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12/13/2012

MFM Won’t Cover Because Crowder Sought Publicity?

Filed under: General — JD @ 11:22 am

[guest post by JD]

Wemple tries to explain why the MFM is ignoring the assault on Crowder by leftist union thugs. It basically boils down to the fact that they don’t like Crowder, don’t like Fox, and don’t like conservatives.

Apparently, being an attention-whore makes a story less likely to be covered. If you are a conservative journalist. But if you are a Dem activist like Sandra Fluke? Not so much. They will even have auctions where peole can bid on hearing your awesomeness in person.

Remember, the MFM hacks are objective seekers of the twoof.

Again, imagine if this had happened at a Tea Party event, or a Palin speech, or if President Bush had done it.

– JD

28 Responses to “MFM Won’t Cover Because Crowder Sought Publicity?”

  1. Surreal

    JD (318f81)

  2. What with being an attention whore thing is the reason the kneepads didn’t cover bashful Sandra Fluke.

    Anchovy (4e6c42)

  3. Hell, everybody knows why they aren’t going to cover it, it’s because the people dealing out the abuse and violence are darlings of the left and the Democrat Party, and the people on the recieving end of the abuse and violence (Crowder, anyone associated with AFP, and Clint Tarver) aren’t the darlings of the left and the Democrat Party.

    Same old, same old.

    Dave Surls (46b08c)

  4. He!!, there had to be some excuse. I’m surprised “mostly peaceful” wasn’t used. It’s almost comical.

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (721840)

  5. Well, they could always mention how the violence was so “unexpected”.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  6. And another story being ignored-the 10-year T-Bill yield is inching upward, decoupled from mortgage rates.

    Vigilantes have noticed the party is breaking into a new keg.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  7. He!!, there had to be some excuse. I’m surprised “mostly peaceful” wasn’t used. It’s almost comical.

    It was.

    There was a heavy police presence, but the protests were mostly peaceful. There were a few isolated incidents of clashes between protesters and police.

    Courtesy of the Toledo Blade.

    Rob Crawford (6c262f)

  8. The civil war was mostly peaceful too, technically.

    Dustin (73fead)

  9. Tea Party:Always peaceful.
    Dems/Unions:Mostly peaceful.
    MSM:Sometimes curious.

    Bottom line is that the traditional media has taken sides. Nobody has to order editors to tow the party line, because they believe the party line. Nobody needs to tell the guys in the booth to splice together disconnected quotes to fit a false narrative (Zimmerman) or to ignore violence at the main story of the day (Crowder.)

    ukuleledave (c59551)

  10. Except for the 600,000 dead,

    It’s really not that complicated Fluke was trying to dear down institutions, while Crowder is trying to hold them up.

    narciso (ee31f1)

  11. Because Crowder allegedly sought “publicity” ?!

    And of course, the redneck union thug activists weren’t seeking any publicity—they’re always so meek, never appearing in the public sphere !
    If I were a union douchebag seeking anonymity, I’d take the day off work to protest in cold weather outside the state capital building. That’s the first place I’d seek refuge from the bright lights !

    Elephant Stone (65d289)

  12. Heaven forfend that the media would ever play along with activists seeking publicity… (If you don’t remember her, that’s all to the better.)

    The Sanity Inspector (0472b5)

  13. James Clyburn imagined some member of the Tea Party uttered the n-word at him. The media covered like stink on scat. Now a black food vender is called the n-word and Uncle Tom and the media thinks Clint Tarver is somehow radioactive.

    David Lentz (cd4c9e)

  14. Nobody has to order editors to tow the party line,

    Where are they towing it?

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  15. The political right is not allowed to use Saul Alinsky tactics.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  16. “And another story being ignored-the 10-year T-Bill yield is inching upward, decoupled from mortgage rates.”

    gary – The Democrat Media Racist Industrial Complex does indeed have other fish to fry.

    Personally, I am getting big laughs out of Democrats and progressives championing the Bush tax reforms for 98% of taxpayers after spending the past decade denigrating them. In fact, the spectacle has become so bizarre that Democrats are now calling maintaining the existing tax rates tax cuts and attempting to claim credit for the maintenance of the Bush Reforms as a legislative achievement of Obama and current Democrats in Congress.

    Up is down, black is white, night is day.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. Comment by David Lentz (cd4c9e) — 12/13/2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Remember how the SEIU beat the $hit out of a Black Man selling Gadsden Flags at a political event in St.Louis in ’08?
    Nobody else does since the media, and Dems in control of the City/County Deep-sixed that item as fast as possible.
    More compassion by our Progressive betters, and straight reporting by the MFM.

    askeptic (b8ab92)

  18. Greetings:

    I think that a knowledgeable comment from Gloria Allred (and do I mean all Red) would be pertinent. Indeed, I do.

    11B40 (4f6185)

  19. Could anyone have predicted how over the top the media has gone all in for Obama? There’s very little concern or question from any lib about how much the msm backs the statists. It’s seriously – like Pat Caddell said _ a national security issue…they ARE the enemy of the people.

    bill glass (838dbe)

  20. The Assassin’s Creed

    No death is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the narrative,
    A part of a tweet.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Darwin is served.
    As well as if a plain man died
    Of a heart attack in a frame house of his own
    Or if thy friend were.
    Each man’s death varies from the other,
    As set out in the talking points.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls as told.

    Steve57 (25fb74)

  21. Crowder would have had to have landed a Marvin Hagler knockout punch in order to get fair and balanced coverage.
    Where was Michael Buffer?

    mg (31009b)

  22. At this point, there is no other appropriate response to the MFM then unrelenting ridicule.

    Gregory of Yardale (4c74f1)

  23. From the looks of the dozen Sandra’s fangirls that came out to see her in my town, those fans were bidding on a chance to show her a lifestyle change where no birth control was gonna be needed

    steveg (64cdaf)

  24. The old slogan is “If it bleeds, it leads.” I guess now there has to be a footnote added to that: “*It sometimes depends on who is doing the bleeding.”

    Half of the “news” on your local newscast has nothing to do with anything anybody needs to know about. It may be topical, but unimportant. My ultimate example of this is something that happened in the Sacramento area in 2002.

    A woman who worked in a real estate office and who once served as a Sunday school teacher at a large Christian church had enrolled her daughter in kindergarten in its private school. Then it was discovered that after her divorce, she had become a stripper to pay bills, including tuition for the girl’s school. Soon enough, she started bringing in enough money to quit the real estate job.

    The church’s staff caught wind of this, and said it was a violation of an agreement she signed to back up the lessons learned in the school, and said that while couldn’t allow her daughter while she was stripping, they’d try to find something else for her to do to earn tuition. She refused, and they told her she broke their agreement, and had to leave.

    Next thing you know, the church is facing an “investigation” by a local TV news crew asking why they had to expel her daughter. The MSM came down on the “cruel,” “un-Christian,” “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” etc. church like a ton of bricks. But nobody except for me actually called the TV station to ask who got the story started in the first place. The answer: Her new boyfriend sicced the news on the church.

    Stripper Mom ended up getting interviewed by Playboy.com and said she thought posing in the mag was “The American Dream.” I don’t know if she ever did. But nobody at the TV station said, “Ehhh, forget her. She’s just looking for publicity.”

    L.N. Smithee (6fca88)

  25. 24. The old slogan is “If it bleeds, it leads.” I guess now there has to be a footnote added to that: “*It sometimes depends on who is doing the bleeding.”

    Comment by L.N. Smithee (6fca88) — 12/13/2012 @ 10:49 pm

    It always depends on who is doing the bleeding; that was the point of my “The Assassin’s Creed” comment. Not all deaths are of equal “news value.” And by the same token not all violence or racism is of equal “news value.” It has to fit the narrative. If it doesn’t support the narrative, or worse contradicts it, it not only doesn’t lead but as far as the MFM is concerned doesn’t exist.

    Of course if news has to fit a narrative to have value then by definition what we are talking about is not news but propaganda. It’s the conclusion that the powers-that-be insist the target audience must arrive at that must be supported at all cost. The data points are assigned weight depending upon how well they support that conclusion.

    Off topic, but a useful illustration of the concept:

    Legal Insurrection – Politico poll showing “plurality support” for gay marriage also shows majority opposition: Politico creates the narrative it wants from unhelpful numbers

    So while is strictly true that a plurality do support gay marriage when gay marriage is put as one choice of three questions, it is also true, and more faithful to the data, to say a majority is against it.

    Since this bit of mathematics is trivial, even a journalist could have done it, and probably did. That means the decision to write the headline was either deliberate, chosen to align with the site’s prejudices, or the result of blind enthusiasm for the subject.

    Smart money is on the former.

    As Professor Jacobsen points out, there’s a full court press against the SCOTUS to rule the “right way” on gay marriage, to not “go against the march of history” so to speak, and declare gay marriage a right. Under the guise of giving the people what they want despite the fact at every opportunity they show they don’t want it. Even this poll shows that, so Politico assigns worth to the data depending upon its propaganda value.

    The winners and losers have been decided. The history of the future has been written. Now it’s only a matter of filling in the blanks. And shutting up the “pockets of resistance” who refuse to accept the verdict of history.

    Steve57 (25fb74)

  26. Don’t wanna go all Polyanna here, but our vaunted media is turning down viewership and readership of millions of better informed and better paid customers than those to whom they pander. Fox and the blogs are just the beginning of a big change, because there is gold in them thar markets that the hacks and quacks in TV, magazines, and newspapers are deliberately ignoring. Elections are funny things, and the trends set never last long. Even the dolts at the LA Times will tell you that.

    Dirty Old Man (c53f09)

  27. As Professor Jacobsen points out, there’s a full court press against the SCOTUS to rule the “right way” on gay marriage, to not “go against the march of history” so to speak, and declare gay marriage a right. Under the guise of giving the people what they want despite the fact at every opportunity they show they don’t want it. Even this poll shows that, so Politico assigns worth to the data depending upon its propaganda value.

    The winners and losers have been decided. The history of the future has been written. Now it’s only a matter of filling in the blanks. And shutting up the “pockets of resistance” who refuse to accept the verdict of history.

    Comment by Steve57 (25fb74) — 12/14/2012 @ 7:21 am

    I live in San Francisco. I know all about media bias on same-sex marriage. If I had the time, I could write a book about it. In fact, in June 1999, my very first blog (before the term “blog” came into vogue) was about media bias at the San Francisco Chronicle, which in August 1998 refused a full-page ad from Exodus Ministries, an “ex-gay” organization.

    In the aftermath of the murderous Matthew Shepard incident in Laramie, Wyoming (which was not a “hate crime,” but a strongarm robbery and assault and battery), the Human Rights Campaign alleged that the men who left Shepard beaten and tied on a fence were in part inspired by their ideological opponents:

    “There is a climate right now of intolerance that we believe is being fostered by religious political organizations such as the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and the Christian Coalition,” said Kim I. Mills of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay and lesbian political group.

    She said the groups began an advertising campaign Thursday “with a message that basically says there’s something wrong with being gay and that you should and can change your sexual orientation,” she said.

    “They hear these messages and say, ‘I am going to go out and beat up a fag because they are bad.’”

    My piece was titled “I Won’t Hate Homosexuals No Matter How Much The Media Wants Me To,” and it detailed word-for-word how a Chronicle editorial excoriating Exodus not only lied about what the ad said, but contradicted the paper’s own reporting. The Chronicle’s editors signed off on their opinion that “ads such as this will encourage ostracism of and violence against gays,” but in the very same edition, there was a news story about an American Psychological Association conference in the city in which this was written:

    No data exist either, [psychologist and gay studies professor Gregory M. Herek] said, to back up the theory that anti-gay violence rises when cultural rhetoric against homosexuality heats up, as during the current ad campaign by conservative Christian groups calling gays sinners and urging them to find God and go straight.

    L.N. Smithee (811c09)

  28. LN!!!

    JD (9adec8)


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