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Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.

An Unbiased CNN Host?

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There’s nothing wrong with being biased. In fact, visit almost any blog in the sphere and there will likely be some sort of bias, either in terms of content or ideological slant. The difference -the blogs don’t lie about their bias. Or do they claim to have no bias at all.

Yet the Old Media continues to assert some sort of non-existent journalistic impartiality that hasn’t existed for ages, if ever. Witness these two recent segues by CNN Lou Dobbs.

From the CNN Transcript:

DOBBS: Turning now to the war on the middle class in this country, the 60,000 American auto workers losing their jobs over the next three years don’t appear to be a concern for this White House.

Next, the unbiased Dobbs moves on to a story on China:

DOBBS: We’re taking a closer look tonight at yet another complete U.S. policy failure…

Now go with me here. Asserting as a prequel to a story that the White House doesn’t appear to be concerned over the story coming up is not exactly reporting “just-the-facts-ma’am.” To do such a thing right up front is a blatant attempt to prejudice the viewer.

Then in the same show Dobbs moves on with yet another biased prequel, asserting that the story about to come is yet another policy failure. Two things going on here: one) “yet another” indicates that there’s a long list of such policy failures; two) the story about to come is just one of those policy failures.

Why can’t Dobbs just give the details and let the viewers decide?

The big print media organs across the fruited plains are dropping like rocks in the stock market and laying off many employees. Readers with brains got a bit tired of these hoary institutions giving a version of events that at best, provides one side of the story, at worst, are outright lies. Bloggers started reporting the facts, with a bias sure but right up front, and the grand old dams of the print world began tumbling down.

Now there’s such a podcasts and soon enough, citizen journalists will start delivering their own news programs. CNN has lost in the ratings race to Fox long ago. CNN had once been the premiere news program of the cable news sphere.

Lou Dobbs’ insult to the viewer’s intelligence that only he is astute enough to analyze the news he is about to report is part of the reason CNN began that long decline.

I have not one ounce of respect for the man.

Well It Is a Conundrum

Richard Cohen is the most liberal of columnists for the Washington Post. He is not, insert smile here, considered a person of great humor. But his quote below, culled from Chuck Muth’s News and Views, is a real hoot.

Before, let me say that I too am surprised that John Wayne is considered one of America’s most beloved movie stars. Not that Wayne wasn’t a fine actor in his day. Still, it is perplexing. We’ve got the wonderful Sean Penn and goodness George Clooney, both handsome actors and political activists of sorts. Then there’s Bono out and about and telling us to forgive third world debt that the African Poobahs can have their fine cloths and gold jewels. Hey, how about Jennifer Anniston, always showing those breasts, always caught unawares? Which leads to Brad Pitt, of course, and the mother of his child-to-be, Angelina Jolie.

My oh my, all of this current talent and Americans consider John Wayne their most beloved of actors?

Some might suggest the John Wayne choice to be a reaction to the Brokeback Mountain success.

But I won’t go there.

LEMME TELL YA, PILGRIM

“The latest poll is not good for the Democrats. . . . I’m talking about the recently released Harris Poll showing John Wayne one of the most popular movie stars of 2005 among Americans. The one thing he and the Democratic Party have in common is that they are both dead.”

– Columnist Richard Cohen

Barack Obama, the Dems’ New Super Star

I saw the show referred to in this American Thinker analysis. Yes, I too thought Obama’s words were the stuff of common sense.

“We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that if we’re going to oppose a nominee that we’ve got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake. There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers.”

He added

“There’s one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that’s to win elections.”

…with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week

The American Thinker goes on with this:

he voted to sustain this pointless filibuster against Judge Alito’s confirmation? I guess he should have said “There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers, and I’m no exception, but don’t let that fact stop you from thinking that I am dispensing lofty pearls of wisdom, sharing insights only a preternatural being like me can see.”

It’s true. The new Democratic Super Star pontificated from his throne on Stephanopoulos TV. Then he went and did the exact opposite of his wise words!

Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth must be a requirement for Democratic super stardom.

Another, More Sincere Take on the Matter
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From the mighty Captain at Captain’s Quarters:

Bush won two elections and the Republicans won ever-growing majorities in the Senate based in large part on their views of the judiciary. People want judges like Alito confirmed, and that’s the point of saying that elections have consequences.

One More Good Snort

From News and Views:

FOOLS ON THE HILL

“And of course the filibuster (against Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito) cannot succeed. Seven Democratic senators are on record as renouncing the filibuster except in ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ and it’s hard to think of a circumstance more ordinary than Kennedy and Kerry behaving like fools.”

– James Taranto of Best of the Web, 1/27/06

No Snorts, Just Smiles

“I bought some batteries, but they weren’t included.” – Steven Wright

“I read part of it all the way through.” – Samuel Goldwyn

“Common sense is genius dressed up in work clothes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leaving With a Sweet Truth

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…Because I are one.

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window. ~Ogden Nash


Pat Fish is a published author and her books have drawn attention from her fellow reviewers on Blogcritics. Reviews of Memoirs of Josephine Fish and Mystery and Mirth have been conveniently provided for your reading pleasure.

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  • Bliffle

    I think the FCC has less control (if any) over cable content, thus the political shows get pretty biased. You must have noticed Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, etc. Lou Dobbs is tame by comparison.