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Fired Up! Missouri - The Liberal Media http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/392/0 en True Only If Liberal Media Allows It To Be True http://firedupmissouri.com/content/true-only-if-reporters-allow-it-be-true <p><a href="http://www.stlbeacon.org/voices/blogs/political-blogs/beacon-backroom/114877-cadre-of-local-businesspeople-help-spence-raise-money-fast" target="_blank"><strong>Dave Spence </strong>&quot;is holding off on any public events or on-the-record interviews.&quot;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> The Liberal Media Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:21:06 +0000 BigTom 14976 at http://firedupmissouri.com News-Leader Asks Readers to Pretend Last Decade Didn't Happen http://firedupmissouri.com/content/news-leader-asks-readers-pretend-last-decade-didnt-happen <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4384221007_d8f729f96a_m.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 173px; " />It&#39;s <a href="http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111028/OPINIONS01/110280310/1004/life/?odyssey=nav|head" target="_blank">great </a>to see the News-Leader continue to hold <strong>Roy Blunt</strong> accountable for <a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/royblunt">his long, well-documented record of unethical leadership in Washington</a>. &nbsp;Water under the bridge, kids!&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>What&#39;s good for Roy Blunt is good for Missouri.</p> <p>OK, that&#39;s an overstatement, but there&#39;s a kernel of truth in that a Missourian in a position of leadership within the U.S. Senate Republican Conference could be beneficial to our state...</p> <p>It should be noted that Blunt lost his leadership role among House Republicans following the resignation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in a money laundering scandal. Blunt was part of that leadership team. But this has never proven a handicap for the freshman senator with Missourians. In Washington, D.C., it may be considered water under any Potomac River bridge.</p> </blockquote> <p>Excuse me while I clean the spewed coffee off my keyboard and monitor... &nbsp;and then clear my memory of all of following now-irrelevant information.&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; "> <li style="list-style-image: url(<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png" title="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png">http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png); "> <a href="http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/files/BD2006Report.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>CREW, 2006: &quot;Beyond Delay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress&quot;</strong></a><br /> Blunt comes in at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/files/BD2006Report.pdf" target="_blank">#1</a>: &quot;Rep. Blunt&#39;s ethics issues stem from the misuse of his position to benefit family members, his connections to Jack Abramoff, and a trip paid for by a foreign agent.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li style="list-style-image: url(<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png" title="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png">http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png); "> <a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/19081" target="_blank"><strong>CREW, 2005: &quot;Beyond DeLay: The 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress&quot;</strong></a><br /> &quot;Rep. Blunt&rsquo;s appointment is a case of &lsquo;new boss, same as the old boss.&rsquo; While Rep. Blunt may be new to the job, he has long followed Rep. DeLay&rsquo;s pattern of ignoring campaign finance laws and ethics rules.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li style="list-style-image: url(<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png" title="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png">http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png); "> <a href="http://www.citizen.org/congress/govt_reform/ethics/congethics/articles.cfm?ID=14852" target="_blank"><strong>Public Citizen, 1/13/06: &quot;Roy Blunt: Ties to Special Interests Leave Him Unfit to Lead&quot;</strong></a><br /> &quot;In this report, Public Citizen compiles a disturbing dossier on Blunt, based on original research and a comprehensive compilation of news accounts of recent months. In the end, what emerges is a portrait of a legislative leader who not only has surrendered his office to the imperative of moneyed interests, but who has also done so with disturbing zeal and efficiency.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li style="list-style-image: url(<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png" title="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png">http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png); "> <a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/19063" target="_blank"><strong>CREW, 1/12/06: &quot;Ethically Challenged Reps. Blunt and Cantor Not Fit for Leadership&quot;</strong></a><br /> &ldquo;If Members of the House were truly committed to cleaning up the cesspool that Congress has become, they would not even consider Reps. Blunt and Cantor to lead the way.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li style="list-style-image: url(<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png" title="http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png">http://firedupmissouri.com/themes/images/list-level-1.png); "> <a href="http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Roy_Blunt#Why_He_Matters" target="_blank"><strong>The Washington Post&#39;s WhoRunsGov.com Profile</strong></a><br /> &quot;As the Republicans&rsquo; official K Street liaison, Blunt helped transform the lobbying community into a vote-winning force for House Republicans.&quot;</li> </ul> Corruption Jack Abramoff Roy Blunt The Liberal Media The Worst of Washington Tom Delay Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:31:12 +0000 .Sean 14804 at http://firedupmissouri.com Liberal Media Bias Debunked in One Convenient Chart http://firedupmissouri.com/content/liberal-media-bias-debunked-one-convenient-chart <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://www.journalism.org/sites/journalism.org/files/u29/All_Can_Tone.png" style="width: 500px; height: 569px; " /></p> <p>h/t<a href="http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/10/chart-day-press-hates-barack-obama?utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed"> Mother Jones</a></p> The Liberal Media Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:04:29 +0000 BigTom 14745 at http://firedupmissouri.com More Bad News for Kinder: Waters Slams Purveyors of Breitbart Smear http://firedupmissouri.com/content/more-bad-news-kinder-waters-slams-purveyors-breitbart-smear <p><img class="rightside" alt="" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5580513372_8ffe1f497d_m.jpg" />Once you get past (a) the blanket indictment of &quot;The Internet,&quot; (b) the refusal to name which Missouri &quot;conservatives&quot;&nbsp;helped spread the relevant junk&nbsp;(e.g., <a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/dear-everyone-who-cares-about-facts-andor-higher-education-man-wants-be-your-governor"><strong>Peter Kinder</strong></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/#!/Ed4USCongress/status/62703512135548928"><strong>Ed Martin</strong></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/05/case-against-correction.html"><strong>Dana Loesch</strong></a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/#!/markparkinson/status/62875107852435456"><strong>Mark Parkinson</strong></a>) and (c)&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/because-breitbart-activists-dont-have-long-history-dishonest-video-editing-tribune-posts-obv">the glossing over of his own paper's role in advancing the smear</a>, this is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/may/13/the-internet/">a great editorial from the Tribune's <strong>Hank Waters</strong></a>:</p> <blockquote><p>A recent example [of &quot;provocative stuff on the Internet&quot;] that made the news involved a video posted by right-wing critic Andrew Breitbart showing grossly manipulated excerpts of online presentations made by instructors at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Kansas City who seemed to advocate labor union violence.</p> <p>The Breitbart version was circulated by conservatives eager to believe the worst about unions, professors and other devils targeted on Breitbart&rsquo;s Big Government website.</p> <p>Certainly, in this column lovingly devoted to free speech principles, I am not saying Breitbart has no right to criticize the professors, but he should not misrepresent what they do or say. In reaction to his latest post, university officials in both cities had to correct the record by showing more fully the content and context of the collaborative online labor studies presentations.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>If Breitbart had fairly represented the content of the course, any subsequent criticism would have been fair enough. Instead, he edited their videos to distort what the instructors said.</p> <p>At the end of the day, perversely gotten benefit has come from the Breitbart foray into dissembling. The universities were prompted to evaluate, comment on and justify the labor studies course. Too bad it stemmed from a false premise. Too bad it won&rsquo;t discredit Breitbart in the eyes of his faithful followers who like his conclusions regardless of their validity.</p> </blockquote> <p>Please don't disregard the sentiments or ideas expressed in this post simply because they have been published on The Internet.</p> Andrew Breitbart Dana Loesch Ed Martin Lies Mark Parkinson Peter Kinder The Liberal Media Fri, 13 May 2011 20:51:02 +0000 .Sean 14175 at http://firedupmissouri.com There Are Not Two Legitimate Sides to Every Story http://firedupmissouri.com/content/no-about-freedom-manufacture-dishonest-hit-pieces <p>The Post-Dispatch's <strong>Tim Barker</strong> follows up this weekend on his&nbsp;<a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/content/weak-tea">underwhelming reporting</a> of the <a href="http://firedupmissouri.com/content/weak-tea">most recent <strong>Andrew Breitbart </strong>smear</a> with a weekend article,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_d5e913e8-72ed-546e-9b02-18792778c797.html">&quot;Academic freedom at heart of UMSL flap.&quot;</a></p> <p>Barker looks at the world as a education reporter, and I look at the world with a political lens.&nbsp; That said, I strongly disagree with his assertion that this story is about &quot;academic freedom.&quot;&nbsp; This &quot;flap&quot; is about a bunch of conservative activists who make it a practice of creating and releasing dishonest videos to advance their narrow radical political agenda.&nbsp; It's about their freedom to smear people in world where <a href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/05/post-dispatchs-false-notion-of.html">reporters insist on treating their manufactured point of view as a legitimate point of view</a> in ostensibly &quot;balanced&quot; reporting.</p> <p>I also agree with <strong>Adam Shriver</strong> when <a href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/05/losing-faith-in-mainstream-media.html">he writes</a> that reporters at the Kansas City Star have outperformed all other outlets in the state on this story.&nbsp; The difference in coverage between Kansas City and St. Louis reporters may be related the respective personalities of the UMKC and UMSL professors, but those are irrelevant when it comes to reporting basic facts about the Breitbart activists' actions.</p> The Liberal Media Sun, 08 May 2011 23:52:09 +0000 .Sean 14129 at http://firedupmissouri.com Barker Blows It http://firedupmissouri.com/content/weak-tea <p>The Post-Dispatch's <strong>Tim Barker </strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_8745ef59-ca45-5048-8124-d31ebc5475b8.html?mode=story">posted a story</a> early this morning on last week's smear of two Missouri instructors by <strong>Andrew Breitbart's</strong> BigGovernment.com website.&nbsp;&nbsp; Yet as <a target="_blank" href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/05/post-dispatch-transcribes-breitbart.html"><strong>Adam Shriver </strong>points out</a>, Barker really drops the ball when it comes to reporting the known facts about the videos.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sum total of Barker's &quot;reporting&quot; on the fact that the videos are obvious hit jobs sliced up to misrepresent reality is contained in this sentence: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_8745ef59-ca45-5048-8124-d31ebc5475b8.html?mode=story">&quot;[Officials at UMKC] have criticized the Internet videos, saying their editing put the instructors' comments out of context.&quot;</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/28/2834408/university-says-internet-video.html#storylink=misearch">Um, yeah.</a>&nbsp; UMKC provost <strong>Gail Hackett</strong> said the videos <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/28/2834408/university-says-internet-video.html#storylink=misearch">totally distorted</a> the instructors' comments by &quot;taking their statements out of context and reordering the sequence in which those statements were actually made so as to change their meaning.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>And since the Star published UMKC's response <em>last Thursday, </em>extended video clips have been made public, and all of them are available to Barker. Readers aren't informed of this fact, or even given any indication that Barker has watched the longer segments.</p> <p>Should Barker wish to update his woefully incomplete reporting, here are a few links worth clicking:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/201104290017">Breitbart Starts Big Push To &quot;Go After Teachers&quot; With His Trademark Deception</a> (Media Matters)</li> <li><a href="http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/breitbarted-again-biggovernment-uses-edited">Breitbarted Again? BigGovernment Uses Deceptively Edited Video To Smear University Professors</a> (Crooks &amp; Liars)</li> <li><a href="http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/judy-ancel-and-colleague-were-framed-breitbart/">Judy Ancel and colleague were framed by Breitbart </a>(Star)</li> <li><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/29/2837482/video-posted-online-prompts-threats.html">Video posted online prompts threats to UMKC professor</a> (Star)</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=news&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CEAQqQIwAw&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.columbiamissourian.com%2Fstories%2F2011%2F04%2F29%2Fumkc-professor-and-umsl-instructor-portrayed-supportive-violent-unions-tactics%2F&amp;rct=j&amp;q=giljum%20ancel%20breitbart&amp;tbm=nws&amp;tbs=sbd%3A1&amp;ei=vqrCTbOkDczogAf3n8GHAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNEOrUbiI3FXSnhi_qNUc3wjgq_ZTQ&amp;sig2=jbx66UFIEPpEAY-yXenvQw&amp;cad=rja">MU Faculty Council feedback sought about release of controversial videos</a> (Columbia Missourian)</li> <li><a href="http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201104290006">Missouri Lieutenant Governor Accuses Labor Professors Of &quot;Terrorism&quot;</a> (PoliticalCorrection.org)</li> <li><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2011/04/28/2834408/university-says-internet-video.html">University says Internet video distorted labor lecturers' meaning</a> (Star)</li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iK58Vz28PFcQPieRBg4iSlBpR4WQ?docId=6680a019cb46456bbc28a3ea70b83182">KC university supports lecturer in video flap</a> (AP)</li> <li><a href="http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/peter-kinder-flamethrower/">Peter Kinder irresponsibly sides with Breitbart</a> (Star )</li> <li><a href="http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/judy-ancel-and-colleague-were-framed-breitbart/">Judy Ancel and colleague were framed by Breitbart</a> (Star)</li> <li><a href="http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/29/fallout_from_videos_of_labor_course_at_university_of_missouri">The Shirley Sherrods of Academe?</a> (Inside Higher Ed)</li> <li><a href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/04/judy-ancels-statements-on.html">Judy Ancel's Statements on the Breitbart/Loesch Smear Attacks</a> (St. Louis Activist Hub)</li> <li><a href="http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2011/04/big-government-lies-about-edits.html">Big Government Lies About Edits</a> (St. Louis Activist Hub)</li> </ul> <!--break--><!--break--><p>Our Liberal Media strikes again.&nbsp;</p> Andrew Breitbart The Liberal Media Thu, 05 May 2011 13:53:43 +0000 .Sean 14110 at http://firedupmissouri.com House Dems Stand Together Against GOP Voter Suppression Plan http://firedupmissouri.com/content/house-dems-stand-together-against-gop-voter-suppression-plan <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills111/jrn/jrn064.htm"><img class="rightside" alt="" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4857536838_c7a5612208_m.jpg" />Good news</a>: The Democrats in the House of Representatives and two Republicans -- <strong>Mike McGhee</strong> (Odessa) and <strong>Ray Weter</strong> (Nixa) -- voted against the GOP effort to amend Missouri's constitution to create new and unnecessary hurdles for voting (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4065296">SJR2</a>).&nbsp;</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.missourinet.com/2011/05/02/house-approves-measure-calling-on-voters-to-have-photo-ids-audio/">Bad news</a>: Republicans continued to mislead the press and reporters about the intent and effects of their proposal, which is what they've done for years on this issue. <strong>Stanley Cox</strong> continued to <a target="_blank" href="http://bit.ly/mtbROI">his hackery</a>, even saying that ACORN is &quot;still cheating&quot; in Missouri elections (!).&nbsp;&nbsp; A few minutes later, <strong>Paul Curtman</strong> said ACORN and fraud in a sentence about <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kmbc.com/politics/10214492/detail.html">four individuals</a> who submitted bogus voter registrations in 2006, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.missourinet.com/2011/05/02/house-approves-measure-calling-on-voters-to-have-photo-ids-audio/">Missourinet's <strong>Brent Martin</strong></a> included Curtman's comments in a story without mentioning that the proposed constitutional amendment <em><a target="_blank" href="http://mobile.nationaljournal.com/columns/rules-of-the-game/voting-the-rising-degree-of-difficulty-20110313">would do nothing</a> to change the laws under which those people were indicted. </em></p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>This is legislation to skew elections in Republicans' favor. It is not about fraud. Never has been.</p> Mike Mcghee Paul Curtman Photo ID Ray Weter Stanley Cox The Liberal Media Voter Suppression Tue, 03 May 2011 13:08:11 +0000 .Sean 14091 at http://firedupmissouri.com Kinder is Going to Stop Being a Terrible Candidate Really Soon, Just You Wait http://firedupmissouri.com/content/kinder-going-stop-being-terrible-candidate-really-soon-just-you-wait <p><img class="rightside" alt="" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5593265973_eabe97a73f_m.jpg" /> Politico's <strong>Dave Catanese</strong> has <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0411/April_rankings_Top_10_Gov_races.html?showall">declared</a> that the 2012 race between <strong>Jay Nixon </strong>and <strong>Peter Kinder</strong> will be the most competitive gubernatorial race in the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>You may find this preposterous, but you're not as smart as Dave Catanese.&nbsp;</p> <p>Implicit in this brilliant bit of Politico analysis is the assumption that Kinder's disasters will stop long enough for him to actually make an official campaign announcement.</p> 2012 Governor's Race Dave Catanese Jay Nixon Peter Kinder The Liberal Media Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:30:01 +0000 .Sean 14062 at http://firedupmissouri.com Despite Breitbart Activists' Long History of Dishonest Video Editing, Trib Posts Obviously Edited Breitbart Video as "News" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/because-breitbart-activists-dont-have-long-history-dishonest-video-editing-tribune-posts-obv <p>I'm blown away by <a href="http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/apr/25/um-union-violence-lectures-grab-attention/">this story</a> in the Columbia Tribune by <strong>Janese Silvey</strong>.</p> <p>Even though the <strong>Andrew Breitbart</strong> empire of websites has a <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/201103140018">well</a> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/20/breitbart-sherrod-vide/">documented</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/201001270048">history</a> of using <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/07/30/breitbart-i-d-like-to-speak-with-sherrod-in-private.html">dishonestly</a> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/search/tag/andrew_breitbart">editing</a> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/search/tag/andrew_breitbart">videos</a> to <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/201001270048">further their political goals</a> against <a href="http://www.slate.com/BLOGS/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/03/11/the-npr-stin-s-racist-tea-party-comment-was-taken-out-of-context.aspx">NPR</a>, <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/201001270048">ACORN</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2010/07/29/128848656/michael-steele-hearts-breitbart-but-shirley-sherrod-sues-him">Shirley Sherrod</a> and others, the Tribune has posted videos from Breitbart's <strong>BigGovernment.com</strong> because... they &quot;are making the rounds online.&quot;</p> <p>The videos -- complete with the now-familiar quick cuts and odd edits -- are taken from an unknown numbers of classes and feature named and unnamed persons from what we're told are classes about the labor movement led by instructors UMKC and UMSL.</p> <p>But as we know from the recent NPR video fiasco, Breitbart lackeys aren't above intentionally editing videos to mislead viewers and wreck havoc in the lives and careers of their targets.&nbsp; Far from being above it -- <strong><em>editing videos to mislead viewers is what they do. </em></strong></p> <p>The videos Silvey posts in full on the Tribune site are 6:42 and 7:25 long -- waaaay shorter than any college lecture (or lectures) on the planet -- but that doesn't seem to raise any red flags.&nbsp; There isn't a hint of skepticism expressed in the article.&nbsp; Apart from a sentence stating that &quot;the UM System declined to comment, and Ancel was not available Monday afternoon,&quot; there's not a hint of journalism in the story either.&nbsp; Just a tidy summary of obviously edited videos that &quot;are making the rounds online&quot; -- the stuff of Breitbart's dreams.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>----------------</p> <p>UPDATE: An astute reader points out that Silvey also accepts the premise of the BigGovernment.com articles without questioning. The lead of her story is &quot;Videos showing two University of Missouri instructors advocating for union violence are making the rounds online.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp; No &quot;apparently&quot; or &quot;purportedly.&quot;&nbsp; She just declares that they're &quot;advocating for union violence.&quot;</p> <p>A more reasonable lead might look like this:</p> <blockquote><p>Videos showing two University of Missouri instructors <strong>APPARENTLY</strong> advocating for union violence are <strong>BEING PROMOTED BY A RIGHT-WING WEBSITE WITH A HISTORY OF SELECTIVELY EDITING OTHER VIDEOS IN MISLEADING WAYS TO ADVANCE THE CREATOR'S POLITICAL AGENDA. </strong></p> </blockquote> <p>---------------</p> <p>Congrats, Trib.</p> <p>Or should congratulations go to Breitbart for finding someone to republish his dreck in a town that prides itself for top-flight journalism?</p> Andrew Breitbart The Liberal Media Tue, 26 Apr 2011 03:14:08 +0000 .Sean 14021 at http://firedupmissouri.com News-Leader Buries Billy's Claim That "The Paper" Is Lying About GOP Medicare Elimination Plan http://firedupmissouri.com/content/news-leader-buries-billys-claim-paper-lying-about-gop-medicare-elimination-plan <p>Billy Long <a target="_blank" href="http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110419/NEWS01/110419006/U-S-Rep-Billy-Long-stirs-mixed-feelings-speech-seniors?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGEhttp://www.news-leader.com/article/20110419/NEWS01/110419006/U-S-Rep-Billy-Long-stirs-mixed-feelings-speech-seniors?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">claimed this morning</a> that &quot;the paper&quot; is lying about the GOP budget plan, and how it radically change the very popular Medicare program.&nbsp; So what does &quot;the paper&quot; of record in Springfield do?&nbsp; It buries the accusation in the second to last paragraph in the article, and doesn't give any evidence that reporter Linda Leicht followed up with questions about the claim.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's what the News-Leader printed about one of the most important policy issues being debated in Washington right now:</p> <blockquote><p>&ldquo;Are senior programs on the chopping block?&rdquo; read another card. Calling cuts in senior programs &ldquo;the third rail of politics,&rdquo; Long insisted, &ldquo;We have to honor our commitment to seniors.&rdquo; He pointed to Illinois Rep. Paul Ryan&rsquo;s budget &ldquo;road map&rdquo; that would continue to provide Medicare for everyone 55 and older, but would privatize the program for those who miss the cut-off age. Long spoke in support of Ryan&rsquo;s proposal, warning the group to ignore<br /> media reports that point out its failings. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t believe what you read in the paper,&rdquo; he declared.</p> </blockquote> <p>That's all we get. No explanation of why Long thinks it's a good idea to phase out Medicare.&nbsp; No explanation of why he thinks unspecified newspaper writers are misleading the public about the plan.&nbsp; What are we not supposed to believe?&nbsp; Why does Billy believe what he believes?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <!--break--><!--break--><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Oh, Liberal Media!</p> Billy Long The Liberal Media Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:54:41 +0000 .Sean 13985 at http://firedupmissouri.com