“Where’s the Beef ?”

Over the years we have debated on this site and elsewhere the left leaning bias of most media. I’ll state right up front that Fox leans right and I’m glad they do. Those of us on the right are constantly challanged to prove this left slant of the main stream media and with this in mind please peruse the following:

Think back to Tucson, January 8th of this year when Gabrielle Giffords was shot, along with numerous, others by a deranged gunman and 6 people were killed. Remember the immediate aftermath of how we should all publicly speak more civily, to the extent that CNN commentator John King apologized for a guest using the phrase “in the crosshairs”. Further, Sarah Palin was widely chastised for an election era illustration that depicted a gunsight on a map showing numerous candidates running for office. At the Memorial Service held in Tucson President Obama asked for this:

“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized,” he said, “at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do β€” it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

On this site, people’s speech, rhetoric if you will, was debated by those on the left and right as a result of the Tucson shootings. From the President down we were warned to use speech that “heals, not wounds”.

Fast-forward to July 6th and President Obama says this during his Twitter open meeting:

β€œNever in our history has the United States defaulted on its debt. The debt ceiling should not be something that is used as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners, for oil and gas companies that are making billions of dollars because the price of gasoline has gone up so high. I mean, I’m happy to have those debates. I think the American people are on my side on this,”.

The next day a deranged gunman in Minnesota went on a rampage and killed 7 people plus himself. Where is the immediate outrage, calls for civility, and connection to hateful speech by the main stream media ?


  1. All right Randy, I’ll admit the media has a liberal bias…from your conservative viewpoint. Actually, I agree with you to some degree. It’s all a matter of perspective. There’s a line in ‘The Boxer’, by Simon and Garfunkel, “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”

    How about what’s his name, Matlock,…no, no Murdock and his media empire? Isn’t Fox part of the Murdock stable that included the Sun tabloid in GB?

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Yes, it is part of Murdoch’s stable and I hope all those guilty get punished. From what I see so far it only involves the ‘Sun’ tabloid and has no connection to Fox News.

    My post is not to beat Fox’s drum.

    Remembering our earlier golfing conversation and your Arnold Palmer story, I must share that at the recent US Open at Congressional I got Phil Mickelson’s and Davis Love’s autographs–by mistake. We ran into them in the parking lot because we were lost and where we shouldn’t have been. Phil was really nice and seemed a sincere guy. They signed my hat and it now hangs in my family room. Not as good as your Arnie story but it’s all I’ve got.

  3. One of the ‘buzz’ words around these days is contagion. The word on the street is Mr. Murdoch killed the “Sun” to cut his losses. That appears to have failed. There may be more heads to roll. But enough of that drama.

    Great catch on the Phil and Davis autographs. Sometimes it pays to be in the wrong place at the right time. I have two golf ‘things’ on my to do list: Pebble Beach and an Open. At this point, Monterey CA seems an easier sell than a trip to the UK for an Open, at least in this household. Do you have a pick for the Open (I have one eye on ESPN at the moment. T. Watson -1 as I write)

    I missed getting back to you about your reply about the ‘oath’. Ask your jar head golf buddies about Camp Upshur and the Basic School in Quantico. Perhaps they can give you some insight into my almost career path…back in the day.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    My friends think I’m nuts to wake up at 4am to watch golf on TV. I find it relaxing and now I can relate even more as I recently played the Portmarnock Club in County, Wicklow which runs along the Irish Sea .
    I have 2 favorites, Justin Leonard and Darren Clarke. Clarke is the guy I would love to play 18 with and then hit the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and whatever (no $350 wine). And if Watson’s there who wouldn’t root for him.

    My goal is to attend The Masters on Sunday–I can dream.

  5. I missed that one…the Masters on Sunday!

    Keep your head down …perhaps some day we’ll meet on the 19th hole….you buying?

  6. Heck, if you two will continue to be nice to each other, I’ll promise to buy. πŸ™‚

  7. Randy, Clarke! What a round. What more can I say… Saturday should most interesting, given the forecast. Jimenez, another old guy making a move.

    Cindy, Randy and I share a common bond in a silly game called golf, if Mark Twain were sitting in judgement. Something, I once was very good at. Alas, injury has taken it’s toll. Randy persues the game with a zeal I admire and plays well above average. Our politics are a different matter. I’ll continue to snipe at him from my centrist position. I’m sure he’s up to the challenge.

    Randy, Cindy’s willing to buy. I don’t think we want to take a pass on that. πŸ™‚