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Aftermath of Pandemic Will Destroy Residual Trust in Mainstream Media

In the past, I have written many posts about why (and how) the majority of people have now lost faith in a range of supposedly “objective” and “impartial” institutions. The takeaway from those posts was as follows: 1] No institution can be “better” than the average person who populates them; 2] All institutions, given sufficient time, will end up being run by cliques of incompetent sycophants; 3] Institutions created to solve any problem will always end up perpetuating that problem in order to remain relevant, 4] All institutions, given time, will either lose or expel their competent members and replace them with clever-sounding but ineffectual cock suckers, 5] These changes make said institutions increasingly incestuous, fragile and ineffectual. 6] While decaying institutions can keep going for some time on social inertia alone, sooner or later they will face a series of real-life challenges exposing them for what they have become.

The above stated pattern holds true whether the institution in question is the democratic party, presidency, AMA, Google or the mainstream corporate media. While I have a few things to say about the WHO, let us leave that for another post and focus on the corporate mainstream media. But before we do that, let us define the term. In my opinion, mainstream corporate media often referred to as MSM is best understood as official propaganda in so-called “democratic” countries. The scam works as follows.. to maintain the pretense of a “democratic” and “free” society, the corporation-controlled government allows certain trusted ass-kissers to label themselves as “objective” journalists. To demonstrate their alleged “objectivity”, these clowns are occasionally allowed to write or publish content that is slightly adversarial to those in power. But don’t worry, these presstitutes will never publish anything that will truly challenge the malfeasance of those in power or expose their sheer incompetence.

This is why, for example, very few journalists challenged the official narrative about the Vietnam war until it was obvious that USA would lose. Something similar happened in 2003, when almost no journalist would contradict the official bullshit about the Iraq War until it became painfully obvious that USA was going to lose this war too. Now you know why the media cheerlead the housing boom of mid-2000s until that house of cards crashed or why it supported an endless slew of “free trade” treaties until pissed off people in the MidWest elected Trump in November 2016. People who work in corporate media outlets are best understood as the modern equivalent of minstrels and troubadours whose livelihood is dependent on remaining in the good graces of their real patrons while they sing songs and tell stories about their patron’s nobility and competence to the masses. However, while the medieval audience of minstrels and troubadours saw them as nothing more than entertainment, more than a few people today (usually older) still see their modern counterparts as courageous truth-tellers.

To be fair, the decline of residual public trust in MSM began sometime during the 1990s. But why the 1990s and not say in the 1950, 60s, 70s or even the 80s? Well.. the early part of the 1990s was the first decade which saw a slow decline in living standards of some Americans. While this decline was initially restricted to blue-collar workers in some flyover states, it was different from other ones in past because it was irreversible. The thing is.. most people will go along with a lot of government bullshit as long as they believe that their present is secure and future is hopeful. The 1990s was the first decade in which some Americans had to finally face the fact that their lives were not going to get better. But why should that fact affect their ability to trust MSM? Well.. belief in the MSM is like belief in any religion or cult. People stop believing in religions and cults once those belief systems cannot satisfactorily explain the reality they face.

This is why material affluence does far more damage to continued belief in Islam and Christianity than continued poverty. Another example would be how urbanization has done far more damage to belief in caste system than any reform movement in Hinduism. Or why the plague pandemic in 14th century did more to damage to the hold of catholic Church over Europe than anything before that or since then. But back to the topic of this post.. many believe that the internet (especially Google, FakeBook etc) struck the fatal blow for MSM by depriving them of money made through advertising. While it is true that the Internet in general, and Internet monopolies in particular, did irreversible harm to the previous business model of many MSM outlets, they did not destroy its credibility. That was a self goal.

See.. media overreaction to 9/11, shilling for the Iraq war, shilling for the housing bubble, shilling for financialism of the economy, shilling for Obama, shilling for LIEbralism in an environment where the fortunes of most people in this country slowly but irreversibly went south was the real reason why it lost so much credibility- especially among people who were born after 1970. People went looking in the internet for alternative news because the establishment mouthpieces were clearly, deliberately and repeatedly misleading them. This is also why a reality show clown.. I mean host.. with a sketchy past could win the presidential election against a “qualified” and “credentialed” establishment insider in 2016. Partisan democrats (MikeCA) still want to believe that the election of Trump was an inexplicable aberration rather than the highly predictable consequences of establishment politicians (of both parties) ignoring the needs and interests of a large section of the population. And this finally brings us the topic of this post.

Many of you might have noticed that an endless parade of “professional journalists” seem to have a deep emotional and material investment in keeping the economy closed during this pandemic. While I won’t go into the details of why this is such an incredibly bad idea in this post (read my previous posts on covid-19), let’s just say that shutting down the economy without a definitive and feasible exit plan or crippling it with restrictions for a diseases that kills less than 1 in 400 people below 65 has far more dangerous medium- and long-term consequences than these ivy league morons can imagine. For one, unemployment rates over 20% (closer to 30 or 40%) in a country without a decent social safety net is a disaster waiting to happen. Trying to shout down and at people who want the economy to open in this environment is more risky than striking a storm-proof match in a room drenched with gasoline.

Then again.. this turn of events is highly predictable. The vast majority of presstitutes alive today fall into one of three categories- 1] People from rich families who attended the “right” universities and don’t need the money, 2] People from a less-privileged but still solidly upper-middle class background who aspire to ge in the first category and 3] Social climbers without much money but who still want to emulate the second type so they can become them. Notice that all of them are in it for the fame, prestige, exposure and yes.. some money. My point is that the vast majority of journalists today are in for for giving each other blowjobs, according to a strict hierarchy- of course. But notice what they are not interested in.. “objective” journalism.. you know that thing they all claim to be their guiding principle. But how can I be so sure that is the case?

Well.. just have a look at the bullshit.. I mean “news stories”.. they are peddling. It is all about ‘how COVID-19 is much worse than we think’ or some fake scare story about ‘how it is mutating into increasingly dangerous forms’. But wait.. there is more. If you start asking them about how the results of serological tests affect our perception of the real IFR of this disease, they will tell you with great certainty that all those tests used to determine the results they don’t like are bad- even though these dumbfucks haven’t studied medical microbiology. These pathetic losers are enthusiastically pumping up doomsday stories peddled by aspy shitheads with delusions of grandeur such as Bill Gates or dishonest guinea dagos who haven’t touched a single laboratory instrument for the past four decades such as Fauci.

And they are doing this while either ignoring the real and massive harm done due to shutdown of everything from elective surgeries and cancer treatments to places that offer haircuts and food. Ask them about how to help the tens of millions whose lives have been turned upside down for no fault of theirs to perhaps protect protect a couple of million (at most) very old and dying people warehoused in nursing homes. Do they have a plan or idea to help the far more numerous group? If not, why not? How do these dumbfucks think people are going to buy food, let alone pay rent in a few months from now? Sure.. opening the economy right now might kill 10-15% of all people living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. But what is their fraction in the population compared to all those whose lives are being destroyed by this lockdown. Also think about what will happen once it becomes obvious that the IFR is much lower than these presstitutes are claiming it to be. Do they think that tens of millions will just forgive them for helping ruin their lives without adequate compensation.

You might not like my argument because it is too coldly utilitarian. But let me ask you another question.. given the way things are setup in this country, and how the course of events have proceeded thus far, do you have a better and more feasible idea?

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    May 9, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Was true many years ago, but many “mature” people forget reality because they think “the world runs on laws”.

    But that is the problem with “mature” people, it is just one step from “decay and decrepitude”.

    Many people also realise they have to conform with the beliefs of others to stay in their good graces and get further patronage, because they don’t have a skill that is in demand, are especially competent or are attractive.

    https://www.projectcensored.org/11-the-media-can-legally-lie/
    11. The Media Can Legally Lie
    April 29, 2010
    CMW REPORT, Spring 2003
    Title: “Court Ruled That Media Can Legally Lie”
    Author: Liane Casten

    ORGANIC CONSUMER ASSOCIATION, March 7, 2004
    Title: “Florida Appeals Court Orders Akre-Wilson Must Pay Trial Costs for $24.3 Billion Fox Television; Couple Warns Journalists of Danger to Free Speech, Whistle Blower Protection”
    Author: Al Krebs

    Faculty Evaluator: Liz Burch, Ph.D.
    Student Researcher: Sara Brunner

    In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

  2. MikeCA
    May 10, 2020 at 11:40 am

    You are just a one trick pony, a faux leftist who spends all his time attacking and mocking the only political party that has done anything for ordinary Americans.

    Right now our failed president has surrendered to the virus and is telling people to get out and go back to normal so he can open up his hotels and golf courses. He and everyone around him is tested every day for the virus but ordinary people still cannot get tested, sometimes even if they are ill. In the middle of this pandemic, he has ordered his attorney general to ask the Supreme Court to take health insurance away from millions of Americans.

    The Democratic party is far from perfect, but only Russian trolls and their useful idiots so consistently make those bogus attacks.

    • doldrom
      May 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Russian trolls? Ever heard of Occam’s razor (about the multiplying of entities).
      Then you come along with supernatural occult phenomena to explain things.
      Along with conspiracy theories about Trump (hotels) and BS about being tested daily (how does that benefit the recipient?).
      And despite 60 years of contrary evidence, you still think the Dems are fighting for ordinary Americans. Your brains have turned to jello.

      • GAY NIGGERS FROM OUTER SPACE
        May 11, 2020 at 1:28 am

        “MikeCA” is a Chinese troll shilling for Gay-American David Brock’s MEDIA MATTERS DNC-propaganda organization.


        Comic Relief.. finally!

        David Brock founded the media watchdog group Media Matters for America. He has been described by Time as “one of the most influential operatives in the Democratic Party”
        Media Matters is a Soros funded liberal activist group that wages war against the conservative press like Fox News, and against forums like r/the_Donald.
        https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/soros-donates-1-million-to-media-matters/
        David Brock was hacked on his chat network in 2017, where he directed Correct the Record to Dox Reddit the_Donald participants, Twitter, and 4Chan using an NSA Hack tool and mentioned Seth Rich.
        https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/55fa39/david_brock_hacked_on_his_chat_network_the/
        David Brocks activist groups are behind many of the shills we have all been dealing with for years. Media Matters, From CTR, to Shareblue: How Paid Shills Attempt to Distort the Truth.
        http://thegoldwater.com/news/5176-Media-Matters-From-CTR-to-Shareblue-How-Paid-Shills-Attempt-to-Distort-the-Truth
        David Brock was the lover of Comet Pizza owner James Alefantis, who was a prominent figure in the pizzagate scandal.
        Fully Sourced Excellent Summary of Pizzagate Evidence

        The PIZZAGATE Evidence You Will NEVER See In The Mainstream Media
        http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=59526

      • P Ray
        May 12, 2020 at 8:30 am

        Well … Pizzagate was just a prediction, that finally managed to ensnare LIEberal lefty Peter Bright (twitter handle: drpizza).

        It’s so nice to see his account still up, as he was arrested for trying to meet up with an underaged person (which was actually a sting operation).

        https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/peter-bright-charged-soliciting-sex-minors/
        Tech reporter charged with soliciting child sex online
        He used the app KinkD.
        Jun 8, 2019, 10:42 am* Layer 8 Claire Goforth Claire Goforth
        peter bright ars technica
        Peter Bright/Twitter

        Warning: This article contains graphic sexual language.

        Tech reporter Peter Bright has been arrested for soliciting sex with children online. He was employed by Ars Technica until recently.

        A federal complaint alleges that Bright sought to molest a 7- and 9-year-old and met with an undercover agent for this purpose, at which point he was arrested. It also states that Bright claimed to be in a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old. He is currently being held without bail.

        According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, an undercover FBI special agent made contact with Bright on KinkD, a social media fetish platform, on April 18.

        Bright, using the handle “randomanon,” had responded to a message the agent posted a day prior in which she purported to be a mother seeking to connect with people who could teach her children about “birds and the bees.”

        The complaint states that in subsequent messages, the agent informed Bright that she had a 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

        At Bright’s urging, the two then began chatting via WhatsApp, which continued for a few weeks. At times using euphemisms, Bright reportedly wrote of molesting both children and raping the 7-year-old. He also allegedly sent pictures of his penis, and photos of test results showing he did not have any sexually transmitted diseases.

        According to the complaint, both consistently referred to his plans to molest the children as “teaching” them “lessons,” and Bright described how he would begin slowly and move on to more intense sexual activity.

        “I’m thinking maybe something involving foreskin is the way to start,” he allegedly said.

        The agent writes that Bright inquired about whether the “lessons” were to be heteronormative. When she professed ignorance, he explained, “Does [the Girl] eat flowers and [the Boy] suck snake.” The document says that the agent understood “flowers” and “snake” to mean vagina and penis, respectively.

        On his Twitter bio, Bright states that he is “Poly/pan/pervy.”

        Per the complaint, Bright further claims to have molested an 11-year-old girl.

        “I have a girl I’ve been teaching off and on for a couple of months now,” Bright reportedly wrote. “But she’s in the Bronx, which makes the logistics much harder.”

        Asked by the agent what he is good at “teaching,” Bright allegedly responded, “I think masturbation and, [sic] anal sex are probably my favourite subjects. Helping girls find those special places to touch, it’s very rewarding.”

        The conversation then shifted to Bright’s plans for the agent’s “children.” He reportedly wrote that he intended to touch and penetrate her daughter’s genitals, to have the girl give him hand jobs and oral sex, and to rape her.

        Asked whether her daughter was a virgin, the agent wrote, “She has had the tip inside but not the whole cock … Does that excite you lol?”

        Bright responded, “Yes. But I think the tip might be all I can manage.”

        In subsequent days, Bright sent photographs and STD test results, after which the pair arranged to meet. Asked what the first meeting would entail, Bright allegedly said that he would “have them show him what they already know, and teach them about the foreskin on his penis.”

        Bright was arrested on May 22 when he arrived for their planned rendezvous in Manhattan. Per the complaint, he admitted to speaking with the agent about “engaging in sexual activity with minors.” Bright has been charged with one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

        He has been denied bail on the grounds of “risk of danger.” The order allows him to reapply for bail. The federal inmate database states that a Peter Bright, age 38, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

        Prior to his arrest, Bright was a successful tech reporter; he has a Twitter following of 18,000. On May 22, he tweeted numerous times; since then his account has been silent. His last story for Ars Technica, a Conde Nast brand, published on May 21. At Ars Technica, Bright covered topics like Microsoft and hackers.

        An official with Condé Nast, which owns Ars Technica, confirmed the Peter Bright who was arrested was an employee with Ars Technica. A representative told the Daily Dot via email that Bright is no longer employed with the company.

        If law enforcement locates the 11-year-old Bright allegedly said he was in a sexual relationship with, he could potentially be charged with far more serious offenses, such as rape.

        You can read the criminal complaint against Bright here.

        He does not have a bright future ahead of him,
        and will not be gaining any experience making pizza in prison,
        but he might get to sample a lot of cockmeat sandwich.

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