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2006-06-02 02:54:23 PM
I saw that on the news today. Very faking cool. Salute to whoever did that.
 
2006-06-02 02:54:58 PM
NewportBarGuy: faking

errr... farking
 
2006-06-02 02:56:25 PM
Liberal Media !?!?!?!
 
2006-06-02 02:58:50 PM
Hardcore, I dig it.
 
2006-06-02 03:25:53 PM
maurdibjr: Liberal Media !?!?!?!

A token story does not unlib the mainstream media. In order to see the bias, one has to take off the lenses from which one views the world. I too used to scoff at the accusations of liberal bias in the press until I started to pay attention to the "other side." I have always been a registered independent, so I didn't see this as being disloyal to any side. I am so happy I made that choice because now I can spot liberal and conservative bias in media and I make an informed vote on election day. I'm not on anyone's side but my own. My decisions are based on my family's needs.

Folks, the mainstream media is biased to the left. When polled, something like 80% of journalists admit they vote democratic (aka liberal). With numbers like that, bias happens.

/link to research: click pop
 
2006-06-02 04:03:32 PM
dogdaze, I don't immediately accept anything from MRC since they're a far-right wingnut group. For instance, they forgot to mention the columbia school of journalism study that, while it supported the findings that journalists were primarily liberal, also found that most editors - the people who have final decision on what pieces are aired/printed and how they are presented - are conservative.

Just food for thought. The workers are liberal, the bosses are conservative. I'll try to get a link to that study.
 
2006-06-02 04:08:59 PM
Oh, one quick thing. I found this out today, and thought it was interesting. Guess which news outlet hasn't bothered yet to set up an Iraq bureau?

a) CNN
b) CBS
c) ABC
d) Fox News
 
2006-06-02 04:12:42 PM
img472.imageshack.us
 
2006-06-02 04:15:28 PM
Tabatha, I see that and raise you this:

static.flickr.com
 
2006-06-02 04:21:06 PM
It's nice to see the Log Cabin Republicans came up with some sort of identifying badge for the convention.

/sparkly purple!
 
2006-06-02 04:21:24 PM
patrick862

I don't follow MRC word for word either and you do make a good point about editors. However, this is not the case in our local paper, the Gainesville Sun.

/gotta go
 
2006-06-02 04:37:01 PM
Jesus Christ Tabatha Static and patrick862 could you drop the asshat trolling for just ONE farking day????
 
2006-06-02 04:37:16 PM
Ummmm...this is old news greenlighters...
 
2006-06-02 04:38:27 PM
doghaze

1. You've got to be kidding.
2. You've got to be kidding.

Maybe in the Bush-lover sense that "Everyone who disagrees is a liberal lefty commie" sense, but the media is hardly liberal. They're too pathetic these days to be any side, really. At least most American media.

Good for the GI. That's lovely.

/support the troops
//not the idiot who put them in harm's way for no reason
///and made our country less-safe in the name of "fighting terror"
////www.juancole.com
 
2006-06-02 04:39:16 PM
Truly an appropriate use of the HERO tag.
 
2006-06-02 04:40:14 PM
i smell a made for tv movie
 
2006-06-02 04:40:26 PM
Haha, some stupid low-income former soldier gave his "crappiest of all medals" away to a reporter. Ha, wake me up when someone gives away a medal that is actually worth a darn!

I mean, the purple heart?!?! COME ON!

Purple hearts are for pussies.

/not serious in the least
//doesn't care much for Republicans and the fiasco they have gotten us into
///doesn't much care for reading about anti-American riots all over the World
////bitterly disappointed in the American electorate
 
2006-06-02 04:40:32 PM
For the record, I'm registered independent as well. But I read international media, and our "left", if you call it that, is middle of the road at best for most of the industrialized world.

I love being independent-registered in a state where I can vote in any party primary. They keep calling Michigan a battleground state, but Bush lost two primaries in a row here. Booyah.

... off topic a bit there, sorry.
 
2006-06-02 04:41:21 PM
Nice gesture by the soldier.

In addition to editorial bias, don't forget corporate bias: the guys ABOVE the editors...CEOs...don't tend to be hippies.

News is a bottom-line business, has been for decades...it used to be a loss-leader for the networks.
 
2006-06-02 04:41:34 PM
Very nice. How long does CBS have to wait before smearing the troops again after this? Through the weekend, at least? I hope?
 
2006-06-02 04:41:40 PM
TGOT what's the matter? You a little ashamed of those pics?
 
2006-06-02 04:42:35 PM
the_gospel_of_thomas
Jesus Christ Tabatha Static and patrick862 could you drop the asshat trolling for just ONE farking day????

...

hahahahahAHAHAhahahahahah

...
 
2006-06-02 04:42:48 PM
eh, he just wants a sympathy fark.

/i'm kidding
/very nice of him to do
 
2006-06-02 04:42:51 PM
someone did something selfless and we gets the trolls. Can't anyone be farking nice on this farked up planet anymore?
 
2006-06-02 04:43:31 PM
awwww... that's such a nice gesture! Good for the donator.
 
2006-06-02 04:44:30 PM
So wait, schrapnel-head Woodruff gets kicked out of his job AND some CBS chick gets a purple heart? talking about kicking a guy when he's down.

/feel bad for Bob Woodruff, despite calling him schrapnel head
//though it sounds as the woman Dozier's injuries are pretty bad.
 
2006-06-02 04:45:48 PM
Media Research Center uses highly suspect reporting practices.
 
2006-06-02 04:46:48 PM
Folks, the mainstream media is biased to the left. When polled, something like 80% of journalists admit they vote democratic (aka liberal). With numbers like that, bias happens.

Too bad 95% of the people who OWN mainstream media outlets are biased to the right.

Who do you think has final say-so as to what gets reported?
 
2006-06-02 04:47:13 PM
The media will just hate the soldiers all the more.

Every time Bush tries to make nice with the Dems, they get even agrier with him.
 
2006-06-02 04:47:25 PM
Hobodeluxe "TGOT what's the matter? You a little ashamed of those pics?"


More to the point I'm proud of Kimberly Dozier and the person who gave her the symbol of his or her compassion ...

And trolling pics have no place here.
 
2006-06-02 04:47:26 PM
I'm sorry, dogdaze, but you're wrong on media bias. Reporters may be liberal as individuals, but they don't choose what gets published/aired. A handful of monolithic corporations do, and their interests are certainly not liberal. But neither are their interests wholly conservative - it's commerce that matters most to them, not truth or politics.

Regardless of political affiliation, journalists in combat zones should be considered heroes. They put their lives on the line, too, to keep the public informed - as necessary to a free democracy as is military force.
 
2006-06-02 04:49:12 PM
baorao

She's breathing on a ventilator, no real reports on the injuries other then head and lower body, but it sounds pretty farked up to me.

And I don't think there is a sign-up sheet for wounded reporters to claim purple hearts, this is just a GI being a damn fine person, not looking for publicity or any other stupid crap.
 
2006-06-02 04:49:49 PM
carmody "I'm sorry, dogdaze, but you're wrong on media bias. Reporters may be liberal as individuals, but they don't choose what gets published/aired. A handful of monolithic corporations do, and their interests are certainly not liberal."


The individuals in the media can and do exercise thier bias into the news. Reporters choose what words with what context and meaning that get used. The "corporation" distraction is meaningless.
 
2006-06-02 04:51:22 PM
Kudos to the doner.

It's just a shame that the high honor of a Purple Heart is still tarnished by the smears of... certain people.
 
2006-06-02 04:51:39 PM
What a heartbreak. Not only does the poor soldier not realize that the reporters are out there shiatting on the job he's there to do and how he does it, he's also been brainwashed into believing that the their body parts are worth more than his.

"Hero"? Somebody, please replace with the "SAD" tag and give this man his honor and dignity back.
 
2006-06-02 04:51:59 PM
Can't anyone be farking nice on this farked up planet anymore?

No, because charity, compassion, empathy and other such forms of "niceness" are considered "weakness".

Why do you think President Ronald Wilson Reagan is up for consideration for being placed on currency while Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior is being accused of plagiarism and infidelity?
 
2006-06-02 04:54:06 PM
carmody

You said it far better than I.

Local alternative weekly papers seem to be the best place to get actual news in this country these days, and that's kinda sad. For example, in Detroit, we had four Nobel Prize winners come to speak. Four! Nobel prize! Nowhere in the damn daily newspapers! Not even a mention, but they did cover a kid dancing at a basketball game or something pretty extensively, and spent their time trying to get the names of people who overdosed from laced heroin via the FOIA - because we need to know exactly which ones died.

Ditto on the reporters in war zones, though. Christine Amanapour comes to mind first (damn, she kicked ass). Then Three Kings, but then again, my mind is all over the damn place today.
 
2006-06-02 04:54:07 PM
the_gospel_of_thomas

Yeah, I agree, it seems like it was a very nice gesture by the anonymous soldier and courageous of the reporter to go to Iraq.

On the other hand, the images are on topic. Why is one purple medal supposed to be so revered while another, worn by an opposition candidate, supposed to be mocked? Can you simultaneously mock the medal on one person while exalting the others for the same deeds and bravery?

The bandaids were a prominent thing and people wore them proudly. If that doesn't speak to how those people* were only pro-soldier when it suits their needs, I don't know what does.

*-Granted, not everyone wore one of those things, so I can only speak to those who either wore a bandaid or supported the notion that the band-aids represent.
 
2006-06-02 04:54:16 PM
The media will just hate the soldiers all the more.

Why do you hate your father, snow scorpion?
 
2006-06-02 04:54:19 PM
sloughtown4ever [TotalFark]

someone did something selfless and we gets the trolls. Can't anyone be farking nice on this farked up planet anymore?

No, because Farkers are so disillusioned and disenfranchised that any act of good will must be seen for the "what's in it for me" angle, or the "how can I possibly use this to post a negative comment about [subject]?" approach.

/Forget presidental races
//Federal reps have little bearing on your every day life
///"Tell the parents whose boys come home in boxes."
////Soliders fight wars, they can choose not to be soliders.
/////State and local elections are what you need to watch.
\Because they use Jesus far more than federal folks do.
 
2006-06-02 04:56:53 PM
Not to pick on you again, tgot, but (from what I understand, but I may be very wrong) editors get a lot of say into how the article goes into the paper. My girlfriend used to work for a paper (albeit a college one), and her article was changed badly. From that day on she didn't make fun of another article in her paper, because she realized it might not be the writer's fault.
 
2006-06-02 04:57:25 PM
CommiePuddin

No, because some Farkers are so disillusioned and disenfranchised that any act of good will must be seen for the "what's in it for me" angle, or the "how can I possibly use this to post a negative comment about [subject]?" approach.

Fixed it for ya
 
2006-06-02 04:58:35 PM
TGOT

Mr. High-and-Mighty - go fark yourself. If your fellow far-right nutjobs hadn't made such light of this particular medal, there wouldn't be such pictures to post.
 
2006-06-02 04:59:23 PM
mtman900 "Why is one purple medal supposed to be so revered while another, worn by an opposition candidate, supposed to be mocked?"

Because one was 'earned' from suspicious circumstances, required no overnight hospital stay and was part of the orchestrated "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?? I SERVED IN VEEEIIET-NAMMM!" Attitude from the opposition candidate, the people who were exercising their freedom fof expression - who mocked him, the candidate - were mocking HIM, and not all purple heart recipients.


And a trolling rehash of November 2004 is unnecessary in June of 2006 about a story where a reporter receives a Purple Heart from an unanimous soldier ...


Any questions?
 
2006-06-02 05:00:35 PM
TGOT The "corporation" distraction is meaningless.

But the "editor" study isn't. You can deny it and deny it like you always do on this topic, but editors are mostly conservative. They decide what gets on, and how it's framed.
 
2006-06-02 05:01:09 PM
patrick862 "TGOT Mr. High-and-Mighty - go fark yourself."


You lose, good day sir.
 
2006-06-02 05:03:15 PM
the_gospel_of_thomas
Any questions?

Why couldn't you just let those goats cross your bridge?
 
2006-06-02 05:05:37 PM
The editor has all the power, TGOT. Nothing the reporter writes makes it in unless the editor says it's OK.

And if it's going to piss off advertisers, it won't get an OK.

The corporation angle is not a "distraction" at all, much less a "meaningless" one - it's the most basic problem with all of American news. The media companies hold all the cards, and are free to slip in innuendo about "liberal" bias while pumping you full of White House talking points and GOP-produced "news stories" hyping Bush policy "successes."

Again, it's not a left/right issue at heart - it's a money/power issue. The truth is irrelevant in the equation, as it is only addressed summarily when expedient for the bean counters down in accounting.
 
2006-06-02 05:05:59 PM
Nice little reminder that there are a lot of class acts in the military. It's a shame those Haditha/Abu Ghraib types keep disgracing the institution.
 
2006-06-02 05:06:59 PM
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I've got to assume that none of the people in those pictures served in combat, tgot. I don't know how qualified they would be to make fun of him going into a combat zone. I certainly am not qualified to speak about the medals awarded to soldiers. Therefore, I will accept that the same army that awarded Kerry purple hearts awarded this anonymous soldier his. How do you know this anonymous soldier meets your arbitrary requirement for what is deserving of the purple heart?

Furthermore, that explanation is pretty hypocritical. If our troops can't discern criticising this war from criticising them, how are they supposed to know when you're making fun of the opposition candidate as opposed to making fun of the medals they get in combat? That response may seem a little snarky (because it is), but it still makes just about as much sense.
 
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