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The murder of 17-year old trayvon martin has emerged as a huge news story this past weekend. I anticipate that it will incite further passions.

First, my heart goes out to this young man and his family. Zimmerman, the killer, should spend the rest of his life in prison without any hope of leaving prison walls.

However, the liberal media is once again distorting the nature of crime and race in this country. From their viewpoint, blacks are victims of menacing whites who are out to oppress them. Never mind that black-on-white crime, including murder, rape, and assault, are MUCH more common than white-on-black crime. Of course, you will never see the liberal media discuss this. And never mind that blacks, although 13% of the U.S. population, account for more than 50% of this nation's violent crimes. Do I think that it's wrong to automatically assume that a black male is a criminal? Absolutely. But liberals fail to realize that there is a reason why people fear blacks, especially in major cities. The insightful Chris Rock said in one of his monologues, "when i am withdrawing money from an ATM machine, i'm not scared of ted koppel. i'm scared of blacks!"
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Comments (580)

  • wolverine19x89's picture


    Is it just me or does he look like he's not exactly white?

    What a joke though... neighborhood watch harassing a black kid cause he looks "suspicious". What a retard.

    "I'm still waiting for the day that young black men (and women) can walk freely in any neighborhood without fearing for their lives."

    What a nice quote though... as if the white neighborhoods with the occasional racist moron are more prevalent than the ghettos. Why does he have to split it up to just black men and women anyways?

    If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

    "There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

  • melvvvar's picture

    this is a white guy? when they flashed the pictures i wasn't sure who was the perp and who was the victim. too bad for the kid though. this guy seems like a little busybody with a violent streak and it all ended badly.

  • JDawg's picture

    I don't know what the so-called "liberal media" has been saying about this crime, but this is definitely a case of racism.
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/19/justice/florida-teen...

    Skip to 5:11. This Zimmerman guy didn't even get a background check. If Zimmerman was black and Trayvon was white, then do you think Zimmerman would've gotten one? I'm not pretending to understand the typical procedures of Florida's police department, but something seems very off.

    The reason people (ok I can't speak for all the extreme articles from the "liberal media" that you somehow manage to find) are bitching isn't because of the racial profiling, it's because the Florida police has done absolutely nothing to bring this man to justice despite the fact that he shot an unarmed black kid.

  • TheMasao's picture

    Yes, I agree. Liberals are so evil. I saw one yesterday eating a baby before rounding up some commies to march on wall street.

  • Whgm45's picture

    Have you guys heard the 911 calls? They're chilling. A woman sees Zimmerman and White arguing outside so she calls the police. During the call you hear White let out a hideous scream, then there's one gunshot. Done.

    Blatant case of racism here, and it's ridiculous that charges haven't been filed yet

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    I have never heard of a neighborhood watch outside of a retirement community doing anything but causing problems.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • TheKing's picture

    Are you serious with your fucking first post, Brady? The kid was 17 and had an iced tea and a bag of skittles on him. The Zimmerman dude called 911 and said he "looked suspicious" and then pursued the kid (who had walked away from him) after the 911 operator told him to not pursue him. There are other 911 calls in which you can hear the kid screaming for help before being shot dead. This isn't a case of "liberal media bias," it's a case of a dumbass with a gun on some sort of power trip killing a kid for no reason, even after being told by the police that he didn't need to pursue.

    Not to mention, this Zimmerman dude was the self-appointed "captain" of his neighborhood watch group and he had previously called 911 fucking 50 times since joining the neighborhood watch, and almost all of them were false alarms.

    People are outraged because this fucking guy shot a kid dead and hasn't been charged for anything. He claimed self-defense, even though HE pursued the kid and the fucking 17 year old kid didn't have a weapon (unless you count skittles.)

    Go work on your b-school apps, dude.

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    TheKing,

    THE KID HAD SKITTLES!?!?! Tasting the rainbow would anger the lord so he had to shoot him.

    Checkmate atheists.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • In reply to TheMasao
    UFOinsider's picture

    TheMasao:
    Yes, I agree. Liberals are so evil. I saw one yesterday eating a baby before rounding up some commies to march on wall street.

    LOL

    Brady, focus on work/school. Current events / politics for the average person is like sports: it's good to know what's going on, and every once in a while there's a big event that everyone should go to, but for the most part it's a lot of observers and only a few real players.

    Get busy living

  • analyst-therapist's picture

    Brady,

    "fearing blacks" because they account for "50% of crime" does not justify murder. Are you somehow trying to justify this guy's actions? I'm not sure what you're really trying to get at here with this post. It seems to me the media is talking about a specific crime; one in which it appears that a 17 year old was killed by a racist white person . As someone mentioned above, the tapes are absolutely chilling and it would be hard to draw any other sort of conclusion other than that this guy straight up murdered a 17 year old. Also what exactly do you expect the media to say, "Although this appears to be cold-blooded murder, its ok because even Chris Rock is scared of black people. You stay classy San Diego."

    I do not know what actually happened so I can't speak definitively, but as of now it seems like a pretty clear cut case of racism.

  • TheKing's picture

    Yeah, I mean, if I turned on the news and they told the facts of the story and then went on a diatribe of how black people commit more crimes than white people, it would be so fucking out of whack. I assume Brady would be flipping his shit if they prefaced all stories about Asian people with a stereotype on how hard they study.

  • sayandarula's picture

    this guy is an ENORMOUS TOOL. apparently he called the cops 50 TIMES in the past year, most of which were false alarms. he called the cops when he saw Trayvon, and the cops told him to STOP FOLLOWING HIM, and he didn't.

    Jesus, if this guy isn't put to death it would be some fucked up shit.

    Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

  • IlliniProgrammer's picture

    Go work on your b-school apps, dude.

    Brady has agreed to go skydiving or hang gliding this weekend.

    If I get back to Chicago and Brady is still sitting in front of his computer obsessing about b-school, I will ensure he falls out of that plane whether he wants to or not.

    Weekend car rentals from Enterprise are $35/day, Brady. $35/day. You have no excuse.

  • BigBucks's picture

    I'd like to see links to where you got these statistics from. The more Brady posts, the more he seems like that nerd loser asian kid that even other asians don't want to hang out with.

    p.s. lol at the racist post

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  • IlliniProgrammer's picture

    Brady is a cool guy to grab a beer with. And he is a successful trader. Like many conservatives, he harbors suspicions about the liberal news media. That does not make him a racist.

  • TheKing's picture

    I always have to laugh when I hear about the big bad liberal media bias.

    1.) Major media companies are big businesses out to make money, first and foremost.

    2.) Conservative media outlets more or less dominate their "liberal" counterparts. Fox News trounces the competition in ratings, the WSJ is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in America, and talk radio is almost entirely super far right conservative.

    3.) The whole constant victim complex of the far right is tiresome and only makes those who share it look insecure.

  • In reply to sayandarula
    IlliniProgrammer's picture

    sayandarula:
    this guy is an ENORMOUS TOOL. apparently he called the cops 50 TIMES in the past year, most of which were false alarms. he called the cops when he saw Trayvon, and the cops told him to STOP FOLLOWING HIM, and he didn't.

    Jesus, if this guy isn't put to death it would be some fucked up shit.


    I'm not sure all of the facts and circumstances have come out yet, but I'm starting to agree. The guy seems like a psychopath.
  • In reply to TheKing
    TNA's picture

    TheKing:
    I always have to laugh when I hear about the big bad liberal media bias.

    1.) Major media companies are big businesses out to make money, first and foremost.

    2.) Conservative media outlets more or less dominate their "liberal" counterparts. Fox News trounces the competition in ratings, the WSJ is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in America, and talk radio is almost entirely super far right conservative.

    3.) The whole constant victim complex of the far right is tiresome and only makes those who share it look insecure.


    http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/Media-Bias-Is...

    "While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.

    These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly."

    Yes, news agencies are big business, but if the majority of them are liberal they have little competition. There is no drive or economic punishment for those who are not even handed. Fox is the only conservative media outlet.

    The media is Left biased, but I fail to see how that has any bearing on this story. The town has a history of covering up shit and this guy was a bully and shot a kid.

    FYI - the kid is Hispanic, not black.

  • In reply to TheKing
    BigBucks's picture

    TheKing:
    I always have to laugh when I hear about the big bad liberal media bias.

    1.) Major media companies are big businesses out to make money, first and foremost.

    2.) Conservative media outlets more or less dominate their "liberal" counterparts. Fox News trounces the competition in ratings, the WSJ is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in America, and talk radio is almost entirely super far right conservative.

    3.) The whole constant victim complex of the far right is tiresome and only makes those who share it look insecure.

    spot on

  • BigBucks's picture

    Fox news dominates its competition, talk radio is almost entirely super far right. These points are still correct despite your WSJ study (which im sure is soon to change with newscorp running it.

  • TheKing's picture

    If Drudge leans left, then I'm not sure what isn't considered liberal. By the looks of the methodology that was used, I'm not sure that the media outlets are "liberal" so much as "not overtly conservative." There is a difference.

  • In reply to BigBucks
    TNA's picture

    BigBucks:
    Fox news dominates its competition, talk radio is almost entirely super far right. These points are still correct despite your WSJ study (which im sure is soon to change with newscorp running it.

    Wow. Where to start.

    Fox news has higher ratings. That doesn't mean the liberal media with more than one outlet doesn't trounce Fox when they are combined. Fox is the only conservative news TV outlet.

    And the research was done by a UCLA professor.

    Hahaha wow man, pick up the pace a little.

  • TheKing's picture

    I mean, shit, Drudge right now has a link on his site which he titled "POSTMAN CLAIMS: Ayers family put 'foreigner' Obama through school..." while simultaneously having a picture of Paul Ryan looking stately as his headline picture. He is almost constantly pushing Romney while making Obama and his administration look foolish. But, yeah, he's left leaning!

    If he's left leaning than what is a guy like Ed Schultz? Karl Marx himself?

  • TheKing's picture

    This is pretty funny: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboa...

    "None of the outlets that reported on the study mentioned that the authors have previously received funding from the three premier conservative think tanks in the United States: the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), The Heritage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace."

    Apparently the study also found the following to be true:

    NRA - barely conservative

    RAND Corporation - Liberal

    The ACLU - Conservative.

    If you're going to cite that study, then I guess you love the ACLU!

  • TNA's picture

    The study used the ADA (http://www.adaction.org/) ,which is a liberal organization that tracks Democratic voting on issues, as the bench mark. It found Drudge to be SLIGHTY liberal or left of moderate Democrats.

    The issue with media bias is not so much with the news, but the people who opine on the news and present it. Journalists tend to be more liberal than conservative (http://www.journalism.org/node/2304) and this internal preference is projected into the news.

    Why is it that Fox can be labeled as being conservative, but nothing else can be liberal? I freely admit Fox is right leaning and I think CNN/MSNBC tend to lean left. Bloomberg news is pretty middle ground though. WSJ tends to be fiscally conservative, but all in all, center or slightly left.

  • IBTeaching's picture

    Way to turn a tragedy into a straw man argument about the "liberal media" and your masked attempts at justifying this. Sickening. I'm about to get some credits just to throw MS at you.

  • In reply to TheKing
    TNA's picture

    TheKing:
    This is pretty funny: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboa...

    "None of the outlets that reported on the study mentioned that the authors have previously received funding from the three premier conservative think tanks in the United States: the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), The Heritage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace."

    Apparently the study also found the following to be true:

    NRA - barely conservative

    RAND Corporation - Liberal

    The ACLU - Conservative.

    If you're going to cite that study, then I guess you love the ACLU!

    NRA is about protecting the 2nd amendment. Not sure how that is liberal or conservative. Members of the NRA probably are conservative, but the organization is pretty singular in its focus.

    As for the other two I am not sure, would have to read the study. Once again, they used at ADA as a benchmark which tracks liberal voting. Maybe the ACLU is supporting things that liberals don't like. Civil Liberties are for both right and left.

  • In reply to IBTeaching
    TNA's picture

    IBTeaching:
    Way to turn a tragedy into a straw man argument about the "liberal media" and your masked attempts at justifying this. Sickening. I'm about to get some credits just to throw MS at you.

    I really hope this isn't directed towards me. Especially when I clearly admit that this was a case of bias and the dude was a thug. Guess people can't interject fact or opposite opinions into a discussion.

  • BigBucks's picture

    I didn't even want to address the fact that Fox News is overtly right whereas a liberal CNN will at least attempt neutrality (as other "liberal" news outlets do), I thought that wasn't worth stating and was obvious.

    p.s. lol at citing a study you didn't even bother to read

  • In reply to sayandarula
    CaliforniaAssociate's picture

    sayandarula:
    this guy is an ENORMOUS TOOL. apparently he called the cops 50 TIMES in the past year, most of which were false alarms. he called the cops when he saw Trayvon, and the cops told him to STOP FOLLOWING HIM, and he didn't.

    Jesus, if this guy isn't put to death it would be some fucked up shit.


    this is some real insight?... lol
  • TheKing's picture

    The issue is how the study defines "liberal." Here: http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2005/12/the_prob...

    "In short, the underlying assumption is that, if the press is unbiased, then media outlets will cite think tanks in news reporting in a fashion that is "balanced" with respect to the scores assigned to the groups based on Congressional citations. Any deviation from the mean ADA score of Congress is defined as "bias." But is that a fair assumption?

    In particular, the paper's methodology doesn't allow for two important potential differences between the processes generating news citations and floor speech citations:

    (1) Technocratic centrist to liberal organizations like Brookings and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities tend to have more credentialed experts with peer-reviewed publications than their conservative counterparts. This may result in a greater number of citations by the press, which seeks out expert perspectives on the news, but not more citations by members of Congress, who generally seek out views that reinforce their own.

    (2) The Groseclose/Milyo methodology doesn't allow for differential rates of productivity in producing work of interest to the media or Congress between organizations. To the extent that a think tank is better at marketing itself to the press than Congress (or vice versa), it could skew the results. For instance, the Heritage Foundation is extremely close to conservative members of Congress and has an elaborate operation designed to put material into their hands. But the fact that these members end up citing Heritage more than the press does is not ipso facto proof that the media is liberal."

    Obviously MSNBC is liberal, they market themselves that way. CNN is just a worthless dump. Fox News is extremely conservative save for a couple hosts. Talk Radio is almost entirely ANT-level far right. The New York Times is center / center-left, save for their opinion pages, and the WSJ is fiscally conservative and uber-conservative on their opinion pages. I don't find their general news articles to have any bias. I don't think citing think tank studies where appropriate is necessarily the best way to determine liberal / conservative.

    My greater point, however, was that the constant "woe is me" of the far right is tiresome. You aren't victims. In fact, if you're wealthy and on the far right, you're doing fucking incredibly well.

  • In reply to TheKing
    TNA's picture

    TheKing:
    The issue is how the study defines "liberal." Here: http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2005/12/the_prob...

    "In short, the underlying assumption is that, if the press is unbiased, then media outlets will cite think tanks in news reporting in a fashion that is "balanced" with respect to the scores assigned to the groups based on Congressional citations. Any deviation from the mean ADA score of Congress is defined as "bias." But is that a fair assumption?

    In particular, the paper's methodology doesn't allow for two important potential differences between the processes generating news citations and floor speech citations:

    (1) Technocratic centrist to liberal organizations like Brookings and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities tend to have more credentialed experts with peer-reviewed publications than their conservative counterparts. This may result in a greater number of citations by the press, which seeks out expert perspectives on the news, but not more citations by members of Congress, who generally seek out views that reinforce their own.

    (2) The Groseclose/Milyo methodology doesn't allow for differential rates of productivity in producing work of interest to the media or Congress between organizations. To the extent that a think tank is better at marketing itself to the press than Congress (or vice versa), it could skew the results. For instance, the Heritage Foundation is extremely close to conservative members of Congress and has an elaborate operation designed to put material into their hands. But the fact that these members end up citing Heritage more than the press does is not ipso facto proof that the media is liberal."

    Obviously MSNBC is liberal, they market themselves that way. CNN is just a worthless dump. Fox News is extremely conservative save for a couple hosts. Talk Radio is almost entirely ANT-level far right. The New York Times is center / center-left, save for their opinion pages, and the WSJ is fiscally conservative and uber-conservative on their opinion pages. I don't find their general news articles to have any bias. I don't think citing think tank studies where appropriate is necessarily the best way to determine liberal / conservative.

    My greater point, however, was that the constant "woe is me" of the far right is tiresome. You aren't victims. In fact, if you're wealthy and on the far right, you're doing fucking incredibly well.

    ANT level far right huh, oh please.

    All I am saying is that in the research out there it tends to show a bias, both in stories and actual people in the media. I personally don't think there is a huge bias, other than the fact that Fox is the only TV news station with a conservative tilt.

    As far as radio is concerned, you might be correct. Other than catching my boy Limbaugh on the radio I don't listen to much else.

  • TheKing's picture

    I "might be correct" about talk radio? Turn on WABC or whatever your equivalent is in your neck of the woods any day from noon - 9pm. Do that every day and you'd assume that Obama was about to nuke half the country.

  • In reply to TheKing
    TNA's picture

    TheKing:
    I "might be correct" about talk radio? Turn on WABC or whatever your equivalent is in your neck of the woods any day from noon - 9pm. Do that every day and you'd assume that Obama was about to nuke half the country.

    As I said, you might be correct. I don't listen to anything by L-dog sending truth directly to the cortex.

  • Ari_Gold's picture

    I caught the first few posts only. But this site has become like the CNN comments page. What is all this crap about liberalism, racism, and conservatives that every thread Brady, ANT, and TheKing comment on? Guess what, no one wins these arguments. Everyone has his/her own opinions, everything ends up being name calling. Let's just focus on the story. It's sad and unfortunate, and there will be a backlash.

    Every media is bias, unless all you want to watch is C-Spann and numerical data on display and interpret all the information yourself.

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  • In reply to Ari_Gold
    TheKing's picture

    Ari_Gold:
    unless all you want to watch is...numerical data on display and interpret all the information yourself.

    That's actually what I do. Matrix news.

  • In reply to TheKing
    Brady4MVP's picture

    TheKing:
    Are you serious with your fucking first post, Brady? The kid was 17 and had an iced tea and a bag of skittles on him. The Zimmerman dude called 911 and said he "looked suspicious" and then pursued the kid (who had walked away from him) after the 911 operator told him to not pursue him. There are other 911 calls in which you can hear the kid screaming for help before being shot dead. This isn't a case of "liberal media bias," it's a case of a dumbass with a gun on some sort of power trip killing a kid for no reason, even after being told by the police that he didn't need to pursue.

    Not to mention, this Zimmerman dude was the self-appointed "captain" of his neighborhood watch group and he had previously called 911 fucking 50 times since joining the neighborhood watch, and almost all of them were false alarms.

    People are outraged because this fucking guy shot a kid dead and hasn't been charged for anything. He claimed self-defense, even though HE pursued the kid and the fucking 17 year old kid didn't have a weapon (unless you count skittles.)

    Go work on your b-school apps, dude.

    Wow. Are you struggling with reading comprehension, bro? I said EXPLICITLY in my post that the death of martin was tragic and that zimmerman should spend the rest of his life in prison. I too heard the 911 tapes, and it's obviously clear that he was out to get martin because he was a black guy walking around in a gated neighborhood.

    My point is that whenever these types of events happen, self-righteous liberal buffoons like al shaprton, jesse jackson, and the rest of their cohort at MSNBC go buck wild and use such an incident to preach to us about "racial equality" and "justice." Of course I have never heard Al Sharpton once reprimand black teens, for example, when they assault non-black students in philly high schools simply because of their race. The broader issue here is that there is a double standard in the way the media covers inter-racial crime. That is what I am objecting to, not whether or not zimmerman is guilty. Go back and read what I actually wrote. For someone whose moniker is "TheKing," you sound more like an idiotic court jester.

  • TheKing's picture

    What are they supposed to do? "Young Trayvon was killed tragically, but on another note, black people are suspicious!"

    You are creating an issue in your own mind and then getting outraged over it. It's absurd.

  • In reply to TheKing
    Brady4MVP's picture

    TheKing:
    What are they supposed to do? "Young Trayvon was killed tragically, but on another note, black people are suspicious!"

    You are creating an issue in your own mind and then getting outraged over it. It's absurd.

    No. I'm just saying that it would be helpful if the media were not so one-sided in their coverage of inter-racial crime.

    Did MSNBC or CNN ever cover the story of asian high school students in philly getting ruthlessly attacked by their black classmates? Did they ever cover the mass random attacks on whites in Chicago by black teens last summer? Those stories were published in the local papers but not shown on national TV. Meanwhile, everytime there's a tragedy like the death of martin, in which the victim is black and the culprit is non-black, the liberals in the media go buck wild, expressing bouts of indignation while trying to impose their views of "racial and social justice" on the rest of America.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    TNA's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    TheKing:
    What are they supposed to do? "Young Trayvon was killed tragically, but on another note, black people are suspicious!"

    You are creating an issue in your own mind and then getting outraged over it. It's absurd.

    No. I'm just saying that it would be helpful if the media were not so one-sided in their coverage of inter-racial crime.

    Did MSNBC or CNN ever cover the story of asian high school students in philly getting ruthlessly attacked by their black classmates? Did they ever cover the mass random attacks on whites in Chicago by black teens last summer? Those stories were published in the local papers but not shown on national TV. Meanwhile, everytime there's a tragedy like the death of martin, in which the victim is black and the culprit is non-black, the liberals in the media go buck wild, expressing bouts of indignation while trying to impose their views of "racial and social justice" on the rest of America.

    Brady does have a point. A white kid was attached in Philly, while being called racial slurs and yelling racist things and no hate crime charges were filed. Very apparent double standard. Asian kids have been attacked in schools countless times also.

  • wolverine19x89's picture

    Paul Blart: Neighborhood Watch?

    If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

    "There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

  • In reply to TNA
    melvvvar's picture

    ANT:
    Brady4MVP:
    TheKing:
    What are they supposed to do? "Young Trayvon was killed tragically, but on another note, black people are suspicious!"

    You are creating an issue in your own mind and then getting outraged over it. It's absurd.

    No. I'm just saying that it would be helpful if the media were not so one-sided in their coverage of inter-racial crime.

    Did MSNBC or CNN ever cover the story of asian high school students in philly getting ruthlessly attacked by their black classmates? Did they ever cover the mass random attacks on whites in Chicago by black teens last summer? Those stories were published in the local papers but not shown on national TV. Meanwhile, everytime there's a tragedy like the death of martin, in which the victim is black and the culprit is non-black, the liberals in the media go buck wild, expressing bouts of indignation while trying to impose their views of "racial and social justice" on the rest of America.

    Brady does have a point. A white kid was attached in Philly, while being called racial slurs and yelling racist things and no hate crime charges were filed. Very apparent double standard. Asian kids have been attacked in schools countless times also.

    true. the media seems to care about certain victims and not at all about others.

  • IlliniProgrammer's picture

    It's not all that biased.

    Fox: clear right wing bias.
    MSNBC: clear left wing bias
    CNBC: very slight libertarian/business bias.
    CNN: generally factual reporting with a lot of sensationalism.

    I think throwing out the label "lamestream" is a good indication that you may have drunk a little too much of the Palin kool-aid. (Yes, there is Obama kool-aid too.)

    Running this country like it is a football game between a bunch of teams in red jerseys and blue jerseys is not good for the country, nor is it good for the Republican party. We need to come up with an alternative message that stands on its own rather than in opposition to Obama and also short-circuits a number of liberal concerns.

    IlliniProgrammer's moderate libertarian planks:

    1.) Electrify our federal highways. We've already spent billions of dollars building the darned things; find an area with lots of excess electrical supply (the midwest) and make it possible to run your car on electricity while it drives down the interstate. Run a pilot project in Chicago and if it succeeds- and everyone adds an electric drivetrain option to their car- license it to regulated utilities free of charge. End the oil addiction, replace it with energy manufactured here, and oops, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accident.

    2.) Replace the federal mandate in Obamacare with funding for states to implement their own systems if they so choose.

    3.) Raise the social security and medicare retirement age to 70 and cut medicare coverage to outpatient and hospice care.

    4.) Impose a 50 cent/bushel export tariff on grain to China until they let the Yuan float and stop providing massive manufacturing subsidies.

    5.) Fund research on nuclear fusion, space elevators, and geoengineering so we don't have to be held hostage to the green lobby every time someone shouts "global warming" in a crowded theater.

  • TNA's picture

    Oh C'mon, Lame Stream is an epic word. If The Anointed one himself said it I would use it.

  • D M's picture

    Just have to throw this in here: Drudge isn't "liberal" or "conservative" by either of the definitions. While he's obviously fiscally conservative and (I believe) he's pro-life, I don't think he's this uber-neocon or whatever that a lot of people think he is.

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