These moments of media insanity can be explained

There are large segments of the main stream media that simply do not get out enough, especially in the U.K.:

This Dildo Flag Was Mistaken For An “ISIS Flag” By CNN ~ David Mack

But it gets even better.  Mention intolerance and homosexuality in the same sentence and otherwise bright people become blithering idiots:

Star Wars ‘reeks of misogyny’: SJW satirist punks BBC World Service ~ Milo Yiannopoulos

Seems to me on these hot button social issues all you get are the extremes on both sides which is why I normally tune this sort of stuff out. But since I did this post, here are the two extremes with a bonus of the second link being used for analysis purposes in the CNN ISIS Dildo flag segment.

CNN International reporter Lucy Pawle Spots ‘ISIS Flag’ at London Gay Pride Parade ~ Youtube

ISIS throw man off tall building for being gay, crowd stones him to death ~ Youtube

Closer to home is our pesky state flag. I’m personally in favor of changing it.  A central Mississippi artist has published a few concept designs to twitter, the first one well over a year ago: Continue reading “These moments of media insanity can be explained”

“The worst may be yet to come”: A playing on the internet disaster update

Nowdy sends the following link:

Plenty of Misconduct, and 129 Pages of One Judge’s Disbelief ~ Joe Sexton, Part of ProPublica’s continuing Law & Disorder series on the post Katrina NOPD

And a portion of her comment that struck a chord with me:

Very close to your story

What she is talking about is how Slabbed framed this story. Media bias, yes there is such a thing as cognitive bias is inherent to the human condition, is seen in how various stories are framed. Nowdy well remembers the story of Jamie Perdigao and his tie up with Team Letten and I am pleased to see some of our newer readers taking time to follow the links to that 2008 story from the posts I have brought up from the archives over the past few days. In my opinion it was one of the first public manifestations of problems at Team Letten though I’d be remiss not mentioning the good folks at Patterico’s Pontifications, who have done some excellent work on the topic. More on them in a second.

Back to the post title because I agree with Judge Engelhardt that the worst may be yet to come on this whole prosecutorial misconduct scandal. The persistent rumors of a third DoJ internet commenter proved true but there are also persistent rumors of certain problems at the FBI which bother me greatly. Those that followed Slabbed coverage of the River Birch Investigation real time remember that New Orleans FBI Special Agent In Charge Dave Welker retired in May, 2012. While I am certainly not suggesting Welker did anything wrong I firmly believe there is a backstory to the departure.

My coverage of the US Attorney playing on the internet scandal has been profoundly colored by the musing of a couple of particularly sharp lawyers, one of whom called the implosion of these prosecutions the very day the Sal Perricone news broke. What I find neat is the evolution of the story on these pages as the community here began the proverbial search for the truth immediately. I’d invite everyone to note how the Perricone’s departure in March 2012 lines up on the timeline of the events with Special Agent in Charge Welker’s retirement in May, 2012. Continue reading ““The worst may be yet to come”: A playing on the internet disaster update”

Lots of Garland chatter in the area blogs…..

Clay over at NOLA-dishu is linking some of the new media coverage of the Garland Robinette payola scandal.  Each post lends greater insight into the thinking of the peeps on the state of the media in metro New Orleans.  I’ll chime in and say I agree that Bob Delgorno really stinks so I tune to MPB or slip in a CD when I’m behind the windshield.

The TeeVee is where I depart from Dambala.  Yeah there is competition but each station is sold out in one way shape or fashion.  And while I like reporters like Lee Zurik I wonder what would happen if he pissed in the Cheerios of one of Tom Benson’s cronies.  Val Bracy isn’t gone for nothing folks.  At WDSU Amy Sneed staffs the assignment desk.  Have they done anything on Sis’s hubby Fred Heebe? And at WWL you have the Toolman that is completely dicked into the Aaron Broussard social/business network.  And speaking of Zurik will he ever do anything harder hitting than highlighting a few political hacks misusing credit cards in the JP VFD? The contrast with the person he effectively replaced is striking that way folks.

We’re all subject to cognitive bias and the media including the new media does not have an exemption.  Bernie Goldberg does a good job explaining how it works in his book Bias though I hope by now everyone is smart enough to understand the concepts cut across the entire media, not just the so-called liberal media. In a way Robinette is just the tip of a much larger iceberg folks.

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It’s Official, Anderson Cooper joins Bobby Bermdoggle Jindal as an oil spill idiot. Snookered again: How the National Media let us down after the Oil Spill

Is it news or is what we see on the TeeVee all show biz? The answer folks, is show biz aka self-interest driven propaganda, as Jonathan Tilove at the Times Picayune explains:

About of a third of the way through the National Oil Spill Commission’s 400-page report, there is a 43-page chapter on the oil spill response and containment efforts that suggests that berms and boom were pretty much a bust, collecting more headlines than oil.

Along the way, the report also casts a rather unflattering light on Louisiana officialdom, singling out Gov. Bobby Jindal and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

And while Nungesser was cashing in with BP along with St Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stevens, the media was running to him for the self serving sound bite de jour, making the media in general and Anderson Cooper in particular mighty useful idiots for this corrupt local politician as we continue:

According to the commission’s narrative, the festering animosity in Louisiana’s relationship with Washington was nurtured by a news media that thrives on conflict. Continue reading “It’s Official, Anderson Cooper joins Bobby Bermdoggle Jindal as an oil spill idiot. Snookered again: How the National Media let us down after the Oil Spill”