Trump Wants to ‘GASLIGHT’ Americans

FROM  WIKIPEDIA>>> Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and de-legitimize the target’s belief.

Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The term owes its origin to a 1938 play Gas Light and its 1944 film adaptation. The term has been used in clinical and research literature, as well as in political commentary.<<<

FROM   MEDIA  MATTERS>>>  https://www.facebook.com/Mediamatters/?hc_ref=ARSjuGVUVrxvU048S8l6QAfUB0ctMnxDqmvFnmfvAsOunqsMeps1khI0brW4-geaXgc&fref=nf

Fox News Too Dumb to Recognize Hypocrisy — And Too Dishonest to Admit to It

Biggest political BS story in my lifetime was possibly that Obama wasn’t born in America. How many a-hole conservative commentators and “news people” (let alone politicians) got fired over that? Real journalists would have been fired for continuing day after week after month repeating a story with no basis in reality. But instead of getting fired, they got more popular with certain types of people.

And how about Trump spewing his birtherism? So many people in this country believed a lie and voted for a liar.

CNN is real news because three newspeople were canned for not following professional standards and practices. Let me know the next time that happens at Fox. (btw I think Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace are decent reporters but most of the rest are carnival barkers.)

https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/06/28/juan-williams-calls-out-fox-s-cnn-hysteria-after-they-hyped-baseless-seth-rich-conspiracy-and-werent/217097

 

WH uses cannon. Press uses pea-shooter.

The legitimate news media has yet to realize Trump and his minions are in full blitz mode while they, the news media, are fighting an anemic, fragmented guerrilla war–at best. Hard-hitting, hard news stories are not enough if many Americans are convinced they are “fake news.”

The stories are needed but so is a united, coordinated counter-punch against Trump’s constant assault. The legitimate news media needs a massive outreach campaign to remind Americans about the importance of the Freedom of the Press and to regain the trust of the general public, regardless of their political affiliation.

The news media needs a single message to push back against brutal simplicity of “Fake News.” Find something simple and EVERYONE USE IT.

Right now there are too many different “messages” being used by various news outlets and news organizations. That is fine for their individual silos—-but that is where most are staying….

The news media needs an outdoor/mail/surprise marketing campaign in “purple” districts, at the very least.

While the corporate management and bean counters in the news groups will merely see the current conflict between their foot soldiers and Trump as a moneymaking bonanza, they need to be reminded that they could soon face extinction if the current trends continue.

Legitimate news groups and individuals need to unite now with a single message with a single purpose: SAVE DEMOCRACY BY SAVING THEMSELVES.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/28/politics/donald-trump-sarah-huckabee-sanders-media/index.html

News goes through ‘two prisms’ now (and one of them distorts reality)

Traditional, legitimate news media is now in a life-or-death battle with fake news that aims to ignore facts in favor of bent and distorted realities. The legitimate news media must present a united, consistent front via a massive outreach campaign to convince the general public, including the fence-sitters who voted for President Trump, that Freedom of the Press is stake which means, also, that democracy in America is being tested to its limits.

The legitimate press can only win back the trust of non-believers through accurate stories while highlighting the difference between real and fake journalism.  REAL JOURNALISM INCLUDES: education, experience, research, knowledge of subject matter, oversight by superiors, admitting mistakes and, in some circumstances, being penalized for mistakes.

Radio host Ira Glass, in a Rolling Stone article says alternative news narratives are worrisome.

FROM ROLLING STONE>>>These days, he added, interest in the news has only grown – thanks in large part to the current administration, which has created “the most intense news-consuming period any of us can remember” – though there is no longer just one narrative for viewers and readers to follow. And that, he points out, is worrisome.

“There are new challenges that fact-based journalists face, but it doesn’t have to do with the president,” Glass said of what kinds of difficulties journalists face today. “Over the last 20 years, an entire second media has grown up that runs an alternate narrative to the mainstream media. … Every event goes through two prisms now in a way that it never did before. That’s the hardest thing for those of us in the fact-based media. And that’s enormously difficult to know how to deal with as someone in the mainstream media because the people who believe otherwise aren’t consuming our product.”<<<

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/ira-glass-talks-serial-season-3-journalism-in-trump-age-w489253

FAKE NEWS is cheap and effective

FROM THE GUARDIAN: “”Fake News Machine research comes amid increasing concern about hacking elections and the ways that fake news on social media has manipulated voters.””

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/13/fake-news-manipulate-elections-paid-propaganda