“Stumblebum leftist jerks”

Via Instapundit.

KURT SCHLICHTER: The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust. “The mainstream liberal media is primarily composed of stumblebum leftist jerks who want all the glory and respect due a caste of objective, moral truth-seekers, yet who don’t want to do the hard work of actually being objective or moral or seeking the truth. . . . You have Matt Lauer, probably America’s most highly-paid journalist, who “everyone” knew was a skeevy weirdo who’d probably creep out Woody Allen. Well, everyone did know, except us, the media’s audience. Our media overlords didn’t think we needed to know that little bit of information. Some obscure Texas congressmen sends texts of his ancient junk to a girlfriend and, after he dumps her, she gets mad and puts them up on the web? Oh, that’s news – America must know that vital info. But when the flagship anchor of the flagship show on the flagship broadcast network uses his powers to basically build a sex dungeon in 30 Rock – nope, not news.”

Journalists, like “intellectuals”, write about things they know virtually nothing about pretending to be experts. But fools are people who take the opinions they read in the papers as if they actually represent anything more than the views of the shallowest of partisan hacks.

Speaking of which, this is from the Instapundit comments:

If there is irony and exaggeration found in any of it, it has passed me by completely. And then there was this, also in the comments.

Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I call it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story-and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read with renewed interest as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about far-off Palestine than it was about the story you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

That is the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. I’d point out it does not operate in other arenas of life. In ordinary life, if somebody consistently exaggerates or lies to you, you soon discount everything they say. In court, there is the legal doctrine of falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, which means untruthful in one part, untruthful in all.

But when it comes to the media, we believe against evidence that it is probably worth our time to read other parts of the paper. When, in fact, it almost certainly isn’t. The only possible explanation for our behavior is amnesia.

Which leads to this final comment which makes some kind of sense in the world we inhabit: “My new policy is to vote for people who have the right enemies.” What to do then becomes crystal clear as long as they also have the right friends.

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34 Responses to “Stumblebum leftist jerks”

  1. The most significant problem with ‘news’ today (in Australia), is that there is no alternative media, such as you get in the US with Breitbart.

    People read the Age, Their ABC, news.con.au (intentional misspelling) etc, who regularly quote the Washington Post, NYT etc and people believe everything they publish because they don’t know any better.

    You have to take the Red Pill before you realise what’s up.

  2. Haydenlee

    Yep, a few come to mind…
    Sheridan, Kelly, Stewart, PvO for starters.

  3. stackja

    bemused
    #2577297, posted on December 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    How many in USA know about Breitbart? If it is MSM reported I am skeptical.

  4. Slim Cognito

    The lack of any “alternative” media, for want of a better term, is compounded by the lack of interest in most punters. They want to be spoon fed their news in easy to digest bites and have no inclination to even question whether it has been properly researched or the identity of the source. They simply accept that what they hear is the unbiased truth and move on.

    It explains why shows such as “the project” survive. They serve up their version of the facts and tell you want to think so there is little to no effort required by the end consumer.

  5. Ainsley H

    If there are many Cats who haven’t read and watched Michael Crichton I’d be very surprised and disappointed.

  6. anonandon

    I’ve been applying the rule about voting for people with the right enemies, for quite some time. It is a remarkably simple and consistent strategy.

  7. Biota

    It was probably 30 years ago that I realized that anything in the media that I had first hand experience with was nowhere near what I knew.

  8. H B Bear

    Yep, a few come to mind…
    Sheridan, Kelly, Stewart, PvO for starters.

    Kelly has never knowingly been right in all the time I have read Teh Australian. Van Wrongselen is excused because he is an academic IYI.

    Trump has destroyed the media. Nothing they write will affect the people who voted for him in 2016. Now can he do the same to the Deep State?

  9. How many in USA know about Breitbart? If it is MSM reported I am skeptical.

    Breitbart readership in the US is significant and growing. You also need to note that Breitbart has only been online since 2012.

    The Daily Caller is another news site that scares the MSM.

  10. Lutz

    And we have the XYZ.net.au here, which seems pretty good.

  11. And we have the XYZ.net.au here, which seems pretty good.

    I did visit that site regularly, but recently gave up on it because it was just an echo chamber for a few voices repeating the same stuff. That git who moved to Holland and then kept posting and bagging Australia was the last straw.

  12. Tel

    Ahhh the “Gell-Mann Amnesia effect”. I knew about that, but I didn’t have a formal reference to remember it by.

    I used to notice errors when they had computer-related stories on TV, and I was thinking, “How many other errors are there in the other stories but I can’t catch them out, because I’m not familiar with those other stories?”

    Then at some stage (think it was when Global Warming still seemed important to most people) I started to notice there was a big socialist agenda at work, then I started doing the research with stuff like how they tried to pretend Cuba was a lot better than it ever really was… at that point I figured better to discount everything to a strong degree… but sometimes alternative information is difficult to get.

  13. Walter Plinge

    The late Miles Kington, writing in The Spectator some 30 years ago, observed that when a journalist writes about a subject you know well he or she always gets it completely ass-about.

  14. entropy

    Thing is, even when the journalist is covering something they are supposed to specialise in, they get it wrong.See ABC Rural.
    I think it is because at journalism school they are taught to write the story first and then go do interviews to get some colour. what is actually going on is not important.

  15. Baldrick

    You could apply those Mainstream-Media Herd rules to our very own ABC – Advance Socialism/Impede Capitalism.

  16. entropy

    I witnessed this back in the day when 4Corners did a hit piece on ABARE which had calculated who benefited and who lost if the world signed up to Kyoto. The CEO was interviewed for over 3 hours and was onscreen for about 30 seconds when the entire program was an attack on him.

  17. GoWest

    Michael Crichton quote – Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

  18. Tator

    27 years in policing showed me that there are 4 versions to an event:
    Your version
    Their version
    The truth and finally
    what the media reports which never matches any of the previous 3.
    Used to have a good giggle when watching the news and they report on an event I was involved in, just loved the way the spin was used to paint the police in a bad light.
    Bit like the media report about 2 coppers helping an elderly lady change a tyre would say
    “2 Police Thugs steal tyre from pensioner.”
    Bit like the ABC coverage on the Don Dale detention centre. Not one bit of reality in the broadcast.

  19. Tator

    Just to add, the LCCHR in the states are actually protesting about police wearing bodycams as it paints their clients in a bad light. POLICE BODY CAMERAS CAN THREATEN CIVIL RIGHTS OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE, NEW REPORT SAYS
    Legally, this is no different to a police officer making notes basically contemporaneously and then referring back to the notes as he types up his brief or reads the notes prior to giving evidence 3 years later when it finally comes to trial to refresh his memory. Lots of case law on this stuff. But these muppets report it as fact.

  20. Roger

    The late Miles Kington, writing in The Spectator some 30 years ago, observed that when a journalist writes about a subject you know well he or she always gets it completely ass-about.

    Late and lamented.

  21. Linden

    I think anybody who spend some decent time in a police force would have empathy with that. I remember the Beach Inquiry years ago in the 70’s, every single charge that arose out of that was thrown out during the later court hearing and trials. Justice Beach later admitted that he had been ‘conned’ to some extent. Of course the nightly news was sensation after sensation. I remember having to sit very close to some notorious criminals of the time, and being alert to them so that they would not spit on you if they got half a chance. All the crooks at the inquiry spewed their guts out claiming this and that, but when the cases come to court and independent witnesses gave their accounts of events it became clear it was a completely different story, but none of that was ever made clear in any of the news reporting

  22. Tel

    Legally, this is no different to a police officer making notes basically contemporaneously and then referring back to the notes as he types up his brief or reads the notes prior to giving evidence 3 years later when it finally comes to trial to refresh his memory. Lots of case law on this stuff. But these muppets report it as fact.

    Here’s my general conclusion on police cameras… I’m not opposed to them because if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about (that’s what the goon and the airport keeps saying and he must be OK).

    BUUUUUT … I would like to see some independent body maintain both the cameras and the footage, where they take significant financial penalties any time a camera fails to operate at the time of an important case. That’s to ensure the police are not (ahem) tempted to (ahem) accidentally lose the data when it shows something that might not entirely be convenient. Thank you for your understanding.

  23. Graeme morton

    About the only things I trust these days is The Catholic Thing and Crisis Magazine. Neither are happy about Francis amongst many other things.

  24. Charlie

    Bemused hits the nail on the head and yet many here still read Australian newspapers and watch Australian media. Some people even repost articles from the msm here instead of ignoring these outdated rags and letting them all collapse.

  25. Crossie

    People read the Age, Their ABC, news.con.au (intentional misspelling) etc, who regularly quote the Washington Post, NYT etc and people believe everything they publish because they don’t know any better.

    If we stopped funding Their ABC then maybe setting up a competing website or media outlet would become financially viable. For a start it would force consumers to pay directly for their preference for Their ABC’s lies.

  26. Crossie

    What I meant to say in the above comment is that if it’s Their ABC why are WE being made to pay for it.

  27. Slim Cognito

    Classic example in todays newspapers.

    The Hobart Mercury has a headline “Trump ‘opens gates of hell'”.

    If you read the article, that comment is attributed to none other than Hamas.

  28. Tator

    Tel,
    the big issue with independent organisations managing evidence is that they can and do break the chain of evidence on a regular basis. As for police losing data, most of SAPOLs data is actually managed by EDS who have the whole of government data management contract and charge like wounded bulls.
    For your info, every police officer I know (and a lot of retired ones too including many management level ones) all want the cameras to work all the time as their attitude is that if you cannot police whilst under video surveillance, you shouldn’t be in the job. They believe that the cameras are there to protect them more than protect the public as the Norman Hoy case proved, having a unimpeachable record of what happened is invaluable when you have unsubstantiated allegations made against you. Plus Police have been using video recordings of interviews for decades without issues of impropriety regarding chain of evidence. Shouldn’t be any different with the body cams.
    One thing to remember though is that the footage is the property of the police service and will only be released if it will not compromise a court case. Not even to alleviate public allegations of misconduct as they will investigate those thoroughly. Trust me, have had IIB go over several incidents where allegations were made where I was involved. All allegations were proven to be spurious. But then again, have had complaints made when following SOP’s to the letter because the complainant didn’t think they had done anything wrong when they were actually completely legally in the wrong.

  29. Kneel

    “…if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about…”

    Most ridiculous statement EVER.
    Anyone who uses this should be told that if this is the case, then ALL their mail can only be delivered if it is on a postcard – including bills, medical test results etc. After all, you don’t have anything to hide, do you? Oh, “it’s nobody else’s business” applies to whatever I want it to then, or only what YOU decide is important to keep private? Why you? Who decides?
    I’ll tell you who decides – ME. It’s MY data. Same argument re: encrypted data in emails, on phones etc.
    It’s MY data, so I decide who gets to see it. Period. I don’t care if you don’t like it. If you want to make it hard for me to do this, then I will encrypt everything you have (potential) access to, whether it needs to stay confidential or not, whether it’s legal or not – just everything.

  30. Suntanned Vampire

    Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire is awesome.

    At 33, with numerous books and a law degree from Harvard under his belt, he has probably the sharpest political mind in the business and IMO, a future conservitive president. I wish Trump had him as an advisor.

    Watch some of his lectures and debates too. Great stuff. There’s one where he goes toe-to-toe against that obnoxious, toxic leftie Cenk Uygur and just shreds him. Glorious.

  31. win

    So the Courier Mail is not alone . There are certain of their readers who believe every poisonous word these politically motivated left wing lying cane toads write. Even when presented with factual evidence.

  32. Cynic of Ayr

    This is a phenomenon which I noticed fifty years ago.
    Of coarse, being a mere peasant, no one took any notice when I mentioned this at the local pub.
    In short, read an article (or watch it on TV these days) and scream “Bullshit!!!”
    Then turn the page, or wait a few minutes for the next article, and say, “Really? I didn’t know that.”
    Strange critters, humans.

  33. J.H.

    You judge people by the company they keep and the critics they attract….. It’s always a good metric.

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