Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
- I get a lot of questions from readers and friends, but here’s one I get frequently: How do you keep up with everything that’s going on these days? That question is almost inevitably followed with, How do you decide what to write about each day?
- These are great questions, because there is no doubt that the news – both real news being generated by public policy, world events and the incredible pace of radical change being implemented by the Trump Presidency, and fake news being generated by myriad false narratives coming from the Democrats and their agents in the fake news media – moves at a rapid pace, a far faster pace than we have ever experienced before. I think some readers think there is some sort of magic involved here, but in reality, it’s just a matter of getting up early and using the right tools.
- I get up at 5:00 every weekday morning – I try to sleep in until 6:00 on weekends – and start my process of scanning the news. I turn on the TV, and keep it mainly on “Fox and Friends,” not necessarily because I enjoy it all that much, but mainly because I find the morning programs on CNN and MSNBC to be pretty much unwatchable at this point. Joe and Mika are just a couple of TMZ wannabes these days, and the hosts on CNN are two of the most singularly dimwitted people I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Expecting to obtain any real, honest information out of any of these people is the errand of a fool, and I’m too old to spend any time running that kind of errand anymore. Sorry.
- But in reality, I’m a reader, and I get most of my news input online, and the vast majority of that is initiated from just a couple of places: Twitter, and my favorite news aggregation site, Whatfinger.com.
- I started using Twitter back in 2011 after a very smart person who I highly respect told me she that was where gets pretty much all of her news. Prior to that, I had considered Twitter to be a toy and a waste of time, but I figured hey, if she’s using it maybe I need to give it a shot, too. So I established an account and was immediately hooked. Twitter has a lot of drawbacks, not least of which is that people tend to lose their social filters on social media, but when managed correctly through the use of lists and muting and/or blocking of annoying riff-raff, becomes a valuable tool for quickly getting up to speed.
- Where news aggregation is concerned, most people immediately default to the Drudge Report, and I did that too, until about a year ago. I can’t remember how or why I first became aware of Whatfinger.com, but I imagine I just stumbled across it during one of my morning news feeding frenzies. I know it was in the final days prior to the election because I remember how glad I felt to come across it at such an intense time.
- Don’t get me wrong here: Drudge is still great, and everyone should be eternally grateful to Matt Drudge, because in the mid-90s he, along with Fox News, permanently destroyed the ability of the Democrats and their agents in the fake news media to completely control the narrative, tenor and slant on the news we all consume each day.
- But in our new world, where the big story changes multiple times almost every day, Whatfinger is just better. The first reason for this is just the volume of the content. I’m a guy who never, never ever goes beyond the landing page of any aggregation site or Google search. Don’t have time for it, seldom find anything useful or current beyond Page 1. On its landing page, Whatfinger always links to at least three times as many current, relevant stories as you will find on the Drudge Report, and they appear to be updated on pretty much an hourly basis.
- The second reason is organization. The Drudge model is just to throw links to about a hundred stories or so up onto his landing page in a pretty much random order. Whatfinger groups its stories into a series of specific categories. If you want opinion columns, here’s the section. If you want videos, they’re over here. Breaking news is at the top. Fake news from CNN and MSNBC is even organized into its own convenient grouping for all the gluttons for punishment who access Whatfinger. A real time-saver.
- The third reason is curation. Again, Drudge is almost purely a collection of links described with the story’s headline. Whatfinger not only gives you the headline, on its breaking news and many other current stories, its editors also provide a brief description of the story’s content, including its hilarious “Barf Alert” warning on stories that are particularly idiotic and/or slanted. Again, this saves time, and time is extremely valuable when you’re trying to put out a relevant 800-word piece by 7:00 each weekday morning, a little later on weekends.
- Keeping up with this incredibly rapid pace of change requires identifying and using the best tools. I use several, but if you’re a reader like me, there is no better, more useful tool out there right now than Whatfinger.com. Trust me.
Just another day in Keeping Up With The News in Trump’s Rapidly Changing America.
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.