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Duck Dynasty: Phil Robertson and the Corporate Media

Duck Dynasty: The Media Controversy

Duck Dynasty: The Media Controversy


Phil Robertson, one of the Duck guys from the relentlessly-promoted Duck Dynasty, has been kicked to the curb, purportedly over remarks he made in an interview conducted on his own time.

Now, the fight has escalated, with people who don’t know a duck call from a carburetor, encouraged to feel the outrage and join in the fun that can only be had by expressing that outrage in public.

But seriously: what is this all about?  Why has the Corporate Media chosen to shine it’s worldly spotlight of 24/7 coverage on this event?  There is always a reason.  What is that reason?  Is it because the media desperately wants the folks at home to have the truth?

Is it really about some guy in Louisiana who doesn’t think homosexuals are right with God?  Seriously, there’s a ten-ton truckload of those of a similar mind in Cajun country.

Maybe ten thousand truckloads.

READ MORE: Duck Dynasty: Phil Robertson’s Duck Media Obligation

The latest media manufactured controversy at A&E, involving Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

You didn’t think the powers-that-be set up and used the power of their Corporate Media to mercilessly. relentlessly promote Duck Dynasty so a bunch of Louisiana beards could make millions selling duck calls did you?

John Edwards Scandal – Enquirer’s Perel to the MSM: Do Some Reporting

span style=”font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;font-size:130%;” >”We drew ’em a road map to the story. All they had to do was follow it and do a little basic reporting. We did it. Fox did it. They can, too–if they want to.”
–David Perel, Editor-in-Chief, National Enquirer,
on the Mainstream Media failure to check out the John Edwards affair and cover-up

DBKP’s 2nd Interview covers:

* David Perel on the National Enquirer’s latest allegations in the John Edwards scandal [EDWARDS’ HU$H MONEY TO MISTRESS], which involve hush money being funneled to Rielle Hunter, their baby and former Edwards Director of Finance, Andrew Young, who earlier claimed he was the father.

* When the pictures are coming out
* Whether there is a video of the whole Beverly Hilton episode
* Why the story is important

DBKP talked to David Perel today, and the National Enquirer’s Editor-in-Chief had a little advice for slack-jawed competitors in the news biz who dismiss the story [John Edwards Love Child Scandal] because it appeared first in the Enquirer.

“Try doing a little basic reporting. Do the work. Prove us wrong.”

UPDATES to follow at end of story.
UPDATE #1: 6:25 EDT July 30 2008

A week after the National Enquirer’s reporting team cornered John Edwards in a Beverly Hilton men’s room, not a word about the growing scandal has appeared in the New York Times.

Nor on CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, or in the pages of Time or Newsweek.

Four days after Fox News confirmed the confrontation by interviewing a security guard at the Beverly Hilton, we’re assured by the LA Times that their “Metro Desk is on it”.

No word from the Times Metro Desk on what they’ve uncovered. To our knowledge, the memo that Times Blog Editor, Tony Pearce, circulated to his reporters not to mention the scandal on-line, hasn’t been rescinded.

No Denial from Edwards

A trial lawyer–one who has built his fortune and spent his life suing others–is accused of fathering an illegitimate child while running for president. He’s later caught in the Beverly Hilton visiting his mistress and their love child, then runs from the Enquirer’s reporters.

All together: juicy lawsuit time.

If the story is false.

Yet, Edwards hasn’t threatened to take action against the Enquirer. What does this say?

David Perel just chuckled at the question–then hinted at more to come.

“We have a little more up our sleeve.”

Perez Hilton [Hu$h Little Mistre$$] , scooped the New York Times and CNN on this story–merely by mentioning it. He asks the same questions as DBKP:

Johnny boy has yet to make a comment about the shenanigans asserted by the Enquirer.

Why not?

What do y’all think????

John Edwards

The Photos

What about the lack of coverage by the respectable press, and one report that the Mainstream Media is waiting for photos from the Enquirer before they’ll cover the story?

“I thought Gawker wrote it beautifully this morning.”

He then read the following passage from Ryan Tate’s piece, “Edwards Mistress’ Hush Money: $15,000/Month

Also via Radar (see prior link), the Washington Post and Huffington Post are anxiously awaiting pictures from the Enquirer’s reporting, because it’s not enough that Edwards isn’t denying the affair or love child, Hunter isn’t denying the affair or love child, a team of Enquirer reporters saw Edwards go in and out of the hotel to visit the love child and a security guard confirmed to Fox News that Edwards hid from the Enquirer team just like the tabloid said.

The publications are also hungry for photos even though pictures of Edwards in or near a hotel will prove precisely nothing scandalous, in and of themselves. Talk about missing the point.

As DBKP’s LBG pointed out: “The MSM is waiting for the Enquirer to release photos to legitimize the story of an illegitimate baby.”

We agree. The mainstream press wants the Enquirer to do all the heavy lifting on the story, then, after the photos are published, tag along for the ride.

Their reasoning seems to be: the story is in the Enquirer. The Enquirer’s not credible, so the story’s not credible. But, when the Enquirer publishes the photos (You mean, in the same Enquirer that’s not credible?), then we’ll decide that it’s credible enough to run with.

Got that?

We asked Perel about the MSM’s call for photos. How about it?

“We’re on our schedule. Because we’re the only ones that pursued the story, they can’t get it anywhere else. We’re on our schedule and no one else’s. We’ve been leading the way on this. You want to see more? Go out and do your own reporting.”

This was as Radar reported Perel saying yesterday [Where Are the John Edwards Photos?]

“But no one will dictate the time-table for when we release our unpublished material. We’ve been setting the agenda, and will continue doing so.”

Today, he added, “We drew ’em a road map to the story. All they had to do was follow it and do a little basic reporting. We did it. Fox did it. They can, too–if they want to.”

What about rumors that the Enquirer is in possession of video footage of Edwards running from the Enquirer’s reporters and hiding in the bathroom at the Beverly Hilton?

Perel thought about it and chuckled again.

“Hmmmm. We…we’re not done. That’s all I’m saying. We’ll see.”

Which would provide the MSM with at least one other excuse for not covering the story.

Maybe they’re waiting for the movie.

Why hasn’t Edwards denied the Enquirer’s allegations since December, when the tabloid named Rielle Hunter as the mother of their love child?

Perel didn’t hesitate.

“He can’t.”

Finally, what do you say to those who say that Edwards is no longer running for public office, so this is “not news”?

Continue reading and updates: John Edwards Scandal: Enquirer Editor, David Perel “We Drew the Media a Road Map”

by Mondoreb
Source: John Edwards Scandal: Enquirer Editor, David Perel “We Drew the Media a Road Map”

John Edwards, Rielle Hunter Affair: U.K. Papers Publish Edwards Scandal Stories

The New York Times cites the “public’s right to know” every time they reveal national security documents that aid and abet terrorists. However, when it comes to the John Edwards affair, the “public’s right to know” be damned.
–R.E. Bierce

John Edwards Love Child Scandal

The state of the media coverage–or rather, non-coverage–six days after the National Enquirer’s reporters catch John Edwards at the Beverly Hilton visiting his mistress and their love child.

Independent, Times Run American MSM Blockade on Edwards Affair News

Two daily newspapers from the U.K. cover the news the American mainstream media won’t. More specifically, the John Edwards Love Child news.

The Independent Sunday edition contained “Love child and mistress claims hit Edwards“, while the Times also offered major coverage.

Guy Adams of the Independent has an entertaining account of the affair.

Amid scenes more suited to a Benny Hill sketch than the corridors of a luxury hotel, two journalists and a photographer chased Mr Edwards – whose wife Elizabeth is battling incurable cancer – around the building for several minutes. He eventually went to ground in the men’s lavatory for a quarter of an hour, before being escorted from the premises by security staff.

The incident was reported in lurid detail by The Enquirer, and followed up in dozens of America’s influential political blogs and news websites, which claimed that Mr Edwards and Ms Hunter were filmed entering the hotel room at 9.30pm.

The country’s upmarket newspapers and major broadcasters refused to investigate The National Enquirer’s claims. Tony Pierce, the editor of The Los Angeles Times, went so far as to order staff “not to cover the rumours or salacious speculations”. Its unofficial blackout appeared to be holding firm until Friday night, when the presenters of Fox’s 9pm talk show, Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, ran a report that confirmed several major details of the Beverly Hilton incident, and asked: “Why were the reporters chasing Edwards, and why is this story nowhere in the mainstream media?”

As mentioned, The Times also carried big coverage of the scandal in yesterday’s Sunday edition.

We’re not nearly as enthusiastic about that story however.

The Times’ reporter, Sarah Baxter, lifted quotes from DBKP’s John Edwards Affair: Interview with David Perel, Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer without giving credit to DBKP.

[Nearly 3 days after we alerted the Times to the problem, they still have not acknowledged it. Someone at the Times is aware of the problem, however. Two comments left on the story voicing plagiarism concerns went unpublished, while other comments–submitted later–were. MSM Stealing Blog Content: Times Online Joining Growing MSM Trend?. What we once thought was surely an oversight is now apparently Times’ policy.]

Doug Ross, who discovered the problem, has the story: “Sunday Times runs John Edwards-Mistress-Love Child story, rips off blogosphere

But, as the Soviet government found out, it’s hard to control the flow of information in the Digital Age. The lesson remains lost on MSM editors, but it’s a lesson that will be taught nonetheless. Media watchers scurry to find a pulse on a MSM that insists on selling a dying product of warmed-over liberal socialism and “all the news we decide you can handle” to the dwindling few who rely on them for “news”.

There’s no pulse on a corpse.

However, the American media blockade of the story is slowly being penetrated. The Hartford Courant’s Kevin Rennie raises a point that MSM editors might consider:

Continue reading: John Edwards, Rielle Hunter Love Child: U.K. Papers Help Break Media Blockade

by Mondoreb
Source: John Edwards, Rielle Hunter Love Child: U.K. Papers Help Break Media Blockade

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Mainstream Media Economic Woes Not Indicative of the Nation

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”

Perhaps the above Ronald Reagan quote is a good example of why the Mainstream Media is so gloomy about the economy.

If you’re employed by the MSM, job cuts and downsizing is not only a fact of life, there’s no end in sight for the members of the Media Pampered Class. It’s easy to see why the MSM talking heads are so obsessed with any bad economic news: if arrogance and conservative-bashing are no longer enough to ensure one’s continued employment in the MSM, then the economy MUST be in shambles.

Red Planet Cartoons has a good point in their latest, “Hoping for Recession”. The Mainstreamers reported unemployment of 5.4% during the Bill Clinton re-election campaign as the attainment of economic Nirvana.

Now, with unemployment having just having reached 5.1%, their reporting is anything but subtle: 5.1% is the end of the U.S. economic world.

John Hindraker of Powerline asks a question that everyone (outside the DNC and the MSM itself) already knows the answer to: “Still, it makes you wonder: is the current hysterical treatment of economic news the product of a rational evaluation of the data, or is it just one more sign of the media’s desire to put a Democrat in the White House in 2009?

Do you remember 1996, when Bill Clinton swept to an easy re-election victory over Bob Dole, on the basis of what pretty much everyone in the press considered a near-perfect economy? No “pink slip nation” in 1996!

Actually, though, the unemployment rate in November 1996, when Clinton rode a soaring economy to victory, was 5.4%. That’s right–three tenths of a percent higher than the “grim picture” of a “pink slip nation” painted by this month’s unemployment report.

Of course, that’s one component to the Mainstream’s OC economic reporting behavior. The other one is that many reporters are mistaking the economic condition of the Mainstream Media for the economy as a whole.

Read the rest of “Mainstream Media’s Shifting Economic Definition a Reflection of MSM Woes” at DBKP.com.

by Mondoreb
* Mainstream Media’s Shifting Economic Definition a Reflection of MSM Woes

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MSM: Recession, Recession, Recession, Recession

Mainstream Media reporters latch onto the “recession” meme

No one expects the talking heads of the Mainstream Media to be rocket scientists.

Not many expect them to be able to spell “rocket scientists” without a spell checker.

But when the MSM start on a political meme, they do have enough smarts to repeat it.

And repeat it.

And repeat it.

So it was when Bill Clinton was shilling in the 1990s for higher taxes. The meme then was “deficit”. Endlessly, we were told that higher taxes were needed for the deficit. “The deficit” couldn’t be cured by cuts–at least if one listened to the MSM view of things then–only by Clinton’s proposed tax hike.

The tax hike became reality and suddenly–poof!–the deficit talk vanished from the MSM.

So it is today with “recession”. Everywhere you flip a page or channel in the MSM, the “recession” looms. It’s reminiscent of the 1992 election, when “recession” and “hard times” dominated the airwaves–until Bill Clinton was elected.

Then all such talk disappeared.

The recession’s become an obsession.

According to Robert Samuelson:

We are all waiting, it seems, for the next recession. Everyone knows that the business cycle hasn’t been repealed, and so another recession is inevitable sooner or later. Some indicators now suggest that it might be sooner. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has declined for three straight months. In March, 30 percent of respondents said jobs are “plentiful”; now that’s only 24 percent. All this inspires much hand-wringing and foreboding, because in our political and media culture a recession is regarded as a calamity, or something close to it.

Amy Menefee, managing editor of the Business & Media Institute, discussed the media’s obsession with recession on “Fox & Friends” on April 2.

Obsession is “recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress.”

Do the Mainstream Media reporters and anchors and writers have a Recession Obsession?

Turn on a MSM channel or pick up a MSM print copy and then render your judgment.

One thing the MSM ought to keep in mind, though.

An obsession is a mental disorder.

by Mondoreb
* The Mainstream Media’s Recession Obsession
* Obessive-Compulsive
* The Recession Obsession
* Our Great Recession Obsession

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DBKP Today in Weird History: March 20 2008



1942 General MacArthur vows, “I shall return”.

2003 A subdued Saddam Hussein appeared on state-run television after the initial U.S. air strike on Baghdad, accusing the United States of a “shameful crime” and urging his people to “draw your sword” against the invaders. American combat units rumbled across the desert into Iraq from the south and U.S. and British forces bombed limited targets in Baghdad. The start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting in years, leading to thousands of arrests across the United States and prompting pro-war counter-demonstrations.


1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington England.

1995 In Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo cult members.


1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.

1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.

1998 A tornado in rural northeast Georgia killed at least 13 people and injured 100.


1988 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig found herself airborne when the string of her kite was snagged by an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. (DeAndra was lifted 10 feet off the ground and carried some 100 feet until she let go; she was not seriously hurt.)


??? Big Bird muppet was born today on in an unknown year.(Sesame Street)


1992 Manuel Noriega’s (Panama) wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses.


1994 Wrestlemania X at Madison Square Garden New York, Bret “The Hitman” Hart pins Yokozuna to win WWF championship.


1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine.


1954 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania).


1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents.


1815 Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris after escaping his exile on Elba, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.


1998 President Clinton’s lawyer, appearing before a federal court in Little Rock, Ark., declared that Paula Jones’ evidence of sexual harassment was “garbage” unworthy of a trial.


1980 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran.


1939 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania.


1969 John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.


2007 Saddam Hussein’s former deputy, Taha Yassin Ramadan, was hanged in Baghdad, the fourth man to be executed in the killings of 148 Shiites.


1984 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.


2007 Rescuers found Michael Auberry, a 12-year-old Boy Scout, who was dehydrated and disoriented after four days in the wooded mountains of North Carolina.


1902 Edgar Buchanan Humansville MO, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction).

1906 Ozzie Nelson Jersey City NJ, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet).

1908 American broadcasting pioneer Frank Stanton, the president of CBS for 26 years, was born in Muskegon, Mich.


Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 86. Actor Hal Linden is 77. Singer Jerry Reed is 71. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 69. Country singer Don Edwards is 69. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 65. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 62. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 60. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 59. Actor William Hurt is 58. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 58. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 57. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 54. Movie director Spike Lee is 51. Actress Theresa Russell is 51. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 51. Actress Holly Hunter is 50. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 47. Actress-model Kathy Ireland is 45. Actor David Thewlis is 45. Rock musician Adrian Oxaal (James) is 43. Actress Liza Snyder is 40. Actor Michael Rapaport is 38. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 37. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 32. Actor Michael Genadry is 30. Actress Bianca Lawson is 29.


1727 Sir Issac Newton English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84.

1991 Conor Clapton Eric Clapton’s son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4.

March 20, the 80th day of 2008. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring’s arrival: 1:48 a.m. Eastern time.

compiled by Mondoreb
image: granitegrok
* Today in History
* Today in History


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