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iSteve commenter IC1000 writes:

Regarding the Houston Handsome White Criminal, cataloging NBC Nightly News’ version of The Narrative.

The scorecard as of Saturday night:

* Dec. 31 — 1 min 38 sec“Manhunt Underway After Gunman Opens Fire On Family, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl”
* Jan 1 — no story
* Jan 2 — 1 min 15 sec “$50,000 Reward To Find Gunman Who Left 7-Year-Old Dead”
* Jan 3 — 1 min 43 sec “Police Release Sketch In Hunt For Killer Of 7-Year-Old In ‘Unprovoked’ Attack”
* Jan 4 — no story
* Jan 5 — 1 min 6 sec “Community Calls For Justice For Jazmine Barnes, 7-Year-Old Killed In Texas”

There are about 18 minutes of News each evening. The white-murderer-black-victim aspect of this Texas drive-by shooting meant that it merited over 5% of available time for those 6 nights, making it about the fourth most important story, nationwide.

An update, in the wake of Sunday morning’s arrest of two black suspects:
* Sun. Jan 6 — no story
* Mon. Jan 7 — 1 min 15 sec story on the case of “mistaken identity”; no mention of race or black or white.

Imagine a world where employees of second-tier news organizations wouldn’t think for themselves, preferring instead to follow narratives set out by their social betters. I wonder what reporting in such a world would look like?

 
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  1. Did they ever solve the case of the handsome black criminal?

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  2. Lugash says:

    So a standard Type I error. Has there ever been a Type II?

  3. OT, but the handsome White QB might win the NC tonight. With help from some handsome black DB’s of course. But that triggerman is important, field general and all that. And that prepster name . . . sounds like his family could be members of Maidstone . . .

  4. Whiskey says: • Website

    Steve NBC doesn’t care about ratings and being number one. Managers get paid same number one or two. Managers get fired going against the narrative. Only owners care about profit. Managers care about their next job.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @bro3886
  5. Daniel H says:

    >>Imagine a world where employees of second-tier news organizations wouldn’t think for themselves, preferring instead to follow narratives set out by their social betters. I wonder what reporting in such a world would look like?

    I can certainly imagine such a world. I lived it, I remember it. This was the world before the rise of the internet. Recall the world, where the Times, Post, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, et. al reigned supreme. Uncontested. No Unz. No Sailer, No Lion. No Roissey. No Roosh. And absent a host of other mischievous, truth-seeking, troublemakers.

    Contemplating, it truly is amazing that we made it through that world. Bless Al Gore.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  6. Managers get fired going against the narrative. Only owners care about profit. Managers care about their next job.

    Wait, then… who’s firing the managers? Not the owners. Other managers?

    Wasn’t corporate law changed to give managers more independence from stockholders?

  7. @Daniel H

    Back in those days there was an earnest but unprepossessing crusader named Reed Irvine who sent out a monthly newsletter called Accuracy in Media, which deconstructed the latest big lie from our biased media. I was a subscriber. Talk about trying to plow the sea, Reed had pathetically little impact.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  8. Off Topic But iStevey

    Governor Gavin Newsom — a very handsome man — is left-handed.

    At the 9:00 minute mark, you can see him signing his first three executive orders:

    My first acts as Governor

    We're getting straight to work. Tune in now to watch one of my first acts as Governor — a series of bold, first in the nation actions to lower prescription drug prices and move us closer to healthcare for all. We will use our market power AND our moral power to demand fairer prices for prescription drugs. And we'll demand states like California be empowered to truly innovate and transform our healthcare systems — from creating paths to single payer to driving down costs and tackling issues of affordability.

    Posted by Gavin Newsom on Monday, January 7, 2019

    • Replies: @Detective Club
    , @Jack D
  9. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Dramatic asylum showdown story: Saudi teen daughter refuses to be dragged out of Thailand back to KSA by her dad. She has made expert use of twitter to rally support for her cause worldwide…

    https://mobile.twitter.com/rahaf84427714/

    Sad situation has amusing iSteve elements. This brown Saudi girl is demanding asylum in whitey countries only! Apparently it’s Five Eyes or nothing. This chick loves white people!

    She’s begging white people to save her from her own psychotic brown family members and crazy stone age brown countrymen. Awkward!

    At least a few dozen nice white persons have responded just the way you expected they would. Including Human Rights Watch staff, UN staff, media people have all sprung into action.

    On second thought this story is istevey to the max. The outrageous racial plot points of this sordid tale seem to simply be understood by all the players! Arabs, Asians and whites all acting out stereotypical roles.

    The girl was aiming for AUS but now has CAN fans promising to get Trudeau to save her. It’s a Five Eyes tug-of-war to see who can earn the most sjw status points by protecting the brown Bedouin.

    Will it be a happy ending in WhiteWorld for the teen? Or will the evil Kushner swoop in, snatch her and deliver her to her rightful owners on the burning sands?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  10. @Anonymous

    The Achmed E. Newman doctrine applies here: Does she look good in a bikini?

  11. @Justice Duvall

    The left hand is the Hand of the Devil!

  12. Will Chad Thundercock’s reign of terror ever end?

  13. ic1000 says:

    Thanks, Steve. The surprise here was the difficulty I had in compiling NBC’s nightly news coverage of this story. Archives are disordered and incomplete. Their website’s Search function returns useless results. Transcripts? Unavailable. Somebody (NBC?) posts segments on YouTube, which turns out to be the best source of information, though still not very good.

    It’s almost as if…

    On a more meta level, second-tier news organs are an important part of the elite-media’s influence-peddling scheme, instances of which you have ably documented. Most Americans don’t read the NYT, but they do watch NBC News, or a similar infotainment product. It’s notable that on-network advertising for the NBC Nightly News stresses Lester Holt’s trustworthy persona. Given the honesty and trustworthiness of everybody at NBC News, his show is something that you should definitely trust.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  14. @Harry Baldwin

    Remember him well…and a prophet without honor. Saw Brent Bozell this past Sunday interviewed by Mark Levin. With all due respect to Brent, to call the MSM an arm of the demokrat party (or vice versa for that matter) is, uh, not exactly a revelation.

  15. ic1000 says:

    The best comment on this imbroglio was made yesterday by iSteve regular anony-mouse, on an earlier thread (#177 here). Mouse defends the NYT’s coverage:

    Apparently no one here has heard of the idea that ‘dog bites man isn’t news, but man bites dog is’.

    Yes the media focuses more on White on Black crime — as it does on any out-of-the-ordinary event.

    Thus, the Times‘ highlighting the justified outrage of “the black community”/Black Lives Matter/SJWs in the aftermath of this horrific eyewitness-validated White on Black hate crime is Good Journalism. No need to dwell on the Narrative’s subsequent collapse, since ‘dog bites man isn’t news’.

    Happily for the newshounds of NBC Nightly News, an unlimited-access subscription to nytimes.com means that they can avoid these strenuous mental gymnastics. Play follow-the-leader instead! Mouse and H.L. Mencken might agree: it’s not as though NBC’s credulous low-information viewers deserve better.

  16. Jack D says:
    @Justice Duvall

    We’ve had a lot of left handed Presidents, especially in recent years – Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton and Obama were all left handed. Before that, Hoover and Truman. It’s hard to say about earlier Presidents because back in the day most kids were forced to write with their right hand regardless of whether they were naturally left handed. This went on at least thru the 1920s if not later.

  17. Stan says:

    How will NBC report this news story?

    Second Man in 2 Years Found Dead at Home of Ed Buck, a Prominent Democratic Donor
    A man was found dead Monday in the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic donor. It was the second time someone was found dead there since July 2017.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/us/ed-buck-gemmel-moore-hollywood.html

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @ic1000
  18. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Stan

    If this is mentioned more widely at all it will be in the context of an unintentional drug overdose. I have already seen damage control insisting that Buck couldn’t have known where this guy was coming from or what [drugs] he did prior to being let into [censored Pulp Fiction reference]. A long time ago Yasha Levine wrote a little story for Mark Ames’s Exile about Southern Californian gays using narcotics very openly: the gays all knew (or were) people powerful enough to not have to worry about a drug arrest, and no arrests were likely because, as they exulted, police would make any excuse to not have to enter their drawing rooms.

  19. Corvinus says:

    “There are about 18 minutes of News each evening.”

    Actually, it’s about 22 minutes.

    “The white-murderer-black-victim aspect of this Texas drive-by shooting meant that it merited over 5% of available time for those 6 nights, making it about the fourth most important story, nationwide.”

    Compared to your zero coverage of breaking news events like, say the Mueller investigation. Is that purposeful, an oversight, or something else? Keep being cagey, Mr. Sailer.

    Of course you know better here. New stories deemed important by an outlet, whether it be TV, cable, or print, will have their run. In some cases, it is viewed as being “overkill” by some people, and it is viewed as being “undersold” by other people. So, it is only if falls within the Sailer wheelhouse do you NOTICE such apparent patterns?

    “Imagine a world where employees of second-tier news organizations wouldn’t think for themselves, preferring instead to follow narratives set out by their social betters”.

    Sailer Pro Bono–Accuse your opponent of exactly the machinations you allegedly disdain, yet religiously employ.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @ic1000
    , @Arthur Pierce
  20. Cortes says:
    @Stan Adams

    All-round it’s a fabulous site!

    I was recommended the Mario Balzic novels and got the bulk of them in the site.

    Genius idea and site.

  21. ic1000 says:
    @Corvinus

    Thanks for reading.

    “There are about 18 minutes of News each evening.”

    Actually, it’s about 22 minutes.

    I think you are close to right. The longest YouTube video was for Jan. 5, so I checked that on Stan Adams’ archive.org link (#17 supra). On KNTV, NBC Nightly News ran 29’21”, which included 7’42” of commercials. So the news program was 21’39”. In addition to stories, that included teasers and some news-free chatter, but close enough. That evening’s teasers included 15″ on the Handsome White Shooter, so its tally rises to 1’22”. My original estimate for the newscast’s percentage devoted to this story was 5.2%, but a better estimate is 4.6%. Thanks for the correction.

    Compared to your zero coverage of breaking news events like, say the Mueller investigation. Is that purposeful, an oversight, or something else?

    Addressed to Sailer, but I’ll answer. NBC Nightly News proclaims itself to be the nation’s premier unbiased source for factual, trustworthy news coverage. Here’s a description from a showbiz trade magazine of how the network is promoting the program.

    My understanding is that Sailer presents himself as a critic who offers original commentary on ignored and underappreciated cultural and political happenings.

    Corvinus, how about a link to Sailer or Unz proclaiming iSteve as a go-to news source? Do you voice the same complaint about the topics du jour chosen by Jimmy Fallon, Terry Gross, and Rachael Maddow?

    New stories deemed important by an outlet, whether it be TV, cable, or print, will have their run. In some cases, it is viewed as being “overkill” by some people, and it is viewed as being “undersold” by other people.

    Yes. That’s the point.

    “Imagine a world where employees of second-tier news organizations wouldn’t think for themselves, preferring instead to follow narratives set out by their social betters”.

    Sailer Pro Bono–Accuse your opponent of exactly the machinations you allegedly disdain, yet religiously employ.

    Sorry. You lost me there. To be clear, I was posing a rhetorical question. Rephrased as a statement, I am saying that NBC News is a second-tier news organization that prefers to follow narratives set out by higher-prestige entities, particularly the New York Times. The claim goes back decades, that the Manhattan-based TV network news producers would base their evening news lineups on what was prominent in that day’s print edition of the Times. I can probably dig up a link if this strikes you as novel and unlikely.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  22. ic1000 says:
    @Corvinus

    My comment 0f January 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm GMT (currently #18) is in reply to your comment of January 9, 2019 at 12:02 am GMT (currently #21).

    Not quite sure how I did that. Trying to figure out whether to use this power to assassinate Hitler or buy MSFT in 1986. Probably MSFT, all things considered.

  23. ic1000 says:
    @Stan

    >How will NBC report this news story?

    > “Second Man in 2 Years Found Dead at Home of Ed Buck, a Prominent Democratic Donor”

    LOL, they did a good job. No outright falsehoods, and the reporter managed to get through the whole segment without associating Buck with terms such as “gay,” homosexual,” or “LGBT”. Moore was an “escort” whose death was somehow connected to drugs. Many black faces of “the community” were shown gathered, being upset about police nonchalance towards the white guy.

    One of those instances when the uninformed viewer ends up understanding less of the relevant issues than he or she did before watching.

  24. eah says:

  25. Corvinus says:
    @ic1000

    “Addressed to Sailer, but I’ll answer. NBC Nightly News proclaims itself to be the nation’s premier unbiased source for factual, trustworthy news coverage.”

    ALL major networks make that pronouncement. On one hand, they are on the mark. A number of stories are straightforward. There is no “commentary”. On the other hand, there is a bias on how events are covered or portrayed. NBC may devote time to one particular instance that occurred, and Fox News may choose not to even give any airtime. The people in charge of the telecast decide what is and what is not presented.

    There is a famous scene in “All The Presidents Men” that shows this process. Each head of a department (Front Page, Metro, World, Sports, Business, etc.) meet in a room prior to the WAPO printing their paper. They decide which stories will go to print and where they will be displayed. From my perspective, there is an effort, perhaps unconscious, on how to frame the narrative. Mr. Sailer is no different in this regard.

    “My understanding is that Sailer presents himself as a critic who offers original commentary on ignored and underappreciated cultural and political happenings.”

    There is truth ti what you say here. However, he also overhypes and overgeneralizes, like major media, those cultural and political happenings. Such is the nature of the human being–we can be a slave to our recency and confirmation biases.

    “Corvinus, how about a link to Sailer or Unz proclaiming iSteve as a go-to news source?”

    Haven’t you heard? Major players in media privately read him. He is one of their “dirty little secrets”. In this manner, he is a “go-to news source”, it’s just that it is not publicized.

    “Do you voice the same complaint about the topics du jour chosen by Jimmy Fallon, Terry Gross, and Rachael Maddow?”

    Again, Sailer is no different than these individuals who work to craft a narrative for a particular audience. Exactly why I get my news from a wide range of sources, from liberal to conservative to Alt Right to libertarian, and try to figure out what is factual and truthful.

    “I am saying that NBC News is a second-tier news organization…”

    No. The major networks are first-tier news organizations.

    “that prefers to follow narratives set out by higher-prestige entities, particularly the New York Times.”

    No, they help to craft the narratives along with their news brethren, whether it be print or radio media.

    “The claim goes back decades, that the Manhattan-based TV network news producers would base their evening news lineups on what was prominent in that day’s print edition of the Times. I can probably dig up a link if this strikes you as novel and unlikely.”

    They work hand in hand. Fox News is no different. Corporate driven news and media elitism has become more problematic in the last 15 years.

    • Replies: @ic1000
  26. bro3886 says:
    @Whiskey

    How does this sit with your “The End of the Magical Negro On TV?” theory?

  27. ic1000 says:
    @Corvinus

    Corvinus, thanks for the reply.

    You sure seemed stirred up at Sailer (and me) in #20 supra, but I am not finding a lot to respond to in your #28.

    > [Sailer] also overhypes and overgeneralizes, like major media, those cultural and political happenings.

    You see an essayist/critic (who self-describes as an essayist/critic) in the same light as a news organization (which self-describes as a trustworthy, impartial, unbiased news organization). I don’t. Matter of opinion.

    > Haven’t you heard? Major players in media privately read [Sailer]. He is one of their “dirty little secrets”. In this manner, he is a “go-to news source”, it’s just that it is not publicized.

    No, I don’t travel in those circles, so I haven’t heard. I wonder what, or who, would turn a sensible and plain-spoken critic into a dirty secret. Since Sailer doesn’t do original reporting, I fail to see how he can be described as a news source.

    > The major networks are first- [cf. second-] tier news organizations.

    I did some Google searches, and the results all rank the NYT above the TV networks, but the sources of the surveys (etc.) are unknown to me (example), or crummy. But I’ve not seen discussions of the NYT newsroom framing stories (cf. being alerted to stories) on the basis of TV’s interpretation. Can you share a link? The Times seems quite satisfied to craft the narratives based on their own prejudices. So another matter of opinion.

    Re: the baneful effects of corporate-driven media: agree.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  28. @Corvinus

    Yes, how dare media baron Steve Sailer, single out poor, powerless NBC for promoting certain stories that fit an overall media narrative while ignoring others, when he himself focuses on some issues and ignores others? His blatant hypocrisy in not focusing on the same news stories as all the major news networks is truly stunning!

    • LOL: ic1000
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  29. Corvinus says:
    @Arthur Pierce

    “Yes, how dare media baron Steve Sailer, single out poor, powerless NBC for promoting certain stories that fit an overall media narrative while ignoring others, when he himself focuses on some issues and ignores others?

    It is other than surprising that Mr. Sailer can be a slave to his confirmation bias similar to NBC.

    “His blatant hypocrisy in not focusing on the same news stories as all the major news networks is truly stunning!”

    No. He can focus on different stories as NBC. The hypocrisy comes when he blames NBC for over covering a topic and engages in the same behavior without acknowledging it. The fact is BOTH pick and choose stories they want to cover and the angle by which they cover it.

  30. Corvinus says:
    @ic1000

    “You see an essayist/critic (who self-describes as an essayist/critic) in the same light as a news organization (which self-describes as a trustworthy, impartial, unbiased news organization).”

    I see both as entities who report the news and offer their commentary, each with a particular bias, and each who automatically discount, at worst, or who completely ignore, at best, the opposing side.

    “Since Sailer doesn’t do original reporting, I fail to see how he can be described as a news source.”

    He takes news and offers his opinion, just like Hannity, Maddow, etc., in a digital, rather than television, format.

    “But I’ve not seen discussions of the NYT newsroom framing stories (cf. being alerted to stories) on the basis of TV’s interpretation. Can you share a link?”

    Rather than framing, it’s more follow up. I would say that if the NYT newsroom breaks a story, then the major networks . If the major networks breaks a story, then print media follows up.

    • Replies: @ic1000
  31. ic1000 says:
    @Corvinus

    “Mr McKenna’s” quote of Bertrand Russell on the more recent Watson thread seems equally fitting here:

    “It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living. It is clear also that thought is not free if all the arguments on one side of a controversy are perpetually presented as attractively as possible, while the arguments on the other side can only be discovered by diligent search.”

  32. ic1000 says:

    An update on NBC Nightly News coverage of the story of the Handsome White Criminal who shot and killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30, 2018:

    * Dec. 31 — 1 min 38 sec, “Manhunt Underway…”
    * Jan 2 — 1 min 22 sec, “$50,000 Reward To Find Gunman…”
    * Jan 3 — 1 min 43 sec, “Police Release Sketch In Hunt For Killer…”
    * Jan 5 — 1 min 6 sec, “Community Calls For Justice…”

    That’s 4.6% of available time over the six shows, 12/31/18 – 1/5/19.

    Then on Jan. 6th, two suspects were arrested. Subsequent coverage of the Handsome White Criminal African-American gangbangers who shot and killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes:

    * Jan 6 — no newscast
    * Jan 7 — 1 min 15 sec story on “mistaken identity”; no use of the words race, black, or white.
    * Jan 8 — no story
    * Jan 9 — no story
    * Jan 10 — no story
    * Jan 11 — no story
    * Jan 12 — no newscast
    * Jan 13 — no story
    * Jan 14 — no story

    That’s 0.8% of available time over seven shows, 1/6/19 – 1/14/19.

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