Yesterday evening, the report that radio news broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey had passed away in Arizona came across the wire. I felt almost as if a relative had passed. You see, my dad has always been a news junkie, and there was nobody better at getting out the news and comment on AM radio than Harvey. I remember my dad’s radio dial on both his old flatbed truck and the Datsun B210 set to the AM channel where Harvey came on. Specifically I remember hearing Harvey in the afternoon when my dad would pick me up from school at Sarasota’s South Side Elementary when I was in kindergarten. His signature phrase “Stand by for the news” let you know that you were about to receive the current happenings that were news worthy without any bias. “Page 1”, then “Page 2”, and so on, each piece of news compiled in concise factual fashion. He did use personal comment but it was only after the factual pieces of news had been presented. Following the news, he would always tell a story of victory, redemption, hard work, against the odds success, or character development. Many times it was a story about a person, company, or organization you already knew, but with an element or piece of historical fact that you did not know. As he told the story, somewhere in the middle, you already had a picture of the wonderful triumph or determination the individual or group had, but he would leave you with a cliff hanger, unaware about whom he was talking. Then when he would come back to his last radio segment, he would give you “The rest of the story” and all mystery was revealed.
His familiar voice which was absolutely perfect for the radio will be missed. At the time of his passing, he was 90 years old and still active as a broadcaster. I am a little sad today thinking that I will never hear another new broadcast by Paul Harvey.
Recently, someone posted as justification for their support for the untested, unvetted, and almost completely unknown cipher Barack Obama that we should look at what the media thinks of McCain following an endorsement from a Chicago newspaper (which has never endorsed a Democrat) and the Miami Herald. To me that would be comparable to looking to the UN begging for an Obama presidency as grounds for supporting Barack Obama.
This journalist believes that the media bias in this election is a last minute “Hail Mary”. He believes that it is an attempt to revive the fairness doctrine which would squash alternative media (AM radio, internet news, bloggers, opinion based shows like O’Reilly and Olbermann, etc) and help revive the floundering institutions of print and broadcast “mainstream” media. It’s pretty obvious that there is a major left wing slant if Dan Rather complains about the left wing bias in MSM
I found an article outlining accusations, responses, and analysis of the fakery produced by Beijing and NBC’s coverage. This, to me, underscores the fact that the “mainstream” media outlets cannot be trusted. They actually added pre-recorded and CGI fireworks to the olympic opening ceremony. They also admittedly leave the “Live” stamp on the screen for the west coast viewers who are watching delays of two to three hours. Their claim is that knowledgeable viewers understand that there is a delay. It’s obvious that they are trying to add a sense of urgency and excitement that one is watching something live in order to boost the ratings. The offense with the openning ceremony and the fake fireworks is even worse. It’s bad enough that we are in a communist nation for the olympic games, but to add to the production and spectacle complicit with Beijing is even more sickening. How can anything they do or report be trusted? NBC should be ashamed.
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Here is something you won’t see on the mainstream news (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC). For some reason, US success in Iraq and Pakistan/Afghanistan is not reported on balance but the American deaths, setbacks and struggles are reported at every turn. The news media was also very reluctant to admit that the surge was having positive effect.
The article warns against complacency. It also states that Iran is aiding the militants with weapons, training, and people. But on the whole, we are really kicking some hind parts over there.