I have been pounding the fact that the media, including FoxNews, has been woefully and miserably inadequate in covering the truth of the debt ceiling battle and now with the partial shutdown of the FAA. This morning I heard Bill Hemmer and his co-host just blather the number “70,000 jobs at risk” unless agreement reached. They went on doing the fair and balanced act, which is a debate for another day, especially when the Democrat they had defending this administration, has written several articles being hypercritical of Obama; one of which he co-wrote with another liberal Democrat in which they called for Obama to resign. But, as I said that’s a debate for another day.
My point is that we are supposed to be able to trust what news programming is saying. That means, it’s the responsibility of the host to make sure we are getting the truth. Even before CNN’s Eason Jordan admitted he and CNN had fabricated news stories, in order to keep a news bureau in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, we were well aware that Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and a host of other so-called news persons were bias and delivered slanted and at times erroneous news stories.
But somehow we have come to expect more from FoxNews. For me it’s because I have such high regard for Neil Cavuto and Martha MacCallum. Why intentionally parrot the talking points and misrepresentations of facts? it seems to me that if they gave the truth, people would decide for themselves based on factuality’s.
As I wrote in yesterday’s Daily Rant:
“A reality check is in order here. First of all only 4,000 FAA workers are affected. The following is another example of the depths Obama and democrats are willing to sink to get what they want: Following is by Mike Ahlers for CNN 8/4/11; 70,000 jobs lost! Really??”
“The 70,000 figure entered the public sphere when the FAA turned to Associated General Contractors of America, a construction industry group, to calculate the economic impact of the FAA funding impasse. The FAA had halted more than 200 construction projects totaling $2.5 billion.
AGC dusted off the three-year-old study conducted by Fuller. His research, designed to show the “multiplier effect” of the president’s stimulus package, concluded in early 2009 that $1 billion in nonresidential construction created or supported 28,500 jobs and added $3.4 billion to the Gross Domestic Product.
An AGC economist applied Fuller’s formula to the FAA’s $2.5 billion construction halt and came to the conclusion that it would put “24,000 construction workers out of work.” Another 11,000 workers in related businesses “are also affected,” the AGC said, and “as many as 35,000 jobs will be undermined in the broader economy, from the lunch wagon near the job site to the truck dealership across town.”
That’s the truth and those are the factual numbers. Why misinform the people? It’s beginning to appear that we should abandon these news programs and resort instead to the new media that has come into being vis-a-vis news blogs, internet talk radio and youtube news video’s.
It is up to us to point out the misleading reporting and misstatements as we hear them. That way we the people will truly be informed and will truly be able to make up our minds based on factual information.
The references I make are but two of the many ways news programming slants and misleads with their rendering of the news. While I’m on the subject of misleading, have you heard anything about candidates, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, or any of the other candidates lately? I have been soundly critical of all but a couple candidates, but don’t all the candidates deserve mention? Or have they already decided that Romney, Perry, and “will Christie run” the only ones worth mentioning?