Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NBC: National Bunk Carrier

This fellow knows from news, and has given up on the MFM's most rotten (post-Rather) purveyor of bunk.

First, there was the Trayvon Martin boondoggle a few months ago.

Then yesterday, evidence of some creative editing regarding Mitt Romney’s visit to a Wawa in Pennsylvania.

Today, we have Andrea Mitchell’s spectacularly lame followup to “criticism of the Romney clip edit” — which amounted to Ms. Mitchell saying, with a sigh and a frown, “Oh, bother.  Fine.  Here’s what we left out.”...

The Deacon doesn't mention that Nat'l Bunk Corp. is a property of GE, which is headed by an Obozo worshipper--because, after all, GE is very damn good at playing the Corporate Welfare game.

...You deserve what they’re saying about you.  It’s earned.  You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you.   You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more.  You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press...

In a related development, Bruce Murphy, also a damn good reporter, notes that the local (NBC-affiliated) news monopoly seems to have ignored basic elementary statistics while writing up sensational stories about Milwaukee crime (as if  it needs sensationalizing...)

...Yet the Journal Sentinel did this in a story that is filled with logical and evidentiary holes.

If the idea is that Flynn is trying to cook the books, then you would want to go back to 2007, and compare how assaults were coded under his predecessor, chief Nan Haggerty. The newspaper made no attempt to do this....

IOW, was the coding consistent from one cop-administration to the next?  For that matter, was it consistent with practice BEFORE 2007?

I'm perfectly willing to concede ad arguendam that the current practice is biased.  But that doesn't mean that PAST practice was perfectly legitimate.

HT:  Hot Air and Sykes

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