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In left wing lunacy, Media on November 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

The AP and CBS photoshopped this picture of Obama, half white and half black, with Democrat leaders over his shoulder on his black side, and Republican leaders over his white.

The photo is causing a stir.  CBS defends the photo by saying, “Our intention with the ‘ripped paper’ overlay effect down the middle was to convey a divided Congress and nothing more.”  Bernie Sanders!

Racist?  You know if Fox News had done it, it would be denounced as such.

 H/T: The Blaze

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Keith Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC

In Jackasses, Keith Olbermann, left wing lunacy, Media on November 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

The latest casualty of the Tuesday’s election is,… Keith Olbermann?

Seems Olbermann violated NBC’s ethics rules by donating money to political candidates, Democrats, of course.  Olbermann gave $2,400, the maximum contribution allowed for an individual contribution to a candidate, to Representatives Raul Grijalva, Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky.

Olbermann, who acknowledged making the donations, has been suspended indefinitely.

“Keith Olbermann, the pre-eminent liberal voice on American television, was suspended Friday after his employer, MSNBC, discovered that he made campaign contributions to three Democrats last month.”

“The indefinite suspension was a stark display of the clash between objective journalism and opinion journalism on television.”

“The MSNBC president, Phil Griffin, issued a statement saying: ‘I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.’ ”

 I am certainly not a fan of Mr. Olbermann, that being said,  I find myself in the unfamiliar and uncomfortable position of having to defend him.  The fact of the matter is that NBC’s ethics policy is presumably in place to protect NBC’s image as an unbiased and objective news organization.  Very few individuals are so blind as to think of NBC’s news reporting  as ‘objective and unbiased’, and certainly no one could make that claim on Olbermann’s behalf and maintain a straight face.

News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News has made substantial donations to the GOP, but they have also donated substantially to Democrats.  Fox News allows its employees and contributors, as private citizens, to donate time and money to political campaigns and causes, why shouldn’t Olbermann be allowed the same freedom?

If NBC is concerned about the public perception of its journalistic objectivity, perhaps they should stop trying to appear unbiased and objective, and actually be unbiased and objective.  Perhaps then they will be able to allow their employees to act according to their own conscience as private citizens.

When CAIR says “Jump”, the NPR Dhimmis ask “How High”?

In Islamofascists, Media on October 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

National Public Radio (NPR) news analyst, Juan Williams has been fired following demands from Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that NPR punish Williams.  It is a disturbing pattern of ‘dhimmitude’ on the part of the media and our government which is becoming all too familiar.

Williams, a frequent contributor on Fox News, had admitted on The O’Reilly Factor Monday night, that it bothers him when he gets on a plane with individuals who are obviously Muslim.

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. … But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

NPR’s decision to fire Williams came only hours after the statement from CAIR that Williams comments “should not pass without action by NPR.”

While this is not a ‘freedom of speech’ issue in the Constitutional sense, the efforts by American progressives and the Islamofascists to stifle open debate through intimidation and fear is having the same effect.  Tyranny, regardless of the method by which it is imposed, is tyranny all the same.  What is needed to counter it, is courage.  

  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke, 1795

Fortunately, there are good and courageous individuals at the Fox News Channel who have refused to bow to demands to punish any of their controversial political commentators, and has today offered Juan Williams a $2 million contract.  The implicit message from Fox News to CAIR: “Go pound sand!”

Rep. Alan Grayson Deserves to Lose His Seat

In Jackasses, left wing lunacy, Media on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm

How does a freshman congressman acquire a reputation as the ‘biggest ass in Congress’?  In the case of Alan Grayson (D-FL), he earned it!  Elected to Congress in 2008, Grayson wasted no time in his quest for national attention by saying the most outrageous things.

In an effort to keep his Congressional seat, Grayson has stooped even lower, running a campaign which is destined to be identified as the most maliciously deceitful in the history of Florida’s 8th district.  In an attempt to smear his opponent, Daniel Webster, the Grayson campaign is running attack ads which are so despicable, that even Grayson’s allies are crying ‘foul’.  In this first ad, Grayson accuses Webster of being a ‘draft dodger’.

Factcheck.org paints a different picture.

Records show that Webster was deferred from military service five times due to academic study from 1967 to 1970 (once in high school and four times while he was in college at the Georgia Institute of Technology). Once he completed his undergraduate degree, he was given the classification 1-A  (which means he was available for military service) and was asked to report for a physical examination. The documentation shows that on the date of his physical, July 26, 1971, Webster was rejected and given the classification of 1-Y, which means that he was “qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency.”

But according to the documents, the 1-Y classification was abolished just months later, on December 10, 1971. Local boards were ordered to reclassify all 1-Y registrants. Webster was reclassified on May 16, 1972, as 4-F, or “not qualified for military service.”

So Webster was given deferments from the military in order to complete high school and college — common during the Vietnam War — then upon graduation reported for service and was ultimately disqualified because he failed the physical examination.

In this next ad, Grayson grossly edits sound bites in an effort to portray Webster as a ‘womanizing religious fanatic’ comparable to the Taliban.

Even CNN’s Anderson Cooper took Grayson to the woodshed over this ad, as did MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer.

Alan Grayson has shown that he is not a man of integrity, and no sensible voter would want a man like him to represent them.

UPDATE, 09/29/10:  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.com is reporting that a new poll shows Webster up over Grayson by 7 points, and that Webster has taken in more than $70,000 in donations to his campaign since Grayson ran the “Taliban Dan” ad.  Grayson own ad seems to have backfired and served to remind the voters of Florida 8, that Rep. Alan Grayson is, if nothing else, one big jackass.

MSM Coverup of the Bell, Ca Corruption Scandal

In corruption, Media on September 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Bell, Ca is a small, ‘blue collar’ town with a big problem, specifically, big, fat, money-grubbing, rats for officials. The residence of Bell have been up in arms ever since they learned that their city manager and council members had awarded themselves more than $5.5 million in excessive salaries.  One city official was making nearly twice Barack Obama’s salary in a city where the average annual income is less than $25,000.  Earlier this week, eight current and former city officials were arrested on corruption charges. 

It is now coming to light that the media has been engaged in a coverup of the scandal, not on behalf of these corrupt politicians, but rather, on behalf of the party to which they are affiliated.  You see, all eight of these ‘rats’ are Democrats. 

Yet, out of hundreds of stories that have been published about the scandal, very few bothered to mention the party affiliation of the politicians involved.  In fact, it seems clear that there has been a deliberate effort to avoid reporting it.

“Holy Leftwing Love Affair, Batman!”

In left wing lunacy, Media, Obama on August 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

At the risk of sounding cynical, it’s this the ‘Joe Camel strategy’?

All Liberal Arguments Lead to George W. Bush

In Jackasses, left wing lunacy, Media, Obama on July 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

When was the last time you saw a liberal being interviewed where the name of George W. Bush did not come up within the first five minutes?  Chances are that it has been quite sometime.  Liberal Democrats have been running against Bush since 2000, and even though there is evidence that the ‘blame Bush’ tactic is wearing very thin, they seem to not be able to stop.   Here is a great example;

Even though the discussion is about what the Obama DOJ is doing right now, Kirsten Powers just can’t help injecting the Bush administration into the argument  debate not once, not twice, but five times.  It is like a ‘slap stick’ comedy routine.  No, really!  It’s like that old Abbott and Costello bit, “Who’s on first”, in which every effort Lou makes to find out the names of the players on the team, it keeps leading to third base.

The Bloom is Off the Rose

In Media, Obama on June 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Remember the the ‘state run media’ marketing campaign to visually display Obama as a godlike messiah figure.

My, how things have changed.

H/T: NRO Media Blog