Fake News Leads to Scandal

Two articles from the same paper, on the same day. Guess which one was the headline story?

LA Times: Hit-and-run accidents fell after California gave those here illegally driver’s licenses, study finds
LA Times: The number of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers killed in L.A. traffic rose sharply in 2016

You have to dig into the stories and the study to find out they’re basing the claim on statistical analysis. More people would have died if the drivers licenses weren’t issued. Although even that claim doesn’t quite hold up:

Andrew Gelman: No evidence that providing driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants in California decreases traffic safety

So, I’m with them when they say that the data show no evidence of negative consequence from the law allowing driver’s licenses for unauthorized immigrants. But I’d need more evidence to be convinced of their causal claims, in particular on the hit and runs. That seems like more of a reach.

Is the LA Times fake news? It’s propaganda, it shows you what it wants you to see. We can only find out the truth by digging into the stories and looking at the evidence ourselves. Completely false stories are sometimes pushed if they fit the Narrative. Real news is sometimes deep-sixed if it doesn’t. Regular news is filtered to create a narrative.

Most people live in a world that is not reality, but is manufactured by the editors and producers of media content. The assault on “Fake News” after the November election is merely the media’s belated realization that the Internet allows anyone to craft a narrative and create alternative stories. There is no fake news or it is all fake news, because all are fabricating a narrative.

This fracturing creating by the Internet is timed perfectly with negative social mood, which causes the public to desire separation. The public is divided and increasingly looking for a fight. The mainstream media is also subject to public mood. Instead of reforming and recommitting themselves to objective journalism, they have redoubled their efforts in becoming a niche media outlet serving a shrinking slice of the public. It ends up chasing stories that blow up in their faces.

Currently, there’s zero evidence of any collusion between Trump and Russia, yet the mainstream media runs it non-stop because it wants to harm Trump. When actual wrongdoing is uncovered, that this whole enterprise may the work of high level Obama administration officials who used the nation’s intelligence apparatus to spy on political opponents, the media sits on the story and hopes it goes away. As it did with the Lewinsky story two decades ago.

Now, the greatest political scandal in modern history is starting to be exposed. If the latest evidence is true, it is likely the Obama Administration was also using the IRS and other agencies to punish political opponents,as was alleged previously. Ironically, this would likely have never been uncovered if the media wasn’t running its Russia stories non-stop, forcing the Trump Administration and GOP Congress off of their legislative agenda and on to finding out where all the leaked information was coming from.

Daily Caller: Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”

Other official sources with direct knowledge and who requested anonymity confirmed to TheDCNF diGenova’s description of surveillance reports Rice ordered one year before the 2016 presidential election.

The country is in the mood for a fight. It is in the mood for a major political scandal of “impeachment” level proportions. It is going to get its scandal, but not the one it expected.

Author: 罗臻 http://www.investinginchinesestocks.blogspot.com

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