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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

There is no 'anti-war' movement to speak of, just anti-Bush

Sep 11, 2014 8:30 AM PT

In response to MSNBC Viewers Vote For Obama To Bypass Congress On Military Action Against ISIS:

88% of the MSNBC audience pronouncing itself comfortable with unilateral Obama war, with a symbolic nod toward the Bush congressional authorization of force that Obama campaigned on voting against, is mildly amusing, but it shouldn't be surprising.  They're not being hypocritical now; they were being dishonest back then.  

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MSNBC Viewers Vote For Obama To Bypass Congress On Military Action Against ISIS

Sep 10, 2014 7:44 PM PT

In a poll tonight on MSNBC, viewers of the Ed Show voted overwhelmingly against allowing Congress to have a vote on military action against ISIS. 

These would be the same people who squawked for five years about Bush's "illegal", and "unilateral" Iraq War.

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Jeffrey Goldberg Shills for Obama's Foreign Policy--Again

Sep 10, 2014 5:45 AM PT

Ahead of President Barack Obama's prime time do-over about ISIS, Jeffrey Goldberg has laid down some cover fire, insisting that Obama has a long list of achievements in the Middle East for which he gets no credit. En route to this "Rodney Dangerfield" defense, Goldberg actually claims that Obama is responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons, and that he is "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency."

The first claim is simply untrue, and ludicrous--not only because the Assad regime has likely retained many of its weapons, and not only because it is using different kinds of chemical weapons, but also because the Obama administration failed to do anything at all to stop the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians by conventional means. The Syria deal saved face and little else, and boosted Russia's power at America's expense.

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Jeffrey Goldberg Shills for Obama's Foreign Policy--Again

Sep 10, 2014 5:21 AM PT

Ahead of President Barack Obama's prime time do-over about ISIS, Jeffrey Goldberg has laid down some cover fire, insisting that Obama has a long list of achievements in the Middle East for which he gets no credit. En route to this "Rodney Dangerfield" defense, Goldberg actually claims that Obama is responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons, and that he is "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency."

The first claim is simply untrue, and ludicrous--not only because the Assad regime has likely retained many of its weapons, and not only because it is substituting new chemical weapons for old ones, but also because the Obama administration failed to do anything at all to stop the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Syrians by conventional means. The Syria deal saved face and little else, and boosted Russia's power at America's expense.

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This is Brian Stelter's Sean-Hannity-Was-Right Face

Sep 2, 2014 4:46 PM PT

CNN's Brian Stelter interviewed extremist cleric Anjam Choudary on his Reliable Sources show Sunday. Despite an attempt to compare his interview tactics favorably to a one the previous week by Sean Hannity, Stelter wound up stunned by his guest's extremism.

The Hannity interview ended with the host calling his guest "one sick, miserable, evil SOB." To be fair, that came after Choudary called Hannity a liar, propagandist and stated that Americans were "the biggest criminals in the world today." Anyone familiar with Hannity's patriotism can probably guess which statement offended him more.

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CNN goes crazy with unverified Ferguson gunshot audio

Aug 27, 2014 7:34 AM PT

Media bias doesn't consist entirely, or even primarily, of outright falsehoods.  It's expressed through the stories our media herd chooses not to tell, because they don't fit easily into preferred narratives... and which stories they lavish saturation coverage upon, because they do.

CNN, which has been comically prone to chasing its own tail by over-reporting its obsessions (the Missing Malaysian Airliner, for example) has been going bonkers over an unverified audio recording which purports to have inadvertently captured ten gunshots fired by Officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Supposedly this recording was made by a man conducting an audio chat session with his girlfriend - a conversation that proceeded without pause while gunshots echoed in the background.

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Get ready for your taxpayer-funded Twitter 'truth database'

Aug 25, 2014 2:19 PM PT

Fortunately all of America's problems appear to be solved, and the government is swimming in cash, because a million federal dollars have been poured into what the Washington Free Beacon describes as "an online database that will track 'misinformation' and hate speech on Twitter."

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”

“The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online,” it continues. “Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

“This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said.

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New York Times Ignores Immigration Issue in Mid-Terms

Aug 25, 2014 1:18 PM PT
The New York Times would like you to believe that immigration is not the significant issue it now clearly is in the mid-term elections and instead wants to focus on an issue that is marginally divisive for Republicans - the Import/Export Bank.

In an election cycle where no single issue is animating voters, the relatively obscure lender, which provides loans and loan guarantees to foreign buyers of American products, has become an unlikely source of prominent campaign friction.

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Harry Reid and the Source of Democrats' Gaffe Immunity

Aug 22, 2014 10:29 AM PT

Sen. Harry Reid made some jokes about Asians in front of an Asian audience on Thursday. The Washington Post covered the incident and suggested Reid made so many gaffes he had built up a "gaffe immunity."

"I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are," Reid said. The audience seemed to respond with laughter. Later when someone was being brought on stage Reid quipped, "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."

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