“Why am I doing this?” as graphics were being prepared for participation in the #FakeNewsAwards on January 17, 2018. “This is a waste of my time. I could be researching for an article, overdue by a week.” I mused to myself as I tried to make limited capabilities, both hardware and software, fit a task I had doubts about. “This feels like Senior Skip day in high school,” I thought. “nothing gets done which might lead to unintended consequences down the road.” And most importantly, “I am sorry God, this seems like such a diversion from what I believe you want me to do.”
Nevertheless on I went, dredging up old graphics skills not used in a few years, trying to make limitations work so I could move on to what I believed was more important work; this publication, good research and edification for a limited viewing audience. “Keep it simple. Repeat the same image with overlaying text. Make it thematic to cover for less than flashy graphics. Try to be unique in your approach. Use high-contrast color but don’t blind people with screaming, hot pink.” shudder the thought of hot or any, pink.
As I flipped through my handful of font types, a thematic approach began to emerge. It started with the Indian-head test screen pattern from black and white television days. I remembered an old joke between my daughter and I, “The revolution will not be televised.”
I cannot even remember where that pre-meme days meme came from. I always countered with, “The television will not be revolutionized.” And indeed,in many ways it has not been revolutionized.
As I was making the first graphics the final form began taking shape; fade the test pattern and treat the graphics like a news reporting meme. Very simple, almost no time wasted on actual creation of the graphics, just a couple of re-usable base graphics and quick text overlays. While editing the first couple of graphics, I kept hearing radio broadcaster Paul Harvey in my head saying, “Stand by for…News!” Thank you, Paul Harvey for your inspiration. Chuckling to myself, I looked at the dumb stuff the main stream media had reported and randomly picked a handfull.
No real rhyme or reason to the picks except the first; “The Great Martin Luther King Jr. Bust Controversy.” I had forgotten about the stupid allegation someone on the Trump White House staff had removed the bronze bust of Dr. King and this was somehow proof positive Donald J. Trump is a racist and unfit for office after the first Black President in U.S. history. I forgot to put the source in the first graphic, Oh well. Here is the egg on face source: Time White House corespondent, Zeke Miller January 20, 2017.
When I saw the date of that Time article, I said to myself, “Self; that is your opening graphic. So far the early meme tweeters for the first #FakeNewsAwards have not posted that story. I doubt many remember it. But look at the date; January 20, 2017 and what happened just two days ago? By Presidential Proclaimation we enjoyed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday. Brilliant! Who cares if anyone else remembers it? I do and since I saw that speech as a child, and the impact resonates to this day, that’s my lead story.”
Next up, Comey. This guy has some nerve. Exhibit A in the attempts to save a sinking ship aka the previous adminstration’s assumptions Hillary Clinton could not loose and the so-called “insurance policy” Donald Trump would never be elected. The Trump – Russian collusion investigation(s). Maybe not ultimately Exhibit A in the grand scheme of things but for the #FakeNewsAwards, works for Halieus Media. Dan Bongino did an excellent job laying out the proofs this whole mess is a piece of fiction and the real story involves the Clintons paying for the dossier, Sen John McCain having custody of it and on, and on. Find links in our Fusion Files page.
This story set the Left’s hair on fire. Trump spends up to 17 hrs a day watching the “Gorilla Channel” on a closed circut broadcast from a tower on the south lawn. Supposedly the White House staff hastily erected a broadcast tower on the south lawn to accomodate the peculiar viewing habits of the 45th President of the United States. How many hours again? The honoring of former Senator Bob Dole, Congressional Gold Medal recipiant on January 17, 2018 took up at least an hour of Gorilla TV time. The whole stupid story started out as a satire tweet. Gosh people, get ahold of yourselves and at least check, won’t you? Left with hair on fire…funny image; leading us to…
The Left’s growing obsession with the 25th Ammendment and duh, duh, dunnn; The President’s mental health. In the case of evidence for concern regarding fitness for office, the 25th Ammendment can be invoked. However; in the case if Donald J Trump, the President’s Physician makes the determination regarding fitness to serve. USN Admiral Ronny Jackson put down any and all speculation regarding fitness to serve by commenting the President is in good health during an hour long presser at which he patiently answered every single question. Seems President Trump directed Admiral Jackson to be frank and forthright, which Admiral Jackson was.
Trump supporters, the mass media and independent journalists were kept on the edge of their seats all day as Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did her best to keep us satisfied there would indeed be some sort of an anouncement but…not yet. Finally there was an indication that the projected 5:00 pm E.S.T slot was not going to work out and word was, 7:00 pm was a better scheduling option. So, we waited.
My game plan was to get two or three graphics ready to post by noon and release one evey hour so as not to get myself booted by any potential Twitter-trickery. Halieus Media is small potatoes compared to others. Survive to fight another day was the battle strategy.
The first graphic was released at about 11:30 am and then 12:30-ish and so on.Working on a graphic, release a graphic. At first just one or two hash tags were used but I thought that was making it too easy to shadowban. So I started making up sentences using the hash tags as keywords.
The first round of graphics posted ended right about 4:30 pm. I thought that would give enough time to take the dog out and I did rush posting the final graphic. That is when we found out from Golden State Times twitter post the #FakeNewsAwards had been moved to 7:00 pm.
Plenty of time to take the dog out, answer a phone call and get a bite to eat. There was even enough time to run our graphic series of tweets a second time, ending at about 6:50 pm and adding a link to Golden State Times’ YouTube channel. By 7:00 pm popcorn was popped, graphic tweets had had not one but two showings and we settled in to wait…and wait…and wait. For no reason we could figure out at the time, the #FakeNewsAwards had not begun on time. President Trump is never late and does not fumble the ball…hmmm.
Behind the scenes there was clearly something afoot. We may deal with that in another post; suffice to say the hype over what many thought was a snarky, even petulant swipe at the press and left looked like it would not even happen. Finally it did and when it did, the #FakeNewsAwards crashed the GOP.com server.
Variety had this to say: The RNC said that the page was back up later in the evening. “Tonight, gop.com saw more traffic than ever before. Even though the servers were scaled up, the interest was even greater than anticipated. Traffic is off the charts. Come back soon,” the RNC said in a tweet.
I cannot even remember where I actually heard the results as I was never able to get into the server myself, nor was the Golden State Times broadcast on Youtube when I checked in with them. All I remember was hearing the results being read and popping in and out of twitter to post the picks we got correct. So, how did we do with our randomly chosen stories you may be wondering?
- The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
- ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report
- CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks
- TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
- Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
- CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
- CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
BONUS: So-called “Russian-Collusion” with the Trump Team. Achem, There-is-no-Evidence. (period) There may be a pile three miles high supporting the allegation that Clintons, Abeden, Obama, Podesta, & a host of characters not unlike Hollywood central casting did collude with each other and Fusion-GPS to keep Donald Trump from being elected and duly sworn
Clearly we were right on 4 – MLK Jr. bronze bust controversy. Additionally, 9 is correct, if worded a little strangely, probably for legal reasons. However; we are claiming a two-fer on 9 because clearly the bonus answer dovetails with 9. WooHooo! This all on Halieus Media’s 1 month plus two days birthday. YaY!
What started out as drudgery, in the end turned out to be a lot of fun.
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