Criticism of Front Page NWH “Ad” Disguised as News Story

From Woodstock’s Richard Rostron:

Bias means McHenry County better off without Northwest Herald

Leftist bias continues to grease the skids as the Northwest Herald slides further into the pit of irrelevancy.

Consider the cover story and headline from a recent edition of the publication: a large photo of a woman who might be someone’s grandmother under a headline: “Ready to Listen.”

Listen to what?

The subhead immediately solves that mystery: “Supporters worked tirelessly amid COVID-19 shutdowns to put Democrat Marci Suelzer on the November ballot …”

Does that sound like a news story to you?

It’s not.

It’s an ad.

It’s a campaign ad.

If Suelzer didn’t pay for it, it’s still a campaign contribution (wouldn’t that be funny if the NWHerald was selling its front page?).

In honesty, the Suelzer campaign needs to list it as a campaign contribution.

If you think my criticisms indicate that I’m someone who doesn’t like journalism, you couldn’t be more wrong.

A free nation depends on journalism.

I have nearly 20 years in the profession.

I was freelance with The Chicago Tribune and other publications.

I was sports editor at The Woodstock Independent.

I was advisor to the student newspaper at McHenry County College.

I love journalism.

But we’re better off without what, in most cases, passes for journalism today.

When I was studying journalism at Northern Illinois University, I heard something disquieting; Professors were saying that, with all our prior experiences, it’s impossible to be truly unbiased.

There may be a slender thread of truth in that assertion but their solution to the problem was frightening.

Rather than encouraging young journalists to strive harder to provide unbiased coverage, the professors promoted the idea of ‘Journalistic Activism’ (no, they weren’t calling it that yet).

They told students to get behind things that are ‘right.’

Right according to whom?

Are journalists qualified to tell us what is right and what is wrong?

Aren’t they really saying that we, the reading public, can’t be trusted to decide what is right and wrong on our own?

Marci Suelzer

Rather than lay the information out for us to use in making wise decisions, they’ve decided to manipulate and nuance information, to withhold what’s inconvenient to their agenda, and play up what is, all designed to ensure that we are led to the ‘right’ decision.

I’d say this has a lot to do with the trouble America is facing today.

I don’t know anything about Marci Suelzer.

But, based on her front-page campaign ad, I’d say that, the sooner the Northwest Herald fades into oblivion, the better for the people of McHenry County.


Comments

Criticism of Front Page NWH “Ad” Disguised as News Story — 35 Comments

  1. Suelzer is a big fat pig.

    Take a look at her.

    And she’s a BLM wipe.

    Her past is pretty queer.

  2. Who’s the jackalope and dipstick responsible for approving this propaganda at the Northworst Herald?

    How many days until this fishwrap folds?

  3. Now that the NWH can’t dump free copies of the paper at hospitals or banks what do their circulation numbers look like?

  4. Northworst Herald – the Pravda rag of choice for local DEMOCRATS 😣

  5. Now that the NWH can’t dump free copies of the paper at hospitals and banks what do it’s circulation numbers look like?

  6. I absolutely concur, Journalism has been totally hijacked by the far left leaning liberal movement of this country.

    This particular ploy taken right out of the Marxist/Socialist playbook of Saul Alinsky.

    There is truly no more journalism left in this country it’s been taken over by nothing more than op eds Who do nothing more than push their own personal ideology and narrative.

    Years ago I used to enjoy reading the Northwest news Herald but now it’s turned into nothing more than a rag

    Reminiscent and comparable to The New York toilet Times.

  7. Other than mothers who want to read about their children who have their picture in the paper regarding some trivial local event, is there really anyone who reads this “newspaper” anymore?

    It has really become like just an advertising periodical now.

  8. An obituary will cost you around $400

    They still dump the bird cage liner at the hospitals, I guess the hospitals are ok with introducing their patients and staff to raw filth complete with pathological vectors.

  9. A highly biased newspaper. Their top story today is about persons who organized a car caravan in Woodstock to protest ICE. The reporter referred to illegal aliens as “undocumented immigrants”. The reporter did not distinguish between legal immigrants and illegal aliens and wanted the readers to have compassion for illegal aliens caught by ICE.

    A ridiculous event was the caravan and did not merit the top headline story. The reporter has covered other so-called protest events in McHenry County over the last month and bias was evident in those stories.

    Information on the correct term to use from the US Justice Department covered per below:

    https://www.heritage.org/immigration/commentary/undocumented-immigrant-made-term-ignores-the-law

    “The news media is reporting that an internal email at the Justice Department has reminded its lawyers that the legally correct term they should be using in their briefs is “illegal alien,” not the euphemism “undocumented immigrant.”

    The Justice Department leadership is correct. Illegal alien is the correct legal term that should be used.

    “Undocumented immigrant” is a politically correct, made-up term adopted by pro-illegal alien advocacy groups and liberal media outlets to obscure the fact that such aliens have violated U.S. immigration law and are in the country illegally.”

  10. Last winter I took a chance inviting the NWHerald to do an article on my latest patent. The photographer was taking photos of my every move.

    I specifically requested, in person, text, email and voicemail NOT to use photos of me on this prototype designed to locate landmines, as it is intended to be a GPS guided robot, no humans would be near it.

    The front page of the Herald shows me on the robot operating with hand controls, as I was positioning it outside…extremely embarrassing for me!

    Many people questioned my sensibility about riding a machine in a minefield.

    I have found the Herald to be very biased and discriminatory, much more so after Mr. Richard Peterson left the editorial page, sorry to say.

    All I am trying to do is use my God given creativity to help mankind solve problems.

    Getting a patent and building prototypes is a huge, expensive effort, that potentially has the ability to save lives and create jobs.

    Having the Herald mischaracterize my efforts was very disappointing and demoralizing.

  11. Rostron says:

    “Rather than lay the information out for us to use in making wise decisions, they’ve decided to manipulate and nuance information, to withhold what’s inconvenient to their agenda, and play up what is, all designed to ensure that we are led to the ‘right’ decision.”

    So true and applicable to broadcast and cable tv news and the Chicago area tv and radio stations who “report” the news. The vast majority of these slant and bias the news to favor Democrats’ causes and agendas and socialism. Their ongoing efforts are insidious and perhaps more than 99 percent of our population do not realize they are being manipulated and brainwashed.

    “This Week” national tv news program starting now with shill George. He announces that grand liar Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff will comment on Roger Stone not having a jail sentence. Adam Schiff lied continuously to Americans on national tv for years saying there was evidence of Trump collusion with Russia. Turns out there was none. Russia collusion was a gigantic hoax perpetrated by elements of the Obama/Biden Administration to undo the election of Donald Trump.

  12. I have a HUGE problem with Mr. Rostron.

    1. He admits the NW Herald denies reality.
    2. He admits the NW Herald CENSORS HIM.
    3. He believes the NW Herald is biased to favor his political opponents and is now running “ads” for Democrats.
    4. He admits that many of his political opponents are unwilling to have a conversation.
    5. He sees his political opponents using violence to achieve their ends.

    And yet Mr. Rostron FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS the NW Herald, who he believe works against his interests, on some intellectual fart huffing “open mindedness” and “civil discourse” grounds!

    Mr. Rostron is a guy who doesn’t understand realpolitik whatsoever, but he fancies himself some kind of thought leader within the local Republican Party.

    Mr. Rostron’s attitude is precisely what is WRONG with Republicans.

    He pens a letter “calling them out” in one hand, while giving them money from his other hand.

    That is naive, insane, arguably hypocritical, and borderline suicidal.

    Mr. Rostron is playing by a completely different set of rules than his opponents.

    He thinks this is some kind of GAME, like a wine party hosted by NPR or some Oxford style debate where everybody listens, rebuts, and agrees to disagree respectfully.

    “Oooh, what a jolly old time hahahaha. This is so intellectually titillating. Isn’t this fun?”

    That is simply not the political reality we live in anymore.

    Mr. Rostron is on some “quest for understanding” while his opponents probably want him DEAD and his family to be destitute.

    They view this as an existential struggle and a literal WAR and Mr. Rostron’s side views this as some kind of high school debate club.

    “OOOH I really got him with the facts and logic this time!”

    Mr. Rostron and Republicans need to expand their arsenal if they want to survive the struggles of the 21st century.

    Anybody who thinks a newspaper is antagonistic to them should be boycotting that newspaper and redirecting their funds to a better cause.

    Democrats are going to keep mopping the floor with Republicans who act like Mr. Rostron.

    Giving money to your political opponents… LOL HOW STUPID!

    And many other things about Mr. Rostron sit the wrong way with me. Here are some recent examples.

    1. Debating teenage and adolescent girls and then claiming intellectual victory after he knows more than them.

    2. Crying. He was CRYING TEARS OF JOY because some Republicans told him they were going to vote for Oberweis instead of Underwood.

    Does Mr. Rostron sound like a guy who is going to keep you safe as America disintegrates?

    This is 2020.

    The rules are different now, old people.

    Wake up.

    This is not your gam gam and paw paw’s world anymore.

    This is not the world that YOU knew when you were a child.

    The game has changed.

    My advice to Republicans is to adapt or they may literally find themselves dead.

  13. How is this newspaper going to fade into oblivion when Mr. Rostron subscribes to them?

    Mr. Rostron should practice what he preaches and cancel his subscription.

  14. Curious comments from a poster at 11:11 AM. Convoluted perhaps? A result of years of brainwashing by the left wing media? Influenced by leftist teachers or professors? A child of dyed in the wool Democrats?

    Cogent writing by Rostron. Can’t say the same about the guy who criticizes him.

  15. Editor Jon Styf was on his way to a new job in Central Illinois somewhere to head up a newspaper there–when all of a sudden, he was not, and someone changed his mind to stay at the very last minute…

    we were this close to being free of that muckraker before someone “saved” him and bestowed him back upon us.

    I wrote that guy once with a couple of good ideas to get more local yokel news which most are interested in since we can get international, national news real time anytime…

    dude wrote me a ‘blow him off” reply—

    barely thanked me.

    On top of muckraker the NW Herald Editor is the County Schmuck.

    The real monster in all of this though is Shaw Media, who own the NW Herald and something like 150 other papers in this State—they set the “truth tone”.

  16. Correcting – we will keep mopping the floors with Republicans but it’s not because of subscriptions to the Herald.

    It’s because the GOP is Trump and Trump is the GOP.

    Perdue.

    End of story.

  17. Correcting on 07/12/2020 at 11:11 am said:

    I have a HUGE problem with Mr. Rostron.

    Apparently, “Correcting,” you do have a ‘HUGE’ problem with me.

    Clearly, I have touched a nerve.

    In any case, if you’ll allow me, I’ll try to respond to the more coherent of your comments:

    “1. He admits the NW Herald denies reality.” I don’t recall using quite those words. I don’t think they try to ‘deny reality’ as much as they try to spin to fit a political agenda, which, I believe, is distinctly in conflict with the role of a newspaper.

    “2. He admits the NW Herald CENSORS HIM.” I don’t recall quite saying that, either, at least not here. Where are you getting this from – are you really John Styf hiding behind the name “Correcting?” 🙂

    “3. He believes the NW Herald is biased to favor his political opponents and is now running “ads” for Democrats.” Uhm, yes … and your point is?

    “4. He admits that many of his political opponents are unwilling to have a conversation.” Once again, not sure where you got this from. I’m not necessarily denying it but you sure didn’t get it from here. Curious.

    “5. He sees his political opponents using violence to achieve their ends.” Keeping in mind that, though I’m involved politically, I see myself more as a patriot striving to defend liberty, once again, not sure where you’re coming up with this. Then again, if you’ve observed the violence in the streets the last couple of months, I’m pretty sure those weren’t my political allies out there hurting/killing people, starting businesses on fire and otherwise vandalizing them.

    “And yet Mr. Rostron FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS the NW Herald, who he believe works against his interests, on some intellectual fart huffing “open mindedness” and “civil discourse” grounds!”

    I chalk that up to the cost of monitoring the ‘other side.’

    I couldn’t very well comment on what’s become of the Northwest Herald if I never read the publication, could I?

    “Mr. Rostron is a guy who doesn’t understand realpolitik whatsoever, but he fancies himself some kind of thought leader within the local Republican Party.”

    Are you suggesting that the NWHerald’s bias is all part of “realpolitik?”

    If so, either I don’t understand it or maybe you’re describing something far more sinister.

    As for what I may or may not fancy myself, I’m uninterested in a position of leadership and believe that I am only adding my voice to a chorus of other patriotic Americans who aren’t prepared to step aside for the Marxist Left.

    “Mr. Rostron’s attitude is precisely what is WRONG with Republicans.”

    If that’s true, they’re welcome to distance themselves from me.

    I think you’re wrong but then, I don’t necessarily understand ‘realpolitik’ as well as you do.

    “He pens a letter “calling them out” in one hand, while giving them money from his other hand.”

    By “them” you’ve switched back to the NWHerald?

    Didn’t we cover this point a few comments back?

    “That is naive, insane, arguably hypocritical, and borderline suicidal.”

    Hmmm?!

    You aren’t the first person to suggest that I’m a bit crazy.

    Not sure that I see your points in terms of the specific psychological conditions but … hey, are you a psychiatrist?

    “Mr. Rostron is playing by a completely different set of rules than his opponents.”

    If you mean the NWHerald, you’re right.

    I’m not publishing a newspaper.

    The piece I wrote above is an opinion piece and was never presented as anything other than an opinion piece.

    I believe the NWHerald has a right to its opinions, too.

    I simple wish they would reserve them for the OpEd section rather than presenting them as news on the front page, etc.

    “He thinks this is some kind of GAME, like a wine party hosted by NPR or some Oxford style debate where everybody listens, rebuts, and agrees to disagree respectfully.”

    A “GAME”?

    No, I don’t think this is a game.

    I think we’re on the verge of something far more serious than a ‘game.’

    This makes the journalistic malfeasance of the NWHerald all the more problematic.

    Those few people who still read the NWHerald may be arriving at conclusions based on the false information they’re receiving from the publication.

    “Oooh, what a jolly old time hahahaha. This is so intellectually titillating. Isn’t this fun?”

    I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself.

    Me, too 🙂

    “That is simply not the political reality we live in anymore.”

    I’m willing to accept blame where it’s due but I don’t think I can take responsibility for what has become of the political process in America or McHenry County.

    Maybe I should have done more in years past, but I really didn’t think things would get this messed up.

    “Mr. Rostron is on some “quest for understanding” while his opponents probably want him DEAD and his family to be destitute.”

    I’m not sure which ‘opponents’ you’re speaking of.

    I think the ‘opponents’ that want me DEAD and my family destitute want all God-loving American patriots to suffer the same injuries.

    Otherwise, it is my goal to stand up for liberty.

    I think I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in this country.

    While we’re all so quick to speak of ‘our rights’ in America, I believe those rights come with responsibilities.

    And the chief responsibility among them is to defend liberty.

    “They view this as an existential struggle and a literal WAR and Mr. Rostron’s side views this as some kind of high school debate club.”

    I do think we’re virtually at war, and have been for quite some time.

    As for a ‘debate’ club, I hope to persuade some away from the Leftist indoctrination they’ve had thrown at them for the last several decades from the institutions of education, entertainment and the media.

    “OOOH I really got him with the facts and logic this time!”

    That’s wonderful.

    Not sure what you mean but, as long as you’re having fun.

    “Mr. Rostron and Republicans need to expand their arsenal if they want to survive the struggles of the 21st century.”

    What are you suggesting?

    “Anybody who thinks a newspaper is antagonistic to them should be boycotting that newspaper and redirecting their funds to a better cause.”

    I don’t see the publication as ‘antagonistic’ to me personally.

    As mentioned in the article above, I love journalism.

    I don’t have a lot of hope for them, but my greatest dream for the NWHerald would be to see that they’ve had an epiphany and have recommitted themselves to the highest standards of journalism.

    “Democrats are going to keep mopping the floor with Republicans who act like Mr. Rostron.”

    If that’s the case, the Republicans would do well to show me the door and the sooner the better.

    As I’m truly concerned with supporting liberty, and the Republican party is the party where liberty has any chance at all, I’m prepared to do whatever I can, even if that meant stepping away.

    I don’t think you’re right but, alas, who am I to say.

    “Giving money to your political opponents… LOL HOW STUPID!”

    I think this is the same comment we addressed twice before.

    Since you don’t seem to agree with my politics, why do you care?

    “And many other things about Mr. Rostron sit the wrong way with me. Here are some recent examples.”

    Not even sure who you are but I do seem to have gotten under your skin.

    “1. Debating teenage and adolescent girls and then claiming intellectual victory after he knows more than them.” Once again, not sure what you’re talking about here but, well, I’ve debated a lot of people. My belief is that conservatives need to stop surrendering the social/cultural/political field to the Leftists, particularly when the Left’s intellectual grasp on reality is so frequently tenuous. As for ‘victory,’ that’s the day when teenage girls, teenage boys, adult women and men, accept the notion of intellectual inquiry. Hey, a little of that might not hurt you, either, not that it’s for me to say.

    “2. Crying. He was CRYING TEARS OF JOY because some Republicans told him they were going to vote for Oberweis instead of Underwood.” Considering what the Left has done to our country, I get emotional anytime I see someone standing up to the Left, and voting for Oberweis instead of the activist Underwood certainly fits. Besides, isn’t it supposed to be okay for men to cry in the Left’s vision for the world?

    “Does Mr. Rostron sound like a guy who is going to keep you safe as America disintegrates?” I’m doing all I can to protect liberty. In liberty, I believe we all have a chance for the pursuit of happiness. But then, I don’t give myself that much credit to protect everyone. I’ll do my best but I’m only one person.

    “This is 2020.” Yes …

    “The rules are different now, old people.”

    Things don’t change as much as young people think they do.

    I was young once and I’ve seen this truth for myself.

    The question is how many times will young people, such as yourself (apparently) shoot themselves in the foot before they realize they’re hurting themselves most of all.

    I’m old.

    One way or the other, I don’t have to worry about as long as you probably do.

    I don’t have to live with your mistakes as long as you probably do.

    “Wake up.”

    Is this a reference to the “WOKE” culture?

    What passes for being awake these days …

    “This is not your gam gam and paw paw’s world anymore.”

    Just trying to help keep you younguns from messing the world up too much before you get a clue.

    “This is not the world that YOU knew when you were a child.”

    In many ways that’s true though, as I mentioned above, things don’t change as much as you younguns think.

    In regards to the way things have changed, I’m disheartened when I run into someone, such as yourself.

    But I’m equally encouraged when I run into a young person who sees the world with a greater degree of clarity.

    Inevitably, that is a young person who is intellectually inquisitive.

    “The game has changed.”

    Yes it has.

    Democrats are no longer the liberal party – now they’re dominated by the Leftists.

    Free speech is no longer appreciated, unless one agrees with the Leftists narrative, and that’s not really free speech.

    Liberty is standing at the precipice of oblivion.

    As Ronald Reagan put it, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”

    “My advice to Republicans is to adapt or they may literally find themselves dead.”

    Is that a threat?

    Sounds like it.

    In the words of Patrick Henry, another ‘old guy’ (well, he was old in his later years), “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”

    By the way, “Correcting,” I’m not hiding behind a fake name here.

    Why don’t you come out from behind your hiding place?

  18. God this blog is shit

    Not that I support ads on a shitty newspaper that no one wants to read, but because y’all somehow manage to say every bad thing that happens was because of so-and-so’s liberal agenda.

    This isn’t a ‘McHenry County Blog’, it’s ‘McHenry County Republican Circlejerk’

    Just get a life, the quality of the posts on here is worse than this poorly-made blog from some template 7 years ago.

  19. To address your rebuttal, Richard…

    -Yes, in a post when I said the NW Herald is working against your agenda, you argued that it’s not just about your agenda. You said they go beyond that by denying reality. That may not have been what you said verbatim, but you argued with me over that point. (By the way, I agree they are both biased and not objective. Let’s agree to that.)

    -There was an article, at least one article, on this blog where you complained about the editor of the paper not allowing you to respond. That’s what I was referring to when I mentioned them censoring you.
    -“and your point is” I was using the list to BUILD to something. After that list, I said “and yet you give them money.” The point was to show juxtaposition between your words and your actions. Come on, Rich, you’re not a dummy.

    -You commented on here that when you told someone to “challenge their assumptions” they made some kind of gesture towards you and didn’t want to hear it. That, to me, was your acknowledgement that some of your opponents do not want to engage in a dialogue.

    -When I speak of “your opponents” I am referring to a larger group than just the NW Herald, although I would include the NW Herald in that group, since they are biased against you.

    -I am not blaming you for not getting involved sooner or blaming you for the direction of the country, just disagreeing with you on your overall strategy for combating what is happening.

    -What am I suggesting? Well, I’m not going to give away the whole plan, but the point of me writing this was that at the very least you should stop subscribing to a newspaper that hates you and promotes your political opponents. That would be one thing you could do to help. You said you want the newspaper to cease existing and yet you support it… This should be a very simple concept to understand. Your justification for supporting them is not convincing.

    -I agree with some of your politics and I see the direction this country is going as far more dangerous than your ideas, so I’m trying to help by giving you suggestions on how to better oppose your enemies. I may not agree with you on everything, but your enemies are my enemies too.

    -I just thought it was soft that you admitted to crying about that. It projects weakness.

    -Things have changed a lot. This country is unrecognizable compared to when I was a child and I am younger than you are.

    -Wake up is not a reference to being “woke.” I notice you keep trying to portray me as a leftist. Weird. That is a typical tactic of Democratic and Republican hacks, to call anybody who disagrees with them part of the other group. It’s a way of deflecting criticism, even constructive criticism.

    -It’s not a threat. It’s meant to be a warning that Republicans need to get their head out of the sand. Don’t be a baby, try to use context. Go look at other countries and see what has happened in those places. You should not give money to your political opponents.

    -“fake name” … this argument is tired. Anonymity does not negate somebody’s points. I’m not going to explain to you why people want to be anonymous, like the Framers did when they wrote the Federalist Papers, but if you don’t understand why then that’s another example of how you don’t really understand the situation we are in.

    -Yeah, it makes total sense that I would be the editor of the newspaper telling you to cancel your subscription, and going on a right-wing blog implying that other Republicans should do the same… Again, it makes no sense and is another smear and deflection. I do not work for the NW Herald, Shaw Media, or any media company.

    I’ll say it again, Richard, you are only harming your own political movement by financially supporting a newspaper that is hostile to your political movement.

    I don’t expect you to change your mind, because you are more obstinate and less open-minded than you portray yourself as, but I hope maybe somebody else here will listen.

    At this point, I don’t expect Republicans to do anything meaningful to oppose their enemies.

    Oh is right. Republicans are going to get electorally mollywhopped. Enjoy giving your money to your political opponents, instead of to your political allies, and enjoy the dystopia, Richard.

    I’m not going to help people who refuse to help themselves (and even sabotage themselves) anymore.

  20. “Correcting,” I’m not hiding behind a fake name here.

    Why don’t you come out from behind your hiding place?

    Yeah how about that …typical liberal coward.

  21. I don’t know about Richard personally but the general point that many Republicans have either ignored or enabled thier political enemies is pretty spot on.

    They didn’t just take over the schools two years ago.

  22. Correcting makes so many good points you would be wise to listen, again in general.

    When he says republicans are not playing the same game he is dead on.

    Your opponents have been playing for keeps while the right just tries to get along.

    It’s no mistake so many institutions in this country are now dominated by the left.

    A little at a time over many years thats how it got this way.

    If the republicans are to win they need to realize that the game IS now different.

    We live in a world where facts don’t really matter.

    Don’t believe me look around, I don’t care what side you are on, you think the other side is ignoring facts, science , reason whatever you want to call it.

    The left is winning because they are making an emotional argument, while the right sticks with facts.

    While I love my facts, reality is people tend to act on emotions. You need to change the argument to suit the audience better.

    Take the border wall for example.

    Republicans will argue over and over about following the law and protecting jobs and the liberals will never care.

    Change the argument to “It’s not fair to people who live in India that they have to wait, while people in Mexico can sneak in because of where they were born” and you will win that argument, or at least make the liberal brain spin.

    Take some time to figure out why your point of view isn’t getting through, there has to be a reason.

  23. “Correcting” – You say, “Anonymity does not negate somebody’s points,” and yet you wouldn’t be able to connect the article I’ve written here with other pieces or comments I’ve made elsewhere if I was hiding behind anonymity, the way you are now.

    Some might say that’s not playing fair, not that I really care.

    I generally don’t hide from my words because I have the power of my convictions – power based on an open willingness to challenge my convictions.

    Prove me wrong and I’ll change my position.

    The people I’ve confronted, whatever their gender or age, have, in my opinion, demonstrated a determination to abide by their agendas (I won’t call them convictions since I don’t think they’re honest with themselves about what they believe) no matter what evidence they uncover.

    Instead, they twist and turn, ignore or promote that which they think will support their positions.

    As for ‘giving my money to political opponents,’ you could only be referring to my subscription to the NWHerald.

    You keep coming back to this again and again and again and again, etc.

    I’m not terribly concerned about the few dollars they’re getting from me.

    It’s certainly not enough to stem their decline.

    But obtaining their paper allows me to stay abreast of what they’re up to.

    To my knowledge, no one at the NWHerald has told me to cancel my subscription.

    Do you have some information I’m unaware of? Furthermore, I’m not telling anyone to cancel their subscription, either.

    My ultimate hope, though I don’t have much confidence that it will happen, is that the staff at the NWHerald would wake up and real they’ve sold their credibility cheaply and would make immediate efforts to change.

    In the meantime, I think they should be called out for their bias, which is what I’ve tried to do here.

    You’ve keep making statements to suggest that the Republicans are doing everything wrong.

    Okay, enlighten them.

    With your superior understanding of “realpolitik,” feel free to dazzle me with your brilliance.

    At the very least, with my writings, I seem to have gotten under your skin.

    I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, not if it prompts you to challenge your convictions, too.

  24. Neal, considering the role the media plays in carrying the Left’s emotionally-driven lies and distortions, doesn’t it make sense to call out the media?

    That’s what I’ve sought to do here.

    There is much talk about media bias but delivered in a vague and generalized manner.

    My goal here is to point out a specific example of media bias.

    I’ve ‘chatted’ with Jon Styf about the bias of the NWHerald and he flat out denies it, the way a child, when caught painting graffiti on a wall, casually tosses the can aside and denies the obvious.

    As for the manner in which ‘the game has changed,’ it was never my intention to fight the whole war with this one article.

    And I would hope that people would get a little bit emotional about media bias.

    After all, media bias is the act of journalists making decisions to lie to people.

    The story I referred to above was a lie.

    Everything they said about this lady may be true.

    The lie was that it was presented as a news story.

    For those who don’t know the difference, that carries additional weight.

    I have a background in journalism.

    I get a little bit emotional when I see bias in the media.

    I’m not looking for the media to switch sides – I just want them to honestly do their jobs.

    So, while I speak of a media that is all-in for the Left, I believe the situation wouldn’t be any better if the media was all-in for the Right.

    That means that, though I don’t deny that I am a conservative, in a very real sense, my article above was not politically motivated.

    And if you and “Correcting” honestly feel this way, what are you doing about the concerns “Correcting” and you have raised?

    No, “They didn’t just take over the schools two years ago.”

    But I’ve been actively taking a stand for liberty, and honest journalism, long before this and years before ‘two years ago.’

    If there’s something else I should be doin, please, feel free to enlighten me.

  25. Richard,

    You don’t understand your opponents.

    You are dealing with people who are convinced that thier point of view is morally superior and therefore they are justified in lying to you, for everyone’s good of course.

    It’s an ends justify the means way of thinking.

    Pointing out individual lies will have no effect.

    The response will be that it’s justified because of the greater good.

    I think the best strategy is to generally ignore the lies and just prove the truth.

    You need to show them the greater good isn’t being served.

    The left is really about the rights of the collective, the right prioritizes the rights of the individual. Sometimes you have to make the argument in terms your opponent can understand.

    I know from experience that there is hope of actually getting through to people.

    I used my border wall example to convince a 26 year old leftie political science major from Connecticut that it would be morally wrong not to build a wall.

    I have used this tactic time and time again.

    It catches people off guard because it’s not the argument they are expecting.

    The colleges didn’t prepare them to respond to it.

    In reality, this is the same technique that the far left has used against the moderate democrats.

    Turn thier preexisting beliefs against them.

    I work with lots of young people and have spent time not just asking what they think, but why.

    Think of this world from a 25 year olds perspective.

    Born in 1995, one of thier first memories is the dot com crash and how that affected their parents.

    Things got better and just as they were entering high school the 2008 crisis happened.

    Bankers get bailed out but thier parents loose a house or a job.

    They finish high school and all the adults talked them into taking ridiculous student loans and go off to college.

    This brings us to 2012-13.

    Economy is recovering but slowly.

    They see people struggling and worry about a job when they are done with school.

    At the same time they are being fed leftist garbage and being told how bad our country is.

    Are you starting to see why the younger generation might not like our country?

    They really do believe that our society is corrupt and is out to keep them down.

    There have never really experienced the positives of this country.

    Because of this they feel justified in trying to tear the system down.

    I’m saying all this because the best thing you can do is to better understand who you are making your argument to.

    Sadly it might be too late.

    Even if Trump pulls it off, it’s still going to be a huge problem in this country for years to come.

  26. Neal, we don’t only write to 25-year olds.

    And I don’t believe you’re speaking for all 25-year olds.

    Sometimes, the possible audience is broader than that.

    And, no matter what they’re doing to the world, reality still matters (and has a way of coming back to slap people upside the head if they try to ignore it too long).

    But, beyond that, as I mentioned above, accusations of media bias are common these days but often without specifics.

    It was my goal to point out a specific case of media bias.

    I’ve done so.

    That you and “Correcting” have chosen to share your suggestions doesn’t mean that the article above had to be that.

    It’s purpose was specific and, I believe, it achieved its purpose.

    When Jon Styf claims his publication is not biased, this is an example people can put forth to counter that absurd claim.

    In the meantime, I applaud the efforts of those who challenge ‘The Narrative’ – the Leftist control over our culture and history.

    I don’t think we’re all going to do that the same way.

    To the degree that you claim you’ve found a method that works, I think that’s wonderful.

    Please, continue to do so.

  27. I never thought you did anything wrong by pointing out that article.

    I’m just saying that there are more effective things you can do.

    The young people actually are the key.

    They will dictate the future and, well they are not getting there ideas from thin air.

    Plenty of older people are teaching them to think the way they do.

    I was pointing out why they fall for it

  28. Neal says:

    “Are you starting to see why the younger generation might not like our country?

    They really do believe that our society is corrupt and is out to keep them down.”

    Too bad that honest journalism is rare and the vast majority of the media are handmaidens to the Democrat Party, their politicians and their agenda.

    Else, they would have been reporting all along the corruption of elements of the Obama/Biden Administration regarding the spying on Trump and their efforts to undo his election.

    If younger generation were exposed to these facts, their protests and displeasure would be with most Democrats and the media.

    Also, Hillary Clinton via the Trump Dossier paid for and seeded the phony fake Trump Russia collusion narrative where in fact her operatives indirectly worked with and colluded Russians.

    Of course she should have been prosecuted for her crimes re recklessness of top secret US Government intelligence but top Obama/Biden Administration (Comey and Lynch) gave her a pass.

    So much that younger generation should be outraged about the Obama/Biden Administration, really a regime.

  29. Isn’t Barney Styf running the editorial content for this birdcage liner?

  30. Neal,

    I appreciate your comments but I don’t agree.

    That ‘younger generation’ you speak of is being fed Leftist lies from all angles: from the teachers/professors (indoctinators), the entertainment industry and the media.

    When I refer to the media, I’m often speaking of the national media: CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, the NYTimes.

    But, as the story above shows, I’m also speaking of the local media.

    We are living in an age of ‘The Narrative.’ My sense is that you don’t know what this means or what is at stake.

    Maybe this story will help: https://www.foxnews.com/media/bari-weiss-quits-new-york-times-bullying

    As for me, some time ago, I made a commitment to stand up to the PC culture.

    That culture is now on steroids and has morphed into what I referred to above – ‘The Narrative.’

    If you think you can get through to this ‘younger generation’ with warm fuzzies, by all means, good luck.

    As for me, I will continue in my efforts to slap them upside the face – not to convince them to agree with my positions but to convince them to challenge their own ‘convictions.’

    In this particular case, you have come to this page, where I spoke about media bias, and, along with ‘Correcting’ have challenged my methods on a wider scale.

    I’ve considered your suggestions.

    I’ll stick with my approach, thank you.

  31. Oh I understand what the narrative is believe me.

    I’d personally love to smack them upside the head too.

    Just doesn’t seem to really work.

    Much better to win them over if you ask me, can’t really have a great country if we are this divided.

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