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August 11, 2013 - 7:12 pm
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On August 7, the wire service’s Russ Bynum inserted unspoken words into a direct quote from Obama’s appearance on Jay Leno’s NBC show to make it appear as if the president didn’t misspeak when he referred to Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida as ports “along the Gulf”:

“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. — if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs,” Obama said.

After a tidal wave of outrage and ridicule administered by Matt DrudgeRush Limbaugh, and center-right sites like Twitchy.com, which first discovered Russ’s ruse, the AP issued a childish “correction.” Its introduction still would not concede that Obama had committed a gaffe. The revised story itself, which is what will remain in the historical record, let Obama’s quote stand without its parenthetical addition, but failed to note that his statement was factually wrong.

All three of these faux news organizations are suffering as a result of their persistent patterns of bias and ignorance. None of them seem to really care.

Politico has seen both the Daily Caller and Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com – two sites its arrogant DC insiders surely consider inferior right-wing rags — blow by it in online traffic.

Drudge reports that HuffPo, which became part of AOL in 2011 as a result of “Huffington’s Heist” — in which Arianna Huffington pocketed an estimated $18 million and a plush CEO job after building her “business” on the backs of unpaid content contributors for over five years — “is said to have lost $7 million last year.”

AP, organized as a not-for-profit cooperative, has seen its newspaper subscriber base shrink from roughly 1,700 in 2005 to 1,400 in 2011. Employment fell by over 6 percent in 2012. An expected decline in revenues this year will be the wire service’s fifth straight. The AP Stylebook has turned into a parody of political correctness, potentially courting widespread rejection by everyday news consumers. Difficult contract negotiations with its Occupy movement-sympathetic union loom.

Still, AP’s subscriber base, its influence on broadcast and online outlets, and its completely undeserved but still widely perceived reputation for objectivity make it the most perniciously negative news organization in the U.S. Far too many still treat AP content as presumptive gospel.

These three news organizations are likely among the cadre of supposedly legitimate “media outlets” to which Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who believes that the government “must define a journalist” and determine their “constitutional and statutory protections,” would want to provide full First Amendment protections. Everyone else? You would apparently be at the government’s tender mercies.

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial asserted that if Durbin ever gets his way, “our republic and the liberty it guarantees are in trouble.”

Actually, thanks to the journalistic malfeasance at the three news organizations just discussed and at so many others imitating their Pravda-like practices, they already are.

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Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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News Flash: The U.S. now has a Ruling Class, perpetually devoted to redistributing all wealth other than their own.
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I cannot recall the last time I read a Politico article (I avoid them), ditto for the HuffPo (I never visit that website). I think sometimes the worst abuses comes from sources such as the NY Times or Wash Post (they amazingly still seem to retain some residue of "believability" -- but if they continue down their current path, I hope they don't survive. The best thing for the public would be their bankruptcy.)
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The article covers the best "teams" but the MVP of the league is Candy Crowley of CNN. Her painfully obvious attempt to keep Barack Obama from two disastrous debates in a row stands alone as the closest thing to a Triple Crown for media bias I have ever seen. It was so transparent that she was prepared for that moment that she currently stands alone as the Babe Ruth of media malpractice. Before the 2nd debate I actually held her in high regard among "journalists" but she pretty much ruined her reputation that night. Talk about taking one for the team.
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My favorite will always be the AP's use of "white Hispanic" to fit the Obama narrative. That both Zimmerman and Martin were minorities and Democrats didn't fit the bill.
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Hillary 2016 Yea!!!
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Heard at an East Boston breakfast joint in the late 80's: "Half of what the Boston Globe publishes is not true. The other half is irrelevant."

Sometimes life just makes truths come out of the woodwork.
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I agree that the three you mentioned are loathsome and contend for being the worst, I would've made room for ABC, CBS, NBC and especially CNN and MSNBC. Also the NYT and WaPo. And AP and Reuters.
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If you actually had to list honest, non-partisan news organizations, the list would be really short.
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The American MSM is truly a propaganda cartel. If they actually report a fact it is only a rare coincidence. The "news" they don't fabricate is surpassed only by the real news they intentionally omit. Once the Revolution starts, don't be too surprised to see them all disappear.
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Interestingly, Pravda is still in business. Occasionally I'll take a look at its website. Its news is much more fair and balanced that 90% of American news stories.
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My favorite Administration Pravda Press story is this one: AP, to support Global Alarmism, published that the North Pole ice had melted creating a lake at the North Pole. Except thee was and is no such lake.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/ap-issues-retraction-over-fake-north-pole-photo-in-global-warming-article-20582/
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As is all too often the case, I never saw the retraction of the outrageous lies told in the original story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

If I was running the world, all retractions would have to be exactly as prominent as the original lie. In other words, if a lie is told on the top of the front page, the retraction would also have to appear at the top of the front page in the same font and for the same length of time, not buried in small print at the bottom of page 27. But that's not the world we live in. Here in the real world, if retractions appear at all, they are small and buried on back pages and sometimes don't even appear until the original story is forgotten.
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I have the distinctive pleasure of being banned from Huffpo commenting for pointing out that Chris Hayes only has left wing pundites on his shows. What an Honor
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I cannot recall the last time I read a Politico article (I avoid them), ditto for the HuffPo (I never visit that website). I think sometimes the worst abuses comes from sources such as the NY Times or Wash Post (they amazingly still seem to retain some residue of "believability" -- but if they continue down their current path, I hope they don't survive. The best thing for the public would be their bankruptcy.)
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NYT had to sell Boston Globe for 20% of what they paid for it a couple of decades ago and, of course, the Washington Post just sold itself.
Amazing what happens when you "bite the hand that feeds you."
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I read a few articles on some new website I had found. The headlines and tags made them seem interesting. But with each article, I noticed that after an interesting first few sentences, they would become biased and nuanced in ways that the facts and good journalism couldn't allow. In tiny letters at the bottom of each was a HuffPo copyright.
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