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Jewish World Review
Oct. 11, 2006
/ 19 Tishrei, 5767
Liberal media allergic to American values
CNN founder Ted Turner opened his mouth this week at the National Press
Club, and promptly demonstrated why America needs Fox News Channel now more
Three years after the invasion of Iraq, Turner is still pouting about public
displays of patriotism on American airwaves: "I mean, I just really wonder
during the, during the last war, you know, what business did it have in the
news sets to have the American flag flying in the background. Uh, I mean, it
was like the news media covered the Iraq war, at least at the beginning of
it, almost as like it was a football game with us versus them."
Funny, I can't recall Turner getting his undergarments in a bunch when CNN
chose Saddam Hussein's side and former CNN executive Eason Jordan admitted
the global news network had withheld reporting on Baathist atrocities in
exchange for inside access and protection of its Baghdad staff. Recall
Jordan's confession published in the New York Times after America toppled
Saddam's regime in April 2003:
"I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me
that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed. One Foreign Ministry
officer told me of a colleague who, finding out his brother had been
executed by the regime, was forced, as a test of loyalty, to write a letter
of congratulations on the act to Saddam Hussein. An aide to Uday once told
me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with pliers and
told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be
paid for upsetting his boss. Again, we could not broadcast anything these
men said to us."
It's fine and dandy for CNN to wave Saddam's flag and carry his
blood-stained water. But when Fox News sticks a two-postage-stamp-sized
American flag on its screen? Only then will Ted Turner declare that
journalism and reportorial objectivity have gone to hell.
But Turner's disdain for putting American citizenship above
"citizen-of-the-world" preening isn't peculiar. It's the prevailing attitude
in our newsrooms. Remember after the September 11 attacks when Stacey
Woelfel, news director at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., directed his staff to
"leave the ribbons at home" in order to show viewers "that in no way are we
influenced by the government in informing the public?" Or how about when
ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told the Washington Post: "Especially
in a time of national crisis, the most patriotic thing journalists can do is
to remain as objective as possible.(W)e cannot signal how we feel about a
cause, even a justified and just cause, through some sort of outward
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Elite news editors shrug at their reporters' highly politicized
activities -- from AIDS fund-raisers to pro-abortion rallies, environmental
propaganda, and unhinged Bush-bashing (new case in point: New York Times
reporter Linda Greenhouse's recent moonbatty screed at Harvard University
assailing everything from Gitmo to the Mexican-U.S. border fence). But wear
a flag pin? Heresy!
When the New York Times blabs classified information about terrorism
investigations and is reported to have tipped off FBI investigations of
terror charity front groups, ethics mavens yawn. But when Fox News anchor
Chris Wallace dares to broach President Clinton's war on terror failures,
the mainstream media caterwauling crescendoes. When Wallace is derided as a
"monkey" for doing his job and Fox News head Roger Ailes' weight is mocked,
the civility police in our journalism schools shut their eyes and ears.
When insipid New York Times columnists recycle mediocre columns into their
umpteenth books, they score multiple book reviews and fawning magazine
covers. When the number one cable talk host tops the best-seller list
(again), crickets chirp. Bill O'Reilly's latest book, "Culture Warrior," is
as much O'Reilly's story of success as it is Fox News Channel's. O'Reilly's
fight against America-snubbing "secular progressives" is also Roger Ailes'.
When the New York Times disparaged O'Reilly's war on the war on Christmas as
a manufactured hoax, it was disparaging Fox News Channel's decision to
listen to its audience -- and respond.
The liberal media's 10-year allergic reaction to Fox News is triggered by
any remotely positive exposure to American values on American airwaves.
Well, here's to the next ten years of giving establishment journalism the
hives. Keep Old Glory flying high . It's driving Ted Turner mad.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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