New cookies for the Girl Scouts

You’ve seen the story about the Girl Scouts (the organization) referring Girl Scouts (the young females) to Media Matters as a source to combat “misinformation,” right? If not, over at my little blog, there’s a story on the lack of traditional media coverage. </shamelessplug>

There’s been a backlash, of course. Which means they won’t be able to sell quite as many Thin Mints or Do-Si-Dos as they have in the past.

Since the Girl Scouts (the organization) seems to pander to the left, perhaps they’ll have some new cookie offerings this year.

Maybe some of these:

  • Samoa Money From Soros
  • Bitches!
  • Taxalongs
  • Dulce En Los Mocasines
  • Obamas
  • Come Outs!
  • Promover El Aborto
  • Fagalongs

I wonder what other new cookie varieties we’ll see from the Girl Scouts now that their left-wing bias is no longer secret. Ideas?

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It doesn’t ad up


Hello? Delaware Channel 28?

Uhhhh. What?

I’m trying to reach Channel 28. Have I reached the correct number?

Uhhhh. Sure, yeah.

This is Christine O’Donnell. I had paid to have an ad run at 11:30, and it didn’t run.
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Racist teabaggers yelling racist slurs … oh, wait

I was going to title this post “Lying bastards lie” but I changed my mind. Anyway…

The big media are reporting that members of the Congressional Black Caucus encountered racist slurs when they walked past protesters.

ABC reported:

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., said that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black. Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said the incident occurred.

“It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” Carson said.

CBS had this:

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted “the N-word, the N-word, 15 times.” Both Carson and Lewis are black, and Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said that it occurred.

“It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn’t frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. “He said it reminded him of another time.”

Here’s what MSNBC had:

The Tea Party protests got ugly today.

African-American Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), a protege of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who helped organize the March on Washington, went to the House floor today to tell Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) that a Tea Party protester called him a “n—–.”

The New York Times:

And while most of the invective was directed at the health care bill itself, several House members said there was an ugly tone to comments made by some demonstrators against three black lawmakers: Representatives André Carson of Indiana, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and John Lewis of Georgia, all Democrats.

An aide to Mr. Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said that as he walked to the Capitol, Mr. Lewis was called racial slurs.

The Washington Post carried this:

Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill. Carson told reporters that protesters yelled “kill the bill,” then used a racial epithet to describe Carson and Lewis, who is a revered figure on both sides of the aisle.

They all tell the same story.

And that’s the thing: it’s just a story. It’s not true.

How do I know?

I’ve seen the video.

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Tip: Midnight Blue < Marooned In Marin

Not a racial epithet to be found.

I’m waiting for the excuses as to why video of the event doesn’t match reports of the event.

Perhaps they suffer the same thing Maureen Dowd suffers. She heard “boy” when it wasn’t said. The Congressional Black Caucus seems to hear even worse things that aren’t said.

I suppose if someone won’t make you a victim, you have to make yourself one.

Sarah In Italy sent word that there are two other videos, neither of which contain evidence of any racial slurs:

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The cool kids and the train wreck

On teh internets … particularly teh Twitteh … the cool kids like to pick on teh MSNBC.

When they do, I have to open a browser tab and hit teh Google to find out what they’re talking about.

You see, I don’t watch MSNBC. ‘Cause it sucks.

I mean, I have seen bits of it. And I’ve seen clips on teh YouTube. And you know what? Them folks on MSNBC are nuts. If they got any denser, they’d pass the Chandrasekhar limit.

You see, I have to deal with enough stupid people that I don’t want to expose myself to any more than is necessary. And watching MSNBC? Ain’t necessary.

But the cool kids watch it. And they’ll hit Twitter talking about what some dumbsh*t on MSNBC said.

Now, MSNBC’s rating are in the toilet. Nobody watches. Except maybe Obama and his crew. But even then, I’m not sure about them watching. They don’t need to. MSNBC has it’s nose so far up Obama’s butt, if he farted, Olbermann’s hair would part.

But, other than Obama and his flock, who watches MSNBC?

The cool kids, that’s who.

Not because they like it. But so they can make fun of it.

But here’s the funny thing: The only people that watch that channel do so to rip on it; if they didn’t watch it, nobody would, abd all the dipsh*ts on the channel would be out of work.

But then, what would the cool kids watch?

Funny cats on YouTube?

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Fair? Balanced? Does it matter?

I’ve mentioned before — I’m sure I have — that years ago, I used to do news for a small south Georgia radio station. Not that I was any good. But I did give it my best shot. That fact that I’m not doing that for a living today says something about just how good I was. Or wasn’t.

Still, I learned that you try to do the news straight. There’s news. And there’s opinion. Sports has a bit of both. Weather, too, to be honest. But news? Just the facts. Leave opinion out of it. And try to play it straight.

You don’t see that anymore. Not much, anyway.

But is it fair to criticize a news reporter for his story? Or her story? After all, they’re human. They have opinions. But, they shouldn’t let their opinions interfere with their jobs.

Do they? Yes, some do. Actually, a lot do. It’s rare that reporters don’t. At least, on the national level.

But is the criticism fair? If a reporter files a story on a topic about which you have strong feelings, are you going to say the reporter is playing it straight if the reports seems to support your opinion? Or will you say the reporter is biased if the story contradicts your opinion?

Is the bias in the eye of the beholder?

I believe that sometimes it is. But, I also believe that often, the reporter isn’t reporting, but editorializing.

Let’s conduct a little experiment, shall we?

Look at my recent post on a DNC-sponsored rally in Columbus, Georgia. [EDIT: Yes, it was uploaded as “private.” My bad. It’s public now.] The rally was organized by a DNC-sponsored group that calls itself a grassroots organization. Yeah, I wrote my opinion of that earlier.

But, take three minutes and look at my report.

Ignore the poor quality of the video and the audio. I have an old, hand-held JVC camcorder, not some fancy camera like the local TV stations have. And, I have that south Georgia accent. Plus, built-in microphone on an overtaxed MacBook.

The quality of the audio and video aside, look at the content. Did I report it straight? Heck, compare it against a report I did on a July 4th Tea Party rally. Did I favor one side or the other?

If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you may have picked up how I personally feel. But, looking just at the reports, did I report it fairly? Was it balanced?

If I didn’t report it straight, then it shows just how hard it is to keep personal bias out. Keep that in mind when you watch a real reporter. (Here’s an example of what I see as a fairly balanced report from an actual reporter.)

But… if I did report it straight, that brings up the question: why can’t others do it, if some old, fat, gray-haired loudmouth white guy (me, not Ted Kennedy) can?

Then again, does it matter? At least, does it matter whether or not I report something fair and balanced? I mean, I’m a blogger. And if you read this blog for news, then something is seriously wrong with you. Or something is seriously wrong with the state of traditional news reporting. One or the other.

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