Every basic journalistic practice was thrown out the window yesterday in pursuit of a sordid little narrative.
Brad, another clear and illuminating article. I really appreciate your work in chronicling what’s happening in our insane world- it helps keep me sane.
And your eloquence and patience even prevailed against the barrage of lunacy that someone let loose. An admirable trait that I wish I had more of!
Where are the protests in the Arab world against Hamas for killing all those Palestinians civilians?
The fact that they are NOT protesting in the streets to denounce Hamas is all the evidence we need to understand that the Arab world cares not about the Palestinians. All the Palestinians are is an expendable proxy pawn for their hatred of Israel and their dreams of wiping Jews off the earth so they don't continue to get reminded that, without oil revenue, their mediaeval culture would relegate them as camel herders and maybe pistachio and olive farmers.
The same can be said about all the educated liberals protesting in the BLM movement... and then demanding we defund the cops. They don't really care about black communities. It is all about their hatred of conservatives... generally the hard working part of our society... so they, the educated liberals, don't continue to get reminded that they are worth less to society and less accomplished than are their mommy and daddy.
My Substack of over 65 writers has been largely a single issue feed for the last 10 days.
This is the best piece on the hospital / media hypocricsy issue bat none.
Will there ever be any accountability for this in reporting a claim so completely ridiculous?
Of course not. It’s important for the mainstream media to keep their 7 year streak of getting every major story 180 degrees incorrect.
But I’ve now learned that no one at the New York Times knows that a JDAM doesn’t just light cars on fire in a parking lot.
The people saying “well it’s not completely inexcusable because Israel kills civilians with bombs all the time, and we blew up weddings accidently” are falling into a mental trap.
I obviously like the Kurds better than ISIS. If in 2014 there was a report from the Kurds that ISIS flew the missing Malaysian airliner to the South Pole then slaughtered everyone on board, I’d say “I mean yeah they’re bad but I’m gonna need some rock solid evidence to back that up.”
I seldom believe all I hear or see. But this hospital account has me pulling my hair out! Admittedly a news junkie, I've been on a news detox for 10 days, so when I first heard about the hospital "attack" there was already doubt about what was fired and by whom. But that was more than 12 hours ago, and throughout the day more corrections were made such as it was an errant firing, only the parking lot was hit, etc. Seeking truth, I broke my news fast only to find several popular conservative outlets (Newsmax, OAN, Epoch Times, Fox, Gateway Pundit) are still purporting hospital devastation and huge death toll along with personal accounts of killed family members. I don't know which "facts" are real or who to believe anymore. This is exactly why I have removed myself from news since Oct 7. Unfortunately, I'll probably need to add related Substack articles to my detox regime.
I think the distinction is always that they're just spreading other people's misinformation instead of engaging in it themselves, that's why the headline includes "Palestinians say" - although the word Palestinian is also doing some heavy lifting, you wouldn't quote Bin Laden and write "Saudi Arabians say".
Whether it's a terrorist snafu, a Ukranian Rocket hitting Poland, the Nordstream pipelines blowing up, the Trump-Russia hoax, Saddams WMD or whatever else, large swaths of the media unquestionably repeat the narrative if it serves them. And then they lament that people don't trust them or institutions anymore while they only edit the lies they peddle a little bit instead of admitting where they were wrong.
Don't trust anyone who never admitted being wrong about something and never said "I don't know".
Thank you Brad. Superb summation and analysis (as always) of both the event and the aftermath. How will this era of craziness and untruth end? Not well, methinks.
Thank you for the clearest and most credible overview of this that I have seen so far...(by a long way). The UK MSM has been just as shameful by the way.
I was interested to see a legitimately journalistic comment from Conor Friedersdorf (as a tweet). I've always had a soft spot for him to after he produced the very best quote from the 2008 financial crash.
Came pretty close to starting WWIII just for their vanity
The good news is the reputation economy revolution is starting right here on the Stacks.
I have equal parts contempt and hope.
I think they're in spasmodic death throes.
I love how everyone demands that Israel play by the rules and “de-escalate.” It’s like the bully who takes a cheap shot at someone and then cries and throws a fit when a punch is returned. If all Israelis are targets, then all Palestinians should be targets.
Thank you for writing this. What is the solution? Replace the media? Can someone create a new news source that just reports without editorializing or curating the facts? At one point, I thought Fox did that. But now they, too, have been suborned. A new News needs to stand up. Elon suggests citizen journalism. Would that be enough?
" She then proceeded to storm the Capitol building with protestors in tow."
Quick, we need a House Committee to investigate insurrection.
So impressed by this article - came to it via a link in the comments of another Substack (Covid and Coffee). I really appreciate the lack of invective and hyperbole, combined with the through presentation. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Max Blumenthal was trying to access whether the Israeli's, or Hamas hit the hospital yesterday while observing the footage of the attack. He came to no definitive conclusion in that regard one way or the other at this point. However be assured that most in the media will claim it was a Hamas hit. The NY Post already did, and did so from the beginning and be reassured most if not all American media will reach the same conclusion. Same happened when we went into all those wars based on all those lies. At first some of the opposition was given a minimal voice here there, but shut out soon after which allowed us to go on our merry way to mass slaughter. I hope it doesn't happen here..