Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Competing With Pinocchio

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ABC News and Elizabeth Warren were featured yesterday in two separate stories, about the trials and tribulations of lying to the public.

ABC News has apologized for their lie. Elizabeth didn't have to, the news media covered for her. Again.

Studies show that it takes truth about 6 times as long as falsehood to reach 1,500 people.

Be informed.

Elizabeth Warren has a hard time separating truth and fiction.

The National Review says, "Elizabeth Warren is telling a lie about herself. Again. The media is covering for her. Again"

The Review says,
"Elizabeth Warren is a serial liar. She lied about her parents having to elope because of racism against her mother, who was white. She lied about being the first nursing mother to take the bar exam in New Jersey (which doesn't keep such records). She lied about being a 'single mom' when she met her second and present husband (she was still married, and not yet filed for divorce). She lied about the death of Michael Brown, which was not a murder. Only recently, after more than 30 years, has she stopped lying about being a Cherokee and a woman of color."

In the past few days, she has been telling a story about how a boss supposedly fired her from a teaching job because she was pregnant.

Both the National Review and the Washington Free Beacon dive deep into that story. You guessed it. It isn't true.

The press is once again, covering for her.

A peek at how the press covers for Pinocchio while they, themselves, become Pinocchio.

USA Today ran a curious headline that seemed to be constructed to warn readers that the matter was too trivial to even read about:
"Elizabeth Warren defends story that she was fired for being pregnant after more details surface."

The "facts" weren't presented as facts, because USA Today was tarnishing them as conservative -discovered details.

The paper then buried Warren's lie about being fired because she was pregnant under accounts of various women who said they had been discriminated against because they were pregnant.

The truth is, she didn't get fired because she was pregnant. She was actually offered an extension to her teaching contract and didn't accept it. That's fact.

The Washington Post took a different angle. They went all out to frame the lie with this headline:
"Conservatives claim Elizabeth Warren lied about pregnancy firing. Women reality-checked them on social media."

The media creates a tsunami of irrelevance to drown the truth.

The Post story went on to quote women who had also been fired for "being pregnant." They wrote of contracts not being renewed after the mother gave birth, and of positions that were revoked..." You get it.

None of this, however, has anything to do with Elizabeth Warren.

This woman must be protected because she is a banner carrier for the far-Left---and she wants to be President of the United States.

It's like saying other boys at Brett Kavanaugh's school mistreated girls, so Brett must have as well.

The Post dismissed the story with this:
"The chorus of voices sharing tales of misconduct served as yet another rebuttal to a concerted campaign to undermine a prominent woman's account of misconduct."

The story dismissed the details Warren supplied in 2007 as simply "an old interview" that provided "supposed evidence that she has been misleading."

The National Review story concludes:
"By covering for Warren's tall tale, the media is ensuring that the story will stay alive (because its not disputed), that Warren will keep lying (because she rightly thinks the media have her back) and that its self image as a profession of brave truth-seekers will continue to decay. The more the media behave like the DNC's propaganda arm, the more Americans will dismiss them as such."

NBC actually reports about the problem of "fake news."

While their story focused on the Internet, NBC actually reported on an interesting recent study that found that false news was re-tweeted more often than true news was, and carried further.

The MIT-led study wrote in the Journal of Science that "Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends or financial information."

MIT says, "We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people are more likely to share novel information."

While this study does not address the motives of false news, as it's directed toward the Internet, it does reveal the public receptivity to it.

ABC News lied Sunday night. Then again yesterday. Then sort of apologized when called out.

Sunday night, ABC News reported on the situation in northern Syria since Trump pulled our troops out.

With bold letters across the screen, ABC anchor Tom Llamas aired some of the footage of fighting, reporting that it showed, "the situation rapidly spiraling out of control in northern Syria."

Llamas framed the report with, "One week since President Trump ordered US forces out of the region," ABC reported "the situation is spiraling out of control" with pictures confirming what they were calling "a scoop" story.

ABC continued,
"This video right here appearing to show Turkey's military bombing of Kurd civilians---The Kurds, who fought alongside the US against ISIS. Now horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies."

There is no question there are problems on the northern Syrian border with Turkey, And many are blaming Trump for pulling our military out of the region.

But the "horrific" pictures were fake.

People who pay attention to such have confirmed, without a doubt. The video ABC was playing was not at all related to their story. It was a video taken at Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky back in 2017.

It was a video of military practice attacks on firing range targets.

Yesterday, ABC News issued a correction and apology for the error. They said, "We've taken down a video that aired on World News Tonight Sunday and Good Morning America this morning [Monday]."

The video that appeared to show Turkey's military bombing Kurd civilians in a Syrian border town wasn't a border town at all. Nor was it in Syria.

Be informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.