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.


Robert Schehrer 5 years, 9 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?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 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.

paulveer 5 years, 9 months ago

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

beatrice 5 years, 9 months ago

Even if someone has the proof, who would want to eat Chick-fil-A? That stuff will kill you. I mean, keep eating that fried food for Jesus and it will clog your arteries, make you fat and then you will never be able to run a marathon in 2 hours and 50 something minutes.

Oh, and while checking up on Rothschild, I'll be happy to see your list of pro Obama articles from Dolph.

parrothead8 5 years, 9 months ago

Rothschild writing a pro-GOP article wouldn't solve the problem either. The media is not supposed to write pro-anything articles...they're supposed to report facts in an objective manner.

racerx 5 years, 9 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.

gbulldog 5 years, 9 months ago

I have been unemployed and collected unemployment benefit. The time was very stressful and I was broke. However if I would have had and illegal income, you are happy collecting unemployment benefits. I resently heard that a pimp with 4 girls make about $60,000 a year. How much do drug dealers make? How much do thieves make? Probably more than flippin hamburger at a fast food joint. Their are preditor in this world, and what seems to come out of mouths of politicians it that we law abiding citizens need to help these preditors see the "light". HORSE PUCKY

Liberty275 5 years, 9 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.

parrothead8 5 years, 9 months ago

It's also intellectually dishonest to generalize it in such a way that you characterize an entire group of people as lazy, shiftless drains on society, which is what Jenkins did.

Yes, certainly there are people on unemployment who are abusing the system. But I'd bet a steak dinner that the vast majority are not. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says I'm right, and that half of all people who go on unemployment end up finding jobs and getting off unemployment within six months (and 75% within 12 months.)

I'm not sure what you mean by "you people," but I know that you won't admit that the problem Jenkins talks about isn't as big of a problem as she is making it out to be. It's just more simplified, vitriolic rhetoric aimed at inflaming a certain brand of voter she wants to get to the polls. Any journalist worth his/her salt would have made her actually answer to some numbers.

msezdsit 5 years, 9 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.

cowboy 5 years, 9 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.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 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. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

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. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

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? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

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?

Mixolydian 5 years, 9 months ago

Missed one Merrill

This THIEF ENTITLEMENT The Tea Pot Dome Scandal. Harding engaged in letting oil reserves to oil companies for ridiculously low price without competitive bidding, The greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics.There still are oil companies in this country! http://www.outofdatebiasedlink.com

Mike Ford 5 years, 9 months ago

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

msezdsit 5 years, 9 months ago

yep, you got that right. These wackos can't get off their fox merry go round long enough to notice that there's a real world out there.

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