Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Hollywood is where they make movies, fictional stories presented for entertainment. They are carefully scripted, staged and shot to show the best angles and most effective presentation.
Pallywood is the term given to movies made by Palestinians, fictional stories presented to gin up outrage against Israel. They are carefully scripted, staged and shot to show the best angles and most effective presentation.
And now we have CNN-wood, a fictional story presented by CNN to pretend that ordinary Muslims are against ISIS and Islamic terrorism. The story was carefully scripted, staged and shot to show the best angles and most effective presentation.
Movies that we know show fake scenes is one thing. We willingly suspend disbelief to enjoy the story. Propaganda that we suspect may be fake is something else, but we are suspicious enough not to be taken in.
The news media creating a news story that it knows to be fake, but which it presents as the truth, is a deliberate lie told with intent to deceive. If we cannot rely on the news to report honestly, how can we distinguish it from propaganda? And if we can’t distinguish it, why should we give journalists any respect?
(MItch: we can’t, good question, and as a group we should not; there are honest journos, but the institutions are rotten to the core).
Stories like this validate Trump’s assertion that the major media is fake news.
They make Trump credible.
And I think about half of this country knows that.
(And a quarter thinks the media is in the bag for the right. Yep. They’re out there somewhere).