“How many times does someone have to lie to you before you call them a liar?” podcaster and independent journalist Tim Pool asks in a recent PragerU video.
Pool goes through several prominent cases of mainstream media outlets misrepresenting major national news stories, and suggests that said organizations do not deserve the blanket trust that some Americans still give them.
He specifically cites the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, where media portrayed Brown as a ‘gentle giant’ who was shot by a racist police after pleading for his life with the famous — and fictitious — line “hands up, don’t shoot!”.
In reality, Brown had just robbed a convenience store and had violently assaulted officer Darren Wilson, punching him and reaching for his gun. A local grand jury and a federal probe by the Justice Department under the Obama administration found that Wilson had justifiably used lethal force in self defense.
“The whole story was manufactured by the media.” Pool observed. “It wasn’t the first time. It wouldn’t be the last.”
Pool outlined other major scandals, such as the big tech suppression of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” during the 2020 election, and the mainstream media’s insistence that it was “Russian disinformation.” In a similar vein, Pool zeroes in on the “Russia Hoax” that dominated the aftermath of the 2016 election.
“The biggest whopper of them all was the Russia Hoax, the entirely made up story that Donald Trump the candidate, then Donald Trump the President of the United States, was a Russian Agent. This dark fantasy preoccupied the legacy media for 3 years.”
Pool notes that most of the reporting on this issue was sourced from opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign that was totally baseless — the New York Times and the Washington Post would both win Pulitzer Prizes for that baseless reporting.
Pool advised listeners to seek out information from across the political spectrum, and to critically evaluate the motives and credibility of their sources.
“If someone or some news source lies over and over again, you may not want to trust them.”