WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022
"Ghost flights" occasion a cheer: "Back out of all this now too much for us?"
That's the way Robert Frost began his puzzling poem, Directive. For what it's worth, the poem appeared in 1946!
Frost might have been speaking about the world of public discourse in which we now live—a world of discourse largely created by the "democratization of media."
News consumers no longer are restricted to a choice between Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley, neither of whom was insane. We now suffer beneath a Babel of "news" and "information" outlets—a profit-based Babel in which the dissembling and misinformation seem to be virtually endless.
Everyone and his crazy next-door neighbor runs his own "news outlet" now. This lets the misinformation flow—and if you doubt that, please consider what Governor DeSantis just said.
We start with a thrilling "news report" from the Fox News Channel. The report was posted yesterday afternoon. This morning, the report appears beneath this thrilling headline:
DeSantis rips into outrage over Martha's Vineyard flights: 'I didn't hear a peep' about Biden flights
DeSantis was busy deceiving the people again! For the record, here's the way Timothy Nerozzi's "news report" starts:
NEROZZI (9/20/22): Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed criticism of him flying migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, claiming his political opponents have ignored similar initiatives from the White House.
DeSantis spoke at an event in Florida Tuesday during which he took questions from the press.
DeSantis was asked by a reporter to comment on harsh criticism from across the aisle accusing him of "human trafficking" for flying approximately 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard, a famous stronghold of wealthy Democrats.
"So when Biden is flying these people all over the fruited plain in the middle of the night, I didn't hear a peep out of those people," DeSantis told the crowd Tuesday...
DeSantis was attacking the hypocrisy of the libs. In the governor's framing, the libs have savagely criticized him for flying people to the Vineyard—but they haven't said a word when Biden has (apparently) done (something like) the same thing.
What was DeSantis talking about? If you watch Fox, you surely know. If you watch MSNBC, you most likely don't.
If you watch the tape of the DeSantis event, you can hear roar of the crowd when he makes this statement. They think they know what DeSantis is talking about, and Fox News is cheering them on.
People who watch Fox News will recognize the DeSantis reference. He was referring to the famous "ghost flights" which have formed a key part of the channel's novelizations about immigration over perhaps the past year.
President Biden's fiendish "ghost flights" have long played a starring role at Fox. If you're watching MSNBC, you don't hear a word about this. Instead, you hear hours of our own tribe's favorite novels, almost all of which involve some version of Trump Trump Racist Trump Jail.
That said, what are the "ghost flights" to which we refer? In what way was DeSantis still dissembling, even this late in the game, as the crowd cheered him on?
Traditional news sites have made scattered attempts to fact-check the endless claims about the fiendish "ghost flights." Below, we offer you the links with which you can straighten this matter out on your own:
The Washington Post: February 2, 2022
Claims of ‘ghost flights’ of ‘illegal immigrants’ don’t add up
NPR: June 20, 2022
'Ghost flights' are the latest GOP effort to weaponize immigration ahead of midterms
The New York Times: June 24, 2022
‘Ghost Flights’? The Facts Behind Transporting Migrant Children
PolitiFact: September 6, 2022
A surprising number of Americans believe these false claims about immigrants. Here are the facts
For our money, much of that report by PolitiFact was strikingly incompetent. Also, we don't know why PolitiFact would find it "surprising" when people believe all sorts of claims which they hear again and again.
That said, PolitiFact did supply the basics about the so-called "ghost flights." It did so in its final section, "The government is not secretly flying immigrants around the country."
As you can see, it can't be said that mainstream outlets have never fact-checked this matter. That said, the fact-checks have been occasional, and have been widely ignored. The bogus claims about "ghost flights" continue day after day on Fox, but also at scattershot press events.
Yesterday, DeSantis was playing the "ghost flight" card for a group of cheering minions. On MSNBC, our tribunes talked and talked, then talked and talked, about Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Prison Jail.
(Shortly after 11 P.M., Stephanie Ruhle said we'd "get smarter" with her "all-star panel." We get told, all through the day, that these people are all our "friends.")
On these dueling cable channels, Storyline is in the saddle and riding humankind pretty much all the way down. Red tribals receive their narrative-affirming soap operas from the Fox News Channel. We get ours from our own cable news stars.
Do not deceive yourself into thinking that one of these profit-based outlets is playing it straight. Tomorrow, we'll plan to show you what was said on Morning Joe this morning.
The analysts screamed and tore at their hair. "Back out of all this now too much for us," we heard a voice say in our heads!
Tomorrow: Morning Joe sounds like Newt Gingrich!