Sunday, May 21

Wanna see how you're being played?

Eons ago Americans expected the "news sections" of reliable newspapers would report "facts."

Although everyone knew papers had their their favorite party and causes, those biases were usually only found on the editorial pages.  When it came to front-page news, papers rarely printed stories they knew were bogus.

If a paper printed a story that was later shown to be false, it was a big deal.  People could get fired.  A newspaper would lose readers.  So the media rarely ran stories it knew were completely false.  It did happen from time to time, but wasn’t a routine practice.

Ah, the good old days!

But now the Lying Mainstream Media have discovered that fake news sells papers and ad slots--provided, of course, that it's fake news that damages Republicans.

Example:  Do you recall hearing a story that under the bill passed by the House to replace Obamacare, rape would be considered a "pre-existing condition" which would make it far more expensive for the victim to get health insurance?

That turned out to be a complete fabrication.  But you heard the claim, right?   Mission accomplished.

How many of you heard the correction--the admission that this wasn't true?  Zero.  So once again, the mainstream Lying media accomplished their goal.

How many of you have heard that someone in Trump's campaign--maybe even Trump himself!--was "colluding" with Russia before the election?

Have you seen or read a description of the particulars of this charge?

No, you haven't.  But that doesn't matter to the media.  They accomplished their mission:  They know that the truth of a charge is of no concern--it's the fact that the charge has been made that sticks in the minds of readers or viewers.  Whether the charge is true hardly matters.

Here's an example of a hit-piece by Lying Mainstream media.  See if you can spot all the instances of totally unsupported innuendo. (I've put my nominations in red.)  The title is

Worried about fallout, Dems poised to poll-test impeachment

Democratic strategists are racing to figure out whether it’s politically wise to call for President Trump’s impeachment, as one bombshell revelation after another about his ties to Russia is forcing candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives to consider the question far sooner than anyone had expected.

In a significant development, party operatives say they expect Democrats to poll-test the public’s views on impeachment....

These operatives acknowledge they’ve been caught off guard by the speed with which impeachment has become a relevant issue – and are wary of the political damage it could cause if not handled correctly.

Even 10 days ago, before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, few party officials had even considered such a dramatic move, which has happened only twice in American history. “I mean, Jesus, it’s not even Memorial Day!” said one Democratic operative.

[The piece inserts this tip-off as to the goal of the article:
Anti-Trump protesters gather in Raleigh
VIDEO: About 50 anti-Trump demonstrators gathered in Raleigh on Friday, where Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis were scheduled to appear. They carried signs calling for a special prosecutor and for President Trump's impeachment.]
But on Tuesday night, CNN reported that even Republican lawmakers are now debating whether to support an independent prosecutor or independent commission after the latest round of revelations. And some Democrats are starting to at least entertain the possibility of impeachment.

“If it is, in fact, true, then yes, that is an impeachable offense,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, on CNN.

Last week, Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin suggested the country needed an “impeachment clock” to track how close the president was to being removed from office.
Pressure might also mount from the party’s liberal base, which has grown in size and relevance since Trump’s election, to call for impeachment.

Related stories:

One progressive leader called impeachment a “no-brainer.”  “Impeachment is the only way to stop Donald Trump, whose corruption and incompetence is placing our country in greater danger with each passing day,” said the executive director of Democracy for America.

Still, some Democrats expressed skepticism that impeachment is the right move for the party. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stuck to his message that a special, independent investigation is needed.

“The evidence is mounting by the day," said Perez.  "But as long as Republicans continue putting party over country, justice will never be served. Make no mistake: Their complacency is complicity, and history will remember them as cowards.”

The problem, these more wary Democrats argue, is that so much of the playing field during next year’s midterm elections is in states or districts favorable to Trump.  Senate Democrats must defend 10 states that Trump won during last year’s election.
“Voting for a check on Trump is one thing,” said one national Democratic strategist.. “But if a vote for a check on the president . . . becomes a de facto vote for an impeachment trial, the task in front of us will only get more difficult.”

Another operative said he expects that the House GOP’s health care bill – the American Health Care Act – still would play a bigger role in next year’s midterm elections.  “Health care remains the most personal issue facing voters,” he said. “Until that’s taken off the table completely, it’s hard to see how that doesn’t motivate the backlash.”
You can read the original piece here.  And this story isn't unusual, but is a down-the-middle example of how the Lying Media has been fanning the flames.

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