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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Prove I'm Wrong

Make an allegation and force the accused to disprove its truth. That is the essence of modern day civil litigation. While the plaintiff must provide 1% more proof than the defendant, it is relatively easier to be a plaintiff. Add the massive costs of defending a claim and it is no wonder that cases settle.

The plaintiff's bar approach has been adopted by victimization charlatans for years. They have willing allies in the MSM that regularly provides these hustlers the front-page, nightly-news limelight. That has been going on for years as Al Sharpton and Jesse jackson can attest.

Now the MSM has decided that they are the victims. John Leo in "Stories Not Told" provides a recap of the statements recently made by Linda Foley, the national president of the Newspaper Guild. He wrote:

On a May 13 panel at the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis, Linda Foley, the national president of the Newspaper Guild, said that the U.S. military deliberately targets journalists, "not just U.S. journalists either, by the way. They target and kill journalists from other countries, particularly Arab countries, at news services like al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity." We have heard this before. Eason Jordan, then a CNN executive, said something similar on a panel at Davos, the annual economic conference in Switzerland, setting off an enormous furor. Foley's comment was almost universally ignored by the news media. Thomas Lipscomb of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a column about it. More than two weeks later, Jack Kelly, national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Blade of Toledo, Ohio, said the Sun-Times (Lipscomb's column) was the only newspaper in the country to report what Foley said.

A column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press mentioned it, and so did an editorial in the Washington Times . Bloggers and The O'Reilly Factor brought important national attention. But a Nexis database search last week failed to turn up a straight news report on Foley's remark anywhere in America since Foley spoke on the panel. Remember, she is president of the union representing 35,000 reporters, editors, and other journalism workers. "Where is the professionalism and the authority that is our main claim to writing the indispensable 'first draft of history'?" Lipscomb asked in a follow-up piece in Editor & Publisher. He wrote, "The mainstream media couldn't be bothered to cover 'Easongate: the sequel.' " Foley sent a letter to the White House calling on it to pursue the "worldwide speculation that the U.S. military targets journalists and the media." In other words, she doesn't have to back up her charge, but the White House should start trying to prove that what she said is false.

Disproving you are a racist or whether you have stopped beating your wife is always a loing proposition. It is the ploy of the coward. And cowardly is our modern press.


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