Unethical Quote Of The Month: New York Time Tech Reporter Kevin Roose

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“The tricky thing, for Facebook, is that some of the most viral stories aren’t strictly false….But they are feeding a stolen election narrative that is going to be hard to dial back.”

——New York Times Technology reporter Kevin Roose, after being called on referring to four accurate articles as “Right Wing misinformation.”

And there it is! We have a smoking gun regarding the insidious, growing tendency of journalists and the news media to think of information as theirs to withhold, alter, hype, hide or bury permanently for what they perceive as the public good.

“Aren’t strictly false…but.” That’s chilling. What Roose is saying is that the truth can be dangerous, and social media should only allow “good” news to be posted and shared, news items that advance narratives supporting what the Left approves of, rather than those that challenge or rebut their obliviously superior and more virtuous views and objectives.

If a factual story makes the public distrust the election results,then perhaps the election results should be questioned. The remedy is to demonstrate with convincing arguments and other facts why this is a mistaken view. When I hear someone arguing that the remedy is to bury the story, that makes me wonder why that person is trying to keep me in the dark.

The primary facts that support the stolen election narrative is how Democrats, the resistance and the news media behaved over the past four years, making it clear that neither law, nor ethics, nor American institutions, values and traditions, nor basic fairness or common decency, would stand in the way of their obsession with removing Donald Trump from the Presidency by any means necessary.

Why, in light of all that, wouldn’t they try to steal the election?

10 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: New York Time Tech Reporter Kevin Roose

  1. “obliviously superior”…typo or genius? Both, I say!
    Let’s use this to replace ‘supercilious’ which I’ve been recently assured is not really a word.

  2. Glenn Greenwald on Twitter:

    “NYT tech reporters were angry that the anti-censorship posture of NYT editors would impede their campaign to pressure Silicon Valley to censor more robustly. The role that mainstream **journalists** have played, of all people, in taking the lead to demand that Silicon Valley oligarchs more aggressively control and censor the internet — the greatest threat to a free and open internet after mass surveillance — cannot be overstated. Just ponder the warped mentality of someone who chooses journalism as a career, then devotes themselves to trying to silence the ability of others to be heard by converting themselves into petulant tattletales who demand that Facebook, Twitter & Google censor dissenting voices. This is absolutely the key fact to understand about media trends over the last 4 years: most corporate & “independent” outlets explicitly aligned themselves with one political faction — out of both conviction and profit — and it contaminated everything, principally the “news.”‘

  3. RIGHT: We don’t like you, Facebook. You guys are literally censoring us to help the Left.
    FACEBOOK: Okay, true, but it’s not like we completely ban all conservatives from saying anything.
    LEFT: And that’s why WE don’t like you either, Facebook.

    fin

  4. “Propaganda … serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.”

    -Eric Hoffer

    A quote from ‘The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements’, a book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

  5. “We must keep people from learning the truth because if they do then they’ll make bad decisions. (That is, decisions different from the ones that we make, knowing the truth.) The only way they will make good decisions like we do is if we lie to them.”

    They really haven’t thought this through, have they? If you can’t build a better society without lies, you can’t maintain it without lies. The aspiring rationalist community has an adage: “If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy.” That is, anything connected to that truth or anyone who seeks truth must be hidden or discredited because otherwise it will reveal the lie.

    I suppose it didn’t occur to these so-called journalists that in order to change the minds of those who are “wrong” it might be necessary to listen to them first. Granted, they may never have learned how. With many humans the ones who are “right” don’t think any differently from the ones who are “wrong”. They just happened to grow up in a community that makes use of ideas that genuinely perceptive people came up with. Whether they apply those ideas wisely is another matter entirely.

    Do I blame people for trying to manipulate others instead of leaning how to convince them? Absolutely. They took the easy, unethical path instead of the difficult but honorable and ultimately more effective one.

    That said, the workshop I’m helping design will help people become more perceptive and make the effective path much easier for them to use.

  6. Jack said:

    What Roose is saying is that the truth can be dangerous, and social media should only allow “good” news to be posted and shared, news items that advance narratives supporting what the Left approves of, rather than those that challenge or rebut their obliviously superior and more virtuous views and objectives.

    1960’s Television Code authority called and they want their censorship back.

    Do these people even read history? Do they care that “We should only print stuff that’s for the good of the country” is exactly what First Amendment jurisprudence has been rejecting for, I don’t know, half a century, and that the implicit claim of right to determine what is good and what is not does not belong in the hands of anyone, let alone “journalists?”

    Are they not aware that the “good of the country” can one day be weaponized against them, as it has been in the past? Those who cannot remember the past …

  7. I am thinking of starting a “NoTaxation without Representation” movement. Everyone pays their taxes into escrow until all these questionable elections have been fixed. I shouldn’t have to pay taxes if the elections are decided by the people who count the votes, not the people who vote. We need to get some judges with spines who will say “So, you told all the Republican observers to go home because you were done, then you continued to count the votes? You are redoing that election and you are going to do it right this time.” We need judges who will say “So, the voting machine software counted all the votes for the Republican towards the Democratic candidate? Well, you are redoing that election and you are going to do it right this time.” Why are election observer reports considered ignorable? Isn’t that why they were there in the first place, to report irregularities? Why are judges so scared to order a revote in an election where vote irregularities are present? Oh yeah, they are corrupt, too.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/phillys-long-history-corruption-includes-judge-convicted-bribery-cast

    Of course, it won’t work. The government will just steamroll over anyone who tries it. Even if you could get everyone in the country to hold their taxes, still wouldn’t work because it is difficult for citizens to put any pressure on a government committed to borrowing an infinite amount of money to do whatever they want.

    Sorry to bring everyone else into my ring of depression.

  8. “If a factual story [or assertion] makes the public distrust the election results [is questionable], then perhaps the election results [assertion] should be questioned. The remedy is to demonstrate with convincing arguments and other facts why this [questioning the assertion] is a mistaken view.”

    As I recall, the foregoing was the intellectual basis of every discussion session we had in college. I guess that’s ancient history now. Again, the demise of the American academy is the major tragedy of my life time.

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