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mattparlmer
Vox then vs Vox now. Hard to see this as anything other than journalistic malpractice to be quite honest. The data were there, everybody in my world was aware of it and acting on it. So instead of actual reporting, they trotted out the "eccentric techbro asshole" narrative.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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It's not just Vox. The entire press has its journalistic head so far up its narrative ass that it doesn't even register when it does a 180 and starts freaking out about the exact things we told them to worry about for months. Any acknowledgement of the fuckup? Of course not.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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The elite press has no mechanism for self-criticism that it considers legitimate. The NYT is the "newspaper of record". If it's in the Grey Lady it's true, or so j-school grads would have you believe. They are the heroes in the only narrative that they allow.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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They are, to some extent, giving the people what they ask for. Look at the Twitter bedwetting that happens among the NYT subscriber base whenever Bari Weiss decides to get edgy. People want their cotton candy narrative in a nice, internally coherent package.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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If you're in the "coherent cotton candy narrative" business it's inherently hard to be in the "high fidelity description of reality" business. Some people recognize that tension, and we call them "good journalists". They are few and far between.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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The vast majority of the press find that tension uncomfortable, so displace reality with narrative without acknowledging that any displacement took place. The entire political press, and to a less extent the broader media industry, runs on these Orwellian mental gymnastics.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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This might be kinda hard for some people in neoliberal world to hear, but we are not on the same team as the elite progressive press. They are not our friends, and when they act like our friends it is to further their production of a constant stream of bullshit.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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The political press in its current configuration does not benefit in any way from more rational, effective, right-sized/right-shaped government. Their lazy ass leak-driven reporting model certainly doesn't benefit from state transparency. They benefit from chaos.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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That this *incentive structure* (or that of certain bureaucrats/think tanks/etc) remains opaque to economically literate neoliberal activists is a testament to how pervasive and structural the press's narrative has become. They've been propagandizing everybody since first grade.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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Normally the domestic political press doesn't directly cause body counts, but covid is different. The press spent the last two months telling everybody to listen to public health officials and ignore "alarmists". They actively constructed the mass apathy that they now denounce.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
Replying to @mattparlmer
I have my own opinions about whether or not we should consider people who make a living inside the bullshit factory to be "bad people", but I'll leave that determination up to you and your morals. What we should all be able to agree on is that they are materially destructive.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
Replying to @mattparlmer
Stop treating the press like it's a priesthood or in any way an honorable calling. Cancel your NYT and WaPo subscriptions. If you must read mainstream news go somewhere that doesn't need to make money like ProPublica or NPR or Bloomberg.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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Most of all, stop suspending disbelief and practice active skepticism with relation to the accuracy and good faith of the political press. You just might realize that you're living in an increasingly unstable house of cards. Then perhaps you'll want to do something about it.
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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mattparlmer Mar 12
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ps Listen to when they tell you the sky is falling, because when you don't you miss the occasional pandemic.
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mattparlmer Mar 13
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pps So extraordinary, in fact, that they could easily have made it up! Never ceases to amaze me how susceptible journalists are to bullshit when it's packed in a PDF with official letterhead. This is our fourth estate watchdog in action. Extraordinary!
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mattparlmer Mar 13
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If you're coming to this thread today, we urgently need help with US-based mask production, see below
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