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Scott Pelley’s POS (Particularly Odious Speech)

Blaming the faster — and on balance, superior — messengers, while absolving himself.

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Tom Blumer

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May 20, 2013 - 12:00 am
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On May 10, Scott Pelley of CBS News received the 20th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, presented by the Quinnipiac University School of Communications at a New York city luncheon. In his acceptance speech, Pelley proceeded to prove his unfitness for such an award beyond any reasonable doubt. Then again, a review of past award winners – Christiane Amanpour, Gwen Ifill, all-time lapdog interview king Steve Kroft, Bill Moyers, attempted election-fixer and fabricated document user Dan Rather — indicates that the CBS Evening News anchor is now more directly and appropriately associated with plenty of unfit company.

Pelley’s pervasively biased career alone should have been enough to disqualify him from consideration for any award related to the First Amendment he has so liberally abused. In November 2011, he acquiesced to a deliberate decision to intentionally ask fewer questions of certain Republican presidential debate participants, and became a debate participant when he attempted to educate Newt Gingrich on the rule of law (he got schooled in return).

Following a dishonorable “Tiffany network” tradition (see: Dan Rather and Saddam Hussein; Mike Wallace and Ayatollah Khomeini), Pelley returned from an admittedly aggressive interview with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad … and pronounced him “friendly,” “incorruptible,” and “modest.” (PJ Media’s Roger Simon only needed to be in the same hotel lobby with Ahmadinejad briefly to know otherwise.)

In 1993, Pelley spent more than ten hours interviewing Arkansas state troopers who credibly alleged that Bill Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, used them to procure women for adulterous encounters. He then decided the story wasn’t newsworthy, claiming in a later interview: “We just felt, not to sound pompous in any way, but it didn’t rise to the level of something that we wanted to put on the Evening News.” Pelley: you sounded pompous in every way.

In 2003, Pelley claimed that America was experiencing “Depression-era food lines.” It’s a very safe bet that one would search in vain for such a contention under the far worse conditions of the Obama era.

In 2006, Pelley equated global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers.

In 2010, he glowingly promoted the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, and hid its imam’s radical connections.

One can only conclude that those involved in determining Quinnipiac’s annual First Amendment Award winner consider such outrages — and others which would fill up the permitted length of this column — features, and not bugs.

In his acceptance speech, Pelley misdirected from the very start:

[O]ur house is on fire. These have been a bad few months for journalism. We’re getting the big stories wrong, over and over again.

Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that before mid-December 2012, “journalism” was doing just fine.

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What's truly upsetting to Pelley is not that the networks have gotten things wrong so often, buy that, unlike during Cronkite's time, no one can hide or minimize or simply not report on how often they are wrong. Now, with "new media" and so many "instant fact-checkers", the former "gate-keepers" of information no longer control the flow of information.
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"[O]ur house is on fire."

Burn baby, burn.

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Let's keep the response to this clown in perspective, W o r t h l e s s p i e c e o f s h i t.
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Scotty rails and whines in front of his form of Nomenklatura and we're supposed to empathize or even slightly give a tinker's damn what he squeals ??
[supposedly so eloquently ??]
Juan Williams, not so long ago insinuated that Michelle Malkin was "...just a blogger..." while they both were doing a twofer on 'Hannity'. She's too, has written books [...sorry 'bout that, Juan ] and arguably is much more attuned to what is occurring in our here and now, due to her two really informative websites and her countless "info associates". Mr. Williams trolls back and forth doing what he can to 'look at both sides' but it's 'façade' of the most telling sort, and at times, real embarrassing to watch.
This crud is, plain and simple, "Green Eyed Monster-ism " and if you sit back and view it in it's entirety, kinda' fun to see. Big News Media is running scared [given their never-accelerating ratings] and it couldn't happen to a nicer bun-cha' ninnies.
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Scott Pelley strikes me as a pale imitation of that fraud Dan Rather.
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Scott "Tissue" Pelley is absolutely right. Nobody ever gets fingered innocently and pointed at by the "professionals"...and you don't believe him...just ask Brian Ross.

In the Native American tradition of telling outrageous stories, along the lines of Lakota chiefs...and Elizabeth Warren...the biggest liar gets the award. Scott "Tissue" gives little room for debate that he is a finalist each and every year.

Telling a little lie or a fib with a straight face is child's play. Any child can do it. At least at son or daughter of a leftist Democrat, it appears to be genetic. (those that survive the souvenir collecting of the Gosnell's of the world, anyway)

But, telling a bald-faced whopper...and then, when caught...saying..."Well, that OUGHT to be the truth, so we will continue to pass that on as our revolutionary folklore"...is beyond mere modest mendacity.

It's the stuff of legend. So, here's to you, Scott "Tissue". Now back to your day job for Obama...fulfilling the duties of your name.
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The bigger the lies, the greater the self-aggrandizing awards. See Al Gore, Michael Moore and one Barry Soetero.
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I cannot abide the odious Scott Pelley. I'd rather take a sledge hammer to my TV than watch his smarmy, self-satisfied smirk as he delivers his perfectly articulated lies. Makes my skin crawl.
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What Pelley doesn't like about Facebook and Twitter is that he can't control them. "Oh, for the good old days when there was no internet! Why, just think of it--Rather could've gotten away with his lies, just like Cronkite used to . . . [sniff]"
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Ron Burgundy on steroids, literally looks like he is on steroids. Network news stinks to high heaven. He is giving out 1/2 truths in order to distance himself from the stench. He fulminates about honest mistakes but says nothing about the overriding bias that drives away 1/2 of viewers.
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getting the big stories wrong, and that really isn't the problem, it is that other resources are constantly showing them how wrong they are, and are leaving the lame stream media for sources that are more honest.
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Please recall Dan Schorr's comment about Barry Goldwater meeting German Nazi's immediately post his nomination
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What's truly upsetting to Pelley is not that the networks have gotten things wrong so often, buy that, unlike during Cronkite's time, no one can hide or minimize or simply not report on how often they are wrong. Now, with "new media" and so many "instant fact-checkers", the former "gate-keepers" of information no longer control the flow of information.
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Bingo!

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