After Elections: A “News Shortage” Looms

This being Election Day, we will pass on our usual semi-conservative (yet financially-responsible) views in order that you can safely read the column in a polling place without the gendarmes being alerted.  We’ll also leave our clothes on, unlike some attention-starved wannabe’s..

After all the hype and BS about this being the “most important election of a lifetime” we face a more serious problem within weeks:  A lack of Real News. I don’t think we need “Hanoi Jane” to tell us  – elections matter, of course.  What then?

While the election after-effects will lead to no shortage of claims and counter-charges of this, or that, it will all be pointless once the polls have closed tonight.

Other than a new/refreshed crop of political thugs to scheme ways to tax and spend more of our hard-earned money (which happens regardless of party, majority, or time-frame), a lot of current “News” is about to disappear.

Take for example that :”caravan” in Mexico.  After today, it will have a rapidly diminishing draw quotient for radio, TV, and newspaper sites.  After all, we already have 1,100 people a day sneaking through the all-too-porous border. This is a week’s worth.

Even IF the open border crowd were to hold sway at the polls, NOTHING would change from the current Trump agenda for perhaps another year and maybe two.  That’s because of political hysteresis.  In other words, the gap between cause and effect.

Here, look at the House of Representative calendar and tell me how any more change happens this year:

The great “story to the voters” is that “State Work Periods” are where congressoids come home to “hear the people” and, occasionally, hold “hearings.”  But, we ALL know that the real decisions are made on politically and financially-driven lobbying efforts underway by the Lobbyist Mafia. Sorry, I meant highly-reputable expert D.C. law firms.  (Yeah, sure, you bet’cha!)

How many times have we told you “Elections ought to be on eBay – because there, we could see what the going prices are and know who the high bidders are…”  The present system, of course, is not at all “transparent” – one of the more overworked lies of the previous administration.  OK, along with healthcare costing less.

Is it any wonder, then, that Axios reports that less than half of Americans have faith in democracy, anymore? Duh.

Even when the newbies take office in January, Donald Trump can still veto budgets not to his liking and play the Game of Washington: Delay tactics.

The whining will rise to a screaming pitch (bet on Maxine, here).  And lacking the sense God gave chickens, the mainstream media (MSM) will roll out their latest “Stand by for the Mueller fishing and hooker expedition to actually do something” story.  It’s already in play, so in a real news shortage it will be coming back for a new season; just as soon as the current episode of Checkbook Democracy winds up tonight.

Vanity Fair is again all wrapped up in the Mueller repeat season with speculation that Donald Junior could be in Mueller’s sights. Which only makes sense since MediaBiasFactcheck scores Vanity Fair a center-left/left leaning publication and Don Jr. is likely not of their party of choice.

Today’s screen children aren’t taught the key lessons of journalism.  let me help:

  • Everything is a business model.
  • Everyone’s grinding an ax.
  • Everyone’s in it for themselves.

Few, if any, significant numbers of voters ever figure out that 80-90 percent of News is Manufactured.  Sorry to burst your bubble.

The days of the shining journalist are long gone.  Today, Public Relations firms, paid newswires, “media assistants” of politicians make-up that 80- 90 percent of “news.”

They “make it up” to fit their business model, because it’s their agenda.  “Pseudo-news” is shipped out to “assignment editors” as “story leads” and “news releases.” Said editors in turn assign “reporters” who in turn shoot (or use the PR-supplied stock footage) to make a “package” that lands on the 6-o’clock show. Magically, it’s then “real news.”

After and often before airing, the “package” is then sectioned up, tossed on streaming and (if the reporter is luck) the video goes viral and/or they get a pay bump or a job offer from a Major Market.

That’s information reality.

That leaves 10-20 percent of “news” as (more or less) real.

Real News  that 10-20 percent, may be further analyzed as either AoG or AoCC items.

AoG news are “Acts of God.”  In this category we can drop in weather of all sorts (hurricanes, floods, and yada-yada). AoG stories also include things like the “perfect red heifer” story and airplanes falling out of the sky.  Whether this last, in the case of the Indonesia 737-MAX crash was an Act of God, or Act of Boeing will be sorted out in due time.  As a pilot, though, I can assure you people live and die by the functioning of their airspeed indicator.

AoCC news items are “Acts of the Crazies and Carelessness.”

When you read a story like “New Zealand fisherman pulls 18-month-old baby from sea alive in ‘freakish miracle’” there’s usually a careless angle to it – namely the child had wandered off from a campsite.

Over on the “crazy” side, try on “Man shot, killed inside Huntersville Walmart; suspect in custody.”   Getting the idea?

There’s a Lack of Trend News

This is a “pet bitch” of mine [newsroom language is very direct and unminced]: UrbanSurvival and our subscriber-side Peoplenomics are deeply into trends.  Why?  Because this is really the news you can use.  Unless you were onboard that falling airplane, or in the Wal-Mart with the perp shooting, there’s not much to do lin Life but to “…go along to get along/”  Stay healthy, get laid, and stack cash for retirement, too. if you’re lucky. .

The trends, though?  They MATTER.  This is the Big Stuff.

For example, there’s a case right now that residential real estate is either peaking (as in a few hot markets) or is already rolling over in others.  Yet, local TV news shows seem generally asleep at the switch on this kind of thing.  At least, until someone manufactures a story for them.

Back in the once-glorious days of news, we called such “trend noticing and reporting” the enterprise stories.  Read that as when a “thinking reporter sees a trend and follows it out a ways…”  Not too much of that going on.

Those not familiar with the concept of enterprise may wish to read a marvelous concept created by Seattle Times reporter Richard Buck back when I was chasing around news in the Jet City.  It was called the “Cost of Nothing Index” and its still memorialized online on sites like this oneThat is what enterprise is about.

The reality today is that thanks to the public relations professionals in America, there’s almost always a good supply of “news packages” for reporters to keep them pointed along the corporate path.

Other trends (AoG’s like weather) have been spun up into the new “Climate Industry” and so forth.  Which in turn, leads the PR pro’s to find ways to “wrap their products in Climate Change” which leads to stories about how this product or that is good for the climate or argues that the product has a lower carbon footprint which is good for….  (If you can’t fill in that black, you’re an idiot and you should return to mindless icon pressing before your brain begins working again.

Don’t mean`to sound like the gruff old news guy in the corner, but the Grand Illusion will resume tomorrow – right after the Grand Distraction (which is the illusion of democracy) finishes tonight.

The trends that matter – like the Federal Reserve Consumer Debt (which they deceitfully call credit will be out tomorrow.  That will tell us how deeply people are digging their own financial holes.  Sure, it matters, but it will be buried by the leftover hype, recounts, charges, and demagoguery associated with the post-election period.

In News, Cycles Matter

We enjoy watching various cycles in news, so here’s one for you to ponder.

We know sociological trends come and go in a regular way.  Socialism had a bit run in 1912, again in 1933, then in 1968, and it’s making another run now.  The social pendulum is changing, though. It’s moving to the right.  We ought to be ripe, in another 10-years, or so, for the replay of the Joe McCarthy attacks on communism.

We can also look at terrorism as a potential cycle to be concerned with.  Remember, the first attack on the Twin Towers was in 1993 with the second one in 2001.  That’s about 8-years.  If you’re a nutjob and view things in a cyclical way, there’s a rhyme coming due soon.  And that’s why when our market data has us watching the period around Nov. 27th of this year, why we have terrorism concerns around Thanksgiving weekend.

Just like the 130-150 day “soft” mass murder cycle, there is really very little (per Ecclesiastes 1:9) that is “new under the sun.”

Which is why, in newsrooms around the world, what passes for “news” is really more an exercise is packaging and performance.  It’s fertile ground for media consultants, but the “presents” are still the same.

Tough to build an audience and that’s what makes TV “work.”  Current trends?  A recent Mervin Block commentary notes “A new blight is blanketing the land: broadcast scripts injected with nowness..”  A-freakin-men.  Remember the weather reporter “outed” for leaning into a non-existent terrible wind while doing a hurricane report?

Wheat from chaff, dear reader.  Very little wheat, but chaff?  Ah, there’s the business to be in after this week’s out….With Dow futures down 50, even the markets are bored.

Warn the chickens…I’m looking for eggs…and we’ll have “moron the ‘morrow..”

14 thoughts on “After Elections: A “News Shortage” Looms”

  1. I’m curious if anyone out there has noticed that the tax bills, required to be sent out or received by Oct. 1 in Texas, haven’t shown up in our mail boxes yet? New and increased property taxes are being voted on and the taxing people don’t want this year’s bills fresh in everyone’s mind when they go to the polls. Neat, huh? Can everyone say c-o-l-l-u-s-i-o-n? The tax guy here always tells me he doesn’t have a dog in this hunt. Ya, right.


    Back in 2011, Obama & the Democratic Party stated they are the party of minorities & rich whites…poor & middle class whites (deplorables) are not invited. Poor & middle class whites jobs are to be replaced by minorities & illegal immigrants such as are coming in the caravans. That will give the Dems the total control they desire with rich whites controlling the Deep State (& machine guns & death squads). The world will become a POLICE STATE. Just look around now, it has already started.

    PT & the deplorables know this scam is going on. DEPLORABLES ARE NOT AS STUPID AS THE DEMS & MARK THINK. They don’t hide their heads in the sand. Deplorables will get out & vote. Also, PT looked as fresh during his last rally as he did in the first. That should put to bed the senile theory.

  3. “Axios reports that less than half of Americans have faith in democracy, anymore?”

    It’s a good thing that we are a Republic then!

  4. While were are waiting for news. Please watch the video below.

    I found the video interesting because it illustrates that once we have learned a behavior, it’s really really hard to change especially as we age… So much so, we won’t but instead stick to what’s known.

    The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133

  5. G, you said : “the key lessons of journalism. let me help:
    Everything is a business model.
    Everyone’s grinding an ax.
    Everyone’s in it for themselves.” This comes from SOOOOO much more than journalism & it seems to be escalating like a snowball. Also glad you saw the red heifer stories: I keep a wary eye on prophecy news as a “info input” into what all’s going on. If true, it feeds into your “down” mood lately & fits into your consigliere’s upcoming war timeline. What’s remarkable about the story is that it gives a Time Marker/Signpost of world events instead of nebulous “future” prophecies including THE wars & is a crucial piece of info, as supposedly the heifer must be sacrficed in 3 to 4 years in a new temple in Jerusalem. Hold onto your hats if news of a new temple construction hits the wires. Happy Voting.

  6. “But, we ALL know that the real decisions are made on politically and financially-driven lobbying efforts underway by the Lobbyist Mafia.”

    That’s precisely why I think that the socalled DEMOCRACY is some sort of the biggest joke perpetrated on us, the uncircumsized!) masses. Vote early ;-)

  7. “The trends, though? They MATTER. This is the Big Stuff.”

    Lest we forget, there are already much too many people on this globe — and the trend is for many more. That’s really the most important (and ignored!!) problem in the world. Just give them more AID to reproduce faster ;-(.

  8. “Which is why, in newsrooms around the world, what passes for “news” is really more an exercise in packaging and performance. ”

    Amen! Where have you gone Brinkley, Cronkite, Murrow, etc.

  9. “Take for example that :”caravan” in Mexico. After today, it will have a rapidly diminishing draw quotient for radio, TV, and newspaper sites. After all, we already have 1,100 people a day sneaking through the all-too-porous border. This is a week’s worth.”

    Its all a business model..
    there are no jobs..
    there isn’t housing available
    there isn’t any handouts available..

    It will stop..

    Go after the employers the CEO’s the boards the personnel director.. put huge fines on them the first time an illegal is discovered.. then if it is discovered again.. seize their assets.. the companies get fined as well as the individuals.. then seize the assets of the company..
    It sure works on underage alcohol sales..there isn’t a checker in his or her right mind wants to get caught selling to a minor..the beginning fine is over a thousand and jail time.. for the company it is ten times that..for the boss huge fine to..
    if it happens more than once then their license to sell is revoked..the same thing with housing complexes..
    there isn’t a ceo or manager in his or her right mind that wouldn’t cringe at a hundred thousand dollar fine.. or face the fact that their savings assets would be seized their cars paintings etc.. to be sold at auction..
    back in the eighties.. I worked for a manufacturer that took in a refugee.. he got forty hours a week while the rest of us were lucky to get ten one or two hours then off.. I had to work six jobs.. the EIC tax credit was set up that year.. now .. this guy got a house bought for him.. a new van .. free education.. ( I actually know a few that got free college tuition) medical and dental all covered heating assistance and food stamps.. he got help from every direction his wife even got a free education plus they got assistance for their children..
    at the end of the year I had to pay in on taxes.. the part time and day labor didn’t keep enough out.. while he got every dime he paid in every dime the company paid in.. and he got the eic tax credit.. he showed me his refund check it was for more than I grossed.. someone coming to the usa to work should get a work release.. pay non citizen tax along with all the other taxes and not be eligible to any of the benefit programs.. those just marching in should be discouraged..

  10. Too many add pages in news paper and magazines. Not worth the time to get to one page story scattered over five to ten pages.

  11. Yellow George..just Yellow, see Coldplay.
    Yellow journalism and yellow bellied cowards known as the Left. They had their day in the Sun (black sun), and now is time to surf the TRUMP wave.Strong turn out at my local polling place this AM, I live in a fairly conservative area, that leans heavy Republican in all types of elections.
    The markets on the other handdoes not seem to know what the hell to do or where to go. I got a suggestion, how about Down biggley? No? how about Up biggley? Grinding is a no win situation for me, just like watching grass grow.
    Wishful thinking for the day.FED Open Market Committee out with surprise 0.05% Rate hike! ..down she goes.

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