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Old Feb 16th, 2015, 02:32 PM   #91
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I literally -and I mean this *literally* - LOL'd and sprayed coffee all over my office iMac monitor. Thanks, and damn you! Hope it didn't drip into the keyboard....
Unexpected jolts of reality can do that to a person.
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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #92
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The impeachable MSM...

CNN Insists ISIS Lures Women… With Nutella & Kittens. For Real.

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The Islamic State, the savage militant group wreaking bloody havoc across the Middle East, has purportedly stooped to a brand new low: it’s recruiting Western women to its heavenly cause with promises of earthly delights.

According to CNN anchor Carol Costello, the marketing team at the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is attempting to lure female heathens with promises of sugar-drenched chocolate spread and cute kittens.

Yes, true to their reputation for unspeakable cruelty and wickedness, the fundamentalists have found the Achilles heel of the West: namely, Western women and their apparent addiction to high-fat, sodium-based snack foods, compounded by an obsession for adorable kittens. Not to mention smiley emojis!
Un. Believable.

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Old Feb 20th, 2015, 11:37 PM   #93
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The impeachable MSM...

CNN Insists ISIS Lures Women… With Nutella & Kittens. For Real.

Un. Believable.

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Yeah I saw that too and most other MSM that I saw were making fun of CNN. Just one example:

'They have learned our secrets': CNN ridiculed after ludicrous claim that ISIS is luring women with kittens and Nutella

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...Supporters of the Islamic State have taken to Twitter to mock claims the terrorist organisation is luring women into its fold using kittens and Nutella.

The original claim was made by CNN's Newsroom anchor Carol Costello on Wednesday during a piece on how ISIS twists and manipulates its image to present living in the vast swathes of Syria and Iraq currently under the group's control as being a pleasant experience.

The accusation was that women are falling for ISIS' use of images and videos of cute cats to make the Sunni extremists appear less intimidating, and have been duped into thinking life under the terror is similar to the West thanks to references to eating Nutella in emoji-strewn Twitter posts.

The suggestion that women are being lured by the technique has been widely ridiculed - not just in the Western media, but now also by the supporters of the jihadis themselves, who have taken to posing with kittens and posting jokes about the power of the chocolate and hazelnut spread...
Clearly some heads at CNN should roll over this.

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Old Feb 24th, 2015, 03:58 PM   #94
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The Telegraph censors stories to appease advertisers. Science journals would never do that…

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Reporters were ordered to destroy all emails, reports and documents related to the HSBC investigation. I have now learnt, in a remarkable departure from normal practice, that at this stage lawyers for the Barclay brothers became closely involved. When I asked the Telegraph why the Barclay brothers were involved, it declined to comment.

This was the pivotal moment. From the start of 2013 onwards stories critical of HSBC were discouraged. HSBC suspended its advertising with the Telegraph. Its account, I have been told by an extremely well informed insider, was extremely valuable. HSBC, as one former Telegraph executive told me, is “the advertiser you literally cannot afford to offend”. HSBC today refused to comment when I asked whether the bank’s decision to stop advertising with the Telegraph was connected in any way with the paper’s investigation into the Jersey accounts.
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As a layman, this just eats at me. I can't imagine what it must feel like for someone like SINC, who was in the business for years & continues to maintain contact with many still in the business, to read about things like this.
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Old Feb 27th, 2015, 04:55 PM   #95
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The Telegraph censors stories to appease advertisers. Science journals would never do that…
This is nothing new, in fact it is very old. Major advertisers in all forms of media have threatened to/did pull their advertising dollars if said media reported negatively on a matter that was important or relevant to their business since time immemorial.

Same as it ever was.
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As a layman, this just eats at me. I can't imagine what it must feel like for someone like SINC, who was in the business for years & continues to maintain contact with many still in the business, to read about things like this.
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This is nothing new, in fact it is very old. Major advertisers in all forms of media have threatened to/did pull their advertising dollars if said media reported negatively on a matter that was important or relevant to their business since time immemorial.

Same as it ever was.
Screature is right in that this has been an ongoing issue for newspapers since I first stepped into the door of one in 1962. Even in small town newspapers, there is always one major advertiser who wants to throw their weight around when they do not like a local issue which is most cases used to harm them personally such as rezoning an area near their home as an example.

Basically these kind of advertisers try to bully their way around to get their own way. I once got a call from the local GM dealer concerned that we might run a story on GM announcing a major recall in the 80s. Run the story and lose my advertising was his threat. I told him if he was dishonest enough to try to keep this from his customers, me among them, I no longer wanted his advertising, nor would I be buying any more vehicles from him. He hung up on me.

We ran the story and he was back advertising in about a week.

Newspapers have to have the guts to confront an advertiser making that kind of threat or they will always be dodging threats from one advertiser or another. Tell them to go ahead and pull their advertising and make their threat and their reaction part of the story on the issue. Let readers know you stood your ground and printed what you felt needed to be done.

In other words, stop bending to threats, grow a pair, and get on with being a real newspaper. The kind who bow to these kinds of threats are not real newspapers by my definition.

Sadly, from what I know from former colleagues, this is not the current trend, The advertiser wins in too many instances, but pencil pusher owners value $ over real journalism. And that fails their fundamental principle and worst of all is a huge disservice to their readers. Ever wondered why newspaper readership is in full retreat?
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Screature is right in that this has been an ongoing issue for newspapers since I first stepped into the door of one in 1962. Even in small town newspapers, there is always one major advertiser who wants to throw their weight around when they do not like a local issue which is most cases used to harm them personally such as rezoning an area near their home as an example.

Basically these kind of advertisers try to bully their way around to get their own way. I once got a call from the local GM dealer concerned that we might run a story on GM announcing a major recall in the 80s. Run the story and lose my advertising was his threat. I told him if he was dishonest enough to try to keep this from his customers, me among them, I no longer wanted his advertising, nor would I be buying any more vehicles from him. He hung up on me.

We ran the story and he was back advertising in about a week.

Newspapers have to have the guts to confront an advertiser making that kind of threat or they will always be dodging threats from one advertiser or another. Tell them to go ahead and pull their advertising and make their threat and their reaction part of the story on the issue. Let readers know you stood your ground and printed what you felt needed to be done.

In other words, stop bending to threats, grow a pair, and get on with being a real newspaper. The kind who bow to these kinds of threats are not real newspapers by my definition.

Sadly, from what I know from former colleagues, this is not the current trend, The advertiser wins in too many instances, but pencil pusher owners value $ over real journalism. And that fails their fundamental principle and worst of all is a huge disservice to their readers. Ever wondered why newspaper readership is in full retreat?
Good for you SINC! Now if only we could have more like you in the media today.
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The SUN may have set but its attempting to rise again, at least Ezra, Brian Lilly and a few others are venturing onto the internet with therebel.media website. They're off to a pretty good start via crowd funding and I hope they make a go of it. Its nice to have a media source that isn't Liberal boosters. I wish them well.
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Nearly spewed my coffee when I read this one:

Poll: Fox News most trusted network - Nick Gass - POLITICO
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Nearly spewed my coffee when I read this one:

Poll: Fox News most trusted network - Nick Gass - POLITICO
Why are you surprised? Only FOX caries a Republican view of the country and only Republicans find it trustworthy. The rest of the media carries water for Obama and the Democrats and this what Democrats find trustworthy.
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