In the world of manufactured housing trade media, there may as well be two often differing world-views. The same is routinely true of mainstream news media too. Who says? How about the later point, how previous U.S. President?
“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR.” That’s what the former President Obama said per reports across the left-right media divide.
Mr. Obama’s point above is mirrored by recent reports from the left-of-center AP and USA Today. Both of those news outlets said that the description and vision of America being portrayed by the two major parties and their top candidates are starkly different, so much so that they are at odds with each other. Note, there will be more on former President Obama and his wife Michelle further below.
Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept, a left-of-center news perspective, called out Facebook and Twitter for their hypocritical double standard for censoring what that journalist called “dangerous” in the second tweet.
If a news outlet published emails purportedly to or from me that were in fact forgeries, the very first thing I would say, immediately, is that the emails were not authentic. I presume that’s what most people would do. https://t.co/IhCM1tIol6
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 16, 2020
— The Intercept (@theintercept) October 16, 2020
On the Masthead on April 5, 2020 the headline read “Bio-Econ-Prop War I” – as you read the following headlines, keep that thought in mind. Because the U.S. – everyday Americans, small businesses, typical investors, retirees and others – are arguably being barraged during a pandemic that has exacerbated several pre-COVID19 trends. A former U.S. Ambassador said that early on that the pandemic was “the crime of the century.”
Sifting the Wheat from the Chaff
One doesn’t need a background in journalism, business, or history in order to apply the principle of separating the wheat from the chaff. Only objectivity, a reasonable intellect, and discernment are necessary.
Just as thousands of industry professionals – prior to MHProNews hitting hard with evidence often based upon on the warning from others inside our industry – about the threats from within our industry, there are similarly threats in the broader society. When both major parties say this is a critical election, that’s a reasonable point of departure.
When former president Obama and numerous others are saying that media is biased, the question should be, how does one discern the truth amidst the bias?
The very nature of propaganda has for centuries been the repeating of a falsehood often enough until it seems to be true, even if there is evidence to the contrary.
Take these two examples. The first sums up the view of many of the opponents of President Trump. Then, will come a look at Obama-era VP Biden.
Right or wrong, common themes from anti-Trumpers include these notions.
- Orange Man Bad.
- President Trump is a racist and xenophobic madman that is cozy with dictators. T
- He totally mishandled the COVID19 pandemic.
- He’s incompetent on foreign as well as domestic policies and must be replaced.
- He fuels division instead of trying to unite.
- He’s a threat to democracy.
- The military and/or a violent uprising may be needed to remove him from office if he loses the 2020 election.
Circular Reasoning and Bias Confirmation
There is more, of course, but that is sufficient to make the following points. If circular reasoning is used, just the sheer number of such claims may create the illusion that it is true. ThoughtCo defines it like this: “Circular reasoning in informal logic is an argument that commits the logical fallacy of assuming what it is attempting to prove.”
Those who want to ‘prove’ the bullets above about President Trump will routinely cite a source that makes those claims in the bulleted points. But what if those claims and sources are wrong? What if that is confirmation bias is at play?
The Masthead examined claims on both President Trump and VP Biden, linked below. It goes to original sources, and shows their own words. One example – racism – is carefully explored in the report linked below. While President Trump isn’t in the photo, the allegations and videos around those allegation of POTUS Trump and racism are included in the linked report that follows.
Next, let’s pivot to the former vice president.
By contrast, Joe Biden himself made several interesting admissions yesterday.
- As some of the mainstream headline news reports that follow indicate, Biden now admits he was wrong on the 1994 crime bill.
- But Biden says that while he is hoping to hold onto the black vote, without which he can’t win in 2020. His awakening to the problems of the crime bill he says he authored and helped pass is now 26 years too late. How many hundreds of thousands of lives were negatively impacted among minorities or other groups by Biden’s self-admitted 1994 crime bill blunder?
- Isn’t part of his campaign based on the notion that he has better morals and judgement of the two major party candidates?
- Biden also admitted yesterday that he was wrong on some of his early criticism of the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Relative to the flurry of attention from the right-of-center New York Post about Hunter Biden emails, the Biden campaign admits he could have had contact with officials from Burisma, that’s per left-of-center Politico. That admission opens up waves of questions about apparent evidence of corruption involving his son Hunter in the treasure trove of emails that made U.S. foreign policy for sale during the Obama administration.
In discerning agendas, consider the following headline and the data that it links to, which says that Facebook and Twitter – both of which swiftly moved to shut down the spread of news about the Biden emails, has donated dozens of times more money to Biden than Trump.
Is there a likelihood of bias or an agenda to be discerned in that data-point?
There is an ocean of news that MHProNews can’t possibly report all of in our normal manner in the final 2½ weeks to November 3, 2020. So, MHProNews will instead share some headlines with links to their respective reports. Readers can sample what interests them.
Blogs publish stories with the most recent headlines ‘at the top’ or start of the news on their site.
The first set of headlines are from right-of-center Breitbart. Bear in mind that some are sarcastic in tone, some are fact checks, others that begin with a name may be new-opinion pieces. Those will be followed by headlines early today from the left-of-center Huffington Post. Both are popular among their respective readers.
Look the headlines and similar reports over. Consider what this demonstration reveals. The Breitbart and Huffington Post headlines will be followed by additional information, some MHProNews analysis and commentary.
- ‘NODDING WOMAN’ STEALS THE SHOW AT NBC NEWS TRUMP TOWN HALL
- FEMALE VOTER TELLS POTUS: ‘YOU’RE SO HANDSOME WHEN YOU SMILE’
- BIDEN: 8-YEAR-OLDS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE THEY’RE TRANS…
- …PROMISES TO ‘ELIMINATE’ DONALD TRUMP’S SEX VS. GENDER POLICIES
- FACT CHECK: BIDEN CLAIMS TRUMP DID NOTHING WHEN ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXPIRED
- CHRIS CHRISTIE: ‘EVERY PUBLIC OFFICIAL’ SHOULD ADVOCATE WEARING A MASK
- MSNBC’S MADDOW: TRUMP LOOKED SMALL, ‘SWEATY’ — HE ‘DIDN’T SOUND STRONG’
- FACT CHECK– BIDEN: TRUMP ‘EMBRACES ALL THE THUGS IN THE WORLD’
- PHOTO EMERGES OF NORTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF STATE ELAINE MARSHALL WITH CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE’S ‘BAOBAO’
- CHRISTINA HAGAN: DELPHI WORKERS WAITING 11 YEARS FOR TIM RYAN TO RESTORE THEIR PENSIONS
More Hunter Emails: Cuts Deals for ‘Lasting & Lucrative Arrangement’ w/ Chinese Nationals
Twitter Cites ‘Hacked Info’ Policy to Defend Censorship of NY Post Bombshell (What About Trump Taxes?)
Next, these are headlines from left-of-center Huffington Post
GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Trashes Trump In Call With Voters: He ‘Kisses Dictators’ Butts’
To give added context to that flurry of headlines, some additional sources across the left-right divide will follow. Note that some topics both of the above didn’t cover are included in the following. But there are also reports that cover the same ground, but may shed a different light.
Headlines from Townhall
Next, let’s note that Townhall called out the Drudge Report a few weeks ago for what they said is their significant tilt toward the left. Be that as it may, Drudge is still a useful tool for scanning headlines that may now be more from the left side of the media than it was in 2016. But Drudge still uncovers topics that shed light on important issues. The following headlines from Drudge this morning illustrate that point.
19 MILLION ALREADY VOTED…
Avalanche of early ballots transforming election…
Adelson pours $75M into last-ditch effort…
Dems crushing fundraising…
KAMALA STAFFER POSITIVE…
Biden won’t isolate after flying with infected patient…
Here Comes Obama…
Drudge also periodically posts the leading cable news shows, ranked by third-party assessed viewers. It
CABLE NEWS RACE WEDS, OCT 14, 2020
FOXNEWS TUCKER 5,854,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 5,427,000
FOXNEWS THE FIVE 5,035,000
FOXNEWS INGRAHAM 4,661,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 4,024,000
MSNBC MADDOW 3,797,000
FOXNEWS CAVUTO 3,738,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 2,840,000
MSNBC HAYES 2,434,000
CNN CUOMO 2,291,000
CNN COOPER 2,126,000
In some ways perhaps the better news aggregator site is now Knewz, which was launched to compete with Drudge. They routinely pull multiple reports on the same topic from various news organizations. A sampling of their headlines this morning are below.
That survey of headlines across the left-right divide reveals much. Among the takeaways? That former President Obama’s claim about much of media reflecting two different world views is demonstrably true. One need not agree with Mr. Obama’s politics in order to recognize the clear truth of his quoted statement below.
Note that while Greenwald praised the modification by Twitter “late last [Thursday] night,” it may still reflect a double-standard, albeit not as bad as previously. For instance, the left-of-center New York Times claims to have obtained President Trump’s tax returns. Why were tweets about that not blocked?
Good to see: late last night, Twitter announced changes to its “Hacked Materials Policy” so that links to reporting based on hacked materials or “unauthorized” docs will no longer be banned on the platform. We updated our story to reflect these changes.https://t.co/CR3wDPsCvs pic.twitter.com/A6s26laIO9
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 16, 2020
Greenwald contrasted the behavior of CSPAN vs. that of left-of-center MSNBC, even though the later would arguably closer to his own perspective. Restated, Greenwald may have a bias, but he is able to see past his bias and apply an objective standard that allows him to call out MSNBC for not doing what CSPAN did following a blatant lie.
Media outlets with integrity view it as an embarrassment worthy of sanction when their journalist gets caught outright lying about having been hacked.
Then there’s MSNBC, which *promoted* Joy Reid to a prime-time show after she got caught fabricating an elaborate hacking tale. https://t.co/8REECWwL7L
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 15, 2020
The next Greenwald tweet is sarcasm.
Mark Zuckerberg is a kind, wise, benevolent and strong Daddy figure who will keep us away from reporting and other information that is not good for us to see. He will also use his great wisdom to discern what journalism is true or false. His censorship deserves our gratitude. https://t.co/qFb6vQ8L2s
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 15, 2020
Once, more, Greenwald may well share Zuckerberg’s political views more than those of President Trump. But Greenwald sees the threat to free speech that Zuckerberg’s firm Facebook has revealed.
The Creepy Line
Just over 2 years ago, Peter Schweizer published the video documentary, the Creepy Line. MHProNews spotlighted that documentary at that time, because it was clearly an important issue for the midterms or any other election.
The following is the full-length version of Creepy Line, which presaged precisely the threat to this election that the Facebook and Twitter censorship and restriction of content that they don’t like is posing.
Note that one of the key researchers in the above was a pro-Clinton, pro-Democratic supporter.
It is often necessary to understand the agenda or perspective of the party being read in order to discern what a report may actually be indicating. The New York Times “broke” the story about Crimson Contagion. But the manner that they presented it arguably ran contrary to the evidence. Months after the report linked below was published, the timeline and facts revealed have stood the test of time. Hundreds of thousands of hits by readers have occurred on that report.
Having a sense of the New York Times editorial vantagepoint made sifting the wheat from the chaff on that Crimson Contagion story or others easier. Bear in mind that one of their own editors, and that former editor was a never-Trumper, called the publication out in her exit message for having failed to learn the lessons of the 2016 election cycle.
MHProNews has often referenced left-of-center media outlets – sifting wheat from chaff – doing the same with right-of-center media outlets. For instance, many on the right for years have not taken the growing threat of monopolization as seriously as some voices on the left. That said, the ‘solutions’ offered by some on the left would possibly make the problem worse. Breaking up monopolies, not more regulation, is the answer.
A Tale of Two Cities?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, per WikiQuote.
Centuries before our crisis, France faced one similar that Dickens’ opening above dramatically illustrated. Dickens wrote those words in 1859. While the use of English has changed, Dickens’ opening might seem to fit much of what is occurring in our own times, right?
Those who don’t learn from the past are condemned to relive it.
America is at a crossroads.
- Voices on the right says that there is a real threat that socialist-Marxist-Communist inspired behavior threatens the way of life that made America the wealthiest nation on earth for generations.
- Voices on the left have pointed to how crony capitalism has undermined the free enterprise system that made that possible.
- There is evidence that both of those statements are often true.
Day-by-day, MHProNews sifts or curate topics that matter to the future of our industry’s independents, investors, consumers, taxpayers, public officials, and potential affordable manufactured home homebuyers. We will naturally step on some toes in publishing those reports.
In every instance, we strive to discern what is real and what is illusion or weaponized ‘fake’ news. MHProNews presents the facts, evidence, cites the sources, so that thinkers may come to their own conclusion. But we also supply our own analysis.
The industry’s news won’t be ignored here, as the reports linked above and below reflect.
But while reporting on industry news, the bigger picture of what is unfolding in America – which obviously impacts our industry – won’t be ignored by MHProNews.
There is good reason to believe that violence will increase around the time or the aftermath of the election.
The powers that have so much sway over our industry are documented to be behind the summer of violence that continues on into the fall.
A vote for Biden is a vote for those who are backing the censoring of speech and are paying for violent, revolutionary activity. That’s what the evidence indicates in reports like those above and below make clear.
Some of us who follow the news carefully knew months or years ago facts that may seem ‘new’ to those who only read from one side of the media.
President Obama is arguably far more charming and articulate than his former VP Biden. He and his wife have made periodic statements of support for Biden, once he secured the nomination. He will likely continue to do so.
Because there is evidence that media on the right – and sources like Glenn Greenwald – have reported on for some time that includes serious violations of federal law. If President Trump wins re-election, there are reasons to think Obama, Biden, the Clintons, and others In that circle could face serious legal consequences. They would likely lose their aura of goodness that much of the left has attached to them.
President Obama became a wealthy man after being president. Joe Biden already has millions, but if he lives long enough and wins on November 3, he’ll doubtlessly become richer still.
President Trump said in 2016 the video above. It still applies, though some progress has been made.
One doesn’t have to love President Trump at all to realize what a never-Trump recently said in an op-ed. He believes the alternative of Biden and those who are behind him is so terrifying, that only President Trump in the natural order can make the difference in protecting the idealistic freedoms our nation was founded on. That writer who will cast his ballot for President Trump and his down ballot supporters is far from alone. This report is about 6000 words. But much could be summed up in the simple notion below.
Only the truth can hope to set people free.
Being trapped by a lie – no matter how comfortable or appealing the lie is – will or is falling into a serious problem. Some 50 million people reportedly listened to the Rush Limbaugh interview of President Trump last week. Prior to that radio broadcast, Limbaugh made a very simple point. There is no plan B. For those who believe in free enterprise and the American way, it is about winning this election, period.
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