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Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television
The American Dream ^ | 1-6-2012

Posted on 01/06/2012 10:06:14 PM PST by blam

Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television

January 6, 2012

Most Americans believe the lie that the mainstream media is "fair and balanced" and is looking out for the interests of average Americans. Well, that simply is not true. Those in the mainstream media serve those that are providing them with paychecks. The reality is that just 6 gigantic corporations collectively own most of the major mainstream media outlets in this country. Reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those corporations or to the owners of those corporations.
In addition, reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those that spend millions of dollars on advertising (such as pharmaceutical companies) on those mainstream media outlets. At this point, our "news" is absolutely packed with propaganda. Way too often, things are not what they seem to be on television. The mainstream media lies, lies and then lies some more. They give us the version of "reality" that their owners want us to have.

The following are 23 things that are not what they seem to be on television....

The Lie: Mitt Romney won Iowa.

The Truth: Mitt Romney may not have won Iowa. The following report of a documented vote discrepancy comes from KCCI....

Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn't.

"When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I've got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa," True said. "Not Mitt Romney."

True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party's website, True's precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

So how many other "vote discrepancies" were there in Iowa? Was this just a "coincidence" or did someone do this on purpose?

The Lie: Barack Obama will be much different from George W. Bush and will actually protect our civil liberties.

The Truth: Under Barack Obama we have lost even more of our civil liberties than we did under George W. Bush. Barack Obama recently signed a new law that gives the U.S. military the power to arrest U.S. citizens on American soil, detain them indefinitely and ship them off to Guantanamo Bay for endless "interrogation" sessions.

The Lie: SOPA is all about cracking down on international sellers of counterfeit goods.

The Truth: SOPA is all about censoring the Internet and cracking down on websites that the federal government does not like.

The Lie: The U.S. unemployment rate is now at 8.5% and will continue to fall as the U.S. economy recovers.

The Truth: If the number of Americans considered to be "looking for work" was the same today as it was back in 2007, the "official" unemployment rate put out by the U.S. government would about 11 percent, and the U.S. middle class continues to be systematically destroyed right in front of our eyes.

The Lie: The debt crisis in Europe has been stabilized and the euro is going to be just fine.

The Truth: The debt crisis in Europe continues to get worse and the euro is dropping like a rock.

The Lie: The U.S. stock market is in great shape and is poised to soar to new heights in 2012.

The Truth: Investors are pulling money out of stocks at an alarming rate. In fact, as CNBC recently noted, investors have pulled more money out of mutual funds than they have put into mutual funds for 9 weeks in a row. A lot of people out there expect that something really bad is going to happen very soon....

Investors yanked money out of U.S. equity mutual funds for a ninth-consecutive week despite a bullish 2012 outlook from Wall Street and a December rally that’s carried over into the New Year.

The Lie: There are no plans to replace the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.

The Truth: Top financial authorities all over the world have been developing plans for a new global currency for a long time. The following comes from a CNN article....

The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system.

The Lie: There is not a municipal bond crisis in America.

The Truth: There is a growing municipal bond crisis in America. Over the last several months a whole host of municipal bonds have been downgraded. Just today, Moody's downgraded Illinois government debt from A2 to A.

The Lie: Chicago is a safe place to live.

The Truth: 14 people were shot across the Chicago area on Thursday alone.

The Lie: Federal employees are not overpaid.

The Truth: The federal government is advertising for an "invitations coordinator" that will make between $53,500 and $102,900 per year.

The Lie: The old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are bad for the environment and it is a good thing that the federal government is requiring that they be phased out.

The Truth: The new CFL light bulbs are filled with mercury, they are an environmental nightmare and they are incredibly toxic and dangerous if they are broken.

The Lie: The U.S. education system is producing a huge crop of really sharp students who are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.

The Truth: The U.S. education system is a complete and total joke. It is producing millions of students that are not prepared to face the real world at all. The following is a short excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo that many of you will find illuminating....

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Economics Professor Jack Chambless of Valencia College in Florida had his sophomore students write a short essay on what the American dream means to them and what, specifically, they wanted the federal government to do to help them achieve that dream.

The results demonstrate the sheer magnitude of the idiocy of a public education system dead set on indoctrination rather than education:

I took the essays from three classes – about 180 students…

About 10% of the students said they wanted the government to leave them alone and not tax them too much and let them regulate their own lives.

But over 80% of the students said that the American dream to them meant a job, a house, and plenty of money for retirement and vacations and things like this. When it came to the part about the federal government, eight out of ten students said they wanted free health care, they wanted the government to pay for their tuition, they wanted the government to pay for the down payment on their house, they expected the government to, quote, “give them a job.” Many of them said they wanted the government to tax wealthier individuals so that they would have an opportunity to have a better life.

The following is an excerpt from one of the non-sensical essays written by a student of Professor Chambless:

“As human beings, we are not really responsible for our own acts, and so we need government to control those who don’t care about others.”

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You can read the rest of that article right here.

The Lie: Specific social and political agendas are not promoted in U.S. public schools.

The Truth: According to CNSNews.com, a new California law makes it mandatory for all public school children to be taught the "role and contributions" that "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans" have played in the "development of California and the United States of America."

The Lie: We have to send our troops overseas to fight the terrorists "over there" or else they will come and fight us over here.

The Truth: Dozens of jihadist training camps are operating inside the United States right now and the federal government could not care less. The following is from a recent WorldNetDaily article about a jihadist organization that is operating 35 training camps on U.S. soil right now....

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, known in the U.S. as “Muslims of America,” has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which the leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, boasts of conducting “the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.”

In a recruitment video captured from Gilani’s “Soldiers of Allah,” he states in English: “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.”

Though Gilani and his organization is suspected of committing assassinations and firebombings inside the U.S., and is also suspected of the beheading murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, the terrorist camps spread through the country continue to expand in numbers and population.

But apparently Islamic terror is only a "problem" when the federal government wants to use it to justify invading another country.

In fact, there have been several instances where the U.S. government has actually allied with al-Qaeda in order to overthrow governments. The latest example of this was in Libya.

The Lie: Our politicians know exactly what they are doing and they have a plan for getting U.S. debt under control.

The Truth: When Ronald Reagan took office, the U.S. national debt was less than 1 trillion dollars. Today, the U.S. national debt is over 15.2 trillion dollars. In spite of all this, the American people keep sending the same big spenders back to Washington D.C. over and over and over.

The Lie: The Obama administration is enforcing our immigration laws.

The Truth: The Obama administration has instituted "backdoor amnesty" for illegal immigrants and even plans to provide them with work permits.

The Lie: The number of earthquakes is not increasing.

The Truth: The number of earthquakes is increasing dramatically. As the "Ring of Fire" continues to wake up the next few years could be very, very interesting.

The Lie: The nuclear crisis at Fukushima is under control and things are getting back to normal.

The Truth: Large areas around Fukushima will be uninhabitable for the indefinite future. Back in April, I published an article entitled "Much Of Northern Japan Uninhabitable Due To Nuclear Radiation?" At the time, almost everyone in the mainstream media was insisting that Fukushima was nothing like Chernobyl and that those that lived near Fukushima would be able to return to their homes fairly soon.

Well, it turns out that those of us that feared the worst were right after all. Just consider the following quote from the New York Times....

Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

The Lie: Fluoride is good for our teeth and we should put huge amounts of it into our drinking water.

The Truth: Fluoride is a very toxic sedative and can be very harmful to the teeth. Incredibly, even the federal government is finally admitting that high levels of fluoride in our drinking water can be harmful. In fact, the feds have reduced the "recommended amount" of fluoride in our drinking water for the first time in 50 years.

We probably won't see them ban fluoride any time soon, but for them to even acknowledge a problem with fluoride is a major step. In a recent article on CNN, it was reported that the federal government is now saying that high levels of fluoride in the water have now officially been linked with fluorosis....

The Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency are proposing the change because of an increase in fluorosis -- a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children's teeth.

The Lie: Using cell phones is perfectly safe and they do not cause cancer.

The Truth: Using cell phones can definitely increase your risk for cancer. Some very startling scientific studies have come out recently that are hard to ignore.

The following is an excerpt from a recent CNN article about one of these studies....

At the highest exposure levels -- using a mobile phone half an hour a day over a 10-year period -- the study found a 40 percent increased risk of glioma brain tumors.

The Lie: The federal government works very hard to keep dangerous prescription drugs from ever entering the marketplace.

The Truth: America's addiction to prescription drugs is getting a lot of people put into the ground. Adverse reactions to prescription drugs kill a huge number of Americans every year. A recent Vanity Fair article entitled "Deadly Medicine" began with the following statement....

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves?

The Lie: Members of Congress work really hard to fix the problems that this country is facing.

The Truth: Members of Congress work an average of about two and a half days per week.

The Lie: The United States has the best health care system in the world.

The Truth: The United States spends far more on health care than anyone else in the world, but we rank 50th in life expectancy, 47 countries have a lower infant mortality rate than we do and the federal government is chasing millions of good doctors out of the medical profession.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commies; corruption; lies; media

1 posted on 01/06/2012 10:06:24 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

‘Those in the mainstream media serve those that are providing them with paychecks’...isn’t that what employees are supposed to do?


2 posted on 01/06/2012 10:10:22 PM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: blam

Defiantly something I will save for future reference. Something I will ponder in the here and now.


3 posted on 01/06/2012 10:11:15 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: blam

BIMP ............................ FRegards


4 posted on 01/06/2012 10:20:07 PM PST by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: blam

I will say, on the last point, that is probably incorrect.

The fact is that the US has a broader definition than most countries as to when to count infant mortality, so it results in a higher rate of infant mortality noted and has an effect on the stats of life expectancy.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 10:22:46 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: blam

Such a good article, and then you have to ruin it with conspiracy theory nonsense like:

“Earthquakes are increasing”. No, they’re not. We’re still right on the average.

“Fluoride is a sedative/toxin” Technically, yes, but not in the concentrations being used in (some) water supplies.

“Cell phones cause cancer”. No, just no. Study after study has shown no correlation at all. The few studies that showed an increase in tumors have all been found to be poorly constructed, misinterpreted, or outright wrong.

Things like that will cause many to simply file your stuff right up there with infowars and rense, and thus be considered eminently dismissable.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 10:23:46 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: blam

Such a good article, and then you have to ruin it with conspiracy theory nonsense like:

“Earthquakes are increasing”. No, they’re not. We’re still right on the average.

“Fluoride is a sedative/toxin” Technically, yes, but not in the concentrations being used in the water supplies where it is used.

“Cell phones cause cancer”. No, just no. Study after study has shown no correlation at all. The few studies that showed an increase in tumors have all been found to be poorly constructed, misinterpreted, or outright wrong.

Things like that will cause many to simply file your stuff right up there with infowars and rense, and thus be considered eminently dismissable.


7 posted on 01/06/2012 10:24:02 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Jonty30; blam

Forgot this in my previous post. Yes, the US has a much broader definition for both life expectancy and infant mortality. If the US counted people the way other countries did, the US would be number one in both categories by a wide margin.


8 posted on 01/06/2012 10:26:16 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: blam

This is just a start...In todays broadcast Limbaugh correctly pointed out that most voters simply reflect their choice of candidates from information given to them by the statist media...It’s time to hold them directly accountable for the mess we’re in in a very forcefull way....Picketing the tv stations and newspaper offices...badgering and exposing reporter and editors connections to the system


9 posted on 01/06/2012 10:32:46 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: Jonty30

Our infant mortality rate would be even worse if they factored in abortion.


10 posted on 01/06/2012 10:32:50 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: blam

Great article. I think I will send it to a good Republican friend.


11 posted on 01/06/2012 10:44:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: doc1019
You Won't Believe How Corrupt, Lazy And Stinking Rich Our Congress Critters Have Become
12 posted on 01/06/2012 10:47:19 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Investors are pulling money out of stocks at an alarming rate.

That actually is a very positive sign for stocks, historically speaking. The 'herd' almost always gets it wrong; the contrarian usually does well by rejecting what the masses are doing.

13 posted on 01/06/2012 11:21:48 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (The thing that counts is not what we could do, but what we actually do. -- Leo Spears)
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To: blam

This is why we need a a conservative news broadcasting company that is privately owned by a conservative.


14 posted on 01/06/2012 11:25:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

And for every seller there is a buyer.


15 posted on 01/06/2012 11:45:27 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: blam

bumping...


16 posted on 01/07/2012 12:28:30 AM PST by redhead (comma, comma, comma, comedian...)
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To: mosesdapoet

Chicago has lost 200,000 people, mostly middle class, over the past decade.
They have left because of crime, lack of jobs and horrible schools. You will never read or hear of this from our liberal media.They refuse to report the truth. No different from Pravda or the Nation.

There is no truth in the Chicago’s MSM media. More of us are reading independent bloggers to get the real truth.
Those arrogant reporters and news readers ( network anchor men) in this city
have lost credibility. They are preoccupied with promoting the left wing agenda.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 1:40:06 AM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: blam
Most Americans believe the lie that the mainstream media is "fair and balanced" and is looking out for the interests of average Americans.

Stop right there for your answer to the whole media "problem". Doe-eyed naïveté in adults is culpable. I have slowly become more afraid of the American People than any politician, because the refusal to embrace Truth ensures a hardening of the heart (something only God can repair).

18 posted on 01/07/2012 4:17:25 AM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: Little Pig; blam
More one the "Such a good article, and then you have to ruin it with conspiracy theory nonsense like:"

The new CFL light bulbs are filled with mercury... and they are incredibly toxic and dangerous if they are broken

Exaggeration is a sure sign of a bad argument. "Filled"? Four milligrams is not "filled." "Incredibly toxic"? Not quite. Nerve gas is incredibly toxic.

19 posted on 01/07/2012 4:23:23 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
This is why we need a a conservative news broadcasting company that is privately owned by a conservative.

I don’t know if you consider Glen Beck a conservative but he (I think) owns his GB TV internet broadcasting company.

It is by subscription but I you really want a channel that reflects your views you should be willing to pay for it.

20 posted on 01/07/2012 4:26:27 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: blam
It doesn't matter who owns a news outlet. What matters is who runs the newsroom.

The people running newsrooms are invariably liberals.

21 posted on 01/07/2012 4:31:13 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrats are using immigration deliberately to change the electorate.. Freeper Williams)
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To: GOPJ

The people running the newsrooms across the country are, for the most part, understaffed and unqualified. They are not liberal per se, but they used to have staffs. Cuts in media expenditures have resulted in the news directors scrambling to get their work done. This means a lot more packaged segments, rip and read stories, and just sloppy work.

And at the networks the reporters are more or less hired for their ability to read and look nice.

To see who has any talent, watch a breaking story where the reporters have to wing it.. Very few of them are capable.


22 posted on 01/07/2012 5:05:17 AM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: stuartcr

Great article.


23 posted on 01/07/2012 5:24:07 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: blam

Hmmmm...for later


24 posted on 01/07/2012 5:51:13 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: blam

The article started out well but degenerated in to a john birch society piece towards the end


25 posted on 01/07/2012 6:03:22 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: blam

Excellent.


26 posted on 01/07/2012 6:09:47 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: bert
"The article started out well but degenerated in to a john birch society piece towards the end"

Yup...that's pretty much my thoughts too.

27 posted on 01/07/2012 6:31:17 AM PST by blam
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To: stuartcr

Political campaigns give vast amounts to the media too. Incumbants also manage to funnel vast sums to the media in thr form of perks (travel, meals, bar tabs etc.), information (tips & leaks), invatations and much more.


28 posted on 01/07/2012 6:43:37 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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Did You Know?

The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?

Now That You Do, Donate And Keep FR Running


29 posted on 01/07/2012 6:54:40 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: avenir
Doe-eyed naïveté in adults is culpable.

You are on to something. P.J O'Rourke pointed this out in his book "Parliment of Whores". He said basically the same thing; the reason we have a corrupt Congress is that doe-eyed adults want in on the looting and the favors. The actual "whores" vote in the "whores".

But as you point out indirectlyu, it will take real crisis for people to turn from their ways. I think this great , er, recession, my get enough people to wake up. The jury is still out, though.

30 posted on 01/07/2012 7:08:02 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist - VRW Conspirator)
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To: VRW Conspirator; avenir
America Is In Desperate Need Of A Revolution

"Let's face it, we have allowed the SEC, the Fed, and Congress to be corralled as a matter of regulatory and legislative capture by the very crooks they are responsible for policing and protecting us from."

"We are lying to ourselves if we do not believe that we are all part of this problem. It's not that most of us aren't honest. It's that we venerate money and wealth too much."

31 posted on 01/07/2012 7:44:34 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

>>The reality is that just 6 gigantic corporations collectively own most of the major mainstream media outlets in this country. Reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those corporations or to the owners of those corporations.

Liberals have said this for years, actually. This segment of Robert Smigel’s “TV’s Funhouse” on “Saturday Night Live”
allegedly aired just once...turned out NBC was not pleased
that the “Schoolhouse Rock” spoof (complete with the same singer from that ABC kids’ feature) pointed out that companies like GE, which owned NBC, put out dangerous PCBs and the network was controlling news coverage in a bit of
“spin”. Lorne Michaels claimed the segment didn’t air again due to the fact that “it wasn’t funny”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3JLKw0q4kY

(The same show once employed Al Franken who doomed himself by a bit called “Limo for the Lame-o”, in which he mentioned
NBC’s sagging ratings and he wondered why prez Fred
Silverman got to have a limo despite this. Franken got fired for “biting the hand that fed him”...)


32 posted on 01/07/2012 7:45:26 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

oops, my facts were slightly wrong on last one. Wikipedia:
>>Franken’s most notorious SNL performance may have been “A Limo for the Lame-O,” a commentary he delivered near the end of the 1979–80 season during a Weekend Update segment. Franken mocked controversial NBC president Fred Silverman as “a total unequivocal failure” and displayed a chart showing the poor ratings of NBC programs. Franken proclaimed that Silverman did not deserve a limousine. As a result of this sketch, Silverman refused Lorne Michaels’ request that Franken succeed him as SNL’s head producer, prompting Franken to leave the show when Michaels did, at the end of the 1979–80 season.


33 posted on 01/07/2012 7:48:40 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Little Pig

All of this will fall away when the World War starts. Lets see liberals squeal when the forces of the enemy are at the gates. When America falls they will be the first to go into the camps. Patriotism will then become fashionable. In this war—we may not win.


34 posted on 01/07/2012 9:16:37 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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