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Over the next ten days, I will present to you America’s top ten journalists that are most biased to the left. On this list you will find denizens of the Old Media that just can’t seem to help themselves from delivering the news with a leftward tilt, journalists for whom balance means to condemn all Republicans and conservatives, folks that never met a righty they could like much less agree with or even report upon fairly.
This list will be peopled by journos that, in true Kealian fashion, simply can’t understand those Republicans and/or conservatives. After all, these journalists never met anyone that would support a conservative so they just don’t understand how conservatives could ever stand for truth. These are folks that just don’t “get” that there is any other side to a story but that of their own ideologically leftward political bent.
~NOTE: JUST Piper will bring you one of these lovelies each day until we get to # 1
This list will be restricted to working journalists (or one who just retired in one case), so biased old hacks like Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, or Walter Duranty will be excluded even as we take their leftism for granted. Also you will not find those whose career is but a cartoon of journalism. People such as Keith Olbermann, John Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Maureen Dowd, or Chris Matthews do not belong on a journalist list, even one highlighting left-wing bias. Such people are simply too silly or admittedly partisan even for a list such as this.
The biggest problem is arriving at just ten. There are dozens of worthy nominees, we all know. Singling out so small a number from such a large field presented a challenge, for sure.
So, onward with the countdown and starting with the 10th most biased, congratulations goes to…
Number 10: Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times
As a citizen of the state with one of the worst economic climates in the country, one with an ex-governor in jail and another likely headed there (to add to the other two that once sat behind bars), the state with the worst budget crisis in the nation, I have to nominate at least one Illinois journo to the list of most left-biased. Naturally, there are several from which to choose.
There’s the lightweight Richard Roeper whose prosaic columns appear in the Chicago Sun-Times. It was Roeper who once said, “I just couldn’t shake hands and smile with President Bush,” and who has reveled in attacking Sarah Palin. Two more Sun-Timesians in the running would be the angry Laura Washington who never met a man or a white person she seems to like and the equally race-baiting Mary Mitchell who finds a way to make every story of the day about how racism or sexism still pervades all aspects of America. The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn must also get special mention for being pleased that the new media wasn’t around to hound Teddy Kennedy off the public stage for killing Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969.
Steinberg is a dogged abortion advocate, supports Mayor Richard “King” Daley’s unconstitutional gun ban, and has a real affinity for slamming conservatives. In short he believes in every left-wing trope in the book. And he seems to really dislike Tea Party folks, too.
Last August, for instance, Steinberg charged that tea party attendees and anti-Obamacare activists were a “kind of fifth column, an enemy within trying to undermine the operation of our government.” He maintained that folks on the right were just “bitter McCain backers” that “oppose Obama at every turn” apparently out of pure, racist spite. Steinberg obviously cannot grasp that there are real American principles behind opposition to Obama’s wild expansion of government.
Also, in April of ‘09, Steinberg claimed that Tea Party protesters were not speaking out against an out-of-control government, but were instead “speaking out against our military and our vets.”
Warming to his point, Steinberg misleadingly claimed that more than a quarter of our federal budget “supports our military and takes care of aging vets.” However, at the time of his column, only 9% of the budget went to the Dept. of Veteran Affairs to support “aging veterans.” One had to add the 16% of the federal budget that went to pay for the military itself to get that 9% anywhere near the 25% Steinberg was touting.
But even if his numbers were right, the fact is that Tea Party activists are not protesting ALL government spending. They are protesting illegitimate government spending. Few Tea Party goers are against military spending.
All this moral superiority about caring for the little people, fairness, and women’s rights is interesting from a guy that was arrested for domestic battery in 2005 after an altercation with his own wife.
Typical of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do liberalism.
Steinberg’s columns are always filled with a general, textbook leftism that is as predictable as it is hardcore. Neil Steinberg definitely belongs on any list of biased journos, and so he pops in on my unscientific list at number 10.
~By Megan Craig / TribLocal Reporter
Two patrons were ejected from the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee this week after allegedly striking repeatedly a woman dressed as Porky Pig, police said Tuesday.
The woman, an employee of the park who was dressed as the Warner Brothers character, was hit 10 to 15 times on the head at about 4 p.m. Monday, according to police and a statement by Great America.
Witnesses reported seeing Taras Sikalchuk and Dmytro Petrychenko hit the character on the back, sides and top of her head after posing for a picture with the character, Gurnee police said.
The victim was taken to Six Flags’ first aid station, and said she was experiencing a headache and sore neck and shoulders. A Great America spokeswoman described the employee’s injuries as “minor.”
“This was an isoloated incident,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “We have a Guest Code of Conduct at the park that we expect all our park guests to abide by. These guests clearly violated our Code of Conduct.”
“Park security responded immediately and ejected the guests from the park,” the Great America statement said.
Near Great America on Tuesday afternoon, park-goers expressed support for the worker.
Sikalchuk, 19, and Petrychenko, 20, both of Waukegan, denied hitting Porky Pig, police said. But both were cited for battery and released from custody – and the park.
Linda Lozano, 14, Joliet, said she’d tell the nearest Great America employee if she saw Porky Pig getting beat up. And she might have a few words for anyone attacking the character.
“I would tell them to back off, because she probably didn’t do anything that bad – or anything at all, maybe,” she said.
“There’s a lot of security people around,” added Jacob Verner, 14, of Saint Charles. “You want to help them, but there’s probably someone better to do it.”
“What a loser!” said Mike Kuhn, 15, also of Saint Charles, when told of the incident. “Why would you pay … to come here just to get kicked out?”
“I’d be like, ‘What are you doing? That’s just a helpless cartoon character!’” he added. “… I’d wrangle up all the cartoon characters and riot.”
Joanna Chavez, 19, of Brookfield, didn’t think it was a laughing matter.
“That’s kind of disgusting,” she said. “You just have to feel bad for these people. They’re out there in the hot sun all day.”
~Beck: Michelle Obama’s dress shows she’s “out of touch,” “Marie Antoinette”
From the July 14 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program:
~As I was getting ready to take this off featured stories, I noticed the man on the right in the video image…
What struck me although he was only six years old at the time this was recorded (unless of course he was ‘viewing this at a theater as a young adult which is possible) anyway this man looks very much like THIS man…
~A tad eerie if you ask me…can you imagine if he was watching this at a theater?
On July 16, 1945, the U.S. government tested their first nuclear bomb, led by J. Robert Oppenheimer. As the blast went off, Oppenheimer became aware not only the terrifying power of the nuclear bomb but also our inability to entirely comprehend the implications of this invention. His attempts to warn the public were silenced and ridiculed, though today, over 65 years later, his voice is a haunting reminder of our very real nuclear threat.
Featuring interviews from the documentary film “Countdown to Zero,” this short is a look into the man who created the bomb…and a frightening new world. Find out more about the movie, and how you can demand a world without nuclear weapons, at TakePart.com/zero.
Produced by TakePart with Participant Media
TRENTON — Police in New Jersey must explain the state’s implied consent law to motorists in a language that they understand, the state Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
In a 4-3 decision, the court overturned a conviction for refusing to take an alcohol breath test because the man, who spoke only Spanish, did not understand the consequences.
The court found that a Plainfield police officer failed to inform German Marquez, who is from El Salvador, in Spanish that he would automatically lose his driver’s license for seven months if he refused the test.
Police had responded to a two-car accident in 2007. The officer initially asked in English for Marquez to show his license. When the officer repeated the request in Spanish, Marquez complied.
After reading Marquez a statement in English explaining the consequences of refusing the breath test, Marquez shook his head and pointed to his eye, which the officer considered uncooperative. As a result, he was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test.
Marquez said he didn’t understand what police were reading to him and that he had taken his driver’s license exam in Spanish. He later testified through an interpreter that he had taken two Percocet tablets for pain associated with an eye injury, and that the painkiller made him sleepy and dizzy.
“He was read his rights in a meaningless way,” said Marquez’s attorney, Michael B. Blacker, who believes the ruling by the New Jersey court is among the first to require that police give informed consent in a foreign language.
“Other states have not gotten this far,” Blackman said. “This is the first case where the court has said translation is the remedy.”
Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, said prosecutors strongly disagree with the legal rationale of the majority opinion.
“There are over 150 different languages spoken in New Jersey, according to statistics gathered by the courts,” Aseltine said. “This ruling effectively provides an immunity claim in a prosecution for violating the refusal statute for any drunk driver who speaks a language that the officer is unable to identify or translate.”
Since April, the Attorney General’s Office has instituted an initiative to post the standard statements — in both audio and written formats — in nine foreign languages on a website for law enforcement officials to access. The Motor Vehicle Commission, which also offers the written driver test in the same languages, is responsible for determining what to do about the small percentage of motorists who speak other languages.
Those nine foreign languages make up more than 90 percent of the translated court cases in recent years, according to court statistics.
Prosecutors argued that all drivers give implied consent to take breath tests when they get their license, and that even though Marquez took his license in Spanish, he was informed of the consent laws at that time.
Blackman argued that despite that, English drivers are again informed of the consequences of refusing the test, and therefore, other language speakers are also afforded that right.
In their dissenting opinion, Justices Jaynee LaVecchia, joined by Justices Roberto A. Rivera-Soto and Helen E. Hoens, wrote that police need only make reasonable efforts to inform motorists of the consequences.
They said there is not a requirement that a motorist understand the consent law, especially given that the driver may be intoxicated.
However, even the dissenting justices found that Marquez’s refusal conviction should be overturned since the officer initially communicated with Marquez in Spanish but made no additional efforts to talk to him in a language they knew he understood.
Marquez’s conviction for the driving while intoxicated charge was upheld.
~Washington Times By Ashish Kumar Sen
Is he a fickle defector or an unhidden hostage?
Whichever is true of Shahram Amiri, one thing is certain: He is an international man of mystery.
Monday evening, Mr. Amiri turned up at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., saying he wants to return home — to Iran. He is an Iranian nuclear scientist who Tehran says was kidnapped by U.S. agents in Saudi Arabia a year ago.
In a YouTube video, Mr. Amiri himself says he was kidnapped. But in a later video, he says he’s living freely in the U.S. And in a third video, he says, no, he really has been kidnapped.
RussiaToday | July 14, 2010
Iran says one of its scientists, who surfaced in the U.S. after being missing for a year, is heading home. Tehran claims he was abducted by the CIA, but Washington’s adamant Shahram Amiri turned up in America of his own free will.
Amiri disappeared about a year ago during a trip to Saudi Arabia, Iranian officials insists he was kidnapped by the United States; other sources say he’s defected.
A fourth video, not mentioned by the media, from the missing Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, posted on YouTube June 23th 2010.
Translation of Amiri´s message: ” Today June 23th, 2010, I, Shahram Amiri am from the Islamic Republic of Iran and currently reside in America.
I wanted to inform my dear family that I am doing well, and not to be worried about me.
God willing, I will be returning to my dear country Iran in the next few days.
I want my family to be strong and patient and prey for my safe return”….the message ending with an arabic prayer from the Quran.
Video source: http://www.youtube.com/user/KamranIra…