Liberal Hypocracy 101


I have stated many times that I am a broadcaster, over the last ten years I have become much more active politically as liberty has been increasingly stripped from us by both parties but more so from the left.  I find their hypocracy almost laughable, I repeat almost!  Too many people are drinking their Kool-aid.  And that has become more evident as I debated Andrew Rogers on my other blog Which I named “Peoples Republic of Madison” after Ban the Ban Wisconsin disbanded. I named it that because of a comment made by a fellow freedom fighter made the comment “Welcome to the Peoples Republic of Madison” on the forum of the communist rag the crapital times. To which one of the columnist wrote “We are proud of it” and posted a link to a column he wrote.  The link is now dead but clearly shows what they think of the rest of the state.

Madison has long prided itself on being “surrounded by reality.”” I used the phrase as the title for a collection of my newspaper columns. Many city residents appreciate the progressive mind-set and colorful characters.” that can lead rubes in northern Wisconsin to say Madison is “surrounded by reality

Andrew is an active member of “Media Action Center.  Now to the reality check.  On my other blog I was defending my profession from yet another left wing extremists who wants to get their message out on someone else’s dime.  I have pointed this out before when Obama appointed Mark Loyde to the FCC and proposed the following.

If commercial radio broadcasters are unwilling to abide by these regulatory standards or the FCC is unable to effectively
regulate in the public interest, a spectrum use fee should be levied on owners to directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting.
A fee based on a sliding scale (1 percent for small markets, 5 percent for the largest markets) would be distributed directly to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with clear mandates to support local news and public affairs programming and to cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner.

Where did Loyde post this? Of course the George Soros funded “Center for American Progress”, now of course Soros just happens to be a major contributor to PBS.  Do I care where he donates his money?  Hell no, I’m one of those Capitalist Pig/Libertarians and it’s his money and he is free to spend it as he sees fit, but there lies the hypocrisy.  He frequently refers to liberty minded groups like “Americans for Prosperity”,as astroturf and corporate front groups.  here is what he said.

Corporate astroturfers like AFP and Freedom Works even had instructional memos advising people to yell, disrupt, and rattle the speakers.

When I called him on this bit of bullshit wraped in bacon and informed him that I am a member of AFP he did a bit of backpeddling.

I never said the individual rank-and-file members are astroturf. I said the corporate interests funding and running them are astroturf.

Take a look at these names:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_for_Prosperity#Leadership_and_structure

You really think any of these billionaires and their lobbyists qualify as grassroots??? If so, maybe I should try your bong instead of mine..

The fact is that almost every link he provided was funded in some part by George Soros in one form or another. So to call donations by Libertarians like the Koch brothers Astroturf is on its face hypocrisy.

Also if you look at political donations on open secrets site (partially funded by George Soros) you will find that when it comes to political contributions the Koch brothers come in at 77. As a matter of fact of the top 20 large donors only the 18th highest went to republicans. When you look at the evil Wall Street Capitalist you will find that the vast majority contribute equally to both parties. To go further 12 of the top 20 donors were labor unions with money forcibly extracted from rank and file members and may or may not represent the political views of it’s members. This issue was recently raised before the Supreme Court.

I said ”The establishment favors more regulation” to which he responded.

Wrong! They hate regulations. (i.e. – the rules set in place to keep them from victimizing people) The Wall Street establishment and their lobbyists pushed through a massive wave of DE-regulation. And THAT de-regulation is what made the 2008 crash possible.

Of course any of us that have done our homework know that is a bald faced lie.

Even liberal Steve Jobs complained that regulations were killing jobs.

Jobs told Obama that American regulations make it more difficult for Apple to build its products cheaply in the United States compared to the cost of building them in China. Chinese health and safety standards are more lax than the United States.
Jobs almost missed the San Francisco meeting last year because he initially refused to attend unless the president himself invited Jobs.
Jobs also slammed the U.S. educational system as “crippled by union work rules.” He proposed longer school days – until 6 p.m. – and a longer school year – 11 months.

And since he is a Fan of vicki’s I will point out this interview with TEA party favorite Sen. Ron Johnson who discusses the true costs of regulation.

I also find extreme humor in who Andrew holds up as an example of fair broadcasting, Thom Hartmann who openly calls Mitt a fascist.


Of course I wrote a piece showing how it is the Dems that most closely represents facsism, but hey who pays attention to facts.

Here is Josh Tolley who bashes both parties equally.

Of course lobbyists in the insurance unions and big pharma had nothing to do with Obamacare?

Documents are being revealed of some pretty serious coordinating between the Obama Administration and the pharmaceutical industry.
In order to secure President Obama’s 2010 health care reforms, his staff oversaw an unusually close collaboration with major pharmaceutical

companies.

And of course using the regulatory arm of the EPA to favor his pet Businesses in his green agenda doesn’t even closely resemble fascism.

Of course the biggest hypocrisy is the illusion that the left is looking out for the poor.  The only thing they crave is power.  All one has to do is look at all of the Nanny Statist Laws and who promotes them. One of Andrew’s sources is the leftist group called Source Watch a leftist group out of Madison using money from the American Legacy Foundation, which is government money extorted from smokers through the Master Settlement Agreement.. While on Smoking, Obama promised that he would impose no new taxes on the poor or anyone making less then $250k.  SCHIP exposes this big lie as it is a massive tax on the poor.  But this hypocrisy is standard, the liberals passed the PACT Act. Of course they used smoke and mirrors to enact it under the illusion of stopping cigarette smuggling.. The act will do nothing to reduce smuggling, in fact it will only put legitimate businesses out of business. What the law does do is protect progressive states that imposed draconian taxes that will predominantly affect the poor.  But hey they don’t stop there they are now in the process to force the poor in those states to pay the draconian sales taxes under the name of fairness.

The Main Street Fairness Act is currently being considered in the US Senate is anything but fair! In fact, it’s a cruel irony to call this job-killing bill the Main Street Fairness Act.    This legislation is being portrayed as the correction of a great injustice.  The authors of the legislation say it will level the playing field so brick and mortar stores can better compete with internet sellers and allow states to collect sales tax from all those tax dodging citizens.  This all sounds logical until you look at the real motivation and the consequences of this small business killing legislation.

The fact is that competition helps keep prices down just as competition between the states help keep taxes down. Greed comes in many forms and the progressives are greedy for power.  On one hand they clamor for a woman’s right to kill a fetus and rip a human life from the womb A) because it’s her body and B) the hitman has MD after his nane and then on the flip side of the coin they claim the right to legislate and regulate what she puts in to that same body.

On Greed no one ever put it better then fellow libertarian Milton Friedman

But then everything they claim is about fairness is nothing more then a sham.  Johnson’s “Great Society” is nothing but a dismal failure.

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” At the time, the poverty rate in America was around 19 percent and falling rapidly. This year, it is reported that the poverty rate is expected to be roughly 15.1 percent and climbing. Between then and now, the federal government spent roughly $12 trillion fighting poverty, and state and local governments added another $3 trillion. Yet the poverty rate never fell below 10.5 percent and is now at the highest level in nearly a decade. Clearly, we have been doing something wrong.

When most Americans think of welfare, they think of the cash benefit program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), formerly known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). But in reality TANF is only a tiny portion of a vast array of federal government social welfare programs designed to fight poverty. In fact, if one considers those programs that are means-tested (and therefore obviously targeted to low-income Americans) and programs whose legislative language specifically classifies them as anti-poverty programs, there are currently 126 separate federal government programs designed to fight poverty.

Of course this could not come as a shock to anyone,

Sixteen months ago, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.” The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.

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If many conservatives are liberals who have been mugged by reality, Brooks, a registered independent, is, as a reviewer of his book said, a social scientist who has been mugged by data. They include these findings:

— Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).

— Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

— Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.

— Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.

— In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.

— People who reject the idea that “government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality” give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

 

Of course Andrew’s claims that there is no liberal bias in the main stream media is on its face laughable.  This from a former network producer.

 

But after NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was caught using edited video to make Mitt Romney look out of touch, Kandra decided he was finished defending what we call the “Democrat-media complex.”

“Forget it. I’m done,” he wrote, adding:

“You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.”

 

 

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11 Responses to Liberal Hypocracy 101

  1. AndrewR says:

    Marshall,
    You’ve thrown dozens of different subjects into this article, making it an unruly mess. Most of what you’ve written here is either dead wrong or hopelessly distorted. To substantively refute every error would take me far more time than it’s worth. (interested readers can see some of them addressed at your other blog, linked above)

    However, I will point out the one thing you actually got right:

    >”The fact is that competition helps keep prices down”

    Of course! When have I or any other liberal argued otherwise???
    In fact, I remember a time before corporate consolidation when competition was much greater and many small businesses in the same market could flourish. That’s the kind of healthy competition that liberals want.
    And it’s exactly that competition that giant monopolistic corporations like those that fund AFP have been squashing. They give lip service to competition while simultaneously destroying it. They give lip service to “small business” while simultaneously crushing them.
    They don’t want competition. They want monopolies. And their propaganda (what you regurgitate here) is the same old snake oil they were selling 100 years ago.
    Learn some history.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law

    • All topics you brought up when the conversation should have been limited to the first amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and FCC rules, it is you that attempted to bring in unrelated crap. I am well aware of anti-trust law. But you fail to show that the original trust laws were not to protect the people but to protect the political class.
      http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0603d.asp

      When you say liberals like compatition, you mean like minimum mark up laws which favor big business like Walmart because they can buy in volume even though smaller stores could sell cheaper due to lower overhead?
      http://www.jsonline.com/business/69251087.html

      • AndrewR says:

        “All topics you brought up when the conversation should have been limited to the first amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and FCC rules, it is you that attempted to bring in unrelated crap”

        Wow! Your divorce from reality is glaringly confirmed. Everyone can read our exchange at https://peoplesrepubmadison.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/zapple-doctrine/
        Every single time the subject was changed, you were the one who changed it. Stuff about urinating at the capitol, war on women, TP vs OWS, etc.
        I even tried to steer the conversation back to the original topic (Did I not say, “Whether Walker’s policies are working or not is subject for another debate”?) but you insisted on going off on all your tangents. I merely responded to them.
        Find ONE example of me changing the topic. Just ONE.
        You can’t. Thus, your credibility is shot.

      • Andrew,Andrew Andrew, You responded to the blogpost three times at once taking the conversation into three directions at once. The one that took us the furthest off track was.

        “btw, I’m the first “crybaby” in the video. Thanks for the personal attack. It doesn’t bode well for my hopes of a constructive dialogue here.”

  2. Marshall, your first statement is that you are a broadcaster. Me, too. Shall we compare resumes?

    • Any time lady, like I said I have held both First And Second Phone, with deregulation licenses were discontinued but due to international treaties they had to be revived for a while. When Mine was up for renewal I was allowed to convert them to a lifetime General Radiotelephone Operators License issued on 8/7/84 in St Paul,MN after taking a battery of tests on electronics and FCC rules. License # PG-16-55##. If you have the connections you can get the last two digits. You on the other hand started when all you needed was a sharp color crayon and sign your name next to the X. I have held every position in radio with the exception of General Manager. Yes I have even been Traffic Manager. Every station or group of stations I was either chief operator,Chief Engineer or Group Chief. Every station or group of stations one of my duties was to make sure that the station(s) were in compliance with FCC rules so . . . BRING IT!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_radiotelephone_operator_license

      • OK. This does not include my activism work, just broadcasting. While you’ve been complying with FCC regs, good for you, I’ve been changing national, state and local policy by reporting stories policymakers could not ignore.

        Sue Wilson – Broadcasting Resume

        2005-2009, Writer/Producer/Director Broadcast Blues

        A veteran television producer, Wilson traveled to seven states and Washington DC over the course of two years directing the film, using videographers from each locale, and interviewing luminaries like Danny Glover, Phil Donahue, Naomi Judd, Sens. Byron Dorgan and Bernie Sanders, Reps. Maurice Hinchey and Donna Edwards, Helen Thomas, and David Brancaccio.

        The film was edited in Sacramento and premiered in March 2009 to a cheering crowd.

        1999 – 2004 Reporter/Host Capital Public Radio, Sacramento.

        Hosted and produced monthly radio documentary “Healing Healthcare” about state and national healthcare policy, which won national “Public Radio News Director’s Inc.” (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary, two statewide Associated Press awards, and several regional RTNDA awards for investigative reporting. Helped move national policy promoting parents to dine with children; helped move California policy of putting more nurses to work in hospitals. Also covered a variety of other issues including aging and redistricting for the station.

        Produced and hosted third party Gubernatorial Debate during 2002 Gray Davis/ Bill Simon race which aired throughout California.

        1998 – Sweepsfeed

        During a brief stint as a freelancer at this national TV news story syndicator, broke a story of pharmaceuticals showing up in German and European water supplies. Story forced US EPA to begin testing for pharmaceuticals in this country; the recently released study concludes pharmaceuticals are appearing in US water supplies.

        1996 – 1997 Reporter/ Producer KVIE, Sacramento

        Produced series of California election specials for Van Gordon Sauter which aired statewide, and reported and produced local public affairs programming which improved schools in Sacramento County.

        1994 – 1995 Producer, KTXL Fox 40 News, Sacramento

        Produced year long project on wasteful government spending called “You Paid For It.” Learned how to make government policy stories fun to watch. Won San Francisco area Emmy award for “Best News Feature Series.” Produced daily coverage of the OJ Simpson trial, which has instructed her media reform work ever since.

        1987 – 1992 Producer, KCBS TV, Los Angeles

        Working under the Fairness Doctrine, produced Public Affairs programming and specials for hosts Jim Lampley, Bree Walker, Sylvia Lopez, Dorothy Lucey and others, working with producers Pete Segal and Alex Nogales. Won an Emmy nomination for the cultural special, “Cinco de Mayo, ” and won an Emmy award for the environmental special, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” Produced Emmy winning weekly programs “Today’s Religion” to reveal various religious perspectives on current events, “2 the Point” which highlighted community events, and “At Issue,” which delved into a variety of controversial topics.

        Education:

        B.A., 1987 Radio/TV/Film , California State University, Long Beach

        Honored as “Outstanding Graduate”

        Awards:

        Television:

        EMMY Nomination, KCBS-TV, 1990, “Cinco de Mayo”
        EMMY Award, KCBS-TV, 1991, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
        EMMY Award , KTXL-TV, 1994, “You Paid For It”

        Radio:

        Public Radio News Director’s Incorporated, 1999, National Award, Enterprise Reporting, “Healing Healthcare”
        Radio Television News Directors Assn., 1999, Best Multi-Part Series, “The Politics of Health”
        Radio Television News Directors Assn., 1999, Best Special News Program, “Healing Healthcare”
        Associated Press Television and Radio Assn., 2000, Best Documentary, “Healing Healthcare”
        Radio Television News Directors Assn., 2000, Best Special News Program, “Healing Healthcare: Inside the Real E.R.”
        Radio Television News Directors Assn., 2000, Best Investigative Reporting, “Healing Healthcare: Prescription for Change”
        Associated Press Television and Radio Assn., 2001, Best Radio Documentary, “The Politics of Aging”

        Film:

        Sacramento International Film Festival, 2009, Broadcast Blues
        Official Best of Fest, 2009, Broadcast Blues
        Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2010, Broadcast Blues

      • I see a lot of producer experience, but I see no managerial experience. In a nutshell you have never had any experience with dealing with FCC rules and compliance issues.. It also appears that much of your work has a leftist bent.

    • Licenses for Operators

      Operators (engineers) have been licensed for most of the history of broadcasting. The earliest licenses appear to be more focused on the station than the operator, but this was changed over time.
      1927: The Radio Act of 1927 included requirements that station operators be licensed.
      1934: The Communications Act of 1934 specifically required the FCC the license operators.
      The primary license was the First Class RadioTelephone license (there was also a First Class RadioTelegraph license, but it was not good for broadcast).
      A Second Class RadioTelephone license was granted to some, but they could not operate a station on their own.
      1942: During the massive call-up for World War II, many stations faced going off the air, as many licensed operators were drafted.
      Within months, lesser grade operators, including those holding a Restricted RadioTelephone license, were permitted to operate stations under the direction of the station’s main First Class operator, called the Chief Engineer or Chief Operator. This started with stations running 100 Watts or less.
      1947: The accommodation for Restricted Permit operators was dropped, and First Phones were required again for all stations.
      1953: After lobbying by industry trade groups, a new class of  Third Class RadioTelephone Restricted Permits was set up that permitted operation of non-directional AM stations under 10 kW and FM stations with up to 10 kW of transmitter power (TPO). At least one First Phone was still required at these stations and at all times for all other stations (even 250 Watt directional stations).
      1963: Observing the industry self-policing was inadequate, the FCC introduced a new Broadcast Endorsement to the Third Phone permits, turning them into licenses. Operating parameters were the same as the Restricted Permits, although FM stations with at TPO of up to 25 kW could now be operated by holders of this license.
      1968: The influx of combo operators (DJs in charge of the transmitters) as Top 40 and other music formats grew, led to another shortage of operators. A one year Provisional Certificate was designed to allow operation until an operator could be tested (the FCC usually gave tests twice a year in “outlying” areas).
      1972: Operation of high power and directional stations was now permitted by Third Phone (Broadcast Endorsed) operators. Stations now had to designate a Chief Operator who was to inspect the station regularly (i.e., within two hours of commencement of directional operation). A CO could only be CO at one station (or AM/FM combo)
      1978: From late 1978 to 1981, most all requirements were slowly but sure removed. The Restricted Permit was reinstated as the “normal” level of most operators, subject to the station’s Chief Operator – who himself was only required to have a Restricted Permit..
      1980: The Third Phone was discontinued.
      1985: Under continued lobbying from the NAB, the First Phone was discontinued, as far as Broadcast use was concerned. Existing licensees were granted a Lifetime General Class RadioTelephone license.
      1992: The Restricted Permit was dropped, and anyone could operate any station. 
       http://www.oldradio.com/current/bc_us-reg.htm

      • So which stations did you work for?

      • Too many to list since much of my work was as an independent contractor. I started in radio in the Twin Cities. I started at KANO AM 1470 / KTWN 107.9 in 1977 doing nights and overnights.  Worked my way up to Chief Engineer.  KTWN sold off in the late 80s and the AM moved from Anoka to Brooklyn Park and upgraded to 5K DA. Also worked as Operations Manager for KANO and for a year as Traffic manager as I was the only one who could operate a computer. I along with several other Engineers worked with Jim Wycore (former president of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association) to get the FCC to adopt what is now EAS to replace the old EBS which could not be automated so now stations can run overnight unmanned. Was one of the first if not the first in the Twin Cities to use digital automation.  We used Audisk which Tim Valley (A fellow Society of Broadcast Engineer member) helped design.http://www.radiolists.net/pipermail/broadcast/2008-April/017543.htmlHere's a story about our power increase.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYWxJLIxJvQ in 1994 when station sold to Cargill.In 1991 I helped build Radio AAHS build their new studios, which was a pain as it was a bank building and all wires had to be run through the vault. WWTC.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_AAHSWorked for KMOM AM 1070 from 94 to 96  as Chief Engineer and traffic manager. The station was shut down by the IRS. 1997-2000 St Cloud Broadcast group. Group Chief and traffic for KLXX and KXSS.  Stations sold in 2000.2000-present independent contractor worked wi4h groups such as Red Rock Radio.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_River_Broadcasting

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