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Consolation Prize

Posted by V the K at 3:44 pm - April 19, 2017.
Filed under: Big Journalism

Reports indicate Bill O’Reilly is out at FoxNews. This will bring some bitter, hateful joy to the left; sort of a consolation prize for not winning Georgia 06 after being assured that it would flip to the Democrat and herald the end of the Trump Presidency. They’ll have to settle for this, and they’ll tell themselves that this makes “Right Wing Nut Jobs” miserable and that will make them as happy as 12 year old girls who just found out that one girl they don’t like buys her shoes at WalMart

  1. This actually won’t cause any tears on the right. Read the comments at the link. Nobody cares and a lot of people will be happy to see him go. We aren’t emotionally invested in him the way the left is in Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher.
  2. Bill O’Reilly will get a multi-million dollar buyout of his contract. He’s got enough money to live out the rest of his life on that same resort in Tahiti Obama retreated to.
  3. Leftist hero Keith Olbermann is still reduced to ranting on YouTube from his basement.

DMC Admits: Russians Are Better at Propaganda

Posted by V the K at 1:41 pm - January 7, 2017.
Filed under: Big Journalism

The Democrat-Media Complex Narrative is that the US Intelligence Agencies (who are completely non-partisan and never make mistakes) have determined that evil foreigners (Russia) “hacked the election” to install Trump as their puppet president. And the Low-Information-Voters seem to be lapping up this narrative, just like they lapped up “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

Digging into the actual “Intelligence Report” doesn’t support the DMC Narrative so much, according to people who have dug into the actual “Intelligence Report.” While it is generally accepted that attempts to hack into communication networks is a form of espionage any Government with an intelligence agency does, the report provides very little hard evidence that Russia provided the Wikileaks emails at the center of the controversy and even less evidence that Russia’s intent was to help Trump win. Rather, according to the report (that the media is relying on to advance their narrative), if Russia did provide Wikileaks with the emails, the purpose was more likely to undermine the expected presidency of Hillary Clinton (by releasing emails that accurately portrayed the Democrat party as corrupt, incompetent, and contemptuous of its voters) whom the Russians expected to win.

The report says Putin ordered the 2016 campaign “to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.” The report goes on to say that at some point Putin “developed a clear preference” for Trump. But it also says that, “Moscow’s approach evolved over the course of the campaign based on Russia’s understanding of the electoral prospects of the two main candidates. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign then focused on undermining her expected presidency.”

That actually makes a lot more sense than the Conspiracy Theory that the Russians were out to help Donald Trump. But you have to think about it to get there, and thinking is harder than lapping up a narrative.

Am I supposed to get mad that Russia was seeking to “undermine an American president?” Not after spending eight years watching the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and CNN International (and most of the American news media, BTW) seek to undermine President George W. Bush.

Speaking of the role in media, the “Intelligence Reports” spends more time discussing the state-owned “Russia Today” network than it does discussing the hacking of DNC emails.

The IC report says, “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine — comprised of its domestic media apparatus, outlets targeting global audiences such as RT and Sputnik, and a network of quasi-government trolls — contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences.” Indeed, the report devotes more space to analyzing RT, the Russian TV network, than it does to hacking.

Is it wrong for foreign-owned media to try to influence American politics? Let me check that out with the New York Times… which is owned by a Mexican billionaire.

Again, it seems hard to believe that one rather obscure network could have more influence on an American election than the combined forces of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC/MSDNC, PBS, NPR, and basically FoxNews (except Sean Hannity) who were wall-to-wall for months telling us that Hillary was going to win and Trump was the worst thing that could happen to America (and in some cases covertly collaborated with the Clinton campaign). Are the news media in America so weak and disrespected that a network from Russia has more influence? If so, the media have problems beyond an email hack.

 

Normalizing Pants-Crapping Insanity

Posted by V the K at 8:53 am - January 6, 2017.
Filed under: Big Journalism

Rachel Maddow was interviewed on the Bravo network where she … as the official representative of all smart progressives… opined on Donald Trump.

“If you booked Donald Trump on your show, what would your first question be?” Cohen asked Maddow, reading a viewer question.

After a pause, Maddow deadpanned: “Are you going to send me or anybody that I know to a camp?”

So, apparently this kind of “thinking” is mainstream on the left.

In an earlier interview Maddow (although it could have been Chris Hayes or Kyle McLachlan or k.d. lang, you can never be sure) said that she was “reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor.” And I’m all like, “Dude, you’re how old and how educated and you’re just now reading about how Hitler came to power?”

Greta Susteren? MeAgain Kelly? Meet your new queen bee. She’s nuts.

You know, Hillary Clinton literally talked about sending people to camps, but you don’t really hear the left acknowledging this so much.

Russian Hacking Looks More and More Like #FakeNews

Posted by V the K at 12:41 pm - January 5, 2017.
Filed under: Big Journalism

The FBI Never Examined the DNC’s Hacked Computers; The Diagnosis of “Hacked by Russia” Was Made By a Private Firm the DNC Hired.

The DNC isn’t acting like it thinks it was hacked by Russians. It’s acting only as if it’s in its political interest to claim it was hacked by Russians.

Then, there’s the whole #FakeNews “The Russians Hacked Our Electrical Grid” story that the Washington Post was pushing. Turns out to have been pretty much completely made up and hyped.

One Question Makes Smug Leftist Journos Meltdown

Posted by V the K at 4:00 pm - January 4, 2017.
Filed under: Big Journalism

The Press (the Priests and Priestesses of Obama’s Personality Cult) get really, really, REALLY defensive when it’s pointed out they live in a titanium bubble of self-absorption.

Which brings us to the simple question about truck ownership from John Ekdahl that drove Acela corridor progressive political journalists into a frenzy on Tuesday night: “The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?”

There were basically three types of hysterical response to a simple question about truck owners: 1) shut up, 2) you’re stupid and/or sexist and/or racist, and 3) whatever, liar, trucks aren’t popular (far and away my favorite delusional response to a simple question from a group of people who want you to believe they’re extremely concerned about “fake news”). It turns out that people who are paid large sums of money to opine on what Americans outside the Acela province think get very upset if you demonstrate that they don’t actually know any of the people about whom they pretend to be experts.

#FakeNews Updates

Posted by V the K at 9:47 am - December 23, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

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The guy who got kicked off a Delta Airlines flight (spawning MFM news coverage, leftist outrage, and boycotts)… that was fake. (Note: The gay left is, as usual, siding with the Mohammedans.)

The black church in Mississippi that was supposedly torched by racist Trump supporters (spawning MFM news coverage, leftist outrage, and boycotts) … that was fake.

The 20 Republican rogue electors hyped by the MFM who were going to defect from Trump and make the Electoral College all higgledy-piggledy turned out to be two. (Five defected from Hillary.)

Update: I hadn’t heard about this one, it was at AoSHQ“Jewish family forced to flee after Breitbart and Fox falsely reported they got a school’s Christmas pageant cancelled” – Completely fake story. 

It sure is a good thing Facebook is teaming up with Snopes to protect us poor, stupid deplorables from all the fake news that’s out there. Oh, wait

FoxNews Sued by Black Employees for Racial Discrimination

J/K … it’s actually left-slanting fake news network CNN.

“Upon information and belief,” the suit says, “African-American employees have had to endure racial slurs and prejudicial biases from superiors such as, ‘it’s hard to manage black people’ and ‘who would be worth more: black slaves from times past or new slaves.’ ”

Earlier on CNN: “Donald Trump is a flat-out Racist.”

“Well, let me do it again, and let me do it in two languages: Es un racista. He is a flat-out racist and it’s what he’s played on for 16 months. He is a bigot. He is a racist.”

Trump Takes On the Democrat-Media Complex

Posted by V the K at 9:32 am - November 22, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

Reports are that the heads of the major network news organizations went into a meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump yesterday expecting the usual; they would tell the Republican president-elect the terms they demanded for White Coverage and he would acquiesce to them. It did not turn out that way.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’”

“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,”

Trump did the right thing. Yes, the media are a bunch of arrogant, partisan liars. They know Steve Bannon isn’t a Nazi, and they know Jeff Sessions isn’t a racist; but they promote exactly that Narrative because that’s the Narrative the Democrat Party wants to put out.

The press is not interested in merely informing the public of the facts and events of the day. They find that work tedious and beneath them. Members of the press see themselves as a sort of Priesthood, with a mission to guide the putrid masses toward a better, fairer, more enlightened world. Mere facts do not lend themselves to that mission; so the priesthood promotes a mix of fables and myths that make up The Narrative. For example; the public must be made to believe that White Racist Cops Gun Down Innocent Black Honor Students Every Day in order to nudge the world toward racial harmony and enlightenment. The public must be made to believe that Global Warming Climate Change is the most harrowing threat humanity has ever faced and that it is totally worth giving up our freedom and prosperity to prevent it because this moves the world toward Ecotopia. The public must be made to believe that all Republicans are closet Nazis (or the current code-word “White Nationalists”) so that the Democrats can advance the Agenda supported by The Narrative.

The strategy of every Republican, heretofore, has been to attempt to placate and appease the press. “Maybe if they see that we’re really nice guys, they’ll give us a fair shake.” How well did that work out for you George W Bush? How about you, President McCain?

And Donald Trump just said, “To Hell with that.” He recognizes that the Press are his adversaries; and he treats them as such.

Good.

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The Slow Dawning of Belated Awareness

Posted by V the K at 10:42 am - November 10, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Media Bias

The Media totally let Hillary down this election. In 2012, they had no problem at all smearing Mitt Romney — by all accounts, a good and decent man with a successful record in business and Government — as a dog torturer who gave a poor gay kid a bad haircut and a woman cancer. Oh, and did you hear about how he wants to outlaw tampons… well, of course, that was a satirical website, but it certainly sounds like something he would do, doesn’t it?

Smearing Trump should have been an easy lay-up for them, and, boy, they sure did try, didn’t they? They brought out the Latin Beauty queen who (oh, what a horrible man) said Trump thought she needed to lose weight and ignored her involvement in organized crime. When screechy feminist Gloria Allred brought out her parade of women who had been “abused” by Trump thirty years ago, but only suddenly remembered the “abuse” when Hillary was running for president, the media was there. And when attacking Trump didn’t work, the media attacked his supporters. “What a bunch of ignorant, white, racist, stupid hicks.” (Because, surely, no respectable person would support the same candidate as those ignorant white racist stupid hicks.)

And this time, it didn’t work out so well for them.

In a few isolated patches of the Democrat Media Complex, a few are starting to wonder if maybe they are going about this the wrong way.

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I Suppose the Question Is, Does He *Identify* as a Lion?

Posted by V the K at 8:25 pm - October 7, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

And This Is Why Countries Don’t Have Two Queens

Posted by V the K at 8:33 am - October 6, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Divas

Apparently, there’s a lot of cat-fighting going on behind the scenes at the next Presidential debate. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Radditz have both decided the debate really ought to be about them, and are behaving accordingly.

They are feuding over petty things, such as ‘Who does each particular topic?’ Both Anderson and Martha want to shine, to be tough on the candidates, and not to be accused of bias. There’s a lot at stake. So there’s a lot of turf-grabbing going on — attempts to box each other out to get the territory they are most well-suited for … They are supposed to be deep in rehearsals — the anchors and their teams have met a bunch of times, and the atmosphere has been acrimonious at best, at all levels, from the producers right up to the execs.

Meh, we know they’re both part of Team Hillary. What Donald Trump ought to do is bring a couple “I’m With Hillary” buttons to the debate and the first time Andy or Marty interrupts him, or cuts him off, or softballs Hillary (all of which will happen), he should cross the stage and say, “If you’re going to behave like that, you might as well be wearing these.”

The MFM Has the Bestest Editors and Fact-Checkers

Posted by V the K at 1:48 pm - May 15, 2016.
Filed under: Big Journalism

While you were distracted by the Tranny Bathroom Wars, Colorado apparently invaded Wyoming and set it up as a distribution center to export “Marjijuana” all over the country.

According to USA Today anyway. (They have partly fixed the graphic.)

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From Here, it’s only going to get More Stupid

Posted by V the K at 6:35 am - December 15, 2015.
Filed under: Big Journalism

At some point, the management of Salon.com decided to stop being a mere Democrat Propaganda Website and become *The* Website of Angry Stupid Clickbait, providing such gems as:

And lately, the New York Daily News is getting in on the Angry Stupid Clickbait action:

Part of this is corporate strategy; a click is a click even if it is just people coming to see the Freak Show. And, as Red State notes, NYDN is swirling the financial drain anyway.  But I think there’s a political strategy behind it as well.

The Democrat Party learned a lot from the lessons of 2012, the biggest one being that the whole “Mitt Romney wants to outlaw tampons and gave a woman cancer” thing really worked. The Democrat base is the idiocratic left; people who really believe there’s a war on women, that Republicans will outlaw contraception, that Republicans will “put (black people) in chains” as Joe Biden put it, and that the Government can provide Free Stuff forever with no consequences. People like these Democrat Iowa Caucus goers.

Terrorism “is really not that big of an issue to me,” said Michael Fett, a 33-year old musician who will caucus for the first time in February when he backs Sanders. “We have only had a few terrorist attacks here in America where a significant thing happened.”

As the Democrats become ever more dependent on voters who don’t have a friggin’ clue about economics, politics, foreign affairs, or even basic reasoning skills, the media complex that shunts voters to the Democrat Party will ever more take its cues from trashy cable TV.

And now the Democrats are really threatened because Donald Trump is going to cut into their pool of dumb, poorly informed, low-information voters. The Venn diagram of “Stupid People” and “People who will vote for somebody just because he’s a celebrity” looks a lot like the corporate logo of Target stores.

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Paedophilia Seems Like Not Such a Big Deal to the Social Left

The BBC not only covered up the serial child molestations of host Jimmy Savile, BBC Management has actively punished the people who blew the whistle on Jimmy Savile.

And now they’re presenting a gay rights film narrated by the guy who founded Britain’s equivalent of NAMBLA.

The documentary is presented by Ian Dunn, one of the founders of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children.
The 30-minute documentary – Glad To Be Gay? – portrays Dunn as a legitimate gay rights activist.

Similarly, one of the American founders of NAMBLA — Mr. Harry Hay — is considered a hero to the LGBT activist community in the United States.

You would think there would be some gay people outraged by this, people saying, “Hey, don’t show that documentary with that guy in it. We don’t want people to think that’s what we’re about.” But, so far, all the outrage seems to come from people who are more culturally conservative.

I sometimes feel like the left really doesn’t think molesting children is a big deal. Partly because the left is obsessed with sex, they believe that sex is the most important thing in the world, and therefore how can sex *ever* be a bad thing unless a Republican does it? (But they’re also obsessed with “rape culture,” which is kind of a paradox until you realize most of the things the left calls rape don’t actually involve sex, and “rape culture” is just another rhetorical gimmick like “racism.”)

Then again, the left is equally enamored of brutal murderers.  Which would suggest that so long as one subscribes to a socialist progressive ideology, one can be forgiven of both rape and murder.

CBS News Served with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Posted by V the K at 10:24 am - April 6, 2015.
Filed under: Big Journalism

From a dude, ain’t that something? (Hat Tip: Peter H and Newsbusters]

Former CBS employee Kenneth Lombardi, 29, who quit the network last November, is suing CBS claiming sexual harassment. The New York Post reports he claims he “was repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network — including the director for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

It could have been worse, he could have been at CNN and been groped by Candy Crowley.

Anyway, the dude claims to be totes traumatized.

“I have nightmares. I relive these moments every day. The sound of ice in a glass will take me back to that moment,” he said, referring to what he described as a terrifying barroom encounter with Albert “Chip” Colley, who directs the [CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley]

Those chicks on ‘Mad Men’ at least suffered their humiliation with some dignity.

It maybe that the dude is exaggerating, or even making the whole thing up. But considering the way CBS News promoted the phony Duke Lacrosse story and the phony UVA rape case, they have no grounds to complain.

America Tires of Tedious Agitprop

MSDNC — the network solely that exists to cheerlead for Obama and attack anyone who disagrees with his policies as a racist — is experiencing its lowest ratings in a decade. No one… no one… takes MSDNC seriously as a news network, and when one of your leading hosts asks the Attorney General of the United States to quack like a duck, it is easy to see why that is.

But the point of MSDNC is not to get ratings, deliver the news, or even make money. It exists so that Comcast can ingratiate itself with the Democrat Party and receive favorable regulatory treatment.

Meanwhile, Glee, a program that exists solely to glorify gayness and attack middle American values, is also scraping the bottom of the ratings barrel as American viewing audiences grow thoroughly tired of its schtick. Although, to be honest, Glee was never really popular in the mainstream, but only among social progressives who thought it had a Very Important Lesson(TM) for middle America. See also, Girls.

The audience of people who want to be lectured at by smug, head-tilty leftists is much smaller than the progressive left would like it to be; and consists mainly of other smug, head-tilty leftists having their prejudices reaffirmed and who presume the preaching is aimed at others.

The MGM: “Mean Girl Media”

Posted by V the K at 10:32 am - December 3, 2014.
Filed under: Big Journalism

[Disclaimer: I have never seen the movie ‘Mean Girls,’ but I got the gist of it from Wikipedia.]

Over Thanksgiving, a minor Republican staffer criticized the Royal Daughters (Princess Malia and Princess Sasha) for what she felt was a lack of appropriate decorum at the White House Turkey pardoning. (FWIW, I think eye-rolling and smirking is a completely appropriate way to respond to that idiotic annual ritual.) The MFM went completely bonkers at the criticism of the Royal Daughters. NBC’s Today Show made the ‘scandal’ their top news story. The Washington Post assigned a foreign affairs correspondent to dig through the Republican staffer’s old college newspaper columns in hopes of finding more “dirt.” And this was after the staffer apologized and resigned.

In short, a minor Republican staffer’s criticism of the behavior of the daughter’s of the president received more media attention and resources than the US National Debt surpassing $18 Billion or any of Obama’s abuses of executive power. Also, attacking George W Bush or Sarah Palin’s daughters… fair game. Criticism of the Emperor’s Daughters… Don’t you dare!

The journalistic media establishment operates as a middle school clique, with a mission to protect those inside the clique and belittle, bully, and ostracize those outside of it. They won’t cover the debt because that’s like doing math… BO-RING. But destroying one of the unpopular girls… that’s fun and cool.

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The Perspective Gap and Fox News

My long absence from GayPatriot, has been brought on by a few factors, chief among them that I’ve been taking some classes in the evenings and haven’t had much time for blogging, and what little time I have had to spare has been consumed by more going on socially than in the recent past.  But beyond that, there has been my general sense of what I wrote about in this post, and called either Obamalaise or Obamanomie, that feeling of depression and listlessness that comes when I consider the sad state of a country that elected Obama not once, but twice and seems more interested in bread and circuses than in seeking actual, workable solutions to the difficult problems that face our country.

Naturally the online leftist rag Salon can’t understand why anyone would feel upset or bothered by the direction of the country in the era of the glorious Obama, and so one of its contributors, Edwin Lyngar, has written a laughable piece about “elderly white rage” which places the blame on that favorite bogeyman of the contemporary left, Fox News.   I learned of the article when various liberals and leftists I know–including one I’ve taken to calling a MINO (a moderate in name only)–linked to it on social media.  I just glanced past it until one of them approvingly quoted one of the more ridiculous passages from the article.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I am not elderly, nor am I viewer of Fox News.   I mostly avoid the whole TV news genre, preferring to get my information from other sources.  The full title of the article reads: “I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria.”  The author, who describes himself as “overeducated in the humanities” with both an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University (not exactly a bastion of conservative thinkers) and an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno unwittingly demonstrates the way shallow generalizations count as somehow being deep thought by those who advocate a politically correct perspective.

As I don’t care to be guilty of the same intellectual offense, I’d like to highlight and  unpack a few of the article’s more ridiculous claims and observations.  Let’s start with the opening paragraph:

Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation.  They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.

Of course GayPatriot readers can see what he’s doing there, but just for the sake of argument, let’s illustrate that he opens by offering a caricature and a generalization about elderly Fox News viewers, conflates Fox News viewers with the Tea Party, accuses them of being filled with “rage,” and then ends by trying to ridicule them as being “terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.”  Say what?  That last clause is contains so many misrepresentations and non-sequiturs that it is really rather stunning.  Barack Obama is only a moderate Democrat if you are so far to the left already that you can’t see how far his administration has shifted the political status quo towards statist goals.  And just because Obamacare was given the Orwellian title “the Affordable Care Act,” doesn’t mean it has anything to do with making healthcare more affordable.  Far from it, just ask the many people dropped from insurance who find that their health insurance costs have gone up and their deductibles are now much higher than they were previously.  Even those who haven’t had to change insurance are getting less for more costs.

The article continues with an anecdote about the author’s father and an exchange where the writer tells him he shouldn’t watch Fox News:

enjoyed Fox News for many years, as a libertarian and frequent Republican voter. I used to share many, though not all, of my father’s values, but something happened over the past few years. As I drifted left, the white, Republican right veered into incalculable levels of conservative rage, arriving at their inevitable destination with the creation of the Tea Party movement.

When I finally pulled the handle for Obama in 2012, my father could not believe how far I’d fallen. I have avoided talking politics with him as much as possible ever since. Last week, I invited him to my house for dinner with the express purpose of talking about po

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Freedom of the Press Has Dropped Precipitously in the Last Few Years

Posted by V the K at 9:54 am - February 13, 2014.
Filed under: Big Journalism,Post 9-11 America

The USA now ranks 46th in press freedom … below Namibia, Slovenia, Romania and a whole bunch of other countries people educated in public schools can’t find on a map. And it isn’t Rush Limbaugh, FoxNews, or Glenn Beck making this statement; it’s the left-leaning “Reporters Without Borders.”

According to Christophe Deloire, the Reporters Without Borders Secretary General, the World Freedom Index is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure.

Investigative journalist James Risen believes the Index rightly shows the drop in American journalists’ freedoms due to crackdowns on reporters and whistleblowers and the efforts of the Obama administration and the National Security Agency to limit the amount of information America has concerning the “War on Terror” and other subjects.

“I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States modern history,” James Risen said.

On a related note, Mr. Obama’s FCC has launched an investigation into “bias” in the newsroom, and will be interrogating broadcasters about their editorial choices. Just ;like Mr. Obama’s IRS asked Tea Party groups about their membership lists, Facebook posts, and church activities.

Also, Rachel Maddow got so mad when a Republican called her a “cheerleader for Obama” she almost threw her pom-poms right in his face.  I don’t think MSDNC has to worry about the FCC investigating their “editorial choices.”

Walters and Goldberg: It’s Okay to say “retarded”

In GP comments, we’ve seen the occasional mini-kerfuffle over someone’s references to the mentally handicapped: whether they were hurtful, or whether the critics (those claiming hurt) were just playing mind games, etc.

In that light, it’s interesting to note that beloved lefties Bill Maher, Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters all agree that it’s perfectly OK for a comedian to mock Sarah Palin’s Down Syndrome child as “retarded”:

Maher mocked Palin’s special needs son by referring to him as “retarded” during a June 8 Las Vegas show…

Walters, who grew up with a special needs sister, said on June 17 on The View that she did not think Maher was “mean-spirited” when he referred to Palin’s son as “retarded.” Walters speculated that Maher did not know the word could be hurtful…even Walters’s in-studio audience was not buying this defense and was left silent…

Goldberg lamely tried to assist Walters, saying “we, society took the word ‘retarded’ and made it into something derogatory…When I was a kid, it wasn’t derogatory…” Video here.

I regret that I couldn’t find the exact original quote of Maher’s, but Walters and Goldberg clearly wanted to speak out in Maher’s favor: the camera flashed to an old family photo of Walters’ as she spoke, which means that Walters’ remarks were planned.

So, what’s the official standard? Is it still baaaaad to refer to anybody (whether mentally challenged or not) as “retarded” – with an exception for Republicans perhaps, or Sarah Palin’s children? On what grounds?

Lefties, please don’t try to say “Oh who cares, it’s only Bill Maher” – because it isn’t, now: it’s also Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters.