Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Poo Paw Award Goes to Jon Stewart

I have a delightful golden doodle (a dawg) who has managed to step in poo at least once a day, accordingly she has been dubbed Ms. PooPaw (in the kindest of ways of course).

Jon Stewart is given the Ms. PooPaw award by STEALTH because he slammed Cynthia McKinney (without checking his facts), jumping on the right wing slime machine band wagon before you could say, "Karl Rove."

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Atlanta TV station plays by Calvinball Rules in reporting McKinney incident

And one of Calvinball rules is that in any tie, Republicans win. Just check out this one, in which WSBTV Atlanta reported on a scuffle Congresswoman Cynthia had with a Capitol Hill police officer. Here's the news article:According to U.S. Capitol Police, the two reportedly scuffled yesterday after the Georgia Democrat entered a House office building unrecognized and refused to stop when asked.According to one account, the sixth-term congresswoman from DeKalb County struck the officer. A police official said there were conflicting accounts.On the audio portion, we learn that the source for the claim that she struck the police officer was... a Republican. So, what's the headline? You got it. "Cynthia McKinney regrets hitting police officer." Calvinball rules. In a tie, the Republican wins. Now, there's no disagreement that Congresswoman McKinney was out of line, though she also says, I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents. Unfortunately, the Police Officer did not recognize me as a Member of Congress and a confrontation ensued. I did not have on my Congressional pin but showed the Police Officer my Congressional ID. Her concession that she should not have tried to push past is on the money. The Capitol Police have a tough job. It doesn't matter if Congresspeople really are in a hurry. It doesn't matter if, as some rumors have it, that she felt that she was being harassed by Capitol Police. But exactly what happened?

According to America's number one vendor of malarkey, Matt Drudge and his enablers there's no question what happened. Crazy black woman punched cop. It's all on tape. She will be arrested when Congress adjourns.But when one reads the reports, it's generally agreed that the police officer mistakenly pursued McKinney, who had a perfect right to walk around the detector. So, maybe she has a case for assault? We shouldn't have to wade through a political mudbath every time that we get the news, and that's what we are seeing from media organizations. There is clearly politically motivated malice in spinning this story. Making up headlines that don't match the article isn't journalism. It's propaganda. If you have the information for the headline, you put it in the body of the article. Nor is taking unconfirmed rumors from Drudge as news journalism. It's laziness and bad taste, but it's not journalism. So, how do I know about the politicization? Because I learned about the story from Red State. You know. The Washington Post's main source for conservative thought. The guys who still don't get it that Ben Domenech was a four star liar. They are on this story, and I bet that Free Republic and Limbaugh are too.


I just didn't expect to hear it from my favorite guy and comedian.

Jon, you owe Cynthia McKinney some air time AND an apology - don't ya think?


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