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What does WSOC-TV have against veterans?

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In an article entitled, “Police: 86-year-old vet charged with child sex crimes”, WSOC TV in Charlotte reports:

    “An 86-year-old Gastonia veteran is accused of indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl.”

Why did WSOC point out–in their headline, no less–that the alleged pervert is a veteran?

What purpose could this possibly serve, other than to smear veterans as a whole?



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April 23, 2015 at 7:41 am

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Follow the Money: Ed Schultz

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Left-wing MSNBC and radio commentator Ed Schultz was paid nearly $200,000 in 2011 by the Communications Workers of America union. Jack Coleman reports:

Worth noting is that Schultz’s cable program on MSNBC, “The Ed Show,” debuted in April 2009 — and that union payments to Schultz nearly doubled from a year earlier….

All told, Schultz has been paid $337,490 by unions in the last seven years, according to the Labor Department. These same records show no payments from unions to Schultz between fiscal years 2000 to 2004 — before Schultz became such a passionate advocate for unions over the airwaves.

It’s a pretty good deal for MSNBC: We’ll produce and air programming to attack your conservative enemies if you agree to help pay for “the talent”.

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March 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

Why Is CNN Not Reporting On The Longshoremen’s Union’s Violent Protest?

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The Associated Press reports:

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

The New York Times adds:

Later in the day, more than 1,000 other longshoremen shut down the ports of Seattle and Tacoma by not coming to work.

So why has CNN not reported on this?

CNN does not have even one story on their entire website about this violent incident, 48 hours after it occurred.

Articles on about Michele Bachmann, this week: 483

Articles on about Rick Perry, this week: 839

Articles on about the Tea Party, this week: 11,100

Articles on about the longshoremen’s union’s violent protest, this week: 0

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September 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

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John Kerry Calls For Free Press Restrictions Against Conservatives

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Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, called for the media to intentionally ignore and avoid airing the Tea Party’s conservative views:

It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do.

Once upon a time, Kerry marketed himself as a champion of the free press:

It’s healthy in a democracy to have multiple opinions being heard so people are well informed and well-educated and make up their own minds.

But that, of course, was before the Tea Party movement captured much of America’s attention—and votes.

I prefer Voltaire’s position:

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

This is America, Mr. Kerry, where both liberals and conservatives deserve to be heard, even if you don’t agree with what they say.

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August 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

BBC Admits Using Fake Footage In Report Attacking Primark

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The BBC has finally—after three years—admitted to using fake footage in a program attacking clothing manufacturer Primark. The Telegraph reports:

The BBC will make an on-screen apology to fashion chain Primark after a report found it was ”more likely than not” that it included faked footage of child labour in an edition of Panorama about the firm.

The news program, “Primark: On the Rack”, was originally broadcast in June 2008.

As a Primark spokesperson said:

Millions of people have been deceived by Panorama. Viewers who watched the programme, shoppers who were then fed the lie, sourcing experts who believed the lie, teachers and pupils who viewed the programme in lessons, have all been badly let down.

Yet another news agency dispenses with the truth in their zeal to attack Evil Capitalism.

From the comments on the Telegraph article:

I remember the former BBC newsreader Richard Baker after his retirement saying that there were times during his long stint as a newsreader when he found it difficult to believe the truthfulness of the stuff he’d just read out.

The BBC will now apologize, but their original mission has been accomplished and the damage to Primark has been done.

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June 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

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The Decline and Fall of “House, M.D.”

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Sooner or later in the life of almost every television series, it jumps the shark:

Jumping the shark is a widely used idiom – first employed to describe a moment in the evolution of a television show, characterized by absurdity, when a particular show abandons its core premises and begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery.


Like Fonzie on Happy Days, Fox’s House M.D. has jumped the shark.

After peaking in the Nielsen ratings in 2007, the show has slipped steadily, year after year, dropping out of the top 20 this season.

And like a drowning man, House has desperately reached out for anything to keep itself afloat, no matter how absurd or cliched.

A recent episode included a bizarre combination of fantasy and dream sequences that were a mix of “Night of the Living Dead”, “An American in Paris”, and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Yes, it was every bit as bad as it sounds.

Perhaps there will now be a weekly song-and-dance segment. Maybe episodes will be broadcast live so that viewers can call in to vote on who gets booted off the show this week. I’m sure that vampires will be prominently featured in at least one episode. After all, they’ve already done man-eating zombies.

It’s not easy to keep a long-running series fresh, interesting, and entertaining. Most movies can’t accomplish that for 100 minutes. Think how difficult it must be to maintain high quality for 100 hours.

House was, for several years, one of the best shows on TV. Perhaps the time has come for Fox’s maverick doctor to ride off into the sunset.

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March 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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Turning A Blind Eye: Why Did CBS Sit On The Lara Logan Assault Story?

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Did CBS News intentionally cover up the fact that one of its reporters was assaulted by a mob in Egypt?

Michael Graham of The Boston Herald thinks so:

But CBS? They sat on their own story. For five days, as reporters reveled amid giddy celebrations in Tahrir Square, and as President Obama praised President Obama’s handling of the Egyptian crisis, CBS reported nothing.

Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of “a brutal and sustained sexual assault.”

Were they being sensitive to the victim? Were they being ethical as a news agency? Is it possible to be both?

Graham may be right, or wrong, but a number of questions need to be asked, such as:

Would CBS have reported the story if the victim was not a CBS employee?

Would CBS have reported the story if it was a non-sexual assault?

Would CBS have reported the story if it occurred elsewhere other than amidst the protests in Egypt?

Did the fact that the mob was shouting “Jew! Jew!” have any bearing on CBS’ decision?

Was CBS’ decision due to concern for the victim? Or concern for politics? Or both?

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February 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

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