Parody Joe Biden Website Ranks Higher On Google Than His Real Campaign Website

Comedians and satire kings on social media are going to have a field day with the 2020 presidential election. The hilarious fun has already begun!

While former Vice President Joe Biden is rising in the polls, at the same time a fake Joe Biden campaign website is rising up the Google search results when anyone searches his name.

JoeBiden.info, a fake parody campaign account that mocks his “legislative accomplishments” with a list of issues he was against before he was for them (Iraq War for example) and his “hands-on approach” with women ranks higher on Google than his campaign website.

I Googled Joe Biden and other than an advertisement asking you to donate to him, his official website is nowhere to be found, but JoeBiden.info is the fourth link on the page.

I love satire, and this website and the fact it tops his own campaign website on Google is just classic.

However, if the parody account starts to gain too much traction, Google will probably block or take the website off the top results if the company follows the lead of Twitter that took down an AOC parody account.

The fake site already has a lot of material from Biden’s past with many more moments I’m sure ahead as we edge closer to election day 2020. This race for the White House is going to be a meme bonanza.

Especially if it comes down to Biden v. Trump.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

The XFL Could Be The League That Makes Spring Football Work

Vince McMahon's spring football league the XFL announced the broadcast partners for the inaugural season next February. The opening weekend games will air on ABC and FOX with other games airing on ESPN and FS1.

This is a huge deal for a startup league to sign broadcast agreements with not only one but two broadcast networks plus ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The original XFL games in the early 2000s aired on NBC and UPN (May it rest in peace).

The Alliance of American Football's (AAF) biggest problem was no one knew when the games were on or where fans could watch the action. Each week the games aired at different times on different days on small networks like CBS Sports Network, NFL Network and sometimes on the Bleacher Report app.

Most Americans don't receive the CBS Sports Network in their cable package. If they do, no one knows how to find it on their channel lineup.

The XFL 2.0 is more organized with better leadership than the first time around. McMahon has taken his time and not just thrown it together like he did the first time around.

Only McMahon could've pulled off the TV deal the XFL just signed. No one else has the influence to pulled that off.

Of course, only time will tell if the XFL can find a TV audience and grow a fan base. However, no other spring league has ever pulled off a massive TV contract like the XFL did today. If you want to develop an audience, you have to be on big networks, which the AAF learned quickly. Otherwise, you just become a footnote on the failed football leagues page on Wikipedia.

The XFL has the best chance ever of any spring league startup to actually make spring football work.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Majority Of Democrats Running For President Are Really Running For A Cable News Gig Or Book Deal 5/3/19 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

Transcript: I don’t know about you but I gave up trying to keep count on how many Democrats are running for President. The names of new candidates from this point on doesn’t matter because none of have a chance at winning the nomination and they know it.

So why are they running?

Simple. It’s a marketing campaign.

Most of the candidates that are not delusional into believing they can actually win, are running to enhance their profile.

To gain national recognition.

To grab a gig on CNN or MSNBC and maybe even sign a book deal.

Having that you’re a former candidate for president is a nice line on your resume. They know it’s Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders nomination to lose. Everyone else is just running for a book deal.

I’m Chad Whittle and that’s a Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

CNN Goes From "The Most Trusted Name In News" To The Least Watched Name In News According To Latest TV Ratings

CNN has gone from "The most trusted name in news" to the least watched name in news. The ratings for the network that once was the pride of cable news journalism continues to decline in the months after the release of the Mueller Report with no signs of stopping.

According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN's prime-time ratings dropped an eye-popping 26% in April compared to last year. This marked the lowest-rated month in total viewers since October 2015 for the news channel.

CNN shows are not even gaining a million viewers anymore, and the channel is a national network. To help you understand how bad the ratings are for the WarnerMedia owned network, Fox News received 2.4 million viewers, and MSNBC was second with 1.6 million in April 2018. CNN came in last among the big three cable news networks with an average audience of just 767,000.

CNN's highest rated show for the month was "Chris Cuomo Primetime" with an average viewership of 917,000, placing the show the 26th most-watched show in total viewers among cable news. "Hannity" on Fox News led the way in ratings for the month with an average audience of 3.086 million total viewers.

We are witnessing a dramatic decline for CNN that started even before the Mueller investigation started. The network has been trending downward for many years as the news channel's reporting turned from objective to subjective while at the same time rivals Fox and MSNBC have been able to find their groove by appealing to the right and left.

CNN went all in for two years on Russian collusion, and after the Mueller report concluded there was no collusion; audiences had no reason to continue to watch after CNN was proven to be wrong.

Based on the ratings, maybe CNN should change their slogan from "The most trusted name in news" to "This is CNN. Yes, we still exist."

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Not Fake News: Imaged-Obsessed Americans Are Purchasing Fake Vacation Photos To Post On Social Media

If you’ve ever had any doubts that we live in an image-obsessed culture, this article should confirm your suspicions.

According to FoxNews.com, a photo-editing service named Fake A Vacation allows users to take photos of themselves on vacations superimposed onto fake backgrounds so they can post to their followers on Instagram.

Yes, you read that right. People are actually paying money to have fake photos taken of themselves on vacation so they can impress followers on social media they’ll never meet.

A study of 4,000 participants from Jetcost, which is a flight cost-comparison site, determined 14 percent of respondents lied to others about fancy vacations; while ten percent of them took it a step further by posting fake photos on social media.

Some of the main reasons people are paying money to have fake travel photos taken are because a real vacation is too expensive, to make others envious or because they had to cancel a last minute trip. However, they can’t let a canceled trip get in the way of them posting photos about their vacation they’ve already bragged about on Facebook!

Customers purchase photo packages on the Fake A Vacation website, and after it’s processed, the company sends them a link to upload photos. The website staff suggests what clothes the customers should wear in the fake images. Then, three days later, you receive your photos you can post to Facebook to make your fake friends on Facebook really jealous of your fake vacation.

Some of the packages on the FakeAVacation.com website includes a fake trip to Disney Land for $39.99, Hawaii for $49.99 and the Grand Canyon for $49.99.

Americans more than ever are obsessed with status, wealth, and popularity that’s all fueled by social media and all of the time and effort they’re spending trying to keep up with the Joneses is making them more miserable than ever as mental health issues including depression continues to increase in America.

If this behavior continues, the number of mental health issues will only rise. Americans need to stop trying to create fake memories to impress others online and instead turn off the computer and go create real memories with their real friends and family.

Some of these memories might not be “Instagram worthy” but these memories will be worth more than any fake photos on social media could ever mean.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Hollywood Needs To Look Inward And Push For Less Violent Movies and TV Shows

A new study in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports youth suicides among kids ages 10-17 increased to a 19-year high in the month after Netflix released the show “13 Reasons Why” which depicts a teen girl taking her life.

The U.S. youth suicide rate was 29% higher among children ages 10-17 than the previous year.

However, the study can’t prove the Netflix show was the cause of the teen suicides, but if we are honest with ourselves, we all know this show probably didn’t help either.

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that movies are “art” and it’s “fiction” and therefore the excessive violence, sexual content and overall vulgarity of what passes for modern entertainment has no influence on the behavior of the viewers.

This is just a lie. Images are powerful. If visuals weren’t then why are so many addicted to pornography? Images are incredibly powerful and can have a profound effect on certain viewers. Of course, not all that watch a violent film or an overly sexual television program will commit crimes or regrettable acts. However, many in our society will be influenced by these programs to make possible life-changing mistakes.

While no study can definitively prove a violent movie caused someone to commit horrible acts or a TV show about teen suicide caused young adults to commit suicide, for Hollywood celebrities to say violent content doesn’t have the potential to influence viewers is disingenuous.

If Hollywood wants to really do something about guns and violence, instead of protesting the Second Amendment and calling for more gun control, maybe instead they should first look inward at their entertainment industry and push for less violent content in movies, music, video games and on television.

The world is full of darkness. We need more light and positivity our world and in our entertainment. I encourage and challenge Hollywood to produce more uplifting stories including shows aimed at teenagers. Young adults could use a positive and encouraging message in our society.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

New Study Proves Americans Should Ignore Twitter Outrages The News Media Exploits

A new study from the Pew Research Center proves Twitter outrage should never be taken seriously and just ignored. According to their latest survey, only 22% of U.S. adults use the microblogging social site.

I started a long time ago ignoring so-called Twitter outrage that the press hypes to make it seem as though the entire nation is upset over some issue or situation the majority of America doesn’t know or care about at all.

Anytime I see a headline with the phrase “Twitter blows up” or something similar I instantly click on the next article or keep scrolling past it. The media treats the Jack Dorsey led site as a public opinion poll that is supposed to mirror the majority of Americans. This is fake news.

Pew Research reports among U.S. adults, a small percentage of users produces Twitter discourse. The top 10% by the number of tweets are responsible for 80% of all tweets by U.S. adults.

The median Twitter user only posts twice per month, follows 89 accounts, and has 25 followers.

When the percentage of U.S. adults is broken down by day, once again, the top 10% of tweeters say they use Twitter more than once per day (81%) while the bottom 90% of tweeters say they use the platform 47%.

With such a small percentage of the population using and posting on Twitter, the social network should never be used as a measurement of American public opinion on any issue, especially political issues. 

The social site makes it easy for the news media to blow an unimportant and insignificant situation out of proportion. There are new fake outrages daily on Twitter the media can use to exploit.

The only way this continuous cycle of fake outrage and fake controversies becoming national stories is for Americans to ignore these stories and not click the links on news websites.

The statistics in this study reports most Americans are already ignoring Twitter; they just need to learn to ignore the phony media outrages that come from the social app.    

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

  

Democrats Are Starting To Realize They Need To Appear On Fox News Instead Of CNN If They Want To Reach Voters. The Bernie Sanders Town Hall On Fox Is The Most Viewed Of Year

We already knew Fox News was the king of cable news. The channel’s ratings and success prove it. Now, we have indisputable proof thanks to, of all people, Bernie Sanders.

Monday night the Senator and current Democrat frontrunner for president appeared on Fox for an hour that was the most watched town hall of the year with 2.6 million viewers. So far, the average viewership for CNN’s town halls is 903,000. Rivals Fox News and MSNBC’s regular programming airing during the CNN town halls each easily beat the network with Fox receiving an average of 2.2 million viewers and MSNBC 1.1 million.

I give Sanders credit for being willing to appear on Fox because not all Democrats would’ve done that.

The Vermont senator was wise to go on Fox because he knew if he wanted to reach a mass audience with his message, Fox was the place to go. No one outside of his base would’ve ever seen him on MSNBC, and if you look at the ratings for CNN, not many that “Burn for Bernie” or any other candidate’s supporters for that matter would’ve seen them on CNN.

Fox is in talks about hosting a town hall with Pete Buttigieg next. If he’s smart, he’ll accept the invitation so he can actually reach voters.

Even Democrats are starting to learn that if you want to reach an audience, you gotta go on Fox. Otherwise, you’ll just be talking to people that are walking through an airport glancing at CNN on a TV screen.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

AOC TV: Millennial Couple Plans To Launch The Wokest Netflix-Like Service In America

A Detroit couple that helped AOC win her Congressional seat plan to launch the wokest Netflix-like streaming service in America.

Means TV will be an internet-only streaming service that will offer subscribers access for $10 per month to “anti-capitalist” and “pro-worker” socialist programming including talk shows, comedy sketches, and on-the-ground reporting.

So basically, imagine if Bernie Sanders and AOC had a TV network. This is what it would look like.

I find it very capitalist of them to offer monthly subscriptions to their content in order to make a profit so they can stay in business.  Sounds like something Donald Trump would do.

The streaming service is the creation of Naomi Burton, 29, and Nick Hayes, 22, that produced a campaign video for the Ocasio-Cortez campaign.

Their goal is to attract millennials and Generation Z with their socialist message.

The couple credited Bernie Sanders campaign for President helping them to get woke.

Currently, the streaming service is seeking donations to help get the service started with a planned late 2019 launch.

With so many young Americans flirting with the ideas of socialism and with the couple having access to AOC’s millions of followers on Twitter, this video streaming service has a chance to attract an audience.

This potential new streaming service is a good example of a point I made earlier that the church and Christians need to produce video content if they want to reach young Americans with a positive message. Read that article here.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Would We Be Less Divided As Nation If Facebook And Twitter Didn't Exist? Or, Are Social Media Platforms A Reflection Of What Lies Within The American Heart?

In our hyper-partisan society, it seems the one thing everyone can agree on is that social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have not made America a more unified and respectful place.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports 57 percent of Americans agree social media networks including Facebook and Twitter do more to divide the country than unite while 35 percent polled apparently have never been on political Twitter because they think the social sites help bring the nation together. One scroll through a politically related Twitter feed and those 35 percent would quickly change their mind.

In addition, 51 percent believe social media spread lies and falsehoods more than spreading news and information.

Sixty-one percent feel social media spreads more unfair attacks and rumors against public figures and corporations while 32 percent think these sites hold public figures and corporations accountable.

Finally, 26 percent say they have blocked or unfriended a contact on Facebook or another social media site due to their political views.

There are good aspects to social media that we all enjoy including learning about news we might’ve missed, watching funny videos and staying in touch with old friends and family.

However, it’s hard to deny these sites have also contributed largely to the hyper-political and hyper-partisan culture we live in. Every day there are people that find something new to be upset, angry and enraged about politically.

The thousands of daily hate-filled, personal attack Tweets aimed at public figures including members of Congress is disturbing. We live in a society that does not respect those in authority.

I’m not saying you have to agree with a representative on any or all issues because their position may go against your own religious and political beliefs but the personal, vile, vulgar, hate-filled posts on social media doesn’t help to move the political discussion forward. It just makes our society and politics more toxic which isn’t good for anyone.

Sometimes I wonder if we didn’t have Facebook and Twitter would our politics be so personal and toxic? Could there be a chance that we’d be less divided on issues and could find more common ground if our national politics didn’t seem like such a battlefield that is fought daily in 280 characters or less on Twitter?

Or, have people always felt this way, and social media just amplifies thoughts and behavior that has always been there?

I believe social media has played a part in creating this more toxic environment that has contributed to our nation becoming more divided, but social sites aren’t the only reason we’re so divided.

The root of our divided country isn’t just the social platforms that allow awful people to say terrible things. The comments online are just a simple reflection of what lies within the users posting these messages.

Unfortunately, our society continues to move further away from a moral and religious foundation which is the main reason our politics and culture have become so dark and toxic. The moral collapse of our country is getting posted, liked, shared and Tweeted daily by the minute.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

The Mainstream Media Should Be Beacons Of Truth In The Age Of Fake News, But New Poll Shows Many Americans Know They're Not.

According to a new poll of 2,200 Americans conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, many Americans know what we all know to be true about the mainstream media: the majority of it is liberal.

The study reports 46 percent believe CNN leans liberal and 43 percent believe MSNBC is as well.

Just 12 percent believe CNN is neutral which is still too high of a number.

Broadcast TV networks are believed to have a liberal bias as well with 36 percent believing NBC is liberal, 35 percent for CBS, and 34 percent believe ABC’s coverage is slanted left.

Of the sample, 51 percent believe Fox News is conservative.

The poll also found that 40 percent of Americans believe there should be less coverage of politics with another 40 percent believing TV news should cover world events more. It’s hard to disagree with them on this point.

I’m glad to see there are so many others that are figuring out the agenda of the mainstream media. The more Americans figure out the news coverage they are receiving from mainstream traditional news sources is slanted, the better informed they’ll become because they will seek out more accurate, alternative sources.

In the age of the fake news and misrepresentation spreading all across social media, traditional journalism institutions should be beacons of truth and accuracy. A place Americans can turn to find the truth and not a biased agenda. Sadly, this isn’t the case and probably never will be. They’ll continue to go left, and because of this, their ratings will continue to go south.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

UK Government Establishing Regulator To Oversee Social Media And The Spread Of "Fake News" And "Disinformation." Will This Lead To Censorship?

The UK government has established the world’s first independent regulator to try and help social media giants like Facebook in check according to CNET.

Companies could face fines for not following the new requirements that will be implemented.

The goal of the new internet regulator is to make the web a safer place.

The regulator will ensure social media networks tackle problems including:

-Incitement of violence and the spread of violent (including terrorist) content

-Encouragement of self-harm or suicide

-The spread of disinformation and fake news

-Cyberbullying

-Children's access to inappropriate material

-Child exploitation and abuse content

The new requirements will apply to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media networks and other websites.

I believe everyone can agree that we don’t want children to have access to pornographic content or that violent inciting content should be widely available online to be viewed. However, what does concern me is who gets to decide what “disinformation” and “fake news” is?

We’ve already seen social sites deactivate and delete the accounts of Alex Jones and other political figures for their posts. While I don’t agree with Jones and others, they should be able to speak freely online unless they are encouraging violence or harm toward others.

While the new UK regulator has no jurisdiction over the U.S. and our access to social media content, this new governmental figure could push the social giants toward blocking certain websites in the UK because they feel it’s “disinformation” or “fake news.”

Wonder if he or she decides that BreitBart or The Daily Caller is “fake news”?

Would you be ok with that? If you’re a liberal, then maybe you’d say yes.

However, what if the new regulator says Mother Jones, CNN, or MSNBC is spreading “disinformation”? Which actually wouldn’t be a lie, CNN spread fake news for two and half years about Trump and Russia, but regardless, I would not agree with their websites being blocked off social media.

It’s a tricky and potential dangerous slippery slope when a government grants someone the ability to fine social sites for content on their websites they deem spreading “disinformation” or “fake news.”

Will this new UK regulator make the internet a safer place or just a more censored place?

I lean towards these new policies creating more censorship than safety.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

The Box Office Success Of The Pro-Life Film 'Unplanned' Surprises No One But Hollywood

The Christian produced pro-life movie “Unplanned” is proving to be a surprise box office hit according to reports from Yahoo. This is only a surprise to those that live and work in Hollywood because if you live outside the Hollywood bubble, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you. Unlike many in the film industry, your average American does not hold a far left position on abortion.

The movie has made more than $8.6 million at the box office since its March 29 release which is good enough for fourth place at the box office this past weekend according to Box Office Mojo. The only movies ahead of it are big budgeted blockbusters like “Dumbo,” “Us,” and “Captain Marvel.”

For the film to be fourth to big Disney/Marvel movies is very impressive considering the movie had a much smaller production budget and less promotion due to no TV networks agreeing to air ads for the film except Fox News Channel due to its pro-life message.

It probably also helped that the vice president of the United States Tweeted his support of the film. Currently, the movie is in over 1,500 theaters.

The odds were not in the movie’s favor since the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) attributed an “R” rating to the film so that teens 17 and under could not watch the movie. In some states, you can receive an abortion without your parents’ permission if you’re 15, but you can’t watch a film about abortion unless you have your legal guardians permission. The Twitter account of the film was also briefly suspended which hurt marketing efforts as well.

The movie has received harsh negative reviews from Hollywood which isn’t surprising and was very predictable.

I’m glad this film was made. It’s exactly the type of film Christians and conservatives need to produce. If conservatives want to win the culture war, the battlefield isn’t the halls of Congress. This political and moral battle must be won on the movie, TV and smartphone screens across the country.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook Is Paying For Positive Press In The UK Daily Telegraph By Purchasing Sponsored Stories To Be Featured In The Newspaper

Facebook is paying for positive press in the UK Daily Telegraph by purchasing sponsored stories to be featured in the newspaper.

The social media giant has paid for a series of positive stories to be featured about the company according to Business Insider to help the company gain positive coverage due to its often negative and controversial image.

Some of the stories the paper will publish defends the company on issues including hate speech, cyberbullying and terrorism. The company has received criticism for allowing live video streams to be published on some of these controversial topics with the latest live video headache occurring for the company after the Christchurch shooting video went live on the social site.

So far the Telegraph’s Spark, it’s sponsored content unit, has published 26 stories that have appeared in print and online.

A major theme of the stories is how Facebook is fighting to protect your data, which would probably be a better fit to run on The Onion website than a traditional hard news outlet.

If Facebook actually cared about its user’s data and made more effort to provide more controls to users concerning how their personal information is collected and used, they wouldn’t need to run a paid for public relations campaign. However, no amount of articles in a newspaper will change its negative public image. Only changing the company’s behavior will do that and the odds of that happening are very slim.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Things Go From Bad To Worse For CNN: Tucker Carlson Beats Their ENTIRE Primetime Lineup Combined!

Things for CNN have gone from bad to worse.

First, Robert Mueller did not find collusion with Russia.

Now, as if that isn’t bad enough, Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m. on Fox News beat the ENTIRE CNN primetime lineup in the ratings!

Last week, CNN’s primetime lineup received an average of 2.4 million viewers while Carlson averaged 3.4 million viewers. According to Nielsen, Chris Cuomo received 875,000 viewers, Anderson Cooper received 810,000 viewers and Don Lemon 789,000 viewers. In total, Carlson beat all of them combined by around a million viewers.

This has to be incredibly embarrassing for CNN. However, if you look at recent ratings for CNN primetime, most of their shows are just above a million total viewers in primetime or less.

The Washington Times reported Fox News primetime ratings were up 11% in the last year while CNN fell by 11%.

CNN went all in on the Russia collusion narrative so after two-plus years of reporting that it was all but a certain, once it was proven to be false, it was easily predictable due to their reporting that they’d lose viewers.

The problem for CNN is can they replace or bring back the viewers they’ve lost?

In a world of thousands of other sources online including social media for news, the answer is no.

CNN’s dominant days are over. In fact, it really started when they replaced Larry King. That was the first of many bad programming decisions. King had millions of viewers compared to Piers Morgan.

The network could recover if they want back to news and not anti-Trump 24/7 but there is more evidence of Russia collusion than there is they’ll ever consider doing that and as you know, there was no Russian collusion.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Whittle at 'Media Equalizer': Boycotts Hurt All Sides

Our Founding Fathers felt freedom of speech and the press was so vital and important to the continued success of our nation that they granted this right in the First Amendment of the Constitution. They knew all freedoms that followed would rise and fall on the freedom to freely speak and debate political, moral and religious topics.

In 2019, there are more ways than ever to share your viewpoint on any topic imaginable. All you need is a computer, keyboard, a social media account or website, video camera and a microphone. The Internet is the Founding Father’s freedom of speech dreams fully realized.

You no longer have to be on the payroll of a large media company to share your opinion. You can go live on YouTube and reach millions.

While there are almost countless digital media options for Americans to use to share their opinion, there are many politically motivated groups that are trying to stop popular media figures from having the right to speak their mind on the issues of the day.

Read the rest at Media Equalizer Here

Podcasts Are the New Pulpit

According to statistics from Apple, there are over 500,000 active podcast shows on the Apple Podcasts app/iTunes. That is a lot of content providing many different world views that could influence the listening audience.

If you are new to podcasts or have never downloaded an episode, podcasts are like an unlimited audio buffet of choice. No matter what you’re into: sports, travel, news, pop culture, politics, dating, cars, Star Wars, the odds are there are multiple podcasts on your favorite topics you can listen to and enjoy.

The good news about this technology (in addition to the choice and portability of being able to listen on your phone) is the church has not missed the ball and isn’t having to play catch up on this new audio medium.

If you open the Apple Podcasts app or another popular podcast app, you’ll see an entire section of religious podcasts available for listeners to download from their favorite pastors or Christian teachers.  

Some of the top downloaded religious shows come from names you’d recognize like Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Charles Stanley, and Joyce Meyer. However, the good news is because producing a podcast and distributing one is so cheap local pastors that aren’t nationally known can share the gospel both locally and globally.

In the past, purchasing airtime on television or the radio was too expensive for many ministries to afford. Now, thanks to the ability to post a sermon online for around $10 per month depending on the podcast host used, pastors that could never spread the gospel message before are able to find new listeners.

Podcasts are a great tool the church can use to reach others for Christ including younger Americans that bypass traditional media like radio and TV. Generation Z and millennials are embracing podcasts as a form of entertainment and as a source for news and information.

With thousands of new podcast shows appearing online every month, it’s important Christianity has a strong voice in this new medium. People are going to hear multiple worldviews on shows. It’s good and eternally essential the gospel message is a part of the downloadable conversation.  

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted on March 18, 2019 .

Chad Live on Major League Liberty 3/11/2019

Chad joined the crew of Major League Liberty on Monday night to discuss his recent article on the 2020 election and if a Democrat will be able to successfully use social media to face the “Tweeter-in-Chief” Donald Trump. Dr. Whittle’s interview starts at 8:43 in the video. Read Chad’s article here

If Christians and the Church Want to Bring Millennials and Gen Z Back to the Church, They Need To Start Producing More Media Content to Reach Them

Recent research has shown a growing decline in church attendance and religious affiliation among millennials and Generation Z in the United States.  For many church leaders, this decline is troubling, and some are not sure how or what to do to bring young adults back to sitting in the pews.

If churches want to bring young Americans back to houses of worship, religious leaders will need to take the message outside of the four walls of a traditional church and go where millennials and Generation Z live: online and on social media.

Prior generational leaders like Pat Robertson and the late Billy Graham understood the power and influence of the media which is why Robertson founded “The Christian Broadcast Network,” and Rev. Graham aired his sermons on radio and television.

However, unlike past generations, young Americans are exposed to media messages constantly that offer them various worldviews and opinions on morality. They no longer need to attend a physical church to hear about spirituality anymore either. They can simply download a podcast or watch a debate about current topics on YouTube. 

For this age group, it is much more convenient and natural to watch a video online than attend a church. This is why the church needs to do more to reach this age group online and through other media. However, if you want your content to be taken seriously by Generation Z, you better bring your A-game.

There is an endless digital sea of videos you can stream on YouTube or watch on Netflix. If you want your videos to stand out, you need to make it not only informative and thought-provoking but entertaining as well. When you have a generation that has grown up to waking up in the morning to their iPhones and spending all day with their device until they fall asleep with the phone at night in their bed, you must produce quality content that stands out from all the noise. They are smart and can spot poor quality and badly produced cheap content.

This is not to say there isn’t quality Christian content in the media now including Christian music, some films and YouTube videos from popular creators like John Crist; we just need more Christian content that is available for young adults on YouTube, Netflix, and social media. 

Churches should consider creating a media fund to help financially support those within their membership and in their local communities that have the skills and talent to produce quality, informative and entertaining media content. Or, partner with those that have the resources to produce this content.

Millennials and Generation Z are not going to stop using the web and social media. The more exposed to Christian messages they are in their news feeds the better. If you reach them where they are and how they consume content, some of them might just find their closest Uber one Sunday morning to attend a worship service. The backdrop of an old church building or a contemporary one with lights and fog would make a great selfie for Instagram.

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Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.