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Americans don't trust the media

This may come as a surprise to Millennials and Gen Z-ers, but there was a
time when most Americans had confidence that the media reported the news
“fully, accurately, and fairly.”

In 1972, when Gallup first began measuring public attitudes toward the
media, 68% of the public said they trusted the credibility of the news
industry. In 1976, the year Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, and Jason
Robards starred in All the President’s Men, public trust in the integrity of
the media reached a peak of 72%.

But over the next two decades, more and more Americans stopped believing in
the trustworthiness of the press. By 1997, confidence in the industry had
fallen to 53%. When Gallup tested the question last September, it was down
to 41%.


Why so much of the public has turned against the news business isn’t hard to
figure out: Journalists and the outlets they work for have largely abandoned
the ideal of objective, unbiased news coverage. The old attitude that
stories should be reported without partisan favor or a political agenda has
gone by the boards. For years now, the dominant attitude in newsrooms has
been — to quote a 2014 speech by Univision’s influential anchor Jorge
Ramos — that “the best of journalism happens when we, purposely, stop
pretending that we are neutral and recognize that we have a moral obligation
to tell truth to power.”

Today there is even less of a commitment to objectivity. In a New York Times
essay a few weeks ago, reporter Wesley Lowery included himself “among a
chorus of mainstream journalists who have called for our industry to abandon
the appearance of objectivity as the aspirational journalistic standard.” In
place of the old journalistic commitment to getting the facts right, the
industry nowadays is committed to getting the narrative right. The result is
media outlets that make little effort to hide or deny their strong leanings:
CNN and The Washington Post tilt sharply to the left, Fox News tilts sharply
to the right, and all but the most naïve consumers know that when they tune
in to the “news,” they are generally getting just one side of the story.

The COVID-19 crisis hasn’t altered the public’s opinion.

As early as March, Gallup found that while the public was giving high marks
to hospitals, schools, and even politicians for their handling of the
pandemic, a solid majority — 55% — disapproved of the news media’s
performance. Four months later, that disapproval continues. According to an
Axios/Harris poll released last week, Americans’ view of most occupations
has improved since the start of the pandemic. For example, public approval
of the retail and pharmaceutical industries has climbed 17%. The food and
beverage industry is up 23%. Approval of the tech sector has risen 28%; of
grocery stores, 35%; and of doctors/nurses/hospitals, 47%. But public
approval of the media fell by 5%. Only airlines (down 7%) fared worse.



I see little likelihood that this will change. More and more journalists
regard themselves today as troops in the culture war, and their ideological
loyalties are reflected in their coverage — not just on the opinion pages,
where it’s appropriate to take sides, but in the news pages as well. Plainly
there is a market for such unbalanced journalism, to judge by the growth in
digital media subscriptions. But there doesn’t seem to be much respect for
it.

America’s news business has traveled a long way since the era when Walter
Cronkite, who for two decades anchored the CBS Evening News, was regarded as
“the most trusted man in America .” In this day and age, news anchors and
editors are regarded as partisan combatants, loyal to a political agenda,
not to an ideal of fair and objective journalism. Maybe, in some ways, that’s
for the better. Perhaps with Fox and the New York Times and MSNBC wearing
their biases on their sleeves, Americans can bury any illusions they once
had about the purity of journalism, and acknowledge that news people are no
more committed to impartial truth than advertising copywriters or political
consultants.

Who says, after all, that the most trusted figure in America has to be a
journalist? If you want someone you can be sure will tell you the truth,
there’s always Alex Trebek.




ABC man, RIP


Herman Cain, a brilliant business analyst who made his name as the CEO of
Godfather’s Pizza, died last Thursday after succumbing to COVID-19.

Cain’s life story was remarkable. He was born in poverty in the Jim Crow
South to a mother who was a cleaning woman and a father who was a janitor
and a chauffeur. “The rules of the house were simple and direct,” he once
said . “Don’t get into trouble. Don’t talk back to your mother. Go to
church. Study hard and finish school.” From those humble beginnings, Cain
rose to the heights of the business world, and for a few months in 2011 even
flirted with the heights of the political world as he competed for the
Republican presidential nomination. Cain always regarded his rags-to-riches
story as the quintessence of what is possible in America, and the experience
made him a lifelong conservative. An “ABC” man, he called himself: “American
Black Conservative.”

He was a proud “Morehouse Man,” graduating from the historically black
college with a degree in mathematics in 1967, then pursuing a masters degree
in computer science at Purdue while simultaneously working for the US Navy
as a ballistics specialist. He took his computer skills into the
food-service industry, first as a systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company,
then to Pillsbury, where he became director of business analysis.

“At age 36,” recounted Thomas Gallatin at the Patriot Post website, Cain
“was assigned to manage 400 Burger King stores in Philadelphia, a task he
handled so successfully that three years later Pillsbury appointed him CEO
of Godfather’s Pizza chain, a subsidiary that at the time was failing. Cain
described it with typical wit: It had ‘one foot in the grave and one on a
banana peel.’ Under Cain’s leadership, the franchise turned around and he
eventually bought it from Pillsbury.” Later he became a member of the board
of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and in a famous televised
confrontation, challenged then-President Bill Clinton on the economic
assumptions of his health care plan.



Herman Cain, 1945-2020


In 2006, a tumor was found in Cain’s liver and he was diagnosed with Stage 4
colon cancer. Nearly 50,000 Americans die each year of colorectal cancer,
but Cain recovered after surgery and chemotherapy. Like many people who are
spared from a terrible calamity, he decided he was meant for greater things,
and threw his hat into the 2012 GOP presidential contest. For a while he was
tied in the polls with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But his
signature campaign proposal — his “9-9-9” tax reform plan — never caught
fire with Republicans. And after reports of past sexual harassment
complaints came to light, his presidential campaign fizzled.

Cain, who told a story about the time he and his brother sneaked drinks of
water from the “white” fountain in an Atlanta department store, obviously
knew all about American racism. Part of his greatness was that he refused to
be defined either by the bigotry of white supremacists or by the rancor of
black racial resentment. In a radio interview during his short-lived
presidential campaign, he was asked by Hugh Hewitt about the experience of
entering the business world in the first years after passage of the Civil
Rights Act.

Hewitt: “So you worked in some of America's most successful corporations.
How was racism in those corporations? Or does talent win out in America?”

Cain : “Well, you know, obviously racism is still there. I started my
business career . . . just a few years after the Civil Rights Act. . . . And
so I went into corporate America to climb the corporate ladder before it was
cool to have a black guy as a vice president. . . . And you know how I did
it, Hugh? I never looked back at race. If someone in the organization had a
problem with my color, rather than looking at my performance, I simply
allowed it to be their problem and not mine. Yes, I had to deal with it, but
I never had a situation that I could not deal with. As a result, I was more
focused on my performance. And what I learned is that if your performance
exceeds those that you are competing against, and exceeds the performance of
the people around you, people stop looking at the color of your skin, and
they start looking at the content of your character, and they start looking
at the content of your ideas.”

Hewitt: “Did you run into any racists at any of those companies?”

Cain: “Yes, I did.”

Hewitt: “How did you deal with them?”

Cain: “I was never in a situation where I had to deal with them directly or
head to head. They may have been in the same organization, but they were not
like my supervisor or immediate boss, or anything like that, so I just
basically allowed them to have a problem with me. I didn't have a problem
with them.”

Hewitt: “Is racism pretty much gone in America, in your opinion?”

Cain: “Racism is not gone in America, unfortunately. It's better than it was
in the 60s, but it could be a whole lot better. And here's why it could be a
whole lot better. Quite frankly, the liberals play the race card, because
they have very little else to play when they want to try and attack
conservatives, or attack somebody like me who considers themselves — I
consider myself an American Black Conservative.”


He was running in a Republican primary, so it stood to reason that Cain
would criticize liberal Democrats. But he was also telling the truth about
himself: He never regarded himself as a racial victim, and he rejected the
idea that black Americans should go through life with a chip on their
shoulder and anger in their hearts. To many on the left, that was — and is —
intolerable. Progressives heaped on Cain the scorn that they particularly
reserve for black conservatives. I wrote about it in a column at the time:


On AlterNet, a prominent left-wing website, Cain is jeered as a “black
garbage pail kid,” a “monkey in the window,” and a minstrel performer
playing to “white conservative masters.” Cornell Belcher, a Democratic
strategist who polled for the Obama campaign, blasts Cain as “racist and
bigoted” for saying that many black voters have been “brainwashed” into
rejecting conservatism. In a new memoir, Cain writes of being slurred as an
“Oreo” and an “Uncle Tom” because he is an unabashed Republican
conservative.



The Wall Street Journal’s Jason L. Riley, who is also black and
conservative, observed during the Cain campaign that “black individuals who
don't see themselves primarily as victims are a threat to the political
left.” That helps explain, he remarked, “why MSNBC commentators have derided
Cain as a token and why Jon Stewart has mocked him in tones that evoke Amos
'n' Andy or Stepin Fetchit. To secure political victories, Democrats need
blacks to vote for them in unison. Independent thinking cannot be
tolerated.”

Cain emerged as a supporter of Donald Trump, and much was made of the fact
that he attended Trump’s Tulsa rally in June — his face wreathed in a smile,
but not in a mask. That wasn’t very smart, and in retrospect it was tragic.
As a 74-year-old cancer survivor, Cain should certainly have taken health
warnings about the coronavirus more seriously. Perhaps, wrote David von
Drehle in a Washington Post appreciation , going against the grain had
become for Cain “so deeply etched that it had become a self-defeating
habit.”

But it was also what enabled to him to live such a remarkable life. “The
Colin Powell of American capitalism,” the late Jack Kemp once dubbed Cain.
Starting from nothing, he reached the pinnacle of a popular American
corporation, then took a stab at the pinnacle of American politics. He won
some and he lost some, but he was an ABC man to the end: proudly American,
proudly black, proudly conservative. RIP.




Bezos ♥ America

I didn’t drop everything to watch last week when the CEOs of Amazon, Apple,
Facebook, and Google testified before the antitrust subcommittee of the
House Judiciary Committee. Life is too short to waste on politicians who
have never created a dollar’s worth of value in the market preening and
posing in a show of hostility toward the entrepreneurs who lead some of the
most successful, creative, and admired corporations in American history.
There are thoughtful people who argue that antitrust law should be deployed
to break up the Big Tech firms or in some other way curtail their reach. But
to judge from the clips that made it to news accounts of the hearing, few of
those thoughtful people are members of the House subcommittee.

I am by no means a fan of everything the tech giants do. The left-wing bias
at Google and Facebook is obnoxious, and Apple’s willingness to kowtow to
China’s communist dictatorship is a disgrace. But the companies’ politics
aren’t illegal, and their size shouldn’t be either. Google and the others
may be big, but the purpose of antitrust law isn’t to curb bigness. It is to
protect consumers from harm. And Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, far
from hurting consumers, have showered them with benefits.

Yes, all four companies reign supreme in their various niches of the digital
universe. But if the history of American business is any guide, that
supremacy will prove temporary. It was only a few years ago that MySpace,
Nokia, AOL, and Netscape were —as Fortune Magazine said of Yahoo! in 1998 —
among “the biggest star[s] in the Internet cosmos.” Their heyday came and
went. The same will almost certainly be true of
Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Google, with no government demolition crew required to
make it happen.

(Clockwise from top left): Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s
Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, CEOs of the four largest tech
companies, testified before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday.


In their opening statements, all four CEOs emphasized the extraordinary
range of services their companies provide, the innovations they have brought
to market (or to scale), and the nonstop competition they face. But Jeff
Bezos took the time to remind the lawmakers that it is only in America that
companies like Amazon are possible. He began by talking about his parents,
and about the gifts he inherited from them. It was a beautiful and uplifting
message. Some excerpts:


My mom, Jackie, had me when she was a 17-year-old high school student in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Being pregnant in high school was not popular in
Albuquerque in 1964. It was difficult for her. When they tried to kick her
out of school, my grandfather went to bat for her. After some negotiation,
the principal said, “OK, she can stay and finish high school, but she can’t
do any extracurricular activities, and she can’t have a locker.” My
grandfather took the deal, and my mother finished high school, though she
wasn’t allowed to walk across the stage with her classmates to get her
diploma. Determined to keep up with her education, she enrolled in night
school, picking classes led by professors who would let her bring an infant
to class. She would show up with two duffel bags — one full of textbooks,
and one packed with diapers, bottles, and anything that would keep me
interested and quiet for a few minutes.

My dad’s name is Miguel. He adopted me when I was four years old. He was 16
when he came to the United States from Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan,
shortly after Castro took over. My dad arrived in America alone. His parents
felt he’d be safer here. His mom imagined America would be cold, so she made
him a jacket sewn entirely out of cleaning cloths, the only material they
had on hand. We still have that jacket; it hangs in my parents’ dining room.
My dad spent two weeks at Camp Matecumbe, a refugee center in Florida,
before being moved to a Catholic mission in Wilmington, Delaware. He was
lucky to get to the mission, but even so, he didn’t speak English and didn’t
have an easy path. What he did have was a lot of grit and determination. He
received a scholarship to college in Albuquerque, which is where he met my
mom. You get different gifts in life, and one of my great gifts is my mom
and dad.

. . .

The initial start-up capital for Amazon.com came primarily from my parents,
who invested a large fraction of their life savings in something they didn’t
understand. They weren’t making a bet on Amazon or the concept of a
bookstore on the internet. They were making a bet on their son. I told them
that I thought there was a 70% chance they would lose their investment, and
they did it anyway. It took more than 50 meetings for me to raise $1 million
from investors, and over the course of all those meetings, the most common
question was, “What’s the Internet?”


Like his fellow CEOs, Bezos spoke of the challenges his company faces, the
ways it invests in its employees, its culture of continuous risk-taking, and
its array of social justice operations (including, I was interested to read,
“the largest homeless shelter in Washington state.”) He concluded with this:


It’s not a coincidence that Amazon was born in this country. More than any
other place on Earth, new companies can start, grow, and thrive here in the
U.S. Our country embraces resourcefulness and self-reliance, and it embraces
builders who start from scratch. We nurture entrepreneurs and start-ups with
stable rule of law, the finest university system in the world, the freedom
of democracy, and a deeply accepted culture of risk-taking. Of course, this
great nation of ours is far from perfect. . . . Still, the rest of the world
would love even the tiniest sip of the elixir we have here in the U.S.
Immigrants like my dad see what a treasure this country is — they have
perspective and can often see it even more clearly than those of us who were
lucky enough to be born here. It’s still Day One for this country, and even
in the face of today’s humbling challenges, I have never been more
optimistic about our future.


At a time when so many of America’s leading voices — in politics,
journalism, academia, and entertainment — are busy denouncing the nation’s
sins and failings, it is inspiring to hear a business chief speak with such
buoyant patriotism about America’s virtues. Plainly Jeff Bezos is in love
with America. If only he could impart some of that sentiment to the
newspaper he owns in Washington.





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ICYMI

In a column last week , I suggested that we stop entangling the national
anthem with Black Lives Matter protests by doing away with the anthem before
sporting events. There is no logical reason for athletics to be preceded by
the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We don’t sing it before congressional
hearings, church services, or movies; why do so before football or baseball?
The practice began during the 1918 World Series, when it aroused great
patriotic feeling from the wartime fans. But once it became routine, it
became a mere ritual, diminished by all the spectators who ignore it as they
wait impatiently for the game to begin. The NFL and NBA are free to
encourage political protests, but let’s save the national anthem for true
civic occasions.




The Last Line
“So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.” — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream (1596)





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Loose Cannon
2020-08-04 15:48:24 UTC
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Post by Michael Ejercito
Americans don't trust the media
Americans don't trust gooks who invade our borders. Go back to where you came from; We don't want you here.
The Peeler
2020-08-04 17:29:01 UTC
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On Tue, 4 Aug 2020 08:48:24 -0700 (PDT), Loose Sphincter, the unhappily
Post by Loose Cannon
Post by Michael Ejercito
Americans don't trust the media
Americans don't trust gooks who invade our borders. Go back to where you
came from; We don't want you here.
There are no "gooks" invading any borders, idiotic nazitard! Go back to what
you can do best: spreading your cheeks for any nazi bum, Loose Sphincter!
--
Loose Sphincter about his passion:
" I love eating the Shit out of Poor Helpless Dumb Goran Razovic! LOL"
MID: <***@4ax.com>
NEMO
2020-08-04 18:48:47 UTC
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Such shame, these TOP ARYAN women, wonderfully hungry for a big BLACK dick!
"Face of German neo-Nazi Party" Sucks Black Dick on Camera
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LOL!
Carolina Reb
2020-08-04 22:56:26 UTC
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Such shame, these TOP ARYAN women, wonderfully hungry for a big BLACK dick!
"Face of German neo-Nazi Party" Sucks Black Dick on Camera
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http://tinyurl.com/lnscf3m
Wendy Iwanow, yet another TOP ARYAN woman who sucked Black Dick on Camera
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LOL!
Brian Lambsky
Nov 18
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Any man with his ass-cheeks spread wide open is welcomed.
(nudge-nudge-wink-wink).
The Peeler
2020-08-05 07:56:03 UTC
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On Tue, 4 Aug 2020 15:56:26 -0700 (PDT), our resident senile nazi homo,
"All Bark & No Bite", aka Humpin Hampton, aka Caroloony Reb, the subnormal
moron and attested schizo from the States, wrote:

<FLUSH the disgusting senile nazi homo swine's usual disgusting sick nazi
homo bullshit unread>

Get the fuck out of straight people's ngs, you disgusting senile nazi homo
swine!

F'up to your homegroup

Picture of the gay nazi sow looking for it's sty:
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Michael Ejercito
2020-08-05 13:53:37 UTC
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Post by Loose Cannon
Post by Michael Ejercito
Americans don't trust the media
Americans don't trust gooks who invade our borders. Go back to where you came from; We don't want you here.
I invade no borders!


Michael
The Peeler
2020-08-05 14:04:26 UTC
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Post by Michael Ejercito
Post by Loose Cannon
Post by Michael Ejercito
Americans don't trust the media
Americans don't trust gooks who invade our borders. Go back to where you came from; We don't want you here.
I invade no borders!
These nazoids are SO retarded! ALL of them! Without ANY exception! LOL
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