Thursday, May 02, 2013
America's Left : Koch Bros. Bad, Al Jazeera Good!!
If any of you still harbor any doubts about the dysfunctional, anti-American nature of much of the American Left, especially the ObamaMedia's Left wing 'journalists', what appears below should pretty much resolve them.
The Koch brothers, for reasons I frankly can't fathom are in the process of making an offer to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers.This would include the sale of mainstream Leftist flagships like the Los Angeles Times,The Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant and the Orlando Sentinel, among others.
I suppose the idea, at the root of it, is to actually support a little diversity of thought. The billionaire Koch brothers lean libertarian and have funded a number of conservative causes.
The Left is screaming like a bunch of recently castrated toy poodles at the very thought of the Evil Koch Brothers actually breaking the Left's main stream media monopoly. And nowhere is that more evident than in Los Angeles.
Half the staff of the L.A. Times reportedly said they would quit rather than, you know, actually be journalists instead of partisan shills. Not much of a threat considering that the new owners would probably have to fire at least that many to actually create a newspaper,online or print, worth reading.
Then the journalist's union, the American Newspaper Guild and the Communication Workers of America got into the act, putting out a harsh statement that the Koch Brothers are apparently not covered by the First Amendment and were therefore unfit to own newspapers:
Recently you’ve seen many petitions asking that the Koch brothers not be allowed to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers. We understand why the Kochs breed this distrust. They are active political proponents of harsh right-wing positions. We’re also not certain that Tribune will listen to anything but money when the final decision is made.
What we do know is that great papers publish credible, trusted journalism online and on the printed page. Whoever comes to own these mastheads needs to understand that protecting newsrooms from ideological taint is no small thing. The future of American journalism depends on the ability to print truth, not opinion.
We call on Tribune to make a pledge that they’ll only sell to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product by making a public commitment to doing so. The Newspaper Guild-CWA and the Communications Workers of America seek your support in this goal.
'Protecting newsrooms from ideological taint?' Ho Ho! And they say the Left lacks a sense of humor!
You'll notice that none of this nonsense has anything to do with the usual union concerns about working conditions, pay, benefits or layoffs. It's strictly visceral anger about the politics and nothing else. It's hatred based on ideology, on the commission of supposed Thought Crimes. Orwell would recognize these people in a nanosecond.
Ah, but it gets better. The doctrinaire socialists on the Los Angeles City Council have decided that they're going to get involved and punish the kulaks if the sale goes through:
Three Los Angeles City Council members — including a candidate for mayor — asked their colleagues Tuesday to consider pulling city pension money from the investment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the publication to buyers who do not support “professional and objective journalism.”…
“Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism,’’ said [Councilman Bill] Rosendahl, a former broadcaster. “I don’t want to see Los Angeles, the second-largest city and the biggest region in the nation, not to have a quality newspaper.”…
“We cannot support the sale of the Times to entities who Times readers would view as a political transaction first and foremost, turning L.A.’s metropolitan daily into an ideological mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best,” Rosendahl wrote in the motion. “A newspaper isn’t just a business it’s also a civic trust.”
You see, it's their ideological mouthpiece, dammit. No sharing!
Oh, as an aside, Rosendahl's broadcasting experience is confined to free cable television and Leftist public broadcasting outlets like the Free Air Time Project. But he was also a professor at Cal State Dominquez Hills, where he probably hung out and happily rubbed elbows with the likes of his fellow professors Angela Davis and Rod Karenga. You'd think he'd know better, but apparently he's uninterested in what a fun-filled First Amendment lawsuit the City of Los Angeles would be subjected to if the rest of the Council signs on to his proposal.
Needless to say, nothing like this was said when prominent Lefty and major Democrat donor David Geffen toyed with buying the Times.
But wait, there's more.
There's another media story that sheds considerable light on how totalitarian these people really are.
As you know, Al Gore recently sold his failed Current TV to al-Jazeera, AKA Jihad TV, the anti-Semitic, anti-American news network based in the Muslim country of Qatar and owned by the Muslim Brotherhood supporting Emir of Qatar. Al-Jazeera was willing to grease Gore's over sized palm with $500 million to get an American presence.And Big Al was more than happy to take it.
Al-Jazeera specializes in airing jihadi snuff video films of non-Muslims and American soldiers being murdered, they're the outlet of choice for any stories or propaganda al Qaeda, The Taliban, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups want to air and one of their star performers is the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Sheikh Qaradawi, who favors a world-wide Islamist caliphate under sharia law, including the beating of 'disobedient' women, female genital mutilation , and death for homosexuals and apostates, just as it says in the Qu'ran.
He's also called for a second Holocaust against Jews, saying, "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. G-d willing, this time it will be the believers."
And the good Sheikh's show is one of the major attractions of al-Jazeera world wide.
But all that appears to be unimportant. Now that al-Jazeera now has a presence in the American market, the same Leftists who are having apoplexy at the idea that somebody with different views like the Koch brothers might actually have a place in America's media climate are welcoming al-Jazeera with open arms.
Not only isn't there any criticism of al-Jazeera having a presence on American cable TV, but since al-Jazeera America announced that they're hiring “800 American journalists and media professionals" a lot of these same journalists are fighting like rabid dogs to get a spot on Jihad TV's payroll.They'd never work for the likes of the Koch Brothers, but al-Jazeera..."salaam alekum, tzadik! Where do I sign"?
Perhaps they've forgotten that Al-Jazeera is the same network that cheerfully ran the al-Qaeda video of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed sawing off the head of reporter Daniel Pearl while the mob screamed 'allahu akbar!'
And the same network who ran al-Qaeda videos of the kidnapped Christian Science Monitor's reporter Jill Carrol tearfully begging for her life.
Yes, the irony is monstrous. But as I said at the start of this piece, this entire sordid episode is valuable because it shows the dysfunctional, anti-American nature of a lot of people on the Left and especially a lot of the ObamaMedia's Left wing 'journalists' quite well.
They're unworthy of living in a free society.