CNN’s Dana Loesch strikes with her tea-stained hate iron again. This time, she’s foaming about Martin Bashir, the MSNBC political analyst and host. Dana attacked Martin for being a “foreigner” who shouldn’t be covering the media or news “in this country.” Dana obviously doesn’t know how we all got here.
From the April 19 edition of KFTK’s The Dana Show courtesy of Media Matters:
If you can’t bear to listen to lovely Dana because the sound of rabid, uneducated hate hurts your elite, public school-indoctrinated ears, she said, “There are numerous studies that blow both of their backs out of the water. The Pew Center ‘public opinion of media never worse.’ There are a number of studies that show there is a definite bias in the media and they are lying to you when they say there’s not.”
There’s more, “Martin Bashir needs to go back to reporting on celebrities. He’s a hack. He is an unintelligent hack. I don’t even know why he’s reporting on politics in this country. I don’t want to hear a foreigner talking about media in this country or politics in this country. You don’t understand it! You’re British! Go report on British politics. Go find your next Michael Jackson and be famous off of that!”
Yeah, evil foreigners! Go back where you came from because you are all hacks!
Dana did miss a few things about that Pew study (you’re shocked, I know). When asked to name a news outlet, the majority of respondents picked CNN and Fox. So when they talk about public opinion of news, perhaps Dana needs to look in her own backyard for why that is so. It turns out that it is Democrats and Independents who account for the growth in mistrust of the news as reported on cable TV outlets like CNN and Fox. Hmmm…..
Here’s Pew to rebut CNN’s bastion of political commentary:
Despite the growth of Internet news, it is clear that television news outlets, specifically cable news outlets, are central to people’s impressions of the news media. When asked what first comes to mind when they think of news organizations, 63% volunteer the name of a cable news outlet, with CNN and Fox News by far the most prevalent in people’s minds. Only about a third (36%) name one of the broadcast networks. Fewer than one-in-five mention local news outlets and only 5% mention a national newspaper such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Just 3% name a website – either web-only or linked to a traditional news organization – when asked what comes to mind when they think of news organizations.
The survey finds that the growth in negative attitudes toward the news media in recent years in several key areas has come among Democrats and independents. Since Barack Obama took office, the proportion of Democrats saying that news stories are often inaccurate has risen sharply, and they are now nearly as critical as Republicans.
The most trusted news outlets are those evil liberal outlets that Dana and her gang are always trying to kill, like PBS and NPR. Here’s Public Polling Policy on how PBS is the most trusted name in news:
For the second straight year, PPP finds more voters trust PBS than any other television news source. PBS is once again the only outlet trusted by a majority of voters with 52% saying they trust PBS and 30% distrusting.
The PPP poll also revealed another interesting tidbit, which is that Fox News is both the least trusted and most trusted. It turns out that moderate and very conservative voters ONLY trust Fox News and think everyone else is lying to them, whereas Democrats trust every news outlet but Fox News.
Gosh, which do you think it is? Do you think that everyone is out to get conservatives, or do you think that Fox might be misleading their viewers and Koch brother puppets like Dana might be misinformed?
Fox viewers scored as the most misinformed in answering these questions in another study, the PIPA knowledge networks poll: “Is it your impression that the U.S. has or has not found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with the al-Qaida terrorist organization?” “Since the war with Iraq ended, is it your impression that the US has or has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction?” And whether, “The majority of people favor the US having gone to war.”
Poor Dana Loesch obviously watches too much Fox News. Of course, it is her angry paranoia that makes her so attractive to CNN, which can’t stop chasing after 2010’s hottest tea trend, even several years after it became widely known as a corporatist-funded faux movement.
As for Martin Bashir, he is an awarding-winning journalist and anchor for MSNBC and NBC. He’s been nominated for three BAFTAs and won one, he’s the winner of five Royal Television Society Awards and two Broadcasting Press Guild awards and he was awarded the 1998 Journalist of the Year award by the BBC’s International Awards. Perhaps Dana knows better than the BBC? See, this is the beauty of not knowing what you don’t know; it’s super easy to think your opinion is equal to facts and even expert opinions.
In addition, “In the wake of terrorist attacks in the US on 9/11, Martin Bashir reported and presented an ITV special entitled ‘A Day in September’ which comprised a detailed account of the 11th September. The film was given special commendation by the Independent Television Commission which regulates ITV and nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.”
Is that rah-rah American enough for Dana? Oh, wait. He also has his green card, and is working on becoming a citizen, for which I suspect he had to prove more knowledge of American history and government than Dana has at her disposal even with the Googles at her fingertips. She did, after all, accuse liberals of being “latter day fascists”. Poor thing! Bless her little heart.
Remember when Bashir had to defend himself from the Palin mob? He held up his green card on the air and said, “I am, in fact, a legal, permanent resident of the United States… and I’m well on my way to becoming a citizen of this great country.”
Martin Bashir has had to take civics and English classes in order to become naturalized. How about you, Dana?
Who is Dana Loesch to criticize an international journalist? She’s a conservative who was hired by CNN to “represent the Tea Party point of view” (because the Koch brothers are not nearly as attractive as Dana). Loesch used to be an editor for Breitbart’s Big Government. Naturally like her brethren, she dropped out of college, where they do the indoctrination of facts and stuff.
Rest easy, she’s homeschooling her children and you can be sure they are learning about the evil foreigners who don’t know nothing about ‘Merican politics because politics has nothing to do with actual policy and it’s more of a gut feeling. Loesch’s feelings are equal to the facts, no matter what issue she’s discussing. The fact that she’s a conservative attacking a brighter and better journalist naturally imbues her with CNN credibility.
Goodness knows, we can’t have real news like the Brits here in America. Wouldn’t we all be better off if Dana could just invent reality to suit whatever corporate agenda the Republicans were pushing this week?
Then, if we all dropped out of college and homeschooled our kids, we could all be Koch brother puppets for money and think of how liberty-ish that would be! For the freedum.
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