Did This Just Happen? Really?
Published on September 15, 2012 By Daiwa In Politics

I posted this in a reply elsewhere but I think it's worthy of its own thread.

Major face-palm moment. I’m still stunned by it. The only explanation is that the producer is insane.

NBC News, this evening’s newscast. Lester Holt presiding. A reporter conducts an interview of Libya’s President in which the President states unequivocally that the consulate attack was not a spontaneous uprising in response to a film or any other thing but rather a well-planned attack that had been in preparation for some time. Stated flatly that they have irrefutable proof.

Immediately, immediately, at the conclusion of the interview, Holt goes to a segment ‘on the film at the center’ of all the trouble (I’m paraphrasing), including an on-site report from in front of the alleged filmmaker’s home and extensive critical coverage of what people and groups might have had anything to do with the film. Time devoted was longer than the segment including the Libyan President’s interview.

Talk about ‘shiny object journalism’. Squirrel !!!

All I can say is, “Gob. Smack.”

Additional background and info on the subject here.


Comments (Page 1)
on Sep 15, 2012

And for the icing on the cake.  Of course.

The local NBC affiliate's newscast which followed included a segment on the continuing anti-American unrest in the Muslim world 'triggered by an internet video' (I'm paraphrasing again).

My wife, an Obamaphile if there ever was one, understands how dishonest this is.

(I live in a 'neutral' home, one with no net influence on any election one way or the other. )

on Sep 17, 2012

A lot of my friends love Obama.  I don't hold it against them   We just try not to talk politics too often.

Every time I hear the news reporting "unrest over the anti-Muslim video," I throw up a little bit in my mouth.

on Sep 17, 2012

As to Obamaphiles, I found this very interesting.  I play golf 2-3 times a month with 3 Obamaphiles.  Always interesting to hear how they cling, and how it's all about how bad Romney is.

The Force of the Blinders is strong, Luke.

on Sep 17, 2012

Good link D.  So true.

At least half of the people, no make that 75% of the people I personally know voting for BO, do it for personal financial reasons (check or gov. job).

I get it.  Guess it's human nature.  But I always kinda hoped my fellow Americans believed our country's well being, as a whole, outweighed personal gain. 

Stinks to be wrong.

on Sep 17, 2012

You know, I'm not sure how to vote yet.  I'm not really happy with Romney, but I am not happy with Obama.  There must be a third party candidate, but that would just split the Romney vote... is it worth it to vote for a third party?

on Sep 17, 2012

Jythier
is it worth it to vote for a third party?

Maybe someday (maybe soon), but not this year.

on Sep 17, 2012

Yeah, that's what you say every four years though.

on Sep 17, 2012

Jythier
I'm not really happy with Romney

Jyth, do you mind if I ask what it is you don't like? 

I believe Romney will end up making a lot of concessions and that concerns me a bit.

Do you remember on Star Wars, I can't remember which one, but Queen A called for a vote of no confidence?

Right now, that's how I feel about Obama.  I just don't have any confidence.  And I believe as soon as he loses, our economy will start bouncing back.  Like sunrise after a night of hard storms, renewal will scent the air. 

And really it won't be so much about Romney as it is about the winds of change.

on Sep 17, 2012

Anybody who can look at Mormonism and believe in it is not fit to lead a country.  Some might say that for Christianity as well, but at least our holy book is the same as it was thousands of years ago.  Since the 1850's, they've had to edit theirs 4000 times.  It was said to be a perfect book but it has spelling and grammar issues.

Joseph Smith's revelation included polygamy but they have backed away from it.  They believe their 'perfect book' trumps the Bible, which would be fine if the Bible actually was corrupted and the Book of Mormon didn't have all those mistakes... then maybe somebody could believe it and be rational.

Also, the Book of Mormon speaks of many cities in the Americas that were never there, or at least, that there is no archaelogical evidence to support it.  The Bible has had over 25,000 archaelogical discoveries which prove that it is historically accurate.  0 for the Book of Mormon.  But they say the Bible has been corrupted.

A long time ago, somebody tried to say the Bible was corrupted and created his own book of what was the true religion.  His name was Mohammed.

So, at it's most basic level, we are choosing between which brand of Islam we want to allow to rule us.

 

on Sep 17, 2012

By that standard, no person of any faith is 'fit to lead a country'.  There is a somewhat limited pool of qualified agnostics and atheists.

on Sep 17, 2012

Jythier
So, at it's most basic level, we are choosing between which brand of Islam we want to allow to rule us.

I don't believe it is Islam.  But in the end it doesn't matter.  We can only serve one of two masters.  Period.

But, being an evangelical Christian at heart, (that's right I said it!) I do understand the faith concern. 

I love my Mormon friends, of whom I have many.  But I believe they are misguided in their belief (which works out ok because they feel the same way about me).

There are many many things I respect about the Mormon culture, but doctrine is not among them.

Since there isn't a strong Christian running for office, I have to look at other, more secular things.  While I don't agree with Romney on everything, not even close, I get more checks in his column than in BOs.

Thanks for the explanation!

 

 

on Sep 17, 2012

Tova7
At least half of the people, no make that 75% of the people I personally know voting for BO, do it for personal financial reasons (check or gov. job).
My experience is exactly the opposite. I work in a DoD research facility and *everyone* other than myself is voting for RobMe because they're afraid that Obama will cut military spending and they'll be out of a job and on the street competing for wages against people living in a dung hut. It's a legitimate fear.

on Sep 17, 2012

Just goes to show that one's personal universe isn't.

on Sep 18, 2012


Quoting Jythier, reply 9So, at it's most basic level, we are choosing between which brand of Islam we want to allow to rule us.

I don't believe it is Islam.  But in the end it doesn't matter.  We can only serve one of two masters.  Period.

But, being an evangelical Christian at heart, (that's right I said it!) I do understand the faith concern. 

I love my Mormon friends, of whom I have many.  But I believe they are misguided in their belief (which works out ok because they feel the same way about me).

There are many many things I respect about the Mormon culture, but doctrine is not among them.

Since there isn't a strong Christian running for office, I have to look at other, more secular things.  While I don't agree with Romney on everything, not even close, I get more checks in his column than in BOs.

Thanks for the explanation!

 

Yeah, it's not Islam, but it's very close in many ways.  In some ways, it's not.  If you focus on one or the other, you'll come to a certain conclusion.

 

There are not many doctrinal similarities with Christians, but they appear to live moral lives.  It isn't much better or worse than Black Liberation theology that Obama comes from, though...

on Sep 18, 2012

Jythier
Yeah, it's not Islam, but it's very close in many ways. In some ways, it's not. If you focus on one or the other, you'll come to a certain conclusion.

I understand.  One of two masters.  If you don't serve Christ...

Just goes to show that one's personal universe isn't.

So true.

Mumblefratz
I work in a DoD research facility

Which goes to my point...gov job.

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