The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-One: Impossible times call for sensible measures.

Patient is a virtue.

And I am patient as well as persistent.

I make mistakes and frequently, but I work at improving myself, admitting errors, correcting them as I learn and improve, and then move on.

I don’t know everything. That is the reason I am such a rabid researcher.

I think and I muse, but I also test and experiment.

You’d think journalism would be the same way.

It’s not.

It is the reason the profession flounders. When you cannot admit your weaknesses, you lose your strengths in the bargain.

CNN’s resident clown Jim Acosta may have gotten back his hall pass, but principal Trump has new rules, and even though reporters say they will still ask follow-up questions, the problem is a briefing is a canned, event, and hence, meaningless because it is pseudo-order used to mask chaos.

Participating in it is a disingenuous act that keeps the charade going.

It isn’t just the truisms and rote habits that have the profession behaving impossibly.

BuzzFeed wants to merge with “rivals” to have even fewer voice and venues, and then have a paid subscription to their stupid quizzes and listicles filled with stupider gifs.

It is an impossible strategy that is doomed to fail.

Chaser is about sensibility, even during impossible times.

It will not follow rules, nor will it be dysfunctional.

It is based on a flexible matriarchal structure based in emotional literacy.

It doesn’t ignore content or intellectual literacy.

But it is about a multi-faceted balance.

Even in the worst of times…

How defending Jim Acosta and throwing Julian Assange under a bus could cost journalists a whole lot more.

The narcissistic and short-sighted strategies journalists employ are a sign that this is a profession that does not think about the future, consequences, or strategy.

They painted WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange as some sort of Russian agent or dupe because his group revealed unflattering but accurate truths about Hillary Clinton. It was all true, and everyone knows it.

Instead, they were jealous, and now some are realizing how dangerous things will become if Assange is prosecuted.

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald said it best:

Over the last two years, journalists and others have melodramatically claimed that press freedoms were being assaulted by the Trump administration due to trivial acts such as the President spouting adolescent insults on Twitter at Chuck Todd and Wolf Blitzer or banning Jim Acosta from White House press conferences due to his refusal to stop preening for a few minutes so as to allow other journalists to ask questions. Meanwhile, actual and real threats to press freedoms that began with the Obama DOJ and have escalated with the Trump DOJ – such as aggressive attempts to unearth and prosecute sources – have gone largely ignored if not applauded.

But Greenwald is the lone sane man in that journalistic nuthouse. The obsession the press has with hating Trump has blinded them to how stupid their knee-jerk spasms are or the consequences of their childish games.

CNN’s Jim Acosta is not Bob Woodward. He is not breaking news or doing any actual journalism. He is a clown who behaved like a moron, and when he lost his hall pass, journalists defended him, which was a supremely bad move.

The White House banned a single idiot for being an idiot, and a low-class one to boot. No one else from CNN was barred; hence, they should have taken a hit on Acosta, and then leave it alone because if it becomes a shoving match, they are unevenly matched and the regime can do worse things that cost everyone much more in the long run.

They went to court and cheered that Acosta was allowed back in as if this would be the last of it.

Stupid, stupid move.

Now there will be rules in place.

Rules that had never been there before.

And now it dawned on the press that the rules will far worse than what they had before.

And they have CNN and Jim Acosta to thank.

Politico was very naive when their headline blared in part:

Trump discovers new weapon against media

Never considering that Trump's banning Acosta was a probe for him and he was actively seeking that weapon all along. Acosta’s selfish antics was a costly mistake and the press should know by now what happens when they resort to nose-tweaking Trump.

They never think ahead. They never plan ahead. They have some narrative running through their heads that they are good guys and if they slap back, everyone will back down and they will win.

Memo to journalists: at what point do you wake up to reality?

At what point do you change your ways?

You have had people like me research and point out rationally why you were actively being the agents of your own self-destruction.

You chose to ignore me and shut me out repeatedly.

And you chose to give free publicity to a knuckle-dragger like Acosta and cheerlead him even though you all know who he is.

You earned this wallop.

You earned the fallout because you never listen to people who speak the truth because they are brave enough and loving enough to see reality.

That is the reason you all have become a joke.

You were cruel to Assange, and he was an idealist who had a good idea. He is in over his head, and you are all responsible for it.

He knew what direction it should have gone. He has flaws, but he knew something and had a piece of the puzzle to your resurrection.

Now you whine.

But you were always lousy friends to the truth, and to the people who actually were trying to do something to save an industry.

Shame on you for that.

Shame on you for being as selfish as you are….

Toxic is the word of the year? You don't say!

Oxford Dictionary has decreed that the word of 2018 is toxic.

You don’t say!

The National Post has always been the Establishment’s best friend. They are sycophants to the Man, and do all that they can to scorn and deride anyone who dares question an authority figure.

Of course, that is propaganda, and the Post is nothing more than propaganda.

Christie Blatchford has made a living being a managandist, and she does her best to push around a university student who did not like a speech from a police officer and lodged a complaint against him to the Edmonton Police Service and demanded he be suspended.

In the column, Blatchford appeals to authority, and decrees that if other students didn’t mind, then the student was wrong, but then repeatedly makes fun of the young woman’s surname, as if that was a legitimate reason to put her down.

If you have to stoop to making fun of someone’s name, then you have no argument. That is bullying, and when you are picking on someone who has less clout than you and you are belittling them for complaining against an authority figure, you are indulging in cowardice.

People will complain and if something bothers them, they should. It doesn’t mean they will get results or be seen as correct by others, but that’s called feedback.

And if you have a problem, you should still speak up because there are times when you are right.

When you are young, you have to learn to complain and you should speak up and learn from trial and error. You will not be right every time. You will not get results every time, but you do not become discouraged just become some timid troll misuses a media outlet to try to break you into silence because they are slaves to the minion mindset.

And memo to Blatchford: a veteran police officer doesn’t a mommy hack to defend him, unless, of course, you think he is not competent enough to do so himself.

But 2018 has been a very toxic year.

In the US, voters didn’t get an actual platform from either the Democrats or Republicans, but cheered that they keep voting in the same patterns, thinking they have made progress. If voters weren’t drowning in toxic propaganda, they would have demanded both parties give them a reason to vote for them, and should have lodged complaints that they have two political parties that are allegedly different, but believe they are entitled to rule just because they are special.

Toxic.

And CNN and Jim Accosta are prematurely celebrating because a judge ruled being a spoiled brat is glorious and that immaturity and a lack of producing factual reports is no reason to revoke press credentials.

I wouldn’t spin the ruling as a victory for CNN. Trump has lost in court before, but consistently gets the last laugh, and his own way in a more unpredictable second round. Doug Ford lost in court when he slashed the number of seats on Toronto City Council, but he pulled out the notwithstanding clause, and the election went ahead with a leaner council.

And speaking of Ford, the Toronto Star has childish toxicity, decreeing in an editorial that, golly, life isn’t fair:

Ontarians did not sign up for deep cuts in services

So what? People don’t sign up for getting cancer, either. Reality doesn’t heed to what you will and will not “sign up” for, and Ontarians have been very stupid by allowing the previous regime to amass such a colossal debt that the next entity that owes more is an actual country.

But Ontario signed up for trouble because they thought they were getting something for nothing. Teachers threw fits because they wanted more than what the province actually had to give.

So yes, Toronto Star, Ontarians did sign up for it. They allowed themselves to be self-entitled and nannied for years, and then abandoned the party who enabled that to happen. Voters got greedy, and voted for the NDP, and the house of cards collapsed.

It is called consequences.

And voters in Ontario do have to take some responsibility and stop throwing temper tantrums in order to grow up and get the house in order.

A premier is not a concierge who is in charge of making you happy. The job is to guide and make complex and complicated decisions based on the bottom line and the resources at hand. Sometimes inequality is the most pressing matter and that is what needs top priority. Sometimes youth cannot find work because they have been inadequately prepared by those teachers who want even more for doing less, and that needs to be straightened out.

And sometimes the place is broke and needs to work on paying down their debt.

But a toxic editorial wants to incite people so that there is an identifiable people can blame for the woes of their own making.

An honest one looks at the books and reports on the numbers and sources of income.

But the toxicity has made people complacent: they have no facts to guide them.

Just toxic propaganda.

Facts are the cure for toxicity, but they are in scarce supply these days, and the stupidity and barbarism runs rampant unchecked…

CNN throws temper tantrum, yet never tries this actual journalism thing.

CNN throws yet another arrogant shit fit.

You act like self-entitled divas and boors, and that is not journalism.

This is a grandstanding publicity stunt to make themselves part of a story, and when that happens, the motives is not about doing a job, but strategically positioning yourself to get maximum optics to cultivate a persona.

And they are nothing but swine.

Acosta has no purpose being there in the first place. He doesn’t break stories. He doesn’t give facts. He shoves his ugly mug in front of a camera as he babbles and thinks slamming Trump is some sort of equivalent of being a journalist.

And it is bullshit…

The Clement Affair: As always, no one bothers to ask the men what they were wearing when they found themselves trouble.

Tony Clement was a known troublemaker for many years, but journalists in Canada never let those yokel middle class commoners know anything about it.

But now it all comes out.

But as late as 2016, the Huntsville Forester has a profile on him called “The Real Tony Clement”:

Our MP, Tony Clement, announced his bid for leader of the federal Conservative Party on Tuesday night. This positions him to possibly be our prime minister in the event Trudeaumania weakens by the next election.

Clement has always worked hard for this riding and has been uniquely available and considerate of its people. He has always had our backs. An "unapologetic Conservative," he has been generous of his time and his influence when it comes to both the people of privilege and those who struggle to get by; he has been a strong supporter of the non-profit organizations that serve those in need.

Doubtless having our representative in the big chair would benefit our riding. Certainly, it has the journalists at this newspaper intrigued; covering the top office from a Muskoka perspective would be one sweet beat.

The question is - would it be good for Canada? Clement's track record is with two hyper-conservative governments that turned even dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives into Liberal voters. There are strong arguments against the value systems demonstrated by both Ontario's Mike Harris and former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Clement did well with both governments, toeing the party line and building a powerful career. But have we met the real Tony Clement? He is loyal to his leaders and we suspect there are times when he didn't necessarily agree with the line he was toeing. He's selling an "optimistic, modern conservatism" and we're curious to see what that looks like on paper. He said Canadians want government to be an empowering force for good - and he's right. He said he is the leader to bring a better quality of life from health to the environment. Those are two tricky pledges given the records of Harris and Harper on both topics. Clement is running on the values of hard work and personal responsibility, enterprise and freedom, family and community, and equal opportunity for all. He calls these the highest aspirations of Canadians. In his time here in Muskoka, he has personally demonstrated those values. Clement has got our attention and we are eager to learn more about Tony Clement the leader.

Nothing about what is happening now.

Not even in non-journalistic media.

Remember how Rick Mercer had fun with him?

Yeah, nothing based on what has been revealed now.

It is nothing like the UK’s Profumo affair, however. No dreamy babes in this equation.

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But a whole lot sleepwalking.

The local press in Clement’s riding made no hint of it. No national reporter did, either.

Big media, small media.

Brain dead media.

That is the reason we had a news media: to ensure someone was watching and said something before it got this far.

But, ha ha, not a chance.

No one bothers with men in power.

Not to question their truisms, behaviour, untested nutjob theories, nothing.

No one to ask them what they were wearing when they got into trouble.

We have a “boys will be boys” mindset, but no female equivalent.

Where women get their money is actually counted against them in many financial dealings as if it spoke about their character without a shard of empirical evidence, but not for men, for instance. No one questions where men got their wealth.

They do not question if the man is up to the job or not.

Women get scrutinized from every angle.

Now we find out that there were all sorts of red flags with Clement, never mentioned before until the trouble got too big to hide.

Think of the financial resources it took to clean up his messes over the years.

And he had the cover of doting press coverage all along.

Now the narrative is to blame government officials.

Not so fast.

Journalists loiter those halls of power every day. They see things. They hear things.

They witness things.

For all the babbling and spewing how journalism is needed, they never actually do their jobs.

CNN is putting out feelers about suing because the White House had enough of pissant Jim Acosta, and his buffoonery became a cringeworthy spectacle.

If he was a competent newsman, he wouldn’t be sitting his ass on that chair.

He would be finding out facts, not grandstanding, and certainly not voguing and morally masturbating at the same time.

Ick.

Bad governments come from a sleepwalking press, and a public that cowers in the corner as they don’t really want to know the truth…

"What a stupid question": The game of Go radically shifts as journalism is in a deep level of Hell.

CNN must stand for Clown News Network. First, bottom feeding gadlfy Jim Acosta got his White House pass taken away as others in the profession reluctantly support someone whose never done anything substantial in his career, and then Abby Phillip got call out by the president for asking a stupid question.

How many television shows and movies have gloriously had their heroes say the same thing to a scrum?

Like The Mentalist.

Trump doesn’t fantasize about telling the Establishment to go fuck themselves.

He just tells them to go fuck themselves.

And the middle class are truly jealous of that. He is living a fantasy life they only wish they could.

But it couldn’t happen to a more deserving profession.

Journalists are used to being the ones to make fun and ridicule people who are different or brave.

I have been in contact with a few of those people, and their observations are fascinating.

Now that the profession collapsed, you have a president who can target and belittle them the way they did with all sorts of people.

They have destroyed lives. There is no question of it.

And now the shoe is on the other foot.

No journalist is safe from feeling the consequences of their own barbaric power trips being thrust upon them.

And they will be put in the same position as they gleefully placed others without a twinge to their conscience.

But there is a new game of Go, and the President has radically upped the ante.

When the wrongfully convicted were demonized by journalists, those people could not fight back because the stress of their imploding world distracted them too much.

And now the game is on the next level where there is no place to run or hide.

Reporters have been facing declining readers and viewers as they lose their job in droves.

And now they get openly disrespected as liars and morons for all the world to see.

Internal strife and external strife.

The way Hillary Clinton lost her election.

And she is still spewing about running again.

As if the Democratic Party was her own personal fiefdom.

But the game has taken a sharp and unpredictable turn for the middle class who need memos to be told which way is up, how to feel, and what to think.

They are not visionaries are mavericks who can afford to tell of their bosses or the Man.

But when The Man can tell the world to fuck itself and have the time of his life doing it, you know the ride will be wild as the stones begin to branch out beyond the board to turn over the rules to make a brand new game.

And one where journalists have no clue what to do because they were too busy pretending rather than observing.

But Chaser will be there and will be ready to spin and turn over those grains to break them wide open…

In an Age of Propaganda, even the watchmen play in the gutter.

CNN’s days of real journalism ended about twenty years ago. The Boys of Baghdad were just about it.

That network replaced news with trash. They went for gossip and super-stories that had a soap opera vibe.

Larry King was right that CNN stopped doing news, but they stopped doing it long ago.

What has happened since Trump is that CNN stopped pretending to be news.

CNN are your vulgar poor relations that make you cringe when they come for a social gathering: you endure their drama and egos as they let the world know they play in the gutter, but most people suck it up and put up with that crap because they feel obligated.

But Trump is president and he is one of those people who tells you to your face that you’re full of shit.

And he threw that obnoxious and annoying relative out of his White House, and now CNN, like the trailer park trash it has become, is howling, shocked that Trump is having the time of his life telling the world that CNN is too vulgar to be around him.

It is the comedy of a Sucker Circus, and it is being made over into a deliberate farce to lure the suckers deeper into the indignant games. Jake Tapper throws a hissy, comparing Trump to a gangster, which is rich, considering all the press has done is gang up together on the president because they couldn’t force people to vote for Bill Clinton’s little woman.

Jim Acosta thinks Trump is trying to shut CNN down — why would he when they give him free publicity to be outrageous?

7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, and the asshole press is only able to focus on one person.

ONE.

Monomania is a mental illness.

And a sign of a sick press.

And why bother with social media and all when millions or billions of people have just one focus?

There is no point.

But that is what happens when you are living in an Age of Propaganda.

You get sucked into a vortex that bombards you with a single idea with no outside fresh air to keep you awake.

One idea. One narrative. One focus.

And you get lost when you just think about The One.

You lose your sense of values and your sense of your place in the world, let alone your sense of self.

This is a fight between a Go Master and a group of egotistical knuckle-draggers who think they can behave poorly and suffer no consequences.

Because once upon a time, when journalism was a thing, reporters could destroy lives and get away with it.

And the world changed as it got away from their gangster grip, and they never saw it coming.

Now the brutes in suits are throwing diva fits, and it is just another low-class act in the sucker circus.

There are many horrendous things that have been ignored because of this theatre, and you can wonder how many of those secrets games are eroding your quality of life and you are not seeing it because there are no watchmen on alert because they got tricked into going in the gutter where they now make their miserable home…

Unreasonable facsimile of journalist gets called out and loses his credentials.

CNN’s Jin Acosta isn’t some heavy-setting reporter who finds stuff. He is, at best, a loud mouth schnook.

The president calls him a “rude, terrible person”, and he is right. Just because Acosta follows the crowd like a well-trained lapdog, doesn’t make him anything but a thug and a bully. Fuck him.

And then Acosta got his little White House press credentials revoked. Boo fucking hoo.

If journalists thought they won this round, they are, as usual, delusional. The Democrats failed to get the Senate, the branch of government that actually counts, and that is saying something considering the US electorate usually do it regardless of who is in the White House or from what party they are.

In fact, that the disorganized Republicans picked up seats goes to show that despite the never-ending propaganda from both the press and the nouveau riche Left-wing Big Tech meddlers, people are not paying attention to them.

The Left didn’t get a victory, and I suspect the supposed win is not going to bode well for them for one big reason: people will start looking at which rich white Left robber barons contributed to which politicians, and see they are the same cabal who are funding both journalism outlets and the so-called watchdog operates. It’s all on public record, and it will be easy for their rivals to identify them as they nullify their effects.

That alleged journalists such as Acosta never bother telling the public those kinds of important stories of people who exploited their workers, secretly took data for people, and then try to influence both the elections and press coverage even though they weren’t elected, making them non-journalists, but enablers.

If I were the president, press credentials would be revoked and then journalists would have to pass skill-and knowledge tests to get back in — and you know not a single one of them would pass…

It is 2018. We don't need press conferences or briefings anymore.

I never understood press conferences. They have always been a canned event. You have someone read from a script that serves as a spoon to directly feed the press. It is just for soundbites. Once crisis management and public relations firms became a well-oiled machine, journalists should have abandoned the practice and go out looking for raw, unprocessed information that could just as easily be disseminated in other ways.

After all, people holding press conferences and briefings never answer the questions. The recent mass killing spree in Toronto was marked by police and hospitals having press conferences where they praised their own work, fancying doing what they are paid to do as heroic, and then not actually answer the questions of the names of the victims that they released when they were good and ready via press release.

But it is a staple in journalistic grandstanding and melodrama, where a scrum of uncivilized shouters mug and try to out-yell each other.

They are as convoluted as those scrums chasing a newsmaker down the street as the person, doing what is an evolutionary instinct when ambushed and hunted by jackals: run away as fast as their legs can carry them.

But it sure does look like reporters are doing their jobs and keeping ambushed people in check.

It is a hack. You can sounding commanding and oh, so serious without actually just toiling for real stuff that people who hold press conferences do not want people to see.

So this mass temper tantrum at the White House Briefing. Jim Acosta, always an unreasonable facsimile of a journalist getting into some childish and egotistic slap fight with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Journalists are an enemy to common sense, and this is what they have been reduced to in 2018: self-indulgent nihilism.

Right now, there are a million scandals flying under the radar because you have knuckleheads trying to make themselves seem important at a fake event.

We don't need this kind of trash. Not in 2018 in a world where canned events have no place in a modern landscape...