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May 15, 2012

Drowning mainstream media pull working people down with them

When I was a way younger man, I attained Red Cross lifeguard certification for pool duty at a church summer camp.  One aspect of the training was how to escape the grasp of a panicked swimmer.  In a worst case situation, you would let such a person go under rather than be drowned by them.

This came to mind as I read regional coverage of beef industry job loses due to the mainstream media’s “pink slime” panic:

Beef Products Inc. announced Monday that it will lay off an additional 86 workers at its Dakota Dunes headquarters and a South Sioux City, Neb., facility, citing what it calls a misinformation campaign about its beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”

BPI, which makes lean, finely textured beef, announced May 8 it will close three plants and lay off 650 employees later this month in Kansas, Texas and Iowa. The South Sioux City, Neb., plant will remain open, but operate at reduced capacity….

...BPI is one of the largest employers in the Sioux City tri-state region, and the jobs ranging from entry level to high-paying senior executive positions have a “profound impact on the community and local economy,” said Chris McGowan, president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Siouxland Initiative economic development organization.

These jobs are being taken under in the death grip of sensationalist reporting by ABC news.  Steadily sinking as a source of valued information, the MSM thrashes about with sensationalism and deception to hang on to some semblance of influence and to make money for its surviving practioners and the activist groups for which it fronts.  It does not seem to concern itself with the harm it inflicts.

“Pink slime” is just a goofy in house name coined by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee - but that very agency approved of the lean beef additive’s production process and inclusion in retail beef products.

The beef industry has a site intended to fight frenzy with facts, but this is not likely to save the hundreds of lost jobs.

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But it’s a catchy name which drives emotions.  It is so typical of advocacy and the press.  To name something and have that name catch on can win the battle for public opinion without any analysis.

Assault weapons, cop-killer bullets, pro-choice, etc.  all chosen to demonetize and win without rational thought and analysis.  And how ofter is the catchy name or term repeated around the news media without a shred of analysis by the next person to repeat the story.

[1] Posted by Br. Michael on 5-15-2012 at 09:25 AM · [top]

MSM resemble the delusional bunch described in Isaiah 28:15, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”

But v. 16 goes on to describe God’s remedy, the laying of a “cornerstone in Zion,” the coming of the One who is truth and justice.  The deceiver’s (and deceivers’) recompense will come.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 5-15-2012 at 09:38 AM · [top]

Makes me sick - to deliberately “demonize” a company to “make up” a sensational story - SHAME ON ABC NEWS and everyone associated with the story.

Hmmm…I wonder if they are related to the folks at NBC who doctored the Zimmerman tape?


[3] Posted by B. Hunter on 5-15-2012 at 09:47 AM · [top]

Assault weapons, cop-killer bullets, pro-choice, etc.

Along with “marriage equality,” one of the Washington Post’s favorite terms.  *sigh*

[4] Posted by the virginian on 5-15-2012 at 10:05 AM · [top]

And talk about an epic case of “bullying” -  from a bit of workplace sarcasm, we get national name calling, leading to over 700 jobs lost by the victims of the insult campaign.

Add to that the harm to their families, to the local businesses they used to patronize, the local, state and even federal programs that their needs will tap…

Ah, well, we have “marriage equality” and big issues like that to discuss.  Who cares about a bunch of fly over country losers when there are suffering brahmins in Boston.

[5] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 5-15-2012 at 10:14 AM · [top]

Did no-one see this coming back in March when the Jamie Oliver video was making the rounds? Didn’t it occur to anyone that when a “celebrity chef” makes a video that gets picked up by the HuffPost that maybe there’s an agenda driving this? So, now people have lost their jobs and a cheap protein source that’s been used for decades has been denigrated.

[6] Posted by The Little Myrmidon on 5-15-2012 at 10:51 AM · [top]

“The beef industry has a site intended to fight frenzy with facts,”

No, Timothy, you just don’t get it. Only if a *government* funds research (ex. AGW) can it be trusted, since all governments (especially the O man’s) are completely honest and have no interest in regulation, tax money, power, etc.

In a world full of corruption, greed and disappointment, we need some refuge, some place to put our faith, and it is obviously in government, especially this one.

On the other hand, if a private sector industry tries to respond with any documented facts or findings such as you link to, we can’t trust them, since they’re obviously in it for the money, so the link you gave can be conveniently ignored.


[7] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 5-15-2012 at 11:37 AM · [top]

Thank you, SpongJohn.  I needed that dose of reality and will contact the PB to see if SF can be peer reviewed through any gov’t agencies with which TEC contracts to stay afloat.

[8] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 5-15-2012 at 11:43 AM · [top]

I wish one of you brilliant blogsters at SF could come up with a disgusting, catchy phrase to describe the MSM, then post it at highly visible points on the Internet. Imagine then reading (in the WSJ) and watching (on Fox) about the princes and princesses of ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and the ultimate royalty - PBS, the LA Times and the NY Times - desperately pleading with tiny community papers and tv stations for a job paying an ordinary wage.

[9] Posted by sophy0075 on 5-15-2012 at 04:55 PM · [top]

Sophy - given the MSM’s adulation of the Great One for his Great Evolution on the Issue, and given what passes for journalistic ethics and objective coverage these days, I think that one could use the term “Pink Slime” to describe journalists as well.

[10] Posted by jamesw on 5-15-2012 at 05:42 PM · [top]

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