The Death of the Media, Isla Vista Edition

The Death of the Media

Let’s watch wretched father of Chris Martines give his statement to the press:

Now,let’s look at how the AP reported it:

“Our son Christopher and six others are dead,” Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff’s station for a news conference the day after the shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the 20-year-old son was a sophomore. “You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.”

Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, of Los Osos, Calif., was the last of six people killed by suspect Elliot Rodger before the gunman apparently shot and killed himself, authorities said.

Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.

Notice anything missing?

“The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said. “When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness! We don’t have to live like this! Too many people have died!”

He then punctuated his words as he said, “We should say to ourselves: ‘Not! One! More!'” before dissolving into tears and falling to his knees as he stepped from the podium.

He fell to his knees?

This is just irresponsible journalism. This is not what the thrust of Mr. Martinez’ statement was, he specifically called out politicians and the NRA. Someone at the AP has an agenda to edit this story is such a sloppy way, with both the sin of omission and commission.

A Call To Action

It’s time to be citizen journalists and to call BS on the AP’s reporting.

The AP website has comments, if you feel so compelled you can let the author, Frank Baker, know what you think of his reporting.

You can send the AP a tweet here (if you use Twitter):

AP’s Facebook Page is here, if you use Facebook.

Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter, they say.

Remember, be professional and courteous, ask for a correction.

Belated Hat Tip: Scissorheads Purplehead and M.Bouffant who both got it way before me.

Reading the Times: All About Jill

Scissorheads – This is a link to a post I have up at Liberaland. You know, if you’re interested… — TG

All About Jill: Reading The Times (via Liberaland)

You don’t need the Enigma Machine to read between the lines of the NY Times decision to fire Jill Abramson—their first-ever female Executive Editor—and her place her with Dean Basquet—their first-ever black Executive Editor. Let’s investigate…

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The Sunday Talkies

It seems that all the Sunday Talkies were committing ritual seppuku in honor of Baby Jeebus leaving the cave to look for better housing, but This Week with a Greek Dwarf really sank about as low as you can get with infamous grifters and more infamous fetus-fondling god-botherers. Anyway, I think that they were trying for some Jeebus is Risen perspective and instead, they got this:

You know you are in for some really nutty talk when there are three religious whack jobs (including Franklin Graham, the dim son of the original Elmer Gantry) and Cokie “But the Democrats…” Roberts are on a panel. Our old pal Ralph Reed, Jack Abramoff’s glabrous grifting pool boy takes one pointy-toed kick to the nuts from Cokie and folds like a cheap suit.

Anytime Ralphie gets on the ropes, he turns to social science, which is always funny because his entire career is an exercise in denying that there is any social science. The Silent Majority, the Christian Coalition (from which he fled only moments before the Feds got there) to the warm embrace of Casino lobbying Jack Abramoff (and his gentle ministration fleecing native people) was all premised upon the Xristian Xrazies not being represented in surveys, legislation, and the media, you know, Social Science.

When Betteridges Law and Godwin’s Law Met, It Was Murder

The Death of the Media

Hitler News

CNN should keep looking for that plane (even after it is found). Anyway, here we go again with the Stupid: Can this KKK leader rebrand?

(CNN) — Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees.

The images of the Ku Klux Klan are reminders of the nation’s ugliest moments from the Civil War through the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.

Last Sunday, the world was confronted with another image of the Klan: 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist and avowed anti-Semite, in the back of a police car, spitting, “Heil Hitler!”


[Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona], who lives in Missouri, insists there’s a new Klan for modern times — a Klan that’s “about educating people to our ideas and getting people to see our point of view to … help change things.”

He said he and those like him can spread that message without violence — a sort of rebranding of the Klan.

Betteridges Law of Headlines posits that if the headline poses a question, the answer is “NO.” And essentially implies that the publisher is wasting your time, which seems to be CNN’s new business plan (this week).

“We interrupt this program for an important update!”

The Death of the Media

“Some trash has been found.”

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On Sunday, CNN interrupted “Reliable Sources” to report …on four objects CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield called “the most promising lead so far.” But she then proceeded to discuss with correspondent Will Ripley that the major discovery was likely trash.

“When you actually get down to the ocean and you recover the items, it might turn out to be a different story,” Ripley said. “That seems to be the case that we are now learning.”

In related news, some cigarette butts were spotted near the CNN driveway. Coincidence? Some say “No!”


Dancing with the Gregory: NBC Has A Solution

Meet David Gregory's hair

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks, Charlie!) tells us:

NBC’s “Meet The Press” finished a distant third in both total viewership and the demo this week, marking yet another devastating loss in what has been a brutal winter for the former king of Sunday morning public affairs programming.

“Meet” brought in just 2.804 million viewers for its March 23 program, far behind ABC’s “This Week” with 3.400 million and CBS’s “Face The Nation,” which topped with 3.938 million. In the demo, “Meet” had just 805,000 viewers, trailing ABC’s 1.053 million and CBS’s 1.177 million.

So what is NBC going to do? Replace The Death Rattle with Morning Squint and the Meat Puppet, as previously rumored?

HuffPo reported last week that, in the face of low ratings and mounting criticism, NBC is “doubling down” on Dancin’ Dave, betting that that the oh-so-desireable Yout-of-today will be drawn in using web-only interviews and increased digital engagement.


Yup, when people are running away from the stench of rotting corpses, what you do is offer them more ways to smell the rot in different venues.

Well, I suppose it could be worse: they could have decided to have Grandpa Walnuts co-host. Oh, wait.