At the height of the 2014 war between the Israeli military and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, the New York Times ran an article headlined, âIsrael Says That Hamas Uses Civilian Shields, Reviving Debate.â It was an apparent reference to the hundreds of Palestinian civilians who had been killed in Israeli attacks by that point in the war. There was no question about who had killed them, yet the language shifted the subject to a âdebateâ about who was really responsible. A few weeks earlier, after an Israeli airstrike killed several Palestinian soccer fans, the Times ran the absurd title, âMissile at Beachside Gaza Cafe Finds Patrons Poised for World Cup,â later amending the headline in the face of widespread disgust expressed on social media.
Headlines matter. As studies have repeatedly shown, when it comes to reaching the general public, the words at the top of the page might be as important, if not more, than the text of articles themselves â to the chagrin of many writers. In the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict, inappropriate, misleading, and biased headlines like those that appeared in the New York Times during 2014 Gaza War have been all too common. (...)
The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine founded in 1995 by William Kristol and Fred Barnes with Rupert Murdochâs money, has expired. Its final issue will be published on Monday.
Most famous for making the case for the catastrophic invasion of Iraq, the magazine was born just one year before Murdoch created Fox News. Both outlets were extremely effective at achieving the same goals via different tactics. Fox was chum for the rubes; the Weekly Standard was chum for Ivy League rubes. Fox pushed mindless belligerence, conspiracism and a deep hatred for reality; the Weekly Standard did the same thing, but with less cleavage and more quotes from Cicero. (In 2009 Murdoch sold it to Philip Anschutz, a fellow billionaire who if anything is more conservative than Murdoch.)
Put another way, Fox was the conservative movementâs amygdala, while the Weekly Standard was its cerebrum, both driving it forward until Trumpâs election proved it no longer needed any higher brain functions. But together they played a powerful role in pushing the GOP to where it stands today. (...)
Zuckerberg, in his testimony, made some comment about how he admitted that Silicon Valley was left-leaning.
We need to stop that shit right now. We need to start using the term "not right wing conservative" instead, so we acknowledge that the people running the media, the internet, a lot of the businesses in our nation, and just the folks living in America have a varied nature: moderate, liberal, and even middle of the road Republican. By framing the majority of the nation as "not you" we get to redirect the conversation away from a far-left, far-right fiction, and towards a "most of the country, and then there's you guys" sort of scenario.
The truth is not pleasant: many Americans love guns more than they love their fellow Americans. Happy 4th of July.
=> Damn right, the only thing we love more than guns is eating babies, not just humans, but puppies and kittens as well. Happy 4th to you too!
Eating babies? No, you love aerial-bombing babies. Apparently it is a classy, socially acceptable way of killing grandchildren and grandparents. And of course, because all these civilian, non-terrorist deaths are righteous, there is no threat of blowback.