Saturday, July 24, 2010
According to Newsbusters, on July 23, 2010 two CNN anchors were frothing at the mouth about the Andrew Breitbart/Shirley Sherrod circus.
“Anchors Kyra Phillips and John Roberts discussed the ‘mixed blessing of the Internet,’ and agreed that there should be a crackdown on anonymous bloggers who disparage others on the Internet."
"There are so many great things that the internet does and has to offer, but at the same time, Kyra, as you know, there is this dark side," Roberts said. "Imagine what would have happened if we hadn't taken a look at what happened with Shirley Sherrod and plumbed the depths further and found out that what had been posted on the Internet was not in fact reflective of what she said."
"There's going to have be a point in time where these people have to be held accountable," Phillips said. "How about all these bloggers that blog anonymously? They say rotten things about people and they're actually given credibility, which is crazy. They're a bunch of cowards; they're just people seeking attention."
Uh, no John, we’re not a bunch of cowards. The corporate-controlled media is the coward. You didn’t see any blogs selling out our intelligence community like The Washington Post did in its three-part story Top Secret America.
Bloggers do the work that journalists used to do. Oh, and the pariah of the dead tree media—The National Enquirer—has scooped the lamestream media so many times we’ve lost count.
When you visit a blog you know exactly what you’re getting. Unlike so-called journalists who “claim” not to be biased, bloggers are up front about their biases. Bloggers on the right, for the most part, are rarely paid. I know this blogger isn’t. I don’t advertise here. The one advertisement you see at the top of the sidebar is placed there gratis because I love everything Old Glory stands for.
Speaking of the flag, I remember right after the 9/11 attacks, every television station—broadcast and cable—placed an animated American flag in some corner of the screen. Shortly thereafter, they all came down—all but one—that one was Fox News. Even they eventually abandoned the practice.
If you want to talk about “accountability” and “checks and balances” then I suggest you look in the mirror. Clean up your own act. You, the “legacy media” sold this nation a grocery boy sent by grocery clerks to be the leader of the free world. We are all paying for your naiveté and prostitution of the electoral process.
We bloggers are annoying to politicians and national “journalists” with the attention span of a gnat. Crooked politicians are having an awful time keeping their actions hidden and every exposure reveals the mainstream media’s abject failings.
We know that when you bloviate, as you so often do, that you are mining for ratings. According to TV By The Numbers, your employer, CNN, sucks a big one.
Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM)
FOX & Friends—997,000 viewers
American Morning—348,000 viewers
Morning Joe—368,000 viewers
Glenn Beck— 2,442,000 viewers
Situation Room—680,000 viewers
Special Report—1,997,000 viewers
Situation Room—560,000 viewers
Ed Show —692,000 viewers
The Fox Report—1,515,000 viewers
John King USA—533,000 viewers
The O’Reilly Factor—3,082,000 viewers
Campbell Brown—562,000 viewers
Countdown With Keith Olbermann—951,000 viewers
Larry King Live —714,000 viewers
Rachel Maddow Show —976,000 viewers
On the Record—1,884,000 viewers
Anderson Cooper 360 — 783,000 viewers
Countdown With Keith Olbermann—595,000 viewers