Archive for category 4th Estate (Media)
Forbes Magazine guy makes the case that charities can feed the poor without gov’t help.
This is just another Christian – Tea Party – Libertarian meme of course.
But I’ve never heard it expresses with such certainty and seriousness. Forbes has finally jumped the shark with this clown.
The DNC has a nifty website full of actual facts in case the right-wingers at your family Thanksgiving get-together start repeating stuff they heard on Faux News Channel.
Matt Damon gives Howard Zinn’s take on civil disobedience
Rocky Anderson talks about the Trans Pacific Partnership:
Update: More information:
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan issued a terse 90-second “correction” Sunday night, semi-apologizing for her discredited October 27 report featuring a false “eyewitness” account of the Benghazi terrorist attack. Dylan Davies, a security officer employed by the State Department, lied to “60 Minutes” and in a book published by Threshold Editions, a right-wing branch of CBS subsidiary Simon and Schuster.
That’s not enough. Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” spent a week claiming that the fake Benghazi report was accurate – the result of a year’s worth of research, he asserted. Yet it only took a few days for The Washington Post to find proof that Davies wasn’t credible.
First of all, why do a story on the anniversary of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack? There was nothing new to report, although CBS might have wanted to cater to right-wing conspiracy theorists and political figures.
Logan’s “60 Minutes” report perpetuated the right-wing myth that there are “lingering questions” about the U.S. reaction to the Benghazi attack that haven’t been addressed. This was a lie, and her “correction” last night did not set the record straight.
In both her original report and last night’s “correction,” Logan failed to explain the tie-in between “60 Minutes” and Threshold Editions, which released Davies’ book two days after he appeared on the show.
Logan failed to address why “60 Minutes” accepted Davies’ account of the Benghazi attack, after Fox News Channel rejected it. That might have been a red flag, don’t you think?
Will “60 Minutes” launch an independent investigation? Logan didn’t say last night if there will be an independent panel to investigate what went wrong, like the 2004 investigation that ended Dan Rather’s career with CBS News.
Will Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, keep their jobs or face any punishment over this mistake? We don’t know.
UPDATE: Let CBS know what you think of Lara Logan and the lies she put on the air.
UPDATE: Media Matters: The Benghazi Hoax Chapter 16: 60 Minutes
A man drives his truck up the capital steps in Utah – which were designed to not allow vehicles to drive up there – according to the Deseret News:
When the Capitol was renovated several years ago, the steps were built at a steeper angle as a security measure, designed to make a vehicle either bottom-out or be unable to make the climb.
“It was just the perfect-sized truck with the right amount of clearance to do what it did,” he said.
The same Deseret News aticle from page 1 claims:
Green has several DUI convictions and minor traffic violations, but no other criminal history in Utah.
The man’s prior criminal history in Utah is minor: a few traffic violations and a charge of unlawful purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor when he was 18, according to a search of court records.
Some reports said the man wasn’t able to be tazed, but this report from The Associated Press said:
Troopers confronted him on the building’s third floor, where they stunned Green with a Taser, punched him in the face and arrested him.
I don’t know if this was a ploy to legalize marijuana or pump-up the drug war; a scheme to increase “Homeland Security” and the Bluffdale mega-spy-center or maybe it was only a youthful indiscretion.
Now here’s my point…
The fact remains that this dude could have just walked up those stairs and right into the building with a gun and shot anybody he wanted to, but he didn’t have a gun.
Lots of people on the left are frustrated with the false equivalency, lazy centrist arguments that crop up in the media – the bland, fact free assumption that the progressive left must be as extremist and nutty as the teabagger right. There are lots of reasons why this happen but the biggest one is simply that it allows journalists to pretend to be objective and to avoid being accused of bias. It’s a false narrative and it’s part of the problem.
One of the problems with horse race journalism is not just that it’s content-free. It’s also that by continually focusing on power and the perceptions of power, the muddling of fact into opinion creates an environment wherein both sides of the mythical “center” of the parties are seen as equally extreme.[snip]
It matters that conservatives have been proven wrong about the relationship between deficits and inflation. It matters that conservatives have been proven wrong about climate change. It matters that countries with single-payer healthcare have better care at lower cost. It matters that treating minorities as human beings with equal rights does not cause society to fall apart. It matters that supply side economic theory has been proven to be a disaster. It matters that record corporate profits and low effective tax rates are accompanying high unemployment, killing all conservative claims about economic realities in any fair debate. It matters that blue states tend to be socially and economically happier than red ones. It matters that countries with decent gun control laws have far lower rates of gun violence and murder in general. It matters that imposing austerity during a recession only deepens the economic doldrums while increasing the debt, and that this fact has been proven out in recent years. It matters that income inequality is damaging to a country’s economic future, and that retirement programs for the elderly can easily be paid for by taking what amounts to pocket change in taxes from the wealthiest Americans. These aren’t matters of opinion to be gauged on the sliding scale. These are matters of fact.
Helen Thomas has passed on.
This is a great relief to people in power.
She was purged from the media and the press corpse when she dared to say something against Israel after being a staple of American journalism for decades.
We will miss you.
The picture in this post was made possible because a local activist sent Helen those flowers. Sometimes, I’m proud of Utah!
Watch an unelected president become uncomfortable:
I haven’t been following it, but I’ve heard the Zimmerman trial has been all over the cable networks, which I canceled years ago when my local outlet decided I needed to get a box in order to get a C-Span channel I already had.
Maybe somebody can tell me, but did the “American Legislative Exchange Council” come up in the trial or on the cable coverage?
Was Zimmerman emboldened to shoot his gun due to legislation passed in multiple states, due to secretive ALEC legislation?
As an American, I believe these are questions that need to be asked.
You don’t need to depend on me. You can get your information from one of the best journalists left in America:
Update: I’ve had a request to provide the transcript to the Bill Moyers program. You can find it here.