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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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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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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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Ducks On The High Seas: An Epic Adventure

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In January 1992, a shipping crate containing thousands of plastic ducks fell off a ship in the Pacific Ocean. Since making their bold escape from captivity, the ducks have split up and gone their separate ways. Sailing the world’s oceans, they have occasionally been spotted on beaches from Hawaii to Scotland. Their global galavanting has provided useful information to those studying the world’s ocean currents.

From The Independent:

Now the creatures, nicknamed the “Friendly Floatees” by various broadcasters who have followed their progress over the years, have been immortalised in a book titled Moby-Duck. It not only chronicles their extraordinary odyssey, and what it has taught us about currents…

Authorities refuse to disclose if any of the missing ducks are being held for ransom by Somali pirates, but they do suspect fowl play.


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February 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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Rahm Emanuel & Judy Erwin: That’s The Chicago Way

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If Rahm Emanuel is looking to maintain the same ethical standards in Chicago that he did running President Obama’s staff, then he’s off to a good start. He hasn’t been Mayor-Elect for even a week and already the co-chair of his transition team has resigned because of ethics violations in her previous job. As CNN reports:

A recent decision by the state Executive Ethics Commission says Erwin used her state e-mail account and phone to campaign for Obama, engaging in campaign fundraising activity and using staff resources to help plan her trip to the 2008 Democratic National Convention…

“The atmosphere for (Board of Education) employees must have been heavily colored by Ms. Erwin’s political activity on the job,” the ethics board said…

It also found her explanation that she made a campaign contribution to a state representative who was chairman of the higher education appropriations committee “particularly troubling.”

“This suggests that she was responding to a real or imagined pay to play incentive within state government,” the decision states.

I’m not certain why Erwin resigned. With ethics like that, she would seem to be a perfect fit.

To call Rahm Emanuel “Machiavellian” is an insult to Machiavelli.

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February 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm

“If They Knew What They Liked, They Wouldn’t Live In Pittsburgh.”

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The Economist‘s so-called Intelligence Unit has released its 2011 Liveability Rankings, which claims that the most “liveable” city in the United States is…


Well, perhaps they’re right. But I can’t help recalling this exchange from Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels:

Aw, what do they know in Pittsburgh.

They know what they like.

If they knew what they liked, they wouldn’t live in Pittsburgh!


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February 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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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