Romney’s performance was better than Obama’s, but only if you throw out criteria like “wasn’t 100% full of shit from the opening bell” and “made an actual attempt to explain who he is and what his plans are.” Unfortunately, that is good enough for our news media, which drools over the gamesmanship aspects of these debates, because it loves candidates who sink their teeth into the horse-race nonsense that they think validates their professional lives.
FOCUS | Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest.
The mainstream media is rolling in billions of attack-ad cash, and the mainstream media is over-consolidated, and the media wants Romney elected.
“Liberal bias” is a mega-myth the mainstream media warmly embraces, while blowing kisses … it’s their strategy for cloaking their putting their extreme corporate agendas ahead of factual reporting, ahead of what’s good for our communities, our states, our nation.
An example: The Orlando Sentinel is in Florida’s Orange/Osceola judicial circuit. Orange County has a tendency to elect Democrats, and the OS has a corresponding tendency to endorse Democrats.
The OS had the obvious option not to weigh in on the two Brevard/Seminole judicial circuit candidates vying to be the top prosecutor. But the OS chose to weigh in, and support the Republican, who is steeped in decades of documented conviction corruption.
There’s more to the story.
Disney spent 90% of its donation money in Florida on Republican candidates.
Disney spent a lot of time lobbying (successfully) on OS turf to make sure that sick time didn’t get legislated into existence anywhere near Disneyworld, preserving Disney’s ability to oppress Florida workers. There’s a minor furor over the who, what, where, when and why of which politicians deleted what texts from Disney. But a very minor furor. It didn’t go national. And that’s likely because Disney owns ABC.
Disney/ABC has an app for selecting candidates that you can access through your local network. I kid you not. Their election-engineering is that damn brazen. And that’s not the end of the story.
It’s likely okey-dokey with PBS if Romney gets elected and kills Big Bird. Read the credits for newer PBS documentaries – which now must be fact-checked, just like PBS newscasts – and you’ll see a bunch of disturbing names … names like Koch. Koch as in ALEC; ALEC as in “model legislation” that Republicans state representatives and senators tote back from lavish conferences to their individual state legislatures to present as their own work product; “Model legislation” as in an all-out ALEC effort to privatize every public service so as to put the bulk of taxpayers dollars into executives and investors’ hands, instead of in the hands actually performing the services, where the dollars belong.
Which begs a question: Does PBS, Jim Lehrer’s employer, huggy-heart Koch and ALEC way, way too much; enough to feed Romney’s camp debate questions prior to the event?
If PBS‘s Ombudsman had a history of answering questions, I’d ask rather than throw such a radical supposition out there. Radical supposition may not be all that radical – PBS‘s sell-out is significant … even Nova must be fact-checked. Seriously. Nova came out in support of discredited dog handlers in one segment about an FBI anthrax investigation, an investigation which Frontline had already taken an opposing, accurate stance on. Deeper research into Nova is hair-raising, but discussing the dollars thrown into investigating the Loch Ness Monster are for another day, a day when lives and freedoms aren’t at stake over whom gets elected to what weeks from now.
The Nova/Frontline FBI/anthrax confusion takes us full circle back to the confusion of the Orlando Sentinel uncharacteristically and unnecessarily endorsing a Republican in a race that isn’t on their turf.
The OS and Florida Today have been wildly dishonest about prosecutions involving discredited dog handler John Preston in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. While writing about three Brevard/Seminole exonerations (two via DNA in this century, one via direct testing of Preston’s tracking skills in 1987), neither newspaper has come clean in their role in keeping additional Preston frame-ups buried.
OS and FT‘s conjoined corruption got one malignant public servant elected already, to the Orange/Osceola top prosecutor’s position … (supposed) Democrat Jeff Ashton.
A glimpse of Ashton’s glaringly malicious misconduct, as regards Gary Bennett’s Brevard/Seminole/Preston frame-up: 1) Ashton didn’t refuse to participate in further persecuting Bennett … Orange/Osceola and the FBI had used Preston to prosecute hapless schizophrenic Linroy Bottoson to death, which hopelessly tainted Bennett’s transfer from Brevard/Seminole to Orange/Osceola; 2) Up until his abrupt retirement to quickly capitalize on losing the Casey Anthony case, Ashton had also led the prosecution against Orange/Osceola framed innocent William “Tommy” Ziegler, and – as in leading Bennett’s prosecution – had outrageously accused Zeigler of homosexuality in expanding the theory of the crime; 3) Ashton apparently neglected to alert the Bar and Florida’s Chief Justice that Brevard Judge John Dean Moxley (involved in maliciously prosecuting all three of the above-stated exonerations) had inappropriately contacted him – on official stationary – to demand that Bennett’s evidence NOT be DNA tested.
Ashton would have had a drop-dead easy time at any point in kicking Bennett’s case to a jurisdiction that hadn’t used Preston. My correspondence of record concerning Preston and Moxley dates back to 2004, reaching Jeb Bush’s office. And Charlie Crist’s office. And Rick Scott’s office. And the FBI. And the Justice Department. And George W. Bush. And Barrack Obama.
Bennett’s been behind bars for 28.75 years for a homicide committed by OTHERS … multiple homicide weapons typically means multiple murderers, not a sole murderer who can’t make up his mind on how to do the deed. Bennett should be home for Christmas. And I do mean this Christmas. He’s already lost the chance to reunite to two siblings, and his mother – the lovely Ms. Maxine – is frail. Getting Bennett home for Christmas just may happen if the Democratic candidate for Brevard/Seminole’s top prosecutor gets elected.
I don’t know Rob Vescio, but a trusted ally does.
Laura S. Williams – Board Chair of CourtWatch Florida – wrote that Vescio’s “terrific,” and that she wished he had run in Orange/Osceola, where she (and the abominable Ashton) reside.
Disney/ABC, PBS, Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel are not credible sources on candidates qualifications – their liberal bias is an Disneyque, animated fairy tale.
Matters will get worse if we don’t start heeding credible sources. Lifetime indicated they are going to make a movie about Ashton, featuring Rob Lowe, likely sans all references to Ashton’s misconduct in Anthony’s case, in Zeigler’s case, in Bennett’s case, in who knows how many other cases.
And an un-dynamic reporter/attorney brother/sister duo who won an achievement award and a small sum for an pro-Preston screenplay about a Virginia prosecution (one in which misconduct is also of record) want their play made into a major motion picture. They’ve got a catchy name for the film – Hazel Hollow. They’ve got a website, a Facebook page, and they’ve gotten media attention … from NPR
‘s sidekick, this despite Stephen Epperly’s being apparently the only case (out of @400) that Preston publicly expressed doubts about – saying that he may have followed the wrong trail. Preston’s public doubt was published in the newspaper – surprise!! – where the reporter half of the un-dynamic duo works, the Roanoke Times
I don’t want to learn about injunctions and take pro se action against both Lifetime and the un-dynamic duo to prevent the enshrinement of Preston’s perjuries and the prosecutors they rode in on. I want to plant a garden.