Working the Refs: Ex-Journalists Finally Free to Tell the Truth
Seeing more & more journalists and media critics FINALLY start articulating how the 40-year campaign by the right-wing freaks to “work the refs” have led us to this dead end in American history.
many journalists responded to the denunciations by growing vague and defensive. They’d try to make the two parties sound equal instead of giving them equal scrutiny. They’d write “A-said, B-said” instead of “A falsified, B debunked. They’d draw false equivalence between fringe advocates of violence on the left and high-ranking ones on the right. They’d use the term “extremists” for progressives hoping to stretch the age ranges for Medicare or free public education and for right-wingers caging children and imprisoning debtors.
They’d lead a story with “Republican So-and-So denounced climate change as a hoax.” A few paragraphs later, they’d say, “Democrat So-and-So called it real.” Then they’d give equal time to a rare scientific dissenter and one of the throng of supporters. At long last they’d cite temperatures, ice thicknesses, and other proof. All the while, they’d call climate change a “theory” without explaining that word’s scientific meaning: an explanation of the facts.”
Journalism professor Jay Rosen has been sounding the alarm about this since the W. Bush administration tried to memory-hole the whole Weapons of Mass Destruction lie:
‘Working the refs’ has been one the most effective propaganda techniques of the last 25 years. It should be part of any media literacy course. Read this thread to understand how it operates. https://t.co/xZUfOTIxJs
The refusal to be briefed, the attacks on the intelligence agencies, the attempt to discredit Fauci, the undermining of climate scientists and other experts across government, the put down of the diplomatic corps, the description of journalists as “fake news.” It’s all one thing.
Click through and read this thread about how even the most innocuous comments on CNN get reporters reprimanded because right-wing freaks insist on being allowed to spew bullshit without being contradicted by, well, reality …
How Cancel Culture really works: During my year at CNN, which was a great experience, I was “warned” a total of 3.5 times. Each warning was because some Republicans, who defended Trump’s cruelty & abuses, complained about the most innocuous statements. Here’s the official list:
Notice a trend? I never whined to management about tweets, articles, and comments written about me by folks in the right-wing ecosystem. It’s the “F your feelings” crowd who is against cancel culture and political correctness & all about free speech that tried to get me fired.