Wednesday, 07 November 2007

THE FURTHER COLLAPSE OF NETWORK NEWS INTEGRITY

Ken Berwitz

The only reason you don't hear and read more about the collapse of integrity in network news is that they would be the ones to report it to you.  If it were someone else staging news situations, say a Republican Presidential candidate, believe me you'd hear about it early and often.

Here are the specifics, courtesy of Michelle Malkin's latest column which is shown below in its entirety.  I put just one sentence in bold print, because I love it's obvious irony:.

Punked: Faking the Hate, Manufacturing the News

You don't have to be a Harvard University researcher to figure out that the media is infected with liberal bias or to realize that some left-wing journalists will use any means necessary to create ideological narratives that fit their worldview. The Rathergate debacle at CBS News involving faked National Guard memos to smear President Bush was an extreme example. But if you look closely, you'll find everyday examples of Serious Journalists manufacturing the news and concocting social crises.

Amazingly, they always manage to make conservatives look racist, intolerant and evil. Funny how that works.

On Monday, the local Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., blew the whistle on an ABC News sting operation intended to elicit bigoted responses from local residents. The national ABC News program "Primetime Live" hired actors to pose as same-sex couples and engage in public displays of affection on a park bench. Birmingham police department sources told the Fox affiliate about the social experiment; a local merchant spotted an RV where the ABC crew was stationed. The merchant was told "ABC was working on a week-long project to see how people would react . . . A FOX6 news reporter approached the RV and talked with an 'actor' who said, 'Yes, we are working for ABC News.'"

Welcome to Media Theatrics 101. Instead of simply interviewing folks in the South or staking out real gay couples, ABC News thinks it's fair and objective to stage-manage social experiments and call it journalism. Next thing you know, they'll hire celebrity prankster Ashton Kutcher to jump out and yell, "You just got Punk'd!" as passers-by get ensnared and ABC News hopes exhibit the signs of prejudice they are so sure exist in Southerners.

Does this politically correct set-up sound familiar? It should. Last spring, I exposed a similar news media production engineered by NBC's "Dateline," which recruited Muslim males to be sent to sports events and NASCAR races in the South and across the heartland to expose fans as anti-Muslim, anti-Arab bigots.
Yes, the same program and network that were humiliated for faking GM pick-up truck explosions attempted to manufacture another crisis to give "Dateline's" talking heads yet another opportunity to furrow their brows, shake their heads and win more Emmy awards.

My readers offered their own news sting ideas:

"I wonder if they would consider sending a professor wearing an 'I Love W' button and an American flag pin into the faculty lounge at Harvard or some other liberal ivory tower with a hidden camera. I would love to see that experiment."

"Perhaps when I get back from deployment, you can follow me around Seattle and see how I get treated wearing my Navy uniform . . . "

"Why don't you set up some white guy with hidden cameras, put a George Bush T-Shirt on him and have him walk down a street in Pakistan. Or, better yet, have him walk down a street in Detroit. I'll just bet you could get a lot of bigoted reactions . . . "

"Wear a pro-life T-shirt to a Women's Studies class." Or a "Marriage Is Between One Man, One Woman" T-shirt to The New York Times newsroom.

For many left-wing do-gooders in the media, the ideological end exposing America as an irredeemably racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist nation justifies these manufactured means. That destructive philosophy has manifested itself on countless college campuses, where professors and students alike have been caught cooking up fake hate crimes to show how racist our society is.

On Monday, in a separate but rather related incident, a student journalist/College Democrat at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., admitted that she had drawn swastikas on her own dorm room door. Sarah Marshak signed a confession, according to campus officials, after security cameras caught her in the act. Her campus publication, The Hatchet, said she told the staff that she "only drew the final three of six swastikas on her door in an attempt to highlight what she characterized as GW's inaction."

It's a short leap from hoax crimes to hoax news. Marshak could get expelled, but there may yet be an opening for her at the stage production unit of ABC News, NBC News or CBS News.

The de facto dinosaur network news motto, after all, is "All the news that's fit to stage.".

As journalistically corrupt as this practice is, I admit I would have at least some tolerance for it if the networks were trying to nail both the left and right.  Then I could rationalize that it is a way to expose the dark side that might be present in all of us.

But the staged-event entrapment technique appears to be used exclusively for the purpose of nailing people who are to the right and/or conservative and/or have traditional values. 

Didn't you love the fact that Fox News, which is despised by these people, blew the whistle on their scam?

And didn't you love the suggestions Ms. Malkin's readers sent in for testing tolerance on the other side of the political spectrum?  I would love to see a few of them implemented. 

But I know that will never happen.  It is journalistically improper to stage an event for the purpose of entrapping people.......if they are liberals and/or Democrats, that is.


MORE ON THE DEMOCRATS' ACHILLES HEEL

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I blogged about illegal immigration as the Democrats' achilles heel for 2008.  Here, courtesy of  the Associated Press by way of WHP, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, is another indication of how serious their problem is:.

Mayor who targeted illegal immigrants easily wins third term

 
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta easily won re-election Tuesday to a third term, and in his victory party he talked about fighting drugs and violence in the city.

He also talked about the issue of illegal immigrants.

He said, "We've seen what illegal
immigration has done to our small town quality of life and we have said, 'No! We will not let this happen."' He said, "We will fight!"

Barletta, a
Republican, gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his Luzerne County city.

Yesterday, he defeated Libertarian candidate John Medashefski, a coffee shop owner who had argued that the city should drop its costly effort to push through a law targeting illegal immigrants.

Unofficial returns showed Barletta winning 90 percent of the vote to Medashefski's 10 percent.
 
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The Democratic party wouldn't even put up a candidate against Barletta, and the Libertarian, who therefore benefitted by the default vote of everyone who didn't want Barletta re-elected, got all of 10%.
 
If what happened to Hillary in last week's debate and the election results for Lou Barletta this week are any indication (and you can bet they are), then Republicans have an issue of issues for 2008.
 
Will they be smart enough to recognize and capitalize on it?  Republicans being Republicans, the answer is.....maybe.
 
Stay tuned.


PC LUNACY IN THE SCHOOLS

Ken Berwitz

There are countless examples of PC lunacy in our public schools.  This is just one of them. 

Read it and despair - most especially because of the last paragraph, a quote, which I have put in bold print:.

Students Feel the Squeeze as Schools Ban Hugs

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

By Sara Bonisteel

Affectionate students are feeling the squeeze around the country as their displays of affection land them in trouble with school administrators.

Madison Muir, 12, a seventh grader in Prattville, Ala., spent her Wednesday at home after giving a grieving friend a hug during a school break on Monday. And eighth grader Megan Coulter finished her second detention Tuesday after she flouted her Mascoutah, Ill., school's PDA policy last week.

"I think it's kind of stupid," said Madison, who was at home Wednesday rather than serving an in-school suspension at Prattville Junior High School. "I mean it's not like we're doing anything wrong. It's just a hug."

More students are finding their schools have become no-hug zones, with pupils facing warnings, detentions and even suspensions for public displays of affection.

From Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Va., to Fossil Hill Middle School in Keller, Texas, schools are enforcing their PDA policies, leaving students to go elsewhere for that warm and fuzzy feeling.

"We are trying to educate our children in the very best way we know how and that includes some training in socialization skills," said Sam McGowen, the superintendent of the Mascoutah Community Unit School District No. 19.

Coulter had been warned when she hugged a fellow student last month and was given a detention when she hugged another student on campus last Friday, McGowen said. Minutes later, Coulter hugged another student and was slapped with a second detention.

"I see nothing wrong with hugging," said Derek Randel, the president of StoppingSchoolViolence.com. "If the teachers could tell the difference between good touch and bad touch whether someone is bullying or horse playing, that would go much farther."

Many of the policies stem from a 1999 Supreme Court decision that found school districts liable for damages in cases of peer sexual harassment. The case was brought by the mother of a fifth grader who was repeatedly harassed by a fellow student in a district that ignored the problem.

But the court warned in its decision that broad-based policies alone wouldn't protect schools from lawsuits.

Click here for the Supreme Court decision at FindLaw.

"We stress that our conclusion here that recipients may be liable for their deliberate indifference to known acts of peer sexual harassment does not mean that recipients can avoid liability only by purging their schools of actionable peer harassment or that administrators must engage in particular disciplinary action," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote.

McGowen said his school district would have the policy regardless of the court decision.

"We feel students come to school to learn and we feel that an environment that discourages inappropriate public display of affection is in keeping with the highest standards we could have as a community and as a school district," McGowen said. .

Read that last paragraph in bold print again.  Think about the mindset of a man who would say it.  And realize the extent of PC lunacy out there.  A 12 year old girl hugged a friend who was under emotional strain and was suspended for it.  Because this genius considers it an "inappropriate public display of affection".

Are these the same public schools that want to teach sex education to grade school children?  That want to distribute condoms to grade school children?  That want to arrange abortions for children without telling their parents?  I wonder what Mr. McGowan thinks about that?  Is it as inappropriate to him as a friend hugging another friend?

The idea, evidently, is, tell 'em all about sex, facilitate their indulgence in sex, terminate the pregnancies that result from that indulgence in sex without parental notification......but suspend 'em if they give someone a hug.

Sick is sick.  And this is the sickest.


RON PAUL'S NAZI & WHITE SUPREMACIST SUPPORTERS

Ken Berwitz

I'll make this short and sweet:  ron paul's ideas are a magnet for nazis and other White supremacists in this country.

This is not a satirical piece, this is real.  I am posting a partial list of paul's nazi/white supremacist support below.  The entire list is far larger, I assure you. 

In the interests of brevity I've put up websites you can go to and see for yourself.

-david duke (www.davidduke.com) supports ron paul. 

-hutton gibson, Mel Gibson's lunatic racist father (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cphTr8W9OnA) supports ron paul.

-hal turner, the White supremacist radio personality (www.halturnershow.com) supports ron paul. 

-Stormfront, the USA nazi group (www.stormfront.org). Supports ron paul.

-etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

I urge you in the strongest terms to go to the websites I have supplied and see what they say about ron paul. 

Then you will know who he really is, what he really thinks and why he attracts sick bastards like the ones I've listed above.

P.S.  I watched ron paul on CNN this morning's show earlier today.  They gave him a cream puff interview and allowed him to essentially do an uninterrupted campaign stump speech against the war and our monetary policy.  Then, in an unparalleled combination of journalistic dereliction and ignorance, the idiot male co-host gushed about how much sense paul made.   

I wonder how he'd have felt if hitler came on and talked about improving the German economy.

 


AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH - IOWA-STYLE

Ken Berwitz

Are you sure Al Gore is the rock star media have made him out to be?  If so, this piece by Christina Bellantoni of the Washington Times should be very confusing to you:.

'Run, Al, Run' concert called off

Iowans who support former Vice President Al Gore have been forced to cancel a concert in his honor.


The $20 per ticket "Run, Al, Run" event, which I wrote about last month and was scheduled for Sunday in Des Moines, was called off because organizers feared they wouldn't sell enough tickets.


Peter Ryder of Cedar Rapids told me there are two reasons the rally and concert won't go on as planned, despite folk singer Paul Kaplan writing an original song in Gore's honor.


The idea was to "send a message to Al Gore there is a tremendous surge of feeling about you running, but after he won the Nobel Peace Prize, he really got that message pretty loud and clear," Ryder said.


Given the importance of Iowa for the declared Democratic candidates, "we felt it would be difficult to sell the number of tickets to make the whole thing financially viable," Ryder added.


And how about those draft efforts? As I've written lately, the national Draft Gore group is running TV ads (which are also on TV here in D.C.).


Meanwhile, the California Draft Gore group is "halfway" to its goal of getting the 26,500 signatures they need to put Gore on the state's Feb. 5 Democratic primary ballot.


"We are pretty much on track in the urban districts and behind in the rural districts. Our plan is to bring in help to the rural districts. We continue to be optimistic about getting him on the ballot," Roy Gayhart of San Diego tells me.


The group may send petitioners to the Global Warming and America's Energy Future presidential environmental forum next weekend in Los Angeles.


And since no one will get to hear it Sunday, here's Kaplan performing the Gore tune, which includes this line: "How can you lose when you've already won?"


As for Ryder, he still plans to attend his caucus on behalf of Gore, and is urging others in Iowa do to the same on Jan. 3. If Gore does not reach the 15 percent threshold in the caucus, Ryder hasn't decided a second choice, though he's ruled one candidate out: "Not Hillary. I am leaning toward Edwards but that can change."


--Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times .

Although most of it is squelched by mainstream media, there is a great deal of controversy over whether Mr. Gore's contentions about climate change and its effect on the environment are accurate.  But no one can doubt what the good people of Iowa have told Mr. Gore about his popularity with them. 

That was $20 bucks a ticket.  Next to nothing.  You can't go to the movies with your wife and eat a bag of popcorn for $20.  I doubt you could get a drink at intermission during a Barbra Streisand farewell concert for that kind of money.  But they wouldn't spring for the double sawbuck to be up close and personal with AL GORE and hear an original song in his honor.

Y'know, maybe he (gasp!) isn't quite the rock star they think.


AN ENDORSEMENT BARACK OBAMA MAY WANT TO THINK TWICE ABOUT.....

Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama received a celebrity endorsement today.  But I have a feeling he may think twice before accepting it. 

Please read the following piece from Reuters - the endorsement is at the very end - and see if you can figure out why this may not be the most sought after endorsement of the campaign.......

High five! Borat is back on tour to amuse - and offend

Tue Nov 6, 2007 1:37pm EST
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Borat, the fictional Kazakh reporter who caused a diplomatic stir with his movie adventures in the United States, is back -- with a guide book to "the glorious nation of Kazakhstan" and "minor nation of U.S. and A."

Borat Sagdiyev, a clueless and offensive journalist created by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, made television and movie audiences laugh and cringe but angered the government of Kazakhstan for portraying the former Soviet country as misogynistic, anti-Semitic and backward.

The character continued in the same vein in a question and answer interview with Reuters via e-mail as the book was released in the United States and Canada this week:

Q: Which country to do you prefer -- Kazakhstan or the USA?

A: "I very much preferring Kazakhstan - it nicest place in the world! Please, you must look on my guidings book and then come visit. Bring your whole family and stay at Astana Funworld Resort - it have beautiful beaches, almost totally free of landmines and the sea is guarantee to have no jellyfish, shark, or any other marine life."

Q: Which people are smarter?

A: "Kazakh peoples is definite has more powerful brains. Government scientist, Dr. Yamak have prove that our glorious leader, Premier Nazarbamshev have IQ of 412 and a brain that extend into most of his chest - it no surprise that he have never fail in complete any jigsaw puzzle. Since 93 percent of Kazakh people is direct relate to him within 3 generations, rest of population also shares this great intellects."

Q: What advice do you have for people traveling around the United States?

A: "My book contains many useful informations for Kazakh peoples traveling to US and A - for example, best places to photograph ladies without their knowledge, location of Grand Canyons if you need place to dispose of a wife and location of Kazakh Embassy and where to go if you want to shoot a Redindians."

Q: When can people expect to see you in Kazakhstan again?

A: "I already in Kazakhstan, living very happilys with my new wife. This morning, I was awoke by my clock-radio (electronic LED), after which I remove my wife from her cage and she make me delicious breakfast of western cereal 'Frosties', which I have with delicious fresh milk from her chests. I then attach her to her plough and send her into the fields before returning to my bed until she come back at luchtimes to feed me again. Life is very nice for us."

Q: Who do you favor for President in the United States?

A: "I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier.".


EVITABILITY

Ken Berwitz

Is Hillary Clinton's Presidential nomination inevitable? 

In a word, no. 

This is not to say that I expect her to be dumped for someone else.  She remains the strong favorite.  But there are serious problems. 

One of them is the fact that, when she was finally at long last confronted with real questions during a debate last week, she was awful.  Waffle and fudge, fudge and waffle.  That's great for a dessert stand but makes a candidate look ridiculous.  And that is how Ms. Clinton looked.  Ridiculous.

Another problem - and this may be the biggest one of all - is her husband Bill. 

For some reason, people have it in their heads that Bill Clinton's support is a benefit for the senator from New York.  But it is not.  Bill Clinton has a rich, documented history of benefiting.....Bill Clinton.  And no one else.

Remember 2002?  The Democratic party knew it could not use Bill Clinton to campaign in the south and much of the midwest and southwest.  But it was certain that he had superstar power in other parts of the country.

For this reason Mr. Clinton was asked to campaign for various candidates in selected markets.  And he happily accepted. 

The former President campaigned for McBride in Florida, for Shaheen in New Hampshire, for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in Maryland, Shannon O'Brien in Massachusetts and Walter Mondale in Minnesota. 

The result?  Every one of them lost. 

Common sense tells me that if Bill Clinton cannot be sent to some parts of the country, and his support does not help (maybe even hinders) candidates in the other parts of the country, he is not a campaign asset. That seems pretty clear.

Yet there he is, on the stump for Hillary.  And what is this doing for her?  Here's a bit of an indication, courtesy of an excerpt from the Associated Press:.

Hillary Clinton Rivals Take on Bill

Nov 6, 6:42 PM (ET)

By NEDRA PICKLER

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill Clinton was hit with caustic criticism Tuesday from his wife's Democratic rivals, who accused the popular former president of falsely comparing questions about her candor to smears of past campaigns.

In a presidential nomination fight growing more intense by the day, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama also criticized the former first lady for having voted in the Senate against incentives for ethanol production and higher fuel efficiency standards. And 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards challenged her to spell out what she would do about Iraq.

The week after Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign accused her rivals of "piling on," those foes showed no sign of easing up. They even went so far as to criticize the former president, a strategy that comes with risks in a party filled with voters who admire him for resurrecting the party in the 1990s.

On Monday, in defense of his wife against political critics, Bill Clinton cited the "swift boat" television ads of the 2004 presidential campaign that questioned John Kerry's patriotism and the campaign commercials in 2002 that suggested Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia was soft on terrorism.

(AP) Former President Bill Clinton acknowledges the cheering crowd before his speech at the American...
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Obama told The Associated Press he was "stunned" to hear Clinton make the comparison. Both Kerry, who commanded a Navy swift boat in Vietnam, and Cleland, who lost three limbs in that war, are decorated veterans who were defeated by Republicans.

Obama said Hillary Clinton contradicted herself at the end of a Democratic presidential debate last week when asked whether she supported a plan by the New York governor to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. This week, the Illinois senator and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina have repeatedly reproached her on that subject.

"How you would then draw an analogy to distorting somebody's military record is a reach," Obama said.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, another candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, called the Clintons' response to the debate "outrageous."

"To have the former president come out and suggest this is a form of swift boating ... is way over the top in my view," Dodd said in a telephone interview.

A senior adviser to Sen. Clinton's campaign, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said the former president's remarks were not part of campaign strategy and in fact were considered counterproductive by the her advisers. .

There he is in all his glory.  The cheering, the adulation, the awe-struck faces, the overflow crowds hanging on every one of his words.  God it must be exhilarating.

But where is HILLARY?  SHE's the one who is running for the presidency.  The entire Hillary brain trust should take turns grabbing Bill by the shoulders, shaking him hard and telling him "Bill, BILL, it's all over for you, this is not your campaign". 

Because if they don't, he will do what he has done his entire life.  He will make everyone else around him look small and inconsequential. 

Exactly what his wife does not need during a presidential campaign.


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