The Protocols of the Elders of South Dakota
When Edward Schumacher-Matos signed to serve as the NPR Ombudsman he probably forgot his hip-boots. He was blissfully unaware that his job description would include a thorough mucking of the Augean Stables. When NPR reporter Laura Sullivan ran a series that accused the state of South Dakota of removing Native American children from reservation homes and farming them out to wealthy Caucasian foster parents to collect federal subsidies for the adoption, he knew that he had stepped into a bear-trap of a professional assignment.
Schumacher-Matos took Sullivan apart and NPR to task. He detailed five fundamental professional ethics violations that occurred in the reporting of the story. He gets straight to the point below.
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The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.
Is it possible to turn on the TV today without being told how wonderful Barack Obama is? Apparently not, for on Wednesday’s American Idol – yes, the nation’s premier musical competition – the Commander-in-Chief was gushed and fawned over like a rock star (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): (HT: Newsbusters.org) American Idol just got the memo a little late. You will probably not | Read More »
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The Boy Who Declared Victory
Matt Drudge has done yeoman’s work in presenting an interesting analysis of our nation’s ongoing “Days Not Weeks War” with Libya. This conflict nears the ½ year mark of continued pointless ineptitude. NATO persecutes this war with the efficiency and diligence with which Harry Reid drives the US Senate towards the passage of a Senate version of the Federal Budget. President Obama continues to lead | Read More »
Deliberately Missing All That Is Painfully Obvious.
Our nation’s organs of propaganda want us to believe that all is now well with the national economy. This would provide comfort to both my wife and I as we attempt to figure out how to retire, pay for our house and put our son through college. Temptation arises to believe a truth that “tastes good.” Regrettably this “truth” can only be arrived at by | Read More »
While The Boy President Takes Over More Industries….
There are things happening to our national economy right now that would be in 120 pt font, above the fold and on the front page of The New York Times if a GOP President were in office. They’d sit right there in stark bas-relief next to an obligatory propaganda-shot of The Goober-In-Chief whacking the Bejeezus out of a Titlist with his Calloway Nine-Iron. According to | Read More »
The AEA Goes To War With Eastasia
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” – Halder Camara The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is violently at war with Eastasia. They always have been. Rumors of their prior conflicts with Eurasia need to be expunged through proper doublethink. At least that’s what I’m left to | Read More »
The 2nd Amendment and Despicable Propaganda Slurs
By the skillful use of social opprobrium, liberal opponents of 2nd Amendment Rights have stigmatized what the Constitution and The Bill of Rights prevent them from legally banning. This approach has yielded palpable results, which we’ve seen in conversation and all over blogs across the land. Yes, we still have the right to keep and bear arms. No, the cool kids don’t want to play with you if you exercise that right. Weisenthal tries so pathetically hard to be cool.
Firearm ownership has unfairly become a proxy by which the prevailingly trendy judge the sophistication, intellect, social class and sanity of the gun owner. If a person meets a stranger and learns nothing else about him except that he owns two AK’s and a 30.06, the mental judgments immediately get formed. With no other information in hand, the average American from a city or a wealthy suburb is likely to classify the gun owner as a raving Wingnut. DHS has to keep a close watch on the sort of person who walks around quoting Thomas Jefferson in unguarded moments.
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Total Blindness to Unintended Consequences
Greenbiz.com has made a commendable and manful effort to wade through a dense thicket of data obfuscation. They have poured over all 40 pages of a recent study of how the current Cap’N Trade bill, volleyed about Congress, would impact the profitability of S&P 500 corporations. The study, itself, is a little too boring to read to the kids, but it marks a nice effort to merge financial investigation and fabulist storytelling.
The report, “Carbon Risks and Opportunities in the S&P 500,” was put together by the not-for-profit Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute and Trucost, a global provider of environmental data and analysis.
Regrettably Greenbiz got taken for a ride and doesn’t see too many problems with Cap’N Trade. They tell us to relax, the PMT is chump-change and we can always refinance the ARM before the rate adjusts. If you believe in fairy-tales, here’s what Peter Pan got off his handy-dandy Excel Spreadsheet.
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