Patterico's Pontifications

3/25/2013

You Can’t Make This Up

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:20 am

[Guest post by JD]

You are glib, Matt. Glib.

“When the media covers something, it’s important to do basic homework. You can’t just repeat something over and over again until it sounds true. It’s not fair. You know how much trouble we would be in if we did that? If we repeated what one person told us over and over like it was a basic fact? We would be done.”

Is he oblivious to the fact that this is exactly what they do, on a daily basis, to conservatives?

—JD

33 Comments

  1. Teh Onion surrenders

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:21 am

  2. e.g. global warming

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:33 am

  3. Kevin – I was trying to connect the two posts this morning without being too obvious. Good catch.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:41 am

  4. It helps when you leave out some details;

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_times_big_lie_on_stop_and_frisk_Pv8qh0Fpt3djlmCtPAs7BN

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:58 am

  5. Hey Matt!

    Welcome to OUR world. You know, the one YOU helped to create.

    Hope you enjoy the taste of the State Media’s AZZ.

    Comment by Jcw46 (0af03c) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:58 am

  6. Teh Onion surrenders

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 3/25/2013 @ 9:21 am

    It is getting harder and harder to parody these folks.

    They apparently have NO self awareness.

    They actually think they’re fair and balanced and all the polls saying otherwise and their low trust/approval rating are fake.

    Comment by Jcw46 (0af03c) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:01 am

  7. I notice, Katie Couric has kept her head down and her mouth shut.

    She’s being more intelligent than I gave her credit for.

    Comment by Jcw46 (0af03c) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:02 am

  8. Jcw46 wrote:

    I notice, Katie Couric has kept her head down and her mouth shut.

    She’s being more intelligent than I gave her credit for.

    The lovely Miss Couric always did seem smarter when she wasn’t saying anything.

    Comment by The obvious Dana (3e4784) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:06 am

  9. Then she would go on ‘and remove all doubt’

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:08 am

  10. Is he oblivious to the fact that this is exactly what they do, on a daily basis, to conservatives?

    Ask a silly question, JD, …

    Comment by Steve57 (be3310) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:34 am

  11. When the gods of the copybook headings decide to destroy a man they first allow him time and opportunity to do the job for himself.

    Comment by ropelight (6f246e) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:48 am

  12. he’s not particularly educated Mr. JD he skipped college and went straight on to his first propaganda whore gig I believe

    it’s really all he knows

    Comment by happyfeet (c60db2) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:50 am

  13. The lovely Miss Couric always did seem smarter when she wasn’t saying anything.

    Comment by The obvious Dana (3e4784) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:06 am

    When she was installed as the heir apparent to Dan Rather, I said the only way I would make a habit of watching Couric would be if she read the news while lounging on a couch in a short skirt like she did on Today.

    Well, now she’s out of the hard news biz, and she has her own midday show and her own couch. And she still has those luscious gams. I gave it a shot. Couldn’t take it. Nobody’s legs are hot enough for a smart person to endure that nonsense.

    Comment by L.N. Smithee (b6535d) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:55 am

  14. Last week Bob Schieffer was back on the CBS Evening News.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 3/25/2013 @ 10:56 am

  15. “No sense of self-awareness” is an understatement. They think a press pass exempts them from accusations of bias just as long as they write and say things that “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

    Comment by L.N. Smithee (b6535d) — 3/25/2013 @ 11:01 am

  16. Most of you had problems with the health care story in february of a Navy seal,well, some are claiming the staory was a fake

    http://sofrep.com/18453/esquire-is-screwed-duped-by-seal-ubl-shooter/

    Comment by EPWJ (1ea63e) — 3/25/2013 @ 11:10 am

  17. Not only does the media do this all the time, they do it for a reason the Frankfurt School figured out in the Radio Project in the 30s. In fact I believe the Obama reelection campaign was premised on it.

    Once an assertion has been made and heard a set number of time, about five IIRC, it becomes accepted no matter how false it is.

    Education under the new K-12 Common Core, which is the other leg of Communication strategy apart from media and entertainment, is about to make major use of the Radio Project. So far it is chock full of things that are not so. Designed deliberately to influence future behavior in desired ways.

    So if you like to play spot that fallacy when listening to the media or public officials, add “spot that use of the Radio Project research” to your list for spotting propaganda.

    Comment by Robin (801f44) — 3/25/2013 @ 11:45 am

  18. EPWJ,

    I think several commenters had doubts about that story, including Patterico.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 3/25/2013 @ 11:46 am

  19. When the gods of the copybook headings decide to destroy a man they first allow him time and opportunity to do the job for himself.

    Jim Carrey, for instance?

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:24 pm

  20. PS: nice to see the page back up…

    i was getting “database” errors for a bit. i blame Gush for that.

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:25 pm

  21. “several commenters had doubts about that story” It was pretty obviously phony.

    Comment by gp (0c542c) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:28 pm

  22. SORRY DRJ, Thats what I meant,

    Comment by EPWJ (1ea63e) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:34 pm

  23. I remember being stuck on some hobbyhorse points about VA benefits. How total a fraud is the subject “veteran”?

    Comment by SarahW (b0e533) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:38 pm

  24. They kept the game going, on some followup pieces with the trip to Capitol Hill.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:49 pm

  25. Sounds like he is doing it right here:

    You can’t just repeat something over and over again until it sounds true…over and over like it was a basic fact?

    Comment by Amphipolis (d3e04f) — 3/25/2013 @ 1:55 pm

  26. The piece never answers my question about Matt Lauer … how does he feed himself unassisted?

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 3/25/2013 @ 2:01 pm

  27. The piece never answers my question about Matt Lauer … how does he feed himself unassisted?

    Like other bottom feeders, his teeth scrape scum off surfaces then he sucks it up. He is, all-in-all, a slightly less attractive plecostomus.

    Comment by Rob Crawford (6c262f) — 3/25/2013 @ 2:18 pm

  28. Ah, Rob my old friend, I must respectfully disagree with your analogy between Matt Lauer and a plecostomus. My plecostomus texted me from the aquarium to register his angry objection. My plecostomus actually has a use.

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 3/25/2013 @ 2:32 pm

  29. Shirley they can’t be serious’

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/heretic_707692.html?page=3

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 3/25/2013 @ 4:59 pm

  30. Always follow links from narciso

    Thanks.

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 3/25/2013 @ 5:25 pm

  31. My plecostomus actually has a use.

    Probably more charisma, too.

    Comment by Rob Crawford (d8dade) — 3/25/2013 @ 5:52 pm

  32. Mr Smithee wrote:

    When she was installed as the heir apparent to Dan Rather, I said the only way I would make a habit of watching Couric would be if she read the news while lounging on a couch in a short skirt like she did on Today.

    Well, now she’s out of the hard news biz, and she has her own midday show and her own couch. And she still has those luscious gams. I gave it a shot. Couldn’t take it. Nobody’s legs are hot enough for a smart person to endure that nonsense.

    We have to give Miss Couric a lot of credit for this. Her decision to start wearing skirts more often on Today led to Fox News putting its newsbabes in short skirts on the couch, and, from 0500 to 0600, on Fox & Friends First, sitting on what are pretty much bar stools in their miniskirts and fornicate me heels. I think Rupert Murdock has a side investment in a leg bronzer company. :)

    Fox News ratings took off, and, lo and behold, the babes on CNN and the Weather Channel are in the short skirts as well. (I never watch MSNBC, so I couldn’t tell you if Rachel Maddow is wearing minis.)

    So, all of us male chauvinist pigs owe a debt of gratitude to Katie Couric!

    Comment by The sexist pig Dana (3e4784) — 3/26/2013 @ 4:50 am

  33. #19, red, yep, dead-bang bulls-eye. Jim Carrey’s cynical publicity stunt, using the death of children as a way to mock Charlton Heston, won’t save his career, it won’t get people to buy tickets to his latest flop, but it will indelibly mark him out as a washed-up looser desperately grasping at straws and going down for the third time.

    Comment by ropelight (75d434) — 3/26/2013 @ 6:48 am

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