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March 5, 2007

Duplicity in the Mainstream Media?

Bill O’Reilly offered comments on the ACLU state level representative, Charles Rust-Tierney,  who has been found with massive amounts of child pornography in his possession.  Among the most odious of the pornography found in Mr. Tierney’s possession are images of pre-pubescent girls being raped.  The nature of this crime, combined with the efforts of Mr. Tierney and the ACLU of Virginia blocking filtering software from public libraries shows the growing ridiculousness of the nature of the ACLU’s positions.  What once was an organization that had the laudable goals of defending individuals from government gone amok has been taken over by the most nefarious elements of our society.  An American naturalist once wrote, “Americans must always be prepared to defend themselves from their own government”.  Certainly, that is the basis of the Bill of Rights, however, the ACLU has removed themselves from this trust by their consistent supporting the rights to allow access to material that is the most extreme and objectionable in our society.  This is typified by their continue association with NAMBLA, a well known organization that specializes in male predators seeking sexual contact with underage male minors.

Sadly, one has come to expect this type of behavior from the ACLU, and this issue of the danger of predators and child pornography should be an issue politicians gather about, whether Republican or Democrat.  Yet, little if any word of this atrocity has been heard by the politicians or most notably by the mainstream media.  While Ann Coulter’s remarks, which were offensive and in no way am I her apologist, made the headlines faster than a speeding bullet (or blog), and were widely denounced by the media and by Democrat and Republican leadership, no politician or major syndicated news outlet has picked up on this story.  This should be an issue where candidates are asked to speak on the record, and to state their position with regard to the activity of the ACLU, which enjoys the patronage of many in Washington D.C.  Yet, the mainstream media other than the briefest of reports by the Washington Post , which had a small segment buried in a secondary portion of the paper.  More shocking, this story of a leader of a major political organization, was passed on by the New York Times, NBC, CBS, and CNN.  ABC limited its coverage to a brief article on its website. 

Had this been a minor official of the VA. GOP organization, can the fervor that this incident would have generated been understated?  Consider the “shock” of the MSM when Ms. Coulter made her unfortunate remarks, yet consider the silence when Bill Maher insinuated his displeasure that terrorists attempts on Vice President Cheney’s life failed.  Consider the lack of coverage with regards to the offensive comments made by staffers for Presidential hopeful Edwards about the Roman Catholic Church.  Also, consider the coverage that would have followed had similar comments been said by supporters of GOP candidate Romney, whose religious belief in Mormonism is never forgotten to be mentioned by most media sources covering his campaign.

The duplicity of the MSM is over the top, and is no small part to their increased lack of voice with the public at large.  This is a sad occurence, as the media has a vital role to play in any democracy where information must be given to the hands of the citizenry.  Certainly, some fifteen to twenty minutes could have been taken away from the trivial event of Anna Nichole Smith’s death.  A celebrity died, and there is some controversy, who cares?  Her life touched a very small few in a meaningful way, although it touched many in a base way.  Child predators ruin the lives of the everyday people who work in our hospitals, drive the cabs, nurse the sick and teach our children.  These normal everyday people are served better by the media if they report on news that may deeply impact their lives. 

 Had it not been for the new watchdogs of the media Dan Rather’s flagrant abuse of journalistic ethics would have forever been hid under the rug.  The same way this is being hid under the rug.  However, the MSM should take notice; We’re on to your game. 



  1. Excellent points. Yesterday the Houston Chronicle just defended their lack of coverage of Rust-Tierney. They devoted more space rationalizing their lack of coverage than they did to the coverage itself!

    Coulter’s comment was a bad in my opinion, but I agree that the reaction was overblown.

    Comment by Neil — March 5, 2007 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. Actually, I’d like to see more of one particular side of the Anna Nicole Smith story. The legal aspects.

    Her fight for her inheritance went all the way to the supreme court. Do you (or anyone else) know why this happened? It’s an interesting story and could be used in a law course. And the decision on who gets to decide her burial. Again, very important from a legal standpoint. Next will be the custody of her young child.

    These issues may seem silly, but they are crucial. Every day, these issues come up in one area or another. The legal view on these are important. (what color dress she was wearing when she died – – I could care less)

    Comment by Randy Barnett — March 5, 2007 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  3. #1
    The silence of the MSM on this particular news event is intolerable, and of more consequence than Ms. Coulter’s idiotic comment.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 5, 2007 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  4. Randy,
    I think that the part that was portrayed most frequently was the sensationalism that the news media gave to Ms. Smith. Now, I do bring my own bias into this view, as I view her as a person of little consequence.

    The issues that arose out of this death are important as they do have a possibility to set precedent, and could have impact with regard to inheritance, particularly with the issues surrounding this particular case. Perhaps those factors, fused with her celebrity status, and the potential amount of perverse hope that some type of “foul play” was involved lends understanding why many were interested. However, I suspect it was of more consequence to John and Jane Q. Public that she was a sexy celebrity whose train-wreck of a life hit a literal dead end.

    Those type of stories always generate interest. Then again, I could be wrong.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 5, 2007 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  5. Excellent post, the ACLU has morphed into a loathsome organization that puts criminal rights above all else.
    This is the first time I have heard of this case, and that tells you alot about the mainstream media. It’s absolutely unbelievable the difference in news coverage depending on the subject’s political leanings.

    Comment by mpinkeyes — March 6, 2007 @ 1:13 am | Reply

  6. The horrific issue is that most of this porn involved penetration and violation of children younger than two years of age.

    I am reminded of a book I once read, Whatever Happened to the Human Race.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 6, 2007 @ 4:51 am | Reply

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