Archive for the ‘Media’ Category
Winfrey told the BBC that President Barack Obama is receiving an unusually high amount of “disrespect” due to his skin color.
There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.
Maybe Murdoc’s just a dumb ol’ whiteboy, but he thinks every time someone talks about Obama’s race being why everyone doesn’t love him, the hope for true racial equality in America gets set back about five years.
Murdoc’s seeing and hearing lots of comments about how this is the last couple of days we’ll be subjected to so many political commercials.
That’s not really the case. It’s just that we normally call it the “evening news.”
Instapundit seems to be keeping up with stories about the media outlets working collaboratively to turn the story of attacks on US consulates and embassies, the tearing down of flags, and the death of the US ambassador to Libya into a reason why Mitt Romney wouldn’t make a good president.
A bunch of links here, with this:
Reader Leslie Eastman writes: “The fact the elite media was more upset about Romney’s critique of the White House than our dead ambassador says all there needs to be said about our press.”
Raise your hand if you’re shocked by this.
FWIW, the more Murdoc learn about the film that supposedly sparked the riots, the more Murdoc wonders how such a small (and apparently shoddy) work would have registered on anyone’s radar and set off such a storm halfway around the world.
A basic difference between the sides: Rights come from government, not God
She then goes on try and pass off government restrictions on activity as “rights.”
There is a fundamental disconnect here. For all the labels, I think the basic difference between the “sides” is that one sees the government as a power for good in American society and the other sees it as a necessary evil.
It’s important to note the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and it’s important to give credit where credit is due. But this whole narrative about how President Obama somehow stood out from the pack by ordering the raid and that others, particularly Mitt Romney, would not have done the same mystifies Murdoc.
Osama bin Laden was a bad guy. One of the baddest of the bad. Nearly everyone everywhere agreed. He was held up as the poster boy of what the forces of freedom were fighting against. Regardless of their political persuasion or position on the War on Terror or opinion about regime change in Iraq, all US politicians supported the effort to defeat and capture or kill bin Laden.
When the Taliban was overthrown, opponents of President Bush criticized him for letting Osama bin Laden escape. When the campaign in Iraq was being launched and fought and wound down, opponents of President Bush criticized him for diverting resources from the “real war,” the one in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. When the attempt to build a nation in Afghanistan began to degenerate into the quagmire that it was almost certainly destined to become, the fact that Osama bin Laden was still at large was held up as a symbol of the futility of the war against terror. When terror attacks continued, it was always noted that, while Al Qaeda had been scattered and weakened, they were still a troubling organization and that their spiritual leader was still out there somewhere, lurking in the shadows.
For ten years after 9/11, countless hours had been spent by countless people in countless organizations trying to track down Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. The combined efforts of international military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies had continuously struck out against the number one target in the world.
And when a solid lead was finally found, it was some sort of “gutsy call” for President Obama to order the raid.
As if anyone else would have made a different call.
Here is how NBC reported Zimmerman’s 911 call:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car.
Here is how Zimmerman’s 911 call went:
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
11 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
NBC says there was “an error made in the production process that we deeply regret.”
Murdoc’s guess is that the error they deeply regret is getting called out on their misleading reporting.
It’s become common wisdom that the tales of Jessica Lynch’s heroics in Iraq in 2003 were a Pentagon fabrication to hype up support for George Bush’s war.
Except that it wasn’t the military that told the Washington Post the tales.
One of the reporters on the botched story, Vernon Loeb, is on record as saying who the sources were not.
So it should be a small step to saying who they were.
Loeb, in an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” program in December 2003, stated unequivocally:
“Our sources for that story were not Pentagon sources.”
He also said he “could never get anybody from the Pentagon to talk about” the Lynch case.
“They wouldn’t say anything about Jessica Lynch,” Loeb said, adding:
“I just didn’t see the Pentagon trying to create a hero where there was none,” he added. “I mean …they never showed any interest in doing that, to me.”
Loeb also described them as “some really good intelligence sources” in Washington.
It’s probably too late to change the story in the public’s mind. Which was probably the plan.
Also noted in the article is Jon Krakauer spreading the lies in his book Where Men Win Glory. When confronted, Krakauer removed the passage from later editions of the book. Murdoc was unaware of that whole story.
suggests that it’s the increasing use of science as ammunition for big-government schemes that has led to more skepticism.
Murdoc thinks that the methods used in environmental scaremongering (especially Global Warming) have pretty much torpedoed any hope that a rational scientific approach to the issue is possible.
Meanwhile: EPA Backpedals on Fracking Contamination
The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency has backtracked on high-profile local allegations linking natural-gas drilling and water pollution.
Terrible news. Blogger Neptunus Lex was killed when the Kfir aggressor he flew at TOPGUN crashed yesterday.
I met Lex at one of the Milblogger Conferences a few years ago and stood by while he and Pinch traded Tomcat and Hornet barbs. Pinch posted a photo of the two of them from that evening.
There are a lot of comments over at Lex’s site and a lot of posts going up around the sphere. Look around and check them out.
He will be missed.
The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation sought by President Obama to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts through 2012. But the bill also includes a requirement for construction of an oil pipeline that has drawn a veto threat.
The Republicans “muscled” it through. That’s like getting enough votes to pass, but way meaner.