The main stream media are rushing toward tabloid style journalism to maintain their readership, massive headlines about criminal events, murder and stories about celebrities make up the greater part of our daily paper. Teenagers don’t buy newspapers, nor it would seem do people between the ages of 20 to 35, why because they’ve seen it all in social media these days.
It seems as if they [the MSM] have become just an arm of the social media and face-book craze, investigative journalists have had to go outside of the MSM to successfully have a career in journalism these days. Would you want your son or daughter to start a career in journalism with a student loan bill of thousands of dollars when the prospects of future employment look so bleak?
Here are but two examples of very poor journalistic efforts. The first is from the crazy American election circus and the second is about the manipulation of important information we should know about especially as NZ becomes more and more linked to American style of journalism.
This is a typical Trump story that we really don’t need to know about.
“Following a series of reports suggesting that Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, may have worked as an illegal immigrant in 1995, the Republican Presidential Candidate* has announced that “fair is fair” and she’ll have to go home to Slovenia.
He delivered the news while speaking at a rally in Portland, Maine today.
“She has to go home folks,” he said to a raucous crowd, holding his hands out on either side, shrugging. There were scattered boos. “No, no, no. She has to go home. That’s what I say, right? They can come in, but they have to come in legally.”
The crowd cheered enthusiastically, before Trump brought his wife on stage to “say a few words.”
She leaned into the microphone.
“I understand,” she said, before backing away.
The crowd applauded.
“See, isn’t she lovely folks? What a woman, jeez. But she has to go back. Bye bye.”
He waved to her, smiled, and delivered a lingering thumbs up as she was escorted off stage by security.
“Boy oh boy,” he continued. “So, that’s that, and they’re saying that I’ve had a great week, that this is the best week of the campaign by far. Don’t you think it’s been a great week, folks? I think it’s been a great week.”
The crowd began chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump!”
“Oh we’re going to win big, we’re going to win so big,” he said. “So I was watching Hillary this morning– isn’t it a shame about Melania? Oh isn’t it a shame? I hate to see that. But it’s time to be tough, you know it. This guy up front, right here, he knows it. It’s time we got tough, because there’s something going on.
“There is something going on, and we don’t know what’s going on, but it’s something, right? It’s something, but Obama, and Crooked Hillary – I call her Crooked Hillary – they don’t even want to know what’s going on.
“So what we have to do is, we have to get tough, we have to get tough on our borders, until we can find out what’s going on. And that includes my wife – ‘cause you know, she’s Slavic, or Russian or something – and people say ‘Oh, Donald, but Slovenia, that’s not like, Syria.’ She’s from Slovenia, she’s from Slovenia, you’ve probably never even heard of this place, right? I mean, I hadn’t even heard of this place.
“And it’s not like Syria, it’s not quite like Syria, but it’s not like England, or Sweden. It’s actually pretty close to Syria, I think, and we don’t know what’s going on there. We don’t know what’s going on, so you gotta be smart, folks. You have to be smart, because other countries are looking at us, and we’re like, idiots, okay? Okay.”
Melania will leave for Slovenia tomorrow, along with her son Barron, who, while born legally to Donald and Melania, does speak fluent Slovenian.
How important is the above to New Zealanders? Will what we think play any meaningful part in the future of Donald Trump and his third wife Melania? Or will it simply fill our papers with more crap about American politics, think about how much has been published in our MSM about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the past few months.
Below is a story which actually affects us here in NZ, It is about the Arms business in the US and worldwide. Click onto the reference https://www.thenation.com/article/the-obama-administration-has-sold-more-weapons-than-any-other-administration-since-world-war-ii/
Now ask yourself if you have read anything on this subject in your MSM,
Here are a couple of paragraphs from that reference:
“The numbers should stagger anyone. According to the latest figures available from the Congressional Research Service, the United States was credited with more than half the value of all global arms transfer agreements in 2014, the most recent year for which full statistics are available. At 14 percent, the world’s second largest supplier, Russia, lagged far behind. Washington’s “leadership” in this field has never truly been challenged. The US share has fluctuated between one-third and one-half of the global market for the past two decades, peaking at an almost monopolistic 70 percent of all weapons sold in 2011. And the gold rush continues. Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s arms sales agency, euphemistically known as the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, estimates that arms deals facilitated by the Pentagon topped $46 billion in 2015, and is on track to hit $40 billion in 2016.
This item is particularly relevant to NZ because the Arms Industry 2016 Annual Forum has invited arms dealers from across the world. The 2016 NZ DIA Forum will be held in the Viaduct Events Center, Auckland on 16 - 17 November in conjunction with the RNZN 75th Anniversary celebrations, Operation Neptune. This is why Key has been begging the US to send a ship to take part. Here a full report and request from Action Station on this subject.
The real question is? How come this event has received very little if any investigative journalist activity…have our newspapers been brought off, is it too sensitive politically, do some of those visiting or here in NZ have any connections to our political parties?
I don’t know these answers, one obvious question is, ‘Is Saudi Arabia involved, or Israel”, selling weapons or defence equipment to them or the US could well be considered a crime against humanity and make our country a war criminal in accord with UN resolutions.
Now these two examples prove at this stage just how much our media has gone downhill over the last ten years. We’ve sunk to an all-time low…I for one would like to see the MSM lift its eyes and target this particular event by doing some in-depth journalism and being prepared to show some guts in doing so.