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Tragic Evil and Stupid Journalism

April 17th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Despite various excuses and rationalizations, it seems pretty clear that the mainstream media failed in their obvious responsibility to cover the evil-drenched story of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell because they feared it would reflect badly on the practice of abortion. Having shamelessly used the horrific Newtown massacre to push useless and unconstitutional infringements on our right to bear arms, the lefty press naturally assumed that those they despise would use the same sort of tactics here, shamelessly using baby murders to push legislation against…  well, baby murders.

Likewise, their coverage of the recent Boston massacre has been fraught with the same sort of anxiety. As I write, a suspect has been reported to be arrested — God send it’s the right one — but as we waited for law enforcement to do its work, speculation as to the possible motives of the bomber was powered by the question: Who will get to use this murder to make his case? Would those who see Islam as wicked get to point their fingers at the brain-dead multi-culturalist establishment? Would the media be forced to play down the murderers’ connections to Occupy Wall Street or the Democratic party? Would Chris Matthews get to draw false comparisons between white supremacy groups and the Tea Party? A particularly worthless look-at-me post at Salon was headlined “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.” Oh yes, let’s! It’s all just so suspenseful, isn’t it? Whose evil is it and who will get to turn it into political hay?

That all this eagerness to claim bragging rights over the dead is low and degraded and shameful goes without saying. But it’s stupid too. Whether we close our eyes to the Gosnell case or not, the nature of abortion will remain exactly what it is. Whether the Boston killer is a Muslim or not, a cancer of violence continues to eat into that religion, raising questions for its millions of innocent practitioners. White Supremacy is an ugly and despicable philosophy whether supremacists are the killers this time or not — and conflating the Tea Party with such bigotry will still be slander either way. And socialism is still stealing by force of government, whether or not the bombing is another in the long list of rotten acts by Occupiers.

And finally it’s our mainstream media’s commitment to tell only one side, to protect only one party, to make only one case, to decide for us what should be deduced from the details they provide and what should be hidden with those details they try to ignore — that’s what  makes them traitors to the basic principles of their profession, and they’ll be traitors to those principles whether their prejudices are borne out this particular time or not.

The truth stays true, eyes open or eyes shut.

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Greetings:

Sorry, but I can't go along with "a cancer of violence continues to eat into that religion" assertion. Violence is, has been, and will continue to be the core of that ideology that is allowed to pass for a religion.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't included constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.
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The MSM leans Left. To the MSM the enemy is not Iran ,N.Korea or Islam .
The enemy to the MSM are American Conservatives and Christianity. It is not in their interest to report on Gosnell or a Muslim Terrorist .
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Mr. Klavan - good column - some corrections: You say: "the mainstream media failed". First off, it is hard to title the media, 'mainstream.' The best it can be called is 'mass media.' It is far from mainstream. Any further Left and it would fall the ends of the earth. Then you say that the media, 'failed.' It didn't fail. It was willful blindness. They averted their eyes so as not to have to report anything negative about abortion because it didn't fit the meme.
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Does anyone remember when Journalism was a 'TRADE' and not a 'Profession'?
Hell many of the old timey Greats didn't even have HIGH SCHOOL diplomas let alone college degrees. Even many of the early TV greats came from the same 'School of Hard Knocks'. 16 year old Copy Boy, to covering High School Sports, to over-night Police blotter, to City Hall... NOT Columbia, to CNN, to NYT Op-Eds...
And maybe more important is the simple fact that EDITING has become (or is becoming) a lost art. You can't learn either one at a Journo School. You have to get out and get your hands dirty. Talk to too many people. Drink too much coffee. Get too little sleep. And learn your trade. There is NO easy way. And what passes today for Journalism proves the point.
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>>>all this eagerness to claim bragging rights over the dead is low and degraded and shameful goes without saying

As eager as the legislators were back at the time of Roe v Wade, hoping to avoid having to cast an up-or-down vote on killing the unborn. Legally, you can't call abortion murder, but boy the SCOTUS sure did murder the Constitution with their decision, a piece of legislation from the bench rendered by actual law school grads wearing black robes. It was illegal, of course, but necessary. It would've been absolutely unacceptable to force a public vote on human life.

From *that* immorality came the likes of Gosnell and his immorality. But, it was the arrogat and obtrusive Supremes who wielded the biggest set of scissors, administering a bloody snip to the base of the nation's brain.

Gosnell was just a practitioner, the Supremes were the architects. The bosses over who gets to stay alive, all based on privacy. But isn't it private in the womb?
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Speaking of Gosnell, it's interesting how the abortion rights folks have been characterizing Gosnell as "an outlier." The guy worked at a National Abortion Federation member clinic in Delaware. The National Abortion Federation is the very embodiment of Safe and Legal Land, yet a member clinic clasped Gosnell to its bosom.

The word for that isn't "outlier." It's "employee."
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I love your belief that the truth will ultimately triumph. I pray you're correct.
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they are too uninformed and generally ignorant except for what comes across their desks from ap or reuters or the bbc. all of whom are bigoted, biased and in favor of islam's agenda. layered over that is the UN agenda which is the same. the nytimes non-journalism is the most egregious perpetrator. I am not christian nor politically conservative. our media, with the exception of fox news (which i follow strictly for its excellent journalism and not politics), is completely irresponsible. no longer the fourth estate it is like something out of a banana republic.
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Greetings:

Sorry, but I can't go along with "a cancer of violence continues to eat into that religion" assertion. Violence is, has been, and will continue to be the core of that ideology that is allowed to pass for a religion.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't included constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.
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You are completely correct. There is no 'cancer eating into Islam' the cancer is part and parcel of the ideology and it is not 'just a religioin' it is a complete 'Cradle to Grave Life, lived as a slave to stupidity and barbaric idiocy'.
Our press and law enforcement are busy interviewing more Muslims who knew the two brotheres who performed this terrorist act. Guess what? Everyone agrees that neither one of the brothers gave any signs of being of the terrorist mindset.
Wake up People! What do you expect them to say? Read the Koran read a book on Shariah. The Muslim is told in the Korna and Shariah both to Lie, Cheat, Steal and Murder in the name of Islam, but by any method bring Islam to the total World. Do you really think for one minute that these Muslims are going to give up one of their own against the 'Infidel West'?? Grow up and face the world as it really is, soon we will be no different than Europe with Muslim problems on every front every day..
We must educate ourselves to what we are facing educate yourselves. Thomas Jefferson got the books so he could educate himself in this Terrorist Ideology back in the beginning of our Nation. We need to do the same. Do not let the Liberal Press feed you this Radicalized Muslim garbage, The Koran says exactly what is happpening. The Koran tells the Muslim people they must, not they can, THEY MUST DESTROY ALL SOCIETY ON THE EARTH AND MAKE IT ALL SHARIAH ISLAM... Wake up folks, we are at the portal of Terrorism and we must destroy it or we shall join it, if we live!!!!
THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE! NORMAL ISLAM IS RADICAL IN OUR WAY OF THINKING AND THAT IS THE WAY IT IS.......
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Exactly..." its millions of innocent practitioners"

No such thing. Victims? Maybe. Hostages? Perhaps. Dupes? Most certainly.
But not a single on is an "innocent practicioner" following THE most flawed and despicable man of all of human history.
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One fact to come out of the Twentieth Century is "INNOCENCE is no saving grace". Being an 'Innocent' non-party member didn't save you in Dresden or Hamburg. Or spare you nuclear fire in Hiroshima. On the geopolitical stage everyone is equally responsible for the actions of their government. Simply because they will be held responsible by the justice that rains from the sky's.
So it's either join in whole heartedly or resist whole heartedly. There is is no place anymore for the uninvolved.
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The MSM leans Left. To the MSM the enemy is not Iran ,N.Korea or Islam .
The enemy to the MSM are American Conservatives and Christianity. It is not in their interest to report on Gosnell or a Muslim Terrorist .
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The left in America has as its' enemy American society. All of it -- especially Christianity, as religion is the foundation of every human society. The reason Jewish Leftists can make common cause with Mohammedan jihadists is because they have a common enemy -- Christians (See, ACLU). Remember, for American Jews, Mohammedans are no immediate threat; they are living in a Christian country. For Israelis, it's the reverse.
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An eloquent and intellectually honest piece on contemporary journalistic malpractice. It should be anthologized.
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Fine except for the title. The media isn't stupid. "Evil" would probably be correct in this case.

It's not new. It was called "waving the bloody rag", and was used by Northenres after the Civil War t ostir up anti-Southern sentiment. (This is the shirt of ... who died because of these ....)
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Even post-War-Between-the-States, the North was already becoming less 'American' than the South. By the turn of the 20th Century the Northeast was more like Central Europe than America. This is why FDR could complete the process and make the Democratic party the party of non-Americans. Not that the GOP jumped on this, or even accepted it -- so today they're working on panders to every voting bloc except white Christians.
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Mr. Klavan - good column - some corrections: You say: "the mainstream media failed". First off, it is hard to title the media, 'mainstream.' The best it can be called is 'mass media.' It is far from mainstream. Any further Left and it would fall the ends of the earth. Then you say that the media, 'failed.' It didn't fail. It was willful blindness. They averted their eyes so as not to have to report anything negative about abortion because it didn't fit the meme.
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Jack n silver spring so true, not failed, willful blindness is not a term I would use.

I call it FAUX NEWS, sham reporters and propagandists pushing an agenda that the low information voters have no clue other wise.

Thank you.
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An excellent point, Jack. And one that I have been trying to make for years on these very pages.

It's bad enough that we let leftists seize the information stream and steal the language, but we don't have to continue to build a fortress for them by adopting and furthering their credibility by giving them tacit approval through our passive acquiescence to "language lies".

I submit the following:

Eliminate OUR ever using these terms again. "Mainstream Media". If that's the "main stream", I don't wish to drink from it. It's poisoned, polluted and toxic. It's filled with slander and lies and coverups.

"Liberal" and "Progressive" and "Elite". Are you freaking kidding me? Is snapping the spines of newborns a "liberal", "progressive" or "elite" position? Religious intolerance? Closed-minded and narrow-minded thinking and teaching? An education system that refuses to discuss, much less explore divergent ideas?

"Anti-war" and "peace loving". Really? Not when a leftist is in office they're not. You won't hear a peep from them about drones, Gitmo or Libya. Rooting AGAINST America isn't anti-war...it's treason.

"Pro-choice". Look, you are either for the death penalty for the innocent (and usually NOT for the guilty), or you are against it. The "inconvenient truth" is that MOST abortions are about convenience and expense, not health or crime victims. Snuffing out a life ought to be presented for what it is. The right to treat life the way the media treats the truth.
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I remain fond of the term "Liar Media." It's the only description that captures the essence of the media in a nutshell.
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beaglescout, I am now calling them the Agenda Media. Actually the "Small c Agenda Media" after Bill Ayers titled himself and his ilk "small c communists".

Small c Agenda Media. Or SCAM, if you prefer.

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