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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Since I was an insurance underwriter for more than 25 years, I have developed a highly tuned "bullshit" detector that comes into play when I come across a story that stretches credibility.

    This morning, I received a note from ChristianHeadlines.com that claimed that Chick-fil-A would soon be the 3rd largest restaurant chain in the country (after McDonalds and Starbucks) despite being closed on Sunday.

    https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/chick-fil-a-to-become-3rd-largest-restaurant-chain-despite-being-closed-on-sundays.html

    Since I found that hard to believe, I did further research, and found a couple of sites with more information.

    Wikipedia provided a list of all of the restaurant chains in America. Even allowing for the fact that the list may not be entirely accurate, Chick-fil-A has significantly fewer locations than many other chains. KFC, for example, has TEN TIMES the number of locations as Chick-fil-A, and Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts also have far more locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_restaurant_chains_in_the_United_States

    If you went just by sales volume, Chick-fil-A is still far off the pace. (They were #8 in 2017), Surprisingly, Chick-fil-A does top KFC in terms of sales volume.

    https://www.foodandwine.com/news/top-25-restaurant-chains-in-america-sales

    If you click on the "about" tab on the ChristianHeadlines page, you'll notice that they are owned by the Salem Web Network, which also happens to own Daily Caller, which generally carries some very wacky articles:

    https://townhall.com/

    Christian Headlines, of course, is very fond of Mike Pence.

    Not all religious news sources are bad, of course, but it doesn't take long to figure out which ones consistently put our nonsense for their gullible readers.

    Remember - always consider the source.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Arizona; yes correct. I always compare, what they say here and what they say overseas; we have the major Dutch newspaper on the internet every day. Lots of things are different portrayed then here.

    But I guess we both agree that here lots of "fake news" is presented, but that does not change my mind that "political" speaking it is here an total mess, because of lack of "up to date" laws as well solid limits of the powers for Presidents etc..

    Also the "media" is so enormous partisan which is an horrible source to get things the "honest" way; like FOX and Sinclair.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    NBC just announced the 5 moderators for the upcoming Democratic debates. The press announcement from NBC is straight to the point, and completely absent of any bias about the moderators.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/nbc-announces-five-moderators-first-democratic-debate-n1016106

    In contrast, Townhall paints a much different picture.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozellandtimgraham/2019/06/12/nbc-names-debate-moderators--or-celebrators-n2548015

    Maddow, of course, is "a leftist, Trump-hating Russiagate conspiracy theorist."

    Lester Holt - "But there was not one single, solitary challenge of anything Hillary Clinton said. In fact, there were no questions about Benghazi or The Clinton Foundation or anything scandalous. The New York Times loved it. Say no more."

    "Chuck Todd has interviewed Sanders umpteen times in the last five years and has never disclosed that the direct-mail fundraising firm run by his wife, Kristian Denny"

    We best remember Savannah Guthrie for assisting sleazy author Joe McGinniss on the "Today" show in 2011

    "Telemundo fiercely editorializes against any policy restraining illegal immigration."

    "Biden proclaimed to the audience that the moral fabric of America is being "shredded" by President Trump, and that as president he would work to "restore the American creed."

    "The fabric that's been shredded here is the notion that NBC or MSNBC can be perceived by anyone with a brain wave as neutral moderators in our political debates.

    Townhall was started by the Heritage Foundation in 1995, but is now owned by the Salem Media group.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townhall

    Townhall features more than 80 columns (both syndicated and exclusive) by a variety of writers and commentators, who often appear as guest commentators on the Fox News Channel. The website also publishes news articles from the Associated Press.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Did you ever see an real good moderator? Look at the Trump/ Hillary "show" ; they never jumped in to say that Trump should not stand right behind Hillary's back as an clown. etc. Nor interfered when stupid things were said.

    Just let the "circus" begin as always; the clowns get the most attention.

    I've never seen in any other country an circus like the elections here.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I recently stumbled on a website titled "mediabiasfactcheck.com that evaluates the "slant" of various news sources. I checked a few of my favorites just for fun, and discovered that the Des Moines Register was actually one of the more "neutral" newspapers.

    Media Bias/Fact Check also has published a list of the MOST RELIABLE "fact checking" sites, and you'll recognize most of them.

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/2016/07/20/the-10-best-fact-checking-sites/

    I've been relying on Snopes for YEARS, but don't check the site very often. When I took a quick look this morning, this message popped up, and you could have SLAPPED me silly.

    https://www.snopes.com/enough-is-enough/

    I was not familiar with the acronym SLAPP, but it stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation, and its purpose is to suppress freedom of speech, a commodity that is in danger under the Trump administration. Snopes has apparently been attacked by a group called Proper Media LLC, which is based in San Diego.

    participation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation

    If you are interested in helping Snopes survive, the company has set up a GoFundMe site that is listed in the second link above.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Arizona; I think your B.S. detector will tell you that just about everything "political' speaking is B.S. The B.S. gets only bigger if "elections" are at the horizon and we have an "B.S. dictator" with B.S. people surrounding him.

    Sorry to say even "honest" media can't catch up on it. Such as Pompeo who claims things without any proof, which could start wars. Let alone what our "dictator" spews out day after day.