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June 22, 2012
IRONY ALERT: It is the left-wing media who cling to their vestigial newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post. It is the Left that purportedly loves trees. So why do they keep killing trees to make newspapers that nobody reads?
WAWA! What the heck is a WaWa? It’s the Eastern seaboard–Pennsylvania, Maryland, et al–version of Colorado’s Kum & Go. WaWa, not unlike Kum & Go, is a convenience store chain with a silly name. NBCs nip-and-tucked Andrea Mitchell purposefully edited a video of Mitt Romney talking about the “private sector” using a WaWa store as an example, in an effort to make him look out of touch. First of all, anyone who utters the syllables “wawa” more than twice is going to sound a little doofy. Second, when you look at the unedited version of the video that Mitchell journalistically raped and pillaged, there is nothing silly or doofy at all. In fact, Mitt Romney looks very IN TOUCH, having a lot of understanding and compassion for those who are suffering under the oppressive thumb of the out-of-touch Obama and his Democrat lackeys.
Just a few months ago NBC again practiced journalistic barbarism when it purposefully edited the 911 call that George Zimmerman made regarding his fear that Trayvon Martin was up to no good in his neighborhood. The 911 audio was edited to make George Zimmerman’s call sound like he was a racist staking out an innocent black kid. The actual audio does not sound like a racist rant at all, but a fearful and concerned neighborhood watch guy simply reporting the activities of a suspicious person walking the streets around his home. NBC deflected its responsibility by firing a reporter from Miami. But as far as I know, no one in the NBC hierarchy has yet admitted that the audio edit was designed to spin a story of neighborhood tragedy into a trigger for race war.
NBC is a television network whose infrastructure may still be standing, but it gave up the ghost long ago. Its main form of life support comes from the small minority that actually likes the slop NBC has to offer, as well as a few people, who out of decades of habituation, turn reflexively to the network of the Peacock, which at one time was a source for great news and entertainment.
Death stalks not just the upper tiers of the Mainstream Media. Its liberal-biasitis has spread to dead-tree newspapers at all levels. My once reputable hometown newspaper, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, is dying. Its passing is not the result of a lack of interest, since there are thousands in my town who still enjoy the familiar comfort of picking up the morning paper and reading the news over breakfast. It is dying because it has lost its soul. Bad reporting, liberal-bias, hearsay, and a concerted effort to prop up anything with a big D next to it, while at the same time slandering, mocking, and lying about the patriots, Conservative activists, and Republicans of Western Colorado, has destroyed its reputation as anything other than a left-wing rag.
The editorial staff at the Daily Sentinel is by and large left-leaning. But worse than that, they have lost any sense of objective journalism and they stopped caring about standards when the other local paper, The Grand Junction Free Press, went from a daily to a weekly edition. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel lacks the positive pressures of competition, and has thus become sloppy, lazy, severely biased, and at times, unreadable. I’ve had my share of interactions with writers at the sentinel. One “investigative journalist” who was reporting a story of which I had direct knowledge refused to interview the other parties present during the incident which was central to the story. The conversation went like this:
ReaganGirl: You should not write this story until you’ve heard the whole story. There were fifteen other people who were present when this happened.
InvestigativeReporter: I’m not going to interview all those people.
ReaganGirl: It is journalistically irresponsible to go with this story when you have only part of the picture.
InvestigativeReporter: Too bad, the story is going out on Sunday.
Unbelievable? Yes. True? Yes. Typical of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel? Sadly, yes.
A hack named Jim Spehar, who comments in vile parodies of reality which he calls editorials, is another millstone around the neck of journalistic ethics at the Sentinel. Spehar leverages his space in the sentinel with the weight of his political career, having been a city councilman and a former mayor of Grand Junction. (The Mayor in Grand Junction is appointed by a vote of the City Council, not the people.) Spehar wrote an editorial recently about an event organized by a local conservative organization in which he offered detailed descriptions of its goings on. The “Western Sheriffs Forum,” in which sheriffs from four Western Colorado counties addressed citizens’ concerns about things from martial law to foreclosures, was called the “tin foil hat brigade,” by Spehar. Funny thing is, Spehar was not present. His information was garnered as hearsay, most likely by a lady spy from the office of one of Colorado’s Democrat senators. In his lame-brained editorial Spehar insulted the 210 citizens in attendance, the four sheriffs on the panel, the Constitutional Sheriffs Movement, and every patriotic American who believes in Constitutional principles.
This is typical of Spehar, who, despite not having knowledge about a topic or event, comments as if he does. These are the vile parodies of reality that are poisoning the old media. Even the habituated and traditional are growing weary of the lack of restraint and professionalism on the parts of reporters and commentators. Our local dead-tree newspaper is burdened by the millstone of political bias. Jim Spehar is known to be a far-left Democrat activist, and in his editorial paradigm the quest for truth has been supplanted by spin and buffoonery.
The old media is moribund, dying, and in the case of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s editorial staff, starting to stink. Social media, Internet news sources, and online news conglomerates such as The Drudge Report, are now the dominant news resource for people of all ages. Dead-tree newspapers and magazines are accessed by roughly 6% of Americans. Anything with a 6% chance of survival is effectively kaput!
The Media Research Center is the gold-standard for examples of media bias and unprofessional behavior. They can be found online at http://www.mrc.org/. IRONY ALERT: It is the left-wing media who cling to their vestigial newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post. It is the Left that purportedly loves trees. So why do they keep killing trees to make newspapers that nobody reads?
By Marjorie Haun 6/22/2012