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They didn't want the chads, now they're bitching about the touch screens they wanted.

What's amazing to me, is that they only do these things when it's a right-leaning company. Have they ever chastized CBS or CNN for left-leaning news coverage (Which, in CBS's case can be pretty concretely documented. I'm sure someone, somewhere has documented CNN's bias, as well)? Not the way Fox gets blasted.

Michael Moore and Sinclair broadcasting. Now this.

Will it come in handy if Kerry wins? The polls are turning in Bush's favor with numbers double that of the margin of error, so it seems the fraud will be more likely the desperate action of a likely loser, not a likely winner...

@ Toby

They CAN'T write about any liberal bias (at least in Germany), because they claimed repeatedly that ALL US media are strongly pro-Bush / conservative and don't ask any critical questions. (You know, like those 22 about Iraq that Bob Woodward wanted to ask John Kerry, but he didn't answer them.) At least they said so until this spring. Then they suddenly turned around and said: "The watchdog is awake again" (title of a TV "documentary" about the US media as Bush's poodles after 9/11, quoting 17 sources, all of which were liberals - although this was not mentioned, of course). And now, that they finally have retaken their responsibility (with a little help from their European colleagues), so the story ends, the US media are endorsing John Kerry and are ashamed of their lack of criticism against Bush and what this has done to the American people and to the world.

You wouldn't expect them to destroy this wonderful narrative for something as unpleasant as the truth, wouldn't you?

DIE ZEIT mit dümmlicher Polemik vom Feinsten. Der Kerry-Unterstützer ist reif für sein Alter und informiert. Bush/Cheney-Unterstützer werden als HALBSTARKE bezeichnet. Juden wissen nicht, warum sie Bush AGGRESSIV unterstützen. Das ist so primitiv, daß ich es kaum glauben kann.

"us-wahl

Das Schlachtfeld

Pennsylvania ist einer der wichtigsten drei Staaten im amerikanischen Wahlkampf. Wer hier die Wechselwähler überzeugt, hat fast gewonnen

Von Caroline König für Zeit.de

...

Schüler Adam Hill spricht wie einer, der schon gar nicht mehr zählen kann, wie oft er wählen war. "Bush muss weg, sonst geht es uns hier zu schlecht", sagt der 18-Jährige. Er hat für einen Tag die Schule geschwänzt und ist 25 Meilen nach Wilkes-Barre gereist, um den demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten zu hören.
Er ist so gut informiert, dass der neben ihm sitzende William Obrura, ein pensionierter Professor für Erziehung, erstaunt zuhört. "Er ist erstaunlich reif für sein Alter", kommentiert er und gibt der düsteren Sicht des jungen Mannes recht: Das Land habe in den letzten Jahren soviel an Misere erlebt, dass nur Kerry helfen könne.

Während Kerry im Saal den Niedergang beschwört, der unter Bush für die Mittelschichten und die Arbeiter des Landes eingetreten ist, drücken sich draußen auf dem Platz zehn Halbstarke herum, die mit "Bush/Cheney-2004"-Aufklebern hantieren. Die Schüler einer jüdisch-orthodoxen Internatsschule haben ebenfalls den Unterricht ausfallen lassen. "Kerry bringt Hass nach Amerika," erklärt einer von ihnen als Grund für seinen Bush-Aktionismus. Auf die Frage, woran man den Hass-Import feststellen könne, weiß er keine Antwort. Auch die Israel-Politik der beiden Kandidaten ist kein Motiv für die aggressiv-verlegene Bush-Befürwortung. An ihrer Schule sei der Wahlkampf kein Thema. Fast scheinen sich die Jugendlichen mit dem Wahlkampf nur zu beschäftigen, weil Wilkes-Barre den Pubertierenden sonst nicht viel zu bieten hat. ..."


Glenda Jackson wird sogar schon namentlich in der ZEIT zitiert. Vor Jahren hätte die ZEIT derartigen "Politikern" noch nicht einmal Beachtung geschenkt, jetzt zitiert man sie als einzige, bringt deren "politische" Aussagen zu Papier, hilft sie zu verbreiten, auch wenn man sie als abwegig bezeichnet, gibt man dem politischen Niedrig-Niveau Einzelner weltweit Stimme, solange der Unsinn Bush- und Blair-kritisch ist. Das ist ein Abgang im Niveau, der sich in den letzten zwei Jahren auch bei der ZEIT breitgemacht hat. Schleichend und langsam setzt sich die Niveaulosigkeit durch, um der breiten Masse zu gefallen, die an tatsächlicher Politik nicht interessiert ist. Da muß man schon "Lüge" kreischen, um gelesen zu werden. Schade, liebe ZEIT. Es war einmal anders.

"Im Dreieck des Todes

Die Verlegung von britischen Soldaten in das Zentrum irakischer Kampfhandlungen ist für Tony Blair politisch wie militärisch riskant

Von Jürgen Krönig für ZEIT.de

... Tony Blair und Verteidigungsminister Geoff Hoon würden britische Soldaten in „Söldner“ Amerikas verwandeln, giftete die Labourpolitikerin Glenda Jackson. Auch musste sich der Premier den Vorwurf gefallen lassen, dem bedrängten George Bush Wahlkampfhilfe zu leisten.

Diese Beschuldigung ist ziemlich abwegig. ..."

Why do you waste time with logical arguments. The left is not about truth, it is about feelings, but most of all about power. They seek power to make others act as they think the perfect human should act. (Of course, they themselves are not subject to these petty restrictions.)
They make an outrageous claim. You counter it. They ignore what you say and attack you as a monster before making another outrageous claim.
Stop wasting your time expecting rational discourse. This is power politics, not college debating.

I have also noticed the decline of Die Zeit, which is sad because it used to be an excellent paper. Glancing in it a couple months ago, I saw an article that was part of a series dedicated to exposing "what we find strange" about America, including of course the "uncritical media". In the article the journalist investigated electoral happenings in Arizona, coming in contact at one point with a Bush supporter identified as a "Jew", whose pro-Bush and anti-Michael Moore statements were portrayed as reactionary stupidity.

By the way, speaking of creeping anti-semitism in German discourse, Die Welt today features a letter from a man who criticizes Israel in the strongest terms for its occupation of the West Bank "since the time of Israel's founding in 1948". Anyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows the West Bank was occupied by Jordan in 1948 (and Gaza was occupied by Egypt). So why print such a letter, especially without any correction?

And speaking of conspiracy theories, I saw a headline today in junge welt, a communist paper which for some reason is displaayed especially prominently by most of the kiosks in my neighborhood, which said (approximately) "Zarqawi is not to be found - does he really exist?"

Well, liberal pundit Greg Palast estimates that 27,000 voters in Florida will be disenfranchised.

What's amazing to me, is that they only do these things when it's a right-leaning company. Have they ever chastized CBS or CNN for left-leaning news coverage (Which, in CBS's case can be pretty concretely documented. I'm sure someone, somewhere has documented CNN's bias, as well)? Not the way Fox gets blasted.

DER SPIEGEL - yes, this left-left-wing German magazine that is so often attacked here, but that can be quite conservative - published an article about attacks on FoxNews from American liberals in this years No. 33 ("Halali zur Foxjagd" by Jan Fleischauer). Not that it had only positive things to say about Fox, but here are two quotes from it:

[quote of Robert Greenwald, producer of "Outfoxed":] "We want that the sponsors who finance Fox by letting them send their commercials think about wether they want their products to be identified with such an ultraconservative TV channel." If this was a right-wing campaign against CNN this would probably be the point where people would speak about intimidation. [...]

The few studies about political biases in the US media indeed indicate that it's not the journalists' fault if the Democrats lose the next election. The Pew Center, a reputable institution, has just published a survey that found out that 34% of the editors of national media describe themselves as liberals, while only 7% favor the Republicans' political point of view.

So the SPIEGEL-journalist does not only defend FoxNews (he also mentions that, in his view, the anti-Fox-activists do not mention important facts about this channel), he is also talking about a liberal bias in the US media and providing numbers from a Pew study.
(However, I disagree with Mr. Fleischauer: This study doesn't weight the results - if there is a strong liberal bias among smaller national media, but not among larger news outlets like... Fox, the argument becomes much less persuasive - and it is only comparing journalists with the average of the American population, not with people who have a similar social background. It's also not very convincing to judge the bias in the reporting of journalists only from their political self-assessment. One example for that is that the news coverage in 2000 was rather pro-Bush and anti-Gore.)

Anti-Fox 'Activists"?

There are people who spend the time as full time activists trying to get the one national news organization that doesn't whitewash the things that lefties do to 'cease to exist'?

Have they been rationalizing for so long that free speech and free will don't matter anymore?

Neues von SPON:

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/0,1518,323902,00.html

Hier der schönste Ausschnitt:

"...will Republikaner-Rocker Rizutto mit abenteuerlichen Thesen rekrutieren, denen zufolge Bushs rabiater Sozialabbau im Grunde nur allerfeinster Hardcore ist. Demokratische Programmpunkte wie Wohlfahrt, allgemeine Krankenversorgung und Minderheitenförderung bedeuteten schließlich immer mehr Regierung, und dass sei ja unvereinbar mit dem herrschaftsfeindlichen Grundgedanken des Punk.

Dass der so frisch gekürte Punk-Präsident Bush beim Recht auf Abtreibung sowie bei der Glauben- und Meinungsfreiheit weitaus weniger Laissez-Faire an den Tag legt, findet auf der Website vor lauter patriotischer Begeisterung für die eigene Nonsense-Dialektik keine Erwähnung."

- Was ist an dem Argument so "abenteuerlich"?
- Von welchem "rabiaten Sozialabbau" sabbelt der Mann?
- Tut Bush irgendwas gegen die Abtreibungs-Fristenlösung, die liberaler ist als in Deutschland?
- Bush ist gegen oder tut was gegen die Meinungs- und Glaubensfreiheit?

@ K

You know what that is? That is ONE SINGLE article. How many Spiegel / SPON articles have there been where they attack Fox - and not even Fox alone, but all US media - for being strongly biased in favour of Bush? Certainly more than one article. Just ask a "normal" person what he knows about the US media. Just ask a student of communications studies (I know something about that first hand, because I have been one for five years now). What will they tell you? The US media are all biased. They are all slavishly pro-Bush. There is no critical voice left in America. And what will they name as sources for this? "Monitor", "Panorama", "Frontal 21", "Spiegel", "Spiegel Online", "Stern" etc. That's the simple truth. A single more balanced Spiegel article hidden somewhere in the vast mass of anti-Bush pieces will certainly not change anything about that.

Actually, I do worry that if Bush wins (and my guess is that he wins the popular vote but loses in the electoral college) there will be riots and the like. The anti-globalist types are a riot waiting to happen. They felt angry during the Clinton administration (hence the riot in Seatle) they are angry now, and they will be even angrier if Bush wins.

Look at history. The domestic terrorist groups of the 1970s (the SLA and the like) had their start in the "New Left" of the 1960s. They were angry because LBJ, a supposed liberal democrat, turned their backs on them. And the election f Nixon put them over the top.

The right wing milita groups of the 1990s really got their start in right wingers dissatisfied with the Reagan administration. Their activies began to spread during the Bush administration, and Clinton put them over the top. The reaction to Oklahoma City and their infatufation with Y2K caused them to peter out.

I fear we may be in store for a hot winter if Bush wins.

That said, Vote for Bush! If for no other reason, I will be in France on Election Day and want to see the reaction there!


Have you ever ventured to read a book written by this "renowned" feminist philosophress? She is usually developping theories that seem to be a quite quaint mixture of feminism and socialism: But -for a woman with a certain "commitment"- cobbling together ideologies of yesteryear, of course, does not suffice; no, she must meddle with US politics, since she is a very concerned citizen and she knows that she has certain expectations to meet here in Germany.

Really astounding: She thinks she is part of some intellectual vanguard, but actually she is nothing but a submissive sheep always repeating:

-Is there a cabal undermining the US democracy?
-Yes, taz, yes!
-Is Bush dangerous?
-Yes, Spon, yes!
-Is Bush a stupid white man?
-Yes, M. Moore, yes!

Funny: Theories must be complicated (you are not allowed to understand them); language must be "high-brow" and bizarre (it must make sure that you do not understand); conclusions must show off some idiosyncratic and creative extravagance (do not dare to examine them on terms of ratio and logic) - but eventually, when questions concerning reality (!) occur (who will prevail, Bush or Kerry?), our philosophress has nothing to offer but simple and boring answers: Her so astute mind reveals itself as the brain of an ape imitating other apes imitating other apes imitating ...

As a feminist -I guess- she has written some articles about hysteria; if yes, these preelection weeks are perhaps the first and only time in her tower-of-ivory (tower-of-complacency)intellectual career that she really experiences what she is writing about ...

Once again -escapism: If Bush wins, he has not really won, it was only fraud. If you cannot cope with reality you may search exile in some otherworldly theories and one type of such theories -as opposed to reality- is the conspiracy theory: Reality is nothing but illusion, the truth is always behind or far beyond it. Kerry has won anyway, no matter what the voters say!

Nancy-Fraser-matrix reloaded ...

Kid charlemagne writes:
Glancing in [Die Zeit] a couple months ago, I saw an article that was part of a series dedicated to exposing "what we find strange" about America, including of course the "uncritical media".

and Wuldorblogger writes:
Just ask a "normal" person [in Germany, I assume] what he knows about the US media...What will they tell you? The US media are all biased. They are all slavishly pro-Bush. There is no critical voice left in America.

Back during Clinton's presidency I was hearing this crap about the "uncritical" media. I couldn't figure out what they were talking about. If they thought our media was "uncritical", then the German media must be sneaking into politician's bedrooms and sifting through their underwear drawers, or scrutinizing their elementary school records. Does that sort of thing go on? Maybe the meaning is lost in translation.

It's interesting these people are pursuing this voting machine fraud fantasy when there's plenty of evidence of voter registration fraud in a number of states. 845,000 registered voters in Clark county, OH, a county with only 815,000 residents of voting age? Crack cocaine being used to entice people to register voters?

Seriously, if you cared about voting fraud, wouldn't you start by working on this stuff? Answer -- not if you're a lefty, because voter registration fraud is overwhelmingly committed by the left, to support left-wing candidates. (At least, that's how it is in the US.)

Watching the anti-globalist types riot will give me an opportunity to see my tax dollars in action. It will make for interesting tv viewing.

Unfortunately none of them chose to riot during the G8 conference this year in Georgia. Reidsville GA is not a place they would enjoy. For those who might not know Reidsville is home of the GA State prison. I am sure these globalist would not enjoy being LeRoy's bitch.

Anti-Fox 'Activists"?
There are people who spend the time as full time activists trying to get the one national news organization that doesn't whitewash the things that lefties do to 'cease to exist'?
Have they been rationalizing for so long that free speech and free will don't matter anymore?
(Joe N.)

Well, THIS entire website is dedicated to critizising the German media, so why should these "activists" not attack FoxNews? Freedom of speech does also mean that other people have the right to contradict someone who exercises this right.

You know what that is? That is ONE SINGLE article. (Wuldorblogger)

That's right. The question was wether there was ever one article or one report in the German media that did not accuse the American media of being pro-Bush, but of being rather liberal. As I tried to point out, the survey the author quotes does NOT really prove this claim (also because the word "liberal" might have a different meaning for people with a different background). So the author could have come to a different judgement about the US media, but he didn't.

Just ask a "normal" person what he knows about the US media. Just ask a student of communications studies (I know something about that first hand, because I have been one for five years now). What will they tell you? The US media are all biased. They are all slavishly pro-Bush. There is no critical voice left in America. And what will they name as sources for this? "Monitor", "Panorama", "Frontal 21", "Spiegel", "Spiegel Online", "Stern" etc. (Wuldorblogger)

OK, but this study clearly demonstrates that there was a pro-war bias in the American media before the US attacked Iraq. And I think the widespread notion Bush had all the US media on his side mainly comes from the months before the Iraq war. In these months German journalists of "Monitor", "Frontal" etc. indeed often whacked their American colleagues for "uncritical Iraq coverage" and for being pro-Bush - and sometimes they exaggerated -, but I didn't notice many attacks of this kind after the war.

It's interesting these people are pursuing this voting machine fraud fantasy when there's plenty of evidence of voter registration fraud in a number of states. 845,000 registered voters in Clark county, OH, a county with only 815,000 residents of voting age? Crack cocaine being used to entice people to register voters?

There were also accusations that Gore won Philadelphia in 2000 due to voters fraud - the number of registered voters kept rising although the population kept declining there. As MediaMatters has pointed out, these accusations are unfounded:
Even as Philadelphia's total population declines, thousands of new residents arrive each year and register to vote. Voters' names are removed from the rolls more slowly, however, because of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as "Motor Voter." The act makes it more difficult for authorities to remove from the rolls the names of voters who have not voted in recent elections, most likely because they left Philadelphia. The Department of Justice website explains that Motor Voter forbids authorities from removing voters from the rolls for failing to vote and places restrictions on removal based on changes of address.

Seriously, if you cared about voting fraud, wouldn't you start by working on this stuff? Answer -- not if you're a lefty, because voter registration fraud is overwhelmingly committed by the left, to support left-wing candidates. (At least, that's how it is in the US.)

I thought this was interesting, so I did some research about it. But the only evidence I found for your inference that "registration fraud is overwhelmingly committed by the left" were websites of people sympathizing with the Republicans who say that things were like this without providing much conclusive evidence for that. Do you have any numbers and hard facts to support your claim?

K,

And just who did you expect to report this... the people who are doing it... MSM

Did Robert Z send you some of those med's?

K, this was by far your weakest effort.

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