NewsGuard is snake oil?
You don’t say, Drudge Report!
Of course it snake oil. It is meta-propaganda.
That a partisan press outfit showed how easy NewsGuard is garbage goes to show you that the political propagandists are of the low-grade quality that brings to mind Mr. Haney, the snake oil huckster from Green Acres.
And just how much the public in the West have been infantilized.
When print ruled, you had a lot of sketchy publications, yet not a single one required a “label” or a “NewsGuard”, and, in fact, had there been a law to slap on such patronizing labels, people would have gone ballistic.
Comic books had labels because they were geared toward children.
And treating adults like they were five would have caused an uproar, and justifiably so.
What we are seeing is one side of the political equation placing badges on a side they find inconvenient, and that has fascist origins.
What we have are two partisan thugs trying to silence and shame people for having thoughts that are their own.
This puritanical temper tantrum is burning itself out. If just a couple of people stand their ground, the gig is up.
If you stand up to the bullies on the playground, they retreat because they don’t want effort, and they certainly don’t want everyone else to know how weak they really are.
NewsGuard is garbage. It is a scarlet letter used to shame publications so that people will not be exposed to different ideas, right or wrong.
I know NewsGuard is propaganda and garbage. I don’t need such a thing because I am an Actrivist.
I learned how news is actually constructed by actually having jobs that involved constructing it.
I experimented, and tweaked things to see the limits of it. NewsGuard is no match for me.
And best of all, I don’t spew propaganda.
I can recognize it from the Left, Right, Centre, Mainstream, Fringe, you name it.
Because I have spent my entire life scouring more articles, transcripts, books, and journals than most people. I can break down New York Times propaganda with ease. I can break down Fox News propaganda with equal ease.
Both a propagandistic and partisan outfits. One is not superior to the other: one merely panders to a different psychographic than the other. They prey on people’s manufactured “images” they present in public, and tell the pigeons what they want to hear.
It is the reason I don’t have respect for either.
The Default Delusion dictates if one side is wrong, then the opposite is has to be right by default, and that’s not true. More times than not, it is a false opposite, and equally wrong or deficient.
But when you study something by working in its core, you know how things work. There is no guesswork or trying to make that educated guess — you know every piece and how it all fits together.
But you also go in ready to break down the pieces. You take nothing for granted. You go in with the express goal of seeing the problems, and finding solutions.
And the solution isn’t to pretend one faction is superior to the other.
You also start to see how personal fear and selfishness creates the biggest problems to concepts and institutions.
Once you see the heart of the matter, you know you can find a solution because you finally know what you are confronting.
And there is no app that can solve that problem. There is no machine, AI, or software that can do it, either.
People created the problem, and that means it is people who must solve it.
Not a proxy.
Not a manipulative propagandistic app.
But human beings brave enough to understand they are dealing with human beings — not narrative monsters…