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“Check Your Facts,” “Follow the Money” – Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, Fake News, MHVille Takeaways

December 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Few themes arise” in mainstream media “organically,” said Attkisson in this TEDx talk video. She relates a story by a propagandist.  “It’s like a movie,” the propagandist explained, giving her chills at that moment. “Nearly every scene or image that crosses our path in our daily life was put there for a reason,” he said, per Attkisson, who is an award winning journalist. Those themes, per the propagandist, are “authored by someone that paid a lot of money to put them there.”

 

She proposes the whole fake news campaign could be aimed to make people doubt one particular side of a narrative, news source, or website.

Attkisson explains that when she connects the dots, she finds it useful to “follow the money.” That’s a theme that Marty Lavin has hammered for years, and that MHProNews has particularly utilized in 2018 and before.

Who was funding the non-profit First Draft and its anti-fake news effort?” the seasoned journalist rhetorically asked.

It was Google.

Google exec Eric Schmidt, a Hillary Clinton supporter and campaign adviser, was behind the First Draft platform, explained the investigative reporter.

Now for those on the progressive side of politics, keep in mind that Attkisson came from CBS News. She strives to be unbiased, independent, in her perspective as a mainstream journalist is supposed to be trained to do. David Brock, Clinton’s surrogate at Media Matters and Clinton were both on the “fake news train.”

I’m not the only one who thinks the whole thing smacked of a roll-out of a propaganda campaign,” the reporter says in her TEDx talk. Glen Greenwald of the Intercept said that those who denounce fake news are often the ones guilty of it.

There’s tons of content like what she says online, but not all of it is from sources as reputable as Attkisson. We found this particular-gem today. She says Donald Trump co-opted the “Fake News” term, he didn’t create it. The ploy, she argues, backfired on the left’s purported proponents.

 

Powerful Interest Trying to Manipulate

Attkisson says she is not trying to litigate who is correct.  Rather, she is saying that “powerful interests are trying to manipulate your opinion.”

As regular, longer time, Daily Business News on MHProNews readers know, we’ve been on this theme that predates this TEDx talk by some time.  We were already following facts, evidence, history, and the money.  We admit that there was some things – that are arguably fake – that we were either blinded to, or distracted from. It was industry voices – people in positions of knowledge – that patiently told us the lay of the land on some issues we didn’t have completely right.

Now, we seek to be patient with those who wonder what’s wrong with the industry that ought to be doing many times better than it is.

 

 

Attkisson gives expert tips.

These go beyond industry divisions, or national politics, by striking at the heart of seeking the truth.

That’s what our industry should be focused on, getting the truth out about our products and services. We’ll paraphrase some of her takeaways, while encouraging you to see and hear what she’s observed and discovered.

  • Is the media trying to shape or censor facts, rather than report them?
  • When it seems that everyone in the media industry is using the same words, the same narratives, even the same phrases, “it might be the result of an organized campaign.”
  • She warns against “media literacy,” an effort to get laws passed to make one side’s version of reality to be taught and accepted in public schools. She says they are developing websites, working with journalists, and universities. This is a red flag, she argues. Attkisson says these are people who want to tell you what to believe.

What you need to remember,” the journalist said, “is that when interests are working this hard to shape your opinions, their true goal might just be to add another layer between you and the truth.”

Question authority. Analyze what a source is saying, including this source that you are reading. If you see an factual error, let us know.  We routinely challenge MHI, Clayton, et al to offer any fact or evidence based corrections.

Crickets. That speaks volumes.

Try to be objective, share that notion with your team mates that don’t already see what you get, and tell them to go where the evidence, money, and logic point.  As a related note, the industry obviously suffers from problematic reporting inside MHVille and aimed at it.  Both of those need to be proactively addressed, see the related reports, further below.

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Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

 

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What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history,”

–        Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch.

 

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken,”

– Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.”

–        Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

I just read and read and read. I probably read five to six hours a day.

Warren Buffett – according to the Business Quotes.

 

I want them [the Berkshire Hathaway CEOs] to judge every action by how it would appear on the front page of their local news paper, written by a smart but semi-unfriendly reporter, who really understood it, to be read by their families, their neighbors, their friends. And it has to pass that test

Warren Buffett, according to the Business Quotes.

 

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

– Henry Ford, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

 

–        Abraham Lincoln, per the Quote Investigator.

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we [some fellow Americans] destroyed ourselves.”

–        Abraham Lincoln, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you find you get what you need.”

– The Rolling Stones, song lyrics, per YouTube.

 

Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.” 

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Notice: There will be certain relevant
disclosures at the end of this post,
plus linked related reports below the by line.

 

Give Warren Buffett his due.

 

The man is smart, and successful. Friends and foes alike can admit that fact. Mr. Buffett is well read. He is patient. When he sees a good opportunity to buy in an industry that makes sense, he strives to get a bargain when he can.

Those are all principles that Buffett himself has stated at various times. Not unlike the 45th President – Donald J. Trump – Warren Buffett has made himself accessible to the media for years.

But Buffett, unlike fellow billionaire turned President Trump, has owned several media outlets, some for many years.

Mr. Buffett has written in recent years about synergy at Berkshire Hathaway. Synergy is not a novel concept to one of the world’s richest men.

Misinformation – misunderstandings about manufactured homes – are among the larger challenges that the industry has. There is also an unjustifiable stigma about manufactured homes. Media is uniquely poised to address those issues. As Bloomberg exemplified earlier this, there are times when manufactured housing gets favorable and fair media coverage.

An important question should be, why doesn’t the industry get favorable media more often?

Before proceeding, let’s note Buffett is the well known chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns:

 

–        Clayton Homes,

–        Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance,

–        21st Mortgage Corp.,

–        Shaw Carpeting,

–        NAI – the Joanne Stevens led manufactured housing brokerage company,

–        along with other corporate and media interests that are captured in this next infographic.

 

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Among those holdings by Berkshire are the BH Media Group. There are some 31 newspapers all told.

As anyone who follows Buffett and Berkshire knows, he can get on television virtually any time he wants to do so. CNBC has fawning coverage of Buffett. At times, so does Fox Business.

But back to the point.

If misinformation and misunderstandings are part of the Manufactured Homes (MH) Industry’s challenge, and Buffett understands the power of synergy between units of Berkshire, that raises a question. Given his gifted mind, why hasn’t Buffett’s BH Media Group done a campaign of favorable media coverage for manufactured housing?

Let’s use but one example from 31 that Buffett’s brands own to make the next point.

 

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The above are screen captures of articles run by Omaha, the Omaha News Herald’s online edition, a BH Media Group paper in Buffett’s headquarters city. You might think of Omaha as his flagship publication, although he owns others with large readership, such as the Tulsa World too.  They are mobile Google searches from yesterday, at the date and time shown, from Berkshire’s Omaha news website.

The first search above uses the term “mobile home.”

The second search used the term “manufactured home.”

 

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Is it possible that Buffett has missed the importance of using correct terminology? So why would Buffett allow his own newspapers to allow misinformation about the industry to continue?

Hold that thought for now, don’t forget that they are failing to correct what they have the resources to properly inform millions. That said, let’s press on.

 

What Buffett’s Allies Missed

In fairness to Mr. Buffett, there are certain things that Warren Buffett’s minions in manufactured housing could not have anticipated. Those will be covered in part in the disclosures, near the end of this post.

But let’s note for the moment the quotes at top, above.

Buffett’s own words clearly state that he believes most normal people would have given up reading an article like this already. Quotes like the above, and others from “the Oracle of Omaha,” indicates that he counts on professionals like yourself most not doing too much reading.  He teaches his unit managers certain principles, explains Kevin Clayton in the video above.

Put the quotes together, and the Berkshire brands count on most people avoiding details, and critical – meaning, analytical – thought.

Buffett also believes people have little or no interests in history, which along with reading, he finds quite useful and profitable.

Buffett also thinks people are chained to their habits. Sadly, he’s normally not incorrect. Will you be the exception?

Put those Buffett principles and his strategic “Moat” principles together, and it means that people – even intelligent professionals like yourself – can be manipulated, and financial advantages gained.

In a recent annual letter, Buffett quipped that Berkshire had 3 percent of the real estate brokerage market, which generated $1.3 billion in volume, adding “That leaves 97 percent [of the real estate market] to go.”

That 97 percent wisecrack was spoken like a true monopolist. In manufactured housing, he’s at or over 50 percent, in just 15 short years. The brokerage jibe was stated as matter of fact, but could also be construed as a jest. Thus, it’s brilliance, if he were ever asked to testify about the matter – or others – before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congress, FBI investigators, or a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.

Because as Bloomberg reported – and the Daily Business News on MHProNews spotlighted last year, the one thing that Warren Buffett fears is the breakup of Berkshire Hathaway. More on that later.

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Kevin Clayton, President and CEO of Clayton Homes, was considered for a time as a possible successor to Buffett as chairman of Berkshire. In a puff video interview of Kevin Clayton shown below, not a word of Clayton’s or his friendly interviewer’s has been edited or altered. But text commentary and some images have been added, to put context and facts to what is said.

 

 

That combination of Kevin’s words, plus text that mention published MHProNews reports makes this video a powerful tool.  The video and Smoking Gun 3 are a must to understand how once-powerful firms in our industry have vanished.  Others re-emerged only after bankruptcy, and today, only some 20 percent of manufactured housing production is from the vast majority of manufactured home builders.

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

The principles he’s used have created what Maxine Waters (CA-D), and others have called a monopoly or near monopoly.  Look at the trend line, noting that more details – including extensive quotes from Buffett and Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corp, are found in the report linked above.

 

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? Because it came before Buffett’s entry into MH? See Smoking Gun 3.

 

Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, and former MHI Chairman…

Our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was for some time quite chummy with Tim Williams, and Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison. Each of those two praised MHProNews and MHLivingNews. They can’t deny that, so they don’t.

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To see the full on-the-record statement by Williams to MHProNews, click here.

 

Jim Clayton, the founder of Clayton Homes and Clayton Bank, praised 21st’s Tim Williams. Williams, per Jim Clayton, is likewise a brilliant, gifted and disciplined professional.

Notice that in none of our analysis or fact-checks of Buffett, the Claytons, Williams, MHI top staffers, or others in the mix does either MHProNews or MHLivingNews go beyond the facts, evidence, credible allegations – and so notes them.  We don’t not use ad hominems or other cheap shots. Rather, we follow the facts, logic, evidence and the money trail. That’s prudent. That is the basis for credibility. That’s part of the reason why, we’re told by credible sources, hundreds of the top industry leaders are regular readers of MHProNews, plus thousands of the small-to-mid-sized businesses.

Competitors are also among our strong readers, again, per messages forwarded to us by their followers.

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When these signs were first introduced, top MHI staff claimed it was aimed at ‘outside’ media, not ‘industry media.’ What caused their change toward a dues paying association member? What message does it send to others in the association? What message does it send to the industry at large? Is MHI trying to create a de facto industry trade media monopoly?  Other monopolies too? L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher, holding the MHI poster.

Until MHProNews, there were no manufactured home industry trade publishers that seriously did the kinds of fact-checks that we have done for years now. That doesn’t diminish the others who blog, or publish. It’s simply a statement of fact. The significance will be clear, further below.

It should be noted that about 18 months ago, the Berkshire dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) directly and through purportedly outside counsel threatened MHProNews on a number of issues.  We were a dues paying member at that time. Our reply was to call their bluff. After a brief flurry of direct and indirect activity, Berkshire dominated MHI decided to go quiet.

But what MHI has been doing is obliquely dealing with issues that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and/or MHProNews have publicly raised in writing. On topic after topic, MHI has had to pivot.  They don’t admit it as such.  But they’ve come to realize that fact-checks of MHI, of Clayton, of 21st or other Berkshire brands are taking their toll on the industry’s perceptions.

How is that known?  In part through third-party data which reflects a surge of traffic on MHProNews in the last 12 months.

 

 

Others in MHVille Claiming Harm by MHI, Berkshire Brands

 

A growing number of manufactured home professionals have met with, called, or messaged MHProNews’ publisher, and told their personal tale about the ways that “the moat” was – and related – was deployed against them.

At the proper time, and in the proper venue – no doubt after the midterms – those third-party stories will be told.

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What Buffett feared, a skeptical journalist that seeks the facts in MHVille, is something that Buffett, Clayton, and Tim Williams/21st didn’t count on.  How could they have known that our publisher, who:

–        has an award-winning university background in history,

–        earned a journalism scholarship,

–        studied business as a minor,

–        later entered the manufactured housing industry, earning numerous awards,

–        would after some 15+ years in the trenches of the industry, would launch this publication?

–        Who else besides someone who understand the industry well, still does consulting and services, could have pieced together the various elements of the puzzle that has caused experts to wonder why manufactured housing has struggled, while RVs, conventional housing, and automotive – among others – have grown substantially?

Williams himself, says our publisher, intentionally or not gave certain clues that resulted in some of these reports.

So too did Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI’s president.  Jim Clayton shared insights that are going to be upcoming in the days ahead.

Then, there is the ongoing study of Warren Buffett himself.  Hold those thoughts.

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Buffett’s Berkshire Empire, and the Intersection of Politics and Money

It is not new that money influences politics, and vice versa.

It is not new that most people only lightly follow the news, much less politics. So knowing patterns of behavior – plus the machinations purported in Smoking Gun 3 and other reports – Buffett’s men in manufactured housing have had an advantage over almost everyone.

That was true until Tim Williams, Dick Jennison, Lesli Gooch – among others – statements and actions sparked the curiosity of our publisher.

It was something Buffett may not have anticipated.  In fairness, how could he?

Buffett purportedly knows that the Trump Administration – and potential antitrust actions – are arguably the biggest threat to his operation. There are, per federal and other legal sources, already enough published to establish the basis for opening an investigation.

With that understood, and knowing that Congress could play a role in a major antitrust action, can you see why Clayton, Tim Williams, and other MHI insiders are supporting Democratic candidates in key races?

The good news?

Even largely left-leaning media polling reveals that the GOP candidates in several of these races show that the  Democratic/Buffett/Clayton/MHI plays are poised for defeat.

But the votes are not all in, much less counted.

For those who think ahead, as Buffett does, the prudent move is to vote for Buffett’s Democratic opponents.

Otherwise, the nation could return to Obama era politics and regulations. Or MHAction style targeting could be aimed at your firm someday.

But there are other surprising facts we’ve not yet published.  Stay tuned, and sign up for our ‘read hot’ emailed news.

 

 

 

Buffett Berkshire Brands, and the Intersection of Information

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

“The Enemies Within,” Pacific Freedom Foundation, Author Trevor Loudon

 

“Distracting Spectacles” Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel on New American Politics, Trump Campaign

 

 

Never Give Up the Con…

Never give up the con,” said Dinesh D’Souza in his acclaimed documentary, Hillary’s America.

You can watch this fascinating video on several streaming services. The teaser is posted below.

 

MHProNews identified 2 years ago documentaries like Clinton Cash that have had millions of views. Why would an ‘honest’ businessman support a political operation like the Clintons?

CNN is among the media outlets that reported federal probes of the Clintons that are underway.

 

 

The author of Clinton Cash, which did a ‘follow the money’ report on their controversy plagued foundation, later released a graphic novel, a teaser on that is shown below.

The point in part is that none of these are secrets.  But who else in MHVille have tied together these various threads, for industry professionals to read or view them?

MHLivingNews – and MHProNews before it – were each launched with the idea that informed and motivated trade media had to be part of the solution for the manufactured housing industry’s growth.

We said at the top that there would be disclosures.  Here they are, and those who’ve read us for years know these to be accurate.

Our publisher, quoting a line from a Clint Eastwood movie, says “a man has to know his own limitations.” Our editing could be more precise, and with more sponsorship, that will occur. Help us, help the independents of this industry, so that more growth will occur.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews evolved on certain topics, so we understand that others will catch up at different paces too.

But at each turn, we’ve laid out the facts as then known.  No one has challenged the facts or allegations. There were too many voices saying similar things.

Our publisher has invited directly and in digital print public discussion of these items on video with MHI or Clayton/Buffett brands, that could be replayed for all to see.  So far, no takers.  Why not?  If there is nothing to hide, why are they ducking legitimate discussion?

The answer may be in part in that Kevin Clayton video, posted above.  It’s purportedly better than a deposition, in this respect. Kevin says things freely, that in hindsight are arguably stunning admissions, from an antitrust perspective.

The midterms next week could be a repeat of 2016.  Democrats have very deep pocket billionaires, like Warren Buffett, pushing their agenda.  Odd that the party that claims to be for taxing the rich, in fact is backed by the rich, isn’t it?  Odd that a party that claims to be against monopolies, has so many oligarchs supporting it?

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America went through the so-called robber baron era.  It took federal antitrust efforts to break it up.  The same will be true this time, only the challenge may be greater, since it isn’t just Buffett’s Berkshire that needs to be broken up.  It is also the so-called FAANG companies.

 

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And among them are those who are paying lobbyists and even former Barack Obama millions to help their cause in Washington, or to fight for their Democratic candidates on the campaign trail.

 

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The next step is easy, for those who want to break free of the purportedly corrupted, rigged system.  Vote for those who back the president who has already drafted an antitrust executive order.

 

Giving Buffett His Historic Due

Our headline and those quotes were all spot on.  Buffett is a smart man. His game has been successful for years. But Team Trump arguably understands what Buffett, and the people behind the FAANG companies, have been doing.

The countdown is coming.  The Trump Administration has been rebuilding the economy.

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In MHVille, we’ve been honored to have a part in spotlighting these issues – and beyond research – our stories have often with the help of third-party news tips.  Please keep those documents and tips coming.  More special reports lie ahead.

The historic irony from the headline is this.

It’s the onetime history major who fell in love with the manufactured housing industry, and others working with him, that has been working to spotlight what and how the ‘big boy’s and their minions could not have anticipated.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

Follow the evidence.  Follow the facts.  Follow the money.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

 

Then, vote wisely, and get others to do the same. This worked in 2016, and it can work again in 2018.

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Discerning and Sharing Truth, & Manufactured Housing

September 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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All warfare is based upon deception.”

 – Sun Tzu, philosopher, strategist in The Art of War.

 

 

“…the truth will set you free.” 

–         Jesus of Nazerth, cited in John 8:32 

 

 Easy doesn’t pay well.

– John Bostick, Sunshine Homes.

 

Arguably one of the most important challenges to manufactured housing is clarity of understanding, and the will to act upon the truth. Truth is distinct from mere feelings, bias, habit, or prejudice. Perhaps over 90 percent of the population misunderstands modern manufactured homes. That’s both a challenge and an opportunity in disguise.”  

–   L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, industry consultant,

and publisher of MHLivingNews.com, and MHProNews.com.

 

TruthLiesArrowsTruthisPowerDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews358Recognizing the importance of the headline above, a top man at a non-MHARR manufacturer recently said, “I’m ready for infowars.”

That wasn’t Terry Decio, who is a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member. But Terry Decio told MHProNews, “I’m tried of being the best kept secret. I’m ready to help house America.”

What all of the above sources agreed upon is that manufactured housing is misunderstood.

That misunderstanding is demonstrably costing the industry billions a year in additional sales.

That misunderstanding is an information or educational issue. James McGee at Deer Valley Homes, with Chet Murphree stating his agreement, said that the core issue facing manufactured housing could be boiled down to education.

Hold those thoughts.

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The statistics have shifted slightly upward since this infographic was produced, but the principles remain the same. There’s billions annually in additional opportunities available for manufactured housing, but it will clearly require new methods.

Why is education, communication, ad information so important? Because how does one break through to others on issues that may be strongly believed, but that millions are nevertheless wrong about?

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Let’s presume for the next few moments that you are among the 90 percent of Americans who believe in a first cause to the universe, a Creator who is called God. Christians, Jews, and Muslims have clear distinctions in faith, but all 3 hold this in common: a belief in an all wise and powerful Creator, who gave humanity free will.

God doesn’t make mistakes, but people do. Everyone makes mistakes, so there is a level of mercy and openness to forgive errors that is useful, necessary, and wise.

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But there is also a need to discern the truth, be that truth about manufactured housing, or a topic that impacts manufactured homes, or anything else.

God gives humans emotion and reason to complement each other. Reason helps guide the will, but emotion and reason combined creates energy behind what reason discovers.

 

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Whenever information is in opposition, use logic.”

  • It is possible that competing claims can both be false,
  • but it is not possible for competing claims to both be true.

In medical school, one is taught to search for the truth, using the methods of reason and science.

In law school, people are taught to test the truth with logic. That said, an attorney represents clients that may or may not be acting in accordance with what is true, right, or just.

For the purposes of this column, only one point need be made that virtually everyone in manufactured housing agrees upon. That manufactured homes are widely misunderstood.

So discovering the methods of discerning the truth are what several of the charts, graphs, quotes, and videos on this post focus upon.

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Ideally, journalism is also about a search for truth. Regrettably, we know from experience today that there are broad camps in journalism. News is a business. The product is information. Is that information trustworthy?

Warren Buffett is largely right about this next statement. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken,” cited by BrainyQuote. Rephrased, people can be enslaved by habits and thinking. Sad, but largely true.

One can’t, nor should, deny the success of Mr. Buffett. But one can and should ask, question, and probe his impact on manufactured housing, and our nation.

Mr. Buffett has been cited as one of the 100 most influential people in America in 2012 by Time Magazine. The vast majority of manufactured housing bloggers, writers, and publications will not question Mr. Buffett in public. Why not? Is he the creator? Hardly. He was born, lives, and will die someday. He’s successful, but himself admits he’s made mistakes.

Mr. Buffett is highly intelligent. Shrewd might be a good word to describe him.

So why has Buffett:

  • a man with so much money,
  • influence,
  • and power
  • not use that influence or resources to advance the manufactured housing industry?
  • Why has he failed to routinely use his numerous Berkshire Hathaway owned media outlets to set the record straight on manufactured homes?

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Why did Kevin Clayton say 7 years ago that they were ready then to do an image and education campaign? Why didn’t he and Warren Buffett do it back then?  Why did Kevin Clayton say that Warren Buffett told him that Berkshire Hathaway would be okay if Clayton Homes lost money for years?  You can see the video, documentary evidence, and several details, later in the link below.

Warren Buffett Would be Okay With Clayton Homes Losing Money, Says Kevin Clayton – But Why?

 

We’ll let the reader search for the truth of those questions. But make no mistake, they are among the most important questions our industry faces. See the related reports, further below.

Finally, let’s turn to one of the most vilified men in America today, President Donald J. Trump. Thomas Friedman in the New York Times said the stock market would crash if Mr. Trump became president. Numerous voices on the left, including Secretary Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Hussein Obama, also predicted doom and gloom for America if Mr. Trump became president.  Mr. Buffett took numerous public shots aimed at Donald J. Trump over the years.

But would the economic and regulatory improvements that occurred for manufactured housing in the last 20 months have taken place under Secretary Clinton?  After all, Ms. Clinton pledged more of the same policies as former President Barack Obama – so logically – wouldn’t her results be like his? Why did Warren Buffett support heavy regulations? Who benefited from those high tax and high regulation policies?

 

 

Millions love him, and believe President Trump is making the lives of tens of millions in America better.  The economy has advanced more in 20 months since Mr. Trump became president than it did under 8 years of former Presidents George W. Bush or 8 years of Barack Obama.

See the related reports, which can be read later, at the link below.

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Mind opening is a necessary skill for our industry, especially in marketing, sales, investing, and management.  Conditioning – habits – can cause someone to see the same things differently.  Habits can cause people to miss obvious, beneficial truths.

Manufactured housing will only advance to its potential when the “infowars” – the battle for the truth about our industry, and what’s kept it from achieving its potential – are understood, and then acted upon.  Those infowars are arguably taking place within manufactured housing, as well as outside of the industry.

Report: Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Follows Prior MHProNews Lead

 

At MHProNews, we strive to let facts, evidence, and reason guides us. The truth isn’t always popular.

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ECN Triad Financial Services – Fascinating Facts, Manufactured Home Industry Professionals, Investors

January 25th, 2018 Comments off

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Triad Financial Services is now part of Canadian based ECN Capital, a publicly traded company, as the Daily Business News has previously reported.

ECN/Triad produced a power point designed for investors. 

Three of those slides have been published on MHLivingNews, as part of a broader report for savvy shoppers of manufactured homes. 

 

That MHLivingNews report is linked below.  It includes a video produced for the FMHA, which thousands of industry professionals should also find of interest.

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Those ECN Triad slides are posted below, because they are useful to the industry’s understanding of its customer base. 

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The credit quality attracted by Triad is similar to that of conventional housing buyers, perhaps slightly better. This is good news for the industry and its investors. It should be eye-opening for those who struggle to get 600 credit score buyers.

Fishing in the Right Pond’

As Credit Human’s Barry Noffsinger said in the 16 minute video posted above, the better credit scores are buying site built houses, but Triad, Credit Human and others demonstrate that they routinely make loans to that same credit profile.

The industry can be proud of loans made that lead customers with problematic credit histories into successful becoming home owners.  That’s a big market. 

But the largest market, as Noffsinger and NAR research alike point out, are those site built buyers.

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Impact of Fear – Manufactured Home Sales, Business, Investment, Zoning, Politics, Media, Manipulation, and You

January 12th, 2018 Comments off

Americans must recognize, says Harvard psychologist Susan David, that “A familiar story is not necessarily a truthful story.”

In “The Science of Fear-Mongering: How to Protect Your Mind from Demagogues,” Harvard psychologist Susan David explains “the dangers of fear-mongering, the questionable ethics of journalism in spreading hate politics, and the disturbing way that repetition wears down our brain’s resistance to fallacies and hate speech,” per Big Think’s YouTube post.

 

David notes that feelings of safety, right, comfort – their opposites – along with the role that repetition plays, are all part of the “the science of fear mongering.

What has arguably gone under-explored in the manufactured housing industry is the role that fear plays with:

  • Prospective buyers,
  • public officials (think, zoning – votes),
  • investors, business people (being in – or not in – ‘the group,’
  • media,
  • educators,
  • industry members themselves – what causes you or others to think and behave as you do,

plus all others.

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Susan David’s Video

David’s 8-minute video has a left-of-center slant that would be common among many in Harvard. With that caveat and bias in mind, she nevertheless makes important points for manufactured housing professionals to consider.

How is feared used to condition people, for-or-against something?

What role does propaganda play in fear?

Benson Demonstrates How “Propaganda Works” on “Most Americans”

Customers are often driven by a variety of fears.

For instance in sales, there’s the notion of the ‘fear of loss’ – rising interest rates, pricing, a closeout model, or that perfect vacant home-site are but some examples – that have often been used as a real or imagined pressure point to ‘close the deal.’

But among customers, there are other fears.

What about fear caused by the economy? Or how fear of “X” – fill in the blank for x – affect my job?  Will there be a war with North Korea, Red China, or Russia? Will terrorists strike?

Then there are also fears caused by social pressures, or safety concerns.

Those kinds of powerful emotional drivers are reasons why videos and articles can be useful in helping a customer overcome a false fear.  Facts – properly understood – can overcome fear. An example from MHLivingNews.com is posted below.  But there are hundreds of others that address specific issues, often from the vantage point of the home owner or an expert.

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David’s point is one that impacts investors, and all professionals.

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Fear can cause people to do – or not do – something that their normal value system would cause them to be inclined to do.  Pollsters, for example, recognized that a percentage of “the Trump voters would not always say what they believed. Isn’t that a social acceptance fear at work?

Is fear manifest in other ways within the manufactured housing industry?  Isn’t the only answer, yes?

David asks, “How do we thrive in a world where every which way we turn our fear is being activated by politicians, by the media and by the desperate events that are happening around us?”

Spotting fear, and recognizing techniques of manipulation are perhaps as or more important today than in years gone by.

Why?  Because when people are ‘busy,’ they often default into patterns – instead of questioning, based upon evidence, those patterns and beliefs.

What is really fascinating when we look at the brain research around fear is that our brains proxy anything that feels unfamiliar, incoherent or inaccessible as being unsafe,” says David.

There is fascinating research that shows that when people have lower levels of self-esteem and they are in a job in which they are recognized and promoted, that promotion can feel incoherent to the person with low self-esteem. They have low self-esteem and they might be used to and expecting to be treated badly. So what is fascinating is the results showing that when people are promoted when they have a lower levels of self-esteem they are more likely to leave their jobs,” the psychologist explains.

Fear is an incredibly, incredibly powerful force in our lives and our brains are fairly immature in assessing anything that feels slightly incoherent for unfamiliar as unsafe. What this might mean is that if you are used to hearing a story time and time again from a parent or from a partner about how you are not good enough, you are more likely to be drawn to that relationship because it feels familiar,” she says.

David adds that, “Fear has always had a hold on us, but never with such fervor.”

Media savvy professionals recognize that fear must be overcome.

But how often do professionals consider that habit combined with fear can be coercive?

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Sexual Harassment-Not Just Hollywood, Media, Politicos-Manufactured Housing Workplace Claims, High Profile MH Cases Too?

November 25th, 2017 Comments off

WilliamBillHartSexualHarrasmentIllegalDiscriminationProhibitedStateFederallawMostCommonFormWorkplaceHarrasmentVerbalPhysiclSexHarrasmentMHProNewsThe issue of sexual harassment isn’t just a personal and legal matter, impacting mostly women who’ve been harmed.

Nor is it solely a troubling issue disrupting the careers and reputations of individuals in Hollywood, the entertainment world, politics, the news media, and other industries.

Sexual harassment and hostile work environment cases have been brought in the manufactured housing industry too, and are thus worthy of the MH Industry’s attention.

Indeed, there have been several manufactured home industry cases that are known to have been settled involving retailers, communities, and offices within the manufactured housing (MH) industry.

Because of the confidential nature of most settlements, per experts, the likelihood is that there are far more such claims than what an online search alone reveals.

Some eye-opening claims within the MH Industry will be spotlighted, following some insights from an industry attorney familiar with sexual harassment claims.

An Industry Attorney’s Legal Views

WilliamRBillHartHartKingLawOrangeCoCalfironiaJournalDaiyBuisnessNewsMHpronewsSex harassment in the work place is a form of illegal sex discrimination and is absolutely prohibited by both state and federal law,” said William “Bill” Hart, JD, of Hart King Law, in Orange County, CA.

The Hart King law firm specialties include manufactured housing, and manufactured home communities.

Bill Hart and his firm provided a combination of an on-the-record statement to MHProNews, along with previously published comments on the topic.

What is Sexual Harassment?” King stated in the Journal (for full context, see the  download, linked here) that There are two basic types of sexual harassment: Quid pro quo (an instance where a supervisor conditions a job benefit on sexual activity); or hostile work environment (where there is a pervasive environment of harassment or innuendo that interferes with an employee’s performance).”

While both of those two basic types of claims matter, that second point of King’s could prove insightful regarding a high-profile manufactured housing industry operation, as Daily Business News readers will note further below.

In the event that an employee registers a complaint based on alleged sexual harassment, their employer may not retaliate against that employee in any way,” said Hart.

The same attorney noted that harassment can involve a claim of a “hostile work environment.”

Reviewing the First of Two Published Cases, Then a Third High Profile MH Case Concern

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A settlement has been reached in a harassment lawsuit filed by a former manager of the Landfall mobile home park [sic],” reported the Twin Cities.

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SIC means error in the original.  A commonly misused term doesn’t make it the correct name/term. Media should learn and use the correct nomenclature, just as they would for people, products, and professions other than manufactured homes.

Colleen Arndt of Apple Valley, who was fired as park manager in 2012, said that she will receive $300,000 and that the additional costs to the city will be about $450,000.”

Chuck Bethel, attorney for the Landfall Housing and Redevelopment Authority, confirmed that a settlement had been reached. A two- sentence news release issued by both sides said the settlement was reached “to avoid the risk and expense of further litigation, and it is not an admission of wrongdoing on behalf of either party,” the Twin Cities said, adding:

Landfall officials would not comment about the amount of the settlement or the costs to the city.”

Arndt was hired as manager of the mobile home park in March 2012. She alleged in the lawsuit in Washington County District Court that during her five months on the job:

A city official said, “I just want to date you before we hire you,” during her initial job interview.

City officials asked her and other employees about masturbation and various kinds of sexual acts.

Sanoski entered her office in July 2012, pointed a .45 caliber handgun at her and asked if she “felt fear.” He held the gun in his hand for more than five minutes while talking to her.

Arndt’s lawsuit said the Landfall HRA failed to provide a workplace free of sexual harassment and intimidation and made her work in a “zone of danger,” per the published report in local media.

Arndt was fired during an August 2012 meeting of the Landfall City Council, effective immediately, without discussion or advance warning… “They acted out of retaliation,” Arndt said…” the county HRA took over control of the mobile home park [sic], citing mismanagement…Arndt said that thanks to the settlement, the whole episode was behind her. “I am able to move forward now,” she said,” according to Twin Cities.

Another MH Claim…

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It’s been a living hell for them in the trailer park [sic],” said Erin Olson, one of three attorneys for the women. “They tried the criminal process and that didn’t seem to be going anywhere.” per the Oregonian.

Several of the women complained to police, but no charges have been filed against the man, Robert Louis Fry, Jr., 66, who continues to live in the park but no longer works there,” that local media stated.

Fry denied all the allegations, saying the women were retaliating against him for just enforcing park rules. Fry said he was fired on March 26 because of the allegations,” said the OregonLive report.

Deputy District Attorney Annie Shoen said the criminal investigation into the sexual assault allegations is continuing. Olson said a number of her clients testified in front of the grand jury in June,” per local media, adding:

“… The nine women are asking for $60,000 each in damages for suffering and emotional distress… 

On top of those amounts, the 65-year-old plaintiff is asking for $300,000 and three others,
including a 15-year-old girl, are seeking an additional $100,000
…”

High Profile Operation’s Woes?

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Having established by examples that sexual harassment claims exists in the manufactured home industry, the issue now turns to the Arlington, VA based national association, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

In the summer of 2014, more than one female staffer expressed directly in unsolicited remarks to the Daily Business News that they were working in what they called “a hostile work environment.”

According to several law firms that specialize in these kinds of cases, “a hostile work environment,” can often mean something similar to – or the same as – illegal sexual harassment.

Abney and McCarty at Kentucky Wrongful Termination, Springle Law, and New York Discrimination Lawyer are among those who said something similar to Bill Hart’s statement, quoted above.

A look at some history on the matter and related allegations sheds light on this difficult subject, and other MH Industry related subjects too.

1st of 3 Emailed Messages Relating to
Allegations of a Hostile Work Environment at MHI, Dates/Times as Shown

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On the date in question, Nathan Smith was MHI’s chairman.

Nathan,

I just ended a call with someone you know and respect, and he’s suggested we should have a brief chat.  I’ve got a long conference call coming up, but if you would let me know what your schedule looks like pre-Indy, he’s right, you deserve a heads up.

Thank you.

Tony
L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com |

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The screen capture above reflects the same text shown above in the body of this article.

Typos are in the original email in the message shown below

Nathan,

So we are clear, I have less than zero interest in getting in the middle of “whatever” is going on.  That said, you deserved a heads up, and the people who have bent my ear (and there are a number), while not asking me to get in the middle (and again, I have not desire to do so!  It never pays!;-) must desire resolution, or they wouldn’t be talking about it.

I do hear you about following the leader in the office.  Also about letting third party’s set the agenda by the tail ‘wagging the dog’.

Thanks for the call.  See you in Indy.

Tony

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com | MHProNews.com |

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On the date in question, Nathan Smith was MHI’s chairman, and the email screen capture as shown reflects that the text in the body of the article is accurately refleced.

The following email is from MHProNews to Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corp, both men are prior MHI chairmen.

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As in the examples above, the screen capture reflects the date and addressed parties, as os shown in the body of the article.

Emailed message as shown, dated Oct 18, 2017.

Nathan and Tim,

There are several questions we want to ask, and you are invited to respond or react via email to any of the items linked further below.

But our main focus in this email is the question that follows.

Nathan will recall while he was chair, that he and I spoke by phone regarding the concerns of several women at MHI, who had complaints about Jennison and the workplace atmosphere in the MHI office.

In the wake of the Weinstein allegations, we were given a reminder of that MHI office issue. As a refresher, the women sought us out, hoping for help, not the other way around. This occurred at a time when our relationships were widely seen as positive.

Nathan will also recall telling me that if the women didn’t like the workplace environment, they were welcome to leave.

In fact, many did.

As you know, we addressed that off the radar. Significantly later, we lightly brought it up via the “Revolving Door post. 

Against that backdrop, the question:

Without equating the Hollywood scandal with the allegations about Jennison, do you now see the wisdom of having an outside, third party investigate the concerns those staff women raised regarding MHI and the workplace atmosphere?

Please email your ‘on the record’ reply for accuracy.

A select group of MHI members, some of whom also will recall the allegations the ladies raised, along with a few others are part of the bcc to document this trade media inquiry. One or more of those in the bcc were among those who raised this office issue with me, on their initiative.

Thanks in advance for a thoughtful, substantive reply.

Tony

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

www.MHLivingNews.com|www.MHProNews.com| Office 863-213-4090 |

Sexual Harassment, Workplace Poll, Congress, President Sound Off – MH Industry Impact?

As messages above reflects, MHI was given an opportunity to address this issue several years ago, and other occasions since.  The publisher here reached out last month to Nathan Smith, and Tim Williams – at the time of the first 2 messages above, then chair and the next chairman – and since then to attorneys and the public relations people representing MHI.  The response?  Nada.

Sexual Harassment, and the Manufactured Housing Workplace, Two Short Videos

Why Now?

Not necessarily in order of importance,

First, because it is a topic that is in the news, and on the public’s mind. NBC News turned down the Harvey Weinstein story, but another news outlet ran it. Matters that ought to be addressed in a timely way, often are not. Timing on this issue may bring the necessary attention it merits.

Spotlight – Weinstein’s Weiner Scandal Rocks, Hollywood, Politics, Business – MH Market UPdate$

Second, because as the emails reflect, the allegations were brought in a timely, and private fashion to the appropriate party at MHI.  The method of communication in 2014 would have allowed an investigation and appropriate action to be taken without fanfare. MHI’s chairmen said what he said, and did what he did instead.

Don’t those emails reflect an issue of concern to not only those women, but also the ethics of the association, and the MH industry it claims to represent?

Third, in the wake of those claims of “a hostile work environment” – which may or may not have included sexual harassment per se, but is nevertheless legally actionable – a number of women left MHI, in short order. See the story linked 2 paragraphs, below.

The record reflects that the issue was first raised privately by email and phone.  That was done for a variety of reasons – including, but not limited to – the hope that the parties could address the concerns/allegations of those women, who approached MHProNews individually, without encouragement, and in a similar timeframe.

Industry members can discern if it should have been addressed more vocally, but it was raised in a light, but public fashion a few months later in the post linked below.

Where there is Smoke…is there Manufactured Housing Institute Fire?

This is noteworthy for the industry on several levels, because MHI has threatened, and allegedly used various slurs – sometimes via surrogates – to others regarding MHProNews.  But what the history reflects that Tony Kovach, then an elected and popular MHI board member – attempted to do the right thing by all involved, by raising those serious concerns from a number of women who were MHI staffers.

That took place at a time that the relationships between MHProNews and MHI were widely seen as positive.  For example of the evidence of that warmer relationship, is the kudos message from then MHI Chairman Tim Williams published almost one year after the revolving door,” smoke and fire” Masthead post, linked above.

The Importance and Value of Independent MH Trade Publications

It was months later when deeper fact checks of issues relating to Richard “Dick” Jennison and Lesli Gooch’s allegedly flawed communications to their own members were raised by MHProNews.

But before those more vigorous fact checks occurred, one or more key people at MHI had already allegedly begun a process of threatening/undermining this and our sister publication, MHLivingNews. 

That took place during a time that MHProNews was still striving to support those issues that it could that MHI supported, see Tim Williams comments on that, below.

 

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From the same linked article quoted above, from Tim Williams to Industry Voices on MHProNews.  Did the MH Industry need a yes man on the allegations from those women regarding the MHI office and president and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison?

Was raising the concerns about a hostile work environment and possible sexual misconduct in the MHI office part of the reason for MHProNews/MHLivingNews became targets of MHI appointed officials?

And could those appointed officials have done so without sooner-or-later gaining the tacit or expressed consent of MHI elected leadership?

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Aren’t a hostile workplace, or sexual harassment, or problematic communications to the industry, members, and public all potentially grounded in ethical issues?

With respect to this specific workplace environment topic, what happened to those women?

Why did a number of women leave, some within weeks of coming on board?

Where one or more women paid off?

Many settlements are confidential as to all material terms.” Bill Hart, JD, told MHProNews.

A Call for Transparency, Draining the MHI Swamp

The easiest way to discover what is really going on at MHI is for them to open their books, and to review emailed and all other records.

Associations, per sources, often have insurance to cover such risks and issues.

Outside attorneys might also be used by MHI to attempt to mask any settlement of allegations against the organization’s staff and/or the association itself.

The MHI association has been increasingly secretive over the last several years, on issues like the Pam Danner/Lois Starkey related one, linked below. There have been cases that MHProNews or MHLivingNews documented that suggest that MHI staff are misinforming members and/or the public on.

Members – including association board members – have told MHProNews,  that MHI staff messages tells them ‘only what they want others to think and know.’

Andy Gallagher, “Ousting” Pam Danner, MHI, Clayton’s RVP, WVHI – “Transparency”

These are also among the reasons why some are calling for a new post-production – meaning non-manufacturing – trade association.

Study Recommending New Manufactured Housing Association for Independent Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Others Released

As the emails to MHI’s past and present leaders and attorneys reflect, they aren’t replying to inquiries on this hostile workplace topic.

While unrelated, Jim Ayotte made a point cited below that is relevant here.  No one can know everything, and one can only act based upon knowledge had at the time.

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Doesn’t Ayotte’s point – that one can only act upon what is known at the time – apply for all professionals? As understanding evolves, doesn’t that knew clarity require other decisions to be re-evaluated?

Given that even a past-MHI president raised some unrelated, but still important issues only after leaving MHI, isn’t it time to have a full investigation of claims at MHI of “a hostile work environment,” along with other problematic issues raised by MHI members, MHARR, and this publication?

It is MHI dues renewal time.

Will MHI members demand an independent accounting? Will members demand transparency?

Or will they go along, to get along?

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How Much Bad Press Has President Trump Really Had So Far?

September 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Since before President Trump was elected, supporters of his believed that the press has been obsessive in their coverage of the celebrity-turned-commander-in-chief.

Now, there’s more research that backs that claim up.

After the inauguration on January 20, the media has continued to provide more coverage of Trump’s first months in office than was covered in former-President Obama’s last two years combined. Research reveals that there’s been nearly non-stop negative coverage that far outweighs the positive or neutral coverage of the last seven months.

The Media Research Center analysts have determined that there were nearly 74 hours of airtime – or 39 percent of all evening news coverage – on ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, per Newsbusters.

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The study used the following criteria to come up with that figure:

Methodology: Our measure of spin was designed to isolate the networks’ own slant, not the back-and-forth of partisan politics. Thus, our analysts ignored soundbites which merely showcased the traditional party line (Republicans supporting Trump, Democrats criticizing him), and instead tallied evaluative statements which imparted a clear positive or negative tone to the story, such as statements from experts presented as non-partisan, voters, or opinionated statements from the networks’ own reporters.”

Using these criteria, MRC analysts tallied 1,567 evaluative statements about the Trump administration in June, July and August, of which 1,422 (91%) were negative vs. a mere 145 (9%) which were positive. Since Trump took office on January 20, there have been 4,144 such evaluative statements, of which 3,712 (90%) were negative, vs. 432 (10%) which were positive.”

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Back in April, when the President gave the order to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack, was the closest to “balanced coverage” that has been seen, with 82 percent negative and 18 percent positive news coverage.

In the early months of the Trump Administration – January to March – the rate at which White House news was being covered was 49 percent.

Over the last three months that figure has dropped considerably, currently at 32 percent. This is nearly three times as much coverage as the Obama administration received from 2015-2017, which the researchers pegged at 10 percent.

Russia, Russia…

One of four main topics related to Trump that the media focuses on is the ongoing investigation into the president and his campaigns alleged connection to Russia. During August, that topic took up 27 percent of all the Trump news coverage (415 minutes).

Several months ago, the Daily Business News posted an undercover video by Project Veritas.  It spotlighted a CNN producer who said that the Russia collusion story was “bullsh-t.”  Other research has reveals a similar trend to what this report produced.

That was followed by coverage related to the repeal and replace plan for ObamaCare, with 176 minutes, Trump and North Korea, with 136 minutes of coverage, and his response to the violent attacks in Charlottesville with 97 minutes.

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Interestingly, the topic with the least media spin regarding how Trump handled a situation is North Korea, with only 86 percent negative press. In this particular case, the study found that most of that coverage was neutral.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

This study provides a look into the gap between positive and negative news coverage of the president’s time in office so far. Many of the left-of-center publications are spending far more time bashing the president than anything else – with “relentlessly hostile coverage.” ## (News, Analysis.)

Related Political/Economic Topic:

2018, 2020 Campaigns Underway, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Scandals, and Democratic Party Rebranding

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 20th to August 27th, 2017

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Week of Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2017.

Our new August issueOur theme for this month: Awful, Awesome August 2017 in MHVille

featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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“Sabotage” says U.S. Senator

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I think there has been a concerted effort to sabotage this administration since day one on the part of many in the media and of course our Democrat colleagues in the House and Senate,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said to Newsmax TV.

So obviously what they’re trying to do is just slow down the confirmation process,” Johnson said.

That does two things,” the senator explained, “that clogs the Senate calendar in terms of floor time to bring up other measures for debate. We just end up being almost 100 percent in the personnel business, and it prevents this administration from staffing itself.”

Deep State Revolt?

Johnson isn’t alone is raising an alarm over “media organizations and Democratic lawmakers” trying to bring down the Trump Presidency.

Industry sources tell MHProNews that there are several signs that the administration is being “resisted” in a metro area largely made up of Democratic voters.

Or that some GOP senators are essentially siding with Democrats in an effort to sideline the administration’s agenda.

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Under Reported

The 6 month economic report by Julia Granowicz last night underscored the progress made, based on left-of-center MarketWatch’s reporting. 

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It is telling that it has become important to note which direction a media source tilts, in order for readers to be able to discern the agenda behind the reports. This goes to Senator Ron Johnson’s opening, quoted comments. To the numbers in last night’s report, click the image above.

But what goes unmentioned – even in many right-of-center media – is that the record market gains are taking place absent an artificial stimulus.

As was widely reported for years – but has gone largely unmentioned in mainstream media for months – is that the Federal Reserve bought assets as an artificial way of boosting the stock markets during the Obama Administration years.

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One often has to go to business focused outlets to find such data. What the above means is that the record stock market gains are taking place in spite of the ‘unwinding’ of the assets that the Fed purchased to support the markets during the Obama years.  Translation, the Trump agenda is working…despite the open revolt Senator Johnson and others point out. Screen captures credit, Google News.

The gains being made now are taking place even as the reverse policy by the Fed has begun. CNBC reported in April that the “Federal Reserve officials said the shedding of the $4.5 trillion in bonds the central bank is” underway.

Those assets were purchased (monetized) by the Fed during three rounds of what they called “quantitative easing.

Sabotage…Leaks, Leaks

Fox News reports that there have been some 125 leaks since the president took office, about 2 leaks on average for every 3 days. 

A number of those leaks are on national security related issues, designed to embarrass and undermine the presidency. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos media asset, the Washington Post, published transcripts this week of two calls between Mexican and Australian leaders and President Trump.  While those phone discussions took place months ago, nevertheless, this is said to be a first in American politics.

The chilling effect that might have on discussions between foreign leaders and the U.S. can’t be underestimated.

PamDannerMHARRManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReform554x581With all of that D.C. “Deep State,” the “swamp” drama, it is not difficult to imagine that issues like Pam Danner keeping her job at HUD could seem minor to those outside of the modest manufactured housing industry.

Chris Wallace – son of CBS’ 60 Minutes icon Mike Wallace and Fox News Sunday host has said this is an unprecedented effort to undermine a valid election.

With that much artificially generated chaos, no wonder President Trump went to West Virginia last night for a campaign style rally. 

Campaign Style Rally

ABC News said at last night’s rally, President Trump labeled “The Russia story is a total fabrication. It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics.”

The LA Times said, “Blaming Democrats even as the Justice Department special counsel has advanced his investigation, Trump said, “It just makes them feel better when they have nothing else to talk about.”


Trump had what the left-of-center LA Times called an “overflow crowd of supporters in a 9,000-capacity Huntington, W.Va., arena” which broke into the “chant “Lock her up!” and then paused to encourage their taunts at Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic rival, just as he first did more than a year ago at the Republican convention that nominated him for president.”

The Daily Business News will continue to report on the complex efforts to derail the Trump Administration, and its “American Business,” and “American Workers” first agenda. ## (News, analysis.)

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Major Media Coverage for Manufactured Housing

May 12th, 2017 Comments off
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A major trend in manufactured housing is now receiving national attention. Bill and Donna Bernard’s manufactured home. Credit: NBC.

Last Sunday evening proved to be a big one for the manufactured housing industry veteran, Paul Bradley President of  ROC USA.

Bradley appeared on NBC Nightly News in a segment on manufactured home communities.

The feature focused on those 55 and over, who are downsizing in retirement and choosing manufactured home communities as an option.

Bill & Donna Bernard, the couple featured in the report, sold their long time home for $629,000, allowing them to retire and purchase an $85,000 manufactured home, which they moved into a community in Pismo Beach, California.

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That’s one of the reasons we were able to retire at an early age,” said Bill Bernard.

NBC Nightly News pointed to the case of the Bernard’s as a growing and popular trend, which is helping to break the “trailer park” [sic] stigma.


With the popularity, Bradley offered critical advice to those that are considering a move similar to the Bernard’s.

You want to find a community that is not a risk of redevelopment and you want to find a community where rents are affordable,” said Bradley.

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The NBC feature was another in a line of appearances by Bradley and ROC USA in national media, including a March 2017 Time magazine article entitled “The Home of the Future.” In that feature, reporter Karl Vick visited three non-ROC USA affiliated resident-owned communities in Zephyrhills, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa, Florida.

Another feature was done by National Public Radio (NPR) in Minneapolis.

The recent media coverage is not only great for ROC USA and its affiliates across the country, but for the entire manufactured housing sector,” said Bradley.

These stories have focused on positive developments in and perceptions of manufactured housing,” he said. Whether that’s in resident-owned communities or not, we all benefit from coverage that combats the stigma too often associated with these homes and worse, the hard-working people who live in them.”

As Daily Business News readers are aware, ROC USA recently helped residents of Town & Country Estates in Kingston, Massachusetts, and the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative in Ballston Spa, New York, to purchase their communities.

We don’t have to look for a landlord, we are the landlord, so that being a co-op and a nonprofit we’re not out to make any money so the only rent that we’re going to be charging ourselves is that which is enough to sustain the place,” said Town & Country Mobile Home Estates Tenants Association President Joe Mauriello.

Without ROC or CDI, we would not be owning this park [sic] today.

That story is linked here. For the Kayadeross Acres Manufactured Home Cooperative story, click here. ##

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