Posts tagged ‘Media Bias’

February 8, 2014

Why Would Anybody Ever Vote Republican?

by lewwaters

Egg on FaceA common theme I am seeing in Democrat hopefuls for office this year is their claimed desire to tackle “dysfunction” in our political representation, ignoring that it has been their party as large contributors of “dysfunction.”

Of course, the intent is to claim that having any part of the government under a Republican majority and the rest a Democrat majority, as we see in Olympia and back in Washington D.C., makes it “dysfunctional” in such a way that Democrats are being blocked in what they wish to do.

I was preparing to do a post pointing out how it isn’t “dysfunctional” at all, but is what our founders intended, competing thoughts and ideologies coming together somewhere in middle ground to give the best compromises possible. Such a compromising attitude is what gave us our constitution after some real knock-down, drag out fighting.

September 16, 2013

Tacky, Lazy C, Really Tacky

by lewwaters

Trash 1In spite of the claims of Editor Lou Brancaccio, the Columbian, better known as the Lazy C for their very selective reporting, is as liberal biased as any media source out here.

While conservatives frequently are threatened over comments, warned that they are on thin ice for something they might say, others apparently get a free reign to spew hate filled vitriol against certain people the Lazy C hates with a passion.

Time and again this is shown and still, Brancaccio denies the bias or the hate they hold for elected officials like David Madore, Tom Mielke and yes, mostly Don Benton.

September 1, 2013

The Stench of the Columbian

by lewwaters

This post could alternately be titled, “If the Lazy C Ran an Objective Article, Are There Enough Readers Left to Notice?”

Columbian, No paper trailThe Lazy C, aka the Columbian that is allegedly a newspaper just continues to prove time and again that they are nothing more than an unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party. Even their worthiness to use the pages a bird cage liner are questionable, considering what would be dropping on the paper would be considered more useful.

As was noted back in early August in the post “Exposé? Or Just More Hate?” and as has also been noted on Clark County Politics blog, when they hate you, they really hate you.

And I can’t think of three more people they have had nothing but abject hatred for over the years as they do Sen. Don Benton (R. 17th) as well as Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore.

August 10, 2013

Exposé? Or Just More Hate? Updated

by lewwaters
Senator Don Benton

Senator Don Benton

It’s a downright shame that we do not have a trustworthy or objective source of news when it comes to political matters in Southwest Washington. Instead, we have the Lazy C, more of an unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party that rarely discovers scandal on the left, but gleefully reports the slightest bit of salacious claims against conservatives.

One name that frequently appears in the pages of the Lazy C connected to just about any bit of gossip that can be made to appear a scandal is 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton, recently appointed by the County Commission to also head the County Department of the Environment.

In spite of winning his seat in the Senate 5 times in a row, a feat accomplished by few in the face of continual assault by the local media over nearly 20 years, you would be hard pressed to find much ever appearing in the pages of the Lazy C that could be considered favorable. That voters five times now have chosen Sen. Benton over the Lazy C’s more favored Democrat challenger is apparently of no concern to them down there, they only know that they want him gone and will not cease their hateful commentary until he is.

August 4, 2013

Thoughts on the Lazy C’s New Editorial Page Editor

by lewwaters
Greg Jayne

Greg Jayne

Today, Sunday August 4, 2013, not a date that will live in infamy, but a day that marks a big change down at the local newspaper of record, the Columbian that I refer to as the Lazy C for their past efforts at ignoring much to promote a primarily leftist agenda, as we see the initial editorial of Greg Jayne as the newly installed Editorial Page Editor.

Jayne comes from the Sports pages of the Lazy C and since I don’t follow much about sports, I’ll take others words of how good he was covering sports. All I have heard was good concerning that.

But, he has left those days behind and assumed the position held for many years by the acerbic, acid penned John Laird, noted for his vitriolic attacks against citizens the owner of the paper would have liked to buy the paper or subscribe.

Greg Jayne would do well not to follow Laird’s example of frequently labeling those that hold a different view in such a denigrating manner, as did Laird.

July 20, 2013

Agenda Bias in Lazy C’s City Council Endorsements

by lewwaters

Boris ColumbianThe Columbian, or the Lazy C as I prefer to label them due to their ineffectual, biased reporting when it comes to politics is once again letting their bias show in their choice of who they endorse in Vancouver City Council races, misleading voters into voting for more of the same is change.

In spite of their admonition of “Remember, endorsements are opinions, nothing more,” it is very clear that they desire to rebuild a strong pro-CRC city council, seeing how the voters have trended towards candidates who are more responsive to their concerns over blindly supporting the not as dead as we think CRC light rail project.

The election of David Madore and reelection of Tom Mielke to the Clark County Commission has sent a shockwave through the editors, reaching an insane level of desperation after they hired 17th district Republican state senator Don Benton to become Clark County’s director of environmental services. The carefully constructed empire built by the ‘downtown mafia’ and Identity Clark County was beginning to crumble.

July 16, 2013

Trayvoning of America

by lewwaters

Trayvon SkittlesOne thing we know the left is masters at is creating new words that make the rights effort out to be overbearing, dumb, ridiculous and to demean our traditional values at any cost.

For example, when we stood up as a ‘Tea Party’ movement, they swiftly labeled us as “Teabaggers,” knowing the word was a code word for a homosexual practice that most of us had never heard of. The steady use of it ended up demeaning our efforts and the willing lamestream media readily joined in.

The Tea Party movement today is a mere shadow of what we started out to be.

We now see the left spreading hysteria across the country over the acquittal of neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman for the self defense shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida as protests broke out almost immediately and invoking the name of the youth, even though not one of those out in the streets crying and whining over have a clue who or what he was or may have been.

June 22, 2013

Will the Lazy C Ignore Benton – Rivers Reconciliation?

by lewwaters

Rivers-BentonIn spite of Lou Brancaccio’s many denials, the Lazy C (the Columbian) is noted for their left leaning bias, making them more of a daily newsletter for the Democrat Party than an objective newspaper in their political articles.

Very few Republicans receive much of a positive nod, especially if they are conservative Republicans and not the spineless RINO’s selling their souls to liberals on many issues of importance to us.

And yes, there are some exceptions or at least, an appearance of an exception. Senator Ann Rivers is such an exception in that they do not bash and denigrate her to the degree they have others, such as Senator Don Benton and County Commissioner David Madore.

They were real quick to jump on the disagreement and exchange of words between Senators Rivers and Benton, gleefully painting Don Benton once again as an out of control monster.

June 5, 2013

Senate Coalition Majority Preserved, Lazy C Ignores: Updated

by lewwaters

Columbian FishwrapRegular readers know why I label the Columbian the Lazy C and the tag has drawn the scorn of Editor Lou Brancaccio, which only tells me I am on the right track. They claim to “serve Clark County,” but here is yet another example of where they in fact fail Clark County.

As we all know, State Senator Mike Carrell passed away a week ago. He was a Republican well liked and helped make up the Philosophical Majority in the Senate that has finally gotten bipartisanship working in the legislature. His death left the numbers even with any tie vote set to be broken by the Lt. Governor, Brad Owens, a Democrat.

Many expected to see a swift power play on the Democrats who have been unable to force their agenda through as they have the past and I am very appreciative to see that did not happen. But we were concerned with who would replace Sen. Carrell and how soon it would happen, with hopes of the appointment being expedited to ensure the Coalition Majority remained intact.

May 24, 2013

Bias, Dishonesty and Fearmongering for Light Rail – Updated

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellThe ‘light rail at any cost crowd’ to include the Lazy C wasted no time in spinning last evenings collapse of a section of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River upstate to promote forcing Clark County into accepting Portland, Oregon’s financially beleaguered light rail.

Even before the reason was known, the structure being struck by an over-sized load on a semi-truck, the light rail at any cost crowd was blasting those who oppose dragging the light rail line into Clark County, presenting it as a ‘wake-up’ call with dire, ominous predictions of the bridge between Vancouver and Portland facing imminent collapse as well.

Rep. Jim Moeller (D. Portland/Vancouver) wasted no time crying how “unsafe” our bridges are, neglecting that he and his fellow Democrats have for years diverted transportation funds to studies to drag light rail into Clark County and the massive Alaska Way Viaduct project in Puget Sound, depriving the rest of the states bridges from funds needed for maintenance and repairs.

May 23, 2013

UPDATED: CRC Proponents, Lazy C Not Letting a Good Crisis Go To Waste

by lewwaters

UPDATE: Not shown on the front page of the May 24 Columbian addressing the “collapse,” but admitted in a separate but smaller article online, North Wash. I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load. While this is being used to inflame the CRC debate and hammer opponents, not one thing in the CRC plans would have prevented such an accident from happening. And in fact, given the inadequate river clearance of the current design, such an accident is more likely to happen if a ship or barge struck the lower level trying to pass underneath.

Skagit Bridge CollapseSad news to hear of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River up in Skagit County collapsing this evening. We pray that early reports of only minor injuries hold up and that no one lost their life.

A bridge collapse is never good news and must be taken seriously, given that we depend on these bridges to travel to and fro.

But, knee-jerk reactions to further a political agenda or justify bankrupting middle class taxpayers must be stood up to and not allowed to sway emotions to vote to increase taxes where they are not needed.

Within minutes of the news of the bridge collapsing the Lazy C had their article up, complete with their spin of information used to justify coercing opponents of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project to cave and cease our opposition, lest it happen here, as they have tried to claim is imminent unless we accept Portland’s financially failing light rail into our community.

May 23, 2013

Is It Up To the Media to Determine When the Public Has “A Right to Know?”

by lewwaters

typewriter-2For some years now, our media has basked in the glory of how they brought down the corrupt presidency of Richard Nixon back in 1974, causing him to be the only sitting president to resign office, so far.

In the succeeding years they became more and more focused on the conservative right, ignoring what the liberal left was doing and in fact, became little more than mouthpieces for the Democrat Party with their extreme bias against Republicans and anything conservative.

Cries of bias aimed at them were scoffed at and ridiculed, written off as sour grapes. Fox News came along and finally offered a real objective news source and they too have been ridiculed, lambasted and denigrated by the more lamestream media sources that can find no wrongdoing on the part of Democrats, but can blow anything concerning the GOP far out of proportion.

May 18, 2013

When You have No Argument, Cry Victim

by lewwaters

Ron Paul CrybabyOne thing anybody with half an ounce of sense recognizes, it is the liberals propensity to always cry victim. They must be the eternal victim, even if they win and especially if they lose an election or whenever something doesn’t go their way.

We see the same attitude with the Lazy C Editor, Lou Brancaccio as his efforts to whip a large scale lynch mob mentality in the county over the County Commissioners hiring of Sen. Don Benton to head the County Department of Environmental Services basically falls flat on its face.

Brancaccio treats us to the Lazy C’s 32nd rant over the hiring by trying to proclaim nobody supports the decision of Commissioners Mielke & Madore because no one in elected office answered his call to come forward and defend the hiring.

To Brancaccio that translates to no support while ignoring that more and more elected officials are shying away from speaking with the mouthpiece on newsprint.

May 13, 2013

M&M vs the P P boys

by lewwaters

We all saw just how pleased with himself Lou Brancaccio, Editor of the Lazy C, was for labeling County Commissioners David Madore and Tim Mielke as “M&M,” complete with a pack of M&M candies over a copy of the Lazy C, meant to be demeaning.

We also saw ex-Mayor Royce Pollard and ex-State Senator Craig Pridemore conduct a rally to whip people into a recall frenzy, even though they admitted they have no sound reason to launch one.

We now have our own acronym for Pridemore & Pollard, “the P P boys” since their goal is little more than peeing on Clark County citizens

PP boys

May 12, 2013

Lazy C Gets it Wrong, Yet Again

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellRegular readers know that the so called newspaper of record, heavily biased towards strapping the struggling middle class with more expenses in order to pay for forcing the financially failing light rail into Clark County from Portland, is probably one of the least reliable sources of news in the Pacific Northwest.

Hence, they are labeled the Lazy C for not properly vetting or researching many subjects, primarily anything political in nature or critical of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project,

They spare no ink when it comes to maligning critics and in large part, is behind the current brouhaha over County Commissioners Mielke & Madore being blasted daily for over a week now for legally hiring much hated State Sen. Don Benton to head the County Dept of Environmental Services.

But they out do themselves in getting wrong in what seems like an attempt to smear a group critical of the current CRC design and calling themselves the I-5 Project Inc. as they run an article on lobbying efforts on behalf of both sides of the issue, CRC foes, supporters step up lobbying efforts

May 12, 2013

Lazy C Obliterates All Semblance of Impartiality

by lewwaters

“Folks should be tolerant of both (whom) they agree with and disagree with.” Lou Brancaccio

Media MeterThe above quote is found in a March 26, 2011 editorial “Keep Us Close, Very Close” where editor Lou Brancaccio is whining about people cancelling their subscriptions to the Columbian, better known as the Lazy C for their ineptness in reporting relevant truths about the Columbia River Crossing light rail project and their perverse witch hunt attitude against conservatives.

Brancaccio also said within the same editorial, “Essentially, we try not to be anybody’s friend or anybody’s enemy.”

To quote County Commissioner Steve Stuart and former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, BULLSHIT!

All we need do is perform a cursory look back through the archives to find strong evidence of their pro-Democrat bias and seething hatred of certain conservatives.

May 9, 2013

More at Risk of Homelessness, So Recall Those Trying to Prevent It

by lewwaters

head_up_assThere is little doubt that the Lazy C, legally known as the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party is one of the poorest excuses for a newspaper seen. Their bias reeks as does their contradictions in articles often published.

It’s not unheard of to see one article one day boasting of home values increasing followed the next day by foreclosures increasing. With Democrats largely in control over the past few years, the Lazy C spared little ink to try to convince readers how well off they were, even though they obviously weren’t.

Now we see them setting a new record in bashing of a Republican with some 24 articles in a week blasting State Sen. Don Benton (R 17) along with Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, both elected by wide margins just this past November.

Even though the Lazy C admitted their act was legal and within the confines of a Commissioner’s duty, the two hiring 5 term Sen. Benton to also head up the County’s Environmental Department as set the Lazy C on a rampage as they have spent the last week whipping some people into a lynch mob frenzy over the hiring.

May 8, 2013

Lazy C Sets New All-Time Record, Stirs Up Lynch Mob, But Fails to Oust Benton

by lewwaters

Lynch Mob 2The Lazy C, the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party, the Mouthpiece is well known for their deep leftist bias, in spite of denials from editorialista Lou Brancaccio.

Legally registered under the title the Columbian, too many times they have exposed themselves as anything but objective, all too often working against the very community they hope to buy their product.

Blogs exposed the heavy bias in reporting when a Republican elected official was accused of wrong doing versus when a Democrat elected official was involved in an alcohol fueled sexual harassment scandal that continues to be covered when confronting cronista Stephanie Rice over denials of extreme lopsided coverage publishing 14 articles in 5 days for a Republican, followed by 2 over a month for a Democrat.

May 4, 2013

The Columbian Gets It Wrong,,, Again

by lewwaters

Monkey, EmbarrassedWednesday was a huge day for the minions down at the Columbian. They got to bash Don Benton, David Madore and Tim Mielke, all at the same time!

As we now know, Tim Mielke and David Madore directed County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process of Don Benton to head the County Dept of Environment, setting liberal heads exploding all, especially Liberal Envirowacko commissioner Steve Stuart who unceremoniously referred to it all as “BULLSHIT!”

His so called apology for his outburst notwithstanding, it appears that he, Stephanie Rice, Lou Brancaccio and everyone else down at the lazy c got it all wrong, again.

Benton is being hired, that much is true, but the smoke screen of circumventing the process, Benton does not meet the minimum qualifications and more is all wrong. It also brings into question Bill Barron’s sudden announcement of retirement, adding to the drama of just supposedly out of control the conservative County Commission is.

April 27, 2013

Watergate, Journalism and then there is the Columbian

by lewwaters

Boris ColumbianYou might say 1974 was a watermark for the media, Journalism in particular. The diligent investigative journalism of the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein resulted in the only resignation of a sitting U.S. President as Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the scandal.

I missed much of it as I was stationed overseas in Germany during that time, after completing my tour in Vietnam. But we heard of the relentless pursuit of information on the cover-up and illegal actions of President Nixon. It was clearly a fine example of how dogged determination of scandal by the media could change the course of a country.

With that in mind, I find it peculiar to see Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio leaning on the investigative journalism of Woodward and Bernstein in his Saturday, April 27, 2013 editorial, Of Watergate, awards & stress. I find it so peculiar because the Columbian is anything but serious investigative journalism.

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