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The Journalistic Art of Suggestion

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Journalists nowadays fall into two categories. Either they’re openly in favor of a certain ideology and make sure their audience knows where they stand and what they think, or they present themselves as absolute truth-seekers who do not take sides in reports.

You’ll often find the former group on the right while the left is filthy with the latter. What’s more, this group of leftist journalists is currently in control of the mainstream news outlets.

As an example, take this Mediaite tweet which reads “Fox News Wants to Know Who is Funding This Protester’s $30 U-Haul Rental.”

This is a double-edged tweet.

On one hand, they’re trying to make you think Fox News is ridiculous for asking what mastermind is fronting a whopping thirty whole dollars in order to rent a U-Haul truck. Fox News, a network featuring right-leaning personalities, is to be seen as the network of conspiracy theorists that has recently brought up the fact that financiers have been putting their money into the American system in order to influence it.

According to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, this includes putting people in place that would make it easy for cities to be looted, burned, and destroyed.

The other side of this is that it distracts from a very real question. The question isn’t “who is funding this $30 rental.” The question is “who is funding all of the $30 rentals.”

Many rioters who show up to these cities are not from these cities. Many are found to be from out-of-state and this is a constant. These people, who don’t seem to have anything else to do but riot, mysteriously have the time and money to travel around the country in order to tear down a city?

It’s a question worth asking, yet Mediaite doesn’t seem to want to ask it. In fact, they’re making fun of people who do.

Here’s another example.

Earlier today I reported on CNN’s Jim Sciutto turning his attention away from the burning, looting, and police shooting in order to put his focus on a group armed citizens walking toward downtown Louisville.

(READ: CNN’s Jim Sciutto Shifts Focus from Riots and Shootings to Suggest Legal Louisville Militia are “White Supremacists”)

Sciutto’s focus on the group included the phrases “enormous dangers” and “white supremacists.”

Sciutto’s interview with the Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addressed these things and while the governor is the one who mentioned white supremacy, Sciutto, a supposed journalist, took the time to put that exact quote in a tweet with the intent to put that label in close relation to a militia group.

As I cover in the above article, the group doesn’t seem to have any connections to white supremacy and even calls the idea that they’re racists a “misconception.” CNN, nor Sciutto seemed to dig into this group and try to find out who they are. All they needed was Beshear’s suggestion that these groups are “often white supremacy groups.”

Now the idea is in a viewer’s head that this group is associated with racists. They’re probably horrible people. Maybe even neo-Nazis.

In truth, they’re law-abiding citizens who only want to help.

Both of these examples above show you how journalists attempt to coerce you into thinking a certain way about something. For those who keep track of politics, news, and more, this level of subversion is obvious. For everyone else, it’s harder to see around.

The theme is pretty clear, though. The less info presented to you, the better. Mediaite didn’t ask the necessary questions, nor did it attempt to view the bigger picture. Its aim was to make fun of Fox News for even suggesting a $30 U-Haul was grounds for a conspiracy at all. Sciutto didn’t try to find out anything about the militia group. Getting to know them would clearly be detrimental to the narrative he’s attempting to push.

It’s subtle, but it’s sadly powerful, but the more information you have, the less of a threat these “journalists” are to you.