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Protesting the Media Culture of Corruption
Plus: Reuters punked. And a Balloon-Boy/media conspiracy?
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El Marco reports on nationwide protests in 100 cities this weekend against the liberal media’s culture of information corruption. Not surprisingly, few media outlets covered the events (only ACORN rabble-rousers showing up at businessmen’s houses get the full paparazzi treatment).

And those that did cover the media bias protests, as El Marco noted, engaged in the usual narrative-distorting tactics. Click through for rally photos. My favorite sign of the times:

More: Operation Can You Hear Us Now.


From commenter Drained Brain: “How about just plain sloppiness by the ‘real’ news organizations in reporting fake news releases? Rush just mentioned this as well.”

Iain Murray:

Jaws dropped around Washington today as Reuters reported on a press release from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announcing that high-profile defections had led to a reversal of their stance against the job-destroying global-warming bill.

Far more jaws dropped, however, in disbelief that Reuters could have fallen for such an obvious hoax. The press release is not on the Chamber’s website, but on a fake one. And who owns it? That happy band of anti-capitalist culture jammers, The Yes Men.

What amazes me is that this sort of fact-checking takes just a couple of mouse clicks.


Oy vey. Place your bets: Which media outlet(s) was/were in on the balloon boy hoax?

Investigators are examining the possibility of other conspirators, “including the possibility that even some of the media outlets may have had some knowledge about this,” Alderden said.

Documents show that a media outlet has agreed to pay money to the Heenes with regard to the balloon incident, Alderden said. He didn’t name the media outlet, but said it was a show that blurs “the line between entertainment and news.” It wasn’t clear whether the deal was signed before or after the alleged hoax, or whether that media outlet was a possible conspirator.

Alderden did not name an outlet or provide any details.

“Let’s call it (my statement) short of speculation that a media outlet was in on the hoax, but let’s not discount the possibility,” he said.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Tea Party