Media Mashup: June 16, 2015

cybergraphicCyberwarfare: The Media Aren’t Paying Attention

Some intelligence analysts have expressed concern that the media have failed to pay enough attention to the growing number of cyberattacks, including one that reportedly accessed sensitive information about 14 million former and current federal employees.

Glenn Reynolds, the founder of Instapundit.com., outlined the attack in a column in USA Today. An attack, which was discovered last week, grew significantly in importance after the initial reports, but the media seemed more concerned about other stories, Reynolds argued.

“Aside from regular federal personnel records, which provide a royal route to blackmail, intimidation and identity theft for present and retired federal workers, the hackers also stole a trove of military and intelligence records that could be even more valuable,” Reynolds wrote.

The stolen information included Standard Form 86 in which employees in sensitive positions list their weaknesses: past arrests, bankruptcies, and drug and alcohol problems.

The Foreign Policy Research Institute maintains that the main actors include China, Iran, Russia and non-state operations, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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War on Terrorism: The People Are Paying Attention

A new national survey found that 44 percent of likely U.S. voters think the terrorists are winning the war, up 7 percent from May, according to Rasmussen Reports.

That’s the highest percentage since the organization started to ask questions about the issue in 2006.

Just 27 percent think the United States and its allies are winning the war on terrorism. Twenty-one percent think neither side is winning. More than 40 percent of voters thought the United States was winning the war on terror through 2008 and 2009. That opinion rose to 55 percent in May 2001, just after the death of Osama bin-Laden.

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Race: The Media Still Aren’t Paying Attention

The mainstream media still don’t understand how they have ushered in a long, hot summer as a result of poor reporting about recent incidents concerning the police and blacks.

At least some important bloggers remain committed to the truth.

PowerLineBog.com provided some importance information, which we have not seen widely reported, about the Cleveland case in which a police officer killed a 12-year-old, who was holding a toy gun.

“These are brilliantly accurate plastic reproductions of real guns. They are accurate to size, color, precise location and scale of operating mechanisms such as safeties or take-down levers, sights, stocks (frequently wood) and even operation…. They are, in fact, so realistic that police and commando units train with them.”

The GatewayPundit.com noted that some of the top demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, had received training from a George Soros-backed organization. We haven’t seen this information reported in the mainstream media.

A Philadelphia theater group and a local newspaper don’t understand that Michael Brown, the dead man in Ferguson, did not say, “Hands up; don’t shoot.” Nevertheless, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “The monologues reflect six perspectives on the African-American male experience. There’s a vitriolic diatribe about police profiling, a lighter-skinned black man wondering how his racial identity squares with the anger of those around him, a man who has found the world so dangerous for those of his race that he rejects it altogether.”

We note that violent crime has soared in recent weeks, particularly in Baltimore and Ferguson.

Please send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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