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Media bias

September 6, 2012


To the editor:

Scott Rothschild’s story, “Jenkins’ remark about unemployment rankles” showcases some of the reasons for rankle: biased reporting, fallacious reasoning that panders to the bias and indiscreet thinking. Congresswoman Jenkins’ comment on the face is true. “Right now we have people who are happy to collect unemployment and not work. We have a problem with people working the system.” Of course that is true! Change starts by facing the facts; fraud is a fact that can only be rooted out by exposing the abuse, telling the truth. Thank you, Lynn.

I am sickened by the typical smug deflection Tobias Schlingensiepen expressed, “Nobody is happy to be unemployed.” And then the inference that to think so is to be disconnected and devoid of a compassionate nature that only the liberals (with other people’s money) exhibit.

My hope is that, over the past four years, the American public has wised up and is able to discern fact from fairy tale. I hope we can hear the falsity in words like these.

This election season, logic is sorely needed to recognize the blatant bias of our media and to see who is trying to have a serious conversation about serious issues that face us all. Waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars is as relevant as it gets with a $16 trillion deficit, and I appreciate any official that intends to take that one on! Gross mischaracterizations need to be challenged by a public that is paying attention — this time. It is our government.


Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

why do people even bother replying to letter writers carrying the fox news water pale of nonsense and fiction?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Remember when?

Are you better off now, than you were 4 years ago??

Reagan asked that question and by the time the republicans were finished millions upon millions were out of jobs and many had to come out of retirement because the Savings and Loan scam put their retirement money up in smoke. A lot of people lost their homes about this time. People in their 60's and older don't get hired easily.

GW Bush and Cheney pulled off a repeat performance. ......

And republicans have the gall to put forth this question? Excuse me....

How many republicans and democrats can afford another hit on real estate values or lose another job if one has been lucky enough to become employed once again?

Can anyone on the planet afford this gang of repeat offenders?

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT – Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers trillions of $$$, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

This THEFT ENTITLEMENT Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

Lynn Jenkins did not warn her constituents that their 401k's were about to take a hit. That they may be losing jobs in large numbers. And will in some cases owe more money than their homes are worth.

Of course Lynn Jenkins has the privilege to insider trading that protect her investments AND she lives off the taxpayers all the while saying government is simply awful.

Lynn Jenkins how much did you know and when did you know it?


cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Lynn be whistlin'

"Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The phrase is only ever used as a pejorative, because of the inherently deceptive nature of the practice and because the dog-whistle messages are frequently themselves distasteful, for example by empathizing with racist attitudes. It is an analogy to dog whistles, which are built in such a way that their high-frequency whistle is heard by dogs, but is inaudible to humans."

I heard an ad on the radio today advertising a job fair up at Alvamar for employed people to improve their lot in life and gain a better job. WTF , I find this particularly pathetic. This is being promoted by KLWN. It has been written that companies will dump your resume if you are unemployed and prefer to hire currently employed. They will dump your resume if you are older or over qualified. What kind of effed up logic is this ? Before anyone criticizes the unemployed take a walk in their shoes , be damn thankful for the jobs you have and help people find jobs. It's the right thing to do rather than disparage them.


msezdsit 1 year, 7 months ago

How tiring it is to keep hearing the same old "me, me, me" crap. There will always be people who are willing to game the system but you don't throw it out based on that minority. You base the system on reality and needs, not the cartoon the lte wants to play over and over and over again in her head.Republicans always have to beat their chest and proclaim that everyone who isn't them fall into the category of lazy,unpatriotic, communist,taking from them, and on and on and on. There is a huge middle ground that is arrogantly ignored by the lte and Jenkins and the republican party in general. All those evil people in the world that are taking advantage of poor old chest beating Jana Rea. Could someone send her a posh puff so she can blow her nose. Or better yet a binky.


Liberty275 1 year, 7 months ago

It is intellectually dishonest to not admit people will commit fraud for a $400/wk check. Some people kill, beat and rob for a lot less than that.

I'm not saying to harass people for not taking the first crap job that comes along, but at least look for something you like.

You people that won't admit this problem exists even though you know it does aren't helping anyone.


racerx 1 year, 7 months ago

"Congresswoman Jenkins’ comment on the face is true. “Right now we have people who are happy to collect unemployment and not work. We have a problem with people working the system.” Of course that is true! "

Like Jenkins and most other Republicans, Jana makes a bold statement, yet offers not one data point, not one statistic, not one shred of evidence to back up the claim. Here's a news flash that the GOP isn't getting....just because you say it doesn't make it true. And, just because you heard it on talk radio or Fox doesn't make it true.

Talk about biased media, Fox ("fair and balanced") was the ONLY major network not to cover the president's speech last night. And yet, all major networks covered Romney's speech.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Great letter Jana. I agree with you concerning the "journalist" Scott Rothschild. He is clearly a Democratic Party operative on a one man jihad against the Kansas GOP. I'll bet anyone a lunch at Chick-fil-A you can't find one pro GOP article or headline Scott has written in the past year. The editor(s) should be held accountable for this liberal bias no question.


paulveer 1 year, 7 months ago

"God bless the child that's got his own..." It appears that the LTE writer is among the blessed.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

"Gross mischaracterizations need to be challenged by a public that is paying attention"

Too bad that your ideology of paranoia forces you to invent it where it doesn't exist.

And really, the only "logic" that can be applied to the current Republican party is the logic of narrow self interest, greed and mean-spirited pettiness, along with a healthy dose of willful ignorance.


CountyResident 1 year, 7 months ago

Of course there are those who abuse the unemployment benefit system, just as there are those who abuse social security laws, health care fraud, income tax laws, defense contractors, etc. The point of Soctt Rothchild's story is that it appeared like Congresswoman Jenkins' comments were to imply that the whole unemployment benefit system was being waisted because she was told that one person had abuse the system.

By the way, I noticed that Congresswoman Jenkins' has several large campaign signs around the City of Lawrence, which I believe are in violation of the Citys sign ordinance. Is this an isolated case or is there wide spread abuse of sign ordinances?


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