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September 08, 2012

Slate's "Conservative" Writer Dave Wiegel: When the Conservative Media Reports Stories the Partisan Liberal Press Embargoes, It's "Trolling"

There was a day when reporting stories embarrassing to the Democratic Party was so commonplace the media didn't really have a name for it. They just called it "reporting."

Now it's such a rare phenomenon that Dave Wiegel has to engage his thinker to figure out the process by which a story embarrassing to Democrats could possibly get traction. He calls it "trolling" -- in a "neutral sense," he means.

Why do these stories come from the conservative press?

Because the "mainstream" press, which is of course actually liberal, does not want to cover them. They refuse to report on them. The conservative press is thus left with scoops, which they develop.

The conservative press then develops the stories the "mainstream" press took a deliberate pass on enough to prove that these *are* stories the public is interested in. Then the "mainstream" liberal media is forced, against their wishes, to report the news.

And this, then, is what David Wiegel calls "trolling" -- reporting the stories the "mainstream" press has chosen to embargo, and chosen to embargo for the simple fact that they are unhelpful to the political party they vigorously support.

Wiegel calls it "trolling." I call it "ignoring the embargo that JornoList has declared on all stories not deemed helpful to the Great Patriotic Cause of the One Party State."

Oh: Wiegel calls these stories "distracting."

The Examiner, Washington Times, and Center for American Freedom’s teams were only fractions of the size of the CNN or New York Times teams in Charlotte. But they wrote the convention’s distracting stories.

95% of the convention was pre-scripted advertisement. It was a pageant, with a fixed outcome. Most conventions are.

The actual "news" is the stuff that happens that wasn't scripted -- that is, what the conservative "trolls" like YidWithLid reported on.

But Dave Wiegel considers the news a "distraction" from the pre-scripted Democratic Messaging Operation.

The Narrative

Any facts which "distract" from it are nonfacts and thus non-news.


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