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… Half Under Age 30 Never Watch News





” Network news viewers are declining in unprecedented rates, from an average of 48 million nightly network news viewers in 1985 to 24.5 million in 2013, according to Pew Research analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

  Young people aged 18-29 are the least likely to watch network news regularly (only 11 percent did so in 2012), and 49 percent of people in this age group say they never watch the news.”













Read The Accompanying Article At Reason.com




Published on Dec 18, 2013

” For links, more resources, and downloadable versions, go tohttp://reason.com/reasontv/2013/12/18…

  As Anchorman 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, hits theaters, it’s worth pointing out Will Ferrell’s fake newscaster is not just wildly entertaining but hugely instructive in our media-soaked age.

 Here are three reasons why Anchorman 2 is already the most important movie of the year.

 1. It Foregrounds Media Cliches and Pat Formulas.

  When Ron Burgundy and team create ridiculous, over-the-top news features such as “Rip the Lid Off It!,” it’s impossible to ever take a special report or interruption for breaking news uncritically ever again.

 2. It (de)humanizes the Production of “News.”

  By calling attention to the actual production process of “news” and the often-considerable limitations of the people who make media, the Anchorman franchise underscores that news is invented, not discovered.

 3. It Eviscerates the Media’a Hero Complex

  Far more than critically acclaimed critiques such as Network, Anchorman brilliantly lampoons the self-importance and deranged egos of media stars.

  For these reasons and more — and especially at a time when even venerable media outlets such as 60 Minutes is effectively firing correspondents for inaccurate reports and blatantly sucking up to power — Anchorman 2 and its prequel should be required viewing for everyone who takes media literacy seriously.

  About 2 minutes. Produced by Todd Krainin. Written and hosted by Nick Gillespie.”









Honesty Ratings Of Police, Clergy Differ Most By Party



Party Differences in Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions, December 2013



” Reinforcing the power party identification has in shaping Americans’ views of many aspects of the world around them, Republicans and Democrats differ by at least 10 percentage points in their honesty and ethics ratings of six of 22 professions included in Gallup’s 2013 update. Republicans rate the honesty and ethical standards of police officers, clergy, military officers, and pharmacists higher than Democrats do. In turn, Democrats are more positive about judges and TV reporters.”


There is lots more detail at the link










Girls Just Wanna Have Guns



“Everything wrong with society…”







  While I’m no “Birther” there can be no doubt that the preponderance of evidence can only lead one to the conclusion that Barack Hussein Obama has been anything but honest with the American people . His entire campaign , administration and the life leading up to today has been deliberately shrouded in secrecy . It’s no wonder that more and more people are having doubts about the man’s integrity and strength of character . 

   At this point each new revelation only muddies the waters and increases doubts about the man and his personal history . none of which has been in the least bit ameliorated by a compliant press that has completely abdicated it’s responsibility to be the public’s gatekeeper . It should be obvious to all that , not only do we have a chief executive with lots to hide , we also have a fourth estate without the slightest interest in the truth . 

   “So now Chris Matthews isn’t the only one experiencing a little thrill when he thinks about Barack (omit middle name) Obama. The recent revelation that from the early 1990s until the day before yesterday—or, to be more accurate, until Obama made his decision to run for president—a biographical pamphlet circulated by his literary agents described him as having been “born in Kenya” has been setting the world of Twitter atwitter.

What should we think about that? An agency spokesman who claims to have been responsible for the “born in Kenya” wheeze has publicly said that it was a mistake, a typographical error, a slip of the pen that just went “unchecked” for, um, sixteen-seventeen years. I can understand that. She meant to write “Hawaii” and wrote “Kenya” instead. Could happen to anyone. They look and sound enough alike, don’t they,  that no one noticed. You meant to write “there” and you wrote “their” instead. You meant to write “cup” and you wrote “floccinaucinihilipilification” instead. No one—no one at the literary agency, not the author himself—could be expected to notice. You understand that, right? “