September 28, 2013

Brent Bozell on ‘The Gay Passion Play’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:25 am

Bozell’s most recent column, carried at NewsBusters, reminds us that the Matthew Shepard story is a myth which apparently cannot be disturbed by the truth:

Jimenez argues after years of research and interviews that Shepard and his killers Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were deeply involved in drugs. Not only that, they may not be straight men. McKinney presented himself as a “straight hustler” turning tricks for money or drugs, but others say he’s bisexual. A former lover of Shepard’s claims Shepard and McKinney had sex while doing drugs in the back of a limo. As Hicklin recounted, “A manager of a gay bar in Denver recalls seeing photos of McKinney and Henderson in the papers and recognizing them as patrons of his bar. He recounts his shock at realizing ‘these guys who killed that kid came from inside our own community.’”

The media don’t have to accept this theory whole. But after the countless stories claiming Shepard was a victim of an anti-gay hate crime, shouldn’t they cover it? But it shouldn’t be surprising that the liberal media have completely ignored Jimenez. The Washington Post is the most duplicitious. The Post is so shameless that they wrote a big article on Ford staging “The Laramie Project” without making any effort to identify themselves as the “Official Media Partner” of this propaganda festival.

It is even worse than this. The Shepard gay hate crime victim story was exposed as false … almost ten years ago.

ABC’s “20/20″ took apart the legend in 2004. Elizabeth Vargas told Bill O’Reilly that the prosecutor in the Shepard case never believed it was a hate crime. Instead, it was about drugs …

The press, academia, and the entertainment industry are dishonestly perpetuating the Matthew Shepard myth for agenda-driven and cynical commercial reasons.

So many, if not most, of the left’s core historical assertions used to rationalize their beliefs and positions are similarly without basis or nearly so.

Related, from Ed Driscoll: “When The Legend Becomes Fact, Print The Legend”

In Covering the Week’s Market Decline, AP’s Freed Uses Possible Government Shutdown As Excuse to Mask Weakening Economy

Joshua Freed’s Friday afternoon report on the week’s results in the stock market at the Associated Press spent nine paragraphs telling readers how the current budget battle in Washington and possible government shutdown are causing stocks to retreat.

Though he obviously didn’t admit it, Freed’s narrative fell apart in later paragraphs as he discussed “mixed economic signals” which aren’t mixed at all. They range from “pretty bad” to “really bad.” Excerpts, mostly about the “mixed signals,” follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Positvity: Returning Soldier Surprises Little Brother at Maryland Elementary School

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 8:35 am

From Landover, Maryland (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Friday, Sep 13, 2013 | Updated 10:09 PM EDT

Two very happy brothers are celebrating their reunion in Landover, Md., and it’s a reunion they weren’t certain would happen.

Army Spc. Kevin Smith, 29, just returned from serving in Afghanistan, and he surprised his brother, second grader Darrius Thomas, at Columbia Park Elementary School Friday.

Darrius had been anxiously waiting for the return of his idol.

“We all have role models in life, superstar basketball players or football players, but to have someone in your own home that you can put your hands on, it makes a big difference,” said their mother, Kelly Tolbert.

“Seeing him is a very good thing,” Smith said. “This my little homie right here.”

He goes above and beyond at protecting our country, too. A Purple Heart Winner and Medal of Valor recipient, he is a true American hero.

Go here for the video.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092813)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.