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Media's presentations, omissions skew true face of the news

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Last April, NBC News purposely altered audio of a 911 call to make Trayvon Martin’s shooter look blatantly racist.

This past week, its sister network MSNBC edited video of a Romney-Ryan rally to make it appear as if Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had to encourage a crowd to chant his name as well as vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s.

The video, as aired by MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was pretty much the opposite of the truth: The crowd, as others have reported even in liberal outlets, was actually chanting Romney’s name – and Romney was graciously encouraging them to add his running mate’s name.

Democratic pollster Pat Caddell recently said the media have made themselves “a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion ... the enemy of the American people.

“And it is a threat to the very future of this country if we allow this stuff to go on. We have crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.”

Democrat commentator Kirsten Powers, speaking on the Obama administration’s oddly changing stories on who was behind the U.S. embassy attacks – and the media’s relative disinterest in the scandal – says: “In this case, lack of curiosity on the part of the American media very well may kill more Americans.” How? By letting the Obama administration off the hook vis-a-vis questions on security.

Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, notes Caddell, has more security than did slain ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

Retired newspaper publisher Sam Griffin of Bainbridge, Ga., writes of today’s mainstream media: “Through acts and omissions both subtle and overt, they continually tell us what is fact and what is not, what is important and what is not, what is acceptable and what is not, who won and who lost in every instance of the political day – the aggregate effect of which is an attempt to create self-fulfilling prophecies.”

You have to wonder where some of these so-called journalists went to school – and whether their journalism teachers would stand by their former students’ decisions to purposely alter video in order to depict something that didn’t happen in order to affect the outcome of a U.S. presidential election.

Liberal media bias is one thing; it’s well-documented. But doctoring video and audio to distort the truth? And downplaying consistent lies by the administration about the nature of the attacks on our embassies – which, as Powers noted, might end up getting more people killed?

What journalism school teaches such things?

Former publisher Griffin opines, wistfully:

“The only real remedy is a less gullible and more truly informed, demanding public.

“Where can we get one of those?”

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 12:34 am
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Yea well

This newapaper is guilty of slanting stories and ommitting things and trying to get people to feel a certain way. It's no secret this is a right wing news organization. Not that this is a bad thing. You have the means so why not use it.
I must admit the Chronicle does make a lot more sense than a lot of other papers I read and you do have our welfare at heart.
I trust the Chronicle more than most of the news I get .
You see I'm a big boy and I know what's true and what's smoke and mirrors but there are a lot of GUMPS out there that will believe anything you tell them. There are also people who need to hear the truth after all the BS they're fed from all the other talking heads

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 10/04/12 - 03:16 am
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You should have made the same argument

when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright clips were propagated ad nauseum. If you'd listened to the entire sermon, it would have made perfect sense.

Selectively editing media clips is nothing new, and if anything, we've all been desensitized by its almost daily practice by conservative media. You want a stark example? I'm pretty sure no one on today's ACES was alive in the 1850's, so, clearly, "you didn't build that!"

Techfan
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Techfan 10/04/12 - 04:15 am
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Sam Griffin? The

Sam Griffin? The ex-publisher of a paper with a weekly circulation of 7,500? There doesn't seem to be a lot of info on Sam, however, if he was anything like his dad he must have been a real peach. One of the most corrupt Governors in the history of Georgia. A guy who attempted to prevent Tech from playing in the 1956 Sugar Bowl since Pitt had a black player. He was also a stand in (and was on some ballots) as Veep for George Wallace. As to Sam, from a Google search, the only place the above quotes seem to appear is in this editorial. Is there a reason not to include the source?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/04/12 - 05:44 am
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Just as one expects the

Just as one expects the Chronicle to be conservative in Editorial policy one also expects certain commentators here to always attack the person and not the validity of the argument!

Techfan
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Techfan 10/04/12 - 06:54 am
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So the soure doesn't matter?

So the soure doesn't matter? Why did the AC bother to write the editorial? They should acccept NBC's and MSNBC's footage at face value, right?? They were willing to do it for James O'Keefe's highly edited fake videos for ACORN and Planned Parenthood. They whip out Faux "News" Democrats Kirsten Powers and Pat Caddell, and accept their comments unfailingly. Why should they challenge any other media? Would the AC and would you not questions the motives and credibility if the quotes and actions were from Michael Moore, The Daily Kos, or Media Matters? Since the right wing thinks the mainstream is in the tank for Obama, they question and attack it constantly (even though it's ludicrous to think corporate owned media isn't in the pocket of the GOP). You see the source does matter. If it's proved itself to be unreliable, why use it?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/04/12 - 07:44 am
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Bootlegger's Boy

If I were held accountable for the sins of my daddy, I'd still be serving time. Bootlegger's Boy, by Barry Switzer could have been my biography. When did it become logical to go after someone because of his parent's sins?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/04/12 - 07:49 am
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Refreshing to Hear Libs Last Night Admit Defeat

It was fun watching the teeth gnashing on MSNBC after the debate. They were stunned by Obama's performance, as Ed Schultz said. What a fantastic turn-around that even the liberals had to admit. Bill Maher, the million dollar Democratic contributor, said Obama really does need a teleprompter. So there is hope for the press not distorting obvious truths.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/04/12 - 07:51 am
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My main questions were, who

My main questions were, who is he other than a former governor's son and a guy who inheritted his dad's tiny newspaper, why his quote would matter, and where the quote came from since the only source I could find doing a Google search (used " for sections of quote) and only got hits on this editorial, no other source. Also, as I've been reading this am, is it just me or (other than the quote from a nobody) does this editorial look like a ripoff from this Faux "news" story (from a guy with the always biased Media research Center)? http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/29/msnbc-caught-in-another-big-vi...

Techfan
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Techfan 10/04/12 - 07:56 am
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Loved the way the Romney team

Loved the way the Romney team tried to downplay Romney's chances before the debate since 1. They always claim that Obama has to have a teleprompter. 2. Obama hasn't been in a debate in 4 years. 3. Romney was in 19 debates during the primary season.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/04/12 - 08:00 am
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Good thing it was a debate

Had it been a boxing march, they would have stopped it!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/04/12 - 08:13 am
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Even CBS instant polls are

Even CBS instant polls are calling it a decisive Romney victory. The Luntz focus group showed the biggest victory in a debate he's ever seen.

I would ordinarily be cautious about the first debate results, but I can't see it changing in subsequent ones. Romney just has so much knowledge, he intimidates Obama.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/04/12 - 08:15 am
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To be fair

You wouldn't want to have to defend Obama's record either.

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OpenCurtain 10/04/12 - 08:25 am
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Admittedly just the facts is a boring read.

But NEWS is about reporting facts, and Editorials are clearly the Opinions of the media.

Sure the NEWS will have a flavor/slant of the reporters, editors and the Publishers. But outright proven MANUFACTURED LIES should require the immediate dismissal of all those involved and a law requiring immediate double coverage retraction upon discovery. If a Published media it should be Front Page, not a 1/2 column inch buried in on page 29 beneath a used car ad . If a Broadcast Media then the opening lead NEWS story for the whole day. Not the usual after 2am apology.

If I may suggest the Headline?

WE LIED & VIOLATED YOUR TRUST

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/04/12 - 08:40 am
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"Loved the way the Romney

"Loved the way the Romney team tried to downplay Romney's chances before the debate since 1. They always claim that Obama has to have a teleprompter. 2. Obama hasn't been in a debate in 4 years. 3. Romney was in 19 debates during the primary season."

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses.........Just admit it Techfan, your man was unprepared and didn't do well

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faithson 10/04/12 - 08:54 am
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pot calling the kettle black

What is truly disgusting about this editorial is the bias involved in calling out the so called 'main stream media' and not with the same brush stroke calling out the 'conservative media' who are just as guilty of 'tweaking' news reports. People that live in glass houses should not throw stones comes to mind.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/04/12 - 09:27 am
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Faced it

ROMNEY Owned Obama.

Lets see how MSNBC spins this one?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/04/12 - 09:54 am
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BTW: MS-NBC

Mostly Spin - News By Chance

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/04/12 - 09:58 am
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The left,
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aol and huffington post, are blaming Jim Lehrer for not having control (of Mr. Romney) of the debate and allowing the underdog (Mr. Romney) to make points while a "passive" obama was attacked. These communist morons have seeped into the true American culture for TOO long. Vote Romney- Ryan.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/04/12 - 10:11 am
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Techfan, certainly the source

Techfan, certainly the source matters, but you ONLY attack the source, not the information presented.

And to faithson. There is a huge difference between tweaking news reports, and manfacturing proven lies.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 10/04/12 - 10:36 am
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See what's happening?

Nixon started it with "I am not a crook". Certainly, he was impeached but was immediately pardoned. Clinton took it to a whole new level when he said "I have not had sex with that woman", and then later covered for himself by saying his "definition" of sex was different from the rest of us. He too got away with it. Now, the Obama administration and the left wing media is reduced to tampering with evidence and outright lies? Where is all this going? Maybe we should take "In God We Trust" of our currency now because we certainly don't seem to live by that anymore. I am sick of the increasingly lack of moral values from the highest office to the lowest reporter. I am sick of hearing that 4 Americans were killed by terrorists, and the Commander in Chief calls it a "bump in the road". What can one American to do about it? Pray for them, and try to avoid their evil? Yes, but these are outright crimes against the moral fiber of our society, and they should be punished.

I have a low tolerance for people who lie and steal. Those are clearly two of the Ten Commandments from God. That's why I didn't watch the debate last night. If Romney was on stage with an empty chair, I probably would have tuned in.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/04/12 - 10:44 am
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The choice is clear. You can

The choice is clear. You can support Obama with more spending, more intrusion, more taxes, more govt, OR Romney with less spending, less intrusion, less taxes, less govt. It's simple. So Romney supports the prinicipal that , like the internet, less intrusion and regulation will seed growth and innovation. Sure worked for the internet. I like Mitt's analogy of Trickle-Down Govt. That's just too funny. Touche'.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/04/12 - 10:57 am
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Gary Ross. Nixon was not

Gary Ross. Nixon was not impeached. Only 2 Presidents hold that "honor." Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 11:17 am
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Angie

And niether one was removed from office. In both cases Johnson and Clinton knew they would remain President so it was nothing more than a waste of time. If there ever was a President who needed to be impeached and removed it would have to be John Quincy Adams. The most corrupt administration in the history of the office!

Nixon would have been impeached and he would have been rfemoved from office which is why he resigned knowing Ford would pardon him.

KSL
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KSL 10/04/12 - 11:17 am
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What about the current one?

What about the current one?

Angie H
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Angie H 10/04/12 - 11:18 am
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You mean the FORMER most

You mean the FORMER most corrupt administration in the history of office. :-)

And it's never a waste of time to do the right thing.

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omnomnom 10/04/12 - 11:20 am
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romney may not be lying, but

romney may not be lying, but i do not believe he will (be able, or try [take your pick]) accomplish less government, less spending, less taxes (for individuals/families, not companies) or less intrusion.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/04/12 - 11:26 am
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Perhaps not, omnomnom, but

Perhaps not, omnomnom, but wouldn't you at least want the person who is going to TRY to do that over the person who promises the opposite?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/04/12 - 12:38 pm
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Barely. I trust Romney no

Barely. I trust Romney no more than I do Obama.

They're both unknown quantities.

Breitbart

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wayne2410 10/04/12 - 01:22 pm
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The reason Obama considers
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The reason Obama considers the death of the ambassador a bump in the road is becaued he was killed by Obama's people. He ain't accusing them of clinging to their guns and religion, he saves those comments for Christians, the people he hates being true to his religion. I guess it could be argued radical islam has won the war, after all one of their own sits in the white house now.

Angie H
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Angie H 10/04/12 - 01:22 pm
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I think Obama is more of a

I think Obama is more of a KNOWN quantity. We KNKOW what he wants to do. I'm thrilled when he breaks his campaign promises, because it's better for the country!

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