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American Journalism and the Constitution (Tony Snow)
Imprimus | December 2001 | Tony Snow

Posted on 12/11/2001 2:09:00 AM PST by leadpenny

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To: leadpenny
"One can attribute this Stepford-like uniformity in part to a political peculiarity. Between 1932 and 1994, Republicans were all but irrelevant in official Washington. Democrats dominated Congress and its machinery, and reporters naturally migrated toward those staffers who ran the capital's bureaucracies. Since the key sources remained the same, year after year, journalists formed ties of friendship, ideology and even kinship with Democrats - "

I've tried so many times to say this clearly.

Bookmarked thread!

21 posted on 12/31/2001 3:55:18 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: leadpenny
Thanks for this thread. Tony Snow is one of my favorite conservatives on the radio and on FoxNews!

Tony had these really important remarks in this thread:

Better Days Ahead

Fortunately, the Constitution - the forgotten document in the journalism biz - has come to the rescue. Court decisions have chipped away at old media monopolies, and now a profusion of new media has risen to supply facts and points of view the old elite brazenly ignored. Talk radio, the Internet and cable television have shattered the "mainstream" media's grip on the distribution of facts and ideas. Rush Limbaugh became the most successful radio personality of his generation, not just because of his great gifts as a broadcaster, but also because he was saying things people couldn't hear elsewhere. The Internet also has become a public square for conservatives. One can find dozens of Web sites devoted to supplying points of view still absent from ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and NPR. Many of these sites are livelier, smarter and more informative than the old media they hope to supplant. The Constitution's protections of free speech - reiterated in dozens of Supreme Court decisions over the years - have given protective cover to a new pluralism that bids to reinvigorate the business of journalism and sharpen public discourse.

The great and fitting irony is that the modern media establishment, in reviling America's constitutional principles and established institutions, broke its traditional links to the public, creating a market for its successor and bringing forth a tantalizing prospect: a full-fledged revival of the free, open, and spirited public debate, facilitated by a free and pluralistic press, that Americans took for granted throughout most of our nation's history.

Since we still have freedom of choice thanks to our capitalist society, something else happened here.

For a comparison go back to our American Auto industry in the late 1960's and most of the 1970's. The American Auto Industry became arrogant and the union workers became arrogant and forgot their pride of workmanship. This combination resulted in terrible cars. Cars that weren't safe, that were shoddy made and expensive to keep running.

The auto industry like the arrogant left wing maggots who control our media did not listen to our complaints about their terrible products.

Then, Japan enters our Auto Market with reliable and great little cars. These Japanese cars became even more reliable and bigger while our Auto makers and their unions became more arrogant and refused to listen to us!

One day they woke and started the long turn around to building quality cars with good workmanship and a reliable product.

The maggots who own and control the media will either wake up and offer a better product or they will disappear in this decade! We have choices like we did when Japan entered our auto market. We have the internet and Free Republic. We have Rush, Sean, and the conservative people on Fox News for our news choices. Many of us never go over to the Dark Side mediot maggots any more! They have lost us as audience members, and their advertisers have lost our buying power!

Personally, I hope that they don't wake up as payback for what they have done to this country with their politicians like the Clintoons, the Kennedys, the Gorons, the Da$$hole and ___________ (you fill in the blank)! Their anti America and anti Church and pro radical homosexual agendas in my view puts them in a non salvageable domain!

The day that most Conservatives stop buying newspapers and watching left wing mediots on tv, they will lose even more audiences and power!

Regardless the surviving left wing fishwraps and CNNCBSNBCABCCSPAN are probably like the Dinosaurs who survived the first part of the ice age, only to become petroleum later on! I believe that they picked the wrong side and have doomed themselves. Their side/audience will not even be able to read, listen to a talk show or watch a news show and understand anything by the time this decade is over. That can be blamed on these left wing mediots and what they have done with our school and university systems with the diversity/perversity and PC focus!

22 posted on 12/31/2001 3:56:12 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the ping. Please keep me on your ping list ;-)

Happy New Year!

23 posted on 12/31/2001 4:32:21 PM PST by WIMom
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To: BADJOE
Read this great Tony Snow article!
24 posted on 12/31/2001 5:02:48 PM PST by WillaJohns
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To: Huck
Too bad Snow didn't bother to explore why some Americans don't share his passion for very small gubmint. It seems to me somewhat pointless to contrast 1787 to 2001, while ignoring the things that happened in between.

I don't understand your comment.
Do you mean the speech he didn't make?
What speech should he have given?

25 posted on 01/01/2002 3:33:08 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: All
Bump.
26 posted on 01/01/2002 8:34:01 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: leadpenny
Bump for responsible, professional journalism.
27 posted on 01/02/2002 11:23:21 AM PST by TigerTale
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To: Grampa Dave
"...for what they have done to this country ..."

In a nutshell, what they have been incrementally doing to this country over the better part of 60 + years, is emasculate it.

This gradual feminization (emasculation) of America, and our great institutions, has resulted in making us weak and vulnerable to attack on many fronts (physically, and spiritually).

The attack on 9-11-01 was merely a 2x4 between the eyes wake-up call, since all previous smaller-scale (physical and spiritual) wake-up calls had been ignored.

Will more 2x4's be *needed* before the slow learner/ sheeple recognize just exactly HOW the DemocRAT/RINO/Marxist/Socialists have been weakening America and making us vulnerable?

When the emasculators in the government-run schools teach the sheeple's children that 2+2 doesn't *logically* have to equal 4, and the sheeple parents go along with it .... who will be naive enough to believe that the sheeple will get the right answer to 2+2 before the next 2x4 hits them?:D

28 posted on 01/02/2002 3:18:54 PM PST by Matchett-PI
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To: leadpenny; Old Glory; Luke FReeman; All
".....but it would be an interesting thread theme to see who FReepers thought should replace [Rush]."

Rush is "one of a kind". Another conservative voice, like Tony Snow, could quite competently, and eloquently sit in for him at the EIB microphone (and has, many times in the past), but no one could ever replace Rush, or his well-deserved #1 place in broadcast history.

There are none who have ever come close to attracting and consistently holding, the vast audience that he has held for over 12 consecutive years. An audience for which advertisers wet their pants.

Rush was the Conservative AM Talk-Radio pioneer who had the courage to "take all the arrows", and by so doing, paved the way for all the other conservative talk show hosts on radio and TV today.

It makes me laugh to hear some formerly avid listeners ---(the ones whose "liberal" eyes he is responsible for opening --- and uninformed minds he's responsible for educating into what constitutes conservatism) --- now saying that he "bores them".

As if what he is doing is all about "them" and the subjects "they think" he should talk about.

Those who advertise on his show to reach the consistently biggest radio audience in history, would say: "Give me a break!!!"

The fact is, that he doesn't want to "preach to the choir". Did you get that??? "The choir" already knows most of the stuff he "teaches". He teaches it so that "the choir" can go out and teach others.

He wants to reach people who don't yet know that stuff. It's new to them. Isn't that what we want???? We want the sheeple to become informed, don't we???

And before I post this on the thread, I want to mention this little FACT: Rush only talks about the stuff that interests HIM. He doesn't care about what you or anyone else wants him to talk about.

Those capable of critical thought can add and get this right answer: 2 (The biggest radio audience in history) + 2 (The highest advertising dollars) = 4 (People are more interested in the stuff Rush is talking about than any other talk show host. Surely</> he must be doing something right --- wouldn't you say?

It serves no good purpose to denigrate any of the conservative/libertarian voices out there in the media. We need all we can get. God bless their efforts.

I can't wait for Rush to get back into that "Attilla The Hun Chair" behind the "Golden EIB Microphone" tomorrow!!

RUSH RULES!!! BTTT

29 posted on 01/02/2002 4:24:51 PM PST by Matchett-PI
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To: conservativesoutherner
"I can't wait for Rush to take a day off or go on vacation, so that Tony can sit in as guest host. Good article ( or speech)- whatever!"

It sure was a good speech! Tony would tell you that every one of the points he made are the same ones Rush has been hammering away at for over 12 years. Maybe you missed them?

30 posted on 01/02/2002 6:10:15 PM PST by Matchett-PI
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To: Matchett-PI
Hello anonymous computer guy,

Don't misunderstand me, I agree with you about Rush! My point was not that I don't want to listen to him anymore- I just want a break now and then. No insult intended to the MIGHTY ONE, but everybody needs a vacation! Ya know?

Responding out of sheer boredom,
Shannon (BTW- is Magnum PI any relation????)

31 posted on 01/05/2002 5:20:33 PM PST by conservativesoutherner
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To: Matchett-PI
Hello anonymous computer guy,

Don't misunderstand me, I agree with you about Rush! My point was not that I don't want to listen to him anymore- I just want a break now and then. No insult intended to the MIGHTY ONE, but everybody needs a vacation! Ya know?

Responding out of sheer boredom,
Shannon (BTW- is Magnum PI any relation????)

32 posted on 01/05/2002 5:21:22 PM PST by conservativesoutherner
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To: conservativesoutherner
"(BTW- is Magnum PI any relation????)"

According to some of my friends. :D

But don't forget! "P I" can also stand alone as "politically incorrect". It can also stand for "politically incorrect private investigator". Ya never know! :D

You're off the hook with me regarding Rush ... except I can't understand anyone wanting to take a "vacation" from his wit and wisdom. Now I can understand someone wanting to supplement it from time to time, however.

33 posted on 01/06/2002 10:54:57 AM PST by Matchett-PI
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To: Matchett-PI
I just have trouble deciding which conservative genius I like better at any given moment- Limbaugh, Snow or Brit Hume. I wish I could combine all three and listen to them nonstop 24-7. But I can't- ARRRGGGHHHHH- decisions, decisions!!!!!!! So, I have to alternate!

Shannon

34 posted on 01/08/2002 7:09:09 PM PST by conservativesoutherner
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To: leadpenny; Blue Highway
bump
35 posted on 03/09/2004 7:50:28 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: Blue Highway
bump
36 posted on 03/09/2004 8:04:32 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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Congrats!


37 posted on 04/26/2006 6:58:12 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: mrsmith

bump worthy


38 posted on 04/27/2006 5:23:49 AM PDT by Dutchgirl (.Jeg er en dansker (I am a Dane.))
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