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DUMBSBERRY: Another Liberal Tactic

APRIL 1, 2007:

I am (still) in a running battle with a local paper about putting Dumbsberry on the Editorial Opinion Page where it belongs.

Tell me the April 1st strip was anything funny, anything for the family, anything but another liberal editorial rant disguised as a comic strip. Of course, the papers that run it with the Comics have yellow-bellied liberals in charge without the guts to put Fillmore or Gaggle alongside it. The spineless secular socialists cannot stand the least bit of competition in the marketplace of ideas… and it shows.

Why not let your local paper know you don’t like it either?

by Doug Schexnayder, Ph.D. The Conservative Crawfish

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  • NEWSPAPER MUFFS LEAD HEADLINE

    March 24th, 2007:
    So eaten up with Iraq negatives, Olson of the AP (not checked of course) has the page one BATON ROUGE MORNING ADVOCATE headline as U. N. UPS SANCTIONS ON IRAQ!
    The whole article is on IRAN’s new sanctions…. see what bias and templates plus no-check journalism do?

    by Doug Schexnayder, Ph.D. The Conservative Crawfish

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  • Juvenile Tattletale Journalism Sux

    According to the research, one of Lefty Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves. SO?
    Righty (non-candiate) Ann Coulter says a word (faggot) the PC speech police allow only in hip-hop songs and the demand for a kneeling apology with universal damnation surged. SO? Lefty (TV host) Bill Mahr says dumb cruel disrespectful things almost weekly. SO? Lefty (DNC honcho) Howard Dean rants at will in any terms he desires with wild factless assertations. SO? Liberals (as they wish) campaign inside black churches year after year and the ACLU says nothing. This is a non-story?

    CRAWFISH NOTE: What does this day-after-day news on “1-2 word trivia” say about our culture?  Journalism is a lazy sick shallow profession to print this drivel days on end.  Hey, media, just grow up… How about we follow the media 24-7 and tape them for a year? See if they say 1-2 words the PC police frown about… We have freedom of speech… or did.

    How about we get to the core of the matter here?… Conservatives are dominated by folks who support a smaller federal government, lower taxes and traditional family values while the liberals are dominated by secular socialists who support just the opposite… the rest is just smoke, fuzz, distortion and diversion. Can we cover what matters… a LOT MORE?

    Did I mention being a known “gifted liar” and a known serial adulterer enhances a political resume at times? (but only for the liberals) That is a LOT MORE than 1-2 inappropriate words. You get 100k a speech with that moral resume these days. Go figure. We have to hear this tattletale “bad word Mommy” reporting 30 times a day. Its about having perspective and serving the people. Does the media do that anymore?
    by Doug Schexnayder, Ph.D. :: www.conservablogs.com/theconservativecrawfish

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  • MEDIA BIAS INDICATORS FOR YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER… USED BY A TEXAS GROUP MONITORING THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE…

    Embedded opinion — doses of editorial opinion woven in with facts, cueing the reader on how he should feel about the issue.
    Expert selection – substituting issue advocates for “experts” in news stories without noting their bias.
    Expert “anointing” — creating an “expert” by attributing authority to an academic or community leader who actually has no particular knowledge of a topic.
    Selective skepticism — reporters are appropriately skeptical about some information but ignore the dubious nature of other data. The same reporters who question a government budget projection will not challenge an estimate of the homeless population provided by a service provider.
    Airbrushing
    – making a non-credible source credible by cleaning up a quote or failing to disclose relevant associations.
    Name calling and stereotyping — choosing words that prejudice readers against the participants in a political or policy debate.
    Bias stylebook — telegraphing bias with word selection. Supporters of legal abortion are “abortion rights” advocates but supporters of school vouchers are not “voucher rights” advocates.
    Copycat Bias — adopting loaded terms used by other news sources without examining them for bias.
    Quote tilting — using a strong quote to demonstrate one side of an argument and countering it with a weak quote from the other side. This creates the illusion of a balanced report, but does not give the reader equal information about the debate.
    Orchestrated bias – when a newspaper targets an individual, ideas or policy and uses both news pages and editorial views to campaign for their view. An outline of this practice works was demonstrated in the Houston Chronicle memo on light-rail that was inadvertently leaked to the Internet on November 20. The memo is preserved on the Houston Review website.
    Unchallenged assumption — Writing a news story from a point of view or an assumption that is not challenged in the story or analyzed for accuracy.
    Projection — Reporters sometimes use a non-specific source to give credence to an idea that may only be circulating in the press corps. Terms like “many believe” or “some fear” are most often a reflection of who the reporter is speaking with – not of public sentiment.
    Overuse of unnamed sources — Reporters sometimes gives legs to stories that have little merit by repeating an unnamed source in many news stories without making an effort to find an on-the-record source to corroborate the information.
    Guilt by association and conspiracy theories — Reporters sometimes attach guilt to individuals or organizations because of their connections to other individuals or organizations. Conservatives frequently are victim to this technique in which a link to an abortion opponent group or school voucher advocates is flatly reported as an indictment. Frequently, reporters fail to explain the connection to readers, writing only that the individual received a campaign contribution from a school voucher advocate – so he or she is suspect.
    Demonizing and “sinisterizing” — Reporters sometimes create the impression of illegality or at least impropriety through tone, word choice and sentence construction. For example, “trial attorneys openly funnel money into Democratic campaigns in order to assure the election of lawmakers who will support their agenda. Use of words like “openly” and “funnel” create the impression that it is somehow wrong for attorneys to contribute to the candidates of their choice.
    Unbalanced labeling — reporters have begun to use terms like “Christian” or “social conservative” to label some GOP activists while leaving their ideological opponents unidentified. If the religion or ideology of one individual in a story is relevant – the religion and ideology of all the protagonists in the news story are relevant.
    News judgment and story choice — The most prevalent evidence of press bias can be found in the stories reporters choose to write and the ones they ignore.
    Selective Placement — Where a newspaper decides to place a story can reflect a bias. As a reader points out, whether a newspaper places a story on Page One or in the lawn mower ads can be reflective of the importance editors want readers to assign to the story, and it may reflect their beliefs rather than newsworthiness.
    Insufficient attribution — While not a form of bias per se, it most certainly is a poor journalistic practice (verging on plagiarism) for columnists simply to rewrite the columns from another newspaper, using entire quotes and, in some cases, whole phrases, without even identifying the author of the original article.      by Doug Schexnayder, Ph.D. :: www.conservablogs.com/theconservativecrawfish

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