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Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's That Tea Party! ... er ...

How many times can the mainstream press blame us - wrongly - before it's shamed into submission?

The Media Research Center has done the research and found Brian Ross to be only the latest in a long line of major media mistakes:

I might add another incident to their list, an incident that took place during the Iraq war that involved none other than Brian Ross. I heaped shame on his lack of professionalism when I was writing for the Roanoke Times, as it so happens:
More Evidence of Media Deceit
The following article originally appeared in the Roanoke Times on Thursday, October 19, 2006.

Over their dead bodies
By Jerry Fuhrman

Deceit is probably too strong a word. It implies the intention to defraud. And, without evidence of intent, that might be a stretch. Laziness is part of it, though. Perhaps willful ignorance. Certainly sloppy journalism.

I'm reminded of the news account in July, accompanied by fantastic photos, of an ambulance that had been destroyed by an Israeli missile as it was being used to care for innocent Lebanese civilians in Cana. The photos clearly showed a gaping hole in the roof of the vehicle, centered in the large red cross that had been painted there to signify the fact that the vehicle was being used by non-combatants. Very damning stuff. And a complete fabrication.

It was only after the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and countless other organizations reported, in sober tones, the horrific circumstances of the incident that someone took the time to enlarge the photos and found that the metal around the hole in the roof of that ambulance was badly rusted, meaning the damage was clearly ancient. But the damage had been done, and the story was quickly forgotten as the news organizations involved moved on -- to another fabricated photo, this one of Beirut enveloped in billowing smoke. Shameful episodes both.

Which brings us to ABC News and its treatment of Southwest Virginia's very own 1173rd Transportation Company of the Virginia National Guard.

On July 27, ABC aired a report, and accompanied it with spectacular video, of an attack on a civilian convoy in the streets of a village near Balad, Iraq. The video, shot by the driver of one of the supply trucks in the convoy, clearly showed the line of vehicles coming under assault, followed close on by the disabling of one of the trucks, and the cold-blooded execution of one of the American civilians. Disturbingly, the video also seemed to show a 1173rd Humvee fleeing the scene of the fighting once the escort came under attack, leaving, as reported by the driver and by correspondent Brian Ross of ABC News, the civilians in the convoy to their fate.

In ABC's report, Ross asked the driver, Preston Wheeler, who narrated the video: "You were abandoned?" Wheeler's reply: "Yes, sir."

To many of us who watched the video at the time, it was clear that there was more to this story. In the first place, the video distinctly showed the Humvee that was reported to have abandoned the field to have, instead, simply moved forward with the lead trucks. And one was prompted to ask the obvious: If the driver was left alone to die, why wasn't he dead?

It was only after the broadcast of the incriminating account that the rest of the saga became known. It turned out that Wheeler's truck was being protected all along by other members of the 1173rd throughout the attack, men and women, America's finest, who heroically and selflessly risked their lives to save his.

What's most galling about this, beyond the gross misconceptions created by the report, are the excuses made afterward. In a feeble attempt to "provide the opportunity to respond," ABC noted in the report itself that the Army was "unaware of the incident" and could therefore "not comment."

When a far more factual account of the events that occurred emerged, ABC reacted with all too familiar weasel words: "The report accurately portrayed Wheeler's experience during the ambush." Other news outlets and editorial pages around the country repeated ABC's response and many tried to blame the military for the inaccuracies, writing that, had the Defense Department been more cooperative and less secretive, the full scope of the incident would have been revealed and there would have been a more balanced report provided.

Sure there would.

We often hear people on the left saying, rather incongruously, "We support the troops but not the war." We now have another glaring example showing how delusional -- or deceitful -- they are. ABC News attempted to destroy the reputations of soldiers who had risked their lives in mortal combat in order to, once again, denigrate our actions in Iraq. That is without question.

Here's to the 1173rd. No greater story of heroism and devotion to duty has ever, finally, been written.
Nothing has changed. They're all still gutter swill.

OK, I Understand Food Stamps

But why do we need another massive and unaffordable Congressional Farm Bill?

I know.  Silly question.

Headline of the Day

Obama Rescue Coordinator: Stop claiming Obama said what he said, just because he said it

Margaret Thatcher Was Right

Just ask the French who recently returned the Socialists among them to power so that they could seize ... other people's money.

Cash-Strapped French Socialists Face Reality of Austerity

Thatcher: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

"Eventually" is now.  There's just no more money to seize.

Someone Needs To Explain 'Probable Cause'

Is the presence of an NRA cap in a car reason to suspect that the occupant is armed illegally?

Yes, said two police officers in Milwaukee.

Get real, said the jury.

Live By The Study, Die By The Study

Radical leftist - and gun ban advocate of some renown - E.J.Dionne is trying mightily to capitalize on the Aurora massacre and is going hot and heavy after gun owners around the country.

(No word yet on his attitude toward the animal who actually committed the crime.)

In today's offering, Dionne decries the fact that studies reveal a need to reduce the number of guns in this country and nothing is being done about it.  From "Lax Laws Lead To Deaths, Thanks To Gun Lobby" he cites the following:
Arguments that gun regulation won't do anything were justified with citations of academic studies that offer mixed or inconclusive verdicts.

In the wake of last week's killings in Colorado, these studies were deployed to hide the elephant in the room: that our country is the scene of more gun deaths than any other wealthy nation in the world.

And it isn't even close.

A study last year in the Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care analyzed gun death statistics for 2003 from the World Health Organization Mortality Database.

It found that 80% of all firearms deaths in 23 industrialized countries occurred in the U.S.

For women, the figure rose to 86%; for children 14 and under, to 87%.
Hard to get around those statistics, huh?

But then here is another study that deep-thinker Dionne somehow didn't include in his call for fewer guns:

States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes.

Ultimately that's what we all want. Isn't it, E.J.?  A drop in violent crime?

If so, shouldn't you be demanding - if studies are important to you - more gun ownership?

E.J. Dionne is right.  The U.S. has an inordinate number of "firearms deaths."

And an inordinate percentage of them occur in states with draconian gun laws.

Something he will never admit.

So what's his real point?

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Rich Lowry: "If the proliferation of guns were the cause of violence, the country would look like Mogadishu."

NBC Personality Pouts

He's not getting his way.  Thus:

NBC's Todd Whines Over Lack of 'Rational Policy Debate' About Gun Control

Poor guy.  He's used to that "rational policy debate" flowing thusly:

Democrat: We need another gun law.

Republican: When?

10,000 gun laws later ...

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Hot Air reminds us ...

And NBC lost.

Obama Despises Success

And looks upon the successful with hate and scorn.

In his own words:

Now he says he didn't mean it.

Which applies to everything else he's ever said to us.

Go away, man.  Your day is done.

No One Will Be There To Defend You

No one will be there to defend you.

Gun sales surge after Colorado massacre

No one will be there to defend you.

What Would We Do Without Leftists?

From one of Liberaldom's more intelligent thinkers, Roseanne Barr:

"anyone who eats S--t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ".

Why such hatred?

The owners of Chick-fil-A are Christians and they live their faith.

Good reason to hate them, right, Rosie?

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A must-read: "Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works."

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Which brings to mind: