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In Deep with Michelle Ray – Working Wives and Traditional Families

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When:Thursday May 30th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: In Deep with Michelle Ray on Blog Talk Radio

What: Join Social Media Director of ConservativeDailyNews.com, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.

Tonight:Are women breadwinners helping destroy the traditional family ? Author, Fox News Contributor, and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich and Dana Loesch of Dana Loesch Radio join me to discuss!

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Singing the Pigford Blues

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These days, it’s a rare occurrence when I write anything that’s purely my opinion. It’s “Everybody Blog About #Pigford Day”, so I figure it’s a special occasion. Besides, I was lucky enough to end up recording an interview with Lee Stranahan about Pigford, so it’s a little difficult to report on that without using the personal touch (especially since the interview didn’t broadcast yet, as of when I’m writing this.) Stranahan pointed out during that interview that I could have taken advantage of this particular little scheme. But, misuse of government benefits isn’t anything new under the sun. It’s just particularly disgusting in this case, because it literally takes livelihoods away from people that truly were discriminated against in the past, and honestly did deserve government assistance to start a farm.

Now, I have to admit that I’ve heard Stranahan several times on this topic. I admire that he’s stuck with the story after all this time, and enjoy hearing him talk about it every time. He’s a storyteller, so it’s not like listening to Obama and his teleprompter-driven campaign speeches, that must be canned by some sort of twisted flying monkeys that are kept in the bowels of the White House somewhere. No, Stranahan’s like my grandfather, who could tell the same story a thousand times, but keep folks captivated even if they’d heard it a couple hundred times. And this story is still like an onion, with new layers being revealed all the time. But, I guess you could say that’s the case with any story about government spending, since the mainstream media decided it’s not going to play watch-dog anymore.

Yes, Andrew Breitbart was a visionary. I didn’t know the man, and it’s a rare occasion when I even mention him. Sure, I’ve seen many people who seem to have placed him on a pedestal, and still others that get highly annoyed (or even hateful) with anyone that does that. I learned a long time ago that human beings in general are far too flawed to run around worshiping them (myself included), and I’m not into that sort of thing anyway. I don’t worship any deities, so why in the world would I worship people? Anyway, that doesn’t mean I don’t give credit where credit is due. And Breitbart was spot on when he encouraged people to get out there and do what the media wouldn’t do – investigate, expose, and when necessary, demand action from the powers that be. Pigford arguably should become the folktale for that, since the irony is that the government assumed Breitbart was onto this scheme before he actually was. I know Arianna Huffington likes to call herself the mother of citizen journalism, or something like that. Personally, I prefer to consider her the original power-broker that decided to take advantage of writers to get free content, but that’s a whole other story. Breitbart should be considered the Godfather of citizen journalism, because he inspired an entire generation of people to stop taking what was being fed to them by the mainstream media. He didn’t do it just to get content for his own website, either. History will truly tell this tale, but I wouldn’t be surprised if later generations end up learning about Breitbart as the man that put the investigations of hundreds of “Watergate-style” scandals in motion, just by encouraging people to dig.

After that discussion with Stranahan, I ended up talking with my co-host about how effective these “Blog about Blank” days really are. Sure, it gets a lot of attention on a specific topic for a whole day, but then what? It’s a frenetic world out there, and the masses tend to have the attention span of gnats, when it comes to news. I’ve passed over stories as “breaking”, knocking them down to just “news” if the story’s been out for just a few hours. The links I pull each day in the morning are old news by the afternoon. What keeps people on stories like Pigford?

Years ago there were two journalists that chased down the story of corruption in the Nixon administration. If anyone asked their editors what they thought about that, no doubt they would have said those two were obsessed. And that’s what keeps stories like Pigford alive today. Breitbart has been described as obsessed about the story, and at least a few others – including Stranahan – picked up that torch when he died. The thorn in Eric Holder’s side over “Fast and Furious” is Katie Pavlich, and Mary Chastain, to name two. Brett Kimberlin will not be forgotten if Robert Stacy McCain or Aaron Worthing have anything to say about it. Of course, I’m not naming all the people who keep these stories alive, and that’s another reason why they won’t disappear any time soon. Even I have one of my own little obsessions, but that one hasn’t seen the light of day – yet. So, if you can figure out what drives the folks that end up being determined to uncover every fact and secret about a certain story, you will find that special element that keeps all these stories alive long after the days we devote to them. By the way, if you do figure it out, do let me know. Bottling it would make a fortune!

Journalists as Endangered Species

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For every spotted owl in danger of losing its habitat, there’s a do-good organization out to protect it. It wouldn’t be surprising if such a tree hugging group would step up to defend the hated stink bugs, if we finally managed to find an effective and inexpensive way to destroy them. So it goes with liberal humans and the animal kingdom. But what about subsets within the human species? What about the journalists that specialize in hard-hitting straight news?

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There was a time when journalists did not run around writing stories like they were getting supplemental incomes from politicians for ignoring graft on the page. On the contrary, one of the quickest ways to lose one’s job as a staff member for a Congressman or Senator would be to fail in keeping the press at bay when there was a scandal. Now, the job description of a beltway worker doesn’t tend to include hiding any misdeeds from the media, because with few noted exceptions, the media is quite willing to take being spoon-fed pablum by politicians.

Yes, there is Katie Pavlich and Brandon Darby, as well as Lee Stranahan, Robert Stacy McCain, and Aaron Worthing. There are many others like them, and the common thread there is that they are not traditional media journalists. They’re also not liberals, but this isn’t just about political leanings here. Whether it is out of a misguided notion that the current President is untouchable simply because of the color of his skin, or any other reason under the sun, the fact remains that the journalists that should be acting as watch dogs have been getting fat and lazy on the bones tossed to them by politicians on both sides of the fence.

This isn’t a new concept, of course. It also isn’t going away anytime soon. However, there is one new wrinkle to this situation. While no one would argue the point that Bob Woodward is a sacred cow in the world of journalism, if for no other reason because of his work on the Watergate scandal, perhaps he will lose some of his stature among the new crop of liberal journalists now. He probably has already, thanks to his latest works. But now he has compounded his sin, by pointing out the elephant in the room – journalists aren’t doing their jobs anymore. Woodward pointed out to Mike Allen in an interview that it is not the job of journalists to act as cheerleaders for Obama. Instead, they are supposed to be an “irritant” to politicians – not as strong a term as watchdog, but at least it’s something.

When I first started playing in the world of journalism, it was as a student. I was given the “administration beat” for our school newspaper, and had to get information from our school superintendent for the high school newspaper. That was boring, so I started actually asking questions. Soon enough, the superintendent did everything he could to avoid seeing me. Yes, that was just student journalism, but I didn’t get in trouble with the teacher for doing that. On the contrary, I was told that in general, if leaders didn’t have a problem talking to me because I asked easy questions, I was doing it wrong. If someone told me then that there would be a time when journalists wouldn’t do their jobs the way my high school journalism teacher taught us, I wouldn’t have believed it. My old teacher is still running the school paper – maybe one day I’ll go back and ask her what she’s teaching her students now about interviewing leaders. If the lesson’s the same, maybe real journalism won’t become extinct. But, at this point, we have to rely on the next generation to get journalists off the “endangered species” list.

Sexy Side of Harvard

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A few days ago Katie Pavlich pointed out on Townhall.com that Harvard was preparing to approve a kinky sex student organization on campus. Of course, this little venture was approved, as in the organization has become recognized by the University, however it is neither endorsed nor condemned by the administration. It may seem to some conservatives that this is taking the easy way out, and turning a blind eye on immorality on campus. Well, the latter may very well be true, but it is not the job of the Harvard administration to act as moral watchdogs over their “consenting adult” students.

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Agree or disagree with what these students are doing, the bottom line remains that it is protected speech. They are not forcing anyone to participate (that would negate the possibility of their acquiring the approval of the Harvard administration.) There is a definite level of hypocrisy involved in this, when conservatives decide to preach on legislating morality in one breath, and then cry foul over liberals seeking to fully secularize all of society, not just government. As an atheist conservative, I have been accused of being a RINO because of my steadfast refusal to promote making religious ideals the law of the land. On the other hand, I’ve repeatedly spoken against fellow atheists that are engaged in a crusade to remove all signs of religious life from public view. Why is that? It is quite a simple answer – my “bible” is the Constitution. Just as I regularly battle the atheists, and remind them that the First Amendment does not guarantee “freedom from religion”, conversely I try to remind the religious right that their beliefs have no place in government. On the contrary, there should be a concerted effort to protect religion from the filth of politics.

As for this sex club, indications are that they will not be having orgies in on-campus meeting rooms, and appear to be casting themselves as a safe place to discuss sexuality. Given the fact that many college students end up being victimized by sexual predators during their collegiate careers, this is not a bad thing. And as for conservatives crying about the moral decay in academia, I would gently suggest that once upon a time, as far as conservatives were concerned, what happened behind closed doors was private. People’s sex lives were a taboo topic of conversation, and we held respect for privacy in high regard. Perhaps it’s time to return to that way of thinking. After all, it’s not like conservatives don’t have their own quirks in this area.

In Deep with Michelle Ray – April 26

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When: Thursday, April 26th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Streaming Internet Radio

What: Join Social Media Director of ConservativeDailyNews.com, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.

Tonight: Author and Townhall.com contributor Katie Pavlich and Breitbart.com contributor Mary Chastain talk Fast and Furious and the media.

 

Show Recording: (Available after show)