A prime example of why network’s rating are in the toilet


MSNBC once again proved why it has no viewers whatsoever this weekend with a spot on the ridiculous Starbucks race campaign.

While Starbucks itself has pulled the plug on the “Race Together” promotion after furious backlash from Americans of all races who do not wish to be lectured on inequality by a global corporation, MSNBC programming advocated enhancing the campaign.

On Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this weekend, a panel discussed how awesome and “radical” Starbucks’ condescending campaign is.

Indeed, when the host suggested putting something “more substantive” on the side of cups, ‘Whiteness Project’ Director Whitney Dow, who claimed it is his life’s mission to “get white people to talk about whiteness”, suggested that hipster baristas should write “White supremacy has been the organizing principle of America since it was founded.”

“Ah, there you go! Put that on the cup!” the host Perry enthused, prompting the other guests to laugh, somewhat nervously because the pair obviously were not joking.

“Yeah, please discuss. Absolutely.” Dow said, claiming “That is the complicated part. But you have to give people access points.”

Last week it was revealed that, just when no one thought ratings could go any lower, MSNBC’s daytime viewership is down 41% in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

In addition to writing on the side of cups, Starbucks had taken out full page newspaper ads asking “Where do you stand?” on race relations, while providing readers with a racially-charged survey checklist.

The ads encouraged readers to “Use these conversation starters with your family and friends at work,” and lists 10 fill-in-the-blank questions which will prove once and for all that you and everyone you know are racists.

Rush on Frat Boys’ Racist Chant: Kanye Sings The Same Tune and It’s a Hit (YES RUSH BUT KANYE HAS THE BLACK PRIVILEGE CARD)*

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By Jack Coleman | March 12, 2015 | 8:35 PM EDT

Never one to shy from controversy, Rush Limbaugh pointed out what many others consider impolitic to state aloud — that the racist chant led by University of Oklahoma frat brothers and captured on a video that went viral could be mistaken for a rap tune.

University officials quickly expelled the students, shuttered their fraternity and continue their investigation while the incident has triggered wide debate as much about free speech as racism.

Limbaugh’s not the only one thinking along these lines, he said on his radio show Wednesday, though where it’s also been said came as a surprise for him (audio)

Twitter is blowing up, angry as hell, at Mika Brzezinski for daring to say that the frat boys at O-U were simply mimicking a rap song. You don’t think they were? Here’s the thing, doesn’t matter. Mika Brzezinski and the whole Morning Joe crew, thinks that rappers, and a particular rapper (Waka Flocka Flame) and a particular tune, inspired this, which dumbfounds me. I mean, what happened over there? Normally something like this happens and you blame the whole Republican Party. I mean, you blame talk radio and then you blame the conservative blogosphere. But now they’re blaming rap — it doesn’t happen, OK?

Let me put all this in a different perspective, along with this American millennials among the world’s least skilled (according to a dispiriting report in Fortune on young adults in the US trailing their peers abroad) and the stuff that happened at U-C Invine (where a student governing body at the University of California voted to ban national flags, including Old Glory, from an “inclusive” space on campus), if this had been a song by Kim Kardashian’s husband (serial awards show crasher/rap artiste Kanye West) and they had sung this song at the Grammys, it’d be a hit. Can we agree with that? Snerdley (Limbaugh’s call screener) doesn’t think I have a point on this. Snerdley thinks I might be wrong in my attempt to be down here for the struggle. But I’m telling you, this stuff gets awards and the people that sing it are portrayed as American royalty in terms of celebrity. You can’t deny that.

Limbaugh’s remarks apparently struck a chord and were picked up in the media, though in an unexpected way he told listeners today (audio)

So that has made the news. That has made the news at E! entertainment, it’s made the news at TMZ, it’s made the news at Page 6, and what’s also fascinating about it is that it’s been reported factually! There isn’t any snark in it! What? There isn’t any snark in it, I am stunned. Normally I would have been myself hung in effigy over these, but there’s no snark no matter where you look at the way that, and also, I pointed out yesterday when I was making my references to this, I had discovered that over on Morning Joe on MSNBC, which we don’t play audio from because I have instituted a ban on that whole network, understandably, it’s trash.

But that Mika Brzezinski blamed rap music for those frat boys singing what they were singing. It was unheard of! And (Joe) Scarborough agreed with her and to me this has opened up coverage of an event like this that I haven’t seen in a long time. There is actual discussion taking place now on the free speech rights of the frat boys and how the university is denying them! And the usual civil rights coalition is not up in arms over this.

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Government gains power through the ignorance, rather than the consent, of those governed


The mainstream media’s declining influence is motivating the federal government to regulate the Internet because controlling information is the most powerful way to control the public.

The U.S. mainstream media, which is predominantly owned by six corporations with close ties to the government, is used by the establishment to control public opinion, but for the past several years it has lost influence as the public seeks alternative sources of information.

“Just a handful of global news corporations can, in one day, make billions of people around the world simultaneously aware of something that was completely unknown the day before,” Joseph Plummer wrote in Tragedy & Hope 101. “With this kind of power, the Network [the establishment] can choose to spread any lie, or withhold any truth, that it chooses.”

“At the end of the day, if people aren’t looking beyond the Network’s instruments for their information, they cannot expect to know what the Network doesn’t want them to know.”

And that’s why the government is targeting Internet-based independent press: to reduce the mainstream media’s competition.

The establishment media’s decline has been nothing short of legendary.

From Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013, for example, the ratings for CNN and MSNBC in the 25 to 54-year-old demographic dropped 59% and 52% respectively, and in 2013 the combined median prime-time viewership of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC dropped 11%.

“Mainstream media executives appear to be optimistic they can reverse these declines at some point, but they simply don’t realize there has been a fundamental paradigm shift when it comes to the news media in the United States,” social commentator Michael Snyder wrote. “The general population has lost a tremendous amount of faith in the mainstream media.”

“They are increasingly becoming aware it is deeply controlled by the establishment.”

This has raised concerns among establishment insiders, who gain power through the ignorance, rather than the consent, of those governed, and recently the federal government announced its plan to explore ways to regulate free speech on the Internet.

“A key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report,” Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported. “Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules.”

Simply put, this is a power grab designed to destroy individual rights in favor of subordination to the ruling elite, which is exactly what the Meiji oligarchy did in 1889 when it returned to power in Japan.

“Like all ruling classes, the Meiji maintained control by indoctrinating the masses in an ideology that served the oligarchs’ interests,” Joseph Plummer also wrote. “Specifically, they propagated the Shinto ideology, which called for subordination to the emperor.”

“The Japanese people accepted this Shinto ideology, and as a result the Meiji oligarchy was able to ruthlessly exploit them in the emperor’s name.”

And if the American people accept this attack on free speech, they too will be ruthlessly exploited in Obama’s name.

People Have Accused the Late Chris Kyle of Being ‘Racist’ — They Clearly Haven’t Talked to This ‘Iraqi Muslim’

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by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I believe Chris Kyle referred to Islamic militants in Iraq as “savages,” because that is what terrorists are. It doesn’t matter what their religion is, what their skin color or political bent is. Kyle’s interpreter, Johnny Walker, saved his life and the lives of other SEALs by accurately letting them know what was going on. Kyle shared his meals with Walker and thought of him as a brother and a hero. Good men recognize good men – just because you hate terrorists and you take them out to save others, does not make you a racist. It makes you exactly what Chris Kyle was – America’s greatest sniper and a hero of epic proportions. He was also a husband and a dad. The way he has been attacked before and after his death is cowardly and despicable. Kyle gave his life for all of us, the least we can do is honor him and his family for his sacrifice.

From TheBlaze:

One of the repeated allegations made against legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is that he was “racist” because he referred to radical Islamic militants in Iraq as “savages.” Just on Tuesday, MSNBC’s foreign correspondent claimed that “some” people believe Kyle was open about his “racist tendencies” as he went on “killing sprees” while serving in Iraq.

But on Friday, IJReview reportedly spoke to “Johnny Walker,” who apparently worked with Navy SEALs, including Kyle, as an interpreter. The self-described “Iraqi Muslim” hit back strongly against claims that Kyle was a “racist” hellbent on killing Iraqis.

Walker claimed Kyle once told him that he trusted him with his life and later invited him to one of his book signings in La Jolla, an affluent suburb of San Diego.

“When Chris saw me at the event he left everyone and just came up to me and hugged me. Because he hadn’t seen me since 2007 and thought I could have died and had no idea where I was,” Walker told IJReview. “After he signed the book, he was going to speak. Ten seconds into his speech, he said I am not an American hero. Johnny Walker is the American hero and then he made me stand up.”

“Then, he said that I saved more SEALs’ lives than him. Pointing at me, and I am an Iraqi Muslim. So how is this racist?” he added.

From IJReview:

Sometimes I would forget to bring an MRE to a sniper mission. Chris would share his MRE and he would talk about family. If he was racist towards Muslims why would he share intimate details of his life with a Muslim? I don’t see that in any way as racist. I think the ones calling Chris Kyle racist are racists.

If you’re going to call Chris Kyle racist, then call me a racist too. At times we were on the base, Kyle would laugh with the other Iraqi soldiers and joke with them. Again, why would a racist engage in that behavior?

The insurgents had a $50,000.00 bounty on my head. Every time Chris Kyle killed an insurgent he saved my family, and the innocent Iraqi families too. Why would a racist man protect me and innocent Iraqi families?

Is it so strange that a white, Christian Navy SEAL and an Iraqi Muslim were friends? That Kyle would protect a brother in arms like Johnny Walker? Exactly who is racist here? In fact, we aren’t even really discussing race, we are discussing religion and terrorism. We are also talking about two, good, brave men who did all they could to save innocent people from the worst of those who prowl humanity. Let Chris rest in peace and respect him for what he did for us and respect his family who have had their world turned upside down. Chris did a job he had to do – it was no random killing spree. That is what terrorists do.