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 An angry letter to the editor went unpublished.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.
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
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!”