June 26, 2007

Why The Fairness Doctrine Should Apply To News Media

Remember this name - Travis Loller. Anything she writes will be Democrat-fangirl propaganda, and this little episode shows you why.

Loller is a former leftwingnut activist now writing for the AP, and is (of course) coordinating attacks on Fred Thompson from her "perch" as an "objective, nonpartisan, neutral" journalist.

Target Rich Environment shows how this AP story virtually cuts-and-pastes DNC talking points from DNC/Howard Dean emails and puts them directly into wire copy. Newsbusters also illustrates this Fairness-Doctrine-worthy practice more comprehensively, by showing you the textual similarities between DNC propaganda (sent through e-mails) and Loller's AP copy. Here's just a few examples cited by TRE:

1. DNC talking point: “In his most recent stint in Washington, Thompson worked for a London company lobbying Congress to limit liability claims for asbestos-related illnesses. Over the past three years he’s made $760,000 fighting for the interests of his corporate clients.

AP (Loller)/CNN talking point: ”More recently, while Frist led the Senate, Thompson earned more than $750,000 lobbying for a British reinsurance company that wanted to limit its liability from asbestos lawsuits.

2. DNC Talking Point: “And just this month, as part of his role as the ultimate Washington insider, Thompson offered to host yet another fundraising event for Scooter Libby’s legal defense fund. Thompson has been vocal in his support of Libby, saying that he would “absolutely” pardon him.”

AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “Thompson also helped run the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Fund Trust, an organization that set out to raise more than $5 million to help finance the legal defense of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was convicted in March of lying and obstructing Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.”

3. DNC Talking Point: “For years, acting wasn’t the Law & Order star’s profession — it was a hobby. In the real world, Thompson has made a fortune in a decades-long career as a Washington lobbyist.”

AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government.”

4. DNC Talking Point: “Although the folksy-sounding Tennessean recently told USA TODAY that he would run an outsider, just as he did while campaigning as a “country lawyer” in a red pickup during his 1994 U.S. Senate race, his résumé is that of a longtime Washington operative who has crossed ideological lines to represent corporate and foreign clients.”

AP (Loller)/CNN Talking Point: “That history as a Washington insider is at odds with the image Thompson has sought to convey to voters. When he first ran for the Senate in 1993, Thompson cast himself in the part of the gruff, plainspoken everyman, leased a red pickup truck and drove around Tennessee in his shirt sleeves.”

And as for Loller's partisan political career prior to "journalism?" Well, look no further than Mother Jones for some background:
Three American citizens, along with nine other foreigners, were deported from Mexico on April 12, 1998 for alleged collusion with the Zapatista rebels (EZLN). The woman, Travis Loller, 26, and two men, Michael Sabato, 30, and Jeffrey Conant, 30, are part of an American relief group called Intercambio de Tecnologia Apropiada (ITA) or, in English, Appropriate Technology Exchange. The Mexican government accused the three of agitating for the rebel army that's been struggling in the southeastern state of Chiapas for over four years in an effort to win basic civil rights and gain land reform for the indigenous Indians in the region.

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The three Americans have extensive activist histories, having worked for reproductive rights, the homeless and protests against the Gulf War, the Rodney King verdict and Propositions 187 and 209.

Here's a pic of Loller getting arrested by Mexican Authorities:
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Democrat/MSM synergy. Of course, knowing who the vast majority of mainstream Democrat mouthpieces "journalists" open their wallets for, it doesn't come as much of a surprise to anyone, does it?

So bring on the Fairness Doctrine! The MSM needs some government-mandated balance! Right, lefties? Live by the 'fairness' sword, die by the 'fairness' sword...

By Good Lt. at 11:53 PM | Comments |