How To Rewrite Misleading News Headlines

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I have a habit of rewriting misleading news headlines.

Most people read headlines, not articles, so news writers and editors know it’s important to communicate their message via headlines.

In many cases, news headlines are deliberately misleading.

In some cases, such as when a story fits a particular political agenda, the headline will specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“White police officer shoots unarmed black man”

We’ve seen this sort of headline a lot during the past year or two, have we not?

In other cases, such as when a story does not fit a particular political agenda, the headline will not specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“Teens arrested in fatal shooting”

When I see headlines like this, I know I’m being misled. I know the words “teen” and “fatal shooting” are often newspeak for “black” and “murder”.

I suggest that whenever you read news stories you begin (mentally) writing what you believe to be more accurate headlines for the stories you read. When you start doing this, you will begin to discover, as I have, that many news headlines can be rewritten so as to communicate the (inconvenient) truths of stories in a simple, direct, and honest fashion.

Below are a few recent examples of misleading headlines.

My rewritten headline, which I wrote after reading/watching the stories, appears first, in bold.

The misleading headlines, written by news writers and editors, with links, appears second:

Funeral planned for one of two white police officers murdered by black man

Funeral planned for South Georgia police officer killed in line of duty http://wjbf.com/2016/12/10/funeral-planned-for-south-georgia-police-officer-killed-in-line-of-duty/

Sheriff tells the truth about two thugs who murdered young mother

2 teens arrested in Polk after Orange County homicide

 

No bond for 3 blacks who murdered 4 year old hispanic girl

No bond for 3 teens in murder of 4-year-old Ava Castillo http://www.khou.com/news/crime/no-bond-for-3-teens-in-murder-of-4-year-old-ava-castillo/363228964

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 6 blacks with murder of 15-year-old white male

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 5 adults and a minor with murder of 15-year-old http://wjbf.com/2016/11/22/aiken-county-sheriffs-office-reveals-how-they-uncovered-3-more-suspects-in-deadly-home-invasion-6-total-now-charged-with-murder/

As you can see, since most people read only headlines, news writers and editors want to make sure readers aren’t told the ugly, inconvenient, politically incorrect truths about news stories via simple, direct, and honest headlines. Instead, they work very hard to conceal the truth from us each and every day.

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U.S. media/government undermining democracy by blaming Russian hackers

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Remember when? US Presidential election: ‘Dangerous’ Trump ‘undermines our democracy’, says Obama: Watch video:

 

Who’s undermining democracy now? Pelosi: Russia Hack Undermined Election: Watch video:

 

Obama undermines democracy… Obama orders report on Russia’s election hacking: Watch video:

 

I think the U.S. media/government is undermining democracy by blaming Russian hackers for interfering with the recent U.S. election.

I mean, how can we trust any election ever again?

The Russian hacker nonsense is just that: nonsense.

Our government is angry (and lying) because Russia has resisted our aggression in Syria…

“New Cold War really began in 2011, after Mr Putin dared to frustrate western — and Saudi — policy in Syria… “ Read more: It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/03/its-nato-thats-empire-building-not-putin/

The same, old, tired cast of (Democrat and Republican) characters that has supported US aggression in Syria since 2011 is also blaming Russian hackers for interfering with the recent U.S. election.

Read: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Kerry, and Barack Obama fund, arm, and train al Qaeda and its Associates in Syria… https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/john-mccain-lindsey-graham-john-kerry-and-barack-obama-fund-arm-and-train-al-qaeda-and-its-associates-in-syria/

Read: Dangerous half-truths about Syria https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/dangerous-half-truths-on-syria/

Where is the outrage about this? Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Russian Hackers: Watch video:

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Anti-BDS and Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

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New Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Would Criminalize Criticism of Israel… Watch video:

Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

“On Thursday, the US Senate quickly passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bipartisan bill proposed by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC), supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which aims to ‘codify the definition as one adopted by the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism’…” Read more: US Senate quickly passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/quickly-semitism-awareness/

“Unfortunately, as I noted last week, this is deeply problematic legislation. As many observers have noted, it defines, for the purpose of investigations into alleged civil-rights violations on campus, anti-Semitism in a way that plainly violates the First Amendment…” Read more: Congress’s Anti-Anti-Semitism Law Is Very Anti-Free-Speech http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/the-adl-is-pushing-a-bad-anti-free-speech-campus-law.html

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016, “introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), codifies a controversial State Department definition of anti-Semitism that includes one-sided criticism of Israel and opposition to Zionism…” Read more: Why the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Chill Constitutionally Protected Speech http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/09/why-the-anti-semitism-awareness-act-woul

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

“The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law…” Read more: BDS Movement https://bdsmovement.net/

Many US States have passed laws prohibiting state governments from entering into contracts with companies participating in BDS and target taxpayer funded public pension funds that invest in companies which have adopted a BDS stance towards Israel… Read more: State Anti-BDS Legislation: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/bdsstates.html

BDS: The New Antisemitism (Shahar Azani, StandWithUS)

“Executive Director of StandWithUS New York Shahar Azani takes an in-depth look at the BDS Movement and discusses how their tactics and language of Social Justice masks nefarious anti-Semitic goals. A program of StandWithUS from the Stamford JCC…” Watch video: 

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Online Censorship of “Fake News”

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Since when is untrue stuff online such a big issue?

I think these recent examples (see below) of “fake news” are being used to further the agenda of eventually cracking down on politically incorrect online articles.

Who, after all, will decide what is true and what is false when it comes to “conspiracy theories”?

Google also gets fooled by fake election news

“Google’s search engine highlighted an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers.

“The incorrect results were shown Monday in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump “70 News” site. A link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results…” Read more: Google also gets fooled by fake election news http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Google-also-gets-fooled-by-fake-election-news-401247046.html

Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say

“Facebook executives have been reviewing its products to eliminate the appearance of political bias. One source said high-ranking officials were briefed on a planned news feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories but it disproportionately impacted rightwing news sites. The update was consequently shelved, Gizmodo claims, although Facebook denies it.

“The scrutiny over Facebook’s treatment of editorial content has been intensifying for months, reflecting the site’s unrivaled power and influence in distributing news alongside everything else its users share on the site.

Fake or misleading news spreads like wildfire on Facebook because of confirmation bias, a quirk in human psychology that makes us more likely to accept information that conforms to our existing world views. The conspiracy theories are also amplified by a network of highly partisan media outlets with questionable editorial policies…” Read more: Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/facebook-fake-news-us-election-news-feed-algorithm?CMP=share_btn_tw

The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories

“Using the old left adage that everything is a power play, it’s hard to read this manufactured controversy as anything other than a desperate ploy by a caste (the coastal media) to maintain its hold over the levers of information, married to a howl of outrage at the idea that the little people might have access to articles and ideas that haven’t been “vetted” for “fairness” by said caste…” Read more: The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories http://theweek.com/articles/661838/myth-electionaltering-fake-facebook-news-stories

Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to

“I absolutely do not trust Facebook to decide what’s fake and what’s not fake, so I’m with Zuckerberg here and not the “renegades.” “Renegade” makes these people sound daring, but they are into censorship and upping the power of the big corporation. The chance that such a power would be used in a politically biased way is approximately 100%. I don’t know how much Zuckerberg is really committed to the freedom of speech, but I think he knows if Facebook started deeming some political stories “fake” and taking action against them, Facebook would be accused of bias and censorship and it wouldn’t be good for Facebook, the business…” Read more: Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to http://althouse.blogspot.com/2016/11/since-were-already-talking-about.html

Facebook Counter-Narratives

“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech. The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary. The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect…” Read more: Facebook, Twitter pledge to remove hate speech within 24 hours http://via.wtvr.com/ZaKIB 

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Breitbart, Bannon, Trump, Alt Right, Jews, & Controlled Opposition

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting at a table with Andrew Breitbart

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“From Paul Joseph Watson to Stefan Molyneux, Donald Trump to Milo Yiannopoulos, the rising secular “right wing” in the Americas, dubbed the “alt right” by some, shares one common narrative that reveals it as the limited hangout, controlled-opposition operation that it is…” Continue reading: The ‘Alt Right’ is Limited Hangout https://fitzinfo.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-alt-right-is-limited-hangout/

“Breitbart News, in a statement posted after Clinton’s campaign manager made similar accusations in a conference call, dismissed the charges of anti-Semitism and other bigotries as character assassination. They say that we are ‘anti-Semitic,’ though our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel,” according to the statement. The site’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, was raised Jewish…” Read more: Clinton campaign attacks Breitbart News as ‘anti-Semitic’ http://www.jta.org/2016/08/18/news-opinion/politics/clinton-campaign-attacks-breitbart-news-as-anti-semitic

Breitbart Boasts its Jewish Credentials http://newobserveronline.com/breitbart-boasts-jewish-credentials/

Meet the Jewish ‘Paleoconservative’ Who Coined The Term ‘Alternative Right’ http://jd.fo/T7kw

A look at Breitbart’s ‘Alt-Right Lite’ plan for Israel/Palestine http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/breitbarts-right-israelpalestine/

 

“Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State.” ~ Donald Trump

Donald Trump at AIPAC: Full transcript of remarks to the pro-Israel lobby http://s.al.com/yP7zdyH

I’m a Jew, and I’m a Member of the Alt-Right.
http://forward.com/scribe/348466/im-a-jew-and-im-a-member-of-the-alt-right/?attribution=blog-article-listing-9-headline#article-comments

Anti-Immigrant and White Supremacist, Maybe. But is the Alt-Right Anti-Semitic?
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/30/election-2016/anti-immigrant-and-white-supremacist-maybe-but-is-the-alt-right-anti-semitic

Donald Trump’s Jewish Problem: https://youtu.be/CXRDCjeWmWE?t=25m46s

Who Controls Donald Trump? – https://thezog.info/who-controls-donald-trump/

Trump’s Jews http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207978/trumps-jews

Trump Has Strongest Jewish Ties of all GOP Candidates http://jd.fo/d8NYY

Donald Trump could capitalize on Israeli support https://youtu.be/cLJe7dzsdXA

Republicans target voters in Israel http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Republicans-target-voters-in-Israel-391083771.html

Trump links to Russian Jewish Mafia https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/trump-links-to-judeo-russian-mafia/

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President Trump: New Yorker Donald Trump rides Duck Dynasty train all the way to the White House.

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Team Trump watching returns on election night

I’m really surprised Donald Trump won the election. I’m not unhappy about it, just surprised.

I didn’t vote, so I’m not happy, angry, or sad about a Trump presidency. Actually I think it’s hysterical. And much more interesting (and entertaining!) than a Hillary presidency (yawn).

When it comes to US politics, and politicians, I find it helpful to use the lens of Israel to determine the direction in which a politician will be taking us, as a nation. When a politician supports Israel it tells me a lot. Oh, wait… all US politicians support Israel! I almost forgot!

So then it’s really a matter of degree, as in: To what degree does a politician support Israel?

Hillary and Obama are what I call Zionist Light.

Trump and Pence are what I call Zionist Full Strength.

I prefer Zionist Light, but I’m ideologically opposed to some of the issues Hillary and Obama support.

I oppose Zionist Full Strength, but I ideologically support some of the issues Trump and Pence support.

When it comes to politics, people need to face the facts: Jewish power supports both the left and the right… both the Democrats and the Republicans.

In fact, I find it helpful to use Jewish power as a lens through which to view US political power.

For many years now, neocon Jews on the right have been trying to sway left wing Jews away from the Democrat party and their communist roots.

I see the Trump victory — not as a win for rural whites but — as a win for urban neocon Jews who were savvy enough to use a reality television star to bamboozle rural whites in order to win an election and regain power in Washington.

New Yorker Donald Trump rides Duck Dynasty train all the way to the White House.

Talk is cheap, especially promises made by people running for political office.

I don’t expect much from Donald Trump, except whatever is on the neocon agenda.

We will see. I read an article yesterday saying Trump may tap Newt Gingrich for Secretary of State. Yeah… Newt Gingrich. Is there anyone in Washington more establishment and more corrupt than Newt?

The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy – http://www.amazon.com/Neoconservative-Revolution-Jewish-Intellectuals-Shaping/dp/0521545013

Trump’s Jews http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207978/trumps-jews 

Israeli Prime Minister Congratulates Trump https://youtu.be/cH1j4e1Llvk

Trump win divides Israelis, Palestinians http://reut.tv/2fS0iKK 

The Age of Trump? Worse, it’s the Age of Postman: Donald Trump and Neil Postman’s Prescient ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ https://stream.org/donald-trump-neil-postmans-prescient-amusing-death/

 

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Roadside Memorials

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“We say that the hour of death is uncertain, but when we say this we think of that hour as situated in an obscure and distant future. It does not occur to us that it can have any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.” ~ Marcel Proust

“Americans take an average of four car trips every day—that’s more than 1,400 per year. It’s no wonder that the chance of dying while inside a moving vehicle is about 1 in 6,700. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers, and second leading cause of death in all other populations. Without a doubt, driving is risky business.” (Source: NTSB Safety Compass)

Having been a professional truck driver for over 25 years, I’ve seen more than my fair share of accidents, injuries, deaths, and roadside memorials.

I’ve always been aware of the fleeting nature of life. I was never one of those teens who thought he was invincible. I’ve always thought I could die at any moment. Considering all I’ve been though in life, and the many times I’ve nearly been killed, I’m amazed I’m still here.

Roadside memorials, when we see them, are a reminder of just how fleeting life is. We can be driving down the highway one minute and dead the next.

I was once driving on Interstate 30 in Arkansas, in my car, when a tractor-trailer came across the median, missed me, and killed a guy who was driving behind me. You can’t imagine how fast it happened. Had I been the one hit by the truck, I may have just barely had time to realize what was happening. In fact, when I first noticed the truck in the median, coming towards me, my only thought was “Something’s wrong with this picture”. By then the truck was already on my side of the road, passing me. I looked in my mirror and saw it hit the car behind me, pulled over, stopped, and went back to see if anyone was hurt.

It was obvious when I walked back to the accident scene that the driver of the car was dead. Soon the fire and police arrived. After the police had talked to the truck driver, I was, I think, the only other person who bothered talking to the driver of the truck. I told him not to be too hard on himself in the future, when he thought about the accident. That everyone knew it was an accident. And that, if he could, he would have done things differently.

I remember looking at the guy who was killed, and noticing he was wearing a wristwatch. I thought to myself “He had no idea this morning when he put that watch on his wrist that today would be the day he died.”

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I’ve seen other people killed on the highway, talked to other drivers who have been responsible for another driver’s death, and I’ve prayed countless prayers and shed countless tears for fellow travelers I didn’t know.

The highway, like death, is a place were everyone is equal. It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, black or white, Christian or agnostic. Everyone is at risk of being killed in a moment of time.

I’ve comforted a stranger in the middle of the interstate, in the early morning hours before dawn, at that sacred place and time when the spirits of their loved ones have left this world while their bodes remained in the wreckage of their car.

That place of sudden, unexpected death on the road is where friends and loved ones will sometimes create a roadside memorial, in memory of the deceased. I think these memorials are good ideas. The place where someone is killed becomes, to me, a sacred place. The time when someone dies is a sacred moment. And that’s what roadside memorial are designed to remember: the place and moment someone left this world.

Below are links to book, videos, and webpages related to the subject of roadside memorials…

“A mother is asking for the community’s help to find her daughter’s missing memorial that was recently taken from where she died more than two years ago…” Mother wants missing roadside memorial returned https://youtu.be/d2zKH8BCOzs

“3,089 people were killed on Texas roads in 2009. Family members sometimes erect memorials at the locations of these accidents. East Texans share their loss and how the cope with a loved-one who is no longer with them…” Along The Roadside: Street Memorials In East Texas https://youtu.be/ABW8F1nkA3Q

“Holly Everett documents over thirty-five memorial sites with twenty-five photographs representing the wide range of creativity. Examining the complex interplay of politics, culture, and belief, she emphasizes the importance of religious expression in everyday life and analyzes responses to death that this tradition. Roadside crosses are a meeting place for communication, remembrance, and reflection, embodying on-going relationships between the living and the dead. They are a bridge between personal and communal pain—and one of the oldest forms of memorial culture…” Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture https://www.amazon.com/Roadside-Crosses-Contemporary-Memorial-Culture/dp/1574411500

“American roadsides are home to a vast range of impromptu memorials, some anonymous and modest crosses at the scene of a tragedy and others elaborate and well-maintained commemorations. Most of the markers on the shoulders of American streets commemorate the victims of an automobile accident, but there seem to be no especially systematic surveys of the geographical distribution, styles, composition, or duration of such markers…” Spontaneous Mourning and Material Culture: The Archaeology of Roadside Memorials https://paulmullins.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/spontaneous-mourning-and-material-culture-the-archaeology-of-roadside-memorials/

“The author of a new book on roadside memorials says British Columbia has more than its share of street-side shrines and predicts that number will continue to grow. Dr. John Belshaw co-authored the book Private Grief, Public Mourning along with his wife Diane Purvey…” Author pens book on roadside memorials https://youtu.be/VaFkdnELh38

“With vivid images of a variety of different shrines and monuments built across BC, this book helps to delve into the human emotion of grief and why taking it into a public space can provide such comfort to one mourning individual and such discomfort to others…” Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia… https://www.amazon.com/Private-Grief-Public-Mourning-Roadside/dp/189563699X

“Resting Places” is a documentary film about roadside memorials and the controversy that surrounds them… http://webpages.charter.net/dnance/whatever/kc-main.htm

Descansos: Roadside Memorials on the American Highway… http://webpages.charter.net/dnance/descansos/index-thum.htm

Roadside memorials give a public face to private grief… Journey Interrupted https://youtu.be/oLCOTVOgcC0

“A ghost bike (also referred to as a ghostcycle or WhiteCycle) is a bicycle roadside memorial, placed where a cyclist has been killed or severely injured, usually by a motor vehicle…” Ghost bike https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_bike

What Is A Ghost Bike? https://youtu.be/BoI3ji8-jg0

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