The Lamestreams Strike Again — This Time in Madison

Some thoughts about the demonstrations in Madison and why liberals in the media are held in such low regard.

Let’s first take a trip down memory lane. Remember when journalists covered those tea party rallies and couldn’t help but notice that most of the people who showed up were white? They made it sound like an indictment. I was never quite sure why race was significant, but since the lamestreams brought it up, let me bring up a question: Since almost all the demonstrators in Wisconsin are white, why have the media, ever alert to skin color, not said a word about the crowd’s complexion?

Answer: Because they gratuitously bring race into the story if their real purpose is to make conservatives look bad. Telling us that most of the tea partiers were white was a way of saying they’re probably racists, without actually saying it.

Point number two: If one moron at a tea party carried a sign saying “Obama is Hitler” it was big news – proof that the tea partiers, generally, were hate-mongers. Cut to Madison, where there are lots of signs linking Governor Scott Walker to Hitler, Mussolini, Mubarak and al qaeda. According to the conservative media watchdog group, the Media Research center, on a Thursday morning, right after the demonstrations began, none of the network morning shows aired even one picture of any of those signs.

Since then, some of the placards have made it on the air. But I got the impression that the “mainstream” media weren’t nearly as passionate about showing – or commenting about – the many nasty signs that were aimed at a Republican governor as they were about showing the few ugly placards aimed at President Obama.

Point number three: NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams opened his newscast the other night with these words:

“Good evening. From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens uprisings are changing the world.  … Tonight, we’re going to begin in Wisconsin. The state capitol has been taken over by the people.”

Get it?  The good guys in the Middle East were the courageous demonstrators. The good guys in the Middle West are the courageous demonstrators. The bad guys in the Middle East were the monsters running the government. The bad guys in the Middle West …

Get it now?

Surely Brian Williams understands that there are far more differences than similarities between the desperate protesters  in Cairo and the middle class union workers in Wisconsin. But that didn’t stop him from making it sound like they were all in it together, somehow united to break the chains of their oppression.

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Peter Wehner has a smart piece on the Commentary Web site about double standards, in politics and journalism.

“All of us in politics are susceptible to double standards,” Wehner wrote. “We tend to overlook serrated comments by those who share our ideological views and quickly cry foul when those on the other side of the political divide say incendiary things. If you’re a conservative you tend to point your finger at Keith Olbermann; if you’re a liberal you are more likely to focus your fire on Glenn Beck. That’s why it’s important to locate figures in both camps who possess some independence of thought and mind, who are capable of making relatively disinterested judgments about events, and who believe people should be held to roughly equal standards when it comes to rhetoric and actions.”

That’s where independent journalists are supposed to come in. Except, as Wehner documents, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. I will quote from his article at some length, his points are well worth considering:

“The day after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, George Packer of the New Yorker complained that ‘relentlessly hostile rhetoric has become standard issue on the right.’ James Fallows of the Atlantic lamented our ‘extreme, implicitly violent political rhetoric and imagery.’ And Paul Krugman of the New York Times argued, ‘it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.’

“The fact that conservative rhetoric had nothing to do with the assassination attempt against Giffords didn’t matter; liberals were determined to use her shooting to conduct a nationwide seminar on civility and public discourse.

“Fast forward five weeks to Madison, Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker is asking the state’s public employees to start contributing to their own pension and health-care benefits and limit their collective bargaining rights to negotiations over pay rather than benefits. His plan is sparking furious protests, with demonstrators holding up signs saying ‘Heil Walker! Stop the Maniac,’ accusing the Wisconsin governor of ‘exterminating union members,’ and calling him a ‘Fascist Union Community Killer.’ Governor Walker is referred to as ‘Governor Mubarak,’ a ‘Midwest Mussolini,’ ‘al Qaeda Scott,’ with some slogans reading, ‘Scott Walker = Adolph Hitler.’

“This is pretty ugly stuff. So just where is the Liberal Civility Patrol when we really need them? Have Krugman, Packer, and Fallows condemned what we’re seeing in Madison? Where is the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, who has claimed that ‘violent political rhetoric and the threat of political violence in this country comes almost exclusively from the right’? And what of E.J. Dionne, Jr., who has written, ‘The most surprising and disappointing aspect of our politics is how little pushback there has been against the vile, extremist rhetoric that has characterized such a large part of the anti-Obama movement’? Where are the earnest political commentators and news stories lamenting the inflammatory language that has become a steady undercurrent in the nation’s political culture?

“The game that’s being played is obvious. Civility has no intrinsic worth for these individuals; it is merely another weapon in an endless political battle.”

Peter Wehner is right, of course.  Even opinion journalists have to maintain certain standards, at least they do if they care about their credibility.  But too many journalists have become warriors in the battle, instead of fair-minded observers. We used to call this bias. But it’s gone way beyond that. It is nothing less than corruption of an important American institution.

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  • Swap

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  • Cameron D. MacKay

    Bernard:
    Your article revealing the MSM bias is, as usual, well reasoned and well documented. However, I think you should emphsize one of the frightening corrollaries of this decline in journalistic professionalism. In the “Information Age”, where the average person is innundated with masses of information, it is even more essential than it was in the past to have journalistic sources that honestly attempt to portray news events in an objective manner. It has now become almost impossible to find a news source which does not deserve a high dose of skepticism. The irony is that in the so called “information age” is is becoming increasingly difficult to develop an accurate perception of any news event.

  • Ted

    I had this idea.

    Take 100 teachers, fire half based on merit, say attendance. This saves half the money that can be split in half again to give to the remaining teachers and half back to pay the back debt.

    So the unfired best teachers get a 50% raise. The others get a paper route. And the state pays its bills.

    See how muh teachers want to be measured on merit. Now that we have started at 50% let’s negotiate.

    Off with their heads, and I’ll help.

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      Ted, I agree the teachers that taught you should have been fired years ago!

  • Ted

    When I ask people how much of their formal education do they use in their real life many say not much, like less than 90%.

    So if our precious teachers are so terrific why don’t they teach us what we CAN use in real life?

    Pay them to teach and train us for the real world.

  • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

    Bernie, Cheers to those who have the guts to revolt against this system of the rich, the powerful, big business etc. The country used to be ‘for the people and by the people’ now it is by the rich and for the rich and for the big business. What I’m seeing from afar is getting damn close to fascism. ONE PARTY RULE and those below can take a hike, starve or work for nothing.

    • Mary

      Here goes the “rich rant”, if you adore the poor better don’t complain, stay home, sit on your butt, and stay poor. How many poor people have given you a job? HATE THE RICH all you want, but isn’t that what we all want for ourselves, to succeed and get a good job? Still hate the rich? Go hate Al Gore who made fools of so many and got filthy rich doing it, how about so many American haters from Hollywood, who bash America at every step, better yet GEORGE SOROS, the biggest American hater.
      Mary

      • EddieD_Boston

        Wil is too dim to understand. Probably a product of our public school system.

        • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

          Eddie, I was wondering the same about you people. The people of your ilk, after the American Revolution, migrated to Canada and England.

  • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

    People, the unions were blamed in the beginning, but now crap jobs are outsourced.

    Unless you’re willing to work for the same wages barefoot people in third world countries work for, jobs will continue to be out sourced until NAFTA CAFTA are over turned.

    Stop listening to people who make millions of dollars, yet pretend their issues are your issues.

    THEY’RE NOT.

  • http://newsbusters.org/ StewartIII

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  • Nancy

    Spot on Bernie! And with some exceptions (and we all know who THEY are) great comments too! When the teachers that DO teach and sacrifice stand up against the mediocrity promoting unions then we will have true education reform. The teachers unions have perverted the “all for one and one for all” into “all for one and none for all”, in this case translating into, they get everything and our kids get nothing. Do you think its any coincidence that “Waiting for Superman” was not nominated for an academy award? Its truly sad how self centered we have become as a nation–looking at these protesters every day is just a glaring example of this. Turn off the sound and just observe…the thing speaks for itself in spite of the efforts of the MSM to portray it otherwise.

  • Terry Walbert

    Brian Williams illustrates the penchant for focusing on appearances and ignoring essential differences. I once heard Zev Chafitz say that the Middle East is not the Middle West.

  • voted against carter

    Poor Wisconsin teachers! Average salary is $52,644 PLUS benefits!

    Don’t you just feel so sorry for the average Wisconsin teacher?

    They work a WHOPPING 9 MONTHS out of the year,
    and have an average salary of at least $52,644.

    A 3 MONTHS PAYED VACATION A YEAR. Must be nice

    This doesn’t include all the benefits they get at the
    expense of the taxpayer such as their pensions and health care.

    WHICH THEY DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO AT ALL.

    YOU THE TAX PAYER PAY IT,… out of YOUR pay check.

    Which you work at for 12 MONTHS a year and MAYBE, you get a 2 week vacation.

    The graduation rate in Milwaukee public schools is 46 percent.

    The graduation rate for African-Americans in Milwaukee public schools is 34 percent.

    Shouldn’t somebody be protesting that?

    UNIONS SUCK. PERIOD.

    I have ALWAYS been able to negotiate a better deal than ANY union.

    Be the BEST and you do not need UNIONS.

    Union are for lazy or mediocre hacks.

    I HATE UNIONS. You want UNIONS?? Fine.

    Go get a job in DETROIT. Oh,.. wait you can’t.

    THERE ARN’T ANY!!!

    AND THE REST OF AMERICA pretty soon too.

    Thanks UNIONS. AFL-CIO, UAW, SEIU, TUA, WGA.

    UNIONS are Destroying America.

    Look at Detroit MI to see what the UNION’s AND the DemocRAT party have planned for America.

    A ONCE Great American City COMPLETELY DESTROYED
    BY the DemocRAT Party and their UNION masters.

    WAY to go AFL-CIO, UAW, AFT, and SEIU.

    This IS what they WILL do to YOUR town if you LET them.

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      Yep, lets go back to the good old days, remember them?

      Children coal miners:

      http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/immigration/miners-1911.jpg

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      Every right and benefit that unions have fought for over the generations that has since spilled over into the vast portion of the general workplace is in jeopardy so long as conservatives and their army of professional liars continue their war against democracy and collective bargaining in the workplace.

      You like your eight-to-fiver? Kiss it goodbye and say hello to the six-to-sixer.

      You like working 5 days a week? How does a mandatory 6 or 7-day week sound?

      You like having a breaktime and a lunchtime? Forgeddaboudit.

      Healthcare and pensions? You’re on your own, pal.

      You want a vacation? Here’s a pink slip instead, take all the time you need.

      You want a living wage? Why worry about that when you can get a credit card and live in the land of make believe?

  • Kathie Ampela

    This is getting to be a very old story, Bernie, but one that needs to be told over and over again. Media bias is turning into a threat to our national security. Downplaying world threats or at least underestimating them is something liberal media has done for many years. We can’t afford to keep playing this game, there’s too much at stake. I don’t think the media will change their ways..it’s too late for that..the only hope is to keep harping on the same old tired theme over and over again like you do, Bernie.

    • Bernie Goldberg

      Kathie

      Thanks. I think. I’m not sure that last sentence came out the way you meant it.

      • Kathie Ampela

        Bernie,

        Please don’t misunderstand..but it’s very disheartening to see you give volumes (and volumes) of examples of liberal media bias over years (and years) and nothing ever changes. Do you think someone in the MSM could be a big enough person to admit that they are wrong..just because it’s the right thing to do for America? Everything seems to be a left vs. right battle..a world viewed through an ideological prism..win your argument at any cost..even if the country goes down the drain. We have the most dangerous situation in the Middle East I’ve ever seen in my lifetime and the media has the power to dumb it down to the sleeping masses..and they are doing it! They have a long history of doing it, (see here: http://spectator.org/archives/2011/02/15/mohamed-atta-and-the-muslim-br/2) as far back as the Nazi threat in 1932. Anyway, there was certainly no disrepect meant towards you.

        • begbie

          I would disagree that nothing ever changes, Kathie. Check out Fox News ratings. They get beat only by TNT (entertainment, movies) and ESPN (sports). People are waking up and things are changing.

          As the esteemed, wise, and eloquent Jeff Foxworthy once said, “There’s your sign!”

        • http://www.google.com/ Karsen

          This article acheievd exactly what I wanted it to achieve.

  • RecknHavic

    Good article, shows the hypocrisy of the MSM. But really, not much has changed since I first started paying attention to the “news”. The Media vilified Reagan (even as his popularity soared w/ the American people) just as they vilify the Right now. I suppose the only thing that is different now is there are alternative places to get opinion and information.

  • Hambone763

    Paying to work is not freedom. It is extortion. Pure and simple. Paying dues to any union that tells you how to think is not freedom either.

  • EddieD_Boston

    I wish just one liberal would admit that $70,000 a year for a teacher is really $70,000 per 3/4ths of a year.
    $70,000 for 9 months is actually $93,000 per year.
    Then maybe one of them can question why 2/3rds of 8th graders in WI can’t read at an 8th grade level.
    That’d be journalism.

    • http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/ Bernard Goldberg

      good one, eddieD

    • Mark

      excellent point eddieD!!!

    • JDO

      Sorry, but I hear this nonsense all of the time, applied with a broad brush to every teacher. I know several teachers (my wife being one) who bring home work at least four or five nights a week, sometimes working two or three hours, with a little on the weekend, designing lesson plans, grading papers, etc. That adds up over the course of a school year, and certainly makes up for at least a month and change of their three month Summer vacation. Do ALL teachers do this? Of course not. Do ALL teachers make $70,000 a year? Heck, I WISH my wife did, but it’s not even close.

      It irks me when people just throw out the old, cliché “They don’t work a full year” when refering to teachers, just because it’s easy to say and it sounds good. It’s just ridiculous and, quite frankly, a bit ignorant. Should these Wisconsin Whiners shut up, be thankful they have jobs and realize that if they don’t start contributing more (as teachers in other States do, including mine) they’re gonna be out on the street for reasons other than to protest? (of course, I mean the actual teachers, and not the bussed-in “professional” protestors). Yeah, they need to wake up and smell the truth. Their “savior” Unions are gonna bargain them out of a job … and the Teacher’s Union simply is not going to care.

      • EddieD_Boston

        Is the school district your wife teaches in on a 12 month calendar? Because unless it is I don’t see how my comments could possibly be “ignorant”.

      • AJ

        I, too, am tired of the canard. A good friend of mine recently lost her job due to cutbacks. She looked for, and couldn’t find, another teaching job anywhere in the area. She, therefore, took a private sector job. Now she makes the same money, works 8-5 M-F, 12 months out of the year (minus 2 weeks for vacay). She was absolutely shocked to find out that she’d have to take work home too.

        Seems we white-collar workers often take work home, too.

        By the way, a teacher tried to argue the point that she was “contracted for 6.5 hours a day, and still had more work than that each day” to do. Really? By my math, based on the 200 days her contract makes her work, she makes $50,000+ for 1300 hours a year. Most full time employees average 2000 hours. (1875 if you’re one of the 37.5hr full-timers)

  • joe from louisiana

    Hypocrites by nature are unable to see themselves. Wil’s use of the term schadenfreud is hilarious when we rewind to eggheads were discussing the demise of American conservatism two years ago. I will give Jon Stewart credit for not buying into this latest tripe from our media.

  • David in Texas

    Good article Bernie…I don’t think this is wrong, but if it is I’m sure I will get corrected…in Wisconsin (just using teachers as the example) if you are a public school teacher, you belong to the union, you have no choice. You will pay union dues, you have no choice. The state deducts your dues from your paycheck and passes that on to the union. Why the taxpayers want to pay for that administrative function to the unions escapes me, but they are paying it. On the average for every dollar a worker contributes to their pension, the taxpayer pays another $54. I think that if the taxpayers knew what were in these union contracts that their elected representatives (on either side) have negotiated on their behalf and have obligated them to pay and live with, there would be even more outrage…

  • Brian

    In regards to Wehner, he is right on anout the finger poking and blaming from both sides. A lot of Republican and Democratic voters are acting like blowhard sports fans, with the “Obama is Hitler” and “Fox News is evil” vomit being spewed out of their mouths. It still baffles me that guys like Beck and Olberman draw so much hate, seeing as they are both using shokc value for their acts. You have a ex-addict zoo crew DJ and a sexually harrasing former ESPN anchorman with shows and people from both parties taking otheir words like gospel. It boggles my mind.

    Anyway, nice article Bernie. I do not always agree with your political views but you are a fantastic journalists. Absolutely love your work on HBO Real Sports and your 48 hours crack-cocaine documentary was brilliant.

    • Bernie Goldberg

      Thanks, Brian … much appreciated.

      • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

        Bernie, How much are you paid per year for your few minutes a week on Foxnews?

        • Ron Kean

          Wil,
          You are being used. You are being used to demonstrate Bernie’s tolerance. You are being used to demonstrate balance. You are being played.

          • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

            Ron, If you don’t recognize there’s a CLASS WAR going on…

            The republicans have all the single issue voters in the bag. People who think the world’s greatest thing is their gun or religion or whatever. These people don’t notice that their pockets are being picked by big business who now have the republican politicians by the balls. Deregulation and the failure to reign in wall street’s ponzi schemes allowed the wealth to go to a small group of people!

        • Mary

          I hope and pray Bernie gets the highest pay in the land, he deserves, not just by his good looks.
          I love you Mr. Goldberg! But above all, I love what you do, keep up the good work, I loved your book “A Slobbering Love Affair” Stay healthy, we need you now more than ever.
          God bless you,
          Mary Roy

          • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

            Egads! Bernie bears a resemblance to jiminy cricket!

        • Mary

          I sure hope Mr. Goldberg gets paid well, just looking at him is worth a million!
          Keep up the good work Bernie, we need you now more than ever.
          I loved “A Slobbering Love Affair”, God bless you.
          Mary

        • Bruce A.

          Wil, I detect jealosy. Is this because nobody wants to pay you to listen to your opinions?

    • voted against carter

      Brian,

      You MIGHT want to try at least WATCHING Beck BEFORE you throw him in the same category as Olberman.

      The simple fact that you lump them in as two sides of the same coin tells me you HAVE NEVER WATCHED beck at all.

      Typical LIBRATARD troll using Alinsky tricks of trying to sound sane when you complement Berni and at the same time marginalize his viewpoint.

      LAME.

      • Brian

        I was not trying to marginalize Bernie’s view point or give him some sort of backhanded compliment. I respect Bernie and truly believe he is one of the great journalists.

        Also, Beck and Olberman are both similar. They both use a gimmick (chalk board & worst people), cater towards a particular audience (conservative & liberal) and over-exagerrate their viewpoint. That would be similar.

        By the way, pretty creative with the “LIBRATARD” insult. If you must know I am an Independent voter.

      • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

        You watch Glenn Beck?

        ’nuff said!

  • Jack

    The pro-union protesters continue saying their “rights” are in jeopardy. When did union benefits become a “right” to those public workers? No one questions the use of the word “right” in those interviews. Am I missing something?

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  • http://www.newshounds.us/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie, How many gun toting “Liberals” did you see in that crowd?

  • Tim

    Bernie,

    I have one disagreement. I believe that Brian Williams does not equate any differences between the protests in the Mid East and Madison. At one time I gave these liberal journalists the benefit of the doubt. But from their continued political slant of the news, I am now forming my opinion on what they say, not what I believe they meant.

    This is why I respect your work. I believe you mean exactly what you say.

    I wonder what would have happened had Scott Walker and the GOP walked purposely through the protesters with Gavel in hand like Pelosi through the tea party in Washington? And question two; how would it have been reported?

  • Bruce A.

    Is there anyone left who can expect at least an attempt by the Lamestream media to cover a news story(any news story) in an unbiased manor? Do these so called reporters think they are covering a story fairly?
    As for me, I am no longer in the habit of watching the 6:30 national news.

  • http://www.newshounds.us/ Wil Burns

    Bernie, The dismantling of America’s Middle Class is in it’s final stage. If allowed to continue at this rate, there will be a two class system in less than 5 years. The very Rich and the very Poor.

    As far as future elections, one party will be running and one party will be winning. The fall of Unions will mean only one party will have a victory and in the words of Karl Rove a “Permanent Majority” in the three Branches of Government.

    The schadenfreude of seeing the voters getting screwed by the corporatists they’ve elected, will not be enough to overcome my sorrow at the loss of our democracy.

    • Tim

      Wil,
      I was taught that the peaceful transition of power from the results of our democratic elections was our finest moment as Americans. As long as we continue to aspire to and protect this process, our democracy is secure! We cannot guarantee success of every American. But if we guarantee our democratic process, we guarantee the opportunity for success of every American.

      Did you call in sick that day they taught this in school!!

      • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

        Tim, Democracy, as we thought we knew it in our lifetime, it is a thing of the past, because while we talk about who can buy an election, Diebold, can quite literally throw every election from henceforth and ever more to the party who buys the votes. Guess who has most of the money?

    • chuck

      Wil said “As far as future elections, one party will be running and one party will be winning. The fall of Unions will mean only one party will have a victory and in the words of Karl Rove a “Permanent Majority” in the three Branches of Government.”

      I say why is that Wil? Politicians in general (both parties) have gotten away with their BS because we the people have been asleep at the wheel. What I see happening is some citizens (Tea Party) are waking up and demanding better from our elected officials regardless of party. Once the citizens of progressive persuasion have their “moment of clarity” this country will the great Republic that she has always been. When all of us recognize the crap both parties have been selling us good things can happen. I hope you will be a part of that.

      • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

        Chuck, What I find amazing, is how the wealthy get the less fortunate folks to vote against their best interests. And, once Scott Walker is done union-bust­ing, he’ll hire a bunch of unqualifie­d military contractor­s with PTSD to be Wisconsin’­s teachers & Federal workers, just like he tried to do on the county level.

        • chuck

          Wil, Then hopefully the people of Wisconsin will send him packing also. However, I do not share your, or the unions, sentiment that unions are in my best interest. I was a member of a union the first 6 years of my adult life and have been a non union worker since then. What In my union years I did my job very well. The guy next to me didn’t do squat. He made the same as I did in wages and bennies for half the productivity. Oh, and when the plant began laying off (before it closed!) guess who got laid off first. It was I because he had seniority. My non union career has provided me quite well. So no, I don’t buy into all this union BS. Only when the politicians realize that the people are paying attention will they become more responsive and considerate of the people. Until then they (Both sides mind you) will continue with the same old same old.

          • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

            Chuck, I spent a horrible two years in the service of our country. Do I want to get rid of the military…NO!

  • John Sullivan

    Good piece, Bernie. And to further prove that there is a concerted effort to be “warriors” for the progressives, one only need look at the same tactics being used against any public voice that doesn’t comply or follow suit, too. The approach is the same whether the target is the “professional” right, or the guy on the street. Incivility (name calling, deprecating comments) and unsubstantiated accusations are weapons used against talk radio, Fox, Beck, et al, to the point of being irrational. A near psychotic rant from Olbermann goes without notice. Meanwhile a potentially flawed but reasoned argument from Beck which includes numerous references to written word, audio, and/or video is blasted with these “weapons”. As a note – I am neither obsessed nor a big fan of either, but I selected them as they offer high contrast.

    Were there not a “cabal”, of sorts, the “intelligent” pundits and news people would offer counter argument and contrasting views on any of the subjects. But they rarely do.

  • Paul Courtney

    Indeed! I’d be in favor of “hi-speed rail” programs, if for one trip, the Liberal Civility Patrol on the express to irrelevancy. Since they can’t get there fast enough for me, thank you for staying vigilant. I’ll add to the names above the entire npr operation, a united voice for labor! The typical report would narrate about the protesters and their cause, then play a protester giving the talking points (you can almost hear the npr producer in the backround, pleading for more passion). Then for the other side, a quick blurb from a WI dem senator (out of breath, on the run from tyranny). “Not able to fit in @ pbs” is certainly a high light on Juan Williams’ resume.

  • http://www.newshounds.us/ Wil Burns

    Ellie, “If you don’t recognize there’s a CLASS WAR going on …”

    … you’re not effing paying attention!

    Worse yet – you’re LOSING!

    How d’ya like THEM apples?

    • tim

      I like my apples with carmel on top. Unless I’m in a state where liberals have designated that carmel is unhealthy and then I don’t like them apples!

    • Jim

      Wil,

      Why should workers be forced to pay union dues if they don’t want to? And, why should government workers make more in pay and benefits than their private sector friends?

    • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie

      Wil, in the class warfare there is only one losing side and it is not the rich.

      I was thought the theory of class warfare from first grade till my high school graduation essay in the USSR that was called “The image of Lenin in the Soviet poetry” (sounds like a Harvard topic). I also witnessed it how it works in the real world.

      I really hope somebody is in control and will prevent the mob rule of the poor in America, because there is no other place to run away to.

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie Velinska

    I wish Oprah would send the protesters enchanted with the Muslim revolution on a filed trip to Cairo or Libya. I will order them pizza when they reach the public square in Tripoli.