Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics
Re-Posted Jun 1, 2020 by Martin Armstrong
The media which everyone knows is now so biased and manipulated, has the audacity to claim that Trump’s new Executive Order threatens free speech. The problem is their view of “free” speech is to twist whatever they desire to fit their agenda.
Here is CNN and how they manipulate statistics to put out fake stories. They show the deaths in the USA are so much higher compared to Europe and imply this is Trump’s fault. They omit any analysis of the population. Since the USA has 328 million compared to the UK with 66 million, on a percentage of the population the USA death rate is 0.0003% whereas in the UK it is actually higher – 0.0005%. This is such a minimal death rate yet they have terrorized the population and destroyed countless jobs. Unemployed in the IS is about 50 mi9llion and worldwide it is approaching 400 million.
In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that context is everything when it comes to protected speech. Specifically, you cannot say anything that might incite others to some type of lawless action, or to an action that would harm others, in the very near future (“clear and present danger”). The famous example used to explain this speech prohibition came from Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who likened it to falsely shouting, “Fire!” in a crowded theater. You can shout “Fire!” in your home or backyard, but not in an enclosed, crowded place where such language could cause a panic and possible injury and death. CNN and others are DELIBERATELY violating Free Speech by causing harm to others by refusing to report the truth and misrepresenting things for personal political bias. This is NOT free speech!!!!!!
In a lottery in which you pick 6 numbers from a possible pool of 49 numbers, your chances of winning the jackpot (correctly choosing all 6 numbers drawn) are 1 in 13,983,816. That’s 1 shot in almost 14 million. Hm – not much different than dying from COVID-19. You have a higher probability of being injured in a car crash than dying with this virus. The U.S. traffic fatality rate is 12.4 deathsper 100,000 inhabitants. An additional 4.4 million are injured seriously enough to require medical attention. Can we create a vaccine to prevent car crashes? Our just outlaw cars?
We have a very serious crisis unfolding and the left has seized control of social media including Wikipedia. Larry Sanger, the co-founder of Wikipedia, published a blog post this month declaring that the online encyclopedia’s “neutral point of view” policy is “dead” due to the wholesale assault by the left-wing bias of the site. He pointed out how the article on President Donald Trump contrasted its extensive coverage of presidential scandals with the largely scandal-free article on former President Barack Obama.
Not a single one of mainstream media are publishing what is legitimately protected by the First Amendment. They have no right to report only the facts they want to publish. That is called Yellow Journalism and it has started wars as was the case with the battle between Pultizer and Hearst. Fake News is a matter of National Security. Private interests have no right to censor the news any more than the government.
President Trump has the POWER to direct the Federal Communication Commission to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine. This is becoming so critical as a NATIONAL SECURITY issue that it is no longer a joke. Sanger also criticized Wikipedia’s coverage of religion and just about all other controversial topics. Fox News reported on his blog post, but the left-wing Wikipedians all criticized and naturally attacked the messenger. They have nothing to defend what they have been doing to UNDERMINE our very way of life.
Back on May 14, 2020, Sanger published a blog piece titled “Wikipedia Is Badly Biased” and started by declaring Wikipedia’s “Neutral Point of View” policy dead. With all the hype about Russia trying to influence the election in 2016 to defeat their star candidate, Hillary, what is emerging is pretend fact-checking and constant attacks on anything that disagrees with their extreme left-wing agenda. This is threatening the very future of the nation and our children.
The left-wing is hell-bent upon forcing their version of Marxism upon society, not by eliminating the democratic process, but by brainwashing the public. It is becoming so in-your-face it amounts to a political coup. Indeed, they are fulfilling Kruschev’s prediction – Marxism will bury the United States. Based on the wholesale onslaught of CNN, Washington Post, and the New York Times among others, we are clearly looking at rising domestic tensions. They are stirring up civil unrest which will lead to blood in the street just as the Communist Reversals revealed on China and Russia.
Larry Sanger founded the online encyclopedia with Jimmy Wales, and the original drafting of the policy has just been totally disregarded. Most schools no longer recognize Wikipedia as a valid source to quote in papers of students. Academic work requires primary or, at worst, secondary sources. Encyclopedias are considered a tertiary source. Even back in 2006, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told students not to cite Wikipedia for class projects or serious research. Wikipedia is not considered scholarly.
Jimmy Wales has yet to respond to Sanger’s criticism. Many other editors responded to the news, though most avoided addressing his concerns about political bias. The majority of editors are leftists and to prove that point they banned together to attack Fox News, arguing that Fox is also biased as if that makes it OK for them to twist facts.
The Fairness Doctrine was discontinued in 1987 and its language was officially erased from the books in 2011. Yes, it would cut both ways. Perhaps that is what we now need to save the country from a deliberate manipulation of everything on the internet. Wikipedia has become an absolute disgrace. They allow anonymous editors to engage in outright slander and protect them from lawsuits that nobody else gets away with. What the left is doing is exactly what McCarthyism was doing against the left. This time the left has seized control of social media, Wikipedia, and are indeed trying to force their vision of Marxism by decree.