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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.

Workers Party Protest Draws More Press Than People – Update: It’s a tie!

Update 2: Welcome Michelle Malkin readers. As you already know she is invaluable to all of us … especially those of us in talk radio. In face the face of constant assault, she remains strong. While you are here take a look around. We are heavy on video, as we try to carry the conservatarian torch in a very blue New England sea.

Connecticut’s Working Families (ACORN, labor unions, etc.) tour of the homes of AIG executives in Fairfield county flopped harder than a Wall Street “dead cat bounce.” This from this morning’s Hartford Courant:

As it turned out, the tour consisted of brief, uneventful visits to just two homes — Poling’s and that of James Haas, another AIG employee who had already pledged to forfeit his bonus.

A third bonus recipient’s home, belonging to Jonathan Liebergall in New Canaan, was dropped from the itinerary mid-tour because the bus was running behind schedule. Liebergall, too, has said he will return the bonus.

But the best part was the turnout … by the media. Because you cannot make this stuff up. Let’s see if you can figure out who the media sympathizes with.

From “Nice Deb” … and so typical of the now dying media. And they still cannot figure out why they are going out of business …

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Here’s what the AP reports (Emphasis mine):

A busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits Saturday to the lavish homes of American International Group executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a massive federal bailout.

About 40 protesters sought to urge AIG executives who received a portion of the $165 million in bonuses to do more to help families.

As “Nice Deb” asks …

While the tea parties, (which are popping up all over the country, drawing hundreds and even thousands of people every week), are attracting scarce attention from the media, a motley troupe of 40 ACORN malcontents that go by the name of the Connecticut Working Families Party attracted dozens of reporters from around the world

Meanwhile Connecticut’s Tea Party drew more than 300 in Ridgefield.

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Temple Of Mut has taken a look at some of the people in Connecticut Working Families …

Thanks so much to Linda for pointing this out to me this morning.

Update: Oops … it’s a tie. This from the Hartford Courant this morning, paragraph 4:

“Now that we have had a chance to see your community,” Jackson read before an international throng of about 40 journalists, “we would like to invite you to visit ours.”

Now this … all the way down in paragraph 14 …. paragraph 14!

Roughly 40 activists boarded the bus in Hartford, joined it in Bridgeport or followed it in other cars, according to organizers.

Oh brother!

Update: (Steve) Thanks for the link Michelle!

Pajamas TV launch this week

I began seeing advertising on blogs concerning Pajamas TV in the last 24 hours or so. Vicevich posted a note letting us know quite a collection of conservative bloggers will be featured guests and contributors to the Web video network.

A media 2.0 venture, Pajamas TV is a subscription model with little or no advertising. It seems pretty interesting. Read more

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

Will Clinton Camp Avoid MSNBC and NBC?

MSNBC’s Chelsea Comment Angers Clinton
Feb 8 02:28 PM US/Eastern
By BETH FOUHY,Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE (AP) – A distasteful comment about Chelsea Clinton by an MSNBC anchor Thursday could imperil Hillary Rodham Clinton’s participation in future presidential debates on the network, a Clinton spokesman said.

In a conference call with reporters, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson Friday excoriated MSNBC’s David Shuster for suggesting the Clinton campaign had “pimped out” 27-year old Chelsea by having her place phone calls to Democratic Party superdelegates on her mother’s behalf. Wolfson called the comment “beneath contempt” and disgusting.

“I, at this point, can’t envision a scenario where we would continue to engage in debates on that network,” he added.

Since MSNBC gets no ratings anyway, it’s a safe bet that the Clinton campaign figures they can talk tough here. Let’s see if they can envision a scenario where they would exclude NBC too shall we? Doubt it.