All news is political (update)

February 2019 updates:

  • CNN reporter Maeve Reston is following Kamala Harris on the campaign trail, which led them to a clothing store to pick out a new jacket. This tweet about that event is too good to not include in full:
  • In Belgium, a Muslim bus driver did not get fired after he stopped his route and started praying in the middle of the bus, while the same company did fire an employee for posting a Muhammed cartoon on his personal Facebook page. Belgian media took clear sides by describing last month’s incident as “De Lijn looking into complaint about praying bus driver” and last year’s incident as “Bus driver who caused a fuss with insulting Muhammed cartoon has been fired”.
  • The British TalkRadio station announced a debate as follows: “Should the East London schoolgirl who fled to Syria to join Islamic State in 2015 be allowed to return to the UK?” What exactly did she “flee” when she exchanged the UK for Syria?
  • CNN ran an opinion piece promoted on Twitter with the summary: “Regardless of who runs in 2020, if President Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully?” Not a question I remember CNN asking of previous Presidents. A reminder of the 2016 campaign, when Donald Trump was attacked for not promising to commit to accepting the election results (which, per CNN, “cast unprecedented doubt on the legitimacy of the electoral process”) while no such criticism was leveled against Hillary Clinton for actually challenging the outcome of the election based on the ‘Russia collusion’ narrative.
  • MSNBC contributor Michael Steele (who is a former RNC-chair, illustrating that the establishment is bipartisan) said that President Trump is “probably not happy” that law enforcement stopped a white supremacist from carrying out a terror attack. His unfounded assertion went unchallenged by the host and other guests.
  • Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) reports on damages caused in a residential area in Utrecht “after a Pegida demonstration in January 2019”. The headline, and almost all of the article clearly connects Pegida to the vandalism which totaled tens of thousands of euros in damages, while it was actually counter protesters (mostly migrant youths) who caused the damages. This is mentioned once in the entire article, but only implicitly and only in a quote: “the Pegida protest itself went orderly”.
  • With strikingly similar timing, stories are popping up in the media in Canada, the UK and the US about ISIS brides wanting to return ‘home’ now that the Caliphate is in ruins. Their stories in the media tend to portray them as victims of circumstance, and even the accompanying photos used are chosen to make them appear sympathetic, about which Stefan Molyneux notes: “I’ve yet to see the mainstream media start off an article on me with a picture of me smiling with my child”
  • German public news caster ARD turns out to have been using a ‘framing manual’ (penned by a political activist) for the past two years.
  • CBS News’ Lara Logan admits about the role of US media: “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense, or at least the effort, to be objective, today. … We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that”.
  • Former NY Times editor Jill Abramson has criticized the NYT for being “unmistakingly anti-Trump” and having its news coverage “infused with opinion”.
  • At just six weeks in, 2019 has already seen four big hoaxes pushed by the MSM
  • While Hillary Clinton’s health was ruled “off-limits” during the Presidential campaign, CNN can now not get enough of President Trump health gossip, as they ran an item calling the President “obese”.
  • Vanessa Tyson came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Justin Fairfax, eyed successor of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Somehow, these accusations don’t seem to be garnering the same type of traction the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh did.
  • Democrat Mary Ann Lisanti (Maryland) referred to a county as a “nigger district”. Daily Mail US calls Lisanti a “White Maryland Legislator” and fails to mention she is a Democrat in the headline. It takes until the fourth paragraph to find out her party affiliation, which is not mentioned anywhere near her name so people skimming the article will easily miss it. With everyone else mentioned in the article, party affiliation comes up immediately after their name.

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