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Warning: Language

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by thedoyle

I got the title from an old Far Side cartoon, but looking around I wasn’t able to find a copy and also probably not a good idea if I infringe on the copyright. But today’s topic is about language.

Until we evolve into a higher order and are able to communicate telepathically we are stuck with verbal and written communication. I am constantly amazed at the sloppy language used everyday by people. Even going through law school I was amazed at the sloppy language used by my fellow students. I don’t mean the occasional typo, spoonerism, sarcastic or hyperbolic remark or slip of the tongue, Freudian or otherwise. I mean sloppy word choice, such as “no one believes that”, a phrase like that is easy to disprove and the speaker or writer should know better. It is often easy to spot when a speaker (I will use speaker for both verbal and written from here on…too lazy to write speaker or writer every time) just threw up a word rather than carefully thought it out vs. one who may have misspoke, usually in the latter case the speaker will correct themselves. In normal conversations between friends it may not be as important to the participants in the discussion, friends will often overlook such sloppiness because they will understand the meaning the speaker was actually trying to convey.

However, worse than sloppiness is when language is purposefully distorted and used to attack. Recently the Washington Post and the Associated Press attacked James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the journalists who exposed ACORN as the corrupt organization it really is. The Post falsely attributed a quote to O’Keefe making it appear that O’Keefe had a racial motivation. Scott Johnson of Powerline noticed it right away and demanded a response. Johnson followed up by pointing out that another blogger, John Rosenberg, had noticed a pattern by the Post author and also that Joel Mowbray had looked into the “drive-by mugging” of O’Keefe.

The Post did print a “correction” that’s actually a non-correction and Mr. Johnson notices the odd wording of the “correction”. Johnson links to a great article which blasts the Post for continuing to slime while pretending to correct.

I bring all of this up because the Post’s original article and its subsequent “correction” are an indicator of how the Left uses language to its advantage to slant any discussion their way and slime anyone who disagrees with them. The Left of course has no problem with this at all, which is why they go into fits about Sarah Palin using the phrase “death panels” on Facebook to describe panels that would have the authority to choose who may get life saving treatment but they don’t make a peep over a National Paper falsely putting racist words in the mouths of an opponent.

Lloyd Marcus at American Thinker has had enough. His article is entitled “Stop Allowing the Left to Set the Rules” and it s a great piece about how this sort of thing happens all the time and how especially now with all of the racism charges being thrown around by the left it must be combated. He also notes the cries for “civility” by the very same people who ignored or encouraged such incivility towards George W. Bush and Sarah Palin.

I have pointed out the hypocrisy of Liberals about this subject before. I could make every post every day on this blog about another example of it. Mr. Marcus is correct we need to be aware of the language used by the Left. It can’t be put down to pure sloppy thinking (although that is another problem the Left does have), most of the time it is well thought out to do the maximum amount of damage. By pointing out the Left’s tactics and hypocrisy and making sure our own language is direct we can defeat these nitwits.

That being said, I have no plans to stop being a sarcastic S.O.B.

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Must Reads for today

Posted in Culture, Environment, Media, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by thedoyle

Kind of busy yesterday and today so here’s some excellent articles by other people.

Victor David Hanson lays out an excellent profile of Obama

Patrick J. Michaels wonders where the Global Warming data got to

Julie Gunlock takes on the hypocrisy of NOW in the wake of the ACORN underage prostitution aid scandal

Walter E. Williams takes down Michael Moore before the fat bastard can eat him.

Powerline highlights Joel Mowbray’s take on the Media’s slander of James O’Keefe

The “Objective” Media.

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by thedoyle

Can we finally all agree that there is no “objective” media? Perhaps if everyone stood up once and for all and said there isn’t any objective media anymore then the Media would finally take its mask off and we’d see them for who they really are. Until that time, I guess we’re not supposed to pay any attention to the man behind the curtain.

This weekend, Obama did the rounds on the Sunday News shows…well not ALL of the Sunday News shows, he didn’t appear on Fox News…I’ll get back to that point later. In theory doing news interviews with the self-proclaimed “Fourth Branch” of Government should be a harrowing experience for a Politician. The Media is supposed to be the watchdog but for Obama its more like a lapdog. Newsbusters.org did a round-up of Obama on the various talk shows and it was far from walking into the lion’s den.

The Media needs to drop the pretense and tell everyone what everyone already knows, that except for talk radio and Fox news the Media openly roots for, protects and promotes Obama. The Media turned a deaf ear to Van Jones until AFTER he resigned, they turned a deaf ear to ACORN’s corrupt and illegal activities until they were exposed and now they are trying to publicly indict slime the ones who exposed the corruption. Mediamatters.org, which is supposedly a watchdog of the media but is in reality just another Liberal swamp of fevered egos, also attacked the messenger and lied while doing it.

Now I get back to Fox. Liberals hate Fox. HATE, with a passion that ought to be reserved for enemies of the country. In fact they seem to hate Fox more than actual enemies who have attacked us. Fox is kind of like the Picture of Dorian Grey, with Liberals being Dorian Grey. Its a reminder of how ugly they are and so they loathe it, but they can’t help sneaking up to the attic to look at it. Fox has the highest ratings of any network, it has the largest audience. If you are trying to sell an idea, wouldn’t you want to get that idea to the most amount of people? So why wouldn’t Obama want to go on Fox? Its because he knows going on a show with Chris Wallace means getting actual probing questions whereas going on a show with Chris Matthews means getting the media equivalent of a handjob.

I think Lewis Black joked that politicians should be forced to wear stickers of who gives them money like NASCAR drivers, the Media should be forced to wear their political affiliations on their chest as well, not that we don’t already know them.

The Media does it again.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by thedoyle

So yesterday there was a large rally in DC protesting Obama’s healthcare reform plan, Obama’s out of control Liberals friends in Congress, and all of the Dem’s spending habits. How many showed up is still being debated but it was big and its part of the Tea Party protests going on since earlier this year.

The media has, since the beginning of the protests, done everything they can to oppose the protests. From making fun of the protesters to vilifying them. One repeated charge has been the media’s claim that the people [rptesting are all right-wingers who hate Obama so much that they have made posters of Obama with a Hitler mustache. The signs the Media showed months ago were actually from the Lyndon LaRouche PAC, which is a far left group. The signs they showed were easily identifiable as being from the LaRouche PAC because it said so on the posters, but the Media had no interest in telling the actual facts they were more interested in slandering the protesters as evil racist hateful right-wingers.

Last night the AP put out a story about the latest protest in DC and not only did it trot out the usual picture it again failed to distinguish the LaRouche protesters from the actual protesters.

Here is the Pic they included in the side bar of the story:
Taxpayer Rally

The pic clearly shows larouchepac.org on the poster but that is not mentioned in the story itself, instead it makes it seem as though larouchepac.org is on the same side as the protesters, but the fact is the LaRouche people are only protesting that Obama does not go far enough. They want a single-payer system which is what Obama wants as well but knows he can’t get it right away. This would be an important fact, I would think, yet the AP fails to mention it.

The Media has been letting many facts slide lately, from their refusing to delve into the Edwards affair during the Democratic Primaries to more recently completely ignoring the story of Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones till AFTER he had resigned to ignoring all of ACORN’s many illegal activities to its continued slanted reporting on the opposition to Obama’s policies, the Media has abdicated its role as objective news reporters.

If the Media cannot or will not do its job then they deserve to fail and go out of business and many news outlets are suffering greatly. Newspapers are going out of business due to poor circulation (I will admit that the advent of online advertising hasn’t helped the papers either since that is most of their revenue but circulation is down as well), the New York Times is in serious danger (good riddance), the ratings of the major networks news at 6 pm are dropping like stones and even cable news outlets like CNN and MSNBC are being pummeled by the dreaded evil Fox News (the left’s bogeyman).

So be it. The Media did all it could to get Obama elected and they are continuing to fight alongside him as a propaganda army. The problem for the Media is that people are realizing that the Media is no longer objective fact-givers. I wonder how long it will be before Obama says we need to bailout the NYT and other Media outlets favorable to him. For all of the Left’s supposed belief in evolution, they sure don’t seem to understand it.

Darwinism is a bitch, but its a bitch I love to see in action.