more watched rival Fox News, and calling the better cable network purveyors of fake news and conspiracy theories.

Veritas also reveals a CNN manager who says that the entire network went into deep mourning the day that Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The Trump derangement syndrome is on full display as CNN Floor Director Hiram Gonzalez is heard telling the Veritas insider, “Between you and I, we created this monster and now we’re eating him full plate every single day. Media created the Trump monster.”

We also get to hear CNN’s media coordinator admitting that all CNN’s top talent viscerally hate Trump.

A few excerpts:

Cary Poarch, who works at CNN’s Washington D.C. Bureau, tells Project Veritas “I decided to wear a hidden camera…to expose the bias running rampant” at the network. Poarch documented CNN’s bias for months; recording undercover footage of numerous long-term employees, some of which talk about Jeff Zucker’s anti-Trump agenda. In the video are Nick Neville, Christian Sierra, Hiram Gonzalez, David Chalian, and Mike Brevna. These employee’s positions range from media coordinator to high-ranking executives. I decided to secretly record the 9:00am rundown call meetings with senior management and executives, says Poarch.

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Jeff Zucker has served as president of CNN Worldwide since 2013. In recordings of daily phone calls, Zucker directed staffers to push the impeachment narrative.

“I want to stay with this, our top, top – our own reporters, our own political analysts, the top, the top [unintelligible] we have. Okay, so make sure we’re doing that. All these moves are moves towards impeachment. So, don’t – don’t lose sight of what the biggest story is.”

[…]

Nick Neville, a CNN Media Coordinator, also opened up to our insider. Neville tells our insider who really controls CNN’s programming, and how much top-down control Zucker exerts:

“Like, there are a lot of people who are out here trying to play like, just do what they think is the best journalistic integrity. Then you get on the 9am call and the big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells what to do….”

“Jeff Zucker- basically president of CNN has a personal vendetta against Trump. Your own biases are gonna be there. They’re going to seep into what you think, they’re gonna seep into what you say, so if Jeff Zucker like blatantly hates Trump, and he runs CNN (which he does), it’s not gonna be positive (for you guys)…no I mean it’s not gonna be positive for Trump. He hates him. It’s gonna be negative!”

O’Keefe introduced his upcoming series last Friday:

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FAKE NEWS: ABC Uses Video of American Gun Range Event as Footage of War in Syria

ABC News showed video that they claimed was evidence of a Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria. But, it tuns out that ABC lied.

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In an effort to attack Donald Trump’s latest efforts to pull American troops out of Syria, ABC News showed video that they claimed was evidence of a Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria. But, it tuns out that ABC lied. The video had nothing to do with Syria, the Kurds, or Turkey.

On Sunday’s ABC News broadcast, the network broadcast a video with the caption “Slaughter in Syria” that they claimed was real video of attacks on the Kurds launched over the weekend by Turkish forces.

Sure enough, the video very much seems like a massive fire fight and maybe even bombs going off in the black of night.

But there was one tiny little problem with ABC’s video…

The video that ABC claimed was film of the Turkish invasion of Kurdish territory is actually video from a firearms event held two years ago right here in the U.S.A.

The video was made in 2017 during the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, a bi-annual event held at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

According to the gun range website, “The machine gunners are shooting at a wide variety of used appliances, abandoned vehicles, and barrels of fuel with pyrotechnic charges attached.”

Apparently, no Kurds, Syrians, or Turks were invited last time.

ABC has issued no statement on why it misled viewers.

*UPDATE*

ABC has now pulled the video and “apologized” for “error.”

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NBA Cancels Media Availability For Remainder Of China Trip

Maybe they should just go ahead and cancel their entire season.

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The NBA announced today there will be no media availability for the remainder of its tour in China this week.

The NBA’s official statement, per ESPN: “We have decided not to hold media availability for our teams for the remainder of our trip in China. They have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time.”

Breitbart:

The National Basketball Association has canceled all press conferences and media availability for the duration of their China trip, to avoid putting their players in “complicated” and “unfair” situations.

The Chinese government canceled all media availability prior to Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. While the Nets and Lakers are still scheduled to play each other in Shenzen again on Saturday, the league has decided to self-enforce the Chinese Communist Party’s policy and continue the silence.

“The league is making this decision independent of Chinese authorities, sources told ESPN.”

According to ESPN: Nets and Lakers players are free to comment on the circumstances without NBA retribution, according to a league spokesman. However, this media policy was already discussed with players and representatives from the players’ association, according to a league source, so the motivation to operate outside of the league’s guidelines is negligible. More

All the media following the exposition in China, should pack up their gear, go home and totally ignore the event. No live media, no print media. No press whatsoever. In fact, they should just go ahead and cancel their entire season.

Liberals were waving Chinese flags outside of Trump’s rally last night. When will freedom-loving Americans especially young adults wake up and refuse communism?

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A Month After Story Got Trump Official Fired, Now Bloomberg Apologizes for Fake News

Bloomberg Law is apologizing for publishing the fake news that started the ball rolling…. a month too late for it to do any good.

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In September, a story by Bloomberg Law accused Department of Labor appointee Leif Olson of anti-Semitism. Olson lost his position after the story. Now Bloomberg is apologizing for publishing the fake news that started the ball rolling…. a month too late for it to do any good.

Last month, Bloomberg Law published social media posts that the paper said proved Olson was a Jew hater. The paper’s reporter ginned up an entire story attacking Olson as an anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist.

The paper then posted screenshots of Olson’s posts, but edited out the parts that proved that their story was bunk.

As usually happens in these cases, the resulting backlash forced Olson to resign to put an end to the firestorm rising against him and to save the Trump administration from any further embarrassment.

However, others finally began to investigate Bloomberg’s attack on Olson and began to note that Olson’s social media posts were not anti-Semitic at all. In fact, the exact same posts were sarcasm aimed at criticizing the anti-Semites. But those were the parts that Bloomberg edited out of their original story.

Now, a month later, Bloomberg is apologizing for the fake news hit piece.

Bloomberg Law Editor-in-Chief Cesca Antonelli now says she made the decision after “we spent the last few weeks reviewing our coverage and our editorial processes.” The story “did not meet our editorial standards for fairness and accuracy,” she added.

“We regret that lapse and have retracted the story,” Antonelli concluded. “We are also strengthening our policies and processes.”

So far, there is no public statement on what, if any, punishment the Bloomberg writer, Ben Penn, faces from his bosses.

Fortunately, this story has a better ending than the destruction of Olson’s life. After so many reported that Olson’s posts were not anti-Semitic, the Department of Labor offered Olson his job back.

This is the danger of the rush to publish fake news. Bloomberg got a story wrong that ruined a man’s professional career but didn’t bother to apologize for a month until the storm blew over.

This sort of behavior of leftist “news” sources pretty much proves that the left-media doesn’t care about facts and truth, they only care about taking a scalp from the right whether the story is true or not.

It is reminiscent of the 2012 presidential campaign when then Democrat Senate majority leader Harry Reid told the media that “someone” told him that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney never paid any afederal taxes. When the media asked him for proof, he told the media it wasn’t his job to provide proof, it was the media’s to find it.

But after the campaign was over and Romney lost, Reid admitted that he lied and he didn’t have any proof at all for his accusations against Romney. But, so what? His side won, right?

This is exactly what Bloomberg did. They had no proof. They made it all up. But, hey, they won, didn’t they? The Trump man lost, didn’t he?

This is the corruption that is being a Democrat or the Democrat’s lapdogs in the media.

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Dishonest MSM Leave Out What Trump’s ‘Favor’ From Ukraine President Actually Was

Outrageous!

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Dishonest MSM Leave Out What Trump’s ‘Favor’ From Ukraine President Actually Was

The dishonest MSM left out an important part of what President Donald Trump’s ‘favor’ from Ukraine president actually was.

On CNN, President Trump is quoted as saying “I would like you to do us a favor.” They quote the section of the transcript relating to Biden, completely ignoring the part about Crowdstrike. Fox News’ Shepard Smith did the same thing, as did MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC’s Katy Tur, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and “The View.”

TDW:

Major media outlets had already decided on the narrative of the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump regarding his conversation with the Ukraine president. Now that the White House’s transcript has been released, these same outlets are cutting out important context in order to give a different, more negative, impression of the call.

The New York Times and The Washington Post each put sections of the transcript on their front pages on Thursday. Each paper cut out what Trump said after asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for a “favor” and skipped ahead to a portion of the call when Trump brought up former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s involvement in a company that was investigated by Ukraine.

Here’s the “favor” Trump actually asked for:

I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.  More

This is a perfect example of exactly how Democrat politicians present information to the American people. Everyone would do themselves a favor to read the original transcript and then read Adam Schiff’s “parody” at the hearing.

The Democrats insult our intelligence at every turn. They are counting on the millions of people who are too lazy to read it and just rely on headlines and sound bites for their news.

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