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(Yahoo)   The Huffington Post wants you to know that the press is the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong. In related news, submitter's "Check Engine" light came on today. Damn that mainstream media   ( divider line
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2007-05-01 1:44:26 PM  
As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.

/got nuthin
2007-05-01 2:18:25 PM  
So, I can blame Fox News for the fact that my cat was born with an extra toe on one paw that randomly farks with her balance?

2007-05-01 4:02:45 PM  
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2007-05-01 4:03:06 PM  
Boritom - as long as its fair and balanced sure...
2007-05-01 4:04:03 PM  
Great no I can blame heavy traffic after work on the traffic reporters. If they did not report the traffic would it be there?
2007-05-01 4:04:31 PM  
Wow. That article was so bad, poop dripped off the corner of my monitor.
2007-05-01 4:05:17 PM  
It's kind of true. In the absence of hippies, the media will be blamed for the Iraq muck up.
2007-05-01 4:05:57 PM  
The check engine light is actually not a bad example. This whole blame the media thing is just a modern version of blame the messenger.

I don't know anyone who blames the check engine light when their car isn't working. Its just as illogical to blame the press because they're reporting stories that indicate our war isn't working. It would still be just as much as a charlie foxtrot if no one was watching.

What the blame the press people really mean is that its the press's fault people are finding out.
2007-05-01 4:06:47 PM  
I'm confused. What was so bad or wrong about the article? The guy was right, it's become standard procedure to blame the press for anything and everything that goes wrong, which is dumb. Why is that such a terrible thing to point out?
2007-05-01 4:06:51 PM  
Submitter should just put some electrical tape over the light and get on with their lives.
2007-05-01 4:07:02 PM  
HotWingConspiracy 2007-05-01 04:05:17 PM
It's kind of true. In the absence of hippies, the media will be blamed for the Iraq muck up.

Moyers threw not just his hat, but the entire rack it was resting on into the ring last week.
2007-05-01 4:07:38 PM  
My "Your Check Engine Light Is Broken" light came on this morning. Damn you Wolf Blitzer.
2007-05-01 4:11:15 PM  
Subby drives a Volkswagen too?

VW -1
2007-05-01 4:13:53 PM  
I have a lamp-out indicator light that came on this morning. Right front headlight. Pain in the ass.
2007-05-01 4:14:14 PM  
Why do we care what someone who writes for Zsa Zsa Gabor's blog says?
2007-05-01 4:19:39 PM  
Unplug the positive on your battery for 10 minutes after fixing the problem and the computer will reset to match the new hardware.
2007-05-01 4:19:45 PM  
HotWingConspiracy, I hate hippies.

/no really, I do.
2007-05-01 4:19:48 PM  
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2007-05-01 4:19:59 PM  
So, is the author claiming that the press is free from blame? That there is possible thing as yellow journalism?

Why does this author want us to abandon journalistic integrity and focus on journalistic access? What's the point of giving journalists access if they're just going to mis-report the truth?
2007-05-01 4:21:00 PM  
This whole blame the media thing is just a modern version of blame the messenger.

No it's not. If the government lies to the media and the media reprints those lies without bother to check them, then it has to share some of the blame.

The media, instead of complaining about being attacked, should do a better job.
2007-05-01 4:21:23 PM  
Did subby check the oil level? That usually turns off the light. If not I suggest while the engine is running jiggling the large gage wires on the topside of the engine. That helps also.

I know nothing of the Check Engine Light. I usually get the Service Engine Soon Light.
2007-05-01 4:25:44 PM  
I get the "Check Engine" light as well and it's usually because I didn't screw the gas cap back on tight enough after I filled up. Giving the cap an extra turn at the next fill up usually causes that light to go out. Unless of course it's a busted transmission line that spills fluid all over your garage floor like it was at my house this weekend.
2007-05-01 4:26:06 PM  
Mainstream media assisted in the theft of my A/C compressor this past weekend. By telling everyone how high the value of copper was they incited a bunch of retards to go out and cost me $2000 so they could get $25 worth of copper.

I'm filling a sock full of pennies and leaving it on top of the thing for the next idiot and hope he'll take the easy way out.
2007-05-01 4:26:09 PM  
When the media becomes a non-objective political force, with the power to sway public opinion, then yes I think its fair game to blame them for the problems.
2007-05-01 4:27:41 PM  
Headline a bit forced for my taste,
subby, but mmmkay.
2007-05-01 4:28:11 PM  
A quick read of the manual will probably tell you how to turn the light off. For most main-brand Japanese-designed cars:
If you have a digital odometer, hold the odometer button and turn your car on (no need to start it, just turn the key to get the electricals working). Keep the button depressed until the little pattern on the odometer ends, then you can let it go. You'll have reset your "Check Engine/Service Required" light.
2007-05-01 4:28:17 PM  
The only thing the press is to blame for not demanding accountability of the Bush Administration.
2007-05-01 4:28:52 PM  
The press is the fourth branch of government. If the other two have gone subservient to the executive, why are we going to criticize the press for doing the same?

2007-05-01 4:28:55 PM  
One example: more coverage of Micheal Jackson trial, than genocide in Darfur.
The other thing that gets me is the fear mongering in local news,ex: Trampolines, child play toy or vicious backyard killer, news at 11.
2007-05-01 4:29:39 PM  
I try to give the liberal side of the press th benefit of an honest reading but then

TFA: There is no media conspiracy. Sometimes the press drops the ball, often they pay too much attention to what the consumer wants instead of what the consumer needs. There are certainly evil journalists, like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.

I don't know of many who genuinely feel it's a conspiracy, and even the most Right usually don't go past implying the media as a whole has certain agendas, though they don't have Skull and Bones-like meetings.

The last line is embarassingly tragic. Want to be taken seriously? Make a better attempt to hide your contempt when discussing how the media is not Liberal.
2007-05-01 4:29:44 PM  
We should be on the side of the media because the media plays an extremely important roll in our democracy.

Reflex saves?
2007-05-01 4:30:49 PM  

that's not what it says, it's complaining that everyone blames the media when the media is doing a good job.

i disagree with that but still, RTFA.
2007-05-01 4:33:52 PM  
I'm actually finding these check engine light fix hints much more useful than the news.

/thanks!!! :)
2007-05-01 4:33:54 PM  
Fact checking is not profitable.
No one even cares if anything is true anymore. As long as it is balanced news.

Got a quote from an R? Include one from D. Doesn't matter if one is true or not. Need to be balanced.

If you have a quote from a reputable scientist supporting something, include a quote from someone against it. But don't knock the credentials of the tinfoil hatter. That wouldn't be balanced! Even if the scientist has been working in the field for 30 years and the tinhatter has been on the case since last summer when he read a blog.

Including "both sides" to a debate is stupid. First, there aren't always only two sides. And second, giving both people an equal standing when they do not deserve it betrays the value of the reporting.
2007-05-01 4:33:54 PM  
Actually, he's saying that by blaming the press it helps the Bush Administration. Because it takes the spotlight the media is shining on the White House and puts it onto them.

Oh. Wait.
2007-05-01 4:34:47 PM  
IQof20: I'm filling a sock full of pennies

Problem: They don't make pennies out of copper like they used to. From Wikipedia:

"1793-1837 copper
1837-1857 bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)
1857-1864 87.5% copper, 12.5% nickel
1864-1943 bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)
1943 zinc-coated steel
1943-1962 bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc)
1962-1982 95% copper, 5% zinc (about 3.04 grams)
1982-present 97.5% zinc core, 2.5% copper plating"

Damn false ass-pennies.
2007-05-01 4:39:20 PM  
the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven .....

you can run a thicker / thinner fluid depending how you like the mix under load.
2007-05-01 4:45:01 PM  
My keyboard is soaked from the stream of tears pouring out of my monitor from that crybaby article.
2007-05-01 4:45:43 PM  
Have you not seen the other Far-Iraq-flamefest threads?

The media is indeed the scapegoat, esp for the Iraq quagmire.
2007-05-01 4:46:06 PM  
Problem: They don't make pennies out of copper like they used to.

yeah, but do you think your average crack-head knows that?

I would fill that sock with shiat, and write "free penniys" on it. Someone would steal it.
2007-05-01 4:46:54 PM  
I think Huffington is projecting because they are jealous that they are looked at as nothing more than a gossip filled piece of shiat blog.
2007-05-01 4:53:25 PM  
When the MSM gets it wrong or ignores it, it isn't always bias. Some of the time it's incompetence. In the case of global warming, it's both.
2007-05-01 4:53:39 PM  
Wow. That article was so bad, poop dripped off the corner of my monitor.


What a douche of a writer. It was so poorly worded; I thought I was reading a piece from the mind of a 5 year old.

How can he define 3 people he hates as evil? Not too subjective there. Not to mention the fact that all those guys have fought tirelessly for children and their right to exist with out being molested. Yep pure evil!

This guy wins farktard of the month.
2007-05-01 4:54:18 PM  
Ha, Rethorn. I found won two! But usually the roll of the blogs is to echo important findings from the "the media" or the "msm".. This guy's role is to whine like a little girl with a skinned knee.

Other than that, this article is about as charming as a runny turd.
2007-05-01 4:55:39 PM  
Even when it was the immigrants, the Iraqis, and the African killer bees, I knew it was really the media!
2007-05-01 4:56:15 PM  
I feel your pain subby. I was about to drive to work this morning when I noticed my key didn't want to go into the ignition. I thought.. well hey I don't want to work either, but I'm not biatching. Then I looked at it and it was BENT! So I tried to unbend it with my finger and the damn thing just snapped and sliced my finger.

2007-05-01 4:57:05 PM  

the media plays an extremely important roll in our democracy.

I was thinking dinner, myself. A nice hot media roll, fresh from the oven, slathered with butter. Tasty! And of course, there was this:

Damm you Glenn Beck

Could I just weir him, instead? Damming him seems like such work...
2007-05-01 4:58:39 PM  
FTFA: Criticize specific journalists when they deserve it.

Wow, if that isn't an open invitation to let this guy know what you think of him, I don't know what is.
2007-05-01 5:01:41 PM  
Well, if both the left AND the right are blaming the media, maybe the media is working right?
2007-05-01 5:04:14 PM  
They'll get over it.
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