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Equal time for any viewpoint?

Posted in Mainstream Media on December 17th, 2005 by kstevens

Via Atrios:

“Muslims of America”

Andrea Mitchell last night:

MITCHELL: Well, a former intelligence official tells NBC News tonight that the people most likely to be swept up in this are listed in a Homeland Security database, Brian, called Muslims of America. But most people targeted are never charged with a crime. And one former official says this does amount to a giant electronic fishing expedition. Is it legal? The president says yes. Critics say no. Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter says his committee will hold hearings in the new year. Brian:

I just saw this on Atrios’ site and I need to do a quick comment. Since I have a lot of studying to do, I don’t even want to get into the substance of this story. Plus, its really just too awful for words anyway. I will, however, gladly take the time out to bash Ms. Greensp…uh…Mitchell:

Notice the bold part of the quote above. This is precisely what I hate about journalism.

I hate the use of the word critics generally. It diminishes their credibility and suggests that these “critics” will disagree with whatever the president says and does. It is also innacurate. From what I have been able to gather thus far, almost everyone who knows anything at all about the law believes that spying on American citizens without a warrant is completely illegal not to mention unneccesary. The only people who think it is legal belong to the completely deranged school of presidential infallability.

I am also completely fucking sick and tired of this “on the one hand…on the other hand” bullshit. It is this kind of “Shape of the Earth: Views Differ” fact-free reporting that I just can’t take anymore. Aren’t journalists supposed to try and discern the truth here? Am I going to be seeing stories that say:

“Is the government beaming radio signals into our brains to control our thoughts? Schitzophrenic says yes. Critics say no.”

Here we have the administration and some lunatic constitutional theorist(s) saying one thing and 99% of constitutional scholars saying another. Why the fuck do those two viewpoints get the same fucking mindless treatment?!

Rant over.

I heart Olberman

Posted in Mainstream Media, Other Media on December 1st, 2005 by DoubleMan

This is why MSNBC is an enemy to America.

Should’ve fired the bitch

Posted in Mainstream Media, Other Media on November 9th, 2005 by DoubleMan

The Times finally got rid of Judith Miller. One can only imagine that they took it in the ass, as she was so notable that only a huge severance package would shut her the fuck up. She may have worked at the Times for 28 years, but Miller is a stain on the once reliable (and well-managed) paper of record. Her time in jail was a sham, if only she had gone for being part of a larger conspiracy to sell the war.

I don’t have anything profound to say, I rarely do, all I know is that she sucks and she’s ugly, really ugly.

It’s probably just a matter of time before she shows up as a Senior Political Anal-yst on Faux News (post Greta van Susteren-style face repair), she’ll be on the left-side of course, to maintain the Fair and Balanced approach to news at the venerable cable channel.

Bush vs. Gore Redux

Posted in Bush Alert!, Mainstream Media, Politics (Opinion), Society/Culture on October 6th, 2005 by Pants Of Time

Bush:

Abu Mazen, Palestinian Prime Minister, and Nabil Shaath, his Foreign Minister, describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003.

Nabil Shaath says: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.’”

Abu Mazen was at the same meeting and recounts how President Bush told him: “I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state.”

Gore:

I thought maybe it was an aberration when three-quarters of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on September 11, 2001. But more than four years later, between a third and a half still believe Saddam was personally responsible for planning and supporting the attack.

At first I thought the exhaustive, non-stop coverage of the O.J. trial was just an unfortunate excess that marked an unwelcome departure from the normal good sense and judgment of our television news media. But now we know that it was merely an early example of a new pattern of serial obsessions that periodically take over the airwaves for weeks at a time.

Are we still routinely torturing helpless prisoners, and if so, does it feel right that we as American citizens are not outraged by the practice? And does it feel right to have no ongoing discussion of whether or not this abhorrent, medieval behavior is being carried out in the name of the American people? If the gap between rich and poor is widening steadily and economic stress is mounting for low-income families, why do we seem increasingly apathetic and lethargic in our role as citizens?

On the eve of the nation’s decision to invade Iraq, our longest serving senator, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood on the Senate floor asked: “Why is this chamber empty? Why are these halls silent?”

The decision that was then being considered by the Senate with virtually no meaningful debate turned out to be a fateful one. A few days ago, the former head of the National Security Agency, Retired Lt. General William Odom, said, “The invasion of Iraq, I believe, will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history.”

Who would you rather have as president?

How the fuck does this happen?

Obviously not credible, she’s a woman.

Posted in Mainstream Media, Women's Issues on September 27th, 2005 by DoubleMan

From the Boston Globe:

A likable president, but not quite credible

Of course, the headline refers to the new Geena Davis drama, “Commander in Chief,” in which Davis gets promoted from the number 2 post after the real President dies.

I don’t know how anyone could be elected Vice President with this picture floating around:

I vant to suck your blood.

Speaking of idiotic talking heads

Posted in How Odd..., Mainstream Media, Other Media on September 9th, 2005 by zedlappy

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but what annoys me more than all the right wing nuts out there is the saturation of popular media with these right wing nuts. These are the guys responsible for electing Bush and justifying every bone headed thing he does. So I started reading the bios of 2 of my favorite talking heads:
Sean Hannity and Grand Wizard Limbaugh. Turns out that both of them dropped out of college to get jobs in radio.

Limbaugh: Attended Southeast Missouri State University for one year before dropping out.
Hannity: Attended NYU for one year before dropping out.

So lets compare with 2 on the left(the only 2?)
Al Franken: Graduated from Harvard
Jon Stewart: Graduated from the College of William and Mary

Rush Limbaugh is a big fat Racist and other truths

Posted in How Odd..., Mainstream Media, Opinion, Other Media, Society/Culture on September 9th, 2005 by zedlappy

As if we needed more evidence that Rush Limbaugh is at least as bigoted David Duke here comes this gem courtesy of Crooksandliars.

Mayor Nayger

Apparently its funny to call the Mayor of New Orleans: Ray Nagin Mayor Nayger. Now if he did on purpose then its just an extremely racist joke. Now this is what I believe after listening to the clip: that was a freudian slip and in Limbaugh’s mind the black mayor of New Orleans is just another nayger.

Want more words of wisdom from the Grand Wizard?

African Americans

I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.[3/14/03]

Now this just blows me away

Was there any excrement, any shamelessness in any form, above all in cultural life, in which at least one African-American would not have been involved? As soon as one even carefully cut into such an abscess, one found, like maggots in a decaying body, often blinded by the sudden light, an African-American. [2/21/03]

James Earl Ray is the man who killed Martin Luther King Jr.

You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed. [4/23/98]

Arabs

As I said yesterday, truce is an old Arabic word. Goes way, way back in Islamic-Arabic culture, and it means, “We will get you later.” [4/16/04]

Here is a small collection of his Quotes

Looking for help…

Posted in Mainstream Media, News on September 3rd, 2005 by Pants Of Time

The following message is quoted from the comments section on Interdictor’s blog. It was posted and confirmed by a handful of other people who have seen the show. Does anyone have a link to a recording of this episode and/or a transcript?

I got the following email message from a friend of mine in NYC dated 12:53 AM this morning:

Hello friends and family,

I have been glued to the TV and the most remarkable thing just happened on the news.

The same old news story repeated on every single new show at the top of the hour, the manufactured happy ending stories, the spin, cut to commercial.

But then it happened – back to back in the middle of a Hannity and Colmes episode – Live, one reporter who has been reporting for days in New Orleans, got angry, pleaded to the camera in desperation THAT THE GOVERNMENT LOCKED IN PEOPLE IN THE HELLISH CONVENTION CENTER, SET UP CHECK POINTS, AND IS REFUSING TO LET PEOPLE LEAVE THE CITY. He was dumbfounded, responding to a dismissive Colmes, the reporter getting more forceful, HOW DIRE THE SITUATION WAS – right now.

Colmes snydely cuts to Hiraldo Rivera, who is also clearly deeply upset, holding an infant, next to a calm mother who lost her twins – Giraldo asks the camera to pan in closer on the baby and him, and he forcefully also pleads to the camera, also live in New Orleans, PEOPLE, THIS IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT, THIS IS AMERICA, THERE IS NO SUGAR COATING, HELP THESE PEOPLE, HELP THESE PEOPLE, NOW.

Cut to Colmes, and to recycling news clips of the day – cut to commercial.
Cut to Hannity, and to recycling news clips of the day – cut to commercial
AS IF THESE TWO REPORTERS COMMENTS NEVER HAPPENED.

Two pleading reporters at the dead of night reporting the actual news,
PLEADING FOR THESE PEOPLE’S LIVES, AND THEN -
COMPLETELY IGNORED BY THEIR OWN NETWORK FOR REPORTING REALITY.

Cut to commercial.

100% of 171,054 CNN.com users are retarded—and that is scientific

Posted in How Odd..., Mainstream Media, Uncategorized on August 29th, 2005 by DoubleMan

CNN hits a new high (low?) with it’s Katrina coverage. Today’s internets poll question is:

Do you believe global warming is a factor behind the recent severe weather?

The results as of 9:48 AM:

Yes 56% 95700 votes

No 32% 55124 votes

Not sure 12% 20230 votes

Total: 171054 votes

This QuickVote is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The results cannot be assumed to represent the opinions of Internet users in general, nor the public as a whole. The QuickVote sponsor is not responsible for content, functionality or the opinions expressed therein.

Not Scientific?

Dear Fox News….

Posted in Mainstream Media, News, The War on Terror on August 27th, 2005 by Pants Of Time

I hope this poor family sues you backwards, forwards, and inside out. Also, I love what this says about Fox News viewers. Not to mention – when was it the media’s job to identify where “suspected terrorists” live?

When Blame Knocks on the Wrong Door
Since Fox News wrongly identified a La Habra home as that of a terrorist, its five- member family has faced an angry backlash.

By H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer

Randy and Ronnell Vorick thought La Habra was about as far away as one could get from terrorism. They were wrong.

For the last 2 1/2 weeks, the lives of the couple and their three children have been plunged into an unsettling routine of drivers shouting profanities, stopping to photograph their house and — most recently — spray-painting a slogan on their property.

Their house, a suburban fixer-upper the Voricks bought three years ago, was wrongly identified in a cable news broadcast as the home of a terrorist.

“I’m scared to go to work and leave my kids home. I call them every 30 minutes to make sure they’re OK,” Randy Vorick said.

“I keep telling myself this can’t be happening to me. This can’t be happening to my family. But it is. I want our lives to be normal again,” he said.

In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake, John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor, gave out the address Aug. 7, saying it was the home of a Middle Eastern man, Iyad K. Hilal, who was the leader of a terrorist group with ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London.

Hilal, whom Loftus identified by name during the broadcast, moved out of the house about three years ago. But the consequences were immediate for the Voricks.

Satellite photos of the house and directions to the residence were posted online. The Voricks told police, who arranged for the content to be taken down. Someone even removed the street sign where the Voricks live to provide some protection.

Still, it has not been easy.

A driver yelled a profanity at the family and called them terrorists as they barbecued on their patio Aug. 14. Some drivers have stopped and photographed the house, Randy Vorick said.

Last weekend, someone spray-painted “Terrist” on their home. Police, who have regularly patrolled their house since the day after the broadcast, now station a squad car across the street.

Randy, a restaurant manager, and Ronnell, a manager at a staffing agency, have been married 19 years and met as teenagers when they worked at a local McDonald’s.

They grew up in La Habra and bought the house three years ago after Hilal moved out so they could be close to Ronnell Vorick’s parents.

La Habra Police Capt. John Rees said the department was “giving special attention to the family to make sure they’re safe,” but declined to elaborate.

“This thing broke on a Sunday, when we started receiving inquiries from the public about terrorists,” he said.

The Voricks said they had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Fox News and Loftus by telephone and e-mail. They want a public apology and correction.

Both have issued apologies — Fox in a one-line statement to the Los Angeles Times and Loftus in an e-mail to the family — after being contacted by the newspaper. The Voricks say they have yet to see or hear a correction.

“John Loftus has been reprimanded for his careless error, and we sincerely apologize to the family,” said Fox spokeswoman Irena Brigante.

Loftus also apologized and told The Times last week that “mistakes happen.”

“I’m terribly sorry about that. I had no idea. That was the best information we had at the time,” he said.

Loftus said he gave out the address to help local police, and insisted that Hilal, a Garden Grove grocery store owner, was a terrorist.

“I thought it might help police in that area now that we have positively identified a terrorist living in [Orange County],” he said.

Cathy Viray, an FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles, said agents were looking into Loftus’ terrorist allegations but stopped short of calling it an investigation.

The Voricks’ nightmare began Aug. 7 when they were returning from SeaWorld in San Diego with their daughters, 17 and 5, and son, 14.

“I was driving home and my neighbor called saying that some guy on Fox said a terrorist lives at my house and gave out the address,” Randy Vorick said.

The next day, the couple left for a four-day cruise to Santa Catalina Island and Ensenada, leaving their children in the care of a house-sitter and Randy Vorick’s brother, all unaware of the growing fallout from Fox’s report.

When they returned Aug. 12, Randy Vorick said he had received several e-mails and messages on his cellphone from friends who told him that Loftus had been interviewed on KFI-AM (640) radio and repeated his allegation about a terrorist living in La Habra. The radio station did not broadcast his address.

In addition, the house-sitter said police had stopped by Aug. 8 to check on their safety and were keeping an eye on the house. Randy Vorick said he had e-mailed Fox and Loftus, asking for a public retraction and apology.

He said the apologies that came were too little, too late.

On Monday night, the day after someone spray-painted their house, the Voricks were up all night looking at the street and the cars that drove by.

“I just want a good night’s sleep,” Randy Vorick said. “I don’t know when I’m going to have it.”

Link (Source: LA Times (premium))