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If Trump is so stupid how come the media keep getting fooled? Now they demand an insurance payout

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I used to read Der Spiegel. I even paid for a subscription but eventually the journalism lost its edge. This week’s article calling for Trump’s removal makes my decision sound. Read the following section several times and honestly ask yourself is this journalism? Put aside personal views of the President and objectively look at what the article ‘Donald Trump is a menace to the world’ written by Klaus Brinkbäumer is suggesting, if not demanding.

“He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. And one of the media’s tasks is to continue telling things as they are: Trump has to be removed from the White House. Quickly. He is a danger to the world.”

So how would you suggest we do it? No, that is not an option. Should we ignore the democratic process by which he was elected?  Should we ignore the fact that even if he was a ‘liar, a racist and a cheat’ people voted in full knowledge of all of his ‘pussy grabbing antics’? The problem with this type of article is that it ignores reality on so many fronts. As I’ve written many times, if you are not a citizen of a country your input on their citizens’ voting intentions is irrelevant. Essentially what you are pleading for is the same as making a willingly high risk investment in a stock which goes bust then complaining to your broker you were misled and ask for your money back.

Elections are much like stock markets. Your voting intention is akin to investing in your country. In the case of America you had two stocks to choose form. One was the hedge of the other. If you wanted to reinvest in the diminishing returns of the last 40 years you bought Clinton Inc. If you wanted to bet on higher risk with potentially higher high return with a start up you voted for Trump Corp.  The media were slimeball stockbrokers trying to persuade investors (voters) to buy into the safety of Clinton Inc because they knew that the commission pay-off would be larger for them. However investors had enough of struggling through decades of exceptional losses, downgrades, dividend cuts and incompetent CEOs. Even worse they got sick and tired of the shareholder meetings where CEO Obama would talk about how successful his stewardship had been when an increasingly dissatisfied shareholder base kept on checking their statements and questioning the dud investment let alone disapproving of his suggested successor.

Mr Brinkbaumer, your article is exactly the problem with the media. You claim the media’s task is to ‘continue telling things as they are’ but you’ve failed on so many levels so many times that your trust rating is even lower than President Trump which stands in the early 40% range. The problem is that the only insurance you can buy in politics is the opposition. None other exists because the premiums would be too high and the payouts too low.

What your article painfully overlooks is that had the previous mob, who no doubt you think is the solution, was actually the problem. That 40 years of painful neglect led to record numbers on welfare, food stamps and income inequality. The investors knew that backing Clinton Inc, whose entire manifesto spoke to helping the needy that had been neglected by her own party (by deduction including the man she intended to replace), was such a palpable untruth that had the Democrats so brazenly lied in a stock prospectus she would really have been jailed.

After Comey’s decision to testify, my social media feeds lit up like a Christmas tree. I deliberately held back from making any call at the time because there was no evidence other than speculation. Yet social media had already made up its mind – “impeachment! – the orange buffoon is going down!” “The smoking gun!” Of course it turns out that the knee-jerk reaction was proved a falsehood. The media once again let its subjectivity rule the day. Like Rachel Maddow’s scoop on his taxes. She sold it as grounds to get him on tax evasion like Al Capone in The Untouchables. She essentially said “we’ve got the book keeper.” Yet she was gunned down in the elevator by her own leftist journos. You know when the media attacks its own that even it from time to time has flashes of objectivity, albeit too brief because lessons are never learned.

Sadly for the rest of the world, as much as we may despise Trump (he has flaws) and protest at his actions we have absolutely no rights to lynch a democratically elected President much less encourage his downfall. This type of reckless behavior is indeed more disturbing. It essentially says you don’t respect the democratic rights of Americans. What is worse is it the same downright condescending attitude people had during the elections that completely ignored the plight of those that voted for him remains. I remember reading one article suggesting that there be an intelligence test required to have voting rights.  That is totalitarian behaviour if there ever was!

The leftist media continues to forget that the one sure way to help him do another 4 years is to keep up the same broken record dialogue. Indeed in the next 3+ years the Americans will have the opportunity to sack him if indeed they see a better alternative. Trump was always the start-up IPO bet. American voters knew full well he was a risk and they took it. His volatile stock performance is not a big surprise.

Klaus, you conveniently forget that Trump is a by-product of decades of neglect. Had the past four decades of the incumbent political class done a sound enough job he never would have seen the light of day. Instead of putting blame on the causes you simply place it all on him. Instead of some introspection on asking why he is where he is you can’t remove yourself from the group think of attack dogs. That anything he may achieve will be discredited and anything he does wrong will be given full thermonuclear uranium tipped coverage. That my dear friend is shame on you.

It would be nice to see some balance in coverage because if you don’t social media will drag up example after example for you further discrediting your supposed ‘telling things as they are’. We must all remember that digital media has a half-life of infinity. Is it any wonder 25% of the workforce in media has been culled in recent years. It isn’t that advertising revenues are falling it is because you don’t provide enough value for advertisers to warrant posting ads in your publication. Guaranteed if the journalism attracted readers the ad revenue would climb with it.

So once again, the bigger danger to the world is you not him. We should never encourage the overthrow of democratically elected governments because we dislike the outcome. Don’t forget that Clinton had 99% of the mainstream media on her side, leaked debate questions to give her an advantage, a pussy-grabbing video against her opposition and more but still lost. Why? The attitude of expecting a coronation and frankly Hillary Clinton didn’t put in the work.

Suppose no dirt is found on Trump? That constant media mud slinging fails to stick. Evidence surely that maybe he is just a brash, uncouth, narcisstic bully rather than someone that must be removed as a danger to the world. Sure, he doesn’t exactly act in a manner very befitting of the most powerful office in the world but he got there legitimately.  Indeed if he is as unhinged as you imagine surely Pyongyang would be under a mushroom cloud and Assad would be a victim of SEAL Team 6. In fact you might point out that the incredible weakness of his predecessor on foreign policy makes Trump’s more assertive stance a welcoming relief rather than a terrifying prelude to WW3.

Your article is so typical of the snowflake culture. The type of attitude that seeks to ban people from making addresses at universities, once the cradle of free speech. You ignore what you don’t want to hear and pass judgement on those who fail to hear you. Once you learn to listen to others you may find that you come to understand why even people like Van Jones can eventually see why Trump won’t be outed so easily. For indeed if he is as big a fool as everyone makes out the media won’t be needed to point it out. It will be painfully clear and in 2018 Americans will get a trial IPO and 2020 the opportunity to buy or sell stock in Trump Corp.

I should thank you for this article for helping confirm why I didn’t bother renewing my subscription.

Comey testimony proves media can’t stop playing the man rather than the ball

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Comey admitted in his testimony that he was never pressured by Trump to end any investigations. Damn and blast. The media has done another collective Rachel Maddow “we’ve got his tax returns” backfire. So insistent on trying to seek revenge they forgot the old Chinese proverb, “before setting out on revenge, first dig two graves.” So eager are they to play the man they overlook basic check sheets to find balance. Trump may well be a loose cannon at times but the media is the pot still calling the kettle black.

While I long argued Trump would win the election I’ve been an advocate of trying to seek balance to the one sided argument against him. It doesn’t mean I think he is ideal.  I disagree with many (not all) things he has done and petty things (like his attitude to Merkel) are certainly not fitting the most powerful office in the world. Trump derangement syndrome is none-the-less real. The media attack dogs never seek to do moral equivalence with their beloved Obama over the same supposed crimes of leaking sensitive info or whatever. I do think Trump is Turnbull-esque in lacking judgement as well as constant cabinet reshuffles but the most twisted irony is that financial markets would seem to want him there using any wobble on the back of an impeachment scenario as an excuse rather than admit the hyper asset bubble blown for 8 years.

The mainstream media now preys on clickbait. Thinking the number of clicks, likes and shares are endorsements and can replace quality content (as much as they self appraise it’s high value added factual). In fact the revenue numbers of media outlets who continually rant  is telling. Fairfax in Australia has had two rounds of layoffs in the space of 12 months and The Guardian is openly begging for donations.

The media is surely going to keep launching salvo after salvo to try get him out of office. As stupid as they keep suggesting the ‘orange baffoon” is he keeps getting their measure. I issue a caution though. The deplorables that voted him in want him to get on with the job. With all these distractions the quest that they hope will get them under the “have not” hole is pushed further into the future. Getting an impeachment to stick and force a resignation is not high on a have not’s priority list. They need help as I argued at the time of the election. Whether Trump can provide it is a moot point but they voted for change and the “haves” ought to be careful how they indirectly impact the “have nots”

The screaming, carrying on and promoting blood sport may end up creating proper civil unrest. It’s simmering but the media as usual is oblivious to it all. In any event the last thing the world needs is instability in the world’s largest economy at this point in a peaking cycle.

New York Times – true to its word

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Whether it The Guardian passing the begging bowl or New York Times offering its uncompromising journalism for 60% off media has changed. The biggest problem with bragging about oneself is that the ultimate judge and jury are paying readers. The New York Times stuck to its word and ended its 60% off campaign is ad. Fear not it is still running with the 50% off campaign (below).

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It seems that Fairfax Holdings is going through another round of cuts in Australia after trimming 120 staff almost one year to the date.

If these media giants wrote articles which drew in paying customers encouraging them to open their wallets perhaps 50% off specials or begging wouldn’t be required. They are stuck in the mindset of not willing to reflect that maybe their journalism is the problem.

Laura Tingle’s tangle with the truth over Tony Abbott

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I read Laura Tingle’s summary Tony Abbott and am only led to the conclusion that she is just another one of the long list of journalists who couldn’t find balance, context or perspective when letting her personal feelings get in the way of her profession. It isn’t even remotely solid in content. For all her praise of Turnbull’s achievements and the supposed failures of Abbott which would have lent so much more power to her argument she didn’t. Then again why would I be surprised when reading Fairfax?

First she likened Abbott (aka political debacles) to the Soviet Union,

“Politics is full of catastrophic debacles…The Soviet Union comes to mind. All that work. All that butchery. All those millions killed. And then pffft! It was gone…Similarly, Tony Abbott. Okay, not the millions dead, but what an utter destructive force, an utter waste of space this man has been on the Australian political landscape…Can you remember anything positive that he has contributed to our polity that has not involved tearing something down? “

The use of ‘utter waste of space’ for a leader who signed several important free trade deals, stopped the boats and formed relationships with powers like Japan with a level of cultural sensitivity that caused the land of the rising sun’s ministries to afford Australia the type of status befitting nations such as America, Tingle selectively chooses to ignore. I remember going to an Tokyo Aussie Embassy event the evening of Abbott’s ousting to hear the Aussies jeer while speaking to senior Japanese delegates who seemed far from impressed. I spoke with Japanese politicians afterwards and they were far from impressed. Many hold their opinions to themselves but not those I met.

The fallout from the Japanese subs deal soon after only highlighted how Turnbull’s personal ambition to be PM was all that mattered. Having been a defence analyst for almost two decades I have yet to see such a poorly thought out, woefully executed and incompetent deal outside of the Nimrod MRA4 deal which BAE Systems struck. Our subs deal is a $50bn disaster penned to buy votes in a failing state (which Tingle made no reference to her own climate change rhetoric loving Turnbull himself trash South Australia’s questionable recurring renewable energy debacle) to buy subs that don’t exist other than paper, that will be so late that they’ll be obsolete by delivery time and further weaken Australia’s defence capability. Shall I keep going?

“So firmly set on a path of destruction, he set about making everything in his prime ministership a negative and ended up destroying himself…You might think that at some point there might have been a moment of midnight reflection. But no…Tony Abbott has continued on his destructive path, not just trying to destroy the man who replaced him but being happily prepared to burn the government of which he is allegedly a part, and some of his closest colleagues at the same time…All in the truly deluded name of policies that he didn’t have the political ability to implement when he was prime minister but which he still thinks might win votes.”

Abbott is a Liberal Party loyalist. His love of party showed when he wrote about Bernardi before he split talking about why they need to unite, something Turnbull has failed to do. In fact those that he got to back his coup have been countlessly thrown under a bus – Morrison, Frydenberg and so on.

To talk of delusion. Turnbull’s call to give the states income tax power before the election lasted less than 48 hours. His call for a Royal Commission on juvenile detention centres in NT based on a short clip of a biased ABC report shows time and again his total lack of judgement. That he scraped home with an election victory won in part by himself funding $1.75m of the campaign. Doing deals with Obama on refugees on refugees after Trump won. Having to get Trump’s number from Greg Norman because he had done zero preparation because he presumed Clinton’s coronation.

“Abbott’s latest intervention has only had the effect of finally bringing out those who have been most admirably loyal to him – like Mathias Cormann – to call him on his disingenuous, hypocritical and dishonest policy critiques of the current government…the other own goal of this latest speech is that it has finally freed the prime minister to give an honest appraisal of what his predecessor didn’t achieve, and point out that he has, in fact, achieved things that eluded Abbott.”

OK, Ms. Tingle, please point exactly where Mr Abbott “didn’t achieve” during his time as PM? Once again in your rant you fail to spell out what he hasn’t done – simply because you can’t or like your journalism makes clear, too lazy.

“The shame of it is that, as is always the case, Abbott leaves a stinking pile of loopy policy ideas steaming on the footpath – ranging from cutting immigration to the renewable energy target – that others will have to go to some considerable trouble to avoid, or, worse, being the sort of populist nonsense they are, be adopted by those profferring simplistic solutions.”

Using potty humour to make a point once again won’t win you awards although I’m sure the group thinkers that follow you will giggle with delight. .

“Backed by the tailwind of a gushing and fawning conservative media, Abbott had every opportunity to set a new highwater mark for the right in Australia…But as his own conservative colleagues publicly abandon him, it is a sign of Abbott’s utter failure that he has even made this unfashionable.”

What Ms. Tingle chooses to forget is that Abbott had to fend of daily attacks from the mainstream media during most of his time as PM. Yes he had some bad moments – e.g. Knights and Dames but he always had his country first at heart which perhaps is why his party buried him for that fatal weakness. The SMH became an Abbott hate paper where you had to look hard to find things that weren’t connected to him. The polls sank him (let’s face it Turnbull’s are no better) and buried his party’s judgement and he is now wasted on the back bench.

I have met Mr Abbott in person and I can only say I see a genuine article. One who selfishly serves the fire brigade as a volunteer in his free time. One who apologised sincerely for making me the butt of one of his jokes at a Tokyo Australian Embassy event which celebrated a landmark beef deal with Japan. Of course he meant no harm and the joke went down extremely well. However he was above all sincere.

Ms. Tingle, if you want to follow best in class journalism you’d go pretty far to find someone with as much ‘integrity’ to model yourself on than the baseless tripe you published today. Then again I challenge you to list the achievements of PM Turnbull and at the same time please listen to the out of touch rhetoric of Minister Pyne, Senator Cormann et al and look at a party Abbott loves be turned into a mess no true conservative voter can objectively claim to be proud of. Or is One Nation just an anomaly. The LNP is toast, much like Fairfax.

Staring at the dictator

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I read an FT article today and questioned why I paid $300 for a subscription. The author, most certainly Jewish, wrote about how we should remember our recent history when it comes to Trump. As someone descending from the same faith I find the moral equivalence irrational and irresponsible. It all stems back to the victimhood culture which is at the very root of what divides. When President Trump simply enacted the identical policy of vetting seven countries selected by President Obama the outrage showed the height of double standards. Is it a pleasant topic? No. Still had Obama done it how they would have cheered his bravery and leadership. Almost 60% of Americans polled by Rasmussen approved of Trump’s vetting process. Period.Yet media reports nothing but tired narrative.

During the election campaign, the majority of group thinkers totally dismissed Trump as a credible candidate. He was very open about his policies and made no politically correct overtones. He was crass, brutal and direct. No mincing of words. In the three debates he made exactly the same statements. The public was well forewarned. Had people who were gravely concerned of a Hitler-esque dictator potentially ruining their lives taken their own constitutional rights responsibly they could have easily got to a polling booth and voted to guarantee Hillary Clinton romped home. They didn’t. They have themselves to blame. Instead they ranted about the popular vote which is irrelevant because everybody knows it is decided by the electoral college system. Then they tried to force a recount and when that failed they tried to coerce those in charge of the voting in the electoral college to see reason and vote against their constituents wishes. However not once did they accept that they were 100% responsible for their own fate. What arrogance to try to force some sort of intellectual superiority over these bigoted white fools. However these supposed white bigoted fools were not swayed by propaganda. At the very least they were getting sick and tired of the liberal left constantly throwing barbs at them. If you call someone an idiot to their face long enough they will shut down and reply to your inability to listen at the ballot box. You are still not listening though.

To turn the argument on its head, had these same people not fallen for the type of propaganda concocted by their own biased mainstream media and understood the underlying issues really affecting heartland America they may have paid attention to Trump’s spot on the money analysis. Instead they stuck to the narrative churned out by the White House echo chamber that the great chief Obama helped put 15 million ( a dubious figure) back to work post the ‘Great Recession’ ignoring the fact that he also added 10 million (+33%) more Americans to the poverty lines. Was it all his fault? No. Did he have obstruction in Congress? To a degree. However we must not forget that Obama was responsible for passing more pieces and pages of regulation than any president in history. Obama also used executive orders with regularity. Suffice to say had his ‘legacy’ been so pitch perfect, the same bigoted white voters that twice put him in power had the opportunity of continuing it in the form of Hillary Clinton who offered the status quo. However among the 48 million Americans now on food stamps a growing number realized Obama was a failed experiment. He highlighted that career politicians were no different regardless of partisan politics. That under his leadership, America became even more divided. Even the hard line Farrakhan launched an explosive speech about how Obama had totally let down his people. Yet there was Obama at an African-American black tie dinner reprimanding the audience that if they didn’t vote for Hillary they’d insult his legacy. When I heard that the first thing that came to mind was the fact he was insulting them for it was indeed they in large part who supported him in the first place. A debt of gratitude might have been far more appropriate.

I’ll be the first to admit that President Trump is unconventional which at the same time can be unsettling for many. However he has done nothing but enact upon very publicly announced election promises in very short order. Yet, the victimology goes on. The irresponsible mainstream media that has learnt nothing went out of their way to paint an ‘anti-Muslim’ narrative which was not written in the executive order had many even bothered to properly read the document. Trump the Nazi they protested. However if people actually knew their history, the Nazis made best efforts to stop Jews, Gypsies and Roma from ‘exiting’ not ‘entering’. Think of the Warsaw ghetto in the1940s. The Final Solution was much to do with concentrating these populations in order to commit mass genocide. I have visited Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Bergen Belsen, Theresienstadt, Treblinka, Majdanek, Sobibor, Auschwitz-Birkenau and I’ve read extensively on that period because my own family escaped Poland in 1931 to flee anti-Semitic sentiment. I have wept at the photo of 5yo Renia Kohn (pictured below) who was exterminated at Birkenau. I have tried for over a decade to trace the genealogy of my great grand-mother whose surname, Immergluck, is the same as two of the survivors of Schindler’s List. They came from the same town in Poland. So many records were destroyed given 90% of Polish Jews were murdered so it is personal, make no mistake. Making links to dictatorship and oppression is something that I take great interest in refuting without proper evidence.

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It is a deep sense of wanting to understand my own history. I have even read Mein Kampf cover to cover to get inside what drove Hitler’s megalomania. Trump has nothing of the mindset although the disrespectful media is now running a narrative that his hair growth tonic has mental disorder as a side effect. Seriously, people wish to read such ridiculous click bait? How can people put any faith in anything published by WaPo, NY Times and CNN with any level of authority especially given the abysmal track record in the lead up to the election.

Here is the bigger problem. The ones complaining of a dictatorship are the ones creating this toxic environment. For publicly beating up people who wear Trump hats. Even if these people are on the fringe. Why do these people wear masks? Own your protest because hiding behind a mask means you actually know you are doing wrong. Burning flags? Why do they destroy Starbucks stores when the CEO is on their side of victim based identity politics? Isn’t that an own goal? The problem with the liberal regressive left is that they have no capacity to listen. If you do not fit their narrative you are a bigot, racist or white trash. They seldom if ever open themselves up to alternative views.

To make that point, Nancy Pelosi exposed the pathetic level of the agenda at the time of the immigration executive order. She was caught on a hot-mic saying to a Democrat congressman Andre Carson “tell them you are a Muslim. Tell them you are a Muslim.” Had Carson thought personally as a Muslim that it was relevant to the discussion and his personal grief, surely he would have raised it unsolicited. That Pelosi had to goad him proves how hard regressives have to push an agenda which is the reason why Trump is in office. A growing number of Americans have got tired of identity politics. They want jobs and a sustainable future not spend countless hours debating transgender bathrooms, non-gender military titles and being forced to surrender their culture to somehow attain some sense of state-sponsored acceptance. If we keep pushing the “poor me” line on every issue we’ll get nowhere.

It is the growing numbers of impoverished that want their country turned around. They fear that open borders and boundless refugee intakes cut those odds. It is NOT racist or bigoted. The responsibility of any sovereign nation is to look after its citizens first. Period. If Canada wants to talk about “diversity is our strength” then all power to them. Yet the day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’d take anyone rejected in the US into Canada, a lone-wolf shot up a mosque in Quebec. The media’s first hook – Trump supporter, the insinuation that he was a fair representation of the majority not the minority. Disgusting. What a smear. He isn’t even American so he is not legally allowed to vote (are you listening sanctuary cities?) so whether he likes Trump or Le Pen is completely irrelevant. I think Trudeau is the epitome of identity politics but he was democratically voted in by Canadians and I am happy to accept that fact. My opinion of Trudeau is irrelevant.

However when Trump berated my Prime Minister Turnbull, my opinion does matter. I believe Trump was correct. When our Obama fawning selfie obsessed Turnbull decided to cut a deal on refugees with him a week after Trump won the election that was plain stupid. He knew full well that Trump would never have allowed it under normal circumstances so undermining a future leader with the self belief he’d carry the weight of world opinion was poor judgement.

Additionally Obama’s last months in office highlighted his true colours. Things he could have easily achieved in his 8 years in office were rushed through in some kind of bucket list to stifle Trump. How unpatriotic. I doubt George W Bush tried in his last days to stuff Obama. What did Obama do? Did the deal with Turnbull, threw Israel under a bus and signed a check for $211mn dollars for Palestine. While you can argue he still was the president at the time, there is no excuse for laying landmines in the White House lawn to humiliate your successor. I was always taught that how you leave a job is far more important than how you join. I believe his legacy is a mere fraction of what he is praised for but his last days were built on spite, Watching him on comedy TV programs during the election campaign showed his total arrogance, patting himself on the back at every turn. His loss was not just because Clinton had been selected by the DNC as the chosen one, it was a repudiation of his failures to restore America.

Some people are complaining at Trump’s heavy handed treatment of Attorney General Sally Yates. What she did was insubordination. It is irrelevant what her political views were. Trump was not breaking laws. Her job is to follow the boss says on a legal basis not inject her personal feelings. Sacking her was 100% correct. If he’d broken the law then I’d be sympathetic. As he wasn’t she got served. Had she defied Obama we wouldn’t have heard the end of it. Such is the nature of identity politics that the side matters more than the principle.

The same goes for public websites and Twitter feeds sponsored by the tax-payer. The employees of these government agencies may hold personal opinions that conflict with the President but it is not a violation of free-speech for him to ban them venting on taxpayer funded media. If you think it is then I implore you to send a company wide email telling your boss that his policies are stupid and see how long your last. Insubordination and free speech are different,

Back to the immigration ban. Celebrities and protesters ganged up on Uber for offering a freeze on surge pricing to help their customers alleviate the stress of delays at JFK. Instead of allowing a company to exercise sensible commercial business practice, protesters and celebrities (who most likely ride in private limos) launched a #deleteuber campaign. For what? A company chooses not to get involved in your affairs and you choose to punish them. How regressive is that. Such is the level of hatred and bloody-mindedness, Uber’s CEO has stepped down from Trump’s business council. Even evangelical Elon Musk who is on the same board has had a wave of customers cancel Tesla Model 3 orders because they object to him serving his country. Instead of regressives looking at such an appointment as a way to perhaps bring Trump to a more even keel, they put so much pressure on Uber’s CEO that he resigned for the sake of his stakeholders. How conditional are liberals for love of country? Ask yourself who is causing division?  Companies can’t act commercially for fear of being attacked? Sorry who is behaving in a fascist fashion? What about 1st in SEO CEO’s brash statement of asking his staff divulge whether they voted for Trump and to resign if they did, not to mention demanding the same from their customers. What has voting preference have to do with ability? Nothing yet the regressive left prove their intolerance.

Then the same type of people light fires and beat people unconscious for wanting to listen to a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, They call an outwardly gay white man with a black boyfriend a white supremacist, Get real. He is a provocateur for sure but he does often make lucid points worth making albeit done in a poison tongue fashion. Yet because he doesn’t tow the victimology playbook he is vilified as a hate-preacher. Hello?

So while I read reams of social media posts about Trump and co’s Nazism I say take a long deep look at reality and stop the over-dramatization. It isn’t just Trump. Brits got tired of the incompetence of the EU and feared a future of having to kowtow to a supranational body of unelected officials. Brits weren’t racist or bigoted. They sent a message that politicians need to wake up and take care of problems at home before searching for noble misguided causes to cover up domestic issues.The guy and girl on Main St aren’t stupid. They’re hurting and tired of having rosy stats thrown in their face when they’re living harsh reality all the while those who espouse stats are chewing on $100 steaks.

The regressives must wake up and understand the very people they proclaim to protect aren’t listening anymore. They are tired of hand outs and freebies. They are sick of protests and the inconveniences caused by it. They want a future again. They want to live in a manner which doesn’t cause panic at the end of the month when the overdraft arrives. Make America Great Again wasn’t a catchy slogan but a deep down desire for a growing number of Americans to feel proud of their nation once again. So grow up and stop your victim culture at every turn. Judge Trump on his merits. Stop dividing your country and actually see what Trump is trying to do. The guy is a billionaire. Saying he is just pandering to his billionaire mates is a lame attack. Look at Clinton or Obama and their advisories had stacks of Wall Streeters. Look how many Dems voted against cheaper drugs coming from Canada because they had their snouts in Big Pharma’s trough.

I honestly think for all the bravado and noise behind Trump the biggest flattery to his ego would be to succeed in turning his country around. Nothing would give his Twitter fingers more joy than to succeed legitimately and have his fellow country men and women actually credit him with it, You’ll never get that from the mainstream media but be prepared for a second term if his health holds out. Of course the media will tell you its impossible but why put stock in their predictions when they have such a terrible track record on understanding voters. By the way your protests and demonstrations are actually pissing off the very people you think you’re representing and your dictatorial style is exactly what you accuse Trump of. On second thoughts don’t look at yourselves in the mirror. Your inability to change is exactly why he’ll win a second term. Keep up the good work! You’ve earned it!

Perception is reality

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Isn’t self-perception a funny thing. The NY Times has told readers that “Real news deserves real journalism” and that it is “more essential than ever.” So essential that it is being offered at 50% off. Now I haven’t seen the latest subscriber stats but one wonders if it was such a quality newspaper there would be no need to deeply discount – the comments from Facebook feeds look pretty damning and perhaps telling.

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Ouch – sometimes the “truth”hurts!

It seems perhaps they are not reading between the lines of their own paper which on Nov 2 wrote:

“The New York Times Company on Wednesday reported a steep decline in print advertising revenue for the third quarter, adding to the newspaper industry’s woes.

For the quarter, print advertising revenue fell 19 percent, driving an 8 percent decline in total advertising revenue. The drop followed a 14 percent decline in print advertising revenue in the second quarter.

Digital advertising revenue, however, which now represents 36 percent of the company’s advertising revenue, increased 21 percent in the quarter, to $44 million, a welcome relief for the company after a decline in digital advertising last quarter. The Times also added 116,000 net digital-only subscriptions for news products during the quarter, bringing its total to 1.3 million. Including crossword product subscriptions, it has about 1.6 million digital-only subscribers.

This is an anxious and challenging time for the newspaper industry. The Times results were announced the same day that The Wall Street Journal informed its staff of sweeping changes to its print paper, including a cutback to its Greater New York section. On Tuesday the Gannett Company, the publisher of USA Today and more than 100 other papers, walked away from its deal to acquire Tronc, formerly Tribune Publishing, in part because of the financial obstacles involved.

Print advertising revenue, which once sustained newspaper companies, has been falling for years. But the pace of the decline has accelerated, and digital advertising and other forms of revenue have not yet bridged the gap.

In an earnings call on Wednesday, Mark Thompson, chief executive of the Times Company, said it had been “a much tougher quarter for print advertising” for the company, but he focused largely on The Times’s digital success.

At The Times, adjusted operating profit, the company’s preferred method for assessing performance, fell to $39 million, from $48 million in the same quarter a year earlier.

The Times took a $2.9 million charge related to the closing of its Paris editing and prepress operations.”

Seems a lot like Fairfax in Australia.

Media bias – so what? You ultimately choose to consume it or not

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“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” – Mark Twain

The media bias in this US presidential election is unreal. The mainstream media is chronically biased to the left. CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NYT, WaPo and so on. On the other side is Fox, Breitbart and Drudge. Yet is it really any different to any other country? In Australia, the Fairfax media is often accused of being left and the Murdoch media right wing. In the UK the Guardian is biased to the left and the Daily Express to the right. I could cite many other countries and get similar results.Are we susrprised?

Ultimately as consumers (readers), we get to pick and choose what we wish to read. The advent of smartphones and digital technology is that the way consume is vastly different. No longer are we restricted to the narrow assortment of newspapers from our newsagent we can access pretty much any news from any country at anytime. No longer do we need to wait for a paper boy to lob our cling film wrapped Sunday issue onto the porch although some still like to do as a ritual.

We are spoiled for choice. Whinging about the MSM devoting 180 minutes to Trump’s locker room video and 11 minutes to Clinton’s Wikileaks accusations won’t really make a difference. We shouldn’t be surprised by the actions of CNN, which is even referred to as the Clinton News Network,of WaPo. Media outlets will ultimately pay a price if readers/viewers get fed up with the offering. Look at the NFL. Ratings have fallen 15% this year in part caused by athletes kneeling during the national anthem. Viewers pay to watch multi million dollar athletes play NFL not buy into their political moral outrage.

Look at the way we consume media. Now social media feeds are littered with “trends” and our friends choose to send things that they feel strongly about. The only real time I actually read a hard copy newspaper is on an airplane or waiting in a lobby. I do not sit down and watch 4 hours of CNN as a ritual. Read all the Pew Stats you like but traditional media sources are falling off a cliff. Part technology but part content.

The standard of journalism is going down the plughole. Because media is now consumed in soundbites, catchy headlines that bear little resemblance to the contents are almost commonplace. I remember after the Fukushima power plant explosion, one article read, “Aircraft detected with higher than normal reading of radiation”. Aghast, Fukushima was irradiating aircraft! Although in the body it was revealed the aircraft’s payload manifest was radiation equipment.

Yes it stinks that we read so much garbage today on topics that fill the agenda of the media. It is ultimately their choice to present news in their own format and own biases, except Australia’s ABC is ruled by charter to be impartial although is anything but. Whether it be human rights, climate change or politics. The sensationalist factor is greater than ever. Journalists probably get rewarded more for the number of clicks and shares than winning Pulitzer prizes.

Fact checking? Who needs facts. Look at your social media feeds. One group sends out every anti-Trump piece of bile from WaPo and NYT while completely dismissing all of the scandals from their own side. Even when questioned in the comments section about defending the indefensible, some dig in their heels. Some of these people are highly intelligent yet are just as biased as the media. I often think it says a lot about the “sharer” than what is actually “shared”. I find it hilarious that some people go to the extreme of “deleting” friends from their social media feeds because they disagree with their position. Once again it speaks volumes of the “deleter” not the “deleted.” One person proudly trumpeted she deleted friends who voted “Leave” after the Brexit referendum. Wow, are friendships so superficial that they risk being erased over exercising democratic rights?

So yes, the media can continue to form their biases created inside an echo chamber and pay the ultimate penalty of losing readers and viewers. In an ideal world it would be nice to find balanced well thought out journalism but reality is that is unlikely to happen, perhaps until it is too late. Perhaps the tale of the Sydney Morning Herald firing dozens of journalists earlier this year makes the point. Instead of conceding their poor journalism was to blame for plummeting readership they blamed their evil commercial bosses and even went on strike to protest. One of the few journalists who stayed on admitted the problem was ‘content’ but his colleagues labeled him a traitor and a sell-out.

I have been accused of running a pro-Trump bias on this blog. Not so. My main purpose has been to address the media bias on the other side. Instead of just falling for Trump is a racist, bigoted, hot-headed and disgusting oaf narrative I have tried to address other aspects of why his crowds are so huge, the economic backdrop that is creating his rise and pointing out why so many Democrats can defend Hillary’s ever growing list of scandals. I ran into the same flak when writing an “anti-environment” blog during the height of the renewable energy bubble. I argued that no-one was questioning the other side of the debate. I would receive anger mail at my stance. I kept saying that the way people are blindly following the herd on climate change and the government subsidies will be exactly why the thematic will collapse under the weight of its own propaganda. I argued that most of those climate plays would be worth 5% of then share prices as the overcapacity created by reckless government policy assured it and a coming recession would put climate alarmism to the bottom of many people’s priorities.

In closing we should not censure mainstream media bias. We should encourage it. Embrace it. The digital world allows us to consume our own feeds and news. I rarely look at WaPo, NYT or CNN for this reason. They publish ill-thought out puff pieces and I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this way. Their ratings will ultimately reflect their misreading of the mood of the people they are appealing to. To date they’ve thrown every salvo at Trump and still haven’t ended him. If Trump wins or Hillary doesn’t win by a landslide they should take a long look in the mirror at their complete lack of impact. In other words nobody has been listening.

To that end, this video from Project Veritas exposes the inner workings of the voter fraud by Democrats which the MSM is not wishing to air. Surprised? No. Then again look at it as another reason to tune out.