Fiddling With the News

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Harlotte is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, February 2, 2015. Our dear friend, Spider Harlotte, is at the breakfast table this morning. She is a little bent out of shape today because she simply cannot take the manipulation of the mainstream media anymore. Harlotte has asked me to extend an invitation to all the poppers this morning. She is looking forward to sharing a meal of hot buttered muffins and Irish coffee while she rants on about the decline of journalism in America. We are looking forward to your arrival.


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A Death in the Nation

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I doubt there is a person alive today who doesn't realize that journalists who still remember what it means to accurately report the news are being silenced by this administration and the networks that do as they are told by the White House. A case in point occurred when the major broadcast networks refused to cover reports that one of the five Taliban detainees exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 has been trying to rejoin the terror group in Afghanistan. CNN did cover the story, followed by Fox News. ABC, CBS and NBC passed on the story. Just for the record these three networks also ignored the passage by the Senate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The vote was bipartisan and that must have really annoyed the administration and their loyal subjects in the media.

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The Press is Not Free

Former CBS investigative correspondent Sheryl Attkisson told senators that the job of getting at the truth has never been more difficult since Obama entered the White House. This administration withholds information from its citizens and they are very adept at threatening the access of journalists honestly trying to do their jobs. News organizations who are determined to get to and report the truth are bullied by President Obama and his team. The end result is an ignorant voting public. In the eyes of this administration nothing could be finer than citizens who are compliant and being driven by state supported misinformation. Something has to give before the American people are completely cut off from the truth about their nation and ultimately their lives. The freedoms that we have come to expect in this country are now under siege thanks to an administration that holds its needs before those of the American people. The fact that those in Washington serve on behalf of the people is a message long since lost.

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Government Intervention is a No-No

The FCC has been toying with the idea of delving into the nation's newsrooms to determine the process by which stories are selected for coverage. If they are concerned about bias the jury is already in. Yes, the mainstream media is biased. Yes, the mainstream media picks and chooses what they want the people to know. Yes, the mainstream media does as they are told by this administration. Allowing the FCC to stick its intrusive nose into this mess is not the answer. Things are already pretty bad. The FCC can only further move America away from the notion of a free press by jumping in and deciding what they should be doing. The government is already dictating what the American people are allowed to know because of media outlets friendly to this president or alternatively afraid of him. Once government intrudes it never goes away, ever.

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The Public Must Lead the Way

The best way out of this mess is for concerned citizens to support a free press by tuning in, writing to the news outlets and making their opinions known loud and clear. If we stop tuning into to stations that manipulate the news, their numbers will go down and so will their revenues. We can drive them out of business or force them to shape up by depriving them of our viewership and our dollars. Of course the best thing we can do is elect a president who remembers what America is all about. The best thing we can do is elect a president who values and respects a free press. The best thing we can do is elect a president who wants to restore our nation to the prominent position it once held in the world. It is time to turn our backs on all those who want to bring us to our knees in front of the world. Ignorance is definitely not bliss. We are in this mess because of stupidity. There was absolutely nothing amazing about candidate Obama and yet we gave him access to the highest office in the land. He needs to be replaced with a person of considerable talent. He needs to be replaced by someone who loves this country and is willing to pull out all the stops to undo all the damage done over the last six years. Restoring journalism to its intended goal is part and parcel of the process. An informed public is an absolute necessity.

Harlotte's Song

Oh, what a tanged web they weave

When first they practice to deceive....


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billybuc 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

I think the idea of free press is a myth, but I'm all for the spirit of this article. It would be lovely if we had a major news outlet that was not branded by one party or another.

Carry on!


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Old Poolman 20 months ago from Rural Arizona

Being as most or all of the current networks have high hopes of earning profits, I would be reasonably sure that the IRS plays a huge role in the decision making process. This administration uses the IRS as a weapon of mass destruction against any corporation, business, or individual that dare go against their wishes.

As billybuc points out, the freedom of the press is only a fond memory of the better days that no longer exist.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear billy,

I still believe dreams can come true. See you at the Inn. I will be sloshing over. This global warming is cold, wet and icy!


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Tom Whitworth 20 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Harlotte,

The petulance of this president is astounding.


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Lady Guinevere 20 months ago from West Virginia

Good Morning Breakfastpop! I see you have the same concerns as I do regarding media and controlling the masses with deceit. Some of us actually do realize what is going on. Once we speak up though...watch out for the insults, lies, slander and more deception.

I do not know if anyone else notices this but every time the president speaks (and the same with Bush JR) I noticed that they were more like a puppet than a human...or was it that they just could not read what was in front of them. I mean they had/have no emotions, now facial expressions of any kind and that bothers me.

Another thign that I have seen on TV is that those who televise a show on food and travel to other countires and such are televizing about 10-20 miles outside of the war torn countriy there is no war and it is beautiful. That tells me that the whole concept that the media what us to swollow about the whole nation or contry is at war is falso. It seems to be only in certain cities. Then it got me to thinking about making us think and fear others and if it really is a set-up to the rest of the world. Are they setting all the war and the news up to keep us in fear????

See you at the Inn, my friend.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

Then we are no different than any Communist country. America is dead. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

I agree. He is thin-skinned, intractable and immature. See you at the Inn. We may need to print our own newspaper.


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Old Poolman 20 months ago from Rural Arizona

Lady Guinevere makes a good point. I once received a phone call from a friend in another state asking if we were in any danger from the flood? Now this being Arizona floods are pretty darn rare and I had no idea what he was talking about.

They had just seen on the news where one isolated neighbourhood here in Tucson had received a huge amount of rain and the streets and some homes were flooded. They made it sound like the entire city was going underwater. They could be a little more factual and specific when reporting the news.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear Lady Guinevere,

Under this administration and their pals in the media, I doubt we are really seeing the true face of war. After all, Obama declared victory in the war on terror. His method is brilliant. He just changes the names of the terrorists to friends and voila all is right with the world. My measure of how bad things are, are the sodiers returning home missing limbs. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

The reverse is also true. One year it was reported how the great snow missed New Jersey completely. There I was buried under 17 inches of snow!


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Lady Guinevere 20 months ago from West Virginia

You are right with that one. You know it kind of rememinds me of the stories in the Bible (not religious please) about sending people to their deaths because of a belief. People were sent to battle, but in reality it was to cull the population....going on a limb here. People are being sent to war and are considered expendable. Just a passing thought here: So what we send them to war and they come home maimed and we do not have to do a thing with them because.........we can just send some more.

That is what it appears to be like. I also have the thought in mind about one of the Star Trek episodes where these two planets have all the statistics in a computer in order to kill each other and they said that is was much more human than actually sending real people. In the end though they did not realize that they were sending real people to the other's planets and so Captain Kirk got them to realize what they really were doing and stopped it.

It would seem that all these military commanders and such have no concept of human life...only numbers and they are only playing soldiers and war games. It is something so surreal.


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bradmasterOCcal 20 months ago from Orange County California

POP

Great hub, and it is the mainly the viewers and readers of the FreeDumb of the Press concept that need to take the dumb out of freedumb.

The whole concept of the first amendment was to ensure that the free speech, and truth wouldn't be controlled by the government. Yet, over the years that is exactly what happened here.

The first problem occurred with the creation of cable news. This was at first the result too many hours 24 each day to really fill quality news. And that led to their replacing new reporting with news distorting.

Then this followed in the broadcast news. And they both became Entertainment first, news maybe.

Then as you say with this administration the real attack on news happened when news wouldn't even be presented, as it was stifled from the government.

The usefulness of the news today is more for disinformation than it is for information

As long as the sheep keep eating the funny grass dispensed by the government and the media the longer they will be on a stupifying high.

Thanks.


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RachaelOhalloran 20 months ago from United States

Since the days of news publishers like Ben Franklin when George Washington was President, the press has always been fueled by well placed individuals in government. When TV became a political tool with Kennedy Administration, government-fueled media got a kick in the pants that brought it to the attention of most Americans. I do not think we will ever see a free press ever again. Both government and media are one and the same.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear Lady Guinevere,

I understand your frustration and disgust. I feel the same way. I have always believd that if we must go to war, we must do so without rules of engagement or concern for collateral damage or what is politically correct. War should never be treated like a game and in my view that is how it has been since the end of WW II. If you make the move then you go all out . As of now injuries and unnecessary deaths mount up. Surely, we have the means and ability to destroy the enemy. Why is it taking a decade? I am sick of the whole thing.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

I agree with every single thing you said. There is practically nothing free about our press thanks to the government and friends of the government in the press. See you at the Inn. We'll turn on the TV and watch some more distortion of events in our nation and around the world.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Good Morning Rachael,

Tell me, what separates us from North Korea or Venezuela? We need a new crop of investigative journalists who will dig for the truth and not back down. See you at the Inn.


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RachaelOhalloran 20 months ago from United States

Forgive me, Pop. I thought your article was talking about only Obama Administration and US media. To address your question, nothing separates USA from any other country in that sense, except that some countries have more censoring than we do so that we are brainwashed into thinking we have a free press. Free is a loosely used word.


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tsadjatko 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

The job of the press is to speak truth to power.

In recent decades, particularly under this administration, not the media but the job of the press has changed.

Today their job is to speak lies to the powerless.


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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop.....Just like diets where we try "everything," so too I have tried every which way to get truth and/or some semblance of fact from any and all media outlets. It's become simple to know which slant they favor, within the first 5 minutes.

I tried going back & forth from one biased news center to the opposite, so maybe I could come up with some magical mathematical solution in the middle that vaguely gave us reality. Silly me.

We can stand on our head, follow the money, investigate independently, analyze and research til the cows come home.

With a fraud at the helm, who cannot steer properly, has no intention of leading in the right direction.....and worse, is bound to pulverize everything we believe in.......We waste our precious time.

Can't make it to the INN unless you send the dog sleds out. I'm snowed in again............UP++++ Great Hub, pop


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JPac1 20 months ago from Columbia, Missouri

As a journalist myself, working every day in the industry (not at the networks), I like seeing things like this. Of course there is bias in the news. To eliminate bias would be to eliminate human nature. It's inevitable, and every human has bias, journalists included. It is frightening how much politics control the message. Sometime national security is involved and in that case it is understandable to withhold some information.

Journalists at the network level have to be more bold, more level-headed, and more focused on reporting for the purpose of an informed electorate, rather than reporting for the purpose of appealing to the masses, which makes money. Since the involvement of business in journalism, that's unavoidable.

I disagree, however, with your assertion "Yes, the mainstream media does as they are told by this administration. " I don't think you can use such a blanket term such as "the mainstream media" here. That includes ALL popular media: Twitter, Facebook, movies, music, TV shows (other than news). Specifically speaking about news networks, the network does not move as one robotic unit. All news outlets are made up of many, many journalists, most who care deeply about telling the truth, and doing it right. There is a constant push and pull between the newsroom and the executive offices, between reporters and editors. It's a battle every day. It needs to be fixed, there is a lot of work to do and I think you've come to some very true, very important conclusions. But we have to be careful not to make this into a conspiracy, but rather an issue begging resolution.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear fp,

It's a damn mess. Once we, hopefully, get a normal talented person in the WH, maybe we get this nation back on track. Journalists have a responsibility to tell the whole story. Although bias exists it should be counter balanced by the other side of the story. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear J,

I don't think of this trend towards distorting or suppressing the news as a conspiracy, but rather a result of pressure from the administration along with a natural liberal way of thinking in the industry. My point is this, the public deserves to hear the whole story, so put both sides of the issue on the table. And first and foremost, do not decide not to report a story because it doesn't met with the way you think. We all don't think alike. Thank you so much for coming to the breakfast table. I look forward to reading more of your views.


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FitnezzJim 20 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I had hoped an article titled ‘Fiddling with the Press’ would be about Lindsey Sterling doing a news interview. But … oh well, more politics …

I saw where you recommended writing to the press to let them know what we think about government interfering with freedom of the press. That is great advice.

It may also be effective to write to your Congressman and Senator and let them know they will lose your vote if the pass any laws that allow the government to interfere with the press. They may not care how the press is affected, but they might care about losing votes.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear Rachael,

Anyway you slice it, it isn't good.....


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tsadjatko 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Jim, What would be effective would be if the 60 % of the electorate who never votes wrote congress and got off their lazy duffs to vote and make, not a difference, but they'd make the difference. I got the last word, na na na boo boo. ;-)


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Der tsadjatco,

I find it impossible to watch a press conference from the WH. The Press Secretary sounds like an idiot and the press lets him get away with it!!!!!


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear FitnezzJim,

I can't think of any other solution to this mess. I think the permits of these idiotic news outlets should be revoked. They serve no purpose other than to brainwash the public. See you at the inn.


taxlarry. 20 months ago

Let's hope neither Hilary Rodman or Liz Warren do not become the next president. The press would never recover


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Dear taxlarry,

Nor would we!


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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 20 months ago from Mandi (HP) India

Press could become free if it becomes an autonomous government institution like judiciary. Otherwise they have the prejudices of their mentors.


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Pamela99 20 months ago from United States

I think the mainstream news is not worth watching as long as Obama has them in his pocket. Love your suggestions, and this article has excellent advice!


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Good Morning Sanjay,

Our press is supposed to be free, but most of it operates like a state run arm of the government. The last thing we need in this country is more government intrusion. Thanks for coming to the breakfast table.


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breakfastpop 20 months ago Author

Good Morning Pamela,

I agree with you. I don't watch it. I don't have the stomach for it. See you at the Inn.

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