CNN and MSNBC trail Fox News because the country isn’t as liberal as CNN and MSNBC

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 25th, 2014

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President Obama recently said that Fox News is out to get him.  Again.  As he can’t spread his message when Fox News is out there telling the truth (see It’s Been A Year Since Jeff Zucker Took Over At CNN — And Ratings Have Plunged To 20-Year Lows by Brett LoGiurato posted 1/22/2014 on Business Insider).

Overall, however, the metrics suggest that Zucker has failed to spark CNN’s ratings. MSNBC suffered from the dip of a non-election year that saw CNN surge past it to a distant No. 2 in total-day viewers next to the dominant Fox News. But CNN’s own primetime ratings slid to a 20-year low.

Why is Fox News dominant?  Is it because they are fair and balanced unlike MSNBC and CNN that lean left?  Or is it because Fox News leans right?  Whatever it is it is apparently what the majority of viewers want.  For they don’t want to watch ‘news’ that is little more than state-run propaganda.  Disseminating the Democrat talking points along with the three broadcast networks.  NBC, ABC and CBS.

According to Gallup most Americans identify themselves as conservative (38%).  The next largest group of people identify themselves as Moderate (34%).  While only 23% identify themselves as liberal (see Liberal Self-Identification Edges Up to New High in 2013 by Jeffrey M. Jones posted 1/10/2014 on Gallup).  So is it any surprise that people tune out from ‘news’ shows that advance the liberal agenda more than just report the news?  Perhaps this is the reason why Fox News dominates.  Because people want actual news.  Not Democrat talking points.  For what conservative or moderate would?

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More Liberal Newspapers fail after Repeatedly Insulting 75% of the Population

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 10th, 2013

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Two more liberal icons fall.  The Boston Globe.  And The Washington Post.  Why?  Well, the left would say it’s because Americans are just too stupid to know what good journalism is.  While the right will say these papers are nothing more than a propaganda arm for the liberal Obama administration.  Who can find no wrong in whatever they do.  But the American people can.  And they’ve just grown tired of these papers carrying the water of the liberal cause (see Future of LA Times still in question after Washington Post, Boston Globe sales by James O’Toole posted 8/7/2013 on CNNMoney).

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for the newspaper industry, with both The Washington Post and The Boston Globe finding new owners. Is The Los Angeles Times next..?

The Los Angeles Times, by contrast, is widely known to have been on the block for months, but a sale has been slow in coming…

A number of possible buyers for Tribune’s newspaper properties have been mentioned in recent media reports, including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and a group of investors in Southern California including business magnates Eli Broad and Ron Burkle…

Charles Koch and his brother David are well-known supporters of conservative causes, and their interest in Tribune’s newspapers has provoked an outcry from a number of left-leaning groups who fear they would use the titles to push their political agenda.

“We need newspapers that are dedicated to providing objective and high-quality reporting, not another Fox-news style propaganda machine,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in May.

Yeah, right.  Objective and high-quality reporting.  Like the AFL-CIO would never want a newspaper publisher to have a liberal bias.  And favor their cause.  No, they would never want that.  Pull the other one.

The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times all have a liberal bias.  Which is part of the reason they are failing.  For 75% of the American people don’t think like the liberals controlling these papers (see Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S. by Lydia Saad posted 1/12/2012 on Gallup).  Yet these liberals insult 75% of the American people on a daily basis.  And they wonder why they’re losing subscribers.

Truth be told the more objective papers are on the right.  Because they don’t have to lie about how their destructive economic policies are good for the country.  They don’t have to lie about how making nice with America’s enemies will make our enemies our friends.  And they don’t have to lie about how Obamacare will lower health care costs while providing more people with high quality health care.  These policies have been a disaster for the liberals.  Yet you won’t read that in these liberal papers.  Those papers that are supposed to provide objective and high-quality reporting.  But are little more than a propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

And yet they wonder why they’re losing subscribers.

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Alec Baldwin apologizes for his Gay Slur tweeted in the Heat of the Moment

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 30th, 2013

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Bill Clinton cheated on his wife.  With a few women.  Even with (at least) one in the White House.  But he is still loved by the left.  Especially the ladies.  Because Bill Clinton says he is a feminist.  Someone who doesn’t objectify or sexualize women.  Even though a string of infidelities would suggest otherwise.  But that doesn’t matter.  For if you act like a feminist most of the time you can get away with some very bad behavior some of the time.  That’s a big perk about being a liberal.  You can get away with a lot.  All you have to do is say you’re sorry (see Alec Baldwin apologizes to NY gay group for tweets by Associated Press posted 6/28/2013 on Yahoo! News).

Alec Baldwin has apologized to a New York City-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group for a series of tweets that could be interpreted as homophobic.

Baldwin’s messages were directed at a newspaper reporter who accused his wife of tweeting during the funeral for the former star of “The Sopranos” James Gandolfini (gan-dahl-FEE’-nee). Baldwin says in a letter to GLAAD posted on its website Friday his tweets didn’t have anything to do with “issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.”

According to CBS News he called the reporter a “queen.”  In order to insult him.  For many men will insult another man by calling him a homosexual.  Because of all that testosterone coursing through their bodies.  Making some of these men wear their shirts open to show all that crispy chest hair.  And date women young enough to be their daughters.  Or even their granddaughters.  Because these manly men have so much heterosexual charms that they can get these young women.  While other men who aren’t as sexy as them walking on a European beach with their bellies hanging over their Speedo swimsuits might as well give it up and be a “queen.”  The ultimate insult a manly man with a young wife can hurl at another man.  For they are so hetero that they can get the young hottie as these ladies just can’t resist that crispy chest hair.  Or that glorious belly.  While these beautiful young women stay away from these other men as if they were “queens,” seeing them as so sexually unappealing that they can’t even imagine them pleasuring a woman.

So men hurl gay slurs at their friends.  For this is how men joke around with other men.  They insult each other.  And being called a “queen” impugns that they cannot satisfy a lady.  The greatest insult of all.  Throw in a few drinks and these can become fighting words.  For men are very sensitive about their bedroom skills.  And know that other men are, too.  So the gay slur is often the go to insult.

The men who use the gay slur may not be homophobic.  But they don’t want anything to do with that lifestyle.  As they are all about rocking their woman’s world in the bedroom.  And making sure that others know just how much of a swaggering stud they are.  Especially when their woman is much younger than they are.

Most times these gay slurs are harmless.  Because they aren’t directed at gay people.  And are not meant to attack gay people.  They’re used most times among friends.  And soon to be ex-friends.  But if someone on the right uses one they are accused of a hate crime.  While those on the left just have to say, “Sorry.”  And all is forgiven.

The left will attack anyone on the right for a momentary slip of the tongue.  Saying it is a sign of deeply held bigoted hateful views.  Even if it was something they said 20 years earlier.  But if a liberal has a momentary slip of the tongue it is NOT a sign of deeply held bigoted hateful views.  But it does make one wonder what a person really thinks when they go to a gay slur in the heat of the moment.  Not jokingly hurling the gay slur at a friend.  But at someone that fills them with a deep seething hatred.  Is he just going through the motions of being a good liberal?  Just so he can avoid being attacked for very bad behavior some of the time?  Who knows?  But one thing for sure if you don’t want to be held to a high standard every time you stick your foot in your mouth it is better to be a liberal.

It’s a pity that the left can’t be so forgiving to those on the right suffering from foot-in-mouth disease.

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It wasn’t an Anti-Government Tea Party Nut that sent Ricin to President Obama

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 8th, 2013

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After the Boston Marathon bombings the liberal media was quick to point out the symbolism surrounding that day (tax day, anniversary of Waco, anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing, Patriots’ Day, etc.) pointing to an anti-government Tea Party nut.  Some even commented that they hoped it wasn’t a Muslim.  Because they wanted it to be an anti-government Tea Party nut.  To justify further oppression of the Tea Party.  And not to bring up issues about the war on terror.  Or immigration reform.  But it had to be some Muslim.  Greatly dismaying those on the left.

The same thing happened when someone sent letters with ricin to President Obama and New York City Mayor Bloomberg.  It was all over in the news when there was a chance it was some anti-government Tea Party nut.  But now you hardly hear anything about it.  Because it was not an anti-government Tea Party nut (see Bit-part actor charged over plot to frame husband for ricin letters by Paul Harris posted 6/8/2013 on the guardian).

It is a story that reads like the plot of a cheap, pulp thriller – except perhaps not quite as believable.

On Friday, a pregnant bit-part actor in Texas was charged with sending letters to President Barack Obama and New York mayor Michel Bloomberg laced with the deadly nerve poison ricin in an apparent bizarre bid to frame her husband for the crime.

Shannon Richardson, who has had small roles on TV shows like the Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries, is a mother of five, who first went to the police with her concerns that her husband, Nathaniel Richardson, might have mailed the letters – which were intercepted before they reached their intended recipients.

But as investigators studied the case the focus of their questioning instead began to settle on the person who had made the outrageous claims in a scenario that on its face value saw a marital spat develop into a full blown bio-terrorist attack on the White House…

Amazingly this is not the first case of its kind this year. In April letters laced with ricin were sent to Obama, a Mississippi senator and a local judge. Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi, was quickly arrested but charges were dropped and another man was picked up. That man, J Everett Dutschke, was later charged with mailing the letters, but also with trying to frame Curtis – who was described as a local rival.

As much as they want these attacks against America to be from disgruntled anti-government Tea Party nuts so they can further marginalize the Tea Party and get more sympathy for using the IRS to harass them they’re not.  These people breaking the law aren’t law-abiding Tea Party people.  They are anti-American Islamist terrorists.  Or just some nut doing something stupid.

But that doesn’t fit the narrative.  So the left continues to belittle and marginalize the Tea Party.  And uses all the powers of their office to attack them.  Or any of their other political enemies.  While urging everyone not to jump to any conclusions that the Boston Marathon bombers were radical Muslims who hated America.  No.  That didn’t mean anything.  But the symbolism of April 15?  We should all fear the law-abiding people of the Tea Party on that day.  For they may do something crazy like throw tea bags into Boston Harbor.

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Chinese Journalists fight State Censorship while American Journalists Self-Censor Themselves

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 19th, 2013

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The mainstream media in America is more like the propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party than the Chinese journalists who risk their lives and careers to report the truth.  The American media loves their president.  And fawn over him in a cult of personality.  Telling him things like, “Excellent job, Mr. President.”  And, “How wise of you to say that, Mr. President.”  And, “What a shame that YouTube video did to our consulate in Benghazi, Mr. President.”  President Obama can do no wrong in their eyes.  Something the Chinese Communists wish their media would be more like (see Former Beijing Publisher Honored For Resisting Censors by Sophia Fang posted 1/17/2013 on The Epoch Times).

Dai Zigeng, the publisher that was reported to have resigned recently after refusing to reprint state propaganda, was honored with the 2012 Most Influential Person award at a prominent Chinese media conference ceremony…

The censorship row against Southern Weekly, a liberal newspaper in southern China, was triggered when the Guangdong chief propaganda official Tuo Zhen altered the paper’s New Year’s edition to praise the Communist Party…

One of the regime’s mouthpiece media, the Global Times responded with an editorial titled “Southern Weekly issue prompts soul-searching over media’s role,” saying that the defiance displayed by Southern Weekly was incited by hostile foreign forces.

Dai was publisher of the Beijing News, a newspaper that was forced to reprint the Global Times’ attack. He refused, and resigned. The paper was made to print it anyway.

The Central Propaganda Department then commanded all municipal level newspapers to reprint the Global Times editorial. According to Hong Kong media Ming Pao, propaganda chief Li Qibao issued a “must print” mandate to newspapers that hadn’t reprinted the editorial. Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of Chinese Communist Party, Liu Yunshan also reportedly helped with enforcement.

The U.S. doesn’t have a problem like this.  As the mainstream media doesn’t need “must print” mandates.  They are such sycophants of the Obama administration that they will write glowing pieces of propaganda without orders to do so.  And they will self-censor themselves.  They won’t report on anything that reflects poorly on the Obama administration.  Just ask yourself where was the reporting on Fast and Furious?  On Benghazi?  When he told the Russian diplomat he will have more freedom to address Vladimir Putin’s concerns on American missile defenses after the election?  Unless you caught it on Fox you probably didn’t hear about these things.

The mainstream media acts voluntarily like the propaganda arm of this administration.  While Chinese journalists risk their lives and careers to maintain journalistic integrity.  Something their counterparts in America know nothing about.  Having sold their journalistic souls just so they can be part of the “In” crowd.  So they can go to the best parties in Washington.  And rub shoulders with the beautiful people.  The rich and powerful.  And the celebrities.

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The American Left would like to treat Conservatives like the Chinese treat their Political Dissidents

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 12th, 2013

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The mainstream media has a liberal bias.  They support liberal Democrats and their policies.  They report favorably on liberal Democrats.  And attack the conservative opposition.  Liberals have benefitted nicely from this partnership with the mainstream media.  Virtually having their own propaganda ministry.  And they use it to advance a liberal agenda.  They have tried to pass legislation like the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle Rush Limbaugh in particular and talk radio in general.  They belittle Fox News and say it is a Right wing shill for simply not having a liberal bias.  They hate the Tea Party and blame them for any obstruction of liberal policies in Congress.   Some on the Left have even called for the rounding up and imprisoning of these ‘enemies of the state’ who oppose their liberal agenda.  Pining for the days before the Internet, cable television and talk radio when they had full control of the only three news networks.  Which is another reason why liberals love China (see Chinese protest outside newspaper gates in rare censorship demo by NBC News staff and wire reports posted 1/7/2013 on Behind the Wall on NBC News).

Scores of supporters of one of China’s most liberal newspapers demonstrated outside its headquarters on Monday in a rare protest against censorship, backing an unusual strike by journalists against interference by the provincial propaganda chief…

Negotiations between journalists and officials, whom the protesters held responsible for replacing a New Year’s letter to readers that called for a constitutional government with another piece lauding the party’s achievements, continued into the night, a senior journalist who asked not to be named told NBC News…

The protesters, most of them young, laid down small handwritten signs that said “freedom of expression is not a crime” and “Chinese people want freedom…”

The non-profit watchdog group Reporters without Borders ranked China at 174th out of 179 spots in its 2011-2012 press freedom index. The United States ranked 47th in the annual report, six rungs above Hong Kong, a former British colony which is administered separately from China’s mainland.

“China, which has more journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents in prison than any other country, stepped up its censorship and propaganda in 2011 and tightened its control of the Internet, particularly the blogosphere,” the group said in a report about the rankings.

What is the difference between liberals and conservatives?  In this case liberals would have sympathies for the Chinese Communist Party.  For they admire the Chinese way.  Just as they admired the Soviet way.  Where smart state planners ran the economy.  And prevented any private business owners from getting rich.  And these smart state planners even ran their personal lives.  Doing things that were for their best interests.  Because they were smarter than the people and knew what was best.  Even if the people disagreed.

Conservatives, meanwhile, would have sympathies for the Chinese people.  For they are simpatico with them.  Facing the same assault on their liberties from an ‘enlightened’ ruling class.  Albeit to a lesser degree than these Chinese lovers of liberty.  So far.

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Superstorm Sandy Recovery Slower in Less Affluent Areas where People Feel Abandoned

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 4th, 2012

Week in Review

After George W. Bush used his special secret powers to steer Hurricane Katrina into New Orleans and then blew up the levees protecting the city because he hated poor minorities (that’s what some on the Left believe), the media attacked him for the federal response.  Nothing was done fast enough.  Or good enough.  And the reason was because George W. Bush hasted poor minorities.  But many have placed a lot of blame on the mayor and governor.  For not following New Orleans’ evacuation plan.  Especially the mayor for waiting so long to give the evacuation order.  Probably few will ever be satisfied with placing the blame for the aftermath of Katrina.  For they could have done a lot of things better.

Katrina is past history.  A tragedy.  But a learning opportunity.  After that experience all levels of government should be able to operate as a finely oiled machine to bring quick relief to anyone suffering a Katrina-like event.  And now we’ve had one.  Hurricane Sandy (or Superstorm Sandy).  So how is the Sandy aftermath going?  Well, if you read some reports, you’d think you were reading about Katrina again (see ‘This is our Katrina’: Misery for 2.5 million STILL without power after six days as lawlessness and fear take over New York’s outer boroughs by Rachel Rickard Straus and Snejana Farberov posted 11/3/2012 on the Daily Mail).

Almost one week after superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast with its ferocious force, power was still out to some 2.5 million customers due to damages, down from 3.5 million on Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability claimed.

The state with the largest number of outages by far is still New Jersey with 32 percent of customers without power, it said it a report.

And as the lights begin to flicker on in Lower Manhattan, nine percent of customers across the state of New York still do not have power, followed by seven percent in Connecticut.

This comes as residents of the Rockaways in Queens continued to struggle without power, heat or food for a sixth day as their neighborhood slowly descended into chaos.

‘It’s chaos; it’s pandemonium out here,’ said Chris Damon, who had been waiting for 3.5 hours at the site and had circled the block five times. “It seems like nobody has any answers.”

Added Damon: ‘I feel like a victim of Hurricane Katrina. I never thought it could happen here in New York, but it’s happened.’

With little police presence on the storm-ravaged streets, many residents of the peninsula have been forced to take their protection into their own hands, arming themselves with guns, baseball bats and even bows and arrows to ward off thugs seeking to loot their homes…

City Councilman James Sanders said he fears that things are going to get even worse.

‘We have an explosive mix here,’ he said. ‘People will take matters into their own hands.’

Sanders has directed much of his anger and frustration at LIPA, calling on the City Council to investigate the utility for ignoring the Rockaways for so long.

‘LIPA has failed the people of the Rockaways,’ he said. ‘It’s a question of class… serving the richer areas of Long Island and ignoring the Rockaways…’

Stranded neighbors largely have been relying on volunteers delivering food, water and other basic necessities while the Red Cross and FEMA were still nowhere in sight…

In a Coney Island apartment block, where tenants huddle together in one room and human waste spills out of the toilet, tenant Jeffery Francis despairs that help is not getting to Brooklyn faster.

We are scavenging for food like animals,’ he told the New York Daily News. ‘We are in a crisis and no one will help us. Look at us. We are misery. Everyone cares about Manhattan. No one is looking out for us. Nothing…’

While power is likely to be returned to Manhattan’s East and West Villages, Financial District, Chelsea, Chinatown and the Lower East Side by the weekend, according to the power company Con Edison outages in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are not expected to be repaired for another week.

Across Staten Island residents are also increasingly frustrated they are being passed over while other parts of New York and New Jersey receive aid and attention…

For power companies, the scale of the destruction was unmatched – more widespread than any blizzard or ice storm and worse than the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

‘It’s unprecedented: fallen trees, debris, the roads, water, snow. It’s a little bit of everything,’ said Brian Wolff, senior vice president of the Edison Electric Institute, a group that lobbies for utilities.

Initially, about 60 million people were without power in 8.2 million homes and businesses.

By Wednesday night, that number had fallen to roughly 44 million people in 6 million households and businesses and today around 3.6 million are without power.

Manhattan and Long Island getting power before the less affluent areas hit by the storm?  That sounds like what the Left claimed the Bush administration was doing in New Orleans.  Now either President Obama hates poor minorities, too.  Or neither he nor George W. Bush hate poor minorities.  More likely the Democrat-friendly media reported every New Orleans failing because they hated George W. Bush.  While they will make no such claims in the Sandy aftermath because they love President Obama.

It would probably be better to have a Republican in the White House during the Sandy recovery.  Because the media would be relentless attacking the administration for every misstep.  While a lesser federal effort under a Democrat administration will get a more positive treatment in the media.  So there would be more urgency under a Republican administration to help people than there would be under a Democrat administration.  Especially poor people and minorities.  Who the Left says Republicans hate.  Especially when this is happening a week before an election.

Had Sandy happened with George W. Bush in office running for reelection they would have excoriated him for hitting the campaign trail.  For not expending every last effort in the recovery process.  It would have been just like Katrina.  But President Obama can hit the campaign trail.  For he walked New Jersey with Governor Christie.  And that was enough.  Of course the people in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, New Jersey and in the other areas struggling to recover from Sandy probably want more.  Especially when they see the lights coming on in Manhattan when they have no power, food or heat.  And have to defend themselves from roving mobs of looters.

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As the Economic Carnage Piles Up the Left Worries about the Tea Party and Michelle Bachman

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 14th, 2011

Liberal Pollsters have been Known to Over Sample Democrats and Under Sample Republicans

You have to be wary of pollsters these days.  Often times their numbers seem to be as partisan as the politicians (see Tea Party’s heyday may be coming to an end, say political experts by Alexander Bolton posted 8/14/2011 on The Hill).

Two national polls released this month by CNN and The New York Times in conjunction with CBS News showed the Tea Party’s unfavorable rating at an all-time high.

Political scientists say the data shows a backlash of independent voters against conservative lawmakers who have taken a hard line against bipartisan compromise in Washington.

Funny how only the Republicans are hard line.  Government spending is growing unsustainable.  S&P warned that this could not continue.  They wanted to see $4 trillion in spending cuts in the next decade.  And a serious response to the explosion in future health care spending (Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare).  The Democrats were so hard line that they said any cuts in these programs was not an option.  Period.  So the one thing they absolutely had to do they refused categorically to do.  You can’t get more hard line than that.

They included no links to the polls cited.  And it’s no secret that CNN, The New York Times and CBS have a liberal bias.  They’ve be known to over sample Democrats and under sample Republicans in their polls.  Not saying that they did that here.  But without the date available for review, anything is possible.

Michelle Bachman gets the Sarah Palin Treatment on CNN

And if the Tea Party was falling in such disfavor, would a Tea Party favorite win the Ames straw pollMichelle Bachman won in Ames.  So one has to be wary of media reports trying to disparage the Tea Party.  Because the Tea Party is a huge grassroots movement.  That doesn’t like government as usual.  So the mainstream media takes every opportunity to belittle them.  And their candidates (see Bachmann downplays Perry’s bid, says she can win over independents in 2012 by Meghashyam Mali posted 8/14/2011 on The Hill).

CNN host Candy Crowley called on Bachmann to address concerns about her experience by naming her greatest legislative achievement.

I can think of a previous candidate for president who had far less experience that CNN never treated like this.  Then Senator Barack Obama.  Perhaps the most inexperienced candidate of all time.  But they never pressed him on his lack of experience.  Instead, they teamed him up with an old guy.  Joe Biden.  Who looked like he had enough experience for the both of them.  So Obama got a pass.  While the Republican vice president candidate, Sarah Palin, who had more experience than Barack Obama, got the Michelle Bachman treatment.  (Or, rather, Michelle Bachman got the Sarah Palin treatment.)

The Obama Recession Succeeds, Americans are using Less Oil

And how is the Inexperienced One doing on the economy?  Not good.  But Obama is achieving his green policy agenda with every further drop in GDP.  And uptick in the unemployment rate (see Analysis:Recession could tip U.S. oil use into permanent decline by Joshua Schneyer posted 8/14/2011 on Reuters).

Until recently, most analysts believed a healthier economy would push U.S. oil use higher this year and next, before tighter environmental regulations, increased use of biofuels, and tougher fuel-efficiency standards kick in later this decade to lower demand permanently.

Instead, a sour economy may turn last year’s demand growth into a one-off. With U.S. manufacturing and service sectors slowing, a recent S&P downgrade on U.S. debt, and a series of stock market falls that have rattled consumer confidence, the odds are tilting toward short-term declines as well.

Now it has been the agenda of the Obama administration for Americans to use less oil.  And here he has been successful.  For his economic policies have done nothing to alleviate this insufferable recession.  And as oil is the lifeblood of a healthy economy, a sick economy is one that uses less oil.  So here’s one for the win column for the president.  And the price to achieve this green energy goal?

Higher unemployment since 2007 has cut U.S. vehicle miles traveled by about 2 percent, said James Coan at Rice University’s Baker Institute in Houston. Americans without jobs drive about 55 percent less, Coan said.

Make as many Americans as miserable as possible.  Work less.  Buy less.  Drive less.  Enjoy life less.  Yeah, it sucks, but it’s for a good cause.  You’re saving the environment.  And, yes, it’s bad now.  But look at the bright side.  At least it can’t get any worse.

Save the Planet, Screw the People

Oh, yes, but it can.  Because we are using less oil and driving more fuel efficient cars, gasoline taxes are down.  So now they want to put a device in our cars to track us.  And charge for every mile we drive (see More states considering pay-by-the-mile car taxes by Chris Woodyard posted 8/14/2011 on USA Today).

Mileage fees would take the place of gasoline taxes, which will decrease as more fuel-efficient and electric cars are introduced. The Detroit Bureau says the typical American motorist getting a combined 25 mpg today pays just under 2 cents a mile in gas taxes.

So on top of all the misery we have to pay more to drive.  It’s because of those damn electric cars.  It’s one of those unintended consequences.  We’ll save the planet.  Reduce our consumption of foreign oil.  “Um, sir, if no one buys any gasoline we won’t collect any gas taxes.”  “What?  Oh, yeah.  Didn’t think about that.  Well we’ll just have to figure out another more costly and more intrusive way to get our money then, won’t we?”

Save the planet.  Screw the people.

The Left  was going to unleash an Economic Explosion with Higher Taxes and more Regulations

The Tea Party appears to still be ascendant.  Michelle Bachman won the Ames straw poll.  People finally got their representatives to stand up against government as usual during the debt ceiling debate.  Those on the Left are stepping up their attacks on one of the few forces that dare to oppose them.  All while the economy is swirling like a flushed toilet.

This isn’t how it was supposed to be.  When the Left won the White House in 2008 after winning the House and Senate in 2006, everything was supposed to be swell.  They were going to unleash an explosion of economic activity with higher taxes and more regulations.  To finally put the ‘myth’ of Reaganomics down for good.  But their policies haven’t worked.  And they can’t understand why.

Of course, they’ll never consider that they were wrong.  Instead they’ll say to just give it more time.  And that apparently George W. Bush made things worse than even they ever had imagined possible.

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A Neutered American Lapdog is Advancing Agenda, not Reporting News

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 22nd, 2011

Dirty Journalists keep Politicians Clean

Poor Rupert Murdoch.  He’s getting no love from the British Establishment over the phone hacking scandal.  Those who once courted the “feral beast” (British tabloids) are turning against it.  Probably because the other political party wooed them more successfully.  And if you’re in politics, you want them on your side.  Because they’re good at their jobs (see In Defense of Hacks by Toby Harnden posted 7/21/2011 on Foreign Policy).

Whereas our American counterparts have long viewed themselves as comparable to lawyers and doctors, we British hacks still see ourselves as practitioners of a grubbing craft rather than members of an upstanding profession. (The public, which views us as on a par with real estate agents, prostitutes and perhaps even criminals, tends to agree.)

Yes, they’re less Walter Cronkite and more Louie De Palma (a character on the American sitcom Taxi).  For a good journalist knows how to get dirty.  Like Louie, a good journalist is born dirty.

While the American press has certainly had its share of similar disgraces, it is true that American newspaper articles are in the main more accurate and better-researched than British ones; the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal was not wrong when it ventured that Fleet Street has “long had a well-earned global reputation for the blind-quote, single-sourced story that may or may not be true.” But stories in the American press also tend to be tedious, overly long, and academic, written for the benefit of po-faced editors and Pulitzer panels rather than readers. There’s a reason a country with a population one-fifth the size of that of the United States buys millions more newspapers each week.

For all their faults, British “rags” are more vibrant, entertaining, opinionated, and competitive than American newspapers. We break more stories, upset more people, and have greater political impact.

That’s the way American journalism was before the Political Class co-opted it.  And why ordinary Americans once read newspapers.  To keep an eye on the scoundrels we put into elected office.  It was one of the few things that kept our elected officials somewhat honest.  Or, at least, honest enough not to lose the next election.

In fact, for the British press, the most damaging revelation of the phone-hacking scandal is the degree to which it shows that journalists — or, to be more precise, News International executives — breached the inner sanctums of the British Establishment. A breed that had always taken pride in being made up of grubby outsiders was allowed in and made the most of the opportunity.

In the United States, journalists are already on the inside: Witness President Barack Obama’s private chats with op-ed columnists, the Washington Post and Time magazine types who effortlessly segue into White House press secretaries and the cozy consensus of Washington’s political-journalism-industrial complex. All too often, American editors, perhaps mindful of their future cocktail party invitations, would prefer their reporters stroke rather than stick it to authority. British journalistic excesses can rightly be condemned, but the American media could use a few more of them. It took the National Enquirer to bring Senator John Edwards to book — and Fleet Street would not have stood for the credulous U.S. reporting on the Bush administration that characterized the run-up to the Iraq war.

That’s the last thing you want.  Your journalists getting all warm and cozy with the people they’re supposed to keep honest.  You don’t want the media to be an adjunct of one party, following orders to advance an agenda while launching personal attacks on the other party.  A good journalist should hate all political authority equally.  And show no favoritism when destroying political careers.  

It is the very politicians who used every opportunity to ingratiate themselves with Murdoch and his acolytes who are now those calling for News International to be broken up — and for the media as a whole to be called to account. Their aim? A regulation system — probably headed up by new a government-appointed “independent” body — that produces a neutered press close to the American model. Having visited Washington and seen reporters stand up when the American president enters the room (British hacks do no such thing for the prime minister) and ask respectful, earnest three-part questions, no wonder our politicians would want more of the same.

The danger of the fevered atmosphere in Britain — where justified outrage over tabloid tactics is fast leading to a hasty public inquisition, with 10 official inquiries or investigations underway at last count — is that what Prime Minister Tony Blair once termed the “feral beast” of the media might be tamed and muzzled. Perhaps the worst outcome of all would be for it to be turned into an American-style lapdog.

If you want to learn about American politics (or journalism) read a British newspaper.  The British Establishment hates and fears them.  Because they do their job.  Whereas in America, the Political Class only hates and fears FOX NEWS and talk radio (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.).  Which tells you where to go to get your news.  Because if you want objective reporting, you have to go where they dare to be unflattering.  Unlike the sycophants in the ‘mainstream’ media.  For an unneutered feral beast is the only thing that will go for the political jugular.  And restrain the excess of our elected scoundrels.  I mean representatives.

And sometimes you need to get dirty.  Because getting dirty is sometimes the only way to keep politicians clean.

Good Journalism is more Reporting and less Stroke

If you watch FOX NEWS or listen to talk radio you’ll hear a different ‘version’ of the news than that on the mainstream media.  For example, the mainstream media has reported repeatedly polls citing that Americans want the Republicans to stop being intransigent and raise taxes already so the budget deal to raise the debt limit can move ahead.  Interesting how that ‘report’ meshes perfectly with the Obama administration policy agenda.  And yet Rasmussen reports a completely contrary poll finding (see Most Voters Fear Debt Deal Will Raise Taxes Too Much, Cut Spending Too Little posted 7/22/2011 on Rasmussen Reports).

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters are worried more that Congress and President Obama will raise taxes too much rather than too little in any deal to end the debt ceiling debate. Just 26% fear they’ll raise taxes too little. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here…)

There’s a wide difference of opinion, however, between the Political Class and Mainstream voters. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of the Political Class is worried the deal will cut spending too much, while 63% of Mainstream voters fear it won’t cut spending enough. Those in the Mainstream worry more than Political Class voters by a near two-to-one margin – 70% to 37% – that the debt deal also will raise taxes too much.

It sounds like ordinary Americans don’t want higher taxes and more spending.  In fact, they are worried that any deal may raise taxes too much or cut spending too little.  Now this opposes the Obama administration policy agenda.  So I wonder which journalism is more reporting and less stroke?  And which is truer?

Entitlement Spending is the Cause of all our Budget Woes

Americans should be worried about raising taxes instead of cutting spending.  Because there is a much bigger problem out there (see Missing the Debt by Yuval Levin posted 7/21/2011 on The Corner).

…starting in the 2050s, CBO projects that health-care spending will be greater than all other non-interest spending combined, and the federal government will basically be a health insurer with some unusual side ventures like an army and a navy.

…health-care entitlement spending is basically 100 percent of our medium and long-term debt problem.

That thing that Obama and the Democrats refuse to put on the table?  Entitlement reform?  Especially all the health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid and now Obamacare)?  They’re the cause of all our budget woes.  Ignoring this fact makes the budget debate pointless.  It’s just political theatre.  Fiddling while America burns.  Pity we don’t have an unneutered feral beast to put this issue front and center.  Besides FOX NEWS and talk radio, that is.

FOX NEWS will Report what the Political Class rather you not Hear

Interestingly, FOX NEWS is part of the Rupert Murdoch Empire.  And those on the left viciously belittle it as not being ‘real’ news.  But they sure incur the wrath of the Political Class.  Which should tell you a thing or two.  Because when it comes to news organizations, they only hate those who report things they’d rather you not hear.

Of course there is a chance that the FOX NEWS isn’t a legitimate news organization.  And that they are only reporting inflammatory pieces to make a buck.  And that the Political Class is pure and innocent as the winter’s snow.  That everything they do is for our own best interests.  Being the honest public servants that they are.

Yeah, right.  Pull the other.

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The Mainstream Media and their Owners are biased in Favor of Government Largess, not Objectivity

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 10th, 2011

The Mainstream Media is Biased after All

Problems with a for-profit education dependent on federal student loans beset The Washington Post.  Reveals a clear and present bias.  And threatens the venerable masthead (see The Washington Post’s dependence on the government it covers by Glenn Greenwald posted 4/10/2011 on Salon).

“The fate of The Post Co. has become inextricably linked with that of Kaplan, where revenue climbed to $2.9 billion in 2010, 61 percent of The Post Co.’s total,” the article detailed; “the company is more dependent than ever on a single business,’ [CEO Donald] Graham wrote in last year’s annual report, adding that the newspaper had never accounted for as large a share of overall company revenue as Kaplan does today.”

And that single business is an educational one.  A network of for-profit universities aimed at those who can’t afford a traditional college education.  These ‘poor’ people often pay for this education with federal loans.  And, of course, education is highly regulated by the federal government.  So this puts this The Post Co. into a bit of a sticky wicket.

Put another way, the company that owns The Washington Post is almost entirely at the mercy of the Federal Government and the Obama administration — the entities which its newspaper ostensibly checks and holds accountable.

Which is another way of saying there is a conflict of interest.  Which may taint their objectivity.  At times.  Not necessarily.  But possibly.  Which may explain the dominance of FOX NEWS.  Who may be beholden to corporate interests, too.  But it is clear that they are not beholden to the Obama Administration.  No, the current administration doesn’t much care for FOX.  Which can’t help but to lend an air of objectivity.

Beyond being reliant on federal money and not alienating federal regulators, the Post Co. desperately needs favorable treatment from members of Congress, and has been willing to use its newspaper to obtain it…

The Post is hardly alone among major media outlets in being owned by an entity which relies on the Federal Government for its continued profitability. NBC News and MSNBC were long owned by GE, and now by Comcast, both of which desperately need good relations with government officials for their profits. The same is true of CBS (owned by Viacom), ABC (owned by Disney), and CNN (owned by TimeWarner). For each of these large corporations, alienating federal government officials is about the worst possible move it could make — something of which all of its employees, including its media division employees, are well aware.

Of course, they left off two other entities that depend on not alienating the federal government.  PBS.  And NPR.  They have no corporate middlemen.  They get their funding directly from the federal government.  So they’ll be even more careful not to bite the hand that’s feeding them.

It would appear that journalism somehow went awry.  They will still criticize corporate fat cats.  Just not the corporate fat cats that sign their checks.  Or the government that signs the corporate fat cats’ checks.

The whole point of the First Amendment’s free press guarantee is that adversarial journalism is possible only if journalists are independent of political power. Yet the U.S. now has exactly the opposite dynamic: most major media outlets are owned by corporations that are anything but independent of government: they are quite dependent upon political officials for their profit in countless ways. We have anything but an independent press, which is another way of saying we have anything but a free press.

It is interesting that many attack the Republicans for being in the hip pocket of the big corporations.  And some of their loudest critics are themselves in the hip pocket of big corporations.  But claims of media bias are laughed off by those in the hip pocket of big corporations.  Meanwhile, they attack FOX NEWS for not being a legitimate news organization.  When many of these attackers are themselves far from legitimate.  So are these people inherently immoral?  Amoral?  Or are they just human?

Currying favor with political officials is how they secure scoops, leaks and access. Because media stars are now as wealthy and celebrated as the politically powerful whom they cover, they identify on socioeconomic and cultural grounds with these political officials; media stars are far more integrated into the halls of political power than they are outside of them.

They’re just human.  Craving attention.  Fame.  Wealth.  The good life.  And more fame.  They all want to be Walter Cronkite.  To become a legend.  By achieving greatness just for reporting the greatness of others.  That’s why reality television is so successful.  People watch rank amateurs achieve celebrity without any real talent.  And they say, hey, that could be me.  And so it is with many of today’s journalists.

FOX NEWS Dares to say the King Isn’t Wearing any Clothes

So how biased is today’s media?  Perhaps not that biased.  Here’s a newspaper story pretty critical of President Obama (see O meets the fog of war posted 4/10/2011 on New York Post).

Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded US military forces in Libya until control of the operation was handed over to NATO, told a Senate hearing Thursday that “there might be some consideration” of sending US ground troops to Libya to aid the anti-Khadafy rebels.

But President Obama said there would be no boots on the ground.  That we were only there on a humanitarian mission to protect Libyan civilians.  That we would be in and out in days, not weeks.  That there would be no mission-creep.  But this sounds like mission-creep.  A lot like in Vietnam.  We were only advisors at first.  To help an outmatched military force.  Then the mission crept.  And the next thing we knew we had hundreds of thousands of boots on the ground.  Could history be repeating?

The point being that situations, both on the ground and in the air, tend to change in unpredictable ways.

Gen. Ham surely knows this. Indeed, brand new second lieutenants know it.

But there’s no indication that President Obama and his defense team understand it — which probably explains why he doesn’t hesitate before making sweeping promises about the length and nature of America’s military commitments.

Perhaps.  While another Democrat president bungles us into another long-term military commitment in a land far from home that never attacked us.

Now that’s a pretty critical, objective news report on the Obama administration.  Perhaps the news media can maintain objectivity in the face of their corporate overlords dependent on the federal government for their profits.  Wait a tic.  The New York PostRupert Murdoch owns this, doesn’t he?  The same Rupert Murdoch who owns FOX NEWS?  Why, yes.  He does.  No wonder the New York Post isn’t afraid to say the king isn’t wearing any clothes.  Their income isn’t dependent on pleasing the king.

I guess a good rule of thumb for objective journalism is this.  Does Rupert Murdoch own the media outlet?  If so, it’s not an Obama administration toady.  And most likely objective.

A Detailed and Objective Mea Culpa

If you want to read more about the problems besetting The Washington Post thanks to its Kaplan division you can read a pretty detailed and objective accounting of it in The Washington Post (see The trials of Kaplan Higher Ed and the education of The Washington Post Co. by Steven Mufson and Jia Lynn Yang posted 4/9/2011 on The Washington Post).  It’s a fascinating read.  And quite the mea culpa.

Yes, they may be biased.  But they don’t like the position they’re in.  And that says something about the organization.  Besides, Charles Krauthammer is a columnist over there.  Not exactly a friend of the Obama administration.  And any paper that has Krauthammer as a columnist is all right by me.

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