The American media cabal is…ridiculous. They are the Borg of politics – many entities, but of but one Leftist mind.
Led around by their noses by whatever hack government-growing politician is before them at that moment.
The (New York) Times reports that (White House National Security Advisor Ben) Rhodes and his lackeys have “become adept at ventriloquizing many (media) people at once”:
The easiest way for the White House to shape the news, he explained, is from the briefing podiums, each of which has its own dedicated press corp
s. “But then there are sort of these force multipliers,” he said, adding, “We have our compadres, I will reach out to a couple people, and you know I wouldn’t want to name them—”
“I can name them,” I said, ticking off a few names of prominent Washington reporters and columnists who often tweet in sync with White House messaging.
Price laughed. “I’ll say, ‘Hey, look, some people are spinning this narrative that this is a sign of American weakness,’ ” he continued, “but — ”
“In fact it’s a sign of strength!” I said, chuckling.
“And I’ll give them some color,” Price continued, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”….
Says Rhodes, “We created an echo chamber.”…
(T)he Obama administration lied, lied repeatedly, activated shills like Jeffrey Goldberg to market their lies, and watched as the media parroted those lies incessantly.
So when the Obama Administration executes a ridiculous Internet power grab, and the D.C. Circuit Court ridiculously rules that said power grab is lawful – can we expect this media to respond in any fashion but…ridiculously?
With the same echo chamber, monolithic sameness we’ve seen on the awful Iran deal – and nine million other Leftists inanities? Of course not.
A Win for ‘Net Neutrality’ (The Atlantic): “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the government’s rules, which ensure consumers get equal access to internet.”
FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Win Big in Appeals Court (CNet): “The Federal Communications Commission has won a major victory in its decade-long battle to keep the internet open.”
Not mentioned by the media? From the Internet’s mid-1990s inception until February 2015, there were zero government regulations mandating “consumers get equal access” to “keep the Internet open.” Yet consumers all received equal access – and the Internet has been perpetually, beautifully wide-open.
Proving: 1) The government power grab was completely unnecessary, because 2) The free market works. And 3) This isn’t about “equal access” or an “open Internet” – it is about a vast expansion of government power.
Court Upholds Obama-Backed Net Neutrality Rules (Politico): “A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies.”
Not mentioned by the media? Past examples of government winning over private companies – and the results being exceptionally awful for our nation and the people in it.
ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and myriad other government-expanding laws were touted as wins for us by government over the greedy, awful private sector. And what they accomplished – was making things exponentially more awful.
Because when government wins – we lose.
Right. So were ObamaCare, and Dodd-Frank, and….
Again, when government wins – we lose.
No one’s legacy is cemented – no one is vindicated – until we see what happens as this latest vast government expansion plays out.
With the likes of ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, the Veterans Administration, the Post Office, the DMV,… – the prognosis ain’t great.
But as this cavalcade of echo chamber, monolithic sameness yet again demonstrates – don’t expect the media to point out any of it.
Going into yesterday’s vote in the United Kingdom, the smart money was on “remain” – that is, that the UK should remain a member of the European Union. Pre-election polls gave remain the edge, the exchange rate of the British pound was trending up, and the betting markets were giving 3-to-1 odds. But, when the votes were counted, the people were found to have voted to “leave.”
The financial markets today have reverberated with anxiety. There’s talk of Denmark, Italy and Netherlands demanding an opportunity to leave. And, the week prior, Switzerland quietly withdrew its application to join.
The polls were wrong. They often are nowadays. Polling is an art as well as a science. Anybody can pull a sample of beads from a jar in a laboratory, and in so doing estimate the percentage of white- versus red-colored beads remaining in the jar. But surveying people is another matter. The challenges facing real-world pollsters are continually changing. Nowadays, we suspect that people who are disrespected by the elites – called stupid and racist, compared to Nazis and so forth – are reluctant to participate in polls.
The EU has been suffering an on-going crisis since 2008. First, the crisis revealed that certain European countries had been cooking the books all along, running deficits in excess of what was allowed. Already in weak financial condition, these countries were unable to borrow from the marketplace to sustain their spending and, so, turned to the European Central Bank and to the creditor nations of Europe for loans. One after another, bailout loans were approved for them in return for “plans” to bring their deficits under control. But, Greece has been totally unable to comply with these plans, and Portugal, Italy and Spain have been only marginally able. The nations of Europe have since been drifting apart in terms of fiscal and economic performance, with those on the southern tier grousing under “austerity.”
The on-going crisis reveals the fundamental problem with the European project. It is that the culture of the northern countries is different from that of the southern countries. In the north, work and saving are embraced in what was once called The Protestant Ethic. While certain people point out that these countries have generous programs of social insurance, they also require work.
If a person does not find a job in the prescribed period of time in Sweden and the northern states of Germany, the government will place that person into a job, even a make-work job. In contrast, unemployment benefits never end in Spain. The people of northern Europe view those of the south with resentment because of the continuing transfers of income. And, the people of southern Europe view those of the north with scorn for being cheap and demanding.
The cultures of the northern and southern Europeans, while different, can be complementary. Consider a marriage of an accountant and a musician. This marriage can be heaven or hell. One has the ability to earn a living, and the other to bring joy to life. If they appreciate what each brings, it will be heaven. But, if they don’t, if will be hell. One day, perhaps, the northern people of Europe will be able to enter into a partnership with the southern people. But, until they come to appreciate each other, they should have an affair instead of a marriage.
In today’s extended edition of the Health Care News Podcast, Dr. Gerard Gianoli joined Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton to help set Americans straight on legitimate reasons for disgruntlement with our nation’s health care system–and utterly bogus ones.
In addition to being one of Heartland’s newest policy advisors, Dr. Gianoli is president of the Ear and Balance Institute in Covington Louisiana and a clinical associate professor in otolaryngology and pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine.
Gianoli explains how an unscientific article in a medical journal published in May incited mass hysteria about medical error supposedly being the leading cause of death in the U.S.–and debunks it.
He goes on to name smothering federal rules for physician use of electronic medical records and third-party payers (such as government and insurance companies) as chief obstacles to forging better doctor-patient relationships and delivering more affordable, quality care accessible by all Americans.