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S3nd K3ys
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By: Resa LaRu Kirkland


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"We feel the mainstream media," she tells Newsmax, "is focusing on the negative stories coming out of Iraq and very rarely highlighting the good news."


WHAT??? American journalists, lying about a war? I've never heard of such a thing, except in Vietnam, Lebanon, Desert Storm, Iraqi war. Yeah...except for those wars, I've never heard of such a thing!

The above statement was made by Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Chairman of the Kurdistan Development Corporation and Kurdistan’s High Representative to the UK, after their group decided to make commercials thanking America for delivering them from Saddam Hussein. Haven't heard of it? Big Surprise! They had first approached CNN, offering to buy commercial time for their gratitude, and were turned down.

After all, we can't have good news about America or our warriors, now can we?

OK, enough sarcasm. America, how much longer are we going to tolerate the outright lies, twists, and misleading nature of the MSM? They have gotten away with this for so long now that they are downright blatant about it. I give you Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Mary Mapes as the most pervasive examples.

They repeatedly claim our warriors are causing mayhem and murder among the Iraqi people, and yet the Iraqi people, in the few truthful articles you can find, sing a different tune.

Besides handing out candy and other surprises to the children--who adore our fighting men--they also supply medical treatment that most Iraqis have never had. Soldier kindness, just like them, consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty.

And yet such graciousness is ignored over and over again...why?

Looking back in history, the most beloved stories of all mankind have been those of the unselfish giving of one's self for another. In fact, when asked who among men was the greatest of all, He who has the final say in everything said: Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. Pretty powerful statement. He didn't say, He who writes a self-condemning expose that twists the truth, or He who has the courage to lie to end a war that is a just cause. No. When confronted about the greatest of all mankind, Jesus Christ said that he who selflessly gave all he had for the sake of a brother was superior. By this definition, there is no more Christ-like person on earth than the American soldier. It is true, unabated, breath-taking glory.

Even our fiction stories that are cherished are rife with tales of good triumphing over evil. The best movies in history--fiction or not--have at their base that moment when a man must choose, and choose wisely. And every one of us cheers when he makes the unselfish choice. It inspires the soul with the hope that mankind indeed has Deity's DNA, and that every now and then, we get a glimpse of it.

The trouble is those in power do NOT believe this way. When they see a man do the right thing, they seethe with rage and disgust, and in a fury use their power to crush the truth under an avalanche of anti-war, anti-American, and anti-soldier propaganda. They saturate us with it, knowing full well that if they say it enough, it will eventually become the truth.

Now days, we have a weapon that we didn't have when Walter Cronkite was lying about Vietnam. We can look on the internet to find the truth from those who are actually living it. Trouble is, you have to search really, really hard to find anything under the tidal wave of leftist deception and MSM deviance. We can see that in spite of the MSM's fraud and the Democrat's whiny surrender flatulence, we are winning not just the war, but the people as well. They aren't just grateful; they are in love with the idea of America, and if the only thing this war accomplishes is to bring freedom to nations and people who have never known it, it was the right war, a just war...a Greater Love war. This war has Christ’s stamp of approval all over it, for it is purchasing the lives of our brethren with sacrifice and courage. Our soldiers know it, the Iraqis know it…the only ones who don’t are the ones with all the power.

We're winning, and that sickens the left and the MSM. Good news coming out of Iraq is bad news for them, and they are suffering. I say let's do the humane thing and put them out of their misery...and ours.


(Edited to fix un-quoted article taken from here
shr3dd
Thank you. I don't see why the media wants us out of Iraq, without trrops in Iraq they have nothing to lie about, I mean cover.
LeviticusMky
Very quickly:

If you say that the leftist bastards running the media are lying and omitting the truth, fine, believe whatever you want.

The thing to realize is: What makes you think anyone else should believe the articles you post? Seriously, if you say that the mainstream media is infested with god hating evil promoting lefties, what's to stop us lefties from believing that your sources are the exact same way?

So, to reflect what you have said above, in your words, with one major change:

"America, how much longer are we going to tolerate the outright lies, twists, and misleading nature of the [Right-wing media spin machine]? They have gotten away with this for so long now that they are downright blatant about it."
S3nd K3ys
LeviticusMky wrote:
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In other words... you're in denial that the majority of MSM is lieberal biased.
wolfhnd
Ever heard the line "no news in good news" if you think there is no good news on Iraq take a look at the local section of you home town newspaper.

Good news is hard to come by and if you took the news literally there is no place in this world you would want to live.
i_am_mine
The Media is Liberal Biased ? Wow? When did this happen? I mean, took a nap and voila ! A country where the media is LITERALLY owned by by the right...is now liberal?

If you think American Mass Media reporting in liberal than honey you don't know what reporting is...'Cus you should watch BBC a lot more, and you'd really think that thing is run outta a Democrat's garage eh?

Ever heard of Rupert Murdoch? Yeah the guy who owns most of America's TV ( " all your tv are belong to us " ,lol ), it just happens to be that he not only owns most of American TV on-air, but that he funds the Republicans and is pretty much all out conservative who has a knack for twisting the headlines to suit the Grand Ol party.

Remember what the news was like in the aftermath of 9-11? I mean, the News Corps could've been liberal then if they had wanted to ( since as you claim they are now ).But they weren't.You can lie to some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time...the rhetorical reporting after 9-11, the strong rightist lean...it couldn't stretch on forever, because even billion dollar media companies can't stretch a lie on forever, and once the public get even a hint of bias in reporting, its every broadcast is scrutinised, down to the weather report ( ok maybe not the weather report eh )

But now the mediacorps are stuck between the classical " rock and a hard spot ", they don't want to be telling you the truth like it is specially not the people who own these companies, and they don't want you to get worked up about not telling you anything ( now that you do know something fishy is up ) so they tone it down, and still well, " sorta tell it like it is ". If you think the reporting you see on TV is liberal and hurts the right, then man you aint' seen real truthful reporting yet, stuff like that wouldn't hurt the right....it'd put them in wooden casing, six feet under.

Oh and you'd say, who says Murdoch's a GOP man? Well HE says! ....He did do some very good deeds indeed like The Kerry Smear Campaign the last time around:

Murdoch Exploits 9/11 for Kerry Smear: http://baltimorechronicle.com/110204FAIR.shtml

And you know thanks to him you've got something as a GOP TV Channel
GOP TV

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Do you wax nostalgic about the Woodwards and Bernsteins of yesteryear, when the mighty press actually had sway in Washington? Well, it turns out the press isn’t as washed up we might have imagined: The Fourth Estate is running the show in our nation’s capitol. Unfortunately, the man in charge is Rupert Murdoch, and his motive is less about finding the truth and more about partisan politicking.

It started in October when, in response a Democratic filibuster against conservative judicial nominees, the Murdoch-owned newspaper Weekly Standard suggested GOP senators respond with an all-night talk-a-thon. The idea then appeared on Fox News–also owned by Murdoch–when anchors pitched the idea outright to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Two weeks later, the GOP "came up" with the same idea.

The Murdoch evil empire didn’t just propose the marathon senate session–it also orchestrated it. According to a leaked e-mail, one of Fox’s evening news show producers worked with one of Frist’s staffers, planning the GOP protest. The e-mail read, "The producer wants to know will (the senators) walk in (to the Senate) at 6:02 when the show starts so they get it live to open Brit Hume’s show."

Murdoch was rewarded for his allegiance. A week later, when Bush crashed Britain, he granted a one-on-one interview with–yep–the Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid. - The Boulder Weeky


Rupert Murdoch is generally regarded as the single most politically influential media proprietor in the world, and is regularly courted by politicians, especially current and past British and Australian Prime Ministers, who attempt to persuade him to run favourable coverage. His politics are generally right-wing and pro-American -- or, more accurately, pro-George W. Bush and pro-war. He is an ardent Republican and is said to have refused a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Right Owns The Radio Waves and Cable, and now you've even got Satellite TV....and you say the left is in the media? :
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A Present for Murdoch, Jeff Chester, The Nation, December 4, 2003 ("... The takeover of [DirecTV], with its 11 million subscribers, will greatly increase Murdoch's power over the American TV landscape. It will also mean that conservatives will have an even greater ability to push their agenda. Both the Justice Department and Michael Powell's FCC are on board to rubber-stamp the arrangement, in deference to the Administration's indebtedness to Murdoch. With Fox News a 24/7 commercial for the Bush White House and with the Weekly Standard's constant cheerleading, Murdoch is an especially valuable friend. ...")



I was just going on and on about Murdoch owning most of America's TV, so I thought I'd put in some of that stuff you'd love to see...but never really acknowledge when its against your interest....called proof...


Murdoch Owns...
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# Corporate divisions:Fox Filmed Entertainment
# Fox Studios
# Fox Australia
# Fox Baja
# Fox Los Angeles
# 20th Century Fox
# 20th Century Fox Espaρol
# 20th Century Fox International
# 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
# Fox Searchlight Pictures
# Fox Television Studios
# Fox Satellite Television
# DirecTV Group
# Fox Television Stations
# Fox Television Broadcast Network
# Fox Broadcasting Company
# Fox Sports Australis
# FOXTEL
# Fox Cable Network Programming
# Fox Sports Net (50% with Cablevision, owns many local FSN stations)
# Fox Movie Channel
# Fox News Channel
# Fuel Channel
# FX
# National Geographic Channel (with the National Geographic Society)
# Speed Channel

# Television
# Fox Network, a US-wide broadcast television network
# Fox News Channel, a 24-hour cable news channel
# Fox Sports Net, a chain of regional cable television networks broadcasting local sporting events linked together by national sports news programming. Local chanels include "Fox Sports Southwest", "Fox Sports Bay Area", etc.
# Fox Sports World, a North American digital cable network specializing in sporting events outside North America.
# Fox Sports en Espaρol, a Spanish-language North American cable sports network; its sports lineup is tailored to appeal to a Latin American audience.
# Foxtel, one of the two major Australian satellite and cable pay TV networks, joint venture with Telstra and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited
# FX Networks, a cable network broadcasting reruns of programming previously shown on other channels, but recently creating its own programming, including the Emmy Award-winning program The Shield.
# National Geographic Channel
# SPEED Channel
# Sky One A UK-based general entertainment channel (part of BSkyB)
# Sky News UK-based cable news channel (part of BSkyB)
# Sky Sports UK-based cable sports channel plex (part of BSkyB)
# Sky Movies UK-based cable movie channel plex (part of BSkyB)
# Sky Box Office UK-based on-demand movie channel (part of BSkyB)

# Newspapers, Australia:
# The Herald Sun (Victoria)
# The Daily Telegraph (New South Wales)
# The Courier-Mail (Queensland)
# The Advertiser (South Australia)
# The Mercury (Tasmania)
# The Sunday Times (Western Australia)
# Northern Territory News (Northern Territory)
# The Australian (Nationwide)



Newspapers, U.K., published by News International Ltd.:
# News Group Newspapers Ltd.
# The Sun (tabloid)
# News of the World (tabloid)
# Times Newspapers Ltd.
# The Sunday Times (broadsheet)
# The Times (broadsheet)
# The Times Educational Supplement (broadsheet)
# The Times Literary Supplement (broadsheet)

# Magazines
# InsideOut
# SmartSource
# TV Guide, via 42% ownership in Gemstar-TV Guide
# Weekly Standard

# Satellite
# BSkyB, United Kingdom (35% holding)
# DirecTV Group, North and South America
# DirecTV, the primary U.S. satellite TV provider
# DirecWay, Satellite Internet service provider
# DirectTV Latin America
# Hughes Network Systems, satellite Internet
# Sky Italia, Italian satellite TV service
# Star TV, an Asian satellite TV service

If that sort of puts your brain into " overload " mode, heres a smaller summary:

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operator of the largest American satellite TV system, DirecTV,

New York Post, the latter of which he turned from New York City's most liberal newspaper into one of the most conservative in the USA.
On July 20, 2005, News Corp. bought Intermix Media Inc., which held MySpace.com and other popular social networking-themed websites
Mr Murdoch is a strong critic of the BBC, which he believes has a liberal bias.
Murdoch's British media outlets generally support eurosceptic positions, and generally show contempt for the European Union. Murdoch publications worldwide tend to adopt Francophobic, pro-Israeli and pro-American views. During the buildup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, all 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialized in favour of the war. [6] Murdoch also served on the board of directors of the Cato Institute.

For more information on Murdoch and his pro-right policies while serving with Cato look here: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1409

There were more, but then I thought if I put up anymore you'd say the statistics were nice but they didn't really show you anything.

I know this post is getting long but here's a little more proof:

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Naturally, turning such big governmental wheels requires lots of political grease. In 1996, Murdoch donated $1 million to the California Republican Party, while News Corp. gave another $654,700 in "soft money" to the national GOP. In Murdoch's native Australia, News Corp. dominates the mass media. In Britain, Murdoch controls more than a third of daily newspaper circulation along with much of cable and satellite television. While using his media outlets to push for the slashing of government social services, Murdoch was a pioneer in union-busting within the newspaper industry.


And why be so hard on Rupert boy here, when you've taken over Government institutions as well? I mean its PBS for godsake...

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A report issued by the inspector general of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) reveals that its former chairman, Kenneth Tomlinson, violated federal laws in his efforts to refashion public radio and television as propaganda organs for the Republican right and the Bush administration. The report suggests that the entire CPB board was to one degree or another complicit in Tomlinson’s actions. Full story at http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/dec2005/pbs-d01.shtml


Complete liste Of Murdoch Empire at:
http://www.globalblogs.com/cgi-bin/tseekdir.cgi?location=Root-Media

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
-- Abraham Lincoln


P.S Due to the above stated substancial evidence:

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In other words... you're in denial that the majority of MSM is lieberal biased.


I'm afraid we're not in denial...we positively know that the Media is Republican Biased.

And while I go...

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
-- Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-- Abraham Lincoln
S3nd K3ys
LoL. Is that all you could find? Some stuff about Fox News?

Perhaps a short visit to Media Research Center is in order. There you will find hundreds and hundreds (if not thousands and thousands) of cases of extreme liberal bias.

Just this year:

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December 9 CyberAlert
• NBC Frames Tax Cut Story Around Liberal Spin of Benefit to Rich
• Olbermann: "Rioting from Hard Right" If Bush Appoints Democrat
• Mike Wallace: Only a "[Expletive] Up" America Could Elect Bush
• You Read It Here First: Columnist Picks Up on Murtha v Lieberman
• NBC's Brian Williams: A "Democret" Since He Was 7 Years Old?

December 8 CyberAlert
• CBS: Most Want "Timetable," But Skip Most See Pullout "Disaster"
• Oops, CBS Admits Scoop About GOP Move to Dump DeLay Didn't Occur
• Today and Lauer Push Guest to Agree that Rumsfeld Should Be Fired

December 7 CyberAlert
• ABC, CBS and NBC Jump to Push Racism Charges of Katrina Victims
• CBS's Storm Sets Gloomy Mood, Adds CNN's Dobbs for Emphasis
• 25 Years Late, CBS Says Ketchup Is a Vegetable & Is Good for You

December 6 CyberAlert
• Dismissal of Charge Against DeLay Barely Touched by ABC and NBC
• Sawyer Has Gall to Rant Over Delay in Radio Public Safety Space
• New Co-Anchor of ABC's WNT Delivered Propaganda from North Korea

December 5 CyberAlert
• Schieffer Touts How Close Kerry Came, If Baffled He Lost to Bush
• CNN Showcases Marines Frustrated by Media's Bad News Bias on Iraq
• Scoring Brian Williams's First Year as NBC's Anchor
• C-SPAN Has Posted Video of Entire Bozell Interview of Mary Mapes

December 2 CyberAlert
• Roberts Falsely Reports Gen. Pace Admitted Iraq War "Mistakes"
• Barnes: "Mainstream Media Still Rules," Trumps Alternative Media
• News Media Ignored Lieberman, But Leno Presses Dean About Him
• C-SPAN to Air Interview of Mary Mapes Conducted by MRC's Bozell

December 1 CyberAlert
• ABC Exploits Christmas Decorations Tour to Hit First Lady on Iraq
• CNN Yearns for a Cronkite on Iraq, Paints France as "Vindicated"
• FNC's Hume: Nets Played Up Murtha But Went Silent on Lieberman
• "Top Ten New President Bush Strategies for Victory in Iraq"

November 30 CyberAlert
• Broadcast Networks, Which Led With Murtha, Ignore Lieberman
• Kanye West Stands By His Slam on Bush: "I Spoke from My Heart"

November 29 CyberAlert
• ABC and CBS Fret If Hussein Can "Get Justice" or a "Fair Trial?"
• Wallace Saw "Chaos," Reveals Rather Didn't Watch Memogate Story
• Olbermann Distorts Cheney, Labels Media Bias Complaints Vitriol

November 23 CyberAlert
• NBC: Iraq Followed Bush's Travels, "Botched Exit" Symbolizes Trip
• Garofalo & Olbermann Mock Conservatives, FNC & Liberal Bias Claim
• NBC's Displays Human Corpse Next to Katie and Matt, a Dissident?

November 22 CyberAlert
• Poll: Media Elite to Left of Public on Iraq and War on Terrorism
• Media Hype Imaginary Spending "Cuts" Hurting "Poor" and "Farmers"
• GMA to Bush: If You Can't Open the Door, You Can't Win in Iraq
• "Top 10 Thoughts Going Through George Bush's Mind at This Moment"

November 21 CyberAlert
• CBS Portrays Murtha as Victim of Unfair Attacks on His Patriotism
• ABC's Woodruff Corrects Claim Bush Called Critics "Unpatriotic"
• Murtha CNN's "Play of the Week," Blitzer: He's Iraq War Cronkite
• Newsweek Reporter: Murtha Right, Team Bush: Deluded "Ideologues"
• New York Times' "Ethicist": Bush "Lied the Country Into a War"

November 18 CyberAlert
• Nets Lead With Murtha, His Hit on Cheney's Lack of Military Time
• Michael Moore Goes to CNN Where Cooper Trumpets His Bush Attack
• CNN Gives Time to October 17 Grandmothers Against the War Protest
• Letterman's "Top Ten Signs There's Global Warming"

November 17 CyberAlert
• CBS & NBC Spike Woodward's CIA Leak Revelation That Boosts Libby
• Frist Displeases Couric, Next Day Biden's Answers Please Lauer

November 16 CyberAlert
• ABC: "Stinging Rebuke" of Bush, CBS: Senate Finally Reins Him In
• ABC Gives Conservative GOP House Speaker a Segregationist History
• Actors Rob Reiner and John Cusack Launch Vicious Attacks on Bush

November 15 CyberAlert
• CBS Focuses on Concerns of "Moderate" Republicans on Alito
• On ABC, Murderer is "Home School Student Charged with Murder"
• Lauer Equates U.S. Prisoner Torture With China's Rights Abuses
• MSNBC's Hardball Distorts Bush and Cheney Words on Iraq-9/11 Link
• CNN's Carol Lin Calls French Rioters "African-Americans"
• Koppel Wonders What Bush Knew, Quips Staff Has "Irish Alzheimers"

November 11 CyberAlert
• Mapes: Liberal & Conservative, Unaware If Registered as Democrat
• Olbermann Portrays Alito's Judicial Ethics as "Throat-Cutters"
• CNN's Morton Insists McCain's Stands Not What Endear Him to Media
• FNC to Air One-Sided Liberal Case for Human-Fueled Global Warming
• "Top Ten Good Things About Being an 18-Year-Old Mayor"

November 10 CyberAlert
• Nets Paint Vote as Slap at Bush, In '97 Saw No Rebuke of Clinton
• Mary Mapes: Bush National Guard Report Still "Is a Good Story"
• "Memogate" Mapes Tells CNN's King She Had No Political Agenda
• New CBS News President: "I Don't See" Any Liberal Bias On CBS
• NBC: Lack of "Affirmative Action" Behind Rioting in France
• Today's Movie Critic Calls Desert Storm "America's First Oil War"
• Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You've Run a Bad Campaign"

November 8 CyberAlert
• ABC's GMA Compares Bush's Low Approval with LBJ's During Vietnam
• You Read It Here First: FNC's Fox NewsWatch Picks Up MRC on Alito
• Read It Here First: Hume Picks Up How Clarence Thomas Deserves *
• Monday's IBD: Op-Ed by MRC's Noyes on Labeling Ginsburg v Alito

November 7 CyberAlert
• Clift: "Next Logical Step is Impeachment" of President Bush
• Totenberg "Ashamed of My Country"; Thomas, Bush: "Tool of Right"
• Nets Hype Bush "Dogged" in Argentina by Scandal -- Their Agenda
• Mike Wallace: Liberal Bias "Damn Foolishness," No Bias in Memos

November 4 CyberAlert
• CBS Again Cites Negative Bush Numbers in Poll With Skewed Sample
• ABC Highlights Poll Showing Support for Roe and Bad News for Bush
• NBC's ER Features Blessing With Shot at "War Founded on Lies"
• West Wing Fantasy: Pro-Choice Repub Soars Sans Right Wing Baggage
• "Top Ten Ways CBS News Can Attract Younger Viewers"

November 3 CyberAlert
• CBS Highlights How Only Nixon Had Lower Approval in Second Term
• Brown Goes Out Channeling Wilson & Lowlights of Brown's CNN Years
• Olbermann Slugs Limbaugh and Hannity as "Reactionary Parrots"

November 2 CyberAlert
• Cafferty Unleashes Tirade on View "We Were Lied To" Pre Iraq War
• Sawyer Channels O'Connor on Alito's "Repugnant" View of Marriage
• Milwaukee Journal Editorial: Thomas Not Black Enough, Deserves *

November 1 CyberAlert
• Nets Distort Alito on Abortion, Peg Him a "Hardline" Conservative
• Couric Cues Up Wilson's Attacks, But Blitzer Challenges Him
• CBS's "Public Eye" Blog Agrees with MRC Criticism of CBS Story

October 31 CyberAlert
• Alito Labeled as "Very Conservative" and "Quite Conservative"
• CBS and CNN Zero in on Alito's Spousal Notice Abortion Ruling
• Schieffer: Bush Caught Between "Democrats" and "Hard Right"
• Brokaw: "What Did Cheney Know and When Did He...?"; Scolds Media

October 28 CyberAlert
• CBS & ABC Stories Blame Conservatives for Mistreatment of Miers
• Gibson Baffled Why Conservatives Upset by Miers' Abortion Formula
• CNN's Toobin Tags Potential Nominees as "Very Conservative"
• Woodward Points Out Wilson Found Evidence of Iraq-Niger Deal
• Coulter Hits Lauer on Respect for Fitzgerald vs Impugning Starr

October 27 CyberAlert
• Matthews: Bush Officials "Exposed" Plame "to America's Enemies"
• Mitchell Skips Evidence Against Wilson, Relies on Bush Critic
• Ousted CBS News Chief Denounced MRC as "Extreme," Denied Bias
• "Top Ten Signs Your Supreme Court Nominee Is Not Qualified"


Here's just a few others in a bit more detail...

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1. NBC Frames Tax Cut Story Around Liberal Spin of Benefit to Rich
The Thursday NBC Nightly News framed the House vote, to extend dividend and capital gain tax rate reductions another two years, through a liberal prism which assumes all the money earned belongs to the government and that measures the fairness by the dollar amount of cuts for the rich versus the poor -- a silly notion since the wealthy pay most of the taxes. Anchor Brian Williams set up the story by stressing how tax cuts are "a top priority for the Bush administration, but some in Congress today said those priorities are misplaced." Chip Reid interwove soundbites from two liberal Democrats around his observation that "it was at times a furious debate, Democrats accusing Republicans of using tax cuts to reward the rich." With a matching graphic on screen, Reid relayed how "Democrats say" that "nearly half" of the cut, 48 percent, "will go to people making more than $500,000 a year." Reid segued to a third Democratic soundbite: "Mississippi Democrat Gene Taylor, whose district was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, says the cuts show Republican priorities are, quote, 'screwed up.'" Reid ran two Republican soundbites as he noted how "tax cuts for investors, they say, fuel a growing economy," but he countered that with how "a non-partisan deficit watchdog says tax cuts can hurt the economy when Congress fails to pay for them."

2. Olbermann: "Rioting from Hard Right" If Bush Appoints Democrat
On his Countdown show Thursday night, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, while interviewing New York Daily News correspondent Ken Bazinet about rumors that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will soon retire, speculated on the possibility of Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman being chosen to replace Rumsfeld, and proposed: "But a Democrat of any shape, stripe, or form in the Bush administration, would there not be rioting from the hard right?" Since the Bush administration has already had a Democratic Cabinet member for almost five years, Bazinet reminded Olbermann, "Well, you know, we already have Secretary Mineta obviously at Transportation, so it's not out of the question," but then went on to voice agreement with Olbermann's expectations of conservative opposition: "I think that you might have a rebellion just this side of Harriet Meiers on your hands, quite frankly."

3. Mike Wallace: Only a "[Expletive] Up" America Could Elect Bush
CBS's Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes fame, ridiculed President Bush's qualifications for office when asked by the Boston Globe what questions he'd pose to Bush if he got the chance. Wallace said he'd want to ask if Bush thinks his election "has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?" The Boston Globe's headline over the q and a session conducted by Suzanne Ryan and run in Thursday's Arts and Entertainment section: "At 87, Wallace still tells it like it is." Ryan had asked Wallace: "President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?" Wallace, on a media tour to promote his memoir, Between You and Me, began his answer: "What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious."

4. You Read It Here First: Columnist Picks Up on Murtha v Lieberman
You read it here first. In a nationally-syndicated column this week, Orlando Sentinel-based Kathleen Parker quoted from two CyberAlert items on the lack of coverage of Senator Joe Lieberman's take on Iraq compared to media interest in Congressman John Murtha's call for a pullout. Parker asserted: "Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, (Lieberman), Murtha, Murtha, Murtha. That's about how news coverage has gone the past several weeks....Meanwhile, Lieberman has been relatively ignored. As the MRC reported, the three major networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) led their evening newscasts with Murtha's remarks when he first came forward. CBS even included Murtha's attack on Vice President Dick Cheney's lack of military service. By comparison, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned Lieberman's comments the day his op-ed ran. NBC included a sound bite from Lieberman along with a story about war protesters outside a Denver fundraiser the president was attending. Even the late-night comedy shows have given his remarks more coverage than many serious news sources. On the Tonight Show last week, Jay Leno pressed Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean about Lieberman's eyewitness account."

5. NBC's Brian Williams: A "Democret" Since He Was 7 Years Old?
It's long been known that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams dropped out of the George Washington University in 1979 to intern in the Carter White House's correspondence office sorting letters. But in the 7:30 half hour of Thursday's Today we learned that 13 years earlier, in a 1966 letter to President Lyndon Johnson, he had proclaimed his commitment to the "Democret" party. Williams came aboard the Today show to plug a National Geographic book for which he wrote an introduction, Dear Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives. As viewers saw Williams' 1966 handwritten letter to Johnson, Lauer noted how the seven-year-old Williams "signed off the letter 'one of your young Democrets,' not Democrats." Williams quipped: "You know, I was a young sycophant is what I was. And yeah, we've done Democrets. I think that's a chewing gum product. We've looked it up. It is no political party and for a registered independent it's now very embarrassing." Lauer razzed him: "Independart, you mean." Williams replied: "Oh, very funny."



NBC Frames Tax Cut Story Around Liberal
Spin of Benefit to Rich

The Thursday NBC Nightly News framed the House vote, to extend dividend and capital gain tax rate reductions another two years beyond their December 31, 2008 scheduled end, through a liberal prism which assumes all the money earned belongs to the government and that measures the fairness by the dollar amount of cuts for the rich versus the poor -- a silly notion since the wealthy pay most of the taxes. If the extension is not passed by the Senate and signed by the President, tax rates would rise at the beginning of 2009.

Anchor Brian Williams set up the story: "The House passed its version of a bill that would keep tax cuts for capital gains and dividends in place through the year 2010. It is a top priority for the Bush administration, but some in Congress today said those priorities are misplaced." Chip Reid interwove soundbites from two liberal Democrats around his observation that "it was at times a furious debate, Democrats accusing Republicans of using tax cuts to reward the rich." With a matching graphic on screen, Reid relayed how "Democrats say" that "nearly half" of the cut, 48 percent, "will go to people making more than $500,000 a year." Reid segued to a third Democratic soundbite: "Mississippi Democrat Gene Taylor, whose district was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, says the cuts show Republican priorities are, quote, 'screwed up.'" Reid ran two Republican soundbites as he noted how "Republicans defend the cuts as an essential part of President Bush's domestic agenda. Tax cuts for investors, they say, fuel a growing economy," but he countered that with how "a non-partisan deficit watchdog says tax cuts can hurt the economy when Congress fails to pay for them." Yes, tax cuts must be "paid for."

Neither ABC's World News Tonight nor the CBS Evening News mentioned the tax cut votes, the MRC's Brad Wilmouth informed me.

[This item was posted Thursday night on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org. To share your view, go to: newsbusters.org ]

Brian Williams introduced the December 8 NBC Nightly News story: "Now to Capitol Hill, where negotiators agreed to extend the Patriot Act before it expires at the end of this month. The anti-terrorism law has its critics, and one Democratic Senator, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, is threatening a filibuster to block the extension. Also on the Hill tonight, the House passed its version of a bill that would keep tax cuts for capital gains and dividends in place through the year 2010. It is a top priority for the Bush administration, but some in Congress today said those priorities are misplaced. Here with that, NBC's Chip Reid."

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), moving money between baskets labeled "Poor and Middle Class" and Millionaires," on the House floor: Christmas stockings: "It's going to be put over here into tax breaks for millionaires."
Chip Reid: "It was at times a furious debate, Democrats accusing Republicans of using tax cuts to reward the rich-"
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), on House floor: "Isn't that great? So the wealthy will be able to buy more yachts to float on the sea of red ink that the Republicans have created. They'll be able to hire more help around the mansion."
Reid, over a matching graphic: "The bill's centerpiece is a two-year extension of tax cuts on stock dividends and capital gains worth $20 billion. Nearly half that [48%], Democrats say, will go to people making more than $500,000 a year. Mississippi Democrat Gene Taylor, whose district was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, says the cuts show Republican priorities are, quote, 'screwed up.'"
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS), on House floor: "So what do you bring to the floor? Is it hurricane relief? Is it something to help the average Joes? It's a tax break for the wealthiest one percent of America."
Reid: "But Republicans defend the cuts as an essential part of President Bush's domestic agenda. Tax cuts for investors, they say, fuel a growing economy."
Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA), on House floor: "Since the capital gains and dividends taxes were reduced in 2003, we've seen 10 straight quarters of, what is it, growth."
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), on House floor: "Tax relief has already created more than 4.4 million new jobs, but if you raise taxes, you start taking these jobs away."
Reid: "But a non-partisan deficit watchdog says tax cuts can hurt the economy when Congress fails to pay for them."
Robert Bixby, identified on screen as a "balanced budget advocate," [he's Executive Director of the Concord Coalition]: "Congress' appetite for tax cuts is much greater than its appetite for spending cuts, and, as a result, we get large budget deficits."
Reid concluded from Capitol Hill: "Case in point, in the last two days, the House has voted to cut taxes $96 billion, almost double what Congress wants to cut in spending. Chip Reid, NBC News, the Capitol."



Olbermann: "Rioting from Hard Right"
If Bush Appoints Democrat

On his Countdown show Thursday night, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, while interviewing New York Daily News correspondent Ken Bazinet about rumors that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will soon retire, speculated on the possibility of Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman being chosen to replace Rumsfeld, and proposed: "But a Democrat of any shape, stripe, or form in the Bush administration, would there not be rioting from the hard right?" Since the Bush administration has already had a Democratic Cabinet member for almost five years, Bazinet reminded Olbermann, "Well, you know, we already have Secretary Mineta obviously at Transportation, so it's not out of the question," but then went on to voice agreement with Olbermann's expectations of conservative opposition: "I think that you might have a rebellion just this side of Harriet Meiers on your hands, quite frankly."

[This item, by MRC news analyst Brad Wilmouth, was posted Thursday night on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org. To post your thoughts, go to: newsbusters.org ]

Earlier in the show, while introducing the rumors of Rumsfeld's retirement, Olbermann also compared the Bush administration to a "perversion of reality television" like The Apprentice, but in which, when it comes to dealing with Iraq, "No matter how badly anybody does, nobody ever gets fired." Olbermann referred to "Three architects of the conflict having already been bestowed with America's highest civilian honor," and coined the phrase, "Nothing breeds success like failure."

The three honor recipients Olbermann evidently saw as all being failures were former CIA director George Tenet, retired General Tommy Franks, and former Iraq administrator Paul Bremer. In his final question to Bazinet, Olbermann wondered if Rumsfeld would "immediately walk right from his resignation to a Medal of Freedom ceremony" since "we've had George Tenet get one, Tommy Franks got one, Paul Bremer got one. It would be, is that an indicator of how dissatisfied the President would be with his work?"

Below are transcripts of relevant portions of the Thursday December 8 Countdown:

Keith Olbermann, introducing the show: "Good evening. It sounds like a perversion of reality television. Maybe it's just its next mutation, a version of The Apprentice set inside the Bush White House. The task: war in Iraq. The twist: No matter how badly anybody does, nobody ever gets fired. Three architects of the conflict having already been bestowed with America's highest civilian honor, two more, it seems, now moving on to greener pastures, and eligible for it. Our fifth story in the Countdown, nothing breeds success like failure. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said to be engineering his own exit strategy from the Pentagon on his own terms, while former Deputy Paul Wolfowitz, already ensconced in his next post, feels he has nothing to answer for or to apologize about."

After covering President Bush's improving poll numbers, Olbermann then began his segment with Bazinet. The interview started with the following question and answer from Olbermann and Bazinet:

Olbermann: "Working backwards here about Senator Lieberman, we had Republicans in FDR's Cabinet, William Cohen was Defense Secretary in Bill Clinton's, but a Democrat of any shape, stripe, or form in the Bush administration, would there not be rioting from the hard right?"
Ken Bazinet, New York Daily News: "Well, you know, we already have Secretary Mineta obviously at Transportation, so it's not out of the question, but this is, as you pointed out, a war council position, so it's significant. I think possibly if this long-shot appointment were to take place, I think that you might have a rebellion just this side of Harriet Meiers on your hands, quite frankly."

The interview ended with the following question and answer from Olbermann and Bazinet:

Olbermann: "And does he immediately walk right from his resignation to a Medal of Freedom ceremony? I mean, we've had George Tenet get one, Tommy Franks got one, Paul Bremer got one. It would be, is that an indicator of how dissatisfied the President would be with his work?"
Bazinet: "Well, I don't think it is. I think it's just a badge of honor. Remember, Secretary Rumsfeld twice tendered his resignation over the Abu Ghraib disaster, and the President refused. The word was, and I think accurately so, that the President did not want anyone behaving like something was wrong, like Iraq was a failure, as if Iraq was a failure. So I think that what happens here is you serve your time, you do your job, and the President says 'Well done,' and he hangs a medal around your neck."

Olbermann: "As we used to say in radio, it's leaving here fine."



Mike Wallace: Only a "[Expletive] Up"
America Could Elect Bush

CBS's Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes fame, ridiculed President Bush's qualifications for office when asked by the Boston Globe what questions he'd pose to Bush if he got the chance. Wallace said he'd want to ask if Bush thinks his election "has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?" The Boston Globe's headline over the q and a session conducted by Suzanne Ryan and run in Thursday's Arts and Entertainment section: "At 87, Wallace still tells it like it is." Ryan had asked Wallace: "President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?" Wallace, on a media tour to promote his memoir, Between You and Me, began his answer: "What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious."

Hard to imagine why Bush has avoided Wallace.

Ryan introduced her q and a: "Mike Wallace and his hard-hitting brand of journalism have been synonymous with 60 Minutes since CBS introduced the program in 1968. Now 87 years old, Wallace, who has interviewed everyone from Malcolm X to Johnny Carson, has written his second memoir. Wallace was in Brookline, his hometown, recently to talk about Between You and Me. He managed to squeeze in trips to his old house on Osborne Road and to his elementary school, Edward Devotion, before answering a few questions."

"Q. President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?"

"A. [ellipses in original] What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn't want to travel. You knew very little about the military.... The governor of Texas doesn't have the kind of power that some governors have....Why do you think they nominated you?...Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?"

For the rest of the interview in the December 8 Boston Globe: www.boston.com

NewsBusters blogger Tom Johnson, picking up on a Romenesko (www.poynter.org ) link to the Globe interview, posted an item on it Thursday morning. To post your comments, go to: http://newsbusters.org/node/3126 ]



You Read It Here First: Columnist Picks
Up on Murtha v Lieberman

You read it here first. In a nationally-syndicated column this week, Orlando Sentinel-based Kathleen Parker quoted from two CyberAlert items on the lack of coverage of Senator Joe Lieberman's take on Iraq compared to media interest in Congressman John Murtha's call for a pullout. Parker asserted: "Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, Murtha, (Lieberman), Murtha, Murtha, Murtha. That's about how news coverage has gone the past several weeks....Meanwhile, Lieberman has been relatively ignored. As the MRC reported, the three major networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) led their evening newscasts with Murtha's remarks when he first came forward. CBS even included Murtha's attack on Vice President Dick Cheney's lack of military service. By comparison, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned Lieberman's comments the day his op-ed ran. NBC included a sound bite from Lieberman along with a story about war protesters outside a Denver fundraiser the president was attending. Even the late-night comedy shows have given his remarks more coverage than many serious news sources. On the Tonight Show last week, Jay Leno pressed Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean about Lieberman's eyewitness account."

To read Parker's column in full, "All the news that's fit to ignore," as published in the December 7 Orlando Sentinel, go to: www.orlandosentinel.com

For the column, as posted on TownHall.com: www.townhall.com

The two CyberAlert articles cited by Parker:

# From the November 30 CyberAlert, "Broadcast Networks, Which Led With Murtha, Ignore Lieberman." Check: www.mrc.org

# From the December 2 CyberAlert, "News Media Ignored Lieberman, But Leno Presses Dean About Him." Go to: www.mrc.org



NBC's Brian Williams: A "Democret" Since
He Was 7 Years Old?

It's long been known that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams dropped out of the George Washington University in 1979 to intern in the Carter White House's correspondence office sorting letters. But in the 7:30 half hour of Thursday's Today we learned that 13 years earlier, in a 1966 letter to President Lyndon Johnson, he had proclaimed his commitment to the "Democret" party. Williams came aboard the Today show to plug a National Geographic book for which he wrote an introduction, Dear Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives. As viewers saw Williams' 1966 handwritten letter to Johnson, Lauer noted how the seven-year-old Williams "signed off the letter 'one of your young Democrets,' not Democrats." Williams quipped: "You know, I was a young sycophant is what I was. And yeah, we've done Democrets. I think that's a chewing gum product. We've looked it up. It is no political party and for a registered independent it's now very embarrassing." Lauer razzed him: "Independart, you mean." Williams replied: "Oh, very funny."

[This item was posted early Friday morning, with a still shot of the "one of your young Democrets" portion of the letter, on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org. To add your comments, go to: newsbusters.org ]

MSNBC.com has posted a PDF of Williams' introduction to the book, which features a child-age picture of him. He wrote that his "Democret" sign-off "would later become something of an embarrassment for a journalist who is an avowed and registered Independent."

For that PDF: msnbcmedia.msn.com

The full text of the November 25, 1966 hand-written letter from the seven-year-old Brian Williams of Elmira, New York:

"Dear Mr. President:

"I hope that the men in Vait Nam are doing well! Do they do this ever day? How are you felling? I hope your are felling good! I'am 7 and 1/2 years old!

"And I like you! I have not ben in the White house before but I will some time. I live in new york stat in Elmira! I want to visit you!

"One of you'r young Democrets Brian Williams
"927 W. Church St.
"Elmira, N.Y. 14905"

For the National Geographic's page on the book: shop.nationalgeographic.com

The still shot of the letter will be posted online with this item. In the meantime, you can see it in the NewsBusters posting.
S3nd K3ys
I just tried this little experiment on 12/12/05 @ 11:09 AM PST:

I went to the Fox News home page to read the latest on the Iraqi elections which started today. The story link is prominently displayed at the top left section of the page and contains a general story about the election along with reactions from various groups and individuals. Pretty standard fare.

Then I went to CNN's home page to get their take on the same story. Guess what? Surprise, surprise...the story isn't there. Not at the top, the middle, or the bottom of the home page. Not a word...nada...nothing. A MAJOR news story and CNN is mute. It doesn't take a genius to see that CNN routinely skips or greatly minimizes ANY story that paints the situation in Iraq in ANY sort of positive light. I'm sure they'll get around to grudgingly mentioning the fact that Iraqis are currently electing their own representatives for the first time in DECADES.

I know there are many Fox News bashers here, but AT LEAST they have the guts to cover the story! Once again, I say shame on CNN for letting their political bias overshadow their editorial decisions.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more denial from i_am_mine
LeviticusMky
How can you rebutt a statement that the news is liberal by using a blatantly right-wing site as evidence?

Seems irrational.
S3nd K3ys
LeviticusMky wrote:
How can you rebutt a statement that the news is liberal by using a blatantly right-wing site as evidence?

Seems irrational.


If you're referring to Fox News, yes, some would argue it's right biased. But I've watched on many occasions where they promote BOTH sides of the argument. I haven't seen CNN, CBS, NBC, and many others do that.

Ever watch Hannity and Colms??
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