The Jury Talks Back

9/9/2009

Acts of Disrespect

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 11:14 pm

To hear the New York Times tell it, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) was committing an unheard-of protocol breach when he called out “You Lie!” during President Obama’s speech on “healthcare reform.”

How soon we forget.

During George W Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address large numbers of Democrat lawmakers erupted in boos when Bush warned of Social Security’s increasing insolvency.

Republicans vocalized displeasure during at least 3 of President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union speeches, in 1995, 1997, and 1998., and if Paul Begala’s memory is to be trusted, in 1993 as well.

Then there are the proxies, such as when Code Pink activists somehow got VIP tickets to Bush’s 2005 Inauguration and heckled his speech, although they were not well-received by the crowd.

And of course there are the MSNBC journalists who,  taking a rare break from their vow of impartiality, booed and mocked President’s Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech.  No doubt they are first among those calling for the Congressman’s head and painting the Republican Party as racists and knaves.

Drinking games

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 12:26 pm

There are a number of drinking games being proposed for the President’s speech tonight.

I will not link any of them, as any one of them will likely kill you dead.

Washington Post Believes Press Agenda Determined by Personal Life of Reporter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amphipolis @ 5:59 am

Washington Post writer Monica Hesse naively wrote a piece about Brian Brown, the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, that was not overwhelmingly negative. As a result, ombudsman Andrew Alexander received emails “as vitriolic as any I’ve experienced in my seven months as ombudsman.”

But in his analysis of what happened, Alexander made an extraordinary claim. Instead of explicitly defending the reporter from the obvious ad hominem attacks, he accepted that her lifestyle could be used to determine her agenda:

And some details about her personal life seem to belie claims she has a conservative agenda

It appears that the ombudsman for the Washington Post thinks that the personal lives of reporters can be used to help determine if they have an agenda or not. He asserts that her agenda can be determined by her lifestyle as much as by what she actually wrote.

Does that mean that we can use the same methodology to vet the agendas of other, far more visible purveyors of the news?


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