From now on, my default attitude to all MSM "reporting" is this: "Take every news story with at least ten bloody big grains of salt. They are always lying, even when they're telling the truth."
And that's not contradictory, BTW. It means that everything they say is to perpetuate a (false) PC narrative. Sometimes, after a little spin, actual truth might serve that purpose. But these so-called journalists would just as soon replace it with fake news to keep their treasured narrative going.
The latest and most vivid illustration of this was the Covington Catholic fiasco. It was clearly a setup, most probably by the Democrats themselves. And the media were clearly in on it. With Judge Kavanaugh already confirmed and Ruth Bader Ginsburg quite probably dead, they've been packin' their dacks that Trump will confirm another Catholic to the Supreme Court.
To try and associate this branch of Christianity with eeevil white privilege they've engineered a situation involving a grizzled ol' dude called Nathan Phillips and a coupla kids. Credulous lefties of course believed the whole confrontation developed organically, and the white boys were the villains.
But it's turned out that things were not even remotely that simple. If anything, Phillips was the aggressor. And not only did he lie about his military service, he has a criminal record as well.
As usual, the MSM's attempts to deceive us have backfired on them bigly. And the whole clarsterfark reminded me of a smaller saga back in 2017 ...
Here in Sydney's Martin Place, a buncha homeless folk set up a camp. This "tent city" was presented zif it was all a genuine and spontaneous phenomenon; an inspiring coalition of downtrodden folk who were sick and tired of being ignored and weren't gonna take it anymore!
The leader of the group was an old bloke called Lanz Priestley. Like Phillips, he certainly looked the part.
But after he gave several respectful interviews about what this whole demo was trying to achieve, some journos did some real digging on his history. It turned out he wasn't quite the "rough diamond" he appeared to be.
This put a big dent in the collective's cred, and derailed the narrative that politicians like Clover Moore were milking for all it was worth. (Clover is like a younger but just as batshit version of Nancy Pelosi, BTW.) Eventually the whole thing just ran out of steam, the tents were packed up and everyone just buggered off.
Always the way, innit? Most of the mainstream media are just trying to deceive us all the time. Now, thanks in major part to social media, we're getting wise to their brazen lies.
Another local example: Duncan Storrar.
This Q and A audience member from "Struggle Street" asked a tough question of a pollie on the panel. He immediately became a symbol of stoicism in the face of government heartlessness.
Certified bloviator Ben Eltham wrote: "The viral power of the Duncan Storrar story is wholly to do with the jarring authenticity of his experience."
Yeah, well, his appearance might have been authentic but that didn't mean his rise to fame (for want of a better word) was dinkum too. It was clearly engineered right from the start.
And again, that backfired.
Really, these so-called journalists (who are actually shameless left-wing activists) should just try seeking the truth for a change. The way they're going the whole industry will have absolutely no cred at all by the time the year's out.