Free for All: 01/25/13

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  1. icemannyr Says:

    Maybe I’m making to much if it, I just have a problem with Jon Scott who said on air last month he’s an NRA member doing any interviews or debate segments on gun control because I wonder can you really be unbiased in coverage about a group you belong to?
    Your thoughts?

  2. My thoughts are..if you’re not a member, that could also be a bias. My problem with Scott isn’t that he’s a member, but that he announced it, which obviously was intended to send a message about his POV on the subject. Which is an ongoing problem with him as a straight-news anchor.

  3. Good. Recess appointments are bad enough. We don’t need a precedent set that you can also do it when Congress is in session, even if you don’t like them.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/25/federal-court-obama-broke-law-recess-appointments/

  4. lonestar77 Says:

    You should be happy he announced it. All journalists should announce their biases.

  5. Laura, I concur!

    The question I have is, are all the decisions they made with those illegal appointees going to be vacated?

  6. Reporters are fully capable of subjugating their personal beliefs in favor of fair reporting. Once they have announced those beliefs, it is clear they intend to impose that bias on their reporting, such as Scott and Thomas Roberts do. I have no problem with someone reporting with an announced bias per se; my issue is with those who do it, then pretend they don’t. Which includes a large percentage of the straight-news crew on the “fair & balanced” FNC.

  7. lonestar77 Says:

    Well, I get tired of hearing liberal media people continually argue that they are “journalists” and “don’t play favorites”. Bull sh!t. Stop lying.

  8. Well, CNBC has been letting Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn go at it for about 30 minutes or so now.

  9. Well, I get tired of you turning every topic into “but lefties blah me no blah likey blah blah thay did it blah first.” BLAH!

  10. If you want bashing just wait till Al Jazeera America announces their first hire of an American news anchor and reporter for their new channel.

  11. lonestar77 Says:

    Well, I get tired of you using the word “blah”! Anyway, I just wish more journalists were open about their biases. They look and sound stupid by pretending that they aren’t biased.

  12. lonestar77 Says:

    I was wondering how long it would take and what the tactic would be before the media started blaming Republicans for the smackdown issued to the Obama Admin regarding recess appointments. I think we’ve found it:
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/01/18/msnbcs-bashir-duped-faux-satanists-rick-scott-publicity-stunt

    And, I expect more to come and not just from the crazies at MSNBC.

  13. FNC is using Al Gore promoting his new book as another opportunity to slander Al Jazeera America before it’s even broadcasting.
    They want people to believe that Al Jazeera Arabic is same as Al Jazeera America and they keep recycling the same talking points about how Al Jazeera funds muslim terrorists and takes money from oil corporations any time they talk about Al Gore or Al Jazeera America as they just did with Dennis Kneale reporting on FNC.

    FNC gets no money from big oil?

  14. lonestar77 Says:

    Does fnc argue that big oil is the devil and that you should power your vehicles with unicorn tears?

  15. “you should power your vehicles with unicorn tears.”
    That sounds like something Greg Gutfeld would say. :P

  16. lonestar77 Says:

    Maybe I stole it from him. I’m not quite as obsessed with unicorns as he is though!

  17. Chris Lindhartsen (@clindhartsen) Says:
    January 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
    “Well, CNBC has been letting Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn go at it for about 30 minutes or so now.”

    Here’s the entire segment, http://www.cnbc.com/id/100408608

  18. Unicorn farts seem like a more viable option.

  19. Which is better, the singing or the ears with independent suspension?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENtHexNOfWc&feature=player_embedded

  20. No, the best part was my cat looking at the speakers like “WTH is that sound?”

  21. lonestar77 Says:

    I agree with the cat.

  22. icemannyr Says:

    Must be a very slow news day because the first topic on The Five is the media bias for Obama and the complaint that Bush did not get the same favorable treatment.

    How many times is FNC going to complain about this?
    Why can’t FNC be more of what they were when they started,
    a true alternative to MSNBC and not just a channel that complains about the liberal media bias?

  23. “Liberal media bias” is the conservative Complain Brand now. They’re caught in a vicious circle of shouting back and forth to each other as they becoming increasingly angry, while the outside world looks on in bewilderment. It’s a bizarre spectacle.

  24. It’s a valid topic, but there are many ‘valid topics’ that I don’t want to hear about every single hour/day. Jon Scott likes to go there on a regular basis, and I don’t think that’s the job of a “news” anchor.

  25. lonestar77 Says:

    FNC is a true alternative to CNN. MSNBC lives in its own crazy little world.

  26. lonestar77 Says:

    I own an AR-7 and I don’t think it’s on Feinstein’s stupid list but I’m not positive. The list say “all AR types” then goes on to list the AR types but the AR-7 isn’t mentioned. I’m thinking it’s not on the banned list because it’s not very scary looking. And, that’s really all the list is about.

  27. That’s the reason why I even watch FNC. What CNN does is only slightly better than what most of the Canadian media and the BBC when covering US politics. FNC is the only TV news op (aside from the clownish Sun News Network) that provides something that’s different from the same liberal POV I’m surrounded with. Only the GOP does wrong, the Democrats are saints and most Canadians and non-Americans believe that too.

  28. Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. Holy crap, the same conversation is still going on. No Andy Panda? Maybe mom threw him out of the basement… or I just lucked out. Kind of like a soap opera or church: just check in on Easter and Christmas and you can follow the story.

  29. lonestar77 Says:

    Larry!
    The front page of Drudge is pretty awesome right now.

  30. Manny, I thought that was a pretty good story on The Five. Michael Hastings, of Rolling Stone, actually admitted that reporters become like school girls when they are in the presence of Obama. He admitted that even he never got around to asking Obama any tough questions because of Obama’s “charisma.” That’s an incredible admission and Martin Bashir (who was interviewing Hastings) just sat there laughing as if it were no big deal.

  31. imnotblue Says:

    So… regarding reporter bias… it’s wrong (according to Joe) for a journalist to disclose current relationships, because that’s biased. However, a journalist who keeps their relationships private, and doesn’t disclose anything… well, that’s probably biased too, since they’re hiding relevant information and potential bias from the audience.

    See… it’s a lose-lose. Of course, this only applies to FNC anchors. Other journalists, need not follow the same standard.

    Joe. I think you ended your hiatus too early. You’re still not making much sense.

  32. Or maybe I’m making…TOO MUCH SENSE. (severe close-up)

  33. ^ Lens shattered, expensive robotic HD camera rolling fast and erratically toward wall.

  34. Makeup person updating resume.

  35. icemannyr Says:

    From WPIX TV in NYC,
    “If you watch network news these days, you would agree that things have changed.
    There are lots of crazy suggestions, yelling and it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. What’s happening?
    Larry Mendte gave his take on the future of journalism.”

    Larry Mendte: The future of journalism Commentary
    http://pix11.com/2013/01/25/mendte-the-future-of-journalism/#axzz2J3H91TvG

    I agree with what he said. FNC went conservative to balance out the media bias and went to far right. MSNBC in turn when to far left in response to FNC and every channel has a bias.

  36. Channel 11! Sorry, flashbacks.
    Of course, the two people that Mendte mentions are O’Reilly and Matthews, neither of which are billed as anything but “opinion”. Other than that, he’s got it.

  37. Ya know, the day that someone wants to start dicking-around with the Electoral College after winning the election, I’ll take them seriously.

  38. Could some of the Liberals readers of this site do me a favor?

    I just saw ABC’s infographic on guns in the US… and would like one of them to lie to me, and tell me it’s not horribly biased, and indicative of the “well, clearly guns are a bad thing” mentality of the media:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/fullpage/guns-america-numbers-18030746

    Thanks. I’m just having a hard time imagining anyone not seeing that as advocacy. But I know you’re out there.

  39. Did MoveOn.org produce that graphic for them?
    My first thought was that it was an anti gun PSA poster from some liberal group.

  40. You have to admit that the idea of a Glock in a shopping bag is kind of amusing.

  41. The framers of the constitution had their own reasons for coming up with the electoral college system and I doubt any of them had the foresight to realise just how genius it would become just a few years hence and still today.

    It makes good sense to me the way Maine and Nebraska divide up their vote but I don’t see how that method would be beneficial for most of the other states. Every state has the right to choose its own method of electoral vote apportionment but I believe a mass change would result in some terrible unintended consequences.

  42. imnotblue Says:

    @ice

    So it’s not just me? That’s a really obviously biased poster. Right?

  43. Yes.

    TJ is back on MSNBC subbing for Alex.

  44. That’s the most blatant thing I’ve seen from a network not called FOX News Channel or MSNBC.

  45. lonestar77 Says:

    “That’s the most blatant thing I’ve seen from a network not called FOX News Channel or MSNBC”

    Well, CNN may as well re-name itself the anti-gun Channel. And no, I’m not just talking about Piers Morgan. And, yes, I realize they’d have to change their Acronym. “This is AGC” – Darth Vader

    It just goes to show how out of touch the MSM is. Outside of FNC, virtually every news person/journalist/reporter/political cartoonist is vehemently opposed to guns – and not just the scary looking ones. It’s an onslaught of activism, ignorance, misinformation.

  46. Larry Mentde…

    the guy that worked in Philadelphia that was accused into hacking into the company email account of his female co-anchor at KYW-TV?

    sure I’ll trust anything that felon says…

    can you admit icemannyr that you are a liberal?

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