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6/29/2011

I Think This Big Journalism Story is Ripping Me Off

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 4:58 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.  Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]

Seriously, who is this jerk who is stealing my material?

Joking aside, I considered it a really pleasant surprise when Dana Loesch suggested I submit the piece, and I was stunned when they made it a featured story.  I am honored, and I hope whatever poor schlub had to copyedit it didn’t have too rough of a go with it.

You can read the whole thing, here.

And no, your eyes do not deceive you.  That is fourteen errors, not thirteen.  That’s right, I missed one.

Also bonus points to the first person who guesses who is actually in the picture (hint: it’s not me).

By the way, at the Time magazine article, the comments keep rolling in.  Here’s a fresh one:

Reading all of these comments should make the editors arrive at one conclusion.  This writer should be fired for gross negligence.

And someone suspects something is going on:

Wow.  It’s pretty obvious that some hyper-conservative constitutional literalist made a list of “13 Objectively false statements in Stengel’s Article on the Constitution” and asked everyone to copy and paste it.

Nah, perish the thought.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

66 Responses to “I Think This Big Journalism Story is Ripping Me Off”

  1. Very cool, Aaron. Congratulations.

    DRJ (fdd243)

  2. When I think of “journalism”, and the creation of news, I think of Citizen Kane. Welles as the Hearst symbol and the “creation”, or “fabrication” of news. I was recently in Carmel and San Simeon and I went to the Hearst Castle. Hadn’t been their in some years. A magnificent and majestic estate, complete with priceless art and a beastiary running wild. Didn’t he (Hearst) help create the Spanish American war, with the aid of “yellow journalism”?

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  3. John Marshall is the picture.

    **Tin Eye is great for earning bonus points.**

    Anon Y. Mous (cb1134)

  4. Aaron, you have (essentially) three negatives in this sentence:

    Thus the founders themselves demonstrated that they did not believe that the Constitution did not prohibit women from voting.

    aunursa (323789)

  5. By the way, Congratulations!!!

    aunursa (323789)

  6. I thought Big Journalism has some standards.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  7. I loved the picture, “Network”. Though a sensationalistic interpretation of news and the media, it gave a “voyeuristic” insight into the “manufacturing” of “current events” via the “idiot box”. Look at the proliferation of “reality television programming”. This is what sells! Remember “Being There”, and Sellers waxing prophetically the most absurd things, yet the viewers went nuts over it, and the gardeners “cult following”, ran riot!

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  8. Well, the Big Journalism article refers to 14 errors. Your writings here refer to 13.

    :)

    malclave (1db6c5)

  9. aun

    crap, i thought i fixed that.

    i will have to go through them to fix, so… it might take a bit.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  10. Magnificent! It’s a great piece and I am glad that others are noticing it, too. 😀

    Sue (24e46b)

  11. aun

    and thanks, for the correction and the praise.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  12. btw, anon is right. john marshall.

    yeah, i am a legal nerd.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  13. Good job, Aaron. The author of that Time article was a Rhodes Scholar, if you can believe it. He can’t be that dense; this has to be the Triumph of Teh Narrative™—what he wants the Constitution to be, because of his feelings.

    The part that gets me every time is this: the Left positively swoons for more Executive power when they have their party in the White House. Can you imagine this article written while GWB was POTUS?

    The progressive Left never gets it: the only just law is a law you do not mind in the hands of your bitterest enemy.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  14. Strangely, those old fuddy duddies the Founders understood this.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  15. Congrats Aaron. Well deserved.

    Wow. It’s pretty obvious that some hyper-conservative constitutional literalist made a list of “13 Objectively false statements in Stengel’s Article on the Constitution” and asked everyone to copy and paste it.

    I would hope that instead of stating the obvious, this commenter would take the time to actually read and consider the 13 Objectively False Statements in Stengel’s article. In traveling the interwebs, I notice one distinct difference between the left and right is that the right is more concerned with actual truth and an adherence to it – no matter the cost to individual or political persuasion. However, the left appears more concerned with being seen as correct, and if they aren’t it’s a good thing they regard truth as malleable when need be.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  16. eh…

    the left appears more concerned with being seen as correct, and if they aren’t, well, it’s a good thing they regard truth as malleable when need be.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  17. Damn good stuff Aaron, congratulations.

    Old Coot (28b5d0)

  18. “When I want to know the news, I read (Lord) Byron.”
    — Frank O’Hara

    Still true after all these years. I haven’t read Time, Newsweek or NYT/Pravda since the mid-90s, and haven’t missed a thing.

    Congrats on putting yet another coffin-nail into the MSM zombies. Maybe leftist print media will feature prominently in the next season of “The Walking Dead”.

    d. in c. (ae55d7)

  19. What DRJ said.

    Karl (30c6cc)

  20. I hate it I don’t subscribe to Time cause of I don’t have a subscription to cancel but by golly I would if I did

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  21. Congratulations, Aaron! I recognized John Marshall, and was thrilled he was recognized so quickly.

    Alexander Hamilton did speak at the convention for a monarchy, so that’s a point that can be quibbled over. I don’t think he really believed it, but Hamilton did have a passion for upsetting people.

    Dianna (f12db5)

  22. Aaron, I saw your article at Big Journalism. I really love how you stand up for Conservative positions. I think you’re hot. Would you consider going to prom with me? 😉

    elissa (3f799c)

  23. Karl!!!!!!!!!

    JD (0d01eb)

  24. LMAO@elissa

    hey little girl could you call your friends and have them contact me too?

    bmertz (d77c52)

  25. Elissa

    You’re Chris Hansen, aren’t you?

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  26. Just to clarify: me=RAW

    bmertz (d77c52)

  27. Aaron,
    I have this realllly cute little girl friend that wants to meet you:D Can she follow you ?

    bmertz (d77c52)

  28. Maybe we should call Mrs. Worthing to chase off the fangirls

    bmertz (d77c52)

  29. I just visited the Time Magazine article linked. Holy Crap!

    I didn’t even get as far as the problems in the article before checking out a link Time had to what Time called, “See the 10 amendments come to life in video.” Naturally I had to see what Time is saying today about the 2nd Amendment.

    Good grief! Time still hasn’t given up it’s campaign against the 2nd Amendment. They still call the 2nd Amendment a “states right” while only grudgingly implying it is an individual right today (a concession Time makes to acknowledging political reality). Even so the Time video still argues that the 2nd Amendment is an archaic mistake (and lurking behind that assertion is a desire for repeal).

    Brad (b9bcfe)

  30. LOL @ Elissa.

    Pictures like this really get under my skin.

    How much time did Time spend coming up with ways to show they don’t respect the Constitution? They might as well show a burning flag on their cover, or hysterical paranoia against an easy target.

    Whoever does Time’s cover is essentially the world’s greatest troll.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  31. You’re Chris Hansen, aren’t you?

    brb I’m in ur neighborhood ducking hidden cameras.

    Chris Hanson (3a32bf)

  32. Very awesome. Congrats, Aaron.

    Comment by elissa — 6/29/2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Heh. Methinks we’re going to see a re-influx of Star Trek Tea Party Patriot hotties on the Sockpuppet Friday thread this week.

    no one you know (98f5be)

  33. Tea party hotties sounds like a freaking great idea. I propose starting with Dana Loesch, MayBee, and DRJ.

    JD (0d01eb)

  34. And. Noyk, Elissa, Dana ….

    JD (0d01eb)

  35. I was the editor of my high school newspaper. I made it a point to not let “one student” in particular editorialize on our bi-weekly “flapper”. Even when redirected to produce feature stories and follow sports and student stuff, off he went “into the jungle”. Always, “always” a smoker on some irrelevant conservation topic. One week it’s the endangered prairie chicken the next week it’s a scathing indictment against duck hunters in the Imperial Valley, geesh!

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  36. Sorry for the intrusion, but after Aaron’s question earler you will understand why I had to post this link. Oh the irony. Chris Hansen just caught in a National Enquirer hidden camera sting having affair with 30 year old journalist.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009511/To-Catch-Predators-Chris-Hansen-caught-cheating-wife.html

    elissa (3f799c)

  37. That said, I am an avid conservationist as well. Responsible journalism is one way of transmitting the urgency in protecting our natural resources, one of which is the animal kingdom.

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  38. While Time misstates the war powers act authority, I’ve wondered who has standing to take action against Obama, and want to know why they haven’t. Laws are no good if no one can enforce them. It would be nice if congress would actually call him on it.

    Jeff Mitchell (481f2a)

  39. I’ve wondered who has standing to take action against Obama, and want to know why they haven’t.

    I would not recommend it, but would a pilot involved in the conflict have standing? My guess is that the court would just say they don’t even if they do. These days.

    But the House has standing. You’re right, Jeff, that the House is getting treated as badly as it lets itself get treated.

    Dustin (c16eca)

  40. I listened to the President’s speech today(not all of it). As usual, he seems to have a handle on the pulse of many of the problems that are ongoing. It takes as much as “two” terms, to get these huge economic and domestic problems “righted”. Given a second term, I believe he will succeed, and his policies will be sustainable for years to come. How about going all the way, and getting “health care” for “all” Americans? A small thing to ask.

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  41. Didn’t he (Hearst) help create the Spanish American war, with the aid of “yellow journalism”?

    No.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  42. While you’re at it, don’t miss Gene Lyons’ takedown of the “mindless hysteria of the right-wing sheeps“. The bit about right-wingers’ Sorobsession reminded me of many commenters of this blog, starting with the ineffable JD. Oh, and before you accuse Lyons and me of being in bed with Soros or the DNC, please note Lyons also gives the rough treatment to Obamananiacs.

    The News You Won't Get Here (0692b1)

  43. I would not recommend it, but would a pilot involved in the conflict have standing? My guess is that the court would just say they don’t even if they do. These days.

    Only if he gets an order that would be lawful if there was a state of war, and unlawful if there wasn’t one. Suppose one fine morning an air force pilot decides to go drop a bomb on, say, Belize, and he obeys. Has he committed a crime? What crime? What USA law says he can’t do that? He’d surely be brought before a court martial on all sorts of charges, but none of them are crimes. And if it was his superior officer who had the whim, and ordered him to drop it, would the pilot even face internal charges for not questioning the order?

    But the House has standing. You’re right, Jeff, that the House is getting treated as badly as it lets itself get treated.

    I don’t think the House on its own would have standing in a court, without the Senate. But even if there were a joint resolution, any court with a proper regard to its proper role ought to throw the case out as a political question. However a court interested in furthering the slow coup d’etat that the judicial branch has been pulling off in this country would be delighted to take the case, which is why it would be wrong of Congress to bring it in the first place. The only proper remedy the constitution provides for Congress is censure, impeachment, or just making the president’s job impossible.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  44. Ah yes, the Clinton apologist, who along with David Talbot tried to put the American Spectator out of business, because of Mellon Scaife, to white wash Clinton’s indiscretions, this is a precursor to the attack on Fox and the Kochs Bros, and Soros volunteered himself to becomewho they thought Scaife was.

    ian cormac (72470d)

  45. the news

    you mean as opposed to the calm rational reaction of the left about the koch brothers who are ultra right supporters of… gay marriage. hmm…

    The fact is soros has significantly undermined many governments and at the very least he wants to transform america into a more european model. Its impossible to know or guess if his intentions are as bad as beck imagines, but i see little harm in being on guard.

    The reality is, for better or worse, one rich man can make a huge difference. For instance, do you remember Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. you might know that he was actually trying to create a hearing aide when he realized he had created something far more significant. that was because his wife was deaf.

    And so Bell became one of the richest men in america in a short time, and poured a huge chunk of that money into deaf education. So far that sounds good, right?

    Except he demanded that the institutions he funded follow the “oralist” school of deaf education, where they demand that every deaf person learn to speak and read lips, and strictly forbidden from using any kind of sign language because it was felt that if you learned that you would never learn to speak and lip-read. Of course those are incredible valuable skills for a deaf person to have, if they can have it, but the vast majority of deaf people just can’t learn that. you need to be able to hear for a while to do that. And the result was these kids would spend their k-12 years trying to learn something they could never learn, rather than teaching them things like math, science, etc. and his influence was great enough that practically every deaf school in america adopted his approach, so he literally set deaf people back.

    Deaf people refer to this as the hundred year war in deaf education, although of course it wasn’t quite 100 years.

    Soros himself funds a lot absolutely bad media outlets, not the least of which is media matters, which is a constant stream of bull____, that enables the liberal media to pretend it is not biased as hell.

    They might go over the top on Soros at times, but he is a malignant influence in America, and the only question is how bad will his influence actually be.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  46. You’re into “deaf culture”, Aaron?

    The News You Won't Get Here (0692b1)

  47. Cowardly sock puppets are sooooooooo cute when they yell BUNNIES !!!!!!!!

    JD (0d01eb)

  48. I think they’ve moved on to gophers, JD.

    ian cormac (72470d)

  49. the news

    more like i know of it. i have a deaf uncle and sign lang was my foreign lang in college.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  50. the news

    and i will add that i have other, different disabilities, so i relate on that level.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  51. “Bunnies” is your term for an irrefutable argument that shoots holes in your twisted ideology. Got it.

    Joonipre (d01a46)

  52. Twoofnjustice is sooooooo cute. “joonipre” what are the various names you have posted under, and been banned under? Jeffrey Diamond?

    JD (0d01eb)

  53. joon

    actually it is code for an off-topic distraction.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  54. AW – that is one of the older trollish sock puppets.

    JD (0d01eb)

  55. Clearly corporate jets are the cause of all of america’s problems. We need to get rid of the scourge that is corporate jets. If we act together, as americans, we can defeat the evil corporate jets.

    Also, congress sucks and Obama is awesome!!!

    /End of President’s speech.

    Monkeytoe (5234ab)

  56. Corporate Jets are an offshoot, and a much more violent and agressive one at that, of the gang the Jets.

    We used to be able to contain the Jets by pitting them against the Sharks – which led to a balance of power in teh region. However, with teh demise of the Sharks, the Jets have grown too large and its more radical members created a new, and worse gange, the Corporate Jets.

    Monkeytoe (5234ab)

  57. I enjoyed Aaron Worthing’s reference to Alexander Graham Bell. If I recall correctly Don Ameche portrayed this “dynamo” of science in a great old black and white number from the forties. Anyone ever see it?

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  58. Monkeytoe, I don’t think the President (who himself uses a very large plane, has access to lots of money, hangs out with powerful greedy associates, relies on jet-owning friends and donors, is a golf fanatic, wears expensive well pressed clothes, and whose family takes countless fancy trips) “gets” that when he elicits class warfare and rails against the rich from the podium of the WH, most people in America just smirk and roll their eyes, and see the cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy even if he does not. What a disconnect this arrogant man has, both with reality and with the American public.

    elissa (f08e75)

  59. “Cognitive dissonance”. How do you suggest the “Commander in Chief”, get around Elissa? Maybe a “schwinn stingray”, how bout a BigWheel! The term “cognitive dissonance”, isn’t a term that comes to mind, when trying to show congruency in the “Office of the President”.

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  60. “The term “cognitive dissonance”, isn’t a term that comes to mind, when trying to show congruency in the “Office of the President”.”

    The Tamandua – I prefer terms such as unqualified, empty suit, greasy-assed socialist, lying liar, clueless, etc., etc., when it come to Obama, but that’s just me.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  61. Did you hear about the CEO’s wife who took the companies corporate jet off for a vacation that cost the company a cool 800,000 dollars? When questions were asked his spokesman stated that it was totally worth it because it was such an educational experience for his children.

    Have Blue (dbbcd4)

  62. Now that was funny “Have Blue”. In reality, it is just another “tragic” example of corporate greed and the entitlement issues of the “rich”.

    The Tamandua (4de175)

  63. Have Blue–Africa (most recently) wasn’t it?

    elissa (f08e75)

  64. #63, no, Tami, it’s an example of an arrogant hypocrite who’s willing to abuse the power of his office by wasting taxpayer money he didn’t earn in order to pamper his family and friends.

    It’s called malfeasance.

    ropelight (d202c0)

  65. “… However, the left appears more concerned with being seen as correct, and if they aren’t it’s a good thing they regard truth as malleable when need be …”
    ==============

    Y’know, it occurs to me that this is much like the Islamic “shame/honor” culture:
    (1) They insist they are good, honorable, and always correct.
    (2) When someone disagrees with them, it’s taken as a challenge to their honor/ character/ essential self, not simply as a disagreement over the interpretation of facts or advisability of policies.
    (3) If they can’t refute or twist the facts, they invent a conspiracy by “evil others” that explains away the inconvenient truth.
    (4) They consider criticism of their beliefs or actions to be a personal attack which requires a retributive personal attack upon the critic.

    Hmmm… Having re-read what I just wrote, it seems that this is also true of our inner-city “gang/ thug” culture and their accusation, “You be dissin’ me?” which, of course, necessitates retribution.

    So, OK, is it just my perceptions, or is there in actuality a commonality in world-view among the Progressive Left, Islamists, and gangs?

    A_Nonny_Mouse (57cacf)


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