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Posted September 3, 2018: A new essay by senior editor Ronn Neff!Posted September 12, 2018.
Ronn Neff: Acronymph. If I rearrange the letters alphabetically (because I like alphabetical order) and speak of people who are BGLT, am I being insensitive? Would I lose my job if I were a journalist? Is the actual order of the letters mandatory? Ω
Posted September 6, 2018.
Ronn Neff: More twisting. On
September 4,the Washington Post ran "Gun control or gun rights? The answer may help determine whether Rep. Comstock wins reelection," by Jenna Portnoy.
It begins: "As the nation grapples with mass shootings, gun policy could be a deciding factor in the competitive race between Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) and Democratic challenger state Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton in Northern Virginia." Notice the collective mind-reading. Reader, are you grappling with mass shootings?
In paragraph 5 we read, "Voters in Virginia believe gun control is more important than protecting gun rights, according to a recent poll that captured a watershed moment in a once-conservative state."
You would expect that in a website posting of the story that the phrase "a recent poll" would be a hyperlink, directing the reader to the relevant poll. No such luck.
In paragraph 29 (!) we learn that the poll is a Roanoke College Poll, according to which (says the Post),
"48 percentof likely voters think it's more important to control gun ownership than to protect the right of Americans to own guns; 44 percentbelieve gun rights are paramount."
It is in this paragraph that we get the hyperlink: www.roanoke.edu/Documents/rcpoll/August%202018%20politics%20Topline.pdf.
The Post accurately reports the results for question #18 ("Finally, what do you think is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?"), although the numbers are not all that different from the results for the same question in
But look back up to question #8. You will see that
25 percenteither had no opinion or refused to answer the question: "What is the most important issue to you in this election?" Gun control (along with six other issues) came in ELEVENTH, with 1 percentanswering that it was most important.
Did the Washington Post lie? Did it err? It did not. Did it deliberately try to mislead readers? Yes.
More than that, with its well, let's call it "disinformation" it is trying to affect the outcome of the election.
In June 2012 the Post ran a lengthy feature on Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party's candidate for president that year. They pretended to fret that Goode's candidacy "would shave votes from" Mitt Romney. Of course, given that they had never done such a feature on any other Constitution Party presidential candidate, one suspects that they were in fact expecting and even hoping that by giving Goode more publicity than he could ever afford to purchase, they might accomplish exactly that which they pretended to fear.
Did the Post lie? Did it err? It did not. Was it trying to affect the outcome of the election?
By the way, we keep hearing that Russian trolls tried to affect the 2016 election, favoring Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Does anyone else find it interesting that we are not told what the trolls said?
More and more it is apparent that the job of the major media is not to tell us what is happening, but what they want us to believe is happening. And what they want to happen. Apparently they believe that to say X makes X true. That is, they believe in magic. Ω
Posted August 30, 2018.
Ronn Neff: The frenzy over John McCain's death has underscored the media and the Left's views of Republicans: The only good Republican is a dead Republican. Ω
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Permanently recommended readings
"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)
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