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Guest View: Knife Media hides name of ‘main adviser’

Guest View By Amigo

With Prejudice: Discredited for questioning the status quo

The following is from The Knife Media.

“In our current society, people are being publicly discredited by institutions and the media for voicing opinions that go against the norm. This impedes civil discourse and dissuades critical thinking. The Knife’s series “With Prejudice” is aimed at increasing awareness of this phenomenon so society can evolve beyond it.

“We’ve curated a list of people and organizations who’ve recently been discredited, and we’ll be examining these cases on a regular basis. To read more about the series, click here.

“Note: This series was previously titled “BLACKLISTED.” We received feedback from our primary advisor [emphasis mine] that the name was inappropriately spun and failed to include additional perspectives. Although our mission is clear, our application of it is sometimes faulty and we seek to rectify it. We decided to change the name of the series to “With Prejudice.” This title embodies our goal of exploring how prejudice affects critical thinking.”

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Chief adviser for the Knife Media is Keith Raniere. So why doesn’t the Knife come out and say so?

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Here is the First Amendment of the US Constitution:

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Let’s face it, many humans behave like cattle: we line up, we share opinions and experiences; we often think and act similarly; this behavior is often referred to as ‘herd mentality.’ It is a large part of how cults start and contributes (sic) to destructive cult beliefs and values shared within these groups.

Questioning the status quo is part of journalism’s’ (sic) most important functions. That we have different paradigms and thoughts that color events is one of the pillars of the First Amendment. Imagine how boring the world would be without color, inflection, opinion, point of view and style. We always will look at the world differently and it is our responsibility to reflect upon what we read and think.

I am not one to trust a news filter that bases its techniques, ratings and critiques on the teachings of Keith Raniere, the founder of the alleged NXIVM sex cult, while trying to hide that key piece of information from its readers.

(I think it ironic that they refer to Keith as their “main adviser” – yet do not identify him.]

Keith was once chastised in court for his untruthful testimony and he demonstrated a pattern of obfuscation and bad faith, so it comes as no surprise that The Knife Media hides their affiliation to NXIVM and Raniere.

That The Knife Media consistently fails to disclose their relationship to NXIVM is  a breach in journalistic integrity. Jens Erik Gould and the gang have likely been brainwashed into believing this is somehow ethical behavior. It is not!

I welcome the day other news agencies take aim at The Knife Media and provide a critical review and analysis of its history and slant. Watchdog agencies can be destructive when they lack the moral compass required to judge or be objective. The Knife Media operates similarly to the Cult Awareness Network after they were bought by a Scientologist. The network had previously been one of Scientology’s most vocal critics and was sued in bankruptcy by a Scientologist.

“I think this is going to be devastating,” said Cynthia Kisser, former director of the Cult Awareness Network. “People are going to believe they’re going to talk to an organization that’s going to help and understand them in their time of crisis, and, in fact, it could be a pipeline of information directly to the group they’re most afraid of.”

This correlates to how The Knife Media is hiding its roots and misinforming the public regarding its agenda. To understand that agenda would require pages of backstory and it is easier to refer you to the Frank Report, all the court documents related to Keith Raniere and NXIVM, and articles related to NXIVM. I do recommend everyone to read up on the strange and corrupt roots from which The Knife Media is founded.

With prejudice, I would like to say “fuck you and goodbye” to organizations like The Knife Media (NXIVM) that unethically represent themselves as social watchdogs, while lacking any transparency and honesty,  which are, in my opinion, requirements to qualify as ethical or credible.

 

 

 





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    • Not just that. Nicki Clyne works there, and so does Ivy Nevares. It is rife with DOS members.

      https://www.theknifemedia.com/en/our-team/

      If you look at their twitter thread, the majority of the people ranting about how great they are and why everyone should pay to subscribe are NXIVM coaches and members.

  • OK, whoever is behind “The Knife” are just idiots. The question of media bias has been addressed for decades by people like the Glasgow University Media Group, who published Bad News in 1976(!) That’s over forty years ago. That work has been added to, debated, criticised, and similar work has been done all around the world for years and years. The Knife are sort of doing a crude version of this, with a stupid version of the idea of “objectivity”, when the whole concept of the objective ideal for the media (which has only really be a thing in the post-WWII period) has been the subject of a mountain of writing and analysis for years.

    Seriously, The Knife just shows how profoundly uneducated these people are. They should go to college, do a media degree, read some real stuff. (ha, if all they know is Raniere’s ridiculous “scientific” theory, if they read, say, Karl Popper, a real philosopher of science, it would fry their minds).

    • And notice how every MRA hero, like Jordan Peterson and James Damore, is embraced by Knife Media. KM’s bias is predictable and ugly, but no surprise considering it’s predicated on Keith Raniere.

      There’s one hero, Eric Weinstein, that has a chart that if you squint at it just right, you can see that dickheads are actually heroes, fighting the good fight against people who want progress. I found a reddit forum talking about this chart. Men who wanted very much to agree with it and did already in spirit, but who genuinely couldn’t figure it out. Knife Media is a great lesson in how much you have to obfuscate things to redirect things. To obfuscate, you need lots of spin and slant, and KM is the expert in that.

    • Apparently, whatever they are hiding behind their paywall supersedes Popper’s Falsification theory. I’ve tried that tack with several Education Sites: Edutopia, Teacher to teacher, that S Bronfman retweets, neither of whom deigned to respond, but I did have an interesting [Not.] email convo with an Ed. org. called TeachThought which supplies Professional development to schools mostly in the US – they put up a a podcast with Erik Jens and The Knife on their site and decided, after being kindly warned, to keep it up. Sara Bronfman Oofs! the Knife up on a regular basis on her Fake Teachers Twitter Site. Or maybe they really are that thick and interpret ‘Falsification Theory’ as an obligation to falsify all theory? hmm

      Also, never mind GUMG and the excellent Bad News, The Knife’s ‘tech’ doesn’t meet a pass standard (D) in GCSE English language -media module -marking criteria. Because what shade of idiot hides the scientific methodology that supposedly proves a point – unless they haven’t learnt it/don’t know it?

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