Another Misleading Headline – Fox News Edition

It isn’t just the liberal/left leaning media that gins up controversy through misleading headlines; Fox News does it also (albeit less often it seems). Take this one from yesterday.

Islamic group gets go-ahead to cut crosses off NY church

Given the known propensities of the media, before I started steaming I thought I would actually see what the issue was. Turns out it was the right decision; another case of much ado about nothing.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse closed the church in 2010 and merged the parish with that of St. John the Baptist because of a declining congregation as population shifted from the city to suburbs. The North Side Learning Center, a nonprofit group that provides literacy programs for immigrants, bought the church and its school and rectory for $150,000 in December.

Couple of points to address here.

First the church isn’t the building; it’s the people. The church can meet anywhere; in a home, in a stadium, in a field or empty lot. Christians don’t worship a building as the spiritual dwelling place of the Lord on Earth. That spot is in the hearts and minds of the Christian.

Second, even if an argument could be made about the building being the church; it stopped being one 4 years ago. It’s a vacant building.

Lastly, it’s their property to do with as they want. If the Catholic church had wanted the crosses to remain, then they shouldn’t have sold the building. But since they did, the non-profit group has the right to remove any element of the building.

Fox News — shame on you for a very misleading headline.

Tell Me Again — Media Agenda Part 35,098

“Tell Me Again the Media doesn’t have an “Agenda” — take the “Latest” headlines from CNN -


Notice anything missing? How about this story found on Huffington Post of all places

DAMATURU, Nigeria, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday.

“Some of the students bodies were burned to ashes,” Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack on the Federal Government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state’s capital city of Damaturu.

All those killed were boys. No girls were touched, Rufai said.

The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil producer, increasingly are preying on the civilian population.

29 kids died in a horrific school shooting and CNN doesn’t even mention it. MSNBC? Nothing visible on their really funky and nearly worthless page.

Foxnews has a single link on it’s front page under the “Latest News” section though.

Wonder if the media doesn’t want to cover it because firearms were used in another country to perpetuate a heinous mass murder. Thereby preserving the impression these things only happen in America.

Oor if it is because “Islamists” did it?

Please join the discussion.

Gobal Grind – Answering the Question

Of Have they no shame?

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed by patrolman George Zimmerman after he mistook the Skittles and Ice Tea in Martin’s hands as weapons. Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder.


Mistook the “Skittles and Ice Tea” as weapons?

Apparently they don’t !

No shame, no integrity, no shred of decency or standards in regards to accuracy.


Gather the Torches and Pitchforks Please

There comes a time when patience runs out and we have to act. Time and time again it happens. After every shooting, after every horrible murder spree; the main stream media and the gun control advocates trot out the tired hackneyed phrase

The shooting at the Mall in Columbia has reignited debate over gun control laws here in Maryland

I rarely approve of burning books but I’ll make exception for the style guide used by 99% of all news outlets. The less said about what I’m willing to do to editors who keep approving articles featuring this line — well the less that can be used against me in a court of law.

Come on PEOPLE. We haven’t stopped having this debate. Either admit that and don’t use it again or Admit you don’t pay attention to your own site.

What other repetitive phrases or sayings get under your skin?

Wish I didn’t try to keep this PG-13

Because the “Let’s Interpret the Headlines” game would generate more than a few good laughs at the expense of foul langauge.

Wal-Mart China Recalls Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat Product from Stores

Yeah…..I got to 4 different, completely inappropriate revisions before I stopped.


Guess the Missing Word…

At the story here about a Houston shooting with 5 people shot; probably more involved.

Neighbors claim the drama in their community began hours before the shooting when a group of people beat up a woman on crutches.

“The girl got up. She was on a crutch and said, this ain’t over with. About two hours later, I heard gunshots,” explained a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as Kay.

According to several neighbors, constant conflict among two groups of people has left the neighborhood shaken in recent months.

277 words used to describe the situation of: - 1 Person beaten by several or more
- Threats of retaliation
- Apparent retaliation
- Neighbors afraid to go out at night
- “Two Groups” involved.
- No one talking about what happened

Can anyone guess the missing word? (Here a hint, it rhymes with Rang)

Arlington Gets No Respect

Headline after headline reads

A Face-Off Outside Dallas in the Escalating Battle Over Texas’ Gun

Edited to add –


the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a membership meeting at the Blue Mesa Grill in Dallas.

Today, ThinkProgress has a story on a protest in Dallas, Texas, at which a pro-Second Amendment group called Open Carry Texas rallied against an anti-Second Amendment group called Moms Demand Action:

What Exactly Happened between Open Carry Demonstrators and Moms for Gun Control in Dallas on Saturday?

I was in a hurry to pick a headline and the first one is technically correct but….the rest; come on folks.

Despite the fact the restaurant was in ARLINGTON Texas

You know the place where the

Texas Rangers Baseball team has a stadium…

The Dallas Cowboys football team has a stadium …(don’t blame me for that one I didn’t vote for it )

The amusement park Six Flags Over Texas is located –the original one…..

There are 365,000 something people living.

Come on folks…..this is the internet age; surely some of the reporters can use an online map or search engine.

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