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Danish Newspaper Apologizes for ‘Hypnotically’ Following Gov’t Narrative on Covid: ‘We Failed’

Jack Bingham
January 14th, 2022

One of the largest news outlets in Denmark apologized to its readers for “hypnotically” trusting the government’s COVID narrative for the past two years.

In a shocking admission of failure to uphold the standards of journalistic integrity, Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet newspaper ran a story titled “We failed” on Tuesday, admitting that the paper was hoodwinked by the mainstream COVID narrative and complicit in misleading the public and fostering undue fear.

“For ALMOST two years, we — the press and the population — have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities’ daily coronavirus figures,” read the article’s introduction. “WE HAVE NOT been vigilant enough at the garden gate when the authorities were required to answer what it actually meant that people are hospitalized with corona and not because of corona. Because it makes a difference. A big difference.”

Not leaving their culpability in furthering the COVID hysteria there, the paper divulged that it wrongly believed and pushed many of the “lies” of politicians, and erroneously continued to promulgate the idea that vaccination is the only surefire tool that can be used to put an end to the pandemic.

“The vaccines are consistently referred to as our ‘superweapon.’ And our hospitals are called ‘superhospitals.’ Nevertheless, these super-hospitals are apparently maximally pressured, even though almost the entire population is armed with a super-weapon. Even children have been vaccinated on a huge scale, which has not been done in our neighboring countries,” wrote the outlet.

As reported by Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson, Ekstra Bladet is actually the second major European media outlet to admit to failures regarding objectivity and a lack of skepticism the mainstream government narrative on COVID is due.

In August 2021, the now-fired editor-in-chief of Germany’s top paper, Bild, referred to the fear-mongering done by his outlet as “poison,” while apologizing to the public if his paper’s coverage of the overblown COVID crisis “made you feel like you were a mortal danger to society.”

Many took to social media to express their pleasant surprise with the outlet’s courage to take ownership of their mistake. Former New York Times writer Barri Weiss posted “Whoa” in response to the news.

“Amazing. American newspapers should start doing the same,” said popular independent political commentator An0maly.

The media’s push to vaccinate the majority of the world’s population in order to prevent serious disease for those who are not at risk to begin with — the CDC reports an infection survival rate of greater than 99.95% for those under age 50 — adds to the skepticism surrounding the credibility of long-standing media institutions around the world.

Notably, in America, both left-wing and right-wing establishment news networks have watched their ratings plummet during the pandemic, with CNN’s primetime dropping by 68%, Fox’s falling by 50%, and MSNBC’s slipping 48%, since the beginning of 2021.

As a result, independent or non-traditional outlets have grown exponentially in their influence, with singular figures like podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan having higher viewership than entire news networks, despite manipulation from big tech.

“What we’re experiencing is a coordinated media warfare the likes of which we have never seen before,” virologist and mRNA vaccine pioneer Dr. Robert Malone told Rogan in a podcast last month, addressing the issue of media manipulation while adding that it’s not exclusively Big Tech corporations that are responsible for chilling free speech about COVID-19.

“It’s the horizontal integration across all major industries now under the control of common funds,” Malone said. “The harmonization of the tech censorship, the interests of ‘Pharma,’ ‘Big Media,’ etc., and governments.”

Telegram Passes 1 Billion Users As People Seek Censorship Free Big Tech Alternatives


ARJUN WALIA
JANUARY 13, 2022

Telegram is a social media platform, currently known as a messaging app. It’s now passed 1 Billion downloads. Here at The Pulse, we’ve experienced a tremendous amount of censorship from Big Tech platforms like Facebook, for example.

We’ve been working in the field of “alternative media” since 2009. We are no stranger to censorship, even before COVID. We’ve been subjected to algorithm changes, Facebook “fake news” strikes that are clearly unwarranted, and much more.

Censorship has hindered our business model to the point where we now struggle to do what we do on a monthly basis and sustain ourselves. Because of censorship, we and many others have created accounts on other platforms. We are a limited team, so we can only manage so many accounts at once.

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Where do mainstream media outlets get their funding from? Mostly big corporations or wealthy billionaires – and sometimes governments. This can produce massive conflicts of interest in what comes out of mainstream media coverage. This is why some information is presented in a specific light, while other information is completely ignored and even ridiculed.

TUNING OUT FAKE NEWS: CNN’s Ratings Plummet To An Abysmal New Low

Jon Dougherty
January 14, 2022

CNN, which rose to prominence during the 1991 Gulf War as the first and, at the time, only 24-7 cable news channel, has collapsed to a shell of itself in terms of viewers three decades later.

Though the network has been shedding viewers since former President Donald Trump left office, new ratings show that CNN is barely making an impact, averaging just “548,000 viewers during the week of January 3, a steep 80 percent decline from the 2.7 million it averaged over the same period in 2021,” National Review reported.

“Some of that decline can be attributed to the drama of January 6 last year, which helped the cable news network attract more viewers than on any other day in its history. This year, CNN used the anniversary of the Capitol riot to try to replicate that success, hosting a show live from the Capitol grounds,” the outlet continued.

By comparison, Fox News finished ahead in the prime time categories, again, and even MSNBC outpaced CNN during the same period.

Fox averaged around 1.4 million viewers while MSNBC registered roughly 746,000 viewers over the period.

CNN is also far behind in terms of attracting the highly sought-after 25-54 year old demographic, drawing just 113,000 compared to Fox’s 223,000 and MSNBC’s even more dismal 88,000.

“Over the last year, the talent at CNN has endured a number of scandals. Chris Cuomo, one of the network’s most promoted and well-known anchors, was let go in December after a year of controversy marred by allegations of sexual misconduct against himself and his role in advising his brother — former New York governor Andrew Cuomo — when he faced similar allegations,” National Review reported.

Last month, top podcaster Joe Rogan went off on CNN, calling the network’s ratings “dogs**t” and blasting hosts as “f**kin’ propagandists.”

After detailing the allegations against now-fired CNN host Chris Cuomo, who was not forthright with the amount of assistance he provided his embattled brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who resigned amid sexual harassment claims, Rogan blasted the network for having “highly polarizing editorial personalities like [Brian] Stelter and Don Lemon.”

Rogan then claimed that CNN is “realizing that their ratings are dogs**t.”

“I personally, maybe this is just my bias, I want the news. I want objective news,” he said.

“I want someone to tell me what are the facts of what’s going on? And what’s happening? I don’t want your ideological slant. I don’t want this left-wing propaganda network, which is what CNN has become,” he added.

“The way I look at CNN now is so different than the way I looked at CNN 15-20 years ago. I used to look at them as like, this is how I get the news. This is unbiased, professional news,” he noted further.

“They’re going to tell me what’s happening in Pakistan and what’s happening in, you know, Mogadishu. These are the real journalists that are telling you the news,” Rogan added.

“Now, I look at them, I’m like, you f***in propagandists, like, what are you, the right arm of Pfizer? Like what are you doing? You know? It’s just a, I think there’s a market for real news. And it’s really hard to find that now. It’s really hard, especially outside of independent sources,” he added.

The previous month, reports noted that CNN was considering major talent shake-ups as ratings continued to tank.

Zero Hedge noted:

…Discovery chief David Zaslav – who is widely expected to assume stewardship of CNN after its merger with WarnerMedia is complete – has kept his public comments on the failing news network close [to] the vest. When asked by Deadline what he thinks will happen with honcho Jeff Zucker, Zaslav said “Jeff’s a good friend and I like him a lot.”

But according to Jon Nicosia – former Mediaite and IJR managing editor (and former breaking news editor at the DC Examiner) – CNN is going to revert to a 100% news channel, and a “good number” of CNN’s “talent/staff” will be fired as part of a major shakeup.

For Whom it May Concern: Trump’s New Social Media App Now Has A Launch Date

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion

Carmine Sabia
January 7th, 2022

It is one of the announcements from former President Donald Trump that his supporters have been waiting for and he has finally made it.

No, not that one.

But it is game-changing for the world of social media. The 45th President of the United States has announced that his media company, the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), is going to launch his new social media app on President’s Day, The Guardian reported.

Photos show that the app is going to be similar o Twitter in that it is set to have trending topics and the ability to follow other people.

The app will launch 13 months after the former president was permanently banned from Twitter and banned indefinitely from Facebook.

TMTG and Apple did not respond to requests for comment, but a source familiar with the matter confirmed that 21 February is the planned launch date of the app.

The launch is expected to be the first of three stages in TMTG’s development. The second would be a subscription video-on-demand service called TMTG+ with entertainment, news and podcasts, according to the company website. A November investor presentation indicated that TMTG also wants to launch a podcast network.

TMTG is currently valued at $4.3bn based on the stock price of Digital World Acquisition Corp. TMTG agreed in October to merge with the blank-check firm at a valuation of $875m.

Trump supporters and retail investors have snapped up Digital World’s stock, betting that Trump’s popularity with his Republican political base will translate into a commercial runaway success.

In June, Facebook made a decision as regards Trump being allowed to come back to the platform.

Facebook’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg issued a blog post announcing a minimum two-year ban for Trump, Politico reported.

“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” he said. “We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”

“We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,” it said.

“We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts,” it said.

But even when Trump comes back the company has announced that he will have to live by special rules made for him., which is significant because it means the ban is not permanent.

“When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” it said.

“In establishing the two-year sanction for severe violations, we considered the need for it to be long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, to be significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, and to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself,” it said.

It is of note that the suspension will continue through the 2022 midterm elections where Trump is expected to play a key role for Republicans.

The originally reported plan was for the former president to launch his own social media platform to coincide with the Fourth of July celebrations, The Daily Mail reported.

Joy Reid To Lose MSNBC Show In The Spring: Report

Martin Walsh
January 7, 2022

Arguably one of the most radical liberals in the mainstream media could be on her way out.

MSNBC host Joy Reid may no longer have a show on the network this spring following a round of reshuffling.

News Cycle Media’s Jon Nicosia reported on Twitter that a Comcast source said “Joy Reid will lose her 7p show in the next round of reshuffling at MSNBC.”

“Source @ Comcast: ‘Joy Reid will lose her 7p show in the next round of reshuffling at MSNBC.’ – ‘She does not have a show come mid Spring’ – The “decision has been made, the only thing left is messaging on the move, which will be ratings,” Nicosia tweeted.

“As was the case with Chris Cuomo at CNN, Reid has allies at Comcast, however, she is now viewed as ‘unmanageable’ by many. Also, similar to Cuomo, it appears those allies have found out she has been ‘less than truthful about past incidents’ 2/ (more to come),” he added in a second tweet.

“Also, like Cuomo at CNN. Watch for MSNBC/Comcast to defend her right until the announcement,” he concluded in a third tweet.

For starters, MSNBC’s weekday prime-time viewership plummeted by 25 percent in 2021, with Reid’s ratings steadily sinking all year long.According to Nielsen dataThe Reidout started the year with an average of 2,592,000 viewers. By November, that number of viewers had dropped to 1,129,000.

Reid has also come under fire numerous times for her outrageous comments about Donald Trump, his supporters, and Republicans.

Back in November, Nicosia reported that Reid was in trouble over her comments about Kyle Rittenhouse both before and after his acquittal.

Nicosia tweeted that “there is serious talk all the way up the chain at Comcast about Joy Reid’s future at MSNBC.”

After a jury found him not guilty on all five counts, Reid argued Rittenhouse’s acquittal has a historic precedent that goes back to the days of slavery.

“I think we have to keep in mind, when we’re watching the criminal justice system at work, that it was designed to do exactly what it did today,” Reid told her fill-in host Jason Johnson. “Gun laws helped to enhance the design to allow this verdict to happen today. This country was built on the idea that White men had a particular kind of freedom and a particular kind of citizenship that only they have that gives, you know, from the slave catchers on, the right to inflict violence In the name of protecting property. That’s like the foundational creation of the United States.”

Here’s what she said after Rittenhouse testified at his murder trial:

“You want to know why Critical Race Theory exists, the actual law school theory that emphasizes that supposedly colorblind laws in America often still have racially discriminatory outcomes?” she asks. “Then look no further than the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.”

“Earlier today, the teenager accused of murdering two men and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year took to the stand in his own defense,” she said. “The circumstances are almost built for an actual CRT course. The white now 18-year-old faces an almost entirely white jury of his peers, with the exception of one black man, and then there’s Judge Bruce Schroeder, who has barred the prosecution from calling the people Rittenhouse killed victims.”

Media critic Joe Concha also suggested this week that Reid could be hit with a lawsuit from Rittenhouse.

“That was exhibit A, B, C, D, and E right there,” Concha said. “The next chapter in the Kyle Rittenhouse story are likely multiple defamation lawsuits against not only several media outlets but also MSNBC in particular and a host named Joy Reid, who we had the pleasure of hearing.”

“As for Mrs. Reid and multiple contributors calling Rittenhouse a racist, a white supremacist and, most importantly, guilty until proven innocent… I have got four words for you: ‘Covington Catholic Nicholas Sandmann’ – who sued CNN for what, $275 million, and forced them to settle,” he added.

Joe Rogan Podcast Reaches Millions More than Cable News: Report

By Madeleine Hubbard
January 4th, 2022

Joe Rogan has more than three times as many people per episode as his next greatest competitor “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, according to newly released data.

“The Joe Rogan Experience” reaches a reported average of 11 million people per podcast episode.

Fox News reigns as the most-watched cable news network, taking ten of the top viewership 15 spots. The top cable news spot goes to Carlson with 3.21 million viewers on average, Adweek reported on Nielsen data Monday.

Conservative reporter Luke Rudkowski pointed out Rogan’s larger audience using 2021 Quarter 3 ratings. The most recent rating data from Adweek is slightly off from Q3, but overall remains the same.

“This is why they are afraid of Rogan,” Rudkowski tweeted with a graph comparing the most popular cable news shows. 

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MSNBC’s primetime viewership trails behind with an average of 1.53 million primetime viewers.

“Joe Rogan has completely disrupted the legacy media,” financial commentator Anthony Pompliano tweeted with a picture of Rudkowski’s graph. “Right now, Joe Rogan is the most dangerous man alive in the intellectual arena. In terms, that he is the most genuine pursuer of truth that has a big audience – therefore people will keep listening,” he later said on “The Best Business Show.” 

“That’s because he doesn’t lie. Or talk down to his audience. Or manipulate for his own narrow advantage,” psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson commented on Rogan’s ratings.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “The more employees of large media corporations attack Joe Rogan, the more his audience grows. The two individuals with the largest audiences happen to be the two people most hated by corporate media because they can’t be controlled or ordered around.”

Others used the original graphic to ridicule Rogan. HuffPo correspondent S.V. Dáte tweeted, “Great. Maybe Joe Rogan can start covering statehouses and open some overseas bureaus.”