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You Can’t Report in Here! This Is the News Room!

May 13th, 2013 - 5:30 am
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CBS News anchorman and Ted Baxter lookalike Scott Pelley said recently of mainstream news: “Our house is on fire. … We’re getting the big stories wrong over and over again.”

Well, no wonder, if the stories out of Politico are true, and CBS News is actually trying to fire their reporter — and I do mean their one reporter — Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson’s sin, according to the story, is reporting the news, specifically the news regarding the administration’s shameful behavior before, during and after the slaughter of four Americans by Islamic terrorists in Benghazi last year. The Daily Caller goes further and connects this dot to the fact that the president of CBS News has a brother in the White House.

Those of us with a humorous turn of mind can’t help thinking of the famous line from the film Dr. Strangelove: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Only now it’s “You can’t report in here! This is the News Room!”

Well, get used to it, Mr. Pelley. As our mainstream news media is forced to stretch itself further and further to disguise the nature of reality from its audience, I guess we’re going to find out where and whether some inelastic measure of journalistic integrity snaps any of them back into place. An abortionist massacres babies bringing the nature of abortion into question — they can’t report that. Gun violence plummets while gun ownership soars, bringing the motivation of gun control into question — they can’t report that.  And this historic administration is proving itself historically bad for the nation, bringing its laughably under-qualified leader into question — and they certainly can’t report that.  So sooner or later Scott Pelley and his ilk are going to have to choose whether to tell some measure of the truth or just stare into the camera with a crazy-ass look in their eyes while murmuring another famous movie line — this one from Don’t  Say A Word (based on a book by yours truly): “I’ll never tell!”

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As a former New Yorker I'm reminded of how, when in the middle of the night you went to the kitchen for a glass of water and turned on the light, the number of roaches scurrying around was always so shocking. The lights are beginning to shine on this catastrophe called The Obama Administration and the roaches are climbing all over themselves to find a dark place to hide.
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There's been no explanation that I know of, but the channel devotes a lot of time propping up the Global Warming nonsense, too.
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All of these media people are legends in their own mind. However, the legend they are actually creating is a far from the one they envision for themselves. They represent the demise of a once highly respected profession, they will never be considered among the greats in an industry that is slowly dying. They are assisting their own death walk.
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Andrew, every TV news show (well, almost every) should end with Strother Martin's most famous scene, standing on the levy, reciting that immortal line:
"What we have here is a failure to communicate!"
For, the MSM is surely a failure at communicating what is happening by emphasizing what they believe should be happening.
They are all long-term residents of Fantasy Central.
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The mainstream media's house is one fire. We don't need no water, let the . . . .
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In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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You're not journalists, your propagandists for Leftwing narratives, agendas, and power structures.

That it still hasnt dawned on you, and you are still bewildered as to why you and the entire MSM are getting the stories wrong over and over again, doesnt speak well for your intelligence.
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Impeachment is the only reasonable and justifiable option here. Holder must be fired and prosecuted, and Hillary Clinton must be prosecuted as well. The rule of law must be reestablished at all costs.
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The press was given special protections in the Constitution, but at the price of special responsibilities which they have not lived up to for a long time.

See The Two Minute Conservative via Google or: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv When you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.
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time to get bigger shoes and when the light goes on start stomping on the cockroaches.

But I think obozo is going to start to realize that he should have lost the election and he could have left power with some shred of dignity, but as in Greek Tragedy the fatal flaw brings the protagonist down, and we are watching this as the UNPATRIOTIC, IRRESPONSIBLE, chicago style thug FAILURE is seeing the chinks in the armor remove all cover for him and show that the emperor is indeed wearing nothing.

a. unemployment has never come close to projections after 5 years
b, econlmy is stagnant.
c. $7,000,000,000,000 in new debt
d. Benghazi
e. Fast and Furious
f IRS
g. DOJ tapping AP phones

And they are all happening on his watch and his answers are an insult to anyone with an IQ higher than a grapefruit

Example, when the IRS apologizes for attacking Tea Party groups with extra scrutiny and then passing along information to others, to say if they did what they already apologized for, and that he didn't know until the news was released shows a person that is as many said, unqualified to be an assistant to a 7 year old running a lemonade stand
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I hate to burst all the bubbles here but the MSM is solidly entrenched, loved and admired by: public service employees, anyone who makes their living from government contracts, everyone in and around our education system, the poor, those who fear social intolerance of the religious right, those resentful of the wealthy, the already wealthy greens, most minorities, the entertainment industry and all of its wannabees and followers. Should I go on? They are the way they are because they can be and because the Obama administration lest them know that this is the price of the good tables at white house functions.
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They could put out the house fire by simply pulling their collective noses out Obama's butt, and reporting hard news again instead of editorializing and pretending it is news.

I seldom say MSM anymore. To me they are the LSM, the Lamestream News outlets. Most are nothing more than shills and campaigners for the Democrat party.
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