Where is Investigative Reporting?
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2017-07-17 08:41 by Karl Denninger
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Where is Investigative Reporting?
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Folks, brain surgery is not routine.  Ever.

Further, you do not discover a blood clot in the brain during a routine physical.  In fact a so-called "routine physical" in today's world catches damn near nothing -- ever -- simply by design, since you usually spend less than 5 minutes with an actual physician.  Granted, a Senator doesn't get "your" physical, he probably gets an hour with an actual physician.  But the point here, in addition to the vast difference between "you" and "Senators", is that there is no instrument that a doctor has in his office that is diagnostic for a clot on the brain.  Generally you find them on a CT (or similar), which is never done routinely because (1) it is relatively expensive and (2) it involves ionizing radiation exposure, which is never appropriate without a damn good reason.

A 2 centimeter "clot" is of course inadequate to describe what was found, since it only speaks to one dimension and such a thing occurs in three dimensions.  Second, a clot occurs after bleeding does, which leads to the next question: What caused it?

Third, where was the clot?  Was it inside the brain or around the brain?  Yes, it matters, but only in terms of degree -- it's not a routine or minor event in any case.

That the press refused to push on this originally is outrageous, but hardly surprising.  We no longer have a Press that actually investigates anything.  They don't even bother calling someone who ought to know and asking them questions; they simply parrot whatever they're giving and call that "reporting."

Folks, that's not reporting -- it's simply amplification.

Reporting requires work, and we're not seeing any of it -- at all -- from any of the so-called "press."  They simply amplify whatever someone feeds them, and choose the sources of said "feeds" to suit favored constituencies.

That sucks, but it is what it is.

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