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Journalists Shouldn’t Be Defending Fox News

Typically, I used to watch all sources of news media [TV], and about six years ago watching Fox News, I had made a decision not to watch that channel because of their anchors type of “news” reporting, they became more personal rather than reporting the news, and it appears that they have only become worse since then.

I don’t really watch TV news, and get more of my news from reading it from journalism, or real news rather than an anchor who should be reporting the news over his personal opinions.  I’m not a reporter, but I do have opinions, so I like to give my opinion on what I read and how I feel about it.  That’s what my blogs are about.

News anchors are suppose to report the news as it is, not color it up or edit it in a biased way in order to favor one issue over another, that’s not journalism, and their suppose to keep their personal opinion to themselves when reporting the news.  Otherwise it’s just tabloid news, and if I wanted that I would watch tabloid news.

Why Journalists Shouldn’t Be Defending Fox News

The Obama administration’s recent characterization of Fox News is a long overdue acknowledgment of the obvious: Fox News is not a legitimate news organization — indeed, after many years of serving as the research and messaging wing of the Republican Party, it has now gone beyond even that, to become the electronic evangelist of an ultra-partisan and non-reality-based world view.

Historically speaking, White House criticism of the media has often been unseemly and defensive, with the president’s ire generally provoked by journalists who excel at their work — by asking cheeky questions, exposing important things that the president would prefer be kept secret, holding the powerful accountable and playing host to a vibrant and informed exchange of a wide range of political opinions.

But in this case, the critique is something else entirely. The litmus test is that the Obama White House is not upset at news gatherers for doing their job. What Obama and his aides are correctly pointing out is that the people working at Fox News are doing another job altogether.

The White House “attack” on Fox is being derided as bad politics, as ineffective and as a distraction from more important issues — all of which may be true. But doesn’t it kind of matter that, when it comes to the substance of what Anita Dunn, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, and now even Obama himself have said, they’re exactly right?

NBC May 2008; It doesn’t take a trained psychologist to observe that Bush got angrier and angrier as the Engel interview went on….

Bush typically sits down with interviewers from Fox News — or, more recently, Politico — where he can count on more than his share of ingratiating softballs. But Engel, a fluent Arabic speaker who has logged more time in Iraq than any other television correspondent, assertively confronted Bush with the ramifications of his actions in the Middle East.

For instance, Engel noted: “A lot of Iran’s empowerment is a result of the war in Iraq.” He questioned Bush about his lack of an exit strategy in Iraq: “So it doesn’t sound like there’s an end anytime soon.” He clearly upset Bush by saying that “on the ground,” the situation in Iraq “looks very bleak.” (Bush replied: “Well, that’s interesting you said that — that’s a little different from the surveys I’ve seen and a little different from the attitude of the actual Iraqis I’ve talked to, but you’re entitled to your opinion.”)

“The war on terrorism has been the centerpiece of your presidency. Many people say that it has not made the world safer, that it has created more radicals. That there are more people in this part of the world who want to attack the United States.”

[That’s an understatement!  I think Bush only went into Iraq because Saddam had threatened his father in 1992, and he wanted to get him back, meanwhile he lost all interest in the actual people (Bin Laden, and his Arab followers) who attacked during September  11th.  Has everyone forgotten what Bush did during that fateful date?  He didn’t bother calling the fighter jets, and instead he continued to read to the children because he alleges he “didn’t want to scare the children.”]

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October 24, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservatives remove “liberal” passages from the bible

Who are they to determine what part of “gods” word is “liberal?”  Are they “gods” to think they can circumvent “gods” word?

This is so hilarious, and just proves my point in previous posts about how they’ve been rewriting the bible since the inquisitions. They do it so that it suits their own needs, and this just validates that the bible is simply written by men, and it’s not the word of “god” or “jesus” because it’s their own words.  Rewritten and retranslated who knows how many times.  The cronology doesn’t fit, it contradicts itself page after page because they’ve been removing information from it.

People just walk away from it, it’s all a farce.

Conservatives remove liberal passages from the Bible

“The eager young men at Conservapedia are p.o.’d that the Bible might be seen as too liberal. So they’ve come up with the Wiki-style Conservative Bible Project, to make sure the Lord doesn’t go all wobbly on us.”

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , | Leave a comment

Clueless ancien-régime conservatives trying hard to hang on to their traditional feudal system

This is a great article!  I know I’ve been seeing a lot of these social conservative do these things for the past 20 years which btw it’s bad for the Republican party.  The Republican party shouldn’t have allowed that kind of dogma to enter into it’s party because now I see the party as hypocritical, and since I don’t like being hypocritical, I left the party long ago.  I’m sure true republican’s will feel the same way, and I’m glad that finally some are speaking out, like McCains mother!

The party as it is right now is about sex, and what they can do to stop it, except when it comes to them and their personal issues!  Very strange indeed!

They Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do

AS political theater, the Sonia Sotomayor hearings tanked faster than the 2008 Fred Thompson presidential campaign. They boasted no drama to rival the Clarence-Anita slapdown, the Bork hissy fits or the tearful exodus of Samuel Alito’s wife. There was rarely a moment to match even the high point of the Senate’s previous grilling of Sotomayor — in 1997, when she was elevated to the Second Circuit. It was then that Senator John Ashcroft of Missouri previewed the brand of white male legal wisdom that would soon become his hallmark at the Bush Justice Department. “Do you believe there’s a constitutional right to homosexual conduct by prisoners?” he asked. (She aced it: “No, sir.”)

Yet the Sotomayor show was still rich in historical significance. Someday we may regard it as we do those final, frozen tableaus of Pompeii. It offered a vivid snapshot of what Washington looked like when clueless ancien-régime conservatives were feebly clinging to their last levers of power, blissfully oblivious to the new America that was crashing down on their heads and reducing their antics to a sideshow as ridiculous as it was obsolescent.

[Read the full “They Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do]

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Great Exodus of the GOP

A lot of people left the party because they focused to much on peoples personal lives!  Social issues don’t have a part in the political party, this is American, and everyone has a different opinion on their own “moral” issues.  My morals are different than your morals, and just because mine are different than yours doesn’t make your morals better than mine, it’s just ridiculous!

If you want to worry about morals then go to your own religious background and practice it there, it shouldn’t be brought into the political parties.  I’m sad to see the GOPers do this to the Republican party because it’s NOT the party Lincoln founded.

I agree, with McCain’s mother and many others; in that people like Rush don’t represent the Republican party views.  Republican’s started adopting religious views in the 80’s, from my experience, and that’s why a lot of people left the party.  This is America, you can’t have a Party favoring one religion and ignoring the others in it’s stead, and that’s why, we, America have a time honored tradition of “Separation of Church and State” which the neo GOPers totally ignored. 

When they say “conservatism” they are speaking about “fiscal” conservatism NOT your religious “conservatism.” 
Keep your own religion to yourself, people shouldn’t be forced to abide by one religious doctrine, if other’s have an  interest in your particular brand, then they will ask you.

Caruso-Cabrera: Tweak Your Platform, GOP
More evidence of what’s wrong with the Republican party emerged this week with the Mark Sanford scandal. If you haven’t heard, the governor of South Carolina disappeared to who knows where this past week. (Now he says he was not on the Appalachian Trail but in Argentina.) He didn’t tell his wife or his staff, which has lead to all kinds of speculation that he is A: Having an affair; B: Having a nervous breakdown.

If the answer is A, you can add it to the long list of hypocritical actions by self-righteous Republicans. Insert here Senator John Ensign recently having to apologize for an affair.

The Republican Party insists that “American values” must be a core part of the platform. Their values of course; and yet values that many of them don’t adhere to. There are few crimes greater in America than hypocrisy.

[Read more about tweaking your platform]

June 28, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lies, GOP and Waterboarding? How do they compare?

Why is it the republican’s, instead of seeing things how they are and facing it, they alway’s try to divert attention from what they have done to some thing else that isn’t even related.  I fined there use of labeling groups pitiful as well!  They come up with all sorts of labelings and new words, as if they try to reinvent the wheel… [oops off topic]

It’s like Cheney’s daughter comparing her father’s defense of waterboarding use to Al Gore’s advocacy on Global Warming.

Or those, that are comparing Obama to Prejean’s lies; Prejean’s crusade over Same Sex Civil Marriage because it’s allegedly against her Christian belief, yet, she posed for pornagraphic pictures, then lied to the California Pagant about it in her contract and later when questioned again.  As I know it, lying and participating in pornagraphy are both against Christian beliefs. Right?  How is this comparable to Obama?  They say, he’s against Same Sex Marriage, okay, how is that comparable to prejean?  She’s going around preaching her beliefs as if she’s representing all Californian’s saying Same Sex Marriage is against her beliefs, yet does other things that are against Christian practice. That’s called hypocrisy, it’s not hypocrisy if your not going around claiming moral standing and pointing out observations. 

I haven’t seen any pornography on Obama yet, have you?  Obama’s not going around preaching his religious views either.  Not comparible at all.

So, if this is all those republican’s can do, by creating some other issue and compare it to what they have done, to justify what they have done, then I’m sorry for the GOP’ers! 
Very sad political party which seems really screwed up and lost it’s purpose, thanks to them recruiting religion into the party politics.  [What else irks me! People conservative doesn’t mean your religion!  It mean’s politically conservative!  Your religion shouldn’t have anything to do with the party, and that is one reason why it’s falling apart and people are leaving the party.  People have been leaving it since the 80’s.]

Nancy Pelosi: CIA Lied To Me

Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in its use.

“To the contrary … we were told explicitly that waterboarding was not being used,” she told reporters, referring to a formal CIA briefing she received in the fall of 2002.

Pelosi said she subsequently learned that other lawmakers were told several months later by the CIA about the use of waterboarding.

“I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said.

The House’s top Democrat made her comments at a news conference where she was peppered with questions about her knowledge of a technique she and others have called torture. Republicans have insisted in recent weeks that Pelosi and other Democrats knew waterboarding was in use, but made no attempt to protest.

In a written response issued moments after Pelosi spoke, an official at the CIA neither disputed nor accepted the California Democrat’s statements.

Instead, George Little, head of the CIA office of public affairs, said it would be up to Congress to determine whether notes made by agency personnel at the time they briefed lawmakers were accurate. He said the notes could be made available at the CIA “for staff review.”

Pelosi renewed her call for a so-called truth commission to investigate the events in the Bush administration that led to the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques. While President Barack Obama has banned waterboarding, calling it torture, he has been notably cool toward an independent inquiry that might distract attention from his domestic agenda. [read more]

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They’re Already Here!

People in Guantanamo were brought there by American’s.  Guantanamo hangs the American flag, so it is already American, silly!  They are closing it because the previous administration has used it for a place of torture which has stigmatized America’s democratic patriotism, and when that happens those places are typically disbanded or vacated and no longer used.

Aside form that, American laws tells us that people are innocent until proven guilty, last time I checked.  Many of the people who the Bush administration claimed were “terrorist” were in fact NOT terrorists.  If they are closing the place they need to provide another place to have a trial.  If they committed no crimes then they should be released.  These GOP’ers should already know that.

BTW, religious fanaticism is already here, so the terrorism isn’t just from over seas or people being held in Guantanamo.  We’ve had fanatics commit crimes against groups of people in America who are American, and those crimes have been committed for dogmatic views.  Jim Jones, Timothy McVeigh, Branch Davidian, KKK, and I’m sure there are more of these kinds of fanatical terrorists lurking around here in America.

Bohner and his GTMO bill is okay with me, but it needs to be more thorough, and it should include any terrorist who targets any other American as well, not just foreign terrorists.

“Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act” Announced By GOP

The GOP clearly sees a chink in the Obama armor when it comes to the closure of Guantanamo Bay. A jarring new advertisement on the subject released by Senate Republicans, followed by a floor speech whacking the president from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, led, on Thursday, to its inevitable conclusion.

The office of House Minority Leader John Boehner sends over word that the Ohio Republican and GOP ranking members are “introducing a big GTMO bill today designed to stop the transfer or release of these detainees into the U.S.”

Titled the “Keep Terrorists Out of America Act,” the legislation would give members of Congress “an opportunity to stand with the American people by affirming their opposition to releasing the terrorists at Guantanamo prison or bringing them into the United States.”

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment