Korwin: Is Trump True on Media Truth?

The lamestream media told you:

Donald Trump has accused the media of being dishonest, among the most dishonest people in the world. He is literally waging a war against the media on these grounds. We resent and refute these assertions. They are untrue. We do not run fake news. We strive for accuracy and excellence. We have ethical standards we publish and follow.

President Trump at a cabinet meeting at the White House. (Photo: Twitter)

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Most news outlets have ethical guidelines published. Here’s one. From the Associated Press Ethical Standards: “The newspaper should guard against inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortion through emphasis, omission or technological manipulation.” (emphasis mine)

Guns are fun.

One hundred million gun owners know this is true. When have you ever seen any story like this in a paper or network or cable newscast? We buy about nine billion rounds of ammo every year because guns are fun, the number two participant sport in the nation. The media’s claim that they are honest and fair is nonsense. They are distorted, biased, prejudiced against guns, and it shows in everything they do. They fake the news.

Guns save lives.

Guns stop crime.

Guns protect you.

People save their lives constantly because they are armed.

Guns are why America is still free.

Shooting ranges are open and busy all year, all around you, (just like, say, malls and restaurants which you do see covered).

Alan Korwin, visit his website GunLaws.com.

While the tiniest sliver of this leaks into the “news” on rare occasions, half the nation experiences it live, on a daily basis. We have gun shows attracting masses of people every weekend in every state. With tons of guns and kids in strollers and hot dogs and a good time. Everyone survives, the image of America the “news” portrays has no sense of this gun reality whatsoever. The propaganda gun-violence narrative proceeds non-stop to cover it up. It’s a coverup. It is fake news indeed.

The “news” is driven by an agenda that promotes (not reports) the exact opposite of reality. Reporters hate guns and it shows. They do not go to the range, they do not follow new developments in product design. When they sneak into gun shows they present them as lawless arms bazaars instead of the family-friendly events taking place constantly across this fine land. Even images of officials responding in emergencies zoom in and emphasize the arms they carry (never fired because they arrive too late), a point never made.

“inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortion through emphasis, omission or technological manipulation.” Code of Ethics.

I rest my case. The president is exactly accurate, on this subject. Hey Wolf, Anderson, Rachel, Chris, Brooke, Don, Lawrence, the lot of you, figure it out. I can ‘splain it to you.

If you’d like similar accuracy on 163 other subjects, read my prior Uninvited Ombudsman reports, Page Nine:

Media outlets used to have ombudsmen: public advocates with a significant degree of independence, representing the interests of the public, addressing maladministration or a violation of rights; discontinued by news media by the turn of the 21st century.

About the author: Alan Korwin is an American writer, author and civil- and political-rights activist whose work serves the business, legal, news and firearms industries. In 1988, Korwin founded Bloomfield Press, which has grown into the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the nation

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  • Sly September 11, 2018, 7:02 pm

    Its time to stop lying to save Trump. The Russian Gutter Rat lies every time he open his mouth. He is a Traitor along with the Russian money laundering NRA. We can keep dodging the Truth about Trump and end up in worse shape Trump has already put us in. Face the truth, Trump is not what you wanted and thought he would be. Now if your are apart of all the White Hate groups you are his kind of person. I have no doubt about Trump, I have studied him 4 to 5 hours a day and I have did it everyday for two years. I am USAF Retired, i made my living fighting Russia, Trump made all the youth i gave to this country in vain, I don’t care for traitors. When he is kicked out of office, I will laugh for Commander McCain and SSgt Johnson, then i will break out in my happy dance

  • Ralph Sexton September 9, 2018, 11:50 pm

    Could it be that so many media outlets are owned by people like Soros and Bloomberg who only want their agenda reported {after all. they think. it’s my outlet so I’ll report what I want to) to hell with the codes of ethics (which I think were probably in place before they acquired the outlet).

  • Trinidad September 8, 2018, 12:15 am

    I have to say that all you liberal and sorry leftest that wanted hillary clinton to win. And for some reason i new she would win, Mr Trump Won. I was stunned. I know for sure that there was some divine intervention that has taken place. For one, this country has for so long has suffered from so much corrupt political policies that have been force feed by the left and followed up buy the dark shadows that want to destroy this country within. Now that President Trump has taken the reins, the economy and job ratings has sky rocketed. obama said it could not be done. That is a small fraction of what can be done by a president that is not a puppet or owned by a political party. This is what america needed. A President that is not afraid of what others think of him and not afraid of the corrupt house that tries to sway his decisions. The house has been compromised for so long and all the changes that he makes. The house and its occupants scream as if it got sprayed by holly water. You folks that drink the water that has been fed to you for so long have become drunk with the lies and promises of a deceit and corrupt party. Wake up folks. We will all loose our Constitution our freedom and sovereignty of this great nation of ours if you continue to follow the those who miss lead you. Please research the past do your homework and dont repeat the past. Your children depends on it. God love you all.

  • DMD September 7, 2018, 5:44 pm

    K—another great, truthful, informative article !! Keep it up !!!! DMD

  • David September 7, 2018, 10:40 am

    The sad truth is that any media way left through way right all have people working for them. These people do not separate there personal feelings and ideas from there news “stories”. They simply can not report something good, bad or in between as it actually happens. They are putting stuff in the “stories” like “we think”, “we just don’t know yet”. If you don’t know don’t say anything. I would be curious to see hard numbers on bullets bought and then used in the death of someone. Let’s see the comparison to that and how much alcohol is bought and led to someone’s death. Both of those are about someone’s responsibility and I bet way more bullets are bought that kill paper and soda cans. Side note to bad AOL doesn’t send out 50000 cd’s any more. I’d store them in a bag and free targets.

  • Jack September 7, 2018, 10:26 am

    I had four choices when deciding to vote. Not vote, vote third party, vote Hillary or vote Trump. I respect my duty/right to vote. Didn’t throw my vote away on a third party, Hillary wasn’t an option, thus I voted Trump.

    With that being said, I never liked or cared for Trump, as I thought he was a bully, liar, narcissist, adulterer and general all around idiot. Now I know he is even worse than that. I can accept some responsibility for his being elected.

    My main reason (among several) for voting for him was the 2nd Amendment. I had hoped he would surround himself with good people that would guide him and help him make the right decisions. That was naïve. I also voted for Obama the first time (also naïve) and against him the second time based on the Affordable Health Care Act (another travesty), as I am a retired physician.

    I have never, in my life, seen a President continually hop into the gutter and entice the media to jump into that gutter with him, nor have I ever seen a media that was so willing to crawl into that gutter, at the expense of any and all journalistic integrity/norms. I take main media news with a grain of salt, both sides have a huge agenda.

    I’m an adult, educated and trying to stay informed and can think for myself. I’m not perfect, nor has there ever been a perfect President. The next President after this one, won’t be either. I still respect the Office of the Presidency even if not so much the man. Find me another, better place to be, on this planet.

    Now Kavanaugh will be appointed to the SCOTUS regardless what the Dems do, I can live with that.

  • Max Powers September 7, 2018, 9:51 am

    The harsh reality of media communications is that it is a for-profit business. Although it’s better than a government sponsored and government controlled propaganda outlet as so many around the world are, America’s first world media outlets have to perform to generate profits for shareholders.

    Integrity in mainstream journalism has almost always been challenged. Back in the days of only newspapers, most larger communities had at least 2 papers competing for readership. Sensationalism and salaciousness was quickly found to be more appealing to not the READER, but the PURCHASER of the read. However, searching for the ever elusive “scoop” on a particularly sexy story outweighed the writer’s charge of salacious writings to sell more papers than the other guy. The “inside source”, the “deep throat”, the “off-the-record” gave a deeper credibility to THEIR presentation of the “story”.

    Then, came Radio.

    Then, came television.

    A substantially larger audience to digest the twisting of journalism (Defined by the American Press Institute as, “Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.”) into a more editorialistic presentation of this news and information.

    Radio, and then television was expensive to produce and distribute. Only the major players, CBS, NBC, ABC and RKO could afford to “broadcast”, nationwide. This platform required advertising dollars to support, as the end-user only had to power up a device, tune it and listen, or watch. And the advertisers and their dollars needed to be placated.

    Of course, newspapers used advertising as well. But, the costs of distribution were substantially less than this other electronic medium, and the staff to present the news was touted as bigger and better than the other guys, instead of prettier sounding, or prettier looking. More boots on the ground, working “stories”, developing sources and reporting their results substantially closer to the idealistic definition of Journalism.

    Radio, then television created celebrity of the presenter of the stories. In the old days, getting your name in the -by line of a hot newspaper story seemed to tout the journalist among their peers in the newspaper business. Getting a larger audience to listen or watch you on electronic conveyances gave higher “ratings”, thus attracting higher fees to advertisers. The term, “I have a face for radio” was becoming more prevalent. The radio listener listened for the trusted voice. The television watcher watched for the trusted face. And both the voice and the face had a name that resulted in celebrity status. The reporters of newspapers were mostly known to the police, the politicians, and the people who were hounded by them. We, the end reader would typically never recognize the face, although we may know the name.

    Expenses, advertising dollars, competition. As the big networks received additional competition over the years, costs had to be examined to protect profitability. “Pool photographers”, “Pool journalists”, “Freelance writers”, “Press releases” became buzz words. Use the “Pool” footage or photos and we don’t have to pay our own source behind our own camera. Re-write the press release and present it was the easier (and cheaper) way of getting a story out, because you didn’t need to spend as much time gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting information. To be more prudent required more bodies. More bodies required more salaries. More salaries begat less profits. The craft of journalism suffered.

    Today, we have options for our news sources. Mainstream, first tier (CBS, NBC, ABC . . . no, wait, AT&T, Disney, 21st Century Fox, CBS, Comcast, Viacom), Mainstream second tier (CNN, CNBC, MSN, etc., no, wait, they’re derivatives of the mainstream first tier!), newspaper conglomerates, or independents via podcast, website or newsletter.

    Of course these few mainstream choices will line up to appeal to their viewer/reader base. And recruit advertising dollars by the demographic they represent. And they will do everything they can to discredit and lock out the independent who comes with idealistic approaches to journalism and no advertising dollars. They’re bad for business!

    I believe it is us, the end-user, that must convey our displeasure with a flawed bastardization of journalism. We must voice our concerns over the omissions, manipulations and fabrications of information in their presentations. I will not watch “journalists” hosting points and counter points on issues, I just want the facts presented. Give it to me straight. I prefer to get my information from independents that present factual information without the slant. But, since few are doing that, I take a “story”, examine the mainstream take on it, then the independent take on it, then do a little research before forming my opinion. It’s called cognitive thinking. An ability that we all have, but no longer utilize, as it is not encouraged in our schooling or our socialization anymore. But, THAT is a diatribe of its own, for another day!

    Please consider joining me in my chant, UP with journalism, DOWN with editorialism, GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT! And please consider supporting subscription based independents that work harder to be accountable to the facts than the chasing of the almighty advertising dollar!

    Shoot straight, shoot safe!

    • Mark September 7, 2018, 11:52 am

      Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. News is no longer news. It is a genre of the entertainment industry. Like you, I could write a dissertation about this. All news divisions have to slant to a particular target audience with whom the advertisers – read dollars – will support. This is just a fact of how this industry works. If bias keeps the ad dollars flowing in, then bias or selective reporting it is. Same with this site we are on now. If I didn’t like firearms, I would not be here (unless I was being paid to troll angry responses like bob below).

      How do I back this up? I was an advertising exec for 25 years. Unfortunately, there will be slant in whatever you read, but the slant is not necessarily politics, it’s dollars. It’s why we are called “consumers”.

  • Fordo September 7, 2018, 9:46 am

    Mr. self-proclaimed “Uninvited Ombudsman”,

    the basis for your piece is “They fake the news.” You do realize that there is nothing fake in omission? Omission is “something neglected or left undone” (Merriam Webster). Typically omission, in the case of firearms, is done due to lack of experience with them. Does that make the omission fake? It does not. Nor does it mean that it was done maliciously, which your accusations also infer.

    As someone above stated, the stalwarts of modern media, CNN/MSNBC/ABC/NBC/CBS, neglect to report on the fun & sportsmanship surrounding firearms. But so does your high & exhalted FOX. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you’re going to heap them all into one bucket don’t forget the one who you kneel before in your unwavering defense of your idiot-in-charge.

    And prove your own self-worth…come up with something a bit more intellectual than “Fake News”. Especially when you’re unable to prove that’s what it is. (and you didn’t!).

    • Jay September 9, 2018, 9:05 am

      Follow them back to the source, then look at the Agenda, then look at who owns them, if you can’t find and see that purposeful omission is no different than a lie, good luck!
      “Lying by omission, otherwise known as exclusionary detailing, is lying by either omitting certain facts or by failing to correct a misconception. In the case of the former, an example of this would be a car salesman claiming a car to have amazing fuel economy while neglecting to mention that it has no engine and is completely immobile.”

  • Bill Dixon September 7, 2018, 9:33 am

    Hogwash from a dimwit!

  • Fred Davison September 7, 2018, 9:28 am

    My problem with all you guys saying Trump is lying and all that garbage: where do you get your facts? From the “news” media! The left is doing all they can to guarantee the Republicans will loose control of the congress and the White House. They are doing their best to make Trump look like an idiotic liar and those of you who watch and believe the “news”are buying their story hook, line, and sinker!

  • bob September 7, 2018, 9:03 am

    Bullshit is right

    Trump committed Treason in front of the whole world with Putin he Also Saluted a fucking Korean Dictator
    Seems he has more respect for those types of people than Our own war Hero’s like John McCain
    Anyone who dares speak ill of him is in violation of some sort of law just make one up
    He has totally disrespected the Agency’s that have kept our Country safe for near a century, made a mockery of our whole system.
    He brought the whole swamp into the White House.

    • Johnny Raygun September 7, 2018, 10:13 am

      As a firearm owner, I agree with you. Where is the Hearing Protection Act? That was a lie. How about the reciprocity Act? For anyone to say Donnie is an honest man, they must be living in a closet. For those who say he has done much, all I know is the 1%ers are doing fine, but wages for the middle class has not kept up with inflation. Are we safer because Donnie praises Kim Jun Un? Was Helsinki great for America or Putin? Pathetic display of weakness in front of the world. My gun rights are no different under tRump than under Obama, Fact

  • bob September 7, 2018, 8:53 am

    I’m a Gun Owner, Sportsman Ride a Harley
    Just sick and tired of the Trump Bullshit
    Every word out of his mouth is a lie he takes no responsibility for anything.
    Fake new has proved to be right over 90% of the time
    Take a look at the Saying in the Holocaust Museum regarding the list of things Hitler did
    It has a real scary resemblance to Trump
    The extreme right wing agenda doesn’t include the middle class, they want to totally rewrite our Constitution and if you think it has everyone owning guns think again.

    • Justista September 7, 2018, 9:08 am

      And some how you can’t see any of the good he has done or the good intentions he has?
      I’m not sure you are who you say you are.
      If you can’t see the manipulation, bias and falsehoods on CNN and MSNBC you need to be careful on your motorcycle because you are not smart enough to operate one safely.

  • Charlie September 7, 2018, 8:27 am

    The kindergartens, middle schools, high schools and colleges have been steadily feeding our kids the liberal agenda for the last 2 or 3 generations, as planned by our shadowy masters, so it is little surprise that the news media is the mouthpiece for the same, prevailing story. The country is already ruined but we will not admit it. Read Fred on Everything and tell me he’s wrong.

  • Alan Pickering September 7, 2018, 7:51 am

    Too bad we didn’t elect a Republican who isn’t so loose with his “facts” and one who at least has a little knowledge of the Bill of Rights. We had a bunch of choices and we elected the most hateful draft dodger and we are going to get hammered for it. My country comes way before my political party and yours should also.

  • Jay September 7, 2018, 6:51 am

    Yet another truth from the man Korwin. I always appreciate the articles you right, upfront and to the point with emphasis on facts! Thanks Mr. Korwin

    • Christopher Kennedy September 7, 2018, 7:58 am


      • Jay September 9, 2018, 8:52 am

        Pleaaaaasssse excuse me for the typo, I sure didn’t want to upset your persona since I’m sure you didn’t understand what was meant beside the fact, or have never made a mistake at all! Jezz !!

  • Retnavet September 7, 2018, 6:13 am

    We do not run fake news. We strive for accuracy and excellence. We have ethical standards we publish and follow.

    BULLSHIT!!!!…..Lamestream “news” has fabricated complete stories out of thin air and reported as truth those conjured up by other libtards so many times it defies an accurate count. The lamestream’s strive not for accuracy and excellence but manipulation of facts so as to further the corrupt libtard agenda. The only ethic libtards follow is: “the end justifies the means”

  • eric September 7, 2018, 3:15 am

    First let me state I am a gun owner I live in California and I hate the laws here and restrictions that they have in place along with other federal restrictions.
    My issues with your article is that as true as it maybe be those at CNN and MSNBC may be biased and they may not have done ask the things you say the have not, where ate those stories or instances on Fox? When have they reported from A gun show or shooting range? When have they reported on the latest safety technology in the Gun world? When or where is it that they have done ANY or ALL the things that you claim the others have not?

    News outlets on both sides have their own agenda on all issues, but for anyone to call either side”fake” because they report issues that we don’t like or don’t report the issues at all I believe is unfair and incorrect.

    Is it fair or correct to call you and your articles “fake news” because you don’t report or write about issues that others would like to see? I don’t believe it is. Anyways that’s my two cents. I like your articles, please keep writing.

  • LoveGuns September 6, 2018, 8:20 pm

    While I agree the media is biased about guns and their coverage of guns, the coverage trump is referring to is coverage of him. He could give 2 shits about gun coverage, or even gun rights.
    And if you want to see lies and an attack on america, look no further than the white house. His attacks on the press I find comical, seeing as he is the biggest liar of them all (that is saying a lot considering some of the past presidents from both sides of the aisle this country has had).

    • KimberproSS September 7, 2018, 10:12 am

      OK, I hear this all the time from our liberal friends. Give examples of Trump lies! I don’t care a lot for his person character, he comes off like a rich private school spoiled brat pretty regularly and he isn’t “politically correct”, which I find refreshing. When I see the press go ballistic over his non-PC comments, I think of all the BS Obama spewed with his “Pulitzer Prize Winning” lectures(As if we were all a bunch of troublemaker Jr. High School students) and the press kissed his feet and defended his actions/policies, with limited positive results for me. It was sickening. Trump doesn’t mince his words, appears to be accurate in his observations, his actions and results speak for themselves. I can overlook his sophomoric tweets for the results.

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