American Elephants


As I Was Saying…. by The Elephant's Child

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What is Fake News? by The Elephant's Child



Black, Millennial, Female and Conservative by The Elephant's Child



Everything You Have Thought About Today’s American Journalism is True by The Elephant's Child

The new issue of Imprimus  features a piece from long time journalist Michael Goodwin, chief political columnist for The New York Post, based on a speech that Goodwin gave at a Hillsdale event. It is a raw and intensive look at contemporary journalism by a long time practitioner who knows his way around the media. It’s just as bad as you thought.

I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner. Today, all that has changed. For that, we can blame the 2016 election or, more accurately, how some news organizations chose to cover it. Among the many firsts, last year’s election gave us the gobsmacking revelation that most of the mainstream media puts both thumbs on the scale—that most of what you read, watch, and listen to is distorted by intentional bias and hostility. I have never seen anything like it. Not even close. …

During the years I spent teaching at the Columbia University School of Journalism, I often found myself telling my students that the job of the reporter was “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I’m not even sure where I first heard that line, but it still captures the way most journalists think about what they do. Translate the first part of that compassionate-sounding idea into the daily decisions about what makes news, and it is easy to fall into the habit of thinking that every person afflicted by something is entitled to help. Or, as liberals like to say, “Government is what we do together.” From there, it’s a short drive to the conclusion that every problem has a government solution.

Goodwin goes on to explain how today’s journalism has gone astray,  how it came about, and how bad it really is (Just what you thought, and even more).

I knew all of this about the media mindset going into the 2016 presidential campaign. But I was still shocked at what happened. This was not naïve liberalism run amok. This was a whole new approach to politics. No one in modern times had seen anything like it. As with grief, there were several stages. In the beginning, Donald Trump’s candidacy was treated as an outlandish publicity stunt, as though he wasn’t a serious candidate and should be treated as a circus act. But television executives quickly made a surprising discovery: the more they put Trump on the air, the higher their ratings climbed. Ratings are money. So news shows started devoting hours and hours simply to pointing the cameras at Trump and letting them run.

A study, Goodwin says, estimated that Trump had received so much free airtime that if he had to buy it the price would be around $2 billion. Executives realized that they had helped Trump’s rise, which made them furious, and soon they were gunning for him.

It’s a fascinating look at a failed media that can no longer perform its assigned task in the American political landscape. Do take the time to read it if you can. It has changed how we search for information. I have long believed that in the new electronic age, students need to be taught how to look for information, how to judge the quality of the information, and enough history to understand why it is important to search carefully, to be informed, and why their vote is important and needs to be well informed. We’ve been watching the education establishment disintegrate before our eyes, and the evidence from college students that they need safe spaces where they can refuse to listen to ideas that might disagree with their own.

With journalism no longer a viable source for accurate news, we have turned to blogs, judged their information and veracity, and the trustworthiness of the provider. Others have turned to social media, and Twitter has assumed an outsized role as a potential clue to future trends, currency, reach, and yet it may not have that significance at all. Combine that with our ordinary human shortcomings — impatience, laziness, reluctance to read anything long— and I suspect we are becoming less and less informed. But then I was an English major and a glutton for reading. Do any of us currently have a hunger to know and understand in an age when sheer entertainment is so pleasurable and so readily available?

Do read the Imprimus article. It will give you a deep understanding of where the media is and why, and give you armor and a nudge towards knowing more and to hell with the “journalism” profession.

(To subscribe to Imprimus, just go to the Hillsdale College website and sign up. It’s free and always informative.)

 



Patagonia Pledges Their Entire Business to The Resistance by The Elephant's Child

How interesting that Lefty CEOs feel that their politics takes precedence over any potential customers, particularly at a time when so many retailers are going under because of the online marketplace. The CEO of Patagonia, a maker of outdoor clothing, has announced that she intends to pledge her entire company to the “resistance” movement against President Donald Trump. Essentially, she has decided that the law and the Constitution and the business of conservatives don’t matter, only her personal politics.

Chalk up Patagonia as another company responsible for the shooting in Alexandria and the fight for their lives that Steve Scalise and Matt Mika are undergoing as well as the others wounded: Zachary Barth, Chrystal Griner, David Bailey and Roger Williams.

Donald Trump is the duly elected President of the United States. If you don’t like him, shut up and wait your turn in the next election. Americans don’t go around romantically joining the preposterously named “Resistance”. The popular vote has no meaning in our Constitutional system.  Lefties will excuse any crime or aberration of anyone with a “D” attached to their name, and they’ve harbored many real criminals.

For those who actually pay attention, Hillary was a dreadful candidate, a compulsive liar, even when lying made no sense. She did not do her homework preparing for events. Used American taxpayers as her personal piggy bank. As Secretary of State, she refused help to her ambassador and his aide ( her responsibility), after they had begged for help nearly 50 times, and refused military aid to the two CIA contractors who were trying to save the embassy staff. She was unfamiliar with the fact that Ghadaffi had abandoned any effort to get nuclear weapons, and although a rotten dictator, kept a lid on his tumultuous country.  Sold a big chunk of America’s uranium reserves to the Russians, for her personal gain. Always believed that she was above the law, which, it appears, may be true. It’s odd that we send small-time violators of national security to prison, but if you are”important” the law does not apply.

Like the Patagonia CEO who has no interest in conservatives, Hillary called more than half the nation “Deplorables” and thought their votes unnecessary. Rose Marcario (the CEO) attacked President Trump for his statements about rolling back President Obama’s aggressive campaign of confiscating millions of acres of state lands and claiming them as “national monuments”, apparently under the notion that the federal government should own all available land other than the high rise cities in which they expect the citizen subjects to live. Unfortunately the federal government is a lousy manager of public lands, and they are not effective guardians of the national parks, let alone “national monuments.” A friend recently went to Yellowstone and reported that they were out picking up cigarette butts, so things have improved somewhat there after a lot of very bad publicity.

Sixty percent of the residents of Utah opposed Obama’s land grab, and many state governments fully agree with Trump’s assessment and oppose such land grabs. Patagonia is very “Green” — more high-minded activism than any interest in actual science or facts, but that is quite common on the Left, as is attested to by the mess their high-minded demonstrators always leave behind.

Do read this short piece by George Neumayr at Hot Air: “The Left’s Flirtation with Trumpicide” which is directly applicable.



A Word for Our Fellow Members of NATO: by The Elephant's Child

You have heard President Trump saying that the nations of NATO need to step up and meet their commitments. There are 28 member nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization who have agreed, as a condition of their membership, to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense.  That goal was set to include only a small percentage of GDP, and to avoid putting too big a burden on smaller countries.

Only five: The United States 3.61%, Greece 2.38%, Britain 2.21%, Estonia 2.16%, and Poland 2% actually meet that obligation. The other 23 countries do not. They range from France 1.78% down to the bottom five: Canada 0.99%, Slovenia o.94%, Spain o.91%, Belgium 0.85%, and Luxembourg 0.44%. The numbers come from 2016 figures supplied by NATO.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told the assembled Defense Ministers:

I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States, and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms. America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.

President Trump’s complaint about NATO would seem to be on solid ground, and Secretary Mattis is direct and simple.  With all the absurd claims and accusations going around, it’s nice to clear that particular one up.



The Democratic Party: The Inconvenient Truth by The Elephant's Child

Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history? Watch as Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares the inconvenient history of the Democratic Party. Donate today to help us reach more people with this video! http://l.prageru.com/2eB2p0h




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