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Biggest Misreported/Unreported Stories of 2009
Various | 12/31/2009 | Always Right

Posted on 12/31/2009 12:48:58 PM PST by Always Right

Biggest Misreported/Unreported Stories of 2009


6.  Van Jones Resignation

Appointed the Green Jobs Czar by Obama, Van Jones came under attack (mostly by Glen Beck) for being an advocate for Marxism and signing a petition that suggested the US government was involved in the 9-11 terrorist’s attacks.   After several weeks and numerous controversial tapes, Van Jones resigned at midnight on a Saturday.  The mainstream media barely touched the story, which was only a blip on some of the Sunday news shows after his resignation.


5.  ACORN Tapes

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, investigative journalists, posed as a pimp and a prostitute to see how ACORN will react.  Even when explaining the prostitution will involve underage girls, ACORN staffers across the country don’t raise an eyebrow.  Instead ACORN workers offered advice on what they can and can not say in order to obtain loans and skirt tax laws.  Even as Congress was outraged and removed all funding for ACORN, it was not even on the mainstream media radar.  The day after the vote in Congress, Charlie Gibson when asked about the tapes stated he hadn't heard about them. The mainstream media only starts to report on the story months later when ACORN is 'cleared' of engaging in illegal activity by a Congressional report headed by the ultra-liberal Congressman John Conyers.


4.  Walpin Firing

After uncovering misuse of funds by former NBA star and Obama friend Kevin Johnson, AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin was fired by the White House before his final report could be made.  The inspector general is a position that is supposed to be immune from political influence.  A 2008 law that was co-sponsored by then Senator Obama prohibits such firing of an IG without giving a 30 day notice to Congress, but Walpin was fired on the spot.  Obama’s explanation for violating his own law is that Walpin was ‘confused’ and ‘disorientated’ and questioned ‘his capacity to serve’.  However the law is clear that such loss of confidence is insufficient justification for such firing, and in interviews Walpin clearly demonstrated the charges were baseless.  


3.  Climategate

Leaked emails from Climatic Research Unit revealed an apparent conspiracy to keep skeptics from getting published, keeping data and computer code secret, and manipulating the data to suit the global warming agenda.   These embarrassing emails were released just weeks prior to the huge summit in Copenhagen in which a major international agreement on carbon caps was supposed to occur.   Despite climate change being a major news topic, mainstream media in the US ignored the climategate story.  Copenhagen ended up being a huge disappointment with only some non-binding caps on carbon emissions. 


2.  Obama’s Broken Promises Health Care.  

Usually when a president breaks campaign promises, it is front-page newsworthy such as the read my lips promise made by G.H.W. Bush.  But Obama has broken numerous campaign promises concerning health care and it is goes unreported by the lapdog media.  Obama made campaign promises to call for open debates televised on C-Span, ending the influence of Big Pharma, having everyone at the table, rejecting the need for mandates, not raising taxes on anyone earning less than $250K (‘not one dime’), wanting a public option, and  allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs. 

Instead we have a bill which was debated behind closed doors with no republicans input.  We have special interests like Big Pharma protected from cuts.  We have individual mandates complete with fines and penalties.  We have numerous fees and taxes everywhere, including silly things like a tanning tax affecting those at all income levels.  The Senate bill contains no public option.  Reimportation of drugs is not allowed.  And millions of Americans will still not be covered.  And somehow Obama can look straight in the camera and proclaim he got 95% of what he wanted in health care reform.  This must be the same math he used in figuring he earned a B+ in his first year.


1.  Tea-party Protests

First there was the town hall meeting where congressmen across the country received a much bigger earful than expected as the masses became upset over the runaway expansion of federal deficits and increasing reach of the federal government.  Several congressmen even tried to bus in supporters in an unsuccessful attempt to shut down the voice of the people.  Soon town hall meeting became a thing of the past and Congressmen bunkered up and became largely inaccessible to the general public.  Ordinary citizens took the streets and the Tea Party movement was born.  Millions of people across the country protested as the media did their best to belittle the movement by under estimating crowd sizes and highlighting only the most extreme aspect of the movement.  The media even stooped to using derogatory language calling them tea-baggers and suggesting the movement was largely motivated by racism.  


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: 2009review; climategate; healthcare; newsblackout; topten; walpin
My cut at the biggest misreported/unreported stories of 2009. Feel free to add some I missed or comment.
1 posted on 12/31/2009 12:48:58 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right

A good list.

I’d add in there the monetizing of our debt despite the bald-faced lie from Bernanke that the Fed was not, and how that liquid was used to prop up the Dow via Goldman-Sachs and JPM.

Also, the number of bank failures and the % of debt that they carried but had not declared.

2 posted on 12/31/2009 12:51:04 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Always Right

NUMBER **ONE** under reported story!


( Yes, I am shouting. I am exasperated!)

3 posted on 12/31/2009 12:52:06 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Oh I was going to add a birth certificate item. That is almost a carryover from last year, but it is still a story the media belittles then ignores.

4 posted on 12/31/2009 12:55:45 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’d add in there the monetizing of our debt despite the bald-faced lie from Bernanke that the Fed was not, and how that liquid was used to prop up the Dow via Goldman-Sachs and JPM.

That almost needs to be an hour story to explain it in a way people would understand. I doubt anyone in the media is smart enough to understand it.

5 posted on 12/31/2009 12:59:15 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Well..., here's a misreported story for millions of people, thinking that there is a "Blue Moon" tonight... an error being perpetuated by the MSM, who can't get their facts straight... LOL...

The Blue Moon isn't until around November of 2010... :-)

What's a Blue Moon?

The trendy definition of "blue Moon" as the second full Moon in a month is a mistake.

by Roger W. Sinnott, Donald W. Olson, and Richard Tresch Fienberg

A rising full Moon lights the scene in The Fishing Party, painted by Fitz Hugh Lane after a visit to the coast of Maine in August 1850. That month contained a Fruit Moon, according to the Maine almanac's rules.

Recent decades have seen widespread popular embrace of the idea that when a calendar month contains two full Moons, the second one is called a "Blue Moon." The unusual pattern of lunar phases in early 1999 — two full Moons each in January and March, and none at all in February — triggered a groundswell of public interest. Countless newspapers and radio and TV stations ran stories about Blue Moons.

In an article "Once in a Blue Moon", folklorist Philip Hiscock traced the calendrical meaning of the term "Blue Moon" to the Maine Farmers' Almanac for 1937. But a page from that almanac belies the second-full-Moon-in-a-month interpretation.

With help from Margaret Vaverek (Southwest Texas State University) and several other librarians, we have now obtained more than 40 editions of the Maine Farmers' Almanac from the period 1819 to 1962. These refer to more than a dozen Blue Moons, and not one of them is the second full Moon in a month. What's going on here?

Blue Moons and the Seasons

Several clues point to a strong connection between the almanac's Blue Moons and the four seasons of the year. All of the listed Blue Moons fall on the 20th, 21st, 22nd, or 23rd day of November, May, February, or August. These dates fall about a month before the Northern Hemisphere winter and summer solstices, and spring and fall equinoxes, respectively, which occur on similar day numbers.

Although the idea of a seasonal pattern suggested itself to us immediately, verifying the details required a lot of detective work. We found that the Blue-Moon definition employed in the Maine Farmers' Almanac is indeed based on the seasons, but with some subtle twists.

Instead of the calendar year running from January 1st through December 31st, the almanac relies on the tropical year, defined as extending from one winter solstice ("Yule") to the next. Most tropical years contain 12 full Moons — three each in winter, spring, summer, and fall — and each is named for an activity appropriate to the time of year (such as the Harvest Moon in autumn). But occasionally a tropical year contains 13 full Moons, such that one season has four rather than the usual three.

Today we usually mark the beginning of the seasons when the Sun's celestial longitude passes 0° (spring), 90° (summer), 180° (autumn), and 270° (winter). The Sun appears to move along the ecliptic at a variable rate because of the Earth's not-quite-circular orbit, so the seasons defined this way are not equal in duration. Another approach uses the dynamical mean Sun or fictitious mean Sun — imaginary bodies that move along the ecliptic and the celestial equator, respectively, at a constant rate and produces seasons of equal length. The Maine almanac defines the seasons using this alternative method.

The almanac also follows certain rules laid down as part of the Gregorian calendar reform in 1582. The ecclesiastical vernal (spring) equinox always falls on March 21st, regardless of the position of the Sun. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter, and must contain the Lenten Moon, considered to be the last full Moon of winter. The first full Moon of spring is called the Egg Moon (or Easter Moon, or Paschal Moon) and must fall within the week before Easter.

At last we have the "Maine rule" for Blue Moons: Seasonal Moon names are assigned near the spring equinox in accordance with the ecclesiastical rules for determining the dates of Easter and Lent. The beginnings of summer, fall, and winter are determined by the dynamical mean Sun. When a season contains four full Moons, the third is called a Blue Moon.

Why is the third full Moon identified as the extra one in a season with four? Because only then will the names of the other full Moons, such as the Moon Before Yule and the Moon After Yule, fall at the proper times relative to the solstices and equinoxes.

Questions and Answers

During the period 1932 to 1957, under the editorship of Henry Porter Trefethen (1887-1957), the Maine Farmers' Almanac consistently listed Blue Moons derived from the convoluted seasonal rule just described. So where did the modern convention — that a Blue Moon is the second full Moon in a calendar month — come from? Sky & Telescope has, and is, the answer!

Laurence J. Lafleur (1907-66) of Antioch College, Ohio, discussed Blue Moons in a question-and-answer column in Sky & Telescope, July 1943, page 17, citing the 1937 Maine Farmers' Almanac as his source. It is clear that Lafleur had a copy of the almanac at his side as he wrote, since he quoted word for word the commentary on the August 1937 calendar page. This commentary notes that the Moon occasionally "comes full thirteen times in a year," but Lafleur did not judge whether this referred to a tropical year or a calendar year. More important, he did not mention the specific dates of any Blue Moons and never said anything about two full Moons in one calendar month.


The cover of the March 1946 issue of S&T.

Some three years later, in March 1946, an article entitled "Once in a Blue Moon" appeared in Sky & Telescope (page 3). Its author, James Hugh Pruett (1886-1955), was an amateur astronomer living in Eugene, Oregon, and a frequent contributor to S&T. Pruett wrote on a variety of topics, especially fireball meteors. In his article on Blue Moons, he mentioned the 1937 Maine almanac and repeated some of Lafleur's earlier comments. Then, unfortunately, he went on to say, "Seven times in 19 years there were — and still are — 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon."

Pruett must not have had the 1937 almanac handy, or he would have noticed that the Blue Moon fell on August 21st (obviously not the second full Moon that month) and that 1937 had only 12 full Moons. But only in retrospect is his error so obvious.

Modern Folklore

James Hugh Pruett, in an article in the March 1946 issue of S&T
may have started the second-full-Moon-in-a-month definition with
this statement.

Sky & Telescope illustration.

Sky & Telescope adopted Pruett's new definition, using it in a note entitled "'Blue' Moons in May" on page 176 of the May 1950 issue. In a bizarre twist, the data on lunar phases for this note came from none other than H. Porter Trefethen of Winthrop, Maine, editor of the very almanac Pruett misread four years earlier! But Trefethen himself never called the second full Moon in a month a Blue Moon. The "'Blue' Moons" headline was likely added by Sky & Telescope's founding editor, Charles A. Federer Jr. Federer agreed that he probably wrote that headline with Pruett's then-recent article in mind and without consulting Trefethen.

As Hiscock explained in the March issue, widespread adoption of the second-full-Moon-in-a-month definition followed its use on the popular radio program StarDate on January 31, 1980. We examined this show's script, authored by Deborah Byrd, and found that it contains a footnote not read on the air that cites Pruett's 1946 article as the source for the information. Byrd now writes for the radio program Earth & Sky, whose Web site contains a note giving her perspective on this modern contribution to lunar folklore.

With two decades of popular usage behind it, the second-full-Moon-in-a-month (mis)interpretation is like a genie that can't be forced back into its bottle. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Rather than argue over whether to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium on January 1st in 2000 or 2001, those with the sunniest outlooks will celebrate twice. Why not treat Blue Moons the same way, marking both the second full Moon in a calendar month and the third full Moon in a season with four? "Even if the calendrical meaning is new," said Federer, "I don't see any harm in it. It's something fun to talk about, and it helps attract people to astronomy."

6 posted on 12/31/2009 1:01:54 PM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: wintertime
NUMBER **ONE** under reported story!

Shout it out! That is still number one from the time Obama started running for Pres__ent.

7 posted on 12/31/2009 1:04:35 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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I am most upset with the conservative media. I will never fully trust Rush, Hannity, Beck,..( and the rest) again. In fact there are times when I think they are a **paid** but controlled opposition.

Rush out and out LIED when he said that he didn't know who Phillip Berg and Larry Sinclair were.

And...I will forever hold Ann Coulter in special contempt.

Michael Medved is a weaselly worm.

8 posted on 12/31/2009 1:08:47 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Always Right

Every time I see jesse jackson jr in the Speaker’s chair as pro-tem, I shake my head in wonderment at how a guy who tried to buy the vacant senate seat is still anywhere near the corridors of power. It galls me, amazes me, ticks me off royally and leaves me shaking my head.

I consider that a vastly under=reported situation.

9 posted on 12/31/2009 1:21:32 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Always Right

Obama’s ties to radical elements in this country, namely ACORN, you know, the story NYT had buried......

10 posted on 12/31/2009 1:21:51 PM PST by cranked
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To: Always Right

Van Jones was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of naked (publicly professing) Marxists in the Obama administration.

The media scoffs anytime that the word “socialist” comes up and yet we know they are just playing dumb. Chris Matthews went on record recalling with fondness Saul Alinsky (author of Rules For Radicals, a playbook on how to tear down the Western establishment)

11 posted on 12/31/2009 1:43:04 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: Always Right

Media is ignoring the Zero’s massive drop in popularity, the largest first-year President drop in history.

12 posted on 12/31/2009 2:13:32 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are nothing more than drooling buffoons. Spread the word.)
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To: Perdogg; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

13 posted on 01/02/2010 5:48:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year!)
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