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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    The Traverse City Neck Tie

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 11:29:47 AM EST
    Tags: Traverse City, Michigan, Record Eagle, Neck Tie, Editorial Abuse, Racism, Birthers, Agenda Driven Drivel (all tags)

    The record eagle wears its own tolerance of free speech and disagreement  like the dirty underpants of a failed drunken ship's captain.

    The editorial today equating the birthers to racists crosses the line  from responsible editorial opinion to unoriginal baiting and an attempt  to stifle discussion.  In its editorial "parsing the subtext of the  racist birther conspiracy" Traverse City Record Eagle editorial staff  has again used the "R" word to label those who hold a differing view  from their own.  The paper has called those who questioned the effort of  Obama to hide his birth certificate for the last three years, outright  racists.

    The editorial starts off:

    It's time to recognize the "birther" conspiracy wingnuts for what they are.
    They're racists.
    There is no other explanation for the circus sideshow that's been going on since the inception of the Obama administration.

    The start of this editorial is mild compared to the continuing ignorant vitriol designed to merely stifle free speech and offer an extreme leftist worldview of conservatives and those who's only crime is to want to verify that the man who was elected president in 2008 is actually legal to occupy that office.  Continuing:
    The birthers ... just can't stand the fact that a man  born to a white mother and a black father could ever succeed ...After  all black people - even those of mixed race - are lazy and dumb, goes the real birther subtext.
    Regardless of the code words, its all about race. particularly about the  race of one man - the sitting president of the united states.

    ... enough is enough. It's time for the birthers like Trump and Taitz  and their Tea Party sympathizers - and yes even their cowardly fellow  travelers in the party of Lincoln and Fox News - to shut up and slither  away.

    Absolutely incredible.

    ~ more below ~

    But I have PERSONALLY seen it before.  The fourth estate in Traverse City is in  reality its own voice.  It represents nothing of truth or seeking of the  truth no matter how ugly it may be.  It seeks only to propagandize to  the ideological ends of the editorial writers, and doesn't even do so  with a level of decency.  I too, have been called out as a bigot, a  racist.  Not even in a general manner.  Straight up and in-my-face. The  label was printed in all 500 words and pasted upon the pages of the  county wide distributed paper of record.

    Why? Because I consider the act of homosexuality "unnatural."  They had  no interest in WHY I might have such an opinion.  These editors had no  interest in who I am personally, who my friends are, or whether knowing  such a thing would effectively nullify their overt attempt at  destruction of my voice and attack on my character.

    It was driven by the emotional over response of those who have as a  religion, a political correctness.  A political correctness that serves  Koolaid as poisonous to our public dialogue, as that which was offered  to Jim Jones cult followers so many years ago.  Or perhaps as deadly to the the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, as an oil slick covering, and  effectively suffocating some of the resident's opinions.

    When disagreement or contradictory thought arises, these editors go for the throat.  To shut up the opposition.  This "Traverse City Neck Tie" sends  a message to other would be arguers to their cherished causes that they  had better silence their dissent with the new reality and 'enlightened'  view of the hard left.

    A local radio host this morning calls this editorial out for what it is. "Garbage"

    WTCM's morning voice Ron Jolly suggests the RE editorial Board  should "hang its head in shame" on this morning's show.  He called it  "Massive accusation of racism with nothing to back it up"

    And he is right.  The fact of the matter is that there has been NO race suggestion by any of those who have asked for the birth certificate that was only JUST released after the president's poll numbers were falling off.  The paper's editors were admonished by Jolly to consider their words, and implied their hypocrisy, offering this advice: "Please do not say anything about talk radio again, you are not contributing to the  civil discourse and dialogue" and referring to the last line of the  editorial, "Please, using your own  words, stop the nonsense."

    The responsibility of a local paper is one that is quite large, and  carries with it the potential for damage to community and open debate.   The spill over of the toxic print oil from the belly of the region's  primary paper news currently has only negative effect on open discourse  and reasonable differences in opinion.

    Who's pen spawned this?  One who would hide behind the policy of no byline.  Pick your favorite one from below.

    My guess is if you called and asked, they might tell you.  If they won't, maybe the publisher will

    Publisher   231-933-1403

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    Predictable (none / 0) (#1)
    by Rougman on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 11:49:50 AM EST
    There you have it, proof positive that the editors of the RE belive that Hillary Clinton and her husband, (the first black president of the US) are racists.  They were the ones, after all,  that started the birther issue and brought it into the national discourse.  

    However, conspiracy theorists who have fomented the truther issue are not racists, homophobes, muddled, delusional, opportunistic, divisive, or insensitive.  They are merely seeking answers to important questions.

    Someone at the Record Eagle is looking for work at a larger metropolitan rag.  The only way to get noticed by the publishers of big city propagandists is to think like Keith Olberman, project like EJ Dionne, and to write like Maureen Dowd. With a little more practice who knows?  


    Smut peddlers (none / 0) (#2)
    by grannynanny on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 12:27:37 PM EST
    like this are the reason I stay away from Traverse City at all costs.  Traverse City is the new San Francisco of Michigan.  

    I feel for ya Jason as I am also in a liberal haven in the Peoples Republic of Lansing - Ugh!!!

    For what it is worth I did shoot off an email to the smut peddlers - but it won't make a difference to those Marx loving people.

    Gasp! Why am I NOT surprised. (none / 0) (#3)
    by KG One on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:00:58 PM EST
    Picking up on the MSM's take on this story, this is the standard argument being bandied about in response to Pres. B.O.'s getting off of his sorry duff, quit wasting millions in legal fees and releasing something that he could've easily released several years ago.

    For what it's worth, the Fish Paper's thinnest skinned writer pretty much made the same accusation several days ago.

    I have stayed out of stupid birther stuff BUT (none / 0) (#4)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:14:53 PM EST
    I must take issue with this most outrageous trash! This is so beyond appropriate...there are no words strong enough to condemn this.

    Yes, a Democrat who started the birther stuff (none / 0) (#5)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:16:33 PM EST
    Hillary Clinton and company.

    A Demorat attorney took it to court! (none / 0) (#6)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:17:50 PM EST
    It was fed raw meat by Democrats.

    A Democrat, Obama (none / 0) (#7)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:24:50 PM EST
    Obama didn't find it distracting enough until a few days ago.

    There are videos of both Obamas failing to disagree or correct when Barack is referred to as a Kenyan. Michelle can be seen on video calling Barack a Kenyan.

    Dear RE, who is perpetuating what here? As for attempts at presenting facts, Record Eagle is a fact free zone.

    Shut up and slither away? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:26:28 PM EST
    No problem in responding to that ludicrous but predominantly representative Traverse City voice.  If Traverse City residents believe they can afford to have that view reflective upon them, then go ahead and cut a hog in the ass.

    But, something for consideration for the corn peckers on the sunset side... that's exactly what my money does with every instance this kind of crap happens.  It goes away.  And it may never return.

    Boycott the Record Eagle. (none / 0) (#10)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:27:42 PM EST
    Boycott the Record Eagle!

    I will never purchase anything from them again in my life. I believe it is our duty to encourage others to boycott them! Please!

    Really, an attorney needs to look at this. (none / 0) (#13)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:55:29 PM EST
    The Record Eagle has attached blame, as if they have facts and a judgment to back it up. They make that error worse by using inciteful words that encourage towards those they've said are guilty.

    Unfreaking believable! Where's that attorney?

    Publisher-name-number-CALL IT! (none / 0) (#17)
    by maidintheus on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 02:19:13 PM EST
    The Record Eagle publisher:
    Michael Casascelli

    Kinda O/T (none / 0) (#18)
    by grannynanny on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:19:14 PM EST
    But saw this at another site and in light of the union shennanigans/boycotts in Wisconsin I like the this idea!!


    Many see Traverse City Record Eagle (none / 0) (#19)
    by maidintheus on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 11:33:43 AM EST
    as the biased rag that it is, not a news source. This isn't just a recent problem either. Obviously, money talks and those of you with online subscriptions should cancel (please) asap.

    As long as we... (none / 0) (#21)
    by rdww on Mon May 02, 2011 at 09:05:03 AM EST
    ... skitter away from every charge of racism (or worse, squawk like South Park's Cartman when someone calls him fat), liberals will continue to use the term to silence conservatives.  Once we respond with "so what?" the weapon loses all its power.  Racism is a hugely all-encompassing continuum of views, and neither inherently good or bad.

    • Indeed. by JGillman, 05/02/2011 09:28:31 AM EST (none / 0)
    • Well said by Corinthian Scales, 05/02/2011 10:02:26 AM EST (none / 0)
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