Thoughts on levels of trust

Published Mar 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Levels of trust: President Trump in a Tucker Carlson interview said he feels social media is the only way he has of honestly communicating with people, reaching some 30 million people. Trump ranked the “fakenews” media with NBC and CNN. That suggests, according to blogger anonamom, the mainstream media can no longer be trusted as a vehicle to convey accurate information to the citizens. Each reader has to become expert at choosing experts, sorting through different sources of news to establish levels of trust.

Media gullibility: Blogger Don Surber explains that gullibility is why liberals are liberal. “They are authoritarian by nature. They obey. They believe credentials give them license to be our lords. And so it goes with [MSNBC’s Rachel] Maddow. Trust authority. The polls are right. Four months later, they still cannot accept the election results. It was the Russians. It was Comey. It was The Donald cheating on his taxes.”

Taking offense: Blogger Another Bob points out a prime leftist tactic — privileging the meaning of the listener, not the speaker. What you say isn’t what you mean, what you mean is what the listener heard. Sorry, the freedom to offend is essential to democracy, although the freedom to offend does not imply the necessity to do so.

Double standards: When a Missouri rodeo clown wore an Obama mask, he was ridden out of the business by the mainstream media. The reaction when rapper Snoop Dog releases a video in which he shoots a Trump-like looking clown? Crickets.

Close to home: A blog reader explains that the lack of coverage of Puerto Rican debt issues “is not at all due to the complexity of PR financial shenanigans, which they indeed are, but completely due to the similarity to individual state finances, such as New York or Illinois.” States with unfunded pension plans choose to overlook what may befall them.

Prove it: Facing pending cuts in Trump’s budget, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting released a statement calling itself an “essential national service.” Blogger MM replies, “Yes. I need that essential Antiques Road Show. I will collapse if I can’t see that.” Bloger Iggy adds, “If it’s essential, the people who find it so may fund it. More likely they may not, because it isn’t, which is what they’re really afraid people will realize.”

Clarity: From Powerline comes this — “. . . I want to point something out that seems to be missing from the discussion of health care. And that is the fact that politicians don’t seem to understand just what insurance is. Insurance is a financial service that pools money (premiums) from a cohort of individuals in order to provide protection from rare, but financially devastating, contingencies.”

Compared to Obama: When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “described how O’care was passed, unread, in the middle of the night, etc. etc., and compared it to how Trump is managing the process of Repeal and Replace, it’s abundantly clear who is the most transparent.”

Brain cramp: The idea that the world’s quality of life problems can be solved by bringing everyone to the United States is so typically liberal it hurts. Instead, let’s export what we do well at home, including the ideas that make it work. Then they can choose for themselves to follow it at home or not.