The AP article about Fred Phelps and his family is a great illustration of how the press repeats biased half-truths over and over and over, until the fable is accepted as fact; unfortunately, Phelps and his bogus “church” is just one fable among thousands.
Once upon a time reporters may have been capable of creating objective hard news stories, free from bias. In those mythical days, they may have checked their sources and investigated data pertaining to the story.
If they ever existed, those reporters are gone. For decades hard-news stories and the hacks who create them work with a mixture of bias, punditry and cribbing from the press kit. This the only way that Iraq becomes another Vietnam.
Most liberals, leftists and conservatives were suprised to learn that Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church is made up of Democrats. This is no secret, just as the 100 million dead as a result of Communism was no secret – the press just never discussed it because these facts were in conflict with their personal and professional leftist beliefs. We’ve become so accustomed to the resulting Left-leaning bias in the news, we don’t even notice it.
Replacing Left-wing bias with right-wing bias helps expose the lies. It’s also easy and fun. Here’s the Cindy Sheehan peace mom fable from CNN:
Sharpton, Sheen visit antiwar camp
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of war protesters camping near President Bush’s ranch for an interfaith service Sunday, saying he felt compelled to meet Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who started the rally three weeks earlier.
Sheehan arrived in Bush’s hometown August 6 and refused to leave until she could question the president about the war that has killed more than 1,870 U.S. service members, including her son Casey.
“I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation,” said Sharpton, an activist and former Democratic presidential candidate.
Sharpton and Sheehan laid roses at crosses near “Camp Casey,” named for Sheehan’s 24-year-old son who was killed in Iraq last year.
Actor Martin Sheen, who portrays the Democratic president on NBC’s “The West Wing,” also met with Sheehan on Sunday.
Sharpton, Stormfront visit antiwar camp
The Rev. Al Sharpton a former Democratic presidential candidate and an activist implicated in a hate-based arson attack which killed seven people, joined Stormfront and members of other hate groups camping near President Bush’s ranch for a press conference Sunday, saying he felt compelled to meet Cindy Sheehan, the activist who started the rally three weeks earlier.
Sheehan arrived in Bush’s hometown August 6 and refused to leave until she could question the president about the war that brought about what Iraqi poet Awad Nasir called “the rebirth of Iraq as a free nation.”
Putting on a somber face beneath a swarm of Paparazzi, Sharpton said “I feel that it is our moral obligation to stand and to be courageous with these families, and particularly Cindy, that have become the conscience of this nation,”
[Photos thanks to Yahoo]
According to one Stormfront member, “What we risk doing by not showing up at the massive protests against the Bush/Neocon War for Israel is to leave the field of battle.”
Note how a properly edited photograph can add to the effect.
The tools of those lost unicorns that we call “investigative reporters” included objectivity and a need to tell the truth. The tools of most reporters today are the ability to scan a press kit, cut and paste. Garbage in, garbage out is what we call “news”.