Sunday, August 10, 2008

Edwards scandal rocks US media



Today we learn:

Edwards scandal rocks US media
News organisations under fire for failure to expose Democrat's extramarital affair (details below)

Meanwhile in Canada, the media have stood idly by, while hard working, tax paying Canadians have lost $35 billion of their retirement life savings and an essential investment choice based on the lie called tax leakage.

Yes Virginia, tax leakage is a lie. A hoax. A media coddled conspiracy. If you disagree, then prove otherwise. I am glad to be proven wrong.

The only tax leakage, is the tax leakage CAUSED by this policy, from all the $96 billion in trust tax related LBO takeovers, including BCE

How unwise is that?

At least one media person in Canada has the fortitude and moral integrity to report on the facts, namely Diane Francis who has consistently argued: “Prove the case or drop the tax”.

The rest of the media in Canada have condemned income trust investors as “guilty until proven innocent”. Thanks.

Meanwhile , what kind of utterly lame professional journalist would ever say something like this about their professional misconduct; “I didn't explore the possibility that [Flaherty] was lying. Perhaps I should have.” Carol Goar, Toronto Star, January 2008

So what has Carol Goar done to atone for her sins? Nothing.

Talk about a cover-up by the media. Maybe Canadian journalists can reform themselves before this Harper government cover-up about tax leakage gets completely blown......along with their credibility. Just like has no occurred with the Edwards scandal or the episode with WMD as the false justification for Iraq.

Don’t these journalists realize that they are instruments to their own demise? We don’t need newspapers anymore if they don’t report the news. The internet is the quick and readily accessible antidote to journalists’ inability to perform their duty.

Print journalists are one button click away from being irrelevant. Why are they compelling their readers to make that choice?

See also: “It shouldn’t be the role of journalists to knowingly propagate lies”

One Judith Miller is one too many. Ditto for Carol Goar.



Edwards scandal rocks US media

News organisations under fire for failure to expose Democrat's extramarital affair
Paul Harris in New York
The Observer,
Sunday August 10 2008

When former presidential candidate John Edwards finally admitted to having an extramarital affair this weekend he faced an outpouring of recrimination. But a lot of ire has now been aimed at the mainstream media in America, which did not report on the story even as it became a national talking point on the internet and late-night television.

That blanket of silence was finally lifted after Edwards, a former senator who has run twice for the Democratic presidential nomination, gave a television interview to ABC News in which he detailed his romantic relationship with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter, which he said occurred in 2006.

The news was like a dam breaking in the mainstream media. Suddenly Edwards' affair became a front-page story. For many in the new media world of blogging, however, the coverage is too little, too late.

'There will be ramifications from this incident on the blogging community and also on the mainstream media,' wrote Steve Clemons, a blogger at the Huffington Post, an online newspaper which has led reporting of the affair.

The fact remains that the Edwards story was ignored for almost nine months by the vast majority of American newspapers, radio and TV news organisations despite detailed accounts of the scandal in the National Enquirer and widespread coverage on the internet.

The scandal was also covered by many foreign newspapers, leading to the bizarre situation in which many Americans were reading detailed accounts of the allegations long before their mainstream media news organisations were reporting on it.

12 comments:

Dr Mike said...

I don`t know what to say!!

It is one thing for the media to be silent on an important issue such as income trusts--it is a completely different animal when they spout half truths & out & out lies.

How can we take seriously any group of individuals & the media they represent when all that we constantly receive is old hat rhetoric not fit for a reply.

I now rely on the internet for all of my relevant news & information.

The print , radio , & television media has sourced themselves out of relevance.

Dr Mike Popovich.

Oldschool said...

Could the media silence have anything to do with the poll last year that found 89% of media-types in the US were card-carrying Dimmocrats?
Imagine if this had been a Republican Presidential candidate, they would have gone to the edges of the earth to dredge up the story.

Anonymous said...

oldschool may be right in saying that

"89% of media-types in the US were card-carrying Dimmocrats?"

Here at home, it's more a case of

"95% of media-types in Canada are card-carrying dimwits."

Brent Fullard

Dr Mike said...

Brent

You give them too much credit!!

Can we say Terry Corcoran & Eric Reguly , two of Canada`s finest.

Mike.

Cliff said...

Get over it guys...you can spew selected left leaning media types all you want.
The Income Trust decision was good tax policy. All parties recognise and know this...it's just some selected Liberals /Linlogs like to use it as a wedge issue. If the Liberal party really believes this is bad policy, why don't they promise to change it in direct words. Instead...they choose to complain with weasel words, but there is no promise, policy or details to reverse this sound policy.
Liblogs...your siding with the corporate elite...as the Liberals have always done.
Now...before you argue this point...look at your party finances since the resturcturing of funding retricting donations from Canada's Corporate elite.
Again the FACTS are the FACTS...
It's time to get a life and debate something that really matters.

Anonymous said...

Hey Cliff:

Not you again and your lame "Facts are Facts".

It's a great line....so where are the facts? !8 pages of blacked out documents does not constitute my idea of facts. In fact it only serves to incriminate the Harper CONs.

Any lingering doubt about the facts is dispelled when these idiots-in-office send letters demanding that the 18 pages of blacked out documents be returned.

Those are the facts.

Harper is a crook:

Lie Conceal Fabricate.

Brent Fullard

Anonymous said...

Hey Cliff:

Not you again and your lame "Facts are Facts".

It's a great line....so where are the facts? !8 pages of blacked out documents does not constitute my idea of facts. In fact it only serves to incriminate the Harper CONs.

Any lingering doubt about the facts is dispelled when these idiots-in-office send letters demanding that the 18 pages of blacked out documents be returned.

Those are the facts.

Harper is a crook:

Lie Conceal Fabricate.

Brent Fullard

Dr Mike said...

Cliff--you are back--always a pleasure I am sure.

I want to make it perfectly clear , I have never voted Liberal in my life & I have voted for 35 years.

This is not a Liberal web site---this is an income trust investor web site--as such , that is our main focus.

You said "The Income Trust decision was good tax policy."

Can you prove your point??--you say facts are facts--that means that you do have the facts.

Mr Flaherty based this policy on tax leakage.

Show me the tax Leakage --if there is proof of it , it should be an easy request.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Dr Mike Popovich.

PS--give me your full name & contact info & we can discuss this more .

Anonymous said...

Hey cliff, why don't you jump off one?

Paul Sirois

richard said...

More rhetoric from Cliff. Seems he like to share his ignorance with that other facist goof, trustmetory on this blog site. Hey Cliff, here some facts for you. When the Conservatives attack their own base they loose the next election. Remember the Mulroney/Campbell wipe out? How about Joe Clark? Three out of the four possible outcomes in the next election spell trouble for Lying Harper. Unless he gets a clear cut majority the knives will be out and we will be hearing alot more about how he whored himself out and told his caucus to suck it up.

Robert Gibbs said...

You see, little Troll "Cliff" is currently only allowed once in a while - when his parents aren't around - to poke his mug out of his Black Hole basement, since he constantly forgets that where he usually resides, the laws of physics, reason and fact don't apply.

When he learns to behave himself and realizes that he is venturing into the Earthly Real World, then - and maybe only then - will he be allowed to socialize with more evolved Human Beings.

Sometimes, though, the intensive Potty Training that young Trolls such as "Cliff" are given results in no improvement at all.

Far too often they must remain in their Black Hole domain.

Randy said...

Cliff,

If you think that the IT debacle is sound tax policy why don't you explain it?