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Documenting the Fake News

Barrett News Media’s Rick Schultz writes that the Fake News has now been permanently documented for posterity in his latest column.

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The Fake News has now been permanently documented for posterity.

“I’m not a huge fan of media books,” pollster Richard Baris said as he began Friday’s episode 309 of his online program, Inside the Numbers. “You know, like this is fake news, that’s fake news, look how bad the media is here. What I love about how Daniel Street handles his work is that he prosecutes the case he’s making. It is so thorough, and he has a series of books now on fake news. Fake news that really just followed the former President everywhere he went. And when you read these books, there’s so much of it, you forget some of these stories. But Daniel didn’t forget.”

Author Daniel R. Street has spent the past few years documenting nearly 100 instances of deceptive and misleading news, which he packaged into three books in his Fake News Exposed About Trump series. 

“I started out just following these stories, and I see so many. And it’s just vociferous, vitriolic fake news. And then the GOP establishment piled in on it, and I started collecting these stories. I ultimately decided to turn it into a book,” Street explained.

“I couldn’t put that book down. I forgot about so many of these stories that you documented. When you read them, you’re like, how can anybody believe a damn word these people say ever again. It’s so bad. It’s way worse when you review it in hindsight the way you did,” Baris said. “And what I love about what you do is you also explain how the story develops and collapses, but that they don’t care. They just go through that process. And so it has to make you conclude – you can’t conclude anything else – that they’re after that 24 to 48-hour damaging time period. They don’t care how bad or inaccurate their reporting was or how much it might hurt somebody.”

The duo discussed some of the violent episodes in recent years, where incorrect reporting seemed to motivate individuals to commit heinous acts.

“There have been efforts by Leftists who have been influenced by fake news to kill people,” Street pointed out. “The attack on the Congressional baseball game a couple years ago, where one of my state, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, was seriously injured and wounded. The guy who perpetrated that was a Bernie Sanders campaign worker. Now he was low on the totem pole of course, but he had been motivated by fake news. So fake news is dangerous.”

Street explained that some of the more well-known instances of purposeful media deceit from the book include the “Russia collusion” hoax, the Charlottesville “good people on both sides” deception and the “armed insurrection” lie. 

“I get told all the time by people who read them, man I totally forgot about that. Because I go all the way back. Right after Trump came out and announced in 2015, and all the way through until this year. And it’s one story after another,” Street said, pointing out that the media has always been deceptive in its treatment of Republicans. “There’s nothing new about it. But what’s different about it in the Trump era is that during Trump’s administration, fake news was used to hinder and impair the ability of Donald Trump and his administration to govern this country. And it was used to initiate bogus investigations and to result in process crimes or prosecutions for process crimes for people who didn’t do anything wrong, and I can elaborate on all of that.”

Street, an attorney with over two decades of experience handling civil litigation in State and Federal Court in Louisiana, said this era of fake news has been a sea change in the media’s audacious level of deception.

“We could have a three-hour discussion of Russia collusion and just scratch the surface of it,” Street noted. “But obviously that was used to foment a phony investigation of the President and to hamstring his administration.”

“Like you said, there really was a difference between what happened under Trump and what always happened,” Baris said, recalling how George H.W. Bush called out the biased media in his race against Michael Dukakis. 

“These phony leaks and phony quotes. Phony quotes and misrepresentations about phone calls got Donald Trump impeached. Totally bogus and made up,” Street said, recalling when Trump supposedly gave classified information to the Russian ambassador during an Oval Office meeting. “That was all based off of anonymous quotes. Every time Donald Trump turned around during his administration there were stories that were supposedly leaked from people who were supposedly in the know about what Donald Trump said or did. He had to drop everything he was doing. His administration had to drop what they were doing. And the leaders of foreign governments would have to drop what they were doing, like in the “invade Mexico” nonsense. So this was used to hamstring the Trump administration. All of that is covered in the books.”

The two men discussed themes and tactics that are seen daily across all areas of media. Take, for example, what some consider the current hyperventilation by hard-left financial reporters on top business networks. They apoplectically repeat the misinformation that Twitter CEO, Elon Musk, is now “banning journalists” from the platform. Yes, the same reporters who gleefully celebrated President Trump being suspended from the platform. They know full well this accusation against Musk is untrue. They know that Musk banned specific users, who happen to also be journalists, for violating the platform’s terms of use and doxing other users. Musk has taken extreme criticism on the platform and said such free speech, while aimed at him, is tolerable. But he will not allow doxing and other behaviors that could, and have, led to violent and threatening incidents.

Street, a resident of Monroe, Louisiana, said he’d love to “sell about three million copies of every volume and retire,” however the overarching goal of his book series is to help citizens see the truth and counterbalance the deleterious effect of purposely deceptive and misleading journalism.

“I’d like for enough people to get this information because we can defang and neutralize fake news if enough people know what the truth is,” Street said.

Baris astutely pointed out that the media derives its influence not only from what and how it reports material but also from what it omits and obfuscates.

“They hindered his ability to govern as a duly-elected president, using this fake news. But also, now we know they have interfered with two different elections doing this as well,” Baris said. “One of the things that really differed in public polling and doing my work between 16 and 20 were the percentages of people who were aware of some of this stuff being fake.” Baris said voters knew the truth about the Hillary Clinton email scandal in 2016, but were much less informed in 2020 about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. 

“They were desperate – desperate – to keep that information from the public because if it was just another pay-for-play Washington scumbag, then we’d rather vote for Donald Trump,” Baris said. 

Three volumes in, Street has already made huge contributions toward freedom of speech and information. 

Only time will tell how many volumes he’ll pen between now and 2024 and perhaps 2028 and beyond.

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Corporate Radio Will Never Learn Job Cuts Aren’t the Key to Profitability

In most corporate settings, business ventures, and other fields of play, when the team is taking hit after hit and not recovering or regaining any ground, it’s time for an overhaul.

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There comes a point in time, sadly, when a self-labeled News/Talk radio station forfeits the right to describe itself as such. That generally happens when you are providing no or at least so very little actual news product that you should just call yourself a Talk station and move on.

That concept is starting to climb the staircase to reality again thanks to last week’s developments in the ever-struggling world of broadcast media.

I was hoping to go at least six months without having to say the words Audacy or layoffs. No such luck. In fact, I get to put the two words together.

This is a company with well over 200 stations, covering nearly 50 markets across the country. What are they best known for in the last five years by my observations?

Failure.

An Audacy spokesman says the company is reducing its workforce by “less than 2%”.

Yeah okay, so that’s supposed to make us feel better somehow? That works out to nearly 100 people. All in the effort to try and reduce Audacy’s almost $2 billion in debt.

Bankruptcy and delisting weren’t enough, apparently.

In the spirit of full transparency, I worked under the Entercom and Audacy banners on two separate occasions, some 20 years apart. It seems under the old name — and prior leadership — things fared more than a tad better. Read into that what you will.

I’m no business person but I can read and I do have the ability to form the occasional coherent thought every once in a while. So, based upon what I’ve observed over the past quarter century, perhaps there’s some merit to the saying, “Bad things happen in Philadelphia.”

In most corporate settings, business ventures, and other fields of play, when the team is taking hit after hit and not recovering or regaining any ground, it’s time for an overhaul.

My dad ran a restaurant for several years and during that time he faced challenges, man-made and otherwise. And while he was no Wolfgang Puck or Toots Shor, never once did he think of adding me to the mix to try and improve the product or the business environment. Not everybody is a chip off the old block as no doubt everyone in radio has seen by now.

Interestingly, the company has once again made major cuts as it continues to tell us the focus and priorities are on streaming, podcasting, and the website. Laudable efforts, I suppose, but if you so decimate your core product there will be no platform left where you can promote all of these fabulous ventures, or more accurately there will be no audience to inform. I would think this is something a sharp or even moderately competent business person might recognize.

But the fact of the matter is no matter what you say or do, you are a radio station first. And to promote your podcasts and your website, there has to be something to listen to on your station.

These are the things that a sharp or even moderately competent businessperson might recognize.

At some point, there has to be a come about if there is to be much left at all for the radio lobbyists to fight for. The very essence of the radio product is what disappears when these slashes occur, and the voices, the names, and the people creating the content disappear. Somehow, those making the poor decisions, the individuals executing the wrong moves, or even more accurately, no moves at all, remain.

Those overseeing the poor decision-makers are themselves poor decision-makers. The proof is in the end result. Could single ownership of stations do any worse? Perhaps it’s time for the Titanic to cast off the lifeboats before they hit the really big iceberg that’s inevitably coming. They’ve hit enough of the smaller ones and perhaps at least a few of those in the lifeboats stand a chance.

I for one would give a station owned by a guy named Morty a listen or two. WKRP didn’t do too badly under the Carlson family.

In any case, if you have not surveyed the latest damage: major markets got hit, again, with this latest round of layoffs.

Just after launching their dedicated sports brand, Audacy made cuts in Pittsburgh, Boston, Hartford, and New York.

I’m guessing those now part of the new sports portfolio are overwhelmed with confidence.

Oh, and did I say Hartford?

Yes, two people I sat across from just a couple of years ago at Audacy were shown the door. Sad on a personal level and mind-numbing from a business angle as it leaves us to wonder exactly how low they can go before the station offers no news value at all to the market. Doesn’t leave much else to choose from either.

But after all, it’s not personal, it’s strictly business.

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Corporate Radio Will Never Learn Job Cuts Aren’t the Key to Profitability

In most corporate settings, business ventures, and other fields of play, when the team is taking hit after hit and not recovering or regaining any ground, it’s time for an overhaul.

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Audacy Logo

There comes a point in time, sadly, when a self-labeled News/Talk radio station forfeits the right to describe itself as such. That generally happens when you are providing no or at least so very little actual news product that you should just call yourself a Talk station and move on.

That concept is starting to climb the staircase to reality again thanks to last week’s developments in the ever-struggling world of broadcast media.

I was hoping to go at least six months without having to say the words Audacy or layoffs. No such luck. In fact, I get to put the two words together.

This is a company with well over 200 stations, covering nearly 50 markets across the country. What are they best known for in the last five years by my observations?

Failure.

An Audacy spokesman says the company is reducing its workforce by “less than 2%”.

Yeah okay, so that’s supposed to make us feel better somehow? That works out to nearly 100 people. All in the effort to try and reduce Audacy’s almost $2 billion in debt.

Bankruptcy and delisting weren’t enough, apparently.

In the spirit of full transparency, I worked under the Entercom and Audacy banners on two separate occasions, some 20 years apart. It seems under the old name — and prior leadership — things fared more than a tad better. Read into that what you will.

I’m no business person but I can read and I do have the ability to form the occasional coherent thought every once in a while. So, based upon what I’ve observed over the past quarter century, perhaps there’s some merit to the saying, “Bad things happen in Philadelphia.”

In most corporate settings, business ventures, and other fields of play, when the team is taking hit after hit and not recovering or regaining any ground, it’s time for an overhaul.

My dad ran a restaurant for several years and during that time he faced challenges, man-made and otherwise. And while he was no Wolfgang Puck or Toots Shor, never once did he think of adding me to the mix to try and improve the product or the business environment. Not everybody is a chip off the old block as no doubt everyone in radio has seen by now.

Interestingly, the company has once again made major cuts as it continues to tell us the focus and priorities are on streaming, podcasting, and the website. Laudable efforts, I suppose, but if you so decimate your core product there will be no platform left where you can promote all of these fabulous ventures, or more accurately there will be no audience to inform. I would think this is something a sharp or even moderately competent business person might recognize.

But the fact of the matter is no matter what you say or do, you are a radio station first. And to promote your podcasts and your website, there has to be something to listen to on your station.

These are the things that a sharp or even moderately competent businessperson might recognize.

At some point, there has to be a come about if there is to be much left at all for the radio lobbyists to fight for. The very essence of the radio product is what disappears when these slashes occur, and the voices, the names, and the people creating the content disappear. Somehow, those making the poor decisions, the individuals executing the wrong moves, or even more accurately, no moves at all, remain.

Those overseeing the poor decision-makers are themselves poor decision-makers. The proof is in the end result. Could single ownership of stations do any worse? Perhaps it’s time for the Titanic to cast off the lifeboats before they hit the really big iceberg that’s inevitably coming. They’ve hit enough of the smaller ones and perhaps at least a few of those in the lifeboats stand a chance.

I for one would give a station owned by a guy named Morty a listen or two. WKRP didn’t do too badly under the Carlson family.

In any case, if you have not surveyed the latest damage: major markets got hit, again, with this latest round of layoffs.

Just after launching their dedicated sports brand, Audacy made cuts in Pittsburgh, Boston, Hartford, and New York.

I’m guessing those now part of the new sports portfolio are overwhelmed with confidence.

Oh, and did I say Hartford?

Yes, two people I sat across from just a couple of years ago at Audacy were shown the door. Sad on a personal level and mind-numbing from a business angle as it leaves us to wonder exactly how low they can go before the station offers no news value at all to the market. Doesn’t leave much else to choose from either.

But after all, it’s not personal, it’s strictly business.

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Does Conservative Media Secretly Want a Second Term for President Biden?

The evidence — from recent polling — suggests he could be a one-and-done president. But that doesn’t mean many in television, radio, and online media business don’t want him back for another go-round.

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Many of the biggest names in conservative media secretly want President Biden to win again in November. 

Sure, the evidence — from recent polling — suggests he could be a one-and-done president. But that doesn’t mean many in television, radio, and online media business don’t want him back for another go-round. Simply put, Biden’s material makes captivating and shocking television. 

Take, for example, podcast host Megyn Kelly and guests last week, who had a rip-roaring good time discussing President Joe Biden’s latest teleprompter gaffe, in which he read a word that was meant to tell him what to do.

“Here he was yesterday, speaking in front of members of North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington D.C. It was such a simple assignment. It was so simple. Here’s how it went,” Kelly said as she began the segment with Josh Hammer, host of America on Trial with Josh Hammer, and Sara Gonzales, host of Sara Gonzales Unfiltered

Kelly then played a clip of the Democrat President.

“Imagine what we can do next. Four more years. Pause,” Biden said, as the crowd began the “four more years” chant.

“Oh my God,” Kelly interjected, suppressing the laughter. “Four more years….pause. Pause. And when the White House transcription guy, God love this poor slob, who knows what he’s had to go through. They changed it to ‘unintelligible.’ They refused to write ‘pause.‘ Sir, we know what it was. It was very clear. He said ‘pause.’ He embarrassed himself again and he cannot be saved by the White House transcription guy! Sara, I will start with you on it. I really think this is the kind of thing that will horrify and stick.”

“I agree. I mean, look. We have watched gaffe after gaffe after gaffe with Joe Biden throughout these three and a half years. And even I, as critical as I am about Joe Biden and as aware as I am that this is basically a Weekend at Bernies presidency, even I was like, I still cannot believe this happened,” Gonzales said. “I saw it yesterday afternoon and even in the evening I’m like, I still cannot believe what I just watched here. This man has been in public service for what, forty, fifty years and he still cannot read a teleprompter? It’s because he’s not here.”

As conservative media personalities, Kelly, Hammer, and Gonzales know how to read from a teleprompter. Even media newbies know this.

The trio then watched the clip again, and again shook their heads in disbelief.

“It also can’t be lost on everyone that the four more years chant was clearly, completely staged, because they wanted him to pause,” Gonzales said. “Because they couldn’t trust the audience to be that enthusiastic. They had to map it all out. Unfortunately, they overestimated Joe Biden’s ability to read from a teleprompter, which I’m sure we’ve all read from. It’s very clear when they want you to pause. It’s written differently in the prompter. There’s no reason for him to make this mistake, other than the fact that the man is half dead.”

The title of Kelly’s program episode read, Why Joe Biden’s Massive “Pause” Gaffe Could Lose Him the Election, and she made the point repeatedly that Biden’s continuous mistakes simply reinforce the narrative that he is not up to the job of being president. She went on to play a few other clips of Biden similarly reading the instructions from the teleprompter during written speeches. 

“Megyn, I’m really happy you mentioned what the White House transcriber reproduced this as, because what that actually reminded me of was that viral moment from the NASCAR race two and a half years ago. Where the crowd starts chanting F Joe Biden, and they’re like, they’re saying Let’s Go Brandon. That was a Let’s Go Brandon moment in a nutshell right there,” Hammer said, alluding to the depths the media has gone to protect the Democrat. “And I think you both are right that things like this are actually going to matter.”

Hammer continued, saying that these occurrences are nothing new.

“I think it’s worth pointing out that Joe Biden has been a gaffe machine for the entirety of his political career. He’s palpably senile at this point. It’s not a fun thing to say. I have a 94-year-old grandmother. I mean, these things are difficult. I mean, it’s not fun to discuss. But he obviously is senile,” Hammer said. “But that can’t necessarily hide the fact that he’s been a genuine gaffe machine since the moment he first set foot in Washington, D.C. back in the 1970’s.”

Certainly, if it weren’t so serious and dangerous, it would be even funnier.

“This is a major issue insofar as you look around the world, Megyn. I don’t need to be the one to tell you. You cover it every day. But the world is on fire right now,” Hammer added. “The universities are on fire. All of our enemies are looking at this stuff. Shi Jin Ping, Vladimir Putin, they’re kicking their feet up on the table and they are getting a bigger laugh out of it than the three of us just got on your show.”

Kelly finished the segment by playing a segment from the movie, Anchorman, in which Ron Burgundy pulled a Joe Biden and embarrassed himself by reading verbatim from a teleprompter.

“It’s Bernie Burgundy,” Kelly laughed. “It’s so funny to me.”

Conservative media knows Joe Biden is probably toast in this November’s election. The mainstream, liberal media knows it too.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t secretly, and selfishly, want another round of material, with which they can shock and entertain audiences for four more years.

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