Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No, there is no anti-Israel Bias at the NY Times.

Recently the New York Times published an Op-Ed of a Palestinian who describes the deplorable conditions that he says exist in Israeli prisons.  You can read the essay HERE. The date of publication occured on April 16, 2017.

You gotta love this man's passion about his cause.  If I were to read this without any knowledge of the man other than what he expressed I would think he had been summarily persecuted, beaten tortured and wrongfully imprisoned.  Here is mu favorite passage:

The eldest of my four children is now a man of 31. Yet here I still am, pursuing this struggle for freedom along with thousands of prisoners, millions of Palestinians and the support of so many around the world. What is it with the arrogance of the occupier and the oppressor and their backers that makes them deaf to this simple truth: Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost.
The poor guy.  I can feel the tears welling up in my eyes.  That is until, at the end of the article and a full day later the NY Times posts this clarification.

Editors’ Note: April 17, 2017  This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.

Woo Hoo for journalistic honesty and integrity.  Yes, they did post a clarification, but it was a full day later.  I am assuming that this essay appeared in the print edition on Sunday, but the editor's note was added later to the online version.  Even if this was an online article only, to not include this note at the top of the op-ed on the day that it was posted, is the worst type of journalistic malpractice.  How many people read the essay before the "editor's note" was posted?

The man is a convicted murderer.  HE KILLED FIVE ISRAELIS.  FIVE, yet he writes this drivel claiming how horrible things are.  But for the Times to give this man a voice shows how truly biased and corrupt that Newspaper is.

If you want to read a contrasting point of view of what it is like inside these Israeli prisons read Son of Hamas Mosab Hassan Yousef.  It is eye opening.

Fake news has many faces.  You have the counterfeit sites that pretend to be news. This is a problem, but the vast majority of people can decipher these deceptions. But the biases of the mainstream press is becoming such a problem, that there seems to be nowhere to turn to get even an attempt at unbiased news.  I don't have a problem with someone like Rachel Maddow. She is a leftist and does not hide it.  It is the mainstream press with its bias hidden behind the false mask of objectivity that is harming this great country.  When the NY Times posts an article, and neglects to provide the necessary context. it is clear that they have an agenda and no editors note can hide such bias.

This journalistic malpractice and bias is despicable and sickening.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Letter to LWC and Gerald Morgan Jr

I am a mug club member and am a big fan. I talk your show up all the time and direct people to both your youtube channel and suggest they subscribe to CRTV and to become mug club members.  I am a life long free market conservative, and have moved into libertarian territory over the past several years.

I also am a devout Mormon. I am not a native Utahn but live in Utah now.  I am normally not a person who gets offended easily, but tonight's show, kind of pushed me there.  Its not just because of what was said about Utah, by Gerald Morgan, but this is the second time Gerald has made remarks about Mormons.  It is clear that he is speaking from a place of ignorance, but it is a bit disturbing nonethelss.  I hope you understand that your conservative views align with a majority of LDS people's ideals and beliefs.

Look, the remark he made about multiple wives is low hanging fruit, and depite the fact that the LDS church hasn't condoned or practiced plural marriage for more than 100 years, it is a part of Mormon history. But understand the weirdos who are practicing polygamy are not Mormon/LDS.

A few weeks back, Gerald made a remark about "magic underwear" that bothered me, and I am sure most people who are active LDS (Mormons).  If there is anti-Mormon dog whistle language, that statement is one of them.  It makes light of something we consider sacred.  This "magic underwear" that we wear is no more than basically a t-shirt and boxer briefs with markings sewn into them that symbolize covenants we have made with God to keep his commandments.  It is not really any different than the Yamaka that Orthodox Jews, (like your friend Ben Shapiro) wear.  While i know you poke fun at Shapiro's Jewish heritage, I have never heard you mock his religion or the symbols of his religion.  But Gerald's snide remarks about "magic underwear" is exactly that.

I do not expect a public apology, but I will say that as a paying customer who watches every day (I really do love your show, its humor and my need to laugh at the crap in this world)  these kinds of veiled ignorant anti-Mormon attacks, are not what I log in to hear.  Hell, as a white European conservative, free market cis male, I feel attacked enough.

I chose to spend my $99 on CRTV and specifically LWC, but will consider taking that  $99.00 somewhere else.  I am pretty cheap and CRTV is the only alternative media I have ever paid for.

Look, I don't want this to sound like a threat.  I love that you and Levin and others are providing alternative content.  I love your irreverence, and appreciate and laugh at the middle finger you  put up to political correctness and multiculturalism.  Lord knows we need more of it.

Of course you can do whatever you want. It is your show and you know your audience a lot better than I do (no douuh) but I just wanted to voice my concerns.

Keep up the great work.  Other than this I am a loyal fan, and really like the content you have put out there.

No, there is no anti-Israel Bias at the NY Times.

Recently the New York Times published an Op-Ed of a Palestinian who describes the deplorable conditions that he says exist in Israeli prison...