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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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chascushman
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chascushman 10/04/12 - 01:59 pm
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Obama showed what he really is without his teleprompter last night, just a common community organizer.

faithson
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faithson 10/04/12 - 04:29 pm
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this too shall pass...

I am with Chris Mathews on the debate performance, opportunities missed. I imagine the President's debate prep team is catching grief over their poor showing, or shall I say the President's poor showing. I don't think that will happen again and look forward to the next bought.

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bubbasauce 10/04/12 - 04:43 pm
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Well said Angie H on your

Well said Angie H on your comment to Faithson and Techfan.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/12 - 06:20 pm
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Angie

If you think the Obama administration is more corrupt than JQuincy Adams you need to do a little research. Henry Clay more or less took the Presidency away from Andy Jackson and handed it to JQA. That was only the beginning.

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rmwhitley 10/04/12 - 06:30 pm
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Just a
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personal opinion: If I stood in the middle of a category 5 hurrricane and a democrat told me to take cover, I'd check their skivvies first before I sought shelter!

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InChristLove 10/04/12 - 06:44 pm
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"I imagine the President's

"I imagine the President's debate prep team is catching grief over their poor showing, or shall I say the President's poor showing. "

I've never been on a debate team before so I'm not sure how you go about preparing for one but why would the President need a prep team. Either you know you stuff or you don't, either you know what you have accomplish and what you have failed on, and what you plan to do to correct those failures. Why would the prep team be catching grief....the President is the one who looked like he was bored out of his mind, wouldn't give Romney the respect to look at him when Romney was addressing the issues (which appeared to me to be extremely rude). Momma always taught me when someone is talking (especially if that person is speaking to you) you give that person the time of day and look them in the eye....it's called respect.

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dstewartsr 10/04/12 - 07:24 pm
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"Why would the prep team be catching grief...?"

Because The Obamessiah couldn't possibly have failed; nothing is ever his fault- ask him.

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CobaltGeorge 10/04/12 - 08:10 pm
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Just show me one time the King SMNCICBHO has ever shown respect except to the Muslim Brotherhood.

He has never had respect for America, that's for sure.

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faithson 10/04/12 - 08:41 pm
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INCLove...

really... you think ole 'mittens' did that one on his own ?

faithson
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faithson 10/04/12 - 08:49 pm
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Angie...

u need to check out some of the satire on the Daily Show. It is not about 'making it up', it is about what was really 'said'.

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