Media watch – Monday

20 February 2017


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  1. Anonymous Coward

     /  February 20, 2017

    For a week now I’ve been going to Breitbart first for news to see what an un blinkered, non-fake world of news is like. I promised the colonel I’d do it for 3 months but I’m not sure I can do it.

    I was right about one thing though, Trump looks no better over there, it’s just that over there there is only his direct quotes to paint a picture of him. They can’t risk having him call them fake news, can they.

    You see, in an effort to avoid fake news they seem to have decided to avoid editorial opinion. Why? Because when they call out fake news, they’re usually calling out opinions, not mis represented facts. This results in a site that is very lean, and that largely relies on quoting other news sites to ridicule them.

    There’s an example there today in
    The quote “There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe” is reported in the Observer under the headline “Far-right leader Geert Wilders calls Moroccan migrants ‘scum’”. This is what qualifies as ‘fake news”. It’s ‘fake’ because the headline, according to Breitbart, makes you think it’s “ALL” Morrocans. The article does make it clear it’s not in the thirds paragraph – so how is that fake news? Breitbart is clutching at that one.

    The comments seem to be the main part of the site, around 3500 on most main stories. These are kind of worth a read, but they have a tone to them that paints a terrible picture of the right. Here Hillary and Obama are like winged demons reaping destruction on the earth, here Trump is a god, here Obama’s birth certificate still needs checking, here Atomic Pizza still has a basement, here the news that 5 people have died in the California storm is ” +5 for the libtards once they redistribute their Identities for some illegal aliens”.

    Irony abounds there too, as the contributors link daily to clearly ‘fake’ news sites. (those of you who read the link to the DHS stooge blaming Pizzagate on the Israeli’s know what I’m talking about).

    • Conspiratoor

       /  February 20, 2017

      No surprises to see them throw a few bouquets Trump’s way ac. But hang in there for a while longer, 45 million readers can’t all be idiots. And please remember Breitbart doesn’t try to pretend it is something it’s not – an unbiased news source. Unlike the old, dying media

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  February 20, 2017

        But is a biased news source.

      • Do they admit to being political activists and propagandists rather than media?

        • Conspiratoor

           /  February 20, 2017


          “Breitbart News Network (known commonly as Breitbart News, Breitbart or is a far-right[a] American news, opinion and commentary[10][11] website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart News is known to periodically publish falsehoods and conspiracy theories,[b] as well as intentionally misleading stories.[19]”

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  February 20, 2017

          There is very little there in the way of ‘original content’, most stories have a higher paste:pen ratio than Whaleoil. It really seems like it’s a vehicle for the comments section more than anything.

  2. Blazer

     /  February 20, 2017

    another contemptible National minister with a big ego…

  3. Blazer

     /  February 20, 2017

    I see standardnistas are getting excited about new candidate for Christchurch Central….reading this puts a different angle on his ..ethics…

    [I need time to check this link – PG]

    • Blazer

       /  February 20, 2017

      it is easy to verify.His candidacy really makes me think there little difference between Labour and the Natz these days.’if you don’t like my principles…I have others’-Groucho.