JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/10/anybody-heard-of-this-clown.html (13 comments)

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jsid-1191293165-581499  ben at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 02:46:05 +0000

I've listened to Tavis a couple times on PBS radio, where he has a weekly show. Nothing to write home about. Run of the mill left leaning radio guy who seems to be racially motivated. I think he's black but I'm not entirely sure. His programs aren't particularly interesting to me. I think one of the interviews I listened to of his was with a jazz musician or something.

jsid-1191315299-581504  Francis W. Porretto at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 08:54:59 +0000

"...not at a single point in his career has he used the power of his office...to help those who he professed to be concerned about." (Morial)

"...him siding with the strong against the weak, and the powerful against the relatively powerless." (West)

Here are two priceless giveaways. We must make certain that they're distributed widely.

1. Doesn't Justice Thomas's record as a civil-rights-law enforcer make him a shining example of one who defends the oppressed?

2. Hasn't Justice Thomas made the extremely strong point that using "the power of office" to "help" the "relatively powerless" one of the things most responsible for permanently crippling and holding them back?

Quite clearly, neither Morial nor West is interested in confronting Thomas's contentions; they want them ruled out of bounds, morally unacceptable, without examination. That's the modern-day Left for you.

jsid-1191326682-581507  emdfl at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:04:42 +0000

I'll take book-burning for two hundred.
And I doubt if Smiley or any of his race-baiter guests have the needed reading skills to understand the erudite writing of this man. After all we are talking about a journalist, two Afirm Act profs and the Urban League pres.

jsid-1191331189-581510  Voolfie at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 13:19:49 +0000

Tavis Smiley is a perfect example of affirmative action - in action. He is the WORST host/interviewer I've ever heard. He is a closed minded true believer in the victimhood of African Americans. I heard him interview Newt Gingrich (I believe it was) once and when the welfare reform act of '96 was brought up he simply would not allow Gingrich to assert that it had actually helped "the poor". He just flatly contradicted Gingrich without any suppporting facts and when Gingrich started laying out facts, Smiley just cut him off and changed the subject. He is quite simply atrocious. Smiley is the perfect poster child for the leftist control of the mass media.

jsid-1191333821-581514  Markadelphia at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 14:03:41 +0000

"who the hell is Tavis Smiley, and why should I care?"

Dude, you are so white :)

"Smiley is the perfect poster child for the leftist control of the mass media."

Who, then, would be the poster child for the rightist control of the mass media?

Voolfie, you might want to do a little research on who owns the various news outlets.

jsid-1191334386-581516  Kevin Baker at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 14:13:06 +0000

Mark, it doesn't matter much who owns the media if the overwhelming majority of the editors, producers, reporters and talking-heads are "progressive" - which they are, self-admittedly. All the owners care about is whether or not those news outlets make money.

Why do you think the Left hates Fox News so much? It makes money. It draws eyeballs. And it stands in stark contrast to ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBCNYT et al.

jsid-1191340902-581523  DirtCrashr at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 16:01:42 +0000

It's PBS, what did you expect? It's the echo-chamber. Radio guys should know better, one of the first lessons I learned harshly - that you don't click on the echo-button even though it sounds all whoaaaa-duuuude trippy and kewl - it kills the audience and your call-board goes dark.
But it's PBS, they own the station outright and have no need to ensure they maintain a share of the market - they are their own market and Government buys a slice every week, every time, guaranteed outcomes...

jsid-1191345914-581527  Markadelphia at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:25:14 +0000

I think that it does matter because the news is skewed to sell, not inform. Spend a week watching NBC news and you get a GE view of the world....CBS, you get a Viacom view of the world.

I can't speak for the left but I can say that I hate Fox News because it, along with the other ones, doesn't report the news. It's an endless supply of OJ, Britany, Anna etc that is complete insult to someone with even an ounce of intelligence.

jsid-1191347864-581529  Kevin Baker at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 17:57:44 +0000

...I hate Fox News because it, along with the other ones, doesn't report the news.

Damn. We agree on something else!

This is why I love the inter-tubes. The "media" is still the major source of information , but no longer the gatekeeper of what is and isn't "news."

Michael Drout, an English professor with a M.A. in journalism from Stanford wrote:

Based on my experience at J-school, I can generalize a couple things about journalists around my age that could explain some of the problems. First, nearly all of us were in J-school not because we wanted to be reporters, but because we wanted to write. . . . Thus reporters are ripe for the temptation of press-releases: and most press-release-writing flacks are people with journalism degrees who know exactly how to write a release so that the reporter can edit out obvious promotion but still buy the overall spin.

Second, almost all of the J-school program at Stanford was spent trying to get us to think about the implications of journalism, the politics of reporting, the influence of journalists, etc.

(My emphasis.) And concludes:

I think this is a long-term big problem for Journalism, the profession. It has been eating its seed corn for a decade or more, and so much of its cultural authority is used up. This can be good, in that it reduces the influence of unaccountable institutions, like the big daily papers. But it's also bad, because once everyone stops believing the newspapers, you have a huge problem of vetting and evaluating information.

Yup. Strike "the newspapers," and replace it with "the media" and you have it just about covered.

jsid-1191352585-581533  Bilgeman at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 19:16:25 +0000

Tavis Smiley:

Heard him a few times...definitely got the vibe that he wasn't broadcasting to, or for, me, so I don't bother keeping an ear out for him.

Marc Morial:

Mayor of N'Awlins from 94-02. Fairly popular with his ex-constituents still, main achevement was in getting Harrah's to locate in downtown NOLA,(Louisiana was WAAAAAY behind the curve in getting on the "gaming bandwagon", Mississippi and the reservations had it long before NOLA got into the act).

Oh, Morial didn't do much for the levee system/hurricane preparedness thing...but neither did anyone else befor or after him...

jsid-1191358669-581536  Markadelphia at Tue, 02 Oct 2007 20:57:49 +0000

"This is why I love the inter-tubes. The "media" is still the major source of information , but no longer the gatekeeper of what is and isn't "news"

Agree completely. They are losing their grip and its kinda fun to watch :)

jsid-1191380098-581549  LabRat at Wed, 03 Oct 2007 02:54:58 +0000

Bilgeman: I lived in N'awlins when Morial was Mayor. He wasn't bad compared to his colleagues- Louisiana is the state that made political corruption into a major spectator sport- but he was bad enough.

My biggest memory of him is that he loved to race through town with an NOPD motorcycle escort clearing the way for his limo. He wasn't in any actual hurry or emergency, he just liked making all the peons get the hell out of his way.

jsid-1191509937-581602  GunGeek at Thu, 04 Oct 2007 14:58:57 +0000

I believe Tavis is from right here in SC. He's a real racist. No two ways about it. Listen to him for more than 15 minutes and you will hear him say enough things that if you reversed the colors of the speaker and the person/race being spoken about that the white person saying it would end up in jail or at least out of a job.

I'm serious. It's amazing. The things he says and gets away with are truly unreal.

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