Uncommon Sense

politics and society are, unfortunately, much the same thing

When should media bias become unacceptible?

National Review’s Nordlinger: Conservatives ‘Far Too Timid, Delicate, and Forgiving’ About Media Bias
June 30, 2010 by Tim Graham

Tuesday, NR senior editor Jay Nordlinger was spurred by the David Weigel controversy and the open-mic press pounding on Sarah Palin’s California college speech to suggest conservatives aren’t loud or persistent enough about protesting bias against the Right:

I think many of my conservative colleagues are far too gingerly when it comes to liberal media bias. Far too timid, delicate, and forgiving. For a long time, complaining about media bias has been seen as uncouth. It’s something we all need to learn to live with, like death, taxes, and mosquitoes. Don’t be uncool by bitching about it, man….

Conservatives should be frank and bold when it comes to the media, as to everything else. And if others say you’re tiresome or whiny or uncool…well, so be it. Did you sign up for conservatism to be cool?

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No media oversight of tax dollars for Planned Parenthood?

Media Ignore Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 Billion Federal Funding Discrepancy
June 30, 2010 by Nathan Burchfiel

If $1.3 billion is unaccounted for and the media don’t report it, did it really happen?

According to an American Life League review of Planned Parenthood’s annual reports, the organization received more than $2 billion in federal grants and contracts between 2002 and 2008. A June 16 Government Accountability Report, however, found that the organization spent just $657.1 million of taxpayer money in the same time period.

The $1.3 billion discrepancy failed to catch the attention of the nation’s major media outlets. None of the networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) or major newspapers (Los Angeles times, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post) reported it.

You might not know it from reading the Times, but Planned Parenthood already receives more than $350 million every year from you and every other American taxpayer, with no oversight from the “watchdogs” in the media.

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Sotomayor said she would respect the 2nd Amendment too, then voted against it

Will Kagan Do A Sotomayor?
June 29, 2010 by Bob Parks

Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor came off as a 2nd Amendment defender when she was being questioned during her confirmation hearings. She voted the other way when a gun rights case came to The Court.

Can we now trust Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan?

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Progressive anti-gun narrative trumps constitution

AP Breaking: Supremes’ Ruling ‘Casts Doubt’ on Chicago Handgun Ban
June 28, 2010 by Tom Blumer

Lord have mercy, even when it hits him in the face, the Associated Press’s Mark Sherman won’t concede the obvious: “Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide”

A USA Today item has it right: Supreme Court rules Chicago gun ban unconstitutional

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Progressives encourage Obama to politicize tragedy and crisis

Robert Redford: Obama Should Use Gulf Spill to Push ‘Decent Energy Policy’
June 28, 2010 by Matt Robare

Robert Redford, one of the most popular and succesful actors of our age, has joined with other entertainers, including Sir Paul McCartney and Rosie O’Donnell in encouraging the Obama administration to actively politicize the Gulf crisis and use it to push through on energy policy.
In an interview with ExtraTV, Redford said that Obama should “Grab this moment in history and get a decent energy policy.” He also said “Here’s a moment in our history where he [Obama] should grab leadership and run with it.”

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One Klan, two parties, two narratives

Democrats and Double Standards at the NYT: ‘Respected Voice’ Robert Byrd vs. ‘Foe of Integration’ Strom Thurmond
June 28, 2010 by Clay Waters

The New York Times marked the death early Monday morning of veteran Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who served a record 51 years in the U.S. Senate, with an online obituary by former Times reporter Adam Clymer. While acknowledging Byrd’s Klan past and his pork-barrel prodigiousness, Clymer’s lead also emphasized Byrd’s proud fight as the keeper of Congressional prerogatives. The obituary headline was hagiographic: “Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92.”

Jesse Helms’ “Hard-Edged Conservatism” Opposed to Everything Good
July 7, 2008 by Clay Waters

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Couric can’t pass up an opportunity to bash Palin, facts be damned

No Palin Setback Too Small for Couric Who Skips How Palin ‘Acted in Good Faith’
June 24, 2010 by Brent Baker

Demonstrating that no setback for Sarah Palin which can be portrayed as a rebuke is too insignificant or relevant for Katie Couric, she made time on Thursday’s CBS Evening News to inform her viewers about a disputable technical violation of arcane law:

One little word will cost Sarah Palin a small fortune. Today, state investigators in Alaska said a legal defense fund she set up while she was Governor was illegal. They said the use of the word “official” on the fund’s Web site implied it was endorsed by the office of the Governor. Palin’s lawyer says she will return the fund’s nearly $400,000.

Unmentioned by Couric? How Timothy Petumenos, the investigator/counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board which issued the ruling, absolved Palin of blame. “Petumenos found the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee acted in good faith and relied on the advice of lawyers when setting up the fund,” the Anchorage Daily News reported in an afternoon posting.

And another rather petty article about Palin, this time it’s her new fence

WaPo ‘On Gardening’ Feature Blasts Sarah Palin’s Wooden Fence
June 24, 2010 by Ken Shepherd

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Garofalo offers progressive intellectual arguement, or just hate speech?

Garofalo: Bible a ‘Work of Fiction’ for ‘Child-Like Audience’
June 25, 2010 by Nathan Burchfiel

Sometime-comedian Janeane Garofalo never passes up an opportunity to slam conservatives or, apparently, Christianity. The Huffington Post gave her an opportunity June 24 to kill two birds with one stone.

In an interview promoting her upcoming special on a network called EPIX, Garofalo compared the most widely-read book of all time, the Bible, to a Bill O’Reilly autobiography and a children’s book authored by former President Bush.

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Stossel shows gun control is not crime control

Stossel Argues Gun Control Increases Crime, ‘I Was Once as Clueless as Senator Schumer’
June 25, 2010 by Brad Wilmouth

On Thursday’s Stossel show on FBN, host John Stossel devoted the program to making the case that gun control can increase crime rates and that higher rates of gun ownership tend to decrease crime. Stossel admitted that, even as a libertarian, it took time for him to come around to this truth as he and most in the mainstream media live in the New York City liberal bubble, not cognizant of all the states that have passed concealed carry laws and seen crime decrease. During a segment with Dennis Hannigan of the Brady Campaign, the FBN host observed: “Over the years, more and more states changed their laws to allow concealed carry. The mainstream media and my neighbors are so isolated here in New York City and in Washington, D.C., most of us had no clue that carrying a concealed weapon is already legal in the rest of the country. More places all the time, legal guns, and yet crime does keep dropping.”

Stossel concluded the show by recounting Britain’s failed experiment with gun bans, and revealed that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, known for advocating gun control, had declined an invitation to appear on the show to argue his case as the FBN host took a self-deprecating jab at the New York Senator:

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WaPo’s David Weigel Resigns after left wing hate speech revealed

Breaking: WaPo’s David Weigel Resigns After More Conservative-bashing Emails Disclosed
June 25, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel resigned today after a host of offensive e-mails surfaced revealing his disdain for much of the right – the beat he was charged with covering. Fishbowl DC, which published a number of those emails yesterday, confirmed the resignation with the Post just after noon.

Yesterday I reported on leaked emails from Weigel to a listserve of liberal journalists bashing conservatives and conservatism – you know, the people Weigel is supposed to be covering. As bad as those email were, a plethora of messages from Weigel published in the Daily Caller take the conservative-bashing to a whole new level.

The new emails also demonstrated that yesterday’s quasi-apology from Weigel was really not as sincere as he claimed. He said that he made some of his most offensive remarks at the end of a bad day. But these new emails show that there was really nothing unique about them, and that offensive remarks about conservatives really were nothing new or uncommon.

NPR Twice Promoted David Weigel as Chronicler of Conservative Extremism
June 25, 2010 by Tim Graham

The idea that Washington Post writer David Weigel was supposed to be a conservative — and not merely someone reporting on the conservative movement — was clearly not based on a review of Weigel’s output. Weigel didn’t just deconstruct conservatives for the Post, but was also presented twice recently by National Public Radio as a wise man assessing the fringiness of conservatives. Last October, they wanted to know how strange Fox News was, and whether they could be blamed for Tea Party protests. Weigel called their influence “massive.” Weigel typically suggested Fox and Glenn Beck were not “realistic” in painting President Obama as connected to ACORN and the SEIU.

On NPR’s Fresh Air on February 23, before he joined the Post, Weigel reported on CPAC and the Tea Party and embraced host Terry Gross’s idea that conservatives shouldn’t be big fans of government-enhancing Dick Cheney:

David Weigel Affair Reveals Just How Isolated Media Left Is from Conservatives
June 28, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

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