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In my in box from a friend of a friend

Subject: MEDIA BIAS…again: Iraq news on soldiers and who they will vote for President –

MORE BIAS FROM ABC…it never fails to amaze me. We all see it in the local news…it is rare to see an unbiased report!BB

From a friend in Texas: My niece, Katelyn, stationed at Baluud , Iraq was assigned, with others of her detachment, to be escort/guard/watcher for Martha Raddatz of ABC News as she covered John McCain’s recent trip to Iraq . Katelyn and her Captain stood directly behind Raddatz as she queried GI’s walking past. They kept count of the GI’s and you should remember these numbers. She asked 60 GI’s who they planned to vote for in November. 54 said John McCain, 4 for Obama and 2 for Hillary. Katelyn called home and told her Mom and Dad to watch ABC news the next night because she was standing directly behind Raddatz and maybe they’d see her on TV. Mom and Dad of course, called and emailed all the kinfolk to watch the newscast and maybe see Katelyn.

Well, of course, we all watched and what we saw wasn’t a glimpse of Katelyn, but got a hell’ uva view of skewed news. After a dissertation on McCain’s trip and speech, ABC showed 5 GI’s being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November; 3 for Obama and 2 for Clinton . No mention of the 54 for McCain.

My response:
This “article” is from a Right-wing website who’s sole purpose is to bash the Left.
http://www.americanconservativedaily.com/2008/06/how-the-media-twists-the-news/
Notice how the only source is “a friend in Texas”? Why is this nameless friend any more credible source than the Evening News. I am not saying that the news is credible either, just that in order to be valid a source needs to be identified as more than “a friend in Texas”. I suppose if you are pre-disposed to believe that the Democrats are Evil and Republicans are Good, then a nameless, unverifiable source is good enough for you. I however tend to make my decisions based on fact…and this just doesn’t pass the test.

::sigh::

I wish people would base thier politcal positions on something more than innuendo and tales in the dark from nameless, faceless friends.

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I was 16 when I earned my Eagle rank from Boy Scouts. (For those not in the know, Eagle is the highest rank that can be earned in Scouting). It is an achievement that I am proud of to this day.

A former friend of mine would take every opportunity to tease me about my Eagle. “Boy Scouts, hmmm. That mean you scouted for boys? You must have been good at it; they awarded you the highest rank. Were you like the Chief BOY Scouter?” Real Negative shit like that. (Why I put up with that kind of crap and what his real motivations were, are a subject for another post).

In any case, this particular individual gave me a lot of grief for my accomplishment. He was particularly incredulous when he learned I mentioned my Eagle Rank on job resumes. “NO one”, he disdainfully lectured, “cares that you are a friggin’ Eagle Scout.”

But people do care.

The Eagle credential on my resume has opened doors that may not have otherwise been open to me. At every job interview I have had, my Eagle has been discussed in a positive light. Every. Single. Interview.

And it is not just potential employers that give a respectful nod to the Eagle; the world at large does as well. Think about it. How many times have you read an article about Gerald Ford’s life where his Eagle was not mentioned? Sure it wasn’t his only, or even greatest accomplishment, but it was one. The mention of it informs one his character, his accomplishments, his life-path.

This is an excerpt from a recent Time/MSNBC article:

“Gates, an Eagle Scout, is quiet, not at all demonstrative and not particularly close to George W. Bush. (He is friendlier with Bush’s father, who made him CIA director for the last two years of his administration.)”

Eagle Scout. A credential used (I believe) to imply honor and burnish the reputation of the new Secretary of Defense. Written for and published by Time Magazine.

“No one cares that you are a friggin’ Eagle Scout”.

Right

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Damn Hippo

From MSNBC:

“March 21: Debra Lafave, the teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student, says there is no double standard in the way woman sex offenders are treated.”

No double standard. Really?? Does any one honestly believe that if a male teacher was having sex with a 14-year-old female student the maximum punishment would be three years house arrest and registration as a sex offender? If you believe this line, let me know…I have a dancing hippopotamus in the backyard I am willing to part with.

Debra also claims that her bipolar disorder made her commit the sexual abuse. Hmm…Isn’t there medicine for that? Why wasn’t she taking it? Did the hippo hide the medicine?

Never once did Debra admit she was to blame. Not once. Must be the hippo’s fault.

Damn hippo.

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The President is giving his State of the Union address and I just don’t care.

George lost my confidence several months ago when he directed the intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. Being completely wrong on the presence of WMD in Iraq and his request for Google search queries (to support a case for upholding child pornography laws) also added to my apathy.

Don’t worry, I am not going to the “Dark Side”. I am just disappointed and frustrated. George has made many bad decisions and the country is the worse for it.

If I met the President on the street, I would be respectful. I would also respectfully tell him that he is doing a poor job and ask that he try to do better. The country needs him to do better.

Hmm…. I guess I do care.

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