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cpj2016eThe Committee to Protect Journalists honored journalists from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador this evening with the International Press Freedom Awards.

This comes at a difficult time for journalism in America, with leading news organizations under fire for propagandizing and multiplying the dishonesty of America’s wars, BLM, and HRC’s candidacy, and for failing to predict the outcome of the election (perhaps intentionally in the hope of altering the outcome).

Having failed as propagandists and prognosticators, the question is what does the future hold for ‘journalism’ in America? — with journalism schools long ago giving up on balanced thinking in favor of activism. One graybeard we spoke with said “the situation is very f_cked-up.”

It might be some time before Americans normalize relations with major news organizations.

Press-NYDailyNewsThe inflamed and untruthful way many in the Press have covered/commented on recent police shootings in the US has likely added to ignorance, hatred and the body count — but maybe that’s the idea.

There is a long history in America of disinformation being used to mislead people into war.

Black Lives Matter is part of a Black Power movement bent more on domination and destruction, than true justice and peace. Presented as an attempt to reform policing, the movement is really an attack on order and “whiteness” itself.

The virulent agitators of America’s Black Power movement are not unlike the Bolsheviks that started the Russian Revolution, with American presidents supporting both movements.

Given the mindset of many black leaders, there is no reason to believe the Black Power Movement will be any less deadening than Bolshevism, and its aftermath.

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BillCunninghamBill Cunningham, the intrepid and big-hearted Style photographer for the New York Times, was remembered on 57th and Fifth yesterday — his favorite spot for documenting fashion trends, on the street.

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ChrisChristieLeaving Trump headquarters yesterday, Gov. Christie told NBC’s Katy Tur that meeting his wife Mary Pat for dinner was “more important” than her question. Several hours later, Ms. Tur called attention on Twitter to Mrs. Christie’s eye roll during Mr. Trump’s comments on Hillary Clinton’s playing the “woman card.”

PhilB&CBroadcast & Cable Hall of Fame inductees Dr. Phil McGraw and Kathie Lee Gifford were feted this evening in NYC.

LE asked Dr. Phil what he considered to be the biggest problem for Americans today. He said it would take too long to answer the question.

ElleUSA30Elle’s 668 page Anniversary issue says on its cover: It’s The New Starting Line — Power. Sex. Beauty. Love. Success.

People who follow such guides (on how to be) can wind up like the car—a wreck.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

BloghersGarner“After Eric Garner what am I supposed to tell my son?”

Maybe you can encourage him to live truthfully, which includes mastering himself.

There’s no future in narcissistic rage (black or white).

Eric Garner, a man with a criminal past and health issues, died in the commission of a crime while resisting arrest. He acted in a threatening manner towards cops who were acting on orders from Governor Cuomo to crack-down on the sale of lose cigarettes.

Sharpton-RatCalls to boycott advertisers of Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC were heard outside of NBC headquarters today.

LE asked one protester: “Is Al Sharpton bad for black people?” The African-American protester replied: “Sharpton is bad for everyone!”

NBC020915The fact that Brian Williams lied about being fired-on in Iraq is more accidental, and less consequential, than the substantial deception, manipulation and misleading, of viewers and readers, that goes on regularly at NBC News — and other news outlets in the U.S. — with real consequences.

In his book The Greatest Generation (Random House, 1998) Tom Brokaw, formerly anchor NBC News, says that he “felt a kind of missionary zeal for the men and women of World War II, spreading the word of their remarkable lives.” He added that telling their stories “had the effect of a chain letter that no one wanted to disrupt.” Today, the same zealousness and mind control is being exercised by American news organization in areas ranging from vaccines to Ferguson and Aleppo.

One of the members of Mr. Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation,” George H.W. Bush–41st President of the United States, is said by Brokaw in the book to have “an unequaled record of public service within his generation.” This is the same man who initiated one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century, the 1990-’91 Gulf War, a war that destroyed countless lives and added to the proliferation of Islamic extremism, which began to re-emerged in the area with the U.S. arming of the mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the ’80’s.

The widespread disorientation and disorder in American society has many parents, not the least of which are media/news organizations, and their zealous reporters, working for the government, advertisers and personal glory — rather than serving the truth.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

 

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