Huffington Post Thinks Their Readers Are Really, Really Stupid

Saturday, August 27, AD 2016

 

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A current post at leftist Huffington Post brings their readership the bad news that in one week the Reuters Ipsos poll has shown Clinton’s lead tumble to five points from twelve points, and in a poll listing all four candidates, including the Libertarians and the Greens, Clinton’s lead drops to three points.  (A Gravis Marketing Poll released yesterday shows Clinton’s lead dropping from five points to one point in a two way race.)

The hilarious thing with the Huffington Post piece is the edit at the end which includes this for their readers:

Editor’s Note:  Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims-1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering the US.

Go here to read it.  The Huffington Post editors obviously think their readers are so stupid they will be unable to sort the white hats from the black hats without help.

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  • For once, Huffie nailed it.
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    25 Aug 2016: Bookworm Room Blog: “Thanks to the media’s relentless shilling, combined with the Leftist takeover of education, we’ve got several generations of people who proudly acknowledge their ignorance, but still think they’re qualified to vote based upon what the media tells them to do. […] waking up to the fact that Hillary cannot become president — and that if she does, it’s because of media misinformation combined with low-information voters :. . .
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    “It’s the leftist take-over of education. It’s not your faults that you’re idiots. You represent generations of American “students” have been corrupted (democratic Athens forced Socrates to drink hemlock) with so-called American Studies classes that solely taught bullshit, PC (universal deceit) victim groups, bullshit, and trashing of uber-evil America.”

  • No, the Huffing Post does not “think”, it KNOWS it’s readers are really really stupid. Dear Lord, have mercy. Good catch American Catholic.

  • Type “Breitbart” in the Google search bar and just check out the garbage that shows up after the Breitbart link.

    Typical Huff Post type crap.

  • “Type “Breitbart” in the Google search bar and just check out the garbage that shows up after the Breitbart link.”

    “Typical Huff Post type crap.”

    ——————————

    I read Breitbart’s stuff online, regularly. It is pretty reliable, right of center stuff. I have seen a rather weird, leftist stuff every once in a while.

  • It is not Breitbart that is crazy. I am referring to the numerous leftist websites that Google shows underneath the link to Breitbart. Google is a nest of leftists and Breitbart drives them crazy.

  • This is total misrepresentation and lies – one needs to be an idiot to believe this.
    I am surprised that there is no legal action being taken in these lies, smeers and misrepresentation. I know its politics as usual – but surely there is a limit – there are video tapes and recordings all over to verify what he said.

  • Now, if only Pope Francis could be fired for his insulting and scandalous remarks.

  • “The Huffington Post editors obviously think their readers are so stupid they will be unable to sort the white hats from the black hats without help.”

    I remember an report in the Glasgow Herald. A woman’s remains had been discovered in a couple of suitcases in the left luggage office at Glasgow Central Station.
    Lest the full significance of this discovery be lost on its readers, the paper informed them that “Police are treating her death as suspicious”

  • That ridiculous disclaimer is posted after almost every article that mentions Trump. No fair and balanced reporting here.

Ted Cruz Refuses to Play by the Media’s Rules

Thursday, October 29, AD 2015

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  • “Why Republicans put up with it every four years is beyond me.”

    Rush says they want to be liked.

    My take is that both parties (with very few exceptions) are of one blood underneath the smooth pretense at opposition. Both parties play a good cop, bad cop, game with the electorate with but one goal. their entrenchment in an ever growing government controlled from above by them, of course.

    Cruz was magnificent, putting class to the takedown of the media/big government complex. I fairness, we have to thank the Donald for opening that “fight back” door first, however crudely.

    Remember that Cruz was attacked by the entire GOPe from the second he announced, but they failed to stop him as they did with Palin. Reformers, and non-compromisers are not allowed to have full status in the party of 30 pieces of silver.

  • Just like Obama wanted to “fundamentally transform” this country, most of the media do as well. Both want to see us continue on an unsustainable path. Why all Republicans don’t do what Ted Cruz did in the debate is beyond me. So refreshing.

  • Republicans put up with it every four years is beyond me.

    Aye. Completely unforced errors that they commit again and again like Charlie Brown with Lucy’s football. One problem the Republican Party in Washington has had for about a generation now is execrable leadership.

    My take is that both parties (with very few exceptions) are of one blood

    The problem with your thesis is that’s it’s a reasonable wager these people still want the bright shiny objects you only get when you win elections, and they’re going out of their way to trash their own candidates. Incompetence is the explanation that fits.

  • This “debate” format is insane.

    Why not let a university host, like Liberty University? Open it to all media, livestream it, post it directly to YouTube. Have a non-MSM host who would be able to ask substantive questions thoughtfully, e.g., Jonah Goldberg or someone like that.

    It’s beyond me why we allow hostile media outlets set the tone and content of these “debates.” Sad to say, I was far more impressed by the grown up atmosphere of the Canadian PM debates, which were thoughtful and calm, instead of clownish and juvenile like our here in the US. Sample of what Canada does here:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4551715/canadian-prime-minister-economic-debate

  • What gets you is that Reince Priebus is a partner (presumably on leave) at a Milwaukee biglaw firm. Presumably he was passably effective at advancing his clients’ interests or the firm would have let him go with the other associates they indubitably cut in 2006. Why can’t he function that way in this setting?

  • All this is occurring because the GOP failed to learn that the old professions of journalists and TV Anchor exists as such no more. In fact , the media is acting more like the oldest of professions.
    Why submit yourself to them, when your take ought to be that it is they that are helping to destroy a civil nation to further the left’s agenda?

  • Faux pas ala media hack.

    The left is worse than gangrene.
    Before the country rots a serious amputation is needed….not wanted, but needed for the sake of the children.

    BASTARDS.

  • Calling out the lying liars about 50 years late. Cowering before the masses of professional liars is a major reason why McCain (dope) and Romney (liberal) lost to a lying, idiot.

  • The Republican primary process is masochistic and suicidal. How anybody thinks this process is smart is beyond me. Here’s how it looks. A dozen or so candidates beating up on each other, doing debates where they get beat up by the media, doing TV interviews where they get beat up some more, spending all their money on staff and advertising, and than all but one quitting the race. The primary “winner”, beat up and half broke, gets to face a fresh Democrat who the media loves, for more beatings. Have they lost their minds? Shouldn’t we reconsider the smoke filled rooms of yesteryear to figure who should be the candidate?

When Is News, Not News?

Sunday, August 23, AD 2015

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  • Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, in order to eliminate those Margaret Sanger found undesireable. Blacks, Italians, Greeks, Slavs…..those that the eugenicicists found less than human. The eugenicists of Great Britain and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries really were not much different than the Nazis. The tactics were somewhat different, that’s all.

    PP, thanks in part to power hungry Catholics who thought more of their worldly influence than the the teaching of the Church, have been far too willing to force taxpayers to contribute to this rotten organization.

    The American bishops remain silent.

    As for the “media”, they are worthless. Newspapers such as the Compost and the Slimes exist to allow those of the Left to reinforce their own worldviews. The entertainment world isn’t any better.

  • Rotten to it’s very core…PP!

    Our protest yesterday, on the sidewalk in front of one death camp, was strong in prayer, content and determination. Hymn’s rang out in-between the Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Spirit filled witness.
    God bless our 101 participants and those who saw them. That they will ponder the significance of this moment in time. That they will be indifferent no more. That they will join the ranks of the defenders of the defenseless.

    De-funding Worse than Murder Inc. is a Must!
    God help US.

    As for the Media?
    Liars will suffer the Lake of Fire…forever!

  • The news is that distortion, exaggeration, fabrication, omission which corrupt, deceitful sacs of excrement (called the media) employ to brainwash morons (a.k.a. democrats) in order to advance the progressive nightmare.
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  • T. Shaw.

    Omission Leadership goes to NPR today.
    In two hours of my wife’s favorite radio program not one mention of the protest.
    They had two news breaks between their programming and not one word on the 300 protests.

    Talk about inconvenient Truth!

    We won’t be discouraged.
    We will keep at it and the generation’s to come will take our place because the Truth will prevail. The sacks of fertilizer will become dust, trampled underfoot by swine making more fertilizer…. the reality of the liberal class.

  • We had hundreds in our town turn out too. Well behaved and peaceful. We have had ENOUGH of this evil!

  • The saddest thing is that it would be news for weeks if they had aborted those twin baby pandas that were born over the weekend at the National Zoo in DC. Or let them be born alive, put them in a dish, then cut their faces off to get to their brains. Why is that more horrific to the sheeple than doing it to a human baby? I seriously do not get it, and I probably never will.

  • Missy.

    One guess why; Because they are animals. They disregard God and ascribe to Darwin, hence they come from monkey’s. Pure animals these bastards that cry over a dead lion but see no problem dissecting a human for monetary gain. They are worse than animals since animals can’t reason, however they can’t reason either… They are the primordial goo that they are so positive about.
    “There is no God!”. We’ll see about that.
    They will see their God and then for many of them it will be too late.
    Animals.

  • I noticed how silent the Godless left is about their usual evil scapegoat–profit!

    I await a public chastisement of this form of “human trafficking” so publically abhorred by the Vatican.

  • Good point Don L.

  • I await a public chastisement of this form of “human trafficking” so publically abhorred by the Vatican.

    The other day I actually heard one of the human trafficking fighters point out that illegal immigration is 90% of the problem in the US; keep hoping.
    Although seriously, does ANYBODY need to hear the Pope say “Yep. Chopping up babies is still bad.”?

  • Neighbors and people at work, unless they are already conservative orthodox Christians (whether Catholic, Protestant or Eastern) know nothing about this. The news media is completely controlled by liberal progressivism, and most of those who do not watch Fox News will never know.

  • So if people are oblivious to this via Media, and a lackadaisical attitude at best is coming from the ambo, then what?

    What else can be done to restore the airways to, at the very least a non biased program?

  • You are looking at it right now Philip: the internet.

  • “Neighbors and people at work, unless they are already conservative orthodox Christians (whether Catholic, Protestant or Eastern) know nothing about this.”

    Considering that five states and counting have cut off funding for Planned Parenthood Paul since the videos began coming out, I’d say the word is spreading.

  • Duhh.
    The internet today…
    God help us even more if Snidely Whiplash gets his paws on controlling the internet of tomorrow.

A Horrific Crime You Will Probably Hear Little About

Wednesday, February 11, AD 2015

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May the souls of the three murder victims rest in peace.  You probably won’t hear much about this crime:

 

Police say a dispute over a parking space spurred the murder Tuesday of three North Carolina college students, but the Muslim father of two of the victims insisted Wednesday that his daughters’ neighbor and alleged killer had menaced them before and was driven by hate.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after turning himself in to police in Chapel Hill overnight. Although a Facebook page in Hicks’ name that described him as a supporter of “Atheists for Equality” and blasted “radical Christians and radical Muslims” for causing strife in the world prompted rampant suspicion the crime was motivated by hate, police said Wednesday it was about a parking space at the condominium complex where the murders took place.

Those killed were Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Raleigh, N.C. resident Razan Abu-Salha, Chapel Hill Police said in a statement.

 

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  • That is quite a list! No wonder Mr. Hicks went off the deep end. His consumption of liberal junk food combined with anti-God poison finished off any soul he once harbored. One could call him the perfect liberal. Mindless heartless wretch.

  • Thanks for highlighting this news story. While Mr Hicks may be what some call hardcore Atheist, many of his facebook likes seems to stand more for equality. As an Irish Catholic I have many friends who would class themselves as left wing Atheist’s, but would not dream of shooting anyone. To be honest many extremists be it Muslim, Christian or whatever view often use their beliefs or political opinions as an excuse to use violence. These were three beautiful people that were shot, who were also very charitable. Sadly too many Muslim’s are being oppressed and living in fear, yet the media has chosen to ignore this. To believe in God is to believe in Love and the best way to respond is not hate or revenge but love.

  • Philip is correct. No one is more intolerant than a liberal leftist.

  • “seems to stand more for equality.”

    Only if anyone to the right of Stalin is not included in said equality judging from his facebook page.

  • Interestingly NPR ran a short on this tragic event. They only eluded to the possibility of Mr. Hicks being “mad.”
    No mention of his Facebook. Par for course NPR.

    By the way, prayers to all victims…including the victim of Left wing atheism..Mr. Hicks. May God convert him prior to his final parking space.

  • I’m not sure if atheism contributed to his hatred, but Facebook definitely did. Computers aren’t good for you. I’m serious about this. At a minimum, too much time with people who ratchet up each other’s anger isn’t good for you.

  • J.C., too many Muslims living in fear?! Oh, please! The Muzzies are causing way too many of us Christians to live in fear!
    Don, Walid Shoebat agrees with you about this guy. http://shoebat.com/2015/02/far-left-lunatic-who-hates-god-kills-three-muslims-not-christian-liberals-muslims-not-saying-anything-2/

  • After King Abdullah II’s response to the immolation of his aircraft pilot, and after Queen Rania’s comforting of the pilot’s widow, and after the murder of these three young students right here in my own backyard of North Carolina, I now have to change how I view Muslims. My opinion of Islam itself remains unchanged – it is a false religion. But what happened to those three young people and to Jordan’s aircraft pilot are crimes perpetrated by evil, wicked men. The former is a liberal leftist atheist and the later are radical Islamic terrorists. That’s a horse of a different color from King Abdullah or the three young people above who got murdered. By the way, I have worked with Muslims. One was my department manager – a Shiite. He had the Koran on his desk and he treated all his workers with fairness and justice. Another was a Sunni – a fellow engineer who saw me praying my Rosary Beads at lunch time and took the opportunity to share his Muslim prayer beads. We exchanged books and had good theological talks, though we agreed on nothing. I loathe what Islam historically has done, but I will be damned myself before I damn my co-workers to hell. I can’t win anyone to Christ if I act like a donkey’s behind.

  • “I can’t win anyone to Christ if I act like a donkey’s behind.”

    Comment of the week Paul. Take ‘er away Sam!

  • Any wagers as to his Party affiliation?

  • James, surprisingly Craig Stephen Hicks is unaffiliated:
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    https://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/voter_search/voter_details.aspx?ncid=BL344944&county=32
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    North Carolina has a public database where a person’s affiliation can be searched:
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    https://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/voter_search/
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    I show up as unaffiliated too because my Party – Constitution – doesn’t have enough members to be recognized under NC State Law.
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    By the way, I have used this database to search party affiliation of priests where I may go to Mass. It is no surprise that, for those registered to vote, the social justice types are usually Democrats and the traditional orthodox types are usually Republicans.

Associated Press: Remember That Story About Nuns Stuffing Kids’ Bodies in a Septic Tank? Never Mind.

Saturday, June 21, AD 2014

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Remember the cock and bull story about the bodies of kids being stuffed into a septic tank by nuns who ran a home for unwed mothers in Tuam, Ireland?  If you do, the Associated Press really wishes you would forget all about it.

 

 

DUBLIN (AP) — In stories published June 3 and June 8 about young children buried in unmarked graves after dying at a former Irish orphanage for the children of unwed mothers, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that the children had not received Roman Catholic baptisms; documents show that many children at the orphanage were baptized. The AP also incorrectly reported that Catholic teaching at the time was to deny baptism and Christian burial to the children of unwed mothers; although that may have occurred in practice at times it was not church teaching. In addition, in the June 3 story, the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic analysis it is impossible to know how many sets of remains the tank contains, if any. The June 3 story also contained an incorrect reference to the year that the orphanage opened; it was 1925, not 1926.

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  • To review: Ireland exists. Everything else stated in the article is unsubstantiated or proven incorrect. (Although, thinking about it, saying that “Ireland existed in the 1920’s” could be debated. So there were no confirmed facts in the article at all.)

  • A rather churlish correction that does not indicate how they managed to get so many factual matters, and others they neglected to mention, wrong.

    They hired okupiers.

  • No mention that locals knew there was a baby graveyard in a slightly different area, that at least one expert’s response was that it sounded exactly like a specific type of mass grave that was used for re-burial of plague victims found during construction, that they misrepresented what the gal who figured this out SAID…..

    *sigh*

    Not like I expect anything different, but oy.

  • Let us look at the bright side. At least the “reporter” did not suggest the possibility of the nuns first dining on the little babes.

  • At least the “reporter” did not suggest the possibility of the nuns first dining on the little babes.

    That’ll be next time this happens.

  • Does Ireland exist? It looks to me like just another place where atomized individuals are pursuing happiness by any means possible. They will end up as sad and lonely as people anywhere else. The only difference is they will have a brogue.

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  • Is everything the Establishment Media says about the Catholic Church a lie?

    Maybe not, but it’s a good working theory.

  • “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth can get its shoes on.” Journalists are not interested in printing the truth, just sensationalism, who cares if it’s true or not. Them Catholics deserve it.

Except Us

Saturday, May 17, AD 2014

 

 

A brilliant piece by Brandon McGinley at The Federalist on the ongoing journalistic malpractice when it comes to abortion.  Legal abortion on demand largely exists in this country because the public is shielded by a pro-abort media from the every day grisly reality of the blood trade that kills a million human beings a year in this country.

 

 

What if we had a latter-day Upton Sinclair willing to expose our abortion regime, rather than the incurious mandarins who pathetically claim his mantle?  What would he find when he opens the door to the dungeon?

He would find systematic slaughter, but of children rather than hogs.  In Delaware, Planned Parenthood nurses reported “meat market-style assembly line abortions.”  The conveyor of pregnant women moved so quickly that bloody discharge remained on the exam table.  We know about this only because courageous nurses came forward; one can only imagine how many other abortion facilities still operate in such putrid conditions.

He would find callous disregard for human dignity, as children are treated in life and death more like livestock than persons.  Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (again, a whistleblower rather than a journalist) reports that the organization had abortion quotas it expected its centers to fulfill, because abortion is the most lucrative part of the Planned Parenthood business model.  And only a few weeks ago we learned from The B.C. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver that children aborted in British Columbia were being incinerated as fuel in Oregon.

And he would find that the squeals of hogs have a human analogue, as well:

[Sherry West] hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions—never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia. “There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified Monday at Gosnell’s murder trial. “It wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.” Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the “specimen”—the term she said she used because “it was easier to deal with mentally.” “It really freaked me out, and I said call Dr. Gosnell, and I went back out front,” West added.

And when Dr. Gosnell arrived, we can safely assume, with a snip the screeching fell silent.

And the silence persists.  The voiceless remain so, except for that terrible shriek of primordial fear.  They have no champion to make them heard.

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  • Mans inhumanity to man knows no bounds nor respects his final day.

    Eucharistic King Jesus Christ conqueror of human hearts, take back what was yours. Convert hearts. Reclaim your property. Restore your Kingship on earth, so when you do return you will indeed find living Faith in abundance.

    Processions of the Blessed Sacrament.
    Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels.
    Daily Holy Rosaries.
    Daily Mass.
    Satan is powerless when we embrace these four weapons.
    Abortion advocates are hopeless.
    They may have deep pockets, but they don’t have Life.

    Thank you Mary DeVoe and others for answering my call for prayer six Weeks ago. Our Right to Life fundraiser is shaping up to be our best one yet.
    Double in corporate sponsorships this year!

  • Here is the thing about Gosnell. I feel the need to link to this: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    This quote specifically caught my eye…

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • Regarding Gosnell, I feel the need to link to this article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

    More specifically, this quote:

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011”.

  • If God is merciful, then will He not be merciful towards the unborn? And if He is merciful towards the unborn, then what kind of justice will that mean for those of us who are born? History tells us. God was merciful towards those in America who were enslaved in the 19th century. We know what kind of justice resulted on the un-enslaved in both North and South. It was bloody, painful and dreadful. God’s mercy and God’s justice do not change because God does not change. Israel learned this from Sennecharib and Judah from Nebuchadnezzar. Old Covenant or New, God hates sacrificing children to Molech. We had better buckle up, folks, because God’s mercy that we always cry for is drawing nigh faster than we anticipate.

  • ““If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream media. It’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011″.”

    Completely untrue. The mainstream media did their best to spike the story.

    “The local press has extensively covered the shocking testimony about the Philadelphia “House of Horrors” where Gosnell allegedly killed seven babies and one woman since the trial began on March 18, nearly a month ago. But while it seems obvious that the national media has mostly ignored the story, a bevy of left-wing journalists and activists have loudly disagreed in recent days—asserting that the big three networks and the major newspapers have appropriately covered a trial that none sent a reporter to cover.

    “If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story,” Irin Carmon wrote in a widely circulated Salon piece, “it’s probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011. There would be something rich, if it weren’t so infuriating, about these (almost uniformly male, as it happens) reporters and commentators scrambling to break open this shocking untold story. You know, the one that was written about here, here and here, to name some disparate sources.”

    One should immediately be struck by how strange it is that a person who is claiming this is an important story—feminists wrote about it!—now seems angry that reporters are finally rushing to cover it. Shouldn’t she be glad?

    As for her claim that there was “copious coverage” she links to RH Reality Check (Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice), The Grio, Philadelphia Weekly, The Nation, CBS News’s Crimesider blog, and NPR. That so many of the people now rushing to claim that Gosnell was widely covered can’t tell the difference between activist media and The New York Times or CBS Evening News is a little scary. Of the outlets she listed, NPR is the only one that can reasonably be considered mainstream, so yea for that one story.

    Some on the left are claiming that the reason the trial was ignored (even though it wasn’t really ignored—stay with me here) is because nobody cares about poor people. Carmin writes, “How often are the travails of the women whose vulnerabilities Gosnell exploited—the poor, immigrants and otherwise marginalized people—given wall-to-wall, trial-level coverage?” But if you search “Gosnell” at The Nation, there’s not a single story on the trial. A search at Salon showed one story: a set-up piece about the “looming” trial. Before today, search The American Prospect for “Gosnell,” and all you find on the trial is a story in January.

    The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man. The column that started the firestorm over the media blackout didn’t claim that the mainstream press had “never” covered Kermitt Gosnell. I know, because I wrote it.

    The column, and the ensuing outrage—and much of the outrage came from people with vaginas despite Carmon’s egregious and divisive claim that it was just the patriarchy rearing its ugly head—was specific to the fact that the mainstream media had not covered the trial of Kermit Gosnell, which started March 18, 2013. I am going to repeat this, because a starling number of people on the left, including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, either cannot grasp this or are intentionally ignoring it. Repeat after me: “The problem is that the trial has not been covered.” That the Times ran one story about Gosnell in January is hardly relevant to the trial that started in March.

    It is the trial that has included spectacular and headline-grabbing testimony from Gosnell’s former assistants and workers. It is the trial that has been largely ignored outside of local media and activists on the right and left. This, despite the normal obsession with murder trials (Good Morning America has done a 10-part series on the Jody Arias trial). It is the trial—rife with grisly details about an abortion doctor who maimed and killed women and babies—that was ignored, despite The Washington Post’s, The New York Times’s, and network evening news’s usual obsession with all things abortion related.

    So, the continued misleading claims that the trial has been widely covered are empirically false—as is Carmon’s claim on CNN Friday that the only reason anyone is talking about this is because of Fox News, always the left’s go-to scapegoat. Unless Fox News owns USA Today, I’m not sure what she is talking about. It’s remarkable how quickly a story of a trial about decapitated babies and maimed women was overshadowed by liberal rage at Fox News and the “conservative media” who allegedly were hypocrites because they hadn’t been covering it, either. (In fact, Fox News has run 11 stories over the course of the three-week trial, while The New York Times so far has run just one piece, on A-17, the day the trial began.)”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/16/yes-there-is-a-gosnell-trial-coverup-by-the-big-news-organizations.html

  • The article provides links.

  • NVM….computer did not show your full post…just your first sentence.

  • Yep it does, and Kirsten Powers destroyed the whole mendacious theme of the story that there was not a coverup by the mainstream media.

  • Interesting point…

    This isn’t related to Gosnell per se, but I wanted to get your reaction to something….

    What would your reaction be to a pro-choice individual who pointed out that across the many strands of Judaism, there is a tenancy to define human life as beginning at birth? Would a Catholic living in a majority Jewish nation that defined life as such be obligated to fight to define life as beginning at conception? Would a Catholic in such a nation who voted for a “pro-choice” politician be as sinful as we say voting for American politicians who define life as beginning at birth is?

  • All decent human beings are required morally to protect innocent human life. There are no lives more innocent than those of unborn children from the moment of conception.

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The Pefectly Partisan Media

Tuesday, October 8, AD 2013

 

 

 

If there is anyone who doubts that almost all the media functions today as unpaid press agents for the Democrat party, today’s presidential press conference should erase all doubts.  Allahpundit of Hot Air explains why:

It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started rooting for the press corps to ignore them, not unlike how you might root for an opposing pitcher when he’s throwing a perfect game against your team in the ninth. On the one hand, it’s a disaster for your interests; on the other hand, you’re seeing something historic in process. Today, we all witnessed a perfecto — no runs, no hits, not the barest insinuation in front of a national television audience that the federal government’s behavior towards the public this week has alternated between almost literally unbelievable incompetence and vindictiveness. Amazing.

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  • Given that they each posted a reporter to this Boorsteinian pseudo-event, they cannot complain that company budget cuts have deprived them of the manpower to cover the story. The good news for the Republic is that the media is imploding and no longer viable as a commercial endeavour. Our sympathies should go out to the large corps of wage earners who work in these enterprises, as well as to the salaried employees on the business side of things (and perhaps also the sports and features staff). As for the people who produce the editorial matter, stick a fork in ’em.

  • I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for “yellow journalism”…since that generally meant the practice of sensationalizing stories to drive circulation…if not a progressive agenda.

    Maybe the latter applies still today where the former really doesn’t (given current readership/viewership trends), but the repeated and intentional spiking of important “news of the day” is deserving of its own designation for the history books.

  • When future historians write about the shambles that is the Obama administration, and the long term harm it inflicted on the country, they will note that the mainstream media was an essential ally of Obama, and that the administration benefited from the most one-sided press coverage in the history of the United States.

    Not if they’re writing in Chinese or Russian or Newspeak they won’t.

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  • “I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for ‘yellow journalism’ . . . ”

    “Red” works for me.

  • I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for “yellow journalism

    “Knee-pad journalism” might do.

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How Can You Tell When a Pro-life Ad is Effective?

Sunday, July 7, AD 2013

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  • To be honest, that’s the best pro-life ad I’ve seen.

    It’s not gory, it’s not silly, it’s not preachy. It simply points out that hey, at this point in the pregnancy this is exactly what the “non-human fetus” the pro-choicers refer to really is.

    To the public, it could drive the point home without the disgusting crap you see that really harms the pro-life cause.

    This is likely why it is scaring the pro-choicers… because this angle might actually work.

  • A very positive ad, though no surprise about those three. It would be helpful to know which newspapers were “brave” enough to run the ad and hopefully every blog that’s pro-life will print that info.

  • This morning’s Wall Street Journal included the ad on page A-12, below the fold.

    Those three other papers are best employed to wrap dead fish viscera.

  • Those other papers must be ’employed’ by something agenda-driven in order to be able to reject the opportunity to watch a possible and wondrous thing happen in the way of increased readership.

  • check their published and sworn circulation figures (USPS requirement) on the first weekend of October and save for comparison in 2014.

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  • USA today is worthless for any meaningful news and is far left to boot.

  • Moral Relativism has no capacity for truth and its adherents have no use for it. It just gets in the way of promoting their Godless agenda. Moral relativists look at this beautiful and powerful pro-life ad with hardened hearts. It is shocking to those of us who choose to live according to the Truth, the Way and the Life to realize how very far from God, that Life deniers truly are. Life deniers see themselves as inordinately more clever and sophisticated, but in the end without Truth, they will reap the evil that they have sown.

  • I myself was born at 6 1/2 months, and I wasn’t much bigger than the precious child in this ad. My birth mother almost aborted me. Thank god that she did not, by the grace of God! So, to anybody that thinks that these beautiful children aren’t human until birth- here is the truth, right in your face! “Just a lump of cells…” That is what my former Child Psychology professor in college told me in class. Needless to say, I dropped that class as soon as I could.

Gosnell Grand Jury Report: A Mirror For Our Times

Sunday, April 14, AD 2013

Miracles do happen.  The uproar over the non-coverage of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial is forcing the mainstream media to cover it.  A good starting point for media coverage is the Gosnell grand-jury report.  Here are some selections from some of the most harrowing reading I have ever done.

It begins bluntly:

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.

The report notes that the actions of Gosnell and his accessories are not the only issues raised by the investigation:

The callous killing of babies outside the womb, the routinely performed third trimester abortions, the deaths of at least two patients, and the grievous health risks inflicted on countless other women by Gosnell and his unlicensed staff are not the only shocking things that this Grand Jury investigation uncovered. What surprised the jurors even more is the official neglect that allowed these crimes and conditions to persist for years in a Philadelphia medical facility.

What the initial raid on Gosnell’s “clinic” revealed could add a canto to Dante’s Inferno:

The search team waited outside until Gosnell finally arrived at the clinic, at about 8:30 p.m. When the team members entered the clinic, they were appalled, describing it to the Grand Jury as “filthy,” “deplorable,” “disgusting,” “very unsanitary, very outdated, horrendous,” and “by far, the worst” that these experienced investigators had ever encountered.

There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets.

All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff – long before Gosnell arrived at the clinic – and staff members could not accurately state what medications or dosages they had administered to the waiting patients. Many of the medications in inventory were past their expiration dates.

Investigators found the clinic grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility. The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – Agent Dougherty described them as resembling “a bad gas station restroom.” Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected. The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed. There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.

Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but (just as on the night Mrs. Mongar died three months earlier), no one, not even Gosnell, knew there the keys were to open the emergency exit. Emergency personnel had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock. They discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients (just as emergency personnel had been obstructed from reaching Mrs. Mongar).

The search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic – in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers. Some fetal remains were in a refrigerator, others were frozen. Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation – even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls.

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  • Another aspect that liberals, if they were honest, should be decrying is the fact that he had white girls from the ‘burbs sent upstairs to a clean, sterile operating room where he saw to them himself, while he had poor black and Asian women handed over to unlicensed, unknowledgeable medical “assistants” who “administered” to them with rusty surgical tools and cocktails of dangerous drugs. Honestly, if this wasn’t about abortion, there would be a number of elements to this disturbing “story” that would make it front-page news for weeks.

  • How often have we been told that any sort of restriction on abortion will
    only bring about a return to the days of rusty coat hangars and botched jobs
    by unqualified quacks? It seems that rather than making abortion ‘safer’,
    such license merely institutionalizes the filth and the butchery, and hides it
    behind the skirts of Roe v. Wade.

    I think the facts of the Gosnell case demonstrate that so-called ‘progressives’
    care far less about women and minorities than they do about their ideology.
    Sure, Gosnell is an inhuman butcher, and good riddance. But in this case,
    justice will not be truly served until the bureaucrats of the DOH, the press,
    and the pro-abortion apologists are also exposed for their hand in keeping
    Gosnell and his like in business.

  • The drone’gressives were commanded (through tinfoil hats) to shriek 24/7 “murdered babies” and “Sandy Hook!!”

    I bet the Obama-worshipping dirtbags would turn guns into an entitlement if KIller Gosnell had used an assault rifle with high magazine capacities.

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  • And this is what Obama considers to be health for women…I am surprised that he doesnt have Gosnell as VP..

  • Welcome to the Pit of Hell.

  • As appalling as the facts about Gosnell’s charnel are, the probable ‘progressive’ spin will, I predict, be worse:

    ‘See? This is what we’ve been on about! Now, if only infanticide were legal, women wouldn’t have to endanger their lives by going to filthy backroom facilities like Gosnell’s to get one! Legalize infanticide!’

  • The left was already arguing that cases like these are the reason late term and partial birth abortion should be legal. As if performing the same acts in a sanitary environment would make them less barbaric.

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  • Ahhhhh, Planned Parenthood still insists what-ever-happens to the baby is the mother’s choice…… they also are on record supporting infanticide….

    How many more abortion mills are just like this one?

  • Mike Malone-
    Question; How Many Catholics are like Pelosi and Biden?
    That might answer your question.

  • Philip,

    Do you remember the comedian that had a say something like, “You can me Jay or you can call me JJ or you can call me J but you don’t hasta call me Mr. Johnson”. I loved that guy. For some reason our question brought this old schtick to mine. Here is my answer….

    You can call Pelsoi & Biden and those of the same ilk Katholyics, ex-Catholics, Catholic dissidents, cafeteria-Catholics, Catholics-in-name-only, pretend-Catholics but you don’t hasta call them Catholics….because they ain’t.

  • Mike-
    “Yeahhhaaaa yeahhhaaa dats da ticket.”
    We are so divided on one of, if not the most important issue during our lifetime. The erosion of our Nation has been from the river of innocent blood. How do we as a people dare ask favor, blessings and protection for ourselves and our Country from a loving Father when we are slapping God in the face at the same time?

    Mike. As many Kathlicks that see abortion as a acceptable form of law, are there as many sick doctors and Co-executioner’s spilling body parts in strip malls across the crying landscape. Pray Pray Pray

  • It seems we are in violent agreement. Abortion is nothing more than legalized murder. I pray to the God of Infinite Mercy for forgiveness and help.

  • This Gosnell trial is going to have a long term effect upon this nation as the truth always turns up, like a bad penny.

    The disgusting media will continue to ignore it. Politicians like Pelosi and Biden use their Catholicism to garner votes, but otherwise care nothing for it. God will have His judgment on them no matter what they think. Spineless clergy and dumb as a box of rocks Catholics who voted for these clowns are no better.

  • I like the way you phrased that Phillip.

    I hear friends say that God is punishing us. I don’t think that is it. I think He is leaving us to our own devices, that He has withdrawn His Providence from us.

    The OT is, to my mind, a collection of tales that repeat the same theme: when Man relies on God, His face shines on him. When Man relies on himself, God hides His face.

    This monster, and those he employed, are no worse than other people left to their own devices. They are callous, grasping, bitter, and mean. They are a caricature of Man without God, of the people of Sodom before justice rained down on them, of the Israelites before Babylon, of Rome before Christ, of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. They are us, minus God and that scares the Hell out of me…

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  • Even the Jews of Warsaw could defend themselves with no more than a half dozen pistols but the murdered babes have utterly nothing. Nothing except the outrage of just men and women and especially the outrage of those of the household of the faith. Where do you stand?

  • Surely, there is a moral incoherence in allowing abortion and condemning infanticide.

    Many people were shocked by Peter Singer’s 1994 book, “Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics,” in which he insisted, “[The argument that a foetus is not alive] is a resort to a convenient fiction that turns an evidently living being into one that legally is not alive. Instead of accepting such fictions, we should recognise that the fact that a being is human, and alive, does not in itself tell us whether it is wrong to take that being’s life.”

    He argues explicitly that we cannot accept the principle that “it is wrong to kill an innocent human being” and, at the same time, justify abortion. In that, I think he is right.

  • I am not sure if your question was meant for me. I am outraged and dumbstruck and I entirely agree. Indeed, the OT makes clear that we can’t be like Lot, expecting God to extend His favor to the society in which we live, on our account alone. It takes a generally and genuinly god-fearing acknowledgment that we are Man, but merely Man, for Providene to shine Her face on us.

    I fear that, in this godless age there are too few of us to forestall the consequences of our sin. We are not Ninevah.

  • Anderson Cooper and a few others seemed genuinely apologetic about the lack of coverage of this trial. Contrasting his reaction with Amanda Marcotte’s, who defended the status quo (while blaming the pro-life side), it’s truly striking. It’s like there is an ember of objectivity still glowing and I think there is hope for mainstream media. It may take a while for CNN and others to divorce themselves of the pro-abortion propaganda, but I’ve not given up.

The Narrative Patrol

Friday, April 12, AD 2013

Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings nails the media attempt to spike the Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial story:

There is no area of American politics in which the press is more activist or biased or unethical than social issues, the so-called culture wars. And the culture of permissive abortion they favor has consequences, which they would rather not look squarely at, thank you very much.
[Quote from here.] Here’s some unsolicited advice for social conservatives: never, ever speak to large-circulation newspapers or television networks.
Why not? Because they our enemy, that’s why. They have concocted a narrative of breath-taking mendacity regarding us: we’re authoritarian haters, patriarchal tyrants straight from the pages of The Handmaid’s Tale, and/or killers of “providers of women’s health services.” Period. Stock villains, to be quoted briefly, if at all, and subject to well-poisoning adjectives like “strident,” or “militant,” or “inflexible.” And if there is a story that indicates social conservative arguments have merit, or threatens to move the ball in that direction–it gets downplayed or embargoed.
This will never end–they will never quit doing this–until the entire edifice of fraud goes bankrupt.
Exhibit A: the news embargo on the hellish millionaire abortionist Kermit Gosnell, alleged murderer of a 41 year old Asian immigrant, Karnamaya Mongar, and seven infants. One of the local reporters, someone who takes his profession seriously, says simply:

Sat through a full day of testimony at the Kermit Gosnell trial today. It is beyond the most morbid Hollywood horror. It will change you.
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  • The media is afraid that by exposing the butchery of Gosnell, light will be shed on the abortion industry and, heaven forbid, more “abortion restrictive laws” will come to pass. Andrew McCarthy has an excellent, if difficult to read, essay on this at NRO. Too bad those who are for “women’s reproductive rights” won’t have the guts to read it or the Gosnell Grand Jury report.

  • Well, of course the media won’¡t cover the Gosnell trial. It would destroy their point of view, and they can’t have that, can they? Many find it comforting to live within the bubble of one’s own fantasies and lies.

  • A dirty and dangerous business. Those same murders are also done in very clean clinics with highly educated professionals.
    I am tired of being mad at the media.
    I feel responsible somehow- a bit like one of the holocaust deniers /ignorers who lived in the same countries where the holocausts of WWII took place. “all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to…”
    I don’t know.
    Here, Tuesdays are the day the female abortionist comes to town to do maybe 15 maybe 20 deaths on a given Tuesday. I know there have been ambulance calls there, but it is never in the public record in the paper.

  • Imagine the media outrage if they murdered babies with assault rifles and high magazine capacities.

  • There’s really no other example of a situation in which liberals are complicit in the protection of a money-making industry over the interests of individual people, especially the interests of poor, female, often non-white people. But the Gosnell trial blackout is exactly that…protection of the abortion industry at the expense of its victims.

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Krauthammer and Powers on the Gosnell Trial Media Blackout

Thursday, April 11, AD 2013

Hmmm, now this is interesting.  Both Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers are pro-aborts, but they are also both outraged by the media blackout on the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell:

Chaos” isn’t really the story here. Butchering babies that were already born and were older than the state’s 24-week limit for abortions is the story. There is a reason the late Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called this procedure infanticide.

Planned Parenthood recently claimed that the possibility of infants surviving late-term abortions was “highly unusual.” The Gosnell case suggests otherwise.

Regardless of such quibbles,  about whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb — as in a routine late-term abortion — is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks  has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.

The Washington Post has not published original reporting on this during the trial and The New York Times saw fit to run one original story on A-17 on the trial’s first day. They’ve been silent ever since, despite headline-worthy testimony.

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  • What’s the difference between a jihadist and a journalist?
    I can’t tell. They both are engaged in a “holy” war, and at the moment were losing.

  • Give it a few years. Gosnell will then be a bioethicist at a Ivy League Med School.

  • It won’t take a pew years, Phillip. “Ethicists” are already making the case for After-Birth Abortion, see the British Medical Journal:
    http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.full

  • In 2016 he will selected as the HHS czar in a hostile emergency third term Obama administration. Meanwhile the MSM will be praising the FDRist takeover.
    Republicans will back it 🙁

  • I don’t know why Charles is so surprised that pro-aborts continue to treat abortion in the sacramental way they always have. Frankly I’m more surprised that he committed such an egregious error in logic when he stated that one can believe in outlawing late term abortions and still support its legitimacy at some arbitrary point after conception but before late-term.

    You can’t be a little bit pregnant and neither can you be a little bit pro-infanticide.

  • It’s astonishing that journalism in this country has fallen so far so fast.
    The other day I heard the MSM referred to as “the audio-visual department
    of the Democrat party”. Too horribly true. News blackouts on stories
    inconvenient to the left wing are increasingly common, and increasingly
    blatant.

    How could this trend be reversed?

  • “It won’t take a pew years, Phillip. “Ethicists” are already making the case for After-Birth Abortion, see the British Medical Journal”

    Unfortunately I know. I have one like these at the hospital I work at.

  • And then in todays Scripture reading; ” If, on the other hand, it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them without fighting God Himself.”

    Why the gloomy defeatist attitude? I should be rejoicing at the folly of bias journalism and Killer doctors because they are not from God.

  • Clinton- The left has owned nearly every major institution in this country for the last 50 years, especially the media. If it appears that it has fallen so far so fast, it’s only because of how quickly and triumphantly the veneer has been shed in this day.

  • God help us but we will be hearing the term “After-Birth Abortion” more and more and more. The results of Gosnell’s trial will have incredibly far reaching effects.

  • Where are the new media on this? Aren’t they supposed to be the new Upton Sinclairs? All I’ve seen are complaints about the old media’s failure. Well, guess what: we already know that they’re corrupt. (I’m not yelling at Don. I’m yelling at Charles and Kirsten a little bit for trying to shame the unshameable. But I’m really yelling at the PJ Medias who aren’t grabbing the low-hanging fruit.)

How Many Dead Babies?

Tuesday, April 9, AD 2013

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  • This is too horrible for words.

    Thank you for covering this. Dear God…

  • Amazingly, most people in society seem pretty comfortable with abortion and homosexuality. Many people, in fact, have become ardent proponents of these practices. America has changed dramatically within several decades; actually within the lifetime of many people alive now. These last several decades have seen an enormous acceleration of liberalism.

  • I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.

    The most common idea I hear expressed, at least with regards to abortion and homosexuality, is “I wouldn’t do it but whose to say…”

  • It’s so sickening, and I agree with David. “Who are you to judge” is the phrase that most people seem to utter when talking about most things. I’ve seen, in more than one comment section, people say that Jesus is non-judgmental & He wouldn’t be upset with abortion. Most people forget that He said, “Go and sin no more.” And I believe that most people don’t even think about sin anymore. I was at the doctor’s office, leaving the building with my kids. There was a woman walking near us. I was talking to my son, but he was 10 feet ahead of me. I said, “Don’t lie, it’s a sin.” And she gave me a funny look. The bizarre thing is that Kermit Gosnell is being ignored, and Christians are on the “Extreme Terrorist” list.

  • Forty years ago on April 9th I lost our third child. I still have all the admittance and dismissal papers from that experience. I remember how sad and weak I felt and was in a state of loss. The nurse on charge(and I will never forget her, Miss Bell) was very cold and heartless. “Is this your first?” “No it is my third”. Well settle down, you got two kids, you can always have more.” That experience was very painful both physically and mentally. I had already picked out names, Jennifer or Matthew. The baby was clearly a baby. It wasn’t a blob of protoplasm. I know it is in heaven as I “baptized it with baptism of desire”. When I asked what they did with the remains, she said, “it wasn’t anything anyway”. They threw in the garbage. I don’t know how anyone could deliberately kill their own. I would take every baby. I would find a home for them all or they could live here. And I have done that over the years. Yes I went on to have a lovely family of six, but I can never forget that little tiny person they threw in the garbage. My husband and I cared for many children over the years and opened our home to unwed mother’s. I have sat with these young women through childbirth and watched as they gave their babies up. Am I like not ok? When I read these stories of these butchers I actually feel sick. I will never understand.

  • I cant read this without wanting to throw up…

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  • “I agree with the observation but I wonder if it isn’t a natural result of hyper-individualism.”

    I don’t know about that. Individualism is the favorite boogeyman of many a Catholic. But what about the hyper-collectivism of the “your child belongs to the community” crowd? Many of that crowd have supported such activities.

    No. I think the source of the problem is found in Genesis 3.

  • Kristen Powers, “Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault. […]”

    Your question is vital: “How many dead babies?” Let’s ask our pastors and our bishops and the cathlicks that vote democrat because of the lie that the GOP would cut their entitlement/welfare money . . . Howze that working for you now that Obama has finally put up a budget?

    Note to Kristen Powers, It’s the fault of politicized (read liberal democrat) catholic educators, hierarchy, clergy and their subversions of social justice teachings . . . And, all the MSM (and the Murdoch empire) 24/7 waving 20 little, bloody shirt, er, undocumented democrats, er, gay marriage, er, global warming . .. .

  • Ugh . . . I do not know how you can rationalize this in any way, shape, or form. My stomack churns at the horror of what Ms. West said happened!

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  • My heart is just split right in two, for the mothers and the babies.

  • This is such a blatant failure on all levels. It is unspeakable.

  • Something diabolical is going on inside the upper levels of govt. They ignored all this. There is much more to this than your worst nightmare.

Is Media Bias An Even Bigger Problem Now?

Thursday, November 8, AD 2012

One of the reasons my more pessimistic (and, as it turns out, realistic) friends cited for believing that Mitt Romney would lose is media bias. I dismissed this not so much because I don’t believe that media bias isn’t an issue, but because I thought that there were enough countervailing forces to push Romney over the hump. Whoops.

I’m still leery of citing media bias as a principle cause of Barack Obama’s victory because doing so would diminish the more serious issues, and there are no shortage of reasons explaining why Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney. That said, it’s clear that a compliant media helped. From Candy Crowley giving a big assist at the second debate, to media silence over Benghazi (which followed years of silence on Fast and Furious), to harping on every minor (and not so minor) GOP flub, it’s clear that conservatives have been swimming upstream against a media tide.

But Ronald Reagan dealt with a biased media, and he managed to defeat Jimmy Carter, and then went on to win an even bigger landslide against Walter Mondale. Moreover, Reagan accomplished that in an ere where the only major national news sources were left wing networks and a handful of national daily newspapers. Now there are institutions like Fox News, talk radio, and blogs and other alternative media outlets. Haven’t these leveled the playing field?

Well, the problem is there are left-wing new media outlets, and they are just as well-read and well-watched as the right-wing outlets. Sure Fox is the king of cable news, but the sum total of the other television and cable networks outdraws the Fox viewership. And while talk radio may be dominated by the right, the left has outpaced the right when it comes to electronic media.

More importantly, while right-wing alternative media outlets may draw some non-partisans, we have become a polarized country even when it comes to our sources of news information. David French linked to a very informative graph that shows how conservatives and liberals are simply digesting news in very different ways, and left-leaning sources are ones which are very influential in the broader culture. We may shake our heads in disgust over the fact that many young people actually rely on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a credible news source, but that doesn’t make it any less true. As French notes, so-called moderates tend to read or watch left-leaning sites and programs, thus the new right-wing media isn’t penetrating the core demographic of younger voters. As someone perhaps more tuned into pop culture sites than most in these parts, I can testify that there is a definite leftist tilt that certainly influences those who are otherwise not especially tuned into current events.

I would also argue that the 24/7 news cycle hasn’t redounded to the right’s advantage. Sure Rather, Cronkite, Jennings, Brokaw and others were heavily influential, but they were on for 30 minutes a day – 22 if you factor in commercials. If a conservative politician made a blunder, they could plaster it on the nightly news, but then it was largely forgotten for another 23 hours. Now that blunder will be tweeted and re-tweeted, blogged about, joked about by Colbert and Stewart, mentioned on “apolitical” humor and culture sites, and broadcast on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and even Fox. There’s no place to hide. So while news outlets ignore the  president’s dithering while his ambassador was killed, everyone is sure to hear about “legitimate rapes” over and over again.

I maintain that there are bigger problems than media bias to overcome, but it is a larger problem than I had thought previously.

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  • Don’t forget the “educational” establishment either. The teachers and textbooks are in sync with the soundbites heard elsewhere. Leftists can’t run a country worth a hoot but agitprop is their game and they are pros at it

  • G K Chesterton, who had worked for George Cadbury’s “Cocoa Press,” which always faithfully reflected the proprietor’s political views, once remarked that the power of the press is to suppress.

    I do not know the American press well, but this certainly remains true in Europe: a speech in parliament by a right-wing politician may have a column devoted to it in the right-wing press, but simply not be reported at all in the left-wing papers. Reports of party and trades union conferences are the same; each paper may cover two or three speeches, but seldom the same two or three speeches. More generally, there is a wide difference between what the left-wing and right-wing press deem newsworthy (or of interest to their readers). This is noticeable in book and theatre reviews.

  • Speaking of Fox News, it is Murdoch owned. I recall that his papers in the UK which were behind Mrs Thatcher, changed sides during Major’s rule, endorsing Tony Blair who is perhaps the most effective liar we’ve seen in a long while.

  • I’m a lifelong reporter/editor and also a retired very conservative elected public official.

    Media bias had very little to do with Romney’s loss. Cultural changes had every thing to do with it. I’ve been addressing that on my blog, http://www.catholicfaithandfitness.com. There were two errors: tactical and cultural.

    On the tactical level, Romney’s failure to respond to the unrelenting attacks on his character over the summer was a serious, perhaps deadly, mistake. Former Sen. Alan Simpson’s line that “a charge unanswered is a charge admitted” is very true, and Romney didn’t answer those attacks immediately. (He probably couldn’t, because he didn’t have the money.) At any rate, long before the GOP convention Romney had been cemented in many voters minds as an evil person who delighted in shipping U.S. jobs overseas.

    A second tactical failure was not anticipating that the economy might get better during the campaign, which is what apparently happened.

    But the biggest factor was cultural. We’re in the midst of a cultural change and those who advocate for traditional values have done virtually nothing to address this. Just one example: An overwhelming percentage of younger voters think gay marriage is just fine and don’t understand why anyone would oppose it. How often, during this campaign, did you hear anyone offer a reasoned explanation of why gay marriage is a bad idea — and how to otherwise address the legitimate desire by gay people to be able to make the same (hopefully lifelong) commitment that straights can make?

    Finally, the U.S. Catholic bishops didn’t help on the culture front. Their response to the HHS Mandate was a narrow legalistic argument about religious liberty, based on the U.S. Constitution. But most Americans believe that religious liberty means to be able to go to whatever church you want on Sunday — or to no church at all. The concept that designing a health benefit plan for a hospital or a school can be an exercise in religious liberty is totally foreign to them.

    The Obama campaign simply ignored the Constitutional argument and said it was all about women’s health care, that contraception (for instance) was essential to women’s health. The bishops and other pro-life groups did not respond to that, and that’s a real shame because they have some powerful arguments on their side, beginning with the fact that the World Health Organization has said the pill is a Class I carcinogen, just like tobacco and asbestos.

    Media bias had nothing to do with these factors. Nor did it have anything to do with the fact that Republicans have systematically alienated many Hispanics in recent years with a send-them-all-back immigration policy. Hispanics are now a larger voting block than blacks, which made this approach particularly stupid.

    I’ve been addressing some of this on my blog, http://www.catholicfaithandfitness.com.

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  • I don’t necessarily disagree with anything you wrote, Joel, although I would add that media bias does compound the cultural issues, especially when you’ve got the likes of Stewart, Colbert, Letterman and others influencing younger voters. But there are much deeper problems, as I said in the post. The media bias thing is less a post-mortem rationalization of the election results and more an expression of how it is more of a problem than I previously realized.

  • I think you are right, Joel. I think that the phenomenon of moderates gravitating to leftist media is a symptom. Most kids grow up in an environment that inculcates attitudes conducive to that and have done for decades. Even intelligent, “educated” coworkers of mine in their 30s and 40s are blissfully ignorant on a whole range of issues and are OK with that. They don’t care what a debt to GDP ratio is as long as they can live their comfortable consumerist lifestyles, and when I try to explain the connection I might as well be speaking in Mandarin. Some think of themselves as logical but logic for them is nothing at all more than “sounds appealing to me.” People feel and emote in Pavlovian fashion and mistake it for thought. No wonder they gravitate to politicians (and their media cheerleaders) who make their appeals on that level.

  • You’re talking about the Confirmation Bias Media. No one tunes into Fox News or MSNBC unless they’re prepared to agree with what they see. I made a comment about this earlier – the right wing new media used to be a counterweight to the mainstream media; now it’s a counterweight to the left wing new media. They’re places to rally like minds. And let’s be honest, fellow choir members: we’re preaching to each other on this site. That serves a purpose. But it also leads us to speak different languages and rely on different facts to shape (or confirm) our world view. There are some great writers and commenters on this site, but in general, the new media allow us to deepen rather than broaden ourselves.

    A good analogy is Yahoo versus Google. When you went looking for something on Yahoo, you’d find related topics, similar things, opposing views. When you search on Google, you’re looking for an exact match. We don’t run across things that might steer us in a new direction any more. There are debates within a community, but not between communities; further, a debate within a community is likely to end with the creation of two separate sub-communities.

    A couple of people so far have pointed out that the default position for “non-political” culture is liberal. Movies, late-night talk shows, newspapers, et cetera. That’s what’s striking. The New Evangelization and the New Atheism face off, but the central culture just continues on its secular way.

  • I have to disagree with Joel that this did not cost Romney the election. If a Republican had been office, Benghazi would have been plastered across the media. Shows for weeks would have been asking, “Can Generic Republican win with the Benghazi scandal at the top of the news?” Said Republican might have been able to survive, but I wouldn’t have bet on it.

    That is not to say that other things couldn’t have been decisive, such as culture, fundamentals, candidate quality and GOTV efforts. However, given that it was only a 2% margin, the totally-corrupt news media might have been decisive as well.

  • Media bias is there. The Obumbler campaign to demonize Romney was also a big part of it, but the most troubling trend is the way young people think.

    To young people, pop culture is their religion. Movies, TV shows, popular music…this is what defines what young people’s opinions. It does not help that education stinks, from grade school through the many worthless university degrees, but look at the direction of entertainment.

    I am 49. When I was a child, TV shows consisted of the likes of the Wonderful World of Disney, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Lassie, National Geographic, and the Six Million Dollar Man. Kids could watch those shows. The crime and detective shows of the day were nothing like CSI and Law & Order.

    TV and movies were somewhat respectful of religion in the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s. Through the 1970s & 1980s, they began to ignore religion, but were usually not critical of it. Today pop culture trashes religion. There is nothing on network prime time TV that I could let my son watch right now.

    The facial piercings, the tattoos that are everywhere, ear plugs, pants that hang down past the hips….if these people vote it will never be for anyone like Mitt Romney.

    Our American culture stinks. It elected Clinton twice and it elected Obumbler twice.

  • “if these people vote it will never be for anyone like Mitt Romney.”

    Oh, I don’t know about that. There was many a student protestor and hippie in 68 who was voting for Reagan in 80. Let’s see how we do in 14 and 16.

  • Mr. McClarey, thank you for being a voice of calm and reason.

    What I fear about today’s youth is that so many of them will never grow up. Pop culture used to be rather bland. Today it is rather disgusting.

  • Thank you for your kind words PF. I have lived through worse political defeats in my life than the current situation, and hopefully that has given me a bit of perspective.

    Much of popular culture is toxic PF, there is no denying that. However, I think most of the young will eventually get jobs, marry and have kids, and all of that tends to have a sobering impact on most people who go through it. I also take comfort from the fate of the old Soviet Union: materialism as a philosophy of life is a bleak dead end. We do the materialism much better of course than the old Soviet Union, but I think most young people will eventually tire of the hook up culture and spending time in Mom’s basement playing video games. That, and the disasters that await in the Obama second term will doubtless cause more voters to desert his standard, which happened after his first term, although not quite enough to win the election for Mr. Romney.

  • In thinking about and watching outlets for comparison the other day, it occurs to me that Left-leaning and Right-leaning outlets approach coverage from entirely different places.

    Foxnews, for example, covers the highest interest stories, whether good for the favored political position or not. They spin the daylights out of the stories to be sure but the cover them. The MSM slants the stories too but they choose not to cover them as well.

    This seems to me to be the crucial difference and it may explain my observation that the Right has a far greter grasp of interconnected events. The Right knows what happened, even if their views is skewed. The Left very often hasn’t heard the story and, so, signs off discordant information as fictional.

  • “but I think most young people will eventually tire of the hook up culture and spending time in Mom’s basement playing video games.”

    Problem is, Donald, many of these “kids” are playing video games in Mom’s basement well into adulthood. That’s the big difference between and when we were growing up. Whatever flaws my parents may have had, the understood that making living at home as a young an attractive option was not a good one. I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of the house. Which was a big reason why I joined the Navy right after high school.

  • Problem is, Donald, many of these “kids” are playing video games in Mom’s basement well into adulthood. That’s the big difference between and when we were growing up. Whatever flaws my parents may have had, the understood that making living at home as a young an attractive option was not a good one. I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of the house. Which was a big reason why I joined the Navy right after high school.

    C’mon Greg. You are treating suburban practices adhered to ca. 1975 as if they were universal norms over time, space, and social strata. The evolution of housing costs, the distribution of earnings over age cohorts, and the physical vigor of the parents all influence people’s propensity to live at home, as do shifts in the manner in which different generations tend to interact and the precise emotional dynamics and physical properties of given domestic situations. My grandmother lived at home until she was 29, and not because she was in the least puerile. A friend of mine married an Australian bloke in 1984 and spent a number of years living there. It was quite unremarkable in that time and place for bachelor sons to live with their mothers. As long as the young are earning a living best they can, share in household chores, contribute to the mortgage and maintenance expenses to their ability, and avoid assaulting moral norms or sensibilities (by being blotto in front of their mother or fornicating the bedrooms of her house), you can be laconic about their living arrangements. The U.S. Navy currently has about 350,000 personnel. That amounts to about 17% of a single male cohort. It is not a solution for aught but a few.

  • True Greg. One of my friends came home from high school graduation and found his dad outside with his bags packed. He had been something of a hell raiser in high school, and I think both he and his father were ready to no longer live under the same roof. His dad told him he would drive him wherever he wanted to go, and he chose the Air Force recruiting office.

    Prolonged adolescence is a problem, although I think as the economy worsens, and I very much fear it will, I think sponging off Mom or Dad or both will become a less viable option as the parents increasingly have a hard time making ends meet.

  • Greg, I was 17 when I enlisted in 1987. San Diego for Boot and A School. Tin Can out of Norfolk – America Battlegroup.

    My life has been greatly blessed. God sent me to the Navy because I was a mess… A whiney little turd of a prima dona, convinced that my petty angst was significant. I went to college 4 years later on the GI Bill.

    The Master Chief gave our welcome, saying “If you boys give my Navy the respect she deserves, She will give you more in return than you deserve.”

    He was right in every way. These kids need to put down the controllers and do something, anything with their lives. God gave me to the Navy for 4 years and that has made all the difference.

  • By way of example in our own time:

    1. Much of the domestic housing stock was constructed with larger households that we have in mind

    2. The young are weighed down with student loan debt. Not as severe a problem in 1975 and not much of a problem at all in 1950.

  • His dad told him he would drive him wherever he wanted to go, and he chose the Air Force recruiting office.

    That’s nice. My father was an Air Force veteran, and wanted me in ‘the Service’. There were a couple of impediments.

    I recently had a flip through an edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States published in 1969 or 1970. They had some interesting statistics on military recruitment and service histories of various age cohorts. Military service was modal even for those too young to serve during the 2d World War. The service histories of the cohorts born during the years running from 1930 through 1938 are as follows:

    55% Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines
    9% National Guard or Reserves
    12% No service, NOS
    24% disqualified on various grounds, predominantly medical.

    The was simply not an option for a great many, for reasons they could do nothing about (including me). That was true when they were Hoovering up every young man in sight. It is even more true today.

    Prolonged adolescence is a problem, although I think as the economy worsens, and I very much fear it will, I think sponging off Mom or Dad or both will become a less viable option as the parents increasingly have a hard time making ends meet.

  • Again, one reason prolonged adolescence is a problem is the wretched hypertrophy of higher education and the rot of secondary education. That is a problem for those in late middle age to address. God forbid any vested interests be offended or any elected official have the least imagination.

  • “The was simply not an option for a great many, for reasons they could do nothing about (including me).”

    I had a friend whose father served as a fighter pilot in World War II. He wanted to stay in the Army Air Corps after the War but he was told his eyesight was too bad. During the Korean War he was recalled to active duty by the Air Force flying fighter jets. After the war he was promptly tossed out again on the grounds of bad eyesight!

  • Excuse me, but so what? What would your friend’s father have done had the Air Force recruiters told him he did not qualify? He could have tossed him out on the street, I suppose, but that is a strange way of dealing with your 18 year old son (as opposed to a 21 year old son who misbehaves chronically and cannot keep a job).

    Macroeconomic problems are what they are and do constrain the options of the young. Also, all decisions are made prospectively. The young have to make decisions with the past they have, not the past you think they ought to have (really, we all do). It just does not do to go about assuming they are operating in bad faith (“sponging”) and that with a little toughlove everything will work out well. Some of them might benefit from being dealt with severely and some of them not.

  • By the way, G-Veg, The video game enthusiasts I know best are ages 30, 30, and 52. All are married. All are employed in occupations requiring considerable technical skill. One has post adolescent children in their early and middle 20s. The other two have a newborn. One of the fellows killed along side Ambassador Stevens was a video game enthusiast. (It is a hobby I do not cotton to myself).

  • “Excuse me, but so what? What would your friend’s father have done had the Air Force recruiters told him he did not qualify?”

    My friend would have found a job Art, as countless generations of young men before him found jobs. It probably would have been a lowly job but in time he would have worked his way into better jobs. I had a job washing dishes at night, and scrubbing the kitchen floor once a week, all while I was going through High School and at a $1.50 an hour I saved $3,000 dollars for college. Sheesh, today we make the simplest things complicated.

  • “All are married. All are employed in occupations requiring considerable technical skill.”

    I play games virtually every night Art. The problem is not the games but that too many of the young do that or similar activities instead of obtaining full time employment and sponge off their parents while doing so.

  • Art Deco, Your responses seen visceral. If I offended, I am sorry.

    My point was only this: military service is, for many, a safe place to come of age. I do ot think my experience is unusual and I commend it to those who lack the resources and/or the wherewithal to move out and on there own after high school.

    With regards to my slight at Gamers… It is a subjet to which I have not given much thought. My reference is the use of steriotype with no evidence of the validity of tt steriotype. I therefore beg that I should be permitted to take it back.

  • My friend would have found a job Art, as countless generations of young men before him found jobs. It probably would have been a lowly job but in time he would have worked his way into better jobs. I had a job washing dishes at night, and scrubbing the kitchen floor once a week, all while I was going through High School and at a $1.50 an hour I saved $3,000 dollars for college. Sheesh, today we make the simplest things complicated.

    Then what is the point of his father making a show of tossing him out of the house on the day he completes high school? A youngster finding work, setting aside the funds for a security deposit, finding a roommate, &c. is a banal story; it occurs routinely then as now, though a somewhat higher percentage than was once the case attend one or another sort of tertiary institution (as often as not a community college) full time or fitfully. A middle aged man packing his son’s bags the third week of June and preparing to dump him at a bus station (or on the side of the road) is…atypical. That’s why you told the story.

    There is nothing complicated about it, I did not assert there was anything complicated about it, and you know it. We have, however, acquired some chronic problems with the labor market in recent years which have a more severe impact on younger workers. That is too bad. Some of the young are punks and some are just having problems in living. There were punks back in 1975 as well. Youth unemployment was less severe but then again, crime was more severe. Take your pick. I do not see in the social statistics that behavior of youth has deteriorated to such a degree that it justifies pompous or gaseous admonitions from third parties.

    G-Veg, there is nothing visceral about my response. I just have very little patience with people substituting the issue of their imagination for social reality. The young could improve in various ways. Big deal. I was around in 1975 and in 1987 and have no recollection of these can-do youth who can teach today’s young a thing or two. I just remember people getting by and the usual run of shabby characters along with them. It is not always thus. I do not think any set of young adult cohorts compares well with my parents’ contemporaries. My parents contemporaries are now octogenarians. Most I know are not particularly opinionated about their grand-children.

  • C-Veg, I went through boot camp at San Diego from Febto April of 1985. Went to BT A-School in Great Lakes. Spent two and a half years on the Dubuque, reported onboard the day it arrived in it’s new homeport in Sasebo, Japan. Then spent another two and a half years on a tin can USS Robison (DDG-12).

    Although I didn’t think it at the time, the Navy gave me more in return. I landed a decent job working for the Navy after I got out. Got to see a lot of the world…maybe a little more than I should have.

  • In the rural area where I live three-generation households are and always have been the norm. Virtually all my own forebears were born, lived and died in the same house.

    It is very common to find men farming in partnership with their sons – sons who have never left home and the same thing is true of many small local businesses.

  • “Then what is the point of his father making a show of tossing him out of the house on the day he completes high school?”

    Perhaps Art that now he was a man and needed to find his own way in the World? What a revolutionary concept in today’s World thirty-seven years later!

  • Art Deco – I very much agree with you that characterizations of whole generations is a losing proposition. My generation are supposedly the selfish Reagan generation – consumed with greed. We grew upr at the end of the ColdWar, after the tumultous Sixties and Early Seventies. Are we thus? Or, asked a better way, is a large enough percentage thus that we can be lumped together that way?

    I suppose there are experiences that shape a generation. The Greatest Generation and those who lived through the Great Depression came of age during a time of great trial. Experience had to leave its mark. But, did that make them great? By what measure?

    My children are virtually blind to race. That isn’t my doing. The world they are geowing up in is intolerant of racism and, so, they don’t know a single Polish joke and wouldn’t have any context for it if they heard one. My Grandfather, a poor North Carolina farmer, was not overtly racist but he had a clear understanding that God did not intend the races to mingle. He literally had a farm on the opposite side of the tracks from a black neighborhood. (“Neighborhood” in rural NC usually meant houses stretching up the road without cross streets.). He got his sodas and such from a little store with some “nicer nigra folks” and, when my cousins and I worked on his farm during the summers, he had no problem sitting on the store’s porch, shooting the shit with blacks… But there was a caveat, they stayed on their side of the tracks.

    Was his generation the Greatest Generation? Depends on the measure. He was my grandfather though and, thoguh very human and deeply flawed, I remember him fondly.

    Your father’s generation is highly esteemed in your eyes and that is as it should be because we are supposed to look fondly back at our families. But I suspect you are talking about the person, not the generation.

    With regards to the generation of workers entering the workforce now, I get more than a little agitated as management training courses on how to handle their differences. I don’t see it on the ground. One new hire will fit well with our team and give it all they have. Another will sit on their ass and wait for direct instruction for everything. Same generation, different people.

    I try to take everyone where I find them, hence my embarrassment at applying the steriotype of the “Gamer” to the discussion. I agree with you but I wouldn’t carve out a special place in your argument for the “Greatest Generation.” I would just acknowledge that your father was a great man.

  • You are evading the question. If the Air Force gambit failed, what was plan B? Somehow, I think leaving your kid at a bus station with no legal address is not a conduit to improving his chances of actually finding work (which was proportionately more plentiful in 1975 than is the case today).

    And you all keep ignoring the 80% of youngsters who actually are employed. It is a reasonable supposition that the unemployed population differs from the remainder on average, and in ways that indicate they are more problematic. However, you did not see a trebling of youth unemployment rates in the last six years due to a sudden outbreak of laziness, any more than that was the case in the far more rugged society of 1930.

  • “You are evading the question.”

    I’ve answered the question Art and you didn’t like the answer. My friend was able bodied and of more than normal intelligence. He would have found no difficulty finding employment so long as he was willing to, what is that quaint four letter word?, work.

  • Greg – USS Ainsworth, FF-1090, Sonar Technician.

    The key thing that I got from the Navy was a better understanding if the direct relationship between what I did and how things went. On-board, everything that you do privately is immediately known widely and is magnified. Every screwup comes around againa and again and it forces an awareness that your actions are intimately connected to others’ wellbeing. For example, on thes second midnight watch of the second day across the Med, I broke the coffee pot. It wasn’t my fault – in the sense that the ship took a roll and it smashed against a bulkhead – but breakingit meant that my section had to go to the Mess Decks to get coffee. 37 men irritated at you for nearly 3 weeks because their coffee tastes like shit and is cold before they can get back to their station gets your attention I can tell you. (The lines were barely tightened in Naples before I sprinted off to find a new coffee pot.)

    The military isn’t for everyone and I’m not advocating for a draft but it has got to be better than being unemployed or underemployed, living with one’s folks because you have to rather than because you want to, waiting for adulthood to start. It seems to me from the outside, for I haven’t personally experienced it, that lingering childhood is bad for people because they lose precious time and development takes an hiatus. That can’t be a good thing and, while I was wrong to use the stereotype, I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that young people in that place would be better to get up and out than to stay there.

  • I love you, Mac.

    Media lies won’t save lost youth and assorted others that will suffer the end of the republic.

    Add public school indoctrination and progressive propaganda disguised as college/university “scholarship”, and the sordid, cesspool culture to media propaganda to tote the sum causes of their impending doom.

    “Let’s see how we do in 14 and 16.”

    You’re an optimist. What of anything that we hold dear will survive into 2014 or 2016?

    Pray for the best. Prepare for the worst.

  • “What of anything that we hold dear will survive into 2014 or 2016?”

    The Faith, my family, my country and TAC! What else could I reasonably ask for?

  • Mac,

    Your “Faith, family and TAC”: Yes.

    Your “country”: Maybe.

  • Ah, the US will always remain for me T.Shaw, no matter what the fools and villains currently in power do.

  • I’ve answered the question Art and you didn’t like the answer.

    No, your answer is sanctimonious and and fundamentally non-responsive. You are assuming the young in question are indifferent to employment, and, indubitably, some are. In the circumstances we face, most are experiencing elongated periods between jobs because of sclerosis in the labor market. It is the situation, although they may have more trouble coping than do others due to personal failings which would not have been decisive in better circumstances. Many live at home because of a large overhang of student loan debt. Some of them play video games in their spare time, some do not. Some might be candidates for military service, most not.

    The young today are less likely to be criminal and less likely to be welfare dependent than was the case 37 years ago. They are more likely to have elongated periods of unemployment, unsustainable debt, and to adhere to corrupt and shabby notions with regard to sex and family life. As for the last, they are farther down a slope the society as a whole started rolling down around about 1958. As for the debt, they did not build our wretched educational system, they have just had to navigate within it. As for the first, the younger cohorts were not the ones who slashed mortgage lenders underwriting standards or bid up the price of real estate to ludicrous levels. They just have to navigate through the detritus of that.

    The old always have something to teach the young. They usually cannot, in our own time, point to their own youth for positive examples.

  • “No, your answer is sanctimonious and and fundamentally non-responsive.”

    No my answer was factually correct and not to your liking. Even in this pig of an economy the fast food places around here are always seeking new workers and there is a reason for that. Too many people simply do not believe they have to work at jobs they think are beneath them, and too many of the parents of these individuals subsidize this attitude.

  • The conversation in this thread is now far removed from the subject matter of the post. I would kindly ask that folks move on.

  • Your father’s generation is highly esteemed in your eyes and that is as it should be because we are supposed to look fondly back at our families. But I suspect you are talking about the person, not the generation.

    Nope, I am talking about the run of men and women in his social circle at each stage of his life and the medians and means of behavior you can observe through examining social statistics. About him and him and me, some other time.

  • As far as every screw up being magnified aboard ship is something I know only all too well. I had my share of screwups during my days in the fleet and paid dearly for them. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker in my Navy days. I’m more of one know. But my recollection was that if the lifer juice DIDN’T taste like crap somehting was wrong.

    Oh, and one last thing C-Veg, there are only two types of sailors Snipes and Passengers!

Pat Caddell: These People Have No Honor

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a long time Democrat political operative, said it all last night on the Jeanine Pirro show on Fox  about the Benghazi coverup and the unwillingness of much of the Mainstream Media to cover it for fear that it will devastate the re-election prospects of Obama:

“been in the tank on this in a way I’ve never seen… I am appalled right now. This White House, this President, this Vice President, this Secretary of State, all of them, are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected…willing to cover up and lie. The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth – the leading mainstream media…they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people… these people have no honor… coverup is too nice of a word…”

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20 Responses to Pat Caddell: These People Have No Honor

  • Politics, The Golden Calf, Obama agenda for what … the UN?
    No honor among thieves.

    or Moses, The Law and the Land of milk and honey for His people.

  • It’s time to re-read Exodus chapter 32 as PM intimated.

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  • Finally, someone who understands the press and how it operates has called the liberal press out for what they are Bias, untruthful and totally behind the election of Obama

    It is truly sickening that Americans gave up their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy, one being freedom of speech, and this mass of reporters continue to hide the truth from the American people. their freedom is to act responsively, transparent but also honestly and this has not been the case for a long time

    I salute Pat Caddell and ask that his voice become louder and that through his efforts the truth will come out and tell the American people what a bogus group of politicians, in this administration,and news corp we have and can call them out for what they actually are dishonest

  • Many of the leading people in the MSM have direct relations with the DNC either through marriage or work background (e.g Dem staffer etc.). In addition their livelihood or at least their high incomes are based on Dem support as is the case with the public sector unions. They are there precisely because they are political operatives. Their lack of honor is not so much in bias, but not stating forthrightly they are tied to the DNC and only present news from that perspective. I give Mika Brzezinski some credit in admitting they get memos from the WH on how to present the news. In addition Daily Caller showed the direct connection between the leftist blog sites and the DNC. I also seem to remember several years ago it was discovered that TV execs had regular conference calls with DNC operatives.

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  • Has everyone forgotten ANOTHER horrific cover up? FAST & FURIOUS? This administration has been the height of deceit, dishonor, lack of ethics, and willingness to do anything for continued power, fame and money. It is disgusting!

  • God Bless Pat Caddell and his willingness to open his mind to truth.
    Also, today on Chris Wallace I heard two Democratic governors say Libya should not be politicized, questions will be answered later…. They posited that asking questions about Libya is politicizing the issue— so dishonest. Stalling, obscuring the people’s view of this issue so that no harm is done to Hizonor – that is the real politicization of the deaths of those 4 men.

    And speaking of positing– the out front woman on CNN posited an understood close-mindedness in her question to Ryan– ‘’given this information do you think you could become open-minded?

  • excuse me, the obfuscators were Senators–not governors

  • The godless liberals never hesitated to politicize George Bush being in a school with small children when 9-11 happened.

  • Yes, this is apalling. The info that has emerged over the past week or so is very damaging to Obama; but I simply cannot understand how his desire to be re-elected is numbing his judgement. His lack of action and decision while, on real time live video, he could see the events unfolding just stuns me. But for the media to be silent also – what has America come to?
    After Obama gets trumped, the citizens of the USA will have to deal to their media somehow, and ensure this type of subterfuge and cover-up is not repeated. Otherwise, goodbye free world. (except for isolated outposts 😉 )

  • I think that the media believe that this administration can still pull off a
    re-election, and that’s why they’re willing to risk a public spectacle of
    their sellout. If the whores in the media felt that their darling president
    had no chance of taking this election, it would behoove them to make a show
    of being impartial truth-seekers, if only to save their own reputations from
    the wreckage.

    I hope, for the good of this country, that Mr. Romney not only wins, but wins
    in such a landslide that Obama and his court eunuchs in the media cannot
    spin any post-election confusion into chaos.

  • This man has no integrity. He lies everytime his lips are moving. He is the one we need to be concerned about voter fraud. This man has become the president of the USA, to bring in a socialist nation. With the FEMA re-education camps and the loss of freedom of speech, this sounds more and more like Nazi Germany. He has people in high places who helped him to win so the one world government would come.

  • Don the Kiwi-
    How do we do it? The left will say we are trying to censor the press. We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?

  • Philip says “We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?”

    A spotlight and persistence will reduce the problem. This requires an attitude totally at variance with Repub SOP which is to wring hands and hope it goes away without saying anything. I think even they are beginning to see the media will not go easy on them however much the Repubs fawn and placate.

    Historically the press was always partisan but it didn’t pretend otherwise. Just going back to that would be better. The public seems to be gradually wising up but the indolence of the Repubs has slowed the rate of change.

  • RM Nixon must be having a good laugh.

  • Once reality comes a-calling, only the most zombie-like partisans will have any more use for the Lamestream. Simple free-market economics will take care of the rest. Network news viewership has fallen dramatically over the past 10-15 years and will positively plummet once the lies and distortions are brought to light. No more will need be done. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or another branch of ABCNNBCBS abandon its evening news broadcast format and go to a web-based service where it can preach propaganda to its faithful, sometime in the next 3-5 years.

  • The main stream media in this country very seldom reports the whole story anymore. We get the revised edition, after it’s been flavored with their political bias. I digest their dogma just like that of the politicians…with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism.

  • WK Aiken-
    ….free market economics…

    Your right. The demand for snake oil will fall away. Good answer. Thanks.

A Thrill Up Their Legs

Tuesday, October 2, AD 2012

 

 

The first Presidential Debate will be tomorrow.  Peter Roff at US News and World Report gives us a sample of what we can expect from the unpaid Obama Press Agents most of the Mainstream Media in the coverage the day after the debate:

From  the moment he crossed the stage to the podium at Wednesday  night’s debate in Denver,  President Barack Obama took a commanding lead  in his first face-to-face  encounter with his opponent in the upcoming  election, a lead he never  relinquished.

So  confident was the president that he seemed to be floating a foot  or so off the  ground, Barack Obama was bright, engaging, and  well-versed in every possible  nuance of every question asked by the  moderator, PBS’s Jim Lehrer. His  opponent, in contrast, was nattily  attired in an expensive outfit appropriate  to his status as part of the  1 percent of the nation’s wealthiest individuals  but, on substance,  was sorely lacking in his understanding of the issues facing  America.

“President  Obama’s performance was so good, my whole body was  tingling,” said Matt  Christopher, the noted commentator for the SMBND  cable news network. “In fact  at one point I thought I might be having a  stroke, but that would have been  okay because the last thing I would  have heard was Obama’s ringing defense of  his superior presidency.”

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6 Responses to A Thrill Up Their Legs

  • If people are so willing to adore and hold in adulation a little Antichrist like Obama, then how ready indeed are they to be beguiled and deceived when the Great Beast from the Sea in Revelation chapter 13 comes to deceive the whole world?

  • Paul. It’s people like you that will have a great impact on the lukewarm, and the blind. Yes a great number will adore the beast however our concern is today, and your faith will help in the conversion of those whom God places before you.
    The end of the story is triumphant!
    The battle scenes are before us indeed.
    Rev. 20:09 “They invaded the breadth of the camp and surrounded the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them.”

  • By the way….the cartoons are good. thanks.

  • Heads used to be above shoulders, too.

    Agree with Chris Matthews ‘objective assessment’:
    Obama speaks about his feeling for America – not politics …

    (and want to add that contempt defines his feeling for America.)

    The president wanted the political job to better rabble rouse this country while he unravelled The Constitution he swore to uphold.

    He has used the job he doesn’t do to steal for cronies, cheat truth, intimidate victims, harm children, corrupt good, waste life, and skew objectivity. And more in the debasing of love and hate.

    He and they party on because he and they still have feeling for America and the world.

    When the media used its head properly placed, it contributed. Too bad about the blindness, deafness, and dementia.

    Now it’s … The thrill of defeat, the agony of victory.

  • “the SMBND cable news network”

    To quote the inimitable George Takei: “Oh, myyyyyyy.”

    But if the ball gag fits….

  • All from Benjamin Franklin:

    Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

    He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.

Distrust in Media Hits Record High

Saturday, September 22, AD 2012

I am shocked, shocked, to report that Gallup finds a steep decrease in faith in unpaid Obama press agents the media.

The record distrust in the media, based on a survey conducted Sept. 6-9, 2012, also means that negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views — 20 percentage points — is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 — as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s.

This year’s decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans. The 31% and 26%, respectively, who express a great deal or fair amount of trust are record lows and are down significantly from last year. Republicans’ level of trust this year is similar to what they expressed in the fall of 2008, implying that they are especially critical of election coverage.

Independents are sharply more negative compared with 2008, suggesting the group that is most closely divided between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is quite dissatisfied with its ability to get fair and accurate news coverage of this election.

More broadly, Republicans continue to express the least trust in the media, while Democrats express the most. Independents’ trust fell below the majority level in 2004 and has continued to steadily decline.

What could possibly explain such a lack of confidence in the ink-stained wretches?

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  • The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia (no relation) posted this classic from the Onion on her blog today: http://www.theonion.com/articles/media-having-trouble-finding-right-angle-on-obamas,2703/

    Likewise the current issue of On the Media podcast is wrestling wioth the question “Does PR Have a Liberal Bias?”
    http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/sep/14/

    One of their replies is “We’re no more liberal than TIME or Newsweek.”

    Don, is this a defence you would try in a court if liberalism were a crime?

  • The Onion story is a true classic Thomas. The only thing funnier than media bias is the denial of it.

  • Here’s another interesting site showing how the media is lying about the polls. Now, are they covering for planned fraud or if Romney/Ryan win, will the media and the demoncrats claim they “stole” the election?

    http://polls2012.blogspot.com/

  • It’s been so my entire life.

    They simply are democrats with bylines. It’s all liberal propaganda and presenting progressive fictions as facts.

    It’s all distortions, distractions, exaggerations, fabrications, misdirections, omissions and outright lies repeated constantly.

    “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you read the papers you are misinformed.” Either Twain or Will Rogers, I’m unsure.

  • Worrying about the state of the economy and the future of the country is keeping me up at night. If it were only me I would not be so concerned but I have a wife, two small children and a mortgage, among other obligations.

    Bernard Goldberg wrote two books about media bias and they were huge sellers. The alphabet networks parrot whatever the New York Times prints, and we all know that rag has always been biased. The Washington (Com)Post started out as a Democrat party organ, or so I was told by a former Washington, DC coworker.

    I dropped the Pittsburgh Tribune Review last year for its’ publisher’s view that Planned Parenthood funding must be continued. I can’t read the Post Gazette. I don’t buy a newspaper and rarely watch news on TV except for the local traffic and weather on the weekday mornings.

  • “If you don’t read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you (do) read the papers you are misinformed.” Either Twain or Will Rogers, I’m unsure.

    I would have guessed H.L. Mencken. But after some searching of the web, I find this is most often attributed to Mark Twain but the origin appears to be unknown.

    And now for some vintage Mencken that is particularly appropriate as we reflect on the current holder of the office of President and the current election season:

    As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
    –H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

  • The media could collectively receive the Walter Duranty Prize for this election cycle’s reporting.

  • Things would be different if a Republican was president.

    They’d be all over this like stink on poop.

    Here’s the story the Obama worshiping stooges with by-lines will never write.

    From The London Mail (UK):

    “More Americans now commit suicide than are killed in car crashes as miserable economy takes its toll

    “Deaths from suicide up 15pc with fears more deaths go unaccounted

    “$56m suicide prevention plan being rolled out after shocking statistics”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2207089/56-million-suicide-prevention-programme-launched-study-reveals-Americans-lives-die-car-crashes.html#ixzz27KdqSGqt

  • Here’s the story the Obama worshiping stooges with by-lines will never write.

    Obama’s war on coal and electricity generation (quoted at Instapundit):

    “Look, folks, I am in this field. I have been for more than 30 years. Losing 36,000 MWs of the most cost-efficient generation capacity in the US is a disaster. You have no idea how bad the increases are going to be. They will be disastrous to the individual energy consumers and apocalyptic to large users – those who create jobs.

    “I shudder to think of what this is going to do to grid reliability as well. A lot of those coal plants help support the grid during disruptions. They regularly provide both energy and MVARs (Mega Volt-Ampere Reactive) that keep the grid from collapsing when large loads are added or lost. (That’s about as simple as I can make it and still be understood.) Losing these stabilizers will make it very hard to hold the grid. I pity the load dispatchers.”

    If things go the wrong way in NOvember you will need to buy a generator.