Manipulation Defenses! 11 Cognitive Biases Infographic, Pew’s Left-Right Media Divide Graphic, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones5.07.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotAchieving full self-awareness can be difficult, especially when new biases emerge in our constantly evolving world. So where do we begin?” That’s the question near the conclusion of the article that wraps the Visual Capitalist’s new infographic on the left-right media divide and spotting various types of cognitive biases infographic.

That source continued, “Simply remembering these mental pitfalls exist can be a great start—after all, we can’t fix what we don’t know. Individuals concerned about the upcoming presidential election may find it useful to focus their attention on the Big Cs, as these biases can play a significant role in shaping political beliefs. Maintaining an open mindset and diversifying the media sources we follow are two tactics that may act as a hedge.”

Diversifying media sources” is something that MHProNews has done for years for the readers here every business evening in our left-right media headline bullets, found further below.

Candidly, while the infographic itself is valuable, it is equally so for us to explain why that left-right feature of our nightly report are a time saver and a mind-opener for those who take 5 to 10 minutes every business night, look at the closing stock data, watch the trends and get a snapshot others might be paying serious money for that may not be as useful.

While this is a trade publication focused on manufactured housing specifically, as long-time readers know, other aspects of factory-built housing, conventional housing and macro issues such as COVID19 that helps sets context.

So, the big picture and granular details alike are found day-by-day here at your home for “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing.” © The headline topic will be in our featured focus segment following market snapshots, left-right headlines and other standard fare.



The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.



Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.
There is a constant push-pull going on with the news media. It spans the left-right political divide. The distinction between facts and mere opinion is just one of the important ways of maintaining clarity on what the truth is on often important subjects.
Some cheer others jeer Malcom X, but this quote is an insightful example of separating the wheat from the chaff. While quite different than Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X had some interesting thoughts on media.

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Whichever side of the left-right media and political divide you find yourself on, MHProNews has long championed in word, examples and deed eye-opening insights that can help professionals navigate the hidden and/or open agendas that can make or cost you money.

The platform sources across that left-right divide too for a very simple reason. Wittingly or not, journalists routinely have their own cognitive biases. If they happen to work for a publication that has its own slant on the news, that can exacerbate the tone of an article.

An example of that is the New York Times reporting on the federal/state/local government pandemic drill dubbed Crimson Contagion in 2019. A look at their report provided a hard anti-Trump slant, but a look at the underlying facts and original report to Congress pointed to something quite different.

Similarly, Fox Business has been among those who have reported on the “conspiracy theories” that have aimed against billionaire Bill Gates with respect to the COVID19 pandemic. By contrast to what Fox Business – and in fairness, others across the left-right media divide have said in defense of Gates, an inquiry from MHProNews to a mainstream reporter brought this response.

“…Personally, I think the amount of individuals tied to the Wuhan labs could be staggering. There’s a lot of potential corruption involved. As for [Bill] Gates and the WHO specifically, I think it still needs investigation, but they do seem to align themselves closely with China


Stating the obvious, MHProNews isn’t the New York Times or Fox. But with some experience in business, journalism, history and politics – by sourcing across the left-right divide, nuances can be spotted that either side might miss due to their “cognitive biases.”


Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.

Joel Kotkin described himself as a longtime liberal journalist who favors Democrats. But he is frustrated with the profession he served in at the Washington Post and is unhappy with decisions being made in his political party. He’s not happy about President Trump, but he seems unhappy with Democratic leadership in his home state of California too. See that and more in his report on modern “feudalism” in the report linked below.


Alan Dershowitz has been a public supporter of Democrats for years. But the Harvard Law scholar took stances with respect to the so-called “Russia Gate” that proved to be correct, but he took a position largely favorable to President Trump, based upon his view of the laws involved.

Walter Cronkite could not get a job in the [news] media today.” — Alan Dershowitz, famous Harvard Law civil rights, constitutional attorney and author.

Dershowitz has been frustrated with allegations against him about an alleged sexual encounter with an underage girl that he has strongly denied. Perhaps because of his interpretation of the laws with regards to the now debunked RussiaGate claims, CNN which used to have him as a regular guest, purportedly pulled him from their lineup and replaced him with now disgraced and convicted attorney Michael Avenatti. Avantti was reliably anti-Trump. Dershowitz, who voted for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reportedly gave ‘the media’ – in his case, CNN – an “F” because of their lack of objectivity.




These are the types of stories that often drive bias in media and their viewers. Thus this infographic from Visual Capitalist can be quite useful in sharing with others but also to use for yourself.


To see this graphic full size click to open and then download.

It should also be noted that while several Trump Administration policies have been favorably reported by MHProNews, this publication has called for the dismissal of Brian Montgomery on the grounds of purported cronyism and conflicts of interest. On paper, that is a stance that neither MHI nor the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has taken.

Rephrased, our reports and analysis are based on evidence and reason, which are laid out in report after report.

MHProNews is unabashed in our being pro-manufactured housing, pro-consumer and for white hat brands. MHProNews has noted our concerns about purportedly rigged and illicit moves involving Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, their associated lending, the Manufactured Housing Institute and others. But in doing so there – it has been based upon evidence, those who face various allegations have been given repeated opportunities to respond and a bright line distinction has been made that not everyone in those organizations are ‘black hats.’

Manufactured housing is underperforming during an affordable housing crisis. With over 33 million who have lost their jobs, even when the economy starts to rebound, there are reasons to believe that the recovery will take time. The need for affordable housing will only grow.


A look at why manufactured housing should be hot is found in the new report, linked above, along with other prior reports, linked below.

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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

              • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
              • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.
· LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI, and LP each are suppliers to the manufactured housing industry, among others.
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