In THE THOUGHTLESSNESS OF THE STANDARD LIBERAL DEMOCRAT RESPONSE — PART 1, we considered a comment. We observed that the commenter was trying to make the moral equivalence argument, but we did not take issue with the argument itself. Instead, we observed that commenter was parroting lies.
Here the object is to show that two wrongs don’t make a right.
An example of Conservative news media misrepresentation.
Does the Conservative news media ever mislead us or misinform us? Sometimes.
I have been watching Fox Nation for about six months. So, I had the opportunity to watch Thursday’s (12 January 2023) episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson had a little commentary on a clip from the video below.
Apparently, Bill Gates had a relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. That relationship even seems to have figured in Gate’s divorce. Using a clip of the video above as evidence, Tucker implied Gates had Epstein knocked off, and he had a guest who said as much. Was that responsible journalism? No.
Why is Epstein dead? Because of his terrible ethical standards, Epstein probably made lots of dangerous enemies. Was that the lesson Gates was referring to? Was Epstein murdered by his enemies? Since Gate’s answer was so ambiguous (He obviously wanted desperately to get off this topic.), the video is not clear. Unfortunately, Judy Woodruff did not bother to ask him to what he meant by “He’s dead. So, in general you always have to be careful.” And that is where Carlson’s clip ends.
Is Gates a good or a bad man? God will decide. Did he break the law or abuse children? Before we reach a conclusion or suggest that he did, we need better evidence than a thoroughly ambiguous answer.
That said, what the Liberal Democrat news media has said about Conservatives, including news media organizations associated with Microsoft, is far more atrocious than what Carlson implied that video suggests. If Gates doesn’t want to be slandered and libeled, then Microsoft Corporation should not involved in hiring journalists who slander and libel other people. What goes around comes around. No matter who does it, lying is wrong.
Tucker Carlson is an outstanding journalist. Is he a hero just because he made one of the world’s richest men? No. In this case Carlson just made himself less credible.
We have to trust, but because so many of us lie we also have to verify.
How do we verify the news? The only thing most of us can do is look at competing news media outlets. Unfortunately, we can be stopped from viewing competing news sources. We call that censorship.
Does censorship exist?
Censorship most certainly exists in places like China and Russia. What about the USA? Well, it is here too. We know from the files that Elon Musk has released since he bought Twitter that our government was working with Twitter to suppress content. Many Conservatives know from personal experience how difficult it is to get referrals from Google. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg admitted that agents from the FBI had visited him, warning of Russian disinformation, when they knew otherwise.
Here is another likely threat, The Trusted News Initiative (TNI). TNI is a group of large companies. They will “tackle harmful disinformation in real time.” What does TNI consider disinformation. Based upon how some of these companies handled disinformation during the COVID pandemic, it seems daring to disagree them is disinformation. That is not a good sign.
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth
What has TNI, a bunch of big companies acting in unison — essentially a monopoly — done about disinformation? Here are some references. Of course, the big media has buried this story.
To Be Continued
- Part 3: Conclusion