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Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

What a load of self-absorbed crap! I am just astounded at the voice of this article, as if of the people, and not some saintly prince that prances around journaling this region as if he understands it. I am sure that whatever smugness weaves, smugness believes.

We live in interesting times. I am similarly aghast at how the snowflakes and their fake news have coagulated in their sanguine opinion that the reason they were all humiliated, the reason that their hopes for Clinton were based on misconception, is because peopleyou and Ibelieved in other sources that are not them. Which is to say, THEY are the fake news, the Inlander, the Spokesman, the NYT. It is a bitter pill.

Really, news is news; it is something new. The idea of journaling, it seems to me, is more about the act of recording than about making exemplifying the truth. The truth is self-evident. We do not need brilliantif self absorbed and narcissisticMacgregor and his expertise. No, we do not need that becausethe truth is self evident and Sir McGregor is not an orifice for the truth. Truth is manifold and does not revolve around the ego of editors and owners. I find great joy when I see opinion-makers fail. When I see their egos crumple.

It is most often followed by a hunt for a cause to their failure that would betray their inability to prevent what unfolded. Nay!!!! It cannot be their fault. And for those fragile spirits the Washington Post has done a great job in promoting the fake news narrative. The fake news narrative is a generous gift for those tainted hearts that can now exclaim to whomever will listenan ever diminishing audiencethat their failings are not their own but that of someone else. The Washington Posts angle was to project theirMcGregorsfailings as an overt act of meddling by the Russians. Indeed, the Washington Posts write-up on fake news has been almost universally panned by actual journalists who do not need to make amends but to just keep journaling with that same method as before, to keep seeking the truth an making it evident. I dont think that happens at the Inlander. The Inlander does not produce news and it does not employ journalists. Heck, it is hard for me to say that they even employ good writers, but I am a harsh critic.

Does Inlander staff even attend things like the council meetings or go to court? Do they examine the public record for stories? Do they investigate? Or is it just to entertain a dull mass of cultureless narcissists who mistake self-love for culture?

It was cute to see a write-up on fake news that did not elevate the Russian useful idiot meme. Indeed, it was quite clear that the Inlander and its snowflakes, as well as the Spokesman and its snowflakes and the TV husks with hair-dos that read the news to that aforementioned dull mass, all of these people were the useful idiots of the failed strategy of the Queen of manipulation. It was truly a pathetic sight to behold, and I mourned for their project too, because the people NEED to be informed. There needs to be someone willing to see the virtue of truth in itself. There needs to be someone that ceaselessly follows a lead regardless of whom it may defame or what institution may get bad PR because of it. The truth does matter, but I fear that it is not found in these pages nor is it pursued by its staff, nor, it seems from analyzing this drab screed, is it important to McGregor. What McGregor seems to be mourning is the act of him speaking and people believing him. Anyone with that affliction knows now how that infection spreads and what it feels like; and so poor McGregor has to bemoan fake news in order to juxtapose his own poor editing and managing of this rag. He has to apologize for his failuresone would not expect him to own his failures. Self-love can restrict that sort of introspection.

I also think that it is funny that he speaks of the first in the world school of journalism. The statement itself is one of meaningless sophistry. As if we are to see his expertise as above all others because his school is the oldest? Is that why its age is relevant? I would hope he would have more refinement than that but I am loath to give liars the benefit of the doubt. Regardless of his schools age, Journalism had been failing as an organ of truth for quite a few decades by the time that 1908 rolled around. The founding of these sorts of schools, it seems to me, was to better shape the optics of the act of journaling. I say that because of this: Remember the Maine

I dont know if McGregor would Remember the Maine but it certainly is an epic tale of what scum bubbles up from mass media. William Randolph Hearst once said you furnish the pictures and Ill furnish the war and people of McGregors ilk obliged. For this act the US won from Spain the Islands of Peurto Rico, Cuba and the Philippines. We would later find out that the USS Maine was not sunk by Spain but by itself; whether deliberately, or because of mismanagement, it is still unknown. The Americans then unfolded a tyranny that would eventually collapse with Castros rise to power over the hated Baptista regime that US interlopers had installed. Not that Castro was any better, though, McGregor might think so.

The hero in this story, Walter Williams, was emblematic of the cancer that is now perfusing through higher education and the smugness of newspapers as a whole. Before his vaunted School of Journalism newspaper writers were apprentices. Did you hear that? They did not need to go to journaling school to know how to journal. So what then is the significance of the first school for journaling? Why does it matter? If you ask me it fits very well with the timeline of the decline of journalism and the ascension of the modern US warfare state. Ironically, the decline of western civilization can be seen in a similar arc of history. McGregor might proffer that it is because of the lack of professionalism that the school was trying to alleviate. But the founding of this school coincides with one of the bloodiest periods in the 20th century, it glorified the embedding of journalists and their celebrity and, it seems to me, the truth took a back seat to that of expertise and innuendo.

Would McGregor rail against the fake news from the Spanish-American war? Would he rail against the reports that the German navy was about to cross the Atlantic and invade America prior to WWI? Would he rail against FDRs deception that led to the Pearl Harbor massacre as documented in Stinnets Day of Deceit? Would he rail against the reports from the gulf of Tonkin in the 60s? Or how he helped lie to youto usso that GWB could have his war in Iraq? Oh no, fake news is a more recent problem that needs to be confronted. And who better to confront it than the moron that probably doesnt even understand how stupid his fake news musings even sound.

There is no more glorious a fact in our society than that of owning pulp futures does not amount to owning the ability to project ones ideas. No, there is much better competition now, and with much lower overhead. The paper will continue to die as you old deadwood lovers reach your twilight. The newspapers will die and information will be more freely available to everyone then at any point in human history and it will be the self-evident that can be true rather than truth from the megaphone of the likes of McGregor and his deadwood friends.

The only thing I look forward to, in these pages, is the fodder to tease with. Thanks Inlander

Posted by Lysander_Spooner on 12/06/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Pay to Play

And, every original artist from the Beatles to Pit Bull started as a cover artist. So, BMI, ASCAP, you're being awfully short sighted.

Posted by Amybeth Hurst on 12/06/2016 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Pay to Play

The ASCAP or BMI rep will say "nothing is for free, you have to pay." But, in truth, the money goes into the pockets of the executives, nowhere else. The artists are paid ONLY by downloads, record sales and radio airplay. Nowhere else. Period. So, the $10,000 charged to a small local venue goes only into the pockets of the executives, end of story. They closed down a local open mic in my town of 3,000. The owners lost so much business, they had to close down. Thanks BMI rep, your mother must be so proud. And, even if the owners could have come up with the $10,000, NOT A NICKLE WOULD GO TO THE WRITERS OR ARTISTS!!! Shame, shame, shame, shame.

Posted by Amybeth Hurst on 12/06/2016 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Attack at Ohio State University, Castro is dead and other headlines

... and still have dumbass gringo leftists swoon at your feet.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/05/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Pay to Play

It's extortion plain and simple. I can see the merit of paying ONE ... but all three collect for the same service. The Law has to be changed, it affects small business, local entertainment...frankly, it's RIGGED!

Posted by LynE on 12/05/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

After reading even more "blame game" journalism/commentary from the losing team, I'm compelled to respond to Mr. McGregor's low energy rant....only to see that, these days, there are others that understand the self-delegitimizing of the conventional press.

"Fake news" didn't determine the election...or even contribute to it.

It was bigotry. The bigotry of the conventional press towards conservative leaning, "uneducated" Americans.

That bigotry continues.....and editors like Mr. McGregor will keep championing it's ignorance.

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Posted by DDC on 12/05/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Hitting the Wall

The persons responsible for hate crimes are the persons who commit them. Explicitly or implicitly blaming hate crimes on Trump turns the issue into a political argument that distracts from the crime and its victim(s), unnecessarily creating controversy. On the other hand, if the goal is to create argument and division, blaming Trump or his "deplorable" supporters is a good strategy.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/05/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “What we know so far about next year's Tinnabulation Music Festival

Who to contact for booking local bands?

Posted by Devonte The-Solution Pearson on 12/05/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “I Saw You

Are you for real or just an angel who was sent my way to comfort me on a morning when I longed to have my late son in my life for just a few minutes; for him to give me a sign that he was still with me. I wrote about you in the November 17th issue of the Inlander. You were the one out at Northern Quest Casino on Monday, November 7th, between 7 AM and 9 AM. I havent seen you since. I talked to the Class A Badge security guard you were with that day and told him the story. He couldnt figure out who you might have been or why you were with him. My husband, who is former law enforcement and hears and sees everything, said (when I told him about you), I knew someone was there but I didnt see anyone. So are you for real or an angel that was sent to let me know that everything was all right? Whoever you are, wherever you are, another heartfelt thank you for being there that day with a wonderful, cheerful smile and for being my angel.

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Posted by SDO on 12/05/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Paul stated:

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

If that were true, Paul, then a great deal of people, far smarter and wiser than you, are wrong.

Perhaps you should read the section of the US Constitution about Presidential elections.

Apparently, you, Paul Dillon, suffer from Democrat Derangement Syndrome. It's been going around..... It's a common ailment among democrat lemmings, the astoundingly politically ignorant, and low information voters.

Hillary was unfit to be POTUS anyway...watch the hearings in 2017; maybe you will realize this and get over your childish disease.

Grow up.


To the Inlander Editors:

The Inlander keeping columnists around as blindly biased as Dillon is why your Spokane community influence will remain minimal. The Inlander will forever be surprised on election day and not taken seriously as a publication.

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Posted by Do Better Inlander on 12/05/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “The Yoga of Yes

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Posted by francesbradley on 12/05/2016 at 3:21 AM

Re: “Trumped-up Education

The Union argues against choice based on the false premise that it's bad for public schools. But charter schools and other such choices can be successful at the same time public schools are also successful.

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Posted by muddydog on 12/04/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

"Hillary Clinton lost (she didn't)"

Paul, get a grip. Yes, she did lose. Trump won according to rules of the election which we have used since the ratification of the US Constitution. He got 302 electoral votes and she got 232.

You really need to work this out and to still be stuck in the first stage of grief (denial) is just going to make it more painful for you.

Move on...

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Funny how a minor captain of liberal media is whining about "fake news".

This is analogous to a kid pleading for mercy from the court after being convicted of killing his parents; "...after all, I'm an orphan, judge".

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Posted by WakeUpDs on 12/04/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Fake-News Nightmare

Unmentioned in this column are the progressive's pet fake news sources that were widely popular in that liberal bubble. We had years of the smug and smarmy John Stewart and Stephen Colbert (and now we have their offspring shows). These shows readily admitted it was fake news and many of their viewers readily admitted these shows were their only source of news. Sure they are satire and comedy but the line was blurred. Remember 'truthiness'?

Unless you are willing to admit that some of the biggest purveyors of fake news were those on the left, just save your bellyaching.

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Posted by ptleahy on 12/04/2016 at 8:27 AM
Posted by Billy Mehaffey on 12/04/2016 at 4:14 AM

Re: “In Defense of Refugees

Be the HERO in your circle of influence.

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Posted by Trish in Spokane on 12/04/2016 at 3:53 AM

Re: “This Isn't Normal

Re: Ryan Humphrey.

Paul is as pro DEMOCRAT and anti-Republican as anyone you will ever meet. Apparently, you're not a frequent reader of his biased, liberal rants in the Inlander.

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Posted by Justsaying' on 12/04/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “In Defense of Refugees

I'm afraid any refugee should be afraid, since as white males third and fourth generation Americans, in our 60s who happen to be gay, are each day braced for making a run for the border.

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Posted by Tim S on 12/03/2016 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Fuel Us Twice?

You can get a permit for most anything, especially when you promise politicians rosy projections. "Regulating" permitted activity under capitalism - the goal of which is endless growth and profit - is another story altogether. Said capitalist high priest Milton Friedman, "The social responsibility of business is profit". Profit. Period. Not a pure aquifer. Not public health. Not corporate responsibilty. No. None of that. Profit. Period.

Posted by DavidBrookbank on 12/03/2016 at 5:45 PM

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  • Re: Fake-News Nightmare

    • What a load of self-absorbed crap! I am just astounded at the voice of this…

    • on December 6, 2016
  • Re: Pay to Play

    • And, every original artist from the Beatles to Pit Bull started as a cover artist…

    • on December 6, 2016
  • Re: Pay to Play

    • The ASCAP or BMI rep will say "nothing is for free, you have to pay."…

    • on December 6, 2016
  • Re: Attack at Ohio State University, Castro is dead and other headlines

    • ... and still have dumbass gringo leftists swoon at your feet.

    • on December 5, 2016
  • Re: Pay to Play

    • It's extortion plain and simple. I can see the merit of paying ONE ... but…

    • on December 5, 2016
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