Sorting through authentic and fake Internet info and biased media during the last days [of the Election]On Oct 17, 2016 Comments Off on Sorting through authentic and fake Internet info and biased media during the last days [of the Election]
It’s the last days. So to speak. November 8 is it. Not only is it my birthday, which I hope to be celebrating, I’m also hoping I get my birthday wish: the election of Donald Trump. For those that are scratching their heads and wondering why, here are my two Op Eds published in the Deseret News, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and read by an international LDS audience.
Authentic v Fake Stories?
As a radio talk show host, I take great precautions to distance myself from information and rumors that cannot be verified. Most troubling and perplexing has been sorting through the authentic and the fake. It’s becoming more difficult on the Internet given technology that can impersonate and counterfeit with sophistication. If I read a blog post or news article and cannot trace the original statistics or claims, I cannot verify it and I cannot report on it unless I think there is some probability, but I also have to declare it is unproven.
This is likely fake.
No citation or link to the original. I traced it to a “talk show host” that identifies himself as a “white nationalist.” Stay away.
This is likely fake: It had a citation and so I went to the original document, the pdf file of the Form 990, same date, same Part and title, and page.
This is likely authentic: Here’s what the authentic form looks like. Now could this form have been doctored? Perhaps, but because the information in the page above is damaging and it would take requesting a copy from the IRS, and it can get time consuming. (This takes a research team.)
True or False? The Danney Williams Story
The story of Danney Williams, who claims he is Bill Clinton’s son, is an example of a story that could actually be true. However, without DNA proof, it will continue to be speculative. Perhaps he can subpoena Bill Clinton in a paternal suit to settle the DNA question. This one IS worth watching:
Here’s The Untold Story of Danney Williams, who claims to be Bill Clinton’s son. It’s short and worth watching, and if true, it is tragic.
According to the Drudge Report, CNN is trying to silence this story.
Bias and Hypocrisy?
CNN was interviewing Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon who feigned to be a Utah family values guy, when his party distinguishes itself from the LDS community on the abortion and LGBT marriage issues and its PC social justice theme. Corroon declared that because of Trump’s behavior, Utah would vote Democrat for the first time in 50 years, referring to 1964, Goldwater.
Then African American Republican Party Chairman, James Evans, defended his support of Donald Trump when he brought up media hypocrisy. He mentioned the Danney Williams story, and CNN’s Carol Costello instantly shut it down and went to a break. It’s also a beautiful example of media bias, CNN being among the worst.
Somehow through it all, Hillary Clinton is protected. One child abandoned by the father, and then this story about Hillary representing a rapist or a 12 year old girl should have sent women fleeing and questioning her sincerity when she boasts about how she has done so much to help children.
Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune, the more liberal of the two Utah papers, reported this story, and also included disparaging comments from Temple Taggart McDowell, a former Miss Utah, representing her state in the Miss Universe Pageant that Trump owned about 20 years ago. This is an example not only of media spin and exaggeration, but from my experience of years working in media, TV, film and theatre in major markets, tremendous hypocrisy from those casting the stones from their own glass houses.
In New York City and Dallas, where I’ve lived and worked in the professional theatre community, and in Hollywood, where I was born and raised, many men and woman, gay and straight, routinely and enthusiastically greet each other with big hugs and kisses, as this young woman described of Mr. Trump. It’s part of the culture in which I grew up. In Dallas, actors spread STD’s like crazy with each other, and some of my friends did not live to see beyond their 30’s.
I’ve also worked with the pageant world in Utah. I observed that Utah had an entirely different pageant culture from other states, and so I can see how this young Utah girl felt uncomfortable in that entertainment environment.
What we are witnessing in this election season is both cultural meltdown and the ultimate in hypocrisy. After all, it’s Hollywood and New York City that prop up actors, directors, producers, choreographers and their film, TV and theatre that demonstrate all manner of vulgarity and sexual exhibition on stage and in their real lives, even public nudity.
Frankly, the Utah entertainment culture is nearly as bad. I was recently in a theatre production in which the male actors – gay and straight – back stage freely walked in and out of the women’s dressing rooms, whether we were dressed or undressed. No one batted an eye. The language was not much different from what we heard in Donald Trump’s short audio.
This crowd is certainly not in a position to be criticizing Mr. Trump. But now there is a list of celebrities that say they will leave the U.S. if he is elected.
It’s well-known that most of Hollywood is uber-Left and could care less about any morals or values. They support candidates they know share that set of values. A stand-out is Miley Cyrus, the queen of filth. Have you ever watched her Bangerz Tour shock – “Love Money Party?” (Please, don’t. It’s pure porn with f-bombs flying every which way).
This is what many high school and college students model today. I encounter college students from the University of Utah routinely in downtown Salt Lake City, especially around game time to frequent the “sports bars.” They are as vulgar as Miley. I’m not justifying this behavior, I’m saying it’s a sad commentary on our culture. This language and behavior is becoming acceptable in the workplace as well. IN UTAH.
Wake up, Mormons.
Utah’s governor has been working over time to bring thousands of California businesses to Utah, calling it “Silicon Slopes.” At the legislative hearing in which I testified against the LGBT non-discrimination bill in 2015, one witness told the committee that several major companies that were considering relocating their headquarters to Utah would only do so upon the condition that Utah pass a statewide non-discrimination law. He added that the governor promised he would make it happen.
When I pleaded with Utah’s Lieutenant Governor to stop passage of that bill, and I shared a personal story, he was rude and condescending. Later that final night of the session, I was waiting for another official in the Governor’s office, he saw me and ordered me, “Get out. We don’t want to see you!”
Although Utah was promised that this new “compromise” law would protect religious liberty (which we knew it wouldn’t), Pandora’s Box opened wide, and Utahn’s were stunned to learn that a “bathroom bill” was not even needed. Schools were automatically opening locker rooms and bathrooms to boys and girls that felt they were of the opposite gender, and a trans-teacher that had always dressed as a man, showed up one day dressed as a woman. (Thankfully, National Eagle Forum’s lawsuit forced a stay. In theory. To be continued…)
Utah values? No surprise here, this is what Utah is becoming. If you’d like a better glimpse, here’s a video from the Utah Gay Pride Parade and Festival from 2014. Although it says “sorry” click on the blue button and it will play:
We can only look to ourselves for allowing this degradation of culture to happen in a state that was originally intended to be a safe haven for a religious people set apart.