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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 2 months ago
    Thanks for another excellent article, Walter.
    I only wish that newspapers, tv news, and online censorship were the only purveyors of false news and statist propaganda. There isn't a movie or tv program made in the past 10 years that hasn't foisted socialist, racist propaganda on the viewers.

    If I was POTUS I'd be tempted to terminate the broadcast licenses of every network and cable company for overwhelming bias.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 2 months ago
      Thanks for the comment, Freedomforall. Yeah, where did the threatening FCC go when the "public interest" on broadcast channels has blown out the window? I wrote an essay for Savvy Street about this when a comedian made a simply outrageous bath/homesexual attack on Trump. I reviewed what Ayn Rand had said about the FCC and broadcast licences...
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    • Posted by lrshultis 1 year, 2 months ago
      Where is your rational faculty? You better have some evidence for: "There isn't a movie or tv program made in the past 10 years that hasn't foisted socialist, racist propaganda on the viewers." You do not seem to be able to ever be critical about your own comments. Maybe you can think of at least one, though you probably did not watch every TV program or movie during the last 10 years.
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 1 year, 2 months ago
    Me dino with my BS degree in Journalism and with 7 years experience during the Seventies as a newspaper reporter agrees with Sean Hannity that journalism is dead. That's because, despite the status of my degree, Fake News is actual BS.
    As for "advocacy journalism," I prefer to call it "public relations" (one course that I took) or "free adviertising." And there's "pandering" or being a "paid puppet."
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  • Posted by mccannon01 1 year, 2 months ago
    Nicely written, WDonway. I've seen this advocacy journalism most of my adult life, but recently it has been more blatant and vitriolic than ever before. After reading "The Fountainhead" back in the mid '70s I've learned to view newspapers and other so-called news sources with a bit more scrutiny.

    Additionally, this journalism may not advocate anything, but simply purveys negativity and hatred towards the selected target.

    Edit add: Here's an example of subtle "advocacy journalism" in my hometown rag from the early '90s. The paper was totally in the tank of the D party. As election day came near, out of the 20 or so positions up for election the paper advocated the D candidate in all but the one R running unopposed. There were actual descriptions like this: If the incumbent was a D the editorial would say "experience counts" so vote D, and if the incumbent was a R the editorial would say "a fresh viewpoint is needed, vote D". I kid you not, LOL!
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  • Posted by 1 year, 2 months ago
    Like your comment, Allosaur. Advocacy journalism seems to have features of PR and advertising, but its "product" is ideologies, causes, candidates. Or so I understand it. Journalism as a profession certainly may have expired, but, of course, there are journalists and publications still upholding the old standard. Very early in my career, I was a general assignment reporter, then the business/finance reported for the Worcester "Telegram." A very fine newspaper whose publisher was a member of the John Birch Society. Best job I ever had. I should have stayed with it.
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  • Posted by $ TomB666 1 year, 2 months ago
    In 1967 I was an undergraduate in a Business Administration program. We required to take several unrelated courses including one in journalism where I "learned" from the professor that the journalists job was to Educate the people in the ideology of the times (socialism of course.) "Reporting facts" was incidental to the job, and only report facts that support the narrative. I have thought that there are no more reporters of news, just story tellers trained to spin what ever they tell.
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