18 October 2006

Journalistic ‘Sleight of Hand’

The minimum you’d expect an ‘honest’ journalist to tell you…

The alternative media and the 'independent' journalists are more eager than their mainstream counterparts to play the ‘three-card Monte,’ on the readers [because the mainstream media whorehouse is already overcrowded with ankle-grabbers and embedded journalists and has no room for new whores.]

Three-card Monte is a confidence game. A confidence trick, confidence game, also known as a con, scam, grift or flim flam, is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the ‘mark’) usually with the goal of financial or other gain.

The confidence trickster, con man, grifter, scam artist or con artist often works with one or more accomplices called shills, who try to encourage the mark by pretending to believe the trickster. In the three-card Monte, the mark may initially be allowed to win one or two games in order for him to gain confidence. With this confidence, the mark may place a larger bet, which he would then lose.

The alternative media shills and the independent journalists initially provide readers with a seemingly 'good' reportage (usually sentimental in nature but insignificant, outdated, or inconsequential, and therefore of little or no value to the reader) to gain the readers' confidence.

The disinformation that follows thereafter is the journalistic sleight of hand. Sadly, some will never know they have been had!

Caveat emptor!

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