Thursday, April 25, 2013

A good example of the publishing of a lie

The Tennessean is the major newspaper published in Nashville.  Like many newspapers The Tennessean has its "Letters to the Editor" section, where people from all walks of life can send their opinions in on any given topic.  The Tennessean is rather unique in that it has a banquet at a major hotel every March or April featuring a major guest speaker (like Al Gore), and this banquet has as guests those individuals who sent in a letter which the editor liked so much that it received a "three-star" rating.

Now, imagine if you will the tendency for liberals to: A) lie; B) deceive; C) distort.  For years we have been bombarded with the liberal media's version of what constitutes news, and they have absolutely no problem with lying, deceiving, and distorting the news if it advances their agenda.  To do that, they have to control the news media, and the news media is radio, television, newspapers, and the internet.  The Tennessean is a combination of the last two, and is owned by Gannett, the same group which owns a number of other newspapers, including USA Today.

The Tennessean is under liberal control and ownership, which means that if anything even remotely conservative is published, it's subject to severe criticism, never mind the fact that the conservative side could very-well be right.  Basically, it sides with the liberals every time, and come election time the paper won't hesitate to endorse every single Democrat on the ticket.  It's a paper with an agenda.

The Tennessean used to be a reliable paper; now it's just a liberal rag.  Which means that the editor will pick from the liberal litter first and foremost, and if the content of that letter contains A) lies; B) deceptions; or C) distortions, and the editor knows about it yet publishes it anyway - with a "three-star" rating - then the paper itself is complicit in pushing an agenda rather than publishing the rantings of an idiot.

Which is what they did on Monday, April 22, 2013.

The writer of this letter intended to deflect Americans from what she perceived as the "stereotype" of Muslims being terrorists, in response to the Boston Marathon bombing the week before.  To emphasize her point, she referred to the past - her version of the past - and said this:

"The truth is, Muslims were not behind 9/11..."

What she thinks about what happened in Boston is the subject for another debate, but the readers of The Tennessean - the sane readers at least - would want to know from where she gets her "facts".  If the people who hijacked those four planes in 2001 - and using them to kill nearly three thousand people - were not Muslim, then what sort were they?

Were they Buddhists?  Were they Elvis impersonators?  Disgruntled used car salesmen?  Striking baggage handlers?

And what responsibility does the editor at The Tennessean have for knowingly publishing a lie and giving it the "three-star" treatment?  There was a time when newspapers were the watchdogs of the government; one of them brought down a president; who doesn't remember Watergate?  Now we have the liberal media engaged in stunts like "Rathergate" in an effort to advance a leftist, liberal agenda on the American public; we have networks like CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS pushing such garbage over and over again; all of them fawn over Obama, the Democrats, and anything liberal like they're all the greatest thing since the wheel was invented.  These people lie, deceive, and distort, and news media like The Tennessean think it's so cool.  In short, the news media have become mere lap dogs, licking the grime off of the liberal boot and telling the world it tastes good.

While they are so busy taking in their lies and licking their boots, maybe they should stop and smell just what those boots have stepped in.

I did mention dogs.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jim Carrey: Dumb and Getting Dumber

Jim Carrey in The Mask; source

Jim Carrey is a comedian-slash-actor who has made a name for himself in works such as The Mask, Liar Liar, The Yes Man, The Truman Show, and many others.  Who could forget his performance as "Fire Marshal Bill" in the TV show In Living Color?  Yes, good'ol Jimmy is a man of many talents.

But he's fading away sort of, and to remain relevant he's got to make a hissy-fit rant in support of gun control.  He doesn't like what happened in Newtown, Connecticut (to be fair, no one does), but he takes his rant out on law-abiding gun owners and a man who's been dead for five years: actor Charlton Heston.

“Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand,” sang Carrey in his little video "performance". “His immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned, because they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand.”  I won't post the video here, but it's available on YouTube and other diverse places about the web should anyone bother themselves to see it.  Get out the Jiffy Pop and a cold, carbonated beverage.

There's nothing from Carrey about separating guns from criminals; nothing about preventing mental cases from getting a hold of guns.  It's all about keeping law-abiding citizens from owning guns to protect themselves from thugs and nutjobs (does Carrey himself have armed bodyguards?), and he's got to attack Heston for his part in being a former president of the National Rifle Association.  Heston of course, is dead, and he cannot defend himself from Carrey's immature attack.

But we can.  We're going to focus on just one little ditty from Jimmy's video, namely the line “Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand.”  We're going to do something that you, Jimmy, refused to do, and that is fact-check.  Let's see who's really in demand.

On March 15, 2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey was released to theaters, grossing $21,011,115.  That's total.  It's budget was $30 million, so it lost money.  The film was pulled after only 19 days.  Taking the gross amount of money the film made and dividing it by seven bucks - I believe that's the average theater ticket price these days; it could be higher - and one finds that in 19 days just over 3 million people bothered to see it

Just over a year before on April 7, 2012 the ABC Network broadcast Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston, the annual Passover/Resurrection tradition it has held during the previous 32 years.  The film pulled in 7 million viewers that night.  For free.  The previous year, the film pulled in 7.05 million viewers. Again, for free.  When that film was released way back in 1956, it's budget was $13 million; it made $80 million in the theaters, and in 1950's money it qualifies as a blockbuster.  What were the ticket prices back then?  Fifty cents?  If that was the case, then The Ten Commandments had 160 million people world-wide seeing it.  In short, Jim Carrey, the film starring a dead man that you hate did a lot better in it's first release - and on TV for free many, many years later - then yours did.  And you say Heston's films are not in demand.

Since he cannot bother himself to fact-check a Heston film, what does that say about his views on guns?  Well, ex-fans of His Carreyness are selling his items on eBay, for the sake of buying guns, which says something by and of itself.

Congratulations, Jimmy.  You're the gun salesman of the month!