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Media Mendacity

Remember the media’s effort to be permitted to photograph returning military caskets during the Bush administration?  Remember how they forced themselves upon the families of the deceased, seeking to cover what they, the media, claimed was an important story?  A story so important that even then-Senator Biden realized it?

“”These young men and women are heroes,” Vice President Biden said in 2004, when he was senator from Delaware. “The idea that they are essentially snuck back into the country under the cover of night so no one can see that their casket has arrived, I just think is wrong.”

PSYCHE!

Without Bush to harry and hound, the media apparently has lost interest in “this important story,” given the lack of political hay to be made.

“So far this month, 38 American troops have been killed in Afghanistan. For all of 2009, the number is 220 — more than any other single year and more than died in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 combined.

With casualties mounting, the debate over U.S. policy in Afghanistan is sharp and heated. The number of arrivals at Dover is increasing. But the journalists who once clamored to show the true human cost of war are nowhere to be found.

Now that this has become Obama’s war, especially in Afghanistan, the media has decided that covering this story is no longer important, embargoing it through their silence far more effectively than any Pentagon policy.

Where is the connection between French public TV and Hamas?

In France yesterday, France 2 – a public national television network – aired footage they indicated was shot the morning of Jan. 1 after an Israeli bombing raid. Unfortunatley for France 2, the report – surprise, surprise – is fake.

So, is there a mole in France 2 that has ties to the terrorist organization Hamas? Maybe a sympathizer? Ya gotta ask the question. I guess this is my first example of Europe’s drive by media.

From Haaretz.com, with a hat tip to Powerline.

The footage aired on Channel 2 on Tuesday afternoon showed dozens of dead bodies, including Hamas gunmen and citizens, which the channel said were killed by an IAF bombing raid on January 1st. It later came to light that the channel had instead aired footage of the devastation caused after a truck full of explosives blew up in the Jabaliya Refugee Camp.

Yup, the guys – terrorists – blew themselves up while moving through a refugee camp. Just their style.

Just think how much crap environmental organizations give the military when they want to move ordinance around the United States.

Update: Atlas Shrugs picked up on the story today.

Reporters ask for DNA evidence from Palin

I really would like to know. It’s one thing for Steve Schmidt from the McCain camp to complain about the questions being asked, but let’s go one step further and demand to know who is asking the questions.

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Media describes Palin budget increase as cut

Slashed funding. Budget cuts. Reduction in needed services. Increased class sizes. Shorter library hours. All of these statements are code words used by the liberal left to scare the crap out of senior citizens, school parents and unions. If you don’t agree to tax increases, your precious services – that can only be provided by the government – will be slashed.

The problem is, many of these statements are used to cover lies and misrepresentations, often supported by liberal media hacks. A great example is Paul Kane’s drive-by-media article on how Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and vice presidential nominee, “slashed” funding 20 percent to Covenant House Alaska. Read more

Brazilian Official Lies About Lost Tribe – Media Soaks Up Story

A Brazilian official – working for the Brazilian Indian Protection Agency – has been caught creating a news story to promote an environmental cause. There is nothing new here, the drive-by-media loves a story that fits the liberal agenda.

In this case, a government official took photographs during an expedition flight over the Amazon, documenting Indians from one of the “world’s last uncontacted tribes”. The problem is that the tribe had been monitored for decades and the environmentalist lied to promote his “don’t cut down the trees” agenda.

News organizations fell for the story, with out any fact checking at all. Gee, that never happens.

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No News is Good News in Iraq

Ever wonder what happened to all of the news coverage coming from Iraq after – let’s say – last September? General Petraeus reported in September that the surge was working, but we had more to do. Things were – and are – much better in Iraq. Some may say that the people have become less and less interested in the war in Iraq. Do we become less interested if we are winning? Read more

Democrats Blame Bush for Everything – PROVE IT

I’m calling out all Democrats and liberals. Prove it. Prove that President Bush did this, and it resulted in that. I’m talking a clear case of cause and effect. Jobs, housing, oil prices, gas prices, global warming… Pick your poison and give it a shot.

Reuters just posted a story, Democrats Slam Bush on Gloomy Jobs Report. Read more

Shepard Smith is Starting to Annoy Me

I like his style. I like his delivery. I generally like Fox News. But Shepard Smith is really starting to blow things out of proportion.

I first noticed this during his Katrina coverage, there have been plenty of stories about how the news media – including Shep when he was in NOLA – was out of control when it came to reporting rumors as facts.

He was the ultimate drama queen through the entire event, and as the weeks passed, more and more of the “big stories” just disappeared from the MSM.

  • What happened to that seven year old girl that was raped and had her throat cut?
  • What about the hundred bodies that were stacked up in the Superdome’s freezer? The 200 dead?
  • What about the gunfire? Snipers shooting at people? Shooting at helicopters?

I just found a March 2006 article written by a collection of editors from Popular Mechanics entitled Debunking the Myths of Hurricane Katrina. It is a must read for everyone and if you’ve already read it, go through it again. I wonder if Shep went through this article and took the time to look back at his coverage and do a self-evaluation?

Probably not, he’s part of the Dive by Media. That’s a term that Rush Limbaugh coined during the past couple of years. It’s simply defined as when the media swoops in to cover a story, goes wall-to-wall with it for hours or days, relays every rumor they hear and interviews anyone they can find that will speculate about the story. Then, they split, never to come back since they have to go find another hot story.

Last week, Shep used the term “bloodbath” when referring to a 167 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. What? Is he nuts? Who writes this stuff for him?

To put this in perspective, that’s a 1.2 percent drop Shep. Come on now. If that’s a bloodbath, what would he call the 6.4 percent gain over the 11 trading days after the Thanksgiving break?

I propose a ban on reporting the point changes in the various stock benchmarks like the DJIA, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and the new Fox 50. Let’s report percentage changes instead, but I guess a 100 point drop sounds more dramatic than a point seven (.7) percent drop.

Related Articles on the Net:

Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated
Popular Mechanics Takes on Katrina Myths
Katrina: Myths and Reality