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Posted: 20-Jan-2005, 10:34 AM
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This one is tasty.

ABC wants to "balance" its coverage of President Bush's inauguration with coverage of a military funeral:

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Jan. 19, 2005 ? For a possible Inauguration Day story on ABC News, we are trying to find out if there any military funerals for Iraq war casualties scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20. If you know of a funeral and whether the family might be willing to talk to ABC News, please fill out the form below:



Note that only the families of Iraqi war dead need apply. If a soldier died in Afghanistan, or aiding tsunami victims in Indonesia or Sri Lanka, or in a training exercise, never mind. That isn't the "balance" ABC is looking for.

Fortunately several blogs found this and spread the word. ABC News quickly removed the page, although one blogger was able to capture a screenshot (a little funky and doesn't exactly duplicate the original, but it's close).

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/pub...files/story.htm

Would any media outlet have run such a "balance" story if Kerry had been elected?


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That was so badly faked it is unbelievable. Any teenager in his parents' basement could do that. I could put an ABC News logo here and claim it's from their website.

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Thursday night ABC did, in fact, run such a story.

On Thursday's World News Tonight, Jennings, over video of a flag-draped casket in a church, a picture of the killed Marine, a flag being folded over the casket and scenes of grieving funeral attendees, pointed out:

"In Rockport, Texas today, just about the time the President was speaking, there was a funeral for a young Marine reservist: 21-year-old Matthew Holloway was killed in Iraq last week by a roadside bomb. His brother told a local paper that as much as Matthew wanted to be home, he was very proud of what he was doing in Iraq. And it is something you hear from so many people in the services, including the ten thousand who have already been wounded."

So, even if the WEBSITE is fake but the CONTENT is true, then you must accept it as credible and worthy, or so said Brother Maisky about RatherGate.

Comrade Jennings later said that "these are big issues in the country" and added: "We remind you, again, this is a President who is elected on a fairly narrow basis, whatever he may say about his mandate today." Would anything close to this have ever been said during the Clinton administration? Geez.

NBC's Brian Williams brought up the "dead horse": "the squeaker, the closer national vote still being fought over whether it was legitimate or not in Ohio." Brian, Bush won on every recount in Ohio. You're supposed to be a man - get over it.

On the morning of President Bush's second Inauguration, ABC's Good Morning America devoted a segment to seven 7th and 8th graders, at a Los Angeles school, who denounced Bush and his policies and complained about the state of the country. A boy argued: "I think that you should just make a law that would ban most of the lumbering, because we're annihilating forests and that's going to end up leaving the U.S. without any natural beauty." A girl complained: "Banning, like, same-sex marriages? I mean, I don't see any reason to do that." Another girl contended: "He should be focusing on Iraq, with all the people that have been killed and he should be bringing the troops back because that's kind of sad because for all the people that are dying."

Yeah, I seek and ask the wisdom of 13-year-olds about the national lumbering industry. 14-year-old girls are the primary nexus of information about same-sex marriages. And 13-year-old boys generally are taken to the Pentagon to be briefed on the complexities of morern warfare. These kids were parrotting what has been said in their homes, and Good Morning America found a few of them that shared GMA's opinions and put them on TV.

But there's no bias.



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Posted: 22-Feb-2005, 01:41 PM
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Well, I haven't beat up on the media lately, so here goes:

See if you can spot the media bias.

Bob Schieffer, soon-to-assume the anchor chair of the CBS Evening News, was the host of Face the Nation this past Sunday. Two US Senators were in Baghdad, and Bob was to interview them. One of the Senators was Hillary Clinton and the other was Lindsey Graham. So how does Mr. Schieffer introduce the segment?

"And we welcome to the broadcast from Baghdad what has become Capitol Hill's 'odd couple,' and I say that as a compliment: Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton, conservative Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who are doing something very unusual these days. They've joined together to try to get something done for our military veterans and also members of the Guard and the Reserve."

If you saw the bias raise your hand. If you didn't, then read it again.

This is actually nothing new in that it occurs almost every night on one of the major news metworks. They've been doing it for years. They can't help it. These people are liberal all the way to their bones. I doubt this was scripted; it's just the was liberals (like good 'ole Bob) see the world.

In case you didn't see the bias, read it once more and see how Hillary is described versus how Lindsey is described. Most "journalists" will never actually use the word "liberal" to describe one of their own, but they don't mind labeling someone else as a conservative. And anyone out there that actually thinks Hillary is mainstream needs to be checked for worms.
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The Agence France-Presse , known online as the AFP, is an international news-gathering organization, somewhat comparable to the US's Associated Press, "providing readers all over the world with news as it happens on politics, economics, finance, sports, cultural affairs, science, fashion and all other subjects of general interest, presented with all the objectivity and rapidity of an international agency"

http://www.afp.com/english/home/

There have been several dubious news releases by them recently that I haven't commented on, thinking they were just "honest mistakes". But this one cannot go without comment.

After years of referring to Osama bin Laden as a "militant," Agence France-Presse downgrades him to "dissident". Yahoo picked up the story:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...od0tue72_photo0

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Picture dated 08 November 2001 shows Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri at his hideout at an undisclosed location in fghanistan. (AFP/Ausaf Newspaper/File)



Is there a reason that a news agency just can't bring itself to refer to Osama as a terrorist? I think the word "France" in Agence France-Presse is the reason.

Consider the following two stories of the same event:

1. Israel's massive military operation into the northern Gaza Strip shows no sign of a let-up after two deadly weeks that have seen 111 Palestinians killed, mainly children, and Qassam rockets still being fired into Israeli territory. - Agence France-Presse

2. In 11 days of fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces have killed at least 90 Palestinians, including about 55 militants and 35 civilians, according to Palestinian hospital officials. The dead include 18 Palestinians who were 16 or younger, according to a count by The Associated Press. - The New York Times

But wait - how can this be? Aren't AFP's journalists independant and neutral?

Two of the largest wire services ― Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Associated Press (AP) ― have employed journalists with inappropriately close ties to the Palestinian Authority. Majida al-Batsh was a Palestinian affairs correspondent for AFP for many years, while simultaneously being on the payroll of the Palestinian Authority as a reporter for the PA's official news agency, Al-Ayyam.

So AP and AFP: are you giving us news or propaganda?

Of course, they're to different from many European news agencies (as well as most of our domestic news agencies). BBC has issued an official apology for irresponsible coverage of the Mideast conflict. In the wake of Friday's Tel Aviv bombing, BBC One TV produced a segment called 'A Family in Mourning', which showed extensive footage of the parents of the Palestinian terrorist, but no pictures at all of the mourning families of the terrorist's victims. Fair and balanced?

The Islamic Jihad even hold their own press conferences that the media fawn over.

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This one is just a bit of an "I told you so".

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media coverage of last year's election was three times more likely to be negative toward President Bush than Democratic challenger John Kerry, according to a study released Monday.

The annual report by a press watchdog that is affiliated with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said that 36 percent of stories about Bush were negative compared to 12 percent about Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.

Only 20 percent were positive toward Bush compared to 30 percent of stories about Kerry that were positive, according to the report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The study looked at 16 newspapers of varying size across the country, four nightly newscasts, three network morning news shows, nine cable programs and nine Web sites through the course of 2004.

Examining the public perception that coverage of the war in Iraq was decidedly negative, it found evidence did not support that conclusion. The majority of stories had no decided tone, 25 percent were negative and 20 percent were positive, it said.

The three network nightly newscasts and public broadcaster PBS tended to be more negative than positive, while Fox News was twice as likely to be positive as negative.

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Shamalama says: For this they needed a study?


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Posted: 15-Mar-2005, 04:35 PM
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QUOTE (Shamalama @ 15-Mar-2005, 09:32 AM)


Shamalama says: For this they needed a study?

Didn't matter anyway did it?
All the folks that I know that voted for W wouldn't believe anything they hear on the major news outlets (except for Fox): cause they are (liberally) biased!
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  Posted: 15-Mar-2005, 06:12 PM
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QUOTE (jpmoore @ 15-Mar-2005, 03:35 PM)
QUOTE (Shamalama @ 15-Mar-2005, 09:32 AM)


Shamalama says:  For this they needed a study?

Didn't matter anyway did it?
All the folks that I know that voted for W wouldn't believe anything they hear on the major news outlets (except for Fox): cause they are (liberally) biased!

No, that is what they are being told by Fox "News", George Will and virtually all of talk radio.

BTW, if the media is supposedly "liberal", why are all the top syndicated political talk radio programs wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Republican Party?

Here are the top 5 syndicated political talk radio hosts:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Sean Hannity
3. Bill O'Reilly
4. Ann Coulter
5. Thom Hartmann

One liberal (Hartmann) to four conservatives.
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QUOTE (MDF3530 @ 15-Mar-2005, 06:12 PM)
No, that is what they are being told by Fox "News", George Will and virtually all of talk radio.

BTW, if the media is supposedly "liberal", why are all the top syndicated political talk radio programs wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Republican Party?

Here are the top 5 syndicated political talk radio hosts:

1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Sean Hannity
3. Bill O'Reilly
4. Ann Coulter
5. Thom Hartmann

One liberal (Hartmann) to four conservatives.

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"wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Republican Party?"

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I'll wait until I see proof of this before I comment.

What bothers me is that "talk radio" is just that - an entertainment show where a host makes comments and callers call in and comment on it.

But ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN try to pass themselves off as "news" programs, with an assumption that they're telling the whole story and have validated the statements made by both the anchors as well as the reporters. There is not supposed to be any agenda - verifiable facts only. CBS and Dan Rather's phony documents may be the most publicized recent event of bias, but the liberal bias permeates the major news outlets in America. Study after study are coming to the same conclusions.

This is one reason people are moving away from the mainstream media and going to blogs and other sources for news. Fox News is gaining market share everyday while the others are losing more and more everyday - why? Conservative talk radio is expanding everyday - why? The answer is simple: people are tired of the lies told to them by Dan Rather and his comrades. People now, thanks to cable/sattelite TV and the internet, have a choice, and their choices are clear: outside of half a dozen metropolitan (and densely populated) areas, the rest of the US is either moderate or conservative. It is only a few urban areas that are steadfast liberal, with one (New York City) being the home of the major network news agencies.






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Oh this one was too good to let get by.

In big bold letters CNN's website proclaims:
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Poll: U.S. Catholics would support changes
But survey finds agreement with pope on abortion
Sunday, April 3, 2005 Posted: 6:14 PM EDT (2214 GMT)
(CNN) -- A majority of U.S. Catholics surveyed want the next pope to have a theological outlook similar to that of Pope John Paul II, but they would also like to see changes on issues such as birth control, stem cell research and allowing priests to marry, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Sunday.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/03/pope.poll/index.html

Wow. Big letters. Bold letters. Proclaiming that this survey wants changes. This must really be important information, and this must be a big sampling of US Catholics.

Nope. Look into the small print. Wedged into the body of the article are these words: "In telephone interviews mostly conducted before his death, two-thirds of the 254 Catholics polled..."

Huh? Only 254 people? What does "mostly completed" mean? Telephone interviews done a few here and there over what timeframe? What were the demographcs?

Which means that all that bold print, all those large letters in their headline mean absolutely nothing. But since "birth control, stem cell research and allowing priests to marry" are basic fundamentals of the liberals you see CNN plastering them in front of your eyes as if there was actually something to read.

Liberal media bias again . . . and again . . . and again.
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We can add the Boston Globe to papers willing to publish articles with a liberal slant before checking the facts. In this case, the writer flat-out LIED.

Writer Fabricated Boston Globe Story on Seal Hunt

By Greg Frost

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston Globe freelance writer fabricated large chunks of a story published this week, the newspaper said on Friday in the latest incident to embarrass the U.S. media.

The Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Co., said it stopped using writer Barbara Stewart because of a story that ran on Wednesday about a seal hunt off Newfoundland -- a hunt, it turns out, that had not taken place.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia-datelined article described in graphic detail how the seal hunt began on Tuesday, with water turning red as hunters on some 300 boats shot harp seal cubs "by the hundreds."

The problem, however, was that the hunt did not begin on Tuesday; it was delayed by bad weather and was scheduled to start on Friday, weather permitting, the Globe said in an editor's note.

Stewart could not immediately be reached for comment.

The newspaper, which first learned of the problem when the Canadian government called to complain, said in an editor's note it should not have published the story and should have insisted on attribution for details because the writer was not reporting from the scene.

"Details included the number of hunters, a description of the scene, and the approximate age of the cubs. The author's failure to accurately report the status of the hunt and her fabrication of details at the scene are clear violations of the Globe's journalistic standards," the paper said.

'NEVER ASSUME'

Globe Foreign Editor James Smith said that the newspaper knew Stewart was not at the seal hunt and was doing her reporting from Halifax.

"What she told us -- and we did check during the day -- was that she had confirmed with one of the fishermen in the story that it was going ahead," Smith said, adding that in retrospect the paper should have worked harder to clarify this.

"The point is, never assume," he told Reuters.

He added that Globe staffers have since reviewed two other stories Stewart wrote for the paper, but found no inaccuracies or other problems with them.

Canada is extremely sensitive about the hunt, during which hundreds of thousands of seals are beaten to death or shot for their pelts every year. U.S. activists, who says the seals are killed inhumanely, are urging consumers to shun Canadian seafood until the hunt is stopped.

Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said his officials had called the paper to point out the error.

"We've been trying to get the facts out about the seal harvest, the fact that the herd is very healthy ... that in 98 percent of cases it (the hunt) is done in a humane way," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Officials with the newspaper were not immediately available for further comment.

U.S. media organizations have been hit with a series of high-profile cases involving plagiarism or fabrication.

In 2003, The New York Times' top two editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the paper after it was disclosed that reporter Jayson Blair had fabricated and plagiarized material.

CBS News, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN, the New Republic magazine and USA Today have also been caught up in celebrated flaps over inaccurate reporting.

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Media bias is real, but it isn't what you think. The media is biased toward profit, pure and simple. I worked for a Gannett newspaper for awhile. Believe me, the executives and editors only care about one thing, selling papers and they'll twist anything every which way to sell a few more. As for broadcast, it's ad revenue. All of it comes down to the dollars on the bottom line.


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QUOTE (bubba @ 20-Apr-2005, 12:09 PM)

All of it comes down to the dollars on the bottom line.


If it weren't for the documented evidence I've been presenting over the last 29 pages in this thread I'd believe you.

Yes, profit is involved. But for so many there is something besides profit that drives the mainstream media - and it is their agenda for America.

But time and time again evidence is presented that the broadcast media in America (CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN) has a marked left tilt. Yes, you can say that Fox News has a marked right tilt, but Fox News only reaches a fraction of the people the others reach. Broadcast media, as a whole, has a left tilt.

Time and time again studies and polls have shown that the print media in America has a marked left tilt. Yes, you can say that talk radio has a marked right tilt, but talk radio only reaches a fraction of the people print media reaches. Print media, as a whole, has a left tilt.

The bottom line is that the average American sees more liberal viewpoints that conservative viewpoints (unless they actively seek it), especially if their "news" comes from the "morning paper" and "the evening TV news", and it's not an accident that this happens.
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Media will champion whatever agenda makes the most money. Consider this, news outlets are owned by corporations and the bigshots tend to be primarily Republican in their political views. Why would they print a liberal slant? Because that's what the readership buys the most. At the moment in my area the papers are pushing a much more conservative viewpoint where until a few years ago it was more liberal. Why? It's what the readership will buy in larger numbers. My advice is take everything you get from the US media with a whole shaker of salt. I only specify the US media because that's what I'm familiar with.
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