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MSM News: Reporting with Eyes Wide Shut

May 3rd, 2013 - 11:32 am

A leftist activist, blogger, and radio host at the University of Wyoming [corrected] has been accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself — the imaginary rapist was, of course, an evil conservative. Meg Lanker-Simons apparently posted a message on a Facebook page saying:  ”I want to hate f**k Meg Lanker-Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it…  One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican bitch.” (This, of course, is not to be confused with the episode of Bill Maher’s Real Time in which leftist comedian Marc Maron and leftist whatever-the-hell-he-is Dan Savage actually discussed wanting to do such things to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.)

I don’t want to take any cheap shots at Miss Lanker-Simons’ psychology — not in public anyway — but I did note with no little hilarity a Facebook page that was constructed to support her in her brave fight against her make-believe conservative rapist (who’s still on the loose, by the way). The page is apparently headlined: “Meg Lanker-Simons is innocent we believe what she did was justified and deserves not to be held accountable for her accusations we stand behind you sister.”

It’s that “we believe what she did was justified” that gave me the hearty dose of laughter I require to get through my day. What could justify spilling your imagination onto the internet in such a way that others might mistake your bizarre interior world for reality?

Lanker-Simons: You know you want to.

Well, there can only be one answer really: the Narrative. Miss Lanker-Simons is justified because even though her post wasn’t true…  well, isn’t that just what those knuckle-dragging, rape-loving conservatives are like? We remember this logic. It’s not confined to mixed-up college girls. It’s a version of the “fake but accurate” argument that some used to defend Dan Rather’s flogging of forged documents in his attempt to slime President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. It’s the argument Newsweek‘s then assistant managing editor Evan Thomas made after the magazine essentially condemned Duke lacrosse players for a racist rape they did not commit: “The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong.”

In other words, in left-wing media world, if the facts don’t fit what you “know” to be true — i.e. if they don’t confirm your imagination — you have a right to make stuff up that does.

Or keep stuff silent, more to the point. Because most of the narrative-confirming lies told by the networks and the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and other like-minded mokes are lies of omission. The “Fast and Furious” scandal, for instance.  The nation’s chief law enforcement officer perjured himself before Congress and was then protected from investigation by an indefensible presidential invocation of executive privilege — but it was no big deal to the networks. The Benghazi killings barely existed in the New York Times when the news might have had an adverse effect on Barack Obama’s election campaign. And the story is still being downplayed to the point that the president feels he can plausibly tell the public he’s “unaware” of what’s going on.

The mainstream media’s coverage of stories that don’t fit the Narrative is less coverage than coverage-up.

Which brings me finally to the Kermit Gosnell trial.  An abortionist is accused of slaughtering live babies (the jury is deliberating as I write). As with the Newtown massacre, it’s an appalling atrocity that highlights issues on which American opinion is sharply divided. Which is to say, it’s news. There’s simply no way it’s not big, national news. But take a look at the video up top from comedian Steven Crowder. People don’t know about Gosnell because the mainstream media have gone out of their way not to tell them. And no matter what excuse they make, the truth is editors and producers have hidden the story from America’s eyes for fear of its implications.  They’re afraid it might dawn on people that there is essentially no difference between the murders this man is accused of and the “procedures” performed by Planned Parenthood every single hour of every single day.

The whole purpose of journalism — like the purpose of science — is to gather information so that you can adjust what you imagine to be true to what actually is true. This process of adjustment is sometimes called sanity. The mainstream media have apparently lost theirs. They are covering the world with eyes wide shut, and reporting only on the narrative of the left-wing imagination in the hopes that that imagination will somehow come to overshadow the facts of life.

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To heck with figuring out this 'beauty's' false rape charges. She's a long drive away from me trying to wrap my head around a current President with the unmitigated gall to "read" this:

[“Drug-fueled violence in Mexico is not entirely the fault of the Mexican people, Barack Obama said. Instead, the United States shares the blame because much of the violence is centered around the Americans’ demand for illegal drugs and the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States.”]

What kind of a sociopath can provide the free automatic weapons to the cartels mowing down Mexican children, and then stand on stage with a smile on face reading from the teleprompter, admitting the United States at fault for killing Mexicans and believing himself admirable for admitting it? The speech writer must have helped write Blazing Saddles.

Pontius Pilate would have been impressed with Obama washing his hands....
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I'm trying to sort through the logic of letting 15-year-old girls buy the Plan B pill over the counter.

In my state that same 15-year-old would be charged with disseminating child pornography, if she sent a nude pic of herself to her boyfriend.

The guy who had sex with her would be labeled a sex offender for life, meaning he would be restricted in where he could live and work for the rest of his life, not to mention some prison time.

Mixed message, anyone?

I hope the young people can make more sense of this than I can.

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Liberal blogger pretends to get raped by a conservative is defended merits media coverage...innocent babies are slaughtered in and out of the womb, saved in a freezer not defended merits media cover up. Now I get it.
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The Facebook page that was set up to support Ms. Lanker-Simons really seemed over-the-top to me. There is suspicion that she made it herself. I posted the following to it:

"If Ms. Lanker-Simons was secure and confident in her own political beliefs she would not feel the need to fabricate a post that paints the opposition as evil and unbalanced. Her action reveals that she cannot approach political discourse on an even playing field. She needs to have an advantage that does exist in reality.

The fact that this Facebook page has been established to defend her irrational act indicates that her delusional mindset is the prevailing attitude on the left. You should be distancing yourselves from her, not supporting her, unless you also feel it necessary to have a straw man to knock down."
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If you're sitting in a theater, and the guy next to you stands up and starts yelling "Fire" and there is no fire, what's the first thing you do? Call 911? Call a lawyer? Sit down and chill? No, you shut the sumb*tch up, immediately, by any means necessary, to prevent injuries. The 1st Amendment applies to the truth and to opinion; not to lies.
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A forgotten and great point you resurface! Though not enforced agressively across the board, truth in lending, and truth in advertising, etc., have long been legislated, regulated and prosecuted. To bad we can't regulate journalism exclusively into two components of news reporting and commentary with the first being licensed and limited to only news and the latter must be presented as personal commentary and carries no professional licensing and has NO liability protections.
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Today's "reporters" are as close to being real "reporters" as our elected officials are to being actual "public servants."
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Lies of omission, holes in the narrative, are acts of left activist commission,
Committed to making us believe that what really is, well that really ain’t.
Reconcile the imagined to the actual, requires so much work and permission,
Fictive realities are made now, drawn dabbing cynical pigments of lies in paint.
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Coincidentally, I watched a show on ID Discovery about Chrystal Magnum, the woman who wrongly accused the la crosse players in N. Carolina of rape and then was exposed as a Liar. From an intact middle-class family, her life took a dark turn at 14 when she began to deal drugs with her boyfriend, 28. Sparing the grisly details I'll just say that she went from one catastrophic relationship to another, all involving excess and violence and, sadly, her two children who were witnesses to all the dysfunction. Through it all, she maintained her victimhood to the woman, supposedly a therapist, who interviewed her during the program. The therapist, of course, concurred and placed the blame for Chrystal's madhouse of a life on sibling rivalry, the police, her search for a "father figure" but mostly all the evil men she has known. This disgusting display of therapeutic rationalization for behavior that is clearly sociopathic and even possibly psychotic is a perfect example of the rot that consumes all areas of media reportage. Chrystal is now awaiting trial for stabbing her last boyfriend to death, but she and the therapist agree that it was really self-defense. If she's incarcerated let's hope that she gets the help she so desperately needs.
1 year ago
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Just a byproduct of all the poltical partisan activists warfare, dividing the nation of otherwise sensible people, into radicalized extremists. All sides and their activists are guilty.
1 year ago
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Yeah Zeke, that's right "all sides". Yeah they're all the same. Yawn.
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I liked your comment about science. I'm teaching science this year for the first time and I really love it. I love it because it's REALITY. It's wonderful to learn about the actual world we live in.

The left spends all its time and energy denying reality. It works too! If you want political power just deny reality and facts. It worked in '08 and '12 for Øbama. All you need is a multi-billion dollar media machine to go along with you and you're all set.
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Scientific reality has always meant peer reviewed settled science. Global warming was settled science, with emphasis on the word "was," but things started getting colder and there was a quick media name change to climate change. Of note here is that science curricula in this country has now long taught global warming, or climate change, or whatever, as settled science, reality, when it fact it never was.

When I hear the words "peer review," the first questions I axe are, reviewed by whom, and using whose money.
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It's interesting... you spend a lot of time telling us about the time you spend "teaching about reality". But then you challenge us with concrete examples of the rejection of reality, for example your assertion that Obama won because of his money advantage when his opponents, in both '08 and '12, had more money available when including superPacs.

Can you harmonize your statement with the contradictory facts that appear so troubling to your thesis?

Please don't be another conservamedia stooge...
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He did not say Obama won because of money advantage. He said he won because of a multi-billion dollar media machine and by denying reality and facts. Read for comprehension.

It does not matter how much money Repubs raise, because the Media's contribution (as well as union-staffers' free campaign work) far exceeds in value the amount actually spent by the campaigns.
1 year ago
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To heck with figuring out this 'beauty's' false rape charges. She's a long drive away from me trying to wrap my head around a current President with the unmitigated gall to "read" this:

[“Drug-fueled violence in Mexico is not entirely the fault of the Mexican people, Barack Obama said. Instead, the United States shares the blame because much of the violence is centered around the Americans’ demand for illegal drugs and the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States.”]

What kind of a sociopath can provide the free automatic weapons to the cartels mowing down Mexican children, and then stand on stage with a smile on face reading from the teleprompter, admitting the United States at fault for killing Mexicans and believing himself admirable for admitting it? The speech writer must have helped write Blazing Saddles.

Pontius Pilate would have been impressed with Obama washing his hands....
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Yes, I demand my drugs be forged in violence or they don't have quite the same kick if they're not first fought over, just as my pizza delivery boy must run a gauntlet of a mine field or pepperoni isn't as salty.

There is no excuse or apology a liberal will not make to explain why the Third World is actually not like the Third world. Because you see, they're equal, so there must be an explanation.
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Not only was Obama involved with supplying weapons to the drug cartels (the supply side of the equation), he was also involved in the demand side of the equation ... he admits he has done illegal drugs.

Obama ... Worst President Ever.
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Sociopathy would be proper. A complete inability to see life from anyone else's point of view. Only they exist; consequences don't matter.
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What type of beast would it take to rape such a beast?
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Maybe I'm just falling for leftist psycho-blather but I remember a feminist-leaning friend telling me long ago that rape was not about sex but power. In other words, rapists seek to demonstrate their power over someone/anyone. They are not really seeking sexual gratification.

I don't know that this is true but it would perhaps explain why rapists sometimes target people that aren't remotely sexy in any conventional sense, like 80 year old women. Or Ms. Lanker-Simons.
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Obama will blame his tele-prompter for all the failures during his regime, and history(his media) will substantiate his claims.
I can see him reading this from his tele-prompter at the dedication of his library right now.
P.T. Barnum would be amazed at the rate the U.S. is producing suckers, and the status they've achieved.
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