Feeding frenzy
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
April 22, 2013 09:25 AM | 1858 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Boston Marathon bombing revealed two things. The first was the fundamental goodness of every day American people.
The second was the depths to which far right media charlatans will sink to politicize a national tragedy.
As MSNBC's Martin Bashir says in one of the network's Lean Forward ads, when we have something like a bombing happen, we always see Americans running toward the scene to help the victims.
Such was the case in Boston. People tore off their clothes to make tourniquets and bandages. Others carried the wounded to ambulances and hospitals. Many more opened their homes to the tens of thousands of dazed visitors. With nobody directing them to do so, average American people came together in the face of catastrophe. Bostonians did themselves and our country proud.
Then there was Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post, and others who disgraced themselves by trying to exploit the bombing, their goal to grab viewers or readers while blaming President Obama for the tragedy.
These blood-suckers weren't interested in informing their viewers and readers. They wanted to cash in, nothing else. If you consume the crap they churn out, you should be embarrassed. If you defend or apologize for them, you should be ashamed and just shut up.
In the wake of 9-11, America unified. We didn't see any media types politicizing or exploiting the worst terrorist attack in American history. We were all Americans and we all behaved that way. I never supported President Bush but, by God, after those planes killed 3,000 of our fellow citizens, Bush was my president and I backed him four-square.
Not Glen Beck. He's calling for President Obama's impeachment. Why? Because recovering drug addict and alcoholic Beck concocted a ludicrous conspiracy theory in which he claims an innocent Saudi student who was injured in the blasts was the "ringleader" of the bombing and being spirited out of the country by the Obama administration.
The only problem with Beck's allegation is that police had already said the Saudi student had no connection to the bombings.
No worries. Sean Hannity will get the story straight....LMAO.
After police cleared the Saudi, the discredited Fox News "security expert" Steve Emerson told Hannity the student was a "suspect" and about to be deported "on national security grounds." Except Emerson had the student confused with a case involving another Saudi. That didn't matter to Hannity or his producers as long as Emerson's lie supported their phony narrative that Obama is in bed with terrorists.
But nobody could beat the New York Post, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch's "flagship" American fish-wrap, for shoddy, sensational, and incompetent misinformation. First it ran a picture of two men on it's front page under the headline, "Bag Men: Feds seek this duo pictured at Boston Marathon."
But the police weren't looking for the two men in the photo.
Then the Post violated a basic journalism rule. It reported that 12 not three people had died in the bombing. "...(G)ive your crystal ball a good hard polish and drop it over sometime," an editor told Post critics in defending something that would get a reporter fired if it happened at the MDJ or any other reputable newspaper.

Finally, like Beck and Hannity, the Post latched onto the Saudi student story without doing any fact checking to ascertain if, indeed, the student was a suspect; again, basic journalism practice.

Instead, the Post simply reported the student had been "taken into custody" and was considered a "suspect."

See, most right wing media have no respect for the intelligence of their audiences. Their attitude is, facts? We don' need no stinkin' facts! We have a bunch of ignorant viewers and readers who only want their deepest, darkest prejudices and fears affirmed.

We just oblige 'em.

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Lib in Cobb
April 23, 2013
Kevin: Of course our president is in bed with the terrorists. Proof of that is the significant percentage of registered Republicans in Alabama who believe President Obama is a Muslim terrorist, born in Kenya. Cobb county Republicans are only a few steps behind those in Alabama.

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