They have a new strategy, by the way. Sometimes, as with the NYT Flynn transcripts story, they write a scarifying headline, but then, in the body of the piece, they admit there's no there there.
But they rely on the headline to convey the opposite impression -- and they rely on the Blue Checkmark Mafia to retweet the shit out of headline only, with the implication our explicit claim that the article says what it simply does not say.
The other thing they do, obviously, as the AP did here, is straight-up lie. But that's not a new tactic for this crew.
Always read the article or the original documents. Getting freaked out? Is their viral hysteria infecting you?
Put aside the false claims and primal yelps they're making on social media and go to the original article -- or, when they deign to supply it, the original document they're blatantly misrepresenting.
You can insulate yourself from hysteria in that way -- don't buy into their second-hand telephone-game-of-hysterics method of reporting. Go the source, and walk way with an eased temper.
I said a briefer version of this on Twitter to these people:
We all watched you in tears on election night, on our TVs.
We saw your crying. There's no denying it.
And there's no coming back from that.
Anyone who cries like a baby while on television over the election results cannot claim to be able to put aside his deep emotional reaction and behave professionally and detachedly in the months to follow.
We know what you are. We've always known what you were, but seeing the hysterical tears flow was proof to the rest of the world who suspected but did not know.
And we'll never believe a word you say again.
Go fuck yourselves dead,
The People Who Used to Watch You On TV
The Silents and the Boomers on the other hand can't go five seconds without TV. They have to have one wherever they go. The moment they enter a hotel room they start feverishly looking around for a remote and once located begin frantically flipping channels until they are acclimatized to the unaccustomed channel menu.
I love my in-laws but the fact that they have to have something on the tube constantly drives me nuts.
But the TV newsies face a stark future. Gen X and below just don't watch TV like that. My TV is hooked up to five year old desk-top whose only job now is stream videos. A builder I talked to informed me that the houses he builds for younger younger families are only wired with Cat5e cable. They aren't bothering with coaxial.
I have noted in the past year that TV networks are veering harder and harder Left as their markets deteriorate (which is to say die). The reason they are doing that is obvious, "there is no one more free than someone who has nothing to lose."
TV is doomed and they know it.