Media Wars

“There is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo journalism is a form of journalism that sheds all pretensions of objective journalism and allows the reporter to become part of the story.

Jessamine recoiled from the paper as if it were a snake. “A lady does not read the newspaper. The society pages, perhaps, or the theater news. Not this filth.

“But you are not a lady, Jessamine—,” Charlotte began.

“Dear me,” said Will. “Such harsh truths so early in the morning cannot be good for the digestion.” — Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

If you are reading this early in the morning, you are a brave soul. I hope your digestion can handle it. Because I write these essays, and yeah, I guess you could say I’m a gonzo journalist because anything else would just be too boring for me to keep churning out, every morning I must look over the latest news from the mainstream media.

Consuming one US freshwater fish is equivalent to drinking contaminated ...
White House Press Secretary Jean Pierre

Here are a few examples:

Fact check: Post falsely claims doctor tweeted she does not regret vaccine, even if it kills her.

At a Pivotal Moment in Ukraine, U.S. and Allies Will Decide on Sending Arms.

Election-fraud conspiracies behind plot to shoot at New Mexico Democrats’ homes.

Biden White House faces transparency questions as document drama continues.

I also must wade through the masses of emails I get from various alternative media sources. Talk about digestion troubles! It used to just be CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the like. We knew they told lies, so we were prepared for them. Then, COVID came along, and a force took shape to fight the lies called “Alternative Media”. Obviously, they would tell us the truth since they were telling us the opposite of the MSM lies.

I just bought World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks. It was published in 2006 but makes for powerful reading today:

Looking back, I still can’t believe how unprofessional the news media was. So much spin, so few hard facts. All those digestible sound bites from an army of ‘experts’ all contradicting one another, all trying to seem more ‘shocking’ and ‘in-depth’ than the last one. It was all so confusing, nobody seemed to know what to do.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

We now have armies of experts on both sides, left and right, which means we have to wade through even bigger piles of doo-doo. More isn’t necessarily better.

The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. “Fear,” he used to say, “fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.” That blew me away. “Turn on the TV,” he’d say. “What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products.” Fuckin’ A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells.” – World War Z

These thoughts came to me as I began to notice certain buzz words being used over and over by those who have risen up as journalists in the alternative media.

Out of curiosity, I searched one of those words, “bombshell”, and came up with hundreds of headlines. I won’t bother saying where they all are from. You can do your own search and see what I mean.

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