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Jeffery Lord: NPR CEO was a Soviet “fixer”

Peasants in the Belarus region of the Soviet Union

This is an excellent read by Jeffery Lord of The American Spectator about the CEO of NPR and her interesting history in the Soviet Union, when it was still a soviet union. Apparently, Vivian has enough experience with Soviet style journalism to justify how and why she fired Juan Williams.

According to Mr. Lord, Vivian was a “fixer” in the old Soviet Union: someone who could not just speak the Russian language, but was able to navigate around the society and the country and “make things happen” for her American guests.

Judging by her recent purge of Juan Williams, Vivian learned how to silence an opinion she finds disagreeable, too.

Breitbart’s not done with the MSM

Andrew Breitbart at the 912 Rally:

Com’on – who are real the haters?

Rush Limbaugh from NewsBusters.org

If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.

But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio (update: Spitz was a producer for NPR affiliate KCRW for the show Left, Right & Center), that isn’t what you’d do at all.

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

Point me to the conservative bloggers who are posting wishes of horrendous death on fat headed Ed Schultz or other dimwits like him. I know there are some out there, but they are not conservatives – they are assholes.
I will agree that Keith Olbermann gets a lot of grief but none of what I read wishes him to die an ugly death.
It’s just disgusting to read this stuff from people who are supposed to be providing us with unfiltered (as can be possible) information.
Not only has this story from Carlson put the spotlight on unbiased journalists, but it has made us all more disappointed in the 4th Estate and it’s fairness to provide us with information that we need to make informed decisions. Who can you trust? Is it any wonder that so many are turning to the internet and to blogs and bloggers?
The “new media” seems to be the only place to find any semblance of fact. And the big sites (pardon the pun) like Carlson’s and Breitbart’s are being held to a very high standard. The best news is that they seem to be up to that task.

Brokaw bashing internet for spreading misinformation, smears

H/T to Gateway Pundit for being ahead of the game from the start.

“You  have to vet information, you have to test it the same way you do when you buy an automobile… you have to do the same thing with information…”

Well, gee Tom. Where were the networks and the press on this Van Jones thing? Where was the information from the MSM? Not one word! Not one story! Anyone who didn’t listen to Fox or Glenn Beck or read internet blogs, had no idea who this guy was, because you and your pretty face anchors refused to acknowledge there was a story.

And if this was a smear campaign, where were you guys to debunk it? No where to be heard. If some horrible injustice has been served on Jones, why weren’t the Greek chorus of Obamatrons, harping on the right for lying and smearing this “good man” before it came to a resignation in the middle of the night, on a weekend?

Face it, you dropped the ball. You, in fact, decided to not play ball. You decided to ignore this story and hope it would go the way of some internet urban myth. And when it didn’t, when it had legs that scurried all corners of the blogosphere, you come back and blame the messengers for telling it.

You guys in the LameStream Media are pathetic. Your credibility with the American public is “in the sewer” for trying to sit on a story and keep the country ignorant. This is not 1969. The press no longer drive the news. People do. People find out. People dig up the facts, youtube them and then they become viral. And you guys are left back at the ranch, holding your dicks, wondering how this all got away from you…