Archive for January, 2009

Media Bias… It’s Kinda Like Pornography

January 29, 2009

 

There was a news story a number of years ago that has stuck in my mind because it was so bizarre.  Although I can’t quote the headline verbatim, it went something like this: “A body was discovered stuffed in the trunk of a car; the victim was stabbed in the back 32 times, blindfolded, gagged and bound with duct tape.  Authorities suspect foul play.”  Absurd?  Of course, because the evidence is so obvious, overwhelming and compelling, that to arrive at any other conclusion would be ludicrous.  Then there’s the famous quote by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart who, when unable to ascribe a legal definition to pornography, simply stated that: “I’ll know it when I see it.”  Some things just really are that obvious, right?

 

Well, apparently not when it comes to the Media.  Last week, in a fit of indignation, I wrote a letter to every faculty member of one of America’s premier Journalism Schools.  I relied on the results of a Pew Research Center study (that you’ll see extensively referenced throughout my blog) indicating that by a margin of 70% to 9% all registered voters claimed that the media was biased toward Barack Obama in the November presidential election.  The survey showed that 62% of all Democrat and Independent voters agreed that there was an Obama-leaning bias, and the 70% bias claim was a full 11% higher than any other claim of media bias in a presidential election going back to at least 1992.  I did not expect to receive any response from the faculty.  Boy, was I ever wrong.

 

Most of the professors that responded were incredibly cordial and kind to me as a novice blogger leveling a serious charge against their profession.  One professor indicated that I should direct my indignation toward: “the corrupt media structure which has, for years, placed profit above public service, or perhaps at the political and business elite who control the flow of information, which the (corporate) media establishment dutifully passes on.  (WMD’s in Iraq are but one example).  Or perhaps you should vent your ire against the media consumers who are, according to highly paid media consultants, more interested in the latest Brad and Angie diaper changing techniques than a detailed analysis of the Gaza situation…”  Wow, I didn’t even think of all that stuff that contributes to media bias, but point well taken.  I totally agree, don’t you?

 

The one thing that surprised me the most was that of all the responses I received, not one acknowledged that journalists themselves are in any way whatsoever responsible for media bias in this country.  Several did admit that the state of journalism in America is not “perfect.”  One said that: “I believe as fact that more so than not people drawn to journalism are now and have always been more likely to be liberal than conservative…”  When specifically addressing the substance of the Pew Research Center study, the professors responded that:  1.)  Polls are all inherently flawed and this poll simply has little if any meaningful significance, or, 2.)  The 70% who believed the media was biased (including the 62% Dems. and Independents who agree) in the last presidential election are simply wrong in their belief.

 

Well, after all this, maybe it’s just easier to describe media bias the same way Justice Stewart described pornography:  “I’ll know it when I see it.”

 

Invitation to a TEA PARTY!

January 22, 2009

 

 As an American tax payer, you are cordially invited to a tea party to be held nation-wide on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.  Since our last national tea party was held on December 16, 1773 in Boston harbor, this one is well over due.  As was the case with the Boston Tea Party, this tea party will be commemorating the expenditure of your hard earned tax dollars over the past year.

 

The featured highlights of the party will include such memorable events as:

 

1.                  The Troubled Asset Relief Program, (T.A.R.P.) which spent 700 billion of your dollars, and no one can really tell you where all that money went or what it did.  Not to worry, there are hundreds of billions of more dollars where that came from.

 

2.                  The nationalization of much of America’s private industry.  Congratulations, you are now a part owner of countless U.S. banks and financial institutions, not to mention G.M. and Chrysler.  To celebrate, you might want to go out and buy a new car from yourself.

 

3.                  The presidential inauguration for Barack Obama which cost 400% more than any other presidential inauguration in history.  Wasn’t it worth it just to see Aretha Franklin in that stylish hat!  Maybe she’ll wear that to the tea party?  The fact that the media stole the election as confirmed by a Pew Research Center study is also worth commemorating.

 

4.                  Of course, the party wouldn’t be complete without toasting our new Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner.  As an admitted, serial tax evader who failed to pay his income tax for four years in a row, even after he was informed by the I.R.S. that he owed back tax, he is sure to be the life of the party.

 

Just look at how far your hard earned dollars have gone this past tax year!  You don’t have to be in Boston to join this year’s tea party, you just need to be an American tax payer.

A News Story You Will Never Read About In The News

January 17, 2009

In the past decade there have been some momentous news stories: the terrorist attacks of 9/11; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; hurricane Katrina, and, the faltering of the U.S. economy among the most notable.  However, it just may be that the biggest news story of the past decade, and arguably one of the biggest news stories in our nation’s history, is one that you will not read about in the news.  Why?  Because this news story IS the news.  The news media in this country has now succeeded in doing something that no domestic or foreign enemy has ever been able to do in the more than 200 year history of our republic.  The news media has hijacked, manipulated and usurped our fundamental principle of democracy.  If this sounds extreme or even absurd to you, please consider the following facts.

On October 22, 2008, the highly respected, independent and bi-partisan Pew Research Center released a publication: Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win.  This publication stated that 70% of all registered voters, Democrat, Republican and Independent claimed that they believed that in the ’08 presidential election, most journalists wanted Obama to win over McCain.  Astonishingly, a full 62% of all Democrat and Independent voters agreed that the media was in the tank for Obama.  The Pew Research Center study points out that this level of media corruption and bias is UNPRECEDENTED in the history of U.S. presidential elections going back to at least 1992.  The next highest level of claims of media bias was in 1996 when 59% of all registered voters claimed that the media was favoring Bill Clinton, that’s a full 11% less than those claiming media bias in this election.  With that extent of rampant media bias being claimed by voters in all political parties, it was the news media that effectively elected our new president.  Can there be any greater threat to our country than the loss of our basic democratic principles?

A Real Dog & Pony, uhhh… I Mean Dog & DONKEY Show

January 14, 2009

 

In the two months since the presidential election the Democrat Party has been putting on quite a show.  One that I’m sure pres.-elect Obama is not amused with.  In case you haven’t been keeping score it’s currently an 0-5 shut out and the Obama team has not even yet taken the field.

 

1.      Cabinet nominee, Bill Richardson withdraws his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary pending a federal investigation involving kick-backs for granting state contracts.

 

2.      Dem. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is impeached on corruption charges accused of wanting to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder.  He appoints Roland Buress to Obama’s senate seat over the public pledges of both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and pres.-elect Obama to block the appointment.  Disgraced governor Blagojevich prevails and both Sen. Reid and Barack Obama reverse their positions in an embarrassing pre-inaugural defeat.

 

3.      Private citizen Caroline Kennedy, who has never been elected to any public post, feels that she is entitled to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s vacated senate seat because she is…  a Kennedy.

 

4.      It is discovered that Treasury Secretary nominee, Timothy Geithner, failed to pay $34,023 in income taxes over a four-year period from 2001 to 2004.  Even after receiving written notice from the I.R.S., he failed to pay his delinquent taxes until just several days before his Cabinet level appointment by pres.-elect Obama.  In a second scandal reminiscent of the infamous “nanny-gate,” he also employed a housekeeper who did not have legal employment immigrant status to work in this country.  Sen. Reid simply dismissed these issues as: “a few little hiccups” in the process leading up to senate confirmation.

 

5.      In her senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 13, Secretary of State nominee, Sen. Hillary Clinton refused to reveal further information about the approximate $500 million raised in contributions by her husband, Bill Clinton.  Much of this money was given to Bill Clinton directly from numerous foreign governments.  Sen. Clinton just expects us to believe that these many millions of dollars that have been contributed and will continue to flow into the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative do not constitute any conflict of interest for her as our nation’s Secretary of State.  This, in spite of a recent A.P. news story that Sen. Clinton intervened at least six times in previous government issues directly affecting companies and other individuals that later contributed to her husband’s foundation.

 

In closing, if I have personally offended any dogs or donkeys in comparing their showmanship to that of the Democrat Party over the past two months, I offer my sincere apology.

A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CONGRESS

January 6, 2009

When Barack Obama, the Democratic junior senator from Illinois, was elected president it left his senate seat open.  As proscribed by his constitutional responsibilities, the Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, appointed fellow Democrat Roland Buress to fill Obama’s Democratic seat.  Buress arrived in Washington today to be seated in the newly elected Democratically controlled congress.  In a bizarre media circus Buress was blocked from the senate chamber by Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader.  Reid’s excuse for blocking Democrat Senate-designee Buress was that the Democratic secretary of state of Illinois did not sign his certificate of appointment.  Well, in this new age of “change we can believe in,” those sneaky Republicans can’t pull the wool over our eyes anymore.  It couldn’t be any clearer that this is just another instance of Republican dirty tricks undoubtedly orchestrated by President Bush himself.

A Historic Event, Indeed!

January 5, 2009

 

In just a few short days the nation will experience a truly historic event.  Something so extraordinary that it is unprecedented in the more than 200 year history of our country.  For the first time ever a President will be sworn into office that has absolutely no record of any significant or meaningful political achievement.  That’s right, we’ll have a President who as the junior senator from Illinois, never chaired or co-chaired a single congressional committee, a senator who never sponsored or co-sponsored a single piece of legislation.  We’ll have a President who has accomplished absolutely nothing – nada – zippo – zilch – zero during his entire brief political career.  A President who the new Vice President has repeatedly called “unqualified” to be President.  Not merely inexperienced or unprepared, but, “unqualified.”

 

Given this shocking reality, how is it possible that this historic event came to be?  One need look no further than the power and influence of the main stream media.  Just days before the election the highly respected, bi-partisan, and independent Pew Research Center conducted a study that found that an unprecedented 70% of all registered voters: Democrat, Republican and Independent, felt that the media was in the tank for Obama.  With that extent of media bias and corruption the media effectively chose the President.

 

A historic event of momentous and unprecedented proportions, you bet.  Oh, and by the way, did I mention that the new President is black?