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Casey Anthony verdict….The media didn’t get it right…

My wife’s been following this case down in Orlando….

I haven’t until a few days ago….

Casey Anthony is a young mother who didn’t call authorities about here missing child for about 30 days…

The child’s body was found in bad shape…

The death was a mystery…

In fact to this day NO ONE know quite how the child died….

Oh, little Cayle Anthony was duct taped and drowned it’s reported….

Here’s the weird thing….

The child’s mother during this period went out a partied….

And then there is even more…

The grand parents of the child  (Casey mother and father)where looked at as possible ‘persons of interest’…

Her Dad is a ex-Homicide Detective…

There is also an old bot friend angle and more….

That’s a little background….

My wife and I discussed the case after it was sent to the jury over the July 4th weekend….

I watched two different talking heads yesterday….

So Defense lawyer on Fox who thought the case was a slam dunk for the Prosecution and 

Jane Velez Mitchell from CNN’s Court Channel…

The media outlets….

Virtually ALL of them where reporting that Casey Anthony was a done deal for a conviction on most …if not all of charges and was on trial for her life….

Somebody forgot to tell the jury that….

Hours ago the came back with NOT GUILTIES for….

Murder….

Manslaughter….

Felony Child Abuse…..

Valez Mitchell had been right….

The case presented by prosecutors didn’t sway the jury which came back with a verdict convicting Casey Anthony of lying to the cops….

That all….

Those are misdemeanors….

Which means with time served …..(Anthony has been in jail since her arrest. 3 years ago)..

She’ll be out of jail shortly….

I watched with amusement all the talking heads on several channel try to play off the fact that they just about ALL got this wrong….

Very wrong….

Listen from what I read and what my wife has told me….

Casey Anthony wasn’t the best mother in the world….

After the verdict her parents left the courtroom without saying a word….

A beautiful kid is gone in a horrible way….

And like it or not…

Casey Anthony DID time and was scared in the courtroom today…

Something bad happened to that child…

But….

The media clearly missed the train on this one….

There seemed to be so much circumstantial evidence and almost no direct evidence that Casey Anthony ….Or for that matter ANYONE hurt the child….

The media pushed for a conviction….

The jury had the last word….

Cleared of murder charges in death of 2-year-old daughter

More….Here…..Here…..

From the Politicaldog101…..

July 5, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Family, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Media wars with Politicians…About……. ‘This is what I said…..This is what I meant’…….

Politicians unlike most of us….Have to make PUBLIC statement on what they believe in and so forth….

Even though those statements are what the person believes when they questioned….

The have resorted to bending the answer when the public disagree’s with their answer….

‘Keep’m happy…Get their votes’….Right?

Howard Kurtz over @ the Washington Post does a piece today on how the politicians often try to make the media the bad guys/gals instead of owning up to their comments ……

The Dog doesn’t understand this obsession with holding people to statements on subject one might have made decades ago……

People change, opinions change with time and knowledge…..

Why shouldn’t that apply to politicians also……

In her moment of utter humiliation, exposed on videotape by a journalistic impersonator, Sarah Ferguson didn’t blame the press.

That’s a rarity these days.

The Duchess of York could have railed against the lying media after a News of the World reporter posed as a businessman brandishing $40,000 in cash, a down payment for Ferguson’s promise to introduce him to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. Instead, she apologized for her clumsy attempt at influence-peddling.

But other public figures keep trying to shift the blame from their own missteps to the news outlets that report on them — a time-honored tactic designed mainly to get them off the hook.

Rand Paul, the GOP Senate nominee in Kentucky, spent nearly 20 minutes with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talking about his objections to the part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that affects private businesses. Maddow is an unabashed liberal who was taking on a “tea party” champion, but she gave her guest one opportunity after another to explain his position, with minimal interruption.

Even when Maddow asked “how about desegregating lunch counters?” Paul offered philosophical musings rather than flatly backing a concept that has been settled law in this country for nearly half a century:

“Well, what it gets into is, is that then if you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant, even though the owner of the restaurant says, ‘Well, no, we don’t want to have guns in here’?”

When Paul talked to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham the next day — and issued a statement backing off his position — he accused Maddow of “wanting to make this an issue of you supporting abhorrent practices, which I don’t support. . . . They conflate things, want to say, ‘Oh, you believe in beating up people that were trying to eat in restaurants in the 1960s.’ . . . She went on and on about that.”

Paul later told WHAS-TV that he had been “tortured” by Maddow, though he conceded the interview had been fair. And fed up with the mainstream media, he soon canceled an interview on “Meet the Press.”

Sarah Palin picked up the theme on “Fox News Sunday,” saying Paul had run into “a media personality who has an agenda, who may be prejudiced. . . . They’re looking for that ‘gotcha’ moment.” Leaving aside that her own network employs people who are just as ideologically committed, the lengthy Maddow interview was the opposite of “gotcha” — and, in fact, Paul had made essentially the same point to the Louisville Courier-Journal a month earlier. (Most of the national press just missed it.)

It’s true, though, that MSNBC jumped on the story and drove it for days, as Fox sometimes does with controversies involving liberals.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal refrained from launching a frontal attack on the New York Times after the newspaper revealed that he had not served in Vietnam, as he had claimed on numerous occasions. But Blumenthal made clear that he felt the media were taking “a few misplaced words” and using them to “impugn my record of service to our country.”

More……



May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

Media wars with Politicians…About……. 'This is what I said…..This is what I meant'…….

Politicians unlike most of us….Have to make PUBLIC statement on what they believe in and so forth….

Even though those statements are what the person believes when they questioned….

The have resorted to bending the answer when the public disagree’s with their answer….

‘Keep’m happy…Get their votes’….Right?

Howard Kurtz over @ the Washington Post does a piece today on how the politicians often try to make the media the bad guys/gals instead of owning up to their comments ……

The Dog doesn’t understand this obsession with holding people to statements on subject one might have made decades ago……

People change, opinions change with time and knowledge…..

Why shouldn’t that apply to politicians also……

In her moment of utter humiliation, exposed on videotape by a journalistic impersonator, Sarah Ferguson didn’t blame the press.

That’s a rarity these days.

The Duchess of York could have railed against the lying media after a News of the World reporter posed as a businessman brandishing $40,000 in cash, a down payment for Ferguson’s promise to introduce him to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. Instead, she apologized for her clumsy attempt at influence-peddling.

But other public figures keep trying to shift the blame from their own missteps to the news outlets that report on them — a time-honored tactic designed mainly to get them off the hook.

Rand Paul, the GOP Senate nominee in Kentucky, spent nearly 20 minutes with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talking about his objections to the part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that affects private businesses. Maddow is an unabashed liberal who was taking on a “tea party” champion, but she gave her guest one opportunity after another to explain his position, with minimal interruption.

Even when Maddow asked “how about desegregating lunch counters?” Paul offered philosophical musings rather than flatly backing a concept that has been settled law in this country for nearly half a century:

“Well, what it gets into is, is that then if you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant, even though the owner of the restaurant says, ‘Well, no, we don’t want to have guns in here’?”

When Paul talked to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham the next day — and issued a statement backing off his position — he accused Maddow of “wanting to make this an issue of you supporting abhorrent practices, which I don’t support. . . . They conflate things, want to say, ‘Oh, you believe in beating up people that were trying to eat in restaurants in the 1960s.’ . . . She went on and on about that.”

Paul later told WHAS-TV that he had been “tortured” by Maddow, though he conceded the interview had been fair. And fed up with the mainstream media, he soon canceled an interview on “Meet the Press.”

Sarah Palin picked up the theme on “Fox News Sunday,” saying Paul had run into “a media personality who has an agenda, who may be prejudiced. . . . They’re looking for that ‘gotcha’ moment.” Leaving aside that her own network employs people who are just as ideologically committed, the lengthy Maddow interview was the opposite of “gotcha” — and, in fact, Paul had made essentially the same point to the Louisville Courier-Journal a month earlier. (Most of the national press just missed it.)

It’s true, though, that MSNBC jumped on the story and drove it for days, as Fox sometimes does with controversies involving liberals.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal refrained from launching a frontal attack on the New York Times after the newspaper revealed that he had not served in Vietnam, as he had claimed on numerous occasions. But Blumenthal made clear that he felt the media were taking “a few misplaced words” and using them to “impugn my record of service to our country.”

More……



May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

In Defense of President Obama on the Oil Spill….

This is why president’s gets the bennies…

This is crunch time…..And he just made a call….

In these situations there is no right answer…

The Dog has preparing the pound for this moment…

The Oil spill in now the Administration’s ….

The President has announced that at today’s presser …….” The Government is in Charge!”

Praise the Lord!…

We can all go home now…

Except…this is a Kobayashi Maru…..

There is no GOOD solution.….

The White House at first had the line…..’It’s their well…let them handle it’

Then when their was no oil coming ashore it was….’Okay maybe we can hunker down and get thru this?’

But The Dog began to post up this story …With this caveat….The Feds where get this dumped in their lap as soon as the oil picture started coming in…

That’s what happening now…

And even if you’re the President of the United States…..

Nature is going to hurt you politically on this…..

The BP oil spill, now in its 38th day, is different. It oozes, it spreads, it mushrooms, it winds its way toward our coastline while doing untold damage beneath the Gulf of Mexico. It is seemingly immune to containment domes, pipe intrusions, junk shots and other weird-sounding measures that most of us had never heard of. And it has begun to stain the Obama administration, perhaps in an indelible way.

It’s increasingly apparent that the president has mishandled the politics of the situation, which is why you’ve got the presser Thursday and the gulf trip Friday. But I’m not convinced that Obama could have ridden to the rescue on the leak itself.

British Petroleum is a flawed and, critics would say, reckless oil company. But could a government that has presided over the Madoff mess, the Wall Street meltdown, the S&L bailout, the Toyota debacle, the Massey mine collapse and two exploding space shuttles have done any better?

Still, as a barometer of Obama’s political position, it’d be hard to top the rant that James Carville unleashed yesterday on “Good Morning America.” The Cajun rage was on display as the Louisiana native, normally a reliably Democratic voice, let loose:

“The president of the United States could have come down here, he could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. . . . He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people to the coast right now. He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard . . . doing something about these regulations. These people are crying, they’re begging for something down here, and it just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you’ve got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving. We’re about to die down here.”

I’ve seen interviews with Louisiana shrimpers and others who are watching their livelihood be destroyed and it’s heart-rending. The government deserves a large slice of the blame for rubber-stamping industry permits in the first place. And the lack of aggressive reporting on these agencies has become the signal failure of Washington journalism.

The incumbent takes the hit when things go wrong, even if the bumbling response is primarily BP’s fault. That’s how politics works. USA Today goes with the day’s cliche — “Is oil spill becoming Obama’s Katrina?” — in reporting that 53 percent in its poll disapprove of his handling of the crisis.

But I wonder whether some of the demands now being made of Obama are realistic. What should he do now?

More…..

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , | 8 Comments