Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Age fails again

Journalism at its best from The Age.

Which is to say that Trump is spewing about his two most controversial orders. 

Spewing? A great word used in context, 'I spewed my guts out',  but appropriate in a newspaper piece written by a journalist about the president of the United States? 

12 comments:

  1. was the article written by Kylie Mole? She was often really spewy about a lot of stuff.

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    1. Annie, she was indeed. A little Kylie went a long way.

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  2. I think the media are guilty of spewing. They never seem to know when to quit.

    Only this morning I read this...which seems appropriate nowadays, too....

    "General VoNguyen Giap.

    General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi:
    'What we still don't understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi. You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battle of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!'
    General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam War was not lost in Vietnam -- it was lost at home. The same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media, is currently underway. It exposes the enormous power of a Biased Media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.
    A truism worthy of note: ...

    Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media, for they will destroy your honour."

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    1. Lee, I am not sure that America was really that close to winning the war. What certainly would have remained was a very long guerilla war. I wonder what Giap's motive was for writing that.

      While the media is onside with general sentiment, it is not so bad. When it tries to manipulate public opinion, that is a worry. But having said that, none of us is immune to media manipulation.

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  3. Interesting word put a different way....they the press spew a lot of rubbish at times.

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    1. Margaret, they certainly do, often and consistently.

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  4. The Media presented us with the photos of the Vietcong prisoner having his brains blown out by a South Vietnam General and the small girl running away from her village with the skin falling from her body. It was the Media that demanded the truth about the Mei Lei massacre. The Media helped stop that war which is why they are herded like cattle around any war zone now and given a briefing by the Army Media Department which learnt the lesson of death by Media.

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    1. Hear hear, Jah Teh. Did we experience an extraordinary time where media, especially tv, could report the truth? Giap at very best was being disingenuous.

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  5. It all seems like an excellent reason to avoid all media forms and stay in the dark. For me anyway, since I never know what is truth and what is not.

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    1. River, cocoon away. Us being aware of things doesn't really make much difference. If it is serious enough, you will be aware.

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  6. I cannot find anything appropriate about the US these days Andrew.

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    1. Grace, at least we don't have to live there.

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