Crap Cutting 101
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The Free Press Needs to Be Responsible

You know, it’s a funny thing about Americans… We are all aware that we have rights under the Constitution and many of us are hypersensitive about those whom we envision as usurping those rights. Unfortunately, a great many of us don’t understand how rights work. The Constitution only protects us from …

Crap Cutting 101

Mourning Journalism

See, here’s the thing… I write a blog. Actually, to be truthful, I write a lot of blogs. You don’t know where a lot of them are because I ghostwrite them, but that’s another story. The point is, I write a blog. I use journalistic standards and I even use …

Election 2016
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Objective vs. “Fair and Balanced”: How the Press Fails Us

There is a crisis in our journalism, and it’s something that has to be taken care of right now. I don’t know what is being taught in journalism classes these days, but given that I spent the better part of a year working in the heart of a big city …

Crap Cutting 101
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Select Your Media Like Underwear

I get it, I really do. Like many of you, I grew up at a time when we were lucky to have access to a few newspapers, a couple of half-hour news programs each evening and maybe, if we lived in a really big metro area, an all-news radio station. …

Election 2016

Guest (Re)Post: @SueinRockville on the Importance of a Reliable Media

Originally posted at Daily Kos: This Radio Saved over 750 Lives & The Essential Role of Truth & Accuracy in Media By MeemaSue Monday Sep 05, 2016 #TurnThemALLOff #FalseEquivalencies Doesn’t look like much, does it? When: Early Evening in the Winter of 1945. Where: The Lodz Ghetto Slave Labor Camp. …

Election 2016
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Guest Post – Mary Lyon: My Beloved AP’s Epic Fail

by Mary Lyon, award-winning reporter and writer Listening to Donald Trump’s latest blathering in Manchester, New Hampshire sent a brand new set of chills racing down my spine. His riffing off a recent Associated Press story about purported malfeasance between Hillary Clinton’s service as Secretary of State and the Clinton …

Crap Cutting 101

We’re Not Electing a Homecoming King/Queen

Once again, if you’re a “political junkie” who depends on what you laughingly refer to as “the mainstream media” for all of your information about the election, you are literally screwing yourself. That is not an exaggeration at all. Oh, sure, you can find the information you need if you look …

Civil Rights
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Document Dumpers are Not “Heroes”

Just before the convention last week, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had to deal with the release of thousands of emails through Julian Assange and Wikileaks. According to most sources investigating this matter, it is likely the hack that led to the email release was conducted by Russian intelligence, which …

Crap Cutting 101

UPDATE: Apparently, Delegate Math is Hard

As you folks should know by now, I have not now, nor will I ever, demand that Bernie Sanders drop out of this primary race. He’s been a positive influence and a lot of his ideas are solid and will go great in the Democratic platform. That said, he’s lost …

Crap Cutting 101

Journalistic Standards? Where?

There are a lot of annoying aspects to the candidacy of one Donald J. Drumpf. Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s the best thing to happen to America ever; the Republican Party is being exposed for the trash heap it’s become. All the angry fringe right wing groups have …

Crap Cutting 101

28 (four weeks) to go: Vote for Democrats, because Republicans are just plain nuts

Most of the following happened within just the last week or two. I want you to think about these within the context of the ridiculous meme that says both parties are essentially the same.  I keep hearing this absurdity, and that we need some sort of “third-party” to rescue us …

Election 2014

Dead People Don’t Vote

Have you ever noticed that the hysteria over “voter fraud” only occurs during election years? I remember when Politico published a piece provocatively titled “Report: 1.8 million dead registered to vote.” It was later picked up by many media outlets, and it became a meme. Of course, the meme is always about “lib’rulls” trying …

Journalism
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Greenwald’s Latest Article Might as Well Be Called a Novel

I have a number of problems with the whole Edward Snowden/NSA non-story, as I’ve written before, but the biggest one has to be the complete lack of context contained in any of the stories. Essentially, Glenn Greenwald (and a few other reporters who think they have to help because the …

Journalism

Greenwald’s New Venture: Same Crap, Different Site

If the first article on Glenn Greenwald’s “The Intercept” page at the “First Look” website is any indication, very little actual journalism is actually planned for the enterprise. The article contains a lot of speculation, a couple of anonymous sources, and a whole lot of information we already know. The …

Crap Cutting 101
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The Entire NSA Non-Story: Cutting the Crap on Snowden and Greenwald

People have to understand this. I would never say that our intelligence agencies are beyond reproach. It is always possible that the NSA is trying to spy on us. But as of now, based on the documents released by Edward Snowden so far, anyone who claims there’s some sort of …

Journalism

Richard Cohen: How Does Someone So Clueless About Race Survive 45 Years in DC Journalism?

One has to wonder whether or not Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is ingesting mind-altering substances before he writes each of his columns, because they are becoming increasingly bizarre in recent years. His last two columns show a lack of racial and historical awareness that is absolutely stunning for someone …

Crap Cutting 101

Obamacare is NOT a “Failure.” Please, Journalists… Cut the Crap!

How tired are you of hearing damned near everyone with a microphone or a computer speak about the Affordable Care Act rollout as if it’s an abject failure? Seriously, listen to them, and you’d swear “Obamacare” was imploding as we speak. Do these geniuses really think Obamacare is just a …

Crap Cutting 101

The Lionization of Snowden Demonstrates the Lethal Combination of Low Standards and High Ideals

I will never understand how anyone could consider Edward Snowden a “hero.” I hesitate to call him a “traitor,” but there is a lot of territory between “hero” and “traitor,” and I feel he occupies some territory in between, albeit not even close to “hero.” What has he done that’s …

Constitution
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Guardian Manufactures “Story” From “Top Secret” Snowden NSA Document

Apparently, the Guardian is seeing the mistake it made in allowing Glenn Greenwald to publish “news” without oversight, so they’re enlisting other reporters to join in, in a vain attempt to give Greenwald and Snowden’s initial story just a bit more credibility than the none the story has now. Eddie …

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