Fake news in action

The press has been playing defense for Portland anarchists for weeks, suggesting riots and arson against a federal courthouse were provoked by federal agents protecting it.

— The Wall Street Journal

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So much for that. Over the weekend Portland police were forced to declare two riots.

— The Associated Press

I rarely read The New York Times, but this morning I looked at its home page. There is not one word about the ongoing riots in Portland. Zilch. There is a small headline down-page that says, “Seattle police chief to resign as council seeks budget cuts.”

Budget cuts! What the council voted to do was defund the Seattle Police Department by a whopping 50 percent. It’s a ho-hum, slanted headline.

Both Portland and Seattle are run by Democrats.

There are, however, numerous headlines pushing racial issues. “Racism’s hidden toll,” “Meet the Brave But Overlooked Women of Color Who Fought for the Vote” “For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar.”

No lack of race-based coverage and obsession with victimization.

Then I turned to the home page of The Washington Post. Again, not one word about the nightly riots in Portland. To its small credit, however, down-page again, there is a story about the Seattle police chief’s resignation, and the defunding issue is mentioned in the headline as it should be.

One thing that stands out to this former newspaper editor, i.e. me, is that both papers, running down the right side of the home page, cite their editorial columns, most of which are either race-focused or pure Trump hate. This adding of editorial pieces to the home page/front page is not how things are normally done. It’s a tactic to promote the racial issues and Trump hate in the most direct way possible.

Opinions traditionally appear on opinion pages, not the front page, the new placement of which gives the opinions the odor of fact. Intentional, of course.

If you want a more accurate take on today’s news, there are various online news outfits that do an excellent job. One conservative site is here. Another is here.

A news website that covers both sides of the political divide is here.

Did you Democrats know this? Bet you thought it was the reverse.

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