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10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice

Out of several dozen.

Tom Blumer


December 30, 2013 - 6:30 pm
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As the year ends, I see that others have already conscientiously compiled lists of the most underreported and misreported stories of the year, with some even breaking matters down between foreign and domestic.

With that task addressed, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a far from comprehensive list of ten of the more noteworthy techniques which those who pretend to be loyal to the tenets of journalism employed during 2013 to deceive, misinform, misdirect and smear.

1. Pretend that “no one” is saying something, when they really are.

Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that “no one is talking about overturning the Second Amendment or confiscating guns in America.”

In the three preceding weeks, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had said that “confiscation could be an option”; an Iowa state representative had “said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms”; and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California had suggested a gun-buyback program which “could be compulsory.”

In early December, New York City’s police department sent out “letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences,” i.e., confiscation.

2. Bury the party affiliation of Democrats involved in scandal and crime.

Even when local stories appropriately identify leftist offenders’ party affiliation, national press outlets work hard to scrub them.

One of the most notorious such examples last year involved Steven Brooks, a Nevada State Assembly member from North Las Vegas. The opening sentence at the related Las Vegas Sun story told readers that “a Democratic assemblyman is in jail, arrested for threatening Democratic Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick, according to North Las Vegas Police and Democratic sources familiar with the situation.” By the time the Associated Press was done massaging it for national consumption, the D-word was held until the ninth paragraph, and reporter Martin Griffith was regaling readers with a list of the wonderful organizations and charities which Brooks had served.

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In Part 6. above, ' Long-time budget watchers know that the left’s and the press’s dictionaries define a “cut” as a “reduction in projected spending increases.” ' I think you have put the cart before the horse. The Left's and the Press's dictionary defines “reduction in projected spending increases" as a "cut". They have no definition for the word "cut", because an actual reduction in spending is not conceivable.
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Thanks for the perceptive comment as usual, cf. defines malpractice as "failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, especially when injury or loss follows."

So criminal intent can potentially be inferred in the use of the term in the column title, and the chances that some of what I identified fits the definition are high. But not all.

Just to take the first one, Carol Costello at CNN might actually have been ignorant enough in Jan. 2013 to believe that no one was talking about confiscating guns, as the press was not shining a lot of light on what Cuomo, Feinstein, and the Iowa rep were saying. If so, that's malpractice, but not criminal.

The patterns of behavior ID'd in 8 and 9, OTOH, are indeed demonstrations of "intent to defraud the American public."

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I agree with the intent of this article completely.

My issue is calling it malpractice. Malpractice implies negligence, which does not carry punitive damages or findings as a matter of course. Wilful and wanton behavior can indeed involve a punitive finding, but a civil, not a criminal one....and almost never is allowed.

A media outlet that serially engages in all of the above and coverups, distortions, and outright lies, slander and despicable acts of leaking seditionist anything but negligent. It is intentional treason.

We are so timid when it comes to speaking the truth about pro-Communist, anti-free market conspiracy...and we are so lazy and reckless with our acceptance of the phrases used to dull the scalpel needed to carve it out of our national defense.

Conspiratorial intent is not malpractice. The intent to defraud the American public, to only investigate conservative, independent or anti-leftists is a violation of the public trust.

To serially assault free market business, the Constitution, Judeo-Christian beliefs and believers, one race, the military and our defense of homeland, a seditionist, treasonous, toxic poisoning of our information stream.

And to call those who do so "mainstream" is the gravest mistake. How can a traitor be "mainstream" to his country?

How can it be "liberal" to be intolerant of a patriotic point of view. How can it be "progressive" to be intolerant of a patriotic point of view? How can it be "elite" to defraud scientific process?

The shame of our laziness and timidity in confronting conspiratorial conduct, lawlessness, slander, treason and sedition is exacerbated by allowing them to hide as "compassionate liberals" who are merely incompetent, negligent and well meaning, but blundering into "unintended consequences".

How foolish and lazy will we be with the bell tolling for thee.

They will say I wear a tinfoil hat. That "conspiracy theories" are "over the top", too "extreme".

To that I say....look again at the facts and evidence. If all of these actions reported in this fine essay are true and they happen daily...what more proof do you need to admit that none of this could occur in the absence of a conspiracy.

Look at the history of Obama, with Frank Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers, Don Warden, Danny Davis, the New Party, the Socialist Scholars, the Midwest Academy, Jeremiah Wright, the Nation of Islam, Cloward-Piven, Columbia radicals professors, Rashid Khalidi.

Van Jones, Anita Dunn, Carl Davidson, Sam Graham Felsen, George Soros.

WE give them a place to hide. WE give them credibility. WE give them ann "out". WE assist in assuring the mask does not slip.

If I must endure the slings and arrows of communist front groups who need to isolate, demonize, ridicule and slander me in order to keep up their masquerade as "liberals", to hide their radical attempt to overthrow this free market, Constitutional, self-governing, representative democracy...then let them have my name.

For it isn't worth having or saving if I wasn't willing to sacrifice it and even my life if need be, to keep it from the hands that have murdered hundreds of millions in tyranny and totalitarianism.

I can go toe to toe with them. But, I am not able to fight them, the rigged "referees and umpires" who pretend to objectivity AND the "concern trolls" on our side who give them aid and comfort by denying the reality of this treason.

Worse, the well intentioned countrymen who remain timid and lazy...who use THEIR words to soften the criticism, so that it does not sound so "harsh", so "tinfoil hat".

My dear countrymen...these are not "liberals" committing "malpractice" in the "mainstream" media. The more you describe them thusly....the more you seal our fate.
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The biggest of all is selective reporting. we know that Romney once transported a dog in a cage on the roof of his car...but Frank Marshall Davis has never once been mentioned by Pravda.

This is so pervasive that it's possible to draw a clear picture of Obama by simply observing what is never reported. it's like shooting all around the profile of a head on a target. What is left is the silhouette.

The silhouette of Obama is one of a psychotic marxist who has wallowed in the vilest radical politics for his entire life.
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Just trying to reconcile: 1) highest unemployment rate in US history; 2) highest numbers of college graduates with student loans they're unable to pay off, and highest number of college graduates hired outside their chosen fields of study; 3) highest number of business closures (franchising reports, Laundromat owners associations, small business entities etc.); 4)Highest number of medicaid registrants in the history of the program; 5)Long term unemployed benefits to be re- instituted on Monday January 6, 2014...and list goes on and on! OH! Almost forgot Bernanke will continue QE at a slower pace (only $75 billion per month). And everybody on MSM is touting a "slow recovery????" HOW? Read 01/01/2014 Wall Street Journal 24/7 report...stocks to invest in are all government associated or government related. That's why Boehner will approve Immigration Reform Bill, it's slathered with "porkulus!" All for surveillance industry tycoons. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. She's on life support. Join a Tea Party. Joseph Goebbels is alive and well.
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Not asking what will be the consequences of Israel's destruction because of BHO* policies.
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The use of the term 'malpractice', while linguistically accurate, fails to convey the utter absence of any significant disciplinary sanctions that might discourage repetition of the negligent or malicious behavior. When caught out in an overt deception, the responsible media party simply publishes a vague retraction of page B23, long after the false information is propagated on page 1.

One could hope for some form of effective chastisement or retribution that would not affect freedom of the press. After all, along with freedom goes responsibility to behave honorably.
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Many call the Leftist press, the MSM; Sarah Palin calls it the Lame Stree Media. I have a simpler appellation: the venal press.
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so it becomes important that we hold the media's feet to the fire, and use every possible means to use this article as the talking points to point out what will be continued journalistic malpractice.
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I appreciate the appreciation and your points, cf.

We'll all need to work hard on having a good 2014. People don't appreciate the danger of these times.
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who's counting?

* lie knowingly
* make stuff up
* ad hominem attacks on just one side
* mix opinion and fact
* be incredibly ignorant about history and politics and any context at all
* present Marxist dogma as background
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You know that the Left will use the rejoinder on this as "Quit watching Faux News." Apparently, if you don't receive your propaganda from a State approved news source, you are considered to be in error.
Time for them to look into the mirror. Except they aren't interested in facts, it's the ability to move the narrative forward.
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The most common malpractice, going on for a long time is just the use of steering adjectives, scare quotes and other items in straight news stories, which will definitely steer many readers into conclusions engineered by the author. I used to pick up Time or Newsweek and bet people I could find ten steering adjectives in any straight news article, and never lost the bet. And they all steered the same direction, always left!
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