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Monday, April 17, 2006

Mediocre Media 1

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Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Mediocre Media, the blogging carnival that exposes the (usually mainstream) media's countless faults, errors, biases, hidden agendas, and acts as a critical watchdog. I invite you to read the submission criteria and then suggest an article for a future edition of Mediocre Media. Hopefully this carnival will grow and come to be a major force to be reckoned with. I need to give special thanks to Ann "Dr Sanity" Santy and Gavriel "AbbaGav" Raanan for their great help in publicizing this, when it was still just a concept. Thanks to all our contributors!

For simplicity, we refer to the mainstream media as MSM.

Click 'read full post' below to see the whole article.

Joerg at Atlantic Review presents Why is Abu Ghraib a cover story again, but not Darfur? Damn good question, and a top quality post. For those who don't know, Darfur is a province of Sudan where a genocide is currently going on against blacks. I've heard the argument that the genocide is old news, but then the Israeli-Arab conflict is too, and the media loves to cover that...

AbbaGav at AbbaGav presents Militants of the Kadima Party. As if it weren't bad enough that terrorists are whitewashed as 'militants,' now the damn MSM is calling the legitimate centrists of Kadima 'militants' too, effectively equating them to the likes of Hamas.

My dad at Mindware Educational Seminars (that's a link to his travel and attend a dental conference' business) tipped me off to a new Honest Reporting Canada report on the Associated Press' mediocrity in covering FIFA's anti-Israel polemic. The irony is that Sepp Blatter, FIFA's head schmendrick, said FIFA couldn't make political statements, that it should stay within the realm of sport. Tom Gross was important in getting this story out.

Jon Swift at Jon Swift presents Jill Carroll vs. the Blogosphere. Jon looks at the blogosphere's cautious stance in comparison to the MSM's glee.

Muse at shiloh musings presents Why the Whitewash of Dubai. Surprisingly, it's an Israeli magazine writing lovely things about the great 'freedoms' in the UAE city of Dubai. I was recently reading a travel magazine about it, and they similarly whitewash the place. Crazy media. I'm just happy the ports deal was canned.

Josh Cohen at Multiple Mentality presents Breaking it down, about the illegal immigration debate in the US. He argues they are breaking the law, and the media ignores this. Of interest primarily to US readers, as I understand it.

Barak at IRIS Blog presents Hamas: Jews Behind US Christianity, Danish Cartoons & 9/11. More moonbat musings exposed, with Barak's expose on the MSM towards the end of the post.
His sarcasm is also kind of funny, in a gallows humour type of way:
"Israel is much more powerful than even Hamas suspects. How difficult was it for the Mossad to sucker 19 people into pulling off 9/11, or twelve Danes to draw cartoons critical of Islamists? The impressive feat was getting millions of Muslims to celebrate the one and riot over the over [sic] ."

Articles on the Mediocre Media, Israel:
Censoring Libellous Moonbats or Why Freedom has Limits
Israeli Election Move Israel to the Center (and voter apathy)
Hezballah is in the Lebanese Government; Who Knew?
Partnering with Media Lies

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At 3:58 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger Batya said:

Absolutely wonderful start to a very needed carnival.

Good luck!

At 4:46 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger YMedad said:

May I suggest the new site of Israel's Media Watch at (there's also an English section, a click-on button at the right) and for the period 1995-2000, our old geocities location at: (other sections can be reached by following the links there) and our major monograph, the summary can be read here:

At 5:29 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger lecentre said:

Thanks for the comments, you two, but some of you links are cut off...
I suggest you repost them like this, so they'll be links, and display properly:
What the link's about

At 12:26 p.m., Canadian Politico Anonymous Anonymous said:

Being from Quebec and involved in politics, I'd assume you'd know this, so here's the definition of "militant" from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary:

mil•itantadjective 1 combative; aggressively active esp. in support of a (usu. political) cause. 2 engaged in warfare. • noun a militant person, esp. a political activist. [...(alternate forms and derivations)]

At 11:00 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger lecentre said:

We're referring here to the usage of terrorist and militant, not the definition. The dictionary may define a militant as one who engages in warfare, but we commonly use the term in its political sense.

Using militant to refer to terrorists, particularly when you don't uniformly use 'militants' to refer to terrorists, evidently shows bias. In many newspapers, al-Qaeda members get the terrorist treatment; people who are only bombing Israel and Jews get the militant treatment.
If the newspapers were using any objective standard, such as Canada's blacklist of terrorist groups, these people would all be referred to as terrorists. Since they don't, we hear about suicide bomber 'militants' ... It's a stupid effort at whitewashing an abhorrent crime.

And please, no cliches about 'freedom fighters'. Moral relativism is BULLSHIT. Excuse me.

At 11:05 p.m., Canadian Politico Blogger lecentre said:

the code for a link is: < without-the space-after-the-triangleAspace-hereHREF="link-url-here">link text here < (no-space-there-it-s-just-an-example) backslash(/)a>


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