New web site!

I will keep this one online but not updated, but have migrated everything elsewhere.

All the old posts are already there plus one, but as I said, I am relaunching.

This was my first domain way back in 2007, but I let it lapse, but as it was available again, it comes full circle.

alexandrakitty.com

I am still tweaking the layout, but everything should be polished and live in a couple of weeks…

Journalism’s delusions continue.

CNBC is trying to pretend journalism didn’t collapse.

Outlets are closing. Jobs are being lost and more so by the day.

And they are still in denial.

As usual.

It is the gambit of trying to drum up support with a shrinking audience base is nothing new.

They are trying to stick it to Trump, as if he cared. If CNBC thinks stroking his ego by telling the world that he is the only fascinating person on the planet, gee, you tell him, guys.

The profession is still dead. It has been replaced by vindictive propaganda that is unimaginative.

Kids, you are not fooling anybody. Your arrogance won’t save you.

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On a personal note,  I will be offline for a couple of weeks as I am making major changes to this website.

In structure and in content.

For the last few weeks, I have been having a peculiar technical issue with this site — possibly malware or I have been hacked — and as no one as been able to pinpoint the problem in that entire time I have been trying to resolve the issue, I will have to find an alternative.

The short answer is that words I write somehow change after my blog post gets published — but when I go back to correct it — the original writing flashes on the screen for a second before the word I didn’t originally write comes back. This happens even when I cut and paste a passage in order to quote it.

I will chronicle that headache later.

So that’s the structural side.

As for the content side, I am also dealing with some other personal matters, and I will be in a better position to know the direction I will go soon enough.

I have wanted to make a major shift here since January since pointing out the rot of the fallen arrogant isn’t what I want to focus on because they are not worth my attention, or anyone else’s.

My upcoming book will outline all that — but it also discusses the future, and it is the solution that is more important than the problem caused by petty and myopic sheltered relics.

I keep saying journalism needs the alternative, and that’s precisely what I will start when I come back. I have worked on this system for over twenty years, and I have been good to go for a while now. It is a blend of Chaser News and A Dangerous Woman — with other things in the mix.

But how I can move forward with that all depends on how things unfold on my end.

Until then…

 

The Washington Post’s ABC Afterschool Special Logic.

Once upon a time, when I was a kid, they made us watching morality plays in school to tell us how to think and behave.

And then you’d run home, turn on the television, and then you’d be stuck with yet another morality play.

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This article in the Washington Post is one of those things that reeks of that kind of childish indoctrination.

#MeToo bothers journalists because it exposed their immortality to the world.

And because it is a profession that puts more currency on narrative than reality, it is always trying to spin things into neat little packages, and this is an enormous disservice to people trying to improve their surroundings.

You win battles, you have setbacks, you keep fighting until you win the war. You do not have one victory, and then expect the people who defeated to now congratulate you for putting them in their place.

#MeToo is an army of sorts, and the battle is to go to work in peace, yet it is always being spun as some sort of “witch hunt”, which it never was.

It was a mass reaction to a problem Western society still has not dealt with adequately, if at all.

So you have a woman who created a list of men who abused women on the job, and it was leaked out and her identity exposed. She believes she was naive, but she wasn’t naive: she took on a fight that went on longer than it should have.

When you speak your mind out in public, you will get abused. It doesn’t matter if you expose a child molester, people who also molest children, their enablers, and those who got a pay check from said molester and now are out of a job will slag you in public because you tore down their façade.

If you expose that a so-called reality show is fake — people will do the same thing.

People abuse people in their own homes — their own children, parents, and spouses — so it is to be expected that they bluster and insult strangers.

It doesn’t mean that it should have been exposed.

There is always a trade-off: the problem is Western thought has been trained to believe you can squirt something on a dirty stain — and the stain will erase itself, and you can go back on the sofa and drink beer and watch television.

That’s journalistic narrative. 

Life is not about convenience — it is about pushing forward and understanding there will always be resistance — but you have to push forward, even when others try to push you back.

If life was wonderful, there would have been no #MeToo. It wasn’t as if people were bored and then decided to make themselves vulnerable and reveal they were powerless at work and scared. They confessed in order to make those problems go away.

It worked, but that was one battle — it was not the end of the war.

Except the Washington Post doesn’t comprehend what the movement was all about.

The column offers no reality and no context.

But journalism was never about either…

Canadian opinionists spew partisan narrative on Provincial election…as usual, no one knows what they are talking about.

Opinionists in Canada are less flashy than their US counterparts, and as hard as it is to believe, less informed.

Reading the babble about the Ontario election is particularly painful, because it seems as if everything is on auto-pilot.

Ho hum.

The Toronto Star, oblivious to reality as usual, has a silly piece about sexism in election campaigns. It is very whiny with a whiny headline:

Mediocre men walk their way through political campaigns. It is time to end the double standard facing women on the campaign trail

Except of all the sexism to point out, the opinionist picks one that isn’t true.

That headline is essentially her hypothesis, but it’s wrong, and NYU had a very surprising experiment right after November 2016.

They had two actors — a man and a woman — who switched roles — the man mimicked Hillary Clinton in words and demeanour, while the woman took on Trump’s role.

The point of the exercise was to prove that if women behaved like men, that everyone would jump down her throat.

Except that didn’t happen.

Subjects preferred the female Trump — and much more than the real-life male counterpart.

And they disliked the male Clinton, seeing him as smug and arrogant.

I had said in 2016 Hillary Clinton was the absolute worst pseudo-feminist candidate the Democrats could have possibly chosen. They didn’t a firebrand maverick who was over-the-top. This is America, and Americans love someone who is large and in charge. If women were waiting for the moment to be crown a queen instead of a king all those decades, then, for pity’s sake, show it like you mean it.

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I have always said that the problem isn’t that there aren’t wild female eccentrics — I am not the only one on the planet, thank you very much — but they are deliberately silenced — not because people wouldn’t like them — but they would love them just a little too much, and that would bruise those tyrannical male narcissists who hoard power and keep everyone else — including other men — back.

As I write stories with nothing but idiosyncratic women — I have a hard time getting attention, but when people read it, I do get wonderful feedback — so the problem isn’t the the world isn’t ready for a wild woman — women just make assumptions and restrain themselves unnecessarily.

So the Toronto Star is just spewing folksy logic that isn’t true. Kathleen Wynne won a majority in the last election — and considering she is openly gay and has radical ideas that frighten Jordan Peterson — she was given public goodwill the first time around. The Liberals had a minority and a lot of illiill with the public, and they went solidly behind Wynne’s regime.

But her penchant to throw money the province doesn’t have to nanny the people is wearing thin with the public. It has nothing to do with the fact she is a woman.

And the election isn’t over. As I have said before, if she won another majority, I wouldn’t be surprised. She is a survivor and is that way because she has a working brain and knows how to use it instead of following other people’s scripts.

If Wynne loses, it will be because she earned her loss, just the way Clinton spectacularly earned her defeat. Sometimes you lose — not because you are a woman — but because you think you are owed because you are a woman. Get that chip off your shoulder. People do not vote in women — they vote for the person who seems like they are willing to listen to their constituents, will fight for them, and will make things happen. Politics is not an arena for social engineering — it is a gladiatorial fight and people want to see candidates fight tooth and nail for the right to make their lives easier — and if you think that sounds silly, you really didn’t get the memo on democracy.

Don’t take it up with me because if it were up to me, we’d be governing ourselves by referendum and by electoral conscription.

Oh, and by the way, Toronto Star, Clinton had more votes than the victor. Remember that? There may be sexism, but we have come a long way, baby.

But the Globe and Mail has a different — but equally silly take on the election:

Why is Doug Ford giving Kathleen Wynne a chance to invoke Donald Trump?

That’s right! Shame on Doug Ford who obviously forgot to tape Wynne’s mouth shut so she couldn’t invoke Donald Trump. He should have hired a chaperone for the little lady to supervise her. Jordan Peterson warned the world how dangerous she is and everything.

Do you honestly think he could stop her or her operatives from saying it — regardless of what he said and did?

It is a campaign, people: it is all about using dirty tricks, and then using the meta-dirty trick of accusing the other guy of negative stuff as you paint him in a negative light, like Justin Trudeau recently did.

There is so much to discuss when there is an election: platforms, current situation, problems to be solved, qualifications, track records, needs, wants — and yet we have babble from opinionists who have no idea what to say.

We are as ill-informed as we were before. We need facts to make sensible decisions, but what we get is the same old script that is always devoid of any real data…

The sheltered relics of 60 Minutes: Fear-mongering, free PR for the Ivy League, and general non-newsiness.

60 Minutes really is a shadow of its once towering self. Watching tonight’s offerings reminded me just how away from news that newsmagazine has gotten.

The first segment “The Data Miner” was just cheap no-brainer pot shots at Facebook, with the standard journalistic fear-mongering. Lesley Stahl came off as some helmet-haired church lady in it, practically putting words in interviewee’s mouths with all sorts of admonishments usually reserved for your grandparents finding out your new squeeze came to the family picnic with alcohol on his breath.

The worst of the segment was pretending that the lack of privacy was unknown: if you use any app on Facebook, it usually asks permission to access your friends’ list, for instance. If developers and advertisers know it going in, and the app’s connecting splash page asks, I am not sure where the secret part comes in.

And as one of those people who does scan the terms of service, this isn’t shocking.

Someone should have given Stahl the memo that the term “Big Data” comes from the mining of mass information and then selling it to various third parties. No babes in the woods, folks.

But apparently journalists were too busy drooling over Kardashians and coming up with cutesy portmanteau’s for celebrity couples to know what was happening in reality.

In any case, the propaganda here was kind of rickety.

The second piece from Scott Pelley is pure advertorial for MIT’s “media lab”, that is really out of touch. First, the awing over the touchscreen computer screens in the 1980s isn’t really all that impressive — Disney World had them back in the day and I should know considering I used to use them to make dinner reservations at the Magic Kingdom.

But the true hilarity is the drooling over computer uses in academia, while completely forgetting that Facebook began at an Ivy League university. If you are going to make a case for people to be impressed with the goings on in Ivory Towers, then don’t bring up Facebook, and if you are going to make the case that Facebook is sinister, then don’t go cheerleading at the same kind of environment that fostered it in the first place. Make up your mind.

In any case, 60 Minutes proves that journalists truly do not understand this whole Internet thing.

The Pelley segment was truly obnoxious — absolutely no critical questions or wondering about the ethics of any of it: it was just a bunch of goll-ee! remarks while giving a free platform to MIT. Science and technology reporting is notoriously just a giant ad for the industry, and 60 Minutes may very well be the worst offenders.

The third segment was the only one with any value, and that it was done by a doctor who has an understanding of empirical methods explains it. Watching the decade-long decline of a woman with Alzheimer’s Disease was truly a heart-wrenching, but informative human interest piece of the consequences of a husband who eventually could no longer look after his wife. The traumas are real and permanent.

The only segment that had worth was the one that neither tried to put a sunny spin on things, nor tried to fear-monger, but one out of three is a very poor average…

 

Games Washington Post opinionists play.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first.

No reporter has been able to figure out the future in any way, shape or form.

Nor are they able to social engineer the little people the way the once did.

They did not predict a Trump victory. They tried to override it in 2016, and it didn’t work.

Now they are floundering, but still playing make pretend that they matter.

Joe Scarborough, a very partisan opinionist, is trying to make the case that Trump won’t run for president again.

If your little tricks to prevent his victory in 2016 didn’t work, this gambit won’t work, either.

Donald Trump has been one of the most unpredictable public figures in modern life. He didn’t buckle when he had to file for bankruptcy. He didn’t buckle when his affair with Marla Maples became a scandal. He didn’t buckle when the press marched against him lockstep when he ran for president. He isn’t buckling under the threat of impeachment.

Sooner or later, you would think those in the profession would have just enough intelligence to realize all they are doing is spewing hot air.

Trump is the rare soldier who literally can be an army of One Man against the world, and win.

Journalists aren’t like that by nature. They are cowards who can only function by mob and collective.

It is the reason they are insanely jealous of him to the point of complete irrationality.

Trump can easily win in 2020 because he can thrive in chaos.

But he is not the only opinionist mistaking wishful thinking sophistry for fact, explaining why journalism confused itself to death.

Here is a very childish piece about the alleged “flaw” in the — get this — “anti-anti-Trump cohort.”

You see, pointing out the irrational flaws of haters is flawed.

Because, of course, these Anti-Trump people are absolutely flawless and morally and intellectually perfect, just as the Catholic Church once marketed itself to be.

Because while nothing is working for the anti-Trumpers, they are grasping at straws: it’s working! they claim.

Limousine liberals are marketing themselves as resisters, which is an insult and a joke. You are not a “resister.” You are a temper tantrum-throwing brat who is having a fit because you didn’t get your own way. The end.

But the stupidity doesn’t end there.

The author of this propaganda piece clings on to the fact that Democrats have won some seats.

So what?

The usual cycle of US politics has mostly been checks and balances: when a president wins, usually his party also captures the Senate and the House, but as time goes on, the Senate and House go to the other party, and the president usually wins a second term, even though the Senate and House do not align.

It happened to Barak Obama and Bill Clinton. It happened to George 43. You cannot cite a civic habit as evidence of anything.

The fact that people in journalism do not know their own system of governance or how their citizens votes tells you how absolutely clueless they are to reality.

The American collective is a shrewd one. They work by shifting waves, forcing both parties into bringing changes they need to make. Barak Obama brought social change, but at the expense of economic prosperity. When people couldn’t make use of those freedoms because they were broke, they went for Trump who promised to focus on economic growth.  You can have all the rights, but if you are homeless, you can’t take advantage of them.

Bill Clinton was shrewd enough to try to market himself as the hybrid of both, with mixed results, but results nonetheless.

But as this “resistance” movement is an artificial one, the press’s harping on it comes out as insincere, and people know it. It is a mere misdirection form the Left because Trump managed to tap into genuine poverty-striken voters from the Rust Belt — and now the Left — who should have had a plan to include their plight from the get-go — is instead pandering to champagne socialists who want to be nannied because self-reliance is too hard.

The Anti-Trumpers merely have a very bad case of sour grapes. They didn’t need the melodrama. All they had to do was concede they ran an elitist campaign, rethink their strategy with dignity, and then have a better and more inclusive platform the next time.

In other words, be an adult, and take advantage of the wonderful intellectual and emotional capacity that comes from being fully developed as a human being.

Journalists are trying to stoke the fires, but they are merely giving has-been celebrities the false hope that if they babble uninformed political babble in public, they may reignite their careers — or at least get a supporting role on a Netflix series.

But the Washington Post is just playing games. They are not informing people. They are trying to cause division so that everyone is distracted and looks to the press for salvation.

It’s not working because there is social media. They still don’t need — or want — journalism.

Nor should they want it. It is too ideologically violent and bigoted to be of any social value. It wants societies to be divisive so they have something they can speculate over with zero facts.

But society deserves peace. We have suffered long enough.

The war on journalism is over, and journalism lost. Time to hold that intervention.

So much sophistry going on.

The CBC is wondering if there can be too much transparency in journalism because ABC released all of its transcripts.

That is hardly transparency. How they landed the interview, what parameters were set, how the questions were constructed and why would be transparency.

So no, ABC News wasn’t all that transparent.

Because what ABC News did was give an hour-long informercial to Comey’s book. I don’t recall any real fact-gathering or verification happening there.

When I did Chaser News, I was very transparent. I disclosed everything, including why I pursued the stories I did. I didn’t shill anyone’s book. I interviewed people and revealed all before I did my actual stories. I discussed how the interview went, my sense of the questions I asked and the answers I got, if I thought I made any errors or omissions, and then discussed each finding as I came across it.

Then after all that, came the actual story. I didn’t treat information as a spoiler or reveal. When putting the various facts together, those facts changed meaning.

And ABC didn’t do any of it — yet CBC is treating them as some sort of “trailblazers”. Even Wired and 60 Minutes have given more information to their stories online than ABC did here. I did it before any of them, but in a completely different way.

The Globe and Mail had some sort of point to make in a column about how the “war on journalism is only getting worse.”

No, that war was fought a long time ago, and journalism lost. That ship has sailed.

And had journalism been a little more alert, humble, flexible, and disciplined, they would not have lost. They failed to grasp this whole Internet thing. They thought they had power when what they had was public goodwill with their monopoly.

Once those rigs were gone, journalists had to quickly retool the profession to stay in the game. They kept pretending that nothing changed and they got pummelled.

And instead of facing reality, journalists began to spew propaganda full-time, making their fortunes worse. The Guardian, a once decent outlet, has now lost all common sense and seems to be having a collective meltdown, running around like chickens without heads screaming about Russian propaganda as if no other country in the world didn’t partake in it, too.

Journalists want to blame someone — Trump, Facebook, Russia, their grandmothers — anyone they can get a hold of and shame without coming off as racist loons.

Except they are coming off worse than that. They are hysterical and panicking as they try to pretend they can still be rational.

But they are not rational. They have lost all sensibility because it is starting to dawn on them that they are done.

It’s time to hold that intervention. It is not a “golden era” of journalism. It is not going to be saved for becoming a nonprofit. It is not going to be saved with government money. It is not going to be saved bashing the American president.

And it is not going to be saved blaming others for the profession’s demise…

CBC has gender pay disparity? You don’t say, Globe and Mail! Canadian journalism was always a misogynistic mess. And still is.

The Globe and Mail is tattling on the CBC for its penchant for paying the boys more than the girls.

No kidding.

For all the blustering and moral masturbating from legacy media for their various pseudo-Leftish decrees, it was and still is highly prejudicial against women, and pay is just one factor.

Sexual harassment is another factor.

But there are more factors: women do not get treated very seriously. I can speak of my own personal experiences, for instance. I would pitch very serious stories, and just be shooed away, as if gang warfare was some silly thing to get hysterical over. Art crimes in Canada are also a serious problem, but I could not get that published in any Canadian media outlet.

Then there was about the political ramifications of street graffiti, cult recruitment at various university campuses, sentencing disparities between convicted male and female prisoners, and how social media was going to make journalism obsolete.

Those were all rejected — and there were others, as well.

I had the ability, the sources, the evidence, you name it, but every time I pitched something, particularly to a male Canadian editor, it wasn’t just shot down — but always with some sort of jab that I was wildly exaggerating.

And then the problem would explode in the future, and then my concerns were proven to be spot on.

If I were a male, that would have never been an issue. If you don’t take hard news pitches from a female journalist seriously, you will not be paying her as much as you pay your male reporters. I once had an editor who did a profile on me be absolutely baffled that I didn’t have a higher profile, given my credentials and accomplishments. He didn’t get that it was pure sexism that had held me back in my career — and I still managed to do a lot of important work despite it.

And nothing has changed in the business, except it has been destroyed — but that toxic mindset is still firmly in place…

 

Wow, I must be really interesting…

Again?

Gee, my LinkedIn page must be so exciting, Homeland Security hungered for more, and moseyed on over to my Facebook page.

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Unlike the others in my privacy settings, I didn’t visit or like their web site or any pages, nor shared my email address with them.

And no, I never received any “advertising” from them on my feed. I don’t look at their stuff at all, anywhere. It doesn’t even look real, more like something from a t-shirt.

What did they learn from my Facebook page? I adore my cat Magnus, I drink a lot of coffee, love eating at small restaurants with quirky names, write books, teach art, listen to the Hives, love Niagara Falls, and Ted Kord the Blue Beetle is my all-time absolute favourite superhero.

The Hives and the Blue Beetle aren’t on my LinkedIn page, and neither are my dining practices. So there is another piece of the puzzle I am certain the entire universe — including deities, should they exist — already knew about that for, like, years. Somehow, for whatever reason, someone on the Internet who isn’t Alexandra Kitty has decreed Blue Beetle’s “birthday” as “May 10” — which happens to be my birthday.

I mean, come on: Alexandra Kitty is an open comic book…

 

Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen in the hot seat.

The Boston Globe’s high-profile columnist is being investigated for embellishing coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and you can read about it here, here, here, and here.

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The Globe has had their share of problematic columnists in the past, and my first book chronicled two of them. Earlier this year, columnist Ron Borges was suspended for reporting a hoax as truth.

This is not surprising, given that embellishments are often the way many journalists and columnists operate, sensationalizing information or exaggerating what they have witnessed or experienced, but most are not called on the carpet or exposed…