Justin Katz warns of the danger created when mainstream journalists drop their objectivity to tilt stories in support of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
The coverage of two recent political events in Rhode Island show how social justice journalists tweak their stories to silence opposition and give a sense of conformity among everybody else.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 24, included talk about:
- Gina’s back to school battle
- Government by calamari
- Michael from Rhode Island
- The uncovered pro-Trump boat parade
Partisans and the news media can repeat that there’s no evidence of voter fraud until they’re blue in the face, but I’d venture to estimate that a majority of Americans would be suspicious.
Just calling something “highest risk category” and saying there has been a “spike” induces fear.
If Block Island tourists’ behavior isn’t having a measurable effect, maybe it isn’t actually “behaving badly.”
Mike Stenhouse brings Lisa Camuso back on the show to talk about how pervasively the Rhode Island media is ignoring her story of problems at the state Department of Health.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 10, included talk about:
- Protests at Gina’s house
- The snitch line
- A dictated last call
- Will schools open?
Is it crazy to think that our governing class has completely lost touch with the reason for its existence?
The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Mary McElroy changing election-security laws shortly before Rhode Islanders vote is a warning sign that Americans should think twice before trusting the results that follow.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 28, included talk about:
- Teachers protesting school
- Secretary of state protesting election security
- Councilwoman protesting enforcement of the law
- Journalists not protesting attacks on journalists
Radio talk host John DePetro is reporting possible damage to his eyesight after being hit with a laser after a Black Lives Matter protest, although no news media have covered the incident.
In the world of media and politics, ignoring reality in order to keep your preferred outcome a live possibility may be an option, but for the sake of a healthy reality it cannot be.
The attitude of fear that has been fostered by the presentation of COVID-19 to the public has created a terrible atmosphere in which to be making major life-and-society-affecting decisions.
Legislation that purports to clarify the laws around who can be and is a child’s parent does much more, and reportage is telling in a more-profound way than the light tone indicates.
Trends in journalism accord with the impression that many conservatives have of the coming progressive totalitarianism — that it will be some kind of mixture of revolutionary France, the Google playhouse office campus, and Mean Girls.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 13, included talk about:
- Dan Connors’s $170,000 DUI
- General Assembly’s misplaced priorities
- Gina’s missing tested Rhode Islanders
- Protests on the governor’s lawn
- Mask wearing
- The odds of school
The narratives around COVID-19 may make for an easier and more-fun story to write, but they aren’t what we should demand as a free and independent people… unless that’s not what we are anymore.
Police officers injured during Black Lives Matter protests and riots were statistical scenery, in contrast to those hurt while tamping down the scourge of personal fireworks displays.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 6, included talk about:
- Phase 3
- Lack of budget
- The secret consultant
- Nursing home problems
- Not a real Bristol parade
- RI schools’ future
- Lt. Gov. McKee tries an online petition
If you were trying to sow division and promote civil unrest (and maybe civil war), you would promote the narrative of these CNBC headlines.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for June 8, included talk about:
- Raimondo to the rescue or enters stage left?
- Who was in control of the march?
- Was no-discount donuts a mistake, a backlash against regulations, or good woke marketing?
Blue check marks on Twitter can guffaw about things that Fox News viewers believe, but maybe they should be thinking about the importance of collecting information from a wide variety of sources.
COVID-19 results continue to improve in Rhode Island, even the previously stubborn daily deaths… despite what one news team insists on reporting.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for May 27, included talk about:
- Justice Flanders still protecting rights
- Trump v. Gina
- General Assembly… still out
- Mail ballots
- Money for insiders
- No jobs for Rhode Islanders
When you’re claiming to be speaking from a position of science and advocating policies that restrict our rights and that have massive implications for the real lives of millions of people, details are important.
As we claw back our liberty little by little in the months ahead, we must adjust for the degree to which our opinions (and those of our neighbors) can be swayed by the Zeitgeist.
The assumptions of an ideological insider class in Rhode Island discount and brush aside diverse ideas that would help the state run better and recover from economic hits.
Turning anecdote into fearful narrative is a disservice from our information institutions.
My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for May 11, included talk about:
- The governor’s New Order
- Cops push back
- Protesters push back
- The press pushes back
- Will businesses push back?
- Will the General Assembly push back?
- Elorza gets push-back and stumbles