Please, Karie, Do Some Research / by Karie Luidens

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Oh, my lord. I basically did a spit-take when I saw the latest issue of Albuquerque’s weekly Alibi.

Thank you, Gonzalez Gonzales! I needed a good laugh this weekend.

ALIBI V.28 NO.9 • FEB 28-MARCH 6, 2019

Dear Editor,

I was watching this program about the MSM. They compiled a video of headline soundbites of all the major news outlets. And all of them were word for word the same. Most citizens would not know they were being duped unless they were able to watch all of the news at the same time. A lot of close friends of mine have been turned into “Useful Idiots” because they believe every word of mainstream media. What really strikes me is Karie Luidens letter [Alibi v28 i4] was “exactly” the same as CNN, ABC, CBS and all the other traitors.

Please, Karie, do some research and get your news from other sources too. And get a mind of your own!!!

I was born here 68 years ago and this is my story and I’m sticking to it.

Obama is the one who created the hostility and hatred I read in your letter. He is not the Messiah.

Gonzalez Gonzales,

Well then! [Wiping tears of laughter.]

Did my letter to the editor in January really contain hostility and hatred? I hope not. I was going for… facts and frustration.

Incidentally, I’ve seen the video he’s referencing, in which reporters in the MSM (mainstream media) deliver a message that’s “word for word the same.” The eerie footage was compiled by the video editor at Deadspin in April 2018, and the phenomenon does represent a real threat to the integrity of contemporary media—just not the one Mr. Gonzales fears.

The incident didn’t reflect widespread liberal groupthink so much as centralized conservative control. Those news announcers, longtime purveyors of independent local reporting, were contractually required to read that script by the company that’s bought up more and more of their stations over the years, the telecommunications conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group.

And who or what is Sinclair? This article in The Guardian summarizes it nicely:

“Sinclair’s probably the most dangerous company most people have never heard of,” said Michael Copps, the George W Bush-appointed former chairman of Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the top US broadcast regulator. […]

The New York Times refers to the group as a “conservative giant” that, since the Bush presidency, has used its 173 television stations “to advance a mostly right-leaning agenda”. The Washington Post describes it as a “company with a long history of favoring conservative causes and candidates on its stations’ newscasts”. […]

Sinclair forces its local stations to run pro-Trump “news” segments. In April, they hired Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump campaign spokesman and member of the White House press office, as its chief political analyst. His “must-run” 10-minute political commentary segments unsurprisingly hewed closely to the Trump administration’s message. The news and analysis website Slate, referring to Epshteyn’s contributions, said: “As far as propaganda goes, this is pure, industrial-strength stuff.”


I’m not laughing anymore.

Oh well.

At least Mr. Gonzalez and I agree that Obama is not the Messiah. I’ll leave it at that and get back to my research—which, of course, includes diverse news sources as well as firsthand experience. I already have a mind of my own!!! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.