I want you to know the Elecpencil suffers for his readers so they don’t have to. I do something for you no mortal should have to do. I read the Warren Tribune Chronicle so you don’t have to. The least I expect from you is a thanks or condolences in my comment section.
In my last post I mentioned the editor of the Warren Tribune Chronicle, Frank Robinson. I said “Frank can’t write a column without using the word liberal.” That is the case anytime Frank writes about the federal government.
To have some fun I am introducing a new item, I will call, FEEBLE. FEEBLE stands for, Frank endlessly, erroneously, berates liberals everyday. It could also stand for, Frank’s exaggerated, editorials bluntly lacking ethics. Give me your vote on which one you like. I will give you dates that Frank used the word liberal. I will also count how many times he used it on that day. Remember the word, when written by Frank, is always used as a negative.
This weeks FEEBLE count:
Jan. 27 : Liberal is used: 11 times.
Feb. 2, 2010: 3 times
Feb. 3, 2010: 1 time
Frank would have used the word more but he substituted other words for it in the past week. Those words were: bureaucratic boondoggle, radical animal rights activists, animal rights crowd, teachers’ unions, unyielding union contracts, government regulations, ridiculous social engineering, building codes, big-government blueprint and far-left wing.
On Jan. 29, 2010 Frank showed he is so far to the right he even ridiculed the conservative media. On the earthquake in Haiti even the conservative media has stated, “enforcing new building codes would mean fewer structures collapsing if another major earthquake hits Haiti.” Frank is against building codes as they are a big-government idea. Yes, the people of Haiti are poor but surely some standards can be taken but not according to Editor Robinson.
The commenter LJC327 on the Trib’s web page addressed Frank better than I can, “Get a grip! Your libertarian, laissez-faire neo-Reaganism only goes so far. What’s next? Take out the stop signs and traffic lights in order to save money on gas?”
Speaking of Reagan, Frank scores a big GOP huzzah for one mention last week of their God of gods, light of lights, President Ronald Reagan.
The two things that right-wingers like Editor Frank really hate are research and the truth. I have written letters to the editor at the Tribune in the past. Many were on how the editor was wrong on a column he had written. I pointed out how he seemed to have formed an opinion and not checked out all the facts. I can tell you those are the letters that I never got published. Letters I wrote pointing out omissions in writers to the editor or in syndicated columnists were mostly published but ones criticizing the editor never saw the light of day.
It’s nice to have a blog to be able to point out the editor’s B.S. The latest case in point was a column by the editor on February 1, 2010. The editor stated, “Venezuela has sent virtually no assistance to Haiti, despite Chavez’s oil wealth. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words.”
I question both the editor’s words and his biased action in writing the column. Had Editor Robinson done 10 seconds of research he would have found, that on January 17, 2010 President Chavez of Venezuela forgave Haiti’s oil debt to Venezuela. President Chavez also sent $20 million in immediate aid and a promise of $100 million more to come. Venezuela also sent mobile service stations and, along with Cuba, provided medical doctors and supplies within 24 hours of the earthquake hitting Haiti. If $120 million means virtually no assistance to the Tribune’s editor he must be one Richie Rich.
When the media like Frank play loosey goosey with the facts what is accomplished? The public is misinformed and reacts wrongheaded attacking liberal thought. Look no further than to the comments on the Trib’s webpage to see how lies affect people. The commenters call for a boycott on Venezuela owned CITGO gas stations. What if this lie spread and you owned a CITGO staion that was losing business? Looks to me like the editor could be called, anti-business. He could cost someone their business just because his biased opinion meant more to him than facts.
What if such media lies led to people organizing and wanting to go after the ones lied about not the liars? Ladies and gentlemen I give you….the Tea Party Movement.
Those on the right like Frank long for the old days when Venezuela was run by right-wing Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. Dictator Jimenez had U.S. support because he was friendly to U.S. oil interests. So what if Jimenez incarcerated, tortured and murdered rivals and associates. So what if he closed the national universities, banned unions, controlled the press, fixed elections and stole $25 million. For all of his misdeeds the U.S. awarded Jimenez the Legion of Merit. If only the hard right could accomplish that agenda here it would be a dream come true for them. Don’t let it happen, never let a lie stand.
Dan Reed: The Dictator
“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” ~ Malcom X