December 8, 2012

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120812)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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  1. From the Bias Out of Nowhere Department: I was flipping through the channels yesterday morning and happened to stop at In Session (a show on TrueTV that shows trials and the like) and they had an interview with George Zimmerman’s defense attorney. Now I was not expecting bias, but it came out of nowhere. First, the interviewer claimed Zimmerman was the most hated man in America (give me a break, say’s who?) and then while they were talking they showed tweets and Facebook postings to the InSession accounts and all of them (about 7 and 8) were anti-GZ. Are you kidding me? They didn’t get one positive GZ comment? Really? I find that hard to believe. One gets the impression that this was done to imply that GZ’s story is so blatantly wrong that nobody believes him. And if you do, you are some lunatic fringe.

    By the way, the comments ranged from lies (people claiming GZ ignored the police and didn’t go back to his car, which is false, he was going back and Martin accosted him) to idiotic (one person complained that GZ’s “demeanor” hadn’t changed and that showed he didn’t care that Martin was dead.)

    Comment by zf — December 8, 2012 @ 7:30 am

  2. #1, relayed your comment to NB, in case anyone wants to look into it further. Chances are remote b/c it’s True TV, but it is pretty pathetic.

    Comment by Tom — December 8, 2012 @ 7:42 am

  3. #2, True, but unlike most of the other TrueTV programs In Session presents itself as a serious program that broadcasts trials and reports objectively on them with qualified experts. So people are liable to take their implication (that GZ is obviously guilty and only a few people disagree) more seriously.

    Comment by zf — December 8, 2012 @ 8:07 am

  4. Valid point. Hope NB considers that.

    Comment by Tom — December 8, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  5. Despite Major Tax increases, California Revenues in Freefall

    California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget.

    Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already “voted with their feet” by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.

    Comment by dscott — December 8, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

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