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People Believe What They’re Told

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the June 3rd, 2015

The average American is uninformed about the details when it comes to economic issues like economic growth/health, unemployment, wage growth and deficit spending. Take some results from a recent CNN/ORC poll as an example.

Compared with a year ago, more now say the nation’s economy is recovering or already recovered. Half (50%) say so in the new poll, up from 43% last year at this time. Still, nearly one-quarter (23%) feel the economy is still in a downturn and getting worse.

Meanwhile, GDP for Q1 was revised down from a paltry .2% growth to -.7%, a shift of nearly an entire point backwards.

The 0.7 percent annual rate of decline in economic output in the first quarter of 2015 was a reversal of the initial 0.2 percent advance for the period reported last month by the Commerce Department.

Wages are stagnant, real unemployment remains high (despite flawed methods making it appear near 5.4%), deficit spending continues unabated and GDP has trended downwards into negative territory.

Yet by a factor of 2 to 1, Americans think the economy is recovering or already recovered. As a left leaning media continues to carry water for the administration and saturate the airwaves, internet and newspapers with stories that don’t bring focus to these issues, paint a rosy picture, or scapegoats the bad news, the average American remains uninformed.

Hillary Clinton and America’s Ethical Compass

Posted in Election 2016,Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the April 29th, 2015

I am genuinely interested to see how long and how far the campaign of Hillary Clinton for President continues. The obvious lack of transparency and as Mitt Romney put it, “every appearance” of unethical conduct and cover up and graft, would normally disqualify someone almost instantly. Yet here we are, with still more scandals and disturbing facts coming to light, but no overwhelming swell that is clearly sweeping her from the national stage. Talking heads wonder if it will harm Hillary’s campaign and others discuss her strategy and path to be the nominee for the Democratic party, and eventually President. Fortunately, some have come to their senses and are beginning to have serious reservations, despite idealogical alignment with her. Were she a Republican, her demise would already be assured, but the media does not adhere to an unbiased standard among the two parties.

If the Democratic party proceeds to ignore the numerous issues surrounding Hillary Clinton, it will show just how ethically bankrupt democrats are. That fact that she is still held up as a serious candidate already betrays their lack of principles.

I hope that she is eliminated as soon as possible from serious discussion for the Presidency, not for the sake of ending Mrs. Clinton’s political career, but for the sanity and soul of America. We need good men and women to fill our high offices.

Chasing the Cause Célèbre

Posted in Media Bias,War on Terror,World by Ryan on the May 7th, 2014
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Some stories get a lot of coverage, others don’t. The reasons why should give us all pause to consider how we understand the world and how we react to things in it.

There have been stories about Boko Haram killing hundreds in Nigeria for months now. However, I don’t recall them being front page news like the current stories about the abduction of large numbers of girls. The gender specific nature of the victims seems to have elevated the evil of Boko Haram to new levels, even attracting the attention of US Senators and prompting a letter signed by all 20 female United States Senators.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine is even calling for US Special Forces to be used to help recover the girls.

The debate of using US troops aside, it is striking how hundreds of people being massacred, and students being mercilessly killed doesn’t elicit a great deal of attention until something more emotionally tangible happens that aligns well with more contemporary themes.

I’m wondering why these 20 senators did not sign a letter when 29 students were killed by the same group as mentioned in one of the articles linked above.

Suspected Islamic militants killed 29 students in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a northeast Nigerian school, survivors said, setting ablaze a locked dormitory and shooting and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows. Some were burned alive.

Boko Haram is bad, and we should react uniformly to its actions, just as we should react uniformly to any perpetration of evil, bigotry or violence. Leaders, journalists and concerned citizens need to stop chasing the day’s cause célèbre and actually be informed to react in a principled manner to events in our world.

The Lying Left

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the May 6th, 2014

The last couple of months, I’ve given this some thought as I’ve distilled some recent observations into a straightforward conclusion. I suppose I’ve always known this, but it is worth stating succinctly.

The left lies.

They lie about many things to achieve various policy objectives and to sway public opinion. The right however is much less inclined to fabricate, deceive and lie. This puts the right in the difficult position of having to laboriously explain and clarify to mitigate untruths.

Exhibit A: Women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes
This is a great emotional rallying cry for many to latch onto as proof of gender inequality and create a partisan wedge. To engage on the point, the right has to expend a mountain of words to explain that the methodology and logic to arrive at this figure is flawed.

Exhibit B: 8 million people signed up for Obamacare
President Obama recently declared victory with with the Affordable Care Act and declared it a success with no need for further debate. To dispute this simple claim takes a paragraph to explain all the missing data and demographic information that would actually validate or invalidate this claim as successful.

Disputing these assertions of 77 cents or 8 million don’t just take more time to explain, but the energy required to combat and overcome an “original” premise that is so widely asserted takes much more effort than simply making the original assertion. In fact, without the media’s help, I’m not sure how it can be done. Were the right to lie as regularly, the media would dissemble the lies quickly and question those disseminating them. When the left does it, they rarely question them but instead often just parrot the lies without any investigative inquiry or curiosity about their origins in fact.

I’ve been musing about the inherent disadvantage the right is under because of how it has more loyalty to truth than the left does. The left misrepresents facts to achieve political goodwill for their policies, and because there is often some grain of truth inside of the larger mistruth, they take advantage of human emotion and they’re able to maintain their original assertion for much longer than they should. Sometimes indefinitely.

The right needs to find ways to counter this tactic of the left with honest but effective slogans, statements or assertions that are just as potent and emotionally attractive. Truth will always, eventually, overcome fiction.

Strike That, Reverse It

Posted in Election 2016,Media Bias by Ryan on the April 11th, 2014

A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.

She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.

The CNN article is here.

The shoe missed her, and then she ducked. After the fact. Too late to matter.

George W. Bush had a shoe thrown at him. He actually ducked, and it missed him.

Not sure if it is one of those little mix ups where CNN’s Political Unit is simply lazy and doesn’t care to be exact, or if they’re trying to massage something out of nothing. That Hillary is somehow agile and deft when she is not.

Zakaria and the Bliss of Ignorance?

Posted in Government,Media Bias,President Obama,U.S. by Ryan on the October 5th, 2013

Zakaria’s thought lapses strike again.

That is what is at stake in Washington this week. The debate going on there is not trivial, not transitory – and not about Obamacare. Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act, it is a law that was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, then signed by the president, and then validated by the Supreme Court as constitutional. This does not mean it cannot be repealed. Of course it can be repealed, as can most laws. But to do so, it would need another piece of legislation – one that says quite simply “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed in its entirely” – that passes the House and Senate and is then signed into law by the president.

He either dishonestly or ignorantly fails to acknowledge the alterations President Obama undertook to delay various portions of the law, circumventing the legislative process. No mention. And yet, when a legislative action is used to somewhat more constitutionally adjust the law, it is extortion and democracy itself weeps.

 

Islamic Terror

Posted in Media Bias,War on Terror,World by Ryan on the September 23rd, 2013

I’ve been struck the past couple of days just how many large scale events have recently taken place around the world involving Muslim extremists. Particularly noteworthy has been the underwhelming reporting. Were these Christian extremists or some other “unsavory variety” of terror to a progressive mindset, I think the media would be fixated on the wave of violence sweeping the world. I suppose this is the new normal, to either shrug off murder from extreme Islamic adherents as a regularity to be tolerated, or to treat it as non-representative of the whole of Islam and bury the headlines down the page. I wonder if the mall in Kenya got a lot of attention because it most closely resembles a western venue?

Mass murder in a mall in Kenya.

Hostages in gun battles in the Phillipines.

Villagers massacred in Nigeria.

Scores killed in a church bombing in Pakistan.

It is sad these things are happening and I hope apologists for Islam more conspicuously recognize the cancer of extremism from within.

Pray for Bo

Posted in Election 2012,Media Bias,President Obama by Ryan on the April 23rd, 2012

All-Encompassingly has a great post with a video I made with them about the Obama’s dog Bo.  Obama wrote in the 1990s about eating dog meat in Indonesia as a cultural norm and adventurous part of his childhood. I await interest in the story to reach the levels that “Seamus atop Romney’s car” achieved.

In the meantime, we’re encouraging all those that love dogs to pray for Bo.

White House Dog Chronicles: Volumes I through IV

Posted in Election 2012,Media Bias,President Obama by Ryan on the April 23rd, 2012

Volume I:

 

Volume II:

 

Volume III:

 

Volume IV:

Media Fail

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the April 16th, 2012

I’m a casual news junkie, and yet I am repeatedly confronted with statements from “media personalities” that don’t seem to be very good at their job.

John Avlon writes about Rep. Allen West’s “communists in congress” comment.  He laments the lack of civility and how this is horrible to associate members of the Democratic Party with Communism, which is responsible for the death of millions of people.

I personally have no idea why West said what he did, but Avlon’s dismay at the lack of condemnation causes him to draw the following comparison.

And just for a moment imagine if a liberal member of Congress made an equal and opposite accusation, saying that all the members of the tea party caucus were Nazis. It would be rightly greeted with wall-to-wall outrage.

 

I assume John Avlon simply collects a check from CNN for word count.

 

 

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