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Whether to "play up" a story or to "down play" a story is a deliberate choice made by editors.

Case in point Fox vs CNN:

Trump becomes first president named Daytona 500 grand marshal

Trump to attend NASCAR's Daytona 500

While one is saying the president will act as grand marshal and issue the "Start your engines!" order, the other one merely says he will attend.
One says he'll be the first sitting president to be grand marshal, the other says he'll be the second president to attend.

In the world of racing, there's a huge difference between being the grand marshal and merely attending.
The honesty in reporting arrow leans toward Fox on this one.
 

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It's a celebrity role. Previous celebrities include such luminaries as Owen Wilson, Gerard Butler, and Vince Vaughn. The fact of Trump attending is of more significance to the general population than what celebrity act he's carrying out there.

That said, Fox News isn't even accurate. I know, it's a shock. But "It’ll mark the first time a president, sitting or former, has ever uttered the words at the event."? Wrong. While Ben Affleck was nominally the grand marshal at the 2004 event and would have said that bit, he was bumped for Bush who actually said it (source). So much for grand marshal being a huge difference.

It took thirty seconds to check that. Two important parts of media literacy are being aware of the wider significance of something, and checking your facts.
 

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Bush was not named grand marshal.
Trump's been named grand marshal in advance and CNN chose not to report it.
That's selective reporting.
It's really strange that CBS also chose to follow the exact same path as CNN, with a headline that Trump would be the second president to "attend." But it did directly quote Fox about a couple of things:

Mr. Trump will serve as grand marshal at the race and give the signal for drivers to start their engines. Fox News' John Roberts reported that Mr. Trump will take a lap at the race in the "Beast," the presidential limo.


Will he not only be be the first president named as Daytona 500 grand marshal but the first to take a lap in the presidential limo?

Guess if we're interested we'll have to tune in on Sunday to find out, but we wouldn't know to tune in if we only followed CNN.

Of course, those who aren't interested in NASCAR probably won't tune in anyway.
An important part of media literacy is knowing your target audience.
When you live on the U.S. Gulf Coast, NASCAR is kind of a big thing.
Not one of my major interests, but the Daytona 500 is part of how I mark the passing of the season.
 
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deep state!

seriously, it’s the Daytona 500. I am genuinely interested who is impressed by this or cares for that matter.

Next he will do something really low brow like wrestling or a cheese in the crust pizza commercial.
 

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The Washington Post followed CNN and CBS on reporting Trump will "attend" but they did go a bit deeper into the subject than any of the other sources. I wonder if any Democratic 2020 presidential candidate logos will appear on cars.

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Trump/Pence logos appeared on some NASCAR vehicles in 2016, and Trump’s name will appear on Mike Harmon Racing’s cars this weekend, too. Joe Nemechek will have Trump 2020 and Trump/Pence 2020 logos on his No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro SS during Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, and Mike Harmon’s No. 74 Chevrolet will bear a smaller Trump/Pence 2020 logo. (The car’s primary logo will be for Veterans for Child Rescue.) Nemechek’s sponsor is the Patriots PAC of America, which is unaffiliated with the Trump reelection campaign.

 
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I checked out who has been Grand Marshal before. W Bush was the GM in 04 but HW Bush was also a grand marshal in ‘78. But overall, wow that is one impressive list of B celebrities, he should be honored to be up there with Kate Upton, Chris Evans .. And Charlie Crist!!!

I guess AP is slanted now too? Headline says he is “taking in” the race. You actually have to read the article to see he is the grand marshal.

oh and this-
“But first, Trump will bask in the appreciation of thousands of NASCAR fans, becoming the second president to attend the Daytona 500 after President George W. Bush, who also appeared at the race during his reelection year.”

 

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Oh, there will also be a 2020 campaign ad during the race. Campaign ads aren't really "fake news" are they? :hihi:

President Trump
's campaign will air a new ad during a broadcast of the Daytona 500 on Sunday touting what Trump and his campaign say are "new heights" America has reached under his administration.

The 30-second ad says that the "new heights" that America has "raced" to under President Trump's leadership include: "Millions of new jobs, rising wages, record-low unemployment, securing our border, protecting our country and respecting our veterans."

The ad ends with the narrator pledging, "The best is yet to come."


 

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So John Solomon is a total fraud apparently. His sources were, let’s just say suspect.

“In its review of 14 columns, The Hill's news team said serious doubts about the credibility of Solomon's Ukrainian sources were evident even before his interviews with them. Those include, most notably, two former Ukrainian prosecutors — Yuriy Lutsenko and Victor Shokin — who were the principal sources behind unsupported allegations of corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

In certain columns, Solomon failed to identify important details about key Ukrainian sources, including the fact that they had been indicted or were under investigation. In other cases, the sources were his own attorneys," The Hill concluded.”


Fake news indeed.

 

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Playing the Nazi card on Bernie, MSNBC's Chris Matthews might just have gone a tad too far, even for him.

"I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940," Matthews said during MSNBC's live coverage of the caucuses on Saturday. "And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, 'It's over.' And Churchill says, 'How can that be? You've got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?' He said, 'It's over.'"

 

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Suffering from severe foot-in-mouth disease, veteran reporter David Wright got suspended by ABC News for . . . well . . . stating the obvious and even worse, badmouthing Disney!

In a Project Veritas sting, Wright is caught on camera uttering the unthinkable:

“I don’t think we’re terribly interested in voters.”
“Commercial imperative is incompatible with news.”
“Like now you can’t watch Good Morning America without there being a Disney princess or a Marvel Avenger appearing. It’s all self-promotional.”

Regarding the president, Wright said:
“We don’t hold him to account. We also don’t give him credit for what things he does do.”

Wright also referred to Trump as the "(F-bomb) ing president."



 

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In a media literacy thread you cite Project Veritas with no trace of irony
*pauses for effect*
In a media literacy thread you cite Project Veritas with no trace of irony
Hey, he got caught badmouthing the House of Mouse on a Disney-owned network. He's lucky to be alive. :hihi:
 

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In a media literacy thread you cite Project Veritas with no trace of irony
*pauses for effect*
In a media literacy thread you cite Project Veritas with no trace of irony
ABC suspended their reporter based on the Project Veritas video. Don't you think ABC was capable of determining if the video was credible? Your post doesn't do what you think it does.
 

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