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by geezerpower June 18, 2011

This video is compliments of Ask Anthony Weiner on his Youtube channel. Unlike many Youtube sites, Anthony asks for your questions and allows open comments. I just commented there and, so far the comments are not moderated. Needless to mention there are some derogatory messages from Faux New$ types, but overall, a lot of the comments are from folks that understand what is going on.

So far there are only 4708 subscribers and 1494 channel comments, but, at least, this is not controlled by the corporate media…yet!   I like Weiner, for many reasons, but especially for standing up to the Corporate Choir on healthcare issues. Worthy of mention is that “The Grinch” still has the unpremeditated gall to show his face in DC and is actually putting in a bid for POTUS. It will take a lot of scandal sauce for me to digest anything as ludicrous as this…

Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the Republican Revolution of 1994 : Resigned from the House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair with his intern while he was married to his second wife, and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky. (1998)…He is just one of a long list of blah blah yaddayaddayadda

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30 Reasons Fox News Is Not Legit

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America. Posted October 28, 2009.

Fox News routinely, and blatantly, breaks the code to which ethical journalists are supposed to aspire.

Why the Beltway press has invested so much time and energy in recent weeks defending Fox News, with one scribe even claiming that the White House’s public critique of the network was “dangerous to press freedom,” and why the press refuses to acknowledge what’s so obvious about the cable channel’s political pursuits, remains baffling.

The facts regarding Fox News’ lack of professionalism seem rather obvious (as I detail below 30 different times). And that ought to be plain for Beltway journalists as well. But whether for reasons having to do with external professional, social, or political pressures, many journalists have opted to pretend that Fox News is a serious outlet, that it’s just like its cable and network TV news competitors.

They insist that any suggestion that Rupert Murdoch’s cable channel isn’t legitimate is completely off-base and that the White House is not even allowed to have an opinion on the issue. Indeed, ABC News’ Jake Tapper suggested it was not “appropriate” for the administration to tag the channel as illegitimate. (Tapper himself can’t tell the difference between the programming that Fox News and ABC News produce.)

The rush to defend Fox News is an odd one, because I don’t remember the same type of the circle-the-wagons defense when the previous Republican administration openly waged war on The New York Times and NBC, two news outlets whose standards far outshine the kind of pseudo-reporting Fox News produces on a daily basis. That Beltway media elites have decided to rally around Fox News of all entities remains as puzzling as it is short-sighted.

The truth is, journalism is not difficult to practice, nor is it tough to identify. Journalists aren’t licensed, and anyone can try their hand at it, as the Internet has made clear. So there is no higher authority declaring what is and isn’t journalism. But the craft, like obscenity, is instantly recognizable in its true form.

For generations in this country, there has been a sort of a gentleman’s agreement in terms of what constituted professional behavior among journalists. And there has been a sense of shame when members crossed those lines into unprofessional behavior. Bosses chastened those employees, people were fired, and ethics panels were summarily convened to make certain the transgressions didn’t happen again. Fox News, though, has walked away from all of that. And guess what? The rest of the press hasn’t said boo.

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The Fox Nutwork’s coy game

Daily Kos- by David Waldman


Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 08:00:08 AM PDT

Still puzzled about the difference between the Fox Nutwork and actual news organizations?

I guess some folks weren’t convinced by the fact that Fox apparently feels free to simply change basic facts when they’re inconvenient and standing them on their head would be more politically advantageous. Specifically, I refer here to the Fox habit of “accidentally” labeling every politician who gets indicted, arrested or defeated as a Democrat.

But Fox’s “colleagues” among the actual news media still harbor some doubts, it seems. And if you’re in the real news business, that’s perhaps understandable. You worry about the differences, because unless they’re very clear, you think maybe you might be subject to a call-out sometime in the future, too, right?

Though the White House tried to clarify it position when questioned this week, the difference between Fox and real news networks is something best illustrated by showing you their game. And that’s just what Media Matters did:

Here’s the Fox Nutwork playbook in all its glory.

When attempting to defend itself, Fox insists that the most egregious examples of bias pointed to by its attackers are from its “opinion journalists” (which they are), who are an operation separate from its “news” division (which they most decidedly are not).

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