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THE DIOGENES LANTERN AWARD

Often in the days when I worked overseas, my only source of news was CNN International.  Two memories stick in my mind.  In the first, a CNN reporter was in Manila covering a so-called anti-American demonstration.  Behind the reporter were 5 or 6 people milling around, none of them carrying any signs.  I’ve been to Manila, and worked with many Filipinos.  Believe me, you will find more anti-Americanism in San Francisco than in Manila.

The second image was of a CNN reporter covering a demonstration from Saddam’s Baghdad, which she called “spontaneous.”

Not long after I returned to the US, I suffered through the 2008 Presidential election.  My wife had tuned into the CBS Evening News where we saw reported as “news” little more than a Democrat campaign ad.  An angry letter to the station manager went unanswered.  Not long after, I read in the local newspaper, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, their endorsement of Obama, in which they said his lack of experience was trumped by his work as a community organizer.  I kid you not!  An angry letter to the editor went unpublished.

Looking for accuracy and balance in the legacy media is like Diogenes wandering around ancient Greece with a lantern searching for an honest man.

The lantern seemed to reveal a slight shadow with Katie Pavlich’s report of Fast and Furious in October, 2011, and a Solyndra report in January, 2012.  Diogenes is still looking.

Diogenes cannot expect much from the media that publicized Sarah Palin’s e-mails, but refused to release the Obama-Khalidi video.  This is the media that promoted the administration’s BS of “reproductive rights,” and had no comment on nonsense such as this.  This is the media who are quiet about President Obama’s illegal immigration and welfare work actions, but persist in asking about Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Legacy media malpractice has been well-documented.  There isn’t much for Diogenes’ lantern to illuminate.  Many suspicious stories remain under-reported.  Still, a single investigative reporter could brighten Diogenes’ night.  Here are some suggestions for any old-media reporters wishing to win the Diogenes Award:

 

The revelation of sealed court records of Obama’s Senate campaign opponents Jack Ryan and Blair Hull in 2004

LightSquared and the FCC

Tactics used in the 2008 Iowa and Texas primary caucuses

Hillary Clinton’s overnight futures profit

Eric Holder and Bill Clinton’s pardon of FALN terrorists in 1999

Eric Holder and Bill Clinton’s  pardon of Marc Rich

The murder of Lt. Quarles Harris, Jr

The relationship of David Axelrod and Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek

The release of Herman Cain’s personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA)

The raid on Gibson Guitars

New Coastal Zone Regulations

Offshore drilling moratorium

Overseas contributions to the 2008 Obama campaign

The pressuring of banks to accept bailouts they didn’t want

The preference of unions over bondholders in the GM bankruptcy

IRS audits of Tea Party organizations and Romney contributors.

Media Matters White House connections

SEIU White House connections

Obama’s relationship with ACORN

Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko

The “boot” on BP’s throat

Obama’s radical friends

Leaking of intelligence information

Lies about Obamacare

I’m sure there are more.  Good hunting, “investigative journalists!”

 

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