Facts don’t matter to the media

One of the smartest men alive, Thomas Sowell, has an opinion piece at Townhall.com about how the media, and some politicians create then win from promoting a mob mentality, often without any facts at all, or in many cases just making stuff up.

He discusses the recent cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, plus the older case of Rodney King. All case that were portrayed wrongly by the media, and then pounced upon by politicians or commentators like Al Sharpton in order to promote their own race based agenda. Before everyone gets all uppity, you might not be aware that Thomas Sowell is black.

He even points out the inconsistencies (probably deliberate) of the media.

Incidentally, did you know that, during this same period when riots, looting and arson have been raging, a black policeman in Alabama shot and killed an unarmed white teenager — and was cleared by a grand jury? Probably not, if you depend on the mainstream media for your news.

Sowell concludes:

The media do not merely ignore facts, they suppress facts. Millions of people saw the videotape of the beating of Rodney King. But they saw only a fraction of that tape because the media left out the rest, which showed Rodney King — another huge man — resisting arrest and refusing to be handcuffed, so that he could be searched.

Television viewers did not get to see the other black men in the same vehicle that Rodney King was driving recklessly. Those other black men were not beaten. And the grand jury got to see the whole video, after which they acquitted the police — and the media then published the jurors’ home addresses.

Such media retribution against people they don’t like is part of a growing lynch mob mentality. The black witnesses in Missouri, whose testimony confirmed what the police officer said, expressed fears for their own safety for telling what the physical evidence showed was the truth.   

Is this what we want? Grand juries responding to mobs and the media, instead of to the facts?

We see this here…the lynch mob mentality as practiced by the media, and then the lefty bullies who follow along behind them…demanding boycotts, bannings and general degradations of a person’s human rights all on the basis that they don’t like them or don’t agree with them politically.

A silly tart is still carrying on with her wonky jihad and a couple of fat-bottomed girls are also carrying on on Facebook. They mouth off self-righteously like they are important. The problem these people now have with me is they are going to war with an army of over 218,000 loyal readers and fans.

But I digress, the bottom line is the media make a lot of stuff up and print it as though it is gospel. Almost anything from Nicky Hager is accepted without question, despite glaring errors in his book. It doesn’t suit the narrative to question Hager.

It certainly didn’t suit the narrative for them to collaborate with criminals.

They are intent on changing history or the political landscape to suit their own prejudices and to use the media organisations they work for to enable it. Remove each of these so-called “journalists” from their publisher and they are but the sound of one hand clapping.

I created my own media outlet, it can’t be bullied, or shut down, or threatened. But it has created a threat tot he John Armstrong’s, Fran O’Sullivan’s, David Fisher’s and Matt Nippert’s of this world, so they pile in and try to destroy. Problem is despite their best (rather poor IMHO) efforts they failed.

Now it is a new year, and now some facts are going to start emerging.

Because, as Thomas Sowell points out, fact do matter.


– Townhall.com



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  • Reid


  • john Doe

    The MSM feel the need to report something dramatic with every news event and often they end up subjecting the reader to an opinion piece or some romantic tosh. It confuses me as to why they think that we don’t want the news reported as a factual summary of what happened.

  • Murray Smith

    The trouble stems from the fact, that there are so many sheep in society that are always too willing to follow and not question. It’s the same equation that Hitler used. Why tell the truth , when lies do the trick.

    PS, Cameron, I sign up as #218,001

    • Chiefsfan73

      I’d have to be twice the man any lefty is, after all there anointed one was sorry for being one. Make it 218002 and all is square.

    • Melissa


  • Effluent

    Thanks in large part to this site, there is easy access to many examples of the selective reporting of the kind you describe.

    However, it is still the case for the majority of people that if it is not in the papers or on TV, it hasn’t happened, and you are still swimming against a very powerful PC current.

    I think you have broken through the barrier to become a significant new voice in the NZ media scene, but it will take a pretty seismic shifty for WO or Freed to be treated as a respected equal by all the “old media” .

    I reckon you can expect the barrage of denunciations, perjorative labelling, and ad hominem attacks to continue for a while yet, and to increase in intensity with the release of each news story or fact unwelcome in their pink-tinted world.

  • xennex

    In the US the Trayvon Martin coverage was very biased. All media used the 14 year old ‘baby photo’ provided by the family, not the up to date ‘gangster photo’.
    By the prize goes to NBC, who edited the 911 recording to make Zimmerman seem racist.
    BTW Zimmerman is a thug, and didn’t get what he deserved (jail time).

  • Chiefsfan73

    It’s called news simply because, our opinion of things that have happened or what we think should happen, is a bit too long. They are a lazy lot after all.
    Edit typo

  • TSD

    Will Freed get a TV slot in the evening? Internet is great but TV still delivers to those who don’t go hunting for the actual story.

  • Hard1

    Assuming that journalists are by and large writing within the parameters set by their bosses, one needs to examine why the fallback position is nearly always a biased viewpoint undermining the powers that be.
    It could that the owners of news companies are themselves the most influential of the triumvirate of business, government and media, and use this position accordingly to shape public opinion to unsettle the general population and keep issues on the boil, so to speak. Politicians, particularly but not exclusively from the Left, often take their speaking points directly from the current headlines, making them quite complicit in furthering the manufactured unrest, giving both themselves and their puppet masters a fake credibility that washes well with the gullible readers.
    It’s all Dirty Politics, with none quite so bad as the shouting accusers.

  • shykiwibloke

    In the pre-media days – people relied on word of mouth – gossip – and determined for themselves what to believe and what to disregard. Along came the media and created a somewhat reliable/trustworthy channel for ‘news’ which politicians and others have sought to control for decades. Now we live in a post media world where their story becomes evermore shrill – and has descended back into the gossip pond.
    We need to have a reliable, non-controlled or pressured news source that relies on people with sufficient nouse and experience to know when they are being manipulated, and know how to check facts. In short – be a reliable news source to replace the basket case that is DMSM (Dirty Main Stream Media).
    I hope this is what FREED will be.

  • Isherman

    This all reminds me succinctly of the great and profound truth stated by Harold Evans:
    “The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth”.

    Unfortunately, it seems the MSM have taken this illustration as less of a truism, and more of a guide in how to create a narrative, using just a small portion of fact, rather than the whole truth which would often tell a very different story.

  • RightofSingapore

    So how do you get through to these lefty mongrels? how do you make them change? It seems each time they lose an election or some outrage of the moment fades they move on and just become even more determined to win the next one and try harder next time. If you thought the 2014 election was bad, 2017, they will just try even harder.

  • Sally

    I only want the facts as far as the news concerned. Everything else is just flotsam and jetsam.
    Increasingly the media are grabbing at one fact and building a story around it which they believe will then become click bait and keep their shareholders happy.
    Hope Freed have signed up some serious investigative journalists.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Rodney Hide would be a good start.

  • Kelvinmyhero

    Remember how many people rioted after OJ Simpson was acquitted?

    Me neither.

  • 1951

    Lynch mob – Pack Mentality….being on the side-line during the full fledge attack on Cam, this blog and the election process, by all & sundry on the left, either label would be appropriate. It was an appalling display of immaturity by those who should have held themselves to a better level than they did. I & others I am sure, are still waiting to see some of them being held to account for their total lack of professionalism.
    Reminder: we are waiting for them to be made to walk. Our Public deserves better..

    • Sally

      Totally. Enough warning shoots have been fired. They have had plenty of chances to clean up their act

  • HunuaRanger

    The Marxist rabble-rousers use the mob mentality to forward their anti-right agenda, appealing to the passions and prejudices of the crowd rather than presenting reason and facts. This has been the case for millennia in the political arena, But times they are a changing… and the politicians are running scared.

    The internet provides the tools to cut through the Gordian knot of what is considered “news” presented to us by sensationalist media to line the pockets of their bosses with your hard earned wages. The longer they can obfuscate and bewilder the audience, the more advertising revenue they generate, so put on a good show, keep the audience confused and don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. The internet is a treat to all that.

    Facts are facts, Lies are lies and never the twain shall meet, and they’re running scared.

    • Michael_l_c

      HR, good post.
      Good old Mr Someone needs to look at how the msm gets its training, the culture of the organisations & ethical standards. I suppose we know the answers & they are very disappointing showing an incredible lack of integrity.
      It is near impossible to establish an alternative major news source in a country this size with a small population.
      Thank heavens for the internet.

      • Aucky

        ……..and then there was FREED.

  • caochladh

    The mongrels of this world have always cultivated corrupt MSM relationships that have negated the necessity for proper scrutiny to get their point of view, propaganda and lies out in front of the “public”. As Al Capone (who had editor’s and reporter’s on the payroll) said, “most people read the newspapers and most people believe what they read in them.”

  • LabTested

    All the talk about a pay wall for the Herald & Stuff has quietly disappeared. So even they worked out that no one wants to pay for what they produce, but they keep generating it anyway.

    It’s been months since I even visited the Herald web site.

    • Michael_l_c

      And yet again there are plans to list, sell off, abandon, the herald on the nzx. Who would buy a business that is declining, is outdated, less relevant & being challenged by modern business models & technology?

  • Andy

    Do you really think that the left, msm and any other outfit will give a hooter about any true facts you may or may not publish in the future?

    This is a serious question.

    • Michael_l_c

      Provides an alternative. Difficult to affect the behavior of others & do I care about the msm? Naaah.

      • Andy

        But wouldn’t they have the advantage by reaching the audience as lot earlier with their version and doesn’t this mean the damage is already done?

        do you really think anybody cares about the real story after the fact.
        It’s called yesterday news!

        • Aucky

          …..if yesterdays news turns out to be a manipulation of the facts then people will catch on very quickly.

        • Michael_l_c

          There is a huge proportion of the population that never read a newspaper, watch the news, discuss the news or even have an original thought.
          Looking at the numbers for this site there are a good number who are interested but not in the garbage of the msm and who like to debate things without being deleted.

  • Tony Norriss

    I have also been very frustrated with the media. I am hoping that Freed will be a much more complete and balanced source than the current rubbish we get served up in the media.

  • raumatirover

    “Now it is a new year, and now some facts are going to start emerging.
    Because, as Thomas Sowell points out, fact do matter.’

    I support that wholeheartedly and hope that Whaleoil/Freed present the entire story. There was an article posted by Cam several months ago concerning a nutbar teacher who faked cancer to get ‘close’ to a pupil’s mother. Cam cut ‘n pasted it to read as the teacher trying to get ‘close’ (sexually) to the pupil…where’s the true media coverage in this case?

  • Gus the Normal

    Sowell leaves a few facts out, which do matter. The shooting of Gil Collar in Alabama happened in 2012. There was media coverage on the incident (nowhere near as much as Ferguson). The grand jury cleared the officer in 2013. There is now a civil rights case.