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This Week’s Media Hall of Shame: And the Winners Are…


It’s getting ugly out there. When it comes to the media, voters don’t know whom to trust. It’s no wonder, what with the disgusting dissembling by  Republicans and their financial enablers sponsoring a bilge-storm of disinformation. But  possibly the worst are those in the corporate and local media who front for the GOP lies or give them a free pass to deceive by asking them no meaningful questions whatsoever. They are useful tools, who spread the bilge even further.  

And so this Friday (and every Friday thereafter–until I get tired of it) I will announce the winners (or losers, as the case may be). of the label “The Worst of the Worst This Week.” Today, it’s a three-way tie.   The Trio of Mockworthiness is: 1) Jonathan Karl of ABC, 2) the entire national NPR team “news” team, and 3) local NBC-12 “reporter” Ryan Nobles.  Here’s why…

1. Jonathan Karl. See this diary for an explanation.

2. National Propaganda (err, Public) Radio’s Morning Edition, for continuing to deliver stories by multiple “reporters” pretending over and over, as recently as this morning, that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Koch Brothers-funded hell-hole of a pretend “think tank,” is the last and greatest word on economic stories. What they are is a propaganda mill. After all the deception and propagandizing, by AEI, for “balance,” NPR brings in a spokesperson from the Kaiser Foundation? They have got to be kidding.

The only reason I listen to NPR any more is to chronicle how truly horrid that so-called radio network is. But too many supposed progressives still keep writing them checks, while failing to note that corporate (think BIG OIL and GAS lobbies, ADM,  and others) underwrite much of the programming. NPR is no more responsive to listeners than the SCOTUS is at protecting Americans from unconstitutional corporate excesses and “Citizens United.” Guests from Americans for Prosperity and American Enterprise Institute, both funded by the Koch brothers and the latter also funded by multi-billionaire Peter Peterson, are among the most-frequently-appearing on NPR.

Its entire morning explicit business coverage (Planet Money), and well as most of its coverage of the economy, other areas overlapping the economy, and campaign “reporting” are polluted by the very people who want to force Mitt the Twitt into office. They whitewash Mitt’s joke of a VP candidate, do-nothing (2 bills in 13 years and one of them was to rename a post office branch) Ayn Rand-worshipping idiot, Paul Ryan, who cannot even distinguish a novel from an economics text and now belatedly tries to distance himself from Rand. Instead, they tell us he was a prom king and other inanities.  These air-wave propagandists  back up the Koch brothers, Peter Peterson, the TeaParty-infested hyper-reactionary, radical “conservative” drown-government-in-a-bathtub-types.

NPR’s Morning Edition, hang your collective heads in shame. You’re FAUX News with white gloves. You all might as well sign on to be FAUX News contributors, along with Mara Liasson. Just as the forces of Gingrich-ites took it over NPR in the 1990s, AFP and AEI spokespeople are among the most frequently occurring guests today.  

3. Ryan Nobles, NBC-12 (What a Tool!)

In an interview with Ryan Nobles, every single sentence out of Romney’s mouth was untrue. Meanwhile, Ryan Nobles was probably just too, oh! so proud of himself, to do a real job of questioning the job-offshoring, tax-avoiding pretender, whose business practices are part of the problems we face and not the solution.  

But Nobles let the lies go or tossed softballs in lieu of real questions. Nothing in Romney’s remarks holds up. Mr. Nobles, why don’t you just sign onto the Romney campaign? Romney’s “this is a very different time” was as vacuous a response as any pol has ever uttered. A longer refutation of his drivel follows. Stay tuned…

  • with Romney yesterday.

    1. Every time I think that national TV “political reporting” is the most pathetic type of drivel on earth, I tune into local news and remember there is an even lower level of hell. There are exceptions of course, but Ryan Nobles and his “interview” (actually a free, 7-minute infomercial for Willard, with no sign of any “journalism” likely to take place) yesterday certainly wassn’t one.

    2. Perhaps most sickening and disturbing is how Nobles proudly tweeted about how he got this big “scoop,” even implied that he got Romney to say something “interesting.” Yes, because Romney’s standard Big Lie talking points are soooooo “interesting!”

    3. Just to emphasize how utterly vapid and clueless this guy is, Nobles just breathlessly tweeted the following about his “interview” with Paul Ryan (oh, can’t wait!).

    “Just interviewed @PaulRyanVP. It wasn’t part of the interview, but he did learn from me that @TMZ unearthed a shirtless pic of him.”


    “I always thought he was “Rine” one syllable, not Ry-an.. Probably a common misconception.”

    Duhhhhhhhhh….droool…can’t wait for THIS one! Not.

    4. As for the Romney interview itself, let’s go through this question by question. On the first question, about Romney’s “tax plan,” Nobles frames it as having been “attacked” by the Obama “administration” (try “campaign,” but whatever). First of all, critiquing something isn’t an “attack,” but I know how the corporate media loves to set up everything as a conflict, he-said/she-said, etc. More importantly, Nobles completely fails to mention the most important news on Romney’s tax plan recently, which is a nonpartisan study by the Tax Policy Institute, showing that Romney’s plan “would produce cuts for the richest 5 percent of Americans – and bigger bills for everybody else.” (note: that wasn’t the Obama campaign or “administration” “attacking” it, that was a NONPARTISAN group studying it and coming to a conclusion) In response, Romney answers vaguely,  as he always does, claiming (falsely) that he’s not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by the wealthiest Americans, and also falsely that his plan wouldn’t, by necessity (as the Tax Policy Institute finds) increase taxes on middle-income Americans. That claim, of course, is completely rebutted by Romney’s own promises, and by the Tax Policy Institute study, but does Nobles call him out on it? Nope, it’s just breezily on to the next question, without the slightest hesitation….

    So, next question…Medicare. On this one, not surprisingly, Romney lies once again, claiming his plan doesn’t harm seniors, then repeating his Big Lie that President Obama has cut Medicare by $716 billion. That claim has been debunked over and over and over and over and over and over and over and…  But you won’t hear a word about any of that debunking escape the lips of Ryan Nobles, who ends that segment of the interview with “now, among your cost saving proposals…” Ugh.

    Then we head into Romney/Ryan’s plans to slash the federal government, which would be utterly devastating to Virginia. The response: a WHOPPER Big Lie about how supposedly President Obama is slashing the military by $1 trillion. In fairness, Nobles does point out that this problem – “sequestration” – was partly created by Republicans. However, in less than fairness…give me a f***ing break, this was 99.9% created by Republicans, who held the country hostage on the debt ceiling increase, then prevented their nominal “leader,” John Boehner, from signing off on the deficit reduction deal he had negotiated with President Obama, then voted en masse for sequestration to deliberately hold a gun to Congress’ head, and the country’s head, thus theoretically forcing the very deficit cuts the Republicans punted on in the first place (reason: because Grover Norquist et al. won’t let them raise “revenues” by a penny, and that’s completely unacceptable to Democrats because it’s totally unbalanced and would demolish the government). Again, we heard nothing about any of that from Ryan Nobles. Just on to the next question, this one about partisanship of all things (uh oh, I have a baaaaad feeling about this!).

    In response, we get a rehash of Romney’s Big Lies, then another big one, that “this president has demonstrated he can’t [work across the aisle].” In reality, of course, Obama got a huge amount done in the first 2 years, zero thanks to Republicans, who vowed that their #1 goal was that his presidency “fail,” that they “break him,” etc. Thus, even though Obama adopted Republican and conservative ideas wholesale (e.g., “cap and trade,” the “individual mandate,” “Obamacare” itself, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts in the stimulus), Republicans STILL refused to work with him. Yet somehow that gets translated by media figures like Ryan Nobles into “both sides” pabulum. It’s beyond laughable into deliberate distortion of reality, history, you name it. On to the last question…

    …how would a Romney administration differ from a Bush administration. The answer? Nothing, really, except how wonderful his plans are, how he’s going to take advantage of our energy resources, open up trade with Latin America, crack down on China, balance the budget (guarantee THAT won’t happen under the Romney/Ryan plan – check the CBO analysis on that one – budget deficits forecast through the 2030s under Ryan’s plan), blah blah blah. Again, no challenge from Ryan Nobles, just thanks for the interview and off to twist his arm out of joint patting himself on the back. Barf.

  • Yeah right, don’t hold your breath.

  • OrangeDem

    I follow NBC12 on Facebook, mainly for weather updates. Whenever Ryan posts it’s always to push some Republican talking point. Out of nowhere, in the midst of the criticism of the strong police presence at the Capitol for the women’s health protests, Ryan pops up to claim  that Governor Bob had no authority over the State Police

    Then when President Obama, Kaine, and Warner were touring the Commonwealth, the only post that day from Nobles was to hype a smear from Cooch about Kaine and the Soering case.

    Too bad journalistic standards have to suffer while Ryan builds his FoxNews audition reel.

  • You just know this won’t end well…and you’d be right! Once again, the lies go largely unchallenged and/or ineffectively challenged. #FAIL