Carol Platt Liebau

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Just a brief perusal of today's Los Angeles Times reveals the kind of bias that is poisoning the mainstream media.

Take, for example, this story on the bankruptcy bill. Here's the first sentence: "A sweeping overhaul of bankruptcy rules long sought by credit card companies and banks seemed poised to become law after two key Senate votes Tuesday." Get it?? The evil GOP is doing the bidding of the likewise-evil forces of corporate oppression. This despite the fact (if you're willing to read pretty far into the story) that the legislation has a means test -- and those who make less than their state's median income will be absolved of all obligation to repay any part of their debts.

Frankly, responsible people of all economic stripes should welcome the new bill. When debtors are able to abuse the system by promiscuous invocation of bankruptcy, the lenders have to recover their money somehow -- most likely in the form of higher interest rates and more difficult provisions for those who do live up to their responsibilities to repay. Of course, terrible things can happen to anyone . . . but the bill is designed so that those with crippling medical bills will not be hurt. And this issue deserved a better treatment than the LA Time's agenda journalism gave it.

Once you've absorbed the Times' bankruptcy spin, take a peek at this piece on Ward Churchill. It's titled "One Issue Triggers Firestorm of Doubt About Professor," essentially claiming that one disgraceful statement (Churchill's calling 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns") has been his undoing. Well, the Times is wrong -- it's not "One Issue" that's raising doubts about Churchill. The 9/11 remarks just drew attention to him: Then it began to appear that he had (1) fraudulently claimed to be an Indian when he wasn't; (2) fundamentally distorted facts to justify a ludicrous charge that Americans deliberately tried to infect Indians with smallpox (read here for one of many recaps); and (3) has even allegedly engaged in artistic plagiarism (check out this on Michelle Malkin's site). Doesn't sound like "one issue" to me . . . and if the University of Colorado can't fire him with all this, then there's no hope for our university system anywhere.

But even with the leftward reporting of the LA Times, it's a good day . . . as we bid a fond farewell to "Gunga" Dan Rather. With his time in the anchor chair so short, we're learning all kinds of interesting tidbits about Dan. Check out this piece in The Weekly Standard -- which indicates that the foundations of Rather's glorious career were shakier than many of us knew.

Rather's early retirement from the anchor desk is a tribute to the new media. Without the blogs, Dan would be broadcasting tonight, as arrogant and self-referential as ever. The collective expertise of the blogosphere caught the fraud being perpetrated on the American people by Mary Mapes and Dan Rather and then forced the story into the MSM.

May the blogosphere's targets always be so richly deserving of exposure . . . and may the blogosphere's collective wisdom and insight always be so well-deployed and on target.


Blogger J said...

Aw, so ending bankruptcy laws is a good thing, a Christian thing. Cutting taxes for the billonaires as Bush did also was a Christian thing; and when the GOP starts building (probably assign Halliburton or Bechtel the contract) its poorhouse-prisons to put those evil working class debtors away that will be more Christianity in action as well.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm now sure how you manage to work Christianity into many of your comments on this blog, but I don't think "ending" is a fair term. And I haven't heard many calls for debtors' prisons from the pulpit lately.

Also, my wife and I had our taxes cut. Does that make me a billionaire?

Stephen Renehan

2:40 PM  
Blogger J said...

IF you think the Bush and GOP economic plans have any relation to values, ethics, or even sound Keynesian policies, you don't know too much about economics or values. The stock, bonds, and futures markets--now opened up because of the cuts on capital gains taxes-- are run by conniving, manipulating investment specialists who make fortunes simply by being in the right place at the right time. You may think that is part of American dream great, but it's neither ethical nor economically sound.

3:04 PM  

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