Monthly Archives: August 2012

Give me that old time reporting

Do you remember journalism? It’s an old art that involved open inquiry by skilled professionals and the reporting of facts to the public regarding important civic matters. Apparently it has been discovered and is being practiced by an upstart St. Louis newspaper known as The Beacon. If you read John Combest, you’ve probably clicked on their stories before. 

Anyway, amidst the uproar surrounding Congressman Todd Akin’s recent remarks regarding rape and abortion, The Beacon decided to engage in an actual act of journalism and investigate the factual basis of the senate hopeful’s claim that a woman’s autonomic physiological response to forced intercourse results in a reduced risk of pregnancy. Cited are two medical studies, a Washington University physician, a rape-prevention advocate and an abortion-rights activist. Read the article and learn. Thank you, Mr. Robert Joiner.

The reason I post this is because while portions of Akin’s comments were artless and baffling at best, a lot of the media reaction seemed more wrapped up in fueling reporting political fallout than actual facts. In some cases it was worse, with voices from mainstream outlets seizing on a few words to suggest that Mr. Akin is somehow “pro-rape,” or doesn’t think rape is that big of a deal. 

Mr. Joiner’s article doesn’t put the Republican from suburban St. Louis in any kind of favorable light, but relative to so much other coverage, its focus on facts is a compliment to readers and a breath of fresh air. 

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Sen. Harry Reid beats his wife

The word is out. I have it on good authority that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) regularly hits his wife. He needs to come clean.

Now, if Harry Reid wants to settle this matter all he has to do is answer these allegations and provide evidence he doesn’t engage in domestic violence. Say, release Landra Reid‘s medical records for the last ten years. That would solve everything, then we can move on to solving the country’s problems.

Ideally, I’d be able to make this accusation from the Senate floor (leveraging the credibility of the world’s greatest deliberative body for personal political gain), but as it is I’ll have to settle for the blogosphere.

Once again, you heard it here (and I heard it elsewhere). Harry Reid regularly hits his wife.

…As you might guess, this is satire. Sen. Harry Reid has accused Mitt Romney of not paying taxes, suggesting criminal activity or at least some sort of major ethical (or un-American) malfeasance. Romney flatly denied the allegation.

Reid did this from the Senate floor, which is is supposed to be a place of serious debate, and where personal attacks are never supposed to be engaged in or tolerated. Harry Reid should be censured for his actions. That will never happen given his status as the body’s most powerful member, which makes this all the sadder.

Reid cited a single, unnamed private source, and says the onus is on Romney to disprove the allegations by releasing his tax returns, something Democrats have been pressuring the businessman and former Massachusetts governor to do for some time (Romney has released some but not as far back as the Obama campaign would like).

This is a low-ball tactic and should be roundly called-out by responsible journalists.

Harry Reid, it should be noted, does not release his own tax returns, according to a number of reports I’ve seen on this story.

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