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Journalist calls out media on bias – great post

Posted in Culture, Heros, State-run media, Thumbs Up! on March 18, 2011 by DaMook

This is a fantastic post by a self-described liberal journalist (Lee Stranahan) at the Huffington Post. Given the political tone over at HuffPo, I’m surprised that this got posted there. It has been picked up and linked by the conservative blogosphere.

Lee rightly points out that the leftist state-run media has completely ignored the plethora of death threats against republicans and conservatives – not only in Wisconsin, but everywhere. He’s upset by the level of vitriol displayed by liberals & progressives and he calls them out on it.

Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the death threats against Republican politicians in Wisconsin?

Try to set aside whatever biases or preconceptions you might have for a moment and ask yourself why death threats against politicians aren’t considered national news, especially in the wake of the all too fresh shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other bystanders. And there hasn’t just been one death threat, but a number of them.

Here’s an example and it’s real. According to Wisconsin State Department of Justice, authorities have found a suspect who admitted to sending the following email:

I want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and your republican dictators have to die. This is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn’t enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) the 8 of you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. The 8 includes the 7 senators and the dictator. We feel that it’s worth our lives becasue we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. Goodbye ASSHOLE!!!!

After the Giffords shooting, authorities have to take this sort of threat seriously. The media should too, even if the disturbed person who sent that email was motivated by exactly the kind of rhetoric that’s been used by many liberals against GOP officials over and over again during the Madison protests. And there are more threats floating around the internet, in varying degrees of scary and credible.

Ignoring the story of these threats is deeply, fundamentally wrong. It’s bad, biased journalism that will lead to no possible good outcome and progressives should be leading the charge against it.

Stranahan himself has been a target of the vitriol from the left after posting comments on the situation in Wisconsin.

I’m not at all anti-union. (I’ve publicly supported unionizing the visual effects industry, for example.) I’m open to a good rational argument against the case FDR made but in discussions on Twitter and elsewhere, all I got in response from people on the left was anger and insults. I saw little light and felt much heat.

That tone of extreme hostility I experienced brings me back to the death threats in Wisconsin. Frankly, the bile and invective in that threat reminded me of the tone I saw directed at me from many so-called liberals because I committed the heresy of taking a different position from them on the issue of collective bargaining for public sector employees… based on something FDR said.

Is this really what liberalism has come to in 2011?

Uh Lee, while I’m glad you’re finally coming around, this is what liberalism has been for at least 20 years. This is not a recent phenomenon and it has only gotten worse, much worse, since the anointment of our dear comrade leader. This is Cloward-Piven, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers “community organizing” at its finest. Where’ve you been, pal?

Since working with Breitbart, my position on political issues hasn’t changed but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m deeply disappointed by the virulent, lockstep attitude I see on the left. My experience in the last few months tells me what I would not have believed possible; on any number of issues (including Pigford, by the way) I’ve seen liberals act much nastier and with less factual honesty than the conservatives… and this includes on issues where I disagree with conservatives.

Burying the death threat story is a clear example of intellectual dishonesty and journalistic bias.

There – he finally said it. At least he had the guts to point it out – something the rest of the gutless state-run media will deny to their death. Media bias? What media bias? It appears that his association with Breitbart may have led to this revelation of sorts. Good job, Andrew!

 

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State-run media upset with White House Propaganda machine

Posted in State-run media, The Regime on February 16, 2011 by DaMook

It’s no secret that the state-run media (AKA the “Mainstream Media,” or MSM) was thrilled by the election of our dear comrade leader. They have essentially given him a pass on every gaffe, failed promise, and contradiction of stated policy for the past two years. While the regime has basked in the adulation of the MSM, they have been building a propaganda machine that appears to be threatening to do an end around their media sycophants. According to this story (from ABC News), it looks like “State Run Media 2.0” – and the thrill is gone.

As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama’s White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

The White House Press Office now not only produces a website, blog, YouTube channel, Flickr photo stream, and Facebook and Twitter profiles, but also a mix of daily video programming, including live coverage of the president’s appearances and news-like shows that highlight his accomplishments.

“Advise the Adviser: Your Direct Line to the White House,” the administration’s latest online program launched last week, encourages viewers to offer “advice, opinions and feedback on important issues” and promises a response from a senior administration official in return.

“We’re striving to not just have a passive website where people can read about what’s happening but create a method of interaction and feedback,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself.

Obama’s recent signing of the historic New START treaty with Russia and his post-State of the Union cabinet meeting, for example, were both closed to reporters in a break with tradition. And during a recent question and answer session with the president and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the White House imposed an unusual limit of just one question each from the U.S. and Canadian press corps.

“The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

“They’re opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn’t have any criticism allowed,” said University of Minnesota journalism professor and political communication analyst Heather LaMarre.

So the “most transparent administration in history” is unexpectedly becoming opaque to the traditional media. Well, I suppose they could just follow the WTF action on Twitter or Facebook like the rest of us.

The White House has amassed 1.9 million followers on Twitter, 900,000 fans on Facebook and averages 250,000 visits to its YouTube channel per month. Its website received roughly 1.1 million unique visitors in January, according to ComScore.

By contrast, ABC News has 1.2 million followers on Twitter, 150,000 fans on Facebook, and averages 21.7 million unique visitors per month to ABCNews.com, according to ComScore.

And here’s the best quote of all:

“If Nixon had announced he was going to start the ‘Nixon channel’ and said they were only going to put up stuff he approved of, people would have said, ‘Oh my God, this is like Communist Russian state media,'” said David Perlmutter, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Indeed – like Communist Russian state media. How ironic…

Dear comrade leader channels Reagan – Huh? WTF?

Posted in Culture, FAIL, Heros, State-run media on January 28, 2011 by DaMook

obama-reaganAt various times over the past 3 years the pundits and dopes dupes in the state-run media have likened our dear comrade leader to “a sort-of God,” Abraham Lincoln, the second coming of FDR, and yes, even Superman. As reality sinks in and these myths have been exploded, the left has been scrambling to find another mythical apparition for the enigmatic dear comrade. Following Tuesday’s flatulent SOTU speech, where we were promised more “investment” (deficit spending) with “targeted” budget cuts, the dilemma has been solved. He’s now the second coming of Ronald Reagan! (story here from the American Thinker)

You can tell that Barack Obama is in trouble when his minions and media lickspittles try to compare him to Ronald Reagan, whom he disparaged in the first of his two ghostwritten autobiographies. His aides had him photographed carrying around a book about Reagan, and spread the word that he was learning from the Gipper.

Obama, who earlier refused to acknowledge American exceptionalism as any different from the feeling of Greeks or Brits about their nations, is now trying to rebrand himself as optimistic (“We do big things” — SOTU, 2011), a builder of a more prosperous America, leader of the world (because we are going down the Spanish path of forcing investment in uneconomic power supply and “high speed” rail).

The latest outrage is that his friends at TIME magazine have put a photoshopped picture of Obama and Reagan together on the cover of their magazine for next week. It was introduced on MSNBC this morning, but is as yet unavailable elsewhere.

Ah yes, our dear comrade as The Gipper – that’ll work. While Time may be trying to show that the Reagan link is a good thing, they didn’t have a lot of love for him when he was president (more here from Pajamas Media).

Of course, you wouldn’t know it based on that cover or the new one, but Time wasn’t exactly fond of the Gipper when he was actually in office, as Noemie Emery wrote in 2007:

A look at Time’s archive for 1987 shows a drumbeat of attack, if not of derision, for the man and his plans and ideas. True, the magazine did have a column by the late Hugh Sidey, a centrist’s centrist if ever there was one and a man with an institutional fondness for presidents. He cut the old man a break every few issues. But on the whole, in a long series of fairly long stories, some of them featured on the cover, the magazine made room for a series of writers–Garry Wills, Lance Morrow, and George J. Church among them–to whipsaw the Gipper back, forth, and sideways as a poseur, a fraud, an out-of-touch airhead, a lame duck, a loser, a man dwelling in dreamland, a man whirled about by the currents around him, and, of course, wholly washed up. It had been a bad year for Reagan and Republicans, bracketed by the Iran-contra scandal and the stock market crash. Reagan’s foreign policy ventures in Latin America and vis-à-vis the Soviet Union seemed stalled. His nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court had failed, and in November 1986 he had lost the Senate. As far as Time was concerned, the whole jig was up.

But let’s stuff all that down the memory hole while we’re photoshopping this whole fraudulent premise. If there’s one person in history that our dear comrade leader is so unlike as to be a polar opposite, it’s Ronald Reagan. President Reagan wasn’t a fake, a fraud, or a phoney. President Reagan believed that government was the problem – not the solution. President Reagan, who inherited a broken economy from the second coming of Neville Chamberlain, understood that bolstering private industry, not government, was the answer. President Reagan believed that America was a world power, not to be confused or equated with some 3rd world tinpot dictatorship. As a reminder, here are some of Reagan’s best quotes:

  • I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
  • The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
  • The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
  • The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Does this sound like our dear comrade to you?

AZ shooting coverage accelerates state-run media death spiral

Posted in Congress, Culture, State-run media on January 12, 2011 by DaMook

It is clear now that the shooting rampage in Tucson, in which 6 people were killed and 12 wounded, was the act of a deranged individual. As yet no one knows exactly why he did this and we may never know. Unfortunately the equally deranged left (media, pundits, and members of congress) have seized on this tragedy to blame just about everyone on the right, including: the TEA Party, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, talk radio, FOX News, and George Bush. As more details emerge, the atrocious coverage by the state-run media will only serve to accelerate their death spiral (story here from AmSpec).

The attempt by many left-wing pundits and bloggers to try and blame conservatives for the Tucson murder spree is nothing short of obscene. But it’s also a mistake, I think, to try and divine “meaning” out of what is essentially a senseless and meaningless act of horrific violence.

The great Robert Stacy McCain has it exactly right: “The killer, Jared Loughner, is crazy.” Period. End of story. The notion that Loughner was motivated by conservative political thought or rhetoric is ludicrous and preposterous.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, ludicrous and preposterous notions often have a widespread following, especially in the Big Media.

The good news is that the old media empire is dying and a new media is rapidly emerging.

The old media is epitomized by the New York Times and its disgraceful editorial about Tucson. The new media is epitomized by a host of innovative startup publications and outlets, including: AmSpec, The Other McCain, Fox News, FrumForum, The Daily Caller, and Pajamas Media. May this new and more promising media live long and prosper.

In the face of declining numbers, the left wing state-run media have driven their customers away by cranking up the vitriol against main stream America. As a recent poll demonstrates, it’s not working (more here). This shameless attempt to politicize a tragic event perpetrated by an apolitical nutcase only demonstrates how out of touch these leftists really are. It severely damages what little remaining credibility they had and will likely drive even more clear thinking Americans to alternate media sources. The demise of the state-run media cannot come soon enough.

In related news:

Socialist senator Bernie Sanders (VT) exploits AZ shooting in fund raising letter (story here).

Senator Bernie Sanders – the socialist Senator from Vermont who we’re supposed to pretend isn’t a socialist because the Democrats get upset about us bringing up the entire ’socialism’ thing – has decided that the best way to handle last weekend’s attempted assassination of a Congresswoman (and the murder of six people, including a nine-year-old girl) is to send out a fundraising letter blaming the whole thing on the right wing.

Given the recent tragedy in Arizona, as well as the start of the new Congress, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few words with political friends in Vermont and throughout the country. I also want to thank the very many supporters who have begun contributing online to my 2012 reelection campaign at w ww.bernie.org…

[several paragraphs’ worth of Left-pornography]

…??In light of all of this violence – both actual and threatened – is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?

Sales of Glock pistols skyrocket after AZ shooting (more here).

Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.

Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

“We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,” Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition.

A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws stirred by the shooting has stoked fears among gun buyers that stiffer restrictions may be coming from Congress, gun dealers say. The result is that a deadly demonstration of the weapon’s effectiveness has also fired up sales of handguns in Arizona and other states, according to federal law enforcement data.

“When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff,” Wolff said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families…

111th congress added more debt than first 100 congresses combined

Posted in BIG Government, Congress, FAIL, State-run media, Take back America on December 28, 2010 by DaMook

On January 3rd the 111th congress will officially become history. The Wicked Witch of the West will cede the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner and a republican majority will take control of the House of Representatives. According to this article, the 111th congress wasn’t exactly frugal – it added more new debt than the first 100 congresses combined.

The federal government has accumulated more new debt–$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.

The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

In fact, the 111th Congress not only has set the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history, but also has out-stripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.

During the 110th Congress—which, according to the Clerk of the House, officially convened on Jan. 4, 2007 and adjourned on Jan. 4, 2009–the national debt increased $1.957 trillion. When that Congress adjourned less than two years ago, it claimed the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history. As it turned out, however, its record did not last long.

The $3.22 trillion in new federal debt run up during the 111th Congress exceeds by 64 percent the $1.957 trillion in new debt run up during the 110th.

Historically, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal debt did not reach $3.22 trillion until September 1990, during the 101st Congress. Between the first Congress, which adjourned in 1791 leaving behind approximately $75 million in debt, and the convening of the 101st Congress, which occurred on Jan. 3, 1989, the national debt grew to $2.684 trillion.

During the Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) tenure as speaker, which commenced on Jan. 4, 2007, the federal government has run up $5.177 trillion in new debt. That is about equal to the total debt the federal government accumulated in the first 120 years of the nation’s existence, with the federal debt rising from $5.173 trillion on July 24, 1996 to $5.181 trillion on July 24, 1996.

In her inaugural address as speaker, Pelosi vowed that Congress would engage in no new deficit spending.

Not only did this hideous congress spend us deeper into the poorhouse, but they were responsible for some of the worst legislation ever foisted upon the beleaguered citizenry. Here are just some of the more devastating:

They also extended unemployment benefits at least 3 times (to 99 weeks) which has caused 41 states to borrow billions to cover their unemployment obligations. All this “work” and they couldn’t even pass a budget (more here).

And while the state-run media tries to spin this as a good thing (example here), public approval of this congress sunk to historically low levels (more here).

All I can say is good riddance…

Powerful democrats help Chinese get “stimulus” money

Posted in BIG Government, Congress, Economy, Goin' Green, State-run media, The Regime, UGH! on December 11, 2010 by DaMook

Just in case you thought that the $814B “stimulus” was supposed to help the US economy and “save or create” (fund, lives touched, whatever) US jobs, here’s an article that might leave you scratching your head. While the content of the article is not terribly surprising (you know, sweetheart deals for companies and lobbyists who threw cash at congress and our dear leader), the source and negativity of it certainly are. It’s from MSNBC – a member in good standing of the regime’s Propaganda Ministry.

Top Democratic fundraisers and lobbyists with links to the White House are behind a proposed wind farm in Texas that stands to get $450 million in stimulus money, even though a Chinese company would operate the farm and its turbines would be built in China.The farm’s backers also have close ties with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who, at the height of his hard-fought re-election bid this fall, helped blunt congressional criticism over stimulus dollars possibly going to create jobs in China by endorsing a proposal by the Chinese company to build a factory in his home state. Although his campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from the wind farm’s backers and Reid stood on stage with them at a campaign event they hosted, his office declined to answer any questions about the wind farm’s organizers or their plans for Nevada.

It is being planned by an unusual joint partnership between the U.S. Renewable Energy Group, a Dallas investment firm with strong ties to Washington and the Democratic Party, and A-Power Energy Generation Systems, an upstart Chinese supplier of wind turbines. Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicate the Chinese are bringing financing and the turbines.

What the Americans are supplying is the local know-how and political clout in Washington, where decisions on how to distribute billions in loan guarantees, stimulus grants and financial incentives are made.

So the “stimulus” money for the US part of the deal is going to lobbyists, power brokers, Harry Reid and government apparatchiks. Yeah, that will certainly stimulate the economy.

The investment group’s public face is often Cappy McGarr, a wealthy Texas philanthropist, investor and longtime fixture in Democratic politics, who has given heavily to Democratic candidates across the country and was an early backer of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Joining McGarr in Dallas is Ed Cunningham, a former executive for several large Western entertainment companies in China, a 2002 Democratic senatorial candidate and a former member of Obama’s national finance committee.

Two registered lobbyists with a long history of involvement in Democratic politics, G. John O’Hanlon and Moses Boyd, are the group’s anchors in Washington. O’Hanlon has been a party operative since the 1980s — a protégé of Democratic heavyweight Terry McAuliffe — and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic causes. Boyd is a former senior Democratic Capitol Hill staffer turned lobbyist.

McGarr married into Democratic Party royalty — his wife’s uncle is legendary Democratic power broker Robert Strauss — and has made his own name as a big-time donor to the party and candidates across the country. McGarr and his wife, Janie Strauss McGarr, have given more than $375,000 to various Democratic candidates and political action committees since 2006, according to Federal Election Commission records. That doesn’t include the $50,000 he donated to Obama’s inauguration and $50,000 to $100,000 in donations from others that he “bundled” for the Obama campaign.

All told, these four and their spouses have given more than $1.8 million in campaign donations since 1990, with McGarr and his wife accounting for more than half of that.

“That would place them among the top 100 donors of hard money overall,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group that tracks campaign finance and how it affects elections and public policy.

The important question, however, is not how much they have given, Krumholz said, but “What does this buy them with each individual target of their largesse?”

Indeed. And in this case, the power brokers, U.S. Renewable Energy Group, will pick up a $245M “developer fee” – from “stimulus” money, not the Chinese. They invest little or no money of their own, grease a few palms in Washington, call in a few chits, and voila – $245M. Sweeeeeeet!

Looks like the Chinese have figured out how to do business in America. Find the right people, spread a little wealth, and grab some taxpayer money to fund a “green” business on US soil.

Taxpayers sponsor anti-Christian art exhibit

Posted in Culture, FAIL, State-run media, UGH! on October 3, 2010 by DaMook

As a country founded on Judeo-Christian principles, American society sure has devolved in the last century or so. This phenomenon began with the rise of the “progressive” movement and has accelerated in the last few decades. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the efforts of the “progressives” to not only expunge Judeo-Christian principle and thought from society, but to demonize Christianity itself. While the left worships at the altar of “tolerance” and “diversity,” they are decidedly intolerant of Christians. Their diversity dogma compels them to embrace Islam, a notoriously intolerant religion, while rejecting Christianity. An interesting dichotomy for sure.

A good example of this is the controversy involving the Danish Muhammed cartoons. Most major state-run news outlets refused to publish these cartoons out of “respect” for the muslim community. The progressives vilified the artists for offending muslims (who are permanently offended by everything anyway). Yet these same tolerant leftists see no problem with anti-Christian “art.” In fact, they would have the taxpayers (the vast majority of whom are Christians) fund this offensive so-called “art.” (like this) Your Christian sensibilities be damned.

This story presents yet another example of the progressive tolerance dichotomy. A lithograph that is part of an exhibit at the city museum in Loveland, CO contains a depiction of Jesus Christ receiving oral sex from a man. Nice. Let’s all take our kids to the museum.

An art exhibit that critics say features Jesus receiving oral sex from a man is under fire in Loveland, CO. The artwork is part of an exhibit in the city’s public museum.“It is visual profanity,” said art gallery owner Linda King, in an interview with the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “It disgraces the God of all creation.”

The controversial artwork is part of 10-artist exhibit called, “The Legend of Bud Shark and His Indelible Ink.” The lithograph showing the son of God engaged in a sex act is called, “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” and was created by Stanford University professor Enrique Chagoya.

His exhibit also includes Mexican pornography, Mayan symbols and ethnic stereotypes, according to the Associated Press. But it’s a 12-panel lithograph that appears to depict Jesus Christ in a sex act that has locals enraged.

“This is a taxpayer-supported, public museum and it’s family-friendly,” Donna Rice told the Denver Post. She’s also a member of the city council. “This is not something the community can be proud of.”

Family-friendly indeed. Why is it not surprising that the “artist” is a university professor? And why is this douchebag “surprised” by the outcry?

The artist defended his work and said he was surprised by the outcry.

“My intentions are not to offend anybody,” Chagoya told the Associated Press. “The main intention of my work is to express my personal concerns about religious institutions, not about the actual religious beliefs, which I respect.”

The Los Angeles Times weighed in on the controversy, noting that Chagoya is a respected artist who has a history of making provocative art. He’s previously created artwork attacking President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson.

A “respected artist?” By whom? Respected for creating “artwork” attacking Christians and notables on the right. I see…

The progressives are at risk of having their dogma run over by their karma…