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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

Hey, Media: Chicago Teen's Shooting Called Gang-War Mistake

Jan 31, 2013 6:39 AM PT

Apparently, gun downed honor student Hadiya Pendleton was in the "wrong place at the wrong time." 

Newser:

The Chicago teen who was killed days after performing in President Obama's inauguration may have simply been in the "wrong place at the wrong time." Chicago's superintend says, calling the shooting a matter of "mistaken identity." The shooting, police believe, was part of a turf war among gangs, but Hadiya Pendleton had no gang links--nor, it appears, did any of those with her that day. The gunman, however, seemed to confuse the group with gang members. 

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Best of luck to Soledad O'Brien

Jan 31, 2013 6:01 AM PT

I take no particular pleasure in the news that CNN has canceled Soledad O'Brien's show. It was always an example of egregious left-wing media bias, which is precisely why it was, in a way, so useful to conservatives.

I had only one enduring grievance. After our exchange over Critical Race Theory, Soledad publicly invited me back on the show and then never honored that invitation. She did, however, invite someone to refute my arguments without offering me the chance to defend them. That's not just bias--it's downright rude.

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Rage and privilege

Jan 31, 2013 5:51 AM PT

In response to Occupy Wall Street Was Overwhelmingly White & Privileged and Somehow CNN Didn't Notice:

There's always been an element of snotty upper-class self-loathing at the forefront of leftist movements.  I suspect one reason for that is the ability of the Left's "community organizers" to engage such people.  They know where to find rebellious white college kids looking to establish their identity by declaring war against The Man and his evil System.  They know how to engage the reflexive sympathies of such people, flatter their vanities, and speak to them in the idiom of Hollywood liberalism.  The extras drawn into leftist street theater are people who don't have jobs, but the star players tend to be people who don't want jobs.

If a Republican Senator did this... or anything?

Jan 31, 2013 4:30 AM PT

First, any politician regardless of party should be exposed for bad and possibly illegal actions. 

Senator Bob "Macho" Menendez is an alleged thief. Allegedly: he owed the two Dominican prostitutes $500 each and paid them only $100 each. Maybe he was unsatisfied [pun intended] and if so should have complained to their boss aka pimp about the quality of their service.

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Media that Ushered in the Affirmative Action President Now Shocked by the Affirmative Action Economy

Jan 30, 2013 6:13 PM PT

The United States economy contracted in the forth quarter of 2012. Most analysts had higher expectations. Me, not so much. I'm smart enough to know that our president is the guy who was willing to be reduced to his race in order to win an election. Yes. President Obama's skin color was the only reason he was elected in 2008. The man has no actual experience or affection for free markets. So, this morning when I read the New York Times' headline "Economy Contracted Unexpectedly in the forth Quarter," I laughed my ass off. 

America's debt to GDP is racing toward 200 percent. And as Obamacare becomes a reality, companies are downsizing to cope with the coming avalanche of regulations. Unfortunately, the bad economic news we got today is the new normal. Just don't expect the Self-Congratulating Moral Elitists in the mainstream press to realize, or report it. 

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Beltway Media Drones Accept Menendez' Evasions

Jan 30, 2013 2:38 PM PT

When Breitbart News' Kerry Picket asked Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) about the reported FBI investigation into allegations that the senator used a house of prostitution populated with underage girls in the Dominican Republic his response was that he "wasn't going to dignify that story" with a response. 

That indignant evasion hasn't stopped Picket, Matthew Boyle and other NEW media outlets from pursuing the story, but it seems to be sufficient to force mainstream journalists from the networks and beltway political rags into a fetal position. It's a good thing the Capitol rotunda is in the form of a circle or else you'd see the gaggle of reporters with NBC News credential cowering in a corner there. 

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Critical Ratings Theory

Jan 30, 2013 12:45 PM PT

In response to Medio Bistro: CNN Axes Soledad O'Brien Because Her Audience Was "Too Ethnic?":

Savor the rich, creamy irony of someone who needed "critical race theory" explained to her, by panicked staff members reading Wikipedia entries into her earpiece, getting the boot because her show is "too ethnic."  As it turns out, Soledad's inability to understand Critical Ratings Theory proved more harmful to her career.

Medio Bistro: CNN Axes Soledad O'Brien Because Her Audience Was "Too Ethnic?"

Jan 30, 2013 12:12 PM PT
This is CNN:

"Many staffers were stunned when Feder constantly complained that the viewership of “Early Start” and “Starting Point” was “too ethnic,” based on the high concentration of minority viewers. This common complaint worked itself up through the company, to CNN’s Diversity Committee, and to other staffers, who were mortified that a CNN executive was squabbling over attracting minority viewers."

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