“Hey, jealousy” … The good folks at Twitchy are right. CNN cheerleader/media critic Brian Stelter is “obsessed with Fox News.” Last week, Stelter expressed some concern over the boycott by advertisers on Laura Ingraham. That didn’t last long. This week, as Twitchy notes, Stelter is still writing stories about the boycott. And those stories don’t mention Media Matters, the Soros-funded website that is the real muscle behind the boycott. Stelter also doesn’t mention the role he and the rest of CNN played in giving David Hogg, the parkland student activist, an outsized voice that he then used in conjunction with the Soros-funded group to lead the boycott.
Rural voters are rubes … The mainstream media hacks not only don’t understand flyover country, but they think flyover country is populated with backward hicks and rubes. Here’s a Politico story that helps prove the point. Politico says places where there isn’t a strong local newspaper – rural America – voted more for Donald Trump than for Mitt Romney, vs. those places that had a strong newspaper.
Politico’s take on this phenomena can be boiled down to this: since there was no local media to tell people the “facts” about Trump, these local yokels believed what they wanted and saw on the internet. It can’t be that Trump actually appealed to these voters, right? Give me a break.
Shadow-banned … A conservative editor at Independent Journal Review thought it was odd that people were saying they weren’t seeing his tweets and that his replies weren’t showing up in the notifications of those he replied to. So he reached out to Twitter. It turns out he was erroneously listed as spam by Twitter. Twitter says spam, but it really seems to be shadow-banning. This is something more and more conservatives are dealing with in social media.
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Ginger Kid Kennedy rises … About a decade ago, a friend of mine in Massachusetts pointed to young Joseph P. Kennedy III and how the Democrats were grooming him for future office. At the time it was the Barnstable County District Attorney’s office that was being used to get “Ginger Kid Kennedy,” as my friend called him, the “experience” needed for future political office. “JoKe III,” another nickname, has been groomed for “greatness” since he was a kid. Now the national media is joining in.
CBS News’ “Sunday Morning” program spent a good deal of time on the Kennedy clan in the wake of the Chappaquiddick movie and pushed the narrative that JoKe III is looking to carry on the legacy of the “legendary” and “storied” family. It was basically an infomercial for a 2020 run.
Whoops … On his Sunday media criticism program, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz went through how the American people don’t trust the media. One of the slides showed his own network at the bottom of those rankings on trust. The production crew put the graphic up out of order, and Kurtz told them to take it down. This was because, as the Free Beacon reported, the graphic was out of place and not germane to what was being discussed at the moment. Shortly after, the graphic went up in the proper order, and Kurtz fully discussed it. The AP attacked Kurtz for covering up the bad news for Fox. But he didn’t, and now Kurtz is going after the AP. I’m confident that the AP writer probably didn’t even watch the show but went off an email sent by an organization like Media Matters.
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Rob Eno is the editor of Blaze Media’s WTF MSM!? newsletter.