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Sunday, August 21, 2005

The ”Paper of Record”? Try Broken Record…

I blog only when I just can’t take it any more. Mostly I just browse through my fav sites, gleaning news and other info that we, the people, are not getting from the sources we used to be able to rely on. It’s a cathartic-type therapy for my anger.

So I’m back again – time for some therapy!!

But really, what I’ve got to get off my chest is best covered elsewhere. Here’s an example of the twisted reality being peddled by of one of the premier fonts of MSM wisdom, the NY Times:
(Via Instapundit – posted 18 Aug, so you may need to check archives by now)

But the overarching explanation [for public concern about the economy] is that people are feeling insecure because they understand that today's economy is built on shaky fundamentals. Average Americans may not sit around fretting about America's outsized budget and trade deficits, and its unprecedented foreign indebtedness. But many of them -- as buyers, borrowers and employees -- are concerned about the increasingly bubbly housing sector. The economy's shortcomings are nowhere more obvious than in the job market... job growth is still substantially slower than in previous recoveries. Wages for 80 percent of the work force are barely keeping pace with inflation... Because Mr. Bush fails to acknowledge the lackluster job and wage growth, he fails to respond appropriately. The administration's insistence that the economy is getting better all the time... only intensifies the anxiety that people feel.

And from a news account, the same day:

Emboldened by rising wages and better job prospects, American consumers headed to car dealers by the thousands last month to take advantage of Detroit's deep discounts, and helped empty bulging warehouses. A series of economic reports released yesterday showed rising retail sales, lower initial unemployment claims and continuing low inventory levels. Economists say the three reports confirm what many of them have been saying: the economic expansion is picking up its pace... The economy has added 190,000 jobs a month on average so far this year, up from 180,000 jobs a month last year. The unemployment rate was at 5 percent in June and July.

So this is the layers of editorial review that prevent sloppy journalism, and separates what they do from the pajama-clad bloggers? Great.

How about this piece from one of the Grey Lady’s top dog columnists:
(Via John Podhoretz of The Corner on NRO)

Paul Krugman tells a whopper today in his column about media recounts in the 2000 election: ‘Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida's ballots; both found that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore.' Um--no. Wrong. Bzzzzz. One of those groups was led by USA Today, and here's what they found in a May 15, 2001 USA Today story headlined ‘Newspapers recount show Bush prevailed: George W. Bush would have won a hand count of Florida's disputed ballots if the standard advocated by Al Gore had been used, the first full study of the ballots reveals. Bush would have won by 1,665 votes — more than triple his official 537-vote margin — if every dimple, hanging chad and mark on the ballots had been counted as votes’.”

And from his own employer:
(Via The Chief Brief)

ABSTRACT - Comprehensive review of uncounted Florida ballots from 2000 presidential election, conducted by consortium of eight news organizations and professional statisticians, indicates George W Bush would have won election even if US Supreme Court allowed statewide manual recount of votes ordered by state Supreme Court; finds, contrary to allegations by partisans of Vice Pres Al Gore, that Supreme Court did not award election to Bush; says that Bush would have retained slender margin if Florida court order to recount more than 43,000 ballots was not reversed by Supreme Court, and that even under strategy Gore pursued at beginning of standoff, of filing suit to force recounts in four predominantly Democratic counties, Bush would have retained lead; says close examination of broader group of rejected ballots than those covered in court decisions shows Gore might have won if courts ordered full statewide recount of all rejected ballots, and if he pursued in court action he publicly advocated of calling on state to count all votes; finds statistical support for complaints of many voters, particularly elderly Democrats in Palm Beach County, who said in interviews after election that confusing ballot designs may have led them to spoil their ballots by voting for more than one candidate…

Problem is, Mr. K. is completely wrong, and he has to know it. And even if he somehow was unable to discern the truth, what about the layers of editorial review? Buncha crap...

The MSM hates Geo. W. Bush with such a passion that they don’t care about accurate reporting. They want failure, at all levels – domestic and foreign. The domestic part is hard enough to swallow, but the foreign part is bordering on treasonous. Truly, these examples don’t touch on this aspect of the MSM crusade, and I’m not trying to imply otherwise. I’m just so frustrated that this once-proud, dependable source of news is now a shill for the liberal (waaaaay left) agenda, and that so many people read this rag and take what the read as gospel. If and when the NYT gets around to posting a correction to Mr. K.’s lie – I mean misstatement of facts – you can bet it’ll be buried on page 18 of the fashion section…

“Paper of Record” my ass. It’s getting to the point that the only use for the Grey Lady will have to do with my ass – for wiping…

Rant over…
posted by Madbob  # 9:09 AM
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