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Concern of fraud in polar bear scare


Federal Wildlife Biologist Investigated for Scientific Misconduct in Global Warming Debate

July 28, 2011 by BECKY BOHRER

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.

Charles Monnett, an Anchorage-based scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, was told July 18 that he was being put on leave, pending results of an investigation into “integrity issues.” But he has not yet been informed by the inspector general’s office of specific charges or questions related to the scientific integrity of his work, said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.


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Please tell me this is not typical of the political left

In a scandalous display of Orwellian elitism, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggests the best thing to do in our current economic crisis is to stifle free speech and censor those to disagree with him. And he delivers this idea as the morally responsible thing to do, because “balance” is exacerbating the problem. Fascism anyone?

Krugman: Conservative Views About Debt Ceiling Should Be Censored From News Reports
July 27, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Tuesday said it was a “moral issue” for the press to censor conservative views about the debt ceiling.

Quite shockingly, the Nobel laureate took to his blog to complain that the news media are being too fair and balanced in their coverage of this highly contentious issue:

Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is the destructive influence of a cult that has really poisoned our political system.

And no, I don’t mean the fanaticism of the right. Well, OK, that too. But my feeling about those people is that they are what they are; you might as well denounce wolves for being carnivores. Crazy is what they do and what they are.

No, the cult that I see as reflecting a true moral failure is the cult of balance, of centrism.

Wow! Balance and centrism is a “true moral failure”:

So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent — because news reports always do that.

I’m not sure what news reports Krugman has been watching, but the ones we’ve been monitoring at NewsBusters concerning this matter have been anything but balanced.

The take for weeks has been that taxes must be raised to solve this problem and that it is the Republicans – and, in particular, Tea Party freshmen in the House – that are refusing to “compromise.”

A new Media Research Center study on this issue found that ABC, CBS, and NBC have consistently cast the GOP as the villains in this debate.

But Krugman in his strange world doesn’t see it that way:

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But don’t you dare mention religion of Muslim extremists

You’ve seen how our enlightened news media and progressive westerners go out of their way to avoid casting Islam as inherently dangerous or even extreme in its nature, despite the ever increasing number of deaths resulting from Muslim extremism. Do other acts of violence get this white washing treatment? Where is all that “understanding” we are supposed to practice?

NYT Sees Danger After ‘Christian Extremist’ Attack in Norway, But ‘Understanding’ for 2005 Muslim Bombers of London
July 25, 2011 by Clay Waters

Sunday’s front-page, over-the-fold New York Times headline on the massacre in Norway (over a story by Scott Shane and Steven Erlanger) was blunt: “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist – Manifesto Shows Plan of Attack, Fear of Islam.”

But while the Times showed no reluctance to identify Anders Behring Breivik, the lone gunman in the Norway attacks, as a “Christian extremist” in a front-page headline and hinted at more danger from “right-wing extremists” in Europe (photo credit Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen/Agence France-Presse) the paper previously showed a clear reluctance to identify Islam after the last major terrorist attack on Europe, the deadly July 7, 2005 attacks by Muslim terrorists on subways and buses in London that killed 52. Instead the Times treated the attacks as British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “bitter harvest” for following President George W. Bush into Iraq.

As more information about the London attacks came, a July 9, 2005 story focused on a theory “that the plot was carried out by a sleeper cell of homegrown extremists rather than highly trained terrorists exported to Britain.” But what kind of extremists? The Times left out the words “Islam” and “Muslim.” (“Muslim” showed up only in a quote, and without context.)

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Networks Trumpet News of ‘Christian’ Killer, But Balked Over Labeling Muslim Violence
July 25, 2011 by Scott Whitlock

The three major networks trumpeted the news this weekend that the man behind a mass shooting spree in Norway is also a Christian, highlighting the fact in eight different programs from Saturday through Monday.

The July 25 New York Times used page one to declare, “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist.” Yet, these same journalistic outlets were far more reticent to identify the religion of past Islamic killers.

On Saturday’s Good morning America, Miguel Marquez trumpeted, “Police have identified the shooter as a 32-year-old Norwegian and Christian fundamentalist.” He made sure to note Anders Breivik’s “right-wing” and “anti-Muslim” views.

On Saturday’s World News, Pierre Thomas informed, “His ideology? Religious conservative.” A screen shot of Breivik’s Facebook page read “Christian.” Martin Fletcher on Saturday’s Today freely related that the website illuminated the fact that “he’s conservative…he’s Christian.”

Breivik has been charged with going on a shooting rampage in Oslo, Norway. The death toll is currently in the mid-70s.

There are a number of examples, however, where journalists weren’t quite so interested in a killer’s religion.

In June of 2011, when Muslim Yonathan Melaku was caught in Arlington Cemetery with suspicious material and a notebook praising the Taliban, the networks him simply as “the suspect,” “a 22-year old Ethiopian American” and a “lone wolf.”

On November 05, 2009, CBS’ Evening News and NBC’s Nightly News both failed to identify Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a member of Islam.

The morning shows on November 6 did note Hasan’s faith, but on GMA, then-host Diane Sawyer worried, “We heard Martha Raddatz say last night that the wife of a soldier said ‘I wish his name had been Smith,’ so no one would have a reflexive question about [a religious motive].”

This is an often repeated theme in the wake of extremist Islamic violence. Appearing on the November 2, 2010 Stephanie Miller radio show to talk about the Times Square bombing, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer fretted, “I get frustrated…There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country.”

Thus far, network hosts have not worried about how Breivik’s Christianity could negatively impact members of that religion.

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Oops, President Obama caught in a lie

Obama’s False Family Drama: Ann Dunham Was Not Denied Health Insurance Coverage During Life-Ending Illness
July 14, 2011 by Tom Blumer

As Clay Waters at the Media Research Center’s Times Watch reported earlier today (“One of Obama’s Emotional Arguments for Obama-Care Proven Wrong in NYT Staffer’s New Book”), the New York Times’s Kevin Sack ran a story yesterday which “reflects badly on Barack Obama and how he misled people in his campaign for Obama-care.”

Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight

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Are Democrats the party of the rich?

Media Focused on Big Bush Donors, Paying Little Attention to Obama’s Fat Cats
July 14, 2011 by Aubrey Vaughan

It’s no secret that most campaigns are heavily funded by big checks from lobbyists, PACs, and rich donors, but President Obama’s campaign team is turning away from that assertion, instead showcasing the claim that it is 98-percent-funded by grassroots support. Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, said “we did this from the bottom up,” pushing the idea that the $86 million fundraising figure released on Wednesday was fueled almost entirely by grassroots organizers.

While 98 percent of the checks may have come from grassroots donors, it doesn’t mean that 98 percent of the money did. Many media outlets are taking the bait and are ignoring the two percent of donors whose contributions may turn out to be a far greater portion of Obama’s campaign funds than Messina is making them out to be.

For comparison, eight years ago when then-President George W. Bush was ramping up for his re-election campaign, the media magnified a small fraction of extremely wealthy donors to be the image of his campaign.

Obama’s campaign won’t release the details of the remaining two percent of donors until tomorrow, when the Federal Election Commission has set its filing deadline. This allows for three full days of coverage of his 98 percent grassroots support, and the weekend to bury any stories about the rich donors who are fueling Obama’s campaign.

While Obama’s campaign fundraising data won’t be available until tomorrow, the Democratic National Committee, which in effect acts as a secondary campaign team for Obama, files monthly reports on their donations. Tim Carney analyzed the DNC’s monthly reports from this year, and found that Obama’s campaign isn’t as grassroots as Messina is making it out to be:

Of the $31.1 million the DNC has raised in contributions this year, almost two-thirds — $19.3 million — has come from individuals giving $10,000 or more, according to my analysis of FEC data. So, judging by all available data, rich people cutting big checks are providing an overwhelming majority of Obama’s re-election money.
Obama’s reliance on rich donors cutting five-figure checks isn’t unusual or surprising, but it does clash with the image his campaign puts forward. Messina’s web videos, like most of Obama’s fundraising emails, push the myth that the campaign is mostly funded by ordinary people cutting $50 checks. It may be true that 98 percent of donations to the Obama campaign were $250 or less, but that’s not a very telling statistic.

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A day of impartiality

How is it that blatant partisanship and bigotry against differing views equals journalistic integrity? Is there any question these journalists vote Democrat?

No Conservatives in Back-to-Back NPR Reports on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in New York
July 12, 2011 by Matthew Balan

Mika Brzezinski: ‘Republicans Look Stupid and Mean’ Resisting a Debt Deal
July 12, 2011 by Eric Ames

MSM Bash Bachmann While Ignoring Criminal Wrongdoing by ACORN, Planned Parenthood
July 12, 2011 by Brent Bozell

Time Makes Out Rep. Cantor As Villain in Budget Talks
July 12, 2011 by Ken Shepherd

Conservative GOP House Leaders Forever Tagged as ‘Scorched Earth’ Leaders Wanting to ‘Destroy Everything’
July 12, 2011 by Tim Graham

Bill Maher Calls Palin and Bachmann MILFs on CNN
July 12, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

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They opposed raising the debt ceiling before they supported it

Flashback 2004: Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell Think Raising Debt Ceiling ‘Big Embarrassment for Republicans’
July 8, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell have been telling viewers in recent days that Republicans considering blocking an increase in the debt ceiling could be creating a financial crisis.

Seven years ago after George W. Bush was re-elected and the debt ceiling had been raised in November 2004, the perilously liberal couple felt Republicans should be “embarrassed” for having done so

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Which president said ‘internets’?

The real question is, of two presidents who make the same flub about the internet, which one gets ridiculed and mocked, and which one gets a pass?

Obama Receives Little Flak for ‘Internets’ Gaffe
July 7, 2011 by Aubrey Vaughan

Hailed for his engagement with the online world and being cutting edge for hosting a Twitter town hall, President Barack Obama made quite the gaffe at his town hall yesterday, calling the internet, “internets,” the same mistake for which former President George W. Bush was widely mocked following a 2004 presidential debate.

The flub, which Obama quickly corrected, came while he was discussing the importance of bringing the internet to classrooms, but the president has received little media flack for his slip-up.

Obama’s use of the word “internets” came after a question on the failure of public school systems.

We do have to make sure that there are computers in a computer age inside classrooms and that they work and that there’s Internets that are actually — there are Internet connections that actually function.

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Bad week for Chris Matthews

In case you ever wondered if Matthews is only pretending to be an idiot, let me assure you he is not.

After Mocking Rick Perry for Calling Twitter ‘Tweeter’ Chris Matthews Does it Twice in One Show
July 6, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

Chris Matthews Says ‘D–king Around’ Five Days After Halperin’s Suspension
July 5, 2011 by Noel Sheppard

Chris Matthews Smears the ‘Scary’ GOP as the ‘Wahhabis of American Government’
July 5, 2011 by Scott Whitlock

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Reality-challenged pundits compare GOP to suicide bombers

reality challenged: (n) – unable or unwilling to distinguish between the reality of a situation and the propaganda one regurgitates

Calm Morning Joe? Newsweek Boss Tina Brown Says GOP Are ‘Suicide Bombers’

Newsweek’s Tina Brown compared congressional Republicans to suicide bombers on Wednesday’s Morning Joe after lamenting their refusal to agree to the tax hikes demanded by Democrats. “I think they’re the suicide bombers in all of this,” said Brown. Will Tina Brown be banned indefinitely from Morning Joe? Sounds harsher than a crotch reference.

Brown’s comparison came after Willlie Geist said Pat Buchanan’s “boys are holding the hostage.” Buchanan had insisted that “What they’re saying is we don’t believe in tax increases. We don’t think they’ll work. They’re against our principles. They’re against our commitments. They’re off the table, Mr. President. Now be an adult and realize you’re not getting tax increases.” Brown, however, insisted that it was up to Republicans to make compromises. “If the President has accommodated them, they should be accommodating him” said Brown.

The only statement anywhere near as strange as Brown’s came from columnist Mike Barnicle, who insisted a tax hike is not a tax hike when you’re repealing a Republican tax cut.

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