By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) In our quest to ‘be first,’ sometimes journalists get a story wrong. When that happens, the standard procedure is to own up to it, correct the facts, apologize, and pledge to do better.
Not sort of, kind of apologize and then blame someone else forÂ your error.
You may recall recently that many a-Left-wing journalist hopped immediately on the bandwagon to condemn Army cadets and Navy midshipmen who they say “flashed a white power symbol” at the annual college football game.
Even half an intent to get a story right and about 30 seconds’ worth of research would have discovered that, no, it wasn’t a “white power” symbol they were flashing but instead they were playing what is called the “circle game.” Click that link for a brief and accurate description about how it’s played.
But because these journalists are really just Democrat hacks pretending to be reporters, and because they historically have little respect for the military because it trends conservative and patriotic, they immediately questioned that and installed their own narrative because the skin color of the game players was pale.
Here's hoping some midshipman gets kicked out of the Naval Academy and off the taxpayers' dime if he flashed this as a white power symbol during an ESPN segment for Saturday's Army-Navy game. Same for the cadet who did likewise during the segment. https://t.co/ZyeASn4YmZ pic.twitter.com/cJQcFCIYkD
— Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, News Guild (@DanRodricks) December 16, 2019
Bowing to the ridiculous, both service academies investigated the reports and did indeed discover that cadets and midshipmen were playing a game, not committed blatant acts of racism on national television.
So, the apologies should stream in from adult journalists who jumped to conclusions, failed to do even basic research, and created another false narrative — right?
Anyway congrats to the mendacious idiots who promoted yet another internet hoax and smeared cadets & midshipmen preparing to defend this nation as racists for playing a made-you-look game during a college football event. I look forward to your apologies.https://t.co/e65vstMdpJ pic.twitter.com/0WusYPtpeS
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 20, 2019
Rodricks, the loser from the Baltimore Sun, barely apologized and then blamed his incorrect suspicions on President Donald Trump because as a Left-wing hack, he merely shifted from one false narrative to another: That our president is a racist.
He’s not. He never has been. But we keep hearing that lie from men and women in the Fourth Estate who are paid to be factual and honest.
Our dark suspicions about this were wrong. Good. But ask yourself: Why did we think the worst? One of the reasons is still living in the White House. https://t.co/n6ZZxt7ixJ
— Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, News Guild (@DanRodricks) December 20, 2019
Let’s be clear: They have “dark suspicions” because jerks like him have developed pre-conceived notions about men, women, political ideologies and institutions they simply do not like or do not agree with. That’s what makes it so easy for them to be so wrong so quickly and then barely make any effort to correct their mistakes.
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Because you fell for a 4-chan hoax (maybe you wanted to?)
Seriously use this time to reflect.
— Sandy ?? (@RightGlockMom) December 21, 2019
Occam’s razor: they want it to be true
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It’s okay for men and women of the media to have opinions and political viewpoints. But they should admit them freely and write in those venues, not pretend to be ‘objective’ and ‘unbiased’ reporters of events when they clearly aren’t.
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