#MSM

Mainstream media or better known as…

The mainstream media (MSM) can’t contain themselves. So deep in the cesspit of their own making that clickbait seems to have replaced responsible journalism for good. CNN’s Jim Acosta may well have the answer as to why a growing number of people view the MSM as the enemy of the people. When several journalists openly call for the doxing of school kids, where are the repercussions? What happened to unbiased, objective reporting?

The recent Lincoln Memorial showdown between a Native American Nathan Phillips and a Covington Catholic High School student, Nick Sandmann, perfectly fit a media narrative – Trump supporting, MAGA hat wearing, white Christian youth actively seeking and attacking a frail old indigenous man. Lost on the media were the earlier chants of the Black Hebrew Israelites calling the kids, “crackers, faggots and pedophiles.” Of course obscenities are a one way street if those attacked tick the wrong identity boxes.

Why doesn’t the media get that everyone is a potential movie producer these days? The truth eventually gets out, sadly after a lot of damage has been done. Does the MSM not get that persistent lying has pushed trust in the media to record lows?

If one watched the entire clip, the ‘activist’ Nathan Phillips went looking for a fight to conflate his agenda. He has been an activist for many years over a multitude of causes. Most activists have little or no tolerance for different views or opinions.

CM, like most of us, don’t know Nathan Phillips (or Nick Sandmann for that matter) from a bar of soap. Does being a First Nation’s person give him a free pass from polite discourse? If someone banged a drum in your face without provocation, would you rank your level of disapproval proportionate to the aggressors identity? Does donning a MAGA hat automatically mean the wearer is a racist or a bigot?

Yet the media perpetuates these falsehoods. The editorial boards of the MSM need a serious class in journalistic ethics. For all of the promises inscribed on the mastheads, few if any live up to their motto. While some came out after to apologize for jumping the gun, time and time again they face no recriminations for their actions.

Is it right that Sandman received death threats? What if some nut job actually tracked him down and took his life? Would the media take responsibility for their fictitious reporting or just plead an honest mistake. You know the MSM has screwed up when even CNN demands retractions.

We are approaching dangerous territory. Identity politics has become so poisonous that there will come a time when the dam will inevitably burst. Even if some think Covington students are out of touch with modern America, does the MSM truly believe they are setting a high watermark for integrity and an higher moral authority to show them the error of their ways?

To turn the argument on its head, had Phillips been white and wearing a MAGA hat banging a drum in front of indigenous school kids, the media would have been spot on in identifying the aggressor. Sadly they played the man and not the ball.

Trump mid term victory more probable than not

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Actions not words. Forget all of one’s personal opinions (hatred) of Trump and analyze the facts.  This is a picture of Obama trying to rally Democrats in Nevada this week. Despite the small audience, Obama mentioned himself 92 times in 38 minutes as opposed to talking up the candidate he was there to support. Sounded like a desperate attempt to save his own legacy. The following pictures are of Trump’s rally for Ted Cruz in Houston, Texas.

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Conventional wisdom tells us that the party in opposition tends to get the House in the mid terms. Politics is in such a funk, why would we for one second believe that consensus should be the default in November 2018? How did that work out on 2016?

Ahh yes, but the Democrats have learned from treating the prior election as a coronation for Hillary Clinton. They’ll be out in droves. No doubt they will but after the Kavanaugh debacle in the Senate and over 10,000 strong Honduran caravan surging to the US southern border (the Dems have been eerily quiet over this) it only plays to Trump’s domestic agenda. What many overlook is that ICE records indicate there are  474,000 illegal immigrants still in the queue for processing. Four hundred and seventy four thousand. Think of the costs to process that.

So to the polls? They were wildly inaccurate at the 2016 election. Largely because they are telephone polls to 1,000 people with landlines. Hardly an accurate assessment. Only old folk have landlines now don’t they?

A MSN (left leaning) online poll conducted last month showed 76% of 73,000 would lean Republican in the mid terms. How valuable are polls? Let’s be honest, a Fox poll leaning to conservatives and and a CNN poll swaying to liberals Shouldnt shock anyone. It is the anomaly that should cause us to question a mood as this MSN poll did. Are 73,000 people representative of the 250mn eligible to vote? More than 1,000 would be that is for sure.

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Once again, forget personal dislikes for Trump. If a p*ssy grabbing, racist, xenophobic, bigoted, nationalist silver back Nazi orange buffoon as he is often referred to as can get this many people to a gathering imagine if he had none of the baggage? Potentially less people because there is not as much shock value.

CM has said for ages that the mainstream media is his best ally. The constant one-eyed bias against him only gives more air time. He is a showman. The White House has become  a reality TV program. All the MSM does is feed his exposure. Sadly ratings reflect that he is winning. The media can only tell the public that Trump is the antithesis of the establishment so many times before it wears thin and people tune out.

Then again perhaps it is more telling that the average American doesn’t look to him as a spiritual leader. Or put that another way, the mid terms will be a measure of how successful he has been to date (even if blasted Russian bots meddling in the voting machines are behind it).

If he has genuinely helped put Americans on a better financial footing in their minds that is all that matters to them. Call Stormy ‘Horseface’, slag off Blasey-Ford for her amnesia and bash CNN at a rally for “fake news”. None of it matters. It appears Americans are less likely to be intimidated by thuggery (chasing Republicans out of restaurants or shooting them) of the left than to join their ranks as the #WalkAway campaign has demonstrated.

Trump is the most left field curve ball President in US history.  So unconventional in his diplomacy. He has shown that pushing back can get results. Whether smashing NATO members for failing to execute on  their own self imposed military spending targets, stopping Rocketman testing nukes or getting Juncker to sign an FTA a week after he stumbled blind drunk at a NATO summit there is some method to the madness.

In two weeks time we’ll get a result which will reflect the mood of America. The observation of CM is that the Dems are playing all the same party tricks as the 2016 election albeit at 11.

CM may be well off the reservation on this but those same vibes from Nov 2015 suggest Trump may well upset decades of history. Fake views? Allie Stuckey did a rather amusing parody of the Democrats here.

We’ll know soon enough.

Juncker deserves a stiff drink after that

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President Trump strode into the Rose Garden with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker where, together, they announced the elimination of tariffs on industrialized goods.

No stranger to slapping people in the head, Juncker understood that when the leader of the strongest nation in the world slaps you back it is often worth paying attention to. There is much left to be desired about the unorthodox methods used to achieve such outcomes but if such deals are achieved that should be hailed as a success.

On top of that, Trump received commitments from Juncker to increase purchases of soybeans from American farms and to purchase large amounts of LNG, something likely to upset the puppet-meister.

So NATO members have promised to get their act together on honouting commitments to spending to display their new bonafides and the EU has seen that they are no longer dealing with a pushover.

Undoubtedly the mainstream media will overlook this and devote coverage to a tape recording instead of acknowledging that sometimes bluster works when the counterparts are truly pushovers in the end. Theresa May, are you listening?

How much do Americans care about Russia?

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According to Gallup, in a list of concerns for Americans, Russia ranks less than 1% and has been falling. Regardless of the media noise on collusion, election meddling and treason these polls show how irrelevant the issue appears.  Over 40% see illegal immigration and draining the swamp as key issues. There is no question that Trump’s presser with Putin was a howler but despite the media’s constant negative coverage of the event, the MSM don’t seem to be hitting a nerve with Main Street.

Here is a classic 10 min video released before the election in the poorest county in West Virginia. The folk feel forgotten. Calling them uneducated, stupid, bigoted or any other insult is hardly the stuff of winning them over. They are not living the dream. One even called Trump a blow-hard and a buffoon but he will vote for him as he looks to provide his family a better way out of financial destitution he is in. One person, one vote. Still even if we wanted to think Russian collusion, CM applauds Putin for keeping 10s of millions of registered voters at home on Election Day.

For more details on the Gallup poll please refer to this link.

How the fishy mainstream media keep getting stuck on their own clickbait – hook, line and sinker

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They can’t help themselves. There is not one attempt to be objective. The mainstream media is so fueled with Trump hatred that they won’t let facts get in the way of a good story. The full video of Japanese PM Abe emptying his fish food by tipping the box before POTUS followed suit was actually pointed out by someone progressive, presumably tired of seeing this biased one-sided reporting. Indeed he knows full well that the mainstream media risks alienating even their own ranks if there is no attempt to be impartial. Remember the “we got ‘em!” statement from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow referring to Trump’s tax returns? The insane thirst to play the man not the ball, which back-fired so badly that even the left turned on her for being so obtuse and showing that he legally paid a lot of tax.

Yes, the President has many short comings but trying to beat him up over trivial things like paying taxes or tipping a box of fish food only proves why trust in the media languishes well below his own sub-par rankings.

Therein lies the problem. It seems media is completely dominated by ‘clickbait’. Every journalist hoping that they get the ‘break’ which sends them to the top of ‘trending’. So regardless of content quality, a clickbait headline and heavily edited video is enough. Sadly it doesn’t take long for it to be disproved by some other video footage showing the opposite. Yet they never learn.

However the people that seem to trend are those who come from utter obscurity. Take former Arizona Police officer Brandon Tatum whose videos went viral because of the content. Over 70 million views of his first video. He now works at the Conservative Tribune.  Such was the ‘content’ that the media came for him, not him chasing the platform for glory.

Is it any wonder profitability of the mainstream media wallows. A strong driver for this blog was because I became sick and tired of one-sided reporting from both sides.

Yet I will never ask for likes or shares because that is for you, my audience, to decide for yourselves. That is the ultimate test of any product – a value proposition. If the growth of the blog doesn’t take off then it is a problem of content or the delivery. That is perhaps the most fascinating element of writing the blog – to see which subjects actually engage. It is growing, so to that extent I need to work out why, but I won’t be commentating on exciting topics such as fish food delivery do’s and don’ts.

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.

What has Trump trumped every president-elect on in the last 64 years you might wonder?

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Make America Great again, right? As the mainstream media continues to wallow in self pity through self inflicted narrow mindedness, it is worth following what is really going on. They can’t find much to praise him for. Almost everything he does is laced with ridicule and bias. White supremacist, racist, bigoted or a buffoon. The same media mob that missed the heartbeat of the electorate is blind to think it has unparalleled insight on something it has no idea about.  One chart I often look to as an indicator is the official number of “unemployed persons“. As you can see over 66 years it’s been a formidable leading indicator for recessions or downturns. However it would seem that Trump has managed to inject the most confidence in markets than any other president elect in the last 64 years.

This was one of my key indicators in thinking Trump would win the election. He was appealing to the people who were worried about the future. The ones who saw jobs post GFC increasingly become low paid menial tasks with little growth or career prospects. The Democrats would bang on about their great record under Obama and that HRC would be a continuation of that theme. How wrong they were. They bragged about low poverty and high standards of living when those they were really talking to were experiencing the pain in real time. Is it any wonder that the electoral map looked like it did  – many in the regional areas had had enough of the false promises which delivered nothing to them. It wasn’t #whitelash it was #blindarrogancelash.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m one of the biggest bears around but I do think the unemployed persons trend could break the 66 year streak if confidence (the biggest missing ingredient in a zero/negative interest rate world for the last 8 years) continues like this. I keep banging on about “confidence” – that without it, the world economy will continue to head toward cliff. We are by no means out of the woods but the one thing central banks have craved is “confidence” in them. It has been sorely lacking leading them to resort to aggressive asset purchases to persuade us into thinking we’re already in Utopia. It has been nothing but an unmitigated disaster. What the group thinkers in the world’s central banks have forgotten is simple – People and companies invest because they see a cycle, not because interest rates are low. Trump is actually giving people and companies hope in a new cycle. Central banks have achieved next to nothing and are no left with next to no tools to fight any slowdown. The only fix to the global economy is thrusting more control in the hands of people rather than trying to exert bigger government.

I looked back at the rate of change of unemployed persons from October to November in election years going back 60-odd years. No president has got close to Trump in absolute or percentage terms. You can see the results in the following two charts – red denoting Republican and blue Democrat. For a first term president-elect, no other has got close to Trump with perhaps the exception of Ike Eisenhauer  Not even Reagan had a surge. Bush Senior – minisculy. Bush Jr – No. Bill Clinton – No. JFK – No. Nixon – No. Carter – No. Only Trump and to a lesser extent Ike has had a meaningful first term cut in unemployment before taking the Oval Office.

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Unemployed persons fell by almost 480,000 (-6.1%). That tells us that corporates are backing The Donald. It isn’t an exact science to be sure but usually election victories by the non-incumbent party give much hope or despair for corporations. As I’ve written in previous posts, small business in the US has been reluctant to hire because of burdensome red tape and regulation (incl Obamacare) that has made them uncompetitive. Now with the prospect of lower taxes and a lifting of restrictions we can place a reasonably safe bet that corporations are celebrating ‘hope’ more than anytime in the last 64 years.

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Yes Obama often pats his own back over the low unemployment rate but that can be flattered by falling participation. The unemployed persons index is a raw figure. No, it wasn’t a send off for Obama but a resounding boost to business (most likely small) confidence to meet the likelihood of lower taxes and more domestic production. Hallelujah!

Now to be fair to Obama, the GFC did not exactly help him post a great 2008 figure but even after 4 years, his legacy didn’t fulfill companies with much hope.

None-the-less We should continue to loom for other positive consumer or business confidence figures to follow in December to see if this trend is ongoing. Black Friday looked good too.  The National Retail Federation reported from this year’s Black Friday:

$3.34 billion: The amount of money spent online on Black Friday, setting a new record, surpassing the three-billion-dollar mark for the first time, and marking a 21.6 percent increase year-over-year. For comparison, last year’s total was $2.74 billion.

$5.27 billion: The total amount of money spent online on Thanksgiving and Black Friday combined, a 17.7 percent increase year-over-year. On Thanksgiving specifically, online sales came in at $1.93 billion.

$1.2 billion: The amount of mobile shopping revenue on Black Friday, a 33 percent growth year-over-year, making Nov. 25, 2016 the first day in retail history that sales from mobile passed the billion-dollar mark.

For me – it paints a positive picture that Americans are putting a lot of faith that draining the swamp will pay big financial dividends.

I remain extremely bearish on the global economy but Trump actually gives me hope that he can restore confidence in America and should it manage to come back to a 3%+ sustainable economic growth trajectory that is a big shot in the arm for a sick and tired world. Less government is the answer. The world should hope he Makes America Great Again. We need it because no other government I see around the world has much of a clue other than more of the same tired old response to something they have little understanding of. It takes a lot of convincing to make me ‘believe’. I’m becoming a believer now.