Memo to the New Yorker: Der Spiegel's "pathology" infected the rest of the profession, too.

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The New Yorker has a naive piece on the Der Spiegel scandal where they let one reporter use leftie fantasy tropes and sophistry, folksy details, as he charmed the staff, knew how to outwit fact-checkers, and slathered his stories with no facts, just lots of colour and eccentric characters.

And then have the shallow twits have the nerve to talk about “deep psychology.”

No, you’re too stupid to know about “deep psychology.”

This is a replay of Stephen Glass and the New Republic.

In other words, Der Spiegel doesn’t do anything differently than any other news magazine.

They just got caught because someone in their magazine started to get suspicious.

Someone who was younger and less established — the same way Glass finally got exposed.

And nothing ever changes. Even the New Yorker is doing the same things in its telling of the scandal.

I wrote books on this problem — and even in the New Yorker piece, they are still playing partisan games, by trying to spin the idea of being upset over fake news as being some sort of Right-wing/Fascist/Trump Supporter lie.

And it isn’t.

If you are not perturbed by the amount of lies and errors being churned out in news products, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

You cannot distance yourself or try to downplay the number of scandals of deceit journalism has faced over the decades.

Fake news is a real problem. It is a real problem in mainstream Western journalism. There are no government bodies or quality control requirements or standards. The very fact that this reporter felt compelled to put some sort of qualifier in a bid to discount the “fake news” label makes this piece less than credible.

Just because you look down on people who are criticizing you doesn’t make you right or them wrong.

It is no different than the National Post always looking down on women who say that men in power sexually harassed and assault them — and then are upset because their criticisms are dismissed.

Do you not think those women aren’t a little peeved — and have merit to their arguments?

And their detractors are always trying to dismiss as being nutty and slutty?

That is the reason we cannot trust journalists reporting on their own sins and atrocities.

Because they see only their enemies’ bad habits — never their own…

Journalists continue to blame their own owners for their troubles. It is everyone's else's fault, never their own.

It never ends. The “It’s Everyone’s Else’s Fault” narrative that has turned the journalistic collective into stupid children continues, this time, in The New York Times, with this opinion propaganda:

Who Killed The Weekly Standard?

The bureaucratic mind has a temporary triumph.

The entire thesis is Evil Owner up against Hero Victim Reporters.

No, really:

John Podhoretz, one of the magazine’s founders, reports that they actively prevented potential buyers from coming in to take it over and keep it alive. They apparently wanted to hurt the employees and harvest the subscription list so they could make money off it. And Anschutz, being a professing Christian, decided to close the magazine at the height of the Christmas season, and so cause maximum pain to his former employees and their families.

The Grinch who stole Christmas? Has the Times actually noticed the number of companies not being able to make it to Christmas this year?

But the paranoid conspiracy theory does not end there:

In reality, this is what happens when corporate drones take over an opinion magazine, try to drag it down to their level and then grow angry and resentful when the people at the magazine try to maintain some sense of intellectual standards. This is what happens when people with a populist mind-set decide that an uneducated opinion is of the same value as an educated opinion, that ignorance sells better than learning.

In that sense, the closing of The Standard resembles Chris Hughes’s destruction of the old New Republic. This is what happens when the commercial forces trying to dumb down the American media run into a pocket of people trying to resist those forces.

Yes, because journalists are flawless and valiant crusaders, and those big meany Pro-Trump owners are taking out their big guns, stuffing it with cow shit, and firing it at them.

Really?

Opinion magazines are redundant in a world with social media because people like their own opinions better than other people’s. Opinion is cheap and easy filler, and opinion magazines are cheap to produce; so if an owner wants to get rid of an opinion rag, there is a good reason for it.

The self-serving narrative isn’t aligned with reality. Those in the profession still don’t get what has happened. They are thinking in the same scripted way they did thirty years ago, and the rules no longer apply.

If they weren’t so busy being arrogant, they would see that they aren’t smarter than the “populist” people they keep seeing as beneath them.

If the profession truly wanted to save themselves, they would start looking at themselves, and writing an exposé on their own.

The way I have been writing exposés on the profession for years.

I want a better method to inform society. I want progress and improvement.

I don’t want to sit in cow shit the way everyone else in the profession sits in cow shit and wallows how everything stinks.

Yes, motherfuckers, sitting in cow shit stinks. You stink. Your profession stinks. Your attitude stinks. Your work stinks.

And it is so unnecessary. It is like dealing with a stubborn, but stupid child who cries that he smells like cow shit after he jumps in a pile of cow shit that you repeatedly told him not to jump in.

Then he bitches how it is yucky and stinky as no other kids wants to play with him, calls him smelly, and it’s all their fault.

And you just sit there and wonder if it is the arrogance that makes the brat a worthless dummy, or he is just unteachable.

If you want change, march yourself in front of the mirror and look at all the cow shit on you. Acknowledge the cow shit is the same cow shit you jumped into despite repeated warnings from the world, especially Alexandra Kitty. Admit it is a stupid thing to do. Then go wash it off. Get rid of the cow shit. You may have to take multiple baths.

Then dry yourself off and look in the mirror again.

Then do not go running into and rolling around in another pile of cow shit ever again.

The end.

Happy ending!

Yes, AlexandraKitty.com is a free resource for journalistic rehabilitation services and sensible advice…

Memo to the New Republic: It is an Age of Propaganda. Your partisan brainwashing is as vulnerable as the Right's. Why not try reality for once?

Journalists love to use the trigger word "crisis" when talking about themselves these days. Way past crisis, sillies!

The New Republic is a Leftish partisan magazine most famous for enabling serial fabulist Stephen Glass.

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But they also like to parrot what everyone else in the dead profession is babbling.

Yet this article has a little twist:

The Crisis of Pro-Trump Journalism

More influential than ever, the right-wing media is now facing increased scrutiny. But will it make a difference?

What journalists have labelled "crisis" should be relabelled as "We are alienating people in an Age of Propaganda with our overt partisan decrees and opinions."

The article is a classic case in committing the confirmation bias: it acts as if this is a problem unique to their ideological enemies, when in fact, it was the problem that destroyed an entire profession, left and right.

You see a Left-wing publication think it's cunning by positioning themselves as the alternative where disillusioned Right-wingers will come running into their open arms.

Except they don't come running: they were already disillusioned with the Left, and should their hopes and dreams not come true under this administration, won't be switching teams.

They either go more extreme or just ditch any information source entirely.

Journalists are like the deluded spouse whose mate ran off with someone, and they are so arrogant, the jilted person honestly believes when the ex tires of the new playmate, will come crawling back, chastened and completely obedient.

Except that doesn't happen. The mate who strayed will find someone new over and over again, moving on.

The fantasy that audiences will come crawling back is what has helped destroy journalism: they think they don't have to change a thing because the audiences will come back in a more receptive mindset.

The habit has been broken. When you rely on partisan reporting instead of facts, once your ideas belittle or clash with your audience, they do not forgive, and they do not forget.

Jane Fonda will always be Hanoi Jane to those who saw her fateful actions of betrayal and degradation. Hillary Clinton will always be deplorable to those she used the phrase in an attempt to vote-shame them into voting for her.

Partisan reporting often seems like a cheap and easy way to gain a share of audience loyalty: the problem is if you make one misstep, your spell is broken.

That is a big reason why journalists lost so much of their audiences: they kept talking down to them and insulting them with stories. People were seething, and when social media came, they had an out.

So the New Republic should look inward, instead of salivating at the prospect that their Right-winged counterparts may alienate their audiences.

Kids, those put-off audiences won't be crawling to you no matter how angry they become...