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DAVIDSON: Fake News Has Been a Long-Term Issue

The media machine is culpable of gargantuan misrepresentations.

Jeff Davidson

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The four-year squabble between the Trump Administration and the corporate mainstream media over misrepresentation, misinformation, and fake news is nary a drop in the bucket of what has been brewing for decades. For years on end, the corporate mainstream media has loomed over U.S. political discourse regardless of who is in office. This media both guide and shape public opinion, 24/7.

Most adults today will acknowledge that merely because we see a feature on the news, and especially on the web, that doesn’t mean we ought to believe it. The media machine, like the Trump Administration and most assuredly the Obama Administration before it, can be culpable of misrepresentations. So, it is vital to distinguish real information from a barrage of misinformation.

The Continuing Mainstream Fabrication

In recent years, the media have abandoned any pretense of offering unbiased or objective information and tirelessly push an agenda upon us. Consider the Unite the Right rally, held on August 11 and 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, VA. One of the media’s continuing big lies is that President Trump openly praised white supremacists.

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Actually, he condemned the white supremacists. The mainstream media and fake news websites selectively edited the video of him speaking on the issue, and still pump out their misinformation. Verbatim, on August 15, 2017, the President said this:

You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group… there were people in that rally – and I looked the night before – if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some rough, bad people – neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest.

When he said, “You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides,” he was not referring to the white supremacists. The transcript as well as the uncut video confirm this. Still, the major media, Joe Biden, and many others perpetuate the big lie. Worse the media machine is grossly perpetuating huge, history-contorting lies about Joe Biden and company.

Today, when instant news and communication is transferred between people, integrity in news coverage and information dissemination is vital. So, we must look past the false fronts devised to obscure what is actually occurring.

Discerning and Forthright

As more citizens become aware, fortuitously the media monopoly is being broken. More alert news consumers and the emergence of other forms of media assure that the ‘news’ monopoly will further dissipate. While under-informed citizens and low information voters rely on a handful of all-powerful media organizations, a greater percentage of news consumers are becoming more discerning.

Finding the truth is vital and invariably amazing. Fortunately, we have more tools available to us today than ever before. The Internet, obviously, provides us with a variety of websites that provide information. However, don’t fall into the trap of relying on the same old sources.

What we can do – Suppose you rely exclusively on Google as your search engine. You thus receive the URL links that Google’s biased algorithm designers want you to see. This has been proven repeatedly. Even within Google’s tainted search results, go further than the first page, which most people never do. The second, third, and fourth pages might contain links that provide you corroborated, authentic, and reliable information.

Periodically change your search engine to DuckDuckGo.com, Vivaldi.com, Opera.com, Bing.com, Gibiru.com, or Startpage.com. Each offers extensive search services, but with different sets of algorithms, which yield a more diverse set of news and information links.

Independent Sources

A wide variety of bloggers also helps in your news and information search. Many independent bloggers actually do more investigative journalism in their chosen fields than top newspapers and associated websites. Visit Bloggeries.com or Blogarama.com to identify the top bloggers in a field of endeavor.

Conduct your own research and routinely cross-reference what you uncover. Also, read the websites and the bloggers who offer opinions contrary to yours. Even if you don’t agree with the information or viewpoint, your perspectives on an issue can improve. Be candid when you’re wrong, just as you are when you’re right.

Each of us needs to stay on guard; our society sorely needs that and the truth demands it.

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TX School Administrator Suggests Teaching ‘Opposing Viewpoints’ to The Holocaust

State level authorities were quick to shut that theory down.

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There is apparently some sever confusion in the Lone Star State regarding the nature of a new law regarding public school curriculums, and it has many around the nation alarmed.

The idea of school as a place to open your mind and absurd a variety of different viewpoints is nothing new.  In fact, it isn’t hard to argue that this is perhaps exactly what the public education system should be doing.

But there are some viewpoints out there that do not meet the standard of our civilized society, and one school administrator in Texas appears to believe that the new law requires these heinous conspiracy theories to become part of the classroom.

A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News.

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Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom.

A Carroll staff member secretly recorded the Friday training and shared the audio with NBC News.

“Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Peddy said in the recording, referring to a new Texas law that requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing “widely debated and currently controversial” issues. “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust,” Peddy continued, “that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”

State officials were quick to point out that this is not what the new law suggests.

Clay Robison, a spokesman for the Texas State Teachers Association, a union representing educators, said there’s nothing in the new Texas law explicitly dealing with classroom libraries. Robison said the book guidelines at Carroll, a suburban school district near Fort Worth, are an “overreaction” and a “misinterpretation” of the law. Three other Texas education policy experts agreed.

“We find it reprehensible for an educator to require a Holocaust denier to get equal treatment with the facts of history,” Robison said. “That’s absurd. It’s worse than absurd. And this law does not require it.”

Some lawmakers responded as well.

State Sen. Bryan Hughes, an East Texas Republican who wrote Senate Bill 3, denied that the law requires teachers to provide opposing views on what he called matters of “good and evil” or to get rid of books that offer only one perspective on the Holocaust.

“That’s not what the bill says,” Hughes said in an interview Wednesday when asked about the Carroll book guidelines. “I’m glad we can have this discussion to help elucidate what the bill says, because that’s not what the bill says.”

Denial of The Holocaust, (or the severity of it), has long been seen as a hallmark of white supremacists, and is considered a form of antisemitism.

There is apparently some sever confusion in the Lone Star State regarding the nature of a new law regarding public school curriculums, and it has many around the nation alarmed. The idea of school as a place to open your mind and absurd a variety of different viewpoints is nothing new.  In fact, it isn’t hard to argue that this is perhaps exactly what the public education system should be doing. But there are some viewpoints out there that do not meet the standard of our civilized society, and one school administrator in Texas appears to believe that the new law requires these heinous conspiracy theories to become part of the classroom. A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News. Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom. A Carroll staff member secretly recorded the Friday training and shared the audio with NBC News. “Just try to remember the concepts of [House Bill] 3979,” Peddy said in the recording, referring to a new Texas law that requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing “widely debated and currently controversial” issues. “And make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust,” Peddy continued, “that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.” State…

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Laundrie Lawyer Goes on the Offensive After TV Host Implicates Parents

Someone’s getting testy…

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The story of Gabby Petito’s death has captured the attention of the nation in recent weeks, largely due to the strange circumstances surrounding her disappearance, her fiancé’s unwillingness to cooperate with police, his parents’ bizarre behavior, and then, of course the fact that he went missing just hours before Petito’s body was found.

None of these things have screamed innocence in the eyes of the Americans who’ve been following along at home, and Laundrie’s disappearance has allowed speculation to run rampant.

This is true not only for the Joe Anybody, but for television detectives as well, and this hasn’t sat well with a lawyer for the Laundrie family.

Brian Laundrie’s attorney Steve Bertolino tore into “America’s Most Wanted” creator John Walsh Thursday, the morning after the longtime TV host aired an ID channel special on the unsolved homicide of the Florida man’s former fiancée, Gabby Petito.

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“Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” delved into the details surrounding the 22-year-old Petito’s slaying and Laundrie’s status as a fugitive on a federal bank fraud warrant.

Walsh has long suggested that Brian may have made a run for the border, or be hiding out on the Appalachian Trail – a place that he was once familiar with.

This is where Bertolino got testy.

“I absolutely believe that his family is helping him stay on the run,” said Walsh, who also hosts “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on ID.

Bertolino snapped back at such speculation.

“Dusty relics like that Dog and John Walsh need a tragic situation like this so they can clear the cobwebs off their names and give their publicity-hungry egos some food,” Bertolino told Fox News Digital, also taking aim at Duane “Dog” Chapman, the reality TV star and real-life bounty hunter who entered the search for Laundrie late last month.

Police have returned to the vast wilderness of the Carlton Reserve in their search for Laundrie, this time bringing K-9 units trained to detect human decomposition.

 

 

The story of Gabby Petito’s death has captured the attention of the nation in recent weeks, largely due to the strange circumstances surrounding her disappearance, her fiancé’s unwillingness to cooperate with police, his parents’ bizarre behavior, and then, of course the fact that he went missing just hours before Petito’s body was found. None of these things have screamed innocence in the eyes of the Americans who’ve been following along at home, and Laundrie’s disappearance has allowed speculation to run rampant. This is true not only for the Joe Anybody, but for television detectives as well, and this hasn’t sat well with a lawyer for the Laundrie family. Brian Laundrie’s attorney Steve Bertolino tore into “America’s Most Wanted” creator John Walsh Thursday, the morning after the longtime TV host aired an ID channel special on the unsolved homicide of the Florida man’s former fiancée, Gabby Petito. “Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” delved into the details surrounding the 22-year-old Petito’s slaying and Laundrie’s status as a fugitive on a federal bank fraud warrant. Walsh has long suggested that Brian may have made a run for the border, or be hiding out on the Appalachian Trail – a place that he was once familiar with. This is where Bertolino got testy. “I absolutely believe that his family is helping him stay on the run,” said Walsh, who also hosts “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on ID. Bertolino snapped back at such speculation. “Dusty relics like that Dog and John Walsh need a tragic situation like this so they can clear the cobwebs off their names and give their publicity-hungry egos some food,” Bertolino told Fox News Digital, also taking aim at Duane “Dog” Chapman, the reality TV star and real-life bounty hunter who entered the search for Laundrie late last month. Police…

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