Archive for the 'The MSM' Category

Blogging and the LA Times

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

In perusing my site meter last night, I saw several hits from The LA Times. The LA Times? Why are people coming to my blog from there? So I clicked the link and found that the LA Times online had reprinted an entire post of mine – along with a typo (which I have since corrected on the post) – and with links to The Median Sib. It was on their schools/education page. For posterity, HERE’S the link to the article in The LA Times. It has only generated a couple dozen hits since yesterday. But still it’s nice to have a little publicity.

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Anderson Cooper – Maybe not so smarmy after all?

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

I’ve received communication (comments and email) about my earlier post about annoying folks in the MSM – specifically Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour, and Soledad O’Brien.  No one has bothered to stand up for Amanpour or O’Brien, but several people have said that Anderson Cooper shouldn’t be judged so harshly.

From comments: 

He didn’t make it because of his famous mother. In fact-it was quite the opposite. He did it on his own. He followed wars around the globe with his own video camera and nothing more. This was after being denied a job with ABC news.

Here is information from someone who watched him cover the Democratic Convention in 2000.

[Other reporters] would come in and do the PR thing and sit down to be briefed and handed their pages and go on air and then disappear.  He [Anderson Cooper] was there studying — focus and uninterruptible – totally engrossed in his work at least an hour before he went on the air.

So maybe he isn’t so smarmy after all.  He just never made a positive impression on me.  However, I’ve only seen him as a news reporter – and as a host for “The Mole.”


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Smarmy – Yes it fits!

Friday, August 11th, 2006

I wrote yesterday that Anderson Cooper seems smarmy – even though I wasn’t sure of the meaning of the word.  Well, here’s the official definition – and I was right – he’s smarmy:

Main Entry: smarmy

Function: adjective

Pronunciation: ‘smär-me

Etymology: smarm to gush, slobber

1 : revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness

2 : of low sleazy taste or quality – smarm·i·ly/-m&-le/ adverb – smarm·i·ness/-me-n&s/ noun

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The Three Most Annoying Folks From the MSM

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Some people can be annoying simply by existing.  There are three MSM folks who fit that category perfectly.  I really can’t put my finger on why two of these three bug me so much, but as soon as one of them is on TV, their annoyance factor outweighs anything they could possibly say.  I usually change the channel immediately – or if RT is enmeshed in watching it, I grab a book and read or find something else to do.  Even doing the dishes is more appealing.

Here are my nominations for the top three most annoying folks in the MSM – and what a coincidence, they’re all at CNN:  Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour, and Soledad O’Brien.


Anderson is just smarmy – and I’m not even sure what the word means, but it fits him.  I can’t figure out how he got his job – he must have something major on the bigwigs at CNN.  Plus, the title of his show is so pretentious:  AC 360.  Really!  (Of course Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” isn’t any better!  And he could very well be #4 on this list.) 

Christiane gave the commencement address at my daughter’s college graduation and used the opportunity to make a political rant.  I lost all respect for her at that moment.  Enjoy your left-wing vitriol, but don’t spew it at my daughter’s graduation! To be fair, though, reading the news doesn’t take a lot of intelligence, and so it might have been beyond her capabilities to come up with an appropriately encouraging and congratulatory speech.


Soledad just acts so . . . I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s like someone playacting.  I figure she must have something on the bigwigs at CNN, too.  How else could she have gotten the job?  She acts so fake…and serious.  Like if she keeps this stern look on her face, she’ll be believable and people will take her seriously – but it’s not working.

So, what do you think?  Who would you nominate?

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For those who feel Israel should stop bombing Lebanon

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Just go here and read.  The only way to stop islamic terrorism is to obliterate the terrorists.

A Cease-Fire – Yeah right!

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Sometimes – no, make that MOST times – I am appalled at the news coverage of the situation in Israel and Lebanon.  How can the MSM be so openly biased and people don’t see it for the dangerous farce it is?  And I’m also appalled at the gullible (hopefully but doubtfully) or totally self-interested (probably) reaction of many (most?) liberals and democrats.  Do they REALLY want the Islamic terrorists to prevail in the middle east?  Today while surfing some of my favorite websites, I found this cartoon at Dr. Sanity. It says it all.

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Grief will only take Sheehan so far

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I have tremendous sympathy for anyone who loses a child.  It’s a pain of unimaginable proportions.  Unfortunately, it is something that happens every day. 

I admire people like John Walsh, a father who turned his grief over the murder of his young son, Adam, into a decades-long effort to help prevent other parents from going through the same hell.  There is no telling how many children’s lives have been saved because of his work.

Cindy Sheehan, on the other hand, has used her grief to further her own agenda and to work against her own country and against our own soldiers.  Now she has purchased land in Crawford, Texas so she can get more attention.  I wonder when the media will get tired of giving this pitiful excuse of a mother coverage.  Unlike John Walsh who turned his grief to better the world, Cindy has made it more dangerous.  There’s no telling how many of our soldiers – her son’s buddies - have been killed because of her mean-spirited anti-American, terrorist associations.

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Israel – Hezbollah

Monday, July 24th, 2006

I admire Israel.  When they’re hit by terrorists, they fight back.  Better yet, they fight back like they mean it.  They aren’t so afraid of public opinion that they’d imprison their own soldiers based on flimsy charges or have news reporters and politicians criticizing their every move – or newspapers reporting classified information.  I wish the USA was more like that.

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

This has been around awhile, but I still enjoy it:

OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

 America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?   Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Tom Daschle & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Brian Williams that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his “fair share.” Finally, the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act,” retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire an proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be dependent on the government to provide what you need, and you will be rewarded.  If you work hard to take care of yourself and your family, you will be unfairly taxed and vilified.

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Send a Clear Message – Check out Blue Star Chronicles

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Check out Blue Star Chronicles for a post entitled: Send a Clear Message.  I couldn’t write it nearly as well – and I agree with Beth 100%.  WHY is the news media not absolutely FILLED with indignation and outrage over this?

When the mutilated bodies of Tucker and Menchaca were found, the Soldiers could not immediately recover their bodies. The bodies were set up as a trap.

They had been tortured. Their eyes had been gouged out, their tongues and penises cut off. They had been mutilated and finally beheaded. They were not recognizable. DNA test have been ordered to positively identify them.

They died a horrible death in defense of their country. Doesn’t this deserve more than one day of brief news coverage?

These are OUR children – OUR soldiers.  This wasn’t done because we so-called “invaded” their country.  This was done because they are barbarians and believe that in so doing, they will weaken our resolve.  We will leave Iraq, and they can take over and continue terrorizing everyone who isn’t Muslim all over the world. 

Will the MSM and the anti-war crowd continue to preach that we deserve this when it’s THEIR children and THEMSELVES who are being butchered in such a way?  This is a war that MUST be fought and MUST be won decisively.  The survival of basic human freedoms depends on it.

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