Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Sad State of Journalism

***NBC Nightly News devotes mere seconds to first-ever mention of Fast and Furious. This is scandalous. You KNOW what the coverage would be like if this were a Republican administration. This is a REAL scandal, even more important than misspelling "potato" or uttering the word "macaca." We all know what kind of coverage those terrible, world-changing scandals got. But a covert operation by our government that leads to the death of an American border patrol agent and 18 Mexicans (that we know of)? Bah.

While the majority of the testimony covered Operation Fast & Furious, NBC made it appear that the hearing was mainly over the national security leaks. The segment even made it appear that Senator John Cornyn called for Mr. Holder to resign over said leaks when, in fact, he expressed his greatest frustration with Mr. Holder over Fast & Furious.
NBC devoted roughly thirty seconds to Fast & Furious in a segment lasting two minutes and seventeen seconds--the explanation of the controversy less than a third of it. No background information was given about the operation and no mention was made of how it led to the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 300 Mexicans. You'd think that after eighteen months, NBC's producers would want to give their in-the-dark audience some information to get up to speed on the controversy.
There is no way Williams and everyone involved in NBC Nightly News could watch Mr. Holder’s testimony and not notice Fast & Furious. They went out of their way to make sure the primary topic of discussion at the day's hearing was not the main story of their report. This news segment is further proof that the mainstream media seeks to control viewers' reaction to issues of great public concern with less information, not more.

***He's doing something right.  Have you heard it reported anywhere (other than conservative radio talk show hosts and Fox News) that Scott Walker won the recall election by a wider margin than he won in 2010? Of course not. Doesn't fit the narrative. They're trying to say that Walker's campaign outspent Barrett's by 7 to 1 and that's why he won...but they don't count the money Barrett got from unions, which is huge. Convenient, huh?

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***Nothing to worry acting Commerce Secretary has NO commercial experience. No problem, our President has no experience at anything other than getting himself elected to office.

Job creation, shmob creation! In harmony with Obama’s odd assertion that the “private sector is doing just fine,” the president’s new Acting U. S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has virtually no private sector experience (just like the president himself!). The sole exception in Ms. Blank’s long career is a brief stint at a data collection firm after she graduated from college in 1979. She is, however, the author of a book – Challenging Inequality – from the University of California Press, Berkeley.

***How to manage student loan debt. 

***RIP Ann Rutherford. She played "Careen," Scarlett's sister, in Gone With the Wind. One of my all-time favorite movies.



***From A Gift of Inspiration

Believe while others . . .

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating.

Work while others are wishing.

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.

William Arthur Ward

***His nose keeps getting longer...

Over the last 24 hours, I have been contemplating a post on the Obama administration’s scandals. “Scandals?” you may ask. “What scandals?” Well, sure, if you are a New York Times reader you may not be aware of them. And normally an administration doesn’t get knee-deep in scandal until its second term, which Barack Obama isn’t likely to enjoy. But if you step back from the daily spin of the news cycle for a moment–sort of like watching a boxing match with the sound turned off–you might conclude that the Obama administration has been more scandal-ridden than most people realize. Let’s just itemize a few:

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***What a sweetheart. Hollywood idiot Joy Behar thinks it would be "cool" if Mitt Romney's house burned down. Oh, but she'll tell you she's one of those caring, tolerant liberals. Right. She's vicious.

***                               Somebody's in trouble...

***"If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." -- Thomas Sowell

***Have a great day!

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