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Next time somebody tries to tell you Bush and the Republicans…

Posted in Defense of George W. Bush, Demo-narcissists, Election-2010, Incompetence, Liberals, Obama, Press Bias on August 23, 2010 by johnmwilliams

Are responsible for doubling the deficit, take a look at where the deficit was just before the Dems took over in 2007 and thereafter:

You’ll note, as I have often, that the last year Bush and the Republicans controlled Congress and the White House, the deficit had been cut in half (from $400+ billion to $187 billion) just as GWB had promised in 2004.  Then those deficit hawks, the Democrats, took over and quickly spent more than Bush and the Republicans  had in the previous 4 years and in 2009, they spent more than the last four years of Bush/Republican spending–combined.

But don’t count on anybody in the MSM worrying about this fact.  It’s all about the narrative.  Bush spent like a drunk sailor and the Dems have been perfect stewards of our hard-earned tax money.  More leftist fantasy grist for the mill…

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Analyzing media bias and the “neutral story line” myth

Posted in General, Liberals, politics, Press Bias on August 14, 2010 by johnmwilliams

Ace of Spades–one of the most venerable bloggers on the right–has done a masterful analysis of how media presents a completely biased picture using what is defined as a “neutral story line.”

Logically, there are maxims that can seem in total opposition to one another, yet both be correct.  In Ace’s analysis, the “neutral story line” is neutral in the pure sense–that is, arriving at and presenting the data is done in a “neutral” way.  However, neutrality does not equate to consistency–and here is where the press fools itself.  I can say that “I don’t publish personal information about criminals that’s not essential to the story,” which would indicate a neutral position on published information.  But there exists another “rule” that states that personal information is required to give the reader a sense of who the suspect really is, and this rule could be considered “neutral.”  But while both may be “neutral,” the press picks and chooses which one to apply in specific instances.  For those suspected of a crime who might be from the left side of the political spectrum, the press applies the “Don’t publish personal information that’s not essential to the story (although I’ve seen one recent exception to this–Amy Bishop.  I assume that her mother’s statement that she was “obsessed with Obama” was considered relevant to that particular reporter.  But it was the exception–not the rule).  On the other hand, if the suspect seems to be from the right side of the political spectrum, the “Give the readership a feeling for who the suspect is” rule is applied almost without fail.  Everything from television viewing habits to reading lists are published with great zeal.  So while the press salves itself with this false sense of neutrality, it is pure fiction because the press begins its analysis of news stories from the position that the right is filled with hateful, emotional basket cases who are liable to go off at the drop of a hat after a Glenn Beck Show, while leftists who are suspected of crimes should be given the benefit of the doubt until convicted because there must be some rational reason behind their transgression.

It is an excellent article.  Read it in its entirety:

Ace of Spades HQ

And this is how media bias works 75% of the time. Most of the time, the media is selecting between several possible “rules,” many of which are arguably correct, but which are contradicted by nearly opposite rules, which are also arguably correct. The media never decides which rule is correct in the most cases; instead, they choose whichever “rule” benefits the Democrats this cycle.

The New Orleans Assault on Republicans

Posted in Demo-narcissists, General, Liberals, politics, Press Bias on August 12, 2010 by johnmwilliams

I referenced this story below, and then realized I’d neglected to blog about it at the time.  I apologize.  It is a story of unmitigated bias and craven partisanship in the mainstream media that should have been trumpeted everywhere (though I think Fox did about two days of coverage immediately after the assault).

It was an assault carried out on two young Republicans attending a Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown, in April of this year.  The group that led the “anarchists” in attendance proves what I’ve long suspected–that “anarchists” are nothing but radical Democrats trying to provide some “plausible deniability” to the party for their violent crimes.  They are foot soldiers for the left, nothing less.  Here is the website for the group that organized the protests earlier in the evening and on whose website the perpetrators bragged about what they’d done before having it scrubbed when discovered by the New Orleans blog, the Hayride:

The Iron Rail, New Orleans

I apologize for overlooking this story at the time.  Their main page previously extolled the virtues of gun control, national health care, abortion on demand, education spending and the whole list of Democratic litmus test issues.  A curious list of causes for “anarchists,” n’est-ce pas?

Ms. Bautsch received a fractured leg.  Her companion, Joe Brown, received a broken jaw, broken nose and a concussion.  Yet did you hear any report of it where you live?  Can you imagine that if a Democrat had been essentially mugged by a group of anti-Democratic protesters that there wouldn’t have been endless speculation on the front page of every major newspaper and at the top of every newscast for weeks speculating on whether it was Tea Partiers or or the Republican Party who’d done the deed?  Yet, as always, the press demands perfect evidence from the right while publishing rumors and innuendo from the left.  I won’t go into details here, but here’s the minute-by-minute details provided by the blog Hayride:

The French Quarter Fracas D-Bloc

The Hayride posts the follow-ups  to the story and comments on the reluctance of everyone–including the right blogosphere–to speak the truth.  They’ve done the legwork and determined what really happened.  However, even he misses the connection between the agenda of Iron Rail and the Democratic Party:

The French Quarter Attack WAS Political

A Rant on Media, Evidence, and Cowardice

This story should have been investigated deeply–and would have if the press were not partisan.  But, as I said in the post below, the words and actions of the New Orleans Police Department are just as troubling.

A Story the MSM is trying to bury like the New Orleans assault…

Posted in General, Liberals, politics, Press Bias on August 11, 2010 by johnmwilliams

Apparently, there was a story about three weeks ago that a drug cartel, the Zetas, had taken over a ranch outside Laredo, TX.  Of course, the amnesty wing of the far left went berserk with denials, recriminations, and shouts of “HOAX!” “FRAUD!” because the report could not be independently confirmed immediately and those involved refused to confirm or deny the story.

So the reporter started looking deeper to see if she could find proof of the incident.  Today, she found a police blotter from the Webb County Sheriff’s Dept. and posted it (a transcript follows for your convenience):

Transcript.  Parenthetical references added for clarity:

On Friday 7-23-10 Laredo Webb informed that their county SWAT Team is conducting an operation in the Mines Rd. area. According to LT. Garcia with LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) received a call from a ranch owner stating that the Zetas had taken over his ranch. As per the 17 (reporting person) he informed them that they stated La Compania (area name for Zetas) was taking the ranch and no one was permitted on the ranch without permission. SO (Sheriff Office) will have an unmarked green Ford Taurus with two officers stationed at Los Compadres and a white Chevy Tahoe with two officers stationed at Mineral Rd. The LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) will maintain surveillance in the area and advise if action is taken. Susp (suspect) Veh (vehicle) are described as a gray or silver Audi, a BLK (black) Escalade or Navigator and a van truck with a logo of a car wash spot free on the side. Border Patrol also has their response team on scene. Also known info of BMW’s and Corvettes entering and leaving the area. Auth LT Lichtenberger if assistance is requested LPD (Laredo Police Department) will secure the outer perimeter. (07/24/10 07:42:10 NR1873)

Don’t expect anyone in the MSM to pick the story up–as a hoax, it would draw massive attention and be trumpeted from every rooftop as proof of the evil forces at work that actually want to enforce our current laws–as the truth, it will get none.  Such is the state of “journalism” in the United States today.  This poor girl will probably be relegated to the daily and weekly tabloids because she’s not willing to play the game (she currently works for the San Deigo County Examiner).  Here’s her complete story:

Plano Examiner

And keep in mind–law enforcement would not confirm or deny the incident for over two weeks (just like the New Orleans PD in the leftist assault on the young Republicans).  What coercion are these police forces facing and from who?  Yet people who are suspected of being from the “right” who are accused of crimes have their television habits and book lists released by the authorities within hours (especially if that evil Glenn Beck’s name is anywhere to be found).  This reticence of law enforcement to release details of left-on-right violence or violence that might interfere with the left’s agenda is just as disturbing as the gross negligence of the MSM.

In a related story, here’s the story of an ABC News reporter who was suspended for daring to point out Obama’s contributions from BP and asking protesters if they thought it would be a problem:

Big Journalism

A friend asked–“Why are you a conservative?”

Posted in Demo-narcissists, Economy, General, politics, Press Bias on July 1, 2010 by johnmwilliams

Why are you a conservative?

We have a President who sought and received the endorsement of socialist parties like the New Party in Illinois and even Communist Party USA

We have a President who was close to and a business partner with an unrepentant, anti-American terrorist

We have a President who joined and attended a “Black Liberation” church that sought not to strengthen the black community in America, but to isolate it and exploit its fears, frustration, and distrust of fellow Americans

The federal deficit was $187billion and declining when the Democrats took Congress in 2006.  It has more than quadrupled in the 3 1/2 years since and there’s no end in sight

Unemployment has been over 8% for a year-and-a-half and over 9% for a year

We’ve had a President unilaterally deny due process to bondholders in Chevrolet and Chrysler in favor of unions that contributed to his Presidential campaign heavily

We’ve had the federal government seize control of Chevrolet and Chrysler, guarantee their debt with taxpayer money, and launch a government-sponsored regulatory attack on Toyota

We have an avowed gay activist who was proud to reassure a sixteen year old boy that his sexual encounter with a stranger in a bus station was nothing to be ashamed of as our “Safe Schools Czar”

We had an avowed Marxist who had published works condemning America as our “Green Energy Czar”

We have an Energy and Environmental Czar who worked for Socialist International and destroyed documents subpoenaed by a US court in an investigation of her agency in a previous administration

We’ve ignored most of Western Europe’s history with this country as our most reliable allies, especially Great Britain, while warming to despotic regimes in Cuba and Venezuela

We’ve engaged in negotiations with a terrorist organization, Hamas, while distancing ourselves from our staunchest longtime ally in the Middle East, Israel

We have a US Attorney General who has refused to prosecute militants intimidating voters at the polls and evidence that the Department of Justice has been directed to protect only certain Americans’ rights

We’ve had a plan enacted that will likely result in over 50% of health insurance beneficiaries having to drop their private, employer-based insurance and forced into a government-run health system after months of promises to the contrary

We’ve seen busloads of union and Democratic activists receive police escorts to terrorize fellow Americans in their own homes because of their chosen profession

The US Attorney General has sued a state for codifying federal law into state law in order to do the Federal government’s job protecting its people and their property while ignoring cities that are in open and direct contravention of federal immigration law

We’ve seen the biggest environmental disaster in history go largely ignored for eight weeks by this Administration and absolutist policies by a far-left, radical EPA add billions of dollars in costs to the disaster with unrealistic regulations and bureaucratic wrangling

We’ve seen the President of the United States and his Democratic Congress excoriate a co-equal branch of the government, the Judiciary, for a judicial decision the Administration disagreed with, in front of Congress, the nation, and the world

We’ve seen the war in Iraq ignored to the point of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

We’ve seen our armed forces’ hands tied in Afghanistan to the point that they are to “avoid the enemy” rather than risk confronting it

We’ve seen the Democratic Party mount a coordinated attack with its friends in the press to demonize and slander 1/3 of Americans as racist or extremists because a Democratic Congress feared their message of smaller government, restrained spending and deficits, and liberty

We’ve seen members of Congress accuse political opponents of hurling racist epithets when hundreds of microphones and cameras and dozens of hostile reporters put the lie to those accusations

We’ve seen the President of the United States call police involved in a case “stupid” with no more evidence than the fact the incident involved an acquaintance of his

We’ve seen the President of the United States vacation instead of visiting Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day

We’ve seen the President of the United States refuse to take responsibility for the results of his words and deeds and instead point the finger of blame in every direction

We’ve seen the President of the United States publicly pander and coddle every manner of despot while denigrating American achievement and leadership in the world and humiliating our most trusted allies

We’ve seen the Vice President of the United States publicly claim that America is in decline and our best days are behind us

We’ve seen an Administration unwilling, even openly hostile, to any and all questions about its conduct—even from a fawning press

We’ve seen an Administration flaunt laws intended to protect the public by meeting with lobbyists in coffee shops and using personal emails

We’ve seen Republicans in the Senate concerned enough to send a letter of inquiry to the Administration about a reported plan to use an Executive Order to bypass Congress and award citizenship to illegal immigrants by fiat

We’ve seen an Administration project weakness abroad and bully its constituents at home

We’ve seen an Administration run by those who said “the surge” would not work—it did—and the “stimulus” would—it did not—basing their judgment, involving the very lives of America’s best young men and women, solely on political considerations

We’ve seen a shadow government in the form of the EPA emerge, filled with far left radicals, just as the Administration, using their taxpayer-funded agency to further their personal anti-business, anti-growth, and anti-private property agendas that the far left could never hope to achieve politically/democratically

We’ve seen a fawning press give cover to this Administration for every major issue it has mishandled, from the disaster in Nashville to the debacle in the Gulf to the devastation of the Rio Grande

After the Town Hall Revolt took hold and Americans started asking hard questions of their representatives, we’ve seen many contrived Town Hall meetings controlled by union thugs who assaulted those who raised questions and saw those Americans who suffered those assaults denied justice by partisan local officials including two young Republicans beaten and bloodied in New Orleans by radical Democrats with no mention of the story nationally–while the press dutifully reported Democratic talking points that the very existence of the Tea Party might incite violence in law-abiding citizens whose only crime was disagreeing with this administration’s policies

Just about every form of deception, obfuscation, and misdirection, as well as intimidation, disinformation and persecution, have been employed by this Administration and its accomplice, the liberal-controlled press.  It is by far the most corrupt, intimidating, and partisan Administration I’ve seen in my lifetime, and the press is complicit in its silence.  The Administration and its accomplice, the press, openly attack groups and individuals opposed to the Administration’s policies.  The Administration bullies those it can and tries to destroy those it can’t.  It cajoles despots while using thumb-screws on our most reliable allies.  No one in this Administration has any concept of what it means to be President of the United States or even an American.  They’re all petty, partisan, narcissistic leftists–bent on not rebuilding America, but destroying it in order to replace it with something they’ve convinced themselves is better.  They hate the power, the wealth, and the influence America has in the world, and are embarrassed by our leadership.

The Founders were brilliant–to a man they were geniuses far more intelligent and gifted than the dilettantes in Washington, DC, today—in fact, in comparison, they were demigods.  Yet these socialistic, hubristic dilettantes think they know better than those who created the freest, most prosperous, and most powerful country on the face of the earth.  It sickens me–and most Americans.

I am a conservative because I believe the government exists to serve the people–not that the people exist to serve the government.

I believe that America’s government agencies should look to encouraging American initiative and ambition, not trying to stifle them–they are traits that made America the most powerful, wealthy, and influential country in the world a scant 150 years after its founding

I believe that American exceptionalism is real and that America’s founding has inspired the greatest growth of personal freedom and liberty around the globe in history

I believe that the United States government must be held to the highest standard when applying the rule of law and that when it circumvents the law, it weakens not only our laws, but the peoples’ respect for and confidence in the law

I believe that the President of the United States is a servant to the people and it is his job to protect Americans from threats–not threaten them

I believe that regulation is another name for corruption and that all regulation invariably gives government the power to pick and choose who wins and who loses in an industry

I believe that the United States has the most diverse and qualified population in the world and that if a business fails, no matter how big, there will be more efficient and better-run businesses fully capable of filling any vacuum

I believe that protecting the environment is the duty of every American, but that the environment has become a weapon used by the left to dispossess Americans of freedom, liberty, and property

I believe that America has the capacity to produce all the energy she needs, but that innovation must be accompanied by development of current technologies and resources

I believe that private property is inviolate and that a landowner has a right to conduct any business he sees fit on his property as long as his activities do not threaten the real property of others

I believe that public sector unions create a sense of entitlement in civil servants that are often in conflict with their responsibility to serve the people

I believe that those who claim that our system has failed mean only to usurp that “failed” system

I believe that those who speak of sacrifice only seek it from others

I believe that those who claim to speak for “the poor and downtrodden” intend to make those they speak to the “poor and downtrodden”

I believe those who speak of a racist America are racists themselves in search of a good excuse

I believe in equality of opportunity for all Americans–I do not believe in guaranteed outcomes

©John Mark Williams, 2010

The Press goes all in…and loses

Posted in General, Press Bias, Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 by johnmwilliams

Despite weeks of relentless, negative coverage of the AZ immigration law. As Fox News reports, even 43% of Democrats agree with AZ’s law while 41% disagree. 77% of Republicans agree, along with 68% of Independents.

Can you say FAIL?

FOX News Poll

The reputation of the MSM is in tatters, yet they continue to act in ways that assure their own destruction. Few people take the press at its word anymore. While newspaper types say that the readership has just moved away from print to the internet, it’s true–and the reason is convenience. But not because it’s easier to read articles online–no one believes that–but because a news story can be fact-checked by the reader within minutes. The MSM is basically a topic generating outlet that points people in a certain direction (see drudgereport.com). That’s why paid internet subscription are doing no better than their paid print editions.

Incredible…

Posted in General, politics, Press Bias on December 14, 2008 by johnmwilliams

The AP has apparently decided that a vote that doesn’t go their way isn’t really a loss–it’s “gridlock”–

WASHINGTON (AP) – With Congress gridlocked and the economy floundering, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in to prevent the “precipitous collapse” of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs sure to follow.

AP “Frankfurt School” techniques
No, it isn’t “gridlock”–it plainly doesn’t have the votes.  It’s only gridlock if you have an agenda of getting it passed and you don’t want to admit that it won’t pass (better to call it a draw than a loss).

I heard CNN is pitching a new wire service.  I’d have to bet that it would have no choice but to be more balanced than the joke that the AP has become.