One would assume that most think­ing peo­ple are by now used to media giv­ing things they report on a spe­cif­ic spin fit­ting their respec­tive polit­i­cal agen­da. This is illog­i­cal enough as the media are sup­posed to report what can be con­sid­ered very close to what we under­stand by the term “facts” – which is why “reporters” are called such. “Narratives” are what think­ing peo­ple do not very much like to read or hear.

What one must still assume nobody wants to read or hear are out­right lies. “To com­mu­ni­cate” means to make some­thing the same knowl­edge among dif­fer­ent peo­ple. If I know that what I tell oth­ers with the pre­tense of being true is false, I am not com­mu­ni­cat­ing, I am con­tra­dict­ing myself. I am being illog­i­cal to an extreme.

The once rep­utable and reli­able Italian paper “Corriere del­la Sera” pub­lished an arti­cle yes­ter­day with regard to an Egyptian immi­grant, report­ed­ly with­out fixed abode, Mohamed Zin Elaabdin Elhosary Mahmoud by name, tak­ing a hostage at knife­point in the most impres­sive Christian church I know of, the cathe­dral of Milan, threat­en­ing to slit the hostage’s throat. Police, after an end­less-seem­ing time of approach­ing the hostage-tak­er almost mil­lime­ter by mil­lime­ter, talk­ing to him all the time try­ing to divert his atten­tion from what he had threat­ened to car­ry out, man­aged to over­whelm him before he could kill the hostage under his control.

The “Corriere del­la Sera” out­right lies to its read­ers writ­ing: “The six men from the police head­quar­ters present con­duct­ed the nego­ti­a­tion and con­vinced him to lay down his weapon and release the hostage.” Which could not be fur­ther from the truth, as even the short and part­ly redact­ed video excerpt the paper includes in its own arti­cle demon­strates in case the read­er watch­es it until the end. In the end, police jump at the attack­er and over­whelm him with brute if skilled phys­i­cal force, report­ed­ly not with­out suf­fer­ing some injuries from the attacker’s knife.

The full video with­out redac­tions was pub­lished, among oth­er social media sites, on the Facebook pages of Italian polit­i­cal leader Matteo Salvini and his par­ty, the Lega. In just one day, it has already been viewed over ten mil­lion times, and Matteo Salvini has added more than sev­en thou­sand “Likes” to his ros­ter of more than 4.3 million.

Media lies like these can only con­tin­ue to under­mine gen­er­al media cred­i­bil­i­ty, yet may also make peo­ple won­der why such lies be con­sid­ered “nec­es­sary”. A log­i­cal con­clu­sion that impos­es itself, sim­i­lar to the one regard­ing the silenc­ing of sci­en­tists crit­i­ciz­ing the cli­mate change scare, is that cer­tain main­stream media are anx­ious to push and pro­tect a cer­tain nar­ra­tive with regard to mass migra­tion to coun­tries with a dom­i­nant European/western/Christian char­ac­ter from coun­tries with very dif­fer­ent and appar­ent­ly in part incom­pat­i­ble cul­tur­al char­ac­ters. Not much won­der then that the Facebook page of Matteo Salvini has amassed more Facebook fol­low­ers than all Italian media pub­li­ca­tions but one, which lat­ter is itself not a tra­di­tion­al media name.

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Logic is all about relating individual pieces of information in a consistent way. “Consistent” means non-contradictory. An apparent tendency of two pieces of information to appear inconsistent calls for express differentiating clarification, with the logically required depth of differentiating discussion depending on the extent to which both pieces of information appear similar.
We had expressed ourselves confident to be able to predict the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election with a high degree of confidence based on financial market behavior. What we figured out – with the highest degree of confidence – was that we were maximally uncertain about the outcome (keeping us in silent consternation). Which in hindsight would appear exactly as the correct assessment to have been made.

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Logic is all about relating individual pieces of information in a consistent way. “Consistent” means non-contradictory. An apparent tendency of two pieces of information to appear inconsistent calls for express differentiating clarification, with the logically required depth of differentiating discussion depending on the extent to which both pieces of information appear similar.
We had expressed ourselves confident to be able to predict the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election with a high degree of confidence based on financial market behavior. What we figured out – with the highest degree of confidence – was that we were maximally uncertain about the outcome (keeping us in silent consternation). Which in hindsight would appear exactly as the correct assessment to have been made.
An Egyptian man takes a hostage at knifepoint in the Milan cathedral, threatening to slit his victim’s throat. A once reputable Italian paper tells its readers that police “convinced him to lay down his weapon and release the hostage”, when in fact, for everyone to see on video, police had to forcefully overwhelm him. The full and unredacted video, in turn, explodes on social media.