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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stupid? Or Insidious?

You read this from Gallup - "In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity" - and ask, "So what else is new?  The mainstream press is about as trustworthy as those snake oil salesmen of old.  In fact, in many ways, they are the snake oil salesmen of old."

Today's example.  From the worst of the worst - the New York Times.  Get a load of this lie to be found in "A Battle in Mining Country Pits Coal Against Wind":
For many renewable-energy advocates outside the region, the struggle at Coal River Mountain has become emblematic of an effort across the country to find alternatives to fossil fuels. They have lent money, expertise and high-profile celebrities like Daryl Hannah and James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist, to help residents advance their case for wind power and to make it a test case for others pursuing similar projects nationwide.

The mountain, which is privately owned and leased to coal interests, is also one of the last intact mountaintops in a region whose contours have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques. Preserving its peaks for ...

(Google) Earth to New York Times reporter who has never been to West Virginia (and who probably would never go there, even on a bet, because the people there aren't like those in Manhattan - West Virginians smell and are ignorant, they all know that):  "The last intact mountaintop"?  Are you serious?

Ever heard of Googleearth?

Here's a satellite image of the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia - McDowell County:

See that green?  That's either mountains or valleys between mountains.  Does it look like surface mining has stripped away all but one of the "intact mountaintops" in the region?  Can you detect any surface mining at all going on?  Look real hard.  See any "contours [that] have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques"?

I'll give you a helpful hint.  Those little splotchy gray areas to the right are - in most cases - surface mining operations.  The itty bitty gray dots in that sea of green mountains.  Does the photo back up what the reporter - Tom Zeller, Jr. - puts across?


Thus: "In U.S., Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Remains a Rarity"  Believe me, these guys work hard to achieve that reputation.

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Here's the kicker.  The Times photo that accompanies Mr. Zeller's "report" belies his declaration too:

Look closely and you'll see a surface mining operation in the foreground and a bunch of pristine mountains in the background.  "The mountain ... is one of the last intact mountaintops in a region whose contours have otherwise been irreversibly altered by extreme surface-mining techniques."

A lie.  Journalism irreversibly altered by extreme bias and abject ignorance.

Photos courtesy of Google™ earth and the New York Times.

We Make Progress On The 'Climate Change' Front

The experts all agree that the planet's climate is changing.  Beyond that, though, they have no clue.

And that's an improvement from where we were a few years ago when they were all in agreement that the earth was warming and it was our fault.

My taxes were poised to go up.  And now they're not.

Change we can believe in.

Food For Thought

Obama has come out in favor of that Islamist mosque near Ground Zero.  Oops, maybe not.  Now he says he's taking no position on the "local matter."

Michelle Malkin has a question then:
Obama has no problem telling Israel they shouldn’t build apartments in East Jerusalem, but he’s withholding his opinion on the wisdom of constructing a mosque next to where Islamofascists murdered thousands in the country of which he’s president?
But those are Jews, Michelle. And we all know what Obama's mentor taught him over those twenty years about Jews.  That's the difference.

* Note: In his original statement, our president began his declaration of support for the mosque by saying, "Let me be clear ..."  A clarity that required, the next day, that he clarify his statement.  The Great Communicator.

They So Want Us To Be Racists

James Taranto on liberals' pitiful and misguided efforts to accuse us of being filthy bigots:
It has been our observation that for white liberals of a certain age (read baby boomers), an important part of their self-image lies in the assumption that conservatives are racist. As [Columnist Joe] Conason puts it: "Most conservatives were late in taking responsibility for their movement's immoral opposition to civil rights."

That's true enough as a statement of history, but what is its contemporary relevance? Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham were both infants when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Anyone who was old enough to vote then is at least 67 now, and few who were in their prime in 1964 are still active in politics today. Conason, too, is too young to have been part of the civil rights struggle. He no more deserves credit for its triumphs than conservatives now in their 40s and 50s deserve blame for resisting it.

Edgy commentary and satire about the president of the United States is not massive resistance, and an offensive carnival game is not a burning cross. Conason seeks cheap grace by denouncing trivial offenses because he longs for a moral glory in which he came along too late to partake. Racism is dead, and its killers were heroes. Nostalgia for racism lives on in the imagination of liberals who only wish they could be so heroic.
Racism is dead.  Got it?  Now move on.