A Workaround

Israel came up with…

…two events that were part of a campaign to sidestep the mainstream media. The Israeli government and military, mindful that they are not getting a fair shake in the press virtually anywhere in the world, set up a couple of things to get to the bloggers and other online types.

First of all, Monday afternoon saw the Israeli consulate in New York hold a press conference on Twitter on their own ‘hashtag’ stream for anyone to read and listen to. It’s called simply AskIsrael.

At the same time the Israeli Defense Forces launched its own channel on YouTube to display their view of events on the ground. Aping the Americans and British in Iraq and Afghanistan, the IDF provided missile and gun views of the targets they were going after.

Full commentary here.

Parenthetical observations: just what did the Muslim world and its ideological allies think would happen as Hamas continued to pound Israel with those rockets?? The Jewish state’s bombardment and invasion of Gaza are ethically correct. This newsletter hopes for the extermination of Hamas.

B’hatzlacha Israel!

The Los Angeles Times Closes Out A Banner Year

This is what an inveterate LAT-watcher says about the paper’s accomplishments in 2008:

This year, L.A. Times editors slammed Sarah Palin, John McCain, and McCain’s ally Joe the Plumber — while they protected Barack Obama and his allies, including unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and radical Palestinian Rashid Khalidi. The paper described a 19-point margin in opposition to gay marriage as a “narrow margin,” and displayed the usual politically correct attitudes on race, abortion, and crime. We watched the paper overreach on the story about Judge Alex Kozinski’s porn collection that wasn’t. And the paper retracted a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chuck Philips, in one of the most embarrassing incidents in the paper’s history. This year saw a campaign of relentless distortions on DNA evidence; the bankruptcy of Tribune Company; and a collection of errors like none we’ve ever seen before.

The PenPo is not concerned with the editors’ politics; left, middle or right is not the issue here. This is about how the paper abuses its news section to craft public opinion. That deceit is the hallmark of propaganda, not of principled journalism.

The quote above comes from a detailed analysis of the LAT’s ideologically-driven bias that deserves your perusal, no matter where you live. In fact that document should be required reading in schools of journalism around the world. It will not be.

You Got A Problem With That?

“…America has had its first real reminder of what it means to have a Democrat in office; the president-elect hasn’t even taken over yet and he has already been interviewed by prosecutors in a corruption case.”


Saving Newspapers — But Not For Recycling Or Wrapping Fish

This sounds like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it?

“I truly believe that no democracy can remain healthy without an equally healthy press,” said Fiedler, now dean of Boston University’s College of Communication. “Thus it is in democracy’s interest to support the press in the same sense that the human being doesn’t hesitate to take medicine when his or her health is threatened.”

The concept: newspapers are dying, and it’s up to the government to fund their survival. Problems with that include the death of the free market in news (consumers would lose the ability to rate papers), and the fact that the news media would become creatures of the government. It’s never good when the news is produced directly or indirectly by the government, and the best example of that is the BBC.

Take a look. Begin with this page on the internet and note well the list of weblogs in the right-hand column; they all touch on the propagandistic role the BBC plays in the world. The result of producing government-financed “news” has been a rash of persistent scandals, some of them particularly distressing. Here are five links that will refresh your memory:

One, two, three, four, five.

Dig deeper and wider into the BBC’s recent history, and you will find some of the most disgusting abuses of journalistic privilege in human history. The Beeb is a disaster, an insanely wasteful monster that promotes the bigotry of the Oxbridge Axis, distorts virtually every event it reports, and remains almost totally invulnerable to the most assertive reform. The entire ugly story is a matter of record, so why can’t the abuses be stopped, and the BBC forced to play fair? Because it is coercively funded.

The USA has a remarkable record of not learning from the wretched experiences of others. Observing the horror that is socialized medicine in Great Britain, the Colonies somehow assume that the model is worth copying. Yet even Canada, that most US-like of nations, has made a mess of the concept. And now some US Brahmins, aware of the fact that in tax-funded projects there is refuge from the corrective mechanisms of the free market, insist the news business is to be put on the dole.

If we allow the media elite to institutionalize a propaganda machine, we shall deserve the resulting diminution of our Liberty.

You Have Been Waiting For The USA’s Answer To The Trabant — And It’s Finally Here!

Yes, loyal Americans, it has arrived, and it is more fun than is likely to be legal much longer! It’s the Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition, thecar of the future (if you know what’s good for you). Amazing features include the dent-resistent fenders crafted using the fabulous new “Botoxonic Smoothing” process in honor of the lady who has driven this project from the first. BS not only protects against wrinkling of the body in case of collisions with falling leaves or bird droppings, it even “freezes” all the air intakes on your Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition in the “Wide Open” setting for maximum cooling efficiency! See the full thrilling story in this high-budget film. Now. NOW!! Move it, People!

Remembering Some Folks We Sure Could Have Done Without

Who was Saul Alinsky, and why does he matter? Answers: he was a “community organizer,” the founder of the profoundly cynical political ethos that trained and nurtured Barack Obama; too, he was the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis when she was in college (that paper is now off limits to everyone). He wrote the book on how to bring down the system. Start here.

From the “It’s Too Late, Way Too Late” file: Jamie Gorelick, Mistress of Disaster. Note how much money she made, helping Fannie Mae write worthless paper and peddle it to banks that were told the investments were risk-free. “Public servant?” Yeah, like Nero.

Do you remember the “Red Army Faction,” or the Baader-Meinhof Gang? There’s a new German film with a message for the USA. — Notice, by the way, that the link takes you to The New Republic, and that Foer is still in charge there! Who would have guessed it?? How did he ever survive “Shock Troops”??

Taking Sides

ABC TV News supports the Hamas exploitation of civilians in Gaza: first, a “Palestinian” girl says something politically incorrect, and then, lest the world hear her accurate assessment of Gaza’s plight, ABC deletes her closing words from the video. What can anyone conclude from this incident? Just this: Either (1) ABC figured the full video would never be available, or (2) ABC’s sole concern is that Hamas accept the network as a loyal co-belligerent in the propaganda war against Israel.

Links. Go Ahead, Click Click Click

Interesting list for film buffs.

Ancient technology that stuns modern scholars…nothing like this was considered within the capabilities of the Greek civilization circa 100 BC. But now the exact purpose and function of a strange device found over a hundred years ago is understood. More information here.

Than which there is no more helpful and timely: the wisdom of Claudia Rosett, her gracious gift to us.

No, of course this collection of students’ alleged bloopers can not be genuine, but it does generate a few chuckles.

Creationists and evolutionists alike will be interested in this item on irreducible complexity. Quibble: this newsletter is unaware that “afterall” is a genuine word in any language.

Evolution again, this time evidence for it. This won’t change anyone’s mind about anything, of course. Proof perfect is beyond science, as are truth and certainty. A lot of folks, including many scientists, don’t understand that. If you want absolutes, turn to religion.

This weblog is oddly disquieting, but you may find it interesting.

The PenPo takes a very dim view of journalism of this sort. It is much too smug and pretentious. After all, prediction based on sheer erudition reminds one of Bertrand Russel in his dotage, and that’s not good. If you disagree, you are welcome to wax grandiloquent along with the other trendy sages of the moment, but do realize that’s not a path to the comprehension of reality — it’s a pose used to get girls.

Everything explained, sort of.

Cripes. Here’s yet another instance of science reporting that will misinform, mislead and misdirect thousands of desperate victims of disease. The world does not need this “news.” So why is it linked here? To remind you of a point made at some length in PenPo Number 16’s item, “The Sale of False Hope.”

“Democratically Elected:” The Grate Shibboleth And Justification

All around the world — wherever true democracy does not prevail because it is not understood or believed in — governments hold elections that put the thugs in power. From Thailand’s Thaksin to that space alien in North Korea to Saddam Hussein to Fidel Castro, being “democratically” elected is a license to rape the nation. So it is in the Muddle East as well. CNN and the other media reprobates are reminding everyone that Hamas is a legitimate democratic government, which it most definitely is not. Democracy cannot possibly exist in a place like today’s Gaza (which is truly “…the stuff of Tolkien’s Mordor“), no matter how many elections might be held there.