Accuracy In Media

Only posting a link. Well, several links. This is Ed Driscoll quoting John Nolte of :

This is at least the fifth time in recent years that NBC or MSNBC has gotten caught cooking the books, John Nolte writes at Big Journalism:

1. During last year’s presidential election Andrea Mitchell was caught manufacturing a Romney gaffe where none existed.

2. During last year’s GOP primary, Ed Schultz edited video of Texas Governor Rick Perry to make him look racist.

3.  In April of last year, the “Today Show” was caught editing audio of a 9-1-1 call to make George Zimmerman look racist.

4. In August of 2009, Contessa Brewer sliced and diced a photograph so it wouldn’t look like a black man attended a Tea Party carrying a firearm.

And just today, NBC was caught in yet another malicious edit, this time to make Second Amendment advocates look as though they did something as heinous as heckling the heartsick father of a child who lost his six-year-old son in the Sandy Hook massacre. You can watch the full video and NBC’s science fiction adaptation side-by-side here.

You may ask why they practice such deception when it is certain to be discovered and exposed? The reason is simple psychology. First impressions are deeper impressions than corrections. I have a friend who saw the first version, the edited version, of the NBC agitprop, and it convinced him that the NRA were autistic when it came to normal social graces, heartless and fanatical. Upon seeing the second version, the unedited version, his first impression still persisted.

The second reason is that second thoughts tend to be tentative, and people tend not to believe that they are being lied to. Their own fairmindedness makes them gullible. Upon hearing two versions of any story, the natural reaction of any casual listener is to assume both versions are slanted to favor their side, and that the truth is perhaps somewhere in the middle. So if I falsely accuse an innocent group of ten people of wrongdoing, the average bystander, if he later hears my false accusation disputed, will assume that five or six of the people are guilty, rather than assume I lied and admit that he was deceived.

About John C Wright

John C. Wright is a practicing philosopher, a retired attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, and a published author of science fiction. Once a Houyhnhnm, he was expelled from the august ranks of purely rational beings when he fell in love; but retains an honorary title.
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8 Responses to Accuracy In Media

  1. The Deuce says:

    Leftists never really change. It’s exactly what you’d expect from an ideology that holds that truth is socially constructed by consensus rather than discovered by reason. It’s the same reason they resort to ad hominem in economics (and all other matters) rather than rational argument, and even mass murder wherever they can pull it off. To them, it doesn’t matter how a consensus is formed around a belief, or whether it’s rationally justified or even coherent, only that one exists.

  2. deiseach says:

    Off-topic, but since today is St. Brigid’s Day and she is one of the Three Patron Saints of Ireland, set something on fire and drink beer in honour of St. Bridget!

  3. DGDDavidson says:

    I must be an idiot. I need this broken down for me. I just watched both videos and can’t find the difference between them. In both, he asks the question, pauses, says no one can answer him, and then some people cite the Second Amendment, and then get rebuked for speaking up. What am I missing?

    • jollyroger says:

      DGD- NBC started the clip they showed just AFTER the father looks around the room and states “I would like for anybody in this room to give me or be able to answer this question”. Basically, they cut out the part where the father challenges every second amandment supporter in the room to answer his question. Also they labelled the supporters as hecklers in the graphic, when they obviously were only answering a question put to them (and even then only when the father states that nobody would answer his question).

  4. It’s common knowledge around the world that the mainstream American media are highly manipulated and propagandistic. In trying to sort this out, you need to look at two and two and try to make four. Here’s a hint: there is an ancient non-Christian tribe that has acquired vast power and control over American culture in the past century, and this tribe lives in mortal fear of mass uprisings against them, so they always act in such a way as to corrupt the culture and reduce the power of the majority in any nation they inhabit. These are the real Sith Lords and propaganda masters, the heirs of Rothschild and Bernays, and they are at the root of much of the ideology you despise. In the non-Western world this is well understood and dealt with, but here in America, people like you tend to take their side in a rather bizarre and suicidal alliance. Wake up to your true enemy, Wright!

    (btw, a good source of information about this is http://rehmat1.com/ )

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