Each day, I receive thousands of messages and emails. Below are three of them from the past 24 hours, and the response I’ve given to each. NOTE: I do not include the last name of the sender unless they explicitly request that I do so.
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1) From Ben:
Dear DML, Harvard just published a very long list of websites and classified them by the following groups: “clickbait, political, unknown, fake news, satire, conspiracy theory, rumor mill, state news, junk science, hate news, extreme bias, proceed with caution, unreliable, and credible.”
This was originally reported by the Washington Examiner. Your awesome website, dennismichaellynch.com was included on this list as “political” because you are putting out there the things no one else is talking much about, like how great Neil Gorsuch is for the SCOTUS and the other good things President Trump is doing. To give an example of how crazy this list is, Harvard lists many conservative websites such as The Blaze and The Daily Wire in an unfavorable category while the biggest fake news outlet, the New York Times is noticeably absent. The fact that Harvard created this list shows how few weapons they have in the arsenal, although this is just flat out stupid. Keep doing the good work you and the rest of your team do every day.
DML: Yes, we were listed as “political” and were given no other classification, which in this case is a good thing. Breitbart is labeled as “political, unreliable, biased.” The Daily Caller is labeled as “political, unreliable, clickbait.” Newsmax is labeled as “unreliable.” Infowars is labeled as “conspiracy.” Drudge Report is labeled as “political and biased.”
Although I agree with many of the labels placed on the long list of websites that made the list, it’s impossible to ignore how the list is targeted at conservative-leaning outlets, and how left-leaning websites have no presence on the list.
That said, I don’t put much stock into these sorts of lists. We have a very thorough process for finding and reporting news stories, and we are proud of what we publish each day. Furthermore, the only biases we hold are for telling the truth, and for reporting the facts.
Harlan Hill and I are the only people on Team DML who are permitted to insert opinions. Harlan is a Democrat and I am a Conservative. If we agree with President Trump, we say so. If we do not agree with him, we say so. That said, people should digest our opinions and weigh them against the news story being told. Ultimately, it is for the viewer to decide how they feel about both.
We truly believe that within time, the DML brand will be the most trusted name in news. Meanwhile, here is how the Harvard report defines “political:” “Political: Sources that provide generally verifiable information in support of certain points of view or political orientations.”
2) From Tom:
With the weather where you are putting a wrench in your schedule, I will be forced to donate to your “New Media” if you have a 3 questions answered post today. I’ll be watching. — Tom J.
DML: I did not answer the 3 emails yesterday. And yes, the Walk & Talk was canceled this morning — it will be later today at 8:30 p.m. ET versus this morning.
Unless I’m traveling, I do the 3 emails every day. So, although I appreciate the donation, I would have done the email replies today regardless. That said, I cannot lie to you, I woke up this morning, took a look at the weather and said to myself, “I ain’t walking in this rain.” Then I went back to bed and slept until noon — I was so tired. It is the first time in 30 years I did that sort of thing. But, to my defense, I did travel from California to New York on Sunday, and then on Monday, I had to drive 12-hours (round trip) to return my daughter to college. Most people would have taken the day off today. But, then again, I ain’t most people. 🙂
3) From Marc R.:
3/14/17 @ 11:50am, During the live press conference briefing LONG ISLANDERS on the current situation with the storm today, Gov. Cuomo threw a dig at Rick Perry in backhanded lib-tard fashion when he commented “Extreme weather is New Reality! My father was Governor for 12 years & I have been governor for nearly 6 years. I’ve had twice the number of federal disasters that my father had in 1/2 the time. SO THERE IS something to the EXTREME WEATHER. IT IS A REALITY!”….
DML: Gov. Cuomo, much like his father, is a bunch of hot air (no pun intended).
When I was growing up on Long Island, schools didn’t close unless the snow was really bad. Today, schools will close a day in advance because of a weather report.
Nassau County (Long Island) was supposed to get hammered with snow today. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
What a bunch of BS. Turns out Nassau got 6-inches.
I live on the east end of Long Island. We got the WARNING of 8-12 inches. Our entire school district closed based on the report. Meanwhile, we didn’t get any snow … not even a single inch. We got rain, and my kids are home for no reason. Although, Mary says high winds did knock out our internet for 30-minutes (11:30 a.m.), but it’s back now.
Back when I was a kid, a school didn’t close for 6-inches of snow. But in today’s “snowflake” society, wimpy decisions are made for the sake of avoiding a lawsuit. I assure you, Cuomo Sr. dealt with equally bad weather, if not worse, than his son.
Cuomo Jr. can’t have it both ways. He needs to learn how to sell us “Global Warming” — better known today as “Climate Change.” Climate change is based on a theory that the planet is warming, not freezing. So, the governor of N.Y. may want to get his act together, considering he’s complaining about it SNOWING in March. These liberal politicians can’t find their buttocks with both hands.
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