MLK Day: The Media Score Cards

With the markets closed, here at Uretopia Ranch, other than a hellatious amount of rain overnight, there’s little to do with all the computing horsepower at Old Man Labs.

We are left with little to do but look at how various media are still using the commemoration of Dr. King’s death to drive wedges between Americans.

Our little foray begins with the front page of the NY Times which proclaims “Trump Sets Off Backlash With Attack on Civil Rights Icon.”

To be sure, Rep. Lewis has been a leading advocate of civil rights causes in the Georgia 5th district since 1987. Right on.  He is an icon.

BUT we need a little more clarity of thought than the headlines imply.

It was, in fact, Representative Lewis – not Trump – who began the attack by saying Trump was not a legitimate President. We would respectfully offer Rep. Lewis a reminder of how the Electoral College works.

Moreover: Doesn’t anyone understand Trump? He doesn’t let criticism just hang out there – he fires back. Lewis criticized and what happened? Blam.

But see how the NE liberals have warped it into a “Trump Attack…” ?

The NY Times piece then cites “some blacks” and “many blacks” as questioning Trump’s civil rights record.

Fact check me here: As a newbie to government, Trump hasn’t established a (public) record yet, has he? Hello?

Yet here it is again in the Washington Post as “The Fix: In spat with Lewis, Trump attacked ‘one of the most respected’ men in America.”

Who started it? By my read, Lewis “illegitimate” remarks were out of bounds first.  So to us, the MSM isn’t playing it “down the middle” and it’s become just the latest Trump-bash.

The NY Post this morning reports on “Loretta Lunch calls to eliminate ‘waves of intolerance’ in America.”

Here again, we are somewhat confused:

Just last week we saw video of Obama administration officials coaching Syrians how to use fake passports to get into America, while deciding to send refugees back to Cuba. And yet the Mexico border flood continues.

It seems to me Ms. Lynch has a politicized view of equality. If you’re a fleeing a communist country, go home. If you are a refugee Muslim, come on it. If you’re from Mexico, come on in.

News is how America is hypnotized.

If you tell people only the bad news and don’t offer positive direction for 8-years, seems at some point they’ll end up believing it. I expect they did in Ferguson and Baltimore… The process is politically-driven self-hypnosis.

On the other hand, blacks (and other minorities) are mistreated in many places. Even democratic strongholds.

Take the story in the Chicago Sun-Times this morning about how “Victims of police misconduct skeptical of justice report’s impact.

Two things to remember:

First is that ChiTown has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the country. Doesn’t seem to have helped police, at least from the Texas view.

Second is Mayor Rahm Emanuel Obama’s Chief of Staff – has been mayor of the Windy City since May 2011 (5 ½ years).

Could it be that Politicians don’t have an incentive to fix things too quickly, perhaps?

Meantime, how many times did you read, during last year’s campaigns, that it was republicans (Lincoln) who actually did something about civil rights via the Emancipation Proclamation?  Hint: Wasn’t a democrat.

Methinks we have a party working against national unity, although the old guard republicans can leave anytime, as well.  They are just as bad, or worse.

I expect at some point in his term, Trump will get sick of it and found a third party for the mass in the middle.  One more Paul Ryan misstep….

Continuing our MLK Day Score Cards:

The Philadelphia Inquirer asks “What would MLK make of Trump’s promises to the African American community?

The Inquirer missed a better story. If I were running their news desk, I’d put two reporters on “What would MLK make of Obama’s performance on behalf the African American Community?” Be a better story, I think.

Politics and politicians have made political careers out of splitting people apart. And that’s my first point this morning.

The movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure offers the only advice one needs in most human relations: “Be Excellent to One Another!

I don’t think the late Dr. King would have disagreed with that, at all.

Politicians, religions, or mass movements that don’t hold to the simple Bill & Ted standard are why this world is in the shambles it is.

After how many eons now?

Holiday Weather

Yes, in a word, it sucks.

Big ice storm is rolling through fly-over country this morning:

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And we have plenty of flooding in south Texas as rainstorms, thundershowers, and tornado watches predominate things in our ‘hood.

More than 5” of rain in the past 24-hours here.

Government Versus the People

There’s people and then there’s government.

People like us have to file our Q4 2016 Federal Income Tax payments by tomorrow (17th) due to the Holiday.

That’s how people (citizens) are treated.

Now the Bureau of Labor Statistics is supposed to be out with its Consumer Price Index reports on the 15th of each month.

This month, however, THEY won’t have the CPI report out until Wednesday the 18th.

Seems to me we ought to have a bit more “equality” when comes to the Calendar, you think? I know, a nit…move on.

Bitcoin Tracking

Up to $834 this morning.

Not as high as 2014.

We’ll discuss this a little more in tomorrow’s column, but remember this week is one of the possible targets for an all-time-high to be set. So getting light on assets going into Inauguration might make sense.

If BTCs were over the 2014 levels, I’d be inclined to stay long. But when in doubt, hide in cash for a week – as risks are something we just hate exposing ourselves to unnecessarily.

Are current prices an 80-85% retracement of Elliott Wave 1 up?

OK…on to projects at the Ranch.

Do try to remember the reason for the Holiday and remember the sage advice from Bill & Ted.

Comments

MLK Day: The Media Score Cards — 23 Comments

  1. Trump’s Civil Rights Record? It has been noted that he had to pay millions of dollars in HUD fines during the late ’70s and early ’80s for housing discrimination against blacks and Hispanics. Google it.

  2. Also George, I see Trump’s twitter account went from 18 million last week to 20 million today. Sorry I didn’t check the facts before posting.

  3. The “Press” in the US is dying. Trump has shown how obsolete they are, so naturally they are throwing everything including the kitchen sink at him. For example: Fox is the #1 rated network. Not news show, but network…above Disney, CW, TBS and all the rest. They have 2.9 million viewers. CNN and MSNBC don’t even have one million. Trump’s twitter account alone has 18 million followers and that’s just one social media platform. I figure as many millions on Facebook, Instagram, etc. He can go directly to the people without courting the press or relying on them to present his message without spin. Everyone from network talking heads to pundits in print see their careers flashing before their eyes. No way they will play nice. No way.

    • I wanted to go back in and edit my post. It was Fox news that was ranked as the number one program with 2.9M and not the network. I stand corrected. Still, it doesn’t change the point of the press being obsolete.

    • re: present message without spin. I’d say that his message is nothing but spin. That it comes from the commander in chief propagandist doesn’t make it any less spin.

    • I will bet were building that wall has in are money. It’s probably for keeping citizens from fly over country out.

  4. Once again George you have shown your common sense prevails, to bad the world does not have more who can think like YOU, we would be a much better world!!

  5. If I were Trump, one of my agendas would be a sales tax on online sales.
    That would poke a hole in that idiot that bought the Post and possibly help the retail real estate brick and mortar environment.

  6. Politicians are like farts, full of hot air that often stinks and you can’t trust either one.

    My two cents

  7. What happened to Saturday’s report? Not listed now. I still had it open on my computer, and saved it if you need it again.

  8. I have heard it said: “that the Whites could live w/o the African American Community, but the African American Community couldn’t live w/o Whites.” Does that make anyone a racist who thinks like that? Just imagine that!

  9. “Methinks we have a party working against national unity,…”
    Communistic tactic.
    If you want to know where the democRATS get their marching orders, look no further than:
    http://www.cpusa.org/

      • Amazingly true, brilliant!! I see this all my life. Sad that there are too many people who refuse to think.

      • I remember thinking that this was one of the most important videos I had watched. Even though the clothes look like the 70’s or 80’s the message is on point right now. The neocons have taken a LOT from the KBG. (Not the least of which was the 1000 page document pushed through congress the day after 9/11.) He describes exactly what is going on.

      • As a documentary junkie I know I’ve seen this one before but “Bravo!” for bringing it up again. It’s always worth seeing.

        Another good documentary is “SCRIPT – Top 10 Staged Media Events!” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHDDQVZ-A98. It shows how media is a scripted affair and displays why the MSM is at war with the Alternative Media. I honestly don’t know why YouTube has not taken videos like this down as it, and it’s owner Google, have waged its own war against conservatism and anything anti-democrat.

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