So riddle me this. When is it that ‘news’ ceases to be ‘news’ and becomes nothing but propaganda in the purest form? And is it any wonder that it’s nearly every day that we hear just how little faith the majority of the American people now have in those who are still somehow see themselves as being the ‘watchdogs of our democracy”? And it’s also, with each passing day, that we have those who routinely describe themselves as ‘journalists’, all vying to see just who it is that can tell the biggest whopper and therefore come out looking like the biggest hack.
And it was as recent as yesterday that that well-known purveyor of ‘fake news’, the Crappy News Network’s Jim Acosta, in an effort to spread a bit more fake news, actually went so far as to claim America has witnessed “1,552 mass shootings” since the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. This means Acosta is now claiming that an average of approximately 310 mass shootings a year for each of the past five years. It’s important to note that he attempts to bolster this claim via information provided by a tracking site sponsored by, wait for it, gun controllers.
And it that specific tracking site, the Gun Violence Archive, that diverges from FBI definition of a mass shooting as four fatalities or more in one incident so as to include shootings in which no fatalities occur. Acosta Tweeted: Since Sandy Hook there have been at least 1,552 mass shootings, with at least 1,767 people killed and 6,227 wounded. Acosta is not the only boob to use such numbers, other members of the left have been spewing similar numbers for years. At times, their claims have gotten so outlandish that even members of their own circles have called them out for it.
For example, in December 2015 it was reported that Mother Jones’ editor Mark Follman called out his fellow leftists for claiming “355 mass shootings” in that calendar year alone. Mr. Follman published a column in the New York Times, which said: At Mother Jones, where I work as an editor, we have compiled an in-depth open-source database covering more than three decades of public mass shootings. By our measure, there have been four “mass shootings” this year, including the one in San Bernardino, and at least 73 such attacks since 1982.
And as a bit of a sidenote here, I think it’s worth mentioning that when using the actual FBI definition of mass shootings, Mr. Follman could only find four mass shootings for the entire year, yet leftists were claiming that 355 had occurred. Think about it this way, it’s easy to swell the number of car accidents recorded for a given year if butterflies hitting the windshield are counted as an accident. Moreover, it’s easy to swell the number of falls recorded every year if stumbling without actually falling is counting as a fall nonetheless. That’s the methodology used by the left.
Because it’s in the same way that it becomes easy to swell the number of mass shootings if the definition of mass shooting is changed so as to include street crimes in which no one is killed or by including the life of the attacker in the reported number of deaths resulting from an alleged shooting. The Gun Violence Archive does both of these things in their effort to skew the numbers and Acosta’s tweet ultimately rests on that approach in making the claim that “1552 mass shootings” during the past five years. This is the same kind of ‘fake news’ that he and his network are famous for.
Those on the left simply make up numbers to fit their agenda and it’s not only regarding supposed gun violence, it’s for everything. And unfortunately, a lot of sheeple who essentially suck at math actually buy into the nonsense, which is exactly what these propagandists are hoping for. It reminds me of the Dentyne commercial from a few years ago that claimed the average person spends 20,000 minutes of their life kissing someone else. That’s 330 hours, equivalent to 8 work weeks. Nothing to prove it, nothing to back it up….just throw it out there as fact.
And we shouldn’t be all that surprised by the blatant attempt by those on the left to deceive. After all, disinformation has been a long standing tradition of Marxists, Nazis, as well as every leftwing organization out there! If they make a claim, it doesn’t have to be factual! It simply has to be repeated over and over again until it’s ‘believed’ to be factual! It’s really a shame that those in the media today refuse to do the job they are supposed to do. They don’t give us the unvarnished facts, they slant them! They are not really ‘journalists’, they’re propagandists!
Gun control/confiscation elites, like old Jim, all live in gated communities/buildings with security guards that are armed with GUNS and they send their darling children to private schools with security that again is armed with GUNS, and they work in buildings that have guards yet again armed with GUNS. That’s why so many of them as seen as hypocrites, because they do not or will not follow the rules that they wish to set for the rest of us. Personally, if their goal is to prevent me from being able to protect me and my family, then they too should also lose that right.
Only, these can get the special permits and permissions because they’re all members of what has come to be termed as our ruling class of elites. This is the Rosie O’Donnell hypocrisy syndrome; these elites get to have their bodyguards armed with GUNS to protect them where ever they go. But I, and all the other common folk, have to be corralled into gun free zones and therefore forced into having to run the risk of being shot at by criminals and/or crazies. And so yet again, it’s these pathetic frauds who are proven to be little more than the worst kind of hypocrites.
When you have an agenda that you are determined to keep alive, by any means necessary, then you will likely attempt to do so by using whatever means you have at your disposal, no matter how devious, to justify your position. Acosta is far from being a credible source when it comes to providing corroboration for a storyline. He will stoop to whatever level is required for him in his quest to find the necessary data that he can bastardize so that it appears to support his cockamamie position. You know he knows better, but he simply can’t help himself.
And it’s just those in the media. Remember back when shortly after Rep. Steve Scalise and others were wounded by a gunman that then governor Terry McAuliffe, when asked by a reporter at a press conference on the scene of the shooting, what more could be done to protect congressmen after Louisiana? This lying sack of shit said, “We need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated — this is not what today is about — but there are too many guns on the street.” And then went on to confidently assert, “We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.”
So I guess the moral of my little story is that folks should always take whatever it is that they are being told by those on the left with a rather sizable grain of salt. You must always assume that they are lying to you, at least until you have taken the time to do the necessary research to satisfy, in your own mind, that what you’re being told to true. Keep in mind that that which was once referred to as the ‘mainstream media’ today no longer exists. The media has always slanted to the left, but over the course of the last 10 years it has been reduced to being little more than a joke.