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megimoo
09-20-2009, 03:44 PM
To me there have been three defining moments in the fight against the incredible leftist bias of the old media. They are the Tailwind (Vietnam War, nerve gas) story by Peter Arnett, Rathergate, and the recent ACORN exposé.
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Looking at the past twenty years, media bias has revealed itself as blatantly one sided coverage and often, outright false stories. It has now morphed into the blackout of stories that challenge their leftist ideals and idols. It is inconceivable that the ACORN sting could have been totally ignored by the old media without some sort of coordination.

It was too hot a story. Likewise it is inconceivable that the Van Jones story could have gone unreported for the same reasons. The old media has egg on its face, but instead of conducting introspection, they minimize the stories and call them smear jobs.
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The first defining moment was the Tailwind scandal (June 1998) that was perpetrated by CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, a hard anti-war leftist, who gained his reputation in the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War. His contention was, during an operation into Laos in 1970, sarin nerve gas was used to kill a group of US defectors.
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The story ran on CNN and in Time magazine and was strongly challenged by the Pentagon which determined the nerve gas claims were false. CNN conducted its own after the fact investigation and found the story flawed. They publicly retracted it less than a month after it ran.
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Two producers were fired, one resigned and Peter Arnett stayed on until his contract expired a year and a half later, but never appeared on the air for CNN after the investigation. Much of the internal pressure for a review came from the Time folks who had felt pressured into carrying the CNN produced story.
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It was a victory for openness and the few journalists at Time Warner with integrity. Significance: Tailwind was the first major left wing agenda story that was publicly debunked and had consequences for the participants.

Most of the prior journalism scandals were by writers falsifying stories to enhance their own reputations such as Janet Cooke - Washington Post, Stephen Glass - New Republic and Mike Barnicle - Boston Globe.
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The second defining moment was Rathergate. Most are familiar with Rathergate, a story designed to damage George W. Bush during his 2004 reelection campaign. It ended as a victory for citizen journalists, and the outcome was totally unexpected by the media establishment. The old media gave the controversy scant attention.
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The NY Times covered this, the greatest American media scandal, as if New York based CBS News was in another country. They used primarily wire service copy and an occasional story by art critic Frank Rich. The Washington Post used media critic Howard Kurtz and of all the networks, only ABC gave reasonable coverage. The rest ignored it. For over two weeks Dan Rather stood by his story, including the demonstrably false claim of an unbroken chain of custody of the Killian documents.
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Finally CBS set up an independent review panel which declared the story shouldn’t have run. Dan Rather was pulled out of his anchor chair precisely 26 weeks after his phony report and then put out to pasture as a 60 Minutes correspondent for the remaining year on his contract. His contract wasn’t renewed.
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Now come James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, “twentysomething” college students whose conservative principles led them to conduct an audacious sting operation against ACORN.
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The result of O'Keefe's and Giles' efforts: 5 video tapes showing ACORN employees aiding and abetting underage prostitution, tax cheating, and attempting to aid in illegal immigration of underage prostitutes. The story burned up the internet, but for a week there was nothing from the old media.
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Charles Gibson of ABC News claimed to know nothing of the story and the vaunted Times had printed nothing by the time the Census Department severed its ties with ACORN and the Senate had voted to defund them. In 7 days of new media reporting (Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog and Fox/Glenn Beck), the world knew more about the corruption of ACORN than from years of old media reporting....

"After Gibson's comments what more proof do you need ,even a post turtle has more brains than he !

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"Take A Look At Their Picture in this Piece .They're Just a couple of young College kids and yet they were able to humble the Highly paid news anchors
at the major TV News networks ."
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"The Third estate news is a joke .Some of them seem to feel that they are members of the first estate and proceed to behave as an privileged class above the mere peasants and serfs.They have taken on an air of smugness that is beyond contempt and they will be/are paying the price for their collective arrogance."
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"It's Obvious that the Old Media' Isn't interested in reporting the news .They now fancy themselves as above reporting and are now interpreting events in the best possible light for the Liberal Democrats and expecting us to swallow their false stories.
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But by now most people with any intelligence have found that most of the so called news stories have been 'filtered' and distorted and in some cases are out right fabrications .Gibson and Couric hurt themselves badly with their attacks on Governor Paulin and as a result their credibility with most thinking people is in tatters.
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Obama has been shown to be incompetent and in way over his head . Most of those honest Americans who voted for him out of a sense of cultural guilt now regret it .If left unchecked he will destroy America by his Communistic meddling .He has just about destroyed our economy by meddling with our Banking industry and the Stock Market and with the help of an incompetent Barney Frank and an liberal Congress now will attempt to take apart our military .
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He will try and cut and run out of Afghanistan and if he gets away with that he will severely cut funding to the Defense Department .
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I hope that these people who voted for Obama are aware of the shambles America is in now and will take vengeance on those in Congress and The White House. "
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catherine henry said...

I think what we're seing is the extinction of a dinosaur media
getting crushed under the weight of its own self-importance and the nostalgia of past glorious feats.
Walter Cronkite must be kicking in his grave. Tom
September 20, 2009 9:34 AM
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