Truthiness Jumps the Shark

    Starting with a post-op on Bennett's poor response to a NYT op-ed calling for a full military response to George Floyd/police brutality protesters (with the editor *not reading the op-ed before publishing*).

    But also noting that up to *12%* of the nation participated in these *mostly peaceful* protests, so say 30 million. Imagine if the 3000 Jan6 protesters were 30 million, what destruction would have happened.

    And the flakiness if it all just gets amplified - little way to slow down false or misleading facts from those with a platform to work from (hint hint Elon...?)


    Here's a guy that disagrees with you, he thinks the media has emphasis on "everything is about Trump" and that that's a warped priority

    It's odd how quiet the media has been on the largest financial scandal since Enron.

    SBF and FTX stealing money from millions of people gets rewarded with puff pieces from "trusted" outlets and they try to cover it up with stories of "The IRS getting Trump's Returns."


    — Malcolm FleX (@Malcolm_fleX48) November 23, 2022

    And I think: get used to that, it's how a lot of educated millennials and GenZ think. That GenX and Boomers still control what's covered and too many have Trump Derangement Syndrome. When Trump's an old guy like Biden who is going to die soon.

    Huh? The story i posted just above was about WaPo publishing 3 Trump related ledes as an "all about Trump" front page, incl his hardly surprising announcement since he's been running 2 1/2 years already anyway. And while Supreme Court ruling on his taxes, or his rape lawsuit or his NYC lawsuit are as newsworthy as his latest self-adoring speech, none are in general as newsworthy as a multi billion crypto meltdown, or a dozen or more other important stories, while the latest Elon pronouncement is already old news as well.Will Maggie have to get a life finally?

    Slap on wrist for GOP kray-krays targeting & trying to disenfranchise black voters:

    Yglesias says moving left got the clicks and this was the influence of Facebook in the 2010's, among other things in this essay -

    first cut available at the link -

    I mentioned recently to former Book Club guest Brad DeLong that I needed some fresh ideas, and he suggested writing about what I learned from my time co-founding and working at

    To revisit that period of my life is to revisit a time when I learned an enormous amount about myself, business, friendship, and everything else, so much so that I can hardly conceptualize it. I’ve approached the subject with trepidation that anything I try to say will spiral into a sprawling epic the length of Moby Dick. But it’s a subject that’s been rattling around my head for a long time, and I recently gained some clarity when I mentioned offhandedly to a younger journalist that I thought I’d failed with Vox and she was surprised because Vox is still there, running articles and putting out podcasts and employing lots of people. And while I don’t love every Vox article, they are producing a lot of great stuff like Rachel Co…[....]

    he tweeted the second cut, which covers that point -

    which has this notable reply

    and here's the third cut he tweeted, which has a lot of replies stating that it's the same in many other fields

    p.s. this comment here at Dag always stuck in my my mind:

    [....] NYTimes has become so mealy-mouthed woke, it is practically unreadable.

    by EmmaZahn on Fri, 07/03/2020 - 5:55pm


    First comment there.

    So it's you and Marcy vs. Yglesias and Emma and me.

    'Truthiness' is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

    I don't listen to Fox cable and it's rightward competitors but nowadays I do look at a lot of Fox local coverage on crime and I gotta say: that's mostly factual with little 'truthiness". I realize that in many cases, they are promoting those stories on Twitter, while the other networks aren't as much until recently. Still, one could easily argue that the others are purposely ignoring it; I did. There might be a reason that they turn on Fox News at the dentist waiting room and the bank line? Because during the day, they actually do local news rather than political spin?

    I also admit I do look at covearge that Murdoch has ordered in an anti-Trump vein. Because it's politically interesting to me.

    You talking to me? (there's nobody else here) or who?

    Just pointing it out, don't know where else to plop it:

    Olbermann, Greenwald and Taibbi walk into a bar....

    Sigh, how long the disinfo...

    Sometimes just ridicule is the best response:

    They found Trump's laptop, he has naked babies in his file, it's true because some guy told me so.

    — Jack The Hat (@AlexGre36024221) December 7, 2022

    always good to keep in mind that the nutsos have always been with us - 1/3 of the population has always voted wack, they used to call in to the CSpan morning show to rant about what they heard on conservative talk radio the night before; now they have the internet to play with instead. (I remember I noticed Limbaugh's way of dealing with them was to pick one out to humiliate for like 20 mins.where he disagreed with everything they said, so that they came out of it using HIS talking points rather than theirs. Now they don't have that filter...)

    You'd never guess from reading Taibbi that a federal judge only 2 months ago weighed in on the damage Louis DeJoy did to mail delivery, and its effects on mail-in voting that the administration that appointed DeJoy was totally against because they thought it favored Democrats. [After their wailing about it for months/years, it undoubtedly does - as evidenced in reluctance of Repubicans to use mail-in for Arizona & Georgia contests recently - but that's not the fault of the Postal Service. But Matt says "ostensibly" by the Trump Administration even though it was loudly proclaimed & acknowledged that DeJoy was getting rid of supposed unneeded mail sorting machines & resources months before the election along with limiting USPS worker overtime that'd likely be needed during vote counting, all which DeJoy did without approval from his oversight board, and the judge just put in sanctions to make sure it never happens again.]
    Taibbi has never looked worse. And yeah, when he writes outside of his compromised areas, he can really write. But now he seems completely uninterested in actual journalism, and more interested in a huge paycheck from his new authoritarian sponsor.

    Feb. 2022 Pew poll says American adults want 'every side' coverage way more than journalists do

    "Journalists should give every side equal coverage even if one side and one side only is blatantly lying" - try that poll and see how it comes out.
    "Should we give Adolf Hitler equal time to explain his concerns and point of view?"
    "Guy who shot down 20 kids in a school wants his time on the front page too to explain how he's misunderstood."

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