Media bias is a recurring theme in our world today; we constantly have to be on the lookout for the mainstream media’s attempts to twist the truth and skew reality to fit their narrative. This week liberal media has given us at least two perfect examples of this behavior, and we should be thanking them for their willingness to provide us with the evidence we need to educate ourselves as to their methods.
The first isn’t really just one example… it’s actually a string of examples from CNN and their buddies at MSNBC. It’s a neat little trick that the TV media uses to shut down opposition before they can unmask the media storylines for the lies they are. It’s called “cutting” the mics, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon have become masters of this tactic at CNN.
It usually plays out something like this. The host will ask a guest a loaded question meant to convey to the viewer that the host already knows the answer and that the guest is simply a bag of flesh spewing talking points. When the guest challenges the narrative, or worse, disproves the narrative, the host flies into a rage fueled by (seemingly) righteous indignation that concludes with the host’s command that the mic be cut, thereby silencing the guest.
Here’s the problem… this most often happens not when the guest is speaking out of turn or reciting hateful rhetoric. No, it usually happens when the host has made up his/her mind about an issue and the guest comes along and challenges that preconceived notion in such a way that the host cannot answer the call to defend their previously held belief. The host then gets frustrated and shuts down the guest’s ability to speak to the masses.
You can see it in action below; CNN and MSNBC have become masters at cutting mics in an effort to protect their sacred cow, Hillary Clinton.
It’s not just the television media that is constantly trying to twist the narrative either. The new media is doing the same exact thing. Just a couple of months ago it was Facebook that got caught skewing the data for liberal causes while pushing to silence conservative voices… now it’s Twitter.
On Thursday Buzzfeed reported that contrary to Twitter’s “free speech for all” persona, the company has selectively quashed free speech for liberals and liberal causes in the past. Two such examples were cited: one for a Q&A with President Obama and then again for a similar Q&A with Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner.
In 2015, then-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies to President Barack Obama during a Q&A session, sources tell BuzzFeed News…
According to a former senior Twitter employee, Costolo ordered employees to deploy an algorithm (which was built in-house by feeding it thousands of examples of abuse and harassing tweets) that would filter out abusive language directed at Obama. Another source said the media partnerships team also manually censored tweets, noting that Twitter’s public quality-filtering algorithms were inconsistent. Two sources told BuzzFeed News that this decision was kept from senior company employees for fear they would object to the decision.
A different source alleges that Twitter did the same thing during a Q&A with Caitlyn Jenner.