WTF MSM!? Kid Rock clickbait

· August 7, 2017  
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Kid Rock appears at the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center on Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision | AP Images

What was the story about? …

George Will blasts McConnell and Strange … Writing in the Washington Post this weekend, George Will took some pretty strong jabs at Alabama interim Senator Luther Strange for his apparent ethical lapses. Through Strange, he also attacked Mitch McConnell, who is supporting Strange in the special election to fill AG Sessions’ seat. All things that constitutional conservatives agree with. Will also mentioned Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie in a throwaway line at the end. So of course the WaPost used Kid Rock’s pic.

Way to shoehorn Kid Rock into a column that had nothing to do with him. Gotta get the clicks!

Leggo my Lego … CNN’s Jake Tapper went to a Lego convention with his kids this weekend. He tweeted out a pic of a Lego Trump. The pic had Trump with a German cross, the words Airshit, and “Gone Forever. Aaron Hernandez.” Hernandez was the murderer who played for the Patriots who allegedly hung himself. The internet melted down, until Tapper clarified where the pic came from. Probably not the best decision to tweet that photo. Tapper has since deleted the original tweet.

Comedienne against free speech … Chelsea Handler, a comedienne and daily Netflix talk show host, tweeted something rather chilling last night: “2 Chinese guys were arrested in Berlin for making nazi salutes. Wouldn’t it be nice 2 have laws here for people who think racism is funny?” Racism is vile, but limiting speech is more vile. Comedians usually are the strongest supporters of the right to offend. This is troubling coming from a member of that community.

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Enthusiasm …

Yes, the media is biased … Despite jumping on the Trump-colluded-with-Russia narrative, without proof, the media was reluctant to report on a story that actually happened. What story? The one about the private meeting between Bill Clinton and former AG Loretta Lynch in the back of an airplane at the height of the investigation ­­— sorry, “mattering” — into her emails. Judicial Watch received a series of emails from a FOIA request that show just how much media types wanted to spike the story and move on.

Who can you trust? … CBS’ Market Watch has the results of a survey about which outlets Americans most trust. The cable networks all fare poorly, while newspapers seem to have more trust. Of those outlets in the survey, Occupy Democrats was the least trusted of all. Unsurprisingly, liberals were more trusting of the media in general than conservatives and overall loathed conservative outlets.

Google “trouble in Mountain View” … Over the past week, a memorandum from an anonymous Google employee hitting back at the company’s monolithic and one-sided diversity initiatives has made the rounds on the internet. The manifesto pointed out the evolutionary differences between men and women, based on years of research and scientific study. The memo has gained support inside the company. Of course Vice’s Motherboard, when reporting on this, called them “anti-diversity” views, which they are not.

This is an important internal discussion at Google to watch. Mainly because it gives a glimpse into the culture of the company that acts as a gatekeeper to what is and isn’t news on the internet.

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Author: Rob Eno

Rob Eno is the editor of Blaze Media’s WTF MSM!? newsletter.